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My Menu Plan

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I had told you guys that I was trying to make a menu plan for a month so I'd only have to go to the store monthly, for me that seems to work pretty good. So my daughters and I came up with our plan and I thought I'd share with you what we came up with.
M-Mexican = Taco's, Nachos, Burritos, Fajitas
T-Italian = Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, Spaghetti, Parmesan Chicken
W-Veggie = Stuffed Peppers, Pasta Salad, Chef Salad, Pasta Salad II
T-Chinese = Mongolian Beef, Honey Chicken, Chow Mein, Stir Fry
F-Comfort = TatorTot Casserole ; Cheat'n Chicken Enchiladas, Chili Cheese TatorTots, Pepper Steak
S-Grill = Boca Burger, Kabobs, Turkey Burger, BBQ
Su- Crock Pot = Stew, Sloppy Joes, Lentil Soup, Roast

Well That's the dinners at least. I'll probably have to put them in a slightly different order, for instance we actually had fajitas last night because I wanted to use the fresh bell peppers and onions. So I'll look this over and Use the Fresh ingredients first then switch to frozen towards the end of the month. Well there's the dinner plan.

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APRILLUVSBOOKS 7/14/2012 12:13AM

    Love it! Stealing it!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/11/2012 2:14PM

    I love the idea of theme nights! I tend to get over-zealous when doing menu planning and pick recipes I have no hope of being able to cook while working a full-time job. I may try again now that you've re-inspired me. But this time...easy meals!

Hope it all works out for you!

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PINKIEPARADISE 7/11/2012 12:04PM

    Bet it feels good to have it all planned out. One thing less on the to do list. I'm proud of you. Keep it up!

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KRISLEEB 7/10/2012 4:03PM

    I LOVE it!!! I may have to steal it! DH & DD have been incharge of the menus lately. It's been tight but we've made do.


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JUST4ME71 7/10/2012 3:45PM

    Very Nice! This definitely inspires me to attempt somethig similar. Happy, Healthy Eating!

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FIREFOX0119 7/10/2012 3:33PM

    While I love planning, it never works out for me to go to the store once a month because so much food goes to waste, or I don't get enough fresh fruits and veggies in. Good for you for planning though, and maybe you can make a couple of smaller supplemental grocery trips for fresh fruits and veggies.

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    wow that must have been a lot of work, good for you!

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Lightening Strike!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Yesterday we had an electrical storm right by my house. In fact I saw it strike in front of my house and it also hit the pole next to my house and killed the phone\internet and fried a circuit breaker. Sorry I didn't get to finish checking on everyone! The great news is the phone is back on today, and the temperature is sooo much better 87* is awesome... I'm on my porch right now and watching the last of the pink disappear into a purple sky. It's almost all gone now. The fireflies are out but it's not quite dark enough to see the stars yet. That will be in an hour or so. I really do love it here. Maybe I'll do another video blog and show you what's been happening in my little corner of the world.

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/10/2012 12:01PM

    Yikes! Glad you are ok!!

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JUST4ME71 7/10/2012 10:14AM

    Glad to hear all is well! The sunset sounds beautiful. Have a good day!

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KRISLEEB 7/10/2012 8:19AM

    Electrical storms can be so beautiful but soooo destructible. Glad there was only minor issues!

Such a serine picture you paint. Thanks for that!!!

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ISAHLIA 7/10/2012 1:50AM

    Sleep Journal Monday
What time did you wake up today? 8am
What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 12am
What, if any, was your bedtime routine? lay down on bed
What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? Chocolate Chips
Did you exercise today? (Sunday- No, Monday -Yes)
Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? No Never
Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? No
Did you take any medications today? No
Did you take any naps today? No
What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow? Trying to install a new circuit breaker
How hungry did you feel today? 3- Strong hunger
How awake did you feel today? 3- Fairly alert
How irritable did you feel today? 1- Calm

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    Glad to hear everything is better after the storm. Sunset sounds beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Time for new favorites

Sunday, July 08, 2012

It's kinda cool when you notice your clothes aren't fitting as well anymore, that you don't fill them in like you used to. I'm gonna need to get a new favorite shirt. I was constantly tugging at my old favorite today to get it to lay flat. It used to fit me really well and so bubbles in spots where there is now extra fabric. Maybe I'll try the shirt hanging in my closet that was too tight before. I wonder if I still have "those jeans" that I really liked before I got fat. I know I can't wear them yet, but motivation!!! I may have to learn how to alter my clothes, that would be cool.

