Finding my fitness groove in Colorado + My week in food

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by JL FIELDS on JANUARY 11, 2013

I have been trying to find my fitness groove since moving. I am finding running very challenging. I’m blaming the altitude, rightfully so, but truth be told, running had really taken a back seat when we were still in New York. So the combo of time off + altitude is killing me.  Instead of worrying about running, I’ve just been getting outside and loving the hill workouts I get now that I live in an urban mountain environment.

Garden of the Gods

There is a fitness center in our complex so I’ve been getting out for a 4-mile loop – I toss in some running in the flatter sections which gets me to about a 15-minute mile average – and I march directly into the fitness center for weight training.

I got out for another bike ride this week, because the temperatures have been in the 50′s, and I struggled.  I rode a different route but avoiding hills simply isn’t an option. My speed increased considerably from my first ride but I have a lot of training to do!

Yesterday I signed up for a week of unlimited yoga at a local studio. I haven’t done yoga in well over six months, maybe longer. It was humbling. And it was fabulous. I cannot believe how much I have missed yoga. I can’t believe how sore I am today. I’m going back at noon.

I enjoyed my Stovetop Soy Curl and Sweet Potato Alfredo Casserole as leftovers for lunch a couple of times this week.  This tofurky and collard greens sandwich, with raw veggies and white bean hummus, made for an awesome lunch, too.

Tofurky and Collard Green Sandwich

My husband, the omnivore, has made a couple of easy and delicious vegan dinners for us.

Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese and Tofu Pups.

Vegan Mac and Cheese, Tofu Pups

Gardein Chick’n Filets with marinara sauce and mushrooms and a hearty salad.

gardein chick'n filet

We also grabbed a couple quick dinners out this week. At Poor Richard’s I ordered off their vegan menu, natch, and enjoyed this side salad and the veggie and tofu bowl with tamari ginger sauce [click to continue…]

JL Fields, a vegan lifestyle coach, writes the blog JL goes Vegan and writes/edits the community blog Stop Chasing Skinny.

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