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I should be roasting cauliflower

Monday, January 23, 2012

The dogs have been walked. I did a short hills program on the treadmill, followed by 10 minutes of pilates. What I SHOULD be doing right now is roasting some cauliflower for dinner tonight.

What I WANT to do is anything but. I want to be laying on the couch watching tv. I REALLY want to be eating some cookies or sone chocolate right about now, or browsing thru lulus.com, which I finally looked at this morning & boy was THAT a mistake (but that's also my next planned "activity").

Why can I manage to commit to workouts, but not always stick to the plan for cooking? And I LIKE to cook. And I don't have much on hand as an alternative, altho the sweet potato chili might just be dinner.

It's a gray drizzly day, I've really been sleep deprived the last couple of weeks, & TOM is approaching.

The one bright spot is I'm wearing jeans that just a few short months ago I could zip up but not breath in - today they're comfortable - and they were even just washed. Not that my weight has changed all that much. As much as we think it is, it's not all about the number on the scale.

Maybe I'll be able to muster up the energy to make some baked blueberry oatmeal lime I was planning to a little later - after I zone out some more with TLC's what not to wear & add more stuff into my lulus shopping cart.

But yup, that sweet potato chili is looking really good right about now. Better make some more chili cause that'll be the last of it!

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DDOORN 1/24/2012 8:28AM

    Boy do I ever "feel it" when I'm even a little short on sleep!

Never would have thought to pair sweet potato & chili...but sounds delish!


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DDHEART 1/23/2012 9:23PM

    Funny how we can get so into one aspect and then have some trouble motivating in others...and it varies doesn't it? Trouble is "what not to wear" is pretty addictive! You've been so on track with your workouts....enjoy the tv and shopping just don't let it control you...like it could...LOL

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CHRISTINA791 1/23/2012 5:00PM

    It's funny - I find that I have to psych myself up to cook. If I'm making something new, I'll get everything set up and prepped hours before hand and try to make sure it's all perfect. I wish I could just do that stuff on the fly, but it takes a lot of mental effort and more often than not I end up wimping out.

Good job on the jeans!

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JESSIEJUICE 1/23/2012 4:10PM

    Sweet potato chili sounds amazing! Could I steal the recipe from you?

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TEMPEST272002 1/23/2012 3:49PM

    Yeah, I can relate. Glad to hear the jeans are fitting better.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/23/2012 2:25PM

    hey... do you mean Lululemon's? I have a GC there and am debating what to get. I'm thinking a running jacket as I have tights and shirts out the wazoo but really am having an issue with the price tags. Have you gotten their gear? What do you think? emoticon

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MYJOURNEY2BEFIT 1/23/2012 1:45PM

    Which Sweet Potato Chili do you make? Just sounds delish on this snowy day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/23/2012 1:44PM

    I hear ya, I will do just about anything to NOT cook, definitely not my favorite chore. I always feel good after I cooked a healthy meal. Getting to the kitchen is the uphill battle. emoticon

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KKINNEA 1/23/2012 1:29PM

    I wish I had the drive to cook - I usually just microwave a Garden burger!

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2012 1:27PM

    Hmmmm....I'd be roasting the cauliflower while I watched TV or browsed Lulus.com. It can go a little while, can't it. Sweet potato chili sounds good, though. Anything warm and filling would be good for dinner.
Yay for jeans fitting!! Total NSV!!

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My yaktrax FINALLY got a workout!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

9 miles on the schedule. Snow coming down. Around 11am it finally petered out. After lunch & some digestion, I tackled the driveway. Despite the fact that it was only a couple of inches of light, powdery snow, by the time I've cleared the driveway, front walk, path to the mailbox & some paths in back for the dogs, 40 minutes have gone by.

A snack, another short rest, & I was off.

