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Team Challenge - Day 4

Friday, March 15, 2013

Just so no one gets confused, Day #3 was done as a thread on the Mid-Mo team page. Just a simple snack: one individually wrapped square of Ghiardhelli chocolate.

So today will be a dinner meal. I roasted a whole organic chicken, along with two large baked potatoes. Toward the end of the oven time, I made Sautéed Cumin Carrots, a SparkPeople recipe. And, yes, I'll be discussing the recipe in our shared recipe thread on the team page. Suffice it to say here that if you like cumin as a seasoning, it goes well with carrots!

I had 4 ounces of skinless breast meat, half of one potato, and a cup of the carrots. I topped the potato with 1T of what I call modified butter in my groupings, 1/8 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper. (I keep a small bowl in the fridge of equal parts butter and olive oil). And BTW, I used my modified butter when it called for butter I the carrot recipe. I had my usual ice water as my beverage. Dinner had 463 Cal, 43 Gm carbs, 19 Gm fat, 31 Gm protein.

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FREELADY 3/15/2013 2:40PM

    Looks delightful!

Your awareness and care is going to build good health habits!

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COOP9002 3/15/2013 11:11AM

    Looks good. Enjoy your weekend.

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/15/2013 9:48AM

    emoticon I am sure your team members are very proud of you and your progress. emoticon Chelsea

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Team Challenge - Day #2

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today I'll share one of my favorite lunches, which could work equally well for breakfast. It's quick and easy to fix, and almost no clean-up. Just a cereal bowl, measuring cup , a fork, and a spoon!

I mash a small banana in the bowl, using the fork. Add a cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt (info based on Oikos), add a splash of vanilla extract, and sometimes a packet of Splenda. Mix it up and then stir in a cup of fresh blueberries. Of course, you could use unsweetened frozen berries if you're prepared for the change in the color of the yogurt. And later on, I can use strawberries or any other local fruit, and just change the nutrition info.

294 Cal, 53 Gm carbs, 1 Gm fat, 24 Gm protein


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COOP9002 3/13/2013 11:33AM

    Nice job. Love them blueberries.

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OAKBORN 3/13/2013 10:36AM

    That looks so yummy. I keep for getting to post pics of my food. My dinner last night was carrots, sliced turkey and some pepper jack cheese.

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RSSSLHB 3/13/2013 8:43AM

    Looks good emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/13/2013 7:23AM

    emoticon for sharing your favorite breakfast. Enjoy! emoticon Chelsea

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FREELADY 3/13/2013 12:16AM

    Sounds delightful....and so nutritious!

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DEEEBEE 3/13/2013 12:01AM

    I have always liked bananas and blueberries together. Eating them with Greek yogurt sounds delicious!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 3/12/2013 11:59PM

    That looks delicious!

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/12/2013 8:17PM

    Good job...... That's yummy! I did that last week and topped it with 1/4 C bran flakes for some crunchies.

I use frozen blueberries, strawberries, bananas and blackberries (from the garden) blended with yogurt to make frozen yogurt. YUMMMMY!

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Team Challenge

Monday, March 11, 2013

One of the things our Mid-Mo Let's Go! Team has started is some challenges. Our first one was a virtual walk of the Katy Trail, and our goal was to complete it during January. Well, it took longer than that, so we ended up with five Monday-to-Sunday weeks dorm February through March and came up with five weekly challenges. Our first two were done on our team page, to commit to our 5 daily servings of freggies, and then to eat within our daily protein ranges. This one is probably best done with blogs.

Our current challenge is to post, with or without a picture one meal each day. Four of them have to be spread out among breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack. Then the other three can be whatever we'd like. As of now, I'm the only one signed up for this week's challenge emoticon even though it was another team member who suggested it. The intent behind this was to give some ideas to a team member stuck in a rut, or even to a new member feeling uncertain or overwhelmed about meal planning.

So today, here is my first post. This has become my favorite snack, especially post workout. It is one brown rice cake topped with 1 Tbsp chunky peanut butter (I prefer not homogenized) and then with 2 Tbsp raisins. To round out a serving of fruit, I pair it with 2 oz pomegranate juice.

222 Calories, 22 Grams of carbohydrate, 8 of fat and 6 of protein.

Now that I've met one day of our challenge, is there anyone out there who would like to join me? It's never too late, because we only require posting on our challenges once each week. That way, someone with limited computer access isn't left out.

Now that I've publicly made a fool of myself, can anyone tell me how I get the picture to come out right side up? emoticon

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NITTINNANA 3/12/2013 10:39AM

    Well, I can save it rightside up or upside down in my photo gallery, but it still won't post properly. So I just changed my profile picture to see if that piques any interest in why that picture is there. And another team mate has joined the challenge but is choosing to post descriptions in the thread for now.

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FREELADY 3/12/2013 10:04AM

    My technique is to put my hand over the part of the photo with the glass of juice. Then it looks like it's right side up!
I enjoyed seeing your food and didn't pay attention to the photo orientation.

