battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise

I worked out today!


If there is one thing I like to brag about, it’s achieving my  fitness goals.  And guess what?  After days and days of planning to work out and then failing, today I finally did it!

Today’s workout consisted of cardio and weights.  For cardio, I took a cue from my friend Julie’s blog post and toned down her walking workout, which was a bit too intense for this couch potato.  For me, it was 25 minutes on the treadmill, incline 6.0, speed 3.5.  I was definitely struggling through it and sweating afterward — turns out walking can be a great workout!

Then, for weights, I did an abs and upper body workout.  When I’m clueless about what to do in the weight room, I always resort to Youtube — endless, free workout videos at your fingertips!  Today I did two of my favorites –This 10 minute abs workout kicks my butt every time so, needless to say, it’s awesome:

And this upper body workout is the best!  I have it memorized, now.  I’m a huge fan of SparkPeople’s Coach Nicole — she has some great workout videos and a great Facebook page, too.  I do two sets of each exercise in this video with 10 or 5 lb weights, depending on the exercise:

My goal for the week is to work out — and post — every day, so look out for some more blog posts about staying on track with my diet for the holidays and the “10 Pound Challenge” that I’ve been participating in this month!

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Author: tofubelly

I’m an attorney living in Southern California. I’m vegan, recently married, and am a proud mother of two misbehaving orange kitties. I love to cook and eat good food. I also love to exercise and to look and feel great. At times, it feels like these two passions are at odds, but I’ve made it my lifelong project to combine my loves into one super-healthy awesome lifestyle. I’m a huge advocate of calorie counting. My husband and I successfully lost 40 and 20 pounds just by restricting our caloric intake and burning extra calories with exercise when we could find time. I am constantly experimenting in the kitchen and coming up with fresh, healthy, and *countable* recipes. In effort to become more active, I’ve trained for and completed two races — Nike’s 10K Human Race (Sept. 2008) and the Disneyland Half Marathon (Sept. 2011 – photo on the right). Running is my project (read: I suck at it, but I will not let it defeat me). Yoga is like having a religious experience. Whatever the workout, if I’m at the gym, I’m always in a fabulous mood. As I leave, I always make a note to myself: self, you love going to the gym. That’s not to say that I don’t fall off the wagon all the time. Like in the photo above, with some *delicious* vegan mac and cheese at the 2011 Vegan Beer Fest. Or like every other day, when I convince myself that it is acceptable to park my butt on the couch and watch three hours of television before bed instead of changing into my gym clothes and fitting in a workout. Without all of my falling off, I wouldn’t be able to boast my tofu belly. But more important than the falling off is the getting back on. With this blog, I’ll share with you my constant struggles with myself to get to the gym, to drink more water, and to make healthy and low-cal food choices. By sharing, I hope to keep myself more accountable while also showing others that it is entirely possible to live a healthy, albeit busy, life one day at a time. Here’s to firming up my tofu belly — with a little help from you!

2 thoughts on “I worked out today!

  1. Whew! You weren’t lying about that ab workout! I’ll be feeling that one tomorrow…

  2. I’m excited to try that ab workout! :-) I hadn’t really thought to check YouTube for workouts, but that’s a great idea. I feel like I might get lost in the sea of options, so I’m glad you posted a specific one. Congrats on getting to the gym!

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