Taking it one day at a time


It’s not the end of the world. So today I didn’t work out or I didn’t eat well, tomorrow is still another day to make it work.

My new goal is for my weight to go down. To become healthy and most importantly to ran longer and faster.

If I have done something good for my body then it has been a good day.


My goal for this week is to track every single morsel that enters my mouth. I used to be very good at this. I think at one point I have a run of over 200 days logging into my fitnesspal. And those were the days when I was most successful.

So, one goal this week. No need to make it more complicated than it has to be.


Day 166 part deux: Carb cycling – low carb day 3: WIAW version

Remembered to do a “what I ate Wednesday”. My low carb version

Breakfast same thing as yesterday. I’ll have to make my protein pancakes soon to change it up.

Cals 430, 3g net carbs,20g protein

Lunch:coconut cauliflower stew and tofu

cals 299, 12g carbs,14 g protein


Afternoon Snack:Thai egg and Zucchini curry with avocado

Calories 288, protein 13g, carbs 2g

Butternut squash curry soup with chunks of tofu

calories 180, carbs 18, protein 13.5


Todays totals

Calories: 1197
carbs: 37g
protein 60g (I am working on getting this to at least 100g)




Day 165: carb cycling, low carb day 2

First of I went out for a run today for the first time in 19 days. Helz yeah Bitches. I felt great. I don’t really know why I get so lazy to get out because once I am down I feel like Leonardo Dicaprio’s  “I am King of the World”

Lets just ignore the fact that my pace was pretty slow and I only did two miles. Anything less than 3 miles in my book is almost like it didn’t happen. Tomorrow I need to get in about 3 miles. Marathon training is around the corner. Eeeck!

I have weighed myself 5 days in a row and I am a bit worried about that. I do not want to be one of those people that become obsessive about their weight and weigh in daily and freak out with fluctuations. The good news is that I am down another pound and on track to get back to my pre-break weight  of 168. I think once I get there, I will revert back to weekly weigh-ins.

I made eggplant pizza for lunch today and those mo-fos are Deeeeeeelicious. It was a mouth fest. I think I’m gonna have to eat those for a while until I get them out of my system. Here is the recipe incase you missed it. https://veggiereader.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/day-141julia-childs-eggplant-pizza/

I have been drinking about 145oz of water. That is about 18 glasses and 4.3 liters of water.

Todays eating

TVP patty, 2 eggs, avocado and pico de gayo



havent decided yet.

I can feel myself getting back on track.

make good choices y’all 🙂

Day 141:Julia Child’s eggplant pizza

Cold weather and stuck indoors screams order in a pizza and curl on the couch watching old episodes of Dr. Who. But maybe just turning on the oven and baking something is even better.

Anyone with any kitchen proficiency must at one point in time try a Julia child recipe.  She is know for her elaborate French cuisine and I was glad to stumble upon a recipe by her that vegetarian (could be made vegan with cheese substitution), low carb and extremely easy to make without ingredients that you cannot pronounce.


I made these today and they were delightful and you wont feel guilty about wolfing down the whole thing.
You will need:

  • Large eggplant
  • Tomatoes finely chopped
  • Green peppers, olives and onion (not included in the original recipe)
  • Basil leaves, large about 10
  • Dried oregano
  • Italian seasoning blend
  • Garlic 3 cloves
  • Red pepper flakes
  • EVOO
  • Mozzarella blend- low fat



  • Wash eggplant and cut into round slices about an inch thick. Place on a paper towel and salt generously to remove any excess moisture. Takes about 30 minutes to release the moisture
  • Add the EVOO to a pan and sauté the chopped garlic and then add in the tomatoes and your dried spices. Oregano and Italian seasoning. And let it cook down to form a thick sauce. Add the other chopped veggies.
  • Once the eggplant has lost its moisture, brush with evoo, sprinkle some dried spices on top and let it bake for about 25 minutes at 375
  •  Remove and add the topping. Fresh chopped basil, the tomatoes sauce you just prepared and cheese.
  • Put under broiler until the cheese melts. 


