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A Healthy Breakfast at McDonalds? Is there Such a Thing?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Had to be up before the roosters this morning, drive my daughter 50 miles to the airport and then 50 miles back, sheesh and it's only 6:30. Missed my morning protein smoothie so I stopped a McDonalds to try their fruit/oatmeal bowl. I would never have stopped there if I didn't have a coupon for a free trial of the oatmeal, and let me just say.... Yuumy, yummy, yummy. 260 calories for a filling breakfast is pretty dang good. Nice to know if I'm ever in a pinch I can still find something healthy for breakfast, even if it is fast food.

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I'd like to wish my son David, a happy 23rd birthday. I love you David, just think next year you will be getting a card from your very own child that says "Happy Birthday Dad" - awwhhhh, I love ya.

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IMSMILEY88 6/6/2011 2:43PM

    I just tried the oatmeal! So yummy! And, as McD's was my only choice, I was a lot better off with oatmeal (for lunch) than my 'old' choice!

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VA_HILLARY 3/30/2011 8:17PM

    I read the negative stories about their oatmeal, and my big issue with it is that it has something like 25 ingredients, including stabilizers, modifiers, etc. Homemade oatmeal takes very little time, and is SO good for you! Then again, since I've been tracking, I've realized that my homemade oatmeal clocks in around 350 calories... With milk, raisins and a little brown sugar. But so yummy.

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VA_HILLARY 3/30/2011 8:16PM

    I read the negative stories about their oatmeal, and my big issue with it is that it has something like 25 ingredients, including stabilizers, modifiers, etc. Homemade oatmeal takes very little time, and is SO good for you! Then again, since I've been tracking, I've realized that my homemade oatmeal clocks in around 350 calories... With milk, raisins and a little brown sugar. But so yummy.

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TARANIE 3/30/2011 1:27PM

    I really like the oatmeal. I think it's o.k. for once in awhile. Of course it would be better if they made it without cream (wth?) It's nice that there is an alternative to the greasy bacon and sausage :)

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NOMOREBREAKS 3/30/2011 1:22PM
The main problem that the health bloggers have with the oatmeal is that they automatically add cream to it, and brown sugar is added unless a customer specifically asks the not to put it in. The fruit is dehyrated and has added sugar, and there are "artificial flavours" added. In the end:

"The aspect one cannot argue is nutrition: Incredibly, the McDonald’s product [oatmeal] contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)"

When I have to have fast food for breakfast I usually order the fruit n' yogurt parfait (yes it's a dessert, but it's also only 160 cal, 2g fat, and has 4 grams of protein) or I just get the egg McMuffin and eat only 1/2 muffin that comes with it.

I think the bottom line is that you always have be careful when your food is prepared by someone! After reading the three articles on the oatmeal I am left kind of confused by this move. I also wonder why they chose CREAM for the oatmeal. Why not make it with water, or skim milk even?

I think it's a move in the right direction, but now we need to KEEP THEM moving that way! Obviously they have a few things to learn and we need to let them know that we're all serious about our health!

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STIPER23 3/30/2011 12:47PM

    I haven't tried it yet. I'm interested to read the articles posted by DDORN though. I get the old Egg McMuffin. 300 calories and 12g of fat. Not great, but I used to get the meal which had hash browns and oj. In my little world, at least I'm saving calories by not getting the full meal.

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NATPLUMMER 3/30/2011 12:23PM

It's nice that the fast food places are offering healthier choices.
Happy Birthday, David!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/30/2011 10:17AM

    I'll keep that in mind during my travels in May!! Thanks for sharing!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/30/2011 9:20AM

    I have heard that McDonalds oatmeal is pretty good but still haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the reminder!

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HOKIEJEN13 3/30/2011 8:59AM

    Woooo for a decent fast food breakfast! Hope the daughter has fun in NYC and the son has a most fabulous birthday! And, I hope your Wednesday is just the right amount of perfectness for you :-)

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DDOORN 3/30/2011 8:42AM

    Actually, I've heard some blasts AGAINST Mickey's oatmeal:


Haven't sampled it yet, myself.


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NAOMIEVA 3/30/2011 8:23AM

    I've heard great things about their oatmeal from others as well, although I have yet to try it!

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SAMI199 3/30/2011 7:52AM

    Thanks for the 411-you never know when the Golden Arches will be your only choice-lol.Have a good day!


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JLITT62 3/30/2011 7:33AM

    A definite emoticon

It really is so nice to find healthy fast food.

