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...but I like the uncooked way.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sometime ago I discovered an oatmeal that I actually liked. I'm a texture eater so I never liked the mushiness of oatmeal and therefore didn't like to eat it. When I discovered Kashi Truly Vanilla Oatmeal I was happy there was an oatmeal out there that I could enjoy. I was fixing it just like other hot cereal instructions and just adding hot or boiling water. I remember reading the instructions that it should be microwaved but I never did it cause I liked the way it was. It was smooth and not lumpy, bumpy.

Well this morning I thought I added too much water so I decided to follow instructions. The instructions said that if you just add boiling water the grains will not cook. Well I like the grains uncooked because when I microwaved the oatmeal it became lumpy bumpy.


Hope it's okay to eat it uncooked. Wonder will my body still absorb the nutrients?

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TRUE-NESS 11/16/2011 11:47AM

    That's a good question. Look it up on the internet and let us know what you find out.

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Hey Hallelul What's New?!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Now that we are in the autumn season and soon to be winter it's a good time to get back on track with some goals.

Water, Exercise, Sugar, Sleep

1. Water - There was a time when I wouldn't end my day without drinking my daily requirement of water. Then I made a stupid decision. I allowed the scale to discourage me and I lessened the water intake because I got instant results. Believe me, I know it was stupid. The impact sure had a lasting affect though and the struggle to drink enough water has been a plague. But I'm armed and ready. In fact I sitting here tying this blog with two 16.9 bottles of water (1/2 of what I need for the day).

2. Exercise - 2 hours used to be nothing. I'd wake up in the morning and get in 45-60 minutes and then another 60 minutes or more later that day. Somewhere and somehow that desire went away. I think it's partly because like mentioning in #1. I was so into that scale. I would get on it everyday. Twice or more a day. If it didn't go right then the mental thought of what's the use would come and I just didn't want to keep up. But I'm so unhappy with the loss of strength that I said to myself, I have to get back on track and keep this up because the lost of endurance is a struggle. Exercise programs I could do 5-8 reps of I struggle just to do one. What I've learning is forget the scale. Once a week is enough but I may not even do that.

3. I went on a sugar challenge last month and learned other ways to sweeten my foods. I almost tried sweeteners like stevia and truvia, but I'm just not comfortable with them personally. Instead I tried honey, agave and maple syrup. The winner: Honey! I don't like the taste/aftertaste of agave syrup and maple syrup, though really good, is too expensive to be a main sweetener. When I do need 'sugar', I use the less processed, organic kind.

4. Sleep - This one got off track again too. It affected by exercise schedule as well. I wouldn't want to get up 1 hour early because I went to bed too late and I wouldn't want to exercise after work because I was too tired. If I had a personal trainer at home it would be different but I don't.
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My goal is Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday to hit the sack at 9:30 pm and on the other evenings by 10:30 pm. I have evening Bible Classes at church on Tuesday's and Friday's which is reason for the later time and Saturday well that's just because and I can still get in 8hrs of bedtime and morning exercise before Sunday School the next day.

That's what is new.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment and share how you're doing.

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MISSLISA1973 11/14/2011 9:57PM

    One thing I LOVE about SparkPeople is that I realize I am not the only one who struggles. Thank you for sharing. I keep making new promises to myself, only to break them within hours. Then I am discouraged with myself. It is good to come here and see that others make similar mistakes, but we just keep working at it.


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SHERR513 11/14/2011 4:12PM

    Great goals! I put my scale away it will drive you crazy!! But jogging is becoming a goal of mine. Right now 1 mile a day with Leslie soon it will be more. Never thought I would enjoy it but I do! emoticon emoticon

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Bonnie and Edamame

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

When I first started watching this season's Biggest Loser I didn't really care for contestant Bonnie. Now I'm the opposite. I'll be in front of the TV hollering out loud in happiness for her. I get so tickled at how she relates to Dolvett. Hey a good looking in shape man with super pretty teeth can be a real motivator even when he goes all drill sergant on a person. So I'm giving a shout out for Bonnie. The oldest team player and still hanging in there. (oh and a shout out for TV Guardian, that device worked really good and block the questionable language!)

Edamame a.k.a. soybeans. Ya'll the stuff is emoticon. I fixed like half the bag and found myself wanting more. Who knew I'd find a bean that I REALLY like. A bean!! Good thing I bought 4 bags cause they aren't going to last in my house. Glad it's a veggie cause I'm way past one serving.

