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Vacation - literal & figurative

Friday, June 07, 2013

Well - I have been on a figurative vacation from caring for myself. No exercise for a very long time (until yesterday when I did True Blue TNT & a little swimming & my body is sore today!), no food tracking, eating & drinking anything & everything & stress, oh boy, lots & lots of stress. is out, I have 1 less kid to babysit for the summer, Adam has graduated. Take a deep breath & relax.

Time to remember I am on my list too!!!

We are going to Myrtle beach this weekend emoticon emoticon & I have no reason not to come back totally rested, relaxed, at peace & ready to focus on my fitness.

My "SMART" goals for this ending of my figurative vacation & begining of my literal vacation week are to rest, relax, de-stress & move. Mainly swimming & walking.

& so we begin....

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/14/2013 8:18PM

    sorry I missed this hope your vacation was grand

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DOOBRIE 6/7/2013 4:24PM

    Have a wonderful and relaxing vacation!

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KOFFEENUT 6/7/2013 11:35AM

    You have a FABULOUS, relaxing time at Myrtle Beach - after all, that qualifies as taking care of yourself! When you've refreshed yourself and are back home you can expand your taking care of yourself into all those other healthy lifestyle activities that dropped off your "to do" list when things got crazy!

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DR1939 6/7/2013 11:22AM

    Remember seafood, without a lot of butter, is low calorie and healthy. Indulge in that this weekend!

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PTPHELAN 6/7/2013 11:02AM

    Have a great vacation! Let's get together when you get back.

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success cooking at home

Monday, April 22, 2013

Rocco's Chicken Tenders

From Now Eat This! Diet by Rocco DiSpirito.


1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat panko bread crumbs, such as Ian’s All-Natural
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, such as Spice Hunter
4 large egg whites
8 ounces (about 8) chicken tenders
Salt and pepper
Nonstick cooking spray

Yields: 2 servings

Preheat the oven 450°F. Place a wire rack on a foil-lined baking sheet, and set it aside.

Put the flour in a shallow dish. Mix the panko and poultry seasoning together in another shallow dish. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with a whisk until they are extremely foamy, but not quite holding peaks.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Working in batches, dredge the chicken tenders in the flour, shaking off any excess. Add the chicken to the egg whites and toss to coat them completely. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, to the bowl of panko and coat completely.

Spread the chicken on a wire rack. Season well with the salt and pepper, and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Bake until the breading is golden and crispy, and the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes

- have become recommitted & refocused. 2 days of no diet coke, no beer & no eating out - which means I need to cook :)

These chicken tenders were a hit with my kids & I

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BILLALEX70 4/24/2013 8:10AM

    Sounds yummy!

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KOFFEENUT 4/22/2013 10:08PM

    You have almost inspired me to take up cooking.... Maybe instead I'll give your recipe to the actual cook in my family - my dear husband. This sounds AWESOME!

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“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Friday, January 25, 2013

I hesitate to say I would change anything about my past. the main thing I always think I would change is that I would finish college & have gotten a degree. But....then I probably would not have met & married my husband who is the best man in the world & would not be the Mom to our 4 beautiful children which is the achievement I am most proud, instead of wishing to change the past here are the lessons I would like to learn from my past:

1) appreciate who I am, how I look & the body I have today.

I was naturally thin for YEARS....& always wished to be thinner, prettier, etc. The body I have today is not perfect, but, it is mine & it takes care of me & does amazing things.

2) just because you can do something, does not mean you should do it.

Back to the young naturally thin years - I ate anything & everything I wanted & it never affected my weight when I was young & that was my only concern. I should have been fueling & caring for my body & thinking about nutrition & health. I also have always been able to drink beer "with the guys". Frankly, my tolerance is amazing. But just because I CAN drink lots of beer certainly does not mean I should. & just because I CAN order pizza or go through a drive through easily - does not mean I should.

3) the most important relationship to culitvate is the relationship you have with yourself.

I have always been an involved, perhaps over-protective, Mom - the friend people reach out to when they are troubled - the daughter/granddaughter who remembers b-days, etc. & all that is awesome & I am proud of it. But - I am in the place in my life where I finally realize that the more I care for myself - the happier I will be & then I can be even better at all those things.

So I guess the recurring theme here is to put myself on my own list. & not just on the list for fun things like GNO & parties, but for healthy things to be the best me.

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SHELLEY81 1/27/2013 8:49PM

    Keep putting yourself on that list!

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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:34PM

    You are worth it girly! Put yourself on the list!!

