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A Scoop of Running Fuel

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yep, mango sorbet! I wanted a little something to get me going before my run yesterday, so I had a little scoop of mango sorbet with some chopped canteloupe before I hit the pavement. So refreshing!

Don't know if was the absolutely perfect running weather last night or the tingly taste of mango goodness on my tongue or a combination of the two, but I finally got the guts to tackle a half-mile 60-degree hill that I've been avoiding since I started running!

I did it!

Hillwork is something else. You feel it in your hamstrings, your butt, your calves, and yes, even in your arms. It somehow feels like swimming, as if my arms make much more of a difference in propelling myself through the resistance; in this case, not water, but sheer incline!

For dinner I had an egg white omelet with cheese and fresh tomatoes and baked beans in tomato sauce. I don't have my own garden (my windowsill garden thrived for a bit and then unceremoniously wilted; I don't think I have enough sun...) but thankfully my relatives do and have been generous with the fresh zucchini, tomatoes, hot peppers and cucumbers.

I love this time of year for produce. Although I mourn the fact that I can't find a good green banana anywhere (I like mine JUST when they turn yellow and it's hard for me to stomach one with any black spots) and the strawberries aren't as good as they used to be, there are peaches and nectarines and pluots and plums and the melons are already ripe when you buy them!

So PSA from Karvy? Take advantage of this month while you can! Gobble up that awesome fresh fruit!

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ANNE7X7 8/18/2010 8:47AM

    Way to go on the hill!! You're a trooper!!

I was also quite depressed at the fact that berries are going out of season, but new things are coming into season (In Canada anyway)! Blueberries are still good (thank god. I might die this winter without them!), and now peaches, apple, corn on the cob and pumpkin is coming! Woohoo for nutrients!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 8/16/2010 12:05PM

    That sounds DELISH!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/16/2010 11:29AM

    Yum, yum!! Yay on the hill!! I love how my tush feels after a hill run, running a hill is a great, temporary (working to make it permanent) tush lift!!

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    I like my bananas the same way that you do and yes, it is hard to find them like that. When other people think they're perfect to eat, they're already too far gone for me. I like them green or just barely yellow. My family all think I'm crazy because of this, so it's nice to see there's someone else who gets it. :)

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NANASNOW 8/13/2010 4:16PM

    Fresh fruit in season is soo good. I am buying and freezing too. Smoothies in the winter with fresh berries! Yum!

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JBOWDOIN02 8/13/2010 11:00AM

    For some reason I can't get into eating mango on its own. I can eat it in a salsa, sorbet, Rita's Italian Ice, smoothie, and dried, but the fresh is just kind of icky to me. I guess salsa is as close as I can get to fresh mango without being too grossed out.

Congrats on making it up the hill. I can't stand walking up a will, let alone running it.

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SUSH_ASH 8/13/2010 6:35AM

    sounds yummy to me, enjoy your drink lady

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STORMTMB 8/12/2010 6:01PM

    Enjoy the fruit and then work on freezing, canning etc to preserve it for when it's cold and we're longing for summer again!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/12/2010 5:38PM

    Great job! I'd be hard pressed to find any hill work in Chicago haha, but after the marathon I'd definitely like to try it!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 8/12/2010 5:06PM

    Mmmmmmm.......sounds so goo......d.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/12/2010 4:12PM

    Now I never would have thought of sorbet as pre-run fuel! You are brilliant!! :-)

Way to go on tackling that hill! I have a feeling it won't be the only time you do! Way to go!!

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MBSHAZZER 8/12/2010 4:03PM

    Mm, thanks for the reminder; I am about to have a plum. And don't forget cherries! OMG, they are outrageous right now!

Glad to hear the mango sorbet fueled that awesome hill work!

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REDRUNNER82 8/12/2010 4:01PM

    I'm considering dumping my fiance and marrying peaches, that's how much I'm loving them this summer!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/12/2010 1:12PM

    I'm about to have my daily nectarine in a minute! YUM!!!

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YINYANGSJM 8/12/2010 12:50PM

    Mmmm...mango sorbet. That sounds really refreshing and much better for me than ice cream. Congratulations on conquering the hill. I don't even like to walk up hills let alone run up them. You're doing great!!!

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    Way to go on conquering that hill. I agree, hill work kills. It is very difficult but they say it will only make you stronger and faster so I guess it is worth it.

I love fresh fruits this time of year too. I need to get me some this weekend.

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/12/2010 12:44PM

    That snack looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! You are doing great this week! Have an AWESOME Thursday!

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SEATTLESIMS 8/12/2010 12:37PM

    yummy, what a wonderful idea for a pre-run snack!!
love summer fruit, berries are one the way out, but melons and other tree fruit are in!! Yay!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 8/12/2010 12:05PM

    I only like my banana's green/yellow too! My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I call any banana with ANY brown -- rotten! The "rotten" bananas give me indigestion!!

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SUNRISE14 8/12/2010 11:48AM

    That sure sounds good i have never tried it but think i will! Thanks for the blog! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/12/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon on your hilly run! Woot woot! You never cease to amaze me, lady K!

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SUGIRL06 8/12/2010 11:29AM

    I bought some organic strawberries yesterday from California (of course, I felt bad but I want my strawberries). They were THE BEST strawberries EVER. They were even mostly little sweet ones (when they get too big they lose their flavor). I need to go back and get more! Maybe freeze them for winter enjoyment?

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BURKEBRIZ 8/12/2010 11:28AM

    I totally agree about the produce and the running up an incline. When I am doing incline running, I feel it in my shoulder blade and my lats from pumping my arms so vigorously. The good thing is that means lots of LARGE muscles were moving and increases the burn.

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/12/2010 11:27AM

    Great job with that hill! It's amazing what different muscles you use with an incline emoticon

Fresh veggies & fruit are just so awesome right now. I've found that I'd take fresh watermelon any day over a cupcake or piece of pie. I'm really on a bell pepper kick right now...stuffed bell peppers with black beans & rice, yum!

