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The accidental vegetarian

Friday, May 03, 2013

Actually I had what I call a "Meat As Condiment" day:

Breakfast: Beans, egg and toast (no butter)
This is why I cant be a true vegetarian: I always use a bit of pork for flavoring my beans. In this case it was ONE Italian sausage for an entire pot (2 cans) of beans - roughly 8 servings.

Lunch: Rice & beans, salad, green beans from the lunch lady (fresh, in a butter sauce), an orange.

Snack: PBJ on wheat

Dinner: Eggplant Parm, salad and a mango for dessert.

All in, a pretty good day.

  
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DOGLADY13 5/19/2013 11:06AM

    You should read Mark Bittman's VB6 - Eat Vegan Before 6:00

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LILPAT3 5/6/2013 10:42AM

    Love it!

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BIGPAWSUP 5/4/2013 5:54PM

    Wonderful!

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LESLIELENORE 5/4/2013 5:26PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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ANNE-ELIZ 5/4/2013 12:43PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/4/2013 7:47AM

    When is dinner? emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 5/4/2013 12:36AM

    Sounds good! I find the healthier I get the less meat I've been eating!

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JUJUMILLER 5/3/2013 9:28PM

    Great job!
My father calls beans: Whistleberries! Toot Toot!

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Somedays you need a smile. A genuine smile.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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DOGLADY13 5/19/2013 11:20AM

    I just got lost for 20 minutes on reddit. Thanks for the smile.

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ARIZONAMARY 4/30/2013 8:35PM

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TRI_BABE 4/25/2013 10:42PM

    Great! Thanks! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/25/2013 1:28PM

    I smiled....

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GINGERHAWK 4/25/2013 8:30AM

    I can definitely say that I'm genuinely smiling. Thanks for sharing this - some really wonderful stuff on there!

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Not ready - doing it anyway

Saturday, April 20, 2013

In one week (exactly) I will be participating in my 4th endurance event. For the first time, I really am worried that my lack of training will overcome my will.

Fridays are supposed to be Brick days: Bike then run. I was so tired that instead I sat on a chair and drank water while I chatted with my father and sister. (They had cocktails and I couldnt even manage that) We had a bit of a walk about the yard surveying the garden, but I was so bloody tired because of work and the-middle-of-the-night-cough-that-wont-le
ave. I squeeze in exercise when I can: runs after work 1-2 days a week, Sunday's at the gym, usually on the stationary bike.

My bike is still in the SHED!! I havent even taken it out yet for the year. Ugh.

Still going to do this duathalon. (2 mile run, 12 mile bike, 2 mile run) but its going to be slow and I imagine quite painful. But I am desperately afraid that if I start making excuses for this one, its the beginning of a long slide downhill to where I used to be.

I cant go back. I'm too proud of how far I've come. Racing is what keeps me motivated at at least moving in place, if not moving forward.

My racing schedule is posted where I can see it. Next race is a 10K in June. Bought new running sneakers last weekend.

See you at the races.

  
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DOGLADY13 4/23/2013 6:31PM

    You are only competing against yourself. You'll do fine. The hard part will be that last run and you will get through it. Enjoy the work out and the camaraderie. It'll be the beginning of a great season of events.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/21/2013 8:55AM

    Just do it but do it slowly. Finishing seems to be the real goal!

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JPONCIN 4/21/2013 5:37AM

    Your fear is showing but only a little bit! I felt like I didn't train well enough for my tri yesterday, but I got through it and finished! You will NOT go back to your former self...you've come too far to turn back now. :)

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GRAMMYRHONNIE 4/21/2013 2:50AM

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Put some Vicks vapor rub on the bottom of your feet when you go to sleep, wear socks so you don't get it on the floor or your sheets. It really does help with the cough.
Good Luck with your race, you will do better than you think! We're rooting for you!!
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/21/2013 12:51AM

    You can do it!

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PMRUNNER 4/20/2013 7:45PM

    Well, good luck in the race anyway! It probably won't be a highlight for your racing season, but maybe it will give you a kick start to getting in gear for the other races! Happy running and riding!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/20/2013 6:14PM

    Ok, so it's not going to be a PR but you can do it! I have faith in you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/20/2013 2:28PM

    I hear you, but you know what? You haven't been "off" training THAT long. Focus on getting enough sleep and fueling healthy, and your will and your residual fitness will kick in. You may pay for it for a couple of days, true... but my observation, when I enter the first event of the year? I remember how wonderful it feels to be fit, and training resumes with a fresh purpose.

