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Burnt beans

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Well, I burnt my beans. It was dumb. I'm glad I didn't burn my house down cuz I definitely burnt them by forgetting they were cooking, and just walking out of the house for a couple hours.

It's been a while since I was that ditzily stupid, and past times I've been that stupid have not involved a potential fire. I hope not to do it again.

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TWAYGOH 8/23/2013 10:28PM

    Mom, what I'm the world are you doing in this old post?

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VAMANOS 9/4/2010 1:41PM

    Oh, dear, potential fire, no beans and worst of all, the smell! I've burnt beans before--pinto beans--and it ruined the pan and made the house smell for days. So sorry! emoticon

Good idea, CJ! Maybe set an alarm or your kitchen timer if you take a nap?

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CJSARGENT1 9/4/2010 12:37AM

    You might stick a note on the door the next time you are cooking beans. That will keep you from leaving at least, just don't take a nap. hoho

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Water weight: Friend or Foe?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I'm doing a biggest loser challenge here on Spark, and so am back to weighing in weekly, which I haven't done for a while. Week 1 is done, and according to the doctor's scale, I've lost 1.5 lbs. That was good to see.

However, I think it might've been water weight. I didn't do a whole lot of exercise last week, and my calories were mid to high, if not generally out of my range. Yesterday I was all fat and bloaty, felt and looked gross. But, I drank a bit of tea last night and lost a lot of water this morning (TMI?) so I think the tea acted as a diuretic and pulled my water bloat off. Still, I'll take it and count the water weight loss as a friend. Part of the weight loss journey for me, as a twenty something looking for love, is looking and feeling good about myself. I definitely didn't feel too good about myself yesterday with all that bloat, and I feel better today, now that it's gone. If nothing else, tracking and the bit of exercise I did get in kept me from GAINING real weight, aka fat, so overall I'm still going to count it as a loss.

Haha, but meh, I'm sleepy this morning. I tried to force myself into exercising yesterday by posting on the BL accountability board that I did 20 ST mins, and 60 cardio mins before I actually did them. Theory was, I don't like lies, so if I posted it, I'd have to do it to remain honest. But, I also decided to cook last night, which is never a quick process for me (though I did learn how to dice an onion and seed and dice a tomato easily which I'm so stoked about!). After cooking and allowing a bit of digestion, I didn't start exercising until after 9:15 pm. I started with the strength training that they suggest on the BL challenge, took a bit of a break, and then moved on and did my kickboxing DVD. I didn't end up done and out of the shower 'til after 11:30, and somehow didn't end up getting to bed 'til about 1:30 am. Cool thing was though, I ended up with 5 more minutes ST than I had originally posted, so I had to go back and change it. And my muscle are pleasantly sore this morning.

But then I woke up at 5:45 and couldn't get back to sleep til 6:45, when my alarm was set for 7:00. I snoozed multiple times, ended up turning it off, and then waking up at 8:13, when I had to be to the dentist, 20 minutes away, by 8:30. I was only a couple minutes late, so it worked out, but it's been a while since I moved that fast in the morning, haha. But, still sleepy and no caffeine in sight.

I have managed to get some good work done this morning, so being sleepy hasn't dragged me down too much, but I don't know if I'll make it to roller derby tonight. I know I'll feel good if I go, but I just don't feel like being rushed around this evening. We'll see how it goes. But, lunch is about over, so I guess I'll cut this off.

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VAMANOS 9/2/2010 9:12PM

    I agree, it's a friend. When you know about it, it's easier to accept that you had a weight fluctuation and have faith that week-over-week you're probably losing if you're staying on track with calorie intake and burn.

They say that strenuous exercise before bed will keep you awake--now you've proved that to yourself! Better to get in the cardio before work or at lunch, and save the ST for later if necessary. emoticon

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MICKI2010 9/2/2010 7:04PM

    I'm w/ you, take it as a loss. I gain and lose water WT daily. I can gain up to 4 lbs. per wk. in water WT, as I SIT ALL DAY at work. It has gotten much better since losing some of this WT, but it still happens. It you weren't bloated on your last WT check and now you weren't this time, then I say CONGRATULATIONS on your WT loss.

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So pleased with my dinner/Week 1 BL challenge

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I loved my dinner tonight. It was soooooooooo good.

I found this recipe on Sparkrecipes for spinach turkey burgers that I love. They are super duper easy, lol, which is a must when I'm cooking, and super DUPER tasty. I was very happy with them, as you might be able to tell since I'm not really the sort of person to say "super duper" without extreme impetus, lol. If you're interested, you can go to my sparkpage, click on the "more" tab, then favorites. It's under there. I combined it with just a bit of Alton Brown's guacamole (also under my favorites) and it was just perfect.

Less perfect was I forgot to include the potato bun in my calorie calculations. Oops. Still within my range for my activity level though, just mid-range vs low range.

