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What I did this weekend

Monday, May 16, 2011

One of the BEST weekends I've had in ages!

And now I must get to bed!

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SGILBER6 5/17/2011 8:10AM

    Aww what a cutie!!

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KAREN_NY 5/16/2011 7:10PM

    How sweet! Life is good!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/16/2011 11:59AM

    you look great! love the pic!

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SEAWAVE 5/16/2011 9:23AM

    You lightened my day just by sharing the picture. What a sweetie!

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CZARINA_TV 5/16/2011 9:13AM

    Great picture! Glad you had a good time with your family!

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SHANSHE 5/16/2011 8:53AM

    Awwww.... how precious!

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BEATLETOT 5/16/2011 8:36AM

    Aw, what a sweet picture! I'm glad you had a great weekend!


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CTEMPLE 5/16/2011 3:48AM

    Great pic! So cute both of you.

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MTULLY 5/16/2011 12:22AM

    That picture says it all. Wonderful weekend indeed, and just what you needed!

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Quinoa con pollo

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Last night I made my quinoa-chicken dish, based on Colombian arroz con pollo, & it came out yummy! You can find the recipe here:

Try it & let me know what you think. It's almost infinitely variable--except that it just wouldn't be the same without chicken. emoticon (But please do buy free-range chicken if you can afford it!)



Editing to add two things.

Yesterday's sugar count:
1 T. honey: 17 g
1/2 c. Breyer's ice cream: 17 g

I'm going to reduce the honey I put on cereal from now on--these numbers are quite revelatory!

By the way, I'm not going to keep track of the small amounts in bread & such--I choose breads with low amounts of sugar, & I hardly ever eat other prepared foods or even ketchup. My concern is sugary foods.

Also, I have almost reached my goal of losing 2 lbs this week. emoticon

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SHANSHE 5/16/2011 8:54AM

    GREAT on the two pounds lost!

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CTEMPLE 5/15/2011 2:33AM

    great that you achieved your goal!

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MTULLY 5/14/2011 11:51PM

    Your recipe sounds great. I have tried a few recipes with quinoa, but nothing has wowed DH. This one looks like it just might. I will give it a whirl this week. Thanks for sharing!

And congrats on the 2 pound weight loss!!

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BEATLETOT 5/12/2011 11:50PM

    Ah, quinoa. Sustenance of the (Incan) gods. There's a really good stuffed pepper recipe using quinoa on Sparkrecipes!

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LINDEE6 5/12/2011 9:40PM

    I can't wait to try your recipe!

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KAREN_NY 5/12/2011 9:07PM

    Yummy... and bonus! weight loss too! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/12/2011 12:56PM

    arroz con tofu just doesn't sound as good!
I recently had arroz con pollo Peruvian style, I can't remember if it was different than the other arroz con pollo I've had. Never tried Colombian, at least I don't think so. Sounds yummy... will have to try! emoticon

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RUTHXG 5/12/2011 12:44PM

    Exactly, SEAWAVE! You are cool. emoticon

I just took a quick look & realized that I had neglected to include the quinoa among the things dumped into the pot. That would be a problematic omission. Fixed now!

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SEAWAVE 5/12/2011 12:39PM

    " just wouldn't be the same without chicken." Well, for one thing, it wouldn't be "con pollo" !

The recipe sounds delish; can't wait to try it! I think it would be very transportable as well - i.e. leftovers to bring to work for lunch the next day!


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MOREPOWER 5/12/2011 12:28PM

  The recipe looks good!

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OK, I'm convinced

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MTULLY recently blogged about Robert Lustig on sugar. And the other day a RL friend promised to forward to me a NY Times Magazine article pulling together the evidence that sugar really is a toxin. I just finished reading it, & as I'm up past midnight, I'm going to count this as my blog for Wednesday 5/11.

Here's the article:

It's long & somewhat technical but quite compelling. The author cites a number of investigators & clinicians (including Lustig) working on the effects of high fructose consumption (which means either or both refined sugar & HFCS). It's NOT just the calories, nor is it just the carbs. He explains how our elevated levels of sugar/HFCS consumption may well be related not only to obesity & diabetes but also to fatty liver (metabolic syndrome), elevated cholesterol, heart disease, & cancer--especially breast cancer. It's pretty persuasive.

The good news that I glean is that when people who have metabolic syndrome (which is common with obesity but can occur among lean people too) reduce their sugar intake or eliminate it, the fat in their liver decreases & the syndrome goes away.

Now I need to figure out whether it's necessary for me to avoid sugar altogether or whether I can keep eating it at a minimal level. Claudia (CTEMPLE) has eliminated sugar from her diet & is seeing some really great effects. I'm going to take this seriously & start by monitoring. I think most days I don't have much sugar beyond the honey on my cereal & the little piece of Colombian chocolate I often eat in the evening, but sometimes it's quite a bit more. I'll add a little "sugar report" to my blog posts for the next week or so & see what it tells me.

To be continued!

