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55 Ways to Energize. . . .

Monday, September 27, 2010

55 Ways to Get More Energy

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Greg Go, co-author of Wise Bread’s new book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

You won’t be able to do everything on this list all the time — you’d tire yourself out trying to get more energy — but do try them all to see which ones work for you and your schedule. Add a few of these tips to your regular routine. Or mix them up to keep things interesting.

1. Change your socks for refreshment.

It’s an amazing trick. Bring a change of socks to work, and change your socks midway through the day (say, after lunch). You’ll be amazed at how much fresher you’ll feel. This trick is especially handy on days with lots of walking — like during a hike or family outing to the amusement park.

2. Rock out loud.

Whether you work alone or in a room with coworkers, a quick one-song rock out loud session is an effective way to beat back exhaustion.

In a cube farm? Get everyone to sing along! The key is to choose a song that everyone can sing along with. (I like Kokomo.) The energy boosting effect comes from bobbing your head and singing out loud. One song, 3 minutes. That’s a quick boost of adrenaline that lasts for a bit. You’ll be singing to yourself the rest of the never ending project delivery night.

3. Get rid of the stuffy nose.

If allergies have your sinuses blocked, you may be feeling more tired and cranky. An over-the-counter allergy medication should clear up your sinuses (and your mind).

4. Work with your body’s clock.

There is a natural ebb and flow of energy throughout the day. We start off sluggish after waking up, even after a solid 8 hours of sleep. Our energy peaks mid-morning, and it’s natural to want a siesta in the afternoon. We get a second spike of energy in the early evening, followed by our lowest energy point just before bedtime. Once you understand this natural rhythm of energy throughout the day, you can work on the important tasks during your peak hours and avoid early afternoon snoozefests (meetings).

5. Have a piece of chocolate.

Not too much, but if you’re going to have some candy, it might as well be chocolate. We get an endorphin buzz from chocolate (not to mention the energy boost from the slight bit of caffeine chocolate contains). Dark chocolate has more caffeine than milk chocolate.

An afternoon snack of yogurt, berries, and nuts will provide the boost of energy to carry you through the day.

6. Have an afternoon power snack.

A small healthy snack that is low in sugar and has protein and/or fiber a couple hours after lunch helps you finish off the day strong. Some suggestions:

mixed nuts
nonfat yogurt
apple and peanut butter
frozen berrie smoothie
trail mix
granola bar
7. Hit up the water cooler for inconsequential banter.

A little midday gossip and random banter is a great pick-me-up for your tired mind. It works because it gets your mind on zero-stress thoughts for a while. The mental break for just a few minutes will revitalize you.

8. Eat lots of berries.

Especially berries that are blue, red, or purple. The color comes from anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant, that boosts energy. Any kind of berry will contain tons.

All types of berries help fight fatigue and are delicious to boot!

9. Wear brighter colors.

This trick is related to the mood you project to people, and the reciprocating mood they project towards you. If you wear dark, somber colors, you project a dark, somber attitude, and people will respond to you with a somber attitude. If you wear bright, happy colors, you’ll get that attitude projected towards you, which will boost your own mood and energy levels.

10. Take a power nap.

But do it in your chair. Don’t lie down on the sofa or you won’t get back up. Keep it short: 5-10 minutes max. Any longer and it will have the opposite effect of knocking you out for the rest of the day.

11. Flirt.

It’s fun, it’s harmless (keep it innocent), and it’s effective. Nothing quite gets the heart pumping like a little flirting.

Amore gets the blood flowing. Flirt for more energy.

12. Aromatherapy with lavender.

Research has shown that the lavender scent increases alertness. Test subjects were given math tests before and after 3 minutes of lavender aromatherapy. The group completed the tests faster and more accurately after aromatherapy.

