Saturday, March 31, 2012

Its not a Rutabaga!!

Oh the embarrasment!!!

SO for my new to me vegetable, I went to the store and bought my purple veggie with the intention of making this recipe, Rutabaga fries.   Today is new veggie day. I pulled it out of the bag and viola ...................... WHAT this is an eggplant, not a rutabaga. See its even printed on the tag. DUH!!!

What does this tell you about my week. BUSY!!
Not thinking!!!
Absent minded?!?!
Yep all the above!!

OK. change of plans. Ive never had an eggplant either. SO, ok. what do I do with THIS purple veggie? I cut off the top. Looks a lot like a squash. I LOVE grilled squash!!! Feels kinda spongey.

So I peeled it, Cut it up, Tossed in some vegetable oil (MY EVOO IS GONE) and sprinkled with some sea salt. Popped it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes each side.

Result: They were actuallly very good!! Should have been baked a few more minutes on each side.

Next week: Rutabaga!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal

This month I participated in something new. Foodie PenPals. Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean is the coordinator.

I recieved this wonderful box of goodies from Lyn of Life Lyn Style.

 How did she know Ive been trying to add Oatmeal into my diet. UP until now its all been mushy and slimey and I can never finish a bowl. She included a recipe.  SHE DOESNT COOK IT!!! I ate the whole bowl!!! WHY did I not think of this!?!!?!? Every thing in the box is from her breakfast menu. Granola, raisens, oatmeal, cinnamon, REAL MAPLE SYRUP!!!And look at that beautiful card. HOMEMADE!! with a wonderful note. Thankyou Lyn for the wonderful box of goodies!!
The oatmeal recipe:
1/2 Cup raw oats
1 chopped apple (or other fruit)
1 C milk
1/4 C raisens
Heavy dash of cinnamon
1/4 C granola
Mix everything except the granola and let it sit while she gets her husbands lunch and kids breakfast. Add graola just before eating.

To see the box that I sent, you can check out Lauren at Fooood4theheart.

Would you like to participate in Foodie PenPals? Here are some basics, but click on over to Lindsays blog for specifics and details.

You send a box to someone, and someone else sends one to you. I have been pondering this for several months, I was so afraid of sending something someone wouldnt like, etc....... BUT, in February, I decided to take the plunge. SO MUCH FUN!!

On the 5th of the month you receive an email that tells you who you send your package to.  It also includes their email so you can talk to them and find out if they have any allergies, or dislikes.
There are over 350 participants from all over the World. (IF youre in the US you only send to US, in Cananda only to Canada)

Then you go shopping, $15. maximum!! You can also send some of your own baked goods. Send your package to your pal by the 15th of the month, and on the 30th, you write a blog post to reveal your goodies.
To sign up for Foodie PenPals

Midweek Update

OH MY!!!

Having a great week.
Exercise on track
Food on track
Water on track.
Work very busy.
More details on Sunday.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ready for Summer

Ready for Summer Challenge Week One!!

Starting weight: 190.6
This week I want to lose one pound.

Non Scale Victory: Theres a hill on one of my running routes that I have not been able to conquer. I want to make it to the top without walking!! (This is the road with the snakes.)

Exercise Goal: Tuesday: Body Pump, Body Combat, and three mile run,
Friday: Abs, weight machines, three mile run.
Saturday: Body Combat, three mile run.

Nutritional Goal: Eat two servings of fruit each day, and at least one serving of veggies each day (I HATE VEGGIES!!)

Mini Challenge: Try one new fruit, veggie, or recipe this week. On Tuesday after the gym I will stop at the market and pick up a new to me fruit.

E to E Update

Guiding quote: The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. Zig Ziglar I think its time for something new. Ill have to look around this week.

Last week 193.4
Today 190.6 (-2.8)

Sunday  1415
Monday  1318
Tuesday  1118
Wednesday  1312
Thursday  1418
Friday  1548
Saturday  1688

Sunday: rest (took my kids back to college after spring break)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: Got called into work so I didnt do my usual body pump, body combat. Instead I went for a run.  3.45 miles in a little less than an hour.
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 3.35 mile run in about an hour. Ran into 3 snakes sunning themselves on the road. I SCREAMED the first time. (realized it was dead) the second and third time I crossed to the other side of the road and RAN past them.
Friday:  Did the Spatula 10K run. A very dear friend wants to run, so we did it together. Intervals. Ran the flats, walked the hills. Running with a buddy is very encouraging and makes you go faster.
Saturday: Body Combat. It was pouring down the rain, so I did Detroit Runners 5k on the treamill at the gym.

