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Yes, I did ride a camel!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My beautiful baby girl wanted to ride a camel at the zoo, so I had NO choice! I had to get on; and I have pictures to prove it. Last year at this time there is NO WAY I would have done this. I'm feeling so much better about how I LOOK, and I FEEL so much better! I had a great day with my kids and didn't feel like people were staring at me because I was overweight. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to keep up with my kiddos! Don't get me wrong, they still tire me out, but I feel like a better mommy because I'm taking care of ME!

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MYRNA929 7/29/2010 8:57AM

    how fun!

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LULUTHELEO 7/25/2010 10:25AM

    Cute pictures!

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SUGIRL06 7/23/2010 9:18AM

    Ha that looks like fun!!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 7/22/2010 11:47PM

    Great photos!!!! Glad that all your hard work allowed you to enjoy a new experience! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 7/22/2010 10:38PM

    Great photo of you and your DD!! You look GREAT!! And you both look so HAPPY!! emoticon

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/22/2010 1:44PM

    Your daughter is a cutie.....but you look AMAZING!!! You are an awesome mommy and setting such a great example for your daughter!

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THENEWCINDY 7/22/2010 1:30PM

    emoticon and ur daughter prob loved every min of it!!!

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KARVY09 7/22/2010 11:49AM

    Awwww! its a cute camel!!!!

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NICOLE12-01 7/22/2010 11:39AM

    HAHA! I love it! Isn't it wonderful how when we start shedding the weight, we start gaining the confidence to do things like RIDING A CAMEL?!?!?!?! Now, that's what I call LIVING! :)

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THINAGIN2 7/22/2010 11:28AM

    What a wonderful incentive you have for being healthy ! Keep up the good work and congratulations on your camel ride !

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/22/2010 11:23AM

    Camel rides? Now that is something I haven't seen before. Looks like she had a great time.

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Golfing is not my strong suit

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

(I'm on the left, my coworker Val on the right)
Oh my, was golf a humbling experience. THANK GOODNESS it was a scramble or I would still be out there! To say I was rusty is putting it mildly! As a group we finished one over par, so I'll take it. In 18 holes I had 3 really nice drives, and more misses than I care to blog about! LOL! The good news is my coworker and partner on our radio morning show is going to take me to the driving range in the near future to work on my swing...Lord knows I need all the help I can get!

The good news is though, that we had a great time and helped raise money for a wonderful organization!

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ROOT4HOME 7/21/2010 2:19PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time & it was for a good cause - so WTG!!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/20/2010 2:08PM

    It is all about having fun!! Cool that you raised money for a great cause! When you get it all figured out you can teach me!

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MOXIE22 7/20/2010 11:06AM

    I always say I play the best round of golf during a scramble. The nice thing is that you can talk about the "great shots" you made in support of your team and just not mention the times your ball didn't follow directions!

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/20/2010 10:59AM

    me either!!!

but glad you had fun! thats what a scramble is about anyway, isn't it!


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Eggplant "Manicotti"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Just wanted to share a recipe that has become a favorite at our house:

Eggplant "Manicotti" from Rocco DiSpirito

1 large eggplant (about 8" long and 5" in diameter)
freshly ground black pepper
non-stick olive oil spray
1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 cups low fat marinara (I use Classico Brand Tomato & Basil)
1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 450. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Using a large sharp knife, square off the eggplant to make a block about 6" long and 4" wide. Slice the eggplant lengthwise into 8 slices that are about 1/6" thick. Lay the eggplant slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Season with pepper to taste. and spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray. Roast until the eggplant is almost tender, about 20 minutes. Let it cool slightly. (leave the oven on!)

While the eggplant is cooling, combine the ricotta, 1/4 cup of the parmigiano-reggiano, and the basil in a bowl. Season with pepper.

Spread 3/4 cup of marinara sauce over the bottom of a 7x10 baking dish (I use my 9x13).

Lay the roasted eggplant slices on a work surface. Spoon 1/8 of the cheese mix onto the bottom of each piece of eggplant and roll it up jelly-roll style. Nestle the 8 eggplant "manicotti" seam side down in the baking dish. Spoon the remaining 3/4 cup marinara over the eggplant. Sprinkle with the mozzarella & the remaining 1/4 cup of parmigiano-reggiano.

Bake until the cheese is bubble and the filling is hot, about 18 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings


ENJOY! This is what I'm making tonight!

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SREDMAN6 10/13/2012 8:26PM

  Just made this tonight. It was very easy and very tasty! It's so hard to believe it has so few calories.

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CBEVNOW 7/17/2010 3:43AM

    Thanks, sounds great. I love eggplant i will try this.

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WANT2BEFIT10 7/15/2010 1:19PM

    It was excellent--no leftovers :)

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/15/2010 1:02PM

    How was it?? It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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SGBR-1 7/14/2010 5:19PM

    Sounds good--thanks for posting it.

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MNNURSEKATIE 7/14/2010 5:10PM

    Yummy that sounds good. Maybe I can get the family to eat eggplant this way?