13. Wake up at the same time everyday.

Including weekends. This sets your body clock. Otherwise, you’ll be wide awake when you should be asleep. Or worse, asleep when you should be awake (dozing off in a meeting is embarrassing). The key is to go to bed at the same time every night. If you need to reset your sleep cycle in one day, stop eating for the 16 hours before the time you want to wake up.

14. Drink lots of water.

Dehydration is a sinister cause of fatigue because it slowly creeps up on you. If you consistently drink less than 8 cups of water a day, you may be sluggish all the time. Get a 32 oz (1 quart, 4 cups) water bottle. Your goal is to polish off 2 of those a day. Try it for a week and see if your general energy level increases.

15. Use caffeine wisely.

Coffee and caffeinated sodas can boost your alertness, but be careful about letting it be a habitual crutch. The temptation to drink more caffeine to get even more energy will be strong. Eventually you’ll be downing 5 double-shot espressos a day just to function. Drink coffee earlier in the day to avoid insomnia, which will make the next day worse.

Use caffeine in moderation. Coffee provides a shot of energy, but can also become a counterproductive dependence. Photo by visualpanic / Flickr

16. Avoid energy drinks.

Energy drinks provide a near-instant hyperactivity boost, but they always result in a crash. Energy drinks are like energy credit cards — you’re spending future energy to get short-term energy. The resulting energy deficit gets worse until you hit energy bankruptcy.

17. Eat low glycemic (low or complex carb) foods.

Trade in good, complex carbohydrates (low glycemic index) for the bad, simple carbs (sugar). Carbohydrates with a high glycemic index means the sugar is more easily digested by your body. That results in a spike in energy followed by a low-sugar crash.

High glycemic index foods to avoid include white bread, potato, and high sugar foods (like sodas). Low glycemic foods (the good carb foods) include fruits and vegetables, grains (eg., whole wheat bread), low-carb foods (eg., meats), and pasta. Check this chart of foods and their glycemic index before your next trip to the grocery store.

18. Eat more soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is the kind that slows down the rate of absorption of sugars. It evens out your energy levels by preventing a sugar high and crash. (By the way, insoluble fiber is the kind that prevents constipation.) Don’t worry too much about which kind of fiber you’re getting — they’re both good for you. Rotate more high soluble fiber foods like nuts, grains, fruits, plant matter (vegetables), beans, and oats into your diet.

Eat and sniff more citrus fruits for an energy boost.
19. Get your Vitamin C.

Get a daily dose of citrus fruits (eg., orange juice in the morning) or a vitamin C tablet. Study after study shows the correlation between citric acid deficiency and chronic fatigue. Vitamin C also helps you absorb more nutrients from food.

20. Sniff some citrus.

In addition to the Vitamin C, citrus scents (like orange, lemon and lime) stimulate alertness. So lather on some of that lemon scented lotion.

21. Cover the B Vitamins.

B vitamins cover a range of bodily functions, but most B vitamins are involved in the process of converting blood sugar into usable energy. To ensure you get the proper amount of B vitamins, eat a balanced diet.

22. Quit smoking.

Ex-smokers frequently report an energy boost of 2-3x when they quit smoking. Nicotine affects your sleep, so you don’t get as good a night’s sleep. That makes you cranky, frustrated and tired the next day. Which leads to more smoking. It’s a vicious energy sapping cycle.

23. Play to relax.

Playing a game keeps your mind working (versus, say, watching TV), but doesn’t have any of the energy-sapping stresses of work. Go ahead and play that quick game of Scrabble on Facebook, but have a strict time limit if you don’t want your boss to say something.

Play a game to relax. It keeps your mind active without the debilitating stress.

24. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Snack throughout the day. By eating smaller but more frequent “meals”, you will maintain a steady dose of energy instead of experiencing food comas. Don’t snack on fatty and sugar laden junk food though. You may get a short 30 minute burst of hyperalertness, but it’ll be quickly followed by a debilitating crash.