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KITHKINCAID 8/12/2010 11:09AM

    Drool....mango sorbet....

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ELLENT124 8/12/2010 11:07AM

    Way to go on tackling the hill. I hate hills! Great job!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/12/2010 10:57AM

    Hill work is a hard one but I am finding I need hills in my runs. Weird but my better runs are ones with hills. The straight line running just has no appeal. Way to go on defeating that hill!

And yes, eat up that fresh fruit while you can.

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/12/2010 10:55AM

    I can not even image the hill....I shudder at the thought!! Way to go on conquering it!!!! I have no prerun fuel up process but I love sorbet!!!!! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 8/12/2010 10:52AM

    WTG on conquering that hill!! emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 8/12/2010 10:38AM

    We have the same banana issues - if it isn't still slightly green (and somewhat bitter/starchy inside) and if it is at all spotted w/ black I just don't like the taste of them. The plums and pluots have been fantastic this year!!!!

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SAMSPARK1 8/12/2010 10:20AM

    WAY to go on doing the hill! I agree, LOVE fresh produce this time of year! I will eat tomatoes like apples! LOL

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MANDA_MICHELLE 8/12/2010 10:17AM

  oh, i love it when it all 'adds up' and you have a great run. congrats on that hill, they can be tough, but its so rewarding to conquer it. i really like the technical training more so sometimes then the steady runs haha! i've learned so much about running these last few months, but the arm thing on the hills is probably the best lil running nugget!
yummy fruit, it all sounds so good! i've got some cherries waiting for me!

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CRYSAFROG 8/12/2010 10:16AM

    I have been making all fruit smoothies all week! I love this time of year!

I am with you on the banana thing....my husband thinks I am so odd about only eating bananas if they are still green or BARELY yellow. I feel they are more firm that way and you get huge banana flavor. There's nothing worse than a gooey (and black) banana.

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_TRIXIE_ 8/12/2010 10:07AM

    Congrats on the hill work! I complete understand the swimming feeling. Might also have to try the mango sorbet... mmmm....

Keep up the great work! :)

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ELLIPSER 8/12/2010 10:07AM

    Fruit has been so good this year! I don't know if it's because I'm eating better or if it is just tasting better this year. I can't seem to get enough. Yum!

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HAPPYPATTY1 8/12/2010 10:05AM

    I'm a gardener, and put in strawberries last spring. We are finally able to harvest about 7 ounces a day... my husband and I split them for desert at night. HOLY COW!!!! Fresh picked strawberries are super yummy deliciousness!


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    You are quite the inspiration! Congrats on facing--and conquering--that hill!!! You make me want to put on my running shoes. Oh wait--that urge just passed. emoticon

And emoticon for my Spark Goodie and the word of encouragement!

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CALLIKIA 8/12/2010 9:55AM

    I'm having a real problem finding good strawberries too! And the blueberries are all moldy at the store...WTF dude? VERY frustrating! Mango sorbet sounds yum!

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SUZEQ09 8/12/2010 9:22AM

    Mango sorbet huh? I had a cup of joe at 5:20 am this morning, that is what was my fuel.

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    Way to go!! What a great accomplishment. You are truly an inspiration. I hear ya on the garden...mine is starting to taper off. But I still have a few weekly farmer markets so I'll be sure to take full advantage of them!

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VALLOUGH 8/12/2010 9:12AM

    Yum! I've been making popsicles and they are certainly the perfect post-run treat (even if I do come back home at about 8am...) The melons are amazing right now!

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    You're awesome! I'm going to do my first attempt at hill training this weekend. All of my runs so far (ha ha, all three of them) have been on flat ground. My race in October? Not so much. So I've gotta get my butt out there. I love this time of year for produce as well ... I can't get enough!

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AFITJULIE 8/12/2010 8:35AM

    Congrats on conquering the hill! You are so inspiring!
Have you been doing strength training? I have been, twice a week with a KILLER trainer and one day on my own. I really feel the differnce although the stupid scale isn't moving.

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CARILOUIE 8/12/2010 8:27AM

    I'm the same way with bananas - I tend to like my fruit a little on the under-ripe side.

Mango sorbet is delish - and I had no idea it was such a great fuel! I will definitely have to try this soon...


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K, Read These 20 Things When You Feel Defeated

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A list for me to read when I'm feeling blah about myself, my journey and life in general. Feel free to make your own about your own awesome acheivements, talents, and qualities.

Dear K:

1. You've lost over 100 lbs which is a testament to your dedication and hard work.

2. Your longest run is 8 whole miles. You've never even biked that far outside!

3. I know you're up in the air about your career choice and the student debt that's staring at you, but be proud of making it through 7 years of higher ed, qualifying exams, professional exams, and having the diplomas to prove it. You made the decision to go to school and it was the right one at the time.

4. You have a hottie husband who adores you no matter what your size. He has a cute English accent and always, always has your best interests at heart.

5. You've traveled to more places than most people and have so much more to see and look forward to in the future.

6. Even though you've got those loans and a mortgage, you have no credit card debt.

7. In less than two months, you'll be in Vegas with some of your best friends. You figured you'd invite your favorite people to come in the hopes that some of them would, and now pretty much all of them are coming. They must care about you a whole lot!

8. And you've got the most awesome dress to wear.

9. You will be starting your 30s with "an athlete's bill of health," according to your doctor.

10. You're wearing dress pants today in a Junior's Size 11, a size you didn't fit into when you were in junior high school.

11. You had to boost the e-spinning video bike at your gym to Level 10 in order to get a spin workout that you could feel in your legs the next day.

12. You are wearing shorts in public this summer for the first time since high school.

13. Speaking of above, you still have the loose skin and thigh flab, but you are so much more confident that it doesn't really matter. The shorts look cute!

