Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back at It

I did not want to run today and I have been putting it off using the sickness excuse for too many days!   I knew tho, I needed to get back at it.
Did the usual psycological trick and told myself, just get down there and go a mile.  So plugged in my ipod and started running....feeling pretty good so said just don't look up till you finish the entire playlist and when I looked up I was at 2.68 miles so I said, what the heck, just keep it up till 3.0!  Did it.

I'm back........I hope!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sick, sick, Sick

It hit me like a ton of bricks on Wednesday about noon and I am still recovering.  Felt really bad just the one day but now I have the congestion which makes it hard to breathe and the last thing I want to do if I can't breathe is exercise.

I'm hoping to be back at it tomorrow......I hope!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shoveling Out and Soup

Cardio and strength training were busted out today by shoveling the driveway - which is pretty big by the way and the front sidewalks.  The Son (snow day) and I tag-teamed at first but after a while I figured out it would go faster with just me.....I know, I know, he's not learning much but he did get exposed to it!  Thankfully the snow was pretty powdery so it went pretty quickly but still a workout!!  It was cold and windy but I was toasty warm except my ears......new on the to-do list.......knit a cap with ear flaps!  And then there is the dreaded runny nose!!  Can't seem to help that......I remember that from when I was running outside in the cold a few months ago!

The cold weather makes me want soup and I had the ingredients for a wonderful soup recipe I found on the Internet.  Found it on one of the blogs I love to read and unfortunately I didn't write it down like I usually do.
Tortellini Soup

                                                              Here's my ingredients.

Tortellini Soup

3 T. Butter
2 Stalks of Celery
1 sm onion - chopped
1 carrot - peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
8 C Chicken Broth
4 C water
20 oz. cheese filled tortellini
1/2 t pepper
1/2 t nutmeg
 Parmigiano - grated

1. Into a large dutch oven, melt the butter over med-low heat.  When melted, add celery, onion, carrot and garlic.  Cover and reduce heat, cook on low till veggies soften.
2.  Add broth, water and increase heat to med-high and bring to a boil.  When boils, add pepper and nutmeg. Reduce to low and add tortellini and cook till al dente.
3.  Garnish with Parmigiano when serving.

I didn't have celery so left that out and made a half batch.  I used the dried tortellini in the spinach/cheese flavor but you could use the fresh or the frozen too.
It was delicious!!!   I would highly recommend this soup!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I want to be Lazy

Today was another one of those days I just didn't want to get my butt off my cozy, soft chair and workout!  "Just one more look at facebook, just one more deal of solitaire"!!  Finally, I just got up and did it.  Saying I would just do one fast (for me, turtle for most!) mile.  Got on the treadmill and one became 2 without much effort.  Then Level 2 with Jillian and Co and I'm wiped out but feeling good I did it!  I am seeing results so I just have to keep going!!

Didn't exercise yesterday so really needed it today!  Food was okay this weekend but I did eat a little too much a couple times - and boy did I feel crappy!  I like it so much more when I eat the 'right' portions because I don't have that full and bloated feeling!  And then I am actually hungry when it's time for my next meal.
     Usual - oatmeal with fixings
     My usual lately.....Sabra humus on tortilla with romaine lettuce.
     Fat Free yogurt with granola

A couple of the blogs I pay attention to (actually 'addicted to') talked about this show on MTV.

I watched one episode this morning and it actually was calling to me that I should get up and workout!  The one I watched was about a HS Senior who wanted to lose over 100 lbs in 6 months.  That meant she had to lose over 6 lbs a week.  Not sure that is the recommended about to be safe but I'm not a professional by any means!  When trying to lose weight we all have 'obsticles' to overcome and she had a mother that was a major one!  The mother was thin but she kept snacks 'for the younger kids' in the house that were tempting for Gabrielle and the mother was insistent she continue to keep them in the house and even admitted that she had put them out on the counter 'just to see' if she would eat them.  The mother said she wanted her to lose weight but that didn't sound like she was being very supportive.  There were a few other incidents regarding her being non-supportive but the bottom line it Gabrielle ended up being able to listen to 'herself' and ignore what her mom was telling her and do the right thing.  She didn't lose the entire 100 lbs but she looked GREAT!  There was another episode on after that but I 'needed to go workout' after watching that and couldn't delay any longer! LOL  But this next girl wanted to lose 90 lbs in 3 months (if I remember that correctly)  That's outrageous!  I tried to DVR it but we have a new DVR and I obviously don't have a clue on it......I recorded just a few minutes then shut off. I will be checking it out again!
Do you think these shows are a good influence or bad?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Pumpkin Butter - in the sticks

I LOVE this Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe's!
But unfortunately I live in the sticks now and it's an hour and a half away.  So only when I am in 'the big city' can I go by and get it.  It's pretty cheap as far as I'm concerned so I usually buy 3-4 jars but I go thru it pretty quickly because I really enjoy it mixed into my morning oatmeal!  Gives it just the right amount of sweetness.  I have been meaning to try a recipe I found on this site for a while and finally found the time today.

