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Semi-productive = semi-results?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Probably gonna ramble here - you've been warned!

Yesterday was a semi-productive day. Productive in the food prep department. Not so much in the exercise department.

I made chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/03/15
. I'd already been making my own version of this, but I never thought to use ramekins & that works really well. I add some protein powder for an added boost & use mashed banana instead of applesauce.

In fact, I made that, baked it longer & took some with me to Vegas for breakfasts. Always travel with food!

I made a healthy raw chocolate mousse for a treat today - basically walnuts, dates & cacao powder. Works out to 1/8 cup walnuts per serving so while it is on the higher end of calories, it's fairly healthy & can definitely be worked in.

I made myself a veggie stir fry for dinner. Pretty good, except for the fact that I burned the red onion. Note to self: even when caramelizing onions at a medium heat, it's a good idea to prep the rest of your veggies before, not during.

Once I make myself a veggie pasta today, I'll have plenty of leftovers available.

I also had my first real green smoothie - i.e., not a milk-based fruit smoothie with greens. It had: apple, spinach, celery, carrot & cucumber & was surprisingly tasty. I don't have a juicer, so blended it all up in my vitamix. Next time I'll just add some water to thin it out a bit.

And now that I've got you all lathered up over food, check out: gojigourmet.com . Very tasty. For a treat, pretty healthy. Yes, they're tiny, but I had 5 for an after dinner treat for grand total of 125 calories. They even sell them in 100 calorie packs - even if you eat the whole bag you're not doing much damage. But forget about the super foods claim - there really isn't enough in there - it's a treat, plain & simple, just a semi- healthy treat.

What wasn't productive? Exercise. Since I hurt my knee about a week ago I haven't been doing much more than walking the dogs & some occasional yoga. I was going to do yoga yesterday, but I didn't. There are excuses, as usual, but they're just that: excuses. And I didn't take the dogs out for a second walk, either. And it was a beautiful day & we haven't been getting many of those lately.

I did attempt some run/ walk intervals on our walk. My knee bothered me just a little. The good news is that it's no worse today. It only bothers me when I exert myself now. I'll probably try some more intervals tomorrow if it's not raining. I really never expected it to take so long to heal up.

Hindsight being the wonderful thing that it is, I really think I would have been better off not finishing that race. Since it was multiple loops, it would've been easy to stop after 6 miles. Doesn't matter, of course, since I didn't.

Probably enough rambling for one day. If I didn't already send you off into the kitchen in search of food.

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MZSLYDE01 6/23/2011 9:11AM

    Yummy stuff. Love those green smoothies - they are my favorite. I hope you are doing well. It's been too long since I have been able to catch up how everyone is doing.
I think the non-productivitiy is catching - At least we are not alone and have Spark to come to.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/21/2011 4:38PM

    emoticonAt least you got out for one walk and all that food sounds yummy!

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FRECKS96 6/21/2011 4:36PM

    Yummy treats!! You always seem to find the best stuff. Enjoy them and I hope your knee continues to improve.

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TEMPEST272002 6/21/2011 2:17PM

    Boy the food sounds delicious! I'm starving - just waiting for my salmon to reheat. Sorry to hear the knee is still bothering you. Maybe you could switch to something lower impact - like swimming - for a little bit.

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NATPLUMMER 6/21/2011 11:18AM

    The baked oatmeal sounds great as does the raw chocolate mousse.
I hate when I burn the onion...not as much when I burn the garlic but still.
I'm glad your knee is getting better. Hopefully it will be all the way better soon.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/21/2011 11:03AM

    I love the title to your blog. I have been non-productive which equals no results. I'm gonna be getting back to basics this evening with a P90X workout, finally things are settling back to normal. Sorry to hear the knee is still acting up, just give it a little time and you'll be back in action.

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DDOORN 6/21/2011 10:51AM

    Sorry to hear about your knee...! Perhaps some stretching may bring it around...?


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A journey of self discovery

Monday, June 20, 2011

That's what discovering a healthy lifestyle is in a nutshell.

It's all about rediscovering yourself, because somewhere along the way you probably lost yourself. About what you like, what you don't like, what you can & cannot be around & so on & so forth.

Yesterday I wanted to go shopping. I wanted to go to the mall, because I've been looking for a present for my niece who graduates this weekend. Only I could just hear those hot pretzels calling my name. I couldn't really tell you the last time I had one, but I just didn't think I was in the frame of mind to resist yesterday.