14. You're on track to run a half marathon this fall and run the whole thing. How cool is that?

15. Even if you don't lose another pound all year, you look thinner and more fabulous than you have in all of your adult life.

16. But you're gonna lose more, because you are going to work it and make the rest of this year count!

17. So you're going to keep it up, even if the calorie range seems too low and it takes harder workouts to reach that calorie burn, because you know what kind of results can be in store and you know that you can acheive them.

18. You're going to keep writing and learning and figuring out what the best path for you is in this life and take everything as it comes.

19. Those 30 or so extra pounds don't define you, just like those 130 extra pounds didn't define you last year.

20. So chin up. You're awesome. You're fabulous. And you can do this.

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JENELOPE 12/4/2010 3:10PM

    This was a fantastic post! I especially love #9. I can't wait for my next check-up, though I doubt my doctor is going to notice the changes I've made in my life.

I love all of this self-affirming, positive, recognition of how awesome we all are! There seems to be a lot of that going around lately! So much better than guilt, recriminations and hopelessness.


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RUNNER12COM 12/2/2010 5:29PM

    Love it!

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FOXXYROXXYD 12/2/2010 5:24PM

    So glad someone posted the link to this on your blog comments today! I totally missed this - it was during the last week of camps - I was kinda busy I guess :)
I love it! AWESOME!

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NELLBELLA26 8/25/2010 2:03AM

    What a great list to look at to remind yourself of all the great things you have done and have going for you!!!! The power of positive thinking! I love it. Great post. emoticon

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INTOTHESOUTH 8/18/2010 10:55AM

    I love this!! What a wonderful pep talk!!

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STARLIGHT615 8/18/2010 8:52AM

    WOW is all I can say! What an amazing blog!! You are doing so amazing!!

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ANNE7X7 8/18/2010 8:44AM

    Kristina, you are amazing! I love your blogs and I love your determination! I have no doubt you'll reach your goals!! Way to go!!

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  This is an awesome list! And that first picture really has me intrigued as to what is on the table XD lol

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TNMITCH 8/18/2010 12:12AM

    Thank you for sharing all the pictures, the parts of your life, your journey and hopes. It was a wonderful thing to read!

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FORMERFATGIRL 8/17/2010 7:49PM

    I especially like the part about the pounds not defining you. you are SO right!

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HOTTIE41465 8/17/2010 4:36PM

    Very inspirational blog!

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LINDAR11201 8/17/2010 3:54PM

  Thank you for putting this together. Your list puts everything in perspective so that we can appreciate the "now" moment we are in.

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LUVMYSELF1ST 8/17/2010 2:07PM

    Great pep talk - thank you for sharing (and congrats on doing so well!!)

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CHERYL7777 8/17/2010 1:43PM

    Thank you for sharing. I needed to read this today to help me get back on track. You are such an inspiration. Good job and good luck.

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JENNFIELDS4 8/17/2010 10:39AM

    That was so nice and you have so much to be proud of!! emoticon

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PUNZIE73 8/17/2010 5:32AM

    Bravo to you! Love it! Here's my "mantra" for staying on task: It's called my I AM list:

I am:
In Control.
Worth it.

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POMMESDETERRE8 8/16/2010 6:03PM

    Love this! i gotta make me one! emoticon

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CANDYXPERT 8/16/2010 1:30PM

    LOVE THIS!!!! I need to do one of these too!

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BLOOMING52 8/16/2010 1:04PM

    This was wonderful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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TLN-NOW 8/16/2010 12:45PM

    GREAT attitude! and VERY well earned! emoticon

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KYMMC3 8/16/2010 12:36PM

    You are AWESOME!!

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JANVIVALDI 8/16/2010 12:06PM

    Absolutely AWESOME!

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    This is Fantastic. Keep it up!!!!

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JUSTFOXXY 8/16/2010 6:40AM

    Great idea to make a list to help you focus on your accomplishments instead of the one thing you're working on.

Great job Karvy!

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BUD_44 8/16/2010 6:33AM

  Thank you for the blog. Very inspiring. You look great and you're doing great. I just started but slowly the weight is coming off. Best of luck to you reaching all of your goals. Keep up the good work!

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KIDSMADEMEFAT 8/16/2010 3:49AM

    This is an awesome idea. Keep up the good work!

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MAIDAVALE13 8/15/2010 9:13PM

    Love this idea! Very witty and creative things to re-motivate, I will definitely be using this idea for those hard moments. :)

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AMEREDITHJ 8/15/2010 8:46PM

    you're such an inspiration!

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DIVASPARK 8/15/2010 7:49PM

    great inspiration!

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MELITOD 8/15/2010 6:39PM

    loved them all congratulations on your 100 pounds.. you look great! emoticon

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SUNEELADEE 8/15/2010 9:14AM

    Wow!! Awesome blog post!! Pictures made it even more meaningful. Congratulations! You have certainly motivated me.

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MOONVINE 8/15/2010 7:23AM

  Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The photos make the statements more real too, huh? It reminds me of that "100 Things I am Thankful For" list -- Always helps me to write those. This is a super idea! Do you have this on a poster board?
PS -- That dress is sooooooooooo glamorous!

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BELLAMAGOO78 8/15/2010 12:55AM

    that's fantastic! I love the little puppy at the end!!

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JSCHARF 8/15/2010 12:23AM

    Whoa, what an awesome blog!

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LRSILVER 8/14/2010 9:41PM

    You are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

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DEE797 8/14/2010 8:38PM

    What a GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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K_LOVEGRL 8/14/2010 8:01PM

    I really enjoyed this post...it is soo inspirtational...I'm definitely going to give this a shot =)

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CAROLYNINJOY1 8/14/2010 8:01PM

    Very inspiring! emoticon

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LOURON 8/14/2010 7:56PM

    What a great positive attitude emoticon

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ICANDOIT2! 8/14/2010 7:19PM

    Thank you so much for posting this! I have been feeling suicidal and it is just so stupid of me to quit now, right?

