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Veggies!

Friday, July 16, 2010

My fridge is full of yummy veggies from our CSA pickup. Orange and red (!) carrots, red new potatoes, cabbage, squash, cukes, herbs... I love Friday afternoons!

Drank lots of water today but need to get in some more. Dinner will be pasta with sauteed veggies with a simple garlic and oil finish.

Finger Lakes wine for after dinner!

  
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JERZRN 7/20/2010 10:10AM

    I love this time of year with all the fresh fruits and veggies! Enjoy!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:26AM

    I love having my fridge full of fruits and veggies!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/16/2010 11:18PM

    YUMMY!!! EVERYTHING YOU MAKE SOUNDS SIMPLY AMAZING!

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CASSIOEPIA 7/16/2010 9:57PM

    Nice! I love fresh veggies.
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KAYAKID 7/16/2010 9:56PM

    AWesome. I tried to send you your photos - your email rejected I guess I need to send them in smaller groups! Have a great weekend. I am running with Kim in the morning will probably talk about ya. Thanks for being my friend!!!

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GSDMIKE 7/16/2010 9:46PM

    I should have done a CSA share again this year. Did it a few years ago, but the last two I had a garden here with cucs, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash, and lettuce. I was too lazy this spring, so I'm spending a fortune at Whole Foods instead this summer.

Maybe I can find some farmer's markets this weekend...

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CAMROLA 7/16/2010 9:37PM

    Finger Lakes wine yum! Veggies yum! I made pasta and veggies, too. Healthy carbs and lots of vitamins to prepare for tomorrow's race!

Have a GREAT, healthy, active weekend!

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MITCHIELOU 7/16/2010 8:09PM

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CFMOSS 7/16/2010 7:16PM

    had purple carrots last year - they made salads look beautiful! Enjoy your fresh veggies.

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Glad to be home.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

As much as I like going on vacation, I like being at home. I have everything I need to get ready in the morning and at night, and I can sit around in my pajamas drinking coffee if I want.
And it's funny - I had so many opportunities to go out to eat the last two weeks. I thought for sure I'd love it! But last night I had no desire to eat *another* sandwich and chips and instead wanted a fresh veggie saute with some pasta. Huh.

Mom and I went to Corning and I came home with 12 bottles of wine from the three wineries we visited. After the third one, we both thought it was time to leave. We were both running out of money for wine. But we had a great time - good to have some mother-daughter bonding time. It's been a while since we got to hang out like that.

This afternoon I took some time for myself and sat by the pool with a good book. I love sitting around reading - I lose track of time and I don't worry about anything that has to get done. Came home, sauteed some veggies and roasted some potatoes. Took a little nap, then went to the gym. Did some elliptical, upper body ST, and a bit of rowing. I am definitely going to be doing more rowing - I need to get my back muscles a little stronger for some better posture.

Tomorrow is lunch with a good friend. Out to eat! Argh! The good thing is that I got my fix of greasy, heavy foods while in Corning, so I am SO not in the mood for anything like that. I don't think it will be hard to come up with some good menu options.

Totally humid and gross today. The air conditioning in the gym was wonderful.

  
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KATZABELLAMAMA 7/19/2010 11:28AM

    Sounds like you had a great vacation!!

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 7/16/2010 3:34PM

    I love wine. Wine, a good book, a shady porch, and a cool breeze = total happiness.

Huh. I have none of those things today.

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CAMROLA 7/15/2010 9:53PM

    Welcome back! I love that area... glad you enjoyed, but I understand the comfort of getting back to your healthy routine. Settle back in and you'll be back in the groove in no time!

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/15/2010 9:46PM

    Home sweet home...It is always nice returning. Relaxing there is always enjoyable.

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/15/2010 9:25PM

    I know what you mean. Going out to dinner can get really old. Glad to hear you had a great vacation. I enjoy sitting by the pool and reading too. Have a great night and enjoy your homemade dinner.


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HOPEFULSNAIL204 7/15/2010 9:23PM

  Good blog! I know what you mean about being glad to be home. I don't go out much, but HAD to go to the doctor today. I am glad to be home. I'm also glad to be home with SPARKPEOPLE. Blessings

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The sign in the in-box

Monday, July 12, 2010

I meant for yesterday to be the day where I got back into my routine, but I just wasn't feeling it. So today it is. I opened up my mail, and there was a message from my gym advertising discounted personal training sessions. That was just the thing I needed to get me going this morning. I don't know what it was about the e-mail, it just made something click.

I'm going to wait a bit to buy some sessions (it runs for a month) but I'm not going to wait to get back at my working out. I'm ready for the gym (I'll go mid-morning) and I already had three huge glasses of water. I went for my after-meal walk around the block with hardly any moaning and groaning.

Sometimes the strangest and most random things inspire... Today it was an e-mail from the gym. Who knows what it will be tomorrow.

Off to plan the week!

  
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BOBBYD31 7/12/2010 5:07PM

    i would have to say that was a sign from the running gods, now get out there and do it!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 7/12/2010 3:46PM

    someone is indeed trying to tell you something

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JOPAPGH 7/12/2010 12:23PM

    Glad you are feeling it again. Hope you had a great trip.

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GSDMIKE 7/12/2010 12:08PM

    Hope you had a great workout. Sherry is loving her PT sessions. She goes twice a week. Me, I just go out for my solitary runs and rides.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/12/2010 12:05PM

    GOOD FOR YOU!! THE PT SESSIONS SOUND GREAT!

