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Ancient Egypt, Your Very Important Daily History Lesson

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable with ancient Egyptian history, a history buff per say....I have always been fascinated with history, archaeology and ancient Egypt. I watch a lot of history channel shows, always did my book reports in elementary school on something regarding Egypt [pyramids, Cleopatra, hieroglyphics] and I love movies [oldies and new] depicting Egypt [The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, The Mummy, Prince of Egypt, etc.].

Ever imagined.....

1. Dressing as Cleopatra for Halloween [haven't done that as of yet]

2. "Walk Like an Egyptian".... Way-oh-way-oh-way-ooo-aaa-ooo.

Here is an interesting fact that you might not know, you may have heard it.....

De Nile is NOT a river in Egypt... It is that safe place we create when we want to justify our daily actions so we don't have to change.

Are you drowning in De Nile, refusing change? I'll toss you a life preserver....It's called SPARK.

Getting buff emoticon NO E X C U S E S.

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PAMNANGEL 2/24/2012 9:28PM

    I think most of us have taken a cruise on De Nile once or twice.

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SAMI199 2/24/2012 8:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

You will Rock It as Cleopatra!!!

emoticon They sing & dance-whoa-ey=ohh-like an Egypt-tain...

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CANDYXPERT 2/23/2012 7:09PM

    emoticon Love it!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 2/23/2012 4:05PM

    Good one! emoticon

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NWFL59 2/23/2012 12:32PM

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SUEAZZI 2/23/2012 8:57AM

    OMG this is awesome!! Just what I needed to hear today. Simply stated, point taken. emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 2/23/2012 8:30AM

    Great blog, Lisa! Thanks for starting my day out right!

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BILL60 2/23/2012 8:01AM

    Not only are you tough physically, but you're tough mentally as well. We call that, "A Total Package". A definite "Keepa".

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RIKKI572 2/23/2012 7:59AM

    Love this!!! Thanks for the boost!

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GROEDER 2/23/2012 7:50AM

    Great blog!!!!!
Luckily, I swam through the De Nile, and won't go back in that river again!!!!!!!!

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It's as Easy as One, Two, Three

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Count to three, sure that was easy. Now try the three-bite rule.

The first and the last bites are always the most satisfying, so you won't miss overdoing it on all the bites in between. Next time you are faced with temptation, remember this rule. I have tried it and it works. Three bites is guilt-free, not calorie free, but you don't feel like you have totally fallen off the SPARK wagon, it's a rule you can live with and feel good about.

Of course I don't follow the three bite rule with veggies.

I tried one of these icky things when I was a kid and it tasted really bad and I swore I would never eat another one. We used to pretend like we were eating them [hide it under the plate when mom wasn't looking, gracefully spit it in a napkin, drop it on the floor "accidentally" - oops, lol]

Last night my son cooked dinner - baby back ribs on the smoker. I tossed some french fries in the oven and steamed some fresh broccoli, well my son suggested making brussel sprouts, ugghhhh - did he really just say brussels sprouts? The only reason we even had any in the freezer is because he bought them at the store, I was quite shocked that my son purchased vegetables, ha ha. He put them in a skillet with a pat of butter and cooked until golden brown. The whole time they were cooking I was turning my nose up, but I promised to at least try one.

Well can you guess what happens next... I am in emoticonL O V E emoticon oooooh soooooo delicious.

Can't wait to have them again. Ya never know until you try it. I have already been "googling" recipes with brussels sprouts without the butter, but every once in a while a pat of butter is not that bad.

I do believe I have found my new favorite veggie...
emoticonBRUSSELS SPROUTS emoticon.

Getting buff emoticon NO E X C U S E S.

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JCBRITT 2/23/2012 12:12PM

    Funny you mentioned brussel sprouts...we DID NOT eat them as kids since my dad did not like them so when I tried them a few years back as an husband made some for himself the other night (I buy them for him and they usually live in the freezer for months) and corn for the rest of he did not do this but his close friend's wife is Italian and she always cooked them in wine..that's how he was introduced to be a good role model for my kids I ate them and I can say I did not make a face and thought they were ok..even ate my share and brought the leftovers to work with I'm asking for feedback..the next time anyone cooks them saute in some wine and let us know how they turned out..

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JLITT62 2/23/2012 7:42AM

    I adore brussel sprouts! There really are few veggies I don't like.

Actually, the 3 bite rule doesn't work so well for me with something I truly love.

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MYLADY4 2/22/2012 9:06PM

    Bacon and brussel sprouts are the BEST!!!

