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Ouch! Damn Back!

Friday, July 08, 2011

I forgot to reset my alarm to 2:30, so I didn't up until 3:30 this morning. No time to do CLX before work.
The guys came and removed the counter and cabinets that we needed to get rid of. The mass spec (all 7 boxes of stuff) arrived at the VA just before I left for the day. I only got one of the boxes but they promised the rest on Monday or Tuesday. It's just as well. The new table has not arrived (due 7/12) and we still don't have a 208v outlet installed.
I came home and did my CLX
Push Circuit 3
Sumo Squat - W 25 R 8 (will try 30 pounds next time)
Single-Arm Row - W 22.5 R 7
Chest Fly - W 12.5 R 8
Bowler Lunge - W 25 R 6
Double-Arm Bent-Over Row - W 22.5 R 6
Bench Press - W 15 R 8
Single-Leg Sumo Squat - W 22.5 R 7
Reverse-Grip Bent-Over Row - W 22.5 R 6
Long-Arm Pullover - W 17.5 R 6

I don't know what I did but now my lower back is a little sore emoticon I did take an ibuprofen and I am going to ice it in a few minutes. I hope it's okay for my run on Sunday.

We went out for Ethiopian food for dinner. We got the meat and veggie samplers. They put it all on one plate: chicken, beef, yellow split peas, collard greens, potatoes & carrots, red lentils and the bread (injera). Very tasty. Yes, it was a large plate but it was split between the two of us and my husband ate about twice as much as I did.

I'm off to ice. Have a great night and a wonderful weekend!!

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WENDYSPARKS 7/11/2011 7:26AM

    Hope your back feels better soon!! Hug to you!!


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KNITTABLES 7/10/2011 7:59PM

    Sorry to hear you back is bothering and I sure hope it feels better after you iced it.

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HARRINGTON5 7/10/2011 4:49PM

    Back problems really are the worst. I hope you are feeling better now.

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SOKKERNUT 7/10/2011 2:41PM

    Nat sorry to hear about your back. How is it today? Were you able to do your long run? How did the shoes work out today?

Good thing I had already eaten lunch after I saw your food picture! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/10/2011 1:23PM

    certainly hope your lower back is okay today!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/9/2011 9:22PM

    That looks soo delicious. I am sorry to hear your back is still sore :( That's not fun; I will be thinking good, healing thoughts that you can do your run tomorrow, pain free. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 7/9/2011 8:56PM

    So sorry about your back, does the roller help? Hmm, never had ethiopian!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/9/2011 7:28PM

    Hi Nat! I sure hope that your back feels better. the run might just be what the doctor ordered to get it feeling good again! Hope you have a GREAT Weekend!

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SARAHFAILLA 7/9/2011 6:27PM

    Ok I see what you did- i asked you in the thread. Hope you are 100% and soon!

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REEKU731 7/9/2011 3:15PM

    The food looks awesome but OH NO about your back!!! I hope its better soon!! be sure to Ice it and rest up before your run tomorrow if you need to!!! I'll send lots of healthy thoughts your way!!!


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INIT2LIVEIT 7/9/2011 2:06PM

    Oh no, feel better back!!!
there is an ethiopian restaurant here, but I have never tried it. Mainly for Kashrut reasons, but also, I don't take risks where food is concerned. More of a tried and true person... LOL

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    I've never had Ethiopian food...looks interesting & a bit messy LOL. Is it spicy?

I hope your back is feeling better today!!

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MRKTGCHICK 7/9/2011 11:58AM

    Sorry to hear about your back! Hope it's feeling better soon!

Ethopian food looks very interesting! I've never tried it before. Is it good? How would you describe it?

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YAMINOKODOMO 7/9/2011 11:39AM

    I hope your back is feeling better, I am sorry its hurting.

The food looks great!

Hope you do get your shipments on monday!

