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Swimsuit boot camp - days 2 and 3

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I'm keeping up! Even with the bonuses! Hopefully some of the bonuses will even become good habits. Yesterday I threw a serving of craisins on my cereal in the morning (had to get three servings of fruit) and I did the same this morning too.

I'm also doing the weekly mini-challenge of not snacking after dinner. I hadn't really thought this was a problem, but I'm having to put some effort toward this one. Maybe I should bring my snacks to work instead of eyeballing the candy jar every time I walk by.

I've been doing Yourself Fitness for the 30 minutes of cardio (starting over on the PS3!) and that seems to be working well. That 30 minutes a day has also been going toward taking down Bowser on Gamer's Fit!

I can't wait until Wii Fit arrives!

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LOBO1978_2000 5/7/2008 10:15AM

    Your effort along with everyone else is going great. Bowser is not getting away this time.

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Swimsuit boot camp - day 1!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

It's after midnight, so technically it's day 1 of swimsuit boot camp!

My goals are not so much related to looking a certain way in a swimsuit at the end of it, but rather to feel better and to have stuck to an exercise plan for the whole month! The prompting with something different each day should really help. I think that's what makes SparkPeople so engaging initially: those different goals every week or two!

Right now I weigh 182 and I have some pictures that someone took of me at work recently. Maybe I'll post them at the end if there is a visible change.

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LOBO1978_2000 5/5/2008 2:07PM

    Good luck on your boot camp!!!

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Recipe reviews: Apricot Pork Chops; Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Friday, October 27, 2006

Apricot Pork Chops

This was one of the first Sparkpeople recipes I made, and has become
a regular for us. The apricots (or peaches) and onions together are
pretty amazing, and we call it "sploosh" (after the peaches and onions
mixture in _Holes_ that gets rid of foot odor). I usually grill some
thin cut "breakfast chops" in the Foreman, pat them with paper towels,
and then cut them up and mix them with the apricot/garlic/onion sauce.
I think I usually forget to put the salt in and don't add green onions,
but mix some other kind of veggie in there like peas.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Last night I made the Spiced Pumpkin Soup for the first time, and it
is quite possibly the biggest mess I have ever made in my kitchen!
I think I only ended up with half the soup the ingredients could
make because of the amount of it left on the blender, both of my
strainers (soup was too thick for the wirey one and I had to switch
to the wider gauge plastic), the bowl I stored the first half in
after blending, the pan (I washed it out while blending to get the
sauteed onions off the bottom), the counter, the floor, the salt
shaker, a towel, and my shirt. That said, it was pretty tasty, though
the curry was a bit strong and it was pretty thick -- more like a sauce
that a soup. I think tonight we'll heat the leftover and use as a
sauce over Foreman'd pork chops. I'm not sure how well I like soups
that are just broth (like tomato soup) anyway so next I may try the
Pumpkin Chowder.

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JANDYMORDAN 10/31/2006 7:11PM

    maybe the pumpkin would be good over pasta? i would probably add some salsa too...and if you wanted the porkchops as well.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Yesterday, for perhaps the first time since starting sparkpeople, I was really, really thirsty.

During the week, I keep a water bottle with me at my desk, and every time it gets empty I walk (past the candy jar) to the water fountain to fill it back up, so during the week I have no problem getting all of my water. My weekends are not so structured however, so the habit here hasn't quite stuck yet even after SIX MONTHS (yay community team!) of sparking.

Yesterday, when I hadn't had much water yet, my husband and I decided to go hiking. We packed a backpack with water bottles, snacks and first aid stuff and headed to the nature sanctuary up the road. When we got there, the parking lot was full of cars. We felt that we wouldn't stay very long because of this, so just left the pack in the car. (mistake!) We ended up hiking for an hour solid, and though I was doing great as far as cardio I was really thirsty (I'd forgotten what that tasted like) and had a horrid headache by the end of it.

I remembered going on field trips as a kid with my day care in the summer. We'd ride around in this big van in the blazing sun, and all be thirsty by the time we got to wherever. When we reached a water fountain, we would all line up at it and the teacher would count down as each one of us drank, "Five, four, three, two, one... next!" and we'd have to leave, still thirsty. My husband remembers this same routine from field trips.

Day care was pretty stingy with liquids at other times too, I guess. Each of us was given a small glass of milk with lunch and it was not refilled. Many kids drank theirs immediately and whined the rest of the time, but I learned to not drink during the meal and save my drink until last. One time this got me and my tablemates *splashed* with milk as the teacher gathering the cups stacked one into my full glass, but even that trauma did not keep this habit from lasting into my adult life, unless I'm eating something spicy.

I know that anticipating that each child would like seconds on milk would effectively double the milk budget, but surely there are other options. Why not encourage children to wash out their glass, and refill it from the water fountain? Oh yeah, we weren't allowed to get up from the table. Were we allowed to bring water bottles/camelpaks on trips? Probably not. Then I'm sure they'd be counting down as we took turns in the bathroom. "Five, four ... you better hurry up in there, other kids have to go too ... "