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Chocolate

Friday, May 21, 2010

It hasn't been a perfect day. I know I'm usually all levels of awesome, so, today I'm going to seem a bit more real. I was tired and out of it this afternoon, and I wanted chocolate. So I had chocolate. I had probably the equivalent of 1-1 1/2 big squares of a Lindt 85% dark chocolate bar. The dark forces me to slow down somewhat. I did not, however, go to the vending machine and buy a candy bar. I also ate a good sized spoonful of natural peanut butter after dinner and have been munching on dried strawberry pieces for the last hour.

I only last about 4-5 days in a deficit before my body starts this munchy problem. Still, could be worse. I haven't gone for anything with sugar.

I'm baking oatmeal raisin scones, sugar free, they smell awesome. I haven't tried them yet, but here's the recipe. I also don't know know how many the recipe makes yet. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
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Ummm, update, just tasted one and O.M.G. delicious!

Okay. So, this morning I did my usual weight circuit workout. I took a walk this afternoon, but flat, not hills or stairs, because I was tired. I need to do turbulence training tonight, soon actually. Don't want to, but going to anyway because I told you all I would!

Also, it's Fun Fact Friday!
Dairy can benefit insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome!

That's right, the dairy companies are right, their products really can help your health.

A study that looked at numerous previous studies found a number of linkages between higher dairy consumption and lower risk of IR and metabolic syndrome.

They also believe that dairy may perform some of the same functions as insulin, i.e., promote fat burning, therefore allowing the body to produce less insulin which causes problems in the high amounts found in IR. Eating dairy means your body can produce less insulin, which is good!

Citation
Milk Products, Insulin Resistance Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
Angelo Tremblay, PhD and Jo-Anne Gilbert, MSc
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 28, No. Supplement 1, 91S-102S; 2009

Okay. Finish baking. Work out. Get sleep. That sounds like a plan, right?

Onward and upward!

  
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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 5/22/2010 8:23AM

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KATEPRUDE 5/21/2010 8:49PM

  It's funny how satisfying a very small amount of very dark chocolate can be. That's a good thing, since chocolate is definitely my biggest temptation.

And thanks for the fun fact. I don't know if I really have problems with insulin resistance or metabolic sydrome, but I do have hypothyroidism, and some people have tied hypothyroidism to a change in metabolic set point and to insulin resistence (about.com's thyroid section has an article on this).

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PRUPLEBEAR 5/21/2010 8:45PM

    The scones sound great!

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DELRIO1 5/21/2010 8:43PM

    Great Blog! Keep up the good work!

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Nobel

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today I had the opportunity to see a talk by Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak. He talked about the possible chemical origins of life. He was actually the second Nobel laureate I've seen, in grad school I saw a physicist talk about cold superconductors. Both very smart men with interesting research, although less than engaging speakers. Still worth going.

Today:
Food - check.
Exercise - 25 min run this morning, midday walk, pilates tonight - check

Thankful Thursday!
I am thankful today for all my local farmers, because I've been having local veggies, butter, and cheese all week!

What are you thankful for?

I made biscuits tonight with Pamela's baking mix and my local, raw, organic butter. They were delicious! Just one for each of us though.

Okay. I should try and get to bed early tonight, been tired this week.

Onward and upward!

  
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PRUPLEBEAR 5/21/2010 7:47PM

    sounds like you had a great day!

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PKTREKGIRL 5/21/2010 3:55AM

    Sounds like a very productive day!

And the biscuits sound tasty!

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Colby

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Colby is my new cheese. It's a Mass local, raw milk, organic Colby. I like it. I'm eating it tonight with a plum, and my soaked, dehydrated, raw nuts. My typical post-workout evening snack.

Tonight for dinner I made Steak Salad with french fries. My french fries were awesome. I sliced red potatoes in frenched strips, then I microwaved them for two minutes with local, organic, raw butter, then I tossed them with Mrs. Dash and sea salt, and baked them at 450 for about 25-30 min, and broiled them for 1-2 min. Perfect!

