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Successful Crockpot Meal and Celebratory Plans

Monday, February 04, 2013

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken is the best easy recipe I've tried in a long time:
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In order to reduce the sodium (I've been over sodium 2 days in a row this week, but had been on target the whole week before) I substituted a can of low sodium tomatoes for some of the salsa and then added a T. of chili powder and a tsp of cumin. I used lower sodium black beans and no salt added corn. Next time I may try to find a low sodium salsa or make my own. My daughter, who rarely cooks, said she will make this recipe. Her husband, who usually only eats one bite of veggies per meal, and both kids liked this recipe. I ate it with brown rice, but also had tortillas for the hungrier members of the family. I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on the kids' portions. We also had fresh unsalted green beans.

I forgot to photograph it while cooking and even when serving, so all I snapped was what was leftover:



So that recipe was definitely a success!

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Natalie was sick last week and missed a couple days of school, but is back to school today. Gwen has the cough, runny nose, and no appetite today. So I'm exercising here at home rather than at the Y. Tomorrow her daddy is off work, so I'll have my personal training session in the morning. Then, since it is Natalie's 6th birthday, her daddy is going to go to school and eat lunch with her while Gwen stays with me. Tomorrow eve we have a special meal and Natalie gets to open her presents, but we still plan to go to Disney on Feb 23rd for even more celebration!!

  
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_LINDA 2/5/2013 1:24AM

    Nice and colorful meal! I simply rinse canned beans/corn in a strainer to get rid of added salt/and or sugar. Sorry your grandchildren were both sick :( That is good Natalie is over it and can enjoy her birthday celebrations! How wonderful to take them to Disneyland, that will be so special for their first time!! I still remember the one time Mom somehow managed to save enough to take us three kids on a road trip there -I could scarcely believe I was actually there and made the most of the day we had (we were supposed to spend a week, but Mom had to replace all four tires on her 'new' used vehicle -took our budget right out)
Happy Birthday to Natalie tomorrow and enjoy the training session -hope you are not too sore after!

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RUTHXG 2/4/2013 9:19PM

    That's AMAZINGLY simple! I would add some spices too, just as you did. I'll definitely try this down the line!

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SLIMLILA 2/4/2013 9:01PM

    Sure sounds good!! will have to check out recipe too..

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WATERMELLEN 2/4/2013 8:24PM

    Wow, that's a really easy and healthy sounding recipe!

Sounds like lots of good times at your place (in spite of the lingering sickness . . . ).

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/4/2013 7:38PM

    Fun times for sure am going to check out that recipe too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/4/2013 6:53PM

    Looks yummy, even as "what's leftover"! And have a great time celebrating the big 6 with Natalie tomorrow. emoticon to her.

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FROSTY99 2/4/2013 6:46PM

    Love Mexican so will have to try this one.
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INAFFIT319 2/4/2013 6:35PM

    Yes - crockpots rock! This looks super easy and tasty. Good call adding the cumin and chili powder.

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TINAJANE76 2/4/2013 4:59PM

    Wow, that's so easy! I love Mexican so I think I'll definitely be giving this one a whirl at some point. Thanks so much for sharing.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/4/2013 3:44PM

    Thanks for the recipe!

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MSLZZY 2/4/2013 3:27PM

    We have tried this and it was good. Making a
few adjustments is always a good idea!

Happy Birthday, Natalie!

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JIBBIE49 2/4/2013 12:42PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday to Natalie. I love that name and wanted to name my DD Natalie, but the boys didn't like it, so I named her Maggie after my grandmother.

I love going to DISNEY.

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NATPLUMMER 2/4/2013 12:13PM

    YUM!

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JOYINKY 2/4/2013 11:59AM

    Hard to believ Natalie is six already! Sounds like a nice birthday plan. Have fun!

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MEXGAL1 2/4/2013 10:08AM

    Looks wonderful!
So sad when our "babies" get sick.
Have a terrific week.
Sallie

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GABY1948 2/4/2013 9:52AM

    I went and saved the recipe...I need to start eating more "normally" and this looks GREAT I even sent to family members! emoticon

Happy Birthday to Natalie, a day early so I don't forget!

