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Picture Blog of making SW Quinoa - thanks Amber512

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thanks Amber512 !!!!

Tonight we made her recipe she posted for SW Quinoa :o) My daughter was the main cheff and I was her assistant. Here is the cooked Quinoa

the copping of the peppers

Ready to mix it all up

Mixing it up

Adding the garnish

the finished dish with a side of fresh garlic bread

Both kids ate all of what they got and my son even had seconds. They didn't pick out any of the veggies or anything!! :o)

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WIFEALF 5/13/2010 5:20PM

    wow impressive yeah!

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TINK9305 4/13/2010 12:39PM

    If anyone would like the recipe it's in Amber512's blog :o)

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BOBBI1968 4/13/2010 12:12PM

    I love this blog entry!! Thanks!

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CLALIZ 4/13/2010 11:45AM

    looks delish! :D

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TINK9305 4/13/2010 11:06AM

    My daughter pressed a clove of garlic and melted 1 tablespoon of butter. Mixed them together and rubed it on 4 pieces of bread, toasted them, then she cut them into quarters. :o)

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*AMBER512 4/13/2010 10:53AM

    That is awesome! So glad you all enjoyed it. The garlic bread looks fantastic, how did you make it?

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Wounderful Weekend

Monday, April 12, 2010

This weekend was a great one. Thursday night I ran a meeting for a community thing for work. It made for a long day 6am - 9pm then came home to work some, but it was all worth it. I love being able to help out.

Friday I went walking with a great friend :o) Kris aka Kryanprincess. We walked 9 miles around Ried Park. We went around the track three times with two walked over to the park to use the restrooms. Then after picking up all the kids we had a wonderful dinner at Shish kabob house.

Saturday was the final class of the Financial Peace course we were taking. I made an excel budget program that I was able to share with everyone, I really hope it helps people. I know it will help us. We have a long road to get to financial peace, but I tell you we have made such great progress since just a couple months ago. We can do this it just takes a little discipline and lots of planning. After the class we went grocery shopping then went home and listed more stuff on craigslist to sell. Ended the evening snuggling with my honey on the couch watching a movie :o)

Sunday I started off ready to get a few things made for the week. I cleaned up a bit to help have pleanty of room. Then we decided to go to the fish store and run a couple errands. After we got home I made a wonderful salad. It was soo yummy to me that I didn't even need dressing. I also had some pita pockets with hummus on the side. Then I began to go through stuff in the kitchen piling stuff up in the trash, for good will, and some to sell. I also preped the stuff for four more salads for my lunches or dinners for the week, since I liked it so much. Time just kind of slipped away and before I knew it the clock said midnight ahhhhhhh. I then decided I better get ready for bed. Now I've been at work since 6am this morning, couldn't quite make it by 5am.

Overall the weekend was very busy, but I had a fantastic time and got a bit accomplished. Hope everyone is doing well. I did track 100% yesterday, though I didn't get formal exercise in I did end up spending most of my day up and moving. :o) And I'm starting off today tracking 100% too, I'm back on the road so watch out :o) beep beep come along with me :o) I'm looking forward to a productive on plan night tonight :o)

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TINK9305 4/13/2010 1:16AM

    I never really liked fruit in salad but for me there is something about this combination :o)

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CLALIZ 4/12/2010 11:14PM

    LOVED that salad! Yummy!
Glad you had a nice weekend! emoticon

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*AMBER512 4/12/2010 11:09PM

    I can't seem to enjoy fruits in a salad. It just works so much better in a savory fashion. Although the pita pockets and hummus look YUMMY! =)

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TINK9305 4/12/2010 4:51PM

    Nope my own 1 1/2 oz of spinach ( I ended up using 3 oz in the end though) , half serving of feta cheese, half serving of spicy pecans, 1/2 serving of dried cranberries, 2 oz of apples, 2 oz of strawberries. :o) between the sweetness of the fruit and the spice of the nuts I thought it was great without dressing. Today I also added a little cucumber.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/12/2010 4:06PM

    The salad looked yummy, is that a Spark recipe ?

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Are you looking forward to the end of your "Journey"?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Now it may seem that the end to your journey is most important, but in the end, it's your journey that matters most.

Never forget to cherish each milestone, pitfall, challange, etc. Though some may be good and others bad, it all happens for a reason and makes us stronger. Never forget to make your journey a memorable one. Keep your head high.

Say Hello and smile at those you pass by, even if you don't know them. You never know when you will change someones journey, make it a positive change. I once smiled at someone and just thought I was saying hello. A couple weeks later they came to me and told me Thanks!! That I really made a positive change in their day and life. And maybe if your lucky you will make someone smile back, even if it is just from within. :o)

Have a wonderful day!!! I hope I have helped you SMILE !!!

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BARBARA_G 4/7/2010 8:31PM

    In regards to a healthy lifestyle I think there is no end to the journey. And I think it's important to keep that in mind. It's the difference between success and failure.

