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June Goals!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Wednesday! I had a super busy Memorial Day weekend! My boyfriend turned 30 so we did a lot of celebrating. We went to the aquarium with friends, played games, went to the Melting Pot, had a bbq, saw the new Star Trek, etc etc! Somehow I even had a lazy day - which was nice! I did gain 5 pounds in 5 days though! I ate A LOT of snacks and a lot at the Melting Pot- chocolate and dessert and cheese! Yikes! I am working my butt off this week to get back to 156 and hopefully I keep going and lose more! I put some pictures from the weekend below! Blue Lobster!!!! =)

I haven't had any specific goals in a while. My belly has really been bothering me lately with how it looks and feels. I hate having so much flab! I don't know if it is just skin or if it fat too? I can't really tell. I just know I hate it! Someone told me about those skin wraps, but I haven't looked into it. I can't afford a gym right now and I definitely can't afford a personal trainer! I really need to do more at-home exercises for my arms, legs, abs - well basically everything! I need to start scheduling my exercise again! I am going to the park tonight - which was scheduled! So hopefully I keep doing it. I am going to Williamsburg in June, so I will get a lot of walking done then! I just need to focus on keeping a stricter diet! It is SO easy to gain weight by over-snacking!

I keep hearing people talk about "beach bodies". I can't even imagine myself in a bikini! I don't have the midsection for it! I try not to let it discourage me though. Over the past year and a half, I have changed so much! August will be my 2 year Spark-versary! I can't believe it! HOPEFULLY I hit my healthy weight goal of 155 by 8/17!!!

June Goals:
-Zumba - at least twice this month
-Pick a 5K race to do in June or do one around my neighborhood
-Get my fishing license so I can go out with my Dad for Father's Day
-At home yoga at least twice this month
-Keep up with my garden
-Try not to stay grumpy
-Snack healthy!
-Use the food tracker more
-Show my appreciation to my family and friends where I can

Hopefully I will have better goals in July!
Have a great rest of the day! Keep Sparking!















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HHB4181 5/31/2013 11:34AM

    Great pics! Glad to hear you had fun! Your goals sound great, espeically the one about family/friends. It's nice to be able to let your gaurd down every now and again. Those 5lbs will be gone in no time emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 5/31/2013 11:04AM

    Lovely Kim - Nice pictures !!! Looks like you had a wonderful weekend - I too suffer from the flab issue . I picked up the Spark solution - just received yesterday am trying concentrate more on toning - Happy Friday - Hugs K

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CHERIJ16 5/30/2013 7:41PM

    Glad you had so much fun. You seem to have a good handle on what you need to do to stay in control and still enjoy your life. emoticon

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BLINGANDBOWS27 5/30/2013 10:17AM

    Looks like you had a super fun weekend! I think I need to make a list of my June goals too. I've used the "It Works" wraps before and you do go down a few inches. I researched a lot on how it works, no pun intended, but I still haven't been able to draw any conclusions. They are worth a shot though!

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GINGERHAWK 5/30/2013 10:11AM

    It sounds like you had a great weekend and have solid goals planned for the upcoming month - YAY! Try not to focus on what you think are your flaws and look at how amazingly far you've come - you're totally an inspiration!

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SIRENSONGS 5/30/2013 9:29AM

    I love your attitude! You let yourself live your life and enjoy yourself, yet know when to rein yourself in so that you don't completely fall into your old habits. I need to learn some of that balance from you.

I'm glad you had such a lovely weekend. And I totally understand about the whole belly/beach body thing. I will NEVER have a beach body, but I think I have just about accepted that.

Good luck on achieving your June goals. I think your list is totally doable. Oh, and I love your aquarium photos! :)

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STEPHANIE302013 5/30/2013 8:42AM

    great June goals!! you can do it!

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CWHEATLEY12 5/30/2013 8:25AM

    Sounds like you are going to have a great month! Your pictures were awesome! Have a great day!

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123ELAINE456 5/30/2013 2:48AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Great Goals, Great Pictures and a Very Cute Couple. Sounds Like You Had A Wonderful Weekend. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TATTER3 5/29/2013 10:14PM

    What joy!!!

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2HAMSDIET 5/29/2013 10:02PM

    We had a beach vacation in March and saw many in swim suits. Only 1 % of the people had the model perfect body. Go find a great looking suit that you love and wear it with confidence. Enjoy the new you. No more hiding. Thanks for sharing the pics you make such a cutie couple. emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 5/29/2013 9:10PM

    very doable goals for June

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 5/29/2013 8:39PM

    Good goals !!