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LADYJ6942 1/26/2013 11:51AM

    Oh so true.

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PANSYGAL 1/26/2013 11:38AM

    This was such a great post! It was so motivating, and I need that! Good luck on your journey too!

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ARKPLE 1/26/2013 9:28AM

    I have #2 on my blog too. I wish I could have told myself that years ago. Love that you're putting yourself on "the list." xo

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PALMTREEGIRL1 1/26/2013 8:16AM

    Tricia! This is an awesome blog!!! So insightful and wise! Your head is in the right place - you will succeed!

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DOOBRIE 1/26/2013 6:12AM

    Great blog. It's easy for us mums to put ourselves last all the time, but our families need us to be happy and healthy too!

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GIELLIOT 1/26/2013 1:07AM

    So true! Thanks. emoticon

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KIBAISREADY 1/25/2013 11:13PM

    Great blog girl! We live and learn from our past. Cheers to a better future!

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SACHABEE 1/25/2013 11:00PM

    Way to stay positive and use your past as a learning experience!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/25/2013 8:04PM

    i really really love this blog and you too . happy you have found a secret to happiness loving you just as you are and looking to the happy positive side of life.

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    Hi EugeneRugosa,

I think this is a seriously awesome post! Your reasons are helping my resolve and motivation!! I think the insight you have written will help me keep my mind on the right track. So I thank you for that.

I would like to mention that I believe your quote is from Edmund Burke (I checked and say that George Santaya is often credited though).

Thanks for listening AND posting this!

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ERW001 1/25/2013 6:40PM

    Great list. I am coming to the realization of #3 now too - taking care of yourself will enable you to take better care of others. emoticon

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/25/2013 6:28PM

    Well said!
I especially like #2. It sounds a lot like what I say to my kids and husband.
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ups, downs & lessons learned in week 1..

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Made it through the first week of this BLC.

I feel more committed & more serious & determined then I have in a long time.

Lots of positives for the week: I tracked every bite (even the not so good bites!) & stayed within my calorie range 4 of the 7 days. I worked out in some way 6 of the 7 days. I went back to Zumba which I love & which is a great workout for me. I only had beer 2x & only 1x on the weekend. (I know - that seems like not much, but to me it is a big step!) & - I lost 4.5 pounds.

The downs: I had planned two evenings as "not diet" evenings. But - I didn't just eat what I wanted, I ate what I wanted until I was so full I was almost sick :( With the exception of zumba - I don't feel like I really pushed myself with exercise (I need my innner Jillian to come out!) I relied far too much on processed diet type food such as protein bars & lean cuisine dinners & I had several headaches during the week.

lessons learned: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!! I MUST plan my food ahead & make sure I have easy & healthy choices on hand. I need to become an exercise early bird again as that seems to be best for me to get the most down & really push myself (if I am up before 6am it better be worth it darn it!) on the headache front - I think I need to drink not just water but something with electrolytes & make sure I eat something before & after vigorous workouts. I have also discovered that my darling husband - who totally supports me & is truly one of the best men ever - can also be an issue in my healthy journey. He has NEVER been overweight & doesn't really see me as overweight. So...when he wants to kick back & have a "bad" night - he really wants me to join him. I have to have the fortitude to stick to my plan & hang out with him in a healthier way!

So...on to week two - really plan to focus on nutrition, planning & kicking my exercise up a notch. I hope to lose at least 3 more pounds during week 2. Oh yea - & beer only 1x this week!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/23/2013 6:40PM

    if you have a minute ind a half of time spray a coffee cup with pam add two cracked eggs and left over veggies a frozen sausage , a piece of bacon , i add greens and a little cheese . put a english muffin in toaster and a minute and a half later two cooked eggs. you are doing awesome congrats on the weight loss. keep moving forward emoticon

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SUETINGE 1/23/2013 1:44PM

    Great insights.

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KOFFEENUT 1/23/2013 1:27PM

    Sounds like you had a pretty successful week and have TERRIFIC plans for how to make the next one better!

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QUIDDITCHGRRL 1/23/2013 12:58PM

    Now you know that you must PLAN PLAN PLAN in order to stick with it - it'll get better. Although I think you did a great job this week, with plenty of weight loss to boot!

My bf is the same as your hubby - stick-thin and will eat anything until it's gone. (Our first real argument was over his eating so much food off MY plate I was still hungry when my plate was empty.) I try to eat very well when we're apart and allow a *little* splurge when we go out - and let him eat half my food. :)

Good luck, you've got this!!!