Tire One  42  (-1.0)
Tire Two  46.5 (-1.5)

Over 100oz every day

Buddy: Melanie is an amazing walking machine!! She has over 30 5Ks or longer, on her plate for this year. Shes lost over 66 lbs so far. Go check her out, shes an amazing inspiration, and full of wonderful ideas!
I joined a new challenge for this summer. Ready for Summer.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Detriot Runner

Today I did my "I just felt like running" Virtual 5K.  It was raining buckets today, so I opted for the treadmill at the gym. Thot maybe Id melt, or maybe just clump. Actually, right now I dont have two sets of running shoes, and I didnt want to mess them up.   Did a 5 minute warmup walk, then intervals of one mile run, quarter mile walk.  Did that 3 times. Time was 42.33. Thankyou Jeff at Detroit Runner for hosting!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Spatula Run

Tonight was my 10K for Run with Spatula! 
 Time 1 hour 36 minutes and 12 seconds
My very dear friend Melissa is starting to catch the running bug. So tonight was intervals with her. Shes doing so amazing!!
I ran to her house for mile 1. Then miles 2-5 were: run the flat parts, walk the hills. Then I ran home for the 6th mile.
I LOVE sharing my love of running!! We are the same pace, (her legs are SO LONG!!) Once she starts getting faster, Im going to have a hard time keeping up with her!

Got home, made a strawberry, banana, unsweetened chocolate almond milk, peanut butter,  chocolate whey powder, and spinach smoothie.  YUM!!!!!!! I LOVE peanut butter and chocolate!!

Licking Sucking the peanute butter off the spatula!!  Thankyou Ali for hosting!!

Ready for Summer

Spring has sprung, and its time to start thinking about Summer!!

Mauren is hosting this new challenge. It begins March 26th and runs for 10 weeks. Update once a week. Great for accountabilty.  There will be weekly mini challenges as well.

For the Challenge you need to chose four goals.

  • weight loss goal
  • non-scale goal
  • exercise goal
  • nutrition goal

  • OK Goals for ME:

    Weight Loss Goal: 10 pounds. One for each week.
    Non Scale Goal:
    Exercise Goal: Increase my running pace to a 5 on the treadmill, or to a 13 minute mile outside.
    Nutrition Goal:  To include at least 3 servings of veggies a day. I have a HARD time getting my veggies in!!!

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Mid Week Update

    Remember Sunday when I said I was told by that 'trainer at the counter' that I needed to eat more. I was planning on talking to him more on Tuesday, BUT I GOT CALLED INTO WORK.

    So instead of talking to him, I sent an email to the lady who is leading the running class that Im taking.

    My question to her was:
    When I started my weight loss journey in November 2010 I weighed 258. I was eating about 1200 calories a day, and slowly the weight was coming off. In the beginning I would walk several times a week, but nothing consistantly. NOW, many months later Im still eating 1200 calories a day and exercising more. My weight is at a complete standstill. Since Christmas I have been stuck. I cant seem to get it to move.

    Last Tues at the gym, I had done body pump, some treadmill, and then body combat. I was ordering a smoothie, and jokingly said, "OH MY, this smoothie is 1/3 of my calories for the day." and someone, (I think Eric) overheard and said, not for today!!!! SO, my question is. Now that I exercise more, do I need to increase my calories to lose weight? and if yes, is it just on exercise days? or is it all the time?

    AND, if yes, what is the 'reason' or science behind it?

    This was her response to me:
    1200 calories is NOT enough for you with all the working out you do!   Are you using ""? 
    If you don't eat enough, your metabolism is going to hit a standstill. Do you like eggs? I hardboil lots of eggs at the beginning of the week. In the morning I'll have 3-4 eggwhites with maybe one yolk. Also have some fruit, oatmeal and coffee. At lunch, have a sandwich with protein (meat!) on wheat bread. Have as many veggies as you want all day. For evening, if you don't have a meal planned, have MORE egg whites. They are so low in calories, and they provide so much protein that is very easily absorbed. Eat veggies all day, and don't be afraid to munch an apple or a handful of almonds. OR a nice smoothie after your workout. You need to add about 400-500 calories! Carry an obnoxiously big water bottle around all day with lots of ice and lemon water or unsweetened green tea. Quit starving yourself. You are an athlete, and you need to eat like an athlete.