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CVRONEK 5/29/2013 7:43PM

    Great photos, wonderful blog!

I love your June Goals! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 5/29/2013 7:28PM

    Looks like you had a super fun weekend! Thanks for the pictures and posting your goals. It's nice to see what other people do. Thanks!

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LYNSEY723 5/29/2013 6:33PM

    Great pictures and goals! I'm sure you'll do great this month!

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SNOWYOGA 5/29/2013 5:56PM

    Thanks great blog. Your busy, and love the emoticon pictures

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 5/29/2013 5:49PM

    emoticon Sounds like fun. You'll hit your goal weight - I know you will. emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/29/2013 5:29PM

    What a happy looking couple!

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Garden/Organic Party - Recipes & Pictures!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Happy Tuesday! I finally did Zumba last night! It was great. My shoulders and arms are a bit sore today though - but it is totally worth it =) After doing zumba, I really want to exercise more often. I feel really flabby lately, and I just need to push myself to do more exercise. Hopefully that will help me get to my healthy weight!

The party on Saturday night was really fun! I had the Garden Trivia and everyone was laughing at how hard it was. It was a good time. Someone bought chocolate covered strawberries which had a cheesecake/cream filling. YUM. I had two of them!! Someone else brought cucumber sandwiches - with creamcheese and dill. They were simple but really tasty! Someone else brought orange cake with white raspberry icing - I didn't try any, but it looked really good! Here are some pictures and some recipes of what I made. I didn't have the time to make everything. I didn't get to make the mini quiche, but I will add the recipe anyways because I do want to try it eventually!

Fruit Kabobs
Fruit on skewers - lots of prep work but it was cute! Purple Grapes, Blueberries, Kiwi, Pineapple, Orange, Raspberry

Pinwheels
Zesty garlic wraps, tomato wrap, whole grain wrap. I made some with ham, some with turkey and some with chicken lunch meat. Some I added a layer of FF cream cheese and some I added hummus. I used spinach or green leaf lettuce. Some I added cucumbers and others I added red and green pepper strips.

Lime Cilantro Chicken
16oz jar salsa
2 cans black beans drained
1 lime - Cut into thick slices
Fresh cilantro
3 lbs boneless chicken halves
3 crushed garlic cloves
S&P
Low 6-8 hours in the crockpot. Shred chicken after cooked
Black Bean Rice on the side
You could use these as tacos

Margherita Pasta
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
1/4 thin sliced basil
1/2 grated parm cheese
Penne Pasta - I used natural whole grain
Optional - 1/2 chopped mozz cheese
S&P
Cook the pasta normally (10 min) and then bake covered at 400 for 30 minutes

Garden Salad
spring mix
Spinach leaves
tomatoes
cucumbers
carrots
broccoli
bell peppers

Lemon Garlic Shrimp
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & Pepper
ground black pepper to taste
2 pounds cooked shrimp

Mince the garlic and add to oil and lemon in a big pan. I also added the parsley and set on Med-Low. Cook the shrimp just for a min or two on each side. Serve warm or chilled in fridge 1-2 hrs

Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

400 preheat Mix all with 2 tbsp oil. Coat baking sheet with oil or nonstick spray. Fill mushrooms (I also filled some small sweet peppers). Drizzle remaining oil over the filling. Bake 25 min until mushrooms are tender

Potatoes and Onion
5 Small Red Potatoes
5 small white potatoes
1 vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic chopped
S&P

You could use just one type of potato if you wanted! Chop everything, combine and coat with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and any other herbs/spices you want. You could add the garlic, spices, and oil before hand and then put over the potatoes. Preheat oven to 425-450F. Bake 20-30 minutes. Stir and bake 10 minutes more. Continue baking 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and browned.

Chicken Sausage and Peppers
4 links chicken sausage sliced
Bell Peppers or Sweet Peppers

Slice the peppers and fry in some olive oil. Add the chicken sausage for a few minutes. Serve with Rice.


Mini Quiche recipe I wanted to try
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CHRISGORGME 5/29/2013 4:21AM

    Judging from the food and the flowers you had a good time!
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CMCGRUN 5/27/2013 7:45PM

    Yum! Thanks for th recipes :)

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SPARKLISE 5/24/2013 9:31AM

    Everything looks delicious!
And what a great idea for a party theme!

