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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today I wanted to attend the 45 min ab workout class at gym but unfortunately it is freezing outside and i did not want to subject my kids to the weather. Hopefully I can find a nice sweat inducing workout i can do from the warmth of my home

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AEPSMITH 3/6/2013 9:49AM

    You can try Insanity. My hubby and I do it and it is pretty hard but deff worth it!

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CLPURNELL 1/25/2013 5:36PM

    Try the spark ab videos they definitely give you a workout

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PURPLE180 1/24/2013 5:32PM

    YouTube has some really good workouts. You can even find some of people doing Insanity (while they are watching the video). If you cannot find any on YouTube let me know and I will send you some links.

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    My hubby has just recently discovered that despite Coach Nicole looking like a sweet, little girl-next-door, that the videos here on SP actually kick his butt sometimes. You may find a few that you especially like. I saw this morning there is one for kickboxing! And lots of good ones for abs.

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dessert needed

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The new year has been going great. I have been eating healthy and working out routinely and already lost 7pounds. Although I no longer crave most of the bad foods that I use to eat regularly, I feel like i'm still missing something. After healthy dinners, i feel slighted that I cannot end the night with something to satisfy my sweet tooth. I dont want to bring cookies, cakes and pies in the house because i dont feel like i have the will power to resist. I dont want the high fat and calories but i do need that sweet snack to satisfy my sweet tooth

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REDDBETSY 2/3/2013 3:57PM
BR>A Link to the best 90-calorie single-serve brownie EVER: one minute and it is hot and delicious from the microwave. This recipe has been a LIFESAVER in our house. No more late night snack attacks sabotaging my progress.

Good Luck, man!

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    All of those are great suggestions! I would also add that you can "fake" ice cream by using frozen bananas in the blender. (Peel your bananas, pop into freezer bags, freeze at least overnight, take out as needed.) You can experiment by adding strawberries, cocoa, peanut butter, go crazy experimenting! I have been keeping my bananas from going mushy just knowing I can put them in the freezer and use them later.

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PURPLE180 1/22/2013 9:53PM

    I think someone already mentioned this but Fiber 1 has some awesome brownies at 90 cals. I like the chocolate chip ones...yummy. Also, I sometimes eat a piece of wheat toast with a tablespoon of grape jelly (at a little peanut butter and it will keep you full longer). Crush has a really good drink mix in packet (I just discovered this), the strawberry flavor is really good and although they say it is sugar free it is very sweet and doesn't leave a aftertaste. Fruit is also a good way to go, I have fallen for Barlett Pears, they are really sweet and juicy. From time to time I will cut up an apple and sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon on top and but it in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes (this is really good, kinda like apple pie without all the fat and calories).

Oh yeah I almost forgot, Skinny Cow has these little individual serving cups of ice cream (chocolate brownie is the best). They are about 150 cal each and like 2 g of fat. I also make a peanut butter banana smoothie sometimes (I am hooked on peanut butter, peanuts and nuts in general now). I cut up a banana in about 4 or 5 pieces and freeze it. I put 1 cup of 1% milk, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and the frozen bananas in the blend and blend it up. Afterwards I stick the cup of smoothie in the freezer for about 5 or 6 minutes and it is like a milk shake. You can add to it as you like.

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DIANE7786 1/22/2013 9:05PM

    Here's a great, healthy drink that tastes like box chocolates. Play around with the amounts.

8 oz milk, any kind, hot or cold
1 TBSP Hershey's Cocoa (dark brown box in baking aisle)
1 TBSP sugar or sweetener equal to 1 TBSP sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract, not imitation
1 tsp pure extract, not imitation of your choice, like peppermint, orange, banana, raspberry

If heating the milk, do it before adding other ingredients.
Put all ingredients in a blender or use a hand blender. Cocoa won't mix with a spoon. If you blend on high the milk increases in volume--more to drink! Mix and drink. It tastes very much like box chocolates.

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LISAN0415 1/22/2013 8:11PM

    I have a few things for that:

Sugar free popsicles
Jello Sugar free pudding

100 calorie snack packs of:Lorna Doone Cookies or Fudge stripe cookies or Oreo Cookies

Sometimes I eat a Fiber one 90 calorie Brownie or chocolate chip bar... all good things for my sweet tooth.

also eating some fresh fruit or light yogurt,
I like Green grapes, apple slices, strawberries or Yoplait Light yogurt (90 calories)

Try one of those, good luck!

