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Jan. 9th, 2014

Me - cold

2014

Super quick post… 

No resolutions per se but I do have some goals.

  1. Lose another 2 sizes and 30+ pounds.  I lost about 25 pounds and 2 sizes this past year.  More than 30 pounds would be awesome (see #7). However, I am cool with little steps and maintaining the 60+ pounds I have already lost and kept off.
  2. Save via the 52 Week Money Challenge; doubling the weekly amount.  Ultimate goal is to continue the highest savings into next year and pack it away into IRA and down payment.
  3. Start Graduate Program which means I need to:
    1. Finish History Course
    2. Determine What I Want to do (currently in this order):
      1. Information Technology
      2. History
      3. MBA
  4. Get Microsoft Office Expert Re-certification (mostly about boning up on skills that have stagnated over last decade and a half).  I am lumping a course in QuickBooks here too for the same reason.
  5. Besides Parks & Rec (for Little League and personal reasons), attend more city meetings, especially BOE and City Council. Probably joining son’s school’s governance council too.
  6. Attend services regularly.  Gotten into the habit of not leaving house on Sundays and while good for re-charge reasons, I am feeling the lack of fellowship acutely.
  7. Eat Cleanly – this honestly seems to be my greatest challenge.  I have to come up with ways to cut out the crap.  I do well for a couple months and then back to the bad habits.  It’s mostly involves convenience foods and finding Paleo/AIP friendly pantry stable options when money is flowing as it should..  I have way too many documented food sensitivities to be playing around with this but find myself jumping off the wagon again and again.

This year’s word is Evolution.  Which very much runs hand in hand with last year’s Momentum.  I’ll do a Wordle when I have a chance.

Mar. 12th, 2013

Me - cold

Today

Today…

It’s a new day.  And it’s a good day.

Oh I hate the time change and it’s going to take time to recover.  But both Ryne and I woke with some ease… so I am hoping that we can kick things up a notch.

I have been getting up a bit earlier and we stretch, run through his katas (for karate, he is a green belt) and then we pick a few cards from a couple different FitDecks.

Some weeks it’s almost daily other weeks not so much.  But I think after two days of not so much, we’ll get up tomorrow and start anew.  One of my goals is to help him with his push up form and stamina.  And to get us eventually to the point to do 50 true push ups.  Once he has that down we’ll work on squats and planks, along with whatever the cards throw at us.

I like how my clothes fit today… yes I still have a muffin top but I can easily imagine how much less that muffin top will be in 6-8 weeks.  Will I even be wearing these jeans? By that time it might be time again to purge my clothes of too big items. 

Will I be interested in more fitted tees?  The possibility of shopping with wider options is exciting.

But most importantly, I see a fitter me.  One who moves better.  And craving the outdoors is more than sitting on the porch but hiking upward in search of new adventures. 

I am on my way.  Today.

Jan. 8th, 2013

Me - cold

Word for 2013 - Momentum

I still have last year’s Wordle posted above my desk and I feel the need to keep it there because I could still do some work on the snark at inappropriate moments and continue working on getting out of my head when my body hurts. 

But this year is about moving forward.  Engaging even more with life and committing to becoming more me.  Momentum!

 

Wordle: Word - 2012

Nov. 12th, 2012

Me - cold

Fitness Quest – Winter 2012

This is a semi-repost...

This week, I will be starting another round of Whole30.  I will be doing this round for 60 days with the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP.

What this means?

         - Besides giving up sugar, dairy, grains, legumes; I will also be forgoing eggs, seeds, nuts & nightshades.

My first Whole30 was great, but I know I need to take it further to deal with allergies and other health issues.   And I am purposely working on this over the holiday period because I know how easy it is for me to slip and eat things I know make me ill.  I think a paleo diet suits my body best, considering my food allergies and sensitivities.

I will be adding a new page with a food & activity log if you care to follow.

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Along with food changes, a paleo lifestyle also includes fitness.  Since I have successfully lost over 10 pounds, I feel a renewed urge to re-gear and rev things up, so I’ve modified my goals from April 2011 to reflect this.

Shorter Term Goals:

  1. Consistent Workouts (complete P90x Lean)
  2. Daily Yoga/Meditation Practice

Long Term Goals:

  1. Pass Adult Fitness Test
  2. Complete Couch to 5K program with sprinting
  3. Complete a Mud Run

Longer Term Goals:

  1. Complete a Triathlon
  2. Wear size 10 jeans
  3. Waist = 36 inches or smaller

 

Resource Links:

Beginner Cycling Training Program

How to Go From Fat To Fit For Good

What IS a Paleolithic Lifestyle?

