Raw/plant based diet

I have been thinking a lot lately about going to a plant based diet. I have done my research and I think am ready to jump in with both feet. In the beginning I am going to aim for 60% raw. I am working on meal planning right now, but overall it seems pretty simple. And I LOVE fruits and veggies, nuts and beans, so I'm thinking that the transition should be pretty smooth.

and then I come across this statistic....

Women, suggested daily maximum intake: 6 pounds (2.7 kg) of fruit 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg) of vegetables 0.25 pounds (0.11 kg) of nuts or seeds.

holy fruits and veggies! That is a lot of raw food  Surprised 


Still, it is something that I WANT to do. I just have to be mindful of how I am feeling physically, and emotionally and keep a close eye on my athletic training. 

why do I want to go raw? A few reasons. I always feel better when I take a few raw days each month; I feel like it purifies  me. Two, I want to lose 12 pounds. I have been at 157 pounds for 19 months, but I feel like I need to go a little bit lower so I can be a more efficient athlete. I have been trying to get there following WW but my body just won't budge, so I think I need to shock it a little.

Do any of you follow a raw diet? Any tips/tricks to share?

Here is my meal plan for the week:

Breakfast- Every morning Smoothie made with Almond Milk


Lunch: spinach salad with walnuts and chick peas

Dinner: Salmon with romaine salad

Snacks: mango and apples throughout the day when hungry


Lunch: Salmon on mixed greens with mixed nuts and seeds

Dinner: Shrimp on mixed green with nuts and beans

Snacks: strawberries and bananas


Lunch: Lettuce Wraps with hummus, lemon and avocado

Dinner: Fresh veggies with black beans

Snacks: oranges and grapes


Lunch: Sprouted Quinoa Salad With Mango Salsa

Dinner: Mediterranean Zucchini Fettuccine (not made with noodles)

Snacks: pears and cherry tomatoes


Lunch: Sprouted Quinoa Salad With Mango Salsa (leftover)

Dinner: TBD. We are heading to Busch Gardens for a media preview event.

Snacks: pears and cherry tomatoes


Lunch: Southern-Style Spicy Spaghetti (not made with noodles)

Dinner: Black beans with brown rice

Snacks: Bananas and cashews



Discovering Human Synergy with Project Athena Part 1

I discovered Project Athena in the beginning of 2012. My Weight Watchers commercials were being shown on TV, I was being interviewed on the news, my life was just a little bit crazy and I was yearning for yet a new challenge. A Google search for "adventure racing" + "women" led me to Project Athena. As I read about their mission, and the story behind Project Athena, I knew that I had found my "go" and I decided to apply for an Athenaship. As I continued to look through the site I discovered the Keys Race to Recovery Multisport Adventure. I knew I had found what I was looking for. 13 years ago I was married in Key West. I was over 250 pounds. I did not participate in any sort of physical activity when we were there. Looking back at my wedding photos I look (and felt) like a slug. I knew that I had to return to Key West in the best physical shape of my life, encouraged and motivated by an amazing group of people. Little did I know how amazing these people would turn out to be.

I got a phone call in March 2012. I was leaving the gym and the number said "Project Athena." My heart began to beat fast and I answered. It was Robyn Benincasa calling me herself to say that I had been awarded the Athenaship. She continued to tell me how proud she was of me, and how inspiring I was. ME?? This world class athlete was proud and inspired by ME?? I was humbled. I also learned that I was their first obesity survivor. This was also humbling. I had nine months to train my body from being a group fitness junkie into a lean, multi-sport machine. I really began training hardcore in June 2012. And all my hard work paid off in spades. 

Lots of phone calls with my inspiration angel Louise, gave me the confidence that I was headed in the right direction with my training, and she helped to supply me with all the gear I would need on the adventure. She gave me tips, boosts, and I enjoyed every conversation I had with her. I looked forward to her calls, and sometimes we would just chat and chat and chat. I was saddened to learn that she wouldn't be in the Keys because she had a race in Nepal (yes, NEPAL) but I kept the sound of her voice in my head as I was paddling. Louise gave me lots of tips about kayaking and since I had very limited training IN THE WATER but tons of simulated paddling, I channeled her advice many times and before I knew it the time for the adventure had arrived.




yurbuds for women

For as long as I have been working out/running, I have worn over the head headphones, circa 1980 Tongue Out I've tried different brands of earbuds but nothing ever worked for me. They fell out, and/or they were very uncomfortable.  I really think I have tried every brand that my local supercenter has for sale. I have dozens of earbuds laying around the house (I sense another decluttering project coming up!!)

Recently I was contacted by yurbuds, maker of the sport earphones guaranteed never to hurt or fall out. They asked if I would review their new product Inspire for Women. This line is designed for the female athlete. Women generally have a smaller ear size than men (maybe that's why all those other types of earbuds never worked for me) and a variety of style tastes. The Inspire for Women line is designed specifically to fit smaller ears and features all of the classic yurbuds qualities including sweat and water resistant design, FlexSoft comfort fit, TwistLock Technology and ambient noise awareness. They also come in some really cool colors; aqua, pink, yellow, green, purple and orange. I was sent a pair of the ORANGE Inspire for Women yurbuds.

I decided to really put them to the test by taking them on my 100 mile (which turned out to be 128.6 miles) adventure race through the Florida Keys. And how fitting that my yurbuds were ORANGE because the organization that I went with the Project Athena Foundation has orange as their signature color. I was styling in my orange shirt, orange bracelet and orange yurbuds!!

I wore my yurbuds while running, cycling and even kayaking! They were super comfortable, and never fell out! I love them! They did take me a few attempts to get them locked in place but once I read the directions (doh!!) I realized that I wasn't doing it properly. Chalk one up to user error Foot in Mouth 

They come apart really easily for cleaning, which trust me, needed to be done after 128 miles. Overall this is a neat little product that I will be adding to my ever growing list of fitness "must-have" items!! If you have an athlete on your shopping list this Holiday season, a pair of yurbuds would make a great gift!