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Friday, May 06, 2011

Wow, it has been ages since I blogged!! I am still here, just mostly tracking food/exercise minutes and reading message board threads that I am subscribed to. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for everything I want to do and I have been trying to limit my computer and cell phone time a little bit. Interestingly, my husband's phone dropped 6 stories at work yesterday and broke, so he is waiting for work to give him a new one. I told him it will be good for him to unplug for a little while. ;)

OK, so on to the title of this blog. I left Costco on Sunday with a brand new Vitamix. For those of you who do now know what it is, it looks like an ordinary blender but it is so much more. The thing actually COOKS soup in 5 minutes, juice with nothing left over to throw away, and even makes ice cream. It came with a huge recipe book. Well I sound like an infomercial. Sorry. Anyway...I had been eyeing it for a while and found out that an area Costco was going to have demonstrations there last week so I went to check it out. After we watched the guy make juice, soup, ice cream and a virgin margarita, we thought about it and my husband decided we should get it as an early Mother's Day present. All in all, I love it and am glad we got it even though it was a bit of sticker shock. I have been using it every day and am excited to try so many of the recipes! I figure it will be a good way to add veggies to the little one's diet too.

Do you have a Vitamix? If so, what is your favorite recipe?

P.S. Sorry for the sideways shot. I have no idea why, but when I e-mail a photo from my iPhone it turns out sideways even though the pic is taken the right way.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/19/2012 12:28AM

    Yep, Vita-mix is really cool!!! Even my husband is starting to get into blending us up a mess of fruit, nuts, greens, healthy oils, protein powders etc. for breakfast every morning (we kinda take turns...). I've not tried making the soups with it - need to!!


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PALOMINOGIRL3 5/9/2011 4:54PM

    I think I need a VitaMix!!! Happy late Mother's Day, my friend! xoxoxo

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SANDYDOLLAR201 5/7/2011 11:01AM

    Sounds great, I will have to look into that.
Thanks for the tips!
Enjoy your Mother's Day!

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SPARKNMOM 5/6/2011 6:53PM

    Sounds awesome!! :) Happy Mother's Day to you!

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SIMPLEJOYS 5/6/2011 6:22PM

  I don't have one, but I just watched part of an infomercial (late night) for something called a Ninja blender...or something! It sounds similar to what you can do with yours -- which is extremely COOL! I like the idea of making your own baby food...and soups??!! You will get your money's worth, to be sure.

I hope you will do regular updates of your Vitamix creations...I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Have FUN! emoticon

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    Hide the pet food. ;-)

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NATPLUMMER 5/6/2011 11:11AM

    Looks like fun!
I do not have one, so I can't help you on any favorite recipes.
I can tell you, that right after you took the picture you must have tilted your phone. That would make it change orientation.

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*AMBER512 5/6/2011 11:01AM

    AGH!!! I'm so jealous. There are so many recipes I want to make with a Vitamix!!! Like raw tarts, raw vegan gluten-free piecrusts, and smoothies! Oh smoothies galore. Lucky girl, I can't wait to get one of my own, but they are so darn expensive.

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    I have heard fabulous things about the Vitamix but the price is keeping it out of reach for now. Check out yahoo groups vitamix enthusiasts or google Lynn Savage-I'll try to get you a link if you'd like.

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CARTOONB 5/6/2011 9:07AM

    Happy Mothers Day! Great present! Hope you continue to enjoy it for a long time. I don't have one, so can't give you any ideas. emoticon

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My daughter is an escape artist

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

OK, so...I have not been to the gym in several days and was looking forward to going to my Body Combat class last night! But my daughter, the Houdini, had other plans. :) She decided to escape from her crib yesterday afternoon, which sent us in a panic to Babies R Us for babyproofing items and night lights, and then when we came home it was time to convert the crib to a toddler bed.
I fed her dinner while DH converted the bed. It was after 9 when she went to bed. She was quite tuckered out and THANKFULLY went right to sleep. I then collapsed on the couch with a glass of wine to calm my nerves (which I have decided counts as a serving of fruit).
So that was my night. How was yours?

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SPARKNMOM 4/19/2011 5:14PM

    Wine as're a genius!!

