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    Exercise update:

    My allergies have been so bad this week that I mistook them for a cold. Felt tired and awful from Monday through Thursday. So I haven't been running, and am a few days behind on Exercise Challenge exercises. Might try to run tomorrow if I have time.

    Food update:

    Due in part to @Showbread's experience with the falafel burgers, I am finding a new use for the can of chickpeas I bought: Kale Salad with Tandoori Roasted Chickpeas
    Super excited about it! Will eat it for most dinners this week.

    My other meals:

    Breakfasts: Fat free "European style" plain Trader Joe's yogurt with blueberries and honey

    First set of lunches: Sesame-Ginger and Cucumber Soba Noodles - Cookie and Kate (made several servings today -- really yummy and good for you!)

    Second set of lunches: Tomato Cobbler Recipe | Martha Stewart (my favorite!)

    Snacks: Crackers and tahini

    I also got tired of looking at my 3/4 empty bag of Trader Joe's pumpkin pancake/waffle mix, so I binge-cooked like 20-30 pancakes, bagged them, and froze them. Decided I wanted to make them healthier, so I used the "basic whole grain yogurt pancake" formula for healthier pancakes from this website -- with oat bran instead of wheat germ, and also with a bunch of chopped pecans I had lying around. They turned out awesome. And I am pretty much set for breakfasts for life, lol.

    Side note: Does anyone have a suggestion for healthy pumpkin-pecan pancake toppings?
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    Also: warm weather means COLD BREW ICED COFFEE, which is my favorite. So I am sharing the recipe I usually use, not because it's healthy, but because it is delicious and I love it.

    the velvet bird: Most Delicious Iced Coffee in the World!

    (I usually leave it out on the counter instead of the fridge, overnight, and only put it in the fridge after it's been strained. And that hasn't killed me yet? Maybe it will in the future?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Exercise update:

    My allergies have been so bad this week that I mistook them for a cold. Felt tired and awful from Monday through Thursday. So I haven't been running, and am a few days behind on Exercise Challenge exercises. Might try to run tomorrow if I have time.
    OMG I feel you. I haven't gone for a real run in over a week because of: PMS (period is late so it's taking forever), allergies, giving blood. I couldn't even go to the gym this morning because my allergy meds had worn off and I kept sneezing and getting super watery eyes. No good. Might try again tomorrow depending on the weather. If it's below like 55 degrees my lungs don't cooperate even with inhaler.

    I also got tired of looking at my 3/4 empty bag of Trader Joe's pumpkin pancake/waffle mix, so I binge-cooked like 20-30 pancakes, bagged them, and froze them. Decided I wanted to make them healthier, so I used the "basic whole grain yogurt pancake" formula for healthier pancakes from this website -- with oat bran instead of wheat germ, and also with a bunch of chopped pecans I had lying around. They turned out awesome. And I am pretty much set for breakfasts for life, lol.

    Side note: Does anyone have a suggestion for healthy pumpkin-pecan pancake toppings?
    Ooh, yum! Um, if you want to eat it like toast reduced fat cream cheese would be good. I really like honey on my pancakes too.

    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    (I usually leave it out on the counter instead of the fridge, overnight, and only put it in the fridge after it's been strained. And that hasn't killed me yet? Maybe it will in the future?)
    Nah, you're fine. I drink day old coffee that's been sitting in the pot overnight all the time. It's acidic enough to inhibit bacterial growth for a short time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Exercise update:

    My allergies have been so bad this week that I mistook them for a cold. Felt tired and awful from Monday through Thursday. So I haven't been running, and am a few days behind on Exercise Challenge exercises. Might try to run tomorrow if I have time.
    Two updates to the above.

    1) I went for a 2.5 mile run yesterday and it didn't go amazingly, which I attribute to the VERY warm and sunny weather (75 degrees!) and to my not having exercised for a little under a week. Once it gets to be summer, I may have to get up early to run. Or, God forbid, start using a treadmill at the gym.

    2) As soon as the trees started to bloom, this weekend, my symptoms went away. Which means it probably wasn't allergies?? Either way, I'm glad that's over with!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    OMG I feel you. I haven't gone for a real run in over a week because of: PMS (period is late so it's taking forever), allergies, giving blood. I couldn't even go to the gym this morning because my allergy meds had worn off and I kept sneezing and getting super watery eyes. No good. Might try again tomorrow depending on the weather. If it's below like 55 degrees my lungs don't cooperate even with inhaler.
    Yuck. :/ The Internets tell me that exercise actually makes you feel better, when you have cramps? But I'm not sure if I believe them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    Ooh, yum! Um, if you want to eat it like toast reduced fat cream cheese would be good. I really like honey on my pancakes too.
    Hmm, there's a thought. I like the idea of using some kind of spread. Worst case scenario, I don't think a teaspoon of maple syrup ever killed anyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    Nah, you're fine. I drink day old coffee that's been sitting in the pot overnight all the time. It's acidic enough to inhibit bacterial growth for a short time.
    Excellent.
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    I'm going to post one of my recipes! I've been making this every few months for the last 4ish year probably. My ISFP friend made the recipe when were in high school. Basically they are cookies, but with much less butter, reduced sugar, WW flour, and lots of oatmeal. That probably doesn't sound good, but I LOVE them. I keep them in the freezer and eat them as snacks all the time. I've counted before, they are about 160 calories a cookie, with almost 3 grams of fiber each.

