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Land o' Fish

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Two days ago it was salmon. Yesterday it was leftover salmon for lunch and swordfish for dinner. Today it'll be tuna for lunch.

I am enjoying it -- I used to eat fish before, but we didn't have it for meals as my husband was not enamored of it. But he's a lot more interested now. It also seems that when I have fish over the weekends, I have better losses on Mondays (my official checkin day). Hmmm.

I will not, however, grow gills.

A gal's gotta draw the line somewhere.

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SISNAMIL 3/10/2008 10:22AM

    I love fish,butmy husband thinks it has to be battered and fried,unless it is salmon croquets or tuna.

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JESPAH 3/10/2008 5:35AM

    OOoh I understand tilapia is the gooood stuff.

I mainly just marinate the heck out of it, then 3 minutes on each side, twice (e. g. flip, flip, flip) on the indoor grill. Mrs. Dash makes a few kinds of marinade (I swear I am not a shill for Mrs. Dash; I just like the products) and the other night I used the mesquite. I bought a case of it via Amazon so I'm glad we like it.

We have cases of all sorts of diet-friendly foods, cluttering up our dining room: marinade, Oven Fry, oatmeal, Crystal Light, low sugar fruit snacks, decaf tea, etc. We live among the diet foods, it seems.

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THEBLUEGIRL 3/9/2008 10:28PM

    My husband and I are trying to eat more fish too. I'm the one who doesn't like it but he loves it. I've tried salmon at least a half dozen times and I just don't like it. But Josh (that's the husband) made a really good tilapia on Thursday. I was so surprised how much I liked it!

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SPARKNMOM 3/9/2008 10:01PM

    Glad to hear there will be no gills for you!! I am horrible at cooking fish. So...I only make it for myself! Not the family : ) Good luck on tomorrow's weigh in!

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Honest Sweat

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Now, I don't sweat much.

You may be saying to yourself, "But jes, you delicate little flower, how could anyone think of you as sweating?" Or, you may be saying, "jes, you're only kidding yourself. You sweat like a longshoreman in July." Or you might just be saying, "I wonder if I left the oven on?"

Well, I don't sweat, unless it's megahot and I've been exerting myself. Just the upper lip, thigh area and under the breasts. Very rare to get underarm sweat, even without antiperspirant. Really. It doesn't mean I don't get hot; I just get winded and red. Most attractive for this future delicate little flower!

But last night -- woof -- I sweated. It was humid, the heat was on but not cranking and I had on my usual workout attire which is the incredibly chic combination of the top I wore to work, a pair of ratty old long john bottoms, a pair of socks that have seen better days and a ponytail holder. A stylin' dawg if you're blind and have no taste.

And, I did my workout, even though I was extremely tired and really just wanted to get into bed. But I didn't. Wacky, I didn't want to get sleep over a workout. It was an abs-quads-glutes day. I did 40 reps of each exercise, came on here and logged everything, brushed my teeth and hit the sack, not stirring much until almost 12 hours later. But after the workout I noticed ... (drum roll please) ... sweat. Only in the underbreast and thigh areas, but sweat just the same.

I worked out. I got sweaty. Sweat took the toxins out. And then I slept like a longshoreman. But I dreamt of being a delicate little flower. ;)

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JESPAH 3/9/2008 11:12AM

    Ah, glad to do it. Have a great Sunday.

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SPARKNMOM 3/8/2008 10:41PM

    Well, future delicate little flower, you gave me a good little chuckle tonight...thanks! And congrats on sweating!!

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JESPAH 3/8/2008 1:48PM

    We should go into business together: Sis 'n Jes's House o' Sweat-free Workout Gear -- for all your longshoreman and delicate little flower needs

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SISNAMIL 3/8/2008 12:50PM

    I think we must be buying our workout clothes from the same boutique. lol

I have the same problem with not sweating. I really have to watch out in the summer or I end up with heat exhaustion.

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Every day

Friday, March 07, 2008

Life is pretty damned good these days, I have to say.