25. Enjoy a cup of tea.

In a recent study, University College London researchers noted that drinking a cup of tea 4-6 time a day reduces stress hormone levels in your body. The study’s results suggest “drinking black tea may speed up our recovery from the daily stresses in life.”

26. Splash some water on your face.

Just letting the cool water hit your face washes off the grime and stresses of the day. You could also jump in the pool or take a shower for the same effect. Showers stimulates the circulatory system and metabolism. Get wet to feel more energetic.

Get wet to freshen up and get a shot of energy.

27. Stand up, stretch and take a couple of deep breaths.

Stretch your arms, back, legs, and neck. Take a deep breath through your nose, hold it, and let it out slowly and forcefully. Repeat several times. This will take 30 seconds and will be an instant fix. When you sit back down, you’ll have the clear head and fresh feeling needed to power through the tough/boring task in front of you.

28. Get your world organized.

When your world is organized, you don’t have to expend mental energy keeping track of a million things. Here’s how to take back control of your time and productivity.

29. Look on the bright side.

A generally upbeat and optimistic outlook on life will keep your energy level up. Yes, the worst thing that can happen might actually happen, but giving it too much worry will only drain you. Look for the positive in every situation and you won’t be so tired.

30. Take a mini-vacation.

Take one day and just do whatever you want. No work, no chores, no errands. Enjoy your one full day of vacation, then come back to work more motivated and energetic.

31. Eat a satisfying breakfast but a light lunch.

A heavy lunch, especially one with lots of carbs or fat (like a burger combo) will hit you as soon as you get back to the office. And it’ll be a sluggishness that lasts to the end of the day. Eat a big breakfast instead. It provides the fuel you need for the day, at the time when your body needs it the most. Not only will you avoid the afternoon food coma, the big breakfast will make you more productive in the mornings. Double win.

32. Choose protein over fat or carbs.

Foods with lean (low fat) protein help you feel fuller for longer. It also prevents blood sugar spikes, giving you more steady energy. Lean protein foods include fish and other seafood, lean pork, or chicken breasts (“white meat”).

33. Shed a few pounds.

The things you do to lose weight — exercise, drink water, avoid simple sugars — are actions that also have a positive effect on your energy level. Even better, the actual loss of excess fat provides an energy boost of its own. You’ll feel “lighter” and things that use to make you breathless will now seem much easier. Losing weight provides a double-impact to boosting your energy.

But be careful with fad and/or crash diets. Cutting out too many calories (ie., energy your body needs) too fast will cause you to be even more tired. Take small steps, and make it a lifestyle change so you shed the fat for life.

34. Listen to tunes while you work.

It’s well known that our brain’s pleasure centers light up when we hear music. Throwing on the headphones and listening to any music you like while working will give you a productivity boost.

35. Start exercising.

If you have a fairly sedentary life, just the idea of starting an intense exercise program is exhausting. But if you go slow, literally taking one step at a time, you can go from being sedentary to becoming a runner just like Leo.

36. Eliminate stress.

Stress is draining. Sometimes it’s worth it, like when you’re on a deadline to delivery a big project. Sometimes it’s just a waste of energy. Leo says,

Certain things in our life just cause us to be more exhausted than others, with less value. Identify them, and cut them out. You’ll have much more energy and much less stress. Happiness ensues.

Here’s how to eliminate stress from your life.

37. Have more sex.

Talk about an endorphin rush! If you keep those endorphins flowing regularly, you’ll have more natural energy. Literally, more bounce to your step.

38. Move gym time to the morning.

A lot of people go to the gym after work. Try going to the gym in the morning instead to get energy that lasts all day. Sure, you’ll have to wake up an hour or two earlier, but you get that time back at night. That exercise in the morning gets the endorphins flowing, which keeps you happy and productive the rest of the day. By exercising in the morning instead of at night, you spend the same amount of time at the gym, but get the added benefit of having more energy at work.

