Saturday, July 25, 2009
I just got back from FLORIDA, where I spent 2 glorious weeks. I was accompanied by my Husband and youngest son. Our older son recently went to Sweden and chose to stay home and care for our dog. Our older daughter was busy with work and school, so she stayed home as well. The 3 of us had a grand time. Our first week at a beach and tennis resort on the gulf had plenty to eat. The restaurant has highly rated gourmet food, which we certainly enjoyed each evening. We feasted on Grouper, Tuna, Salmon, Snapper, and other seafood's. Grilled veggies and some type of potatoes came with. We also enjoyed some deserts such as tiramisu, snicker's cheesecake, key lime pie. Our son basically ate the same thing daily, pizza and a chocolate cookie. We also ate light breakfast's and fruit throughout the day. We did indulge in pina colada's by the beach, DH and I thought they were the ever! The spa at the Colony Resort had scales, for Hubby and I so we could keep tabs on our weights daily. The scales didn't move for either of us, I think because of all the physical activity, tennis, jogging, pool and ocean swimming we basically broke even, ate what we wanted, exercised and had an excellent time without adding any weight. Our 2nd week was in Orlando, our choices remained healthy, looking for fruit at the theme parks, or eating in in our room was very important. For children especially, on vacations you need to give them fruit, too many french fries are offered to them. At night we ate some fancy treat we got at some candy shops at the theme parks. My favorite was a dipped marshmallow with different things on top, nuts, m&m's, chocolate, sprinkles, I love these and ate one almost every night in Orlando. We had quite nice dinners at both Wolfgang Puck and NBA City, awesome veggie, pizza's, mahi, mahi, creme brulee, some good eats. I couldn't weigh myself in Orlando, but when I came home after these 2 weeks, I weighed 124, I gained 1 lb. I've been working on all the laundry and other house work since home, plus took a 2 mile hike, the pound is gone now, so back to 123. The key again to eating this way, but only while on vacation is the amount of activity I or should I say we participated in. I am so pleased Spark People helped me to reach a healthy weight for myself and inspire me to live a healthier and more active life.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
30,000 pts. after being a spark person since january of 2008. What do these points mean to me? They mean time spent here at SP improving my health. During this year and 4 months or so I have worked on my well being. I have earned points for eating healthy, and some days not, but with practice my diet has evolved and is healthier now with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. I have earned points for household chores and exercise or sports activities, I now seem more inclined to do daily exercises. I journal things about my diet and exercise. I have learned to reward myself for reaching goals, spark people has taught me many things that have lead to the improvement of my health. I have reached my weight goal as a spark person, I beat breast cancer, I met a lot of neat people from all over the world. As those points have added up, so has my knowledge of how to live a healthier life and be a better me. Earning 30,000 spark points has been a fun, motivating, and life changing experience. I look forward to every future spark point I earn, as I gain the knowledge needed to maintain my healthy lifestyle. These points have taught me much, I am a happier person, who eats better, exercises more and looks forward to continuing and acquiring new healthy habits. It's been fun being a spark person and I love my healthy outlook.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Does your state have special license plates for different causes? I think the most important cause is to prevent breast cancer. In illinois we have a plate that says" Mammograms Save Lives". This is a fact for me, my life was saved by a mammogram which detected early stage breast cancer at age 40, in 2004. I purchased a special license plate promoting mammograms, with my nick name on it. It makes me proud to be a survivor and share the importance of this test wherever I am driving. So if you see these license plates, think of how many lives are saved, get a mammogram, you just might save your own life, and remember breast cancer is highly treatable in it's early stages. One Smilin' Survivor! Inga
Friday, May 29, 2009
I spent the last week planting my garden. I planted flower seeds and annuals. My excitement is in the planting of my vegetables. I always enjoy growing my own. The taste of fresh grown veggies from my garden is very pleasing to my taste buds, and the rest of the family enjoys them too. I have planted red tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, larger yellow tomatoes, orange bell and purple bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, japanese eggplant and all kinds of herbs. I have some established perennial herbs and have added rosemary, lemon thyme,greek oregano, italian parsley, and basil. I have an established peach tree that has a huge yield in early august, it looks like it's starting out perfectly. Now I water, weed, and wait. Hoping for both rain and sunshine to nourish my garden as it grows. I will be able to use some of the herbs soon, but the vegetables take some time. When the vegetables begin producing I will add them to many things, salads, veggies on the grill, pastas, etc., their flavor is so much better than store bought. So as my veggies, herbs and fruit tree start yielding, I will be enjoying them to the max and have the simple satisfaction that I grew them, they are pesticide free and they make healthy choices easier, and trips to the grocery store less frequent. Having my own garden saves time and money. This truly is one of my biggest joys as the weather warms up, I love to garden and the benefits I and my family reap are priceless!
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