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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

If you have time to watch TV then you have time to exercise and cook healthy meals. It's just a matter of priorities.

Stole these pics from other hard workin' Done Girls!
They just seemed to hit home with me & my thoughts today!

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    Right on, chica! This is exactly what I have been doing!

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KIMPAINTS 4/10/2014 2:30PM

    Absolutely!!! You are one amazing DONEGIRL!!! Muah and thank you!!

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EVRLNGFOO 4/9/2014 3:33PM

    so true! luckily my kitchen is next to the livingroom so i can cook and watch at the same time!

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    Exactly! If you want something bad enough, you will make it a priority in your life! Get it girl! emoticon emoticon

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MADMANSMAMA87 4/9/2014 2:47PM

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ADARKARA 4/9/2014 2:41PM

    So true! I love video games so I found one I could play while jogging in place. It's really fun and helpful!

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HILLSLUG98239 4/9/2014 2:19PM

    Absolutely! I commute by bike several days a week, strength train a few days a week (sometimes riding my bike there), swim a few days a week, and run a few days a week. (I'm training for my first triathlon - but you probably already figured that out.)We have a small garden, I bake bread on the weekends, I "brown-bag" lunch four days a week (my once-a-week restaurant lunch with a colleageu/friend is a treat and therapy!), and we eat very little processed food.

I'm blessed with a flexible boss and a husband who knows his way around the kitchen. I don't have to get kids out the door to school or to daycare. I know there are people who have more hectic lives than mine, and I understand that their choices may reflect that. BUT - the majority of the people who eat lots of processed food or take-out, who claim they don't have time to pursue a healthier lifestyle, and who are always chasing the quick fix, are doing so because of the choices they make and the priorities they have. There are only 24 hours in my day, too. (If there were 25 hours in my day, I'd just use that extra hour sleeping!)


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Now don't get me wrong... Lots of GREAT food came out of my Grandmother's pressure cooker!

I felt that I could never get the hang of the old style pressure cookers and would hurt myself or others using one.

Low and behold great minds knew my kitchen skills were limited to say the least...

They created a pressure cooker for those of us that just are too impatient/clumsy/just don't get it kind of Chef Extraordinaire!

Pretty awesome!

I got it last year for Christmas... thought I would never use it... Now I use it all of the time!


Mine is a Montel Williams Living WEll 6 Quart Pressure Cooker.

*Did I mention that I LOVE it?!

There are several out on the market now... so many to choose from! They ARE worth the money!

I emoticon it!

I make my lunch meals for the week on the weekend easy as Pie! QUICK!

Look one up online and see for your self.

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    This looks awesome! My mom has one of the old fashioned ones that she uses all the time and it has always intimidated me. I'm going to have to look into the electronic ones!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/13/2013 8:43PM

    Terrific! I've never had one but now I want it! emoticon

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Find new loves in Old hates!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


So I know am not a Brussels sprout fan! Then I thought... well maybe its because I was buying frozen... so I bought fresh out of the produce section... Ummmm... nope.... still not a fan. LOL I can tolerate it in a homemade soup. LOL

I have also found that whole wheat noodles are like chewing on cooked cardboard. LOL
Then I found that if I add just the right seasonings & goodies (that are healthy) *I like them AWESOMELY!* LOL
So last night I used my pressure cooker and cooked chicken breast. (2cups of water, dash of extra virgin olive oil, 2-dashes of Balsamic vinegar, 1-tbls liquid smoke, 2-tsp dried parsley leaves, 1-tsp "no salt" salt LOL, 4- boneless skinless chicken breast, 2-dashes of ground Cayenne pepper. Saved the juices and cooked my (2-cups dry) whole wheat noodles in the juices. Drained them, put in a large bowl, shredded my chicken breast & added to whole wheat noodles, splashed with extra virgin olive oil, added one can of Rotel-diced tomatoes w/cilantro & lime.
emoticon Mixed well & I have found a new LOVE!
emoticon Yes you can do it too! Find new loves in Old hates!
Healthy ways to eat "Right"!


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    The first time I had Brussels sprouts that I actually liked, they were steamed with green tea, it really helped cut the smell and bitterness of the sprouts. Now I love them pretty much any way. Still can't stand beets, though. :)

Your noodles and chicken dish sound yummy! Something we'll have to try next time we get together!

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INGBADEN 11/14/2013 9:42PM

    That does sound yummy.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/13/2013 2:02PM

    Yum - congrats!

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KIMPAINTS 11/12/2013 7:18PM

    emoticon You are so darn adorable!!

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PURPLEPEONY 11/12/2013 3:33PM

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Trying new to-me-things & learning

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

So I have challenged myself to try new things.
Healthy food.

Okay so I have found out that I am not one of those people that can eat 100%Whole Grain Oats (Oatmeal) I even added diced apple, cinnamon and some sugar. This is one NEW thing I have tried and vote NO on eating any more. I am donating the rest of the canister to my MIL. She loves the stuff.

