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Eating mindfully

Monday, January 28, 2013

This week, I want to work on eating mindfully. I want to eat slowly and taste each bite instead of shoveling it in. Major problem of mine that I want to work on this week. I usually eat breakfast and lunch in front of my computer at work and dinner in front of the tv (yes, I just admitted that in "public"...) Definitely room for improvement!

In other news, today marks the beginning of week 2 of half marathon training.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will do 3 mile runs (Tuesday at pace) and on Saturday we will do a 5 mile run. 3 weeks until I get to the furthest distance I've ever run before!

I have stuck with my 10 minutes of daily exercise streak since December 30th! I'm definitely invested in it now, so I want to see how long I can keep the streak alive.

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CLPURNELL 1/28/2013 9:04PM


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STODD251 1/28/2013 3:23PM

    Awesome job on sticking with the 10 minutes a day! I know I haven't been quite so consistent.

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LAURAAT 1/28/2013 2:21PM

    What an awesome blog! Love your goal to start eating mindfully. We have a dining room I can count on two hands we've used since we moved into our house - 4 years ago! Granted, we haven't always had it in usable state, but that's no excuse. I'm determined to start working on that more, too!

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Catch up (meal plan, 1/2 marathon training plan etc)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Last week, I was in San Antonio for work. I did at least 10 minutes of exercise while there and got 2 runs in (outside in shorts and a tank top!). I did eat Texas-sized portions for lunch and dinner. Lots of Tex-Mex and a few more drinks than I would have liked. This was my first time meeting the rest of the noise analysis community, so I did give in to peer-pressure and go out for lunch/dinner/drinks with people from other companies and the government side. All in all, not too bad (unless you check my tracker...). I'm up 1 pounds, so no major damage and I'm already back on track.

Also of note, I decided that I sometimes like raw tomatoes and sometime like mushrooms! I don't want just a piece of tomato, but will eat it on a forkful of lettuce. I also had some baked mushrooms in San Antonio that I liked if I had them with something else in the same bite. Progress nonetheless!

J and I decided on a half marathon training program to follow:

This one is simpler than other training programs I've seen and is most in line with our fitness level. We started today with our first long run (end of week 1). Yep, 11 weeks until the big day!

Meal Plan for the week:
Saturday: Honey Balsamic Chicken and Asiago Mashed Potatoes with Broccoli

*We've made the chicken before (it's awesome) and are using parmesan and montery jack in place of the asiago because I don't want to go the grocery store)

Sunday: Minestrone soup with a salad and tofu (J is working)

Monday: Chicken pesto bake with crispy baked mushrooms

Tuesday: Salads topped with grilled chicken or baked tofu

Wednesday: Honey mustard roasted chicken with carrots and potatoes

Thursday: baked potato, lima beans and tofu (J is working)

Friday: leftovers (J is working)

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CLPURNELL 1/28/2013 7:52PM

    Awesome plan glad yo had fun in TX. San Antonio has some very tempting food and is a pretty cool place to hang out. Glad you got a couple runs in and got to enjoy the Texas weather!! Glad to see you back on track so quickly!!

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STODD251 1/26/2013 6:48PM

    I am so jealous that you were able to run outdoors in shorts and a tank top. It is downright frigid here and I am avoiding going outside at all costs.

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Fun Friday Quiz!

Friday, January 18, 2013

another quiz going around :)

A - Available or married: married
B - Book: There's a lot of them... love David Baldacci and Kurt Vonnegut
C - Cake or pie: cake
D - Drink of choice: vodka soda, apple cinnamon spice hot tea, water
E - Essential item: tank tops
F - Favorite color: green
G - Game to play or watch: play-partini (seriously awesome party game) watch- football
H - Hair: dark brown and short
I - Indulgence: cheesecake
J - Job: environmental noise analyst (just about as fun as it sounds...)
K - Kids and names: no kids
L - Life is incomplete without: friends and family
M - Music group: always changing... right now- Weezer and Primus
N - Number of siblings: 3
O - Oranges or apples: apples
P - Phobias/fears: hmm... don't really have phobias... I don't like creepy noises when it's dark haha
Q - Favorite quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. -Dr. Seuss
S - Season: fall
T - Tattoos: nope, scared of needles
U - Unknown fact about me: I cut my own hair for 8 years
V - Vegetable you love: carrots!
W - Worst habit: cussing and drinking
X - X-rays: only for my wisdom teeth...
Y - Your favorite food: cheese
Z - Zodiac sign: sagittarius

Feel free to copy and fill it out :)

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CLRWILLIAMS25 1/18/2013 2:52PM

    I definitely became a noise analyst by accident. I was hired to be an "environmental analyst," which I had assumed was more biologically/ ecologically based because, from college, that was my understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the subsequent documents produced. It wasn't until after I was hired that I realized I was going to do a lot of statistics, number-crunching, pilot interviewing and computer modeling... I'm definitely looking for something more in my field.

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SDLEE514 1/18/2013 2:11PM

    yay! thanks for returning the share. and how does one even become an environmental noise analyst?!

