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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'm not only repeating last week's food as much as possible because I had good results, but because I enjoyed my food, too! These came from The Vegetarian Lunchbasket, a cookbooki've had forever but never used until now.

Asparagus Rollups

6 slices bread, crusts removed
12 stalks asparagus
1 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp mayonnaise
3 laughing cow wedges

Preheat the oven to 400 & roast the asparagus

While you're doing that, roll a rolling pin over the bread to flatten it out

Melt the butter

Spread each slice with 1 tsp mayonnaise & 1/2 wedge cheese

Cut roasted asparagus into bite size pieces (I cut them in half, but I end up just pulling out the whole stalk when eating it)

Place 2 stalks on each slice & roll up, pressing tbe ends together to seal

Brush with melted butter

Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown

The cheese is my addition. I didn't think the mayonnaise really did much for it. I was going to use regular cheese (which I think would be really good) but remembered I had the laughing cow & figured it would give it a god flavor.

Makes 3 servings.

Let me know if you do a variation. It sounds time consuming, but I think start to finish wax 30 minutes for me.

Honey Tofu

1 block tofu (firm or extra firm)
1 tbsp butter or margarine
2 tbsp honey

Cut tbe tofu into cubes or 12 slices. I did slices; a bit easier to handle.

Melt butter over medium heat; add honey & mix

Add to fu & pan fry, turning once, til golden

Sprinkle with salt to taste

I even screwed up & only used 1 tbsp honey & it was still pretty tasty!

Any recipes you're loving lately?

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NATPLUMMER 7/31/2012 2:24PM


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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/31/2012 1:23PM

    Thanks for the asparagus recipe, I tried something similar before with Phyllo dough and it was a royal pain in the you k now what, bread sounds much easier and I just love laughing cow cheese, Definitely gonna put asparagus on the shopping list for next week.

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An experiment

Monday, July 30, 2012

Altho I definitely have some staples, I love trying new things. But I'm experimenting this week, trying to repeat the previous week's food. I can't completely - it's just not in my nature & of course sat's potluck throws a monkey wrench in there. But I'm at least giving it a try as much as possible.

I also know that you can eat exactly the same, exercise exactly the same & still get different results. And last week's results were good & typically after a good week I might stay the same or go up a bit. Like I said, it's just an experiment.

I found the press on nail polish at target for about half the price - in a fairly simple gold. So ow I have options, anyway.

I took my newest Marshall's gift card out for a spin with no results. I did try on a dress I really loved - purple, peplum, cut out upper back, cheap -- and very en trend; but just too darn short. I was sad to leave it her but frankly my upper thighs are not my best feature & I showed too much of them.

Which was totally frustrating because otherwise I looked awesome in it. But I always figure there must be something even better waiting for me.

It's a nice day - first morning with no rain in 4 days - but I'll run on tbe treadmill anyway so I can catch up with the Olympics. I tape them & watch them when I have the time - and try not to see any results before watching them!

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NATPLUMMER 7/30/2012 10:55AM

    Too short?? That never happens to me. ;-)
Have a fab treadmill olympic run.

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NELLJONES 7/30/2012 9:56AM

    In the old days, we used to have the same food on the same day each week. There just wasn't the variety of food available today. Seems dreadfully old fashioned, but it was easier for the housewives (only the women cooked) who had to cook 365 days a year because no one ate out. And to think people remember the old days fondly!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/30/2012 9:38AM

    I can't believe that I hardly shop at all now. I'll share your adventures through your blogs and that'll be my shopping excursions.

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Satisfying Saturday

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Had a really nice long run yesterday. Funny how 6 miles doesn't really seem to qualify as a long run anymore. Don't get me wrong -/ it's still an effort & tiring, but it no longer seems long. And I still remember the high of being able to run one whole mile for the first time!

I ran it at the same pace as my average pace from speed work Tuesday -- but it certainly didn't seem that hard, even tho it was a hilly route. Probably because I ran with someone for a change. Last time I ran 6 miles by myself I think my pace was 1 minute per mile slower AND it felt harder.

Then the running group got together for a potluck last night which was fun, except for the 15 minutes sitting in the car because it was pouring & we were parked 4 blocks away. It did eventually stop raining & a good time was had by all.

Did decently with my food choices -- in fact I was still hungry when I got home so had some frozen Greek yogurt. Chocolate this time -- and I didn't like it; go figure. I really like the vanilla, tho.

Next week is the wedding. A couple of weeks after that is a company picnic. Lots of challenges to get thru still. The next HM is 2 months away. How did that happen?

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NATPLUMMER 7/29/2012 10:38AM

    I remember when 6 miles was long....now it's pretty much my cutback length.
Really....prefer vanilla to chocolate?? I haven't tried chocolate greek yogurt...maybe those flavors just don't mesh as well.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/29/2012 9:55AM

    I remember when you first started running. You've come a long way, baby! (smiling)

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KKINNEA 7/29/2012 5:09AM

    Time is flying this year!

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Sometimes it's all just weird

Friday, July 27, 2012

There are times I know I've lost weight. There are times I know I've gained. Sometimes I know why; and sometimes I'm totally clueless. And sometimes I'm unsure, like yesterday (and clueless).

For most of last week I was way hungrier than usual. I did a lot of baking & a lot of tasting. I've gotten pretty good at only licking tbe spoon when I bake, but not last week. Yet I had a good loss. Back into my happy place.

