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Resolution + crazy shopping/cooking day

Sunday, October 23, 2011

So my weight was UP 1.2 lbs today, instead of down the way it's supposed to go during the 5% challenges. Could be partly because last night I attended a wine/cheese reception to raise money for my church's after-school program for neighborhood kids, & the food (which had to serve as my supper) was all salty--cheese, crackers, sausage, shrimp chips. Oh, except for the sweet pepper strips. emoticon

But even if the salt made me retain some extra water, it wasn't the only culprit. I wasn't as careful last week as I should have been. Too little exercise & too many extra treats.

I hereby promise to be CAREFUL this next week, especially with my eating. I am committed to trying to make my 5% goal--it's doable & I'm going to take it seriously.

Today was a crazy cooking day. My exercise consisted of a brisk walk to & from the supermarket (I came home carrying two heavyish bags of groceries) & another brisk walk to & from a smaller grocery with less selection but great prices (I carried the same bags, again heavyish, on the way home).

With these groceries plus some contents of the last CSA box of the season, I cooked like a fiend:

* Dandelion & mushroom tart
--except that I used beet & radish greens, swiss chard, & bok choy instead of dandelion greens. emoticon And parmesan cheese instead of feta. I haven't actually tasted this yet, but it looks great. I made two!

* Stepfanie's quinoa-black bean casserole
This is what I had for supper tonight. VERY nutritious, & pretty tasty too (with a few additions that I list in my review)!

* Tomatillo salsa verde
I love this recipe SO much--I've made it several times.

* Tuna salad--my own Sparkrecipe!
One of my favoritest lunches, & definitely lower in cals than the typical mayo-laden tuna salad.

* Nutty muesli--also my own recipe:
I eat this almost every morning & never get tired of it. Oven-toasting the muesli has left the house cinnamon-fragrant.

No wonder I'm super-tired! I've been on my feet almost all day. But I loved it, & now housemate & I are all stocked up on good stuff to eat this week. I can ENJOY losing weight when I'm eating food this yummy!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/25/2011 11:47AM

    Wow, your recipes look delicious! I'd love to try making some of them!

You're reflecting on choices and your resolution to make even better ones will ensure your success!

You CAN do it! emoticon

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BEATLETOT 10/24/2011 10:30AM

    Good job with all the cooking! Sounds yummy! (I made the Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole a long time ago...never made it again).

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RASLALIQUE 10/23/2011 11:38PM

    Wow! Your meals sound delicious!

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SHANSHE 10/23/2011 1:45PM

    The food sounds YUMMY!!!!

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CZARINA_TV 10/23/2011 10:23AM

    That looks great, even from here...

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CTEMPLE 10/23/2011 1:14AM

    Great dear Ruthie, I admire your cooking. I rather be reading.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

I like the Spanish verb "estrenar," meaning to wear or use something new. Today I wore my new size-10 dress coat for the first time! It's been very cold & blustery yesterday & today so I needed more protection than my goofy little swing coat provides. When I bought this coat last spring at a deep discount, it was a bit snug. Now it's just right, even comfortable over my blazer. emoticon

My slacks today are another story. I bought them recently too--but had a brain fart & ordered size 12 instead of 10. Or maybe it wasn't a brain fart, just me thinking that surely they would shrink & fit me OK after a few washings. Well, it's me that's shrinking! I have washed the pants a few times, but they are quite baggy in the seat & legs. Maybe after next laundering I'm dry them at a higher temperature. They are quite long even for Tall size, so they can afford to shrink in both directions.

The other thing I'm "estrenando" today is a pair of shoes. With a Groupon I recently bought two pairs of very compact ballerina flats that fold in half. Each pair comes in a little bag. The idea is that you can take them with you & switch to them when your feet are tired of high heels but you still need to look classy. I never wear heels higher than an inch or two--but I wore rubber boots today because of the weather, so it was great to bring along these little black shoes & change into them when I got to the office! They're called Fit in Clouds--I wouldn't have paid full price for them, but they're really useful.

Enough about clothes--back to my editing of the Spanish-English dictionary!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/25/2011 11:49AM

    Sounds great! Glad you are estrenando your coat and shoes! I know what you mean--you're shrinking and your pants can't keep up! Good job!!!

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BEATLETOT 10/24/2011 2:12PM

    How fun to have new clothes! =) Glad you're doing so well!

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CZARINA_TV 10/21/2011 10:33AM

    Muy bien Ruth! I should look and see if French has a word for that... and yes it does: Útrenner, which is the same word. (╔ is a medieval contraction for es and -er is the most common ending.)

Thanks for the new vocab word! Have fun with your new clothes...

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BABY_GIRL69 10/20/2011 10:10PM

    I LOVE IT!! Teach me more of that beautiful language!!

God bless & congrats on your "estranandos!!


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SHANSHE 10/20/2011 8:44PM

    Woo Hoo! That sounds so awesome! I am so happy for you Ruth, your hard work is paying off!

