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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's gorgeous outside again! I hope it stays that way till my lunch break and I'm sooo going on a walk if it does. :) Too pretty to stay inside.

I NEVER FELT THAT WAY BEFORE IN LIFE. I have to confess. I would stay indoors as much as possible. Being outside meant most likely getting too hot, sweating, feeling uncomfortable, being embarrassed because I'm sweating and overweight and it'll make me look fatter and more out of shape... yeah. I had kind of an UNlove for the outdoors -- I won't say hatred. I thought it was nice in pictures but did not want to BE there.

Now I don't think about those things AT ALL.

Anyway -- Did my pushups last night. It was tough to motivate myself into doing them at home but I did it while food was cooking and it was perfect. I think I waited a little too long between sets because I would go talk to my DH in between and see what he was looking at online etc., but... I completed all reps without feeling like I was dying!!! The lowest rep set was TEN. I have to admit I was quite proud of myself.

Plan for the rest of the week -- run again tomorrow, do pushups, maybe some other ST and cardio, Friday morning - do my pilates video at home, Saturday - run again. (THESE TWO RUNS WILL BE SHORT SHORT SHORT -- I'm talkin a mile long. Just to start building the habit again.) Sunday I think I'm gonna go to the gym -- there's a yoga and a pilates class on Sunday evening and I think they're starting up again after Spring Break on SUNDAY.

Also I don't have band rehearsals for the next couple of weeks apparently, so I'm going to take the opportunity to do a dance class at the gym I think. I'm excited about that as well. :)

Saturday we're going to see a Led Zeppelin cover band, will be going out to eat before hand. A lot to look forward to!

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LAFTERSFREE 3/19/2009 12:08PM

    just caught up on all your blogs!!! i decided that was more important than working on my dissertation right now!! LOL, im at the library though, so i gotta get to work, but im glad u've been enjoying the weather, i have been too, i love the crap out of the little nature trail here, it's nothing special, but it gets me outside :) i miss the classes at the gym though, it's so much harder to burn as many calories on my own without the classes that make it go by so quickly!! can't wait to get back, btw, the band starts at 10 on saturday, but prob a lil after, but i still cant find anything on the site about the price. im guessing its gonna be between 10-15 each. we'll seeeee. see ya in a few days!!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/19/2009 1:41AM

    emoticon So cool to hear that you are now a sun lover! I've always been an outdoors gal- I go stir crazy if I'm in walls for too long. Gotta get my daily dose of vitamin D emoticon

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    What a nice realization! I'm glad that you're at that point...I'm still in the unlove stage, but I'm going to get to the love it stage!

You're doing amazingly well, and I'm so motivated by your progress!

Hugs, and thanks for stopping in!!

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/18/2009 7:58PM

    That's awesome that you're feeling more confident and excited about doing things outdoors!!
ENJOY the emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/18/2009 7:58:25 PM

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SLCOLMAN 3/18/2009 6:42PM

    Sounds busy but fun!

The weather was beautiful here today too - I even managed to go sit outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sun!

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TELERIE 3/18/2009 6:37PM

    Sounds lovely! We had a lovely day here as well, but I didn't have much time to enjoy the sun while it was out. Just returned home from umpteen appointments today and I'm on my way to collapse in bed :)

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TRECECOOKS 3/18/2009 5:58PM

    Have a wonderful time!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/18/2009 5:23PM

    Sounds like u have a busy week ahead of you. Lots of plans!! I hope u went for that walk today at lunch!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/18/2009 4:38PM

    I've been taking advantage of the weather to squeeze in a couple of extra walks outside... I heard it's going to snow again this weekend!!! Yikes!!

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TWCHIARA 3/18/2009 3:57PM

    Gee you should feel proud of yourself. You were tired but you pushed yourself and did it - wtg!

May you enjoy that walk outside today.

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Another nice day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

So today's been alright...

Some stressful bits at work but it was actually nice to have something to ENGAGE myself with rather than the endless slog of normal day to day garbage. Ya know?

It was BEAUTIFUL outside today!!! I was going to the gym but on my way out to the car (bag packed, lunch with me, all that good stuff) I was like WOW, it's gorgeous, I NEED to go run today. So I got to the gym, put my stuff in my locker, and headed out for a run around campus. JUST under 2 miles, it was nice. SO gorgeous -- we're talking sunny, mild breeze, birds tweeting, blue skies. :)

Last night's Healthy Meal night was delicious -- made a recipe from the Best Life Diet Cookbook -- Cottage Pie

For the Potatoes - 2 Potatoes, 2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp of salt.