I did a reasonably tough yoga workout this morning, go look up half moon and twisted triangle, whew! Then I did stairs at work and some bodyweight cardio this evening. Tomorrow morning will be running, and it looks like good weather!

Speaking of running, it is WOOHOO Wednesday, and my victory this week was running a whole 5K distance with hubs on Sat. yay! What was your victory this past week?

Okay, I have a plan to make tomorrow another great day, and more productive than today was! You should all do the same.

Onward and upward!

  
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PRUPLEBEAR 5/20/2010 7:38PM

    Diner sounds great!

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TERJEGOLD 5/20/2010 9:22AM

    You are doing great!

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Tortoise

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Today is Tuesday Tip day and my tip is one we should all know here: take it slow! Changing things a little at a time makes them more likely to stick.

I was thinking about this running this morning, because when we start, my husband always takes off way ahead of me, but by the end I'm still chugging along happily and he's just barely keeping up with me. Be the tortoise, not the hare, you all know the story.

Okay, so today went reasonably well. I got in three good workouts, 25 minutes of running, stairs, and hardcore turbulence training. I ate what I was meant to. I also went to a career event with some free food, so I had some extra fruit, veggies, cheese, and a little bit of ranch dip. Still, not bad choices and not much volume.

Dinner was peanut-Szechaun stir fry with lots of local sprouts. It was yummy. I actually know where the sprouts were grown because the farm is literally around the corner from me. How awesome is that? Also local fiddlehead ferns, it's apparently a New England thing. They are pretty yummy in stuff.

Well, my day is done, I've worked out, I've eaten, and now I'm watching Lost and then going to bed.

Onward and upward!

  
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PRUPLEBEAR 5/19/2010 7:32AM

    That is a great tip, and one that I think I for one forget alot!!

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Gazpacho

Monday, May 17, 2010

Best. Fast. Ever. No really. I barely even thought about food, and I came home to cook dinner and didn't even snack on anything. It was amazing. Then I ate a Mexican gazpacho made with chili peppers, cilantro, and cumin. My husband apparently doesn't like Gazpacho though, so I won't be having that again soon, sad. I also made a beef dish with beef, corn, black beans, pickled jalapenos, cumin, onion/garlic powder, and Mexican cheese. He liked that one.

My exercise was good, I did strength this morning and took a midday walk. Tonight is Project Mayhem which I have been seriously lacking in lately, sorry Monkeys!

My weekend weight gain was 3.7lbs. I'm sure a good chunk of that will drop off by tomorrow morning, and then I intend to be really good for the next two weeks. Well, this coming Sat. night I'm planning to make a Klingon Feast, but homemade so it won't be that bad! I did ask the meat people at the farmer's market for a heart though, so I should be making heart, yay!

I made some new dehydrator goodies: plantains, which were a bit too starchy, but not awful, Rutabaga, which taste good but didn't crisp up enough, and beets which I think I like the best of the three. I think the next batch of all of these needs oil and salt and a slightly higher temp. It was set to 95F, but I think 105F would be better. I don't want to go higher than that though because I'm trying to keep the enzymes intact. I'm trying to generally increase the raw foods I eat. I am buying local, raw milk cheese and might look into some raw milk to make my yogurt from. I'm now using raw nuts too. Don't worry, I still cook most of what I eat!

Okay, I need to be off to workout and do some other awesome stuff, including making chopped liver and prepping lunch/snacks for tomorrow.

One final note: it is Motivational Monday and my motivation today was from the musical Wicked: Defying Gravity
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5slU0rC9Q0

Here's a quick sampling of the words:
I'm through accepting limits
''cause someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost!
I'd sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I'm defying gravity
And you can't pull me down

Okay, everyone. Get out there and make it a great week!
Onward and upward!

  
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PRUPLEBEAR 5/17/2010 8:34PM

    Thanks for sharing the song!

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