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I have been sort of MIA lately, sorry about that. This past weekend we went out to the lake for some winter fun.  We went snowmobiling, skating and then swimming (not in the lake!) It was some good family fun. That consisted of the weekend. And Monday night we went and saw Avatar in 3D and by-golly it was amazing. The 3D effects and motion make me dizzy and nauseous for awhile, but I got over it. It was such a good movie, great story line, and just wicked in 3D. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should!

Last night I watched The Biggest Loser, I’m hooked again this season. And for the remainder of the evening I was working on meal plans. Those meal plans take a lot of work. I am not even 1/3 done yet so I have got a bunch more to do.

 

I just wanted to check in! RUN page is updated daily, keep an eye out.

 

When you’re busy do you still eat healthy?

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Taking a quick look back at my RUN page for December, my total mileage was 56.22 miles compared to my 32.99 miles in November. So again January I need to bump it up. My RUN page is always being updated so keep an eye on it.

Our New Year’s Eve consisted of a lot of food. I am still eating quite lousy and I have been getting constant migraines. I can’t believe how people can eat like that day in and day out. Starting Monday we are going back to our normal ways, the food is almost gone! Its going to feel so nice to not have these constant migraines and just plain yucky feelings of lack of energy and exhaustion. Starting Monday, will be the start of high raw and mostly vegan. I need to start transitioning slowly, otherwise I will never manage to keep it up. Also again starting Monday I will resume my running and start my yoga.

This year is the year to change things in my life, getting fit and healthy are on the top of my list. I want to be more adventurous in my cooking and un-cooking. I do not intend to become 100% Raw, but I do intend to become Vegan and have a lot of Raw food intake. My main reason for wanting to go Raw and Vegan is the fact that the food is so much cleaner, I don’t want to ingest any more additives or junk into my body. I want to flush those impurities away and treat my body with respect and help it perform at its best. That’s what this year is all about.  By doing all of this I am also hoping that my IBS will be under control and I will hopefully have no more flare ups and I will essentially be "cured" that would be a dream come true to feel normal, for once in my life. I have already felt the benefits of a clean lifestyle, and just from these pasts couple weeks of not eating clean, I have definitely discovered that my body does not want to eat like that anymore and it is time for a huge change.

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1) Copy this list into your blog or social networking site profile, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out or italicize any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment on this post linking to your results.

The Vegan Hundred:
1. Molasses
2. Cactus/Nopales
3. Scrambled Tofu
4. Grilled Portobella Caps
5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
7. Arepa
8. Vegan Coleslaw
9. Ginger Carrot Soup
10. Fiddlehead Ferns
11. Roasted Elephant Garlic
12. Umeboshi
13. Almond Butter Toast
14. Aloe Vera
15. H and H Bagel NYC
16. Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
17. White truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Freshly ground wasabi
20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
23. Organic California Mango (in season Sept-Oct only)
24. Quinoa
25. Papaya Smoothie
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet or Habañero pepper
27. Goji Berry Tea
28. Fennel
29. Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread
31. Starfruit
32. Oven fresh Sourdough bread
33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
34. Sauerkraut
35. Acai Smoothie
36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
38. Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
39. Falafel
40. Spelt Crust Pizza
41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
42. Jicama Slaw
43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings
44. Hemp Milk
45. Rose Champagne
46. Fuyu
47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
48. Tofu Pesto Sandwich
49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice…with Extra Ginger

50. Grilled Seitan
51. Prickly pear
52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk
53. Concord Grapes off the vine
54. Ramps
55. Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut
56. Organic Arugula
57. Vidalia Onion
58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
59. Honeycrisp Apple
60. Poi
61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
62. Grape seed Oil
63. Farm fresh-picked Peach
64. Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus
65. Chestnut Snack Packs
66. Fresh Guava
67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
69. Fried plantains
70. Mache
71. Golden Beets
72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
73. Liquid Smoke
74. Meyer Lemon
75. Veggie Paella
76. Vegan Lasagna
77. Kombucha
78. Homemade Soy Milk
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Lychee Bellini
81. Tempeh Bacon
82. Sprouted Grain Bread
83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh
84. Vanilla Bean
85. Watercress
86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself
87. Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
88. Flowers
89. Corn Chowder
90. High Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
91. Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
92. White Flesh Grapefruit
93. Harissa
94. Coconut Oil
95. Jackfruit
96. Homemade Risotto
97. Spirulina
98. Seedless ‘Pixie’ Tangerine
99. Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought
100. Fresh Plucked English Peas

I definitely haven’t eaten much of that. Maybe in another year’s time it will be a different story. As for crossing anything out, I’m sure I would have no problem trying everything on this list at least once.

