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Thursday, February 10, 2011

I bought some frozen packets of Edamame at Sam's this week and tried some tonight. What an amazingly tasty, crunchy lo cal snack. I had them with sea salt which pleases me but I think they would be great even plain. So fun to pop them out ot the shells.
I have been eating them in soup and stir fires but steamed in the pod they are at thier best.
Try some!

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BIGDAD1211 2/12/2011 9:37AM

    I love Edamame! What a tasty low cal snack! emoticon emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/12/2011 2:56AM

    I had them in a three bean salad last year in the UK but haven't seen any here. I liked them very much.

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JHADZHIA 2/11/2011 7:10AM

    Interesting! I like eating snow peas in the pod, but have never tried endame. Thanks for the review!

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SHORTSGIRL 2/10/2011 11:23PM

    I love Edamame! emoticon

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KA_JUN 2/10/2011 10:27PM

    Edamame rules! Put them in miso soup with wakame...good stuff!

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OMDAISY 2/10/2011 10:19PM

    aren't they delicious?! i've had them instead of popcorn before with a girlfriend while watching a movie. yummers!

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The Cascade of Osteoarthritis

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

So like most 49 year old woman who have suffered a knee injury I have mild osteoarthritis in my left knee and really minimal cartilage besides. When I had serious problems with my knee I took up exercise. First water walking and than elliptical and stationary bike. Also took up strength training. First floor exercises at home and later a variety of machine aided moves.
I workout 90 minutes of cardio a day and try to do a variety of things that aren't too high of impact. Besides that I lift 6 days a week and alternate upper and lower body.
Today I read an article recommending that I workout no more than 30 minutes of light activity a day to prevent what they called the cascading progression of osteoarthritis. Now my arguement about this is that that would mean i have to cut back probably 4-500 calories a day to make up for the activity deficit less exercise would create. Not sure I am able to maintain that.
Now I know everything said in the article was true and sound however I will risk degenerative joints from exercise rather than gain weight and risk them from the impact of carrying the extra weight.
At some point I will probably have to cut back/or find a different balance point but this is my lifestyle right now. I will workout until I can't and hope medicine has progessed enough to fix my joints by the time they wear out.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/12/2011 2:59AM

    Lori, I wonder if it depends on the age and weight of the sufferer? I agree, I'd be doing all I could, as long as it's not painful of course....I believe that if you don't use it, you lose it.

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RURAL3 2/10/2011 4:31PM

    I have the same kind of knee problem and I am with you all the way. I am not going to stop exercising. I also do personal training and there are certain machines I don't do like the leg extension and leg curl but I still do the leg press. I also take CosaminDS. That helps too.

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Last night before bed I was craving chocolate or peanut butter or any of a number of unhealthy things. I went so far as to search for my husbands stash which thankfully I didn't find. I got myself off to bed without any real indulgences.
Today has been a different story. There were cookies at work and I got into them.
Overall I think I am doing some better but . . . I struggle with food and I really really like to eat.
Read an article a while back written by Kristie Alley when the show "Kristie's big life" was starting. She talked about how much fun it was to eat out and eat whatever she wanted. I have to agree though I know my body is more used to eating right and revolts sometimes now. Only thing is the indulgence has consequences. So barley soup, whole grain bread and grapes for supper was a better choice than McDonald's french fries.

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JUSFOLK 2/9/2011 7:33PM

    Barley soup sounds good! I know about those temptations...I have had a couple of days recently when it seems I'm on the edge of hungry most of the time, even when I know I've had enough. I'm wondering if maybe our body is disagreeing with us about what is "enough". Of course, when I spent an extended time with my daughter, I ate more, and think now I've got to retrain it.

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JHADZHIA 2/8/2011 9:51AM

    Oh those nasty temptations!! I have a hard time keeping out of the treats too. I have to make sure I don't bring them into the house.. I must keep myself occupied and distracted if things appear at work as they usually do after any holidays when people are trying to get rid of their excess goodies.. I heard chewing gum helps, but I can't stand the stuff. Or brushing your teeth then using mouthwash after each meal so you don't feel like snacking, as well as drinking water.
Good luck with it!

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CATLADY_56 2/7/2011 8:08PM

    That is the truth. It is hard to not eat the food we have loved. We really have to work on the mental game. One cookie is ok, How hard it is to only have one, or just one bite. You are doing good. emoticon

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Zumba and Bobble

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I spotted a water bottle with a filter built into it in a department store and finally got one. It's called a bobble and now when I fill my water bottle at a public fountain I still have filtered water. Oh I so like it. It's clear with a hot pink lid and filter and it makes me happy because it has an sort of feminine hour glass shape.
Because Zumba is so popular the biggest classes are being held in the old gym at the Y. I love that for several reasons. There is room for all of us to move and I am safe from kicking my neighbors. I have gone enough in the past couple of weeks that I am catching on to the new routines as well. Today was Robins class and she had us skip and dance in a circle and do stuff where half the class faced the other half and moved toward and away from each other and I burnt as many calories as I do on an hour on the elliptical according to my Heart Rate Monitor. Believe me zumba is more fun and feels like it goes faster.
Somedays I am not sure why my 49 year old self wants to dance and high kick to songs like "I Can be your Girl Friend" and the "Floor is on Fire" but I love it.

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JHADZHIA 2/8/2011 9:43AM

    I like zumba and the traditional Latin music they use with it.. I took it with Curves, but would love to take a regular class some day, but they are all too far away for me to get to.
I drink my water at home, don't take bottles to the gym.. I drink 6 cups starting as soon as I wake up so I am well hydrated for my workout..

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CHYNAJEWEL 2/5/2011 1:28PM

    I agree Zumba is fun .. music inspires us no matter how old we get and if the music is right we be 21yrs old again and having a good time no wonder you out there dancing it up..or getting down or what ever the kids call it these days emoticon

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Things I do at the Gym

Friday, February 04, 2011

I suppose the number one thing I do is exercise. However I also talk to the desk staff on a regular basis, you know just to be friendly. Another thing I talk to a lot of people I really don't know. Random ladies in Zumba. The older men who walk on the track and are amused when I am more or less dancing while I walk. I help random people with weight machines from time to time and I get irritated at the "super jocks" who think the Y is the personal domain, never rack their weights and take over whole sections of equipment.
I also observe people. I notice people who are there regularly working diligently. I notice some of the heavier folk that are really doing well losing weight. I see a lot of older folk who wear jeans, sweatshirts, sometimes even dress pants to exercise in. I also notice the younger or sometimes just more fashion conscious set who are dressed in the trendiest gym attire with the choicest brand names.
I think what I like about the YMCA is that it is a wide mix. I think anyone could find a pier there. I also don't think people stand around judging one another. I make a lot of observations but I mostly think good for ______ for being there. Well except for the "super jocks" them I might cast dispersions upon.

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    Thanks Lori for sharing your vast range of thoughts about the YMCA...loved reading all about it!

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SUE5007 2/5/2011 12:27AM

    I do the same. I wish I had the nerve to compliment some of the very diligent people...but I would probably come across as creepy.

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