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Food Blog Day 3 - MOTIVATE

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

BREAKFAST


Egg, fresh, 1 large
Spinach, fresh, 1 bunch
bread, Trader Joe's Flour Tortillas (1 tortilla)


Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz)

Breakfast TOTALS: 283

MORNING SNACK



Cereal, Kashi Go Lean Crunch honey almond flax 1 cup
Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Original, 3 oz
Blueberries, fresh, 15 berries
Lecithin granules, 1 tbsp 60
(I've been adding lecithin granules to my salads and cereal, it's good for the skin.)

Morning Snack TOTALS: 294

LUNCH


Butternut Squash Soup -- Trader Joe's, 1 cup
(Also pictured, the "Love" coaster that my hubby made me)


Salad with my own homemade dressing (from the awesome Spark cookbook)

Spinach, fresh, 1 cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 0.5 tbsp
Balsamic Vinagrette - 0.5Tbsp
Honey, 0.25 tbsp
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.5 fruit without skin and seeds
Dried Cherries, 0.15 cup
Lecithin granules, 1 tbsp

Lunch TOTALS: 468

AFTERNOON SNACK


Pears, fresh, 1 cup slices

Afternoon Snack TOTALS: 97

DINNER:


Aldi Chicken Tenderloin, 1 serving
Broccoli, cooked, 0.5 cup, chopped
Pineapple, fresh, 0.5 cup, diced

Dinner TOTALS: 215

EVENING SNACK


Popcorn, oil-popped, 2 cup

Evening Snack TOTALS: 110

Total Calories for the day: 1468

  
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YOUGOGIRL45 2/23/2012 8:37AM

    Yummy! All the beautiful vitamins and nutrients - great job of taking care of yourself!

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POETICBLONDE 2/22/2012 11:41PM

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MAPLECANDY3 2/22/2012 8:29PM

    I like the vareity you have! Looks great!

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TEMPEST272002 2/22/2012 7:42PM

    It all looks very tasty!

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SMALLERMELORIE 2/22/2012 7:14PM

    butternut squash soup sounds great.

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TOPAZROSE 2/22/2012 6:46PM

    Lovely and healthy food. The dried cherries in the spinach salad sound good.

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STARLIGHT615 2/22/2012 6:12PM

    Great job on the food choices!! looks yummy!

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GOGOMAMA 2/22/2012 3:53PM

    Great job with your food blog! It's very inspiring and looks so yummy!! Thanks for doing it! :)

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LOOZINITNOW 2/22/2012 3:41PM

    emoticon I love being able to see what everyone else eats. Love your meals!

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PRESBESS 2/22/2012 3:23PM

    Oooh, I love your food blog. It's interesting to see what other people eat.

BTW... love the coaster. I noticed it before I read the comment. WTG LotusFower hubby!

Keep pushing forward. You're gonna get there.
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LINDAKAY228 2/22/2012 3:22PM

    I wish I was doing as well at preparing food as you are. Looks so great!

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THEADMIRAL 2/22/2012 3:22PM

    emoticon Looks very healthy and tasty! Good for you!

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KITHKINCAID 2/22/2012 3:03PM

    You food blogs make me HUNGRY :)

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SGTSUNNY 2/22/2012 12:58PM

    Great job! I am starving today and it all looks so good. Will have to get the Sparks Cookbook!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 2/22/2012 12:45PM

    I took lecithin supplements when I was nursing my children. I was prone to mastitis. Once I began lecithin I had no problems at all with mastitis.

Lookin' good!

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GRACEISENUF 2/22/2012 12:44PM

    Everything looks so yummy! I just learned yesterday that 1 avocado a week will regulate womens hormones...cool stuff right?

Loved your blog.

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JENJESS48 2/22/2012 12:30PM

    OM NOM NOM NOM.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/22/2012 12:15PM

    so healthy! you did amazing!

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Food Blog Day 2 - MOTIVATE

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BREAKFAST


Egg, fresh, 2 large
Armour Brown and Serve Original Sausage (1 link)


Oranges, 0.5 cup, sections


Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz)
(Coffee I promise your picture will be in the next blog!)

Breakfast TOTALS: 240

MORNING SNACK


(I took a picture of the container that I LOVE to use to bring cereal to work. Milk goes in the bottom, cereal on top. It's great. Way more efficient than a thermos and a separate bowl. Also note my very cute lunch bag, lol)

EDIT: So many of you have asked, so here it is: the lunch bag is from Wal Mart of all places, and the cereal container I got from my neighbor who was selling from her son's school fundraiser -- but I think those can be found at places like Target, Wal Mart, etc.