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LESLIELENORE 4/20/2013 11:39AM

    You can do it! Just one foot in front of the other.

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ROXYZMOM 4/20/2013 10:46AM

    Drag that bike out of the shed today, dust it off and bike two miles. Then you will get back in the swing of it, you will see! That first step is always the hardest.

You can do this!!

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FITFOODIE806 4/20/2013 9:30AM

    You can do that! Think of it as a warm up for the season. Go have fun, don't worry about your time!

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Awesome quote

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

There are a million reasons why you can't. Focus on the few reasons why you can.

Kara Goucher

  
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TRI_BABE 4/16/2013 2:09AM

    Love it! Thanks!

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ANDY_54 4/10/2013 7:37AM

    Good quote!

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MJ7DM33 4/9/2013 10:18PM

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ROXYZMOM 4/9/2013 9:40PM

    That's right! You got it! Run with it!!!!

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AHSOKA70 4/9/2013 8:02PM

    perfect!!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/9/2013 7:16PM

    Excellent!

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MISSIFISH 4/9/2013 2:47PM

    Sometimes, there are a million reasons why you can!

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GINGERHAWK 4/9/2013 2:02PM

    Love it - so true!

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FITFOODIE806 4/9/2013 1:27PM

    exactly!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/9/2013 1:18PM

    Perfection!

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JPONCIN 4/9/2013 1:18PM

    Yes. Thank you. I needed this today. :)

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DLBROWN93 4/9/2013 12:28PM

    Great quote. Thanks for sharing.

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Water, water everywhere

Monday, April 01, 2013

I had a 2 pt spin this morning so a quick bloggy-poo to get me over the hump to a bonus spin. I'm a sucker for that bonus wheel...but anyway.

My school services the emotionally disabled. Some of them are not very clean. One day, about my 2nd week, the head of security discretely pulled me aside after seeing me drink from one of the public water fountains and strongly encouraged me not to use that as my daily water source.

"Most of us have a bottle that we refill for our water."

Huh? Well that's awkward.

So I really have been struggling with my hydration on a daily basis. Coupled with the nonstop action no downtime workload. Getting time to drink and getting time to the bathroom is problematic. And I know there is a large number of you out there in Sparkland saying "how do you not have time to pee?" And there are a few who know with all too much familiarity EXACTLY what I'm saying.

But last week I thought about something...I'm in a science classroom! With a sink! And running water! So I brought a plastic cup from home and now make a point of getting 6-8 oz somewhere around 4th period. Keeps me going and in better frame of mind before lunch 6th. Bathroom stops are still as you can, but I'm hopeful that this problem will be solved also.

Hoping you got your 8x8 today!

  
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JPONCIN 4/3/2013 4:39AM

    I'm glad you found a way to get your water! Good idea! :)

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MISSIFISH 4/2/2013 6:56PM

    I hear you! Tuesdays and Thursdays, I'm in the classroom from 10:30am to 3:30pm. I can get out to refill water, or pee, but not both. fun fun fun! ;)

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BIGPAWSUP 4/2/2013 8:46AM

    The Brita bottles (with the built in filters) are really nice.

Best of luck on getting to the potty!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 4/2/2013 5:50AM

    I work in a laboratory which is pretty much in biologic-locked-down mode. No drinking until you wash up and leave the room.

Of course the reason you are leaving the room is to pee because you tried to load up the last time you left the room!

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UNSWEETMAMA 4/1/2013 11:25PM

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AHSOKA70 4/1/2013 10:11PM

    I teach too, but I'm lucky enough to have someone else in the classroom in case I need to leave.

I'm like LESLIELENORE - I get headaches when I'm not drinking enough, so I try my best to get enough. It's tough! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 4/1/2013 9:28PM

    As a teacher, I can truly relate...Can you say racehorse? I certainly was pissing like one when I began drinking the necessary 8x8. Yep. True health hazard (amongst the other things) in our profession.
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LESLIELENORE 4/1/2013 9:22PM

    I get a headache if I don't drink enough water.

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