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Juicer versus Blender

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I am, by most means, a very simple gal. So when I decided to make my first smoothie...I used my simple trusted mixer. For the longest time I never own one. In fact, I only bought it to make milkshakes for my husband and boys. LOL. I don't prefer ice cream so I could take it or leave it.

The mixer I have offers multiple settings. One being 'smoothie'. I use this option and have a rather hearty and healthy green monster in the morning. But I had the opportunity a couple weeks back to get a green juice at my co-op. It did not have all the bits in it as my blender. I don't know that I actually cared to have something that resembled juice...simple...I get the guts of the food I put in the mixer/blender and with the juicer...I feel like I'm being ripped off of the goodness! LOL.

Also, my smoothie is my breakfast. So all the bits fill me too.

Do you make smoothies (not with dairy and tons of fruit) and what do you use? A mixer/blender or a juicer? What do you have and what do you like about it?

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CHARLIE215 2/24/2011 8:08AM

    I use a vitamix because if you have the bits, you don't lose the fiber. I make it with a couple of cups of spinach or kale, 1 cup frozen fruit, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 banana & water.

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How Much Is Too Much?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Between a discussion that I had with my husband and another with my best friend, I suddenly have a complex about where I am with my health today. A couple nights ago, my husband said that when he sees how I approach food and fitness, I am a fighter. I can see that. It takes a lot to be a 'done' girl. But he also went on to say that he doesn't think that I see the person I am now...the one that reflects the number on the scale. Often times...this is true. Because I still see a couple 'problem zones' that need attention. I feel like these 'problem zones' (arms and tush), visible to all, are important too. They are still signs of where I was. I may be too hard on myself with these two zones...I don't know.

My best friend asked me (in a very nice way and I love her to pieces emoticon) if I was obsessed with all the food and calculations. I gave her an example of how my losing sight (or just choosing not to keep it in sight) caused me to gain 10 lbs. I do feel like food is either my enemy or my friend...and it is all up to me.

I have progressively changed my food choices over the last 2 years. When I began my journey here, I ditched: flavored coffee creamer, too much soda, too much coffee, fat and sugar laden snacks. I also brought out my kitchen scale, measuring spoons, and measuring cups. I love to cook, so I sought out recipes that would keep my main meals in range. I used the 'my nutrition' tracker daily. I sometimes knew what I was eating before the meal (calorically and such). I did have planned splurges. 20 lbs came off slowly and sensibly.

Fast forward to post marathon (Marine Corps). I had plateaued during the last 6 months (a sign I was getting enough but not overdoing it). But I knew I was choosing to purposefully ramp down miles to continue weight loss. I dropped another 20 lbs, but then the mileage kicked up with races. 10 lbs to go. I then dumped dairy products, and backed way off on pasta, rice, bread, and white potatoes. I only consumed whole grain pasta after longer distances. Then I wound up hurt/injured and had to be very careful to just maintain. I had not focused on ST much before my injury, but it became my only source of exercise. Well...just as we have all read before...you can burn off weight with strength training. The last 10 lbs came off.

But slowly...those 10 lbs found me. Very easy over the holidays. I was back to C25k training this past Thanksgiving/Christmas. I wanted to fight back on that gain, so I went with a food lover's cleanse. It helped me kiss 5 evil lbs goodbye, and the last few are stubborn. I am okay with where I am on the scale, but I do feel I have to be a fighter. I have to choose the good choices. This is part of me battling my inner demon, the evil mr. sweet tooth that wants something when high stress kicks in. emoticon

After the cleanse I wanted to keep that momentum, and made further change. I do think I took an 'all or nothing' approach. I don't know if it is good or bad. We (husband and me) are feeling good...but I think I should go easy on the guy. We'll have to figure it out.

I know that my choices, overall, are very good for my health (and my husband too).

Your thoughts? Do you feel you fight yourself to make the right choices everyday? Do others make comment about your focus on these things in a good or bad way?

Having been overweight most of my life, I am not sure how else to approach staying the person I am today.

  
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DEE797 3/22/2011 2:52PM

    Your blog has given me a lot to think about. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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SEEHOLZ 2/22/2011 5:15PM

    I hate that I spend time thinking about it- it annoys me and it annoys me even more when I have to face my emotional choices. I hate it!

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TRAINER_T 2/22/2011 12:47PM

    Do what works for you, stick with it.
If you don't have someone like a tracker or trainer keeping you accountable its easy to get off course.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/21/2011 11:09AM

    Wish I could help - I fight with myself about my choice too often - to offer help

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NURSESARAH03 2/19/2011 3:45PM

    You are such and Inspiration, Julie. The will power you have is remarkable. I know people around me get tired of hearing me say things about healthy food choices since my "lifestyle makeover", but they are going to have to deal with it. It's not like you're anorexic with bones sticking out all over the place, right?! Sometimes people just worry that you put too much pressure on yourself. Just don't forget to enjoy the "small pleasures" emoticon

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CAROLCRC 2/19/2011 12:44PM

    Obsession is in the eye of the beholder. If I don't track my nutrition, I gain. My husband thinks even writing down what he eats (not even putting it in a tracker) is obsessive. You need to find what works for you.

But - remember to enjoy where you are. I look back at pictures of my younger self and think how great I looked - and remember how I only saw the extra pounds/trouble spots at the time. I regret that I didn't enjoy where I was. So - be sure to look at the good spots as well as th trouble zones!