Sounds like you are off to a great week...don't catch any stray germs, Marsha! I love your profile pic!

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-AMANDA79- 2/4/2013 9:08AM

    Looks delicious! I have a similar one that I make where you put the rice in the crock pot with the chicken, salsa, and beans.

Have fun with the girls!
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ELRIDDICK 2/4/2013 8:55AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Not So Intuitive

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge is to eat mindfully and intuitively, not relying on the clock to know when to eat but on your body. I think of intuitive eating as not involving tracking and measuring food, but I was unclear whether I was to track and measure or not.

Today is honestly not a good day for me to do this challenge, as I have 2 little girls to care for and feed, and 6 people for supper who will rely on the clock. I have Crockpot Mexican Chicken cooking away. So I will be as mindful as I can be and next time I have a truly free day I think I'll try just eating when I'm hungry and see how that works for me.

At this point I expect to track my food for the foreseeable future. It takes some effort, but is a small price to pay for me to live life at the weight I love to be!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/4/2013 9:56AM

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HAKAPES 2/4/2013 8:06AM

    I think this way of eating needs a good sense of hunger. I have seen that how I felt about hunger before, and now, are way not comparable. Now I have a much better sense of how much calories I need, and somehow my hunger got trained, and is much closer to my proper calorie need.

The same for thirstiness, now I become thirsty much sooner, since I drink more.

I also track my food as much as I can!
How do you track yours?
SP, on paper, on the desktop, on the phone or table?

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/4/2013 5:17AM

    I usually cannot hear my body for all the emotions crowding it out. I have to stick with tracking...

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/3/2013 5:22PM

    I might be able to intuitively keep within calorie range by eating only when hungry, but I could never manage proper nutrients without tracking. Then again, I love tracking and don't have any good reason to ever stop.

I agree that this is probably not a good day to try it.

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2013 5:22PM

    oh my, I'm demonstrated for myself over and over again that intuitively what I do is . . . eat too much!!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/3/2013 5:14PM

    I love your blogs... Always food for thought.

I'm with Onekidsmom in that "not tracking, for me, is a mindless permission to munch when I have the urge...Problem is that too many things that are not hunger mimic hunger to my brain."

Oh yeah! That's why I'm back losing the weight rather than maintaining. I don't want to do this part again, so I'll be tracking!

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GABY1948 2/3/2013 4:18PM

    I just love how you are always so open and HONEST in your blogs. That does a lot for me! I always know you are "real"! Have a great day, Marsha emoticon

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_LINDA 2/3/2013 4:02PM

    I think Sparks meant eating only when you are truly hungry, not by remote or because you always eat at the same time (although you would be conditioned to want food if you have regular times like that) On weekends for example, my natural food pattern is 8 am breakfast, 2 pm lunch, 8 pm dinner. But when bridge interferes, I eat at 8 am, but am forced to have lunch started at 11 am in order to be finished in time to walk to the club. Then if I have to go at night, as I did when going to the novice games, I ended up eating as late as 10:30 pm which didn't agree with me at all. I also take it to eating slow and careful until you are satisfied and not stuffed. I don't think it means to stop tracking everything. That would be counterproductive.
I certainly will never stop tracking and weighing and measuring. Its just all too easy to go over on things...

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/3/2013 3:26PM

    The trouble with not tracking is losing track of the things I eat... not tracking, for me, is a mindless permissions to munch when I have the urge... not a good scenario for me. Problem is that too many things that are not hunger mimic hunger to my brain.

So... like you, for the foreseeable future, I'll be tracking. Maybe not the same way every day (paper, Spark, whatever)... but in some way. Totally agree it is a small price to pay to live the lives we want to live, in the fit bodies we want to live in!

