battling the bulge with a vegan diet and exercise

There’s Nothing Quite Like Disney…

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…to motivate me to do just about anything.  I know several people who would make fun of me for saying this, but there is something so nostalgic and magical and awe-inspiring about Disney and everything they do.  So when it came time to sign up for the Disneyland Half Marathon again this year, I jumped on it — along with about a dozen of my friends!  I’m not much of a runner, myself, and I have always been the slowest “runner” I know… but c’mon, folks.  It’s Disney.  How could I NOT sign up?

How can you say no to that medal?

So we all signed up for the September race in February, and before we knew it, the race was FULL.  In preparation for the race, I had good intentions, but in practice I’ve been kind of half-heartedly following a training program, usually managing to fit in the long Sunday run (for me, run/walk), but just as frequently ditching all of the mid-week runs.  Like last year, I expect to walk more of the halfer than run (and take pictures along the way).  And it will be great (:

Unlike last year, I will not be running the halfer as my favorite Disney character of all time, Eeyore.  Last night, Jamie was playing some Disney tunes out of my Disney piano book, and I got inspired.  Can you guess who I’ll be running as?  I’ll give you a hint: With a smile and a song….. 

Yep, Snow White!

She’s my favorite Disney princess, and how fun would it be to run the halfer as a princess?  Plus, I could certainly use some of her positive attitude when I’m run/walking 13.1 miles.  So I scowered the Internet for inspiration and found it (thank you, Team-Sparkle!).

After a bit of online shopping this morning, I now have several items to look forward to receiving in the mail at work (:  I can’t wait to show you all the outfit!  Maybe I’ll give you all a little preview… coming soon!

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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!

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