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Swimming on a Sunday

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Oh, how I love swimming. I swam for 1/2 an hour today and burned a ton of calories. Wahoo! Did some walking lunges and dead lifts, too. Walked around the development - a little chilly, but very nice and sunny.
Last night I saw a friend who I hadn't seen in almost two years. It was nice to get together with her. We went out to eat at a wonderful restaurant and we ate buffalo shrimp (YUM) and I had a turkey sandwich with cole slaw, russian dressing, and provolone cheese. It was so good and I'm learning that as long as I eat that in moderation (about one or two times a month) I don't get derailed from my nutrition plan.
Tonight we are having tacos (YUM). I think we are going to start using chicken or steak after tonight in tacos... I didn't realize just how bad ground beef is (in terms of fat and calories - yikes!) until I looked it up on the tracker. No more chopped meat for me.
Off to heat up some black beans...

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EATNBOOGERS 3/22/2009 5:08PM

    Note to self: I need to go swimming, too!

It *is* good to get together with friends and to enjoy food guiltlessly. I don't think I realized that one pro of the nutrition tracker is that YES, you see how you can fit things in. And another pro of the tracker is that, yes, you see all kinds of "hidden" information about food. ;-)

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What a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and I lost another four pounds. I am almost halfway to my goal! I didn't think 18 pounds lost would be possible.
I went running today... I could actually run for 5 minutes straight. I am going to really push myself with the running thing because it's so good for me, and I need to increase my cardio calories burned per session.
New goal: I am not going to eat while I check my e-mail anymore. I realized that while I am staying within my calorie range for the day, when I eat in front of the computer I am eating too much at one time. I always feel uncomfortably full when I'm done because I'm not paying attention to how much I'm really consuming.
Tonight I am going to see a friend who I have not seen in a really long time... almost two years, I think. I was debating whether or not I wanted to drive the hour to see her, but I figured "what the heck." If I don't do it now, while we actually have the weekend free together, I don't think I'll do it at all. It will be a good opportunity to get some updated pictures so I can finally post some new ones on here.
It's also the pot pie supper at my old church. I think I'll go to see some people, but I think I'll stay away from the pot pie. As good as it is, it *is* PA Dutch cooking which = lots of butter, cream, carbs, fat, and calories.
My fiance made some awesome coconut milk/chicken/black bean soup yesterday. he used lite coconut milk (isn't he wonderful?) and lots of organic low-salt chicken broth. I love him.
Off to get ready... I think I'll drive down a little early and check out a new purse or some new shoes... have a Sparky Day!


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EATNBOOGERS 3/22/2009 5:09PM

    Woo hoo for 4 pounds, and for 18 pounds total! Way to go!

Woo hoo for a fiance who can cook and do it low-fat!

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Spring is Sprung

Friday, March 20, 2009

It just feels different to say "it's spring" instead of "it's winter." And the grill... oh, the grill. I could have grilled food every night and be happy. The taste of charcoal smoke, the lines on the chicken, sitting out on the back porch with a glass of riesling waiting for the shish kebobs to finish...
Steel cut oats are DELICIOUS (even though I should have been eating them in the cold winter, but oh well).
I am very busy today... I have to write a paper for a class, go to a rehearsal, and try to get some cardio in later tonight. But tomorrow will be MARVELOUS.
Last night I got some new workouts at the gym. Walking double lunges, lunges-kick combo, dead lifts, and a killer outer thigh routine. My ass will be in shape in no time!
If you know the "Morning" theme from Peer Gynt, that is the music that is going through my head right now. (It play on cartoons a lot when characters wake up.)
Off to school... Happy Happy Spring!


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EATNBOOGERS 3/20/2009 3:09PM

    I like the grill, too, in part because it means my husband is cooking. ;-)

I'm more of a rolled oats person, but I'm definitely an OATS person.

What is a double-lunge? (I've been doing runner's lunges... I wouldn't mind switching it up a bit.) I like Coach Nicole's pilates hips/butt routine for that area. I can always use help... ;-)

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Finally getting it (sorta) right

Thursday, March 19, 2009

So I've been examining my nutrition tracker, and I discovered that I was not getting enough protein but certainly getting enough fat. I've been trying to add more protein to all my meals, and today is the 2nd day where I think I'm almost where I need to be. I had steel cut oats for breakfast (YUM with raisins and brown sugar) and I have chicken and black beans on my salad for lunch. If I have some chicken or shrimp for dinner tonight, I think I'll be all set.
Yesterday the contractor came and our sliding door works again. Yay! It turned out that there was a build up of gross grease-like stuff (blech) on the track, and the door would not open. He cleaned it with some acetone, and it slides again. Weird. I am REALLY looking forward to Spring Break at school so I can get some super cleaning done. I can't wait to open all the windows, air out the house, and maybe change out the curtains to something lighter. I'll see how much the budget allows me to do.
Tonight a friend is coming over and we are going to book our flights and hotels for our San Francisco/China trip in July. Wahoo!!!
Bought some new Kashi granola bars last night - dark chocolate cherry and chocolate coconut. I think they will satisfy this craving for chocolate that I've had lately.
Have a Sparky Day! Off to school.

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JOSEPHINE1231 3/19/2009 4:59PM

    Hmm, didn't know Kashi made that kind of bar. Will have to look for it. I love using bars for emergencies when out and about.

The nutrition tracker here is quite good. Better than most as far as the data base is concerned.

Saw you over on the Kossacks thread. What is your screen name? I'm Grandma Jo. That thread is kinda skimpy.

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EATNBOOGERS 3/19/2009 9:58AM

    I second the notion that the nutrition tracker is very helpful. When I feel like I'm having problems, I track.

I will have to check out those Kashi bars--they sound like they could be a solution for me, too.

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TABBALOOSA 3/19/2009 7:51AM

    I love those Kashi bars! :)

That tracker is worth its weight in gold - hehe. Your post is a good reminder to me that I need to get back to detailed tracking. I do much better when I put it ALL down in there. On the protein, don't forget about combining - you know, like grains and legumes. You may be getting a little more protein than you know.

Woohoo on the China trip!

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Jump Rope for Heart

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

That's what today is at my school. The whole day, all the kids are jump roping and doing other fitness activities. They get to taste different veggies and vote for their favorite one. I think it's a great day, and I get to wear sneakers to school. Yay!
And since I am wearing my gym stuff to school anyway, I can go right to the gym after school - no excuses. Today is going to be a beautiful day... 61 degrees, sunny, spring is on its way!
The contractor is coming to our house today to take a look at some doors and windows that need to be fixed. I am a little nervous about what it's going to cost, but it's all stuff that needs to be done. Ah... our first Spring as homeowners. Now I know why Lowe's and Home Depot put so much advertising money into their spring commercials!
A positive side effect of this lifestyle change is that my fiance is calling me beautiful all the time. I think he notices a big change in the way I look and in my confidence level. What a pleasant surprise!
Off to make the contractor list. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/17/2009 10:31PM

    Way back when, I worked for the AHA. I'm so glad they do this... jumping rope is SUCH a great exercise, and for kids, it's so much fun.

Woo hoo for compliments!

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TABBALOOSA 3/17/2009 2:48PM

    What a cool thing to do at school. That's just great! And does it get any better than when your main squeeze lets you know that stuff? Enjoy!!!
P.S. You are too sweet sending me a goodie! Just lifts my heart and makes me smile. Thank you!!

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LSTRAIT2000 3/17/2009 8:14AM

  Enjoy your beautiful day!!

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