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Trying a New Recipe: Garlic-Cheese Grits

Monday, January 03, 2011



I am Trying a New Recipe: Garlic-Cheese Grits

I am making grits as a side dish to go along with Grandma’s Meatloaf and broccoli in a light cheese sauce for dinner tonight.

I have never made grits before. I can only remember having them once as a child. My parents had been to Florida on a short vacation and had them for breakfast. So my Mom made them for us kids. I don’t even remember what they tasted like or if I liked them or not.

Anyway, one of my goals for the New Year is to continue trying new foods and new recipes.

This recipe is from EatingWell.

It makes 6 Servings of about 2/3 cup per serving.
Calories per serving are 168.

Garlic-Cheese Grits

Ingredients ~
• 4 1/2 cups water
• 1 cup grits, quick or old-fashioned (not instant)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup grated sharp Italian cheese, such as Pecorino Romano or Parmesan
• 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste

Preparation ~
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Bring water, grits and salt to a boil in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer until the grits are thick, 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of grits.
3. Meanwhile, combine oil and garlic in a small skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
4. Stir the oil and garlic into the grits along with the cheeses and cayenne (or hot sauce); transfer to the prepared pan.
5. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling and crusty on top, about 45 minutes.

Tips & Notes ~
•Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Nutrition ~
Per serving: 168 calories; 6 g fat (3 g sat, 2 g mono); 16 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 1 g fiber; 264 mg sodium; 35 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (15% daily value).

6 servings, about 2/3 cup each

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1-1 1/2 hours




  
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SMILEYBEE 1/4/2011 11:18PM

    emoticon Somehow I got my response to you on the wrong blog the first time around. emoticon

I'm going to give this recipe a try!

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REEDSKI 1/4/2011 7:18PM

    If someone else cooked them I would try them!!!!



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WINFIELD28 1/4/2011 3:44PM

    Kristan: I used Quick Grits and I got them at Super Wal-Mart for $1.22 for 24 ounces. See below for some of my comments on the recipe. I did like it and felt it was a 'comfort food' side dish - with the cheese and creamy like texture. I would make them again.

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COOKWITHME65 1/4/2011 1:41PM

    Have never made grits before. Had them once while I was traveling thru Virginia. They were good. You will have to post a review. I have not seen grits here in MA. What part of the store did you find them in?

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NPDSLEUTH 1/3/2011 10:51PM

    Oh wow I love grits (I tried them a few times when we moved here to Virginia and will certainly try the recipe.

One of the best things about SP and all this "healthy eating" is finding all of these new foods I enjoy.

thanks for sharing girlfriend! Nikki

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SYDNEY_DE 1/3/2011 9:48PM

    I love grits (not a surprise since I am from Georgia), but some times they're hard to cook. I'm not a fan of cheese grits, I prefer it with salt and a bit of butter. Hard to beat! When your husband had them, was it at someone's house or a restaurant- they cook big batches and they're super bland and gross. The best I've found are the Quaker 5 minutes ones. Now oatmeal? I can't stand that!

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ONEGREATCAT 1/3/2011 9:47PM

    I had grits once...MANY years ago when I took a trip to SC. I wasn't fond of them...so not being the adventurous type...that ended grits for me!

I would be willing to try them now...especially the recipe you made (love cheese). Might be a while before I get around to it though...it'll take me a while to figure out how to break that down into a 1-serving recipe!! HaHa!!!

Good for you trying new recipes. Me too...I'm looking for different CANS of food on the grocery shelves! Sorry...I'm getting tired...that means pure silliness!

HAVE A GREAT EVENING!

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WINFIELD28 1/3/2011 9:31PM

    ***NOTE: Slight Change to the Recipe

I did not heat the garlic and olive oil in a frying pan.
I combined them in a custard cup and heated them in the microwave for 20 seconds and then stirred them into the grits with the cheese, etc.

