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It's OK, really

Friday, February 25, 2011

Well my usual morning protein shake turned out crappy this morning, not sure what the problem was, I think it was lack of fruit so it turned out tasting like chocolate ice milk - ICK, so disappointed but I'm not letting that ruin my day. I am rather hungry since I tossed the shake in the sink.

So hmmm, look over there on the counter.... someone brought in bagels. I am really hungry so I talked myself into having a bagel. It's ok really, you can have one with some light cream cheese, it's ok. So, I just finished a bagel and boy was it yummy and it's not going to wreck the rest of my day's eating plan, so I am glad I let myself have one. Every now and then, it's OK, really.... it's taken me a long time to get to the point of "OK" and I'm happy I can say "OK" every now and then.

Not much of anything planned for the weekend, except a run in the morning and a yoga class, but this lady of leisure will find something constructive to do, no couch potato weekend for me, been there, done that, and over it. Hope everyone has a fun filled weekend. emoticon

  
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GR8CGRM 2/25/2011 12:47PM

    Sunday morning run and yoga is just what the doctor ordered... emoticon

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JLITT62 2/25/2011 12:28PM

    I have a bagel every now & again - I am Jewish, after all! Anything can be aten in moderation. I'm hoping to have a group run this weekend, but MORE snow is forecasted.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/25/2011 11:52AM

    Dude, as long as you track it and fit it in with the rest of your preferred macronutrient ratios, it *IS* OK.

BTW, glad the moving yesterday sounds like it worked out.

What are you going to do today?

I'm going to XC ski a little at lunch and then snowboard in the evening.

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HEALTHY_45 2/25/2011 11:14AM

    I'm so proud of you for letting it be OK. One bagel with light cream cheese is definitely not going to reverse all the hard work you have done.
Have a fabulous week end beautiful!!
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GIMPYKNEE 2/25/2011 10:30AM

   
I've actually switched to something called a "bagel thin" --- a mere fraction of the mass of a real bagel.

Really tasty when I use my tiny skillet and fry up some "Break free egg product" - my tiny skillet gives me a round egg-thing the size of a bagel thin!

If I'm living dangerously, I sprinkle some low-far mexican blend shredded cheese while the egg is cooking.

Your day will get better.

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NATPLUMMER 2/25/2011 10:17AM

    Yes, it is definitely okay every once in a while. Sometimes a bagel and cream cheese really satisfies.
I'm sure you'll find plenty to occupy yourself with over the weekend.
Have a great one!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 2/25/2011 9:34AM

    It is much better to be happy in moderation than it is to crave something of which we are depriving ourselves

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A Whole Lotta Nothing

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This week has been filled with a whole lot of NOTHING. I've been feeling miserable (TOM), and let me say TOM never really bothers me, except about once every six months or so, but this time around, holy ham, I'm just sapped. Suffering horrible cramps, bloated to the extreme (feel and look like a blowfish - ok, that's a tad exaggerated), feels like I've put on 50 pounds since last week, feeling totally miserable, yep, I'm whining cuz I have been sooooo miserable this week. And the mood swings and irritability are over the top (that is not an exaggeration, just ask anyone who has been within 5 feet of me this week, they can totally attest to my pleasant nature, definitely sarcasm here)

I have to admit I have not done a thing, no exercise, nothing. And it's really getting to me, this week, so far, seems like it's all I can do to drag myself out of bed in the mornings, go to work, only to come home from work and put on my jammies and just sit on the couch. What is wrong with me? Totally not my style.

Goal for today is to do SOMETHING, just a little something fitness wise, I just have physically felt bad, but will do my best tonight to do it anyway. I have been staying within the calorie range, actually a tad under since I really have not had an appetite this week. WOW, I'm just falling to pieces, but at least I'm not eating bad foods or overeating.

emoticonSheesh, I feel better now with this confessional to myself and to all my SP buddies: I've just been a lazy couch potato all week.

  
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SAMI199 2/24/2011 9:49PM

    I feel your pain-Don't you just love being a girl-lol.You already know you have gotten some very wise advice here-so-onward-NO Regrets-it is over & we don't need to waste another minute on it. You will feel better soon!!!!!!


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BILL60 2/24/2011 7:02PM

    HEY GRUMPY, LET'S GET WITH THE PROGRAM. REMEMBER YOU'RE MY HEROINE AND MUST ACT THE PART OR PUSH-UPS FOR YOU. HOOAAA!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/24/2011 11:52AM

    kudos on the eating.

Do a little something. Just 20 minutes.

You'll feel better, I promise!

If you don't, you have my permission to come back and kick my virtual butt.

