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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 21

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 21

Today I'm thankful for salad. I know it's crazy, but I could seriously eat salad every day. As long as it wasn't the same salad every day. And that's the best part about salad! There are so many things that can go into a salad and make it awesome so that you could have a different yummy salad every day UNTIL YOU DIE. Plus, what easier way to get in a ton of veggies and/or fruits into your diet. If you ate 2 cups of salad with your dinner every night, BOOM! That's like 2-3 servings of your daily freggies right there. It's a no-brainer. Keeping it to mostly freggies, vinaigrette dressings, a few seeds or nuts for some good fats, lean protein on top, and you've got a healthy meal. Salad, it should always be what's for part of dinner.

Chicken Chef Salad from a few weeks ago: grilled chicken breast, yellow cherry tomatoes, shredded beets, cucumber, purple cabbage, black olives, hard-boiled egg, and REAL bacon crumbles (none of that jarred crap- I cooked my own bacon THEN CRUMBLED IT), and some bleu cheese crumbles, topped with a bleu cheese red wine vinaigrette. YUM!!!

And for this Christmas, you might wanna consider this massive hit:

Can be found at my other blog (that I keep meaning to update)

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/22/2013 5:31PM

    Your salads look so professional! I'm thankful for salads, too! I can't eat any right now because my stomach can't handle raw veggies so I"ll live vicariously through you! :)

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DSHONEYC 11/22/2013 5:06PM

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You have reinvented salads...and I agree. A salad a day gives you all the veggies and fruits you need! I practically eat one a day.... You are one smart "cookie"! And I want you to have a great weekend. These are your "salad days".

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/22/2013 11:33AM

    YUM ! Now that's a good looking salad. although, I'd pass on the shredded beets. LOL !!

If it weren't so dang cold out, I'd eat a salad 365 days a year too ! In the winter, I tend to eat more warm veggies like sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, etc.

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JTAMSYN 11/22/2013 10:11AM

    Your salads look delicious. Now you've got me craving salad! emoticon

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SMILINGTREE 11/22/2013 10:02AM

    Salads are amazing. It's so awesome how you can go from a Greek Salad, to a Taco salad with just a few adjustments. Feta cheese and artichokes, or black beans and salsa? A world of flavors easy accessible!

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/21/2013 10:35PM

    Those salads look and sound so good! emoticon

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 20

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 20

Today I am thankful for free treadmills. That's right! I finally got it and jammed it in my house. I set it up today and took her for a test run. I was quite pleased. It's a little more narrow than I'm used to (after all, it's for home use, not a gym). But, as long as I can raise and lower the incline, speed it up and slow it down, and keep track of the time, then I'm good to go. And this treadmill does all that, so woo! I did my training on it today since it was warm outside. Having it keep a steady pace involves a lot of benefits for me: I know how fast I'm going, I don't tire out too quickly, I can avoid shin splints, and it's easier on my asthma (which is uncontrolled at the present :-S). I also don't have to jump over puddles, avoid uneven ground, and dodge piles of garbage or broken glass on my canal route.

Unfortunately, that also means I average a slower pace. While I've been doing around a 16 minute mile outdoors, I averaged a 19 minute mile on the treadmill. So, now I know I can go a little faster than I thought and be okay. And I'll work on controlling my asthma with my meds... that the doc forgot to call in to the pharmacy... and then the doc's office was closed today mysteriously... so I'll try to get all that sorted tomorrow.

Lou was curious about the new treadmill while it was off and unplugged. As soon as I turned that thing on he was all "WTF!!!!" And I didn't see him again until I turned it back off and unplugged it after my training.

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/21/2013 12:31PM

    Congrats on the free treadmill! I have a love/hate relationship with mine, but I am so grateful to have it. Although where I live we exercise indoors because of the extreme cold. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/20/2013 11:01PM

    That's great, Jill! Free things are always the best! :) Have fun on your treadmill!