They are actually clearing paths at the park this year. When I got there, only maybe half were cleared. I started off, but it was still slippery. Went back to the car, put on my yaktrax (coils that go on the bottoms of your shoes), & voila! They worked really well. My first time around I actually had to run thru snow, bu by the second & third loops they'd cleared all the paths

It was just as cold as last week, less wind, but no sun. I was so chilled by the time I got home - my 2 pairs of wool socks were still damp & the devil to get off while keeping my compression tights on (I like to keep them on for at least half an hour after a run).

This time I wasn't virtuous - I had the hot chocolate, with marshmallows. I used the Vosges hot chocolate I picked up in Vegas for the first time. Mm, mm, good! I was so glad I cleared the driveway before I left - no way I would've done it when I got back.

This time around training is going really well. I may not be any faster, but I haven't had to ice anything or take time off due to injuries - not yet, anyway.

Pancakes with PB2 are my pre run fuel; pierogis have become the night before long run dinner. They're simple, quick, fairly healthy & full of both carbs& protein. This week I actually made matzo brei - fits the same criteria - for lunch before my run. What are your fav running meals, snacks, fuel?

Whose idea was it to train for a HM in the middle of a northeast winter? Even a mild one?

Oh yeah, that would be me. Seemed like a good idea at te time . . . not sure i'll do it again next year. Has it's pros & cons.

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SASSYDREAMER 1/23/2012 10:54PM

    You are such an inspiration! I must follow your lead!

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FRECKS96 1/23/2012 10:37PM

    Yay for Yaktrax and congrats on your run and continued training!

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KKINNEA 1/23/2012 1:31PM

    I do pierogis as pre-race evening food - agree with the assessment. Nice job getting the run in over snow!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/23/2012 11:27AM

    You are so dedicated to be running in the "muck". Keep up the good work, I think training thru the winter was an excellent idea, it's keeping you busy thru the winter months.

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DONNELDA22 1/23/2012 7:53AM

    Congratulations for sticking to your plan. Shoveling snow and then a run. Good for you. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/23/2012 7:38AM

    Great ideas are like that, aren't they? come from great ideaheads emoticon

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DDOORN 1/22/2012 10:10PM

    Good for you to get out on the yaktrax! I think there is more and more credence given by park managers to clearing out the parks for folks like us. Hey, at the very least it reduces the lawsuit potential...lol!


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LAURIE5658 1/22/2012 8:36PM

    Yak Trax rock and you rocked your run. Something else you may want to add to your gear are screw shoes where you take a retired pair and screw 1/2" sheet metal screws into the sole. I ran 12 miles in them yesterday and they worked like a charm. You cannot run on bare pavement with YT but you can with screw shoes.

You did awesome!

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JOPAPGH 1/22/2012 7:34PM

    congrats on getting out there. Great job on the eight. I ran a really tough 5 miles yesterday in 5 - 6 inches of snow.

Good luck with the half training. Could be worse, you could be training for a full (May 6th).

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DDHEART 1/22/2012 7:12PM

    Sounds so good and virtuous to me! I do so wish we lived near to each other and could link up for some of these runs!

I gave up on yaktraks last year when I had one blow out! we screwed sheet metal screws into one pair of my running shoes and voila traction! Whatever works for you though and sounds like such a great run.

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NATPLUMMER 1/22/2012 6:59PM

    YAY! I'm proud of you!!
Yes, that would be you. ;-)

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Fanning the flames with websites

Friday, January 20, 2012

One of my spark buddies asked for healthy recipes blogs - it's been a busy couple of weeks (and probably a busy month ahead) so I thought i'd just share them here. With a few others thrown in.

As you might guess, this one focuses on desserts. Little wonder it's my favorite, eh? The chocolate chip cookie pancakes are my pre-long-run staples. Love that it's single serving! I make the chocolate chip cookie boatmeal & dehydrate it in my toaster oven to take on trips. And the single serving chocolate cake is to die for. I was recently disappointed by the sweet potato chili, tho.


Great vegan eats.


This one was shared in my WW meeting recently. Looks good.


Haven't tried anything here yet, but looks good:


Here's a site for making your own organic beauty products. Looks cool - seems pricey to you realize it's a 3 month supply.


