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Will I be a Wimp?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Snow is in the forecast again, another 5-8" possible. April 27th is my half marathon date. I've been wimpy with the cold this year. My cross training has been shoveling snow. I am not sure how I will fare with that.

If I do go, my goal will be to complete and just run my best.

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ROSALIEESTHER 4/19/2013 8:33AM

    Wow! Bet you weren't thinking snow when you signed up for that Marathon!

Run. Enjoy yourself. Write about how you feel. Have a great time.

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JIBBIE49 4/17/2013 6:14PM

    I have known a lot of people who lived in Minnesota and thought it was Heaven on Earth, so enjoy the snow. I grew up in Southern Illinois and didn't think anything of the snow when I lived there, and then I lived in Chicago and LOVED it there but since I've lived in Florida for the last 32 yrs I can't think about dealing with snow anymore.

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KBEHNKE81 4/17/2013 3:37PM

    Keep it in perspective. A lot can change in 10 days. Enjoy your event and don't fret about it or the next week and a half will be no fun.

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LIV2RIDE 4/17/2013 10:48AM

    Run for the love of running and having fun with no other goal than finishing. You are awesome no matter what you decide!

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TIFFA409 4/17/2013 9:49AM

    As long as it is 10-15 above or warmer, it will be bearable. It is said you regret the things you didn't do more often than the one's you did. Although it is no where near as long, I have run the valentine's day 5k in sub- zero temps and the St. Patrick's day 5k on single digits. I left with a definite sense of pride and accomplishment, I can only imagine you will leave your 1/2 marathon feeling the same way!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 4/17/2013 9:29AM

    We got snow too! I am not liking it! LOL

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McDougall 12 Day Program day 2 and other thoughts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The recipes did not appeal to me at all. A potato sandwich? I ate the Day 1 breakfast and then ended up going out to eat at a buffet type restaurant. I did well today and did not overeat and I did not have bread or dessert.

I did not have dinner because when I eat out I usually do not have another meal at home. It's usually a timing issue.

I got in a good workout shoveling snow (slush) off my driveway, 5 hours. My back hurts and I did not get it all done. Our driveway is 1/10 of a mile long. I needed to vent because I was frustrated about the Boston Marathon event, I heard on the radio that the little boy the was being pushed by his father had both his legs amputated and the whole thing seems so senseless.

I could not imagine having to tell one of my children they were going to lose their legs. It made me angry and I wept as I shoveled. And then I grieved, I recalled the day when I lost my little brother and how difficult it was for my parents to tell me and my siblings what happened. They never did come out and tell us exactly, I found out when I overhead my father calling his work to ask for time off.

It has to be so difficult for those injured and their loved ones.

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WINACHST 4/17/2013 9:23AM

    My husband needs to lose weight but he does not have the motivation to do it on his own and since I do most of the main meal preparing I figured I should get with a program of some sort. I need to eat better myself.

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LIV2RIDE 4/17/2013 9:19AM

    McDougall is very potato heavy. I do like their cookbook though but find their menus a bit difficult to follow.

I had to turn off the news and stop reading it as well. Yes, it's sad and I'm sorry for those that are suffering. I'm sorry for our country too, but I can't keep watching it over and over and over and over.

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McDougall 12 day program day 1

Monday, April 15, 2013

I managed to follow the plan for the breakfast meal and almost the dinner.

The soup was bland and I added some chili powder, cumin, ground coriander and a bay leaf. Instead of the salsa I used Rotel tomatoes with green chilis. For the burritos I used refried beans and added chopped onion, grated carrot, and chopped kale.

It was good and filling. The only thing I did not like was the tortilla chips for the soup. Chips are a food that I have a hard time stopping eating. :But I managed to stop with what I put in my soup. I think what stopped me from eating more was it was time for a workout with my granddaughter. We did 4 rounds of Tabatas.

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ROSALIEESTHER 4/17/2013 9:09AM

    Good for you! I like the tweaks you made to the recipes.