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/23/2013 11:11AM

    Great insight on your ups and downs this week!
Hope the next week is even better for you!

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LADYJ6942 1/23/2013 11:02AM

    Great job, you can do this. Find some ways you can provide hubby the bads he wants but in healthier ways for you. Be creative girl!!

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SHELLEY81 1/23/2013 9:27AM

    Writing everything is so important.. it gives us such a clearer picture of what's going in ...You know what to do and have a great attitude.. I know you are going to have success this round! Let's bring it!

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WALLINMW 1/23/2013 9:05AM

  If you bite it, write it!

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FITMOMINNJ 1/23/2013 9:05AM

    You made some great changes. Focus on that and build. None of us are perfect, just keep on moving:) emoticon

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ELP1210 1/23/2013 9:03AM

  Congrats! 4.5 is a huge loss! emoticon

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shocking wii news...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

got out my wii fit tonight.

I always found it very motivating to see my weight & BMI & wii fit age, plus watch my little mii shrink (or expand as the case may be)

Well - I had not been on that sucker in one whole year & I am ashamed & disgusted & horrified at how I have let myself go :(

My new wii age is 49 (my real age is 43), but that is not the worst part. I way 30 pounds more then I did a year ago. 30 FR/#*!ICKING POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about a wake up call.

BLC could not be begining at a better time.

I have had my hysterectomy. I have a wii fit, kettlebells, free weights, a gym membership & a zumba class begining on MLK day.

I know what I should eat.

I have the tools.

Enough excuses & falling off track & putting myself last on the list.

This absolutely has to be it for me.

I can do this.

I will do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow - day one again & for the LAST time!!!

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FINZFANATIC 1/22/2013 7:10AM

    Just read your blog and by now you should be about a week now that you are back on the program. I hope you are doing well. I've been going almost three weeks now and the first two days were the hardest. Hang in there!!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 1/19/2013 9:19AM

    Tricia! I'm dedicating this winter to helping ME be the best that I can be - why don't you do the same? I'm with you 100% - If there is anything I can do to help, I'm only 100 miles away in Medina!

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ME_SONNIE 1/17/2013 10:33PM

    Go for it! emoticon

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LUCYLU22 1/17/2013 12:40AM

    Isn't it GREAT that the first theme is JUST DO IT! You got the right attitude to make 2013 a FANTASTIC year, the year of YOU!!! emoticon it into HIGH gear! You got this!

emoticon we just have to emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 1/16/2013 11:14PM

    Hey, it's never easy seeing a gain but you can do this! Surgeries and medications are proven to wreak havoc on waistlines. You've got the tools and you're done with excuses. What waits is your masterpiece. Good luck

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/16/2013 7:32PM

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LKEITHO 1/16/2013 8:43AM

    I'm right there with you! Let's do this!

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STEPHANIE302013 1/16/2013 8:36AM

    You are going to rock this!!

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BILLALEX70 1/16/2013 8:26AM

    Go get it!

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DOOBRIE 1/16/2013 1:58AM

    I'm starting over again this year.


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KOFFEENUT 1/16/2013 1:00AM

    I figure all of us here are on a healthy lifestyle journey. We all hit bumps in the road (heck, I've wandered off the road ENTIRELY before!). The IMPORTANT thing is that we find our way back and continue to head in the right direction. Know that we're right alongside you, cheering you on!

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SHAMAYO 1/16/2013 12:57AM

    You got this!!

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MAGGIEVAN 1/15/2013 11:37PM

    Just do it. I know you can.

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ANDREA963 1/15/2013 10:01PM

    Thanks for the warning, I'll leave mine in the closet. emoticon I gained 20 pounds. I'm sure it has nothing good to say to me. Sounds like you're ready to get back on the horse. I am too. Had to give my elbow time to heal and now I have no excuse. Let's do it!


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FITAT50 1/15/2013 9:23PM

    You got it this round! I'll be watching, after all I'm a Spy emoticon

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BLESSEDLOSER 1/15/2013 9:02PM

    You ARE doing it! Together we can get this done. Go True Blue!

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/15/2013 8:26PM

    Go Girl!!
I would like to say I don't know what you're talking about, but I would be lying.
Our stories are very similar. We can do this-Together!
I'm with you, let's do it!!
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CHUNKYMONKEY36 1/15/2013 8:23PM

    You got a plan and motivation, not to mention, plenty of people to help! You'll be down 10 before you know it!

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