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Same old, same old

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Seriously, not much going on. Make a few changes, do good for a while, then BOOMerang! Let's just say I'm seriously good at maintaining, which isn't tbe end of tbe world I suppose.

Enjoying another beautiful day. We were due some good weather.

Another track workout last night. Small group, no TCBY, so had my frozen Greek yogurt at home instead. Probably better; easier to control my portion size.

Doing lots of decluttering with my move every hour method.

Finally pulled out my elbow brace & was able to do some upper body ST Monday without pain. Gonna try some more today. Yes, the elbow is still bothering me. I've added in specific weight exercises & stretches for it & it seems to be sloooowly getting better.

Somehow I don't think I'm going to magically lose 5 lbs & get cut arms before the wedding next sat. I can't even cut back on carbs to cut the bloat because I'll be running 7 miles.

Retried my Tisano tea this morning. Basically it's roasted cocoa shells; google if you're interested. I was not impressed the first time I made it but I must've hit everything just right today because it really hit the spot after our walk.

I've been rocking 2 side French braids into one braid down my back the last couple of days. A bit time consuming but it really holds all that hair in. I tried a waterfall braid a while back & aced it the first time I tried it but haven't been able to do it again. It would work well for the wedding do I'll have to try again.

I often do a simple French braid for my runs in the summer, but with my long layers it really doesn't come out so well. Braids are one reason I like my hair longer. Which reminds me I really need to make an appointment to get my bangs trimmed . . .

Spark goodies for everyone because this is a really boring blog if I say so myself! Double spark goodies if you comment!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/26/2012 11:35AM

    Thanks for the reminder, I need a hair cut too. emoticon

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PCOH051610 7/26/2012 8:05AM

    That wasn't a mundane blog at all! I had actually forgotten how nice braids are until you mentioned it so I must go google how to do it. My hair is so thick (I'm thinking your hair is as well) that it will be nice to have something other than a ponytail or a twist.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/25/2012 10:05AM

    I've always wanted to learn French braiding, but never got the hang of it. Maybe I'll try again. I've always like the look.

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NATPLUMMER 7/25/2012 10:02AM

    Maintaining is a good thing.
Will you come and declutter my house? ;-)
Poor elbow...at least it's on it's way to getting better.
I think you'll be looking great for the wedding...especially now that you can do some upper body ST.
I could never French braid my hair...just too inept, I guess. That's why I cut it short.

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LJCANNON 7/25/2012 9:59AM

    emoticonGreat Job on the Maintaining! And on the Braiding!! Even when my hair was long I could NOT master Braiding. Maybe too many Layers or Too Much Curl?
emoticonGlad that the Elbow seems better, hopefully it will continue to improve.

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KKINNEA 7/25/2012 9:58AM

    Funny! Sometimes a mundane update is a good update. Good stress and bad stress all create the same cortisol hormones anyway! I felt relaxed reading about someone's more relaxing life :)

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NELLJONES 7/25/2012 9:44AM

    Getting hair trimmed is a non-fattening "treat".

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Chocolate for breakfast. Mmm, mmmm, GOOD!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Oh yeah baby. 


I had this for breakfast this morning, despite the fact it wasn't a long run day - just an easy run. Sooo fudgy! Sooo good! Light in my stomach. I'll be using it again for this weekend's long run . . . And making a batch for the group's party - with frosting this time.

I don't know what mini loaf pans she had, but it only filled 4 of mine. I just cut each loaf into thirds. For this weekend I'll try it in a 9" pan. And in the future I'll try them as muffins.

I didn't whip the eggs, simply added them to the liquid ingredients in the food processor cause I'm lazy that way. I prefer it dense & fudgy to light & airy, anyway.


I chased it with one of these, which I made last week. Highly addictive. All the comments were right - much too dry as written. I added a quarter cup applesauce. I'm wondering if honey instead of sugar would give the right texture. Next time.


