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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Great Blog from LotusFlower about how she lost 99 lbs. Good ideas and some different ones like calorie cycling! I've always thought that helps.

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DEBIGENE 4/6/2012 8:06AM

    Thanks for letting us know about this.

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ESCHMIEDT 4/5/2012 9:25PM

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Thank you my friend good one! emoticon

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Check out my friend, CurvyElvieSays!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I have a great new Sparkfriend named CurvyElvieSays. She posts vlogs every day and they often teach new things that help with weight loss and healthy lifestyle. She is always positive and uplifting to watch. She ought to have a ton of people checking out her vlogs, but she doesn't yet.. Needs more friends to enjoy her vlogs, in my opinion! I highly recommend this Sparkfriend!

Here's a link to her page:

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    OMG you are the best thank you. I think I'm going to cry. So sweet thank you. Stay Curvy emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 4/4/2012 8:25PM

    Checked it out. My lungs and vocal cords would find the time very hard but the technique is what I learned at vocal therapy! emoticon

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What's in my Fridge? What's in Yours?

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Today I am going to be cooking. I had asked DH to cook yesterday (his days off are Tues. and Weds. now), but he didn't start til midnight.. I had taken the almost frozen meat out at 2 pm so it was bad when he started.. It may have been bad to begin with, but we'll never know. He usually likes to cook, especially meat, and he's the one that likes to make bulk food for the week so I thought he'd like to help. Oh well.

I am making big containers of -

* Brown and wild rice,
* Quinoa,
* White Beans
* Baked Flaked Chicken (baked chicken with crushed cornflake coating).

We learned to make Baked Flaked Chicken at the "Cooking Matters" class I'm taking through Head Start. It's a free class and they give us groceries to make the foods we prepare in class. I have the ingredients for the chicken and for Glazed Carrots.

For Orange Glazed Carrots, you just reduce 1 cup of orange juice (or juice from 2 oranges) by 3/4 -- so cook it down to 1/4 cup. Meanwhile steam or boil a pound of carrots, add some dried basil and salt/pepper to taste and stir in the reduced orange juice. Yummy and lowfat and low calorie.

I also want to make the Southwestern Bean and Corn Salad (we had it with black-eyes peas, but I've got some white beans which I'll be cooking in the crockpot overnight after I parboil them an hour). For the bean salad you also put in bell peppers, a bit of olive oil and a bit of vinegar and spices to taste. It was great, but we used canned beans in class and they are very high in sodium. With dried beans it is much healthier. It was very tasty.

I'm hoping DH will make a big pot of pasta with either red sauce or cheese sauce for him and Nicholas to enjoy this week. Cooking ahead is the key for us to be able to plan meals ahead. The other key is to have a fully stocked fridge (and freezer and cupboards).

My regular fridge stock:

greek yogurt (almost out)
organic milk
bell peppers (three colors)
grape tomatoes (out)
cucumbers (out)
baby carrots
coldcut turkey and bologna
wheat bread and wheat english muffins
babybel light cheese
sliced American cheese
shredded cheese - cheddar or mozzarella
hummus (roasted red pepper flavor)
tabboule salad
precooked steel cut oatmeal
light salad dressing - Newman's Own Sun Dried Tomato Vinaegrette
low sodium Teriyaki sauce
low sodium soy sauce
maple syrup
juice for the kid (out)
Bolthouse Farms Berry Smoothie (out)

Freezer has the stock of frozen veggies - broccoli, sugar snap peas, green beans
various mixed veggies, fish sticks, breaded chicken, and lots of other frozen meat that may be bad and should be tossed out, plus stock of bread, rolls, english muffins

rice and other grains, oatmeal, beans, cereal, soups, canned veggies, canned fruits,


I also have low sodium V8, grapes, 2% cottage cheese, whipped cream cheese, whipped cream (for the greek yogurts), light sour cream (sometimes), applesauce plain and blueberry applesauce, fruit cups of pears in own juice,

and on the counter: fresh apples, clementines, oranges, pears, bananas
mini tostitos, smartfood popcorn (indiv. bags) and FiberOne brownies (treat box) and Fiber Plus choc. almond granola bars (treat box), and 85% cacao dark chocolate bars - Lindt (treat box).

So what's in your fridge, freezer, cupboards?

