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I need your ideas!! Healthy Snacks, hosting game night for DHs Coworkers!

Friday, August 03, 2012

So I just learned that my DH invited two couples from work for game night this weekend. As you may or may not know I'm not what you would call a "social butterfly" so just having them over will be a challenge, but I'm sure I can manage:) I want to have healthy snacks (for my sake) yet I don't want to make anyone feel akward with all of my veggies lol. Does that make sense? Both couples will be bringing their kiddos as well so DS will have someone to play with. Soooo any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated!

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SNEVIL1 8/3/2012 5:37PM

    I love making pizza. Pillsbury has great crusts that come in those pop tubes. I like their thin crust with bbq sauce, a little chicken cooked with onions, and reduced fat cheese. People can't tell that it's not fatty and it is super delicious. You could also do a meat and cheese tray with buns on a separate platter. That way people can make it how they like it. When we went to the racetrack last weekend I made sandwiches that were quite tasty... One slice of sargento thin colby jack cheese is 40 cal, one serving of Oscar Mayer turkey (6 slices) is 45 cal and a normal hamburger potato roll is around 110 (they sell some that are smaller that are around 80 cal). "Non-healthy people" like them and can add ranch or whatever they want on it, but it won't hurt you. I've also done teriyaki turkey burgers as meatballs that are pretty tasty. I guess just decide what types of things you would want at a game night gathering and then see if there are healthier options online or on SparkRecipes.

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BRAVENEWGRL 8/3/2012 3:17PM

    Check out She has some amazing recipes! Her buffalo chicken dip is awesome!

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CJADERUN 8/3/2012 2:09PM

    I love air-popped pop corn spritzed with extra virgin olive oil and dusted with salt. Super low cal and NOMALICIOUS!

Popcorn in general, actually.

Also, hummus is NOM. And there are lots of low-cal dips overall, so as long as you can keep yourself on track, dips with veggies and chips, so those who want chips can have them, but you can keep to healthier options.

And make sure you're drinking plenty to keep off the munchies. Make some flavored unsweet tea. Go to Teavana/whatever tea-exclusive store you have, buy something exciting, brew a BIG pot, then ice it and keep in in the fridge overnight for a pleasant, kind-of-water-but-kind-of-not treat. (I always count unsweet tea as water.)

I'm not sure how you do things, but at the game nights I attend we usually pitch in for pizza/order out and have a dinner while playing instead of just snacking, so another option is to offer a yummy (low-cal), easy to eat food. Like a low-cal pizza (I'm sure Chef Meg has ideas!), or healthier stir-fry.

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CHANGINGSAM 8/3/2012 1:33PM

    Salsa and chips are a great choice (watch how many you eat). Also, veggie and fruit trays are great options as well. Have fun!

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IAMZBEE 8/3/2012 12:56PM

    Check out She's got some GREAT, low-fat, low-calorie snack ideas & recipes.

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YDAVIS23 8/3/2012 12:56PM

    Low fat spinach and artichoke dip with carrots and pita chips, nachos loaded with peppers and black beans, pulled chicken or pork (instead of wings), quinoa salad? Hope that helps, aim for high protein and hidden veggies :)

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After seeing this how can you not hope to have a FANTASTIC day???

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gorgeous sunrise this morning!! I was driving back from taking DH to work and saw this amazing sunrise!! The picture does not do it justice. So anyway, I went back to zumba class last night after many weeks (5 to be exact) I was quickly reminded of why and how much I love it! The hour just flew by and I'm not as sore as I thought I would be this morning! So I will start going again twice a week for now, 4 times a week when my little guy goes back to school. Goal for August?? Let's see...-9lbs would put me at 130 so that would be fantastic!, also less sodium intake, going to really try not to eat out more than maybe twice this month...wish me luck!! Have an awesome day!! emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 8/3/2012 1:34AM

  Lovely sunrise, nice and bright.

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JENNIFERLYNN128 8/2/2012 10:38PM

    Exciting! emoticon I have yet to try's a fear I hope to get over soon!

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SWTHNY- 8/1/2012 10:41AM

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Who do you think you are?

Monday, July 30, 2012

So this morning as I'm catching up here on Spark reading some blogs and what not, I found myself welcoming new members! I stopped and thought woooahh wait a minute who do you think YOU are??? welcoming people like you own spark!! And I realized how comfortable I have become on this site. When I first started it took me forever to open up and post comments and blogs and such. But you know what? I do own Spark and so do YOU!! So own it!! Spark today a little more than you sparked yesterday!! emoticon

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OMMAMA7 7/30/2012 2:00PM

    Yeah girl! :) Awesome!

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WERNERETTE 7/30/2012 1:43PM

    That's awesome! You are one of my wonderfully active spark friends, always encouraging and commenting, and it really inspires me to do the same. Keep it up!!

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SPICEMWE 7/30/2012 10:30AM

    It's so true - the more you give, the more you get. It's one of the many things that I love about SP.


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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/30/2012 9:55AM

    I do the same thing. i think we all spark in spurts and that's ok.

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    I'm doing the same thing!!! It took me a long time to start doing that, and then I realized, wow, by doing this, not only am I helping to motivate someone, but it's keeping me on track! I've never lasted two weeks of dieting without a nutritionist or trainer I had to report to a minimum of four times a week. It's two weeks in, I'm 9lbs down, and I'm doing it all with Shaun T of Insanity, and you Sparks!!! emoticon

P.S. I love that you love Zumba. I'm a Zumba instructor and I can't get enough of it. I did have to up the intensity though of my outside workouts because my body just got so used to doing Zumba that I wasn't seeing changes. Insanity has been just like they said, insane. Saw little results the first week (about 3 inches lost total), and 2 weeks into I don't know if I'm psyching myself into seeing results or if I'm actually getting them, but I feel great!

