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HI EVERYONE! Just a quick note- my server Blue Host had some technical difficulties today and the website was down for an hour or so. Sorry about that…looks like we are back up now! :) Angela

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Good afternoon!

You know I decided today that I don’t have enough eye candy on this website! So I present to you some exciting news…

WOMEN SET THE PACE:

I signed up for a half-marathon! It’s not until next May 2010 though! Remember how I wanted to participate in the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon last May but it was sold out?? Well, they opened the registration for the 2010 date today and I got in!!! Whohoo! One word for you ladies: FIREFIGHTERS. at all the water stations. Need I say more? ;)

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How hilarious is THAT!!!!!!!

I have a feeling many of us women are going to be taking lots of water breaks! ;)

Possible outfit for Eric??? y/y??

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If anyone wants to run this with me, let me know.

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My day is flying by again. This morning I was busy making a bunch of business calls about packaging for my bars. I also baked up a couple orders, did invoicing, and more research on product codes.

US Package stalking: It appears that my package has entered the US (last night) but it doesn’t yet say anything about customs. I wonder how long this will take? It’s killing me! I want to call them and be like, ‘So just wondering if the bars made the cut?’ LOL!

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Let’s get to the winner of the Amazing Grass Prize package!

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Congrats to Katie! Please send me your shipping address and we will get this sent off to you!

Katie said:

Two VERY positive changes in my life recently:

1) I live in Chicago and take public transit to my school 5 days a week. While I would prefer to walk there, it’s just too far from my apartment. So, to get a little extra walking time in, I get off and on the bus a few stops before my “normal” stops and walk the rest of the way!

2)I have drastically improved my endurance when working out. Before, 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the elliptical would wear me out. Now, a typical workout for me is 10 minutes of circuit weight training (arms, abs, legs) 20 minutes on the stairmaster, 20 minutes on the elliptical, and 20 minutes on either the treadmill or bike. By the end, I feel more energized than tired!

Don’t despair if you didn’t win! There are two HUGE prize packages being given away this month! The next one is Monday July 20th! :D

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We have a fun guest exercise with April from Foods of April today!

Take it away, April :)

Hi Angela!

Here is one of my moves that can be done with a stick, broom-stick, etc.

Tricep Raises

1. Start by holding the broom-stick in back of you, palms facing the ceiling, and about shoulder width apart.
2. Raise your arms as high as you can (You’ll feel your triceps start to work!)
3. Slowly lower to starting point and repeat as many times as you can.

Easy as 1, 2, 3! This move can be done anywhere and really tones your triceps.

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I think this is a great twist on your standard tricep dip! I admit, I was a bit skeptical when April told me that I could use a broomstick and it would be effective! Guess what? It was! It is all about squeezing the triceps when you lift the bar/stick, so it really does work. To add some challenge I am going to use my weight bar (27 lbs or so). Thanks April! :)

Don’t forget Exercises 19 and 20 (walking lunges and push-ups!) are also on the schedule today!

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I tried a new grain this week- MILLET. Has anyone ever had it?

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Note. That is not my hand. ;)

Every time I go to Bulk Barn, I tried to pick up a new product that I have never had before. So this week, millet it was!

It is gluten-free and very alkaline!

I decided to cook it on the stovetop and then I made a homemade spaghetti sauce to go with it.

I ate in the dining room on our new table from Dave and Ewa! :) I enjoyed the view and sounds of nature! We don’t have the screen on the kitchen windows yet so we never get to hear the wildlife, but since we do in the dining room it was so nice to have the window open! Sketchie loved every minute of it. He kept standing up on his tippy toes and looking up at the birds. lol.

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For the dining room makeover, I am thinking of doing a beautiful burnt orange with a chair rail and ivory below the chair rail (or vice versa). I want the dining room to have a pop of colour, but also be warm and inviting. I can’t wait until we do this room! It is going to look so much better when it is complete.

I used this for my inspiration:

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So back to the meal (hehe I just wrote mail- mail on the brain!)

A large salad (organic romaine, red peppers, avocado, and Ruth’s dressing) and approx 1 cup of millet with homemade sauce + St Ives veggie ground round:

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So what did I think of millet?

To be perfectly honest I didn’t like it!! It is bland and reminds me of mushier oatmeal. I was not a fan! I much prefer quinoa to millet.

After a quick google, I found out that millet is actually used for BIRD SEED! haha. I guess a lot of things are (sunflower seeds anyone?), but that made me laugh that I was eating cooked bird food! ;)

I’m sure there are better ways to eat millet, but this was not one of them!

Here is a great guide to GRAINS that I found online- it describes almost 15 different kinds of grains!

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Enjoy your day!

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Kelly July 16, 2009

OMG, i might even run a Marathon for this!

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Amie July 16, 2009

Nice way to get through a long run, huh?! ;) Wheneve rI hear anyone say they eat millet, I giggle, bc I have a cockatiel and that is one of his favorite snacks! So, I can’t connect human and bird food…doesn’t work for me!

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Jen July 16, 2009

Millet porridge is really nice. It needs cooking down for about 1/2 hour or so (if memory serves). I just used to make it with water. Then, add some honey and enjoy! Very very nice. I used to eat it after going to the gym or for a run in the mornings.

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Aaron @ CrossBorderCravings July 16, 2009

Oh wow… this looks awesome! I have been wanting to do a half marathon so this just might be the perfect one!

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Katharina July 15, 2009

Ohh I love enjoying my meal when I’m near nature. In my first place I lived on my own my kitchen led to the cutest backyard. If it was too cold I would just prop open the door and leave the screen shut, and I was able to enjoy a nice bowl of oatmeal in the kitchen. When it was spring time I would sit on the steps and the breeze would make all the blossoms from the dogwood blow away. It was so beautiful :)

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Rebeca July 15, 2009

Hey Angela… I want to sign up!!! I’ll be in Buffalo that weekend and am looking for something to really get me motivated to run… but I’m not sure I want to run my first half alone! I’m going to seriously look into this!

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kilax July 15, 2009

That half marathon sounds so fun! Yay! I love signing up for races in advance!

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Niki July 15, 2009

I came across this link today and thought it might be interesting to you after reading your post: http://www.fitsugar.com/3447864

Maybe mixing the millet with something else will help the taste factor?

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Jess July 15, 2009

You beat me to the punch, Ange! I was going to tell you that I used to feed my bird millet as a treat. He loved it! I like the way it smells, but I would have never tried to cook it. I do love horse cookies though…I usually spilt them with my 4 legged babies!

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Lynn (The Actors Diet) July 15, 2009

have yet to try millet…won’t be rushing out to get it!

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Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 15, 2009

ummm, those are the HOTTEST men ever! if i was anywhere near the race i would be in it for them alone!! haha.

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