What I do is find a fourteen year old and say, How do I do this? They sigh and do it so fast I can't tell how to do it myself next time.

On my desktop computer, if I open the photo in picture viewer, there is a square at the bottom with a curved arrow on it. Clicking that rotates the photo. Then save. For other devices, I don't know.

I applaud your focus. Great job doing challenges....eventually you will inspire others to join in!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/11/2013 7:57PM

    Thanks for the invite but not this time. Good luck with your new team goals. You are doing great! emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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OAKBORN 3/11/2013 6:56PM

    Not sure how to rotate the photo, but sounds like a good snack. I will have to post about my food.

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How Many Is Too Many? And What To Do?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I'm talking about SparkTeams and SparkFriends here, not potato chips - so it really is something I could use a few extra brain cells to help with. I know that your first thought is that this a decision that only I can make; and, of course, that is true. But perhaps some different perspectives will help me work this through.

A month or so ago, I cut back on both my SparkTeams and SparkFriends because I was spending too much time on the computer. But now this spectre has again reared its head. So where do I go from here, and does this problem ever come to an end?

I have only been rarely commenting on blogs or SparkPages. Many days, I hardly even get a chance to back through 24 hours of Friend Feeds and hit "like" a few times. Yet I hate to unfriend someone just because we've had limited interaction when I'm the one not interacting as I'd like.

And then my teams. I feel like I can only be present and participating in 4-6 teams. I'm really committed to Mid-Mo Let's Go! Team. We've grown in both numbers and activity since the first of the year. After I dropped a couple of teams, I got to thinking that maybe that's not the best route. After all, that removes my points from that team. So then I've dropped some of the team goals so there'd be less tracking for me. But that also adversely affects the team stats. So how do other Sparkers manage some 20, 30, 40 teams or more?

I'm trying to do quite a bit more physical activity. So now I'm new to a 5K team that I've figured will only be a 5-week commitment. But then I'll want to start working toward a 10K, and maybe even a half marathon. Is it right to keep joining teams and dropping them? And even though I decided it's too soon to consider myself transitioning to maintenance, I expect to be by summer. So there's another team that needs serious consideration.

All this has puzzled me for awhile. But then I got increasingly baffled, and I'm almost to the point of throwing my hands up in dismay. Is there any help out there from my friends and teammates?

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SUKAYM 3/4/2013 9:36PM

    The most important thing to remember is that this is your journey, and you have to do what will make you successful. If you feel spread too thin and therefore unable to focus on your own needs, how is that going to help you reach your goals? It won't end up benefiting anyone (yourself or your SP teams/friends) if you wind up giving up because you're overwhelmed. It's wonderful that you are so considerate of others, but I think many of us have ended up in bad shape physically because we've put ourselves last too many times. Do what is best for yourself, and that will leave you in a better position to be a good friend/team member to others when the time is right. Good luck to you! emoticon

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VERONICAVW_140 3/4/2013 5:43PM

    You are so considerate! I dropped out of all of my teams a good while back without one moments thought. And yet anyone who was part of the team didn't seem offended. I think if you are feeling overwhelmed then most people would understand if you backed out of their team. It is all about priorities and what is pertinent to you at this point in time. Goals and priorities change. No one can fault you for that. And as for the friends, if you don't have time to correspond with them then I doubt they will have hurt feelings over losing your friendship as there wasn't too much interaction going on anyway. You could email and let them know your situation and that the drop is nothing personal.

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TEMPENATIVE 3/4/2013 5:29PM

    im too that point too, i have too many teams, but its all things i like :( whats a sparker to do? my sticking point right now is the blc that i joined - far from motivating me, im not able to be online much and to see myself falling behind on all the tracking and challenge stuff just de-motivates me. i cant keep up and i just fade away.....i need to delete it and move on. maybe blc and challenges itsnt for everybody. sorry lemons!

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GOPINTOS 3/4/2013 5:04PM

    I know. I had to delegate on my teams. I was spending the majority of my day on spark. So getting more team leaders, everybody doing a small task, just frees up everyone.

As far as number of teams, I have many that really are very inactive. But sometimes I pop in with a question or to check the resources available. So I just keep them.

Friends.... that is a tough one. I don't always make it to my friend feed. Or when I do, I am looking on the right for the things like the dumbbell, for fitness minutes or weight loss, or an award. A new picture might jump out at me, or someone's plea for help.

Anyways, I feel ya emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/4/2013 1:34PM

    If you feel overwhelmed by having too many friends or teams then you can drop either and no one will be hurt. You really have to do what you feel is best. Don't worry about team stats. They understand that SparkPeople is not a competition.

Keep writing blogs if you are comfortable about doing them. If you don't feel like you want to some days, don't do them.

Do what you feel is best for you and enjoy the things you like. emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 3/4/2013 9:57AM

    It's tough but sometimes you simply have to choose the one's that are best for you. We've all struggled with this issue a time or two if we've been on Spark for very long.

