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SPLURGEY weekend!

Monday, April 19, 2010

So I had a really awesome Saturday with a planned splurge that I believe I managed very well.

Then Sunday came and was a totally emotional, stressful day. I dealt really well, didn't eat emotionally, got it together. And then after I was almost done preparing a great healthy receipe (chili in polenta) I knocked a spice jar off the shelf and it shattered on our granite countertop, spraying glass shards everywhere, including into my polenta and chili (not yet assembled) and everywhere.

And I have a husband with a broken glass phobia.

Which meant not only did I have to discard dinner, I had to clean the entire kitchen painstakingly detailed by myself because he couldn't stand to be in there and without an incredibly thorough cleaning he wouldn't be able to handle being in the kitchen or eating food prepared in it... like... EVER.

*sigh* To help him feel more comfortable and releive some of the phobia/ocd anxiety I agreed to ordering in Pizza.

Let me say - this pizza was SO not greasy and very quality ingredients tasting and I think that led me to overdoing it more than I would have some nasty greasy mess. But in the middle of the night I woke up realizing that just cause it wasn't greasy didn't mean my body could handle all that cheese at once. ugh. My stomach really bothered me.

It's not the end of the world -- I ate well the rest of my meals on Saturday and Sunday, but one splurge meal too many for the weekend. :P It's the FIRST week of weightloss mode and I know I can do better and with practice and no major catastrophes, I know I will do better.

This morning I woke up and discovered I showed up too early for my rowing practice - oops. We had agreed for the MEN to row at 5:30 and the WOMEN at 7am. But - I was going to run after rowing anyway, so I just headed out on my run. The run went really well speed/HR wise. I felt like I was running faster than I had on all my recent runs but the HR was in a similar range -- could very well be because the weather was much cooler, but regardless of the reason - it felt GOOD. I didn't start my HRM when I thought it started so I added about 10min to my time, which is probably more than actual, and I still ended up under 12min mile. I wasn't running at what felt like a super SPEEDY tempo for me, just contrasting to my ultra slow runs of late. Occasionally my stomach bothered me from all the stupid pizza, but otherwise it was flawless.

Then I had some time to stretch and wath the men's boat row in before we practiced. We hot-seated the boat (they got out we got in) and we were OFF!

It went SO GOOD! I really felt GOOD in today's practice, we had better balance at a slower stroke rating than we have before and we got to actually sprint some and the balance was good there as well, I could really feel the run of the boat.

And this morning I burned almost 1000 calories between the two which gets me off to a great start this week. Tomorrow is rowing in my regular8+ boat and then beginning Stage 4 of NROL4W in which I get to learn some new crazy moves. Now I get to go shower and hit the hay until work time.

I feel like after a rocky day yesterday I'm getting a great start to the week and feel confident about sticking with my goals -- even with travelling this weekend! :)

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WAVEDANCER7 4/22/2010 11:15PM

    Found a piece of broken glass on my carpet this morning. Thought of you and poor Henry. Oh and i went thru too many dove chocolate peanut butter eggs on sunday than i'd like to admit. SOOOOO lets chalk it off and kick some major arse this week. (like we already are!)

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ZELLAZM 4/20/2010 10:44AM

    Hope the new week is getting off to a good start for you! I used to have weird dreams after I'd eat pizza in the evening, so I'm really careful about portions. I gather that your pizza was fairly non-greasy, but once someone taught me the trick about using a paper towel to soak up the extra grease, reducing your fat and calorie intake.

Great workout!


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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/19/2010 7:51PM

    Oh, must have been so frustrating to break that spice jar when you were so close to having the meal prepared and the weekend all food-balanced!

But hey, 1000 calories burned before what, 9 or 10AM??? I think you're back on track for a great week. =D

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ASIAMORA 4/19/2010 5:55PM

    I had a splurge weekend too, *sigh* I will do well this week however. I plan on being very strict this week to help make up for it. Staying in my calorie range here I come!!!

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SWEETZMIX 4/19/2010 4:41PM

    ehhh I hate it when food plans don't work out. But you are awesome to take care of your hubby. We all have our phobias or things we can't and will not do, so it's good to have a better half that has your back. To be honest, for just getting back into weight loss mode, this past weekend could of been worse. You know that, so give yourself a pat on the back and keep it moving!

