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Are you up for a Challenge?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I saw this challenge on two members blogs today (with a little variation) and have sent it to my Class Team hoping to get some of them on board. Are any of you up for the Challenge?

Fill in your name, weight, and goals!

I, (name), do declare that I will lose 10 pounds by 10/10/10. Today I way (weight). My weight on 10/10/10 will be (weight-10) or less.

I will accomplish this goal by completing the following:



Strength training:




I WILL try 10 new Spark recipes between now and 10/10/10.
I WILL do 10 blog updates between now and 10/10/10.
I WILL read 10 Spark articles every week.
I WILL support 10 new Spark friends.
I WILL not let anything stand in my way of accomplishing this goal!

I thought this was clever and very resonable. Let's get on the 10/10/10 Challenge! emoticon emoticon

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SHOAPIE 8/26/2010 10:28AM

    Great idea.

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MVICKERS21 8/26/2010 9:49AM

    I'm in too! Thats about what I was able to accomplish this month! It is totaly doable if you just break it down. Especialy if we help each other along the way! Lets go! emoticon

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JMELLISSA 8/26/2010 4:08AM

    Hummmm... you know this really sound kind of scary to take on. In one way it sounds very do able but on the other hand it feels like it way to much. How are you going about starting this?

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    I am so in! emoticon

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I was, I did, I am, and I will

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I was prepared for a hectic week since I knew that we were getting 8 new printers today. I am the only person in my field at work so I get all the fun of getting them on the network and usable to the rest of the company. These printers are a different brand from what we were using so some of the configurations are different and they also are all in one, printer, fax, copiers and scanners. At a much larger scale and with more capabilities that the ones we buy for home use. The good news is that I did have a technician from the company there to help with the initial setup since we are leasing verses buying these machines. The bad news is he wasn’t ready for all the work that we had to do. Something about sales not really informing the technical guys or not knowing what really goes into the features they sell. Needless to say, we only have two machines partially configured and he has to come back later this week. I’m not really surprised by this. I also have a lot more work ahead without him because of mainframe printing that is configured by out parent company.

I did tell myself over the weekend that I needed to make this as positive of a week as I can. Thanks to a healthy reflection email about making our own way in life and not blaming others. I have always believed that deeply and I needed a reminder that I make the decision to react the way I do. And so…

I am not letting the stress get the best of me this week. I am taking deep breaths throughout the day. I am saying positive things about my day. I am calling my days Marvelous Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday, Thankful Thursday and of course my favorite Fantastic Friday. I am so looking forward to FF.

I will make it through this week with a smile on my face!

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LINDABENEDICT 8/30/2010 4:13PM

    I love your renamed week days !

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MVICKERS21 8/26/2010 9:45AM

    Big combination printers are really a pain! The one we have in our office is constantly needing repair or a good swift kick! Hang in there and Fantastic Friday will be here before you know it! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 8/25/2010 5:52PM

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XTMONT 8/25/2010 12:52PM

    Keep up the positivity!

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JUDY1676 8/24/2010 11:34PM

    Great attitude!

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JOFOR15 8/24/2010 10:18PM

  Good idea with the week names! Keep positive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FRECKS96 8/24/2010 9:56PM

    Good Luck! I'm sure you'll do awesome!

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CATHYJR73 8/24/2010 8:33PM

    A wonderful blog. I can truly sympathize I used to be the only electronics technician in our entire R&D team. I loved and hated it at the same time I worked 60-80 hours a week. I am so glad I do not do that anymore.
My husband is really glad too. I love your positive attitude, Keep up the great work.

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LADYGWEN25 8/24/2010 8:20PM

    with such a positive attitude.. you can do nothing BUT succeed!

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CAMELA_55 8/24/2010 8:07PM

    I love the way you renamed the days of the week. That is so cool! What a great attitude!


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Spaghetti Squash my healthy meal

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another Challenge was to try a new healthy recipe and blog about it. Ironically I have never tried spaghetti squash and I like squash. I often buy butternut, acorn, yellow and zucchini. One of my co-workers has talked about spaghetti squash several times so I thought I would give it a try.

Since I have never tried it I looked up a recipe in the Spark People recipes and found a very simple one. You split the squash in half, scoop out the seeds; add water to a baking pan and place the squash skin side up in the pan. Then bake at 350 for about an hour (depending on the size) or until the squash is soft enough to scrap out. Use a fork to scrap out the squash from the skin; it will appear somewhat stringy like spaghetti (thus the name).

I ate a couple of cups of squash with some spaghetti sauce and parmesan cheese. It wasn’t a total replacement for spaghetti in my opinion, but you can have a whole lot more of that for fewer calories. A half a cup of spaghetti squash is only 25 calories.

Try it you may like it!

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    One of my very favorites! I love roasting it, I have never put water in the pan, maybe I'll try that next time. I have been eating spaghetti squash since I discovered it in culinary school, its delish!

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MVICKERS21 8/24/2010 1:32PM

    Oh wow. I think ill try that with squash and zucchini! I bet adding some grilled chicen to the sauce would be good too!

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NANASAMM 8/24/2010 9:49AM

    Spaghetti Squash is FuN and delicious!!! Although weirdly enough I never think to buy it. Thanks for reminding me...I'll have to pick up some the next time I head out to the grocery store. emoticon

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JMELLISSA 8/24/2010 5:42AM

    Ooooo sounds really yummy! will have to try it next time I make spaghetti.

