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The Need To Spark

Saturday, June 09, 2012

I took this picture on May 5th. It was the last time I exercised.

On the way home from this amazing hike, a stop that was out of my normal routine ended up changing the course of our family's life.

That is a blog for later (I'm hoping this week).

But going through some pictures on my phone today, I found this flower, and it reminded me of my personal goals - the ones that compliment getting to live out the big life one - the daily little goals that keep me moving.

Time for exercise (at least the kind I've like doing) has been non-existent, and I haven't yet adjusted my routine to find other things I can do in the small amount of time I have left every day.

I know that May and June are out of the norm because we are trying to so much in a such a limited amount of time, but I also know that I feel the absence (of exercise, of 6 small meals, of water, of sleep) - and that my health is fading as a result.

In a word, I feel far too "soft".

I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do, I think for awhile I'll make it my profile to help remind me.

Spark On!

PS - if you missed my status update last week, we bought a bookstore!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MISSFORTE 12/3/2012 1:31PM

    Awesome sorry so late seeing this blog, every time I see Argyle I think Where are U? now I know! Hope your doing well!

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VOCALMAMA 8/29/2012 11:18AM

    YOU BOUGHT A BOOKSTORE??!! That is fantastic!! I'm so sorry I have been so MIA and out of the loop but I have been thinking of you a lot! I'm not sure of the life changing event you mentioned here but I hope everyopne is okay and know that even though there is time and distance between us, I'm still here for you!

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APRIL_IN_MN 7/25/2012 12:48AM

    Wow--a bookstore! That's awesome! I have been thinking of you and wondering how things were going. Well, these things are changes that we need to learn to re-create our lives around, aren't they? You see the need, and though life is not dealing you a lot of time to take care of it, I have confidence that you will.

Good luck with you new store!!!

And I love the flower. :-)

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2012 4:41AM

    Good to see you back sparking, Katie! How fun! A bookstore would be a dream-come-true for me. Look forward to hearing more about it. Now go lift some books!

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HAKAPES 7/7/2012 3:34AM

    A bookstore? ;-)
I love books, too!

Do you have any kind of healthy habits about exercise?
Mine is to do 10 min exercise every day, no matter what. First, I started with 30 day trial, then I decided to keep it.

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    Goals are important, no matter how small you think they are. emoticon


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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/15/2012 11:36PM

    Hope things are going well for you & your new ownership of the bookstore! That would be my dream business to own! I know how it is when you are busy & can't get into your routine... hope you are doing better than me at that!

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TARANITUP 6/15/2012 2:41PM

    I hope you are back and sparking soon! That is so exciting about the bookstore!!! BUt please don't ever back burner your health - it wont pay in the end!

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KALISWALKER 6/12/2012 1:03PM

    What happened to change your exercise? I hope things are ok for you.



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ARGYLE-RUNNER 6/11/2012 9:24AM

    built in strength training :)

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KALIGIRL 6/11/2012 8:42AM

    Somehow, I think moving all those books might be exercise!

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MICHSTATE 6/9/2012 8:53PM said something about "news" in your last blog....and now, this?!?!? What's up?!?! You are killing me with the suspense!!!!! I hope it's nothing bad, you have me worried!!!! I hope you spill the beans soon!!!!!

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ETLC: Week 2 - Beef & Mushrooms, Homemade Gnocchi, Panko Chicken Breast

Monday, May 14, 2012

it has been a crazy week here - I'm still not quite ready to share my news, but I hope to be able to do so by the end of the week

as a result of being so busy (and my husband needing the computer more), I haven't had as much time to do my updates for my Eat To Live Challenge (ETLC), even though I've been making the recipes and taking the pictures, etc - so this is one big catch up post

the only part I regret is that I haven't been able to follow my fellow challenger's blogs as well, and so I only made one recipe this week from that

emoticonBeef & Mushrooms

this is a quick and easy one for the slow cooker - and it works great over noodles or potatoes

here is the link to my recipe for it in SparkRecipes

here is how the nutrition breaks down

emoticonHomemade Gnocchi

TARANITUP made this awesome recipe with shrimp, asparagus, and gnocchi

after two unsuccessful attempt to find frozen gnocchi locally, I decided the recipe was worth the effort to make homemade gnocchi, it really isn't that difficult, especially if you boil your potatoes a day or two ahead and just keep them in the fridge until you are ready to make the dough

here is the homemade gnocchi made into Tara's dish

here is the link to my recipe for it in SparkRecipes (only the gnocchi)

