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This seems pretty cool... works with Twitter, Facebook, Nike+ and soon, Garmin.


Dailymile Brings Your Friends and Neighbors into Your Workouts [Exercise]
via Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy on 12/19/08

Free workout tracker Dailymile works fine as a logging and analysis tool for your running, cycling, or other cardio-oriented training, but its highlights are the ways it uses friends and locality to motivate.

It's a fairly new webapp, so don't expect to see many friends or fellow runners in your neck of the woods up just yet. But you can use Dailymile to connect your workout notes to Twitter (and, eventually, Facebook and other apps), and keep track of races and other events near you. If disappointing your exercise-focused friend is motivation enough to get you out the door, Dailymile is worth checking out. The site is a little AJAX-heavy, though, and left my Firefox browser chugging to keep up at some points, so don't expect a quick visit from a low-speed or mobile co…

High Anxiety.

Things are just crazy, but I guess it comes with this time of year.

I've been really anxious lately. My guess it's a culmination of everything going on at work (no worries about job security), a general lack of sleep, trying to keep up with everything and NOT getting to the gym. I'm still waiting on my bloodwork results too.

You read that right. NOT getting to the gym. Ugh!

I just feel out of sorts. Mom is coming on Sunday and maybe that has something to do with it too. I'm looking forward to Saturday, as we're taking Cassie to Austin to right the North Pole Flyer Steam Trainride. It should be lots of fun. :)

Ho, Ho, How Many Times Can We Visit Santa???

Yet another Santa visit. This time he visited Cassie's Dance School :)

Nike Give 100% Promotion

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As part of the Give 100% promotion, Nike is also sponsoring a contest where you can help us identify someone in your life who consistently gives 100%. Whether it’s fundraising, fighting cancer, or being an advocate in the community, tell us about that person for their chance to spend a day with one of the remarkable individuals listed above. You can also see some exclusive videos from the photo shoot."

Snipped from the LiveSTRONG Blog

Can't You Just Smell the Freshness???

Just becaue they came out soooo pretty and
smelled soooo good. :) I just had to share. Of course just one lick of the damn icing
makes me all swooshy in the head. Not. RNY. Friendly. But the birthday girls loved them!

Let it Snow - H-town Style!

Snow! It's true!
The next morning, we let Cassie play
before she went to school -- she'd never seen it before!

For her, it was fun...

For a while... Until her little hands got cold.
The fun lasted all of 5 minutes.

Checkin' In with a Bullet List

I'm here... just insanely busy. Caught a Facebook virus from a stupid-ass app that I inadvertantly clicked, and just like that, I'm rebuilding my WORK laptop for 2.5 days. back to normal now.Have some food porn... but the Gastric bypass FAIL kind -- for birthdays at work. I can smell, can't I?Going to tackle making Gram's fruitcake. It's a freakin' old recipe. Makes 10 lbs. of batter-- if you're nice, you might get a brick 'o cheer.Snow in Houston folks; it's true. I have pictures to prove it..Working late tonight and tomorrow morning. :(Getting hair done SaturdayCassie has a birthday party SaturdayDarren and I get to go to my holiday dinner for work... kinda like a date. *gasp*Should get bloodwork results next week!Gotta get the goods to the Wonder Twins Mama!Ordered my Mission Control Jersey, shorts and socks. I'm gonna be like one of the cool kids now. :)It doesn't ease up next week either.... Dance school xmas party, North Pole Flyer tr…

Santa vs. The Cassinator aka The Negotiator

"Hi, Santa. I'm Cassie... aren't I adoreable? "
"I've been a really good girl. CHEEEESE."
Let the negotiations begin... "Now Santa, about that Barbie..."

"I'm so glad we see eye-to-eye"
Merry Christmas, Santa!

Thyroid Reference

The Board of Endocrinology changed the range of appropriate TSH levels in January of 2003. The appropriate range was .035-5.00 but is now .035-3.00. Anyone having a TSH over 3.00 is considered to have hypothyroidism and should be treated. Anyone between 2.00 and 3.00 with symptoms should be suspect and considered for treatment.

