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Friday, March 12, 2010

The lie from yesterday's blog was #2. I've been to Germany. My favorite city was Regensburg near the Czech boarder on the Danube river. I love baking my own bread and I don't have a bread machine and my SIL set up my husband and I on our first date. She knew me from church and our mothers were already friends. She kept telling her shy and single brother that he should ask me out, that she thought he would really get along well with me. Finally she made the initial phone call and when she had me on the line handed the phone over to her brother. I agreed to go, more out of pity than anything else, and the first date was soooooo aweful I thought I would never go out with him again, but when HE called back a MONTH later I figured "what the heck, what is one more date going to hurt". He finally came out of his shell and we ended up married!! I've been good for him-he is no longer so shy and enjoys things like coaching our son's sports teams!!

So, today I took a leap and returned to the exercise class I'd been attending last year. It is a free class at our church and I know most of the ladies who go. Now that I'm not walking every morning I figured I would go back to the class for some of my cardio. The class was so much fun, well the crunches at the end not so much, but I HATE crunches so it is good I have someone who MAKES me do some crunches. Most of us ladies have children we bring with us and they have a blast all playing together while their mommies work out. Although, today there were two ladies who were definately on the upper side of 70 there working out!! WooHoo old ladies!!! They kept everything low and slow and left when the cardio section was over, before we started floor work. Gotta admire a couple of ladies who know that if they want to see 80 (and seriously one might have already been there) healthy and happy (and alive) they have to get up and do something!! I'd forgotten that, even though I stand in the back so nobody has to watch my flab flap around, there is something about a group class that is just so much fun and inspiring!! The class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday so I'll be going back next week!! Overall a great were good in school (they always are), everyone is having fun goofing off with Daddy now that he is home from work and dinner is Tuna Sandwiches-lucky me an easy dinner for Friday night. Tomorrow is a running day and I still get to sleep in!! Life is definately good right now!!

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NEW-CAZ 3/13/2010 4:24AM

    DOH got it wrong emoticon
Hey that class is going to give you a great workout 3 times a week my friend and you get to have a laugh too, and be motivated to keep going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
d you had a good week hun, me too- got loads done and I'm off out to do some retail therapy today so I avoid F1 racing.
Hope your weekend is equally as good!!

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KATIEWELL 3/12/2010 8:02PM

    emoticonLife is good

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Two truths and a lie...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Borrowed this from other sparkers. Kind of a cute way to share a little more information about ourselves. Two of the following statements are the truth and one is a lie. See if you can pick out the lie.

1. My husband's sister forced him to ask me out on our first date and we double dated because he was too shy.

2. I have never been out of the U.S.

3. I love baking my own bread.

Probably too easy, anyways that was fun...

What else was fun was my run this morning!! I forgot the ipod and had to just guess on my times for intervals but it was still a really fun run. It was COLD this morning, one of the coldest in awhile, by the end of the run my poor little legs were ice cubes, but that only added to the fun!! Shins are still holding up and I am looking forward to Saturday's run when I can do somemore trail running!! So looking forward to that!! Well, it's been a great Thursday and time to get on with the evening. Hope everyone had a great Thursday!!

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ESBELL 3/12/2010 6:31PM

    My guess is #2

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BILLALEX70 3/12/2010 6:23AM

    Fun game, I'll guess #2.

Not sure if I'm ready to 'forget' my iPod or not, but glad to hear you had a good run anyhow.

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NEW-CAZ 3/12/2010 4:18AM

    I reckon on 3.
So pleased to hear your shins are still okay- great run
Have a great Friday Heather

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LITTLEWIND53 3/12/2010 12:10AM

    Will you share? Idon't know much about you but I'll take a wild guess and say #3 (unless you have a bread machine?

I like the game. I may borrow it for one of my teams......never know.. Lol.

Have a great evening

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JANE-0 3/11/2010 10:18PM

    wow, I liked hearing about your run~ I had a fantastic day but did not get to run (instead my son won a lottery held spot for a very unique school and I'm very happy but missing that part of my day) thanx for sharing yours with me!

I would say that # 3 is the lie

Great to hear from U emoticon doing great!

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NONIE_C 3/11/2010 10:09PM

    Hmmm...I'm gonna guess #2 is your lie. Will you reveal at some point? I hope...

I love this game, by the way, and I always use it as my icebreaker on the first day of class.

Here are mine:

1. I've guided over 100 river trips through Grand Canyon
2. I published my first book under a pseudonym
3. I've eaten dinner with Sharon Stone

heh-heh-heh - lets see if you can guess it emoticon

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CRUZIN2LOSE 3/11/2010 9:53PM

    Great attitude! I can use that after the end of the crazy day! Thanks... By the way #1 I would think, but who knows!

