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Taking the stairs

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In the hotel I've been taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I'm on the fourth floor. Three flights of stairs is easy, and the fourth gets my heart pumping and lungs working. Compare that to one flight of stairs four months ago!

Next stop, the Empire State Building...

  
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/21/2012 9:51AM

    Great choice! I hope you enjoyed the hotel!
In the nearest big city to us there is an event in which you climb 29 stories of stairs! I have looked at that event with amazement, but now wonder if I might be able to do it next year. I can almost imagine the fire that would be in my thighs after 10 stories.
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NUTRON3 12/21/2012 7:18AM

    Awesome!

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BLITZEN40 12/20/2012 10:44PM

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1EMMA2011 12/20/2012 9:40PM

    Woo Hoooo! emoticon Awesome job!!



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Holiday time at the office

Wednesday, December 19, 2012



ARGH!!!!! This happens several times a week here.

Good thing I have apples in my drawer... sigh.

  
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LISAN0415 1/2/2013 8:04PM

    wow wow wow! That happenes more than once a month at your office- that is rough!

That's awesome you could resist! I know thats tough!


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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/20/2012 5:13PM

    Good GRIEF Malia, is that an actual pic of your work party? You must have will power of STEEL!!!!

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BLITZEN40 12/19/2012 11:25PM

    Holy Smokes! Those would have all been MINE within seconds of seeing them if I worked there. You have some serious willpower!!! Way to go! emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/19/2012 7:37PM

    You have to dodge that several times a week? Good grief, woman, you are supergirl! Way to keep your eye on the prize instead of hating your thighs.
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1EMMA2011 12/19/2012 6:47PM

    I feel incredibly proud of you for having apples and resisting this mess.

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LAC936 12/19/2012 4:15PM

    Oh boy tough to stay on track with those goodies.
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MA_KING69 12/19/2012 3:58PM

    I had to dodge , first truffles, then two different flavors of homemade fudge, then donuts, I brought fresh fruit with me and drank an extra class of mio flavored water

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Cooking again (soup - it must be winter!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I'm so happy that it's finally cold enough to want to make soups! After a week of not eating well, I have been cooking up some healthy foods for the week to come.

Canja de Galinha - Brazilian chicken soup
This is one of my favorites. Here is the link to my blog when I first made the soup in Brazil.
marystravelsandtravails.blogspot.com
/2011/08/soup-for-chilly-winter-day.html




Beef & Black Bean Chili
Another recipe I made often when I lived in Brazil because it's inexpensive and a total comfort food. Here is a link to its debut on my blog.
marystravelsandtravails.blogspot.com
/2012/05/black-bean-chili.html




Butternut Squash Soup
I found this recipe here on SP, and it is SUPER EASY. Forgot to photograph it before pouring it into yogurt containers...

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All of these recipes can be found on SP in my Favorites (in the above right-hand corner, click More > Favorites).
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LINDA! 12/17/2012 7:01PM

    YUMMY!!

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1EMMA2011 12/16/2012 7:54PM

    This looks so Yummy!! Thank you for sharing! Brazil sounds exciting!!

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NUTRON3 12/16/2012 6:26AM

    Looks great!

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LISAN0415 12/16/2012 1:30AM

    ooooooooooooooooooh, I want some ButterNut Squash soup- one of my favorite- who was the author so I can look it up?

Lisa

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/16/2012 12:37AM

    I bet that really hits the spot on these chilly nights! Tomorrow I am going to make a veggie soup, just veggies and V-8. I"m not as creative with food as you are, but you inspired me to try making soup lol

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SPARKLINGHOPE 12/15/2012 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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BLITZEN40 12/15/2012 10:36PM

    Yumm! Homemade butternut squash soup is the best! Glad you're back to cooking again. Pretty much anything homemade is better (and better for you) than store bought. And soup is winter's best diet food! It fills you up without weighing you down. Great choices!

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UMBILICAL 12/15/2012 10:23PM

  Wonderful

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Back to life

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thaks to everyone who sent me sympathy, goodies, comments and kind thoughts. The kindness was very much appreciated.

The past week was a total loss as far as diet and exercise. I started out depressed, then I lost the key to my bike locker and couldn't ride my bike to work, and the weather was cold and rainy, and I ate... and ate... and ate... I gained a pound and stopped weighing myself.

