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Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We hosted Thanksgiving this year. It turned out that quite a few members of our extended family had other stuff going on, so we had a relatively small gathering at our house. We were planning on 10 of us, and that ended up being just nine because my aunt stayed home sick.

I ended up taking Tuesday and Wednesday off, partly because I did need some time to shop, clean, and cook, and partly because I just wanted some time off from work. I really didn't think I needed two whole days for Thanksgiving preparations. Turns out, I did!

I wanted to keep the menu simple. We always, always have way too much food. But when my husband I started talking about the menu, things that I wanted to skip, he wanted, and vice versa. And then of course the guests want to bring food too. So, we ended up with:
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Turkey (with gravy)
Chicken curry
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Carrots
Stuffing
Buns
Lefse
Cranberry relish
Mom's orange salad (a jello-Cool Whip favorite of the kids)
Carrot cake
Pumpkin pie
Wine

Jeez, it feels like I'm forgetting something, but MAN that's a lot of food! NINE people!!! Can you imagine the quantity of leftovers left? Insanity.

Personally I would have skipped the stuffing, but it is a favorite dish for many. Hubby would have skipped the lefse because it's so time-consuming to make, but I can't give up that family tradition. I bought a couple packs of those Glad containers and sent leftovers home with everyone. We have just a bit left in our frig. Hubby made a wonderful turkey-noodle soup last night. It's nice to not have to cook for a few days!
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The carrot cake recipe was a new one for me. A few weeks ago we went to a surprise 40th birthday for a friend, and they served this carrot cake. OMG. It is amazing. I asked for the recipe and proceeded to enter it all into SP... a whopping 633 calories for a slice. Yeah. I think I'm going to play with the recipe a little bit and see if I can cut calories without compromising flavor. For instance those 633 calories assume a slice is 1/16 of the layered cake. I thought I could try it in 24 cupcakes instead, and maybe cut back a bit on the glaze and frosting. It's so so so decadent. I think you could scale it back a bit and still have an over-the-top dessert. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Not something you'd eat every day, that's for sure. But a couple times a year... Mmmmmmm...

I had really the best time with our family and friend who came. That may be the smallest Thanksgiving celebration we've ever had, but you know in a way that was nice too. A little less hectic and boisterous. It was a perfect day. After everyone left, complete exhaustion hit me. I started kitchen cleanup, took a breather, finished kitchen cleanup, and fell asleep on the couch for TWO HOURS. Man, I slept hard! I managed to get up and go to bed. I was actually still really tired all Friday. Now I think I'm back to normal. I'm taking care of some procrastinated paperwork and then RUNNING. That's the plan. Time to get back to THAT obsession.
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For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
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Note: Lefse is a soft, sweet, Norwegian flatbread.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lefse

  
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JUMPINJULIE 11/24/2012 4:29PM

    Sounds like a great day and great food. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 11/24/2012 3:42PM

    Sounds like a nice day.

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I was going to ask for the recipe until I read the calorie count...

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SURVIVOR61 11/24/2012 3:28PM

    emoticon I am so glad that you had a really great time. ;-) I just love to hear about family gatherings. When I was young I came from a large family and I miss that so much. My husband and I moved several years ago back to his home town and things have not gone well for me. I have no friends or close family here. My husband has alienated our two sons and they don't come to visit. And my husband won't allow my grandchildren to come her for visits. I am so heart broken. So now I live precariously through other peoples stories. My biggest argument with my husband is over the grandchildren, they are my heart and soul. It just kills me that I can't see them, I am missing so much. But enough of my sadness. Here's to your much need rest!! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 11/24/2012 11:30AM

    so glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Sounds wonderful.
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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JSALERNO 11/24/2012 11:03AM

    YUM

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TONYVAND1 11/24/2012 10:52AM

  Sounds like a great time was had by all.

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KNYAGENYA 11/24/2012 10:42AM

    Sounds wonderful.

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OJ_2_OK 11/24/2012 10:36AM

    What is lefse?

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November Blah Blah Blah

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ok, there is no Week 3 Checkin. I've been pretty bad the last week. I was hyper-focused on getting ready for Thanksgiving, and other aspirations fell to the side. So. Back on track now. End of story.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 11/24/2012 4:26PM

    Nothing wrong with taking a break. I'm glad your back.

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MEXGAL1 11/24/2012 9:45AM

    Glad to hear you are back on track! Let's just do this and be happy and healthy!
Have a terrific week end.
Sallie

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SSDCQUINCY 11/24/2012 7:26AM

    Hang in there. today is a new day!! Hang in there and do the best you can. emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 11/24/2012 7:01AM

    emoticon I happens! Busy busy times Oct-Dec!

