Running for Weightloss

Hey guys! It has been a while. I have had such a crazy couple of days that I literally had no time to sit down and write something. First off Happy Rosh Hashanah to all my fellow Jews. I am home for the holiday, home is Jersey, and I am really enjoying the bigger space, home-cooked food, and fresh air. You really don’t learn to appreciate those things until you are away from Manhattan.

20170922_081951I have recently started using a weightloss running app to keep track of my interval running and help me lose some weight. It is literally called Weightloss Running App, it is available both on an Android and Apple. I love how easy it is to use. I am currently using the beginner level but there are three different levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each level has 24 workouts. I am currently on day four. I did however do one intermediate workout, so I have done four workouts with this app overall. When you run outside it will tell you how far you have run, map out your run, tell you your pace, calories burned, and time you have left of the workout.

The workouts are pretty simple. In the beginner version most of the intervals are one minute of running, two minutes of walking or one and half minute of running, two minutes of walking. Like I said, pretty simple.

I can really start feeling changes in my body, especially in my midsection, which is where I always feel the change happen first. Since today my run was at home, it was a lot harder. There are a lot of hills around here, so it makes it kind of difficult to recover quicker than I would running on a treadmill or alongside the Hudson River.

I am kind of doing the workouts back to back, since the running is pretty minimal, so I don’t feel like my body needs so many days to recover in between. A few days ago, I did the intermediate workout on the treadmill at the gym and my legs were so chafed I could not walk for several days, so that pretty much set me back a while. Now I am back, I make sure to put lotion on after every run, and I thinking running outside is just better for me overall.

If I wasn’t moving back to Jersey in December I would probably get the premium version, but I know I won’t run as much when I am back home. It’s harder to run here during the week, because it gets darker faster and I wouldn’t feel safe running at like 8 p.m. alongside the highway, cause I am just weird like that. I will try to get my runs in on the weekend and maybe once during the week, if I can. I guess we will see.

What about you, do you like to run outside or inside?

 

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Mouse Situation + Central Park Run

Wow, I have slept maybe a total of three hours. That coupled with my non-caffeine lifestyle, I am so drained this morning. I didn’t get to post yesterday because when I got home from my run, a mouse was fleeing from my cat and that was a whole situation I had to deal with.

I love animals, I am even vegan, but it’s a thing about having a street animal with a disease in your apartment that makes me feel so freaking uneasy. Anyways, long story short my cat caught the mouse, but I didn’t want her to tear it apart, so I put it in a tampon box and later took it outside, it died, I think from shock.

Now for the central park run. So there are three kinds of people, treadmill runners, Hudson river runners, and central park runners. When you are on the treadmill you can kind of manipulate your workout to either be easy or hard depending on how you are feeling that day. Treadmill workouts are great for late night runners, cold weather, rainy days, and so much more. I am going to go for a night run myself tonight at Crunch Fitness.

When you are on the treadmill you can kind of manipulate your workout to either be easy or hard depending on how you are feeling that day. Treadmill workouts are great for late night runners, cold weather, rainy days, and so much more. I am going to go for a night run myself tonight at Crunch Fitness.

Then you have the people who like to run alongside the Hudson River. The trail is basically flat, paved road, really nice view. You get a good workout, but running feels a bit easier, my calves don’t hurt as much. Also, I noticed you have a wider range of runners. You have people on bikes, you have kids, you have people strolling on a romantic date, you have so much to look at. I like running alongside the Hudson River on weekends when I can take the time to walk down there, right before the sun sets.

Then you have Central Park runners. Central Park is pretty much all hills. It’s covered in trees and the paved road is shared with runners and bikers. I noticed, when I was running there yesterday, that most of the people were extremely fit. Now here I come, beginner at best trying to get a workout. I found it much more challenging. My legs BURNED when I ran and even when I walked. There were hills everywhere and it was a good thing I was doing a HIIT workout because running for 35 minutes straight would have killed me.

