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The cheesecake is gone!

Monday, March 07, 2011

It's bittersweet. LOL. My mom's cheesecake is my favorite dessert in the world. Hubby and I were both sad to eat the last of it on Friday. But my waistline is happy. Thank goodness my husband likes cheesecake and enthusiastically helped me eat it.

I did try to stay on the lower side of my calories for the day so I could have the treat for dessert after dinner. And I somehow managed to resist all day and wait to have my one piece in the evening with hubby. So, I am proud of myself for that at least. :)

The scale is far. I think it will catch up to me soon, though. Have to hit the gym hard this week. Tonight is our family gym night. Hopefully we can get through our workout tonight without any diaper disasters.

Have a great Monday, Spark friends, and a great week!

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FATROCKSTAR 3/8/2011 4:59PM

    Love it, love it, love it! Normandy

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JACKIMOON 3/7/2011 5:31PM

    Cheesecake is my FAVORITE!

I have mixed emotions on what to say...

One one hand it's great to have it out of the house!

On the's nice to have a treat every once in a while!

Good Luck on the diaper tonight! Just have that extra change of clothes with you! emoticon

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*AMBER512 3/7/2011 1:31PM

    Sounds delicious! I'm lucky that my husband always helps when extra desserts are around the house.

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DNJEN471 3/7/2011 1:17PM

    Mmmmm... cheesecake... love it... just hate how many calories it carries with it :)

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BARBARASDIET 3/7/2011 1:13PM

    mmmm, cheesecake!

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NATPLUMMER 3/7/2011 10:43AM

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy some cheesecake without going overboard. I'm very proud of you. That's the way it should be.
The scale is strange, it may never catch up to you (Here's hoping). I wish you a good family workout night tonight. I'll try to send some clean diaper vibes.
Have a great day!!

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Interesting new machine at the gym

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Yesterday a new machine at the gym caught my eye. It's a elliptical/bike hybrid. Basically you sit down on it like a bike but pedal like you are on an elliptical. There are also features where you can do chest presses and other strength exercises.

There are only two of these that I saw. I spoke with the person on the other one and she told me she liked the machine because it is easier on her knees. I decided to try it since it was new and I was dreading my treadmill workout that day, and also because I have been having problems with my knee lately. I did not feel like it gave me a truly awesome workout (I wasn't really sweating much) but it was good for my legs and I got some things done on my phone since I could surf the net. Haha. I am planning a more strenuous workout today - my usual class. If they don't pull me out for a diaper disaster. :)

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*AMBER512 3/4/2011 1:53PM

    Oh how cool! I love trying new machines.

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DNJEN471 3/4/2011 9:57AM

    Sounds like an interesting machine! :)

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SIMPLEJOYS 3/3/2011 9:59PM

  I'm having a hard time picturing it! your weight mostly on the seat part? It all sounds very awkward...??

I'm still in love with the far, so good with my knees!

Happy workouts to you...with no diaper blowouts!

(I like frogs.)

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NATPLUMMER 3/3/2011 10:28AM

    Good job trying out the new machine. Sounds like fun.
Fingers crossed for no diaper disasters so you can make it all the way through Body Combat!
Have fun, hottie!

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Body Combat fail

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I had been trying to coerce the hubby to take a Body Combat class with me at the gym for a loooong time. He doesn't usually take classes, but he he finally agreed to come to the class with me last night. My favorite instructor teaches on Monday nights. She makes the class so fun, so I wanted him to take her class if he was going to go.

So last night, he was all ready and even excited about it. I even introduced him to the instructor when we were waiting for the previous class to finish up so we could walk into the room. Music is on, class starts. Not even 2 minutes in, one of the ladies from the kids area comes in and taps him on the shoulder. The little one needs a diaper change. He left the class to take care of it, and afterwards came back to tell me that she had a diaper accident and we needed to leave because we did not have a change of clothes. I usually keep an extra outfit for her in my diaper bag, but last night I just happened to not have one because on Sunday we had to change her outfit while we were out. Aaaargh. So, home we went, without either of us getting a workout. It might have been a blessing in disguise, however, because the little tyke was beat. She went right to sleep when we came home and put her to bed.

Well, we will try next week for the class. And I am getting my butt to the gym this morning! Dreadmill today. Or maybe elliptical. But I get to listen to Jillian's podcast, which will help keep me entertained and motivated.

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SPARKNMOM 3/2/2011 6:23PM

    I always have to laugh when I hear stories like this because they are so familiar to me LOL!! At least the intention was there and there will be more opportunities. I love being a parent - there are SO many stories to tell!!

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*AMBER512 3/2/2011 12:54PM

    Definitely frustrating, but there's always another day to work out :)

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BCARSON11 3/1/2011 1:43PM

    Sounds like a frustrating night! I hate to miss a workout! It is especially bad that you husband didn't get to try the class. Hopefully he will go with you next week! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/1/2011 11:07AM

    I'm sorry that you had to leave without your workout. Hopefully next week will work out for you.
Have fun at the gym today!!!

