Exercise update

Well,  Shawn T is seriously kicking my butt!  OMG- it’s so hard to believe that I once was able to get through these dvd’s.  I can’t say that I ever did it with ease, but geeze, I’m simply not strong to complete all the sequences of any of the dvd’s right now.  I’ve got quite the work ahead of me!

 Exercise update

A new goal of mine is getting in 10,000 steps daily.  It wasn’t an issue from spring until now because I was running, but since I’m only running a couple of times/week & working on cross training, I’m frequently having difficulty.  I don’t like to walk my dog because it’s so dark & cold in the morning & the afternoon as well.  I’m going to have to figure out a way to get them in because I simply don’t like being so sedentary!  Do you find a way to get in 10,000 steps in the winter?  Please share if you have a trick….

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I’ve also been enjoying Bodeefit daily exercises sent to my inbox.  They’re great!  When I enrolled, I completed a survey & from there I receive exercises daily.  They’re quick, not so easy, but definitely effective.  There’s also an app you can upload if you want it on your phone.  It’d be great for traveling with limited exercise choices.  I really do like them & feel challenged with most of them.  They give you a little demo if needed & tips each day.

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Between Bodeefit, Insanity & Plyo Pilates with Laura Tarbell, I’ve got my work cut out for me this winter.

I still think about swimming, but to be honest there’s no way I’m swimming when it’s cold outside.  Think I’ll have to save the swimming for the warm weather!

Does your exercise routine change with the seasons?

Meatless Monday

I made this recipe for the first time last week & I can’t wait to make it again.  It is seriously tasty & not very time consuming to prepare!  It’s also CLEAN!  What more could anyone ask for in a recipe?

Without furthur adieu…..

coconut milk almond butter spaghetti squash 

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Meatless Monday
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Recipe type: vegetarian
Cuisine: Coconut Milk Almond Butter Spaghetti Squash
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Total time: 
Serves: 3-4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 garlic clove, mince
  • 1 can (14 ounces) coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup natural, almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Half the squash and scoop out the seeds
  3. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes.
  4. Place the remaining ingredients (except the parsley) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then turn down to low and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring almost constantly.
  5. Take off heat to cool sauce.
  6. When spaghetti squash is done roasting, take it out from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Then, using a fork, scrape out the spaghetti squash strands.
  7. Mix the parsley into the sauce.
  8. Put the spaghetti squash into a large bowl & top with the sauce.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. * You can add a dash of cayenne if you like a little heat.

( I realize it’s not the best picture, but believe me, it’s tasty!)

Here are the steps to make your own:

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Running in the COLD!

If you know me, you know I have a tendency to get cold easily.  I also am not a humongous fan of running in the very cold temps.  I’m going to try to drudge through it this winter & run a couple times/week.  That’s my plan & hope!  Well, I started yesterday when it was 27 cold degrees!  I ran 4 miles outdoors.  My face was a little cold when the wind blew, but it was actually tolerable except for my darn fingers!  EEK!  I have Raynauds, which is quite unpleasant at times & yesterday was one of those time!  After about 1 mile, my fingers were FREEZING as though they weren’t even covered.  I had gloves on & pulled my sleeves over my gloves, but that was no help at all.  I couldn’t wait to get home to warm my fingers between my legs.  Phew!  Finally they warmed up!

Does anyone else have raynauds?  Do you have any times for me?  This also happens in the summer in a/c.  Not pleasant.  However, it’s not life threatening nor, does it happen all the time, so I’m glad this is what I have to deal with-no biggie!  AND, I’m running outdoors!  Yea me :).

 

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Happy to be home in the heat of my house!                                                       Getting some color back to my digits!

 

Meatless Monday-Black Bean Soup

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I made the simplest & tastiest black bean soup.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  I’ve read that you can freeze black bean soup, but I’m hesitant to freeze bean soup, so I can’t attest to how it would be if you try to freeze.  Here’s the recipe…

Meatless Monday-Black Bean Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 purple onion diced
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 C vegetable broth
  • 2 C black beans (cooked or canned)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 t cumin
  • ½ t cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 C chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, heat oil, peppers, and onion over medium high heat for 5 minutes or until onion begins to soften and become translucent.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  3. Add the broth, black beans, tomatoes, and red wine vinegar. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Allow soup to simmer for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add cilantro & serve

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I forgot to take a picture of the soup when it was complete, but this is cooking my beans in a crock pot prior to adding them to the soup!  I LOVE making my own beans.  Canned beans work just as well if you don’t have time.

