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The Pancake 2000

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday morning was supposed to start with a 6.6 mile run to our local IHOP for pancakes but sis and I changed the plans a little. We talked about it Friday night and decided we wanted to run both there and back (13.2 miles) and then have breakfast at home, we were going to give it our best try. Sis has never run over 9 miles before and had to bail out on our first half-marathon last November due to some pretty serious back issues, but she's been up and running a lot here lately and wanted to spread her wings. I haven't pushed myself lately, still kinda babying the hip thing, but so far so good. So we decided to give it a shot, worst case we would have to call the DH to pick us up.

Proud to say we ran 13.2 miles in what we are calling the PANCAKE 2000 - Pancakes (for our original plan) and the 2000 is for the calories I burned on that super fantastic run. AWESOME.

A Big WOO HOO to my sis (GR8CGRM) for running her first half-marathon. I always knew you could do it.

And a yeah for me (my second half-marathon), now I know my leg is strong enough to handle the mileage so I'm wondering what I can start doing now, hmmmm more half-marathons I'm sure.

I told Sis wish I would have known sooner she wanted to run a half, we could have signed up and at least got some bling out of the deal, but we were treated to something better...we got home and the boys had made us breakfast, which taste way better than any IHOP dish, a breakfast of champions even.


I spent a lazy afternoon working on my tan, relaxing in my lawn chair after my morning run and grass mowing, sheesh I was tired.

Sunday was pouring rain here, ugghhh, enjoyed a lovely day indoors watching tv, cooking, started a new arts & craft project, and napping with my precious four-legged babies.


Weekly Wrap-Up:

emoticonAte within calories everyday, average daily calories 1400
emoticonCompleted weekly fitness goal - 300 minutes
emoticonReached my weekly calorie burn goal = 3000 calories
and....
emoticonran 22 miles last week

I think this has been one of the best week's for me as far as reaching all my goals, shooting for a perfect week again this week. I've got a crazy schedule of baseball, track and babysitting this week, so I'm going to have to do some serious planning today.

Getting buff emoticon NO E X C U S E S.

  
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VAMISS1 4/23/2012 6:30PM

    Love the name "Pancake 2000" run. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/23/2012 5:55PM

    HOW AWESOME ARE YOU?!?!?!? VERY! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 4/23/2012 1:39PM

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you go girl

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JCBRITT 4/23/2012 12:55PM

    Awesome. I knew you would be running w/your sis, but when I saw the 1/2 marathon comment was confused for a second. POTB to you both!! Woohoo.

I may be in your neck of the woods again early next month. Working out details and will let you know so maybe we can do lunch/dinner again.

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MYLADY4 4/23/2012 12:30PM

    That's great.

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MZSLYDE01 4/23/2012 11:53AM

    Wow girl - way to go - 2000 calories. That is really awesome.
You and the sis rocked it out. So proud of ya.
Glad that you are finally starting to get your hip and leg strong enough. Sheesh seems like forever, huh?
And thank you boy's - That breakfast looks ah-mazing. Better than any IHOP... Yay.
Harley is getting really cute. His markings are really showing. Love that pic.
Good job last week. You rock.

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JLITT62 4/23/2012 11:38AM

    One word:

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THATGIRL0515 4/23/2012 11:27AM

    you're out of my league! But my favorite coach!

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SUEAZZI 4/23/2012 11:25AM

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I am totally psyched for you and sis! Your running inspires me and I hope to get up to speed once things settle down. Fantastic week with your nutrition and fitness minutes, you've got this girl!

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NATPLUMMER 4/23/2012 10:52AM

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PLAYBLUES22 4/23/2012 10:46AM

    Sweetie, just love the blog, congrats to you and your sister emoticon

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SAMI199 4/23/2012 10:38AM

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You are the Woman!!!!

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DDOORN 4/23/2012 10:25AM

    Wow! Kudos on your run! I'm just getting back on track so that I can do my annual 5K at the Binghamton Bridge Run early May. Running just ain't my thing, but I figure I can at least do one teensy 5K a year, right? :-)

Don

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PAULOBRY 4/23/2012 9:27AM

    I like your "weekly wrap-up", great blog!