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TERPSNMBR1 8/14/2010 6:51PM

    Awesome attitude!! I loved this! Thanks for the motivation! Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon

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JACKKELL 8/14/2010 5:48PM

    Great blog! Inspiring! emoticon

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GETTINMARRIED25 8/14/2010 4:47PM

    Wow, What an inspiring blog! You go, girl! You are Fit and FABULOUS

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MRSSIBRAT 8/14/2010 4:11PM

    I loved this!!

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THEWINNER33 8/14/2010 3:30PM

    Just what I needed today. I awakened feeling a bit down on myself but your blog pulled me up. Thank you. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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DYA177 8/14/2010 2:04PM

    What a great blog. I love the pics. I like the layout. It's very creative.

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HANAVAS 8/14/2010 2:03PM

    With your attitude the sky is the limit!

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50 Random Things

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Because I tried to write another blog but deleted it because I wasn't happy with how it was coming out... Maybe later... Poached from TORONTO_GRRL_79!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:30

2. How do you like your steak? Medium rare

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? I saw Inception at the IMAX theatre this weekend and absolutely loved it! I only see movies in the theatre if I can see them in IMAX. Otherwise, I wait til the DVD comes out.

4. What is your favorite TV show? My absolute faves are The Amazing Race, The Office, and Parks and Recreation.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I'm happy where I am right now. But I'd love to see as much as I can of the world before I make that decision!

6. What did you have for breakfast? Kashi Honey Almond Flax cereal with chopped strawberries and almond milk and a cup of coffee with skim milk

7. What is your favorite cuisine? I'd have a hard time picking between Thai, Malaysian, and Japanese.

8. What foods do you dislike? Capers. ICK ICK ICK.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? I love any place with outdoor seating and a nice view!

10. Favorite dressing? Ken's Light Honey Mustard, Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegarette, or just lemon and EVOO

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Kia Sportage

12. What are your favorite clothes? Comfy t-shirts, skirts, loose fitting pants

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Greece! Next on my list!

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Time for a refill! :)

15. Where would you want to retire? Someplace warm and by the sea!

16. Favorite time of day? Morning. I like having the whole day ahead of me!

17. Where were you born? Boston, MA

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Basketball

19. How many siblings? ZERO

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Writing, running

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Oh I don't know

22. Bird watcher? I like them, but I don't make an effort!

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning, most definitely.

24. Do you have any pets? A cat named Kimiko (Kimi) and a fish named Jimmy.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? It's my anniversary on Monday and I'm figuring out a nice place to have a romantic dinner right now!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A vet, until I realized that the animals you get to see all day are usually sick or dying.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Summers at the beach!

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Both. I'd have a whole menagerie of puppies if I had the space or time. But since I have neither, I am resigned to cats right now.

29. Are you married? Yes, two years next Monday!

30. Always wear your seat belt? Oh yes.

31. Been in a car accident? My old car was a magnet for crazies. I guess I've been in about five fender benders. Two were my fault when I was 16-17. After that, it was all on them.

32. Any pet peeves? Coworkers who brush their teeth in the office bathroom after every meal. When did that become OK suddenly? It's super gross. Just get one of those little on-the-go brushers or seriously, gum or a mint! I have a million pet peeves, but since I'm at work that's the first one that came to mind.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Ham and pineapple. Or BBQ chicken.

34. Favorite Flower? Callalillies, cymbidium orchids

35. Favorite ice cream? Pistachio or Kahlua Fudge Brownie from a local shop

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Cosi.... mmmm... fresh-baked flatbread.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None! Then I rearended someone like two weeks later, but that's a whole other story...

38. From whom did you get your last email? SparkPeople! LOL.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I could say Amazon, but that's kinda cheating... I guess Nordstrom. I could deal with a whole new posh wardrobe, thanks.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? No, and that makes me a little sad.

41. Like your job? Not really, but it's my own fault.

42. Broccoli? Steamed, but not raw. Ick.

43. What was your favorite vacation? Oh geez, how to choose? Can I pick three? Toss up between Kyoto, Singapore/Malaysia/Indonesia, and Rome/Florence/Venice.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My hubs. We had burgers and fries at Fuddrucker's on Saturday.

45. What are you listening to right now? The clicking of keyboard keys.

46. What is your favorite color? Red, Navy Blue

47. How many tattoos do you have? None. I love seeing ink on others, but I can't commit to anything for a lifetime.

48. How many people will fill this out? I'm not omnicient.

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 10:22 am.

50. Coffee Drinker? Oh yes. I used to drink like 5 cups a day but I've cut it down to 1-2!

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KYMMC3 8/16/2010 12:53PM

    Happy Anniversary! I LOVE reading/doing these things!

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MZDOLPHIN 8/13/2010 12:45AM

    will post my random 50s on my blog later emoticon

its fun reading yours emoticon

#50 .. so very me huhu I really enjoy Coffee emoticon

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SHELLEYNALLS 8/12/2010 8:55AM

    LOL about the teeth brushing! ITA!!!!!!!!!!
I used to drink 8-13 cups of coffee a day but have cut back to 2-3! By doing that, I go ahead and buy the bag of Starbucks Sumatra! I figure that yes it is a bit more expensive than Maxwell House, but a small bag lasts just as long as a big can lasted me and the quality is 100x better! I go for quality and enjoyment now! emoticon

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SUSH_ASH 8/12/2010 7:30AM

    very interesting and i enjoyed it completely, happy annivesary in advance, mine is on 29th of this month

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/11/2010 2:46PM

    Congrats on your wedding anniversary!!!! I have my 1st year on August 15th!!!!

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HOSTALADY 8/11/2010 8:55AM

    Thanks I enjoyed this blog and Happy anniversary Monday!

