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Indulged at the grocery store

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Well, sort of. I love to try new stuff -- it's that whole kid in a candy store mentality, almost literally. So here's what I found today:

1. Long stemmed strawberries. So now I have to make chocolate dipped strawberries. I'd actually been thinking of these. At least I shoveled this morning for almost an hour -- and we only got about 9 inches & DH used the snow blower yesterday!

2. Heavenly Indulgence chocolate vitamins. Not as smooth as my Adora, but vitamins in chocolate? Not sure I'd buy these again; they are pricey but then again so are regular vitamins.

3. Unique sprouted grain splits -- they're pretzels. And I need them like a whole in the head. I was thinking they might make a good pre workout snack, and yes, they have less than 5 ingredients. Oops, looked again -- they do have 6 ingredients. But all real food.

I also discovered that I could bake my protein cookie (home made), stick it in a wide mouthed thermos, and it would still be warm when I got to my meeting.

Did not sleep well last night. TOM finally decided to make its appearance and I had thankfully short lived but extremely painful cramps in the wee hours.

Not quite sure what got into me at the grocery store; I just went for some apples & brussel sprouts.

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EOSTAR_45 2/3/2011 5:16PM

    :-) Hope you got your apples and brussel sprouts:-) There's been a few times when I have gone to the store for specific items and returned with a bunch of stuff minus what took me to the store. And then I feel like kicking myself.

Looks like you chanced upon some good finds though and you are also being mindful about buying real food and looking at those ingredient lists!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/3/2011 4:38PM

    Your protein cookie sounds good - do you have the recipe on Sparkpeople?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/3/2011 3:30PM

    Splurging at the grocery stores, yeah. I love strawberries but haven't heard anything about the rest of the items, but yeah for trying new things. I just last week bought some almond butter with flax seed, I'd been seeing it in people's blog and boy am I glad I tried it - ooohh sooo yummy.

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NATPLUMMER 2/3/2011 2:08PM

    Some fun stuff. The strawberries do sound good.
I will pass on the vitamins. If they aren't as good as the Adora, then they're not worth it. Vitamins are pricey.
The pretzels sound really good. I'm very fond of pretzels as a snack.
Ugh. TOMmonster strikes. It seems to be going around this week. Luckily the cramps were short lived.

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HALFFAST 2/3/2011 12:46PM

    I've never heard of any of those things. Chocolate dipped strawberries made my tummy start growling though! Yummy :) Sorry about TOM, bleh!

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It's February. Got goals?

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Every year I get a calendar with enough space to write in each day. Ok, this year I got a couple of SP calendars, too. But I really like the non-SP calendar I got: The Sacred Journey. There's lots of space for daily entries, places to put affirmations, gratitudes, goals, and much more. I even do some sketching in it.

This past weekend I sat down and spent some time reviewing January and setting some goals for this month. Some I sort of stole, a few are personal, but here are some of them:

1. Eat healthy -- i.e., real food with fewer than 5 ingredients - that grandma would recognize. IOW, bye bye protein bars; I'm experimenting with making my own.

2. End the month lower than I started it.

3. Go for a run on my birthday.

4. Get a massage on my birthday. Gotta make that appointment.

5. Do at least one 7 mile run.

That's my roadmap for the month. What's yours?

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DDHEART 2/5/2011 9:23AM

    A 7 miler? this month.....hmmmm...that's a long one for someone who hasn't thought of herself as a runner...LOL

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MZSLYDE01 2/3/2011 8:32AM

    Great goals. Very attainable. SIMPLE yet awesome.
You can do it.

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TEMPEST272002 2/2/2011 7:29PM

    I like the idea of the 5 ingredient foods. Keeping it simple.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 2/2/2011 5:11PM

    I would never have thought about using my calendar like that so thank you for the great tips. I really love the five ingredient pledge. How true!

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FREELADY 2/2/2011 3:35PM

    What great focus. Inspiring!

