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Making It Happen

Friday, June 01, 2012

On this first day of June before I flipped the May calendar page and put the month behind me, I took a few minutes to reassess how my quest for health and weight loss is progressing.

May was a difficult month. As usual, there is the constant battle to carve out time to create jewelry and fit in time to exercise. I only lost a little over 2 lbs. My measurements stayed the same. I had to rethink my exercise routine - it got so blazing hot so quickly this year and it left me scrambling to find some other activity beside walking during the week. I gave the Gazelle a few trys, but it felt too easy . The out door pool water was really cold and took a while to warm up. Now that it has, I put in at least 30 minutes 3 times a week swimming and still walk over an hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

I successfully completed the Sugar Challenge. That was good, but...still eating the sweets. This is an area that is going to be an on going challenge. It is one area that uses up my calories and keeps me from enjoying larger weight loss. I bought some protein powder so that I could make some diet "shakes" for meal replacements. Hoping this helps fill the sweet craving and jump starts the weightloss.

My garden is producing and we are eating the rewards from that. Eating more fresh produce is one of my goals. My daughter and I have been trying new recipes (yes, some from the Spark Cookbook), and that has been fun and delicious too.

With 5 little pounds standing in the way of my first major weightloss goal I am going to have to find a way to MAKE IT HAPPEN this summer. My commitment is there. On the days that my will power is weak, I will fake it to make it. The answer to this is to just keep on keeping on. That means I will continue to track my foods, plan my meals, make time for exercise and keep my goal pants with in eye sight.


Who Nu?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We hit 106 yesterday and to combat the steadily rising heat and to fit more fresh veggies into our diets, we had a cold veggie dinner. Homemade hummus in whole wheat pitas, topped with olives, lettuce and feta cheese. Long strips of red peppers, carrots, jicama, and green onions dipped in Walden farms calorie free dressing. It was beautiful to look at, deliciously refreshing and I took pride in serving up such a healthy dish.

Later on last night, pride went out the window as my craving for sugar hit full force. Yes, I distracted myself, drank water and even started cleaning. It didn't take long before I was rummaging around my cabinets for a sweet treat. I grabbed an open box of Who NU vanilla sandwich cookies - you know the ones that advertise how good they are for you...chock full of vitamins and fiber. I had purchased them for my grandson, but he didn't like them. I then proceeded to munch my way though a dozen of the tasty little calorie bombs.

Disgusted with myself, I headed downstairs to brush my teeth and headed for bed. I woke up a half an hour before the alarm with my intestines doing the Texas Two Step. What followed next was not pretty, let's just say that I started the day clean as a whistle.

Who knew that those yummy cookies actually contained all the fiber they claimed? I'd say that I'd gotten my just desserts.

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MNJONES2 5/29/2012 1:33PM

    Well that was an experience!! Thanks for warning! May the name of the cookies should be changed to OH NO! LOL.

Thanks for the comment on my blog too - we sparkers have to stick together!

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_JULEE_ 5/27/2012 8:01PM


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Challenging Week Ahead

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

It is rare for me to skip my workouts, but this week I have to miss them until Sunday. We sold very well at the last show, which is a double edged sword...its fantastic to have great sales, but then I have to make more inventory. This week's show is at Casino Del Sol and starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday.

I take care of my Grandson from 5:30 am until 4:00 pm. By the time I make dinner and clean up It leaves me with very little time to make more jewelry and even less time to exercise. Unless you count cleaning the house and gardening. Anyway, I am writing this blog to remind myself that I am not super woman and some times we can only do so much. I will resume my workouts on Sunday. I have not fallen off the exercise wagon no matter how much guilt I am feeling.

The festivals and craft shows slow down after May to once or twice a month. I will have plenty of time to work hard and stock pile product so that I will not have to continue to miss working out when my show schedule gets busy.


A Vendor's Dream And A Dieter's Hell

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My husband and I are set up this weekend at FusionFest which is a craft and cultural festival. This show is very heavy on jewelry vendors and some how we lucked out and were given a primo spot: we are the last artist booth set up by the entertainment and food vendors. Not only were we able to enjoy some of the music and dancing, but the foods attract a lot of people.

The bad thing is we are constantly smelling the kettle corn, cotton candy, Fry bread, BBQ beef, and a long list of other non healthy diet busters. I packed us a lunch and it really paid off. Neither one of us gave into temptation . Not that the thought didn't cross our minds. But after coming off a month that had way too many celebrations in it, we had to get back on track and we are committed to doing that.

Today is the last day of the event...may our resolve stay strong!!

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_JULEE_ 4/29/2012 11:49AM

    Keeping good thoughts for ya!


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My Latest Obsession

Sunday, April 22, 2012

About a month ago we set up at an artist show at St. Phillip's Plaza, here in Tucson. The show was a good one for a lot of reasons; beautiful court yard, good live music, brisk sales and fantastic weather. On day two of the show I ducked into one of the many shops located there and discovered Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.

I never thought balsamic vinegars could be so delicious and come in so many flavors! These yummy concoctions are low calorie and help us make enjoyable foods that fit within our calorie ranges without making us feel deprived. The wide variety of olive oils are also outstanding and it only takes a small amout of them to add zip as well.

We drizzle them on salads (with and without oil) and have been trying them on all kinds of fruits. Last night we had watermelon topped with a little crumbled goat cheese and Black Mission Fig balsamic vinegar. Holy Moly, it was GOOD! Now THIS is a life style change we can really enjoy!

On a recent trip back to the shop, we picked up a chocolate balsamic, expresso and a the sales lady suggested blueberry balsamic vinegar with cantalope....mmmmm can't wait for ripe cantalope.

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_JULEE_ 4/26/2012 8:06PM

    OH. I LOVE Balsamic on a fresh warm slice of home made whole wheat bread. Sounds weird, but to me, it is the bestest. Will have to check that place out.


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