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Suppers from Other Countries

Monday, July 30, 2012

I thought it would be fun to have suppers with a foreign flare while the Olympics are going on. Americanized, of course. My fish & chip dinner came frozen, but it was still a treat to eat while hubby and I enjoyed the opening ceremony.

My Mexi-American came in the form of a layered dip my co-captain recommended. It was easy and tasted great on a hot summer's night. Last night a touch of Italian - meatball subs and salad. I really Americanized that one using elk rather than veal and reg ground beef.

My version of stir-fry is on tonight's menu. We all know by now that what we call "Chinese" is really American, but it's the spirit that counts here. When I was trying to figure out dinner China happened to be ahead in medal count, so why not?

Upcoming: Canadian, French, Greek, German, and Mid-Eastern. This is a fun change of pace. It's challenging in some ways, too, because I am committed to my program and determined to find ways to make the healthiest possible.

Back to looking up recipes. I need a week's worth at least because Wednesday is shopping day.

(((hugs))) Spark friends

  
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KATI5668 8/2/2012 1:57PM

    you might have to share summa those recipes...mmmm???

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LOVESLIFE48 7/31/2012 11:33AM

    What a great idea!!

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DAISY443 7/31/2012 8:53AM

    What fun! Great, creative idea! Love it!

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NEW-CAZ 7/31/2012 3:09AM

    Great way to get into the Games!

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LOVETOLAUGH56 7/31/2012 12:09AM

    Sounds good. I'll let you know how the recipe called "Healthy Moussaka" comes out. Maybe that could be your Greek recipe!
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EATVEGAN 7/30/2012 11:36PM

    This is a wonderful way to both shake up the menus and to participate in the olympics. Very creative. emoticon
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JAXMOMMY 7/30/2012 11:30PM

    What a fun and creative way to find healthy recipes and try new things! Sounds great! Enjoy!

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CANDOK1260 7/30/2012 10:39PM

    Wondering what you going do for candian
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MARISPHERE 7/30/2012 9:57PM

    Brilliant idea. What fun!

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GRANNYQUINN 7/30/2012 9:37PM

    You shoulh share the one's you like. Hugs Karen

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/30/2012 7:25PM

    you are one creative person .... wow on all those menus !! Roc
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FARMGIRL1968 7/30/2012 6:26PM

    What a cool idea!

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 7/30/2012 5:48PM

    emoticonGreat idea!

What are you going to do for Canada?

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Some Humor for Today

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Minnesota couple decided to vacation to Florida during the winter. They planned to stay at the very same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday. His wife would fly down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, he sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile.....somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who was called home to glory following a sudden heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail, expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: 16 May 2003
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is not as uneventful as mine was.
P.S. Sure is hot down here!

  
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STESSEDOUT27 7/31/2012 2:20AM

    emoticon That was just too funny!!!! Thank for the giggles!

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FUNGIRL81005 7/29/2012 10:11PM

    TOO FUNNY!!! Ha Ha!!!

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LOVETOLAUGH56 7/29/2012 9:53PM

    Oh, I love it. Especially the last part about "it's hot down here"
10 laughs a day keeps the blues away1

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DAISY443 7/29/2012 3:12PM

    Tee Hee!!

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REACHING4HOME 7/29/2012 1:43PM

    I LOVE IT!
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KITT52 7/29/2012 7:26AM

    how cute this was , had to share with Gary, he loved it too

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PATRICIA_LYNN 7/29/2012 7:18AM

    Ooo It's bad to laugh this early in the morning - but sooo good at the same time. Thanks!

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    Well, that sure lightened things up. emoticon
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MARY1313 7/28/2012 10:13PM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!


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COLETTEISGREAT 7/28/2012 8:52PM

    read it before, but still love it!

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    Bahaha! Awesome emoticon

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KATI5668 7/28/2012 7:57PM

    cute....LOL

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My Doc Approves

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My doc is so pleased with me! My cholesterol is down considerably - just a wee bit over what it should be. My weight is down 11 lbs since my last visit in May. My blood pressure was perfect!

In the past we discussed my weight issues (in the past meaning before getting serious on SP). I was eating from all the groups and staying in my calorie range. I admit, not able or in alot of cases willing to exercise. He couldn't explain why I wasn't losing a little bit.

This visit was different. I told him I not only track calories now, but sodium, cholesterol, sugars and fiber. I told him I discovered I wasn't getting enough fat in my diet, that once I started adding it things started happening. He was so surprised!

I told him I exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day. On bad days that may mean 5 minutes at a time, but I try.

"I found what works for me!" I proudly told him. He was all smiles and told me he'll see me in April.

