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2nd Spark Annivesary!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tomorrow, 4/24/10 will be my 2nd annivesary of joining Sparkpeople, and I am doing really well. I have lost weight, relearned how to eat healthy and relearned how fun and good exercise is. I have met some fantastic spark friends and hope to meet more as the year progresses. I feel great, and look forward to my next year working on my new body/mindset. Have a great weekend everyone! I plan to have a nice healthy treat and enjoy my new haircut even if she cut it about 2" too short~lol. TTFN emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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NEWINSIDEOUT 9/10/2011 3:41PM

    Hey, where did you go? Hopefully you are maintaining your good lifestyle habits wherever you are!

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DETERMINED_ME 4/26/2010 1:53PM

    Woohoo! Congrats on your emoticon! You are awesome lady!

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SCAROUSEL1 4/26/2010 12:34PM

    Congratulations on two years of healthier living Wendi! You are doing great my friend!This third year is going to be your best yet!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 4/24/2010 10:03AM

    Happy emoticon! You are doing fantastic!

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/24/2010 1:15AM

    emoticon emoticonYES YOU HAVE DONE GREAT IN THIS SHORT TWO YEARS. LOOK HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME, I AM SO PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND.
WHEN YOU GOING TO COME TAKE A WALK WITH ME ON THE BEACH, OR UP MY HILL WALK?
HAPPY SPARK ANNIVERSARY!!! SANDY

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Fifty things about me..

Saturday, February 13, 2010

1. What time did you get up this morning? 10 am

2. How do you like your steak? medium rare, bbq/grilled

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Transformers 2 with g'kids

4. What is your favorite TV show? CSI's, Bones

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?Anywhere with lots of trees and water like the beach or maybe river

6. What did you have for breakfast? banana coffee malt-o-meal with raisins

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian or asian, but like most all cusisines

8. What foods do you dislike? peas, canned veggies, bell peppers (alergic)

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Olive Garden but rarely get there
10. Favorite dressing?low fat sweet sesame at home, 1000 isl out

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? chevy blazer s-10

12. What are your favorite clothes? jeans & T-shirts

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Spain, Italy, Australia, Egypt, British Islands

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full!

15. Where would you want to retire? Ocean, but am retired mostly lol


16. Favorite time of day? Night time

17. Where were you born? Glendale CA

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Baseball, football or Olympics
19. How many siblings? 1 brother~gone now

20. Favorite pastime/hobby: reading, scrapbooking, cooking

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Everybody

22. Bird watcher? Not really, but I do love to see them and hear them.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night

24. Do you have any pets? 1 very silly cat~max

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Scrapbook retreat at end of March

26. What did you want to be when you were little? Nurse

27. What is your best childhood memory? Getting my bike and Skates for Christmas and learning to use them.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? both would have a dog if Max was not such a snot
29. Are you married? widowed
30. Always wear your seat belt? Yup!
31. Been in a car accident? Yes, twice
32. Any pet peeves? liars
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?mushrooms bbq chicken & olives
34. Favorite Flower? lavendar roses
35. Favorite ice cream? goo goo cluster and I avoid it at all costs lol
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Jack In The Box!

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? none
38. From whom did you get your last email? SparkPeople

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?wal mart or target but not gonna do that
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? lunch with daughter
41. Like your job? have no formal job but like what I do most of the time
42. Broccoli? Yes please!

43. What was your favorite vacation? CA to see kids/Texas to see friends

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? son and dil
45. What are you listening to right now? Olympics on TV~ski jumping
46. What is your favorite color? Pink!!!

47. How many tattoos do you have? 0 yet lol
48. How many people will fill this out? Doesn't matter.

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 3pm
50. Coffee Drinker? oh yes love my coffee

Have a great week all! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DETERMINED_ME 2/13/2010 8:09PM

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NWFL59 2/13/2010 6:37PM

    Enjoyed reading your responses. I too had a similar blog several days ago and answered most questions differently (of course). Best wishes for continued success along your wellness journey. emoticon

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5 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

Friday, January 29, 2010

I found this article on Delish via msn, and thought it was interesting and decided to share. I usually eat most of these anyway but am going to try to incorpate more daily.

