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Why my Life is Wonderful Reason #125

Friday, August 31, 2012

My manager said I could walk to the bank today. It is gorgeous outside! I saw a fuzzy walking on the sidewalk so I moved him to the grass. It is a great day to be alive. Every day is!

I think we are getting out of work early today too! I am hoping I can get my X-ray done for my thumb/wrist after. The facility I have to go to is only open M-F 8-4 and I work M-F 830-530! So hopefully I can squeeze it in today and be done with it. Otherwise I will have to work through lunch a couple of days and go into work late or leave early one day.

I am still excited about kayaking tomorrow. Hopefully I don't fall in the water. I am not scared of the water, I just am worried I won't be able to get back into the kayak!

The other day I ordered a running belt from the internet. It has two water bottles and a pouch. I am hoping that motivates me to start my 5K training program. I should start getting up earlier to do it. That means I have to start going to bed earlier. I know I can do it- I just have to do it! Also, I am thinking about getting a cheap Timex or other digital watch to help with the timing. When I was younger I used to always wear a Shark watch! Man, I miss those =)

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Even if you are working, try to stay happy! and KEEP SPARKING!! Don't give up!

  
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OLIVIANIGHT 9/4/2012 9:09AM

    A running belt would be awesome! I've dropped my water bottle so many times...
I hope you get your X-ray sorted soon, and that you have fun kayaking. I've never tried that before. Bet it's a good workout.

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AVONWITHJENN 8/31/2012 11:45PM

    Love your awesome attitude! Enjoy your weekend & stay dry.

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2HAMSDIET 8/31/2012 10:54PM

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My first crockpot meal! and this weekend will have lots of exercise

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I took a Spark recipe & altered it a little bit. I added some zucchini & yellow squash. I also added red pepper flake & a jalapeņo! I used red kidney beans with low sodium instead of the ones listed. I prepped everything the night before. The meal cooked for 7 hours & I shredded the chicken when it was done & served it over some brown rice.

24 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 (16 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz ) can petite diced tomatoes with basil and oregano or any style of canned tomatoes
1 dash salt
1 dash black pepper
2 t dried basil
1 t dried thyme




I want to make sure I don't slack off this weekend. I will be fine with the food, I just want to get in more exercise! I am going kayaking on Saturday - That will definitely be tough on my arms. and I hope I don't fall in! I want to get some more walking/running in. I went for a 30 min walk yesterday. No jogging yet. I did see a huge froggie at this little pond though!
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USMAWIFE 9/1/2012 9:09AM

    looks good. If you want to cut down on the sodium more, the kind of tomatoes you used also come in no salt

Have a great weekend

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2HAMSDIET 8/31/2012 10:53PM

    I use my crock pot on my busy days for some great no thinking meals. Thanks for sharing your recipe. emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/30/2012 6:29PM

    Looks yummy! Woo Hoo on the kayaking!
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SCARJOWANNABE 8/30/2012 11:51AM

    Yum, looks delish! Have fun kayaking

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ALICIALYNNE 8/30/2012 10:27AM

    Nothing wrong with adding extra veggies! Looks great!

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JKPONYGIRL 8/30/2012 9:48AM

    I love my slow cooker!
your recipe looks perfect especially with the extras

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Advice Please: Slow-Cooking & Food Processors?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I have been making some Spark recipes lately - I tried out baked ziti with non-fat cottage cheese! I also made a low fat buffalo dip. yum!

I want to try out another Spark recipe tomorrow while I am at work.
The recipe does not call for any liquid. I checked all of the comments and no one really mentioned adding it to it- maybe because it is common knowledge? My Mom told me I need to add liquid to it or else it will burn. Should I add anything or do you think it will be ok the way it is? I could add a little chicken broth I guess?

24 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 (16 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz ) can petite diced tomatoes with basil and oregano or any style of canned tomatoes
1 dash salt
1 dash black pepper
2 t dried basil
1 t dried thyme

Also, I was thinking about getting a food processor. I saw a guacamole recipe that looks really good. I also saw a peanut butter recipe that looks interesting- I just don't have a food processor! Any advice on where to start looking for one? I don't want to spend a ton of money for an "excellent" one. I just want one that works!

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KAPELAKIN 9/5/2012 11:18AM

    You don't need a food processor for guacamole. It is easy to just mash the avocados with a fork once they're cut into chunks. I kind of prefer the texture that way, anyway. With that said, I have a 7-cup KitchenAid processor that also has a 3-cup insert for making smaller recipes. I think it was about $70 at CostCo and it works pretty well. It will do thin slices and shred carrots and it's good for making hummus. I probably wouldn't bother with one of the really little processors - cup is too small and they won't have enough horsepower for many jobs. Not sure about the peanut butter recipe - many stores have the machines that grind the peanuts into butter that you can buy in bulk, so maybe that would work instead?

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SABLENESS 8/28/2012 10:08PM

    I'd likewise guess that the tomatoes will be enough, just don't drain the liquid. I've gotten hooked on slowcookers, too. I have three--small, medium, and large.

Here's the simplest recipe I have for the large or medium ones:

1 family pack of chicken thighs
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's barbeque sauce

That's it. I like to take the skin off the thighs, but you can just rinse and toss them in the pot as is. The chicken turns out tender and tasty. I love great results, no work recipes.

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KIMPY225 8/28/2012 5:05PM

    Thank you all! I am excited about trying out new things. It definitely makes the healthy cooking more interesting!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/28/2012 4:43PM

    As the others said- the tomatoes should take care of the liquid.

