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Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

To all of my wonderful Spark Friends, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks for all of your support and sharing a little bit of yourself with the Spark community. It's been wonderful getting to know you all, and I look forward to another great year together!

2013........ Where does the time go? Truly. Insane.

I have given quite a lot of thought to my goals for the year, and I'm excited about working toward them and achieving them.

2013 is going to be awesome.

Now let's get moving!

  
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SSDCQUINCY 1/3/2013 1:14PM

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    We can do it. Happy New Year. emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 5:12PM

    Wishing you a happy, healthy and fit 2013! emoticon

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SURVIVOR61 1/1/2013 3:08PM

    Feliz Ano Nuevo!!! Happy New Year!!! I still am thinking on my goals...Lots to decide on
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    Here's to an emoticon 2013!

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MEXGAL1 1/1/2013 10:50AM

    And a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you as well!
Cheers!

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BONNIEBONNEAU 1/1/2013 10:25AM

    wishing u a wonder ful day and year !!
your friend,
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JSALERNO 1/1/2013 9:40AM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR

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CAPECODBABE 1/1/2013 9:06AM

    Happy New Year to you!!!

This year is going to be the best!!!

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KNYAGENYA 1/1/2013 8:52AM

    Happy New Year! I hope it is wonderful.

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Post-Christmas, Pre-New Year's

Thursday, December 27, 2012

January 1 is the start of our Biggest Loser challenge.

I haven't been very focused on my fitness the last couple months. Now I am ready. I'm so glad to have a few days post-Christmas to relax, re-focus, think about what is important to me and work out how I can make time for the things that matter most to me.

I really do love this time of year.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 12/29/2012 4:21PM

    Always good to have down time. I love this time of year too.

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/28/2012 2:23PM

    Nothing like a fresh start! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/28/2012 4:36AM

    I love this time too. Today I'm going to sit down and really think about my goals for next year.

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SURVIVOR61 12/27/2012 7:17PM

    Reflect on the year past and see where we can make improvements!!! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 12/27/2012 3:48PM

    The easiest way to get there is to embrace the lifestyle.Can't wait for 2013!
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MEXGAL1 12/27/2012 3:43PM

    I too like starting fresh
Happy New Year!

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CAPECODBABE 12/27/2012 3:32PM

    I agree - I love this chance to start fresh

Happy New Year

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PJBONARRIGO 12/27/2012 3:27PM

    It sounds like you are ready for a New Year and a healthier life! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 12/27/2012 3:07PM

    I love this time of year too. Feels like renewal! I'm ready to take on the New Year!

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Oreo Balls

Saturday, December 08, 2012

We’ve delivered these for Christmas the last two years and had subsequent complaints that we didn’t give enough and requests for the recipe. They’re that good and surprisingly easy!

1 package Oreos
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
24 oz. almond bark
˝ c. semisweet chocolate chips

Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. Crush Oreos and combine with cream cheese. Roll dough into 1-inch balls; place on 1 cookie sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes.

Microwave half of the almond bark 1 minute 30 seconds; stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15-second intervals until melted and smooth.

Remove half of the balls from freezer. Using 2 forks, dip and roll each ball in coating; place on the 2nd cookie sheet. Melt remaining candy coating; dip remaining balls.

Microwave the chocolate chips 15 seconds, stir, and repeat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle chocolate over truffles. Refrigerate 45 minutes, until chocolate is set. Store covered in refrigerator.

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emoticon Note1: Oreo Balls are actually in the nutrition tracker, 137 calories apiece.
emoticon Note2: I realize this is not diet food, and I'm not suggesting anyone eat a dozen Oreo Balls in one sitting. Personally, I believe that even thin people and people who are working on becoming thin can have a treat now and then. YMMV.

  
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BLESSED2BEME 12/10/2012 10:43AM

    Oh my, I think my hips got bigger just reading the blog. Sound yummy!

