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WOW me with your go-to portable lunches!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

May 1st and beyond I'll be commuting and won't be able to return home for lunch to cook me something fancy and healthy - I've had it good for 12+ years. In preparation for this life changing event I'm planning to buy a fabulous lunch bag with containers to carry all my yummy lunches and snacks. Here's where I ask for your help . . . I need great lunch ideas. I'll have a microwave and a small frig to help me out. I'd like to put together five or more complete lunch ideas so I'll never be caught without options or be forced to eat out.

So, WOW me with your go-to portable lunches!! All ideas are welcome, I'll modify for my food restrictions.

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SGRAY478 5/14/2012 8:30PM

    One of my favorite lunches is a luna bar, a light yogurt, an apple and some crackers with a laughing cow light swiss cheese.

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ABB698 3/29/2012 9:41PM

    add some shredded chicken to hummus, and dip with veggie sticks and pretzel crisps-my fave go to lunch meal!

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ADZY86 3/29/2012 5:41PM

    i tend to cook something up on Sundays and then divide them into 6 pieces, to have for the 5 work days for lunch, and then Saturday afternoon before I've had a chance to go grocery shopping. My latest thing is 'Crustlses quiche' which is amazing and you can change it up every week with your own fillings...I've done ham and cheese, brocolli and ham, and minced beef and mushroom. Check out the Spark recipes area for them...

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ENDUROVET 3/29/2012 3:33PM

    Well I haven't had a chance to blog about what I'm going to try most days as my "go-to" lunch routine...
I'm going to try a variation of the Budwig anti-cancer diet protocol, which involves eating 6 oz of nonfat cottage cheese w/flaxseed oil. Yesterday I scarfed this down w/a handful of blueberries shortly before my workout & it went pretty well - it didn't weigh too heavily on my stomach, but kept me satisfied till the end of my workday.
I also have a box of my "seaweed" bars, Raw Revolution Spirulina bars, in my desk for snacking & supplementation. They're kind of an acquired taste, but I think they're pretty good now! (I commonly eat one for breakfast before I ride; it doesn't do for me to eat very much)

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WOUBBIE 3/29/2012 2:32PM

    Oh! And I forgot to mention that I'm usually doing this on Saturday around lunchtime and the skin is my Saturday lunch. (Most people think OOHHHHH SO MUCH FAT!!! but it's actually high in protein and... well... yummy!)

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WOUBBIE 3/29/2012 2:14PM

    I do what's called "rubber chicken" on the weekends. I usually buy a full chicken roasted, but sometimes I roast one from fresh or frozen.

Divvy it up based on what you prefer different ways. I don't like the breasts much, so I cube it all and use it for regular chicken salad or buffalo chicken salad. I keep the thighs and drumsticks as is and just reheat them. I generally just use seasoned salt, and put them in baggies to grab quickly in the morning. If you prefer you can reverse that.

The rest of themeat goes into the soup pot with the bones. I use Better Than Boullion for seasoning, and then add some medium carb veggies, including a bit of julienned carrots.

I also do a dozen or more boiled eggs every weekend. My go-to breakfast is egg salad and that takes 10 eggs for 5 mornings' worth, and the others are for quick grabs or for the kids to gnaw on.

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A Hot Chick in Vegas! My trip in photos . . .

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Mr and I went to Vegas - check another item off his bucket list!

I felt fabulous going, during and after the trip. I no longer felt like the fat chick standing to the side trying to fit in. I dressed sexy, I felt sexy and I lived in the moment. I ate, drank, went to the hot tub, road ATV's in The Valley of Fire, I rocked it at the Blue Martini, I giggled as we walked across the boarder of NV & AZ at the Hoover Dam, I walked until my feet were numb and I got a tattoo at Hart & Huntington from Dizzle!

Feeling Amazing!

Hoover Dam . . .

All the pools at the Hard Rock were like ice so we stuck with the hot tubs. I had a moment of panic when six, VERY fit, VERY muscular guys joined our hot tub. There was NO WHERE to hide. What did do, smiled and said hello.
To me, there's nothing sexier than a confident woman! Ya, that was me . . .

Yup, I enjoyed a drink or two, HA!

The Valley of Fire. We had a perfect day to ride.

It's all fun and games until someone flips their ATV. The rider likely broker her collar bone & had other trauma. She, and her family, were dropped off at the ER on our way back into town.

The newest tattoo. A tribute to my Lil' Sara who passed on 12-7-11

Nobu. YUM-O!

Johnny Smalls for Tapas. I couldn't pass up the grilled peanut butter & jelly sandwich. SINFUL! The food here will be talked about for years to come. What made it better, it was included in our groupon.com purchase for the Hard Rock stay.

