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A new personal record!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Olympic committee isnt going to be calling anytime soon but...
3.5 miles in 42 minutes! Yay! A personal best!

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ZANNBEE 2/24/2012 9:46AM

    Congrats! That's great!

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DOGLADY13 2/21/2012 8:09PM


You go, girl!

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YDAVIS23 2/21/2012 6:22AM

    Love the quote, "no matter how fast you're moving, you'll lap the person on the couch."

Keep up the good work!

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ABBERCADABBER 2/20/2012 2:30PM

    Nice job! One of my favorite things about running is the fact that it's always a race against yourself - no one else. It's not a winning losing type of thing.

Also, I actually have done Pilates in the past - and loved it! The only problem is I've done the same 2 DVD's for the past 3 years, and am extremely bored of them! (I wonder why :D). But I'm just afraid to get new ones because I really got a good workout on mine and liked the set up. What DVD's do you recommend? I 2 old have Jennifer Kries ones (The Method Target Specifics and Jennifer Kries Pilates Method: Precision Pilates). I love the fact that you can get a really good workout, while clearing your head - and being at home! Thanks for your help!

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MPLSKEN 2/20/2012 11:53AM

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KSANDIEGO 2/20/2012 9:43AM

    WOWZA - good for you girl!! I'm proud of you - but now are those pancakes whole wheat, non-fat, without syrup? hahahahahha!!!!! Just kidding!!!!

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MISSIFISH 2/19/2012 11:20PM

    Awesome!!! I'm so impressed by people who can move faster than a speedy walk. (I can't.)

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    AMAZING! Great job!

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There's an athlete under here....somewhere

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I had a small epiphany while I was in the pool today. (Carefully timed so as not to get thrown out again).

Underneath these layers of fat is an athlete waiting to get out. When I poke at myself, there is some pretty firm muscle, about 1-2" down. She may not be the fastest, the strongest or even the most inspirational. Its kind of like a model wearing a winter coat. There is strength under there.

Pretty too - in a Mary Ann not Ginger kind of way.

See, I had this epiphany because I ran/walked 2.7 miles and then went to the gym and swam....oh, a buncha laps. 25 minutes. I had the epiphany, which was cool, but it meant I lost count. That's ok. I'm thinking about a "poker chip" system to help keep track. Move into the cup to keep track. Thoughts/Ideas?

Scale is a bit stuck at 181, but that's because I've been eating too much lately. Within my numbers, but high on the scale instead of low. Means slower weight loss. Endurance is definitely improving. I'm struggling to RUN my entire course, I usually have to walk a bit in the middle, but it comes with time. I usually bargain with myself "Run to that telephone pole" but today it was more often "you can keep going -so do it!" So I did.

I know I can do all the individual pieces of the triathlon. I just have to make sure I can do them all in the same day. Yep. There's an athlete in me.

And there is one in you too.

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RAINA413 2/21/2012 8:21PM

    There is TOTALLY an athlete in there and she is hiding just below the surface. When you least expect it she is going to come bursting out!!! I am so excited about your triathelon! I will be cheering you on all along the way (from a-far). I am SO proud of you and I know you can do it!!!

As for the laps, I like your poker chip idea. You can move them over to a pile every time you do a lap. That would take less time than stopping to put a rubber band on your wrist each time you do a lap, but that is also a good idea for keeping track. I usually move a stack of pennies to keep track. Then they are fun to go diving for when you are done!

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DOGLADY13 2/21/2012 8:06PM

    Hey! I just had a brainstorm. Why don't we convice YDAVIS23 to do the Hunter Mountain triathlon, too? She lives near me and I could haul her out with me to the Catskills!

(I hate it when I am impetuous!)

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DOGLADY13 2/21/2012 8:04PM

    You and that triathlon! I keep wanting to talk myself out of it and then I read about you working toward it!

My friend in Ohio said that wearing a wet suit makes you more buoyant and warmer. He recommended it for the swimming in the lake part.

Have you committed to the tri in Hunter Mountain yet? I haven't registered yet, but I'm getting ready to. But only if you do, too! LOL

Anyway, I loved this post. It made me laugh out loud. It could've been me writing it. "Just ten minutes". "Make it to the stop sign." "I can feel the muscle under the layers of fat!" Too funny.

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TRI_TODAY 2/20/2012 11:19PM

    If you can find the strength to keep going, no matter the speed, then you have the strength to meet your goals! Keep up the great work!

