Thursday, September 27, 2012
Its Open House night at school. I find it easier to stay late than go home and then come back. My decision is compounded by distance. In the past, the department would all get together for dinner together as a rare social occasion. This school doesnt have that .. so I'm on my own. Restaurants here are limited and I've narrowed to two choices:
1) a diner = where I can get standard diner food and will likely be able to choose a healthy choice
2) a bbq joint - which has real smokers and smells good when I drive past in the afternoons. This wouldnt be the healthy choice, but would be a rare treat.
PS. I brought my sneakers so I'm actually going to go for a run today. Another blog is forthcoming on how the "New Normal" is actually working.
PPS. No word yet on the "Cookie Job" I'll let y'all know.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
When I was living solo, I always kept chocolate chips in the house. I never bought icecream, cookies or candy, because its easier to resist those things if you have to go out and get them. But sometimes you WANT. That's what the chips were for. If I wanted cookies, than By George, I could have cookies. I just had to bake them first. Oh, and you cant open the bag to eat the chips. That's cheating.
Never once did I make cookies. Never wanted them enough to go thru the trouble.
Now I keep cookies, icecream and candy in the house for Other People, and 90% of the time I'm good about staying away.
Still, over the last month or so I wanted cookies and so last week, I made some. A crispy oatmeal version with dried cranberries and banana chips. I brought these to a party at the beginning of the summer and they were WELL received. So I knew it was a good recipe (Yes, Its already on Spark).
So I made some. And then brought them to a job interview. Yes, I *really* did. Normally the policy is they ask you to bring your lunch and they have an extended interview over lunch. But I begged to come after work so I wouldnt have to take the day off, and they kindly agreed. So I brought the cookies as a 3pm sweet snack. And they were WELL received. "Its just a little bribery, since I really want this job." Hey, anything to get an edge in this economy!
Afterwards I went to my parents and gave half of the leftovers to them. There were enough left for 3-4 days of moderate snacking. Now they are gone. I'm sad, but happy. I had my cookies and ate them too.
Friends dont let friends eat crappy cookies. If you want them. Make them.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Music is motivating right? Keeps us going thru the hard workouts, the hills and when we're 80% done with the run or bike.
Unless you are me.
When headed out for a 5 miler (60 min) or another task that needs to be accomplished (house decluttering), I staple myself to it with a podcast.
This American Life
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler
Jillian Michaels Show
Back Story with the American History Guys
FYI - A few months ago, Newsweek did a story on how to make yourself smarter and they recommended RadioLab & TED. One of the produces (Jay Abulmrod) wrote in that he was flattered to be in the same company as TED but he didnt think it was true. But you should listen anyway.
Yes there is music on my iPod and I listen to that sometimes. But the vast majority of my listening is spoken podcast-y words.
And I'm always looking for new ones. Feel free to share!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Well no, not really. But if you have a recipe that you would like to improve the health benefits, keep moisture, while being mostly invisible to all but the most dedicated vegetable hater -- try zucchini. I've subbed 50% for the ground beef in empanadas (small meaty turnovers) also replaced 50% of the turkey in a Enchilada Casserole. Tonight we had a "Stouffers Skillets for 2" -- well if you've ever seen the portion size on those suckers, you know you'll still be hungry after your half. Unless you chop or slice a zucchini into it while its cooking. There is plenty of sauce and now your plate overfloweth.
I might try it in Meatloaf next - but the meatloaf is my husband's, and his mother's, recipe. Messing with perfection might not go over well with the masses....(It really is *very* good...)
Sunday, September 09, 2012
One of the unfortunate realities of teaching is the number of germ toting kids you come in contact with. Since I've been out of the game a few years, I no longer have an immune system you can bounce quarter off of....and I got some kind of ick. Very localized in my head, but it dripped into my throat, down into my lungs and created bronchitis.
I'd been feeling guilty from missed workouts (first week, new normal, etc) so Friday, I came home Bound and Determined to get a run in.
Oh, the Heat! Oh the Humidity! I was hoping that a workout (only 20 min - 2 miles) would break up the ick and move it out, but instead it made it worse. I spent a fair chunk of Saturday feeling crummy and sorry for myself. I whined about it in a few places. I dont suffer gracefully.
Low and behold, I got lovely messages from both SparkFriends and SparkStrangers - all sending good and healthy wishes. I'm not 100% yet, but I did a 5 mile run this morning. I No PR, but I wasnt gasping for air and wiped out after a very brief while. There were a few more walk breaks than when I'm at my optimal, but when all is said and done, I was pretty satisfied with my performance.
Thank you to everyone, both for being my friend, supporting me and caring. This community really is a remarkable place.
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