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Easy, there...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Well I am back from my vacation in Portland. I had a great time - i met my first and second Spark Buddies! Mike and Kim. They took me on a really nice 2 mile run around a lake and a not-as-nice trip to do some hill work. I had to burn off all the gelato and scones somehow...

I didn't track anything, didn't write anything down, and had no regard for nutrition of food (hence all the scones and ice cream/gelato). Told myself that today was going to be the day I got back into it. But what I didn't realize is how difficult it can be to get back into a routine, especially one that is like I have! I started off tracking my breakfast, but didn't go for a walk right away after I ate. Told myself I'd make it to the gym, but didn't. I didn't even go for the walk after lunch. Instead, I took a long nap. Barely remembered to track lunch, and I didn't write in my food journal. Took me so long to get into my routine, had it down pat, and a week away makes me not want to do any of it.
I suppose tomorrow I MUST get to the gym - get *that* part of the routine back, at least. I think I'm going to ease back into my routine... maybe go back to the small Spark Streaks that worked so well for me.

The part about vacation that I love the most is also the part that I dislike the most - the lack of routine. When away, I got up when I wanted to, read a book when I wanted to, sat by the fountain for as long as I felt like it, ate when I was hungry... I can't complain *too* much - the point of a vacation is to get away from the routine and experience something different.

So tonight I'm off to sit by the pool and wait for honey to be done with work (there is a pool where he works - yahoo!) and come home and eat some veggies and pasta.

  
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PILLOWFOOL 7/12/2010 3:27AM

    I'm glad you had a great vaca! and a little time away from the routine is ok. now jump back into it! or wade in a bit at a time :) I still haven't gotten a real routine down - but I'm trying to follow in your footsteps!

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KAYAKID 7/11/2010 7:13PM

    Yep! time to get back on routine! Loved meeting you my friend! I hope we were nice to you with those hills! Good kuck getting back on track!!

Mike


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ROSALYN503 7/11/2010 7:11PM

    There is nothing wrong with skipping your 'health nut' routine. Your on vacation....relax, eat, drink, and party!!!!

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Talkin' 'bout the birds and the bees...

Sunday, July 04, 2010

and the flowers and the trees
and the bunnies and the bugs
and the spiders and the slugs.

One of my July goals was to walk around our neighborhood loop after every meal. It's about .45 mile long (according to the Spark map) and takes me about 8-10 minutes. It started out as a power walk so I could get it over with, but in the short time I've been doing this it's evolved into a really nice leisurely walk where I can really look at my surroundings and listen to the wildlife.
There are beautiful wildflowers all over the place. Animals are in the trees, on the ground, in the woods... chirping, woodpecking, growls (eep!)...

My little loop is full of rolling hills. At the bottom of the biggest hill, when I turn the corner and go past the mailboxes, it's always sunny and warm. It's shaded until then, so it doesn't get too hot; I love stepping into that sun.
When I leave, I have to pass my neighbor's house where their beagle lies on the porch basking in the sun. I say "Hi Buddy" and he looks up, wags his tail, then gets back to being a dog.

Yesterday I walked around the loop four times. This morning I took my coffee on my walk. It's funny - I started this challenge as just another way to get some fitness minutes in and burn some extra (minimal) calories, but it is turning into a wonderful way for me to have time to myself and enjoy nature.

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/9/2010 11:32AM

    How peaceful it sounds. I think I may start to do this as well. I just don't seem to get out as much as I like to.



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ROGUE_1 7/6/2010 5:08PM

    This sounds so relaxing and enjoyable. I usually take after dinner walks with my husband, but will definitely start trying to incorporate walks on my own time when he works late or if he's out!

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MIAMIA7 7/4/2010 3:18PM

    Sounds wonderful Carrie!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/4/2010 12:05PM

    I really like this idea! I have a loop in my neighborhood that is just over a mile, and I've thought about making a routine of walking or jogging around it after dinner each evening.

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COOPSM 7/4/2010 11:23AM

    Sounds so peaceful Carrie....

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ROCKYCPA 7/4/2010 10:21AM

    that sounds like a wonderful walk and you can enjoy yourself as well as get in your exercise.

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ROCKYCPA 7/4/2010 10:21AM

    that sounds like a wonderful walk and you can enjoy yourself as well as get in your exercise.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/4/2010 10:16AM

    Sounds like a pleasant walk and you're getting in added exercise time! emoticon

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ACROSONIC 7/4/2010 10:15AM

    I'm enjoying my walks again. Haven't walked in a few years, due to feet problems (tendon), but now am back and rediscovering my neighborhood. I even will walk with my umbrella, as long as it's not pouring and there's no lightning!

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SIRIRADHA 7/4/2010 8:57AM

    Great chance to reconnect with what is real and alive. More people should get outside and quit settling for virtual life. Good for you!

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TRISHY12 7/4/2010 8:27AM

    I've also fallen in love with my daily walks. Not only do I enjoy the time by myself to reflect on life, I've also met quite a few of my neighbors. I now look forward to turning the corner to see if Miss Betty is sitting on her porch - or saying hello to Einstein, the big chocolate lab (and his owners) down the street...

The other evening when I went for my walk around dusk, I was lucky enough to see 2 baby raccoons playing in a clearing in the woods. I surely would have missed that if I had been cruising by in the car!



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BIKERDIANE 7/4/2010 7:30AM

    I love walking and being out in Gods Country! Never take my ipod, too distracting!

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ROZELL99 7/4/2010 7:16AM

  Calming is nice.

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