If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism such as the following, please inquire with your physician(s) and/or surgeon about your TSH level. Symptoms of hypothyroidism usually develop slowly over months or years. Symptoms and signs may include:

*Coarse and thinning hair.
*Dry skin.
*Brittle nails.
*A yellowish tint to the skin.*
*Slow body movements.*
*Cold skin. *Inability to tolerate cold.
*Feeling tired, sluggish, or weak.
*Memory problems, depression, or difficulty concentrating.
*Heavy or irregular menstrual periods that may last longer than 5 to 7 days.
*Infertility (primary or secondary)

Other, less common symptoms may include:

*An enlarged thyroid gland …

Chistmas Meme

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

2. Real tree or Artificial?

3. When do you put up the tree?
Usually the weekend after Turkey Day, but we'er behind this year. We do have the lights up though!.

4. When do you take the tree down?
The weekend after the New Year.

5. Do you like eggnog?
Effin' love it... but my lactose-intolerant self doesn't. Soy Nog is an alternative, but makes me swooshy in the head (without the alcohol!)

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I don't know, my Betty Crocker EZ Bake oven comes to mind first. Go figure.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
Every. Single. Person. I. Know.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Cassie :)

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

10. Mail or e-mail Christmas Cards?
Snail Mail.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Cheesey Holy Family Snow globe. Seriously.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
A Christmas Story. "You shoot your eye out!"

13 When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Usually at the last minute, but this year I started in Oc…

Humpday Plan

A little later than usual today. <--- There's the food plan for today. You know the drill: Click on it if you actually want to read it. :) The workout plan for today is back and triceps: - Lat pulldown - Seated cable row - One legged dumbbell cable rows - Tricep Pushdowns with rope - Overhead extension with dumbbell - BB Skull Crushers - Dead Lifts - Assisted Chins

I Made It: Eggplant & Italian Turkey Sausage Casserole

Eggplant & Italian Turkey Sausage Casserole

1 Box of Frozen, breaded eggplant cutlets
1.5 C. 2% Cottage Cheese
1 C. 2% Italian Blend Shredded Cheese
1 Package of Jennie-O Hot Italian Turkey Sausage
1 Lg. Can Hunts Traditional Tomato Sauce

Preheat oven to 425.

In a skillet, brown the turkey sausage then slice into bite-sized pieces.

In a covered casserole dish, cover the bottom with a thin layer of tomato sauce then set a layer of eggplant. Cover the eggplant with the Cottage Cheese and 1/2 C. of the Italian Blend Shredded Cheese and half of the sliced turkey sausage. Cover sausage with a light layer of sauce then the rest of the eggplant. Top casserole with remaining sauce, sausage and cheese.

Bake covered for 45 minutes.

About 325 Calories per serving; 26 grams of protein, 30 grams carbs.

Testosterone, Thyroids & Fistula! Oh my!!

Okay... first, I can't believe how totally anxious I was about going. I mean seriously, my heart was in my chest.

I weighed in at exactly the same weight I did last February. Uh, that's 10 months, a triathlon, the MS150 and Livestrong Challenge, ago.

We talked. He validated my frustration, for what that's worth (that's a lot to me right now). He knows I'm frustrated -- and to that end, I think he is too. We both want to get to the bottom of things; he wants me to achieve my more than reasonable goals.

He sent me for a shitload of bloodwork. Even the Phlubotomist blinked twice at the 3 pages of reqs. He said it would probably take up to 2 weeks to get anything back, but he said we should know something by Christmas but here's what we're looking at:

1) Thyroid Issues (never dectected before in the past, but possibly asymptomatic)

2) Insuilin Resistance - A state in which your cells are not responding to insulin appropriately, so the sugar in your blood cannot get …


To do's: ∙ Accept my body... lovingly.
∙ Recognize where I was then and where I am today.∙ Eat consciously and be aware.Today I am headed to doctor for my 2 year post-op check-up. I'm still not under 200 lbs. (As he insisted I should be by my next visit with him). I'd be lying if I said that isn't killing me inside -- as if I failed in some way. It easily makes me feel like a failure if I let it. It's hard -- it reminds me so much of when I was a kid and couldn't lose the weight under the threat of losing opportunities to do the things I loved. Ugh... stupid baggage.

Monday Food Journal

<--- Click to see the plan for today. I'm a little short on protein overall -- but that's what I get for not planning ahead of time. Today is my leg workout: Leg press, Barbell Squats, Leg Extensions, Seated Leg Curl and Traveling Lunges. Not much else to report. We got home on Saturday and quickly played catch-up with the rest of our neighborhood. It already looks like Christmas... We did our normal, yearly decor, but we're pretty certain our neighbors have us beat wildly on watts used. :) I'll have some pictures to post later... gotta get some work done.

I Made It; Light-n-Hearty Pea Soup

Oh Mama... here's your recipe!

