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In My Dreams...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

June 16 I uploaded this composite picture. The Caption is "In my dreams, I see myself running."

During the past week, I came within 2.2 pounds of my nominal "ideal" weight of 125. My stomach is pretty flat now, and my arms have lost their batwings, so I am starting to resemble this picture in real life. As for running, I have been easing into intervals since July; during the past 4 weeks I have been doing 10 sets of running "all out" for 30 seconds, then walking at a relaxed pace for 20 seconds. Monday I begin running "all out" for 60 seconds and walking relaxed for 60 seconds. I'm not rushing this process; I promised my doctor I would not exceed my Maximum Heart Rate per Polar Personal Trainer.

Never underestimate the power of a vision board!

Here's my vision board from mid-October:

I see dancing in my future! emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/24/2014 7:23PM

    You have done an amazing job, not only losing weight but getting in shape. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/24/2014 8:54AM

    Interval training is a great way to improve. Good for you. Keep the vision.

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WALLAHALLA 11/23/2014 8:19PM

    Totally emoticon I didn't know it was possible to lose bat wings. How did you do it?

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MYTHMYTH 11/23/2014 6:11PM


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SUNSET09 11/23/2014 6:04PM

  No limits as they are only in our head! emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on!

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DEE797 11/23/2014 5:04PM

    WTG! That is AWESOME!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/23/2014 4:33PM

    That is wonderful. Shows the power of having a vision.

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IXCHEL23 11/23/2014 4:10PM

    You ARE emoticon !!! So happy for you that your dreams are coming true! emoticon I wish I had your motivation and determination! emoticon

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Out of My Comfort Zone with a Little Help from My Friends

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanks to WINDYCITYCYNDEE, I unlocked the secret to making a truly clean protein powder -- hemp (100% hemp, no sweeteners, no additives) -- taste pleasant.

My nutrition plan calls for eating at least one serving of veggies with a lean protein at breakfast (actually, at every meal), and I normally have a super protein shake using Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, the highest rated protein powder by the staff at Precision Nutrition. However, as high as the production standards are for that protein powder, I don't think it rates as 100% "clean." I love my green protein shake in the morning; it fills me up and makes it so easy to eat at least 5 veggies & 1 fruit a day.

Cyndee recommended using Greek yogurt. Since last night I ended up having a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt to meet my calcium goal for the day, it seemed fitting to use it in this morning's Clean shake.

Once I input the ingredients, I decided that 44g of protein was extremely high for 1 serving, so I made the recipe as producing 2 servings.

Note that I used only half of a "serving" of Hemp Protein; hemp protein has such a strong taste -- not a hit in my book -- that I toned it down.

This morning, I enjoyed my hemp protein shake! With that blessed help from one of my SparkFriends!

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DEE797 11/23/2014 5:06PM

    I like the idea of using the Greek yogurt. Haven't tried that yet. WTG!!

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MYTHMYTH 11/17/2014 7:41AM


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JENSHAINES 11/16/2014 8:37PM

    Hmmm.... didn't know there was hemp protein powder! I'm loving how everyone is piggy-backing on others' suggestions - so cool!

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    That's so great! I'm glad that you were able to create this clean and tasty innovation! (We must find a way to put it in the "story" emoticon. )

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EMSSBEARS 11/16/2014 6:05PM

    Great job and way to go Cynthia for the advice I would not have been able to advise on that one.

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LYNNIERN 11/16/2014 3:17PM

    That sounds great; I have a terrible time with any kind of protein powder; I haven't figured out the key to making it palatable for me.

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WALLAHALLA 11/16/2014 3:12PM

    Good deal! Now it won't go to waste, and you will receive the health benefits!

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/16/2014 2:17PM

    Fantastic! One of the many great things about our team is the valuable tips and suggestions we get from each other. emoticon Cynthia, and so happy you are now enjoying your shake. emoticon

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Out of My Comfort Zone - Or Why I am Not 100% Clean

Saturday, November 15, 2014

For Week 9 of Azure Destination's Spa Activity, I was challenged to do something outside of my comfort zone in my health journey. Well, the BLC26 Week 9 "Clean Eating" challenge took care of that.

