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Whey sorbet, anyone?

Monday, February 07, 2011

I sometimes get a terrible case of ice cream craving. This weekend I thought about it. Those chocolate flavored whey drinks I keep around for emergencies are a lot like chocolate milk. What would happen if I chilled one and dumped it into the little manual ice cream maker I have?



Chocolate sorbet is what happens. And you know what? At 110 calories for the whole 11 ounces, and 17g of protein it's pretty good for me, too.

And it tastes pretty good. Just make sure you get it out of the freezing bowl once it's done or it'll harden on there like glue and you have to wait for it to melt to get it back out again. LOL

  
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TRAVELNISTA 7/17/2011 6:04PM

    emoticonidea!

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/25/2011 6:37PM

    Impressive!

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MABELPIE 2/25/2011 5:50PM

    ohh, interesting. that is some creative proteining!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/25/2011 1:31PM

    Great idea! See how easy it is to eat healthy when we get creative!

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SEESTARS 2/25/2011 1:29PM

    I think you just pushed me over the edge on my decision to buy an icecream maker. Looks so good!

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ALYFITN 2/23/2011 8:53AM

    I thought about this but did not try it for lack of an ice cream maker. Because my "sinful" food is ice cream--I can work it to my advantage. Thanks for posting this! I'm always trying to figure out wheys to get in more more protein!!

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JESPAH 2/10/2011 9:17AM

    Awesome. I imagine a lotta stuff that's similarly textured could work. Hmmm....

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CARRIE1948 2/8/2011 10:48AM

    Interesting

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/7/2011 4:41PM

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SVENJAH 2/7/2011 4:36PM

  emoticon Fun idea!

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Kayaking outside again!

Monday, February 07, 2011


Met up with some friends from local colleges and surfed a power plant outlet on Cayuga Lake.
Photos and videos here: www.flickr.com/photos/47911494@N06/s
ets/72157625993938468/


I'm in only two of them because I was the one taking the pictures.

I was a little scared my drysuit might not fit because I've been feeling bloated lately. But it was fine. Here's what it looked like on me back in the autumn:


Spent over two hours XC skiing on Saturday, as well.


Planned to try out the new snowboard but it didn't quite happen. Good weekend, all the same.

  
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S318830 2/18/2011 1:36AM

    Nice job! I love all your activities!

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JRZG8R 2/13/2011 11:16PM

    wow. awesome. I am jealous and yet sure I would not paddle in these temps.

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KAYAKKIM 2/13/2011 7:15AM

    I've been looking at the river...but sticking to the skis right now! Good for you to get out with friends!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/12/2011 9:01AM

    whoa love it you are seriously hard core emoticon

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CARRIE1948 2/9/2011 8:34AM

    You are nuts!

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FRECKS96 2/7/2011 5:04PM

    Wow! And I thought it was hard to run in the winter. Congrats to you!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/7/2011 4:47PM

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DDOORN 2/7/2011 3:49PM

    More power to ya...!

Not my cuppa, but it's always so fine to see folks SPARKIN' away! :-)

Don

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/7/2011 3:41PM

    NDORRIS had me at the first bit, you all are crazy! Period. End of story. emoticon

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NDORRIS 2/7/2011 2:11PM

    You guys are crazy, fantastic and awesome. This would be a challenge in the summer but to get out there in this weather.....well, what can ya say, beautiful, cool and hilarious.

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MINIDRIVER63 2/7/2011 2:00PM

    Woo hoo! How inspirational! Too many of us think we can't get out in the Winter. Friends look at me like I'm crazy for going snowshoeing.

You look great, and very strong!

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Favorite wellness-related apps for iPhone and iPod Touch

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Back in April I wrote a blog post listing my favorite apps.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093894


It seems like it might be time to update the list, since there are a few new ones. Most of them are free or really cheap, with the exception of LeanMePro.

You may wonder why neither the Spark People mobile site nor the Spark People app is on this list. I need to be able to do my tracking while offline, since I have an iPod Touch and there frequently isn't wireless where I am eating. Both of those tools require a connection to the internet.

Enjoy!

Food Tracking
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LoseIt! www.loseit.com
Free. Also works offline, syncs to multiple devices, and has an online web-based interface. This is my primary nutrition tracker at the moment.

HEALTH&WATER
itunes.apple.com/be/app/healt
h-water/id357267743

Free. Amusing free app that tracks your 8 glasses of water per
day.

