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My worst creation to date

Monday, August 05, 2013

1 cup of quinoa (dry)
1 cup black beans
2 cups sliced squash
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 medium onion chopped
1 carrot

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg

prepare quinoa according to package directions
steam squash, onion, and carrot
mix veggies, quinoa, egg and parm cheese and beans

bake at 350 for appx 20 mins

remove from oven cover with shredded cheese and bake until cheese is melted

Sounds good right?

WRONG!!! It was the most horrible thing I have ever made. I packaged it up and sent it into work for the 2 human garbage disposals there. They ate it... ugh, NASTY stuff

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KABMPH 8/6/2013 8:55AM

    It sounded good up until the cheese! I HATE it when a creation doesn't turn out. I hate wasting food!!

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    You would think all those flavors would work. Good for you for trying quinoa! I've tried to like it, but it's my least favorite whole grain! Good luck with your next creation.

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BARCONIUS 8/5/2013 12:34PM

    Sounds like you got "squashed". (Pun intended)

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/5/2013 10:07AM

    Good thing you have human garbage disposals in your life!
The next couple of experiments will be delicious, the rule of averages.
I am on a mission to learn delicious ways to prepare venison.
Still learning over here.
I like making curry with venison that has soaked in youghurt overnight. With raisins and onions.
It comes out quite nicely. Still researching!

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BARB4HEALTH 8/5/2013 8:17AM

    Sorry! Wonder why it turned out so badly. Not enough seasonings? Or maybe the squash was bitter. I made something with bitter squash one time. Didn't know it was bitter until after I cooked it. Ick! Don't give up trying new recipes. Some are really good!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/5/2013 5:25AM

    Sorry. It sounded good.

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ZRIE014 8/5/2013 12:18AM

  sorry that it did not work out

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Not impressed right now

Friday, August 02, 2013

I have been grazing a lot these past few days, and I am not impressed with myself. I am not 100% sure what my issue is, but it needs to stop now.

I tracked everything of course, and technically speaking I am not near the calories Spark says I need, but I know my own body, and if I continue to eat that much I will gain weight.

Seriously, what is wrong with me? Ugh! I need to go work it out at PC Fit in the morning. I think Coach Phyllis can put me back in the right mind set. I guess because when I weigh every morning, I am maintaining my weight, so I keep pushing my boundaries. I need to stop that and stay where I know it is "safe" - It only seems like this is an issue at work. Also, another issue is beverages with calories. I keep saying I need to stop, but I just can't bring myself to. Again, I only drink these on nights that I work. I don't usually get an iced coffee on my off days. Sometimes, but not often.

I guess I need to hot the lottery and quit my job. You know... for my health

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    You put into words exactly how I feel! Thanks for the great post and good luck!

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BRADMILL2922 8/2/2013 10:52AM

    I know the feeling. It can be hard no matter how much you tell yourself to stop! Umm, I am with you on the lottery...can we share? :)

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COCK-ROBIN 8/2/2013 2:20AM

    You can do it! Don't give up.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/2/2013 12:49AM

    I wish you victory over this, Girlfriend!
Perhaps you should go into maintain mode?
Best wishes

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SUSANBEAMON 8/2/2013 12:33AM

  it's not just the calories, but the source of those calories. I could eat my calorie limit in chocolate, but i wouldn't be very healthy. writing down what you eat is good, and necessary, but you have to examine what you eat also.

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FEMISLIM 8/2/2013 12:17AM

    I guess it happens at time. You might need to drag some motivation from inside.

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That is a Tasty Burger!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I saw an internet meme that says
"I'd rather have Samuel L Jackson narrate my life. No offense Morgan Freeman, my life requires multiple uses of the word #&$(%^#@^"

It really made me laugh. Samuel L Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction is one of my all time favorite movie characters. Come to think of it, Pulp Fiction is one of my all time favorite movies.

Things have been going well. I just couldn't stop eating yesterday. My body was in over drive. I got up at 7:30 and had my overnight oatmeal before PC Fit. I like to eat that because it is "mild" and seems to digest well before my class. Class is at 10, and I have to have breakfast over with my 8:30. If I eat past that, it doesn't go well.

Class was pretty good. It was Coach Anthony. I like him, but his classes are not my favorite. I can't decide who I like best...

Tony - his workout focus more on strength and less on cardio. He conducts class at a rapid pace and doesn't give a lot of breathing room. He reminds me more of a drill Sargent

Paul - his classes are very difficult but fun. He is always coming up with interesting things that are super challenging, but also fun. I find that I am sorest after his class

Tyler - his classes are a great mix of cardio and strength. We usually do a series of exercises, then laps and repeat. I like his classes a lot, and I like him a lot because when I was struggling the one class he did the exercise with me to encourage me to keep pushing. That was awesome.

Anthony - His classes are good, but are not my favorite. I can't quite place why. I like him, he is super nice, and he knows his stuff, but there is just something I can't quite put my finger on. I mean, don't get me wrong, I still enjoy his class, but not as much as the other ones.

I still have to take Phyllis and Tiffany. I am hoping I can get myself excited enough to take Phyllis' 5:30 class tomorrow morning. I guess we will see how tired I am after working a 12 hour shift and only sleeping for about 6 hours.

I hope all of my Spark Friends have a wonderful day!

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GREENGENES 8/2/2013 2:15PM

    I've never thought about who I would want to narrate my life but Samuel L. Jackson would be awesome.

