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And what did I learn at dinner tonight....

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Not much. But it was reinforced how unhealthy my mom eats! And how although she tries, she just doesn't get healthy eating.

Tonight the kids and I had dinner at her place between my pedicure and the play "Anne of Green Gables The Musical". The pedicure was great. The show was WONDERFUL! BUT dinner was lacking! It was lacking veggies, flavour and had too many STARCHES. And chocolate milk - why does she insist on buying the kids chocolate milk nearly every time we go there for dinner? And what about veggies? There were raw carrot sticks, an apple and romaine lettuce! That was it! for 6 of us for dinner. I did have a dried out piece of salmon (it was overcooked but that was better than warm sushi) with no flavour.... and tortellini and cheese sauce as well as breaded chicken breasts for the kids.

Can someone please remind my mom that pasta, potatoes, corn, peas are starchy and not really (or at all in the case of pasta) a VEGETABLE! I had offered to bring something for dinner tonight and I really should have...

I wonder what dinner at her place next weekend for my birthday will bring - I think I will offer to bring a salad, some raw veggies, some cooked veggies and some fruit!

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KENDRA.PESCE 5/1/2010 10:31PM

    I was going to make a suggestion of taking a salad or some other vegetable dish. It's hard to change people. It's easier to come up with ways of compromise than to insist on correcting others.

The positive aspect is that you recognize that there's too much starch in your mom's meals. I avoid going to my mom's for dinner because I tend to over eat.

My mom serves a lot of vegetables, but I ALWAYS over eat when I go over. It's the social setting.

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L3DESIGNS 5/1/2010 9:40PM

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.... We haven't planned the dinner yet - and I don't know who all is coming - it may just be us and my brother & his girlfriend and my Gram (10 for dinner). It will also be Mother's Day and mom my mom has offered to have the kids for a sleepover...

Especially since she'll have the kids I'll offer to bring the veggies - we are good about "sharing" the cooking and she knows how we eat as she usually spends 2-3 weeks with us in the summer.

My mom is still fairly young (she's 60) but was raised meat, potatoes and a few veggies. She also doesn't understand my mainly vegetarian diet and has this need to always cook me fish as I *MUST* have a protein on my plate

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ABIGAILSING 5/1/2010 4:46PM

    I would say, yes, bring some things you like if it will not hurt her feelings. Also, when you know you are eating at moms, you might save your starchs for then.

Enjoy mom while you have her. emoticon


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LAURAKOHORST 5/1/2010 3:29PM

    too funny, it just reminds me of how I used to prepare meals. 1/2 starch, 1/4 meat, 1/8 veggies and the rest dessert.... lol you get the idea. Be thoughtful of your mom, bring the veggie and fruit tray and say it's your contribution because she does so much for you. It's the least you can do, she'll thank you and there will be no hurt feelings. If your mom was anything like mine, hurt feelings were the norm if I stepped on her toes when it came to her hospitality.

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DELRIO1 5/1/2010 9:22AM

    I hear you! Bring fresh veggies no matter what. If nothing else you can leave them for mom and maybe she'll just start changing her ways. Couldn't hurt!

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POLK-A-DOTS 5/1/2010 9:02AM

    That is so funny....my mom is nearly the same way! Only she goes on and on, as to how healthy she eats! I love her to death, but it just makes me smile inside!

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LALAFLOWERS 5/1/2010 7:51AM

    It's your birthday.. ask for a special meal.. your new favorite meal. It will make it easier for her to understand that you want something different.

And don't stress the chocolate milk for the kids. The calorie increase is minor. and it's something they get at grandma's. It won't hurt them, and it will teach them about moderation, and how to have something tasty (and sweet) in smaller servings. Just keep in mind, it is made with milk.. and is better for the kids than orange crush, or cream soda, etc....

And you did learn something: You need veggies in your meals for them to feel good. And, you don't like how you feel when you don't get 'em.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/1/2010 7:38AM

    Bringing a veggie tray sounds like a generous and wise thing to do. Watching my mom with food freaks me, too. When she started buttering the bread for sandwiches one time I found myself yelling. Oh, well. She's almost 83 and not going to change. Take care of yourself. -Marsha

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COOKINMAMA 5/1/2010 5:02AM

    And to think that not long ago that's the way we ate too! We know so much better now. Have her over to your house and show her what your kids eat now :)

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BARBIETEC 5/1/2010 5:01AM

    I do not know your age of your mother but sometimes I think there is a generation of people that just can't understand the value of eating healthy and it looks like we can't do anything about it :(

But we can bring our own food to parties like that or say "I will bring greens for every one" or take the type of food that you know that will not be on the table.

