Posts tagged ‘Weight loss’

May 12, 2016

Kelsey’s Super Kitchen Meal Delivery So. Flo.

by jem614

Sending out a huge CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Kelsey, who has just recently launched her website and is expanding her business for healthy meal delivery in South Florida. You cannot beat the service, friendliness and freshness of this food delivery service.

Kelsey originally started a year or two ago, providing meal delivery for friends and family and has expanded into a booming local business.

If you’re looking for colorful foods, options like the “vegetarian plan” or just a great, healthy, tasty, inexpensive meal service; you have to check out her new site:
http://www.superkitchen.net/

Her weekly menu is up and includes incredible selections for not only those looking to lose weight but also those that are maintaining their beach bodies.

Her meal delivery is incredibly inexpensive and so worth the investment in your health.

Please check her out and tell her that Veg On The Run sent you!

If I haven’t already convinced you, here are some pics from my meals:

July 7, 2015

Quickie Post: Tempeh Balls in Red Sauce

by jem614

Just wanted to share a quick picture of the amazing Tempeh Balls in Red Sauce I made last night.  It is a recipe out of the Emily Skye F.I.T. plan and it’s delicious!  So simple and I never even thought of grinding up tempeh and making it into “meat” balls.

Thanks to Emily for helping me to fall in love with healthy eating again!

July 6, 2015

Emily Skye F.I.T. Program Vegan/Vegetarian Version

by jem614

I’ve been stalking Emily Skye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for a while now and finally hit the “purchase” button this past week.  She had a 50% off special and it was only $35 for an entire month of food lists (weekly) as well as a menu and a workout plan. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to at least try it for a month.

I don’t know about you but I need to be constantly on top of my fitness goals or I let go and it becomes a nightmare trying to undo the damage of unhealthy eating.  What I love about this plan is that everything is extremely healthy- I am reminded of how I was eating when I first became a vegetarian; clean, whole eating.

There is a wide variety of breakfast options including pancakes, quinoa cereal, chia pudding- which can be made the night before to save time. Lunches are tempeh stir fries, chickpea cakes; snacks are protein shakes (I use my favorite Garden of Life protein shakes in Chocolate or Marley Coffee) and protein balls or FIT protein muffins.  She uses tons of veggies, nuts, seeds, raw foods.  It’s clean eating- no milks except for the occasional unsweetened yogurt with berries and stevia.

The best part of the plan is that you will never be hungry, there is so much protein and whole foods that it filled me up.  I was actually wondering how I could fit it all in.  Her plan has it all set up so you literally do not have to figure it out on your own.  The recipes are tasty and simple so you won’t be overwhelmed with thousands of ingredients.
And lest you think that you’re spending a whole lot on just yourself, most of the recipes feed more than 1 person so you can either put it in the freezer and eat later, or feed the rest of your family!

I’m not 100% yet, I’m going into this gradually or I won’t stick to it.  My snack today was the pumpkin protein balls which literally have no sugar in them except a little bit of dates.  However, I only had four dates left so I subbed with bananas and it didn’t work out so well.  The dates are what sticks it together, the bananas just made it mushier.  Regardless, three of them make a great snack and I’m stuffed till lunch time.  Note to self- don’t sub!

Her 28 day Phase I plan also comes with a workout routine that I’ll be starting tonight.  You do need at least dumbbells at home if you’re not going to the gym, so be prepared if you decide to check her out.  Even if you don’t check her out today, this Aussie is an incredible role model and worth following on social media.  She’s all about positive energy and building others up.  .

Have you tried any great fitness plans lately?  Have you tried Emily Skye’s plan?  Let us know how you’re doing!!

For more information on Emily Skye, go to: Emily Skye Website or on Facebook.

May 30, 2014

Month 1 of Nutrisystem Down!

by jem614

Today is the last day of Month 1 on Nutrisystem.  Well, at least it’s the end of 5 weeks on Nutrisystem.  After one month, here is what I have found:

1. Obsessive weighing can keep you from going off plan but can also kinda mess with your head.

2. Keep those pair of jeans you can’t seem to fit into yet- it’s sooooo motivating putting them on and having them fit!

3. A piece of fruit is actually a treat!!

4. No matter how much weight you lose, you still need to go to the gym to lose the pooch (blame my son for that).

5. I still need to go to the gym.

6. It’s totally possible to go out to eat on this plan.

7. I’ve actually saved money not eating out all the time.

8. 8.2 lbs later, I feel pretty accomplished and realize that 1 or 2 lbs a week is an incredible goal and so easy if you stick to your plan.  It adds up so quickly.

9. Take the time you have while on your diet to retrain your brain to eat healthier- I have already changed my July order to include only breakfast, lunch and snack so that I can teach myself how to eat dinners on my own.  For August, I may go it alone.