here is how the nutrition breaks down

as far as Tara's dish - I love it! I didn't have fresh lemon though, so I used some TrueLemon crystalized lemon and it worked just fine

emoticonPanko Chicken Breast

panko bread crumbs are awesome, and much easier to find these days, I suppose you could use regular bread crumbs, but it just wouldn't be the same - and I just had the thought, some of that crystalized lemon would be good in this, with a lot of pepper - I think I'll try that next time

here is the link to my recipe for it in SparkRecipes

here is how the nutrition breaks down

hope you enjoy - and next week I'll try to space these as I do them, this past week just didn't afford the opportunity to do that - I'm glad I took the few moments to snap pictures though :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALISWALKER 6/1/2012 2:14PM

    The food looks delicious! I saw Panko in the store the other day, wow a whole new adventure.

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KALIGIRL 5/15/2012 8:44AM

    Look wonderful emoticon

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WALKINGRED 5/15/2012 12:58AM

    How can you leave us hangin' like this?! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Can't wait to hear the news (suuuuure hope it's GOOD news), and thanks for sharing recipes!

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LADYBUG1107 5/14/2012 8:14PM

    Great recipes! They are making my mouth water.

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FUNGIRL81005 5/14/2012 2:41PM

    emoticon emoticoni am totally addicted to panko .....LOve LOVE!!

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MICHSTATE 5/14/2012 1:29PM

    Good job with the recipes!!!!

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CARDAMOMMA 5/14/2012 11:59AM

    Awesome recipe/food blog! I'm going to have to try some of your recipes this week or next. Looks fantastic.
Thanks for sharing!

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    YUM! and WOW, homemade gnocchi?!
I feel the need to say: overachiever! :D
as well as: I love that you did that. I'm not sure what I would have done... not really, I'm totally sure that I wouldn't have attempted my own gnocchi! You inspire me and thank you for sharing the pics and recipes! I want to go home and cook! Man, oh man, I'm hungry!!! :D

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CLAIREESE 5/14/2012 11:25AM

    Thanks for sharing. I like the homemade gnocchi. Also like your background...:)

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TARANITUP 5/14/2012 11:05AM

    Looks great! And can't wait to hear your news :)

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ETLC: Chicken Mexican Beer Soup

Thursday, May 03, 2012

this is a soup I made earlier in the week for lunches

here is the link to my recipe for it in SparkRecipes

here is how the nutrition breaks down

this recipe is what happens when I am feeling "creative" in the kitchen - I love my slow cooker, and I love experimenting with different things - the nice thing is my husband will eat almost anything once - and the good thing is that the more I experiment, the better I get at flavor combinations and I have fewer misses

at under 300 calories for a bowl (a large bowl), this is the perfect meal and easy to pair with a starch (I have eaten it with crushed saltines and also served it over mashed potatoes)

for some the beer may be questionable, you could switch it up with either a veggie or chicken broth, or even a fruit juice or non-alcoholic beer - the amber beer gives it a nice flavor which mellows through the meat as it cooks all day

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READYRACHEL 5/4/2012 12:17PM

    Looks delicious. I will have to try it soon.

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LADYBUG1107 5/3/2012 7:12PM

    I love slow cooker recipes.

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MISSFORTE 5/3/2012 5:30PM

    this looks awesome i also love my slow cooker!

Man I have so many ideas to try this weekend!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 5/3/2012 5:11PM

    actually the sodium in what I made was probably much lower - I use no-salt beans (chili and black) and no-salt tomatoes where I can find them - also the corn is drained, and I think there is sodium in that water - It is frustrating sometimes when entering a recipe because they often don't have the "no-salt" versions and I don't always have time to enter new items

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/3/2012 5:07PM

    Looks fabulous...the sodium is too high for my program. Wonder if I could lower the sodium mg? Hmmmm!

emoticon that you're sharing the recipes! We all benefit!!!

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TARANITUP 5/3/2012 4:16PM

    Looks yummy!

