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MARCHing Right Along... HA!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

See what I did there?

Alrighty, lets start with a February review, shaaaalll weeeee?

Track all food eaten at least 3 days a week/1 weekend day: I didn't do too shabby on this, but the week of my brother's wedding, I hardly Sparked at all, so I didn't track anything. The day I got back home, though, I started right back up. Can't call it a win, but I did what I could considering how busy and hectic that week was.

Drink 64oz of water at least 3 days of the week: I'm pretty sure I met this goal (except possibly when I was at my parent's house for the wedding). I didn't track, so I can't say for sure. I know I did when I got back.

No more soda: Well, I know I had part of a can of Dr. Pepper, to which I added water to so the carbonation and sweetness would be cut way down. So, I had some soda. Boo!

Eat breakfast before class or take one to eat in class: I didn't do that at all this past week, although I normally do. I've just felt so tired all week long that I'd wait until the last possible minute to get up and get ready for school. I will work to rectify that situation this coming week.

Meet or exceed 500 fitness minutes: So, I totally didn't meet this goal. In fact, I did one minute less than last month. 105 minutes short. But, I have to credit my kidney infection for that one. Took me out of the exercise thang for a good week. Also, I didn't track all my activity for the wedding, even though I was up and active for hours and hours a day. One day, for example, we spend 7+ hours grocery shopping (and went to about 6 or 7 stores) just to get all the supplies we needed for the reception dinner. Then, the next day I cooked it all. For another 8 or 9 hours- literally all day. But, seriously, how does one even track that?

Plant something edible: Well, I bought seeds to plant- tomatoes and peppers, I think. Problem was, the store I went to ran out of seed starter supplies. And then I ran out of money. So, I got seeds, I just didn't get to plant them.

Get through the wedding without killing anyone: CHECK! Everyone is still alive and accounted for. All their extremities are still intact. WIN.

Keep up with/catch up on homework for my 4 classes: I did manage to do this, despite the busyness of the month. I have fallen a little behind on reading for my nutrition class, but so far we've only gone through the same stuff I've learned in at least 2 other nutrition classes here. I know about calories, lipids, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, and their importance in the body. After next week we should finally be moving on to the "diet therapy" part of the the diet therapy class.

So, its time to come up with some March goals. I need to post them up after printing them out so I can see them.

emoticon emoticonIf I'm going to have something "unhealthy" to eat, I have to have something "healthy" with it. That's my new rule. Ex. I'm going to have a slice of pizza, so I better have a veggie-ful salad with it.

emoticonI bought the seeds, so plant them!

emoticon emoticonContinue tracking food and water. 3 days a week, 1 weekend day. Lately I've been tracking more than this, so just to keep up the habit.

emoticonActually meet or exceed 500 fitness minutes this month. Write down a workout plan each week so I'm not making it up on the fly. Having a plan should help me just get it done.

emoticonEat healthy, home-cooked dinners 4 nights a week. I love to cook, so I can just do what I love to do and eat healthy at the same time. More would be better, but we'll aim for 4 nights as a baseline.

emoticonEat breakfast. I'm so terrible about this. I need to especially eat breakfast the days I go to class. Plan ahead for packing breakfast meals or make something the night before to eat quickly before heading out the door. I won't worry too much about my non-school days, as I spend those at home usually, anyway, and can move at my own pace throughout my daily activities.

emoticonStay on top of homework, assignments, and attendance in class. I'm not a morning person and I never, ever, EVER have been. I hate having to be in class at 8:00am 3 days a week. I can easily talk myself out of getting out of my warm, comfy bed to get ready for class. But, because this is my passion and my goal, I do it. I just need to make sure that as the semester drags on (and it does drag sloooooowly...) I fight the urge to play hooky.

Okay, that about does it for me. I'm going to print these new goals out onto some fun stationary and tack them up on my corkboard. I already wrote down my fitness plan for the rest of this week on my dry-erase week calendar. I'm going to eat something really quick, do my workout (Just Dance on Wii and one of the 10 minute core workouts by Coach Nicole), and sit down to write out a menu and grocery list for at least the rest of this week and next week, if not the entire month (broken up weekly, of course). Wish me luck! And good luck on all your March goals!

A photo of us SparkLadies on the Mission Trails hike last Saturday!

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LODESTONE 3/11/2012 9:38PM

    Recognized you without the caption! Yee ha! Get them seeds planted, girl. You will appreciate them down the road when the fruits mature. There must be something under other exercise you could count when you spend all day shopping and all day cooking. You are on your feet and moving. Have you considered a pedometer, and just count steps? Yeah, that would look like hell on your wedding outfit, but for classes and hanging around the kitchen? How about frozen waffles with a smear of peanut butter? Thee are lots of "grab and go" options if you look for them.

