Something New!

by Lisa on Tuesday: Oct 11, 2016

As you may have read in my recent Thinking Out Loud post, I’ve been contemplating doing something of a rebranding around here. The idea has been on my mind for a while, but I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go or how I would go about doing it. Now that my life and schedule has calmed down some, I figured it was time!

Why am I rebranding?

I’ve loved being Lisa the Vegetarian for many years now, but I do find myself writing about many more topics than just vegetarianism. I want my blog and blog name to encompass everything I enjoy, whether it be travel, food, fitness, beauty, planning or technology. Also, from a search engine perspective, it is a little difficult to track down my blog because of the famous Simpsons episode of the same name.

How am I going to do it?

I’ve already bought a new domain and will be working on moving over all my WordPress installations over the next week or two (not to mention designing a new template!). Once everything is moved over, I will publish my posts both at lisathevegetarian.com and the new domain for a few weeks before moving exclusively to the new domain.

I will do an official launch and make an update post over here once everything is figured out and ready to go. Stay tuned because lots of fun things will be on the way!

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Have you ever rebranded your blog? Any tips?

Tell me something fun from your weekend!

Early Wake-Ups

by Lisa on Saturday: Mar 01, 2014

For the past few months, I’ve noticed a trend in my sleeping: About once a week, my eyes will shoot open anywhere between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 and I will under no circumstances be able to fall back to sleep, no matter how long I lay there and try. Today was one of those days, and luckily this time it was much closer to the 6:30 hour. I don’t generally love waking up early (in fact I usually loathe it), but sometimes it’s kind of peaceful. No one else is awake, the sun is just coming up and I can do anything I want.

This past week had a bit of an unusual start to it. D has been experiencing a bout of vertigo, and on Monday morning, it was worse than ever so we booked him a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon. It was going to take a long time and he needed me there, so both of us ended up taking personal days. They did a bunch of tests and determined that it was “positional” vertigo, which means it only happens when he moves his head in certain ways, and gave him some exercises to help him get back to normal.

On the way back from the appointment, I grabbed a vegetarian burrito bowl from Chipotle with extra guacamole – delicious. I wish there was a Chipotle a little more convenient to where I live.

The rest of the week was fairly crazy because of work. We have a deadline coming up, followed quickly by another deadline, so I’ve been working hard to try to keep up with everything. I did, however, make it to two fitness classes during the evenings: zumba and kickboxing. I hadn’t been to either one in a few weeks due to various things getting in the way, mostly snow. I always have so much fun at zumba and it makes me miss the days when I used to take dance classes.

I wasn’t even planning to go to kickboxing the next day, but decided spur of the moment as much work day was dying down that it might be a good way for me to get in a quality workout, instead of doing something on my own. There was a sub, and I kind of liked her better than the regular teacher. This particular class always kind of annoys me while I’m doing it because it is so incredibly repetitive. We’ll learn a punching/kicking combination and then do it approximately 7 billion times in a row, before repeating it 7 billion more times on the other side. I like a little more variety!

I hope you’ve all had productive weeks and are gearing up for relaxing weekends!

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What’s your favorite thing to get at Chipotle?

What kind of fitness classes do you like best?

Re-Focusing on Goals

by Lisa on Monday: Sep 09, 2013

Somehow, some way, 2013 is almost over. There’s only a little more than a quarter left in the year and if you ask me, the time flew by faster than almost any year in history. Now that the weather is turning colder, autumn is coming and it’s a season of change. I wanted to sit down and review the goals I set out for myself at the beginning of the year and formulate a plan to make more progress on a few of them. Thinking about them today, I realize that a few are totally in the bag, while the rest have kind of fallen to the back burner (in a big way).

1. Get in shape
Total fail! If anything I’ve gained another 8-ish pounds this year and not only that, but I FEEL very out of shape. I think this can be attributed to the extreme stress and eating my feelings that came with buying a house and moving (the biggest reason why thus far I haven’t achieved some of the goals on this list). Yes, I drank a little more wine than I should have. Yes, I had takeout quite a bit and didn’t hold back on comfort food. Yes, there was a period of about a month where I didn’t work out. However, this is the biggest goal I have for myself for the rest of the year. I’ll write more about my specific plan in an upcoming post.

2. Move up at work
Done! I got my promotion in March and since then, I’ve been getting great feedback from my boss and co-workers and have been told that another promotion is on the horizon at the beginning of 2014. I’m very happy with my progress in this category and have been busting my butt this year to get to this point.

3. Grow the blog
Neutral. At the beginning of the year, I was doing great getting more readers, commenting on other blogs and keeping things updated. However (shockingly) once the whole house thing started up, this was another goal that fell off the radar. Time to kick things up here.