For the rest - 1lb 95% lean ground beef, 2 carrots chopped fine, 1 onion chopped fine, 4 cups of Spinach (about 4 oz)... and I'm pretty sure that's IT.

It might have benefited from a bit more seasoning, I added a bit of white pepper to the meat/veggies, and added a touch of salt afterward, also added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese before cooking but BASICALLY.

You boil the potatoes till tender, maybe 20-30min. While those cook, you cook the onion and carrots in nonstick spray till they get somewhat tender, then add the ground beef and crumble and brown it all up. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach. Then you put that in a 9inch pan.

Drain the potatoes, mash em up with the oil and salt. Cover the beef mixture with the potatoes and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes -- then broil for 5 minutes (this is when I added the parm) to brown the potatoes a bit and get a nice crust on top.

SO GOOD PEOPLE!!! This is my first attempt at cooking anything like this and I REALLY liked the Spinach in it! That was an unexpected twist for me and I loved that I had something green in there, not to mention it tasted good.

Scale at the gym said 166 so I know I'm right in the ballpark of where my weighins have been recently on that oh most accurate of super fancy schmancy brand new digital scales. :D haha.

Also had a nice bowl of the homemade granola today -- got that recipe from the "Food Matters" book and it is very good. :)

MUST DO PUSHUPS TONIGHT. Did not do yesterday. Grr!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/18/2009 8:22AM

    Your Cottage Pie is what I know as Shepherd's Pie.... I don't particularly like it, but DH loves it... I've never made it (I do buy it for him occasionally), but it sounds pretty easy... Maybe I'll try it!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/18/2009 1:06AM

    I love those perfect spring day runs! (well... for me they're walks, but I'm getting there, planning to test myself with a jog tomorrow:)
Mmmm, your dinner sounds good, I might have to make a shepherds pie tomorrow, we did corned beef and cabbage tonight, it's a tradition my DH has to have every St. Patty's day. emoticon

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TRECECOOKS 3/17/2009 10:24PM

    I had to go back to mid-Feb. to get caught up!! So sorry Roscoe is still missing - I still pray for him to come home.
Glad things like the running, and the push up challenge are going well for you, and that DH had a good diss meeting.
Spring is almost here!!!

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WOLFKITTY 3/17/2009 8:27PM

    I missed my push ups last night too. I'm going to do them right now as my husband is getting ready to go out!

Thanks for the reminder.

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MSSUNBUG 3/17/2009 8:11PM

    YUM! That meal sounds delish--I've got to try it out. DH and I are BIG fans of wilted spinach in any meal. This one sounds like a winner!

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MDTWEETY 3/17/2009 7:52PM

    Everybody is having nice weather. Here it's just kinda OK. But that's all right because I know spring is just around the corner.
YAY for your run! You seem so organized and dedicated. :) :)
Thanks for your comment on my blog yesterday. Interview went well. Now I have to write the story!! LOL!
Oh and BTW, thanks again for the suggestion of the Indian-inspired meals at Target. We just ate one tonight. It was really very good. Lots of sodium, but if I don't eat them every day it's OK. Hubby and I both enjoyed it. I am inspired after today to take more time making meals from a recipe. I did that for a while last year when I was losing but now I've gotten lazy and just stick with the usual staples. I did make some yummy apple muffins today though.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

SO! Scale back Alabama is over, and this morning at home I weighed 167 (I KIND of trust that scale) and at work, dressed, I weighed 164. HAHAHA :D

So anyway -- according to my "official" starting weighin that was a loss of 17.2 lbs in 10 weeks, BUT... my week 2 weighin was 169.4, so you can really kind of tell that that first weighin was VERY misleading. It was more like 5.4lbs lost. Which makes more sense with the change in my body which was smaller, but I feel more like me again these days.

THE JERK CHICKEN! :D SO GOOD! I actually was less thrilled with the chicken itself and more thrilled with the accompanying veggies -- they really soaked up the jerk seasoning!

Here's how to make the jerk rub:

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 jalapeno - seeded, de-ribbed, minced up
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 Tbsp Ground all spice
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon

You cook up the jalapeno and garlic in the olive oil till the garlic gets golden, then add the spices till it gets super fragrant.

THEN! cool a bit and into the blender.

