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Aaaahhh, a walk outside today

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Today I finally got the energy and ambition up to walk outside this morning. It was only 80F at 8:30 so off I went. I did 40 minutes, 2.06 miles which is 3 laps around the inside perimeter road on the compound.
Today starts our weekend and my husband's 10 day vacation. It is the religious holiday here so he gets it off. This is when we went HOME to the USA for Christmas a couple years ago.

After my original post, I went upstairs and did another 20 minutes of Walk Away The Pounds video, a 20 minute resistance band video, a 10 minute butt blaster ball workout and some additional lower body exercises. Phew, I'm ready for the weekend!

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VALI_T 11/18/2009 6:10PM

    Good job! If it had been 80 degrees here this morning I could have taken a walk before I went to work. Not that I WOULD have taken a walk at 4:00 in the morning, but I'd have been a lot more likely to have done it if it had been 80 degrees this morning instead of 27 degrees. emoticon

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CRUZINCARIL 11/18/2009 10:06AM

    wow u did a lot of exercising. maybe i should try that and ill lose! emoticon

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MARZATAX 11/18/2009 9:55AM

    Great post! Good job!

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GRAMMYEAC 11/18/2009 9:08AM

    Excellent, Robin!

Certainly a great exercise day today for you! I'll get an hour of Jazzercise tonight.

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JAVAJO47 11/18/2009 6:35AM

    Glad you could enjoy a wonderful morning outdoors. Walking outside always invigorates me! Hope you have a great rest of the week. emoticon

Jo Ann

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Pre-Thanksgiving recipes part II

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So last night I made a couple more recipes that looked good for Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas dinner and they were both yummy! One is called Smoky Gouda-sauced Broccoli. Yes I know, sauced foods is a big no no but this sounded good!

Then I tried another Spark members recipe for Curried Butternut Squash soup and it was VERY good! This would work for just mashed squash too.

So now DH needs to decide what he wants, LOL. He said to cook what ever I want so now to plan a menu. Sadly after digging through my cupboards yesterday, there will be NO pecan pie for Thanksgiving or Chrismtas. I have no pecans and there are NONE to be found here in this country.

I've been back here in hell for a month now, it seems so long ago that I saw my grandson for the last time and hugged my son. Come on June!

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Thank you Spark friends!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thank you so much for the overwhelming support and messages on my blog and Sparkpage helping me celebrate my 2 years of being smoke free. It means a lot to me.

I was listening to Chris Downie's interview on the HayHouse radio. It is very interesting. I can't wait until I get to read the book!

I was tired and lazy today and only did 30 minutes of Walk Away The Pounds. Tomorrow will be a better day

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GRAMMYEAC 11/16/2009 7:11PM

    emoticon Robin!

30 minutes of sustained exercise is still a great way to keep the metabolism up. I wish I could do that, every day!

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SOFEDUPP 11/16/2009 4:26PM

    30 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

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MYBULLDOGS 11/16/2009 2:59PM

    emoticon on being smoke free

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yes I sure did! I quit smoking 2 years ago today and I feel so much better! I am so VERY proud of myself for remaining smoke free even though my son smokes.
First my Dr. prescribed Chantix before all the brouhaha about committing suicide and all that BS started. I was hesitant at first but finally I saw that the Great American Smokeout was on November 15, 2007 so I said that was the day.
Now where I live I can't drive, it's not allowed for women to drive, none of the local walking distance stores had my brand and I would have had to ask my DH for money. He was also out of town on business so I said I was going to go for it. It was hard at first but I made it through the first couple days, then I was able to breathe easier and the coughing subsided a bit. On Thanksgiving day I gave a friend the last 6 packs of cigarettes I had so the house was cigarette free! I emptied all the ash trays and put them away. That year we went home for Christmas and that was my first test since I would be able to drive myself. I made it through with only smoking maybe 2 cigarettes and it was so nasty and gaggy I couldn't smoke the whole one, plus it was too cold, snowy and icy to run outside and smoke, LOL.
I think between November 15 & January 1, I smoked a total of 5 cigarettes, and not even able to smoke a whole one. Sometimes out of the blue I get a fleeting urge to smoke but it goes away. Now I can't stand the smell of someone smoking, I can't breathe. I gained 25 lbs when I quit but I can smell things, I can taste food, I can walk up a set of stairs without gasping for air, I don't cough, I don't have to stop somewhere to have a cigarette. My DH also said that he could tell I quit because when he walked in the house he could breathe. He didn't say anything to me for a long time because he didn't want to jinx me.
No, it's not easy to quit, I have quit before and failed but for my health, I was determined to succeed.