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TAKEONME48137 4/19/2010 3:15PM

    I'm sorry that your food plans didn't work out. However, they sound good. I've never had polenta before. Good use of your time with the exercising! Woo! It sounds like a good start to your week indeed. =)

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LAFTERSFREE 4/19/2010 2:31PM

    so where did u order the pizza from???

im sorry all that crap happened, it can be SOOO frustrating, esp when u are really looking forward to eating what you cooked.. that happened to me, a salt jar fell out of the cabinet onto my crockpot that i had food cooking in. it broke everywhere!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/19/2010 2:22PM

    On Friday night my husband and I went to a Red Sox game and we both had a slice of (non-greasy) cheese pizza and a clam chowder, and then I got a stomach ache. I think I would have been better off with two slices and no chowder, but that's just a guess. Anyway, too bad your husband was a baby and couldn't help you with the broken glass, heh. And good job turning a mistake into an opportunity to get your run done - good job being speedy!

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LORI-LU 4/19/2010 12:34PM

    Oh boy! I would have so lost it if I had broken the spice jar onto the chili/polenta goodness. You seem to have handled yourself very well. Non-greasy pizza can definitely be a healthy option now and again. Besides, you totally burned it off this morning, so way to go! I splurged a little this weekend too, but I'm moving on this week with a clean slate. I think all the heavy digging I did yesterday balanced the my little splurgery!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/19/2010 11:45AM

    It's the way it works out. You have a rough day followed by a fantastic one. Just keep them coming and you'll hit that goal before you know it.

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JOHNBABJR 4/19/2010 11:27AM

    Way to start the week off on a great note, Dana! You rock!

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KNH771 4/19/2010 11:19AM

    emoticon Starting the week on a hot streak! Motivates me to get up from my desk for awhile and get moving. emoticon

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MAYGIRL14 4/19/2010 11:16AM

    Wow, that IS a terrific start to the week! Derailments happen, sounds like you got back on track and will have no damage!!!
Have a great week!!!

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MSSUNBUG 4/19/2010 11:11AM

    Sounds like you did great compensating for the pizza mishap with some good quality exercise this morning. I agree, there's nothing better to make for a solid start to the week than a huge burn like that!

Hope your belly feels better.

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/19/2010 11:06AM

    i had a splurgey day yesterday too. let's just call it even. great workouts today. i should get my butt out there too.

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MBSHAZZER 4/19/2010 10:35AM

    Good way to un-do the splurge. Life happens... we do the best we can, but sometimes, our best plans get derailed. Nice start to the week!

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RUNTRILAUGH 4/19/2010 10:33AM

    glad you are back to your "good" starting point for this week!

ROCK IT!!!!!

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RDARLING 4/19/2010 10:20AM

    What a great way to start off the week, well a Monday morning at least. You kicked that rocky day to the curb this morning for sure!
Hope the week continues to be great!

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SEEHOLZ 4/19/2010 10:14AM

    You did awesome! I think that stuff happens- the plans are meant to be flexible and all things considered, you did awesome- the extra carbs made you maybe even speedier today!!! Way to start the week-- wohoo!!!

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Day 5 of Weight Loss Mode!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Yeah I'm gonna stop those after a week... maybe still a tracker but not the entire title. Not that I have all these brilliant titles I'm NOT using, but still it's a little dull. HAHA.

OK so anyway -- last night I cooked this recipe - orange ginger tofu - from the CLEAN FOOD book/cookbook I checked out from the library. It was DELICIOUS - but it requires me to pose a question -

How do you recipe calculators deal with marinades????

Is there some kind of rule for what percentage of calories from a marinade you count? I counted all of them but I dumped a lot of marinade down the sink when it was all said and done -- it was made from orange juice, grated ginger, garlic, sesame oil, brown rice vinegar, and some sugar free maple syrup (yeah the recipe called for real but I didn't have any, so :P) OH and some minced onion. Anyway. Totally delicious but yes, I ate less than what's tracked in my tracker for yesterday but I have no idea how much, I think I went high enough that I wouldn't be below, though. I probably could've eaten more of the tofu though! haha. :P

Today I got an email in the morning that our cox for today had a family emergency and wouldn't be here, soooooo...... our row was cancelled. But I wasn't sure if it would be until it was almost time, so I still went to work an hr early and changed and got ready to go -- becauuuuse I wanted to run if we didn't row anyway. SO! No row, so a 4.13 mile run and I tried to take it at a reasonably slow and consistent pace, although I knew my HR would be crazy because it was HOT outside! PHWEW!!!!! I was dying. haha. Gotta get used to running in the heat again. My AHR was 171 which all things considered, I'm ok with. Max was 196. Pace was a little over 13min miles which I'm also ok with.