Since I'd already eaten way more than I wanted to on Saturday - at least stuff that was mostly healthy! - a hot pretzel just wasn't in the cards.

So I chose to go to Marshalls instead, which puts me into a different danger zone. Turns out it's TJMaxx that has the jewelry, not Marshalls, which is a real shame cause I really needed to go to target, too & didn't have time yesterday - which means i'll still have to go sometime this week.

I spent an hour & a half at Marshalls & walked out empty-handed. Oh, not because nothing fit - quite the contrary. I was really tempted by 3 items, but I knew I didn't need any of them. One was gold sandals & I actually already own TWO pairs of gold sandals. AND they had 3 pairs in my size. So I will wait & see if they go on clearance at some point & if they sell out of my size it wasn't meant to be.

One was a tshirt. I would definitely have gotten use out of it but I already have lots of tshirts.

The last was a dress. I really liked it, it was cheap, i loved the color, but it had those funny darts on the sides making it stick out over the sides of my thighs - not exactly where I need emphasis. I really wasn't sure, but I really don't need more dresses. It was so close to being a dress I loved but slightly missed the mark.

Well, I was strong for the day, anyway. That's all any of us can be: strong for that minute, that hour, that meal, that day. Got to celebrate your victories where you can!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/20/2011 5:12PM

    You and I have the same shopping behaviors, at the same stores. (smiling) This year, I've made great progress toward my shopping tendencies. It's a tough one. (smiling)

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TEMPEST272002 6/20/2011 5:10PM

    You were kicking butt in the will power department. Kuddos for skipping the pretzel. Buying things we don't need is kind of like mindless snacking... so emoticon on leaving the store empty handed.

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FRECKS96 6/20/2011 1:42PM

    It's such a bummer when you find clothes that are just okay. I can't justify buying them either, I want to love how I look!

You're so right that this journey is about finding ourselves. And it never ends since we keep evolving.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/20/2011 12:01PM

    emoticonGood demonstration of will power there! I don't know if I could have done as well! emoticon

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HALFFAST 6/20/2011 10:49AM

    Good for you for being strong! We went to my MILs on Saturday for my b-day party (I'll be 29 again on Wednesday ;)) and as soon as I saw the homemade peanut butter cookies I knew I was in trouble, Lol! I also spent about an hour and a half at Marshalls (had to walk off some of the damage!) and also ended up leaving empty-handed. I paid for the cookies though - while I only gained 1 pound, I spent the whole day yesterday sick to my stomach and too sluggish to get my run in :(

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NATPLUMMER 6/20/2011 10:18AM

    I hate when dresses fit like that. Good job resisting the items you didn't need.
You were strong. emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 6/20/2011 10:02AM

    Keep Sparkin' when you can! We have all sorts of little struggles during which we can prevail!


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What is up with my body?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Guys, fair warning: this may be TMI for you.

So TOM ended Monday, as it was supposed, or so I thought. Then there was several days of spotting, which isn't extremely unusual, just a little unusual . . . mostly because now, over a week since the start of TOM, it's still going on. And for parts of some days, it's more than spotting.

And then there was the hunger yesterday . . . OMG. I got in my water, my freggies, my protein . . . and had a larger than usual dinner . . . & was still starving as if I'd fasted all day.

What do you do when you ate enough (not a binge) that you really don't want to record it because you fear you'll have to starve yourself the rest of the week? Just do it? Try to make up for it the next few days? Record it & then ignore it? I woke up still hungry this morning, which usually signals to me that I didn't overeat . . . dunno.

I am hoping that maybe, just maybe, this means menopause is coming sooner rather than later. People tell me I really shouldn't wish for it but I'd love for that part of my life to be done with.

The chipmunk finally came it's senses & ran outside, after we thought it was blockaded in the office & I found it running around the family room . . .

We wentto see Michael Buble last night - very enjoyable, even if the acoustics weren't great (we were in nosebleed seats, which was fine). He was surprisingly funny - you just never really know what to expect with the artists with the big voices.

The opening act was very entertaining, too; a group called Naturally 7 - they sang a cappella & did something they called vocal play - using their voices to mimic instruments. DH liked them better than Buble!

I also had fun people watching. I love to see what everyone wears.

