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I fought the devil & I won?!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yesterday's dinner was a planned indulgence and mainly a gift for DH: a standing rib roast. For someone who's almost a vegetarian, I make a really, really good rib roast. Of course, it's only in the last few years that I've really begin to lean toward vegetarianism.

The rest of the day didn't quite go as planned, but in a good way.

First off, it was cold. Barely into the teens. But when I took the dogs out, it wasn't windy, it was sunny, and it really didn't feel so bad. I decided to go for a short run. I actually ran 3 days in a row this week, and no, my legs aren't sore, despite one of those runs being a long, slow run.

Then DH agreed to go the movies. The last movie we saw together was "Inception" -- that came out in the summer, if you remember. In fact, when I went to see "The Black Swan" last week that's the first time I'd been to the movies since "Inception". We went to see "The King's Speech", which was very good if a bit slow in parts.

I wasn't planning to have popcorn. I don't usually. But I'd foolishly told DH that I'd earned a free popcorn at the last movie (and hadn't used it). If you join the Regal Club, you get points for every movie you go to, and get free popcorn occasionally. In fact, you used to get free popcorn on Tuesdays but now it "only" costs $2. But I digress.

Anyway, DH remembered the coupon and decided he wanted popcorn. So I added it in before we left and decided to have some, too. In the end, I wasn't that hungry and had very little.

So we went home & had our roast. I'd eaten very healthy the rest of the day -- started out with scrambled tofu with chard & sweet potatoes (yummy!), cauliflower soup & an Ezekiel muffin with the super hummus for lunch (the hummus is good, if a bit heavy on the lemon), and I had brown rice and brussel sprouts with the roast.

Only problem was I was still hungry after dinner. I fed the animals, which takes about half an hour, and was still hungry. I'd gotten plenty of protein -- more than enough, in fact, which is very unusual for me -- and drank all but 1 glass of water. I was just hungry.

And here's where the devil came in. I ran through my list of options in my mind. I was really hungry, and a small piece of chocolate wasn't going to do it. An apple might have, and while I love apples (and had had one with breakfast), frankly I'm getting a bit bored with winter fruit (too bad winter's just getting started).

I actually had a protein bar out of the box and in my hand . . . it was one of those that is much more like a candy bar than something good for you . . . I knew I really didn't need any more protein.

I put it back.

I made myself a small bowl of oatmeal and topped it with 1 tbsp of chocolate chips. I like the Ghiradelli 60% chocolate chips currently because they aren't overly sweet and don't cause me to crave more sweets.

So much for not eating oatmeal for breakfast that day, but it did hit the spot. It put me higher on my WW points than I wanted to be -- I'll have to be creative for the next few days -- but well within my calorie range according to SP.

No huge insights, just life.

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PARKERB2 1/24/2011 2:41PM

    I'm doing Weight Watchers too, How do you like the Power Foods? Your day wasn't so bad, your actually did good so be proud you only had a little bit even if you were hungry. Hang in there and Keep Sparking.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/24/2011 1:09PM

    Great idea, oatmeal with a few choc chips, I'm gonna try that one. DH and I almost went to a movie on Saturday, we decided to go to my daughters high school to see their talent show. I only get to enjoy HS events for another couple of months so I opted to spend the afternoon there, and WOW, some of those kids are REALLY SUPER talented. It's good to see kids using their talents as well as sharing with others, teenagers get a bad rap most of the time, but kudos to the kiddies in the talent show.

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HALFFAST 1/23/2011 5:37PM

    Sounds like a great day to me! Think I may have some oatmeal w/choc chips for dinner, thanks!

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/23/2011 1:31PM

    Sounds like you did a great job at keeping the emoticon at bay. I have sometimes had oatmeal in the afternoon instead of a protein bar, or nuts or whatever. Usually is much more filling! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2011 9:58AM

    I would definitely call it a win!! You did not succumb to the devil protein bar. Those Ghirardelli chips are really good. One of my favorites for baking except if I need a smaller chip.
All your food sounds really good.
I'm doing oatmeal this morning. Not sure if I'll throw in some chocolate chips. Perhaps. Gotta get in some exercise first.

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HDHAWK 1/23/2011 9:15AM

    Since life or stuff seems to happen on a regular basis these things come up all the time. You handled it very well. If you feel hungry you do need to eat something.

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KARBIE18 1/23/2011 9:10AM

    Dinner sounds delish, and way to go on those great choices!! Running three days in a row is impressive - go you!! I am hoping for one of those sunny, not windy, doesn't-feel-too-cold days today. I moved very little yesterday, and need to get my booty outside.

