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C25K ~ Update

Monday, May 31, 2010

well last week was suppose to be week 5 of couch to 5k but I totaly skipped on all my workouts for an entire week. I did other stuff, including getting out walking but I totaly neglected my walking/jogging routine. I made alot of excuses for myself. My knees were hurting last week while jogging so I used that as my main excuse for not doing my workouts. Truth is though that I could have done them, I was just not wanting to run.

I started on week 4 again this week.... because Im not ready to move on to week 5 workouts. Week 4 is still extreamly challenging.

So My 5k is this comming friday and I am only up to running for 5 minutes at a time.... Its ok though, I am just going to do it in intravals. I figure running for 3 minutes at a time is comfortable enough for me to do now so I will run for 3 minutes and walk for 2 minutes. Im sure I can finish in under an hour doing it like that.

There is a chance of rain on friday emoticon emoticon Its really gonna suck if it rains.

Im going to get all my workouts in this week and Im going to do my best come friday.

~ Jess emoticon

  
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MAMAFEELGOOD 6/2/2010 11:55PM

    Best of luck to you

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SPARKYJEANIE1 6/1/2010 4:43PM

    GOOD LUCK ON THE RUN!!!!!!! I can't believe it's already here...you've worked hard and HEY - running for 5 minutes in a row is way farther than you would have gone a year ago...!!! I think the run for 3 min then walk in intervals is a great idea. Watch out for your knees, love and please stretch out super good before and after. I'd hate for you to hurt yourself like I did with my Achilles. I'm slow back at running since then, probably because I'm so scared to hurt myself again. I will be there invisibly at the finish line cheering you on every step of the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!
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LISSI_RODRIGUEZ 6/1/2010 8:58AM

    That's awesome that you are even attempting to do the 5K... I quit week 1 of the c25k...
running three minutes consecutively is no joke. haha 1 minute was busting my behind! SO, get 'em girlie, and post some pics, times, blogs, whatever.... we're all cheering you on... hope you can hear us while you're running!

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MALEXANDER4 6/1/2010 7:38AM

    Whether you walk or walk/run your 5K, your doing it. Im proud of you. I'm no where near ready myself. But i'm working on it. You just keep up the work and you'll be fine. For me it isn't the knees it is the shins. they kill me. If not for that i would be running like the wind. lol. emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 5/31/2010 3:02PM

    Never underestimate yourself...take your time, enjoy the run on Friday and just be present while you feel yourself breathe, move and SWEAT!! You will finish that 5km before you know it and be ready to sign up for your next one! Taking time off and pacing yourself is the key so that way you keep doing it! If it's not fun, you're gonna quit!! Enjoy!

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KAY-SUPREME 5/31/2010 11:01AM

    If it is HOT you will WANT the rain, trust me. I got misted on in Detroit on 5/22 and it was the most heaven sent feeling ever.

Also, you'll be surprised at how much LONGER you can actually run while there's all the other people around you running. Makes you go "Yeah! I can!"

And it's OKAY to take a week off. Heck, I've taken months off. Made sure I was watching what I was eating and getting in some physical activity here and there, but you gotta keep your head about you... so if you didn't feel like it, you didn't feel like it... and THAT is okay! :)

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JESSSPARK 5/31/2010 10:36AM

    Good luck! I'm staring down the barrel of that gun myself but I have a bit of time yet- nonetheless the race is June 19 and I'm jogging maybe 1.80 miles at the moment. That's a lot of miles to make up between now and then. We can do it!!!! And if it's not this 5k, then its the next one we will jog all the way through!

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SUZEQ09 5/31/2010 10:25AM

    You do what you are comfortable with. You may be surprised at yourself when you actually get to the 5k though. I didn't think I'd be able to run (snail pace) the whole race, but I did and it was just over a half hour, so giving yourself an hour is a good start.

Have a great day!

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LOVEMYKIDS874 5/31/2010 10:24AM

    You will do great Jess!