 

Holiday Challenge

Some of you have been asking me about The 30 Clean. If you want a 20 day modified taste test of a day in the life of the real 30 Clean, you may want to register for their 20-Day Modified Holiday Challenge starting December 1st!
Founders, Heather & Molly, just sent me this:
“If you have questions about The 30 Clean or the Modified Holiday Challenge you can get into your favorite tacky holiday sweater, make yourself some “spiked” egg nog and join Molly and I for a live Q&A. See details below. The link to join on Sunday is: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-30-clean”
You can find out more and register at www.the30clean.com
Shameless Plug! If any of you would like to promote the holiday challenge on your FB page, via email or to any large group (moms group, work, sororities, book clubs, etc) – I have your wording right here icon smile Holiday Challenge

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A lot of people have been asking me about The 30 Clean. If you want a 20 day modified taste test of a day in the life of the real 30 Clean, you may want to register for their 20-Day Modified Holiday Challenge starting December 1st!
Founders, Heather & Molly, just sent me this:
“If you have questions about The 30 Clean or the Modified Holiday Challenge you can get into your favorite tacky holiday sweater, make yourself some “spiked” egg nog and join Molly and I for a live Q&A. See details below. The link to join on Sunday is: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-30-clean”
You can find out more and register at www.the30clean.com

This is my 3rd clean.  I didn’t do so great on the 2nd one, but the 1st & thus far (day 12), I’m clean on this one!  I love how I feel.  I love the support.  I love the accountability.  If you’re nervous about trying it, maybe next month is a good one to try b/c it’s shorter. All I know about is the Vegetarian clean b/c that’s what I’ve been doing, but for you carnivores, there’s lots of choices!

 

Here are some pics of the foods I’ve been eating for the past 11 days:

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Let me know if you have ?’s.  I’m not compensated for this at all, just something I believe in & want to share with you!

Sharing day

Yesterday was the 1st run in a LONG time that felt GREAT!  It was merely 5 miles, but was great!  Not fast, but I ran.  I didn’t have to walk.  I enjoyed the weather, the leaves & simply the easy paced run.  I’ve been running/walking, but yesterday I ran!  I ran outside, which is my favorite.  I do run on the treadmill & love watching movies, but my favorite is running outside & yesterday I did just that.  I’m unsure how many more outside runs I’ll be having because I do get cold easily & hate running when I’m too cold.

 Sharing day

Well, that was my run & it made me so darn happy.

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For some reason, I haven’t given platelets in a while & I’m back on track.  I used to go regularly (every 2 months).  The truth is you can give platelets every week, but It’s really hard to find that much time to do that, so I try for every 2 months.  Depending on your body, veins, etc., depends on how long it takes to give.  Well, I don’t have the best veins & they say I’m on the smaller side (said no one else ever), so it takes me about 3 hours.  That’s 1/2 my day.  But, let me tell you why it’s worth giving up 1/2 your day or for some, it may only be 1 1/2 hours to give.  Not enough people give platelets & there are always people in need.  Namely, people who have cancer.  When going through strenous treatments, they need to replenish their platelets.  I give because both my parents received platelets when they were undergoing treatments & I want to do my part in order to help others who need.  It’s not hard & it’s even quite pleasant to be honest.  I get to relax & get pampered while there.  I get a heating pad, blanket, hand warmers, and a movie if I choose to keep me company while I’m at the blood center.  Yesterday I read instead of watching a movie.  I never have 3 hours where I simply relax & read/watch a movie without being distracted by something else.  So, it’s great to help others & also get a bit of relaxation if you need another reason to go.

 Sharing day

 

Ok, I’m done with my soapbox for the day.  The reason I’m telling you is because the ladies who were there were telling me how short on platelets they are right now & are actually calling people to ask them to give.

Will you give?

Firmoo Reading Glasses Review

Hi!  Well, with age comes reading glasses.  Have you experienced that moment when you have a hard time focusing & can’t figure out why you’re having a hard time reading?  Well, that happened to me about a year ago.  I had such a hard time reading small things & could no longer even try to read “medicine type bottles”.  Forget it!  Then came the reading glasses.  Now, the bifocals.  I”m not complaining, as I’m happy to be able to read!

The folks at Firmoo contacted me to see if I was interested in trying out a pair of glasses, HECK YES!  So, I chose a pair of cute reading glasses.  I do have a couple of pairs, but geeze, I need more.  I need a pair at work, home, my purse.  You see, if I don’t have them with me & am not wearing my prescrption glasses, I can’t read!  So, yes, I wanted to try a pair out from Firmoo!

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These are my cute new readers.  They also come in all black, but I think reading glasses should be fun, so I chose these.

The came in a case with a cloth to clean & I was also sent a little glasses bag.  I only waited a few days since it wasn’t a special order.   As soon as they arrived, I opened up the box & put them right on!

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They fit, didn’t need adjusting & were even clean!

