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I had a great 5 mile run this morning with a group of great ladies!  I wish I took a picture today but by the time I thought of it I was already in my car to head home.  The plan was to run outside but we had some snow last night and there was lots of ice and slush on the paths we would be running so we opted to play it safe.  We ran on an indoor track instead.  There were run/walkers at all levels from beginners to intermediate.  There were two options for people: a 5 mile option and a 3 mile option.  Those who chose the 3 mile option surpassed that and did 4.5miles!  Way to go!  Exercising in a group made the time go by so fast.  You get a chance to have some adult conversation while passing the time.  At the end of five miles (86 laps) people were saying: "That's it?".  I know I felt like I could have kept running which is a great thing (to push myself and to celebrate I sprinted the last two laps)! At the end of the run it was high fives for everyone and some ab work…

What's for dinner?

I made it to my Yoga class today and I was very much looking forward to it.  I missed class last week because my son K wasn't feeling well and the timing of everything didn't work out.

Before class started I asked my friend and yoga instructor Nancy to take a picture of me in crow pose.  I love that pose and wanted to get an up to date picture of me doing the pose.  I remember the very first time I did that pose towards the end of last year. I was so amazed and excited to be able to do it and I've been hooked on yoga since then.

In general I feel so relaxed in class.  At times it is challenging but I love it.  Today we did a pose called wheel and it was a challenge for me today.  My arms and legs felt a little tired but that's OK.  A few weeks back I was able to do this pose but today my muscles were a little fatigued.  I still had fun none the less. 

I must say my favorite part of the class is the cool down period or savasanah (corpse pose) and the focus on breathing.…

Heart Palpitations (Part 2)

I called my primary care Dr. today and wasn't able to see her but I was able to get an appt with the P.A.(Physician's Assistant). 

My appointment started out with stepping on the scale.  I know every time I go to the Drs. and they ask me to step on the scale I cringe inside.  I hesitated and was trying to decide: "do I take my shoes off?".  I then think of all the other times I step on the scale and then I said to myself: "of course!".  When I stepped on the scale I could see that it was preset to start at 150 or 155lbs.   After I stepped on the scale I had the impulse to adjust it myself and then I decided to put my hand down and let her do it.  I wanted to see what her reaction would be.  The first thing she said:  "you've lost some weight since you were here last".  The last time I was at the Drs. I weighed 170lbs ( I was 26lbs heavier at my last appt).

After my weigh in we went into the exam room and she looked at my file and exclaimed: &…

Heart Palpitations?

I had a great workout today.  Ran for 3.5 miles at an incline of 2 on the treadmill.  After the cardio I did weight training for my legs, arms and chest.  I felt great during and after the workout but something in general doesn't feel right.  Not sure what's been going on with me in the last 5 days.  Ever since I've lost this large amount of weight I've become  more aware of my body.  My body not only feels lighter but different.  I have a deeper sense of physical awareness from the inside.  It's like the organs that used to have fat surrounding them now feel different.  It's like I have a heightened sense of awareness of their presence in my body (sounds a little corny I know).

I've noticed over the last five days I can feel my heart beating in my chest.  At first when I noticed it I thought it was kind of odd but just passed it off as a heightened sense of awareness.  Since then I've become a little bit concerned.  I've never had this before and I…

White Chocolate

Just finished a 1.5oz chunk of really good white chocolate (I don't like white chocolate but Love White Chocolate from the local chocolate shop).  That cost me about 7 WW points :-(

Oh well.  Looks like my supper is going to be: Egg whites with veggies, salsa, toast and some fruit.
No worse for the ware I just need to be aware.  I've found egg white sandwiches to have been my saviour on many an occasion when I get a little overboard with the calories during the day.
I whip up a couple egg whites (sometimes three depending on how hungry I am).  Put it in the microwave with some salt and pepper.  Serve between two pieces of whole wheat toast with salsa (or ketchup) and sauteed onions.  Yum!

Hmmmm.... I also have a head of cauliflower in the fridge.  I think I may make some cauliflower soup or cauliflower mashed potatoes:  boil cauliflower add your seasoning and put in a blender or food processor with some liquid (water or chicken broth to your taste). Enjoy!  I'm sure some o…

-.6lb Feeling Full

After all the carbs I ate yesterday I'm feeling not super hungry this morning however I did eat for breakfast: Wheat toast w 1TB light cream cheese and a thin smear of Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves.  3pt
Coffee w creamer 1pt Applesauce 0pt Banana 0pt
In case you are wondering - yes I eat allot :-)
Bonne Maman is my favorite brand of preserves and the price in the store is manageable when it's on sale.  Here are the ingredients:
Cherries, Sugar, Cane Sugar, Fruit Pectin, Citric Acid.  I purchase the Strawberry Preserves for the kids PBJ sandwiches.  I'm sure there are some lower sugar versions of Strawberry Preserves out there that don't cost an arm and a leg that have organic ingredients - I just haven't found any in my local store (unless we drive to Trader Joe's which is about 45minutes away :-(.
Before I had breakfast this morning I stepped on the scale and I'm a minus .6 lbs.  I was a little bit surprised based on how much food I ate yesterday ( I ate beyond …

The Numbers Game

Today was a busy but fun day.  I went to my Butts and Guts Class this morning and then made some cookies (Molasses Spice Cookies - deadly good).  Fortunately I made the cookies to bring to my MIL and FIL ( I of course had to sample a few too many :-).   The recipe was from the America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook.  My apologies again for not being able to post this recipe (if I get permission by America's Test Kitchen then I will).
I stayed within my daily Weight Watchers Points and I used the extra banked points for the carbohydrate splurge that not only included cookies but really good bread and butter.  Here's the thing - I had the extra WW points available to use so I ate food even though I wasn't hungry - because I could.  Not sure that's a good thing for me to do.  I wonder how that will translate on the scale in the morning?  According to WW if I stay within my points range I should still lose weight - however the volume of what I ate less than 24h…