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Thursday, December 27, 2007

When you have chocolate around, as I do in my office now, & when you start feeling even just a little sad or anxious or overwhelmed, suddenly it is very, very hard to be judicious with chocolate.

I have been craving it fiercely most of the day. I've given in a couple of times, but right now instead of having more chocolate I'm blogging.

It helps to be public with these things. That's partly why I have my food & exercise logs available for public perusal on my Sparkpage.

Which reminds me: we're going to have to get our DVD player fixed--aargh! For a long time it has required patience: when you insert a DVD, it usually takes awhile before it will start to play. This morning I tried & tried, for about 10 minutes, putting my Dance Yourself Thin DVD in, pressing play repeatedly, taking it out, putting it in again . . . No go. Finally I gave up & put in an old VHS tape that instructs on salsa dancing; it's helpful for learning moves but, at least at the beginning parts I viewed, not for working up a sweat.

Hopefully on Saturday I'll remember to take the player to the repair shop.

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 9:22PM

    Yes - Chocolate - the ultimate comfort food!! I indulged myself yesterday at work when I was so busy. Good job on not giving in too much. That's one of my goals this year - learning to deal with temptation. Good sermon about that today at church.

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SHANSHE 12/28/2007 1:47PM

    Good j0b on not giving in to the chocolate cravings again and blogging instead. Every time we conquer just a little, we get stronger.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I got on the scales today & wasn't happy with what I saw. I was about 4 lbs up! But since that's compared to just 2 days ago, I'm hoping it's not real weight gained--I'll be careful (keeping in mind that the leftover Christmas treats will be a minefield for a while) & hopefully it will disappear quickly.

I've had a little vertical split in the top of my right thumbnail for a few years. Can't remember what I was doing recently when I accidentally made a little cut in my LEFT thumbnail, & now I'm afraid that it's going to continue splitting like the right one. It's an odd thing. I've been wondering whether my protein deficit causes this. So one of my New Year's resolutions will be to get at least the minimal amount of protein every day & see whether my nails get stronger & close up.

This is really hard for me! I guess I'll go back to taking a hard-boiled egg in my lunch every day, but I have to think of other protein sources too. Since even on days when I eat meat my protein is usually low, I'm scratching my head & wondering how in the heck others get enough.



Sunday, December 23, 2007

It has finally stopped snowing (around 3:00 p.m.). We've had snow dusting Chicago for hours now, but very little of it has stuck. A cold day--only about 16 F--& it's nice to be indoors with a little pie pumpkin roasting in the oven, to be made later into a pie or maybe chocolate chip pumpkin bread.

As I did last year, I'm also going to roast the pumpkin seeds to have as a healthy snack for a few days. Here's the recipe (I won't post this on Sparkrecipes, as it isn't original with me; it's from Diana Rattray's Your Guide to Southern U.S. Cuisine, but I found it online).

(I have some of this left from last year.)
1 T. paprika
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. salt
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. onion powder
2 t. black pepper
1 t. dried thyme
1 t. dried oregano

1 c. pumpkin seeds
1 scant t. Cajun seasoning
paprika for more color, if desired
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 T. melted butter or vegetable oil

Heat oven to 300 F. Rinse seeds & get as much of the pumpkin pulp off them as possible. Pat dry with paper towels (but don't let them dry on the towels, because they might stick).

Toss pumpkin seeds with seasonings. Combine butter/oil & Worcestershire sauce; stir into seeds until well blended & coated.

Roast on shallow baking tray, turning from time to time, for about 45-60 minutes or until nicely browned & crunchy.

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 9:19PM

    Yummy - I saved the recipes as "Ruth's Recipes".

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Nearly perfect

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I had a nearly 100% day as far as my SP goals go; I was within my calorie range, I exercised, I drank all my fluids. I would have liked to have a longer exercise session, & I was low on several nutrients--those are the only minuses.

Things are feeling a little crowded as Christmas draws near--lots to do. But I'm looking forward to caroling in the neighborhood with church folks tomorrow night, participating in our international Christmas Eve celebration the next evening, & dinner/visiting with my sisters & their families on Christmas Day. My daughter will come over Christmas Eve & spend the night too--yay!

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 9:17PM

    Look at you - being so faithful to your program 3 days before Christmas!!! WOO HOO for you Ruth!!! You're an inspiration.

Time with family and friends - good times.

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Day at home

Saturday, December 22, 2007

It was SO GREAT to be at home today. I slept 9.5 hours, I think! I got in some good strength training--using 12-lb weights for a couple of the exercises. Spent most of the day trying to finish a freelance editing project that was originally due yesterday. I didn't manage to complete it, but the acquiring editor & I worked out a plan whereby I can get it to the author via e-mail tomorrow; she wants to work on it (review the editing) over the Christmas break.

Had a yummy supper of black beans, cauliflower/broccoli with a bit of cheese, mixed greens salad, & roasted acorn squash (with cilantro & red pepper flakes--mmmmm). Low on protein yet again (47 grams). I wonder if I should just accept that since my body seems to be fine with it--or is it really important that I get more protein every day?

This evening I went to a women's gathering for the winter solstice, organized by a few young women from church. We lit candles, blew them out one by one as we contemplated situations of violence/hopelessness/darkness (since tonight is the longest, darkest night of the year), then lit them again & talked about God's presence with us in our suffering . . . & moved on to other topics such as how we can celebrate Christmas thoughtfully & profoundly, avoiding the gift-buying frenzy. It was a lovely time.

Gotta get to bed soon, since I still have some substantial work to get done tomorrow!

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 9:15PM

    Good for you - already doing the 12 pound weights. What upper body exercises are you using the weightst for?

Your gathering sounds wonderful. There are so many needs in this world. Sometimes it's overwhelming to think about it. We are so blessed and should use our blessings and resources to meet the needs of others. I agree with the avoidance to the gift buying frenzy. This kind of gathering sounds like a good and meaningful thing to do just after Thanksgiving - or even before.

Thank you for sharing the special things you do in your life.

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LIBRAWN24 12/22/2007 8:39AM

    Sounds like the candle service was beautful I think this time of year more people need to stop for a moment and think about how fortunate we are and those not so fortunate. More importantly though I think people need to stop all year though not just at Christmas.

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