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Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Hello everyone! I hope 2010 finds you well! I've been a bit busy so haven't had a chance to blog but got a few minutes for computer time today.

I had a great workout today. Hubby was home so he sent me to the gym. The weather was almost Spring-like - sunny and thankfully not windy - so I had a nice walk to the gym. (It won't last; snow is coming our way!) Once at the gym I hopped on the treadmill for a jog/walk. If I were to do the 10K tomorrow, I predict I would finish it somewhere b/w 70 and 90 minutes. I will probably have to walk some of it, which is why it will take me so long. However, that is fine with me. It is my first one and I don't care what my time is. I just want to finish. Hopefully by March I'll be able to shave quite a bit of time from my prediction.

On the food front, things are OK. Not great but not too bad. We had guests this week and I've had a lot of sweets,which are my weakness , so I have to be careful. DARN sweet tooth! The good news is, the sweets are now gone. :)

I received my Spark book recently!! YAY YAY YAY!! I can't wait to hunker down and read it. So far I've just flipped through the pages, but I've heard amazing things. I know it will be inspirational even to those of us who are seasoned Sparkers. Speaking of...this month will be my 3rd anniversary on Spark. I can't believe how quickly time has passed. I'll probably write a reflective blog on that date, but for now I'll just say that this site is amazing and totally changed my life. Here's to a fit and happy me in 2010! And of course, here's to fit and happy Spark friends!! :)

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 1/8/2010 4:18AM

    Glad you got a good run in today! And congrats on that upcoming Spark-versary!

I haven't ordered The Spark (yet?), partially because it seems so geared for people who are fairly new to weight loss & healthy living. I'm sure I'd find parts of it inspirational and interesting, but am not sure I can justify the cost of the book on that alone. I'd love to hear your thoughts once you finish it.

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DNJEN471 1/7/2010 9:14PM

    I was wondering if the book was more geared towards new members or vet sparkers. You'll have to fill me in after you read it.

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SPARKNMOM 1/7/2010 8:47PM Sparkaversary is this month, too!! Same year and everything :) And look at us - still here living healthy!!

And yes - the snow is coming. We got it today - started about 9:30AM. 4-5 inches so far where I am. Yikes!!

Looks like you're still doing great!! WTG!

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MOM2ACAT 1/7/2010 7:03PM

    Congrats on your upcoming Sparkaversary!

I just got my book today; I ordered it from Walmart. com. So far, I've only taken a quick look through it, but I have already checked out the online content. A little bit later tonight I'm going to sit down and get a more thorough look at it.

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Registered for a 10k - am I crazy?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I am running a 10k in Richmond in March. He ran this 10k last year. While we were in Richmond for the holidays, he mentioned wanting to run it again and I said, "I wanna run it too." Today, hubby registered both of us for it. We are paid and everything so I can't change my mind. LOL!

Am I crazy? I have never even run a 5k race before. The most I've done is the Couch to 5k training program. I took a long hiatus from running after that, mostly because I found out I was expecting and I didn't feel comfortable continuing to run while I was pregnant (though I still exercised almost every day). Anyway, this past Sunday I did week 1 day 1 of the C25K to gauge how well my body "remembers" how to run. Apparently it forgot almost everything because W1D1 was not very easy. So...what was I thinking with this 10K that is coming up in TWO MONTHS? Thankfully, at least I am signed up in the jogging group. I probably won't see hubby until the end of the race.

Despite my reservations, I believe that often our minds hold us back much more than our bodies do. Yes, I have to train. But I also have to believe that I can do it. Once that happens, I've won half the battle - at least.

I am off to plan my training schedule. And to think positive thoughts. :) Hmmmm...I wonder if there is a Couch to 10k training program.

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SSANFORD1 1/17/2010 3:09PM

    I definitely think you are right. As long as you believe you can do it, you will. Keep up with your training and all will fall into place when the time for the 10K comes. Good luck let us know how it goes.

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DNJEN471 1/2/2010 7:12PM

    I totally agree, that our minds hold our bodies back. I jogged for the first time in months today and boy did my mind tell me to stop. But I didn't. It felt fantastic. You can totally do it girl! You are capable of amazing things!

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SINGER73 12/31/2009 10:50AM

    Hey, I live in Richmond. I was just thinking about training for a 5K. That will motivate me to get cracking but I think March is too soon.