Add 2 scallions, chopped up
1/2 tsp ground ginger I think...
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 Tbsp dried thyme I think...
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/6 cup of lime juice

(I think that's right... vinegar and lime juice might be switched in measurement...)

BLEND IT UP!!! Rub half all under the skin of a chicken and add some fresh thyme in there. ALSO -- a head of garlic with the papery skin removed and 1/3 cut off the top is stuffed in the chicken's cavity.

For the veggies we have chopped up into 1 inch cubes 2 yukon gold potatoes, 1 sweet potato, 1 onion, 1 parsnip AND ALSO 1 pear (also listed in recipe 1 quince, which I couldn't find, and decided not to add an extra pear since I don't LOVE LOVE LOVE fruit with savory stuff and figured one pear would be enough for that flavor)

SO! Oven's at 350 -- put all the veggies in the roasting pan tossed in the rest of the jerk rub mixture. Leave the pear out!

Place the chicken on a roasting rack over the veggies.

Roast for 45 minutes.

Add the pear (and quince if you got it!).

Roast for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is DONE.


Also made a yogurt dip -- basically you make yogurt cheese and then do a similar start to the jerk rub, only with minced ginger and less garlic, then you add cumin and coriander instead of the other spices. You blend the yogurt cheese and the oil/ginger/jalapeno/garlic/spice mixure together and then fold in parsley and cilantro minced up. (did without the parsley and cilantro)

SO GOOD with the chicken.

The veggies were AMAZING.

I have leftovers for lunch today.

Haven't changed my tracker settings yet but will be doing that shortly.

Since the work scale said 164 and home scale 167 I have no qualms about moving my little ticker back to 165 like I had before when OFFICIALLY in maintenance. I set my calories to maintain at that weight so it works.

Tonight is a healthy meal night, will be making "Cottage Pie" which I guess is like Shepherd's Pie? I'm excited. I think I'll do day one of Week 4 Pushups Challenge today since I will have to retest my max this week before next week and if I wait it will give me less time to recover to do that. SO!

All good things.

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NATURALLYME126 3/17/2009 5:05PM

    Woo Hoo for being back in maintanance!! So happy for ya!
Girl you cook a variety of stuff and I love it! I am going to start trying different recipes just as soon as I am finished with school. I am keeping my eye on you so I can see what I want to try at home. Keep those recipes coming Dana Dane! :0)

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    Woohoo! Congrats on getting back to maintenance. Will have to try out that jerk recipe. I wonder if it would be good with tofu...

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/16/2009 9:53PM

    So awesome that you're back in maintenance and feelin good!

I think I'd like to use the scale you've got at work, ha ha :)

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KIMCATUS 3/16/2009 9:23PM

    Woo hoo!!! So proud of you!!! Although I knew you were gonna do it! You're an awesome strong woman gorgeous!! Thanks for the recipe too...yummy!!!

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CECE0330 3/16/2009 4:54PM

    Congrats on being back in maintenance zone! Can I come weigh in at your job? I'm willing to take a chance for a possible 3lb less reading.....lol.

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TELERIE 3/16/2009 3:26PM

    Thanks for the recipe, and isn't it great to have leftovers? Congrats on being back to maintaining. emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 3/16/2009 2:45PM

    Dana ur the cooking queen, makes me feel like I am in the kitchen with ya. AND YAY!! for being back at maintenance.

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TAIMOIRAI 3/16/2009 2:23PM

    Sounds delicious.

And yay for your weigh in!! That's amazing! (go with the work scale. it obviously loves you more. ;) )

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MDTWEETY 3/16/2009 1:58PM

    Yum, yum yum!! I need to start digging out some of my recipes again. :) :)
What's quince? I only know it as "15" en Espanol!

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 3/16/2009 1:54PM

    Yay congrats! That's such a cool challenge, awesome that you were able to participate and do so well. And the jerk chicken sounds delicious!

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BRUIN2 3/16/2009 1:15PM


And yay for scalin' back!!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

... I made a jerk chicken today. It has like 10 minutes left in the oven. I am so excited!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/16/2009 12:40PM

    so how was it??

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WOLFKITTY 3/15/2009 10:44PM

    Like Jamaican Jerk chicken? YUM YUM!

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STEVE_OREGON 3/15/2009 9:47PM

    How do you make chicken jerky?

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ZORBS13 3/15/2009 8:31PM

    That sounds good! What spices go on the chicken?

