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Been away and why I need a little help....

Monday, June 20, 2011

Shortly after my birthday (the later part of May) I started planting my flower gardens. Although they aren't the biggest on the block there are four of them,
besides the perimeter of our yard (which I am trying to plant perennial so as to cut down on the planting in the future. While working on this I twisted my back in the wrong direction and was pretty much immobile for a week after which I went to see my chiropractor and am in the healing process, back to being mobile again.
My biggest regret was not keeping in touch with SP and all of my encouraging friends. I put on 5 1/2 pounds during this time (not so healthy eating and lack of exercise), but I'm not discouraged by this as some of this was out of my control. DH does not like to cook, but i gave him credit when going for burgers he ordered double tomato waited to put LF cheese on it after he came home. He really felt a little helpless with me not being able to do alot.
What I am having a problem with is re-committing to SP and just getting back to basics. I feel like I lost my "just-do-it-tiveness". I was doing so well for so long and this set back just has my head wrapped around "old" habits and weariness.
I can certainly work on eating healthier, but the exercising has to go back to short, but consistent blocks of time. Right now I've got some stretches from the doc and walking is what I can do (not power walking like I was and certainly not the dancing and marching/jogging in place.....not yet any way.
My body is starting to feel "frumpy" again and I feel stuck i place. I know I should take it just one day at a time, but it is more difficult than I care to admit.
I know there are people out there who have worse problems than mine and I feel "a little silly" for putting this out there, but in order to be accountable for me and my actions I needed to put this in print. If after reading this you have any advice (or even some articles) to push me along I sure would appreciate it.
Hugs go out to all who read this.......have a good day and thank you for being so understanding.

  
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JOANNS4 6/23/2011 10:15PM

    I have done the same thing. Don't feel silly. Take good care not to overdo it and give yourself time to heal. We can do this. one day at a time. Hugs.


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JUSTA123 6/23/2011 10:56AM

    Lord don't feel silly I know exactly how you feel sometimes, it's just easier to revert to old ways, but then like you say we now notice that icky slugglish feeling we get. You will get back on track you made the first step you blogged and opened it up to your friends. One day one step you will succeed! emoticon

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GHODGE6 6/21/2011 2:49PM

    Hi Barb, glad you're back! Please turn those negative feelings you're having around to the positive. I personally don't know the pain of "putting the back out of whack", but my hubby did just that two years ago. He literally could not walk for several days due to the pain. Movement is the BEST thing to do, even if it's small amounts at first. Keep moving and keep gaining that flexibility back. It will do wonders for changing the "frumpy" feelings into "alive and happy" feelings again. You CAN do it! Welcome back!

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DLG0505 6/21/2011 1:10PM

    So glad to see you back! And I'm sorry you're having to go through the pain and discomfort and the frustration.

It sounds like you are getting your "sparkness" back. I kind of went through a couple of months of "eh" about the same time you got injured. I just couldn't seem to get back to being involved. Then I stepped on the scale and had gained about 6 lbs! And I'm not even injured!

Do the stretches the doctor told you, take small walks, make a minor change to the diet every day - next time burgers without cheese! You WILL get back. And we're here to help!

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SJBAILEY1 6/20/2011 8:07PM

    Welcome Back!!!! Obviously you haven't lost your "just-do-it-tiveness" because you are back on SP when you might not be feeling it just yet but it's there. I'm a firm believer that working hand in hand together and supporting each other we can do this!!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2011 1:44PM

    Glad you're back!!! Well, you've been through a lot to boot, so that doesn't help matters either!

You can do this just taking it day-by-day. I know the mindset . . . you want the weight gone yesterday. **SIGH**

I can remember when I was first very ill in 1998 and one of the things that happened was I could not walk. Had to practice doing it all over again. Each day I made up my mind I'd take just one more step and built on that. Eventually I was up to 2 miles/day and built on that.

So, little steps. You know!

HUGS and glad you're back.

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MAUITN 6/20/2011 12:57PM

    It is so nice to have you back here and posting. Take it easy starting back with the exercise. For me personally, I am convinced that power walking is not necessary and is harder on the joints than I need. I live in a beautiful part of the country and just need to start getting out and walking leisurely and enjoying the beauty and alone time to think. So go at your own pace.

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GEMINI-SKY 6/20/2011 12:45PM

    Hi Barb...
I know how you feel BUT...
You need to take every slightly negative statement in your blog and make it a positive one. Try it and say them out loud..
You'll probably laugh and feel silly...BUT as in everything else..
Repetion makes it a habit...And a Good One at That ! ! !
So Glad you are back with us and I do hope you feel better real soon...
Love Ya Lots...

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A big THANK YOU to all...

Monday, May 23, 2011

I want to thank everyone for all the thoughtful/wonderful birthday wishes.
The comments/goodies were over whelming. I so do appreciate them all.
We had a wonderful day.......spent with family and friends. Over ate a bit, but will be back on track today.....always feel better when I eat healthier and will be getting in extra exercise to help compensate for the cake and ice cream. Portion control was just a little bit bigger than the norm.......... emoticon and emoticon

  
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JUSTA123 5/23/2011 8:52AM

    Glad your day was great! emoticon

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Fresh Strawberries....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A number of years ago in late spring/early summer I came upon a salad made with baby spinach, strawberries, walnuts, a trace of feta cheese topped off with a balsamic vinaigrette. This salad turned out to be one of my favorites. To this day I make this salad at least once a week or so.
Tasty fresh strawberries are now coming back to us (here in Wisconsin) and I started looking for new recipes to make with these wonderful berries.
Well to my surprise right here on SP I found a recipe for strawberries and cucumbers with a balsamic vinegar, honey and oil "sauce" to cover the two ingredients. I just happen to have everything in the pantry/fridge so I whipped up a batch.....it was fantastic. I was going to use it as a side to some chicken sausage, but ended up using it as a dessert. This will be a new favorite of mine. I plan on making it all summer....
Here's the link for the recipe.....try it....you may be surprised with the flavors.
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipes.asp?
food=strawberries+and+cucumber+salad&a=


Enjoy your day.....hugs to all and happy Sparking. Barb

  
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1CRAZYDOG 5/13/2011 8:44PM

    I wouldn't hae thought of combining the strawberries and cucumbers. Sounds delish! I have had the strawberry salad before. That's a fav of mine too.