I mean, after all, we have been handed these incredible new bodies... they are worth taking proper care of! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/3/2013 3:23PM

    interesting. I must say that for me using the sparks people tracker for food and sharing it is a key for me and my success. I think it just keeps you honest.
You are doing terrific though and are such an inspiration....I love that you are a true athlete.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 2/3/2013 3:20PM

    Marsha, I track in my old pencil and paper shorthand way that I started before I came to SP. I will always have to track to maintain my weight; I've proven that to myself the hard way over and over. My tracking is intuitive; my eating, only if I'm tracking. Smiles.

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MSLZZY 2/3/2013 2:52PM

    Maybe today is not a good day to experiment with
this but you can always try it when you are by
yourself. Just food for thought. HUGS!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/3/2013 2:48PM

    I have a hard time relating to intuitive eating as well. I'm curious if I'll ever ” get it”. I'm much more trusting of myself as a tracker and documenter. So I'm curious about how your journey with it will go. But for today, enjoy friends and family!

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MEADSBAY 2/3/2013 2:39PM

    You most certainly can try this on a more convenient day.
The point is to experience it.
I can try a lot of different approaches on Thurs- Sat, when I work doing eldercare in a house with no food (he's on a feeding tube).
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NATPLUMMER 2/3/2013 2:35PM

    Good luck!

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Can I Get a WooHoo??

Saturday, February 02, 2013

January 2013 was one of my best months ever for improving my eating habits and my commitment to fitness!! Should I do separate blogs or a long one? How about I do a long one, but you get credit for reading a blog if you read one or more sections!!

1. Rotary Twilight 5K - non-race results

At 3pm yesterday I put on my running shoes and tried to run around my neighborhood. My quads, my glutes, and my hamstrings were just yelling at me to stop. So I decided I would support my nephew and primarily walk the 5K with jogging intervals. I told him any time he wanted to skip a run (jog) interval to let me know, but he never did. We did the whole 5K with 1 minute jog/2 minute walk and made it in 45:25, taking 2 minutes and 5 seconds off his previous 5K time. He has now set a goal to run a 5K every month in 2013 and plans to make at least 3 more PRs and has set his sites on completing a 5K in 37 minutes. So even though it was more than 12 minutes slower than my slowest 5K to date, I consider it a success!

Here we are before the race. The parking lot was full more than an hour before race time so we had to park in a residential area:

I hope you can see the beautiful sunset in the background:

Then I left my camera in the car as it is too big to carry on a 5K.
Here's a link to the race video of the beginning of the race with 700 participants:
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2. My Weight

I weighed 126.6 here at home this morning and 127.6 at Weight Watchers at 8:30am. This is the least I've weighed since November of 2011, more than a year!!!



I'm hoping to get back down to 124 in order to have 126 as my "home weight". I find I often fluctuate up, but rarely fluctuate down. If I want to get down, I have to work for it!! I'm feeling very good about my weight these days. I can tell a huge difference between 126.6 and 132, although I don't think many other people can.

3. Taming My Sweet Tooth

I finished the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge here on SparkPeople in January. The last time I had a packet of artificial sweetener was 1/8/13, when I had been a 12-20 packet a day person for many years. I had nothing sweet for 2 weeks and since have had only 4 non-soda sweetened drinks, one per day. The only real sugar sweet thing I've had was a Chinese fortune cookie for 28 calories. I consider this accomplishment a minor miracle as I have tried unsuccessfully several times before. I can't tell any difference in the way I feel, but I can tell a big difference in the way I perceive sweetness. The more Splenda I used the more I needed to taste it. Now many veggies seem sweet and black coffee and plain tea are tolerable.

4. Lunch

I like to do "bowls" for lunch, throwing in various grains, beans &/or meats, and lots of veggies. Yesterday to a cup of brown rice I added 100 calories of albacore tuna and 2 chopped celery sticks. I microwaved it for 2 minutes so the celery was an interesting crunchy texture. Then I threw a chopped tomato on it fresh and sprinkled it with black pepper. So easy. So satisfying. So yum!



