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New habit: Daily declutter (Winter 5% challenge)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Quick one today. Although I've developed a good habit of daily mail triage to keep junk mail from piling up, I've gotten off track with my Flylady decluttering effort in other areas. Habit I want to restore: at least one 15-minute decluttering period daily.

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POINDEXTRA 1/16/2012 9:22PM

    Oh gosh - keeping the kitchen table clear of clutter is hard for me - it's where I sit and drink my afternoon tea and read the mail/catalogs/paper/whatever. In recent weeks I've made the piles smaller, though - the fact that DH and I are cooking at home more often helps.

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CHRIS3874 1/16/2012 9:02PM

    I wish every time I try to do this I run out of steam

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/16/2012 8:03PM

    I sure need to declutter too! If I would take 15 minutes a day I could probably see a light at the end of the tunnel!

It was so nice to see you Saturday! You look great and I could see huge wonderful changes!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/16/2012 3:50PM

    Awesome idea, you can do it!!

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HEALTHY4ME 1/16/2012 3:42PM

    I too have to keep on top of it, but often don't you will see that I will say on a blog, spending the day cleaning craft room lol it always gets untidy!
Great plan!

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BUTEAFULL 1/16/2012 12:53PM

    go Celia go
go cats

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2012 11:41AM

    What a great plan!!! I may borrow that idea, if you don't mind. Have a great decluttered day!!!

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New Habit: New Recipes (Winter 5% Challenge)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I was reminded yesterday that we were already given a theme for this exercise: blogging about habits we would like to develop. My first thought was one that came to me last week, that of spending less time online. Of course, accomplishing this blogging/feedback exercise blows that habit out of the water, so that one will have to wait.

So...based on a breakfast experiment this morning, a new habit for me will be to try at least two new recipes each month, and I'm counting the one we tried this morning: Spinach & Cheese Frittata. We modified a SP version of the recipe that made one serving (submitted by THEMOMMYMOM) by doubling the ingredients and adding lots of veggies. The result for two people was a huge, restaurant-size portion, and we served it with Smithfield maple bacon and mimosas. Our thinking is that next time we will split the frittata into 4 portions and serve a bowl of fruit on the side. Anyway, here is the recipe we tried. The nutrition info for the original 1-serving recipe is included (which would be 1/2 of the frittata we made, not 1/4).

Spinach, Cheddar, and Veggie Frittata (2 or 4 servings)

2 cups fresh baby spinach (or regular spinach, roughly chopped)
1 cup egg substitute, liquid (we used regular Egg Beaters)
2 oz reduced-fat sharp cheddar, shredded (we used Cabot 75% fat-free)
2 tsp olive oil
1 dash salt (we left out the salt)
1 dash black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (we left this out)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/3 c green bell pepper, diced
1/3 c red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp finely-diced sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 - 1 c roughly chopped mushrooms (baby bellas would be good)

Preheat broiler. Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe pan) on medium-low heat on stove top. Saute onions and peppers till soft. Add tomatoes and saute 1 minute. Add spinach and mushrooms and saute until spinach is slightly wilted. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium-low heat until eggs are almost set (3-4 minutes). Place skillet in broiler 5-6 inches from the heat, and broil until top is set (took 3-5 minutes since there was so much moisture from the veggies). Serve immediately.

Nutrition for 1/2 frittata (based on how we prepared the recipe without added salt):
Calories 240
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Sodium 44 mg
Potassium 315 mg
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 3 g
Protein 22 g

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2012 11:46AM

    Sounds pretty yummy! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 1/15/2012 7:11PM

    OH ymmm sounds great, hubby however feels that frittas have to have hash browns in them! LOL

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SOLUCKY12 1/15/2012 7:01PM

    Very ambitious and it sounds delicious. I'm glad you didn't decrease your online time. emoticon

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DANA564 1/15/2012 4:23PM

    Yum! Sounds great. I've been trying new recipes too so I'll add this one to my list. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MAIDAMONTREAL 1/15/2012 3:52PM

