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Swiss Chard, the vegetable of the week.

Saturday, June 05, 2010



Swiss chard is a relative of the beet family and is also related to spinach. Swiss chard can be eaten raw but most people enjoy it when it's cooked -- it can be steamed, roasted, grilled, or sautéed. It can be used on its own, as a dressing for pasta and other grains, and it's a great supplement for vegans and vegetarians. In the Mediterranean, chard is very popular and appears on many a pizza. As the picture shows above it comes in a rainbow of colors, not just green or red.

Swiss chard is packed with nutrition. It is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K,
carotenes, chlorophyll, and fiber. It is also an excellent source of several minerals including
potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese. Swiss chard is also a good source of many other nutrients including vitamin B6, protein, calcium, thiamine, selenium, zinc, niacin, and folic acid.

Swiss chard, with its great source of nutrients, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and more helps prevent digestive tract and colon cancers and can also protect the kidneys of those with diabetes. It's good for bone health, lung health, heart health, vision, immune systems, and mental clarity. Swiss chard helps prevent inflammation, helps with blood clotting, and great for improving night vision.

Sources:

www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefits
ofchard.html


www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=fo
odspice&dbid=16



Try something new and eat it raw. Remove the stems and chop the leaves into bite-size pieces with a sharp knife. Add it to a fresh green salad with mesculin and leaf lettuce. Put a few fresh chard leaves on top of your sandwich.Raw Swiss chard has a light texture, is easy to chew and tastes a little bitter. Sprinkle some lemon, olive oil and salt and it will wilt slightly and cut the bitter flavor. Try adding a few fresh chard leaves to your sandwich as replacement for lettuce.


Here is a recipe for my Raw Foodies buddies:

Yvonne's Raw Swiss Chard Salad

bunch of red or rainbow swiss chard
1 beet
1 sweet potato
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 lemon
salt/pepper

Clean swiss chard, strip rib, then roll leaves up into a big cigar and slice thin. This is called a chiffonade.

Peel beet and shred in food processor.

Peel sweet potato and shred in food processor.

Throw all into big bowl with the swiss chard . Dress with olive oil and 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice. Season to taste. Mix well and let it marinate for an hour or so. The fresh lemon will tenderize the swiss chard.
*Optional - I will take a garlic clove and put through my garlic press for some extra flavor.

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Wilted Swiss Chard with Garlic

2 pounds Swiss chard, cleaned and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh lemon juice, optional

Wash the greens in several changes of cold water. Fill the sink with cool water and swish the greens through the water one hand full at a time.
Remove the stems and chop into one-inch pieces. Set aside.
Stack the leaves and roll them into a scroll. Using a sharp knife cut across each scroll until all the greens are prepared.
Mince the garlic and set aside.
Heat a skillet or heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and chopped stems. Sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté an additional 15 seconds.
Add the wet chard one hand full at a time. Stir after each addition. After all the greens have been added, immediately cover with a tight-fitting lid. Allow the greens to cook or wilt about 5 minutes. They should be wilted and still bright green in color.
Remove the lid and continue cooking over high heat until all the liquid has evaporated, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon juice, if desired.





Spaghetti with Swiss Chard Recipe
(serves 2)

1 large bunch of Swiss chard, approximately 6 cups stems removed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
a pinch chili flakes
1 lemon zested
2 eggs
1/2 cup Parmagianno Reggiano, grated
salt and pepper
2 servings spaghetti

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Remove the large stems from the Swiss chard and roughly chop. Wash chard thoroughly and add to water for 12 minutes. Meanwhile prepare a bowl of very cold or ice water, drain the chard and plunge into the cold water until chilled. Drain and spin dry.

Fill the pot with water again and add more salt, bring to a boil. In a large skillet add butter and oil over medium low heat. Put spaghetti on to cook and meanwhile add garlic, and chilies to the skillet. Stir the chilies and garlic as the pasta cooks. A minute before the pasta is ready add the lemon zest and chard and stir together to warm through.

