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It's Upon Us!

Friday, June 10, 2011



Yep! The weekend is upon us! Time for a little rest & relaxation my friends!

Perhaps take in a little treat to stay cool...& don't forget that sunscreen!

Today...

I WILL attend DRUMS ALIVE class!
I WILL walk for 30 min w/hubby after dinner!
I WILL stay in calorie range!
I WILL log foods honestly & accurately!
I WILL drink the water!
I WILL work on my continuing ed classes!

Happy Friday all! emoticon EnJOY the weekend!

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Rose

  
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DGFOWLER 6/12/2011 2:03PM

    The weekend goes by so quickly. Hardly seems fair that we work 5 and only get 2 off. lol.. Where's the good in that? haha.. Thanks Rose.. You go sis.. you are doing fabulous. Donna

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NORASPAT 6/10/2011 10:18PM

    Doing good!!
having the plan is the only way to get it accomplishhed HUGS Pat in Maine. xoxo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/10/2011 12:18PM

    Yay for the Weekend! Woo Hoo!!
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DFROMTX 6/10/2011 11:47AM

    Sounds like you have another "active SP" day planned. Enjoy it!!

Are you planning to go back to work since you are taking ed courses?

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WINFIELD28 6/10/2011 11:17AM

    Enjoy your Friday & Weekend!
I know you will complete all your goals today!

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KJMPEACHES 6/10/2011 10:42AM

    Your energy is reaching clear up into Michigan~~~~ keep it coming my friend!!!! I love it~~~~ and you! You are such a great motivator and an inspiration of where this journey can go! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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LUBAML 6/10/2011 9:52AM

    I love the picture. Enjoy your day and have a nice weekend. Stay cool !!! emoticon emoticonLuba

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JUSTA123 6/10/2011 9:48AM

    You are such an inspiration, just look at you who would have thought this journey would bring us so far, and bring us so many friends who care about us! Have a beautiful day!

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ONEGREATCAT 6/10/2011 8:42AM

    Today...I'm just so glad I got up!!! TeeHee. Everything aches...could it be this old lady just isn't used to hauling border stones, bags of potting soil, etc.???

I think I'm going to give my body a rest today (not completely...there are things that need to be done). I love your ability to always be POSITIVE!!! You are a great SP role model!!

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Do have a Super Sparky Day!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/10/2011 7:57AM

    Is the Drums Alive class different from Zumba? I think I missed something along the way.

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MARISABELLES 6/10/2011 7:06AM

    And don't forget :
YOU WILL be an inspiration to your many SP Friends - including me!
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GAYLLYNNE 6/10/2011 6:42AM

    What a great day you have planned! You are setting yourself up to have a great weekend!! Enjoy! emoticon

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Keepin' My Cool!

Thursday, June 09, 2011



Yep! That's what I'm doing.....& I'm doing it w/my friends!

I know many of you are sweltering in this heat! And it doesn't appear its gonna let up anytime soon! Hey, the calendar says it's only the month of June! Can you even believe it?!!

Well, keep your cool! Drink plenty of water & get that walkin' or run in early in the day, if ya can! That's what I'm gonna do! 'Cause it's gonna be a HOT HOT HOT one again, so I've heard!

Today...

I WILL jog for 30 minutes!
I WILL walk for 30 min min in the morning & 30 min after dinner!
I WILL do ST for 20 min (postponed from yesterday...)
I WILL stay in caloric range!
I WILL log honestly & accurately!
I WILL drink the water!
I WILL be grateful for all that I have!

EnJOY a SPARKtastic Thursday my friends! You ARE deserving!

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Rose

  
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SLEANNES66 6/9/2011 8:53PM

    Love the lists. Have fun staying cool. emoticon

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JUSTA123 6/9/2011 1:09PM

    Keeping cool, by the pool! Have a good day!

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WINFIELD28 6/9/2011 12:51PM

    Love those daily goals...they help to remind me of what I need to do too! (Can't jog, but sure can walk!)
Have a 'cool' day!