10. For the first time in a very long time, I might actually be able to wear a cute bikini for the summer and look half decent in it.

So there you go, diamonds of wisdom.  Go forth!

April 28, 2014

Nutrisystem for Vegetarians

by jem614

I finally did it, I signed up with the millions on Nutrisystem.  I know many of you are tut-tutting and shaking your head thinking I’ve gone off the deep end.  Before you judge me, let me give you a little background:

I’ve been curious about Nutrisystem for years and never jumped on board because I was afraid of spending $300 on something I would hate.  I also didn’t want to eat a bunch of prepackaged foods that were full of salt and crap for a month or more.  However, after researching it and after several people in my life have recently lost on NS, I was convinced I needed to at least try it. I don’t have hundreds of pounds to lose, just 15-20 lbs that I’ve been packing around since leaving New York (and travelling by car instead of walking around the city).

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The Positives:
A friend of mine lost her baby weight by doing NS and she liked it as a great way to get on track.  Our pastor at our church also recently signed up his family and the entire family has lost weight.  They look amazing, I think they are actually what sealed the deal because his wife is losing so much weight, it’s obvious.

Most of all, after reading a bunch on it, I realized that NS actually advocates healthier eating.  Yes, the foods are frozen or freeze dried and yes, they aren’t realistic to eat long term (though some do) but they encourage the food groups and you’re required to eat 4 servings of veggies a day, healthy protein sources, minimal fruit to cut down on the sugar habit and they even use stevia and monkfruit in some of their products.  I am seriously impressed because this company always seemed to be so unhealthy to me.

Nutrisystem also has a vegetarian plan, though most of it is pastas and pizza and lasagna, it is quite tasty.  I haven’t found one meal that I hate yet.  In just three days, I’ve already lost 3 lbs.

If you order now, you get the 28 days + the Fast Five and it comes out to less than $50/week average (if you have the right discounts, etc) for month 1- just remember if you choose auto ship, you will be charged a penalty if you choose to cancel after month 1.

For those of you that are worried about paying $200-300 right out of your pocket, there is the Bill Me Later option and you can pay as you go- no interest and no payments for six months (if that is still available).

The Negatives:
The portion sizes are really small.  I was excited to eat my muffins every morning but they are so tiny!  I seriously thought I was missing some of my breakfast.  The soups are so minuscule that I thought there must be a mistake.  Nope, not a mistake, amazingly I’m not craving crap though!

It comes all at once.  I have an incredibly huge box sitting behind my desk right now.  28 days + 7 days of the Fast 5 is a lot of food.  The benefit of this is that you can pick and choose what you have each day so you don’t get bored.

Your first week, you will be hungry (unless you’re used to eating very little).  My stomach is shrinking slowly but I’m still hungry on day 3 around 3pm and today, I forgot my veggies so I’ll have to starve till I get on the road and can get some veggies from the store.

But….
The most important thing- it’s Do-ABLE!  The portions are small but honestly, it kills your cravings because it’s tons of fiber and the shakes really take the edge off.  Be careful not to drink too much caffeine as it could impede your efforts.

If you are interested in joining, you can click on this link for more information.  I am looking forward to the next two months and will keep you all updated!

The Skinny on Pricing

As mentioned, you can do autoship and get the discount plus right now you can get the fast 5 and 28 days for $239.  If you choose my link below, I believe you can get $30 off the total cost of your shipment.  You can also check with Nutrisystem to see if they have a discount for your health insurance (mine did).  My first month came out to only about $44/week which is less than I spend in 5 days eating out.  For me, it’s actually more affordable than going to the grocery store but keep in mind you are still required to buy some of your own food.

Good luck if you try it- let me know how it goes.

http://online.nutrisystem.com/nsmembers/jsps/shop/all_plans.jsp

http://www.nutrisystem.com

July 5, 2012

For The Glow Test Drive for Veg On The Run Readers!

by jem614

Jenn at “For The Glow” has a special offer just for our Veg On The Run readers! Meal plans, cleanses and much more! Check out her “TEST DRIVE” here:

http://www.fortheglow.com/promotional-test-drive/

June 21, 2012

Glow, not Grow

by jem614

At my 24 week check up two weeks ago, my doctor seemed concerned that I had gained 20 lbs.  I must admit it was a bit terrifying to realize that I had gained that much, I’ve never weighed this much in my life.  However, the impact hadn’t really sunk in.  In my head I was thinking, “but I have 10 more pounds I can gain”.

When she explained how her office is very careful about keeping patients on a healthy track, I completely respected her.  She said that they try to keep c-sections to a minimum and gaining tons of weight during pregnancy can often produce a bigger baby – not just weight-wise but also length/bone mass too.  When your baby gains more weight, their shoulders stretch as well as their legs.  This can create an issue when coming out as a natural birth.  Which is why some women who gain quite a bit during pregnancy are required to have a c-section.