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My day + Food blog for wednesday (kinda long)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

well I wrote a really long blog about what happened yesterday and then I went to post it and it said that I included profanity somewhere in my post. I went back to change it and the entire thing that I spent like 45 minutes writing got errased. I was so mad I had to just shut my computer down and get off. So Im gonna try this again... lol.

Yesterday went pretty good as far as eating goes and I had a really good day activity wise too. I woke up with my husband at 6:30am because I had to make him lunch to take to work... then I desided to just stay up and make him breakfast and maybe get a little housework done before the kids woke up.

I split my breakfast into two meals because when I eat around 7am I get super hungry a few hours before lunch. I think it worked out pretty well.

I went through my day as usual and then around 4pm when my husband got home me and my sister (javagrl) left to go skating. We wanted to go on wednesday because we figured that it would be not too busy. We got there at around 5pm and relized that they dident even open untill 6:30pm. ::sigh::

So we left and went to subway. We split a bag of sunchips and a foot long orchard chicken salad sub.... I know I have been doing the vegetarian thing but what can I say.. Im weak. I love meat too much to be completely vegetarian. Anyway, it really ended up sucking... It was the first time I have tried a new sub at subway in like 10 years (I normaly get the oven roasted chicken breast) and it sucked.... oh well.

So we leave there and we still have like an hour untill the skating rink opens so we go to lane bryant and look around because my sister really needs some new clothes. When she moved in with me a year ago she weighed around 260 pounds and now she is down to 218! She is still wearing all the shirts she wore at 260 though and She is wearing my hand me down jeans. I told her she dident have to go to layne bryant anymore, that she could prob find something at a regular store but I think mentaly she still thinks she is 250 pounds.

Anyway we were shopping around and It turns out that I am way to small to fit anything there... shopping isent much fun when nothing fits.... but really even the smallest sizes were too big for her, even though she refused to see that. I kept making comments to her about the clothes and how they would looked much bigger than the size on the tag and we are always joking around about being fat in general so we make comments. On my way out of the store I thought that maybe I should not make so many comments about being fat because maybe someone that dident know I use to be real big would be offended and think Im trying to be a jerk. I thought about the comments I was making about the clothes and how a fat girl would look horrible in them and figured that it would sound really bad comming from a thin person... and Im getting to the point where I would be considered more a thin person rather than a fat person.... or at least an average size person. Somthing for me to watch I geuss.

anyway then we went to the rink.... I was so scared of falling down that I did really really bad.... I think alot of it had to do with that it was really really busy there.... turns out that the last wednesday of every month is 1 dollar admission night. It was freakin packed in there... there were wild little kids skating the wrong way on the track, skating accross the track, laying in the middle of the track. I was so nervous that I was going to slam in to a 8 year old and take him out. lol. after about an hour though I desided that I wasnet giving myself a chance and I needed to be less afraid and just do it... I got alot better after that. I did fall twice, once on my hand and my elbow (got a pretty nice buise from that) and another time I fell forward and in an attempt to not hit my knees or my face I did sort of a belly flop on the ground and then slid about 5 or 10 feet. Im sure it was quite amussing to watch lol. Me slip and slidding down the roller rink.

We left there after an hour and a half because the rental skates they gave my sister were really bad and were hurting her feet.

So it was only around 8:00 and we dident want to go home yet so we went to the park to walk around... park closes at 8 though so we drove up to the middle of our town because they have a really nice main street to walk down... lots of lighting and cute shops and really old victorian homes. We walked for about 10 minutes and came to this one building... I asked my sister if she had ever been in it before and she said no... its a little indoor mall with shops all on the inside. Everything in there was closed but as we got to the back of the building we noticed a stairway leading down and a big banner over the door that said "tanning" .... my sister asked what was down there and I told her that I thought it was a gym.... she was like OOoo lets go see how much they charge because I want to join a gym..

So we go down and there is this 60 year old man at the counter who looks like he has never worked out a day in his life.... and he ends up being one of those old guys that likes to bullsh*t with younger women and joke around. So he is going through pricing with her and aking her her age and all this other stuff. I asked if we could look around and we do and its a pretty crappy little gym... a few treadmills and ellipticals, some weight equipment and a very small little aerobics room.

