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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I decided to actually buy a handful of tomatillos at Whole Foods yesterday to make Chili Verde tonight. It was yummy! Here's the recipe recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
. I leave the seeds in the jalapenos to make it spicy. You could de-seed them and leave out the Cayenne for milder. I added the recipe to my dinner cookbook recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookb

I ran this morning. My longest run yet. I ran three segments of 15 minutes each with two minutes of walking between the segments. That's 45 minutes total running. I start and end with three minutes walking, so a total workout time of 55 minutes and according to google maps I went about 5 miles total. Woohoo! The last 10 minutes of running were tough, but I pushed through. My shuffle was kind enough on the last run to play Sweet Child of Mine, the Rising, and You Give Love a Bad Name (all rising!) to push me through.

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for a Tuesday Tip! Here it is:

"Learn from your mistakes. It's OKAY to make LOTS of mistakes, but it's NOT okay to make the same mistake over and over again." - Larry Winget

I like that, and need to remember it more often. I repeat far too many food mistakes! I'm getting better and better though.

I also did my stair workout today at work and will do a strength training workout tonight. Feels good to be back in the saddle!

Well, I should get to working out again, and other stuff I need to do.

Onward and upward!


Home Again, Home Again

Monday, June 28, 2010

Hello all!

So, my Colorado fieldwork got a little crazy and after a few 10-12hour days, blogging became low on the agenda. Then I was home for a day and then me and my husband took a four day trip to Walt Disney World during which I pretty much didn't go on the internet at all.

So, it was vacation, and I ate a lot. Not gonna lie. There were creme brulees, flourless chocolate cakes, more wine and prosecco then I knew what to do with, and some ice cream.

Here's what else I did do: I ran. I was essentially traveling for 12 days, and I ran 5 times. I ran again yesterday morning. I will run again tomorrow. Not losing any ground on my running!

I also did a good job of not eating until lunch on many days when I knew I would be busy in the morning and it would be hard to grab breakfast or snacks, so I didn't eat just because.

Tomorrow, the scale will tell how bad this really was. Oh well, no more vacations until September!

Today was Motivational Monday, so here is some quick motivation from Walt Disney for your week:

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”

“All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Things should be back to normal now, or at least next to normal ...

Onward and upward!

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MPARKEROT 6/28/2010 11:02PM

    vacations are worth it to "blow it" a little bit! don't worry if the scale isn't too friendly, I just had a weekend vacation for my anniversary and the scale wasn't too friendly with me but the weekend was definitely worth the tip of the scales :)

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JAMER123 6/28/2010 11:00PM

    Thank you for sharing! I certainly agree with your motivational quotes. Sounds as though you had a great time. I always say that if you blow it today, tomorrow is the next day and you can get right back on. Take care and continue to enjoy life.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

So, I'm in Colorado and it turns out Colorado has hills. Well, okay, Colorado has mountains, but I went running this morning and it was up and down quite a few hills whereas my typical running path in Mass is flat. So, that was tough. It is Thankful Thursday and I was thankful for my body's ability to store and use fat today on my run, because I know I did.

That was especially true because yesterday I fasted through my travel. Actually, yesterday was WooHoo Wednesday and I was celebrating the fact that three planes, four airports, and 14 hours later I had not bought or eaten any crappy airplane food.

After I got to my hotel, which has a fridge and a microwave, joy! I went to Walmart and bought a bag of baby spinach, a jar of black beans, a mango-peach salsa, a thing of strawberries and a thing of cherry tomatoes. I had a kick-ass salad for dinner. Then I worked out. I also had a baby size Ben and Jerry's, so I'm not perfect, btw.

This morning, I just didn't eat until lunch. It worked fabulously. I'm not sure I should do that tomorrow, I think too many days in a row might be bad. I think I'll swing by the supermarket tonight for some better snacks and something to improve breakfast.

Okay. Tonight's plan for dinner is highly uncertain, but it will involve vegetables. I think I may look for a frozen fruit thing for dessert with berries.

I'm out of here, a little more fieldwork and who knows what else.

Onward and upward!