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RATFINKROB 6/21/2011 8:51AM

    Be careful what you wish for. My wife is fighting the mood swings, hot flashes, no appetite, and strange sleeping habits. She would give anything to have TOM back. Maybe one day they will get her hormones straightened out. Women really are from another planet, maybe one day you will all join us on the dark side :)

I hope you get to feeling more like yourself.

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BARBIETEC 6/19/2011 5:27PM

    I hope you are feeling better...

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LIBBYFITZ 6/19/2011 2:05PM

    Sounds like a bit of a hormone issue there. Could be the start of Peri Menopause. I am presuming you are up to date with Pap Smear check?

Makes for interesting times, just when you think you have figured things out, emoticonalong comes something to keep us on our toes!

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EDWINA172 6/19/2011 10:34AM

    If I bite it, I write it. Your body may be going through something. Perimenopause, muscle building, fat burning, something? If we could figure everything out, we'd be rich, right? Just make notes about your hunger. Record your calories. Maybe your body needs the extra. You might just see a weight drop.

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2011 10:07AM

    Just weird perimenopause, I think. I would record the food just because I always do. Own it.
Yay for the chipmunk.
Glad you had a good time at the concert. I think the best part of being in any crowd is the people watching. It's amazing what they will wear out in public.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/19/2011 8:59AM

    Perimenopause. Hold on for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! (smiling)

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TEMPEST272002 6/19/2011 8:55AM

    I don't know what's going on with your body... or mine either! Maybe it's pre-menopause for both of us & I feel exactly like you about that.

Glad you enjoyed the Buble concert. I haven't seen him perform, but I've seen him interviewed & he was surprisingly funny then too.

Glad to hear the chimunk made it out alive!

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LADYGWEN25 6/19/2011 8:41AM

    I log it.. and then make a note in my nutrition tracker to see if there is a pattern going on.. I'm only 37 and i've been running into similar issues like you.. I know i'm perimenopausal... My mom was done with TOM at age 42... so i try to keep a recorded entry of the food.. even if i go over for the day.. no since kidding/lieing to myself about it.. i ate it...and then make a note in the notebox.. if it becomes a pattern.. or if things get worse.. I know i have a log of it somewhere. :)

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FRECKS96 6/19/2011 8:30AM

    I try to log it, if only to have the information. You never know when it might come in useful. Glad the chipmunk was safe.

Also glad you enjoyed the concert. I like Buble but I love a cappella singing. I may have enjoyed that part more too!

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NUTRON3 6/19/2011 7:51AM

    Have a great day!

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Sometimes I really hate having cats

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My cats are essentially indoors cats, but they do have what is basically a covered dog run to go out into. And they are very good hunters.

I'm doing some yoga this morning when Gizmo comes in & nonchalantly starts going up the stairs - with something dangling from his mouth. A live chipmunk, as it turns out.

He brings it to the upstairs bathroom, where unfortunately I'm not quick enough to shut them in. The silly thing runs back downstairs. I grab the cats, put them in the laundry room (where their litterboxes & access to their kennel is) & shut the door, which is one of those folding doors that I hate.

I spend the next half hour trying, unsuccessfully, to chase it not a box. Then I prop open the back door, block off the stairs, put the dogs outside, & try to chase it outside. And then I just sit, hoping it will go outside.

When my husband returns, it finally goes into the office, where the back door is - only he doesn't know if it went out or not.

So right now the door to the office is closed, the back door is open & we have no idea if it's in or out.

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DIETSAFARI 6/20/2011 4:01AM

    I just hate picking up the little bits of victims I find on the kitchen floor or on top of my clean laundry in the mornings.

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DDOORN 6/19/2011 8:34PM

    I remember those days...yeesh! Even though we have 4 cats, fortunately not a single one of them has ANY interest in going outdoors...WHEW! :-)

I remember a tortoise-shell stray we once took in who absolutely HAD to get outside now & then. We never allowed our cats out ever since losing one on the nearby state highway. But this cat was simply UNSTOPPABLE when she had to have her outdoor fix! Invariably she would bring in her "toys" live or otherwise from outdoors. What was worse was the FLEAS she would pick up and bring in.

I am MOST appreciative of our current crop of kitties who are content to stay indoors!


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JUNEAU2010 6/18/2011 11:59PM

    My cat brought in the dead mice...not fun! I'd rather be able to return a live critter back outside than find a dead cold mouse with my bare feet!

