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I Didn't Bake Anything Today!

Monday, December 20, 2010

It was a nice first day of vacation. I got up around 4:30 because the cat was walking on my face. I decided to workout after my husband left for work so I had breakfast first. It was kind of weird waiting. Anyway, since it's Monday I did some strength training. I ended up doing Bob Harper's Body Rev Cardio Conditioning workout 2 (25 minutes of mostly balance and lower body work) then I did Pure Burn Super Strength workout 1 (66 minutes of circuit training) then I figured I'd hop on the incline trainer and did one of the Jillian Michaels ifit workouts. After all that, it was definitely time for a shower and lunch.
I was craving some of the chocolate covered fruit that we got for a Chanukah present so I had a few pieces. Then felt a little yucky. I guess even though my mind wanted some, my tummy didn't. I thought maybe if I danced around the living room listening to my iPod it might did :-)
Tonight I'm going to roast some garbanzo beans to have as a side dish along with Trader Joe's Andouille chicken sausage and some spinach. It should be tasty.
I hope everybody had a great Monday!

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MBSKIT 12/21/2010 4:39PM

    I'm glad you were able to workout for both of us emoticon!
I love Trader Joes! Dinner sounds yummy!

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LARIESHA 12/21/2010 2:08PM

    You are my idol! I want to be the workout queen that you are. It will happen someday! Good Job! That sausage sounds good, I might have to make a stop at Trader Joe's on the way home tonight!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/21/2010 12:01PM

    OMG are you going thru withdrawals?

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KAMAPERRY 12/21/2010 11:28AM

    Way to go on that workout, I am spending all day tomorrow baking!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 12/21/2010 10:48AM

    Holy cow - I'm exhausted just reading about how much you worked out. Way to go! Those beans sound delicious.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/21/2010 9:45AM

    Well you are a workout machine!!!!! That is ALOT of a workout! You go girl! Im sure a little chocolate covered fruit wont throw you off plan. Dinner sounds good though! How are you liking Bob's DVD's?

Comment edited on: 12/21/2010 9:46:27 AM

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MISSMITSY 12/21/2010 5:07AM

    My goodness, loads of working out for you today! What a great way to spend your day off!

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/21/2010 4:39AM

    Sounds like you are feeling real good!!! Glad to hear it. :-)

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55TUCKER 12/20/2010 8:55PM

    You are racking up those fitness minutes, girl! Motivating me to get moving again. And your dinner sounded yummy. Where did you find the Jillian Michaels ifit workout? That sounds good too.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/20/2010 8:42PM

    wow, i didn't know you knew how to have a non-baking day!! plenty of exercise going on instead. you are one busy Gal!

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SILENTPAWZ 12/20/2010 8:16PM

    I was going to say that you probably needed a break, but it sounds like you still had a busy day! ;-) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

The sausage. garbanzos and spinach sound delish!

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JLITT62 12/20/2010 8:05PM

    Everyone needs a break now & again! Sounds like a nice, semi-relaxing day.

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How About Some Pumpkin Bread

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Since it is Sunday, I did some yoga. I know I was going to do yoga on Saturdays but since my running days got changed, so did yoga. I tried out Bob Harper's Yoga for the Warrior. I did both of the workouts for a total of 75 minutes...that's a lot of yoga. Some of those moves were super hard but at least they showed modifications. I'd definitely do it again.
I did some laundry and grocery shopping. Then I made some pumpkin bread for my husband to take for breakfast. I put in some pecans, raisins and cranberries...yum!

The batter was good and it smelled wonderful in the house. It made me happy as I Swiffervac'd the floors. It's cooling now and then I'll slice it up.
It's been very grey today. Raining on and off. Raining again right now. Very soothing.
I hope everyone had a good Sunday.

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EOSTAR_45 12/20/2010 5:35PM

    I love pumpkin bread!! And it looks scrumptious. Enjoy!!

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KAMAPERRY 12/20/2010 10:22AM

    Yummo!! Never thought of putting cranberries in it!!

