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Talkin' 'bout a Revelation...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A while back my daughter and I went shopping... she and I bought the same style of pants, just in different sizes... mine 12 and hers a 10. She decided she didn't like them and I loved mine.

I am wearing them as I type!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I am officially into a size 10!!!!!!!!

I am still having the hardest time to realize that I'm not in 16s or 18s. That is a tough one to fathom, it really is. But it also shows me that the hard work is paying off.

What I'm not getting is that my abs are getting flabby. I just started Jillian Michaels' 30 days shred yesterday, but I'm going to alternate days with it since it has such a large strength work component. I did that with Leslie Sansone's 5 mile (3 mile segment with weights) and it about killed me last night.

My darling hubby's birthday is today and I made a fabulously tasty pound cake... it was very well received. Tomorrow I go to a training at the Missouri State Public Health Lab.... how to collect specimens and all that good jazz. It will be interesting. I also like that I don't have to be there until 9:15 ish. I hope to exercise in the morning before I leave... that will be cool! Usually I have to get my butt moving at 6:30 and I tend to stay up too late to get up earlier than that!

I think I'm going to do some crunches just because I can!

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BATHMOM 6/27/2008 11:33AM

    Some people collect stamps, others collect specimens! Fun!!! emoticon

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon about the pants!! That's how you really know you've changed. But boy, if you could just see the change that we do in your pictures.

The only thing that has ever flattened my stomach in the past was Callanetics. It is sort of a combination of yoga and ballet. All of the moves are very subtle but the results were better than any number of crunches I'd ever done. That said, all of that was before my pregnancies & c-sections. This time around, I've lost an inch and a half off my waist & am seeing progress with the separated abs. But I'm not sure I'll ever be back to "normal." But let me know how you like the Jillian Michaels workout. I've been curious since I (finally) watched Biggest Loser last season.

Have fun at your training! emoticon

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Confessions of the Kitchen Sink Salad Queen

Monday, June 23, 2008

I've mentioned my salads before... I love throwing anything and everything into them. I usually carry them for lunch.

For me, salad creation is a very emotional process with few rules. I don't have to have lettuce... veggies can be canned or raw... fruit is a favorite add-in for a touch of sweetness (which is great with my sweet tooth)... etc. If you have a decent amount of veggies as a base, you can throw in just about anything, excepting the kitchen sink.

My husband has long been fond of using cottage cheese in place of dressing. I like it because it is mild in flavor and has an interesting texture. I usually throw in a small amount of fat free italian or ranch dressing, just for a bit more accent flavor.

My salad today, has half a leftover baked potato, leftover broccoli & leftover asparagus as the base, with tomato, green beans, cucumber, cottage cheese, ham, and fat free italian dressing. It's really good. I'm loving the baked potato as an accent. This salad is really a meal and it's got about 4 veggie servings in it.

I love my salads. They really help me to get the veggies I need in a quick format that I love. Throw in a little bit of lean lunch meat, or tuna and you can have quite the tasty treat.

So if you aren't usually a salad person, think outside the traditional lettuce bowl and try the kitchen sink method! You might create something really unique and tasty!

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ANNIEONLI 6/24/2008 4:56PM

    Thanks for opening my eyes today! I'm a little short sighted on the salad front.

I wish they made fat free blue cheese with no calories at all...Mmmmm. I'd make a pizza salad with that! Don't ask me how - I'd figure it out somehow!

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BATHMOM 6/24/2008 11:32AM

    Cool! I never would have thought of baked potato in a salad, but it sounds good. (I'm a leftover queen, myself.) Last week, one of my teams was doing a challenge around the Spark article called, "Super Foods for a Super You." I tried to make a salad that had as many of those foods in it as possible. It was pasta (whole wheat to be a super food), an olive oil & vinegar dressing with red bell peppers, onion, and garlic, then tuna, black olives, tomatoes, mushrooms. It was yummy!

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WOLFKITTY 6/23/2008 11:16PM

    I'm always looking for something to add to my salads. I think that definitely keeps things interesting!

We were at TGI Friday's this weekend and there was some leftover marinara sauce by the time the salads came. Instead of having all the ranch, I just used that. It was AWESOME, almost like a meatball sandwich. Funky.

Anyway, keep up the creativeness! It'll get you far!

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AMYG67 6/23/2008 4:11PM

  thanks for the great ideas!

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JULIE*JULIE 6/23/2008 1:52PM

    GREAT ideas and inspiration for my future salads. THANK YOU so much for sharing!
We ALL need help and inspiration when it comes to feeding ourselves in a healthy way!


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Before the 5K... during... and after...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

emoticonBefore the 5K...
Why do I feel nervous? There really is no call for it. How many times have I run/walked 3.1 miles outside or inside on the treadmill? I guess it's just a bit of performance anxiety.

I had a huge plate of spaghetti last night and a big bowl of cereal this morning. So I've done some carb-loading. I'm also trying to hydrate before the fact.

I'll be there helping with the kids' 1 mile fun run before the 5K since the Health Department sponsors it.

We leave in about 20 minutes to get over in time to sign in. Our shirts are bright yellow, so we will be hard to miss. Hubby's going with me to walk it, he'll hang with Nancy (one of the other nurses) who is planning to walk too.

