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Exercise & Shawshank

Monday, July 11, 2011

So on the recommendation of my boss, who also lent me the movie, I watched Shawshank Redemption last weekend....wow, depressing much?! He said it was his all time favorite movie and I remember it was a big deal when it first came out. Guess I'm not really a big fan of that genre. I like the ending...yep, that's pretty much it.
On the subject of exercise, I walked the stairs twice at lunch time . Its a 7 floor building and the first time I made it to the 4th floor before I had to stop and catch my breath. That's the furthest yet! Yay! Second time...not quite so far, but I'm going to focus on the happy right now! Plus, I plan to go for a walk during my late break. I work next to a lovely park on the Spokane river where I can do about a 1.5 mile loop with my alotted time. I brought my camera with me today so I can take some pictures and share the beautiful Riverfront Park with my spark buddies! And lastly, upcoming dog show weekend! Saturday only in Coeur D'Alene. Should be fun!

  
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SURENDERISNOTME 7/13/2011 11:17AM

    Great job on the stairs! I love to walk in a park not far from where we live with Katie.


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Debbie

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MOMFAN 7/12/2011 11:43PM

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CXNLITTLE 7/12/2011 4:37PM

    Great job on the stairs! It is a nice walk through the park!

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CASCADE21 7/12/2011 1:02PM

    Love the park.. you are lucky to be so close! Good luck!

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PINKBEANBOO 7/12/2011 11:53AM

    I've never seen Shawshank - just not into dark movies.

7 floors! That's a lot of steps. Between that & the walks at the park - your getting good fitness time in.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/12/2011 2:30AM

    I love the photo of Eliot enjoying a dip.I am not much for the Shawshank redemption I am more of a Marley and Me type girl LOL!

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MELIVA 7/11/2011 9:48PM

    My DH also loves that movie and watches it whenever it is on (a lot lately), but really not my style. Love the new picture of Eliot!

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WICKEDQUEENTREE 7/11/2011 6:59PM

    Awesome walking!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/11/2011 6:25PM

    I love that movie too, great acting. Love your pictures, especially Elliot. Dog show sounds like great fun.

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Bear Lake & Dog walk pics

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It was a fun and busy 4th which included nieceís softball games and a trip to Bear Lake with Eliot and friends. And I finally got pictures developed not only from the lake but the dog walk I did a couple weeks ago. So here we goÖ.

First the dog walk. It was a 2 mile walk to benefit a local animal shelter. There were booths and lots of dogs. I'd say probably 300-400 people altogether.



My walking partners:


There were pools and people with hoses all around the course. I think it's a neighborhood highlight!


Bear Lake is a tiny lake just north of Spokane that lots of people take their dogs to. There is a "people-swim" side and a "dog-swim" side. There is also a path that runs around the lake. It's about a mile all the way around.

This is Ellie May. She is a new friend we met that day.


Eliot likes to wade but doesn't really swim


Walking around the end of the lake


How cute is this Corgi?! Her name is Shortie.


Lots of fun was had by all!

And one more pic just because I don't want the aussies to feel left out...this is in my backyard this weekend:



  
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ONESPOTLEFT 7/19/2011 6:47PM

    I love the doggie pictures

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/19/2011 6:23PM

    What a pretty area for a walk. Looks like it was a lot of fun. And a real nice way to raise money for a good cause. That lake looked divine. Bet most of the dogs thought so. We have a Big Bear Lake about 2 hours from us.

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CXNLITTLE 7/11/2011 7:35PM

    Looks like great fun, thanks for sharing!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/8/2011 5:58PM

    I used to have a corgi ,I loved seeing SHortie ! Eliot is my all time favourite though.Like you I always walk with True and neither one of us is fast on our feet wehave never seen a bear or a cougar though we did see a badger and I was scared as I thought they were mean but this one must have been elderly as he let us sail on by without moving !

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MOMFAN 7/7/2011 4:01AM

    Looks like you had a blast!

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SURENDERISNOTME 7/6/2011 11:14AM

    Beautiful pics! Great looking dogs! Shortie reminds me of my sweet Sissy girl (corgi) same coloring.

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Debbie

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KLAD_COCKERS 7/6/2011 10:02AM

    Awesome photos! Funny that Eliot doesn't like to swim, given that he's a Springer Spaniel! Ha ha ha!

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WICKEDQUEENTREE 7/5/2011 10:12PM

    How fun!! I am so jealous; my Digger just can't keep up with those kind of activities...

Looks like a good time for all for sure.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/5/2011 10:03PM

    I am with Bo, I like the last shot too. I s that Corgi a tiny bit chubby? Looks like her belly is almost to the ground. 3-400 people, great turnout hopefully they got plenty of money, emoticon

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DOTSLADY 7/5/2011 9:18PM

    Looks like a lot of fun. Your dogs are so nice and all in a row. Good dogs. :)

My sis takes hers to a place in the Sound, "Dog Island" which sounds like a fun place to let loose. Thanks for sharing your pics/days with us.