I also tried a New-to-me Braeburn Apple & loved it! I usually get the Honey Apple. LOL Sweet & juicy! I sliced the Braeburn Apple, sprinkled it with cinnamon and heated it in the microwave for a minute, let it set for a minute and heated it again for another minute, let it set for a minute before eating! You talk about a yummy way to start the day! OMGW! LOL

Another thing I tried yesterday. I made my very Own Homemade salad dressing! Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar & random seasonings I had in my cabinet. No Salt tho! & I loved it!

*I did try to find some "already made up dressing, but ALL of it had SUGAR added. I do not need sugar, I do not want sugar added to every single thing I eat. Why does the food industries add so much sugar & salt to the foods. They should leave it out and if the consumer wants it in there... let them add the amount they want! LOL My thoughts on that.*

I have gotten hooked on Lean Turkey burgers! Tho I am eating them moderately as I should.

Over the weekend I made my very Own Homemade Veggie Chicken Soup & have been bringing it to work for my lunch! I love it! It is yummy & Oh so Healthy!

For breakfast I have a box of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest! Yummers! I pour Vanilla Almond Milk on it & eat!

More to come...

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MERAINA 10/29/2013 12:35PM

    I will have to look and see if there is this "Rob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal in my neck of the woods!
I am willing to try it and see what happens!
Thanks guys!

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LPRUNWALK 10/29/2013 11:25AM

    Good for you, trying new stuff. I recently got to like oatmeal after many years of hating the stuff. It came about gradually as a result of cutting sugar almost completely out of my diet. Somehow the oatmeal finally started to taste OK. I do what you tried, cut apple into it while cooking, then I add a tiny bit of almond milk at the end and one teaspoon of pure maple syrup. It's passable, and some days I even like it! So maybe don't give up on oatmeal just yet? Or do, and find other alternatives.

I agree with you so much about sugar and the stupid food industry. They are trying to kill us all.

Good luck!

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ROBBIEY 10/29/2013 11:17AM

  Trying new things is always a challenge, but discovering new things you like is rewarding.
I wish you continued success in your journey.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 10/29/2013 11:16AM

    I love Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats cooked overnight in my slow cooker. Delicious on a cold morning with cinnamon added.
And I have often wondered why manufacturers add so much sodium to stuff too. Don't they taste what they make? Extremely salty. Just makes you thirsty the rest of the day - unless they are in league with the drink manufacturers to get us to buy more drinks too. Hum...

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BIGPAWSUP 10/29/2013 11:03AM

    Congrats on encorporating some reaaly awesome foods!

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ADARKARA 10/29/2013 10:51AM

    I am not a huge fan of oatmeal either, but I LOVE Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal. I add unsweetened coconut and reduced sugar craisins with some skim milk. Yum!

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Blood tells on you

Sunday, October 27, 2013

~I am happy to say I am on the losing team again! emoticon
~Pounds down I am moving again! emoticon
~I have reset my mind set to better living and working hard to correct my bad habits! emoticon
~Even Smoke-Free since Oct 18! emoticon
~Did you know there are such things as "Smoke Coaches"?
~My insurance has a hook-up with "" and you talk to REAL people! LOL emoticon
~I had a "Bio-Screen" on my blood and vitals to show me where improvements are needed. emoticon
~Cholesterol was 249-- a bit high--changing with my food choices for now. emoticon
~Triglycerides 245-- is a bit high too, so I am told-- changing with my food choices for now. emoticon
~Blood pressure was 120/80 !! Excellent !!! emoticon
~Pulse 60. Good I guess, they didn't tell me any different on that one. emoticon
~Glucose 81! GREAT! no problem there. emoticon
~I found I am now 5'3" now. In high school I was 5'4"... I have shrank an inch in height!!! emoticon
~Waist 43.0
~Hips 43.5
~Weight was 192.5. This morning it is 189.0 emoticon
~Loss due to change in food choices! emoticon
~Love it! emoticon
~I've been reading and using as a guide:
Reader's Digest "Magic Foods for Better Blood Sugar"
~Even though my sugar/Glucose is awesome. This book is great with lists of awesome good-4-you foods! emoticon
I just started Chapter 5 and I am already losing pounds by choosing the better foods- ones with low GL (Glycemic Load). emoticon
I found by reading this book that I mostly chose foods with high GL. emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 10/27/2013 1:59PM

    Way to go! I love that you are changing your health for the better! How awesome that you get to talk to a live smoke coach while quitting smoking, I'm super proud of you!

60 is a great pulse rate! I need to go in and get a health screening, I know my blood pressure is borderline high, but it's been years since I had the full workup done.

You can do this! Muah!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/27/2013 1:40PM

    Yay! Congrats :)

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