Have a lovely Sunday!

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DAYHIKER 1/23/2011 8:36AM

    Good choices and congratulations on your running successes! The rib roast sounds delicious! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed The King's Speech as it is the one movie I've planned to watch from this year's crop. emoticon


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FRECKS96 1/23/2011 8:36AM

    You did great today! Good job on recognizing your bodies cues and listening to them. Also, congrats on your run today. It actually wasn't too bad at my race either, even though it was COLD!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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Blueberry cheesecake oatmeal & more ramblings

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I think it will require some more experimentation, but I veganized the recipe I mentioned in yesterday's blog and it was super yummy & super filling -- even without chocolate (altho chocolate & blueberry sounds pretty good, too).

Here's my first recipe:

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp tofutti
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tbsp water

Mix it all up. Bake @ 350 for 30 minutes. Drizzle on 1 tbsp of agave nectar or sweetener of choice. Enjoy!

Musing about running this morning, I came up with a new goal: to be able to run 10 miles of run/walk intervals by the end of the year. I am aiming to do a HM sometime in 2012, so that will get me close. I can already do a bit over 7 miles with 4 minutes running/1 minute walking (at a slow pace, naturally).

I just have to sit down & do the month to see what goals I have to hit when throughout the year to get there. Then I "just" have to add 3 more miles to hit the HM total. Every time I do 7 miles I think to myself you want to keep going twice this long? Seriously?

It also makes my goal to do my first 10k in 70 minutes look out of reach, too, cause it took me I think over 80 minutes to get there yesterday. But I'm going slower to go longer, and there's always race day adrenaline. We shall see.

It's part of why I do like running -- I can set weight loss goals til the cows come home, and at this stage of the game, I rarely meet them, no matter how hard I try -- and I do try hard! Racing against myself, in many ways, is easier. More attainable. Obviously I don't always meet my goals, but I do more often and I have more control over the whole process.

I am contemplating an easy run today . . . and decided not to run next week, as scheduled. I worked out really, really hard this week. Yesterday I ran/walked 7.2 miles and then shoveled for another 90 minutes. Unfortunately Tuesday's storm was also an ice storm -- and at least 50% of our driveway is still a sheet of ice. It's a large driveway & it doesn't get much sun.

We did get more snow yesterday, and DH used the snowblower on the driveway. But there was still some to shovel, and I was picking away at the ice. I actually had a dream last night that I woke up and all the ice was melting. I even went to look this morning -- nope, not so much.

It's supposed to be frigid this weekend, and then MORE snow next week. Ugh! Which is part of why I'm going to take an easy week on exercise, cause I've been working out really hard the last couple of weeks.

On to a GSF (grocery store find): Nasoya Super Hummus. Lower calorie, lower fat, 2 tbsp is just 1 WW point. Haven't tried it yet, but it's on the menu for part of lunch today.

Trying to decide when to do my grocery shopping. I hate doing it on the weekend. Monday is barely supposed to have a temperature (a high of 5). Tuesday looks ok, but I'm a little afraid the snow could come earlier. And it looks like my group run next weekend ain't happening either.

Talking with DH yesterday, I mentioned how I'm beginning to feel like we're back in VT -- and he said he was talking to a coworker who'd lived in Burlington and he said the same thing. I'm ready for some winter thawing!

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TEXASGIDGET 1/22/2011 12:19PM

    Good job on testing out your own recipes and coming up with some recipes that are filling and healthy! Sounds quite tasty, but I'm going to guess that the tofutti has soy in it so I won't be trying it. I hope the weather slows down for y'all soon! Super job on the run!

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NATPLUMMER 1/22/2011 8:48AM

    The blueberry cheesecake oatmeal looks very tasty.
I think the running 10 miles by the end of the year is doable. A good goal to shoot for.
You have been doing a lot of exercise the past couple of weeks with all of the shoveling added. A week off from running will probably do you good. There will be lots of snow to shovel next week.
The hummus sounds good. Let me know how it is. I love hummus. I love garbanzo beans in any form, actually.
I'll probably end up grocery shopping tomorrow. I still don't have my list together. I do hate going on the weekend but rarely have time during the week. Also I like DH to come along so he has some input on the menus.
I hope you guys start to thaw out soon.

