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You Put WHAT in the Chili?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Carrots, kidney beans, black beans, cannelli beans, tomatoes, celery, spices and WHAT THE HECK? butternut squash.

Chef Meg's Vegetarian Chili in the slow cooker was excellent. It had a really sweet, yet spicy flavor and was very filling. I was stuffed after one serving (1 cup) and I had allowed myself 1.5 servings on my calorie tracker, but couldn't eat the other 1/2 cup. The DH didn't really like it, but then again I didn't expect him to, since he has to have his "meat", lol. I will definitely cook it again, so I can have a lot of leftovers. I have about three servings left, so I am having a bowl for lunch today, YEAH, and I will have two to freeze for a later time, makes for a quick meal.

This just goes to prove that.... I'm a tried and true SPARK fanatic/addict, you know you've totally changed your lifestyle when vegetarian chili with butternut squash excites you...and when you look forward to a terrific 5-mile run/calorie burn tonight.

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IRISHF 3/29/2012 11:03PM

    I think butternut squash in chili sounds excellent. I've made chili with sweet potato before, similar. I'll have to go look for Chef Meg's recipe!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/28/2012 9:01AM

    I tried a similar recipe that had sweet potato in it... We both like it, but my husband eats most everything.... hehe...

Love the new picture!!

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 3/28/2012 8:13AM

    Looks so yummy!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/27/2012 11:51PM

    Looks good and glad you have some on hand for enjoying later too. I tend to make my meals like that and then save some for lunches and quick dinners when i get home late. Keep up the good work and enjoy your run!

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SUEAZZI 3/27/2012 2:14PM

    Dish looks delish! I will definitely put this on my list to make, and in a slow cooker too, how sweet!

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NATPLUMMER 3/27/2012 11:57AM

    Looks very tasty.
Hope you have a great run tonight :-)

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DDOORN 3/27/2012 11:31AM

    Chili is one of those "kitchen sink" sorta recipes where just about ANYTHING works...yum! Love the sound of your "mix!" :-)

Don

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LAURELSPARK 3/27/2012 9:39AM

    I'll have to give butternut squash a try. I've resisted it so far; my dad used to grow squash when I was a kid and I didn't like it because it was slimy and seedy. My tastes have change so.......who knows, I might like it now.

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RIKKI572 3/27/2012 9:11AM

    I'm just discovering that butternut squash is an excellent addition to "healthy-up" regular recipes. I tried Chef Meg's Mac & Cheese with it, and even the GS ate it!! I'll have to try it in the chili. If I cut it small enough, maybe hubby won't notice!!
Wishing you a fantastic day

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JLITT62 3/27/2012 8:29AM

    My DH would be righ there with yours, & I'm with you!

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Happy Monday Ramblings

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hope everyone enjoyed a super weekend, not much to tell here. It was rainy all weekend, so I took a relax day yesterday - stayed in my jammies all day and watched movies...The Notebook, The Last Song, Puss in Boots, and Jack and Jill. I had seen The Notebook before but such a wonderful movie and omg, I had to break out the box of tissue for The Last Song, I was bawling like a baby. Puss in Boots was excellent, can't say I really liked Jack and Jill too much, I'm not much of an Adam Sandler fan, but I was in the mood for a comedy after the sappy, chick flicks, hee hee.

See I told you it was a lazy day, but I did prepare dinner for tonight yesterday, and get healthy lunches for the week packed, woo hoo, but that was about it.

The dinner I prepared is a new SPARK recipe... Chef Meg's Vegetarian Chili, featuring some butternut squash [one of my new fav veggies] - so we will get the official taste test tonight and rate this recipe. [DH is less than thrilled about trying this, lol, but he can always fix himself a sandwich if he doesnt like it] Have to eat in a hurry, dog has a vet appt tonight. Sheesh, gonna be a crazy, busy day.

Lunchtime run on schedule today, providing my horrible heart burn goes away, feeling pretty horrible at the moment, but hoping it will pass soon.

I have a busy week planned, my workout buddy is back and available for early a.m. workouts, starting tomorrow.... 0430, 3-5 mile run on schedule.

Quote I saw this morning on a friends FB page....

"Everyone wants to be in great shape but not everyone wants to get in shape".

Simply put and so true, so many are not willing to do what it takes and that's what sets us apart from others - we've got the SPARK and we're not afraid to use it. emoticon


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SAMI199 3/28/2012 9:32AM

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SUEAZZI 3/27/2012 1:59PM

    Glad you took some relaxing time off for yourself; we need it every now and then to reset our start button! I printed off that recipe last week, cannot wait to read how you liked it. Happy Tuesday, I'm behind on spark as you can tell! Boot camp in 2-1/2 hours, emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/26/2012 10:55PM

    Everyone deserves a day off and it sounds like you had a good one. I have to say Im not a big Sandler fan either...hes more of a silly guys actor though I did enjoy 50 First Dates. I am really hoping to get some inspiration from you to get my butt back in gear...thanks for not giving up on me!

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LAURELSPARK 3/26/2012 11:26AM

    The best things about rainy weekends are.....NO YARDWORK and sappy movies! Sometimes you've just gotta regroup....