I know this can be frustrated, but hang in there and keep going on :) You are doing so grate :)

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RASCALSMOMMA 5/1/2010 3:23AM

    I have an idea. Ask Your mom if you can plan the menu and the amounts!?! if not BRING RESERVES! Hugs Laurie

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THINRONNA 5/1/2010 3:04AM

    THAT sounds like my Mom's house!! (she actually sent me jelly beans for my baby!...he's one now but when he was 5 months and not even eating solids yet she asked me if she could give him vanilla ice cream!)

My mother in law at least makes the food more tasty but I think HER rule of thumb is fill HALF your plate with meat, then a quarter with starch, then 12.5 percent vegetable and 12.5 percent bread...wait...that's another starch! You get my point.

Great idea to bring your own veggies and fruit next week. It is your birthday after all!
Happy birthday a bit early! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sticking to Training Schedules

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I have set a goal to run a half marathon in the fall. I have looked at the local ones, and come up with two possible weekends. I think I will aim to run the first weekend (in October) - still haven't decided which event to run as there are two local half marathons that weekend... That puts my half approximately 24 weeks away... its time to start training. I have read various sites on the web, with many suggesting 18 week training plans.. BUT I have a big crimp in my training this summer - I have 5 weeks where I will NOT be able to run during the week and I'll only be able to run on the weekends. During this time I will cross train, play with the kids and run on Saturday and Sundays, but it means my mileage in July and August will be lower. I have planned to do a long run one day and a shorter run on the second during those weeks.

So today I was to run 10K, but I was not feeling 100%. I was tired. So I did head out for a run but chose a shorter route, completing 7.3km. Not bad, but not a great start to the training plan. Friday I plan on running 12km -- and I will ensure I get to bed early so I feel rested for my run.

Last week I started Chalean Extreme but got off track quickly. I did get the first two days in, but never completed the 3rd day of strength training. Given all the running I'm doing, I'm not sure if I'll do her cardio videos, but wanted something to ensure I would get my strength training in. So Week 1 I was 2/3 in strength training... This week I'd planned to do Day 1 on Tuesday, but didn't get that done, but did do it after my run today!

So here is my plan until the end of June when school is over
-- Run Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings
-- Run on Saturday and/or Sunday if possible
-- Strength Train (Chalean Extreme) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
-- Do the Chalean Extreme - Recharge atleast one day after my run

Week 1: April 26 - May 2 Accountability

April 26 - Planned 9K run; Actual 9.1K; Additional - 1.8km walking to school
April 27 - Planned ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 1; Actual NOTHING!
April 28 - Planned 10K run; Actual 7.3K with Additional .9km walk to school; Additional Burn Circuit 1 and 10min of ChaLEAN Extreme Recharge
April 29 - Planned ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 2 & Recharge; Actual Burn Circuit 2 and 1.8km walk
April 30 - Planned 12K run ; Actual 10.3km run; 2.3km walk; ChaLEAN Recharge
May 1 - Planned ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3; Actual NOTHING!
May 2 - Planned 5K walk with the kids (hope for an additional 5K run) - Actual 5K walk with the kids, 2.8k run after, ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit 3

ETA: Thanks everyone for their comments and suggestions. This is the schedule I'm using for the next 8 weeks or so until school is out... then it will change again. My training will be broken down into 3 8-week sections really based on my kids schedules! Oh the life of a mom! I am listening to my body, which is why Tuesday I got NO exercise in and I shortened my normal run.

May 2nd Update - It was a great day! And I met my weekly goals for the most part - I was a little under on mileage, but otherwise I got all my exercise in.

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LALAFLOWERS 5/1/2010 7:56AM

    Just remember to have a rest day. A day where you may do light activity.. go for a nice walk with the kids.. but don't push. Otherwise you'll be tired, and you won't run your distances, or the times you want and need for a half training schedule.

I'm almost done with my first training time for the first half. I do have a hard time fitting in the runs.. but I have shorter runs during the week, and the kids ride bikes next to me. I go at their speed... and have fun along the way.. time just flies then!

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ANGELFMABV 4/29/2010 2:59PM

    emoticon You have got it going! Keep it up! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/29/2010 2:42PM

    When I trained for my first half I used a 12 week Hal Higdon for Novice training plan. It had you run two shorter runs, and one long run per week. Sounds like maybe this good for you due to your limited time frame. One biggie I didn't see you do is that most plans tell you to rest the day before your long run.

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LAURAKOHORST 4/29/2010 1:05PM

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You go girl!

