Wordless Wednesday: Possibilities

March 30, 2011

I got this the other day to hang on the wall in my bedroom. I need the

Photo Friday: Mother Nature

March 28, 2011

The First Day of Spring

March 21, 2011
(take 2 - Windows Live Writer ate my nearly complete post Monday morning!)

....  and I think I have gained back a few pounds. I went to Lost Wages this past weekend to spend time with family. My dad offered to cook for me, so of course I asked for turkey mole. And rice, salad, corn tortillas, mexican cheese ... my tummy is rumbling as I think about it. We also ate breakfast at Denny's both mornings, the Mad Greek for lunch on Sunday, and a snack stop at Alien Jerky.

For breakfast I made the healthiest choice I could and still get full. They have a new Blueberry Slam - whole wheat pancakes with blueberries, fruit on the side (or hashbrown), turkey bacon, and eggs (with or without cheese). To be honest, I got my eggs with cheese. They taste less powdery that way.

I still haven't found my scale. Or my measuring tape. It makes it hard to determine if I have lost or gained in the last week. Pretty sure I have gained since I am dehydrated and retaining water (it still baffles me how those two go together) and I can no longer shimmy into a size 12. My size 14 work pants needed the extra help of some shape wear this morning. Thank goodness it's chilly and I can wear a big sweater! So my goal this week is to up my water intake. I am still walking between 5-11K steps per day, and if I don't have 2000 by the time I get to work I feel like I am slacking. My morning walk to the train has also become something of a power walk, just short of making me sweat. We hoof it and make it in 7 minutes as opposed to the leisurely 10-15 when simply strolling. Hopefully that offsets some of the comfort eating and drinking I have been doing in the past week. It got a little stressful.

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn.   Two blogging carnival participants will receive an Orville Redenbacher’s Very Important Blogger (VIB) Gift Basket which includes popcorn, exercise kit including clip n step meter, exercise bands, healthy recipe mix-ins, yoga kit with yoga mat, blocks, strap, and beginner DVD ($100 value).
Are you a sweet or savory snacker?  What do you look for in a healthy snack?
I am most definitely a sweet snacker, I love to bake. I love to eat other people's baked goods. When 3PM rolls around at work, one of the HR ladies knows that I will be there to peruse her candy platter. She lays out Butterfinger Crisps and Twix! I try to limit myself to two fun-size bars and now a Fiber One brownie. I also try to take fruit or protein bars (especially Snickers Marathon) for mid-afternoon snack rather than the candy.

In a healthy snack I look for more fiber and vitamins and less processed sugar. Which is hard for me because I know that I am a carb addict. The kind that goes through major withdrawals without something wheat based during the day. Or baked. I can eat a lot of fruit and feel more satisfied than when eating candy bars, and there isn't the sugar crash to think of later. I also love dried fruit, especially dried cranberries. I buy Costco-sized bags along with pistachios, mix in some dark chocolate chips  and voila! Sweet and salty snack that also kills the craving monster.

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn  and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Orville Redebacher.  

Tor.com - A reading of George R.R. Martin's "Ice and Fire"

March 17, 2011

We're very excited to announce that, beginning Friday March 18th, our resident Wheel of Time re-reader Leigh Butler will begin A Read of Ice and Fire! Not only that, but Leigh will be tackling the books as someone brand new to the series. We can't wait to see where her entertaining perspective of A Song of Ice and Fire brings us.

That's not all! Theresa DeLucci and Ellen B. Wright have started an anticipation thread for HBO's upcoming Game of Thrones series and will be recapping the show as it begins airing this April.

As  A Dance of Dragons nears, we'll have even more Song of Ice and Fire surprises in store on Tor.com. Stay tuned!

In her post, Leigh asks commenters to avoid spoilers as best as possible since it's her first read through the series (I know, right????)
One possible way around this would be for commenters to white-text spoilery comments, so that they are only visible when highlighted. This is a little cumbersome, I know, but if we could all be on our honor and stick to the practice, it would make the comments “safe” not only for me to read, but also for those readers who might be choosing to follow the blog as first-time readers themselves.
I don't usually participate in the Tor forums (so much so that I had to re-request my password and user name) ... but I am *SQUEEEEING!* in anticipation. So many like-minded fans!

Mamavation Monday - Back on the Bandwagon

March 14, 2011
Sort of. I have been completely off for about a month while we packed and moved. It was the easiest and least stressful item to let go of on my ever-growing to do list.

But I'm back. My new place is slowly coming under control, though there is still a lot of organization, downsizing, and freecycling that needs to be done. I'm thinking that by the end of the month we can have close friends over. Wouldn't that be nice?

In the meantime I've balanced high calorie pizza slices and meals from Dennys with LOTS of walking. I get between 5000 and 11000 steps per day now. Most from walking to and from the train station, walking the dogs more frequently, and climbing three stories of stairs repeatedly throughout the day.

The Hunk and I will be starting P90x soon.  We finally have enough room in the living room. Now I just need to find my scale. The last time I weighed in, I was 188lbs. You have never seen someone so happy to FINALLY be under 190lbs.

Some of the things I've eaten in the last week

I ate the strawberry and took the cookies home to my kids. I nibbled on other things the rest of the night.

Salmon and crostini from Drago Centro. Fairly filling and good for me.
SNACKS! Just picked these up yesterday at Costco
Brown rice, black beans, and a chicken enchilada from Wahoo's.
BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Fit Studio.   
Question: What time of day works best for you to be active?  How do you make sure you stick to those planned workouts?
Answer:  I work out best in the morning, which is a problem because I am a natural night-owl. I'm slowly trying to train myself to get up just a little earlier to get in a walk (and soon the above mentioned P90x) because I just don't have the time once I get home from work. At least if I work out in the morning I can check off one huge item on my To-Do list :D Mornings are also about the only time of day I have completely to myself.

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SEARS FitStudio and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Sears. 

Try Roku and help me get a free month of Netflix

March 9, 2011
I love my Roku box. I've had one for about two years now. It's the simplest way to stream Netflix (and hulu plus , Pandora, TWiT.tv, etc.) on my TV.

Use the above link and you’ll get the best deal available.

How we finally we got to Burbank (Part 1)

March 3, 2011
Adventures abound in my life ... also known as a comedy of errors. Take for example the following "adventure" (tortuous experience).
We all know my time management skills aren't the best, but for me I was ahead of schedule. Not so much The Hunk. According to him I was about two days behind schedule. I still thought we could pull it off.

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