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Ruby Lite Goals-5 months til Christmas and Miscellaneous

Monday, July 25, 2011

I am part of the Christmas in July challenge on the Rootin' for Ruby team. Today we were asked to put what our goals are for the next 5 months and where we hope to be at that time.

I hope to be at my goal weight by then. What a nice Christmas present that would be to myself. I have 30 pounds to go and 5 months to do it in. Seems perfectly do-able! I am also in a 90 day Fabulous Fitness challenge. I'm working hard to eat cleaner, less processed foods, foods as close to their whole state as possible. I do pretty well with the food/nutrition part most of the time, although I do eat other "non clean" foods. It's exercising consistently that throws me off. I will go for weeks to the gym, 5-6 days a week and then something will throw me off (the latest time it was being sick) and it will take me a week or so to get back on the fitness track. Even when I go consistently, I wasn't doing all I could have/should have. Thanks to my wonderful spark/fabfit buddies, I am learning what I need to be doing. I had an awesome work out with Carolyn1213 and she showed me a lot! Amy, Fitchick75, she's my accountability buddy and the deal was I cook for her and she work out for me....LOL...just kidding! I do hope to learn a lot with her great fitness knowledge though and hope to work out one day soon with her!

I love spark people and the wonderful friends I've made, both online and in person. The support is incredible and the friendships unbreakable :-)

So, my goals are to:
Be at or very close to my goal, be consistent with working out 5-6 days per week and to start training in Dec/Jan for the Rock and Roll half marathon in DC on March 17, 2011. That is perhaps my biggest goal of all. I've never run or even walked 13.2 straight miles and it's definitely something I would like to do!

  
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ROSET491 7/28/2011 10:15AM

    Love your goals!! They reminded me to make some of my own! 5 months till Christmas is not that far away!! Thinking a half would be so cool someday to do!!

Rose

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/26/2011 7:15PM

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KAMAPERRY 7/26/2011 2:46PM

    What an awesome time to work out with Carolyn!! Keep up the good work, you will succeed!

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DONNAEDA 7/26/2011 1:40PM

    congratulations on setting your goals and I know with the support and encouragement of your team you can do it.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/26/2011 10:41AM

    You can do it, Carla!!!!

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LLTS01 7/26/2011 9:13AM

    Here is to meeting your goals!
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HEALTHY1JESS 7/26/2011 7:10AM

    Good luck as you pursue those goals. You CAN and WILL reach them! How exciting to sign up for a half marathon! I walked one with my friend this past September, and I was so intimidated by just walking it. I started by walking 3 miles and then slowly increased my mileage each week. Training is key....and I'm sure it is for running a half marathon, too.

Have a great day! :-)

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/26/2011 6:37AM

    Boy, you sure have set some good goals. I know you can do it. You just have to talk to yourself like you talk to everyone else with the encouragement....lol....lol....Too bad you got sick and got off track on your gym workouts. You can get back NOW and get it done. After you do the first one or two, you will be back in the groove. Just do it. Love you, Mom emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Weekend of cooking with pics-ready for the week!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Well, I didn't do a lot this weekend since it was so hot. I did cut the grass and trim the bushes, very early in the morning, but was still soaked when I was done since it was so humid.

I got a lot of grocery shopping done plus things out of the garden and spent one afternoon grilling and then the evening chopping foods for the week.

This is what we got out of the garden this morning. Not a lot yet, but it will pick up soon!




On the grill, I cooked some Open Nature Spinach and feta chicken sausages:


Some grass fed beef tenderloin steaks:


A big pan of asparagus with olive oil and Mrs Dash's Caribbean Citrus:


A big pan of zucchini, yellow-green-and red bell peppers, onions, yellow squash that I marinaded in olive oil and balsamic vinegar:


I used this new rice medley I found at Wegman's:

and cooked it with sodium free broth:

I added chopped red peppers and chopped spinach and it turned into a nice pan of this:


I also cooked some whole wheat pasta, added broccoli, red peppers and zucchini and then topped with grated parm and fresh tomatoes and cilantro:


I also smoked a whole chicken and a pork tenderloin in the smoker, boiled a dozen eggs and chopped up lots of fresh fruits and veggies and they are all in the fridge ready to grab and go!

I got a really cool new cooler from 6 pack bags:


It is super insulated and has a shelving system with matching containers and tops. Those are in the fridge packed for tomorrow already. Both sides are large and nicely insulated pouches for protein drinks, waters, etc. I have one side with my blender bottle and my container of protein powder and the other side with water bottles:


It was also Meghan's birthday. This was her 3rd cake so I made it a small one :-)



I think I'm ready for the week. Planning ahead really helps me!