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Please, ignore the time stamp on this blog entry, I am flying to Colorado today and my first flight is 6am, so yes, it is 5am and I'm on the airport wifi waiting for my flight.

I didn't post yesterday due to insane packing and making sure I was ready and all that. Yesterday was a reasonable day, even if there was some stress snacking right around dinner time when I was a mere 8 hours from leaving the house. I ran in the morning, did stairs at work, and did yoga at night. I also made a nice baked ziti alfredo primavera with onion, garlic, green pepper, and farm fresh spinach.

My plan for travel food is to fast. It's much easier than either bringing my own food or trying to find something even remotely healthy and delicious in any of the four airports I'll be in. Yup, two connections. Ick.

Since I have a week of business trip followed by a four day vacation, I guess this is a good time to discuss my "don't gain weight while traveling" plan. First off all, I'm fasting on my travel days, so that's today and next Tuesday. I'm also planning to do morning fasting for most of my trips, meaning that I won't eat until lunch. I find that works well for me, because if I eat in the morning, I need to make sure I eat every 3-4 hours or risk low blood sugar. If I start the day fasting, I can make it much longer. This trip will involve long days of field work when lunch and snack breaks are questionable, so this is my best option. Finally, I plan to hunt down serious fruits and vegetables and make those the staples of my eating plan for the entire week and a half.

I missed Tuesday night's blog, so here's Tuesday's Tip about 5 hours late: If you aren't supposed to eat it, get rid of it! Throw out half-finished bags of chips after a party. Give away the baked goods, and don't take home a doggie bag. It seems odd, but better in the trash than on your thighs to be a source of guilt and trouble later.

Okay. 20 minutes until boarding and then I can take a nap.

Onward and upward!



Monday, June 14, 2010

Have I mentioned that I got a whole head of Napa cabbage in my last farm share? It went great in the pad Thai and I made a cole slaw with kohlrabi and beet. So, I decided to make a stuffed cabbage casserole with ground turkey and crushed tomatoes. It was good, but it came out a bit watery and sweet. Does anyone know if cooked Napa cabbage has a sweet taste? I'm trying to figure out if it was the cabbage or the tomatoes. Anyway, it was a good idea but needs refining before I post the recipe.

Also, I've determined that carob matches really well with natural, unsweetened peanut butter. The carob is actually a bit sweeter than chocolate, so I can add just carob powder and it's not as bitter at cocoa powder. I've been adding carob to my yogurt, peanut butter, and fruit which is how I discovered this. I am now planning a peanut butter and carob baked item for the future, watch for it!

I went running this morning and will run again tomorrow. I took a new route this morning, and just went by time. When I mapped it later it appeared that I ran 2.8miles in about 27 minutes, rock! I also did my hill walk in the afternoon and tonight I did 20 min of a strength circuit.

It is Motivational Monday! We were watching Rocky last night (great movie) and so you get the awesomeness of Stallone as Rocky:

"Who am I kiddin'? I ain't even in the guy's league...It don't matter, 'cause I was nobody before...I was nobody. That don't matter either, ya know...It really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed. And if I can go that distance, ya see, and that bell rings, ya know, and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, ya see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood."

The key there is that you may not win every time, but you gotta keep fighting, and you gotta "go the distance" in everything you do!

Okay, I am off. I am leaving early Wednesday morning for a work trip to Colorado, so I've got some planning and packing to do tomorrow! Crazy.

Onward and upward!

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ANGELLYBELLY 6/17/2010 1:18PM

    I always find cabbage to be sweet when it's cooked..but maybe that's just me. I haven't thought about making a stuffed cabbage with turkey..what a great idea. (For me stuffed cabbage is made only for holidays.. I totally forgot about it as a regular 'supper' idea.. so I'm gonna do that one of these days!)

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CINCYDORA 6/15/2010 11:04AM

    I'm a big fan of fresh cabbage but not so much the cooked stuff. I'm not sure where the sweetness came from but perhaps you could work with that, play it up a bit by adding pears or dried berries to the mix. Add some sage, thyme and savory for some nice spice flavoring and you might like it.

Good luck with the recipe!

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