Funny, last weekend DH was musing that the bagel & lox he'd had for breakfast must be healthier than the bacon (Canadian bacon) he normally has on the weekend. I had to gently inform him no, not so much.

It's all about education!

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It's All About the Numbers

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I've been thinking alot lately about all the numbers in my life. I always advise people to stay away from the scale, it's just a number and I mostly practice what I preach, so I've been thinking about other ways we use numbers. Perhaps we should shift our focus. I've listed below other numbers we can focus on. We can measure our progress in so many ways.

1. Counting calories - staying within a certain number for the day
2. Inches - measuring inches lost
3. Exercise - how many fitness minutes we are racking up and how many calories we are burning.
4. Running - how far and how fast we are going
5. Money - how much we save, how much we spend
6. Sleep - how many hours of quality sleep are we getting

Just some random "food for thought" - and it really is.... all about the numbers. How are your numbers looking?

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SAMI199 3/29/2011 9:47PM

    I hadn't thought of it that way,but your right! I'm a SparkPoint fanatic-LOL.What's a girl to do????


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CDK210 3/29/2011 9:30PM

    and resting heart measure how beneficial all of the other numbers are to our hearts!

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RIKKI572 3/29/2011 5:09PM

    So true, and I love the way you numbered your numbers!!! Wishing you a great day! emoticon

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JLITT62 3/29/2011 5:05PM

    Definitely food for thought & all good things to look at.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/29/2011 10:52AM

    The emoticon is the emoticon!!!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 3/29/2011 10:34AM

    Good numbers to focus on :-)

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Race Report and Cooking Outside the Box

Monday, March 28, 2011

I am happy to report that our 5K went pretty well, considering....
1. I was still in pain and not feeling too hot
2. 35 degrees
3. 20 mph wind
4. Race was held on boardwalk at Oceanfront, no shelter from the wind.

Sis came within 36 seconds of her goal, she got a cramp in her calf around 2.5 miles and finished in agony, but sooooo close to her goal. emoticonSis !!!

Dad did really well. He hadn't trained a lick. I decided I was going to stick with Dad the whole time, regardless. We walked a little and jogged a little, overall time was not too bad - YEAH Dad, WOW I was impressed. He ran 1.5 miles before he took a walk break, not to shabby considering he hasn't run in years. I was proud of me for sticking with Dad and just finishing. It was soooo cold and windy, like running into a hurricane. We were all so glad to be finished and get warmed up. I'll post pics later, they are on my sister's camera, so I have to download to my computer.

On way back from race, I stopped at my fav shop, since it was on the way.

I got this sweet new backpack, Vera's are my weakness and I've been really wanting a backpack, I needed one. I had saved up some "vera points" and ended up getting it for a great price. Nothing like a new Vera to perk up the mood.

Since it was a cold and dreary day, I decided I was going to spend the afternoon in the kitchen whipping up something yummy. I decided to step outside the box and try something new. My Sparkbuddy Judy posted a recipe last week for vegan brownies. Here they are.... Whooda thunk that brownies made out of black beans could be sooooo yummy. Thanks Judy. They turned out awesome. I served to my dinner guests yesterday, some liked them, some didn't, but the overall verdict was.... Yummy and I thought they were to die for.

Didn't to to the Harley Garage Party yesterday, wasn't feeling up to doing much, so I just bummed around, did a few loads of laundy, took a nap and DH helped with dinner since I was just feeling pretty blah. Great family dinner while watching the Kentucky/UNC game.

We had to go out late last night and rescue my daughter with a broken down vehicle. We think her car has officially DIED but we won't know until later today. We managed to get it to the repair garage, but the outlook is grim. So a teenager with no car = miserable parents. Damage is probably more than the car is worth, so not sure what we are going to do. We're in a pickle, but things will all work out.

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DDOORN 3/29/2011 9:39AM

    Although the wind was probably rough, I'll bet running along the shore was just AWESOME! What a wonderful family event!


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DGIBSON02 3/28/2011 9:38PM

    Those brownies actually were not too bad. If you had told me the recipe before I would have still tried them but had a closed mind about them to start with.

Thanks for the stick. I have to take it back from Heaven now, lol.

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TJBLEEKER 3/28/2011 4:39PM

    Good job on your race! Nice to be a family event.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/28/2011 4:33PM

    Race day sounded pretty much okay for everyone. Great! I would never have guessed those brownies had black beans in them. emoticon I'll try one!

