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How 10 minutes turns into 48

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It was cold today in NY. Seasonal, of which we have had precious few days. Which means when it does turn "seasonal" you are not emotionally prepared for it.

But I had dawdled enough. This run was not going to take itself. The wind put apples in my cheeks and icicles in my sinuses. (Which were nice enough to drip out and I had to wipe on my sleeve.)

My plans for a run were immediately modified to a walk, perhaps on a path through the woods I hadn't been on recently. The ground was uneven, treacherous for running, but excellent for walking and the trees would hopefully block some of the wind. I made my way from the house to the path and said to myself "10 minutes. You owe the Sparkers 10 minutes and then nobody would fault you for heading back indoors."

After 10 minutes my the heart started going and the internal thermostat started kicking out some extra heat...I just kept going. I'm just stubborn enough to want to reach the end of the trail and turn around point. The trees DID block the wind and while the animals were hunkered down in their own attempts to keep warm, the trees stood silent witnesses to my journey. A few flakes of snow occasionally drifted down, like dandruff.

Ok, that's just trite blech now. Point being, yes I finished the walk, total of 3 miles in 48 minutes. Felt great and the snow held off until 10 minutes after I got back to the house.

  
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YDAVIS23 2/13/2012 7:40PM

    Nice work! I am a country bumpkin who now lives in the city, so the idea of a path through the woods is dear to my heart. So glad you got out to play!

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/12/2012 11:20PM

    Wow, great job! That is a decent time to walk 3 miles and in the cold! Way to go!!!

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MISSIFISH 2/12/2012 9:35PM

    Great job!!! I really dislike the cold, so I'm doubly impressed!

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MISSG180 2/12/2012 9:25PM

    Excellent! Some of my best workouts start with that 10 minute promise.

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VIXSTERLU 2/12/2012 8:44PM

    Woohoo! Well done. I am a wimp when it comes to the cold. I would have ventured in, hehe.

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New Foods

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thanks to the Foodies Unite & Crunchy People teams I have been inspired to try some new foods. Warning, some of them are a little ... silly.

1) Napa Cabbage. This is a soft leafy cabbage. I've really enjoyed it, but my two favorite applications were as an addition to soup (pour super hot liquid on top) and a fast stirfry with tofu.

2) Tofu. I admit, I bought it and then stared at it in the fridge for a few weeks. "You bought me, now what?" it seemed to accuse me. I really enjoyed it in the aforementioned stirfry (gigantic pile of food, 200 calories). I'm now staring at the next block and pondering my moves. Alton Brown has a recipe for "Bar-be-fu" in "I'm only here for the cooking" (his first book) that I think will be the next trial.

3) Skim Milk. Yes, I know, skim has been around forever. But you've got to understand - I grew up surrounded by dairy farms in upstate NY. We would bring a pitcher over to the farmer and dip it right out of his holding tank. I've been a 1% for a few years and finally decided to splurge on a 1/2 gallon of skim to see if I like it. I do. (Now I just have to stay out of the cookie jar.)

4) Cauliflower. Was never a big fan...actually let me rephrase. The only ways I had it and liked it were either covered with cheese sauce, or deep fried. Since neither of these are exactly healthy, they were definitely 1x per year treats. However, I had been reading alot recently about roasting. Well it worked for the sweet potato and I thought I would try this. Nope. Still not a big cauliflower fan. Cauliflower is such a nutritional powerhouse, I really want to like it, but ... meh. My last hope for enjoyment lies in trying mashed.

Next up on the list: Quinoa. Which as my Spanish Professor Mother informed me is pronounced "Kin-oh-ah" not "Kin-Wah" I purchase $0.88 worth today at the healthfood bulk section. (I know, don't break the bank!) I'm hoping to use it as a rice "replacement" Fingers crossed.

  
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RESCUE_NINJA 2/11/2012 1:40PM

    Good job on trying some new things!

I like to try new foods, but unfortunately I'm married to a guy who's prone to saying 'ewwww.....what's THAT?' when confronted with anything outside the norm. (And he doesn't like garlic -- TRAGEDY! -- but that's another story.) So I have to be VERY SNEAKY sometimes.

