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Friday, August 22, 2014

The new Season is on in Sept. Want to play along on your own BL team?

If you are looking for a team that is small, 24 members, but is in competition with other teams with fun games that keep you focused on Food and Fitness, now is your chance to sign up!

10 Weeks of team support, accountability, fitness and focused fun.

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Note: Check with your doctor on your physical needs, and your leaders will work within those guidelines with you. You are free to follow your own food plan and workout routines.

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JAMBABY0 8/22/2014 7:36PM

    thanks for sharing

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Salad Luncheon

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A few weeks back, I emailed my co-workers "lets have a healthy lunch day!"

Here's a little snap shot from today's lunch ...

pretty much salad fixings, Romaine lettuce, sweet kale salad (costco's carries this; but I need to check my local bjs), a pot of lean chili (I'm still trying to get this recipe; my supervisor makes a mean chili), mozzarella/tomato slices and more, pototao, tuna, etc. We actually turned it into a surprise 40th for one of the staff. He was pleasantly surprised.

This winter I think I will plan a soup and salad day!

Be healthy, live well,

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BABY_GIRL69 8/8/2014 3:35PM

    Great healthy spread with no little to no distraction....

God bless,


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REALITYCHECK86 8/7/2014 3:28AM

    We do this at work occasionally too! Sometimes it's tough to get people to opt for the healthy ideas though

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PURPLEPEONY 8/7/2014 1:43AM


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SUEARNOLD1 8/6/2014 4:40PM


Love this idea. We do the typical Thanksgiving and Christmas pot luck lunch. We tried to make Thanksgiving a bit healthier last year.

I love your healthy lunch idea and your soup and salad for winter.

I work at a Chiropractic College - spreading the healthy concepts seams like a great idea!


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MOLLYJO1028 8/6/2014 2:58PM

  I love this idea! I work with two other people and we are on the road as well as in the office. It is hard to coordinate lunch together, but maybe we could figure it out every other week!

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PATTYGIVENS 8/6/2014 2:39PM

  Wow I could do that .Nice healthy meal good for you. ps I love soup in the winter months.

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I'm Alright ...Ok

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week posted a blog, the responses were encouraging reminding me that I am not in control and that God has a handle on my situation and my special needs child. As I listened to this song on the way in to work, it reminded me of a prayer I would pray "God I thank You for things being as well as they are." It could be so much worse than it is, but He only guess us enough that we can handle, the rest is all Him.
The song simply says [in part]:

Everything is alright
Everything is Okay
Everything is all good and I won't complain even if I could
Everything is all good sunshine and rain working as it should
Its alright
I'm alright
~J. Moss


A catchy tune with a simple reminder for me.

Stay healthy, and live well!

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REALITYCHECK86 7/24/2014 12:48AM

    Good song, good reminder. Things will be okay, just keep being positive and moving forward.
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BABY_GIRL69 7/22/2014 5:48PM

    We all struggle daily and we need the support from time to time. Don't give up God loves us and He doesn't give up on us either... From time to time we need to speak encourage ourselves as well....

God bless & be encouraged!!


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    Thanks for sharing.....hadn't heard that one yet! Adding it to my playlist now!!! emoticon

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LIVELYLULU37 7/21/2014 10:22AM

    Sookie, Almost everyone I know has some sort of challenge they have to go thru in order to help them become the person they are meant to be. I know I certainly endured a lot of pain growing up, and that helped to become a more caring person. Maybe you can think of all the ways this cross you are bearing is changing you.

I am here for you, if you ever need anyone to check in with-I know I need accountability.

As I am not in your situation, I do tend to take things for granted. (not meaning to) . Thank you for your kindness. Day by Day- YOU CAN DO THIS..... Jen

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My BLC Sizzling Summer Slimdown 2014 Progress

Friday, July 18, 2014

Well, its week 5 of the BLC SSS. I decided to take a peek at my goal ... to lose 10 lbs. Well we are halfway through the challenge. GUESS WHAT? I am more halfway to my goal ... drumrollllll -6.2 lbs! emoticon My glass is half full! emoticon

Thinking about starting a weightloss tracking journal. Looking on Pinterest, there are so many neat and motivating ideas. I'm not much of a "journalist" or writing my thoughts down, but I've been tracking on paper (well, weight watchers tracking sheet) three weeks now. It was challenging at first, because all I had to do before was whip out my trusty smartphone, scan a bar code or enter my foods into my sparkApp. But I'm liking it now, writing on paper, as it is making me think twice before I think I want to eat something.