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SHANSHE 5/16/2011 8:59AM

    i do not have time to read the article right now, but thanks for sharing the info.

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CZARINA_TV 5/14/2011 10:07AM

    That article was so scary, but it's the kick in the pants that a lot of people need. I definitely snack when sugary foods are available to me. One of my clients leaves out candy and will plunk down a whole packet of cookies next to me. I bring in berries with my breakfast and try to snack on fruit all day, but that place is really stressful and chaotic anyway and it's hard to keep me away from snack food when it's right in front of my nose. At home, I still have Girl Scout cookies left from two months ago, but at work it's a whole different story.

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KAREN_NY 5/12/2011 9:08PM

    This article is the one that started my sugar cuts too. I'm not good at "cold turkey," but definitely making progress. Good luck,

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MTULLY 5/11/2011 9:36PM

    This is an incredibly detailed article and a great resource to help me better understand what I have been reading about sugar. I truly appreciate your posting it. Figuring out how much sugar i am actually taking in and how to lessen that are my next steps. This is definitely going to require looking more carefully at every label than I have been, especially scanning for all the different sugar words in the list of ingredients.

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CANDYXPERT 5/11/2011 8:27PM

    I just read a book about this as well. I 100% agree - sugar is toxic. The problem is that it is in everything - ketchup, pickles, bread, cereal, etc. According to the FDA we are supposed to eat less than 25 grams of sugar per day. A single-serving Greek yogurt (blackberry) has 17 grams!

You really have to become a detective. Anything with white flour AND sugar is especially bad ...

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JMCADE 5/11/2011 8:16PM

    I don't purposely trck ssugar intact, but sort of watch it. I'm interested at what you find as you track. Please keep us posted.

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BEATLETOT 5/11/2011 7:49PM

    It's a great article and gives a lot to think about, for sure.

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SEATTLESIMS 5/11/2011 3:57PM

    thanks for the link! it is interesting, looks like something we should all consider taking a look at!

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SGILBER6 5/11/2011 3:18PM

    I think most people definitely get too much sugar. Do you think "natural" sugars are much better for you? I know some people who swear that agave nectar or maple syrup are ok to have in small doses instead of refined sugar, but I still not sure how MUCH better they are for you. I'm sure honey is another example, which you're eating already! MMMM Honey on oatmeal!!! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/11/2011 1:12PM

    Hmmmmm keep us updated! I know some days I get by with virtually NO sugar and other days I'm a mess. I try to keep it in check, though. Don't think I could eliminate completely, but I know some people have had success doing that! Good luck!

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JECKIE 5/11/2011 8:16AM

    I think you'll be surprised at the results.

Years ago I hopped on the South Beach bandwagon (personally I think it's incredibly well structured for "sugar addicts"). I cut out processed foods from my diet and really limited my sugar intake. The change in not only my body, but how I FELT was incredible! Now I get about 90% of my sugars from fruit and dairy, and I never want to go back. I've lost my taste for the more processed stuff anyway, so it's not so tough.

I love that article!

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SUZBOISANNE 5/11/2011 6:54AM

    The other thing to avoid also is low-fat, reduced-fat, and fat-free foods. They load it with sugar to compensate. Also processed foods. Sugar is usually present also. So many other words are used to replace the word sugar, here are a few.....

.corn syrup
.Malt or malt syruup
.Barley malt or Barley extract
.beet juice
.grape juice

.agave nectar

It's scary to read labels of processed foods. So buyer beware!!

I enjoyed reading the NYT article on sugar. It reinforced the concept of avoiding sugar .. in all the places it is hiding.

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TIBURONA 5/11/2011 2:51AM

    I don't go out of my way not to have sugar, but I don't seek it out either. The biggest sugar-related change I made was not consuming any soda. Since I don't like diet soda I mainly have coffee or tea, or mostly water now and I think it has been beneficial.

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I can do this!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

1. I can get my new project at work done EARLY. I began serious work on this book this morning, & it's so clean that I'm just breezing through. Such a contrast to my two recent projects, which were horrendous messes & couldn't be done by their deadlines!

2. I can get all my grading done in a reasonable time frame. Last night I played word games for a while, stalling--it just felt overwhelming to plunge in. But I finally made myself do it & got most of one person's work marked up. I do like teaching, & this kind of grading is a means of teaching--I make tracked changes "on top of" the student's editorial changes, & I inserted lots of comments explaining why I changed something or why the student's editing was off. I'll be working on it tonight too, & Wednesday & Thursday nights, & I expect to make good headway.

3. I could & did get my work office cleaned up yesterday! A lot of projects were piled up on my desk because I needed time to clear shelf space for them, which involves sorting through old projects to keep/file a few necessary pieces & recycle the rest. It was LOVELY to come in this morning & find everything tidy.

4. I can get back into the rhythm of morning exercise. I had been skipping it because I needed every spare minute to catch up on my work project--but that was temporary, because my body really does crave exercise. Yesterday I shredded, today I took a fast 2.5-mile walk. I'm a little sore, but it feels great!

