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Saturday, June 16, 2012


Unfortunately, I like mayo-based sauces. This was delish.

I made myself a salad with hard boiled eggs & used this sauce as a dressing. The good news is that you don't need as much mayo because of the sweet chili sauce. I didn't add any siricha - spice to your tastes.

I was also introduced to roasted baby bok choy this week. I never thought to roast greens, but I had some baby bok choy in the fridge that was slowly withering. It was really good & now I'm addicted!

Just toss with 1 tsp olive oil & salt & roast about 5 minutes at 400. Who knew?

Tried anything new recently? Care to share?

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NATPLUMMER 6/16/2012 11:08AM

    I don't like shrimp but would probably try the sauce for egg salad. I'd definitely add plenty of siracha (or even some ghost pepper sauce) to it ;-)
Oh, I love baby bok choy!!

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SFREY217 6/16/2012 9:21AM

    Thanks for the info, it Sounds wonderful ! I too like mayo based stuff and have found that Kraft Free mayo is a good substitute for real mayo without all the fat.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/16/2012 9:05AM

    Baby bok choy? Never heard of it. Will have to google. Have a fun day.

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Running & fashion photos

Friday, June 15, 2012

I finally purchased my Livestrong HM photo -- yes, I waited almost 4 months -- but got 20% off. Next time I'll try to remember to take the jacket off first!

Above is part of my HM training group -- there's people who are training for marathons, too. I'm the one in the yellow hat. If you want to find your photos in a big race, wear a bright hat!

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this photo. Sitting down photos never look good.

My reward shoes. They're not as comfortable as every reviewer claimed -- not torture devices, but the arch could've been a bit less steep. But in the end they only cost me $35, they'll go with a ton of my clothes . . . I think they're keepers.

Excuse the hair. This is what happens when I run & wear hats. It's unfortunate I run 4 days a week but I don't shower every day.

I swear I was just going to Kohls to return something (which I did), but I had time to kill before an appointment and fell in love with these gold pants. They're really comfortable. JLo brand -- runs really big; they're a size 4 & I'm so not a size 4. They're supposed to be capris, which just means I don't have to shorten them!

The book on getting sexy arms had the advice to put your hands in your back pants pockets to take good photos (or just on your butt if you don't have pockets). Seems to work. Not real happy with my arms, but I haven't been able to work them much in so long -- my elbow started bothering me again. Not as bad; not quite sure why -- my last workout with weights was on Monday. Wednesday I did some yoga -- mostly lower body yoga, but there were some downward dogs in there.

I really, really want to do ST -- I can see & feel my body needs it -- but I also know the elbow needs rest again. The good news is that while I'm on vacation it'll get a rest from all the repetitive things I do: scoop litter, load & empty the dishwasher, take out the trash, walk the dogs, etc. etc.

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DDHEART 6/26/2012 9:34AM

    What a glamour girl you are! I am struck by how your running has really sculpted your body. Nice.

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MZSLYDE01 6/21/2012 8:48AM

    Wow love the outfit. Very chic.
You look wonderful by the way. Haven't been able to do much on sp lately but it's good to be able to visit your page and find out what is going on with you.

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NATPLUMMER 6/15/2012 4:21PM

    I think you look great in all of your pics!! Yes, a bright hat is a good idea if you want to be identified ;-)
The shoes are very cute. Too bad they aren't so comfy.
Hey...those pants really do work well. I love not having to shorten things.
I bet the vacation from repetitive elbow movement will help. Hopefully you can start back up with ST when you get back.

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It's both rewarding & frustrating

Thursday, June 14, 2012

But mostly rewarding. Seriously, I'm not complaining. I earned my shoes - and I didn't just maintain, either. And TOM arrived this morning. So I'm definitely doing a happy dance - especially since I won't have to worry about TOM during vacation - ESPECIALLY since we'll be spending many hrs in the car - long drives!

Now, I suppose you know you have a problem when your mother - who alo likes shopping - asks you just how many pairs of shoes you have anyway. OTOH, my husband didn't beat me after putting the new knob on tbe door in "my" bedroom, where a lot of my shoes live.

So the frustrating part? Yes, I'm almost back down to my lowest weight. And before a vacation, which is great! But I also know I'll be back up some amount after vacation. Before you assure me I can lose weight on vacation, just keep in mind I have 3 yrs of data that says that won't happen.

The line between being comfortable where I am & not feeling comfortable is still so very small. And it will totally be frustrating losing the same few pounds . . . Again. I know, I'm such a whiner. Sorry!

