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Yummy Ice Cream Substitute

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yum! I think I found a substitute to satisfy my craving for ice cream. I am on a no candy bar challenge and it seems like I have switched to ice cream and it seems like I am overindulging in the stuff.

Breyer's Chocolate ice cream is my favorite and a half gallon lasts only 2-3 days in my freezer. So, yesterday I took about 2 dates and chopped them in a food processor, added a frozen banana and 2 teaspoons cocoa powder. Then I drizzled in a bit of coffee to get it to the consistency I wanted. OMG! it was so good. And no dairy, no added processed sugar.

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 8/27/2011 2:34PM

    Sounds delicious. I do the frozen banana with chocolate chips...mmm.


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JUGE300000 8/25/2011 8:00AM

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LOPEYP 8/24/2011 12:28PM

    Good idea!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 8/23/2011 7:11PM

  I have been using frozen banana with Vanilla Almond Mlk to thin it to soft serve consistency, it gives a very creamy texture. I think I will try adding the cocoa powder next time!

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FRAN0426 8/23/2011 6:13PM

    That sounds so yummy

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CYNDERROSE 8/23/2011 5:43PM

    Sounds yummy. I did some frozen banana with a little Nutella this summer, and it was to dye fore.

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RAVENSONG37 8/23/2011 2:58PM

    sounds delicious!

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DENISE223 8/23/2011 12:59PM

    Thank you for sharing your yummy creation! emoticon

I've always loved frozen treats, and your recipe looks delicious and satisfying. I have all of the ingredients and will put this together today.
I add cardamom & vanilla to my vegan protein drinks - I'll have to add it to my frozen concoction. emoticon

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Denise

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SUNNYH99 8/23/2011 11:04AM

    Good for you! I understand there are some recipes for something similar to this on SparkRecipe if you want to log it into your tracker with all the numbers.
Enjoy it!
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DS9KIE 8/23/2011 10:33AM

    yummy

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VERYVEGANVICKIE 8/23/2011 8:18AM

    How creative of you !!!! emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 8/23/2011 8:03AM

    That sounds good!!!! I totally love ice cream and just can't eat it because I can't stop - maybe I will try this!

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LIV2RIDE 8/23/2011 6:36AM

    sounds great. Dates are a great snack. They remind me of caramel. I made cherry ice cream the other day. frozen banana, frozen cherries, splash or two of almond milk and add in chopped walnuts after it's mixed. I used the Vitamix because of all the frozen fruit. Paul loved it and then requested strawberry next. LOL

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55WALKER 8/23/2011 6:21AM

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This is good stuff. I never even think about ice cream in stores any more since I discovered frozen bananas and unsweetened cocoa powder. I put whole, unpeeled bananas in the freezer and the skin is a perfect freezer wrapping. The skin turns dark but the inside doesn't change at all.
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ROX525 8/23/2011 5:51AM

    Thank you. I will try this. I have an ice cream craving going on currently. Have a good week!

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What if Tomorrow never comes?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

How many times have you used this statement, "I'll start tomorrow" as an excuse to eat an unhealthy meal? I know that I did too many times only to realize that tomorrow never comes.

This month I started a challenge with my daughter and son in law, they would stop smoking and I would stop eating candy bars. Well, if I count the Tootsie Rolls, I missed my challenge three times. However, after I ate them I wondered why I ate them because they really did nothing to satisfy my craving for sweet despite the large amount I ate. After the third time, I realized that candy offered me no satisfaction whatsoever and the only thing it did for me was cause me to want to eat more and more until they were gone. I started over at that moment. I did not wait til tomorrow.

My daughter and son in law are still puffing away and tell me they'll start over next Saturday. They even told me that since they are smoking they'll give me a candy bar. Is this what is meant by 'misery loves company"? I failed, so let me help you fail in your goal also?

This past week has been great for me in saying no to temptations. I think the best thing for me was after the race yesterday, the town had opened the museum and some of the members were were offering cookies and Root Beer for the runners afterwards. When one offered some to me, I replied with "No, thank you. I don't want to eat any." Instead I went for the apple the race coordinators offered and really enjoyed eating that apple and felt satisfied afterwards.

A couple of weeks ago, I am sure I would have grab a cookie or two and then craved more. But now, I realize I do not need to wait til tomorrow. I can make healthy choices any day at any time.

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 8/27/2011 2:35PM

    Congrats on your race! Sad that people want you to fail too.

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DEE0973 8/23/2011 3:03PM

    that is great. I did the same thing yesterday when my hubby and I went to panera bread for lunch. We both chose healthy sandwiches and then they asked would you like apples, bread or chips for your side? I surpised myself by asking for the apples. You have the right attitude, tomorrow isn't promised to anyone and all we have is this moment in time and what we choose to do with it is up to us. Be Blessed

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CANNIE50 8/23/2011 2:55PM

    thanks for the inspiration (and thanks for reading my blogs, by the way - I appreciate it). The saying I often think of with anything sugary is this: "one is too many, a thousand never enough". In my (past, thankfully) experience, the same is true of cigarettes.

