Sunday, November 18, 2012

Candy!

Eli is 100% back to his normal self today. I worried about him all night long, but he seems totally fine. I'm glad, obviously!

This morning was really foggy outside.
Near zero visibility in dense fog... sounded like my easy four miler was going to be a fun one ;) I decided not to go on the busier roads, so I wouldn't get smoked by a car, and just ran through the neighborhoods. It was really eerie--there weren't any cars out, and I could barely see anything through the fog. Anytime I heard a noise, my heart raced, because I was imagining dogs running at me through the fog (it made for an interesting mind game, anyway).

My legs and lungs felt awesome throughout the whole run. I didn't look at my Garmin at all, just ran how I felt comfortable. I actually thought about running farther than my training plan said, that's how good I felt! But I called it quits at four miles.
After I showered, I sat under my electric blanket for breakfast and e-mail. My cats are as obsessed with my blanket as I am, and they actually kind of fight over who gets to sit with me. But surely, that's because they love me so much, and has nothing to do with the blanket, right? ;)
Phoebe and Estelle--my legs were numb when I got up
Jerry and I made plans to take the kids to see Wreck It Ralph today, because they brought home good report cards. There was a 12:10 show at the mall, so we decided to take them to Taco Bell at the "food court" there (I put that in quotes, because the only choices are Taco Bell and some Chinese place). We got to the mall at about 11:30, plenty of time to eat and then see the movie; but we saw that the mall was closed until 12.

That was irritating. I knew I'd be starving if we waited until after the movie to eat lunch. The next show was at 2:30, so we ultimately decided to go to Applebee's for lunch, then kill some time at the mall, and then see the show.

I ordered the jalapeno-lime shrimp (a Weight Watchers item on the menu, for 8 PointsPlus). I was skeptical, but it ended up being really good! Much better than the parmesan chicken I got last time (also a WW item).
I don't like tomatoes, but I tasted one, and they ended up being my favorite part of the dish. It was perfectly spicy, and a satisfying portion. I would definitely order this again. Jerry got the lemon-parmesan shrimp, for 12 PointsPlus, and I tasted it--it was pretty good, but I liked mine much better.

After we finished lunch, we went back to the mall to browse around for a while. We went into Target because the kids needed new sheets for their beds, and while we were there, I found my FAVORITE holiday candy!
I tried one probably about five years ago, at my friend Stacie's house. I was obsessed with finding them in the store, because they were SO good. Stacie couldn't remember where she'd gotten them, so it became a mission to find them. And I never did, until two years later--at Target. Target is the ONLY place I have ever seen them. If you like peppermint candy canes, and you like chocolate, you will like these.

They are basically just a candy cane sucker with a tootsie roll in the center. They only have 60 calories, and they last a while, which is another reason why I love them.

Looking at all the candy and junk food at Target made Jerry and I say to each other simultaneously, "Don't you wish we were still fat sometimes?" BAHAHA, that is the only thing I miss about being 253 pounds. Buying lots of junk and eating it with abandon, without worrying about gaining a few pounds. They had candy cane OREOS--Jerry and I were both drooling over those, but knew that if we bought them, we'd have no control. I did buy a bag two bags of the Candy Cane Tootsie Pops, because those aren't a binge food.

By the time we were done at Target, we still had 40 minutes until the movie started. The kids said they didn't even want to go see it anymore, so we just came home. I feel like I disappointed them again--since we missed out on the race yesterday morning, and then the movies today. But maybe we'll try and go next weekend.

Jerry and I spent some time in the evening going through tweets on Twitter about The Walking Dead. There are some really funny pictures on there! I love reading what people's thoughts are about the show, and it had me cracking up. Jerry had an idea for one that he asked me to make in Photoshop... a prediction of who would be on the phone that Rick answered at the end of the last episode...

Hahaha, if you don't watch The Walking Dead, then please ignore that ;)  


I want to give a huge congrats to my Ragnar teammate Lealah--she finished her very first full marathon today!! And Rik, our Ragnar captain, actually went down to Oklahoma to run it alongside her, just like he did with me in Detroit three weeks ago (seriously, could we have a more awesome captain?). I'm super proud of Lealah! Their unofficial finish time is 5:27:40. Congrats Lealah!

35 comments:

  1. I LOVE those Tootsie Pops too, but they always rip up the roof of my mouth! And you're right, who wants to binge on that?

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    1. I've never had a problem with them ripping up my mouth! But I know what feeling you're talking about. That happens to me when I binge on cereal ;)

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  2. Ive never seen or even heard of CandyCane Tootsie Pops! You can bet I'llbe looking for them. I did just have my first banana tootsie pop and my new favorite that i' d never seen before Pomagrante tootsie pop! That was amazing.

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    1. I've never heard of either of those flavors! Sounds yummy.

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  3. I saw an electric blanket at Target last year on clearance for crazy cheap, so I bought it. My cat loves that thing!