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KJDOESLIFE 2/22/2012 3:01PM

    I tried them for the first time recently. Now I make them at least once a week! After all the horror stories I heard of people being forced to eat them from a young age, I never expected to like them as much as I do. Yum!

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STRIVER57 2/22/2012 2:56PM

    i adore brussell sprouts. especially roasted, with olive oil as lisa said. but there's zillions of delicious things to do with them. pan roasted with olive oil. blanched then tossed in a delicious vinaigrette or with walnut oil, or then sauteed a little with chestnuts & a dab of maple syrup. yes, delicious with bacon, but ... that's not so great that i'd waste my bacon calories on it.

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NATPLUMMER 2/22/2012 2:43PM

    I love brussels sprouts!!

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LISAINMS 2/22/2012 2:39PM

    I am another one that swore off brussel sprouts as a kid. But... I read a blog written by a very healthy eating runner and he proclaims sprouts as his favorite vegetable. I kept ignoring it for months. Then I thought "ok, maybe I should try them again". I bought a bag of frozen sprouts and steamed them like I do cabbage. Even with a pat of butter... umm tolerable. The next week, the blogger posted his favorite way to have sprouts - roasted! I had never roasted veggies. I followed his directions annnnnndddd they were great! I eat them every week now. Trim your sprouts and cut in half if bigger than bite sized. Put them on a baking sheet (I use a Silpat mat). Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and toss to coat. Roast at 375 for about 15 minutes. There should be little brown roasty edges, but not burned. I also discovered that turnips are delicious this way. (Another veggie sworn off from childhood experience). Yay for sprouts!

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DGIBSON02 2/22/2012 2:26PM

    gross with a capital G/

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SUEAZZI 2/22/2012 1:06PM

    I tried brussel sprouts once and did not like them, or the odor of them while they were cooking... I love veggies but I swore this little things off my plate! Today's new veggie is chickory; I've been switching up my salads with a new "lettuce" of the week... last week was chinese cabbage and the week before kale... next week may be bok choy... keeps it interesting! Two other new veggies for roasting this week are parsnips and fennel. As for the one, two, three... I'll try it but I'm not sure it will work for me... gosh I need your willpower!!

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MARATHON_MOM 2/22/2012 10:25AM

    I've never even TRIED Brussel Sprouts. I can't get past the fact that everyone SAYS they are gross. You have just given me hope that MAYBE they aren't so bad. I might have to try them.

Heck, I had never tried asparagus until about a year ago, maybe 2 years... (the older I get, the more it all just kind of blurs together)... but I LOVE Asparagus now!!

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DDOORN 2/22/2012 9:54AM

    I tried brussel sprouts a little while back, thinking I needed to push the envelope and re-visit that childhood mentality regarding them being "yucky" and double-check my taste buds.

Result? Sorry, but for me, they're still!


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1HOTMAMA2BE 2/22/2012 9:13AM

    We love brussel sprouts! A paleo recipe cooks them with bacon and I add a little balsamic vinegar, too. Delish! Anything takes better with bacon...even brussel sprouts!!! emoticon

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TOOTHFUL99 2/22/2012 9:12AM

    I think that even if you covered brussel sprouts in chocolate and sprinkles I wouldn't like them! Ick!

I tried to slip one to my dog when I was a kid. Even she didn't like it! Now, you know all the disgusting things dogs eat....!!!

Glad you found something you like. You can have my helping, too!!

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Am I A Hoarder????? You decide.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Confession Time: I am a hoarder of information. I like to clip magazine articles and little tid bits I find to always share with others. OK so I don't have piles and piles of magazines stacked in my house with a 100,000 cats, but I did have a couple of highlighted articles on my desk so I wanted to share before I dip into my new magazines that have arrived. Enjoy.

Swap your seat on the couch for a stability ball - and strengthen your abs while watching TV (this is really harder than you think, I tried it - does wonders for the core) You might even be inclined to try this.... ummmmm I can only dream.

Stand while you do a sit-down task. Standing an extra hour a day can burn 500 - 600 calories per month. (Pace while you talk on the phone, but I had to post this pic, lol - ladies, does this look like us or what, hahaha-queen of multitasking I'd say)

Take stretch breaks instead of a coffee breaks during the day (especially some good neck and arm stretches if you are glued to a computer and mouse all day)

Here's a goofy one: A quick self massage: take a dab of citrus or peppermint scented lotion or oil and rub it onto your earlobes, working upward (massaging ears can help release endorphins, allowing you to feel revitalized, and the smell of citrus can evoke a happy mood and peppermint improves alertness and memory.