Cereal, Kashi Go Lean Crunch honey almond flax 1 cup
Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Original, 3 oz
Blueberries, fresh, 15 berries

Morning Snack TOTALS: 234

LUNCH

I took my leftover Chipotle and mixed it with some quinoa and peas that I had leftover as well from Friday night.


Grain, Quinoa, Organic, Trader Joe's (dry weight), 42 gram(s)
Beans, black, 0.25 cup
Chipotle Corn Salsa, 2 oz
Chipotle Lettuce, 1 oz
Chipotle Chicken (4 oz), 0.5 serving
*Chipotle Rice (3.5 oz serving), 0.5 serving

Lunch TOTALS: 457

SNACK



Baby Carrots, raw, 10 medium
Hummus, 2 tbsp

Snack TOTALS: 63
AFTERNOON SNACK

Almonds, 0.5 oz (12whole kernels)

Afternoon Snack TOTALS: 82

DINNER

We LOVE the Spark Cookbook and my hubby has been making the Quinoa-Flax Seed Pizza dough and he makes a special section for me without cheese. I love that man!

The pizza dough recipe is online, as a sneak preview to the Spark cookbook which is AWESOME and I suggest you buy it if you don't have it. Here is the link!:

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=1031637




Quinoa-Flax Seed Pizza Dough, 2 serving
HM Pulled Pork 2 oz
Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce (tomato sauce), 0.25 cup
Onions, raw, 1 tbsp chopped

Dinner TOTALS: 421

TOTAL CALS FOR THE DAY: 1,496

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SMALLERMELORIE 2/22/2012 11:09AM

    That cereal container is a great idea. Good job staying in range.

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KITHKINCAID 2/21/2012 11:06PM

    Loving the lunch bag. I have a cute one too. Helps when it's stylin to bring your lunch to work. Totally looking up this pizza crust. Though I'll say I'm a HUGE fan of the one your sister posted ages ago. It's my go-to recipe.

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POETICBLONDE 2/21/2012 11:06PM

    Good choices. I love those cereal container things, those are fun. emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/21/2012 5:47PM

    I must know where the lunch bag and your beloved container came from. When you have time please let me know. I also must know about the quinoa-flax seed pizza dough, can it be found on-line with SP.

By the way, your food looks yummy.

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ROEANDGO 2/21/2012 2:45PM

    Looking great!! Oh...and the food looks yummy too!!
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SGTSUNNY 2/21/2012 1:54PM

    I love the lunch bag. I will have to feature my new one in a blog soon. I want to try that pizza crust, how does it taste?

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LIVIN2LOVE1 2/21/2012 1:37PM

    Well done! Great planning!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/21/2012 1:24PM

    Yum, and what a cute lunch bag and great cereal container!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/21/2012 1:16PM

    This all looks awesome! emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 2/21/2012 1:07PM

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LINDAKAY228 2/21/2012 12:36PM

    Your food for the day looks yummy! I totally blew it yesterday but today is a new day..

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AMBER281 2/21/2012 12:29PM

    Looks very yummy.
Your lunch bag is awesome!

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JENJESS48 2/21/2012 12:12PM

    Ok, I want your lunch bag and cereal container! Where did you get them?

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/21/2012 11:45AM

    great job! is tha tyour lunch bag? I LOVE IT!!!!

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Food Blog Day 1 - MOTIVATE

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BREAKFAST


Egg, fresh, 1 large
Armour Brown and Serve Original Sausage (1 link),


Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Original, 3 oz
Cereal, Kashi Go Lean Crunch honey almond flax 1 cup


Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz)

(Dear coffee, I am sorry I did not take an actual picture of you. And you deserve an actual picture, because now you are drunk black and you are quite spectacular that way and a little bit b@d@ss. In the future I will let you shine too).

Breakfast TOTALS: 350 cals.

LUNCH


Sparkbook Green Smoothie, 1 serving

Lunch TOTALS: 275 cals.

SNACKS


Chips, Clancy's Vegetable Chips -, 28 gram(s)


Dunkin Donuts Old Fashioned Cake Donut, 0.5 serving (only had half)


Dunkin Donuts coffee - black (10 oz).