My recipe entry for MM's contest....

To speed things up I'll buy a small bag of the "matchstick" carrots. I always need an extra box of chicken stock also.

Split Pea Soup (Great post-op food!)
Servings: Makes 4
Prep Time: About 15 minutes
Cooking Time: About 1 1/4 hours

2 cups dried split peas
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
6 cups water or chicken stock, or as needed
1/2 pound spinach, tough stems removed
Milk for thinning, optional <--- I don't use. 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper 4 oz. Pancetta 1. Pick over split peas and discard and misshapen peas or stones. Rinse peas and drain. 2. In saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and Pancetta; sauté about 10 minutes, until tender and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add peas, carrots, bay leaf and 6 cups of water or stock. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 45 min…

Heh, Heh...

Well, we're halfway home from Alabama (without the banjo on my knee). We did, however, find me a S'bucks for tomorrow morning -- I just consider it alternative fuel fro my trip. :)

I wish! One of my new favorite sites. :)

Fab Food Find: Alvarado Street Bakery Tortillas

Alvarado Street Bakery is a certified organic bakery specializing in sprouted whole grain breads and bread products.

I'm not such a fan of their low glycemic sprouted grain bread, as for me, it the texture is just too dry and grainy, but I love their regular sprouted whole wheat bread, which is still sits decently on the glycemic index.

Given the recent dietary suggestions I received I am trying to add some more carbs. In order to be okay with that, I have to make sure I find the best "good" carbs possible for my body.

So I was very happy to find Alvarado Street Bakery's Sprouted Whole Wheat Tortillas. I'd been using the La Tortilla factory tortillas and I like them okay, but these I really enjoy the taste and texture of Alvarado's better. They're have more of a traditional tortilla texture. When heated, they don't get all gooey and rubbery like the La Tortilla Facotory's tortillas. The Alvarado tortillas stay moist, but not wet.

I haven't tried a…

(Melting) Mama <---- She's crazy!

The Melting Mama is at it again. Go right now. Share your recipe and get in on the contest. I'm a big fan of Click Protein and it's even better when it's free! :)

Why are you still reading... go! :)

Turkey Roll Report - Flash Frozen for Your Goodness!

I left Houston on Friday afternoon for a leisurely drive to Dallas. It's about 4 hours from city-to-city and then another hour or so to Denton, TX where the Turkey Roll was to be held

I stopped by my old office and shared coffee with a couple of long-time friends who are former co-workers at the compay that laid me off a few years ago. Our meeting must have been destined though, as minutes before we met one of them he found out that the board had just voted out the CIO who was responsible for orchestrating projects, which led to significant losses, which led to layoffs for IT.

Anyway... moving on...

Feeling how cold it was I knew I needed some gloves for the ride on Saturday. I had forgotten how cold my ears got too, so I made 2 trips to Richardson Bike Mart. Met up with the Cycling Chick Extraordinaire, Coco and WonderTwin Mama Alana and had some dinner and headed to the hotel Got my gear... I was good to go

I knew there was a possibility it would be cold... but I had no idea it woul…

Chef MD

On my way into work this morning I was listening to Dr. Oz's show on XM. His guest today was John La Puma, a Doctor... and Culinary School Graduate. Right off the bat I thought the combination was interesting.

Long story short, this website Chef MD offers recipes for specific conditions. A lot of different foods offer chemistry that can aid our bodies in absorbing the most of nutrients and assist in alleviating and preventing malaties from occurring

The site offers a mailing list that sends you free recipes. Also, I love the "shopping list" feature. When you see a recipe you want to try, you click on it and it adds the ingredients to a list for you. So far, the recipes I have checked out all have ingredients you can find at a regular grocery store -- which is usually my challenge.

I also like the video that goes with each recipe. While doing the recipe for you, he explains why certain foods are good, and how to maximize their potential to your body. Evidently this doctor h…

Tuesday - Workout & Food

Cardio @ Lunch
30 minutes of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Stationary Bike
(Not sure I like the idea of riding nowhere outside of spin class)
- 60 seconds all out
- 2 minutes recovery
- Repeat 10 times.

Here's the food log for the day:

Monday Workout - Legs


A little short on time; seems we're on the run lately but got it in.

Leg Press
15 x 325 w/u
8 x 505 lbs.
8 x 585 lbs.
8 X 675 lbs.

15 x 45 w/u
8 x 95 lbs.
6 x 105 lbs.
4 x 125 lbs

Leg Extensions
15 x 30 w/u
8 x 70 lbs.
8 x 80 lbs.
8 x 90 lbs.