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Let's Talk About Loose Skin....

Friday, July 27, 2012

I know this is NOT the most popular topic, but we must disscuss it LOL.

So I was thinking this morning Im 10-12 lbs from "goal" and now the question is what am I going to do about this loose skin?? I have read many blogs and seen many pics on here of people who have lost tons of weight and their skin looks fantastic...Im wondering what am I doing wrong?? Any tips? remedies? creams potions? a specific vitamin or food? at this point I'm willing to try almost anything... emoticon

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TENGELS82 7/31/2012 3:04PM

    I'm going to reiterate what others have said. Drink lots of water, take your vitamins, strength train and give it time. I've lost 45 lbs and so far I don't have too much loose skin, luckily. Stretch marks on the other hand...ugh, but I've been exfoliating with a loofah and putting cream on the stretch marks and I'm definitely seeing improvement in just a month. I'm hoping by next summer my body fat percentage will be where I want it, the stretch marks will be diminished as much as I am able to get them to and the little bit of loose skin I have on my stomach (I'm likely to have more as I continue to lose cause that's where I've always held the bulk of my weight) will tighten up by staying on top of the things I've mentioned above. I will be comfortable in a bikini next summer!!! We can do this. :-)

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OMMAMA7 7/30/2012 2:43PM

    I'm worried about this too and still have a long way to go! I'm getting the impression, from what I've seen over time in different places, that TIME (for the skin to adjust after you reach goal, etc) and keeping going with cardio and strength will be key. I'm also trying to use lotion more, especially cocoa butter lotion or a firming lotion in the areas that will be the worst especially. Overall diet I think will help the skin bounce back too, so lots of water/green tea/fruit is a part of my plan and a multivitamin. I'm also taking (when I remember) a fish oil supplement and biotin as I've read those can help a lot with skin/nails/hair, etc. (along with other benefits) I'm hoping if I keep doing a lot of strength type cardio like the kickboxing, that it'll take care of itself...but if not I'll be googling like crazy! :)

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STEPHHAYES227 7/30/2012 12:14PM

    genetics plays a huge roll, ( pun intended) also where you carried the weight, how long you were overweight. I thought my biggest problem would be the pannus but my neck and thighs are really what is sagging!. I also have some serious bat wings, but I talked to a personal trainer and will start working on some upper arm exercises to reduce them as much as possible

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WERNERETTE 7/27/2012 3:06PM

    Good topic for discussion and I'm curious to see what everyone here has to say, becuase loose skin is my biggest concern after losing weight! Thanks for bringing it up!!

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/27/2012 2:45PM

    I have been worried about this too. I found this article googling -

I'm sure there are a million out there. I would imagine that anything that is going to stimulate collagen production is going to be a good thing. I've been religiously using lotion (not sure if it will help) and have upped my vitamin C intake.

Google. I'm sure there is lots out there!

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CJADERUN 7/27/2012 2:33PM

    My mom hates her "bat-wings." Time has helped, but she found some ST exercises on SP that should help diminish the excess skin. I'd suggest looking up some stuff on SP, or posting to the message boards to see what other people suggest. Good luck!

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SWIMMING_CAT 7/27/2012 11:21AM

    Time will help (it sucks, but it's true...)
Taking quality fish oil supplement helps too. It helps the body to heal and is a great anti-inflammation.
I've read that dry-brushing the skin a few times a week will activate the blood flow and help the skin shrink.
Expensive creams will only shrink your wallet!
Strength training is a great tool. So far, I find that my skin looks a LOT better since I lift heavy. I haven't bulked up at all (nobody at my gym looks "bulky"). I've been told some gym-members used to be much bigger (2 women in particular) and I just couldn't believe it! They just look fit! No loose skin showing at all!

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PARKERB2 7/27/2012 9:45AM

    I don't know if there is anything that can be done for it as I've not heard or read much on it. Sorry I can't help. You keep up the good work and that goal will be here before you know it.

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$2 Garage Sale Score!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hey Sparkers, well it is Saturday and this morning there was a community wide garage sale in the community where my DH works, so when we (DS and I) took him to work we saw the signs all over the place and decided we would check them out a little later (it was only 6am :) Last year we also went to these garage sales and bought some pretty groovy items I don't really remember what we bought but it's only once a yr type deal lol...anyway I scored the dancersice 4 dvd workout set for $2! I never had heard of this workout but the lady said it was pretty awesome and it was just $2 bucks so I said what the heck...DS reminded me that I had "a whole bunch of working out dvds already" but I didn't listen to him and bought it anyway LOL...So usually when I get workout dvds I just watch the first time around "lame" I know...but that's what I do, well when we got home and all I was going to watch one of the videos and when it started playing I said what the heck am I doing just watching??? get up and DO the video! So I did just that! loved it!! Sort of like zumba, thats probably why I liked it, the steps were simple enough to follow and next thing I knew the video was DONE!!! So yay for the $2 garage sale find!! Have you ever heard of this work out series? Anyway I think it is a good addition to my workout dvd collection :)

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CJADERUN 7/22/2012 9:52AM

    Great! Is it a good workout?

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