First Week of Training (10k)

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69.7kg (153.6 lbs)

It’s been a whole week since I started training for my first 10k, taking place April 21. So far it has been going really well. Had two early workouts at before work. The only thing I am having trouble with is figuring out what to eat at work after my workouts. Protein bars are just not cutting it for me.

They are super high in sugar, so I always end up crashing later and let’s not forget, super processed as well. Got any ideas?

I meal prepped a super easy vegan veggie curry, going to have the recipe for you all up soon. It’s an adaption from Karin Adoni Ben-David’s recipe. I also made lentil salad with avocado dressing, which I will also have for you all. I love salads, that are protein packed, after a workout. It is so refreshing and keeps me light when I go to bed.

My favorite show to watch right now is Stranger Things, I am loving this show. It’s so interesting, funny, and a great way to distract myself during cross training. Got any favorite shows to watch during cross training days?

This week I also caught up with a friend. We went to Cinnamon Snail. I had the beast mode burger, incredible! It’s a veggie patty with mac and cheese, bbq sauce, and it was just heavenly. Their tater tots were kind of dry, but boy oh boy what the doughnut incredible. Peanut butter and chocolate should be a sin, it is just that good.

Now off to celebrate my mother’s birthday and then off to Florida, will be training from the hotel room gym for the next three days.

New week, new workouts:

  • Sunday: 2 mile run (In Florida)
  • Monday: Cross training (In Florida)
  • Tuesday: 30 minute run (Flying home from Florida)
  • Wednesday: same as monday
  • Thursday: same as tuesday
  • Friday: same as monday
  • Saturday: rest day

 

 

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My Weightloss & 10K Training

Hi guys, so it feels like I keep coming back and leaving you all, but I’m back for real this time. Some updates on my life:

  1. I moved back to the Upper East Side of Manhattan
  2. I signed up to a gym after a year out of the loop, more than a year, I think.
  3. I gained about 20+ lbs. in the last year, lost about 10 of them so far.
  4. I have signed up to run a 10K to help me get back in shape.

This time is different. I keep saying that. Let’s first talk about weight gain. This year I was at my all time highest weight of 171 lbs. (78kg). I had never in my life passed 160 and all of a sudden I found myself looking at a version of myself I didn’t recognize. It didn’t happen all of a sudden. It happened with bagel and tofu cream cheese every morning, thai take out a few times a week, heavy drinking on the weekend, and little by little, a pound here and a pound there and all of a sudden I was as round as the bagel I was eating. You know the saying, “you are what you eat,” yea well I became that.

I hated taking pictures. Asaf, my boyfriend, wouldn’t understand why I refused to be photographed with him, but it was because I hated the way I came out. I stopped wanting to go out with friends, because nothing fit me. It was always so depressing.

I took myself by the hands and I said this time will be different. I will lose the weight, but on my terms. I will love my body, I will eat healthy, but I won’t deprive myself. I will enjoy my life, my relationship and not be caged by weightloss.

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Left picture taken Dec. 15. Right picture taken Jan. 17.

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I made small changes. I started by eating home cooked meals. I ate a balanced breakfast, I stopped eating sugary crap and switched to better quality, whole foods. Most of all, I started loving myself and the process. I didn’t realize how much had gone down until I saw a picture of myself from a holiday party back in December and another picture of myself from the staff retreat in January.

I think there is only about 6 lbs. difference between the pictures, but the sheer change in who I have become is shining through.

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Tofu and lentil salad post workout

Now that I am back to myself, It always helps me to carve out a new training plan to help me stay on track. I saw such amazing results and felt a rush of self confidence. Running makes me feel so accomplished. I love seeing my progress and watching as the surpass that voice in my head that says “Oh, I’m tired,” “you can’t do this…” But, the thing is I can and I am.

I have signed up for a 10K race that will take place in Prospect park on April 21. Last year I ran the 5K version, but this year I have decided to challenge myself. I printed out a training kit and I’m doing this thing.

So far I have done 2 days of XT (crosstraining) and one 2 mile run.

This week’s workouts

  • Monday: XT/walking (45 min walking uphill or 45 min on bike, plus 15 minute strairmaster).
  • Tuesday: 25 min run
  • Wednesday: Same as Monday
  • Thursday: same as Tuesday
  • Friday: Same as Monday
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: 2 mile run

 

Don’t worry guys I’ll be updating and blogging my whole progress up until race day! Wish me luck :).

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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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