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Pop Tarts???

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Caroline Rea (who used to host the Biggest Loser) is the ambassador to the new Pop Tarts Store.


Where's my Fresh Fruit Emporium? Or, Very Veggie Eats?

Have you noticed that there is never a Man v Food where Adam has to eat a 7 pound broccoli?! Or the world's largest Peach!

Americans are obsessed with processed, sugared, fatty, convenience food.

(truth be told, I crave those things too, especially when I let them back into my diet)

I'm ALL for everything in moderation. But I also know that eating even a little tends to set me on a binge-path.

The guy in the movie Super Size Me, confirms this. After eating McDonalds for 4 weeks straight, he admits that he had cravings for it, that he felt hungry after only a couple of hours after eating it, and the scary part was--he got sick the first few times he ate it! Then his body adapted quickly and even changed.

I know I'm not a total convert, but it is on my mind. I have been LOVING getting herbs from my garden and cooking up fresh produce.

I get a bit sad when I see something on a menu that looks healthy, but know that it won't be seasoned in anyway that is good for my low-sodium diet. It makes me want to go back in the kitchen and hand my Mrs. Dash over to the cook and throw away the salt shaker!

We need to keep fighting the GOOD FIGHT! We need to keep asking for things cooked in alternate ways. And we need to be cooking more at home, from scratch.

Unite Spark People! Let's change the World!

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PEWTERBUNNY 8/23/2010 2:01PM

    That's funny and really good idea for the show! I think that guy's colon would explode (and get a badly needed cleaning) if he ate a 7lb brocolli. Hilarious!

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WISEONE68 8/17/2010 9:17AM

    When I was a kid, we ate out a lot--may parents' lifestyle was such that I was ordering my own food at restaurants and from room service by the time I was 5! But, I remember Mom saying things like, "We are taking 1/2 of that home," and, "don't think you're going to eat all that at one time, missy!!"

Eating out was special to most of my friends--something done once a month or LESS OFTEN--those bigger portions were special and worth the money and stomach ache afterward!!! But, in our hustle/bustle society of EATING OUT ALL THE TIME...we have begun to think those LARGE servings are normal--when they are really enough for FOUR OR FIVE people!!

This is my take on things...I we all ate (even just Americans) JUST what our bodies NEEDED to survive, the restaurant industry would cave and we would become healthier!! I'm with you (though I love Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network)...we must come together to make this happen!!

Blessings, emoticon

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SERV4LIFE 8/17/2010 9:07AM

    Very motivating blog! Thanks! I too crave the processed foods. I haven't FULLY embraced the low sodium diet that I need but I am moving in the right direction.

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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My black thumb may be turning green!

Monday, August 16, 2010

I planted a Chia herb garden this year. I planted it late. It was a gift I got TWO Christmases ago. But I did it! And it grew.

I was hesitant because I KILL everything! Unless it needs NO attention from me at all--it dies.

I can hardly believe I have cilantro, dill, basil and parsley.

I made chicken fajitas Friday and used the cilantro. OMG! FRESH cilantro is soooooo much more flavor-filled than store bought.

Then, Saturday, I got to pick up the produce for my friends at their CSA (Community something or another farm...). I got cherry tomatoes, corn, lettuce, potatoes, Asian eggplant, shallots, onion, and some sort of crazy pea pods.

I went to a cookout last night and made a brushetta salad with the tomatoes and my basil. I HATE fresh from the garden tomatoes--but I LOVED this salad! I actually ate FRESH tomatoes and LOVED them! (if you all felt a chill in the air, it was just hell freezing over a little). I also got to eat the corn. YUM!

I am getting a little spoiled here. I am going to be sad (gasp) when summer is over since I won't have all this yummy freshness anymore. (*I say gasp because this has been the nastiest, most disgustingly humid summer on record here in the mid-west, and have been cursing it repeatedly, until now).

I MUST get out to the the farmers market before they are all done!!!

Oh, and, does anybody have any ideas on how to prepare Asian eggplant? (I'll check the recipes on Spark in a minute, but if you have any ideas-throw them my way!).