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I've Been Featured! :D

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I was contacted by Trainer T here on SP, who wanted to feature my responses to questions from a runner. I was so flattered! I was notified that the article is up!

www.examiner.com/fitness-trends-in-s
t-louis/runners-most-asked-questions


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TRAINER_T 2/22/2011 12:45PM

    Thanks for letting me feature you emoticon

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NINJALINDA 2/17/2011 8:36AM

    How cool is that?!? Awesome!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 2/17/2011 8:35AM

    Awesome!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/17/2011 7:35AM

    Fantastic

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DAS92687 2/16/2011 9:58PM

    Fantastic !

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MGJARVI 2/16/2011 8:27PM

    Excellent! Now I have to check out "clif bars" :-)

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Progress and Other Things

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Eating:

So we've been feeling our way through gluten free/vegan eating. I am not super stringent (example: we tried the Field Grain sausages and they are vegan but not GF). We like the rice pasta quite a bit, but our absolute fave is Maifun. Make a vegan stir fry and put it over a serving...so filling. I made vegan/gf meatballs for the Super Bowl. I have to say...they were pretty amazing. For being gf/vegan...so full of flavor and really enjoyable with rice pasta and a serving of francesco rinaldi GF sauce. Very pleased with that. The other half really likes tofu egg salad. I need to make a batch of homemade because it would yield more for less money! I have to admit...I have tried the 'no dessert' approach and it leaves me craving it some nights. I will pick up the GF/vegan cookies and indulge for a day and then back to behaving. But there are gf/vegan desserts I could whip up for sure.

Exercise:

I need to bike. The basement seemed so cold and desolate. I was going down with a ski cap on. But this week, I need to get serious about biking to prep for the duathalon in mid April. Running is going very well. Surprisingly, my last two Sundays I ran with a buddy. A buddy who is similar pace! Her husband finished the MCM in the top 10. I have enjoyed her company. The only thing...it has changed up running. I was doing Tues/Thurs/Sat. This past week was Sun/Tues/Fri. Also, I was diligent about following Coach Mike's 10k plan, but today I was off plan. I did a 6 miler. I felt great the entire way. I was very pleased. And, due to the approach to C25k (learning to run constant), I am running constant (no walk breaks).

In January I worked to exercise daily. However, with the increase of mileage comes that mentality that I don't need it. Not saying it is true...but this is what happens. Since I really need to buckle down on biking...this should improve.

Health:

I had put on ~ 10 lbs in December and I am ~3 lbs to goal weight. I attribute serious buckling down re: food. I have been dealing with sinus issues for weeks now. Not pleased. I am wondering if I have a dental issue, so I want to get an emergency visit in tomorrow and ensure all is well with my teeth. If the teeth are not a problem, then I will have the CT scan of my sinuses. I am worn from the pain I have had and really want it over.

That is about all for the moment. Overall, very pleased with most of where I stand. Once I am no longer in pain from whatever this is, I will be much happier. Work is very demanding and I will be happy when the next few weeks come to an end. And by that time...basketball season will end as well. Whew!

  
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DEE797 2/15/2011 1:41PM

    I hope you find out what is causing the problems. Your gf/vegan diet sounds interesting. The dishes you made sound YUMMY! Wishing you success on your journey! emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/15/2011 11:49AM

    I sure do hope you feel better soon, that can't be good!

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Making Change and Digging Deep

Sunday, January 30, 2011

So I had read about Kris Carr, who is living with cancer. I was inspired by her, because she has managed to halt the progression through modifying nutrition. She even went back to school to educate herself and help others. My interest was piqued, so I read her latest book. It made me LOL (often) and it also educated me. This journey, over the last two years, has been very different from any other time. I am looking at what is necessary and what can go (and never return). Also, with age, we just don't metabolize or digest certain things the same either. I'm not an old lady, per se, but my body is changing and I need to understand it and make the best decisions possible based on what I learn.

Who knew that an alkaline PH versus an acid PH could affect inflammatory disease, cancer, immunity to illness, and other factors in our body? But it does, in a big way. It's interesting, because it all started with a green smoothie challenge with my BLC team, and then it morphed from there. I was already choosing more meals that did not include dairy most times, and then the cleanse at the start of this year was not entirely meat free, but many meals were.

I'm enjoying the green smoothie. I know it is great for me and I am regularly monitoring how many calories go into it. I am taking further steps to try a lot of what Kris suggests, but it has made me cranky and emotional at times. I know it is best for my body, but it takes a lot of planning. I am used to the planning part, but some ingredients I have to plan the trip to make sure I have it (another 10-15 minutes of a drive, instead of the store I can walk to). Thankfully, I don't have to do this weekly. I just have a full schedule, so it does take some juggling. The more trying part is that my husband is on board, but he is looking to me to tell him what to eat. I just need to hand him the book and make him read it! emoticon

In addition to making these more healthful choices, my body is confused. Not easy to hang with when you have signed up for a race and you just can't muster the mustard to do what you need to do. I am getting there, but it is like herding cats!

I don't know that I will be 100 percent on board with every single thing she recommends, but I certainly can with a good bit of it. And in the long run, it is good for my 'house'. I will have to monitor my energy level and consider supplements or powders in my morning smoothie to fill the void. emoticon

  
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KLSART 1/31/2011 8:36PM

    Hi,

Way to go working on the nutrition and diet. I'm on the same kind of journey. The husband and I have been vegetarian for a long time and vegan for some of the time. For awhile he was totally on the nutrition bandwagon (but, like you said, looking to me to tell him what to eat) and then fell off. He's been pounding the ice cream pretty hard for awhile.

So, I decided to really clean up my diet of processed stuff, etc. and am kind of taking him along for the ride. I'm the cook at home so it's kind of up to me to steer the ship.

To your point, it is emotionally tough sometimes to go through the physical changes with the diet but it'll be worth it. Change is not easy at the beginning.

Good for you!!

(BTW, I have the same Anais Nin quote on my wall at work. Love it.)


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