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Time for those New Year Resolutions

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

1. a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usually after voting, by a formal organization, a legislature, a club, or other group.
2. the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
3. a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. Her resolution to clear her parents' name allowed her no other focus in life.
4. the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose: She showed her resolution by not attending the meeting.
5. the act or process of resolving or separating something into constituent or elementary parts.

It is that time of year that we start thinking about the New Year resolutions. It is a time of year that we look back and focus on all our failures and what we want to change in our lives. Unfortunately, many of those resolutions become one of the failures for the year because we give up too soon.

This year, I want to have a different perspective on those resolutions and think of the subject heading of an email. What would the title be? RE: Solutions

I think I need to start thinking of what I want to accomplish in the New Year as a solution for my shortcomings that I experienced this year. Rather than goals that I will shortly forget about within a few weeks, I need to have a plan that I can put into action.
I listen to a particular podcast sometimes when I run for attaining a sub30 minute 5k. At the end, the person asks if the goal was achieved and if not, to understand that goals are meant to be difficult and to keep trying to achieve that goal. But, my mind always tells me that goals are meant to be broken and cannot be reached. Seriously, that is what that negative voice inside my head tells me every time I listen to that podcast and am over 1/4 mile away from attaining my goal. It is so hard to shut that voice up.

Now, I am struggling with eating the things that will be health supporting and I need a SOLUTION. A dictionary definition of solution: “ the act of solving a problem”; I need to be active in getting the problem solved. I tell myself that I can do it, because I did it in the past, but so far I am not taking any appropriate actions to succeed it attaining that solution.

I have been thinking and thinking about what caused me to jump off the bandwagon and finally realized that my switch back to eating junk happened the same time my daughter was evicted from their rental, both she and her husband lost their jobs and had no money for a different place to live. My husband and I had just built a new house, but they needed a place to stay and since they had a toddler and a tween, my husband and I let them move into our new house and we moved into our cabin, a 32 x 24 cabin, too small for all our stuff. Then my other daughter encountered difficulties and she needed a place to stay also. So, we made the utility room into a bedroom for her. Then my grandson was born 10 1/2 weeks early.

To make a long story short: S.T.R.E.S.S. caused my eating to go bonkers. It is so difficult to rein it back into control. That has been over 3 years and it is time to stop this nonsense of eating junk for whatever reason I think will justify it. The truth of the matter is I need to be active in working toward accomplishing my goal rather than make excuses for why I am not doing the things I need to do.

~ Re: Solution ~ I have 8 days to get a plan to put into action

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LIV2RIDE 12/26/2014 3:27PM

    Ok so you know the cause. How can you combat that stress? What are you taking on as yours that you can lay down? You have given your kids a place to live and you are in a smaller place. Maybe use this as a time to downsize the amount of things you have. What do you really need? I'm struggling with this as well. I'm a shopper and am learning to let go of things I thought I "needed". As parents we take on our children's stress as our own. No, you don't like seeing them hurting or struggling but honestly, it is a fact of life that will make or break a person. Let it make them into stronger people instead of breaking you down.

One great way of making changes is having little 30 day challenges with yourself. So for the month of January no sugar (or whatever you choose). Then February 1 add on another challenge, no soda or whatever. I don't know the particular things you are having issue with but I think you get the idea. By the time December rolls around you have created 12 healthy habits. When you are out of things to eliminate add some great things in their place. Run when you can, walk when you can't run but every day be active. Never reward yourself with food. Rewards can be a new book (on Kindle so you don't accumulate another thing), pedicure, day at the zoo or museum...stuff like that.

It takes small changes to effect big change in your life. You can do this!! Together we all can do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Black Bean Spinach Brownies

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ok, I heard of the black bean brownies, even tried a recipe or two. But I found this one on the web yesterday.

Spinach, in a brownie?! That is going too far! lol

No refined sugar!? Sweetened only with dates.

No wheat flour?! OMG! this cannot be good. NOT!

My 5 year old grandson begged to take the leftovers home. This one is a keeper.

I had to bake longer than the time listed. I did closer to 50 minutes and truth be told, they were a bit dry. I think I will bake for less time and then let them sit a bit no they can set without overbaking.

