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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Well, I guess I need to get around to this week's challenge....

Week Sixteen Challenge - Main Challenge (30 points) + Bonus (20 Points)= 50 Points possible
Ends 8.23

Main: Blog or share with the team on this question: What are 2 things you know you could be doing differently for your health and wellness?

Hmmm...how do I limit it to two? I need to eat better and exercise more. I have really been struggling with my head lately. I go from feeling hopeful to abject despair. Sometimes all in one day.

Bonus: Create a plan for eating better or working out more and implement it this week. I am restarting the January Jumpstart Challenge (yes, I know it is August, but I did not find a similar one for August...). As to the eating, I need to get rid of the sugar addiction, the salt addiction and the emo eating.

The stress levels at work this last week (combined with Friday's PET scan for my husband) helped me kill off an entire 11.5 oz bag of baby Butterfingers - 1,360 calories I did not need. Why do I sabotage myself? I know some of it is because I have not been exercising like I should, and exercise helps control the stress.

Reading my blog from last May - nothing has changed. I need to get it in gear.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STARLITNIGHT 11/7/2014 3:23PM

    Your not alone, we all have struggles and need to keep our focus. I hope you keep a great support system with you so you are never without a friend to help you on your journey to health! emoticon

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CRABADA 8/23/2014 9:29PM

    Eating better and exercising more are obviously important, but they are HUGE categories. I've found lately that trying revamp everything at once is too overwhelming for me, so I've been taking baby steps. For example, I don't like to cook, but I know I need to start in order to eat more healthfully, so I am cooking one meal per week. That's it! I know that once one night feels easy, I can add in a second, and so on.

When things feel out of control with eating and exercise, it can be very hard to limit the changes you want to make, but perhaps if you DO limit your answer to that question by picking just two small things, it will help you start actually making them.

:) Courtney

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one who lives in despair lately. I'm with you on the sugar and salt. It has to go. Good luck with your goals!

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MOM2ACAT 8/23/2014 4:16PM

    I hope your husbands PET scan will bring good news; I know for me, at least, the hardest things about scans is waiting for the results. I can certainly relate to that stress!

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SG Blog - Reflections.....

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Hmmmm….reflecting on this SG challenge….

I did not lose any weight.

I did not lose any inches.

I did not meet any of my goals.

I also did not work very hard.

And I ate too much junk and had too many meals out.

I have been on Spark since Dec 2009.

It is so discouraging to work hard for three years, tracking calories, staying in range and doing lots of exercise, and losing only 18 pounds, knowing your body is working against you. That is about 5 ounces a month. At this rate I will reach my goal weight in …… (wait for it)…. 5 years and 4 months. If I don't allow myself to get derailed again.

To lose just 22 more pounds.

I think my determination and will power took a year and a half off. I blame too much on my bum thyroid, which caused the weight gain in the first place. And menopause. And being 54. And having a stressful job.

Instead of my inadequate effort.

I really think I need to get my head on straight and get back on track.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    same here. I need to get serious!!

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KAYTIE22 5/4/2014 12:24PM

    You're still here though so that means you aren't ready to give up and don't want to give up. Try to identify what has been holding you back. What is that missing piece of the puzzle?

First, celebrate your 18-lb loss and build on it. Get involved in some new team challenges and find new ways to get your fitness minutes in. Also, set some personal goals you can work on each day. Track your meals if you haven't been doing it. Look for substitutions you can make. We should never look back because we can't change anything that has already happened but today is a new day. You can do it!

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OLIVIANIGHT 5/4/2014 6:48AM

    Don't be too hard on yourself, there's always the chance to get back to it : )

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SWEETNEEY 5/3/2014 1:12PM

    You lost 18 pounds - you could have gained that in the last 3 years. Also reflect on your overall life - how is that?