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BLITZEN40 12/9/2012 10:10PM

    I made these 2 years ago for Xmas for my son's teacher. She loved them and asked for the recipe. Because they're so quick and easy to make, this is one of the few recipes I am considering doing again this year just to give away. When I went to look up the recipe on-line a few days ago, I saw some interesting variations, and one that looked good was to add a tsp of mint extract to the crushed cookie mix, or almond, if you want flavored truffles. Thanks for sharing this for all to enjoy! I love quick and easy recipes. emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 12/9/2012 8:31PM

    They sound delcious and i totally agree that every now and then you can have a treat. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 12/9/2012 10:23AM

    Yummy. thanks for sharing.

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DIANER2014 12/8/2012 4:08PM

    Sounds yummy!

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RG_DFW 12/8/2012 3:56PM

    Sounds pretty good!

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KNYAGENYA 12/8/2012 11:57AM

    Yummy!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/8/2012 10:31AM

    What's almond bark? Sounds like you're eating trees, although I'm assuming you're not....

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CLRWILLIAMS25 12/8/2012 10:21AM

    Wow, these sound delicious!

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CAT609 12/8/2012 9:17AM

    I love these! We make them, too. Delicious!

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AMANDAROX 12/8/2012 9:11AM

    Yummy! I know these are good, I've had one before. Okay, maybe two ;)

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DEELB1 12/8/2012 8:56AM

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CAPECODBABE 12/8/2012 8:29AM

    Thank you for sharing.

Calorie free, right?

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JUDYAMK 12/8/2012 8:28AM

    Will be trying theses thanks for posting
Judy

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Back in the Saddle

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Without going into too much detail, let me just say that I've fallen off the wagon in a big way, and I'm putting it behind me, moving on, starting over, rebooting, and remembering WHY I AM HERE.

'Nuff said.

I'm not posting a November report card, as it would be more bad news. I'm not posting December goals, as they would sound just like October and November.

I am just refocusing on everything I need to do to be who I want to be. Happy and healthy.

Happy.

Healthy.

  
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DIANER2014 12/3/2012 1:37PM

    Happy you're not giving up! emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 12/3/2012 1:23PM

    Every day is an opportunity to begin again. So glad to hear you are taking that step!

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JSALERNO 12/3/2012 6:08AM

    I WILL REFOCUS IN JANUARY TOO.

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JUMPINJULIE 12/2/2012 9:15PM

    You can do it. "It doesn't matter how many times you fall as long as you get back up" i belive that is the quote. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/2/2012 8:34PM

    Just move on, one step after another, all pointed in the right direction. Hang in there!

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SURVIVOR61 12/2/2012 6:27PM

    emoticon Your not the only one ;-) Ready to start over...

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MEXGAL1 12/2/2012 1:20PM

    just put it behind you and begin again. I am always beginning again. But never just give up! It's worth the effort. You will feel so much better. You deserve good health.
Have a terrific Sunday!

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    I'm with you girlfriend!!! emoticon

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Living Around the Big Events

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It occurred to me lately that I have a harder time with my quest for fitness when life gets extraordinarily busy. I was used to our ordinary level of busy-ness. Kids' sporting events and practices, music lessons and recitals, my work schedule, hubby's work schedule, kids' school activities, a little social time here and there -- all of that was manageable while still working out regularly and shopping for and cooking decent food. Now though...

Throw in some bigger events that require quite a bit of attention and preparation, and I'm finding it harder to make time for exercise, harder to want to take the time to think through wise food choices, more tempting to eat something delicious and easy and bad.

I just realized that I need to stop this thinking pattern -- thinking in terms of "when this is over, then I'll..." This is life NOW. I need to make it work NOW. Squeeze in the exercise NOW. Eat right NOW.

Overcoming one of my lifelong habits would help enormously in this pursuit. Procrastination. Maybe a big event wouldn't feel SO BIG if I started preparing earlier. Ya think? It makes sense.