This month I will log every bite and report frequently to a friend whether I fulfill that intention. (I need the reality check & education.)

This month I will report to the SUPERBOWL OF BECK challenge on the Beck Diet Solution goals forum. It has 3 internal behaviors and 3 external behaviors I'll aspire to.

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NATPLUMMER 2/2/2011 10:03AM

    If I'm lucky, I'll be running on my birthday as well.
Great goals for the month. Let me know how the home made protein bars turn out.

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DRJJ2004 2/2/2011 9:59AM

    To eat healthier, excercise more and drink my water. I even started my own challenge so that I would stay accountable..I have to right? I'm in charge of it! :O) Those are my goals!


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FRECKS96 2/2/2011 9:52AM

    Those are great goals Judy. Simple, well thought out and meaningful. Good luck this month and enjoy everything you accomplish!

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JADESGA1 2/2/2011 8:14AM

  Each month I start out with the same goals, eat healthy, less junk and try to exercise more. I keep in mind what I did and didn't do the month before and try to rectify it in the coming month

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/2/2011 8:13AM

    Great goals and I am sure you will get it all done. My goal for Feb. is to run the 9 mile race on Feb 12th and then go to my hot yoga class, continue new eating plan : trying to keep things simple.
Best of luck to us both for checking off those February goals.
emoticonWe CAN DO IT.

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While the cat's away . . .

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

. . . This mouse won't play!

My husband is supposed to go on a business trip soon -- although we'll see what happens with this weather. Was supposed to start out as light snow, but it's already really coming down out there.

I thought a lot about how I'd eat while he was gone.

Do the ultrasimple diet again?

Some sort of healthy cleanse?

Order some raw food meals again?

In the end, I decided to just keep eating like I've been eating. Because that's what a healthy lifestyle is really all about -- as one of my spark buddies blogged about not too long ago -- a sustainable diet. I.E., one you can sustain for the rest of your life.

Which doesn't mean I might not do a more restrictive diet -- very short term -- some day in the future. Maybe. Or maybe not. I'm still rather on the fence about "cleanses". There are many out there I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. But there are some recommended by reputable people I trust, too.

What about you? Ever tried a cleanse? Good results? Bad? Would you do it again?

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HALFFAST 2/1/2011 12:53PM

    Whether my hubby is home or not we eat separately. His idea of a meal is a large pizza AND a sub. I seriously don't know how he doesn't weigh about 500 pounds! He claims my food is too healthy and too spicy, LOL! The only time we eat together is if we go out to eat, or if we order in Chinese food ;)

I've never tried any of those "cleanse" diets other than the Cabbage Soup diet many years ago. I didn't even make it through the week because the soup was just BLECH!

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2011 10:47AM

    I haven't tried a cleanse, so I can't help you.
It is nice to have whatever you want to eat, though.

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MZSLYDE01 2/1/2011 10:40AM

    Oh man I'd be cooking up a healthy storm trying all kinds of new recipes I know my DH wouldn't touch. I love to cook though - It's a passion of mine. But just make sure you enjoy your meals.
I have never done a cleanse although I have thought about it - If I knew it would give me some kind of benefit I would try - Of Course I would need advise on which one to do for my personal self. If you have any info I would love to know.
Have a great day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/1/2011 8:10AM

    You can eat whatever you want went DH is gone, I've got two words for that...

emoticon emoticonLUCKY YOU emoticon emoticon

You don't have to cook if you dont want to, you can eat oatmeal for dinner, or some microwave popcorn. You get to do whatever pleases you. If my hubby were to go away for a couple of days, I'd be worried about "IF" I would eat. He places way to much emphasis on meals. I would just prefer to eat healthy snacks all day instead of trying to have a meal.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/1/2011 8:04AM

    Interesting blog, Judy. I took a look at January's summary (I didn't lose weight) and I noticed that I wasn't eating enough. Be careful with restrictive - make sure you get enough calories! This is all so counterintuitive, isn't it? emoticon emoticon

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I can keep up!

