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Oven Roasted Veggies

Friday, May 13, 2011

My main course for the last two days has been assorted veggies drizzled with olive oil and lots of chopped garlic, then roasted at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of vegetable and size of the pieces. Yummy.

I just add grilled chicken or browned lean beef or maybe a couple of boiled eggs to my meal. Lean protein and lots of veggies - a way of eating that really agrees with my body.

Having new sod put in so I've been in the yard for two days, watering, etc. Lots of deep knee bends, lol.

Friday has always been my weigh in day, so I'm officially logging weight now, too. Rolling right along.

Karen

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/31/2011 9:25PM

    I love oven roasted veggies too and often mix a bunch of them together and make a pan full.

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TRANSFORMWE 5/17/2011 9:14PM

    Yummy!!!

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SILLYHP1953 5/17/2011 9:05PM

    That's how I've started preparing vegetables, so easy, quick, and healthy.

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DGAIL51 5/14/2011 10:57AM

    Yum-m-m!!!!!! I will try this today.

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JENNY888 5/14/2011 10:33AM

    I love roasted veggies. I went to a buffet Friday and the best thing there was the roasted veggies.

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PJSTIME 5/14/2011 6:20AM

    I like roasted veggies too really any kind of veggies. Your doing great Karen. Keep it up.

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STEPPYSUE 5/13/2011 11:04PM

    I just watched a cooking show where they roasted carrots and potatoes. Did they look good!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/13/2011 8:41PM

    emoticon to you. I love roasted veggies too. I could live on them, but I also need my protein. Deep knee bends are good exercise. emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/13/2011 6:53PM

    Veggies sound delish. It is so nice to see you active on spark again, or maybe I have just not been looking in the right place. Anyway, glad I found you. emoticon

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On the way.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I was supposed to start my personal challenge today but I was so excited yesterday after blogging about it, I started early, lol.

All those freshly picked veggies I bought at the Farmers' Market were delicious in a large raw salad. Turnups, carrots, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, etc. fresh from the earth. Didn't really need any dressing, just a little red wine vinegar. Yum.

I also did 20 minutes on my recumbant bike (for my knee joints). This morning I feel great, inside and out.

Karen

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/12/2011 9:19PM

    The salad sounds wonderful!! You are on your way!

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SILLYHP1953 5/12/2011 8:47PM

    I think we have a farmers market, but not sure, got to check it out. Good job on your personal challenge today!

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VINGRAM 5/12/2011 5:55PM

    Farmer's Market open here in KC......will have to check 'em out while I'm here!

SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK ON TRACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! vista emoticon

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JUSTJO66 5/12/2011 12:29PM

    Yummm, your salad sounds delish!! Kudos to you.......

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FISHINGLADY66 5/12/2011 11:34AM

    ďThe difference in winning and losing is most oftenÖ not quitting.Ē ~ Walt Disney
That's exactly what you have done, I'm so proud of you. emoticon

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JENNY888 5/12/2011 9:36AM

    You have inspired me this morning. I love the positive attitude.

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PJSTIME 5/12/2011 7:02AM

    Thats what we want to hear. Yea Karen. I love a salad too and I put everything in it but the kitchen sink.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/12/2011 6:51AM

    You are really on your way. The salad sounds delicious.
What time is lunch today?
Kay

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My 12-12 Personal Challenge

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Iíve been away from SP and my SP friends for a while. Withdrew from my leadership positions. I lost my enthusiasm for posting and blogging and havenít been able to get it back. It seemed that each time I tried, some other misfortune came along and took the wind out of my sails. I, personally, physically and financially, have been doing well. My family has had some hard times, accidents, health problems, emergencies, etc. that have taken all my emotional energy.

Some contact with a few SP Friends has encouraged me and the thought that itís about time for my annual blood work and physical, along with the knowledge that itís much harder to get something back than it is to maintain it, has suddenly SPARKED my tiny little brain to ďget with itĒ again.

So here I am with my 12-12 Personal Challenge. Starts May 12th; ends June 12th. The numbers mean something to me. I guess thatís all that counts.

My goals are simple: to eat in a way thatís good for ME Ė daily; and to do the joint exercises Iíve discovered and devised to keep my knees and hips working and avoid that hip replacement surgery Iíve been told is coming.

Healthy eating for my body is to avoid Starch and Sugar as much as possible and to EAT LESS. Pretty simple. Not always easy. Does always work for my body.

