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Friday, October 01, 2010

emoticon so one of my goals is to use the SP nutrition tracker for everything I eat and to run the report each day for a month so I can show up with a complete notebook for my trainer. Geez apparently the guy thinks I pay him to hold me accountable. What is up with that?!?!?!

Anyway - I am trying new recipes this week in an effort to change up my meal plan and tonight we made Steak Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce from Clean Eating magazine. Calories per two taco serving is 360. It was given four thumbs up out of four who tried it. I would definitely make this one again.


We substituted fresh baby spinach for the lettuce. I used the tomatoes in the recipe to make a homemade pico de gallo that had tomatoes, lime juice, jalepeno, cilantro, and green onions. We topped our tacos with that and the avocado cream sauce.

Now for the laughter...I have a home office and apparently a prankster among my children. I came in this morning to use my office phone and found a picture on it. Someone was sitting at my desk, playing with my phone, their food and taking pictures...

I was shocked later in the day to find out I had picked the wrong daughter as the prankster.

emoticon Don't forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating healthy, whole foods can all decrease your risk of develooping this disease. Don't forget your annual doctor visit!

emoticon I'll be showing strength tomorrow as I'm up bright and early for bootcamp followed by a one hour break and then Zumba class to meet my new SP buddy Laura.

emoticon Thanks to my crazy friend Shantel...I'll probably manage to log on my tracker everyday just so I don't lose our competition and have to put ***gasp*** a werewolf on my sparkpage. LOL

emoticon Night Sparkers!

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FIT_N_HEALTHY 10/4/2010 12:44PM

    Haha but I'm sure that photo put a smile on your face!!! So your trainer said you can pick your own food! Thats great. Mine gave me a detailed list that I have to follow. I went shopping yesterday and stocked up on everything. It's not clean eating which I would prefer to be doing because I know it is so much better for the body...so I decided that after the end of 2010 I am going to see what kind of results I get following his plan and then I will modify his portion sizes and calories to clean eating ways... Can you believe 2011 is around the corner!??

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MESEATURTLE 10/2/2010 2:14AM

    u have so much spirit it is emoticon

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 10/2/2010 1:00AM

    emoticon Your goals & accomplishments are always amazing!

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Here it is Shantel....

Friday, October 01, 2010

emoticon I'm a vampire loving sparker. A coleader of the Twilight Challenge team. A devoted Edward supporter.

emoticon We had crazy fun for the month of September with a fitness minutes challenge. At least I had fun with a couple of wolfpack devotees. One in particular who I vowed to stay ahead of all month and it took me setting a personal best in monthly fitness minutes of slightly over 2,000. All the competition paid off with me getting a smaller size pants yesterday!

emoticon I love SP and all the support, fun, and motivation that I find on here. So even though I won the competition, I have put up Jacob's poster and posed for a picture with it to thank Fit_N_Healthy for driving me so hard last month. This vampire loved the fun and competition. Now I can' wait to see her picture of Edward on her sparkpage!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Oh wait... is that upside down?

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FIT_N_HEALTHY 10/1/2010 12:09PM

    Hahaha!! I had so much fun as well and you pushed me to limits I have never been either. It's great what a little friendly competition can do...Don't worry Edward will be on my back ground in just a few minutes! You will have to visit my page so much just so you can be reminded that you KICKED MY BUTT and did an awesome job!!! Llokin really good Michcleary!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 10/1/2010 11:43AM

    u r looking smashing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROBINANN09 10/1/2010 11:10AM

    Look at you Miss Hot Stuff! Great job winning the competition!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 10/1/2010 10:55AM

    Very funny! Love the shades! emoticon

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Today's Celebration is....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

emoticon I bought a smaller size pants!!!!! And a smaller size coat!!!!!!!!!!

emoticonAnd then I almost had a heart attack when I logged that scone I had at Starbucks and found out it was 510 calories BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

emoticon My friend from church who just joined SP (LAURASAMUT) met me at Zumba tonight and has been logging her stuff. She was so excited that five people had already posted on her page.

emoticon Clean Eating magazine is new out on the stands.....I hope it has a good tomato recipe. I let my 18 year son do my grocery shopping. Apparently he didn't know what plum tomatoes are and instead of coming home with those he came home with 8 gigantic steak tomatoes. I think I'll be making sauce this weekend.

emoticon Thanks to Fit_N_Healthy I made it over 2,000 fitness minutes this month. That's a record for me here on SP! I promise to hang up the Jacob poster in my office tomorrow and post a picture of it on my blog in her honor.

emoticon Next Saturday my BFF is jogging with me in a 5K for Children's Medical Center. I appreicate her doing this with me.

emoticon Vampires still rule since I stayed ahead of the wolfpack this month. Will the trend continue???

