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Popcorn, eggplant and annoying gym people; Oh my!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Popcorn: No I'm not going to harp on about the benefits of eating this healthy snack. BUT I did make popcorn today! My class enjoyed using my air popper to make a yummy treat to eat. Then they wrote about it! Learning should be fun, and it was super fun today!

Eggplant: If you hate eggplant, do this. Slice and lay on a board. Sprinkle with a good amount of salt. Forget the sodium and do it. Leave for 5 minutes. Flip and salt the other side. Leave for another 5 minutes. The longer you leave it the more time the moisture has to leave the eggplant. Rinse the eggplant under cold water and lay on a couple of paper towels. Add more paper towels to the top and press, to get the water off and out. You may need to change paper towels. Once dry add seasonings of your choice. I like a tablespoon of garlic butter myself, spread over all the slices. Bake in a moderate oven for about 10 min. Watch it to make sure it doesn't burn! Serve and enjoy. Thank me later.

Annoying gym people: I get that I am not the only one in the gym, and I respect that. I use my stuff and move on as quickly as I can so I don't hold up other people. I usually mix up my routine if the equipment I need isn't free, so I am flexible. So it annoyed me when I was doing my arm weights and needed the Lat Pulldown machine and it was occupied...By someones towel. This someone was using this machine and 2 others, stopping inbetween all off them to take a drink and stare into space. So I asked if he would mind sharing. AND HE SAID NO. He said that he had everything set up how he liked it and asked me to wait 1 more set. FFS. And it wasn't one set on the Lat Pulldown, it was one set on all 3 machines. Seriously? So I walked off and found something else to do. I wasn't going to wait around to watch a guy not use the machine I needed. I hate the weights area on a Tuesday night!

Rant over.

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CUTIECAT1 3/16/2012 5:01PM

    the eggplant sounds yummy - i love eggplant! you are too nice, i would have just tossed his towel aside, done my sets and moved on. Dudes like that disregard all the rules the gym has about doing that stuff - so let HIM go complain, he wont get far at all....

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PICKIE98 3/16/2012 1:24PM

    I love eggplant, cold not do the salt thing, but ok to the rest,,
as far as Jimjerk, if it was me, I would have picked the icky towel up, handed it to an employee and did the same thing as another poster,, that towel did not pay for a membership..
He probably uses the extra towels to wipe his lip prints off all the mirrors in the gym!!
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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2012 11:44AM

    What a jerk! Our gym is part of a hospital and has a separte small gym for physical therapy as well as the main gym for gym memberships. They've just recently started a thing on Monday - Thursday evening using the pt gym called Women on Weights. It's from 5:30 to 8:30 and you can go at any time. A trainer is there to help if you need it. It is set up as a circuit training thing with 3 minutes cardio and 3 minutes weights because of not a large amount of equipment and so everyone gts to use it. It's for women only. I haven't been yet, it just started last week, but I've heard great things about it and the fact that it's a women only thing is great for a lot of women who feel intimidated around the men. I don't but the big gym is packed in the evenings. You can stay in it for as short or long as you want and learn some new things too if you want. I think it's going to be a great thing and not have to deal with the college students, teens, firefighters, and all the other guys that workout in the big gym in the evening. I've usually gone in the day but it's hard to find time when working.

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ELLIE09 3/13/2012 3:14PM

    The eggplant sounds delicious!
and people like Lat-man are too self-absorbed for their own good... I can only imagine what he would have done had you arrived first...

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GEEKLING 3/13/2012 2:03PM

    I have to admit, that I'm one of those people who, when I had a short gym membership...

If finding a towel on a machine, would have picked it up and handed it to gym-employee with some comment about 'Oh dear! someone have left their towel behind. Will you put it in the lost and found box, dearie...' Then just cranked up my mp3 player (so I don't hear the protests) and used the machine.

Sometimes it pays to be old enough to be the spandex-people mum.

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PARASELENIC 3/13/2012 1:51PM

    That eggplant recipe sounds delicious, thank you!

What a jerk. I certainly don't HOPE THAT HE PULLS A LAT MUSCLE when he is obviously so serious about his workouts! :P

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KISHYMARIE 3/13/2012 1:44PM

    I haven't ever had eggplant, so I wouldn't have any idea how to make it other than your idea - so thank you!

And gym guy is crazy rude. Is there someone who works at the gym who you can report stuff like that to? Arrgh. I'm annoyed FOR you and I wasn't even there. :)

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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:41AM

    I am [hopefully] going to put eggplant in my garden this year. I've heard of the salt trick to pull the moisture out. I'll try it, hopefully with my own eggplant!

I hate people who think they are the only friggin' people in the gym/grocery store/universe. People like that need a good wake up call, you know, like a frying pan to the head. LOL!

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TORIAMAE 3/13/2012 10:23AM

    I totally hate that too! Not appropriate gym behavior!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/13/2012 9:11AM

  thanks for the eggplant recipe . will use it this week .
the guy at the gym must have never learned how to play fair or share . so lets blame the mom . that`s what all the doctors do . It all starts with family . He was really being rude .

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/13/2012 8:38AM

    The eggplant sounds great. I can't wait to get my garden in the ground and for the Farmer's Markets to start again so I can try this with fresh eggplant!

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MAERETH 3/13/2012 8:35AM

    Wow, what a jerk!

That eggplant sounds awesome, I may need to try it!

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    Oh, wow...what a jerk! I hope he gets diarrhea!