I also love zumba. It's what started me on my journey.
At my first zumba class I weighed 250lbs, but within 10 minutes I was hooked and never looked back!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/22/2013 11:43PM

    Wish I were there! It looks like it was a smashing success, Kimp; but I am not surprised. You are a total sucess at what you do! I love Zumba too! great fun! thank you for sharing recipes and especially for all the teriffic pictures!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/22/2013 4:44PM

    Wish I'd been there. All looks fabulous and delicious and most of all sounds like a lot of fun. Way to throw a party, Kimpy. emoticon

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BARB4HEALTH 5/22/2013 7:53AM

    Lovely table settings! Like the jarred flowers. Food looks and sounds good.

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DALID414 5/21/2013 10:23PM

    Wow! Everything looks good!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/21/2013 8:50PM

    Looks like a lovely party. The recipes sound yummy.
You put a lot of work into making a great time for all, and it shows.

Go on, Party Girl!

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123ELAINE456 5/21/2013 8:27PM

  Sounds like You had an Awesome Party with Great Food and Party Favors. Sounds like Your Guests had a Great Time. God blessings to Everyone. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KALISWALKER 5/21/2013 6:42PM

    Thanks for putting the recipes here. I need some new ideas for my party when I get home. I know your guests enjoyed the food!

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LIVINGFREE19 5/21/2013 6:42PM

    The recipes sound good, and the pics look good!

I hear people have SO much fun doing Zumba!

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SKINNYCOW1232 5/21/2013 6:12PM

    Looks and sounds GREAT!!!

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GINGERHAWK 5/21/2013 3:54PM

    What a great menu and the flowers look beautiful. I bet everyone enjoyed it!

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ROXYZMOM 5/21/2013 3:50PM

    I havent tried zumba, soundslike fun. All your food and decorations are gorgeous

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TATTER3 5/21/2013 3:15PM

    Kudos!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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CVRONEK 5/21/2013 3:09PM

    All wonderful! Thank you for such a great blog. I almost felt like I was at your party!
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FITBIZZZ 5/21/2013 3:02PM

    OMGosh, thanks! I'm hosting June book club and couldn't think of what I wanted to make. I'm SO doing the Lime Cilantro Chicken! Yum!!

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LYNSEY723 5/21/2013 2:11PM

    Love it! Super cute!!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 5/21/2013 2:08PM

    You are a 'Hostess' with the 'Mostest'

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PRETTYPITHY 5/21/2013 1:12PM

    Such a cute idea for a party!

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KIMCOLLINGS 5/21/2013 12:45PM

    Wow! Quite the party. The food all looks and sounds so good. Love the cute little flower vases too. That was so creative!

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KONRAD695 5/21/2013 11:54AM

    No matter where you are at- I'm showing up at your next Garden Party. You did a fabulous job on everything. It all looks wonderful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 5/21/2013 11:37AM

    Looks and sounds great! You did it again emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 5/21/2013 11:33AM

    Thanks for sharing those recipes and the pics!! Sounds like you had a great time!! I am going to try some of those recipes!!

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Happy Wednesday! Random Blog - 5K results, Park & Craft Pictures

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Good morning! I have a bridal shower next month. The first thing I did after reading it was wonder what the bride & groom registered for. The biggest reason I wanted to find out what I could buy them is so I can be creative with the gift idea. I don't normally like to just get a gift and give it. I like to jazz it up! I checked this morning to see what the two registries have. I might get a pitcher and put some recipe cards with it or decorate it somehow. I am not sure yet - I will have to think about it more. For some reason I usually like to do extra with what I give!

Here is my normal afte-5K picture! I emailed the staff of the event to see if they were going to post times. I didn't get a response though. When I did pass the clock, it did say 31:55 though. For some reason I am wondering if it wasn't a full 5K. I definitely don't think I did that well this time - especially because of all of the hills. I am not going to take this as a new PR because of how many times they said "Fun Run". I know everything about the event says it was a 5K, but I dunno! My legs haven't been as sore the past three times I raced. I actually have been trying to run differently. I used to run just on my toes. Now I am trying to put my heel down first. I actually don't know the CORRECT way to run - maybe I should look that up! A while ago I did do research about the right way to breathe, but I never really looked up the best way to actually use my feet.

