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Weekly Weigh-In


Starting weight: 155.8
Last weeks’s weight: 151.6
Today’s weight: 150.6
Down 1 lb.!
Total: 5.2 lbs.

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Dinner tonight, while inappropriately warm for a summer evening, was perfectly simple.

15-Minute Vegetarian Chili! (Source)


1 tsp canola oil
1 clove medium garlic, minced
14 1/2 oz stewed tomatoes
15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained
15 oz canned tomato sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried regano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 Tbsp low fat shredded Cheddar cheese, sharp


  • Heat oil in a large, nonstick, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, onion and pepper; stir well.
  • Increase heat to high and bring chili to a boil; cook, stirring frequently, until chili is thick and flavors are concentrated, about 5 minutes. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 1/4 cups chili and 1 tablespoon cheese per serving.
This chili was delicious with just the right amount of kick for me and Dan, but you could always add more chili powder or a little hot sauce if you really want to spice things up. Give it a try and let me know what you think.


So, last night I almost didn’t go for that four mile run. I definitely would’ve missed out on twenty seconds of bliss.

You’re thinking, ‘what is she talking about?’

I can only describe it as running bliss. My body was on complete autopilot. My arms and legs moved together in stride. My foot strikes perfectly on the treadmill belt. Everything worked the way nature intended. My lungs inflated and deflated in perfect time, filling my body and brain with the perfect amount of oxygen and releasing all the carbon dioxide. I followed my breath until the music coming through my headphones faded to a faint thump, like a heartbeat.

And then came the euphoric feeling of my mind being completely freed.

Free of the anxiousness of wanting to be home. Free of the stress of the day. Free of thoughts of the past and the future. Free of everything, my mind was just open and observant of my physical state.

Runner’s high? Brief meditation? Whatever it was it only lasted about twenty seconds and then it was gone. I feel like a runner now, because I would do anything to get that feeling back.

It’s taken over four years to find that one little spark. I’d love to hear from other runners or meditators even– what was it like the first time you felt that, I can only describe it as, oneness?


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I’ve been pretty lazy about dinners lately, so I am grateful that couscous takes very little time to cook, only 7-10 minutes. Then I take a look in the fridge and the cupboards for extra veggies and beans to add.
Tonight, it’s couscous, cooked in garlic infused olive oil added to the water, with tomatoes, spinach, basil, and cannellini beans.


So good warm, but even better cold because there are enough leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.
Do you have any quick dinner ideas?

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So, I’ve been in search of healthy brown bag lunch options and found a pretty good list on Livestrong.com. I’m not on a diet or anything like that, but I am trying to be more economical in my food choices for my health and my wallet. So tomorrow Dan and I will have hummus wraps.


This wrap consists of an herb tortilla wrap, two tablespoons hummus, 1/4 cup matchstick cut carrots, 1/4 cup sliced red peppers and lettuce. I substituted the wrap for Lavash wrap. It doesn’t look like much, so I’m going to have an apple on the side. I’ll let you know what we think.

I’m hoping to brown bag it to lunch pretty much every day from now on, unless it’s a special occasion, so I’ll be looking for a lot more quick and healthy lunches. Let me know you’re favorite, besides leftovers. And I’ll keep you posted on yummy ones that I find.


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Forget the scale?

Well, a week ago I made the resolution to lose ten pounds by the end of the year. Last week I weighed 154 and this week I weigh 154. My weight is the same despite exercising five days last week and despite running four miles on Sunday. My eating hasn’t been terrible either, but it could’ve been better.

I don’t know why I made such a ridiculous goal. Spending my life being discouraged by the scale is  not how I was to live. My body is changing from running and exercising and I feel good. I could use more sleep, but who couldn’t. I don’t know. It just seems pointless. Maybe I shouldn’t weigh myself weekly. I don’t know, maybe I shouldn’t bother weighing myself at all, because weight loss, to me, isn’t a good goal. Moving more and eating better are good goals.

I wish I didn’t get on the scale tonight. I wish that I had just finished tonight’s workout and went to read my book. Then I wouldn’t feel so hopeless that I will never reach a healthy weight. OH well! I’m not going to feel sorry for myself!

I’m going to stick to the original plan, which is to train for a 10K and run an official race at least once a month, and if I lose weight as a side effect– AWESOME! If not, well at least I feel good about myself and that’s more important to me.


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It felt good to come home to a clean house with bags of groceries to retock the refrigerator and cupboards. I felt thankful, and that motivated me to make dinner despite spending over an hour at the grocery store after a long day at work.

I rummaged food magazines for recipes on Sunday and found this awesome recipe for 3 Sisters chowder in the Hannaford magazine that you get free when you buy $25 in groceries. The name comes from the the 3 sister crops: pumpkin (or squash), corn, and black beans. I was I little nervous, but this chowder is delicious and I had to share the recipe. It’s the perfect hot, hearty meal for a fall day.

3 Sisters ChowderThree Sisters Chowder


1 tablespoon garlic infused olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed, drained
2 15 oz cans sweet corn, divided
1 cup squash or pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup low-fat or non-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup cornand black bean salsa (Optional- adds a little kick)
4 teaspoons pumpkin seeds (Optional)


1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add shallots and saute until tender and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
2. Add beans and 1 can of corn and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Puree the second can of corn in a food processor or blender, then add to the pan, along with pumpkin or squash puree, broth, salt, and pepper; stir to blend ingredients thoroughly. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
3. Stir in buttermilk and cook over medium low heat, without boiling, just until heated through. To serve, divide chowder among 4 bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds, if using.
The recipe says that it makes about four servings, but I got more like 6 servings out of it, so it must be four LARGE servings. It’s a quick and easy recipe, the most work I had to do was chopping the shallots and pureeing the corn (easy-peasy). I used pumpkin puree in my chowder and it was so-so good. Give a try and let me know what you think.
Happy autumn!

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Working on my fitness

After stepping on the scale yesterday, I finally realized what I’ve noticed for a while. I’m totally out of shape. I feel terrible and I’m not happy with my body. I have a ton of excuses, but that’s all they are, excuses.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the kind of person who stresses about the way my body looks. In general, I like me and I like my body. What I don’t like is the lethargy, the grumpiness, and the inability to go for a hike without wheezing after a quarter of a mile. In short, I don’t feel well and that’s not cool.

On Tuesday I wrote about training for the 8K on September 10th, so that’s my main goal at this point. If I lose weight, AWESOME! My goal isn’t to lose weight, though, it’s to train well and run across the finish line after running five miles. The training consists of a couple days of cross-training and I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out what kind of exercises make the most sense for me. I’m super uncoordinated, so anything that involves dancing just frustrates me. I have an irrational fear of getting hit by a car while riding my bike. The bike at the gym is boring. Maybe I should stick with yoga or maybe pilates. Any suggestions?

My second goal is definitely to eat better by cooking more. I don’t know when or why I stopped cooking and experimenting with new recipes. I’m pretty sure that I just got bored with my cookbooks, so I’m on the hunt for a new cookbook with healthy recipes. I would definitely appreciate any suggestions. Also, if you have any great, healthy recipes, especially for lunch, please share them in the comments.



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