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One Goal Complete

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

emoticonFrom my long list of goals, I managed to complete one last night... cooking a new recipe once a month.

I made ground chicken mini-pizza burgers and boy were they yummy, tasted kinda like a meat loaf, only BETTER. Why haven't I ever tried these before emoticon

I got the recipe from SPARK for those who want to try it and of course, I tweeked it a bit because I'm not eating cheese, but it turned out fantastic. You make them in a cupcake pan, so you have 12 servings. Makes great little bite size (well actually about four bites) protein snacks and pretty low in calories - DEFINITELY going to become a must have for a quick snack, gonna bake another batch this weekend. A MUST TRY recipe. emoticon

Managed to get in a 3.5 mile run last night before dinner and before it starting to rain. Thank goodness we made it back in time because I am certainly not a fan of icy cold rain.

emoticonTonight is gonna be a watch tv and bike night, taking it easy - maybe even get some takeout food for the family, I'm having those leftover yummy chicken burgers.

  
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JLITT62 1/26/2011 12:08PM

    Good job on the goal met!

I have done Zumba at home, just not in class. Think it'll have to be walking shoes cause that's all I have & I'm not going to go out & buy new sneakers just for 5 classes. I'm pretty sure I'll survive -- but thanks for your input!

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SAMI199 1/26/2011 11:40AM

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PARKERB2 1/26/2011 10:52AM

    Sounds yummy. Glad to hear you accomplished one of your goals. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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HEALTHY_45 1/26/2011 10:40AM

    Yay!! It's always emoticon to be able to check off a goal from your list.
Those sound yummy, may have to try them out.

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2011 10:40AM

    Great job!!! I'll have to check that recipe out. I love using ground chicken and turkey.

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HALFFAST 1/26/2011 9:51AM

    Since I discovered ground chicken breast (over a year ago), I have NEVER gone back to ground beef. Isn't it amazing?! Since we moved to PA I've had a hard time finding it, but ground turkey breast is almost just as good ;)

By the way thanks for the sweet comments on my page, and yes, I've changed my name (again), but I think this one is a keeper!

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GBSUTPHIN 1/26/2011 9:39AM

    Yeah for meeting a goal...especially one that turned out so well. *grins* Have a great day!

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MZSLYDE01 1/26/2011 9:25AM

    That is so funny - I was just planning to make a new meal myself - Was thinking of a stir fry of sorts but might have to put this one on my to do new meal list.
Isn't it always nice when you find a new recipe that is healthy that turns out yummy. AWESOME.


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PEGGYSTILLHERE 1/26/2011 9:01AM

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to try them!

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DGIBSON02 1/26/2011 8:50AM

    not sure how those sound, mixed feelings.

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DIVALADY 1/26/2011 8:48AM

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March Madness a Little Early

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

emoticonLast night great workout - 45 minutes of Just Dance 2 on the "sweat" mode, wow, and yes, you really sweat. Then rode my stationary bike for 45 minutes. Woo Hoo, what a way to start a Monday. emoticon

emoticonMy new found entertainment, watching basketball... college or pro, doesn't really matter, just bring on the hoops. I am suffering from NFL withdrawls already so it's only fair to take up a new sport. The catch is.... I will ride my bike while I watch the games. Rode for 45 minutes watching the end of the Wizards and the Knicks last night. It's really not hard to find something to entertain me with, I'm easily amused and also happiest when I'm working out.

emoticonAfter one week of my new eating plan, I've lost 2 pounds - woo hoo. The scale FINALLY moved. I believe next week will be better as I fell off the wagon on Sunday and had a few slices of bread and a piece of diet coke cake, but sticking to it to see if the scale will move again next week.

emoticonRegistered for the VA is for Lovers 14K race, yep, 14K, I'm definitely crazy. Just want to push myself harder, I haven't really been running since it is so cold outside, but I'm gonna suck it up and just get myself out the door. Hopefully tonight the rain will hold off til I get a run finished. Gotta start amping it up, race is only 18 days away. emoticon

Found a free Insanity/Turbo Jam/P90X class on Saturday mornings at a local gym, I signed up for the first one this week. Taught by a real Beach Body instructor so hoping to burn off some serious calories in a group fitness class. Also starting my second round of P90X next Monday.

I've got a lot of things I'm working on fitness wise, so hopefully all this major calorie burning will get these last few pounds off. emoticon

  
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JLITT62 1/25/2011 2:29PM

    Great job on your weight loss! We like the success stories. I am signed up for my first RL Zumba class Friday, since there's no swimming this week -- I've only done the DVDs to date.

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NEWFLABULESS 1/25/2011 11:54AM

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. Sounds like you have found the niche to get the results you want. Great job!!

