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I LOVE my 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk DVD!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Yes, I actually LOVE a workout video - Leslie Sansone's
5 Mile Fat Burning Walk.

Today I did Miles 1 & 2 before Breakfast.
I did Mile 3 before Lunch and then did Miles 4 & 5 late this afternoon - before Dinner.

The workout is 5 Miles that you can do ALL at once...I have done that 3 times now. Or you can choose each mile individually or in a combination ~ like I did today. This was an awesome way for me to work out! I did the 'high impact' boosted walk (jogging) at the end of each mile today ~ I was able to do that because I had broken them up. Great challenge, good workout and I feel so proud of myself that I CAN DO THIS!

Each mile only takes 12 minutes to do - so time commitment is easy.
And at my current weight I am burning 135 calories during those 12 minutes. That's just amazing to me. I am getting a great workout in less amount of time. Awesome! It just motivates me to do this all the more!
And the DVD is really a fun one too!

I enjoy Leslie I don't mind hearing her get excited and motivated about what she does...helping people get fit and healthy.

I Just Love this DVD! And I got it on sale at Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago for $9.00. I think this is my very favorite one.

This will help get me through the winter here in Minnesota without being a couch potato!

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MSMAKEOVER 12/11/2010 2:25PM

    I like that one too. Congrats on getting your 5 miles in. I like how you split it up....keep up the great work.

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REEDSKI 12/9/2010 6:08PM

    I haven't exercised for over a week now but when I was exercising I would sometimes do the 4 mile Walk Slim Leslie Sansone and then 1, 2, or 3 miles of another Leslie Sansone just to bump it up.

Now that I've been sick I'll have to start back slowly. Maybe do a one mile first and add to that.

I think Leslie Sansone is great. I owe her a lot as far as getting into shape. I really do work out with her. I get a better work out then when I walk outside. I don't mind the repetition. I did buy the Jackie Warner DVD on Black Friday. Haven't tried it yet. I'll have to see if I like her as much as Leslie.

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MNNICE 12/9/2010 8:35AM

    I have come to love my Leslie Sansone videos and agree with you that they'll help keep me motivated during the Minnesota winter. I just talked to a friend last night who I "sparked", and she came up to me with a big smile and said she had lost 25 pounds with the help of Sparkpeople and her LEslie Sansone videos!

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TARANITUP 12/9/2010 6:06AM

    I'll have to try that one out :) Thanks!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/9/2010 1:37AM

    That' s fantastic Maria! You have more energy than me!! I was watching a few free exercise tv videos tonight on our cable tv and I really liked Billy Blank Jr's . Keep it up- you are doing great!

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SANSIMEONGIRL 12/8/2010 11:33PM

    What an inspiring post! I believe you had recommended her to me previously and I bought the DVD (not the 5 mile one, I don't think) and it's been sitting on my counter and I've been looking at it... thanks to you I'm gonna get up early tomorrow and pop it in.


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SYDNEY_DE 12/8/2010 10:08PM

    That's cool that you can mix and match the miles!

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SHELLEY147 12/8/2010 8:12PM

    Great job Maria!! You are doing so much good for yourself! That's an awesome price you got that DVD for!! I'll have to look for it! ~hugs~

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BIGMAMAT 12/8/2010 8:03PM

    Wow! 135 calories in 12 minutes! awesome! Great idea to break it up! You go girl! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/8/2010 7:50PM

    What a great idea to do spurts of Leslie! I LOVE her too! She just makes me want to MOVE! You're doing so well Maria! I love your energy & your positive attitude! You're doing it, my friend! Congrats to you!

emoticon Rose

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A Gift - Our Family and Food

Monday, December 06, 2010

A Gift - Our Family and Food

We received a Christmas gift in the mail today - a family cookbook - from my sister-in-law who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. She is my husband’s youngest sister and is a writer by profession.

She had asked all of the family to submit our favorite family recipes to her this past year, as she planned on compiling them into book. The original idea was to create a family cookbook to present to the nieces and nephews when they got married. Since this adventure started, we have had 3 get married – before the book was completed.

Food Memories – Recipes and Recollections from Our Family Kitchens

The following is from the first page of the book...written by my sister-in-law, Peg.

Food has played an important role in all our lives from the very beginning. Being raised on a farm by parents who spent most of their lives producing food, it was at the heart of who we were as a family.