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CAPECODBABE 11/24/2012 6:53AM

    Good Luck emoticon

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JSALERNO 11/24/2012 5:10AM

    WE ALL NEED TO PRIORITIZE. I DO SHORT BLOGS SO IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG.

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BEECHNUT13 11/23/2012 10:39PM

    Thanksgiving does that.

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OJ_2_OK 11/23/2012 7:40PM

    Its a journey isn't it? I have to re-focus my efforts as well. Thanksgiving kinda threw me off, and not just one day, a second day. AND EEK! I have another thanksgiving to go, a business trip coming up and a work holiday party all in the next week!!!

But I am trying to picture myself in a bathing suit at the beach this year. TALK about motivating....I better get back on the treadmill as we speak, lol.

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SURVIVOR61 11/23/2012 7:29PM

    emoticon For being human and being able to admit it. Now you can focus on getting back on track, sometimes we need to focus on other things or areas of our life. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. And I just finished reading an article that recommends that we try to focus on maintaining our weight before our weight loss and once we've gotten use to the weighing and measuring, eating healthy, choosing all the right foods that we will need to choose for the rest of our lives, that it will be much easier to focus on loosing weight. That we will have establish the necessary tools and healthy eating habits to loose weight and to keep it off for the rest of our life. And in some ways this makes a lot of sense to me. Learning what needs to be done in the long run, doing and repeating it over and over until it becomes second nature to us. Part of of our lives will become automatically choosing what is healthy and preparing it healthy. Then their won't be any need to take a day off. What do you think? emoticon

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STILLHERE1111 11/23/2012 7:13PM

    Good for you, I've gotten side tracked and made other things my priorities many times. No where to go but forward, you can do it.

When you keep yourself and your goals at the top of your to do list everything else will fall into place.

Just as you wouldn't expect to get where you are going if you don't put gas into the car.

This "Season" can be difficult, gift yourself with your daily success.

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RG_DFW 11/23/2012 7:09PM

    There's nothing wrong with straying off course, as long as you get back on the right path. Good for you!

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Don't Judge

Sunday, November 18, 2012

One of my favorite people (yes, you, Mary) often says "Don't judge" in her cute, funny way when revealing something about herself that she thinks just might elicit disparaging remarks. I've taken to saying it myself fairly often. It comes in handy on more occasions than you might think.

And then I find myself judging, and I quickly remind myself:

Don't judge.

Yesterday at the 5K, I was running behind a woman with a quite large bottom, and I instantly had to squelch my Inner Judge. We all start somewhere. Who knows if someone else was running behind me and judging my appearance or running form. I admire everyone -- big or small -- who gets out there and MOVES. Notice too that she was running AHEAD of me. Bigger AND fitter -- you go, girl!

After the race yesterday I came home and baked 4 dozen cookies and 2 dozen muffins for church today. When I took them into the church kitchen, I was surprised by how many store-bought treats others had brought. My thinking was something along the lines of "I baked, why can't you?" Judging, anyone? Yup. You know what? Some people are even busier than me. Some people don't know how to bake. Whatever the reason, who am I to judge? They did a nice thing bringing in treats to share.

I'll never forget one of my more fashionable friends commenting on another friend's outdated shoes. I am never up on current trends. It's just not something I care about a whole lot. I want to look nice, but I also just don't have the mental energy or money to invest in staying on top of fashion trends.

Maybe that's what "Don't judge" boils down to: Not everyone cares about what you care about.

I love to bake. It brings me joy to make food and share it with others. Not everyone bakes or cooks.

I love to read to my kids. I have a friend who says she hates reading to her kids. Ugh, that just makes me sad! But you know what -- she's a great mom and does all kinds of other activities with her kids.

We don't all live the same life or have the same hopes and dreams or butt size. And that's okay. Live your own life.

Don't judge.

The funny thing is -- those times when we (some of us) fear being judged are probably the same times that NO ONE CARES.

Do you feel self-conscious about going the gym? I used to, years ago, before I got truly serious about losing weight, and then, in all honestly, I could not have cared less if everyone in the gym had been staring at me. I was going to work out no matter what.

