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Let the Countdown Begin

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

100 days until the Freedom Half Marathon. Last night marked the start of my training. NO, I don't really have a plan per say, just kinda winging it. I am still doing the P90X so running is like an added bonus. I got home from work yesterday and did the P90X chest/shoulders/bicep workout, then ate dinner. I was so bored and antsy after dinner I decided I go for a walk for about an hour.

I had intended to walk since it was still rather hot outside, but something about having on the running shoes and the ipod make we wanna run, so I started out slow. Last night was the first time I've really seriously run since May and boy, was it hot. I have been putting off running because it is so hot, but last night I couldn't take being cooped up in the house any longer. I was like a charging bull being let out into the arena - lots of bottled up energy.

I gradually picked up speed to a comfortable pace, as I was steadily eyeballing my heart rate monitor to see how much extra strain the heat was putting on me, but I found a great pace and ended up running three miles and cooling down on mile four, I would have kept going but I had told DH that I wouldn't be gone long and I knew their might be a chance that I could over do it. ME, OVER DO IT?????

So for a first night out, I am extremely happy of how it turned out. I think my body adjusted pretty well to the heat. Going for a repeat this evening. I am trying to talk DH into riding the bicycle along side me while I run, for safety (wink, wink). I am trying to sneak in some exercise on him, but last night he didn't want to go, but I'm not giving up. I am going to ask everyday.

Here's a little tidbit I ran across in SHAPE magazine this month that I wanted to share.....

"3:23 PM - is the time of day when dieters are most likely to give in to temptation". Be mindful and have a healthy snack available. Knowing is half the battle right? So when the clock strikes 3:23 today, we know what to do.

Have a healthy, spark filled day.

  
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SUEAZZI 8/5/2011 2:57PM

    3:30 is my danger hour... so it's all true! I like to keep fruit and water handy but mostly crave salt at that time for some reason... any suggestions?

I have not been running as much because of the heat but I'm slowly adding more runs back in. Running early in the morning works best for me. Amazing how quickly you lose the muscle tone. I'm gearing up for a 26.2 mile fund raiser walk that will take place in September; it's a great motivator.

Good luck with your runs and training!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 8/4/2011 1:53AM

    Phew! It's 3:52 - I made it!

Great work on the start of your prep for the marathon. Inspiring!

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/3/2011 4:53PM

    YAY! I started (officially) training for my next half this week. We'll have to compare notes (and complaints!).

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/2/2011 10:57PM

    Wow, as always Im inspired just hearing what you do. I have a friend that has dreams of running on the beach and Ive always wanted to get fit enough for kickboxing. We are both working on it and its nice to hear you and what you have accomplished. Keep up the great work and Im sure before long DH will be right there beside you too!

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SAMI199 8/2/2011 2:53PM

    emoticon I like the 3:23 tip-Thanks! Good Luck with your security team. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/2/2011 11:03AM

    Great run!!

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DGIBSON02 8/2/2011 10:38AM

    that's 4 miles further than i did yesterday.

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JLITT62 8/2/2011 9:45AM

    Great job! Yup, we gotta keep after those DHs - for their own good!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/2/2011 9:16AM

    I will grab some almonds around 3:15 p.m. Be careful running in this extreme heat. I know what you mean about feeling cooped up. I have been hitting the gym here in our office building during the lunch hour. It breaks up the day and its in the AC! We are lucky. I worry about those who live and work outdoors these days.

Good luck tonight. Maybe he'll say "yes"! emoticon

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BITE ME - Shark Week

Monday, August 01, 2011


(photo from google)

Yeah, last night was the start of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. It has been an annual tradition in our household for many years, I watched it with my son (who is now 23 y/o) and have been watching it with my grandson also. I was so surprised that my grandson wanted to come over and watch it with me, he's14 y/o, but he still loves doing certain things with me, like watching shark week, and I'm his "go to person" for doing wild and crazy stuff. This year I decided to add a little something extra to celebrate shark week. All the kids were over for our shark week celebration.

Dinner Menu - Had to have a fish dinner in honor of Shark Week
Broiled Tilapia with onion and lemon pepper
Grilled Zucchini with parmesan cheese
Fresh Yellow Corn - fresh from the farm

For dessert a little something corny:

Some shark cupcakes complete with a bucket of red koolaid chum

I was really disappointed with the program that started Shark Week, thought it would be exciting, but really rather dull and boring, but I think we all enjoyed a great evening of family fun.