On Thursday I realized I had to do SOMETHING or get stuck in depression.

So I went to an aikido class, my first time in more than four years. Since I was a beginner in a room full of black belts, the sensei had me sit and watch after the first half hour - for which I was extremely grateful. I am still a beginner, so even though they "slowed it down" for me, it was still a faster and tougher workout than at my previous dojo. Today I'm feeling pleased that although I'm sore, there seem to be no new injuries and even the old ones are behaving.

After the holidays I plan to check out another dojo that has some beginner level classes. It did feel great to be on the mat again and so focused.

I realized one reason I find it hard to work out at the gym is that it's mainly just repetetive motions to burn calories and/or build muscle, rather than learning a new skill that engages my body and mind and feeds my spirit. It doesn't matter whether I'm graceful or talented at it, just that I enjoy it and sweat a lot!

Activites in nature also feed my soul, and activate my mind in a different way - noticing the world and appreciating its beauty.

  
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/15/2012 11:31AM

    I'm so GLAD you went to Akido! I love martial arts! I never had so much exercise as when I was in tae kwon do, and I want to go back. It got expensive, so I quit but I'll get back to it after I graduate. This year I'm going to get fit then next year I want to learn parkour and martial arts (I mean not, learn, but start learning...you know what I mean..)

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CLASSYLADYMAY 12/15/2012 10:15AM

    Your so welcome..! Remeber when your down and depressed to go serch for someone to air out to.. ! I am here.. and i do care.. i know its hard when depressed.. been there.. and its good you pushed yourself to get going again .. things will get better.. thinking of you.. hugs Geri

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NUTRON3 12/15/2012 6:13AM

    Have a great weekend

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BLITZEN40 12/14/2012 11:00PM

    It is good to get out in nature from time to time, though this time of year with the cold makes it twice as hard to do it. But there's still a lot of pretty stuff to see, even if you just go to a local Christmas light festival and walk through. Something about lights that are always good for the soul. Great job getting to your class and working out and glad to hear no injuries. Welcome back to spark- we missed you! Glad you're back! emoticon

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Sad Day

Friday, December 07, 2012

Today I received word that one of my loved ones in Brazil was killed in a freak car accident. I am feeling terrible and shocked. I just want to hide in my room and cry all day.

It will be a real challenge to eat properly and exercise today. At the moment I hardly care, but I know that it won't make me feel better to trash myself.

  
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LIVELONG58 12/11/2012 8:43AM

    I'm so sorry, it must be difficult being so far away. I pray that you will have strenght staying on track. I lost 50 pounds four years ago...then sis died...then dad died. I was weak and caved and gained back all but two of those pounds.
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LINDA! 12/9/2012 12:03AM

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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CLASSYLADYMAY 12/8/2012 7:35AM

    sorry for your loss.. I know how you feel.. i lost my cousin yesterday.. and didnt even know he was sick.. all i wanted to do was cry all day.. but i had to go out which was good.. i volunteered at senior center.. and that really helped me.. hope you get thru this hard time..!!

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OBIESMOM2 12/8/2012 7:16AM

    I'm so sorry.

You are in my prayers.

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LABRATIAM 12/8/2012 6:35AM

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LISAN0415 12/8/2012 3:57AM

    Oh I am so so so sorry for your loss!

I pray that you will find comfort in friends, and Family at this sad time!

Lisa

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/7/2012 8:48PM

    OH Malia4URU, my heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry. Please take care of yourself, you are right it won't help to trash yourself. Comfort yourself with healthy foods you like and get extra sleep, drink water. Try to be around ppl who comfort and love you. I'm so sorry.

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1EMMA2011 12/7/2012 8:16PM

    I feel so sad and sorry to hear your news. I am praying for you now and hope that you will be able to get some respite soon.

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LINDA7668 12/7/2012 7:45PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/7/2012 5:49PM

    I am so sorry. emoticon Praying for you & your family.

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CAT609 12/7/2012 4:29PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon

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BLITZEN40 12/7/2012 4:25PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending thoughts of comfort and care your way. emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/7/2012 4:18PM

    My heart goes out to you in your time of grief. Pleasse try and take care of yourself as that is what your loved one would want for you. Be kind to yourself. emoticon

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