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What's on my plate (photo blog)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

What is on my plate? One of the things that I've been working on since June is trying to have at least 75% of the food on my plate be fresh, unprocessed foods - heavy on the freggies.

This first picture was dinner last night. I grilled burgers. So on my plate is a burger on a bakery fresh bun. I loaded the bun up with a slice of tomato, slice of onion, a little mustard, some pickles and lettuce. I added to that some additional slices of tomatoes and some Rainier cherries.

If you haven't had Rainier cherries, they are the only cherries that I'm fond of. They taste more like peaches than cherries. Unfortunately they are only grown in one place and have a short season.

So how did I do? The only processed foods were the bun, pickles and mustard.

I earned my smiley face!

Tonight, the weather was iffy, so I baked pork chops instead of grilling them.

In addition to the pork chops, I added fresh green beans with new potatoes and fresh broccoli with a little cheese. The only processed food was the cheese. Everything else was fresh.

Definite smiley face again!

What could be better?

OK.....the kitten wins.

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DEEGIRL50 7/3/2014 11:45AM

    I love the upside down burger! emoticon
Definitely FRESH. Definitely HEALTHY. And look at all the food you get to eat and still be within range.

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    Great Job, Laura!!! The food looks yummy!!

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    ROFLOL!! OK - it takes a LOT to beat the kitten!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/3/2014 6:41AM

    They all look so tasty!

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MARYJOANNA 7/3/2014 5:17AM

  Looks yummy!

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A Day at Camp FSC (Sample Arts & Crafts Photo Blog)

Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm at Camp FSC! There is so much to do here!

By the end of the day, I'll be...

What a good first day!

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MCJOYFUL 7/1/2014 10:48PM

    Love it!

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DEEGIRL50 7/1/2014 12:21PM

    Love the heart shaped glasses and the pucker up face!! emoticon

Dog tired at the end of the day! Must mean you had a lot of fun and put in a lot of effort.


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    AWESOME!!! And we can use our OWN photos if we so choose!!!

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TADZIO 6/30/2014 9:29PM

    Very cool!

Thanks for the example!

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June Wrap-up

Saturday, June 28, 2014

We did an important challenge in the month of June and this is the re-cap:

10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle

1. Put the I in Your Weight Loss Plan. Learn how knowing the answer to one simple question can improve your chances for success by up to 100%.
2. Take the stress out of weighing in. Is your scale making you crazy? Read about three things you can do to take the stress out of your weigh-ins.
3. Tame your "toxic guilt" before it wipes out your will power .Learn how to exercise your healthy lifestyle conscience and avoid those bad feelings that send you running to the refrigerator every time you slip up.
4. Tame your Emotional Eating Beast. Find out how to inoculate yourself against emotional distress before it leads to mindless eating.
5. Take the mystery out of staying motivated. Take steps to become your own best motivator, and put the problem of disappearing motivation behind you for good.
6. Write your vision statement. Learn why a good vision statement is crucial to success, and what you'll want to include in yours.
7. Plot your strategy. Read about setting effective lifestyle goals and finding strategies that work.
8. Give yourself a reality check-up. Make sure your own beliefs aren't getting in your way.
9. Pave the way for persistence. Organize your personal world so that it keeps you going when the going gets tough.
10. Learn from yourself. These important tips explain how you can let your own experience help you create the plan that will work best for you.

What did I find most helpful and important? There were so many good lessons this month. However, there are two that seem more relevant for me if I'm to really push forward -- #3 -- Toxic Guilt and #9 Organize your personal world so I can keep going. #4 also goes hand in hand with #3 -- my beast.

#3 & #4 add up to that pesky voice in my head that not only tells me that it is ok to give up or give in or don't even try to begin with. It talks in the negative and puts me down at the drop of a hat. What I am working on with this is that that evil voice is mine. I'm making those choices and telling myself those things. I need to practice my positive thoughts, encourage myself, reward positive choices and never, ever give up. I've been taking steps to get back on track with my eating and I'm going to start adding in some physical activity in July. I will work on reining in those voices in my head and start re-training them.

#9 I don't do well in chaos. My house is in a bit of an upheaval as I'm getting ready for some major home improvements. I'm going to take this summer to get my environment in order and develop a daily routine that will keep that organization going forward. We are moving to a new building for work, so my work environment is also getting an overhaul. I'm looking forward to starting with a clean state and create an environment that will inspire me every day.

Thank you to Beverly for leading the charge this month and giving us a lot of food for thought. It is starting to re-energize me.

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TADZIO 6/29/2014 2:42PM

    Thanks for the blog ---- the wrap up --- very nice

Sounds like some confusion headed your way with work and home --- but in the long run --- it sounds good to "start" again ---- different and/or new organization!