I've been in other situations that made me extremely uncomfortable, feeling that people were staring at me. Judging me. Who knows, maybe there were some fashionistas looking, berating my cheap Target sweater and Old Navy vest. Stare all you want! I'm wearing it, and I like it, so bugger off. People look, maybe spacing out not even really looking AT you, or maybe judging because that's how their mind works, or maybe thinking kind thoughts toward you. You just never know. It's best not to care or feel paranoid about it. Just live your life.

And remember:

Don't judge.

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/23/2012 7:08PM

    Perfectly stated, especially "Not everyone cares about what you care about." I love that.



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LEIELD 11/21/2012 3:05PM

  I like your comments in this blog - it is far better to find something positive about any given person in your viewing area, than to think negative thoughts that can only come back to haunt you.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/19/2012 5:50PM

    What a great reminder i try my best not to judge anyone but it is hard sometimes and you have to remind yourself to each his own right or her own as may apply. emoticon

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-CORAL- 11/19/2012 1:44PM

    Thank you for this reminder today and great analysis of the origin of judging. emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/19/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon You are so right and it's a lesson we all can work on and all need to learn! I've done the same, there was a guy at a function I attended over the weekend and he's too big to walk, he has to ride a scooter everywhere and I definitely had the thought "how do you let it get that bad!" But I had the same thought you did, "don't judge, you don't know what he's going through." Later, I heard some teenagers saying "GOD, how could anyone get SO FAT." And I wanted to tell them off for being brats, but you know? They're probably scared that it could happen to them and being teenagers, they don't know how to handle it so they mock.

I think you hit the nail on the head about priorities. What's important to me may not be important to you and vice versa, trying to be the best at the things that are important to everyone will just drive you nuts!

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/19/2012 11:30AM

    This is a very powerful and important message. I need to work on not judging others. I've gotten pretty good at ignoring most people's judgments of me as I've grown older, at least! Thanks for the great blog!

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/19/2012 10:26AM

    Thank you for that. It is a lesson we all struggle with.

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MEXGAL1 11/19/2012 9:59AM

    We all fall prey to judging and I agree we need to check ourselves occasionally so we don't let it get out of hand. Thank you for the reminder.
Have a great day!
Sallie

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KNYAGENYA 11/19/2012 8:21AM

    Words to live by.

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AUTUMNBRZ 11/19/2012 7:10AM

    I love this blog! Great message. We all need this reminder from time to time! :)

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JSALERNO 11/19/2012 5:38AM

    LET'S NOT JUDGE

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LESSOFMOORE 11/18/2012 9:04PM

    Be blessed, and thanks for sharing!

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BRANDNEWME78 11/18/2012 6:10PM

    This is a great blog! I am also guilty of this and try to catch myself before I start judging. Thanks for the awesome reminder!!

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CAPECODBABE 11/18/2012 5:44PM

    What a great blog!!! Made me think!!! emoticon

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NEVERORNOW 11/18/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon Thanks for the important reminder.

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OJ_2_OK 11/18/2012 5:16PM

    I love this blog and I've been noticing myself lately "judging" and telling myself not to as well. This is a good life lesson/mantra to carry around.

We all don't have the same priorities and are at different walks in our lives.

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MILTONS1 11/18/2012 4:50PM

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My Fourth 5K

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Today's 5K was my fourth official, outdoor 5K. I commented to my husband what a difference between this one and my first. With my first one, I couldn't sleep the night before, I was wound up so tight. This one felt like old hat... until about an hour before the race when my nerves kicked in.

I really didn't know what to expect because I hadn't been training as much. My running lately has not been great. I've felt like I'm running about as hard as I can, but it's still so much slower than I was 6 months ago. So my expectation was finishing around 36 to 38 minutes. Nothing impressive, but I also didn't really care. Just have fun, pace yourself, enjoy, relax.

First, it was soooooooooo cold! My sister talked me into leaving the sweatshirt behind, and she was right. Once we got going, I was plenty warm. We started off in a big, slow mob, which was probably good. I've started too fast in the past and then burned out. This allowed me to pace myself better.

I felt energized and very comfortable at my pace -- not too slow or too fast. The only problem was, perhaps because of the cold temps, my very runny nose. I finally had to stop to blow my nose a few times. My one goal for the race was to at least run to each mile and stop to walk at mile 1 and mile 2 if I needed to. Well, they didn't have a first mile marker. I probably stopped around 1.5 and 2.5. I had just one Kleenex left to get me the rest of the way, so I pushed on and tried to finish strong.

