Friday, October 01, 2010
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.
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!
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.
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
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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