Almonds, 0.5 oz (12 whole kernels)

Afternoon Snack TOTALS: 337

DINNER



1/2 of a Chipotle Burito Bol:
Chipotle Chicken (4 oz), 0.5 serving
chipotle guac, 0.25 serving
Beans, black, 0.25 cup
Chipotle Corn Salsa, 2 oz
Chipotle Lettuce, 1 oz
*Chipotle Rice (3.5 oz serving), 0.5 serving

Dinner TOTALS: 329

EVENING SNACK


Apples, fresh, 1 cup, quartered or chopped
Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp

Evening Snack TOTALS: 169

TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY: 1,460

(Note: I love my hubby for that last photo - not only did he make me my evening snack, but when I requested such a specific thing - apple slices with only 1 tbsp. of peanut butter AND asked him to photograph it, he scoffed and said he wasn't going to go that far. I didn't think he took the picture until this morning when I went to upload my pictures. What a sweetie.)

Here's my note from my nutrition tracker that I wanted to share, since a goal of this challenge is for everyone to see how others eat.

I ate a bite of an old fashioned dunkin donut, thinking I was making a good non-dairy choice, but then realized it probably was baked with milk -- so I threw the rest away and looked it up when I got home - yep, made with skim milk. I'm still counting this as Day 9 of my no dairy as I am making awesome choices and I consider this a small mis-step. If I start over again at Day 1 my perfectionism will kick in and I'll feel like a failure, which I am NOT.

This journey is a PROCESS. And although I had a small bit of skim milk, probably a trace amount, I am not going to punish myself for it, but will move on.

p.s. Dunkin Donuts - PLEASE give us some Vegan options! Baked goods taste just as good cooked with almond milk!

  
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RUNNINGOMA 2/22/2012 4:53PM

    I'm catching up on your blogs. Is this done for a challenge? I love your pictures and the ideas you have. Thanks for sharing!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 2/21/2012 3:21PM

    Ok, I'm officially getting up and making myself a snack! I'm hungry. lol

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TRAVELGRRL 2/21/2012 2:21PM

    If you didn't know, you can't be responsible! AND, you threw the rest away. That's a win-win-win!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 2/21/2012 1:44PM

    You rock!

Is that the spinach smoothie? I made one of those one time and really liked it. So did my kids!

I think it is so helpful that you are doing this. I really have learned a lot just in your last 2 posts. It does help to see what others are eating.

Your husband rocks too! Please share that with him. He needs kudos!

I love it that you did not start your no-dairy count over. It's a learning process and you did exactly what you were supposed to do. Common sense can never be taken for granted.

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THEADMIRAL 2/21/2012 1:05PM

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STARLIGHT615 2/21/2012 12:59PM

    Great job !!!

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Take that first step...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ~ Lao-tzu

The past few weekends I've had VERY active weekends. And I had a blast. Two weekends ago we went out of town to Michigan and I got multiple workouts in every day. I gathered my family up to workout, too.

I ran with my sister one morning, walked with Leslie one afternoon, got a hike in, and then on Superbowl Sunday I did the Spark fun Superbowl Workout with my husband the entire game (those first downs killed me! 25 bicycle crunches each 1st down!).

Then this past weekend I went to a Chair Dance class with my other sister led by my good friend, the "Fitness Mistress".

Now I am considering becoming a certified Walk Leader for Leslie and teaching women how to start working out and becoming stronger.

And to think at the start of this journey I couldn't walk even a half mile with Leslie. At the beginning my ideal weekend would consist of sleeping in vs. getting up early for a run. That would be followed by more laying around, watching movies vs. getting up and walking, even if it is inside because it's too cold. Football games would be watched with a drink in hand, chips in the other, not running up and down the stairs and doing crunches.

The journey of 1,000 miles does indeed start with that one, first, single step.

I can't wait to inspire others to take the first step, if they haven't already.


Me (left), Sister on right running in Michigan


Me (left), sister (right) after run


Me (right), Fitness Mistress (left) before chair dancing

  
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TOPAZROSE 2/18/2012 7:05AM

    You are doing awesome! Your enthusiasm, lovely nature and success will make you a great walk leader.

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CARILOUIE 2/17/2012 2:18PM

    I love that I have been following you on this journey! You have come so far and are such an inspiration!

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POETICBLONDE 2/16/2012 12:29PM

    You inspire me, and you are awesome. emoticon

And the chair dance thing sounds cool too.

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GOOZLEBEAR 2/16/2012 12:23PM

    Very proud of you, you are doing great!

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IGSBETH 2/16/2012 12:13PM

    Way to go!

