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Not so much a train wreck as a flat tire...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I've been very sidetracked the last couple of weeks with getting moved yet again and with an ill-timed and bad eating house guest. I didn't really do terribly, but I didn't do as well as I can.

But, I'm not going to dwell on the past. I'm just going to do better. Apparently I'll be having this guest on a semi-regular basis and I'll just have to stand strong.

Today I made more of the "chili" in my batch cooking. I took a cup out, smashed it up with a fork to get a good rough, chunky texture. Then I put it on a tortilla, added a little cheese on top and baked it for about 5 minutes and made my own tostada. Holy cow! It was so tasty! Taco Bell watch out LOL. I only had flour tortillas in the house so it wasn't as healthy as it could have been but next time I'll be better prepared. Maybe on half a whole wheat pita baked a little first to crisp it up?

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SKINICOOK 9/24/2012 5:14AM

    That sounds great, can't wait to try it! House guests can be annoying. If the house guest will be a regular then maybe they will have to learn too work around your rules when it comes to food. You can't let them dictate what is eaten in the house. I hope this gets easier for you.

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KNITTABLES 9/23/2012 7:00PM

    Yum, sounds tasty.

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Temptation thy name is cupcake!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Not really. I lied, but it made a decent title, don't you think?

My boss's daughter's birthday was yesterday. I spent part of the day going into town to get balloons blown up when the helium tank we had at work died. Then I had to go back to buy more balloons because we didn't have enough. One thing I do love about my job is that I never know what fun thing will pop up for me to do. I've done the corporate "every minute of every day thing is always the same" and it's not very good fit for me. I really enjoy the flexibility of small business.

Anyway...back to the boss brought in left over cake and cupcakes this morning. One of the guys brought them back and put them on my work table. I looked in the boxes and felt not ONE craving. All I felt was "EWWWW" for the sugar and artificial neon colors, even though they were pretty. I told him to take the the sweets over to the tables where everyone else works because I didn't want any of them!

They tease me all the time about being a rabbit or a mouse for eating healthy. I scold them daily about Cheetos, Doritos, Gatorade, cookies and the like.

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KNITTABLES 8/31/2012 5:06PM

    emoticonGreat job on resisting temptations.

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SOXYINMO 8/31/2012 9:18AM

    oh how I envy you your job!

Good for you on the rabbit food and, yeah, the colors are pretty on those, but you have to wonder at the 'cocktail' they have to cook up to make them!

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NEVERMIND2010 8/31/2012 2:10AM

    Good job on resisting! My DH brought home some chocolate muffins the other day. I did eat one, but that was it - luckily for me, they weren't very good! They were small - about half the size of regular cupcakes, with no icing, but still, so not worth the calories.

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DAYSPRING-STAR 8/30/2012 10:58PM

    Hurray for you, REDDOGMOM! Hurray for your willpower and assertiveness when it comes to your healthly lifestyle! emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 8/30/2012 9:19PM

    They ARE very pretty. And as someone with a major sweet tooth, I would have had a difficult time resisting such pretty things. BUT YOU DID. You are doing so wonderfully! They say if you can go three days without sugar that the craving will disappear...and it is true. I've managed to do it and I felt wonderful. But then someone would bring something sweet and pretty to work and the rest is...well, history.

SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Kudos!! WOOT!WOOT! You the woman!
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MYAN1959 8/30/2012 8:37PM

    You did great👍 those temptations are around me all the time at work.

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SUSHENO 8/30/2012 7:55PM

    Good for you! Isn't it a reminder of how unhealthy we all were?

Keep it up! emoticon

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Stick a fork in me...

Monday, August 27, 2012

...I'm done. I mowed for another 45 minutes tonight after work. Another night or maybe two and I'll be done for the week. Just in time for the weekend again so I can start all over LoL. Using the push mower is much more beneficial to my health than the riding mower. I keep repeating that to myself as I stagger up and down the hills. That mower gets heavier with every trip!

My boss is back and I got in 15,892 steps today and climbed up pallet racks like a monkey. I'm supposed to call one of the guys over for stuff like that but I'm not very good at that part of "supervising". If I'm right there and I know what I want to look at why call someone over, wait for them to bring a ladder and climb up? I can jump up to the bottom row and stand up to see it myself. But anything higher than that I'm calling a guy. I'm not THAT stupid!

All in all, good day and I'm a good kind of tired.

Trying a new thing in the crock pot tonight. I love, love, love chili so I'm trying just the pinto beans, tomato juice and chili seasoning without any meat. It sure smells good so far!

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MYAN1959 8/29/2012 7:57PM

    That is great on the chili I love it too, I make mine with ground turkey and chicken sometimes..Let us know how it turns out.. emoticon

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DAYSPRING-STAR 8/29/2012 2:28PM

    Hey, how was the chili??? Don't you love the "good kind of tired?" I wimped out and used our tractor to mow yesterday. I felt like I was riding a bucking bronco so I rationalized that it had to be worth some fitness minutes. But of course, I didn't cheat and now I have a week with a big fat O in the fitness tracker. Kudos to you though! I loved the mental image of you climbing like a monkey! Remember to keep safe because we all need to you be around to keep Sparking! Have a great week!

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STEELKICKIN 8/28/2012 9:18PM

    Was it good? The chili? I bet it was!

I gotta give you kudos! You sound like a go-getter! I was the same way at my job. Now I just stand around and count pills. I miss the other side...