I have to give a shout out to my grandson - he completed the Flagship Military Challenge this weekend in 95 degree heat - great job dude!!!!! (See DGIBSON02 for more on the military challenge, I'm sure he will posting later - good job to you both). I really wanted to do it with them, but I know my limitations and 95 degree weather is NOT my friend. I will be joining my grandson and granddaughter for the Neptune Festival 5K race, a little warm-up race before the half-marathon in November. I better get to running, it will be here before I know it.

  
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SUEAZZI 8/5/2011 2:51PM

    I love traditions; sounds like you all had fun! The challenge and 5k sounds great too!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 8/1/2011 9:25PM

    Too cool, love that you all get together and do stuff like this. Thanks for coming by to lend some support, I am really feeling like I need it right not to keep me on track. Sounds like your whole family is inspired to keep moving and accomplishing great things. Keep up the great work!

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KIKI0531 8/1/2011 4:52PM

    Cupcakes are adorable - my 3 yr old would love them !! so cute.

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2HAMSDIET 8/1/2011 4:12PM

    Sounds like so much fun and so creative. emoticon

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RORYJOJO 8/1/2011 1:40PM

    "Fish are Friends, NOT food!" - Bruce, Disney's Saving Nemo

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SAMI199 8/1/2011 11:26AM

    " Show me your Teeth!" emoticon emoticon emoticon



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NATPLUMMER 8/1/2011 10:30AM

    I'm sorry that the start of Shark Week programming was underwhelming. Especially since you put on such a great dinner to go with it.
YAY grandson!!

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DGIBSON02 8/1/2011 9:48AM

    Dinner was awesome last night. The program was kind of lame but at least we had a good/healthy dinner first lol.

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JLITT62 8/1/2011 9:11AM

    Very creative!

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ENCHANTEDDAISY 8/1/2011 8:57AM

    First of all...LOVE your background! OMG-shoes!!!
And the Shark Week dinner theme is so fun! I forgot shark week had started; I hope to catch some of it today though!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2011 8:42AM

    I like the red Koolaid Chum! Sounds like you had fun.

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Ahhhhh, Taste the Freshness

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I have been enjoying the fruits of nature lately, I just love summer veggies and fruits. Here's a sampling of our dinner, just to get everyone craving fresh zucchini, tomatoes and corn. I just can't seem to get enough fresh veggies these days. It's too hot to eat, but this sure hits the spot. Enjoy.




Anyone hungry yet ???????? Have a super fantastic day.

  
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SAMI199 7/29/2011 1:16AM

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GRACIELA_ELENA 7/28/2011 10:06PM

    Yum! Looks great and does get one in the mood to eat well. Thanks for coming by to lend me your ideas for expanding my playlist too!

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HALFFAST 7/28/2011 9:32PM

    Yummy! I've been making a lot of squash recipes too :)

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DGIBSON02 7/28/2011 4:03PM

    thanks a lot, now i'm starving

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JLITT62 7/28/2011 3:03PM

    Mmm, mmm, good!

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WORDLILY 7/28/2011 2:41PM

    Yum!!! I need to add zucchini and yellow squash to the grocery list -- or better yet, the farmer's market list! We're getting our first tomatoes from the garden, and I'm loving every single bite!

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NOTHIN2IT 7/28/2011 1:21PM

    Looks wonderful!

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JULESRULES78 7/28/2011 1:21PM

    Ooooh. Yummy emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 7/28/2011 10:17AM

    Yum!!

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ERLYWA 7/28/2011 9:43AM

    I remember growing up, on super hot summer days my Mom would make fresh corn on the cob for dinner and all you can eat COLD watermelon for dessert. That would be all we ate, but it was all we wanted and was TASTY! Love those meals...

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SEEAMANDARUN 7/28/2011 9:39AM

    I had Caprese salad last night! It's so nice to walk out my back door and pick fresh basil. Yummmm!

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JESSIELOVE78 7/28/2011 9:21AM

    emoticon...it looks yummy...

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2HAMSDIET 7/28/2011 8:08AM

    emoticonYum... I too can't get enough of summer finest

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COOLMAMA11 7/28/2011 7:57AM

    Yes..please..recipes! looks delicious..

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SUEAZZI 7/28/2011 7:46AM

    I'm with Bluepatches ~ do share the prep! Looks absolutely delicious; I love meals like this, yum!

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BLUEPATCHES 7/28/2011 7:41AM

    Just curious... how did you fix the tomatoes and zucchini??