Pumpkin Butter
3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree or 1 29 oz can
2 t vanilla extract
3/4 c apple cider or juice
1 c packed brown sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1-2 t pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients into a large sauce pan.

Stir well.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer 30-40 minutes.

It is done once you run your spoon thru the center and it does not collapse on itself.
Cool then put in containers to store.  Refridgerate.

Can't wait to try it with my oatmeal in the morning.

Talking food:

     2 farm fresh eggs - scrambled (I was making fun of the sticks but this is one plus, we get them from a guy at hubbie's work)  Was feeling like protein this morning.
     Earth Grains 100 calorie multi grain sandwich round with a little bit of butter.

     PB&J on Earth Grains Multi Grain sandwich round.
     handful of baked tostitos
     small square of dark chocolate

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Dinner Picture!

I finally remembered to take a picture of my meal!

Broccoli Slaw, Sabra Hummus Wrap with romaine lettuce.  And my favorite drink, Diet Coke!!

Bad picture.......will have to work on that!

One Foot in Front of the Other

I just finished my workout today and it was pretty good if I do say so myself!  Went to visit Mom and Dad today so didn't get home till almost 4pm.  REALLY didn't want to workout but told myself to just DO IT!  Decided I would run a mile at a faster than normal pace......set it at 10:20 which I usually run about 11:15 so that's quite a bit faster.  Put my tunes in my ears and took off.  Told myself not to look down till I had listened to at least 4 songs....well, when I looked down I was past a mile!!  Feeling pretty good I thought, what the heck, just go on to 2 miles.  And I did it!!  

Just goes to show the power of just putting one foot in front of the other and just getting started.  SOOOO many times I really don't want to workout but I force myself to just go get started, usually telling myself, just go for a while, do the best you can then you can stop.  I always end up going farther than if I said "You are going to run for a hour on the treadmill whether you like it or not!!"  Obviously a mental thing for me.  I can do so much more than I ever think I can!!!

After the 2 miles I did Level 2 of Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  It was a kick butt workout after doing 2 miles already.  I can tell some differences already so I will definitely keep it up!

Let's talk food:

Dinner last nite:
      1 cup Broccoli Asian Slaw
      1 container LowFat vanilla yogurt with a little granola

      Usual - Oatmeal
      Cracker Barrell with Mom and Dad
      Veggie plate.....green beans, pinto beans, mashed potatoes, no gravy
      Corn muffin, no butter
      Coffee with cream

I'm feeling much more in control with the food!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Job Love

I just finished watching Oprah's Season 25 - Behind the Scenes on the new OWN network.
It made me want to cry at the end!  Now, sometimes Oprah makes me crazy....she talks over guests, plays like she knows it all and won't let them talk, her 'excitement scream' is beyond annoying BUT this show was great!  Seeing what goes on behind the scenes was very interesting and I had to admire all these women (and it is heavy on women working there.....I'm guessing probably 90%) who work there, put in zillions of hours, and LOVE what they do.  This behind the scenes look talks about how many hours they work and how families can take the back burner but they are absolutely devoted to doing a great job.

I'm jealous!  I can honestly say I have never had a job that I loved that much.  Yes, I have had MANY jobs that required those crazy hours but I never loved them or got the satisfaction they obviously do from producing these shows and working so hard.  Now, I am not nyeve ( I know that spelling is not right but I'm having a brain freeze - just sound it out!) enough to think they were not showing how it is all the time.  They didn't show the 'failures' or disappointments and I know that probably happens often but the joy and happiness of pulling that season 25 premier off was over the top.  They were crying from happiness and it made me want to cry with happiness with them.