Weighted Traveling Lunges
3 Sets of 20 w/15 lbs.

Missing My Sugarfree Holiday "Joy"

It's the hap-hap-happiest time of the year... right? Can't you just hear the music playing?

I know it's my favorite time... The weather gets cool. People are happier... okay the hustle and bustle gets to be much and people easily piss me off with how rude they can be, but then I have my holiday themed, red cup of "joy" from Starbucks filled with my favorite Sugar free Nonfat Gingerbread Latte, no whip, extra hot, to help me cope.

I wait all year for this flavor... it's my little taste of holiday happiness. :)

Imagine how sad I was to find that they are not offering the sugar free Gingerbread flavor this holiday season?

You didn't know? Well, they're not. :( Hmmm I wonder what the Starbucks Oracle (over there on the right) would have to say about that?

If you're saddened, as much as I am, by this horrific offense, then heed my over dramatized, silly, but nonetheless sincere, plea and write Starbucks.

Tell them how your holidays will be ruined without thi…

Applesauce... No Pork Chops :)

Applesauce was one of the things I found out early, my pouch would no not tolerate. It was suggested to eat it with crushed pills to get the pills down. Bleach! Yuck!!

If you havne't tried taking crushed pills with applesauce, don't. And if you do, how can you??? LOL

I've different all-natural and unsweetened ones, with which I still had bouts of *swooshiness* with. Until now. :)

I just tried Mussleman's All Natural Unsweetened, but they do add Splenda. No *swooshiness*, nice flavor and I like the texture.

Chef Dave's book 90 Ways to Ditch Your Diet had a suggestion for a snack. I think it's called Spicey Autumn Cottage Cheeese (could be Autumn Spicey... can't remember). My new need for some good carbs and this snack prompted my purchase of the applesauce:

1/2 c. Cottage Cheese (I use 2%)
1/2 C. Applesauce (I used Mussleman's, above)
1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 packet of Splenda

Chef Dave Fouts is a Lap Bander who formally weighed 400 lbs. I bou…

Day 1 - New Plan

Here we go with Day 1 of my new plan (click to see it full-size):

It's amazing how difficult it was for me to plan for (and accept) less proetin and more carbs. In fact, it's kinda scary... but I'm going to give this a solid shot for myself (and for Jeremy, since he gave me his time).

I decided to use SparkPeople for tracking again because I can easily manipulate my goals for easier tracking. The one limitation with the Apex/BodyBugg site is that if your macronutrient breakdown doesn't fall within their guidelines, you can't use it. Phooey on them! I just won't.

So the workout schedule this week will be:

Mon: Lift
Tue: Cardio
Wed: Lift
Thu: Cardio
Fri: Lift
Sat: Bike at least 30 miles (or Cardio)

My cardio is going to be something new. On the stationary bike... which I'm not a fan of. But J says try it... so I will. I'll be going full out for 30 to 60 seconds, then slowing down for a couple minutes, then repeast (Intervals). I'll do it 10 times... eventually …

OH Conference; H-town Style!

Just got back from the conference. I felt that content-wise it was one of the better ones I have been to, but then again it could be because I am in a different place in my "journey."

Jeremy, OH's fitness guy, gave me an hour of his time one on one to talk about my exercise. There could be several things going on, so he made some suggestions.

First I'm going to lower my protein intake (I was getting up to 180 g's a day). He said between 120 and 130 is plenty, and that at 2 years out absorption is not as much of an issue. In lieu of the protein I'm cutting, I'm going to add some carbs. I'm going to cut my cardio down to 2 HIGH intensity sessions a week, plus a 30 mile bike ride. Weight training will remain, but it will be a consistent 4 times a week.

The caloric breakdown will be:

125-130 grams of protein/ 520 cal
150 grams of Carbs /600 cal
30 grams of fat/ 270 cal

I'm pretty comfortable getting in about 1300 to 1400 calories and with the suggested chang…

Freaky Friday

So here's the pie-hole action for today. ---> click to see the full-size image... that is, if it matters to you :)

Tomorrow is the OH Conference and I'm going. This is always a challenge for me, as being social in a group of folks I don't really know is always uncomfortable and it never seems to get easier. Fortunately I have people in my life that are just here to challenge me *gag*. To that end I reluctantly agreed to be a greeter. I know, Deb, I have to come out of my shell sometime. It's so much easier to be friendly online! LOL I'll miss the meet and greet tonight, but the real meat of the event is on Saturday. Jeremy is OH's fitness guy and he's agreed to spend some time with me looking at my food journal and caloric expenditures. Maybe he can make some helpful suggestions. I also made my 2 year post-op visit to have my labs done.On Sunday, we're doing Disney on Ice for Cassie. She's all excited about seeing her favorite Disney friends on sk…

It's so "yucky" out!

