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What's for Breakfast?

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam! Can you remember the breakfastsí from yester-years? You know you would have corn flakes, milk, orange juice & toast? I thought what did you have for breakfast today? I had a slice of toast w/butter & jelly, sm bowl of alphabits & 1%milk w/half scrambled egg. I felt so proud of myself because eating this way makes me full longer & I avoid the danish & donuts lying around the office. I actually did pretty well. If I say so myself but some times I could be off the chain too! I am learning to make me a huge pot of oatmeal & fed off that for a couple of days. Its been working for me too cause Iím not really into the pancakes these days. Did you know just one regular 4inch pancake w/butter & syrup can be like 260 calories! That was a huge eye opener for me. I did lay off them while, I havenít given them up completely but when I do make pancakes I make 2 miniís not that it makes a huge difference.

This morning I got up a small fire in my belly so I got up & did my All Star Workouts Pilates Sculpt. Pilates can be tough! I persevered & I won!! I didnít finish like I wanted too but not because I didnít have the time. Our office is being remodeled so I try to spark early so that I wonít be behind in the evening. I like to the do other things even though I love sparkin too.

So with breakfast getting more & more interesting these days, you could have a frittata or a scrambled egg enchilada. I mean breakfast could be a nutrition bar or fiber bar with a splash of variety of fruits or nuts. So whatís new & exciting on your breakfast menu?

God bless & enjoy a healthy breakfast daily!

Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 3/3/2011 2:56PM

    I had raisn bran today with almond mild. That's a very filling cereal! Thanks for the Goodie. Made me want to make some cookies. lol
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MORRIS1989 3/2/2011 7:12PM

    I need to start eating breakfast but I did have a MacDonald's smoothes.

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MELTING2SVELTE 3/2/2011 1:43PM

    Lately I'm into Kashi Heart to Heart cereal with warm cinammon. Lots of nutrients. Its in the food tracker.

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NISSANGIRL 3/2/2011 11:34AM

    Love my pancakes but I can't have them everyday, I also like having some Oatmeal in the morning, I get the apple cinnamon . Today I had an english muffin and then melted some cooper sharp cheese in the microwave and it was emoticon Love your fodo picture blogs Dee! Keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 3/2/2011 11:28AM

    YES THOSE pancakes and syrup are fattening. This morning I had old fashioned oatmeal, skim milk, mixed berries and smart balance. What I'd rather have is a big greasy sausage patty, biscuit, fried eggs and a big slab of bacon...but those days are long gone. I'd rather eat healthier. DID I say that?? LOL!

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MSCINNAMONIE79 3/1/2011 10:40PM

    I had plain yogurt with cocoa powder, whey protein powder, wheat germ, cinnamon, little bit of Grape Nuts cereal as topping and an orange... :)

I used to eat lots of pancakes in past...loved cinnamon rolls... IHOP breakfast stuff... no wonder I am here now... :D

Cinnamonie :)

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DKELLEY35 3/1/2011 8:08PM

    Today, mine was Multigrain cheerios, 1/2 a cup of grapes, and a pear. I love fresh fruit. I have some every morning.

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 3/1/2011 6:24PM

    Today it was plain nonfat greek yogurt, with ground flaxseed, fresh raspberries and a little maple syrup and of course coffee.

To make pancakes healthier you can add ground flaxseed and use a whole wheat flour for part of the flour. You can also add berries, or apple and walnuts or banana and walnuts to the batter. I still love pancakes!

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GAL7288 3/1/2011 4:45PM

    I had 2/3 cup sunbelt granola cereal with fruits and nuts, i added an extra banana. 1 cup green tea and I also had a low fat vanilla yogurt and two glasses of water. Sounds like alot huh, what counts is the calories and the fact that I don't munch on junk food while eaiting for lunch.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 3/1/2011 4:43PM

    I am a plain jane breakfast eater. Oatmeal and a yogurt every day :)

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Hungry?

Sunday, February 27, 2011



Good Sunday Sparkfam! I pray you guys are having an awesome day today!! The sun is shining & the snow is almost fading away but there might be more to come.

