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Little known fact about Girl Scout Cookie Orders

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I recently blogged about my order of Girl Scout Cookies . . .
I can report now, I am cookie free as I donated them as recommended by an SP member.

The little known fact:
When placing a Girl Scout cookie order you can instruct the seller of the cookies to have the order go overseas to our Military men and women. It's a little known fact that the Girl Scouts should be telling us about but don't.
A close friend ordered two cases of the cookies and instructed the seller to have the cookies sent to the troops. My friend is a Vietnam Vet (served 2 back-to-back tours there) told me about this option AND said that there was nothing better than getting a package from the states, especially yummy treats.

I'm glad I donated my cookies locally but would have loved to donate them to the troops. Plus, I likely would have bought much more than I did.

So, if you don't want those Girl Scout Cookies that you have hidden in the pantry donate them locally and next year, order some for the troops. I know I'll be asking about this option.

  
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MENUNU 3/16/2010 11:36PM

    whoaaa goood idea.

My neighbor is a girl scout leader. Two words: Thin mints.

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JENNYBETHIN 3/16/2010 11:20PM

    Learn something new every day... Thank you!

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SLIMKIM2B 3/16/2010 9:21PM

    I actually did here about this. The option was listed right on the order form locally. I think it's great being that my brother, sister, and son are all military. My sister is currently deployed, I hop some of these donated cookies reach her ship.

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LUCKYMKAY 3/16/2010 8:40PM

    I never would have thought of that. That is a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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SINCEKINDER 3/16/2010 7:42PM

    emoticon What an awesome solution!!! I'm proud of you!

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Hot off the grill and random updates

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring has sprung here in Alameda, CA and I love it. Although today I have spring fever and have been wishing all day that I can escape from the confines of the office walls. I walked to work and then back & forth to the house for lunch . . . it was perfect out. Spring is my most favorite time of year!!!

We finally bought gas for the grill over the weekend so it's grilling time. I love grilling proteins and veggies . . . delicious! Plus, I find it easier to cook in bulk on the grill, which makes lunches a breeze.

We, my husband and I, hosted a dinner party at the house on Saturday night for 6 guests. I had appetizers that I couldn't really eat, for many reasons, but I did that on purpose . . . I didn't want the temptations - it worked. For the main, I grilled chicken breasts (no bones or skin) and Tri-tip, it was fabulous. I also fixed fresh green beans with sweet onions and Jamaican Rice. Dessert this year really had me puzzled . . . I finally choose to do a apple crisp. What I did differently though was cut back on the sugar, added more spices and made individual servings. It was perfect! Everyone loved the individual desserts, not only because they were yummy but because they were portion controlled. I loved it because there was only one left over at the end of the night. YES!! We had wine, sparkling wine and plenty of sparkling water available. This year we consumed more sparkling water than any other beverage . . . A+!

Updates:
Although I did choose to eat sugar the night of the dinner party, I didn't sweat it and the next day just went back to my no sugar way of life. I had the best of both worlds and didn't think twice. Living without constant sugar in my diet has really been fabulous.

I'm still stuck in a work out rut . . . I keep hoping for some direction but not sure where to turn for that. SIGH. I'm going to put together a work out schedule that can be mixed up over time so I don't get used to it and hope that helps. Suggestions are welcome!

The gym is boring at this point and I only go for my step classes. I've even talked to my husband about giving him the membership and I'll go it alone outside the gym. We're still discussing this option.

Lately I have felt compelled to start running. REALLY? I haven't seriously run since my high school days when I was in sports year around but I feel the need to try. First stop, buying some running shoes.

My body rebelled against me for two days this week. I could barely walk and felt like sleeping a lot. It took a bit to get back on track and I'm still wondering what the heck happened.

I've decided to set up the consultation with a Dr. Kalish. That will involve swallowing hard and paying a hefty consult fee but I feel like I need to do it. GULP. I'm hoping he can help me find the key to furthering my quest to be healthy and at a more reasonable weight. I'm seriously tired of not loosing weight.

I love my new belly dance class and will continue to go and go and go!

I can now do 50 sit ups without feeling like I'm going to die. emoticon

I continue to be frustrated with my lack of weight loss but will never give up!

I'm in this to win this and failure is not an option.

  
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TSEWARD 3/16/2010 6:53PM

    Love your positives! And you have already taken a huge step toward your exercise goals....belly dancing is not easy! And you enjoy it! Yay! And kudos to the 50 sit ups without dying. What a feat! I feel like I am going to guy after 8 sit ups.

Never give up! You can do it! Sorry for all of the exclamation points....I am excited. Your dinner party sounds like a hit. Love the portion controlled crisps. It is amazing to me that when we really want to make changes, we are so creative and successful at maneuvering food situations to fit our goals. And you have done it!

Glad you are going to the doctor. Seems our bodies react badly to something now and then, and just rebel against strenuous activity. If you are okay with it, let me know what you find out!