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Meal plan this week and plan of attack for camping trip

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Exercise: 4 mile run today and do SP video
Wednesday: 30 min spark dvd (borrowing from mom)
Thursday: 3.25 or 6.5 mile run, sp video
Friday: sp video
Saturday: Hike

I decided to just post my dinner plans since my breakfast and lunch plans are boring
(breakfast= eggs and oats and lunch=salad, lentil soup or leftovers in case anyone was wondering)

Salad with grilled chicken

Monday: Chicken and Kale Casserole

** We healthified this recipe, so each serving was about 400 calories (much less cheese in our version and added skim milk)

Tuesday: Chana Masala with Spiced Cauliflower and Potato

Wednesday: Pesto Stuffed Chicken,

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: leftovers or Panera (leaving to go camping)

Camping plan of attack:
Alcohol: I plan to bring a bottle of wine (Yes, I drink wine when I camp haha). I will not bring any vodka. I may also have a beer or 2, but I generally don't when it's cold. I will also bring seltzer water and limes to drink (non-alcoholic).

Food: I am such a planner. I am doing all of the main meal shopping for everyone (breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 people) and everyone is paying 1/5. Less coolers etc since we are all squishing into 1 car.

Breakfasts: eggs, bacon and potatoes (oatmeal and yogurt for me).
Lunch: hotdogs and/or minestrone soup (I don't like hotdogs, but the boys do)
Dinner: , picking up food on the way Friday night (I'm packing a salad and yogurt), chicken pot pie for Saturday night.

Snacks: Hummus and carrots, cheese and tortilla for quesadillas, minestrone soup, apples, oranges

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CLPURNELL 1/15/2013 3:36PM

    Awesome Plan!!!

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SHMARA 1/15/2013 2:20PM

    Spiced Indian cauliflower is one of my favorite things in the world. Stealing the Chan Masala , thanks girl!

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FOXYPHAEDRA 1/15/2013 1:46PM

    Thanks for posting the recipes, they sound like good ones. One thing on my to-do list is meal planning and I always appreciate new ideas!
I am jealous you get to go camping; we are planning on taking the kiddo on his first camping trip soon, but I think we are going to wait until it gets a bit warmer!
I'm curious about this eggs and oats breakfast you are eating! I looked back in your blogs but didnt see a recipe - maybe I just missed it? Do you pre-cook the oats? I have never heard of this combination but I might give it a whirl. Thanks!
Hope you have a great time on your camping trip!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 1/15/2013 1:27PM

    I didn't realize they weren't going to be click-able. I went back and inserted them as links. Thanks for the tip!
Also, I don't eat hotdogs, so I'll be sticking with the soup and quesadillas for lunch :)

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YOJULEZ 1/15/2013 12:57PM

    Sounds like a good plan for camping... and nothing wrong w/ drinking wine while camping either! Maybe you can bring along some chicken sausages to eat instead of the hotdogs.

BTW your links don't work, SP likes to add spaces where there aren't any to make the links not work. You can the add a link button to make them work, and clickable :) At this point I Just manually type in the HTML with my link instead of using the button. I tried to type how to do that but I guess you can't use HTML in comments!

Have a good time on your camping weekend!

Comment edited on: 1/15/2013 1:02:45 PM

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Non-positive blog...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Just wanted to let everyone know that my previous blog was full of LIES!
Friday: Ended up staying late at work and not going to the gym. I did do some videos though.
Saturday: ran at the gym and did machines.
Sunday: Freaking gorgeous weather and I was feeling the ramifications from last night and did not go for a run. Fail. I do plan to do some videos today though

And about the alcohol... I somehow talked myself into believing that since we never go to parties, that I should take full advantage of the one last night. I didn't have a drink until almost 11pm though (no small feat while watching 2 football games and going out to dinner with friends). And then I kept drinking ALL night. Or rather all morning. Until like 4am. I need to remember that just because I am at a college party and college kids drink a lot, I am not one of them. And I do not need to drink a lot.

Well, it was fun.

And I did manage to talk 2 of my friends into going camping next weekend. Yes, I know it's January, but we just got a new tent and temps are supposed to be high around 55 and low of 25, so not bad camping weather. I am really going to try to hold myself together while we're camping. Snack on healthy foods, ease up on the alcohol (or *gasp*, abstain!), get a good hike in and enjoy the weekend in the woods.

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STODD251 1/14/2013 12:39PM

    Sometimes you just have weekends like that. I know I did, last weekend... But my philosophy is that since it's all about a healthy lifestyle, you just have to attempt to have the good choices outweigh the bad choices. I don't drink a lot, but I know it's unrealistic for me to completely abstain from drinking. As long as you keep it in check, it's not bad. I stick to 1-2 drinks a week most of the time, but this weekend, I pushed it a little (maybe a lot)... I had a lot of social outings and I'm not going to beat myself up over it. I'm just back to my normal schedule of eating right and exercising today and that's good enough. I just keep reminding myself that my goal is to live a healthy and happy life. I would not be happy if I didn't get to go out and enjoy myself with my friends sometimes, so it is worth sacrificing the calories every once in a while. I just have to make sure it stays "every once in a while" I put on the weight because I was going out several nights a week and eating and drinking too much. Now I go to the gym with friends instead of eating, and when we do go out, I try to make healthier choices than I might have otherwise and at all times, I attempt to plan ahead.

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LAURAAT 1/14/2013 11:09AM

    Sounds like you got a lot done this weekend, regardless. And that you should be proud of! And you've got some awesome camping plans already. May I suggest making them a little more specific? Like, limiting yourself to x amount of drinks, and planning to pack x foods for you to snack on while everyone else is munching camp food? Leave some wriggle room for you to enjoy, and you've got a great weekend planned!

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CLPURNELL 1/14/2013 4:08AM

    We all have weekends like that. Hopefully you can have a great week to offset it!

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