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Indulging in Jewish comfort foods& ramblings

Monday, April 09, 2012

I guess the reason I was so tired yesterday was because I'm still not 100%. I've been feeling eh off & on for a while now & it's actually worse today. Weird, cause I felt just fine during h run - but that's what's been going on. At the moment I'm trying to decide whether to take a rest day from exercise . . . it was goingto be a light day anyway; just had some yoga planned for this afternoon (already walked the dogs). It's not pre-TOM this time.

So anyway, my brother & niece are in town tomorrow night just for a few hrs - we're their stop on their way from Syracuse to boston college hunting. Which is why I'm having to do stuff - the house needed a LOT of picking up. Clutter, clutter, clutter. Hmm, sort of like my body. So I'm tackling it a bit at a time (just like my body) & resting in between bits.

I made a fairly healthy version of matzo brei for lunch - 2 matzos, 1 egg, 2 egg whites & a splash of milk. Yum. Since I don't feel like cooking, dinner will be some matzo ball soup from a jar & a salad. I don't really like the ingredients in the matzo ball soup, but it's tasty & maybe just what the dr ordered . . . altho my mom's would be so much better.

I mixed up the same protein pumpkin batter I shared last week & poured it into the waffle iron & had 1 for breakfast. They may not taste like regular pancakes/waffles, but I like them & they're really filling. Can't wait til passover's over so I can try some of the variations with oats . . . but then I made a different kind before Passover & still have quite a few in the freezer . . . so maybe some pancakes instead.

I must admit it: I have a shoe problem. I was tidying up my "room", which is slowly turning into one big closet & I realized just how bad it's getting. And since misery loves company, here are a couple of sites I came across recently:

Reasonably priced. Haven't ordered from them yet. Really, after looking at my shoes there's no need . . . so why are there several pairs at DSW I've been lusting after for a while?

This is one of those monthly shoe offering sites; the shoes cost $50, but you don't have to buy - or skip - every month. You just have the option to buy. I did order a pair, but I had a coupon for $25 off; haven't received them yet so can't vouch for quality.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/16/2012 8:51AM

    I agree with you about the shoes! My husband likes to refer to me as Imelda!

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KARBIE18 4/12/2012 9:56AM

    Yum! Love matzo ball soup! When I eat Jewish comfort food, it usually takes the form of matzoh slathered in butter, so your choices sound much better. Fortunately, I haven't done that for a while!

Anyway, I know I'm late commenting on this, so I hope you're feeling better by now.

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FREELADY 4/9/2012 10:46PM

    A shoe problem . . . not fattening . . . not unkind to anyone . . . brings you enjoyment!

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NATPLUMMER 4/9/2012 2:00PM

    Maybe a day off from exercise is just what you need.
I think the reason we don't have people over very often is I hate cleaning the house.
Sounds similar my matzoh brei. I made it on Saturday with 6 maztohs, 2 eggs and 3 whites, mushrooms and scallions. I have never tried the soup from the jar. Manischewitz?
You only have a week until you can start adding oats.
I've got a shoe problem, too.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/9/2012 1:59PM

    A girl can NEVER have too many shoes. [hot shoe emoticon needed here]

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It's been a while

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Since I've run 10k, that is. And I must admit I'm a wee bit tired right now. I have a lot of things to do, but I really just want to relax. At least the monster that was my appetite has subsided! I was sooooo hungry afterwards . . . had what I planned, but was trying to figure out what else I could squeeze in without derailing myself. But I waited, and after a couple of hrs I no longer feel the need to eat.

A beautiful morning to run, even if it was a bit on the windy side. I almost always learn something during group runs. This time it was that it was a good thing I didn't sign up for the HM training program I contemplated last yr - the person I know who did didn't like it. The program I might start in a few weeks is a different program & I know someone who's done it & enjoyed it.

I'm bummed that I can't make it to either group run next week.

I also confirmed something I already knew: running just feels so much easier in the mornings. We ran at a 12:30 mm pace, which is about race pace for me & it didn't seem that hard. The same pace at night feels so hard - even a slower pace seems hard & sometimes the miles really seem to drag.

I was so productive yesterday . . . I hope I can as productive tomorrow because it doesn't look like much is going to happen today!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/9/2012 1:50PM

    Morning runs are the best, keep up the good work.

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KKINNEA 4/9/2012 12:40PM

    I always think I'll be productive after a group run and I end up moping about the house :)

It's always nice to be able to get perspective on potential training groups espcially with cost involved. You can then pick the one that's right for your goals - there's one here that almost never does easy workouts that would probably burn me out!

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KANSASROSE67 4/9/2012 12:02PM

    DH and I are going to see the Hunger Games tonight. I must admit I didn't remember the color of the cat from the book!

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FRECKS96 4/9/2012 9:08AM

    Yay for morning runs! I love running with people too. Good luck making today productive.

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LADYBUG1107 4/8/2012 6:26PM

    I agree morning running is easier.

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TEMPEST272002 4/8/2012 5:27PM

    I like how you are so open to learning new things about yourself and what you are doing. I'm not having a productive day myself... but there's still time to turn that around. lol

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NATPLUMMER 4/8/2012 5:17PM

    Running feels easier in the mornings to me, too. Glad you got in a good run.

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FREELADY 4/8/2012 3:06PM

    I like hearing your rational self discuss things with your emotional or impulsive self!

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You're only allowed to pout for 1 hr

Friday, April 06, 2012

I wasn't shocked by yet another gain this week - not because of how I'd eaten, but simply because of how my clothes fit. And they don't make me comfortable. And the thing that really gets me down is I simply don't know why. I feel I've been eating well, made a real effort to mix things up - and yet I'm back up to a weight that doesn't make me happy.

