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Smacking the Snooze Button

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Did I get up and get in a good run at 0430 this morning or did I smack the snooze button emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

YEP, you guessed it.... I GOT UP, finally. I got up, got a 4-mile run in this morning. Feeling grooooooooovy. emoticon.

Getting up an hour early is really hard, and I am hoping to be able to make this a habit. Ok no hoping, I'm GONNA. I love getting in a workout first thing in the morning, it gives me soooo much energy to face the day and I feel great. I even had time to work out the kinks with the foam roller for about 15 minutes after my run, which is a MUST since I have the IT band issue and sore hip. I'm even icing it as I type this blog. I'm erring on the side of caution.

Had a great dinner last night....roasted the left over butternut squash, fresh steamed broccoli and 3 oz of pork loin with a honey/garlic glaze. I love it when my kitchen experiments are a hit, DH was happy because I cooked MEAT, lol.



After dinner I did the SPARK 10 minute ball workout, that was a nice change of pace from running, it was a strength training/core workout. Think I will add that in the mix a couple of times a week. 10-minutes burned 70 calories, not to bad for not having to work up much of a sweat, but my ABS are letting me know that they got a work-over last night.

Started the day with a protein shake for breakfast, eating leftover vegetarian chili for lunch today - packed full of protein so it keeps me full for most of the afternoon - YEAH !!!! Lots of fruits and veggies for snacks. GOSH I love having my meals planned and prepared.

No workout on schedule for tonight since I already got it done, I think I will work outside in the yard, a little cardio lawn mowing - a BONUS !!!! or maybe a little yoga stretching this evening. No running until Friday - got a long run planned so taking tomorrow off, but I'm getting up early for a workout of some kind - maybe a 30-minute Tony or a spin on the bike.

Feeling so great and energized right now, wish I could just exercise all day long.... Did I just say that ????

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SUEAZZI 3/30/2012 3:31PM

    You're inspiring me to stop smacking the snooze button! Mornings are still chilly here but doable and it's light enough to head out too. I did get out one morning last week and it's such a great start to the day. Whereas I'm taking so many classes in the afternoon during the week running in the morning is my best bet and it's always been my favorite time of the day to run sooooooooo no more excuses, it's time for me to get running!

Thanks for this post :-)

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DDOORN 3/29/2012 9:09AM

    Whew...! 4:30! I struggle to get up and get going @ 6:30!

Good on ya!

Don

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PARKERB2 3/28/2012 7:14PM

    Love your new picture. You sure look a lot different. Nice blog. Have fun running. Keep up the good work.

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2012 5:41PM

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CHAOTICMOM4 3/28/2012 3:43PM

    Nope, I hit the snooze, did get my workout in at lunch, but that wasn't the plan. I'll think of you when the alarm goes off Friday morning and how good you feel! Great Job!

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KAREN_NY 3/28/2012 3:39PM

    I *love* morning workouts too, and admire your ability to get up & run in the dark! That's the part that slays me this time of year. :/
Thanks for sharing & giving me a jolt!

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TOOTHFUL99 3/28/2012 12:35PM

    I'm the most productive in the morning, but I'm not a morning person. (Does that make sense??) I give you lots of credit for dragging yourself out of bed that early. Great job!

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GR8CGRM 3/28/2012 11:42AM

    We are going to be buff sis. No one to stop us but ourselves. Since I live with you no excuses..Keep each other in check!!! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/28/2012 9:26AM

    Me too! I was up at 5:00 a.m. though. I worked out with you! Jillian yelled at me and Nickelback rock and rolled me. I have to say your dinner looked DELISH! I love me some butternut squash! We WILL get back into the habit of working out in the mornings! Whatever happens the rest of the day is just a bonus! Right? Enjoy your evening tonight. You may have sparked me to mow, too! Thanks girlie! emoticon

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JLITT62 3/28/2012 9:15AM

    I used to run early in the mornings, but somehow got out of the habit this yr. The house is just so cozy . . . good for you!

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MDBUTTERFLY 3/28/2012 9:14AM

    Great blog and good for you!!! BTW that dinner looks AMAZING!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/28/2012 9:00AM

    You continue to amaze me!!!!

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LORI-K 3/28/2012 8:35AM

    You are really rockin it!! emoticon I love mornings! You have very impressive self discipline to get up that early to run. Good for you!!
You're doing awesome with you're eating too. emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 3/28/2012 8:16AM

    WOW! 4:30 am - I am always so impressed with people that can do early morning workouts. It just doesn't work for me; wish it did. I think I'd be more consistent if so. You are such a motivator! YOU GO GIRL! BTW - love your new profile pic!

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 3/28/2012 8:11AM

    You are doing so well! Thank you for inspiring me yet again. And that meal looks so delicious and healthy! I agree, getting up early really helps and changes things.

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RIKKI572 3/28/2012 8:06AM

    Wow, I can feel the energy just jumping of the page. Wishing you a fantastic day!!

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SAMI199 3/28/2012 7:52AM

    I guessed right!!!! You go girl!!!!

