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Luv'in my gloves!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Just wanted to share that my hubby got me a pair of gloves for my weight lifting. They are pretty comfortable and make lifting much easier. Well in the sense that it doesn't hurt my hands.

And yes...those are 10 lb weak is that! wearing gloves to lift 10 lb weights lol. I will upgrade to 12's soon I promise!

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LADY-IN-BLACK 2/26/2009 3:42PM

    Holy cows ten lbs what are you body building too! Yikes look out knock out Momma is here! hehehe

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KALISWALKER 2/21/2009 1:36PM

    They look good on you!

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JAVABEAN2 2/19/2009 7:35PM

    Nice gloves!! And no..its not weak!!!

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SUZY6281 2/19/2009 12:07PM

    Ha! I'm not going to tell you what weight I use.
You have my admiration.


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SSUESM 2/19/2009 7:26AM

    I don't think 10 lbs is weak! LOL
emoticonfor the new gloves!

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MICHARM 2/18/2009 11:09PM

    I'm with you -with my 10 lb weights and yes...gloves too!!!!
Keep pumping the iron!!!

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Keep the Mexican chick away from the tortillas!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Okay, so as some of you know, I am Mexican. I was born in Sonora Mexico and came to this country in 1992 (legally, of course it was 10x easier before than now) when I was 7. My mom always made tortillas. Probably everyday, we were a family of 5 at the time, since my sister was already married. Tortillas are a part of my culture. It's like a second fork when we eat. We can eat anything with tortillas, even soup

When I was old enough to learn how to cook, my mother started working, so no more homemade tortillas for us. The local grocery store makes some pretty good ones. So I never learned. When I got married, I bought tortillas probably once or twice week. They were on the table everyday. Both hubby and I love them.

Then I started with SP and decided to cut them out. Simply because I didn't want to have them as temptation. I cannot eat half of a regular flour tortilla. My genes will not let me stop at half. I would have to eat 2. lol. I never bought wheat because I had them once and they were really tough and just not the right taste. Until... I bought a package of Guerrero Whole Wheat tortillas.

You see, there is a .99 cent store here that is so cool. It's huge and they even sell fresh produce. I love going there for my produce. I could not get fresh produce at .99 anywhere here, not even Walmart. And one day that I was there I spot these whole wheat tortillas. I think to myself, I love tortillas, I miss tortillas, and when I get a chance at my parents house I still gobble them down, why not try them? I mean they are only .99 for a dozen if you don't like them, then it wont hurt your pocket.

So I bought them. They are delicious!! I even bought a comal (one of those flat skillets to warm up tortillas, never had a reason to buy one until now). As soon as you heat them up they are soft and thin and delicious. I love them for breakfast burritos. Just this morning, I steamed about 1 cup of broccoli, drained, added some black pepper, dried chile de arbol (love spicy food) and added 1 egg+1 egg white and scrambled all together. I wrapped in a tortilla and in foil and down we went to work with my delicious and healthy breakfast burrito.

I am in love with these tortillas. I've bought them about 3 times at the .99 cent store now. I hope they never stop carrying them. Even though I would still get them else where, they are about 2.89 at the other stores.

I just wanted to share that with you., lol. I love tortillas. And I have a new love for whole wheat tortillas.

My mother told me the other day that my aunt used to make them... we'll have to ask her for the recipe.

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SUZY6281 2/18/2009 8:29AM

    Thank you for the tip! I love tortillas too and it is hard to find healthy ones. I'm wishing we had one of those 99 cent stores around here! It sounds great!

Hope you are having a wonderful day.


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SSUESM 2/17/2009 5:07PM

    That breakfast burrito you made sounds really YUMMY and healthy!!! It's always wonderful rediscovering a food you loved as a child growing up. In my case, it was Hawaiian poi, but I'm afraid, when I "rediscovered" it, I really hated it (with all due respect to my family and relatives back home)!!! It tasted to me the way it tasted to my Irish-English-American husband - like gray paste, plus it is so-o-o-o fattening (sorry Mom and Dad). emoticon

Thanks for a great blog, Marcia!

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tiring evening...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Yesterday after my back & biceps workout I decided to start on my valentine's day cookies. I only make them for friends and family. I am a terrible sales person, so I don't sell. Even though I wish I did lol.

Anyway...I made these delicious sugar cookies with almond extract and decorated with Marshmallow fondant and royal icing. They are so pretty! I really thought decorating cookies was really hard. It's not. It's really time consuming but I loved it. I think I will be making these regularly.

And...I only ate half of a cookie. Its definitely something to cheer about ! emoticon

Here is a picture of the cookies I made!

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    That's it girl!!! You've got talent!! Marcia these are great!! Let me say that I don't like sweets, but looking a these cookies make me want to try them. Wow! They look like the pictures of cookies you'd see in baking books. You rock!! OH and I'm more than sure they taste as good as they look.

Two Thumbs Up buddy!! emoticon

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MAMA77 2/13/2009 10:35PM

    Too bad we live so far apart I would LOVE to buy some from you...My daughter's B-day is on Valentine's day and I am always looking for something different and special for her.

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LACE76 2/13/2009 8:34AM

    WOW! Your cookies are beautiful!

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WATERFALLS62 2/12/2009 4:56PM

    WOW......what will power you have!!!
Keep up the good work!