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HEALTHY_45 1/25/2011 11:18AM

    WOW, as usual, you are a true inspiration. I admire your determination and commitment and your plans always push me to keep up with my exercising.
You Go Girl!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2011 10:21AM

    Excellent workout! Yay!!! Another basketball fan. I don't really like other sports...too slow moving, I guess (and hockey is too violent).
Congratulations on 2 pounds!!! emoticon
Wow! Good luck on your 14K!
That class sounds great! Have fun!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 1/25/2011 10:08AM

    Great Job! That 14K sounds quite interesting (and fun, I'm jealous)

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SWELL10 1/25/2011 10:07AM

    Way to go on the two lbs! Girl you are kicking it on the exercise side! I bet the new class will be a blast. Enjoy and keep up the good work!

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SAMI199 1/25/2011 9:31AM

    Happy Dance!!! emoticon emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 1/25/2011 9:21AM

    emoticonYou go girl!! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 1/25/2011 8:44AM

    WOW - Awesome - You lost 2 lbs. That is awesome the scale finally moved for you. I knew that it would.
So I checked out that site and there is nothing in my area. Darnit. There were a couple of things about 3 hours from me. But that is ok there are other things I can do and plan to.
Have fun at your class I would love that.
Congrats on signing up for the 14k. You will do great.
Have a great day

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DGIBSON02 1/25/2011 8:30AM

    Sounds busy. any 5k's coming up?

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SPARTANPHOTOG 1/25/2011 8:27AM

    Wonderful! Sounds like a great plan! emoticon

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GROEDER 1/25/2011 8:05AM

    WOW!!! You are doing great! Talk about active.
Be proud of yourself and keep it up.
Gregg

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VB Sparkers Get Together

Monday, January 24, 2011

We have a great get together on Friday evening for the VA Beach Sparkers. Got to meet some interesting people, real motivators and great ideas. So glad we put this meeting together. Looking forward to a lot of new and exciting things to come. Thanks to all that attended. Looking forward to the next one, which will be really soon.

  
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MZSLYDE01 1/25/2011 8:41AM

    I am so glad you had people show up and that you were all able to share. that is awesome.

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2HAMSDIET 1/24/2011 10:33PM

    So glad your meeting went so much fun. emoticon emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/24/2011 12:15PM

    Glad to hear it went well!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/24/2011 10:05AM

    I wondered how it went. Great to hear! No pics? emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2011 9:50AM

    I'm glad it all worked out well.

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JLITT62 1/24/2011 8:17AM

    How fun! I'm so envious!

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GIMPYKNEE 1/24/2011 8:15AM

   
We have to do it again - we forgot to take the pictures!

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Gathering of the SPARK

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm sooooo excited.... this Friday night I have organized an informal spark get together. I am the current team leader and I decided it was time for a mix and mingle get together. Looking forward to meeting others who share my enthusiasm, to meet the people behind the keyboard/computer screen. I'm excited, yet nervous but really looking forward to it. Nothing formal, just a simple gathering of fellow sparkers. We are bringing SPARK-tacular treats to munch on. Hopefully this will be a success and people will show up. It's taken a lot of planning so I'm hoping others will come and we can have a meeting of minds to develop new and interesting ideas for the team.

I truly wish all my fellow SP buddies could be there, like Jolie, Judy, Sherry, Jen, BFF, (to name a few) etc., but I know you will be there with me in spirit. Your support has meant so much to me over the last year, couldn't do it without you ladies and dudes, too.

Would you attend a spark gathering????? emoticon

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/20/2011 3:53PM

    OOoo, I wanna come...guess that is a bit of a commute though so hope the rest of the folks make it and cant wait to hear all about it. Wonder if my local group can get something like that going here too...hmmmm. Anyway, its great of you to get that organized and hope you all have a great time!

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MEANDMYBOY 1/20/2011 3:09PM

    I'll be there! I'm looking forward to it...

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MZSLYDE01 1/20/2011 9:13AM

    OH MAN I WISH I COULD BE THERE TOO. Believe me if I was in 5 hours of driving I would be there. Like Judy I have no Spark in my area - hey pretty much I haven't seen but like a couple of people from my whole state on here.
I hope it turns out and that you all have a SPARK-tacular time.


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NANCYGIRLLAX 1/19/2011 4:21PM

    Fun! You look awesome. It is so great to see someone who has succeeded with a big weight loss. You inspire!

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HEALTHY_45 1/19/2011 11:27AM

    I am so jealous, would love to be there but will definitely be with you in spirit.
Have a SPARKtastic time.
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SAMI199 1/19/2011 11:17AM

    I would love to go to a Sparks Party!have a great time @ yours!!!

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DGIBSON02 1/19/2011 11:14AM

    Have B-ball practice Friday night.

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2011 10:41AM

    That is very exciting. I hope you have a great time! I'm sure it will be fabulous!!
I would definitely attend a Spark gathering if there was one in my area.

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2HAMSDIET 1/19/2011 9:41AM

    Of course I would come. Nothing better then a party. emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/19/2011 9:30AM

    How far away are you???? Good idea! I'm sure it will be a lot of fun and Spark-tacular treats to boot?!?!? If they are some good ones, maybe you could post some pics with recipes?