I am considering going to a spin class tomorrow -- at first I was like, wellll it's so EARLY and I can get some good sleep tonight - but then I actually looked at the schedule and it's not until 11!!! :D WOOHOO! hahaha We're gonna take our car into the shop tomorrow to get some stuff done, so depending on when my DH wants to do that, I'm thinking I'll go to spin since I haven't done that in ages and if I wake up randomly early, I'll go to yoga before that. BUT. If not no biggie, I'm like... 200-300 calories from my calorie burn goal for the week and that's not counting rowing practice on Sunday which SHOULD happen. So actually I could (and might still) take tomorrow completely off. I'll just see how I feel and what our plans really are. Meaning how DH wants to do it cause I'm prepareed to just GO with the FLOW. I think I'll do some yoga at home though maybe cause I think my muscles really want some stretching out.

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ASIAMORA 4/19/2010 5:51PM

    I cheat and just don't count the marinades. It might be bad, but I don't care!!! Ha... such wild abandonment!

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TRACYZABELLE 4/19/2010 4:51AM

    Marinades don't add too much since you discard most of it anyway!

I just paid over $600 for a total brake job-- EEK Good luck with your car..

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TELERIE 4/18/2010 1:38PM

    No idea about how to track marinades, but I think I would have added the whole thing too. Or at least most of it.

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CCSDESTINY 4/17/2010 9:00PM

    so good to see you are having a good time with your exercise - I am starting hard on monday! wish me luck!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/17/2010 2:42PM

    The marinade question? Things like that make me eat weird when I'm tracking. It would drive me nuts to knowingly enter more calories into my tracker than I know I actuallyc onsumed!

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SEEHOLZ 4/17/2010 1:26PM

    Happy Saturday! I have no clue about the answer to your question- but sounds really yummy nonethless!

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MBSHAZZER 4/17/2010 11:25AM

    Good question about the marinades! That sounds like a fabulous, fabulous recipe! I have a hard time w/ tofu... it never comes out right.

Did you go to spinning?? Enquiring minds want to know! I love spinning!

Hope your weekend is going great!

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SWEETZMIX 4/17/2010 8:49AM

    Marinades always throw me off too. Most of the time I just count it all, but if I see if more than half is going down the drain, I only count half of it. I hope you made it to spinning. I woke up early to workout and realized I am dehydrated and starving and feeling funny after yesterday (my last day at work.) So I am getting some sparking time in instead.

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BRE7482 4/17/2010 12:18AM

    I've had the same question about marinades myself. Enjoy the spin class and the rest of your weekend.

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/16/2010 11:14PM

    have a good spin tomorrow!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/16/2010 9:56PM

    Enjoy the day. Sometimes going with the flow is harder than it sounds.

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Day 4 of Weight Loss Mode!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Going strong!

Going a bit tired... but although it might be somewhat affected by adjusting to my new lower calorie range, I have to admit -- Sunday night, Monday night, and Wednesday night - so 3 of the 4 nights this week, I got like 4-5 hrs of sleep and on Tuesday like an hr nap if that... today I got more like 1.5hrs, but it's still not the same as a good solid night's sleep. I think the cumulative sleep loss is wearing on me a bit. BUT!

I'm still eating within range - got I think like 560 cals max for dinner? Looks like around 500 is going to be what I'm aiming to stay within for dinner in my new mode and that is ok - tooootally doable. I've actually been eating some dessert as well this week. :P So NOOO complaints from me. It helps me feel like I'm not totally deprived in this transition -- Kemp's Frozen Yogurt Parfaits. Totally good and totally on clearance last time I went shopping so I filled the freezer. The lowest cal one is 150, a couple others under 200 cal, then the ones w/ trail mix and granola toppings are a little over 200. It's a bigger serving size than a 1/2 cup of ice cream, too -- more like at least 1 cup serving size I think - close to that. NOT clean, but still I think a decent dessert alternative. The fruit flavors feature real frozen fruit toppings.