5. SparkCoach Challenge

The SparkCoach Challenge yesterday was to plan your snacks and I did. My first snack was an apple, which was sufficient for morning without much protein or fat. For afternoon snack, I thought I needed something more satisfying and decided to see if I could re-create a recipe I had seen and couldn't quite remember for cucumber "sliders".

First I got out the ingredients:

Then I put the garbanzo beans in the chopper with the juice of the lemon, one garlic clove, 1 tsp of the curry powder. I tasted it and decided against a second garlic clove, but decided to add one teaspoon of olive oil that I hadn't photographed with the ingredients.

Then I sliced half a cucumber and made little sandwich-like "sliders." Pretty yummy. I may experiment to improve further the spice balance with this new favorite snack.


I had written down that I'd be flexible as to what to eat after the 5K, that there might be bananas or something available. After the 5K there were bananas, water, chili, and cookies. I had a bottle of water and one banana. My nephew was hungry and we went to a Chinese restaurant for him to eat. I just had one cup of decaf coffee there. I went home to have my last snack, bowl of 1/3 cup of Old Fashioned Oatmeal cooked with 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. You don't need a picture of that!! So I consider that a successful SparkCoach challenge.

6. Water Exercise

This morning I was still feeling quite sore from my personal training session on Wednesday. I still needed to burn over 600 calories to make my exercise goals for the week. I decided that water exercise was probably my best bet. I did a deep water aerobics class that I had never tried before. There were times I was huffing and knew I was getting cardio exercise. There were times my arm muscles were letting me know I was definitely getting a workout. Now, there were times when I was wrestling with a water noodle that kept popping up in the wrong place. Then there ws the time I thought I was just doing great until Aquagirl pointed out to me I was supposed to be going forward and I was going backward!! Well then I knew my form was wrong, but it was hard to keep from laughing as I attempted to get it right! I really gave much more effort to my water jogging so that my effort was equivalent to running. Then I swam 8 twenty five yard laps. So now I'm only 111 calories from my weeklycalories burned goal, and I'll get them.

7. My Most Important Streaks

I am now putting stars on my calendar for each day I stay within my calorie range. I know that I can look on my SP calendar and see stars for the same thing, but it helps me to have it on my calendar that I pass when I enter the kitchen. I also check off every day I meet my sugar/artificial sweetener goal. I just started 6 days ago and currently have 6 stars and 6 checks. I have just decided to add a symbol for strength training, as that is probably the next most important streak I want to cement as my routine. I feel like I will do the cardio because I truly want to and don't need a motivational tool for it. I make good food choices almost all the time now days. I drink my water. I go to bed on time and usually get enough sleep. Some things I don't need to count any more -- thank heavens!!

I'm feeling very good about my progress. Hope you are, too!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 2/4/2013 5:33PM

    Looks like you got lots of emoticon emoticon emoticon 's!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/3/2013 9:54PM

    I thought you did a great job at deep water aerobics class yesterday, Marsha! When I first started the class 2+ years ago, I was all over the place! I agree that once you start laughing, the noodles start flying. I was actually so embarrassed that I stayed after class every time and practiced so I could do all of the different moves without embarrassing myself any more.

You did an exceptional job with your water jogging too! It certainly appeared that you were determined to meet you calorie burn goal. I was very impressed!

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IAMWINNING 2/3/2013 3:24PM

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/3/2013 12:36PM

    7 woo hoos!

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ALPINO22 2/3/2013 11:29AM

  Congratulations on a great month! I love your slider recipe too and will definitely be stealing that!
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MICHELE5551 2/3/2013 10:01AM

    Woo Hoo!

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    Here are a few more..... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 2/3/2013 12:26AM

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Fantastic month, fantastic goal weight maintenance!

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-AMANDA79- 2/2/2013 11:31PM

    Looks like you had an amazing month!
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  That is really amazing! GREAT girlfriend! emoticon

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PHEBESS 2/2/2013 6:53PM

    Wooohooooo!!!!!

And try adding a dash of cumin instead of curry to the hummus mix - my fave spice in hummus!