Monday, January 31, 2011

I finally did get to do a group run, despite waking up to snow when it wasn't supposed to snow. Of course, at least some of the trails were supposed to be cleared, too and they weren't.

I had brought my Yaktrax with me, but didn't put them on, which I really regretted. We ended the run running on the road that goes thru the park, since there was very little traffic, so I guess in the end I was better off without them.

The pace wasn't fast, which is part of why I signed up for it -- although the first run I signed up for (which got canceled) was a faster pace.

At times I was running by myself (odd number of people, narrow trails), at others I was running with -- and chatting with -- people.

I learned a few things, like the running cruise is an annual event (hear that Kashmir? Wanna come next year?) and that I picked the right group to join; the other one in my area is more of an old boys' network. And that the Marine Corps Marathon is a difficult course.

Afterwards we we out for brunch at a diner. Definitely a good time, so if you have a running group near you, I encourage you to join.

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KASHMIR 2/2/2011 3:58PM

    I really want to do the Caribbean running cruise! I get enough Alaska summertime running weather here at home!

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/31/2011 9:03PM

    It is good to have other people with whom you can share your interests, while doing something you enjoy. My running group does keep me motivated! Happy running! Happy Feet! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/31/2011 10:15AM

    I am really glad that you had a good time!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HALFFAST 1/31/2011 8:34AM

    Yay! So happy you enjoyed it!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/31/2011 8:34AM

    So glad you got to do a group run, and made a few new friends as a bonus. Good for you, so proud of all your running. emoticon

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FRECKS96 1/31/2011 7:20AM

    Yay!! So awesome that you had such a good run and enjoyed yourself. I'm quite intrigued by this runner's cruise you mentioned, and what else you learned about the MCM since I plan on running it this fall.

Have a great day!

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DAYHIKER 1/31/2011 6:47AM

    It sounds like you had a very good time and that it will be a regular event for you now! I saw that you had crossed a zillion exercise minutes yesterday and knew you had made the run so I was waiting for your feedback post! I loved running with a group way back when before we moved out here where "everything" is an hour's drive whether to Indianapolis to our east or Terre Haute to our west. emoticon


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SHEILA1505 1/31/2011 6:22AM

    Sounds like fun and makes the distance seem to go quicker
Glad you enjoyed yourself

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BETS44057 1/31/2011 5:50AM

    Sounds like you feel good about the experience.. what a joy

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Disgusting pantry find & more ramblings

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I could've titled this something else, but I know how y'all love to laugh at my peccadilloes.

So I was rooted thru the pantry for something last night, and going thru a few things. I came by this package, which was in with my seaweed packages (yes, I do eat seaweed & I like it -- not as often as I really ought to, but it's very nutritious and I actually like it).

So keep in mind it's hidden among all these packages filled with dark green things. And it's sort of dark green too. Only it wasn't seaweed -- it was tortillas! Ugh! I have no idea how long that's been there, definitely months, I had no clue it was there. Thankfully it hadn't leaked all over anything so I just thru it out.

Did i give you your first belly laugh or have I totally disgusted you?

Went to my first RL Zumba class last night. It was fun -- and almost nothing like the DVDs. I didn't find it to be a particularly hard workout, but then I wasn't really expecting it to be -- and I certainly did break a sweat. Only problem was I could rarely see the instructor -- that DID make it difficult -- next time I'll need to stand closer to her.

I wore walking shoes, and they were just fine. Some people worked out barefoot, which is actually how I prefer to work out, but not in a public place. I had a plantar's wart once, and it's an experience I don't care to repeat.

I'm not sure I'll continue at this place once my groupon is used up, but I might check out the Zumba classes at the high school were I swim now. There were people in all shapes, sizes, and ages -- quite a bit older, quite a bit younger, thinner, heavier.