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KAMMYJO3 5/3/2014 1:08PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!! If you need a Spark Buddy, let me know. :) Take things slow. Do something each day that you will benefit from. Maybe more water today. Maybe extra steps tomorrow. Maybe a walk every night around the block. Start slow and add from there. Read motivational quotes. Listen to up beat music. March in place while watching TV. There is so many tiny things you can do that ALL add up in the end. Have a great healthy weekend!

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I am my own worst enemy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week's challenge:

For the main challenge this week, write a blog about a roadblock that stops you from being/doing your best. Be honest with yourself and your obstacles- let your Sunnies know one real struggle you face and what kind of support would help you. On that blog, add a picture that shows a quote, a state of mind, a mission statement, that will help you focus and get successfully through the week.

Hmmm...how do I pick one roadblock? I have so many! I guess a big one is negative thinking. For example:
"My thyroid and metabolism will never let me lose weight."
"I will never get this paperwork under control."
"There is never enough time in the day so I can get 8 hours of sleep."

I need to memorize these:


I need to remember this:

And to make progress, I need to start. Again.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PONYFARMER 3/25/2014 10:13PM

    What team is this for? I like it no matter what, so thanks for blogging on it. You can so do this, so do not even think about giving up.

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/23/2014 9:19PM

    I could relate to this, Nancy. I love the graphics here too.

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PANFRIEDTROUT 3/23/2014 1:19AM

yep, that space between our ears can definitely twist & turn us .... usually in the wrong direction.

look ~ it might be discouraging to be "starting again" . but ya know what's worse? NEVER starting again! good for you for refusing to be a quitter

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    Great one, I do the same thing. You have been doing good and I am sure you will continue to move forward.

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MOM2ACAT 3/22/2014 4:30PM


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HLTHAPPINESS4C 3/22/2014 4:14PM

    emoticon ing this blog! I especially like how honest you are and the ways that you can overcome. I also like your quotes/pictures. You are on your way to reaching your goals. emoticon emoticon

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ONECALMMOM 3/22/2014 1:13PM

  So true.

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NEPTUNE1939 3/22/2014 12:54PM

    You have made a good start. emoticon emoticon

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LOVEBONNIELOVE 3/22/2014 12:54PM

    True stuff, thanks for sharing!

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Two Salsa Chicken Recipes - Which is better?

Monday, February 17, 2014

I did not realize that there were TWO Salsa Chicken recipes - one for the stove top, one for the crock pot. Which turns out better?


4 3-ounce portions of chicken breast (skinless and boneless)
2 cups salsa (any variety)
1 cup brown rice, uncooked

Bring two cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice, cover the pot and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 30 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Saute chicken breasts in a nonstick pan set on medium-high heat. Cook about 6-8 minutes on each side. Add salsa to pan and heat through.

When rice is cooked, place 1/2 cup of rice on a plate and top with one piece of chicken and about 1/2 cup of salsa.

Serve with a green salad, broccoli or green beans.

You can also make this dish with 12 ounces of shrimp or tofu.

Makes 4 servings: 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup salsa and 1 piece of chicken.

Number of Servings: 4
For recipe and nutrition:

SLOW COOKER SALSA CHICKEN (New & improved version? More ingredients than the last time I looked. Comments from Chef Meg.)
This is THE most popular recipe on SparkRecipes. We've added more vegetables and reduced the sodium drastically to make it even better.

2 pounds (32 ounces) chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1 cup salsa, homemade or purchased
1 cup petite diced canned tomatoes (choose low-sodium)
2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning
1 cup onions, diced fine
1/2 cup celery diced fine
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
3 tablespoons sour cream, reduced fat

Birdie, one of our most successful members to date, is a doctor and mother of five. Having lost 143 pounds on SparkPeople, she is always on the lookout for healthy recipe ideas, but they have to be quick and easy. “I'm not a good cook,” she confesses, but this is one dish she serves regularly without worry. She's not the only member who's making this for dinner: the recipe has been rated more than 2,700 times!