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JACKIMOON 3/1/2011 10:57AM

    Isn't it always the way, when you are pumped for a workout that something gets in the way?

At least you had the right mindset and were excited for the class!

I'm sooooo uncoordinated when it comes to those classes. I prefer the treadmill or the elliptical!

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Birthday cakes, oh my!

Monday, February 28, 2011

So, yesterday was my birthday, and currently on the middle shelf of my fridge there is half of a Philly fluff cake and a whole cheesecake.

My best friend from high school came to visit Friday/Saturday and she brought the delicious fluff cake. It is from a bakery from Summit, NJ, where she lives and apparently this bakery is famous for this type of cake. If you don't know what a Philly fluff cake is (I didn't), it is kind of a pound cake made in a bundt pan, with powdered sugar on top. Very simple but not light on the calories, I'm sure. Does anyone know how many calories are in one of these?? I tried to look it up online but no luck. I only found recipes. Haha. I am thinking of freezing what I have left over for a treat in the future when I don't have so many sweets in the house. I am going to call the bakery tomorrow (they are closed today) to find out the best way to wrap it up to freeze, and if they recommend freezing it. But that's the plan.

The cheesecake is the one my mom always made for company and special occasions when I was growing up. This is my favorite cake in the world, and my mom hasn't made it in FOREVER! Probably close to 10 years at least. I knew better, but I still requested it for my birthday this year and she sweetly obliged. I did get a small lecture from my dad as they handed it to me, but I played the birthday card (It's my birthday, no lectures about cake). :) Anyway, it was frozen when they brought it (she froze it because she made it in advance and also for it to be easier to transport) so I have been waiting since yesterday for it to thaw. Luckily, my husband - who does not typically have a sweet tooth - LOVES cheesecake and he is just as excited about it as I am. Although I joke that it is MY cake, I am happy that he will be helping me with it.

I think I've mentioned before in my blog that I have a mental list of "worth it and not worth it" foods. If something is worth the calories, I eat it without feeling guilty and then just try to make good choices otherwise. If it's NOT worth it, I ask myself "Do I really want to eat this? And why?" and I usually talk myself out of it. Both of these cakes are in my opinion TOTALLY WORTH IT. But I have to make sure I hit the gym a lot this week (I have been slacking here lately). I can already feel my pants tightening just thinking about them.

Now for some good news: We stocked up on lots of fresh fruits and veggies yesterday. Plums, nectarines, tomatoes, squash, clementines, bananas, blueberries, strawberries. Oh and I almost forgot to mention another fabulous birthday treat I received yesterday: chocolate covered strawberries that my cousin sent from Edible Arrangements. Mmmmmmm.

Tonight's workout: Body Combat! And I am dragging the hubs to join me in the class for the first time. He has been resisting for so long. I hope he likes it. :)

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HUGS2015 3/1/2011 8:49AM

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your cheescake, it sounds wonderful! emoticon

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MTKRITTER 3/1/2011 8:19AM

    Happy Birthday! I love cheesecake and would find it extremely difficult to resist my birthday cake. Enjoy!

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SPARKNMOM 2/28/2011 6:12PM

    Happy Birthday!! MMMMMMM - CHEESECAKE!! :)

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PALOMINOGIRL3 2/28/2011 4:48PM

    Holy cake! I think MY pants just got tighter thinking about your cakes, too! HA! Well, if you can't eat cake on your own birthday, then when CAN you??? I think you are entitled to be bad on your birthday. By the way, Happy Belated Birthday!
I LOVE the mental note idea of what's worth it and what's not. I'm totally stealing that.

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JACKIMOON 2/28/2011 4:44PM

    Happy Birthday!!!! emoticon

I read this as I was eating a Sugar Free Jello cup. Cheesecake sounds amazing!

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DEEDEE1102 2/28/2011 2:33PM

    Happy Birthday! I think it's important that we enjoy foods that we love. Just make sure you pick it up in the gym this week. I absolutely LOVE cheesecake too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HPTEAGUE 2/28/2011 1:56PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Mine is today (well, technically it's the 29th) and I have zero cake in my house. I'm simultaneously happy about the lack of temptation and sad at the lack of indulgence for my sweet tooth...

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NATPLUMMER 2/28/2011 1:07PM

    Happy belated birthday!!
No, I've never heard of a Philly Fluff Cake but if it's pound cake then it's definitely not light in calories. It would freeze really well, though.
If it's totally worth the calories, then go for it and get some exercise in. Body Combat will be great.

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*AMBER512 2/28/2011 1:02PM

    I say the same thing on my birthday. No lectures about food! Seriously people, calm down lol

I also agree with the "worth it" thing. It's goota be good!