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There is NO SUBSTITUTE for .....

Friday, April 20, 2012

....HOME COOKED MEALS. I can't stress that enough when you are trying to keep a close watch and an accurate count of calories. When you cook at home, you know exactly what is in the foods you are cooking.

Last night's dinner at the AYCE buffet was a success, only because I double checked my calories. I had everything planned to the "T" on my blog yesterday, and I just had this feeling that I should check this restaurants website and look at "their" nutritional values, and a darned good thing I did.

I was shocked that my meticulous calculations were totally blown out of the water. If I had eaten everything on my list, I would have exceeded my calorie limit by 300. YEP, a whopping 300 calories more than I should have eaten, but luckily I checked and rechecked. Hidden calories are everywhere.

The secret to all this calorie counting, etc. is summed up in 4 simple words:

DO YOUR HOMEWORK PEOPLE. emoticon

There is NO other way, plain and simple. Measuring foods and doing the homework is why most people find this to be too time consuming - they just don't want to put forth the effort to succeed, it's a shame - they want the results, but not willing to invest their time.

So I had to make a few substitutions before I even went to dinner, then once I got there I had to make a few more adjustments since they didn't have all the items that I planned to eat, but that was to my advantage - not only did I save myself going over by 300 calories, I ate 22 less calories than I planned - now that's a big WOO HOO. So darned proud of myself.



I didn't take a pic of my fruit/dessert plate, but it was the highlight of dinner - strawberries and pineapple.

It was great to see my friend Maria and her family, seems like we just don't get together often enough, but we've successfully maintained a wonderful friendship for 19 years. Love you Maria.


Tomorrow is what sis and I call our PANCAKE RUN. We run to our local IHOP, which is 7 miles away and we usually have a stack of pancakes when we are finished, but we decided we are simply running tomorrow, no dining at the IHOP. We are secretly hoping the DH has whipped us up some homemade pancakes upon our return.... there is NO substitute for home cooked meals.



Hope everyone enjoys a great weekend, love to all.

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SUEAZZI 4/23/2012 1:40PM

    I'm a bit behind but yes, sticking with the basics ~ measuring and counting calories ~ it does work but you gotta put the effort into it and do your homework! emoticon

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JLITT62 4/21/2012 5:11AM

    I always have pancakes before my long runs; I tend to not be so hungry afterwards, plus prefer more protein after. But that's me.

Great job at the buffet!

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2HAMSDIET 4/21/2012 12:00AM

    Planning looks like the only way to go when eating out.. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/20/2012 1:28PM

    Home cooking is a must.. you can use reduced salt in canned goods when you know full well a rest will not!

good job!

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THATGIRL0515 4/20/2012 11:54AM

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MZSLYDE01 4/20/2012 11:41AM

    So proud of you girl. Way to go - And I always check the nutritional information on the restaurants website too. It's a must if you really want to know the stats. It's so surprising what you think it would be as compared to what it really is. That is why we eat at home 99% of the time. Woo Hoo for home cooking.
That is a great pic of you guys. I notice she has Steelers on.... Ha Ha are you converting her maybe??? LOL

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LAURELSPARK 4/20/2012 10:59AM

    I agree that homecooked meals are the BEST. Unfortunately, I hate too cook; I'm basically a 5-or-under-ingredient cook. My answer to that problem.....we have lots of fresh fruits and veggies!

Have a great weekend!



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NATPLUMMER 4/20/2012 10:22AM

    It's amazing how many extra calories restaurant food has.

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SAMI199 4/20/2012 10:00AM

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Thanks again for the 411-you are the emoticon

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AYCE Buffet WILL NOT Stand In My Way

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My GD had a very successful track meet yesterday, she took second place in the 1600 [she was beaten my her team mate by a hair] and last night was the first time she ran the 800, she placed second. WOW, she's my little super star. emoticonHEAVEN.

Got home from track meet to dinner already cooked, thanks to preparing a crock pot meal ahead of time. Spark Salsa Chicken - 4 oz. shredded chicken, dollop of sour cream, black beans all rolled into a tortilla, super yummy and very filing, 450 calorie meal. Had to scramble to get everything done to watch American Idol, and of course I was so exhausted I fell asleep before it was over, no evening workout yesterday - time just ran out, but will make up for it today. Gotta meet my weekly fitness goal.