    When you eat dinner, have a nice sensible meal. Veggies, small baked potato, meat about the size of the palm of your hand. If you get hungry before bed, eat a couple of egg whites and munch on some carrot sticks with a few raisins on the side. 
    If you take combat or pump, you can replace the calories you burned.

    Hope that helps!

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012


    Beauty!! The tulips are peeking up in the backround!!

    Will my peonies survive? Its a little early to be popping up thru the ground!!

    First day of spring, and my kids went back to college (on Sunday)

    My handsome boy!

    Dogwoods are blooming on campus!!!

    WHY  do you always have to take picture?

    Groceries for two weeks and summer clothes

    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    E to E

    Well surprise surprise surprise. My weight is up one pound.  193.4 So frustrating!!!! I really thot Id see the 180s this week.
    On Tues when I was at the gym, a friend bought me a recovery smoothie afterwards. I was reading the nutrition information and said, OH MY, this is almost 500 calories, thats more than a 1/3 of my calories for the whole day!! One of the trainers was standing there and over heard my comment. He looked at me and said, "Debby, for the amount of exercising you did today, you better NOT be serious!!"  I looked at him and said, "Eric, I dont eat my calories back, Im trying to lose weight, not maintain."  After he picked his jaw up off the floor, he said, " We need to talk!! When you workout like you did today, and you only eat 1200 to 1500 today, I guarentee you, you will not lose weight, you may even gain a little."  So, I asked him if he could tell me more, and of course he had a client walk in the door at that time, so next week, were going to chat about what to eat, when to eat. Etc....
    If anyone has a good book on this subject, please let me know. Id love to do some research...!!!!!

    Sunday: 1240
    Monday:  1144
    Tuesday:  1262
    Wednesday:  1464
    Thursday:  1698
    Friday: 1273
    Saturday: 1349

    Sunday: 8 mile walk (16 minute pace)
    Monday: rest
    Tuesday: one hour body pump, one hour body combat, 15 minute crunches, planks, sit ups, 2 mile run, 1 mile walk (7.5 incline)
    Wednesday: 1 mile run, .5 mile walk
    Thursday: rest
    Friday: 25 minutes weight machines, 1 mile run, 1 mile walk. 15 minutes ab crunches, sit ups
    Saturday: one hour body combat, 1 hour running clinic,(1 mile run, 1 mile walk)

    over 100oz every day.
    Tire one: 43.00 (same)
    Tire two: 48.00 (same)

    Melanie just did a 7K for St Patricks day! Shes really racking up the miles! You go girl!! So proud of you!! Cant wait to hear some more juicing recipes!!
    Guiding quote: The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. Zig Ziglar  I think its time for something new. Ill have to look around this week.

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    E to E update

     The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. Zig Ziglar

    Last week 192.0
    This week 192.4  (up .4)
    I stayed within my calorie range, BUT some of my choices werent the best. I am a true believer that not all calories are created equal!!! I also did not eat breakfast every day this week. Another big NONO!!!! Heres to better choices this week!!!

    Tuesday: Body Pump, 2 mile walk at 6.5 incline
    Wednesday: 2.75 mile walk around town. Up and down hills.  Did you know coming down hills is also a wonderful workout!!!
    Saturay: 6.2 miles (1.5 mile walk on treadmill at 7.5 incline) 4.7 miles run,  20 minutes ab crunches, sit ups, stretching (I completed the Spring Fever 10K) Theres still time to sign up!!! Run/Walk/Crawl 5K or 10K.
    And today clocks move forward one hour!!!!!!! YES!! More daylight!! I LOVE IT!!! More time outside, it wont be dark when I leave work at night!! YES!!!!