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KRISLEEB 7/9/2012 3:24PM

    congrats!!! Sometimes little things like that are WAY more motivation than the scale.

Good Job!

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  Happy to hear your clothes are fitting looser. That is such a great feeling.

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JUST4ME71 7/9/2012 9:22AM

    That's a good thing!! Love it!

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DOLPHINNUT 7/9/2012 12:29AM

    Congrats, that's awesome! emoticon emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/8/2012 6:26PM

    I visit all the consignment stores and head to clearance racks marked 70% off just as a little gift to myself. Reward yourself.
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One month- Reality Check

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I realized yesterday that I've been active on spark people for 1 month. I'm not sure what I was expecting my 1st month to be like. But I've looked at the calendar and sure enough that's how long it's been.

I've done pretty good one making some changes, and messed up. But I keep going. I thought I'd take a good look though at what I think I could have done better.

1)Food- this is a mixed bag, I've done good and bad. I'm trying to do better by creating a good menu plan that I can slowly add to. I really want to not just be at the low end of my calories but balance my meals better with the veggies, fruits, carbs, proteins, and fats balanced properly. I had read an article about portions and the plate method. Filling half your plate with veggies, then only a quarter of the plate for carbs, and the last quarter of the plate for proteins. So I'm going to try that and see if that will help me bring better balance to my meals. I've been really bad on actually going too low on my calories some days and I know how un healthy that can be. So I am hoping that I fix that with my meal plan.
*I've done a great job of tracking all of my food even the bad stuff! I told someone that tracking isn't really fun- it's an exercise in honesty with myself.

2) Exercise- How I feel when I exercise has changed. I remember when I first started the big hill next to my house didn't cause my legs to burn, I hardly noticed the climb at all in my muscles. But my breathing was so labored. It was so hard to get enough oxygen. The last time I climbed the hill, I could breath much easier (still heavy breathing but better) but my muscles burned. It was so weird. I didn't think that my muscles in my thighs would burn (not strain) with the work out because I was fine before. This heat has really put a damper on how regular I've been. It's almost 1am and it's still so hot. I hardly want to do anything.

3) Sleep- I started off okay getting to bed by 11pm and then yesterday I was up till 3am. Tonight it's almost 1am. I've got to get back to my old sleeping schedule. 10pm bedtime school starts next month on Aug 2nd! (hoping for lots of subbing jobs). Because I'm not working right now I can still get my 7-8 hours but then I'm up at the hottest part of the day and sleeping at the coolest. I'm all backwards! So I have to do better in this.

4) Remodel Project- I've been putting off painting because trim work is so uncomfortable, and time consuming. But when I saw that I started the office a month ago and I've basically procrastinated a lot of projects. Well I'm disappointed in myself. Shoot it's almost done. Trim work, curtains, bookshelves, cleaning, unpacking... then that room is well,,, still almost done! But almost done at a much more happy place.

This is a reality check for me. I'm not feeling down, or trying to be really negative, I know I've done a lot of good stuff to but I feel like I need to be accountable for the things I've let slide. There will always be some reason to put things off- and they may even seem like good reasons, like the heat but I can't keep letting myself put things off. (If you see me online after 10pm tell me to go to bed!) Well I know what I want to get done before the school year starts again so I'm going to bed and gonna do more tomorrow.

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KRISLEEB 7/9/2012 3:28PM

    congrats on looking back! Sometimes we don't take the time to look back and see what worked and didn't so that we could make the necessary adjustments. Keeping the status quo is so much easier!

Keep up the good work!!!

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    Reality checks are good! I don't think your being negative I think you are figuring out the behaviors you need to change so you can maintain this weight loss. You are doing awesome!!

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ISAHLIA 7/8/2012 5:49PM

    I thought I would give you guys an update, I decided to join the official healthy cooking challenge and the official sleep challenge to help me with my goals. Those are new for me. I'm also doing the HLC and Quarterly Challenge to encourage fitness, and my remodeling challenge is just gonna have to be tracked on my blogs. If you want to see some of the remodel updates I have them posted on my youtube channel, I'll spark mail a link if your interested.