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MERRYMARY42 8/24/2010 12:18AM

    I discovered it this year also, I fix it like you do, but then add a bit of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and a little parmesan, we like it alot. so it makes a great side dish

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BEARDMUSIC 8/23/2010 10:55PM

    Great job trying out something new!

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DDOORN 8/23/2010 10:42PM

    My DW loves it...me? Perhaps I need to give 'er another whirl... :-)


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LIBBYFITZ 8/23/2010 10:15PM


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PHYL220 8/23/2010 8:31PM

    Sounds delicious.

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TC9731 8/23/2010 7:02PM

    emoticon Sounds tasty

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/23/2010 6:58PM

    This sounds delicious. I enjoy eating butternut or acorn squash and this will be a nice change. Thanks for your post!

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Rude and yet Funny

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I have to admit is has been a very long time since I have stepped on the Wii fit and my husband was interested in seeing what it would say to me. I had a conversation with my son yesterday about his progress and what his Wii fit said to him and we both agreed that the game could give more encouragement. He has lost over 30 pounds, but he is still in the overweight category. He looks very good though.

Since it was a very rainy day today I figured I would charge the Wii batteries and maybe hubby and I would play it later instead of him watching television. He started with the Wii fit game and did all the weight and body tests. He has lost a little weight, but he hadn’t reached the last goal he met. He hasn’t tried real hard to take off weight, but he is taking a little bit off.

After he played a couple of fit games he encouraged me to get on. I had lost close to the same amount I have lost here at SP and my body mass index had moved from the high end of obese to overweight. Of course the game has that “You are overweight” comment. Yes, but doesn’t it recognize how far I came from Obese? I know it is not intelligent enough to give encouraging words since technically I am overweight. Guess what? That feels pretty darn good to me!

I actually find the game funny when you build your Mii and give it a height and size and then you weigh yourself and it plumps you up. I also find some of the rude comments it makes a bit on the funny side.

Thank goodness for Spark Friends. They understand and encourage even when we are still overweight!

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    The WiiFit can be very rude lol but I love it! I do it 6x a week as you know and it really helps me. Best one for me was when it asked if I trip when I walk.. I couldnt stop laughing!

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JMELLISSA 8/23/2010 1:48PM

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CUBFANGIRL1 8/23/2010 12:56AM

    I have never encountered the Wii Fit, it sounds very interesting! I think I would throw things at my tv every time it said a rude comment, lol. Glad you have a sense of humor about it:-)

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DDOORN 8/22/2010 11:22PM

    Hey, there is NOTHING like the support we get from our SparkFamily!

It just CANNOT be replicated by a computer chip...lol!


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MOMMYBYCHOICE 8/22/2010 6:39PM

    I havn't gotten on minr in a while and it said...... well its been 28 days since you last got on.... hahaha

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LADYGWEN25 8/22/2010 5:47PM

    i hear you! i have some of the same issues with the Wii Fit... I'm waiting to lose those next 2 pounds so i can go from obese to overweight... i intend to shake my fist at the screen and yell triumphantly HA HA! emoticon

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Catered by the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The company picnic I attended today was catered by the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. I have only visited the restaurant itself a couple of times since it is an hour away, but I have enjoyed it very much when I went. Their corn bread and baked beans are out of this world!

I knew I would eat a bit out of my norm today, so I made sure I got some exercise in this morning and also ate a little lighter for breakfast. I also took my granddaughter out in a paddle boat and had to do most of the work so there were some more calories burned.

I was happy to see shrimp as an appetizer and I took advantage of it being lower cal than some of the other choices. I think I did rather well with portion control and when I logged everything in to my tracker I was still within my range. WooHoo!

In years past I would have eaten more of the beans and cornbread. This year I took a portion of the beans and I took one piece of cornbread. Those beans were so good it was hard to not go back for more though.

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MVICKERS21 8/23/2010 2:30PM

    MMM thats sounds delish! Good for you for having great control! Your doing amazing! emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/22/2010 8:41AM

    Oh... 10 to 1 you live in Syracuse. Dinosaur BBQ was the bomb!

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WINDEE52 8/22/2010 8:12AM

    Hooray for self dicipline!

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CCKELLY3 8/22/2010 2:16AM

    Ah the Dinosaur-- yes, YUM the food is awesome! Definitely worth eating light a day or so before to justify. :) I don't think the beans are that bad for you, are they? Unless they cook them with lots of bacon or something, baked beans are often a good choice. At least, I HOPE so. :) Better for you than their mac-n-cheese or the wings at least! Good job getting out on that paddleboat, too!

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THATPASTRYGIRL 8/21/2010 11:57PM

    Congrats girl! You have some great self control, keep it up!

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DEE107 8/21/2010 11:40PM

    great job and the excerise way to go

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GRACEFULIFE 8/21/2010 11:37PM

    Wow, the Dinosaur... I kinda miss that place.

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JUDY1676 8/21/2010 11:11PM

    emoticon Sounds yummy!

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DDOORN 8/21/2010 9:03PM

    Barbeque, beans and cornbread Oh My! :-)

Yeah, baked beans (if done right) and cornbread...tough trigger foods for yours truly also. WTG resisting the urge to overindulge!


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