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1000 Action Steps - Day 2

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I am loving the 1000 Action Steps challenge! I have to tell you, it has motivated me to get up and get something done. While I didn't EXACTLY follow the list I put together this morning, I did okay and made a modification. I wasn't really thinking through the day correctly this morning and with my husband's Marine Corp buddy and his wife arriving later today I needed to make cleaning a priority... so walking took a walk! I did do 20 minutes on the elliptical this morning and I certainly have been keeping myself busy with chores... so it was a wash in the end.

Action Steps for today.

5) Continue with declutter project and list a few items on eBay - Done!
6) Read page 2 in Strength Training Book - Done! This page was on concentration curls. I will try this exercise in the morning as I have strength training scheduled for tomorrow morning. Interestingly enough, on the Today Show this morning they had a segment on Michele Obama and her program and how she keeps her arms buff. She does curls for 1 minute at a weight high enough that her muscle is fatigued by the end of 60 seconds.
7) Walk - I switched this action step to cleaning house / office. Unfortunately no time for a walk but I checked my pedometer and I'm already at 9950 steps so I think this counts.
8) Get packages ready for Post Office - Done and mailed!
9) Mow the lawn - Done!

I'm feeling like I'm ready for Paul and Peggy to arrive and looking forward to meeting them. We plan to have dinner out tonight which will be fun. One of Paul's friends gave him $200 yesterday as he was getting ready to head to the airport. His friend thanked him and my husband (who his friend doesn't even know!)for their service to our Country in VietNam and wanted to buy dinner for us all. Isn't that just unbelievably kind and thoughtful? We have just the restaurant in mind but $200 will be more than enough to buy dinner twice!

More action steps planned for tomorrow. Cheers!

  
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1000 Action Steps Challenge - Today I did 4

Monday, September 07, 2009

One of my Spark Teams has an interesting challenge called "1000 Action Steps". I thought that might be a good challenge for me to start going into September and if I keep at it with just 4-5 action steps a day, I will be finished at year-end. For today, I did the following:
1) Joined the 1000 action step challenge
2) Read a page in my strength training anatomy book
3) Walk
4) Continue with declutter project and list a few items on eBay.

The strength training book is something I have wanted to spend more time reviewing so if I read a page or two a day I will be done by year-end. Today's page was on Arms and executing curls with a dumbell. Curls can be done in 3 different ways and mainly target the biceps and brachialis.



Next up was walking. I did the 3 mile as well as the 2 mile Leslie Sansone Walking for Abs DVD which took me about 65-70 minutes. We have a media room with a big screen & projector and when I do the DVD using the Xbox it is like being right there in the class. It was a good work-out.



Last up was continuing with de-clutter and getting a few things listed on eBay. I sorted out some clothes that my DH had stacked up (they don't fit) and got them photographed. Was able to get some listed and uploaded and will work on this project tomorrow also. I also set aside several pair as they are going to goodwill tomorrow. That will be on tomorrow's action list! If anyone is interested in checking out my eBay listings, here is the link.


shop.ebay.com/breensandmore/m.html?_
nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=


Hope everyone had a good Labor Day. I kept myself busy!

  
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SOMASLIM 9/8/2009 4:09PM

    Man, after your couch potato day, the other day, you have gone totally the other way.
Got your roller skates on to get all that done??
You must feel like you have accomplished a shedload and the day is only half over.


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SOUPGAL 9/8/2009 8:58AM

    You are a girl with a plan. I checked out your e-bay also. I put one of my teacher cd's on e-bay this week-end also. I can not say this helped very much with the clutter issues.

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Didn't accomplish much of anything today!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

I had grandiose plans for today and really didn't accomplish anything! Not sure where my usual energy went but maybe a day of rest was in order. I have tracked a 30 minute jog on the fitness tracker for today so will follow through with that... don't want to cheat. I'm feeling guilty because my husband has been working all day so really doesn't feel right for me to be sitting on the couch. Such is life.

  
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SOMASLIM 9/7/2009 10:47AM

    HI Rhonda,
I have days like that too. Don't feel guilty because I am sure there are days where you work like crazy and have a very satisfying day of getting everything done you planned.
Sometimes you just need to sit back and relax and why not on the couch?
Make yourself a nice green tea and enjoy your downtime.

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Yard Work and other never ending projects!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

This morning I worked sorting, cleaning, organizing and making some decisions on what stuff to keep, sell or donate. We are downsizing and this is a MAJOR project for us. We have a 4,500 sq ft house with a 3,500 sq ft office/storage building. My husband is 64 and he still has stuff he bought with money from his paper route when he was a kid! You get the picture... we have lots of stuff.

After lunch, I spent much of the afternoon working in the yard ~ pulling weeds, picking up debris, trimming plants, hosing the driveway, spraying weeds, and such. I want to get as much done as possible while we still have the weather for it plus we have company coming in a few days. My husband was in the Marine Corp and did a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1967-68.. He recently reconnected with one of his buddies from the war who he hasn't seen in more than 40 years... and his buddy is coming to visit us with his wife! It is exciting and will probably be very emotional for both of them. They spent many nights together huddled in a fox hole while they were in the field so they have a lot of shared memories. I am very proud of DH and the service he did for our country. I consider him to be my war hero!

  
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ITSABOUTME2407 9/7/2009 7:35AM

    I need to get busy while the weather isn't so bad either and get myself organized
you are full of energy girl can u pass some my way ?
whens your company coming?wishing you all a great time together ,where do u live and where are they coming from?
well have a good week and try to get some rest ...trish emoticon

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BBAHONORS 9/6/2009 7:18AM

    It is great that your DH has been able to reconnect with one of his buddies. My DH did 20 years in the Army, and we have found that the friendships you make in the military tend to have stronger bonds than other friendships.

I admire you for your work in downsizing, too. That's something I need to do as well, but it's such an overwhelming task that I never seem to finish it.

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Hearty Quiche Casserole - It was a hit!

Friday, September 04, 2009

As many of you know, I have been doing some cooking lately and have been having a great time! Here is a recipe I made yesterday and it got rave reviews. I'll also be putting it in the recipe calculator and posting in my Spark favorites shortly. Enjoy!

Hearty Quiche Casserole

Ingredients

1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 large eggs
1/2 cup egg beaters (liquid substitute)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups broccolli - diced
1 cup carrots - diced
2 green onions, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms - sliced
1 1/3 cups non fat milk
2 cups diced lean ham (optional)
1 large tomato - sliced
1 tsp dill
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 400F.
Lightly grease a deep 9 inch casserole dish
In a medium pan, cook diced onion with a bit of vegetable oil (or cooking spray) over medium-high heat until translucent and tender. Add garlic, chopped broccoli, green onions and carrots ~ cover pan and cook another 5-10 minutes. Add mushrooms and heat through. Set aside to cool for a few minutes
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, baking powder, dill, cayenne pepper and salt. Whisk in milk, then stir in the vegetable mixture. Add diced ham or other meat if desired. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Top with sliced tomatoes and cover over with feta cheese. Sprinkle with additional dill or parsley if desired.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until center is set and the outside edge is golden brown. Let set for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

Number of Servings: 4 generous portions

  


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