I'm home from the gym and a quick nine-miler in the hills around the Rose Bowl. I'm happy to report my body has now adjusted to the vegan diet quite well; I'm grateful for all the wonderful recipes that a number of folks e-mailed me. Thank you!
I'm supplementing my diet with Vega, and it's really helping. I'm eating the bars and drinking the meal replacement stuff, and it gives me the energy I need. My weight has stabilized in the high 160s (I'm guessing, because I'm sticking to my commitment not to weigh myself). That's the lowest it's been in years, and fifteen pounds below where I was when my father died. I'm still taking in the occasional non-vegan thing or two; I had some ice cream the other day and I had a few bites of a veggie lasagna last night at youth group. I'm not interested in being fanatical about avoiding all animal products when I'm out; I'm "vegan in the house, vegetarian in public", and that works for now.
Boxing is good. We've been doing tons of plyometrics lately. Plyometrics build power and explosiveness, and I can certainly use both. It's a great supplement to my marathoning. All my long runs build lots of slow-twitch muscles; it's nice to work on building up some speed and power. And if I keep doing enough squats, I might rebuild my now nearly non-existent backside. Still, it's nice to have a much better body at 39 than I did at 19 or 29. How long I'll keep it, I have no idea.
One long-term goal of mine: I want to help develop low or no-cost work-out programs to offer to working adults, stressed college students, etcetera. Really long-term goal: open a summer camp for teens -- and adults. Teach fitness, teach basic life skills, spirituality, the whole thing. I'm just putting it out there... give me a few years, let me write a book or two, raise some chinchillas and human children, and raise the funds.
In the meantime, plenty of work to do.