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TEMPEST272002 6/18/2011 8:56PM

    Sorry to be giggling at your expense.... but boy do I understand! Our cat is an exceptional hunter - and has left me in the same situation too many times. Let the cat into the room where the animal is - her body language will tell you if it's still there or not. Just be sure to scoop her quick if she lunges!

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EOSTAR_45 6/18/2011 8:32PM

    OH OH!! Our cat (an outdoor cat) likes to bring live mice and lizards in the house too. Why she does not eat them where she catches them is beyond me!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/18/2011 6:07PM

    emoticonWe have a cat who loves to bring live river rats into the house! emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 6/18/2011 5:28PM

    LOL--I might would have to move!

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KKINNEA 6/18/2011 5:22PM

    Oh cats, why do they do this to us?

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FRECKS96 6/18/2011 4:55PM

    oh no! I hope your status update indicated that the chipmunk made it out safely.

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HEYRED221 6/18/2011 4:39PM

    crazy!!! those darn cats.

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NATPLUMMER 6/18/2011 11:49AM

    Oh no! I'm glad our cat is an indoor one and even the times she has escaped, she hasn't brought any catches in.
I hope you don't have to wait to long to figure out whether the poor chipmunk is in our out.

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Meditating meals

Friday, June 17, 2011

I thought I was a mindful eater. I don't read, watch tv, or even listen to music while eating. I sit down & eat off of real plates.

But then I realized one day that my mind is usually going a million miles while I eat . . . writing blogs in my mind, thinking of comments I've made or have been made to me, rehashing old hurts . . . and on & on. So much for mindful, more like losing my mind!

So in a sense, I've started to use mealtimes as a sort-of meditation. The point of meditation isn't to not think, it's to notice your thoughts, let them go, & just experience the now.

It ain't easy! But every time I find myself thinking - which is pretty much constantly - think Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love - I try to bring my thoughts back to the food I'm eating, how it tastes & what I'm enjoying about it.

Really concentrating on making good food choices last week instead of on the exercise I couldn't do rewarded me with a small loss. Which was frankly surprising since I started off the week eating more than I'd planned or wanted to mostly due to TOM, & felt as tho I was playing catch-up the rest of the week.

At the moment, tho, I'm trying to motivate myself off of this couch for some yoga since it's too wet to walk the dogs right one. Sadly, the couch is winning . . . for now.

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DISPATCHER04 6/17/2011 8:54PM

    I really have to work on this daily. Taking 3 kids to 3 different schedules often has me grabbing something portable and running. At work, we eat while we work (no lunch break).

But when I have a peaceful, mindful meal, it is Utopia. :)

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LIBBYFITZ 6/17/2011 4:27PM

    emoticonI do enjoy the taste of the food that I eat and try to eat slowly. It is something that I have had to learn over time. As a nurse in the hopital setting you ate VERY quickly. As a nurse in the community setting I did my stats while eating lunch, or maybe even going to do a home visit and eat in the car! emoticon

As it is just the 2 of us at the moment in the evening we are usually watching the news on TV. DH is usually tired and wants to relax. In the summer we sit on the balcony and eat, which I love the best! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2011 11:08AM

    I really do need to work on being mindful and slow down. I will practice at lunch today.
I'm glad you had a loss. That's always happy!
You know you'll feel better after some yoga and maybe after you'll even able to take the dogs for a walk.

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FRECKS96 6/17/2011 9:52AM

    Mindful eating is something that has eluded me since high school, when I had about 10 minutes to eat my lunch. I do try to slow down, but it doesn't often work. even though I know it could help.

Go do your yoga! You won't regret it. Hopefully it will dry up later for a walk.

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TEMPEST272002 6/17/2011 9:16AM

    I have a hard time focusing on my food when I'm eating too. I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the next meal, but not really tasting it when it arrives.

Congrats on the loss. Kuddos for paying more attention to the food while you couldn't exercise!

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RATFINKROB 6/17/2011 9:11AM

    I have not seen Eat, pray, Love. It sounds like one of those movies that they would have to catch me in a net and drag me to. I like explosions, and sword fights, or alien invasions in my movies. In our house dinner, normally the only meal I get to eat with the family, is the time we all talk about our day and upcoming plans. It would probable be best if I could sit blind folded and think about every bite, but then I would miss out on some important family time. It sounds like you have a good plan, keep it up. Wow I am just rambling away this morning!

Have a great weekend!

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