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Spark Recipes

Sunday, November 04, 2012

So I am a fan of Spark Recipes. I have a large collection of spark recipes that I have saved in my cookbook here on spark. I also have made me a family cookbook of my families favorite recipes that I continually add to as I find new recipes. Many in which have come from spark.

Below is 10 new recipes I look forward to trying. I want to thank Spark for sending me daily e-mails of sparkrecipes so that I keep trying new healthy meals. :)

1. Black Bean Nachos -

2. Apple Hand Pies -
I can't wait to try this one. I have lots of apples! :)

3. Yogurt Jello -
These look so yummy and so easy to make!

4. Cranberry Relish -
This is perfect with Thanksgiving coming up. I am going to make this for our big T-day.

5. Better Than Ice Cream Dessert -

6. Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe -
This looks really good but I am not a fan of ricotta. Will have to come up with a different cheese for it.

7. Petitie Pecan Tarts -
Another yummy for Thanksgiving! :)

8. Breakfast Casserole -
Now, this one is a great recipe. I have made this before and it is so good!

9. Apple Crisp -

10. Caramel Popcorn -
I so can't wait to try this one. I love caramel popcorn! Could make a great homemade gift at Christmas too.

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FLORIDAGHOST 11/10/2012 11:27AM

    I have tried several of those recipes and they are fantastic. Cranberry relish is just like my DHs cranberry chutney without the walnuts, which I think make it chutney instead of relish. At any rate, it is so easy to make and fantastic in various ways - like spreading it like jam over turkey. Mmm!

Slow cooker lasagna is not a favorite of mine - don't like lasagna.

I have made the breakfast casserole and like it - but don't do it much.

The apple crisp is wonderful - just doesnt' make as much as you would expect at the beginning. But it's still great!


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RYDERB 11/4/2012 8:56AM

    I have the Petitie Pecan Tarts, Apple Crisp, the apple hand pies, and the slow cooker lasagna recipes saved too, but I will have to check out the Breakfast Casserole. I must have missed that one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 11/4/2012 8:48AM

  Have tried many of Spark recipes. Although I frequently add my own twists on them ( can never seem to follow any recipe exactly lol) the base recipes are always good. Hope you try the apple hand pies soon!

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NEPTUNE1939 11/4/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon And healthy too!

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Today In Fitness

Sunday, October 21, 2012

So for my Falling into Fitness challenge this week I am to read 4 fitness articles and blog what I learned from them.

Outdoor Exercisers: Get Closer to Nature

Wow! The University of Queensland did a study that exercising close to traffic can increase you risk of cardiovascular disease. My main source of exercise is walking. If I do not walk at my school, I walk in my neighborhood. I hope I am not breathing in a lot of fumes from the cars within and outside (live along a main highway in the area) my neighborhood. One thing I should do is exercise in the morning but with an early work time that doesn't happen unless it is a workday.

14 Ways to Encourage Kids to Play Outdoors

I like this article. I am definitely a person who likes to send my kids outside. I found we actually do a lot of the tips. Like walking to the pool instead of driving the car. Go to the park or other nature reserve where the girls can explore nature, choose trails to walk, and just be in the great outdoors. If all else fails, take them to the park. :)

Walking Safety Tips

So from reading the article I have learned I am terrible at getting my Dr.'s permission before starting an exercise program. I am also notorious for overdoing it. This is why recently when deciding to get back on track with food and exercise I am starting small. I use to be terrible at not wearing the correct shoes but after a lot of pain in my feet I now find good supporting shoes for my job and replace my tennis shoes at a faster rate than I did before. I am also terrible about seeing my Doctor when i have pain. I have to be in a lot of pain before I go see my doctor. What makes it worse is that I have a high pain tolerance. Because of where I live and where I go walking (school track or my neighborhood) the safety precautions for me are on the bare minimum. I do walk with my phone however, I use it to keep track of my mileage with my walking app.