Sounds like you've got some good options for your classes which must be nice.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/2/2013 5:11AM

    And you too, CORTNEY!
Yes, Mr S Jackson was great in PF. An unforgettable character.
Have a great time with your assortment of Butt Kickers at PCF!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/1/2013 8:48PM


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Chicken BBQ

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Finally.... after months of craving it, I finally got to have my Chicken BBQ dinner. It was divine!

Many of our local Fire Halls do Chicken BBQs throughout the summer. For $8 you get

1/2 a chicken
baked beans

Not a bad deal when you think about it. The chicken itself is slow cooked over a large open pit. There is no bbq sauce on it. The smoke from the charcoal is what gives it that awesome flavor. They also baste it with a solution of vinegar, water, butter and pepper.

The baked beans and applesauce are just out of a can... nothing special there. The roll is just a standard white dinner roll... again, nothing special.

I always peel the skin off of my chicken and just eat the moist, melt in your mouth meat. Just thinking about it makes me want to go eat more of it!!

The 1/2 chicken (which actually isn't all that much meat once you get it scraped off the bones) was enough for my lunch today, a snack, and lunch tomorrow. I had a few beans, but they are pretty much untouched, and the applesauce is the full sugar kind that is just way to sweet for me. I gave the roll to my co-worker because I don't want to fill up of a crappy roll when I have all of that chicken goodness sitting right in front of me!

Also, as another special treat, my co-worker baked zucchini bread. Since it is so rare that I get to eat homemade zucchini bread, I helped myself to a small slice.

I strayed a little bit off plan today, but that is life. I am not stressing about it, because at best, I get to eat those foods once a year. I may have had a little more chicken that my usual serving, and I may have taken a few bites of chicken skin, but so what? It isn't going to kill me once or twice a year. If I were eating that 3 or 4 times a week, then it would be a problem.

Tomorrow is PC Fit Class. I really want to make the 10:00. Mostly because after I am done volunteering at the library, I want to come home and do laundry and chill out. If I don't get up, I don't get up, I can always take the evening class.

All in all the weekend was pretty decent. I worked for most of it. For those of you who don't know what I do, I work in the operations department for a trucking company. I guess you can say there is never a dull moment.

I hope all of my Spark friends have a wonderful night!

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DSCROW 7/31/2013 7:29PM

    The chicken description made my mouth water. I was thinking about some bbq chicken on the way home. I opted to get home before the storm hit but also had left over roast, potato, carrot, broccoli and cauliflower that needs eating. I will make some soup out of the rest this weekend. YOU GO GIRL! you are doing great!

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JOYFOCUS 7/29/2013 9:56AM

  It sounds like you had some good barbeque! And an excellent plan for eating it.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/28/2013 10:56PM

    That sounds SO delicious!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/28/2013 10:30PM

    Your meal sounds delicious!! You're 100% correct... you are living life and that means sometimes you will get off track!!

Keep on keeping on!!!

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KACEYSW 7/28/2013 10:27PM

    Sounds delicious!

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Totally Rocked it Today!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yes! Today was a great day!

It got off to a slow start when I shut my alarm off and went back to sleep instead of getting up for the 10:00 PC Fit class. I was just like... ehhh I will do the 5:30 class instead.

I finally got up, and went to the library in time to eat lunch with the ladies. I skipped breakfast, so technically that was my breakfast.... anyway, you get what I mean.

I spent most of the day going through the catalog making sure all of the call numbers are updated for when our system switches over in September. Then when Paula and Jane got back from Sam's Club, I started on the taco meat for our walking taco sale this weekend at the Spring Dam Festival. I didn't get it all done, so I am going to finish it up tomorrow.

After I was done at the library, I went to the Verizon and AT&T stores to inquire about the possibility of him and I combining our plans onto a joint one. What I found out is if we combine our 2 phones as just basic phones, we would save about $5 a month. If I got a smart phone and he stayed with a basic phone, our bill would be around $130 a month. The thing is... I can't justify paying that much for cell phones because we can't even use them at our house. We don't get any cell service for any provider. In fact, our house if the cut off for cable even! Most of our neighbors have dish because they don't run the cable out that far! Needless to say, I am going to leave the cell phones alone for now. I may look at another plan here in a few months.

PC Fit started at 5:30 today. It was a great class. I am glad I waited for it. It was me and another woman. It was very individualized, and truthfully I got more out of it than I did the larger class. I also did REAL push ups! I think I may have done 6, but that is... amazing! I can't even describe how happy I was from that!

I may take Coach Tony's class tomorrow - will see how things go, but my bag is packed and ready just in case!

All in all this was a good day. I made great food choices and ate no junk, I had an awesome workout, and I got a lot accomplished at the library.

Have a great night Spark Friends!

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DSCROW 7/28/2013 9:57AM

    These are some of the best day's. No nothing is over the top but lots and lots to feel good about. Hope you have many of these days!

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/25/2013 5:07AM

    Smartphones are over rated. I have an old one that is water dust and bang proof, and have had it for years. DH on the other hand has gone through 3 smart phones in one year. They are finicky things that break easily.
My babies have cut their teeth on mine, I have on occasion thrown it at the dog when it chases my cat. Still works.
Glad you had such a wonderful day!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/25/2013 1:12AM

    A wonderful day!

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