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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just connected my S.A.T. and, gasp, I am definitely moving in the wrong direction as far as daily activity. Yikes! No time to blog - gotta walk!!

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JULIA_211 11/21/2014 5:29AM

    Good for you for getting a walk in! emoticon emoticon

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DOGLADY13 11/20/2014 6:51PM

    You sound pretty motivated!

Go girl! Go!

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STORMIE62 11/20/2014 12:55PM

    emoticon remember one day at a time, with time for yourself!

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A shopping adventure by a non-shopper

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Background: I first became "allergic" to shopping when I lived in Alaska. For those familiar with the state, I lived in the Mat-Su Valley which is the Alaskan version of a suburb - about 55 miles from Anchorage. I moved there about 30 yrs ago - back when there was only one traffic light between Anchorage and Fairbanks (more or less 300+ miles.) That's when I discovered Nordstrom's (when I felt like driving to Anchorage) and catalog shopping. Today, i'm a big fan of online shopping. I really, really don't like navigating shopping centers, mall, and crowds. All this rambling is setting the scene for yesterday's adventure. I can't believe I had a good time shopping!

The day was spent with my 92 yo Mom and my older sister while my car was being serviced. Our original plan was to make a 60 mile rt to see a juried quilt show. Something we do every year. Mom wasn't feeling quite up to it so we moved to Plan B. This was a maiden voyage to Trader Joe's which recently opened in our area. Being T.J. newbies, we prepared our list by googling Trader Joe favorites. Off we went and, after a bit of confusion with the directions, (why did Google Maps put the red arrow right in the middle of the four-lane??) we found it.

I am happy to report that, at the check out, my shopping basket contained 98% healthy choices such as Chunky guac (made with greek yogurt), Roasted (not fried) eggplant parm, grilled chicken in two flavors, bagged greens & a few fresh veggies. The other 2%??? I did indulge in a package of macaroni and cheese balls. They were completely out of their "famous" mac'n cheese. Fortunately, I managed to completely miss another T.J. fav - cookie butter.

All in all, I was pretty pleased with my choices and look forward to incorporating them in my healthier eating quest. Any Trader Joe's regulars out there who might have favorites to add to my list for my next trip???

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TIME-4-TINA 11/20/2014 7:15AM

    oh you teased me for a second. I thought you were going to talk about clothes shopping. especially since you referenced Nordstroms. At any rate, Trader Joe's is nice too. I haven't been there in a long time, and there is one about 30 mins. away. Now that you put the thought in my head, I should go. Maybe to get some stuff for the holiday. Glad you had a successful shopping experience!

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    Yep. Go there a lot when I want certain items and when I think I should stay away from chemical-laced foods.
In the area where bagged vegetables they sometimes have a container of chopped veggies you can use in stir fry or eaten raw. Beats fine chopping veggies yourself.
Indian and Asian frozen foods pretty good.
Meats are good. I like free-range chicken breasts. Natural and natural sizes not on steroids like Purdue or Tyson.
Nice selection of organic wines.
Vegetables tend to be a bit pricey here but quality good without farmers markets open in winter.
I try to stay away from cheeses...trigger foods, but have enjoyed them in the past.
I like the veggie chips...and indulgence for sweet potato chips.
I don't buy pre-cooked meals but they have some good soups according to my DD.
Found some really good pastry items which vary with season or suppliers.
Overall I'm satisfied with everything I get but may spend about $10 more on my bill for all my food shopping over the local grocery chain store.
But if I can do it I feel better about what I'm eating.

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FUNLOVEN 11/19/2014 2:07PM

    Good for you ! I have been in a Trader Joe's once and If I remember it is something like a Costco or Sam's Club. Just the samples alone at those places can send you off the ledge. So emoticon on those healthy choices and spending time with you mom and sis!

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Prep Day

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Since I got caught unprepared earlier this week, I'm really going to focus on prepping meals in advance today. At the top of the list is cooking up a pot of black bean soup using a three ingredient SP recipe by GOT2RUN. That should cover several lunches. Picked up a spaghetti squash to be used for two dinners. I've chosen MERRIGOODs's Garlic and Olive Oil Spaghetti Squash
for something a bit different and will reheat the remaining squash with a homemade marinara sauce for tomorrow.

Also on today's agenda is putting together some very short playlists to get me back on my NordicTrack cross country skier. I really love this piece of equipment (an oldie but defintely a goodie!) It's smooth, non-weight bearing, works both upper and lower body and quiet so I can listen to music etc. plus you really get a good calorie burn. I don't know why they have "fallen out of favor" in the past 10 yrs or so. Maybe because they never break so you don't have to keep buying a new one??? Oh, and yes, I did mean short playlists. Since I'm returning to this after quite a while, it is recommended to start off at 10 minutes. I can do that!!!!!

Sunday evening I finish the day with an hour+ of yoga. Just finished six sessions of a beginning level yoga class - my first ever. This is a continuation. I'm enjoying it particularly the stretching.

I hope you will take a moment for a few deep breaths and think good thoughts. I appreciate you stopping by my blog. Namaste.