So I told myself I could pout for an hour, it was probably longer than that, but still. Seriously, there are people starving, in the middle of wars, fighting for their lives - the last 10 lbs aren't the end of the world even when it feels like it.

DH took the afternoon off & we went to see The Hunger Games, which we both enjoyed (even if the book was better). Am I the only one that noticed they changed the orange tabby to a tuxedo cat? DH ribbed me about noticing that detail, proving I'm a crazy cat lady.

To everyone celebrating this weekend, make it a healthy holiday! You can do it!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/16/2012 8:53AM

    Great attitude! Whenever I have a "pity party", I allow myself some time to feel sorry for myself before hauling myself up and dusting my pity off.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/9/2012 1:46PM

    I like the only pout for an hour, great attitude. Forgive ourselves and move on. Well done. Glad to go to treat yourself to a movie.

emoticonWe crazy "cat" people have to stick together, lol.

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MARATHON_MOM 4/9/2012 1:29PM

    What an awesome attitude! I gained some today, too. I decided not to pout at all. :)

You aren't the only one who noticed the cat. LOL
I am a HUGE Hunger Games fan, and YES, the books were better. I hated that the mockingjay pin was just alll messed up! Where the heck was Madge??

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 4/9/2012 12:55PM

    Nice rule of thumb! And there's nothing really all that wrong with being a crazy cat lady.

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KKINNEA 4/9/2012 12:38PM

    I'm totally using the "pout for 1 hour only" rule - I tend to mope around about things forever! I may even make a note of it in case I try to pout some more!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 4/9/2012 12:17PM

    Great attitude!!

I try not to let the scale bother me. I get the measuring tape out and let that be my barometer! :)

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FREELADY 4/6/2012 7:39PM

    Not the right kind of cat . . . YES! My kind of book-reading movie-watcher, noticing those details!

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TRI_BABE 4/6/2012 6:37PM

    My scale is broken and sent in for repair. I don't know when it will come back... I feel the need to do it, but it is depressing nonetheless. I have gone for a long time without weighing, just going by how clothes fit - but I know what you mean, sometimes that doesn't help, either! Hang in there!

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LADYBUG1107 4/6/2012 2:30PM

    Happy Easter!

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2012 12:32PM

    Limited pouting....great idea.
Crazy cat lady....join the club ;-)
Shabbat Shalom.

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TRYINGHARD54 4/6/2012 7:51AM

    if i pout every time I gained weight.. Id never stop pouting...lol

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Taking my new cuisinart for a spin

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

After about 25 yrs, the latch on my food processor simply snapped off. I finally got a new one & I've been putting it thru it's paces.

The first recipe I tried was the high fiber brownies from SP. I'm truly puzzled by the reviews - they got a lot of good reviews, but a few people agreed with me: prett disgusting. And it's not my first time at the rodeo making brownies with beans, either.

They looked nothing like their photo, after 2 bites the whole pan went in the trash & the instructions never instruct you to put in th cocoa!

Next up were pumpkin protein pancakes for breakfast:
. I wouldn't call them wicked good, but they weren't bad & I'll be able to eat them during Passover. Plus they did keep me pretty full.

This recipe for mini peanut butter cups caught my eye today: ohsheglows.com/2012/04/03/mini-peanu
. I skipped the crust & I'll be able to eat these on Passover, too. Ok, technically tofu is not kosher for Passover unless you're sephardic, which I'm not, nut personally I think it satisfies the spirit of the holiday.

Last up was these banana "cheesecake" bites: chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/03/22
. These should also be ok for Passover. There was a lot of tasting with these last 2 recipes; I think they'll be good.

But I find myself really, really tired this afternoon: I think it's the lack of grains in any form! I know people who do much better with very few grains, but I never have energy when I don't eat many grains. I'm not hungry, just tired.

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NATPLUMMER 4/4/2012 4:16PM

    Yay for a new food processor.
Did you add the cocoa anyway?
No, technically no tofu for Passover...boo!! I hate Passover.
I definitely need my grains, too.

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Only half crazy

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Those are some of the Tshirts & bumper stickers you see at expos. Yup, I've gone & done it: registered for the Vegas HM again, despite the disorganization last year. Told DH I didn't have to do it, especially considering it's the most expensive one I've run, there are lots of HMs out there, but we like Vegas; he wanted to go (and hopefully he'll be able to!).

When I ran it last yr I honestly wasn't sure I'd like the distance, but it felt doable. This will be my fourth HM in one year's time (technically 1 in 2011 & 3 in 2012). Hopefully, of course, you never know what the future holds.

It's funny, it both does & doesn't feel like I'm running for 3 hrs. Those endorphins, no doubt. I most definitely feel tired, & that last mile I'm more thsn ready to see the finish line . . . but it doesn't feel as tho I've been running for hrs.

DH plans to take a half day Thursday so we can go see the hunger games during the day (hopefully less crowds). A group run tonight. A group run Sunday fueled by matzo brie no doubt . . . even some sunshine today. Events to look forward to. Life is good.

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KKINNEA 4/3/2012 2:13PM

    Yay, I registered too! We'll have to coordinate a meetup!

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NATPLUMMER 4/3/2012 1:31PM

    I don't think my husband would do it again so soon but I'm thinking if my running goes well this year, perhaps I'll do Vegas.
Oooohhhh....matzo brei.....definitely my favorite part of Passover. I'll probably make some on Sunday, too.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/3/2012 10:48AM

    So happy you are doing the Vegas one again, you are rockin those half-marathons, maybe this time it will be a little more organized and you know what to expect since you've done it before. emoticon

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