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Thanks Firmoo!  Loving my new readers.  They don’t even look like readers except for the fact that I wear them on the bottom of my nose.

The glasses are so reasonable.  The most expensive pair I saw was $56.  That’s amazing that you can get a complete pair of glasses with excellent customer service for such a great price.

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(They always have specials!  If you’re in the market for glasses or simply want to try a fun new pair for a reasonable price, it’s a great place to shop.)

Have you ever ordered glasses online before?

Meatless Monday

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I was playing around with sweet potatoes & tried something new.  It’s SO simple & so darn tasty.  Not sure why it’s so good, but holy ned,  it’s SO good!

Meatless Monday
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes
Prep time: 
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Serves: 3-4
 
Delicious, sweet & simple sweet potatoes
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 1 T coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Chop 2 large sweet potatoes into cubes & put into crock pot
  2. add chili powder, cinnamon & coconut oil
  3. Turn crock pot to high & cover for 4 hours

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I like to use a crock pot bag so I don’t have to scrub the pot.   This is definitely NOT the best picture, but I assure you, they’re                 amazing!

Super simple & delicious!

Friday 5

Here are some of my favorite things this week…

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This is really hard to see, but I had to post anyway.  Well, I’ve been taking power walks b/c something weird is happening again with my shins.  I’m not discussing that!  Anyway, after living in my house for 11 years & running on the same path/streets, etc.  I discovered a new path!  During my walk, I saw this young man with his very happy dog pulling the young man on his skateboard.  I couldn’t help but smile.  I asked if I could take a picture & he was thrilled for me to take his pic & post about him.  He told me his dog is so much stronger & gets good exercise by doing this.  They haven’t been “skateboarding” for too long, but sure looks like they mastered it!  If my dog could laugh, she’d just sit & look at me hoping I’d pull her.  No way she would do this trick.

 

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Truman read torah in school for the first time!  HUGE success for him b/c last year when it was his turn, he quickly came down with a mysterious illness.  He was simply too nervous.  BUT, Monday, he was prepared & chanted like a champ!  So proud!  (He’s the guy in the white t-shirt).

 

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It has been the 1st week of my 30 Clean & I’ve been experimenting with some great new recipes!  Such a great week of good eats.  I’ll have to share!

 

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I LOVE kombucha.  I’ve made it myself before, but it’s so much easier to go to the store & purchase it!  You’re either a kombucha lover or NOT!  Benji is NOT!  I really think he’s missing out.  It’s a great pick me up in the afternoons when I tend to get sluggish.

 

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While I cook, I like to watch Netflix & of late I’ve been watching Mad Men.  I really am enjoying the show!  It’s not so compelling that I have to watch, but certainly keeps my attention & company in the kitchen when cooking.

 

What are your Friday 5?

 

Chia Seed revelation

I have to tell you that I was honestly suprised when I found out that chia seeds have more fat & carbohydrates than protein.  I knew they were rich in fiber, but thought they were as righ in protein.  I found out about this b/c I asked one of my 30 Clean coaches & she gave me the facts.  I needed to do a little more research for myself…..

According to WebMD:

What Is Chia?

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.

Should You Try Chia?

While there’s little evidence for the weight loss benefits of chia, it can be a nutritious addition to your diet. Nieman notes that people in his study tolerated it without any complaints for 12 weeks.

“Use chia seeds in foods, not as a supplement, but as an alternative to processed grains like white bread because it is a much healthier whole grain that is great-tasting in foods like muffins,” suggests Michael Roizen, MD, co-author of You Staying Young.

In the book, Roizen and Mehmet Oz, MD, recommend two daily doses, each consisting of 20 grams (a little less than 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds. The authors also note that the antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any whole food, even blueberries.

Is there any downside to chia? Ulbricht cautions that if you have food allergies (especially to sesame or mustard seeds) or are on high blood pressure medications or blood thinners, you should ask your health care provider before adding chia to your diet.

How Much Protein Is Enough?

Adults in the U.S. are encouraged to get 10% to 35% of their day’s calories from protein foods. That’s about 46 grams of protein for women, and 56 grams of protein for men.

It’s not hard to get this amount if you eat two to three servings of protein-rich foods a day, according to the CDC.

A small 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein. A typical 8-ounce piece of meat could have over 50 grams of protein.
One 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein.
One cup of milk has 8 grams of protein.
One cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein.

As a “mostly vegetarian” (I don’t even recall the last time I ate chicken), getting enough protein is sometimes a struggle, so when I discovered chia about 2 years ago, I was thrilled to find another easy protein source.  I’ve been eating chia b/c of all of the benefits, but namely for the protein that I thought it provided.  I’m still pleased that it has so many benefits & of course I’m still a “chia fan”, but simply look at it in a different light now.

Who Knew?

 

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