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I'm still alive :o) Life is great

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

It's been a little while since I have written a blog. Sorry but I have a feeling that this one is going to be all over the place and a little long. So much has gone on since I last wrote. I've had a really hard time focusing on my goals. I am going to try to revamp them and get some new rewards. Not that I am making excuses for myself but first I got sick for a little over a month. That really derailed my exercise, I really need to overcome the all or nothing attitude. I also start a financial class and we are really trying to focus on our financial health. Things are going good there, but I just really have a hard time really focusing in on more than one thing. On top of that my rewards kinda went out the window as we really want to get all our debts paid so we can live a more peaceful life :o) It's a long hard process just like the one with weight/food/fitness etc. As long as we move in the right direction and keep our eye on the prize we are in good shape. I just need to remember what I truly want in life and what makes me happy.

I'm really trying to brainstorm to see what I can do about my job situation. I'm the only one that can change it. I am very thankful that I have a good paying job in this economy, but I'm just so unhappy with the work I do. I want to be able to help people and not be stuck in a cube all day long. La La La La La Although spinning in the chair is sometimes fun. Ha Ha Ha I like to be creative with things too, and my job really doesn't allow for that. Money isn't everything I know, but we still do have bills to pay. With that being said I need to make sure that if I end up finding something somewhere else it needs to pay close to what I am making now. Someday if we keep looking forward we will have the financial freedom to do more of what I love :o) Such as the volunteer work, I just love doing all that, it's so wonderful to be able to help someone, and to be able to do that more often would be wonderful.

My half marathon didn't end up happening due to me being sick and unable to run for over a month :o( but I did get to run the 5k with my son and husband :o) So it all worked out. My son is 9 and he did good. I was proud of him that he finished his first race. More to come for sure. I Will run a half marathon in 2010. :o)

I also got to go to the spark rally and meet several other sparkers. It was a pleasure to meet all of you!!!!! I look forward to spending more time getting to know more of you. If anyone ever want to try to meet up and get moving send me a message, maybe we can do a group hike sometime or something. I want to try to start running again, but like to walk/hike too. I'm also up to trying new active adventures.

Next weekend we will be going to Vegas for my daughter to compete in Nationals for Hip Hop. She just turned 11 on Monday, how time flies. I love watching her passion when she dances.

Trever and I are working an event in Cleveland in July for four days. We have decided to leave a little early and fly to New York to celebrate our five year anniversary a little early. I haven't been since I was a little kid and he has never been. I can't wait for that trip, I get to spend some wonderful time with my hubby. Then we get to see our incredible three day family (the people that we met through crewing the event in Phoenix) They have such great values and are awesome people. This event that we help out with is also a great experience everyone is so wounderful.

Last but certainly not least I have also gotten to know a fellow spark friend much better and look forward to spending more time with her and her family. Kryanprincess (Kris) I am so glad to have gotten to meet you and your family, you are a wonderful and inspiring woman. Thanks for being a great friend!!!

Well I have babble enough for now. I hope to be on-line here more sorry I haven't posted and replied to everyone as much lately. You are all in my thoughts ;o) Hugz ~Amy~

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    U are so SWEET!!! I've really enjoyed my time with you and ur family! You and Trev are awesome parents and have taught your kids very well! emoticonIt's hard to focus on more than one thing especially when it takes so much energy to focus on it. Between a healthier you and a healthier wallet, well I think those are two very big things! You will find your balance, and you are on a right track in so many ways, It will just take us longer to get there! But hey! We will help each other and work on getting there together! WE CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA_G 4/7/2010 8:39PM

    Hi Amy,
I'm sorry you could not run the half marathon. But there are surely plenty more emoticon How neat that you and your family did a 5k together!

I decided I need to recuperate for one more week, and then I'll be back in shape and will be ready for hiking in addition to what I'm already doing. I'd be glad to join a group of hikers. I'm also getting faster emoticon


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SALINA78 4/7/2010 4:24PM

    Glad to see you back!!!

I'm so bummed I missed the rally and an opportunity to meet you!
We'll be sure to meet soon.
Another meet-up that passed us by was at your 5k...I ran that 1/2 there. Wish I would have seen you guy.

Good job to your son! That's amazing!
I'm trying to get my older kids to run with me and that hasn't happened yet. SO, I couldn't imagine them running 3.1 miles. WOW!!!

Sounds like a wonderful trip planned for your anniversary! HAVE FUN!!!

And good for you on working on your finances...it sure takes a lot of work like working on our health!
Glad to see you back!

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Long update with lots of pictures

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First off sorry I have been a little disconnected. If I haven't responded to any of your blogs etc. I've just been busy. :o) Hope everyone is doing great.

The first update is on my streaking..........drum roll............................I now have a 7 week streak for all my goals!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!! I'm very excited . I had my second wiegh-in for the contest that started a month ago at work and I was down 7 lbs.

Here is what has happened the last week

For Valentines day hubby and I decided that we were going to go out to dinner Sat. night just the two of us. We went to a place that we had never been called delectables. It was sooooo goood and I think pretty healthy. I tracked it as best I could. First I had a cup of black bean soup, very yummy

Here is the dish I got it was Dill Asparagus crepes with jasmine rice

Then I had a piece of flourless chocolate cake. If you look at the strawberry you can see about how small the piece was, but oh so good.