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SPMOM2 4/29/2010 10:52AM

    OMG, I get tired just reading this, but I will be cheering you on. Go super woman

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ABIGAILSING 4/29/2010 10:37AM

    emoticon emoticon I am rooting for you!

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GEOGIRL 4/29/2010 9:42AM

  You've got a plan but as MOLLIEMAC has already said, don't burn yourself out! I just completed a 16 week training plan to get myself to my first half and it worked out great but I did have to be dedicated to fitting in each run and doing hill training, tempo runs and speed work even when I really didn't feel like it. You know what you are capable of, I wish you success with your plan!

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LKEITHO 4/29/2010 8:49AM

    Sounds like you are still going to be keeping yourself busy! All the best!

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MOLLIEMAC 4/29/2010 7:34AM

    Don't burn out!!! That's a very demanding schedule you are setting so listen to your body as you go....MJ

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16 months into this journey and planning ahead

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The scale has moved again... for the past two months I have lost approximately 2lbs per month. That is much slower than I'd like the scale to change, but it is moving and in the correct direction. My body hasn't been at this weight in over 22years -- I'm sure its struggling to readjust!

I have lost 108.6lbs since I started this journey. My BMI is now 22.8 -- nicely in the healthy range. One part of my brain keeps saying I've ONLY lost 13.6lbs in 2010, or lost ONLY 2lbs in April. BUT I have lost 13.6lbs, not only is that better than gaining, I am losing. My body is just doing this slowly as I approach my goal weight...

As for my goal weight, its currently set at 135lbs. Once I get there I will work on maintaining my weight, ideally I'd love to be there by my birthday, but 6.5lbs in 2 weeks -- its not happening, at least not safely or permanently and that is the goal -- to lose this weight once and keep it off!

I will continue with what I'm doing... I have been munchy lately but have been filling up with air popped popcorn, and veggies. Snap peas are great - and easy to grab - especially from Costco where they come in a LARGE bag. BUT the bag isn't large enough... I can empty it in 4-5 days all by myself! Guess its better than eating a Costco size bag of chips!

I've also been having chocolate cravings -- but only for DARK chocolate... milk chocolate no longer satisfies my chocolate cravings.... Although I have enjoyed low fat ricotta with cocoa and any sweetener (agave, equal, honey, etc) a few times recently.


I have been doing well for the most part, but my schedule (or truthfully that of my kids) does get messed up at times... BUT its OK if I don't work out everyday. If I try for everyday and only exercise 5-6 days a week, that is 5-6 days a week more than I exercised 2 years ago. I have once again started to include more weight/strength training as I find that harder to fit in... but it is going well and I will keep it up.

Today my knee was bothering me on my 12km run... only when I ran downhill! So I ended up walking down the hills.... it made my run over 90minutes... Oh well, I didn't want to damage my knee. I am wearing my older runners as I expected the trail to be muddy -- guess these are no longer good as extra shoes and I'll have to pick up another pair soon. My birthday is coming up, so maybe I'll get a pair (or a gift certificate) along with the Garmin watch I've been wanting!

Running plans... I have tentatively planned to run my first 1/2 marathon in October, the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving. There are two events locally that weekend, so now to decide if I'd rather run in a larger run, downtown on the roads/sea wall or if I'd rather run a path around a park...,

Next weekend as a family we are doing a 5K to support the local Hospice -- my son suggested a 5k walk/run. The following weekend we are going as a family on a Cub (Scouting) hike... We will possibly do a 5K at the end of May, either as a couple or as a family... And I've worked out some details on doing a 10K run in June -- my mom will watch the kids, so that my husband and I can both run in the evening event.

Last night I spent figuring out a training plan to get me to my half marathon goal, and then to the Princess Half in 2011 at Disney World... The summer will be difficult to get in much running as for about 6 weeks I will be on my own with the kids 5 days a week, so not a lot of time for running. I will schedule 2 long runs on the weekend while the kids get some quality time with Dad! During the days I can't run, I will play with the kids, do an exercise video or two and get some strength training in.

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TBANMAN 4/25/2010 10:18PM

    Good for you! You have made an incredible amount of progress. I am with you on the slowly-inching scale. Now I know why they say the last 10 pounds is the hardest.

I'll have to try that ricotta with cocoa and sweetener idea - sounds yummy. emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 4/25/2010 10:27AM

    Wow you are doing an emoticon job and you will make it work! Congratulations! emoticon

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ELCIA_S 4/25/2010 9:01AM

    you are doing great! go you!!!!

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LKEITHO 4/24/2010 10:50PM

    I am amazed at how well you have done! Sounds like you have a good solid plan going forward, too. All the best with your running, and with reaching your goal weight!