I have been on 'sabbatical' since June when we moved to our new town.  Fortunately my husband's new job allows me to not have to rush out and find something but more importantly it is going to give the luxury of changing what I do for a living because I won't need to be making the kind of money I did before.  It's been 6 months and I have to say I am getting slightly bored.....yeah, never thought I would say that.  This show I watched today makes me want to have a job that I jump up and down and WANT to give 110%.  Problem is......I don't know what that is.  And I have no clue how to figure it out.  I had what I thought was a great interview for a job that was a major step down but that's what I wanted.  Didn't get it.  Hubbie thinks they didn't go for me because I was overqualified....and being someone who used to hire people I understand that but I thought I did a pretty good job of trying to address that in the interview.  Obviously, it wasn't the right job for me but I have to say I was very disappointed.

I need to figure out what I could LOVE! 

Kicking Butt

I just finished letting Jillian kick my butt with the 30 day Shred.  I have been doing Level 1 for a week, and it's been off and on with running on days when I don't do the Shred.  I knew I needed some strength training because I had done those 2 days of running only so decided I would do both Level 1 AND Level 2.  I did ok......of course some of the moves are harder than others for me.  I have zero upper body strength so it was HARD at first but is getting better each time.  I definitely got a workout, heart pumping and muscles screaming!  Total of 40 minutes.
I would highly recommend it.  Have a hard time believing you can lose 20 lbs in a month without starving yourself but I do think it's a good workout that will get you results on toning.
Talking food:

Dinner last night:
     Again it was something quick....son and hubbie had basketball practice which I attend as well.  It's Upwards which is a Christian based program so there is a devotion time half way thru the practice.  Hubbie feels more comfortable with me doing that but he jumps in quite a bit and would be just fine doing it on his own.  So that meant we needed to head out the door pretty quick.

I had my go to favorite right now.....

    Spinach and Artichoke Sabra Hummus wrap which includes 2 T of hummus, romaine lettuce one a small tortilla.  LOVE it!  The flavor is awesome!
    1/2 c fat free cottage cheese.

Ditto the above for lunch today too.  I'm addicted, what can I say.

Breakfast this morning:
     Usual......oatmeal with the usual fixings.

I read in a summary of this book that you should eat the same meals over and over for max weight loss.  My problem is after I finish several tubs of this hummus I'll hate it so much I won't ever be able to look at it again!! LOL

Here's the comment from here:

Five rules for cutting body fat:  (According to 'The 4 Hour Body')
1. Avoid "white" carbohydrates    Been trying to do this2. Eat the same few meals over and over again   Doing this too, maybe not on purpose.3. Don't drink calories  I very seldom do this, Diet Coke-aholic
4. Don't eat fruit   Had tried to start eating more fruit, but will stop for a while now
5. Take one day off per week  Not sure if I can do this because if I jump off the wagon, I can't get back on. But I do rest one day from exercise. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hamster Town!

We got out new car today - a Kia Soul - you know the one with the hamsters rockin out.  I posted the video separately because frankly.......I don't know how to do it any other way!!

It has some really neat options:
     Bluetooth - Handsfree  Once you have your cell phone paired with it, it recognizes it as soon as you get in the car and everything is hands free!!!  LOVE IT.
     Sun/Moon Roof   Had this before in another car and really liked it.  It just makes the inside brighter!
     Sirius Satellite Radio  FREE for 3 months so I cancelled my current service and will start it up again when the introductory period is over!  Siruis radio is the way to go for me.  I don't listen to a ton of channels but really enjoy Hits1, The Pulse, NPR (my husband can't stand that!).  Holiday channels were fun over Christmas time.
     And many more small things that makes driving more enjoyable.
Loving the color name.....Java! 

Other GREAT things about this transaction.......
     $100+ dollars LESS of a car payment!
     30+ miles to the gallon so approx $500 savings for the year in gas. Woo Hoo!
How maybe I can stay on sabbatical alittle longer!

Food Talk:

     1/3 c oatmeal with the usual fixins
     McDonalds Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
     Several Reduced Fat Wheat Thins

Didn't get in a good lunch because it took sooooo long at the dealership.  Mainly because our bluetooth 'lady' in the car spoke French and as much as I would love to know French it wasn't going to work so that stumped them for a while on how to change it back to English.....about 45 minutes!  Didn't get a chance to eat lunch till about 2:30 and hubbie wanted to eat something before heading back to work so stopped at McDonald's and since I don't eat meat and am trying not to eat fried stuff, I had the parfait to take the hunger off.  It worked.

2010 Kia Soul Hamster Commercial | Black Sheep Kia Hamsters Video

Monday, January 3, 2011

Two Days in a row!

I ran for 60 minutes again today!!  Once again, didn't really want to but tried my hardest and once I got thru those first 10 minutes or so it was much better.