Then Monday I was off to Boston for a thing for work. Here is a picture of the hotel it was very nice

After we finally got to the hotel and checked in a bunch of us met up for dinner and the hotel's resterant. Here is what I had minus the yolk of the egg. Brown rice with broccoli, soy beans, bell peppers, onion, etc with asparagus, and an egg white. I also had a cup of tomato soup.

Then after dinner a few of us piled into one of the peoples rental car. Most of us didn't get a car. We headed off to Cheers in Boston

Here is me sitting at the bar. I opted not to have a drink and just hang out. After they had a quick drink we went back to the hotel to get some sleep

When I got back to the hotel I did my biggest loser DVD from my laptop with the small wieghts I brought. I was glad I stuck to it. The next morning came very early, spent all day at a strategic workshop. I did really well and ate the stuff that was healthier and suplimented with stuff I brought and didn't have any of the junk they provided. Then it was back to the hotel. Well it wasn't that easy while we were inside it snowed a bit and the hotel didn't want to have the shuttle drive in the weather. So I went with one of the other people at the meeting that took her rental to the meeting. We had to have someone help us on what we needed to do with all the white stuff. LoL We were both desert rats. Here is the rental being de-snowed.

Here is the road on the way back to the hotel. Do you see the stop sign?

Then we decided to eat dinner at the hotel again due to the weather I had the same yummy dinner. Then I went back up to my room, here is a look out the window of my room

Then I got changed so I could head to the workout room

The machines were cool they had an Ipod plug in with charger and they actually had cable in them So I stayed there for an hour and 40 min and watched the olympics while I worked out

The next morning it was back to the airport for a day of travel home from Boston. (For those of you that don't know I live in Tucson, AZ) There was still lots of snow all over here is the plane

After we got there we went to scope out what we might be able to find for lunch. I was so excited I found a great place they had steamed brown rice, veggies, black beans, and baked fries. OK so adding the baked fries was a little much, but I had to try them :o)

Then when I finally got back to Tucson Wed night Trever and the kids were waiting by baggage :o)

So Thursday was off to work and Friday my son Chance (9) had surgery scheduled to get his tonsils and adnoids out. Here he is in the waiting room

Then here he is right before he went in with me

Then heere is after :o(

It's been a really long week, and now the next weekend is almost over :o( My son is doing better and last night my mom watched him so Trever and I could go out to dinner last night. We went to the same place as last weekend. I had the same yummy dish, looked a little different but basically the same thing

So now it's Sunday night and we are going to watch a movie, I'm going to exercise, and I hope to get to spend some time sparking. Thanks to everyone who reads this I know it's long, but hopefully all the pictures help.

Hope everyone has a great week. Hugz!!!!!!

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ADRIENNE29 3/12/2010 7:40PM

    great blog!

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CAROLYN1213 2/23/2010 10:09PM

    Glad to have you back! Food looks yummy! How were those baked fries? Everything else in the at pic looks so delicious! Glad to hear that your son is on the mend and you are back home safely.

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NJAHAN01 2/23/2010 10:03PM

    I love all the pictures. I also appreciate the efforts that you took while on your bussiness trip. I just came back from a business trip, and I can truly understand how difficult it can be. I was so impressed by your determination to exercise.

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99TREV 2/23/2010 1:52PM

    Awesome job!! You are doing so great, and such an inspiration!!!

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SALINA78 2/22/2010 11:41AM

    You were really busy!
Thanks for the update!

You did so good with a trip and all.
Working out and eating yummy!

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BARBARA_G 2/22/2010 9:31AM

    I loved your blog Amy!
I also love Delectables. They've been around for a long time and have stayed consistently good. What a nice place to go for your Valentine's dinner.
Thanks for posting all of the great photos. I love seeing pictures of the snow.
You certainly did well on your trip with food and exercise. Congratulations. How cool to have exercise equipment where your ipod plugs in. I want that at my gym emoticon But I know what they will tell me if I request it. emoticon
Most of all I'm glad your son is doing ok. He does not look happy in the photo. I remember that operation so well. The big thing was that you got ice cream after the operation. But it tasted yucky. I don't know if they still promise that. That is 40+ years ago. The parents were not allowed in the operating room. I remember them putting a black mask over my face and telling me to count to ten. I was thinking they will not be able to put me out...then I woke up. LOL. Sorry for reminiscing.
I hope you have a wonderful week back with your family!

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HVALITTLEFAITH 2/21/2010 10:44PM

    Ok, now I am HUNGRY, thanks!!! Glad that your week went well.

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CARRIEDD 2/21/2010 10:18PM

    Awesome job keeping your meals well rounded even during Travel! And for doing such a great job during obviously a very stress filled week! You Rock! emoticon

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KRYANPRINCESS 2/21/2010 10:06PM

    You did have a busy week!! But you did great on your trip! You made great choices and still worked out! Good for you!! I love the pictures..that flourless chocolate cake looks yummy! You are doing such a great job! Congrats on the 7 lbs loss!! emoticon

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/21/2010 9:07PM

    you are doing fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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