Last but not least:
Exercise Keeps Your Mind Sharp

Just from reading the title of this article I am interested. My biggest fear in life since I was in high school is that I would forget. Forget my family. Forget the life I lived. Forget everything. Seem crazy when I was younger but I have watched my father in law loose his memory before he passed and now watching my grandmother loose hers. The article states that couch potatoes are 2.5 times likely to develop dementia. This to me is a very good reason to keep up with exercise to keep my mind active. Exercise also helps keep depression away. This is another family issue and one that I suffer from. Not surprised as I was dealing with a low point lately that I had no interest to exercise and slacked off greatly. Being honest with my depression helps me to get out of my funk and back on track.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 10/26/2012 8:55AM

    I really wanted to do this part of the challenge but I'd start and then end up feeling like a mini book report....... Congrats on doing the bonus challenge!

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LITTLEBO 10/22/2012 11:32PM

    just the extra oxygen you get from working out and breathing a little heavier might help the brain....I'm going to read that last article...

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EBURGITE 10/21/2012 9:23PM

    emoticon knowledge is power, right? you're getting STRONG!

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LORILEEPAGE 10/21/2012 7:30PM

    Good articles. I like your goal of reading articles regularly. The one about memory loss fascinates me. Good motivation for not becoming a couch potato!

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

I joined a challenge called Fall into Fitness. One of our challenges this week was to create two goals we wanted to work on through out the challenge and log them here on Spark.

If you don't know how to set up your goals, go to my tracker and select other goals from the list.

When I made it to this page I found a long list of goals. A long list of goals I was so not working towards. Time for some deletion.

Recently I realized I was feeling very overwhelmed with all the e-mail I was getting from sparkteams. I didn't want to quit my sparkteams but I decided to avoid all the e-mails and unsubscribed from all of them. Since I did this, I felt it was then important to clean out all goals from the teams and to just focus on me.

Sounds selfish I know but since I have gained 8 lbs since the beginning of September I feel it is important to start focusing on me again. To stop feeling overwhelmed to keep up with everyone on Spark. To just do what I feel I needed to do.

Below is a list of goals that I specifically want to work on right now. My goal is to find my focus again.

Sparkpeople Special Goals:
* drink 8 cups of water
* walk 10,000 steps per day

Both of these I have not been reaching lately

Other Goals:
* No Candy except for Dark Chocolate

I tried giving up all sweets and that failed miserably. This time I am going to be more specific but allow some wiggle room. This will be difficult with Halloween approaching but I am hoping I can stay focused.

Fast Break Goals:(P.S. I love how you can choose these from a list!)
* Don't Drink Soda
* Exercise for 10 minutes a day
* Get up without hitting the snooze alarm.

So again all three of these I must work on. I have been drinking a lot of soda lately and need to stop. It is tearing up my stomach (suffer from acid reflux) from all that I have been drinking. I have stopped a lot of my exercise and want to get back to doing at least 10 minutes a day. I would also like to make it a mix of things like dancing, walking, zumba, bootcamp or a spark video. Last is the snooze alarm. I don't keep the alarm on my side of the bed so I don't hit the snooze. However, I do get up and take a shower and then climb back into bed until my husband is in the shower. This gives me another 30 minutes or so to stay in bed. I use to use this time for devotions, exercise and get caught up in my e-mail. Since Friday I have been not staying in bed and I plan to keep this one up.

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GOODGETNBETR 10/24/2012 12:35AM

    Good luck. emoticon

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    Excellent goals, back to basics is always a good way to get on track.

Glad you are customizing your spark experience to help you. It can be great and motivational to see all of the friends and team mates who stop buy and wish you well but overwhelming to try and respond to all of those people every time.

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RYDERB 10/21/2012 6:36PM

    I cleaned out all the goals from all my SparkTeams too, and am in the processing of doing the Can you see your future? exercise, to help me figure out what i need to do to get there. Great job setting yourself up for success, and putting the focus back where it belongs, on YOU and what you need.
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AMARANTHA_Q 10/21/2012 1:32PM

    Huzzah, great goals! Plus, it is perfectly fine and the right thing to do to focus on yourself. We need to do that from time to time.

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/21/2012 1:16PM

    Great goals. Nothing wrong with doing what is best for you.