It's been so yucky out the last few days in Houston. We haven't had this many days of rain, in a row, for a while. It's just so dreary.

<---- Here's What's planned for the pie-hole today. click to see the full-size image. Not much to really post, other than to say "thanks" for the supportive comments. Like I said, I'm pretty spirited about where I am right now, it's just when I really think about where I want to be, where others are and why I'm not there it bugs the snot out of me. Fortunately though it's not long enough to be bring me down for the long haul The long haul is, after all, what we're in it for. I like to remember that if you're stuck in a boat on the middle of the lake, even with just one oar, if you keep paddling your moving. It's when you just say *F* it and give-up that you'll just sit there and make no progress whatsoever. On the whole -135 from my highest weight is amazing -- and that's what I need …

We Won!

I've written about this before; the displeasure with the breakfast cart at my Daughters daycare/school. I'm not one for denying Cassie anything totally, but I am for making proper choices 80% of the time and have her understand that we enjoy some foods only sometimes, "Sometimes Foods."
It works in our house and she gets it. I truly don't think she feels deprived.

The breakfast cart at her school was inconsistent, at best, with their more "healthy" offerings. Occasionally they'd have fruit, eggs, breakfast meat, etc. But always they would have frosted pastries and sugary cereals.

The dilemma is that a pre-schooler wants nothing more than to assert their Independence and make their own food choices... and to that end they should be able to! We teach our kid about healthy choices vs. other choices. We never say something is "bad", we just say it's not a "healthy choice".

I had written a couple letters to her daycare, they were pret…

2 Years... Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

So my 2 year surgi-versary will be here on Saturday and I have very mixed emotions.

Quite honestly I don't know why I haven't had the success others have experienced and it is frustrating -- I have to admit it. I eat right, God knows I exercise. I've talked to several professionals but no one offers any answers -- they say, "eat more", "eat less", even "don't workout so hard." Still at 2 years out I've not hit -100 lbs. (since surgery). It's like my body is taunting me, holding me pretty much the same at -95 lbs. I know folks who break the rules daily, or totally disregard them and don't exercise -- even they yield better results! And yeah, it pisses me off sometimes... I feel cheated and admittedly, childish, at times. It's pathetic sometimes.

I can't let this be something that saddens me though. Do I regret my choice? Hell no -- just for the simple fact I am no longer Diabetic is reason enough for me. Knowing I won'…

Routines, Rides and Ruby

I've been a little busy the last several days. Darren has been sick with a stomach bug and Cassie and went to Dallas for the weekend

As for my planned events, I'm going to side-step the Independence Ride (although I love the cause) and do the Turkey Roll in Denton with my TriDiva girls. I just found out that there are 16 of us planning on doing the Triathlon in Austin for 2009! Holy cow!!

Today I started back with working out over the lunch hour. I'm trying to figure out a schedule that will afford me a good mixture of activities. I have to have a schedule... I need a schedule. I need a routine. I'm like a kid!

Monday - Lunch "hour" Workout (really takes hour and 15 minutes
20 mins HIIT
20 minutes of weights (arms, shoulders, abs - easy)
20 minutes to shower and get back to work!

Tuesday - After Work Workout
20 minutes cardio
weights (legs)

Wednesday - After Work Workout
20 minutes cardio
weights (chest, back, abs)

Thursday - After Work Workout
Training Session - Just 2 le…


Need to schedule my 2 year post-op visit. :) Anxious to see my blood work! It still blows me away everytime I find out I'm still no longer Diabetic.

Thursday workout:

20 minutes Cardio intervals

Start out with squats, but my knee was buggin' me. Probably just a touch of tendonitis from running at the Challenge. In fact, my hip is still buggin' me a bit. So, with the knee pain, we just went for upper body.

Everything, except the bench press, on Freemotion Cable Machine:

Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press
3 sets 25 lbs. x 15

Lateral Cable Pull-down
1 set 15 x 70 lbs.
1 set 15 x 60 lbs.
1 set 12 x 60 lbs.