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WINFIELD28 1/3/2011 9:28PM

    Yes, I would make these again.
I really liked these. My husband wasn't too thrilled to hear that I had made them. He has had grits before and claimed he doesn't like them. He ate them and said that they weren't too bad. For me, they were a carb that I found to be 'comfort food' like. Very creamy, cheesy, what's not to like about them? I liked the garlic & the little kick of cayenne pepper.
I have left overs to reheat and think they will reheat well.
I would make them again. They are supposed to be good with grilled meats.
PetuniaPig - I did see several Grits & Shrimp recipes when I was looking for a grits recipe. They sound good too.

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PETUNIAPIG 1/3/2011 9:20PM

    Oooohh! I love cheesy grits! Every so often I make them and serve 'em with shrimp. Quite tasty. Let us know what you think of them.

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ROSEWCI 1/3/2011 9:00PM

    I must admit, I've never had grits before...but since I'm down south now, I suppose I should give them a try, huh! Thanks for the post Maria!

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GRACEISENUF 1/3/2011 8:43PM

    Your meatloaf and brocolli sound yummy. My hubby I were stationed in the 90's (when he was a pilot in the USMC) near Pensacola Florida. That was my first experience with grits and hush puppies, I didn't care for either. It was obviously popular there but somehow I couldn't aquire the taste. My FIL loves them. One thing I sure did like that was popular there was biscuits and gravy. Not the best food choice so I'm thankful it's not as popular here in Cali.

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MRSBENNETT2 1/3/2011 6:27PM

    I think of grits as American Polenta when I look at this recipe - sounds delicious! I'll have to file it in my "Oregon REcipes" section to try when we are back in the States. Can't get grits here!

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Can 8 Kitchen Gadgets Help You Get And Stay Thin?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Can 8 Kitchen Gadgets Help You Get And Stay Thin?

I am a total foodie. Love to cook, bake, eat, try recipes and play with kitchen gadgets.

I grabbed my January, 2011 issue of Health magazine this afternoon to just sit back and read; another thing I love to do…read magazines.

Of course, the article titled: “8 Kitchen Tools That Keep You Thin” caught my eye.

The article started by saying that most of us know which foods to avoid and which to keep on hand when we are trying to stay or get slim. But do we know what kitchen gadgets we should have on hand? The article claims that having the right prep and cooking tools are key to keeping those extra pounds away.

I scanned the list. What do I have in my own kitchen? What on the list would I like to acquire?

Would having these tools really help me slash the calories and fat from my diet?

1. Immersion Blender – to whip up smoothies or soups – I don’t have one.

2. Steamer – to cook vegetables without adding oil – I do have several types of these & I do use my steamer basket and like it.

3. Oil Mister –fill it with canola or olive oil to mist bottom of pans – I used to have one.

4. Apple Divider – for coring and cutting apples so you can bag them and take them with you – I used to have one, but it broke. I really should replace it.

5. Herb Mill – tool to cut fresh herbs with out the mess – I don’t have one of these, but – maybe I should!

6. Grater/Zester – for grating cheeses or small amounts of chocolate; or for making lemon or orange zest – I have a couple of these and absolutely love them!

7. Handheld Chopper – easy way to chop vegetables for soups, salads, etc. I have had several of these. The current one I am using and loving is the Vidalia Onion Chopper. It is a kitchen tool I use almost everyday. Chops onions perfectly. I’d be lost without it!

8. Kitchen Scissors – to cut fat off meats, trim vegetables, cut pizza and snipe herbs. Yes, I have a couple and I use them everyday too.

I have to agree. Most of these tools are worth the investment. None are terribly expensive.

I will look into getting an Immersion Blender, a new Oil Mister, a new Apple Divider and maybe the Herb Mill.

Did any of these sound interesting and helpful to you?

Happy Cooking in 2011!

~ Maria ~


  
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REEDSKI 1/4/2011 7:19PM

    Great blog. I never would've thought of gadgets as helpful to weightloss but boy they sure can be of assistance in this struggle!