Here are some pictures of the park yesterday & also some of the decorations of my Garden/Organic Party. I love THEMES! When I have dinner parties, I love to plan out everything about it. Details are my friends! Now if I could only spend extra time working out instead of planning parties. At least I am happy when doing craft projects! For the party: I made cupcake liner straws, almond cinnamon raisin balls, ribbon on the candle holders, ribbon on mason jars (going to put flowers and lemons and limes in the jars), painted white mini vases and cut fake flowers to match, and made cards with all of the food items. I put the ingredients on the inside of each card. The gift basket I made has herbal tea, garden gloves, and 5 packets of seeds. I made a trivia game about fruits, veggies, gardens, and similiar things and the winner will win that!

I would like to go to Zumba tomorrow, but I don't know if I will have enough time. I will be cleaning tonight, Thursday and Friday for the party. I also need to buy 75% of the ingredients tomorrow night and Friday because they have to be as fresh as possible! I also need to get some fresh flowers to use as decorations.

Hopefully everyone has a lovely rest of the week. Keep Sparking!


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OVERACTIVEELBOW 5/19/2013 7:48PM

    Enjoyed the pictures of your creations.

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EVWINGS 5/15/2013 10:36PM

    Wonderful blog. I would give a cookbook wrapped in a dish towel and a scrubbie bow or a plastic pail filled with all kinds of houseware things you always need, but don't even think about wrapped in cellophane with lots of curled ribbons. But your ideas are really super! Thank you so much for putting pictures so we could see your work.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 5/15/2013 10:19PM

    You have such great ideas! emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/15/2013 9:29PM

    I enjoyed your blog and the pics were neat. You are pretty creative.

Can't wait to hear how the party goes.


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123ELAINE456 5/15/2013 9:28PM

  Awesome Blog and Pictures. Congratulations on Your Race. All the Things That You Have Made for the Party Is Fantastic. Please check with a Professional Trainer on the correct way to run. You do not want to injure Yourself by running the wrong way. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SNOWYOGA 5/15/2013 2:56PM

    This was great, and you also took really good emoticon

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JORDANLHALL 5/15/2013 2:50PM

    You and all your pictures look absolutely great! Keep up the amazing work!

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GINGERHAWK 5/15/2013 1:09PM

    I love that you personalize your gifts - what a great touch! Nice job on completing another 5K. The stuff for your party also looks wonderful and really creative and fun. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

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LYNSEY723 5/15/2013 1:03PM

    Awesome job on the race!!

You are so creative - your guests will be impressed!! Enjoy the weekend!

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KAPELAKIN 5/15/2013 12:08PM

    Great job on your 5K! If you naturally land on your forefoot or midfoot, stick with that and don't train yourself to heel-strike. The worst thing you can do is over-extend your leg out in front of you and then land on your heel, which increases the chance of injury. The foot is natural shock-absorber that works best when you land more on the front/mid foot and then go down to your heel for the next push-off.

Your party decorations are fantastic, and I'm sure you'll come up with a great idea for the wedding gift!

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ROXYZMOM 5/15/2013 11:43AM

    Your guests will be so impressed! It all looks great! Glad you enjoyed your 5k.

FYI I run on my toes and front part of my foot for the most part. I have been told to run for what is natural to myself. Have you shopped at a good running shoe store? They will make sure you have the right shoes after watching you walk/run. That's your best bet.

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DALID414 5/15/2013 11:09AM

    How does your hair look so good after a race?!! Mine would be drenched in sweat!

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KAI_ZEN 5/15/2013 11:06AM

    Hi KIMPY!

You're doing so well! Living life to the full. What an inspiration you are!

There are a lot of great running technique videos on YouTube. The one that helped me is here:

http://youtu.be/Tx6x2c
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Plus, here's a playlist of a lot of different tips and troubleshooting: (the audio is not very good on these, but the instructor is great!)

http://www.youtube.c
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Enjoy!

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RACEWELLWON 5/15/2013 10:45AM

    Very nice Kim - just cause it 's called a Fun Run does not mean its not timed or measured correctly ?? Perhaps you are not in pain cause your getting to be a more conditioned runner- I know that I am doing the Glow Run in June and they clearly posted that this 5k is not a timed Race - I am so Happy for you - Love your party decoration , nice theme !! Are those glasses or vases ? Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 5/15/2013 10:41AM

    Pretty, pretty!!! have fun with the party!

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SIRENSONGS 5/15/2013 9:57AM

    Congrats on having another 5K under your belt. Love your photos! You look so pretty in the last one with your hair down. :)

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Happy Monday! Weekend Update & Organic/Veggie/Fruit Recipes - have any recipe ideas?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Good morning. Hopefully everyone had a fantastic weekend.