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KNITTABLES 8/28/2012 1:15AM

    Yes let us know how the chili taste. Glad you got in all those steps.

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JUNEPA 8/27/2012 10:30PM

    let us know how the chili works out

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/27/2012 9:17PM

    I'm working on the mowing too this week. Started today and got in 30 minutes, would've gotten in more but had to run errands for hubby.

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Sunday Reminiscing

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I woke up this morning and decided to make home made chicken and noodles for lunch today.

When I was a kid we would go every Sunday to my grandparent's farm. Us kids would run amok, climb trees, play with horses and dogs and bunnies and racoons, hide in the hay in the barn loft, sneak down to the pond to throw rocks. All the perfect things a child should do.

But Sunday lunches were amazing! Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and veggies from my Grandpa's garden, green beans, corn on the cob, lima beans, and the most yummy food ever.... home made noodles. Yes, I know it's just flour and eggs mixed together and thrown in a pot of boiling chicken broth, but it's a family tradition. I remember watching my Grandma roll out the dough on her big old farm kitchen table and being SO impatient for it to dry so we could cook them and eat them! My mother never made them while my Grandma was alive. It was her domain. After she passed my Mom became the keeper of the noodles. Still, for any family get together, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays...we have to have home made noodles. I taught my daughter to make them when she was so little she had to stand on a kitchen chair to help. She and her boyfriend have started making them for all of the holidays where our family and his family get together.

This will be the first time I've made them in a pot that's not big enough to swim in. Usually there's a herd of people around to eat then. Today I want them and it's just me so I'm going to try making a teeny, tiny small batch. If I made enough for 5 people I'll eat enough for 5 people LOL.

and maybe after lunch I'll run to the store and buy some black licorice. That's the other thing the women in our family on my Mom's side for at least 5 generations have in common. We LOVE black licorice. On Easter you'll lose a finger over a black jelly bean! I think I'll have an old home day today.

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JUNEPA 8/27/2012 11:32PM

    way cool tradition !!

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STEELKICKIN 8/26/2012 9:00PM

    I WONDERED if there was a story behind those homemade noodles and you sure did deliver! Isn't it wonderful that we have such traditions to hand down in our families?? It sounds like you had a childhood much like mine in the sense that we ate from the garden and everyone had their own "special" meal they prepared. Myyy goodness, that was some good eatin' then and just the type of foods I still love to eat today!

We lived on Mom's homemade bread and rolls...and of course, all things sweet and fluffy.

I am looking forward to getting into my tupperware and getting some of those noodles later.
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BARNACLE1225 8/26/2012 1:26PM

    Your noodles sound amazing....your childhood memories, more amazing. Bon appetit! emoticon

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Ambivalence, I know you're not my friend

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I am probably the slackest person you know, well sort of know on here anyway.

As laughable as it sounds, I have struggled all week with getting enough calories in. Almost every night I've had to eat two tablespoons of peanut butter just hit the minimum calories on my tracker. and my fat percentage is always low. I am eating 3 meals a day and at least 2 snacks, sometimes 3 but it's work. I have to consciously think about doing it. I go through streaks like this, where I'm not hungry, nothing sounds good and frankly, I just don't care to eat. Like today, it's 3:00 pm and so far I've had a cup of coffee. That's it. Weekdays I do better because of the structure and discipline of getting up and going to work. I'm still up on weekends at the usual time but I tend to wander around and just kind of do whatever. Next thing I know it's 3:00 and I haven't eaten lol.

I am getting pretty close to my what I set as my goal weight. I don't know if it's really my goal weight or not. When I started back on SP in July I just picked a random date and a random weight. Last time I got down to 112 which worked for me. Then after a couple of years of not tracking, working too much and not working out enough I'd gained back up close to 130. As of this morning I'm at 117. I haven't worked out in two weeks. See, more slackerage. I do get a lot of steps in at work, but I don't count that on my exercise tracker. Anyway, even though I know SP won't allow a daily calorie count of less than 1,200, maybe my body is telling me 1,100 is enough. I'll just play it by ear and see how things go.

I just fixed a yummy lunch of roasted pork chop, steamed green beans and a baked potato. Just writing this blog made me go do what I'm supposed to do. I have to try harder to banish my ambivalence.

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REDDOGMOM 8/25/2012 7:55PM

    Oh, I have trouble with the nutrition part sometimes as well. I go through cycles where I don't want to eat at all, then cycles where I am starving and crave unhealthy foods. When I'm tracking and focusing I can pretty much control that part though. I look at what's on the tracker and realize what a horrible idea it would be to eat it, then change to something healthy.

I was doing the cardio videos on SP, at least two of them a day so about 20 minutes, as well as some minor strength things, core one day, upper body one day, lower body one day. then back through again. Nothing major just about 5 exercises a day to keep toned up. What weight I have left to lose is around my waist. I know that will take time and exercise and it'll go away on it's own time.

I think part of the problem is that it's been a particularly stressful week with my boss out of the country and trying to get everything done while actually keeping my butt at my desk in case he's contacting me We use Messenger on the computer and I have to be within sight of the screen to see what he needs. My step count has been very low, only one day over 10,000, the rest around 6-8 thousand. Usually I'm between 10-15 thousand every day.

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MIZINA730 8/25/2012 7:47PM

    You don't sound like a slacker to me. That's why you're near goal weight??


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JUNEPA 8/25/2012 5:50PM

    Lucky you, for most people the nutrition side is the toughest part of getting to a healthy weight
What kind of workouts are you doing?

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