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CANDOK1260 4/6/2012 10:48AM

    my freezer is full of Holy Saturday and Easter food ask me next week lol

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BLUE42DOWN 4/5/2012 2:26PM

    I'm past the halfway point of my week, so my (shelf in the) fridge has less than it would at the start, but let's see:

1% milk
Cooked kabocha squash (one more meal left of that)
Lean ground beef thawing
1/4 green bell pepper
Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit
5 tomatoes (medium on the vine)
Grated Cheddar Jack
12 Yogurt (Strawberry and Strawberry Banana)
String Cheese
Prego Veggie Smart chunky and savory sauce
Prego Original sauce
Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo
Thousand Island Dressing
Butter (3 cubes in freezer, more than half cube in fridge)

[ Freezer ]
Shredded steak taquitos
Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
2-pack Single serve sundae pies
Corn, Peas, Broccoli

Frosted Mini Wheats
Motts Apple Juice 8 oz bottles
Low Sodium V8 (not opened yet)
Tuna (cans and tear pack)
3 Spaghetti packaged meals
protein powder

Baby Carrots
String Cheese
Raisin Bread
Whipped Butter
Bread (whole grain)
Strawberry Jam
Boysenberry Fruit Spread
French Toast slices (toaster kind)
Broc&Cheese microwaveables
1 packaged meal (lasagna bake, I think)
1 fiber cereal bar
4 bananas
Peanut butter - 1 creamy, 1 chunky

I think that just above covers it. I am only feeding me, after all, and usually get enough to last just the week and have a few non-perishables sitting around just in case.

Oh, normally I'd have one serving left in my carton of orange pineapple juice at work, but for some inexplicable reason today was the last of it. Made me think it was Friday for a moment. O_o The possibilities are that it leaked / spilled some at some point, that I took a second mug without realizing (unlikely), or that someone else in the office helped themselves (hard to imagine ...) but oh well.

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UUCEEJAY 4/5/2012 10:10AM

    Not much right now since I cleaned it out to go on vacation.
Soy milk
lots of frozen fruits and veggies in the freezer
flax meal
olives and pickles

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NPA4LOSS 4/4/2012 8:29PM

    I love my 3 Olive Hummas. I h ave lots of salmon and tilapia and some beef that a friend gives me from his own cows. emoticon I enjoy the steamers veggie combinations. I am alone so they work great to go with my protein. emoticon

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VK2Z10 4/4/2012 4:28PM

    i wish my list could be as complete as your's. i am following the SP low cholesterol meal plan, so i have what the plan tells me. once i get this thing to be 2nd nature, i will have a lot of the foods that the rest of you have regularly.

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TARAFROMTX1 4/4/2012 1:06PM

    Wow, I like your list.. some of those things I wish I liked eating like hummus but can't bring myself too lol

With my two kiddos and hubby the list would be super long but I will give you a list of some of the things I use.

counter tops consist of:
Small oranges
pples (out of)
carb smart whole wheat small tortillas
whole wheat low sodium bread 40 calories a slice

Pantry & Cupboards : Some of this isn't used much but have it just incase

fiber one brownies
special k cracker chips (sour cream flavored)
special K protein bars..
baked tortilla chips
Multi Grain Peanut butter cheerios
Kelloggs crunchy nut roasted nut & Honey
crunchy peanut butter
reg. peanut butter
Low sodium soups
can veggies.. low sodium
air popped pop corn
pineapples in a can
Kidney beans
low sodium tomato sauce
low sodium tomato paste
McCormicks Low sodium chili mix
Mccormick Low Sodium taco seasonings
taco bell FF refried beans
taco bell taco shells
wheat pastas
classico sauces
hint of salt crackers
Brown rice

BR>green bell peppers
fresh asparagus
kraft 2% slice cheese only 45 calories a slice
small curd cottage cheese fat free 0%milk fat free
Dannon light yogurt
wish bone salad spritzer ranch dressing
hidden valley Ranch light dressing
I can't believe its not butter spray
egg whites
silk light 60 calories
wholly guacamole
purple onion
white onion
hunts ketchup
worestershire sauce
low sodium soy sauce
hellmanns light mayo
ground turkey meat(getting ready to cook)
green onions
baby carrots
shred. cheese


mix veggies
whole wheat rolls
chicken breast
ground turkey
BBQ tilipia
Parmesan encrusted Tilpia
Garlic bread made with real garlic
corn on the cob

I m sure I m forgetting some but this is the majority of it lol

Thanks for sharing!!!

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TUBLADY 4/4/2012 12:40PM

    Sounds a lot like mine. I just went to the market, so I have Swiss chard, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and fresh string beans. Tomatoes, beautiful black huge juicy grapes. Bag of carrots. Romaine lettuce. Bag of mixed slaw. One head of green cabbage. bag of mixed baby peppers.
I have Greek yogurt, baby bell cheese,light. And about 5 other flavors of cheese. I love cheese. Low sodium V8 juice. Diet Snapple. hummus.,Tahini,sour cream, cottage cheese. cream cheese.
Deli thin cut turkey, honey ham. Roasted chicken. 93/7 ground beef. Some large fresh shrimp.
Plus all the pickles, sauces and condiments one could possibly want.
I thought about taking a picture and entering the contest, Whats in your fridge or shopping cart, but once I get it all in the fridge, it;s so full nothing really stands out but the front row stuff.
It's good to eat so healthy and it makes you fell like you are really doing the right thing for you and your family.
Take care.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTMD 4/4/2012 12:24PM

    the orange glazed carrots sounds yummy.. might have to try that..
I agree with the cooking ahead but life (and 2 'starved' preteen boys) can complicate that plan. I have run into the problem of us making food you would think would last the week till the boys got hungry and then it doesn't last as long. oh well, try and adjust recipes and amount of food next week.