Anyway, that is my story and I'm sticking to it, and I bet you thought I was going to quit SparkPeople! Not a chance, I still have several pounds to lose.

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MARYMAC45 11/16/2009 6:07PM

    emoticonNow that becoming smokeless is accomplished good luck on your journey to a better life.

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VALI_T 11/15/2009 7:20PM

    Hooray for you!! I quit almost 3 years ago and by this point in time I hardly ever even crave a cigarette anymore. emoticon Isn't it amazing (now that you can smell again) to realize that there was once a time when you didn't think that cigarettes just smelled awful? And isn't it wonderful to be able to breathe again? So anyway, hooray for you and emoticon (And also, I'm really happy to know that this was what you meant and that you're not quitting SparkPeople)

Comment edited on: 11/15/2009 7:21:21 PM

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MAIRE1999 11/15/2009 6:49PM

    Great job!!!

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HOPE2BE 11/15/2009 4:43PM

    Robin that shows what a strong determined individual you are. I love it don't you.

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LISA0517 11/15/2009 12:17PM

    emoticon Congratulations!!!

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SOFEDUPP 11/15/2009 11:54AM

    Congratulations!!!! That is an awesome accomplishment. You should be very proud that you were able to do it.

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JAVAJO47 11/15/2009 9:42AM

    That is so awesome Robin...good for you!!! I've known people that have spent a lifetime trying to quit on their own and you are one of the success stories. Glad you are feeling so much better and enjoying great health!

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KPDRMNG 11/15/2009 9:16AM

    Wonderful! Keep up the great work.

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MUSHCAT 11/15/2009 4:11AM

    Congratulations. My husband recently quit for the second time after not having smoked for a year. I will share this post with him and hopes he can make it to his 2 year anniversary. You realyy did something wonderful for yourself, family and friends.

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SIERRA924 11/15/2009 3:39AM

    Congradulations!!!!!! Good luck on the rest of your get healthy journey!

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Pre-Thanksgiving recipe reviews

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday I fixed some recipes we would like to try for our thanksgiving dinner. I did enter them in the spark recipes
First is Fresh Green beans with Fresh red peppers,

This is a keeper, it was tangy and crunchy. If I had the right dressing instead of having to make it from scratch, it would have been better. I would prefer a little more garlic. Speaking of making the dressing from scratch, here is the recipe for Tomato vinaigrette Dressing: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

This will make a good salad dressing.

Next was Sweet & White Potato spears: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip

Nope, not at all. We didn't like it. I should have used regular oil for the baking sheet and not olive oil, I should have drained the dressing before putting it on the pan, the recipe should have been written different so they burned. Throwing that one away but I had to add it for my nutrition tracker.

Cajun Spice rub for the chicken. I roasted a whole chicken rather than a turkey, LOL. That was good! I like that rub and we'll have to make it in liquid form to inject the turkey with. Not really hot hot spice but good. I'll have to add the recipe.

Now I'll need to try a couple more recipes.

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VALI_T 11/15/2009 7:26PM

    We're going to my aunt and uncle's house for Thanksgiving dinner, which means that I don't have to cook. emoticon But I think I may try that green bean recipe to see if I like it enough to take it with me on Thanksgiving. I usually buy a pie to take with me on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the beans and red peppers sound much healthier....and also pretty yummy. emoticon

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HOPE2BE 11/15/2009 4:47PM

    I think the dressing and the potatoes sound good. I think I'll stick with turkey. I have a turkey breast frozen in my freezer that my daughter is going to cook.

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YMUNDERWOOD 11/14/2009 2:09AM

    Sounds good. I think I will make the Green ean one for thanks giving as well. emoticon

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GIVEUP30 11/14/2009 2:05AM

    thank you these sound good....I think the Cajun spice rub sound like it will spice up the meal...Good eating for Thanksgiving... Mary

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