In a large bowl gently scramble the two eggs with cheese and a big pinch of pepper. Drain spaghetti well and toss with egg mixture. When well mixed and in chard mixture and toss. Taste and correct as necessary with salt and pepper.







Swiss Chard Potato Soup

1 medium Onion; chopped
2 Ribs celery; chopped
2 Garlic cloves; minced
4 c Red potatoes; (cubed)
1 md Carrot; cut in chunks
1 Bay leaf
5 c Vegetable stock
4 c Chopped Swiss chard
1/4 c Chopped fresh parsley
2 ts Dried thyme; crushed
1/2 ts Freshly ground black pepper

PreparationThis was in the local paper (Marin Independent Journal) and was one of the best soups Ive tasted: In a soup pot, saute onions, celery and garlic until softened - about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, carrot, bay leaf and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add Swiss chard, parsley, thyme and cook an additional 10 minutes. Add black pepper. Remove from heat. Puree in batches in food processor (I used blender). If serving hot, reheat 5 minutes. If serving cold, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Serves 4.





Swiss Chard Dahl

2 lbs Swiss chard
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon coriander
1 large Onion, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 fresh red chilli
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup red lentils, soaked for half an hour beforehand
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon low fat stock
1 can peeled tomatoes
salt to taste
sufficient tomato puree to thicken

Chop the stems off the swish chard. Cut them up into 1/4 inch pieces. In a large frying pan boil them with a little water. Add the chopped chilli. After five minutes add the garlic and the onion. When the onion is tender add the black pepper, cumin, turmeric, and coriander.

Simmer with a lid on for ten minutes. Add the rest of the swiss chard, chopped coarsley, and the stock and water. Now add the red lentils. Simmer for a couple of minutes more. Add the canned tomatoes, leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. The lentils should be soft but still intact. Add the tomato puree and salt to taste. Simmer for another couple of minutes till the the dahl has thickened.

Serve with brown rice.





Swiss Chard-Wrapped Salmon with Chunky Orange Chipotle Salsa


Salsa Ingredients:
zest of one large navel orange
2 Large Navel Oranges
1 pack (0.8 oz) Mrs. Wages Chipotle & Garlic Salsa

Entree Ingredients:
2 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 (4 oz ea) Boneless, Skinless Salmon Fillets
4 Large Swiss Chard Leaves, trimmed

Preparation
Salsa:
1. Zest one of the oranges into a medium size bowl.
2. Quarter the two oranges, slice the peel off of the segments and coarsely chop the oranges. Place in the bowl.
3. Add one package of Mrs. Wages Chipotle & Garlic Salsa Mix.
4. Combine well and let stand 15 – 20 minutes.

Salmon:
1. Preheat Oven to 425°F
2. Grease the bottom of a baking dish with 1 tsp. oil; set aside.
3. Brush salmon all over with remaining teaspoon of oil; season with salt and pepper.
4. Using a fork, mash the rib of each chard leaf to make it more pliable.
5. Arrange each salmon fillet on one of the chard leaves and spoon a generous helping of the salsa over each.
6. Wrap salmon and salsa in the chard leaves, folding in the leaf ends to make 4 packages.
7. Arrange in baking dish, seam-sides down. Bake about 15 minutes and serve.





Chard Potstickers

www.wholeliving.com/recipe/chard-pot
stickers





Swiss Chard, Spinach, and Rice Gratin

www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/health/nu
trition/03recipehealth.html





Savory Swiss Chard Pie from Fat Free Vegan

blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/06/savory
-swiss-chard-pie.html

  
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VM4HIM 6/6/2010 9:33PM

    I went grocery shopping today and bought ingredients for the Raw Swiss Chard salad. I'll make it either Monday or Tuesday and come back and let you know what I think. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/6/2010 8:45PM

    I put all the items in the Spring Mix package in my smoothies, you don't even know they are there, except it's greener.

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ASHARON 6/6/2010 8:05PM

    I love Swiss Chard and grow it in the garden every year. It has a wonderful taste. Thank you for some new ideas. Will be trying the Potatoe Soup with Swiss Chard.

