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Chocolatey Mint tea :)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Hi..I'm relaxing and enjoying my 2nd chocolate fix for the day..I also stirred some instant cocoa into coffee for a yummy mocha :) Two treats and very low cal :)

We're finally getting the warm hubby went to town for mail..we got a much awaited cheque from the disappointing oil company..after 2 months of "the cheque is in the mail"
We may go up to Weyburn unless the forecasted wind gets up and causes a blizzard!! Then I can stock up on some fresh fruits and themed of course for heart month!! I've got an opened bottle of V8 so I've added a cup a day of red V8 to use it up and get more servings of veggies :) I need some more spinach and maybe some dried beans, frozen corn and frozen strawberries. Maybe I'll look for some red flowers, too.

I had my hamburger veggie soup for lunch with a tuna wrap, supper was beef pot roast and I had some beef, carrots, onions and parsnips with a big spinach salad and green peppers

If we go to Weyburn we have 3 different restaurant gift certificates to use...I was really happy with my money spending cutdown in January and hope to keep it up for February.

I rode my bike for 30 minutes and did some running laps around the house..luckily we have a house that has a loop in it, great for indoor running..even has a couple stairs in a couple places. Then did some squats and lunges between sets of weights today..I sprained my wrist this morning..have I mentioned somewhere that I'm very accident prone?? haha!! So I'm not 100% today.

Thanks for all the comments on my blogs..anyone who wants to use any of my goals, I think that's great!! I have been cruising blogs myself to get ideas :)

I've been working on amping up my garbage recycling..I'm now putting wet scraps in a covered pail to add to a compost pile, papers to the wood stove, glass, plastic and tin to recycle containers..I'm gonna see how little garbage I can have for February :)

Well I'm done my tea...hope you're all having a great hump day!! Keep on Sparkin' and thanks for stopping by for a chat and a cup of tea!!!

Love Donna


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PARKERB2 2/3/2011 2:35PM

    One day late reading your Wed. blog but I sometimes have to wait until the next day to read and respond to blogs. Sorry you hurt your wrist. Hope it will be all well shortly. Sounds like you had a good workout. Hope you get to go shopping. Later.

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KMICHA 2/3/2011 6:54AM

    Happy Friday Eve!!! The tea and mocha treats sound delicious! In this cold weather, there is nothing like a hot cup of something tasty! Way to go on getting your goals set for the month and working to follow through. It sure helps when we are on teams and they assign us challenges to help motivate us. No recycling for us here. Since we live outside the city limits, they dont do recycling pick ups like they do in town. We have to do our own sorting and drop it off at a center. Hope you have a great day!

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/2/2011 11:32PM

    Your doing wonderful as always. Love your new background!


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MT-MOONCHASER 2/2/2011 10:43PM

    We've gotten some warm up, too. However, not quite as much as forecast. We were supposed to get to about 10F, but it only made it to -4F. Still that's better than -40F !

It's supposed to be close to freezing tomorrow. I'll believe it when I see it.

I see from the weather map that we seem to be an island of cold with warmer areas around us.

I think I'll mix up a cup of cocoa and do some paperwork. It's off to the dental hygenist for a cleaning tomorrow...


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JMGLEN62 2/2/2011 10:30PM

    I'm always looking for low cal ways to get my chocolate fix. I never thought to add instant cocoa to my coffee, and we always have that on hand for my daughter. Thanks for the idea!

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A*L*P* 2/2/2011 10:21PM

    Mmmmm I could go for some of that mint chocolate tea, that sounds absolutely DELISH!!!

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GOGOMAMA 2/2/2011 10:19PM

    Chocolate mint tea sounds yummy! Your meal plans sound great! Way to go!

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GOGOMAMA 2/2/2011 10:19PM

    Chocolate mint tea sounds yummy! Your meal plans sound great! Way to go!

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Hi again....

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Just another quick blog while I drink my tea ...raspberry thriller (it's kinda red haha)

Today is another bitterly cold day here!! But a warm up is on the way, again :)
I did lots of exercise to start the month off...rode bike for two 30 minute sessions, then remembered to wear my pedometer..and stayed in the house all day so only under 5,000 steps.. it's a start. Team Sask also has some February challenges and the fitness one is 30 minutes cardio 3x a week, 250 crunches, 3 sets of 16 squats 3x a week, 3 sets of 16 bicep curls 3x a I'm in that one and did some of the crunches..I'm rather crunch impaired :( and did the squats and curls too. I'm also gonna try some running so I did some laps around the house, too.

