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I started a busy Thanksgiving with a 4 mile run

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I did the B210K week 1 day 2 run (4 10 minute runs and 3 1 minutes walks). The first 10 minute run was 5.8mph. I decided to up it to 5.9 for the remaining 3 runs. I added an extra minute on to the last run..making my total running mileage 4 miles. Definitely the longest I've ever run!
I just finished a bowl of oatmeal and now it's time to get started on the stuffing (well, dressing actually because it's not going inside the turkey). I've got a slow cooker recipe which should work out nicely and saves stove/oven room for other things.
We had quite the adventure getting the turkey brined last night. My husband brought home some turkey roasting bags as well as some reinforced tall kitchen bags. We started with the roasting bag. I held it open and my husband gently placed the 16 pound turkey in the bag. The turkey proceeded to fall straight through the bottom of the bag and on to the floor emoticon.
He picked it up and washed if off in the sink while I wiped up all the turkey juiced from the floor, making sure to use disinfecting wipes after I had gotten all the juices. It's a good thing he got the kitchen bags. Try number two was successful. That bag worked great. We put the brine in and I found a stock pot that would hold the turkey and we put it in the fridge. YAY!! emoticon
I should go down and start sauteing the celery, onions and mushrooms for the dressing.
Have an excellent Thanksgiving everyone!

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KATHLEEN0222 11/26/2010 10:45PM

    AWESOME JOB on the 4 mile run! You ROCK!!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/26/2010 3:31PM

    emoticon on the workout. Stuffing in the crockpot sounds good. Is it a Spark Recipe? Hope you and your DH were able to laugh about dropping the turkey. Your Thanksgiving sounds like it was a success.

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YAMINOKODOMO 11/26/2010 3:30PM

    Great job on the 4 mile run!

Hope the turkey came out yummy!

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MIRWYN 11/26/2010 2:50PM

    Woot on the run! Hope your Thanksgiving was a huge success!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 11/26/2010 10:56AM

    sounds like an exciting Thanksgiving! Glad it was a good day despite the Turkey jumping through the bag.

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STIPER23 11/26/2010 10:46AM

    I put together my side dishes in the morning and got them in the fridge so they were ready to pop in the oven later. I got my little one down for a nap and then did w2d1 of b210k. I ran outside for just about 4 miles. Brrrr! We got snow yesterday and the interstates were closed down from ice for most of the morning, but I dressed myself in my run outfit in the morning so I felt committed to get out there. Felt good to get a run in before wrestling with the turkey. I hope you had a good holiday!

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JLITT62 11/26/2010 8:28AM

    Thanksgiving always makes for such entertaining stories!

Thanksgiving used to be my mom's big holiday. She's had birds as big as 25 lbs! Since it was just me, my sister's family, & my folks, this year it was a scrawny 12 lbs. No stories to relate.

Hope you enjoyed your meal!

Oops, almost forgot -- congrats on the 4 mile run -- awesome!

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I did actually sleep in this morning. Until 3:30am with the cat lying on my chest.
I put the turkey brine that had finally cooled down to room temperature in the fridge. I'll be brining it tonight. I had a little breakfast and did a little cleaning.
Then I did some circuit training.. Jari Love Get Ripped 1000 (because you're supposed to be able to burn up to 1000 calories and hour...yeah...right). It was a pretty good workout and I did sweat a lot, but only burned about 250 calories according to my heart rate monitor. I think part of the problem is they get the actual calories burned performing the strength exercises while the heart rate monitor can't do that.
I baked the Sparkling Cranberry Gems in a fall shapes cookie pan. The first batch I didn't put enough dough in the spaces so they didn't get very good shapes. The second batch worked much better:

For dinner tonight we'll be having some salmon burgers with sweet potato waffle fries and whatever vegetable I pull out of the freezer.
Tomorrow, after I do my day 2 of B210K, starts the real cooking: stuffing, gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes. It should be fine, I've got helpers (no, not the cat...she's not very helpful).
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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SBATES63 11/25/2010 6:12AM

    Have a great Thanksgiving! We have just a normal day up here in Canada. Will be thinking of all my American Sparkfriends enjoying the celebration today. Thanksgiving is not nearly as much of a big deal here as it is in the States. Hopefully no turkey coma for you tonight.

