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Sunday, August 28, 2011

I need to start with some beauties from

I need a Spark, the perfect pic or quote or something. come on.

That one really makes me smile.

DH basically cut a finger off at work on Monday and had surgery and is in mucho pain. It's been a rough week. He can't pick up the kids or hold them or change them and that's hard for all 4 of us. What's been the worst is that he can't run or practice yoga. I know he is going crazy so I feel bad complaining that this has thrown off my workout schedule too. But it has. And I'm frustrated. I guess that's some sort of proof of how much I need fitness. We both do.

But... the race isn't for another month so we still have lots of time. He's missed an entire week of running and together we missed a long run this week. That can't happen 2 weeks in a row. I am just going to have to suck it up and learn to run further than 5 miles with a double jogger. Good Lord. emoticon

ok, ok, ok. I can do it. I have got to turn the positive switch back on.
here we go.

whew, I feel better.
I go back to work tomorrow. I'll have less Spark time. Please know that I'm telling myself and all of you this:

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MICHSTATE 9/2/2011 3:41PM

    Hey! I missed this blog somehow!!!! I am sorry to hear about your husband's injury!!! How is he doing now?
Thanks for the comment on my page!!!
My mastitis is much better, thanks for asking!!! I was surprised how quickly I started to feel better, even after only one dose of antibiotics I was feeling quite a bit better!!!

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DONNYBELLE 8/31/2011 2:52PM

    get that run in lady! you can totally do it!!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 8/29/2011 5:47AM

    Maura - so sorry to hear how this has affected the whole family. You WILL work through it. I am really gonna miss you on the team. Please promise to keep in touch!!

Prayers out for you and the family!!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 8/29/2011 5:47AM

    Oh ouch! Sorry about your husband's injury, I hope he gets better soon! YOU are definitely much stronger than you think you are- running with a double jogger!! You can do it! Missing one week is not biggy, just jump back into it (and I'm sure your husband will be happy that at least one of y'all is getting to workout! emoticon

P.S. thanks for your comment on my page! I'm doing well but boy I wish my arms today looked like they do in the picture from a few months ago (they got a little flabby since) need to get back into it!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/29/2011 1:47AM

    Oh sorry to hear about hubby's hand. You've been on an amazing roll with your's so hard when something changes it up. Good luck with +5miles pushing a stroller-you NEED to write about that! Have fun going back to school.


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REDDIRTRUNNER 8/28/2011 10:51PM

    WOW! Sorry about the hubby's injury! ARGH!
You always have a positive outlook even when you don't! emoticon
Good luck with work!
Oh- i have an impromptu half on 10/16! Yeah! Getting my quickie training schedule together!
Still looking for that marathon..

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/28/2011 10:35PM

    So...I've got a few reasons that we should be neighbors...
1) We could run together (when our husbands are both healthy!).
2) I could watch your kids so you could run without the double stroller and do your other workouts without interruption.
3) I could come over and enjoy some of the healthy meals you prepare.

I hope your husband's hand heals without any complications and that you'll both be able to get back to your fitness plans very quickly!

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MACILINN 8/28/2011 10:29PM

    Just give me any of those bods! wow. To bad about the injury. OUch. Just think you will get stronger than you think carrying all those babies around. This time shall pass.

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HIGHHEELEDGIRL 8/28/2011 10:01PM

    You are so much stronger than you think. I need that as a daily reminder... I think I may set that as my intention this week. Thank you for the inspiration!


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APIRLRAIN888 8/28/2011 9:55PM

    sorry about your hubby! but you can do it! I just started back running. 10k in a few wks, at this point, just finishing, and it's my firat 10k ever ;p haven't ran since half marathon in spring! couldn't even run a mile 2 week ago... up to slow 6 miler

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MONA_MONA 8/28/2011 9:41PM

    Pinterest is such a great site. Glad you're finding some motivating images. emoticon

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What's going on in my kitchen

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I love my CSA. Every Monday a box shows up on my front doorstep. It is full of beautiful, local produce. It forces me to try new recipes, eat more greens and appreciate what farmers do. I especially appreciate this time of year because not much grows in MN in January.

I have been on a recipe finding, foodie blogging binge the past few days. Since a few of you have asked, here's my recent favorites. I wish I was one of those great food photographers, but I'm not.

I had to buy the mushrooms for this one, and it was worth the trip to the store.
Green Bean Mushroom Sesame Salad

The banana blueberry bread I made last week is from this site. that was super duper yummy.