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NATPLUMMER 3/26/2012 11:20AM

    Sounds like a fab weekend!!
I do hope the heartburn goes away. That would make for a yucky run.

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POSITIVE_ONE 3/26/2012 10:55AM

    I like that - We have the SPARK and we are not afraid to use it!!! Love it!!

I need a weekend like that - just with different movies. Ha ha!! No way I watch those.

This is No Excuses Monday! Thanks for calling that out. emoticon

SPARK ON IN 2012!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/26/2012 10:52AM

    It was sunny and 80s here so tons of yardwork done and yesterday I painted. My arms and butt (ladder climbing) are hurting today.

I love The Notebook and wondered about The Last Song. I'll watch it sometime...probably by myself! emoticon

I bet your chili turns out great. Love me some butternut squash! Let me know what you think. emoticon Just checking.

Have a great Monday! The sun is shining and we're feeling fine! emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 3/26/2012 9:57AM

    Sounds like a really nice weekend, actually! I love the lazy ones with nothing to do!
Can't wait to hear how the chili turns out! It sounds yummy!



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The Healthy Way

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thought I would post a pic of the healthy items I picked up at the grocery store for my lunches the rest of this week. It's all healthy - NO MORE JUNK.


We did have an ice cream cake for one of the guy's birthday yesterday here in the office, but YOURS TRULY did not have a piece, I just licked the spatula, lol. I'm being good.

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BILL60 3/23/2012 8:40AM

    Welcome Walmart shopper!! Love the Triscuits, hummus and the bananas.

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DDOORN 3/22/2012 3:05PM

    Looking great! :-)

Don

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MYLADY4 3/21/2012 9:28PM

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SUEAZZI 3/21/2012 8:07PM

    Looks great and is going to taste even better! Smart choices all the way. emoticon

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LORI-K 3/21/2012 7:58PM

    YAY!! Looks like great selections! Awesome! emoticon
I went to the grocery store too and bought lots of healthy stuff to ward off the naughty snacks I had to buy for the kids. We can do it!!
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RIKKI572 3/21/2012 7:50PM

    Great for lunches. I actually found hummus in individual serving size cups, which makes it easier to control (I love my hummus!!)
Wishing you a great day.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2012 7:34PM

    YUM!!! The only problem with the hummus is I could eat the whole container at once ;-)

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JLITT62 3/21/2012 3:48PM

    Looks VERY healthy! Congrats!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/21/2012 3:41PM

    Looks emoticon!!! Good for you!

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NOW HEAR THIS !!!!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

No more junk food PERIOD !!!!!!

I have been eating horrible lately. I have noticed that within my calorie range there has been some less than healthy foods slipping in. Junk food has been creeping in my daily allotment...hot dogs, cheetohs, ice cream, beer.

NOW HEAR THIS.... It will emoticonthis instant. I will only eat healthy foods to fuel my body.




"so let it be written, so let it be done"

  
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PARKERB2 3/20/2012 7:55PM

    I'm back in Weight Watchers again so I'm with you. I know you will do it for YOU. Have a great day.

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NATPLUMMER 3/20/2012 12:07PM

    I don't want to have to sick Yul on you ;-)

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SUEAZZI 3/20/2012 11:03AM

    This is just what I needed to read today! I'm doing better but have room for improvement. Thanks for sharing your affirmation because it rubs off on me! emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/20/2012 9:28AM

    You can do it!!

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REDSHOES2011 3/20/2012 9:26AM

    I have not eaten junkfood from 2004.. I use how it used to make me hungry all the time to avoid it.. I also have 35 cms of incision stitches and the pain that say don't go there..
You have to use mind warfar to avoid relaxing around it.. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/20/2012 9:18AM

    Cheetos?!?!? emoticon What the heck? You stop that right now! Good luck today. I've packed a little something for you to help out. emoticon There's nothing orange in that bag, nor is there anything with barley. emoticon

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DDOORN 3/20/2012 9:18AM

    It's so easy to allow that to happen!

I recently decided not to carry any money with me as I *know* I won't charge junk food! :-)

Don

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BOILHAM 3/20/2012 8:10AM

    Junk food creeping in, I get that! Be strong!

"Snow. Bah. I don't believe in snow!"




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JLITT62 3/20/2012 7:53AM

    Yup, you can eat 1500 calories of twinkies or freggies. Bet I know what you'll be eating!

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GROEDER 3/20/2012 7:44AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!
I find myself having the same problems, and just reading your blog helps to keep im mind the RIGHT foods to eat.
Thanks!!!

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LORI-K 3/20/2012 7:40AM

    I hear you loud and clear!! Way to own it and take control! You can do it!
(Yesterday was my first sweet-free day in a long time. I'm on the road to recovery).
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Ahhhhh, Feel the Energy

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spent 1/2 hour last night doing some arm exercises with weights and did a lot of crunches on the exercise ball.

I had decided yesterday that it is time for me to start doing my workouts in the morning, I always feel fantastic afterwards and I know I need to use that time in the mornings for some "ME" time, but I have just been too lazy. I set my alarm and off to bed.