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Want to sleep? Come shovel with me & other ramblings

Friday, January 21, 2011

Man, I slept really well last night. Granted, I went to bed maybe half an hour later than usual cause I needed to unwind after swimming.

Yesterday I:

Did some walking around food shopping, supplement shopping, & getting a 20 lb kettlebell (also walking around Target carrying said Kettlebell -- they don't go on sale often)
Did an easy run for 28 minutes
Shoveled for an hour -- not much snow, but our driveway is large & I was trying to get up some of the ice under the snow
Swam for 35 minutes

Not to mention I'd done a pretty good ST session & 90 minutes of shoveling the day before.

Yeah, I slept great & late. So come shovel with me & you'll sleep great. More shoveling today. It's our 3rd snowstorm in one week. I feel like I'm living in VT again, where basically it snowed at least some part of every day. Only then I didn't have to shovel since we lived in a condo -- just had to shovel off my car, which was a lot harder than it sounds.

I thought my run yesterday was slow. Really slow. I also thought I'd get to try out my Yaktrax, which I'd conveniently bought right before all the snow hit. When I left for my meeting, the roads were covered in snow (they didn't plow at all for our last storm).

But by the time I actually got out there, the vast majority of the snow had melted so I didn't wear the Yaktrax (but I'm wearing them on my boots for shoveling!). But there were still many slushy parts, so I had to go slowly thru them.

When I plugged in the numbers to my Running Log Lite app (which I love -- more on that in a minute), I was pleased to see that my pace was actually roughly 12 minute miles. While that is slow, it's not really all that bad for me. And I wasn't aiming to go fast since I'm planning a LSR inside today (that's long, slow run for you non-runners -- see? I'm beginning to think of myself as a runner).

Yeah, I actually am beginning to think of myself as a runner. I mean, I've run in single digits, I've run thru snow & slush (oddly enough not thru rain -- yet), I've run before the sun is up. Usually I like to take one week off of running every month. I actually think it allows me to come back fresher. Next week would be that week, but I'm not sure I'll be taking it off. Haven't decided yet.

Could my running log be inspiring me to run? I want to see those miles add up! I want to see myself get faster!

And speaking of running, there's also those protein bars. I'm real proud of myself: I stopped off at Vitamin Shoppe & didn't leave with a single protein bar. The vast majority of them are glorified candy bars -- even the good ones. The really good ones, like Pure Bars & Larabars -- are better. But they don't fill me up for long.

So in some back & forth with my buddy NATPLUMMER I came up with the bright of having some extra oatmeal instead of a protein bar. Genius, huh? I'm giving it a try today. And a shout-out to my buddy CAROLYN123 for sharing the cookbook "75 Ways to Love Your Oatmeal" and one recipe for blueberry cheesecake oatmeal. I'm adapting that a bit, but I'm going to give it a whirl as a pre-run snack.

You can find many of her recipes at this link:


Since I am still stuck on a plateau and most definitely won't meet my goal of being at my WW GW by my birthday -- altho I am still aiming at a new low hopefully -- I have decided to track my food on both WW & SP for a while.

SP does give you a much better idea of what nutrients you're lacking in. I want to see if I'm going overboard on something or not getting enough of something. Yeah, it's a pain to track in 2 places but since I can use both on my Ipod it's not as much of a pain as it used to be. We'll see what I come up with.

I have more rambling I could do, but y'all deserve spark goodies for getting this far -- I probably won't get around to actually doing it, I'm bad that way, so consider yourself gifted with spark goodies. How about massages all around?

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/21/2011 9:24PM

    Wow! you earned that sleep!! (And yes, I'll take that massage, thank you very much!)
Good going -- and as for thinking of yourself as a runner?! YOU ROCK!!!

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FRECKS96 1/21/2011 8:29PM

    Go Runner! You did awesome yesterday! I know how much shoveling can take out of you and I can totally understand your deep rest. Hope you get more good sleep tonight and have a great Saturday!

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XFITSTRONG 1/21/2011 8:12PM

    Way to go, RUNNER!!!! I am going to have to check out the oatmeal recipes... I know it is good for you, but the consistancy is just nauseating to me!