4. Cook more new meals
Starting to turn this one around. In the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve started cracking open my cookbooks and playing around with new meals for both myself and D. This one was a little hard to work on while we were still living in our apartment which had the world’s tiniest kitchen. Now that we have a nice, big open space with lots of counter tops, cooking is much easier and there are no more excuses. This will be continuing for the rest of the year.

5. Buy a house
Done! The house is purchased, we’re all moved in and now we are pretty much mostly unpacked. I’ll be doing a series of posts in the near future that will cover what it was like throughout the process for other potential home-buyers out there reading.

6. Make more time for friends and family
Good progress so far. One of my good friends and I have dinner once a month now consistently, and with some others, it’s been hit or miss. Family, on the other hand, has been around quite a bit to help with the move. Still need to keep a focus on this one for the rest of the year.

There will be a lot to do in the remainder of the year, but I’m dedicated to making progress!

What are your goal for the fall?

A New Beginning

by Lisa on Thursday: Aug 08, 2013

After a seemingly endless two months of hard work and stress, we have finally moved into our new home. It’s time to celebrate!

It really has been a difficult few months to get to this point, and if anyone tells you buying a house is easy – they’re lying. I knew going in that there would be stress and unexpected issues and lots of money flying out of my pocket, but that didn’t make it any easier when the time came. However, just as of this past weekend, we’ve finally gotten to a point where we’re mostly settled in and can breathe a sigh of relief.

We officially closed on the house on 7/10 and between 7/10 and the end of the month, sent almost every night carrying boxes over from the apartment to the house. This time period happened to coincide with the worst heatwave Boston has seen in years, which stretched for almost a period of 2 weeks. We hired movers to come on 7/26, which is when we officially moved out of the old apartment and started sleeping in the new house.

Because of the move, I’ve been a little MIA here and frankly, almost everything else in my life aside from work got moved to the back burner. That included blogging, any hobby whatsoever and also unfortunately, my fitness routine. In all the chaos, I found myself eating terribly, getting takeout all the time and not exercising whatsoever. I’ve certainly been feeling the effects and I’m very much looking forward to changing things around and re-focusing the remainder of the year on the other goals I had originally set out for myself.

Now that I’m on the other side of the chaos, life seems so much calmer, more peaceful and free. I have spare time again, which is something I really haven’t had in about 2 months. I had declared this past Monday as “the new start” and so far I’ve actually been making it happen. I’ve been eating better, drinking less and exercising more. I woke up at 6:30 AM Monday through Wednesday to get in 50 minutes of a workout before work and in addition to that, I’ve been taking a 20 minute walk around my office park during the day, each day.

I’m looking forward to catching up on all my favorite bloggers’ lives now that I’m back!

The New Workout Plan

by Lisa on Saturday: Jun 15, 2013

I’ve been a little absent from the blog world for a few weeks, mostly because of the news I shared in my last post. Who knew that the most stressful part of buying a house would take place AFTER finding the house and getting an offer accepted? There’s so much to think about and still more agreements to negotiate with the sellers after the fact. It’s really a whole post on its own.

But in the midst of all the chaos, phone calls, negotiations and packing, I’ve been attempting to revamp my workout routine. It was a little bit of bad timing, but the week we bought the house was the week I had scheduled to start my new workout plan, and thus it didn’t go 100% as planned, but it certainly did help me get a jump start on things. I decided to go back to the bootcamp program that I did at the beginning of the year and attempt to do it all the way through. I put together a (printed out) calendar and wrote down each workout every weekday for 8 weeks. I figured printing out the calendar would help motivate me because I would be able to cross off each workout as I did it and be able to see exactly how much I had done and how much I had left at any given point.

Before this new plan, I was working out on a pretty consistent basis, but I had fallen back into my pattern of all cardio all the time with dancing being my primary form of exercise, sometimes throwing in some pushups and reverse crunches. But this bootcamp program, just as it did before, kicks my butt in a way that is hard to believe. After every single workout, I’m crazy sore. The last bootcamp workout I did was on Thursday, and here I sit on Saturday still feeling the pain in my thighs from the dozens and dozens of lunges and squats I did during that particular workout. I never push myself as hard on my own as I do when I’m doing these workouts.

I haven’t been following the diet plan that the bootcamp program recommends, but I might look into adding that to my routine this coming week. I’d really like to see some significant results this time around, and as always, my love of food and drink does tend to get in the way of that.

I’m about 3 weeks in, and I’ve been doing about 3 of the bootcamp workouts per week. There were days, especially during the first week, when I really desperately wanted to get a workout in on one particular day or another, but there was just no humanly possible way it was going to happen. Getting the house stuff in order was the priority that week, so I’m happy that I was able to do what I could at the time.

What are some exercises that you love to hate? What’s your least favorite exercise of all time?

Mine has to be doing lunges with an overhead press using weights. They always make me feel like I’m going to pass out!