I am now officially done with Day 2 of my program. I am really liking it so far and I love that the app tracks how many miles I have run in total, while still breaking down my workouts. Tonight I have an event to go to, so I am not positive if I will run, but I sure hope I will have the energy to do so.

 

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Going Caffeine-Free & Night Runs

20170911_194025_001It’s the start of a new work week. I’ve decided to go caffeine-free and it has been so hard. It’s only day one and I’m already experiencing headaches, severe energy loss, and fatigue. Can you believe what a strong effect caffeine-free has on our bodies? I have become an addict and I don’t like it. In addition to coffee and tea, I also eliminated chocolate.

No worries, coffee and tea are not completely off the list, it’s only the caffeinated ones. After work today, Screenshot_20170911-204100I met my friend for a night run.

I decided to download an app to help me track my weightloss and running routines.

The app is called Running for Weightloss and the basic version is free. You choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The workout program lasts eight weeks. Each workout is challenging and different in its own way and the calories and distance change depending on how fast you run and where you run. You can also adjust it to either an outdoor or treadmill run.

Today the workout lasted 34 minutes, it was a basic HIIT workout with a built in cool down and warmup.

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vegan ckn fillet and quinoa

I keep running with my friend, but her foot hinders her from running alongside me, so I just end up doing the workout on my own.

Then, when I got home. I made myself some quinoa and heated up some vegan ckn fillets. Now, as I’m getting ready for bed, I am so excited to see what tomorrow brings. I am so ready for day two of the running plan.

2.37 miles done! Only 3,919.27 left.

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Making Running Fun

Running can be a challenge. Especially if you don’t feel like leaving your house.

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Top: Fabletics, Bottoms: Nike, Shoes: Nike

It’s a mind game that is never over until you cross the finish line or end a workout routine. The best part about running is it literally works your whole body.

After the boyfriend went back to New Jersey, I really didn’t have any energy to leave the house. Semi-hungover and feeling so lazy, I made plans with a friend to run on the Hudson River boardwalk.

I like to split up my running and walking. First, it is better for your knees, and second, it makes the time go by faster. Here is the routine I usually do.

 

 

  • 2 minutes running
  • 1 minute walking

Repeat for 10 minutesΒ 

  • 1 minute running
  • 2 minutes walking

Repeat for 10 minutes

I was so exhausted today. I usually running in the evening, but today I went out in the afternoon and it was so hot. It was a lot harder to keep going, but I just knew I had to make it through. It becomes much easier when you have a goal in mind.

 

For dinner, I had an Israel veggie chicken fillet from Tivall, an Israeli company.

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Tivall “fake” chicken

I purchased it at an kosher supermarket on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Accompanying the fake meat was a large salad (not pictured), broccoli, cauliflower, and tahini. I am so drained, but feeling really great about getting my workout in. Tomorrow begins a jam packed week and I really want to make sure I am ready to face the day. Tomorrow I am also going caffeine-free. That will be interesting to see if it has any effect on my weightloss or my rosacea.

 

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Weekend, Recovery, & Workout Schedule

It’s Sunday and I’m recovering from my crazy weekend. On Friday, I chopped off a good portion of my hair and headed to Jersey to hang out with the boyfriend. We went out to a romantic dinner.Β IMG-20170908-WA0029We had some beer tastings. They bring you this tray with all kinds of different bears and they were all IPA style. I like IPA beers, but sometimes they have kind of a strong after taste.

The staff was kind enough to accommodate my eating habits and they made me a pasta dish with garlic and white wine sauce with a mix of veggies. 20170908_214025It’s always nice to see staff that can work to help out us vegans, so I really appreciated it. The place is called Chesapeake Tavern, so if you are ever in Long Valley, New Jersey, you should check it out.

The next day, I went to the city and it was time to get ready for the party, I don’t have many photos, because let’s face it, I was too drunk to take any usable photos, but trust me it was a lot of fun.

