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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!!!

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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

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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

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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

Push-ups
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...

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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…

LiveSTRONG 5k DONE!

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

5K

Running shoes

Shorts

Tank

Sports Bra

Race Belt

Water Bottle

Quick Dry Socks

Sunglasses



Cycling:

Shorts

Jersey

Assess Chamois Cream

Socks

Shoes

Helmet

Sunglasses

Bike

Tools

Pump

Water Bottles

Extra Tube

Small Towel



Misc.

Ziplock Snack Bags

Dried Apricots

Granola Bites

2 GU packs

XTend

Sunscreen

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!

[this space for rent]

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

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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

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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…

Tuesday

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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

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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
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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

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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…

Video: On Being (not so) Cool :)

I promised... Now I'm delivering, for your belly-aching, laughing enjoyment.


Sunday... Riding again.

Hit the road this morning with my friend Jodi, as she's also decided to do the LiveSTRONG ride. :) About 30 miles and lots of wind. I'm happy my tukus isn't hurting, so that just confirms that the MS150 must have put quite a callus on my ass. :)

Bike Around the (Galveston) Bay has been cancelled due to Ike. :(

Going to make stuffed pork roast today, so we have leftovers for during the week. The Cassinator wants to make pudding too, so we'll be busy cookin' this afternoon.

I forgot to mention, my Daughter had a birthday party at "Jumpin' Jungle" on Friday night. It's a storefront full of all kinds inflatable jumping aparatuses. They're made for little ones, with little feetand hands, but I wasn't going to let that stop me.. Stop back to catch the video later. All I can say is at the least, I am nothing short of tenacious. Watch how these preschoolers look at me... as they're passing me. :) Sorry, you'll have to wait until I upload thou…

Saturday Riding

Hit the road this morning with my new bike computer. I can't beleive I've ridden so long without one. Using it really makes a difference!

Of course when I started out there was no wind whatsoever.... on the way back head or cross winds all the day. I'm not sure I can ever think of a time that I rode where there wasn't a head or cross wind. Oh well...

I went 23 miles, but plan to go further tomorrow. I really didn't eat a great, sustaining, breakfast today and I felt it towards the end of the ride. It's not like I rode that far, but 2 pieces of sprouted grain toast isn't very sustaining.

Totally random, I'm thinking of changing my blog up in the way of it's name to reflect the real focus of what I blog about. Its in the works... more to come :)

Wednesday

It is amazing how quickly fat content adds up when I have to have 2 whole eggs because were short! Still, being under 25 g of Fat in my diet is acceptable, as far as guidelines go. :)

My new favorite snack is the Silk Soy with my Syntrax Nectar Cappucino Protein. I love me some Click, but this is more wallet friendly. :)

Breakfast
2 Eggs
2 Svs. FF half-n-half, for coffee
3 T. 2% Cottage Cheese
1 C. Cream of Wheat

AM Snack
1/2 Apple
1 c. Silk Soy Milk w/DHA Omega 3
1 Svg. Syntrax Nectar Whey Protein - Cappucino

Lunch
Eggplant & Turkey Italian Sausage Casserole (See my recipe below)

PM Snack
1/2 Apple
1 c. Silk Soy Milk w/DHA Omega 3
1 Svg. Syntrax Nectar Whey Protein - Cappucino

Dinner
5 oz. Tilapia
1/2 C. Green Veggies

Evening Snack
1/2 C. 2% Cottage Cheese
1/4 C. Blueberries

Protein: 161.5 g (43%)
Carbs: 117.7 g (31%)
Fat: 42.6 g (26%)

Total Calories: 1,501


Tuesday Workout

Quite honestly it has been about a month since I lifted anything, so I was surprised to have set a personal best on the bench! Maybe the rest did me some good. :)

Bench Press
20 x 45 lbs.
12 x 85 lbs.
8 x 105 lbs.
3 x 125 lbs.
1 x 145 lbs. *Personal Record* Got it up, but it was U-G-L-Y

Traveling Lunges
3 sets 20 w/15 lb. DB's

Lateral Cable Row
12 x 70 lbs.
10 x 80 lbs.
8 x 90 lbs.

Dumbbell Shoulder Press
12 x 17 lbs.
12 x 17 lbs.
10 x 17 lbs.
8 x 17 lbs.

Tuesday

Here's the log for Tuesday and exercise plan for the week.

Today: Cardio/Weights (Training Session)
Wedesnday: Cardio
Thursday: Bicycling (40 miles -- have off from work!)
Friday: Cardio/Weights
Saturday: Bicycling (20% more than what's done on Thursday)
Sunday: Bicycling (???? Riding with a friend)

Breakfast:
1 C. Cream of Wheat
1 Egg, plus 2 Egg Whites
2 T. 2% Cottage Cheese
FF Half-n-half, for Coffee

AM Snack :
1 C. Silk Soy Milk w/DHA Omega-3
1 Svg. Syntrax Nectar Cappucino Whey Protein

Lunch:
1 Slice 100% Whole Wheat Bread
4 Oz. Chicken Breast
1.25 C. Salad Mix
1/2 T. Balsamic vinegar

PM Snack:
1 C. Silk Soy Milk w/DHA Omega-3
1 Svg. Syntrax Nectar Cappucino Whey Protein

Dinner :
4 oz. Tilapia
1/1 C. Broccoli

Protein: 169 g (52%)
Carbs: 97 g (30%)
Fat: 26 g (18%)
Total Calories: 1,314

Vitamins:
Flinstones Complete AM & PM
Biotin
B-12 Dot
CorOmega (AM & PM)
Calcium Citrate w/Magnesium & Vitamin D

Food for Monday

Breakfast
1 egg + 2 egg whites
FF half and half, for coffee
1 c. Cream of Wheat

Snack
1/2 Apple
Syntrax Nectar Cappucino Protein

Lunch
4 Slices turkey Breast
1 Slice 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Mustard
1 C. Salad mix
1 t. Balsamic Vinegar
1 T vinegarette Dressing

Snack
1/2 Apple
Syntrax Nectar Cappucino Protein

Dinner
5 oz. Baked Fish
1 C. Broccoli

PM Snack
1/2 C. 2% Cottage Cheese
1/2 C. Grapefruit

Protein: 159.5 g (52%)
Carbs: 102.8 g (34%)
Fat: 18.9 g (14%)
Total Calories: 1190

Vitamins:
Flinstones Complete (am and pm)
Biotin
B-12 Sublingual Dot
Chewable Calcium Citrate with Mag and Vit D
CorOmega Fish Oil (am and pm)

3 Months...

...since the last time I was on my bike! I'm not sure why it happens, but after a major even I always seem to fizzle out for a while. Guess it's sort of burnout... I don't know.

Today I got on my bike. Woohooo! Almost 16 miles in about an hour. I did a little "touring" at some Ike damage in one of my favorite older neighborhoods. :(

I'll get on it tomorrow and go a litle further. I found a backroad that might make riding after work a viable option for me. with the LiveStrong ride just a few weeks away, I need saddle time. :)

That's it for now... time to get the weekend chores done.

Don't Lose Your Power to Choose

Don't vote... unless you care. Register before your state's deadline. In some the deadline is as early as October 4th!

Not registered; no voting for you!

Of course if you don't care, it doesn't really matter then, huh?

And frankly, with all due respect, I don't give a flip who you vote for, just do it and exercise this American priviledge to participate!