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To Snack or Not to Snack, that is the ?????????

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And the correct answer is NOT to snack, in front of the TV that is.

I was reading my favorite magazine (yes, it's Runner's World) and I ran across an article about snacking while watching TV. We all know this is bad for us because we don't pay attention how much we are really eating and can down an entire bag of chips or other unhealthy snacks. So instead of sitting down with a bag of chips, try having premeasured snacks. Put your snacks in a ziplock baggie, premeasured. Three cups of popcorn or a cup of pretzels or eat something you have to work for, like shelling pistachios or other nuts, you'll eat less.

To quit snacking in front of the TV entirely, deem your couch or favorite chair a "NO-EATING ZONE" for one day this week, then next week make it two days until the habit is broken or do something else while you watch TV, like giving yourself a manicure or fold laundry.

Sounds silly, but it is effective. I only sit down to watch TV two nights a week. I make a bag of microwave popcorn and divide it in half, one for each TV night and this has been very helpful in controlling the mindless TV eating. It works people, give it a try. If it was in Runner's World magazine, then it's pretty much gospel, lol. I just love that magazine.

  
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DGIBSON02 7/27/2011 11:36AM

    It is a pretty good magazine. We have gotten back to eating at the table again as well. Doesn't make the kids happy but oh well.

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NATPLUMMER 7/27/2011 10:55AM

    I do admit that we usually eat dinner in front of the TV, but I make sure to measure out my portion and not go back for seconds. It's really the only TV I watch.

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ELAINEROSE5 7/27/2011 9:14AM

    I don't watch must tv either, but try to snack on fresh fruit like grapes or cherries if I have a snack. I get to antsy sitting still that long and would rather be outside doing something.

Maybe I need to check out your favorite magazine. It would be a good use of my time, sounds like!!

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ERLYWA 7/27/2011 8:44AM

    I find that if I eat while watching tv or reading, I really do over indulge. So I started pre-measuring like you suggested, but then the other thing I noticed is I plowed through whatever the snack was without really even noticing or enjoying it. So, the calories were within range b/c I'd pre-measured it, but if I don't even notice I'm eating it, then what exactly is the point? I'm trying to get away from it altogether, I like your tip for how to start doing that...

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JLITT62 7/27/2011 8:39AM

    Popcorn is the ONLY thing I'll eat while watching tv. Creates a lot more DH grumbling, I'll tell you. It does make a HUGE difference.

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SUEAZZI 7/27/2011 8:34AM

    Great suggestion ~ thanks for the tip!

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Cruising with Confidence

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I've been back from vacation for over 10 days and I'm just now getting around to a blog. Life has been really crazy since we got back - busy at work, my husband lost his best friend unexpectedly to a heart attack, my daughters college enrollment/orientation and working on my father's rental house, sheesh - I need a vacation from the past ten days.

Our cruise was fabulous. I ate within range, sticking with the plan of only sampling the desserts and I worked out daily, but I also did a heck of a lot of sun worshipping with fruitty umbrella drinks.



Sampling of delicious goodness :)

I worked out at the hotel gym as well as logging in a few miles jogging on the top deck of the ship, and lots and lots and lots of walking.


This was taken on our rooms balcony.

Our first stop was Nassau Bahamas, we enjoyed spending the day at the Atlantis Resort and got to swim with the dolphins. Such a fun day, I just loved the dolphins, they are such friendly, lovable animals.




I waited to get everyone souveniers from the Harley Shop and was so mad. They did not have a selection of any touristy things, only 3XL t-shirts, so I left empty handed :(



This is my daughter Katie and I at the Captains dinner. The photographer said to me "scoot over next to your sister" and that's why I had a huge smile on my face, he thought my daughter was my sister. And then DD has to ruin it and say... "Mom, he says that to everybody" - darn it, but I thought the pic turned out great anyway.

Next stop was Half Moon Cay - private island owned by Holland America and they share it with Carnival cruise lines, we had to take a tender to the island. Nothing but pristine white sandy beaches and lots of island fun. We went on the horseback adventure. Did a trail ride to the tallest point on the island, and WOW what a beautiful view and then they saddled up the horses for a water ride. It was so fun riding a running horse in the water, totally exhilerating, everyone needs to do that once in their lives.






Most of the time we were on the ship I enjoyed many hours of pure relaxation, enjoying the hot sunny weather.



(Yes, the tattoo is fake, I want a real one someday, but definitely not on my back, no one can see it there).