Tricep Press
3 sets 25 lbs. x 15

Bench Press
20 x 45 lbs.
15 x 65 lbs.
10 x 85 lbs.
6 x 110 lbs.
2 x 135 lbs.
1 x 145 lbs.
Tried 150 lbs. Didn't have it! Might have been in my head :(
2 x 145 lbs.

Experiment: Avocado Mayonaise...

Check this food science experiment out... Interesting!

On My Birthday....

After all these years, I've finally decided to be kind to myself. At 41 I'm doing things I've never done before and feel better than I ever have. I have a fantastick Husband and beautiful Daughter who love me on both good days and bad. And while my circle of friends is not that big, the ones I have are quality

Slowly I'm coming to terms with the fact that my WLS journey will be long and slow -- unlike many others'. I am slowly realizing the fact I may never get any smaller than a 14/16 but that to be truly healthy and fit is what is important. Hell, from where I was, it's still amazing -- I'm just 5 inches away from a "healthy" size waist!

After sharing the LiveSTRONG pics with some friends, I realize what I see is still not what they see. To be told that they see muscle tone and have an athletic build are good things and I need to recognize that. It doesn't mean that I can't keep moving forward, but I need to appreciate what I've accomp…

My Very Own Circus!

With the political circus over (just how did Obama know I wanted him to win? :o That's a huge gift!), my birthday circus starts! I am, officially, part of the "Over 40" demographic. And you know what? I'm okay with that; even kind of proud. I will enjoy my day.

Of course no birthday goes untold at the office... below are pictures of what I walked into this morning.

You know, sometimes when I bitch about the commute on days like today, I realize that in the big picture it's minor. These folks I work with really are the best. I've made a few very good friends in places I've worked before, but at this place there's more "good" than "bad." I have an amazing boss who leads by example, and the people I work with are just so thoughtful. Makes me all warm and fuzzy. :)

Came into work this morning to find my office wrapped up! The monitor, keyboard, mouse, phone... even my eyeglasses, were all wrapped. Plus, animals setup to do circus tricks a…

Random Thought...

You know, there is a counter at the bottom of this page and it shows limited details about the visitors to my blog. It's kind of cool to see where they came from, what they clicked on, or even what country they're from!

What's really interesting though is that in the last 3 weeks these 3 google searches have brought a bunch of folks to my site:

1) "Pumpkin bread"
2) "Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin"
3) "2008 LiveSTRONG Austin"

I get number 3 and even number 1, but number 2 is so specific, it makes me laugh.

Guess it's proof that if you write it, they will make it... or at least find it through Google. :)

Halloween Fun!!!

It's dress-up day here at work today, because our inventory is tomorrow. I've been Palinized... Well, I'm not Palin, really. I'm Tina Fey, portrying Palin on YouTube. :)

Wednesday Workout

Barbell Bicep Curl
3 sets 15 x 30 lbs.

BB Preacher Curls
3 sets 12 x 30 lbs.

Alternating DB Hammer Curls
3 sets 15 x 15 lbs.

BB Skull Crushers
3 sets 15 x 20 lbs.

Side Lateral Raises
15 x 15 lbs.
10 x 15 lbs.; 5 x 12 lbs.
7 x 15 lbs.; 5 x 12 lbs.

BB Shoulder PRess
3 sets 15 x 20 lbs.

Assisted Chins
12, 10, 7

20 minutes cardio; intervals

Official Ride Results

You can click on the results to see it larger.

So remember how I was beating myself up? After receiving the ride results today, it is clear I definitely was not the only one having a hard time! There is no way that out of nearly 500 riders, that I finshed as well as I did.

Just some confirmation that this course was challenging for everyone. :)

All in all a great experience (except for the road conditions of the course -- still hated that). Should have the official race pictures next week!

Humpday Nut Info

Total Calories: 1,502 Protein: 49% (186.7 g) Carbs: 24% (90.6 g) Fat: 27% (44.7 g)

Tuesday Workout

Lat Pull-down
15 x 70 lbs.
12 x 80 lbs.
12 x 80 lbs.

Alt'd with Tricep Press
3 Sets of 15 x 40 lbs.

Hammer Curls
3 sets of 15 x 17.5 lbs.

Bench Press
Bar only (45 lbs.)to work on lower range of motion)
20 full range reps + 10 half range reps
15 full range reps + 10 half range reps
10 full range reps + 10 half range reps

3 sets 15

Leg Lifts on Bench
3 sets 15

20 minutes cardio on some new Precor 100i machine... don't know what the heck it is.... it's not an ellipitcal and it's not a stairmaster.