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LOLAGEEK 12/31/2009 10:14AM

    First off, the Dale Chihuly in the background is cracking me up :)

Second, good luck and you can do it. has a lot of training plans for a wide variety of experience levels but they charge now to access them. Hal Higdon has been one of their major training plan contributors in the past and still has the training plans up on his site including a 10K plan for novices that is 8 weeks. See if you like it...


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STARTSPARKING 12/31/2009 1:40AM

    What a wonderful goal for the new year! I agree that having a positive attitude and believing you can reach the goal is half the battle. I believe in you and will root for you!
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KARALVS2SCRAP 12/30/2009 11:53PM

    Good for you! You can do it!

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ASTER2606 12/30/2009 10:49PM

    I'm sure you can do it too. So your first day back to running was a bit rough, but you're generally in shape and I have to think that re-learning the running will be easier than the first time around.

Happy New Year!

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SPARKNMOM 12/30/2009 10:13PM

    You can do it!! I, too, plan to do a 10K - and honestly, the only way I get my butt out to run is when I'm under pressure to get the miles in for a race!! Good for you - hubby and the running group will get you there - oh, and we'll help support ya too!!! Woohoo!!!

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MOM2ACAT 12/30/2009 5:54PM

    emoticon You can do it! What a great goal to work for!

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JGOLFER 12/30/2009 3:56PM

    You are so right about our minds holding us back. Keep on thinking those positive thoughts. You can do it! I signed up for one at the end of January so 10Ks here we come!!!

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Wii Fit Plus!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

How has everybody been? Happy New Year to all my wonderful Spark Friends!

I received the Wii Fit Plus as a gift over the holidays. Hubby and I gave it a try last night. FUN!!!! I did Tae Kwan Doe, a short run, and a tropical bike ride of some sort. My Wii age is 29 - not too shabby. LOL. I am under no illusion that this will replace regular exercise, but when I am stuck at home, this is a good supplement. I can't wait to try all the activities. The yoga looks cool, as does the boxing.

For those of you who have the Wii Fit, what is your favorite activity? Which do you find the most challenging?

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PIGLETSMALL 1/16/2010 2:22PM

    Sounds fun to me, my son has one and wouldn't mind me using it but it's finding a time when someone eisn't watching the TV! lol!

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PMJLNR 1/7/2010 3:42PM

    Happy New Year to you too!
We got a WiiFit for Christmas also, but I don't know how to use it. Will have to have one of the kids come over to get me started.

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MARLOU4 12/30/2009 12:36PM

    I AM SO JEALOUS! I've been wanting one but just didn't know if I would use it that much. Now I want one for real. Enjoy.

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NANCYHEALY 12/30/2009 8:08AM

    I got a wii this year under the tree. Maybe for my birthday a fit plus!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/30/2009 12:14AM

    Wow. 29. Congrats!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 12/29/2009 9:48PM

    I have WII Fit and LOVE the Hula Hoop!


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SPARKNMOM 12/29/2009 9:35PM

    I like the Wii Fit. I agree - it's not an "end all" exercise tool, but it's a fun way to be moving and the whole family loves it. Anything that gets my hubby off the couch is alright by me! I don't have the "Plus" one, but perhaps if I'm good next year, it'll be under my tree!!

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STARTSPARKING 12/29/2009 9:24PM

    You must have been a very good girl because Santa rewarded you with such a great present! emoticon

I'm glad you and your hubby are having so much fun with your new Wii Fit Plus. I don't own one but did try out my sister-in-law's a few months ago. It was a fun afternoon with her and my nephew and niece. Thanks for the reminder that I should visit and have more family fun with them on their Wii soon!

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CHILADY0923 12/29/2009 8:24PM

    I bought the Wii Fit Plus for the family the week before Christmas. We LOVE it! We've been on that thing every day. The kids are on there now as I type this message. My favorite is boxing and Step Aerobics. My youngest absolutely adores the Yoga. She is now a Yoga Master. That girl is flexible. I agree. This is not a substitute for exercise bu it is a fun supplement.

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ISEW4UANDME 12/29/2009 7:36PM

    I have Wii Active. Now that's a great workout with a personal trainer. wWill have to try Wii fit, because i got that too!

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BITSY0516 12/29/2009 7:29PM

    I don't have Wii fit, but I did get EA Active Personal Trainer for the Wii. I did day 1 of the 30 day challenge yesterday and today I am SORE!! But I know I am going to like it. :-)

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KARALVS2SCRAP 12/29/2009 7:23PM

    I don't have one but I want one!