In Exercise news, I have completely lost any motivation to wake up and run. I wake up alright, but getting up to go out in this abysmal weather is tough.I am pretty sure that I will not meet my goal for 100mi/month and that annoys me. But apparently not enough to go out. My eating hasn’t been too bad, not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
I am a bit terrified of getting on the scale. I moved my weigh-ins to monday to curb my naughtiness over the weekend. I realized that I am pretty good during the week and all the progress is negated after I weigh-in saturday morning.
The good news is that I finally finished level 1 30-DS. I had to restart after not finishing it over the holidays. It is so monotonous that I have to force myself to go through it. I start level 2 tomorrow and hope the change will reduce the boredom.
have a great weekend everyone 😉


day 139: Running into a ditch

This was almost me today

Running is quite serious business. downright life threatening at times.
Today I decided to try out a new route in search for hills for my speedwork. The thing with new paths is that you don’t know what lies ahead of you. so I was running along and I saw  a mound of dirt ahead of me but though nothing of it. when I got closer, I realized the the dirt was from a ditch that was being dug along the road. WTF! and It wasn’t just a small ditch but really wide. first choice was to turn back because I was pretty sure there was no way I could make it across. But then I saw a runner coming up behind me and I didn’t want to seem like a chicken (apparently my pride is more important than my life.)
without giving it a second though I jumped. I swear I saw my life flash before my eyes and a mental image of myself falling into the ditch is permanently seared into my brain.

I made it across; just barely and my back foot was slightly sprained. Oi that’s the last time i’m going through that. on a more positive note I got in 5 miles and realized that I am way behind my goal for 100 miles a month. I have 13 days to get in 60 miles. (I am THAT behind) if i want to make sure my new year’s resolutions don’t fail in the first month, I gotta get in about 5 miles everyday. This is totally doable. I can try bust it out in the morning or break it down into two runs a day.

Eating wasn’t perfect today. I ate about 500 calories worth of nuts but fortunately my run made up for that. hopefully tomorrow will be better.



Day 138: what I ate Wednesday

I decided to join the WIAW movement and see if it will work out. To day I took a picture of all my meals and this is mostly what I have been eating all week. (see food prep)


Avocado “taco” made from two eggs protein pancake
1 piece of toast and PB (totally cheated but it was right there in front of me and I couldn’t resist.)
tea and lemon
32 oz water

used the egg as a tortilla. this is my trick for getting a low carb taco

not be best of pics. Calories 621, Net carbs 19, protein 33. Did not need the toast&PB


Thai stir fry (broccoli, cauliflower,french beans,snap peas,carrots)
salad (I cup lettuce, half a granny smith apple,quarter carrot strips, boiled egg, half Avocado)
32 oz water

Calories 304, net carbs 15, protein 11

Afternoon Snack (before 30DS)

Green tea
I serving nuts

calories 160, net carbs 4g, protein 7g


Green monster smoothie ( 1 cup swiss Chard, 1/2 banana. 1/2 mango, 1 cup soy milk)
32 oz water

Calories 162, net carbs 30, protein 7

I decided to move my green smoothie to dinner so that I can have a bigger breakfast. I run in the morning and I am moving about all day therefore my new strategy is 600/400/200 calories  plan during the day. Heavy in the morning to give me more energy throughout the day and light at dinner time for laying about and watching Telly Studying hard. Isn’t the general rule of thumb “One should always go to bed hungry? “


3.3 mi walk (Didn’t get up in the morning to run because the wing was howling outside and my bed was warmer- excuses… excuses)
30-day shred- day 8 level one.

Day 137: Vegetarian Low carb recipe: protein pancakes and 2013 goals

First lets start with the goals. One of my 13 in 13 was to start running in the rain. I live in a pretty rainy area. pretty much rain and fog all year round. As a result, I always make the excuse to not go running when it rains, which is always. this year, I decided that I would get myself some running in the rain gear( still haven’t gone shopping) and just step out and run.

Today I did it. I woke up at about 5:30 and when I stepped outside, the grass was wet and there was a light drizzle outside.Let me start by saying that getting out of bed today was a struggle. I finally got out about 30 minutes after my alarm clock rang by reminding myself MARATHON!!! MARATHON!!!. so the rain was a perfect excuse to go back to sleep. good news, I didn’t. I got out there and pounded out 3 miles with misty glasses, wet hoodie and all. I felt really good about myself. I think I have proven to myself that it can be done. Next time it rains and I have a run scheduled, No more Excuses.

Now onto the Yumminess.

I love pancakes for breakfast but the carbs in each are just too much. I have accepted the fact that my body does not work well with carbs and this weekends carb-fest led to a 4lb gain despite the fact I was under my calorie limit on all days. A calorie is not a calorie.

So Now that I am back on my regular schedule I decided to make a low carb version of pancakes. No flour in the recipe and no whey or protein powder.

What you will need

  1. I cup of any nut flour (almond, peanut etc. I used peanut flour)
  2. ¼ cup of desiccated coconut
  3. ¼ cup of soy milk
  4. I large egg
  5. I table spoon of baking powder
  6. 2 teaspoons of sugar (avoid this if you want- the coconut has enough sugar to make the pancakes sweet.