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VM4HIM 6/6/2010 10:06AM

    Thanks for the recipes. I'm definitely going to try a few of these.

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GOLDENGIRL88 6/6/2010 7:45AM

    Hi Lady! Thanks for the tips! Have you ever added it to a green smoothie? I'm just wondering how it would work out.

It's definitely a beautiful green!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/6/2010 2:20AM

    Good to know haven't tried the vegetable at all sounds delicious have to try it sometime.

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DS9KIE 6/5/2010 10:38PM

    great blog

great recipes, I've been wanting Swiss Chard recipes.

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DENI_ZEN 6/5/2010 9:48PM

    I'm so glad I just happened to come across this post! I've been meaning to try things like Swiss chard and beet greens lately, and the techniques you've described are wonderfully clear and appealing. Anxious to try these now! - Sandi

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WILLOW49 6/5/2010 9:40PM

    LOVE Swiss Chard! Grew it in our garden when I was a kid :) Yum!

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MRDPOLING 6/5/2010 6:04PM

    How do you find all these awesome new foods that you keep sharing with us?

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WEDDWT 6/5/2010 5:38PM

    Thanks Yvonne for the addl Chard ideas, the only way I've ever made it is with garlic, as in your 2nd recipe listed above. I'd like to try the one after that, with Spaghetti. I have a emoticon.
Q: The instructions say to add the chard to boiling water for 12 minutes. Is this what YOU do? (Seems really long)

The reason I started eating chard & greens was because my Nutrition Tracker folate was always low. Not anymore!




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AGAINALWAYS 6/5/2010 4:14PM

    I have long enjoyed swiss chard. Like bok toy, it's one of my favorite veggies!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/5/2010 3:07PM

    Never heard of swiss chard or even seen it. wow!

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L*I*T*A* 6/5/2010 11:04AM

    great recipes.......
thanks for sharing..........
have a great weekend...........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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KARENTOO2 6/5/2010 10:50AM

    Oooh, I LOVE Swiss chard! In fact, I have a bunch in my fridge right now and today I'll try one of these recipes. I ate the other bunch yesterday, prepared like your wilted recipe but w/ a touch of sesame oil instead of olive oil -- yummy! Thx for posting these wonderful recipes!
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SUNNYH99 6/5/2010 10:16AM

    Mmmm! I'm getting ready to plant a little garden. Wonder how hard this is to grow?

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Things looking better.

Friday, June 04, 2010

emoticon I left work on time every night this week. Things seem to be falling into place. The Loan Officers have it in their heads now I am out the door at 6PM. I am falling into a routine so things are running smoother.

Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. I would be thrilled if I made it to 9 AM. it would still give me enough time to catch the 9:30 or 10:30 Water Aerobics class. Or I could just be a lazy bones and just stay in bed.

Stress levels way down. Yup, things are definitely looking better! Hope you all have a great weekend. I intend on making mine so.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 6/6/2010 8:44PM

    I am so glad you are getting away from work earlier. Life does not exist on work alone. You need down time so you can do a better job while you are there. emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/6/2010 11:36AM

    WOOHOOO and so glad you are getting your schedule worked out. I am glad to hear the stress is coming down and hoping you will find time to just enjoy life.
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Deb

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/6/2010 2:18AM

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SWIM_2_SLIM 6/5/2010 4:29PM

    I'm so glad that your schedule is falling into plac e for you now and that your stress level is lower. That certainly is a praise!!! emoticon

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MRDPOLING 6/5/2010 10:03AM

    Way to go! I am glad things are falling into place!

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KAELIE 6/5/2010 9:11AM

  SO very proud of you. One of the biggest lifestyle changes I have made this year is to strive toward better balance in life (i.e. working less and stressing less). I can count on both hands the number of times I have worked what used to be my typical 11-12 hour day. It is very freeing, and as you will notice, magically, work still does manage to get done!

I think in general, men possess this ability or find it somehow easier than women. I modeled my behavior after a few gentlemen at work who have just as heavy workloads as I do, but seemed to possess the ability to 'leave work at work' and not work too many overly long days.

