My Meal Enders Review

When I was offered the chance to do a MealEnders review through my affiliation with SweatPink and FitApproach, I was intrigued but wary. I do struggle with after-dinner grazing, but I don’t want to take any products with stimulants or herbal ingredients that have not been approved by the FDA. I was intrigued to learn that MealEnders is based on a two-layer taste system instead of a drug effect, and eager to give them a try.

MealEnders Review
When I was dieting, I often would “ruin” a day of cutting calories by raiding the kitchen cabinets at night. I broke the cycle of restricting and over-eating a few years ago, but many evenings I still find myself peering into the pantry looking for “something” to nibble on. I’ve realized that my evening snack attacks ebb and flow with my monthly cycle–some weeks I am not at all interested in eating more after dinner, some weeks I will raid the pantry if I am tired or stressed, and then during those last PMS days all bets are off! Continue reading

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A Snowy Reston 10 Miler

My first race of 2015 is in the books, and it was quite an adventure!

Reston 10 Miler
First, the weather. When I signed up for this race in December, I thought of it as an early spring race. Little did I know I’d be stalking Weather.com and checking the race website for a possible cancellation.  Continue reading

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Living On Mountain Time

The very day that I was sucked in by the ads for Park City, Utah, my friend invited us to go skiing with her family, promising that there was plenty of room in the condo they had rented in … Park City! We checked our work calendars which were miraculously clear, made our plane reservations without balking at the last-minute fares, bought ski pants at end-of-season sales, and packed our bags. 

mountain time
 

While I was schussing down the slopes on our last day, I starting thinking about what I learned about myself while living on mountain time.

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Hearty Tomato Soup Recipe

I love the recipes that Deb shares on the Meatless Monday link-up she does with Tina Muir, but I don’t usually make them myself because my husband is not a big fan of vegetables. A few weeks ago, though, she shared this Creamy Chick Pea and Tomato Soup recipe that looked like something my husband would like, so I decided to make it. It was so delicious–and so easy– that I have made it a few times now. Since I am loving it so much, I thought I would share my own variations.

Tomato Soup

Deb’s tomato soup recipe is very simple, but it calls for jalapeno peppers to add a bit of bite, and jalapeno peppers are one ingredient that I am just afraid to cook with. The first time I made her recipe, I improvised with hot sauce instead, but the hot sauce overwhelmed the other flavors. So, the next time I used flavored tomatoes and that worked out well.  Continue reading

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The Process Of Knitting

I’ve wanted to dig out my knitting needles and dust off my knitting skills for a few years now, but I’ve finally done it. Between getting to know Tamara and seeing people in my MRTT group knitting their own hats, my vague desire turned into a definite intention which eventually had me standing in the knitting aisle of WalMart–yes, there is such a thing.

the process of knitting
I bought a “kit” with a how-to book, two sets of knitting needles, and other gadgets. As I started a simple scarf pattern, I was surprised at how quickly many of the techniques came back to me. While I did some crocheting when my kids were little, I haven’t really done any knitting since college, when I made afghans following a simple pattern my friend’s mom taught me.  Continue reading

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