Thursday, September 25, 2014
In our real life game of survivor, we are on month two without TV. We have internet in my "office", a converted Travel Trailer that sits close enough to the neighbors to "pirate" their air. The neighbors just happen to be our kids, so don't go thinking we get it for Free! LOL
Anyhow, when logging in to the computer this morning, the headline begs the question, "Is Juliana Hough's outfit too provocative for Prime Time? I just wonder, is that compared to the weekend's splash all over my screen, J LO's bare butt abroad (OK that was a loose translation)! Just sayin' what a way the networks have to keep people hooked.... Oh, brother.
I used to think watching Fashion Police was a just a guilty waste of time. Turns out....I was having some of the best times of my life!!! A little off color, but spot on with humor and fashion sense....Love to you Joan, miss you. Pulling the plug on the boobtube (hahaha - well that IS what my Dad always called it - hahaha) turned out to be timely.
Loving playing survivor - NO TV - WOO HOO! And a special shout out to my DH for my very own internet cafe! I am loving relaxing in here, Sparking, with my green tea.
Speaking of playing survivor, I made homemade ranch dressing with my "on hand" ingredients and saved a trip to the store. I've yet to check SparkRecipes for this one, but I will. I'm sure there is a similar recipe there with the nutritional info - LOVE that! In the meantime, here's my recipe:
1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 tsp dry Ranch dressing mix (could use your own spices, better, I just happened to have this on hand)
1 tsp lite mayonnaise
Mix together. Chill. Taste. You can adjust the dressing with more dry mix and/or milk as needed.
I must say, I liked it more when I added the mayo. Still a two TBSP serving should only be around 100 mg of sodium and 1 gram of fat. Take THAT bottled salad dressing!
This kitchen experiment wasn't half bad if you already like the cardboard slab that IS a Wasa Cracker. I resisted buying a loaf of French bread at the store the other day. Indulged instead on a new package of Wasa light Rye Crackers. At 35 calories a slice, with no fat, sugar or salt to speak of, they are great little "slices of bread". My test was this; I sprayed butter Pam on a slice and sprinkled the top with a combo of sea salt and garlic powder. Wow! A fat free treat. Trust me, when I closed my eyes and chewed long enough, I was almost there! Wasa Crackers are a great carrier for a protein, jam or turns out garlic butter!
Have a Healthy and Happy Day All! Janey
Thursday, September 18, 2014
What have you accomplished in the years since you started?
I put myself in the driver's seat for my health. I used to whisper to me, that I would likely die from a heart attack, as some of my close friends already had. What a miserable thing to say to myself. But it was true. My BP was boiling, my heart raced at 120 BPM though I was not on an exercise program, I made horrible food choices, my cholesterol levels were wack, and my arms were tired from holding a spare tire around my middle. Thankfully, I was shocked into caring for myself when I nearly lost my DH to a heart attack! At that same time, I was working on ME, instead of trying to control those around me, so I had to dig deep and decide to just start eating healthy myself and see what happened. That whole process peaked DH's curiosity and we have really excelled with our diet and exercise. In the two and one half years of Sparking, we are now both in healthy ranges and we have normal BP, cholesterol and heart rates - my resting heart rate is now 70 BPM.
What are you currently working on?
Diet - I am working on eating only the food daily that I need for energy, cell repair and best health. My awesome SIL gave me a book which has become my new go to guide, “The Dieter’s Dictionary and Problem Solver” written by Victoria Zak and Dr. Peter Vash. It’s subtitle, “An A to Z Guide to Nutrition, Health, and Fitness”. One of the principle premises of the book is a food pyramid outlining the minimum food and groups as a baseline for what to eat for optimal health.
Exercise - Because I feel so great via a good diet, I tend to be an over exerciser. Right now, I plan on sticking to the fitness goals that I have outlined on my Spark Page.
*What challenges did you face?
Not seeing results quick enough. Spark has taught me better patience. I have come to think of my daily nutrition and exercise as “money in the bank”. That is, you can only save so much for that vacation a week ~ Right? Same is true with fitness and good health. You can only do so much each day.
