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The Post Christmas Blues :)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Here's an oldie but goodie...hope it isn't the reality for any of my SparkFriends but if it IS, please feel free to join us in the Panther den for Biggest Loser Challenge 24. Click here to join:

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Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the house,
Nothing would fit me - not even a blouse!
The cookies I'd nibbled, the cake that I'd taste,
food at parties have gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I remembered the marvelous meals I'd prepared.
The gravies, the sauces and beef nicely rared.
The wine and the rum-balls; the bread and the cheese,
The way I never said "No thanks BUT yes please".

As I dressed myself in my husbandís old shirt,
I prepared once again to fit in my skirt.
I said to myself, as only I can:"You can't spend the winter, dressed as a man!"

SO------------away with the last of the favorite dips,
get rid of the fruit cake, crackers and chips.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'till all the additional pounds have all vanished.

I won't have a cookie-------not even a lick,
I'll smile and chew a celery stick!
I won't have hot puddings, bread or pie;
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry....
"I'm hungry, I'm lonesome and this diet's a bore!"
But isn't that what January is put there for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot,
"Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!"

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RICKISMOM1 12/30/2013 6:02PM


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FIT-AT-50 12/29/2013 11:17PM

    Love this! As I just ate a piece of homemade fudge, I realized that I've got to break my sugar habit AGAIN! Thankfully, BLC 24 is right around the corner!

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KTISFOCUSED 12/28/2013 4:51AM

    Love it! So cute and alas maybe a little too true. Thanks for sharing it and January, here we come, although I'm not waiting until then to get things back under control.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2013 11:39PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am going to share with my DD and a friend if you don't mind.
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Blessings and hugs,

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AEHEGE 12/27/2013 6:25PM

    Thanks for sharing this. Very clever and oh, so true. I'm taking this as a warning because I am not quite ready to commit myself to your last three paragraphs. Hoping to avert now and up my exercise!

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POPSY190 12/27/2013 5:37PM

    This is great! I went so overboard I'm not even a bit of flotsam - wouldn't float!!

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What's On My Mind

Monday, March 11, 2013

For my BLC Weekend Challenge, I need to blog about what's on my from a health perspective, here goes:

emoticon I'm on the last day of the last week of the 5 Week 5K Your Way Spark Challenge. This means I am supposed to run a 5K (3.1 miles) tomorrow. While I have seen a great improvement in my ability to run for several minutes at a time, balanced with gradually less time walking, I'm pretty sure that it will take me an hour to run 3 miles!

For example, the previous day's task was to walk 2 minutes/run 3 minutes for a total of six sets. Thirty minutes, right? But in that 30 minutes I only went 1.8 miles. Is it really an achievement to run a 5K in an hour? emoticon In fact, my guess is it might take me longer because I'll wear out and end up doing more walking than running.

Sigh. I think perhaps I will start this Challenge over again once I've done my virtual 5K. My daughter ran cross country and I know she was young and trained all time, but she did 5Ks in 18 minutes. I obviously need LOTS more training! emoticon

On the brighter side, I have enjoyed testing myself and starting jogging again. I used to run years ago but ended up with knee surgery and a long recovery. The ortho finally told me I should stick to walking to be safe. Blah! I'm taking it really easy this time and not pushing myself if I feel any pain at all in the knees and I do love the great rush I get when I've finished my workout.


I'll add an update after I've crept through my 5K, just to share the end of the story.

Wish me luck!

UPDATE: emoticon I ran my virtual 5k in 49:52, which is slightly better than an hour. emoticon I'm thinking of either starting this 5k challenge over at this same level or maybe trying the next level up. For now, I am going to take a few days off from heavy running and do some tai chi and weight training.

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GORIANA 3/11/2013 11:44PM


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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/11/2013 7:37PM

    You bet it's an achievement to run a 5K--in any time. Don't worry about the time on the clock-think about how you feel. You should enjoy the experience. I promise you that you will be a lifetime runner if you are patient with yourself and allow yourself to go slow. Don't rush it, enjoy every moment!

