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Meal Planning

Monday, August 29, 2011

I found a couple of recipes I am going to try this week (namely tomorrow) and keep the food on hand for the week. I am thinking that I need to prep my food for thr week on Sat mornings and possibly one weeknight. I've been flying by the seat of my pants and newsflash, that has not been working!

So, here I got with something new. For my BLC challenge, I will also incorporate this into my goals.

Woo hoo!

  
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SARAWALKS 9/1/2011 8:02PM

    Good deal. I find that I have to make up a whole bunch of veggies on the weekend or else I tend to ignore them. Different melanges of sauteed veggies are working for me...
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/30/2011 11:12PM

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/30/2011 11:30AM

    Planning ahead works! I love trying new recipes, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. =] Have a great day!

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KIKI0531 8/30/2011 11:22AM

    I have found some great recipes on here that my family enjoyed as well. The Chicken with Asparagus pasta was sooo good and the World Famous Spinach Artichoke dip was so divine that no one even noticed it was reduced fat. I enjoyed the Spicy Sweet Potatoe Casserole as well; however, that one wasn't a winner with the rest of the fam ... lol

I love incorporating new recipes ... it makes the humdrum of cooking everyday a little more exciting !!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/30/2011 9:32AM

    Yes, woohoo! I find if I do not plan meals on the weekend and freeze I cannot manage as well during the week at all. At least this way I have some options available after a long day at work. Good for you!

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SHAWFAN 8/30/2011 6:46AM

    Good plan! It definitely makes a difference! You CAN do it!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/29/2011 11:13PM

    I like your plan. I have a hard time thinking ahead food wise and either go hungry or grab something less than ideal. Need to try preparing food ahead of time too so that there is something ready to go when it is time to eat.

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Spark Cookbooks

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Do you have a Spark Cookbook? Please tell me the name so I can fine it and share in some of your good ideas!

I have amassed Mick's Picks 2 - and have made a couple of things. I should try to remember to go back and rate things.

What are your tried and true meals?

THANKS!

  
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KEKEIKO 9/7/2011 6:50PM

    Okay Mickey, finally created a Recipe Cookbook called Keke's ~ Keepers emoticon Thank you for the idea!

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PARKERB2 8/28/2011 5:44PM

    I don't have a SparkCookbook. I read the recipes on line and some I already know but sometimes there is a twist on what I add and what Spark adds. They are good! Have a great day Mickey Max. emoticon

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CIVIAV 8/27/2011 8:06PM

    Ditto to no cookbook but I love Healthy Moussaka and Chef Meg's recipes.

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KEKEIKO 8/27/2011 10:19AM

    I haven't created a cookbook yet but saved recipes in my favorites. Beths bananana chocolate chip muffins are a favorite in the house and the teens enjoy Asian Noodle Stir-Fry.

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Prep and Planning

Friday, August 26, 2011

Most of all the local chatter has been about preparation and planning for Irene's arrival. I had to do a little heavy lifting at work to get computers (and ticket stock) off the floor just in case water made its way into my office. Hopefully, it is all much ado about nothing. I'm a little closer to the storm at home than at work, but I have plans to stay inside during the brunt of it, which will probably fall during late night hours anyway.

The Prep and planning that I have got to work out is my eating habits. I did well today, but there is still tons of room for improvement. I have been eating more freggies as of late and that is a big bonus all around. I need to work on lunch and dinner menus. I work at a university and my days are about to get long and intense again. A little prep and planning by me is definitely going to help!

I fell off the bandwagon for a while. My BLC challenge starts soon and it will help me get back on track for as much as I am willing to put into it. I know I have the tools to do it. It is just a matter of following through and doing it on my part. Woo hoo!

  
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DIFROMWYOMING 8/28/2011 9:22AM

    I agree, too. I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast and morning snack time. Lately I have had to change up lunch because of my celiac, but I make casseroles from home and freeze them, then just pull them out of the freezer. I used to eat Lean Cuisine's for lunch and while they're higher in sodium they were better than the ff options I used to have. Can you put a small fridge in your office? You could stock it with freggies and yogurt, whatever, so you always had options available? That is what I do.
I KNOW You can do this, Mar!

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SARAWALKS 8/27/2011 8:24PM

    I agree with Cannie, simplicity works for me. If I get too complicated, I end up falling back on the Wrong Stuff. emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 8/27/2011 4:39PM

    Planning is so important, and yet it can be such a challenge. But you are doing a FANTASTIC job, my friend!

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/27/2011 8:55AM

    I am with you MickeyMax. I need help planning. Its so overwhelming. I'm thinking of putting my fave meals on notecards to I can 'play' out a hand of lunch and dinner, but who knows if I'll really get to that stage.

We can do this. Falling off the wagon doesn't matter. I had a tough week too but the key is to keep moving forward. We can do this!!!