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MZSLYDE01 1/21/2011 3:50PM

    Love reading your blogs. They are so awesome.
First off great job not giving into the dreaded Protein Bars. I am really interested in checking some of those recipes out - am going to that link next.
I am jealous - You got a Kettlebell. I would love to get one someday. Maybe that is a future buy - First I want to get Zumba for my Wii..... I am curious about it and they don't have any classes for it in my area whatsoever.
I gotta go but wanted to ask you - What does DH stand for - I know it is the hubs but what does it stand for???? I know I am having a dumb moment but had to ask???
Have a great weekend

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HALFFAST 1/21/2011 10:18AM

    I should have came and helped you shovel because I think I slept a total of 3 hours last night (this morning), stupid sinus infection :(
I really want a pair of those Yaktrax! They were on sale at Cabelas the last time we were there but for whatever reason I did not get them. I'm so accident-prone and uncoordinated that I would probably kill myself trying to run on the snow and ice anyways!
I'm curious about that Running Log Lite- is that for iPods/iPhones only? I'll have to look it up on my android but I don't remember seeing anything like that, and I've experimented with just about all of the running apps! While I think Endomondo is still my favorite, I have been playing with Runkeeper lately, especially since it's free through the end of January (normally $9.99!).

And by the way, you should definitely think of yourself as a runner, 'cause you ARE one!

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NATPLUMMER 1/21/2011 10:03AM

    Wow!!! You had quite the day yesterday. Even tested out the Yaktrax for shoveling anyway. A 12-minute mile is nothing to sneeze at. You did have to slow for the slushy parts.
Awesome job passing up the protein bars!!!
I hope the oatmeal works. I would have figured you'd go for the peanut butter baked oatmeal with carbo chips (but sub chocolate chips because carob is just icky...at least in my opinion).
A new low is a good goal. Sometimes it's hard to get off the plateaus. I actually joined WW last week to see if it would help me at all, so I've been tracking my food in both places as well. It is kind of a pain in the a$$ but the WW has gotten me eating more fruits.

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EDWINA172 1/21/2011 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing the link. I also want to try those yaktraks for running outside. I love to run outside but its been very snowy lately here too. Have a great weekend.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/21/2011 8:50AM

    You can track on your iPod? Or is it iPad?

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Revisiting the 80/20 rule

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm a big fan of the 80/20 rule: eat healthy 80% of the time, and you can indulge 20% of the time. I'm still a pick fan, but I think I look at this rule in a new way lately.

I used to feel it meant every day. If I ate healthy 80% of the day, the other 20% could be a treat. And that's certainly a valid way to look at it. Only I've found that the longer my journey, the more my perspective changes.

I used to really struggle with how often I could have dessert. Once a week? Twice? Three times? Every night?

But since I focused on not always having dessert, I find that most of the time I'm ok with that. As long as I've filled up on healthy foods throughout the day. So now that 20% is more likely to be used on a healthy treat during the day -- usually one I've "earned" thru exercise.

If I'm going to run, for instance (more than an easy run), I might have a protein bar beforehand and some hot cocoa (hot cocoa + something more if I've run longer than maybe 4 or 5 miles) afterwards.

The protein bar is actually my treat; they're my guilty pleasure. I know I should make them myself, but a girl's gotta have something fun to pamper herself with. Sometimes I do make them, but I have to admit (as I have before) to a weakness for protein bars. The "good" ones in that they taste good -- lately that's the Powerbar Whole Grains bar.

Dessert? Most of the time I just don't have any anymore and I'm not really missing it. Well, I'm sure if I were eye to eye with a chocolate peanut butter something I'd miss it, but I try to make sure that doesn't happen. Once a week or so I might have some dessert.

I keep forgetting to mention the sandwich I came up with the other day. Essentially it was a grilled guacamole sandwich with tofu. I'd read about using mashed avocado instead of cheese for a grilled cheese sandwich. Basically you make guac and add some nutritional yeast to give it that cheesy flavor. Since I had my pan fried tofu pieces, I just smeared one side of the bread with the guac mixture, topped with the tofu, and smeared the top of the tofu with the rest of the guac, then grilled up that puppy.

It ain't no grilled cheese, but it was really, really satisfying.

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GIMPYKNEE 1/20/2011 11:38AM

    I must be too much in self-denial - still learning the healthy eating part.

I'm telling myself that my ideal dessert is another glass of really, really cold water. I see my sons eating a bowl of ice cream with chocolate sauce, and sit quietly at the end of the table sipping water. When I'm really adventurous, I add whey protein powder to it!!!! (Look out - wild man coming through).

Tonight though, I'll be making a big bowl of my gazpacho - there's a party tomorrow night!

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MASSPEACH 1/20/2011 10:10AM

    Oh my gosh, your sandwich sounds absolutely amazing! I am going to try it soon!