Walking the strip . . . six straight hours of walking! SIX!!

The Mr and the girls . . .

The smallest of walk breaks . . .

I was ALL done . . .

We did not win here but the Mr actually paid for part of the trip with his winnings. YA!

I turned a lot of head when I stepped out for the night. I felt great and glamorous!

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ENDUROVET 3/29/2012 3:36PM

    Great photos - love 'em all!!!

I always swore that when I won the Quarter Horse award, I would get a horsie tattoo over my L scapula... Obviously that hasn't happened (yet) ;-)

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ABB698 3/29/2012 1:13PM

    Look at you Hot Mama! Woo Hoo! The ATV looks amazing! We ride and I'm putting that area on my bucket list for sure! And so cool about the tat! Love it!
So glad you got some R & R with the Mr. I love that you first freaked about the Muscle guys then embraced it! Why not?! Go girl!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 3/29/2012 12:02PM

    Looks like an awesome trip!!! I love all the pictures, you look wonderful.

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JENJESS48 3/29/2012 8:35AM

    Gorgeous pics! Looks like you had a ton of fun! I'm so glad for you. :)

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MAGGIENCALI 3/28/2012 10:14PM

    Woohooo!!! You look amazing!!! What an awesome adventure you and the Mr had in Vegas. Seeing those pix reminded me I have stayed away from the strip too long. I might have to get my Mr to take me. Viva Las Vegas, baby!!! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/28/2012 7:27PM

    Smokin' hot! Your confidence shows in every shot! Glad you had such a great time.

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MANLEYSANDY 3/28/2012 7:20PM

    You look glam and awesome! Love the tattoo!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/28/2012 6:48PM

    You looked awesome, and it looks like you had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing your pics = )

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DB1167 3/28/2012 6:36PM

    Awesome! Looks like you had a great time!! I agree you look Fabulous in your picture where your stepping out!

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The jealous friend . . .

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dealing with the jealous and envious friend is a hard thing to do and it's exhausting. It would seem everything is all about them or so they'd like you and the world to believe that. It can get even more complicated when you call them out and they start back pedaling.

I've got a lot going on in my world:

-A husband that is spiraling into a depression because he can't make it back home anytime soon.
-Moving the business within 30 days to a new location/city with little to no help.
-Changing gyms & figuring out a new workout schedule.
-Figuring out a new transbay commute.
-Trying to be gracious to family members who want to "pop-in" for a visit without checking with us re: our schedules.
-Trying to keep the house hold budget on track so the debt I want to pay off can be gone within the next three months.
-Trying not to loose me in the process and become crushed by the weight of all the responsibilities.
-Managing people, or at least trying to, at my office who feel they can get by with doing as little as possible in the hopes someone else will do the rest for them.
-Dealing with the Jealous friend wanting more of my time because she is no longer in a relationship, no longer happy in her personal or work life and wants me to "fix" it all BUT doesn't want to expend any energy nor has any money to do anything because she's an addict. OMG!!!!

This is the response from my jealous friend after I honestly answered the question of how am I doing today: "Well ... that is all bummer news! All I can say is @ least u got 2 get away!! I've got all the same sh!t, different day, & NO vaca n YEARS."

Truth is her life is hard and it gets harder every single day. Her life is NOTHING like mine but I don't judge. AND NO, she hasn't had a vacation in years but that's of her own making. NEWS FLASH: When you're an uneducated, unskilled, addict life will be hard! I can't change that for her nor will I feel bad because my life is different. I found her response to be self centered. I'm tired of it always being about her and having to sit through yet another pity party. Thanks, I'm taking my party hat and going home now.

This my friends is me venting, trying to get it out of my system so it doesn't bog me down. I've got to stay focused on the tasks at hand!

I'm blissfully look forward to Yoga tonight!! I shall find my center and my inner peace.

NEXT BLOG: A happy tale about a hot chick in Vegas!!!

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GLC2009 3/29/2012 2:54PM

    take one stressful thing off your plate and distance yourself from the jealous friend. she's a PITA and she brings nothing to the relationship AND she's an addict. you don't need that in your life at all!!

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JENJESS48 3/28/2012 1:03PM

    That is a very full plate indeed. And I'm so glad that you're carving out the time to take care of yourself - not only do you need it, but you deserve it. and Jenn is right: this is a safe place to let off some steam. Just take it one day and one task at a time, and you'll conquer your monster list of changes!

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ENDUROVET 3/27/2012 9:39PM

    Whoops duplicated comment! They're going to revoke my license to navigate this iPad ;-)

Comment edited on: 3/27/2012 9:42:01 PM

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ENDUROVET 3/27/2012 9:39PM

    Sometimes friends grow apart instead of together; one of my hardest lessons since I'm such a creature of habit/don't do the "change" thang well!