Salsa Chicken is easy to make; just put all the ingredients in a slow cooker and let the machine do the work. There are infinite variations, and your family is guaranteed to like each one.
6-8 hours to prepare; 15 minutes of active cooking time
Makes 8 one-cup servings of chicken.

Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the meat then layer the vegetables and salsa on top. Pour a half cup water over the mixture, set on low and cook for 6-8 hours. The meat is cooked when it shreds or reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. When ready to serve, break up the chicken with two forks then stir in the sour cream.
Makes eight 1 cup servings.
Recipe & Nutrition:

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UNICORN212 2/19/2014 6:50PM

    Some of the comments refer to rice in the crock pot recipe - but I only see it in the stove top version.

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-ICANDOIT- 2/19/2014 6:43PM

    Either sounds great but i am a big fan of chicken in the crock pot.

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SGTSUNNY 2/19/2014 12:21PM

    I have only made the crock pot version, without rice. I do like it!

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-GOT2FINISH- 2/17/2014 9:46PM

    I've only done the crock pot one--if you remind me when I get my kitchen back, I'll try the other one!

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/17/2014 5:05PM

    I love the crock pt version but haven't made the other one

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MOM2ACAT 2/17/2014 4:21PM

    I have made the slow cooker version before; without the rice in it, I think it's more versatile. If you don't want it on rice, it makes a great taco or burrito filling.

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MELLY3183 2/17/2014 3:25PM

    the crock pot one is amazing! I tried to find the one that I normally make, but couldn't see it. I'll send that one to you.

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STARLIGHT615 2/17/2014 2:34PM

    I love love love the crock pot version of the Salsa Chicken!!!

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SG blog #3 - My plan

Saturday, January 11, 2014

1. reduce carbs and stick as much as I can to whole foods.

2. stay away from sourdough pretzels (Costco and World Market have big plastic jars of sourdough pretzels that are sooooo good….but they have to stay out of my house!) – with both carbs and salt they are double trouble for me.

3. get serious (and consistent) about getting more active. Keep going with the January Jump Start challenge. 10 minutes of toning/strength training per day and 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week is making a difference.

4. Talk my doctor into increasing my thyroid meds - a TSH of 1.63 is too high for me since I am on porcine meds.

5. Fight against being put back on statins. Total chol is 238, but LDL is 133 (range is 0 - 130 so I am not far out of range). HDL is 57 which is good. Triglycerides are still high at 244 so I need to research that. (If she pushes, maybe I can talk her into giving me a higher dose on the thyroid meds if I take the statins - and then not take the statins? Hmmmmm)

I hope I can get back on track and get rid of 20 to 25 more pounds – and never find them again!

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PONYFARMER 2/12/2014 5:12PM

    Great goals, I should make some myself. I am just so not good at this at all.

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SGTSUNNY 1/27/2014 2:54PM

    How are you doing? Great plan, best to stay away from the pretzels, hope there are not any in the house! I would volunteer to come over and remove if needed emoticon

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BARBANNA 1/14/2014 3:04PM

    I hope all is going well with your plans. It's hard to be good when the rest of the population is having fun. I often wonder why I make all the sacrifices and no one else seems to be doing likewise.
Have a great Tuesday! Can't wait to hear how all is going! emoticon emoticon

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BARBANNA 1/12/2014 4:33PM

    I know your addiction to the pretzels. I used to eat them like crazy. There are very tasty but the amount of nutrients you get from them is not as beneficial as tehy would be eating something with less salt. I would eat them all day long and it showed. Glad I am over them but now I am on a peanuts eating frenzy. I love them and they can be healthy if you can quit at one serving and not 4.

Good luck with the cholestral and triglycerides. I have a problem with my cholestrol but its much improved with weight loss. The fat in peanuts is helpful in reducing it.

Have a great day and an awesome week! emoticon emoticon

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    Lowering the carbs should help the triglycerides.

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