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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Was dead on target for all my nutrition goals today, which is nice feeling (ok I lie, I went over on fiber, it is not something that worries me).

Dinner was mushroom pierogi from this neat little Polish convenience store that opened up not too far from our house. I boiled them to heat them up and while they were going sauteed some onions and mushrooms in a little white wine. Added in some "real bacon bits" (25 calories to the tbsp), some sweet peas and gave the whole thing with a few squirts of "butter" spray. Yummy, yummy for under 500 calories for a big bowl. They also have some great little Kinder chocolate bars which, while they are very tiny for their 60 calories, are so much better than American chocolate they kick chocolate cravings in the butt.

I am a big fan of "ethnic" markets. I hit our local Asian Supermarket (that is actually the name of the store) up regularly for great frozen dim sum to steam and for udon soup packages (they did start carrying those in the local supermarket's "ethnic" aisle but there's a better selection at the Asian market). I definitely recommend people go a little out of their comfort zone when looking for delicious lower cal options. It doesn't have to say "diet" on the package (in fact it's usually better when it doesn't). Frozen dumplings of various backgrounds are a big hit for really quick (under 10 minutes) healthy meals in our house.

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JODYTYPER 9/11/2011 6:22PM

    I think I know the little kinder bars you mean, they are divine!

We don't have many Asian food stores near us but I am very tempted to find one now and see what they have, it's so hard sometimes to find new low calorie food! emoticon

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/9/2011 2:19PM

    Sounds delish! I have made some really tasty finds in ethnic markets and even in the ethnic aisle at my local grocery. It's good to be open to all the possibilities of eating globally. I am getting hungry...... emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/9/2011 1:33PM

    Variety in food is a good thing!

I love ethnic foods. With my many food allergies, I've had to mostly quit eating out for them. So I'm learning to cook some new things in new ways.

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BELLEHUE 9/9/2011 12:35AM

    I totally agree with you about checking out your local ethnic markets. I regularly stop at the asian and hispanic markets. Not only is the food super tasty a lot of the time it's cheaper.

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Rain or Shine These Hips Will Hoop

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's still raining but I have a new toy and I must play. It's like a new bike on the day after Christmas. You can see the wet results of some rain dance hooping. It felt great :)!

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STELLAR-LIGHTS 9/8/2011 10:23AM

    I felt that good about my roller skates last year, but their major failing is that I cant take them out in the rain... Perhaps I'll join you all in the hoop passion.

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MIRDREAMS 9/7/2011 7:36PM

    What I love about this picture is that you can infer both what direction I most often hoop in and how often I drop the hoop, thereby rewetting it on the grass : )

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/7/2011 6:57PM

    Good for you! Hoopin' in rain! emoticon

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NIKORI 9/7/2011 5:51PM

    Your hoop is lovely! Rain hooping sounds like it would be a ton of fun; I'll have to try it some time.

Also... that desire to hoop won't go away. You've caught the hooping bug!

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JESSAMINE82 9/7/2011 5:41PM

    Sounds fun!

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Hoop de hoop

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Well last week didn't go quite as planned. We went out a few times with friends and then had a wedding over the weekend so there were a few days I was over calories and then a few days I wasn't tracking but I thought given I was in NYC those days and walking a fair amount it would all come out in the wash even if I didn't lose anything. Well I didn't lose anything but I gained three pounds, just enough push me back over 160, so frustrating. And the most frustrating thing is that three pounds is nothing, your body can fluctuate that much with just water and it means nothing. But being over that number again arbitrarily sucks. I love being motivated by the scale going down but I hate the thought of being one of the people who's a slave to it.

But on the good news front my hoop came! I was so excited that even though the hubby was coming to take me to dinner (doesn't really count as a night out 'cause we did the Panera thing and you can eat so incredibly healthy there), I took the hoop out on the front lawn to play with while I waited. Just hooping and dropping but I started to get my groove back from decades ago. Then I was going to go out and do it some more before bed but it had started to rain. I was too excited about the hoop to be deterred so I discovered that if I left the front door open and stood in exactly the right spot there's just enough room to hula hoop on my front porch. Only hooped 15 minutes total today and I'm amazed by how much I feel it, especially in my back and in my bad knee. I'm going to keep building it up, when you get that groove it's such a sweet feeling.

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BELLEHUE 9/7/2011 11:57AM

    I use to love hula hooping! Is yours a normal one or one of the weighted one? Great idea for fun exercising!

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/7/2011 10:21AM

    All these Hula Hoop experiences are making me wonder if I should give it a try? I could use a change from my tread mill. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/7/2011 8:09AM

    WooHoo! Hooping is fun. I'm glad you got yours in.

Take care of that knee.

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NIKORI 9/7/2011 6:59AM

    I'm so excited that your hoop came in! Giddy, actually. What colors did you get? I can definitely relate to the "hooping groove." It's hard to resist.