I am generally optimistic and have a boatload of energy, even though these days I have maybe 3 or 4 ounces of tea with caffeine and then that's it for caffeine for the day. I'll finish out the full-strength tea in a month or two and then -- no more.

Lotsa joy. Joy is good.

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JESPAH 3/8/2008 11:05AM

    Usually it's herbal stuff like mint. Sometimes it's Crystal Light or some knockoff of Crystal Light in hot water (hot cranberry is weird, I gotta admit).

I also have flavored splenda sticks -- add the vanilla to mint tea and it's kind got the vibe of drinking a Thin Mint.

I like green tea but I'm really finding that I need decaf these days as I'm zooming pretty much all the time, unless I'm asleep. Dang, you shoulda seen what a slug I was before this. It's quite a change.

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ANNETTEMARIE63 3/8/2008 4:15AM

    do you drink regular tea or green tea? I usually drink green tea with lemon although I think there is caffeine in that too. I usually buy the bigelow brand

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JESPAH 3/7/2008 9:46PM

    Of course you know the Happy Dance counts towards your aerobic minutes. :)

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SISNAMIL 3/7/2008 11:28AM

    Happy Dance!

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Happy Mexican Food!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Well, I am thrilled! Hubby and I are going out to Mexican in a few weeks and it will be very manageable. It'll end up being about 700 calories, 13.5 g. of fat and maybe 800 mg. of sodium.

I'm going to have a bowl of gazpacho (so that I can avoid the chips), then we'll share chicken fajitas with black beans and rice on the side. I won't have the tortillas, cheese or sour cream and will only have a tablespoon of the guacamole. Everything else is fine and I always eat more of the onions than the chicken anyway. I'm looking forward to it!

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JESPAH 3/6/2008 8:05PM

    Thanks, Cagneys, that's a good idea. Hmm might try it when I'm farther along and feeling stronger. We've been out to restaurants and I've been doing fine since the start of this year, which is when I started to get serious. But we've really only been to places where making good choices is an easy thing to do.

Greater challenges await, I'm sure. In May, that'll be a trip to Cape Cod, where there's a lot of good stuff but also a LOT of bad.

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CAGNEYS 3/6/2008 3:30PM

    I agree..Chinese is a huge thing for me. And of course, right by my house. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I've learned that when I'm having a craving, it's better to just have it in moderation than deprive myself of it completely.

Good luck!

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ANNETTEMARIE63 3/6/2008 2:53PM

    sounds like you have a handle on your diet and you plan ahead of time before you go which is really good.

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JESPAH 3/6/2008 1:08PM

    Thing is, when we go to Border Café, about the only thing we get is the fajitas anyway. Plus I've been limiting the sour cream, etc. for a few years -- I just wasn't tasting it in the fajita.

The main issue for me is the chips, hence the idea to get gazpacho.

My real downfall, my real killer, is Chinese, but I suspect that's the case for a lot of people. Fortunately there's a Thai place within walking distance of our house, and Vietnamese is pretty close, too, and we like them. The Chinese place is a lot farther away and the parking is always bad.

Hey, anything to keep me from missing it! :)

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SISNAMIL 3/6/2008 11:17AM

    Oh, girl, you are stronger than I am. There is a place here that has fresh homestyle tortillas and they are my downfall.

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Which way did that wired gal go?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

I am wired, I am psyched.

This morning, I checked out my pedometer, and it said 2/3 of a mile after I got into the office. Now, that's nothing new, but it took me 10 minutes of walking, all told. This is 4.0 MPH! If I go any faster (e. g. 7.5 minutes, which would be about 5.3 MPH), alli, I believe, would consider it to be jogging.

Hence I am, as of now, at the top end of walking speed according to alli. All this from someone who was definitely at the lowest end (2.5 MPH) at the beginning of the year. Here it is, about 10 weeks into my lifestyle change, and I'm suddenly Speedy Gonzalez.

It's not just more energy and more speed, it's more joy. It's like that Kibbles n' Bits ad:

More taste (and I really am getting more taste in my food, rediscovering herbs and spices I'd forgotten and getting back into COOKING) and more joy!

But I'm still not gonna eat kibble. :)


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