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Some nice breakfasts...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The great breakfast experiment is going pretty well. I have never been a breakfast person, just never really got that whole "most important meal of the day" thing. I am trying to change that for myself and my kids though and have been trying to add some new items to the breakfast menu, which previously included cold cereal, oatmeal or scrambled eggs. My husband sometimes makes pancakes or waffles (I'm not very talented with the griddle).

Yesterday was oatmeal day, not very creative I know, but it didn't work out anyways. We experienced the great breakfast revolt of 2010. I enjoyed the oatmeal and oldest daughter ate one bite (hurray for her!!) the 7 year old and the 3 year old opted for cold cereal instead. I decided too that oatmeal days will be the only days that option will be available, all other days it is "eat or don't eat". I've had to tell my kids many times that I am not a short order cook. I don't offer a menu and I don't have time to make 5 different things for breakfast :).

This morning I put my foot down, breakfast was what I was making and there were no options. This morning was something totally new, but I was surprised at how well it was received.

Whole Wheat English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas. The recipe comes from the Better Homes Whole Grain cookbook (has a lot of yummy recipes). Basically this is the recipe...saute some chopped red pepper, onion and chopped, lean ham in a skillet. emoticon emoticon Add some eggs beaten with a little milk. emoticon emoticonCook until eggs are done put one serving on top of half a toasted whole wheat english muffin and sprinkle a tiny bit of cheese on top. emoticon

It was OHHH SOOOO DELICIOUS!!! Hubby gobbled the whole thing (good), son ate just the eggs off the top of his "pizza", oldest daughter picked the red peppers out and then ate about half of the "pizza" (good for her, found a way to make it work) and youngest finagled a bowl of cereal before the new "no cereal" rule went into effect. This recipe will be making a return appearance for sure.

Kids also discovered that they enjoyed the new Turkey and Cabbage wraps we tried this week for dinner. Lean ground turkey and chopped onions, cooked in a pan until done, add a couple cups of cabbage with carrots (aka cole slaw mix) and some corn, cook until crisp tender, stir in a little bbq sauce. Serve wrapped in a flour tortilla (although I ate leftovers with corn tortillas and was also delish). Once everything is stirred together there is a really high vegi to meat ratio (leaning more towards vegi than meat). Sounds kind of strange in print, but oh so delish in reality. Funny thing is that the cabbage in the dish is kind of a novelty to my children's digestive tracts and things have been a little "airy" around here-LOL!! Does beano work on cabbage emoticon??? The kids are starting to adjust to mommy serving them "weird" new things and they are actually starting to accept that and taste things before passing judgement. Although youngest today showed just a tad too much enthusiasm when she discovered we were having chicken for dinner. Then before getting REALLY excited she asked "real chicken"? emoticon HAHAHAHA. Hubby and I both answered in stereo "No fake chicken" and her little face fell until we told her "of course real chicken". We understood that she meant chicken that had not been altered to be something other than plain old normal baked chicken. It had a tiny bit of bbq sauce (left over sauce from turkey wraps) and she could forgive that. I'll have to remember, in my enthusiasm for new foods, that sometimes "real chicken" is just fine too!! :) In a few days we will try oatmeal again-found a cool looking recipe that bakes the oatmeal in the oven with some chopped apple (think there might be a little cinnamon in there too). Maybe cooked just the right way oatmeal will become acceptable someday emoticon.

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FLYBALLJRT 3/15/2010 8:01AM

    yum, sounds delic!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/14/2010 8:01PM

    I like the pizza idea. My kids got introduced to salad tonight. They love croutons so they made salad sandwiches with the croutons and cold cut chicken.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/11/2010 7:29PM

    Yummy if I could only get you to cook ME breakfast too! LOL :-)


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WBOYACK 3/11/2010 11:21AM

  My kids will eat oatmeal if I add yogurt and fruit. Maybe that would make it more appetizing.

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RAIN_SIS 3/11/2010 11:14AM

    Yes beano does work for cabbage.;)
Speaking of fake meat - Have you ever tried Morningstar farms products. My vegetarian son likes their chicken nuggets. We all like the breakfast sausage patties. They are too processed for me to think of them as health food, but they are lower in fat (than meat) and taste really good.
I make a breakfast scramble that we like:
Per serving use
1 MS sausage patty
1 tsp. olive oil
1 to 2 cups fresh spinach
2 eggs or 1/3 cup egg substitute

Thaw the sausage patty in the microwave. Wash and drain the spinach. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Chop the sausage and add it to the skillet. Toss in the spinach and stir until it is wilted. Add the eggs and mix and turn until the eggs are cooked.
It is good with toast or on a tortilla.