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LARIESHA 7/9/2011 11:35AM

    Oh no,hope it is feeling better today! Be careful with your run tomorrow. Good job on the workouts. You are lifting some serious weights. You go girl!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/9/2011 11:27AM

    Darn it! I hope it feels better. How far is your run?
I LOVE ethiopian food! Isn't it just the thing when you know you need more veggies!?
Have fun today.

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JLITT62 7/9/2011 5:12AM

    Here's hoping the back feels better today! Sounds like a fairly healthy dinner out.

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WONDERWOMAN 7/9/2011 1:41AM

    Oh no! Have I been neglecting giving your back a talking to? Chiro time? Hope the icing works. Take it easy.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/9/2011 12:51AM

    I also enjoy seeing your food pictures. Ouch, I hope it's nothing too serious with your back and that it will be fine for you on Sunday.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/8/2011 11:53PM

    Be careful on Sunday. Hope the meal was delish. You are an adventurous soul with cuisine.

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Thursday Turned Out To Be A Good Day

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I really, really, really did not want to get up this morning. The alarm went off a 2:30 and I got up and reset it to 3:30. But I was awake so I got up. Our clock has 2 alarms. I set mine to music and keep the volume low so it doesn't wake up my husband. His is set for 7am but it's the buzzer.
I got 3 miles in on the trusty treadmill and it felt good. I wore my neutral shoes (Nike Air Pegasus) and my shins and calves felt great. My calves are really tight, though. Running? Rockband drums? Strength training? My stability shoes? I rolled them this evening.
Lots of good things happened at work. I got the liquid nitrogen cylinder, a gas nitrogen tank and a regulator ordered for arrival next week when the mass spec should arrive. They installed tank restraints so nothing goes rolling around the lab. The carpenters came to look at the cabinets we need removed and said they would be able to do it tomorrow when they had their equipment with them. Now we just need a 208v outlet installed and we are golden :-)
For some reason I was craving eggs and happened to have some hard boiled ones in the fridge. I made egg salad: 1 whole egg and 3 whites with 1 tbsp Kraft olive oil mayo on an Ezekial english muffin. I'm not big on mayo but you do need something to bind it all together. Also had some raspberries and blackberries...yum! Sorry, I forgot to get a pic.
I am definitely looking forward to Friday and the weekend.
Have a good one!

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/8/2011 3:34PM

    excellent getting your run in and having a great day!

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KAMAPERRY 7/8/2011 1:27PM

    I need to make some egg salad, I love it!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/8/2011 12:10PM

    now i want some egg salad! you have a nack for making me hungry!
Hope Your Friday Is GREAT!

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    GREAT to get up and get a run in before work. It totally starts the day off on the right note.....for me anyways! Happy Friday!

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SOKKERNUT 7/8/2011 8:51AM

    You are doing emoticon Mrs. Energizer Bunny! Can you send some of that my way! emoticon

Have an AWESOME Friday.

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REEKU731 7/8/2011 8:41AM

    YAY! Glad that your run went so well! Definitely stretch after though and I'm sure your calves will feel better! Today isn't a running day for me - but I've been totally antsy - so I might sneak in a mile or two while I'm at work!

Food sounds great as always! Keep up the great work honey! Happy Friday!!!


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REDEMILY 7/8/2011 7:05AM

    I need to buy ezekial muffins the next time I am at the store. I am always thinking about it, and yet, I never do! Do you love them?

Ahhh... three miles on the trusty treadmill sounds nice. I have a date with the elliptical today.

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JLITT62 7/8/2011 5:04AM

    Unfortunately for me, I like mayo. Egg salad is good with some mustard in there . . . I've been meaning to make some myself but haven't gotten around to it. Glad it was a good day & it's Friday!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/8/2011 2:48AM

    Nice job getting your lab all golden!
Hope the calves are feeling looser. Since it cooled down today, mine are a lot looser. Hmm, I expected it to be the other way around.
Woo hoo weekend!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/8/2011 2:01AM

    Olive oil and mustard might be neat to try.
Any big plans for the weekend? Apart from the long run and seeing brother...

