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My New Snack :-)

Friday, April 29, 2011

A little while ago I was surfing online and found this vegan meatless jerky by primal strips. I was hesitant to try it at first, for fear it would taste like cardboard, but last week I finally ordered some from

It was pretty tasty and reminded me of when I used to actually eat beef jerky (probably 15 years ago now). It does have a little soy sauce in it, but not enough to make me count it out completely (and I believe it's non-GMO soy sauce). All in all, a good snack with 10g of protein and only 74 calories. I might start using it as a post-workout snack too in case I don't have a protein shake handy.

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TRACEYMOMOF3 4/30/2011 12:16AM

    sounds delicious! emoticon

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Back on Track ~ Now with a goal!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

So after months of drama, being sick, lazy, and eating lots and lots of french fries, I'm finally back on track!

Over the past few months, I have managed to attend a few Zumba classes, but my eating habits were out of wack from eating out all the time and I've been preoccupied with so many other things that my exercise program went on the back burner. The only regular physical activity I've really had since late fall/winter has been dancing. I started taking salsa classes around November, but then the snow came and I got bronchitis. So that was my winter. Then in February I had a minor surgery that kept me out of commission for a few weeks, so that was my final excuse for not being on top of my game.

The past 2 weeks I have been logging my food again and staying in line with my calorie intake and nutrition goals (gotta still drink a little more water and get some more fiber). My protein intake is way up, and for the first time in a long time my muscles ache from working out. It's a good pain :)

My goal now is simple: lose 8 lbs. My wake up call was when I went to the doctor and weighed in at 138 lbs. Since then (March 29), I'm down to 135.5 lbs. and feeling great. I'm confident if I focus on getting in 3 days a week of exercise and staying on track with my calories I can meet my goal pretty quickly.

I also want to be leaner (especially around the middle), so I am going to start tracking my body fat percentage too. My workout plan is now:

- Core & More Class at the gym twice per week (full body, intense workout for 45 mins)
- Zumba once per week (more if I can find the time, I still emoticon Zumba!)
- Pilates or Yoga once per week (for flexibility, strength, and balance)

If I miss one of the core & more classes, I'll probably do some body weight exercises at home or hit the machines at the gym for a full body strength training workout. And on every other night of the week I'll probably be dancing :-)

Wish me luck!

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TRACEYMOMOF3 4/28/2011 8:40PM

    Great goals! Glad you're back on track! emoticon

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MELBIE28 4/28/2011 11:41AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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Goals anyone?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

So I haven't done much fitness-wise in a while. I haven't been tracking my calories, workouts, or anything. I got weighed on Saturday at 136 lbs. even. I've just been trying to stay active and get to the gym when I can. Terrible, isn't it?

So I am in need of goals again. I have been taking Salsa classes lately, and although that's technically not working out it is a lot of fun and has kept me moving. I really just want to stay fit and active and am having a hard time finding goals that stick to keep me motivated. Any suggestions? :-)


It's been a minute...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I haven't blogged in a while, but I wanted to say hi to the spark folks and let everyone know about my newest addiction:

It has 9 grams of protein, is just 190 calories, very filling, and it's yummy! Tis the season for butternut squash so I have been butternut squashing everything...and now this souffle is added to my menu.

I also made a butternut squash pie for thanksgiving which I failed to take a picture of. It was a hit with the fam so I've been asked to make it again for xmas dinner. Next time i'll take a pic...


What's a GMO?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I came across 2 websites recently about GMOs and organic food. This article is from a naturopath about why women should eat organic food (including to save money):

I was surprised to find out some foods I have been eating are genetically modified, but I just don't think about it. Sugar had to have been the biggest surprise.

How common are GMOs? (from
According to the USDA, in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO. It is estimated that over 90% of canola grown is GMO, and there are also commercially produced GM varieties of sugar beets, squash and Hawaiian Papaya. As a result, it is estimated that GMOs are now present in more than 80% of packaged products in the average U.S. or Canadian grocery store.

It seems almost impossible to avoid them, but here's a list of products that do NOT have GMOs:

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TRACEYMOMOF3 9/23/2010 7:18PM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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