This is, by far, the best vacation ever. I felt so confident in myself. I knew I wasn't going to over eat, I was getting plenty of exercise and I felt great in a bikini. I didn't have to hide from the camera like I used to when I was overweight. I am happy to put on a cheesy smile anytime someone took out the camera. We had a blast, just sorry that it had to end, but certainly looking forward to another great cruise vacation in the near future.



  
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NOTHIN2IT 7/27/2011 6:23PM

    Great pictures! Sounds like you had a blast...I'm so glad. Sorry life has been hectic since you got back. That's not fun. But, I missed you and am glad to hear you are back! You look wonderful in your pictures! You should be so proud of yourself :)

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CHRISTINECAN 7/27/2011 8:58AM

    That looks and sounds amazing. As do you!

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777GRACE 7/27/2011 7:47AM

    You look amazing. Good for you. I showed the pic of you on the horse in the water. We are going on a cruize in November. Now I am getting excited, Thanks for posting. You look great, I am so proud of you and you should be too!!! emoticon

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SAMI199 7/27/2011 7:27AM

    Wow-wow & wowza!!! I coldn't be happier for you. You look amazing & I just shake my head when I look @ your before pics & you now! Happy-Happy - Joy-Joy! The smile on your face speaks more than words ever could! I think you look like sisters-so there... emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 7/27/2011 12:45AM

    Great pics...thanks for sharing your vacation with us. You look great and like you were having a great time. Glad you got to do it and sorry to hear things have been so hectic for you, does seem like that is how things go when we get back so we almost need another one. Nice to have you back on SP!

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HALFFAST 7/26/2011 9:11PM

    I'm so glad you had a good time! Your pics are great, you look great! I'm so jealous!

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MZSLYDE01 7/26/2011 4:01PM

    WOW - AWESOME. It looks like so much fun. The DH and I are definitely going to have to take a cruise someday.
Glad you had a nice time and glad your back.

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SEEAMANDARUN 7/26/2011 2:25PM

    Looks like you had a Fabulous time!

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JLITT62 7/26/2011 2:16PM

    So much to love Herr! Love that you felt so great in your life! Love your outfits! So sorry for all the troubles on your return - hard enough gettingbback into the swing of things without all that.

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NATPLUMMER 7/26/2011 11:42AM

    Yes, you did need a vacation from the past 10 days ;-)
Beautiful looking food!!
Yay for lots of exercise. Love the pink top!!
Looks like you guys had a fabulous time!!
Looking great in your bikini!!


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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/26/2011 9:24AM

    WOW! What a wonderful trip you had AND you looked awesome!!! Way to go on the bikini! The pics of you and your family were great, especially you and your daughter. Now I wanna go on another cruise. It's been years since we've been on one. It won't be this year though. We are scheduled to renew our wedding vows in Negril, Jamaica, in October. It's a week in paradise, but I need to get my bikini body ready! You've just sparked me to lift a little at lunch to get my arms rockin'! Thanks, girl! You've done it again!

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SUEAZZI 7/26/2011 9:23AM

    An awesome vacation indeed! I would love to ride a horse on the beach; I mentioned that to my DH on our vacation... I rode horseback for the first time amongst other things... you'll have to visit my page. You look fantastic and I love the pic of you and your sister lol. Thanks for sharing your pics and welcome back!!

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ELAINEROSE5 7/26/2011 8:32AM

    Wow! loved the pictures and the blog! I love cruising too and swam with the dolphins when we went on our cruise last January. It was awesome. You look great and I love the tattoo. I have thought about one also, but don't know it I ever will actually do it!

Thanks for sharing your fun time!!

Elaine

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POLKADOTREVIVAL 7/26/2011 8:21AM

    Sounds like such a great trip...and, wait, hold up...IS THAT A BIKINI?!
Holey moley woman! Your waist is so small. You look fabulous, good job rocking it!

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DGIBSON02 7/26/2011 8:14AM

    Almost thought you got a tattoo for a second. I was going to be hot!!!! You are supposed to go with me to get that. Looks like you had a great vacation.

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GROEDER 7/26/2011 8:08AM

    GREAT picutres!!!!! It sounds (and looks) like you had a wonderful vacation!!!!
Of course, you have made me jealous!!! LOL I spent all of my vacation time recovering and doing rehab on my knee!!
Thanks for sharing the photos and your experiences on the curise. I'm glad you had so much fun!!

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