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A call for some New Year's Eve food suggestions

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hey Sparkfriends!

I am putting a call out for some help/ideas: We have some friends coming to stay with us for New Year's Eve - a couple. Since we have a 5-month-old baby, we will be staying in and keeping it low-key. I want to prepare a yummy but easy meal for the four of us - as well as some things to munch on beforehand. It will be a casual meal; we'll just be hanging out. But since it's New Year's, I wanted to do something more special than ordering pizza or getting takeout. :)

I know there are thousands of recipes on this site. Before I peruse those - and the myriad recipes in my cookbooks and magazines - I'm just looking for some quick ideas to get the ball rolling. Nothing fancy; probably just finger foods. I plan on going to Trader Joe's and getting some cheese and other munchies. But for the actual meal, I am a bit stumped. Maybe just a selection of yummy appetizers will work?

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks for your help!

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STARTSPARKING 12/24/2009 6:12AM

    I'm such a terrible cook, so I'm not sure I should give any advice or suggestions. However, maybe you can make it a semi-homemade do-it-yourself meal. Start with a rotisserie chicken and some pre-cut veggies. Then you can lightly sautee the veggies, shred the chicken meat, warm up some tortillas, and your guests can make their own tacos or burritos.

Whatever you serve, I am sure it will be a wonderful New year's Eve get-together with friends.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/22/2009 2:36PM

    Do you have a food processor?

Cranberry Avocado Salsa

Mix together:

1T fresh lime juice
sweetener (the equivalent of 2 Tablespoons of sugar or honey or to taste)
1 minced jalapeno (with seeds for more heat)
1/4C chopped red onion


2 ripe avocados cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3/4C fresh cranberries, drained well, halved
2T chopped cilantro (freeze dried works well)

Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Toss gently. Serve with whole grain pita crisps,tortilla chips, chicken, turkey or eggs

Pita Crisps

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate each pita bread into 2 round single layers. Brush on 3T olive oil covering both sides. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Cut into triangles, and then spread on baking sheet. Bake until crisp, 10-12 minutes, turning once.


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CARTOONB 12/21/2009 10:51PM

    I like the crock pot idea...chili or stew or something like that. While reading your blog, I was thinking lasagna and garlic bread. You can put it together ahead of time and bake when ready.

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ASTER2606 12/21/2009 10:43PM

    Easy appetizers that I can think of would be mushroom caps stuff with pesto. For the meal, seems like the peanut sauce suggestion below is good. What about a green salad and a big pot of spaghetti with or without meatballs or something like chili that you could start earlier in the day and just have in a slow cooker. Either way there isn't a lot of work to do right before you eat and you could get in a lot of vegetables. Cool too that you're back to strength training. I was about ready to comment on your Thursday entry and my laptop died. I'd been putting off the purchase for a while. Now it's done. Busy this past weekend with a couple of Solstice parties, so very little time online. Glad to see that you are doing so well.

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ANJI_RAE 12/21/2009 4:59PM

    Something that is yummy and healthy but a good party food is a chicken or seitan satay with a peanut sauce made from reduced calorie peanut butter :)

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Back to strength training & it feels great!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Yesterday I took a Body Pump class for the first time in quite a while. It's probably been since somewhere near the end of my second trimester of pregnancy. I was worried I would have to start all over again in terms of how much I can lift, but it went much better than I thought. Lately I've been focusing mostly on cardio and now I want to incorporate more weight lifting into my exercise routine again. It's so important. Cardio can get you skinny ... sure... but ST will make your body look a lot better, even if you weigh more!

We had a huge snowstorm over the weekend. Alas, I didn't make it to my kickboxing class. I may go tonight; we'll see how I feel 'cause I am a bit sore from Pump yesterday. If I don't go, I will do something at home. In any case, I am taking my gym clothes to the in-laws' house over the holiday weekend and will try to fit in as much exercise as I can. YEAH!! And I will be a good girl food-wise as well.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/21/2009 8:15PM

    Glad you're getting back into strength training!

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JENNWALTOS 12/21/2009 4:19PM

    Sounds like you're doing GREAT. Thank you for sharing your success! WOOHOO

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SPARKNMOM 12/21/2009 3:46PM

    What great focus you have!! Sounds like you're on track and getting through the holidays in a healthy way!! Way to go!!

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