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Saturday, September 22, 2012

emoticon Today we get to go apple picking. Recipes from the sparkrecipes.com site I have my eye on:

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats and Apples
Apples & Cinnamon Oatmeal

Turkey w/Apples & Cheddar
Crockpot Chicken & Apples
Barley w/Butternut Squash, Apples & Onions
Chicken Stuffed w/Apples & Almonds
Red Cabbage w/Apples
Baked Acorn Squash w/Apples
roasted Pork Chops w/Sweet Potatos & Apples
Slow Cooker Cabbage w/Apples and Pork Roast
Paula's Sausage and Apples (she's trimmed it down and uses turkey sausage)
Cornbread Stuffing w/Sausage and Apples
WW Sausage w/Apples and Sauerkraut
Steamed Kale w/Apples

Chef Meg's Nutty Baked Apples w/Raisins (Diabetic Friendly)
Autumn Spiced Apples
Sweet Potatoes topped w/Maple-Glazed Apples

Fried Apples & Cinnamon
Apples ala Creme
Caramel Baked Apples
Craisy Apples

Of course we'll have one straight off the tree with our picnic lunch! emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/25/2012 1:13AM

    Oh my gosh I got so hungry for any thing apples.
I want to be at your house helping to cook and of course eating!!!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/24/2012 4:49PM

    Oh those recipes sound delicious! emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 9/23/2012 6:32PM

    have fun

I'm looking for apples to make apple sauce

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/22/2012 6:45PM

    I had my first Acorn Squash of the season .... oh how delish !! I also got a butternut squash .... mixing everything with apples is so yummy .... have fun ! Roc

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 9/22/2012 11:05AM

    Your list has really whetted my appetite for apples! Have fun picking!

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RFJSJ50 9/22/2012 10:58AM

    Yummy! I love visiting local orchards and always took my first grade class on a field trip to one!
Enjoy your day.

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BARB4HEALTH 9/22/2012 10:24AM

    WOW! Some of those recipes sound great! emoticon

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Tired, but feeling accomplished

Friday, September 21, 2012

The day's exercise went so well I think sleep will not only come easily, but deeply. Another way to measure success!

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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/25/2012 1:14AM

    instead of counting sheep, did you count apples? Ha
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FITGRANDMA120 9/22/2012 10:19PM

    I think I should consider that a measuring tool also. Rest well my friend.

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NEW-CAZ 9/22/2012 2:33AM

    hope you slept well emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/21/2012 11:58PM

    Good night! emoticon

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Sparkatunities: Taking Advantage

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sparkpeople is such a blessing to me. It just keeps getting better, too! emoticon There are so many sparkatunities. I'm only going to mention a few on this blog.

The very day it was announced I joined the Fall 5% challenge. For me the challenge of losing 8 1/2 pounds is going to be fun. The excitement is already in the air. Excitement = motivation in my book.

Another sparkatunity I signed up for today is the Trick or Treat Virtual Trot. I have pledged to do the 5k walk/jog on October 28th. Last spring I did the 5k walk challenge. Time to add a little ummph to my workout. I have a feeling hubby is going to be on many of my training walks, too. That warms my heart.

What great timing to have the two going on at the same time. emoticon

On top of that SP has so many exercise videos to choose from. It's like having personal trainers in my parlor with me. emoticon It's great to be able to work on on my schedule in whatever clothes are comfortable. Not to mention they're free!

Teams are so important to me, too. There are so many. I admit, I've joined some and dropped some. That's ok. Sparkatunity strikes again because it is part of the tailoring to fit my life-style. I am now involved in some very supportive teams in good times and bad. The folks on them are like neighbors to me. They are real people who are honest and willing to share. Some I even feel like I've known personally for years.

emoticon I'll continue to take advantage of as many sparkatunities that I am able to take on.

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    We are both on the same team for the 5% Challenge, the Beautiful Butterflies. It's a good way to move toward a specific goal.

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    you go girl !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAULALALALA 9/20/2012 9:40AM

    I agree about SP. Love it! I've done the same thing with the teams...I think a lot of people join up to a lot of teams at first, and then figure out which ones are the most helpful. No way for me to stay active on a large number of teams no matter how good they are. Seems like the teams I've stayed on are the ones with smaller numbers where I've gotten to know people.

Have fun with the 5% and the Virtual Trot!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/20/2012 9:29AM

    That is great that you are getting the most out of Sparks! Good luck on your challenges...thats awesome that your hubby is supportive and will be joining you on your training walks!

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Fall 5% Challenge Assignment #1

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The food scale, measuring equipment and cooking supplies are always in use, so they are always handy. The new season means new recipes. I've been sorting through the envelope of recipes I've cut from magazines and put the ones I'll use on the challenge aside.

The gazelle isn't being used as a clothes rack. I have new socks to go with my exercise shoes, and the long exercise pants I bought on clearance at the end of spring fit perfectly now.

I have a brand new pedometer watch. I don't use this one yet - like new things the first day of school I will wear my watch starting the first day of the challenge.

My exercise plan includes after dinner walks with hubby, watching and doing 3 SP exercise videos per week, and walking with Leslie Sansone 4 days per week. Strength training x3 per week.

Eating plan: Incorporate the recipes I've set aside using the flat-belly/Mediteranean style of eating. I will incorporate a treat into each day, if only a taste.

My goal is to lose 8.5 pounds by the time the 8 week challenge comes to an end. emoticon

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ANNANN63 10/7/2012 7:29AM

    I too am doing the Fall 5% challenge. I was assigned to the Casual Travelers. What group are you in? Good luck with the challenge.

