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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dead battery - my camera, not me! I took dd 1 & 2 to the pool this morning and picked up a whole grain roll at the bakery next door. I knew there was an egg and a tangerine waiting for me in the church frig. So, off to clean the church and eat breakfast, but my camera was at home. Ooops! Then I hit the field for some Nordic Walking. The river is no longer at flood stage, so most of the path was clear today, but there were still a few spots where I had to take a detour. But I set my handy alarm for 30 minutes and took off. We had gorgeous weather this morning, so I was able to see and hear all the birds along the river, - woodpeckers, geese, swans, Elster (no idea what that is in English) - My favorite was the woodpeckers though. They are so funny to watch. After 30 minutes, I turned around and trotted back. I even jogged part of the way. Wow!

lunch: 1/2 cup long grain and wild rice, lean beef, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, snow peas

Right after lunch, we headed out to a school outing. And ... my battery died! Arrgg. I usually have an extra one in the case, but it was dead too. I did get to film the first 60 seconds or so of the the class singing for the parents. Oh well. You aren't missing much. I had a green salad with tomatoes and cucumbers - no dressing, fruit salad, Greek Spaghetti Salad and a yummy apple and strawberry medallion. Thanks Freelady for the great idea. It is always a hit!

Thankful today for:
-a safe place to walk
-waterproof hiking shoes
-friends with great ideas

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KADULAC 3/19/2012 7:02PM

    Sounds like a great walk. I'm looking forward to the snow melting so we can go to our favorite walking places.

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RUNNINGOMA 3/18/2012 9:07AM

    It was great weather! Great job on the bit of running!

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SUNRISE14 3/18/2012 4:15AM

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GWTRIKER 3/17/2012 11:16PM

    I am sure your lunch was as good as it looks!

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FREELADY 3/17/2012 5:14PM

    I would absolutely love that river walk. I never get tired of watching and hearing birds, either.

I enjoy hearing about the activities of your day.

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ZELLAZM 3/17/2012 5:04PM

    Wasn't it a great day for NWalking?

(Elster = Magpie!)

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VISUALLYRICS 3/17/2012 4:54PM

    What a wonderful emoticon day!!
Your walk sounds very motivating....and a jog too! emoticon

I am still thinking about your lunch - yum! ~ emoticon

have a nice evening, Laura

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Freeze Tag!

Friday, March 16, 2012

I went to the gym today and you know what, we have one of those annoying 18 year old trainers who finds ways for you to improve every move you make. Boy is he a pest. Okay, okay, he is helpful, but now my back and shoulders are screaming at me. They want me to run and hide the next time we see him coming around the corner. If he wasn't such a nice guy, we might even stick our tongue at him.

I think I got just as much of a workout in tonight playing freeze-tag at the teen night though and I may have even stuck my tongue out at a person or two. We had a blast. No one wanted to stop when the game was over. I'm so glad. That will keep them coming back.

breakfast: spelt bread, coconut oil, thin salami, cucumber, actimel

snack: celery, peanut butter, craisins, fat free cream cheese

lunch: 1oz corn chips, .5 cup lentils and rice, tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers, 1 slice low fat cheese, jalapeņos, 2 Tbs Low fat Quark (mixed with water till smooth) , seltzer

snack: cappuccino, quinoa sandwich cookie ( 104 cal ), nuts - and my daughter's little visitor to keep me company

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KADULAC 3/19/2012 7:04PM

    What a fun way to get a workout.

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ZELLAZM 3/17/2012 8:43AM

    Your snack is a flower :-)

Hope the first challenge day is a great one for you!

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MARYDSAN 3/17/2012 7:37AM

    So, what did he have you do that made you so sore? Can I have the cookie recipe, too?

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VISUALLYRICS 3/16/2012 11:51PM

    emoticon on your gym training!!
I too was having fun with our Youth tonight! I love their ZeSt for life!

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MTNGRL 3/16/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon job keeping up with that young trainer.He will learn his lesson one day!

BTW, I am looking up recipes for those cookies and if I find one that works I'll let you know.

Good luck tomorrow!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yea!!

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SETAGOAL1 3/16/2012 7:21PM

    We have not given up on ourselves.

We now know we are the only ones that can make it happen for us.

We have the power to succeed or fail.

We can choose to succeed.

Way to Go My Sparkfriends

Janet-Butterfly team emoticon

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FREELADY 3/16/2012 7:10PM

    Fun and games is the BEST exercise! Wonderful that you got such an enthusiastic response.

