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Friday, I won!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I participate in a challenge last month in one of my teams. I ended up being the winner, mostly because I was the only one playing. I won a copy of the Spark Solution, so I'll end up reviewing it at a later date. Since I won it through the local team, I ended up going to meet MPLSKEN to pick it up. I attempted to find a good park to take a walk in, but we discovered it was a dirt path, so after the snow that fell, it was a mud path, so we stuck to the short paved trail that was there. Sorry, I didn't take a picture of the two of us and even the chipmunks were running away, so I didn't get pictures of those either.

My husband was cooking eggs for breakfast and had cut up the cantaloupe I bought. It may not be my normal breakfast, but it was still a good breakfast, I topped the melon with vanilla yogurt, so I still got my regular flavor in this breakfast.

I had lunch before I set out, reheating the cheese filled shells and cutting up a cucumber.

We ended up walking for an hour and had a good discussion about food choices and some of the things that people might think about dieting that will rarely work in the end. I think that being able to meet a fellow member was more exciting that having won the book!

I stopped by Target on the way home (seems like I do frequently) and one of the things that I was told we needed was jellybeans. Apparently we didn't have our allotment of jellybeans for the season. I had a handful when I got home. I also had a half dozen more that I didn't take a picture of, having eaten them one at a time out of the serving bowl.

The choice for today for dinner was hot dogs and baked potatoes. My daughter just a had a potato and my son had potato chips instead of the potato. I topped my dog with sauerkraut and my potato with salsa.

We also filled the plastic eggs for hiding. Since we are going to do Easter on the day at my parent's house, we were going to do it at our home on Saturday. We enjoy the celebration as a family holiday. I had a handful as we were filling them.

Then I grabbed one more since the eggs were full.

After we put the kids to bed and started up the Doctor again, I had the rest of the ice cream.

I'm glad I have Spark gear to wear so that I can be recognized as a member when I go to meet other Spark people.

I'm also planning on having a higher calorie weekend, but once all the temptation is gone, I'll be right back to normal. It's not about never having a pig out day, it's about moderation them and having your normal days so much more frequently than a pig out day.

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WAY2GOCAT 4/20/2014 3:05AM


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FANCYKAYAH 4/20/2014 2:45AM

    Congratulations on wining the Spark book! Also for meeting another SP member! Glad you are having a lovely Easter weekend~

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FRAN0426 4/19/2014 11:39PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely day

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KABMPH 4/19/2014 6:50PM

    Doesn't it feel great to win?!

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HOLLYM48 4/19/2014 5:51PM

    Glad you were able to meet Ken! I won the book in January but due to our busy schedules, we were not able to meet up. I wish you and your family a very wonderful Easter.

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KAREN608 4/19/2014 5:21PM

    emoticon glad you won!

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Thursday, starting two hours late.

Friday, April 18, 2014

That last snowstorm really did a number on us. It was 13 inches when all was said and done in the northern suburbs where I live, creating just enough of an issue for the school to call in the morning telling us we could sleep in two more hours. I rolled over and told my husband to turn off the alarms for the kids. I also made sure to adjust my alarm so I didn't wake up at the normal time.

By the time I did get up, waking up only shortly after my normal alarm anyhow, I looked outside and saw why they told us to be late this morning. This is almost a foot just on my table on my third floor balcony. The Easter egg hunt in the park ought to be interesting this year. emoticon

I worked my way to my normal breakfast before I even sat down at the computer.

When I got in from sending the kids off to school, my mom called me (I knew she was going to) and we worked on heading out for the day. We had nothing to do, we just wanted to get out and it's too snowy for Geocaching yet. We ended up going a little farther than usual and had some Wendy's. I got the wrap instead of the sandwich today, no sauce, for some reason they put ranch sauce on the wrap instead of mayo, what a weird combination, I just can't imagine ranch sauce with a spicy chicken. I wasn't aware that when you make a sandwich a wrap it should automatically have ranch, they need new food technicians.

When I got home, it was time for dinner. We quickly made a pizza so we could go to the open house for the Boys and Girls club.

When we got there, an hour later than we usually go since it was going to be open later today, they were handing out popcorn like it was going out of style. They also had sandwiches and pop, but I so rarely have pop it didn't even tempt me. The popcorn kinda turned my stomach when I was done, I think it was the oil they use, I usually hot air pop mine.

When we got home, we popped open the fresh ice cream I made the day before. I probably could have done with a little less than I took. I've gotta remember to only have 2 scoops not three.

My husband and I finally relaxed at the end of the day with the Doctor and I wanted a little something, so I had the last granola bar. I'll make more on Monday.

It's amazing how full a day can get when you're missing out on a couple of hours. It was a good day and I'm hoping that I'll stop my non-feeling lack of emotion soon. I'm wanting to be happy again and despite all this fun stuff going on, I still don't feel happy yet. It should start to happen soon, I can tell, it's starting to creep in again.

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FANCYKAYAH 4/20/2014 2:50AM

    Strangely enough I would have loved ranch on a spicy chicken sandwich since I can't tolerate spicy foods so well! Do you have a recipe for the granola bars? They look pretty great!

