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Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Saturday, March 02, 2013

1/2 cup 1% milk fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 Tbl real maple syrup
@ 1/16 tsp each of ground cloves and nutmeg
@ 1/8 tsp cinnamon.

Puree in blender or food processor. Makes two 1/2 cup servings of mousse, each about 95 calories.

  


The two month challenge

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I decided, on April 26, that I would not be eating dessert for two months. This would take me to June 26, which is my birthday. I'll celebrate with something reasonable, then I'll see again how long I think I need to give myself before eating dessert again.

By dessert, I mean any kind of ice cream, candy, brownie, cookie, or donut. When I eat these foods, it is really hard for me to stop. After doing "Made to Crave," I realized that I have power over food (not vice versa) and I can say "no" to it any time and for as long as I want.

I haven't been missing it either. My weight and my general "feel-gooded-ness" were in the tank before starting this. Since starting, it has really helped me focus on getting back to the things that I need to do to take care of myself. My diet has been better, and whenever my diet is good, it makes me want to make the most of my good eating by keeping up with exercise, water, and good sleep.

I do have dessert, but they are things that are much better for me. I like to eat some dates with walnuts, or a mashed, frozen banana with a little bit of baking cocoa. I went through a bag of figs since starting as well. I like all these things, and I like that the things I am now eating for dessert are much more healthful options.

  
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JUSFOLK 5/15/2012 5:10PM

    For extra sweetness, bring on the stewed prunes...so rich!


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Week one almost done: Staying on track

Monday, March 05, 2012

Today is the end of week 1 of my two week goals. I exceeded my exercise goal, met or exceeded my water goal every day and haven't had any sweets - despite the temptations at both Panera and the Chinese buffet this weekend.

Tonight is my husband's birthday. I gave the kids the honor of doing the cake. Less I have to be around it. I actually won't be around tonight when they eat it, so I am hoping I'll escape any temptation there. It's a store-bought cake and honestly doesn't look terribly enticing, but I've been known to eat sugar that I don't even like just to eat sugar.

So far, so good. Anticipating a new purse in the next few weeks.

  
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TINYDANCER 4/3/2012 8:05PM

    oh we have a like of purses too? I knew I liked you!!

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Resurrection

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I feel re-motivated to get back on track.

I am doing the "Made to Crave" study at my church with some other women. It has been a very good reminder for me that Christ does give me power over temptation. I have not totally given over my emotional eating issues to God. In fact, I am just starting. But starting seems to have had the effect of making me want to make better choices.

I decided on Tuesday that I was going to go sugar-free again for two weeks. I need to get my body reacquainted with normal. The sugar was getting to be too much.

I also started being purposeful again about eating vegetables/fruits. I already LIKE THEM! Why don't I eat them??? Since I am cutting out the sugary snacks, I figured it was a good time to up the fruits and veggies. It would be a matter of simple substitution. And boy, do I love me some snap peas and hummus. So I can't really say that I "miss" the sugar all that much.

Maybe the biggest part of my motivation happened because last week, for the first time in probably 4 months, I hit my regular weekly workout goal. I had been making myself go to sleep earlier, and I think I finally had the energy and motivation to work out again. Doing it motivates me to KEEP doing it.

So, here it is: the two week goal (With reward.)

For two weeks, from Feb 28 - Mar 12 my goals are:
1. 8 cups of water every day.
2. 4 hard workouts each week that are at least 25 min.
3. no sweets.

I also have bonus goals. I would LIKE to work these and, and I will TRY to work these in, but I'm not going to fail if I don't. They are extra. The bonus goals are:
4. Taking a short walk or doing Pilates/strength/stretching on non-workout days.
5. Getting to bed by midnight every night.
6. 5 fruit/veggie servings per day. (This is harder b/c I don't always keep very good track, and also b/c when I run low at the end of the week, I get kinda stuck. But I'm trying.)

The Reward:
A new purse. This is so NOT me. I could care less about fashion or purses or myriad other "girlie" things. However, I need a new purse and have been going absolutely bonkers trying to find one I like that is made fairly (meaning: workers are not exploited and make a living wage.) I was pleasantly surprised to find that Thirty-One purses are made in a factory that is owned by the company and cares about it's workers. Those purses are expensive though. (You are laughing, aren't you... because compared to most fashion purses, they are NOT expensive. However, I can't stand paying that much for a purse.)

Am I digressing? Well, anyway, I wouldn't normally buy myself a purse that costs that much. BUT, as a reward, it makes sense. I was invited to a Thirty-One party in the 10th, so I will have to place my order in faith that I will meet my goal. Here's hoping...

  


Personal Distance Record

Saturday, November 05, 2011

One of my spark teams was joining a virtual race that was supposed to be completed this week. We had the choice of doing 5k or 10k, running or walking, etc. I'd entertained the idea for a while, but I've also been very out of it for a while. Exercise is spotty. Weight is going up. Motivation is going down.

I don't know what reminded me, but I realized this morning that today was the last day to do the race if I was going to participate. I had already decided to run this morning, so I just decided I'd do the 10k. I've never done a 10k before. I'm more of a miles kind of girl. I'd done 6 miles once long ago, but never more. (A 10k is 6.2 miles.)

Off I went on the treadmill. Set for steady pace. Popped in "Pride and Prejudice" to keep me entertained, and ran the whole thing. I was wondering if I'd make it... I hadn't run at all for a week and a half, I wasn't well hydrated, and I haven't been eating for "performance" so to speak. But I did it.

6.2 miles in 61:37

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TRAINERERICA 11/5/2011 9:29PM

    Great job! emoticon

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