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Its Sunday and the Rain Finally Showed Up and I Baked Cookies (big surprise)

Sunday, December 05, 2010

When I got up this morning I debated with myself about doing some yoga. I finally convinced myself that I should. I can always use some stretching and perhaps it would help my sore-ish knees. I guess all the running really is getting to them. They don't hurt while I'm running. Only after I'm done. They don't really hurt very much...just a little sore sometimes. Yesterday I put the incline at 1% to see if that would take a little stress off them. They seem less sore so maybe that's what they needed. I'll continue to do that and see how it goes.
Anyway, yoga. I did the Crunch Fat Burning Yoga and Crunch The Joy of Yoga. I prefer the Fat Burning one. It's somehow more fun even though it's the same instructor.
I tried out some Harry & David Banana Peanut Butter with my English muffin for breakfast today. Wow, that stuff is tasty. Kind of expensive so I won't be getting it very often. It was a nice treat.
Did some basic chores. We needed to stop by the bank and I realized I hadn't gotten eggs yesterday so we headed over to Safeway. There is a Panda Express there so we had lunch first. We tried to have Panda last night for dinner but it was super crowded so we walked over to the El Pollo Loco...they didn't have any white meat chicken available..bummer. We ended up at L&L Hawaiian..teriyaki chicken, brown rice and broccoli. Fairly healthy except for the salt.
Today we went to a different Panda Express and were able to have it....steamed vegetables instead of rice or chow mein, broccoli beef and string bean chicken breast. Tasty, fairly healthy except for the salt. I need to be salt free tomorrow or something.
I baked some chocolate-dipped cherry shortbread cookies this afternoon. I got the recipe from my SparkFriend Silentpawz.
Here they are before dipping:

Here they are after dipping:


The chocolate is setting but we had a taste already. Fabulous!!! As I write this, the rain is pouring down. It was supposed to rain on Friday ...nope, Saturday...not much, finally we get some today.
Have a great Sunday night and a wonderful Monday!

  
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BAILEYS7OF9 12/6/2010 12:54PM

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YAMINOKODOMO 12/6/2010 11:52AM

    Ooooh those cookies look yummy!

Sounds like you had a little bit of a busy day! Glad you were able to get your panda express food! It does sound healthy!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/6/2010 11:49AM

    Hopefully your knees are feeling better now. Those cookies look delish!

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MISSMITSY 12/6/2010 7:03AM

    Enjoy your rain! It hasn't stopped here in days, I saw the sun for a few moments today and got over excited about it....

Funny how the salt is always what gets you with the take away food...

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TERRIFICLYFIT 12/5/2010 11:52PM

    I have the same yoga DVD! Like you, I prefer the Fat Burning one, too. The only thing I dislike is how short the shivasana (sp?) is and that she reminds us to get "busy" being still. That word always throws my relaxation off! :0P So glad you enjoyed the session--hope your knees feel better after your next run!

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NEWMIRROR 12/5/2010 9:25PM

    Ditto on that! Please share the recipe!


*I'm not big into the research on this, but they say that taking tart cherry juice helps with muscle pain and inflammation..
Here's a link to an article but, please, research it yourself.

http://www.ohsu.ed
u/xd/about/news_events/news/201
0/2010-07-07-tart-cherry-juice-r.cfm

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SILENTPAWZ 12/5/2010 9:08PM

    I'm so glad you tried the recipe and they came out good! I'll be making a triple batch next weekend for the cookie exchange at work. :-)

I hope the knees feel better soon. Knees are the most unforgiving joint in the human body, I think. Sometimes we just need to listen to them and ease up when they aren't happy. And I think yoga can fix almost anything...I swear by it! ;-)

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MEGSLIE05 12/5/2010 9:08PM

    Those cookies look AWESOME! I would love that recipe!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/5/2010 8:24PM

    good thing i am not hanging out with you. i would be eating those cookies!!

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LARIESHA 12/5/2010 8:17PM

    I hope the soreness of the knees goes away soon. I read somewhere, can't remember where, that if you soak in warm water with Epsom salt after any workout that causes your muscles to be sore it helps to relieve the soreness. When I was doing X Bike I would come home and soak. It helped and I was less sore after each ride. Hope this helps.

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I finished the second week of B210K

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I was awakened at 4:30 this morning by a kitty coming to sleep on my chest. Then she moved to my arm. Then I decided I might as well get out of bed.
So far it's been a fairly productive day. I did my run this morning. After breakfast, I started a load of laundry and did some cleaning up around the house. We went to Home Depot and then to Lowe's in search of a heat lamp housing for the bathroom. Neither of our full bathrooms have them and it would be nice. Unfortunately neither Home Depot nor Lowe's sells them. They have replacement bulbs but no way to put in the whole fixture yourself. Hmmm... I guess I'll be checking online to see where to get them.
We had lunch at one of our local taquerias. Yummy steak soft tacos. They hit the spot. Then it was off to the grocery store. When we got back I folded the laundry and finished cleaning around the house.
Lots of stuff done. Now time to relax a little bit.
I hope everybody had a great Saturday and that Sunday is a good one.

