Friday, January 20, 2012
Hi..this is the last day for the 5% starfish challenge..this week was the challenge to blog daily and comment on 10 blogs..this has been a fun part of the challenge and a way to get to know more Sparkers and some of their tips and struggles and jsut about their lives...
Starting tomorrow our challenge is to cut out adding salt at the table!! Since I never add salt to anything at the table and never even add salt when cooking or baking, I think I'll find this an easy part of the challenge..the last week..how fast 8 weeks have flown by..for one thing I haven't lost the 10 pounds I hoped but it has helped the dreaded holiday gain stay with a few pounds...
It's still very cold here but hubby ventured out to town and got the mail, drinking water, and a few groceries..I needed milk, bananas and o yeah he bought apple strudel, I don't think that was on the list!! haha. I got 4 new magazines and most have the heart theme for February and how to have a healthy heart ( I noticed Oprah has a blackboard on the cover..wow)
I did my 30 minutes on the x bike and 15 mins strength and 15 mins of snow shovelling and got the snow off the front deck and yes I did go out side..woohoo!! I tracked my meals and drank the water and took the vits..I added B12 to my stack since it's supposed to increase energy..I read a neat article on supplements and said the 4 most important ones are Vit D, the fish oil one and mustard and tomato sauce!! So here's to cooking with more mustard and tomato sauce.
Today was another cream of wheat morning (I had a crappy sleep..woke at about 3 and tossed and turned for hours till I feel back to sleep, then slept til 9!!) So I had a bad headache today and feel like I'm coming down with a head cold..feel a little better tonight. Lunch was chicken broth and veggies, a mini wrap with thin sliced roast beef, spinach and horseraddish and yogurt ...Supper was a burger and ww bun,cabbage and carrot salad and yes I broke down and ate one of those apple thingies...all within calorie limits..bsck to those mini wraps..the little tortillas came in a huge pack..5 dozen and this is the first one I've had..and it was awlful..any suggestions of the rest? Maybe if I toast them? Maybe enchiladas or quesadililas..anyting is better with melted cheese...haha :)
So I think I've done quite well with my challenge to be more energetic..track food..make healthy food choices...drink water...take supplements..exercize..and blog!!
Thanks s00 much for dropping by and for your comments..keep on Sparkin'..
I'm going to close with this that I found on my niece's fb page..from Shape magazine
15 Small Diet Changes from experts...
-Drink water with lemon
-Listen to your hunger
-Don't buy diet food
-Eat a salad every day
-Eat more regularly( from our own Coach Nicole!!)
-Always keep almonds on hand
-Add psylliium and flaxseed
-Add protein to every meal
-Don't drink alcohol standing up
-Watch your carb serving sizes
-Choose Greek yogurt
-Swap mustard for mayo
-Diet sugary drinks and diet sodas
-Try new recipes
These are a few new ideas to try, and a few old ones as reminders...
"If not now, when?"
Gotta run..got some magazines waiting for me :)
Hope I sleep better tonight!! I've been going to bed by 11 pm every night for January so far!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hi..thanks for stopping by yesterday and commenting on my blog :)
Today I continued to track all my food, drank water and exercised...
I've been focusing on making healthier food choices today..and I had lots of veggies and stayed within my calorie range :)
I worked at some projects today..I made 2 smallish candles from the remains of old candles, I painted an old blackboard with new blackboard paint and finished knitting a scarf...
I read some more in my books about happiness..found some really great stuff :)
It's really, really cold here now and will stay that way for a few days..we got a wee bit more snow but still not enough to snowshoe!! haha...
Lunch today was a tuna wrap with extra veggies and spinach..supper was turkey stir fry with extra veggies...I also planned the menu for the rest of the week :)
I found some new poems by Ilan Shamir...from advice from nature...check out the web if you like www.YourTrueNature.com
Advice from a Snowflake
Keep your cool
Appreciate small wonders
Let your plans crystalize
Take time to chill
Celebrate your uniqueness
It's okay to be a little flakey!!
Well time for me to comment on 10 blogs and then post to the 5% challenge...thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'
The best book so far is called "It's All in Your Head..Thinking Your Way to Happiness" by Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine
-Happiness doesn't come from actions, it comes from attitudes. The secrets to happiness are all in your head.
-We confuse pleasure with happiness.
-You have the tools to be happy today. All it takes is changing your attitude toward yourself and your place in the world.
-The secrets are also already in your head, since they're eternal truths we've learned and either ignored or forgotten.
-Instead of thinking our way to unhappiness by living out harmful attitudes, we can think ourselves to happiness by adopting healthy attitudes.
-Don't compare yourself to others. You're just where you're supposed to be.
-Don't be pessimistic about the future. Things get better.
-Stop being your own worst enemy. Own your success.
-Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness. You don't have to go it alone.
-Don't wait for the best or right time. There's no time like now, so take the action.
-You don't need the best, your best is enough.
-Stop looking backward in anger and regret. The past is past.
-Stop living in the future. Tomorrow is too late.
"Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object."
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