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DSHONEYC 3/3/2012 12:00PM

    Good luck and love your goals. Heard an interesting presentation by the SDSU ROTC colonel (about ethics & leadership) yesterday that has made me think about who I am as a person & a fundraiser. I plan on capturing my thoughts on who I am this weekend...I think it will help me with my own goals! Let me know when your next hike is happening, I'd love to go if I can.

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    I would love for one of the upcoming Spark Rally's to be a nutrition class taught by you! Would that be something you'd be interested in?

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ABB698 3/2/2012 12:41PM

    You watered down soda? LOL Well, at least you were weaning yourself off! :)
Good job on the school stuff, I love reading about all the cool stuff you are learning!
Have a fab Friday!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/2/2012 12:20AM

    I like your goals! Love the picture, looks like you had fun at the sparkrally! Good luck in March :)

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CANNIE50 3/1/2012 9:31PM

    Great photo, and such a good idea to match nutritious food with less nutritious stuff. I hope you are able to get more rest. I cannot function without a good protein-filled breakfast. I often make a batch of smoothies filled with healthy stuff, and keep it in the fridge so I just blend it for a few seconds and off it goes, with me, no matter how rushed I am. Take care!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/1/2012 3:51PM

    I like the idea of healthy food to match with unhealthy food. It certainly will make the choosing something more thoughtful!

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    I sincerely wish you luck for your March goals! There is great power in putting them in writing and putting them up! Loved the picture!
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ARUNNINGKAT 3/1/2012 2:37PM

    Good luck! I know you will not meet, but exceed your goals! Happy March! emoticon

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KKINNEA 3/1/2012 2:22PM

    Nice goals - planting really makes it feel like spring!

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Mediterranean Tabbouleh and Falafel

Monday, February 20, 2012

I had to cook a dish using a whole grain for my Advanced Nutrition class. Of course I got a late start thanks to my health issues this week. Anyway, the dinner was awesome!

I made the falafel from scratch, the tzatziki from scratch, and of course, the tabbouleh from scratch! On my falafel: cucumber and tomato slices, red leaf lettuce, feta cheese, tzatziki, whole wheat pita flatbread, and falafel. The tabbouleh has bulgur wheat, parsley, feta, tomato, green onion, and a lemon dressing (lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper).

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/21/2012 1:33PM

    Looks so good!!

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SCHWINNER! 2/21/2012 7:53AM

    That looks delicious!!! I love Mediterranean/Greek-style foods! Falafel is probably one of my favorites ever :) Nice work!

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ABB698 2/20/2012 11:55PM

    Man! I should have come over to your place, that looks SO good! emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/20/2012 4:23PM

    Looks so yummy!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/20/2012 3:05PM

    Oh wow...Fabulous! I love falafel, the sauce, too! Yum! Recipes??
Hope you feel better!

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SMILINGTREE 2/20/2012 11:24AM

    That is gorgeous! I don't know what tzatziki is, but I'm going to find out right now.

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One of those days (when it rains, it pours)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I decided to play it safe and get that pain in my side checked out today, so I went to the doctor. There was something about white blood cells in my urine or too many white blood cells or something like that... either way, it meant inflammation/infection. So, I am on some antibiotics. Swell. They also took my blood to do some lab work, and I'm not sure when those results will be back at the doc's. They'll call me. AND I need to have another ultrasound. SWELL. That makes 4 since July 2010. They suspect my giant ovarian cyst is back, but they don't know what would be causing the infection. So, off I go...

As if that wasn't crappy enough news, today is the day my parents had to put down my poor, sick, aging dog. He had a tumor growing somewhere close to his esophagus, and it was crushing his windpipe. So, he's had this doggy cough for about a year, but the vet had assured us he still had some life in him and that he wasn't suffering. Well, Friday night, after my brother's wedding, we noticed a dramatic shift in the health of my beloved pooch. His cough worsened in every way- louder, harsher, constant. He had a hard time eating (he couldn't stop coughing long enough) and drinking and he was walking stiffly. For days he was like that before my mom finally convinced my dad that something needed to be done. At 4pm this afternoon, they took him in to the vet and their worst fears were confirmed. I got the news at 5:30pm that he had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I will miss him terribly, but I am so glad he's no longer suffering.

He was an amazing companion and friend and member of our family for 12 years. (Or 14-15 years... I can't really pinpoint the date...) A long time.

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SCHWINNER! 2/17/2012 8:10AM

    Sorry you had such a rough day :( BIG HUGS. Sorry about your puppers too.

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JSALERNO 2/17/2012 5:59AM

    I wish you would have that surgery you need. Sorry about your dog.

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MOMOF4FATNOMORE 2/17/2012 2:33AM

    Sorry to hear that :(

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SMILINGTREE 2/17/2012 12:52AM

    Oh. My dog looks very much like yours. She is a Jack Russell named Martha. All day we have been debating about whether or not we would be kinder to have her put down. It is a terrible decision. I am so sorry that so much piled up on you today. Things will be better soon...