39. Purge low-value tasks from your todo list.

If you have a ridiculously long todo list that is impossible to get all the way through, you’ll feel tired just thinking about the todo list. If you want to actually cross off tasks from your todo list, you’ll need to throw out the crap tasks that you don’t want/need to deal with. Either delegate those tasks, move them into a second “nice but not critical” list, or just admit that they’re probably never going to get done and move them to the “maybe/someday” list. Shortening your todo list to just the most critical, must-do tasks will give you the “energy” to start knocking out those tasks.

40. Avoid the mid-day cocktail.

If you want to function in the afternoon, avoid alcohol at lunch. Even if it’s just one beer. Alcohol’s sedative effects will take hours to recover from, killing the rest of your afternoon.

Skip the alcohol at lunch if you want to make it to 5:00.

41. Get a massage.

Loosen up those tight muscles and you’ll feel more relaxed. A more relaxed you means a happier and more productive you. Trade a quick shoulder rub with a coworker after lunch to perk both of you up for the rest of the afternoon.

42. Dress up.

Feeling better about yourself has a magical way of giving you more energy. Put just a tad more effort into looking your best for work, and you’ll get compliments from coworkers that will make you feel better — and make you a perkier, more energetic worker bee.

43. Don’t drink yourself to sleep.

Alcohol keeps your body from entering deep sleep, so even if you get the same hours of sleep, you won’t feel as rested. Limit alcohol the hours before bedtime to get the best night’s sleep.

44. Get a thyroid test from your doctor.

If you are chronically fatigued, it may be a symptom of hypothyroidism. That’s when not enough thyroid hormone is produced, with fatigue as one of its symptoms. Visit the doctor if you’ve been tired for a long time and haven’t had a checkup in a while.

45. Take a walk outside.

Getting outside for some fresh air, a change of scenery, and a quick walk to get your blood going will do wonders for your mood and motivation. Seeing the sun is a signal to your body that it’s not bedtime yet.

Take a walk outside to clear your head.

46. Lower your blood pressure.

Besides being a risk factor for a heart attack, high blood pressure makes you fatigued. If you haven’t seen your doctor lately, go in and get your blood pressure checked.

47. Rotate yogurt into your diet.

Yogurt with live cultures keep your digestive system clean, which helps your body absorb all the nutrients from food. That makes you healthier and more energetic. Yogurt is also a good low-fat snack.

48. Have a laugh.

Laughter is great medicine for exhaustion. Make sure you laugh regularly to keep your mood up. Seek out funny people or subscribe to a daily email joke. I like the geeky comic xkcd for a quick smile. What’s your favorite quick funny pick-me-up?

49. Add more cardio to your gym time.

The aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping. It builds stamina and endurance, which is useful for both triathalons and neverending department meetings.

50. Take up yoga.

The stretching, slow controlled movements, and focus on breathing reduces tension (and stress). The benefits include better sleep, feeling more relaxed, and being mentally sharper.

51. Eat eggs.

When people have eggs (mostly protein) for breakfast, versus bagels (all carbs), they feel more energy and eat less at the next meal. Protein makes you feel fuller without feeling stuffed, and they provide a steady stream of energy for your body (versus the quick high and crash of carbohydrates). Eggs are a great for breakfast or as an addition to a lunch salad.

52. Get a good night’s sleep.

We need 7-8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. Consistently sleeping less than 6 hours a night builds up a “sleep debt” that is hard to recover from. If you’re getting enough sleep, it should take you up to 30 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow (or while sitting at your desk), that’s a symptom of sleep deprivation.

53. Get more ginseng.

Ginseng is well-known to have energy boosting properties. It is an adaptogen, which means it build resistance to stress and boosts energy. A ginseng supplement or sipping tea with ginseng can help improve energy.

54. Socialize.

Turn off the Internet and go socialize with friends. Humans are social animals, and we need regular socializing to keep ourselves in peak health and energy.

Go out and play with your friends!