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BREN1963 3/11/2013 5:14PM

    Hey your doing great. we are older now and things take us longer to build up to those 5ks.... you will get there. Try more endurance trainning take it easy on those knees. fast walking with weights will help then when you run later it will be eaiser on you. I used to run cross country in high school and that was one of our tricks we used. Hang in there!!!!!

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Thoughts for 16 year old me

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Well now Panthers, this is a very interesting weekend challenge for me...when I was 16 years old, I weighed about 105 pounds. My father had kicked me out of the house and I was living with my boyfriend's family. His mom was NOT happy to have me there but since BF told her we would get married if I couldn't stay there, she grudgingly agreed to let me stay. I was SO sad and unhappy. The food they ate was different so I ate very little, I couldn't see my own family and I didn't know what was going to happen to me.

This all sounds very bad, doesn't it? It was very bad but there's the other side of the mountain where God is always leading us. My boyfriend has been my husband for over 30 years. My mother in law (recently deceased) told everyone that I was her "other daughter" and my father (also recently deceased) eventually began speaking to me and allowed me to be part of our family again. I have the greatest most awesome life ever and I am SO thankful every day.

What I would tell the scared little me is this: keep trusting God, it WILL be okay. HE's got you covered. He never fails no matter how bad things get.

Luckily, I knew that then, even in my most darkest days...just didn't know how very wonderful it was going to be.


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    Faith is a powerful thing! Thanks for sharing such a great story!

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CAPTHAMMER 1/27/2013 8:06PM

    Knowing what you know now, I bet you do wish you could go back in time and reassure that 16yr old that she was doing the right thing.
So glad you've shared this story with us.

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    Look what faith can do, it can move mountains and calm the seas. What an amazing testimony to the grace and love of God. Thank you for sharing.

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AEHEGE 1/27/2013 7:11PM

    Such a heart warming story; you were right to keep trusting God, but this story also tells of your inner strength. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JMCADE 1/27/2013 6:22PM

    Totally awesome blog!

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12 Week Challenge

Monday, September 17, 2012

So...twelve weeks. Hmmmm.

This challenge to create a success plan for BLC20 made me realize that I don't actually have a plan. I have a goal, yes, or a desire. I want to reach close to my comfortable/correct weight and strengthen and tone my body. And, I have a vague idea that joining the challenge is going to help me get there. Oh dear, none of that really sounds like a plan for success!

Questions like "how can you fit in the minutes" and "how will you be sure to have quality food options" make it clear that while I'm on this journey with other BLC20ers, it is up to me to make the daily decisions that lead to success. Can I do that? I haven't had a good track record for the last few years.

Looking back on past successes, I can think of a couple of things. When I followed the Suzanne Somers low carb food plan, I lost 25 pounds. It was pretty extreme but not as bad as Atkins (at least that's what I hear). The weight stayed off for a few years but each year I gained back a little more and now I weigh more than I did before the program. I think it worked because it was easy to just eat tons of meat and cheese, I could easily grab cheese sticks and pepperoni out of the fridge when hungry. There is no limit to how much you eat and you don't count calories. So the key here was probably the convenience factor. It was easy to accomplish once I understood the few rules. One thing I didn't like was that I felt I was always focused on food. I don't want to spend the rest of my life obsessed about what I'm eating, what I'm going to eat, what I ate. Is it unreasonable to think I will ever get there? And what a sad commentary when there are so many in the world who would just be thankful to have something to eat, much less obsess about it.

Another success that I am proud of was my plan for not gaining weight through Christmas last year. I gave myself the month off from freaking out about food. Normally I start at Halloween, eating the many treats that are around home and the office. Then by Thanksgiving, more treats and great family traditional the time December starts I am usually eating whatever, whenever AND feeling really down about it. To keep myself off that unhappy path last year, I made myself blog every day and I had to blog only positive stuff about my healthful decisions and fitness activities for the day. By the way, I hate blogging. :-) But I think I did great, I did not gain weight over the holidays for the first time in years and years. And I didn't have that discouraged feeling about myself throughout the happiest time of year. It actually encouraged me to make great decisions so I would have something to blog about. It also helped me see that my first thoughts were always about what I had done wrong for the day and I had to re-train my brain to focus on good things I had done instead.