TREATS

Sep. 20th, 2012

Me - cold

Since I am feeling chatty…

I was ill for over a week with bronchitis around 2 weeks ago.  With the illness (and the subsequent massive amounts of sleeping & total brain fog) my whole life got behind – home (especially cleaning), work and school. After this weekend and writing a past due paper, I should be just about caught up. w00t!

But what these 16 days of being laid low and then smooshing as much stuff into each day afterwards, including a few days with midnight or later bed times (I am usually in bed before 10), I haven’t been exercising at all.  And we won’t talk about some of my back sliding on my wheat free eating…

What I have noticed is that my knees, shoulder, wrist, etc. all hurt (arthritis aches & fibro hot spots) more than I was ever sore post getting my ass kicked by a P90x workout.  Hm… exercise really does help me with pain and it helps me sleep better at night.

Yoga tomorrow morning and then Saturday, I am restarting P90x and moving forward again.  Go me.

Sep. 19th, 2012

Me - cold

Had a bit of an epiphany last night…

Rob has commented a couple times over the many years we’ve been together “Where is that girl I dated…?”

Folks this is not a serious question, because we met while in an environment where appearances were very important to the company we kept.  He has not put me down in any way, it’s just funny to look at old pictures and think, “Why on earth am I wearing that?” instead of those cases where I think, “I looked hot!”  You know besides fashion trends etc… (ugh, do you notice they are trying to repeat some of the scary from the 80s lately?)

But I put up a meme on FB yesterday:

And I got to thinking (which can be dangerous)…

There have been some changing, for example, in the way I dress, because:

  1. I gained over a hundred pounds over five or so years..
  2. I simply don’t work in a professional dress environment anymore. (The money I save on pantyhose and dry cleaning = AWESOME!!)
  3. I feel more able to express my hippieness and even the gothness, which I couldn’t do before because, well see #2.

But I came to realize that one of the main reasons I am trying to lose weight, despite health & schedule issues, is because I really miss the tailored look that I loved when I did work in a professional environment.  So smaller hips and toned abs have a new reason, as of last night.

Yes, I’ll still be wearing flowing skirts and Birkenstocks in non-earthy colors (I love jewel tones to gothic colors and don’t do the earth tones in which a lot of “hippie” clothes are made.).  But I’d rather rock a princess cut or corset style top, instead of a baggy t-shirt or these shapeless tunics that they try to sell as plus sized wear.

New motivation people, new motivation.

Jul. 12th, 2012

Me - cold

This weekend’s to do list

My life has been a tad insane… and I want to take things down several notches, so besides attending an Early Music concert with my mother on Friday night, here is what I am thinking of doing this weekend… could be all of this list or part of it, either way it will be great.

 

1. Sleep in

2. Knit at coffee shop

3. Attend event at Family Wellness Center

4. Attend North Stonington Fair and visit the sheep tent (not to mention let Ryne go on a ride or three)

5. Read a good book

6. Attend service at All Souls (because it’s been way too long)

7. Eat big salad with local greens (so that means a trip to a farmer’s market, coop or farm stand)

8. Cook a meal or three

Apr. 27th, 2012

Me - cold

Summer is almost here…

I know the solstice is a few weeks away but my last day of classes was yesterday, so I am in finals week.  Was a rough semester, instead of As & Bs, I think I have a couple Cs.  Way too much reading and I’ll will take my lumps.  I could have rewritten a couple of papers for better grades.  But do I take that time or sleep?  Or better yet, enjoy the evening with the kiddo? 

Anyhoo, I am looking forward to the summer.  No classes and since I still have slightly reduced hours, I am going to get out earlier and hopefully have time to do summery things.

One thing that this summer will be ALL about is getting back on fitness quest.  I’ve kept my 3 pant sized off (from beginning of quest a couple years ago), but am ready to take it to next level.

So between May 6 & August 28 (first day of classes) I propose the following:

1. No soft drinks (including iced tea, most be homebrewed)

2. No fast food

3. Complete P90X or Intensity

4. Daily Yoga / Hooping Routine

5. Meatless Mondays

6. Several raw meals a week

7. Gluten Free

8. Dairy Free (except yogurt)

Nov. 7th, 2011

Me - cold

Sunday's Menu

Gluten Free Cast Iron Skillet Apple Cake

After fiddling I have come up with a recipe I want to be able to recreate. I've decided to share it here.

