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April: Fools? Nah! Potential, Passion, and Progress!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Happy April 1st! April Fools? Not!!!

Potential, passion, and progress? Absolutely!!!



No fools hanging out at SparkPeople! We are here because we are intelligent and know with SP resources and community support, we can make progress toward whatever it is that we really want in terms of our health. We can transform our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions, and yes, our bodies. We can do it!

I'm back with renewed focus and passion because of the avalanche of evidence over the last few months: I feel and look better, my medical tests show that I am healthier, and in general my well-being is enhanced when I am following the SP plan.



It's not always easy, but I have to admit, it's simple:
1. eat within my calorie range
2. move my body
3. drink my water
4. track, track, track
5. and get involved in the SP community for support and celebration.

My ultimate goal for April is to lose 2 lbs per week by following these five simple steps.

Sure, there's plenty of choices that I will have to make throughout my day minute by minute to accomplish each step for the 30 days of April. I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to choose and also to learn and adjust when I make unhealthy decisions. The lessons are so important in my journey because they highlight where my potential for growth lies.



I'm lit up by my April 3P mantra: potential, passion, and progress! What is your plan for April? No fooling, you already have what you need to end the month of April in a healthier place than you are now. Let's go! We can do it! Spark on!

  
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LORIVIOLA 6/29/2014 12:14PM

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    That really hit the spot this morning!

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    This is a good blog. Thanks for sharing.

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GARYNANN 4/5/2014 1:15PM

  Stumbling is part of life...

We "all" have up and down days!

Sometimes we think we're the only one stumbling and falling down but there are lots of us...

If we stick together and motivate each other.... emoticon

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KIN59VARA 4/5/2014 5:41AM

    Count me in! I want to make this a great April!!!

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WRITERWANNAB 4/4/2014 1:21AM

    Attitude is everything! emoticon

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    thanks for your inspiration
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  Wonderful positive, uplifting blog. Just what I needed today.

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  Very inspiring , thanks for sharing.

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    You said it all! Great Blog!
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NONNAOF2 4/3/2014 2:55PM

  A great mantra for us all! :-)

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JERICHO1991 4/3/2014 10:49AM

    Thank you, inspiring and motivational.

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  Stay motivated!

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VAINVT 4/3/2014 9:09AM

  Great quotes, and great thoughts.

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  There are so many amazing positive, helpful people here. emoticon

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  good blog

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AMBER461 4/2/2014 9:53PM

  Thanks for sharing. Love your five interesting.

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JSEATTLE 4/2/2014 9:16PM

  Yay! Great basic pointers. I will follow them with you.

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SHELTER-PETS 4/2/2014 8:08PM

    YEP. TOTALLY AGREE.

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    emoticon Great mantra!

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DIANNEMT 4/2/2014 5:17PM

    very well said.

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SDEHNKE 4/2/2014 5:06PM

    When you realize how simple it really is you wonder why you didn't do this sooner but, you're right, it is hard. Food is to me what drink is to an alcoholic. I reach for food when I'm sad or stressed or happy. Anything really. And that's such a hard habit to break.

Thanks for saying this.

Suellen


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LYNCHD05 4/2/2014 3:52PM

    What a great plan.....one for us all!!!! It really is very simple....

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MOVEITMARY 4/2/2014 3:46PM

    Those five rules are really all the goals I need. Keep it simple and rock it. :)

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An Experiment in Miracles

Monday, October 21, 2013

"You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind."
-Brandi Chastain

This morning I found my way to one of my dear SparkFriend's blogs.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518530


There is always a lesson, a challenge, a gift meant for me if I pay attention when I explore and interact with the SparkPeople community. Yes, along with the Spark inspiration, seemingly unrelated pieces from multiple areas in my life begin to appear, flow, and join. I notice the gradual development of a common theme, or perhaps a grand scheme, that I need to address, practice, or transform in my life. I could be used to it by now, but I choose to enjoy the magic and wonder of this creative process.

Today's offerings are about miracles, purpose, congruency, and love. I don't yet know how these ideas fit together, but I'm giving my SparkFriend's challenge a try. She suggested writing down 3 or 4 thoughts and saying them four times a day for a week.

My list is in the form of affirmations:
1. I am a miracle; God has a purpose for me.
2. I am recreating the outside me to be congruent with the inside me.
3. I choose love as my antidote to fear.