Karen

  
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VINGRAM 5/28/2011 8:58PM

    How are you doing with your 12-12 plan? Just 2 weeks left - as if you didn't know! emoticon emoticon vista

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ZEEDRA 5/28/2011 8:15PM

    Hi Karen,
It's been a long time. I'm finally reading some of your recent blogs and looking at your painting...so beautiful. I don't think you had all of those on your page when I first "met" you.
I'm on a more "serious" site a lot of the time now, trying to overcome my compulsive eating.
I'm back to exercise.
I'm so sorry you keep getting knocked back as far as family illness is concerned.
I hope that your special time span, 12-12, brings you the results you want.
Hugs, Sandra

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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/12/2011 9:18PM

    I for one am happy you are back and will support you in any way I can. I need to tighten up my plan too. Let's do it.

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LILYGAL 5/12/2011 7:17AM

    Sounds like a plan and glad that you are back!!

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VINGRAM 5/11/2011 10:04PM

    emoticon back..........I have missed you! And I'm here for you whenever you need me. vista emoticon emoticon

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SHASTA11 5/11/2011 9:23PM

    I've missed you for one. Should have kept in touch. Sorry. Hope things are going better for your family, but especially glad you are OK. May 12-Jun 12 sounds like a plan. YOU CAN DO IT.

Hugs, Joan

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BELTONWALKER67 5/11/2011 4:52PM

    YAY! Welcome Back! You have really been missed and it is great to hear from you and know that you are doing OK. I like your 12-12 plan and know you will be successful. We are here cheering you on! Go Girl Go!

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FISHINGLADY66 5/11/2011 3:09PM

    emoticon back. It's always great to see an e-mail that says visit KREN'S Blog. You really have been missed...A LOT!! I really enjoy your writings and hearing from you. I like your Personal Challenge plan too. I know you will do it, cause I have faith in you. The only way I know how to say how much you were missed, is to say you were an asset to Spark People. Best wishes to you and your continued journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTJO66 5/11/2011 2:36PM

    Well, it's about time. :o) I've been missing you sumthin terrible. We neeeeed you. :o) Glad to hear you got a plan. It sounds like a good one. All kidding aside....I'm really glad to see you back.


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PJSTIME 5/11/2011 1:34PM

    Karen I can't express how glad I am to see you back again. I have missed you. I'm glad you have found that spark and inner voice that told you to come back and spark again. Your challenge sounds terrific. We all have to do it our way.

Have a wonderful day and glad you are back to us again.

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SCOTMAMA 5/11/2011 11:00AM

    Karen, so glad to have you back -- I hope to see more of your blogs because anyone with your talent for writing should not keep it hidden from the world (even if it is just our little world here at SP)!

Good Luck on your goal -- sounds sensible and achievable!

Hugs, Eve emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 5/11/2011 9:18AM

    I'm glad you're back! Yes, that plan does sound simple, and we sure do know that doesn't mean easy!! But you can do it.
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DGAIL51 5/11/2011 9:03AM

    Good to see your blog. Best wishes from me to you. I, too, have been away--from everything actually. Getting it back is very hard. I was reading an old book last night and some comments in it "sparked" the realization that my "self talk" was defeating me, so time for a new "walk & talk". I will join you in the 12-12 challenge, ramping up today. The sugar is a real challenge for me, so no more the rest of this day! Already had a brownie with a cup of hot tea, so the morning is blown. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/11/2011 8:57AM

    Karen, I am so sorry that you have had so many problems lately. Take care to take some time for yourself.
Your challenge sounds great. Let us know how it goes.
Kay

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Thank You for the Good Thoughts!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I want to thank all my Spark Friends for all the good thoughts and kind words and heartfelt prayers sent on behalf of my DIL. She is home from the hospital with new meds that seem to working, finally, to dissolve the long blood clot in her leg.

As if a double mastectomy at age 41 wasn't enough, she had very severe pain from the clot, and of course we were all very scared because of it. She goes twice a week to have blood levels checked to keep the thinning meds at the right level. Still needs some pain pills, but the pain is lessening, slowly.

You know, you can plan your senior years perfectly and make excellent choices for your future, but when the health/life of a loved one is threatened, stress takes up residence in your own life and won't go away. The good news is, the cancer is gone completely!

Karen

  
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SHASTA11 4/8/2011 9:20PM

    I'm so happy for your DIL and your family.

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JENNY888 4/2/2011 6:04PM

    Thanks for the update on your DIL Karen. It sounds like the prayers have been answered. Just in case though I will continue to have your family in my prayers at a difficult time like this. It's great news about the cancer being gone.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/31/2011 7:44PM

    I will keep her in my prayers, Karen, and you as well. I am not stranger to stress so I know the feeling. We are dealing with lots of family health problems as well.

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PJSTIME 3/31/2011 2:07PM

    Karen that is wonderful news. Now to take care of yourself too. emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/31/2011 12:25PM

    Awesome News! I hope she continues to improve and rest to get over all the trauma in her life recently. Take time for you to and care for yourself. emoticon

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ZEEDRA 3/31/2011 12:22PM

    Karen,
I'm so happy for your DIl, for you and for all of your family.