You've had an awesome journey which is only going to get better and better! emoticon, too!

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NAOMIEVA 1/19/2011 8:06AM

    Absolutely! Actually, my roommate & I hosted a mini-SP gathering a few months ago...

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JLITT62 1/19/2011 7:44AM

    Oh, I so wish I could be there too (hey, anything to get away from this snow -- just kidding!!!).

I would love to get together with other sparkers but my area unfortunately doesn't seem to have much spark.

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Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yesterday was my 15th wedding anniversary. Hubby and I had promised each other that we would not buy each other anything since we just spend money painting our bedroom, new ceiling fan, new curtains and bedspread. We decided we were just going out for dinner. So when I got home from work last night, there was a beautifully wrapped package and card on the kitchen table. My first reaction was to be really mad, since he was breaking the rules about not buying anything, but I couldn't stay mad at him too long. I opened the box and this was inside....
I love it. What I love the most about it though is that he went to my favorite Vera boutique, and with the sales lady's help, he came home with the exact Vera bag I had been wanting. Good job hubby. It was sooooo thoughtful that he thought of this all by himself AND... had it elegantly giftwrapped with a beautiful bow. After all these years I didn't know he could shop by himself, he usually has our daughter do it, my sister do it or he consults with my BFF, but he did it ALL BY HIMSELF. He never ceases to surprise me.

We went to Red Lobster for dinner - those cheese biscuits were a very weak point and I had two, too many and we won't mention the slice of strawberry cheesecake, but we shared that. Great evening. Funny though, we came home and both fell asleep by 8:30 sitting on the couch watching TV, that's what old married couples are supposed to do, lol.

Gonna have to bust out a hard workout tonight to undo the cheesey biscuit damage.

  
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DGIBSON02 1/19/2011 11:13AM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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SAMI199 1/18/2011 12:51PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! Yay Husband!!! Cheesy bisquits don't count when eaten on your 15th!!!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/18/2011 12:50PM

    Congratulations and you are one lucky lady! He is a lucky guy too if you ask me. RL is one of my favorites and know what you mean about those biscuits. Good for you for planning to work them off and as usual you inspire me to go home today and work a bit off myself. Keep up the good work!

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HEALTHY_45 1/18/2011 11:12AM

    What an amazing husband, it's so nice when they surprize you with something thoughtful.
Good luck with working off those cheesy biscuits, they are impossible to resist though!!

Happy Belated Anniversary.
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KAKIPOPUP 1/18/2011 10:50AM

    Happy Anniversary! emoticon on!

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2011 10:08AM

    Way to go, husband!!!
The bag is cute!!!
Those cheese biscuits are a weakness for most. A good workout tonight will take care of that! :-)
Happy Anniversary!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/18/2011 9:40AM

    WOW -- sounds like you have a great husband! Nice! Don't worry about the cheesy biscuits...you'll have those calories gone in a flash. It was a special occasion, so it doesn't count!

Have a great week!

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SEEAMANDARUN 1/18/2011 9:40AM

    That is so sweet! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congrats!

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MZSLYDE01 1/18/2011 8:32AM

    Awe - That is awesome he did that for you..... What a sweet guy.
Glad you enjoyed those divine cheesy biscuits because they rock. You deserve it because you work so hard all the time and are always eating great - Sometime you just need to do it.
Anyway - You won't be able to celebrate 15 years again right?
Glad you enjoyed the meal and the night.
LOL - 8:30 - I am in bed around 7 pm every night... that's pretty bad isn't it

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SBILLIAN 1/18/2011 8:23AM

    Happy Anniversary! I love that Vera pattern too!

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2HAMSDIET 1/18/2011 7:45AM

    What a wonderful thing love it. Happy Anniversary!! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/18/2011 7:41AM

    Oooh yeah baby, cheesy biscuits! Hey, it's all good once in a while.

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On the anniversary! And good job hubby!

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SWELL10 1/18/2011 7:29AM

    What an amazing gift and truly the thought that counts. Those biscuits are very dangerous! And very yummy! Glad you had a wonderful night.

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SWELL10 1/18/2011 7:29AM

    What an amazing gift and truly the thought that counts. Those biscuits are very dangerous! And very yummy! Glad you had a wonderful night.

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SWELL10 1/18/2011 7:29AM

    What an amazing gift and truly the thought that counts. Those biscuits are very dangerous! And very yummy! Glad you had a wonderful night.

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SWELL10 1/18/2011 7:29AM

    What an amazing gift and truly the thought that counts. Those biscuits are very dangerous! And very yummy! Glad you had a wonderful night.

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SWELL10 1/18/2011 7:29AM

    What an amazing gift and truly the thought that counts. Those biscuits are very dangerous! And very yummy! Glad you had a wonderful night.

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