Whether or not I'm the biggest loser is no biggie to me, as long as I continue to strive toward my goal and as it stands now, I'm on my way!

Well, off to find me some motivational things to go in/on my journal.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a healthy and fit day wherever you are in the world.


"Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day" - 2 Cor. 4:16

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REALITYCHECK86 7/19/2014 11:38PM

    Nice job! It's so gratifying to see the scale moving down. Sounds like your challenge is going well! I'm not much of a journalist myself, but it sounds like a good idea! Good luck with your goals!
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KEELEY_CAN 7/19/2014 5:37PM

    You're a great motivator! emoticon Sookie!

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KIPSTER52 7/18/2014 3:18PM


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You gotta get UP and TRY and TRY and TRY!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Please excuse my rambling! I don't often share much about me, but I'm having a moment.

Work full time. 30-50 minute commute. Care for special needs adult son. Workouts are sporadic. Sometimes its an "all or nothing" workout kind of day! Last workouot before today was on Saturday morning before heading to a weight watchers meeting. Workout video was 57 minutes, but I mustered through 40 intense hot and sweaty minutes on the aerobic step.

Meeting went well, but I don't like WW franchises ... you pay MORE and receive so much LESS - no access to etools or online or the WWapp. So I'm tinkering with the thought of going back to online. I did, however, find out that if I sign back up with the monthly pass (not a "fast pass" as they call it through the franchise), I can still attend meetings at a franchise location, but not sure it will be worth the hassle.

After the meeting, ran a few errands to prepare sunday dinner: slow cooked balsamic chicken ... OMG, I love it and my husband devours it everytime I make it. Recipe can be found here:

Served it with asparagus (on sale, $1.99/# at shoprite) and mashed sweet potatos. emoticon

Spent the remainder of the day crocheting. Started one project, didn't like it so I frogged it and started another. See ...

Started a diaper cover this morning.

oh back to my rambling ... lol

Sunday, no workout; up super early for 6:45a.m. church service. Pastor preached "Make it do what it do," from 1 Cor. 12. We all are given a gift from above. Some sit down on the gift, others misuse the gift, others utilize the gift. The gifts are given so that when used will glorify God. Whatever your gift is, make it do what its supposed to do. Your gift looks good on you!

Crocheted some more since I frogged the saturday's project. Then I started another

I like this one the best.

Conditioned and washed my hair. Crocheted s'more. It was late, and I didn't finish my hair til after 11:30 .... ooooo so tired.

Monday, no workout. I dragged through the day in hopes of working out after work. Then ds called with some not so good news ... i know that we never stop worrying about our children, even after they become adults, but its difficult when you have an adult child w/special needs; you never stop worrying or parenting. And I keep asking God WHY? When I look around and other children whose needs are much greater, more physical I realize that I am blessed because it could be worse and knowing that God will not give us more than we are capable of handling. There are days I admit, "I can't handle it." Mentally it is physically exausting. I kept saying I'll workout later, but after work, later became a stop at the store, picked up some sweet potatoes to nuke, eat leftovers for dinner and bed!

This morning, still tired, woke up put on my workout gear and headed downstairs. After reading a bit, surfed youtube for a workout. Gotta love YT, plenty workouts at no cost. Big savings on gym membershp. Picked a step workout from Netfit's youtube channel. Although tired, I mustered through it; broke a sweat so that was a plus, but I still felt tired. Oh well, asl long as I tried tried and tried.

Thanks for listening to my ramble. Have a fantastic day. Whatever you do, make it count.

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AVANELL 7/15/2014 7:12PM

    Very pretty crocheted pieces!

One of the things I've had to remind myself of when thinking of my adult children's problems is that God loves them more than I do and He is much more able to handle their problems than I am. So I pray, which is what He asks me to do, and I leave the rest to Him. If I can offer some encouragement to them or assist in any way I will, but the results are up to God. It takes a big load off my mind!

God bless! You're doing great! Keep up the good work!


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KTTAYLOR21 7/15/2014 10:20AM

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One of my favorite affirmations which I think you could use is "God is the strength in which I trust." Sometimes we just don't have it to move forward and we have to rely on God!

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LIVELYLULU37 7/15/2014 9:36AM

    God grant me the serenity,
To accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference...

God bless your heart, you have a great day also.... emoticon

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