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FIRED UP for Sunday

Sunday, January 13, 2013

(25) F = went to the park and had fun on the swing
(25) I = CICO (posted below)
(25) R = 9 hours sleep last night
(25) E = Bell Peppers (see below)
(25) D = Added Alternating Bent Over Dumbbell Kickbacks (tricep). Tried for a second military pushup, but not there yet. Upped a couple other weights (Lat Pulldown and something else)
(25) U = My affirmation is "I love my life!"
(25) P = I'm going to be making either chicken breasts or pork chops in the slow cooker (on the weekend) so that each week of the BLC Round 21 I have a healthy and tasty dinner throughout the week with a minimum of fuss. (I have trouble with thinking of cooking every night as a chore. By doing it once on the weekend, reheating is "easy" and I still get the benefit of having cooked.)

Range = 2210 - 2560
Calories IN = 2514
Calores OUT = 1202
Differential = -610

(I may eat more later, but doubtful. I thought I'd be hungrier, as about 700 of those calories were alcohol from going out dancing last night and today has been very active, but at the moment I haven't even had my chicken dinner yet and I'm not hungry.)

Swinging on the swings. I did not expect 10 straight minutes of pumping to be as much effort as it was. emoticon I grew up with swings a big part of my life. My mother had a passion for them and would find parks with amazing swings in them. (There's one out near Santa Cruz, or used to be, that was really tall and had an amazing view. When you swung high, it felt like you were lifting off and flying.) Remembering that made me realize just how active my mother was in general throughout our growing up years and even beyond. I'll have to talk more about that another time.

Bell Peppers! This is a vegetable I liked okay when I was younger, but now have a true love of. Raw, on salads and sandwiches, or cooked with foods or stuffed - YUMMY! emoticon Today's Slow Cooker Chicken Provencal calls for a Red and Yellow Bell pepper, but I used those AND an orange one. I regularly use a green one with my lean ground beef.

Some interesting facts (from Wikipedia):
** Red, yellow and green bell peppers. In some countries these three different-coloured peppers are sold in packs of three and are known as "traffic light peppers".
** Bell peppers are botanically fruits, but are generally considered in culinary contexts to be vegetables.
** The color can be green, red, yellow, orange and more rarely, white, rainbow (between stages of ripening) and purple,
** Compared to green peppers, red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients and contain the antioxidant lycopene. (And they're sweeter!)
** ... one large red bell pepper contains 209 mg of vitamin C, which is three times the 70 mg of an average orange.

Pretty great vegetable (fruit), if you ask me!
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