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FITGRANDMA120 9/19/2012 11:13PM

    This challenge is very exciting and I know you are going to do great.

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DEBBY4576 9/19/2012 8:46PM

    I better go see what's going on. I joined but have received no sparkmails. I do know where to look. Thanks for posting this so I could be reminded.

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LIVINGFREE19 9/19/2012 8:09PM

    You have a great plan!

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QTEALADY20031 9/19/2012 3:50PM

    What a GREAT plan, you will succeed! emoticon emoticon June

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FUNGIRL81005 9/19/2012 1:03PM

    Love the plan!!! you are READY!! emoticon emoticon

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    Great plan emoticon emoticon

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Trigger Points

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yesterday the daytime temp finally dipped under 85 for the first time in months. It was one of those rainy, cozy, stay-in-the-house days. The temp was in the 50's, which was about what it was during the night. So as much as I loved it, it was a double-whammy. It made for a relaxed, putter around the house, make a pot of soup and bake day.

Breakfast and morning snack went as planned. It wasn't long, however, before the aroma of the lentil soup was irrisistable. It was nutritional so I sampled - something I rarely allow myself to do.

My snack-sized lunch was consumed much earlier than my usual time. It wasn't long after that I was looking for my afternoon snack - still hours before the usual time.

I planned to make bread to go with the soup. Turned out I didn't have yeast. While I searched out recipes for yeastless breads the aroma of the soup continued to gently call me. Instead of sampling I opened the icebox. I found a very small portion of baked eggplant leftover from the night before. You guessed it - it became another unplanned snack.

Now to search out cookie recipes for hubby. I rarely eat cookies so this wasn't a problem. Maybe because I kept going back for "just a spoonful" of soup.

It was still raining when hubby came home. I had no problem eating another, albeit small, portion of soup with him. I then put the cookies in the oven. The aroma of soup was replaced by the wondreful smell of warm chocolate mint cookies.

Fresh out-of-the-oven with a glass of unsweetened almond milk I let myself have one. The second batch came out. Without even realizing it I reached for a second to go with the half glass of milk I had left.

I tracked before bed. I didn't do too bad because I had healthy choices (well, not the extra cookie). However, I realized I had kept sampling. I realized I was staring into the icebox numerous times. It was a good thing I was out of yeast because I know I probably would have indulged in more than one piece of bread, especially hot and fresh.

This day turned out ok, but I learned many lessons. There were trigger points I need to watch for as the fall days roll in. Aromas can lead to sampling and mindless eating. Allowing myself to eat whenever instead of spacing my meals/snacks throughout the day. Cookies out of the oven need to be in the day's plan.

I hope to reflect on this day as the holidays arrive, too, because many of the same trigger points will undoubtedly resurface. It's important to be aware and prepare. That goes for exercise, too!

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DEBBIEDAY 9/18/2012 9:09AM

    Yup--my daughter commented as in * hint, hint...it is getting about soup time isn't it???

So I do believe a pot of veggie soup is on the menu plans this week!!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/15/2012 2:24PM

    another reason I don't cook .... tee hee emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 9/14/2012 5:52PM

    I am Loving the COOLER weather!!! Love love!! Got to clean the dust off the crock pot!! emoticon

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PAULALALALA 9/14/2012 8:25AM

    I just love the aroma of lentil or split pea soup simmering away in the crock pot! You're right, the combination of the weather and the great smells can really tell us it's time to eat! The fresh bread would have really been the icing on the cake...lol. Great blog.

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JAXMOMMY 9/13/2012 6:16PM

    That spoonful here and there can certainly add up! Learning your trigger points is great! Now you can find alternatives! I found on cold, rainy days herbal tea can help fill me up and keep me from tasting the simmering soup!

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LOVETOLAUGH56 9/13/2012 4:20PM

    I guess I am rubbing off on you! I would have ate the whole batch of cookies. Your husband is so lucky that you make them even though you try not to eat them.
This reminds me of a blog I should write.
I hope you're feeling better.

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RGEETING 9/13/2012 2:18PM

    Ah... evaluating and re-evaluating... a necessary part of the journey! :-)

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KATHYJO56 9/13/2012 1:59PM

    I think that it is wonderful that you realized what you was doing yesterday. Most people eat mindlessly and don't catch themselves. I think with this lesson learned, you will do great during the fall and winter months. emoticon

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DAISY443 9/13/2012 12:24PM

    Sounds like you did just fine! Congrats!

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GENEALOGYGAL 9/13/2012 11:05AM

    Good job recognizing why those comfort foods are so tempting when it's cold and rainy outside. And good job not straying too far. Here in the washington state I need to fight those temptations for 9 months out of the year...its cold and rainy or mizzly (drizzly and misty) so often. It's really hard but I decided to not bake for awhile. I Love to bake breads and muffins and cookies...but...alas...the temptation is just too great. I can't eat just one...haha. Beautiful Fall is arriving and you got it under control! emoticon

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A-NEW-TARA 9/13/2012 10:37AM

    It's great to have these come up, so we can recognize these kinds of triggers. Good for you for seeing all this now, you'll be prepared when the holidays hit.

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CONNIER64 9/13/2012 9:58AM

    Oh my it's raining here today and will continue for next 3 days.Thank you for sharing your experience.Cool rainy weather at home is a bad combination for temptations! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/13/2012 8:33AM

    A great learning curve emoticon

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TELFERS01 9/13/2012 8:26AM

  You go!

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