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ROOT4HOME 8/11/2010 12:31AM

    Happy 2nd Anniversary!!

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NAVYNURSE 8/10/2010 6:40PM

    wELL CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary!!!

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FULLOFFAITH 8/10/2010 5:08PM

    My favorite is #32 pet peeves one of mine is when people blow there nose in a restaurant emoticon.seems to happen everytime. makes me loose my appetite. where do they wash there hands after. YUCK YUCK YUCK..... did I say YUCK.


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CINNAMONGURL06 8/10/2010 2:36PM

    Love this- how fun! I don't want to answer all of the questions, cause that would be- well- too long for a comment. So, I will pick a random 3. I have one tattoo on the small of my back- it is a simple tribal design with a small red heart in the middle. I love Indian food- YUM, YUM, YUM! If you have never tried it, don't wait another minute! And my favorite color is GREEN!

Happy (early) Anniversary! Enjoy your romantic dinner. Talk to ya later- thanks for the interlude to my day! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/10/2010 2:19PM

    32. Any pet peeves? Coworkers who brush their teeth in the office bathroom after every meal. When did that become OK suddenly? It's super gross. Just get one of those little on-the-go brushers or seriously, gum or a mint! I have a million pet peeves, but since I'm at work that's the first one that came to mind.

EEW, eeew and more EEEW!

Also, capers?! I won't even try those! Same with oysters! LOL! emoticon

hearts youuuu!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/10/2010 2:07PM

    I love the Office and Parks and Recreation!

Happy (early) Anniversary!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/10/2010 1:44PM

    Right now my daughter is begging to go on coloring.com so my computer time for the a.m. is over, but when I get it back I'll do this too. It is funny, but several of my answers are the same as yours, off the top of my head, pizza toppings and capers-LOL! Those little buggers are the most disgusting thing I can think of. I always think they look like little boogers in the food-LOL! Happy Anniversary

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/10/2010 1:34PM

    Fun stuff! I always love learning more about my SparkFriends! :-)

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MPALMER15 8/10/2010 1:15PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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STORMTMB 8/10/2010 11:34AM

    I totally love Fuddruckers and I have to go seriously out of town or out of state to get them. I do every time I see one!!! Cool info - nice to get to know more about you!

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JENN26POINT2 8/10/2010 11:07AM

    I had cymbidium orchids in my wedding bouquet! I LOVE THEM! If it was warmer here in the winter, they'd be in my flower garden!

Congrats on the wedding anniversary. I wish I coulda slept to 6:30 this morning... *pout*

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CARILOUIE 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    Hahaha I am one of those people who brushes their teeth at work! But I do it in my classroom where nobody else can see me. *And*, I have Invisalign braces, so I have to make sure my teeth are clean before I put them back in. *And* and teach music, and I don't want to breathe nasty breath into the kids' faces! I don't like watching other people brush their teeth either, though.

This was so interesting to read!

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SWAZY33 8/10/2010 10:44AM

    omg...I'm am SOOOO with you with pet peeve!
hahaha...that was so random but I totally agree!
The one lady that did that here left for another
job (applause erupted throughout the office)lol
. .*).*)
(. ♥ Karen ♥

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CHANGINGMORGAN 8/10/2010 10:43AM

    I want to go to Greece too! And I'm an only too!!!

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FREES1 8/10/2010 10:43AM

    Glad to know its not just me who thinks 'take it somewhere else' when seeing co workers brushing teeth!

I'd be happy to share some of that Kahlua Fudge Brownie seated outdoors where it is warm and with a view of the ocean!!!

And Have a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Happy 2 and many many more filled with love, joy, and contentment! You go girl!

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FUNFROG79 8/10/2010 10:37AM

    Great list! You are quite the travler!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 8/10/2010 10:36AM

  I can have a leetle bit of icey cream please?

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/10/2010 10:32AM

    Kahlua Fudge Brownie? That settles it - Imma coming to visit!

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MBSHAZZER 8/10/2010 10:31AM

    I love this! We are very similar! :D

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Back in Effect

Monday, August 09, 2010

Well, from a lot of blogs I read this week and last week, I can say definitively...

LAST WEEK WAS TOUGH! For me and for a lot of my SparkFriends!

I don't know what was in the air or the water supply or whatever, but wow. For me, I know it was last week's Food Consciousness Vigilance Fatigue coupled with a really bad cold, sprinkle a dash of four longer days to make my hours for the week despite having Monday off, and add a dose of switching birth control methods to screw my hormones up...

Yeah, not a good week. I'm not excusing my own laziness and poor choices and the fact that I didn't get to the gym all week and I didn't make the best food choices this weekend but I'm acknowledging it and moving on and stating:

1. Yes, I did have a Sonic cream slush for breakfast yesterday. And two glasses of wine. And I ate two Italian cookies and a half of a chocolate chip cookie after dinner. And a huge burger and fries on Saturday night. But despite these "splurges," I didn't go nuts. And that is important.

2. The only exercise I did last week was walking, but my body was so out of whack that I know that the rest did me good, even though I do feel soft, I'm excited and antsy waiting for work to end so I can get back to the gym tonight! I got a yearnin' for the burnin'!

3. I got the Runners World mag I subscribed to on Friday and read it cover to cover. It was like it was made for me. Lots of stuff about half marathon training and triathlons and just a lot of amazing stuff! Training starts September 6th!

I also have a new range to work with: 1260-1610 contingent on burning 4,000 calories per week. So I'm going to aim for1400-1500 calorie days this week and get back to my old schedule of running and cross-training.

MONDAY: Run 3-miles, arms
TUESDAY: Spinning, abs
WEDNESDAY: Run 4 miles, legs
THURSDAY: Zumba, Kickboxing
FRIDAY: Gym tri: Run, bike, swim
SUNDAY: Long run (6-7 miles)

170s, here I come! I want my tone and energy back!