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( can I come live with you...)

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You Put WHAT in the Chili?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Carrots, kidney beans, black beans, cannelli beans, tomatoes, celery, spices and WHAT THE HECK? butternut squash.

Chef Meg's Vegetarian Chili in the slow cooker was excellent. It had a really sweet, yet spicy flavor and was very filling. I was stuffed after one serving (1 cup) and I had allowed myself 1.5 servings on my calorie tracker, but couldn't eat the other 1/2 cup. The DH didn't really like it, but then again I didn't expect him to, since he has to have his "meat", lol. I will definitely cook it again, so I can have a lot of leftovers. I have about three servings left, so I am having a bowl for lunch today, YEAH, and I will have two to freeze for a later time, makes for a quick meal.

This just goes to prove that.... I'm a tried and true SPARK fanatic/addict, you know you've totally changed your lifestyle when vegetarian chili with butternut squash excites you...and when you look forward to a terrific 5-mile run/calorie burn tonight.

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IRISHF 3/29/2012 11:03PM

    I think butternut squash in chili sounds excellent. I've made chili with sweet potato before, similar. I'll have to go look for Chef Meg's recipe!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/28/2012 9:01AM

    I tried a similar recipe that had sweet potato in it... We both like it, but my husband eats most everything.... hehe...

Love the new picture!!

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 3/28/2012 8:13AM

    Looks so yummy!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/27/2012 11:51PM

    Looks good and glad you have some on hand for enjoying later too. I tend to make my meals like that and then save some for lunches and quick dinners when i get home late. Keep up the good work and enjoy your run!

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SUEAZZI 3/27/2012 2:14PM

    Dish looks delish! I will definitely put this on my list to make, and in a slow cooker too, how sweet!

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NATPLUMMER 3/27/2012 11:57AM

    Looks very tasty.
Hope you have a great run tonight :-)

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DDOORN 3/27/2012 11:31AM

    Chili is one of those "kitchen sink" sorta recipes where just about ANYTHING works...yum! Love the sound of your "mix!" :-)

Don

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LAURELSPARK 3/27/2012 9:39AM

    I'll have to give butternut squash a try. I've resisted it so far; my dad used to grow squash when I was a kid and I didn't like it because it was slimy and seedy. My tastes have change so.......who knows, I might like it now.

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RIKKI572 3/27/2012 9:11AM

    I'm just discovering that butternut squash is an excellent addition to "healthy-up" regular recipes. I tried Chef Meg's Mac & Cheese with it, and even the GS ate it!! I'll have to try it in the chili. If I cut it small enough, maybe hubby won't notice!!
Wishing you a fantastic day

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JLITT62 3/27/2012 8:29AM

    My DH would be righ there with yours, & I'm with you!

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Happy Monday Ramblings

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hope everyone enjoyed a super weekend, not much to tell here. It was rainy all weekend, so I took a relax day yesterday - stayed in my jammies all day and watched movies...The Notebook, The Last Song, Puss in Boots, and Jack and Jill. I had seen The Notebook before but such a wonderful movie and omg, I had to break out the box of tissue for The Last Song, I was bawling like a baby. Puss in Boots was excellent, can't say I really liked Jack and Jill too much, I'm not much of an Adam Sandler fan, but I was in the mood for a comedy after the sappy, chick flicks, hee hee.

See I told you it was a lazy day, but I did prepare dinner for tonight yesterday, and get healthy lunches for the week packed, woo hoo, but that was about it.

The dinner I prepared is a new SPARK recipe... Chef Meg's Vegetarian Chili, featuring some butternut squash [one of my new fav veggies] - so we will get the official taste test tonight and rate this recipe. [DH is less than thrilled about trying this, lol, but he can always fix himself a sandwich if he doesnt like it] Have to eat in a hurry, dog has a vet appt tonight. Sheesh, gonna be a crazy, busy day.

Lunchtime run on schedule today, providing my horrible heart burn goes away, feeling pretty horrible at the moment, but hoping it will pass soon.

I have a busy week planned, my workout buddy is back and available for early a.m. workouts, starting tomorrow.... 0430, 3-5 mile run on schedule.

Quote I saw this morning on a friends FB page....

"Everyone wants to be in great shape but not everyone wants to get in shape".

Simply put and so true, so many are not willing to do what it takes and that's what sets us apart from others - we've got the SPARK and we're not afraid to use it. emoticon


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SAMI199 3/28/2012 9:32AM

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SUEAZZI 3/27/2012 1:59PM

    Glad you took some relaxing time off for yourself; we need it every now and then to reset our start button! I printed off that recipe last week, cannot wait to read how you liked it. Happy Tuesday, I'm behind on spark as you can tell! Boot camp in 2-1/2 hours, emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/26/2012 10:55PM

    Everyone deserves a day off and it sounds like you had a good one. I have to say Im not a big Sandler fan either...hes more of a silly guys actor though I did enjoy 50 First Dates. I am really hoping to get some inspiration from you to get my butt back in gear...thanks for not giving up on me!