    Sunday:  1242
    Monday:  877
    Tuesday:  1101
    Wednesday:  1572
    Thursday:  411 (Migraine, nauseated, got home from work and went to bed)
    Friday: 1500
    Saturday: 1240
    over 100oz every day.
    Tire one: 43.00 (same)
    Tire two: 48.00 (same)

    I have been a very bad partner!! Melanie!! Im so sorry that I havent kept up with emails better!!! I do read everything she posts!! Shes such an inspiration!!! She just finished another 5K  WOO HOO!!! You go girl!! She has her mojo back and shes kicking booty!!
    I really am NOT doing my book justice!!! I love to read, but time is so limited!! This morning I looked back thru my highlighted sentences. This one really sticks out. "Every day there's this divide between your AM intentions and your PM realities."  SO true!! In the morning I have all these plans of wonderfulness, and by evening, those plans are not realized!! THATS why I need to run in the AM instead of after work!!! Why can I not get this thru my head!?!??!

    Make good choices!!

    Saturday, March 10, 2012


    Spring is my favorite time of year!!! The promise of life!! Flowers poking their head up thru the ground.

    Move it Momma is hosting a Spring Fever 5K or 10K

    The first 3.1 miles I jogged
    Mile 4 was at a 7.5 incline.
    Miles 5 to 5.75 were jogged.
    Mile 5.75 to 6.2 were walked at 7.5 incline. (Still training for this)

    Total time 92.42 minutes

    I was going to take a picture of the treadmill time, but I hit stop twice and it ERASED all the stats.

    Theres still time to sign up. You have until March 15th to complete your race. Its not about how fast you are!! Its about doing something good for your body!! Get moving!!

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Run with Spatula

    LOOK at this new blog I found today. Shes hosting her very first virtual run.

    Run a 10K by yourself or run a 5K and add your time to a team mates time.
    Participate anytime from March 19th to March 30th. Chances to win cool prizes.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Julies virtual "behinder" moving

    Julie over at Healthy Wealthy and Wise is turning 50 on April 23!!  She has invited us to celebrate with her.  During the Week of April 22 - 29 you need to something to get help in getting healthy.  No time limit. You pick the activity. Get out there and get moving.

    Julie is a wonderful friend.  She exudes love and caring through her posts and emails.
    Right now shes dealing with the emotions of getting ready to send her son to college and her mama is having some health issues. Go visit her, sign up for her birthday butt moving, and give her some bloggy love.

    Sunday, March 4, 2012

    Up hill both ways


    She is sponsoring a virtual 3.4 mile run/walk to be completed by March 9th!
    I used this virtual race as part of my training for this............

    Notice it climbs over 1200 feet!!! I drive up this mountain once in a while, and its STEEP!!!
    So, for some help, I went to facebook and asked some of my math wizard friends what incline  1200 ft would be on my treadmill.  For 3.5 we will be walking at a 6.5 incline(treadmill).

    So for my 4th training WALK on the treadmill, I used a 6 incline and I did mile one at a 3.2 pace, mile two at a 3.4 mile pace, and mile 3 at a 3.6 mile pace. I know that walking up the mountain will be much harder than a treadmill. The road wont be moving under me.

    Weekly Update

    The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now. Zig Ziglar
    Starting 196.0 12-29-11
    Last week 194.8
    This week 192.0 (-2.8)
    Thursday: 1 mile run
    Friday: 3 mile walk, 1 mile run, weight machines for arms, crunches,
    Saturay: Body Pump, 1 mile run.
    Sunday:  1410
    Monday:  1318
    Tuesday:  1352
    Wednesday: 1252
    Thursday: 958
    Friday: 1545
    Saturday: 1610
    over 100oz every day.
    Tire one: 43.00 (same)
    Tire two: 48.00 (same)

    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Jelly Bean Virtual

    Run with Jess is hosting a virtual race. Click here to register.

    The week of Easter, April 1-8, 2012
    You choose the distance. 5K , 10K, Half or bike 21 miles


    Leap Year a day late

    Life as a Running Mother is hosting a virtual 2.9 miler for Leap Year. (get it? Feb 29   2.9 miles!!! )  As always, Im a day late. You can actually still sign up.  Time is due March 4th. 
    I was hoping to do it on Wednesday, but I left for work at 7AM and didnt get home til after 10:30PM.  

    When I got home from work tonight, I tried to talk myself out of it. Ive been a bit frustrated with myself after not being able to finish Grandma Lils 10K.

    I actually cleaned the bathroom as a procratination tactic!!!

    I completed the run. A bit slow.  It felt strange to stop at 2.9 so did 5 more minutes and finished with 3.1

    Midweek update:
    Water: 100 oz or more per day.
    Food: 1200- 1400 calories per day
    Book: (not so good)