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/8/2012 1:00PM

    You are doing great! This is a learning process, and you are off to a fabulous start. Keep making small changes and you will reach your goals before you know it!

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JUST4ME71 7/8/2012 11:27AM

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Hi Friend! Be proud of your accomplishments! It's healthy to keep it all in perspective but please give yourself a hug for being the strong, super-motivational, awesome Sparker you are. Believe in yourself and have an awesome Sunday!!!

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JUST-DUCKY 7/7/2012 2:44PM

    This is all a learning process. You're learning the things you need for the rest of your life, don't expect it all to change overnight. You're making improvements, good for you. The rest will come.


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    Its a process. No one is perfect in the beginning or in the end even. I've made my mistakes too. It's my one month SP anniversary too (unofficially since i joined a while back and didn't come back til June), and i pictured myself smaller than i am. i wanted to be able to work out outside, but the heat has made that hard. I wait til sundown to take my walks and its still 100 degrees so I have to keep them short, but atleast the sun isn't beating down. I've found ways to get my workouts done for the majority inside (turbo fire). I'm looking forward to september - november when I can really push my running goal, and take it outside. We will grow together in this. I'm so glad I found you at the beginning of this, because you have supported me so much. Whatever you need from me, i'm here for you!

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CLUTTRELL8 7/7/2012 11:40AM

    I have had trouble with a lot of low-calorie days myself. I track everything I eat and I've been learning a lot about what foods give me the most bang for my buck, so to speak... and then I find myself struggling to get into the right range of calories because it's too low! I have heard from others on Spark and tried it myself to attempt going to the high range of your calories once a week to keep your metabolism on its toes... and it's working for me. Eating too little can make it hard for the pounds to come off too.

One eye-opening moment was hearing someone saying that once we get to our goal weight and are in maintenance mode we are supposed to be going back up to the 1800--2200 calorie range per day again! Just to stay at our goal weight! I am having trouble even imagining how that will be done myself, but it helps me to refocus how I look at food as fuel for my body.

Anyway, just wanted to share some things that are helping me stick to my goals and calorie range and hope it helps you too!

Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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FORBANDE 7/7/2012 10:42AM

    You are doing awesome!! I've been here for 2 years and am just now hitting my stride. Celebrate your accomplishments! All of them. Even the small ones are significant.

Keep up the FANTASTIC work!

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LRBIRT 7/7/2012 7:54AM

    You're doing a great job! I am still tailoring my plans. I literally went from 6 days/wk exercising down to 5..and then I decided I was going to do 2 days on, 1 day off because of my fibromyalgia. I don't have meal plans - Because I eat a lot of the same foods and I stick to serving sizes and I track everything..even the bad stuff lol

We are going to be doing this the rest of our changing and altering plans is going to be constant, I am thinking. The big secret is to probably just. keep. going.


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The Danger in Waiting

Friday, July 06, 2012

It breaks my heart to see members new and old with little to no interaction happening on their pages.

I remember the first time I started spark people I came on once, posted once and disappeared from the site. I thought if someone connects with me then I might continue this. I am a shy person and I like to hide away from the world. I thought I'll let others find me and then they can help me. Then it will be easier like they are a magic pill that will transform this weight loss journey into something that is easy.

I never considered that my thinking was wrong. I was depending on other people to rescue me and fix me. Now I think man, that was selfish of me. Like I'm the center of the world and people are going to fix me. Worse it is victim thinking. It's thinking that doesn't empower you to be stronger. I knew that this time I had to do things differently.

There is a danger in thinking that others will find you on this site. There are literally Millions of users. Many teams consist of Thousands, and everyone hoping that someone else will come and support them.

This time instead of waiting for others to find me, I went looking for them. It's hard to try and support someone if they don't check in regularly and at least update their status because you are never quite sure if they are going to give up or stick it out. I like to check on my friends everyday. Some of them like to spark mail me weekly as their form of contact, others seem to use the blogs, comments, and status updates. When I see those updates they become like gold because I know that my friend is fighting the good fight. There is no way I can individually go daily to hundreds of peoples pages. So I've kept my group small. I'm not on a lot of teams so that I can cheer my team mates on better. I'm not trying to be generic and give run of the mill advice to my spark friends, It's personal.