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Tonight we did some New Year’s cleaning. We switched the bedroom and the office rooms around. So now the bedroom is smaller and the office is much bigger! Only took about 2 hours to do all the moving and setting everything back up. The Christmas tree and decorations also came down tonight. Everything is all tidy again and feeling a lot more organized this year. I am off to relax for a bit before bed! New week starting, changes to be made. Stay Tuned.

 

 

So I just want to start with the first part of the title of my post, IBS and Holidays. It always seems that when you have IBS and think things are under control, a holiday comes along and you have a major attack that puts you out of commission and it doesn’t allow you to spend time with the people you love. It really gets in the way. It has always been that way for me. But this past year, I actually got passed it. I’m not exactly sure if I figured out how, but I think I know what did help. I started eating more Raw foods a couple weeks before the actual holidays came around. The week of Christmas I was still eating Raw and drinking green smoothies with lots of spinach. I also tried some Aloe Vera juice. I think that stuff is fantastic. It definitely calms my insides and makes me feel better in a matter of 10 minutes. I have had good success with it so far, and I will still be experimenting with it on worse days to see if it REALLY works. Over this Christmas season, I ate everybody else’s cooking, treats, snacks and of course cookies. Eating that way would normally reek havoc on my insides, and for some reason it didn’t this year, and I was ecstatic! But then after 5 days of eating like that way I just started feeling like crap from the unhealthy, cooked, processed, full of sugar foods. Every night before bed during Christmas I took fibre pills to keep me some what regular, because I knew my body wasn’t used to this way of eating and I didn’t want to get plugged up! (It’s true) The day after coming home, my stomach wasn’t doing so well, it finally caught up to me, I was feeling extremely sluggish and was getting constant migraines. I thought to myself, how in the heck did I used to eat like that on a normal basis? Since becoming mainly vegetarian and part Raw, I have definitely noticed the benefits of eating healthy and eating fresh foods. Today for supper I cleansed my soul with a giant Green smoothie. I almost instantly started feeling better with that boost of vitamins and good wholesome greenness.

So I am getting back on track, I bought a load of bananas and a huge bag of spinach, so I have no excuse. I need to get back to eating right so that I can feel energized again. I skipped the gym today because  I was feeling so lousy, but I will be back at it tomorrow. I went on Tuesday to the gym and used my new Polar F7, that thing is so awesome (Thanks Hunnie!) It is so easy to use, the chest strap isn’t a nuisance and it uploads easily onto the computer.

Before Christmas came I overhauled the fridge, I took out the old crispers and left that bottom space open, and I added an extra shelf for more room. I got some cheap white storage bins for all my fruits and veggies in the fridge. It brightened it up in there and made it a lot more organized and easier to be Raw!

Now for the second part of the title of my post – 10 in 2010. These are the 10 things that I would like to do in 2010.

1) Run a 10K marathon

2) Glass etchings

3) Grow some of my own veggies

4) Become High Raw/Vegan

5) Achieve goal weight

6) Assemble a cookbook

7) Practice Yoga

8 ) Donate Blood (Iron has always been too low)

9) Better my photography and food photography

10) Chocolate making

 

I hope that everyone has a good New Years! Be safe and stay healthy, as much as possible. I look forward to talking to everyone in 2010 and sharing all my new experiences in this next year. I can’t wait to do a post at the end of 2010 and look back at everything I have accomplished. Ooo its so exciting!

 

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150 Days Left!

One week until Christmas Eve. Can you believe it?!

Last night went really well eating raw, I snacked on some Organic raspberries. I wish I could eat them more often but they are way too expensive on a regular basis.

I did really good all day eating Raw, I ate Raw until about 9:30pm and I was feeling so hungry and decided I would have a bowl of mushroom soup and a Luna Bar S’mores flavour. So all ‘n’ all I did pretty good at eating mostly raw.

Starting out this morning, I had an apple and an orange for breakfast before heading out to the gym. I did a killer workout at the gym, since I have been kind of slacking lately. 70 minutes of cardio and just over 9 miles total! Check out my RUN page for details. I am feeling so energized.