But growing and making food for our family was something Mom and Dad loved to do most of all. And they shared that love with us. Nearly all our family gatherings were organized around the meals we shared. From these meals came wonderful flavors, memorable smells and many very full bellies.

Our yearly themed Christmas Eve dinners inspired culinary adventure and experiments. Whether good or bad (most were very good), we enjoyed being able to share something new.

From our early years, Mom was the one who inspired that cooking curiosity. She was always trying new dishes, reading magazines, jotting down recipes from friends. She even concocted some of her own.

Her love of cooking, baking and enjoying food has clearly been passed down to all of us, as evidenced by this wonderful collection of recipes. Some go back generations, while others are more recent family favorites. And while we can’t get together as often as we used to, we can share great family memories and preserve that family bond by making all the great recipes within this book.

Cheers to Mom and Dad!
Now, to go make my self a cup of hot tea and sit back and read this treasure of family recipes and stories - cover to cover!

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COOKWITHME65 12/10/2010 12:14PM

    What a wonderful gift. Such a family treasure. Enjoy!

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KMICHA 12/7/2010 8:13PM

    Enjoy your tea as your read through the recipes . . . and enjoy the memories that come with them!!! Great idea!

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DONNACFIT 12/7/2010 7:44PM

    Great gift!! I made one a few years ago for my nieces of family Christmas recipes!!


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ROSEWCI 12/7/2010 5:44PM

    What a treasure! You are so fortunate to have such precious memories & family favorite recipes all collected in one book! And what a tribute to your parents...especially your mom who passed on her love of food & the culinary arts! Now I understand where you get it from Maria! The apple hasn't fallen far from the tree! What a joy for all of you!

Such a special gift this will make for family members! It's a treasure, indeed!

emoticon Rose

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BUGGYS 12/7/2010 2:49PM

    We have a family reunion every year at our cottage which includes my DH's side of the family and a couple of years ago we all decided to compile our family recipes and put them in a cookbook...mainly the food that we eat at the is something that I cherish because everyone, young and old have contribute to this cookbook and it is updated every year! Also, one of my nieces decided to make some of the recipes healthy so another cookbook was compiled with healthy alternatives. It was time consuming for her but oh so worth it to the ones who are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle!

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SHELLEY147 12/7/2010 2:25PM

    What a wonderful idea! Family recipes are definately to be treasured. I'd love to have all of ours in one nice collection! ~hugs~

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REEDSKI 12/7/2010 2:22PM

    That is so neat! I know my sister's in-laws did a family cookbook that I still use and their whole town did one which was even bigger. I use them especially when I need to find one of my sisters' favorite recipes! The problem is the ones I like are higher in fat, sugar, and sodium so I have been getting a magazine that modifies popular recipes to make them healthier.

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NPDSLEUTH 12/6/2010 9:23PM

    What a fantastic way to share a bond with your family. Thanks so much for posting this - It's very inspirational. Best, Nikki

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A Simple, Easy Way to Reduce Sodium - Drain & Rinse Canned Beans!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I have always drained canned beans and rinsed them before adding them to chili and soups. I just never realized how much sodium I was getting rid of when I did this.

Today I was reading the December issue of Cooking Light magazine. There is a column titled" Nutrition Made Easy - Ask Our RD.

One question this month was:
"Just how much sodium is reduced by rinsing and draining a can of chili beans?"

A 15 ounce can of chili beans contains 1,570 mg of sodium.
Draining the beans can reduce the sodium count by 36 percent - according to a study conducted in 2009 by University of Tennessee researchers.
They also found that the combination of rinsing and draining reduced the sodium by another 5 percent.
That shaves off about 644 mg of sodium - almost 30 percent of your daily allowance.

A can of UNDRAINED Chili Beans has 1,570 mg sodium.

A can of DRAINED & RINSED Chili Beans has 926 mg sodium.

I have always rinsed all my canned beans: navy, kidney, pinto, great northern & black beans.

I just wasn't aware of how much salt I was eliminating from my diet in the process.

It was interesting to see how much sodium just draining and rinsing does get rid of.

It's worth the little extra time to do that!

How do you reduce sodium in your diet?

Remove the salt shaker from the table?
Buy reduced sodium products?

What helps YOU, personally reduce the amount of sodium you consume in your daily diet?

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REEDSKI 12/7/2010 7:07PM

    I rarely use a salt shaker but I still figure I get too much salt in especially if I eat processed food. Like frozen pizza or something but I do rinse my beans.