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DIGITAL7 8/15/2010 5:42AM

  Thanks for letting me know that I am normal-
I have walked everyday for the past month and a half but I missed a day yesterday and will probably miss today- I feel awful about it, but Monday here I come-.Thanks for the inspiration

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DYA177 8/14/2010 2:07PM

    Yeah, last week of July and up until now, It has not been a good month. I have hit a slump. Thanks for the insight.

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NANASNOW 8/13/2010 4:20PM

    And I thought I was the only one in a slump! Started again after a few too many weeks without and now the muscles are complaining again. But it felt great to get out there! Thank you for being you!

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ANGELOO29 8/12/2010 9:35PM

    Seems like we've all hit some type of hurdle the past few weeks. Glad to know others out there are feeling the same! Coming out of the slump now and working to keep motivation high. Have a great week!

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CINNAMONGURL06 8/10/2010 3:10PM

    It is so nice to know that we are not alone in going through phases or slumps. I have been in one for about 3 weeks now and despite my best laid plans can't seem to get myself kick started again.

Like you, I haven't gone crazy in the food department but I haven't not been motivated at all to get to the gym or workout- other than walking. It's like my mind and body are at constant war! My mind says, "let's get moving and lose those extra pounds" and my body says, "are you kidding me, leave me alone, I'm tired!" LOL!

I know that I am going to get it together soon because I really want to lose this weight and keep on track to be as close as possible to my end goal by January, so I need to get crackin'.

Thanks so much for sharing, in only the way you can. You have given me hope that I can get back on the wagon again real soon.


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SUZEQ09 8/10/2010 9:53AM

    So much energy! Wishing I had the mojo back to get back into it. Good luck!!!

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VALLOUGH 8/10/2010 9:14AM

    Nice plan! Race you to the 170s?

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SAMSPARK1 8/10/2010 9:04AM

    Glad you are feeling better. I too have been in a funk! Was going to try to get back on track on Friday but that didn't go so well.....anyway, I finally dragged my but out of bed this morning at 5:00 to go to the gym where I did 45 min. of cardio including a bit over 2 miles on the treadmill with some running. That was a challenge since I haven't done much running lately. But overall it felt so good to be physical again! I brought my lunch today and am trying to plan ahead a bit better than I have been. I need to keep reminding myself that only I have the power and CAN resist temptations (like the ice cream sandwiches I bought for my kids and I pigged on..LOL!!)

WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!

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  You've got this girl. We all have these moments but we soon get over them or make them better and better. Keep up the hard work, you're awesome!

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RUNNINGNP2B 8/10/2010 8:48AM

    Glad you're feeling better pretty girl!! LOB!

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KATHLOW 8/10/2010 4:51AM

    wow, 4000 calories, that's a LOT! Glad to see you feel better!

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DESERT_BIRD 8/9/2010 11:06PM

    I love your attitude and determination!

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REDRUNNER82 8/9/2010 8:49PM

    Looks like a great plan! Best way out of a slump is to recognize what happened and move on.

I can't believe I've made it this long without subscribing to Runners' World... I buy it every now and again but just never subscribed. I should get on that...

And finally, thanks for your encouragement on my cookie dilemma earlier today! Everyone's responses really helped!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/9/2010 7:58PM

    Watch out 170's!!!! Go you!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/9/2010 6:08PM

    Woohoo!!! Get to that gym and feel the burn!!! Way to go!

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SEATTLESIMS 8/9/2010 5:43PM

    that looks like a GREAT workout plan!! you are full of energy!! ;)
I need to kick it up a notch like that.. good for you!!
Hope this week is wonderful for you to make up for last week!

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IMSMILEY88 8/9/2010 4:52PM

    I hope you have a wonderful week! And, I've been "off" the past 2 weeks. I just want my desire & follow through back.

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_TRIXIE_ 8/9/2010 4:29PM

    What great inspiration for a rejuvenated week ahead! 4000 cals will be NO PROBLEM with a schedule like yours!

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NICOLE12-01 8/9/2010 3:20PM

    Oh my gosh...I HEART Runner's World magazine! I keep telling myself that I need to get a subscription instead of just buying it every month. There are so many good tips in there! LOVE IT!

Your schedule looks super for the week!

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    What a training schedule you've got there! I gotta try to keep up with you cause I'm on my to the 170's too! emoticon

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    OH yeah, I can relate - made chocolate chip cookies...still trying to give them away. Even if I freeze them, I'll hear them calling... hard on the teeth but still delicious frozen!

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/9/2010 2:36PM

    I feel your pain about the birth control. I switched to a different type of pill last month and it really messed with my system. It caused some odd water weight gains & energy dips. It's going to be better for me in the long run though (I have PCOS), and I can already see where it's helped.

It sounds like your body really needed that rest & is ready to bounce back with a vengance! That plus the calorie switch-up sounds like it's just what the doctor ordered! emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 8/9/2010 1:23PM

    Keep on going and embracing the journey!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/9/2010 1:20PM

    Ohhh I like Sarah's idea of approaching the magazine with a RWC column!!!! You rock!

Sorry you had such an "off" week; those are the worst. You will kick this week's a-s-s though!!!! :)

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SMURPH32 8/9/2010 1:16PM

    Last week WAS tough... wonder what's with that. Here's to a fresh new week for all of us :)

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JRIMM4 8/9/2010 1:07PM

Cheers to a new week!


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BOOTS1221 8/9/2010 1:06PM

    Bummer of a bad week, but it sounds like you have an awesome plan in place to not let that happen again! Go get 'em girl!!!

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STORMTMB 8/9/2010 12:58PM

    You can do it!! emoticon emoticon

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MERISSA1315 8/9/2010 12:56PM

    Yearnin for the burnin! Love it! Go get it girl!

