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Sunday, March 14, 2010


For those of you who have a hard time remembering which way to turn the clocks, it is spring forward and fall back. So today is the day I start springing forward into fitness. I'm looking forward to the running class I am attending at 4:00. Should be interesting. I like the extra hour of daylight as I can walk later in the day and it isn't cold and dark yet. I live in the Florida panhandle, the part of Florida that is in Central Time! Yes, there is a little part east of Tallahassee that is in Central time and I love it. We get to go to bed at 10:00 instead of 11:00. Everything is an hour earlier. The draw back is that it gets dark an hour earlier too.

I can get real imaginative when it comes to cooking leftovers and we had leftovers in the fridge yesterday. I had some sloppy joes. Do you know there are only 50 calories in a serving of sloppy joe mix? You know the canned variety that you mix with ground beef and serve on a bun? Anyway, I had some left over. I also had some cabbage so I chopped it into big squares, and added a chopped onion and garlic and stir-fried in olive oil. When nearly cooked, I moved it to one side and then added the sloppy joes to heat up. We ended up mixing it all together and half went to hubby and half to me. It was really good.
I love the nutrition counter because I have found lots of food that I considered "fattening" to be low in calories. Who knew!

After dinner, we had some ripening bananas and I got out a British cookbook I had from when we lived there and found a recipe for Bananas flambé. It was delicious and relatively low in calories as well and a fruit!

2 bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
1 to 2 T of melted butter
1 T confectioners sugar
1 to 2 T liqueur ( had coffee liqueur)
Cook bananas in butter until starting to brown, not too long. Sprinkle with sugar and liqueur and light with match!
When flame is gone, serve.
Serves 2.

It's now 9:00 a.m. my time and time for me to get ready to go to church! Until tomorrow!



Saturday, March 13, 2010


Okay, I've been putting off any kind of fitness and I've reached the day of no return. As we spring forward in our clocks tonight, I will have another hour of daylight which will help me get out later and take the dog or whatever. This morning I walked 4 miles with my friend Pat and I was able to talk and breathe at the same time. Imagine it. Kaseycoff had given me a green tea goodie so I am sipping my green tea with a little honey as I write.

Tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 I take the plunge, the path less traveled by me. I am joining a beginning runner's class. Me at almost 62. I absolutely hate running but Pat has taught me that I can walk long distances so now this opportunity has arisen for me to learn to run. There is a new store in our downtown that is called Run With It! and they specialize in fitting shoes and athletic wear to you. They are bringing in a certified running coach whose class is designed for that new to running person who's interested in covering the distance. For 7 weeks I will commit to their program which culminates in a 5K run on May 1. So I am going to do this. It should be interesting.

I am at the point in my program where I would normally give up. I would start cheating on food because I've lost a few pounds and the little piece of candy or whatever would not matter. So I really have to keep a handle on myself to stay in control. With the help of all of my Spark Friends, I can do this! So, on to my new adventure. I'll keep you posted.

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MS.ELENI 3/13/2010 6:44PM

    Sounds like you are doing great. You are never too old to do new things. emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 3/13/2010 5:15PM

    Wow! What a wonderful challenge. Hang in there, and keep blogging so we can follow your progress. I bet a really fit, successful and happy person will emerge at the end of this program.


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IPATRICIA 3/13/2010 3:43PM

    Well Done and I wish you the very best of Luck......looking forward to hearing how you get on!!!!!

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KATCANDO730 3/13/2010 12:21PM

    wow such dedication, You are doing awesome, I am so inspired !! Thank you


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    All of this sounds absolutely fantastic! I am very excited for you that you're part of the new-to-running group, and I know that just being part of a group that shares the same goals will be a tremendous help and inspiration to you. Way to go!!!

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Friday, March 12, 2010


Last night I requested that hubby take me out to a Thai restaurant. Since we live in a military town with two huge Air Force bases, there are plenty of Thai restaurants to choose from. Hubby and I got married in Bangkok, Thailand in 1973. He was stationed there at the end of the Vietnam War and I was in the military at the time. In order to be stationed together, we had to be married. It was a wonderful experience and he developed a love of Thai food which is different from chinese. The sauces are much lighter, not goopy and most everything is stir-fried so it is pretty healthy.