That being said, I have a box of quinoa in the cupboard that keeps calling my name...just can't figure out what's the best thing to do with it!

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MISSY994 2/10/2012 10:33PM

  These are awesome choices! Quinoa is all good, and Tofu can be fun as well. I laughed when you said you bought it and it just sat in the fridge - it's intimidating right? I am with you on that one.

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MISSIFISH 2/10/2012 10:24PM

    It is great to try new things! I know you already tried roasting the cauliflower, but this roasting recipe is something special. You might give it a try (if you like curry): http://almostveganchef.com/2012/01/
09/easy-curry-roasted-cauliflow
er/

Also, since you mentioned you liked sweet potato, there is a recipe I got here on spark people that blew my mind - it might be a good way to use up that expensive quinoa.. http://almostveganchef.com/2012/01/
09/easy-curry-roasted-cauliflow
er/

Oh my gosh. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Must make it again!

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BROOKLYNROSE 2/10/2012 9:35PM

    I think that is awesome you are trying new foods. I need to do the same thing because I am in a rut. emoticon

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Who to Believe?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Just a quick one today: I dont know who to believe, the machines at the gym or the SparkPeople computer.

I did 32 min on the Elliptical: 84 calories according to the machine, 462 according to computer. It only registered 1.5 miles but I know when I run on the road I can cover 2.5 miles in 35 min. And the elliptical I ran the whole time, but on the road I usually have to take some walking breaks.
Then I did 20 min at a pretty fast pace on the recumbent bike: 4.5 miles, 132 calories according to the machine, 338 according to the computer. No idea how fast I bike normally - I've never tracked it before.

I'll take my 52 minutes, but the machines seem way too low (calories and distance) and the computer seems way too high. Thoughts Sparkers?

(As I posted yesterday, I banged up my knee a little at the House of Bounce. I still wanted to get my exercise in, but I didnt think the joint could take the pounding of a run. I think it should be better tomorrow.)

  
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DOGLADY13 2/9/2012 11:18AM

    I have used SP as a guide since the Y machines seem higher.

Does the elliptical ask for your weight? The more you weigh, the more calories your burn when you work out. (I know, I get frosted every time I think about it.)





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YDAVIS23 2/9/2012 5:47AM

    I have trouble with this too. Usually SP is lower than the machine. I tend to just estimate in the 75 or 80 cal for every 10 minutes range if I'm in an elevated heart rate zone. Not very helpful, I know, but I always want to under estimate rather than over estimate.

Good luck!

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AZCHICA2006 2/9/2012 2:12AM

    I have read that most machines overestimate your calories by about 25%.

I do wish that SP would allow you to enter other variables in: such as incline and resistence as well as heart rate info. My heart rate monitor tells me my heart rate based on my height and weight. Keeping it at 150 will burn approximately 450 calories per hour for me. The machine is always a little higher than this, and SP always lower.

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JLBRHW 2/8/2012 9:15PM

  Hi - I got into some trouble using the SP calories burned numbers (were too high I think, although the tracker kept telling me to bump up my calorie intake). Which I did and ended up gaining a bit. Now I reference SP, but also use a site I found online that seems to give a more realistic number. I suppose the best option is to use a heart rate monitor.

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CK-DUBYA 2/8/2012 9:05PM

    My gym is on the other end of the spectrum I did 45 mins on the eliptical and the machine said 1072 calories and SP said 696. I assumed it was somewhere in between, but maybe neither are close. I've thought about getting a bodybugg. I wonder if that would be any more accurate.

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BEMORESTUBBORN 2/8/2012 9:02PM

    I read somewhere that the rule of thumb, as far as running is concerned, is 100 calories per mile run. I'm not sure how that compares to an elliptical trainer, though. Have you tried searching through SparkPeople's articles? I would there's one that would give you much better guidance...

