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I think I need to start using our bodyfat %age scale at home more often. My weight has been creeping up slightly in recent weeks. On the other hand, my strength level has been going up, and as far as clothing sizes go, if anything my waist feels smaller. So there's at least a possibility that I'm packing on a bit more muscle. The scale should tell me if my body fat %age is staying constant.

After (vegan) Thanksgiving, I ended up going vegetarian for a week. I got halfway through the week, realised I hadn't had any meat, and decided to go for the rest of the week that way. On the whole, it wasn't that hard, except for eating out. I ate at the cafeteria once, and at a Milestones once. Both times, I could find a couple vegetarian options, but nothing that was both vegetarian *and* healthy. Vegetable lasagne and squash raviloi with cream sauce are both tasty, but both too high in fat and too low in protein.

I'm still going to try cutting back on the meat, but I'm still not switching fully for now. I'm also making a [tmi]
specific effort to eat a lot more beans/lentils to get my guts to adapt - it's been two weeks, and things finally seem to be settling down.
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As for this week - I've not been to the gym nearly enough. In part, this is because I've not been sleeping nearly enough. My shoulders (especially the one I keep injuring) have been quite sore, and my lower back is aching. I've has a throbbing headache for two days, likely due to either the shoulders or the caffeine I've had to have to keep going.

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corbet
Oct. 20th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
*nod* I found going veg again had a big impact on my ability to eat out, at least in KW. Most places have at least one veg option, but in many places that option sucks...so why would I go there? This is restricting R and I to a half dozen restaurants (if that) where we can both find happy-making choices.

On the other hand, I realized that when I was eating out as an omnivore, much of the time I was eating crap food anyway...deep fried stuff, greasy stuff, high-in-fat stuff. So while the switch has severely restricted/cut down on my ability to eat out, I'm actually eating better food when I do go out. It balances.

(Though I'm extra-ecstatic 'bout trying new veg restaurants in TO now. :)

Would keeping high-protein snack foods around help? That way you'd have less worry 'bout what you're eating in restaurants.
curgoth
Oct. 20th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Now that I think about it, so long as I know, I can balance out the protein with either soy nuts or a protein shake somewhere along the line. I should think about bringing in some whey cooler to work. The fat question is harder to answer - take away the pasta sauces and cheese, and I'm still left with just salad at a lot of places. On the other hand, most of the meat-bearing dishes at those places aren't terribly healthy either. I think I have a strategy forming, though...
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