So last night for dinner I made something I personally found AMAZING.

I love these Market Pantry Garlic/Herb flavored frozen chicken breasts. I haven't looked at them again to look at the ingredients list to see if they fall under my processed vs/ nonprocessed criteria, but they are delicious. Anyway -- I cooked up the last we had of those last night (put the extra away for quick lunches - word) -- also cooked some ronzoni healthy harvest thin spaghetti and roasted some asparagus in the oven w/ a drizzle of olive oil and some garlic (sea salt after done).

A while back I bought this really good looking pesto -- low cal and good fats, like 46 cal per tablespoon? So I served it with the pasta kinda taking up a 3rd of the plate, chicken another, and asparagus on the other side, shook some grated parm over the top and spooned 1 tbsp of pesto over the pasta.

WOOHOO!!!!!! :D I was in love. hahaha :D Very good and very calorie friendly. And I had a blueberry yogurt parfait thingie. Mm.

This morning I did get called in to sub - the row was kinda frustrating, mostly for our cox. The bow pair were very very newbie, and that is the pair generally called on to assist with getting the point for the boat (meaning helping us go the right direction). The cox can steer w/ the rudder but if there are uneven pressures in the boat, there is only so much he/she can counterract that - today our cox was all the way on the rudder one direction and we were still turning the opposite when the bow 4 was rowing because our starboards in the bow (particularly 2 seat) were incredibly weak, I really don't understand actually...

AND our cox box (the mechanism that provides the cox w/ a microphone that hooks to speakers wired through the boat) was not functioning so she had to try to yell down the boat the whole time -- 60 ft boat, 8 rowers in a line -- to be heard on what to do. YEAH. I was rowing stroke seat and I was sick of the row after a while so on the way back when we started rotating in 6's I just picked up the pace and pressure like - LETS GET BACK FAST. hahaha. We even went all 8 for about 200m and it wasn't the worst thing ever.

Then at the dock I totally scraped my arm on a bolt on the outside of the boat that holds the riggers - it bled. it was gnarly. haha. :D Then actually I was still feeling pent up energy from the row going as it did, so I ran up and down the hill w/ some oars, and also pushed from behind the coaches launch up the hill as fast as I could. :P should've saved some of that energy....

I left my HRM strap at home so I went home to both get it and clean up my WOUND and then it was to the gym for NROL4W Stage 2 B4 - meaning the last workout of Stage 2! :) WOOHOO! I'm gonna totally read up on Stage 3 tonight and see what I have in store for myself next week.

Well -- it went really well in spite of being tired, but by the end of the weights segment my legs were like DONE as was I - and I still had some sprints to run. The workout only calls for 15min of intervals and 3 min is warmup so I just reminded myself- it's only 4 sprints... but still - I realllly had to push mentally (and physically) to get through those suckers - but I did it and felt proud of myself. Came home did the protein smoothie -- I reduced it a bit, so now it's 50cal lighter and the same amount of protein (woohoo! less cottage cheese, milk, and fruit, and a bit more protein powder), and watched ANTM... and ate some PB and pretzel sticks. Then shower and bed for a not long enough time until time to get to work - I ate an apple before heading to work to help tide me over till 1st break time.

I'm feeling confident about my new plan - I KNOW I can do this. I actually feel smaller already.... maybe it's all mental but I like it regardless.

So - tomorrow is rowing - racing 4+ practice in the afternoon. Saturday I want to get a nice long run in, long slow and easy. We're taking the car in for maintenance and I'm wondering if I could go run while we're there.... either way that will happen. Then racing 4+ practice again on Sunday. That will be 1 week out from the race! :D

Alright that's enough blather for now....

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/16/2010 6:46PM

    i love pesto. it isn't that hard to make if you have a food processor. you are on a roll girl so keep it up. today i did almost 8 miles and i am so feeling starved. i may let myself go up to 1700 calories cause 1400 is not going to cut it today.

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MBSHAZZER 4/16/2010 12:29PM

    Cox box, hehe!

I LOVE roasted asparagus!Actually, it's my personal belief that all veggies taste a million times better roasted!

Sounds like you are doing great on the new plan! Way to stay fired up!