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DS9KIE 12/21/2014 11:45PM


i'm going to have to try

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ARNETTELEE 12/21/2014 1:13PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 12/21/2014 12:11PM

    my kids would eat them, as long as I hid the ingredients.

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MRSCGE122 12/21/2014 11:14AM

    Interesting! being a lover of Spinach, i'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing!

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MONTREALESTMOI 12/21/2014 11:08AM

    That sounds interesting....and good!

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WINACHST 12/21/2014 10:50AM

    And no, they were not green

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Great Coached Workout Mixes

Sunday, December 14, 2014

G Series FIT Mixes

Bootcamp #1 is my favorite mix. I just finished it. Yes, "FINISHED" I made it through the whole workout. I was not able to do that when I first downloaded these a few years ago.

#feeling stronger

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FITGIRL15 12/15/2014 10:17AM


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BARBERSARAH 12/14/2014 12:36PM

    thats awesome!!

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MIRAGE727 12/14/2014 12:35PM

    I checked the Series out! Good stuff! Thanks for sharing! AND way to rock it!

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Yesterday, I posted a link to a dessert blog and I am wanting to stop eating so many sweets. This time of year is not the holiday season but the temptation season. It wouldn't be so bad except that eating sweets is not an occasional event with me. I eat too many sweets and every time I log onto the internet, there is a cookie, candy or cake recipe!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am finding that the more nutritious food I eat (real food) the less I want the junk food. So I need to focus on eating whole foods this season.

It is not really about willpower, the resolve to resist; but giving by body the nutrients it needs to function properly.

I think I need to eat my greens and stay hydrated to stay focused these next few weeks.

What are your strategies for coping with all the "goodies" that are made available this time of year?

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FITGIRL15 12/10/2014 11:22AM

    If you don't bake it, you can't eat it!

Keep the baking ingredients (or at least the important ones for your favorite recipes) out of the house, then you will have to run to the store if you want to make anything, and that is usually a motivation killer for me! LOL But if all the ingredients are readily available, watch out!

Take one bite, if the cake/cokie/treat isn't as GOOD as you thought it would be, share the rest of it with the garbage! No need to ingest extra calories that aren't simply the best!!!

Give yourself ONE DAY per week for a Christmas treat... you can't expect to cut out the fun and flavor of the season 100%!!! Enjoy the holidays, but in moderation!!!

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LIV2RIDE 12/8/2014 3:28PM

    I definitely can't even look at Pinterest right now. Every recipe is a sweet of some kind. Sweets are definitely my downfall.

Lately I've been using fruit, grapes, apples, pears, kiwi, even dates. Yes, they are still sugar but there isn't all kinds of other stuff in there. If I eat an apple, I'll have some almond butter with it so it sticks a little longer (unsweetened natural almond butter).

It's impossible for me to completely avoid them. So if I do indulge I'll do an extra class or hop on the elliptical a little longer than normal. I definitely don't buy any types of sweets other than fruit. If I'm at someone's house or holiday party I might have one but it's hard to stop at just one.

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EVIE4NOW 12/8/2014 8:38AM

  Believe it or not, I am immune to the cookies and candies and cakes. They have never bothered me (except candy corn). But, I do love pies and strudels, so I rarely make them. When I do, I will indulge a bit. Usually one tiny slice will do me. My men have a tendency to eat everything before I know it.

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SWEETNEEY 12/8/2014 7:57AM

    I am experiencing a lack of resolve and I hope starting this morning I can start being more discipline. How do I plan to do it, I have my reasons for wanting to lose wait written down - I am also going to do a quick video so I can also play them. I plan to read/listen to them at least 3x a day. I'm hoping these frequent reminders will help me be discipline.

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/8/2014 7:36AM

  I continue with my exercise routine, and allow myself a day where if I want a special sweet treat, I have it, but only one.

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NYARAMULA 12/8/2014 7:17AM

    I'm also struggling quite a bit with the sweets, always happens during the holiday season. But I find that when I commit to my exercises, then I'm more likely to make the right food choices. All the best.

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A Dessert Blog

Sunday, December 07, 2014

check out this blog:
all I can say is OMG! These are awesome recipes

I just made the one minute chocolate mug cake ~ satisfied my craving and there was no leftovers so I was not tempted to eat and eat and eat. I adjusted the sugar

I think I died and went to chocolate heaven emoticon

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