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I'm workin' on a WOOHOO -- not a BOOHOO!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's officially here! Today is the first day of the Sparktoberfest Challenge with the Ruby team and I am so totaly excited!!!! I'm on the Boo Buddy team and it is just a BOOtiful team and we currently have 13 team buddies ---- can you believe it??? of all numbers -- we have 13! I love it!

This challenge goes for two weeks and as I'm sitting here on the evening of day one and thinking about what I want to accomplish ---- a quote keeps coming to my mind:


I really like this one b/c it's been so true with me --- I do really well and then I can get totally off. I so want to stay focused and on program --- because when I do --- I see results, I do well at the scales, I feel better, I look better -- I AM better! I love ending a day or coming out of a weekend being able to say that I did it -- I was successful -- I stayed on track, exercised, planned, etc. And I just hate to fall off my program and have to face the gruesome task of picking up the pieces and putting it all back together again --- not a fun time at all.

Another quote that comes to my mind is:


And that is so true --- if I am committed, then I'm "IN" ---- that's it ---- no other options ---- IN is IN and that's all there is to it! I can't be both in AND out --- that simply does not work --- this is an all or nothing kind of thing ---

So, my goal for this challenge is to stay IN ----- for these two weeks I want to be IN! And if I stay IN --- then at the end ---- I will be saying "I DID IT"!!!!!

I'm workin' on getting a WOOHOO for this challenge ---- no BOOHOO for me!

I smell a WOOHOO in the air!!!!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/18/2011 7:26PM

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MRSJERRYBUSH 10/18/2011 12:52PM

    Cute blog! Also cute spark page! WooHoo!

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MICHIGANLORI 10/18/2011 6:20AM

    Love the picture. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 10/17/2011 11:27PM

    Here's to luck number 13...and all of the boo buddies ending up with WOO HOO's too! Have a boo-tiful day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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bAnaNas ROCK!*!*!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I just rec'd this email about the benefits of eating bananas ---- some of the info was things that I've heard or read before ---- but some of it was news to me! Thought I'd share it in case you didn't know everything there is to know about this awesome fruit!! I don't know where this info originated or who deserves the credit for putting it all together --- but whoever did it, I'm glad they did!

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Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey.. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a 'cooling' fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe itís time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, 'A banana a day keeps the doctor away!'

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!

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Makes you want to run right out and stock up on bananas - right????? That's what I did!

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POOH_BEAR_69 10/13/2011 11:01PM

    Wonderful information... Thanks so much for sharing!

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BOBBI_97 10/13/2011 1:01PM

    I love my bananas and I eat them every chance I get to when I can...now I gotta stack up on them lol...

Thanks Helen/Momma_bear_69 for sharing this blog with me:)

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MARCH_ 10/13/2011 8:45AM

    Ok, bananas totally just made my shopping list!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/12/2011 4:50PM

    Thanks for sharing this information. I love bananas and will continue to eat them as long as I can!

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LUCYLIN101 10/10/2011 10:22PM

    Great info! Thanks
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1CRAZYDOG 10/10/2011 9:40PM

    Love my bananas!!!

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4MRSDAND123 10/10/2011 9:15PM

    All good reasons to love those emoticon!!!

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MADKAPKID 10/10/2011 8:32PM

    I go banana's for banana's. I LOVE THEM! YUM! Have a joy filled day, Karen

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JONICACALDWELL 10/10/2011 8:27PM

    Thank you so much. I'm serious. I don't know who started all the BS that bananas were bad, but come on, no one ever got fat from fruit. I eat 3-4 a week and will continue to do so. Thanks again for the verification!!! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/10/2011 8:24PM

    More reasons to stock up on bananas!

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GOLFGMA 10/10/2011 8:21PM

    I love bananas but, did not know they were so powerful. LOL

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Cherry Cheesecake for the Queen!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Here's the recipe I've been telling you about ---- I thought it was very good and it was pretty!


I used a flat rectangle Tupperware type keeper with a lid.

In the bottom of the keeper, lay 4 full sheets of low fat graham crackers. (the grahams laid side by side and almost covered the bottom perfectly)

In a mixing bowl, stir the following together:

4 oz lite cream cheese softened
1 small box sugar free Cheesecake pudding dry mix
1 small box sugar free cherry jello
1/2 c crushed pineapple (in own juice)

Fold in 1/2 small tub Fat Free Cool Whip. Gently spread over the graham crackers. Top with remaining 1/2 tub of the Cool Whip.

Entire recipe is 1080 calories --- if you divide into 10 servings, each would be 108 cals. --- or for 12 servings, each is 90 cals. For an additional 10 calories per serving, top each serving with one maraschino cherry. Chill for at least 2 hours.

This has a really nice, very cherry flavor to it - with a nice touch of the cream cheese. I thought it turned out very well and since it was devoured quickly ----- I'd say everyone in my family thought the same thing!



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BOBBI_97 10/13/2011 1:20PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us sparkers...

I usually have cherry cheesecake maybe once a year but haven't
had it like in 2-3 years ugh lol...this is my favorite thanks...

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BARBARAROSE54 10/9/2011 9:50PM

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INDIANOAKS 10/7/2011 11:22PM

    Oh YUM!! Sounds great! Will have to try this! Thanks for sharing it!