Food Information
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Fooducate www.fooducate.com
Free. Uses barcode scanning function of camera on iThing, or you can type in the barcode number. Requires a network connection. Provides nutrition information, suggests
healthier alternatives, etc.

Sleep
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$0.99 Sleep Cycle mdlabs.se/sleepcycle
Uses the motion sensor to track your sleep, wakes you up at the
optimal time in your REM cycle. Also provides a cute little graph
showing your sleep pattern throughout the night.

Weight & Body Fat Tracking
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FatWatch www.fatwatchapp.com
$4.99 Based on the weighted moving average popularized by The
Hacker's Diet; tracks both weight and % body fat with a smoothing
algorithm that helps you mentally through plateaus and temporary water
gains. As long as your weight is below the trend line, it's going down,
no matter what the fluctuations are.

True Weight www.madeupsoftware.com/trueweight
Like FatWatch but does not include % body fat. There is a
"lite" free version.

Menstrual Cycles
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P Tracker
itunes.apple.com/us/app/period-track
er-lite/id330376830

Free for "lite" version, tracks your cycle and predicts when it
will start again. Graphs are given and the ability to track symptoms.
(Sorry, had to include it, BREWMASTERBILL, LOL)

Exercise
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Instant Heart Rate www.instantheartrate.com
Free. Uses the camera to estimate your heart rate from your
finger. Seems pretty accurate.

iFitness medicalprod.com/ifitness.html
$1.99 Tracks strength training workouts very nicely. I love
bringing it to the gym and ticking off the routines, etc. Provides
graphs showing improvement in reps and weight.

Unfortunately it appears that iFitness is not currently in the iTunes app
store. Here is what looks like a viable alternative, and includes a pedometer based on the motion sensor:

All-in fitness mobile.viaden.com/iphone-sports-fitn
ess.html

$1.99

I currently use GymGoal, which is free and has a convenient back up and restore feature.
www.smaltek.com/gg_overview.h
tml

It looks like this one might include some kind of nutrition tracking too; I'm pretty happy with LoseIt, so I'm sticking with that.


Gym Finder itunes.apple.com/us/app/gym-finder/i
d327801306

Free. Can be useful while traveling. I tend to sign up for
7-day free trial passes when I travel so I can work out at the local
Bally's or 24 Hour Fitness. This last trip to San Diego meant staying
at a hotel where they *charged* to use their awful little "fitness" part
of their "spa." So I ran away to 24 Hour and Gold's instead. For free.

BellyBio
itunes.apple.com/us/app/bellybio-int
eractive-breathing/id353763955

Free. Uses the motion sensor to aid in deep breathing. Very
relaxing. Nice choice of music that rewards you for consistent, slow
breathing. Provides a graph estimating your level of calmness. The
activity seems to induce a mild euphoria for me. I don't know if that
is common.

  
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LOUIS_D 7/19/2011 5:22PM

  thanks, some cool stuff out there (few i didnt know of). For a free one i use Fleetly to generate workouts. the community helps keep you motivated by commenting on your challenges which is cool too.

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OUTDOORSDC 2/26/2011 7:07AM

    Thanks. This is some good stuff.

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MYOWNHERO 2/25/2011 2:38PM

    I like the Nike Personal Trainer app for iPad. It's free!

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ALYFITN 2/23/2011 8:55AM

    I'm into apps too. I have not tried some of these--thanks so much for posting!

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MRLEEP23 2/23/2011 8:26AM

    Thanks much for sharing!!
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WILDVIOLETS 2/16/2011 11:10PM

    Instant heart rate now costs a dollar. (just letting you know.) Thank you for sharing :)

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KAKIPOPUP 1/26/2011 5:18AM

    Thank you for the information - emoticon

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More XC skiing

Monday, January 24, 2011

Went on both Saturday and Sunday. Burned about 850 calories each day.

Here I am, after an unfortunate faceplant into deep powder, LOL


Tried TaeKardio today at lunch. Will do Body Pump tonight. Trying to keep moving to help distract myself from wanting to eat...

  
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JESPAH 1/27/2011 6:38AM

    You just have powdered sugar on ya. :)

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NDORRIS 1/25/2011 1:12PM

    Would your body need some extra calories after those sorts of work outs? Seems strange you would be hungry unless you are under some emotional stress. Are you eating within 30 min to an hour after a work out? Hope I'm not being too nosy. Just felt concerned. You look happy (or is that an 'I'm giving you the brave smile' smile--hehe.)