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LIV2RIDE 8/22/2011 6:37AM

    emoticon I'm glad you have done so well with this challenge. Keep up the great work!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 8/21/2011 10:59PM

  While you were running yesterday, I was having myself a fine binge. I am happy to report though, that I stopped it right in the middle...for the same reason you did, I realized it wasn't making me feel any better. In fact, I felt worse by having a tummy too full of fatty foods which I am not used to anymore. I started over right that minute and the 36 or so hours since then have been great. I have to say, it is nice to know that even someone as fit as you also struggles with similar issues.
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KELLEEH 8/21/2011 4:40PM

    What a great choice you made with that apple! I hope your daughter and SIL give up smoking.

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KMSIMMONS1 8/21/2011 9:49AM

  Today is all we have for sure...let's make it great!

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More Personal Best Running times

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This morning was my first last minute 5k, meaning I did not register ahead of time. It was a 5k for a local cross country team. As I crossed the one mile mark - new PB 9'17", then as I crossed the finish line I heard 29:30 being called out.

29:30 WOW! but then I looked at my garmin and saw it was only 3miles. I felt cheated out of a good time. It was advertised as a 5k. So, After I checked in with the person taking down the names and times, I took off running down the road to finish out the 5k distance. NEW personal best for my 5k is now 30:48.

I entered the race with the goal of doing a sub31 5k.
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I did talk to someone about the distance and I was told it was set for 3 miles on purpose because of some state regulation for the cross country team, so I figured they were doing some sort of timed run and figured they make a fundraiser out of it. I am glad to have supported them and now I walk away with a pb for a 3 mile run also.

  
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KELLEEH 8/21/2011 9:47AM

    Awesome! Although I can't believe they would call a 3mile race a 5k, I'm glad you did so well! Good for you!

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Having fun and running a race is great any time! Beating your previous record is a great bonus!

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New 10k personal best

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yesterday was w1d6 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was the long run (run 40-60 minutes). I set out with the thought that I wanted to go 5-6 miles. The weather was comfortable so off I went.

I used Podrunner Interval Freeway to 10k week 8 for my music: warmup, 14 minute run followed by 1 minute walk x 4. It was the wrong podcast because it turns out I hated the music, especially on the third run. Music does make a difference, I found myself with a slow pace and tensed up during this run.

I use my nano with my Nike+ sensor and switching music when I use a podcast means I have to start over. I was too far into my run to do that so I suffered through the music which I found very annoying.

The next interval had more tolerable music and I did better. Other than that third interval, my run went well. The total distance I went was 7 miles and my time at 6.22 miles was 68'53" - that is 6 minutes faster than the last time I ran that distance.



  
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DSQUARE22 8/20/2011 6:46PM

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Hard work sure pays off. It doesn't hurt when you have fun too!

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52114ME 8/20/2011 2:03PM

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KELLEEH 8/20/2011 11:12AM

    Awesome! Congratulations on your new PB!

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LIV2RIDE 8/20/2011 8:01AM

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LOPEYP 8/19/2011 7:08PM

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GSWINNIE 8/19/2011 8:18AM

    emoticon Way to go on beating your last record. That is so awesome!

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Really? Is that what you made?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My daughter is on a "I gotta have bagels" thingie right now and purchased some flavored bagels. She puts them in the toaster and it smells like someone is burning jam.
It smells so artificial; it is almost sickening.

Ever since my time on my runs has improved this past month and I have a goal to do a sub30 5k, I have decided to get serious about my eating for fuel. Now, it seems like certain foods smell so disgusting. I hope that means I am changing my palate and will not desire certain foods.

I know since I started my weight loss journey a few years back and started to not eaat as many processed foods, I no longer enjoy certain candy bars and won't even buy or taste them anymore. Even my favorite brownie recipe does not taste as good anymore.

I am so looking forward to the day when the rest of the people in my household will say, "Really? Is that what you made? It tastes soooooo good."

  
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KELLEEH 8/20/2011 10:47AM

    My tastes are changing, too. Although I no longer like processed/packaged goodies, I do still like my home-made treats just fine (they are cleaned up a little from what they were before).

You're setting a great example for your family!

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LIV2RIDE 8/18/2011 8:59PM

    It's amazing how our tastes change. I'm finding that the more fruit I eat the less I crave sweets like cookies etc. I'm hoping that holds through the winter when there isn't much fruit in season. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 8/18/2011 9:47AM

    do you think that will happen in your household?? Everyone's tastes are so different. I waited for years for my family to enjoy my food and they still don't so now I don't care anymore. As long as I like what I eat. Good luck on your 5k!

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GSWINNIE 8/18/2011 9:23AM

    I totally know where you are coming from. I find that things that I would have LOVED before suddenly don't taste nearly as good. For example, yesterday a coworker was making our BLT dip and deep frying the bacon, it sounded soooo good so I tried a small piece. It had no flavor to me. I'm finding that fruits and veggies taste so much better than chocolate anymore. Hoping to get the rest of the family in on it too!

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JENITUPPS 8/18/2011 9:18AM

    I hear you. I've been on a healthy eating kick for a month now, eating for fuel like you said. I decided to treat myself last night to something I used to LOVE, a dark chocolate lindt ball. (It was tiny, so fairly guilt free). The trouble was, it didn't taste that good! It was all smooshy and too sweet and waxy. I would have enjoyed a slice of melon more.

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