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TAKEONME48137 4/16/2010 11:52AM

    You're right. You can do this, and from the looks of it, you are succeeding! Keep it up. =)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/16/2010 10:52AM

    Sounds like a crazy busy day.

You are probably getting double whammied by the less sleep and reduced calories.

The Kemps things sound great. What store do you get them at? I am going to have to look for them around here.

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JOHNBABJR 4/16/2010 10:30AM

    You're right, Dana; you can do it!

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SEEHOLZ 4/16/2010 10:04AM

    You are so rocking this! I love your confidence-- I'm sure it'll get you to goal... I bet those chicken breasts have some additives, but if you love them, they certainly are a much better choice than lots of alternatives, so I wouldn't sweat it.

Oh, way go to on the Intervals... I could feel the internal dialogue or not wanting to, but being so happy that you did-LOL... so yeah, good job!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/16/2010 9:34AM

    Your recipe does sound amazing! I think you should add it to Spark Recipes, so we can all have a copy saved in our cookbooks.... hint hint.

Way to go on staying in "weight loss mode"... I love how you have your calories planned out like that. I need that smoothie recipe too! I have found I'm having trouble getting enough Protein AND fiber in my diet EACH day. I have to get better with that.

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S318830 4/16/2010 9:29AM

    Your dinner has me hungry, and it's BREAKFAST time! LOL!

Awesome workout! Way to exhaust yourself! And watch that wound. Don't let it get infected!

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KASHMIR 4/16/2010 8:51AM

    someday soon I'm going to have to snap a picture of the Dragon Boats in training here and send it to you....you would SO love doing the Dragon Boat Races!

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MISSY_MAGOO 4/16/2010 12:56AM

    mmmmmm- that dinner does sound SO good!
I was in the same spot tonight, I didn't track today but I still knew I didn't have alot to work with for dinner tonight, and to make it even tougher hubby was cooking (not always the most healthy)
But he made THE GRUB!!! he did a stir fry type meal with chicken, asparagus, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and baby reds in olive oil with some Kirkland Salt-free organic seasoning... best dinner I've had in weeks! Hubby got serious brownie points for the tasty healthy meal :)

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BRE7482 4/16/2010 12:09AM

    As I was reading about your rowing I thought "Well, at least she didn't get a blister today." Then I read that you scraped your arm...you're always getting rowing injuries lol! Whoo Hoo for feeling smaller!

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Day 3 Weight Loss Mode!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yeah, I kinda like that. I'm in a MODE! haha.

Today's been a little.. EH.

I woke up this morning very disappointed -- I was hoping to wake up refreshed and ready to go run and feeling awesome and instead I woke up feeling more tired than yesterday and with a horrible headache. :( And hungry. haha.

I dilly dallied and ate and then realized I had no time to go run and I was ok with that cause I just wasn't feeling it - I'm rowing in about 2 hrs so it's all good. I'm actually going to think about running back to work instead of riding w/ my boatmate -- she picks me up (which is good cause I don't want to spend my energy before a tough rowing practice running and it's faster) but... if I still have enough energy afterward and enough time I think I'll run back. It's only about 1.5 miles, but at least I'll have that running feeling under my feet today.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS = GOOD! :) I kind of like cabbage, but I definitely hate that steamed gross cabbage and the smell of THAT. Well, this recipe for the brussels was interesting. You slice them thinly - after trimming off stems -- the recipe called for slicing w/ stems down - but I sometimes laid them on their side and sliced still in that direction - kinda along the way the brussel grew? Anyway. Thinly slice, keeping any leaves that fall off. Heat some olive oil w/ garlic until garlic is soft and then add the brussel sprouts and 1 tbsp of Mirin. Saute for 15 min, then toss w/ some sesame oil and sea salt. I used about 16 brussel sprouts, 1.5tsp olive oil and 1tsp sesame oil (which was reduced from the original recipe) but still used the 1Tbsp of mirin - it was SO GOOD. Tasted like the delicious innards of a really awesome eggroll. :D

I will again have to be careful with dinnertime calories, just under 500 left MAX for the day. I'm gonna get used to this though! Soon! haha :D

Apparently ZORBS13 got an email about the RW article today and I did not so I'm assuming that means I didn't make the article about the half marathon, but you should totally look for her story! I think the RW lady said it'd be in the August issue...