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 19

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 19

Today I am truly thankful for the final four-legged furball in the house, Kyle. He's not technically our cat. We're "cat-sitting" him, but it was only supposed to be for a month... we're approaching the 6 or 7 month mark by now. Anyhow, this kitty has been pretty crucial to what little of my well-being is present right now. Kyle is still an adolescent in the cat world and is playful, full of energy, curious, and gets into all sorts of trouble. But, he's also very snuggly and cuddly and his purr is so loud! He likes to talk to me, give me head bumps, and follows me everywhere I go around the house. His fur has been wet with my tears and he's been squeezed by plenty of hugs. And he still sticks around to make sure I'm okay after all that. I dunno how I'd have gotten through the most recent events in my life without him.

Also, I'm planning to 'catnap' him 'cuz I can't ever give him back to his owners now.

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/29/2013 2:09PM

    Ermagherds! Yeah, definitely would be thankful for that kind of cuteness, lol. :-D

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SMILINGTREE 11/22/2013 9:50AM

    Oh my word. Kyle has CHARACTER.

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/20/2013 12:07PM

    Kyle is so cute!! Looks a lot like my daughter's cat. So much fun to have around! Enough personality to make up for all the evil people in the world. emoticon

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 18

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 18

Today I am thankful for special quesadillas, although I really shouldn't be. Anywhere else other than here in the Imperial Valley a special quesadilla is one that has meat inside it. Tortilla, cheese, meat. "Special". Here, we do special in a different way... we deep fry it. So, we made a raw dough, jam it with cheese, fold it up more or less empanada style, and fry the sh*t outta that mother. The result is decadence. I grew up eating these things and every time I have one, I'm transported back to childhood (also a time when I wasn't allergic to beans- sadfacetear) and when I was happy and carefree. Now, eating one of those fatty things will either upset my IBS or go straight to my thighs or whatever. WORTH IT!!! So, so worth it. Imperial Valley special quesadilla is definitely an element of my "last meal"... you know, should I ever get the chair (firing squad is my preference, though.)

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/29/2013 2:08PM

    lol, I've actually been reading about the kinds of fats that we use to fry out tasty foods, and although high in fat, it's high in the good fats. So not TOO sinful, lol. Looks super tasty!

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SMILINGTREE 11/22/2013 9:59AM

    For me, it's a grilled cheese sandwich -- the worst white bread, slathered with butter, and the brightest yellow/orange American cheese. Plus potato chips. My face feels greasy just thinking about it.

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/19/2013 1:29PM

    YUM !! It's okay to be grateful for a special quesadilla once in a while.

moderation, not deprivation.


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ARUNNINGKAT 11/19/2013 11:43AM

    Oh those do look good! I was a quesadilla kid too, although ours weren't as fancy as yours. emoticon My parents used to take my brother and me to a little Mexican restaurant downtown (back when there were only two kids) and I always ordered a quesadilla. They were so yummy!

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144AUTUMN 11/19/2013 1:17AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 11/19/2013 1:11AM

    Those quesadillas looks awesome!

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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 16 & 17

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 16

Today I am thankful for power toothbrushes. I have a basic rechargeable Oral B. And I love it. My teeth feel so clean. I'm sure I haven't mentioned this before, probably because it's like... weird... but, I kinda have an obsession with my teeth. I carry around a travel toothbrush and travel toothpaste in my purse. I can't stand teeth that aren't clean and squeaky and they have to be smile ready all the time. Even though I don't smile much these days (mostly because it still feels fake) but that doesn't mean I'm never going to smile again- I hope- so they gotta be ready at all times.

Day 17

Today I am grudgingly thankful for the local community college I attend. I say that because I'm thankful for it's mental health services that are free for me and because I can continue to work on what I need to to get into a Master's Program. On the other hand, they don't offer several of the classes I need and it's the only college here, so I'm going to have to figure out what to do about that... Makes things pretty inconvenient. Oh, well. I'll keep plugging along until I find a solution. With what I've got available. Thanks, IVC.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/18/2013 12:18PM

    OMG, your teeth pic is hilarious. Love that you are finding things both big and small to be thankful for!

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/18/2013 12:18PM

    My daughter has an obsession with white and straight teeth. She has started to rub off on me and I have started to notice teeth all the time. emoticon Bravo to the purse toothbrush!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/18/2013 10:09AM

    Power toothbrushes are the best! :-D

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