Rinse canned beans such as chick peas, black beans and lentils in a colander to cut about 40% of the sodium. (WOW 40% is a lot).

It's time to get buff emoticon NO E X C U S E S.

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SUEAZZI 2/22/2012 12:32PM

    Great tips. Stability balls are great, love sitting on one and do bicep curls. I always rinse the beans and do stretches at work and even stand while typing! Anything to keep moving! emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 2/22/2012 10:28AM

    Great tips!!! I think I will find some peppermint lotion... because God knows my alertness and memory need some help!!

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2HAMSDIET 2/22/2012 7:11AM

    Great info so glad you are a hoarder. emoticon

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JLITT62 2/21/2012 5:21PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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LIVE4THETRAIL 2/21/2012 5:15PM

    Totally blown away by the bean info.

Thank you for sharing.

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/21/2012 2:46PM

    I've started rinsing my canned veggies, too!

Some of those pics made me LOL, for sure!!!!

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SPARKLING_SUSAN 2/21/2012 1:59PM

    You rock! Thanks so much for the timely tips! Love the bean rinsing idea, too!

I was expecting you to confess to REAL hoarding! OMGosh! So glad that wasn't the case! My confession is that I have an unbelievable amount of "stuff", my own and many things that I'm not ready to part with that were my mom's before she passed. My husband jokes that I'm one pile of s#%t short of being a hoarder! I'm working on it, I'm working on it!!

Have an awesome day, my friend!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 2/21/2012 1:42PM

    The bean info was surprising! Thanks! emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/21/2012 1:03PM

    Love tidbits of good info!! Thanks for sharing!!

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SAMI199 2/21/2012 12:48PM

    You should see my "favorites" & files-lol.

BTW-homemade slippers????? emoticon emoticon

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GR8CGRM 2/21/2012 12:31PM

    I like the rinsing the beans.. I am ready for my workout buddy back!!!

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NATPLUMMER 2/21/2012 12:27PM

    You always have great info for us :-)
Thank you!

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SUNNYDJ1971 2/21/2012 11:58AM

    Thanks for the info! You are not a hoarder! I think you have great information! Thanks for sharing!

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A Glimpse of......

Monday, February 20, 2012

Weigh-in day is usually on Sunday for me but I hopped on the scale on Saturday, I got a glimpse of the 130's - woo hoo, woo hoo, woo hoo. So exctied to see that. I know it's barely the 130's, but hey, hey, hey, getting closer to the goal. I definitely did the happy dance.

Spent a great weekend with all my kiddos. Granddaughter's 13th bday, she got the game winning basket in a thrilling overtime bball game - what a nail-biter, hang on the edge of your seat kinda game. Spent time with the big grandson, cooking up some homemade chili and a birthday cake - gotta love a kid/dude who likes to cook. He has high school baseball tryouts today so I am anxiously waiting on a text to see how it went. Even got to spend time with the new grandson, he's getting so big.

Gonna be decent weather this week, I will venture out on a run and see how the hip/knee responds to the pavement instead of the treadmill.

I am also happy to report that the Girl Scout cookies are safely buried in the freezer just in case I was tempted to have one. I did have a total of 3 (one each day I was off this weekend) - so a real treat to be treasured, all in moderation, and temptation is safely hidden in the freezer - so no sneaking allowed.

emoticonSue - sorry I broke our pinky promise on only eating sweets once a week. I will try harder this week to wait for Thursday night.

Happy Monday to all.

It's time to get buff emoticon NO E X C U S E S.

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ELAINEROSE5 2/21/2012 9:11AM

    emoticon emoticon on reaching the 130's!!!!!

How is the IT Band???

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BILL60 2/21/2012 8:40AM

    You're doing it. Let's get that turkey this week. BTW, thank for the encouraging words.

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JLITT62 2/21/2012 8:27AM

    Seriously, just ONE cookie? I really don't think I could do that! Altho I didn't order dessert at the fantastic restaurant we went to last night . . . Had one bite of DHs & one bite of our friends - neither got anything chocolate so I was safe. Actually almost no desserts this trips but a LOT of rich food!

Sounds like a great holiday weekend.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 2/20/2012 9:53PM

    I loved the pics and yay for the 130s...I am a big believer in seeing real change in the smallest amounts and so Im right there with you on celebrating. Goody for you for limiting the cookies to one a day...letting yourself have a treat is important to defray those feelings of deprivation we can all get when eating right. Keep up the great work!

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TOOTHFUL99 2/20/2012 9:11PM

    You rock, Girl! Congratulations on the 130's! Bask in the glory!

