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BLC Back to the Future

Friday, January 25, 2013

We're supposed to blog about what we would tell our 16yr old self if we could go back in time. I don't have the deep thoughts some people are sharing with their 16yr old self. Me? I'd probably say . . .

. . . Don't change a thing. Everything you do will make you the person you will become.

. . . Have no regrets. If something good comes from it, wonderful. If it's bad, call it experience and move on.

. . . There will be ugly times but as hard as it is to believe when you're living through them they will pass and you'll end up okay.

. . . Probably the biggest surprise life will have for you 40 years down the road is that despite saying for decades you don't want children, you will end up with the most wonderful son. He will be the center of your universe and the pride and love you feel for him will surprise you on an almost a daily basis.

. . . Life goes by unbelievably fast. Sit back, buckle-up and enjoy every bit of the ride.

One last thing dear 16 year old self, I would suggest you steer clear of the Annie Green Springs.

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    emoticon Blog!!!!

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LIZARDG7 1/27/2013 5:01PM

    Tomi -What a great blog!

Thank you so much! Hugs, Lizzie

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AEHEGE 1/26/2013 9:52PM

    Loved it!

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GRANDMABABA 1/26/2013 12:18AM

    Great blog!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 1/26/2013 12:07AM

    emoticon Glad you liked your 16 year old self! emoticon

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Rainbow of Freggies

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sticking to this week's theme of Wizard of Oz, the weekend challenge is to eat a "rainbow" of freggies. Get it? Rainbow. Wizard of Oz. Those BLC leaders are such a clever bunch.

I am lucky to live 5 minutes from a multitude of great grocery stores. Whole Foods and New Seasons to the east, and to the west Trader Joes & Joe's Farm (seriously a working farm in the center of our city). Directly north of me is Winco and south of me is a Safeway. In the next block over is Chuck's Produce, a giant independently owned store that specializes in produce.

A quick walk through Chuck's this afternoon and I came home with a bag full of this

I already had the celery hearts, frozen edamame and cherries, cauliflower, V8 juice and olives (which seems like a stretch to count as a vegetable but it's on the list).
After purchasing a giant apple, red grapes, tomatoes and watermelon, I've got my red.
Kiwi gives me three green because, honestly, I'm not going to eat a lime, the juice goes on the watermelon.
Mango smoothie, an orange, papaya, sweet pepper, yam and a package of matchstick carrots makes my yellow/orange quota.
White is a little short with only bananas (obviously from the looks of them they'll become banana pancakes), sweet onion and cauliflower. Maybe I'll go back for a jicama.
Blue/Purple is real shaky with only purple potatoes. It would be easy enough to finish it out with blueberries, prunes and some purple grapes. We'll see how that shakes out.

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 10/10/2014 11:35AM

    Nice! I have strawberries, onions, banana, and mushrooms (I was counting them as brown but there no brown in the rainbow). Green will be spinach or lettuce. I need to find some blueberries and I forgot to buy them! Grapes are purple...I'll probably stretch and count those. emoticon

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AEHEGE 10/28/2012 8:53PM

    Thanks for all the good suggestions. I do count potatoes as a white vegetable. They are quite good for you -- just have been misrepresented. Of course, living in the largest potato producing county in the U.S. (probably the world), I am partial.

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RICKISMOM1 10/28/2012 7:33PM

    try purple cabage!

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BKWERM 10/27/2012 4:51PM

    Looks like you've met most of the colours. I went grocery shopping today as well and bought some red and yellow peppers, tomatoes, mandarins, mushrooms, green pears, red grapes and sweet potatoes. I already had red onions, turnips, rutabagas and apples here.

One of our team members posted a link to a chart of coloured veggies and fruit. White also includes onions, potatoes, brown pears, garlic, ginger, mushrooms and turnips. I like that it includes onions and garlic since I add both of these to many dishes.

Here's a link in case you're interested:


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SRITHI97 10/27/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon you have all your freggies ready! way to a great start have fun with the weekend Challenge! emoticon

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TACONES 10/27/2012 7:30AM

    Great ideas of colors. Thanks for sharing.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 10/27/2012 2:19AM

    Good plans! Try some gummy plums (prunes) or grapes or blueberry applesauce if needed. :)

I like this part of the challenge this weekend.

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EATVEGAN 10/27/2012 12:27AM

    WooHoo! Love those freggies!

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ELSAT137 10/26/2012 11:40PM

    YUM = Looks good!!!

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COURAGETOMOVE 10/26/2012 11:12PM

    Everything looks so good. Good luck with the weekend challenge.

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JO88BAKO 10/26/2012 10:58PM

    Aren't all these freggies awesome, love 'em. They are putting a Trader Joe's in our town. I wondered what they sold. Good luck with the weekend challenge!

