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REFRESH

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I am refreshed and renewed in mind, body and spirit.
When I think of my health and the way I approach it, I ask myself if I am doing all I need to do to be healthy, whole and well. If I feel I can do more, I take this opportunity to refresh and perhaps adopt new healthy habits.
I may begin by spending more time in prayer and meditation, visualizing my body as a holy temple filled with divine, renewing life. I may start an exercise regimen that helps me get in tune with my body. I may try new, more healthful ways to prepare my food.
Of the many healthy practices available to me, I follow my inner guidance and find which ones are right for me. I am refreshed and renewed in mind, body and spirit.

  


Challenge for Labor Day -39 days to go-Exercise Bog - 30 mains anyone is welcome!!!!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Good Morning; I got my exercise in yesterday. I got on the scale and have lost .6 lbs more today. Every little bit helps!!! I just am grateful the scale is moving in the right direction. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I will get my steps in today. I still am not back to the pace I was before my injury to my knees, but I am still exercising. I need to learn that my body needs low impact exercise. Every one says cardio- cardio- this translates to me pounding on my joints. I know now that there is cardio that does not pound the joints. If any one has some suggestions on low impact exercises they do that is easier on joints please post!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Get some exercise in this weekend. Hydrate so you can tolerate the heat!! emoticon emoticon
Phone your congress person to work together and compromise!!

  
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MERRYMARY42 7/30/2011 8:01PM

    I am working on my steps, I luckily went out this morning and walked for 25 minutes, that is about the sum-total of my steps, I have to go out when it gets cooler, I spent most of the day riding with my DH, I enjoy the time we spend together, talk more in the car than at home, and he wants me to ride with him.
My peaches are almost gone, just a few left to eat, and my they are so good this year.
That is so fantastic, your weight loss, I think perhaps, I am 1 pound down, but, maybe tomorrow it will be right back up there, so discouraging, I am happy (more or less) with most of my body, I am much firmer, and like I have said, I dont look to wear a bikini, I just want to be fit and healthy, and I think I should be less than 120, 117 was very nice. I still have 39 days,

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Challenge for Labor Day -40 days to go-Exercise Bog - 30 mains anyone is welcome!!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Good Morning; I say a prayer this morning for the person who called the police in Killen to stop that troubled soldier near Fort Hood. I saw the scenes on TV news. Fort Hood is on high alert.
Lets keep alert. Law enforcement needs our help. There are many threats now. We do not need to be paranoid, but through observation we can assist law enforcement. emoticon emoticon How are you doing on the challenge? Getting movement in daily is important. On the evening news, there was a portion about baby boomer women who are not as healthy as our counter parts were in years prior. We need to put ourselves first or we might not be there for our family in the future. This is me!! I thought I was alone on this challenge of remembering to take care of myself. Some weeks I remember, but I backslide on this point. I am taking this on as a challenge. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Get some movement in - your body will thank you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MERRYMARY42 7/29/2011 8:33PM

    I think that women think they can not put their selves first, for so many years, but I agree, if we do not take care of ourselves, no one else will.
That guy at Fort Hood, pretty darn scary, and I think it was just a fluke that the man did call, he just felt something was not right, I think,
I went to the gym today, I really enjoy my Fridays, and really sleep good, every Friday night, tonight will not be any different. I worked out on machines, aerobics class, walked/jogged 20 minutes on the track and then swam about 40 minutes, a really good day.
Yes Labor Day is just around the corner, and I am working in earnest to drop this weight, I think it will start soon, (I hope)
Have a great weekend, I plan on doing just that

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ALOHAEV1 7/29/2011 3:48PM

    Agreed, it is far better to alert rather than be sorry or wish you had called it in.

No Nancy, you are not alone, sometime down the line women will learn that it is okay to put yourself first and not feel guilty about it. Just Wednesday I found my self doing a self imposed timeout that was supposed to only go for 20 minutes, stayed away for more than an hour. Worked...

The past few days have been lax and actually don't think my body appreciates it, guess sluggish would describe it. So Labor Day will be here before we know it, it's the end of July already.