I wonder if it's just as good to rinse as to buy low or no salt added beans. Unless they are on sale the low or no salt cost more than the beans with salt. Would it be just as effective and cheaper to rinse salty beans?

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WOMANCHEF 12/7/2010 7:10AM

    Great info - this is something I really struggle with. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 12/6/2010 10:54PM

    Wow! This is great information! Thanks sweetie!! emoticon

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TAMTAMM 12/6/2010 3:29PM

    Thanks for the makes sense!! I do drain and rinse my tuna but never even thought about other foods.
I dont put salt on our table either or add it to my food!! emoticon

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VIXEN2188 12/6/2010 12:58PM

    I do not add regular salt to any of my food but I do add small amounts of Himalayan or sea salt for the minerals. I was actually wondering this question to myself last night. I was preparing and artichoke and zucchini salad and the artichokes were canned. I didn't rinse them but I did drain them. Seems I may have saved myself a little sodium there. Thanks for the great info!

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CHALLENGER15 12/6/2010 12:40PM

    I was never aware of this, so thanks for the tip! I love using canned beans, so this will be very helpful.

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ROSEWCI 12/6/2010 12:29PM

    Hubby is hypertensive so we eliminate sodium whenever we can! I use the salt shaker sparingly & in recipes, I always use less than it calls for. I try to use herbs & spices to add flavor. We don't miss the salt!

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SHELLEY147 12/6/2010 10:22AM

    I rinse and drain ALL canned veggies....then add 'No-Salt' salt substitute or other seasonings for flavor :)

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NPDSLEUTH 12/5/2010 5:41PM

    Works for tuna too! xx

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MRSJERRYBUSH 12/5/2010 5:12PM

    I do not add salt at the table. But the information you provide on rinsing and draining beans is truly astounding and is a new habit I shall make! Thank you! emoticon

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Fit from Within - How I will Stay the Course during this Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Several years ago I bought a soft cover book titled: "Fit from Within 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life" written by Victoria Moran.

The cover said: "Fit from Within will provide you with everything you need to know to start living fully and stop dieting. What a relief."

I pulled the book out a couple of days ago wanting to page thru it again and pull out those little tid bits that could help me where I am right now.

The book has 101 chapters, if you will, each chapter introduces the reader to one of the 'simple secrets.' Each chapter is only two or three pages in length. A quick, easy read that packs alot of useful information in a small package.
The information is sane and practical.

Chapter One is: Accept Yourself Today. Good place to start. Today, right where I am, accepting myself as I am. The chapter starts with the author's note: "If you don't accept yourself, you won't live fully, and if you don't live fully, you'll need to get full some other way."

I have decided to read this book again now during the busy, heck holiday season to help me stay focused on what I originally set out to do: Change the way I had been over-eating and not moving - to now improve my health - one step at a time. This book is a good motivator for me!

A quick preview of the next chapters:

Chapter 2 = Honor Who You Are
Chapter 3 = Include a Spiritual Component
Chapter 4 = As a Rule, Eat Three Meals a Day

I would urge you to check this book out at your local library or visit the author at her website: for more information, too.

Additional Chapters...

Chapter 66 = Go Ahead and Have a Beautiful Face
Chapter 67 = Give Your Weight Less Credence
Chapter 68 = Beware of Saboteurs

Chapter 72 = Get Plenty of Sleep
Chapter 73 = Allow for Sane Indulgences

Chapter 75 = Think and Speak Positively

And one of my favorites - Foodies...
Chapter 78 = Sample Ethnic Cuisines

Chapter 100 = Allow Yourself to Grow and Change
Chapter 101 = Just Keep Moving Forward

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1BEACHWALKER 12/5/2010 3:22PM

    Maria-good for you to get extra encouragement from what sounds like a great book! I have several like that- I am going to dust them off! Most from diet guru's like Richard Simmoms, Bob Greene and even Dr. Phil! I just pulled out the book Tired of Being Tired, Overcoming Chronic Fatigue & Low energy - Micheal A. Schmidt. Covers everything on why, what and how to battle fatigue. It's amazing what can affect us like that! Thanks for sharing.

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BIGMAMAT 12/1/2010 11:06PM

    Sounds like a lot of powerful stuff! I would like to check it out! emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/1/2010 7:37PM

    wow, lots of useful info... the type of book you can pickup and read a chapter just for reinforcement from time to time. I'm looking for it!

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NPDSLEUTH 12/1/2010 3:00PM

    What a great tip -- thanks for mentioning the book. I'm going to be out and about today so will have to see if I can find it at my local book store (do they still make book stores?). Thanks again my friend!