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MISSMITSY 11/25/2010 5:44AM

    Awww what cute cookies! Sounds like you're going to have a wodnmerful Thanksgiving!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/24/2010 11:32PM

    Yay! for sleeping in a little later....HAVE fun tomorrow! Hopefully I can get a good workout in too.

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MBSKIT 11/24/2010 8:18PM

    cookies look great!
I'll be right there with you cooking tomorrow!

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JLITT62 11/24/2010 8:14PM

    I don't know, Simba has the strangest tastes and he likes to eat really weird things . . . I woke up early, myself, at about 4:30 (large purring cat).

Have a great day!

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DSTDIVA9 11/24/2010 7:58PM

    The cookies look great!

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CIVIAV 11/24/2010 7:05PM

    Whew, don't forget to enjoy every moment - cooking or eating or Thanking!


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MICHELEBOISE 11/24/2010 6:43PM

    Brining really makes a huge difference!!! You sound like a busy bee! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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MIRWYN 11/24/2010 6:32PM

    We are brining the turkey overnight also. We are doing turkey, ham, sweet potato mash, fresh green bean and mushroom saute, corn muffins, orange-cranberry relish and butternut squash soup. I hope it all turns out really good! HA! I think the guests will be ok with 'healthy Thanksgiving'... at least I hope so!

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Jojo didn't like us but I started B210K

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Apparently, Jojo is not the cat for us. She just sat in the corner and glared at us the whole time we were there. I hope her owner will find somebody that Jojo does like to take her in. Cats definitely choose their owners. There was another cat we were eyeing at the PetSmart but Malika decided we were going to be her owners and we're very happy about it!
On our way out to meet Jojo, we stopped to have some dinner. We ended up at a tiny place called Mr. Falafel. We saw it and couldn't resist. The food was delicious..I had a falafel wrap (no tahini...I don't like it) and my husband had a chicken shwerma wrap. I couldn't finish mine but that's husband did. They make fresh hot sauce and this stuff actually had a little kick (note: I douse my food in habanero hot sauce on a regular basis so if I can detect's pretty hot).
I got to bed pretty late last night...after 9pm (which is late if you're getting up at 2:45). I did get up and started the B210K training. Week 1 is run 10 minutes then walk 1 min x4. It was weird to be back running intervals but it was still a good run. Most of the running was 5.8mph but the last 3 minutes was at 6mph because AC/DC's Heatseeker came on and that just makes me want to run faster ;-). So, very close to 4 miles...the longest I have ever run!
It's been a busy day at work. I'm actually waiting for some samples to finish drying which is why I have time to blog.
On tonight's menu is ma po tofu. We haven't had it in a long time. I do have to remember not to add too much cayenne pepper to it this time. The last time I ended up making it to hot for my husband.
I'm taking tomorrow off of work to start prepping for the holiday. Lots of cleaning, laundry, some baking to do. So even though I won't be at work, I'll still be busy...that's okay. I can sleep in a little later than 2:45. emoticon
Have a great Tuesday night everybody!!

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MDTWEETY 11/24/2010 4:00PM

    Maybe Jojo was shy? :)
I love love love falafel. Yummm.... Reminds me of our trip to Israel.
I like my food on the spicy side also. I never did until I met my husband and he showed me how much better food tastes with some heat!
Congrats on your run. I know I will be reading about your first marathon in the not-too-distant future. :) Never heard of B210K.
Thank you for the goodie and have a great day tomorrow!

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KATHLEEN0222 11/24/2010 10:04AM

    Way to go on the training! It is hard to go back to intervals... I'm still struggling with that one, even though I haven't really been doing the B210k training. I am running differently than when I first started... more of the 'correct' way as far as running physics goes! It has made a huge difference in my speed, but I don't have the endurance I used to have when I was running at a turtle's pace! So I've incorporated walking into my runs when I need to. I know it makes you ultimately stronger, so I'll keep at it!!!!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!