Taking that time back for myself has allowed me to 'work for me', and take the time and make the changes that needed to happen for my health's sake.

Keep it up girl, you will NOT regret it!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/5/2010 7:54AM

    Way to go, Yvonne! I haven't gotten to that point at work yet, but I have high hopes that this week will be the last.

I hope you are still sleeping!
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DARKTHOR 6/5/2010 2:19AM

    I'm really glad to hear this. You sounded so stressed before. I'm looking forward to hearing good things now!

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DARKTHOR 6/5/2010 2:19AM

    I'm really glad to hear this. You sounded so stressed before. I'm looking forward to hearing good things now!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/5/2010 1:05AM

    I'm so glad things are going well for you and stress level si down. that makes all the difference. Rest up.

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WILLOW49 6/5/2010 12:21AM

    So glad to hear that things are looking up for you!

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MT-MOONCHASER 6/5/2010 12:20AM

    Hey - that's good news that you are getting your work schedule in order.
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Now just keep on that schedule...
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DEVORA4 6/5/2010 12:05AM

  emoticon that thgings are looking up for you. Enjoy your rest. debby

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/4/2010 11:31PM

    Good for you! I am glad to hear that things are looking up!

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/4/2010 10:45PM

    Glad to hear it! Good to hear that you're much less stressed now and you're getting home at a decent time now. emoticon

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Make water your new best friend...

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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Did someone fast forward the calendar to the dog days of August? It is way to early in the year for it to be this hot. It is not even technically Summer yet but it sure does feel like it. I don't know if I spent more time at the water cooler today or in the bathroom because of all the water I drank.


Why drink water?

#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)


#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.


#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.


#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.


#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.


#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.


#8.. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?


Drink your water, it does a body good!


  
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TEDYBEAR2838 6/6/2010 8:42PM

    Good Tips, I always drink plenty of water & other fluids, mostly water or home made tea.

Thanks for the reminder. With summer here we need to be sure that we ourselves and our families get enough water, with extended time in the pool and the sun.



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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/6/2010 3:11PM

    Great information, Yvonne. I do get in my 6 glasses of water every day. It seems like when you know you cannot have any more than that, you just get thirstier. All of your blogs give me some great information. Please keep them coming.
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SUNNYH99 6/5/2010 10:13AM

    Great info! Thanks, Yvonne! I weighed up almost 2 pounds this a.m. from yesterday, and high salt intake combined with low water intake is the primary cause because my calories were in line. I enjoy diet cola with lemon on a hot day, but I need to have water first, and then the soda if I still want it. Yesterday I started to fill my glass with chilled water from the fridge, and impulsively gave myself soda instead. I had a veggie burger with fries at lunch, and leftover Indian food (channa masala and rice, with a piece of roti) for dinner, and that's pretty salty. Today my body says I haven't taken good enough care of it!

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/4/2010 2:28PM

    Water is such a natural good thing. I love to have it more than anything else. I knew it was good for you for many reasons but liked to see it again and realize what a good thing it is for you.
Thanks and smiles
Deb

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KEL_BEL_FX3 6/4/2010 1:12PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing. So glad I keep my water by me at all times.

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SHEILA8383 6/4/2010 12:03PM

    I drink plenty of water especially after I gave up soda and "sweet" drinks.

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NWFL59 6/4/2010 11:44AM

    I drank lots of plain water prior to finding this website so consuming 8 cups has never been a problem for me, however I was unaware of the additional benefits you outlined.

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SKFEREBEE 6/4/2010 11:21AM

    You just inspired me to get up & fill my glass & I downed it while reading your blog! Thanks because I've been a little dehydrated the last couple of days & need to remember to drink more water earlier in the day. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 6/4/2010 9:43AM

    great reminders to us all...............
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs............lita

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/4/2010 7:41AM

    Water is my biggest problem. I am a short person and it's hard for me to get 8 glasses of water in. That may sound like the most way off the wall excuse you've heard but I do know I have to to try a little harder.

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MRDPOLING 6/4/2010 7:14AM

    Friend...thy name is water

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/3/2010 10:09PM

    I have had NO problem getting my water in lately with all this warm weather.