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/5/2011 8:52PM

    Great pictures! Especially the last one! Aussies rock emoticon

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TPELL21 7/5/2011 3:52PM

    Looks great!
Love the pics!

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MELIVA 7/5/2011 1:40PM

    So cute...and it all looks like beautiful weather!

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PINKBEANBOO 7/5/2011 12:24PM

    Looks like lots of fun! I'm glad you mentioned that cutie was a Corgi because I was wondering that in the picture above of your walking partners. And that's a perfect name for her. Don't tell her I said this but her short legs are very noticeable, LOL.

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Personal Chef Please!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I was listening to sports talk radio on my way to work this morning, and Colin Cowherd was asking the question ďWhat is too over the top?Ē If you were a billionaire what do you think would be too over the top? A personal petting zoo & amusement park?
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One caller said a personal chef was over the top. Iím telling youÖ.if I was rich, that would be the very first thing on my to do listÖ..hire personal chef, checkÖ.private gym & swimming pool, checkÖ.and yes, I do believe Iíd go for the home theater, check! But I think of a personal chef with longingÖI hate to cook! I like the food I cook, but hate to cook it. Especially after working an 11 hour day. 90% of the times I eat out are because I canít make myself cook. Wouldnít it be lovely to come home to a meal personally prepared just for me? emoticon
Ahhhhh wooonderfullll. Iím trying to retrain my brainÖ(you LOVE to cook, you LOVE to cook)Öbut mostly my brain says pffffft. emoticon
So Iím struggling a bit right now. I lost some weight and right now Iím fighting myself to keep it off, let alone lose more. I just havenít won the battle against fast food. Sigh. Maybe I could find a personal chef in training that would come cook for me for free!! Itís a thoughtÖ.

  
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BEANYGIRL 7/2/2011 7:30PM

  When winter is here I adore my crockpot...you can get one that programs to keep your food warm after it's cooked so you don't come home to cinders and ashes and food that's as tough as shoe leather...I have a friend that 'batch bakes' on the weekend...she makes healthy lasagne in a big batch and then divides it up and freezes it in individual portions...the same with her veggie chili...I'm not that organized but I like the idea and try to freeze leftovers for the 10-11 hour days when I come home and just want to eat a bowl of Cheerios...hope you had a great weekend...hugs, Beany

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WICKEDQUEENTREE 6/30/2011 10:14PM

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MELIVA 6/29/2011 11:30PM

    I'm with Pinkbeanboo on this one. I absolutely love to cook, but hate the clean up. The joke that we have at our house is that I got a dishwasher for our wedding; it's name is Steve. LOL I wanna subscribe to what HiketoHeights said of Mariah Carey, only I want a live in Personal Trainer/Masseuse/Maid...kick my butt, then massage it, then clean up the mess!! The live in masseuse is probably what put this one over the top, right?


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/29/2011 10:29PM

    I CAN COOK!!



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LINN3_5 6/29/2011 8:55PM

    I totally agree with you. A personal chef would definitely be near the top of my list, too. I like to cook, but having to cook two meals (one that my family will eat and one for me) is a major pain! I still have trouble saying no to fast food when we are out and about all day and I'm hungry. I'm slowly getting better though, mostly because every time I eat that stuff now my stomach doesn't feel good the rest of the night. You're doing great, keep up the good work!

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MOMFAN 6/29/2011 7:32PM

    Good luck on finding that!

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PINKBEANBOO 6/29/2011 4:39PM

    I don't mind cooking - it's the clean up I hate.
Except licking the bowl. That's my kind of clean up!
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I would love to have a personal chef. But he'd also have to be magic to be able make me healthy food out of the few healthy foods I like.
I'll dream with ya...
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/29/2011 4:38PM

    Remember when Mariah Carey lost all that weight? She had a trainer living with her who made all her meals and made HER work out. This lady got her down looking amazing. I would get someone like that. Makes me do my workout everyday and makes every single meal. We would all be HOT!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/29/2011 4:26PM

    OK, I have to pinch you to wake you up from your dream, lol. I would love a personal chef too. I hate cooking too, but I force myself to make healthy meals, its one of the keys to weight loss success. Unfortunately we have to take the good with the bad. emoticon

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Hey, Where'd My Goal Line Go?!

Monday, May 23, 2011

So Iím entering my weight for this week and Iím pleased because I went down Ė not quite a pound - but down is down!
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Then I notice that somehow that darn goal line is getting away from me! I used to be on it or right by it but now, not so much.
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My goal was to go from 308 to 260 by July 20th. Iím currently at 288. So those of you doing the math for us will discover that I need to lose 28 lbs in about 8 weeks. I know the recommended amount is 2lbs per week. I would like to say ďThe heck with that Iím gonna get my goal!Ē But the truth is, Iím usually lucky to lose 2lbs per week. So Iím in a quandaryÖ.I donít like to say I canít do it but I donít want to be unrealistic either. I feel like Sybil Ė I am happy that Iíve lost 20lbs but Iím sad and disappointed that Iím probably not going to make my goal.
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Help me spark friends! I need either a kick in the pants or an encouraging hug! I canít decide which!

