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Motivational May off to a great start!!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Goals set, starting point including measurements tracked, off and running!! Come join in !!!

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WIFEALF 5/13/2010 5:19PM

    Greta goals!I am sure you will be good this week.Love the blog nice seeing you!

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    Great plan!! You will do fantastic!! We can do this...together we will make it happen!! emoticon

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TINK9305 5/2/2010 9:28PM

    Amber I am the same way but just sucked it up finally and posted it. I have recorded a couple. I finally figured what is the worst that could happen. I really think it doesn't look or sound like me, but oh well.

Barb, I'm not sure why the volume didn't work well for you :( So my goals are to drink 10+ glasses of water a day, 3 days a week of Strength Training, 3 1/2 or more a week of cardio, eat within 1200-1650 cal with 2 "free" days (I still have to track but can go over) If I allow for the free days I tend not to use them I save them, then realize I don't need them. I am going to try to cook and eat cleaner. I'm also going to video blog twice a week. I will try to speak up more next time. I'm still a little shy I wouldn't even do it in the same room as hubby LoL!!!

We can totally make Motivational May rock!!!!! :o)

I have my starting stats that I will post tomorrow that I logged yesterday :o)

Grocery shopping done and dinner is in the oven (with extra for lunches)

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BARBARA_G 5/2/2010 6:21PM

    Hi Amy,

I like your video blog. On my end I have a bit of a problem with the volume. But I think it may be my computer? I'm not sure. I turned up everything as high as I could. Maybe it's because it's a laptop and you're really supposed to listen with headphones? Nevertheless, after closing the door and shutting out the noise from the wind and listening to you 3 times I got the gist of your blog. emoticon

We both are on track and doing well! Woohoo! Good going! We can do this! Almost 2 days down! Only 29 to go.

Well I must get back into the yard and finish my exercise (yard work) for the day!


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*AMBER512 5/2/2010 5:01PM

    Very cool blog!

I did a video blog once, but I never posted it because I thought I sounded like such a goober. I just cringe when I watch myself! lol

Motivational May, I like that. =)

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Motivational MAy to start tomorrow..Wanna join in ??

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Tomorrow I will Measure and weigh in for my start of May stats, maybe even take some pics to post at the end of the month with the end of the month photos. :o) I will set some goals for the month and continue to finish my mini jump start challenge over the weekend.

If anyone would like to join in feel free and we can check in on each other and help encourage one another. It will be great to see how far a month of motivation can take us. Cheers to May

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SALINA78 5/3/2010 2:20PM

    Sounds fun!
I need a challenge for May! I want that scale to keep heading DOWN!

I took starting measurements and weigh-ins today... I should get starting pics too...

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LOVELYLOLA76 5/2/2010 1:51PM

    I think its a great idea to track food, good or bad! I don't mind posting it on my page. A weekly check is good, but daily has been working, so mid-week is a great idea! Lets keep this going! I'm loving the encouragement and accountability! emoticon

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KRYANPRINCESS 5/2/2010 12:48PM

    I'll keep going with you...Gotta keep the motivation going....so far the mini challenge we have been doing has really helped, even though my cals are not perfect it's really kept my exercise going....Thx for the encouragement and push! emoticon

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TINK9305 5/1/2010 7:11PM

    Anyone have any ideas I think maybe tracking all food good or bad drinking 8+ water. Exercising 3 1/2 + hours per week and maybe 2-3 days strength training a week then we can check in maybe on a board or I can post a checkin on my blog. Maybe a midweek check in and a weekly one. Let me know what you think :-) At the end we can all send each other a spark goodie prize :-) we can do this!!!!!

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BARBARA_G 5/1/2010 5:53PM

    I'm with you on that! I need to jump start myself also :)

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LOVELYLOLA76 5/1/2010 11:13AM

    Oh yes yes yes! Motivation here i come emoticon!

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FOXYMAMA33 5/1/2010 2:38AM

  sure would like to join u on motivational may. like it emoticon

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Cooking advetures followed by another picture blog :o)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yesterday was a great day!! :o) After working I went and picked up the kids from school and my sons little girlfriend. LoL After I got home I started in on making my tomato fennel soup (Finally) :o) The kids played while I cooked this time. Then about 6 my sons friend was picked up. I also made grilled cheese to go with the soup and cut up some strawberries and banana's. We sat down to eat at about 7 I think. I have posted a picture blog of my soup making at the bottom. I got the recipe from http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/
tomato-fennel-soup-3645 I ended up adding more garlic and I put in some carrots. The carrots were great read below about the garlic. LoL

So as far as the soup goes I really need to remember that I can't add extra garlic to any soups. A little goes a loooong way. It wasn't too bad but for sure too much. When I cook I typically don't use and salt and I try to buy salt free stuff if I use anything from a can. This one I used canned whole pealed tomatoes with no salt added and the rest was fresh ingredients. With most things I let everyone add their own salt to taste. This soup though needed some more flavor, I ended up putting way more salt than I do normally, but other than the garlic and salt it was pretty good. My daughter even had seconds :o) And she saw all the veggies before I blended it.

This week I have done well with my food and tracking. I also have had one of my salads that I prepped Sunday each day and leftovers from the other meals I made. Today I had some leftover tomato fennel soup and I added some croutons on top, yummy. Next time I make it I am going to put a small dollop of sour cream on top, a couple croutons, a dash of parsley, and a little bit of fresh grated Parmesan. I think I am really getting pumped on the cooking and my family is very supportive :o)

Two more days till we leave for Vegas. I'm excited :o) It will be a great time I'm sure. I'm planning on getting strength training in tonight and my Ifit live workout on the incline trainer. I hope everyone has a fabulous day and don't forget to hug the ones you love tight and make every day count!!!!

Thanks to everyone for your great support and inspiration, my spark family is truly amazing!!!!! Hope you enjoy the pics, too bad I can't picture blog my whole day. I'm not allowed to take any pics at work. Well I'm back to my yummy salad, finished my sw quinoa a little while ago (It really helped fill me up so I didn't feel starved) Hugz to all. Smile ; )

Chopping the fennel (first time, I didn't even know what it looked like before)

My choppings

Garlic and Olive oil (I doubled the recipe so it made lots of left overs)

Adding the carrots after the onion and fennel cooked a little while

Tomato Fennel Soup ready to serve :o)

Dinner is ready

Yum Yum

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THEYORK6 4/15/2010 10:53AM

    That looks great! Good Job

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*AMBER512 4/14/2010 10:27PM

    I'm not a huge fan of soup, but how was the fennel? I had no clue what it even looked like before!

Oh and quinoa is definitely filling. I love feeling completely satisfed after a meal. =)

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CHARLOTTE1947 4/14/2010 6:11PM

    I don't know much about fennel. It looks delicious.

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BARBARASDIET 4/14/2010 5:37PM

    Hmmm, that soup looks good!

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LAROSEBAUGH 4/14/2010 5:18PM

    ooo that looks delish! :D

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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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