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LADYSNOWFALL 8/9/2010 12:51PM

    I agree to it being a tough week. I wonder why it was for so very many people?

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JBMT08 8/9/2010 12:48PM

    Sounds awesome!!! your new plan that is! I will start training for my 5K at the end of the month (provided the dr says it is ok!!)

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MBSHAZZER 8/9/2010 12:47PM

    Kristina, I'm sorry you had a bad week too. I was hoping that maybe I was "taking one for the team" with my crap-tastic week! Here's to a fantastic week ahead! I love that "yearnin' for the burnin'!"

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NAPPILICIOUS 8/9/2010 12:46PM

    Now that's a workout plan.Kudos to you for the preperation. People fall off the wagon all the time the important thing is acknowlege the error, get back on, and keep on moving in the right direction.

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TEAM-SARAH 8/9/2010 12:44PM

    I LOVE runner's world. I got the subscription with my membership to the Chicago Area Runner's Association. I don't subscribe to magazines.... but I would definitely continue to get this one. It has consistently amazing articles! Maybe you should approach them about doing a RWC column!!

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KITKA82 8/9/2010 12:38PM

    Nice to know I am NOT alone!!! I was just about to post my blog about how I anti-rocked last week and this week I'm getting back to it.

YOU can do it and so can I! Thanks for this. Majorly encouraging! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 8/9/2010 12:27PM

    It WAS a tough week (weekend for me - I hear you with the cookies, and wine and burgers) - but it's Monday and it's a new week and we're going to rock this one out in a big bad way!!!

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SASSAGAIN 8/9/2010 12:12PM

    Keep rockin' sweetie! not wevery day or week will be the best, we have to have some crappy low times so we can see how far we can actually go. It sucks, yes, but when you look back and see....

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RAVENSONG37 8/9/2010 12:10PM

    Great job planning to get back on track and not freaking out!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/9/2010 11:53AM

    I am feeling soft, too. I am maintaining weight wise, but the lack of ST is something I can see in my naked body--HATE IT!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/9/2010 11:52AM

    Holy crap 4,000 calories a week? I bow down, because you are a machine!

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    You have a great plan. I also get Runner's World magazine and I just love it. I am in the process of reading the August issue and I haven't got to the September issue yet. I am excited every chance I get to read it though. I am over half way through the August issue which I hope to finish this weekend. Then start the September issue. Keep up the good work and good luck with your plan.

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JENN26POINT2 8/9/2010 11:25AM

    Hi Kristina. I had a poor weekend too. Saturday went as planned, but I forgot about DH's birthday yesterday and the dinner at his mom's that ensued. Oops. Oh well, water under the bridge, time to start walking.

I think you did great considering you were sick. I'm absolutely exhausted and will be seeing the dr about it today... I wish you luck on your 3 miles today. My knees are hurting bad from last week and Saturday's softball game. Hoping to get at least one mile today. :)

Choose a great day, my friend!

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KAY-SUPREME 8/9/2010 11:14AM

    Man, you are so right. I think everyone was just kinda off kilter there for a bit. But this is a fabulous plan! I'm getting back in action tonight myself.. and all of today via healthy eating and things like that. And water... I love water. Good luck! Can't wait to see how you did this week!

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CAROLYN1213 8/9/2010 11:02AM

    You got this girl! You know how to get it done!

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SUGIRL06 8/9/2010 11:01AM

    Wow what a great plan! And yes, there most be something in the air! I am running, screaming from my HM training. I just want it to be over! LOL. And we won't talk about the Applebees or Olive Garden or TGI Fridays I had last week. But same as you, I didn't go crazy. Just didn't *always* behave either! I am glad you got your break and that the magazine came just in time to motivate you!!! Good luck with your training!!! You will do awesome!

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ABETTERCHERYL 8/9/2010 10:49AM

    I'm going to check out that magazine as well then! Thanks for the tip and glad to see that you are right back at it this week.

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    You're doing awesome!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/9/2010 10:42AM

    Boy do I hear you on this!! Fatigue has been a big issue lately. I skipped a short run this morning in favor of sleep. Del Taco has .39 tacos so those ended up on the menu over the weekend-the good news being that a thirty-nine cent taco is really small emoticon. There was good stuff in with the bad though. Hope everything goes mucho better this week!!

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My Encounter With the $6 Buffet

Friday, August 06, 2010

My building's cafeteria has a $6 buffet on Fridays and I totally forgot I agreed to have lunch with two coworkers today. I already had my lunch packed and I brought it down to the cafeteria to eat with them. They LOVE the $6 buffet... it's basically all the food you can fit in a really big plastic takeout container. The cafeteria's way of getting rid of leftovers before the weekend, I guess.

Usually they come back with gobs of gross fatty food like beef ribs and fried chicken, so I was curious to see what it looked like.

Today? Grilled chicken breasts, blackened grilled catfish, steamed veggies, chicken fried rice, steamed rice, and fettuccini alfredo.

So I figured... one catfish filet, a ton of steamed veggies, and SIX HUGE CHICKEN BREASTS could fit in the container. I ate the catfish and the veggies and I'm bringing the chicken breasts home. I figure I can make a nice chicken salad this weekend, maybe with some grapes and walnuts for crunch.

"Wow, there's all HEALTHY stuff here today," my coworker said, wrinkling his nose, and piling some chicken on top of the fettuccini alfredo.

You gotta laugh. The buffet gods were smiling on me today!

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GIANT-STEPS 9/1/2010 11:48AM

  Something I heard is "Buffets are where diets go to die."

Good job staying strong!

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MEANCARLEEN 8/20/2010 7:24AM

    Great job being strong and making the right decisions for you. emoticon

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THEWINNER33 8/19/2010 5:34PM

    Good work. Buffets can be a deal breaker but you made good choices

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CLAIRESGG 8/16/2010 10:59PM

    I am afraid I wouldn't have been so good. Congratulations on your choices.