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PLD519 2/8/2012 9:00PM

    I have a Nordic Trac Elliptical and I use it at least 5 times a week. I searched the web for the benefits of elliptical training and from what I read on the www, on Elliptical Machines, the distance is not miles, it is the distance per revloutions per minute and I would need my manufacutures book and a mathimatician to convert that to miles. I have worn a pedometer when I work out on it and it never says the same distance as the machine. It IS frustrating, if it makes you feel any better, the calories that my machine says when I am done are very close to the ones that Spark lists when I log my cardio. Elliptial, good or bad, I dont know, but it gives me a good sweat and cardio workout. Its gotta be better than sitting on the sofa :)

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EASTENDCLAM 2/8/2012 9:00PM

    I think Spark calories burned are always high. I also track on my computer a fitness program that's highly rated by independent reviews against similar programs This program calls my calories burned 20-26% below Spark ratings. That's not the spread you see but it's something to reflect on.

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A few thoughts from the past 24 hours

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

1) My Zumba/ Yoga gym is 2 miles from my house. Uphill. If the weather cooperates, I'm going to run/walk instead of drive. Really wish that calorie calculation took hills into account.

2) After eating nicely for 4 weeks, one night of party makes me an unhappy Optimist. I really like XRSize18's suggestion of a parfait tray. Gonna do that sometime soon.

3) Bouncing in the bounce house with your kid is WICKED FUN. (SnowAngelDiva gave me the courage to go play!) I wasnt able to run today because DH wasnt feeling well so we went to The House Of Bounce (Not its real name) so he could have some quiet. At one point it was just me and Child, so we had a height competition before I did some crunches. I may have messed up my knee a bit, which could affect #1 tomorrow. Decision pending ibuprofen and a good night's sleep.

4) Yoga at the House of Bounce: Surprisingly easy. (I wasnt doing anything tremendously elaborate - I wanted to get my 10 minutes) At one point a kid came over and said "What are you doing?" But mine was right behind her and just said "Oh, that's just yoga." So proud.

5) Van Halen "Right Now" should be the SparkPeople Theme Song.
www.lyricsfreak.com/v/van+halen/righ
t+now_20142896.html


Other nominations accepted in the comments.

  
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EUPHRATES 2/7/2012 11:13PM

    I think of Sparkpeople every time I hear "Firework" by Katy Perry (which is pretty often since it's on my work out play list).
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Surviving the Superbowl Party?

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I wish I was a football fan, because I honestly believe that football fans have more fun watching the game than anyone else. I don't have the patience to learn the strategies and to me it looks like grown men crashing into each other and fighting for a ball that doesn't look like a ball.

This all changes at Superbowl. I love a good Superbowl party and had the good fortune to be invited to one this year. I'm looking forward to it, and am giving myself permission to eat small portions of .... anything I want. That said, I still want to bring something more exciting than the veggie platter.

I'm going to bring "Caprese Skewers" - you get strong toothpicks and skewer marinated mozzarella balls with cherry tomatoes. (This is a big "seller" at previous parties.) Also, going to experiment with Peppadew peppers, stuffed with a mixture of fat-free feta, neufchatel cheese and garlic. I'm hoping it ends up something like a cold jalapeno popper: creamy & a little spicy.

Does anyone have other ideas for fun, lower fat/calorie snacks that are acceptable to the dieter and non-dieter football fan?

  
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DOGLADY13 2/6/2012 10:21PM

    I often bring a shrimp tray since eating protein helps me to not overeat.

How did you do at the party?

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XRSIZE18 2/6/2012 12:33AM

    I always try to bring healthy snacks to game nights/parties/visits with friends because otherwise I just become TOO tempted and will nosh on anything that is put in front of me.
One of my favorite things to bring is a do-it-yourself parfait tray. Bring some granola, different kinds of yogurt cups and 3 different kinds of berries (I usually do strawberries, blueberries and blackberries). It's healthy, but still really yummy.

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MISSY994 2/5/2012 2:36PM

  I love party food, especially the unhealthy stuff. I tend to over-eat at parties.

You're right about the skewers, anything on a kabob on the grill can be healthy, cooked without oils and then served without white bread. (Ya know, as opposed to a chicken sandwich it'd be a chicken skewer w/ bell peppers and onions).



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