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BOTZZZ 3/15/2009 7:09PM

    I guess if she was a jerk she got what was coming to her! :P

As Ever

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/15/2009 6:35PM

    So exciting! I'm making a new recipe today too -- it's black eyed peas w/chard over soba noodles. We got chard in our CSA box this week, but I've never cooked with it. The dish is in the crock pot as we speak! My housemate and I are hosting dinner for her boyfriend and his daughter tonight. Hopefully trying a new recipe doesn't blow up in my face!! She's making the meat and also trying a new recipe/cooking style for BBQed MOOSE :) YUM!

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:D Thanks folks!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I've actually been back within my maintenance range for a while now, but still being there makes me feel great and I appreciate all the enthusiasm on my last blog anyway. HAHAHAHA! :D

Tomorrow is the final weighin for Scale Back Alabama and that's when I'm going to change my calories back to maintenance EATING officially.

The past few weeks have been slowly going from the top of my maintenance range to the middle, in spite of some random splurging.


This is kind of big news for me -- there's this move in pilates called the Rollover? o something? And a variation is called a jackknife? I think?

Well I've never attempted these in class because I was like WHAT I don't think I can do that and I don't want to look like a bozo.

WELL. I tried them yesterday at home and VOILA! I CAN DO BOTH!!! I don't even need to use my hands behind my back for balancing!!?!? Can you believe that? Anyway. I was thrilled.

Basically the rollover you are on your back and you keep straight legs together, point them back over your head, so your lower back gets raised off the floor and your legs are parallel to the ground over your head, toes past your head.

Then you'd bring legs shoulder width, flex feet, and slowly lower hips back to the ground, rolling slowly "one vertabrae at a time" as they like to say in pilates, back to the mat.

With the jacknife, once your legs are parallel you start raising your hips higher and opening the angle of your legs with your body so your feet get pointed more and more straight to the ceiling until your toes are directly over your eyes, and THEN the lowering begins.


The gym is not having classes starting yesterday through this coming Saturday due to Spring Break (the annoyance of using a University Rec Center) and modified hours, so I couldn't go to the pilates class yesterday.. .BUT!

WAYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyy back when I was starting SparkPeople a lovely sparker sent me her pilates video/manual because I mentioned I was interested in it and she wasn't using it. I had never really attempted to use it, but went for it yesterday and got all my ab work in. There was none of the rollover/jackknife in the video, and none of the lower back work we usually do in my class on your stomach, but the basic power series was in there as well as a couple of things we haven't done in my class since I've been going to it. I just attempted the rollover/jackknife on my own later.

I basically woke up, MADE GRANOLA (which is awesome, BTW), did the pushups challenge, ate an apple, did pilates, ate granola, and then I tried to do a day of MTC at home.

I did all the pushups as normal but from the knees since I already did the pushups challenge, I skipped some abs stuff since my abs were already screaming... and then in a set of surrenders I SURRENDERED. I was almost to the point of crying. It felt SO HARD. I did two reps of the first two circuits and was on rep one of the third when I got overwhelmed. I checked my HRM and decided I had done enough for one day. If I had JUST done MTC it may have been a different story, but I do not feel ashamed or bad at all for calling it quits. It felt like the right thing to do for me at the time. And today my muscles are alllll screaming. :) hahaha Especially my abs! YIPES!

Can't wait to go to pilates again and show off my mad skills. ;)

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PHOTOTEE 3/16/2009 3:13AM

    OMG i'm so loving pilates.I use some small weighted balls for some of the moves to spice it up a notch.Like in the 100 or roll up,and spine strech forward,spinal twist...Makes me sweat good for pilates. Congrats on the new moves.

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MISSY_MAGOO 3/15/2009 10:34PM

    Yay you for the new move! I did dolphin pose for the first time this morning- oh lord was it hard, but that means it's working, ya? emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 3/15/2009 4:46PM

    I love ur blogs, u crack me up. Go show them all ur skillz!!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/15/2009 3:46PM

    Awesome work!! emoticon

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TELERIE 3/15/2009 1:05PM

    You ROCK! Congratulations on being back in maintenance. I wanna be like you some day! :)
I've never tried pilates, but that's in my plans some day too!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/15/2009 1:04PM

    Congrats on an awesome day full of winning moments! YOu go girl!

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MDTWEETY 3/15/2009 11:31AM

    WOW, what a workout! And those sound like some crazy pilates moves. :) I have never tried pilates. Maybe someday...

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