Fit-Whit posted this recipe last week. It combines two of my favorite things.
Apricot Pistachio Bars

I even resisted the urge to throw in chocolate chips. Go me! And then I took her advice and portioned them out and put most in the freezer. seriously, I'm impressing myself here. Portion control!

Dinner last night: BBQ Chickpeas & Sweet Potatoes

Like she says, when craving BBQ but you don't want anything meaty or heavy, do this! It was very easy. I used Thai spinach from my box instead of bok choy.

Chickpea-Avocado Salad

Scroll down a bit to find this one. Simplicity. We gobbled this up in lettuce wraps. Bonus: I scooped a little out before adding the onion and my kids gobbled it up too.

What pretty little things have you made?

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SPACELION 8/26/2011 10:01AM

    OMNOMNOM! Sounds absolutely amazing.. These sorts of blogs make me wish I could cook haha.. I get by.. Barely. I wish I could be all awesome and creative with my food, something always goes wrong though..

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/23/2011 6:38PM

    Ohhh so fantastic-sounds like you've been experimenting. Thanks for all the recipe links. I was going to make the green bean salad tonight(I have been picking a bucket of beans off the garden for an entire week-yummy!!) but used all my mushrooms at dinner yesterday. I grocery shop Thursdays so I will try it then. Keep on posting all your great finds...I appreciate it FITFOODIE!


-what is CSA?

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AMBER281 8/23/2011 3:27PM

    Great receipies. Thanks for sharing!

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OFFDREA 8/23/2011 3:15PM

    that chickpea avocado recipe looks amazing!!!!

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MONA_MONA 8/23/2011 2:09PM

    Looks like a lot of good stuff cooking up. Chickpeas are one of my favorites to cook with. emoticon

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Muscles, not pizza

Friday, August 19, 2011

I woke up this morning with a bad headache. My own fault: not enough water after last night's HIIT class. I was having a little pity party for myself in my PJs when I started surfing around Spark and checking in on some friends. I looked at the clock and gave myself 30 minutes. Your pictures, blogs and stories gave me the motivation I needed to lace up.

5 miles later... I love my city. I run to a cute little lake, run around it and run home. 4.88 miles, but I round up because I'm pushing a double stroller. Don't tell me you wouldn't too! The way home has 3 hills. It's tough. At the bottom of the last one I said, "Alright, last hill. do you think I can do it?" My 2 year old said, "I hope, mom." wow, thanks for the confidence! So I thought about writing this blog and thought about what I would want to say and that made me zoom up that sucker. I'll be honest and say I had to take a 10 count walking break at the top. But I still made it home in 51 minutes.

Now I'm off to a weekend with the in-laws. They are the kind of family that think junk food = love. So I need these images to remind me of what I know is right for my body and my kids.

This is an awesome dessert. Brush a pear with a little maple syrup (the real stuff, not crap!), sprinkle with cinnamon and roast for 20ish minutes. Greek yogurt scooped on top. so nummy and simple.

I'm throwing this in the middle because, well, because.

I'm pretty sure she works hard and eats right everyday. Not 5 good days and a throw away weekend. I will not erase this week's hard work with a weekend full of pizza, ice cream cakes and chips. It's not worth it.

Muscles like these are worth it.

Do something good for your muscles this weekend.

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FITFORMYKIDS 8/20/2011 7:31AM

    You are so committed to your fitness. That is so inspirational.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/19/2011 11:18PM

    Look at you...5 miles....51 minutes....pushing two kiddos....3 hills...YOU are a ROCKSTAR!!!

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MATTERJT 8/19/2011 3:24PM

    After reading this, I have no doubt in my mind that you can run a 10K easily without the stroller. Have you done one yet? I haven't, but it's in my future plans. :-)

4.88 miles with hills and a stroller is very impressive. Good for you! Pretty soon you'll be ready for a Tough Mudder! Wheeeeee!!!! I can see it now!



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DONNYBELLE 8/19/2011 2:56PM


and 5 miles with a double stroller, hills, a kid IN the stroller AND all in 51 minutes...why don't you have your own comic book?

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    5 miles with hills and a double stroller is very impressive. Do you want to move here and be my coach? Oh wait, you love your town. Okay...can I move there? Then you can coach me AND share your blueberry bread with me! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 8/19/2011 2:34PM

    oh my goodness thank you for the pear recipe!!!!! and will try to stay on track this weekend

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LEASIM1231 8/19/2011 2:17PM

    I am so going to try that pear recipe! I wonder if it works with canned pears?