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/17/2012 12:33AM

    Sorry about your day and your cute sweet baby dog!
May he run and play forever, free of the cough and ill health!
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ARUNNINGKAT 2/16/2012 11:43PM

    emoticon I am so sorry to hear about your horrible day. Losing a pet is like losing a member of the family - my heart aches for you. Sorry about the infection too. Never any fun! Take care of yourself.

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JBINAUSTIN 2/16/2012 11:42PM

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I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear canine friend. Sometimes troubles just pile up. I'll think healing thoughts for you.

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ABB698 2/16/2012 10:04PM

    So sorry for your loss, and sorry for your pain! emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 2/16/2012 10:03PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have several furbabies waiting for me at the Rainbow bridge...one day I hope to hug them again! Sucks when they have to leave us. Hugs to you.

As far as your health....Oh I know those irritating things and issues that come up. Your mind is ready to climb everest and workout with Jillian but your body says...Nope..don't think so...not this week. Give it the mental finger. Stay positive. focus on your nutrition...as I always say...I can't seem to control everything (even though I try) but I can control what I put in my mouth! Hope you're feeling better soon.

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VILYHAAN 2/16/2012 10:03PM

    I am sorry to hear of your rough day and the need for tests. I hope things improve for you. I know you must hurt for the loss of your dog. They become family in such a short time. My sympathies.

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My Baby Bro's Wedding! (Valentine's Appropriate, eh?)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

WHAT A WEEK! Whew! Glad its over. I still feel like I'm recovering. Anyhow, the week was completely hectic and full starting the minute I stepped foot off the Greyhound onto El Centro soil. I slept only 1 hour and dozed [sorta] on the bus for 2 hours. I shopped until I dropped! Most days we went to no less than 3 stores picking up supplies. I got my hair cut on Wednesday, the longest shopping day ever! 7+ hours: Starting with Wal-Mart, Target, Food4Less, Costco, Smart & Final, and Vons. I know most of you don't know anything about El Centro, but it plain ol' sucks. Obviously, it took 6 stores to get everything we needed. We also spent 3 solid hours cleaning my grandmother's patio and doing some yard work, as that's where we had the reception. We didn't take any breaks in that 3 hours, either. We left there a sweaty, sticky, dusty, leafy, wood/paint chippy mess. Worse case of allergies ever- for all 3 of us.

Thursday morning I woke up bright and early. And spent the ENTIRE DAY cooking for the dinner. I made bruschetta (just tomatoes, feta, and basil) and sliced up 3 baguettes, two kinds of hummus (roasted red pepper and spicy), baked macaroni and cheese (using gruyere and havarti cheeses, artichoke hearts, and spinach), chocolate and colorful candied mustache and lip lollipops, cupcakes in a jar, and wedding cake. I also handmade a topper for it. In addition to what I made, my aunt made her famous whole wheat dinner rolls, my grandma made a green salad (salad bar style!), my other aunt made the cocktails, and my mom made two huge briskets and two racks of baby back ribs. We also had rice crispies treats, petit fours, and snickerdoodles; and savories we had my mom's famous potato salad and roasted veggies. It was a veritable feast, washed down with iced tea, lemonade, and Dr. Pepper.

I was a flurry of teal the entire night, as I was the one putting this shindig on.

The morning of the ceremony I got up extra early and baked the sponge cake. I painted my nails, ironed my dress and my brother's suit, and generally got everyone going. As I was a witness, I had to be at the courthouse early with the bride and groom. My parents came later. And we all realized my other brother was missing from the action. Well, we couldn't stall the ceremony, so we went through with it. Turns out my poor brother was there the whole time! He just didn't know where to go. So, he missed the ceremony. I felt so terrible, I wanted to cry. He was pretty upset also. :-( It was important for us all to be there, as the bride's flaky parents didn't even bother to show up. They didn't object to the wedding, they love my brother and my family. They're just flakes, plain and simple.

The "wedding party". I was Best Man. Then there's the groom, my baby brother Ethan. Then, Lauren, my beautiful sister-in-law, and Viviana, the Matron of Honor.

The dining area in the yard.

Beautiful lantern on the table.

Bottles with daisies and carnations (and the cupcake in a jar)
Anyway, it was crazy getting everything decorated and food warmed and plated and set out, but I got through it. By the time I got everything done, I didn't even want to eat dinner. I munched a small plate of food while I assembled the wedding cake. It was made with whipped cream and fresh berries, so it needed to be assembled and eaten pretty quickly. It was a delicious cake! It was a wonderful night, surrounded with loved ones and delicious eats. I got home at about 11pm and don't even remember my head hitting the pillow.

The wedding cake with handmade topper!

Decorations and food area, side 1.

