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Making Insomnia work FOR you

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Woke up ~45 min before I needed to. Choices:
1) Try to go back to sleep...then I'll be all groggy and weird.
2) Go fart around on computer....guilt. I didnt exercise yesterday and I had been thinking about adjusting my sched for AM exercise. Clearly this was the morning to try it out.

Went for a nice 20 min walk with interspersed periods of running. The point was to just get out, not have a full blown sweat session.

I'm feeling good. Will report back later on effect for the day.

Safety note: Yes, I did wear my reflective vest and I carried a big heavy flashlight. I also chose my route with a little more care than normal and left a note on the table. Paranoid? Nah. But I do have an overactive imagination and a fondness for crime formula TV shows.

  
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PMRUNNER 3/23/2013 6:29AM

    Good choice!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/16/2013 7:16AM

    Good for you.

My fear is always the damp spider webs

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JPONCIN 3/14/2013 2:00PM

    Haha you are too funny! I get seriously freaked out when my daughter has been watching too many episodes of Monk. ;)

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LESLIELENORE 3/13/2013 10:57PM

    I hope it had a positive effect on your day!

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DOGLADY13 3/13/2013 10:13PM

    I am totally impressed. I have never used insomnia as a reason to exercise.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/13/2013 8:53AM

    Love your safety note - you sound like me!

Congrats on putting a bit of "extra" time to good use! Hope you have a wonderful day.

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FITFOODIE806 3/13/2013 8:01AM

    Nice! I love early morning workouts. Hope it makes your whole day happier.

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ROXYZMOM 3/13/2013 7:15AM

    Great job this morning! And I font blame you - you never know who is out there!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/13/2013 6:37AM

    emoticon for the fondness for crime shows and the precautions. As my son likes to quip: "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they AREN'T out to get you." Better safe than sorry... good for you!

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DOOBIE893 3/13/2013 6:22AM

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Alarm Clock for Runners

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Too bad I have a dumb phone that wont do this for me...(but still, this may be the incentive I need to start exercising in the mornings)

  
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DOGLADY13 3/9/2013 4:20PM

    Yeah. Me and that alarm would have a come to Jesus meeting pretty darn quick.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/9/2013 11:58AM

    That's a great motivator! Although if I had something like that, i would develop a quick co-dependent relationship that would lead to resentments and sniping...

But that's just me!

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ROXYZMOM 3/8/2013 6:30PM

    OMG!!

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LESLIELENORE 3/8/2013 6:02PM

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JPONCIN 3/8/2013 6:19AM

    Hahaha that's awesome!!! ;)

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/8/2013 5:44AM

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BARCLE 3/7/2013 10:21PM

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BIGPAWSUP 3/7/2013 10:17PM

    I need that alarm also!!

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In which I learn a thing or 2 about convenience foods

Thursday, February 28, 2013

They are not always more convenient.

The origional plan for dinner this evening was a pot of soup - either pasta fagiole or Chicken Alphabet Noodle. Possibly a ham chowder. In a fit of industriousness I had even pre-chopped the vegetables.

While at the grocery store, I decided the soup idea was going to be too much work. I picked up some premade chicken sliders and frozen sweet potato fries (and tater tots too. Hey, I have a 6 year old. Dont judge me.) We needed a vegetable, so I opted for DH's favorite: broccoli rabe.

An hour later, everythings getting done at different times, I dirty 3 pots instead of 1 and I realized: shoulda gone with the soup.

  
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DOGLADY13 3/3/2013 1:11PM

    I love cheesy tater tots. I am unapologetic when it comes to my junk food pleasures.

A couple of years ago, I made the rule that I would no longer buy highly processed foods. The ingredients on the label have to be things that I could buy elsewhere in the store or I just buy the basic items. It makes for some pain in the neck, do I really have to cook moments, but our diet has improved tremendously.

That's not to say that I don't eat junk. There's plenty of opportunity for that at the office, but what comes into my house is pretty selective. It has also simplified cooking.

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LESLIELENORE 3/1/2013 4:29PM

    Strange how that works, huh?

