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Things I've learned

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

* I hate oatmeal made with milk but love instant oatmeal made with water and topped with dried fruit.

*You can lose weight by eating more.

*Journaling what you eat really makes a difference.

*It's more fun running outside in any weather is more fun than running on a treadmill.

*Perimenopause sucks!

*Daily exercise helps my insomnia.

*I love Brussels Sprouts. Who knew?

*After you go awhile without drinking cola, it tastes really nasty.

The Flat Belly Diet recipes are awesome!

*I don't like peanuts but I do like cashews and pecans. Again, who knew?

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Deja Vu?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I guess I could just cut and paste my last blog entry on today's. Goals for 2011 are the same as for 2010, except this time I really mean it! More water. More fiber. More exercise. More veggies. But since I didn't stick to my resolutions last year, I need to lose 20 pounds now. Sigh.


Ten in 2010 Helthy Challenge

Sunday, January 03, 2010

No more procrastinating. I'm getting back on track and Ten in 2010 over at RecipeGirl.com is going to help me do it. The Ten in 2010 Healthy Challenge is a way to help you make some healthy changes in your life during the first 10 weeks of 2010. Food bloggers and food blog readers from all over the world are joining together to support and encourage each other reach whatever healthy goals each participant is shooting for.

My Healthy Goals for 2010:

* Drink more water every day.
* Get 25 mg fiber each day.
* Exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days per week.
* Add more fruits and vegetables to my diet.
* Lose 10 pounds.

A big part of this goal is the One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon, a 13.1 mile race in May 2010 that my husband and I have signed up to run again this year. After taking some time off from running, it's gonna be a huge (and long overdue) step getting back into an exercise routine. And since food=fuel, it's going to be very important that I focus on eating healthier foods. Good for the race and good for my family and hopefully good for my blog readers since I will be trying a variety of new, healthier recipes through the next ten weeks (and hopefully beyond!)

My other goals this year:

*Spend more time with the kids.
*Blog on a more regular basis.
*De-clutter and organize the house.

I think it's going to be a busy year!

If you'd like a little help in getting healthier this year, head on over to RecipeGirl.com and check out Ten in 2010. The more the merrier! www.recipegirl.com/home/ten-in-ten47


Goodbye ... and Good Riddance to 2009!

Friday, January 01, 2010

I'm calling a do-over! 2009 didn't work out at all the way I'd planned.

Well, now that 2009 is history and I look back over the past months I am pleasantly surprised that I'm still blogging. 2009 was not a stellar year. Too many losses. Too much sadness. Too many changes. (Too much weight gained!) Definitely a year we're happy to put behind us.

My original goal for I'm Running to Eat! has gone by the wayside this year. The blog was supposed to be a way to motivate myself to prepare healthier meals for my family as well as track my fitness goals and chronicle my journey to running a full marathon. Unfortunately plans changed this year and while I think I did well on preparing home-cooked meals instead of eating out, the "healthy" part slipped from the forefront and the running ended up to be non-existent by the end of 2009.

January always means New Year's Resolution's and this year is no exception.

* In 2010, I'm Running to Eat! is going to be filled with more healthy family-fare. I'm going to be trying at least one new vegetable recipe each week while trying to convince my picky offspring that veggies can be tasty even if they are good for you. ;-)

* Running and fitness are going to become a higher priority. DH and I are beginning a training program for our Half Marathon in May. All those extra pounds we accumulated in 2009 are gonna be out of here!

* And I'm going to get back to blogging on a more regular basis. I'm going to be learning how to take better pictures with our new camera and all the neat photo equipment DH has gotten lately. I'm also participating in Ten in '10 Healthy Challenge over at RecipeGirl.com. Hopefully that will encourage me to stick to my healthy New Year's Resolutions (at least for the first ten weeks!) Head on over to RecipeGirl.com to join in on the challenge.

Happy 2010 to all of you. Hope you all have a great year!


Layered Greek Dip

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Here's a recipe that will come in handy this holiday season. It's easy to make and looks pretty when you serve it. This Layered Greek Dip from The Savory Notebook ( savorynotebook.blogspot.com/2005/08/
) is perfect to take to those family carry-ins or to keep on hand for a healthy snack. Hummus has become one of my favorite snacks since I joined Spark. Be sure to use a good hummus for this recipe. I tried a new brand the first time I made it and the horrible hummus overshadowed the whole dish. Next time I used our family favorite and the dip was delicious.

For more recipe ideas, check out my blog I'm Running to Eat! imrunningtoeat.blogspot.com/

Looking for ways to cut back on expenses? Check out my new blog The Good Life: Live Well on Less ways to live well while spending less! tgllivewellonless.wordpress.com/

Layered Greek Dip
Recipe from The Savory Notebook savorynotebook.blogspot.com/2005/08/

8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cups prepared hummus
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup chopped tomato
cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
cup crumbled feta cheese (reduced fat is fine)
1/3 cup sliced green onions
pita chips and/or multigrain tortilla chips

1. In medium mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, and garlic with rubber spatula until smooth and well-combined.
2. Spread cream cheese mixture into deep 9-inch pie plate or oval platter. Spread hummus on top of cream cheese layer. Sprinkle on cucumber, then tomato, olives, feta, and green onions.
3. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours. Serve with pita chips or tortilla chips.


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