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JRDIAMOND4 6/9/2011 11:37AM

    emoticon!! I am so glad you are continuing to do so well.

I, myself, will continue to wake up early every morning. bwahahaha My giddy up and go is down and gone. I am very thankful that my weight is stable :)

Happy Thursday,
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SMILEYBEE 6/9/2011 11:23AM

    Love your attitude! You post such wonderful blogs! Have a splendorous day!

(wish we had some of your heat ... it's cool and rainy here ... ain't life grand!)

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LUBAML 6/9/2011 10:20AM

    Have a great day my friend! Enjoy what ever you do and keep cool. Life is beautiful! emoticon emoticonLuba

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KJMPEACHES 6/9/2011 9:51AM

    You give me the plan for the day!!!! You are emoticon emoticon emoticon Stay cool and have one emoticon day!!!

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ONEGREATCAT 6/9/2011 7:44AM

    Always inspiring; always with a good plan...and that's why you're doing so well!!!!! WHOO HOO FOR YOU! Keep it up!

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MARISABELLES 6/9/2011 7:28AM

    You are soooo cooooooool Rose ! I too went out early to walk. I'll keep today's picture on my mind to help me cool down later on today as I'm heading downtown!
Enjoy today, Sparkling Friend :) emoticon

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DGFOWLER 6/9/2011 6:30AM

    Good morning Rose.. Great plan for today. It is supposed to be hot here today again, but not as bad as yesterday. We are in for severe storms instead. Have a great day ~ Keep cool.. emoticon Donna

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Scale Victory!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011



I was afraid to look at that scale this morning my friends ...'cause I've been up & down it all week! But alas, all is well & I'm down .8 lbs this week! Woohoo!

THANK YOU my friends for sending all those skinny vibes! I GOT 'em! You're the BEST!

So now I'm inching ever closer to that goal weight, with only 9 lbs to go! Can I do it?

Oh yes I CAN CAN CAN!

I WILL enJOY ZUMBA this morning!
I WILL perform ST for 20 min today
I WILL walk w/hubby after dinner!
I WILL stay in caloric range!
I WILL log honestly & accurately!
I WILL drink the water!

EnJOY a WOOHOO Wednesday all! Be the BEST you, you CAN be!

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Rose

  
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BOMBCHELL23 6/9/2011 6:33AM

    Thank you for making me laugh this morning, that picture is darling! I wish I had the gumption to blog as often as you do, but alas graduate school is in my way. Hope your journey continues to be successful.

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GOLIGHTLY344 6/8/2011 10:04PM

    Amazing! Go girl!

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NORASPAT 6/8/2011 10:00PM

    Way to go Rose. if anyone can do this it's you. HUGS Pat in Maine.


I LOVE THE PICTURE, What an amzing illustrator you are, Pat. HUGS emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 6/8/2011 9:23PM

    You're doing awesome Rose! CONGRATULATIONS! That's an awesome victory! And you are SO close to goal! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work! You've got all your ducks in a row...just keep them there and your goal-ward bound! Spark on! emoticon

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DGFOWLER 6/8/2011 5:35PM

    So happy for you Rose. Even .8 is a decrease and Lord only knows we count all of those. The little victories add up too don't they? Have a great day. Hope you enjoyed your Zumba class and evening walk w/hubby. Donna

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/8/2011 1:33PM

    Yes you did! And yes you will do it again! You will reach your goal! emoticon

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WINFIELD28 6/8/2011 12:56PM

    Good for you Rose!
You will be at your weight goal in no time as you reach each and every one of your daily goals!
Yes, you CAN!!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/8/2011 9:18AM

    You work so hard with tracking and exercise, I'm glad you think it was our skinny vibes that helped, lol. You are a special Spark Friend who never fails to inspire me. OMG - less than 10 lbs to go! I didn't realize you were so close to your goal.