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KELLEY1010 4/12/2011 8:31PM

    I like the idea of wine as fruit serving!!! lolol

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DNJEN471 4/6/2011 4:34PM

    I'm shocked that Xavier hasn't tried it yet. His bed converts into a toddler bed, so I'm prepared- but he'll be two on the 25th, so I'm surprised he hasn't attempted :)

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*AMBER512 4/6/2011 1:40PM

    lol! Crazy how your daughter can do one little thing and totally up-end your whole day ;) At least she went to sleep for you! Still hoping she starts taking naps again for you. Hey, even if she doesn't, it's time to create "quiet time."

Time does fly, it feels like you were just pregnant and she's already almost two? insane! Hope you get some "me time" today!

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STRINGS58 4/6/2011 6:32AM

    The title of your blog caught my eye -- I'm soo relieved to hear it was a little one and not a teen!! My son (now 20) didn't navigate out of his crib but my daughter (now 17) she was not to be contained!! She also found things to help her climb up on things that sonnybun never thought of--
They don't have any calculations for the calorie burn in panic and chasing a escaped toddler . .tends to raise the heart rate though!

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ECOVEG 4/5/2011 11:29PM

    I LOVE that you count wine as a serving of fruit!! I so am getting to my fruit goal tonight!!
Enjoy your glass of wine, relax, and pray that your daughter isn't this stealthy at 16.

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    I agree with wine. I may join you... for other reasons. Your daughter is Houdini, my hubby thinks he's Mike Holmes.



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NATPLUMMER 4/5/2011 3:10PM

    Don't watch Please Don't Eat the Daisies until she's older. The kid in that movie is a Houdini as well.
I've been told that I used to climb out of my crib all the time. I have no memory of this but I do remember watching The Beatles cartoon and apparently could only have done so by escaping my crib.
I'm sorry you didn't get to Body Combat. I know you enjoy it.
Wine is made from grapes. Grapes are fruit. emoticon

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One-year anniversary of my first 10k

Monday, April 04, 2011

Saturday was the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond. I ran it last year; it was the first (and only) 10k I ever ran. It is such a fun race!! I ran with my husband and brother-in-

Ironically, we were all in Richmond this past weekend for another reason (celebrating my father-in-law's retirement) but did not run the race. It was kind of bittersweet for the three of us to be there and not run. My MIL asked if we wanted to go watch the runners. None of us did.

My BIL tore his ACL last year shortly after the race, and although he has since recovered and has been running a bit here and there, he says he is not ready for a 10k. My husband also has not been running much lately. As for me - I get on the treadmill every once in a while and can usually make it about 10 minutes at a time before wanting to stop. Last week I read Coach Nicole's post on the DailySpark about her first half marathon. (

Right now I feel the same way about running as she did when she started out. It's hard, and it's boring. Interestingly, the fact that it's hard is what makes me want to do it. Running is truly what helps me take those pounds off. It taxes my body like no other exercise I do. I can FEEL that I got a good workout when I run. As for the boring...well, I don't know. I am such a social exerciser. I enjoyed the 10k race because there were so many people there running by my side. I don't have to actually talk to anyone when I am running (in fact I prefer not to since it's not easy to breathe anyway) but the fact that others are running allows me to people watch to take my mind off the fact that I can barely breathe and it helps me pace myself.

It seemed like Saturday was a big day for races. Not only was there the race in Richmond, but I kept seeing posts on Facebook of people running 10Ks in various cities. It made me get that itch to run again. I want to do another 10k, and I do not want another year to go by in between. (I did also run a 5K in June, so thankfully it hasn't quite been a year since my last race.) I want to eventually run a half marathon (not sure about a marathon). I want to overcome my feelings about running and truly LOVE it. It took Coach Nicole a year of running regularly before she actually enjoyed it. Maybe that is what it will take for me.

I think my problem is consistency. I go through a phase where I do a lot of running because I set a goal:C25K, a 10K, 1 5K. When I do not have a goal, I stop concentrating on running and do other forms of exercise. Then my body kind of "forgets" and I have to retrain it. Maybe it's time to do the C25K over again. Does anyone know of a C25K podcast with GOOD music? The one I used years ago (Robert Ulrey) had horrid music. :)

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    How about your own music and a watch? That's what I do. Corky and I ran 3K on Sunday. OK... I ran half of it and then had to walk/run the rest because of icy sidewalks. Then we walked another 3K. I am HURTING. My body is very forgetful. I'm entered for a 3K on May 9 and The Calgary half is at the end of May but I may reduce it to a 10 or even 5K. Pain isn't fun.