Keep on working at getting back to yourself, its coming along~

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FRAN0426 4/19/2014 12:49AM

    You did get a lot of snow, here in Burnsville couldn't even say we got some---just a dusting here and there. Glad to see even tho you aren't happy yet that you are attending open house and getting out with your mom. All steps to get you closer to being the happy person you were.

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JAMBABY0 4/18/2014 1:28PM

    I hate the snow, love the pics and with that amount of snow you deserved the extra sleep! Have a good weekend/Holiday

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ALIHIKES 4/18/2014 1:25PM

    WOW that is a lot of snow for spring! I am glad you had 2 extra hours of sleep, and a busy and productive day

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Wednesday, wild weater, this is spring, right?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For most parts of the Northern Hemisphere, it's spring. Looking out my window this morning, it didn't feel like it. Snow was falling horizontally by the time I woke up in the morning. That didn't mean a snow day, it was just starting to storm in the morning. I do think they should have called it off two hours early though, the buses were running late by the end of the day. But this is Minnesota and occasionally we get snow as late as summer some years. I'm just hoping that this is the last time it will snow this season, I'm trying to get a garden going. I did manage to get some things done, all my laundry was washed and I started planting my container garden, realizing I didn't have all the seeds I needed and ended up having to order some more since the varieties I use are not available off the shelves at the stores.

Before I really got going for the day I had my regular breakfast. The antioxidant blend of fruit with my vanilla yogurt and raw oats.

This is my park again. It was clear yesterday and green grass was starting before this new batch of white precipitation.

I reheated the fish from the night before and tossed it on some lettuce with red onions and tomato flavored nuts.

Then I decided I really needed some chocolate, so I dipped into the holiday candy again.

Shortly after lunch, I also decided on some grapes to finish filling my belly. It was still grumbling at that point, but the grapes filled me up.

Mid-afternoon, I had some cookies.

Then I filled the same bowl with some dried peaches.

By afternoon, we had a half a foot of snow. It ended up at 13 inches by the end of the storm.

Dinner ended up being those stuffed shells that I found at Aldi. I made the tomato sauce with fresh cilantro and a couple of cloves of garlic. I had a salad on the side with croutons and balsamic vinaigrette. Yep, two salads in one day!

The kids mentioned ice cream. I had the ingredients. So I made some.

I had a bowl right away. It really does taste better after hardening in the freezer, but I really wanted some.

I'm getting really tired of these mood swings that Mother Nature is having. It's warm one week, then it's frosty and snowing. I'd love some rain one of these days instead of the frozen stuff. I can't wait to get my plants outside so that I can have more room in my living room again. Now we wait for the fresh produce from the balcony.

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KATOFORNOW 4/18/2014 10:03AM

    Hopefully, some of that snow has melted by now; we had a light layer..almost like frost and it was gone when the sun came up; but I agree it is time, and way overdue for warmer weather. I, too, am longing to get into the garden, but parts of my garden ground still felt frozen an inch down a couple days ago. I also have a plot in a community garden and it has not been open yet nor have the fences been put up to keep deer and turkeys away, so we have a few more weeks, I guess.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 4/18/2014 2:23AM

    That's some good looking food right there!!

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MERRYMARY42 4/17/2014 9:54PM

    wow 13 inches, now that is just not right emoticon

I have quite a big garden this year, well , big for me, 6 tomatoes, 12 squash, 2 cucumbers a few onions, (from last year) lots of herbs, and that is about it, maybe I will plant a couple of bell peppers, oh I forgot, several hot peppers also, anyway, I do enjoy my little garden, wish I had more room and more energy to work in it

Have a wonderful Easter

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HOLLYM48 4/17/2014 5:50PM

    Yeah, I hear you! It was slippery on the highways this morning again. So tired of the snow! Let's hope Spring shows up soon and decides to stay!

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KABMPH 4/17/2014 2:16PM

    I recently bought red grapes and was surprised at how tasty they were. I rarely buy them, but I should do it more often!

Sorry about the snow. emoticon

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RABBITART 4/17/2014 1:50PM

    Wow, you received quite a bit of snow. In our area we only received a couple of cm but I think everyone feels the same way - where is Spring?

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Tuesday, working on me again.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I could go into all the things I didn't accomplish that I wanted to get done, but I'm going to talk about the things I did manage to do and accomplish. It's better to focus on the things that I have finished instead of all the things I needed to get done.

I did go back to the therapist today. Although we were still getting my history, it did help. She made me think about what I did for fun, although I only told her about my drawing. I have so many other hobbies, all of them revolve around being artistic. I do cakes, I take pictures, I garden. When I take my walks, I'm more likely to be observing the scenery than to be on a purposeful walk. Right now I'm focusing on the birds, but as things start to grow, I'm sure I'll start to take pictures of the trees and flowers that are bound to start sprouting when the snow stops falling.

I start my day with my no-brainer breakfast. Fruit, vanilla yogurt, and oats.