The guy from the front desk spots us and says, hey I have something to show you and then motions to the little aerobics room where two other women are walking in. So here we are in this tiny little room with 4 exercise balls... if there was more than the 5 of us then it would have been really uncomfortable.... he tells the the two other girls have been comming here for 5 weeks and he gives them stuff to do every day... one of the girls said she had gone down 3 sizes or something. Then he tells us to grab a ball. Im thinking "Ooo k we are going to workout now?" but I pick up a ball because WTH I needed a workout anyway, I would play along.

The old guy starts leading us through all these exercises, like ball push ups and sit ups and planks ect.... and we did that for about 20 minutes and I have to say I never realized that you could get such a great workout from an exercise ball.... I was litterily pouring sweat by the time we stopped. It was kinda strange, the whole situation but kinda fun too.

Then by that time it was like 9pm and we needed to get home.

Was a very interesting day... and I think my sisters interested in going to the gym now so I geuss that guys little demonstration worked in some way. lol. I myself cant afford a gym but if I could I would go to the YMCA... I love to swim.

I did great eating all day too and stepped on the scale this morning and had gone down another pound :-) happy me.... Here is a rundown of what I ate yesterday

Breakfast - 7:00pm .... 1 slice double fiber toast, 1 tbls jam, zero cal butter spray, 1/2 cup canned pineapple........ 9:00pm .... 1 caramel rice cake, 1 tbls peanut butter - 325


Snack - dark chocolate square - 38


Lunch: veggie melt w/ 1/2 pumpernickle roll, sauteed mushrooms and onions, 1/8 cup mozzarella, 1 tbls honey mustard dressing, roasted red peppers..... 1/2 can progresso tomato soup..... pickled veggie mix - 442


Snack: 1 cup caramel delight fiber one, 1/2 cup 1% milk - 235


Snack: Yoplait light coconut yogurt -100


Dinner: 1/2 orchard chicken subway sub on 9 grain honey oat w/ lettuce, tomato, onions & salt & pepper.... 1/2 bag harvest cheddar sunchips - 482
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Total Calories for the day ~ 1622

  
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MICHCLEARY 5/29/2010 10:17AM

    Cool blog as usual. I have multiple workout balls and actually use one to sit on at the computer. It makes me sit up straight. I like to lay on it backwards and stretch my back out.

If you get one use some of Coach Nicole's videos on the healthy lifestyles tab. She has some great ab ones on there with the ball.

I hate when you go out and spend money and then the food isn't good. Too bad on that.

Have a great weekend!

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LOSINGJESS 5/28/2010 2:18PM

    ha-ha.. yeah If I could have only had the cameras rolling on the belly flop... AFV here I come. I wouldn't say I was as graceful as a ballerina... it was more like when you watch the learning channel and see the sea lions whooshing down the ice. haha..

Yeah the dude at the gym was a bit weird... and I'm sure was a perv... but I figured there were other people there so I was ok. Believe me I'm very cautious so I usually don't get myself into bad situations.

About the profanities... It was when I said bull-sh*ting I think.... except no *. It also flags the word B*tch and I'm sure the F bomb is not allowed either but I have never been flagged for that one. I cuss quite a bit when I talk (trying to watch myself when I'm around the kids though) and would cuss more in my blogs but I try not to because I don't want to offend any of my spark friends that are maybe more on the conservative side.

I'm so happy about the 1 pound this week. It feels so great that the weight seems to just be falling off now. I know I am most likely headed towards some sort of stand still because things have been going good for a while now but I'm gonna enjoy it while I can. I'm almost in the 170's now!!! OMG I have never been that small... not counting when I was a little kid. Its so exciting.

~ Jess



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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/28/2010 2:01PM

    SWEETS...

I just adore ya! OK, now that said....lol

First of all, NO MORE LANE BRYANT!!!!!! Hells yeah...great job to you AND sissy too! What an accomplishment! I remember that feeling - it's so incredibly liberating, isn't it? Like a monkey (or Lane) off your back, right? WOOHOO!!