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/8/2011 12:53AM

    Yum, the egg salad sounds good. I make it the same way, but add a little mustard in it too. Don't you hate when you have those days when you can't get up and you want to sleep.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/8/2011 12:39AM

    Wow, do you ever get used to waking up at that hour? And running on the treadmill before work? That's fabulous!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/8/2011 12:27AM

    Glad you had a good day!! Once again, it's crazy that your alarm is set for 2:30am!! :) HHmm, I haven't had egg salad in forever! Might have to make some soon....

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/7/2011 10:58PM

    That sounds delicious! I am glad you'll have everything you need for the lab all set up soon. I admire you for getting that workout in this am; you will be my inspiration for getting up at 6 tomorrow to do the elliptical. emoticon

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ROBYN168 7/7/2011 10:49PM

    I had to read and reread the time you get up.....WOW

I need to stop complaining!

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LEN_VERSION32 7/7/2011 10:42PM

    great job getting up! I have not been doing that this week...feeling so tired and drained!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/7/2011 10:39PM

    Does sound like a great day for you. Hopefully a wonderful lead in to a Fabulous Friday! I love egg salad, but like you have to make my own - going light on the mayo. Berries are mmm mmm good. I love the abundance of fresh fruit available in the summer. Going strawberry picking sometime next week. Can't wait. Today ended up okay. Thanks Nat.

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LARIESHA 7/7/2011 10:38PM

    Sounds like a good day! Mine was busy but not in a bad way. So I won't complain except for I did not eat lunch until 3:30 today, but oh well, Zumba was awesome tonight. Egg salad sounds good, might have some this weekend. Not a big fan of Mayo either. Have a great night!

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HANKENSTEIN 7/7/2011 10:35PM

    Nat, only a scientist would make egg salad with one egg. LOL.
You rock. Plain and simple. And you inspire too. Rock on !

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Hey, It's Wednesday Already!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Tuesday was a very busy day. I got up dutifully and ran 3.1 miles. Lots of stuff going on at work. Then it was off to have dinner with my best friend. We ended up having Thai. Yummy...but evil!!

After dinner we went to the mall for some coffee, looked at shoes at Nordstrom and hung out in Sephora for a while. A very nice evening. The only problem being that I didn't get to bed until almost 11pm.
I most definitely did not get up this morning to do my CLX. I did that between work and the chiropractor.
Push Circuit 2
Standard Overhead Press - W 12.5 R 7
Single-Leg Lunge - W 25 R 8 (will try 27.5 pounds next time)
Standing Reverse Fly - W 10 R 8 (barely)
Standing Arnold Press - W 12.5 R 6
Single-Leg Dead Lifts - W 17.5 R 8
Bent-Over Lat Raise - W 12.5 R 6
Frontal Shoulder Press - W 10 R 8 (barely)
Single-Leg Tap Lunges - W 20 R 8
Lateral Delt Raise - W 10 R 8
My shoulders are going to be sore tomorrow...guaranteed.
Dinner tonight was salmon, green beans and some Kettle Tias! salsa flavor with Trader Joe's fat free bean dip. Super tasty and relatively healthy.

Going to head to bed soon so I can run in the morning. It's been in the 90's and the treadmill is upstairs. Even with the A/C on it's warm.
Have a good night.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/7/2011 11:00PM

    Those meals look so yummy. Keep rocking that ChaLean X! emoticon emoticon

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THINBUCKEYE 7/7/2011 9:56PM

    You could get a job as a food photographer on the side, my friend. Those look yummy! Sounds like you had a busy week. I was thinking the same's just flying by. Tomorrow's Friday, and I hope you have some fun plans.
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ROBYN168 7/7/2011 6:47PM

    Beautiful plates full of yummy looking food. We have had the 90's around here - and I hate it !!!!