Well pleased with myself tonight too, for making it all come out right :)

In other news, I'm back into the biggest loser challenges here on Spark. It's been a long while since I've been involved in one, and already I'm thinking it's good for me. I definitely did not exercise like I should've this first week, despite numerous friendly examples of how to do so, but I was very conscious of my food. For at least half the week I planned my meals the day before, and tracked the whole way. This isn't something that the BL challenge specifically asks us to do I don't think, but, lol, I like to compete, and if I'm going to have any shot of doing well, I need to be tracking. So I did.

One thing I noticed is that I'm definitely eating more calories than I think I am. I had hoped I had gained enough knowledge to just instinctively make the right choices, but apparently not. Even when I focus on and plan for meals, just one little addition, if it's the wrong one, can throw my calorie count for the whole day off. Like the potato bun. So long as I'm active, my current calorie intake should not inhibit weight loss. I just have to actually be active.

Softball is over now, so theoretically I can start up roller derby again, which, if I go regularly, can really rack up the cardio points for my challenge and burn off some blubber. We aren't going to have practices this weekend, cuz too many people are going to be gone for Labor Day weekend, but I can go tomorrow, and get back started next week for sure. It's good to have something to help me focus again.

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GRANNYS5 9/2/2010 7:15PM

    emoticonkeep up the great work. the recipe sounds really good, I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing..

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DWILCZKO 9/2/2010 12:17AM

  good job

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STARRKISSED 9/2/2010 12:16AM

    I'll have to try those, they sound yummy!!

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 9/2/2010 12:16AM

    CONGRATS!!! Keep up the GREAT work.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Why am I so lazy!?! Haha. Oy. It's 8:30. I still have plenty of time to do something. Must self-motivate. Aaahhh!

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GREEKGAL1 8/31/2010 8:51AM

  I hope you find the motivation you need. Good luck.

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TWINTS 8/30/2010 11:35PM

    You can do it...while I go to bed! LOL ;) I have an excuse! emoticon

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DEEB58 8/30/2010 11:29PM

  you gots to motivate yourself

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Laughing at my inebriation/know thyself

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I was somewhat inebriated in the last blog that I wrote. I'm laughing at myself, because as I reread it, I see that I'm definitely still articulate, not goofy, and apparently NOT inebriated. But knowing myself, lol, I definitely was. Just reading it to myself in my voice in my head, I adopted the swinging, relaxed cadence that I always acquire when I'm tipsy. I used words like "inebriated" "absconded" and "perdition." I tend to let my natural vocab slip out more when I drink. I was always teased as a kid because I'd use these multi-syllabic type words to mean things like "drunk" "stole" and "hell" and so I kind of broke myself of the habit. It comes back when I drink.

Anyway, that was a fun night. But not what I'm writing about today. I was reading various people's blogs today that talked about strength training. I've said it before, but I'm a bit scared of strength training. I know a lot of women say that they WERE scared that strength training would bulk them up, but then it didn't so don't worry k? But I respond with, the women in my family bulk up. We're not women to mess with, and when we strength train, we can look intimidating with all these muscles bulging out. I do take after my dad's side of the family, so maybe even if I strength train I'll remain puny looking, but I just don't know.

Anyway, I'm thinking about giving it a shot again on a regular basis and damn the consequences. But that's where the "know thyself" part of my blog title comes in.

I really don't know how my muscles work. There are times when I overwork them and they get sore, but it's rare, and it's usually in actual activity, not strength training, so I don't know what movements make which muscles hurt. I prefer that sort of strength building, because in my opinion it's always preferable to use your muscles in a natural way so your body learns how to use the new muscles in a way that is practical and will help in real life. It's not entirely about looking fit with me, but just being able to do what I need to in life more efficiently. But, since half my life is spent sitting at a desk, deliberate strength training needs to become a part of my regimen. I had to cut out of roller derby for a month because of work (though thank goodness my field season is over now, for like three weeks, oy) so the only thing that was really making me work my muscles fell to the wayside. I go back tomorrow (softball tonight), but even so, that's just lower body.

I'm more of a cerebral than a physical person, so I think I need to edumacate myself with literature before, or concurrent, to doing strength training. I need to really learn how to make the moves before I start practicing them. I need to read up on the why's and wherefors of more reps vs more weight. I need to learn which exercises are best for which muscle groups, then focus on that mightily until I feel like I'm doing it right.

I really need a personal trainer for a few sessions I think, but a.) I'd be self-conscious, and b.) who's got the money?

But tonight, after softball, I think I'll be focusing some time on education and come up with a plan for exercise tomorrow morning. And then go to bed early enough that I can actually do it. I hate waking up without enough sleep, really I do. *sigh* We'll see how it goes.

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THEMADINDIAN 8/20/2010 4:18PM

    Your strength training program is going to really depend on what you're trying to accomplish

For instance if you do not want to bulk up you'll need to higher reps and lower weight

Also would you be in a gym or working with what you have at home? I can give you a better idea of what to do and how to accomplish it then

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