Second, the rink. LMFAO over the falling stuff. And a belly flop??? Sorry - promise laughing WITH you not AT ya! heehee
emoticon Bet ya looked like a clutzy ballerina...but I'm sure you fell - with STYLE! You should post a pic of the bruise - now THAT'S what I call EFFORT!! heehee...glad you didn't get hurt too bad though.

What type of profanities did you put??? haha I've never seen that message.

Next, about the old guy at the gym place. OK, sorry to break this one to ya. Sounds like an undercover perv. LOL. I mean, he brought you both in and let you work out for free...hmmm...(bet you feel like you need a shower now huh). JK I'm sure it was fine.

LAST, but NOT least: CONGRATS ON YET ANOTHER LB LOST! Have a great weekend girl and keep it up!

*smiles*
Jeanie
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MALEXANDER4 5/28/2010 7:30AM

    Jess emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonfor being too small for lane bryant.....victoria secret here you come/;///ahahahahl. I'm with you about the gym, I can't afford one myself, so I do mine in the yard and down the road.....have a great new day and keep up the food blogs i love your ideas.

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JADENTEX 5/27/2010 8:27PM

    Censorship Nazis make me angry. :-P Kudos to you for being dedicated enough to write it out again! I would have.... used more profanities... ;-)

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KENNYWHEELS 5/27/2010 1:25PM

    You're not the first person i heard that is disappointed with that subway sub. one of my other SparkFriends was complaining to someone yesterday about it. I personally hate subway, how can you like a sandwich shop that microwaves your food for you. yuck.

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LOSINGJESS 5/27/2010 12:59PM

    yes, It was very strange lol.

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STEPHANON 5/27/2010 11:54AM

    What a bizarre experience you had at that little gym. Ha ha! At least you got a decent workout AND a story out of it!

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RACHELLY0724 5/27/2010 11:36AM

    Ahhhhh I dream about the day that I can say goodbye to Lane Bryant! Their clothes are WAY too expensive, and poorly made - buttons are always falling off, or seams splitting in the most random places!

I'm struggling with sodium intake - it's too high, and has got to be causing me to hold onto water - I'll be scouring for lunch recipes!

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JESSSPARK 5/27/2010 10:43AM

    Spark is weird about profanity for sure. The other day it took me 10 minutes to figure out that it thinks that the "heart" shortcut of "the greater/less than sign open to the right" with this "3" is a profanity. Maybe it stands for something else I'm not aware of... ;)

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SWEETNEENI 5/27/2010 10:31AM

    I love your food presentation! You make a simple sandwich look so fancy!

WTG for you and your sister! ADIOS LANE BRYANT! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 5/27/2010 10:28AM

    Haha I like your story about the gym! And good point about making comments in the store. People who don't know you might be offended. At least you realize it now and can make sure next time! Have a great day!
~Ang

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KEX820 5/27/2010 10:16AM

    Your veggie melt you had for lunch looks awesome! I also try to do the vegetarian thing, but I can't be full on either. I try to only eat meat once or twice a week and I try to keep it lean. I haven't gone skating in forever but I was the one who always fell and busted her butt.

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STARLIGHT615 5/27/2010 10:14AM

    Sounds like you had an eventful day!! Your food looks delicious!! Great job keep up the good work!! you are doing awesome!!

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Food Blog - Tuesday May 25th

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Breakfast - 1/3 serving pancakes, 1 tbls light pancake syrup..... 2 egg whites, 1 morning star veggie sausage, mushrooms, scallions, roasted red peppers, 1/8 cup 2% cheddar... 1/2 cup 1% milk - 331


Lunch - veggie chicken gyro... yoplait light coconut yogurt - 336


Snack - 1 rice cake.... 1/2 tbls peanut butter.... 1/2 tbls blueberry cream cheese... 1/2 banana - 186


Dinner- 2 veggie burgers (recipe below), 2 tbls ketchup, 2 servings alexia sweet potato fries, 1 serving steamfresh garlic cauliflower, 1 tbls malt vinegar - 652


