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Another Lb. Down, 9 to Go, Concert Tonight

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Down another pound and I'm thrilled at my progress since I started juicing last Sunday. The countdown is on - 9 to go.

REO Speedwagon concert at Harrah's tonight. Woohoo.

Have a happy day, sparkies!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/27/2012 6:28PM

    That juicing is REALLY working for you!!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/27/2012 8:24AM

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/26/2012 3:37PM

    Awesome! Have fun!

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2012 10:49AM

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SHOOTIN4STARS 8/26/2012 10:12AM

    Have fun at the concert!

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EJHEINRICH1 8/26/2012 9:59AM

    Congrats to you my friend!. I remember when you started and our first conversation.
I am so glad you stayed with Spark!
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Trying Almond Milk for the First Time

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Yesterday's trip to the grocery store made me almost laugh out loud as I looked in my cart and saw, once again, only healthy stuff. Honestly, can't get over myself and this new wave of doing so well. Decided to try Almond milk, and not sure why. (smiling) Here goes!

Vitamix arrives in the next few days. I'm soooo excited.

Have a fun weekend, sparkfriends.

  
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BOOKWORM27S 8/30/2012 11:44AM

    I like almond milk, but I prefer So Delicious coconut milk. It has less sodium.

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KAYLSLYNN 8/27/2012 7:14PM

    I USE ALMOND MILK IN MY MY COFFEE AND SMOOTIES. I USE THE UNSWEENTED IT ONLY HAS 35 CALORIES A CUP IF YOU USE SILK. SILK HAS GOOD COUPONS ON LINE. USUALLY I GET 75 OFF OF 1/2 GALLON. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CONNIER64 8/26/2012 11:16AM

    I love almond milk especially now that I found one that tastes just like reg milk in my cereal but I worry if the fat content in almond milk is true since there is 15g of fat in 1oz of raw almonds but only 2.5g of fat in 1 cup of Almond Milk???? Can any one answer this? Also how can the calories for 1oz of raw almonds be 160 and only 60 calories for 1 cup of almond milk? emoticon

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THROOPER62 8/26/2012 6:24AM

    Almond milk, delicious love it

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DEBBY4576 8/25/2012 9:45PM

    I love almond milk. I use it to bake with too. Never drink it by the glass, but my friend does. If you get unsweetened, it's only 35 to 40 cals a cup, depending on which brand. You are doing soooo good with getting healthy. A shining example of how we can changed.

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JILLYBEAN25 8/25/2012 9:39PM

    I like almond milk, but only the sweetened vanilla. I used it once to make a "lighter" White Russian once. Was so so tasty! I like it better than soy milk or rice milk, though.

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CATLADY52 8/25/2012 6:57PM

    Have a good weekend yourself! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/25/2012 4:52PM

    Awesome grocery cart! I'm not sure if I've ever tried almond milk. I'll be interested in seeing what you think.

A fun thing to do with the Vitamix is take frozen fruit, and just enough juice to cover the blades to start. Blend using the plunger to mash the fruit into the blades...it makes something the consistency of soft-serve ice cream...but very healthy. I do it with frozen ripe bananas (no juice). That comes out a consistency almost like real ice cream. My husband and I both love it.

We make lots of smoothies....it's fun to experiment. The video that comes with the blender is very helpful to learn how to operate it if you've never seen a full demonstration.

I also really like it for blending peanutbutter that has separated. After I blend it and put it in the fridge...it doesn't separate again. Since I can't get all the peanut butter out of the blender when I'm done, I usually throw in a frozen banana or make a smoothie afterward....it helps get the peanut butter out of the blender (and into my tummy)!



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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/25/2012 2:53PM

    Almond milk is very satisfying as a snack. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

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JACKIE542 8/25/2012 2:29PM

    Almond milk, that's a great idea I could use, thanks. emoticon

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KPETSCHE 8/25/2012 1:52PM

    My chiropractor recommended that I try going dairy free and gluten free for 2 weeks. He suggested Almond Milk instead of regular milk since I like eating cereal for breakfast. I've been using it the past several days and have enjoyed it. I'm not one to drink a glass of milk so I can't compare the actual "taste" of it but it's a good substitute.

Awesome job on the healthy grocery carts! You're doing great!!

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DR1939 8/25/2012 11:36AM

    Love almond milk. Here's a great smoothie recipe.

Pomegranate Pow
1 cup Almond milk
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 ripe banana

Blend. Serves 2. cals per 8 oz glass 116. trace fat, 1 gram protein, 30 grams carbs,3 grams dietary fiber, 0 chol, 9 grams sodium.

I got this from a POM board (I think).

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2012 11:16AM

    I use almond milk all the time. I think you'll like it.