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VBPARROTHEAD 2/24/2011 11:41AM

  From what I have read this seems very out of character for you. HMMM, Could it mean that you really needed to slow down for a few days? Yep, that might be it. I know that you will get off the couch and get moving again, just start somewhat slowly so that you don't shock your body into wanting to stop again. I know that you will get back to exercising again, it has just been this week and this week is coming to an end. emoticon

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VBPARROTHEAD 2/24/2011 11:40AM

  From what I have read this seems very out of character for you. HMMM, Could it mean that you really needed to slow down for a few days? Yep, that might be it. I know that you will get off the couch and get moving again, just start somewhat slowly so that you don't shock your body into wanting to stop again. I know that you will get back to exercising again, it has just been this week and this week is coming to an end. emoticon

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UNIONDIVA 2/24/2011 10:50AM

    Do something FUN! and you know exercise will help those mood swings.... emoticon Just remember down does not equal out... you will get it together emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2011 10:12AM

    TOM always leaves me feeling like I've put on 50 pounds and I'm always cranky, so I definitely feel you.
Hopefully something fitness wise will help you feel a little better.

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SEEAMANDARUN 2/24/2011 9:27AM

    We all have those weeks. As long as you are able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off and get started again, that's what matter most. Hope you feel more like yourself soon!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 2/24/2011 9:21AM

    TOM emoticon and the sucky weather could both be contributing to the blahs. We all get them, but you'll get out of that funk in a jiffy! emoticon You aren't going to feel like emoticon much longer and back to your old self emoticon in no time! You've rocked this transformation and it's just going to get better and better! emoticon

Maybe you just need a good emoticon in the booty! Here you go! I'm with you all the way...now lets get emoticon!!!

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MZSLYDE01 2/24/2011 9:19AM

    Yes I have to agree with everyone. It's your body telling you something. Obviously that it needs some rest. Our bodies are wonderous and will tell us exactly what they need. It's our jobs to listen and do - SO DON'T FEEL BAD. A part of this healhty lifestyle is to also rest when our bodies need it so that they can recover or it isn't do us any good to do all that exercise and healthy food. OK Now that I am done preaching - good job on doing what you need to this week and good job on eating well during the process. Hope you start feeling better soon. I know - both of us this week are just a mess huh?
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2HAMSDIET 2/24/2011 8:59AM

    Maybe you body wanted a vacation, just a bit of R&R. emoticon

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ALYFITN 2/24/2011 8:26AM

    Get moving! I've had those same feelings some days since Christmas. Good job in keeping in calorie range! emoticon

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JLITT62 2/24/2011 8:08AM

    It may be that you really just need that rest - as long as 1 week doesn't turn into 2, I'm sure you'll do fine.

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One Goal for February - CHECK !!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

emoticonOne of my goals each month is to make a new recipe - this month I tried SPARK Paleo Chicken Enchiladas. Last night I had a house full of guinea pigs to try out the new recipe. Three out of five voted THUMBS DOWN !!! But Sis and I agreed it was ok, but the sauce could have used a little help, the spices were just right, but too runny. The sauce was made up of chicken broth and tomato sauce with a tad of cumin and chili powder, poured over grilled chicken breast and cauliflower.

I thought it was pretty good, the sauce just needed to be thicker but it had a great flavor. I really wish I knew how to cook, I could have doctored the sauce up, but since I only cook by following a recipe I'm at a real disadvantage, I'm obviously not kitchen savvy. I have plenty of leftovers since three out of five people are picky-pants. Looks like I'm going to be eating chicken enchiladas for a couple of days (lunch, dinner, snack, etc.) because I don't waste food, perhaps I might freeze it in individual servings for future lunches for me.

So I will try to add something to it tonight, any suggestions to help a hopeless cook? emoticon

  
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CSIENK 2/23/2011 11:50AM

    Hi there. It sounds like a pretty good recipe to me. My family often turns thumbs down at my healthy recipe attempts - mostly because they're used to higher salt... or more sweet... (depending on the recipe) food. If you decide to try a thickening agent, I'd suggest tapioca flour instead of corn starch. It's what I use when I make chicken chop suey and it works out really well. One benefit is it's gluten free. Here's a link that talks about thickeners and substitutes. Unfortunately you'll have to copy and paste into a new browser as they still don't have a link tab for blog posts...

http://www.buzzle.c
om/articles/tapioca-flour-subst
itute.html

Cindy

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2HAMSDIET 2/22/2011 7:25PM

    My husband and I are both chefs and some times we have bad meals. That happens when you try new recipes and we use to tell the kids that it is like traveling with out leaving home. If you don't have bad you can't understand good. emoticon

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777GRACE 2/22/2011 4:50PM

    My problem is I am such a whiz in the kitchen
I make a great dish
then I cannot make it that way again!!!
I wish I could follow a recipe too
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SAMI199 2/22/2011 4:06PM

    Nothing ventured,nothing gained...at least you tried!

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CDK210 2/22/2011 1:57PM

    i have made plenty of recipes that don't work out...but that's awesome that you tried something new! i agree with the other posts - try tomato paste. sounds like the chicken broth thinned it down too much. maybe add some beans to change it up a little bit, if you're going to be eating a lot of it?

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PARKERB2 2/22/2011 12:53PM

    I am constantly looking for chicken recipes so I will give yours a try. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2011 11:23AM

    Next time, if you didn't want to add any flour or cornstarch to thicken the sauce you might want to just reduce it in a pot before you pour it over the chicken.

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DGIBSON02 2/22/2011 9:39AM

    sounds good to me

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JLITT62 2/22/2011 7:48AM

    If you have tomato paste, you could try to add that to thicken it up. Some flour or cornstarch would work, possibly, but would make things a little less healthy.

