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i challenge ME.

Friday, November 11, 2011

A) how long this will take
B) how many calories will I burn
C) how many times can I do it before Thanksgiving.....

100 jumping jacks
90 crunches (your style- with stability ball, feet hooked under the couch, whatever)
80 squats (the the yoga chair pose, up and down...or holding a pilates ball out in front)
70 leg lifts (I take this to be on my back, hands at low back and starting legs together up at 90 degrees and then down to 30-45 degrees)
60 jumping jacks
50 crunches
40 squats
30 leg lifts
20 jumping jacks

Feel free to copy/post/challenge yourself or others!

11/13/11- 34 minutes total!!! I used 3 lb weights when I was doing squats (and these are medium/moderate squats) and did bicep curls. The hardest part? the 10 minute run!!!! But I did it!!! My husband said he wanted to do it with me, he crapped out about 1/3rd of the way in, but I think he'll do it with me again and take an inhaler puff before he gets started. I'd have plenty of time to do this at lunch break and still have time to cool off!

11/15/2011- 34 minutes, this time it seemd so much harder than the first time. Had a hard tiem with the jogging at the end, ended up walking for the last 2 minutes, but honestly it's the same speed as jogging for me! I also tried to track it fitness wise, it probably ends up being anywhere from 3-400 calories, but because you can't track the squats and crunches and leg lifts as cardio, I'm not quite sure. I'm sweating like a wall street banker in an occupy park tho!

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K1TT3N 11/13/2011 9:26AM

    This is an awesome challenge ... way to go

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Jamie Oliver, TED and a new way to make zucchini bread

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

One of my SPARKfriends posts recipes instead on her blog page. I've been playing with this recipe for the last few batches, so I'm gonna share. But first.....Anyone know who Jamie Oliver is??

Jamie Oliver's a British Chef, here in the US, in the south, helping teach people about food, how to cook food, and how to eat healthier. He is 100% dedicated to changing the bad habits we've worked so hard to create and although we regret the bad habits, we'd have a heart attack or coronary heart disease or stroke before we'd change.....

So, the link above is Jamie Oliver talking for about 20 minutes, about his wish for the children of the U.S., and eventually for all children. that they KNOW FOOD. Fruits, vegetables, how to cook, what tastes good with what, how MUCH of this or that to put in, etc.... It's really powerful, and I recommend you watch.

Jamie Oliver got me thinking....I need to make sure my kids KNOW how to cook. Due to the economy I've had to get more creative in the kitchen and in the school lunches, and it's been really a great shift in our house. I dont buy applesauce anymore for hte kids lunches. Instead, I buy a bag of apples and take hte time to core, peel and chop them, and throw them in the crock pot for a day with 1 cup of water. total cost? $5.99. I make my own refried beans- 1/2 bag of pinto and black combined. Soak the beans overnight in 8 cups of water and then cook on low simmer for a day, adding 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1 tsp kosher salt. Potato maser or electric mixer to blend. Total cost? $3. Salsa! I can chopped/diced tomatoes, 6-8 fresh tomatoes. 3 jalepenos, 1 bunch green onions, juice of 3 limes, and one bunch of chopped cilantro. total cost $6-10 depending on how much veggies you need to buy if you didn't get them from a garden. Enough salsa for 3 weeks!

And my kids watch and participate in this, I can't help but feel like I'm planting the seeds in my kids to ENJOY food more, enjoy cooking more. Enjoy the process of cooking- my daughter and I were making risotto over the weekend and it was fun to watch her learn how to stir the risotto, asking when to blend in more broth, and how hard or soft to push the rice in the pan. and even though she didn't want to taste, it, one day, she will.

This year my son the 4th grader agreed with us that he should be making his lunch for school. I'm watching him make his sandwich, pack little tupperwares of applesauce, salsa and chips....and I know I'm doing hte right thing, teaching my kid about where food comes from and how to cook it, and how much of you need vs how much of it you want....

So ok! teach your kids and community about food! and now for the recipie. This is low fat, and low-ER sugar Zucchini/apple/raisin bread. and it's delicious. It doesn't make it longer than 48 hours in my house.

1.5 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp connamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

but all these in a bowl and set aside. preheat oven to 350. grease a baking pan, bigger than a bread pan (or you'll need 2 pans) or like a smaller brownie pan f you want it to cook up tall.

2-ish cups grated zucchini with peels
3/4 cup sugar (or even 1/2 will work too)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
1/4 cup oil ( i use olive oil)
OPTIONAL- 1.5 ripe bananas

mix the fruit/veg ingredients with an electric mixer, and then slowly add in the dry ingredients.
Pour into pan (s) and cook for 50-60 minutes, checking in those last 10 minutes for bread to be cooked fully through. sides should peel away from the pan, and top of bread would crack a bit and knife or toothpick should come out a little crumbly. if it looks wet, lower temp to 325 and keep in the oven for another 5-10 minutes. OR you can turn off hte oven and just leave hte bread in there while it cools down.

I'm doing my part in passing along ways to eat and live healthy!!! Go Jamie Oliver! Go us!!!

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TRINNI 10/27/2011 1:31PM

    Love your post. You are so right with the economy right now, you do have to be creative. Good for you!

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I lost one pound, and I can't find it!