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GODDESS181 8/27/2011 12:23AM

    I agree with CANNIE50 about variety not being our friend. I try and pick a few meals and prep for the week as much as possible. We will get there! Hope Irene leaves us all alone!
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CANNIE50 8/27/2011 12:14AM

    Be safe! I read a good suggestion by a Sparkler today. She has the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. I eat very similar items for breakfast and lunch many days. I think variety is not our friend when we are changing our eating habits. I think the simpler, the better. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/26/2011 11:59PM

    emoticonI know you can! You don't give up! emoticon

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Dear Couch Potato

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Do you remember when you pulled your hamstring and you had to crawl up the stairs to your bedroom because it was on the same level as the bathroom? Do you remember being in the hospital with the doctor telling you to your face that there was nothing he could do for you and he wasn't even going to bother writing a script for crutches because he didn't think you could handle them? Do you remember when you had pneumonia and you swore that you would never be this sick again where you could not stand up and breathe?

Well, I do darn it!

It is not pretty. That is the same freaking road you are headed on AGAIN if you do not get off your rump roast and do SOMETHING. Seriously, you are fat enough. You wasted enough time. The time to do is now. There is no try. There is no more time for excuses, loneliness, or sadness. Just get up and freaking to do something, I am done with excuses. Please do not tell me to be nice to myself. Compassion does not work. I need to save myself and the only way I can do it is to use a cattle prod if necessary.

I DESERVE the absolute best life. However, I have to MAKE IT. The best life does not come delivered by a van to couch potatoes. It is something you have to chase HARD.

I am ready.

I am chasing.

If you get in my way (couch potato), look out, I just may run you down.

  
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PEPPERLEAH 8/25/2011 9:00PM

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KIKI0531 8/25/2011 10:25AM

    You got the right attitude. Kick that couch potato mentality to the curb and go for a walk. You are not alone - we all have the "but I dont wanna" syndrome. Happens to all of us. But you have to get past it and continue to make healthy choices and most of all MOVE. MOVE more than you usually would and work up a sweat.

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CIVIAV 8/25/2011 9:00AM

    Right, never be nice to the couch potato and on the other hand don't assume you are she!
I always say, I will be fierce with my fitness and gentle with my soul. And you can too. I love your 'can do' attitude! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/25/2011 8:51AM

    You GO, Sister! You said it and you're going to DO it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAYGETSSTRONG 8/25/2011 8:16AM

    Great Attitude! You're gonna kick that couch potato's butt! emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/25/2011 6:47AM

    You CAN do it!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/24/2011 11:54PM

    Love it, mar. You're right...kick your butt into gear!
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MAMADWARF 8/24/2011 11:42PM

    Kick your own a$$ if needed, just do IT...(cause you know you can!)

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CANNIE50 8/24/2011 11:20PM

    I agree. Tough trumps sweet. Kick arse, honey. emoticon

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GODDESS181 8/24/2011 10:56PM

    Making way and cheering you on! You are moving in the right direction.
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DOODIE59 8/24/2011 10:38PM

    Yikes! I'm getting out of your way:)

That's the spirit!
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Movement in the Right Direction

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I was a bit stressed going to a meeting today. I was pleasantly surprised on my walk over there (about 10-15 mins from my building) that the walk seemed less strenuous today. I am pretty sure it also took me less time to walk over even though I had shoes on today. (Yesterday: sneakers).

I had to represent my group and give advice on how to handle their event, and I was so pleased with the way I came across and provided the info. I left feeling like I hit a "homerun." Quickly patting self on back. The work won't be easy, and it is ongoing, but first step out of the gate, I prepared to the point of being able to provide illustrations, seating charts and sales figures. I knew what I was talking about and I communicated it well. I left doing the Snoopy Dance. Woot! It is doubly nice when it works out, you don't look like a dope, and you are dealing with high level "connected" folk. (not connected like Tony Soprano...just people who know people.)

I had one more piece of business to accomplish near that physical location. I decided not to do it today, but to wait until tomorrow so I would have a reason to specifically go for another walk over there. I am starting to think that the key to my success is just to keep building on what I am doing. Just keep going. Just keep doing. It is working. Ever so slowly, but I am putting my head in the right frame of mind. I am putting my feet in the right direction to walk and I am putting my attitude in a positive direction.

With all of these things working together, how can I go wrong?


  
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DIFROMWYOMING 8/24/2011 2:57PM

    Good for you, Mar! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
Hugs, Di

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CHANGE_4_ME 8/24/2011 10:26AM

    Wow! Congrats on the good day and the right frame of mind! You Go GIrl!

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SHAWFAN 8/23/2011 8:26PM

    Congrats on a great day and new insight as to what you can do! You can do anything you put your mind to!! Good for you!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/23/2011 7:34PM

    Congrats on the great presentation. I love it when I feel good after giving a talk. I'm so proud of you and doubly proud that you're saving your second errand for a second walk. That's what success looks like!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2011 6:24PM

    Hooray for MickeyMax! Stepping forward on so many levels!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/23/2011 6:21PM

    Woohoo! Sounds like a great day!!

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PEPPERLEAH 8/23/2011 6:11PM

    Sounds like things are going GREAT!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/23/2011 5:43PM

    Aww, dang it! I missed seeing the Snoopy dance! Next time, can you do a video?

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CANNIE50 8/23/2011 5:28PM

    congratulations! I love your attitude. I think you definitely have the key to continued success with improving your health.

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CIVIAV 8/23/2011 5:16PM

    Ah sounds like one foot in front of the other is working for you like it does for me. I hope so!
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