*What are your proudest moments?
One of my big deals is not to push things on other people anymore. I have learned to quietly go about my daily business and not worry so much about what others think. My proudest moments are when my family and friends talk to me and about me. They see me as one of the healthiest people they know (not too shabby for a former cigarette smoking junk food addict)! They ask my advise on healthy cooking etc. - I must be careful to share only what they are asking about. It keeps ‘em coming back for more!
I LOVE our bikes and I am so happy to report, I have easily put more miles on my bike than our car this past year. I enjoy being know as "the biker lady" around our town.
Let's have our Best Challenge Yet! Woo HOO!
EL for the SUDS team
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Stayed in Calorie range - 6 of 7 days. As a result I lost 2 pounds!
Miracle considering all of the fiber I've been eating. Amazing to me the fact our bodies can change ~ for the good or bad ~ so quickly. Before Thanksgiving, I was feeling almost rock solid and just a few pounds away from my LAW - "lifetime achievement weight". Just a small tickle in the knee, added to a couple of holidays and date nights, and before you know it, here I am having to firm it and lose it all over! AGHH -
I feel so blessed for Spark, they helped me to turn it all around fast and have at my fingertips all the tools I need to stay on track. Woo HOO!
(note to self, Track your food and fitness, run and read your reports, make small changes for improvement.) It works.
Fitness Minutes - 120 minutes per day 7 0f 7 Because of rain, weeds and the garden, I'm easily getting a variety of cardio fitness daily. I have been working on MIL's yard and my own Spring cleaning, so when I feel like working, there is never a lack of fitness! I am starting to run outside a couple of times a week. I love getting out for a walk, run or bike ride. I've lived at the same address for going on nine years, and have enjoyed more time outdoors this past year than all the others put together. No wonder I never got all this work around the house done before. I was old and tired and so out of shape by the time I got the gumption to do something, my own body would tire before even getting started. Thank God, I now look forward to moving boxes, heavy cleaning, it feels so great to do more! Ironically, the more I work my body out hard, my aching back and "old" ailments are all but gone. Don't get me wrong, I still get sore, my back still aches, but it's feels good, different. I am still continuing to get stronger, Iam now able to lift and carry more weight than ever in my life!
Zero Calorie beverage 90 day challenge - 6 of 7 days were perfect. This is day 18 and I only had one day when I consumed one beverage that contained calories. Saturday night date night, victory was mine, limiting myself. I am glad that I am aiming for Excellence and not perfection! I just might make it!
Dawggies, let's Put on our dancing shoes and Rock the kennel this week!
Love to all my Sparkling Friends!
Friday, April 04, 2014
Let my guard down just a taste...
Wow! I made it back to the safety of my Spark! What an experience with dining away from home, not tracking my food and what a relief to make it back safely. I am so ready to start the Spring 5% challenge on Saturday. I have tried to side step the fact that beverages with calories is my ongoing weakness. Personally beginning today 4-4, my goal for the next 90 days is to avoid any beverages with calories. Only exception, things that make health sense, say, cucumber water and smoothies. Open to suggestions! So far I am ready to go!
Have you been keeping Spark fitness notes? I got a treadmill a little over a year and a half ago and have been tracking my 5k times. Finally looked at the notes today and got a huge shot in the arm to continue to push my fitness levels. Here are some of my notes:
2-28-13 ~ 46:20 ~ first record
3-23-13 ~ 53:10 ~ pushed too hard at first, little set back
4-5-13 ~ 43:10
4-4-14 ~ 33:54
I am very grateful to Spark for making it so easy to track my progress.
For the Spring 5% challenge I will follow the Mediterranean Diet plan (minus the red wine). My fitness plan is outlined on my Spark page. My Spark friend and teammate, Grammamary inspired me to start and Easter 5K Sunrise walk/run. Thank you Mary!
Looking forward to Rockin' the Spring Challenge in the SUDS kennel and getting to know all the Pups and Dawgs better! Only one day to wait before we take off ~ Woo HOO!
Sincerely, JDawg , EL for the SUDS team
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