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Spark Cookbook Review

Monday, October 10, 2011

Purchased the new SPARKPEOPLE Cookbook, everyone should get one. A lot of great information in it, super recipes and mixed with some inspiring stories. Can't wait to start cooking and I'm a horrible cook, but these recipes are simple and don't call for a lot of fancy, hard to find ingredients. I can't decide which recipe to try first. Thanks SP for compiling an amazing collection of recipes.

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MZSLYDE01 10/17/2011 10:17AM

    I love it you get to do easy simple ingrediant recipes. Let me know if it's worth buying.

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PARKERB2 10/11/2011 2:21PM

    I also considering getting the cookbook. Happy Sparking.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 10/11/2011 12:40AM

    You are looking great and cant wait to hear of all the nummy things you have made!

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DDOORN 10/10/2011 10:52PM

    Good for you! Curious to hear what your favorites turn out to be!


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DATSME2 10/10/2011 4:03PM

    Thinking about getting that myself!! Hopefully soon.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/10/2011 1:11PM

    You look so pretty! The cookbook looks good, too. emoticon

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MOMONTHERUN1 10/10/2011 12:58PM

    Thanks for the review because I have been debating on whether or not to order it.


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NATPLUMMER 10/10/2011 11:15AM

    I have to crack it open and use it.

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2HAMSDIET 10/10/2011 10:32AM

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SUEAZZI 10/10/2011 10:01AM

    I'll check it out next time I'm at the book store. Thanks! BTW you look f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!

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BLACK741 10/10/2011 9:51AM

    thanks, have been thinking about ordering.

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SAMI199 10/10/2011 9:43AM

    Had my finger on "Sumit Order"-thanks for the review...


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JLITT62 10/10/2011 7:55AM

    I definitely want to get it but geez, it's $15 on the kindle. May wait a while. The spark on the kindle is $2 at the moment.

You look great, btw!

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HALFFAST 10/10/2011 7:48AM

    I will most likely NOT order this since I'm sure it doesn't cater to vegan eating, but I wanted to say that's a great pic and Spark should use that for their marketing :)

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EXENEC 10/10/2011 7:46AM

  Thanks...I'm ordering.

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Friday, October 07, 2011

I got a boo boo, not fun. Went to doc yesterday for an ingrown toenail and they had to remove 1/4 of the nail, ouch. Guess I'm benched for a couple of days, but there is definitely no way to run a half-marathon with an ingrown so better to take it out now. Here's hoping to a pain free race in a couple weeks.

So you all know what I will be doing this weekend - not much of anything. Keeping it elevated and soaking it, grrrrrr. Ahhh, the pains and joys of being a runner.

Hope everyone has a SPARK-tacular weekend.

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WONDERWOMAN 10/8/2011 9:02PM

    Hope it's all better by your race. Apparently I'm benched for a while too now. UGH!

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SUEAZZI 10/7/2011 8:53PM

    Ouch! I am prone to ingrown toe nails on both big toes and the only thing that has helped prevent them is a pedicure every 5 - 6 weeks. If you can work it into your budget it is worth it. Wishing you a speedy recovery; you'll be up and out running again in no time. Enjoy the rest and your weekend!

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2HAMSDIET 10/7/2011 6:58PM

    Oh my they do hurt but glad you got it taken care of. It is all down hill from here. emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 10/7/2011 8:52AM

    HOLY BUCKET OF CHITS...... That sucks but like you said better to take care of it now so that it's healed for the race.
Heal up nice and quick.
But on a lighter note I love the polish on your toenails -very lovely.

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JLITT62 10/7/2011 8:43AM

    Oh no! Heal up quickly!

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ELAINEROSE5 10/7/2011 8:23AM

    Bummer! I hope you have a good weekend despite the owie!!

Looks like it should be nice weather.

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Tricks for Treats

Thursday, October 06, 2011

With Halloween right around the corner I wanted to share Shape magazines tricks for treats. It's hard to get through Halloween without snitching a few pieces of candy, I know I have a weakness for those yummy little Reese cups. They suggest portioning your candy into 150-calorie combos. I thought this was a great idea. It focuses on what you CAN have verses what you CANT have.