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XRSIZE18 2/17/2012 7:24AM

    Wow! I'm impressed. You have a lot more stamina than I do.

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YDAVIS23 2/17/2012 5:53AM

    I love this post! I'm definitely in the same place! I am so inspired that you're aiming for the TRI - I know you can do it!

I don't know how many laps you're hoping for, but maybe you could do elastics on your wrists to keep count? That's my teacher idea for the day :)

Have a GREAT weekend!

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VIXSTERLU 2/17/2012 12:55AM

    Had to chuckle..."Run to that telephone pole" That is soooo what I do. Great job and keep it going!!

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MISSY994 2/17/2012 12:50AM

  I'm at 181 also!!! Arggg.... so I feel ya.

Maybe you could keep track of your laps by moving some sort of bracelet, ring, or rubber band from on wrist to the other. Or from one finger to the next. It's worked for me in the past.

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CHELSEAK13 2/16/2012 11:20PM

    great post!!! thanks! emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 2/16/2012 10:12PM

    So great that you are not focusing on weight. It health. the rest will follow. excellent!

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LESLIELENORE 2/16/2012 9:50PM

    Yay! Epiphanies can be terrific. I envy you being able to run. I still haven't gotten clearance from my doctor. I believe you are correct though, there is an athlete in each of us just waiting to allowed out.

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MISSIFISH 2/16/2012 9:36PM

    I loved this! I feel the same way... are those abs under there??? I think they are!

I'm excited to watch your progress. I'm going to shriek when the triathalon happens - I really am!

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Arming Myself

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I had terrible food issues yesterday. Food items were fine, but the nutrition was carb heavy, protein and veggie light - so I just couldnt stop eating. I just couldn't seem to stay "full" for more than 2 hours. I drank over 10 cups of water, just trying to drown it. When I finally realized what was happening, it was too late. Seriously, I found myself eating half a can of beans at 9pm last night (rinsed, drained, cold and unseasoned) in an attempt to make some kind of choice that I could at least live with.

So last night, I made an Asian 3 bean salad (Ellie Kreiger's recipe, its also on SparkRecipes) and left it to marinate and this morning I made a North Carolina Cole Slaw, vinegar, no mayo. Now if the munchies hit, I am ARMED with HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES. These batches are big enough and the veggies are sturdy enough to last a few days.

Hah! Take that metabolism!

I'm inspired to post this because of someone else's blog about "Today in the Battle of Food vs Woman - the Food Won." We all have days like that. And sometimes you finally get your act together with the right munitions and can fight back the next day.

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MISSY994 2/16/2012 2:16PM

  Way to make it a priority!!

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VIXSTERLU 2/15/2012 10:52PM

    Great work and great idea. This blog really resonates with me today. I think I will have to go run a report to see my calorie breakdown. My Tuesdays and Thursdays have to be super organized with food choices. That bean salad sounds yummy, easy and just what I need. Thanks!!!

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YDAVIS23 2/15/2012 5:15AM

    HAHAHA just read your reply to the post - thanks for your science humor :)

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YDAVIS23 2/15/2012 5:14AM

    Good perspective! I think about how many carbs I used to eat and I'm like, "duh... that's why I was never full." It's great when we start to really listen to our bodies and give them what they need.

Thanks for always putting out positive vibes! Hope you enjoy the bean salad!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/14/2012 6:53PM

    The original post was "Sod this for a game of soldiers!" by Geekling.

It was black beans, not green. Optimistically, it means I made my fiber number. Negative, between that and the cabbage today, I should not stand near any open flames. Optimistically, I could also register myself as a source of renewable energy.

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KSANDIEGO 2/14/2012 4:26PM

    Good for you! I find another way to fight back is to out in a DVD or go outside and start exercising. But hey check this out, on Dr. Oz yesterday they had this expert on who said the best way to shock your metabolism into working in overdrive is to take a very cold shower - and I think he's right. When you take a very cold shower you get freezing and your heart rate goes up and you are definitely NOT hungry because you're thinking too much about how cold you are - so hey give it a try next time. Why not?

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TRAVELGRRL 2/14/2012 4:26PM

    Great job! I wish I would have thought about eating a can of green beans when the munchies hit ME last night! Unfortunately, a big batch of air-popped popcorn was dispatched.

You are ready for anything today! And I made 3-bean salad today, too.

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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/

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/

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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