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Friday, March 02, 2012

This one has been floating around . . . saw it on my buddies' NATPLUMMER & PUDLECRAZY's blogs.

A. Age: 50

B. Bed size: Queen (really small when you add 3 animals!)

C. Chore that you hate: um, everything? But cleaning toilets is right up there

D. Dogs: Chester & Lola

E. Essential start to your day: water with lemon

F. Favorite color: teal, purple, fuschia - guess I like vivid colors!

G. Gold or Silver: Both, thank you

H. Height: 5'1"

I. Instruments you play: flute. Well I used to, anyway

J. Job title: N/A - animal trainer?

K. Kids: fur kids only

L. Live: Albany, NY (not by choice!)

M. Mother's name: Anita

N. Nicknames: none

O. Overnight hospital stays: 3 surgeries, all before I was a teenager!

P. Pet peeve: my husband fiddling with anything that he finds

Q. Quote from a movie: we get married to have a witness to our lives - Shall We Dance?

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: 1 of each (I'm the baby & there was another older brother who died before I was born)

T. Tattoos & Piercings: pierced ears

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: not sure there is one, but there are some, like green beans, I can take or leave

W. What makes you run late: traffic & my parents

X. X-Rays you've had: several

Y. Yummy food that you make: for someone who's almost a vegetarian, I make a killer prime rib

Z. Zoo animal: I have mixed feelings about zoos & so many animals that fascinate me, but if I had to pick one it would be tigers

Speaking of tigers . . . well, the domestic ones . . . had a very odd dream last night. I very rarely remember my dreams. Anyway, we were on a cruise, came back to our cabin, and the boys (our cats) were out on this tiny balcony. No idea how they managed to stay on there (or how in the world we'd get them on a cruise ship in the first place!). We let them in & then were trying to figure out where we'd get a litterbox when I woke up.

And not to long ago I was dreaming about watching 2 people fight when I kicked poor simba & then woke up! Been a while since I acted out my dreams. I once threw myself off the bed (and DH slept thru it) because in my dream I jumped out of a boat!

  
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CRACKERJACK2825 3/6/2012 7:50AM

    I used to fight in my dreams a lot (long story behind why) and I punched my husband in the head one night. I also shoved my daughter out of the bed when she was about three. I used to be a violent sleeper!!

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KKINNEA 3/2/2012 11:38AM

    Ha, all of us great ones play flute! Also, why do cats think they're tigers? Mine does too!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/2/2012 8:56AM

    Interesting dreams! (smiling)

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NATPLUMMER 3/2/2012 8:50AM

    I'm lucky Greg cleans the toilets and vacuums.
Very odd dream. I don't usually remember mine, either.

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30 minutes arms ST in 10 minute intervals

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Yup, you really can squeeze in exercise in small increments. Got my walk in with the dogs, ate some lunch, washed the sheets . . . and then ran out of steam. I decided that I'd do 10 minutes of upper body ST. Luckily, I have a lot of exercise DVDs that are broken down into 10 minute segments.

First I did a sparkpeople DVD. Since I'm still resting the hamstring, I knew that a lot of that segment could be done sitting down! When I came back to put the sheets in the dryer, I did a 10 minute arms segment from Rapid Results Pilates. I wasn't sure I'd go for a third, but when I came back down to put the duvet cover in the dryer I tried out the arms segment from my new Kathy Kaehler DVD.

Just goes to show you really don't need a large block of time to get in your exercise - works particularly well when you're tired & not feeling it. I just didn't want to change into workout clothes, so I didn't. And I didn't get too sweaty in just 10 minutes.

It's a winter wonderland out there, which would be fine if I didn't have to go out this afternoon, the snowplow hadn't just plowed in the end of the driveway & it's still coming down steadily. Can't really complain as this is the first really big storm of the winter!

Just bought Easy Vegan Meals from Sparkpeople on my kindle - looks good! No, I haven't yet bought the SP Cookbook - I was a bit po'd that you don't get the extra points if you buy the kindle edition, frankly! A few of the recipes in this cookbook are from the SP Cookbook, but not too many. For $2.99, it looks worthwhile!

