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May. 9th, 2011 | 05:20 pm

For a few months now I've been more fitness-concious. I haven't talked about it here because (1) I apparently, like, never blog anymore, (2) I am typically quite self-conscious about matters body-related, and (3) generally, with stuff about diet and exercise. . . what is there to talk about that's interesting to others? But then I got to thinking about it. I'm doing some fun things, utilizing some neat tools, and seriously: losing weight and exercising every day has honestly done every single thing fitness folks claim. My general mood has improved, my energy level and self-confidence have increased, and after an initial "unnnngh this suuuuuucks" period of adjustment, I really look forward to exercising, cooking healthy stuff, and eating reasonable portions of said "healthy stuff." Plus it has been pretty important to me of late, and this is my friggin blog. Nobody reads it anyways! Hilarious. Anyways, here goes. . .

The Story so Far!


Diet:

I've been counting calories via SparkPeople and cooking out of low-fat/low-cal cookbooks such as Appetite for Reduction.

I resisted counting calories for a looooong time, for a number of reasons. When I finally decided to give it a try, I went into it with the expectation of finding it annoying, boring, or obsession-making. Thankfully, it's actually been quite interesting, fun, and helpful! Since starting this practice, I've traveled twice and not been able to track as vigilantly, and I've actually missed tracking, because it's a, I dunno, "centering practice" or some such yoga-sounding thing. It makes me mindful of what I put into my body, and that in and of itself is helpful. It's so easy for me to mindlessly snack, especially at night, so holding myself accountable has been very important.

I've talked here and elsewhere about Appetite for Reduction, so I won't go on too much about it. I know this sounds ridiculous and impossible, but. . . I lost 8-9 lbs before I even started this whole endeavor just cooking dinner out of this book every night---not tracking my whole day, not putting in the time exercising, just using the book. It's great: the recipes are tasty and varied, and now that I'm tracking calories, it's so helpful to have the calorie count, like, there so I don't have to bother with calculating it myself. And though I've been a longtime "fuck you, salad" sort of vegan, there are salads in there that don't annoy me.

Exercise:

Yoga, walking, and occasionally hiking helped me lose a ton of weight, and without much fuss at all. I've now (more below) added in more intense exercise and some weight training, but I did that because I wanted to, not because I plateaued or anything. I've steadily dropped pounds simply making sure to just be more active every single day, and yeah, it's awesome for my mood and my general mental health.

Moving Forward!


The next eight weeks I'll be doing Sandra Wickham's ([info]sandrawickham) Virtual Boot Camp. Basically, she's designed a personalized cardiovascular and strength-training series for me (and the other participants!) based around what I'm interested in doing for health. It includes some weight lifting and a whole lotta of cardio, since I'm still interested in losing weight. I'll be eating the same way---high nutrient-density, low calorie---but the boot camp thing means I'll be doing intense activity 6 out of 7 days of the week. Whew! The first day I went for a long hike, then today, I did my first strength-training: shoulders and chest, and man I already feel it. Jesus. I think tomorrow, for x-training purposes (the x makes it seem more fitness-related, doesn't it?), I'll be biking after an early-morning airport run (Jesse and Raech are Florida-bound!).

More later as I have more to talk about, but if this is at all interesting, I'll be Tweeting about things more frequently than I blog, I'm sure. Yes, I'm now on Twitter due to peer pressure, and my "handle" or "moniker" or whatever it's called on Twitter is @molly_the_tanz, and I'll be "hashtagging" the whole thing as #vbc. Huzzah!

x-posted to my website

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from: eljaydaly
date: May. 10th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
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Oh, cool! Congratulations, and good luck!

Is Appetite for Reduction vegan? I guess it must be. I'll have to check it out!

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Molly Tanzer

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from: vegan_vulcan
date: May. 10th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Yes! It's Isa again (Veganomicon, Vegan w/a Vengeance, Vegan Brunch) and it's fantabulous. I tested for it when it was being created, and love it!

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from: eljaydaly
date: May. 10th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
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OK, those all look amazing, and I just stuck them into my Amazon cart. =D

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Molly Tanzer

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from: vegan_vulcan
date: May. 10th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Vegan w/a Vengeance was the first vegan cookbook I bought, long, long ago! I tested for V'con and for Vegan Brunch after hanging out for a while on Isa's forum (www.theppk.com). She's pretty much my favorite. I recommend V'con because it has a huge section at the beginning on cooking damn near every vegetable, bean, or grain, and has a huge variety of different stuff to cook. There's stuff you could serve at the fanciest of dinner parties, and everyday home cookin'. Plus, really good cookies and desserts!

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J. T. Glover

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from: jtglover
date: May. 11th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
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I, too, have at various times made big changes like this, and whatever tool/method works is The One Ring of fitness, as far as I'm concerned. Good luck!

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