So sorry about your daughter's car. When it rains, it pours...literally! Hope it all works out in the end.

XOXO Sherry

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GR8CGRM 3/28/2011 1:33PM

    Thanks for the shout out about my running.. Proud of you as well.. Hope we are able to get back on track soon.. We need the stress relief..

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STIPER23 3/28/2011 11:15AM

    The backpack is cute! The brownies look yum! WTG with the race!

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2011 10:53AM

    YAY on your race!!! The backpack is very cute. Those brownies do look good. I am going to try the blondie recipe Judy posted the other day very soon.
Hopefully the car will work out.

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MZSLYDE01 3/28/2011 10:13AM

    Glad you were able to make the race with your pops..... Wish you had felt better. But way to gut it out - Your a rock star.
Those brownies look awesome - I hadn't been on in so long I missed that posting of Judy's.. Can you send me a link to the post so I can check out the recipe. I am interested in that one.
Have a great day.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/28/2011 9:34AM

    emoticon on your race! Cant wait to see the pics!

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JLITT62 3/28/2011 9:16AM

    Oh dear,buoy guys deserve a break!

Great job on the 5k - I'm so impressed that you did it with everything going on. Glad to hear the brownies were good - DH liked the blondes & he's a tough critic. I love that site!

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ELAINEROSE5 3/28/2011 8:21AM

    Great job and how fun it must have been to run with your dad! I wish I could get my dad active. My daughter is a Vera junkie! She asked everybody for a purse for Christmas and ended up with like 3.

Hope you're having a great week so far. This cold weather needs to go away!

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SAMI199 3/28/2011 8:04AM

    You are amazing-finishing that race the way you felt-I'm glad your dad did so well!!! I love your Vera bag-very pretty! I have a bad backpack habit-lol.(You can fit sooo much in one.)have a good day.

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It's a Wrap

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wrapping up the work week, thank goodness. Can't wait for two days off, prob wont get much done around house, but who cares I'm sure the dust bunnies wont mind hanging around til I get around to it. Picking up race packet tonight and having dinner out, yeah, no cooking.

Gonna make some vegan brownies tomorrow after the race. sunday is the women's only garage party at the Harley Dealer, hoping to score some sexy harley clothes for summer, they always have great deals and they are serving a free lunch while I drool over all the hot motorcycles, lol. Wish I was rich and could by hubby and I a matching set of road kings - someday perhaps.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Love to all.

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SKATVEN 3/27/2011 1:59PM

    Horray for the weekend!

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VBPARROTHEAD 3/26/2011 3:16PM

  Hope you get some really hot bargains Sunday! A friend and her husband have Harley's and she will probably be shopping sunday for new clothes. Since my back surgery I am a litle leary of getting on the back of one now. I know that I won't ever own one, but we do have a 4 wheel motorcycle! Not really, it is a '91 Miata!

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NATPLUMMER 3/25/2011 6:16PM

    Sounds like a good way to spend Friday night and the whole weekend.
Have a great time.
Good luck on your race!!!

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/25/2011 4:47PM

    Have a great weekend!!!

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SAMI199 3/25/2011 3:29PM

    I heard on CCnn this morning that March is National Women Bike rs Month! ( Who knew-lol) Have fun! I hope you are not feeling too bad...

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NAOMIEVA 3/25/2011 1:51PM

    Ha! Sounds like some wild & crazy weekend plans! Good luck at the sale... hope you find some great buys!

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JLITT62 3/25/2011 12:37PM

    LOL at drooling over the bikes! To each their own!

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HEALTHY_45 3/25/2011 12:25PM

    Sounds like an awesome week end, talk to you next week!!

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BUCKINGS5 3/25/2011 12:22PM

  I broke out the bike last Friday for the first time this season. Sure wish the weather would cooperate this weekend too but I don't think that will happen. Oh well. Have tons of fun at the garage party and best of luck in the 5k!! What a great thing to be doing as a family. I'm wishing all three of you the best!!

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Filling Some Mighty Big Shoes

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My dad has arrived for a weeklong visit from NY. He came down just to run a 5K with Sis and I. Dad was the star of his high school track team. He used to be an elite runner back in the 80's. He was forever running races everywhere - 5K, 10K, Marathons, and a 250-mile mountain massacre race. I grew up going to races with him, I even volunteered at a few, handing out water, etc. He even carried the torch in the US Police Games. He was an incredible athlete.

