Thursday, January 7, 2010

Yoohoos! and WooHoos! and a Pilgrimage

I want to send a big old Lynn’s Weigh “Yoohoo!” to Sahar at Fat Fighter TV and thank her for the “WooHoo!” on her site. She made me sound and look gooood. Can’t wait to meet her and a whole lotta other bloggers at FitBloggin’10 in Baltimore in March. I haven’t signed up yet, but – god and weather willing – I’ll be there. Are you going?


Another “Yoohoo!” and congrats to Carolyn M from Georgia who won Joy Bauer’s “Joy’s LIFE Diet” book in my giveaway on Tuesday.


And another “Yoohoo!” to reader Tina from Lancaster County PA who sent me the nicest email the other night and like a bonehead, I erased it on my Blackberry which erased it on my PC. If you’re reading this, Tina, please shoot me another email so I can reply!


Now, about that pilgrimage…


In between weather advisories on Tuesday, I hitched up the Jeep and went on my bimonthly pilgrimage to Trader Joe’s and threw in a side trip to Whole Foods. I’ve been out of Shirataki Noodles since October (I’ve had an awful hankerin’ for spinach noodles Florentine), and – thanks to Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen  – I’ve been wanting to try Spike and Za’Atar seasonings, things I can’t find in Podunkville.


Other things I can’t get in Podunkville: chickpea flour; tarragon vinegar; lower (really lower) sodium soy sauce; hearts of palm; cheap(er) tahini; lower sodium pinto, black and garbanzo beans; light coconut milk; fire-roasted tomatoes with no salt added; frozen cherries; Fage; Skinny Dippers crackers (which are being discontinued…*tear*); tuna steaks, turkey bacon, and nan (for hubby); organic honeycrisp apples, Swiss chard, garlic and leeks; shelled edamame; TJ’s infamous low-fat/low-sodium parmesan ranch dressing; and of course:


Yes, I’m eating a bit of chocolate again since the scale is going nowhere whether I eat it or not. Doc says I’ve gained muscle mass and that was her final answer. This after I spent five minutes on Monday whining to her, “Why, why, WHY have I gained four pounds since May!” Have you been working out more? she asked. “Yes,” I said. “But…” Apparently there are no “buts.” So OK, I can live with that.


Anyway….


Whole Foods is a foodie’s Disneyland (not to mention the good looking men who shop there…) and usually I can’t escape without dumping at least $100. Not this time! I faithfully stuck to my list and spent less than $100. My only complaint (other than the prices) at Whole Foods is damn do they keep that place cold! By the time I get to the bulk foods, my fingers are numb – and that’s BEFORE I hit the freezer case! Sadly, I look like Nanook of the North when I shop there and the before mentioned good looking guys tend to avert their eyes.


A few more things before I let ya’ll go…(and I consider this first one a WooHoo! since I love when you guys as me about vegetables…*happytear*)


Many of you asked about the roasted rutabagas in my last post. Here’s what I do: Spray a baking sheet with Pam, thinly (as in 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick) slice a peeled rutabaga (I used a mandoline http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandoline); lay the slices on the pan; sprinkle with pepper or whatever spices you’d like; spray with Pam; roast at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (maybe longer depending on what meaty to crispness ratio you prefer), flipping them occasionally so they cook on both sides. That’s it. Very simple. I do the same thing with peeled beets.


Hope this finds you fully ensconced in your resolutions and the nutritional changes you vowed to make in 2010. I accomplished one of my resolutions already this year – to become a little, just a wee bit, more social. I’ve had coffee with TWO “new” friends (yoohoo! to Kara and Libby!).


Happy Thursday, everyone!

16 comments:

  1. Yay on your WooHoo! You deserve it! Fingers crossed for me to attend fitbloggin.

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  2. It's because of you, Lori, that I'm a woohoo! Thanks, chicka! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for Fitbloggin'.

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  3. O man, I just ADORE TJ's and Whole Foods! I shop for most of my food there now... just discovered the land of WF! O my beating heart! sigh! Fantastical goodness is both places!

    So so grateful I found your blog, Lynn! Looking forward to reading more!

    Hugs.. Amy

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  4. Not a mandoline!!! :)

    Neat on your woohoo - that is very cool. Wish I could get to Fitbloggin but my budget says no. It sounds like so much fun!

    Glad your doctor explained your weight gain - figured you didn't have anything to worry about since your jeans are baggy.

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  5. Wow, if you and Lori are coming to fitbloggin I sure will try to come to.

    You know I've never been to trader Joes or whole foods.

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  6. Shelley, so wish you could come! BbubblyBABE...I'm glad you're thinking about it :) I need to put voices and bodies to names and comments, ladies!

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  7. My local wal-mart sells shelled edemame in the freezer section. Have you tried asking the manager to stock it?

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  8. thanks for the rutabagas recipe!

    and what soy brand did you find and how low is low sodium?

    Baltimore is a LONG way from me - doubtful, but thanks for asking!

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  9. Seriously...if I could have a shopping spree at Whole Paycheck I would do some serious damage...there was recently a moonlight madness sale at one of the WFs here in Boulder, but sadly I missed it!
    BODA weight loss

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  10. Ahhhhh...it's so wonderful to find another fan of honeycrisp apples!!!

    My discovery of them is all due to a very generous orchard owner who, when overhearing my dilemma about which apples to buy at her roadside stand, promptly picked one up, cut off a slice, and placed it into my hand. "If you haven't tried these, then you should" she said, eyes all aglow. Suffice it to say that I left with a bushel or more of them in my car. I have since sought out any reason to extol their super crisp, juicy goodness...as evidenced here!

    They're available here in NC early in the apple harvest season. Early as in, if you wait until Labor Day to head to the mountains, all you'll find is what the owners have left in their own refrigerators. (And I've tried - they aren't interested in selling what they have left!!) Late July and early August is when they are aplenty.

    Glad to know someone else seeks them out!

    Julie

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  11. Fat doesn't weigh more than muscle...

    If you weighed a 4 lbs of feathers and 4 lbs of pennies-it's the same weight...they just take up different space.

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  12. Well thank you, anonymous, for imparting that piece of wisdom...

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  13. Anonymous, you're spot on! A pound is a pound. But when you work out more yet weigh more, even if your clothes get baggier, it's that density factor. I'm very happy with weighing four pounds more and my jeans being loose and my arms and back and abs being stronger. Another woohoo!

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  14. Hey there! Nice to meet you! Looks like you've acomplished a lot! Great job.

    come encourage me please... I'm on my journey to lose (192- 155)

    Traci

    http://www.choose2livechoosehealth.blogspot.com

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  15. Advice from a trusted friend: People often say that muscle weighs more than fat, but that is a misstatement. Muscle is actually more dense than fat, so a pound of muscle takes up less space than fat. Another way to look at fat versus muscles is that a cubic inch of muscle will weigh more than a cubic inch of fat. Muscle is about 18 percent more dense than fat.

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  16. Mmmm....honeycrisp apples from TJs. Love them!!

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