I made these last week, too. Also very tasty. Looks like a great blog!

Made any great recipe discoveries lately? Are you also a fan of chocolate for breakfast?

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TRI_BABE 7/24/2012 9:03AM

    THIS LOOKS AWESOME!!! I AM JEALOUS!! I don't have time to "officially" cook much more than basic food right now. Once I get settled (will I ever?) I will probably try some recipes.

I like chocolate chip waffles for breakfast... LOL!

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NATPLUMMER 7/23/2012 10:29AM

    Sounds yummy!! I'd probably do muffins.

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COOP9002 7/23/2012 10:09AM

    Chocolate is always a good way to start the day. Thanks for sharing.

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LJCANNON 7/23/2012 9:48AM

    emoticonThe recipes sound delicious, and I MAY actually try the Cake sometime soon.
emoticonBut this morning, I will stick with my Peanut Butter M & M Sandwich!!
emoticon emoticon

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Giving the neighbors a show

Sunday, July 22, 2012

No yoga in a dress yesterday, but I did grab a mat upstairs & started to do abs upstairs - many of the moves standing, so I was easily visible. Still dressed in jean shorts & a casual tank top.

It seemed such a hassle to change & I was only aiming to do a few abs exercises . . . which turned into about 15 minutes of abs & 15 minutes of lower body.

The nice thing about bodyweight exercises is that they can be done anywhere.

Why is it it seems so hard to start, then often so easy to keep going?

The only downside to working out in your street clothes is getting sweaty, of course.

And wondering what the neighbors must think of you . . .

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LJCANNON 7/25/2012 10:07AM

    "Why is it so hard to Start, and so Easy to keep going"? That is the $64,000,000 Question, isn't it?
emoticonI usually work out in my Street Clothes, because I either don't have time to change or I have NEVER been comfortable in 'WorkOut Clothes' It is hard to find Work Out Clothes when you are 300 or more pounds.

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XFITSTRONG 7/24/2012 6:01AM

    Haha! Good for you! I went walking in my jeans one time and had several people stop and offer me a ride, lol... Won't be doing that again. Kinda creeped me out, lol...

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TRI_BABE 7/22/2012 9:23PM

    I saw someone at the gym lifting weights, and they were wearing jeans and a work shirt. I thought that was kind of odd. Then one time a woman showed up to my high impact aerobics class wearing flip flops. I guess she was from another country, so i think she just didn't know.

What you did was fine, and it's better to go ahead and do it rather than say, "too much of a hassle to change" and not do it at all (like many others would).

I have this workout, that I did today, where I run a mile, do bodyweight exercises (push-ups, squats, walking lunges, crunches, etc), run a mile, do the exercises, and so on. Normally I try to find a park to do this in but today I just ran through the neighborhoods. This woman came out and sat on her porch obviously watching me like I was doing something odd. I felt annoyed, but finished my exercises anyway. I guess anything in exercise is odd to people who don't "get it" LOL

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NATPLUMMER 7/22/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon I've been known to do my body weight exercises in my street clothes, too.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/22/2012 12:09PM

    You have such a cute personality. Totally likeable.

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Am I the only one who buys everything BUT veggies at the farmer's market?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Well, I did buy grape tomatoes & devoured almost a quarter of the 2 pints the minute I got home. And I bought apples, too. I would've bought corn but i'm not wuite sure what we're doing for dinner. It can be hard to get into the veggie stalls with the dogs.but tbere's so much else that's tempting.

I bought 2 bureks - never heard of that before, but they're filo filled pastries - one beef, one veggie. I think they may be dinner.

I bought a dozen eggs, ground beef & 2 sirloin steak.

I bought 2 challah rolls at a place I've been meaning to try forever. I'm in kind of a dangerous mood this weekend: hungry & kind of not caring, despite the fact that my last 2 WIs weren't what I wanted. I figure by buying tbe rolls & not an entire challah I'm at least limiting the damage.