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YAMINOKODOMO 11/24/2010 8:54AM

    Sorry Jojo didnt seem to connect with you guys!

Thats early.. I thought you woke up at like 5 or something for some reason but 2:45.. You go girl! lol

I am going to be busy tomorrow on turkey day! I think I am going to be waking up at around 6.. THATS early for me lol So like you, I am going to have the day off but no rest time!

Hope you have a great day baking!

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NEWMIRROR 11/23/2010 8:46PM

    Wow.. a wonderful day off. I hope that you enjoy it!

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JLITT62 11/23/2010 8:06PM

    Sorry JoJo wasn't the right fit.

How in the world do you stay awake, much less exercise, with that little sleep? I'm in bed by 8:30 9 -- actually turn the light off between 9 -10 -- but I don't get up til 5!

Enjoy your prep time tomorrow. This week has been a bit crazy for me, but I'm hoping to have some time to make something tomorrow to bring to my folks.

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MASSPEACH 11/23/2010 7:41PM

    Oh, you're training a 10K next? That's awesome! I'm done with C25K, and am running my first 5K on Thursday. Afterwards I'm going to train and 8K, and then after that start increasing my pace. I use all of the Podrunner intervals, which do all the thinking for you...I just have to sit back and keep time with the music, and it's easy : )

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/23/2010 5:36PM

    Well that is a bummer that jojo didnt like you. Though I find it hard to believe... emoticon
Dinner out last night and your dinner tonight sounds good. I have to suffer one more day of work. Have a happy thanksgiving.

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MIRWYN 11/23/2010 5:17PM

    Too bad Jojo wasn't the right fit. I know what you mean though, kitties can be fickle! Woot on the running again! Good to see you back at it!

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STIPER23 11/23/2010 5:16PM

    Yeah, the interval training was hard to get used to again after finishing c25k. Unfortunately, b210k is not going so well for me. I am not able to keep the same schedule I had with c25k and I just haven't found a good alternative. Boo.

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/23/2010 3:32PM

    I still cannot get over how early you get up!!!

I love the intervals! That break you can take is nice and you end up progressing as long as you keep increasing the time.

I take it you are on a treadmill right? We are still in construction, close to being done. This weekend, the garage will be rearranged and I'll get my treadmill to be accessible as I am running out of options to be outside!

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We're going to meet Jojo tonight!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Even though my shoulders were a little sore from yoga yesterday, I went ahead and did Jackie Warner Xtreme Timesaver Training this morning. Again, it was an excellent workout. I really like that one!
I had a busy day at work. It made the time go by very fast, though.
I'm not sure where we will be going for dinner tonight. We are going to meet our possible new cat, Jojo. I guess we'll find out if we can get along. I'm kind of torn because I don't know how our cat, Malika, will adjust. I don't want her to be mad at us for bringing a new kitty home emoticon. I doubt Jojo will come home with us tonight even if we do decide to take her. Hard decision.
I hope everyone has a good evening.
I'll keep you update on the kitty situation.

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 11/23/2010 11:44AM

    yay new kitty!

I'm considering getting Jackie Warner Xtreme Timesaver Training, would you say it's a good workout?

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FIT-WHIT 11/23/2010 11:29AM

    Awww exciting!!! Getting a new kitty! I know what you mean though about your hesitations... cats are so funny about their space, and have a tendency to dislike other cats right away-- at least if they are both "alpha" sorts of personalities. I hope your kitties get along! Mine is so bossy and assertive, I'm not sure she'd do too well with another cat, although I desperately want one. She's better with my mom's dogs, since she just thinks they're bumbling crazies. LOL.

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/23/2010 11:21AM

    How did it go?

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JLITT62 11/23/2010 8:03AM

    Most cats will be bent out of shape for at least a while.