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NURSEKELLY09 4/24/2010 10:23PM

    Thanks for sharing! You are an inspiration to me!!

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46SHADOW 4/24/2010 10:18PM

    Wow1 i love your story. inspirational.

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READINGLOTS 4/24/2010 9:29PM

    I love your story. I am inspired by it and when I think I just might quit this whole thing, I read your story and know I can keep going and if it is slow, it is still a journey toward my goal. You are a true motivator!

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NEWSTART127 4/24/2010 9:18PM

    emoticonYour story is inspiring! Love to check in and see how you're doing and what your new fitness goals are! emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep up the great work!

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WEIGHTLOSS4GOOD 4/24/2010 9:09PM

    Absolutely phenomenal! What an incredible success story. You should be so proud of your accomplishments. I am certainly impressed with what you have achieved. Great job!! emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 4/24/2010 9:04PM

    Goodness me! 108 pounds! That's like (hang on) WOW!!! Nearly 50kg! I'm not surprised your loss is slowing, but as long as you're easing down there, it's all good!

Your plan sounds awesome! I'll have to run vicariously through you! Oooh, and a Garmin. Droooooooooooool. I've had my eye on one, too......

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LWHITE2463 4/24/2010 9:04PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing your journey! As someone two weeks into the program (tomorrow), it is incredible to think that in 16 months I could look and feel totally different. I struggle with thinking if I can't change something in 2 weeks, I can't change it at all. You helped me put in perspective that it take time, but it can be done! Thanks for sharing.

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A day out with my Gram

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today I headed out for lunch with my Gram -- she turns 94 in June! We had a great day and she took me out shopping for birthday presents. She bought me two tops and a sweater. I picked up another sweater.... Photos of the clothes come later -- more importantly here is a photo of the two girls who took me out for lunch!

And to top it off the scale finally moved today... so I'm guessing I'll now hover here (at 141.8lbs) for a bit... before dropping another couple of pounds.

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ABIGAILSING 4/24/2010 1:26PM

    What joy! I am praising God for His blessings to you through your Gram, your children and DH, and the weight loss. emoticon

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GLITCHGEEK 4/23/2010 9:57PM

    Sounds like a great day and congrats on the continued progress

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LDBROOME 4/23/2010 12:39PM

    Well i see that you had a wonderful day. Glad that you had time to spend with some very special people. Congratulations on the weight loss!

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GEOGIRL 4/23/2010 10:23AM

  That is so sweet! I'm glad you had a lovely day!

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GEOGIRL 4/23/2010 10:23AM

  That is so sweet! I'm glad you had a lovely day!

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GEOGIRL 4/23/2010 10:23AM

  That is so sweet! I'm glad you had a lovely day!

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LAURAKOHORST 4/23/2010 2:19AM

    hope you had a wonderful day with your wonderful family. take care and have a great weekend.

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READINGLOTS 4/22/2010 10:14PM

    Wow, what a young looking granmma!! Lovely picture of your lunch partners. Sounds like a perfect day.

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LKEITHO 4/22/2010 10:14PM

    Sounds like you had a great day!

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ANGELFMABV 4/22/2010 10:10PM

    Oh what a lovely photo! Did your Gram make the afghan on the chair? It is nice! emoticon

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ELCIA_S 4/22/2010 9:33PM

    aww, so glad u had a great time

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Running after dinner...

Monday, April 19, 2010

...was probably not a great idea tonight -- the smells from everyones BBQs made me ill. It was beautiful evening and I think every other house in our neighbourhood too advantage of it and cooked some form of beef on the BBQ. The smells made my run difficult, as my stomach turned over... Next run after dinner will be at the park...

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ANGELFMABV 4/19/2010 9:53PM

    Sorry to hear of your run gone sour, but glad to hear you had a better run this morning! Have a great week! emoticon

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FIRENUT34 4/19/2010 5:04PM

    I personally love the BBQ smells. I just need to make sure if I run after dinner and wait a little while first. 30 minutes wasn't enough!

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L3DESIGNS 4/19/2010 4:56PM

    Had a great run this morning! At 9:15AM no one was BBQing! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/19/2010 3:02PM

    I sooooo know whatcha mean. LOL.

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POSEY440 4/19/2010 11:02AM

    Some days are like that are they not we have to expect it. emoticon

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LKEITHO 4/19/2010 9:23AM

    Sorry you weren't able to enjoy your run. I hope the next one goes better!

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DEUSMACHINA 4/19/2010 4:48AM

    :S I'm not a big fan of BBQ smells either!

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