Saturday I went to the pet fair & went out to lunch with my Mom. Even though the weather was half rainy, I am glad they still had the fair open! It was great to see the dogs do the agility course! After the 5K yesterday, we went to the flea market. It was nice to be outside for half of the weekend!My 5K went well. It was the PERFECT day! It was sunny with a nice breeze. It was 60-62 degrees which was great. The race was in the park, and the scenery was awesome! I didn't get the chance to send myself the pictures from my phone yet, sorry! I am still waiting on the official results. I know the race was timed, but they kept calling it a Fun Run, so I don't know if they will post the times? There were about 200 people there running and walking, so it was a great time! I am looking to sign up for another 5k, but I don't have one in mind yet. I can't believe I did all 3 that I had lined up for the spring already!

This weekend I am having a Garden/Organic Party. With my normal work schedule, I had time to make a lot of flower decorations. I am working on the menu. Everything has to have something organic and/or fruits and/or veggies. Does anyone have any yummy/healthy/quick recipes on what I could make? I am looking for some more food in any category (appetizer, entree, dessert).

This is what I have in mind so far:

-stuffed mushrooms
-lime chicken in the crockpot w/ Rice
-pinwheel sandwiches
-fruit kabobs w/ cottage cheese dip
-grilled asparagus
-margherita Pasta
-lemon or lime shrimp skewers
-muffin quiche
-honey and cinnamon apples
-string bean salad
-watermelon

Once I have the party, I will post my recipes on my blog with some pictures!


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KALEWINE 5/28/2013 3:48PM

    Sounds fun!

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EG8383 5/16/2013 11:47AM

  i want to go to this party! lol I can't wait to see your recipes =)

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LIVINHEALTHY9 5/13/2013 8:46PM

    It sounds like you have a wonderful party planned. It will be great!
Can't wait to see your pics.

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KONRAD695 5/13/2013 4:01PM

    I like to do fruit kabobs like a flower bouquet. You can use glass beads and flower petals in a vase/bowl to hold up the fruit skewers.

Another dish I like is to cook in a chicken fryer pan. sweet pots, raisins, dried cranberries, and sliced apples. Your cooking stock can be apple or white juice/ wine. Season with cinnamon and nutmeg. I also like to add onions at the start and cashews in the end. Cooking is easy- start with the slowest ingredient and add the rest every couple minutes. Just don't over stir.

Good like and enjoy your party.

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123ELAINE456 5/13/2013 3:52PM

  Have a Wonderful Party. God Blessings to Everyone Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CHRISGORGME 5/13/2013 3:19PM

    Grilled eggplants, tahini dressing and rocket in pita pockets!
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LYNSEY723 5/13/2013 1:45PM

    Sounds like such a great weekend! Way to go! I can't wait to hear about your organic party!

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GINGERHAWK 5/13/2013 1:18PM

    We just made an awesome pizza from ingredients that came in our weekly produce box. We bought pizza dough from the store and rolled it out and then topped it with sauteed chard, fresh corn, leeks and goat cheese. You could cut it into squares that people could easily pick up as an appetizer.

For a quick dessert I like to put out fresh fruit (banana, strawberries, etc), pretzels, and dried apricots along with a bowl of nutella mixed with fat free plain greek yogurt. It's always a big hit and couldn't be easier. Though nutella is high in calories it's at least boosted with fat free yogurt.

Hope the party is a blast, it sure sounds yummy!

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SIRENSONGS 5/13/2013 12:35PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! I hope the rest of your week is just as good.

And your menu sounds scrumptious. I wish I had some ideas to offer, but I'm not much of a cook!

Bon apetit! emoticon

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HHB4181 5/13/2013 12:23PM

    Sounds so fun! Congrats on completing another race!

hummus with roasted red peppers, served with veggies? hummus is easy to make and roasting the pepper is pretty easy too.

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HHB4181 5/13/2013 12:23PM

    Sounds so fun! Congrats on completing another race!

hummus with roasted red peppers, served with veggies? hummus is easy to make and roasting the pepper is pretty easy too.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/13/2013 11:51AM

    These ideas sound lovely. A lot of food, a lot of people?

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KIMPY225 5/13/2013 11:19AM

    I wish I could invite everyone =) That wound be so fun!