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USMAWIFE 8/28/2012 4:43PM

    There is a yahoo group called slow cooking recipes and these ladies really are knowledge about their slowcookers/crock pots and can assist you through anything. You might want to join them for their knowledge and future cooking projects.

Also guessing that the meal you are cooking is on low for 8-10 hours which would not cause it to burn.

Check Bed bath and beyond for your appliances. they give 20 percent off each product with coupons and you can get a good one at a savings.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/28/2012 3:49PM

    I wouldn't add any liquid, the tomatoes will do that for you. Let us know how it turns out!

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THINAGIN2 8/28/2012 3:32PM

    I would say that the tomatoes will be enough liquid along with what cooks off of the chicken. You can buy a food processor at Wal-Mart, Target, or a hardware store. Good luck!

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Zumba! and should I get a hair cut???

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Some points about my Zumba class last night:
-It seemed to be a bit harder - she did a few different songs, but it was a better workout because of it!
-I have terrible rhythm! I like to stand in the back because I am all over the place haha. I don't mind people watching me, because no one does - they are all focused on their own moves. But I just take up a lot of room, so I like the extra space!
-Anyone can do zumba - some of the ladies could barely move their legs up, but I was so happy they were there. One woman basically just moved her arms, but I know she was determined!
-I LOVED it again! I can't wait to go back!
-I am not as sore this morning as I was after the first class. I am ready for next time!

So I have been growing my hair out for a while now. I got it trimmed twice in the past year, but only to get some of the dead ends off. I still want my hair long, but it is getting really dry. I kind of want to get a few inches off so it lays better. I let my hair dry naturally, but it still feels dry at the ends. I keep thinking about getting it cut, but then I like how long it is when I see it down in the mirror! I have long layers in it so it is more full - I just don't want the hair dresser to mess it up. I went two months ago for a trim, but I still had dry ends after so it was almost like a waste of $20.

If I have time, I want to go for a walk/run tonight. I think it is funny I have been wanting to work out for a year now & I finally have the motivation to do it. I hope it sticks around for a while!!

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday! KEEP SPARKING!

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AZULVIOLETA6 8/28/2012 5:15PM

    Your hair looks like it needs some volume...layers?

Have you tried the macademia oil products? I love the leave-in oil and their other products are great too.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/28/2012 3:51PM

    Maybe try leave-in conditioners. I find my hair loves them!

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DRB13_1 8/28/2012 2:10PM

    So excited to see all the new things you are trying! Wonderful!
Yoga, Zumba, 5K, on and on. Keep trying new things, you won't get bored.
You don't have to be good at it - just keep an open mind.
Anything you do is more than more than half of the population is willing to try!
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MCJULIEO 8/28/2012 1:10PM

    You are doing great!
I think with the change of seasons we all think about doing SOMETHING to our hair!

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SABLENESS 8/28/2012 10:21AM

    Your Zumba class sounds exciting. Isn't it fun to find something you like? If the dry ends are bothering you, go have a consult at a salon. Look at pics of shorter but not short cuts to see if anything appeals to you and ask about conditioning to prevent another round of dry ends.

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ALICIALYNNE 8/28/2012 10:19AM

    Have you tried those deep conditioning treatments? You do them once every week or two; they can really help nix dry ends. You can also get a hair mask (masque) as well, but I've never used them.

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75 pounds lost & I am pushing to get rid of 20 more!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

My mini-goal for this month is to be at 175 pounds by Sept 1st. I have been saying NO even more to the "bad" foods. I also have been trying to walk/move more. I had Zumba & Yoga once. I weighed myself yesterday and I got to 175!! 175 pounds on the scale and 75 pounds lost so far. I would like to lose 20 more to get to the high-end of the BMI scale for my height. I haven't weighed 155 lbs since 2005. I am so proud of myself. I have a lot to go, but I am not letting that hold me back! I want to keep moving forward! I know I will hit at least 95 pounds lost!!!

I took a screen-shot of my Spark ticker because it still amazes me. I say the numbers I have lost over & over to myself. I also see my clothes size changing. But just seeing how far I have come on the ticker really helps me out! I use this site so much to help me - so seeing it on here really pushes me to work harder! My health is very important to me, but my goals are also important!

I have my second Zumba class tonight. I am actually really excited about it! No more nervousness! I don't know if my Mom is coming to this one or not. She did tell me she would rather go on Thursday nights, so I am thinking about going on Thursdays with her. I don't have yoga again until 9/10 and 9/17 because of the holiday coming up. I still need to start my 5K training.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful week. KEEP SPARKING!




  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/28/2012 2:03PM

    Congratulations on 75 pounds down! That is awesome!!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/28/2012 8:19AM

    WOOOHOOOO! Great job!
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You will get those 20 lbs gone. Keep on making such fabulous progress!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/28/2012 7:47AM

    That's great!! Well done : ) I know you can make that last 20.

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MOEMOORE 8/28/2012 2:53AM

    Whoo-hoo!!! Way to go!

I love Zumba - it never fails to boost my mood. And the burning of the calories is a huge bonus! :)

Have a great week!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/27/2012 5:43PM

    fantastic

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MISSB8604 8/27/2012 5:03PM

    Nicely done!!!!!!

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CATHYHASSPARK 8/27/2012 4:22PM

    way to go my friend!!!! thats so awesome!!

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RITZYOGAGAL 8/27/2012 3:34PM

    Very inspiring Congratulations!

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WANDASGONNADOIT 8/27/2012 3:32PM

    You are truly amazing and inspirational! Congratulations on your weight loss. Keep up the great work!!!

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