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Park Workout

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I am so sore, still! I took my kids to the park on Monday to play and since they really hate taking walks at the park and I needed to get some sort of activity in I decided that while they played I would keep myself moving and get that workout in.

I walked and ran around the perimiter of the playground, I did jumping jacks, I did walking lunges, I did squats, I did picnic table pushups (feet on the gound with hands leaning on table top of the picnic table) which are quite effective, and I did step ups using the bench of the picnic table.

I moved for an hour and I am still feeling it. My legs and my butt and my chest are all sore, two days later.

I got some pretty strange looks from people. Like "what the heck is that lady doing?" but I herd some other people talking and it sounded like they were pretty impressed. Most moms just sit on the park bench or picnic tables and watch there kids play, I was using them as workout equipment and I was not using the excuse that I don't have time.

I'm planning on taking Lyra to the park this afternoon and Im going to do the same thing. It is a really great workout, I can see why the contestants on the biggest loser end up dropping large numbers on the days when the gym is closed and they have to workout outside.

Make time for yourself today! No excuses.

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~ Jess

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DAV128 11/1/2011 3:31AM

    Great Job. Sounds like you had a wonderful workout and Hey, you got to spend time with your kids. WIN-WIN.

Took a stroll around your spark page and wanted to congratulate you. You've done a wonderful job. Congrats on the new you and the new life style. I know what it's like and doesn't it feel wonderful.

Continued Success and happiness.

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XXENDOFREASONXX 10/30/2011 11:21PM

    Sounds like a great workout you got there! I seriously need to stop making the excuse that I don't have the time. I'm an insomniac....I always have the waking time to do things haha. Thanks for the playground tips!

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BOVEY63 10/26/2011 1:06PM

    Great job! I'll have to give the picnic table pushups a try!
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IMJUSTFLUFFY 10/26/2011 11:06AM


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BAKER1009 10/26/2011 10:37AM

    That's awesome! I do the same thing when I take Preston to the park. I walk around and try to create some other exercise with the playground equipment. Luckily for me, the playground is in my complex and nobody is ever really around, lol!
Good luck today, you can do it!

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HONORINGGOD 10/26/2011 8:03AM


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KAKLUCK 10/26/2011 7:47AM

    Awesome job!! I agree, who cares what people think!

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KLUVSTFORMERS 10/26/2011 7:30AM

    your right it is a good workout!!! i do it when i take my niece to the park, and really and truly WHO CARES what people think, your winning in the end!

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Moe's Southwest grill inspired Burrito Salad - Recipe

Monday, October 24, 2011

Moe's inspired Burrito - no tortilla
1 serving - 435 calories


I prep all ingredients before hand and keep them in tuperware containers in the fridge. Then I just need to heat up the steak, rice and black beans and everything eles is ready.

1/2 cup brown rice
1/2 cup black beans
2 oz cooked lean steak strips
1 cup lettuce
sprinkle of cilantro, I like alot, but thats me
1/4 cup shredded fat free cheddar
2 - 3 tbls salsa
Diced fresh tomato
Diced fresh or Jarred Jalapeno
1-2 Tbls fat free plain greek yogrut (or sour cream)
Juice from one lime wedge

Heat up steak, black beans and rice and add to center of plate. add other ingredients around the steak, black beans and rice in order shown.

Simple and quick!


Serving Size: 1 serving

Number of Servings: 1


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TAICHIDANCER 10/25/2011 12:54PM

    The salad looks great and so do the new pictures of you. Hope you are well.

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BOVEY63 10/24/2011 3:45PM

    After catching up on your last three blogs, my mouth is watering like crazy. Thanks for sharing these awesome recipes!

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BIRKIE528 10/24/2011 2:42PM

    looks Great---thanks for sharing!

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MG3KDZ 10/24/2011 12:20PM


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MAGGIEX3UK 10/24/2011 10:26AM

    This looks very delicious! I might have to try this, i'm a huge fan of burritos

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Shrimp Stirfry - Recipe

Monday, October 24, 2011

Shrimp Stirfry
1 serving - 260 calories for a lot!


1.5 cups fresh broccoli
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 medium scallion, sliced
1 large mushroom, sliced or chopped
7 large shrimp
1 cup cabbage / bagged fresh cole slaw mix
1/4 cup water chestnuts
1/2 cup baby corn
1/4 cup mung bean sprouts
1 tsp teriyaki sauce

With shrimp you can pull a few precleaned, preshelled frozen shrimp out and toss them in a collendar and run water over them for about 3 minutes to thaw. Dry them with a paper towel and you are ready to go. Very easy!


Can stir fry the whole thing together but I prefer to do it in sections.

1. hot pan, stir fry 1 tsp olive oil with broccoli and mushrooms for about 3 minutes.

2. push broccoli and mushrooms to the side. Add other 1 tsp of oil, shrimp, garlic and scallions. Stir fry for about 2 minutes and turn shrimp.

3. add on top - cabbage, baby corn and water chestnuts. Let cook for another 2 minutes and then stir. Add in teriyaki and cook for another minute or two. Taste, salt or soy sauce if desired.

4. Plate and top with raw mung bean sprouts.


Serving Size: 1 serving

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DONNAEDA 10/25/2011 10:49AM

    wow, that was excellent. Thank you for sharing. I just made a shrimp stir fry the other day. It was wonderful.

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BOVEY63 10/24/2011 3:42PM

Looks awesome ~ I love shrimp and stir fry, and will definitely try this.

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SPMOM2 10/24/2011 3:17PM

    looks really good, thanks

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MG3KDZ 10/24/2011 10:24AM

    I will have to try it..It looks healthy and yummy.