I have been through two surgeries in my life and neither one was fun or easy to recover from so I’m doing what I can to stop this freight train.

That is why I am so excited to bring this to all of you that are searching for a healthier way of eating or a Pregnancy “diet (not really a diet)” plan!!!  I have talked about her before but Jennifer Jordan from “For The Glow” is extremely informative as well as a product of her own success.  I bought access to her site two years ago and have been meaning to use one of the plans for ages.  I’m finally ready and willing to make some major changes for my health and to keep my baby healthy.  I also want to try to implement some of the changes long-term, even after the baby is here.

So, starting in Tri 3 next week (I’m counting week 27 as the start of Tri 3 because it basically is) I’m going to start on the For The Glow Vegetarian Plan (www.fortheglow.com) that just came out this week.  I can’t share everything because you’ll have to buy it yourself to find out (but it’s really inexpensive and has TONS of information) I do want to give you an overview and how it is changing me and my health.  The best part of the plan is that it doesn’t tell you how much you should be eating so it is flexible for a baby mama like myself!

I love new beginnings, I love that my baby is going to be getting even more nourishment and love from what I eat.

Stay tuned for more information tomorrow on what a Day in the Life looks like or go there yourself to find out! http://www.fortheglow.com.

January 23, 2012

Ashley’s Vegan Bodybuilding Update: 3 Weeks

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

So far I’ve lost a total of four pounds in three weeks – not bad, but I know I could have done better. While I’ve been good about doing some sort of exercise frequently, I haven’t been doing all I could and I certainly haven’t been following the plan religiously. It’s hard starting a new routine, especially one that is drastically different than how I normally would spend my time or fill my stomach.

For a reason unknown to me, I usually live life in extremes. I am either extremely motivated, overdoing it with exercise, eating way too little and/or restrictively or completely the opposite, barely wanting to move and eating with gluttony. My personality is also like this, moving from one extreme to the other. It can be a whirlwind of emotions and motivations (or lack thereof). In some ways this makes me more creative, fueling my artistic side. But more often than not, this lack of consistency is a hindrance.

New Year’s resolutions are usually superficial things – losing weight, changing the way you look or dress. I want this to be more than an irrational resolution that will be just as quickly forgotten as it began. I need a bigger change in my life, one that will put me on the path to greater happiness and health. January should be a time of reflection, a time we remember the good from the past year along with the bad. Visualize the person I want to be, realize the traits I already possess and work on those I feel don’t line up with my goals. One of these things is eating in secret – it’s a horribly embarrassing thing to admit, but I have a problem with secret eating and binging. It’s something I’ve only just let myself realize, but it is something I’ve done since I was very little.

Binge eating is a serious issue that affects those overweight, underweight and average alike. I began binging when I was borderline anorexic as a young teen. I would refuse to eat for days, snacking on limes and other very low calorie foods – and then, when I couldn’t handle it anymore, I would hide in my room in the middle of the night and eat high calorie foods. I was very skinny and looked fit until I moved in with my boyfriend at 18 or so – and that’s when I started eating all the time instead of in secret. He was a better influence in terms of binging, but a worse influence as he doesn’t eat very well and made it so I didn’t need to eat unhealthy things in secret.

In the past year I began looking at the way I eat and realizing that it isn’t healthy to continue like this. I went from a size 0/2 at age 18 to a size 10 at age 22. Now that I’m 23, I’m back down to a size 6, squeezing into a 4 in some things =), but I know that I have a long way to go to getting to the healthiest I can be. Jessica and I have tried several detoxes and diets, that while I may not have completed with perfect, I have learned something from each and every one. And that is what I’m hoping happens with this, our most drastic diet/exercise regimen yet. While I haven’t eaten perfectly, I’ve slipped and eaten dairy and even had fish once, I want to continue learning. From July 2011 I’ve lost a total of 17 pounds and kept them off, which is a huge feat for me, someone who’s never lost a significant amount of weight before.

My update is two-fold: I’m happy to be continuing thinking in healthier, more active terms and yet I haven’t been perfect in either the diet or exercise. I can’t be too hard on myself, I’ve come a long way. I just know I have a lot farther to go before I’ve banished all my bad habits =)

January 6, 2012

Ashley’s Vegan Bodybuilding Challenge Update

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I think this is the first time in my life that I feel empowered to make a drastic change in my eating and exercise habits. Over the past year I’ve accomplished so much, including losing 15 pounds and keeping 11 or so of those off, even during the holidays. I’ve also completed my first half-marathon. I’ve learned about vegetarian and vegan diet habits and have been able to incorporate them into my daily life. My entire outlook on nutrition and exercise has completely been turned upside down.