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Tomorrow starts a new week. I am goaling myself at three runs and two workout gym classes. I really loved Diesel and Spin, so I think I will go to both this week. That means, my workout schedule this week is as follows:

  • Monday: Run
  • Tuesday: Run
  • Wednesday: Diesel
  • Thursday: Spin
  • Friday: Run
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: Low impact workout (pilates/yoga)

What is your workout week looking like? I also want to start packing my lunch to work. I bought some veggies and am excited to steam some up and get it all ready to eat. I will do a meal prep photo for you all tomorrow, so you can see what I am taking.

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Spinning, Kobeyaki & Birthday

It’s my birthday!!! Well it was anyways on Sep. 7. I am kind of behind on the whole blogging thing. I had a really great weekend full of partying, drinking, and just hanging out with friends.

20170907_071511Anyways…on Thursday I went spinning with my roommate. My legs were so sore from diesel and running, but somehow I got myself to go spinning. 20170907_071525I love spin class, it’s almost like going clubbing, minus the hangover feelings and loud ringing in your ears that comes after a wild night out. Your adrenaline is pumping, you are sweating, the music is playing and they even have a disco ball and lights flashing at random times.

After spinning, we showered, and left for work. I am really lucky to work at a new place where I feel appreciated. My boss brought me flowers for my birthday, and for lunch I tried this Japanese place called Kobeyaki.

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The food is pretty incredible. It is super heavy, so I wouldn’t recommend it for a work lunch, but the portion is so big and the price is great. 20170907_133204I got veggies and rice in a teriyaki-like sauce with some fried tofu. It was perfection.

After work I went out with a few friends to a bar called Pioneers Bar. It’s located on 29th St. and 6th Ave. It’s a huge bar, which is not typical of New York. The bartenders were super sweet, and the craft beer they had for happy hour was so delicious. All in all their happy hour is great — $6 beers, $7 wines, not bad at all.

It was not long before everyone scattered to their homes. After a long day at work, it’s so hard to go out. Honestly, I have no idea how some people do it. I was still feeling kind of full of energy, so I talked my friend, Ephraim, into going to the bar down the street, Your Uncle Bob.

All in all it was an amazing birthday. Didn’t make it to the workout the next day, but hey it was my birthday, sometimes you have to live and let live.

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Diesel Class, Arriba Aribba & Drinks

I did it! I woke up at 5:30 am, got dressed, laced up my shoes and went to the gym for a morning workout class. It was so difficult. Diesel is pretty much an interval training class that incorporates weights, resistance training, and core workouts.

The instructor was full of energy, which made the class super fun to follow. The 45 minutes went by really quickly. I was sweating so badly, it felt good to get a good workout and all my muscles were aching by the time I got done with the class.

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For lunch today I didn’t have time to pack so I tried out the vegan sandwich and salad from Pret-A-Manger. The jury is still out on kelp noodles. It is kind of expensive there, but their food tends to be pretty good quality. The sandwich is Thai style, Bahn Mi, and the salad was like a seaweed style salad. I am not sure if I like them or hate them. What about you guys? Kelp noodles a yes or a no? I am going to try and bring in my food next week, but heck it’s my birthday week and I’ll indulge if I want to.

 

20170906_200137After work, I met up with a friend at Arriba Arriba, a restaurant in Hells Kitchen area. I got tamales since I never had it before, it also came with a side of rice and beans. It’s my birthday week so dinner with friends wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t have a nice drink to go along with our meal. 20170906_201600I present to you my delicious frozen margarita. I love this place, the staff is always friendly, the atmosphere is so lively, and the food is really tasty.

I would recommend this to anyone for a fun date, girls night out, or even just to sit on the bar and have a few drinks to meet some local peeps.

Well, tomorrow is my birthday, so that is all for now. I will see you all in the morning for a quick run. Crushing goals and not taking any excuses.

XOXO,

B

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