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SABLENESS 5/13/2013 10:46AM

    Are you inviting us, too? emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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SNOWYOGA 5/13/2013 10:41AM

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We should all give ourselves a big pat on the back!

Friday, May 03, 2013

It has been super slow at work this past week. Quarterly payrolls are done. April 15th is long gone now. The accountants still have work to do, but I have none right now. Since I have had free time, I have been browsing on Spark friend blogs again. I noticed about half of the blogs mention the words "scared" "worried" and/or "upset".

We are all on Spark for a reason. Some of us want to fit into a dress for a wedding. Others want to lose their freshman 15. There are other Sparkers who are training to run marathons. Some of us can afford personal trainers and some of us use laundry detergent as weights! No matter what the reason, we are all trying to better ourselves in some way. I think we should all give ourselves a pat on the back for being on this website. No matter how we are feeling right now, we have all accomplished some kind of goal. Most of us have many goals for the near and far future. We all stumble at some point. Just being on this site shows you have the strength to better yourself even if you don't see it!

I wish everyone would take a minute and just breathe. Give yourself a hug - give yourself a compliment! We are all different, but we all deserve the recognition of being a good person. Even if you feel weak, you are still a great person. Your goal may be to not drink soda for a day or run 20 miles in one day. Even if we don't reach our goals right away, we still deserve a reward for trying. The reward could be telling yourself "you WILL do it tomorrow!" Keep moving forward and look to the next day. Just saying "YES " instead of "maybe" can really help!

I get scared about losing weight. Actually, I still feel scared about it. I get nervous about what people I don't know think about me. In the past, I used to be really upset about it. I put all this energy into being stressed over something I can't control. People will think what they want no matter what to do. People in general are never satisfied. I wish I could show everyone that you need to care about yourself! If you aren't happy with yourself, take small steps to try to fix it. Maybe learning to love your attempt to better yourself can be even better than getting to the end result. Use the energy you put into stress into something else!

Everyone can lose a pound in one way or another. The journey we take is still important no matter which way we go. We all have good days and bad days. I wish I could help everyone who was having a bad day. Sometimes when I am down, I try everything to make myself smile - but it doesn't always work. I just try to remind myself that I have the chance to try again tomorrow. Life is short, and we may not have a tomorrow, but I still try to tell myself Now that I can't give up!

I am still one pound away from my goal weight. Am I scared? Maybe. I don't know. Am I worried I will never lose that one pound? Yes and No. I KNOW I could get to 155 if I only ate celery and carrots all day. That wouldn't be worth it. I don't want to lie to myself about the weight loss. I lost so much weight, and I don't feel like the person I see in the old pictures of myself. It would be so easy to just eat unhealthy foods again. It would be cheaper, more convenient, and tastier! But I need to stop and give myself that pat on the back to keep myself going. It isn't easy to be on this healthy journey. I know it isn't always easy for my Sparkfriends also. Life isn't easy. Life is a challenge!

Thank you to everyone who has posted on my blog, and also on other pages! Your support is appreciated! Hopefully everyone has a nice rest of the day. Even if you went over calories for the day, don't give up. Even if you wanted to go to the gym but can't - don't give up! Keep sparking!

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G33K10V3 8/15/2013 12:11PM

    "People will think what they want no matter what to do. People in general are never satisfied. I wish I could show everyone that you need to care about yourself! If you aren't happy with yourself, take small steps to try to fix it. Maybe learning to love your attempt to better yourself can be even better than getting to the end result. Use the energy you put into stress into something else! "

That is so true and that has been something that is hard for me... I hate disappointing MYSELF and I hate to fail in the eyes of others..... but one thing that I am learning is that I CAN succeed and that no matter what others see or know, I know what I am doing and I am feeling great about it!
I am still not at the point yet where I can really visualize my end result and I know that is okay. Right now (and probably for a long time to come) I am taking it one day at a time and considering each day a win.

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MONTREAL12 8/15/2013 10:27AM

  Thank-you so very much! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/6/2013 9:16PM

    Great blog Thanks!

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GINIEMIE 5/18/2013 7:46AM

    See how wise you are. And we can and do help those having a bad day, when we reach out and comment on a blog or an entry on the friend feed. I know that I've been cheered and patted a lot and I am grateful.
Good job on being just a pound away from your goal. You deserve a pat on the back.
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MSGETHEALTHY35 5/13/2013 10:25AM

    Thank you for posting this Kimpy. I felt this way yesterday and for the first time I was satisfied with the small steps I've taken to keep pushing. You are awesome!