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2011 10:03AM

    I've never had a protein bar. Perhaps I should try one sometime too see what all the hoopla is about. I am certainly trying to have dessert less often. I don' t miss it usually, either.
I wish I liked avocado. Maybe I would like that sandwich you made. I certainly love the tofu part.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/20/2011 9:41AM

    Yes, revisiting is something I've been up to these days. Doing a direction correction on several fronts. Thanks for this reminder.

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LEONALIONESS 1/20/2011 9:40AM

    I have dessert every day. Healthy and low calorie, but every day. I make it myself and I always do no added oil, no sugar (stevia) and ww flour. So, I don't feel bad about it!

My current favorite is a single serving protein brownie: ww pastry flour, defatted peanut flour, rice protein, cocoa (antioxidants, right?), pumpkin, stevia, leaveners, spices and extracts. No bad stuff. 105 calories, fiber, 10 grams protein. I top it with reconstituted PB2 as "icing" for an extra couple grams of protein. It's so satisfying and, honestly, barely counts as dessert in the traditional sense! ;)

My other new favorite is agar pudding. It's just my unsweetened vanilla almond milk thickened with agar powder and then chilled and blended with caramel extracts and stevia. 50 calories. So it's essentially like drinking 10 oz. of almond milk (calcium! D!) only I get to eat it and it actually is filling and satisfying in a way drinking my calories isn't.

I very rarely eat desserts that are traditional recipes with fat/sugar and not homemade.

I've sort of been into tofu pudding parfaits at work lately - with fresh fruit, fruit sweetened and mixed with a date/nut/coconut crumble. Very healthy and tasty.

And the new coconut chocolate Luna bars are pretty amazing! I've been sneaking one into my calorie range every few days 'cause they remind me of my old favorite GS cookies (the Samoas!)

I think it's funny that what I consider "treats" your average person would call making a healthy choice! LOL.

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FRECKS96 1/20/2011 9:30AM

    Your sandwich sounds interesting. I love me some avocado, but I'm not sure about nutritional yeast.

As for the 80/20 rule, I guess that we each needs to find what works for us. As with so many things, each person is different and your interpretation and mine will be completely different but both will work-for us.

I tend to be more of an "all things in moderation" thinker. When I do have "splurge" days/times/meals I tend to go WAY overboard. So even though it's probably less than 20% of my day or week, it ends of being a much bigger problem.

It's also always going to be a work in progress I imagine.

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MZSLYDE01 1/20/2011 9:18AM

    Wow - That sounds interesting. I didn't know that nutritional yeast taste's a little cheesy. HMM I have a lot to learn it seems. LOL. Anyway it sounds like a great sandwhich though. Like you however I don't think it would be like a grilled cheese. LOVE GUAC - I could eat tons of it.
I was shopping yesterday and was scanning the protein bars - darnit I knew I should have picked up a couple. Now I want a protein bar - THANKS ALOT JUDY...!!!! emoticon
Have a great day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/20/2011 8:26AM

    You are quite an inventive cook, trying all the tofu and guac stuff. I'm not quite that adventurous. You get an "A" for creativity. Enjoy your day. emoticon

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Who are your heroes?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

And what do they say about you?

I wasn't feeling well yesterday, we had snow & ice, so it was a good day for a movie. In fact, I didn't even help DH with the shoveling. While he didn't complain to my face, he sure complained about the fact that he had to snow blow/shovel 3 times (the last time cause the snow plow left a wall of ice at the end of our driveway. I told him think about me during your upcoming trips (one to Asia, the other to CA).

So I watched "Amelia", the movie about Amelia Earhart. I remember being fascinated by her when I was a kid. I used to read about her, about Helen Keller, about Nellie Bly. All strong women who did incredible things.

I can't say as I've really emulated these women in my own life, but even so, they are a good example of how to attack my own struggles. Be true to yourself. Be educated. Don't listen to the naysayers.

I wasn't a total slug yesterday-- I did laundry, I made my soup, I made dinner, and I did 60 minutes of yoga broken into 3 20-minute sessions. But that was about it. I took off my pedometer and didn't worry about the lack of steps (I'd be surprised if it were more than a few thousand) and I'm not wearing it today, either, altho I think I feel a bit better today and am trying to decide what sort of exercise I should attempt today. Probably ST cause the roads are definitely too icy to run on!

For those that are struggling financially, you might want to skip the next part, cause I sort of won the lottery yesterday.