  
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KIMSTUTZ 7/28/2011 1:57PM

    thanks for some great ideas AND for all the beautiful pictures. planning ahead really does help! emoticon

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DONNA0256 7/26/2011 7:19PM

    Wow! lots of good looking food there. You are really ready for the week!

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LLTS01 7/25/2011 3:58PM

    That is a fabulous menu. I am so glad I won't have to cook this week since you made enough for all of us.
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/25/2011 10:20AM

    Wow, you were definitely busy. Everything looks awesome!

Have a great day!

Hugs,

Lainie

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MSDESERTRODENT 7/25/2011 10:16AM

    Looks great!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/25/2011 9:17AM

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HEALTHY1JESS 7/25/2011 6:54AM

    Holy moley! You were busy! I like to cook on the weekend, too, and get (almost) everything ready for the week for less hassle. I like your new lunch bag!!! I need to get organized for back-to-school.

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/25/2011 6:17AM

    Wow, lots of cooking and it all looks great. Great job because now you are ready for the week. Love you.....Mom

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KAMAPERRY 7/24/2011 11:26PM

    Wow! Can you teach me to cook like that? Amazing!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/24/2011 11:16PM

    Go you! That's fantastic Carla! Looks like you are definitely ready to go for the week my friend emoticon emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 7/24/2011 11:09PM

    Wow!! Will you cook for me? I know I'd eat healthier and actually be happy about it if I could cook like that! Good for you...it all looks delicious! emoticon

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In the mountains

Sunday, July 17, 2011

We went to my Mom's to spend the weekend and to celebrate Meghan's b-day. Mom lives in the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her house is in a great spot to view the mountains and she's right near the airport that has glider and plane rides.


These are some views from sitting on her deck. I love the peacefulness and the fresh air here. I'm still sick with quite a cough, but the fresh air there seemed to make me feel better!






These is one of the gliders and the plane that takes it up


When we pulled up, Mom had a nice big sign wishing Meghan a Happy Birthday. She was tickled to see it.


This is the cake she made her


This is Mom, me, Meghan and Nanny


We also went shopping at a little shop called 'The Cheese Shop' I found some great raw nuts, seeds and whole wheat organic pasta, whole wheat cous cous, among other things.


I even found yogurt cheese!


This is me in a cute sundress I found, although I'm not sure if my body is ready for it yet!






  
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NANFACEMIRE1 7/30/2011 4:46AM

    You know I read this blog and looked at pics, but have no idea why I didn't comment. I had such a good time with you guys here. It was a great stop at the Cheese Shop. I knew you would like it.

I am always so happy when you come to visit. I know you are a lot closer now than when I was in NC, but I wish you lived right next door. That would be GREAT.. Love you, Mom

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LLTS01 7/22/2011 8:19AM

    What a beautiful view. I hope you are feeling better. Wish Meghan a happy birthday for me.

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KIMSTUTZ 7/21/2011 4:58PM

    great pictures! and i love the dress too.....i still havent purchased one yet and we are going to the beach sunday!

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RORYLYONS 7/20/2011 2:13AM

    Fantastic pictures of the view & especially the family..Love the dress very pretty on you. Birthday hugs sent for Meghan. Hope your cough is better. emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 7/18/2011 11:38AM

    I want that dress. :)

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DIGISCRAPPY 7/18/2011 9:50AM

    Sounds like a nice visit - I love the mountains. That dress is TOO CUTE!

Wow, look at that haul from the store! I'm jealous! Yummy!

Happy Birthday to Meghan!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/17/2011 8:55PM

    Great view of the Blue Ridge Mountains....thanks for sharing all the photos. It looks like you had a great time.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/17/2011 8:35PM

    Love the pictures and the sundress, Carla! Happy Birthday to Meghan!!!

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HOPE2011 7/17/2011 6:15PM

    Very nice pictures - I hope Meghan enjoyed her day! I am impressed with your score at The Cheese Shop too. Let us know how you like the yogurt cheese - it sounds good!

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SAPPHIREAURA 7/17/2011 6:11PM

    I think the dress looks GREAT on you! Tell Meghan I said happy birthday and to enjoy being 16!

I would love to get my hands on the cheese! Jai would be having a ball too!

TTYL!

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BARBARAROSE54 7/17/2011 5:40PM

    emoticon for sharing with us, great pics.

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MTNGRL 7/17/2011 5:28PM

    Wow, what beautiful views from the deck. So much like the view from our deck as well. I love the pic of all you and your family!
Neat little cheese shop and cute sundress!