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DEEGIRL50 6/28/2014 7:58PM

    Switching voices in your head is an important step. A positive attitude goes a long way. I'm glad we did this study. There was so much useful information. I think we're all ready to move on down the healthy road!!
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 6/28/2014 12:17PM

    You can do it, Laura!!!

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    emoticon You are most welcome! And Thank YOU for participating this month! I think we ALL learned some very interesting and important things that are pertinent to OURSELVES!!

Time to move forward with a positive step and push that beast out of the way!


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What I've learned.....FSC Assignment

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I learned that I know too much for my own good.

I know what I need to do to lead a PERFECT healthy lifestyle. I know the right foods to eat. How much to eat. How often to eat. When I should work out. How hard I should work out. How much water I should be drinking because I'm working out. Positive self-talk. Yada...Yada...Yada...

What I also know is that I'm not PERFECT! I'm not a Barbie girl living in a Barbie world.

The problem I have with not being perfect is that the little beast in my mind convinces me that if I'm not perfect, then why try. So I don't. I give into temptations. I chose not to take my meds or drink my water. I've lost my mojo.

I've also learned that I'm tired of "starting over" when I make these choices and I revolt against my imperfect self. I really have to look at it from a different angle. I'm not starting over, I'm just moving forward. I need to make the next step one that is in the right direction. Slow and steady will win the race. For every bad decision, I need to make a good decision. One step back, two steps forward. (great quote I read today)

I also learned that I'm a bit of a Kid President fan. He gave me my motivational quote for this month and I think about this one every day...

"If there are two paths to take, I want to be on the one that leads to AWESOME!"

I just need to work on quieting my inner beast and find that path to AWESOME!

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TADZIO 6/18/2014 2:40PM

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MOMOFBOYS 6/16/2014 12:41PM

    emoticon emoticon Let's keep moving forward! We can do it!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/14/2014 11:39PM

    Laura, this is a great blog. Too many people try to be perfect with everything they do and it can drive you crazy trying to do that.

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    Great blog, Laura!!! I can so relate to what you are saying. I want to live longer, so I'm moving forward with my healthy eating, exercising, and taking my meds. I forgot to take my meds the other night and my blood sugar was way up. I can't do that if I want to live to be an old lady and spoil my grandchild if I ever am luck to have any. You can do it, Laura!!! Baby steps!!!



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DEEGIRL50 6/14/2014 11:45AM

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I think that with practice you'll soon be making many more good choice and fewer of the not so great ones!
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    emoticon blog!!! You can write MINE now! LOL! I will say many of the same things!


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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/14/2014 6:12AM

    laura love i love this blog and you are indeed awesome.i also liked the quote of two steps forward one step back reworded to seem more positive in one step back too steps forward.main thing is we aim to go forward no matter how slowly.we will get there in the end.you will get there in the end.keep on keeping on emoticon

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I want, therefore, I am...

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I want it and I want it right now! I want the healthy lifestyle. I want a body that doesn't hurt. I want to be able to do what everyone else finds easy to do. I want to live in a chaos-free zone. I want energy. I want sleep. I want to be off my meds. I want...I want...I want...

Our assignment today was to write a blog where we practice our "I" statements. The list above is just a taste of my "I want" list. But what isn't there is my "I can" statements.

I can have a healthy lifestyle. I can have a body that doesn't hurt. I can live in a chaos-free zone, and so on. What a big difference one word makes.

Today, my "I" statement to myself after reading my journal from yesterday was "I can clean and organize my office today." I just needed to roll up my sleeves and make it happen. I could have made others take part in cleaning it since they helped to pile the room up with junk, but it is my office. I'm the one going to be working from home for a couple of months and I want it to be a workable space. My space. My responsibility.

I could have put it off once again, but I made it a priority for me today and I got it accomplished. That feeling of accomplishment was worth the hard work. I can feel this about a great many things. It is all about turning my "I wants" into "I cans".

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/6/2014 11:03PM

    This is great! I love reading your blogs because they make me think.

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    Great blog, Laura!! I want a lot of the same things. I'm going to get them too.

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TADZIO 6/3/2014 10:26AM

    I will do one task today that is a priority.
I will clean and file the accumulated "stuff" on my desk.

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    Love reading your blogs!!!

Changing the wording around definitely makes a HUGE difference!!!


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DEEGIRL50 6/3/2014 7:43AM

    emoticon Powerful message!
emoticon Working from home!! No work place temptations. You are such a wonderful cook. Stock your house with fruits and vegetables and have at it.

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NOWISTHEHOUR 6/3/2014 6:34AM

    great blog emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/3/2014 5:57AM

    wow laura way to go i am so proud of you love.not only proud but inspired.let us both turn our wants into cans. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/3/2014 5:48AM

  Great attitude!!! emoticon

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JAROL7 6/3/2014 4:28AM

    My wife has a T Shirt, "Some people WISH for it , we WORK for it."

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