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Fresh Ideas for Good Ol’ Zucchini

Friday, July 29, 2011

I am a big griller of zucchini.
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All over the U.S., backyard vegetable gardens are getting ready to deliver the standby garden fare¯zucchini squash, and in overwhelming abundance. Zucchini is best harvested while the zucchini are no larger than approximately 4 to 6 inches long and 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter. Larger zucchinis can be tough and dried out on the inside. Zucchini can be consumed either peeled or unpeeled. The peel can produce a slightly bitter taste, as do the seeds if the zucchini is mature enough to produce them.

Whether you’re growing this lovely vegetable yourself, are the lucky neighbor or friend of someone who is anxious to share, or you plan to load up when the local Farmer’s Market becomes inundated, I’d like to share what I think are some of the very best recipes for fresh zucchini. Enjoy!


Zucchini Patties

2 cups peeled and grated zucchini, drained very well
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Marinara sauce (optional)
Sour cream (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and salt. Stir well enough to distribute ingredients evenly. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden. Serve with a bit of marinara sauce or a dollop of sour cream. Servings: 4.


Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white sugar
2 cups peeled, seeded and grated zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pint fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 4 mini-loaf pans. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Stir in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Gently fold in the blueberries. Transfer to the prepared mini-loaf pans. Bake 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes in pans, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.


Zucchini Cobbler

8 cups peeled, seeded, sliced zucchini
2/3 cup lemon juice
3 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups butter, chilled

In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir zucchini and lemon juice until zucchini is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg and cook one minute longer. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 10x15 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, combine flour and 2 cups sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir 1/2 cup of butter mixture into zucchini mixture. Press half of remaining butter mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Spread zucchini mixture over top of crust, and sprinkle remaining butter mixture over zucchini. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until top is golden. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Serving: 16.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Cake:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups peeled and grated zucchini, drained very well
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
6 tablespoons evaporated milk
1 pound confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375F. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the egg mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in the zucchini and extract. Pour into a greased 15 x 10 x 1-inch. baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. While cake is baking, combine all frosting ingredients. Mix until smooth. Spread frosting over cake while hot. Cool on wire rack. Servings: 20.


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MERRYMARY42 7/29/2011 8:26PM

    Love the patties, I will do that and the cobbler, (well I just cant imagine, but who knows) the blueberry bread I may give a shot also, I make zucchini bread, Thanks for all the suggestions.

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HEATHERDIAN 7/29/2011 9:33AM

    Love the patties recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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GOOSIEMOON 7/29/2011 9:05AM

    These sound great! Thanks!

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MARYALICE411 7/29/2011 9:02AM

    A couple of these sound good and I will try

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Challenge for Labor Day -41 days to go-Exercise Bog - 30 mains anyone is welcome!!!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Good Morning; I am positive and very upbeat this morning. I got my steps in yesterday. My knees are so much better that I am increasing my incline on my treadmill. I am also going to increase my time. I had been keeping it to 30 minutes, but I am going to start increasing it as I listen to my knees. emoticon emoticon emoticon for all the positive posts on the blog. I have always felt that positive comments are more helpful and supportive to every one. There is enough criticism in this world; but criticism can be a close cousin to self righteousness. Every one have a great day!! Get up and move! If you are a marathon runner or a person getting back into exercise after an injury, every is emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MERRYMARY42 7/28/2011 9:56PM

    Hi, I am not getting too much done today, I am just going for my walk, only 5,000 steps so far, so, i have to move it before night fall, hopefully it will happen, but if not, it is not written in stone any more, just my aim.
I have got lots done in the house today, cleaned the group in my kitchen counters. a big messy jon, and cleaned my stove. I have been trying to tackle one thing a day, so we will see if I can get caught up this way. I*f I have less computer time, it should be easy emoticon

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SKYFROG 7/28/2011 10:21AM

    Hey - I'm working it with you! We're going to feel great by Labor Day!

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ALOHAEV1 7/28/2011 9:39AM

    Morning back at ya! Postive and upbeat, may it be contagious.

Interesting that an incline would help your knees. Will give it a try.

Light bulb moment, been just short of major binge eating the past few days...last night I know it was because I didn't eat a balanced meal but not getting away from the house to do something for me I think is the root cause. Frustration and boredom will do me in in a heartbeat, it's been awhile since they have stuck around this long. So, self, get yourself out of this funkey mood and work through it.

Most of all, again Thank You for keeping this going - it is appreciated by many of us! emoticon emoticon

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