Snack - 1 rice cake, 1 wasa wheat cracker, 1 tbls hummus, 1 tbls blueberry creamcheese - 175
..... (maybe overkill with the rice cakes but I figured it was the same calories as having another hummus cracker and I really wanted both :-) )


Total Calories for the day ~ 1679 ... I felt like I did much better today & I got my workout in
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Veggie Burger Recipe - Not perfected yet but pretty good for my first attempt : http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=1092324

  
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LOSINGJESS 5/26/2010 1:13PM

    1 flatout whole wheat wrap
shredded red leaf lettuce
1/2 small tomato sliced
a few slices cucumber slices - diced
2 tbls Tzatziki greek cucumber yogurt sauce (can buy in deli section of most grocery stores)
4 stips veggie chicken ~ MorningStar Meal Starters : Chick'n Strips

emoticon ~ Jess

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MCMPOOH43 5/26/2010 12:53PM

    What exactly is the veggie chicken gyro?? :)

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MALEXANDER4 5/26/2010 8:33AM

    Again you amaze me with your ideas.....keep up the great blogs.

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WATCHMEGO2 5/26/2010 8:02AM

    Your breakfast looks so yummy!! I really need to try to change things up a bit, I find I am eating pretty much the same things day after day.

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LOSINGJESS 5/26/2010 6:25AM

    haha... thats what my husband said... They really needed a little more seasoning :-P

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CRYSTALFLAIZ 5/26/2010 2:51AM

    The veggie burgers look great. That looked like a lot of ketchup.Yum.
Great job!

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MICHCLEARY 5/25/2010 11:32PM

    creative and interesting. Keep up the good work!

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Food Blog - Monday

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

well I dident so so well yesterday... I overate, I did not put my food into my tracker & felt generaly blah. Nibbled on bread while cooking dinner... damn, good bread kills me... its one of my weaknesses and I should know better than to have it sitting around. grrr. I also made cookies for the kids and ended up eating 3 of them... I only intended to try one, but in the end I ended up with three. Just gotta learn from it and realize every day is not gonna be perfect & then move on.

Breakfast - Fiber one cereal... apple



Lunch - Tuna on pumpernickle.... 1 cup yogurt


Snack - 3 oatmeal raisin cookies..... 1/2 cup milk


Dinner - veggie lasagna... small salad with honey mustard dressing.... roasted garlic artisan bread (about 3 slices).... 1 tsp light margarine


snack - strawberries & splenda

  
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ANALYZETHIS1 5/26/2010 3:04PM

    That's the cereal i have.

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LOSINGJESS 5/26/2010 1:21PM

    Fiber one caramel delight.... very tastey!

http://www.fiberone.
com/Product/Cereals.aspx

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MCMPOOH43 5/26/2010 12:48PM

    What exactly is that Fiber One Cereal called?? It looks like Golden Grahams...does it taste good??

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MCMPOOH43 5/26/2010 12:48PM

    What exactly is that Fiber One Cereal called?? It looks like Golden Grahams...does it taste good??

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LOSINGJESS 5/26/2010 10:00AM

    Thanks :-) ... The cookies arent exactly the greatest on calories but the kids really loved them. I just went online and found a cookie recipe I had all the ingredients for (one that did not use butter, because I dont keep butter in the house lol) ... I wanted to start making them cookies because I have been buying cookies at the grocery store to give them as snacks... I figure this would be way more healthy because I know whats going in to them, and at least with oatmeal cookies they are getting some whole grain & fruit.

The only thing I changed with the recipe is I used 1/2 whole wheat flour & 1/2 white flour.

http://www.quakeroats.com/c
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pes/recipe-detail.aspx?recipeId
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SHASHEE71 5/26/2010 9:03AM

    This looks like a yummy day!! Also, it looks like you're performing an amazing magic trick with the apple! And do you have a fantastic recipe for those oatmeal raisin cookies? YUM-O!

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CHRISS77 5/26/2010 5:29AM

    MMMmmm strawberries. I can't wait until strawberries are in season here.