First of all, I am VERY comfortable with my eating routine! Creature of habit, rut lover! I look forward to my favorite foods for breakfast and lunch, and shake up dinner a tiny bit. For breakfast, I usually have a green super protein shake. These days the shake has 1 pear, 1 scoop Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 3 cups of kale, 10-15 ice cubes and 6 oz. of water. Think of all the freggies in that shake! It even tastes great!

But how "Clean" is the Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate? I did a web search and found a feature that touted the cleanest protein powders; they favored hemp protein powder, which apparently has raw protein. I found one of the recommended brands at Wegman's: Nutiva Hemp Protein with High Fiber, which is 100% Hemp, no sweeteners or additives.

Friday I just substituted the Hemp Protein for the Vanilla Whey. I didn't gag, but the hemp flavor was heavy. (There was also the psychological aspect that I was basically eating marijuana.)

Saturday (today) I added a 100-calorie Wholly Guacamole snack container (100% avocado). That needed more ice and more water. It was so appetizing (not) that it took me 3 hours to drink my shake.

Tomorrow I will try almond milk, and see if I have any unsweetened coconut flakes. The Nutiva canister provided one recommended shake recipe that called for both of those ingredients. I'll update this blog once I try it.

So far this weekend, I have eaten as cleanly as possible, but once "Clean Eating Weekend" is over, I need to find a vegan who can appreciate the hemp protein powder. I don't need to eat 100% Clean. I want to enjoy my meals.

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    I have to admit I'm not ready for 100% clean eating, as well. My protein powder has been a godsend this round, I think it's a good thing, especially psychologically, to eat as cleanly as you can, but tracking and awareness will improve eating habits simply because you must balance nutrients and can't binge.

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NELLJONES 11/16/2014 8:14AM

    I am a "clean eater" but to me that means no artificial anything. I make everything from scratch. I also don't eat smoothies, I'll put everything on a plate and just eat it instead of drinking it. It takes longer and feels more like food.

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NATURALLYME126 11/16/2014 7:48AM

    Lol, basically eating Marijuana was to funny girl!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/16/2014 7:07AM

    I tried raw protein too but it didn't do well in my protein bars - too crumbly. I had to eat it like granola. Tasted OK though.

Can't comment on a smoothie. I never drink any calories. I like to chew them. LOL

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WALLAHALLA 11/15/2014 10:42PM

    You're one brave soul. I do like almond milk, but the chocolate kind, so it's not so clean.

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MCFITZ2 11/15/2014 9:55PM

    Good for you. Our Groovy Gecko bootcamp is a green smoothie daily this week.
This is the same boot camp as round 25. I almost freaked out when I saw that. Tried it and now my husband expects to have one with me in the morning. It is one meal I can be sure he is having a diabetic healthy meal. I use unsweetened coconut milk and an equal amount of unsweetened almond milk. Usually protein powder, flaxseed meal, cinnamon and a fruit. Often banana that have gotten overripe. We use Kale or chard. Tried purple curly kale to day. emoticon
Back to green kale tomorrow emoticon
Great on trying the smoothies. emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 11/15/2014 9:43PM

    Yeah kate for trying new things! emoticon

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CARELLIGIRL 11/15/2014 9:39PM

    I eat vegan 98% of the time and I don't use hemp protein. Nutiva is a great brand, but protein powders are very subjective to the user's palate. I use pea protein powder instead. It tastes a little like spirulina powder, which is also a flavor some people love and others hate.

Great job on stepping out of your comfort zone! emoticon

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JAIZWAYS 11/15/2014 9:37PM

    emoticon for trying some alternatives Kate. emoticon we don't have to be 100% "clean" and we do need to enjoy what we are eating.