Monday, October 10, 2011

"Honey! Can you come in here for a second?!" I shouted to my husband yesterday morning. I was in the bathroom, wiping the sleep out of my eyes. "Can you read that?" I asked him. I was standing on the bathroom scale (as if we have a living room scale, or a kitchen scale, or a backyard scale...) and I needed a second pair of eyes.
"that's...220." he said, and was about to walk away. " You sure? It's not just over, know like 220 and a half?" He sighs, and looks again. "nope. 220. right on 220."
"ok, thanks babe." I say, and he goes back to making brunch. And I smile. And as I go about my day, cleaning my house, clean the pilates studio I frequent and go to the pool to swim 2000 meters, I think about the last time I weighed 220. It's been at LEAST 10 years. I was 227 when I found out I was pregnant with my now 9 year old son. And that ONE pound might not seem like much. I have a long way to go. I'm still 50 pounds away from my goal. But that one pound brings me...ONE POUND closer. That one pound takes me away from the 25 pounds I used to carry on my frame. That one pound takes me to the doctor less, helps me work out more, adds months and years to my life with my family and friends, that ONE LITTLE POUND was the one thing I needed to motivate me once again. When seasons are changing, when the Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas trifecta of weight gain approaches, that one pound I dont have any more reminds me that I've lost one pound! I cant find it!

and I dont want to.

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MISSLISA1973 10/10/2011 10:41PM

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KSCHRAUT 10/10/2011 8:01PM

    Congrats! One pound is certainly progress as each pound builds up from the previous. It's important to make sure that all successes and progress are noticed so that each day can basically have a success point!

Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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BLACKBSE 10/10/2011 6:08PM

    Congrats! Taking note of the small steps keeps me motivated to continue and to stay away from the chocolate, hope it does the same for you.

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CRYSTAL8488 10/10/2011 3:05PM

    Congrats on your success!! A pound, or even half a pound should be celebrated..because its progress and one more step toward your goal. Sounds like you are doing excellent, keep up all the good work! emoticon emoticon

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12 months ago.....and yesterday. with pictures.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

July 2010. Lake Tahoe. In a swimming suit that's 3 years old, and it clearly doesn't fit like it used to. I'm a size 20. I'm walking every day, about 5,000 steps, and I had just been gifted a wii fit. In less than 1 month, I'll join Sparkpeople for the second time.....
this was yesterday. I go to pilates 3 days a week, I swim laps twice a week, I make sure that every day I am active in some way, and I get my family involved. Biking through the Sierra Nevadas, hiking, swimming, walking, whatever....I dont track my food so much anymore online because I've got it in my head. I know what my portions should look like, and I hold myself accountable when I fall short of my own goals. I hit a LOOOOONG plateau this past winter, even bumped up a couple pounds. Once summer hit and I was walking every day again I was thinking less about the NUMBER on the scale and concentrating on the things that you just start to KNOW internally. Like, going to bed at 10pm really DOES help you lose weight. Stretching before working out, also very helpful. Drink. More.WATER. Grab a handful of (fill in the brand name of chips) and walk away. Cranky? Did you work out today? Hmmm, PROBABLY NOT!!! So the next time those bewitching hours of 2-4pmhit, the hours when I naturally get sleepy and lazy and want to be done for the day, I drink water. Pace around my office, lift weights, blog ( emoticon ) so that when 5pm hits and I need to walk or bike to pilates, yoga, spin or swimming I am realizing that most times, this is what I look forward to EVERY DAY. In 12 months I've transitioned from this being something I need to do but I'm not happy about it, to something I need to do, and I really like it. it's now as natural as brushing my hair or washing my clothes.

This past weekend I went to a clothing store because I had a groupon and I was nervous, I don't usually shop anywhere other than Lane Bryant. I saw this cute cute cute dress.
It's a SIZE 14!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What Whaaaaaa?????!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?! I'm checking the tag again,and again. ok, 14W, BUT STILL!!!! The last time I successfully rocked a size 14 anything I was 20. that was 17 years ago. A full high school student ago, a full weight of a 5 year old ago. I can tell you this. the 37 year old me would kick the 20 year old's rear end all over the lap pool, in the pilates class, and on the hiking trail.
bring. it. on.

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HINCTYBEAT 11/11/2011 7:49PM

    You totally rock! Nice job :) emoticon

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MISS_614 8/25/2011 11:36PM

    You look great!!! Keep it up!


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LISADC42 8/24/2011 8:44PM

    emoticonYou look awesome! Very inspirational. emoticon

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DAISYBOO 8/24/2011 6:10PM

  You ARE the biggest loser!!! What a transformation! So proud of you!!!! K&K

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KITTYROXX 8/24/2011 5:57PM

    Amazing!!! You should be very proud of yourself. You look fantastic!!!


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SLIMMERANG 8/24/2011 5:54PM

    Good Job! You should be proud. You have done an amazing job!

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it's not the hugest deal, buuuuut.....

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lands End. I love them. You return ANY product, in ANY condition, and they either exchange it or give you a gift card. Cool, right? So, I return my lap swim suit. I've worn it out in the last 2 years, the color's faded the top layers peeling. It was an 18W. I get a new suit, and this time, I figure I've lost some weight, I'm in MUCH better shape than I was a year ago, I'll go for the size 18.

It comes in the mail. I try it on for the first time as I'm taking a bike ride with my family along the truckee river to Lake Tahoe, 11.5 miles round trip. and it fits. In fact, it's...baggy. Like, I COULD exchange it and get a size 16...but for now I'll keep it, for the drag while I swim laps.

WHO CARES what the number on the scale says. A fear shared by many is the dreaded swimsuit try on. And knock me over with feather, this was the first time in a long time I've been happy with what I saw looking back at me in the mirror.

It's not a huge deal. But this is one of those things that keeps you motivated for the next couple of months.

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/26/2011 12:28AM

    emoticon Imagine this a a little black swimsuit!)

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FLAMENM 7/26/2011 12:09AM

    I shrunk my swimsuit size and was ecstatic when I fit into an 18 and not an 18W. Funny how one littel letter makes us feel so great.

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FINDINGBOBBIE 7/25/2011 11:50PM

    That is a huge deal!!! You should be so proud of yourself.

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JESSIEJACKS76 7/25/2011 11:27PM

    that is awesome

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