Its quite alright to be hungry from time to time. But are you on fire today? Meaning, are drinking your water, thinking & eating healthier, having fun & getting some form or fitness in your day today.... Its pretty easy just get up & make a conscious effort think right & everything else must follow. It might be hard the first few times but it gets easier each time. Had a half burger & few fries for lunch yesterday & felt no pangs of guilt but I also had oatmeal, oj & milk for breakfast. I stayed full a really long time. I'm not consciously eating calories that I don't need but I also can treat myself too.

How do you handle your emergencies?

Today its step aerobics for 30mins & walking for 30mins. Oatmeal with milk for breakfast, soup for lunch & a small portion of spaghetti & broccoli for dinner.

God bless Sparkfam!!

Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 2/28/2011 7:31PM

    Great ideas Dee. I might drink juice in an emergency but I make sure the calories and carbs are worth it. Can't have too many carbs raising up my blood sugar. Peanut butter crackers help me out of a pinch or cantaloupe or raw carrots. I Love peanut butter though even if it's just on a spoon...by itself of course. Thanks a lot!
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DAYHIKER 2/28/2011 10:31AM

    I wasn't exactly on fire yesterday but I did battle with my emotional eating and WON! Praising the Lord for the victory, too!

Hope you will have a great week!!

Cindy

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NISSANGIRL 2/28/2011 9:20AM

    emoticon Dee! you handled your hunger very well! you still got to eat what you were craving, but did not go overboard! I on the other hand, over ate! gave in to my pizza cravings and had more than I should have had! emoticon So today I am going to owrk that off! Keep up the amazing work girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORRIS1989 2/27/2011 2:09PM

    Hope you are having a good Sunday, I always feel better after I read your blogs. Have a blessed Sunday! emoticon

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Sleepless in Chicago. . . .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Good Hump Day Sparkfam!! Its a brisk day here in Chicago but we keep it moving cause at least the snow is gone. The snow we have now is like a light dusting. I had one of those nights like I haven't had in a long time. For the last few days I have been having an tummy that won't act right. Yesterday it was really upset & I tried tums & it seemed to work so I tried to eat. Why oh why did I do that? I should've stuck with crackers but NOOOOO! I had to have stuffing & yams & chicken & then salsa/pico de gallo with chips. They were decent portions but atlas I think that's what did it. So I paid last night & today. I will be okay & get through & try not to drink too much coffee or eat anything that will upset my tummy. Its more like bloating which if anyone has had it knows it will keep you. Not like an ache which you can almost get immediate relief with a pain reliever. I like to sleep on my tummy but couldn't do that. UGH!!



Its Wednesday hump day & I'm doing Zumba for a few minutes then trying legs & glutes. I am still determined. lol

God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday!!

Dee

  
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MORRIS1989 2/27/2011 2:12PM

    Sorry to hear you wasn't feeling good hope you gotten better! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 2/24/2011 12:59PM

    oh no! I am sorry my hubbie had a similar problem but he over ate nuts. I told him jumping (believe it or not) helps relieve gas naturally. No joke. Hope you feel better soon emoticon Dee I am not sure it this is your problem but some folks experience bloating when taking fish oil suppliments??

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MRLEEP23 2/24/2011 9:26AM

    Hope you're feeling better!
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NISSANGIRL 2/24/2011 7:32AM

    Sorry to hear that you were sick Dee, Hope you are feeling better today. You are rocking those fitness minutes girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 2/23/2011 2:08PM

    Mrs Dee! Take it slow on that bloated stomach! lol You are my role model! I keep it going when I shouldn't. emoticon

Ok...Ginger is great for stomach aches...also: vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Layin down and resting helps also. No spicy food. Bloating does not feel good...at all. emoticon

Thanks for the great motivating comments on my blog!

Love that quote up there. God Bless You and Feel Better!
Deb
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VERITY50 2/23/2011 1:06PM

    I hope that zumba shakes your system back into order, good for you, keep on pluggin and it must pass! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/23/2011 8:51AM

    Owie! I hope you get to feeling better quickly. Sounds like you might have a bug. emoticon Take care!!

Cindy

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Wishin Spark had Smell-A-Vision. . . .