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REEDSKI 12/1/2010 2:06PM

    I need the "get plenty of sleep" chapter. I went to bed early last night. I climbed into bed and read from a novel until I fell asleep. I did get up to take my vitamins and brush my teeth. I'm at a crossroads. I'm either going to develop another sinus infection or I will beat it. I'm hoping to beat it.

I haven't exercised in 3 days. I'm trying to not over stress myself. I made it over 100 days on my last exercise streak. I figure once I feel better I'll start a new streak!

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THINRONNA 12/1/2010 12:39PM

    It sounds like a great book Maria. I love the titles of the chapters. I think you have come up with a good way to stay focused during the holidays. You are always so inspirational!

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SHELLEY147 12/1/2010 11:59AM

    when I take Becca to the library this weekend, I'll have to be sure and check that out for me! :) Thanks!

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ROSEWCI 12/1/2010 11:05AM

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!!

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SYDNEY_DE 11/30/2010 8:08PM

    This sounds like an excellent (and practical book) and I'm going to look for it on amazon now!

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I packed my lunch today, so what's the big deal?

Monday, November 29, 2010

I had to help with the re-count of ballots for Governor of Minnesota today.

While I didn't plan any exercise for today (I did walk 5 Miles with Leslie yesterday!) I did pack my lunch.

That's nothing too special. I packed my lunch most days for 29 years while I worked at the bank.

I just was surprised that NO one else packed a lunch.

They must have thought that we would get a lunch break.
We did, for about 20 minutes.
Some left the courthouse - for coffee, etc.
One got a can of diet soda pop.
One went to the vending machine and got a pack of meat sticks, snack mix of some type and a regular soda pop.

While I had to eat faster than I like to - I had my planned, packed lunch of:
String cheese, raisins, applesauce, Greek yogurt & crisp bread sticks. This is a typical lunch. I ended up with 2 fruits and NO veggies. I usually have atleast one of each - but didn't have any raw veggies or V-8 to bring with me.

It held me over for the afternoon and I didn't get that dip in blood sugar at 3:00-4:00 p.m. like I used to. Spark People has helped me learn to eat a bit more protein rich foods at lunch to ward off that afternoon dip.

I came home and just ate a regular dinner. I wasn't starving like I think some of these people must have been by now.

Again, if I plan, I can succeed.

Oh, yeah - the hand recount of ALL the ballots in our county went very well.
It took most of the day - as planned. It was a real learning experience for me.
Many Minnesota counties will take several days to complete their hand recounts.
I am glad that we were able to get it all done in one day!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/5/2010 3:25PM

    You are also saving money by packing your lunch! It can add up! Good for you!

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STEPHANIE0982 12/1/2010 12:25PM

    great job planning!! one of my December goals is to bring a bagged lunch from home everyday that I'm at work!

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SHELLEY147 12/1/2010 11:57AM

    so proud of you!! You were the only smart and sensible one! I used to always pack my lunch when I worked, it was a great way to save money and have things prepared the way I wanted :)

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ROSEWCI 12/1/2010 11:08AM

    GREAT planning on your part! Very smart! And good choices too! I LOVE greek yogurt! It's oh so satisfying! Glad you got through your day just fine!!!

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REEDSKI 11/30/2010 5:57PM

    I packed my regular lunch today. I'm glad I'm back to a routine. (I love days off work but I kept wanting to eat this time so it's good for me to get back to work.)

It really helps to have something healthy to eat. I did the same thing when I had jury duty. Most people went out to eat but I brought my lunch. It really does make a difference.

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-CHERI- 11/30/2010 9:00AM

    Yeah - good for you!! I'm getting better at this planning ahead stuff. I now eat better at work and am making an impact at how others are eating at work too. It seems funny, but the volume of food I consume seems way more than others here at work and also a fraction of the calories.

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BIGMAMAT 11/29/2010 10:48PM

    Good for you for packing your lunch! I have only eaten out a few times since july which is remarkable since I use to eat out 3 days a week! Sounds like you had an amazing lunch! emoticon

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SYDNEY_DE 11/29/2010 8:06PM

    As a teacher, it amazes me that people eat out so much! I bring my lunch every day! As the years pass, I get more proficient on what I should bring and what is feasible and what isn't. Knowing what I know now about food and it's nutritional value, I don't think I could make myself eat out everyday!

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