  
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FRECKS96 3/3/2012 9:14PM

    I adore 10 minute workouts! Great job getting so much in. :)

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DDOORN 3/2/2012 11:16PM

    Cool to hear you've gotten the new Vegan cookbook!

Don

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NATPLUMMER 3/1/2012 8:55PM

    Yay!
Poor hamstring. Hope it's back to normal by Friday so you can run.

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KKINNEA 3/1/2012 12:35PM

    I'm interested to hear how the vegan recipes turn out.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/1/2012 10:24AM

    Thanks for reminding me about the 10-min workouts, it's much easier to fit in 10 instead of 30 somedays. Sounds like you should whip up a new recipe in the kitchen since it's a snowy day out. Bon Apetite. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/1/2012 9:01AM

    I usually buy SP stuff to show support, but the cookbook is too expensive and is mostly success stories and recipes similar to those on the site.

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OPTIMIST1948 3/1/2012 8:30AM

    Ditto MissG's comments!

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MISSG180 3/1/2012 8:26AM

    That's a great example of how we can squeeze in our exercise. Thanks!

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I blame it on the sun & ramblings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I ran 3 days in a row. For most runners that's nothing, but I usually only run 3 x week & I don't think I've ever run more than 2 days in a row before. But yesterday was "warm" & most importantly sunny & we don't get a lot of sunny days so they're hard to pass up. So I donned my Livestrong tshirt & jacket (you get the tshirt; I bought the jacket).

Unfortunately I pulled my hamstring stretching afterwards! So weird. Bothered me the rest of the day, but with some walking around today it's better & I don't have plans to run til maybe Friday anyway.

Went to my WW meeting a day early since they're predicting a killer snowstorm & I have to take Chester to the vet tomorrow afternoon & don't really want to have to deal with shoveling twice. Down just a tiny bit, which isn't bad since I've only been hone a day shy of a week & TOM is supposed to start today, even if it doesn't look like it will.

But the snow sure started as soon as I got home . . . the dogs sure weren't pleased to be taken for a walk. But now I can hunker down & enjoy the white stuff - altho I do still have to ge out there & rescue the mail.

A couple of recent GSFs

Picnic to go - something like that - it's a box with hummus, crackers, dried fruit, roasted edamame & dark chocolate. I took it along with me on our trip . . . didn't use it, but it will also be good for tomes when I'm hungry but don't want to cook. Just missing veggies!

And I finally tried something I've eyed before: Qrolls. They're wafers covered in dark chocolate. Pretty good & only 2 WW pts+ each. Handy for chocolate cravings.

I've noticed how much easier it is to strike up a conversation with strangers now that I'm smaller. I'm a naturally shy person, but also much more likely to chat up total strangers these days.

I suppose I really oughtto suit up & get the mail before the snow gets deeper . . . gotta strip the bed & do the sheets not to mention fold up Monday's laundry . . .

  
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EOSTAR_45 3/1/2012 8:18AM

    Snow? what is that? :-) It has been non-existent our way--only a figment of our imagination. Enjoy the beautiful snowscapes.

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TEMPEST272002 2/29/2012 10:53PM

    Hope that snow doesn't get too deep. It's much nicer in small quanitities. lol

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/29/2012 2:30PM

    Talking to strangers now are we, lol. It's your confidence coming out and your SPARK radiance, you exude it. emoticon

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DDOORN 2/29/2012 1:37PM

    Negligible snow down our way, looks to be petering out...around 1:30 now.

Don

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KKINNEA 2/29/2012 12:56PM

    I hate when I pull something after I run - so frustrating! Glad you were able to be out in the sun!

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Sometimes giving in is a good thing

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My downfall is those little nibbles. A coup,e of chocolate chips here. A lick of PB when I fill the dogs' kongs. A taste of whatever I'm baking. It never seems like much until I step on the scale.

Yesterday I had a nice day of clean eating planned out. Only my stomach wasn't having it; it was screaming carbs! Carbs! CARBS!