    Sounds delicious. Good luck with your new recipes and let us know how they turn out. I have also been using a lot of the Sparkpeople recipes and getting points for making them. They make great lunches for the week.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/15/2012 1:34PM

    We had frittata as well for breakfast, we use real eggs, cream cheese and sharp cheddar, this time we added onions, garlic, spinach and mushrooms. For us 1 portion is 250 calories, which I think is pretty good.
Have a great day

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BUTEAFULL 1/15/2012 12:39PM

    I'm coming over for breakfast emoticon

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Menopause is not a show-stopper (Winter 5% Challenge Saturday)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Wonder how many blogs this week will start out something like this: "I'm not really much of a blogger...."

So let me begin. I'm not really much of a blogger. In fact, I'm writing this blog to support my Winter 5% Challenge team, hence the much less than intriguing title. So to make the week's challenge interesting to me, I guess I need some sort of theme. Now 11 months into SP and approaching my weight-loss goal, I think I'll take time to reflect on some lessons learned.

Lesson 1: It is NOT impossible to lose weight after menopause. For 4 years since menopause and for many more years before, I had resigned myself to being heavy, since my family tends to be heavy. I tried to convince myself I was "big-boned," but the reality is that I am not. No diet worked (and I tried almost all of them), so I decided I was going to just be fat. I shunned the camera, and if anyone insisted I be in a picture, I stood in the middle of the crowd or begged to be captured only from the waist up. As a result, I don't have a "before" picture in my weight-loss journey toolkit.

Then, toward the end of last January, after I returned from a work trip to Japan, someone posted pictures, some posed and some candid, of the group from the trip. What did me in was a candid someone took of the group standing around a workstation watching a demonstration. I happened to be standing in the back, and the photo from behind caught me unawares. When I saw it, I just about barfed because I could see the fat rolls on my back through my suit jacket. The next time I saw my weight trainer, I signed up for her winter weight loss challenge, and two weeks later I found SP (or SP found me). I poured myself into taking care of myself and relearning how to eat and admitting that I was doing virtually no cardio and....

Well, for someone who is not much of a blogger, I've gone on way too long. See you tomorrow.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/16/2012 11:52AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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MS_DOLLY 1/14/2012 9:57PM

    Awesome blog and intriguing... I like :)

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I'm am 50 and starting this journey and these words are music to my ears! emoticon emoticon

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KAYELENE 1/14/2012 8:10PM

    emoticonblog. Seeing pictures of ourselves often makes us stop and think and get ourselves into action.

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SARAWALKS 1/14/2012 8:05PM

    GREAT blog and a good story too! I'm glad you got yourself on track! And your gray kitty is just beautiful too! emoticon

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JEANUT 1/14/2012 7:38PM

    Woo Hoo, you go girl

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/14/2012 7:12PM

    It is an act of our will, if we are motivated to lose weight, nothing can stop us
Way to go, you look great.

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DEBBIEDAY 1/14/2012 5:21PM

    Go ahead and UNWRAP that 28 Day Bootcamp DVD...it is a bit more challenge than I expected, but doable and challenging enough for anyone in better shape than I ( most folks?) to get a good workout in by doing the more advanced options!!!

Great Blog .....yeah 5% challenge....Go Cats..... ;)

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 1/14/2012 3:00PM

    Great blog. I am sure if I saw a picture of myself I would be traumatized for weeks. I have a hard time looking in the mirror.
I am so happpy for you that you found the strength within to realize your goals and that you have lost a lot of weight post menapause. It is a strong message for all us postmenaopausal women that the only thing stopping us from losing weights is ourselves
Bravo, Celia.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/14/2012 2:54PM

    emoticon Menopause is definitely not a show stopper! It is very possible to lose during perimenopause and menopause as you know :-) Great job

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Blowing Off the World

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I posted these words on one of my team boards, then decided to put them into a blog.