My time? 35:22. I told my sister that I know each race is different, and you can't really compare. But some small part of me also thinks I should be improving all the time. So I'm okay with 35:22. It's certainly better than the 36-38 I was expecting, but I sure would like to get closer to 30. I could have pushed myself harder today, but ... well... I didn't feel like it :) I guess I have learned from experience that when you push too hard, it makes for a miserable race and then you're wrecked for the rest of the day. I feel great!

So... RAH! RAH! Another race, and running is FUN again!

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NEVERORNOW 11/18/2012 3:06PM

    emoticon Congrats!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/18/2012 1:58PM

    Congratulations! You beat your expected time and had a great attitude as well. I always walk 1 min per mile to check my heart rate, drink some water and wipe my nose (darn allergies!)

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MIRAGE727 11/17/2012 11:07PM

    Embrace the run like you are and it will just get so much better! As the experience builds, your running just gets better! I'm so excited for you! Stay strong, train well, and you will run well!
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November's Mid-Month Check

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's time once again to check in on those pesky goals. Again, I feel like I'm doing pretty well sticking to all my goals, but statistically speaking, I'm not doing great on all fronts.

A few of you expressed concern that I was being too hard on myself. Maybe you were kidding a bit. Or not. Anyway, I thought I would explain the method to my madness. Get ready to see just now obsessed I am with my fitness quest.

Not only do I track all of my food and cardio on Sparkpeople, but I also keep a spreadsheet, where I track basically everything else. So I know percentage-wise how I'm doing on all my goals. When I have a goal to stay under 1550 calories every day, and I'm only managed to do that 5 days so far this month, that's a 33% success rate. If I had a 33% in 10th grade English, I'm pretty sure that would be an F. So, now you know the rest of the story.

I don't feel that it's being hard on oneself to be honest with oneself. Rather than fill my head with wishful thinking and false pride in my partial accomplishments and wonder why, oh, why isn't this weight coming off, I know. It's because I'm over in calories 67% of the time and have skipped a few more workouts than I should. Don't get me wrong -- I am pleased that I've stuck to a lot of things pretty well. And I know what I need to work on.

So. Long story short: Don't worry about me. I'm just being realistic. I'm not beating up on myself for my less than stellar performance in some areas. I look at them as areas to work harder on.

On to this month's mid-month check. Some good news, some bad news:

MOD ===== A
Tone every day ===== B
Cardio every day ===== C
Under 1550 every day ===== F
Meditate every day ===== A

I'm doing GREAT with the MOD and meditation. (WOOHOO!) Pretty well with my toning, ok with cardio. Dismal with my eating. Some days I go over a little, some days more than a little. It's so easy to do. One restaurant meal blasts calories through the roof unless you compensate for it the rest of the day.

Oh, one final note... When I say tone every day and do cardio every day, I do allow myself one day off a week. That is factored into my percentages. I've been missing a bit more than just one per week; hence the lower grade.

Now I'm off to run a 5k. All that time I took off from running in October really shows in my recent runs. Slooooooooooooow. I'm curious to see how hard I can push myself now in a race. My PR is 33 minutes. The way I've been running lately, I'm well over 35! Wish me luck!
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BLESSED2BEME 11/18/2012 1:22PM

    We each have to find what works best to help us see where we are progressing and where we aren't. I think that friends just worry about each other and without knowing each other in person per say, it is hard to really understand where each of us is coming from. Glad you have a system that works well for you. If I was to use that system, I would fail as it is too detailed for me. To each our own!

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JSALERNO 11/18/2012 7:16AM

    I LIKE YOUR SPREADSHEET IDEA

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COOP9002 11/17/2012 12:23PM

    Looks like you're moving forward.

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KNYAGENYA 11/17/2012 10:51AM

    I love your tracking system. I never thought of doing that. I know you are going to do great on your run. Good luck.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/17/2012 10:25AM

    Everyone has their own way of tracking their progress and sounds like your way is both very organized and useful to you. When I was losing weight, I hit four plateaus but only three of those were what I consider true plateaus. The one in May occurred when I was going over my calorie range pretty regularly and it was taking stock of my eating and the scale that helped me get back on track with what I needed to do.

Good luck!
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MEXGAL1 11/17/2012 9:21AM

    Keep up the good work!
Have a great week end.

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BEECHNUT13 11/17/2012 9:15AM

    You could see it as 33%... but how much are you going over your calories? If it's 50 calories, then framing it as a very low failing grade may actually be too hard on yourself. Your other grades look great! Isn't it tough how diet makes up 90% of our success? I think that's the hardest thing to change...

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CAPECODBABE 11/17/2012 8:51AM

    Sounds like you have a handle on things
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