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~*~ WTF??? Challenge Check-in 10/25-10/29 ~*~

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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~*~ WTF??? Challenge Check-in 10/25-10/29 ~*~
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emoticon Last week, I totally accomplished losing two pounds.
I didn't think I would be able to because I haven't been able to do any exercise not approved by my PT and I was not always eating properly, but I did it anyway!!

emoticon I found myself making good choices when I chose to always start with my "good food foundation," and work from there.

emoticon But now it's the last week of October, and I want to get back into my regular exercise habit.

emoticon For cardio this week, I will concentrate on the stationary bike (as well as strength training and my PT exercises because that's what PT Jennifer allows me to do. emoticon

emoticon For strength training this week, I am going to get back into the habit of regular training and I won't let being tired, TTOM, or falling out of the habit stop me!

emoticon I am going to have 7 stretching sessions this week, and pay special attention to my ankle and calf muscle groups.

emoticon This week, I am pulling my motivation from finally getting to exercise again, losing weight, and keeping in shape for the day I can run again, but you can encourage me by being your own awesome, supportive self!

emoticon My go to snack/meal this week will be McCann's instant oatmeal and nonfat yogurt.

emoticon The excuse I can't use this week will be TTOM or too tired after PT.

emoticon I don't want to go into Halloween weekend and mess up all my hard work this month, so I am hoping a good week will prevent me from throwing it all away this weekend.

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/26/2010 3:10PM

    Sounds like an excellent plan! Way to go!

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Great fall weekend (pictures)

Monday, October 25, 2010

I made that chicken and butternut tagine on Friday and I have to say it was pretty incredible. Apparently, "warming spices" are a hallmark of Moroccan food and this suits me just fine! I like spicy, but I kind of hate hot. Hot spice always seems to overpower other flavors. Also, it hurts my tongue! I like to keep my tastebuds healthy and undamaged so they can be in tiptop shape for my next food adventure! Instead of the usual couscous, I paired it with Trader Joe's Harvest Blend grain, which is mostly Isreali couscous, with baby garbanzo beans, orzo, and red quinoa.

I may have put a bit more squash than was strictly called for. After all that chopping and peeling, I kind of forgot to measure. Anyway, the recipe can be found here:
As prepared to the recipe, the tagine is 309 calories per 1.25 cup serving.

Also on Friday, there was gratuitous kitty cuteness.

This is my Dinah. She's an old lady cat and is very curious about whatever I'm cooking. She always thinks it's for her.

On Saturday, my sister's family and I went to Greenfield Village for the day. We had a great time and even though there was a lot of walking, I didn't have too much trouble with my ankle. The most notable thing for me was that I finally got to ride the frog on the carousel- after years of trying, I might add.

On Sunday, I slept late and so had a bit of a crazy brunch. I love cheese and antipasto to a ridiculous degree. When I visited the olive bar at my market to get olives for the tagine, I found marinated whole roasted garlic on the bar. Naturally, I had to buy it. So I paired it with some marinated artichokes, leftover olives, the last of my garden tomatoes, a bit of Toscano cheese with cinnamon from Trader Joe's (fantastic!) and the last ounce of a small wheel of Zingerman's Sharon Hollow raw cow's milk cheese I bought at the beginning of the month. (Not shown in this picture, three Alexia French rolls.) I've been parceling it out by the ounce. I figured that if I weighed and measured everything, it wouldn't be too awful. There was no chance it was tasting awful, but I worried about the fat and calories. I didn't quite squeak by, but I didn't blow it by too much. One of the perils of letting me choose lunch, you might get nothing but marinated stuff, cheese, bread and tomatoes!

I also finished knitting my hat last night. It's adorable and warm, but the yarn I used had a bit too much body to it, so it's not quite as floppy as expected. Yesterday was a "pajamas all day" day, so there are no pictures of me wearing the hat yet.

All in all, a great, productive fall weekend. Tonight is my last night of tagine leftovers.

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LITERARY_CHICK 10/26/2010 11:19AM

    You have just made me tremendously hungry.

Dinah is a beautiful kitty.

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FUNFROG79 10/26/2010 8:41AM

    Love the pictures! I wish I knew how to knit. Great job with planning your meals! emoticon

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BEAUTIFULANIME 10/25/2010 11:15PM

    Your kitten is so cute!! ^-^ I love her eyes. The recipes look really yummy. I can't eat spicy foods but I bet they're delicious.
Take care

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MOM2ACAT 10/25/2010 4:27PM

    Dinah is so adorable! That is a great picture.

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More of the same- in a good way

Friday, October 22, 2010

I seem to talk about the same subjects all the time lately. It's all PT blah ankle blah blah food blah blah blah. But this is my life lately, so what else should I blog about, right?