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MIRAGE727 2/2/2013 6:17PM

    Hmmm, we ran in parellel dimensions. I'll blog it out. I think it's outstanding that you did the 5K with your nephew. You are an excellent role model, Marsha! I do hope you recover soon! I literally feel your pain!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/2/2013 5:12PM

    Wow, you hit all aspects of healthy living. You've got it all!

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Amazing and inspirating!

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2013 5:00PM

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That's a whole whack of Woo Hoos for who who? you you!!

My piano teacher used to put stars on my pieces when I did well in my music lessons . . . love the idea of stars on the calendar for streaks sustained. Gonna have to look out for a package of them . . . multicolours would be nice!!

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What a great month for you and you are seeing the results! Great job! Wish I had the breathing capabilities to join you.
Love your picture, you look terrific!

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SLIMGRAM2 2/2/2013 4:09PM

    A great big emoticon and a big emoticon !!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/2/2013 4:08PM

    Good job on your January, Marsha! I, too, like seeing stars on my physical calendar in the kitchen. Think I have to get back to that!

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GABY1948 2/2/2013 3:37PM

    All I can say is WOW...you are doing so well and here's your emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/2/2013 3:36PM

    Marsha, you deserve such a big WOO HOO!!!

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KANDOLAKER 2/2/2013 3:35PM

    Yes, you deserve Woohoos - and I'm giving you 31 Woohoos - one for each day in January. Way to go. You are an inspiration

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CINDYW1102 2/2/2013 3:33PM

    Congrats on your self-discipline! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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Inspiring!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/2/2013 3:13PM

    emoticon You have done so well! Thanks for encouraging me just by sharing your experiences in your blogs!

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LADYABIGAIL627 2/2/2013 2:49PM

    WOW...Amazing job! Good for you!

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AMYPLEGER62 2/2/2013 2:32PM

    Wo emoticon o hoo!!
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2BDYNAMIC 2/2/2013 2:21PM

    Hmm ........ seems to me you could be the new Poster Child for Sparks! You are a model member for sure .............. Great dedication and good job all the way around! ........... emoticon

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MNNICE 2/2/2013 2:07PM

    Congratulations on a great month! Sounds like these accomplishments will keep you motivated for a fabulous February as well!

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That is great! A 5k is one of my "dreams". And I think I might be getting closer...I can run now for about 6-7 minutes straight before the knees want a break....so it would definitely be a walk/run deal. emoticon

Keep up the good work!!

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Veggie Grilling

Friday, February 01, 2013

I know the At Goal & Maintenance (Plus Transitioning to Maintenance) Team's challenge is to try a new recipe weekly, blog about it, preferably post a picture of it, and review it. I was all set to try a new recipe last evening when my hubby asked me to make the Pineapple Salsa MahiMahi that I made for the first week challenge again instead. So I did.

But it occurred to me that someone might like to know the very simple and yummy way to grill veggies I used last eve. I think it may be cheating to call this a recipe. The only ingredients are the veggies. And for me to call this "new" is a bit stretching it. I've used this method to grill veggies for some time. However, I'd never had cauliflower in the mix before, and this is first time I used yellow squash as the main vegetable.

Here is one batch of veggies cooking on the foreman grill:



And here is both batches on the plate:



So we split this plate of veggies along with our mahi-mahi and brown rice. I particularly liked the taste of the red and green bell pepper and the slice of vidalia onion per person with the fish dish.

These veggies were cooked at 300 degrees for 12 minutes. The foreman cooks on both sides, so if you were grilling one side at a time, you'd need to turn them and do it a bit longer. My grill is kind of small, so one downside is that if you were cooking for a bunch of people who like veggies as much as we do, you'd have to do many batches and warm in the microwave. I have the grill that the plates come out and I can hand wash or put them in the dishwasher.

I did wash the veggies first and tried to cut them about the same thickness so they'd cook evenly. (Is this a recipe??) My grill instructions says not to use cooking spray, so I used nothing. I have used rosemary, garlic powder, thyme, or other spices, but we really just like it plain. I have drizzled extra virgin olive oil on the veggies, but last night it was just plain and yummy. My hubby adds salt.