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CARRENK 1/4/2011 4:47PM

    Love your blog, Maria! It's true, many of these are great for creating healthful foods.

I think you'd like the immersion blender - it is so much easier than moving hot liquid back and forth to a blender or food processor when making pureed soups. They don't take up much room, either! Only down side - they can be a pain to clean. (At least, mine is!)

Keep cooking!


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COOKWITHME65 1/4/2011 1:38PM

    Maria, Great blog. I would love to get an oil mister. I have an immersion blender and love it. My Dad used to work for Gillette before he retired and Braun was a part of it so he got me one at a discount one christmas. They work great and its easy to clean.

ps - I love reading magazines also.

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SYDNEY_DE 1/3/2011 9:50PM

    I keep thinking of getting a pair of kitchen shears but I worry about cleaning them. My main meat is chicken and I have a (ir)rational fear of salmonella.

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ROSEWCI 1/3/2011 8:56PM

    I have to say that I don't have most of these! Only one I do have are the kitchen scissors! I definitely think these are worth the investment! Great ideas!

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MRSBENNETT2 1/3/2011 6:31PM

    No immersion blender or a blender of any sort - we need one though! Apple wedger...nope, but I have a corer. Oil mister - would like one. I had one years ago and wasn't impressed because it kept clogging up and finally quit working entirely. No steamer - I just whack it on the stove in a pan or in a covered bowl in the microwave. Herb mill - no, but sounds good! Grater/zester...no, but I'd like one. Kitchen scissors - yes, can't live without them.


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SHELLEY147 1/3/2011 11:08AM

    I have an immersion blender...nothing fancy, but it works great for soups and stuff. I have a smoothie maker that I perfer for those. It's like a blender but the top has an opening that a plastic 'stick' like thing goes in to help get the fruit to the bottom while it's mixing....then it has a spout at the bottom, lift the handle and it dispenses the smoothie :)

I have everything else on the list but the herb mill...I'll have to look into that! :)

Thanks for sharing the list with us Maria! ~hugs~

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LILLYPILLY24 1/2/2011 9:36AM

    I use my immersion blender for soups all the time - I have to hide the vegetables for my 8 year old to have any chance of eating them. I would love kitchen scissors - meat is so much easier with them. They're on my list for next time I'm somewhere that's heard of them!

Good list, and good to be thinking about things further up the line in food preparation!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/2/2011 3:22AM

    Need the blender-don't have one! I hate to cook, but Bob loves to. We most of the other things you mentioned. But, not interested in the herb mill, but probably if I dealt with alot of fresh herbs. I wish I liked to cook like you do. I get the urge every once in awhile, but it isn't to do anything fancy-maybe soup or omelettes. emoticon


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DARBOYMOM 1/1/2011 7:02PM

    My issue of Health arrived yesterday, but I haven't cracked it open yet. Now, you have me motivated to do so. I have them all except for the herb mill. Maybe I need to look into that one. In all honesty, the apple divider can be a pain. I find myself just using a knife and getting the job done more quickly! I don't use my immersion blender too often, but when I do, I get a chuckle remembering how Emeril always called his a "boat motor" on his show.


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GRACEISENUF 1/1/2011 5:45PM

    Saw the title of your blog on my friend feed and decided to stop on by.

Great blog by the way. I was just in my kitchen whipping up some sweet potato fries/chips and I had told my hubby, "I need an olive oil mister". I had come back to get on the computer to go to Amazon and look at them and decided to check my spark page first and saw your blog title. I love reading magazines too.

I checked out your page. We have alot in common. I was raised on a farm and I am 52. I also have a daughter close to your daughters age who is in her freshman year at college.

Stop on by sometime. Happy Sparking and Happy New Year!
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REALLYHOPIN 1/1/2011 5:35PM

    I didn't have the $400 they want for that fancy blender thing... but I have a "Ninja" that cost me about $50 at Costco (saw them later at Walmart for $35) and it makes AWESOME smoothies and "ice cream" (blend frozen fruit with a container of yogurt and it's like ice cream)...