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VAS117 8/19/2011 2:05PM

    Thank you so much for the blog! I've been sitting here at my desk since lunchtime thinking about the pizza I want to order for dinner tonight. After reading this, I think I just might have the strength I need to drive straight home tonight and find something healthy to eat for dinner - comparatively speaking anyway. ;)

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REDRUNNERMOM713 8/19/2011 1:48PM

    Awesome job on the run with the stroller! I can't imagine how much harder it is to run pushing one...especially up hills! You ROCK girl! Be strong this weekend. I know you can do it!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/19/2011 1:25PM

    Yep, the weekend is when most of us tend to go off the rails. It's just a couple of days like any other, or at least that's what I have to tell myself so I don't undo a week's worth of progress!

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DZSWEETIE2005 8/19/2011 1:13PM

    Cheating on food makes me feel awful. Now one chocolate chips cookie every couple weeks or so? Nope, i'm fine with that! But a whole meal or few days of bad eating.. AWFUL!

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SUPERMOM8482 8/19/2011 1:02PM

    I love this!!!! And why work so hard during the week to let the weekend wreck it!! Way to go on the run and with a double stroller!!! Wonder woman I think yes!!!!

Will have to try the pear recipe sounds delicious!!

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DIY challenge results

Monday, August 15, 2011

I want new emoticons. seriously.
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My Starting Weight: 150.8
My Finishing Weight: 147.6
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I was pretty disappointed with this loss until I looked at the other stuff I was tracking. holy moly! Maybe it was a better summer than I thought. Thank you, YOOVIE, for taking the time & energy to create a challenge like this. I would not have seen this stuff in print if it weren't for you. So instead of buying another box of milk duds, I'm going to do 20 push-ups and then make a Sept. plan.

emoticon Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:

1. Running distance
start: 6.4 miles
finish: 10 miles
emoticon + 3.6 miles boom! feel amazing about this.

2. push-ups on toes:
start: 12
finish: 25
emoticon+ 13 double boom! feel pretty special about this too.

3. jeans:
start: 8 is baggy, 6 is tight
finish: 6s fit perfectly, NO muffin top. 8s look ridiculous and are falling off. good problem to have, but the bad part is I have no $ to go buy motivational size 4s. rut-roh
emoticondifference: one whole pants size! boom? I feel poor.

4. BMI:
start: 23.5
finish: 23.0
emoticondifference: -o.5 meh.

emoticon When I first started this challenge, I thought that I had this whole lifestyle in the bag. I was losing 1-2 pounds a week and had been for months. I was a weight loss master.

That's great and all. But let's not get carried away with ourselves. I've learned that I can't get over-confident and slide on clean eating. I'm not in maintenance. Luckily I realized this 2 weeks ago, tracked food for a week and saw the scale move again.

emoticonI already knew that numbers and visual progress motivates me, but now I've learned that stickers and a calendar motivate me even more. I love my calendar.

emoticonThe thing that I accomplished during this challenge and am MOST PROUD OF is running. unplanned runs for joy, distance runs, speed training, HILLS, oh my! I love it all.

And I'm pumped that I signed up for a marathon next June so I know I'll keep at it.

emoticon Something I didn't expect from this challenge was that I would not do as well as I had originally planned. Sometimes you need to fail in order to give yourself a little kick in the pants.

emoticon This challenge may be ending, but I am not stopping... I'm going to swallow my fear and set a goal to wear a size 4, 140.0 on the scale, and see beautiful biceps.

emoticon Make a statement declaring your commitment to continue:

I know you get it, I signed up for a marathon. I've mentioned it a few 100 times. But that is my commitment right now. It represents a lot to me.

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SWEETPQTE 8/18/2011 10:38AM

    Great job ! Can I ask how you made your calendar? or where you got it from?

I would love to do a challenge like this to help get me motivated !


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DONNYBELLE 8/18/2011 10:33AM

    roar. you're so kickass it's ridiculous. you are the bombdiggity-yo.

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AARONSGIRL420 8/17/2011 11:27PM

    This made me smile, I am still chasing my size 6s (I'm in tight 7s and some things even 9s). That has a lot to say about muscle mass. And your running distance...amazing!

I did not join in this challenge, but I am pumped about the ST one coming up. I'm still trying to catch you, so I have to kick my pants (quoting you a little) into gear :)

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JENBELLE13 8/15/2011 11:40PM

    Fantastic! I've read your different entry's on the challenge throughout and you are such an inspiration and motivation!

