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Boy, when I woke up it hurt to take my first step out of bed. My calves got such a workout yesterday; I didn’t realize it until I was walking away from the bed. I wanted to hit Pilates again this morning, but thought better of that idea. 🙂

So instead, I did something better (as I type facetiously).  I got a Starbucks Tall Pumpkin Spiced Iced Latte with Soy Milk instead. There’s 5 or 600 calories of sugar and fat I can’t get back!

Garden Green Salad

Garden Green Salad

For lunch I made a Garden Green Salad with a bunch of great Vegetables in it. Today, I added Raisins and an Oil & White Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.

Garden Green Salad:

Ingredients:

1-Bag of Spring Salad

4 Mushrooms

4 Green Onions

1 Avocado

1 Orange Bell Pepper

1 Tomato

1/4Cup Raisins

Directions: Wash the Spinach and Baby Greens from the Salad Mix Bag. Wash and chop up the Vegetables. Add the Raisins and Dressing and serve.  

Oil & Vinegar Dressing:

Ingredients:

2 Tbls. Olive Oil

2 Tbls. White Balsamic Vinegar

I’ve got to say, my experimenting is getting better and better. I had just a little bit the Whole Grain Rigatoni left, so I heated it up and had that as well.

Assorted Danish Cake

What's Left of Assorted Danish Cake

And I hate to say this, or even document it, but I had yet some more morsels of the Danish Assorted Cake Mike bought at Costco. This is what was left of the Assorted Danish Cake after I got my hands on it. Both Mike and I had a part to play in polishing off the tin of Danish. It’s ruining everything I’ve done so far by going to the Pilates classes this week.! But I’m happy to write, Mike ate the last of the Danish, so thankfully there are no more temptations.!!!

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For dinner, I made Mike’s son Roasted Potatoes and Onions with some Paprika, Parsley and other Seasonings. I have to say, it was really good for no other dinner preparations. I thought I’d pour some Olive Oil into a Sauté Pan and threw in the cut up Potatoes with their skin still on. I did the Potatoes first, because it takes them longer to cook. Then I added the Onions. But the Potatoes were falling apart and kind of burning to the bottom of the pan. So I turned down the heat and added some more Olive Oil and then I added the Seasonings and let the Onions cook. 

Potatoes & Onions:

Ingredients:

6 Medium Potatoes

1 Medium Yellow Onion

3Tbls. Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Parsley

1/4 Cup Paprika

1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

Sea Salt

Directions:

Wash and cut Potatoes into 1/4-inch cubes then slice Onions into thin slices. Heat Olive Oil in Sauté Pan and add Potatoes, sliced Onions, then seasonings. Let ingredients soften and meld together. 

While I was making the Potatoes and Onions, I decided to have the left over Fresh Vegetable Salad I made the night before. I also had some Whole Grain Rigatoni from the day before. BUT much to my surprise, the Fresh Vegetable Salad didn’t keep very well. The Vinegar in it became too overpowering, making it too sour and tart to eat. So I had some of the Potatoes & Onions.

For dessert, I drank some Carrot Juice with a couple more pieces of Danish! I can’t believe it… just because this food is in the house I feel I need to eat it. This is not right!!!!!   

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I took another class this morning at my Potomac Pilates Workout Gym… and this one really got me sweating.

It’s called Jump Board Pilates, and it’s geared to get your cardio up using the same Pilate moves. You’re basically lying down on the Reformer Machine, but it’s all high energy and you’re using a board to push off.

For an hour, I worked out all my body and really felt it!!!

After the hour, Mike picked me up from my class because he had an early morning meeting. From there, we ran to Costco for some office supplies and groceries, the post office and then to the local grocery store for more supplies.

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Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad

Not to long ago we got back to the house, unloaded the car, I took a shower and then I ate some of my leftovers from yesterday. The Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad and the Whole Grain Rigatoni Dish were still as good today, as they were yesterday.    

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Whole Grain Rigatoni

For an after lunch treat, I indulged on two small pieces of Jelly Danish that Mike bought at Costco. But to get the sweet tooth out of my system, I’m drinking some Vedge Juice. Which really tastes great. 

Bolthouse Juice

Vedge Juice

I’ve realized, in order to get the numbers going down on the scale I have to kick the sweets out.  And keep my portion control down. This sounds like a broken record, but it needs to be done. No matter what!!!!

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I took my Carrot Juice with me, while I did my running around this afternoon, which means I didn’t grab lunch before I left. But good thing happened along the way, one of the magazines I picked up to read at one of my appointments had some really good recipes.  

They both looked really good, and were in my requirements of eating only Raw Foods. Plus, I wanted to eat light, because the scale is not my friend these days.!!!! So I decided to make them after I got home. There was the Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad for which I had all the ingredients. And the Whole Grain Rigatoni recipe I had to do some modifications with. The Rigatoni called for Cheese(no cheese please), I didn’t have Crushed Red Pepper or Cauliflower and I didn’t use Rigatoni Pasta. So in place of those two ingredients, I used Cheyenne Pepper, Paprika and Asparagus. And amazingly, they were both easy and fast to prepare. I got home around 3p.m. and the food was ready by 3:30ish.

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Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad

Apple, Pear and Walnut Salad:

2Tbls. Red Wine Vinegar

21/2Tbls. Orange Juice

1 Orange, Zested

1/2Cup Raisins

4 Apples (2-3 different kinds)

2 Pears

2/3Cup Walnuts, toasted & chopped

2Tbls. Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk together vinegar, orange juice, zest and raisins. Core and cube apples and pears. Add fruit and walnuts to a bowl and drizzle with oil. Toss well to combine. Season with salt to taste and refrigerate for one hour before serving.

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Whole Grain Riganoti

Whole Grain Rigatoni:

4Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Medium Yellow or Red Onion, thinly sliced

6 Mint Leaves

1/2tsp. Paprika/Cheyenne Pepper

10 Sticks of Asparagus

1lb. Rigatoni Pasta

1/4Cup Parsley

Directions:

Bring 6y quarts of water to boil in a large pot and add 2 tbsp. salt. In medium saucepan, heat oil; add onion, mint and Paprika/Cheyenne Pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 to 6 minutes. Meanwhile, chop Asparagus into 1/4-inch pieces and throw all the pieces into the saucepan with the onions. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring regularly for 12 to 15 minutes, until Asparagus is softened. Cook Pasta according to package instructions until al dente and drain in colander. Reserve some of the water and add to the Asparagus, Oil & Onion mix. Toss hot pasta and Parsley with the rest of the mix already in the pan and serve immediately.

For dinner, I had another new recipe. I made Fresh Vegetable Salad mix with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

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Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad:

1 Orange Bell Pepper

5 Sticks of Asparagus

1 Avocado

1 Tomato

4 Small Pickle Cucumbers

1/2 Cup Chick Peas

Oil & Vinegar Dressing:

2Tbls. Olive Oil

2Tbls. White Wine Vinegar

Sea Salt

Coriander

Paprika

Cheyenne Pepper

Dried Onion Flakes

Directions:

Chop up Pepper, Avocado, Asparagus, Tomato, and Cucumbers into 1/4-inch cubes or bite sized pieces. Add Oil, Vinegar, Chick Peas, and Seasonings and toss to coat the vegetables.  

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