Puss, one of my previous cats, hated all other cats with a passion. She lived with Cleo for all of Cleo's 16 years, merely tolerating her.

She hated the boys (our present cats) with a passion til the day she died (at the age of 21). She lived with them for 4 yrs, in fact; we truly didn't think she'd live that long.

But they managed to get along, even so.

Well, let us know how it went!

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MISSMITSY 11/23/2010 8:00AM

    Have fun meeting Jojo, I'm sure it will go great, and Malika will love having a new buddy around!

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DSTDIVA9 11/23/2010 7:07AM

    Aww! I love animals. Malika will be probably a little jealous at first but she will welcome JoJo with open paws in a few days emoticon

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ROXANNE723 11/23/2010 3:14AM

    So, where are you getting JoJo? A friend? Local shelter? It might take some adjusting but I am sure that they will work it out. That's what I have always heard. That's how it was with my dogs and with my neighbors cat when she brought in a second one. Keep us posted...I'm all for giving homes to cats/dogs who need one....

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NEWMIRROR 11/22/2010 10:02PM

    Ha..Does Jojo have a twin? I still want a "Bartholomew".. was just teasing my 3yr old buddy tonight that she PROMISED to buy a kitty for my birthday ( in August). WHERE'S MY KITTY!

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I did yoga today

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Since I hadn't done yoga this week or last, I thought that today should be the day. I tried out a couple of new (to me) yoga DVDs. I started out with Shiva Rea Daily Energy Vinyasa Flow Yoga and did the Earth practice. It was okay..about 20 minutes. Then I tried out Crunch Fat Burning Yoga. I liked that one more...less yoga speaky and it was about 40 minutes. I will try the others on the Daily Energy disc...there are 7 different practices.
Had a little oatmeal with fiber one and protein powder for breakfast. Later we went out for lunch and I had a greek egg white omelet (spinach, tomato, feta...yum!, sausage and egg whites). I only had half so I'll be having that tomorrow...not sure if it'll be breakfast or lunch.
I'm going to bake some chocolate chip cookies later. My husband will bring them either to his friend's house (if he goes on Tuesday) or to work. We might be out tomorrow night (which is why I'm baking them today) to meet a cat named Jojo. Apparently her owner is moving and needs to place her in a new home. I haven't heard if that's going to work out with her owner for tomorrow night. If we like Jojo and (probably most importantly) she likes us we might have two cats.
That's the happenings for today.
I hope everybody had a relaxing Sunday.
It should be a short week for most people, so that's nice.

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/22/2010 1:45PM

    yoga and pilattes is something I want to try... where to fit it in, who knows.. probably right there w/ a spinning class! LOL

Good luck w/ Jojo

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 11/22/2010 12:59PM

    I hope you and the new cat get along swimmingly! Great job on yoga; I have not heard of the first dvd, but I'm going to look into it. I gave up my yoga class membership this fall because the studio was too far away. Have a great day! emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/22/2010 11:21AM

    Great job in the yoga! I always liked yoga but never burn that much calories. Hope everything goes well with the new cat. Good luck!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 11/22/2010 9:48AM

    Sounds like a great day! Hope the cat likes you :)

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CIVIAV 11/22/2010 7:55AM

    OOOOOOOOHHHHH, a new kitty!? emoticon

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MISSMITSY 11/22/2010 6:35AM

    Sounds like a great Sunday! Hope you and Jojo get along beautifully!!

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KATHLEEN0222 11/21/2010 10:39PM

    What a great Sunday! I need to work yoga back into my schedule, I love it so much! That omelette sounds fabulous!!!!

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MELISSAISAFOX 11/21/2010 7:45PM

    The yoga sounds fantastic! The perfect thing for a Sunday!

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55TUCKER 11/21/2010 7:20PM

    I so enjoyed hearing about your yoga! Possibly a new fun is that??? Keep us posted. Hope Jojo is a perfect fit.

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JLITT62 11/21/2010 6:26PM

    Introducing a new cat is always . . . interesting. Somehow I think it was easier to introduce the new dogs!

Good luck.

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