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Exercise Successes

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Yesterday I decided to walk a 5K here at home to make sure I could do it. I DID IT!!

A 5K = 3.1 miles and was three full walks of the regular ones I do daily, plus ond more big circle around my road. It shouldn't have taken one more and I question my Cardiotracker or the GPS On my phone, but I kept walking til the darn thing said 3.1 miles. I stopped at home after each full walk - to drink water and pee and the first time for some ibuprofen for my knee that was already hurting. But by about halfway through I was hitting my stride. I did it in 78 minutes, which was a bit faster than I expected. I was tired, but not too sore. The only bad thing was that I got a blister on the sole of one foot. OUCH! I learned to make sure to wear thicker socks. Also wondering if there is going to be a portapotty on the 5K or not, as I don't know if I can make it without a stop. I drink a ton of water, so that's important.

I also did 45 minutes of a Dance party last night. I was only aiming for 15 to 20 minutes. I just wanted to keep going and it felt good! I made a vlog for you all with a bit of talking and a full song Dance Party, but that is stuck on my DH's phone. It won't load up as a disk drive so I can't get it off. DH was sending it somehow, but I don't have it yet.

More about Food Planning in separate blog. I had it together, but it got tooooo long.
Have a sparkling day!

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    Wow you go proud.....and you danced afterwards? You are something special. emoticon You rock!! Stay Curvy emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 4/4/2012 12:07PM

    I don't think the phone GPS's are 100% accurate sometimes either! You can always double check with the SP mapping feature (on your Fitness page) or another website like Great job! :)

PS - I agree about Moose's sock comment. Synthetic running socks are much better for those kind of long walks. Hope you heal quickly!

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WADINGMOOSE 4/4/2012 11:25AM

    Great progress with your exercise! Blisters suck, but better socks should help a lot with that. For blister prevention - toss the cotton socks. You're better off with a quicker drying synthetic.

And good job on going longer with the dance party video. It always feels great to go longer than planned.

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Why an Empty Blog, Angel?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

First, apologies for the empty blog hold that was in this spot last night. I was trying to get my sparkpoints for a blog and I was still waiting for my husband to get the vlog off his phone onto my computer so I could post it. As far as I know, he did not get it off there yet. Annoyed. He filmed it at 10 pm or so and I asked if we could use his phone because mine was almost dead and needed charging. He was sure we could do that and get it off his phone easily, but my technology wizard DH wasn't able to. Baffling. Tempted now to go try it and I might EVEN Though I know he filmed it from a very unflattering angle for me - very low, sitting on the hassock while I was standing.

He's sleeping now and will be til at least 2 or 3 pm. Challenging to keep Nicholas quiet after school (1 pm), too. He was not happy either of us were asleep this morning and made a ton of noise while I was getting up and DH was starting to get to bed.

DH went to bed at 7 AM today and at 8 AM the day before. He goes to bed when I get up, which is disturbing. So he sleeps almost all day. This isn't necessary because when he works, he's done at 1:30 or 2:30. I guess he's doing this because he's had to walk home a few times (work shift ends after cabs stop running) and he's gotten here about 4 am and after 1.5 mile walk with the last part a steep hill, I'm sure he needs time to slow down first. But Tues. and Weds. are his nights off and I'm just frustrated. This schedule is not conducive to sharing company in the daytime nor nighttime. I was too tired and grumpy at midnight to do anything he wanted. I got the chills and my body just shut down. I had to crash. He tried to give me a massage and it just hurt. When I woke up at 6 AM because my son had the TV on and it woke me, I was shocked to find my son up already (he's going to be difficult all afternoon/evening from getting up so early) and my DH still awake. Sigh.

Ok, going to put the rest about today and my successes about yesterday in a separate blog for today.


OK, now I remember the problem. DH upgraded his phone somehow.. and so now it won't load up as a disk drive when you plug it in for charging. Uh oh! But it is charging faster on my charger line than his, so that helps. That vlog may be lost. I'll have to do it orally or make another vlog today about what I shared yesterday.

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    Girl glad the problem was fixed or figured out at least. Stay Curvy oh and you don't have a bad side. emoticon

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1COUNTRY_GAL 4/5/2012 12:49AM

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BECCABOO127 4/4/2012 1:51PM

    Those late work shifts are hard...on everyone. It is supposedly physically hard on the one doing it too. Make sure DH has his physicals on time. Those shifts work against one's natural rhythms.

You sounds like you need some R & R, too. I hope you feel better!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 4/4/2012 12:34PM

    You are SO SO SO blessed to have two jobs that pay money into your household. Even when there are challenges and difficulties, thank God every single day for incomes which help you to survive. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 4/4/2012 7:40AM

    Well, it's the shortest post I ever read! emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 4/4/2012 4:25AM

    Hi Angel.

Hope you are doing well.

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