5. I can be frugal. Instead of driving to St. Louis on Friday, I'm going to take the Megabus! It costs $60 round trip, which is less than I'd be paying for gas, even though my little Honda gets good gas mileage. This will also give me an extended time to read & work on a poem or two. Win-win!

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SHANSHE 5/16/2011 8:57AM

    Love your list of "i can do's" and your attitude to go with them!

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CZARINA_TV 5/14/2011 10:08AM

    I love taking the bus or train -- it's so much easier for me and you do get a good chunk of time to concentrate and read or think...

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4LEEFCLOVER 5/11/2011 9:59AM

    You sound like a great teacher! I would take your class if I could. The "picture" of you doing your tasks and putting your work space in order, and walking and traveling on the bus helps me visualize what I want to do. Thanks. I hope you enjoy your trip.

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GO-LOEW 5/11/2011 12:40AM

    I love it when a plan comes together. And yours seem to be together. Have fun this weekend.

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CTEMPLE 5/10/2011 10:15PM

    great achievements and the trip by bus: reading time is so good!

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JENBELLE 5/10/2011 8:17PM

    YOU CAN DO IT with that positive attitude! I have to grade papers too for my teaching and you seem to have it all planned out to make it less overwhelming! Great work! emoticon

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LINDEE6 5/10/2011 8:03PM

    Yes you can! Absolutely!

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JECKIE 5/10/2011 6:29PM

    Awesome! Come teach me how to get work projects done! :)

We are choosing the bus option for this weekend's trip to NYC, too. Cheaper than gas, and I don't have to drive in the city. Yay yay!

You're emoticon

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BEATLETOT 5/10/2011 6:19PM

    I love Megabus! I take it up to NYC to see my sister all the time!

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CARLYG8 5/10/2011 6:16PM

    I love organization! It sounds like you are not only highly motivated, but highly organized as well. I am a little OCD when it comes to having everything tidy...but I am doing better. Having my son made me choose between obsessive organization and sanity. I chose sanity...but I still have my moments...laughs

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/10/2011 4:14PM

Bus trip sounds fun ... sometimes just nice to be a passenger and go for a ride :) I miss that.

Sounds like you have a lot of work but you KNOW you can get it done. Sometimes work gets overwhelming but once I kinda dive in I feel much better.

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Better today

Monday, May 09, 2011

All the prayer & caring yesterday really helped, as did finishing a proofreading project, Mother's Day calls from both of my kids, taking a two-mile-round-trip walk with a friend to deliver the project, continuing the visit with her over tea at home, & getting an interview edited before bed. Then I slept long & hard, which is always lovely.

This morning I did the 30-Day Shred. Oh, & I'm down 0.8 lb since Saturday--that helps too!

This week will be really busy. I need to make major headway on grading my students' final projects--fortunately grades are just pass-fail, but I do have to give each of them enough written feedback to make the exercise a learning experience. Friday straight from work I'll be off to St. Louis for belated Mother's Day, my son's birthday, & my monthly dose of Bea snuggles. So all the grading, or the bulk of it, has to be done before the weekend.

So 5% challenge (exercise, good eating, blogs/comments), regular work, grading: that will be my week! I'm going to just set the divorce mess aside & not worry about when papers will be served & such. Being busy will help me not to fret.

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SHANSHE 5/10/2011 12:01PM

    Glad you are feeling better... prayers always help!

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SHARON2014 5/9/2011 10:13PM

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LINDEE6 5/9/2011 8:54PM

    Thank you for the reminder that each day offers us the oppportunity to turn around and start back off on the right foot!

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BEATLETOT 5/9/2011 8:20PM

    Sounds like a nice evening, and I'm sooo glad that you're better today! Bea snuggles sound just as lovely as Sammy snuggles!!!

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CTEMPLE 5/9/2011 5:41PM

    Good idea.

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BABY_GIRL69 5/9/2011 5:38PM

    Keeping the negative thoughts away by staying busy really helps. You seem to be filling your time with positive things & thats so good.

God bless & enjoy your trip to St Louis, son & Bea hugs!


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JATHUENER 5/9/2011 5:13PM

    you are thinking great proud of you and just remember we are here so just take things one step at a time

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KARENE10 5/9/2011 4:54PM

    I just love when I have a good nights sleep:) Walking and tea with a friend sounds delightful. Take care of yourself so that baby Bea has a healthy grandmom emoticon

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MTULLY 5/9/2011 3:53PM

    Wow! You really turned things around for yourself! Work, family, friends, and taking care of you - definitely good uses of your energy. I hope you realize how truly amazing you are.

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JECKIE 5/9/2011 2:22PM

    This is a great plan. Control the things you can, and let everything else care for itself.

By the way, I think your avi picture is absolutely beautiful.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/9/2011 2:13PM

    Great attitude :) You'll have a great week, I just know it!

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SEANSMOM31 5/9/2011 2:02PM

  Good for you... Take the time for you...things will fall in yourself

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