I think Zumba classes must be much like WW meetings -- it's all going to depend on the instructor.

Now I'm looking forward to my first group run tomorrow. It's supposed to snow today, but really isn't supposed to accumulate much, so hopefully it will happen.

I had another thought about other what I did differently this past week: I wore my tighter jeans more often. So easy to give yourself permission to eat more when you're jeans are really comfortable.

And finally, another free book I downloaded to my Kindle: "Lose Weight Without Dieting -- the Animal Kingdom Way". It looks like an interesting book. I've just read a little bit of it so far. The author has a Website at www.animal-kingdom-workouts.com/

Any cool free healthy lifestyle finds you've found recently?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/31/2011 8:38AM

    A great Zumba class definitely depends on the instructor, glad you worked up a sweat and had fun. Love the story about the green thing in the pantry, aka as a science experiment. I have to admit I found a science experiment in my pantry not to long ago - ick !!!! Thanks for the belly laugh first thing in the a.m. Gonna be a great week, I can just feel it.

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HALFFAST 1/31/2011 8:33AM

    Hmm. My tortillas are always green! But that's because I buy the guacamole ones ;) Glad you had fun at Zumba. I didn't much care for it but I think that's because I'm so uncoordinated! Can't wait to hear about the group run! I still can't decide whether to join the local running club or not.

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DDHEART 1/29/2011 7:13PM

    I'm not sure what's worse....finding the green tortillas or......we stash food in every nook and cranny at the start of our train trips....lots of shopping and little storage space...anyway, we lost some pies....now the bad thing is that we found them at the start of another trip...when we were stashing stuff for that trip....they looked perfectly fine on first glance....cut into it to see what the inside looked like since the outside looked normal and even that looked normal!!! WTF?!! Makes you want to eat store bought stuff doesn't it? I'm sure that the fruit pie's were not ok to eat.....yuck....but how much chemical stuff does it take to make a cherry pie look ok after being stored in a hot railcar for over a month?

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2011 4:39PM

    Pretty funny. I have found my share of moldy bread type items.
I'm glad you had fun at Zumba. I suspect you are right about how good the class is being dependent on the instructor.
Good luck with your group run. I hope you click with the people in the group.

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/29/2011 11:35AM

    I have found some very interesting food items in my pantry, but they are usually found in my fridge. Dinners will be made and leftovers stored in a see through container with the intention of having them again, on another night. Sometimes my children will find them and they are gone, or they are moved around within the fridge, to an undisclosed, unseen part until I am either cleaning it out or filling it with groceries. It is at that point that I locate the fermented applesauce with a new cure for whatever growing inside, or something which is now no longer identifiable. Thanks for the visual and the chuckle. emoticon

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KASHMIR 1/29/2011 9:43AM

    Oh man....I've found those tortillas in my house too...sometimes even in the fridge!!! how Tortillas (expecially the healthier kind) manage to always migrate somewhere hidden for months on end is beyond me.
thanks for the morning chuckle emoticon

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MARIE625 1/29/2011 7:03AM

    Love the pantry story. I'm ashamed to say that I'm constantly finding unidentifiable objects in the back of my fridge. And then there was last November.... I got so excited because I found a bag of red & green M&M's left over from the previous Christmas. How on earth had they survived a whole year in the pantry??? Then imagine my disappointment when I discovered that mice had gotten to them. Eeew! But it was kinda funny that the mice had eaten the M&M's & not the healthier foods. Hubby was laughing that it's bad enough that the mice expect us to feed & bed them all fall & winter, but now they were probably expecting us to provide insulin too.

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DAYHIKER 1/29/2011 6:30AM

    Definitely you got a laugh from me! Things can hide in the pantry! My dil LOVES Zumba! There's nothing close enough for me to get to, unfortunately.

I seriously agree about the tighter jeans! And elastic is definitely NOT our friend!

Hope your group run works out! We're expecting our first decent weekend in a couple of months!!! emoticon


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