I had cashew chicken with veggies and rice. Now, when I went to enter it into the tracker, I picked a chinese chicken cashew and it came up with 550 calories and that didn't include the rice! There was no way that dish had that many calories. It was about 3 oz chicken and about 1 cup of vegetables and a light sauce and rice.

One of the things I really like about Spark is the fruit I am eating and the taste I've acquired for it after not having dessert for months. Yesterday I had the sweetest nectarine I've ever had in my entire life. Almost couldn't eat it all. And this morning a smoothie with fresh strawberries. Even though I love fruit, I rarely ate it and now I do.

I'm Looking forward to a beautiful weekend and a good walk tomorrow!

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COLDWINTER2010 3/12/2010 6:34PM

  I agree that Thai food is much lighter, and fresher than most chinese food. I would much rather have Thai than Chinese. Come to think of it, I haven't had either for a loooong time.

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KASEYCOFF 3/12/2010 5:45PM

    I think Thai food is healthier in general than what you find in a lot of the Chinese dishes - not all stir-fries are equal, and if they're really oily I'm sure they're full of calories. If they're 'flash-fried' I don't think they have a chance to absorb much grease, plus they tend to have more of that fresh, snappy texture.

We really need the SP team to find a way to add 'unspecified ingredients / you decide' for a category on the Nutrition Tracker. I think it would be helpful if you could 'adjust' something you've added, too. For example, I knew I was going to have salad with dinner, so I'd already entered that. When the bowl came around for seconds, I took more - but didn't have a way to just 'up' the amount I'd entered earlier in the day. What do you think? Is it time to ask them to tweak the tracker? :-D

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FOOFIT1 3/12/2010 4:57PM

    I've been finding that yogurt with berries has been replacing my usual ice cream at night quite nicely! It's amazing how much healthy things appeal to you after giving up some of the junk, isn't it? Glad to see you're loving fruit. Fruit smoothies... Yum!


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CAROLJ35 3/12/2010 12:06PM

    Sounds good! Where did you find yummy nectarines this time of year? I am reluctant to buy them as I don't think the shipped in ones will be good.
I, too, love my fruits and veggies.

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FRENCHTOSD 3/12/2010 10:24AM

    Those are some wonderful comments about food. I'm on the path toward your enjoment withthe healthy stuff, but not quite there yet! I do love my Thai food though!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010


I haven't completed my nutrition tracker in 2 days. When I eat something that isn't simple, has too many or complicated ingredients, I don't always enter it. Yesterday I stopped at Fresh Market at lunch time and bought a freshly made ham and cheese sandwich on rye bread. Ate about 3/4 of it and it was delicious. That wasn't too hard to track. But I bought coconut shrimp for dinner and that was hard to track. I fiddled around with it and did get something entered and found that my calories were still within range. I left out the pretzel nuggets though because had no clue how to do them. My range was at about 1250 so I figure with the nuggets and the breading on the shrimp and anything else I was still probably under 1550. So not too bad. The last two nights though I had done something bad. I had a 100 calorie fudgsicle after dinner. That is a no no. So tonight it is going to be yogurt if anything.

I'm looking forward to Saturday to walk and Sunday to go to the running 101 class. Hope it doesn't rain. Exercise is still on the back burner. I'll go out of my way to do anything but exercise. I'll come to terms with that eventually.

Today is Mom in Law day, take her to the hair dresser and I get mine cut too and I also have to take her to get her glasses adjusted. So that's my afternoon. Tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 3/12/2010 4:28AM

    Sometimes I wish there was a way for us to enter basic information: like, if I find a recipe for 'coconut shrimp' and I decide that's probably close to what I've had, I'd like to just be able to add it for that one day - 'Coconut Shrimp = 400' or whatever, instead of having to add it to the Food Review (okay, I know that's not what it is, but it's what I call it to myself, lol...). There should be a section for 'one-offs' to make our lives simpler! :-D

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    Carol, are you taking that herbal supplement? You do not sound well to me. I hope you are doing okay. Take care!