Yesterday was one of those disasters that happen sometimes. I did REALLY well through two holiday parties, sticking to fruits, veggies, one link of turkey sausage at the breakfast party, and one tiny piece of peppermint bark for a treat. Then the evening commute was hosed by the occupy protesters (wish they would GO AWAY) in already poor conditions with heavy rain. And, of course, there were the idiots who simply can't drive in the rain and who think I'm going to be nice and let them cut in front of me when I've been waiting patiently through three or four lights. By the time I got home, I was seething, dog-tired from too little sleep, and demoralized. I plopped myself on the couch where I watched trash TV, triaged catalogs, and munched through the evening. At least it was healthier stuff (reduced-fat cheese and Triscuits), but there was too much of it and probably too much wine with it. Things are better today, though, as I've done my cardio, I have a strength training session an hour from how, and I'm on track nutritionally. Sometimes, I just need to blow off the world. What feels really good is that I can do that now without berating myself and turning my back on my successes.

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SHARON10002 1/6/2012 10:47PM

    You did much better than I would have done! I'd have gone for sugar or more alchohol, or both. . . Hey DC traffic is a nightmare on a good day. . . I think you did great!

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BUTEAFULL 12/8/2011 3:20PM

    might I suggest you get some sugar free gum to munch on during TV then your teeth will be busy without causing any guilt, and maybe that counts as a little exercise for the jaw too? Keep strong

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How Many Pens Does One House Need?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I am on a quest to declutter my house. Using Flylady techniques (www.flylady.net), I faithfully set my timer for 15 minutes and attack hot spots. Yesterday, my first hot spot was the home office, where I discovered FOUR mugs full of pens and pencils! Good grief! How many can we use at one time? I set about tossing pens that didn't write and pencils with hardened erasers, and I STILL have three mugs after I pulled out the ones tossed into the desk drawer. Then, as I wandered from room to room setting my timer for more hot spots, I found another mug full of pens/pencils at the kitchen desk and yet another in the bedroom. New rule: do NOT bring home pens from hotels, conferences, trade show exhibitions, or work. We have enough writing implements to supply a school.

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CANDOK1260 11/27/2011 10:27PM

    emoticon on your 13,750 fitness minutes! I understand about the pens when I clean the house on the weekend pens are 1 of the 1st think in the rubbish

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/26/2011 8:56PM

    I thought the pens and pencils in my house were having babies or multiplying by themselves, They seem to be everywhere I turn. I have taken over 200 over to the nursing homes and assisted living homes in our area and gave them to the patients. They were happy to have them.

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LEAH57 11/26/2011 6:50PM

    ain't that the way it goes? I can so relate to the others about bringing home pens and stuff. I've stopped picking up pens/pencils and other UPO (useless plastic objects) from conferences/trade shows, etc.

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MEME102 11/26/2011 5:21PM

    I had to smile -- I have done that as well -- but I am a FLYbaby and I have one cup in the office and a few on the fridge door (in a magnetic cup) and that's IT!! I try to purge every few months to get rid of the nonworking ones -- HOWEVER - I just retired from teaching (42 years!!) and I found FIVE packages of pens in a drawer that I brought home from my classroom (red, black, blue) I'm just 'storing' them for now but in a few months if I haven't opened them - they're going to be tossed or find a new home!! Don't you love FL techniques???

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GRAMPIAN 11/26/2011 3:46PM

  We all seem to keep acquiring pens by magic, don't we? emoticon

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KINEPS 11/26/2011 3:11PM

    In my house -- it's feast or famine. Either we have so many it's ridiculous or we're scrambling to find one . . . . and then when we do, it never writes!!! I just came across a bunch of pencils rubber band together -- that we'll never use -- with all of the erasers used . . . . but they haven't been sharpened!!!! Go figure.


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READYRACHEL 11/26/2011 3:05PM

    My house is the same way! We have way more pens than two people need. I recently went through all of them and threw out a bunch that would not write, but we still have a ton.

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GREEN_JEANS 11/26/2011 2:53PM

    I had to laugh at your last comment. Our house is the opposite. I can never find a pen and when I do it turns out to be one that doesn't write! Good job on the organizing! I should probably head to that website for some tips!

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