This morning my alarm goes off 0430 with "Reveille", time for this cadet to rise and shine, nothing like a loud bugle call to wake you up. I layed there for a minute, contemplating "should I get up" or "should I go back to sleep". DH heard the alarm and asked why I was getting up so early. I said to go for a run. He chuckled and said "sure you are", which I know he doubted me since I've been sayinhg I was going to do this for a while now, and had failed miserably at it. I didn't want him to be "RIGHT" again, so I knew I had to go.

After wrestling with the voices in my head, I jumped outta bed and said to myself.... get your butt out the door.

Hopped into my running clothes and out the door I went. Morning jogs are kinda creepy, it's dark, no sign of life, everyone still sleeping. I have to put the headphones on low so I hear any creepy noises and keep looking over my shoulder for weirdos. But I DID IT !!! YEAH !!!! I ran 4 miles this morning, with about one mile of it being speed work and I feel great. I allowed plenty of time for stretching and a 10-minute roll on the foam roller to work out the kinks. Made myself a protein shake, hopped in the shower and now I'm at the office.

OOOOOHHHH I can feel the energy, getting in a great workout first thing in the morning. I've been energized with a 500-calorie burn to start the day, way more powerful and better than any cup of coffee. Hoping today will fly by, I'm off tomorrow for a three-day weekend, woo hoo.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/18/2012 1:25AM

    Glad to hear you got up and got it done. I am right there with ya that the a.m. workout is the best and really gets you revved up for the day. Keep up the great work...you are such an inspiration!

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DDOORN 3/16/2012 9:27AM

    Kudos to your morning efforts...! Still struggling with time change here, but next week oughta have more cycling commutes in store...woo hoo!

Don

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SUEAZZI 3/15/2012 9:30PM

    I love morning runs! Every morning I look at my window and convince myself it is too cold and dark and I cave to my warm comfy pillow for some more sweet dreams! I'm not too keen on heading out in the dark BUT I need to gear up to head out as soon as it starts to lighten up a smidge; you're my idol! emoticon Many afternoons are taken up with my classes so I better get my rear in gear to get more runs in. The fitness studio I go to is starting a running team for every Sunday at 7:30am, totally doable! emoticon I admire your spunk! Spark on!

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WONDERWOMAN 3/15/2012 7:43PM

    I need to take a cue from you. I'm having more and more difficulty getting the workouts in later in the day. Thanks for the motivation. Have a great long weekend!

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LISAINMS 3/15/2012 1:10PM

    Love my morning workout! You're right... there's nothing like starting your day with a 500 calorie burn and some fresh air!

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NATPLUMMER 3/15/2012 11:26AM

    Awesome!!

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BOILHAM 3/15/2012 9:40AM

    Yep, morning workouts are great for waking up the body, and keeping in a good mood all day. You can always go light if pressed for time and do another workout later in the day. But yes, try to do morning workouts as often as you can. They always make you feel good afterward! emoticon

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BILL60 3/15/2012 9:14AM

    Way to go!! I just love working out in the morning. Hope you live in a safe neighborhood and carry some sort of an "equalizer", just in case. Anyway, hope that you can repeat that energized experience again and again and again. Hang very tough!!

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ANITAGOODBODY 3/15/2012 9:00AM

    Good for you Lisa! All I can say to 4:30 am is - NO WAY!!!! My body wouldn't know what to do emoticonMaybe I'll see you at the Shamrock.

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JCBRITT 3/15/2012 8:40AM

    I just don't know if I could get up that early and make it through the day...but I have been sticking to my goal of getting up earlier on the weekends and do you know what? Now my weekends seem to last a heck of alot longer....I wish I didn't enjoy sleeping or maybe laying up the warm covers so much...I just might have to make myself a Spark streak of getting up and running before work 2 or 3x one week and see how I fare...thanks for the inspiration!

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RIKKI572 3/15/2012 7:50AM

    What a great way to start the day!!

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JLITT62 3/15/2012 7:44AM

    I love that energized feeling in the mornings! Harder to talk yourself into it when the temps are 40 & below tho!

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GROEDER 3/15/2012 7:44AM

    Aren't morning workouts incredible?!?!?!
I just finished breakfast after a 50 minute walk with Otto, 20 minutes on the recumbent bike, and my daily weight workout - and I feel great!!!
I have been doing this for so long now that I don't even use an alarm. I just wake up and get at it!!! Otto even knows when it is time for us to get outside. I guess dogs really are smart!!!
Hope you have a great day and a super 3-day weekend.

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KOUNTRYFIDDLE 3/15/2012 7:40AM

    You go girl!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 3/15/2012 7:38AM

    LOVE IT! Way to go!!!

I have been setting my alarm all week to get up early and work out, but keep going back to sleep. Of course, my NORMAL wake up time is 4:30, so for me, that means the alarm goes off at 3:30. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get out of bed at 3:30?? LOL

You have motivated me though!! Tonight, I am going to bed early... and getting it done tomorrow morning. I got some good rest last night and a nap yesterday afternoon, so I'm not feeling as wiped out today as I have been for the last couple of weeks

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