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 L O V E 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...
BRUSSELS SPROUTS .
Getting buff NO E X C U S E S.
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 NO E X C U S E S.
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.
Sue - 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 NO E X C U S E S.
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.
I CAN DO IT, I KNOW I CAN.
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