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30 Days of Thankful- Day 15 & 16

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I'll post 17 tonight. It's been a very busy few days. I'm trying to get all my homework and household stuff done this week because I'm heading to my parent's house for the holiday on Sunday. I'll be spending a whole week with my family, including a sober mom! Yay!

Day 15, Nov. 15
Today I am thankful for jackets.

Some women obsess over shoes. Some over purses. Some over shades of red nail polish. I obsess over jackets. Sad, really, since I live in Southern California, the land of no seasons (particularly winter). But, I sure do love a good coat. I have several that I wear on the regular, and a few I keep put away (mostly because I haven't fit into them in some time). I regularly wear the big green trench-like coat, fuzzy leopard print, and green corduroy sport coat. I keep my letterman's jacket put away (I lettered in the performing arts academy I was in, as well as played powder puff football one year), the tan/orangey suede coat [top right] stays packed away- hence all the wrinkles- and my long red jacket that I got from a thrift shop stays in storage as well. Its some sort of polyester fabric that I'm pretty sure was once paired with an equally vintage leisure suit. I have more jackets than this, these are just the highlights. And certainly don't include the hoodies! I do need a peacoat to round out my collection.

Jackets... I love you.

Day 16, Nov. 16
Today I am thankful for the non-meat proteins of garbanzo beans and lentils.

I am allergic to beans. Well, all the ones that seem to fall into the kidney shaped realm anyway- kidney, black, pinto, navy, cannelini... Sad. Somehow, though, my body seems to be okay with garbanzo beans and lentils. Also, I do fine with nuts, so it's not a full-blown legume allergy. Maybe it's more of a food intolerance. Anyway, I'm glad I have these options when Meatless Monday comes around or I'm just down to watch my cholesterol intake. I use these puppies quite a bit (which is why I keep so many lentils in my pantry) and I always have no less than 2 cans of garbanzos.

Thanks you two for not killing me when I eat you.

Homemade kalamata olive and artichoke hummus

Cooked lentils to go in my Vegan Lentil Chili

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/22/2012 7:23AM

    LOL... hey, there is nothing wrong with this collection!
Love the food...and meatless Monday!
Enjoy time with. Your Mom!

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RORYLYONS 11/17/2012 5:13PM

    I love my jackets too....Been busy cleaning the house for the visiting family expected this week...Have a Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/17/2012 1:37PM

    I really enjoy blazers. I understand your love of jackets. (smiling)

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 14

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 14, Nov. 14
Today I am thankful for my good health.

Yes, I've been sick for the last few weeks, although feeling tons better lately. Still with some runny nose issues, but really, feeling much more normal. Plus, it's not like I have anything seriously wrong with me. I'm not malnourished, no cancer, no heart disease, no terminal or debilitating illness of any sort. For all intents and purposes, I am healthy. I feel great being healthy. I have a life I am able to live because I am healthy. So, I am certainly thankful for my good health. Because there are a lot of people out there that aren't healthy.

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DIANER2014 11/16/2012 8:09PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/15/2012 8:19AM

    Good for you! Yes, I never take my good health for granted. It's truly a gift. Have a wonderful day.

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LANAHAUTH21 11/14/2012 11:57PM

  It does feel good to be healthy.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 12 & 13

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Yeah, it's a two-fer today. I was so tired yesterday that when I took my sleeping pill before bed, I passed out in 10 minutes! Needless to say, I was unable to post a blog in my sleep. Next time, I'll work on it.

Day 12, Nov. 12
Today I am thankful for my feetie pajamas.

They were a birthday present from my mom last year. And they. are. awesome! They're so warm and comfortable. And so totally me! They're green with shamrocks all over. Polar fleece. And the coolest thing you ever did see. Since I was sick on Halloween and unable to dress up, but still had to pass out candy, I wore my onesie. Everyone that came to my door to take my candy loved it. My cousins are jealous of it. I just think it's the bees knees. For reals.


Day 13, Nov. 13
Today I am thankful for the television show Futurama.

I am a huge, rabid fan of this show. I remember watching it when it first aired way back in the day, when I was still in high school. I remember being very disappointed when it was canceled. Then, when He-'mate and I first moved in together 3 years ago at our apartment, we were wandering around a Fry's and found ourselves in the DVD section. He came across the complete series (it's split up into 4 volumes of the old stuff). I had to nudge him toward buying it, but really, it didn't take much convincing. It was a decision he never regretted. We watched that show rabidly until Netflix made it available for instant streaming. Then, our rabidness turned into downright obsession. I'm pretty sure that's all we watched for a solid month or two. I still watch that show almost every night. We were beyond thrilled when it was decided to bring the series back to life after 10 years. We've been faithful watchers of the new stuff, too. And it's always my favorite panel to sit through at Comic-Con. I met and shook the hands of Matt Groening, the creator, and David X. Cohen, a writer/producer for the show. It was like meeting a rock star for me! So, thank you Futurama for the mindless entertainment and escape. It is appreciated!