(Makes 5 servings)

-Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl

– Add the wet ingredients and mix. Make sure the consistency isn’t too thick- can add some water.

you don’t want the mixture to be too watery

– Put some butte on a hot pan and put about a table spoon of the mixture( I leaned the hard way that too much will result in a mess that looks nothing like a pancake.) small pancakes about 2.5-3.5 inches in diameter are best.

– Cook both sides about 2 minutes each on medium heat.

– Ready to serve

I think it might take me a whole to get used to the taste. It is sweet (coconut) and nutty and I’m not a huge fun of nutty tastes. I can’t even look at a peanut butter cup and it’s taken me a while to even put peanut butter on toast. But I will make myself love these. Don’t get me wrong they taste delicious. And at 5g carbs and 15g protein, they are a win


Nutritional value

Calories 149, carbs 9g, Fiber 4g, net carbs 5g, protein 15g, sodium 23g


Traditional pancakes

Calories 178, net carb 21g, protein 5g, sodium 26g, fiber 1g




-3mi/41 minutes- walked about half of it.

-Ab work 100 crunches, 100 reverse crunches, 100 bicycle crunches,  30 sec plank, 100 oblique crunches,

-30-day shred.- day 7 level 1



Day 131: coconut cauliflower stew

I am travelling tomorrow to go back to school after spending the holidays with my mum and so I decided to throw together everything I had left in the pantry to make something delicious.

I had a can of coconut milk and a head of cauliflower and decided to use that s my base. I then rummaged the fridge for left over veggies I had and decided to make a stew. I wasn’t really in the mood for a soup.

Coconut cauliflower stew

I medium zucchini

1 cup chopped French beans

2 chopped tomatoes

Crushed garlic

I purple onion

I can coconut milk

Mixed spice

Curry powder
cayenne pepper

–       Heat up oil in a pan and sauté onions and garlic until softened. Add mixed spice, curry powder and cayenne pepper and continue to sauté for about a minute

–       Add chopped tomatoes and zucchini and stew for a minute

–       And the coconut milk and a half cup of water with the cauliflower and French beans

add coconut milk and a half cup of water or broth

add coconut milk and a half cup of water or broth

add the cauliflower

add the cauliflower

–       Reduce heat to medium-low and let it simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.

let it simmer until the cauliflower is soft. 15 mins

let it simmer until the cauliflower is soft. 15 mins

–       Remove form heat and you have the option of adding in chopped cilantro.

–       Enjoy



3 servings

Calories: 214, carbs net- 12,fat 16, protein 4g, sodium 39, fiber 5g

Day 130: Catching up and chocolate is my drug

I don’t think I have made an update about what I have been doing since the New Year began.

My plan was to start a 21-day whole food detox/cleanse but that hasn’t happened so far. I would start my day on plan but something at midday or evening would happen and I would go completely off plan. The main reason for this is because I haven’t planned and shopped for what I would need. Planning is essential.

The other thing I started but fell off track was the 30-day shred. I got to day 8 and even did level 2 & 3 but then the holiday and guests and travel came along and I just couldn’t sustain it. So I am starting over. It’s like the 8 days never happened. 2 days down and 9 to go for level one.

My pre-training marathon training is on track. So far I have been doing 5K every morning. No walking just running all the way trough. I have been taking it slow about 39 minutes for the run but I intend to pick it up a bit and get back to my 29 min/5k or less.

I need to start making mini weekly goals that have nothing to do with number losses. Just habits that I need to maintain if I am going to get my 3:45 marathon.

For this week

–       Drink 100 oz of water daily

–       Run 30-35 miles this week (one run has to be a 10k)

–       Keep carbs at 100g

–       30-day shred daily


My name is Linda and I am addicted to chocolate. I have a chocolate problem and I have tried to kick it but it won’t go away.

I think I have stayed away from the drug for a month or two but today I completely gave in.  Cadbury’s is especially hard for me to resist. Its like I always have to battle with my self at the check out counter at the supermarket and quite honestly it’s exhausting.

Today I went ahead and got some. The excuses I’m making for myself is that at least its dark and 80% cocoa. I got a 90g bar and told myself I would be good and only eat 15g which is about 3 small squares a day. But let’s be honest. There is no way that bar would last 6 days in my house. As of this evening I have already had 6 sqs, which is actually a victory for me. I know I shouldn’t bring these things into my house and obviously haven’t learned my lesson. Or maybe it can be once a month treat.


Here’s to hopping tomorrow will be a better day.