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IILAAD65 10/1/2010 10:11AM

    I want to see pics of the 5K finish! ..and you look FABULOUS!!!

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TKRINER 10/1/2010 9:45AM

    You do zumba, too!!!???!! I just started it. I love it!! It's fun!!

Way to go on the new smaller pants and coat!!! Good for you!!!


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LIZZYP609 10/1/2010 5:03AM

    Good for you!

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MESEATURTLE 10/1/2010 3:52AM

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congratulations!!!!!!!!!!Glad all your hard work(2000 fitness minutes...wow)is paying results!!!!

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ALLEY2300 10/1/2010 12:00AM

    Yay for the smaller pants size!! I avoid Starbucks like the plague!! lol

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FIT_N_HEALTHY 9/30/2010 11:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon To an even smaller pant size!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doesn't it make all this time and effort worth it when that happens?! Very happy for you Michelene!

Why are you going to post a picture of Jacob in your office, aren't you ahead of me??? I guess now we can tell our minutes...... emoticon

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BRIAEL 9/30/2010 10:36PM

    Holy crap, Mich, 510 calories for a scone? Starbucks needs to revamp their offerings to cater for "normal" people. :)

Great job on the smaller pants and coat! Did you beam at yourself in the mirror and say "Attagirl"? ;)

Vampires may rule, but Jacob's chest makes my knees go weak! :p

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/30/2010 10:05PM

    WooHOOOOOOOO!!! Congrats on the smaller pants size!

510 calories!!!! OMG!!! Thanks for takin' the bullet for the rest of us, yo! I'll be sure to avoid the scones from now on!


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Year in Review

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

emoticon Hey Sparkers - the team from the week I joined SP is finishing up a 7 week challenge, and one of the things we are supposed to do is blog about a review of our year on SP.

emoticon I've logged into SP for 394 days in a row. It's my life line to a healthier life so I make it part of everyday. I've lost 48 lbs since I joined SP and a total of 87 lbs all together.

emoticon I've learned to make fitness a part of my life and have a spark streak now of 57 weeks where I have exercised at least 90 minutes.

emoticon I found that the healthy lifestyle that works for me and that I can maintain longterm is The Clean Eating Diet - check out their magazine at Walmart or any major bookstore. Check it out here cleaneatingdiet.com

emoticon Tracking my food on SP has been the single biggest contribution to my healthy lifestyle. When I do it faithfully I lose weight. When I don't do it I plateau or gain a little. For me knowing the numbers keeps me honest and successful.

emoticon Investing in a once a month session with a personal trainer to keep me on track was one of the best decisions I made last year. Although I've called him Mr. Squat Police and probably a few bad names along the way - I've lost almost 4 inches on my thighs. Now how can you hate a guy who helps you do that?

emoticon I learned that I need buddies and friends to help me when I get in some sort of distress. My fitness buddies that I made appointments with...I thank you for helping keep me on track. My SP buddies who posted, sent goodies, and texted...you probably have no idea how much you helped me. I couldn't do it without a great support team. So those of you who sit back and try to do this on your own....it works better if you get involved.

emoticon Being involved with fun teams helps me. I'm a co-leader on two teams. Besides my week from SP, I help with the Twilight Challenge team. We're tracking a virtual journey to Forks and so far I've made it 602 miles. Fun things like this keep me going.

emoticon I found that I can have my cake and eat it to...as long as it's a clean eating version! We tried one last night called the Molten Lava Cakes. Variety is the spice of life...what else did we try?

We had sauteed fresh veggies and a clean eating version of Salmon Patties along with their recipe for Green Tea Pomegranate Lemonade followed by the cake for dessert. Mixed reviews on some of it by the family but we are trying new things.

Tonight we're trying their recipe for Steak Tacos with Avocado cream sauce.

emoticon I've learned that studying and learning the right way to take care of our bodies is important. I take the SP quiz almost daily and then read about six health, fitness, and clean eating magazines a month. This helps me make good decisions about what I want for my life.

emoticon I've learned that motivational posters are a good thing. I have three right now. I buy the heavy duty poster board at walmart and use the front and back and cut out new exercises, recipes, quotes, pictures etc and they keep me focused on what my goals are.

emoticon I've learned not to take myself so seriously. I didn't gain almost 90 pounds in one meal. Why would I think of quitting after one bad meal, or one bad day? Get over it and get back on the horse and keep moving on. It's a lifestyle and that means life as in many days...not one isolated event.

So what are you learning on SP?

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FIT_N_HEALTHY 9/30/2010 11:13PM

    Next time I go to Wal-mart I'm going to pick up the clean eating magazine. Like I said I have the book but sometimes it just seems so overwhelming so maybe a magazine will simplify the overwhelmed feeling... emoticon

I need to make a new motivational poster because I made it when I first started Spark and it DEFINITELY needs to be updated! emoticon

This has definitely been your year to shine and I think you are finding things that truly make you happy and that's wonderful! emoticon emoticon

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CSULLIVAN83 9/30/2010 11:08PM

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I am learning that I can eat cake, cookies and restaurant food as long as I do it in moderation.