Finally I bought a small chocolate tart -- which went straight into the freezer. I'll save it for a long run someday. Today was a recovery week -- only 4 miles this morning.

And yeah, I can be petty. There were only 4 of us & I brought in tbe rear. The petty part is being slightly upset with the woman who came in ahead of me because she turned around early. I swear she did it so she could beat me. I told you I can be petty!

Actually, it was a really nice run. Much better time than last week's, but felt easier (which could be due to the simple fact that it wa 4 miles, not 6). But it also had quite a few hills.

Now it's time to relax a little.

PS: I impressed the young 20 something selling me the chocolate tart when I told him I'm a runner & run HMs . . . the furthest he's run is 11 miles. I told him I'm really slow but he was still impressed. Kind of made up for my earlier pettiness.

PPS: I just tallied up what I think I'm going to eat today & even with the challah roll (which I'm saving for tonight cause I'm not sure what we're doing for dinner) I should be ok.

Life is good.

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BESSHAILE 7/23/2012 7:10AM

    nope. You aren't. half of what's sold at our FM is not vegetables.

Sigh. I missed my town's farmer's market Saturday and now I'm all out of tomatoes. boo hoo.

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LJCANNON 7/22/2012 10:01AM

    emoticonI find a limited selection of Veggies in most of the Farmer's Markets here, I am a little disappointed in that.
Way to go on the Running, and impressing the 20-something Dude!! That isn't Why you run of course, but it is still a Nice Feeling!! As far as the Lady who Turned around early? Who is she cheating but herself?
emoticonBut I still would have wanted to 'accidentally' trip her as she went by!!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/21/2012 3:01PM

    I often just pick up bolani when I go to the farmer's market ;-) It's not nearly as deluxe as yours but since it's at work, I can't complain.
You're not being petty...she was the one being petty.
Yay for impressing a 20-something and being able to fit a challah roll into your day....that does make for the good life :-)

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/21/2012 12:29PM

    Life is good & you seem to have a wonderful start to the weekend!!

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Yes, it can be ok to eat after a certain time

Friday, July 20, 2012

There are "diets" that warn notto eat after a certain hour - because your metabolism slows down at night and it will all just turn to fat. And I know people who will take it to heart & skip eating dinner if the witching hour has arrived.

Last night I met DH at the park. They have free concerts on Thursdays in the summer & it's great socialization for the dogs (they may be almost 7, but it's a never-ending process).

DH took the dogs for a walk while I did my tempo run. By the time we got home it was 7:30 & I'm usually in bed by 8:30 & lights out around 9. I know - so much fun, right?

Did I skip dinner? Of course not! Even tho I was curiously unhungry. I wasn't even that hungry in the afternoon when I normally get ravenous. I didn't eat anything unusual yesterday, either. Guess it's the dip in hormones after TOM passes.

But I still knew I needed to refuel. My tempo runs do seem to be getting faster. But not easier. If only I could keep up that pace for an entire HM I'd be ecstatic! But it's hard enough for 2 1/2 miles!

Now, if you're eating after dinner for emotional reasons or habit, not eating by a certain time might make sense. But skipping a meal because of an arbitrary deadline is just silly.

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BESSHAILE 7/21/2012 8:37AM

    My thoughts too -

Of course - my problem isn't skipping a meal. It's eating a meal because it is "time". Ugh. LOL.


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LJCANNON 7/21/2012 8:10AM

    emoticonI agree completely! Sometimes due to my work schedule, I don't get to eat Dinner until after 9 O'Clock at Night. Does it ever cross my mind to Skip that meal because of the time? NOPE!!
emoticonI do usually skip my "Bedtime Snack" when I eat Dinner that late.

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NATPLUMMER 7/20/2012 1:58PM

    I agree!! Glad you got out for your run and that the dogs got out for a little socialization.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/20/2012 9:48AM

    I swear, your meticulous attention to your eating is impressive and inspiring. You're my hero. (smiling)

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