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Feeling Fit Friends Weekly Challenge: Try New Freggies

Monday, September 24, 2012

This is a fun one, suggested by a team member. Try new freggies!

After a church luncheon yesterday feeling full but not stuffed, I had the opportunity to go to Sprouts Market. They had some super bargains on produce as they always do, but I was in search of something I hadn't tried yet, or at least in the recent past.

One thing I chose was kohlrabi. I'd heard of it. It was one of the few veg I hadnt tried, so I'm going to give it a go making a slaw with it. Very fresh apple, kohlrabi, red wine vinegar and a few other ingredients.

Another choice was bok choy. There is a stir-fry in the near future featuring this veg.

The research revealed that both are rich in nutrients. I'll have to come back with the taste results.

  
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RITIKADHAR 9/25/2012 8:00AM

    We add Kohlrabi juliennes to salad or make a stew of the stem with light mustard and sesame seasoning.

I love this challenge!

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FUNGIRL81005 9/24/2012 11:52PM

    What is a sprouts market? When and Where? Finding different vegetables is fun!


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PINKNFITCARLA 9/24/2012 10:27PM

    I love both of those! Have you ever tried Romanesco? That was a new veggie to me a few years ago and I love it. It's only available here where I am for about 2 months a year, in the fall.

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/24/2012 8:56PM

    Guess I'm going to have to go to a super store to see if they have any of that...Roc
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FITGRANDMA120 9/24/2012 8:41PM

    This is a great idea, my husband and I are trying to decide what to try.

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KITT52 9/24/2012 8:04PM

    they are both yummy..you can stir fry the kohlrabi too

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Great Day Planned

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

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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.
Sheila

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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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    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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ANNIESADVENTURE 10/2/2012 9:45AM

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

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