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GRAMPIAN 5/13/2013 10:14AM

  Inspiring. emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 5/11/2013 7:11AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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GRINCHLETTE 5/10/2013 10:35PM

    congrats on your approaching goal...well, at least that goal. We all know we're in this for life, through the ups and the downs, right? Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Very encouraging.

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JORDANLHALL 5/10/2013 12:36PM

    OMG YOU'RE SO CLOSE!!!!!! :D :D :D

You definitely deserve a pat on the back! I'm always so amazed at your healthy, positive attitude and your ability to persevere! You're truly inspiring! I can't wait to hear from you after you reach all your goals!

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NBRITNER 5/8/2013 6:52PM

  You will lose a pound and more. You deserve
A blue ribbon!!!

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TMBTTLES 5/8/2013 5:47PM

    Thanks for the encouragement :). Wishing you success on your last pound to reach your goal! You can do it!! Keep up the great work.

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MARYBETHMORGAN 5/8/2013 11:54AM

  Thank you!

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LIVINGFREE19 5/7/2013 8:59PM

    emoticon on the popular blog post!

You are doing so well on the weight loss, I am so happy for you!

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SPARCTICUS 5/7/2013 6:53PM

    Very true! Well spoken. Thank you for your heartfelt remarks and keep up the great work. We can succeed on this journey we've chosen, and will!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 5/7/2013 6:01PM

    Thanks for these beautiful and timely thoughts. It is so easy to get lost in the self-directed negative and so difficult (at times) to find the positive and the inspiration to continue toward your ultimate goal. Good luck as you continue the voyage.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/7/2013 7:59AM

    SO right! Thanks for putting it out there!! (now I will go and pat myself on the back:))
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TPETRIE 5/6/2013 7:16PM

  Great blog!!

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    Thanks.

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LEWILL1982 5/6/2013 10:27AM

    Thank you so much for your reassurance. Really needed to hear (read) that. Great job and way to put it in perspective!

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BANDMOM2012 5/6/2013 10:04AM

    Great job!

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HLOCHRIDGE 5/6/2013 9:09AM

    Great blog!

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LORIVIOLA 5/6/2013 9:02AM

    wow. emoticon so much.
have a fantastic day. x0x

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LBTHOMASJR 5/6/2013 8:26AM

    Great Blog. Everyone needs this perspective from time to time. We're all too hard on ourselves sometimes, to the point that a remidner such as yours is in order, to remember not our falures, but just what we HAVE accomplished. Keep up the great work.

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-SHOREIDO- 5/6/2013 8:20AM

    Great way to start this Spring Season!! Good job! emoticon

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CFMOSS 5/6/2013 8:13AM

    Thanks!!

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    What a beautiful blog! emoticon

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Victory is your journey!!

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PENOWOK 5/5/2013 9:36PM

    well said

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    emoticon for your inspiration!!

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    What an encouraging analysis and advice! emoticon

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    Thanks for the great reminder.

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KALEWINE 5/5/2013 2:43PM

    Thank you for the encouragement!

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CDRAWDY1 5/5/2013 12:39PM

    Thank you for the reminder. You reminded me to accept the things I can not change and work on the things I can.... Just ME!!! emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/5/2013 9:41AM

    Agreed! We all deserve a pat on our backs for doing what it takes to get in the shape we want, and for doing our best.



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ZSTANLEY 5/5/2013 9:20AM

    Whoa!!!!

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EMILY0724 5/5/2013 9:01AM

    Thank-you so much for posting such an uplifting blog!. Sometimes (a lot of the time) I get caught up on what I'm NOT doing and tend to forget about what I AM doing and all that I've accomplished. This was a great reminder!

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2HAMSDIET 5/5/2013 8:12AM

    emoticon I no longer think of junk food being cheaper as it costs so much more in the long run. I also don't think of junk food as taster but now think grease/salt. I love your blogs you are such an inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KEELIE21 5/5/2013 7:49AM

    I needed this today thank you!

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MAWMAW101 5/5/2013 7:22AM

    Hope I stop and remember the accomplishments not just the set-backs on my journey. Thanks for the reminder!
Congratulations for being recognized for your great blog!
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  Good job, keep it up.

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MARYJEANSL 5/5/2013 12:20AM

  Congrats on being so close to goal!

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TINKERCACHE 5/5/2013 12:19AM

  Well said. Thank you..

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