Whew! All that just to say the following TA-DA! My plan...

Weeks 2-12

At least one post a day to Chat Thread with positive, healthy choices I made for the day
Plan meals/snacks in advance for the week
Use the nutrition tracker

Weeks 2-6

Calorie range not as important as just tracking food
200 sit up challenge
20-30 mins per day of healthful moving (15 min minimum)

Weeks 7-12

Stay in calorie range 4 out of 7 days
100 push up challenge
20-30 mins per day of healthful moving (15 min minimum)


No night time snacking for 1 week = Starbucks!

Meeting 6 week fitness goal = day off by myself shopping, maybe for clothes that actually fit

Meeting 12 week fitness goal = day off by myself Christmas window shopping

Not sure if this is what the admins had in mind when they say post a challenge plan blog. I didn't read any others before posting this because I am easily swayed and figured I better do my own plan instead of being convinced something else would work for me.

Best of luck to all Prism Panthers in meeting their challenge goals!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/26/2012 7:59PM

    Great blog and a great plan!!! Love your rewards too!!!
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    Awesome plan! emoticon emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 9/18/2012 6:59PM

    Great plan! And yes it is attainable! I am loving the Starbucks reward!!

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PAULALALALA 9/18/2012 9:17AM

    emoticon Sounds good to me! I loved this weekend challenge because it really does help to get your thoughts in order enough to write a plan down on paper.
emoticon Buying new clothes is a great reward!

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MASTERCARE 9/18/2012 5:50AM

    Loved your blog...honest !

Love the reward of starbucks! Good idea!


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VEGEFARMER 9/17/2012 11:09PM

    Love your plan, a great blog, with great rewards. emoticon

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FIT-AT-50 9/17/2012 10:05PM

    I love the way you talked your way through the goal/desire process to a well-thought-out plan. Great job!

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AEHEGE 9/17/2012 12:14PM

    Your plan is so well thought out and complete! Great job. And, I, too like your reward system. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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*MADHU* 9/17/2012 11:33AM

    Doable plan emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 9/17/2012 8:38AM

    Yes, I certainly think this qualifies as a "plan" and I love it!
emoticonMust admit when I read your '200 sit-up challenge' you had me scampering in a panic to the Panther website to see if I'd missed something. And congratualtions on incorporating great rewards. That's one of the toughest things for me to come up with and yours are so appropriate yet simple. I'm impressed.

Good Luck. See you in the den!

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LIZARDG7 9/17/2012 8:27AM

    What a great plan! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Good Luck! emoticon

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Easy Apple Dessert

Monday, May 21, 2012

This is a SparkRecipe! Found here:

It is very easy to make but tastes so good. You can start it before dinner or whatever meal and have it cooking while you put the rest of the meal together. What a happy smell it makes!

Slice three baking apples very thin.

Add 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbsp sugar.

Mix well and put in a 9" square baking dish.

In a bowl mix the following ingredients for the topping. Sprinkle over apples.

2 tbsp flour
1 cup of quick oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp margarine

Bake at 350 for about 30 mins. Watch for top to start bubbling and browning.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/21/2012 10:13PM

    YUMMY!!! Will try this tomorrow only because it is too late tonight. Thank you.

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LALASLAND 5/21/2012 10:15AM

    YUMMY! emoticon emoticon

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CMCBRIDE37 5/21/2012 8:00AM

    That sounds great. My family loves another apple recipe that is even more healthy and very simple.

Core and slice as many apples (I use Fuji and Gala apples) as you need (I generally do one per person who eats them and then one or two extra).

Then put them in a slow cooker (crock pot) with cinnamon and a 1/4-1/2 cup of water, it doesn't need that much water but if you are doing a dozen you would need the half cup. Let cook on low 4-6 hours. Makes the house smell real nice. No need to add sugar.

You can mash it up a bit and it is applesauce (we don't do that but you could).

We mostly serve it with ham or pork chops as a side dish and generally I give myself a portion the size of one apple and my son and husband divide up the remaining.

or you can serve it after dinner with one table spoon of whipped cream and a table spoon of granola or almonds (or really any nuts).

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