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90's Run

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Isn't it truly amazing at how the weather keeps changing daily? It's great though because the weather is training our bodies for different things. Today was high heat and dry air. It was great training for breathing and keeping a nice, moderate pace. It's all a challenge but at least it's fun! Plus, when you get back you get to eat delicious homemade falafel wraps! Yum!!!


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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2011 10:42PM

    A run and falafel wraps...I call that an excellent day!! :-)

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Bean Burger Love

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yesterday was a much better day for exercise and keeping within my calorie count. I think I have been eating around 1500 cals so I had to reduce back down to 1300. 1300 cals a day seems to work better with my body and for exercise. I can feel bloated and groggy when I eat more than 1300 for some reason. I'm taking it just as my body is asking for less. Plus, the healthy food is always a plus!

Breakfast: Raw vegan Oatmeal
Lunch: Chopped Baked Tofu Salad

Snack: Fruit Smoothie - homemade

Dinner: BBQ bean burgers, rutabaga "chips", sweet potato "chips", cucumber and etc. Yum!

Snack: Organic cereal, soy cream (like ice cream), fresh apricot

(note: dessert was husband's mine had more fruit and a lot less of soy cream, cereal and no beet cake cubes)

Exercise: Ran 5k in extremely humid heat and walked 5k

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SUGIRL06 7/21/2011 1:51PM

    Your food always looks so amazing. Yum!

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VEGFAERY 7/13/2011 10:49AM

    I think I need to start following your blog posts for inspiration. I am up ten pounds and not very happy about it.

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ERPARA 7/12/2011 4:30PM

    Have a recipe for the burgers? I made New York Times burgers on the Engine 2 - 28 Day Challenge that we're doing - they turned out really good!

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2011 12:10PM

Yay for running and walking!!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Things are always busy - but is that an excuse of mine? I'm not sure. Anyways, I have found that I have gained about 3-4 pounds in the last few weeks. Actually, I saw the increase after we went hiking. Boo! I hiked and ate reasonable but I guess the fat content was too much or something and there was a gain. So, I have been trying to work hard at watching my food and working out but unfortunately it hasn't been going well. So, I'm back on here to assure myself that I am doing everything possible to get healthy and bring that weight down. Those last ten pounds or so are extremely hard to get off! Grr Pounds!

We found and ate our first home grown cherry tomato of the year! Yum!

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SUGIRL06 7/21/2011 1:48PM

    I am still patiently waiting for my first tomato to turn red!

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7PASTORMIKE7 7/11/2011 12:10PM

    You just keep doing what you are doing and try spicey foods ! It will speed up your metabolism !

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NATPLUMMER 7/11/2011 11:51AM

    No kidding about those last pounds!

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Geocaching Love

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So I have falling in love with Geocaching. I took, oh, one cache to be addicted. Have you tried it yet?

Last week I one-day shipped my husband a Garmin Oregon 450t Hiking GPS handheld to go on our weekend hiking/camping trip. It goes along with the website and helps you find geocaches. It is great fun! Basically it is like a adult treasure hunt with fancy technology.

Admittedly it took two days to get to our first cache site but we hiked the entire two days to get to it. I'm finding out that hiking is great fun and it is a great workout. Somehow I gained four pounds over the three-day weekend of hiking/camping but it was still much more fun than just sitting in the gym the entire day. We managed to hike a lot and find one cache which was a difficult one.

Then, last night even though we were tired we wanted to get out on the trails again near our house and look for some more geocaches. We looked for two of them but one found one that was stuck in the cliff side near our house. Even though we were tired, we managed to get out there and actually walk/hike to get to these caches.

Geocaching is so much fun! You can get a GPS system from three different companies, print out the cache information from your printer or use your iphone (if you have one). It is a great way to get a workout in but not have to go to the gym. I'm thinking kids would love it too!

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ERPARA 7/12/2011 4:29PM

    We love geocaching! Haven't done it as much lately, but it's always an adventure :)
Have you hid any caches yourself yet?

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SUGIRL06 7/5/2011 1:40PM

    A friend of mine is obsessed with it. She loves doing it in the winter because its a reason to get outside and soak in the little sunlight we get! Glad you enjoyed it!

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MOONMANSON 6/28/2011 11:19AM

    I've looked into it. Too bad I'm horrible with directions!

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JUNEBUG150 6/28/2011 10:29AM

    We have been doing something very similar for over 5 years only we called it letterboxing and they actually have a site called "". Only we don't use a GPS system, just the directions from the site and the kids love it. We've seen a lot of great parks and trails that we didn't even know existed and have learned a lot of history as well, so it becomes an educational thing too. Love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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NATPLUMMER 6/28/2011 10:21AM

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

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SNAPDRAGON1231 6/28/2011 10:09AM

  I got a geocaching app for mu iPad but sadly, lost the signal when I get to where the caches are. Have you tries letter boxing? It is the low tech version. Is the web site You get clues to boxes and then your off!!!!

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Can't believe I hiked in the Allegheny!

Monday, June 27, 2011

My husband and I are finally back from our short 6th Anniversary trip to the Allegheny National Forest to do some hiking/camping. It is amazing to think that I went hiking, when a few years ago before finding a new lifestyle I would never had adventured out to go hiking. I have found a new love for adventure and also geocaching! My first geocache was this weekend with my husband's Garmin Oregon 450t which I had overnighted the day before we left - oops! Thankful we had it though - hooray for Garmin! I can't wait to share everything with you all. I posted a few photos already on my website for everyone to see and am in the process of getting everything organized and in order to start writing about the entire experience.

BTW, we ate 100% vegan food and actually got the DH brother to eat healthy vegan food the entire time too! He said that he loved everything and he seemed to have a good amount more energy when we left than when he got there. Hooray for health food and exercise!!!

I hope to have more information up on my site soon:

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SUGIRL06 7/5/2011 1:39PM

    Sounds awesome! I will check your other site later!

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2011 3:07PM

    Wow!! It looks beautiful!!! My parents were originally from Pennsylvania but I doubt they did any hiking at Allegheny National Forest. They weren't very outdoorsy.

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