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New Breakfast Obsession!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

You guys! I found the most delicious, easy breakfast that you can easily make and eat AT WORK. Have you heard of Better Oats Oat Revolution?


I'm kind of obsessed with this stuff right now. It has flax in it (300 mg of OMEGA-3), 28 grams of whole grains per serving, and 3g of fiber.

It comes in a bunch of flavors, environmentally friendly packaging and here is the COOLEST part: the pouch is a measuring cup for the water. I HATE when I put too much or too little water in instant oatmeal b/c I don't carry a 2/3 cup measuring cup around in my purse. And it's pretty cheap! $1.59 for a 5-pack.

Also, only 160 calories for breakfast!!! NICE!!!

Give it a try! :)

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ADJQUILTER 3/28/2012 2:32PM

    Sounds really great! What store did you find this at? I love hot cereal in the morning.
Thanks for the tip!
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IAMFRANSGIRL 3/28/2012 11:25AM

    Looks wonderful. I have muesli or porridge every morning and can't think of anything I like better for breakfast. I hadn't thought of stirring in chocolate yet though...must try emoticon

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CARRKM 3/28/2012 10:45AM

  I just learned about this over the weekend, but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the review! I think the measure in the pouch will be useful!

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MISTYLOVESLIFE 3/28/2012 10:44AM

    I eat this almost every morning and love it! It's one of the best healthy breakfast items I have found in the store in a very long time. I usually pair it up with a fruit and it is tastey!

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Need Inspiration? Check This Out!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I absolutely can't think of a better "picture" for a successful health journey than this. When I saw this, I knew it was PERFECT for SparkPeople!

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LDRICHEL 3/28/2012 4:06PM

    Of course you can share it! I stole it off of FB! Haha.

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FORBANDE 3/28/2012 1:58PM

    This is fabulous!! Is it okay to share it with my other Spark Friends??

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LOLOSMOMMY 3/28/2012 10:10AM

    This is great! emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/28/2012 9:30AM

    LOL that's awesome! I love it!

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ADJQUILTER 3/28/2012 8:59AM

    You're right. Attitude is everything!
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You Have Circled This Mountain LONG ENOUGH!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm still working through the study, "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst. In Chapter 11, Lysa includes a wonderful quote by Ruth Graham. This has really been a driving thought that has inspired me this past week and I thought I'd share it with all my SparkFriends:

"Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than take off our masks and ask for help. We get comfortable with our victim status. It becomes our identity and is hard to give up. The Israelites often played the victim card, and I love what God finally tells them, 'You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north' (Deuteronomy 2:3 [NASB]). Turn north! It's time to move on! Self-pity, fear, pride, and negativity paralyze us. Taking off our masks takes courage, but if we don't do it, we will remain in our victim status and end up stunted."

Be encouraged, friends. And have a wonderful day!

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HANDYV 3/28/2012 6:01AM


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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/27/2012 10:05PM

    What great food for thought! How do I log it on my nutrition tracker? emoticon Seriously, that's a great way to think about what we're all going through. :)

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ON2VICTORY 3/27/2012 8:56PM

    great thought! thanks for sharing..

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MOMMA2X6 3/27/2012 7:43PM

    I really like this thought! Thank you!

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MARVEEME 3/27/2012 7:34PM

    This mantra will live on and on. Thanks for sharing!

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ADJQUILTER 3/27/2012 5:56PM

    It's funny, but each time I am tempted to make an unwise choice, I simply repeat to myself, "Now turn North!" It works! I'm done circling that mountain!

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HEIDISHOPE 3/27/2012 4:32PM

    I just bought the book and can't wait to start reading it! Your blog has me motivated to pick it up and get started!

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GOBABYYGO 3/27/2012 3:53PM

    Wow! I'm reading the devotional that goes with this book! Awesome read, great blog!

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Worst Workout Ever...But I Don't Care

Monday, March 26, 2012

Just got back from the most BRUTAL workout I've ever endured. It wasn't even that intense...just another day of C25K, nothing new even. But, for some reason, I was literally ready to quit and turn around and go home less than 5 minutes in. My runner friend, Kimberly, calls it "lead legs". Not the kind of pain associated with injury but just like she describes it...feels like it takes everything in you to lift one leg and put it in front of the other. I have never experienced this before and I was shocked that it was happening to me when I've been doing SO well with my C25K workouts! But I was extra stiff today even before I went out...I should have expected some resistance from my body, I guess.