Futurama brain slug slowly eating away my intelligence with David X. Cohen, his son, and He-'mate.

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MOWINELADY 11/14/2012 10:29AM

    Love the PJs

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/14/2012 8:35AM

    Yes, feeties are so warm and wonderful. Enjoy!

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LEANJEAN6 11/14/2012 6:16AM

    You look so cute in the PJ's---Great blog--Lynda emoticon

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Probably Not Too Brief Update (a REAL blog)

Monday, November 12, 2012

This isn't my "thankful" blog. I'll post that this evening. This is an actual blog about things.

I have a rather big announcement that I'm sorry to say I'm not ready to reveal yet. I'll be doing that at the end of this month. So, just keep your eye out for that.

I did want to let everyone know what was going on with me and She-'mate and our 'arrangement' (cooking for both of us, splitting grocery costs- or in our case last month, splitting them very unevenly with me paying more). I did speak to her before the end of last month, and then again just to reiterate things right at the beginning of the month. It wasn't as difficult as I was expecting and she was very much more receptive and understanding of what I was saying. I chose the path of "I" statements only, so it wouldn't sound accusatory or anything like that. I basically told her that if we were going to continue this arrangement, that we needed to be very careful about splitting the costs 50/50 every time. I told her I couldn't afford to do otherwise. I told her what my grocery budget was for the month and let her know that I don't have a choice but to stick to that.

She said she totally understood. She said she'd like to continue our cooking arrangement, so from now on, we will be very careful about making sure each person is paying their fair share. We made a dinner menu for the next two weeks and a shopping list for week 1 (tomorrow starts week 2, so I'm making the shopping list for that). We went to the grocery store, each paid for a little bit of groceries, and when we came home, we each went over our receipts and totaled them up to see, and one of us paid the other back for any overages. Its a complicated system, but it works for us (so that no one person is paying out of pocket too much in a single go). So, that's solved. It's a system that'll need to be in place for only about another month, month and a half anyway.

So, last week's dinners that I cooked included turkey burgers, posole, homemade pizza, and baby back ribs. Part of our goals for the remainder of our time here is to eat all the stuff in the freezer. The ribs, turkey meat, and pepperoni were all frozen and hanging out waiting to be eaten.

Turkey burgers with baked fries and green salad

Pork posole

Pork ribs and potato salad (I also had green salad)

I weighed myself yesterday on whim first thing in the morning before my day got really started. I had lost another 1.5 or 2 lbs since the last time I weighed in. I'm not entirely convinced this is a good thing, though. For one, I haven't been tracking my food, but I haven't had much of a daytime appetite lately. Two days last week, I only ate dinner. All day. I just wasn't hungry. My lunches haven't consisted of very much either. Half sandwiches, leftovers (much smaller portions than at dinner), muffins or bagels. I seem to eat okay when I'm at practicum, but that's because I've usually been on my feet for 6 hours (awake for 7) by the time lunch rolls around. I pack healthy lunches, too. Almost no junk food. Last week I had a half tuna and deviled cheese sandwich on wheat- not terrifically healthy- but, accompanied it with a satsuma and kale chips that I baked myself. I also had about 1/2 cup of cream of celery soup (the facility provides a daily soup for the employees). The next practicum day I had leftover posole with all the veggies- cabbage, radishes, green onions, avocado... also 1 tostada shell and a squeeze of lime (no sour cream dollop this time). I packed a piece of fruit, but didn't have time to eat it.

The point of all that was to say, I'm not sure I'm getting in adequate calories every day or most days. And I could be not getting adequate everything else. emoticon

Also, I haven't done any "traditional" or even "non-traditional" exercise during this time. Yes, I am pretty active. My practicum days involve 2 hours of travel time to the facility, 6 hours doing all my tasks, and another 2 hours going home. My off days are spent running errands, doing household chores, cooking in the kitchen, hopefully getting back out in my garden now that it's not roasting out... I keep busy. I keep moving. But, it's not cardio, it's not strength training (unless it's a chore day). I need to get back into doing something like that. But, honestly, even though I'm busy on my off-days, I still feel very tired and I have to really push myself to get all I need to done.

So, armed with all this information, what am I going to do? For starters, I'm going to start tracking my food again. Has to happen. I'm going to aim for at least 3 days a week. Hooray if I do more, but 3 days is what I'm going for. Then, I am going to try to get some kind of exercise in, whether traditional (cardio DVD, strength video, etc) or non-traditional (1 hour of rigorous gardening, which is desperately needed out there!) I need to drink more water. When I'm at practicum I pretty much drink coffee all morning long and then nothing all afternoon. I need to limit myself to 1 coffee drink or 1 hot tea drink and then keep it water the rest of the day. So, that's what I'll be working on for the remainder of the month.