Eat More, Not Less
The new trend among the weight conscious? Eating more. Don't focus on consuming less of the "bad" foods — aim to incorporate more of the good foods into your diet. Not only will you feel less deprived, but you'll also end up being too full to crave the junk. Try these five nutritional superstars for a result that's even greater than the sum of its wholesome parts.

Spinach
For $1.50, the price of a large bag of spinach at most grocery stores, you can reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, lower your cholesterol, and raise your I.Q. Spinach is an excellent bone-builder, containing vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium. It's also high in flavonoids, plant molecules that act as antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent breast, stomach, skin, and ovarian cancer. Spinach is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, which not only keep you from getting sick in the winter, but also de-clog your arteries and reduce heart disease.Spinach contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the brain, thereby preventing the effects of aging on mental activity. Scientific studies have demonstrated that both animals and people who eat a few servings of spinach per day improve their learning capacities and motor skills. Serving ideas: Sauté spinach with olive oil, pine nuts, and raisins — the olive oil will help you to better absorb its nutrients. Don't love the flavor so much? Try these spinach brownies from Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious cookbook — you won't taste a thing.

Eggs
In the Snackwell-crazed '90s, dieters feared eggs because of their fat and cholesterol content and suffered through millions of tasteless egg-white omelets. But research has shown little, if any, connection between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol, and the humble egg is finally being recognized for the remarkably complete set of nutrients it provides. It makes sense: Something that contains the ingredients for an entire life can give you the fuel you need to get through the morning.Eggs are a great source of protein, containing all eight amino acids (if you eat the whole thing). As any healthy dieter knows, protein is essential for staying full and having energy. Serving ideas: For breakfast on the go, roll up a veggie omelet in a whole-wheat wrap. Or, update the classic egg salad by chopping yours up with Italian tuna, black olives, and some olive oil and vinegar.

Blueberries
A Tufts University study found blueberries were the number one source of antioxidants among 60 fruits and vegetables analyzed. Blueberries contain antioxidants that can (get ready): prevent ulcers, cataracts, and glaucoma; decrease risks of heart disease and various types of cancer; and lower cholesterol. They can also reduce aging of the brain, keeping your memory sharp and diminishing the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Serving ideas: Throw some frozen ones in the blender with honey or agave syrup for a granita-like treat. Or, serve in a salad with spinach, sliced almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette for a light and gourmet lunch.

Apples
Eating an apple a day can keep all kinds of doctors away, from physicians to dentists. Apples contain both insoluble and soluble fiber, which not only make them filling, but also work double time to reduce cholesterol. Some doctors even recommend drinking apple juice after eating a fatty meal to reduce the food's negative effects on your body. Apples have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. And if that's not enough to make you bite into a Fuji or McIntosh, consider this: Chewing apples stimulates saliva, which scrubs stains off your teeth and freshens breath instantly. Serving ideas: Spread peanut butter on sliced apples for a yummy taste of childhood. Or, dice them up in your oatmeal before cooking and sprinkle with cinnamon for an apple pie-flavored breakfast.


Winter Squash
One cup of winter squash provides 170 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A, a nutrient necessary for night vision that's hard to find in other foods. Squash's bright orange color comes from a high dose of carotenoids, antioxidants that prevent eye degeneration due to aging and filter out carcinogenic light rays. Makes you think of jack-o'-lanterns in a new "light," doesn't it? Roast the seeds alongside the flesh and you'll reap a host of other benefits. Winter squash seeds contain a significant amount of L-tryptophan, which can help to prevent depression. They're also a rich source of magnesium, a mineral Americans don't consume nearly enough that's vital to almost every bodily function. Eating your daily dose of magnesium will lower your risks for heart disease, abdominal obesity, and diabetes. Serving ideas: Mix canned or pureed squash with cinnamon and the sweetener of your choice for a decadent and surprisingly low-cal treat reminiscent of Thanksgiving candied yams. One-half cup of pureed pumpkin has 40 calories, in contrast with yam's 180 (and that's if you don't add butter or marshmallows). Or, roll the seeds in cinnamon and sugar, crunchy sea salt, or curry powder, then roast them in the oven. And don't limit yourself to pumpkin — delicata and kabocha squash seeds are equally nutritious, with their own unique, nutty flavors.