I don't function well if I go to bed after 9:30 -so I feel you there!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/7/2011 1:35PM

    Delish! Thanks for being such a supportive spark friend and example of the benefits of daily blogging.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/7/2011 1:35PM

    good food pics as always! I didn't get to bed till 11 last night myself, but I was up at 5, not 3! oh Nat.. emoticon

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LARIESHA 7/7/2011 1:08PM

    That's a fun and great day for you and BF. It is quite toasty here too. So I try to workout in the AM, but not today. I am going to try Zumba tonight.

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/7/2011 10:29AM

    What a nice day you had. did you get anything at Sephora's? Hope you got a great run in.
It's almost Friday - woohoo!!!!

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MRKTGCHICK 7/7/2011 10:01AM

    Yummy! I love Thai food but the salt in it makes me retain water like a sponge!

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MISSMITSY 7/7/2011 9:54AM

    Mmm yummy Thai food, sounds like you had a great day!

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    That's some good looking food! I went to Sephora yesterday too! Nope, I lied. It was the day before. I try not to go in that store too often - it does serious damage to my pocket book. But everything is just so pretty in there!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/7/2011 9:41AM

    Food looks so good!

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REEKU731 7/7/2011 8:58AM

    Everything looks awesome!! Nice job on the run! How did your shoes work out?? Any issues this time around???

Happy Thursday my friend!


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    Awesome workouts! And I agree with the previous poster...balanced out meals :) Hope you enjoyed your run this morning. It's almost the weekend Yay!

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JLITT62 7/7/2011 5:21AM

    Well, I'd call that balanced, with a higher than normal dinner out followed by a healthy one in. And hey, it's Thursday now!

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    Ah Sephora! Or what I'd like to refer to as "heaven". Sounds like you had a nice time with your friend. Too bad I can't send some of the cool rain we've been getting.

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KNITTABLES 7/7/2011 1:52AM

    It is starting to get hot here finally. I hope you have a great run in the morning.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/7/2011 12:07AM

    well Yay for fun days with friends! boo to overly hot weather. we have that!

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ERLYWA 7/6/2011 11:08PM

    Sounds like a really nice couple of days :)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/6/2011 11:00PM

    That all sounds great! Except for the 90 degrees. It was a little over 80 here today and I just can't handle it without a lot of whining.
Hope your shoes treat you well in the morning. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 7/6/2011 11:00PM

    Oh my the Thai food looks awesome and the salmon too. You STILL got your workout in, very proud of you. Have a good nite, and stay cool! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Very Nice Holiday

Monday, July 04, 2011

Since I had plenty of time to exercise this morning, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical before getting my CLX workout.
Push Circuit 1
Standard Bicep Curl - W 12.5 R 8 (will try 15 pounds next time)
Standard Squat - W 25 R 8 (will try 27.5 pounds next time)
Single-Arm Bent-Over Tricep Extension - W 12.5 R 6
V-Press Biceps - W 10 R 6
Single-Leg Squat - W 22.5 R 8 (will try 25 pounds next time)
Overhead Tricep Extension - W 20 R 6
Hammer Biceps - W 12.5 R 7
Heel Squat - W 22.5 R 8 (barely)
Push-ups - 8 on toes
Then it was time to start baking some cookies for our holiday treat. I made Pistachio chocolate chip cookies. I posted the recipe in Spark. It's basically the standard toll house cookie recipe with the addition of a package of pudding powder. You can add any flavor you like. I tried out pistachio pudding today. I also added some extra pistachio flavor instead of vanilla.

My brother came over and we made turkey burgers, grilled zucchini and Trader Joes' cuban black beans. I added a slice of pepper jack to mine. I'm glad we have the Griddler because it got pretty toasty outside....95 the last time I checked.

Afterward we played some Aerosmith Rockband. I'm the drummer so I worked up quite a sweat. Maybe I should have worn my heart rate monitor so I could put it in as exercise :-)
Oh well, back to work tomorrow. Luckily there are no inspections this week.
Have a great rest of the day. Happy 4th!!