Today was my last morning PT appointment. From now on, I get to use it as an excuse to leave work early instead of an excuse to be late. emoticon I'm still going to have to wake up at 5:30 (or earlier) because I'll need to get to the office earlier to make up for the lost time. My PT keeps adding new exercises for me to work on at home, so the sessions keep getting longer. She seems pleased with how well I'm progressing. I'm supposed to work on leg/ankle strength for next time. One of the exercises is just standing on my injured leg because I'm pretty wobbly on that leg. Before my ankle injury, I could do a standing quadricep stretch
on my right leg completely unsupported, but on my left leg, I always needed to hold on to something for support. The wobbliness is not new and I'm wondering if it has something to do with the cause of the injury.

My ankle has now gotten to the point where sometimes I have no pain at all, which is awesome. As I put it to my PT, "I feel good enough that if I was still that dumb person who had never been to PT and didn't listen to advice, I would try running on it. But I listen to my PT, so I'm not going to do that. I'm sticking with the bike like a good patient." Last night I did 15 minutes on the upright bike, did a bunch of core/upper body ST, then another 15 minutes on the recumbent bike. My quads got tired on the upright bike. It felt so good to be back at the gym.

I'm sticking with my WTF diet no-nos, too. I haven't had any fast food or alcohol. I really want a glass of wine with dinner tonight, but I'll have a juice spritzer instead. I did have a snack bag of chips on Wednesday, but that's just because between 7:45 AM and 5:30 PM, all I had was a piece of adoption celebration cake. My sister and her partner had to go to parent teacher conference that night, so the whole day was gather, courthouse, tears of joy, cake with case workers, help get dinner ready, say goodbye to the new parents, feed everyone else. As my sister put it, I was the auxiliary hostess. Anyway, everyone was starving so they passed around some bags of chips. My mom is a diabetic, so it wasn't good for her, either. Next time, I'll make sure to pack sandwiches! (And there will be a next time. They're looking to adopt one more child in the next year or so.

Tonight I am cooking the chicken butternut tagine recipe from "Cooking Light" magazine. I'm pretty intrigued. It's Moroccan, so a little exotic for me. I usually have an orange for dessert, but I think I may get some tangerines to continue the theme. Ooh! Maybe some mint tea, too!

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POOHLA711 10/25/2010 12:48PM

    I'm glad you're ankle is feeling better :-)
And I keep meaning to tell you congrats to your sister and her partner on the adoption! Isn't it great being an Auntie? emoticon

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LITERARY_CHICK 10/25/2010 11:29AM

    That recipe sounds delicious. If you like it be sure to share it.

Glad you are making good progress with your PT. You are an inspiration to those of us who are not so committed to exercise.

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DRPOOH63 10/23/2010 10:18PM

    I agree dinner sounds great. PT sounds interesting and like you have gained mroe then expected.

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BEAUTIFULANIME 10/22/2010 9:28PM

    Dinner sounds great! I hope your ankle feels better.

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FUNFROG79 10/22/2010 6:57PM

    I'm glad you are enjoying to be back in the gym again! Dinner sounds great! emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/22/2010 4:59PM

    Dinner sounds yummy! And congrats on the family celebration. emoticon

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So much better

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The last three days have done so much to make up for what a lousy month October has been so far. To recap, I started out the month with the timing chain in my car breaking and causing catastrophic engine damage, then I developed tendinitis in my ankle and lost my ability to run mid-half marathon training, and just in case I wasn't stressed enough, things were a bit tight financially (I'm not sure I ever broadcast that part, but it was something I was dealing with). All in all, I am ready for this month to be over...

But maybe not just yet, because this week has been great and if every day could be like that, I say "add another week to October, please!" On Tuesday, the dealership finally called me to let me know my car was ready for pick-up (a little over two weeks after I dropped it off!). It just happened to be the day my parents were coming into town, so my dad was able to help me pick up my car and drop off the rental. Now, the reason my parents were in town was a pretty special and wonderful reason. The adoption hearing for my niece and nephew was yesterday afternoon. They are finally, legally, and happily an official part of our family, though they've been ours in every way that counts since Feb. 2009, when my niece first joined us. It was such a happy moment for my sister, her partner, their kids, and our whole family.

Earlier in the day, I had my third PT appointment and after ascertaining that I was really feeling better and able to do all the assigned exercises, my PT gave me the okay to work out on the exercise bike. I do have to stop immediately if I feel any pain or tightness in my ankle. Well, if that happens, I'll just skip on over to the SciFit arm bike- - which is something I totally forgot about until I saw someone using it at the PT office. They have one at my gym, too. I'm such a doof. I'll certainly have to be careful about what upper body strength exercises I do if I use the SciFit, though. I have a sneaking suspicion tricep extensions wouldn't be fun after that.

