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It all adds up SO quickly!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

It really is amazing how a little bite of this & a little bite of that adds up pretty quickly to a LOT of calories.

With his sister's wedding fairly fresh in mind, I figured we'd be sitting down to dinner at 9 pm. Which of course would be extraordinarily late for a day that started with a 6:30 am 7 mile run (not to mention not enough sleep).

Wrong! The entrees finally trickled out at 11 pm. The ceremony started almost 45 minutes late. So the cocktail reception (with food, finally!) started at almost 9 pm.

Yes, I was really, really hungry. What saved me was that unlike his sister's wedding, the food was only mediocre; my cousins are big foodies & I suspect the bride's parents are less well to do.

I literally only had 2 bites of tbe cake - it wasn't chocolate & it wasn't that good & by that time I wasn't terribly hungry. I'd had a hard boiled egg around 5:30, thinking the protein would hold me over. I wasn't expecting to wait almost another 4 hrs for food!

So the moral of the story is not to wait to count up those little tastes cause they sure add up fast!

And since we didn't get to bed til 2 am - almost awake for 24 hrs by that point - I'm not real hungry now. Brunch starts at 9 & I think I'll save what I brought to eat when I got up (a protein bar) for later in the car if I need it.

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TEMPEST272002 8/5/2012 3:07PM

    I think I would have been crazed with hunger if I'd had to wait that long to eat! Well done with the healthy choices.

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DDHEART 8/5/2012 2:25PM

    What stuck me about this is 1) you started your day with an early FANTASTIC run...Yay you! and 2) you didn't waste your bites and counts on cake you knew you wouldn't love anyway.

Again Yay you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/5/2012 10:05AM

    You are so good with your healthy eating. Impressive.

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NATPLUMMER 8/5/2012 9:41AM

    11pm!!! YIKES!!! I'd be ready to gnaw of a limb at that point.
Wedding cake is often disappointing, I've noticed.
I hope you enjoyed your brunch...have a good trip home.

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NELLJONES 8/5/2012 9:22AM

    It really does add up fast, doesn't it? Doesn't seem fair, but there it is. And I, too, hate eating late. I know that in South America, the main seating at restaurants is at midnight, but I and my American stomach can't do that. Nightmares, indigestion. It's not worth the "glamour" of a late dinner.

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CMCBRIDE37 8/5/2012 7:48AM

    I get cranky without food...I would have had to leave and eat something and come back muttering migraine coming on as I left...and then when I came back saying that I caught it in time with some medicine. emoticon emoticon

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It's all an illusion

Friday, August 03, 2012

Firsy, my Olympic update: I'm not a night person, so I tape it & watch it the next day. Just finished watching the duel in the pool . . . great race! I'm 3/4 thru women's gymnastics & was so sad to see ally falter. I can't even imagine how parents sit thru that . . . I'm gasping & I have no emotional connection! Chester looks at me, wondering what's wrong.

And here's why numbers don't always matter. Since I've started to wear my elbow brace during exercise again, I've been able to do upper body ST & more yoga again. Hurts so good. Really, it feels good to work out the arms hard again after a couple of months of babying them.

I lost a lot of toning in my arms over those 2 months, but I can see my whole body composition changing in just 2 weeks of harder ST. Toning - thru yoga, thru ST, thru Pilates -- that's where you will really see the difference in your body.

Of course cardio is important too; it's good for your heart, your stamina & your energy. But toning will give you a body you can be proud of.

And diet is really the most important of all. You can't out exercise a bad diet.

So the stick on nail polish? Chips big time. I was lured in by tbe promise of no chipping, but within hours of applying it I had a couple of large chips already. Maybe the more expensive stuff doesn't; maybe I didn't apply it properly. I wanted to do it yesterday be ause I have a couple of nails on tbe verge of breaking & I would have time to remove it if it looked awful.

Even with the chips it still looks nice. It was very awkward applying it to my right hand & more time consuming than I thought -- took maybe half an hour. But of course no dry time & no worries about smooshing it either. We'll see how it holds up to swimming & washing my hair. Tbere are some extras in the package, so if I'm super motivated I could replace the ones with big chips. I'm guessing I won't be super motivated tomorrow.

Tried any cool new beauty products you care to share with us?