55. Get on your toes.

Roll up and down on your toes. This stimulates your circulatory system, which will deliver much-needed oxygen and fuel (glucose) throughout your body. You’ll be more energized and sharper. You can do this right now.

What’s your secret for getting more energy? Share it in the comments!

For more terrific ways to improve your life without spending a fortune, check out Wise Bread’s new book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. The book includes guest contributions from Zen Habits, Get Rich Slowly, The Simple Dollar, Digerati Life, and the Frugal Duchess.

Found this article on the web & thought I would share. I loved a few of these steps more than others.

God bless SparkFam & enjoy Monday!


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NISSANGIRL 9/28/2010 7:55AM

    I loved this! thanks so much for posting Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon... Note: Potatoes with the skin on are a good source of fiber and is considered a complex carb...

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GODZDESIGN95 9/27/2010 2:47PM

    emoticonnow let me get this... emoticon

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MSPROVERBS31 9/27/2010 2:19PM

    Nice List! I'm curling my toes as I type! lol I will definately try others! Thaks for sharing this list! emoticon

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RUTHXG 9/27/2010 2:12PM

    OK, now I'm going to have to come back to this post periodically to make it all the way through the list! Really great tips so far--thanks for posting.

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CIERAPOET 9/27/2010 2:06PM

    Great article Dee. So many great and doable suggestions.

I had a job in 1997 where we would play the loud music and get up and all shout and sing...and we were phone customer service reps. Our go to song: "We Will Rock You". This job had great benefits and I even got a free trip to Vegas with spending money and I was able to bring my sister. Of course the job ended in 1999 because of some stuff with the higher ups but I love working with the people.

Didn't like the phones too much because it was collecting on old credit cards the company had purchased. My second month there in 97 is when I went to Vegas; the first trip was a Cruise and the one after Vegas was to Florida at Disney. I didn't go to Disney because of family matters. A very memorable job.

Anyway...daydreaming out loud. lol
God Bless Your Day!
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TONYA_DIMPLES 9/27/2010 1:45PM

    Thank you , Dee . I love # 11 emoticon and definitely need to do # 22 . emoticon Have a beautiful blessed day ! emoticon

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I Want to take a Nap!

Friday, September 24, 2010

So TGIF Sparkfam! Its a cloudy day & cool day here & the wind is picking up. I got up a little late & didn't get the desired workout in cause I just felt super sleepy. I had no get up & go. So me & hubby went to Home Depot to try to save a few dollars on the stimulus they are giving out on home appliances. We decided on a white front loader washer. I would've loved to have gotten the dry but our dryer still works. Although having the set would look so nice. Anyhow, got myself to work, ate a twinkie, some yogurt & drank some carnation good start w/milk. I'm pretty full but thats after having a chocolate frosted donut. Thats what happens when you drag around & not eat a nutritional breakfast. You graze & I am doing just that.

Tonight, I am doing Tae Bo 20mins & Kendall's Body Sculpt 60mins. I walked 45 minutes & I think I am leaving early in order to get this done & relax. So okay, I had the donut & twinkie but I am moving forward & doing it right.

A power nap of 20minutes shouldn't hurt me, right? lol

God bless Sparkfam!


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RUTHXG 9/25/2010 1:16PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Dee! You are always so encouraging.

Hurray for your new washer!

And good for you for turning your day around with a power nap & exercise.

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MSPROVERBS31 9/25/2010 12:48AM

    emoticon Awwww Dee! I hope that you get some good rest this weekend! And I have to agree with Deb on the twinkie! But I understand cravings!