I went out to visit my mom for part of the afternoon around 3pm, I needed to drop off some presents. I brought an apple and a Raw Organic Food Bar – Chocolatey chocolate chip. I missed my brother and dad because they were heading out to the farm to bring one of the cars back for my brother to use. So soon after I arrived they left. I visited with my mom for a few hours and ate my snacks. The Food Bar was pretty good actually. My mom had a Food Dehydrator hiding in the basement and she gave it to me. Yay, I was so excited. Once my mom sat down for supper I decided I would get back home. I figured I would go home and start dehydrating something or at least figure out foods to dehydrate and get ideas flowing. I just on the road when my brother called me. THEY FORGOT THE CAR KEYS! He called and was like, "Hey we forgot the keys for the car, can you come bring them?" I just laughed, its over an hour drive to the farm and it was already 6pm. So I hightailed it back to mom’s and grabbed the keys and then I was off on my little lonesome road trip. Once I got there, I visited with my dad and brother for awhile at least! Needless to say, I was home by 10:30pm, I was pooped and starving, so we ordered a pizza and called it a night!

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(picture from Google images)

Because I feel like I’m living in the North Pole, its so cold here! Waking up this morning it was almost -40C. I did NOT want to get out of bed and I definitely didn’t want to go outside so that I could get to the gym. But I still did both. My truck almost didn’t start this morning, but she is a tough one. When I was leaving the gym she almost didn’t start again. I feel bad and now she will stay plugged in all day.

Back tracking here, last night for supper I made a Sweet & Sour stir fry with egg noodles, chicken breast and fresh veggies. It was delicious.

Today at the gym I did a total of 6.76 miles, Woo! Read my RUN page for details. After I got home from the gym I made a cup of Hot Chocolate and warmed up some leftovers, in my penguin bowl.

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The afternoon was spent cleaning up the place, finishing all the dishes, washing the cats litter box and vacuuming. I made some Christmas rice krispie squares and made supper, which was a recipe from Kraft, I just basically looked off of it for the basic idea,  which was Chicken Pasta Skillet. It was definitely very tasty, I loved the cheese added at the end, it just brought it all together.

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This picture is more appealing than the actual finish product, the tomato sauce just isn’t that photogenic.

 

Here is making the Rice Krispies!

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Look at the marshmallow-y goodness!

So the finale for The Biggest Loser was on tonight, so exciting, yay for Danny C, I figured he would win it he is 190 pounds now after being 430 pounds! How crazy is that.

Supposed to be the same temperature waking up tomorrow, uhg, but I will still be going to the gym (unless my truck doesn’t start). If I can go to the gym when its -40C I can do anything!

Have a great night! And stay warm wherever you are.

So to start off, this morning it is -30C/-22F, OMG I can’t believe how fast winter has come here! This weekend has been too slack, it is another get back on track week. No more eating so much junk food for a while, and no more staying up extremely late!

Need to get back on track in several ways! Eating better, drinking lots of water again, keeping the laundry done, keeping the kitchen and dishes clean. Pretty much all of that sums up what has been missing out on action the last few days.  I also need to finish my Christmas shopping, only have some small things to get and then I will be done. I can’t wait to wrap them all up.

Today is going to be a busy day, I need to clean the house up and make things back to the way they should be. Right now I am trying to find motivation to go outside in the -30C weather to get to the gym. I know I will just have to suck it up and go start the vehicle and let it warm up, just hopefully it starts! Definitely need to start plugging it in today.

I’m just going to get going to the gym now! And when I get back I will pump up the Christmas music and get cleaning! I just can’t keep sitting around waiting for motivation, I just need to make it! I need to get to the gym and run my 2.7 miles today.

 

What is the temperatures like there? Do you have snow?

 

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173 Days Left!

 

Tuesday night was relaxing, loved sitting on the couch by the Christmas tree. I watched The Biggest Loser for 2 hours, now I have to wait another week for the Finale. I wish it was sooner!