 

A few years ago I would starve myself before an event, take diet pills, live off crazy things like lemons and cabbage. All of those things made me lose a few pounds and inches, sure…but the weight would come back on and I would feel worse and worse about myself after. I felt like a failure – I seriously couldn’t understand why I couldn’t handle eating 500 calories or so per day (which sounds ludicrous now). I am so lucky to have learned these things, incorporating more and more into regular habits. I certainly have not been eating perfectly this whole year, however I can say that I have eaten better than ever.

 

And so, as I embark upon this next step in my journey, I know that I have the right tools to succeed. I may not end up getting the supermodel body of my dreams, however I know for a fact that I will walk away having learned yet another lesson that will improve the rest of my life. My advice to anyone else trying to follow a strict diet and exercise program – don’t make it so strict! Have fun with it, it’s the only way to succeed. I’ve been playing around with new recipes, trying to make my workouts fun by using the Wii, walking with loved ones and going to classes with friends (i.e. JESSICA!). Challenge yourself, listen to your body and most of all – know that what you are doing is for you, not for anyone else.

 

A quick update on my progress:

 

Stick to the routine that I originally posted, I tried to make it more difficult this week (thinking I wasn’t going to be challenged enough). DON’T overdo it, you’ll end up dead sore and unable to do anything. I think the cardio every other day and weights on cardio off-days is the key. I was trying to do weights everyday and that didn’t work at all.

 

Secondly, you WILL be sore starting weight training for the first time – incredibly debilitating pain that will shoot through your arms and legs as you try to do daily activities. As long as you were careful to keep your form during exercises, this is just normal pain and soreness. If it doesn’t go away after two days or so, take a rest day. But don’t give up – the pain is from muscle growth and you only have a short window before you lose your progress. As long as you keep up the weight training, you will start to get less and less sore after each workout.

 

As always, I’m here if you have any questions about what we’re doing. We aren’t experts by any means, but we’ve been through a lot of these type of programs (especially with nutrition) and know a lot of resources that could help you, plus personal experience.

January 5, 2012

Jessica’s Vegan Bodybuilding Challenge Week 1

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

By now most of you will have read our post on Facebook and Twitter that we’re doing the Bodybuilding program for this month to see if it will make a difference in our weight and health.  Of course, if we see results we will continue.

This week has been up and down but thankfully I have not had any problem sticking to the eating regimen (yet).  The exercise part has been really tough- sore muscles, overwhelming cardio, it’s not a complete picnic but I’m feeling better about myself already.  If you can believe it, I can actually feel my tummy muscles again (and I’ve been working out for only 5 days).

Last night I had a total meltdown in the gym in front of my husband and three other people.  He was trying to get me to do lunges while holding weights and I was so sore that I just couldn’t do it.  I felt like I was disappointing myself, my husband; the evil failure genie was whispering in my ear so I argued with my lovely husband and then just walked out.  I was so embarrassed but just couldn’t do the lunges (and my husband thought he was helping me by telling me it was all mental).

Today I’m going to do what I should have done on Tuesday: Rest.  My head keeps telling me that I should be working out 24-7 but starting a new routine it’s probably better to work your way into it, especially with extremely sore muscles.  Even resting is terrifying, I feel like I’m going to get fat by not working out.  Weight training is so traumatizing!

That’s why I’m so happy that I’ve found all these great resources like Bodybuilding.com and veganbodybuilding.com.  They help me to remember that change isn’t always the easiest thing but that I’m not alone.  Plus, I have Ashley blazing the trail with me!  I’m so proud of her for doing this vegan for the past few days, it’s hard enough for me as a vegetarian but as a flexitarian, it requires more sacrifice and discipline.

Discipline is the hardest part.  I’ve done a month of Insanity and never saw results (though they do say over and over again that the second month is where you see the changes happen), I’ve even done two half marathons and never lost a pound.

One thing that I think was missing from all of these: weight training.  I finally get it- without building muscle, there is nothing there to “eat” the fat, it’s just heart pumping.  Another difference between me and those people that were really overweight then started training for a marathon: I don’t gorge on foods.  I eat fairly healthy though of course there are things I could change.  I wasn’t gaining weight, I was just stagnant.

I’m not saying that this is going to be the miracle cure: my goal till February 10th is to lose only 5 lbs.  I’m not sure how this is going to work out because I’ll be gaining muscle mass as well but will keep you updated on the progress.  If I didn’t lose a pound but could fit into a size 4 and you could see my muscles without flexing, I would be a happy camper.

Here’s to change!

Find the following resources that we’re using here (and as always, get a doctor’s permission before starting any health regimen):

http://www.bodybuilding.com/

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com

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