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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

committment to eating foods that will nuture and strengthen my body because it seems DH is almost proud of the fact that he is over-indulging in sugary snacks and is constantly buying the stuff so it is in the house.

Last night when we were went out doing errands, before we even got to the first stop he was talking about going to the local cafe to have coffee and pie. We had just eaten before we left (getting in the car seems to be a trigger for him because eating out is the only time he gets to eat that fatty meaty items [and he loves to eat like that]). I told him I did not want to eat pie because I just had a healthy meal. So, he decided that when we stopped at Wally-World (Wal-mart) that he's buy a something there and bring it home.

Fortunately, by the time he got to the bakery section of the store, he had decided to limit his eats to just a donut. Yeah, that meant no leftovers in the house for me. My daownfall in that bakery is the chocolate cake donuts. I was so glad that the only ones that were on display were the ones covered with colorful frosting - I do not like that so it was easier for me to say no. Then, I started going around the displays thinking about what I would like for my treat (never mind my "I am only going to eat sweets one day a week and I had already had my day).

I handled several packages and read the ingredients - boy, are there a lot of ingredients in products that are mostly sugar, fat and salt. One plastic container of chocolate covered donuts had an ingredient list that covered over half the package, most of them I had no idea what they were. Even the package of choclate chip cookies had a long list of ingredients, probable 3-4 times more than if I made them from scratch.

emoticon If I "have" to eat that stuff, then I need to make it at home so I can control and know exactly what goes into it. I am so glad that I was able to resist temptation and really hope to keep my commitment to limiting sugary, snacks to only one day a week until I get to the point where my sweets will be in the form of whole fruits.

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/1/2011 7:15AM

    I guess he has a death wish. Sorry hon, but it's the truth. What he is doing to his body isn't fun! How long has it been since he's had a full blood screening? Perhaps it's in order.

Stay strong and when he sees you getting healthier he may decide for life.

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BOOKLADY3 11/30/2011 2:31PM

    I am learning to like hot chocolate without the mix: I heat 1/2 cup of water, add 1 tsp. Hershey's cocoa, mix, add cinnamon, fill the rest of the cup with soy milk, add a packet of Stevia. It is not as sweet as I'd like, but is very satisfying in the evening.

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LIV2RIDE 11/30/2011 2:20PM

    emoticon You did great at not bringing anything home. I have a similar problem with sweets. I'm working really hard to either give them up entirely or allow for them in my daily calorie allotment. I'm also making the treats at home IF I choose to have one. If I portion them out and freeze them it takes effort to have one and often I don't want to go through that much pain just to have a brownie bite. LOL It's a trick but it's working for me (right now).

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BARBIE1967 11/30/2011 1:27PM

  Wally world has Odwalla fruit and nut bars and they are wonderfull. Completely satify a sweet craving. I found a couple of them that have like 5 ingredients. I thought that was so awesome. Lara bars are good too and feel like getting treats with out all of the fat and calories. My boyfriend is the same way, in part I think he is trying to sabotage me. He knows I am a fiend for chocolate and sits on the couch late at night with temptation. Which is double bad eating sugar and going to bed on it. Found some wonderful sugar free Swiss Miss hot chocolate for only 25 calories per serving.

You can do this!!!!

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Can I do a Half Marathon?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I set a goal to do a 10k next year, but as I was looking for local races I happened to see one that is close by where I live is going to have pacers for the marathon. And they had just my pace. I think a marathon would be too much for me at this time, but a half marathon may be doable if I start to train now. I figured I could tag along with the slower pacer group and then be able to complete my goal with over exerting myself.

I have til Dec. 31 to decide and get the lowest entry fee. It is something for me to think about.

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KELLEEH 11/28/2011 3:53PM

    I think you can do it! I have completed two half marathons - I walked one and walked/jogged the other. One day I would like to run one. It's tons of fun. It's exciting to train for a race like that. Best of luck to you!

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MISSLISA1973 11/28/2011 7:28AM

    I bet you can! emoticon
My recommendation would be to work out a starting-to-train plan for now to the end of the year and see how it goes for you. I had planned to do a half, but it was too much too soon for me, but you are much more active than I was (am). Plus I did silly stuff, like walk after work in my work clothes and the heat of the day instead of going out in the morning or evening in workout clothes. Wore myself out quick. But you won't make those mistakes, so I think you'll do GREAT!
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LIV2RIDE 11/27/2011 5:57PM

    I'm not a runner so I can't offer any specific advice. I'll tell you what my dad has told me all my life. You can do anything you set your mind to. So if it is something you want to do, come up with a plan and do it. The only one stopping you is you and what is in your head. emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/27/2011 3:10PM

    If you can currently run 3 miles with relative ease and you have 3-4 months to train (and you can run 3-4 days per week), you can probably do a half.

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DORAL33178 11/27/2011 11:27AM

    You will know by then if this is the next challenge for you to take on. Anything is possible with a plan. Find the right training program for you and run, run, run. Consistency is the key.

Daphne in Doral (Miami)

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MOLLYSARAN 11/27/2011 11:19AM


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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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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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