More about the Journey
To continue about my “new” journey- let’s talk nutrition.
First let it be known that since 1992 I have been living a vegetarian lifestyle, and since 2000 I chose to live a Vegan lifestyle. WAIT- I chose this lifestyle not for health reasons BUT for respect for the animals and environment. My dogs also joined me in the lifestyle. And before you say anything YES it can be done, of course with anything it has to be done right!
Food and Marketing influences
Labels on food for people are so misleading today, and honestly that also goes for our pets food too. Remember that thing called marketing?!?!??! Yes, marketing makes us feel that Fat Free is the way to go but I can tell you that even Doctors are telling you today Fat Free is not the way to go. You can read Dr Mark Hyman’s book, “Eat Fat- Get Thin!” So, bottom lining it, don’t believe everything you read on those labels! Read the ingredients- and know your body, and educate yourself on what is needed and healthy by your body.
My Nutrition Plan
My plan for the rest of 80 Day Obsession is to follow along with the Timed Nutrition plan that Autumn Calabrese has setup to accompany her workout program. But I need to make it more me friendly. Yes, I will stick to smaller meals, several times a day- that is more than the typical three times (ie breakfast, lunch, and dinner). I will eat my pre workout meal 30-90 minutes before my workout in the morning. I will have my minimum of 4-5 small meals a day. And mostly veggies, limited fruit, my protein, and limited carbs, and all. But somewhat adjusted to my Vegan lifestyle and the way I am accustom to living. My dogs on the other hand will continue with their Vegan lifestyles as well, they will continue with their bagels- HEY they are from NY! And hey when in NY- you must enjoy those NY bagels!!
Added Nutrition stuff
To boot, adding to my nutrition as per request from my Nurse Practioner- in my eyes more knowledgable that any doctor at that (also as per my blood work). I will continue to take my Vitamin B Complex Supplements and Vitamin D supplements, as well as an aspirin a day- this coming from my neurologist after my stroke, to act as my blood thinner and avoid clotting to avoid further strokes. In the morning before my workout for energy levels I will take a vegan version of beachbody’s Energizer that I have trusted for years and is somewhat cheaper to purchase- but not cheaper in quality- VEGA Energize!
After workouts I will take VEGA recover to aid in a quick recovery from my workouts, and Vega hydrate during my workouts as well as good old plain water.
New tool being used today
Steps for yesterday while wearing my new device!
My resting heart rate coming down…….
My new heart rate monitor, slim and easy to use- it’s checking my heart rate now!
Yesterday I received my new heart rate monitor from Amazon. The heart rate monitor I got also tracks my steps and walks, runs, and rides I do as well as my sleep. So it is comparable to the FitBit devices on the market at half the cost or even less. I’ve only had the watch for less than 24 hours and I love it. My first workout will be tracked this morning, I got this device to mainly keep an eye on my heart rate, so using my iPhone to track things is going to my main way of doing things I think.
But knowing if I’m hitting my target heart rate during workouts or if I’m “resting” to much is going to be a big plus in my workouts!
Doing Cardio Flow this morning I know now I could have put more into it, but honestly I was truly hoping for something different this phase- the routine got old weeks ago for me and I’m bored with it. And some of the exercises, unless I keep pressing pause or working on them later on there is no real time in the workout to work on correct form or such! Besides the “duckwalk” move is not done correctly by the trainer to begin with- having done it in the military I needed to work on doing it correctly and watching it on the screen being done wrong doesn’t help me do it right! So honestly it’s her version of it! During the workout today, my heart rate got up to 120 BPM which is close to my max but quite there, telling me I can work harder.
Once the snow stops falling I’ll head out for a quick run with my dogs and we’ll see how my heart rate measures up!
This device works with my iPhone app and stats get recorded on my phone for me to check out!
Basically if your looking to not spend alot and keep track of your heart rate and any workouts and such this is a great device to invest in. Once your ready to invest in a more expensive device/ watch that is!!
If you want to check it out and purchase one I’m providing a link for one here:
Now that we covered another new device I use as a tool, I hope you consider getting a heart rate monitor to help you with your fitness goals.
Until tomorrow with yet another review on a great new product, for your dogs as well as you, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.
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