Or maybe it's OCD. I'm hyper-focusing on an upcoming big event and therefore have almost nothing left for all those other things. Life is a lot to juggle, after all.

I wonder if they've ever studied how many things a person can really do a good job on at once. It seems to me that doing a good job on one or two takes a lot of work! Think of all the things we're trying to accomplish! Be a good mom, good wife, good worker bee, etc., etc., etc. It's a lot to manage!

Here's to today! Making it work today, now, in this moment, no matter what craziness is swirling around us, making our best lives NOW.

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/30/2012 4:03PM

    You could not be more right. That is one of my biggest challenges. I have tried to turn my thinking around. There is really no more "after Christmas/Birthday/vacation/next year"
Yes these event creat sometimes HUGE speedbumps, but they are not roadblocks, I need to work with them and around them.
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CARMEN327 11/30/2012 9:12AM

    I certainly struggle with finding the time and energy for everything. Good luck with your big events!

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SPARKLED146 11/30/2012 8:14AM

    I treat my procrastination by setting the timer for 15 minutes. Then I start the task and many times I keep going beyond the timer and finish the job.
Great Christmas decor!

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SURVIVOR61 11/27/2012 9:06PM

    Pssss....Love the Christmas Decor .. emoticon emoticon

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SURVIVOR61 11/27/2012 9:04PM

    SparklingMe is so right...visualize, visualize, visualize...It works for me!!!!

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JUMPINJULIE 11/27/2012 3:37PM

    Once i started sparkpeople i realized that i was stuck in the past and living in the past and once i realzied that i could live in the present. Not in the past or the furture just right here right now. It is hard to change the mindset but You can do it. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 11/27/2012 2:11PM

    Great blog. emoticon

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SPARKLINGME176 11/27/2012 1:53PM

    I understand your blog! I'm finding for the BIG activities, I make a list of those things involved, for JUST that activity. I break the BIG stuff into smaller things. I cross off the little things, within the BIG thing, at least 1 or 4 things I CAN do each day! I also visualize myself doing these things, finishing them. I generally do my visualizing during my walks. It REALLY helps me! The important thing for me is to have fun. I am like an Otter, that way! FUN is the MOST important thing to them! I am SO thankful for my busy life! I would rather be busy, than bored! I also squeeze in extra exercise. While I am waiting for my DH, in a Dr. appt. I walk around the building, or inside IF the weather is playing havoc outside. I go up & down stairs. I try to FIND them & keep going up & down, until who ever I am waitng for is done! I've been known to walk up 12 flights, then take the elevator down & go up again!

These are just some of the ways I figure out things. The BIGGEST thing for me is to NOT want everything perfect. I am learning to let go of control & have allot more FUN! They REALLY help me! Hopefully they will help, you too!

Happy Holidays!
*~Light

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KNYAGENYA 11/27/2012 1:23PM

    This is so true. You can do it. I have faith in you.

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JSALERNO 11/27/2012 11:37AM

    WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES TO ENJOY THOSE BIG EVENTS.

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MEXGAL1 11/27/2012 11:09AM

    Being an older woman, I can tell you for sure that one of the best lessons I learned was not to think in terms of "when this is over, I will be in better control, etc".....You are so right that you have to realize this is life and deal with it now!
Good for you to take charge.
Have a great week
Sallie

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/27/2012 10:05AM

    Have a good day!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/27/2012 10:03AM

    Juggling too much at once definitely impacts the quality of life... but doing what you can in the NOW without overwhelming yourself is the best strategy! emoticon

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SKINICOOK 11/27/2012 9:52AM

    Someone told me once that you can give your attention to four things in your life at one time. For me at the time it was full time job, partner, degree and family/friends. Anything extra such as an exercise routine meant I had to take time from one of these areas. It's tough to find a good balance.

I hope you can schedule your time to make the most of it. Maybe do some work on the big event and then shut it from your mind. It's difficult when you have something big hanging over you but small steps will make it easier.

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