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Pumpkin Angel Cake - Recipe

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Angel Cake - 77 calories a slice
1 WW Point Plus per slice
3 WW Point Plus per 2 slices


1 Can Pumpkin - 100% PURE (NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX)
1 Box Angel Food Cake Mix


- Mix cake mix and pumpkin together in bowl until combined well. DO NOT ADD WATER, JUST THE MIX AND PUMPKIN.

- Pour mixture into un-greased rectangular baking dish or sheet cake pan

- Bake @ 350 - 400* (whatever box says) for about 35 minutes or longer until top of cake is dry and cracking and toothpick or knife inserted in center comes out clean.

- Cool completely and then slice into 24 peices. 3 cuts long ways X 5 cuts short ways.

- Enjoy!!!


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PIXIEMOM13 10/29/2011 10:51AM

    I am going to have to try this one! Maybe even see if I can fool my coworkers with it. lol!

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RUTHANNE100 10/29/2011 10:44AM

    Seriously, this was so good...and my husband never knew it was a healthier option!

Thx for sharing!!!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 10/25/2011 10:59AM

    Thanks for the recipe.

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 10/24/2011 6:50PM

    Sounds so good! I LOVE pumpkin, so i'm gonna have to try it.

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MJ7DM33 10/24/2011 6:47PM

  emoticon for sharing! This looks really good! I can't wait to try them!

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BOVEY63 10/24/2011 3:43PM

    Thanks for sharing! Going to use this one too!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/24/2011 12:47PM

    Yummy! I will be making this!

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JOAN_HEO 10/24/2011 9:50AM

    THAT looks wonderful!!!

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DONNAEDA 10/24/2011 9:37AM

    I am definately going to make this one. thanks

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JENS_MISSION 10/24/2011 9:27AM

    This sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

figured I would drop an update as to how I am doing.

I guess my eating has been doing ok. I am trying to keep portions small and not overeat, trying to make healthy meals and not buy snack foods like chips and ice cream and stuff. Not that there is anything wrong with eating these foods in moderation, I am just not at a point right now where I can do that. Funny how you can be so great at controling yourself at one point and then feel like you will totaly lose control at another.

I have to give myself props, even though I have been having problems staying focused and have felt its been a struggle pretty much all of 2011, I have maintained my weight within a 5 - 10 pounds. Its going on 9 months now that I have stayed between 155 - 162. Even though I feel like I am failing horribly most of the time, I think I will stop and give myself a pat on the back for that.

::pat pat pat::

In other news, I am preparing to go on a trip next month. Me and the hubby were invited to a friend of his wedding in DE and I am really excited. I have never been to a wedding besides my own, (back yard wedding planned by me) and although my own wedding was nice, this is like a wedding planner, fancy hotel, catering ect type deal. I get to wear a pretty dress and dance and stuff. Dont know how much dancing I might do, but the option is open.

I bought a really awesome dress which took me about 3 weeks to find. ugh, it was a nightmare. I got really stuck on the fact that I wanted a dark green dress, and it turns out that its not very common. I found my dress a few days ago though and its beautiful and I am completely happy with it which is amazing all in itself because I rarely find anything I really like. Its an olive green cocktail dress with one strap which has green jewels and green feathers on it. Its awesome. I will be taking some pictures when we go to the wedding so I will post some afterwards.

I went out last night and bought some shapewear. I actually found what I was looking for too... amazing things are happening. lol. good luck shopping, wtf? lol. I tried a strapless bra but it was not working with the extra skin on me, everything tends to droop downwards, so with no straps to hold the bra up, I might as well not even wear one. But I found a one peice thingy that covers like a slip, so the tummy part holds up the breast part and it works out pretty well. Im happy with the final outcome.

Anyway, we are leaving on September 9th and staying until Sept 12th. We would have come back on the day after the wedding but we are flying and hell if I am flying on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. We are staying at a 5 star hotel, the wedding discount turned a $400 a night room into a $159 a night room. We have pretty much decided that since we are spending so much to go up to this wedding that we are going to make this weekend our anniversary weekend. Our anniversary is exactly a month away from the weekend we are going up there so we might as well. Def not gonna have the money to do anything for our anniversary after this anyway. lol.

I will make sure to blog about the trip though and take lots of pictures. Im going to try not to eat too horrible but I cant promiss much. I know Im eating wedding cake and the meal they are serving does not sound lite.

It would be nice to lose 5 pounds before the trip, just so it wont be too bad when I gain the 5 back, while away.

well I am off to do some cleaning before the kids wake up.

~ Jess

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TD2010 8/22/2011 11:20AM

    The trip sounds like a fun time! And you dress...sounds amazing! Can't wait to see pictures!! Have a great day!

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MACANBEFIT 8/20/2011 5:19PM

    Although it is still a few weeks away, I hope you enjoy your trip.

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MALEXANDER4 8/19/2011 7:13AM

    Have fun girl you have earned it.

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BOVEY63 8/18/2011 6:14PM

    You are doing so great in maintaining!
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Have a wonderful time at the wedding!

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MALIAN1 8/18/2011 10:07AM

    You are doing an amazing job - have fun at the wedding!!!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 8/18/2011 9:06AM

    can't wait to see pictures with the dress :)

you deserve major kudos for maintaining in that range emoticon - and I really appreciate that you share your struggles openly with all of us - it gives me hope for the long term

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BRENDAF761 8/18/2011 8:54AM

    Have a great time! It's nice to have something special to look forward to! Your dress sounds beautiful! Just do the best you can to keep your weight down. Good luck to you. Brenda:)

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HULLAF 8/18/2011 8:05AM

    Have a great time on your trip and enjoy the wedding.

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GIGALENA 8/18/2011 8:04AM

    Sounds like you are going to have a ball! And look great too!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/18/2011 7:51AM

    Have a good day!!!!

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