I worked as an independent contractor with a company for a a long time, in addition to having my own business -- they had eventually become the primary source of my income. Anyway, a class action suit was brought against them. I sent in my info to get my share -- almost didn't -- and it arrived yesterday.

I am in such total shock. I didn't really expect anything, at most several hundred dollars (which would have been nice enough). Instead it was several thousand dollars! What a nice early birthday present. Now I can buy my Ipad -- DH is a bit put out about that, I think he thinks I'll no longer use the Kindle. They all have their places!

I was almost all set to buy that puppy immediately, but I've decided I'll sit with the decision a bit and probably get it closer to my actual birthday.

The weirdest part? I'd read again in several places recently about how you should always have your goals visible -- and I downloaded an app to put sticky notes on my Ipod. And one of those notes reads:

"Earn my own money so I can spend it as I please".

I literally did this the day before the check arrived. Spooky, huh?

I'm in a bit of shock and can't really believe the check is real. Don't worry, most of it will just go into savings.

And I have to admit that I felt physically better afterwards. Which makes me wonder just how much of illness is mental. I know there's a mental component, and my throat did continue to bother me a bit later (thankfully today I feel better -- plan to take it easy this morning and then tackle ST this afternoon -- and probably a bit more shoveling will be necessary, too).

So who are your heroes? What have they taught you?

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HALFFAST 1/20/2011 9:46AM

    How fantastic about the money! That's wonderful news :) I LOL'd at the mention of the puppy 'cause that's no doubt one of the first things I would think of too! Actually, if I had enough money I would open some type of Rescue/Sanctuary.

Can't wait to hear about the iPad (and whatever other nifty gadgets you may get).

As far as heroes go, a lot of you here are my heroes, and over the past few months now, I have become my own hero as well!

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FRECKS96 1/20/2011 9:36AM

    I've been thinking about this since yesterday...

I do agree with posting your goals-so glad that yours was met so quickly.

As for my heros, that is a little tougher. Here are a couple that came to mind quickly...
Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts
My Mom and Grandma, for raising strong, smart, independent women
Ella Fitzgerald, oh, to be able to sing like that!
My HS music teacher

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2011 6:47PM

    Good for you! My last job situation was almost identical. But they are still operating and are scoudrels. With the false facade of the halo that surrounds the image of non-profits.

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JRIMM4 1/19/2011 10:58AM

    "Be true to yourself. Be educated. Don't listen to the naysayers. "
That about sums it up, doesn't it!?

Thats really awesome about the settlement $$. Funny how there are so many things we 'almost decide not to do' but then yield tremendous results when we choose to.


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EOSTAR_45 1/19/2011 10:00AM

    Funny, I was just thinking yesterday about heroines. It is a cliche, but my mom is really becoming one of my biggest heroes. She has overcome so much in her life and as a paraplegic after a massive stroke 10 years ago continues to overcome and conquer challenges each day. She inspires me, I didn't always see this but I am beginning to.

emoticon on your unexpected windfall of cash. Pretty amazing. You deserve it for taking the initiative to send your class action info, you could have ignored it, but you didn't.


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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2011 9:35AM

    I can't think of any heroes right now.
I'm glad you had a nice "take it easy" day. We do need those.
Congratulations on your little windfall. I think if I got an iPad, I'd still use my Kindle. It's more suited for reading.
Have fun with your ST and shoveling.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/19/2011 9:33AM

    Awesome news about the money!
Heroes? Just every day people. My father, my daughter, friends who exhibit traits I don't have. Glad you raised the issue, it's something I need to think about.

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KARBIE18 1/19/2011 8:04AM

    I also used to read about Helen Keller when I was young, and carry that appreciation with me to this day. My new hero is Cami Walker, a woman with MS who struggles each day to move, but is doing wonderful things. She wrote a book called 29 gifts (I highly recommend this book!), and started a giving revolution.

Congratulations on your windfall!! Yes, I am one of those struggling financially, but have no problem understanding how exciting it must be to "win" like that, or to have money of your own that you feel you earned yourself. Hooray!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/19/2011 8:01AM

    We have a lot in common, I used to be fascinated with Amelia, etc. when I was a kid, I did all my book reports on Amelia. I just recently watched the movie, I think Hillary Swank did an excellent job portraying her - I loved the movie.

Glad you took it easy yesterday and emoticonon your new found fortune, lol.

I'm definitely gonna have to think long and hard about the heros question. So many people have taught me so many things, would be hard to narrow it down, but definitely food for thought.

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