I made this for my family - 7 grown people - and used only 4 sausage patties for the whole batch. It was fine.

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NEW-CAZ 3/11/2010 3:42AM

    Heather loving the recipes!
It must be so hard gettng kids to eat of a morning and you're doing such a good job of instilling good eating habits and laying it on the line you're not cooking 5 times!
Love your daughter's comment. bless her

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KURVY_KAITIE 3/11/2010 1:05AM

    Thanks for the great blog! Sounds rly yummy! I may have to try some of it myself. Your daughter sounds precious! :)

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ONMYWEIGH 3/11/2010 12:42AM

    Getting the kids on board with the new eating is hard! My hubby loves all the new healthy food I make for him but my son turns up his nose. He's a growing boy though and has no choice but to eat it as I'm not making him anything else and he's always starving. I don't like oatmeal very well either but I'm alone for breakfast so fiber one is good for me.

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    I've been eating lots of fried rice for breakfast... I love that I can make it in advance and just reheat it in the morning. Plus, I get in veggies, whole grains and protein!

emoticon + emoticon + rice!

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Saturday, March 06, 2010

I love running. I used to think people who ran were crazy. Why would anyone in their right mind get up early on any day of the week, but particularly the weekend and force themselves to do an exercise that many a coach has used as punishment for a poor performance? Last year, in July I discovered why people love running.

I am NOT a great runner. It still takes a loooonnnng time to haul my XXL tush a mile, but there is something in the act of running that I love. I've had my difficulties and my bad runs, but I also have had days, like today, where the effort is SOOOOOO worth it. Beautiful, cool morning this morning. Because it is Saturday I got to sleep in a little and that was nice too. The whole run went really well. The hamstring stretches after 5 minutes of slow running is working extremely well. I am still going really slow and some of it is intentional. I am keeping it slow to continue rebuilding my strength in my legs after having so many problems for so long. Today, because we got to go a little later, we had actual daylight to run in instead of the dawning day.

Because it was so light we got to do something we seldom get to do...we got to run one of the dirt trails running around the lakes we get to run by every day!! Usually those trails are verboten to us. It is too dark, the trails too secluded. We stick to the main roads and better lit areas of the road. But, today, that trail beckoned to us like Bali Hai, Valhalla, or your favorite candy bar!! So, off we went, off road and into the dirt.

It was sooooo much fun!!!!!!! I had no idea running in the dirt could be so much fun. Our runs are always on asphalt and concrete. Dirt really is so much softer. This particular trail also has quite a few very small hills, just little rollie pollies along the shore of the lake. Running up and down those was like running an itty bitty roller coaster!! Yes, I am being just a little bit silly, but not really too much. We live in a very flat city and those little hills were quite the change from the norm.

It was a totally awesome run and I followed it up with quite a bit of yard work. We have a rock yard and are replacing some of it with ground cover (red apple) so there was a lot of weed pulling, rock scrapping and planting to do. The work will be carrying over into next week with more rock scrapping-moving "extra" rock into our walkways to make that look better while moving it out of the area that is going to become our vegitable garden. Husband gets to relocate an strip of fencing so the dog will be fenced off from the garden. Beagles and gardens are not very compatible!

Lastly, I am giving up some of my workout days with my sis. I am keeping Thursdays and Saturdays, but the others I will be working out alone. I want to get my workout out of the way a little earlier so that I can make breakfast for my family. They have been living on cold cereal while I workout. While looking at some recipes for healthy pancakes and other breakfasts I figured out that it wasn't very healthy for my family to live on cold cereal. My husband does a great job making sure everyone is up and dressed for school, but breakfast is not a priority when he is trying to get ready for work. Along with the great dinners I try to plan I am now planning great breakfasts too!! Not everything is going to be completely healthy at first so that I don't scare them off of breakfast and they can still cold cereal it on Thursday and Saturday.

This morning son wanted fried eggs for breakfast-I wanted to do scrambled, and he finally won his battle and I cooked two kinds of eggs. He changed his mind though when he saw my breakfast. A corn tortilla wrapped around a scrambled egg, a smidge of cheese and some salsa!! MMMMMMM it was yummy. He finally convinced dad to give up some of his eggs (which were sitting and getting cold while hubby changed my car's burned out headlamp) and he loved it too. Son is already learning that a healthy breakfast can be a yummy breakfast!