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LINDAKAY228 2/16/2012 11:12AM

    It's amazing how far you've come and how your life has changed! Awesome job! I know that you will make an awesome walk leader and you have so much inspiration to spread around. Love the pics!

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KITHKINCAID 2/15/2012 4:46PM

    Yey! Great pics :) I know - I've been toying with the idea of getting by Zumba Instructor certification. What? Me? That's crazy! But it's true. I think you should totally do it.

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TABIKATZZ 2/15/2012 4:18PM

    what a great blog! I have that quote on my wall in my bedroom, under which I have my cap and tassel from graduation. Because each step we take is one step closer to our goals! Great job!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/15/2012 4:05PM

    What a great goal! You are inspiring, my friend; you probably will not know this side of heaven how many others you've inspired to take their own first step, and the next ones after that.

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KKINNEA 2/15/2012 4:03PM

    Sweet, love the goal to be a walk leader!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/15/2012 3:48PM

    I am so rpoud of you. You certainly inspire me!

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AMBER281 2/15/2012 3:45PM

    That you so awesome.
You are very inspiring!

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CLAYARTIST 2/15/2012 3:27PM

  congratulations...

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SparkPeople 28-Day Bootcamp Review

Monday, February 13, 2012

SparkPeople chose me as one of the lucky bloggers/team leaders to receive the newly released "28-Day Bootcamp" DVD by Coach Nicole, and in return I need to post my review of it. A disclaimer: I received this DVD for free from SparkPeople and did not receive any form of payment for my review.

I love trying to complete the Spark Official 28-Day Bootcamps that are held here in the Spark community typically every January and in the spring -- I never finish, but I always love trying. In those bootcamps the videos are all online, but it's the same 7 videos rotated throughout the month.

At first I thought that's all this DVD would be, but then I put the DVD in and hit "play".

First of all, there are options! Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. You can follow the 28-day plan which is in a cool calendar format (for those literal people like me), or you can pick from different timed segments - 12, 20 and 30 minute workouts. GREAT for busy moms like me, too.

I love that the cardio plus the boot-camp style circuit training burns more fat in less time (again, busy mom here!)

I LOVE the cardio intervals.

It's so much nicer to view it on my TV screen vs. my computer :)

There are three different intensity levels so you just pick your own speed and go with it.

I really enjoyed the 30-Minute Challenge Routine. This is like one of those combos at a Mexican restaurant. It's all in there and it's all so GOOD! Not just curls and squats, this mixture of cardio and ST will have your heart thumping and your body rocking. My husband did this one with me and he was dying! I had to encourage him to keep going.

The other women in the video do modify for you, too. The girl on the right is a lower intensity. I've read some reviews saying that beginners can't do it, but my hubby is a beginner and he was fine with the modifications - and a little reassurance from me.

You can pick up your DVD from Target AND you get 250 SparkPoints and a $3 off coupon if you go to the link below:

www.sparkpeople.com/28daybootcamp

ENJOY! It's one of my new favorite workout videos. And I have a LOT.

  
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MOMASAURUS 2/16/2012 11:30AM

    I will definitely pick this one up now! I thought that it would be like the online Sparkpeople version. It's nice to know that there are so many awesome options!!

Thank you for the review!

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CHANGINGSAM 2/16/2012 11:15AM

    I just bought this a few days ago, and I like it so far! I have not gotten to the challenge yet, but it sounds fun!



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COACH_NICOLE 2/16/2012 11:10AM

    Mexican combo?! Yessss. haha Glad you liked!

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FREES1 2/14/2012 3:34PM

    congrats on being chosen to get the DVD and review it - you deserved it!!! and thanks for the good review - sounds like something I just might have to try!

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KITHKINCAID 2/14/2012 2:04PM

    yey for free videos :)

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SGTSUNNY 2/14/2012 1:25PM

    Thank you for the review! I am sold!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/14/2012 11:39AM

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AMBER281 2/14/2012 10:22AM

    Thanks for sharing your review!!!

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TEMPEST272002 2/14/2012 9:24AM

    Great review! I liked the 30 minute challenge one too.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/13/2012 11:12PM

    wooohoooo! Thanks!

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SHFELKEY 2/13/2012 9:46PM

    Thanks for posting your review of the DVD! This line made me laugh out loud:

"I really enjoyed the 30-Minute Challenge Routine. This is like one of those combos at a Mexican restaurant. It's all in there and it's all so GOOD!"

Keep on Sparking!

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