This isn't recipes, and it makes my control-my-spending really, really difficult - but I find the coolest products here! You"follow" people - in fashion, in fitness, in food, etc. - and they recommend products you can buy at discounted prices. I'm about to buy a new gym bag, I've been introduced to some cool foods, will soon be trying out the easiyo yogurt maker, just got the softest bamboo towels . . . yeah, it's trouble!


If you join I get some credits, so if you're interested email me.

What websites do you visit on a regular basis that help you fan the flames?

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MZSLYDE01 1/20/2012 12:26PM

    I love those sites as well. Very great recipes on them. I have tried several recipes from several sites and have only been disappointed like 1 time.
Have you tried the fudge babies of Chocolate covered Katie's website. YUM
Have a great weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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KKINNEA 1/20/2012 10:46AM

    Ok, your running food sounds divine - I'm going to go look at that site tonight!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/20/2012 9:26AM

    These are great. Thanks! Also, Kindle free book list has had several healthy cookbooks lately.

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2012 9:16AM

    Thanks for the info.

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The steamroller, aka the scale

Thursday, January 19, 2012

You're going along with all that new-year enthusiasm & the scale is going along in the right direction, too - until screech! You've been run over ny that steamroller better known as a weight gain.

There are reasons for wight gain:

1. You ate too much. D'oh!

2. You ate the wrong kinds of foods. D'oh!

3. You didn't move much, if at all. D'oh!

Now for the trickier culprits:

1. Too much sodium - most likely from highly processed food.

2. You exercised more than usual, resulting in water retention.

3. You didn't track much - if at all - resulting in food amnesia.

4. Too many BLTs (bites, licks & tastes).

5. TOM (aka time of month)

6. You were under a lot of stress.

7. You didn't get enough sleep.

Nd then there are those weeks when you have no clue what happened. When you totally expected it to be a good week.

The real question is - whatcha going to do now?

Throwing & stomping on the scale both seem excellent ideas. Unfortunately they don't really help (but kicking a boxing bag can be highly therapeutic & really good exercise as well).

Look back over whatever info you have. Decide if there are areas for improvement. If you know why you've met this bump in your journey, don't punish yourself - but do pick at least one thing to work on. See this as an opportunity, not a failure: an opportunity to know what does & doesn't work for you.

Don't give up. Remember that it's not a race - you CAN do it no matter how long it takes. And just think how much sweeter it will be when you get there!

Look back over whatever info you have. Decide if there are areas for improvement.

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/20/2012 10:23PM

    GREAT blog! Thanks for the humor along with the great reminder!

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DDOORN 1/20/2012 11:11AM

    Great reminders...after all what other choice do we have to stick with it and learn as best we can how to tweak our efforts toward greater success? NOBODY wants to go back to our unhealthy ways again!


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TEMPEST272002 1/19/2012 11:02PM

    I"m voting for throwing & stomping too! Great blog... but sad to say that I have to admit to 7 out of the 10 things in the last week. Mmmm... guess that doesn't bode well for my weigh in this Sat. Of course, this will be the week I lose something crazy like 7lbs. You know my theory about scales & mysterious forces other than gravity. lol

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ON2VICTORY 1/19/2012 9:49PM

    hitting the LIKE on this one. I have had far too many justified BLT's myself. I have found myself taking liberties that I would have never done a year ago because of my comfy mentality. fortunately, i havent gotten too comfy or I would have gained but still, the enemy of excellent is good enough.

Food amnesia.... oh man.... I could say something about my amnesia about food tracking, but I forgot what it was..lol...

Your list of things is so common to all of us that I dont think that there is a person out there that could not relate to all that you have said.

we are in this together...lets challenge ourselves and be our best.

PS stomping and kicking scale is only good if done for 5 minutes, high intensity over 3 repeats.... maybe add dynamic scale stomps to Crossfit workout...hmmm

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KANSASROSE67 1/19/2012 3:42PM

    Good blog...reminders I need...especially those BLTs!