So enjoy your new Washer and thank God that your dryer Still works! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 9/24/2010 3:17PM

    Sister!!! No more twinkies! I don' care 'bout the donut but no more twinkies!!! lol emoticon I bet you were sleepy even more after that? Is that breakfast drink good and how many carbs? Thanks for stopping by my page and being the first one to post on my Blog. I am always motivated by you. Did you read that blog of the sparker who lost 100 lbs and she just started Jan of this year? We can do this!!! Girl I am 4lbs down since last weigh in and I am going to get some type of cardio. Any way...we are making progress. Much luv and have a wonderful weekend!!!
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NISSANGIRL 9/24/2010 2:29PM

    You had a very productive day Dee, no wonder you need a emoticon Congrats on the new washer you will love it! I walked 4 miles today and did the treadmill, then went to the mall and had an Auntie Ann Pretzel and then a slice of stuffed Pizza emoticon I feel so emoticon ! there goes the work I did this morning! have a Great day Dee! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 9/24/2010 1:24PM

    girl you bad at stopping at one donut. I'd crave more of them. No nos for me.

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Challenge Yourself. . . .

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good Day Sparkfam! I am up, did some meditation & prayer & some step aerobics with Patrick G on All Star Workouts on FitTv. I see some changes in my body make but I still have not stepped on the scale. I guess its about time, huh? I am trying to challenge myself to make commitments to making & meeting goals I set for myself. So if I am logging in tracking my food & fitness then I am a part of Sparkpeople. I try to motivate my friends, read a few blogs & check out my friend feed. I love the networking I can do, friendships I have forged & the points I obtain. But what is my focus? Am I here to change my mind then my body or do I allow my weakness to control me? Well its about half & half. I know some of you know exactly what I mean. If I read the word but don't keep it in my heart then am I truly a changed person? Am I doing the will of God? Then I need to change the inner workings of me to be the best christian, wife, mother, family member & friend. That takes time & dedication, that's why I am here. Why are you? What changes are you making/made to overcome obstacles like overeating, binge eating, not enough exercise too much exercise or just NO exercise at all. Do you have what it takes to win? Then let's do it!! emoticon Challenge yourself everyday! Celebrate life everyday!

God bless & make it happen!

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TONYA_DIMPLES 9/24/2010 8:18PM

    emoticon blog , Dee . I have given it a little thought about why I'm here and it is actually to work on the inside and the outside will take shape. In the beginning is was the other way around . I have been inspired by so many wonderful people here and I do know that it will happen. The journey will be very challenging and that's fine because along the way my spirit is being strengthened , too.

We will get there , all of us who are on a mission to get healthy , it will happen . emoticon

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LINDA2BLITTLE 9/24/2010 11:48AM

    emoticon for this wonderful blog, you have motivated me to set some goals... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 9/23/2010 12:31PM

    We can all do this and we have more strength when we do it together. You are a great everything Dee and your fruits prove it. God bless your day and do you!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/23/2010 10:54AM

    girl one day at at time..we are most impatient creatures.I know I am I want instant size whatever.. Am I going to put in the hard work to get ther YEP! God remembers we are made of the dust of the ground. He sees our efforts, knows our weakness. I am here to get my health back. My weight day is tomorrow. I'll step on with faith knowing that my labors are not in vain. You have any more thoughts on is a cognitive thing. Works on retraining the brain. Mine needs it.

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Well said!

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Where Is Your Passion . . .

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Today I got up early, whispered some prayers, read the bible & then got up & did a workout I supposed to do last night. I couldn't cause my daughter & grandson were over. So I enjoyed the visit. So I did also did All Star Workouts Pilates Sculpt & Total Body with Gilad which is equals an hour of fitness plus abs which was 30mins. So I actually have time to do 3hours of fitness in the morning but I am trying to pull back some or else I will burst & become idle once again. I find that my slowing myself down has actually ignited my passion for reading more, researching things more & being open to being out & about. I know, I am not 1000lbs but I some times feel like everybody is watching. Self conscious little twit that I am. Nobody not paying me any attention what so ever. lol

So where is your passion? How do you keep your fire burning? I need to keep my momentum going & I want to stay motivated & to motivate! You guys motivate me! lol

God bless Sparkfam!

I will be out like a light tonight. I better stop drinking water by 8pm or I will up & down all night.