Tomorrow is son's birthday and we are having Pizza, cake and ice cream and cookies per his request, I probably won't offer the "create your own dinner for your birthday" option again... I am making a broccolli salad so that there will be something in the vegitable family on the table. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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FINZFANATIC 3/7/2010 5:42PM

    I am really happy for you!! It is awesome that you have found a sport/exercise that you really enjoy! That really makes it so much easier to stick with it. I hope I'm there one day myself... I just keep waiting for it to happen! I'll be running my second 5K next weekend and it's a really big event in my area (Susan Komen) so I expect that one to be really motivating.

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    Awesome. Trail running is the best, everytime I run a long way on pavement, I remember why I like running on trails.

Our favorite breakfast is Green Eggs and Cheese (1 whole egg + 2 egg whites = 1serving) with frozen chopped spinach, garlic, cheese (little clumps of low fat cream cheese is special and fun, don't know why exactly it is just different) The kids like it, and frozen spinach is so subtle they get a serving without noticing.

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BUTEAFULL 3/7/2010 11:18AM

    emoticonhappy birthday son'
I an slowly working up to running, so your blogs are very inspirational

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WBOYACK 3/7/2010 10:10AM

  Maybe someday I'll enjoy running.... until then, I'll enjoy running vicariously through you. emoticon

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    I had to read the first part of your blog to my husband because he thinks I am crazy for running. Thanks for the chuckle. Glad you got to change things up a little bit on your run.

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NEW-CAZ 3/7/2010 4:37AM

    Hey Heather how did your shin splints hold up on the softer ground?
It sounds like you had a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love that DH mucks in and helps out and give you your "me time"- how cool is that.
Happy Birthday to your son
Have a great Sunday hun
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CAWESTY 3/6/2010 10:20PM

    Wow - your day sounded great. What a wonderful, supportive hubby you have, too - just like mine. I'll have to read the rest of your page so I get to know you better. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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LAURA915 3/6/2010 8:50PM

    I loved the sound of your run! WIsh I lived closer so I could run those little hills too. Next weekend I'm doing a 5 1/2 mile run by a lake. It's supposed to be very pretty and I'm looking forward to it. Congrats and keep having fun. :0)

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DIANE2KNIT 3/6/2010 8:46PM

    Don't you love it when the kids follow suit? I think that's the BEST part!

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Just doing some Yoda???

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Okay, really quick. It is 5:00 am and my entire household is awake, sort of. Oldest daughter has a habit of getting up at 4:30 or so and she started it. I am blaming Spring Fever. Daughter is getting up a little earlier than normal and cat is in full blown hunting mode. Cat loves to hunt daughter. Kirby, the cat, will hunt any of the kids, but her favorite is the almost six year old girl. Got her good this morning which resulted in a wail to wake the dead. So, anyhow, all are up during my "private" time. No such thing in this house!!

I am supposed to get up this morning and do a some salute to the sun before my sis and I go running this morning. Boy am I tight!!! And clumsy and ungraceful. I've never been great at "flowing" from one pose to the next but it is downright embarassing this morning.

Daughter has put in El Dorado to watch, littlest comes wandering out before I even get to my first pose and then here comes the boy. So now everyone is out here watching t.v. Good that means they are not watching me.

Daughter says "Mommy me know what you are doing-exercise". "Yep, a little yoga actually".

Son whips around "WHAT??" "I said I am doing yoga." "Oh, I thought you said YODA"!!!!!


My son has a serious addiction to all things Star Wars. So, in our house yoGa just became yoDa!! Okay, gotta run-really. Time to go running. Have a great day. Back later for more!!

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Laughing so hard my eyes are watering! I so love your kids!!!! They are awesome - and the way you tell the stories makes me feel like I am right there. Thanks so much for brightening up my day.
Now, can you use the force to find my yoda mat that I misplaced in the move?

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GONNABEFIT27 3/2/2010 1:50PM

    Haha gotta love the things kids say! Hope that yoda and running went well!

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WBOYACK 3/2/2010 12:40PM

  That's great! May the FORCE be with you all day!

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JCARDINAL 3/2/2010 11:52AM

    Great story! Out of the mouths of babes. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/2/2010 11:50AM

    Someone needs to rinse their ears out LOL

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ESBELL 3/2/2010 9:25AM

    emoticon as soon as I saw the title I knew!!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/2/2010 8:32AM

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Maybe that's my problem...I've been trying to get back to doing YoGA. If I concentrated more on getting some YoDA maybe I could make it happen. After all, the Force is With Me, Young Padawan. LOL

Gotta love that kid!

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/2/2010 8:28AM

    Thanks for the glance into your morning. You might me able to do a stand-up routine with this one...LOL

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