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MAMASALLYSOCKS 5/26/2010 5:00AM

    Yup! I couls live on just bread too!

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LOSINGJESS 5/25/2010 11:04PM

    Yeah I could live off of bread...screw the cake, give me bread... I had a Itallian resturant that I use to go to all the time... they had the best fresh baked bread and olive oil & rosemary dipping sauce. I would go there and just eat bread... basket apon basket and then box up the entree and take it home.

I wish good bread wasent so calorie heavy. emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 5/25/2010 10:46PM

    Bread and cheese is such a downfall for me too! I could eat it all the time! I definitely have to limit it in the house! emoticon

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SARAHJ19 5/25/2010 10:35PM

    I love your food blogs! thanks for the inspiration!


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Photo Food Blog ~ Sunday May 23rd

Monday, May 24, 2010

Breakfast: 1 slice double fiber toast, 1 tbls jam, zero cal butter spray..... 1/2 cup oatmeal.... 2 tsp brown sugar..... 1 tsp light margarine ... (the baby ended up eating my bananas) - 226


Lunch: Veggie Chicken Gyro..... 1 flatout wrap, lettuce, tomato, greek cucumber sauce, 4 strips Morning Star veggie chicken stirps... ( wow this was so good!) ... 1/2 can progresso lentil soup... 1/2 cup couscous - 480


Snack: caramel corn rice cake w/ blueberry cream cheese - 95


Snack: (went to the movies and saw shrek 4.. it was really good! I ended up eating a pack of raisinets & a few of my sons peanut m&ms) 1 pack raisinets... 1/4 pack peanut m&ms - 248

Dinner: Tofu maranated in teriayki sauce, breaded in bread crumbs and pan fried in 1 tsp olive oil..... pineapple carrot sauce.... 1/2 cup brown & wild rice..... 1 medium corn on the cob + zero cal butter spray - 510


(Pretty good but the consistancy was very soft.... I mean I could eat it but I cant say it was the best thing I have ever had... the kids kinda ate one or two peices and then said "mommy I dont like this chicken"... I dont think I will be doing tofu very often)


Snack: 2 medium carrots... 1/2 sliced cucumber.... 2 tbls moroccan hummus - 116


Total Calories for the day ~ 1675 calories

  
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SOCKS117 6/12/2010 11:26AM

  Lol my mom used to trick me with "chicken" too (although ours was tuna fish in spaghetti, even though I dislike fish).

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SAPPHIRE983 5/25/2010 9:34AM

    Hmm, I don't think I could do tofu...

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LOSINGJESS 5/25/2010 9:31AM

    yes I have to really give my hubby props lol... he ate what I cooked even though he kinda had this.. "WTF am I putting in my mouth?" look on his face. He eats just about everything I cook, even the stuff that comes out not so great. Thats really saying alot for him because he is not an experimental eater like I am... I will eat just about anything once ... and usually if I dont like something I will try it again in a year or two just to see if my tastes have changed for it.... Lol I have been working on liking olives for the last 5 years, they are a little better but I dont like them still. Brie (the cheese) is something I will never like... I have tried it twice because the first time I thought it had gone bad... but no, it tasted like mildew both times I ate it. Yuck!

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MALEXANDER4 5/25/2010 6:31AM

    The gyro great, tofu, not so great....There is something abut eating a food that takes on the flavors of whatever you put with it that worries me. And it looks too soft for me. Bravo for giving it a try, and give your hubby a pat for me, he eats what you make and I think that is awesome. Mine still puts his nose up to veggies so I cook for him and me.

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BELUGA20 5/24/2010 4:08PM

    I love Gardein protein "crispy tenders." You can have about 2 for 90 calories, and they're rather filling.

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SPARKYJEANIE1 5/24/2010 2:20PM

    "Mommy, I don't like this chicken" emoticon Aww, poor lil pumkins...haha. Good for you for trying somthing new anyways. Either you're a tofu person or you're not, plain and simple. Was it the extra firm? That's the only one I use.