I know what you mean about the young go-getter trainer. Sometimes the one who seems like our worst enemy turns out to be our best friend. Look at it this's a compliment to you that he thought you could take it!!

I sure do enjoy your blogs. And tomorrow is the BIG DAY for our challenge BLAST OFF!!! See ya there!

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Triggers - Assignment #4

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It has only been recently that I have noticed that I do have an emotional trigger. When I am stressed, I am too busy to eat. When we have company, I can't talk with my mouth full, so I don't eat much. When I am angry, I don't have any appetite. However, when I am hurt, I have a pity party and look to food to make me feel better. I never thought I was an emotional eater, but when it comes to this one emotion, I am.

Food triggers - Oh my. Have you noticed that Easter is just around the corner. Thankfully, my all-time favorite candy is not available here and we are rarely in the states at Easter time, so that is one trigger that I won't have to tackle any time soon. Another trigger though is candy coated or chocolate coated nuts. And they are everywhere right now. They are multiplying like Easter Bunnies and popping up in every aisle of every store I have been in during the past two weeks. So far, so good. I just keep chanting "100% compliance, 100% compliance" as I march right past them. I am not going to lie to myself and say that I can just have a couple each day. Nope! Been there. Tried that. Failed. Not this time.

My other trigger is onions. When I have onions, I want my favorite soda to go with them. So, I generally avoid raw onions. Too bad since they are so good for you. But I know as long as that onion taste lingers in my mouth, so will the craving for a sugary drink. I have had some success with drinking seltzer instead though. But, that is why you will never see onion on my tacos or in my salads. Maybe one day, somewhere down the line, but not today or tomorrow.

Breakfast: the usual- 2 pieces spelt bread, plum fruit spread, coconut oil, ham, cucumbers, actimel

morning snack: green tea, celery, peanut butter, fat free cream cheese, cranberries I had fun making these for the head of our health food co-op today. Yesterday when I picked up my order she asked me what I do with the celery since she had never eaten it before. So, this morning, when I made my snack, I made a stalk for her too and dropped it off on my way to teach. I am looking forward to hearing how she liked it.

lunch: wrap- 4slices ultra thin turkey salami (58 cal), tortilla (120 cal), cream cheese ( 30 ) lettuce, turkey (42) red bell peppers, 1oz tortilla chips, seltzer, small tangerine

snack: coffee, soy milk, quinoa-cocoa cookies (117 cal) macadamia cream (60 cal)

dinner: bean and rice soft taco, seltzer

Thankful today for:
-dd got her acceptance letter for the high school of her choice
-2 new students
-my kitchen media center

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RUNNINGOMA 3/16/2012 7:39AM

    I was missing your lovely food blogs! I love the pictures and getting ideas from you. Just bought quinoa for the first time this week but haven't tried it yet. I'm not doing the challenge this time, but I am still challenging myself.

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MAMASUDS 3/16/2012 3:43AM

    We have a cookie factory, Wikana, in town that has started a "healthy" line. These little cookies are their new quinoa ones. They have several that are made with spelt as well, but I was hoping to benefit from the protein in the quinoa. I really liked the fact that 1 portion is pretty good sized.

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FREELADY 3/15/2012 9:55PM

    How exciting about your dd's acceptance! Hooray! And you got new students! Three cheers!

I needed to be reminded about 100% compliance expression. That is my resolve for this challenge, but the chanting will help me, I know, and I had forgotten that phrase.

I love it that you are opening doors to healthy food for others. Cool!

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MTNGRL 3/15/2012 6:55PM

    quinoa-cocoa cookies - did you make these?

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VISUALLYRICS 3/15/2012 5:54PM

    Chelli Lynn,

I have also... Been there. Tried that. ...and I know to stay away from my triggers.
Yes, emoticon goodies are running rampant here in the states. I don't even turn down that aisle anymore. For me, it's Robin eggs ( a colorful speckled "Whopper" ball....and I tend to enjoy choc covered marshmallows....from childhood. emoticon
No More though...just finished that 21 day personal challenge and I'm ready as ever to stare my trigger in the face as it parades by, and look the other way.

Your food looks beautiful & always. I love celery too.

emoticon through Christ! Me too! love ya!, Laura

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SUNRISE14 3/15/2012 4:56PM

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Assignment #3

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pre-challenge assignment #3 asks me to list all the reasons I want to lose weight.

During the next 8 weeks, I want to lose inches and be able to comfortably buy some new jeans. Lets just say the ones I have, have seen better days, but I keep putting off buying new ones because I want to lose weight first.