  
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REEKU731 12/6/2010 1:34PM

    WOW you are a busy woman AND you got your run in!!! You should be really proud of yourself! Awesome job! Keep it up!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/5/2010 6:43PM

    Congrats on finishing the second week. Nice productive day! I feel ALL Ive been doing is eating emoticon even when Im not hungry. BACK on track tomorrow though for sure!

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KAMAPERRY 12/5/2010 5:46PM

    Productive day!!

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KATHLEEN0222 12/4/2010 10:16PM

    On to Week3!!! You go girl!!!!!!! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/4/2010 8:57PM

    a heat anything sounds good to me right now! we are listening to the wind blowing the leaves around and the rv feels like it is ready to go air-borne!
i wonder if you can find a place on line that sells them?

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NEWMIRROR 12/4/2010 7:40PM

    My electric company is a co-op and offers those types of products ( as well as radiant floor heating coils, CFL bulbs, Towel warmers, etc). Perhaps you have a discount through your utilities provider as well?? Otherwise, when in doubt, IKEA it out!


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Friday...couldn't have come soon enough

Friday, December 03, 2010

It turned out to be a very busy afternoon yesterday and I was quite happy to get home. It's been a busy week. Probably because last week was so short.
I ended up having a CedarLane "veggie ham" & cheese wrap with some peas for dinner yesterday. Kind of weird combination but it hit the spot.
Today was a ST day so I did No More Trouble Zones using 5lbs for the biceps stuff and plank rows and 3's for the rest. I think I could probably go 5's for all next time.
It was a relaxed day at work. My boss was in meetings all morning and I had just enough to do to keep me occupied but not swamped. I left at noon (only 2 hours early) and met my BFF for lunch. It was good to see her. When I saw they had Lox and Bagel on the menu I decided I couldn't resist. Happily the cream cheese was on the side so I only put a little bit. I'm not into tons of cream cheese on my bagel. I like just enough to glue the lox down. Quite satisfying. And I had a bit of BFF's hash browns....sort of like a latke.
I previewed a few exercise DVDs this afternoon to decide what I would like to try out. Think of Bob Harper Inside Out Cardio and Strength. They look like fun but they also look pretty intense. I'll try out the shorter versions first and go from there.
I think it's supposed to rain this weekend.That's okay, I like the rain. It looks pretty cloudy out there but I haven't noticed any precipitation.
We're going out for dinner tonight. I have no idea where. I know I don't want another bagel. I guess I'll see what my husband is craving.
Have a good Friday night and a wonderful weekend!!

  
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YOUNGNSMYLIE 12/4/2010 6:38PM

    mmhm bagel and lox!! hope you have a great weekend, even if it does rain! Tonight is going to be a Chalene DVD night for me.

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MBSKIT 12/4/2010 1:39PM

    Glad you had a good lunch with your BFF.
We got snow!

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KAMAPERRY 12/4/2010 1:12PM

    Love Fridays!!! I am doing NMTZ today!

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MISSMITSY 12/4/2010 5:44AM

    Lunches with BFF's are awesome! Glad you enjoyed yours!



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JLITT62 12/3/2010 11:33PM

    Oh yum bagel & lox. And yes my sweet potato latkes did taste a lot like hash browns!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/3/2010 9:05PM

    I LOVE bagels but not cream cheese. I havent had one in a LONG time! I agree those Bob videos look intense! Have a great weekend.

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NEWMIRROR 12/3/2010 9:01PM

    Right back attcha.. Have a good weekend. If you REALLY want a workout, there'll be 4-5 inches of snow on the ground when I wake up tomorrow.... come shovel.

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EVILYNP 12/3/2010 8:53PM

  Have a great weekend

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50 things about me

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I borrowed this from someone else (Thank you Simera):

1. What time did you get up this morning? 2: 40 a.m.

2. How do you like your steak? medium

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Star Trek

4. What is your favorite TV show? CSI

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Right where I am in San Jose, CA

6. What did you have for breakfast? Ezekial English muffin with PB

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Indian and Mexican...to hard to choose

8. What foods do you dislike? Shrimp (actually any shell fish), avocado

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Don't really have one

10. Favorite dressing? Balsamic viniagrette

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Toyota Echo

12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans and shirt

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? I try to look at it as full. Some days are better than others.

15. Where would you want to retire? I don't know.

16. Favorite time of day? Early morning

17. Where were you born? CA

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Basketball

19. How many siblings? Three- two older sisters and one younger brother

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Baking and reading

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Everyone

22. Bird watcher? No

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning Person

24. Do you have any pets? 1 cat

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Nope

26. What did you want to be when you were little? Surgeon

27. What is your best childhood memory? Going to see Lady and the Tramp with my father.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? I like both

29. Are you married? Yes

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes

31. Been in a car accident? Yes

32. Any pet peeves? Drivers talking on their cell phones

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Cheese, mushroom, black olives, bell peppers, jalapenos

34. Favorite Flower? Snapdragons

35. Favorite ice cream? None, I don't really like ice cream

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Jack in the Box (chicken fajita pita)