What will become of the union of my cerebral thoughts with HAWTGRANNY2014's challenge of repeated awareness and intention? What will be the practical application to benefit my health? My experiment has begun... I'll report back in a week :)

Meanwhile, SparkFriends, may your journey to health and well-being beckon you into action TODAY. May your Spark energize your travels TODAY... and TODAY may you heed that voice saying, "Go on, take a step forward, you can do it..." Believe, my SparkFriends, just for TODAY.

"I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other."
-Harvey Fierstein

  
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JSLATE2K 11/20/2013 8:34AM

    I like the concept of affirmations, in so far as I have the capacity to accept them with true faith. Lately, my capacity for true, unqualified faith has diminished, so my single affirmation has been, "I have faith in faith".

Thank you for this post, and particularly for the quote from Fierstein - if anyone knows the importance of taking care of each other, I'd say it's him; he's seen a lot; he's lived a lot; and most importantly, he's shared a lot.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 10/23/2013 6:37PM

    Awesome blog and I thank you for such a glowing recommendation. You know that I believe there are no coincidences and that we meet others as a way of waking up and learning. I believe we all leave a little piece of each other when we leave, even if just given by a smile from a passerby. we were meant to meet and share our spirit of life. We both desire to make our bodies healthy. I don't have to be a movie star just a healthy version of myself. We will make it. It might take longer than some for us to realize that the strength has been there all the time. Have the best day and I love the holly. Namaste, Pam

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CARMEL_466 10/23/2013 3:02PM

    Love your list of affirmation. Hope you are having a great day. emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 10/22/2013 11:55AM

 
Beautiful blog!

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COOKIE_AT_51 10/21/2013 9:07PM

    emoticon I love your writing style ... This sounds like a great idea. I will be looking forward to the week #1 results.

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-BLESSINGS- 10/21/2013 5:31PM

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and I love your experiment... yes... please keep us posted...

~Wishing~ you a ~MERRY~ MOTIVATIONal MONDAY~ Deby

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STEVEN_D 10/21/2013 2:19PM

    Sounds like you are on to something with this.

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MANDELOVICH 10/21/2013 1:39PM

    Beautiful thoughts. I love this practice. Eager to hear how it goes.

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GRANDMABABA 10/21/2013 1:28PM

    Great blog! Our witness is so much better when we treat our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit! When my choices stray in the health and fitness realm it usually means I'm not paying nearly enough attention to the spiritual part of who I am. These bodies of ours are such miracles. It is an honor to be able to take the very best care of them we can. Great success to you!

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A Lifestyle Change I Can Live With (Part 2)... Butternuts, Magic, and Kelly

Friday, October 18, 2013

A couple days back I shared one of the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make. I want to improve the quality of the food I eat (while reducing the quantity) by eating seasonally and locally. As I wrote, I believe this is a nutritious, cost conscious, and delicious choice.

We have been blessed by friends and neighbors who kindly share the excess of their gardens. The harvest of Butternut Squash is bountiful this season!

I like to either bake or microwave Butternut Squash and eat it simply with a sprinkle of cinnamon, black pepper, and Molly McButter. The other day I baked two so that I would have some left over for one of my Fall favorites, Butternut Squash Soup.

My intention was to use my usual recipe which calls for some apples (this year from my very own tree!). However, change is good, and I recalled a recipe I pulled out of Redbook Magazine a few weeks back. I remembered those "Marketing savvy" words on the cover which always catch my attention:

"MAGICALLY MAKE YOU LOSE"

Those tantalizing words on a magazine, book, TV show, website, etc... Oh how they pull me in! "Lose," yes I want to lose weight! "Magic," uh, that means it must be easy! Wow! Put the two words together? emoticon You've sold me!!!



(Sorry Kelly, you weren't what caught my attention!)

Anyway, moving along here, I found that the recipe for Kelly's Butternut Squash Soup had ingredients I liked, seemed relatively easy, and sounded fairly nutritious. So last night I gave it a whirl.

Keep in mind that I did start with already prepared squash. I think I will do that from now on. I might even bake the potato along with the squash next time. I like the flavor baking or roasting adds to many freggies.

I'm thinking this recipe would also work well with pumpkin substituted for the squash and I could probably still add in some apples if I wanted. I never experimented with recipes before joining SparkPeople... see how the mind opens to new ideas in a supportive community?

Let me tell you, this was the best butternut squash soup I've ever had! Delicious, filling, so satisfying! I enjoyed a serving last night for dinner. Today I had another serving for lunch. This is one of those special recipes where the leftovers get even better. I appreciated that the chilled leftovers did not separate as can often happen with a creamy soup. Wondering if that's because of the coconut milk instead of dairy milk.

