With a high of 39, and steadily declining, I feel like I am back on the East coast! Not that I really mind the cold. During the Winter I get the most homesick. I really do miss the snowy days of winter back in New Jersey. You can move the jersey girl out of Jersey, but you can't take the Jersey out of the girl.

I went to the gym first thing in the morning on Saturday, and I do mean first-thing (4:30 am!). To reward my efforts, later I got my hair cut and highlighted, so that felt really good.

Sunday we had a support group meeting and the "Food Cop" was our speaker. She was very animated and was a lot of fun to listen to. I actually learned something I will share here.

If you haven't heard, when looking at the fat content of foods, you want to shoot for foods that have 20% or less, calories from Fat; this is just a dietary guideline.

So, say you're looking at a Healthy Choice meal: 380 Calories and 13 grams of fat. It's Healthy Choice, right? should be decent? Round up (or down) the calories to the closest 50. So in this case it will be 400 calories.

Next, count by 50's (divide by 50 if you don't want to use your fingers). 400/50 = 8. So if the Healthy Choice meal had only 20% (or less) of it's calories from fat, it would have 8 grams or less of fat; a great little trick, if you don't want to remember how many calories is in a gram of fat, and do the math the long way. You'd be surprised to find out what you thought was a Healthy Choice, isn't so healthy.

For those watching sodium, the amount of sodium should not exceed the number of calories. Take a look at a can of cream of mushroom soup. You'll die!

One last thing -- that can of PAM for "fat free" cooking? Check the label look at the number of servings per can -- The can in my house has 823 servings! They say a serving (spray) is 1/3rd of a second. How the heck do you count 1/3rd of a second?

Just some highlights, courtesy of the Food Cop. :)

As far as my weight loss it's still on the slow side, but I know it's coming off somehow -- things are fitting me that haven't fit before. My training at the gym is going really well. I can really see things take shape, and I just love pushing myself.

Speaking of pushing one's self, an acquaintance through another friend completed the Houston Marathon yesterday at a little more than a 12 minute pace. I can't even imagine running that far. I'll bike 40 miles, but run 26? No freakin' way! My trainer says it's because I've never hit that "runner's high". He's still trying to talk me into running. I'm just not sure it's my thing.

It's been since 2003 since I've done the Danskin Tri (pre-baby), and I definitely want to do it again in June. I know I can! I just need to get in the pool and start swimming, that's the biggest challenge for me.

Most participants will be able to complete a sprint distance triathlon - .75K (1/2 mile Swim, 20K (12 mile Bike) and 5K (3.1 mile Run) in 1 ½ to 3 hours. Career triathletes will complete a sprint distance Race in about an hour. I think we finished in a little over 2 hours in 2003.

Oh, and to add to the challenge, it's in the hills of Austin, TX. You know... that little place where Lance Armstrong lives. LOL There's usually a 5K in the area the day before the tri. I could set a goal of actually running that.... eh, maybe not. LOL.

I've been doing some surfing around the blog-o-sphere. I've come across some really unique bloggers -- there are some very interesting and well-written/spoken folks who share so much. it's really quite amazing. I'm glad to have found a few new regulars to read.

I should get to work... it is Monday morning, after all.


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