Decorations and food area, side 2.
The next morning I woke up and headed to the Holtville Carrot Festival parade with my dad. He owns a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino (his very first car) and is part of a car club. They named themselves "The Drifter's Car Club" which I think is totally lame. I suggested they call themselves "Old Guys with Old Cars". Much better, in my humble opinion! ;-) Anyway, we drove through the parade, I drank a sh*tty cup of gas station coffee, and I got a giant 3 or 4 gallon bag of fresh produce- it was "fill your bag with as much as you can" for only $5!! The sad thing is, this is the only farmer's market type thing in the Imperial Valley (the Farmer's Market they have once a year doesn't even have any fresh produce to buy). Its pathetic considering its a HUGE agricultural area. The entire Imperial Valley is completely and totally surrounded by fields and agriculture.

My dad's truck

The car parade line-up. My dad's is the 3rd car. The 2nd one is my dream car!

One side of the festival in the town square.

The other side, with the carnival and cars from another club.
Anyway, that was a fun day. I saw some old friends, had some fresh fish tacos, saw some more of my family. It was nice to revisit it, as I grew up attending that festival. Super awesome!

Me & the other witness, Vivi.

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CANNIE50 2/15/2012 11:45PM

    WOW - that sounds exhausting but what a labor of love and such a warm way for your family to welcome your new s.i.l. as an official member of the family (sounds like she needs a back-up family for sure). You look so great in your dress and your hair is adorable.

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/15/2012 1:03PM

    Wow! Sounds like you did an amazing job - and you looked fabulous too! emoticon

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MILLER*TIME 2/15/2012 11:14AM

    WOW you really pulled all that off!! That's amazing! What an awesome sister :) That cake looks so fresh and delicious too, yum!

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SCHWINNER! 2/15/2012 6:54AM

    HOLY COW you did a great job on everything!!!! Amazing. I love the cake, the decorations, the setting, the feel of it - lovely and simple! Gave me some ideas for my own type of thing ;)

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JSALERNO 2/15/2012 4:53AM

    Looks great. I can't imagine cooking all that food. I'm not exactly a good cook. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/14/2012 11:38PM

    Sounds like a whirlwind wedding weekend! You looked beautiful, I love your hair and dress!

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ABB698 2/14/2012 8:52PM

    Love the shorter do and your dress is gorgeous! Wow, you were a whirlwind of wedding madness, but it all turned out beautiful! Your Dad's car is awesome, and yes, I cannot believe Imperial has no fresh produce when that's what the area is! Maybe they're so tired of harvesting it, they don't want to eat it too? Your cake looks so yummy! Your brother is lucky to have a sister like you!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/14/2012 7:43PM

    Wow Jilly! You were a COOKIN, shoppin, plannin, MOVIN, GROOVIN, lady! Amazing!
Lets get this said...you looked great! Love the short cut "do"! I have a question...how did you have a wedding without the groom? I was confused! And was the gal in White the bride? Who was the gal at the end with long hair?
You really did good! Great job!
Hope you had a great Val- Day!

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LODESTONE 2/14/2012 7:40PM

    Sounds like you had a marvelous time, even if you had to work your a$$ off to help bring it all together. You look lovely in your teal dress, and I really love the new hairdo! Best wishes for your brother and his beautiful new bride.

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Couldn't Resist (photo)

Friday, February 03, 2012

This was my dinner last night... Homemade chicken and waffles. Oh yeah!

And it appears this is my mind/body this week:

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 2/5/2012 10:10PM

    YYYYYUUUMMMMM!!!!!!! I was just saying earlier this week that I need to buy a belgian waffle maker. The kind you flip and it beeps at you. The only time I ever have waffles is when I stay at a hotel!

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ERIKO1908 2/4/2012 4:33PM

    love the pic of the chicken and waffles!! and the cartoon...so true, so often...thanks for sharing both of these...

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ABB698 2/4/2012 12:33PM

    Never had chicken & waffles. Do they really go well together? Love the cartoon!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/4/2012 7:33AM

    Make enough of that chicken and waffles to share? LOL

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KKINNEA 2/3/2012 4:05PM

    Love the cartoon - can totally dig that.

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RAINYFRIDAY 2/3/2012 3:11PM

    Looove chicken and waffles! And I can totally relate to the cartoon. Hope your mind gives you the freedom to get some sleep!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/3/2012 2:31PM

    Looks so yummy!

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JSALERNO 2/3/2012 2:07PM

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MISSB8604 2/3/2012 1:38PM

    That is my life in cartoon form.

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    LOL...you are funny!
Looks fab, that chic & waffles...yum!
And, my goodness, that cartoon is me at times, too!
Try to TAKE IT EASY...as the old song says...don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy emoticon

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CHUCKIECHIEF 2/3/2012 12:56PM

    This is great and funny. Thanks for sharing.

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