Will I magically lose? Well, yes gradually if I drink my water, move my body, and eat within my calorie range. All are lifestyle changes I can live with! emoticon

Oh, did you want the link?
www.redbookmag.com/recipes-home/tips
-advice/low-calorie-soups-from-kelly-o
sbourne?src=soc_fcbks#slide-1


Spark On!!!

  
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COOKIE_AT_51 10/19/2013 3:41PM

    emoticon for the link emoticon

Is the soup savory or sweet? I want to try something like this as I am trying to eat more "freggies".

I will let you know if I make it.

Cookie

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BUGQUEEN01 10/18/2013 4:56PM

    So glad that your soup turned out so great! That recipe is a keeper!

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CARMEL_466 10/18/2013 2:25PM

    I love reading my spakfriends recipes and how they cook. I'm a horrible cook so I live vicariously through all of you. This sounds so good and looks delicious on the link you posted. I'm so happy you have friends who share..I do too and I am thankful for each and everyone of them. I am also thankful for you and my other spark friends who share this wonderful journey we are on. emoticon

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A Lifestyle Change I Can Live With... Maybe I'll Just Have to Share with a Couple Worms!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

One of the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make is to improve the quality of the food I eat while reducing the quantity. I buy into the idea that eating seasonally and locally is a more nutritious, cost conscious, and delicious choice.

With that goal in mind, today for lunch along with some sardines, I had baked butternut squash and my spur of the moment attempt at a waldorf salad.

The squash was so yummy and sweet to my taste. I only added a sprinkling of pepper, cinnamon, and Molly McButter. And how easy! All I did was half the squash, scoop out the seeds, put in a baking dish cut side down with about an inch of water, and bake for 350 for 4o minutes. I could have microwaved it, but I wanted extra for a soup Iím making later on. Additionally I like the fragrant smell of the baking squash. I portioned out a cup for my lunch for about 80 calories.

The salad was the true highlight of my meal. I used apples from a tree in our yard. How local is that? Organic and seasonal for sure!

The funny thing is that I have lived here for nearly thirty years. This is the first season that I have used apples off that tree because I always thought them to be wormy and just not edible.



Earlier this fall I saw a picture of a basket of organic apples in a blog on clean eating. It made me realize that my apples looked just the sameÖ kind of dark and splotchy off the tree. Sure enough, however, a bit of scrubbing and my apples are gorgeous, crisp, and sweet.



I have no idea what type they are, but I do know that of all my apples I have cut, I have only discovered two unwanted visitors who apparently like them as much as I do! Not one of us has been poisoned by pesticides.

My Waldorf Salad recipe on the fly turned out pretty good! It made a filling serving for one with about 170 calories.

80g chopped apple
50g diced celery
10g chopped walnuts
10g golden seedless raisins
1 Tbs reduced fat mayonnaise w/olive oil

This is a lifestyle change I can live with! Perhaps a repeat performance at dinner tonight?

  
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COOKIE_AT_51 10/19/2013 3:38PM

    Everything sounds delicious! I would vote for Gala apples :) but they could be honeycrisp. Whatever they are they look good. emoticon

Last year my DH went over to the neighbors who have a pear tree and asked if he could have some (they never ate them either). He baked them into a pear crisp,very good! You will have to share about your soup ...

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SUEPERWOMAN 10/18/2013 9:34AM

 
Good for you, honey. I have to admit, I don't buy organic very often due to the slightly higher price, but I should. That does look like a honeycrisp apple to me, too, they are my favorites! Sweet and crunchy, a lovely combination. emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/17/2013 12:41AM

    Too often we don't realize that the produce we see in the grocery store is prepared to look as good as possible. Apples, for instance, are not only cleaned of the dirt that exists outside, but they also put on a light wax coating to make them look dewy and shiny. Glad you found out that your apples are just as pretty (with a little washing) and just as edible. Consider some of the great recipies you can make with your apples!

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BUGQUEEN01 10/16/2013 11:42PM

    A few worms can't hurt us :) I agree with you - eating locally grown, organic food when available is much healthier and more flavorful

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LINDA! 10/16/2013 8:51PM

    Looks delicious.

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CARMEL_466 10/16/2013 7:21PM

    Looks good and I'm sure they taste great. Enjoy!

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-BLESSINGS- 10/16/2013 5:23PM

    omy YUM YUM.... congrats on your lifestyle change...

wishing you all the best ~Deby

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BJPENNY70 10/16/2013 2:37PM

    They look like Honeycrisp Apples. Not sure, though! Your recipe sounds delicious. I just might try it. I buy into the seasonal fruit and veggie purchases, too. You really do save money. Plus fresh and organic is just plan good.

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