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A Fun Little Survey

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A fun, fast, reflective, getting-to-know-you exercise, Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers, but try...

Where is your cell phone?
Table

Spouse?
Jamaican

Your hair?
Brown

Your mother?
Loving

Your father?
Strong

Your favorite thing?
Photography

Your dream last night?
Reflective

Favorite drink?
Water

What room are you in?
Living room

Your hobby?
Nothing

Your fear?
bugs

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Alive

Where were you last night?
Shopping

Something that you aren't?
Weak

Muffins?
No

Wish list item?
Shoes

Last thing you did?
Cleaned

What are you wearing?
Clothes

Your pets?
Cat

Friends?
Loyal

Your life?
Fabulous

Your mood?
Content

Missing someone?
No

Drinking?
Water

Your car?
Acura

Something you're not wearing?
Bra

Your favorite store?
Shoes

Your favorite color?
Red

When is the last time you cried?
Tuesday

Where do you go over and over?
Work

Favorite place to eat?
Home

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Home

  


My public apology to Self

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hello Self,

I think it's time we had a little chat. No, don't roll your eyes. No you're not in trouble. But we need to get a few things straight and I need to make an apology to you. Yeah, that's right I'm going to apologize and maybe you'll forgive me.

What brought this on? Why today? Simple. I stepped on the electric bathroom monster and it tells me I weigh the same as I did last Saturday. I'm a bit perplexed by its statement because I gave you only yummy, nutritious, whole foods. PLUS I gave you more than the required liquid clear gold, otherwise known as water. I didn't force you to eat sugar and I didn't force you to eat those other foods you just can't tolerate anymore; you remember them - gluten, eggs, soy, and dairy. I even moved when you said move. I bounced, walked, shook my tail and lifted weights to make you stronger.

So, with all the fabulousness that I did for you and didn't do for you I wonder what gives? Why you treating me this way? Are you testing me? Not having these answers, I thought we should talk.

Okay, okay! I apologize for the past. Yup, I treated you like a garbage can when I just didn't care. I stuffed you full even when you wanted me to stop. I clogged up the system with sugar and processed crap. I am SO Sorry! I really am. I apologize for getting healthy for a hot minute and returning to old habits. I apologize for all the diet soda I drank instead of water. I knew you didn't like it but I didn't listen - I'm sorry.

Can we start over? I know you can't forget . . . but maybe a fresh start? I wasted a lot of our years together and you've held up real well. I thank you for that! I'm asking you to trust me this time, trust me not to give up and to continue down the path of goodness. I am asking you to release the weight we've been carrying around. REALLY, we can let it go, it will be okay.

I get it! I really do! I promise to stay the course, to not lapse back into the old habits. Can you just give me one more chance?

This is my public apology to you, you're the one I need the most. You're the one I've hurt the most and need to make amends to. Forgive me, release me and I'll take care of you like the queen that you are.

I apologize and I love you!

  
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TREBLE02 3/14/2010 8:51PM

    what a sweet letter to yourself! Love this blog! YOU GOT THIS GIRL!

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Dear All:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dear All - Family, Friends and Co-workers:

This is my request, please accept that when I say no, I mean no and that I won't apologize anymore for living healthy, feeling fabulous and eating well.

You see, I've reach a point in my life where I believe when I say no to something or someone it should be enough. I shouldn't have to explain to you why I don't want a cookie, a glass of wine, dessert with dinner or that I won't miss a workout. A simple no or no thank you is enough.

I hate apologizing to make you feel better too, so I'm done with that.

If you want to join me on my journey I welcome the company and I'll even share what I know. But know this, if you push me in the wrong direction, mislead me in any way, discourage me from being strong, tempt me to eat unhealthy simply because you want to or make promises you can't keep I'll simply walk in the other direction.

I'm asking you to respect me, to hear me, and to support me. If you can't do that then I ask that you stand aside and let me pass by. I'm in this to win this.

Thank you.

  
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TRENTDREAMER 3/13/2010 8:55AM

    It's really hard, but you're totally doing the right thing. Congrats on your success so far!

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TSEWARD 3/13/2010 8:25AM

    THAT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I just read it to my husband, and he agrees. If you don't mind, I am going to share it with a few other SP friends. You're determination is much stronger than mine. It was like reading what I wish I could say but couldn't put into words.

Thank you!

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ABASSLER 3/11/2010 8:49PM

    Good for you! Why is it that some women don't want other women to succeed? I am FINALLY in a place where I am not discouraging others, and they are not discouraging me. Keep up with your strong resolve!

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OHBANANAS 3/11/2010 8:42PM

    Oh man, don't I know how that goes. It's so tough when people tempt you, isn't looking at the food tempting enough?!! I always feel bad when I have to say no to a dessert or other snack. I just wish they understood more :S

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