At any rate, I'm not kidding...I was DONE after about 3 minutes. Here is my inner dialogue. Let's call the characters RIGHT NOW ME (RNM) and FUTURE ME (FM), for clarity's sake.

RNM: Oh my God, this hurts. I can't do this.

FM: Yes, you can. Just loosen up and it'll be fine. You'll feel great afterwards!

RNM: OK, but I don't know about this. What if I injure myself?

FM: Just take it easy and don't try to do anything stupid. Don't push it...but don't wuss out either. Be smart.

RNM: (About 7 minutes later) This still doesn't feel good like it usually does. I HATE this!!!

FM: Yeah, but you're almost halfway already. Just keep going. If you quit THIS workout...you know you will never do another. It's kind of a rubber-meets-road scenario here. Are you going to push through this or are you going to quit...AGAIN? Do you want to be this way forever?

RNM: I can't quit. I won't quit. Besides, Robert (ON2VICTORY - one of my biggest inspirations on SP) says that every workout is a chance to prove to myself that I can do this. And I CAN do this!

FM: Yeah. Remember Robert? Who lost 30 - 40 lbs in the very beginning (and has now lost 100 lbs!) JUST by walking? How much do you think it hurt him to walk when he was 385 lbs? And did he ever give up???


FM: Make it happen!

RNM: Hey, I only have one more interval and then I'm done. I still don't feel better but I feel amazing that I'm pushing through this pain and doing this!

Complete honesty? I could not feel my feet by the end, you guys. And the moment I set foot on my front porch, I sobbed from relief. I don't feel that I got the "best workout ever" today. I don't even feel like I got a great cardio workout at all. And I don't have that crazy awesome endorphin high. My body isn't throbbing with energy.

But I did it. And it's done for today. And I'm proud of myself. And that's going to have to be enough for now.

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THINKSHRINK 3/28/2012 3:14PM

    Yay - you did it! And OMG, I LOVE the RNM and FM character names. Mine talk to each other all the time! That is right on.


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ON2VICTORY 3/27/2012 8:55PM

    awwwww :)

wtg on your workout :)


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JOANNKW 3/27/2012 12:44PM

    WTG for sticking with it. I am impressed. I am not sure I would have. I am such a wimp sometimes!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 3/27/2012 5:19AM

  emoticon emoticon for sticking with it. I'm sure your next workout will be better. emoticon

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MARVEEME 3/26/2012 7:42PM

    May your next workout be effortless and may you feel like a feather floating in the breeze, Amen.

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Old Injuries Not Welcome Here!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Well, I might have overdone it JUST a bit this weekend. Did more workouts than I should have and pushed a little too far. Woke this morning and my previously broken, now pinned-together ankle was not feeling so strong. Been having trouble all day with sudden pain when I stand up. Just my body's not-so-gentle reminder that rest days between cardio workouts are not supposed to be OPTIONAL. Took a rest day today and will certainly not forget my ankle brace from here on out.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 3/26/2012 12:32PM

    OOH! ouch! I sympathize. I have a plate and a few screws in my left ankle and it gives me unwelcome reminders quite often.

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ADJQUILTER 3/26/2012 7:15AM

    The temptation is always there to overdo it. But you need to listen carefully to what your body tells you. It has a wisdom all it's own. Rest that ankle. There are chair cardio exercise workouts on Spark that you could do. This might be a great opportunity to switch things up a bit. Heal, and feel better. You are doing great!

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GAS_SAG 3/26/2012 6:42AM

    I commend you on trying but you need to listen to your body. I too have weak ankles and can tell when i have been doing too much but can tell more when I am not doing enough. For some reason if I am not active then they hurt worse and are weaker. The best way to get through it is by taking it one day at a time and listening to your own body only that will tell you what can and can't be done. Good luck! you will get through it.

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MARVEEME 3/26/2012 5:58AM

    You'd better behave! You only get THIS chance to heal correctly.

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