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My (almost) first Green Smoothie....Yum!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Well this Sunday has all the makings of a regular workday...but first, the news!

I've been hooked on smoothies for a while now. Usually I hoover up whatever stray fruit is in the fridge; pears, oranges, apples, bananas lying on the counter, and frozen combinations of strawberries, blueberries, etc.

In my zeal, I surfed on Amazon for some new ideas on this front, and came across a well reviewed book called "Green Smoothie Revolution"

It looked kind of gross. My first concoction was an equally gross tasting, fibery mess. Back to the drawing board.

After some refinement, I realized that the "more is better rule" was once again proven false. I eased up on big fat leaves of kale, arugula, etc. and balanced it with other ingredients.

The key for me was fresh mint and parsley! What a great balance they brought. I still added a few big hunks of leaf, but with the mint and parsley, plus a mango, an orange, and some pineapple, I felt like I should be sipping this thing on a white, sandy beach listening to the waves crash on the shore as I applied sunscreen to SWMBO's bare shoulders!

Anyway, this should hold me for a few hours. Here's today's plan.

I need to go into the office to finish up some reports and write some welcome notes for a few high-roller visitors I have coming into town this week. Then I hit the gym, come back and clean up for a Christmas Open House at one of our neighbors tonight. In between, SWMBO says "we are decorating the tree today, no excuses!" so that's pretty clear for my mid-afternoon activities.

Then my boss flies into town tonight at 10:30. so I'll be at the airport to get him and drop him off at his room. We start off tomorrow morning at 7:00 AM. He and a few others are in town through Thursday, and I have a dinner out with them all planned for Tuesday night. So the challenge, as usual, will be to eat well, workout, get the day's business done, and oh yeah, fit in some family time and XMAS shopping (hurray for Amazon!) before it gets too late (compounding XMAS for our family every year are the birthdays....4 total between 1 and 22 Dec....sheesh!)

Anyway, that's all for now Spark friends....have a great Sunday!

Go CLOVERLEAFS!

  
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HAKAPES 12/17/2011 5:02PM

    I have to get into this smooth thing, too, you rave about all the time.
And the gym, too. I've read an article on doing sports at lunchtime at hbr, that motivates me. I wouldn't feel so mentally tired by the end of the day I guess.

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/13/2011 12:43AM

    I have to admit I really like fruit smoothies, but veggie ?????? I just don't think I'm ready to try them. Mint and parsley would even go well in a fruit smoothie, I'd say : )


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AFRESHSTART2 12/12/2011 12:54PM

    I have been tinkering with the thought of trying a green smoothie. Your blog has put me a little closer to getting it done!

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BILL60 12/12/2011 9:25AM

    Hang in there with your challenging schedule.

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JAZZEJR 12/11/2011 10:02PM

    Sounds yummy--especially the tropical fruits! emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/11/2011 10:02:59 PM

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MNCYCLIST 12/11/2011 6:37PM

    Hmm, I may try that, but then again...! Thanks for sharing.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/11/2011 4:11PM

    Can't wait til I get my smoothie maker! I asked Santa for one so if it isn't under the tree...well... I'll just have to buy it for myself!

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Travel and Hi Intensity Workouts

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Well I made it on to balmy & wet Washington DC. After some standard Delta Airline delays in Atlanta, I got into Reagan and got to my hotel around 7:00PM.

Luckily SWMBO had made me some sandwiches for the flight, so I avoided yucky airport food. Then after unpacking and making some phone calls, I decided, "what the hell, I'll hit the gym"

It's a nothing-to-brag-about workout room in a Marriot Townplace, but it did the trick....got my heart rate up, sweat going, and allowed me to log in a couple more aerobic points for the month. I tried my hand at the Hi Intensity Intervals that I've slacked off from. I found these real useful when pressed for time and I really like the afterglow. That plus I noticed the weight shed off quicker when I did these 2-3 times a week. Must find a way to get back into these....

Anyway, it's been a long day, and I've got a packed day tomorrow (must beware of the conference snacks!)

Have a great night Spark friends!

Go CLOVERLEAFS!!

  
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JAZZEJR 12/11/2011 10:08PM

    So funny--I'm in DC now after a long day of traveling yesterday, where we sat on the plane for an hour in Detroit waiting for the pilot to arrive (he was caught in traffic!!). I'm visiting family and will hit the gym in my daughter's building tomorrow. Will try some intervals!

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HAKAPES 12/11/2011 10:17AM

    This is examplary attitude!
When I have a difficult travel day, I often think about how you hit the gym during these conferences etc, and then I squeeze in my own exercise, too.

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BELSNICKEL 12/7/2011 7:29AM

    sounds like a good beginning to an exciting adventure. Make it so, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BILL60 12/7/2011 7:26AM

    Hang in there.

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MINDA31807 12/6/2011 9:36PM

    I loved the HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts while I was doing Turbo Fire. I plan on going back to doing the Turbo Fire/Chalean Extreme hybrid after I finish Insanity.
Great job getting in your exercise while traveling!

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A busy, lazy Sunday

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Well I got more done that I thought I would today, mostly because I had planned to do nothing at all!

I finished a novel that's been a hanging chad on my mind for a few weeks, so that was good (very anti-climactic ending....hardly worth the wait), cleaned out the garage floor from when SWMBO's car sprung a leak and spewed power steering fluid all over the place (whole bag of kitty litter did the trick), talked to family members all over the planet, put together SWMBO's newly brought mini-trampoline (I'll blog about it the first time I take her to the ER for a sprained ankle), hit the gym for an intense hour of cardio and sit-ups, continued what is now turning into a lifetime long project cataloging a massive digital music and video archive (I collect radio shows, old and new, from the BBC), then we cooked some salmon out on the grill and roasted up our second batch of winter veggies!