Yes, I agree: we amuse ourselves with our plans to reach perfection but when this type of thing happens to a loved one, our raw selves take over and we are completely vulnerable to the whims of nature.

Hugs, Sandra

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VINGRAM 3/31/2011 12:14PM

    We plan......and God laughs!

So glad to hear she is doing better!

Hugs.......vista emoticon

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DGAIL51 3/31/2011 11:25AM

    Great news Karen! emoticon

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JEANNE229 3/31/2011 10:14AM

    Karen, you have been on my mind so often these past days (maybe because my daughter also had severe blood clots, but your DIL had the added heartache of cancer surgery). Anyway, I am glad things are better...never over, but better!

I miss you tons!

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SILLYHP1953 3/31/2011 9:52AM

    Thanks for the good news update!
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CATHY629 3/31/2011 9:47AM

    Karen, i am so glad to hear your DIL cancer has gone and i hope her leg continues to improve,it has been a very worrying time for you all.
I pray that everything will turn out well.
Cathy


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KAYYVAUGHN 3/31/2011 8:32AM

    Karen, I'm thankful that the cancer is gone, but I also hope the pain in your DIL leg gets better.
She is still in my thoughts and prayers.
Kay

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JUSTJO66 3/31/2011 8:29AM

    Great news. I'm still praying and hoping things settle down for you, too, real soon.

Hugs,

Jo

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FISHINGLADY66 3/31/2011 8:05AM

    Wonderful news Karen. Your all still in my prayers. Stay Strong my friend.

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Complications

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just yesterday I wrote about how well my DIL did after her double mastectomy. But she called me last night to say she had to go to the emergency room yesterday with severe pain in her leg. In spite of wearing heavy stretch hosing put on her legs in the hospital after her surgery, she had a blood clot in one leg.

The doc put her on Coumadin but also says she must have two shots a day into her stomach to get the blood thinner into her faster while the drug gets into her system. My son will be giving her those shots. She's confined to bed with her leg always propped up higher than her heart for the next week. The drains from her surgery had to be taken out early in the ER because of this situation.

She was very scared. Her mom drove her to the ER and my son met her there from work. I'm very worried about her, such a wonderful mom and wife and DIL. She's 41 and very healthy otherwise, so the doctors say this is a fluke that usually only happens to older people and those in bad health.

So, for the first time, I'm asking you to keep my DIL in your prayers for a safe and speedy recovery.

Thank you,

Karen

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 3/29/2011 6:19PM

    Your DIL and the family are in my prayers daily.
Kay

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JENNY888 3/26/2011 6:26AM

    You, your DIL, and the rest of your family have my prayers right now. I look forward to reading about her complete recovery. Thanks for letting us know.

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JUSTJO66 3/25/2011 3:51PM

    Add my prayers, too. I hope she is doing better real soon. Your poor son and his family......sounds like they have been real troopers. Take care of yourself, too.



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BELTONWALKER67 3/24/2011 5:10PM

    Thinking of you and praying that all will be well.

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ZEEDRA 3/23/2011 9:05PM

    Karen,
So sorry...everything seemed okay and you were ready to relax for a while.
Blessings and prayers to your DIL, son, you and all of your family.
Hugs, Sandra/Zeedra

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VINGRAM 3/23/2011 5:38PM

    Karen - so sorry your DIL is having problems. Will keep her in my prayers along with the others for a speedy and complete recovery. vista emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/23/2011 5:26PM

    Prayers were sent, GF. I hope she has a speedy recovery. She has been through enough. emoticon

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JEANNE229 3/23/2011 3:40PM

    Karen, I am so sorry she has had even more trauma. My daughter had two bouts with blood clots and is on coumadin for life. Her lungs are highly damaged from the resulting clots that landed there (thank goodness it wasn't to the heart or brain), so it is wonderful that they caught your DIL's in time! Hasn't she had enough with the major (and life-changing) surgery?

Good thoughts coming your way my dear friend!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/23/2011 2:08PM

    I'm so sorry to hear the bad news Karen. You must be really worried as well as her family. I will keep praying for her healing. And I'm praying for you to be able to handle this too.
God Bless you all
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NEWTEXDEBBIE 3/23/2011 12:23PM

    I feel so bad for you and the family. I will add you to my prayers today. Stay Strong!


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PJSTIME 3/23/2011 10:10AM

    You and your son, DIL and family are in my prayers. Thanks for letting us know.
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SILLYHP1953 3/23/2011 9:09AM

    I'm sending love, light, and healing to your DIL.
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CATHY629 3/23/2011 6:39AM

    So sorry to hear that Karen,i will pray for her recovery,God bless.
Cathy

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