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Notes for my 16-year-old self

Friday, January 25, 2013

Karen, if you only knew what lay ahead for you, I know you would be much more confident! Know that God is walking with you every step of the way no matter what you do, and is ready for you to turn to Him for comfort, guidance, and security. You are healthy and at a good weight now, but the cigarettes and other bad choices have got to go! Find activities you enjoy that keep you moving, and be mindful of what you put in your mouth. Don't let Mom's legacy of a bad relationship with food be your legacy! Love yourself, respect your body, and give it the care that it needs. Oh -- and don't forget to wear sunscreen and sunglasses!

  
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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:26PM

    emoticon blog Karen!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 1/26/2013 11:09AM

    Well said Karen! The great thing is your much wiser now and have an opportunity to change before things got worse. Your right, God is right there waiting to help you when you need him.

I'm so proud of you...keep up the great work!!!


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ARKPLE 1/26/2013 9:34AM

    Beautiful advice. I thought about the sunscreen for myself as well. Good one. xo

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WILDNTEXAS 1/26/2013 9:18AM

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LADYJ6942 1/26/2013 9:08AM

    Sage advise. Great Blog!!!

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GIELLIOT 1/26/2013 12:36AM

    Love this!

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KIBAISREADY 1/25/2013 11:10PM

    We live and learn from our past. Cheers to a better future!

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KSMGLASS 1/25/2013 8:55PM

    Wow, Karen, I so feel like I'm reading about my past!!! So very strange since we are both Karen's but very comforting I'm not alone!!!

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BLC Summer Break Plan

Monday, July 16, 2012

Since I am about to start a major renovation of my kitchen, I've been hesitant to post a plan, due to the uncertainty of how much time I'll have to work out (it's been very, very limited as I've been preparing to pack up 4 rooms worth of STUFF) or what I'll be able to cook with the limited prep area and tools that I'll have available. However, failing to plan means planning to fail, so here's what I'm going to endeavor to do to protect myself from falling into the trap that I did during the last break:

-- I joined SAC, which should help me stay on track.

-- Bought a new grill (for DH -- that's my story and I'm sticking to it! emoticon), so we can make use of the courtyard (the only cooking/eating place that will be available in our house for awhile) and will plan our grilling so that we cook multiple days' worth of chicken, fish, and turkey burgers. Will keep up my freggie intake with green smoothies and microwaved vegetables. I also have a couple of fans, tiki torches, and plan to set up a mister to make the Texas summer days a little more bearable during this period.

-- Will try to maintain some semblance of an exercise schedule (wogging 3 miles or more 1-3 times a week, boot camp on Saturdays, maybe some water aerobics, get to the gym, and do some ST at home).

-- This time I will NOT -- I repeat NOT!!! -- treat the break as a break from my routine! I will NOT give myself license to eat all the junk I had been avoiding, and I will be a faithful friend on the Bombshell thread and my new SAC team.

I hope this does the trick, and that I can get back in gear and start losing weight again. I know I can do it, because I'm a blazing Bombshell!!!

  
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LIVINGLIFEAGAIN 7/18/2012 3:31PM

    emoticon emoticonPlan!!! How's that kitchen remodel coming along? Hope to see you at Boot Camp this Sat!

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WILDNTEXAS 7/16/2012 8:23PM

    Great plan! emoticon and your captain (that's me!) will be keeping tabs on how you're doing, wogging with you, and joining you in bootcamp ... so you're going to do emoticon

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Freggie Dare Veggie Recipe #1: Mock Guacamole

Saturday, May 19, 2012

As promised in my BINGO blackout post, here is my recipe for Mock Guac, the perfect recipe for those who love guacamole (but not the fat), and/or hate asparagus (but want to check off that box on the BINGO card!):

24 asparagus spears, trimmed and halved (or try canned asparagus, but fresh is best!)
1/2 cup salsa
1 Tbsp cilantro leaves (optional)
2 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Dash of salt
1/2 cup fat free ricotta (as corrected)
4 scallions, thinly sliced

In a large nonstick skillet, combine the asparagus and 1/2 c. water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the asparagus is tender-crisp, about 5 minutes; drain and run under cold water to cool. (Alternative cooking method: microwave on high with 1/4 cup water about 5 minutes or so, then drain and cool under cold water).

In a blender or food processor, puree the asparagus, salsa, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Add the ricotta and scallions; pulse several times until chunky-smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled at least 1 hour. Serve as a dip with raw vegetable sticks or baked corn chips.

Let's see how many reluctant asparagus eaters turn into converts with this!

  
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KSMGLASS 5/20/2012 6:56PM

    Big smoochies emoticonfor posting this!!! I plan on trying it tomorrow. Know for sure we will love it!!! My bed is just about done bearing and just can't wait until next spring. This was the best year yet, started picking in March and it's almost the end of May! Will let you know tomorrow!!!! emoticon emoticon

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WILDNTEXAS 5/19/2012 8:00PM

    I must say that upon first read I was a bit skeptical, but then I saw that Ferne made it. Every recipe I've tried of hers has been delicious! If she recommends it, I need to try it! It will probably be a while since hubby and I don't buy asparagus very often ($4 a bunch), but when we do, I will let you know how I like Mock Guacamole!

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/19/2012 6:22PM

    I'm not a reluctant asparagus eater by any means, and I also love guacamole. I have all the required ingredients on hand, so I'm going to make this recipe right now! emoticon

Thanks for sharing, Karen!


