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!
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.
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.
Note1: Oreo Balls are actually in the nutrition tracker, 137 calories apiece.
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.
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.
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.
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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