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BUSYMOM911 10/26/2012 10:47PM

    Good job planning! You could also have raisins for your blue. Good luck on your weekend challenge.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/26/2012 9:26PM

    Yummy! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 10/26/2012 9:23PM

    Looks like you have the emoticon covered! Good luck with the challenge!


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BLC20 Halfway Check-Up

Monday, October 22, 2012

Our assignment is to revisit our goals from 4 weeks ago and see how we're doing.
emoticon1) Strength Training Commitment
Fairly vague goal because anything would be better than nothing. For the most part the only overall strength training I've done is for the weekly TNT. Although . . .
emoticon2) Work on Toning My Arms.
This is indeed a form of strength training but I can sit on my fanny and lift 5 or 8 pound weights while I watch TV. It's mindless. And the Granny Bye-Byes, turkey wings, whatever you want to call the jiggly arms, seem to be firming up.
emoticon3) Continue to Bring Blood Pressure Down.
Who knows with that one. I don't have a personal BP monitor so I'd have to go to the clinic to have it checked. I can say though that the last appointment I had was my best reading in about 4 years, comfortably in the normal range.
emoticon4) Be Consistent with My Freggies.
I'm not averaging 5 a day but I have learned to make roasted cauliflower. And thank heaven for V8 juice.
emoticon5) Maintain My Weight
I'm the opposite of a stress eater; the more I've got going on the more likely I am to forget to eat. During the past 4 weeks I've actually dropped a couple of pounds.
emoticon6) Knock Off the Nighttime Snacking
Surprised to say I've been doing pretty well with that. It's really a longtime habit I'd like to break.
emoticon7) Average One Hour Cardio a Day
Bwaaha-ha-ha-ha. The week the Challenge began, I became responsible for clearing out MIL's house. Between that and being my mom's personal concierge (her term not mine), and a day or two every couple of weeks dealing with 99yr old uncle Jack, the only cardio consistently done are my weekly training walks.
emoticon 8) Complete the 14 Week 1/2Marathon Training
That's going fairly excellent. The only session I've missed is the weekend I was in Las Vegas and SparkFriend Sherry & I did a nice little 7am 5k from one end of the strip to the other.

So there it is. Meeting Half my goals, not so much the other Half. Not sure that's what they meant by the Halfway point check-up but Half is better than none. 4 more weeks to chip away at the goals I'm not quite achieving.

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BKWERM 10/27/2012 4:36PM

    Sounds like you're doing pretty well to me! emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 10/22/2012 5:19PM

    What a great idea to lift weights while watching t.v. -- I never thought to do that (duh!)! I'd have to get an extra set, since my dumbbells are in the basement...might be worth it, though, to get rid of that "jiggly" stuff! emoticon

Congrats on keeping up with the 1/2 Marathon training, in spite of all you have going on. And, I'm REALLY impressed that you've been successful in curbing the nighttime snacking -- that's a tough one, and I still succumb now and then (I blame DH, lol!)!


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BLC20 Week One Homework

Friday, September 14, 2012

On the BLC20 team, as we participate in Back To School Week (ie get back to healthy eating and fitness activities) one homework assignment is to blog about our 12 Week Plan For Success.

Mine is directly related to the vision collage I made in the pre-challenge activities

emoticonEstablish and uphold a Strength Training Commitment (minimum 20 minutes, 3 days a week)with specific attention to working on firming and toning my arms.
emoticonAs a fundraiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, I’ve committed to walk the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Half on December 2. During the timeframe of BLC20, I will be following my Team Challenge schedule of training which includes both walking and strength training.
emoticonBe consistent with 5 servings of Freggies a day. I am surrounded by fresh produce markets (Whole Foods, New Seasons, Trader Joes, our local Chuck’s Produce or Joe’s Farm, and in a pinch I can see from my backyard both Safeway and Winco). I have no excuse to say I can’t ingest 5 freggies a day.
emoticonMaintain my weight or lower it.
emoticonAchieve a daily average of one hour of cardio.
emoticonAim for a lower blood pressure reading. My current walking regime gets full credit for this year’s 20 point decrease in cholesterol and my bone density scan improving enough that my doctor stopped my osteoporosis meds. But that stupid blood pressure reading hasn’t budged.
emoticonAnd I want to curb the urge to snack at night. I know it’s simply habit so I’m going to really work at staying out of the refrigerator at night. Even if I have to go to bed at 7:30!

That’s my plan

For the Picture Day part of our Back To School Week, we’re to post a full body before pic. We’ll just drop that puppy in here. Everyone knows school pictures almost always stink.

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CINDYYB 9/18/2012 8:43AM

    Wow! super impressive plan, Tomi!