    Cream together:
    - 1/4 cup butter
    - 1/2 cup brown sugar
    - scant 1/4 cup white sugar

    Add:
    - 3/4 cup low fat yogurt* (plain or low sugar vanilla)
    - 1 T vanilla extract
    - 2 eggs

    Mix well and add:
    - 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour**
    - 1.5 tsp of baking soda
    - 1/2 tsp salt

    Finally add:
    - 1 cup chopped walnuts
    - 1.5 cups dark chocolate chunks***
    - 3 cups old fashioned oats

    Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. They don't spread much, so I usually squish them down a bit before I put in the oven.

    * If using plain either add a squeeze of honey, or make the white sugar a full 1/4 cup. I use a low carb vanilla yogurt.

    ** In case you've never used it before, WW pastry is the same as white whole wheat. It's still 100% whole grain, just made from a softer wheat with a but less protein. Makes for less dense baked goods.

    *** I often chop my own dark chocolate, my favorite are the Pound Plus bars at Trader Joe's. $4.99 for 18 ox of really good quality dark chocolate.
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    Went for my first good run in about two weeks. Thanks to cold weather, allergies, and TMI ->
    But, today went pretty well. 3 miles, a little over 30 minutes. I finished my first mile in 8:33, which is progress!

    I've also been calorie counting using the myfitnesspal app. I have it set for only like .5 pounds of weight loss a week though, so I'm aiming for 1450-1500 calories a day. WAY more doable than the 1250 it had me on before. 250 calories shouldn't make that much of a difference, but it really does. With my run today I was still under, even though I definitely had Thai food (noodles!) for dinner.

    Not sure what I'll be eating this weekend. Saturday will be a bust, probably going out with IxFJ bestie, and we are definitely making boozy smoothies with coconut rum and frozen fruit afterwards. But, the other days should be fairly healthy.
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    Welp my 3.4 mile run became a 4 mile run-walk because I lost track of where I was on the trail and overshot. I'm guessing it was a little over 3 miles in that my right thigh started hurting, so I walked, then stretched, then walked, then ran maybe half a mile, then did a cool-down walk and stretched again. Hopefully I won't be horrendously sore tomorrow.

    On the bright side... farthest I've ever run-walked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Welp my 3.4 mile run became a 4 mile run-walk because I lost track of where I was on the trail and overshot. I'm guessing it was a little over 3 miles in that my right thigh started hurting, so I walked, then stretched, then walked, then ran maybe half a mile, then did a cool-down walk and stretched again. Hopefully I won't be horrendously sore tomorrow.

    On the bright side... farthest I've ever run-walked!
    Woohoo! I'm going to shoot for 3.5 tomorrow. No idea what I'm doing on the food front though. I have ground beef and ground turkey in my freezer currently that I would like to use.
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    This week's food:

    1) Leftover pumpkin/oat bran/yogurt/pecan pancakes up the wazoo! (following up on the pancake topping thing: I tried putting fig jam on one and it was GREAT, so I will be doing that)

    2) Red curry with chicken, eggplant, and spinach, and brown jasmine rice

    3) Eggplant scallopini marsala with wheat pasta

    Because scarcity breeds innovation, I ended up deciding on that last recipe while scouring the index of my copy of the Moosewood Cookbook, figuring Mollie Katzen of all people would have some ideas about what to do with half an eggplant. (I already knew I wanted to make red curry with eggplant, but the recipe on the side of the can said 200g, which is apparently about half an eggplant.) So I decided to try this, having discovered marsala wine in the Room of Requirement* -- which ended up being bad**, so I bought a bottle of dry sherry that I will most likely pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. ANYWAY, I made half the recipe and will be eating it for the next 3-4 days most likely.


    *That's what my roommates and I call our basement storage room. Treasures left behind by previous group house tenants include an old tube TV, three doors, a mini fridge, and a framed Pittsburgh Steelers poster.

    **I should have seen this coming. A few months ago, while cleaning out our basement fridge -- we have two fridges -- I found food in the freezer from 2011. So I should always assume that food discoveries in the house should be thrown away.
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    Food has been okay. I need to 100% commit to calorie counting, rather than quitting for the day if I eat something "bad" or run out of calories. I ate a burrito at like 11 pm last night as a right of passage. There's this semi-crappy 24/7 Mexican food place walking distance from campus that students go to at all hours. I've never been (intentionally) but some of my friends found out an insisted that I had to go before graduation. So, I ate a rather large burrito late last night. It was really fun though, and surprisingly not gross!

    I did a little photo shoot about two weeks ago and I got the pictures back today. Not because I'm unhappy with the photography, but because I just really don't like the way I look. My face gets a lot chubbier when I gain weight, even if it's only 5-7 pounds. I almost didn't take pictures because I knew I would feel this way.

    Oh, well. What's done is done I suppose. I've seen people put pictures of themselves they don't like on their fridge before to deter them against snacking. I've considered doing that, but I'm not sure how healthy it is...

    I have no idea what to make for food tonight. I have lots of lettuce, thinking some kind of salad. But I don't have a protein.

    I also haven't been doing a lot of running. It's not getting easier for my lungs, which is really discouraging. I've also just been exhausted the last few days. I forced myself to do 20 minutes on the elliptical last night because I knew I needed some exercise.
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