I didn't eat out at all last week, except for what I bought at tbe farmer's market: lesson learned there -- whole challah bad, 1 challah roll not too bad.

I've been drinking way more. It's not like I was slacking before, but I'd often just stop when I got close to my 8-9 glasses for hours. Now I continue drinking no matter how much I've already drunk (except a couple hours before a long run).

I've implemented the move every hour rule -- making sure I get up & do something -- not even necessarily exercise, just something I need to get done -- at least once an hour. And boy, I'm getting a lot more done.

And yet some week's I'm still up, some weeks I'm down & haven't yet broken thru to a lower weight. Weird, like I said.

Now for the ladies: I wnt to sephora yesterday. I wanted to get stick on nail polish. I'd only just heard of it. I really wanted something plain, but all they had was wild stuff. I bought some leopard print, but I'm going to see if target carries something simpler. Or maybe hit the mall & the beauty supply store.

So if you're like me & never heard of the stuff - it's nail polish in the general shape of your nail with an adhesive backing you simply press on & supposedly won't chip. I haven't done my nails in literally years - cause it never lasts long - but I'm gonna give this a try for the wedding. They make it for your toes, too! And it comes off with regular nail polish remover. Now hopefully my nails won't break in the next week.

I also bought a small brow kit. I was a tweezer virgin. I used to shave my eyebrows, but the infection I got from that one time actually started me on my weight loss journey. The kit was a bit pricey at $35 but I actually highly recommend it, it comes with eyebrow powder & gel, stencils & the tweezers.

You put the stencil over your eyebrow, fill it in with powder & then tweeze the hairs outside your nicely shaped brows. Then you can use the gel to keep the shape, which I skipped yesterday but will do for the wedding.

No one ever showed me how to tweeze my brows . . . not my mom . . . not my sister. My mom's never been much into teaching - she didn't teach me to cook or bake or knit -- all things I taught myself. Anyways, so I was always kind of scared of tweezing but it was really pretty simple. Only took me 50 years to try!

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IFFYIFFY 7/27/2012 11:22AM

    I learned how to do my eyebrows from a magazine.

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LJCANNON 7/27/2012 11:03AM

    emoticonI would LOVE the Leopard Print Polish (maybe not for the Wedding?).
This Weight Loss Journey IS Weird more often than not, in my Opinion. I do like your Move Every Hour Rule!! Great way to get things done around the House.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/27/2012 9:38AM

    Fun stuff. I have au naturale eyebrows. (smiling)

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NATPLUMMER 7/27/2012 9:33AM

    Yes, sometimes it is just weird.
Why am I not surprised you got leopard print?
Nobody ever showed me how to tweeze my brows, either. I suck at it. That's why I get thtem threaded and then just try to maintain for a bit.

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BESSHAILE 7/27/2012 6:57AM

    ooo. I like the "get up every hour" idea - Thank you. I sit a lot at my desk at work and I think I need to just get up more.

I agree - sometimes it's just weird.

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XFITSTRONG 7/27/2012 6:19AM

    I like your blog title, lol..... And I totally agree. It is all just weird!

So interesting about the stick on nail polish! I hope you mention in a blog how it works for you. And the eyebrows....eeeek! I go get mine waxed about once a month. I normally have a pretty high pain tolerance, but the tweezing is just a pain I cannot tolerate, lol....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Of today's WI, that is. Eating-wise my week was ok, but it was one of those weeks with more BLTs than normal (bites, licks & tastes).

I wore a pair of skinny jeans yesterday. I've been trying to wear something form fitting once a week, so the loose summer clothes don't fool me. The legs felt looser, but that could just be stretching out, but there was more muffin top - not really because it was too tight in tbe stomach, but just that they keep slipping down - but not falling off. Does that make any sense?

Bottom line is a gain wouldn't surprise me but it would not make me happy for sure. Maintaining is only good if you're at GW.

It is a nasty, rainy day & likely to stay that way all day long. I might just wear boots. Of course I have my meeting & then a bunch of errands to run. Of course yesterday was lovely, but I did do a lot of errands yesterday, too.

Side note: it's really not that hard to braid your own hair. I taught myself years ago. Now you've got YouTube, which makes it so much easier! It is definitely easier when you have straight hair, but I don't so it can be done either way. I guess it's like anything: if you want it bad enough, you'll do it. And just what does that say about my inability to reach GW, hmmm?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/26/2012 11:33AM

    Sending good {{{{vibes}}}}}} your way today, good luck with WI.

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NATPLUMMER 7/26/2012 11:09AM

    Good luck!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/26/2012 9:39AM

    I have a funny skinny jeans story that I should blog about one of these days. Do yours wrinkle at the ankles? I haven't thought
of french braiding recently, but going
to check out your suggestion of finding
lessons on youtube.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 7/26/2012 8:02AM

    I know the feeling all too well of wearing loose clothing and then getting a shock when you try on snugger things. I hope today's weigh in went well in the end but I'm sure you will nip this in the bud!

I have to go back now and read some of your blogs - I love your ones with pictures of your great fashion finds!

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KGWINDER 7/26/2012 7:46AM

    Wow skinney jeans....best on being at the GW! You're still in the game, I can tell - awareness is everything.

Woo Hoo for you!

Thumbs up on UTube and braiding...found one that taught me the fishtail braid and also where you do a traditional braid but at the end hold one strand and push the other two up it, then twist for the coolest messy bun. Best part of getting a better body is showing off the peacock feathers!

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