I said I'd sub for rowing tomorrow in the AM if they need me -- seems like a lot of the rows have gotten cut out or cut smaller lately and I don't want the club to start shriveling and dying so I want to do what I can to help - but I secretly am hoping they don't get enough people and I can sleep in again. hahha. :) We'll see.

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SWEETZMIX 4/15/2010 3:58PM

    Awesome on being still in the mode. The brussel sprouts sound good once you said they tasted like an awesome eggroll insides stuff lol I love cabbage but also hate the smell of it steamed. So I hope you get to sleep in too!

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CLOVERR1 4/15/2010 3:38PM

    blech...brussel sprouts; I'd rather have a nice salad with alfalfa sprouts or some mung bean sprouts.

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TAKEONME48137 4/15/2010 12:08PM

    Brussel Sprouts never really appealed to me, but maybe I'll give them another shot, especially if I prepare them like you did. That sucks about the article, but I will definitely check it out in the future. I hope everything else is going well. Miss you! =)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/15/2010 10:46AM

    I love the egg roll comparison... what a great way to explain the taste!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/15/2010 9:20AM

    A eggroll without the wrapper!!! What a brilliant idea!!! That could be a great side with some stirfry.

Thanks for the thought.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/15/2010 7:04AM

    Waking up hungry means your metabolism is in full gear :)!

That brussel sprouts recipes sounds delish! I am definitely going to make that. I am like you, I love cabbage and love brussel sprouts. Steamed cabbage do smell funky though!

I think it is so cool how into the rowing club you are emoticon

RW's loss ;)!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 4/15/2010 3:21AM

    That recipe sounds yummy!!! Do you slice them all the way through, or just to the stem like a blossoming onion? I buy the petite sprouts from the frozen section and saute them with balsamic vinegar and red onion... This is a veggie I discovered as an adult and now love it!

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KASHMIR 4/15/2010 12:23AM

    MMMmmmmm...I'm trying that recipe next week!!!

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LORI-LU 4/15/2010 12:02AM

    Hurray for brussels sprouts! Try my fav way to fix 'em (super easy):

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/14/2010 11:15PM

    way to rock day 3! if we keep this up we will be able to zip up our jeans by may!!!! those brussels sound great. i don't know what mirin is.

looked it up and it says it is some sort of rice wine so i won't be able to use it.

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LAFTERSFREE 4/14/2010 8:23PM

    the brussel sprouts sound really good prepared like that. i used to HATE them, my mom made me eat them as a kid and i hated that watery squishy texture of the inside. mark made me try them again a few months ago and they were actually really delicious and i didnt mind the texture as much as i did when i was young. i love how tastes change for the better as you get older and im glad i gave them a shot again! i'll have to try the way u've described here, i LOVE eggrolls!

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MBSHAZZER 4/14/2010 7:47PM

    When I used to work out at night, I would eat a big lunch and a very small dinner - just a protein shake or a bowl of cereal. I had ZERO energy when I woke up! Which was OK b/c all I had to do was get out of bed and shower! So, like Patty said, it could be just getting used to the new calorie deficit. If you can work out later in the day til you adjust, it might help.

SO GLAD you liked the brussels sprouts! HOORAY! I am going to try that recipe next time I get my paws on fresh sprouts. Sounds delish!

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MISSY_MAGOO 4/14/2010 7:16PM

    busy, busy, like always. You'll do fine with 500 max for dinner- just do a lean meat, a small whole grain and bunch of veggies should be 300-400. That or a big ol salad with chicken are my fallbacks for when i reach the end of the day with not alot left to try and keep in range. Don't forget you're a pro at this. I have to remind myself sometimes. "I've done this, I can do this"
And we're have opposite taste when it comes to cabbage and brussle sprouts. I LOVE cabbage, anyway you serve it! But gag n brussel sprouts, ick. :)

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DOGSNRODENTS 4/14/2010 5:38PM

    I have to agree with SEEHOLZ, if you're just getting back into a lower calorie regime, then your body is probably adjusting and feeling a bit wiped until it can get back into the swing of things (i.e., making do with the calories you're providing for it).