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SUNRISE14 12/20/2010 9:35AM

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/20/2010 8:47AM

    My favorite is pumpkin bread and banana nut bread. Looks delish!

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YAMINOKODOMO 12/20/2010 8:29AM

    Mmmm pumpkin bread, I have never tried it but I have always wanted too! And I love the way the house smells when you bake a pumpkin anything!

Hmm I gotta check out that Bob Harper yoga one, I will see if my job has it cause if they do I will rent it from there and if I like i will buy me a copy! I been wanting to get into yoga more.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/20/2010 8:27AM

    Your pumpkin bread looks YUMMY. Good job on the yoga and the extra cardo - swiffervac, lol. Hope your week is off to a fantastic start.

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JLITT62 12/20/2010 8:15AM

    I only did yoga for 40 minutes, but even that can be a lot -- 75 is definitely a lot! Can almost smell that pumpkin bread here . . .

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 12/20/2010 7:15AM

    75 minutes of yoga - way to go! The pumpkin bread looks amazing!

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/20/2010 7:00AM

    Yum! If you ever feel like shipping some out...

Your exercise schedule is so inspiring emoticon

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MISSMITSY 12/20/2010 5:21AM

    Pumpkin bread sounds yummy!
75 minutes of yoga is huge, you must be feeling super flexible today!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/19/2010 9:52PM

    love yoga. i wish i still got fittv. they have the namaste yoga program. i love that show, but not willing to dish out 30 more $ a month just to see it on dtv.
the bread looks great. funny that you just like the foods uncooked. that would save me a lot of pounds!

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MIRWYN 12/19/2010 7:39PM

    I really enjoy Bob's yoga, glad to hear you liked it! The pumpkin bread looks so good! I bet your house smells amazing!

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Quite a Busy Saturday

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I didn't get to bed until almost midnight and was up at 4:30 because I'm crazy, I guess.
I decided to do my GW28K W2D2 run with my neutral running shoes to see if the extra cushioning would help my knees feel a little better since they've been feeling a little sore at the end of the day. By the last running interval, I started to feel a little something on the outside of my left knee (that's the side that has the wonky ankle) but it was not really sore..more like pressure. Today, I actually put an ice pack on my knees for about 5 minutes each (it was all I could stand of the cold) before I took a shower. They've been feeling pretty damn good all day. I don't know if it was the shoes or the icing or if they are finally just feeling better. As a scientist, I know I should only have changed one variable but oh well. Now that I'm on vacation, I have time to ice my knees before I hit the shower since I don't have to run off to work.
We went to meet a friend for brunch today. We went to a place called the Depot Cafe. It is actually located at a train depot. I had the house made corned beef hash with egg whites and fruit. Very tasty and not too salty.
Afterward we went to Sears to check out their ellipticals. I thought it would be good to have something to cross train with. After trying out all of them, I settled on the Sole E35. Very sturdy, very smooth and the pedals were the correct distance apart (on some of the models they are too far apart and it feels awkward). It has set me back about $1500 but that's worth it for a way to get a good cardio workout without aggravating my knees (now that they're feeling better of course). It's going to arrive 12/23. It's a good thing I'm on vacation ;-)
We had dinner with my brother at a Mexican place. They had some very good chile verde. The sauce was very light, the beans had a faint taste of coffee (?) but were very good.
It was a good day.
I hope everybody had a great Saturday.

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KAMAPERRY 12/19/2010 6:14PM

    You did that on so little sleep? Wow!! Glad your knee is better too!

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LARIESHA 12/19/2010 5:24PM

    Sounds like you had a good Saturday! Shopping and brunch, then dinner out. Hope the elliptical works out for you and it is good for the knees. We purchased one from Sam's Club about 3 years again, but the rollers would not stay on all the way and was a safety issue for anyone that used it, so we returned and I joined the gym instead. It is a great workout. If we every give up the gym membership I might invest in one again, but I would have to do my homework on them first.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/19/2010 3:30PM

    i just tried out an elliptical yesterday. it was interesting, but not something that i could see myself enjoying. though the few minutes i was on it, i could tell it would be a great work out! i might have to try them out again! it was either running without the impact or riding a bike with out a seat!
i expect a full report once you have had yours for a month!! Enjoy!