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NANCY- 8/25/2012 11:14AM

    You are doing emoticon
Don't you just love this adventure you are on. I found that I prefer Almond and hemp over soy milk.
Here's to finding new favorites.
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FANGFACEKITTY 8/25/2012 10:59AM

    I like almond and soy milks. I also tried the rice and hemp milks but found the rice milk too watery and the hemp milk has an aftertaste I don't like.

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TDEMAIO2 8/25/2012 10:27AM

    Keep that smile on your face : ) your doing GREAT :D

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6 lbs in 6 Days From Juicing

Friday, August 24, 2012

Who woulda thunk? When I started juicing last Sunday, I was going to try it for a day or two. Now I'm on Day 6 and I'm down 6 lbs. It's been byebye time to a pound a day with juicing, and wow, what can I say? I'm pretty surprised.

I grocery shop this morning and am thinking that I'll continue a little longer with juicing. I DID reorder the Vitamix. I'd placed the order, cancelled it, then last night I decided it's really what I want so I took the plunge. Really had gotten cold feet over the steep price tag, but it's an investment in ME. Plus, I know I'll get good use from it.

This weekend is the REO Speedwagon concert. Really looking forward to it. Have a happy day.

  
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JILLYBEAN25 8/24/2012 11:44PM

    I want a Vitamix SO BAD! I'm green with envy! emoticon

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KRISTINE99 8/24/2012 11:07PM

    Thanks, again, for posting on my blog. Glad to hear about your success with juicing! And happy to hear that you know you are worth it for a good investment :)

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CATLADY52 8/24/2012 6:16PM

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/24/2012 5:17PM

    emoticon on the weight loss. Enjoy the concert - i love music

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JACKIE542 8/24/2012 4:28PM

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NATPLUMMER 8/24/2012 3:41PM

    Awesome!!

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SKYEFYR 8/24/2012 2:31PM

  I've heard nothing but good things about vitamix. Congrats on investing in YOU! Gonna head back through your last week or so and play catch up - but way to go on losing 6 lbs! Whoo-hoo!!!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 8/24/2012 1:35PM

  I have enjoyed reading about your struggle with the Vitamix. I also have agonized about things like that. I hope it meets your expectations. I love mine.
Kate

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MISSB8604 8/24/2012 1:09PM

    Juicing DOES work! I stopped doing it for a while but hit a plateau and continued it this past Wednesday (lost 3lbs). I use it as a way to shock my body when my calorie counting/exercise just isn't doing it anymore. Juicing isn't a permanent solution, but it certainly is a tool to help! To me as long as you're safe about it, go ahead and do it!

Congrats!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/24/2012 12:09PM

    You WILL get excellent use of the VitaMix. It's a true joy to use and will last forever. I've read that they really stand behind their product too.

I'm very impressed with the 6 pounds in 6 days. How are you feeling?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/24/2012 11:16AM

    Wow, Big Win! I'm glad you're making the investment in you, those are always worth it.
Have so much fun at the concert!

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AGK3112 8/24/2012 10:59AM

    wow interesting. I never thought that. I have fruit juicy 2 times a week when I have fast but never thought that it could lead me to my weight loss goal.

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DS9KIE 8/24/2012 10:48AM

    your doing emoticon

I'm going to have to get back to juicing and smoothie making. I have been sooo busy and then tiered (and maybe lazy)



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BOOKWORM27S 8/24/2012 10:20AM

    Wow, way to go!

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NANCY- 8/24/2012 10:13AM

    Wow have you had an adventure in juicing. I have the Blendtec mixer and should use it more, but lately have been frequenting the Farmer's Markets and enjoying whole fresh fruits and veggies.
You will enjoy it. Just be aware the smoothies with blueberries tend to gel if not consumed immediately. :)

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13 TO GO-COUNTDOWN IS ON

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Woohoo. !3 more will wrap this trip up.

To all my buddies who told me about VitaMix - THANKS A MIL! I just ordered it after a lot of research. Veryyyyyyyy excited. This is a huge chunk of change for me right now, but it's an investment in my good health.

Have a happy day.

p.s. I just cancelled my order. I'm going to stick with juicer for now. It's just not a convenient time/price at the moment and I had pangs of conscience about it.

  
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CATLADY52 8/23/2012 5:38PM

    emoticon Having second thoughts will usually end up saving either time or money or both. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/23/2012 4:31PM

    I waited several years before I finally broke down and bought one a couple years ago. They are VERY expensive, but I now that I have it, I don't regret spending the money on it. You will know when the timing is right for you.

We accidentally left ours down in Tennessee when we came back up to Illinois and are kicking ourselves for forgetting it. We probably won't be back down there until Thanksgiving, but it will be coming back with us for sure!