I WILL work hard to maintain. I WILL do my best.

There just might be some photos tomorrow . . .

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BILL60 6/14/2012 8:26PM

    Get on down, knock out a healthy "10" big push-ups and enjoy the hell out of your vacation. Have fun!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/14/2012 2:55PM

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Enjoy the shoes and your vacation!! Worry about any gains afterward.

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Whittling' down

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

That's what I'm working on. I think I have a fairly balanced eating style going on. The main concern now is portion sizes.

I noticed that I was feeling really full after adding nuts to my tuna Waldorf salad. Just 1 tbsp nuts! Not stuffed, not uncomfortably full, just fuller than I really need to be. So instead of tbe whole can, I leave a little for the animals. They always got some; now they're just getting more. I might even downsize the bowl I use; we'll see.

Funny how life works out sometimes. Was all set to make chocolate roasted chickpeas this morning (recipe from a cookbook so I'm not free to pass along). I was really looking forward to it, too. No chickpeas! I don't think I've ever been out of chickpeas before!

So I had a hard boiled egg & an apple instead. It's actually supposed to be a no-dessert day, so that's really a better choice anyway. But I will be buying chickpeas & trying out that recipe!

What recipes are you trying lately?

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NATPLUMMER 6/13/2012 1:50PM

    I need to whittle down my portion sizes, too.
Ooohhh...that does sound good. Sorry you were out of chickpeas.

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DDHEART 6/13/2012 9:41AM

    Funny how change has become our normal.....got home the other day/night and yesterday had one of those re-stock the larder shopping trips....just filling my cart with cherries, apricots, strawberries and melon made me feel good...now all I need to do is get out for a run and I'll be really back to normal!

Can't wait to hear about the recipe...sounds interesting!

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What would my life be like at GW?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I've been using my morning walks with the dogs to think about this question. To imagine my life at GW.

The short answer is my life wouldn't be very different:

*I'd maintain my weight within about 5 pounds - thus feeling thin some days & fat some days

*I'd have to maintain my level of exercise - altho there'd be a *little*extra wiggle room for missed sessions

*I'd still have to watch what I eat - like a hawk - again, a *little* extra wiggle room

*I'd still be attending weekly WW meetings

*I'd still be tracking my food, most likely

Right about now you might be thinking well that sucks - what's the point?

Ah, but I'd no longer have too-tight clothes that need a few more pounds gone before they looked good. I'd have even more self confidence - I truly believe your self confidence goes up with evey pound gone. My running would feel a little easier - at least some days. It would be easy to cross my legs. The stomach rolls that really bug me would be greatly diminished.

It seems like such a short list - but I know it's a worthwhile pursuit. Your list may be different - what's on your list?

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DDHEART 6/14/2012 7:55PM

    I don't think it's bad to say things wouldn't be so different. A long, long time ago, when I was an unimaginable distance from goal, I would have had some magical thinking....life would be so different....now, I know that my life....where I'm at...what it takes and what it means is all good.....no, some days are more of a struggle but life is a journey...this life is my journey...and I am taking it as it comes and it comes with a lot of hard work and constant change.

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SKFEREBEE 6/14/2012 7:18PM

    And I guess that's why they call it a lifestyle change. I would definitely feel more self-confident, comfortable in my clothes and lighter on my feet.

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KANSASROSE67 6/12/2012 11:32AM

    Interesting to think about. I'm so close, and have been so close for so long, that like you, I'm not sure much would change. I think it would just be the satisfaction of knowing I stuck it out all the way to my goal. (And looser pants would be good too!)

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/12/2012 11:24AM

    It is so worth it! You'll emoticoneveryday because you made it and you have stayed there!

It's a GREAT feeling!

I still track my calories and exercise religiously. I found I'm not so crazy about getting Sparkpoints like I was initially! But still stay on forums as it is such a learning experience, ie the running teams.

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NATPLUMMER 6/12/2012 11:02AM

    I think my list is the same as yours...minus the WW meetings.

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NELLJONES 6/12/2012 9:16AM

    You're right. From a practical standpoint life at goal is pretty much the same as life while losing. What's different is the attitude: if I can achieve this I can achieve so many other things! Unlike most things on a bucket list, weight loss takes more than a plane ticket to achieve. When they say "it's the journey not the destination", it means that we learn a lot about ourselves and that we can change our attitudes at any time. That's a lesson worth all the gold in the world.

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