No morning workout today, I just kept smacking the snooze, emoticonmy back was hurting and I woke up with a headache [the same headache I went to bed with] so I just decided to be lazy, but I will do a lunchtime run today - no exceptions. And I'm guessing I might need a little yoga tonight when I get home to just unwind from the busy week.

Dinner tonight with some dear friends. DH is happy, he gets to graze at the all you can eat buffet, so he will be really, really happy. And then there's me.... I'll be the one whipping out the measuring cups from my purse, emoticon but SERIOUSLY for real about the measuring cups. emoticonToo bad the food scale won't fit in my purse, but then people would be totally convinced I'm a calorie-counting freak. I am determined, determined, DETERMINED [did I mention determined?] not to go over my calories, PERIOD, this week, not even by one measly calorie. So this is what I plan to eat, I'm publishing my list as my accountability. I will not eat anything that is not listed below, pinky promise...

Meal
1/2 c. carrots emoticon
1/2 c. lima beans
1/2 c. broccoli emoticon
1/4 c. potatos
1 Yeast Roll (OMG, this my weak spot)
4 oz meat (fish, pork or chicken) emoticon

Dessert
1 choc chip cookie emoticon
1/4 c. strawberries emoticon
1/4 c. pineapple emoticon
2 tbsp banana pudding (maybe)

Oh and BTW I will have emoticon instead of diet soda emoticon. I usually treat myself to a diet soda if we are dining out, but it always makes me feel bloated so I will forego that.

While this may sound totally ridiculous to some, others can appreciate how much effort, planning, will power and determination this takes. An SP buddy told me yesterday that I must want it bad and guess what.... I WANT IT BAD, I'm going for it, no buffet will stand in my way.

Getting buff emoticon NO E X C U S E S.

Exciting Run for Saturday: I call it the Pancake Run, will provide details later.

  
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MZSLYDE01 4/20/2012 8:36AM

    How'd the buffet trip go?
You were determined and am hoping all your hard work and planning payed off.

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2HAMSDIET 4/19/2012 6:50PM

    I love you measuring cups in the purse. Buffets or eating out period can be bad with out a plan. In fact I think the buffet is better as they are so many good choices. Enjoy yourself. emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/19/2012 6:50:58 PM

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JLITT62 4/19/2012 1:17PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan in place! I know you'll stick to it - I actually used to have a WW travel scale . . .

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SUEAZZI 4/19/2012 12:32PM

    Measuring cups in your purse, wow! You are 100% committed and yes, you want it bad! Your determination and willpower inspires me, truly you do. Congrats to your GD track meet, the little roadrunner that she is! Accountability, you've got this! emoticon

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THATGIRL0515 4/19/2012 12:25PM

    now you need to take a picture of what your companions will be putting on their plates next to yours!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 4/19/2012 11:49AM

    We had Salsa Chicken on Tuesday! It's one of our absolute favorite recipes and so darned easy!!!! I got up with Jillian this morning. She told me to kick butt today. That I will!!!

Have a great run at lunch. I'll be reading Fifty Shades Freed on the treadmill here at work. I would rather run with you...and read my book at the same time!

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NATPLUMMER 4/19/2012 9:49AM

    YAY for GD!!! emoticon
Sounds like a great dinner plan.



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DGIBSON02 4/19/2012 8:52AM

    They gave her 2nd place for the 1600 and she finished 2nd in the 800 with a 2:57 time.

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My Four at 0400

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I started today off with a huge success and it's still early emoticon.

Im calling it my "4 at 4". 4-mile run at 0430.

Workout for the day DONE. emoticonAnything else is a bonus, but I doubt I can squeeze much else in today, gonna be busy.

Put dinner in the crock pot this morning before I left for work [SP salsa chicken], since I won't be home til probably 7:00. GD track meet at 5:00, looking forward to seeing our super star runner in action. emoticon She runs the "mile" or for those with proper track ettiquette... the 1600 and she will be running the 800 also.