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/1/2013 11:19AM

    Ha ha.Been there.
Soup is always my quickest option now. I can make the best chicken soup, we like lots of extra vegetables in it, and it makes a whole meal. The other option is going to the diner...yes, they now know where we like to sit. Unfortunately I'll eat way more and less healthy food than my soup would have been and still be finished and home in the same time it would have taken to cook, eat and relax!

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GINGERHAWK 3/1/2013 9:54AM

    I think we've all been there at some point and, I'm not gonna lie, I love the occasional tater tot (and I don't even have little ones at home anymore!).

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FITFOODIE806 3/1/2013 8:02AM

    Ha! So been there. My kids had corn dogs last night while DH and I are chicken, sweet potatoes, spinach and quinoa. Sometimes that's the reality of family cooking!

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JPONCIN 3/1/2013 5:36AM

    I made soup...sorry! ;)

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LULUBELLE65 3/1/2013 4:57AM

    I cannot manage to make dinner with out dirtying everything in the kitchen.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/28/2013 11:17PM

    I really hear you. I have been there and I have done that and I have had ten dirty cooking items when I really only needed one or two.

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5FOOTRUNT 2/28/2013 10:05PM

    LOL !, I've done that as well. The things we do to ourselves.

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DJ4HEALTH 2/28/2013 10:04PM

    yep should of gone with the soup. One pot emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 2/28/2013 9:45PM

    I've done that. Trying to save time/energy you end up spending more! Hope dinner was a least good!

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VIXSTERLU 2/28/2013 8:41PM

    Haha, this made me giggle. Thanks for that! I am so hungry right now, I can't wait to go home and eat my slow cooker concoction. I had a huge Togo's salad, but still hungry, grrr. Thursday are too long for me, boohoo emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/28/2013 8:15PM

    Whyizzit, when I buy the ingredients at the store it sounds so simple, but when I get home I don't feel like putting it together? emoticon

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Update: not working for "free"

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FYI for those of you that care:
This is an update to my 2/12 blog about working for "free"

They decided to pay me! (I think they were just seeing if they could get away with it.) I had to fill out the paperwork for back pay today, so it may still be a bit before I can collect the money. Everyone in the building: Union, colleagues, principal were relieved that the situation is resolved.

Through the situation I was a *professional.* We had a week break for President's Week. I worked up to that Friday "To give you the break to arrange coverage." I also left work for 1-2 days following break so that the students would be busy..in case he needed a few more days to organize something. Instead Principal called me into the office before the day started on the Monday back and gave me the good news. I said "Terrific! Then I am back on board. You can count on me."

I dont like playing Chicken. But I'm glad this particular gamble worked out.

  
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DOGLADY13 3/3/2013 1:06PM

    This is great news.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/1/2013 11:15AM

    Good for you!
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VIXSTERLU 2/28/2013 1:35PM

    That's wonderful news! So glad it worked out for everyone, especially for you emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 2/28/2013 1:22PM

    emoticon Way to stand up for yourself. I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 2/28/2013 1:21PM

    Good for you - glad the issue was resolved in a positive way! Nice job!

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SIMONEKP 2/28/2013 10:45AM

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LESLIELENORE 2/28/2013 10:25AM

    How awesome that they will pay you, just sorry you had to go through the stress.

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LULUBELLE65 2/28/2013 3:28AM

    yay! Good for you!

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FITFOODIE806 2/27/2013 11:23PM

    Great news!!

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ROXYZMOM 2/27/2013 11:03PM

    Awesome :)

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JPONCIN 2/27/2013 10:48PM

    I agree that they were trying to bluff...what great news for you!!! I'm really happy for you. You are back to doing what's best for the kids, and for you. :D

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/27/2013 9:12PM

    Good for you. I'm glad it worked out.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/27/2013 9:11PM

    Woo-hoo! You stood up and respected yourself, and surprise! So did the organization. Unfortunately, it's the way it is rigged. When I applied for my current position, the folks offering the job were forced by their rules to offer me the minimum, and I had to counter to ask for what I know my work is worth. Kind of like dickering over used car prices. Called Negotiating.

I wish we didn't HAVE to do this, but it is part of the world in which we live.

Good for you, and congrats on your new paying position!