Happy Birthday Meghan!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/17/2011 5:20PM

    I'm glad the air is helping your cough!

Ok so you're going to be posting those exercises like Carolyn did, now that you've got a sundress, right?;).



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Working out w/ Carolyn1213 and Sparker meet up

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yesterday was a wonderful day! My friend Carolyn1213 came down to my gym to help me in the free weight area. I had always felt intimidated to go to that side of the gym, instead focusing on cardio and the weight machines. She showed me the cables and the Smith machine and lots of other great exercises. Now I feel more confident and ready to roll! Thank you SOOO much Carolyn for coming and helping me out!
This is us before our work out:

This is me learning some new things:


















My personal goals are to be able to lift heavier weights like this:


and to be able to do this with weights:


My daughter, Meghan, was our photographer, though she learned some moves too!



After our workout, we got all cleaned up and met a group of NOVA Sparkers in Fairfax



I LOVE this group! It was so nice to see everyone again!..and to meet a new friend, Celia




REI was across the street, so of course we had to do some shopping. Carolyn got the grooviest new biking outfit. She will look super cool!


It was an awesome day. Thanks to each and everyone of you! It is a day I remember for a long time.


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SPEEDYDOG 7/22/2011 2:45PM

    Wow! That is a heck of a gym. Very cool you could hook-up with your SparkFriend.

Bruce

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MTNGRL 7/17/2011 5:30PM

    What a great day!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/11/2011 5:50PM

    That's great!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/11/2011 10:03AM

    Awesome! What a fun way to set new fitness goals and meet them! I love the goal of lifting heavier weights. I have been avoiding weights all together, emoticon and should get back to it! We rejoined the YMCA, so I can start this week emoticon
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CELIAMINER 7/11/2011 8:15AM

    Thanks for posting your day, Carla! The meet-up really was fun! Next time I'll come earlier and not get lost, so I can do some shopping.
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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/11/2011 8:07AM

    Looks like a great time had by all!

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    I know yesterday gave you some great memories to go back and revisit! You are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMSTUTZ 7/10/2011 9:20PM

    thanks for sharing all the great pictures. so glad you got to meet carolyn AND work out with her! woohoo! emoticon

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/10/2011 9:18PM

    Looks like an emoticontime. Any time to hand with a fellow sparker usually is! emoticon

Blessings,
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SLIMMINJENN 7/10/2011 7:05PM

    awesome! i havent been able to find fellow sparkers close to my home to work with...is that a bodubugg? i loved mine, it really helped a lot

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UVAGRL928 7/10/2011 6:20PM

    I'm so proud of you for gathering your confidence to go on the free weight side of the gym! Looks like you had a fun weekend :)

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/10/2011 6:16PM

    We have a great group!!!!!!!!!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/10/2011 4:37PM

    I am envious. Wish I could have been there. You are doing so great and the pictures are really good. I am really proud of you and you are working very hard (and you like it)......lol...lol.....

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LLTS01 7/10/2011 3:38PM

    It was a great afternoon. And the shopping is always fun. Thanks for being for fabulous.

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50 questions-borrowed from a friend-Pass on!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
No

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
When I ready Tiffany's blog yesterday and was so moved by her accomplishments and Monica being there for her.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
Yes, everyone tells me how neat I write

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
chicken breast

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
yes, 4

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
yes

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
Not usually

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Not for many years

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Absolutely!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I'm not a big cereal person

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Not always.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Not really, but I'm working on it!

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Pistachio

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their attitude

15. RED OR PINK?
Pink

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Not always keeping with the goals I set

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My Dad

18. Favorite summer food?
Tomatoes

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Chicken breast, fruit, low fat cheese

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
The news on TV

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Pink

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Linen dried outside, cinnamon

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My Mom

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Beach house

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Football and hockey

27. HAIR COLOR?
Brown with reddish highlights

28. EYE COLOR?
Green

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
Nachos and tacos

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Bridesmaids

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Turquoise and black work out shirt

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Love snow so winter

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Pumpkin pie

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Both!

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Both

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Search

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Use a laptop or tablet, so none

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Crickets at night, thunderstorms

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Rolling Stones

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Florida

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
not that I can think of

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Alexandria, VA

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Northern VA

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
brick and beige siding

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
gold

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Yes, and hoping others do so I can learn more about them!

  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 7/7/2011 2:10PM

    I copied and pasted this from your mom. Loved reading your answers too!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/7/2011 1:30PM

    I did this and it was a lot of fun. I had a hard time getting it to highlight so I could copy/paste. Do you think others had the same problem.

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