EDIT: I just finished making this, and it is AWESOME (I couldn't wait an hour for it to chill -- I bet it'll taste even better later)!! I don't taste asparagus at all, and the creaminess is incredible! SO, SO good! emoticon

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COOKINGGRANNY 5/19/2012 2:15PM

  Your recipe sounds really good. It's a great way to get in some extra some extra veggies. I think I will give this one a try. Thanks! emoticon

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BLC19 S.M.A.R.T. Plan

Monday, April 30, 2012

I've never been good at coming up with good plans that would fit the "S.M.A.R.T." parameters (at least that I've been able to stick to), but in the interest of getting full points for this weekend's challenge, here is my shot at a plan that I should be able to succeed at:

1. Track my food daily, making an effort to stay in range and control sweets, and follow the Herbalife plan that my DS has started me on
2. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day
3. Work towards a more normal bedtime (before midnight, at least!), and 7 hours of sleep nightly
4. Meet at least the minimum Bootcamp goals of 10 minutes of exercise daily, but shoot for a minimum of 20 minutes on "off" days, and 45-90 minutes at least on workout days (3 or more days a week)
5. Drop 10 lbs minimum as a result of the above work, get down to a size 12 or smaller.

Will I meet all of my goals? Well, all but the last one are goals that I can definitely control, so I intend to at least hit 90% perfection on those ones. If I do, then I'm hoping that goal #5 will follow. If not, I can only keep on keeping on, because the alternative is definitely not pretty! No matter what, I'm learning not to beat myself up about my shortcomings, but rather to celebrate my successes. As my sister (1TRULYBLESSED) has demonstrated in her SP journey, this is a process that can take awhile, but it can definitely be done! I intend to be a success story like her, but need to maintain the patience for however much time it will take to get there (I'm looking for about 40 lbs. overall, long-term). Thanks to my fellow Bombshells, this should be a much more enjoyable journey than when I was attempting it on my own!

  
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WILDNTEXAS 4/30/2012 10:00PM

    emoticon goals! emoticon and your emoticon will help you reach your goals. Remember all of the NSVs you've already had and know that you will have many many more. emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 4/30/2012 6:58PM

    emoticon, Karen!! Yes, the journey is long and filled with potholes and detours, but you WILL get there, eventually, as long as you don't stray too far from the path. Sure wish I could be up in Cleveland at the same time as you for a little sister-reunion! Have fun, and spread some love from me, too! emoticon emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 4/30/2012 4:42PM

    I've seen you really push yourself and I have no doubts you will reach these new goals also emoticon

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BCICHOOSE2 4/30/2012 4:23PM

  Sounds like a great plan, Karen! I especially like the sleep part. That's so important, and so challenging to do. So is the not beating yourself up part! I'm looking forward to taking nice walks with you when you visit next month. Love you, big sis!

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2012: Transformation Time

Monday, January 30, 2012

As part of my BLC-18 team's weekend challenge that ends tonight, I'm offering this blog to discuss my transformation in health/fitness/wellness.

I've been struggling with my weight for years, especially recently as I've hit menopause, have thyroid issues, and now am dealing with arthritis. I've even been on SP before, but never joined actively in any teams, and kept falling off the wagon as far as tracking my nutrition and fitness. But my DS Ferne (1TRULYBLESSED) inspired me to try once again, with a renewed sense of purpose and determination after seeing her transform herself in less than a year, thanks in large part to the support she has gotten on SP -- and by becoming such an active member here.

So, I signed up at the end of December for both the January Jumpstart Challenge, and the BLC-18 Challenge, and joined my sister's Light Blue Bombshells team as I started my journey towards health and fitness again. I must say, the challenges have woken up a competitive demon in me! In the past I would always have an excuse for not exercising, or for eating that extra piece of cake, but with these challenges, and with the support of my fellow Bombshells telling their stories and encouraging each other every day, I have found that I am consistently making much better choices. I haven't seen much happen on the scale yet (except for possibly this week, since I've been fighting intestinal troubles that have me living on Saltines and Gatorade pretty much!), but I am generally feeling healthier and more able to get out and move on a daily basis.

One great motivation that I found had to be pointed out to me by a fellow Bombshell: I made it onto the top-10 list of the SparkDallas Team's fitness roster, at #8! I climbed as high as #6 before this bug took me down, but now that I know about it, I plan to get exercising again as soon as I'm healthy, and try to make it into the top 5! I've been doing a walk/jog combination around a 3-mile path near my home, aiming to get there 3 times a week or more. As I continued to get out there, I've found that I have been able to up the jogging quotient a little each week. I'm even toying with the idea of walk/running a 5k again, for the first time in probably 25 years or so!

I just started a new job, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up with the level of activity that I had achieved during the better part of January, but I've scheduled my work hours to take the best advantage of the workout times and classes that appeal to me the most. With the support and encouragement of my Bombshells and other SP friends (and more than a little dependence on God along the way), I hope to follow in my "little" (in more ways than one) sister's footsteps and become a healthy, fit, slender, confident new me by year's end. At that time, I hope to write a follow-up blog that will catalog the goals I will have reached. Stay tuned!

  
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GIHUTSON 2/1/2012 10:21AM

    Just remember that everyone's body is different. If you are consistent about getting the exercise and eating right (and that allows you to fall every once in a while) but you get back up and continue down the path, you too will see results. They will be your own results at your own pace. It has taken me 2 years to get where I am today. In 2012 I hope to reach my goal weight, but I know what I must do NOW to keep the weight off that I have lost.
YOU CAN DO IT !!!!



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JESSICAMAE83 1/30/2012 11:23PM

    I'm glad to have you on my team! Bombshells really are great. Together we will accomplish our goals.

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1TRULYBLESSED 1/30/2012 10:27PM

    I'm so glad I could be an inspiration to you, Karen, and am SO proud of the progress you've made in just a few short weeks! You'll want to check out SP's "5K Your Way" program (http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark
/training-plans.asp) -- it will help you to reach your goal!

Our Bombshells are the BEST, aren't they?! It's great to have you on the team with me so we can share this journey together!

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