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JULESRULES78 7/6/2011 7:39PM

    Once again you have totally outdone yourself with the food I am TOTALLY trying the the choco-chip pistachio cookies! emoticon

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LEN_VERSION32 7/5/2011 10:59PM

    Glad you ate healthy or it seems that way! emoticon

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    Everything looks so good, especially those COOKIES!!! I'm so glad you had a nice holiday. It was hot for us as well, right now the clouds are rolling in and we might get some rain.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/5/2011 5:01PM

    looks great! I just read a recipe on grilled zucchini..wonder if I can slip it past my bf???

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YAMINOKODOMO 7/5/2011 4:57PM

    I am so glad you had a great holiday! A nice and healthy one too!

I love rockband! I havent tried the aerosmith one, thats one my boyfriend and I have to get! I am usually the drummer too and hey I definitely think that doing the drums is a workout! lol

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SOKKERNUT 7/5/2011 1:40PM

    OMG I had to come read your blog while I am hungry! emoticon Those cookies and food look delicious I am sure they tasted YUMMY TOO!

emoticon on keeping up with your workouts. How is your back and feet doing?

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/5/2011 12:17PM

    Sounds like a great 4th! Cookies and dinner looks delish. I want the grilled zucchini!

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REEKU731 7/5/2011 10:27AM

    That recipe sounds fabulous and it looks like you ate some awesome healthy foods this weekend (I wish I could say the same!! haha!)

And I totally work up a sweat while drumming too!! Its definitely some cardio!!!

We got up to 104 this past weekend! OY! I definitely stayed indoors as much as possible! It was just TOO hot here!! YUCK!

Glad you had an awesome weekend honey!!!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/5/2011 8:44AM

    Am definitely going to check out your recipe. thanks!
Enjoy being back at work emoticon at least it's a short week

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JLITT62 7/5/2011 5:22AM

    Glad those cookies weren't here cause they definitely would've made me go out of range! Yup, 95 is TX-hot.

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KAMAPERRY 7/5/2011 1:04AM

    I saved that recipe, I want to try it! I love Aerosmith, always have!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/4/2011 11:58PM

    sounds like a fun day. the food looks yummy, as usual! we pigged out at a friends house which was a lot of fun. they did fireworks too. noisy, but pretty.

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LARIESHA 7/4/2011 11:57PM

    Sounds like a great day for you today! Good job on the workouts. I too had turkey burgers for dinner, but with corn and baked beans.

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WONDERWOMAN 7/4/2011 11:18PM

    Sounds like a great day. Have a good short work week.

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ERLYWA 7/4/2011 10:55PM

    Sounds like a fun day was had by all! :)

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/4/2011 9:44PM

    Wow, pistachio sounds like a great idea!! The cookies look amazing. It was very hot here, too, so I understand not wanting to grill outside. At 9 am it was already nearing 80 here. I am glad you had a good 4th! emoticon

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THEHONESTME 7/4/2011 9:36PM

    Sigh... back to reality tomorrow, huh? Oh well, at least we got to enjoy those three days :) RockBand sounds like fun - I love Aerosmith... the cookies... well, you know! They looked yummy :)

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    Great workout - Rockband included!! That's why I like by tells me how many calories I burn for everything I do all day. The cookies & dinner look delicious. Enjoy the rest of your day.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/4/2011 9:21PM

    Pistachio is a darn good idea!
I listened to Aerosmith while I ran yesterday. You should definitely count it!
Hope you have a great work week.

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It's Starting to be Summertime Here.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Yesterday I got in some CLX Recharge (yoga) and some foam roller for my calves and shins. We went to lunch with my brother at Clarke's. They specialize in charbroiled hamburgers. I got a turkey burger but only ended up eating half. We split some fried zucchini and sweet potato fries...yum! Then we walked around downtown Mountain View for a in a couple of miles. Then we headed over to Sears because I needed a new watch battery and I can't take the back off the watch...needs a special tool. It turns out that Sears is going out of business but we gave it a try anyway...SCORE. The watch repair was still there and now my watch is working again :-) I also picked up a bathing suit at 60% off.

