JAMIRBLAZE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAMIRBLAZE JAMIRBLAZE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The Skinny Fork's Healthified Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli and a couple of other new recipes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777264 This weekend, I tried the Skinny Fork's Healthified Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli: <link>www.theskinnyfork.com/blog/healthifi<BR>ed-crock-pot-beef-broccoli </link> . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310933926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was tasty, though not terribly "Asian" tasting to me. I added a bit more broth than I should have and it ended up being a little soupy. I also added some siracha and a pinch of red pepper flakes because I like things spicier and thr... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:33:00 EST Weekend Run, new Camelbak hydration belt, new UA compression capris, and eek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775753 Started back pounding the pavement this weekend. Looks like the obstacles that have been impacting my runs have been conquered, and I hope to be back on the usual Saturday long run schedule. Did 8.25 miles. Tried the Gatorade Chews again with success - two packs, one blue, one orange. I took them out the night before and placed them in a baggie and that seemed to make them less sticky. <BR> <BR> This is my new hydration belt: <link>www.amazon.com/dp/B008Z7AEAG/ref=wl_<BR>it_dp_o_pC_nS... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:47:02 EST Eatingwell's Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766838 Last week, I made one of my staples for lunch. Eatingwell's Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/creamy_ca<BR>jun_chicken_pasta.html </link> . Filling, two servings of veggies and a nice amount of protein. It's pretty easy to make as long as you prechop all of your ingredients. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2023813765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The only real modifications that I make to this one is that I use plain Greek yogurt instead of ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:18:38 EST Shaking Things Up, Honey Stingers, Take 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762772 Little bummed today as the guy left this morning for Atlanta to visit a good friend. I would have went with, but late August and September are the busiest times at my job, so no go. I probably could have, but wouldn't do that to my coworkers. Really only missing one night with him, so not that bad. <BR> <BR> Plus, it will give me a chance to get my house together. We've been talking moving in together, and it does make a lot of financial and practical sense. Since I've determined that, ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:45:37 EST Robin Williams, Back to Road Running and What Can Go Wrong.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758178 I was saddened to hear that Robin Williams had died last night. He was one of my favorite actors, truly funny and talented, and I regret that I never got to see one of his live shows. Let this be a reminder to all of us that tending to all of our health - physical and mental - is needed for true wellness. A healthy mind and a healthy body go hand in hand. <BR> <BR> This morning, the guy and I were back on the road. Did just over 3.5 miles at a decent pace. I noticed that it was taking i... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:22:20 EST Gatorade Prime Energy Chews - Fruit Punch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757689 My guy has been nursing a muscle injury for the last couple of weeks, so for my long run this weekend, I figured that I would sleep in and then run the loop of his neighborhood a couple of times for around 9 miles while he rode his bike and kept me company. No drive, and I wanted to run in the light as it's semi-rural road with intermittent lighting and black bear county. I started later at 7am. It was hot and since I wasn't going so far, I didn't modulate my pace as much. I made it two ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:31:47 EST Eatingwell's Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce and Curried Zucchini & Couscous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754960 For a couple of dinners this week, I made two Eatingwell recipes. Turkey Kofta with Tahini Sauce ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_ko<BR>fta_tahini_sauce.html </link> ) and Curried Zucchini & Couscous ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/curried_z<BR>ucchini_couscous.html </link> ). I rounded out the meal with mixed greens dressed with a light vinaigrette. Two new recipes as part of shaking up my routine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781638416.jp... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:14:59 EST Summertime Blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753484 Full confession: I've not been feeling the healthy eating or the fitness so much lately. I've been doing it, but it's been lackadaisical with too many allowances here and there. I've been rounding down instead of up on my food tracking, dialing in workouts, skipping workouts, etc. Some of the missed workouts have been due to factors beyond my control, but plenty of it was. Some of it has been the blahs. While many of you are enjoying the outdoor time, this is the worst time of the year ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:57:50 EST Eatingwell's Sausage-&-Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749681 This week for lunch, I've been eating Eatingwell's Sausage-&-Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkey_sa<BR>usage_quinoa_stuffed_zucchini.html </link> ) paired with a non-recalled nectarine. Yum. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982583862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (These are cut horizontally so that they fit into the plastic ware that I take to work.) <BR> <BR> I used Publix's Hot Italian Turkey Sausage for these because I like spice. I think t... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:59:30 EST Some Thanks and Clif Shot Bloks - Black Cherry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748953 First off, thanks to everyone for their comments, goodies, messages, etc. lately. I've been a bit off my game, so I've not responded to everyone as I would like, but know that it was all much appreciated. <BR> <BR> This past Saturday, we eased back into long runs with a slightly over 10-miler on our usual trail. Pretty decent run that came together nicely. This time, I chose the Clif Shot Bloks, Black Cherry flavored. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17669333... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:41:44 EST Portland and Such... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746251 I made it back from Portland/Oregon adventures last week. Unfortunately, the jetlag and everything caught up with me, so I've been a little out of it since. Headaches have steam rolled me, but my weight is more or less intact and easing back into my workouts. My comfort margin is a bit slimmer, but I'll be working that down soon. <BR> <BR> We started off driving down to Crater Lake National Park after landing in Portland with a stop in Roseburg (which was a nice launching point). <BR> <B... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:14:17 EST Flying Tomorrow to Portland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736115 This work conference has sneaked up on me. Frantically wrapping up loose ends before we fly out tomorrow to Portland, OR. The boss and I are heading to Crater Lake and then the coast over the weekend, and then we'll be in Portland for the week. Went to Target and got some preportioned packaged snacks and planning on finding a grocery store to pick up a few things while we're there. Also, will be tracking as much as possible, only having a few indulgences that I can't get at home and the l... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:09:27 EST Gu Chomps Energy Chews Strawberry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734428 This past Saturday, I ran 12.25 miles on my rail-to-trails route. Decent run, but I was dead by the end of the run. Anyhow, in my continuing quest through sports fuels, I tried Gu Chomps in the Strawberry flavor. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777135423.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1287096871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Flavor - Tasty. Not as good as the Stingers, but better than the sport beans. Didn't taste super artificial, but i... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:42:10 EST Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728907 This past weekend was another adventure in trying new things on my runs. I should say that this was probably my worst, roughest run ever. And I ended up almost in tears, but I learned a lot of lessons (more on that below). <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week I tried Honey Stinger's energy chews in Orange Blossom. The package comes with 10 chews for 160 calories: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446591695.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169901... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:13:56 EST The weekend is almost here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727049 Happy Friday! So happy the weekend is almost here. <BR> <BR> Jason's Deli has opened near me, so I met a friend there for dinner. Half a sandwich and some fruit makes for a decent dinner. Happy to have another place with some good options, and most of its nutritional info online. <BR> <BR> Budget cuts have meant that we have to say goodbye to some of our part time staff, so we're having a pizza lunch. I brought salad and low cal Italian dressing to round out the meal. Plan is for lots ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:48:55 EST Eatingwell's Chicken Sausage with Potatoes & Sauerkraut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725657 Eatingwell's Chicken Sausage with Potatoes & Sauerkraut is one of my go-to recipes for lunches: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_s<BR>ausage_sauerkraut.html </link> . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792785599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's easy and quick to make, tasty and seems to improve over a couple of days - but this is definitely for someone who does not mind the assertive flavor of the sauerkraut. Filling, a serving of veggies and rounds out nicely wit... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:33:45 EST Jelly Belly Sport Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724110 Last weekend's 10.5 mile run and recovery was killer, so I went out and bought all manner of sports fuel type things in assorted flavors to eat on the run to see if they helped. <BR> <BR> This week - Jelly Belly Sport Beans in the black assorted flavors packaging: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l254652376.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995396149.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331235365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:25:33 EST Friday - Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721946 Happy Friday everyone! Our summer has not slowed down as much as usual at work, so I'm still working for the weekends. Friday is always great. <BR> <BR> Parents arrive for a visit tonight with the family dog. They're coming to meet my guy. I think it will go well, but for most of my dating life, I've lived pretty far from family. So they've never really have met any of my boyfriends. We're meeting at a delicious pizza place, so at least the food will be good. <em>4</em> <em>334</e... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:52:08 EST Wednesday. Friday is coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720486 Happy Hump Day! Two more mornings until the weekend! <BR> <BR> Keeping up morning workouts. Yesterday, hit the gym (victory!) for some quality ST and this morning did another 4.25 miles. I weighed before and after the run, just to see, and even though I drank 16+ oz of water, I lost a pound on the dot. <BR> <BR> Yes, even before 7 am, central Florida is hot and humid. <BR> <BR> I made beef stew yesterday in the slow cooker. Used canned stew for tracking as it is very similar, but bette... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:22:02 EST Is it fall yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718971 My long run did not go as well as planned - hot, humid and crampy. But, as always, I'm constantly learning how to improve, so it was an excellent, but rough 10.5 miles. Some lessons: <BR> <BR> One, I'm going to have to finally give in, and try some sort of fuel on the run. I bought some gummies to try. Sport beans are also on the list to be tried. I kind of really dislike the concept of gels, but may end up trying those as well. <BR> <BR> Two, I need to re-evaluate my gear. I have a h... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:29:12 EST Happy Friday the 13th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717186 TGIF! It's been a long, long week. Leaving work a little early today to go to my hometown for the weekend for Father's Day. Hanging with my family and the best little puppy ever (well, really, a 12 year old chihuahua who is a demanding little love bug). Taking some shortbread for my dad, but fruit and my baked oatmeal breakfasts and some of the rice casserole to balance out some of the eating. Committed to tracking. <BR> <BR> Long run planned for Saturday. Hope to do 12 miles, if I can... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:27:54 EST Work, morning workouts, nutrition clean up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715916 Monday, a friend found out that he is being let go from a place that I am very familiar with. The reason is really a pretense for driving him out, and I've been trying to be supportive. While I support the mission of the place and its sister organization, I'm really quite disgusted with things. Cronyism, backstabbing, ethical ambiguities and the like are rife. And some things are happening that make me quite upset on behalf of the friend and the people that the organizations are supposed ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:35:18 EST Eatingwell's Zucchini Rice Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714986 One of the keys to my weight loss has been having tasty food options, so I've decided to share some of my culinary efforts, so to speak. This week, one of the dishes that I made was Eatingwell's Zucchini Rice Casserole ( <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/zucchini_<BR>rice_casserole.html </link> ). This is a tried and true recipe that I have made several times. It's very tasty and makes a lot, if you have a crowd. I usually end up giving some away, as I cannot eat all of it in a week. Fe... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:42:40 EST Eatingwell's Vegetarian Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710551 This weekend, I tried a new recipe from Eatingwell (a source for many of my recipes) - Vegetarian Pinto Bean Sloppy Joes. My guy picked it as one he would like to try (shocking as he is a big meat eater). Link: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/vegetaria<BR>n_pinto_bean_sloppy_joes.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l796250943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been eating it for dinner, and we both had it when I was over last night. I served it with corn on t... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:00:52 EST Not getting sidetracked - striving for maintenance, not perfection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708799 Happy Monday! Can't believe that it is June already and the start of hurricane season for us Floridians (and the entire Gulf Coast/eastern seaboard). <BR> <BR> Thanks for everyone who wished me well when I was sick. I'm doing much better, but am still not quite 100%. I ate a little more than I should (BBQ - yum; not feeling up to cooking makes it easy to rely on going out), and missed my workouts which I'm bummed about, but yesterday, it was back to normal. Healthy eating and 75 fitness ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:17:43 EST I'm the Queen of Tissue Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705879 Or at least, it feels like it. I also may bear an uncanny resemblance to Rudolph. Achoo. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I think that I have arranged things so that I can leave work early today. Hopefully, I will feel good enough for a bit of a walk and some stretching later. At maintenance and several years into this journey, my body likes to move, so I get cranky with enforced rest. And stubbornness has nothing to do with it, of course. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Weight was back down toward... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:33:29 EST Sniffle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704375 The long weekend was hit/miss. Weight is up (yuck), had good 3, 4, and 10 mile runs (yay), made it to the gym (woot) and seem to have gotten a cold (meh). Was only semi-successful in tracking everything. <BR> <BR> Food will be back to normal, life is heading back to normal, and I hope to make it to the gym today (if I feel okay enough) or hit the treadmill for a light walk if not. Refocusing on having a better balance in my eating and less feeding the sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> Moving on and... Tue, 27 May 2014 12:46:58 EST My Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699907 Today is my Friday, and I'm super happy. This should be the slow time at work, but we've still been pretty busy, especially finishing up some things that I was behind on. Our office had the most traffic ever in April, and due to vacations and dental work, I was out over one week of that month and still saw my fair share. <BR> <BR> I'm off because my sister is at Disney World this week, so I'm driving over there (I live/work in the central Florida area) tonight and will spend Thursday and p... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:23:59 EST Mondays...meh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698310 Mondays are always my worst day of the week because I'm so not a morning person. My peak hours are probably Noon-9pm or so. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn't function that way. <BR> <BR> Ran 8 miles on Saturday, and the toe issue just keeps getting worst (I'm losing a toenail and two are bruised). I also have had some aggravation of an old knee injury - I dislocated my knee badly twice at 13, and have had some issues ever since then. So Saturday afternoon, I dragged the guy t... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:30:55 EST Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694748 This past weekend, I stayed mostly on track as planned while I was away. Yay! Ate (as estimated, at times) in range and ran 8 miles on Saturday. Was up on the scale, but seems to have been largely a sodium bounce since I am back down to where I was before in a couple of days. <BR> <BR> And it looks like what I thought would be a weekend out of town has now been cancelled. Bummed, in some ways. But happy that I will be on familiar turf and able to spend more time with my guy who has been... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:19:34 EST Maintenance Struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689864 My first couple of months of maintenance, I kind of cruised, but the last month has been a bit of a struggle. I've not gone out of the +/-5lbs of goal weight range that I have vowed to keep, but I have been in a cycle of gains/losses that I know that I need to get out of. <BR> <BR> My #1 problem is that I've been out of town a lot. Most weekends for April and May were and will not be at home. I started to type that I've had less control over my eating, but it isn't that I haven't had the ... Wed, 7 May 2014 14:19:24 EST Journey to Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685654 I told myself that when I reached my goal weight back that one of the things that I wanted to start to do is blog because keeping my weight steady, more or less, has always been a challenge. I've been good at losing weight, definitely good at gaining weight, but not so good at staying about the same. <BR> <BR> I reached goal officially January 31, 2014. This is my first blog. Late at following through, but there it is. <BR> <BR> I often am amused when many people say that they would like... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:25:41 EST