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NPDSLEUTH 1/1/2011 5:28PM

    Thanks for sharing this list. It's funny because I bought a few by happenstance - such as the immersion blender - and have just loved it/them. I'll definitely check out the other tools they recommended too.

Thanks for a great idea for the New Year.

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Exercise as Pleasure not Punishment

Monday, December 27, 2010

Exercise as Pleasure not Punishment

With so many holiday treats within my reach these past few weeks, I started to think in terms of how much exercise I need to do in order to eat one (or more) of these treats. As I thought about it more, I decided that if I did this too often, I would come to HATE exercise eventually. And that wasn’t something I want do. I want to LOVE exercise because it helps me feel good and stay healthy. Not because I want to punish myself for eating more than I planned or wanted to eat. It would be a cycle that I have fallen into in the past. A mistake I really don’t want to continue to make.

So I went searching for some information.

Information on ‘how NOT to use exercise as punishment.’

I found something that really puts it into proper perspective, at least for me.

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat is a book by Michelle May, MD
She also has a Blog @ www.eatwhatyoulovelovewhatyoueat.com .

Here’s a piece about negative eating and exercising from there:

If I want to eat 2 chocolate truffles, I have to bike for 20 minutes.

Exercise is for health and vitality, not for earning the right to eat or punishing yourself for eating.

This kind of message often has the opposite effect. Instead of causing people to decide that the food isn't worth it, they decide that the exercise isn't worth it.

Subconsciously, the message people hear is, "If you eat _______ (fill in the blank with something you love), you have to do X minutes of _______ (fill in the blank with some dreaded exercise). No wonder so many people say they hate to exercise!

To illustrate this kind of approach to eating, just imagine if it were the other way around:

If I want to bike for 20 minutes, I have to eat two chocolate truffles.

Why do we think it makes sense the other way around?

Doesn’t that make YOU stop and think too? It made me stop and now I am thinking.

Do you ever punish yourself with exercise for eating more than you planned?

Or do you ever make yourself exercise so that you can eat something?


From now on, I am going to make exercise a pleasurable experience in it’s own rite.

No food attached.

  
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SNARDEESNIFF 1/2/2011 3:33PM

    I find it interesting how people view things differently.

I haven't been exercising so much lately due to the stress and busyness of the holidays. But haven't we all heard or read the exercise helps keep stress under control? I keep thinking that if I had just done a little more exercising, my stress level would have been lower AND the extra eating & snacking that I did wouldn't have mattered as much! Since I really wanted to enjoy some of the treats of the season, I wish I HAD used a REWARD (not punishment) system! For me, it would have been a win-win situation! Now I have to work harder--regardless of how I view the exercise.

Well, we are all different, so each of us needs to use the methods and mindsets that work best for us! Maybe someone should write a book about loving your exercise, because while I don't hate it, I really don't love it. But I do I love to eat! :-)

Happy New Year to everyone, and happy exercising!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/2/2011 3:37AM

    Even the Wii machine has the Wii Fit Plus and you pick how many calories you want to burn off with it. They pick food as an incentive for you. For example to burn off 115 calories you would burn off that piece of flan you just ate and with each exercise they show how much you burned. I have read articles where exercising releases endoprphins, seratonin and certain neurotransmitters in the brain that alleviate pain, both physical and mental. The more I do -especially when I go out and walk and enjoy nature while doing it- the more I look forward to it! And that is saying something coming from an ex-couch potato! emoticon

By the way, we love the Wii, if you really want to enjoy exercise --buy it and get the Wii Fit Plus!

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ALIBROM 1/1/2011 1:11AM

    Very interesting! I have never used exercise as a punishment, and I never think of "burning off" bad things I ate. But -- what an eye opener that eating 2 truffles =20 minutes of biking. And it also is interesting to me when you say "If I want to bike for 20 minutes, I have to eat 2 truffles." Ha! Makes me not want to eat those truffles so much anymore. Thanks for posting. I hope you begin to enjoy your exercise!