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Good Sunday Sparkfam! It a wet day here in Chicago & some more snow to come. YIKES!! I'm not looking forward to it but it is winter so what do I expect? Some more of the spring weather that was upon us like last week. It was almost 60 degrees on Wednesday but it got really cold over the weekend.

Since the weather was so blah, I decided to cook one of those comfort soul food dinners for Sunday on Saturday. Say that fast 10x! lol I went shopping & did all the cooking yesterday. I made beef short ribs, baked chicken, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, turkey stuffing. Now my hubby felt like soul food & that's what I made for him. The only thing I had to taste everything & boy was it so good! The beef & chicken were both so moist & delicious! I had to make a small sampler plate for myself. I didn't make myself a huge plate but I ate good. I am feel very thankful for the things that the Lord has provided me with. My life could be very different than it is but I am so grateful for my many blessings.

Tonight I was hoping to go on a date with hubby since when we tried to go out to eat at TGIFridays it was so crowded & I didn't want to wait 45minutes for my meal. He wasn't upset more like angry. He wanted to apologize but I didn't let him. Why? Well I know how Fridays can be on Fridays, its a mad house & every young person is out on date. I should've known better & told him to wait until Saturday. Silly me.

Anyhow, I pray you are spending time with your family & enjoying these precious moments. They are so fleeting & became memories in a flash.

God bless you guys & thanks for listening!

Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 2/21/2011 2:57PM

    Happy Monday Dee!

You meal sounds yummy and great! I cooked after my long tiring work out and was asleep when my little son came back home from prowliing. lol

I cooked Hot Chicken breast in the oven and man they were hot and good. Potato Salad also hot. Black eyed peas Green beans carrots and cornbread. I tell you that was good. Glad I had my workout completed and went to sleep early. lol Before the Closer went off. :( lol.
Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Week!
Deb
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CIERAPOET 2/21/2011 2:56PM

    Happy Monday Dee!

You meal sounds yummy and great! I cooked after my long tiring work out and was asleep when my little son came back home from prowliing. lol

I cooked Hot Chicken breast in the oven and man they were hot and good. Potato Salad also hot. Black eyed peas Green beans carrots and cornbread. I tell you that was good. Glad I had my workout completed and went to sleep early. lol Before the Closer went off. :( lol.
Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Week!
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DOUGLYE 2/21/2011 1:03PM

  Sounds like an awesome meal.
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NISSANGIRL 2/21/2011 7:46AM

    Sounds like an emoticon dinner Dee! I bet your house smelled amazing! You handled all that food very well, you had a little of each and small portions. I don't think I could have handled it that way girl! I wish spark had a smellavison as well girl! Try going to Fridays on a Monday Dee, it's usually good at that time. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 2/20/2011 10:36PM

    snow agian?? Not our way I hope LOL!

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DAYHIKER 2/20/2011 6:48PM

    Any chance we could meet in your kitchen in April instead of Buckingham Fountain???
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MORRIS1989 2/20/2011 6:07PM

    DEE I love soul food that's what I was raised on. My mom and me learned to cook it better using less calories. The weather was nice I heard we are suppose to get 3 more inches of snow I hope not but, it is what it is. Hope you had a beautiful evening with your hubby love you DEE GOD bless you and yours!! emoticon

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Nobody But Yourself . . . . .

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam!! Its been one of those last few weeks where I have been restless & tired. We are in the process of redoing our suite in our building at work. So I can't wear my 5inch heels, I have to be good & wear flats that I can possibly wash or trash after we are done. . .

So anyway, I have also been operating off less sleep so I need a little more of cause this work is tedious and repetitive. I am doing okay other than that. Well last night I was too pooped to pop but still need to put gas in my car, get a car wash & pick up a slice of cake for missing my co-worker birthday. So once I did all that & feeling like I might fall out at any minute I went home & cooked enchiladas for my family. It was really good I tried a little myself but its very fattening with the cheese, sour cream, milk & tortillas. I guess I could try to make them low fat cause we LOVE em! LOL

Fast forward to this morning, I get up watch Joyce Meyer on "forgiveness" & then got up to do my workout. I got ready for work & then decided on my way to stop at Target to get her a card & candle. As I get out of my car the soft sweet wind reminds me of vacationing in the Bahamas years ago with hubby. So of course, I call him & we talk about that & what else is going on. He asks if I have money? I say yeah I got a few. . . Well I was done & ready to pay at the register when....I can't find my wallet. I tell the cashier I need to run to my car. She rings it up & then voids & will hold it til I come back. Well I get to the car no wallet. I start my car cause it had better be at home.