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Total Runner's High--10 MILES! (Who is this woman anyway?!?!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Last year at this time, if you would have told me I would be training for a half marathon and running long distances I would have laughed in your face.

I was well over 200 pounds. I couldn't even run a half a mile without stopping for a walk break. I was unhappy.

emoticonFast forward 1 year. I can hardly believe it myself sometimes, but I am training for a half marathon that I KNOW I will be able to finish on August 7th.

Sunday brought me to my longest distance to date--10 miles. I chose an out-and-back route in the country that my husband used to train for his half that he ran in June. I ate my light breakfast, grabbed my Clif shot blocks, my CamelPak, my pepper spray (I never leave home without it thanks to Christa--LULUTHELEO) and my iPod. Out the door I went. I popped 1 shot block and started out nice and slow. My training is telling me to run an 11:58 pace for the long runs, but I've really struggled to run that slow. I kept the first half of the run right around 11 minute miles. There were many subtle hills on this route, nothing overwhelming, but enough of an incline that I'd feel the burn on the way up and down. I was lucky enough to have great weather to run in, too. We had a bunch of rain move through the area overnight so when I headed out for my run early Sunday morning it was in the mid-60s.

As usual, I struggled through the first 2-3 miles. I need that time to find my groove and get into a rhythm. By the time I hit my turn around point at 5 miles I felt GREAT. I felt STRONG. I KNEW I was going to finish 10 miles with no problem. As I ran back towards our town I thought about how far I've come in such a short amount of time. Sometimes I can hardly believe it myself.

Each mile I gradually picked up the pace, running according to how I felt. By the time I hit 9 miles I was hovering right around a 9:50 pace, which is even ahead of my target race pace. The last mile I felt great with little fatigue...I was able to run right through without stopping to walk.

I finished in 1 hour 47 minutes and 14 seconds. emoticon

I learned 2 things from this run:

1--MONSTER DASH in October is a 10-Mile run. I will OWN it. emoticon

2--The Half Marathon is completely within my reach. All I have to do is add a 5K to the run I completed on Sunday, and I'd be crossing the finish line.

I'm STILL on a runner's high.

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MUMMAMICHELLE 7/14/2010 6:13PM

    Amazing job! You will OWN those races :)

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CKAYT56 7/13/2010 6:10PM

    You are amazing! Way to go! I am still treadmill running, but need to get outside now. You will be my inspiration to get it done. I, too, can hardly believe where I am at just since September of 2009!

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TINK9305 7/13/2010 1:20PM

    amazing!!! great job!!!! :o) Keep up the great work!!!

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TAMPATASHA 7/13/2010 11:22AM

    You are amazing. What a great blog entry. Better yet, what a great personal story. I was smiling and cheering you on just reading it. I can't even imagine how proud of yourself you must be. Enjoy that runner's high - YOU DESERVE IT!!!!

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RHCOOKSON 7/13/2010 10:35AM

    emoticon That is totally emoticon!

I'm the same as you... a year ago today I would have thought you were crazy if you told me I'd be running these distances. But now I am, and I think it is even more special and exciting to me because of where I so recently was health-wise. It's an awesome accomplishment.

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/13/2010 10:14AM

    What an awesome run! Loved the blog!!! What an inspiration!! emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/13/2010 10:05AM

    awesome job!!!

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BLK2010 7/13/2010 10:01AM

    Congrats! You can do it!

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NICOLE12-01 7/13/2010 9:53AM

You totally inspire me and motivate me to push myself beyond my comfort zone. You're one amazing woman.

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LAURIE5658 7/13/2010 9:45AM

    Isn't running long distances just the best ever???!!! It truly does give you a great sense of accomplishment as it should. Like you, I am having difficulty slowing my pace. The speedwork I have been running is indeed making me a faster runner. Pulling the reins is a constant struggle. I look forward to watch your training in the weeks ahead!!!!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/13/2010 9:11AM

    You are absolutely amazing, Jess! I'm so proud of you!! I'm so excited for you for your upcoming races. YOU are inspiring me!!

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NUOVAELLE 7/13/2010 1:53AM

    I just have one question for you: How do you do it? Tell us your secret. What's your strongest motivator? You're amazing! Keep inspiring us, please!
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LULUTHELEO 7/12/2010 9:32PM

    Nice pace Jess!!! I think I am going to do the 10 miler in October too!!! WE SHOULD MEET AT THE START! And then you can wait for me at the finish. :) :) :)

Great training! I'm so happy for you!! Keep up the great work!!

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MICHLUTH 7/12/2010 9:20PM

    Wow, you're impressive! I just finished week 3 of Couch to 5k and am still having a hard time calling myself a "runner!" I can relate to your first paragraph!

