Friday, July 10, 2009

Day 7: LIttle Wheel Keep on Turning


If I am not for myself,
then who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself,
then what am I?
And if not now, when?

Rabbi Hillel

Inspirational Song
Proud Mary
Ike & Tina Turner

The Bike Is at Work

I brought my mini exercise bike to work today. Just getting it upstairs and situated under my desk started the calorie burn! It's a tad awkward, which I hope will cease. So far I kind of have to grip my keyboard tray to stay steady, and I have to have it in more of a position like a recumbent bike (which, frankly, I probably prefer) or my knees hit the keyboard try even with it as elevated as far as it can be. I feel it in my leg muscles, not aerobically. But no one has noticed it at all unless I've pointed it out to them.

Today, just sort of doing it when I was on the phone (harder to do when keyboarding), I snuck in 40 minutes, 6 miles, and burned 225 calories. I don't think that's bad for the first day. I'm heartened.

Cookie Triumph
Colleagues delivered my team Chunky Milk Chocolate cookies to thank us for our work on a project. Getting Thanks is Nice. I saved the red ribbon around the 2 boxes of cookies that had Thank You printed in gold on it.

The cookie box, however, I put on a colleague's desk! I did eat one. . . 140 calories worth. And I walked them all around offering them to others.

There was a little card that came on the top of the box that just had a little company logo and in big print CHUNKY MILK CHOCOLATE. I kept seeing it next to my keyboard. I swear it was like a siren calling my name. I had to throw it away!

Because You Asked. . . Spaghetti Squash

This is how it looks in the store. We just bake it in the oven whole. You can cut it first, but it's hard to cut.

Bake about 40 minutes or so until it gives to your touch or even has a light scorch mark on the bottom.

Once it's baked, slice it length wise. The seeds will be in the center. Use a spoon to gently scoop them out so they don't mix in with the squash.

Then use a big spoon to scoop the strands out squash out of the shell.

I've had it with marinara on the top mostly--just like spaghetti. The first 2 times I ate it, I thought it was mushy and didn't like it much. It has a very mild flavor. But now I really like it. I think of though more of its own think that I like--not necessarily as a pasta "substitute." If I want pasta, I eat pasta. Usually whole wheat, but sometimes not.


  1. Biking under the desk... you're a madwoman!

  2. I've never had that, sounds interesting. I'm open to new things, sure...I may have to give it a try!!


    p.s.--You're doing absolutely fantastic. What a wonderful journey you're on!

  3. I've always wanted to see pics like the ones you posted. I must try this spaghetti squash I keep hearing about. Thanks for the post.

  4. Love spaghetti squash and biking under the desk is a great idea. This blog is very inspirational!

  5. Exercising on the job? As if work wasn't hard enough already. Good for you.

  6. Biking under the desk ... How cool & crazy is that? Where there's a will ...

    I had to get used to the taste & texture of SS too but love it now with marinara & veggies & a little parm.
    I micro mine for 8-10 minutes (after cutting it though)with a bit of water in the Pyrex dish.


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