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CTEMPLE 10/20/2011 7:42PM

    Feliz estreno querida!

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MSCRISPIN 10/20/2011 6:11PM

    I love the estrenar verb, been Hispanic for me means a lot. Lately I have been estrenando a lot of new items due to my body composition. I understand your happiness, You are not alone in your journey, there are a lot of us that relate to your story. Good luck and continue estrtenando new clothes. emoticon emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 10/20/2011 5:53PM

    Thank you for your blog! I love learning new things. Congratulations on your weightloss success! I haven't tried on my "going out" clothes for (wow!) over a year (or two) - and you've inspired me to reach out my "bargain purchases" and see how I'm going!

All the best,
Lyn from Australia

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Blood pressure good, TMJ bad, food budget amazing

Monday, October 10, 2011

I went to see my doctor today. I was really pleased with my blood pressure reading: 104/58. Pretty great for a 57-year-old!

But the reason I had to go was that I've been having a flareup of my TMJ issues. Got a mouth guard last fall/winter, & I wear that every night. I also had several months of PT for my problem--which mainly served to shift the pain from my right jaw to my left! That's where it has stayed, & it has gradually diminished. But one month ago I had my annual dental checkup, & my dentist sternly admonished me to get back to daily flossing, as my gums were betraying the effects of my slacking off. Following his instructions, near as I can tell, has indeed strengthened my gums but has also led to this TMJ flareup.

So I have a referral for an evaluation by the expert PT who helped me at the beginning of the last round.

I have really great news about my food budget. This morning my housemate totted up our grocery expenditures for Sept. 10 (her move-in day) through Sept. 30. Her finding: we are spending only about $80-90 per month per person on groceries! Of course that doesn't include meals out. We are delighted! We both like eating mostly legumes (beans & lentils) as our main source of protein, & we're eating dinner together most nights. She has a bit more time to cook than I do, but we're both contributing recipes & prep, & enjoying great food in the process.

This is definitely going to help my debt reduction process! Yay!

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CTEMPLE 10/12/2011 1:30AM

    Dear Ruthie great news!
Re the TMJ apart from treating my neck for jaw pain I also get acupuncture in the joints of the jaw. Not everybody does it, I have a superb doctor, but it gives a lot of relief. It has to be in the joint, not the trigger point ones. I thought I mentioned this. I have another bout of shingles sans rash and the second thing tha goes after the shoulder is the jaw. A personality type problem. I'm glad your dentist doesn't suggest dental treatment for TMJ a money making scheme.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/11/2011 2:54PM

    Wow you are doing great!! I envy your BP AND food budget!! SOrry to hear about your TMJ issues. I have the dentist next week and I'm sure he's going to scold me!

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CZARINA_TV 10/11/2011 11:02AM

    Only $80-90 per person? That's amazing! I think I spend that in a week since I eat out all the time... Congrats!

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BEATLETOT 10/11/2011 8:26AM

    This reminds me of the time I spent a total of $120 for the entire month for both of us. I remember the month even. October 2006. I've never been able to replicate such success.

It must be so nice having a roommate! We just find ours to be a joy and part of the family.

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SHANSHE 10/10/2011 8:38PM

    Sorry your TMJ is soo bad right now, but glad you have an apt. with the PT. YAY on the grocery bill too!

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MTULLY 10/10/2011 5:04PM

    Sorry about your TMJ issues, but it is encouraging to know you have an appointment with someone who can very likely help. Congrats on the low BP numbers and your success with debt reduction. Great accomplishments!! I have found that we are paying way less on groceries just by having cut out buying any processed foods. Let's hear it for healthy eating! It apparently pays off in more than one way!

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DEBJAE 10/10/2011 4:47PM

    Hello fellow TMJ sufferer! I have tried many tricks over the years for maybe after flossing try any of the following:

massaging jaw joints for a few minutes
using a topical mild muscle pain reliever (ben gay type)
placing moist heating pack on each side (or side that causes pain)

I would strongly suggest starting out with a mild topical muscle ointment first-some will burn you!

I have made my own moist heat packs with uncooked rice in a tube sock & tying the end shut.

I also would never use both moist heat pack and topical pain reliever at the same time-would cause burning.

Yay for the debt reduction & good b/p!

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Two changes + a THANK YOU

Monday, October 03, 2011

1. SP raised my calorie range without asking my permission! emoticon Today, my first day of online food tracking for a while, I noticed. Supposedly I should now eat 1400-1700 calories/day.

That's if I'm exercising 5 times/week, though, & I haven't managed that for the past couple of weeks because I've been overloaded with work & travel & Stuff. I ate just 1270 or so today & will stop there. But it's nice to know that once I'm back to my normal/best rhythm, I may be able to loosen up on eating.

But on the other hand . . .

2. I'm about to be done with the Isoniazid! I've been taking it for the past 9 months. There's a big plus: I'll be able to start having the occasional beer or wine again. I have really missed being able to sip with friends now & then.