Since sis and I have taken up running, he has been our biggest cheerleader. I feel so great knowing I'm making him proud, not that I have to "try" because I know he loves me no matter what. I know I will never be able to fill his shoes as far as running is concerned, but I am filling my own, a little at the time, setting goals and standards for myself. Each run gets better and better with my sights set on a half marathon, but that will have to be put on hold for a bit until after my surgery.

He suggested we run a 5K together, so we signed up for one this weekend at the beach. Now that the weekend is fastly approaching, I find myself slowly, dragging myself through runs all week so far, I am soooo not on my "A" game with all my health issues. I am hoping just to be able to run next to Dad the whole time, this is a very big deal for me. An opportunity like this doesn't present itself very often. I really wanted to be able to show him "my stuff", meaning how good of a runner I'm becoming. I know he sees my motivation and ambition, but I really wanted to be able to show him first hand what I'm made of. So I am hoping just to be able to take it slow.

I've told my sis in no uncertain terms that she is to run her personal best, no hanging back with the slow ole me, I'm crossing my fingers she will run her heart out and set a new record for herself, She works so hard at it. Hoping the rain holds out, forecasted to be cold and rainy on Saturday, wouldn't that just be lovely (extreme sarcasm).

No matter how the race turns out on Saturday, I know I am a winner in every sense of the word.... I have a great dad, a super sis, a supportive family and the best SPARK friends in the world. I never have to prove anything to anyone but myself, sometimes those are the biggest shoes to fill - YOUR OWN shoes. emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 3/25/2011 4:46PM

    Good Luck this weekend! I'll be thinking of you! I hope to find the courage to sign up for a 5K someday. You certainly inspire others to take the chances and do those things!


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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/25/2011 9:33AM

    how awesome!! Have fun and please share some pics!

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DGIBSON02 3/25/2011 8:46AM

    Dang woman. Your making me wish I would have signed up. Then I could have pushed you with my slower than slow pace, lol.

I'm sure this is something that I really don't have to say but you know you don't have to strive to make Don proud. Strive to make YOURSELF proud and all others will fall in place. Once you are happy with your momentum and gains then it will show through you. You and I both know that your dad is extremely proud of you and Neecee for what you are both doing.

Good luck on the race. I know you will push through just fine.

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DDOORN 3/25/2011 8:22AM

    What a wonderful family event!

Sounds like some SUPER SPARKIN' all the way around! :-)

I'm hoping to join my sister later this year for some cycling together. She lives in Alaska, me in New York. Going to meet in the middle at my parents (our hometown) in Michigan!


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SAMI199 3/24/2011 11:34PM

    Awesomeness-I will be sending good thoughts your way & hope you can enjoy the day without pain.Good Luck!


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2HAMSDIET 3/24/2011 4:53PM

    emoticonWhat great things are coming out your new life style. Sorry you aren't feeling your best but do what you can. Hope you and your family runs like the wind. Enjoy!

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BAILEYS7OF9 3/24/2011 1:42PM

    Have a great race!!! How cool to race w/ your DAd!

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STIPER23 3/24/2011 1:34PM

    How awesome! My dad supports my running but laughs at the thought of him doing it. Have a great race.

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NATPLUMMER 3/24/2011 1:09PM

    I think it's great that your Dad came to run a 5K with you guys. That will be fun. Just do your best. You will do great!!!!

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JLITT62 3/24/2011 1:04PM

    I was wondering if your dad was a runner so thank you for answering that for me! To him it will most likely feel warm considering the weather we're having, so that'll slow him down somewha. But I can just visualize him bursting with pride running with you gals.

You are such an inspiration, and such a winner for not even considering dropping out! I probably would've.

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HEALTHY_45 3/24/2011 10:21AM

    You are such a super spark friend to all of us as well. You will have such a super day running with your dad and sis that no matter how fast you run the memories of the event will be with you forever. Have fun, hope the weather holds out and the rain waits til after the race.
I'll be thinking of you and cheering you all on in sparkville!!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/24/2011 9:59AM

    What a great blog!!! You will do great and how awesome to be able to run with your dad AND sis? I hope the weather holds out for you, but no matter what...the memory you'll have of that particular race will be with you forever. Hugs, sweetie!

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PURSUITOFJOY 3/24/2011 9:51AM

    This is so great! You guys really support each other. Wishing you the best of luck emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/24/2011 9:29AM

    That is so wonderful. I know you will have a great race no matter your speed. Enjoy!!!

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