And yes, brussel sprouts are delicious! Glad you got a chance to try them out! :)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/14/2010 5:21PM

    You are one busy lady! :-)

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SEEHOLZ 4/14/2010 4:38PM

    Your TIRED feeling might be an effect from the calorie cutting... till your body gets used to it. I tell you, I'm following this MODE really closely, because I am playing around with following suit... which is super hard for me btw. But, it's keeping me going in the right direction. Right now, my upper range is rather generous, but till I get consistency I will not even cut more, because I'll just set myself up for binge mode. Instead, I am focusing on making little choices that are better here and there... for NOW. Step 2 will be to cut more... which sucks! But, seeing you do it, is an awesome example! Thanks for he peptalk btw.

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Day 2 of Weight Loss Mode!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

So yes, I have been a little hungry at times. But nothing too crazy and it's to be expected adjusting to the lower range...

and also cause I have gotten very little sleep the past two nights w/ early morning rows... and TOM is coming...

So actually all that considered I'm doing really great! :)

Tonight's dinner will require some strategerie to get within range, but not too bad - I have just over 500 cal max and I can definitely do that. I'm thinking tonight might be the night to try this brussel sprouts recipe... I've been dying to try making them for a while now because I have NEVER EATEN A BRUSSEL SPROUT. HAHA :D So I'm thinking - fish, sprouts, rice or couscous - depends on how fast I wanna eat when I get home. I think I'll go ahead and cook up the rice either way, but it takes about an hour to make my batch in my little steamer.

I LOVE THAT THING. It will steam anything - but I primarily use it to make rice. And by rice, I really mean a mixture of brown rice and red wheat berries. I am so in love with those wheat berries... they make my rice feel fancy and give a great chewy texture in there as well. :)

This morning I made my own cereal -- an attempt to cut down on processed items and sugar basically -- I shared the recipe on SparkRecipes. I would have done better on my calories so far today if I hadn't decided I just HAD to try my cereal, but come on!! And I will make it fit. Essentially - I bought bags of puffed grains (kamut, millet, corn, brown rice) and mixed them w/ some rolled oats, flax seed, and chopped pecans. Then I made a liquid mixture of some water, honey, and protein powder. Mixed it allll together and baked low in the oven until it was dried.

Kinda granola-esque, but lighter... Turned out good! I think I might prefer it w/ cottage cheese to milk, but definitely successful. :D YAY!

Rowing this morning was a little crazy. It was mostly kind of boring, we were rowing the 4+ but with a newer rower who was interested in racing, but wasn't able to start practice with us last week - so we made another lineup. So she tried it out today and she basically needs to row more and is not going to be rowing with us a week from Saturday in a race! But we did encourage her to try to work up to possibly racing in late June or in July (not sure if they'll be doing a June regatta but July is pretty likely) because she definitely was able to improve a fair amount today. But because of the newness, today was mostly drills and rotating pairs rowing, verrrry little all 4 because when we tried it we were crashing from side to side like crazy and whatnot.

Sooo about moving! So many people asked. Basically - my DH is getting so close to being ready to defend his dissertation - but he is likely to be unable to defend in the Spring (not THAT close), or the summer (because some members of his committee object to summer meetings - yes. seriously), so in all likelihood he'll be defending in the beginning of the Fall semester. So it was either find a place to live cheap again (our sublease ends at the end of June) or go ahead and move, since he will only have to come back to Tuscaloosa mayyyyybe once a week and to defend - and save on rent by living w/ the in-laws temporarily, get in a place where he'll be able to network a bit (good jobs in his field in that city) and just in general begin the moving on process! So this move is another more temporary one (after moving to our current place for about 6 months).

I'll have to find a job to cover our expenses and paying a small rent to his parents (they haven't asked but we're gonna do it anyway) - hoping I can maybe get a job at a gym. :) That's the plan - it's still not set in stone, but it is very likely that we are going that route.

