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Hi-Dee Ho, Neighbors!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Yes, I just had a "Home Improvement" flashback. Did they ever show Wilson's face on that show?



I digress...



I finally made it to ONEderland!



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Yay, Me!!


I've actually been about 3 weeks in ONEderland...and it's great! I have summer clothes from last year that I have to give away because they're too big on me... emoticon...*giggle, giggle*


Yeah...I was almost indecently exposed twice last week at work! emoticon Guess that means I have to go shopping... emoticon


Just when I get to a really good point in my weight loss journey, and all is going well....I get sick.


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Not "seriously" ill...but I've had a few bouts with stomach trouble...mainly acid reflux. The scenario about 2 weeks ago went something like this:

Me: I think I'll have the spicy chicken bites.
Son: Ma...you know you can't eat that stuff...it makes you sick.
Me: Come on. I haven't gotten sick eating spicy stuff in over a year.
Son: Ma...DON'T DO IT!
Me: Butt out, whippesnapper!


...A few hours later...

Me: (moan) I don't feel so well.
Son: Didn't I TELL you not to eat that?!
Me: Don't yell at me...I'm sick...(insert additional whining here)



So I've been back & forth with stomach issues & migraines for about two weeks...and when I don't feel well, I eat junk.


I don't really understand that about me. I mean, common sense would seem to steer me away from things that would make me feel worse...but common sense isn't all too common...especially when I don't feel well. Come on...what sense does it make to buy a ginger ale for an upset stomach and buy a bag of potato chips to go with it?!


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In spite of my bad eating habits over the past 3 weeks...and they have been HORRIBLE, y'all...and the fact that I seriously slacked in my exercising...I've managed to remain in ONEderland.


I am kinda psyched about my progress and I'm determined to get back on track ASAP! I have even talked myself into going to the gym this afternoon.



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Just 1 1/2 hours until I'm outta here! I suppose I could pretend to be work for that long...



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Smooches!


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VAMANOS 7/23/2012 12:29PM

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We've been on vacation, and I ate horribly, resulting in my old heartburn nemesis. Makes it easier for me to go back to better choices. Hope you're feeling better by now, I'm a little late to the party.



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TEENY_BIKINI 7/22/2012 9:17PM

    Congrats on all of your hard work getting to ONEderland. You are rocking it!!

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CAROLIAN 7/12/2012 4:10PM

    emoticon for staying in onederland i too have issues at times with spicy food but i will still give in and eat it.
Hope you manage the gym.We dont need crisps with our ginger ale really DO WE emoticon xxx

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Race for the Cure

Wednesday, May 30, 2012





This past Saturday, I walked in my 3rd Race for the Cure.



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I walked the 3 miles...IN THE RAIN...in 52 minutes. A sista was pickin' 'em up and puttin' 'em down!



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I didn't think I was gonna make the walk. I was totally feeling like crap all week long and barely got any exercise in. But I was determined to get out there!



I really love the Race they do here. The sea of people...survivors, co-survivors, other supporters, family & friends...it's awesome. It's something else to see...all of those people who have gone through this devastating disease...all those people who have lost someone to this devastating disease...



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This year, I walked for the 3rd time...




Next year...



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I'm planning to run!



Smooches!



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TEENY_BIKINI 7/10/2012 10:49AM

    Congrats!!

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VAMANOS 5/30/2012 12:49PM

    I LOVE the punch line! You go, girl!!! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 5/30/2012 10:37AM

    Great job!

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CHEFMOM1199 5/30/2012 10:20AM

  AWESOME! emoticon

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JESSICAWALKS 5/30/2012 10:10AM

    Wonderful!!! emoticon

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CAROLIAN 5/30/2012 9:05AM

    Well done such a worthwile cause.I missed ours this year but hoping to take part next year emoticon

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Weigh In Day 05/17/12

Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Yes...I am just this side of deliriously happy! I am down another 2.8 lbs this week for a total of 28 lbs since January 2012.


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These "Greatest Loser" workouts are kickin' my butt, but apparently they are making a difference. I was sick on Monday, so I missed the workout and the team weigh-in. I made it yesterday and our trainer...another baby...maybe 25 years old...tells us she's disappointed because our team is in 3rd place. I tried really hard not to give her my "who-gives-a-flying-Fig-Newton" face...because I really don't care. I'm in this for my own health and well-being...and if we happen to win a free workout session or a free massage or whatever cheesy prize they're offering...well, that's good, too...I suppose.


