The Color ??????

Only three days left to register for the Color Run 5k event in RTP on October 4th! Well you can register until Oct 4th but you will miss out on some sweet deals. Since I signed up for their mailing list, they are making my team’s status VIP. This includes some freebies and $15 off the registration fee. Awesome deal! Normally registration is $40 so be proactive and register here for $25. You must do this by May 31st and make sure you join the team named TTCMovement.

Here is a link to the website that contains general details about the event: http://www.active.com/research-triangle-park-nc/running/distance-running-races/the-color-run-research-triangle-park-2014

I’m encouraging all those who have even an inkling of desire to participate in this event, to join my team. This may not be a Color Run for you. Maybe a Color Walk or a Color Jog. Either way you ought to be coloring something 🙂 Besides for my team this will be a empowering accomplishment full of fun and laughter.

 

Meal Prep #1

So I’m tired and fatigued because my dietary options the past week were not ideal. Before I started my official transition, I had already been eating less meat products for about two months so having to resort to meat as a first option for protein has really caused some turmoil in my system.

We’re currently experiencing a few domestic water issues at home that have disenfranchised my kitchen. Of course this slightly dropped my spirits because it happened at the most opportune time–not! Nonetheless, I have two wonderful friends whom own a home and have allowed me to meal prep in their kitchen. So I am currently fixing a mass production of rice and bean dishes to keep as staple dishes. My other fundamentals will have to be prepared as raw cuisines or grilled ones. I’ll be taking my butt down to the store to pick up some cool grilling cookware. My goal is to start moderately so that i don’t fall in head first.

This week I’m  preparing a yellow rice and Pigeon pea dish. This is one of my favorite dishes from mom’s recipe book. A few alterations are necessary in-order to make it vegan friendly. This has been one of the silliest meal prepping sessions due to my lack of preparing the food to be prepped. What does that mean you say? Well you gotta soak the beans properly before you can cook them properly. This error prolonged my prepping session into the next day which I’m sure my friends were thrilled about. Actually they were pretty cool about it. 🙂 Did I mention it’s important to be surrounded by a supportive team of good people?

In fact here is  a picture of the cheese-less pizza they agreed to eat with me. It was pretty darn good!

Homemade pizza made without meat or cheese.

Homemade pizza made without meat or cheese.

Mixture of Pigeon Peas with onions, seasonings, and water.

Mixture of Pigeon Peas with onions, seasonings, and water.

Anyways back to the bean and rice cooking. After soaking the beans in cold water for 30 minutes, I added four cups of water to a large stockpot and brought it to a boil. I then added the beans with onions, garlic powder, coconut oil, pepper, and a variety of other seasonings (we are not exactly sure). This mixture was allowed to boil and then reduced to a simmer for sometime. By this time it was midnight and everyone was exhausted so i turned the stove off and left the beans out overnight.

 

Finished product of "hard beans and rice"

Finished product of “hard beans and rice”

The next morning I assumed that the beans would have softened more and brought them to a boil with an additional two cups of water. I also added the yellow rice at this time. About 30 minutes later the dish was complete. The results were best described by my friend’s mother, “hmm this some good hard beans and rice!” Hahaha, that had me cracking up!

 

So the moral of this story is, failing to plan is planning to fail. I’m still eating these beans though.

Workout #1

Elliptical Cardio Interval

Elliptical Cardio Interval

That over there is the result of my first workout since beginning my transition. This was done on Wednesday, May 21st but I didn’t have a chance to post it. A follower of my blog joined me at the gym and we had to leave before I made it to an hour.  I have loss a significant amount of weight in the past by using only the elliptical. When I workout with the elliptical, I do exactly that. I create a full-body workout instead of just walking on it. The combination I used is a manual interval which I call my Elliptical Cardio Interval (ECI). This is truly one of my favorite workouts. It’s perfect for days that I’m short on time or don’t feel like doing anything.

These are all 4-minute intervals unless otherwise noted:

  1. Forward-Level 4 with arm handles
  2. Forward-Level 8 without arm handles
  3. Forward-Level 5 with arm handles
  4. Forward-Level 9 without arm handles
  5. Forward-Level 6 with arm handles
  6. Forward-Level 10 without arm handles
  7. Forward-Level 7 with arm handles (2-minutes)
  8. Forward-Level 11 without arm handles (2-minutes)
  9. Backward-Level 11 without arm handles (2-minutes)
  10. Backward-Level 7 with arm handles (2-minutes)
  11. Backward-Level 10 without arm handles
  12. Backward-Level 6 with arm handles
  13. Backward-Level 9 without arm handles
  14. Backward-Level 5 with arm handles
  15. Backward-Level 8 without arm handles
  16. Backward-Level 4 with arm handles
  17. Forward-cool down for 4 minutes

This is the one hour version. Well happy transitioning!