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    1. I adore my electric blanket--and obviously, so do my cats ;)

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  4. "Is it me you're looking for", that's hilarious!! Do you watch "the tallking dead" also? I really enjoy the behind the scenes info..last week I didn't quite get what was happening with Rick stabbing that zombie in the stomach, until they explained it.

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    1. I've never heard of The Talking Dead--I'm going to have to check it out!

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    2. The talking dead is usually on immediately after the walking dead and its kinda a "talk show" about the episode you just watched. They bring in characters, other actors, the producers etc and discuss what happened/what is going to happen (they NEVER answer questions about future episodes which is irritating haha). I, like Amy, didn't realize that the walker that Rick stabbed had consumed Lori until they explained it.

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  5. I was at the store and saw all the candy and said the exact same thing! Haha My favorite thing during the Christmas season is the white Oreos. I looked up the nutritional information on them yesterday though...not happening!!

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    1. I don't know what it is about Oreos, but they aren't a food that I could have just one or two and be happy with. I have to either eat a whole sleeve or none at all. Terrible, I know!

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  6. Wow that shrimp does look pretty good...too bad we don't go to Applebee's anymore. The one here in Hot Springs has horrible service, we've only been twice. The first time it took 30 minutes after we'd finished eating (and drinking) to get the check, and the second time we got seated by a very rude hostess who acted like we interrupted her gab fest with the bartender, and sat there for 10 minutes with no menus, and no one ever came to our table. So we walked out and haven't gone back since.

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    1. I hate when bad service ruins an otherwise good experience. That happened to me with Cracker Barrel. I was LOVING their Pecan Pancakes, but quit going because the service was so bad. :(

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  7. I ran the same marathon today!!!

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  8. Maybe I shoulf start watching The walking dead. I do watch(& watched) bunch of other stuff though

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  9. A girl after my own heart! I LOVE anything mint chocolate! It seems everything this year is following that theme, making it hard for this chick to stick to my plan! I'm trying to spread it out and still enjoy some of it. If you haven't tried them, the white chocolate peppermint MMs are to die for! You would need to share them for sure. Ok, I will stop talking about candy now :) Old habits do die hard!

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    1. Not sure if you like protein shakes, but I made a mint chocolate one today and posted the recipe: http://runsforcookiesrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/11/peppermint-patty-protein-shake.html

      I've been craving peppermint!

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    2. I drink a shake almost every morning for breakfast. I was making my grocery list as I was reading today's blog and just added the ingredients to my list. Thank you for sharing it! Do you add the xantham and guar gum to your shakes? Is this something you can get in the grocery store?

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    3. I always add the xanthan and guar gums to my shakes, because it gives them a very creamy, thick texture. But I put "optional" because some people don't want to spend the money on those (they're expensive, but they last FOREVER, since you use such a small amount). The taste wouldn't change at all, but the texture would.

      And yes, you can get them in a grocery store. The xanthan gum is usually a Bob's Red Mill brand, and can be found with the gluten free stuff. I had to go to a health food store for the guar gum, but some regular grocery stores have it now.

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  10. So are you all caught up on the walking dead? If you are, isnt it crazy! Ugh I love that show.

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    1. It's so embarrassing to admit this, but I watched two full seasons PLUS the first 3 episodes of season three... IN TWO DAYS. I couldn't stop!

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  11. I'm absolutely obsessed with TWD. How did you feel about last night's episode? I found it pretty scattered and so my brain was buzzing afterwards but I CANT WAIT until next week!!!!!!

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    1. I was a little disappointed with the phone call. Was hoping it would be REAL people calling! I think next week is going to be awesome.

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  12. Love, love, LOVE TWD!!! My husband has watched it from the beginning & I jumped in last season. Can't wait until next week!! Sunday nights have now become "date night" to watch TWD. ;)

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    1. Jerry and I were both excited all day yesterday to watch the show. I never would have guessed that I'd get hooked on it!

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  13. Went to Target and bought some Candy Cane Tootsie Pops! They're delicious!

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  14. Hello my name is Simone and I am starting out my journey towards weight loss surgery. I was referred to your blog by a nutritionist who is working with me. I want to congratulate you on what you have accomplished. That's so awesome. I would like to eventually be able to do a marathon, its in my goals for the future, but first steps first, walking more. Love your blog so far. Its a great motivator.

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    1. Thanks so much! I never in a million years imagined I would run a marathon, let alone TWO--and if I can do it, you certainly can! Walking is a great start.

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  15. I love that Walking Dead picture. Would you and Jerry be ok if I posted it on Facebook?

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  16. That is halarious! Now I have to go to target! I love that store I think I seriously could spend hours and an entire paycheck in there!

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  17. My husband is a faithful walking dead watcher so I text him this pic his response-" making fun of my show! damn it, him and carol been thru a lot!" bahahahahahahahahah

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