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ENEFIE21 5/6/2010 7:46PM

    Red wheat berries? What are those? Cause there's this grain (that can be steamed) that we put into our rice in Mongolia and I don't know what it is in English.. but I LOVED IT... I'll google it. PS - I put up some old pictures on Facebook. LOVE YOU!!!! (And yes.. I'm catching up on old posts...) :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/15/2010 9:17AM

    Sounds like a very hectic rest of the year. Make sure you take some time out for you each day. If you don't, it can become overwhelming.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/14/2010 2:20PM

    I love brussel sprouts - they remind me of little baby cabbages. . .LOL YUM The cereal idea sounds great! On another note - I'm sad to hear you may be leaving Tuscaloosa soon :-(..... One, we haven't got to meet up yet. Two, you're probably the only "regular" besides Bre that 'socializes' on here with people as they join as well as offering encouragement to our fellow "Totally Tuscaloosa" Team. BUT. . . .just because you'll be in a different city doesn't mean you won't be on our team?! Right????!!!!!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 4/14/2010 11:23AM

    How did the brussel sprouts turn out? I've never tried them either, and most people I know either love them (and have loved them since childhood) or hate them (and have hated them since childhood). I'm curious what somebody approaching them for the first time as an adult thinks. =D

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MBSHAZZER 4/14/2010 10:27AM

    I hope you enjoyed the Brussels sprouts! They are my FAVORITE FAVORITE veggie of all time! Along with lima beans! Report back!!

I've never tried wheat berries; they sound like they would make a nice addition to rice! Will make a note to check them out!

I love your plan for getting hubby thru his dissertation! I guess he won't be teaching in the Summer / Fall semesters? Is he looking for a university job when he's finished with his PhD? And, what exactly is his field? I know these are probing questions, so feel free to ignore!

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SEEHOLZ 4/14/2010 10:26AM

    I love, love, love brussel sprouts.. the only downside.. they stink! And my DD and DS can't stand the smell... oh well, I used to buy the fresh ones at TJ, but then switched to steamed frozen ones... less smell I guess. The smaller they are, the better they taste IMHO.
I did bad yesterday - went over range... I need to find the courage to just be okay with feeling hungry- I did great for 5 days, so I am focusing on that. Today is a new day and I will make it to 100%!!!!

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JOHNBABJR 4/14/2010 10:01AM

    Great job, Dana! Keep it up! Better you than me on the brussel sprouts.

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SWEETZMIX 4/14/2010 8:54AM

    Hope the brussel sprouts turned out good. I was always given them steamed, so that is why I don't like them. Kudos on making your own cereal. And the next smaller move is just apart of the big plan. Living with the in laws to save money sounds fab! I have considered that for like 8 seconds lol Great job on day 2!!

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LASHERTHECAT 4/14/2010 7:56AM

    I love Brussels sprouts... They are my favourite cooked veggie! I also love that you make your own Muesli... I do that too, but for now I'm still in love with oatmeal!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/14/2010 7:38AM

    I emoticon brussels sprouts. How can you not love those tiny little miniature cabbages? They're just so cute! Plus they taste good. LOL

Good luck with the housing, defense, etc.

My eating is under better control and I'm working on getting more sleep which I think is helping a lot...

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DDOORN 4/14/2010 5:36AM

    Did brussel sprouts a few weeks ago as I hadn't had them since childhood and always thought they were YUCK...still not a fan, though...but at least I tried!

GL to DH & dissertation defending!


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TAIMOIRAI 4/13/2010 11:43PM

    We just tried brussel sprouts for the first time about two weeks ago and I hated them, but then I'm not huge on cabbage either. I hope your experiment ends better than mine!

I'm sorry you guys have to move again. Moving always sucks even if it leads to bigger and better things. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you to get a job at the gym, though. One of us should be able to escape our job rut!

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KASHMIR 4/13/2010 11:38PM

    I discovered last year I like brussel sprouts. My mom always steamed them and I couldn't stand them unless I buried them in Mayo. I made them for Christmas, cut in quarters, sautéed in olive oil with garlic, and then a little fresh Parmesan cheese grated over them.

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KARVY09 4/13/2010 10:20PM

    OOh, Brussels sprouts get a bad rap. They are delish! Best of luck in entering weight loss mode again. But I know you will do great!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/13/2010 9:43PM

    glad it is going well for you so far. i am hungry at times too. right now i am really hungry and i am trying to be good. i still have room for a snack if i want though. yesterday i was below my 1400 goal and i even had a donough! bad me.

your own cereal? that is so thrifty. i will check out the recipe.

i have never eaten a brussel sprout. i am sure i would like the taste but the smell just makes me emoticon
the smell of cooked cabbage does that to me too but i love raw cabbage. don't think you can eat raw brussel's. they are probably too tough.

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