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Part of the problem is that our team is scored based on a couple of different things...(1) team participation as determined by the sign in sheet at every workout...(2) overall team weight loss...(3) fitness minutes accumulated by every member on the team, including, but not limited to, our group workouts.



Last night, out of 50 names on the list, there were about 30 bodies in the gym. Weigh-ins are kind of a problem, too. The team that works out at 7:00 in the morning are working out and weighing in before they eat. By the time we get in there, we've had breakfast, lunch, at least one snack, and up to a gallon of water. Where's the fairness there?



I enjoy my team because we have fun and we really support one another. I hope those sadistic trainers don't ruin it for us by focusing on the competition rather than our health and weight loss goals!



Did I mention that my knees are killing me?


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Yep...they most certainly are. I try to modify the exercises as best I can and still get a good workout. (You should see the trainer's face when she tells us to do jumping jacks and I do my little "half-jack" version...I know she wants to say something...but she's probably afraid I'll turn her over my knee!)


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I have a workout tonight that's not a part of the competition (focusing on cardio) and another on Friday that is a part of the competition (God only knows what that will entail).



I'll let you guys know if I survive them...



Or if I have to strangle a trainer...





Smooches!





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HAWKEYERANT 5/21/2012 4:22PM

    No trainer-related murders please!!

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Congratulations on that almost 3 lb loss! THAT IS AWESOME!!! WOOO!! I hope you hear me cheering from North Carolina!!!

It sounds like this is giving you exactly the motivation you need!!!

I am one of those people who is hiiiiighly competitive, so I would be like that chick in your office (sad about losing) emoticon and I also (because again, I am HIGHLY competitive, have I mentioned this??) would be FLIPPING out that we would have all that extra weight from food and water in us.

But, it sounds like you are one of those Cool, Calm, and Collected type people who knows exactly what she's getting out of this - Weight Loss, and Health for her lifetime. GO YOU :)

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VAMANOS 5/17/2012 9:54PM

    That loss is just emoticon I can't tell you how happy I am for you! As for the jumping jacks, you do what's right for YOU, and to heck with anyone who wants you to injure yourself for a short-term goal of being in #1. emoticon If you strangle her or turn her over your knee, be sure to share pics! emoticon

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HAZYSKIES 5/17/2012 1:49PM

    Hoorah for your new weight loss!

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So far as your trainer's attitude toward you...she can pound sand because it isn't about her! You are doing this for yourself and your health and that is all you need to care about.

If your knees are bothering you make sure you don't play-through-the-pain just to please her! I've seen the after effects of ignoring your body's signals to take it easy on your knees. I have two friends with bum knees. One of them was a former jogger that ignored the signals his body was sending him. He went through a knee replacement surgery in December of last year. You don't want that kind of pain believe me!

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"Greatest Loser" Contest

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's been a while, hasn't it? Well, I haven't had a whole lot to talk about. But I thought I'd check in...



So, I had my weigh-in on Thursday. I have lost a total of 25 lbs since January. (Yay! emoticon) I'm still at the point where it doesn't really show...you know what I mean? My clothes fit differently...better...and I even bought pants in a smaller size. But when I look in the mirror, I can't see a difference in how I look. Don't get me wrong...I'm excited about that 25 lb loss...and I'll be even more excited when I look and feel like I want.


I also joined the "Greatest Loser" competition at the fitness center on campus. We work out as a group with a trainer 3 days a week. I actually made it through ALL 3 workouts this week! (Who's bad? I'm bad! emoticon) It was a little difficult with my knees, but I stuck it out. I'm actually looking forward to next week...I never thought I'd hear those words come out of my mouth...well, my keyboard....but, yeah...I'm kinda excited about my workouts next week. I really want to see how this affects my weight loss.


I'll let you know if I survive week 2!


Well, it's off to do some laundry and then to a meeting.


I know...so much excitement in one day...how can one woman stand so much fun?!



Smooches!


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MSPOOH404 5/16/2012 10:53AM

    Thanks, Hawkeyerant! emoticon

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HAWKEYERANT 5/16/2012 10:35AM

    25 lbs since January!!!!?? WAY TO GO GIRL! I didn't realize you'd made such a journey since then! WAY TO GO!!!!!

I love that you're going to join a biggest loser challenge - you're going to rock it!

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MSPOOH404 5/16/2012 9:43AM

    Thanks, Vamanos! emoticon

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VAMANOS 5/15/2012 10:03PM

    25 lbs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is a a MAJOR accomplishment. Bet other people can see it, even if you can't. I'm so proud of you! Yes, you ARE bad. As in great!