The weight does not have to come off overnight, because I didn't put it on overnight and small steps are better anyways because there is a better chance of the weight staying gone once it is gone.

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CAROJONES 9/30/2010 10:32PM

    Loved this!


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JMERLAU 9/30/2010 10:19PM

    GREAT BLOG......MICH!!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/30/2010 10:09PM

    This is a really great blog!! I'm going to start reading the clean eating stuff too. I truly have learned alot of new things from reading the articles and info on SP, even though I've just been here for a little more than a month.

Thanks for the year in review - it's been a great one! emoticon

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ALLEY2300 9/29/2010 4:21PM

    I am with Mamachef on the portion control. It is one thing I am learning still. (I still need to use measuring cups to measure my food)

I know that fitness is a huge part, doing it is another. Sparkpeople is a huge motivational site for me. Having at least 1 RL friend on here helps my accountability also.

My one thing I am learning, that it is truly ok to fall off the wagon now and again, AS LONG AS YOU GET BACK ON. That has always been a huge setback for me. I have a bad day, it turns into a bad week, and so on. I am slowly learning that as long as i get back on, I will be ok. I may not lose, but I also am not gaining.

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MAMACHEF76 9/29/2010 4:05PM

    Great blog!!!! thanks for sharing!

I've learned a valuable lesson in portion control...a healthy portion really DOES fill me up!

Exercising really does make a difference in my physical AND emotional health!

Allowing people to be a part of your journey really does make a difference in your success!

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TRIPLE_EMME 9/29/2010 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing! You are always so inspirational.

I have been learning the importance of community and discovering how precious a gift that the strength of a network of friends truly is.


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Recipe Review and Plateau Busted!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Woo Hoo...finally busted through that plateau after way too long gaining and losing the same three pounds. Now I am .2 lbs from breaking into the 160's.

emoticon I'm experimenting with some new Clean Eating recipes in an attempt to change up my meal plan. Yesterday evening's attempt was Roasted Chicken and Portobell Foccaccia (May/June Issue page 36) and Lemon Garlic White Beans (Nov/Dec Issue page 80).

Coming out of the oven with the melted cheese...

with tomatoes and fresh sliced basil on top.

Review: We had a hard time finding whole wheat foccaccia so we ended up using the regular kind. I only ate half the bread to cut back on the calories. I used grilled chicken from the night before so it cut down on the cooking time. I made it on the stove instead of the oven (chicken and mushroom part) which sped up the process. The kids liked it but thought I should cut back on the basil. The beans were good, but they also advised cutting back on the lemon. Overall I thought it was filling, had lots of veggies and I enjoy the taste of fresh basil so I was okay with that.

I'm using left over beans today for lunch. I'm mixing them with sliced celery and albacore tuna and serving it over chopped romaine for a nice salad.

Tonight's adventure....a new kind of Clean Eating Salmon Patty, a side salad, Pomegranate Green Tea Lemonade, and Lava Cakes. I'm budgeting my calories so I can enjoy a Clean Eating version of the chocolate molten cake for dessert! Plus it's my shift & Lift class which is usually good for over a 600 calorie burn.

What's helping me make progress? Serious accountability. I'm using my shared tracker button each night to get a full report of my weight, calories, and workout to print and put in a notebook for my trainer. After my way too erratic month last time when I saw my trainer over the weekend for my monthly check in he said enough of that. We put my workouts on the calendar and I promised to track everything and print complete reports.

emoticon So who is your buddy? Who are you being accountable to? Do you want a repeat of September or do you need to change some things up to make October a more successful month for you?

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RUNNINGPFUHL 9/29/2010 12:40PM

    WOO HOOO!!! Great job!!

Great work on being accountable!!! I need to get refocused for October, especially since I can run again! :D October has got to get serious for me!

And school is in full swing so it's time to get fueling and running! Races are coming up! :D

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/28/2010 9:03PM

    Hooray for you!!!!!!!!! Congrats on breaking through the plateau, and the food looks AWESOME! I agree though, a little too much basil. emoticon

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    Yummy! Can I come for supper! lol!

I think I need to work on accountability too. I like the idea of printing off the report, even if it only makes me accountable to me! I'm going to try that!

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TRIPLE_EMME 9/28/2010 12:16PM

    Another great blog entry!

I'm planning on some BIG changes for October -- shaking some things up, priorotizing, making winning game plans for the weeks and weekends.

I do not have an accountability buddy. I'm thinking that perhaps we can have an accountability buddy match-up through the Twilight challenge team? What do you think?


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