Yesterday morning started out not so great, IBS was acting up today, I wasn’t feeling very well so I skipped breakfast and just sat around trying to feel better. When I started feeling a little decent I packed up and went to the gym for another 2.8 mile cardio workout. I wasn’t all there today, just kind of lacked a lot of motivation, I completed the whole 2.8 but I just wasn’t feeling it today.  When I got home I warmed up a bowl of left over Bean Chili, it’s chilly out side and I needed something to warm me up and fill my belly. For a later snack I made a grilled cheese. I was feeling so incredibly lazy in the afternoon afternoon, so I finally popped in my N’sync Christmas CD (I love it, wanna fight about it?), it puts me in such a good mood. I cranked it up, went into the kitchen and started making some Granolies.  Also in the kitchen I made a wicked Raw salad consisting of peeled and sliced cucumber, carrot, broccoli and sprouts, I put it in a big bowl and refrigerated it for an easy snack or meal. I had a bowl of Bean chili for supper and then a late snack from Badass Jack’s – Honey Garlic Vegetarian Asian Box with egg noodles.

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This morning I had a doctors appointment for some tests, as far as I can tell I am normal. That’s good news and bad news haha. I would like to have a better diagnosis but oh well. I hit the gym as well today did 2.7 miles. My big salad was saved for lunch. Yum. I need to get some things accomplished here today!

 

Do you have all your Christmas shopping done yet?

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177 Days Left!

Holy Smokes! It’s December already, where did the first 11 months of this year go?

Today I am going to try my first Raw Food day. For breakfast I had an apple, peeled, and a topped it with a little natural peanut butter, and as soon as I did like I was like, Ah Crap is that raw? I don’t think it is, so that’s my first boo-boo today. I went for my 2.8 mile cardio workout after breakfast, it went well again. Right after I went to the grocery store and picked up some veggies. Then for lunch I whipped up a Raw salad of peeled and sliced cucumber, and grated carrot.

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It actually started to snow lightly around 11am, and the plan for today is to deck the halls!

I was still hungry after my salad so I made a mostly Raw green smoothie, it consisted of spinach and fruit and I only have skim milk so that’s why its not all Raw. I will get the hang of this Raw stuff yet.

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I had a handful of Raw almonds and then started decorating the tree and the fireplace!

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I ran to the dollarstore as well this afternoon and picked up a couple plastic Christmas dishes, and skirt for underneath the tree to hide the stand.

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How cute are those? especially that penguin bowl, eating out of his belly.

 

I ate basically Raw until 5pm, and then I had a S’mores Luna Bar and for supper I made Vegetarian Bean Chili.

Biggest Loser is on tonight! So that will be occupying 2 hours of my evening.

 

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179 Days Left!

Today has been sort of a write-off, I slept in a little bit and once I was up I had to wait for the UPS guy to get here and bring my packages! Christmas presents have arrived! I also had 2 books I was waiting for among those presents. There was "Tell me what to eat if I have IBS" and "Healthy digestion the natural way". There is pictures of the book covers and a link as well in my READ page.  But as soon as my packages arrived I was off to the gym! All my running updates will be posted in my RUN page. Today’s goal was 2.6 miles, and it was achieved. Official marathon training has begun!

The rest of the afternoon I have pretty much been reading my new books. They are pretty good so far. Hopefully for Christmas I will be able to get some good books on Raw Food diets. I added those to my list,  otherwise I will just be ordering/buying them after Christmas!

Tomorrow I am setting up the Christmas tree! The first day of December, and its supposed to snow. So it will be perfect weather for Christmas music and decorating. And of course there will be pictures to follow that.

I have been working on my blog a lot these past couple days, if you haven’t noticed! I am looking to improve and expand. Sometime in the nearer future I will be getting my own website, so stay tuned for that. That will be so exciting!!

New episodes of House and Canada’s Worst Driver are on tonight, so that’s what I will be doing!

 

 

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180 Days Left!

I kind of feel like I am going nowhere with my running. I can barely do 3 miles, and most days I don’t. How am I supposed to do 6.2miles in May next year. I need to rethink my process and write up a different goal list so that every time I go for a run I have a goal to reach before I can leave.

I worked for awhile on a spreadsheet of my goals up to the marathon in May 2010. I think its a great idea. Here’s a little snippet:

 

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Obviously it’s still pretty empty, but as I go I will be filling in the remaining columns to keep track of everything. As it goes on until May, the distances will keep increasing, so by the marathon comes I will be able to easily run 6.2 miles. Slowly, but surely.

So now whenever I go to the gym, I need to reach some kind of goal so that will give me more motivation to keep going. Plus I really need to be able to do the marathon, time will pass too quickly I’m sure and I don’t want to be unprepared for my first ever.

 

Have you ever ran a marathon? What was your training process?

 

 

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182 Days Left!

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