I have decided to start going to the beginner Pilates class starting next week. I'm going to have to miss class tonight (I didn't get the okay for Pilates, just the bike and SciFit). I'm planning to go to my instructor's free beginner class at her home studio on Saturday and then make the switch to the Tuesday beginner class. It's not that I think the regular class is beyond me, strength-wise, but when I saw my instructor on Saturday, she did say it would be more gentle. I don't want to aggravate anything when I'm doing so much better.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/22/2010 2:09AM

    Glad to hear that PT is going so well!

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/21/2010 5:07PM

    Yay for feeling better! Yay for the car! And most of all, Yay and Congrats to your family on the adoption - how wonderful for everyone!

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FUNFROG79 10/21/2010 4:58PM

    Pilates is fun! You definitely feel it the next day! emoticon

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~*~ WTF??? Challenge 10/18 - 10/24 ~*~ and Other Stuff

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stay tuned for Jenna-specific stuff at the end of my WTF??? challenge post.

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~*~ WTF??? Challenge Template 10/18 - 10/24 ~*~
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There are SIX WEEKS of WTF??? left and that is PLENTY of time to make a huge difference in your body!

Part 1: Exercise and Nutrition

emoticon I want to give myself a real challenge for the next SEVEN days, so I dare myself to stay below 1600 calories every day and do everything my PT tells me to do.

emoticon To make sure I can meet this dare, I will log all of my calories on SP with complete honesty and pretend PT Jennifer is watching everything I do.

emoticon I'm also claiming bragging rights on the fact that I swallowed my pride and fear and went to the doctor last week, and immediately scheduled my PT.

emoticon I would also like to focus on my upper body and core muscle groups this week by adapting strength training to work around my ankle and take part in either my regular Pilates class (adapted) or the Saturday morning beginner class.

emoticon For cardio, nothing will stop me from not freaking out too much about missing cardio until I'm allowed to do something. (This was a hard one to figure out, because my PT doesn't want me to do anything that will get in the way of my ankle healing until she says it's okay. How do you find something that "nothing will stop" you from doing when you really need to refrain from doing anything? My biggest problem with this right now is mental, so I'm going to stay upbeat and positive and not allow myself to dwell on the training weeks slipping away from me. The time for cardio and running will come. This is not that time.)

NO emoticon NO emoticon NO emoticon Three things I will not eat this week will be:
Fast food
Salty snacks

emoticon My excuse that I cannot use this week will be "I'm celebrating/feeling sorry for myself." Both are possible this week. There's the injury causing bad feelings and my niece and nephew's adoption to celebrate. It's a complicated week in so many ways!

Part 2: The rest of your life

emoticon How have you been doing when it comes to your weekly ritual of 'you' time?

Not great. I'm getting plenty of "me" time, but it's not productive. I'm reading and clearing off my DVR. That's about it. At the very least, I should be knitting!

emoticon Are you particularly motivated or scared into action by a specific event approaching? What is it?

I was feeling scared by the increasing pain and instability in my ankle and thinking about what that could mean for my half-marathon (in Feb.) jolted me into taking action. Right now, it's more perceived inaction that's got me scared. I am motivated to obey my PT and heal this ankle so that I can get back to training as soon as is reasonable.

emoticon What will you do this week to keep balance between staying on top of your fitness and maintaining sanity in the rest of your life?

Sanity? What's that? I'm doing whatever I can and accepting that it has to be good enough.
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So, in case you missed it on the feed, I lost another pound since my puzzling "but I'm eating junk and not working out" pound yesterday. I have now lost 37 pounds since January! And what's even more staggering to me is that when I re-took RealAge's test, I found that my previously set weight was 244, so I've lost 49 pounds since whenever that was! I am exactly halfway to goal from my weight when I started Sparking. It's pretty astounding to me. Today, I am wearing corduroys for the first time since high school and thinking something I never would have thought of my brand new size 14 cords: "I hope they shrink a little in the wash." Instead of fitting me snugly or even perfectly, they're sliding down my hips more than I expected. I guess it's not time to take a break from my extensive wardrobe of belts yet! emoticon

To celebrate, I made up a little song that is a total rip-off of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."

Imma get your heart racing
In my size fourteens
In my late-30s today
I'll let you take my old eighteens
and my 20 jeans
I'm a size fourteen today!

*Cue the booty shaking*

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NANJET 10/19/2010 8:50PM

    Really cool blog...lots going on for sure and great goals!!

Congrats on the fantastic weight loss success!! You are doing great!!

I bet you feel alot better too!!

Also...tough to eat while you go for it!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/19/2010 5:03PM

    I am soooo proud of you for taking care of your ankle! I know it's not easy but you are doing GREAT!
I love your song - I can so see you dancing and shaking your booty while only using your good ankle!

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POOHLA711 10/19/2010 1:59PM

    I've read somewhere that knitting burns an additional 100+ calories an hour! Get those knitting needles out, lady!
Here's to speedy healing!

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FUNFROG79 10/19/2010 1:42PM

    Love that song and I like your song!!! emoticon

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