And...Happy belated birthday!! emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 2/28/2011 9:29AM

    Mmmmmm, blueberries! Enjoy kicking hubby's butt at Body Combat tonight.

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NUTRON3 2/28/2011 8:41AM

    Have a great day

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Girl Scout Cookies

Thursday, February 17, 2011

OK, so...I have 2 boxes of girl scout cookies sitting on my kitchen counter. UNOPENED, as of yet. Funny thing is, I didn't even order them. What's even funnier is that I got them from my DAD.

If you knew my Dad, you would laugh because he always watches what he eats and is one of those people who comments on how bad or good for you something is (at least to family and close friends). I always kind of feel guilty if I am eating something sweet or greasy in front of him.

Anyway, I don't know what came over him but he ordered one of every type of girl scout cookie at work (presumably a co-worker's child sent mom or dad to work to take orders for them). So now, EEKS, I am the proud owner of Tagalongs (140 calories, 9 g of fat per serving of 2 cookies and Ducle de leche ( a liiiiiitle better on the stats with 160 calories, 8 g of fat for 4).

First of all, is it just me or have the boxes gotten WAY smaller over the years? And why the heck do these things have TRANS FAT in them?? Aren't these supposed to be wholesome, American cookies? You know, with America trying hard to fight childhood obesity and the food guide recommending never consuming trans fat ever ever?

Sigh...I will see how long it takes me to open the first box. I am usually a sucker of these things, despite the calories and trans fat. I do feel like writing the girl scouts and requesting that they remove the trans fat. After all, if McDonald's can do it, so can they!

Sigh...It's between 5 and 6 on Thursday. Usually I am in Body Combat class right now. I somehow screwed up my knee so I have decided to take it easy. I haven't been to the gym since Monday night. :( BUT I did a lot of walking today because (Hello!) it's 60 degrees here on February 17!

I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Valentine's Day!

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G1NNY7 3/7/2011 8:00AM

    The nutrition label on those "THIN" mints is SO WRONG (I won't even say how deceptive it is to call them "THIN" lol). Everyone knows that box contains only two servings: one sleeve per serving! emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 2/22/2011 2:21PM

    I will be sending good thoughts for you to perserve! I really think that GS cookies are extremely overrated. I remember them as being really good, but the last time I was forced to buy some (a co-worker!), I didn't find them good enough to waste my limited treat budget on!

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KELLEY1010 2/21/2011 9:18PM

    I got Thin MInts from a friends daughter. I swear those Girl Scouts are filling them with some addictive power :) Bad Girl Scouts!!! llololololololol emoticon

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DNJEN471 2/21/2011 1:55PM

    Confession: I buy the Girl Scout cookies every year. I always end up with 2 boxes of the Samoas and 1 box of the thin mints. But let me give you a little tip that I have learned. I have to forewarn you that this is not "green"- but guess it could be if you rinsed out the bags and reused them. I get a whole box of small baggies and one really big freezer bag. I open all the boxes and individually bag 2 cookies for each bag. Then I put them all in the freezer bag and throw them into the freezer. I only allow myself one bag a day. It's kindof like the 100 calorie packs. As long as you only have two cookies and work it into your calories it isn't too bad.

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JACKIMOON 2/18/2011 10:01AM

    I bought Girl Scout cookies from my friend at work. My two personal favorites... Samoas and Thin Mints. I bought the Thin Mints planning on using them as a crust for a pie. They sat on my desk and I didn't eat them.

Ironically my friend who is Mr. Health Nut used to come over and sneak the cookies from me. He ate BOTH boxes! I didn't even have one.

I guess I was lucky! emoticon

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SINGER73 2/18/2011 9:21AM

    I was just about to say to hand the boxes of cookies over until you said that they have Trans Fats in them. Now I'm telling you to trash them. No one said that you have to eat them because you dad gave them to you.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/17/2011 6:47PM

    Just send 'em back to your Nutrition Critic with a post-it note that says, "no thanx, don't want the trans fats"


I mean, gosh, what if it is some kind of diabolical TEST?! LOL hehehe

Comment edited on: 2/17/2011 6:50:50 PM

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KARIRDH3 2/17/2011 6:28PM

    I hid mine in the closet and haven't even thought about them! I had a suggestion from a SparkFriend to send them to the soldiers overseas!! So I'm either doing that or giving them away this weekend when I see my family :) Try to resist!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/17/2011 6:13PM

    Yes, it is that Girl Scout Cookie time of the year. Luckily, I don't have any...yet.
Hold off as long as possible opening them. You could stick them in the freezer. Maybe you'll forget about them.
Poor knee. I totally sympathize. At least you got some walking in. emoticon

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*AMBER512 2/17/2011 6:11PM

    I feel lucky now that I know I'm gluten intolerant. These cookies aren't even an option for me! But I think it's awful that they have trans fats in them! I guess I'm not surprised, but that is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary.

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