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BEEJAY49 10/7/2011 4:46PM

    Mmmmm! Thank you for sharing! :)

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PEGGYO 10/7/2011 7:37AM

    It sounds great thanks for sharing

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4MRSDAND123 10/6/2011 11:03PM

    It sounds wonderful! emoticon for sharing the recipe. emoticon

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MADKAPKID 10/6/2011 10:53PM

    YUMMO! Thanks Jane....have a joy filled day...Karen

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CAMELA_55 10/6/2011 10:08PM

    Sounds delish! By the way, I love your background pic!

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big batch cooking!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I do so much better if I cook ahead --- big batch cooking --- having extras in the freezer --- life is just easier if I can get more meals out of my time in the kitchen! Makes perfect sense and now that the weather is cooling off a bit - I am planning on getting back to doing more of this. A new month is coming fast and fall is here ---- soups, casseroles, etc. ---- easily doubled, easily stored, easily frozen ---- that's my goal for October ---- get back into the swing of big batch cooking!!! I'm starting off with a big pot of soup . . . . . . . . . .

I found lots of big batch recipes in spark recipes -- also lots of cookbooklets that were listed as big batch cookbooks --- here's one that I saved and am planning on trying some of the recipes:


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MARCH_ 10/1/2011 7:02PM

    Even one "big" recipe a week adds up to freezer food!

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KATHYJO56 9/30/2011 4:52PM

    I should be doing this too! That is totally awesome and I can't wait for my Sparks Cookbook to come. I will be trying some of those. Thanks for the link. I am headed over to check it out! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 9/30/2011 3:40PM

    I think it is thriftier, and I am sure that it is better for us! I enjoyed your blog as well as the comments before mine!

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BEEJAY49 9/30/2011 11:53AM

    I was going to mention big batch cooking for chocolate chip cookies, but I guess I better not. emoticon

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SIERRA4600 9/30/2011 10:52AM

    I love big batch cooking too. I do it to save time on getting a healthy meal on the table. Thanks for sharing the cook book.

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KITT52 9/30/2011 8:48AM

    I love my big batch cooking too but even better the family loves it too....always some thing yummy in the freezer when hunger hits.....I have a book called Big batch Cooking

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BARBARAROSE54 9/29/2011 11:38PM

    I love to batch cook. Thanks for link to cookbook.

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/29/2011 11:03PM

    Great job! I do a TON of big batch cooking, or just about everything imaginable.

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INDIANOAKS 9/29/2011 10:31PM

    WOO HOO for "big batch" cooking!!!! I tend to "big batch" cook/bake alot on weekends and LOVE it! Like this week we've been living on sloppy joes, chili, muffins and spaghetti sauce that I made last weekend -- I haven't completely cooked a meal YET this week (just add in salads, fruit, breadsticks etc)!!

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AZURE-SKY 9/29/2011 10:24PM

  I do a lot of big batch cooking, not just soups, stews, chili, etc.

I like to have the ingredients prepped to shorten cooking time, while having a fresh-cooked meal instead of something reheated. I make big batches of meatballs & freeze them in bags. I cook ground beef and freeze that also, to be thawed later & added to spaghetti sauce, tacos, chili.

I make my own spaghetti sauce & freeze it in meal-size containers. Instead of buying sliced turkey, ham, roast beef at the deli, I cook whole turkey breasts & slice, roast beef & slice, storing them all in the freezer for future meals. I roast a boneless ham, vacuum seal the slices & store in the fridge.

I even make stuffed shells and freeze them individually without sauce. Then I just thaw the number I need, along with a container of spaghetti sauce & some cooked ground beef. All I have to do is bake the shells in the sauce, & I have an Italian dinner on the table in no time.

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MADKAPKID 9/29/2011 10:11PM

    I love BIG BATCH cooking. I used to do it when the kids were younger...and NOW...after being part of a Sparks challenge, I have started doing it again. I LOVE IT! Saves time...and the meals are tasty. Great blog....have a joy filled day, Karen

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give PEAS a chance!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I tried a new recipe and just loved it ---- actually we've had it twice and both times it went over big --- thought I'd share it. It's from a JoAnna Lund recipe book - there's actually a spark team named for her -- they follow the exchange diet and they have a thread for recipes --- I just recently came across the team and enjoyed reading through the posts. Any way --- enjoy!

Crunchy Pea Salad

3c frozen peas, thawed
1 c diced celery
1 3/4 c chopped cauliflower
1/4 c chopped onion
2 T Hormel bacon bits
1/4 c Kraft FF ranch dressing
1/2 c FF mayo
1 T sugar substitute (I used Splenda)

Combine the veggies in a large bowl. In a small bowl add the dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over veggies and stir to coat. Best if refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.

Makes 8 (3/4 c) servings
127 calories
4 gm fat
5 gm protein
18 gm carb
2 gm fiber

diabetic exchanges: 1 starch/1 veg/1/2 fat

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FLYCHRISTI 9/27/2011 10:15AM

    I will cook it this evening!!!
Thank you.
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    Sounds very good and I am going to copy it too. Thank you for sharing.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/27/2011 6:12AM

    looks yummy

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/26/2011 9:48PM

    Cute title!!
I am going to try that. Reminds me of the best parts of the old 7 layer salads.
Thanks for sharing..

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MADKAPKID 9/26/2011 8:21PM

    I am willing to 'GIVE PEAS" a chance. LOL Of course you now I am humming the song...right? Anyway, the recipe sounds pertty good. Thank you for sharing.....have a joy filled day,Karen

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