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MIKROS2 6/3/2010 9:56PM

    While I was in IN had a hard time getting my water in as they have a lot of sulphur in theirs and was difficult drinking. Back home now and am doing much better getting it down now. I certainly could tell a difference in not drinking the water.

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MEYLOSE 6/3/2010 9:50PM

    oh yes H2O is excellent in so many ways for your body, STAY HYDRATED in all you do!!!! emoticon

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FINDTHESTRENGTH 6/3/2010 8:53PM

  Thank you for sharing this information! Water and limes have become my best friends recently!

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FAYE000 6/3/2010 8:51PM

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Thank You for sharing.
I stay hydrated.
Where did you get this information?
I have not ever read this .


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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/3/2010 8:51PM

    Great blog.
Going for my water bottle!

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DEVORA4 6/3/2010 8:49PM

  I drink 10 glasses a day and don't particularily enjou doing so, BUT your facts will make me "enjoy" it more. Thanks Yvonne. You amaze me emoticon emoticondebbyPS As I am now drinking my H2O I aam toasting you wishing you good health & luck deb

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/3/2010 8:46PM

    Interesting I drink a lot of water so I'm good there but I didn't know that lack of water can cause breast cancer that is so new to me. emoticon

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DETERMINEDLOSER 6/3/2010 8:40PM

    I drink my water. Thanks for sharing your blog on water with us. Water is so important.
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Discipline is something you have to work at.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010




How can you not stay the course with those eyes and folded arms just daring you to stray?





D - Discipline weighs ounces Regrets weighs tons.

I - Is the foundation of which success is built.

S - Strike when the idea is strong, don’t put it off.

C - Conduct we must follow to fulfill our hopes, dreams, and desires.

I - Is not a dirty word.

P - Potential for creating new miracles.

L - Lack of it erodes our self-esteem.

I - Is not punishment, it leads us to rewards.

N - Needed to reach our goals.

E - Essential to reach our accomplishments in life.

  
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ALIBROM 6/4/2010 1:35AM

    Nice. I especially love the saying, "Discipline weighs ounces, regrets weight tons." So true, so true.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 6/3/2010 7:45PM

    Maybe we need to pay that little boy to come to our houses and keep us in line... lololololololololol Simple blog and to the point. Sweet!!!

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BARBARAROSE54 6/3/2010 12:08PM

    Another great blog Yvonne, thanks !

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SHEILA8383 6/3/2010 11:22AM

    Love your blog and the picture is priceless! I will be printing out your blog as a reminder that discipline is not negative.

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NWFL59 6/3/2010 8:02AM

    Love the picture! Reminds me of one of my nieces when they aren't getting their way.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/3/2010 7:49AM

    Love your blog! Have a nice day.
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DEVORA4 6/3/2010 7:42AM

  I know I commented already BUT I wanted you to know that I printed your blog and taped it to my collage right behind the computer. emoticon emoticon debby

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MRDPOLING 6/3/2010 7:24AM

    HAHAHA talk about the evil eye! hehe

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TRACYZABELLE 6/3/2010 2:00AM

    pneumatics is a good thing-- helps you remember emoticon

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CAROL3SAN 6/2/2010 11:11PM

    That's a nice way of putting it. I can use a double does.
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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/2/2010 10:41PM

    That was a really great one, Yvonne.
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DEVORA4 6/2/2010 9:56PM

  Hi Yvonne, Thanks it was terrefic.

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/2/2010 9:52PM

    I love both the words and the picture ~ what a cutie!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/2/2010 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon how can you resist that face.

You are so right you have to want it bad. sometimes you will slip up but never give up.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/2/2010 9:11PM

    Terrific!

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    emoticon I like this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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JAMIEK927 6/2/2010 8:57PM

    Simple but right on target!

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I did it! One small step to getting my life back.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

It may seem silly to you but I feel like I won a 5K and if you don't know me by now, Yvonne does not run. I hate it and have even as a child in school. Lately I have felt like I was in a race, a race for my life. I actually left work on time tonight. Since I started my new job I have been working anywheres between 1 to 3 hours overtime. My quitting time is 6 PM so that means I have been getting home rather late.

