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Forgot the Fruits: 5 Fruity Ideas

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Forgot the Fruits: 5 Fruity Ideas

I made a goal. A few goals, in fact. One of them was to eat more fruits & vegetables.

So I made a list. A list of all the easy vegetable dishes I could think of that I might actually make – and eat. I stuck it on the fridge along with my other list. The one with the reasons I need to get healthy.

But in the midst of all this list-making, I forgot: it’s FRUITS and vegetables. Duh. This is why I can’t leave the thinking to mealtimes. And I like fruits. What’s more is my 3-year-old likes fruits, and getting vegetables into her is like, well, I don’t know what it’s like. Because it doesn’t happen.

So here is what I was able to think of to get more fruits into my day:

  • Cottage cheese and canned mandarins. Yeah, you can do better than canned. But it’s fast, and it keeps.
  • Keep a fruit bowl on the table. It’s easy to slice up an apple and share it around, or cut open a kiwi and scoop it out with a spoon, if it’s sitting right there in front of you.
  • Buy more and more bananas until I actually have some that are old enough to make bread. This doesn’t happen very often – they get eaten too fast.
  • Frozen-then-zapped berries on the greek yogurt (a nod to Katie for this one). I’ll bet this would work on the oatmeal, too.
  • Apples and cheddar. Best. snack. ever.

Any other ideas?
What are your favourite fast-fruits?

image © Michael Geipel

19 Great Walking Tunes

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19 Great Walking Tunes

My physiotherapist has told me that she doesn’t see me running again for at least a year.

Yup, a whole year.

While this is suckful, it’s also a bit of a wakeup call. It’s the reason that “physio” made my list of S.M.A.R.T. goals, even after I turned them into H.A.P.P.Y. goals. And while I can’t run, I can walk. And I have been walking. But walking needs the right tunes.

Every time I read one of Finola‘s posts with her running tunes, I resolve to write one with my walking tunes. So here it is.

115-119 BPM

  • Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen)
  • New Sensation (INXS)
  • Highway To Hell (ACDC) Great for uphill!
  • Heard It Through The Grapevine (California Raisins)
  • Every Breath You Take (The Police)
  • Funky Cold Medina (Tone Loc) Good lord did I really listen to this?
  • Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera?) LOVE this one. Also makes a great cha-cha.
  • It Never Woulda Worked Out Anyway (Brad Paisley) Hilarious.
  • I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan) You go girl!
  • Graceland (Paul Simon) Such a great travellin’ song.
  • Respect (Aretha Franklin) Word!

120-124 BPM

  • Show Me Love (Robin S)
  • Get On Your Feet (Gloria Estefan)
  • You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi) I once karaoke’d this. Oh yes I did.
  • Conga (Gloria Estefan) Conga line not required. Not even encouraged.
  • 1985 (Bowling For Soup) Oh god, they’re singing about me.
  • Manic Monday (Bangles) See above.
  • Under Pressure. (Queen) I can’t tell you how relieved I was to learn that Vanilla Ice did NOT write this riff.
  • 100 Years (Five for Fighting) Great cool-down song.

Got any great walkin’ tunes?
What’s on YOUR play list?

H.A.P.P.Y. goals: the update

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H.A.P.P.Y. goals: the update

I made some goals last week. They were my “H.A.P.P.Y. Goals“, and they were pretty modest:

  1. eat at least 3 servings of fruits & vegetables a day
  2. do something to elevate my heart rate every day
  3. do my physio
  4. check in with my fitness buddy every day
  5. check in with YOU by the end of next week to let you know how I’m doing

So here I am, to fulfill #5 while I tell you about the other 4.

So how did I do? Not too bad. I had a physio appointment yesterday, and my physiotherapist could totally tell I’ve been doing my exercises. Yay me! She also said I need my hips x-rayed (funny, most people I talk to tell me I need my head x-rayed).

I have also been WALKING. It’s been great. Not stupendously awesome, but still really great. And if there are two secrets to my success this week, they are:

  • exercise makes me feel good
  • my fitness buddy makes me exercise

Actually, these bear repeating. In great big bold letters:

  • exercise makes me feel good

  • my fitness buddy makes me exercise

The single smartest thing I did this week was hook up with my fitness buddy, Robin. We swapped emails about our goals, and kept tabs on each other through he week. ALL via email. Virtually zero effort. If you’re in a slump, I highly recommend it. Support groups are great, but there’s just something about one-on-one accountability that works for me.

And let me tell you, the “H.A.P.P.Y. goals” were a little tongue in cheek, but they have totally worked. I feel pretty damn good. Better than I have in a while. Mind you, knowing I have exactly one more shopping trip before I’m done my Christmas shopping may have something to do with that. But then, the increased energy has helped with the Christmas stuff. And with cleaning out the basement. And packing up the baby gear.

I’m getting on top of stuff. Life is good.

This is not a S.M.A.R.T. goal

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This is not a S.M.A.R.T. goal

Remember the post about SMART Goals? Of course you do. You read all my posts religiously. You probably even take notes.

*snort*

Yes, I snort at my own jokes. Someone has to.

But don’t worry, I won’t even make you follow the link to see what the hell I’m talking about. I heard about SMART goals from the amazing Dr. C., my totally awesome family doctor who rescued the story of the therapist from hell.

Yes, as all you religious readers will have noted, I do link back to the therapist from hell periodically frequently incessantly. It is my fondest wish that, one day, she be recognized by Google as the number 1 therapist from hell.

Anyhow, Dr. C. introduced me to  SMART goals as a means to cope with depression. Aside from using humour as a defense mechanism.

And finally, yes, I use humour as a defense mechanism. Please try to contain your astonishment.

SMART goals are:

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic, and
Timely

I didn’t tell Dr. C. this, but I also have another goal. It’s almost specific, it’s fairly measureable, I’m not sure it it’s attainable or realistic, and it definitely isn’t timely. During some seredipitous shelf-browsing at the library, I came across this book:


It’s called Unforgettable Walks To Take Before You Die. It covers everything from the Scottish Highlands to some really funky desert somewhere (at least, that’s what I assume from the cover – I haven’t finished reading it yet).

I can walk for fitness. That’s all well and good. But what about training for a hike through somewhere foreign, distant, and entirely fascinating? How cool would that be??

So for the moment, I’m looking for ideas. And I am *TOTALLY* open to suggestions.

Any ideas for great walking/hiking vacations?

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