How is your MIL doing? Hope every day is a bit better.



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FIT2BETHIN 5/12/2011 6:41PM

    Too bad I don't like cucumbers! Your strawberry salad sounds yummy though. Send me the recipe!

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JUSTA123 5/12/2011 9:58AM

    Think I might try this, after all you gave me better then peanut butter LOL

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LAK1974 5/11/2011 8:44AM

    Yummy sounding salad, hope your back is feeling better.

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GHODGE6 5/10/2011 9:41PM

    Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SPARKLED146 5/10/2011 6:39PM

    thanks for the recipe link. It definately looks like a keeper! emoticon

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THINAGIN2 5/10/2011 12:35PM

    I have made the salad with dried cranberries, blue cheese, walnuts and Ken's Steak House Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing and loved it. Will definitely give this one a try, too! Thanks for sharing the information.

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CINDYHOUGHTON 5/10/2011 11:20AM

    I will have to try it. I worked in Wisconsin one summer. What city are you in???

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BUBBLES1541 5/10/2011 9:55AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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KATHRYNLP 5/10/2011 9:55AM

    Oooohhhh.. yummy-yum-yum.. I want some too.. Thanks for this one. emoticon

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When you know it's "sticking"

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Although I have always been a breakfast eater, a lot of those meals were not the healthiest on the block. But I just keep learning here at SP and I feel like these new healthier habits (at least some of them) are "sticking". I do 95% of the cooking, unlike before I was doing about 85% cooking at home. Hence now I do have leftovers some of the time........and I always try to use up the veggies any way I can.........this morning I made ham and eggs for DH. The smell way soooo good that I decided to do the same for me (using portion control) and some leftover veggies. Had a multi grain English muffin along side. It was while eating this oh so good breakfast it hit me........I'm really learning how to balance my foods pretty much on a daily basis. I really am eating 5-7 servings of veggies a day plus a couple more fruits too. I got hung up on those little Clementines and can't make it through a day without at least one if not two. I also now have an apple every afternoon/evening. I just feel so glad I found this site along with all the friends I have (and still) making along the way.
WooHoo for all of you. emoticon

  
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FIT2BETHIN 5/12/2011 6:43PM

    Aww....you're doing GREAT!! Like you said, when it becomes a part of every day living, that's when you KNOW it sticks! Spark on!
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GHODGE6 5/7/2011 8:29AM

    I love those clementines, too. And I eat at least one apple every day. It really does start to become ingrained in you just exactly what and how much food goes into your mouth doesn't it? Good going!
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MAUITN 5/6/2011 10:19AM

    Just goes to show that we are never too old to learn new and healthy ways. It does feel good to have these "Ah Ha" moments. emoticon

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JUSTA123 5/6/2011 10:08AM

    emoticon isn't it? The day it clicks that this isn't so hard , and it tastes good! Have a beautiful day!

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KATHRYNLP 5/6/2011 9:00AM

    Good for you!!! emoticon

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CHARMIAN2 5/6/2011 4:44AM

  Wonderful!!!

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SJBAILEY1 5/5/2011 7:31PM

    That is great! I'm glad this is becoming a way of life for you!


I have known what to do for quite a while but always had trouble sticking with it. I'm praying that Sparkpeople is going to be the tool I need to give me the motivation to keep going. emoticon

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CASJ57 5/5/2011 6:27PM

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This made me smile for you - way to go!

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MICHELE0008 5/5/2011 6:19PM

    Congrats! It's an amazing feeling when healthy choices become the norm! emoticon

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Great recipe for Mac and Cheese lovers.....

Monday, May 02, 2011

I found this recipe here at SP. I tried it and loved it. Whole wheat pasta, jalapeņo cheese, sharp cheddar and broccoli. Next time I make it I will add more broccoli. Makes nine servings.......and I'm the only one who likes mac n cheese so I cut the pan into serving sizes and froze most of it.........I don't think freezing will change the flavors.
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=79433

I think you should be able to get to the recipe from this link. If not look up Spicy Mac and cheese with broccoli.........Only 164 cals per serving too.

  
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COOKWITHME65 5/5/2011 12:40PM

    Sounds delish. Thanks for sharing

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2011 11:23AM

    Using Dreamfield's pasta would cut the carbs, too. YUMMY!

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JELLI-LEAN 5/3/2011 12:13PM

    Sounds wonderful...I will make soon!

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DOWNTOWN02 5/3/2011 11:10AM

    O MY GOSH! that sounds amaaaazing..almost too good to look up because I would become hooked! O wow..so yummy! :)

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KATHYJO56 5/2/2011 8:30PM

    That sounds really yummy, I'll have to give this one a try. emoticon

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SJBAILEY1 5/2/2011 8:17PM

    Sounds yummy! Will have to try it! emoticon

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