(Inspired by Apple Cake in an Iron Skillet)


Apples:


4 to 5 Apples – peeled, cored, and cut into six equal pieces. (I used a combination of Granny Smith & Honeycrisp)
2 sticks Butter
¾ cups Sugar
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Cake:


1/2 cup oil
⅔ cups Sugar
1-½ teaspoon Vanilla
2 whole Large Eggs
½ cups Sour Cream
1 cup Apple Juice or Cider
2 cups Bob's Mill GF Biscuit Mix
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a 9 to 10-inch skillet, melt 2 sticks butter over low heat. Add 3/4 cup sugar to the pan and stir around, then place apple slices, wedge side down, in the pan. Don’t pack them too tightly, but try not to leave overly large gaps. Allow this to cook over low/medium-low heat while you make the cake batter.

In the bowl whisk wet ingredients: oil, juice, sour cream, vanilla & eggs. Whisk in sugar. Gradually add biscuit mix until just combined. Gently stir in chopped apple.

Spoon batter over the top, then spread gently so batter is evenly distributed. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and bubbly. Allow cake to sit in skillet for five minutes, then invert onto a serving plate.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

 


Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

5 pounds Pork Ribs – cut into serving sizes (3-4 ribs)
Weber's Chicago Steak Seasoning
Lawry's Seasoned Salt
Favorite Barbecue Sauce

Season ribs with spices, rubbing in to make sure it gets in all the nooks and crannies.

Place in crock pot. There is no need to add liquid. Cooked on high for 2 hours and then turned to low for another 4.

Preheat oven to 400°

Carefully remove ribs from crock (I usually lose one or two for pulled pork), place meat side up in a baking dish. Slather with favorite BBQ sauce and bake for 30 mins or until the ribs are sticky.

 


Zesty Sour Cream Coleslaw

1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2-3 teaspoons hot prepared horseradish
1 1/2 teaspoons dill weed

Combine ingredients and add to 2-3 cups of shredded cabbage and carrots. Mix well. Refrigerate a couple hours before serving.

(We eat this on our fish tacos, as well.)

Sep. 13th, 2011

Me - cold

Back to School

I have been back for a bit over two weeks.  The good news, we only missed one day due to Irene… The bad news, my office was without power for a week so I had to wait until after school started to track down (took me 2 days) the Bursar to get my refund check to buy books… making me about a week behind on a 200+ page a week reading load.  If I can fudge my way through classes today and tomorrow, I’ll have Wednesday evening (late class is cancelled), Thursday evening, all day Friday (except for a few hours at the local historical society to work on a primary document project) and the weekend (well we have people over on Saturday) to get caught up.

Ever look at a list of stuff you need to do and just feel tired?  Yep, that is absolutely where I am at. 

On the awesome side, we have begun our urban farm.  LOL.  My brother & sister in law (who live with us) have been building a flock of chicken, quail & pheasant in our back yard.  And apparently, a neighbor is cool with us getting a couple small goats to help deal with out of control yard issues.  I’d like to get more involved in the day to day care of the critters… but remember that list.  I’ll jump in once I am back in the groove.

Ry is happy to be back in school.  He’s a fourth grader.  Where the heck did the time go?  There is an open house tomorrow night that I might be able to pop into because I don’t have class…  hmm.  He’s doing Karate and we are trying to see if swimming lessons will fit into the budget / schedule.  I can read while he’s swimming, just need to see if it’s too late to sign up.

Rob is hip deep in Fall Ball, which is just as bad as the regular Little League season.  I will have to tie him down for a date night soon so we can just hang out, gasp, together.  LOL  He is so good with the kids and it’s a passion for him.  It makes him happy and as I adore baseball I don’t resent it nearly as much as I could.

I am sticking to only one knitting project at the moment, Traveling Woman (the free version).  It’s been modified, because when can I not tweak, well unless I am test knitting.  I have started a sweater for my nephew, Link, which I hope to get done by Christmas but I am not going to pressure myself on it. 

Maybe I’ll get some pictures posted sooner than later.

Have been to the gym in far too long, but keeping my lost weight off and have probably lost a couple more pounds probably thanks to all the on campus walking.  I have to batteries for my pedometer and see what I walk on an average day. 

I am happy, busy and inspired.  Now I just need to learn how to get by on 4 - 6 hours of sleep like I used to in my late teens / early twenties. 

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