Since it was going to get into the 90's today we made sure to get ready early. Today was the day for our "long run." In quotes because it was only 2.5 miles. This time I mapped it out on Spark fitness maps and used RunKeeper and the Polar GPS (in the proper orientation). The map said 3 miles (I wanted warm up and cool down in there, too). RunKeeper came in at 3.1 and the Polar gave me 3.17 miles. I think the Polar just needed to be in the correct's definitely close enough. This time we went right instead of left and ran by the golf course instead of the homeless encampment. We couldn't have gone too much farther than we did because it was only 1.71 miles (by SparkMap) from where we started until the trail ends in that direction. I tried out my Nike LunarEclipse+. They felt very good. My knees were a little sore starting out but they had been this morning anyway. It went away and has pretty much stayed away all day....damn arthritis.
My husband wanted Indian Buffet for lunch...yikes!!!

Tandoori chicken, channa masala, palak paneer, cucumber slices, mixed vegetable curry with basamati rice. No naan for me.
A very light dinner is planned for tonight ;-)
Have a good one!

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LEN_VERSION32 7/5/2011 11:06PM

    It is hot in Jamaica too...figure I will be turning on the A/C soon. Food looks delicious!

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KNITTABLES 7/4/2011 3:58PM

    Oh that looks so Yummy, I love Indian food but my waist line doesn't.

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HALFFAST 7/4/2011 1:01PM

    That is a really cute bathing suit! I'm glad you mentioned the watch battery because I need to go get my Polar battery changed. It's super hot and humid here. I haven't checked what's on my workout routine for today but I sure hope it's something I can do inside. Or maybe I can use the pool ;)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/4/2011 11:41AM

    That is a cute suit. Good job foregoing the naan, that's a hard one for me.
I'm really glad to hear that you don't have too much pain after you run even long distances. I got calf cramps again during my run yesterday, maybe I need to try better shoes, and then keep running to see if it helps clear up some of the arthritis. My toes seem to be ok, but my ankles are a mess. Damn arthritis indeed!
Enjoy your day today.

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/4/2011 9:42AM

    sears is going out of business, for real? or just that particular building? wow, I remember sears...
Glad that you polar and new sneaks worked for you. may they stay that way!

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JLITT62 7/4/2011 5:26AM

    That suit will suck you in in ALL the right places. Those shorter runs are important! Good job on figuring it all out. I should've done some stretching & foam rolling yesterday too, but other than walking the dogs & normal chores I was a total slug.

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CHERWHOAH 7/4/2011 1:47AM

    it was so hot today! even worse yesterday.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/3/2011 11:59PM

    Great looking swimsuit! Awesome exercise! Amazing looking dinner! :)

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/3/2011 11:53PM

    Yay for the knees behaving. Cute suit! you will have to model it for us. what color did you get?

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ROBYN168 7/3/2011 10:51PM

    Sounds like you are all in line for good tracking. Glad to hear your knees aren't bugging you after your run. Enjoy the Summer.

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LARIESHA 7/3/2011 9:18PM

    Yep it is definitely summer here in Sac too. My temp in the car last night (9:45 PM read 89), so yeah summer has arrived. Glad the shoes felt good during your run, sorry about the knees. I hope they feel better all week. (Sending arthritis free vibes). Have a great day!

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MAGGIENCALI 7/3/2011 8:57PM

    It's finally starting to act like summer here. Glad you were able to score a new bathing suit and get your watch fixed. Stay cool. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I have the A/C on right now, it's hot. Sears is going out of business? That's too bad, glad you got the watch fixed. Your lunch looks so colorful, yum!

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MACMOM57 7/3/2011 8:33PM

    I love summer enjoy the time.

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KAMAPERRY 7/3/2011 8:31PM

    Feels like summer here, got to 118 yesterday, Glad you got your watch fixed!

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