Do you like things spicy? Canned green chiles would probably be a nice addition, or chopped jalapeņos if you really like it hot.

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MZSLYDE01 2/22/2011 7:47AM

    Next time you could use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce - should thicken it up. That or if you use the tomato sauce again use a little corn starch to thicken while cooking it. As for spices green chiles and cilantro are always a plus. Sounds like a great recipe though. Glad at least you and the sis appreciated it.
Great on reaching that goal for the month. I am definitely going to exceed my cooking goal for the year. One of my goals was to try at least 5 new recipes this year and I have already made 4 new ones. Woo Hoo for us.
Hope you get rid of the blahs and me too... Thanks for the tissue's I need them right now. I made home made Chicken and Rice soup last night with lots of veggies in it so will be eating that again tonight to feed the cold.

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PRAYDANCRUNLOVE 2/22/2011 7:34AM

    I love that you reached a goal, even if it wasn't well received. emoticon and keep on moving!

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Running Safety Tips

Monday, February 21, 2011

I was very fortunate to attend a class at our local running store taught by two police officers on running safety. Since it is soo tiny on the page, I would be happy to email a copy to you, just SPARKMAIL me with your personal email address. Very useful information, if you have any questions, let me know and I can explain.

  
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2HAMSDIET 2/21/2011 5:05PM

    Thanks for the informaton I walk by myself most of the time. I could read it when I enlarged it. emoticon

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 2/21/2011 3:09PM

    Great idea! I'll message you :)

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STIPER23 2/21/2011 1:52PM

    Likewise. I'll send you a Spark Mail. I run in the early morning hours in the dark and always have this concern in the back of my mind.

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NATPLUMMER 2/21/2011 12:51PM

    It would be great to have the information. I'll sparkmail you.

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It was mostly a DUD

Monday, February 21, 2011

Well my wonderful busy weekend I had planned got totally rearranged, so it was mostly a DUD, but a few highlights...

Went to school with daughter on Friday, that was fun and we skipped out a few minutes early for a girlie shopping trip. Must have been my lucky day, I finally found a pair of jeans that fit and was on clearance for five bucks, woo hoo, that never happens to me. And my daughter and I got matching dresses for five bucks too.

No long run on Saturday, but did attend the runner's safety program. Will share details tomorrow from that. Very informative. Went to my granddaughter's basketball game, then out to lunch with daughter and her BF. (Decided against Mexican - way too many calories, opted for a healthier choice - kids meal at Cracker Barrel, grilled ckn and veggies) Then hubby and I came home and ended up taking a two hour nap, WOW, guess I'm getting old. Then we spend the evening baking and watching a movie.

Sunday, no hot yoga, I slept late and then after being up for two hours, fell back asleep on couch with my daughter. Big family dinner and watched The Social Network, pretty good movie, then finished the lazy day out with yet another movie, daughter and I stayed up to watch Titanic for the millionth time.

It was a L A Z Y weekend, I must have really needed to catch up on my sleep. But back at it today, gonna be great weather for an afternoon run, gonna take advantage of that since it's going to be cold again tomorrow. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and are ready to get back to work today.

  
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CSIENK 2/23/2011 11:54AM

    I also had a lazy weekend. I think sometimes we just need it. It was almost like Christmas vacation at our house... the kids had a long weekend for winter break (Friday-Monday)... then we got a bonus snow day because we got 8 inches of snow between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Today it's back to the grind...
btw $5 jeans?! emoticon emoticon
And I think the number on your ticker is way down from the last time I looked. Do I have that right?
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Take care - Cindy

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POLKADOTREVIVAL 2/21/2011 7:15PM

    Hey, I think the jeans made that whole weekend!
You work hard during the week you deserve a weekend off!

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MZSLYDE01 2/21/2011 12:02PM

    Wow - I'd say you needed the rest then.
Sounds like you had a very nice weekend even though it was rearranged.
Cool on the jeans and dress. SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad you are back at it today. I love MONDAYS - getting back into our comfortable schedule.LOL

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SEEAMANDARUN 2/21/2011 10:31AM

    Sounds like a good weekend to me! I took a nice nap on Sunday too. Have a great run tonight!

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DGIBSON02 2/21/2011 9:05AM

    The movie was pretty good last night.

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GROEDER 2/21/2011 8:16AM

    That sounds like a pretty good weekend to me. It is nice to have a nice relaxing "do as you please" weekend once in a while.
Nice buy on the clothes for you and your daughter!!!!!
Hope you have a great week.
Gregg

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SWELL10 2/21/2011 8:05AM

    Sounds like you must have needed a REST weekend. Nothing wrong with that! Have a great week!

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JLITT62 2/21/2011 8:02AM

    Sorry it didn't work out like you expected it would, but sounds like you got some much needed rest. And $5 jeans! How cool is that?

I watched The Social Network on my birthday - video on demand since DH watched it twice on his most recent business trip.

Mostly lazy weekend here, too. Ran indoors (cold & incredibly windy) one day & ST the next. Today is a rest day - except for the shoveling later on today. Winter's not gone yet!

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