Hang in there honey, keep putting one foot in front of the other, breathe deeply & this too shall pass... (enough platitudes for ya? ;-)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/27/2012 6:03PM

    I'm so sorry you have all of that going on, and then this. I completely understand where you're coming from. I have a "friend" you can't seem to see past her own little 3 foot bubble. Hang in there girl, we're all here for you. *HUGS*

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KITHKINCAID 3/27/2012 3:27PM

    this is what being here is all about - a place to vent when you need it. glad you shared your frustrations on this one. i think everyone has those friends. the ones who when it should be about feeling some empathy for you, use the opportunity to one-up you and talk about themselves. people need to be better listeners and realize when is a good time and when isn't to share their own stories. i'm sure you give her lots of feeling and empathy on days when you have the energy to give it. but everyone needs to be able to have a bad day and have a place they can go to know they aren't going to be beaten down further.

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Dreaming of a New Gym - REALLY?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mr H, my boss, has ALWAYS supported my wellness journey. He watched as I shed my first 100 lbs. and supports me while I struggle mentally in the midst of a looooooooong plateau. When he made the final decision that our office would move into San Francisco he KNEW my workout schedule would be affected. He has watched over the years in complete amazement as I trundle off to the gym, without fail, in the evenings to attend fitness classes.

This week he started making noise about the office paying for my gym membership in the city. I just rolled my eyes and figured it was puffery. Today he confirmed that the office will in fact pay for the membership and he has picked the very place he'd like "us" to go. Well alrighty then! *STANDS UP FOR A HAPPY DANCE*

Keep in mind, with all his kindness and concern, this will of course benefit him AND the office! He knows my workouts are important and keep me sane. He knows I'll keep my regular hours at the new office and won't dart out right at 5:00/5:30 to catch a bus back home to make it to my current gym IF I have a gym membership steps away from the new office. He's right! Without having to worry about getting to the bus and across the bay to workout will benefit him greatly. It doesn't lessen my commute time but it sure cuts down on the mental strain.

The gym he wants us to join is minutes away from the potential new office space and has a POOL! I've not been a member of gym with a pool for close to 14 years ... oh the joys of having a pool.

Here is a link to the possible new gym: *SO PRETTY AND FUNCTIONAL*

I looked at the class schedule - do able. I can even take a few classes, if planned out right, on my lunch hour. I'm excited about my future options. Once we have inked the lease for the new space I'll go check out the gym live and in person. This gym doesn't have Zumba classes but that's an easy fix. I can go to my current gym as a guest of a fitness friend and pay $5 for the class there or go to the other Zumba studios on Saturdays.

I'm excited, very excited.


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KOSHKALET 3/24/2012 1:24AM

    That is *super* cool! Way to go you and way to go to your boss!!!

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ENDUROVET 3/18/2012 9:54PM

    Coolio, that's awesome news!
(I would also love to be a member of gym w/a pool... But for now I'll continue to bug my husband about it ;-)
- putting in our own pool, that is!

Comment edited on: 3/18/2012 9:55:36 PM

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NAYPOOIE 3/17/2012 2:00AM

    Wow, treasure your boss, he's a keeper.

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WOUBBIE 3/16/2012 8:49PM

    Smart man!

I'm glad to hear that things are starting to look more positive for your move! Yay for less stress!

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BECKYB73 3/16/2012 6:24PM

    Mr. H sounds like a great boss and the company is fantastic for footing the bill for your continued health and wellness!!!

How exciting!

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BOB240 3/16/2012 4:12PM

    sounds like a good boss....

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Light Bulb Moment

Thursday, March 15, 2012

As I put my workout shoes on last night I immediately knew I had brought the wrong pair of socks, they were too thin. I forged ahead and check-in for Zumba. As class took off I noticed my feet were slipping about in my shoes and by the end of the class my feet were completely fatigued. When I felt my arches start to ache I backed off the higher impact moves so I wouldn't hurt myself. I left the gym early again last night due to both arches being tender. Boo, Hiss

LIGHT BULB MOMENT: Toss the skimpy socks and stock up on thick plush ones.

SIDE NOTE: I have a few pair of thick plushy socks that I bought when I was running regularly. They DO make a difference! Sadly, last night I had forgot to put a thick pair in my gym bag . . .

My hunt continues for new shoes and NOW new socks.

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JENJESS48 3/16/2012 9:11AM

    I loooove the Champion padded socks at Target. The arch and foot are extra padded but the top of the sock is thinner so they give me the cushioning I need without feeling bulky. And they have them in an extra long size that's perfect for my size 10 clodhoppers.

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TRENTDREAMER 3/15/2012 7:44PM


Glad to hear. Continued success to you on the workouts.

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