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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Doesn't really feel like it, because I'm at work, but whatever. :)

I ate too much food last night, but at least it was relatively healthy food (aside from sodium content I'm sure). I went to a party and they had this AMAZING veggie lasagna that was a frozen brand... (Michaelangelo's?). I pretty much couldn't help myself. I ate tooo much of it. I also had a few BB carrots and celery. So -- not bad foods, but just too much. I felt uncomfortably full by the time we left and I was like, WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!! But I'll be alright.

Today I'm going to go GROCERY SHOPPING finally! So happy.

I'm also reading another interesting book from the library about food.

It's called "FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating" by Mark Bittman.

The food suggestions as far as what kinds of food to eat seem very similar to the suggestions by Michael Pollan in defense of food, and there is also a lot of similar discussion about the food lobbyists and food industry recommending things that are not necessarily GOOD for us, even by our govt, all that good stuff. But the BASIS behind mentioning these things is actually in regard to saving the planet.

Certain types of food require much more expenditure of energy to produce than others, MAINLY - animal products, especially meats. He basically argues that even if we don't listen to all of the other reasons to eat less of these products (health reasons, animal cruelty, etc.) that we should listen to the fact that if our consumption of meat does not decrease the world literally can not sustain the demand as it is projected to increase in the very near future. Not only that, but the meat industry is apparently a huge proponent(is that the right word?) of greenhouse gases.

The idea is to eat more of foods that are more energy efficient (as far as the energy to produce them versus the amount of energy it provides to us) than foods that are inefficient. He states that it takes 2.2 calories of fossil fuel to create one calorie of corn, and 40 calories of energy to create 1 calorie of beef.

"According to one estimate, each steer consumes the equivalent of 135 gallons of gasoline in his lifetime . . . Or try to imagine each cow on the planet consuming 7 barrels of crude oil."

I'm not sure about all of this energy nonsense, how all the equivalencies are calculated, etc., but it's basically expounding on the idea that we're farming all this corn and soy etc, to feed to livestock, to supply the ridiculously high demand for meat. He goes on to say that, yes, it would be wonderful to have grass fed well treated cows, this will solve a lot of energy production issues for THAT GROUP OF COWS, but if the world's demand for meat does not decrease, it is still impossible to meet demand and ridiculously MORE impossible to meet it without factory farming.

ANYWAY -- Just more reasons why eating a more plant based diet is not just good for YOU but good for the environment, etc. Eating foods closer to their whole form does not just do more good for you nurtritionally, but requires less energy from the planet in general because it's not processed by some factory before you eat it.

I personally find it fascinating. :) I would like to continue to shift more of my diet away from convenience items, I think I now eat FOR THE MOST PART from whole foods, but I still do use a lot of convenience/processed items. I still fall ploy to some of the nutritionism based marketing -- MORE OMEGA-3's in this snack bar! And I don't think it's terrible to use these things in small amounts, but it's like he's saying in his book -- he's not calling for some crazy radical action. Unfortunately in order to have an impact EVERYONE has to respond in this way. I don't think that makes me want to throw in the towel in making an effort though. :)

A link to the book on amazon.com with some excerpts, a look inside, and other people's opinions of the book as well (it has only 6 reviews out of 40 below 4 stars):


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MARLIE13 3/10/2009 4:43PM

    Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out.

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/9/2009 5:43PM

    I will have to check that book out! Sounds like a good read!

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NATURALLYME126 3/8/2009 5:33PM

    I can't wait until I am finished with school so that I can read for fun again. I will have to check that out. :)

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CARTOONB 3/7/2009 2:34PM

    Bittman was on the Colbert Report this week hyping his book. I thought it looked like an interesting topic. Meant to look for it in the library today! Thanks for the insightful summary!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/7/2009 10:32AM

    Thanks for that link...

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Friday, March 06, 2009

... was AWESOME. As if there was any doubt.

Lots of nakedness, but then again, there was in the graphic novel as well, so I can't complain. I need to reread because there were definitely some things about the plot that were changed, but I feel it remained true to the feeling of the original work.