WHEW!

All in all a nice Sunday afternoon. I'm finishing up some laundry tonight. I hit the road Tuesday for 3 nights in DC, back late Thursday night.

Goal is to stay within calorie limits this week and workout every day on the road.

That's all for now Spark friends, have a great night!

Go CLOVERLEAFS!

  
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FANGFACEKITTY 12/5/2011 7:15PM

    Oh my, a mini trampoline? SWMBO is much braver than me, I was just thinking to myself that there are some things I just won't do and trampoline is one of them; I am guaranteed to break something.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/5/2011 5:24PM

    emoticon Yeah Clovers! emoticon

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MAVKA_ 12/5/2011 2:57PM

    Nice goal and good luck with a challenge! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 12/5/2011 8:10AM

    I like days where I take care of things!

Have a great week, Clover!

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On Challenges and Winter Vegetables

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Ahhh, I am so very happy for the weekend....I'm so very happy to start the Winter 5% Challenge....and I'm so very happy to have some Sparkpeople structure to the holiday season!

First of all this past week was ridiculously busy, hence not a single blog from yours truly. Even though I was home all week, I was out and about from dawn till dark. I had a bunch of high roller visitors coming by, hosted a 3-day conference, had 3 dinners out, and oh yeah, tried to maintain some semblance of a family life in between.

I got in 2 workouts during all the busy-ness, ate moderately well, and geared up as best I could for the Winter Challenge. So today I weighed in at 186, still a nice low for me, but about 2lbs heavier than my lowest during the Fall 5% Challenge.

And it's my birthday weekend! And I'm determined to LOSE weight this holiday season!

SWMBO has done some very nice things (some wonderfully colorful fall/winter vegetables roasted in olive oil with salt & pepper to taste and a few sprigs of thyme along with a rustic, little vegetable galette....some of my all time favorites.....when I'm not eating a steak! Good, hardy peasant food)



So today we had a nice family outing, lunch at our favorite little bistro (A la Carte if you're near the Ft Walton Beach area ( www.alacartefwb.com/ )), did some shopping (she had to get new Christmas plates!), picked up the night's veggies for roasting, then came home where I proceed to take a superb 2 hour power nap! (Do the "it's my birthday" dance)

The danger zone then emerged as I woke up...."Ahhh, I don't feel like working out" Luckily it clouded my mind for only a moment....that plus SWMBO reminded me that I had to go get the barbeque's propane tank replaced caused me to suit up and get out the door, whereupon I got in my first work out for December.

So I'm at 186 lbs today....the goal is to get to 176 by 28 Jan 12, dropping weight through tons more travel, dinner's out, holiday festivities, etc.

Game on....bring it!!!

Go CLOVERLEAFS!!

  
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CHALLENGER15 12/4/2011 8:39PM

    That looks so very tasty!

Great goal by the way!

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REBECCATKD 12/4/2011 5:37PM

    1. Bring it, indeed!
2. Happy birthday to you! emoticon
3. Thanks for the roasted veggie tip! I have carrots, parsnips, and potatoes in the house right now for roasting and will get on both that AND the treadmill in a while. emoticon emoticon

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BILL60 12/4/2011 10:48AM

    Good luck on your January goal.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/4/2011 2:36AM

    That food looks tasty!!

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Day #5 Cardio streak....thanks for the motivation Spark friends!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This'll be a quick one Spark friends....I need to get up in about 5 hours to catch an early morning flight back down to Florida

I came to Boston on business last Monday and took advantage of the trip to spend Thanksgiving with my mom....my mom who loves to cook and snack.

Knowing these were troubled waters, I committed to daily workouts and daily blogs....here's how I've done since Tuesday

Total Cardio = 360 minutes
pushups = 226
squats = 215
situps = 300

It'll be interesting to check the scales when I weigh in back home, but here's the real deal; last year this time, I would have been content eating like crazy and being lazy about working out on a trip back home. Knowing I was in a danger zone, I publicly committed to a 5 day cardio workout streak along with daily blogs about how I was doing....and stuck to it, even when I didn't feel like it.

I suspect (I know) I ate more here than I wanted to, but having an outlet, a public (semi-private) outlet to be accountable to (all of you in cyber-Spark country) kept me on track and (semi)responsible about good eating.

So regardless of the weigh-in results on Monday, I'm going home with a good sense of accomplishment and 360 more fitness minutes under my belt than I would have had without Sparkpeople motivation.

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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HAKAPES 11/27/2011 7:04PM

    Wow, that's upgrade on your life!

I am happy you shared all the adventures this week - and by sharing, you also motivated me, gave thoughts, and so.

I didn't manage yet on trips to loose weight, the best result so far was weight maintenance, both in Morocco and Mexico. But I guess, that's already success.

Awesome week, SparkMan!



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ERIKO1908 11/27/2011 12:21PM

    what a difference a year makes!! WTG on the positive changes...and remaining human!! :)

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/26/2011 10:52PM

    Be careful with your cardio. I can get to be too much. As you get used to it, alternate your cardio with strength training.

Good going on your commitment to get started.

Don't forget rest days!


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BEATLETOT 11/26/2011 10:17PM

    You rock so hard! Great job!

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