I have my mp3 player ready to go... I just have to choose a song mix. Meant to mix one last night but was very tired.

emoticonDuring/the 5K itself...
We really had a near perfect morning for the run. It was cool and breezy, though a bit warm in the sun. The trail was mostly flat with only a few inclines. There were about 130 runners & walkers. The race started right on time at 8:45 with the faster runners getting out to a quick start. I just kind of did my thing, starting out running for a bit. I alternated running and walking for the entirety of the course and talked to some really nice folks along the way.

One lady I met up with at the 1 mile point has lost 30 lbs this year and is looking great. I was cheering people on everywhere I could when they were passing me or where the route doubled back on itself. I figured that though I wasn't the fastest, I was going to finish and that was fine with me. I got the shirt... literally!

In the last half mile a dad with a stroller urged me to run the bulk of the last bit... he was really nice. I would try and slow and he kept up the encouragement to keep going.

It took me 33.5 minutes to run/walk the 5K. That is about 5.5 miles per hour. I am thrilled. ended up finishing 6th among women aged 40-49 and 97th overall. Really, though, that isn't what is important to me. I finished and I earned my shirt!

emoticonAfter the race...
Drank several glasses of gatorade and ate a banana. Waited for hubby and Nancy to finish. They were both registered walkers. I even walked down the trail and walked the last bit of the finish with Nancy... Hubby took 44 minutes to finish and Nancy 49:45... she wanted to get in under the 50 minute mark.

I am very sleepy now because I just didn't sleep well last night with money worries creeping in and waking me up at 1 a.m. I was awake nearly every hour on the hour last night. I may have been nervous too.

After getting home I hopped in the shower and ate a healthy lunch and took my son to his cello lesson. I'm consider napping or reading (Mansfield Park by Jane Austen)... but first I have to go get my camera and take a pic of my shirt and number for this blog entry!!

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CANUCKER08 6/22/2008 8:52PM

    Wow Good for you! That's a huge accomplishment!

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BRIAN36 6/21/2008 4:42PM

    How proud you must be. Congrats. I am planning to run/walk a 5K at the end of September. Right now I'm at about 41 minutes on my outside route and 36 on a non-inclined treadmill. I'd like to get in the low 30's before I do. I haven't really told any family or friends my plan because I guess I lack the confidence. What if they think I'm crazy? I almost want to secretly register and do it. Silly, huh?

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ANNIEONLI 6/21/2008 4:33PM

    YAY!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!
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Congratulations!! A job well done!!!

I'm so proud of you! Have a wonderful evening and a restfull, well deserved sleep tonight! emoticon

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Rush out in a buying frenzy!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I sort of did that last night. I was really hoping to find Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and Leslie Sansone's 5 Mile Walk @ my local Wally World... but those titles were not available and I really knew what I was wanting.

So instead, I ended up at Barnes & Noble and found both, at $13 more than ordering from the Wally World website. However, after finally finding a copy of Mansfield Park (Jane Austen), which I'd been unable to locate at the library even, I was happily trotting out the door when I saw a stretchy band/exercise ball set with book & DVD for $20. I have a stretchy band, but I have been wanting a stability ball... and a video to help me use both better. So I snapped it up.

Later note: I inflated the exercise ball without a moment's problem. I just used the inflation thing we used for pool toys and air mattresses. It has a long nozzle sort of thing on it. Seems very sturdy!

I did the level one workout today and I am still feeling it. I read some of the reviews on B&N and they aren't very good. I haven't tried to inflate the ball yet... which seems to be the biggest complaint... but we have an exercise ball here at work, so I used it to do the workout. It was challenging, fun, and easier than I thought it would be (in terms of keeping my balance). It was sort of a circuit training with the ball and stretch band. Instructions were clear and easy to follow... although it wasn't that easy to see my computer monitor over my desk. (GRIN)

Anyway, I recommend this set if you are looking for something a little different and reasonably priced. I figure that most stability balls go for at least $15... so to get that, a stretchie band, a book & DVD is a good deal. However, it's better if you order it online, come to find out... at www.bn.com, it costs $4 less. So if you want instant gratification, go to your local B&N, if you wait, save some $ and order it online.

Also I was down another 6/10 this morning. emoticon Today is also day #70 of consecutive exercise! 5K is 2 days away!

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ANNIEONLI 6/21/2008 5:50AM

    OOOOO - I love my ball!! I have that same set, I think. ENJOY!!

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Feeling great and random!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Great stuff today:
1. I weighed in at 163.6!!!!!! That means I have lost a full 41# or 20% of my starting weight.

2. I ran a mile plus walked 1.7 miles at lunch.

3. I'm drinking hot, freshly brewed coffee here at work.

4. The 5K is only 3 days away.

Funny thought of the day... sort of stems from a joke my husband came up with when a friend was wanting to lose weight:

Q: How do you lose weight?
A: You drive off into the woods, far far away, and you leave it there. But you have to be careful to make sure it doesn't follow you and find you again.

My thought process lately has been sort of weird, silly and strange... Where does weight go when you lose it? Doesn't it have to go somewhere? Does it find someone else? My mind says it can't just disappear... even though I know it does just go away... heh funny!

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PANDORASBOX820 6/19/2008 10:19AM

    this picture makes me so happy. you look 15 years younger!!!!!!! i'm amazed!

sending love your way!

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