I will MOST definitely be making a veggie chicken gyro...maybe tonight. I have some whole wheat wraps that I've been itching to use so I think I'll do that.

You continue to inspire us all. I'm glad you got out and enjoyed Shrek! I want to take the kiddos too, believe it or not, even our teenagers want to see it as well!! LOL (bet they'd die if their friends knew).

Rock on, my little SUPERSTAR!!!! emoticon emoticon

*smiles*
Jeanie

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/24/2010 10:55AM

    I've had morningstar veggie nuggets, veggie burgers and chicken patties but never the chicken strips. yum.

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CHRISS77 5/24/2010 9:57AM

    I cook with tofu a lot. Tofu has no real flavour. It takes the flavour of what you cook it with, and this is why it works really well in curries and the like.

If you want to marinate it before cooking, I'd suggest squeezing out as much liquid as possible. Best way is to stack it between two plates and put something heavy on it.... a 5lb bag of potatoes for instance. Periodically you'll need to drain the liquid from the bottom plate, but I'd let it squeeze for a good 15 minutes if not longer.

The other alternative it to bake it or fry it first. I like the frying option, and you can do it in a non-stick skillet with no oil, or just a smidge for an extra crisy edge. Cut it into thin strips (about 1/4 inch thick and as wide/long as you like... I do mine about 1x1.5". Fry until the edges are crispy, turn, repeat. Marinate after they are cooked.

Sometimes I like to spread a bit of curry paste (proper green, yellow or red Thai curry paste works beautifully) on the tofu before pan frying. Since it is a paste it doesn't add moisture and the frying seals in the flavour then I toss it in at the end of a stir-fry and add a bit of lime juice and soy sauce over the whole fry-up. In fact, I'll be doing this dish this week, so I'll blog about it when I do it.

In fact, your recent posts have given me the idea I should blog more about my vegetarian/vegan dishes so that is what I'm going to do! Thanks for the idea.

As for kids, my two year old loves tofu, but you do need to know how to cook with it. Fortunately, there are some easy tricks to making good tofu. Unfortunately for your kids, it'll never actually be like chicken.

Oh, and one last thing. If you find your tofu doesn't have enough texture, freeze it first. I usually don't bother doing this, but I do notice our leftover tofu dishes that have been frozen have a different texture than when they were fresh.

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LOSINGJESS 5/24/2010 9:34AM

    I drained the tofu before I sliced it by squeezing the liquid between paper towels but I think I put alot of the moisture back in it by marinating it in the teriyaki sauce. I think next time I might try the papertowels after the marinaid... Im assuming that the tofu will still have alot of the flavor still...

Anyway, I only used half a pack so I will be attempting tofu at least one more time so we will see if I do any better

~ Jess

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NIELSENSLADY 5/24/2010 9:06AM

    You seem to be a great cook. Maybe whip up some chikpeas next time and have falafel. It is fabulous!

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KMARTIN9061 5/24/2010 9:05AM

    Very healthy today, love it! I don't like Tofu at all... but kudos for trying something new!

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MICHCLEARY 5/24/2010 9:00AM

    Have you tried laying the slices on paper towels for awhile before you cook it? I think that would help drain out some of the extra moisture.

I like the chicken gyro sandwich as well.

I've been using your photo blog idea when I have to go out. I take a picture of what I'm eating to blog later so that I stay on a good path. It works most of the time so thanks for the idea.

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MIGHTYFINEWINE 5/24/2010 8:54AM

    I'm trying my first tofu cooking this week (we got it in our CSA). From what I've read, if you bake it first, before pan frying it, it'll help dry it out and un-mush-a-fy it. Also people say freezing it and defrosting it helps too. Although that is WAY too much work for me. I think I might be too lazy for tofu, but since it was in the box, it's worth a shot!

Your gyro wrap makes me want Greek food SO BADLY. YUM!

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NANAPATTYB 5/24/2010 7:58AM

    Everything looked delicious until the tofu. Well at least you can say you tried it, kudos to you. I am still to hesitant to try it.

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POLARBEAR63 5/24/2010 7:48AM

    Looks Delicious emoticon

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