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None

38. From whom did you get your last email? My BFF

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? King Arthur Flour

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Can't think of anything

41. Like your job? Yes, usually

42. Broccoli? Yes

43. What was your favorite vacation? Honeymoon in London and Wales

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Husband

45. What are you listening to right now? The dialysis machines in the next room

46. What is your favorite color? Purple

47. How many tattoos do you have? None

48. How many people will fill this out? I have absolutely no idea

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 11:09 am

50. Coffee Drinker? Definitely...drinking some right now!

I finished w2d2 of B210K....feeling good!
Kind of a slow day at work as you may be able to tell. I have to hang around for a meeting with somebody and then I have to go over to Stanford to drop off some samples at the Mass Spec Facility.
I'm glad it's Thursday. It seems like it's been kind of a long week. Maybe because I had such a short one last week.
I have to decide what to have for dinner. My husband will be going out with some of the model club guys (like he usually does on Thursdays) so it's just me. Hmmm... I haven't even had lunch yet so I guess I really shouldn't be thinking about dinner yet.
Have a great day everybody!!

  
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MDTWEETY 12/4/2010 7:26AM

    This is cool! It's fun to learn some new things about my Sparkfriends. Wow, 2:40 a.m.
I hope that is not every day. :)

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MISSMITSY 12/4/2010 5:42AM

    Mexican food is awesome isn't it! Thanks for the extra insight into you, though I already kinda figured out the baking one!

Mass Spec is fun! I learned how to run and read those in college and it was one of my favourite courses!


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YAMINOKODOMO 12/3/2010 1:03PM

    I love mexican food too! Such greatness! lol

Got to know a little more about ya! Awesome!

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NICOLE12-01 12/3/2010 11:04AM

    Thanks for sharing!
I LOVE Snapdragons! They're definitely one of my favorites too! We get them every year for our house!
Ummmmm, what the heck are you doing up at 2:40am????

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/3/2010 10:50AM

    39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? King Arthur Flour

That is too funny! And quite easy to do too!!!

Great job on the B210K!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/3/2010 8:37AM

    I see we are both morning people and love the color purple emoticon

Good job on the B210K, keep up the good work and....

Dinner suggestion, quick and easy....
Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, for some reason I have been craving soup and a grilled cheese, guess there are worst things I could be craving.

Enjoy your day, I enjoyed learning some things about you.

P.s. I see neither of us get out to go to the movies very often emoticon

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HALFFAST 12/3/2010 8:13AM

    You don't like ice cream?! emoticon

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MISSFARMERTED 12/2/2010 6:48PM

    Wowzers girl! You woke up at 2:40am this morning?! That is super early!!! emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 12/2/2010 3:21PM

    Never too early to think about the next meal.

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Seriously, you LIKE San Jose but not shellfish or avocado?

DH spends a lot of time in San Jose. His company is based out of Sunnyvale. I went with him one time, can't say as I saw much there that was terribly exciting -- sorry!

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KAMAPERRY 12/2/2010 2:35PM

    Love reading these lists, if I had time I would fill it out. Good job on the workout! emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/2/2010 2:34PM

    Great blog! Enjoyed reading your answers!

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STIPER23 12/2/2010 2:31PM

    Anytime is a good time to think about food! LOL WTG with b210k!

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Chanukah actually started tonight

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I misread my calendar. I thought it started yesterday. I got to have two first nights.
I was exhausted this morning so I slept in until 4am and didn't do my circuit training.
Today was pretty busy at work but that's okay...it keeps me off the streets.
I did Jari Love Get Extremely Ripped this afternoon. Very good workout and didn't use a step. It is quite the time investment, though. From the time I started until I finished stretching it was 82 minutes. I wouldn't have had time in the morning anyway.
I was craving pasta so I made whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs and Newman's Sockarooni sauce (my favorite) and some asparagus to make sure we got plenty of veggies. Quite tasty. Nothing fried today..I'm already slacking at Chanukah.
I did not have any sweets today, either. Feeling pretty good about it. I think I'll try for another day tomorrow.
I should go down and get my breakfast for tomorrow together. That way after my run, it'll be all ready for me.
Have a good night everyone.

  
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MDTWEETY 12/4/2010 7:24AM

    I am behind on your blogs. LOL. What is Sockarooni sauce? Sounds like something I have to try.

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HALFFAST 12/3/2010 8:09AM

    4am is sleeping in?! emoticon

Happy Chanukah! or is it Hanukkah? Darn, I can never remember which way to spell it. Regardless, Happy Holidays :)

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/2/2010 12:20PM

    wow you slept in! I am in emoticonbut obviously your body needed it so good for you!

Happy Chanukah!! good luck on your sweets!



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BUGGYS 12/2/2010 10:53AM

    Happy Chanukah and it sound like you in control of the sweet thing!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/2/2010 8:27AM

    YAY! for sleeping in, and getting in the workout! How is that DVD? Is it really effective? Dinner sounds YUM! Congrats on no sweets!

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MISSMITSY 12/2/2010 6:33AM

    Sounds like you had a great day! Hope you enjoy your extra day of Chanukah!


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