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DS9KIE 4/16/2013 8:14PM

    emoticon job

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Fruit and Vegetable Muffin

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My grandchildren came down today and spent a few hours with me. It is snowing again and I am in a don't want to do anything mood. However, this weather is giving me the munchies. So, I decided to take my favorite muffin recipe and tweak it a it. My three year old grandson helped me make what I am calling Fruit and Vegetable Muffins

Makes 18

2 Tbls ground Flax
6 tbls water

1 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
2 cups shredded zucchini - or shredded apple
3/4 cup shredded greens (baby kale medely)
1/2 cups Craisins
1 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup rice milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine water and flax seed. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Add carrots, zucchini, Craisins and pecans. Stir to mix thoroughly. Make a well in the center of mixture. Add banana, milk, flax seed mixture, and vanilla. Stir just until moistened.

Use 1/4 cup measure to scoop muffin batter into greased muffin tins. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes; until nicely browned.

Note: I think I used to much rye flour. Still need to tweak it a bit.

My grandson was so proud to have helped me and took some home to share with his mommy and daddy.

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DS9KIE 4/16/2013 9:27AM

    sounds yummy

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LIV2RIDE 4/15/2013 8:33PM

    These sound really good. Great job!

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ERIN1957 4/15/2013 12:04PM

    Sounds yummy!
I may just do these today.

PS In the instructions it says to then add oil(?) I didn't see any oil in the ingredients.

Comment edited on: 4/15/2013 12:14:36 PM

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JIBBIE49 4/15/2013 12:26AM

    Where do u live that it is SNOWING? I live in Pensacola, Fl and it was beautiful here today. emoticon

I have Insulin Resistance so I have to avoid sugars/starches so this muffin wouldn't be good for me. I'd just have cravings start.

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12 Day McDougall Free Program

Friday, April 12, 2013

My daughter has been asking me for awhile to get some recipes for her to try and I decided that this is a good place to start. I almost have it all organized so the shopping list is made.

I need to get my eating habits under control and my husband needs to lose weight but he does not have the motivation to do it on his own. When I ask him if he is ready to start eating better he tells me yes, then makes tho same old choices.

He tells me he is waiting for me to start. He wants me to do all the meal planning and preparing. I cannot get my eating habits under control much less be responsible for someone else's diet.

Both my daughter and husband need to lose weight, but I am more active than them, so we will have to make adjustments to this plan. I am hoping to have it all ready to start on Monday.

I did a body fat calculation and saw that my body fat is higher than the acceptable amount. That is my motivation to get with some program. I guess I am what they would call skinny fat (weight and BMI in acceptable range, but have a high percentage of fat)

Time to get rid of those thunder thighs

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ERIN1957 4/14/2013 11:05AM

    My whole family (healthy) benefits eating all the same. I more so then them. But we look at it as our family health plan, not a diet we will change later on.
Having MS lead me to this, but health for us all will keep us on it.
Good Luck to you all.

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ROSALIEESTHER 4/13/2013 3:35AM

    Excellent! This its awesome! You will all benefit tremendously! Please blog abbott how it's going: how the food tastes, is everyone satisfied, are you finding the me meals easy or difficult to prepare and are you all losing weight!!

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DS9KIE 4/13/2013 1:54AM

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BETHS60 4/12/2013 12:43PM

    Do you do the shopping for the family? Does your daughter live with you? If so, I would think it would be almost easier to do this as a family than everyone trying to fend for themselves. You don't have to have your act together before you get your family on board. As long as everyone understands this as a journey, not a destination and that anything that doesn't work out is a failure of the plan, not a failure of the planner....

I've made several adjustments to how the family eats just by buying and preparing different foods. I would start by finding a yummy-sounding, healthy recipe and making it for the family. If like it, good. Keep making it. If they don't like it, try something else.

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CUSH1932 4/12/2013 9:40AM

    Thank you for the link above. I am also going to jump start my eating with his 12 day program. I just received a couple of his book yesterday and this will be the beginning. Good luck to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGEL32192 4/12/2013 9:34AM

  I LOVE to cook! I have been taking some of my families favorites and subbing low fat, different meat, etc. So far there has only been one meal they didn't like!
Good luck!

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