So I made a conscious decision to give it what it wanted. Because I knew if I ignored it, I would undoubtedly end up nibbling. I'd already had oatmeal for breakfast. I went with popcorn for a snack, instead of the planned for apple with almonds. More oatmeal for lunch. And more popcorn for my afternoon snack.

I was worried about the complete lack of freggies, but in the end I just squeaked thru with a banana and a large salad (I use a large pasta bowl for my salads). It wasn't emotional eating; it was hormonal eating.

I just knew if I gave in to my cravings - in a healthy way - that I'd prevent eating around the cravings until I'd eaten way more than I should have & the wrong foods at that. Been there, done that. It's not about perfection; it's about balance over time.

  
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NATPLUMMER 2/28/2012 9:53PM

    Some days carbs are the only things that satisfy. At least you made them healthy ones :-)

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DAYHIKER 2/28/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon Good job! Eating around the craving usually winds up with giving into the craving after many unwanted calories. emoticon

Cindy

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KANSASROSE67 2/28/2012 1:31PM

    I like your idea...it's amazing how listening to our bodies makes all the difference!

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KKINNEA 2/28/2012 10:11AM

    Smart, smart plan. I'll have to remember this the next time I'm feeling carb-y.

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DDOORN 2/28/2012 8:52AM

    Isn't it something how there are times when absolutely NOTHING is going to do it but CARBS?!?! Man how I hate those spells! I'll try chewing on endless alternatives but usually relent and jump into some sort of carb or another. Kudos on the ju-jitsu of not fighting it, but caving in a planned and healthy way!

Don

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/28/2012 8:47AM

    Very true. Good for you!

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Who will I listen to?

Monday, February 27, 2012

God, I was sooooo tired all weekend. Saturday I barely moved at all - I listened to the devil. It was too cold & windy (like 40 mph winds) to even walk the dogs. I know, I know: we all need our rest days. I had every good intention of doing some turbo jam in the afternoon, but it just didn't happen.

Sunday I have a yoga class I love, but was once again too tired to get myself out that early. I decided I'd go for a run instead. When I looked at the temp, it was 25 feels like 15 with 10-20 mph winds. The devil whispered in my ear again but I listened to my angel instead. And even tho I knew it would be warmer later, chose to go in the morning because I knew I might never move if I waited til later.

I knew i'd enjoy it if I could just get myself out there - that's the hard part. Yes, it was cold, but brilliantly clear & we don't get a whole lot of sunny days this time of year. I listened to my angel, left the garmin at home & had a pretty good run - even going about 10 minutes longer than I'd planned to. I even made sure we got out to walk the dogs in the afternoon.

This morning I'm listening to the devil again. There's a class I've wanted to try for forever, but it would've meant getting out the door around 8:15 & I'm still not ready for that. It's supposed to warm up, tho, so the plan is another easy run this afternoon. I'm writing it here so I'll listen to my angel & not my devil! There's a class I can take tomorrow at 10:15 that looks interesting.

Who will you listen to today?

  
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DAYHIKER 2/27/2012 8:02PM

    I listened to the good exercise angel this morning... emoticon

emoticonCindy

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NATPLUMMER 2/27/2012 11:31AM

    Some days are devil inspired and some not.

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KKINNEA 2/27/2012 10:31AM

    I always have to push past the lazy voice in my head when it's ugly, windy weather. I've been resorting alot to the work treadmill - more work to put together workout clothes and work clothes but far warmer.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 2/27/2012 9:30AM

    Feeling kinda devlisih at the moment emoticon . will be more angelic this evening when I get home. emoticon

Sometimes it's REALLY HARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/27/2012 9:16AM

    I'm so good at finding excuses.....
Good job getting out!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/27/2012 9:11AM

    Good for you! I'm afraid that both my angels would have kept me indoors.

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DDOORN 2/27/2012 9:03AM

    Love the Sun! It is a natural for pulling me outdoors for doing something, ANYTHING! :-)

Don

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KASHMIR 2/27/2012 8:44AM

    i've had to be the exact opposite this week, my angel is staying not to run and heal, and my devil is saying GO GO GO. so far my angel is winning even though I'd much rather get out and GO!

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