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SANDICANE 11/16/2014 10:18PM

    Great job on the prep!!!

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DOGLADY13 11/16/2014 9:46PM

    You are definitely setting yourself up for success. Good job!

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FUNLOVEN 11/16/2014 5:20PM

    Sounds like you are all ready for the coming week. Good for you!

I am going to check out those recipes. I cooked my first Spaghetti Squash not long ago and served it instead of pasta. DH said it wasn't a bad idea, but that I should never think I could fool anyone with it. I love Black Bean Soup. I have been in the process for the past few months of working on cleaning out my freezer so I still have 4 containers of soup to go before I fix anything new, but it is starting to look bare in there so it won't be long.

One of my friends has a Nordic Track. I tried it once and found it very challenging. There is a coordination component to it like cross country skiing. For me I will stick with the T.M. that patiently waits for me in my basement. It is my old loyal stand-by. Now that I have had my other hip replaced I am hoping to get back to yoga by next summer. I really enjoyed it.

Have a good week! emoticon

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PICKIE98 11/16/2014 3:31PM

    I think more people are joining gyms and just got rid of the Nordic Tracks. Built to last though!!

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ROBBIEY 11/16/2014 3:15PM

  I use to utilize this machine all the time and had great success. I don't know why it went out of style either. I wish I could find one to use.

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STRONG_SARAH 11/16/2014 2:57PM

    Good for you! I'd love to plan ahead like that. Keep up the good work.

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GEORGE815 11/16/2014 2:13PM

    Good idea to plan as far as you can ahead!

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So-so Saturday

Saturday, November 15, 2014

As I promised myself, I am reporting the good, the bad, and otherwise. Today I was up before dawn to drive an hour to meet a friend then drive another hour or so to a workshop. Other than counting four hours of driving as exercise, today will be considered my day of" rest" for the week.

My eating choices ran about 50/50. I ordered a turkey sandwich at lunch but forgot to say "hold the chips"... at least I didn't eat them all. I passed on dessert at lunch but did eat two cookies at break. Things could have been a lot worse.

It struck me today, that when I eat out, I somehow think I should be able to indulge in those things on the menu I can't (or shouldn't) make for myself. I will need to add smart restaurant choices to my growing list of issues to tackle.

On the agenda for tomorrow Nordic Trax and spaghetti squash!

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FUNLOVEN 11/16/2014 8:41AM

    Eating out can me so hard. I think it is because there are too many choices. We had dinner at a restaurant last night with our DD and SIL. I could have done some things better (like pass on that appetizers and desert the four of us shared and drinking less wine), but I could have done some things worse. I loved my salad although I am sure it was full of calories, I passed up all of the bread and dipping EVOO, I recognized when I got full and had the remainder of my meal boxed up. We just need to learn to keep giving ourselves credit for the good things we do and stop beating ourselves up over the not so good things.

Sounds like you have today well in control.

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DOGLADY13 11/15/2014 8:20PM

    We build the skills one step at a time.

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On being prepared (or not)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Set off yesterday to do errands which included a trip to the grocery store with my well-constructed list. First stop, however, was at the tire store. I had called ahead, weeks ago, for an appointment to have all four tires swapped for the snow tires in storage. Fortunately, I brought a Christmas-present-in-progress to knit while I waited. What normally is a one hour wait turned into two... then three... and as the four hour mark approached, my car was finally done. Meanwhile, I was ravenous. Unfortunately, I had not eaten a substantial breakfast, skipped lunch while waiting, had a dog waiting patiently for his walk plus choir rehearsal. So you know what happened... there was no healthy snack stashed in my purse (or car glove compartment) but there was a handy-dandy fast-food establishment with a drive-thru right next door to the tire store. I'm not even a big fan of said establishment but when you are ready to eat your steering wheel cover and in a hurry - anything will do.

Moral of the story: always be prepared

P.S. Those emergency snacks have been added to today's trip to the grocery store.

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DOGLADY13 11/15/2014 3:19PM

    It helps to know what the better choices are at the fast food places. For instance, grilled chicken sandwiches without mayo aren't totally awful. Lots of sodium. Not much fiber, but it's a lot better than many of the other options. I also order milk and cut apples at the drive through.

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    Good planning

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CHERYL_ANNE 11/14/2014 6:55PM

    Life happens... and I'm glad to know you added snacks to your shopping!

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FUNLOVEN 11/14/2014 10:22AM

    I've had days like that and I hate them !

Although fast food places are not the best choice I have found that a small, plain hamburger with mustard, ketchup, and pickles along with a small diet soda won't set you back too far - in emergencies !

Sounds like you have everything under control for today emoticon

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PARKSCANADA 11/14/2014 9:34AM

    Great advice. Probably the most important aspect of this healthy life journey - planning!

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AUNTRENEE 11/14/2014 9:29AM

    I always try to have something in my purse no matter what. I know that I need to get some more stuff before Wednesday because that is a busy day for us and I'll need PLENTY of stuff to snack on. I know that I'm not going to need plenty of food to snack on while waiting for my dad to get done with his colonoscopy.

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