I'm with you on the night time eating goal. That is often my downfall after a great day of healthful choices.

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Here's a few freggies to get you started out right.

I'll look forward to getting to know you as we work our way through BLC20.

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FIT-AT-50 9/17/2012 9:02PM

    So true about the school pictures, but they are a great way to document change (or maintenance. :-)

Great plan. Love the vision collage -- wish I would have thought of that!

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PAULALALALA 9/17/2012 11:58AM

    Great blog--humorous and well thought out plans. Also enjoyed the vision collage.
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*MADHU* 9/17/2012 5:01AM

    Excellent emoticon emoticon

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1TRULYBLESSED 9/16/2012 2:58PM

    Heehee! "Everyone knows school pictures almost always stink". Mine's worse than yours, I promise! Should have made mine tiny like yours is... that was smart, Tomi! emoticon

Speaking of smart... good plan you have there! I'm jealous that you have so many good stores nearby -- that has to make eating healthy a little easier. I share your habit of snacking after dinner... let's keep each other accountable on that one. Matter of fact, I DID go to bed at 7:30 last night, 'tho it had more to do with fatigue than staying out of the kitchen... emoticon

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WENDYDANCER 9/15/2012 12:54PM

    Great blog! Your goals are perfectly outlined! Way to put it out there!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/15/2012 8:36AM

    great blog, clear and a plan to follow

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AEHEGE 9/14/2012 9:18PM

    I love your blog-- both your ideas and the way you express yourself. I also really identify with your goals; I could take every one of them for my own.
emoticon job!

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RHONDALYN10 9/14/2012 4:03PM

    Way to go! I love that you incoporated your photo into the blog! Great idea!
I also LOVE that collage!!
You have a full proof plan in place!
Best wishes for a wonderful journey!

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BKWERM 9/14/2012 3:36PM

    Good luck with your plan. It sounds doable and not like too much.

And, good luck with your Rock 'n Roll walk and the fundraising! I did the Arthritis Walk this year and raised $2700 personally and $3500 total with my team so if you need any suggestions for getting more money, just ask me.

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DANYGIRL40 9/14/2012 2:32PM

    Uggggg, Strength may be the death of me!!!


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NICHOLE_4 9/14/2012 12:30PM

    THe strength training is hard!!!!

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SparkRecipe Challenge

Monday, August 27, 2012

On my Walk It Out team, we were assigned the task of finding a SparkRecipe with at least 5 ingredients, preparing said recipe, taking a photo of the result and posting a blog.

In as much as I’d already made a quick stop at the store prior to learning we had this task, it was a true “make it work” moment finding a SparkRecipe that matched up with what I had on hand.

I decided to try Garlic Lime Chicken.
Going through a bit of a lime phase so have those on hand. ✔
Always have chicken in the freezer but currently they’re tenderloins not whole breasts but chicken is chicken. ✔
Heaven knows there is always garlic in my kitchen. ✔
So after making sure there was reduced sodium soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard in the pantry, I was good to go. ✔✔✔

Garlic Lime Chicken

1) chicken breasts
2) 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
3) 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4) 1 T Worcestershire sauce
5) 2 cloves garlic, pushed through a press, or minced
and 6) 1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Mooshed a lime onto my juicer and it produced exactly ¼ cup. Whisked it together with the other marinade ingredients, put the chicken tenders into a ziplock, poured the marinade over and sealed.

Instructions were to chill for ½ hour to overnight. My little pieces of chicken rested for about 2 hours. After prepping the grill with non-stick spray and bringing the heat to medium, I placed the tenders on the grill.

After two minutes, flipped them and after another 5 minutes on the grill they were done.

It was easy-peasy, tasty and served with a cup of quinoa & wild rice and 2 cups watermelon chunks, it was a great 632 calorie dinner.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 9/10/2012 1:30AM

    Looks really great!

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WATERFELON 9/2/2012 12:18AM

    I made the same recipe last weekend for a BBQ dinner. The only ingredient I didn't have was the dry mustard so I just left it out. It still turned out really good! And I shredded the leftovers the next day to put top of a BBQ pizza. This recipe's a keeper for sure!

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CHANSEN_20001 8/28/2012 7:28AM

    Sounds great!!! Go Voyagers!!!!

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BD3269PM 8/28/2012 6:40AM

    sounds good emoticon

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LOPEYP 8/28/2012 6:36AM

    This looks yummy and the recipe seems easy. I may try this one!

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CINEMAVEN 8/27/2012 10:46PM

  That looks fabulous! I really like the thought of watermelon as a side dish..I've never done that but it looks so pretty on your plate :)

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KRISTIN9924 8/27/2012 10:34PM

    Yum! That sounds delicious!

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