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On hiatus

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

OK, there is TOO MUCH going on right now, so sadly I cannot be the active member of sparkpeople that I was in the past. Tracking food, workouts, writing on message boards, all of it takes time that I frankly don't have. I'm working part-time, doing an internship and going to class full time. I dropped my tutoring hours (which I loved doing!) and am STILL coming up short on time. Dishes are piling up, homework is scribbled out half heartedly, and frankly something has to go.

It has come down to this - I would rather spend the time working out and cooking healthy meals than struggle to enter the stuff in the trackers.

SO - bad news is I'm dropping some teams that I can't commit the time to and will only be on sparkpeople to weigh in or browse around if I have time on a day off.

but the GOOD NEWS is that I graduate May 1st and will be back on sparkpeople full force then! That's right, this is a temporary and I will be back! So look for me when the flowers are blooming (april showers bring may flowers and the return of Carissa!)

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LOPEYP 3/10/2010 8:35PM

    Best to do what works for you. Good luck with your studies.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/10/2010 12:41PM

    You must do what is best for you! I share the problem of too few hours in the day!

Staying on track is important but all the extras are not. Your buddies will understand!

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ABQUEST 3/9/2010 10:58PM

    I will miss you, but do what you have to do!!!! Focus on what's important. Keep up the good work eating nutritious foods and working out! I will be here when you get back!!! GO GIRL and get that degree!!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!

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Red Cabbage

Friday, February 26, 2010

The "whole food of the week" was... red cabbage! I know I know, I've eaten cabbage before. But I never cooked it before, so it counts! Plus, it's getting harder and harder for me to find new food to try. I'm going to have to go out of my way to whole foods market more often.

The cabbage I kept simple and just sliced it up and popped it in the microwave. It was sooo good with a sprinkle of sea salt on it! I will definately be buying cabbage again! Plus, it is really a lovely vegetable to have on the plate. Such a nice purple color!


Next weeks whole food - I bought a leg of lamb that I will be roasting for some company. Hopefully something new and delicious for them too. Again, I've had lamb before but this will be my first time cooking it! Time to get some iron and protein in my diet!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/26/2010 10:35PM

    Good for you for making sure you are getting real variety. You have inspired me! Tomorrow I'll go to the farmer's market and look for something I've never had, never cooked, or at least haven't had in years. Come to think of it, I've had purple cabbage raw in salad, but I don't think I've ever cooked it. Might be fun to stuff those purple leaves, too. To your health!! -Marsha

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Cornish Hens and... something....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

OK! Cornish hens = big success! Cooked an extra special dinner on Sunday for me and the boyfriend. Roasted cornish hens, seared asparagus and baked sweet potatoes. Will definitely be making cornish hens again. I think I'd like to try them on the grill next time though. I was really surprised at how mild the taste was though. Definitely will put some stuffing in next time.

So this weeks whole food was a big success, but I don't know what next weeks food will be. Usually I have it figured out by now. Maybe a new fruit, a guava or something.

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JILLSMYTH 2/17/2010 2:42PM

  Sounds tasty. How did you prepare the cornish hens? I've been eyeing them in the grocery store but I don't know what to do with them.

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Kale and possibly the best dinner evah!

Friday, February 12, 2010

I cooked why may well be the BEST dinner evah!

I used my little table top grill to grill some sliced red potatoes sprinkled with garlic powder and salt, as well as some tilapia fillets. Next comes...

KALE! My new whole food of the week! I just put it in a pan with a little water, some shredded carrots and onion, and then when it was done sprinkled some feta on top (Thanks Whole Foods!)

This dinner was amazing! I never would have tried kale if it was not for sparkpeople, I would be stuck in meat and potato land forever, thank you thank you thank you sparkpeople!

Next weeks food - cornish hens! I got some wild game hens at whole foods for my boyfriend for Valentines Day, so I'll be cooking those up this Sunday.


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ABQUEST 2/13/2010 10:49PM

    YUM! Sounds like a great dinner. Good luck cooking for tomorrow's dinner, I'm sure it will go great! Happy Valentine's Day!

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BUSOPER8TOR 2/12/2010 11:11PM

    Never had Kale, going to have to check it out! Sounds like it's purdy good!

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PSYCHABOO 2/12/2010 9:48PM

    I love me some Kale!

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Turnips and Parsnips

Monday, February 08, 2010

Tried two new whole foods last week! Parsnips - we totally liked and will make again. Turnips - um, yeah, no wonder they're never on the menu at the restaurants we go to! Pass on those. Even the addition of a little balsamic vinegar after roasting couldn't perk them up!

Tonight I'm trying kale. Never had, so hopefully I like it more than the turnips!

As for this toe... Wow, keeping it warm is really helping. Although - I'm still worried about it. I've gained weight I'm sure, but I didn't weigh myself this week. I figured with all the stress, why add to it? I KNOW I gained, I know I can lose it, so why look at a number that will only stress me out. I can do cardio again, also, so it will melt off in no time. I hope. Man, these jeans are tight, eep!

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WATERMELLEN 2/8/2010 7:48PM

    Turnips steamed and mashed with steamed apples, a bit of cinnamon??

Kale sauteed in a little olive oil and garlic??

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MTNCLIMBER88 2/8/2010 5:05PM

    I had turnips for the first time the other night as well! I didn't roast them, I mashed them and creamed them with a "broth" made from simmering sauteed onions with cloves, a bay leaf , thyme, milk, and a little half and half. Sounds weird, but they were okay... still a little bitter, though. And fairly low-cal. I'll have to try parsnips. How did you prepare them?

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