I'm thrilled that you're hooping again. Hoopers unite! ^__^

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Trigger Foiled

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Today was a rather busy, annoying and productive day as I ran around like a mad woman getting things we may need if the world decides it wants to end in water, rather than fire or ice, tomorrow. This involved eleven different stores (twelve stops since I hit one twice and I only found the D-Cells for the portable water pump I found in a broken box at stop three at stop ten, a Mobile station I stopped at 'cause I figured no one would think of them for batteries and so they'd still have some. And they did). So it was crazy craxy but also pretty satisfying since it hits all those great hunter/gatherer, defend the home front, nesting instincts. I wasn't just shopping, I was protecting my home and family. And shopping.

But still I felt like a rung out dish rag by the end, and that's not even including taking down the patio stuff (hubby was at work so that was my work out for the day, there's a flight of stairs involved and we have too much patio stuff), and generally battening down the hatches. I ate one of my usual sensible 300 cal veggie heavy breakfast, almost missed lunch but had a quick 200 cal Green Giant Steamers bag (I love those so much) and grabbed a quick lollipop at stop 8 so I wouldn't pass out or buy and consume an entire bag of candy. So by the time dinner rolled around I was ready to go a little wild. But hubby wasn't up to going out for food and we didn't have anything all that unhealthy in the house for me to go wild on so I ended up eating a delicious but rather sensible plate of dim sum dumplings and finishing with two cookies and a glass of skim milk. Finished the day with calories to spare, though not really something I can take credit for, more like circumstance 'cause I felt like I'd earned a reward. Moral of the story is that eating badly rewards no one and making your house a junk free zone can be both helpful and incredibly annoying. emoticon

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BELLEHUE 9/6/2011 9:22PM

    Wow, all that running around makes me tired! I've made a junk free zone in my house. I cleaned out a cupboard just for me so when I need something quick and healthy I head straight for it! I find things missing from my cupboard all the time(kids). I think, they think it's more fun and tasty if it's normally off limits for them. So I let them think that. Secretly happy that they are eating good stuff!

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NEELIXNKES 8/30/2011 10:43AM

    Yes it can be both helpful and annoying to have a junk free zone. My poor DH has been on the receiving end of many rampages of why don't we have something sweet here! Not always fair to him :) Glad that you were able to find what you needed and hope you didn't get any damage from the hurricane.

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BREW99 8/29/2011 8:13PM

    Wow! So much in your day makes me tired! haha

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KICKINGIT@56 8/28/2011 3:29PM

    Sounds like there was a lot of organization going along with the "madness" . You deserve multiple kudos for sticking with the healthier choices when bad ones were so accessible .

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STILLFLYIN 8/28/2011 2:02PM

    Keeping your house a junk free zone is a decision that you kept making. I'm sure that you could have picked up some junk at several of your stops. Our local hardware stores have candy and junk food at all the check outs.

So you still get a emoticon


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MIRDREAMS 8/28/2011 11:32AM

    SKYBLUEGIRL, it wasn't so much making good decisions yesterday it was more having made good decisions in the past so I didn't have any junk food in the house to make a bad decision with. The quickest, easiest things to eat in my house right now are healthy and that's making all the difference.

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SKYBLUEGIRL 8/28/2011 9:06AM

    Sounds like a crazy day! Glad all's well that end's well. Good job on staying on track with your meals too - don't know if I would have made such good decisions under the circumstances. emoticon

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ROCKIE0204 8/28/2011 1:39AM

    Good Luck - isn't it amazing how exhusting "running" around can be - even when it's in a vehicle?!?! Great job protecting the family & nest.

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Running Strong

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I repeated W5D2 of C25K today and something weird happened. Even though I had the treadmill set for hills at a higher intensity than ever before, it felt good. I felt strong. I can't say it was easy the whole way but I never got the point where I was counting the seconds, the way I do most of the time when I run. What made it all the surprising is that I haven't done any C25K since the end of last month, the weather's been so nice I've just been going out for walks instead, and I expected that picking up where I left off would be really hard. This just felt good.

In other news the hubby was incredulous when I said I needed another two hundred calories for the day, suggesting I should just leave well enough alone. That is until I said I'd only had 1000 calories for the day, at which point he scoffed in disbelief of that, but I threatened to show him my food log. At least as a doc he's willing to admit that I needed a few more for the day to be healthy. He's a weird mix of very supportive and incredulous. He'll support me and cheer me on, but every so often he'll come out with something like that.

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BELLEHUE 8/29/2011 1:06PM

    Way to go on the run! hubbys are wierd like that.

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STILLFLYIN 8/25/2011 10:33PM

    I think it's something to do with that male type critter.

Hooray on the run! Maybe you really needed a bit of rest.

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    Ditto on the hubby thing. It's very strange.

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