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I did not even miss the turkey

Friday, November 25, 2011

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and I started it with a Turkey Run 5k, a charity run for the Shriner's Hospital for Children. Then for our dinner, I prepared a nontraditional meal. I decided to do a Fall Harvest Theme rather than the Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.

Here is what we had:
Butternut Squash soup
Salad with mixed greens
Roasted Vegetables (squash, sweet potato, potato, Brussel sprouts, carrots, onion)
Black Bean and Carrot Tamale
Apple Pie Lara Bar for dessert

It was my first attempt at making tamals and boy, were they yummy; much better than those we get a the local Mexican restaurant.

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ELEMENOPEO 11/26/2011 10:28AM

    Sounds wonderful! We had a stuffed roast chicken since my son hates turkey. It turned out well. But I think tamales sound fantastic. And soup...mmm.

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DORY1949 11/25/2011 3:06PM

    Loved your Thanksgivng Day Menu-next year will try some of the dishes. I didn't miss the turkey either-had Tuscan White Bean soup, baked stuffed w quinoa acorn squash, salad w lots of greens, appetizers of green and orange and red peppers and hummus.

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LIV2RIDE 11/25/2011 10:53AM

    Your meal sounds delish! I'd love the recipe for the black bean and carrot tamale if you are willing to share. I've never made tamales before but LOVE mexican food.

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SPARKLED146 11/25/2011 7:48AM

    That meal sounds delicious!

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IMEMINE1 11/25/2011 7:10AM

    Sounds very good.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

emoticon Man, I can do so well on some days and on others I wonder if I even give a single thought about eating what is good for me. One of my favorite shows is the Biggest Loser and I get the same thought every time - if I did not exercise the way I do, I'd have that much weight gain too.

I eat too much, even the things that are good for me. For instance, last night I made homemade corn tortillas, then some fat free pinto beans (mashed to pretend they were "refried"), water-sauteed onion, red peppers, mushrooms, sweet potatoes; topped with a bit of guacamole and salsa. Served this tostada style. It was so good and I ended up eating 3 servings. I could have stopped with 2, but I didn't I just had to have one more, not because I was still hungry but just because it was so tasty.

I have to learn how to stop eating when I am satisfied, not full. Any advice??

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LIV2RIDE 11/22/2011 6:39AM

    I like GSWINNIE's advice. I might have to try that myself. If I put it all away I can't get more.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/21/2011 6:11PM

    Portion control is essential. Measure your food and weigh it. Eat slowly to let your body feel the food. Serve onto plates but don't put bowls on the table. Remind yourself that enjoying your food is wonderful but that you want to feed your body's needs instead of your mouth's wants.

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GSWINNIE 11/21/2011 12:10PM

    Put the food away right after you make it. Section out portions for yourself or family and put any leftovers directly in the fridge, you'll be less likely to have more if you have to reheat it.

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I am going to leave my ticker where it is...

Friday, November 18, 2011

I weighed myself this morning and saw that I am finally on the downward side of coming off that DQ Peanut Buster Parfait and Halloween candy diet. But I have decided not to record it on SP because I kind of like seeing it sitting at 125 pounds. I think that 127 is more reasonable for me to maintain, but I have only seen 125 twice in my adult life and I want to be reminded that I can do it.

I feel like I am finally getting back on track. I am running a 5k on Thanksgiving and my times right now could be improve upon. I am positive that all that junk as made an impact on my running times. I have a photo with a 29'44" time on my garmin and that was accomplished when I was behaving and eating the foods that nourished my body. That, and more comfortable running weather I am positive helped me achieve that goal. It is cold outside now and that takes a bit getting used to.

So, to be realistic, I am aiming for a sub 32' time on that run. There is one more local run in December, that I am thinking about but do not want to commit to because I am such a wimp running in cold weather. However, my daughter wants to do this charity run for an orphanage at the end of February. Does she not realize how cold it is that time of year?

So, here is to once again returning to all those accomplishments I have made this year and doing it during the holiday season.

And since the stores are already playing Christmas music here I might as well get in the spirit of things: Have a Healthy Holiday Season everyone.!!!

and don't forget to post about all your successful and wonderful accomplishments.