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LINDAKAY228 8/18/2010 8:35AM

    I can so relate to the black thumb! I may have to try that Chia herb garden though. I have always killed everything I tried to grow except my kids LOL!

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IVYLIBRA 8/16/2010 9:57AM

    Congrats on the fresh herbs!! You should try oregano and sage next! They're both fairly easy. I've enjoyed growing herbs (and plants of all kinds) for a long time. I guess I take for granted that there are folks who have trouble with plants!

How could you ever NOT love fresh from the garden tomatoes?? OMG!! I like to take a salt shaker out to the garden, pick a tomato, and eat it right there! I'm so glad you've discovered the wonderful world of farm-fresh veggies! ENJOY!! Maybe next year you could learn how to can some of those delicacies so you can have them year round! (OK, I'm really talking to myself with that statement! LOL)

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The Swamp

Friday, August 13, 2010

I've been getting my butt out of bed almost everyday for weeks now to go walking. Two miles most days, sometime 3. This summer I have been referring to the outside as 'the swamp'.

It is soup. It is visual air. It is air you wear. It is exhausting.

I HATE summers like this!

Yet, I persevere.

Hot, humid is not an excuse. Not when you can get up at 5:30am and walk BEFORE the sun comes up.

It doesn't matter that I do not FEEL like it.

I do it!

Oh--The swamps of home!


If I were a crayon...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

If I were a crayon I would be:

Today, right now, I would be Fluorescent PINK. Bright, cheery, bold, feminine, strong, fun, inviting.

Yep, that's how I feel this morning.

I am so attracted to fluorescent colors. I guess this means that I am attracted to myself. Good.

When I woke up this morning at 5:30 am, because I am crazy and that's when I go workout even though I could workout a little later, I was probably a bit more like the color: Burnt Sienna. (Brownish red). Sluggish, yet tapping into the fire within. I always argue with myself about not "feeling" like walking this morning. "'Feeling' like it has NOTHING to do with 'doing' it! Shut up and get out of bed!" (see the spark there?)

I'm sure I will go through many color transformations throughout the day. Hopefully I can ebb and flow from BRIGHT pink to soft pink (all warm, squishy, approachable, loving). I have kids to care for.

Tonight I have my first info meeting for nursing school. What color is scared?

Okay, I WILL NOT be scared! I will be bold, bright, strong. School is going to be great. I will find the funds to actually go there, and to support myself and my daughter. I will be better for going through all of this!!!

I will be POWER RED!

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56_PICKLES 8/12/2010 12:28PM

    Great blog! By using colors it really makes you think about your mood. Good luck with nursing school - power red is a good choice.


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SPOOKYCRISP 8/12/2010 9:13AM

    I love it! :) There is something so appealing about comparing yourself to bright, rich crayons.

Maybe you can treat yourself to a box of 96 crayons and some paper for taking a big step towards a better life? :)

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I got my notice

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The BMV sent the little renewal page for me to fill out to get new tags for my car. Oh, and informed me that I need to come in to get my picture took.

Yippee! *much sarcasm here

I am NOT the weight I want to be on my driver's license.

I have until Oct 8th to make it better.

I just wish the weather would cooperate.

I walked this morning, as I do most mornings, but when it is this icky out it feels like walking with lead weights on my feet.

I am kicking some hiney on my indoor exercising. Loads of strength stuff. My arms are getting much better looking. I have even been sporting sleeveless tops IN PUBLIC! (and getting compliments about how skinny I am getting). WOO HOO!

I think I'll do extra squats and bicep curls today. How about you?

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WISEONE68 8/10/2010 10:38AM

    love the impetus of your goal--driver's license photo!! you know, I don't know ANYONE who has a "pretty" DL picture. I have seen mug shots better than most DL photos.

Hope you get to your goal...sounds like you are on the right track!! (my legs still hurt from last week's squats!!)


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DELRIO1 8/10/2010 10:31AM

    interesting way to set a goal! (or have it set for you!)

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DIXIED88 8/10/2010 9:33AM

    You have until my birthday! emoticon

I agree. It is horrible outside. But that's why we have air conditioning! Indoor exercising is much better!! I'm proud of you for busting it out inside and outside. emoticon

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