Anyway -- it let out at 3AM, I got up at 8:10AM to go to the gym and workout. Woot. But I'm tired.

Not much else to report but Week 2 of the pushups challenge is complete and apparently at this stage you do another Max test to see how you should proceed, so I'll be doing that at some point this weekend.

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MARLIE13 3/10/2009 4:45PM

    So how you doing with the pushups! Cool cool! My hubs can't stop talking about that movie. I think we'll go see it for date night this weekend.

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    OMG! I saw it last night and it was phantazmaliciosus. It is a bit different from the comic, but I think they did a good job with keeping the same theme.

I was pleasantly surprised at how close a lot of scenes were to the comic. I saw it with three friends, two of which had never read it, and they liked it a lot, too. ^__^

I'm going to probably read it again and then see the movie again.

Movies have been getting really expensive, but I actually thought this one was worth it. ^__^

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TELERIE 3/7/2009 4:55AM

    Glad you liked Watchmen. I think I'll re-read it before watching the movie and I try not to have too high expectations.

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LASHERTHECAT 3/6/2009 4:37PM

    I don't know if or when Watchmen will come here... We are looking forward to it though...

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**PRICELESS** 3/6/2009 12:52PM

    Okay, curiosity got the best of me....& no, it wasn't because there's lots of nakedness. lol
What is Watchmen?

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

... no rice bowls last night. DH treated himself to his favorite pizza for lunch and was not hungry and it wasn't worth chopping up veggies just for myself, so I had a sandwich. :P

BUT! The plan exists for the delicious rice bowls and I get to eat them some other time. :)


I slept in as much as I could this morning and then watched the premiere of America's Next Top Model. That show SUCKS so much now, but I can't help myself...

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MSILVER94 3/11/2009 8:58AM

    humm, what are these delicious rice bowls? They are sounding kindof good...and does DH stand for darling husband? I notice you say it a lot and I'm just guessing ;)

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MARLIE13 3/10/2009 4:46PM

    Two OH NOooosss!! I MISSED the premiere? And it sucks more than usual? Oh NOOOOoooo!!! lol!

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LANC92 3/6/2009 9:10PM

    I have shows that I watch and I say they are like a horrible accident, I just can't look away LOL!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/6/2009 9:18AM

    Watchmen!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/6/2009 2:27AM

    Hee hee- top model is one of my guilty pleasures too- my hubby really hates that they marathon them on the weekends now, so when nothing else is on you can guess what I'm watching. I missed the premiere this week though, i didn't even know it was starting again. Maybe I was too concerned with the finale of the girls next door, which is totally embarrassing to admit that I watch, but like you said about top model, I can't help myself :)

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4CAKES 3/5/2009 11:39PM

    Its the show you are embarrassed to admit you watch

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LAFTERSFREE 3/5/2009 9:54PM

    i need to watch it, i missed it, but this season im not all that devastated.. i used to schedule around it and now im just like psshtt.. probably just missed them doing some kind of cheesy space suit crap again this season or something.. have fun tonight at watchmen!!!

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    i thought the same thing last night when i watched it.

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SLCOLMAN 3/5/2009 5:51PM

    I need to go see if the DVR worked and recorded ANTM!!!

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    I watched ANTM too, you're right, the show is so over itself. BUT I am so excited and happy and CANT WAIT for the next cycle with the shorties. I'm only 5'2" and I can't wait to see what the shorties represent. If only I was 15 years younger, I would have auditioned. They are in my city this weekend for the auditions.

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LYNNETH7 3/5/2009 4:40PM

    Oh nice! I plan on seeing Watchmen this sunday with my friend :D Have fun!

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


Ok so I still really suck. Pushups are HARD. DANGIT. But I'm determined to see this challenge through!!!