I have some spark friends that I've grown quite attached to. Still every once and awhile I'll be working on my spark points and read someones blog that isn't part of my current group of spark friends and I'll see 0 comments. Then I might checkout their main page and see little to no activity. It breaks my heart. I feel like I'm looking at a stray puppy, that with some love I can help them be their best.

When I see pages with little or no activity I think that poor person probably feels so alone right now. I wonder if they are shy like I was, or if they have any support in the real world. I wish I could help them see all of the other people on this site who are like them waiting for support. I wish I could help people see that if they seek to support just a few other people regularly weekly or daily that it will help them too. If they could make some friends and really get to know them... I wish that I could support more people. I wish I could spend more time on the computer but if I do then I couldn't help myself. I've got goals I'm trying to meet too.

I don't know if anyone else will relate to this or even understand what I'm rambling about. I just would like to see us get more personal, get to really know each other so we can really support one another. I'd like to see that every page I visit has lots of friends and support. Spark People is a great tool but it's just a tool. We need people too. My one plea, don't wait for others to find you- find others who need you.

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KRISLEEB 7/9/2012 3:31PM

    you know, it's funny.... I get more out of SP on an emotional level than anything else. There's always someone who's sharing something they did or a problem they have or an opinion they've shared. I feel so good when I can throw my 2 cents on the subject and maybe give them another perspective or idea or even just a pat on the back.

Have to admit, it IS super cool when someone stops by just to say "Hi" & just acknowledge that they're there watching or even just checking in.

Thanks for the smile!!!

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BIGJIM5 7/9/2012 12:36AM

    Kelly, you are so amazing, you do so much for so many people. your heart is made of pure gold and goodness. You support so many of us so strongly, i wish i had half of what you have, i am wishing you such success in this journey, you deserve so much .. i wish we were neighbors. i would walk that hill with you!!! emoticon jamie

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    All I can say is Ditto

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LRBIRT 7/6/2012 5:26PM

    I totally get this, Kelly. I even think I am more of a lurker than I am a participator. I was even thinking the other day that I wanted to cut back on the groups I am in because I simply don't participate in them often...and after awhile, it feels overwhelming. My own social anxiety knows no bounds..but I sincerely Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the way you reach out to myself and others because it gives me a bit more confidence to do the same. You are a great SparkFriend!! emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 7/6/2012 2:11PM

    I added you as a SparkFriend and clicked Subscribe to the blog when I responded to your blog about the neighbor and their garden. This is the first time I got an e-mail saying that you posted a blog. Bummer. I love your blogs and agree with your story. When I first went on SparkPeople, I was afraid to even make a SparkPage for myself. Where do I start, what do I say, etc.? I was a little intimidated. But then I got my groove on. Please add me as a SparkFriend.

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JUST-DUCKY 7/6/2012 11:56AM

    I get it. I was actually thinking about this yesterday. When I notice my circle of friends is not as active, I go searching for a larger circle. I join more teams and comment on my friend's friend's blogs and widen my friend's list. Reaching out to people helps me to stay motivated and hopefully inspires them too.

It's sad to see inactive people, but all you can do is hope that they find their spark like you have.


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JUST4ME71 7/6/2012 11:02AM

    Hi Kelly! I love your blog!! You put so many of my thoughts out there. I have been a sparker since 2009 and just became active with the teams and making friends within the last few months. It has made a tremendous difference in my efforts and is awesome! Thanks for being you and for cheering us on!! You make me smile!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/6/2012 9:34AM

    You sound like a very caring person!

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TERRIH8118 7/6/2012 1:58AM

    Good point you do have to reach out, I've been on about 6 wks and I wasn't even remotely comfortable blogging and putting myself out there. But the support I get now because I made myself I am extremely grateful for I feel the same way when I look at someones and theres no responses. That's actually what I figured mine would be when I started. and I try to put as much encouragement as I can on. emoticon

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DOLPHINNUT 7/6/2012 1:20AM

    Well said, thanks for sharing!

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