I created a new kitchen concoction last night. I made the DH a BLT since I knew there was NO way in [you know the word] he would try what I was making. I saw this recipe online somewhere [i think it was on the daily spark, 5 minute lunch ideas, maybe] and it looked so yummy that I went to the store on my lunch hour to get the ingredients to make for dinner. I dreamed about it all day *heavy sigh*.

1 packet of tuna, half avacado, one wedge of laughing cow swiss cheese, and celery put on toasted whole wheat pitas. I couldn't find pita so I substituted 100-calorie whole wheat sandwich thins, didn't put in the celery [not much of a fan] and put some lettuce and tomato on it too. WOW, it was super yummy, never thought about combining those ingredients before, but glad I ran across it. I was supposed to eat the whole bowl last night, I had accounted for it in my calories, but it was super filling, so I am having a repeat for lunch today. Just goes to show you that you just NEVER KNOW, until you try it. Good eats and simple too. emoticon

Hope everyone has a super day, I know mine is off to a fantastic start, I feel like the energizer bunny, that's why I love morning workouts. emoticon

So I'm 2 outta 3 so far this week for getting up and working out early, not too shabby, working so hard to make this a habit.

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DDOORN 4/19/2012 12:33PM

    Whew! What busy days filled with Spark!

Don

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SUEAZZI 4/18/2012 2:57PM

    I just might have to give avacado another try because your sandwich sounds so yummy! WTG on your fabulous 4's!

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2HAMSDIET 4/18/2012 12:17PM

    The sandwich sound great and I have everything so I guess it will be lunch. Enjoy your track meet. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/18/2012 11:51AM

    YAY!!!

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MZSLYDE01 4/18/2012 9:32AM

    Way to go girl.
By the way - haven't been on in so long I should have known the background would be some really awesome shoes.... Hee Hee.
I am so super inspired by you lady.

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SAMI199 4/18/2012 9:27AM

    emoticon You sure are the Bunny-lol. Good Job-enjoy the rest of your day-you deserve it!

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JLITT62 4/18/2012 8:48AM

    Wow! 4:30 is too early for even me! You want it bad!

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GROEDER 4/18/2012 8:32AM

    You REALLY are inspiring!!!!!! You should be very proud of yourself.
The sandwich sounds great. I will try it myself. Thanks.
Have a great time at the track meet.

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National Stress Awareness Day

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I read online that today is National Stress Awareness Day. We all can be stressed from time to time, but this outta make you smile.


For a stress-free, guilt-free dessert, bake a diet coke cake today. One can of diet coke with one box of chocolate cake mix, mix together and bake as directed, top with fat-free cool whip and fresh strawberries.

What's your favorite stress-buster? Mine is a super great RUN or a round of kick-boxing and sometimes a little yoga, all are excellent stress relievers.

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SUEAZZI 4/18/2012 2:47PM

    Ah dessert spelled backwards, love it! My stress reliever is running and/or working out.

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LAURELSPARK 4/17/2012 3:10PM

    Today my stress buster was eating lunch out with a friend..... I had tons of veggies at my favorite Asian place.

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NATPLUMMER 4/17/2012 12:11PM

    Love it!!
My favorite stress buster is the same as yours....a run :-)....and some baking.

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THATGIRL0515 4/17/2012 11:16AM

    I like to move when I'm stressed

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PAMNANGEL 4/17/2012 11:13AM

    Yoga helps and cuddling with my critters.

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SAMI199 4/17/2012 10:59AM

    I'm always good with a long walk-music always helps & believe it or not fooling around on the old computer-lol.

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2HAMSDIET 4/17/2012 10:56AM

    I hate to say that one of the favorite stress busters is cooking. Wish I had a house full to feed. But I don't. So I don't make any thing with out a set plan of who is going to eat it and if I'm going to eat any. It isn't my only stress reliever but found it makes me so happy to do it that I needed to figure out how to make it work and keep healthy. I have a very friend that is always struggling to keep weight so I bake her all kinds of biscotti almost every Thursday.

I guess I turned a problem into an opportunity. emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 4/17/2012 9:51AM

    Unfortunately, Lisa, my stress reliever is chocolate!! I really need to fix that problem!! lol

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