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EMMACORY 11/15/2014 9:28PM

    Good for you in trying new things. Sometimes when we experiment we find something new to enjoy. emoticon

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    What about trying plain Greek yogurt in place of the protein powder? If I had planned better, I would have done this for a clean smoothie: Greek yogurt, almond milk, 1 cup of grapes (with grapes, the sweetness is very very sweet indeed, and I never need to use other sweeteners), 1 cup of unsweetened frozen peaches, and 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen spinach or kale, plus two tablespoons of wheat germ or flax for extra fiber. I usually use Ensure vanilla-flavored protein powder, which isn't clean, but I enjoy the Greek yogurt smoothies at Panera so that is an option. And it's almost as high in protein. (Hemp really does taste awful imho.) emoticon

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Success and Struggles

Saturday, November 15, 2014

For our BLC26 Weekend Challenge, we are to reflect on what is working for us and what is not working for us at this point in the challenge.

I am very thankful that my nutrition and exercise programs are working together in harmony. I have consistently lost weight each week since mid-June, and I am notably leaner and stronger. In fact, I am just 3.1 pounds from my “ideal” weight!

Since increasing ST from the beginning of August, I have been able to reduce my reliance on cardio. Add in the advice of Precision Nutrition coaching to balance nutrition but stop eating when just satisfied, and it has been relatively easy to lose weight consistently. I feel like a “regular” at the gym now, and I can plank with the best. Meanwhile, my 60-70 minute walk to the park and back is now over in 53 minutes.

What is Not Working?

I am still struggling with myself to build good sleep habits. It's hard to turn my head and ideas off. I’m getting better, but I haven’t been consistent enough to brag yet.

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WALLAHALLA 11/15/2014 10:17PM

    Sleep is the hardest thing for me too.

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    You've done so incredibly well on this round. It's in your attitude, your numbers, and your pictures, all. emoticon to you my emoticon friend.

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ITSMAYHEM 11/15/2014 7:07PM

    Sleep has always been the thing I can't nail down. Even when everything else is going well, more than 6 hours is rare for me. It's awesome that you have been so consistent! That's so hard sometimes! Congrats!

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STONECOT 11/15/2014 5:23PM

    I forgot to mention sleep in my blog! It's a problem for me too.

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LADYHYJINX 11/15/2014 5:22PM


I can feel your positive energy. You, too, have found the 'secret.' It's what we do with our knowledge in continuing to put the work in that is key to our not putting the weight back on.

I share your story in many ways. My revelation and commitment to the gym and ST came in August. I see how it has helped me. I had to giggle when you said you felt like a regular. I was thinking that very same thought today as I was 'treading.' It feels good.

I love being able to share this with you and am thankful that you have been placed in my life just when I needed you.

The harmony is perfect.

Peace always,
Lady Carol emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 11/15/2014 5:15PM

    emoticon you are doing great Kate, all is in harmony, the sleep will come!

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Split Decision: INTP or INTJ?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

For our BLC26 Weekend Challenge, we were take a personality test

I took it rather quickly, and the first time it came out INTJ - THE SCIENTIST:

Introverted - Intuition - Thinking - Judging


Karl Marx, Isaac Newton, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawking, Paul Krugman, Martin Luther, Russell Crowe, Jay-Z, James Cameron, Jodie Foster, Ashley Olsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger


INTJs live a world of concepts and ideas. They value intelligence and knowledge. They focus their energy on observing the world around them and designing solutions and possibilities in their head. They constantly process information and make associations. Because their mind is so active, they generally understand new topics very quickly. They make excellent scientists as they are not just interested in understanding concepts but also in applying concepts in a useful way.

They have a tremendous amount of ability to accomplish great things: most INTJs are highly competent and do not have a problem meeting their career or education goals. They see the big picture and can easily synthesize their concepts into logical plans of action.

INTJs are natural leaders but they will most of the time wait for the moment when there is a real need for a leader to take over this role. They are effective and very good at seeing the situation objectively. They have outstanding strategic skills because they are able to scan all available possibilities and spotting the best ones. They value clarity and efficiency: their main interest in dealing with the world is to make decisions and express opinions.

INTJs often have a difficult time trying to translate their thoughts to others and must find indirect ways to express their thoughts and findings. As they have a high confidence in themselves, they will most of the time blame misunderstandings on the limitations of the other party rather than their own difficulty in expressing themselves.

INTJs can be perceived as arrogant and elitist because they are ambitious and not very expressive. But that does not mean INTJs do not have affection for others, they just do not feel the need to express it.