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JOYSONG50 11/11/2011 12:10PM

    emoticon Funny blog. Love your Dolvette description. Bonnie did get on my nerves at first with all that wimpering. I was like, "O come on now old lady! Buck up! You can do it!" Now I'm warming up to her. Dolvette was trainer she needed.

Now just one word about Edamame...

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SLIMLILA 11/10/2011 12:55AM

    Don't watch BL, but I too know how delicious edamame is, reminds me I should buy some soon....YUM emoticon

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    I like Bonnie too! I'm glad she got to switch to Dolvette. She and Anna just didn't mesh well. But she's doing great!

I like Edamame too - surprisingly enough. Because I hate all other beans. And I mean ALL beans. Enjoy!

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What a Blessing

Sunday, November 06, 2011

We had an awesome service at church today. Three people were baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth today! Hallelujah and one is going to be a Sunday School student of mine. Praise ye the Lord. I'm still rejoicing.

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JOYSONG50 11/11/2011 12:14PM

    Praise the Lord! That's great.

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TRUE-NESS 11/7/2011 11:16PM

    Praise the Lord!!

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CATHOLICCORGI 11/7/2011 7:44AM

    Praise the Lord is right! There is much celebration in Heaven, and the devil has been defeated AGAIN! WOOHOO!
My spirit rejoices with yours today!
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A Blog of Sorts, Pictures and Weird Craving Experience

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Autumn is here and so is the cold and rain. I was thinking just a few little months ago we were dealing with record heat waves and now comes the cold. Amazing. Even though the sun couldn't shine through the dark clouds a colleague brought us some pretty flowers today that her husband picked before the frost settled in. Mine was yellow and I named it Sunshine.

Later this afternoon something weird happened. It almost is a bit embarrassing to explain so I warn you now I'm not looney but what happen was weird. This is day 8 of my challenge and like I mentioned before the real culprit is the craving I have for bubble gum. I felt like I had a little child with me today. I'm not a mom but I do love children and when they throw fits of rage during their 2s and 3s, I usually just make sure they're not doing anything to hurt themselves or others and just let them get it out (for a while). Well today my craving was like a 3 year old. During the day I was okay. No real problems with the craving. In fact I felt so okay I was hopeful that maybe I'm over it. Yeah!

Nope not so. Around 2pm I got super sleepy and by 3pm I was really sleepy and the cravings started cause I was fighting staying awake at work and my food supply was gone and/or what I had I didn't want. I wanted SUGAR. It got worse when I arrived to my truck to drive on home. This is when I felt like I was toting a little one who wanted something they couldn't have. I literally got to the light and it's like the craving said the store is right there. Let's go get gum. I said no and went on home. Then when I got home it was like the craving was saying would you please go back out to the store cause I WANT SUGAR! I was like I'm not going back out, it's cold and raining! Then reality struck, yes I do talk to myself but this is different I'm having a conversation with myself.
Weird...told ya.
Well I had to do a Really? Like seriously what's going on. Thankfully I got my mind off that silly craving and onto another project. Fixed a good dinner. Two recipes...one from the Sparkpeople Cookbook and the other homemade chunky apples. I also added some spinach to the meal and enjoyed my food and my victory over that craving fit.

The chicken was a bit more than what I should have had, but not too-too much more.

Has anyone ever experience their cravings like I did today or am I just a looney tooney?

Thanks for reading!

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PINKBEANBOO 10/20/2011 3:52PM

    You are doing so great with your challenge. When it got tough last night you hung in there. I'm proud of you!

and that flower is beautiful : )

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SPAYYOURCAT 10/19/2011 10:54PM

    Are you drinking enough water? I read that a lot of afternoon sleepiness is actually caused by dehydration. emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 10/19/2011 10:30PM

    Oooo look at that flower! That's beautiful!! I would love to have that sitting on my dresser here in my bedroom. I'm looking at that exact spot where I want it right now. emoticon emoticon

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LOVESTHEBEACH83 10/19/2011 9:48PM

    Nope there is something in the air! I felt like I just needed to eat all day! Maybe our bodies are trying to store up so we can hibernate this winter emoticon LOL! You did good ignoring your craving though!

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