Team Sask's other challenge is one new Spark recipe a week, journal or blog daily, a before picture, and 10 positive comments to team members :)

Today I had some of my hamburger soup and a tuna wrap for lunch, then supper was beef and vegetable stir fry from Spark recipes :)

I dyed my hair today and then used my flat iron and shine spray to do my hair :) all part of my nice to me and also nice for hubby :) Well not too nice, we played cribbage and I beat's my turn..wink, wink..he is in a better mood if he wins,tho..haha :)

Have any of you checked out the 28 days to a healthier heart article? I love the calendar pages :) #1 get a check up..I'm really bad at that, since we have no doctor any more so it's been awhile...I haven't found a replacement yet :) I did have a complete heart check up shortly after my brother..57, died of a heart attack 4 years ago..and everything was fine.

Well, I'm almost finished my tea..take care..keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna emoticon


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DUSTYGIRL25 2/2/2011 11:29PM

    I bet your hair looks beautiful! And the food sounds so good again.
Maybe you should write a cookbook!

The Thriller Tea sounds exciting!


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PARKERB2 2/2/2011 10:43AM

    Wow, Donna. I had my hair dyed yesterday along with a cut, so we're on the same wave length. Keep up the good exercise. Beat the hubby at the games every chance you get, HA HA. Have a good day.

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KMICHA 2/2/2011 8:31AM

    Great exercise day for you! Sound like it was a good day! Hope warmer temps are heading your way! We still have a raging blizzard!

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WATERMELLEN 2/2/2011 8:18AM

    Always fun to read your blogs -- since you like red tea, have you tried Celestial Season's Red Zinger yet?? Quite yummy. (My fave remains that Bengal Spice, however: it's the tiger on the box!!)

We Canajuns have a great health care system when we really need it in serious health care emergencies but -- in many places it's hard to find a regular family doctor. I've a fabulous nurse practitioner who does my "routine care" -- any out your way??

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TORN_EDGE 2/2/2011 8:12AM

    I wanted to play crib with the hubby last nigth but couldn't find the cards

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ELLIE-1220 2/2/2011 7:06AM

    My hubby and I play crib too... however, he always wins! LOL!
You should post a pic of your new 'do! :o)

And I haven't seen the healthy heart calendar - will have to check that out!

Have a great day!

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February Goals...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Hi..It`s February 1st already..I think 2011 is going by too fast..even with all this cold, cold weather. Spark has made January go by fast...

Now for February`s goals..

Theme..Heart Health*Love*Romance

emoticonRefresh Spark page..I`m doing this monthly to keep it fresh

emoticonAdd red fruits and veggies

emoticonFocus on heart health

emoticonFocus on love..spread love to friends, family, self

emoticonFocus on romance..special for hubby

emoticonFocus on exercise to bless your, run, 10,000 steps

emoticonMake a motivational collage

emoticonHave a chocolate treat each day..cup of cocoa or piece of chocolate

emoticonPamper me daily.. Love myself..I`m worth it!

emoticonGet ready for M.J Spa weekend..toned, self-tanner, etc

emoticonGoal..lose 4 to 5 pounds

I`m looking forward to working on February goals.
Off to make a pot of tea..I`ve already had my chocolate treat :) Keep on Sparkin` I may be back later for a daily blog..take care..

Love Donna emoticon


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SCRAPLYN 2/3/2011 1:30AM

    Excellent goals... especially the chocolate one!

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LAURAAT 2/2/2011 2:55PM

    Oh, my goodness. I absolutely LOVE your goals this month! Especially the romancing the hubby and chocolate a day - I may 'borrow' those!!
Keep up the great work!!

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TIPHEY2003 2/1/2011 10:07PM

    Let me applaud those goals!!!! Fantastic!
Keep up the motivation

Make sure February is all about you!!!! Keep up the great work and enjoy the rest of 2011- you're right, it is going by very quickly!

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January's over..on to February....

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hi..I more or less recapped my January goals yesterday.. but I didn't tell you about yesterdays food. I found this really yummy recipe in that Sparkpeople All You magazine..for pumpkin spice pancakes..they turned out great!! We had oven baked chicken and sweet potatoes for supper and pumpkin pie for dessert to use the leftover pumpkin from the pancakes :) I've decided not to eat the leg and thigh and my half of the sweet potato so I used the leg and one quarter of the sweet potato in today's chicken pot pie. Supper was leftover lasagna and a big spinach salad. I made a delcious new recipe for left over bananas from a spark friend..banana gingerbread loaf very tasty :) her recipe is on spark recipes.. I am trying to find some ways to get better at this so I think maybe smaller portions could help...and less treats haha :)

Thanks for the suggestions for this weeks soup..I have no beans or corn on hand so I made hamburger but I spiced it up by adding some leftover salsa to it, also lots of veggies.