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LOYAL_LADY 9/23/2010 10:06AM

    Awesome. Thank you.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Girl do you ever slow down? lol great job on your workout! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 9/22/2010 11:46AM

    love this quote!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/22/2010 9:21AM

    Keep going gurl!! I got my eye on you.

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IUHRYTR 9/21/2010 8:12PM

    Seeing the scale move downward and feeling the clothes get looser stokes my fire. Keep up a good effort. -- Lou

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Jimmy Deans . . .

Monday, September 20, 2010

Who would've thunk it? Jimmy Deans making a healthy breakfast sandwich. Well my hubby brought Jimmy Deans D-Lights Turkey sausage, egg white w/cheese on a whole wheat muffin:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Amount per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 800mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A6%
Vitamin C2%
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 32.1% Carbs 42.9%
Protein 25.7%

It was quite tasty & it was almost on the same level as a McDonald Sausage/Egg McMuffin. So I fooled myself & I only ate half because of the salt content. I know I bought soup so I have to half down all of my pre-made meals.

I did 45mins of walking, tonight its 40mins of abs & stretch & Firm Step aerobics. I was supposed to do Boot Camp or strength training workout yesterday but just was a BUM. lol So I did that as well today. I am officially at 90% since getting sick last week. I just my body just said, "Give it a rest already." So I listen & laid around but still did a light cleaning. I couldn't just simply lie around its too hard. . . .In my boot camp dvd Cathe was doing squat thrust & scissors. Man, then she would jump up. I was sweatin like a pig!

Incredible that I was able to do the whole workout! I was determined. . . So onward & upward I go. . .

Its Monday but I don't have a blah or blues about it!

What did you do today that is moving you closer to your goal?! Eating or Exercise . . . .

God bless & Happy Monday Sparkfam!


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DIVINEKITTYKAT 9/21/2010 12:49PM

    *smacking lips*, those sound real good, but I have to really start working on my sodium intake. Lately, I've been having blood pressure readings that I am not proud of. I think what I'll start doing though is to make my own creation of a breakfast sandwich - maybe a lean, turkey sausage patty or turkey bacon strips, Egg Beaters (scrambled or folded), low-fat cheese and those whole wheat, low-fat English muffins. I'm sure that this combination would be lower in sodium. I'm going to try it emoticon!

I did really good yesterday with myself and am proud of myself. Thanks for asking and making us accountable for ourselves.

Have a wonderful day today emoticon!!!


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NISSANGIRL 9/21/2010 9:49AM

    I love them! and they are as good as Mcdonalds. Now you got me hungry for one and I am out! Great job Dee! keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 9/21/2010 6:41AM

    That sandwich sounded like heaven ALMOST. Isn't it funny how these crazy companies use catch words like LIGHT to try and sway us. Because of health irritants I have to read labels. That salt is a killler HBP. the fat had to come from those biscuits with the butter or whatever they used for making those biscuits. turkey has almost no fat. I too need to cut down on prepackaged foods myself..a challenge indeed. But in pinch I'd try them.

Now I hope you rest. colds have a way to coming back when we don't rest.

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CIERAPOET 9/20/2010 10:46PM

    I woke up early this morning. I walked to the library and worked on my novel...finally. That walking seems ok until I get back but God can do anything. That sandwich has too much fat for me and cholesterol, carbs and sodium of course. Why is everything so full of sodium? You sure had a full workout. Rest is a good thing. We should always take rest days on purpose. lol Not forced. Enjoy tonight!!!
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JUSTFOXXY 9/20/2010 7:47PM

    Cathe is fierce, isn't she?

Is the bootcamp DVD one or is it part of a set?

Keep up the great work. You are just working, working, working. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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LADILYNNE 9/20/2010 7:45PM

    Yeaa for you! I tried those as well and decided they weren't bad but I don't eat a lot of bread so I didn't buy them again. However, I work with a friend that eats them everyday!

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