Thank you!

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MICHSTATE 8/15/2011 8:36PM

    Yay!!!!! Good job!!!!!:-)

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/15/2011 8:23PM

    Woot!! That is so amazing. You rocked this challenge!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/15/2011 7:06PM

    Just love the 3 goals of weight, jean size and muscles! I know you will do it.


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APIRLRAIN888 8/15/2011 5:15PM

    very cool challenge!! great improvements!!! how long was this?

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 8/15/2011 4:48PM

    Awesome results! Don't worry about the scale, your jeans show your progress! And 25 push-ups oh my! That is amazing! You're going to rock that marathon! emoticon emoticon

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    This blog makes me very happy for you! I already knew that you were achieving lots this summer, but it's fun to see it all laid out like this. By the way, size 6 with no muffin top = amazing! Depending on how tall you are, you can use me as proof that a lot of your weight is muscle - I weigh slightly less than you, but still have a slight muffin top in size 8. Anyway... Way to Go!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 8/15/2011 3:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon!!!

You signed up for a marathon???
WOW! I wanna do it tooooooooo emoticon (me throwing tantrum)
I was going to do one htis year, but put it off. I really do want to run one next year! Maybe we can virtually train together ! emoticon

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milk dud monster and 10 miles

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I need to follow this advice because I threw handfuls of chocolate in my face this weekend. big handfuls.


I ran 10 miles this morning. I didn't hit a wall like I did last week during the 9 miler. My hamstrings felt fine. AND the route was much tougher. Hillsssss at mile 6-8.

I ran 10 miles. I ran TEN miles! A year ago I didn't think I could be a runner. I didn't think I had it in me. wrong!

If you're reading this, you can do more than you think so too. Surprise yourself. man, does it feel good!

DIY 12:
emoticon1. Drink a least 64-72 ounces of water each and every day. This will bring down your water weight and keep you from overeating or reachin for an effing soda, which (even diet) has the perfect amount of diet-suicide in it.
water is no problem for me. I've been aiming for 80 oz + a day. Then on Th. I bought a Coke zero. I have not had soda in MONTHS. no clue what was in my head. oh, yeah I do. It was the milk duds.

emoticon 2. Eat no more than ONE SERVING of any sugary snack or treat. This does NOT mean 'one visit to he bag', if a serving size is half a chocolate bar- only eat half- dont be greedy.
fail, fail, major fail. Not only did I buy a box of milk duds and eat the entire 3 servings on Thursday, I did it AGAIN yesterday. ummm, major party foul.

emoticon3. Get as close to 7-8 hours of sleep as you can each night- not more.
emoticon4. Exercise as often as you can within your normal standards. Any PR breaking could lead to swelling and water retention which would cause the scale to go up on Monday or the measuring tape to measure a bloat!
Besdies my awesome run today, I ran 2.44 miles with the jogging stroller which is crazy hard on Fri. And I went to Bodystep twice and zumba and a yoga routine was in there at some point. It's on my calendar...

Clearly, fitness is not my problem. I've been acting like I'm in maintenance mode for the past month or so and it needs to stop. Clean eating. NO processed foods. None. And when this takes me to 145, I will buy these:

At 140 I get a HRM. But that may be a ways off. I want those shoes NOW!

Anyway, how true is this??

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GMO_JEN 8/14/2011 11:23PM

    You did awesome! 10 miles is such an accomplishment! Those are great looking shoes! Keep uo the clean eating, and they will be yours soon- emoticon

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KNH771 8/14/2011 10:43PM

    I need to pick some healthy rewards like you have. I'd love a new pair of running shoes right now! Way to go on the run!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 8/14/2011 8:30PM

    Congrats on the great run you had! Those milk duds can be sneaky! I get hooked on them too. Love the shoes!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 8/14/2011 6:39PM

    Congrats on a great run! 10 miles emoticon Can't wait till I get back to that! Those look like nice shoes, should be a great motivator to eat clean! emoticon

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LIL_EZZY 8/14/2011 5:34PM

    Love this blog....

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DELERIOUS64 8/14/2011 4:44PM

    I can relate, chocolate chips are not safe in my house. I can devour a whole bag in one day all by myself... Great Run!!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/14/2011 4:44PM

    Love love your blog! Getting back at running after 2 mos off. Just ran 3 miles nonstop. Can't believe I did 2 half marathon in lst 6 mos and can't even muster 3 lol. You can do it!!!!

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