I've been reading blogs and figuring our my plans for February..hope you are all looking forward to a new month and progress toward our goals...I'll list my goals stay tuned..I'm off to make some tea..and warm's turned really, really cold here again..I went out to help hubby with wood for the stoves and just about froze this afternoon!! now wind chills are supposed to be -45 tomorrow morning :(..hope it's warmer where ever you're at :)

Thanks for stopping by..keep warm and keep on Sparkin'

Love Donna

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KMICHA 2/1/2011 10:01PM

    Ooooo . . . hope you are keeping warm . . . we are have tons of snow here! You're pumpkin spice pancakes sound delicious! I will have to research some of the recipes you wrote about and try them myself! We are still working on the kitchen . . . YIKES!!! almost ready to move back in!! It has been a huge project! Haven't been doing a lot of sparkin' in the past week or so, I'm a bit out of the loop! Life has been crazy! emoticon

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JILLINWONDER 2/1/2011 9:38PM

    Hi Donna, Pretty in pink! I like it!

I'm gonna try those pancakes. They sound really good. Glad to see you're doing great!

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PARKERB2 2/1/2011 2:32PM

    I'm sure you'll come up with some good goals for February. Don't forget to give yourself some rewards. Your receipes are yummy sounding. Have a good day Donna. emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/1/2011 1:34AM

    Yum....You always cook the most delicious dinners and deserts.

Good luck working on you new goals, I need to get into gear and start working on mine also.


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31 Random January things..

Sunday, January 30, 2011 January's almost over thought I'd do a random blog about stuff..while enjoying a cup of my new favorite tea..pomegranate superfruit :)..

1 Souped it up..made a pot of soup each week for lunches :)

2 Water..2 or 3 gem jars a day :)

3 to collect and try new ones..great to relax and not snack in evenings :)

4 New tea pot from 2nd hand store :)

5 New china tea cup and saucer from 2nd hand store :)

6 Used all small appliances..crock pot, waffle iron, bread machine, meat slicer :)

7 Added new gadgets..steamer, apple corer/slicer :)

8 Finished All bran challenge..on to oatmeal for every breakfast now :)

9 Added frozen saskatoons to All bran :)

10 Add nut or raisins and cinnamon to oatmeal :)

11 Lovin' finding bargains on bread @ warehouse store..$.99 :)

12 Bought fresh flowers to brighten mini roses :)

13 Kept track of which days I spent money..6/31 :) woohoo

14 Had only 6 meals out and kept them reasonable calories :)

15 Had only 3 days over my calories :)

16 Remembered vitamins every day :)

17 Logged onto Spark everyday :)

18 Got an average of 50 or more points daily :)

19 Averaged 30 minutes of exercise every day :)

20 Blogged everyday..I think :)

21 Joined the 28 day boot camp challenge...

22 ..dropped out of boot camp (hurt my back) but did do about 10 of the days :)

23 Learned about the 10 minute exercise videos :)

24 Joined team Sk's challenge :)

25 Refreshed my Spark page ;)

26 Put up a new profile picture :)

27 Made lots of new friends and read lots of blogs :)

28 Kept my motivation high..thanks sparkers :)

29 Found out over 3000 have visited my page..both flattering and scary :)

30 Had tea everyday but 3 or new favorite healthy habit :)

31 31 days of January Sparkin'..hardly noticed below average cold and above average snow... Thanks Sparkers for making January fly by :)

Oh, I almost forgot..I'm bsck at my tracker weight of 197..lost 4 to 5 pounds woohoo!!

Can't wait to rock February...I feel better in clothes, have gotten lots of compliments, I feel healthier and happier and feel like I really belong here :)
Thanks for everything!!!

Keep on Sparkin' and thanks for stopping by for a chat and a cup of tea :)

Love Donna

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RPM123 1/31/2011 7:04PM

    Great Blog!

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DIDI_60LBS_BY60 1/31/2011 5:14PM

    Hi Donna......I love your blogs, thank you!


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GOGOMAMA 1/31/2011 1:53PM

    Great list!! Wonderful way to celebrate the big and little things!

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ABBABOO 1/31/2011 11:14AM

    I like reading your blogs. 31 things for 31 days :)

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TORN_EDGE 1/31/2011 8:59AM

    I love your lists. It is great o be happy about the little things

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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2011 8:06AM

    That'd be 31derful accomplishments this month!!

Hmmmmm: pomegranate superfuit tea: sounds lovely!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/31/2011 2:25AM

    Ohhhhh, I love this list. Some made me laugh! But all in all, you have done a fantastic job this last year, and your off to a great start this year.

2011 is going to be a fun year!!!

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AMYB1985 1/30/2011 11:25PM

    Awesome list! I should try that. I wanted to do the 365 project where you take a photo a day...but I never remember. emoticon

Oh, and maybe my tea kettle found you. emoticon It seems to have grown legs and left me!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 1/30/2011 10:47PM

    It is important to keep track of the big things you are working for. It is just as if not more important to keep track of the little daily events and victories. I have a journal entry for every day I have worked offshore. Keep smelling the roses on the road to success.

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