Let's talk food:
     1/3 c oatmeal with some add-ins - PB, oat squares, almond slivers

     Small wrap with delicious Sabra Humus! and romaine lettuce.

     Reduced fat Wheat Thins

     PB and J on a sandwich thin and 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese

I had planned to have something more nutricious for dinner but we ended up leaving as soon as hubby got home to go look at a car so by the time we got home I was starving so I just went for something quick.

Speaking of said car.......we bought it.  Pick it up tomorrow.  We were wanting to get better gas mileage (hubby, who buys gas for his work says it's going to start going up) and we got 10+ more miles to the gallon and a lower payment which will now be about $90 less per month than we currently pay.  It's a smaller car, yes, and not as good a ride but it's still a nice car.  We got lots of extras on it.....sunroof (didn't have it on the current car) it has Sirius (have it now but I think this is going to be free for a few months so I will cancel mine and not start it again until it runs out with this new car).  It's a cool color called Java......love that!!

I'll post some pics tomorrow when I get it.  I need to start adding some more photos.......it's boring to just look at writing!!

When your dress pants won't fit!

When your dress pants won't comfortable fit you freak out.  Yesterday morning when I was getting dressed for church I put on a pair of dress pants and the were so tight!  I just felt this so overwhelming anxiety.  I feel like I have been trying so what can I do if that doesn't even work????? 
But here is what I decided:
1.  I'm not really trying....no, I'm not.  I'm exercising but still eating too much food.  This is my nemisis.....too much food.
2.  I wear stretchy pants all the time and have no clue what my pants are really fitting like.  When I worked I had to put them on everyday so I was able to keep it in check.
3.  Being vegetarian is making it even harder to eat out.  Need to work that out.
4.  It's my responsibility ALONE....I need to accept this.  There is a part of me that wants to blame this on someone else or something else.
5.  It's hard work......I like easy and I KNOW it's a lot of work but for some reason I keep thinking it could magically be easy.

So once again I start to try and fix my eating. Here's what I ate yesterday:
     Oatmeal (1/3c)  with add-in's of PB, oat squares, almonds, chia seeds
     Didn't eat anything, not hungry - I know, I know......bad idea but I wasn't hungry.  I need to only eat when I am hungry.  Later in the afternoon I was hungry so had some wheat thins.
     2 eggs scrambled with 2 pieces of 45 calorie bread

     Ran on the treadmill 5.2 miles for 60 minutes.  Didn't really want to get on there but after the tight pants crisis I had to do something so just got on there and decided I would listen to my music and NOT look at the time or distance till the play list was over so I did it......then the last song is Firework by Katie Perry which I love so I just kept playing it over and over, getting lost in the song and before I knew it, I was at 50 minutes and just finished out the other 10 minutes.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome 2011

That's going to take a while to get used to writing! 

Do I have resolutions?  I'm kind of like some people who think they are worthless and are just waiting to be broken.  My problem most of the time is that I FORGET about them.  I forget that I wanted to lose 30 lbs (that's pretty significant! LOL), that I was going to read more books than I read last year, that I wanted to find a new job, that I wanted to be more organized, that I wanted to take a photo a day for the entire year (that one actually lasted till March!).

So maybe this year I will just try to have 'priorities'
Contentment - my goal for this year or priority is to work toward being happy where I am, in the moment.  I will turn 50 this year (can not believe it) and I have lived well more than half my life and I need to stop waiting for life to become more perfect 'tomorrow'.  What a waste of my life - constantly thinking a time in the future will be better than now. It's never true.  Live now, enjoy now, don't have regrets about the past....it's done over with and you can't change it so let it go......Don't be scared about the future and what being 50 will hold, embrace what you have and enjoy every second. 

Do things that put me out of my comfort zone.  You grow when this happens, even if it's tough.

Run Faster - I started running this summer and enjoy it but get frustrated with my speed or LACK of!  Today it dawned on me that all the people I know that are faster are way thinner than I am.  If I want to gain speed and run a 2:00 half marathon I need to lose about 30 lbs.  I need to lose those pounds for health reasons too but I think I would be stunned how much faster I could run if I wasn't lugging all this extra poundage around.  If I think about it......I would be exhausted if I carried a 30 lb sack with me when I was running and how much lighter I would feel if I dropped it!  So I will try to be healthier in my food choices and refine my portions.

Here's to a wonderful 2011 focusing on enjoying it more rather than looking for the next day to bring more happiness.