Today I was a little ADD in my workout. I worked out for about an hour and within that time I did:

The pushups challenge
Ran about a mile around the track
Stairclimber machine for 10 min (YIKES! at 5 I was like.. I'm gonna die... but I made myself do 10)
Arctrainer for about 20
Finished on the Spin Bike -- not sure how long...

YEAH. :)

Then to home and eat the oddest breakfast I've ever had.

First was a course of Celery and PB, and celery and Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb Cheese.
NEXT was a bowl w/ a can of low sodium tuna + a Tbsp of a salad dressing and 3 Wasa Light Rye crackers.

And I did eat a Dove Dark Chocolate. :)

I entered my lunch and dinner and my protein is ROCKIN today! I also checked out the "feedback" thingie for the first time and if you haven't looked at it yet DO IT! It's pretty cool. When it first showed up I tried it but it must not have been operating yet and today I finally tried it again and it worked! Very cool.

My Chicken Noodle Soup turned out good last night -- first time ever attempting such a meal. I used the recipe from the Best Life Diet Cookbook. It basically was: 4 Cups of liquid, 2 cups chicken broth ish 2 cups water (I use Better Than Boullion Chicken and I estimated the boullion but anyway, 4 cups water), one chicken breast cut into little bite size pieces, a bag of baby carrots cut up (65grams - the recipe says 1 medium carrot), about half of an onion diced up, a celery stalk diced up... seasonings (I just used my "Italian Seasonings" blend), annddddddddddd Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Thin Spaghetti, broken in half.

IT WAS GOOD! :D I was so proud! hahahaha. I cut the recipe in half to only make 2 servings, but you could easily double it for four. The servings were HUGE, by the way. You could probably easily divide what I made into four smaller servings to be honest, at LEAST three. But I was quite hungry so it worked.

Tonight I plan to make a rice bowl thingie. Brown rice (which I steamed this morning in bulk to save some time), then some sauteed onion and green bell pepper and canned black beans, broken up Morningstar Breakfast Patty, and a big fried egg on top. :D I'm pretty excited about this actually.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/9/2009 5:45PM

    I'm on WEEK 2! I'm not nose to the ground yet, but I am doing them without knees!! I'm feeling stronger every time!!! I'm so glad I caught this on LAFTERSFREE's blog! It's something to shoot for instead of just doing them to do them :)

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4CAKES 3/5/2009 11:38PM

    I am so with you on the push ups I can lift weights just fine but push ups you might as well ask me to pick up a stinking car!!!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/5/2009 1:19PM

    The "rice bowl thingie" sounds good... I made a great turkey barley soup, and I'll have the last bowl for lunch!

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MARLIE13 3/5/2009 11:19AM

    You just made my tummy growl. Yum! Loved your ADD workout. Talk about changing things up to keep your body guessing. You've got that down to a T. Woohoo!

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BOTZZZ 3/5/2009 10:56AM

    ahhh push ups,I do miss mine :( I hurt my shoulder and haven't done any in a while, I did try and do some a week ago but my shoulder still hurt so I didn't push it (I should go see a doc) that quick soup thingy ya made sounds interesting and your workout? wow I bet you were sweating! keep on keepin on and all that (I know you will ;)) and until next time..

As Ever

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LANC92 3/5/2009 8:52AM

    I finished the hundred pushup challenge two weeks ago. I never did make a hundred all at once - BUT - I was able to do 65 which is pretty amazing since I could only do 4 good ones when I started. My overall goal was to be able to do 3 sets of 10 or 15 during a workout and now I can so I'm real happy with that. :-D

As usual, your food sounds YUMMY. Keep up the great work Dana!

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CALICAVEGIRL 3/5/2009 8:50AM

    Mmm,... food. Well now I'm hungry and it's hours until lunchtime. I guess I'm going to have to break out my snack a little early today. Ah well =) Hope dinner was delectable yesterday... sounds good on paper anyway!

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CARTOONB 3/4/2009 11:24PM

    Pushups ARE hard!! But we'll both be at 100 soon!! Keep it up!

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  Great cross training followed by eclectic, but complete meal! You had me laughing - thanks!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/4/2009 5:52PM

    I love the feedback feature as well! It helps a lot!