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ETLC: What Eating Isn't About & A Tried Recipe

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I tried my first recipe from another member in the challenge

TARANITUP posted this blog entry about a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

it sounded so good that yesterday after my husband got home from a trip to Colorado and the kids were in bed, I took some much needed me time and went to Menard's to just walk around and see if maybe they had a blender (they are kind of like a Home Depot, but with more things)

I've been blender-less for about a year, which means smoothie-less for about a year - but her recipe inspired me to change that - I was just going to get a cheap one, but when I got there, they had a high-end Black & Decker model on clearance that was cheaper than the cheap model (weird, right?) - so I paid $20 for a $40 machine that not only came with a glass jar (I prefer glass for a blender) but also a stainless steel one too, and the motor has a special sensor that will shut it off if the machine is getting overran to prevent it from burning out

so this morning I tried her recipe with the modification of quick oats for the Kashi Go-Lean cereal

so here is what 1/2 cup crushed ice, 1/2 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt, 1 medium banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and 1/4 cup quick oats looks like nutritionally:

and here's what it looked like on my counter this morning with my new blender:


this challenge has taken me a bit by surprise

maybe it is the name of it "Eat To Live" that has been sticking with me - I think about it all of the time during my day - I think about it especially when I am eating

I rarely eat to live

I eat to soothe, I eat to feel good, I even eat to feel bad (if you've never done this, you won't get it, but if you have, you will)

so this month, it is about figuring out what eating isn't about, because I'm finally getting what it is about

when you eat to live, food is about nourishment and not effect

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZELLAZM 5/6/2012 7:31AM

    Don't you just love getting new tools to help with your healthy lifestyle? I've already promised myself a blender for a weight-loss reward. Seeing yours and entering smoothie season (I don't make them in the winter!) has given me some fresh motivation today! Enjoy!

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TRICIA4626 5/4/2012 10:57AM

    Keep up the good work! and that does sound good!

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BLH507 5/3/2012 1:19PM

    I am thinking of you today. We are having pork chops with blue cheese gravy for dinner!! Your smoothie looks great.

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SHRINK71 5/3/2012 12:51PM

    Fantastic!!! Yes... I went through the same "aha" moment a while ago... I'm glad you are participating in this challenge! Eat to live... NOT live to eat!!!! :-)

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EJRANVILLE 5/3/2012 12:37PM

    I'll have to check out that challenge. Sounds like one I could use too--I have the same issues with eating for the wrong reasons!


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TARANITUP 5/3/2012 11:36AM

    Ok first... I got chills reading your blog. I MUST be a nerd or something but I'm so proud that the challenge is getting you to reflect so much! AND for all of us to force ourselves to take the extra step to make a good recipe here and there. I too have felt that I'm thinking about my food a lot but I have EASILY been well in range each day this week even with the increased focus on food.

Second - I'm glad you tried to recipe! I got your message while I was reading in bed last night and quick responded by my phone about the oats - I'm glad you got it in time to make it last night!!!

I have gotten a lot of really good feedback today on the ETLC and I love it... it makes the time and energy I put into it as the leader SO worth it :)

Great job Katie!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/3/2012 11:03AM

    Thought provoking. There is more to eating than eating!

Great on getting a blender. It's hard without one. We got one at and auction for $5. Turns out there wasn't a cover. The company sent us one for free! It's the best ever. I like to make an all-day smoothie (it's too much for one serving, so i sip on it throughout the day. It's just protein powder, fruit and almond milk, water and ice (the protien powder drink is rich)

What a month we're having already!

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MISSFORTE 5/3/2012 10:57AM

    so so true we are Eating to live not vice versa I haven't triedthis yet but you've inspired me that much more to go for it Look out grocery store here I come!

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    as usual you've given me a lot to think about :D Thank you!!! Also - I wish we had Menard's here. They ARE awesome!!! :D YAY on the Blender!!!

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ETLC: Crave'n Craisin Oatmeal

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

this was breakfast this morning

here is the link to my recipe for it in SparkRecipes

here is how the nutrition breaks down

this is something that will really stick with you through the morning, or the day if you make it as a snack - at just under 350 calories, it isn't bad, but if you are looking for something more around 300, simply eliminate the pecans and the nutrition looks more like this:

you may be tempted to eliminate the half and half, but honestly, it takes this from ordinary oatmeal to decadent

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALIGIRL 5/3/2012 8:49AM

    Sounds decadent!

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MISSFORTE 5/3/2012 7:50AM

    Looks great!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/1/2012 8:54PM

    Yum! I emoticon oatmeal!
emoticon Mmmmmmm! emoticon

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LADYBUG1107 5/1/2012 6:09PM

    I will try this. Thanks.

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TARANITUP 5/1/2012 3:00PM

    Looks YUM

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FUNGIRL81005 5/1/2012 11:43AM

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    Also: YUM! Thanks for sharing these meals and recipes! and love the bowl!

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