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SPIRALDOWN 1/22/2013 8:05PM

    Sounds like you are doing great... emoticon

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SHILLEE 1/22/2013 7:35PM

    I used to have some of the same issues. I cured my sweet tooth with yogurt. Have you looked at some of the dessert recipes on the Sparkrecipe sight? They are low fat, low calorie and they taste good.

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Whats in the beef

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Yesterday was cheat day, and the wife and I rewarded ourself with a meal from Elevation Burger. After devouring the burger, i was left wondering why the hell was I a McDonalds addict. McDonald's burger dont taste like no other burger, but yet it is the #1 fast food place. It is no way their burger can be 100% beef. Im so glad i ditched that contaminated crap in replace for real food.

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-DAVE- 1/21/2013 3:22PM

    I go to elevation as well with my family - I'll have to wait a while until a cheat day. The past 20 years have been cheat days

Best, Dava


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DIANER2014 1/20/2013 4:04PM

    I only eat Mcdonalds grilled chicken salads. I don't eat any fast food burgers

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    Google "pink slime" and you'll know exactly why McDonald's is different than some other places. Lots of fast food burgers are made with pink slime.

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I will not be lured by sales

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

After my workout at Xsport Fitness I made a pit stop at CVS to pick up some needed items for home, as i waited in the annoyingly slow line, i noticed a good deal on the candy bars. As i waited and waited to purchase my items i stood there staring at the candy rack debating whether or not i should buy one candy bar and get another for a quater. Snickers, Reeses, Baby Ruth and Kit Kat was calling me. I always been a sucker for a good sale but in the end i decided to not let a min of chocolatey goodness ruin my hour workout.

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-DAVE- 1/21/2013 12:37AM

    I know exactly what you went through. In hindsight, I always have said (albeit too late), "When you think you can handle it, you can't...".

I cannot have any candy/cookies, etc. in the house unless is disappears. Sad, but until I change and consciously eat healthfully, my addiction ((I truly believe I am addicted to sugar) will continue to call me; lately, the addiction has been winning unlike you... that hopefully will change with practice and consistent checking in with friends. By the way, I added you.

Best, Dave

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DADDYNARD 1/18/2013 5:06PM

    Although moderation is the key, but as racing2lose said I rather wait until I strengthen my will power before i indulge

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MIDNIGHTER1 1/18/2013 4:29PM

    emoticon One would not have been a problem,but that would be undoing all your hard work. Keep fighting off the temptation. Find an healthy alternative.

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RACEWELLWON 1/18/2013 3:45PM

    Run past those Isles !! This to shall pass - Nice Job on the Will Power ! Dark Chocolate is actually good for you but , I waited until I had will power not to eat the entire bar.

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MPLSKEN 1/15/2013 11:45PM

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PURPLE180 1/15/2013 10:19PM

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Weight loss begins at the Grocery Store

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Now that we ditched Giant Food and Safeway for Trader Joe's I been eating healthier, my energy has increased and I fill at ease knowing that my food is not filled with additives, preseravatives or any of that other unnatural stuff that is slowly harming the body. Not only am I eating better, Trader Joes is actually cheaper than the other well known grocery store chains.

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RACEWELLWON 1/13/2013 7:40PM

    Wow very powerful , it sure does , funny how we have been lead down the path of destruction by purchasing garbage , and people will say "Oh , but I am getting more for my money" well maybe but you are also buying more health problem - Welcome to Spark - I can see you are in good company here ! Have fun on your Journey - Karen

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VENISEW1 1/13/2013 7:38PM

    Good to know. I will have to go check it out. A new Trader Joes just opened near us :)

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SKEEWEE2MEK 1/13/2013 4:59PM

    Good blog title and totally true. Safeway is highway robbery anyway! emoticon emoticon

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MIDNIGHTER1 1/13/2013 4:02PM

    emoticon are an important part of total overall health. There is so much sodium in everything. If it's in a can I rinse it. Frozen is better as far as keeping nutrients and no sodium. Any time you can save some money is a plus.

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PURPLE180 1/13/2013 3:17PM

    That is awesome! Savings all the way around...congrats to you guys, you & your wife are setting excellent examples for your kids. emoticon

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MYJUMPJOY 1/13/2013 2:32PM

    We love our Trader Joe's and we don't have to drive far!!! Pluses all around!

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