3 Mini York Peppermint Patties - 150 calories
6 Dum Dums Pops - 150 calories
5 Snack Size Twizzlers Strawberry Twists - 150 calories
3 Mini Twix - 150 calories
3 Treat Size Boxes of Nerds - 150 calories
6 Rolls of Smarties - 150 calories
7 Hershey Kisses - 156 calories
2 Fun Size Pcks of Milk Chocolate M&M's - 147 calories
6 Mini 3 Musketeers - 146 calories

Of course after seeing this I had to research my favorite Reeses:
4 miniature Reese cups - 168 calories

Although I don't usually buy Halloween candy, it always seems to be in abundant supply every where else, i.e. Doctor's Office, Bank, Office - so before you grab a handful remember that just because they are smaller doesn't mean we get to eat more.

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SHARON10002 10/17/2011 9:43PM

    This is great to know! I love the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, too, but I have to stay away from them totally or I can over do it. I also love the York Peppermint Patties. I have pretty much swore off of candy. I did however, indulge in a very small bite of high end chocolate last weekend. I was ss proud of myself for being able to feel satisfied with that one bite and stopping myself from having anymore.

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SUEAZZI 10/7/2011 9:02PM

    My daughter volunteered to give out candy this year so I'll go for a walk with the goblins and then go do some errands; by the time I get home it will all be gone!

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2HAMSDIET 10/6/2011 7:09PM

    Seeing the calories of those cuite little candies show me that little things do matter. Thanks.

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BEACHGIRLKIM 10/6/2011 1:30PM

    My own personal battle too. This is the first year in several I have a house and can give candy out... now I'm thinking I don't want to contribute to kids with sugar highs, and childhood obesity... I'm trying to come up with something else for the kids, if you have any suggestions, please share!

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JLITT62 10/6/2011 1:26PM

    We finally stopped giving out candy, so it's not a big deal. Once in a while I get myself justin's dark chocolate PB cups . . . Pretty much the same thing, but better ingredients.

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NATPLUMMER 10/6/2011 11:44AM

    I go for the candy corn myself. We do buy it because we get kids, but I do my best to stay away.

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DDOORN 10/6/2011 10:37AM

    I just go into "lockdown" mode around Halloween...don't want to wake the sugary / carbie tiger! :-)


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DGIBSON02 10/6/2011 10:37AM

    Thanks a lot for ruining halloween for me, lol. It's amazing how fast the little things add up.

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SAMI199 10/6/2011 9:00AM

    emoticon This is Great!! My personal battle plan is to avoid the sweet treats for the most part-having them hanging around is High Risk behaviour -lol. I do indulge s few times during the season & your list will make choosing which ones,will be much easier.

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Crowned and a 10-miler

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I've been looking forward to today for about a week, I figured I would reach the 60,000 spark point level sometime this week, but I knew yesterday that today would be "the day" - woo hoo. Crown me - lol, no victory too small to celebrate.

Last Friday I decided to shoot for a 10 mile run. I had to drop my daughters car off for an oil change and the dealer is 10.5 miles from my home. So instead of having someone follow me there or pick me up, I decided to give 10 miles a shot. I had a long run scheduled for that day anyway, an 8-miler. I finished in pretty good time, but not without a few trials and tribulations.

The run started out pretty hairy, I had to weasle my way thru traffic, stopping for the traffic lights, waiting on millions of cars to pass during morning rush hour, that wasted about 15 minutes, sheesh, kinda scary conditions for a runner. After the traffic mayhem, I finally got on the road that I have been wanting to run for a while. It's a 4 mile straight shot next to Oceana airbase. it's a nice paved running path. Well my delight and enjoyment of finally running this route quickly passed. The nightmare began, but learned some very valuable lessons during this run. Glad I experienced it before race day next month, so it was a great lesson.

I decided to wear my sisters running belt with two huge water bottles that fit into it - big mistake. Believe it or not, two 12 ounce bottles of water slowed me down, felt like I was wearing a 50-pound backpack. After I finally figured out to loosen the belt a little and let it fit over my hips instead around my stomach, things started going a little better.

The wind was whipping, ran into what felt like hurricane force winds for the whole 4 miles. It was so windy it blew my Bondie band right off my head. Wow, what happened to the delightful run I had dreamed this would be?

I rounded the corner after the 4-mile stretch only to find the sidewalk covered in slick mud and grass clippings, sheesh, something else to slow me down - I had to tip toe thru the mud, didn't want to risk slipping. After I passed the mud I figured it would be an easy run the rest of the way home.

I felt this burning sensation under my arms - OUCH !!!, what was that? I tried to run, but my arms were on fire. Come to find out, the sports bra that I was wearing (first time wearing this one) had chaffed under my arms. Felt like somebody poured gasoline and lit a match under there, lol. I couldnt get my arms going in the running motion. Do you know how hard it is to run without your arms? so needless to say, the rest of the way home was very agonizing.