  
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GRANNYQUINN 7/28/2012 2:19PM

    Eleven pounds since May is Fantastic !! Amazing how all of a sudden it clicks , the calories , fats , sodium , carbs its like a hidden secret. Thanks for stopping by , always a pleasure to have you over for a visit. Thank I am looking forward to the wedding . emoticon Hugs Karen

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LEXIE63 7/28/2012 9:36AM

    Awesome! :-)


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CATDUG19 7/27/2012 4:18PM

    Great to hear you impressed your doctor. You should be very proud of all your accomplishments.

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FUNGIRL81005 7/26/2012 11:11PM

    Really????I should try the tracking thing too??? I bet I am not getting enough fat many many days!!! Cool...THANKS!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/26/2012 6:47PM

    You go girl !! so so impressive !! roc
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JEZEBELSK 7/26/2012 2:14PM

    That's fantastic! I know you must be so proud of yourself!

My next cardiologist visit is in January - she has been with me through so much in 8 years: dental surgery (bad teeth are bad for your heart!), lots of weight gain (from 214 to 262!), and a nearly fatal pregnancy (thank God for the best medical teams in KC!). I am so looking forward to seeing the look on her face. If I keep my current rate of loss, I should weigh less than when she first met me when I was 29 and became her patient!!

You are doing such a great job taking care of yourself - monitoring not just calories but important nutrients as well. And then your exercise regimen! -- AWESOME --

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DAISY443 7/26/2012 1:36PM

    You are fantastic! emoticon

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/26/2012 7:45AM

    Congratulations!!!!!! Those are the kind of medical visits I don't mind! Keep up all your great work, and enjoy the success. emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 7/26/2012 7:43AM

    That is so awesome!!! A big congrats to you!!!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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CANDOK1260 7/25/2012 8:37PM

    emoticon ON THE GOOD DOC VISIT

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PAULALALALA 7/25/2012 8:17PM

    Congratulations on the great checkup! Way to go with being diligent and mindful about your tracking and exercise!
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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/25/2012 4:15PM

    emoticonCongratulations the kind of visit we all wish for! You keep doing what you are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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KITT52 7/25/2012 2:24PM

    great job Bri.....we are all proud of you....

have a healthy day

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    Excellent!!!! emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/25/2012 11:15AM

    Sooo proud of you Sparked Friend!Wish I could find what works for me.My scale has been stuck forever emoticon

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Energy in the Air at SP

Monday, July 23, 2012

Have you all noticed the determination, energy and high expectations in the air at SP today? It's fabulous! emoticon

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 7/24/2012 6:56PM

    I think that the summer months tend to do that. People are glad that it's warm and sunny out. Isn't it great to be surrounded by positive upbeat people!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/24/2012 6:13AM

    So true Dusty........ emoticon

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DEBSGETTINFIT 7/23/2012 5:42PM

    emoticon i too noticed it on lots of Teams. that is so great.

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JOYEOUSD 7/23/2012 2:59PM

    Maybe because of the new challenge! I know I am excited!!

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KATI5668 7/23/2012 2:19PM

    good words ...well put


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LAINIESNEWLIFE 7/23/2012 1:39PM

    There most definitely is!! emoticon

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    I agree! emoticon

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  Oh yea! We are sparkin'! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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USMAWIFE 7/23/2012 1:17PM

    THE RUBY TEAMS HAVE BEEN SO POSITIVE AND INCREDIBLE THIS MONTH. IT'S LIKE WE TRULY ARE BONDED FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF LOOSING WEIGHT emoticon

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KATHYJO56 7/23/2012 1:13PM

    Yes, I have and you couldn't have put it better. emoticon

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    YES, I HAVE NOTICED IT THE LAST WEEK, IT IS emoticon

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JAMBABY0 7/23/2012 12:28PM

    Yes thank you we are all fabulous!

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Re-set my weekly goal list

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Love that I can have daily/weekly goals that I can track and see at a glance. SP is great!

Because I have slipped just a bit I re-added some of the basics. For instance:

emoticon Eat a good breakfast EVERY DAY!
Meet my team members! emoticon
Post my weekly progress on my spark page and on Team Firecrackers! emoticon
emoticon Take ALL my supplements everyday, not just some.

Whew! It's easy to slip up on established habits. With accountability to myself and you all I will re-establish them and make my ultimate goal!

  
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LOVETOLAUGH56 7/23/2012 10:53PM

    I've slipped too, as you know. Let's just keep getting back to the basics as you've done and that should help us.
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EATVEGAN 7/23/2012 12:51AM

    Great that we can re-work our goals to fit our own lives and needs. emoticon
Janet

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FUNGIRL81005 7/22/2012 6:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonAwesome!!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/22/2012 5:19PM

    You are doing great and sparkpeople is also great!
There is a wealth of information on here and so many helpful 'devices'!
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DAISY443 7/22/2012 3:38PM

    It is so great that you can redefine your goals as needed! Keep up the great work!

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KITT52 7/22/2012 1:38PM

    you are so right..but you are doing a great job

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