  
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MADAMEAJA 1/29/2010 7:06PM

    What a great list. We had delicata squash enchilada's last night for dinner. so delicious! Nice to know that so many good for us foods taste great too!

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JAMIEANN5 1/29/2010 1:59PM

    This was really good info, thanks. Apples and blueberries are staples in my house!

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TALEENA 1/29/2010 12:30PM

    Thanks for posting! I feel so special because I ate an egg for breakfast this morning. I'm having blueberries with my yogurt this morning and spinach and an apple with my lunch. I totally rock!

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SCAROUSEL1 1/29/2010 12:16PM

    Love this info! Thanks for sharing!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/29/2010 10:24AM

    emoticonThanks! I have a squash and will roast the seeds too.

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OURELEE1 1/29/2010 9:48AM

  Thanks!!!!!!!

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2009 accomplishments and my Inspiration!

Friday, January 15, 2010


coming back up the long stairway to the beach, mom and patty.

one of the many walking paths, neice, her boyfriend and sil

sil, mom and me painting between walking. Had a blast!

Hi I had a fantastic 2009 as far as getting fit and healthy went. So far 2010 is going great too. I walked/hiked/biked etc over 1837 miles, over 73,000 steps and lost some weight, lost a lot of inches and feel so much better. 2 years ago if I got 200 steps a day or walked 5 miles a month it was a surprise. I feel really proud of myself, LOVE SP and know 2010 will bring more good met goals.

My Inspiration is my mil, the woman will be 78 in March, has beaten 1 form of Lymphoma (cured 9 yrs ago) been through her second kind of Lymphoma and is now 100% in remission. we went to Seabrook, Wa for 5 days and once again I had to try to keep up with her. The Pictures show her walking, all of us painting and some of the many trails and paths at SB that make for good walking/hiking as some of those trails lead way down to the beach and getting back up to the top is a really good hike. So I plan to keep striving to keep up with mom and get even healthier and more fit.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week and stays dry, warm and plenty of good food and exercies!

  
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SCAROUSEL1 1/17/2010 2:14PM

    Welcome back Wendi! Glad you had a wonderful time at Seabrook! Congrats on an awesome 2009 and cheers to an even better 2010!

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THEHEALTHY3 1/16/2010 11:01AM

    What a nice vacation you had! Can't wait to hear about your 2010 accomplishments!
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2BFREE2LIVE 1/16/2010 12:14AM

    Glad you had a good time on your vacation. Yes you MIL is awesome, I hope I will be that active at her age. You have come a long way since last year. I think you will do even better this year. Have a wonderful weekend. Try and get a little rest. Sandy

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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/15/2010 11:53PM

    You are an inspiration Wendi!
Your MIL is awesome! I want to be like her when I grow up.

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TALEENA 1/15/2010 11:01PM

    Nice to see you back Wendi! Looks like you had a great vacation! Your Mil sounds like an amazing person :)

You sure did a lot of steps, miles etc. emoticon

I'm hoping 2010 is a good year for everyone and hope to see you on a walk in the near future!

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Happy 2010!

Friday, January 01, 2010

wow a new year already~where did 2009 go? I found a couple little blurb articles in a womans day mag that I liked and made sense.

1. Pat yourself on the back!
for all the things you accomplished in '09. Even the small stuff adds up.Make a list of all the healthy habits, smart choices and everything else you did right during the year. We tend to only remember the things we did wrong;seeing all your achievements_however small-in print helps ignite the self-confidence you need to make 2010 an even bigger success! I liked that a lot as positive reinforcement works so much better then the negative.

2. Dodge stress with this resolution!
Instead of new year resolutions make monthly ones. research shows three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. and once you have reached that short term goal you will have enough motivation to get through one more month-then another!

I planned my goals for the year, but broke them down into monthly incriments. I want to lose at least 40 more lbs in 2010, about 2# a month ( more would be good). I know the past 2 years have sunk into my head as I find myself eating healthier without even thinking about it now. I also plan to be better at my spark logging and stuff, been slacking lately~mostly just run out of time. Have a great day~week~month and year!!!

  
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WENDYWITKOSKI 1/1/2010 3:38PM

    Wendi, You have a LOT to pat yourself on the back for! 76 pounds in two years is GREAT! Way to go!
Best wishes in the new year!

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