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JUGE300000 11/23/2011 7:10PM


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KELLEEH 11/21/2011 1:49PM

    Have fun on your Thanksgiving 5k! I also don't like to run in the cold weather. I'm sure you'll do great.

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PATTIE441 11/18/2011 4:50PM

    That's awesome! You go girl! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 11/18/2011 11:31AM

    Have fun! emoticon

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My 10k time to beat

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have decided to train for a 10k and since I have been running for a while now, I decided to do a trial run and see what my time is. 68:09

I am setting a goal to do a 10k in 65 minutes or less.

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HENRYSC 11/16/2011 12:39PM

    your garmin shows a sub 30 5K...a rule of thumb would be to double the time and add a minute for you expected 10K time that would put you at a sub 61 you can do it go for the sub 65

great job

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ELEMENOPEO 11/16/2011 12:26PM

    Sounds great! My husband has been running for years. I usually do in home dvds but am wanting to learn to run (sounds silly) so we can spend some time together doing so. I am sure with determination you can set a new best PR! emoticon

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JITZUROE 11/15/2011 11:13AM

    I'm excited for you and KNOW you will beat that time and set a new PR!

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RONNIEHUEY 11/15/2011 11:05AM

    Wow! You are doing a great job! Keep it up!

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How to Strengthen Self-Control

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Or should I say your will power? Did you ever think about how many times during the day you are resisting an urge to do something. This urge can be about food or an activity. I often have urges (i.e. cravings) for some sweet treat, especially when I am doing yard work. It is so much easier to grab a candy bar rather than come inside and prepare a meal, quicker also.

It has been stated that if you have a craving for a particular not-so-good for you snack that it is often best to just give in to the craving because you may find yourself eating more calories trying to satisfy the craving with other options.

Well, that does not work for me because I often end up enjoying that treat way too much. Instead of giving in to that craving, how about if I work on strengthening my self control and train myself to resist those urges. I think I can accomplish this if I do these three things:

1. PLAN AHEAD and be prepared for those moments when I get the urge to have that DQ Peanut Buster Parfait (or whatever it may be). I can be proactive in my resisting that urge by being able to tell myself how bad that choice is for me and that there are other things I can eat that will nourish my body with the nutrients it needs and have an alternative readily available, like homemade ice cream where I control the ingredients that goes into it.

2. COMMIT TO A GOAL. Sometimes I think that I find it impossible to stick to a goal I set for myself, but in reality, I am selective in my goals that I focus on. For example, I committed to being able to run a 5k and I accomplished that goal even though before I could do it I encountered many ups and downs. Some days, I did not feel like running; other days I had to take a lot of walk breaks. However, I did not let those times deter me from achieving that goal. This past summer I also made a challenge out of a goal to stop eating candy bars. Turning that goal into a challenge helped me say "no" many times when faced with the urge to buy a candy bar.

3. KEEP A JOURNAL. This helps to see what I have accomplished and where I might need to make improvements. Just the other day, I reviewed how far and fast I was running when I first started and I am amazed at the progress I made. This also helped me see that there are good days as well as bad days but the important thing is to never let the bad days dominate my thoughts. I need to focus on what I have accomplished and my ability to keep moving forward. If I fall, I need to get back up right way, brush myself off and take that first step forward.

As of today, I am going to commit to running a 10k this spring. This is going to take some planning (step 1), commitment to both training and eating (step 2) and to see how I am progressing, I'll need to keep a journal (step 3).

Hmmm, let's see how this works for me....(to be continued)

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FEELINGFITERIN 11/15/2011 11:10PM

    These are all SO true! I've been writing everything down again, and it really helps me to stay accountable!

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TRACEYROCK 11/14/2011 9:53AM

    I completely agree with you. For me planning ahead is the key Good luck! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 11/13/2011 11:36PM

    Good blog!

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FRAN0426 11/13/2011 2:34PM

    You have certainly have set some high goals for yourself. Wishing you the best in your endevor and preparing for the run next spring. Keep in mind that if you slip up a day here ar there you still can continue to reaching those goals.

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