In summary:
emoticon Track food 3 days per week minimum
emoticon Get in some sort of exercise 1 or 2 days a week for now
emoticon Water all day

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/12/2012 11:39PM

    Maybe to stretch out the food dollars and increase the food availability for you and she-mate etc try cooking with beans and/or rice with various flavorings, with the veggies, and very small amounts of meats?? Stay away from the Ramen noodles though (don't look like you even went that way, but just as a heads up... I'm sure you know already.. bad bad...I did that during my college days, and I gained much more than my Freshman 15, Sophomore 20, Junior 30 whatever...)

But yippie yay, glad you had the little chat and hope she continues to hold up her end of the deal??

Can't wait to see your big announcement! Hope it's the best decision for you even if it isn't all firecrackers and popcorn and joy and happy happy. Or even if it is!! ;-)



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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/12/2012 11:24PM

    You lost however, so at least you are somewhere on the neighbourhood! But I so get it with tracking and not skipping meals...I, too, need to get in the routine!
Glad things are working with the roommate!
I can't stand it...what is the big announcement??
I am waiting!
Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers!
Love & Hugs,
Mary emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/12/2012 6:09PM

    Wow, what a tease! A big annoucement we have to wait weeks for?! ;)

I'm glad things worked out with your roommate and the arrangement only has to last for a short time. Good for you for speaking up!

Good luck with your goals! I know you can do it, Jill!

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JSALERNO 11/12/2012 5:04PM

    good goals

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NEWSGIRL2177 11/12/2012 4:09PM

    I'm glad things worked out with the other chickie. The plan you have in place sounds very organized and reasonable. But more importantly, hooray for speaking up and telling her exactly where you stand. Awesome!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/12/2012 3:32PM

    I'm glad you and the "she" mate have come to an understanding. That's a small relief. As for tracking your food, I agree... start with 2-3 days a week so that you don't feel overwhelmed. As you get more comfortable with tracking again, you can add more days later. it's always best to start small and work your way up.

Same thing with exercise. Remember, you don't have to workout for an hour at a time to be healthy. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. three 10 minute walks still adds up to a 30 minute walk. Every little bit does add up.

And do your best to get in those calories. I know it's not easy to eat when you're stressed out. When I found out I was laid off, I had no appetite for the entire month of July. I did have to force myself to eat in order to keep up my strength. You're right. Some times, losing weight isn't a good thing especially if we are stressed out. Thus the importance of eating right to keep up your strength as well as keep your immune system strong. Too much stress ruins our immune system.

and about that cup of coffee, how about decaf or one small cup of espresso. I know espresso keeps me going all day. eh-hem... humor.


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SLIMMERJESSE 11/12/2012 3:11PM

    I hope your impending news is a good direction for you. As far as food costs, don't you each buy your own and cook individually? That
would solve the issue. Also, sounds like the
male roommate is gone now. Hope things
are happy for you.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/12/2012 2:39PM

    Good goals emoticon

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 11

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 11, Nov. 11
Today I am thankful for Mexican food.

Seriously. I grew up on the border of Mexico. So many of my tastes lean toward that food culture. And who wouldn't love it?! Well, I guess there are those out there. I mean, I don't like Indian food. So, I guess people can not like Mexican food. Anywho, the cuisine of Mexico is always a staple in my diet. Even if its really, really terrible for you. For example, I love cheese enchiladas. LOVE. THEM. I also love spanish rice, which I suck at making, believe it or not. Albondigas and posole are my staple soups, as well as caldo de pollo. I love homemade tortillas and if not for the extreme effort it takes for me to make them, I'd always only have them homemade! Rolled tacos, mashed potato tacos (papas tacos), and campenchanas are the bomb!!! Carne and pollo asado. Chile rellenos. Chicken machaca. Okay, yeah, I'm stopping here. I ate dinner and this paragraph is making me hungry all over again. I live around the corner from a 24 hour Mexican food joint that makes some AMAZING cheese enchiladas, so I gotta keep myself from going over there!

Carne adobada... get the recipe at my food blog potatoestopeaches.com

Mexican posole (first incarnation for Cinco De Mayo this year)

Homemade cheese enchiladas and my failure/barely edible rice

Chicken machaca burritos

There is an amazing concoction known as a special quesadilla in my hometown. It is a doughy, cheesy deep fried piece of Heaven. I don't have a photo, but trust me. It would be a part of my last meal on earth.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/12/2012 9:23AM

    Yes, totally yummy. I'm living through you at this point since doing this November "experiment" that eliminates a lot
of things. Enjoy!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/12/2012 3:58AM

    Wow, I am not a major mexican food person, but I think you could sway me...when I worked there was a "little whole in the wall" place that a Mexican family ran and they had a Burrito that was to die for...full of everything wonderful, I swear it weighed five pounds....a complete meal and then some...fab!!!
and I LOVE Pico De Gallo!!!
Hugs, Girlfriend!

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