For a family luncheon I grilled portabello mushroom-onion-bell pepper-egg plant for my vegan nephew on 100% whole wheat bread with alfalfa sprouts and deli mustard. He loved it.

So, I recommend easy grilled veggies highly!!

An aside: I am still very, very, very sore from my personal training session on Wednesday. Don't know if I'm going to run or hobble my 5K this evening, but I'm going to give it my best!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/4/2013 9:58AM

    we love to grill
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KANOE10 2/2/2013 11:42AM

    I love grilled vegetables..Thanks for sharing.

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IAMWINNING 2/2/2013 8:27AM

    Yum! It looks and sounds delish. I've had grilled veggies and enjoyed them, but haven't done it myself.....yet. "Yet" I say, because DH liked them too.

How did things go with the 5K last eve? I hope you were able to run without pain.

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/2/2013 7:03AM

    I have the same grill and love, love, love it.

Grilled veggies - yum!!!!!!!!

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_LINDA 2/2/2013 12:30AM

    Sounds awesome really! Love veggies, but am used to them raw for the most part (except baked sweet potato)
Do listen to your body, it sounds as though you need more recovery time. You don't want to pull something and suffer a set back!
Take care of you and have a wonderful weekend!

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MIRAGE727 2/1/2013 9:57PM

    I love grilling veggies AND certain fruits, i.e. pineapple! Thanks for walking us through your process, Marsha. I have a Foreman grill that I might try some stuff on my I love my Weber Genesis. I might fire that sucker up for Super Bowl. Portobellos have just jumed to the top of the list. Thank you very much!
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Oh, and Marsha, I'm on the same boat as you. I'm not 100% but I will start my intervals off the starting line then play it by ear. I will embrace those walk breaks for sure. Enjoy the run, be careful, listen to your body, and I'll do the same. It's all about the finish tomorrow!
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LYNETTEMOM 2/1/2013 9:12PM

    thanks for the encouragement to read your blog. I loooove roasted veggies but I've never thought to use my George Foreman. I will definitely do that.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/1/2013 7:37PM

    I think I'd like to try grilling veggies again. I also line a 13 inch baking pan with foil and put raw veggies on skewers and bake them. Sometimes I even add chicken and make kebabs out of them. I rub some orange juice mixed with canola oil (or olive oil) along with some spices on the veggies before baking and they are yummy!

I know someone who is willing to water jog with you tomorrow or next week as you heal. That someone is me! You know that water is very healing!

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MSLZZY 2/1/2013 6:53PM

    Slow and steady tonight. Your veggies look so good!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/1/2013 6:46PM

    Well, there's always walking the 5K. (You know how I walk!) Those veggies look yummy to me!

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FROSTY99 2/1/2013 6:31PM

    Looks wonderful-we love zucchini and squash grilled but I confess we sprinkle just a bit of parmesan cheese on it when I serve it!
Have you tried a head of cabbage on a regular grill ever-my aunt used to core a whole head of cabbage then wash it and take off the outside leaves and put a slice of bacon in the middle, wrap it in heavy foil and put it on the grill and turn it every 15 min-it was always wonderful sliced and served as a side veggie.

Pat

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INAFFIT319 2/1/2013 5:53PM

    Great idea! I have a George Foreman that needs some dusting off. Thanks for the idea.

Never realized you weren't supposed to use cooking spray on it. I've had one for years, and I'm pretty sure that I've used some. Whoops!

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/1/2013 4:00PM

    Good call on the vege on foreman grill.

We have never invested in one honestly.

Do you think it would be a good pick up to help

(all veges in the house ceptn me)

add a twist on vege eating?

Love the fish idea do you grill it too and what fish is your fave?

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-AMANDA79- 2/1/2013 3:27PM

    Great work!! They look delicious! Whether it is a recipe or a method, I'm sure there are lots of folks out there who appreciate the idea. Including myself. It has been a long time since I've grilled veggies on my Foreman.