Leaving at 6 PM is a biggie for me. I told the Loan Officers good night and they could stay as long as they wanted but I am out the door. Boy that felt good! I know it is all a matter of baby steps to get my stress under control but I will do what it takes.

Ok Dawn, now sit down for this one but I joined a new team today but don't blame me. It is all Debbie's fault. emoticon I am the innocent party here. I emailed her back when I got her invite and told her that she was killing me. I really did, really, really, really. emoticon

It is called "The Official Stress Busting Challenge." As Debbie pointed out I needed this one. You don't need to stay in the Team forever, you have the option of dropping out after you complete the 4 week Challenge- successfully. (if I am understanding what I read in the thread explaining the Team's concept)

Four weeks will do me just fine because I go back to the doctor to see if she will take me off the steroids at the end of June. I have been on and off them since January and most recently I have been on them since the end of March not to get off till she says so. As most of you know I came down with the shingles, all due to STRESS. emoticon

So I will be making baby steps on my own and tomorrow I will print off the parameters of the 4 week challenge to see what the Team has in store for me. Let's hope this works so I can stop whining about how stressed out I am.

Pass the brie please.

  
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SUNNYH99 6/5/2010 10:08AM

    Just catching up with you here, Yvonne. I'm so glad the new job is working out and that you're setting healthier limits for yourself! People (especially bosses) will take as much as we will give and then some, so we have to decide how much is too much and say no. BTW, your stress busting challenge caught my interest. I've had more than my share lately. I'll check out that team.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/2/2010 8:21PM

    Well, Dawn, look how she blames me for everything and I'm innocent.
(JK)

You are doing grat. Keep dong what you have to do for you.

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L*I*T*A* 6/2/2010 12:55PM

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SKFEREBEE 6/2/2010 10:40AM

    Great job on leaving work on time! It is important to take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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JETSOX 6/2/2010 9:31AM

    Glad that you left work on time! that must have felt wonderful, compared to being there an extra few hours! Good for you...hopefully you can keep it up and feel your stress level coming down little by little. Good luck with the new team!

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NWFL59 6/2/2010 9:03AM

    Congratulations on taking steps to reduce your stress and normalize your life so there is plenty of YOU time. I'm so proud of you for taking this step, you're awesome!

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ROWDYRILEY 6/2/2010 6:46AM

    That is absolutely fantastic!!!! The start to any race is the first step and you've done it emoticon Wishing you much success on completing the 4 week stress busting challenge. emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/2/2010 1:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and yes emoticon!

This is progress and great news.

Hope when all this is done (4 weeks) the Dr. says you can stop taking those pills.

Thanks for telling us your life experience with your daily battles they truly helps us as well.

You have my support always.

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KARENTOO2 6/2/2010 12:55AM

    emoticon You're taking care of yourself! That much overtime day after day is NOT good for anybody. emoticon

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BUTTERFLYTOUCH 6/1/2010 11:33PM

    Your doing awesome!

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FOXXYROXXYD 6/1/2010 11:24PM

    Way to go on leaving work on time Yvonne! Good luck on the new challenge! You can do it!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 6/1/2010 11:19PM

    I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/1/2010 10:46PM

    Good for you. I used to work overtime on several days of the week. It is good you are beginning to leave work when you feel you should. Here is hoping you will continue giving yourself time to rest and relax.



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DJS-DEBBIE 6/1/2010 10:02PM

    It really is my fault.

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DEVORA4 6/1/2010 9:15PM

  Good for you Yvonne. One thing none of us needs in our life is stress. emoticondebby

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/1/2010 8:59PM

    Yvonne, that is okay. I just joined a challenge on another one of my teams too. Good luck to you. Together, we will do this.
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DARKTHOR 6/1/2010 8:56PM

    Good for you on getting out of work on time and at a decent hour! Tomorrow start working on making it a habit! You can do it!

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MRDPOLING 6/1/2010 8:49PM

    Way to go!

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