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Day 7 -- A+ on that quiz

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I got on the scale this morning (TWICE) and I lost 4 pounds this week. I know it is still some water and I have a lot to lose so it comes off faster, but WOO-HOO!! I really did do my homework. Husband is gone and so being alone I can really do what I want. I pulled out the Latin Dance DVD, and cut loose. I look like an idiot and a complete clutz, but the music is fun; the salsa is inspiring and I can pretend that Jorge Salinas is singing maricachi to me :) I also did my homework with eating according to Spark Solution. As I have always said, "Consistent homework pays off!!"

So Friday I mowed my lawn and half of the neighbor's. Cheesy, but I just had the energy and thought it would be "fun." Yesterday I finished my 13 hour shift and the weather was so beautiful I HAD to take a quick 45 minute bike ride. I am fully aware that when school gets back into session, I will not have as much time for such cardio luxuries so I am taking advantage of them now.

And finally the PIE. So annually a friend and I meet at a restaurant and have a slice of pie. LONG story, but it is really important that I have pie. I researched and looked on line. I figured out how to incorporate the pie with calories; I adjusted to make up for extra carbs and fat; I added fiber to other meals....I mean I really worked this. I was looking forward to it. I had done my homework and was going to be rewarded. At the restaurant we waited to be seated and I looked at the pie case. I wanted apple -- cut out of the pie on the second shelf of the case. We were seated and I asked for water while we looked over the menu. (Like I needed to do that!) I even let my friend order first so as not to seem too excited. When she brought the pie I smiled and grabbed the fork. It was a mailed-to-store frozen pie that had been "baked" by some high school kid in the ovens during a slow time in the morning. The crust was too thick and had been over worked by the machines. It was tough and not the flaky confection I had been craving. The filling was overly sweet and I could almost taste the corn syrup. The apples had a slightly crisp bite, but no real flavor. I ate my pie and enjoyed every second of the conversation. My friend and I do not get together enough and it was fun to sit and chat away the afternoon. Her company was the real treat.

Flash forward to Saturday. I work at the state park leading "nature" programs. We had a 1pm program outside in the warm, windy weather. We finished up the program with a game for the kids. I was up and moving some. Came back to the office to prep for the 4pm program. I was warm and a little dusty. I reached into the employee fridge and pulled out my Granny Smith apple. You know the one -- the 3pm snack :) I bit and the juice poured down my chin. It was sweet and tart at the same time. It cracked crisply with each bite. It was cold and felt so good in my hot mouth. THIS is what afternoon SNACKS are about. I just need to meet my friend next week for good company AND good apples :)

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MSLZZY 6/30/2013 9:20PM

    WTG! Sounds like you are really working the
program and it is working for you! The pie
sounded delicious but I guess it wasn't as
good as the anticipation. Reach for the apple
and save the calories for something healthier.
HUGS and A+!

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Day 4 -- homework

Friday, June 28, 2013

So I did 60 minutes of cardio this morning!! WOO-HOO!!!Hard to believe, but I got started and it just felt sooo good.

Nicole was my Spark Coach today and talked about streaking. I swear, I have given the EXACT same speech to my students one thousand times about homework. "You don't have to be perfect, but you have to be consistent." I think about my son who is studying Russian right now. He still is improving Mandarin. EVERY single day he does at least 20minutes of Chinese flash cards. I had to laugh, the 14 hour plane ride home messed up his schedule so he spent a full hour on flashcards the first day he was state side. His language acquisition is not due to his intelligence as much as it is a result of his diligence.

I am trying to learn from my children. If he can make that kind of commitment to something -- so can I. As a side note, he has no difficulty with exercise. He hates driving and prefers to walk EVERYWHERE and he loves vegetables. That part of his life is so easy for him he never thinks about it. I on the other hand need to think about my exercise and I'll stick to watching my novelas (with leg lifts and lunges during commercials) for my language acquisition. :P's to consistent homework!! and we'll see how that scale quiz on Sunday turns out for me. Spark Solution, you haven't let me down yet!

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MSLZZY 6/28/2013 12:11PM

    I am sure you will score 100%. Have a great Friday!

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Day 2 -- Wake up!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


That was my woohoo from Spark Coach today. I followed menus and did strength training and I am really tired tonight. So my plan is to sleep well and wake up tomorrow and work hard.

I am finding that conflicts at work (not co-workers, but customers) really drain my energies. I wonder of focusing on not losing your temper and deep breathing to maintain your cool actually burn calories. I know they suck out my emotional strength. But today I had planned good food and so I did not reach for chocolate. I took a short walk, just around the block and cleared my head and then made supper (delicious BTW) and did ST and laundry. I feel tired but calm right now so that is in my favor. Looking forward to tomorrow. Keep Sparkin'!!

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ELLENIRENE 6/26/2013 12:56PM


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MSLZZY 6/25/2013 11:17PM

    A great day and a great way to beat stress-go for a walk!

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Day 1 of Spark Solution Challenge

Monday, June 24, 2013

Since I actually followed the majority of the eating and recipes earlier in the spring, the food part is easy and YUMMY!!!!! Hubby wanted the chicken enchiladas tonight and actually bought Garlic and Lime Salsa Verde for that specific purpose. He is a North Dakota farm boy that believes cows are to be eaten at EVERY meal that does not contain pork; and cream, butter and LOTS of eggs are side dishes. He is really on board with the eating program and that makes everything so much easier. ANYWAY, the salsa verde es deliciosisima!!!!!

Last week I threw all eating plans to the wind since my son was home from China, but only for 3.5 days. He's in Vermont now. He wanted pizza and Mexican and all the things he has been missing. Luckily my stomach had shrunk a bit and I was full MUCH faster. I made it through the week only gaining a pound, but man did I feel yucky. I was sluggish and tired. So this week feels good to be putting healthy things back in my body.

At work on Saturday I got 18 farm fresh organic eggs. Husband was ecstatic and I have to admit the egg scramble was phenomenal. is back to homework and focusing on the learning. I will hit that quiz on Sunday and I'm planning on being ready for it.

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ELLENIRENE 6/25/2013 11:32AM


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MSLZZY 6/24/2013 11:41PM

    Awesome! Time spent with your son. Now that
was special. Okay, the food choices weren't
the greatest but we'll do anything for our
children. I am sure you are back on track
and feeling better. Give DH a hug for wanting
to eat healthier with you!

Comment edited on: 6/24/2013 11:41:54 PM

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One step back -- two steps forward

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

So this is my blog assignment for the evening. Again, if I am in this for the long haul and if I am trying to learn how to live a healthy life, this two step forward had better become my mantra. One slip up does NOT mean the end. It means to focus again and keep going.

Besides -- sometimes the slip-ups make for great stories. Like the time on the bus I was so embarrassed that the guy was flirting with me in front of my younger brother and I tried to explain that I was "embarazada" while I kept pointing to my brother. Little did I know that it meant I was pregnant. When I figured out my mistake, I never, ever repeated it and it was a great learning tool. It did NOT stop my study of Spanish.

SO....on Memorial Day when I planned to eat at Applebee's and looked up calories before leaving and then we changed restaurants and I learned that I consumed 1100 calories for lunch, I learned a lesson!!! and I do not need to stop my "study" of how to live healthy. I need to chalk it up to learning and take those two steps forward.

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MSLZZY 6/6/2013 9:18AM

    Learn something new every day, including the use of a word that may not mean what we think. At least it was only 1 step back. Put that to good use.

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ELLENIRENE 6/6/2013 6:16AM


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CASSCOTT70 6/5/2013 7:48PM

  Good for you, realizing that it's all a learning experience helps you to not be so hard on yourself.


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