The other hand, though, is that I'm pretty sure the medication has helped me lose weight (about 20 lbs) since last fall. Losing may become considerably harder once I'm off it. I need to pay close attention--& I will definitely have to avoid any drinks that would take me beyond my calorie range.

I want to say emoticon emoticon emoticon to all of you who posted encouragement in response to my last blog post. You are so sweet & generous! And thanks to the official Starfish leaders who sent me a special goodie on behalf of the team. I feel loved & blessed!

Goodie back to you all--a photo of my granddaughter at the orchard where we picked apples last Saturday & she gnawed with great gusto on this Golden Delicious with her one tooth. She learned to wave hi & bye this weekend! It was such fun to be with her. emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 10/9/2011 12:34PM

    I am so glad you are doing well on your journey toward health= losing pounds, losing a medication. :) Your granddaughter is adorable and a real blessing. Thank you for your support on my Blog about gaining 10 pounds. You are an inspiration!! Have a great week! Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 10/6/2011 3:11PM

    Sounds like lots of fun you guys had this weekend. I had to go to get my "check engine" light reset, then go to secretary of state to get my sticker only to be told I had to pass the emissions first. Had to run over to the emissions sight on Webster off I94 & it was packed! I guess everybody & their sisters had to take it & plus its the weekend too. Fingers, arms & knees crossed, I passed after sinking $200+ into my truck. So much more to be done.

God bless & enjoy that food increase once in a while.


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GETSTRONGRRR 10/4/2011 9:36PM

    Good job and congrats!

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SHANSHE 10/4/2011 7:08PM

    Awwww, love the pic of grandaughter and how cute, her eating an apple like that! Waving hi and bye is special too! I bet you just love being with her!!!

Glad you will be off meds soon, etc... I trust it will be a GOOD thing!


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MTULLY 10/4/2011 1:28PM

    One less med is always a good thing. The picture of your grandchild is absolutely precious. You can tell that little apple doesn't fall too far from the tree! You are a lucky woman!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/4/2011 11:37AM

    Great pic -- thanks for sharing!!
Glad to hear you'll be off the meds soon! emoticon

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AMYLONGHORN 10/4/2011 11:00AM

    OMG thank you for sharing that pic of your sweet granddaughter! What a cutie patootie!! I'm starting to get baby fever....yikes! :-P

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CZARINA_TV 10/4/2011 8:19AM

    She's adorable! Have a great autumn!

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BEATLETOT 10/4/2011 3:53AM

    We love you, Ruth! Bea is so sweet!

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CTEMPLE 10/4/2011 1:51AM

    Bea looks divine. Is the lung prob fixed?

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So sorry, Starfish . . . I'm not carrying my weight.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This week I've faced some extra work challenges & have not managed my time as well as I should. I also had to deal with terrible insomnia twice. So after a glorious weekend with some wonderful long fast walks, I have fallen off the wagon exercisewise. emoticon

My weight is going down, though, so at least I'll be able to contribute to good negative numbers in that department.


Yay emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon!

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CTEMPLE 10/4/2011 1:48AM

    Ahh dear Ruthie insomnia is women's woe. Hope you recovered.

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REBECCAMA 9/30/2011 8:56AM

  Ah.. I feel the same way myself this week. Wish I was doing better on the challenges but you just do the best you can.

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BEATLETOT 9/30/2011 8:54AM

    Whatevs, Ruth. You so carry your weight. You're the best!

Sometimes these things happen. I usually start to lose it around weeks 5-7 on this challenge. Yesterday was bad for me, too. I went home and emotionally ate for an hour. I skipped the class I was going to try. But it will be all right.

Onward ho!

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STILLOUT2LUNCH 9/30/2011 8:32AM

    You're doing great. We often sabotage ourselves by comparing our performance/outcomes with others, or worse, to some ill conceived expectations we have of ourselves. Unexpected things happen to each and every one of us and we do the best we can do, period. Make the best choices you can and be KIND to yourself. If not you, then who? I personally think you are absolutely TERRIFIC!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/29/2011 11:39PM

    keep at it....shedding weight is carrying your weight!

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MOMFAN 9/29/2011 5:08PM

    Start now and try and get at least a little exercise in every day. You will do this!

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KAREN_NY 9/29/2011 5:00PM

    So sorry to hear about the insomnia - how frustrating that can be! But don't be discouraged -- life happens. :)
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/29/2011 4:13PM

    happens to all of us... you are doing well anyway! we'll forgive you emoticon

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AMYLONGHORN 9/29/2011 3:37PM

    Are you JOKING me?! No need to apologize!! You're a fantastic Starfish and we LOVE you!! Sending hugs your way...hope your week ends's almost the WEEKEND!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/29/2011 2:17PM

    Get right back in there! I know you can do it!

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emoticon on losing!

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SHANSHE 9/29/2011 1:00PM

    emoticon, next week will be better!!!

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LADYRH 9/29/2011 12:34PM

    small steps at a time will get your there, weight loss is great.

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