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AMYSUE20 7/12/2010 9:03PM

    I am so glad to hear you struggle in the first 2-3 miles too! Amazing how our bodies work. GREAT job on the accomplishments of this past year what an awesome story! emoticon

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HELLOKITTN 7/12/2010 6:20PM

    Too cool! That's the kind of awesome that inspires :-)!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 7/12/2010 5:37PM

    Great job!!!! Some runs are just great (and some can leave you wondering why you bother to start them) but the good ones inspire me so much!!!!! Glad your run was successful and made you happy!!!!! emoticon

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DEEJACKSON 7/12/2010 5:37PM

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ROOT4HOME 7/12/2010 5:30PM

    The only thing I like about the old Virginia Slim ad's is the line: "You've come a long way, baby!" And YOU HAVE!! You're doing SO incredibly AWESOME! I'm so proud of you!! You WILL own the Monster Dash and you WILL cross the finish line in 4wks w/an TERRIFIC PR!!

Enjoy the high, my friend, you've earned it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Speedwork and 9 Miles!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Since I wasn't so hot at blogging this week, I'm going to talk about 2 training sessions in one blog.

As I've mentioned before, my focus has been to try to hit the paces on my training schedule instead of running faster...Training to race instead of racing to train.

Wednesday brought me to a 5-mile run that included speedwork, so I headed to the high school track. It didn't work out for me to go right at 5 when my husband got home, so I did something I'd never done before; I ate supper first AND THEN went to run around 7. For my job I am up at at work at 4:30AM so running after 6 PM can be a challenge, because for me it feels like its more like 10PM.

emoticonAt any rate, I've made a commitment to FINISH this half marathon, and the best way for me to do that is to make sure I do my training.

It was HOT and humid! I brought my water bottle since I was going to be running around the track. I started out nice and slow with a 12 min. mile to warm up. I didn't even mind running in circles on the track; it was something new for me so I was excited to see how it would go.

After that first mile, I needed to do a mile at 9:55--I kicked it up and felt GREAT. In fact, I completed my first speedburst mile thingy at 8:58...as soon as I slowed down I felt AWFUL. TOO FAST...TOO HOT...TOO MUCH BLT sitting in my stomach like a rock. Then I made another big mistake....I drank WAY TOO MUCH WATER. Yes, I did everything wrong on that first burst. I was a hurting unit at that point; to add insult to injury I got a stitch in my side. I was bound and determined to follow my schedule, and the next portion was a half a mile to recover. I WALKED the first lap. I got my breathing back under control. I tried not to focus on the heat. and by the time I got back to the starting point I was ready to lightly jog. Lap 2 of recovery I felt much better, but I vowed not to go as fast for the second burst.

As I rounded the corner coming up on the starting point I started to pick up my pace. I kept it around 9:30 for that mile and felt awesome when I finished. I had 1.5 miles left, so I slowed down and did 1.25 miles at a 12 minute pace and walked the last lap. After I got that first bit under control, I really enjoyed the speed work!

This brings us to yesterday; the 4th of July. Everyone else was still in bed at the lake but I got up to run. I AM A RUNNER! All the way around the lake was 4.46 miles, so I did 2 laps plus a little extra. I finished 9 miles in 96 minutes. Again my focus was on running slow. I started out at an 11:50 pace and maintained that pretty well during the first run around the lake. When I started around the second time I was feeling strong and confident, so I let myself pick up the pace a little bit. I felt great until I hit 8 miles...then the mental blocks started. I had to get past thinking that 9 miles was impossible, and once I did that, I felt like I could do anything. Mile 9 was my fastest mile. I completed it in 9:15. Finishing that run felt AMAZING. I didn't hurt and I felt like I could have done 4 more if I would have had to. I'm really feeling good about my training and know that I'll be SO READY on August 7th.

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LULUTHELEO 7/10/2010 6:30PM

    LOVE reading about your hard work and great training! GO Runner Girl Go!! You will be READY!!! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 7/9/2010 10:11AM

    Wow that is awesome! I need to start doing more speedwork. I feel like I'm getting slower but my HM isn't until September but its coming up quickly! 9 miles in 96 minutes! Wow!

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GODIVADSG 7/6/2010 10:57AM

    You did great! My husband who is a long time marathon runner helped me when I started adding mileage tomy half marathon training. He told me to look at it in time, not miles. Like... you can run for 10 more minutes.... not another mile. It all works out the same but I had to play some mind games with myself and still do! And it worked!! I could in my mind run for 10 more minutes. I am proud of you for your commitment to yourself. You are so worth the investment! Dana emoticon emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 7/6/2010 9:19AM

    way to go!!!

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NUOVAELLE 7/6/2010 1:43AM

    Amazing! You really ARE a runner!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 7/5/2010 8:00PM

    It is so great to read all your training. I used my race on Saturday for my speedwork this week but next week I'm trying the track for the first time. I'm excited about it. It seems like we are both getting back on track with our training (not racing). I admire your mental toughness to run in the heat....I'm not sure I could! It is awesome how you made it through the blt/too much water.....isn't it amazing how much we learn everytime we run??? You're mileage is coming up really nicely. You are right.....you are SO READY for that half! I'm so excited for you. You keep on inspiring me, Jess!!

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