MSKIZ69's SparkPeople Blog MSKIZ69's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A one mile race, a half marathon and a 100 pound dumbbell-whodathunkit? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> On 7/31/15, I ran the GNC Liberty Mile Race-11 minutes 5 seconds--me, who once thought exercising outside would not be part of my fitness(My hair! Bugs! What if it rains? Humidity? Wild animals??)-I was surprised and pleased how accomplished I felt-and thanked God that I was able to do it! <em>244</em> ... Sat, 21 May 2016 21:36:39 EST Doing what I never thought I would be able to do Yes I love lifting weights. My wrists are not strong due to the nerve damage from CTS but over the years I have modifying and training to make them as strong as I am able to make them. I've increased my fitness and abilities since my accident in 2007 and am loving the results. But there was always that fear that I would not be strong enough to lift heavier weights. Heavier weights meant more muscle and higher metabolism (and body reshape!) so I vowed to try to do as heavy as I was able to. <B... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:30:54 EST Non-scale victory, courtesy of my trainer..... I've been training at the Y for over a year now, and the trainer they assigned me was Emilee who is a hero in my eyes! She does not take my crap and whining and pushes me-that's what they are for of course. Have I called her names? Yes! Have I shot her evil looks-of course(but then I burst out laughing. But I really, really appreciate her and the time she takes to direct me for my exercises and always enjoy the sessions(even with DOMS-delayed onset muscle soreness) that always seems to happe... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:21:37 EST I'm a runner--I really am!! I freely and fully admit that the thought of running outside terrified me. I thought it meant going at a 7-10 mph pace the whole time, and I knew I could never do that. Walking-sure I could do that! Walking for miles was just fine with me and I loved to do it- but running outside was just out of the question. Couldn't do it wouldn't do it. <BR> <BR> Over time I noticed people 'running' at a pace I could probably do. I decided to give it a try on my lunch break at work because I knew it wou... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 10:22:01 EST Yesterday I said NO to the treadmill, but said YES to 20 plus miles and more. I had everything planned perfectly yesterday. My son was on a day trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and it was a perfect day to go the Y and get some treadmill running in. My backpack was packed(Valderi, valdera, hahaha my knapsack on my back!) and I happily started walking to the YMCA, 2 miles from my home. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day and the more I walked in it, the more I wanted to keep walking. Pittsburgh has a great riverwalk in our downtown area and it felt goo... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:20:01 EST Over 20 miles in a single day at the age of 45-age ain't nothing but a number! Yesterday was amazing to me-the first real day of spring after the cold cold(did I mention cold)winter we had I wanted to be out in the fresh hair and just breathe. Spring fever perhaps, but it felt so good to be out and walking-even did a bit of slow outside running while I was out and that felt even better. Then off to the YMCA to get some weight training in and interval treadmill sprints...but then decided to take the long way back home, adding several more miles to the beautiful sunny da... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:58:54 EST My 5th year at Spark--a little older, a little wiser, but grateful to be here! Five years ago I was searching the internet for a site that would help me with my quest for being healthier, weight loss and just plain feeling better. As the saying goes I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The rear end accident that happened to me in 2007 had left me very overweight , out of shape and miserable. December 2008 I was 'fat shamed' by my well meaning sister I vowed to change and by January 2009 I had given up diet soda. I was on my way...slowly. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:22:33 EST The loss of my dearly loved friend Russ and the beginning of my journey without him. Back in 2007 I was at a very low point in my life after my rear end accident. My kids were in the car-thank God we survived-but my Camry was totalled and I went through months of occupational and physical therapy. During that time I met Russ who was recovering from a heart attack-we were both going through therapy and cheered each other up tremendously. He made me laugh and smile so much even when I was in pain and distressed about the many tests I had to go through during my recovery. And ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:21:50 EST Yesterday's unintended by accident but ended great 14 mile in a day trek. The weather was coooold yesterday morning so after I dropped my son off at the boys/girls club I happily drove downtown to go to my favorite YMCA-but all the parking garages were full. Irritated but not defeated I drove back home and decided to rest for a bit before walking to it(a 2 and a half mile walk)but not really feeling the urge to walk. It's one thing to walk to work(the Y is very close to my job)but today I just was not feeling the need to walk and was sorely tempted to stay home. Bu... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:07:23 EST Age is nothing but a number-not letting it hold me back this year. Back in 2010 when I joined Spark at the back of my mind was that I was getting older, there was only so much I could do. I wasn't a spring chicken by any means, but I would do the best that I could to become more fit. Walking(not jogging or running) on the treadmill was just fine with me. I had just turned 40 and didn't see too much changing. <BR> <BR> Over the past 4 years things did change(from a low carb diet to my current vegan, from walking on the treadmill to interval sprints and runni... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:45:56 EST Yesterday I walked,jogged, ran over 14 miles...before my 45th birthday!! Yesterday was a milestone for me and I am still giddy about it! I walked to the YMCA, did my heavy chest and back workout, ran/jogged/sprinted on the treadmill, walked back from the YMCA, then ran around our basement room-when all was said and done, it was over 14 miles (14.23 to be precise). I have never done that in my life, and it was such a rush!! <BR> <BR> So now that I have realized one goal before my 45th birthday--I think it is safe to say that full marathon training will be in ear... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:09:43 EST My very first visit with a personal trainer-and not my last! For all that I love exercise I was a bit nervous before my session today. I made sure to inform her that I do have carpal tunnel and explained just how I normally work out and my vegan diet and my weight loss over the past several years. So what did I get myself into? <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunges lunges lunges-side lunges called sliders(new to me!), the dreaded walking lunges and backwards lunges, one legged Romanian deadlifts(new to me too), plie kettlebell squats(YAY something I knew!!!)wall si... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:37:04 EST Non-scale victory -my total cholesterol lowered AGAIN! Vegan power! Days like yesterday are a reminder that is not always about the amount of weight I can lift or mile I can walk(and now run, woohoo!)-that with the family risk factors of heart disease and diabetes that I am lessening my risk even as I grow older. I want to be around for my kids as long as I can with good health! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sooooooooo here are my numbers: <BR> <BR> Blood pressure-120/74 <BR> <BR> Total cholesterol-141 <BR> <BR> HDL:58 (up 6 from last year!) <BR> <BR> LDL: 68 (down 1... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:08:45 EST I like running. No, I LOVE IT!! Goodness knows I would have never thought to like it so much during my fitness journey--now I am not fast admittedly, and I do slow down when I need to--but I like to run and honestly feel the difference mentally when I don't. It's a beautiful thing indeed! <BR> <BR> <BR> Now there are others who run and have been runners in our family, my late uncle ran 2 marathons and I always was amazed at that kind of endurance; looking back now he was the around the age I am now so it is never to late... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:01:34 EST I ran a whole minute today without stopping! Yes that is big for me!! I love to sprint, LOVE to sprint--going all out for 20-30 seconds is wonderful for fat loss and endurance. But going longer than 30 seconds just was NOT going to happen--dropping back down to a walk or stopping on the side of the treadmill during Tabata sprints was doing me just fine, thank you very much. But Noooooooooo way. <BR> <BR> Now we recently had a marathon in our fair city, and last year I'd vowed to run it, but in taking care of my Dad before he passed that dream had no... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:48:44 EST If she can do it, I can! In the gym at work this week as I was doing my insane sideways treadmill there was a woman doing heavy deadlifting. Now I mean as in 35lbs on each end of the bar. It was so inspiring! But I pouted as I finished my workout-- because of my wrists being weak because of the carpal tunnel I couldn't do those deadlfts and I was irritated at my weakness. <BR> <BR> <BR> I told her that it was incredible what she did and how I wanted to do that but my wrists were too weak. She told me she had ten... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:19:52 EST My 4th year at Spark--changes and hopes and dreams for my 5th. Once upon a time there was a woman in her early forties who decided to take her life back one step at a time by dropping diet soda cold turkey--a small step but it was an important one. And though she smiled sometimes it was not a truly happy smile because of the feeling she had for her body and health. Not the least of which when her sister remarked that her rear was so wide it was scaring her. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:08:15 EST Conquering my final fear at the gym one row at a time. I like being challenged at the gym-lifting heavier weights thrills me, sprinting at higher speeds-without damaging major body parts is cathartic! Yes I like to live on the edge so to speak especially being 44 now-but age is just a number! Yet... <BR> <BR> The rowing machine. I admit to shuddering at it all these years as I walked by them. Who in their right mind found that medieval device fulfilling to exercise on? Nevermind that the people that were on it were extremely fit and enjoyed it f... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:53:44 EST Met my yearly fitness minute goals early! And progress pics and Tabata sprints :) I'd set my goal for this year at 35, 000 fitness minutes--and saw the other day that I'd gone past them-last year had been 30, 000 so I ambitiously set it at the 35k for 2013--how cool is that! And two months to go--so I still have some Zumbaing, walking and sprinting (and my beloved heavy weightlifting)to go! <em>521</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And something else this week that made me geek out--it was today actually--when I was doing those evil Tabata sprints with sideways, incline ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:34:34 EST Non scale victories--loving the latest one :) I do have to say that my quest to gain muscle is going well--of course my lower half is still my (not!)favorite part but I have been faithfully doing my squats and sprints. (And sideways treadmill which is still fun!!!!) But a longtime friend and coworker who came back to work with us this week gave me the happiest compliment (after saying how good my chili smelled and begged for the recipe) when I was standing at our desk: "Look at those leg muscles! You are doing great!" I was wearing my ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:05:19 EST I've gained weight!! Yay me!! No's a good thing. 