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60 Days of Insanity: Week 5

Workouts:
Core Cardio & Balance

Summary:
This week was a little different – it’s Recovery Week. I do the same DVD every workout day this week. It’s not bad. It is definitely slower and easier. A few moves are designed to get your heart rate up, but not to the intense levels of a normal week. There is plenty of stretching in between some light exercises, which was surprisingly necessary. I noticed some tension in my lower back – I imagine it is because of my back having to compensate for my weak core muscles. Since it is the same workout every day this week, it did get a little boring as the end of the week approached. I’m looking forward to next week when I begin a set of all new, more intense workouts.

Measurements:
Weight: 176.9 lbs.
Body Fat: 40.3%

Supplementation:
Multivitamin
Triphala
Fiber
CLA
P90X Results & Recovery drink

Nutrition:
This week, I tried a few new things, some of which clearly didn’t work to my advantage. It is my last full week at school before finals week and then winter break, so at least I was able to have a stable, normal routine. I continue to drink 2-3 liters of water daily and eat a vegan diet. However, this week I added a couple of cashew cookie Lara Bars, vegan dark chocolate and a veggie pie made with a vegan pie crust I found at Sprouts Farmer’s Market. All of these things taste wonderful, but they’re all loaded with calories and my body fat measurement reflects my indulgences.
I popped into the bookstore this weekend and picked up a copy of Lindsay Nixon’s Happy Herbivore: Light & Lean cookbook. Every recipe has nutritional information, is 100% vegan and are quick and easy to prepare. I spent Sunday planning next week’s menu and preparing a shopping list. I’m looking forward to seeing what results, if any, I get by eating lunch and dinner out of her cookbook. I continue to drink my Shakeology smoothie for breakfast, so with the exception of the weekends, I don’t really see myself making the many breakfast items in the cookbook.

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  • Trudy G. Peck January 8, 2014, 2:54 AM

    To me, this is a classic, even if it’s only five years old. Though some of the recipes are slightly more involved than I have time for on a weeknight, most every meal in this book turns out wonderfully, and makes you feel like you did something. There’s also tons of supporting material to introduce the reader to different ingredients and techniques used in vegan cooking, making this a perfect first “serious” vegan cookbook.

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