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LUBAML 6/8/2011 9:12AM

    Great job my friend! You work hard and here are the results.Congratulations.Be the best you can be. I know I will. Enjoy your day, Zumba, Walk , St... emoticon emoticonLuba

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KJMPEACHES 6/8/2011 8:39AM

    emoticon I always think when I lose under a pound!!!! Geeze,,, that isn't much!!! Then I turn it around and think of taking sticks of butter and placing them on my body!!! Doesn't look good!!!! So my friend think of 3 sticks of butter seems very impressive ,,,,, HUH!!!! You go girlfriend,,,, Your emoticon,,, emoticon your dedication,,,,determination,,,the motivation,,,, and how you inspire each of your followers!!! emoticon Love taking this journey with you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARISABELLES 6/8/2011 7:35AM

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Let's do a Zumba Dance Of Joy together to celebrate your success!!! emoticon

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KARRYB1 6/8/2011 7:32AM

    emoticon emoticon You'll get there , be persistent!

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MISSLITTLEDEE 6/8/2011 6:39AM

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DFROMTX 6/8/2011 6:35AM

    I KNEW you would do it, Rose!! emoticon emoticon on the weight loss! emoticon

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Mediterranean Shrimp Packets

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I was asked for the recipe...so here it is! I've make it several times...& it's oh, sooooo GOOD! Quick & easy too! I found it in a Better Homes & Gardens Dieter's Cookbook (it's quite old, I'm afraid...)

MEDITERRANEAN SHRIMP PACKETS

PREP: 25 min
OVEN: 425 degrees
BAKE: 25 min
MAKES: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces fresh or frozen peeled & deveined medium shrimp
1 cup quick-cooking couscous
1 cup boiling water
2 small zucchini and or yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise & thinly sliced
1 small red, yellow, or green sweet pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips
1 9-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup bottled reduced-calorie Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil or fresh spinach

1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Rinse shrimp; pat dry w/paper towels. Set aside. Cut four 16 x 12-inch pieces of parchment. (Or tear off four 24 x 18-inch pieces of heavy foil. Fold each piece in half to make four 18 x 12-inch pieces.)

2. In a small saucepan combine couscous mixture, shrimp, squash, sweet pepper, & artichokes evenly among the 4 pieces of parchment or foil. Sprinkle w/black pepper & salt. Drizzle w/salad dressing.

3. Bring together 2 opposite edges of parchment or foil; seal with a double fold. Fold remaining ends to completely enclose the food, allowing space for steam to build. Place the packets in a single layer on a baking pan.

4. Bake in a 425 degree oven about 25 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque (carefully open a packet to check). Carefully open packets & sprinkle w/ 1 tablespoon of basil or spinach.

Nutritional Facts per serving:

292 calories
3 g fat (0 g. sat. fat)
88 mg chol.
696 mg sodium
46 g carbs.
7 g fiber
20 g protein

Daily Values:

29% vit A
67% vit C
9% calcium
14% iron

Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 starch, 1 1/2 meat

I just tried it w/a flavored couscous (roasted garlic) & it was VERY good! I've never used the basil, just the spinach.

EnJOY!

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Rose

  
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KARRYB1 6/11/2011 12:02PM

    I'll have to try this , it's nice to have something diferent. I'm getting bored with the same old recipies. emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 6/11/2011 8:04AM

    Sounds great. I think I have all the ingredients except the pepper. Will have to give this a try. Plus easy clean up. My dishwasher is not working right.

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NORASPAT 6/8/2011 9:57PM

    Sounds just great, I never use shrimp but when it comes to seafood most anything will substitute. Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DGFOWLER 6/8/2011 6:28AM

    Sounds like a winner to me Rose.. yummy emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 6/7/2011 11:37PM

    Sounds do delishhhhh! Thank you for sharing! emoticon
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LUBAML 6/7/2011 11:27PM

    Thanks for sharing. I'll try the recipe. The kids love shrimps too. I have make them the shrimps with garlic, broccoli and sugar snap. emoticon emoticon emoticonLuba

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/7/2011 9:18PM

    Very interesting recipe and it sounds very good! Thanks for sharing.