Wanna do the Rock and Roll in Vegas in December? I need a roommate.


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KELLEY1010 4/4/2011 8:33PM

    Consistency or lack there of is also my problem too. It os good to know that I am not alone in this!! Thanks!!

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*AMBER512 4/4/2011 12:33PM

    I haven't ever done the C25K. I kept starting it, but I would always lose interest pretty quickly. I think it's because I have zero desire to actually do any races. The only ones I've seen start so early in the morning. I actually saw one once that didn't start until 10 pm. That's way too late! Come on, where's the lazy girl's race? Let's start at noon! ;)

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NATPLUMMER 4/4/2011 9:27AM

    Maybe it is time to do the C25K over. I'm using the iPhone App because I couldn't get with the Robert Ullrey music either. You could try this one out:

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So NOT worth it!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

That burger I had last night, I mean. My stomach hurt when I got home. It's the next morning and I still feel have that "I ate something greasy, salty, icky" feeling. This is a good thing. My body is reminding me why I don't eat this way very often anymore.

On another, healthier, note: My neighbor received 50 strawberry seedlings yesterday and brought over a few for me. She was sucked in to buying them from an ad she received by e-mail some time ago. "AMAZING strawberries! As BIG as peaches!" it touts.

Not only do I have concrete for a yard, I also am totally clueless when it comes to growing anything. I have one plant in the house (besides these strawberries). It is an aloe plant and I worry about it every day. It is hanging in there but quite droopy. I don't know the first thing about growing strawberries. Can they be grown in a container? Full or partial sun? Is it too cold to bring them outside right now? She planted and brought them over in a smallish/ medium-size pot. There are three seedlings that look like they will get quite big. I will probably need to repot them. I'll be doing some research today, or maybe I'll call a nursery. If anyone knows how to grow them and could offer some tips, I would so appreciate it! :)

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DNJEN471 3/17/2011 4:32PM

    I can't grow anything.. I think I even killed my grass ;) Good luck with the strawberries!

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SPARKNMOM 3/11/2011 9:16PM

    Oooh....I'm so excited about doing a small garden. I'll get some strawberry seedlings tomorrow that I had ordered and I'm ready to get things going....unfortunately, winter has not let go of our area yet :( This will be my first attempt at strawberries. I am a horrible gardener, so we'll see how it goes LOL!!

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*AMBER512 3/11/2011 1:11PM

    Sometimes I think eating like that is a good reminder. Kind of an: Oh yeah, THAT's why I stopped eating that. And now you'll know for next time:

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WANAKA 3/10/2011 12:01PM

    Can you ask your neighbor what to do with the strawberries - how and when to do what?

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NATPLUMMER 3/10/2011 10:27AM

    I feel the same way when I eat to much greasy stuff. Kind of built-in portion control if I remember the next time ;-)
I wish I could help you with the strawberries but I have a black thumb. The only thing I was good at growing was fungus in grad school (did fungal genetics).
Good luck!

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BLONDIESUE11 3/10/2011 9:44AM

    I love how our bodies tell us when something doesn't agree with us! A nice natural form of negative reinforcement. emoticon

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ANGELOO29 3/10/2011 7:59AM

    I feel the same way after eating burgers or some of the other foods I used to eat daily. My body does not like it!

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I have to be good today

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tonight my hubby's coworkers invited us out to dinner after work. The place we are going is a burger place. It is one of those where burgers cost double what they should and you can choose from all sorts of fancy toppings (peanut butter burger, anyone?) Seems like a fad going on right now. Anyway,I don't think they have any salads there. I am going to be in trouble with my food tracker, so I need to eat really, really well for lunch and get my exercise in for the day.
I am off to feed the baby and head to the gym. Have a great day, Spark buds!

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*AMBER512 3/9/2011 12:58PM

    I tend to eat before things like that and then just talk and enjoy the company. Maybe order something to sip. But that's me! I hope you have a great time :)

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PALOMINOGIRL3 3/9/2011 11:37AM

    Good luck tonight!

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NATPLUMMER 3/9/2011 10:57AM

    They might have salads, you never know. You can do what I always do when I get a burger and save half for another meal. Good idea to have a good lunch and get the exercise in, just in case.
Have a great workout and a great day!!

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