You do such a beautiful job decorating cookies.
I hope your dream comes true for you to own your own Bakery.

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SSUESM 2/12/2009 2:18PM

    These are beautiful and almost too pretty to eat, but I bet they are DELICIOUS! You have some major willpower just eating half a cookie!

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KALISWALKER 2/12/2009 2:12PM

    You are very artistic! Yummm....

And you only ate 1/2 of one, you are amazing.

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MARIELAMS 2/12/2009 1:39PM

    I know one day I will have a bakery. ..... emoticon

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Attack of the kettle popcorn

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sunday I went grocery shopping alone. My hubby had stuff to do and he stayed home with my son. I went to Sam's Club, it's like bulk shopping place. Anyway, they were giving samples of kettle popcorn, and I tried it. It was really good and I looked at the calories and it didn't seem too bad, 140 cal per 2 cup serving. So I bought the huge bag.

Well, January-April seem to be filled places I got to be. I am baptizing a friends daughter, my niece's 15th birthday party, my uncle's 50th bday party, 3 weddings, Valentine's, Easter, hubby's bday, nephew's bday...omg....and probably other things in between. At least 2 bridal showers in there somewhere. And I have lots of paperwork from my work during these months.

I guess I had like a panic attack yesterday. When I was making my tuna salad for lunch, I got really hungry and I just grabbed for 2 cups of popcorn while the pasta cooked and I had everything done. I didn't think it was that bad, 140 calories remember?

Then I had my salad and I sat in front of the TV to enjoy some peace and quiet while my son was taking his nap. About 1-2 hours later I get like anxious. I know I had alot of stuff to do, I had to clean my house and meet my friend to get the dress for her daughter that I am baptizing this weekend. And this anxiety took over me and I headed for the popcorn. I had at least 5-6 cups of popcorn. I could not believe what I had done. It felt so wrong, but I was stressed and I had so many things to do and I just didn't know where to start, I was completely overwhelmed.

Finally my hubby came in time to save the bag of kettle popcorn. I left with my friend and we got the dress (beautiful by the way!), the shoes, and everything we needed. Then her husband takes us to eat tortas. I live right on the border, and they live in Mexico, so this is where we bought the stuff and went for dinner. There is this places that makes the best tortas, in my opinion of course. They are made with pork shoulder, ham, tomato, avocado and a slice of cheese. We'll I ate one for dinner. I did pack myself with the pickled carrots and jalapeņos they had there, so at least I got some veggies.

I cross the border on foot and it was freezing. The sky got black, wind was blowing really hard and it was really really cold. I got to my car and went home. My hubby had his friend come over to finish their homework, and I made coffee for them and took out some cookies I had there. I didn't have any cookies, but then my hubby asked for the popcorn. OMG... I has like another cup's worth of popcorn.

I felt so bad. I need to control myself and find something to do when this happens again. I am emotional eater and I was feeling so pressured and stressed and busy that I headed for the popcorn.
I did complete my workout though, burned 350 calories.

I need to learn how to keep my emotions under control. I can't let stress take over me.

Now I have to get to work, like I said I have so much stuff to do and I'm here writing what seems to be like a book.


** can't believe the contrast from this post to my

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MAMA77 2/13/2009 10:33PM

    Orville redenbacher makes a mini kettle corn bag. Only 100 calories and so yummy:)

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SSUESM 2/10/2009 2:06PM

    I am a kettle corn addict, if there is such a thing! I had never tried it until this summer and really loved it, the Sugar and Salt combination!!!!! So far my supplier of choice is Trader Joe's because I can't find it at the regular food stores. But I just recently found a recipe online, so now I'm worried that I'll be making kettle corn by the tinfuls! emoticon

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INTHESPOTLIGHT 2/10/2009 12:02PM

  getting it out helps, just don't let it all out to get out of doing work! I am the worst at that!

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

So yesterday was very busy. I didn't even get a chance to blog or respond to blogs. When I got back from Phoenix, I got straight to my workout. Yesterday was strength training so I did Back & Legs, I didn't have enough time to complete my Ab ripper since I was going out to a bar with my family and I had about 30 to get ready.

I'm proud because at the bar I only had about half of a beer and danced so much! I was just happy and having with my family.

Today I woke up a bit late, around 9:30ish... that's late for me, I usually get up around 6 am. Made me a protein shake for breakfast, headed to the grocery store, and then later prepared lunch for me and hubby, a healthy tuna salad. I finished baking a cake for my MIL birthday party later on, then took advantage that my son and hubby were napping and completed my workout!!! I did my Kenpo and burned 443 calories! I had a headache when I started working out and I did my best to not keep me from doing my best. And guess what? Right now, my headache is completely gone. I guess half way through the workout it went away!

All this makes me proud because it's a Saturday. The weekends really really are tough for me. And so far I've done really good!

I better bring this to an end, I NEED a shower! lol

Have a great weekend everyone. See you here tomorrow.

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MAMA77 2/7/2009 8:17PM

    GREAT JOB!!!! Good for you buddy!! I am so glad to here how proud you are!!! I am excited to read your words. No workout for me yesterday or today, I am encouraged to really give it my all tomorrow:)

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SSUESM 2/7/2009 5:56PM

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For having a really great day yesterday and today, and staying on top of your food and your workout, headache and all! :-)

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