I made it home, my legs felt great, I still had lots of energy and my new shoes were feeling fine, but there were flames shooting from underneath my arms. Major lesson learned there - always wear chaffing gel with that sports bra.

Biggest lesson I learned was that I started out with the greatest intentions, had a plan, but I had to adapt, be flexible, go with the flow, accept what happens along the way.

They say a bad day fishing is better than a good day at the office. Well from my runners point of view that day, a bad day of running prepares you for future success and of course, it sure beats being at the office, lol.

Still training for the big 13.1 next month, I'm so excited. After running ten miles I know I can master the 13.1. What a great boost to my self doubt. I no longer doubt that I can finish, just hoping I can make my time goal I set for myself.

Hope everyone is enjoying a fabulous day today, and everyday. Make it count.

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SAMI199 10/6/2011 9:08AM

    emoticonon your emoticon Good Job!!!

I am in awe of your know what really hit me...two water bottles weighed you down-no wonder every 10 lbs. I lose makes my walking easier & easier-I will be running after you someday soon!!

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DDOORN 10/5/2011 10:44PM

    Congrats on prevailing through your trials & tribs on that 10-miler!

I can believe that about the water bottles...I'm careful about what I take with me while riding my bike. Especially my big lug of a lock (one of those heavy u-bolts)...yeesh! If I don't think I need it I'll leave it home! Every ounce counts when one hits the uphill climbs!


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HALFFAST 10/5/2011 9:11PM

    Oooooo! Congrats on your new trophy- it's purdy :) And I have no doubt at all that you will have no problems conquering that half! And then maybe you'll get the marathon bug too ;) And thanks for the compliment on my piccie :)

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2HAMSDIET 10/5/2011 7:03PM

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SUZWARNR 10/5/2011 1:32PM

    Sorry you had so many problems during your run. I remember once during my training, I did 13.1 miles. After accomplishing that, I knew I could do the half. It just helps having added assurance, doesn't it?

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KKINNEA 10/5/2011 11:29AM

    It's always better to learn those ugly things on a training run for sure! I always glide and bind my feet when I'm going over 8 miles for all the reasons you named in your blog.

Congrats on your crown!!

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SUEAZZI 10/5/2011 10:54AM

    You are doing to great on your HM and better to work through any kinks now. I'm sure your next run will be better! emoticon

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BEACHGIRLKIM 10/5/2011 10:42AM

    Woo Hoo! What an accomplishment, all the trials and tribulations you conquered! emoticon

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MOMONTHERUN1 10/5/2011 10:25AM

    Woo Hoo!! You are going to do great in your 13.1 Half Marathon.


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WONDERWOMAN 10/5/2011 10:05AM

    Wow! That run has prepared you for pretty much anything you might encounter in your race next month. What a great attitude you have. Looking forward to hearing updates. What/when is the HM?

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/5/2011 9:42AM

    Wow! I'm impressed!!! You're gonna rock the 13.1 run next month. Too bad about your running conditions yesterday though. If you can run in those conditions, I'd say you can pretty much do anything! Have a great HumpDay!

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MZSLYDE01 10/5/2011 9:41AM

    OMGosh who would have thought a sports bra would do that to you. How horrifying. That is just crazy.
Glad you made through the run though and with something learned. I have to admit the way you described the run it had me chuckling a little bit - NOT AT YOU - at your humerous writing. I love ya girl.
AND CONGRATS on the crown. Way to go - I will cheer the day I get that crown. I have a ways to go. If I would have just been logging all that time when I first started on Spark I would be a little further along but that is just motivation now.
Have a great day

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NATPLUMMER 10/5/2011 9:36AM

    emoticon emoticon Sorry about the chafing but now you know. Yes, going with the flow is the way to go.
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DGIBSON02 10/5/2011 8:28AM

    Good thing you didn't get run over. You know how people drive through that area!!!

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ELAINEROSE5 10/5/2011 8:00AM

    It's great that you ran into so much adversity and dealt with it all to complete your run. I think that's confidence that you acquire while learning to run, that you can overcome any type of distraction that comes your way.

I'm sure you can do the 13.1 too!!! How exciting. Maybe I can be like you some day. emoticon

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JLITT62 10/5/2011 7:46AM

    I have dealt with a LOT of chafing this summer . . . OUCH! My last long run there was none . . . Crossing fingers for this next one, which looks to be warm again.

I always run with a fuel belt & 32 oz of water - 4 small 8 oz bottles. I'm quite sure I could run faster without it, but again, I'm just not gonna rely on the race organizers for a race of that length.