  
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MOMFAN 5/24/2011 11:24PM

    Don't beat yourself, learn from the past and move toward the future.

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L3DESIGNS 5/24/2011 5:01PM

    Congrats on losing 20lbs! Move your goal date but keep moving - you can do this!

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GODDESSELLIE07 5/24/2011 3:23PM

    So you aren't on track to hit your target? Move the target! It's not the end of the world. This is a lifetime process, so it's not like you are going to change the way you live on July 20th and go back to your old ways. In order to lose 28 pounds with 2 pounds per week, that should put you right at the end of August... sounds like a goal! You can do it!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/24/2011 3:13PM

    Hooray!!!! on losing 20 lbs. That is awesome.
Just pick a new date & focus on it to get rid of those 28 unwanted friends. You can do it!!

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BABYSOX 5/24/2011 2:06PM

    I think that you should see it as a journey. Some paths are a little longer and take a little more time, but you still get to the end. Congratulate yourself for your accomplishments this far and just imagine how much better it is going to get. Good luck!

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JUICINGJOJO 5/24/2011 12:51PM

    Hi hon! I think you should look at it in a frame that isn't made of pounds. Ask yourself if you feel you are doing all that you could, and should, be doing to work towards your goals? If not, then change up and do more to reach harder toward them. If you are doing all that you can do, and can be proud of your EFFORT, then you are achieving big success in moving toward healthy. Goals are great. I, too, am not going to make my next one on time (below 200 by the end of May). I'm still having to play with my calories versus cardio issue, and I wasn't as good as I should have been last week. This week is going to be better. That is a positive motion, so I'm okay with it in the end. It is all a learning experience. I, too, get disappointed that it isn't as fast or easy as I'd like it to be. I don't want to get into the habit of slacking on my goals, changing them to make them easier, or being too quick to say "It is okay" that I don't make them. Slippery slope for me, so I understand what you are saying. We can do this, though. Because we deserve to be healthy.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/24/2011 2:35AM

    I don't think goals are set in stone as long as you are working towards them and I think you are then all is good.Slow and steady stays off better .Just keep on working .hugs,Cheri

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MELIVA 5/23/2011 11:38PM

    I'm with WickedQueenTree...how 'bout a little of both...I know you'd do the same for me!

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It's all good. Timelines are just that...a line. This is for life, so if it takes 8 weeks or 18 weeks, it shouldn't matter too much as long as you get there and you will.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/23/2011 8:14PM

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Set new goals, this is about a lifestyle change, so if it takes a little bit longer then so be it.

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life is fluid and dynamic not static, sometimes we need to make adjustments because life happens to us

you can do this, just maybe not by your original goal, but you can do this

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Tarragon Tuna

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I do a nearly continuous search for new tuna recipes. It's one of my absolute favorite dinners! So low cal, filling and tasty!

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If it wasn't so expensive I would have it way more often than I do. I was a little bit leary about this recipe...tarragon vinegar? Never even heard of it! But I decided to try it. So began the search for tarragon vinegar. It turned up in my local grocery store, so apparently it's not that rare! I did an overnight marinade and I have to say that this recipe was much more mellow than expected. I liked it and will have it again (after all, I now have a whole bottle of tarragon vinegar!). Was it supercalifragilistic? maybe not, but it's a good recipe to have in the rotation. Here it is:

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, tarragon vinegar, dried tarragon and pepper.
Place tuna steaks into the mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
Grill tuna steaks 8 to 10 minutes per side, until the tuna flakes easily and is opaque in the center.

Enjoy!

  
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MOMFAN 5/14/2011 4:20PM

    Glad you enjoyed it, I think I will pass! Sounds kind of "fishy" to me! LOL

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/13/2011 11:55AM

    I am going to try this too.It sounds great!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/12/2011 4:33PM

    Yum! I think I would eat salmon every night if it weren't so pricey!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/12/2011 4:14PM

    Sounds delicious! Are you going to post it on the recipes section?

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MINNIEKS1022 5/12/2011 3:40PM

    LOVE tuna!!! this sounds great. I also like the recipe from williamssonoma.com. Thanks for sharing!

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JUICINGJOJO 5/12/2011 2:27PM

    I am a tuna fan, as well. Our current favorite is lightly grilled tuna steaks with blackening seasoning, sliced over a salad with blue cheese. Yummy. The only two places I have found with good tuna steaks is Winco and Yoke's. Let me know if there is another secret! emoticon

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JANETMT2 5/12/2011 1:08PM

    Mmmm sounds good. I'll have to keep a look out for that tarragon vinegar, so I can try it.

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