10/12/13 Sat, 12 Oct 2013 16:47:16 EST Total cholesterol 144 when I am about to turn 44. Happy dance!! It's not always about the weight loss or the muscle building--I got my first completely fasted cholesterol test this morning(boy was THAT hard I had my smoothie ready to go afterwards)! This was after walking 2 miles to my job where the tests were conducted and my mood was pretty cranky--but the results were more than worth it: <BR> <BR> <BR> Total cholesterol: 144 <BR> <BR> HDL: 52 (women should be above 50 mg/dl ( <BR> <BR> LDL:80 <BR> <BR> Triglycerides: 61 (less than 150 is optimal)... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:33:54 EST The vegan bicep! Labor Day laughs and pics :) I made it through my first Labor Day with my primarily rabid carnivore family--I can honestly say the ribs and hot dogs and hamburgers were not tempting in the least as I happily ate my beloved stirfry at our family reunion. sister and niece simply HAD to have some of it and nearly ate ALL of my General Tso's tofu--the audacity! But then steps, baby steps. I'm glad they appreciated they can cook it for themselves! Leave my food alone! <em>246</em> <BR>... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:28:38 EST Just a little happy pic blog....short and sweet :) Years ago I was unhealthy with weak wrists.....miserable but on my way... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And 4 years later--healthier and with stronger wrists(and shorter hair!): <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Many thanks to my daughter for laughing at my pleas to hurry up and take the picture--stronger wrists but owwwwies!!! <... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 22:05:39 EST Sunday pic progress blog...being a Success Story :) While sitting here resting after a long long week I am musing being in maintenance. I love eating healthy and exercising and the fact that was invited to join the Success Story team. What a long way from doing Tae-Bo in my room and first joining Spark to now--I am blessed!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> And before I do my cooking for the week, progress pics: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> 2 years ago :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today(pardon the cond... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:33:47 EST 26 year difference--pic tells the tale :) 26 years apart--yes my hair is shorter by choice and yes I have age spots and wonderful age related bladder issues per my doctor--but if eating well and exercising is wrong...I don't wanna be right! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:50:40 EST What's changed in the past 3 years? A look back as I am Sparking forward. 3 years ago this month I got the courage to blog for the first time here, telling of my horrid driver's license picture and well meaning but blunt remark about my body shape that was the catalyst for taking my life back. I cut out the bad foods, exercised and built up confidence slowly(very slowly!) <BR> <BR> <BR> So what has changed? <BR> <BR> <BR> Going from eating mounds and mounds of butter(it was low carb, why not?)and avoiding all fruits like the plague to eating a virtual rainbow ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:41:24 EST Who says you need meat to build muscle? Pics included :) My son is quite the opinionated little thing-while he is eating a low carb diet for his Type 1 diabetes I've turned into the Veganator <em>30</em> much to his amusement(along with the comedians I work with). While I was putting kale in the blender for my morning smoothie he told me that I needed to eat eggs to build muscle, I needed to drink cow's milk and eat steak. Hmmm...I think I am doing okay, but my son seems to know best <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A year ago: <BR> ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 22:25:44 EST SparkPeople Motivator of the Day--thanks so much everyone!! My phone kept buzzing this morning as I was sleeping in (for me!)and when I picked it up I saw very happy messages-I'd been selected as the Motivator of the Day! How wonderful to know that my Spark friends think so much of me-and are not annoyed by my chatter about what workout I did, healthy food I tried or even getting enough sleep. I have been so happy here-and if I can make even one person smile more then I couldn't ask for anything better! THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!!!! <em>252</em> <em>304... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:30:11 EST Reflecting on six months as a vegan right before the Fourth of July. Ahh the many cookouts of my childhood and adulthood. If there was one thing I could count on in our family is that if there was a holiday there would be barbecue out the wazoo-hot dogs, hamburgers, kielbasa, ribs-it was a bonanza of food and I along with the rest of my family looked forward to the holidays for not only the family time but the smorgasbord that would inevitably grace our plates and bellies. Now however... <BR> <BR> I am now proudly vegan. I've been so for six months and am ve... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:01:54 EST My doctor asked if I was in training-and okayed my vegan diet--WOOHOO!! Today I went for my annual check up with my PCP--he has been my doctor since 2003 and has seen the worst of me mentally and definitely physically. I saw him weekly after my accident happened in 2007 , but in the last couple of years I've only needed to see him once a year-and when I went today I could not have been more pleased(and blessed)! Two elder gentlemen were in the waiting room with me and asked if I was a runner because I really looked like one-granted I was wearing workout clothes ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:29:05 EST Journey from fat to fit -it'd been a long time coming but change did come. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:35:33 EST Six years ago today I was rear ended-but I am here and stronger as a result! What began as an innocent trip with my children to go to the movies to see Shrek 2 turned into what would become a journey of pain, despair, anger and then determination. I still thank God that my kids were not seriously hurt being in the back seat of my totalled Camry but I was gifted with exacerbation of my carpal tunnel, back and neck pain. Several months of physical and occupational therapy later I was depressed, weak and very very overweight. MRIs had shown cranial lesions so my doctor... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 15:06:43 EST Because sleep is a beautiful thing and walking is free. Sleep, the often forgotten equation in weight management--who hasn't skimped on sleep a time or two to get in an early workout? I am so very guilty of doing this but the past few days I have been letting myself sleep in until the last possible moment. I've gotten up, drank my lemon water (so good for detoxing and kick starting digestion), prepared my breakfast smootbie (kale, spinach, fruit oh my!)and drank it--then headed out the door. It's two miles to my job so it gives me time to just ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 21:16:32 EST "The whole world knows you lost weight, you don't need to keep showing it." Oh really? I have been told that I am too showy with my workouts and pictures and constant chatter about healthy living(yes by that same sister). Hmmm.....too much? <BR> <BR> <BR> For every morning that I get up before the dawn to exercise-yes I am going to be proud of what I am doing. <BR> <BR> For every lunch break spent in the gym instead of eating fast food-heck yeah I am happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> For every vegetable I slice and piece of fruit I use for my food preparation to ensure I am not temp... Mon, 20 May 2013 21:18:04 EST The former fat girl feels pretty today...swimsuit victory(Pics included) :) I haven't put on a swimsuit in 20 odd years not since I lived and worked in Florida-and even then I felt self conscious about it because I was not exactly in shape(diplomatically stated). And of course after I had gained 60-70 pounds after my pregnancies and after my accident-heck no, no swimsuits here! But today I conquered that fear of putting on a swimsuit-strangely I'd lost my desire to wear a bikini that was a goal of mine not too long ago. But I am happy with what I have been able to d... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:13:08 EST My fast walked almost half-marathon...over 10 miles today! I did something that I have never done in the 14 years at my job-I walked to and from work today <em>244</em> . I'd finished Hip Hop Abs and was readying myself for the bus and subway ride into town when I impulsively decided to just walk to work. It is about 2 miles roughly one way and I knew from walks with my kids that I could probably do it in a little less than an hour-but I was surprised and pleased that it took me 34 minutes to--geek moment! And after work I walked a bit more just en... Sat, 4 May 2013 20:54:50 EST Am I a tiger who's earned her stripes? What about my loose skin? (pics included) I have an unusual attitude toward my stretchmarks-badges of honor! From the birth of my two kids and then from losing weight I have a nice little collection of them. And I don't care-a favorite saying of mine is "Stretchmarks are the badge of a real woman" whenever my daughter is apt to point them out the stinker. <em>20</em> I did see a saying "Your body is not ruined, you're a tiger who earned her stripes" which I like too! However my daughter who is the one who is roped into taking my p... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:26:35 EST Why won't I smile in pictures? I'm still learning to that's why. Why is it said that fat people are jolly? I certainly did not feel that way when I was -let's face it--just plain overweight and miserable. Yet I still wanted to be social like my friends and co-workers and dutifully went to the picnics, parties and dance clubs all made up and looking like a happy chubby cheeked participant. Everyone else was having a good time, but the only time I truly had a good time was when I was with my kids and my BFF because I knew that she was the one person besides ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 22:39:12 EST Support from unlikely places and progress pics :) :) My older brother who just loves to torment me said that he was really proud of me yesterday-that I was working hard at educating myself on nutrition and fitness and that even though I was still a little nerd(his words)that he was inspired by me -he hadn't eaten his beloved McDonald's in six weeks, and he was eating more fruit and actual vegetables. He asked me what the big deal was about organic fruit(as he was swiping one of my bananas)and after I explained vowed to get some for himself. So ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 18:55:30 EST 1000 day Spark Streak logging on and 400 day water streak--commited to Spark! I did it-1000 days straight of spinning the SparkWheel, In the morning from my pc, or on the way to work on the bus on my phone-I kept on spinning. Even after I'd achieve all of the point trophies--I kept on spinning because it was fun and engaging! Would I get a 25? Or a 2? Would I get 1000 Spark Goodie points? Or a DVD? The answer was yes I did and it was a daily fun thing to do and I will continue to-I want to get to 2000 no matter if it takes another 3 years! <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> An... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:21:48 EST 3 months since I dared to go vegan for a week-time flies! A pic perspective. BV--Before the vegan challenge that I never thought I'd do: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And my most recent pics with all of that veggie goodness and just as hard workouts: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Things can only get better--I am HAPPY!!!!! <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>30</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:05:46 EST Wanting to be skinny then not wanting to be skinny-changing perspective and looks(with pics) I admit when I started wanting to be healthier, vanity was part of it. I HATED wearing the large dress pants and oversize blouses. Being reminded of how overweight I was didn't help me to forget it either-even now, several years later I remember how I felt then-the depression, anger and hopelessness even as I was beginning my diet and exercise regimen. <BR> <BR> If only I were skinny I thought. I would walk past the 5-7-9 store in the mall and dream of shopping there as I would head to Lan... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:22:32 EST "Look at those guns!" From weak wrists to big biceps with pics. In doing my due diligence for our work challenge I had submitted a pic and was feeling pretty happy about it, but it was made even sweeter that it had been noticed. First of all a senior executive VP said that he really really liked it(as I was in the gym slinging kettlebells around)and then a few people stopped to say how 'amazing' the picture was and how hard I had worked--and said "Whoa, look at those guns!" I had had on a sleeveless shirt and that just about made my week. Considering how ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:36:44 EST A revelation-carbohydrates are not the enemy. Whodathunk it? Back when I first wanted and decided to eat healthier, I eliminated all the whites-what pasta, white rice, white bread. And that was a good step, but then I expanded it to most carbs-grains were a no-no! Potatoes-not welcome on my plate! And way no day. And though I felt I was doing a good thing being low carb for my son who has diabetes-some things were left out. Things that I hadn't paid attention to, such as -getting vital nutrients from them such as antioxidants. I was slimme... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:02:00 EST ANOTHER challenge-starting pics again. And again! Work just seems to have it in for me--yet another 90 day challenge starting on 3/1, but this time they are judging by body fat percentage lost. Finally a challenge not about the scale! As much as I love the Biggest Loser, the scale aspect always turned me off-muscle is denser than fat, and fat takes up5 times the space in the body. So bring on the heavy weights that I love so much, and the sprinting that has won my heart over and over! <BR> <BR> <BR> This time will be different as I will be... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:40:51 EST If just one person believes in you... I have always loved that song from "Snoopy the Musical", and then from a special celebrating the life of Jim Henson. And sitting here tonight that is how I feel being here on SparkPeople has been--we are encouraging each other, laughing with one another, crying with each other. It's a wonderful thing indeed to give each other a pat on the back, hug, sushi(Spark Goodies!) or just to drop by their page and say hi! Even though we all have full time lives to lead it is such a highlight of the d... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 22:13:08 EST Fish are friends-not food(for me anymore)! Dorry had the right idea! A month ago today I ventured somewhere I thought I would NEVER go--the strange scary world of not eating meat. I'd done it on a dare of sorts too--it was supposed to be for 5 days. No dairy(no whey or casein protein-no CHEESE??), no fish(I had just celebrated a month as a pescatarian! No baked tilapia, no shrimp? NO SHRIMP??? ) Nuts, seeds, rice and almond milks, hemp protein...vegetables , coconut oil, tofu was to be come my food during this time. And as stubborn as I am...I made it throu... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:48:52 EST My 3rd year at Spark--in words and pictures. Yesterday marked my 3rd anniversary on Spark People- I can't believe it's been 3 years, so much has happened! I went from a low diet, to very low carb, back to low carb, and recently to pescatarian and vegan. For exercise, it began with my mini-elliptical and mini stepper, to Jillian's 30 Day Shred then the rest of her DVDS including Body Revolution, P90Xm Zumba and my beloved kettlebells. I sprinted, jogged, and even walked and jogged outside(something I swore I'd NEVER do!) All in 3 years!... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:06:40 EST Reunited (with tofu)and it feels so good! Pics included. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wonderful stir fry with coconut oil which I have to skim off of, but made Cajun flavor--yum yum! I really had not had it since before my daughter was born, but getting back into it. Since I have delved into vegan or extreme vegetarian as my daughter calls it is such a good protein option for me! I'm also getting into hemp protein too...still not thrilled about the rice protein but that which does not kill me ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:53:28 EST