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Goals for 8/13 -8/19

Monday, August 13, 2012

I am still sick (whine, pout, grumble) so I won't be getting back to cardio this week after all. I know my doctor said I'd be able to, but my body says otherwise. So the goals this week are basically rest, hydrate, and stretch daily. Keeping it simple because I am just so exhausted.

I'm really trying to stay positive, but honestly I'm kind of bummed. To cheer me up I'm recipe hunting for fall/winter recipes. I love September-December. It's my favorite time of year. Crock pot meals, extra time with family and harvest smells. I adore this time of year. And I love to cook, so this is a good pick me up. If anyone reads this post, please tell me what your favorite meal to cook is. It will keep me entertained. emoticon


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HALFWRITTEN 8/14/2012 11:16PM

    Butternut Squash Soup

It takes about an hour to make, although chopping ingredients can take ages.

2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium cucumber peeled and chopped. You can remove seed, but I usually don't 1 medium carrot, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes-you can use any potato, but russets can be gritty
1 medium butternut squash - peeled,
seeded, and cubed
4 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper to

1. Melt the butter in a large pot, and cook the onion, cucumber, carrot, potatoes, and squash 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Pour in enough veggie stock to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
2. Transfer the soup to a food processor, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining stock to attain desired consistency, I like mine to be more like chowder. Season with salt and pepper. You can add more to taste. I usually don't measure the salt and pepper, so I couldn't remember the exact amount.

+If you have a food processor, go ahead and dice the veggies that way. It saves an enormous amount of time, and then you can pop it back in the same food processor at the end. Voila, less dishes.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes-This isn't really 'mine' it's from

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup almond milk (feel free to use regular milk)
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Combine almond milk with the tsp vinegar in a separate bowl. Give it 5 minutes to curdle (this is like using buttermilk).
Stir together pumpkin, spices, water & almond milk in mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients & stir until most.
Let sit 5 minutes to rise & lightly stir again. Let rest 5 more minutes & cook them up. Makes twenty 4” pancakes.

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BOBBYS1GIRL 8/14/2012 2:55PM

    Oh my goodness, I would LOVE to have your pumpkin pancake recipe!! I've never tried butternut squash soup, so I'll take that to if you don't mind. Yay you got me all excited now! Lol

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HALFWRITTEN 8/14/2012 12:08PM

    That's my favorite time of the year too, It's so beautiful outside when the leaves change, the cool air is a blessing, and I love pumpkin recipes! Plus decorating for halloween is fun too.

I'll have to find some of my favorites. I can give you my pumpkin pancake recipe if you're interested and my butternut squash soup recipe. Oh how I love butternut.

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Never, never, never, never give up. -W. Churchill

Friday, August 10, 2012

Failure to win.


“But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.” -Paulo Coelho

Everyone has moments of defeat. In every goal there is an opportunity to succeed or fail. Do you know what you're fighting for? Does it mean enough for you to fight for it, even though you might fail at times?

I have struggled with staying in the right mindset while pursuing my dreams. How you view your failures and moments of defeat can really alter the path you take afterwards. If you look at a setback as the end of a dream, then more dreams will die than those that come to fruition. However, if you can view a failure as a step that points you in a new direction, that still chases after your dream, then you will be successful.

Ask yourself this: Are you setting yourself up to fail? If you don't have a firm goal in mind, then it's hard to create a plan to reach that goal. And if you can't embrace the moments of defeat and learn from them, your dream will never be more than just a dream. There is victory in defeat, if you can stare it in the face and say, "I'm not giving up."

So today, I'm not giving up. I'll take a moment to grieve the set back, and then get right back to it.



Back from the doctor

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The good news is, she thinks I will be able to start slowly adding cardio back in next week. I just have to use my inhaler before exercising and take it easy until I'm fully recovered. The not so great news is that it will take at least 10 days of strong antibiotics to get me well again.

I choose to look at it from the perspective that it's not pneumonia, I'm not stuck in the hospital, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. All of that leaves me feeling blessed.

I can't wait to get back to my normal workouts. I've really missed them!


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DO4FIT 8/9/2012 9:47PM

  I am glad you finally got into the doctors and have a get well plan!

Take it easy, as hard as it might be. It will help you heal faster

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BOBBYS1GIRL 8/9/2012 5:31PM

    Hi Ktiernan09! Honestly, my biggest reason I want to get back to my regular workouts where I can really push myself is so that I don't get out of the habit. I love yoga, but if that's all I can do for a month I will have a really hard time sticking with it. I prefer variety so I don't get bored with it. If I'm bored it's really easy to find excuses to not work out.

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KTIERNAN09 8/9/2012 5:24PM

    I think it's fantastic that you are so ready to get back to your workouts! I've come down with a pretty intense sickness right at the height of my workout dedication and have completely fallen apart then and after. (Once it was pneumonia and once it was mono). It takes me months usually to get back to it. At least weeks. Fact is, it gives me the ultimate excuse! And I don't like to let that go.

But you just keep waiting for the day the doctor says no and try to do yoga besides! I'm so impressed and inspired!

I hope you start feeling better! I know how bad respiratory illnesses suck. Here's to better breathing!

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My #1 reason for loving Spark People

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I am so excited this morning! SparkPeople featured a post I wrote in July to encourage myself and anyone else who wasn't feeling it that day. And the response has been overwhelming. It reminded me of the absolute number 1 reason for why I love Sparkpeople so much. And it actually has nothing to do with recipes, trackers, and workout ideas. It has everything to do with the users!

Being surrounded by people who either cheer you on, or need to be cheered on is encouraging and motivating. We all have the same big picture goal in mind, and that is to be healthy. What that looks like to the individual may vary, but the end goal remains the same. I have been encouraged by several Spark members both directly and indirectly. And at times when I've encouraged someone else, it motivated me to follow through on my own advice. is a great website, and I love the tools and articles that are on here. But what makes Sparkpeople great, is you!


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K-MONEY 8/11/2012 7:23PM

    I let the e-mail with your featured post sit in my Inbox and today when I opened it up, it was a rainy Saturday. I felt so convicted! It's not enough of an excuse. So when my roommate leaves, I'm going to put on a workout video. Thanks for the inspiration!

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DO4FIT 8/9/2012 11:39AM

  awesome reminder! It is the sparkers that keep me here, the friendships and motivation etc etc

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Some changes are coming to the house!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I'm so excited I can't stand it! Last night, while hubby and I were watching HGTV, we got very inspired to work on our kitchen and dining area. We are working on paying off debt, so we don't have thousands and thousands of dollars to pour into this project. What we do have is a small house budget that we can use to update it some. So now I am writing out what needs to be done, and when hubby gets home tonight we will work out a timeline for it. This house has great bones and tons of potential. It just needs a little TLC to make it really nice.

We are also planning on updating the master bath. We have huge plans for that bathroom in a few years. But in the meantime a coat of paint, a new toilet, and cheap but nice looking new floor will do for now. We've already updated the other 2 bathrooms in that manner. Later on we will add cabinets, counters and new floor to the laundry room.

Lots of projects to tackle (one at a time, of course) and new motivation to do it! It's easy to get frustrated and give up on updating the house. It takes so many little steps before you can see the final result. So I'm very happy that we found that spark again.

Watch this space over the next few months. I may add pics as things progress. emoticon


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