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Happy this morning

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

So, I DID end up exercising last night. Did my kickboxing DVD which I haven't done in a long time. My exercising lately has been rather tepid, too short and weak to really be called exercising except as a sop to my pride.

Kicked my butt. About two minutes into the actual cardio part my heart was racing. But, I managed to do the whole thing without stopping, and giving a pretty good effort. I still need to work on my legwork, but every time it improves.

Had to keep shooing my puppy who inSISTS on being in the middle of the floor when I do this, and by the end when I was doing my lunges and floorward stretches my little cat was begging for attention right under my feet. She figures if I'm that close to the floor I might as well be petting her right?

Ended the evening with a nice bubble bath soak in the huge bath tub I've got. I don't think I was asleep before eleven, and the pup woke me at 2:20, meaning I got less than 8 hours, but I still feeling pretty good this morning, which is probably due to the hard cardio. I don't always get that "good" feeling that people talk about after exercising, but I did last night. Hopefully it will spur me to do it again tonight.

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MG03F1 3/17/2010 12:21PM

    Sounds like you had a great workout last night! Keep up the hard work! emoticon

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SACTOKAREN 3/17/2010 12:07PM

    Sounds great! Have a wonderful day!

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Cuteness: My Kryptonite

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Well, I WOULD exercise, except my pup is right in the middle of the floor space where I exercise. He's super cute. I would feel terrible disgruntling him by waking him up, just so I can jump around a bit.

I was actually going to go jogging, cuz I looked out and it was still bright, but when I looked up sunset times, it turned out that the sun had already set. So, I probably don't have enough time to go jogging. I thought I'd do a DVD, but no, can't. There's a puppy.

He's not even a little puppy. He's like 7 months old. But he's still cute. Everytime I nudge him to get him to move he streeetttccchhes, and then promptly curls up in an even more adorable pose.

I may still exercise, but it might have to wait 'til he wakes up.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/17/2010 8:52AM

    Great excuse, I'll have to use that one. As Ty Pennington would say... MOVE THAT BUS, in your case MOVE THAT DOG !

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TWAYGOH 3/16/2010 10:51PM

    Yeah yeah, lol. He actually moved himself to come curl up next to me as I sit here typing, so I should probably get moving while I have the chance ;)

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LIVELIFEFREELY 3/16/2010 10:46PM

    Move the puppy.. you will feel so much better for it. =]

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NANCYMT6151 3/16/2010 10:40PM

    Cute excuses girl but get your butt moving and go boot the dog and put in the DVD!!! LOL!!!

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Scallion planting insights anyone?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

So, I bought some "scallions" for planting at Fred Meyers. They came already growing in a little six-compartment planter. The directions said to plant 1 ft apart in a row, with rows 12-18" a part. The plants themselves have a bunch of the green leaves coming off, and the packet of dirt that each plant was packed in is well-run through with roots.

A closer investigation gives me the impression that these little packets are each comprised of several small, individual, non-bulbed onion plants packed together, but I'm not entirely sure. They are bound tightly together by the root system and I'm afraid to pull it apart to examine them more closely.

This is an excessively stupid question from an excessively novice gardner, but SHOULD I pull them apart? I know if I was growing them for the bulb, I would definitely want them spaced apart, but since I'm not going for a bulb, do I still want that? I don't even know if I could do that, since like I said, the roots are so thoroughly entwined.

Anyone out there who can relieve my ignorance and tell me if I should plant the packet whole, or if I should try and separate it out?

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NAYPOOIE 3/22/2010 5:22PM

    apparently nobody knows anything about scallions.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I'm pretty sure I've blogged about this before, but it's really hard to get enough nutrients on a low calorie diet. I ate about 1285 Cal today. I did well on my fat intake, and on my protein intake.

However, I was short on carbs (though, eh, I don't agree with their carb allotments) and woefully short on fiber. Fiber particularly is so hard to get. Even if I ate 2/3rd cup of the green beans in my freezer right now (which is a lot), I'd only get 2 g of dietary fiber. If I ate a 1/2 cup of oatmeal in the morning, which is about all my belly wants, that's four more. If I ate a tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread for lunch, that's 4 more. Say those are my fiber sources for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that's only 10 grams of the suggested 25. How do you do this without a fiber pill? I suppose I can take one, but dagnabbit! I just want to get my nutrients from the food I eat! Is that so much to ask!?! I could just eat rabbit food, and maybe get enough fiber, but then I'm not getting enough protein, fat or carbs.

There's just no way to meet all dietary needs on a low-cal diet. Of course, if I was eating better foods, maybe I could have a higher calorie diet. Since fibrous foods are harder to digest, they burn more calories in the effort, so you can eat more. Protein dense does the same thing.

I dunno. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

BTW, I like the daily breakdown that Spark offers at the end of the day to tell you if you've hit your goals in a graphic way.

P.S. I just used the nutrition tracker to plot out tomorrow. I included: oatmeal, raisins, 100% whole wheat bread, almonds, green beans. Fiber in every meal. Still not enough. 15 g of the suggested 25. I could add another half cup of oatmeal to breakfast I guess, but that's a lot of oatmeal. Make my stomach bloat. It would take me to 19 though, which is getting close.

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RUNNER4LYFE 3/9/2010 8:10AM

    I use Benefiber some days. For 2 tsps (I think - check the container) it gives ya 3gm of fiber. If Im having a rough day with fiber I will put it in my water or coffee - u can even sprinkle it in yogurt or on cereal. U cant taste it at all. I even put it in my daughters juice a couple times a week to keep her regular (shes 3).

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LENNIEBINO 3/9/2010 1:37AM

  It's not so bad taking a good fiber pill. Have you heard of Andrew Lessman? He is on HSN and makes some very quality vitamins and other pills that aid in weight loss. You would be very sure of having enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

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Scared to strength train

Friday, March 05, 2010

I'm not sure why, but strength training just strikes me as being so daunting. Any time I've done it in the past (and by strength training I mean weight lifting or resistance work, not things like yoga which makes my muscles go OUCH! too) I feel like I'm not putting enough effort in. I can go until I feel like I can't, but if I take a 30 min break, I can do more. The women in my family also bulk up very easily, which I'm afraid of doing. I know they say, lighter weights more reps to get strong without bulk, but it just doesn't work. Unless they mean like two pound weights, but that feels like a feather and I can't imagine it's giving me any sort of workout.

I feel like I need a personal trainer, but a.) that's expensive and b.) plenty of people get by without such a person. I think I need to invest in some weights, but a full set is spendy too. I just don't like it. Give me cardio anyday, but strength training? Yech.


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