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Congratulations on trying new things.

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CARRIE1948 1/25/2011 10:24AM

    Good for you. You need to find the time to stop by and see my new gym.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/24/2011 9:08PM

    It was like squeaky, slippery cornstarch. Going up the hills was a real upper body workout! LOL

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KAYOTIC 1/24/2011 8:56PM

    Love to ski! Looks like it was a bit on the soft side, that's what we have too, after weeks of little to no snow....fingers crossed for more white stuff soon!

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Let's add snowboarding to the list, shall we?

Monday, January 10, 2011


Um, yeah. I tried snowboarding this weekend. Saturday we had about 10 inches of fresh powder to fall on. When I went down it went "poof!" Which didn't hurt at all. We also had to barely lean in order to get the edges to bite into the snow.

Sunday the powder was all groomed and packed. A lot more work. And way harder to fall on. I'm going to have some interesting bruises on my backside.

But after two days I can say that yes, I can link my turns and mostly get down a short green run without falling - too much. LOL

My toe turns are definitely not as sharp and confident as my heel turns. And I found out why it is bad to let the downhill edge catch. LOL (ouch!)

But I liked it. It was a lot more intuitive than I expected. It did not weird me out to have both feet strapped in - in fact it felt kind of secure and nice. The worst part was hobbling around using my bad leg to propel me on the flats. And just walking around. I limped all over on the flats. But was fine as soon as I got to the top and could ride the board down.

So maybe this will be OK for my arthritic knee, after all...

I'll do it again. It was fun.

  
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S318830 2/18/2011 1:44AM

    Ah ha! I had wondered how I saw a skiing and snowboarding group on your page when I thought your knees couldn't handle it. I hadn't realized the snowboarding was a new thing. Very cool! Congrats, and I hope your knees are able to hang in there and let you add this to your sporting repertoire.

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TWOSTICKS 1/14/2011 2:47PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you had a blast!

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ALYFITN 1/11/2011 1:51PM

    I'm so jealous!!! I tried and tried but could never get the hang of it. I'm sticking to skis.

May you enjoy all the BEAUTIFUL snow I'm sending your way from across Ohio.--Aly

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SEESTARS 1/11/2011 11:30AM

    I also have bad knees and find snowboarding does not bother them. Sounds like you did great your first two days. When I taught lessons I found that the girls always had an easier time on the heelside (and boys usually did better toeside at the start). I think it is a center of mass thing. Try focusing on pushing your hips forward next time you go boarding.

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ANNE7X7 1/11/2011 10:34AM

    I LOVE snowboarding! It's amazing on powder!!! I miss doing it so much, and like you said, it's very intuitive! The first couple of times are the hardest, and the learning curve is HUGE! Before you know it, you'll be zooming down those black diamond hills!

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GRACEFULIFE 1/10/2011 10:07PM

    I've never gone snowboard. But then I've vowed never to do alpine sliding sports in my state again. BORING.


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DANIELLESAUTUMN 1/10/2011 4:03PM

    So jealous!! You guys in New York got a great base for it! haha I realized that the more I try to control my board the more I feel out of control. If I just let the board take it's own way its easier. I can lean and guide, but it's like... jsut let it ride man. Ha! Im glad you had fun!!

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CO_VANESSA 1/10/2011 1:59PM

    Looks like a ton of fun! And kuddos to you for trying out something different.


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CARRIE1948 1/10/2011 10:28AM

    You're leaving me in the dust. As you do more outside, I'm sorting out how to do everything without leaving home

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DDOORN 1/10/2011 9:49AM

    Remembering how limber you were on cross country skis...no surprise that you should take so well to snowboarding!

Kudos to finding another exciting outdoor celebration of the "new you!" :-)

Don

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DIAMONDFOOLER 1/10/2011 9:28AM

    OUCH! emoticon I can't even imagine. But I am so glad you are having fun!!


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JILLWILSON2102 1/10/2011 7:52AM

    So you've turned to the dark side! emoticon Honestly you do make it sound like fun - I hope you have a blast!!

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JESPAH 1/10/2011 7:28AM

    Ooohhhh that looks like a blast.

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