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LAFTERSFREE 3/4/2009 5:45PM

    i do like the feedback report also, i tried it a while ago as well, but i think it's been working for about a week or so now, also u get 2 points each day that u use it, added bonus :)

im glad we're doing pushups together, it keeps me motivated. have a great night!

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TELERIE 3/4/2009 5:35PM

    Oh you're making me hungry! LOL! I'll have to make something like what you're having for dinner tomorrow, I'll be spending the evening alone for once, since my darling is off to have dinner with some friends.

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Week of Awesome continues...

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

So..... ok there have been moments of negativity, but the overwhelming feelings of the week so far have still been very positive and I really do think it's due to reclaiming the optimism and positive outlook on life that used to come so easily for me and lately has been full of cynicism. WOOT.

Like last night during band rehearsal I was ready to strangle one of the conductors because he was conducting so ambiguously the entire trombone section got completely lost. :P And our concert is NEXT WEEK. But overall it was a great rehearsal, I get to play my trombone with a band!!! Even if it's not perfect it's an opportunity to use my talent which, until last Spring, when my work was able to shift schedules with me so I could attend rehearsal. Even though I have a bit of a "I went to college for music and this is community band" snobbery in me somewhere, I really have a great time 99% of the time and I love being able to perform in the concerts as well.

Also -- last night's workout ROCKED. I was planning on sticking after pushups and ST together to do some cardio, but we got over 300cals burned with our ST so I was like... I'm going home. Had a lovely evening at home with the hubby.

This morning I was going to go grocery shopping but I realized we don't really need to until maybe even next week! I'm going to use what we have and I might need to pick up some fruit for lunches, but we're pretty much set. Instead I took the time to plan menus for next week and watch a little TV and relax. It was very nice. :) Got plenty of sleep -- FORGOT TO WEIGH myself, but oh well, I'm not really bothered with it. I feel good.

Kinda like that article I posted yesterday -- I know I'm right about where I feel happy with my body and the scale probably reflects similar to what it did last year when I was maintaining, but the number itself is not super important to me.

Today will be awesome because: I'm making Chicken Noodle Soup tonight and I'm excited about that, lunch activities include reading more of Ben Templesmith's Welcome To Hoxford (Graphic Novel favorite artist/author ever) and playing Locoroco 2, and I get to go straight home after work.

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LYNNETH7 3/5/2009 4:43PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you've taken control of your emotions, and that the bubbly, optomistic you is returning. You really are an inspiration. You've been through a lot, but you're still so strong!

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MARLIE13 3/5/2009 11:21AM

    Catching up on your blogs. YAY you're doing great!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/4/2009 5:51PM

    Somehow I missed you play an instrument-- what do you play? I played French horn and Xylophone when I graduated high school even though I played many instruments duting my schooling! Awesome! I could lose myself in my music.

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CATIATM 3/4/2009 8:08AM

    Hey there! It sounds like you're doing a lot better emotionally. Hey! Tell me about this concert! Where are you performing?

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LAFTERSFREE 3/3/2009 9:07PM

    ur having a concert next week??!! why havent i heard. i want to go!!!

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MDTWEETY 3/3/2009 7:55PM

    Glad to hear about all the positive feelings and thoughts! They truly make a difference. Hope your week of AWESOME turns into a YEAR of awesome! emoticon

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TELERIE 3/3/2009 5:31PM

    YOU're awesome, Dana. Glad you're feeling positive and up-beat. Good luck with the concert, sounds like fun! The food sounds delicious! I made some spinach soup yesterday and it was lovely & I still have soup for tomorrow. Yum. Wanted to thank you for dropping by my blog with support too. Wishing you more awesomeness this week!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/3/2009 4:22PM

    More Awesomeness to come!!

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SLCOLMAN 3/3/2009 3:47PM

    Sounds like a great day overall!!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 3/3/2009 3:43PM

    Sounds like such a wonderful productive day =)

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