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LORILEEPAGE 10/21/2012 12:09PM

    Good for you! I'm taking a mini break from most of my Spark activities, yet keeping up with tracking and reading the 2-3 emails I get each day from the site, Sonoma still educating myself. Also readin good blogs I've subscribed to. I'm finding this change very healthy for me. May keep it up long term. No chasing after spark points, which is addictive for me!

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GINNJEN1974 10/21/2012 11:29AM

    You can do this. Sometimes its time to just focus on yourself.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 10/21/2012 11:01AM

    Great plan!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

So this morning I weighed myself and found I was at 208. During the summer I got to 200 but never could seem to cross that line into the 190's. I got depressed about this and well have used a busy life to stop exercising, loose motivation and eat whatever I wanted.

After stepping on the scale this morning it finally clicked how I need to get all areas back up and going. So, the first thing I am going to do is give up soda. I have been drinking a lot of this. And even with the knowledge that it has been hurting my stomach (suffer from acid reflux and have to take meds for it) I still kept drinking it. So back to water, tea, or lemonade it is.

I have also started exercising in the morning again. Today I started with today's feature on exercise.
Wow, I am not good. I couldn't even reach the 6 inches. When that conclusion was reached I still didn't the crunches but didn't even bother to see how many I could do in a minute. My goal, to start doing a different crunch exercise. In a few weeks or a month I will come back and try the test again. Hoping I can reach the 6 inches mark.

I am starting off small instead of guns a blazing. When I do the later I ultimately fail.

Things to look for in the future.
Zumba on Tuesday's
Bootcamp with my students Thursday's.
2 5K's - one in November and the other in December

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/20/2012 11:27AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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KATD13 10/19/2012 5:50PM

    Slow and steady is the way to go!

You can do this & we're all here to cheer you on!

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EBURGITE 10/19/2012 10:13AM

    baby steps are GREAT! emoticon

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RYDERB 10/19/2012 8:06AM

    Small daily changes add up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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30 Minute Playlists

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Rock It challenge this week was to create 2 30 minute playlists. Since I new I needed to update my exercise/driving playlist I went through all 1050 songs I have in my play all. After narrowing them down to 594 I began the task of creating my 2 playlist. Decided to go by artist only choosing one song from them. The song had to also capture me at that moment to exercise. Below are 4 playlists I created. Honestly I would keep going but my body is telling me it is time to go to bed. Hope you enjoy!

emoticon My First Playlist: 32.30 minutes
Rolling in the Deep by Adelle 3:48
Dude Looks Like a Lady by Aerosmith 4:25
Miss Murder by AFI 3:27
Changing by The Airborne Toxic Event 3:21
I'm In A Hurry by Alabama 2:49
Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson 3:59
Black Velvet by Alannah Myles 4:49
I'll Fly Away by Alison Kraus 3:58
Move Along by The All-American Rejects 4:03

emoticon My Second Playlist: 32.80 minuntes
This Is Your Night by Amber 4:00
Freeway of Love by Aretha Franklin 4:14
Only Time Will Tell by Asia 4:44
Big House by Audio Adrenaline 3:30
Can't Buy Me Love by Beatles 2:12
Single Ladies by Beyonce 3:15
Boom Boom by Big Head Todd and the Monsters 3:34
I'm Gonna Get You by Bizarre Inc. 4:24
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas 4:07

emoticon Third Playlist: 31.09 minutes
I Miss You by Blink 182 3:47
It's My Life by Bon Jovi 3:45
Church of the Poison Mind by Boy George and Culture Club 3:31
Motown Philly by Boyz II Men 3:58
Evil Angel by Breaking Benjamin 3:39
Jump and Jive and Wale by Brian Setzer Orchestra 2:52
Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn 3:58
Stomp by Brothers Johnson 4:02
The Wild Frontier by Bruce Hornsby & The Range 4:04

emoticon Fourth Playlist: 36.90 minutes
Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen 3:49
Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams 3:34
Comedown by Bush 5:26
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Sweat Down) by C+C Music Factory 4:06
More and More by Captain Hollywood Project 3:56
Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood 3:20
Keep Given' Me Your Love (West End Mix) by Ce Ce Pension 5:56
One by One by Cher 8:43

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