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Help!! My neighbors are trying to fatten me up!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My God it's been over 10 days since my last blog! Forgive me Sparkers, for I have sinned!!!

Well I was very busy last week; my boss was in town for 5 days. Great guy, but much like relatives visiting during the holidays, shorter is always better.

It went very well; he was happy, I was happy, he got a great deep-dive into our operations here, which was the real reason I had asked him to spend that much time out here.

Friday, I drove to Tallahassee for my one year post-op checkup of my re-surfaced hip joint. Ortho doc said it has healed marvelously well, and to keep doing whatever I've been doing, but to plan on not running anymore to be safe. I had already geared up for this all last year, and have now made the switch from the tribe of runners to the tribe of cyclists....minus all the multi-neon colored clothing.....I'll take my Spandex plain & earth toned, thank-you very much.

Then this week-end, SWMBO and I were introduced to a weird, yet somehow refreshing, tradition of this new neighborhood we moved into in May; every night since Friday, another neighbor has come by and "gifts" us a tray of sweets!! We've got pralines, banana cake, fudge, red velvet brownies, pecan squares, you name it. What kind of a fat-filled hell on Earth did we move in to!?!?

I know they're all trying to be nice and full of southern hospitality and charm, but my God, there's about 3,000 extra calories of sweets dropped off on our doorstep every night!! And this is the real home-made, Paula Dean deal, not discounted Wal-Mart reject sweets. I guess if it gets to be our turn to deliver some goodies, I'll hand out copies of The Spark to all the neighbors!

So I'm still geared up (against this new, sweet-toothed, southern-charm enemy) to drop some weight this holiday season. I'm planning to go hard on the cardio and weight-lifting these next 2 weeks. SWMBO and I decided to make a seafood extravaganza (salmon, shrimp, mussels, etc.) for Christmas instead of turkey or ham. As for the nightly sweets train, well, we'll cope and hope the insanity stops soon.

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

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/22/2011 12:56PM

    Red velvet brownies? I am willing to take those off your hands.

It sounds like a very welcoming tradition, and seafood sounds delicious for Christmas dinner. Last year we had alligator and crawfish; this year we're a little more normal with a beef roast and herbed potatoes...and the crawfish jambalaya.

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HAKAPES 12/22/2011 1:50AM

    I just love your title! Made me so much laugh! :-)

Can I offer an advice?

I would go at each house, ring, say hello, tell them that how much I enjoy this tradition, I love meeting them. However, I am on a healthy lifestyle, the difficulty with sweets that my daily allowance is small. So, could they support me on my healthy lifestyle to bring fruits and vegetables. And if they discover some healthy food in the local shops, could they let me know.
Or something similar.
How would they know you don't enjoy their sweets? (Or they know and just ignore it?)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/21/2011 12:53PM

    My BFs family does Christmas Eve with the "seven fishes" feast that is Italian tradition ...I think. It is awesome because there is always a healthy option (among a bunch of not so healthy options) for me to pick from.

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BEATLETOT 12/21/2011 3:39AM

    You have really well-meaning neighbors!

Last year, my husband and I hosted an exchange student from Germany who was allergic to poultry, so we had steak for Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

And it was AWESOME. SO MUCH EASIER than that stupid bird. And fewer leftovers. We did it again this year, even though we didn't have Jens with us.

A seafood meal instead for Christmas though does sound equally promising...hmm...

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/20/2011 10:45PM

    I'd have to eat at least a bit, so I can honestly tell them how good it was and how much I enjoyed it. I'd feel guilty to throw the sweet treats away, so I may take 'em into work. Or toss 'em (not like the neighbours would know).

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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!


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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 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!


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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!


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!


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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 ( )), 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!!!


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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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    That food looks tasty!!

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