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The Pancake Problem (and solution!)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I love pancakes. My family loves pancakes. Pancakes are a great Sunday breakfast item.

I've worked out a fairly lowfat/ high fiber recipe that the entire family eats with no complaints....

BUT

I was having a personal problem because I was always overloading my calories and was hungry again 2-3 hours later. It was a protein problem (once I started tracking my macronutrients, I started understanding my patterns alot more.) Now I'm not going to make 2 breakfasts - one for me and one for the rest of the family. That's just crazy! I'm not a diner chef!

I tried bumping up the protein by adding peanut butter to the toppings or eating a cheese stick with it. Only a marginal improvement.

Then I tried that dieter's staple: cottage cheese - 1%. About 0.5 cup. By adding it to my pancake toppings (real maple syrup, occasionally fruit) it adds a luscious creaminess that my brain mistakes for whipped cream (yes really) but I can eat fewer pancakes and "last" longer until a reasonable lunch time.

Here's my pancake recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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Now if only I could get better about not eating that last lonely pancake rather than toss or put away!

  
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MINSOSTER 3/1/2013 4:54PM

    Yum! My family loves pancakes too. I haven't read your recipe yet. I have been using cottage cheese on top of my pancakes for a few years now. I also add a cup of diced fruit (mangos are amazing!) along with a serving of chopped nuts and 2 tbsp pure maple syrup. When I sit down to my plate it looks like a gourmet creation to me and keeps me full for hours. My family thinks I am weird, and they keep it traditional (which now seems boring).

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SIMONEKP 2/28/2013 10:47AM

    Also try adding a scoop of protein powder into the batter and 1/4 cup more water. You can use the flavored powders to create flavored pancakes, chocolate, strawberry etc.

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BOILHAM 2/26/2013 7:33AM

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SEABREEZE64 2/26/2013 7:25AM

    When I was young.... we often had cottage cheese with syrup. It was one of my favorite dishes. Now it is cottage cheese with sugar-free syrup. Ho Hum...

I am going to check out your pancake recipe!!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/25/2013 9:06PM

    Good idea.
I'm a huge (pun intended) fan of greek yogurt. Have you tried that on your pancakes or perhaps using it to make the pancakes?


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ANDY_54 2/25/2013 1:49PM

    Mmmm, love pancakes--every single kind. The cottage-cheese thingy scares me, though. I wonder if it could get beat or whipped and adding it the batter? But I really like the thought of eating some protein with the carbs!

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MJ7DM33 2/24/2013 7:24PM

  emoticon Thx!

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CINERICIA 2/24/2013 1:03PM

    Mmmmm...pancakes. I love pancakes of all varieties. And with peanut butter on top? You're after my heart, you are. But I don't know that I can get behind the cottage cheese. Too...cottage cheese-y. (I'm more of an egg white omelet kind of girl.) But I'm glad you've found something delicious that works for you.

(My Little One experiments with pancakes all the time. She is currently in love with recipes she finds on Gojee and Chocolate Covered Katie.)

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ROXYZMOM 2/24/2013 11:06AM

    I love pancakes too!! Did you ever try Morningstar breakfast sausage patties? They are very tasty and have lots of protein. I eat mine with it and 1/2 banana. Nice and filling.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/24/2013 10:45AM

    Great solution! Even better that it does cool things to your imagination (whipped cream).

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FITFOODIE806 2/24/2013 10:29AM

    Ha! I am eating pancakes as I read this. :) we also do pancakes every Sunday. I'll look at your recipe. Ours uses Greek yogurt which bells with the protein. Today I made soft boiled eggs with mine and that was super good.
I also struggle with the last one on the plate!

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PMRUNNER 2/24/2013 10:25AM

    We should try that, we have pancakes or waffles every saturday too. Thanks for sharing!

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LESLIELENORE 2/24/2013 9:59AM

    Great idea!

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JPONCIN 2/24/2013 9:53AM

    Oh wow what a great idea! Thanks for the recipe. I'm ready to change things up here! :)

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MSCARCHICK 2/24/2013 9:50AM

    Sounds like a great solution!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/24/2013 9:46AM

    Awesome!

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