There is no doubt in my mind that I can run 13.1 . . . as long as I don't injure myself before or during.

And there's no doubt in my mind that you can do it, too!

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GROEDER 10/5/2011 7:32AM

    Sorry to hear you had such a tough run, but congrats on sticking with it. It surely is a good preperation for the future.
I hope your next run is much better.

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The Saleswoman from Hades

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Here's my new running shoes, although I love my news shoes, the shoe buying experience itself was not so great. I have tried so many other brands, but this is the one I always revert back to. They are comfy, mid-price range and they last about 8 months. I have owned at least 8 pair of these babies over the last 5 years.

I went to Dick's Sporting Goods, where I normally get my shoes because they have a shoe warranty, meaning if anything goes wrong you can send back within a year for your money back in a gift card - like getting two pair for the price of one, kinda a no brainer to purchase the $3 warranty. Woo hoo, well guess what? No more shoe warranties, they discontinued it - BOO !!!

I asked the sales lady, whom obviously does not like her job or who was having a bad day, or perhaps she generally has an abrasive personaility, for a size 8.5. She looked at me funny and said, you need a 9. I said no, I need an 8.5. So with a major attitude: She said well everyone else that comes in here needs a size bigger. I said, well I'm not everyone else. She huffed off and brought me back the 8.5 that I wanted and she walked away. Not once did she look back in my direction, not once did she come over and ask if they would do. I just picked up the box and walked to the register. I bought the shoes. And btw, Dick's now sells GU, which they didn't used to, so I stocked up.

Well on my way back to the office I was kinda still stewing about the whole deal so I looked online to see if they were cheaper someplace else. Well I found them at a store right by my house, for $10 less. So guess what????? I will be returning the shoes I just bought. It's the principal of the thing. You should be nice to your customers. That will teach em, lol, probably not, but at least I will feel better.

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DGIBSON02 10/3/2011 8:44PM

    that sucks. i wanted to really keep doing that.

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MZSLYDE01 10/3/2011 10:27AM

    WOW - What a rude woman. I would take them puppies back too. I don't blame you. I can't stand that kind of attitude when you are buying from a place that gives that rude person a job. If there would be no customers she would be out of a job. She might want to ponder that for awhile. Ha
Anyway - Those are very nice. I bought a new pair of tennies this weekend too for walking with the DH. They have some sort of deals on the bottom that give you a better workout - we will see!
Have a great day

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SAMI199 9/30/2011 1:19PM

    I am on the "Tell the Manager" team...they can't fix it if they don't know it's broken...Glad you like the shoes-that's the best thing-wherever you end up getting them.


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DDOORN 9/30/2011 11:55AM

    That's the power of the consumer: to use one's feet and walk if the service / pricing isn't what you want! Go for it!


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1HOTMAMA2BE 9/30/2011 9:41AM

    You go girl! emoticon

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ROBINROSE3 9/30/2011 6:16AM

    SANDIEGOJOHN has the correct idea. Let the manager know how you were treated and see what he does/says and you may get a price match plus 10%... good luck.

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2HAMSDIET 9/29/2011 8:17PM

    I would complain... but then I also go out of my way to make sure good servie is noted with managment. Some how it feels like balance to me. You are doing the right thing. Enjoy your new shoes.

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RUNNER12COM 9/29/2011 7:47PM

    I agree with Groeder. Say something to the store manager about why you are returning them. That manager may even make you a better deal as a way to keep your business.

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    I am sorry that you had such a bad experience. So what brand are these shoes? I just started to train to run and I am trying out different shoes.

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NATPLUMMER 9/29/2011 3:41PM

    It does seem that customer service has gone by the wayside.

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JLITT62 9/29/2011 3:34PM

    I know that's probably not a job I'd like, but still, wha happened to customer service? Sigh. I don't particularly lime the dick's here, you have to ge a key for the fitting room & usually there's no one around to ask.

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 9/29/2011 2:14PM

    I have those shoes! love them!

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GROEDER 9/29/2011 2:13PM

    Good for you!!!!!
I would take it one strp further and tell somebody in authority how you were treated.
I work with the public every day and have seen both sides. I can tell you for sure, nice is better when dealing with people.
Whenever I can, I look for things to compliment people who help me to their supervisors, but I also let them know if I haven't been treated well.
Glad you found a better deal on the shoes - even if they are the WRONG size!! LOL

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SAC-6582 9/29/2011 2:12PM

    Sorry for your bad experience.

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