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    Seriously?!?!I would have taken him out ninja-style (well at least in my imagination I do that).Glad you were able to move and keep going. Keep up the great work!

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MRE1956 3/13/2012 6:59AM

    I'll tell ya, if anyone requests that I WAIT - well, there's gonna be a big problem! NOBODY has that right when I'm busy! Sheesh! Darned good thing I don't do the gym thing - all my exercise is done AT HOME where I'M IN CHARGE - NOBODY ELSE!

A pox on that selfish $#!@#!

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XFITSTRONG 3/13/2012 5:16AM

    OMG I HATE THAT! There are several people at my gym that do that..... It is so rude! There is also this guy who spends 30 minutes on the quad machine in the mornings! (that's all the time I have for weights in the mornings!) He does his stretching right by it, will hop on it, get off and stretch some more.... Does it not occur to him that other people would like to use it???? Drives me crazy! And then some of these guys will come and stand right beside me while I am using a machine sending the message that they are waiting for the equipment I am using.... ARGH!!!! PuhLeaze! I am never more than 5 minutes on a machine. I'll finish when I finish..... back off!

I have never eaten eggplant in my life, but your recipe sounds enticing! I only very recently discovered butternut and spaghetti squash and they are now two of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing!

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BOB240 3/13/2012 3:22AM

    It's really annoying when this happens.Actually it's just plain rude.
Some gyms have signs up asking people not to do this which you can point to. However the best approach is the one you took. You are there for you and to make yourself feel better. Don't let him take detract from the session and try not to get involved.

However, if he has left his phone on the floor you could always step on it....

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It fits!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I was shopping a few weeks ago and I saw a top that I loved and had to have. Unfortunatly the only size they had left was a 12. I am a 14. I loved it and even though I don't usually buy clothes to shrink into, I made an exception for this top. This was around a month ago. It fit but was waaaay too tight...

Until tonight!

I wore it to dinner tonight and I was confortable! YAY!

Additionally, YAY for restaurants that offer half portions! That allowed me enough room to have dessert, and we all know how I feel about dessert!

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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:42AM

    Yay you for fitting into that smaller top! It looks great on you!

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PARASELENIC 3/12/2012 11:19AM

    You look beautiful-- love the curves! (and hooray for dessert!)

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CIVIAV 3/12/2012 10:35AM

    nice work ...and nice look!

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/12/2012 9:28AM


Fitting into smaller sized pants ROCKS !!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/12/2012 7:40AM

    What a great nonscale victory!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/12/2012 6:50AM

    Non Scale Victories are the best! Way to go! By next month, I bet it will be too big!

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PHEBESS 3/12/2012 5:55AM

    YAY!!!!!! Smaller clothes are definitely the best reward!!!!!

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ILOVEROSES 3/12/2012 5:36AM

    emoticonon shrinking! The top looks great! Well done!
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ANAJAK 3/12/2012 5:17AM

    Woohoo!!! Great job Bubbles!!

Ps, Where did ya get your top from and what is this magical restaurant!!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 3/12/2012 4:45AM

    Love the top ...... and glad you found that Restaurant :-) I actually got a container to take home left-overs for the VERY FIRST TIME, the other day. Mind you, having said that I hardly ever eat out :-(

Kris xx

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MBW209 3/12/2012 4:30AM

  YAY for you!

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My thoughts in pictures

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I upped my weights for 2 of my moves today, from 4kg-5kg dumbells, and the lat pulldown from 30kg -36kg. This is the weight I am focusing on right now, not the number on the silly scale which has bounced around the same kilo for 10 days now. Stoopid scale, what do you know?

This is true. I have lost 5.6kg, so while I may not be at the 20kg lost mark yet I am waaaay closer now than I was 10 weeks ago.

Related to the one above. I have made progress, and although it may have slowed for now I will meet my goal!

This is true. And I believe it when I haven't lost for a week and people compliment me on how I look. The scale isn't everything!

Word. I drink so much water it attracts comments at work from my students and co-workers.

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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:45AM

    Great job on increasing the weight! You're making really awesome progress, and good on you for realizing the scale ain't all that!

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BOB240 3/11/2012 1:09AM

    liking this....

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BE_FREE 3/11/2012 12:07AM

    Awesome job! Love the pics!

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The occasional treat...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

...has become less occasional and more regular. And I am noticing a difference, both on the scale and in myself. So it has to stop. No, I won't be cutting out anything, as I know that cutting things out leads to binging, but I will be cutting back. This is me commiting to cut back on the chocolate and ice cream and cake that is slowly becoming a regular part of my diet. Now that I have exercise under control it is time to look at my eating habits and see what can be done. And I know what to do; Less chocolate and more fruit and veg!

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    great job!

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MAPLECANDY3 3/10/2012 5:25PM

    Its so easy to get in the habit of eating too many sweets. Great job on catching yourself :)

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Mrs Potatohead

Friday, March 09, 2012

At this stage in my journey I feel like Mrs Potatohead. For real.

My jeans are loose around the thighs! YAY. My tops are loose in the sleeves. YAY! The middle part? Not so much. A little difference, but not much. Yet. So I currently look and feel like Mrs Potatohead without the super cute hat.

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CIVIAV 3/10/2012 10:11AM

    mid stage progress and the earrings help as well as the hat!

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/10/2012 8:28AM

    You should totally get yourself that hat :o)

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    That's exactly how I am too! Wish my waist would get with the program lol Keep up the hard work and you'll get the results you want!

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