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SP Cookbook Recipes

Monday, April 09, 2012

OK...I bought the SP Cookbook about a week or so ago and I said I would tell how a couple of the recipes turned out.


So here goes--


THREE CHEESE MAC & CHEESE...

It turned out OK...not what I'm used to...but what I'm used to uses a ton of butter, full fat cheeses (yes, more than one kind!), whole milk & eggs! emoticon


In this one, you use whole wheat pasta, which has a bit of a different taste & texture than regular white pasta. I actually like whole wheat pasta, but I never made mac & cheese with it before this. The recipe tells you not to salt the water, but you add a little bit of salt to the cheese sauce later. All in all, not enough salt for my taste.

The 3 cheeses used are 1/4 cup low fat shredded swiss, 1/4 cup full fat shredded cheddar, and 2 Tbsp of grated parmesan added to some bread crumbs for a topping. Bottom line--not enough cheese for my taste. (I couldn't find reduced fat shredded swiss, so I ended up "reversing" the order...I used reduced fat cheddar and full fat swiss. I don't know if that a difference. I'll let you know if I find out.)

The only problem I had with this recipe is making the sauce. I hate having to make a roux (where you melt some butter and cook in a little flour, add some milk and stir/whisk together). I can never get the lumps out no matter how long I stir or whisk. Maybe next time I'll use an immersion blender to tackle that part.

On the whole, not a bad recipe. (Did I mention the cooked & crumbled turkey bacon? MMM....bacon!) I think next time, I'll add a bit more cheese and either add a little butter to the bread crumbs or spray the top with cooking spray before baking.



DARK CHOCOLATE ANGEL FOOD CAKE...

"Chocolate" and "Cake"...need I say more? I never made an angel food cake before this, so I didn't know what to expect. It wasn't a very big deal. You buy a boxed angel food cake and add some cocoa powder to it, but you follow the box directions to actually bake it. It was moist to the touch, but the texture seemed a little dry when I ate it. Overall, not bad. (There is a chocolate glaze recipe, but that didn't turn out so well. Next time, Chocolate Glaze...next time!)



STEPF'S OATMEAL MIX...

I love oatmeal. When I came across this one that includes dried fruit and nuts in the recipe, I was intrigued. It also calls for ground flaxseed. (I don't care for the texture that the ground flaxseed creates... emoticon...but it didn't deter from the taste.) When you put together all of the ingredients, it makes about 9 cups of mix. According to the recipe, you have to keep it in an airtight container in the fridge (probably because of the flaxseed). It is kind of convenient to just scoop out 1/4 cup (the recipe calls for a 3/4 cup serving, but that makes WAY too much for me to eat at a sitting!) mix it with water and/or milk and microwave it. (The recipe actually calls for you to boil the liquids then add them to the oatmeal mix. Maybe if I'd used instant oatmeal that would work. Since they tell you to use old-fashioned oatmeal...you'll end up with come pretty crunchy oats...)


I thought it was pretty good and it will be one of my breakfast staples...especially when I'm running late in the mornings!

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There are some other recipes that have piqued my interest...and since I spent the money on the book, I'll be experimenting again soon. emoticon


I'll let you know how my future culinary efforts turn out!

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Here's to healthy...and TASTY...eating!


Smooches!


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HAWKEYERANT 4/10/2012 1:10PM

    Awesome recap --- I think you'll find, especially with the mac and cheese, once you get used to eating recipes that are a bit healthier, you'll think that the "good" stuff is too salty/fatty/cheesy.

I have noticed, when I started making a conscious effort to stop eating so much sodium, that now stuff is FAR too salty, so I'm sure that'll work for you too. :)

The oatmeal sounds great and especially that CHOCOLATE cake. MMMM. :) emoticon

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VAMANOS 4/9/2012 4:02PM

    Whole wheat pasta is an acquired taste, IMHO. We finally made the transition to whole wheat spaghetti, and then along came my DD and her family and wanted the familiar white kind. Two servings and I'm going to have to start over on the whole wheat taste thing! Haven't yet tried to get accustomed to whole wheat macaroni. Some things we just don't have often enough to make a fuss about it.

Your idea to microwave the oatmeal sounds intriguing. I've also seen suggestions to slow-cook it overnight for ready-to-eat in the morning. I like to doctor mine up with dried fruit and walnuts, too, and don't mind the flaxseed in it.

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