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LAURELSPARK 3/26/2012 11:26AM

    The best things about rainy weekends are.....NO YARDWORK and sappy movies! Sometimes you've just gotta regroup....

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NATPLUMMER 3/26/2012 11:20AM

    Sounds like a fab weekend!!
I do hope the heartburn goes away. That would make for a yucky run.

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POSITIVE_ONE 3/26/2012 10:55AM

    I like that - We have the SPARK and we are not afraid to use it!!! Love it!!

I need a weekend like that - just with different movies. Ha ha!! No way I watch those.

This is No Excuses Monday! Thanks for calling that out. emoticon

SPARK ON IN 2012!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/26/2012 10:52AM

    It was sunny and 80s here so tons of yardwork done and yesterday I painted. My arms and butt (ladder climbing) are hurting today.

I love The Notebook and wondered about The Last Song. I'll watch it sometime...probably by myself! emoticon

I bet your chili turns out great. Love me some butternut squash! Let me know what you think. emoticon Just checking.

Have a great Monday! The sun is shining and we're feeling fine! emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 3/26/2012 9:57AM

    Sounds like a really nice weekend, actually! I love the lazy ones with nothing to do!
Can't wait to hear how the chili turns out! It sounds yummy!



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The Healthy Way

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thought I would post a pic of the healthy items I picked up at the grocery store for my lunches the rest of this week. It's all healthy - NO MORE JUNK.


We did have an ice cream cake for one of the guy's birthday yesterday here in the office, but YOURS TRULY did not have a piece, I just licked the spatula, lol. I'm being good.

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BILL60 3/23/2012 8:40AM

    Welcome Walmart shopper!! Love the Triscuits, hummus and the bananas.

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DDOORN 3/22/2012 3:05PM

    Looking great! :-)

Don

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MYLADY4 3/21/2012 9:28PM

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SUEAZZI 3/21/2012 8:07PM

    Looks great and is going to taste even better! Smart choices all the way. emoticon

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LORI-K 3/21/2012 7:58PM

    YAY!! Looks like great selections! Awesome! emoticon
I went to the grocery store too and bought lots of healthy stuff to ward off the naughty snacks I had to buy for the kids. We can do it!!
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RIKKI572 3/21/2012 7:50PM

    Great for lunches. I actually found hummus in individual serving size cups, which makes it easier to control (I love my hummus!!)
Wishing you a great day.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2012 7:34PM

    YUM!!! The only problem with the hummus is I could eat the whole container at once ;-)

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JLITT62 3/21/2012 3:48PM

    Looks VERY healthy! Congrats!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/21/2012 3:41PM

    Looks emoticon!!! Good for you!

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NOW HEAR THIS !!!!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

No more junk food PERIOD !!!!!!

I have been eating horrible lately. I have noticed that within my calorie range there has been some less than healthy foods slipping in. Junk food has been creeping in my daily allotment...hot dogs, cheetohs, ice cream, beer.

NOW HEAR THIS.... It will emoticonthis instant. I will only eat healthy foods to fuel my body.




"so let it be written, so let it be done"

  
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PARKERB2 3/20/2012 7:55PM

    I'm back in Weight Watchers again so I'm with you. I know you will do it for YOU. Have a great day.

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NATPLUMMER 3/20/2012 12:07PM

    I don't want to have to sick Yul on you ;-)

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SUEAZZI 3/20/2012 11:03AM

    This is just what I needed to read today! I'm doing better but have room for improvement. Thanks for sharing your affirmation because it rubs off on me! emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/20/2012 9:28AM

    You can do it!!

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REDSHOES2011 3/20/2012 9:26AM

    I have not eaten junkfood from 2004.. I use how it used to make me hungry all the time to avoid it.. I also have 35 cms of incision stitches and the pain that say don't go there..
You have to use mind warfar to avoid relaxing around it.. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/20/2012 9:18AM

    Cheetos?!?!? emoticon What the heck? You stop that right now! Good luck today. I've packed a little something for you to help out. emoticon There's nothing orange in that bag, nor is there anything with barley. emoticon

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DDOORN 3/20/2012 9:18AM

    It's so easy to allow that to happen!

I recently decided not to carry any money with me as I *know* I won't charge junk food! :-)

Don

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FREDANN 3/20/2012 8:38AM

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BOILHAM 3/20/2012 8:10AM

    Junk food creeping in, I get that! Be strong!

"Snow. Bah. I don't believe in snow!"




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JLITT62 3/20/2012 7:53AM

    Yup, you can eat 1500 calories of twinkies or freggies. Bet I know what you'll be eating!

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GROEDER 3/20/2012 7:44AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!
I find myself having the same problems, and just reading your blog helps to keep im mind the RIGHT foods to eat.
Thanks!!!

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LORI-K 3/20/2012 7:40AM

    I hear you loud and clear!! Way to own it and take control! You can do it!
(Yesterday was my first sweet-free day in a long time. I'm on the road to recovery).
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