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MEXGAL1 2/1/2013 2:01PM

    thanks so much for sharing Miss Marsha!!! I am going to pull the old joe forman grill out. i know i have one somewhere.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/1/2013 1:40PM

    Yum! Thanks for sharing.
Havr a fantastuc run or hobble!

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COOP9002 2/1/2013 12:59PM

    Looks good. Hopefully, we will be able get some grilling done when it warms up here in mid-Mo.

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2013 12:04PM

    YUM!!!

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JOYINKY 2/1/2013 11:31AM

    emoticon Marsha, For the first time ever you have me wishing I had a Foreman Grill! Thanks for sharing! There may be one in my future, a small one would do since I mostly cook for one!

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GABY1948 2/1/2013 11:20AM

    What a great "recipe"! It sounds so easy...I still have to try the mahi mahi and each time you present it it looks better!

Have a great time tonite whatever you end up doing! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/1/2013 10:30AM

    mmmmmm....
no spray?
Because it's non-stick?
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CATMAGNET 2/1/2013 10:16AM

    Looks delicious! Will have to try that with my Foreman Grill!

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Strengthening

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Yesterday my personal trainer gave me a great one hour strength training session for legs and core. This was only my second PT session, and was quite different from the first introductory session in which we sat and talked a lot. I had asked him to give me some tests to see how I rank strength-wise with other people my age.

He had me do step ups with a medicine ball. He said that 46 in a minute was good for someone 55 and over. I did 57. I think the step was about 12 inches or so and the ball was 10 pounds. He had me do body weight squats and right now I can't remember how many I did in a minute (more than 40, I'm pretty sure ) and then in a minute and a half, but he said I was well over the standard for my age. So we didn't find anything that needs remedial work, although the DOMS I'm experiencing is letting me know I'm gaining strength today! Next week when we do upper body I bet we'll find some areas of weakness that we'll address. My lower back hasn't hurt for a month now, so maybe very carefully I can start doing some strengthening for an area I know needs it.

It is exciting to be gaining strength at an age when many aren't able or willing to do it!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 2/4/2013 9:59AM

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AQUAGIRL08 2/1/2013 7:41PM

    Wow! You are an inspiration, Marsha! I'm unable to do anything in the way of a "step up" because of my knees. The last time I tried, I ended up having knee surgery. Ah, the joys of aging - except I was only 43 at the time and in very good shape! I hope that you're not too sore!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/1/2013 6:14AM

    Hi Marsha,

I admire your motivation. Great going on blowing away the "standard"!

Bruce

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SWEDE_SU 2/1/2013 5:41AM

    well done! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2013 8:30PM

    You are amazing!! Getting stronger all the time . . . in so many different ways.

Thanks for your kind comments on my Trivial blog: ridiculous how miffed it makes me!!

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RUN4FOOD 1/31/2013 7:52PM

    Good for you. They say it is doable, but harder as we get older. Be patient with yourself and you'll see positive changes.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/31/2013 7:12PM

    "It is exciting to be gaining strength at an age when many aren't able or willing to do it!! "

emoticon emoticon Because we can, we do!

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GABY1948 1/31/2013 6:50PM

    You are emoticon Marsha! I am so proud of you! Keep it up...I am finally getting my oomph back! HUGS

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FREELADY 1/31/2013 3:10PM

    I am excited for you! Thanks for explaining your experiences! It makes me want to work harder!

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MSLZZY 1/31/2013 2:29PM

    Fantastic! You scored well but I didn't expect anything less. You are amazing!

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NATPLUMMER 1/31/2013 12:15PM

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JOYINKY 1/31/2013 11:25AM

    CONSISTENTLY emoticon !!!

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RITAROSE 1/31/2013 10:44AM

  Fantastic!! You are such an inspiration!! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/31/2013 10:26AM

    You are just so awesome! And what an inspiration.
Thank you Marsha!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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MAUREENIE1 1/31/2013 8:50AM

    You inspire me!
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