P.S. The reason I asked is because herbs and prescriptions taken together can alter the effectiveness of your prescription medication.

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FOOFIT1 3/11/2010 6:58PM

    I understand the not being able to enter certain things on the nutrition tracker. I've run into that too! I just try to enter something that seems similar in size and ingredients, and if it's off it's off... At least it's better than nothing right?

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Last night I found myself eating peanut butter out of the jar. I even snuck it into the bedroom so hubby wouldn't see it. But he walked in on me. Day 74 and I'm still a sneak. I know why I was craving the PB.
Yep, that's right. I'm learning something. I had salad and some pizza for lunch and beef sloppy joes and coleslaw for dinner. Too many carbs and sugar and not enough veggies and fruit. That is the bottom line here and I've managed to learn it after 74 days.

Another thing I have learned is that I sure would have given up long ago in another diet scenario. But, after reading THE SPARK, I made a committment to focus on the end goal, getting slim, trim and healthy. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. In 74 days I've lost about 6 lbs. Even after a seemingly "bad" day yesterday, the scale this morning was closer to 180 lbs than it has been in a long long time! 6 lbs in 74 days sure isn't a lot to lose. Another diet giver upper event.

I've also learned that I can eat more for breakfast. I've always been a breakfast eater. This morning I had a bowl of cream of wheat with splenda and a bit of milk. That would have been it previously. But this morning I added a protein shake of skim milk, protein powder and strawberries. And I was still just over 300 calories and I got my fruit and fiber in. And I'll go longer without being hungry.

I plan my meals now too. I have plenty of fresh veggies and fruit in the refrigerator and frozen meat in the freezer. I cook a great meal adequately and quickly. Or I can put the meat in the crockpot and have a dinner waiting at 5:00. I am keeping the goal of cooking meals at home at least 5 out of 7 nights a week instead of going out to dinner like we used to. I am also sticking to the giving up sweets rule and reserving them for special occasions. I was addicted to sweets, still am I guess, but when you eliminate them from your diet, they don't mean as much to you. Everything I eat tastes better and when I eat something with sugar in it, it is really sweet.

Now I just have to get to that exercise. STill on my plate of things to do. Tomorrow.

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AL_ROX 3/13/2010 11:41AM

    Congrats on your 6 pounds and on all your learning. Today is the 1st day of the rest of your life...start from here! 74 days ago if someone had asked you if you wanted to weigh 6 pounds less you would have said YES....keep up the great work! You're doing wonderfully emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 3/11/2010 8:40AM

    Been there, done that with the peanut butter.

You are learning and realizing what you need to do and that is what is going to help in the long run. It's hard to change a lifetime of eating what you want.

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    Your honesty is beautiful! And I think 6 lbs. gone after 74 days is great! It's GONE. And if you had done nothing, you might actually have gained weight by now (over the winter). You are making progress, and you will get to the exercise in time. One big change at a time . . .

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KASEYCOFF 3/10/2010 5:14PM

    That is a lot less than three months - and you have accomplished A LOT, peanut butter or no peanut butter. You are doing great and making real progress. emoticon

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FOOFIT1 3/10/2010 2:21PM

    Wow! You have learned a lot in 74 days! Congrats! I am so much like you. I was a sweet-aholic! I'm better now that I've started tracking and I've stopped eating out so much. I used to eat out pretty much every night each week! I know it's definitely a big change to go from that to eating in 5 nights a week, so congrats on that too. It takes a lot more planning. Also, I think 6 lbs. *is* a lot to lose in 74 days! That's roughly a pound a week, and that's a safe and steady way to lose weight, so keep up the awesome work!!!

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JAMIEBRUTON66 3/10/2010 9:09AM

    get you some chocolate cheerios

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