One reason I keep holding off on getting a juicer is that I think the VitaMix serves a very similar function. Now that we are planning a long-distance bike tour, I can't see buying anymore "kitchen stuff" for a while....too focused on "bike stuff" these days!

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2012 1:52PM

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JLITT62 8/23/2012 12:38PM

    I LOVE my vitamix . . . have had it at least 7 yrs now . . . everything else dies in 6 months!

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JEWELMOTI 8/23/2012 11:41AM

    Good Luck
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3 Juicing Negatives

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I just started juicing and this is my 4th day. I have to say that, as much as I enjoy the positives, here's what I don't like:

1. Expensive. Even though I've gotten amazing fruit and veggie deals, juicing is pricey. No doubt about it.

2. Too much pulp. Seems like such a waste to see all that fiber going to waste. I'm sure I'd learn how to make use of it, but meanwhile, yikes!

3. I miss eating and tasting the actual piece of fruit and vegetable. I miss the fiber and other tactile sensations that come with eating instead of drinking.

These are not dealbreakers, just things I've noticed during these days of using my new juicer.

  
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SKYEFYR 8/24/2012 2:36PM

  You will find a balance - I know you will.

Go with more veggies than fruit. It's a bit cheaper. Root veggies like beets have GREAT nutrition and are usually on the cheaper side.

I had a composter and put the pulp in there. Not sure what kind of resources you have, but if it's an option.... (Or maybe a neighborhood garden is looking to make their own mulch?) Just have to make sure you're buying organic.

As for reason #3 - let's be honest. If we didn't enjoy the tactile experience that comes with food most of us wouldn't have issues with weight now, would we?

You're doing great. Just find your balance and it'll all be good. :-)

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RWIN777 8/24/2012 2:31PM

    I know frozen greens and other frozen veggies are permitted on the "eat to live" diet. If you cannot obtain it in season or if its just cheaper to do that, then go for it. Expense can be a deal breaker for those on a budget. I just got my book but havent started the diet yet. Trying to make a grocery list based on the recipes in his book because I dont have any recipes of my own to go from. Havent bought a Vita-mix yet but there is another one in the same class im looking at. From what i understand, a regular blender just will not do the job well with fresh greens.


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BOOKWORM27S 8/24/2012 10:24AM

    I can't juice because it irritates my gallbladder. But I do love fresh veggie juice!

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DURANGOREDDOG 8/22/2012 9:36PM

    Love my vitamix as it does not waste any pulp and the clean up is so very easy. Have at least one smoothie a day but still enjoy eating fresh fruits and veggies as well.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/22/2012 8:09PM

    i have one smoothie a day for breakfast after that I have to eat you have will power awesome

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DEBBY4576 8/22/2012 7:49PM

    I have never tried juicing as a way of living. To me it would be just a temporary thing to live with only juices. I could see one good juice a day tho. Now if you tell me you have lost, or at the end of three weeks you have lost a good amount....well then I will have to reconsider.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/22/2012 7:02PM

    #2 is why I decided to go with a Vita Mix.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/22/2012 6:41PM

    I haven't done any juicing, but it is interesting to at least know these facts in case I decide to start seriously doing it!

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CATLADY52 8/22/2012 6:40PM

    These are things that we should think of before we try them. I'd say it will depend on a lot of factors some you haven't thought of. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/22/2012 5:46PM

    I think there are times it just feels good to chew on something....particularly something crunchy.

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2012 5:20PM

    I much prefer to eat my fruit rather than juice...more satisfying.

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/22/2012 4:52PM

    I would have thought that the expense would be high - in winter it will be even worse. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2012 2:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. I think I prefer the whole fruit with the fiber, at least for now.

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SAL2525 8/22/2012 11:09AM

    I think that is why I like my vita mic so much. I would really miss not getting the fiber !

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/22/2012 11:02AM

    Hmmm, those are excellent points. #3 is the reason I hesitate to get a juicer, but I'm looking out for one at a thrift store because my hope is that juicing would be a great way to incorporate veggies I don't like so much. Maybe if it's combined with other juices, I won't hate broccoli so much.
You might not be getting the fiber, but you are getting the enzymes from all those raw fruits and veggies! Woo hoo!

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DS9KIE 8/22/2012 9:44AM

    You can freeze your pulp to use later.

I put my pulp in my smoothies. I put the carrot pulp in my carrot soup I make and the veggie pulp I put in my soups.

some juicing books give you other ideas

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ALICIA214 8/22/2012 12:20AM

 

It can be used in baking too!!

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SUPER-MOM_ 8/22/2012 12:16AM

  use the fiber as compost in your garden or under your shrubs - it dries up nicely - also depending on where you live and what you are juicing - usually broccoli or asparagus fiber will keep deer away from your plants!

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