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WINFIELD28 6/7/2011 8:02PM

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!
I have the shrimp in the freezer. Will add the other ingredients to my shopping list. This sounds so good!

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LADYRH 6/7/2011 7:44PM

    This sounds fantastic, will make this weekend after I have shopped. Thanks emoticon

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ReQuest!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011



To you my friends! I have LOVE & GRATITUDE!

THANK YOU...

for caring!
for your friendship!
for believing in me!
for cheering me on!
for all your support!
for your love!

THANK YOU for accompanying me on this wondrous journey!

You are ALL appreciated!

Now, I'm requesting SKINNY VIBES for tomorrow's weigh in! I've been working hard all week...& I'm expecting GREAT things!

I promise to return the favor REAL soon! emoticon

Today, I will walk/jog for 60 min this morning & walk 30 min w/hubby this evening after dinner! I WILL stay in calorie range! I WILL log honestly & accurately! I WILL drink the water! I WILL stay the course!

EnJOY the day my friends!

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Rose

  
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JUSTA123 6/7/2011 6:21PM

    hank you Rose for being a great friend!

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TWEETYS 6/7/2011 3:14PM

    Skinny vibes being sent your way! emoticon emoticon

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TURTLETALK 6/7/2011 2:41PM

    Skinny vibes are on there way from Kansas! emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/7/2011 1:36PM

    Fingers & toes crossed for you and sending lot's of Skinny Vibes your way!! You will do it!
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CAAMNSJA 6/7/2011 12:41PM

    Daises are my favorite!! Good luck to you, if it doesn't show up now,it surely will with all that hard effort. emoticon Diana

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WINFIELD28 6/7/2011 11:09AM

    Sending you skinny vibes!
Have an awesome day!
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LUBAML 6/7/2011 9:47AM

    Have a great day my friend! Enjoy every minute ! Life is beautiful!!! emoticon emoticon emoticonLuba

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KJMPEACHES 6/7/2011 9:12AM

    You will follow your path you have set for today! You can AND will do it! The skinny vibes were sent and you should receive them soon! emoticon I too am experiencing the high energy levels,,,, and it's awesome! Have an fabulous day and I'm thinking of ya!! emoticon
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SHARONSPARKLE 6/7/2011 8:16AM

    You have skinny vibes from all your Spark Friends. I have a feeling that you've been eating right and exercising so your WI should go well. Can't wait to hear what all the skinny vibes do for you!

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CHALLENGER15 6/7/2011 7:47AM

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See, Rose, the skinny vibes even made your scales smaller! :-)

You are doing great, my friend!

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RIDLEYRIDER 6/7/2011 7:14AM

  Sending Skinny Vibes your way, for sure!! emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 6/7/2011 6:51AM

    Rose,
What an awesome way to start the day. I walked 5 miles because I was up early due to my husband coughing so badly neither of us could sleep so at 4 AM I was up at my Wii and completing my 2 songs on Just Dance Wii 2 and then a 5 mile walk for 104 minutes of exercise! LOL Can I be tired now? Here I wanted to encourage you and tell you that you have been doing a great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DFROMTX 6/7/2011 6:50AM

    Good luck with your weigh-in tomorrow...sending skinny vibes ``````` for you!! You are amazing, friend.

Keep up the hard work...it pays off.

Today I make Mayhaw jelly (after a few miles with Leslie).

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DGFOWLER 6/7/2011 6:48AM

    If anyone can do this Rose you can. Skinny vibes coming your way.. but course I have to leave some of those behind for me.. emoticon lol... Donna

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ONEGREATCAT 6/7/2011 6:47AM

    Your ReQuest has been received. (((Skinny Vibes)))

Yes...I know you WILL do all of the above, and yes...you WILL lose weight!

Love ya girl...and you GO!
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