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DISPATCHER04 1/19/2012 3:24PM

    Um, I like the "throwing & stomping scale" idea . . .

Thanks for this. My weight seems to be doing the up 2, down 3 pattern. It's going down, just v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. :/

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2012 2:50PM

    No, don't give up because that certainly won't get you where you want to be.
Throwing and stomping on the scale is also a good workout but probably only for a few minutes ;-)

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KKINNEA 1/19/2012 2:44PM

    "food amnesia" - this is me!!

Great blog and so true. I'm setting about this activity this very day!

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CDK210 1/19/2012 2:13PM

    did you write this blog post just for me? because it sure feels that way ;) i've been battling with the scale...but you're right, there are factors that affect that silly number. but it's really what we do about it that matters most.

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Watching the flurries . . .

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

. . . we're not supposed to have. Sorry, no clever title today. Really, in general it's been a mild winter despite last Sunday's run, so it shouldn't bother me. Yet it does. Yesterday we had snow in the morning that was washed out by the afternoon's rain.

Last week I had to cancel my massage in anticipation of bad weather - good thing, too, because I ended up having to take Chester to the vet & wouldn't have been able to make it. I rescheduled for yesterday - sleet again predicted - but since it was supposed to rain by the afternoon I kept the appointment.

I love massages, but don't get them too often due to my shopping habit. The last one was almost a year ago.

The therapist is also a runner, altho she has been sidelined by foot pain. Even tho I don't get them often, I've had quite a few massages over the years. And this one was really good - she did some myofascial release & stretching in addition to the massage. I've never had a massage quite like it. When she checked my hip flexors - a typical tight spot for runners - she said I must do a lot of stretching. Thank you, yoga!

She gave me a card for a $50 one hour massage within the next month. I went home & signed right up for one on my birthday next month, despite the fact that I have 2 more living social coupons for massages!

I tried out the sweet potato falafels from the smartime school cookbook - I made patties instead of balls & pan fried instead of baking. There is something a bit odd about sweet potatoes & garlic, but it was so incredibly filling I never had my afternoon snack. I didn't make the sauce.

I've got the fixins for sweet potato chili in the crockpot . . . contemplating a sweet potato lasagna recipe . . . it's a sweet potato kind of week!

Oh, and remember that tray of vegan brownies I fell into a while back? I didn't throw them out & I haven't touched them since, but I decided to have a brownie after dinner last night.

It tastes so much better without the side dish of guilt.

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FREELADY 1/18/2012 10:28PM

    Breaking free from some of my food hang-ups has enabled me, by the grace of God, to plug in to a variety of non-food enjoyments such as massage.

Your A-plus in HIPS 101 on the masseuse's report card is better than any old scale number in my book!

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MZSLYDE01 1/18/2012 10:15AM

    Oh I am so jealous - I love massage's too. I don't get to indulge very often and would love to have one right about now. Maybe for my birthday next month I will request one. Sounds good to me.
Glad you had a great one and had a fellow runner who know's what to do.
I am going shopping and think I will pick up some sweet potato's tonight. You have me craving them now.
That falafels sound good. I have never had them in sweet potato form.
Have a great day

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KKINNEA 1/18/2012 10:07AM

    It's nice to know your muscles are in such good shape. Sounds like winter is descending everywhere.

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2012 10:03AM

    Glad you got to enjoy your massage :-)
Yay...sweet potatoes!!

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FRECKS96 1/18/2012 9:19AM

    mmm...sweet potatoes. I need to learn to do more with them. They are so good both sweet and savory.

As for the massage, I agree, it's a treat that shouldn't be put off so long. I've only had 3 or 4 ever and it's something I hope to make more of a habit.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/18/2012 8:21AM

    Ooooh a massage, I'm green with envy. Glad you enjoyed it and nice to know your muscles were flexible, so that means you're doing it right. I need to make some more of those vegan brownies, they lasted me forever, I put them in the freezer in individual servings, and saved them for whenever my sweet tooth starting acting up. I like what you said....that they taste better without the side dish of guilt - sooooo true.

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