Get home, turn off the alarm & I got nothin!! UGH!! So I go to the car to see if I missed. Still nothing. . .I go on my porch when I hear a thud & a scream. Well I look around & its a guy who has had a stroke, he loves to walk & walk for blocks with his 3prong cane up & down the city blocks. He fell in the snow & mud. So of course I don't see anyone close & he is always courteous, so its up to me. I go over & ask does he need help? YES!! So it took me 2 tries, I need to start the iron harder!! I should've been able to rip him right out of the mud & back on his feet like nothin. lol He thanks me profusely & heads on his way. I look around & he is already forgotten the fall & on the next block! Unbelievable!! lol

So I go back to the house & go inside, I call my hubby. Hey you know what? I lost my wallet. No you didn't. What are you sayin? Well, you left it in your car last night. I went out to get something from my car & it was there on the seat. WHAT?! So where is it? At home. DUH Where??!! You know where the island is? Yes. Well its in one of those drawers. UGH!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!!! But I digress Sparkfam cause he saved my behind right? So I say, thank you very much! Cause guess what? I have nobody to blame but myself! lol

So I hope you found some humor in this blog. I'm still scratchin my head. . . .lol

Today, as far as my workout I did Total Body Sculpt & Tommy Deters Kickboxing & also walking. My food intake is well below what it should be but I'm drinking my fruit smoothie. Even though it taste like apple baby food. YUK! But I paid $3.50 for it so chug-a-lug. lol

God bless Sparkfam!!

Dee

  
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OHSOSVELTE 2/20/2011 12:02AM

    My, my ... I think an angel hid that wallet to send you home to help that neighbor!!! What would have happened if you had not returned? Love the Lord's sense of humor!!

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CIERAPOET 2/18/2011 1:19PM

    What a Great Day! Did you go back to Targets? It's a Blessing to Find something extremely IMPORTANT that you think you lost. I bet you did think you could lift that man. lol That's funny...not the fall. lol Thanks for sharing. I could use some Enchiladas. I'm cooking some w/Turkey I think on Sunday...was just thinking about it and using corn tortillas.
Blessings to Ya! Thanks for the Goodie!
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NISSANGIRL 2/18/2011 7:24AM

    Dee the same exact thing happened to me last year! I was at the checkout ready to pay and I could not find my wallet! my purse had been open and I was walking around the store with it open. (I know dummy right?) and I was looking at things So I assumed someone stole it while my back was turned. I went to check my car and it was not there. Long story short, they called the police and they came and took my report and then went outside looking for any thing they could find. They took my name and # and I had to call my bank and other places to cancel cards and stuff, I get home and unload bags and Guess what? my wallet was in one of the bags! must of slipped out while I had it open. Lesson learned, keep purse closed at all times! Your dinner made me hungry girl! I am glad that you were there to help that poor guy that fell down . Keep up the great work Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORRIS1989 2/17/2011 9:51PM

    You are so funny and I enjoyed reading your blogs glad your wallet wasn't lost. 5 inch heels Dee you're good.

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CBARRETT10 2/17/2011 9:43PM

  WHAT A DAY!! emoticon Hope tomorrow is stress free!

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DAYHIKER 2/17/2011 7:14PM

    I guess it was okay to laugh with you because you found your wallet! That's a sinking feeling, isn't it! Glad it turned out well!! emoticon

Cindy

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DKELLEY35 2/17/2011 7:05PM

    Dee, it sounds like you had one of those days where you would have been better off in bed. Tomorrow is another day. Sparkon!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/17/2011 6:40PM

    You are too Funny!! ..loved thsi blog! emoticonfor the Laughter!!! emoticon
...what an Adventure.....I think the Lord has fun with us sometimes to see what we're made of.....you know what I mean? emoticon...at least I get it all the time. =)

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TYME2BME 2/17/2011 6:39PM

    I did enjoy reading your blog. All that and you didn't sound stressed. emoticon

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