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DSTDIVA9 12/19/2010 8:09AM

    emoticonI need a new elliptical!

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SBATES63 12/19/2010 6:36AM

    Sounds like you had a great day. I am considering breaking down and getting a good treadmill since I can't seem to get outside to run these days, with the weather, mostly. My son is going back to school after Christmas and I will have room for it, too.

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MISSMITSY 12/19/2010 6:35AM

    Ohhh elliptical I hear those are awesome! Glad your knees are finally starting to feel better though, it's about time they reacted to everything you've done for them!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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JLITT62 12/19/2010 5:25AM

    Didn't do much at all here.

I paid a fair amount for my treadmill, but that was almost 10 years ago now and I've gotten many miles out of it . . . and hope to get many more! I'm sure you're going to love your elliptical, and I really do think cross training is a good idea.

The cookies, btw, are from Liz Lovely -- next time you're at Whole Foods you could look. Actually, Whole Foods bakery is awfully good, too. Even my local co-op actually carries them, and they have a somewhat limited collection of anything. They're VERY good, and I'm very picky, too.

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/19/2010 4:01AM

    Enjoy your new toy. :) Sounds like you had an enjoyable, relaxing day.
The elliptical is a great workout, (remember not to straighten your knees all the way) and squatting a little, keeping feet flat throughout the whole movement really targets the whole behind.

I am sitting here at work and want to cross my legs every few minutes and keep stopping myself. It's so hard, but I am trying...

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KATHLEEN0222 12/18/2010 11:40PM

    Hooray!!! Congrats on the awesome new elliptical!!! I'm glad you were able to find one that suits you well!

Good to hear the news about your knee doing better as well! Hope the ice and shoes keeps working well!

Enjoy your vacation! I'm jealous!!!

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NEWMIRROR 12/18/2010 11:28PM

    I'm laughing... "as a scientist, I should know to change just one variable".. Funny. In my new office, it was Secret Santa week and one of the guys got a gift of a framed saying "I love a good audit"! Too funny.
I love corned beef hash and allow myself some every 1-2 years! I'll take you to a place here when you come.. YUM
Elliptical at Sears. Does the console run on batteries? If so, try this converter. I wish I had found it sooner.

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Last Work Friday of the Year

Friday, December 17, 2010

I decided to let Jackie Warner work me out this morning...for a change I did the Power Circuit Training. Not nearly as sweat inducing as the Xtreme Timesaver but it is a good workout. I'll probably be sore tomorrow morning.
It was a busy day at work. Lots of data to look at. Lots of cookies to distribute. A dietitian friend of mine gave me some biscotti. I never make them so it's a nice treat. I had to make sure I backed up all 4 of the lab computers and shut them down because they're doing a power shutdown tomorrow at the VA. My boss came in and wanted to have a meeting at noon...why we always have to have meetings that interfere with lunch I'll never know. I'm taking the rest of the year off so I won't have to worry about meetings until 2011.
On the way home I had to stop at the post office and pick up a package. It was actually for my husband but he doesn't get home early enough to get to the post office and we won't be around tomorrow. Lots of people were waiting for packages. This post office isn't a regular one. It doesn't have any services other than package pickup because it's the mail sorting center for the area.
Tonight we're going to the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers Christmas Meeting and gift grab. It's at a Round Table Pizza, so guess what's on the menu for dinner tonight. That's okay, I haven't had pizza for a while. I'm bringing some of the chocolate andes mint cookies to pass around and I think I'll stop for some coffee before we get there because I want a hot beverage and they don't have any...I don't want any cold soda.
It should be a fun night .
Happy Friday everybody!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/18/2010 9:42PM

    Yay for last meetings of the year! and model scaler meeting at pizza joints! is that for model trains? my hubby is in to N scale. too small for me. i like the HO's.