LiveSTRONG Pics...


LiveSTRONG Ride - Done

Last night I sat down to the computer and started writing a blog entry that pretty much found more failure on my behalf than success this weekend. The things I said about myself I would never have said to a friend. On the ride home, after talking about the weekend, several things occurred to me.

This weekend is not about me and my accomplishments. I mean, it is to some degree, but that's the least of it in the big picture. The weekend was about everyone challenging themselves by doing what others cannot, while raising money and awareness for Cancer... all kinds of Cancer.

Darren reminded me of what one of the announcers said, "This weekend is about giving YOUR 100%" And that 1 person's 100% might not be the same as someone else, so there is no reason to feel badly about what I did or did not accomplish.

I did the 5K at a 12.2 pace -- that's phenominal for me. The ride, well, that was a different story. I registered for the 65 miles and decided to do the 45 mile ride…


Forgot my jacket...

Forgot my water bottles...

Probably would have forgotten my head if it weren't attached to my shoulders!

It was beautiful weather here in Austin. I really like this city. I don't know what it is, but there is such a laid-back feeling about it. Even the downtown hustle and bustle is low-key. This morning it looked like cyclists and runners run everything in this town. LOL

It was nice and cool, not too cold. By the time we made it to the Start area Starbucks had opened just in time (pure joy!) for both potty and coffee! I had a part of a banana muffin, part of a banana and about a 1/2 cup of yogurt fruit and granola, compliments of the Texas Culinary Institute.

Lance was not present at the festivities, but Evan Handler, from Sex and the City, was there in his place. I didn't know he was a Leukemia survivor.

It started and I heard my Daughter, "Go Mommy, go! go Mommy, go!" I makes me smile that she loves to cheer me on! She said it's Okay if I don&…

Mama for Obama

I'm happy. I voted early.

If you want to be happy like me, vote early too.

I don't care who you vote for... just vote.

Seriously, it leaves you feeling all tingly inside. :)

Turning the Corner...

I don't have a ton of time, as I need to pack my gear for my ride this weekend. Have I mentioned I'm doing the LiveSTRONG ride in Austin, TX? :-p While I didn't reach my goal to chow-down and have dinner with Lance, I might get to stalk him at some point over the weekend. LOL

As you can see, some things have changed around here. When I first named my blog it reflected where I was at that time. I was very pre-0p and I really felt like I just didn't have time. I was slowly removing myself from life and found myself watching more than doing -- which if you knew me, you'd know that just wasn't right.

I felt damn near hopeless and had a brand-new baby girl to care for, teach and protect. I knew something had to change for me: a) To lose the weight and get my Diabetes in control and b) Not pass on my same warped issues with regard to weight on to my kid. Well, we all know how things ended up. Fast forward to 2 years later and I am now post-op and feel so much better ab…

Thursday Workout and Sadness :(

Bench Press
20 x 45 lbs.
15 x 65 lbs.
10 x 95 lbs.
6 x 115 lbs.
3 x 125 lbs.
2 x 145 lbs. <--- benching more than Hubby (for the moment anyway)
10 x 65 lbs.

Assisted Chin-ups
3 sets 15

Barbell Shoulder Press
15 x 45 lbs.
12 x 45 lbs.
10 x 45 lbs.

Saturday I have the LiveSTRONG 5K and on Sunday I have my bike ride (65 miles). My biggest cheerleaders are coming with me; Cass is excited to use her pom-poms for real!

Got some sad news, well, sad for me. My trainer is leaving our gym -- and training altogether for that matter. He is joining the military. It's been a dream for him so I'm glad.

He's just helped me so much! But, at some point I have to be on my own. 5 more sessions and we're through. It's like breaking-up! :(

Checklist for LiveSTRONG Weekend


Running shoes



Sports Bra

Race Belt

Water Bottle

Quick Dry Socks





Assess Chamois Cream








Water Bottles

Extra Tube

Small Towel


Ziplock Snack Bags

Dried Apricots

Granola Bites

2 GU packs



Maps to Hotel

Maps to LiveSTRONG Village

Map to 5K

Map to Ride Start

Map from Ride Start/Finish to Home

Hotel Confirmation

Bike Rack on Truck

Cheesecake Dip??

Have you seen the whipped topping tubs in the supermarket that are filled with cheesecake filling? Seriously, your heart just wants to stop in its tracks!

As usual, I get a lot of my information (and inspiration) from Egg Face... Shelly makes some of the most amazing things!

