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Things I've accomplished along the way...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Today's SparkCoach challenge was to write down at least three things that I've accomplished along my weight loss journey. I was surprised at how difficult it was at first. You see, I tend to only count the things that are fully completed as accomplishments. But, as I sat, staring at the blank screen, I began to think of the things that I have tried or begun to learn as a result of the increased confidence that I've gained on this journey.

As I thought about the new things that I've started, the new things that I've added to my life, I realized that each one was an accomplishment even though they weren't "done". So, without further ado... Here are some of the things that I've accomplished along the way. (Please leave a comment with at least one thing that you've accomplished.)

1. I began to ride my bicycle again after many years.
2. I learned to knit.
3. I am taking kickboxing classes at the gym.
4. I took the CRC exam.
5. I presented at a national conference.
6. I launched my Etsy business.
7. I bought tickets to Hawaii.

There is more, but I'll save that for another post!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/12/2013 12:25PM

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Bountiful Baskets: Have you heard?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

"I heard it from a friend who...heard it from a friend who..." Sorry, musical moment!

A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook that she had gotten a "Bountiful Basket" and posted a picture of a counter FULL of yummy looking produce. My interest was peaked and I did some investigating. Sure enough, they have a distribution site near me.

My sister and I ordered on Monday and on Saturday we went out to pick up our baskets. (See them lined up!)

For $16.50, I received:

2 Spaghetti squash (Traded my bunch of asparagus to my sister who loves them for her spaghetti squash which she detests. Silly sister!)

1 head butter lettuce

4 roma tomatoes

3 green peppers

4 of the largest carrots that I've ever seen

2 heads of garlic (I ended up with 4 as sister doesn't like garlic either. Go figure!)

7 bananas

4 HUGE Braeburn apples (my fave)

4 lbs of Moro blood oranges

5 mini pears (so cute)

I think it was a great deal. I got a lot more fruit than I would normally buy. That is probably a good thing as it is easy for me to eat lots of vegetables, but I have a tough time getting in my fruits.

So, I have been a busy bee planning my meals around my lovely vegetables. I don't want a single one to go to waste.

Hmmm.... can't wait to see what is in the next baskets...

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MISSMARCYB 3/5/2013 10:41AM

  @ Ever-hopeful. We don't get recipe suggestions with the basket, but there are recipes a Facebook page and also on the main website. They encourage people who don't know what to do with something to ask on FB so that everyone can get ideas.

@Phoenix1949. It is very similar. It is a co-op and instead of going to the market, they order and the truck delivers. Oh, technology!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/5/2013 5:48AM

    sounds great there is nothing like that by me but as there is a bio farm less than 10 minutes bike ride from me it is not too bad,lol.canīt wait to see your blog about the next basket.do you get recipe suggestions in the basket as well? emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 3/5/2013 2:29AM

    How fun. Reminded me of the farmer's market food cooperative a sister belonged to in the late 60's. Members took turns picking up the bulk produce at market and dividing it among the other members. Eating fresh, in season, freggies grown locally is finally making a comeback in popularity. ENJOY!

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Ode to a Spaghetti Squash

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I'm back. I've been sidelined with an injured knee. It's been a challenge reconfiguring my meal plans to adjust for much less exercise, but I'm figuring it out. I'm really missing kickboxing and Zumba. But three more weeks of physical therapy and I will be good to go. (Fingers crossed!) In the meantime, here is an ode to one of my favorite foods (since going gluten free seven years ago). Enjoy!

Ode to a Spaghetti Squash

I cannot do pasta.
Your glutinous deliciousness makes me ill.
But, your carb loaded memory reflects my childhood.
Macaroni and cheese, bubbly and brown on top.
Spaghetti, long and stringy with thick tomato sauce sliding down as I wrap you round and round a fork.
But your gluten and I could not coexist,
So I left you.
The new love of my life is a bright and yellow oblong,
A squash?
Just the words fill me with delight!
My fork scrapes the inside of the squash and I watch in awe
As strand after strand of lemony yellow threads mound my plate
I cannot wait.
I taste you au natural
You are delicious!
I spoon marinara sauce over you.
Even better!
Tossed in with leftover chicken, broccoli and mushrooms?
No gluten.
Low carb.
It is a spaghetti miracle!

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GINNABOOTS 2/5/2013 3:17PM

    I love it too! Reading this makes me want to make some right now.

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/5/2013 2:49PM

    emoticon And one of my favorites as well!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/5/2013 2:39PM

    love it and the ode,lol emoticon

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Learning to give 100% effort... carefully

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


I've been sidelined for the past week. Sitting on the bench. I have to admit that I sat on the bench a lot as a child and teen when I did make the effort to go out for a sport. I consistently anchored the B string.

As an adult I steered clear of exercise and sports as a matter of habit. Unless of course I was trying to lose weight then I did the requisite aerobics until I was no longer dieting.

BUT, since I have made the decision to rewrite the book of my life and adopt a healthy lifestyle, exercise has to be part of my daily life. Health is based not just on medical care, but on daily nutrition choices and movement.

So, I have dove into Zumba and cycling along with my walking and have loved it! Nothing like a little sweat and sore muscles to make you feel healthy! Then last week I decided to try kickboxing. Great class. Tough. I knew I was going to be sore the next day, but didn't expect to be sidelined for a week. I woke up the next morning with shooting pains in my neck and my head. I had completely thrown my neck out and pinched a nerve.

My chiropractor limited my exercise this week to walking and with a couple of adjustments, I'm feeling much better. And I'm thinking about trying kickboxing again in a few weeks.

The old me would have given it up. She would have decided it was too hard. But, this new me. The Marcy with the healthy lifestyle had a great talk with the doctor who reminded me that my muscles were not yet accustomed to what I had asked them to do last week. His suggestion: Give it 100%, but carefully. Keep trying and the muscles will learn what to do.

So, I am going to try kickboxing again. But, after the first of the year. I think Zumba for December is a great idea!

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Made It Through Thanksgiving

Friday, November 23, 2012

Heading into the holidays while already struggling to stay on track has been a big concern for me. But, I got up yesterday and took my dog for an extra long walk before putting together the veggie tray to take to our holiday gathering. Loads of veggies and low fat dip.

I enjoyed wonderful company, I ate good food, I played (and won!) Bananagrams and watched two great movies. I ate a slice of my favorite pecan pie with no crust (haven't found a gluten free crust that was worth the carbs and calories).

Today I am well rested and pleased that while I went over my typical calorie allotment by 300 calories, it is significantly better than past Thanksgivings. I was in control.

I hope that you had a successful Thanksgiving holiday.

Keep Sparkin!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/24/2012 6:04PM

    I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving !
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