I need to make my supplements a habit again. I know from experience that when I take them, I feel more rested. I have more energy. My gout doesn't flair up. This is what I want. The strategy that I used before isn't working anymore. As our life and schedule has changed, the habit of taking my vitamins got lost on the sideline. I am going to take them each day with my morning snack and again with my afternoon snack. At mealtime, I am focused on the rest of the family, but snack time is MY TIME, so I should be able to work them in a little easier.

I want to be able to jump rope 100X without messing up. I am up to 37 right now. When I was a kid, I couldn't jump rope to save my life. When I was in high school, I finally learned how to really jump rope and I loved it. It has been a long time since I did that though. So, I started jumping rope with my baseball kids. I challenge them and we jump together. They are getting better and so am I. Our best teammate got up to 21 on Monday. Now, I just need to make sure I stay ahead of him.

I want to reach 20,000 steps on my pedometer 3-4 times a week and 10,000 on the other days.

I want to burn 3000 calories 3 days a week.

I want to prove to that guy at the gym that I really can do it!

I want to model a healthy lifestyle for my kids so that they don't struggle with the same issues when they grow up.

Today's meals:

breakfast: oatmeal, apples, cinnamon, actimel

snack time: coffee, soy milk, 2 oreos

lunch: veggie pizza (350 cal) added ham, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, side salad with olive oil and apple cider vinegar

supper: bruschetta mushrooms
, ciabatta with brushetta
Check out these huge, gorgeous mushrooms that they had at the market today. Woo Hoo! Three of us loved these mushrooms. The other ones got some chicken. My girls picked these up and ate them like cheeseburgers. When I first picked up these mushrooms, I was thinking of carb-free pizzas, but these were so good. My ds said he wasn't really hungry for supper until he started eating and then it was so good, he couldn't get enough. Ah, music to my ears.

Thankful today for:
-huge mushrooms
-yummy garlic
-muscle rub - Ah!

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MAMASUDS 3/15/2012 4:13PM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I buy my veggie pizza. I have tried several different ones over the years, but finally found one I like. The box says half a pizza is 351 calories. Then I add extra veggies. I tried it with just the veggies and I got hungry too early in the afternoon, so I have been adding about 50 calories of ham to it for the protein and that seems to do the trick. It fills me up and keeps me going.

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KADULAC 3/15/2012 12:34PM

    Great goals. Those are some good looking mushrooms. Yum!!

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SUNRISE14 3/15/2012 4:14AM

    emoticon emoticondo you make or buy your veggie pizza and how do you figure the calories ? emoticon

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FREELADY 3/14/2012 7:36PM

    I love your innovative strategy about supplements!

Your mention about mushrooms and pizza sparked me tonight. Thanks!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/14/2012 5:41PM

    Wow! Gorgeous mushrooms...brilliant idea for supper! emoticon

Chelli Lynn - You have made some awesome goals here - so doable!
I admire you n this emoticon competition...nothing like a little friendly challenge to get us moving Eh?! LOL!!
I will also take that challenge - I love to jump rope too.

Besutiful healthy meals today! emoticon for being consistent and posting your meal blogs!

so glad to be travelling with U! emoticon Laura

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Assignment #1

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'm a little late getting started on my Spring Challenge assignments, but better late than never. Here goes!

All exercise and diet equipment is dusted off and ready to go.

My exercise plan:

Mondays: dance aerobics + 15 minutes rowing + 10 min stretching
Tuesdays: at least 30 minutes of walking, running and/or rebounder
Wednesdays: strength training + cardio at the gym
Thursdays: at least 30 minutes of walking, running and/or rebounder
Fridays: pilates at the gym + cardio
Saturdays: nordic walking, family fitness fun
Sundays: day of rest

I will be following the MyLine diet plan. Ordered lots of goodies from the health food co-op. REady to go.

I will be connecting with my fellow teammates via friend feed and blogs at least once a day.

Will post at least 3 reasons to be thankful each day.

Will post pics of my 5 meals each day - must stay accountable!

Thankful today for:
-patient teachers

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KADULAC 3/15/2012 12:36PM

    Looks like a fun workout plan.

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SUNRISE14 3/14/2012 6:46AM

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FREELADY 3/14/2012 2:01AM

    Great plan!

Firecrackers excel!! emoticon

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ABETTERSOUL 3/13/2012 6:47PM

    emoticon Go fellow firecracker!!! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 3/13/2012 5:20PM

    emoticon GO Firecracker!! emoticon

I'm with ya! Laura emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 3/13/2012 5:16PM

    Success is heading your way!

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