Anyway, I made a "cheesecake" fruit dip which was great on apples and strawberries:

1/2 C. Fage Yogurt
1/2 C. 2% Cottage Cheese
1/4 C. SF Vanilla Soy Milk
Dash of Cinnamon
1 tsp. Vanilla
Splenda to Taste

I blend it up with a stick blender so there's no cottage cheese lumps and it's just smooth and creamy

Although they're humongous and I can get 3 to 4 servings out of them, Honeycrisp apples are awesome this time of year!

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Sorry... no creative juices for a witty title. :(

This coming weekend is the LiveSTRONG 5K and ride. Honestly I didn't train well. Effin' running, I just can't get motivated to do it, so I will be "wogging", but my goal will be to average less than a < class="blsp-spelling-error" id="SPELLING_ERROR_4">fro the 65 mile, also because I didn't train enough for it (thank you Ike... and everything else in life). I just couldn't make riding a priority over everything else and I'm okay with that. There will be other times I can be more focused. Also, J, my riding partner from the MS150 is doing the ride with me, and she has trained even less than me! The Austin hills will be challenging, but it should be a great time!

I didn't hit my fundraising stupidly aggressive goal of $3k -- that was what you had to raise to have dinner with Lance. Oh well... :( Still almost $600 is pretty good since so many forked it out for me with the Ms150…

Nut-info for Monday

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Some PhotoShop Fun; DWTS Goes Political

Boss sent me this and I can't resist sharing it.

They are, after all, politicians, so they do know how to "dance." :) At one of them might have a promising alternative career path.

C'mon, you gotta admit, they look hot! LOL :)

Journal and 2009 MS150 Houston to Austin

Get the daily business out of the way. Today is a training day. Not sure what dinner will hold, but it will be a lean meat and veggie. This is from my Apex BodyBugg journal program.

So I did it! I registered for the 2009 MS150 again. I figure it can't be as bad as it was last year, doing it with record winds, right? :) It's also the 25th anniversary of the event, so I suspect it will be one to remember.

Registration for the event opened at 10:15 am and there are slots for 13,000 riders. By 1:52 pm it was 82% full -- had no idea that there were so many gluttons for punishment out there. I'll be riding with Team Mission Control. I also found out that a couple of my former co-workers are going to be riding. Out of all the people there last year, I actually ran into them!

Getting in now will afford me riding time with others. The team does a series of training rides and that will fall in line perfectly with training for the Austin Danskin in 2009. After the LiveSTR…


If you have not yet seen my "Tough to be Cool" video, scroll down to check it out. Nothing else for today except my food plan.

I Made It: Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Sausage, Apples and Walnuts

Yep. More food porn. :)

I first made this dish for some friends who were moving out of the country and they loved it. It had been a while since I made it and brought it out again. Looking at it makes it appear more difficult than it is (don't fear the roast!). It is super simple, and super impressive. Well, at least they were impressed! :)

For a healthier option substitute Turkey Italian Sausage. I calculated the nutritional content based on regular pork Italian sausage because I was too lazy to look-up and enter the turkey stuff.

2.5 - 3 lb. pork loin roast
4 hot turkey italian sausage links
1/3 Cup toasted, crushed walnuts
1 shallot, diced
1 Granny smith Apple, diced (I washed; didn't peel. It was fine)
1 1/2 t. Parsley
Olive Oil
String to tie up roast
Roasting Pan

Preheat oven to 400.

Remove skins from turkey sausage and brown in pan. Add shallot and apple, cook 3 more minutes.

Mix sausage mixture with parsley and walnuts.

If not already split, spl…

I Made It: Pumpkin Pound Cake

So MM referenced this recipe and I decided to make it. I absolutely love, love, love pumpkin -- especially at this time of year. This was the most moist and tasty low-carb, no sugar baked good I've ever had. Would love to try this recipe in mini muffin form.

Be sure to follow the directions and wait until it is cooled before removing from the pan. I neglected to pay attention to the instructions, and when I tried to remove the loafs they kinda broke.

Also, I split the loafs and made 2 smaller ones, so I got 16 pieces instead of 12. Mine were baked in glass loaf dishes and I reduced the baking time by 15 minutes. See below, my nutritional content is a little different. Perhaps because I used Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal (flour). Incidentally it is a little pricey at my local grocery store at $12.49 a bag.

I looked at the comments and saw some people complain about how much Splenda was in it, but frankly I think it's great the way it is. Keep in mind you're using the meas…