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ASHARON 8/12/2010 10:19AM

    You had wonderful luck and make some great choices!
What a bargin too.

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CHANCE0719 8/11/2010 1:51PM

    Haha, totally thought this would be a blog about a binge :) Sounds awesomse!

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CINNAMONGURL06 8/10/2010 3:16PM

    Sounds fab! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 8/9/2010 12:48PM

    WHOOO! Way to make lemonade out of lemons!

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KNITTINGFROG 8/9/2010 10:34AM

    Yum...crunchy salad with tons of chicken!!

I am looking forward to our upcoming trip to the UK to get the multipacks of hummus and ready to eat vegetables...yum!!!!!!!!!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/8/2010 8:13PM

    Cracking up. Literally, congrats on you for getting the best of the Buffet gods

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    For $6 bucks you got lunch and dinner... definitely not bad!!

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TEAWONDERFUL 8/7/2010 8:37PM

    Sounds like it. Nice way to get some chicken for the weekend. Your salad sounds lovely. Enjoy. Glad the buffet Gods were on your side.

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TRAVELNISTA 8/7/2010 3:53PM

    Well I'd say you got your bargains worth. A healthy lunch with your friends and then the chicken breasts to make more healthy lunches at home. emoticon for staying on track and making healthy choices.

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    Awesome!! Yay buffet Gods-way to go!!

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JENELOPE 8/7/2010 11:59AM

    That was convenient!

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NOTBLUSHING 8/7/2010 10:02AM

    A good value and a good choice.

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EMLG11 8/7/2010 8:44AM

    SAve me some chicken salad..that sounds good to me!

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REMCMFA 8/7/2010 3:54AM

    I thought your blog was gonna be about foods that you couldn't identify. I like the person who seemed disappointed!! The catfish sounds good!!

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NIELSENSLADY 8/7/2010 12:11AM

    I would looooove for some of the buffets to feature quality healthy food here in GA!

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SUNNYWBL 8/6/2010 11:26PM

    They certainly were shining on you!

With that kind of food, I would even go myself!

Usually they are packed with unhealthy stuff! emoticon

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SHELLYK972 8/6/2010 10:53PM

    LOL!!! What an awesome deal!

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KENNYWHEELS 8/6/2010 10:40PM

    now that is how you make good of a bad situation. emoticon


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STRIVE4BALANCE1 8/6/2010 8:05PM

    Love it! I wasn't expecting a victorious story when I clicked on your blog. Enjoy your chicken salad this weekend :)

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/6/2010 7:02PM

    That is funny! Maybe its just karma - you eat well, and good for you food comes your way!

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BECKNWA 8/6/2010 5:44PM

    I work cleaning up after a buffet in a Casino. Some nights it is so hard not to nibble on leftovers. Problem is, practically everything is deep fried or smothered in butter. It takes tremendous willpower to stick to the healthy stuff. BTW you look amazing! All the little things can add up to big success.

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MEL_UNRAU 8/6/2010 5:09PM

    Awesome. And now you don't have to cook this weekend. Can I come over? My kitchen is a nightmare in the summertime!

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CRISTYKG 8/6/2010 4:57PM

    Thats awesome. I avoid buffets if possible because its hard to be as good as you are!

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NAVYNURSE 8/6/2010 4:28PM

    That is great news...way to work the system for yourself!!!

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SUNRISE14 8/6/2010 4:28PM

    I usually don't do good at buffet because i try to stay in the 1200 calorie aday range but the 31 DH wants to go to golden corral to celebrate his weight loss. I just log in 2000 calories because i taste things maybe a tablespoon or so but still eat quit a bit! Thanks for the blog! emoticon

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TCROSSBAR 8/6/2010 4:26PM

    I went to a buffet a couple weeks back with some friends. I have to say, I can't like buffets. Too much food! Awesome that you managed to successfully navigate it, though. :-)

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CAROLYN1213 8/6/2010 4:19PM

    What a deal!!!! You made out good girl!!!

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    Wonder if it significant that the week's leftovers were the healthy foods? Hmmmmmmm!

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AMBERAMA76 8/6/2010 3:59PM

    WOAH Good buffet haul!

The deli in our building had tamales and fish on special today. Hopefully not on the same plate.

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SNAPPY_MOM 8/6/2010 3:45PM

    That is a good deal! And now, you can enjoy the weekend without cooking! love it

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JBOWDOIN02 8/6/2010 3:43PM

    Your cafeteria rocks!!!! The one at my job is a little better now that we have new management, but the we still don't have many healthy choices, and the prices still stink. I wish we could at least have a salad bar or something.

It's great you were able to get all that chicken. You could make enough chicken salad to last two or three meals for you and your husband. And for $6, that's crazy.

Now I'm craving chicken salad. emoticon

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/6/2010 3:37PM

    The "healthy" stuff totally sounds yummy!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/6/2010 3:37PM

    Heh Way to go on thinking ahead! Remember the days when we didn't give a crap, either? Feels sooooo long ago...Now it astonishes me how FEW people care!

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SHIPESTA 8/6/2010 3:33PM

    really a score for $6 especially since you now have enough chicken breast to feed a family. LOL Glad the buffet Gods were kind today.

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/6/2010 3:32PM

    emoticon love it! Glad it worked out well for you, even though it doesn't sound like your co-workers were as happy about the selections as you! Now if only EVER buffet had those kinds of options!! GO KRISTINA!

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CATHERINEL66 8/6/2010 3:31PM

    great bargain!

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JENN26POINT2 8/6/2010 3:28PM

    Oh that's funny! Healthy and thrifty, our Little Miss Karvy! hahaha The catfish sounds amazing! I LOVE catfish!

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PPCM_SURVIVOR 8/6/2010 3:14PM

    Yummy :) Now Im craving chicken salad! haha

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