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2012 11:16AM

    Olympic confession...I haven't watched any...not even the opening ceremonies. Does that make me a bad person?
Yay for working the arms!! I'm going to some this afternoon.
Boo for chips. Makes me glad I never polish my finger nails ;-)

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NELLJONES 8/3/2012 10:18AM

    Good luck with the nail polish. I'm afraid I still use the old fashioned kind while I'm reading the paper. It's dry by the time I finish.

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Failed experiment? Or was it?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

So I tried to eat as much lime last week as possible. It's really the first time I've tried it. Nope, no big loss this week. A . 02 gain, which is still winning in my book. Sure, I was hoping for a better outcome - who doesn't want a loss every week? But it wasn't surprising, despite the fact that I actually feel I ate much better this week - far less baking & BLTs.

C'est la vie. Of course as DH would say, it's only one data point but that's ok: I don't feel the need to be that regimented again.

This weekend will be a big challenge. A wedding Saturday; eating breakfast around 5 am tha day to get out the door for my 6:30 am 7 mile run. Ge everything together, drop the dogs off & the 3 hr drive down.

Ceremony starts at 7 pm, which probably puts dinner around 9 pm again. Oy! By which point I'll have been up for 16 hrs already, having tackled those 7 miles . . .

And then brunch the next day. 3 hr trip back home. Probably a goodie bag in tbere, too. Oy! Oy!

Any suggestions welcome. I might wear skinny jeans down there just to remind myself what I'm working for; even tho it's supposed to be hot.

I did the stick on nail polish today - probably should've waited til tomorrow but wanted to make sure it wasn't a disaster. I've got to get in my tempo run, tho, & hopefully get thru the rest of last night's Olympics, so later baby.

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NATPLUMMER 8/2/2012 3:34PM

    Yes, it's only one data point..but stable is good.
The weekend does sound like a challenge....Oy, oy and oy!!
The skinny jeans might be a good idea.
Yay for stick on nail polish!! Have a great Olympic tempo run :-)

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The takeaway from the Olympics

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Just because you lose the battle doesn't mean you've lost the war.

Another week unsure for me: I think I've done well, but I'm not really quite sure what the scale has in store for me. I ate wll -- actually far less BLTs than last week -- and I lime how I'm looking & how my clothes feel. Sometimes that translates into a loss; sometimes it doesn't.

All that really matters is how you react. The women's gymnastics team could so easily have fallen apart under the pressure; instead they rose to the occasion. They weren't perfect, but they were still mesmerizing to watch.

I can choose to eat poorly because I am training hard, or I can carry on eating the best I know how in spite of the number on the scale because in the end it boils down to one simple thing: it makes me happy. It makes me happy to wear cute clothes; it makes me happy to look in the mirror & lime what I see; it makes me happy to feel comfortable in my own skin & it makes me happy to get more done because I have more energy.

Only today I am sooooo tired, because it took me hrs to fall asleep last night. Damn late workouts. OTOH, I was astounded to look down and see that I'd run the first 400 meters (1/4 mile) of my speed work at 9 minutes per mile! The second two were slower, but they were all run at faster than my race pace!

Of course the whole workout only lasts 30 minutes or so. I will not be running that fast during my HM.

I've decided I need to pay someone from the group to act as my carrot in my HM. Even my warmup was about my normal race pace simply because I'm always chasing them. I'm always last & I can't keep up with them, but somehow they make running faster seem easier.

I was going to work legs in addition to arms today, but that ain't happening. I can barely keep my eyes open. And I worked my arms hard. I'll try to squeeze in some core & leg work tomorrow -- maybe more runner's yoga after my tempo run, which will probably be on my treadmill again so I can catch up with the Olympics again.

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DDHEART 8/1/2012 8:37PM

    Be happy....I like that. Wish I had a pace group to be my carrot...today's run was a push...maybe getting cooler so runs will get better? Hoping...but not giving in!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/1/2012 4:02PM

    I've been exercising a lot, and eating like a bansee warrior. So, that's gotta stop. My old pattern of being able to eat anything has
re-emerged because of the higher activity
level. Not a good bad habit to get into.

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KAREN42BOYS 8/1/2012 3:45PM

    Sounds like you're in a great place mentally.

And now you've got me imagining one of your teammates with a picture of a carrot on the back of her running top!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/1/2012 3:18PM

    I love your Olympic spirit, you are a champion also. You never throw in the towel, it's what I love about you.

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Simple recipes I'm enjoying

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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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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