Enjoy your time off!

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KAMAPERRY 12/18/2010 3:57PM

    Enjoy!! I have to work Monday, but then I am off till after Christmas!

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YAMINOKODOMO 12/18/2010 12:44PM

    Sounds like you had a pretty busy day!

Hope you enjoy the time off! Thats a pretty nice vacation for you to have!

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MBSKIT 12/18/2010 9:22AM

    Hope you had a good time last night. Pizza good every now and then. We had it Wednesday nigth when I did my bake-a-than.
Enjoy your time off!

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JLITT62 12/18/2010 7:41AM

    Mmmm . . . pizza . . . I was thinking about that tonight, but I also thought I'd suggest a local Indian restaurant we haven't tried yet.

I know you'd like that.


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MISSMITSY 12/18/2010 6:56AM

    Have a great night! Lucky you no more work for the year! I have 6 days this week...

Nice to see someone baked for you for a change...

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The Last of the Baking for this Week

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I did another run in my new shoes this morning. GW28k week 2 day 1 (run 8, walk 1 x4). My cranky ankle was bothering me a little and I felt like I had a little shin splints thing going on the other leg. However, my knees felt fine and have been pretty good for the rest of the day. Sometimes I sit funny and tweak my knee and ankle joints and then they are a little sore. I need to learn to sit with my feet planted in front of me...I think that would help the joints heal a lot sooner.
It was a very busy day at work. I had lots of data to look at from overnight. I had to bring the chemical waste down to the loading dock at 9:45 but had to get meeting about a half hour away at 11. Luckily, the people that collect the waste came pretty quickly because I still had to prepare some papers for the meeting. My coworker and I stopped at Taco Bell for lunch...I had a fresco style steak burrito supreme. Definitely good calorie-wise, but high (as everything at Taco Bell) on the salt.
When I got home today, I baked the last of the cookies for this week. Some Chewy Molasses Crinkles (a Martha Stewart recipe...she's not my favorite person, but she sure has good baking recipes).
You've seen them before (this is an old picture because I forgot to get a new one today):

I cut up half the brownies that I made last night and packed them in a gift box. I boxed up all the cookies I'm bringing to work tomorrow for my coworkers.
As much as I love to bake, it'll be nice to have a few baking-free days.
Happy Thursday!!!

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KATIECALLOS 12/17/2010 1:28PM

    those cookies look wonderful! yummy!!! emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 12/17/2010 10:17AM

    You might go thru a baking withdrawl emoticon!
Your lunch sounds good. I could go for one of those myself. The cookies look delish! Ive been craving a brownie for a couple of days now, and Im not even into brownies that much. Weird!
Have a great day and weekend!

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DSTDIVA9 12/17/2010 7:00AM

    You are the best! But it's cool to take a break!

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MISSMITSY 12/17/2010 6:29AM

    Enjoy your days off baking! I hope all your co workers appreciate all the effort you've put in for them!

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JLITT62 12/17/2010 5:29AM

    Much as I love to cook & bake, there's nothing better than a few days off from it too!

Enjoy it.

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/17/2010 4:34AM

    Mmmmm I can smell them from here, they look lovely. Enjoy your baking rest.

It's interesting you mention how you sit. I sit with my legs crossed almost all day and then I read that it can contribute to the exact hamstring issues I am having. Sitting pretty feet planted all day is difficult. I challenge you, we can be sitting buddies!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 12/16/2010 10:01PM

    Those cookies look great! i do enjoy baking stuff, sometimes it is hard to part with though!! i have to package up my baking as soon as it cools, otherwise, it is in my belly!

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KAMAPERRY 12/16/2010 9:46PM

    You are a baking whiz!!!! They sure look good! I am doing some baking this weekend. Good job on the run!

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