My appointment was in the morning. I have to cross two train tracks and a highway to get there, but I walk that mile each way because I need to work on focusing on the positive and not feel guilty about it. I've been numb about everything, so it's time to feel again.

When I got home, I was hungry, I usually have a mid-morning snack, but my appointment ran through my snack time. I had lunch, that pasta salad again. Yummy!

Mid-afternoon sent me to a quick grab and go snack. Those granola bars are tasty, but I've always been a fan of chocolate.

Just before everyone got home, I decided on one more snack, pita chips and roasted red pepper hummus. I needed to make sure I could walk the kids up to the Club.

My son had homework, so my husband brought him out and met me on the path. We walked the path around the pond on the way back to our home.

There are a few geese left in our pond. They were being really men to each other, but I got a good shot of one of them.

The Mallards hang around year long. I love those ducks.

I'm still not sure what this is? I even got a North American Birds book and can't find it there. I know it's a diving bird, I think it's some kind of duck, but it may be something different. I'm going to keep on looking through my new book to see if it's there or it's something that it way off course.

In one of our trees near our house there were plenty of birds. I'm pretty sure this is a Goldfinch, likely a female and probably still in it's winter feathers.

The kids picked out tacos for dinner. They wanted beef, but our cow is still grazing in the pasture, so fish it was. I cut them up so there weren't any bones in it and tossed it lightly in cornmeal before pan frying it in olive oil. Fish is one of the only things I use oil to cook.

This trail mix was supposed to have chocolates, but I must have eaten them all in the top half of the bag. The dried berries were good though.

I'm working on doing a chore a day so that I can work on doing something fun each day too. I find that I'm still crying a lot with all the people in the hospital this year. I'm also using snail mail and face to face contact with these friends to let them know that I'm thinking of them and they are a good part of my life.

It helps to know that my one friend successfully transferred out of the ICU today and is at the next step of recovery after 3 weeks of being in the ICU.

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EGRAMMY 4/17/2014 6:16PM

    Excekkebt abd ubsourubg bkig, Tgabjs

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FRAN0426 4/16/2014 4:13PM

    Beautiful pictures from your walk. Glad to hear you and the therapist are getting your history, then work on from there.
Yes this weather has been terrible the last few days, wishing the temps start to climb upward and the sun starts shining more---and then there is that awful wind, sure could do without that. Here hoping that next week starts a better weather pattern so we cn begin to see the trees bud, flowers pop and grass start looking better.

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GARDENQE2 4/16/2014 12:00PM

    Good walk! I love to watch waterfowl.
I think your mystery duck is an American coot (I love that name!)
The next bird is probably a cedar waxwing...they are very common in your area during cold months.
Happy bird-watching and walking!

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ACHANSO 4/16/2014 11:45AM

    Yum! Great pictures. Your food choices for today look healthy and delish! emoticon

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Monday, shifting scale again!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The beginning of the week is open to all sorts of possibilities. I thought it would just be a day where I'd do some laundry and other housework, but it turned into a day out with my mom instead.

I started the day out with my regular step on the scale. It said I was a pound and a half down! Woo Hoo! 'Bout time it released that weight.

I had my regular fruit, vanilla yogurt, and oats for breakfast.

At the bus stop, the gulls were fighting and I got a shot of one of them.

It was too cold for me to be motivated to take my morning walk, so I went inside instead.

Mid-morning I had some of that pasta salad, not knowing that my day was about to change plans.

Shortly after my pasta, my mom called and we went out. It was near lunchtime, so we hit up Panera. It's really salty, so I probably have sodium bloat for the week. I didn't eat the whole thing since I had that pasta salad shortly before. I left several bites of the salad and a few of the soup.

I got home shortly before the kids, with over 6,000 steps at that point, and had a granola bar to tide my late afternoon hunger.

The kids decided on french toast for dinner. Strawberries were on sale, so we sliced them up. I had honey instead of maple syrup this time.

I'm enjoying not having to worry about what to make for dinner. I've been having the family decide on what's going to be our dinner plans. I may elaborate, but as long as the main idea is theirs, I have an easier time coming up with things to make. It can be a pain having to figure out day in and day out what to make.

I also knew that eventually the scale would shift. I've been getting a lot more exercise simply because of all the things that are needing to be done within walking distance.

Gardening soon...

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FANCYKAYAH 4/15/2014 8:34PM

    That pasta salad looks very good, I need dinner soon apparently~

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KABMPH 4/15/2014 7:34PM

    I love the idea of having someone else come up with the dinner idea. It's creative and gets the kids involved! Good thinking!!

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FRAN0426 4/15/2014 6:57PM

    Congrats on the scale going down 1.5 pounds this week.
There are nights when we have breakfast food for dinner, today I had breakfast food for lunch. Nice when family can put input to something they would like for dinner.
I was a Panera for lunch Monday too with a friend. It's the first time we have gone out for lunch together since late last fall. I usually get the soup and chunk of bread when we go and so that's what I had. It was really cold with the wind blowing yesterday, was glad I had a sweatshirt on under my long fall down jacket.
Hope the weather starts warming up this weekend and stays warm so much nicer that way to get out and about.

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