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SUEAZZI 2/20/2012 7:44PM

    emoticon on getting to the 130's girl! So proud of you! I'm emoticon too because I had a small scoop of ice cream w/bit of cake at a birthday party over the weekend, dagnabit! I'm doing better with a portion controlled treat every other night. I don't know if I'll ever get it down to 1x a week like you! I am definitely aiming to do better this week; no excuses ~ it's time to get buff!! I got some good runs in, a walk with a friend, and registered to take a boxing class this week! Glad you had a super weekend too!

Comment edited on: 2/20/2012 7:45:06 PM

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SPARKLING_SUSAN 2/20/2012 5:35PM

    WooHoo for the 130's!! You are an inspiration to me, my friend, as getting to the 130's is my goal. You are doing it and I WILL do it!

I can imagine how proud/excited/happy you must feel! I wanna feel that way, too, and you've just given me the kick in the rear that I need! God bless you!

Keep up the good work! So happy you're close to your grandchildren and able to be a part of their lives. Mine are scattered around the country and I miss them every day. Enjoy, Grandma!

Doing the hApPy DaNcE with you!

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SAMI199 2/20/2012 4:09PM

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You rock!!!

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ALLIEALLIE2 2/20/2012 1:44PM

    Woo Hoo you are doing great!! Im 3 stubborn lbs from also being out of the 140's I can't wait!! Way to GO!!!

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DGIBSON02 2/20/2012 1:37PM

    that was the best basketball game i have EVER been a part of.

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DDOORN 2/20/2012 12:49PM

    Spark Away Those Pounds! Woo Hoo!


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May the SPARK be with Me

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ooooohh my, ooooh my. May the SPARK be with me today and keep me safe from these.......

I bought these for my hubby, I am hoping that I have the inner SPARK to steer me clear of these. May they make it home to the DH without me opening the box. Please, oh, please, oh please.


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SPARKLING_SUSAN 2/18/2012 1:20PM

    I'm not so sure I could be as strong as you! Congratulations! I did buy Campfire mints for my hubs a few weeks ago but we put them in the freezer.

Being an advocate for Girl Scouts I will probably buy some and hide them in the freezer, waaay in the back and under stuff. I forget so much these days hopefully I'll forget about the cookies! I'll keep you posted!

Happy weekend!

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DDOORN 2/17/2012 9:20AM

    What a tough one...! Your DH owes you BIGTIME! :-)


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GRACIELA_ELENA 2/16/2012 11:51PM

    Lol, Im feeling ya on this one lady...and feel a little guilty too that I just put word out to my friends that my cousin is selling them and so will soon have a bunch of these things around. I will be getting some in the house...thin mints are my downfall but like them cold so they are kind of out of sight in the freezer most of the time. I have also learned to only take a few out of the sleeve at a time so dont mindlessly eat it all. That is my plan at least...treat for good work and then dont feel deprived, something that is always sure to cause me to eat what I shouldnt. May the force be with you!

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BOILHAM 2/16/2012 9:23AM

  I see you are a cookie person, too! I LOVE cookies! ..and other sweets too! I used to be able to cram them down when I was younger, and now I can't.

Seriously though, the way we feel now so far outweighs the advantage of the momentary enjoyment we get from our forbidden fruits.

Stay strong! emoticon emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 2/15/2012 9:47PM

    emoticon think of a cookie in terms of how long you have to work to burn it off.. it stops me.

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NATPLUMMER 2/15/2012 3:51PM

    You can do it!!

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RIKKI572 2/15/2012 3:16PM

    The challenges we put ourselves through!!

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SAMI199 2/15/2012 2:07PM

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JLITT62 2/15/2012 12:25PM

    Now just make sure he keeps them out of sight after you give them to him!

You've GOT this!

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SUEAZZI 2/15/2012 11:06AM

    You are so brave to have bought these for DH, ah it must be love! Save one for Thursday tee-hee!

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DGIBSON02 2/15/2012 10:49AM

    you should know better than that.

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TOOTHFUL99 2/15/2012 9:10AM

    I'm glad I don't know any Girl Scouts!

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LORI-K 2/15/2012 9:10AM

    Stay strong!! You can do it! My daughter is selling these evil things and I have CASES sitting in my living room and opened boxes (the kids keep buying) all over the house. I've had a few here and there, but I am having a daily exercise in willpower around here. Ughh!

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WYO_CASEY 2/15/2012 9:06AM

    UGH!!! I'm into the thin mints...those devilish little girls in green sashes!

Stay strong!

P.S. I LOVE the shoes on your background.

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