Blessings upon you today.

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GR8ERJOY 3/3/2013 7:48PM

    I would say don't worry about so much. Why do you have to "like" anybody's feed at all? Drop teams as you see fit. Someone else will join tomorrow. We are all here to do what we need to do for ourselves. And I think we're all very understanding of that. This doesn't mean you can't respond to someone when you want to or feel moved by something, but it shouldn't be a cause of stress. I'd guess your spark friends wouldn't want that for you.

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/3/2013 7:45PM

    I have gone through the same thing. I am only a member of a few teams and actually, got out of one today because I didn't feel I could do it. My friends I support the best I can and if I am struggling to keep up, I will write a blog, like you, to let people know what's going on. I understand about spending too much time online too. Good luck this week. Chelsea emoticon

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He wanted WHAT for breakfast?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More of last night's "stewp"! Really?

So let's start at the beginning. I've always thought it was Mom who coined the word "stewp"; at least I've never heard it outside of our family. She made the yummiest stuff on that back burner. Only now I do it in my crockpot. The preferred consistency around our house has always been somewhere between that of a creamed soup and stew. Hence, the name.

It's never the same twice, because you use what you have. It does seem always to be based on beef, chicken, or turkey, but there the similarity ends. I've even been known to use beef kidneys pre-soaked in cold water for a couple of hours in water that was then discarded or leftover tongue. But those were about 3 decades ago.

Any veggies will do. Usually onion, because it's a staple here. But then add any combination in any amounts. Carrots, celery, leeks, celeriac, jicama, cabbage, kohlrabi. Canned corn, green beans, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, tomatoes in any consistency from paste to crushed. Snow peas, sugar snaps, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips. Even mushrooms or chopped greens put in the last hour or so. I'm sure I've left out something that's found its way into the pot sometime, but I sure can't imagine what.

A grain, or at least a carb of some sort. Well, potatoes or sweet potatoes will do. Or any rice or pasta that you have on hand. Maybe whole wheat berries, barley, or quinoa. Get imaginative!

So last night we had stewp made with beef from our area grass-fed source. I was low on veggies, but what I had really needed to get used up. So a couple of onions, lots of celery, and close to a pound of sliced carrots went into the pot. My personal favorite with beef is barley, so that was my choice. Two beef bouillon cubes and a couple of cups of water - and the rest of the day free from cooking. Oh, and this time it was garlic powder and Italian seasoning blend; but of course that's always based on a mix of availability and whim!

Turns out, it was one of the best. (Or maybe it just tasted that good after another day spent with exercise being 15 minutes of shoveling snow every hour except for that wonderful nap). So this morning, I got the pan and ingredients for making our cinnamon-raisin oatmeal. guessed it. Paul came to the kitchen and said, "You know, I'd really like a bowl of what we had for supper last night." What could I say but, "Well, when we've had breakfast food for supper before, why not supper for breakfast?"

So that's what we had. But just so you know it really was breakfast, I had mine with my usual 4 oz of V8 - and Paul had his with orange juice! emoticon

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BECCAZEN7 2/28/2013 6:05AM

    YUMMMM! That sounds sooo good. Of course my "breakfast" is normally supper food since I get off work at 6am. That sounds like a great way to use up veggies so you aren't wasting money.....I need to invest in a crock pot. I love this idea.
Missourians Team

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PHAMS85 2/27/2013 10:35PM

    Having supper as breakfast isn't a bad idea at all! It seems like then, you are more likely to eat more protein and veggies.

Some time when you do that, put it in the oven to actually roast. Mmm...I have started to do that on the weekends this winter and I cannot get over how wonderful sweet potatoes taste. I'll pick a meat such as a pork roast, and include onions, carrots, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery and even beets. This has tasted so much better to me lately than putting things together in the crock pot. It also comes in handy to smoosh some of the ideas or puree for the baby!

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/27/2013 2:37PM

    You soup/stew reminds me what we Puerto Ricans call "mondongo". Any leftovers, ANY, were put in a big pot and cooked together. Saved a lot of money and, you go it! Never the same! emoticon Chelsea

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CATLADY52 2/27/2013 2:36PM

    When I was growing up we also had a pot simmering on the back burner all week and on Friday night wwe had Beeflamork soup. That is Beef, lamb, and pork leftovers from dinners during the week. Now with just two of us here we don't have leftovers unless I make a double batch of something. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 2/27/2013 1:52PM

    My mom also make soup from whatever always good, i do like you and use the crock pot. Hope you have a great week .

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COOP9002 2/27/2013 1:32PM

    i guess one can make soup out of anything. Hope your Wednesday is going well.

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OAKBORN 2/27/2013 11:03AM

    Sounds amazing! My mom used to make soup out of anything and everything too and it was almost always good, except for a few notable failures and the time she accidentally spilled the cat food in the split pea soup...

Hope you are staying safe and warm in all this snowy fun!

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