-- Somehow I didn't know how to react to that description, especially the part about not being expressive or being able to communicate. So I took the quiz again, and got...

Introverted – Intuition – Thinking – Perceiving

Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Emmanuel Kant, Rene Descartes, Alan Greenspan, Paul Allen, Larry Page, David Cronenberg, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sigourney Weaver


INTPs are focused on how things could be improved. They think more about the possibilities than the realities of our world. They are good at analyzing complex topics, identifying patterns and finding logical explanations. They look to make things clear and build knowledge - turning theories into concrete understanding. Many scientific breakthroughs have been made by INTPs in the past.

What makes their reasoning skills great is their ability to approach theories with much more enthusiasm than skepticism, ignoring existing opinions. They get excited by new ideas and concepts and love to discuss them with others.

INTPs spend much of their lives living in their own heads, neglecting their outer life. For that reason, they may seem dreamy to others. They do not like to lead or control people. They have a great tolerance and are low-key but they can get quite aggressive when they feel their beliefs and values have been violated. They are generally quite shy when they meet new people but they act very confidently and sociably with people they know.

They do not understand decisions based on emotions and subjectivity. As they strive constantly to achieve logical conclusions, they fail to see the relevance of subjective emotional considerations. For that reason, they are not naturally equipped to meet the emotional needs of others. INTPs can become overly critical and sarcastic with others and sometimes negative and cynical with life when they are not content with their personal achievements.

INTPs like synthesis and logical reasoning. They express only what they believe to be absolute truth and try to do so in an understandable way. They do not move on to the next thing as long as they are not done with the project.

INTPs are strongly independent and unconventional. They do not care about popularity and security. They have complex personalities and tend to be temperamental.

-- In the INTP description, I identified with thinking more about possibilities than "realities", being good at analyzing complex topics. I do get excited about reviewing different theories, and new ideas and concepts, and I love to discuss them. I also tend to live a lot in my own head. If I lead, I prefer to lead other independent and competent people. I am naturally introverted, but, growing up in the Washington, D.C. metropolis, I was used to my best friend moving out of the area every year, and having to learn to act like an extravert to make new friends.
- Perhaps it is true that I am not best equipped to meet the emotional needs of others; I could never tolerate a clingy significant other. I grew up in a hyper-critical and sarcastic family, and although I have tried to subdue my abilities as Queen of Sarcasm, I am quite sure they come out in adversity.
- I am strongly independent and unconventional; I do not need to be popular.
- The one statement for INTP to which I took complete exception was "They do not move on to the next thing as long as they are not done with the project." I am also an eclectic thinker, which thinks outside the box, making connections most people don't make. Sometimes I set something aside to let it percolate while I explore a different project.

The truth? Probably I am a mix of both; I suspect the J & P marks are borderline.

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LYNNIERN 11/16/2014 10:42AM

    We just did the Myers Briggs at work; I'm an INTJ

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WALLAHALLA 11/15/2014 10:51PM

I came out as ISFJ - THE NURTURER
Introverted - Sensing - Feeling - Judging
Not sure that I agree with the description at all.

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NINETOZE 11/15/2014 5:24PM

    Love that I came across your blog. I took the quiz. It say I'm the artist. INFP. I read the description and couldn't find anything in that that didn't seem to describe me! Interesting how it (the quiz) can determine something with just a few "questions".

Thanks for sharing!

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SUNHOME 11/15/2014 5:05PM

    When I took a MBTI quiz years ago, I was also split between J & P. I found my solution in the book Do What You Are. It explained that this dimension expressed how we want to live: either as the structured judgers or as the spontaneous perceivers.

It also used the typical condition of a workplace desk as a general indicator. Judgers tend to have tidy & organized desks, while perceivers tend to have "just for now" pile(s) of paper. That explains why tidying my desk never became "second nature" to me.

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    I had something similar happen with INFP and INFJ. It's such a short quiz to determine personality type; MTBI tests are usually long. On Humanmetrics, I found that I usually come out INFJ, but that P/J is my least pronounced preference. In other words, more borderline than the others.

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