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MRSBENNETT2 12/29/2010 9:10PM

    I think we should all strive for the mindset that we should exersise simply because it makes us feel healthy and strong...wouldn't that be great? Otherwise it gets too depressing. I remember reading once that if you eat something like ONE APPLE too much over your daily calorie limit, you will gain weight. What's up with that? ONE APPLE? Of course, this was probably in something like Cosmopolitan which is not the greatest health source.....

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SHELLEY147 12/28/2010 5:47PM

    makes a whole lot of sense, Maria. I am quilty of that type of thinking in the past....haven't done it lately, and now, don't think I will in the future either. I want to exercise because I feel better when I do :)

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ROSEWCI 12/28/2010 8:37AM

    I just know that when I exercise, I FEEL better! I know I'm burning calories...& that helps keep my weight down! I exercise for GOOD health!

Doing this emoticon is healthy! Keep doing it! emoticon
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SHRINK71 12/27/2010 7:50PM

    Really smart! ... and very true. Thanks!

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DRLCORNETT 12/27/2010 6:21PM

    Great way to approach it!

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REEDSKI 12/27/2010 5:18PM

    Years ago I heard that to burn off one M&M you have to walk the length of a football field. One M&M!!!

I was reading a book (won't recommend it. I got it at a book fair for a buck. It is an older book.) The author did have some good points I made a note of but he was more into exercise than changing eating habits. He said you can lose 25 pounds in one year if you eat the same way you have been but walk 2 miles a day. (I have lost approximately 30 lbs. per years since I started but I credit it more with eating right. I will admit I do devote a lot more time to exercise, too! I did jumping jacks today! I can't believe it.) Dr. David A. Kessler, the author of The End of Overeating says we have to stop eating the way we do as Americans with the high fat, high sugar, and high salt food. I ate Panda Express last night after a movie and I am feeling the salt today. I didn't eat anything deep fried, had steamed rice, and chicken and beef with hot spices and vegetables but still I know that the sodium they put in restaurant food is just too much! I don't usually eat out that much but I made an exception and tried to be good!

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NPDSLEUTH 12/27/2010 4:44PM

    I love the way the logic is flipped -- that is an ideal way to look at things. Thanks so much for sharing this -- it really helps a lot.

As for me, I have to push and prod and cajole myself into exercise -- and then when I start, I generally love it. If I don't, I promise myself if I hate it after 10 minutes, I'll stop. Of course by then I'm into it.

Thanks so much again for posting this. You GO girl! Nikki

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POPOF4 12/27/2010 4:18PM

    I actually like to exercise unless it's distance running. I would love to workout so hard that I need to eat 2000 calories just because it's fun to push myself.

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O Magazine’s ~ The Why List

Thursday, December 23, 2010

O Magazine’s ~ The Why List

I just got my January 2011 issue of O – The Oprah Magazine yesterday.

On the cover was the article tease ‘Weight Loss Made Simple – The Only Tip You’ll Ever Need (page 126). So I tried to guess what that ‘tip’ was going to be, as I flipped through the pages, until I reached page 126.

The answer of course was: GET MOVING.

Or in one word: EXERCISE.

While I wasn’t too surprised that Exercise was the answer, I was more impressed with “The Why List.” So I will share that with you today…as I plan to take it with me into the New Year.

The Why List ~ Ten reasons to exercise.
1. You want to fight disease.
2. You want to lose weight and keep it off.
3. You want to look better.
4. You’re always annoyed and sapped of energy.
5. You take too many sick days.
6. You have joint pain.
7. You have a bad back.
8. You don’t sleep well.
9. You want to slow the effects of aging.
10. You love your kids.

See the entire article for expanded information on each point.

The article also goes into detail on How to Scrap the Excuses & How to Set Exercise Goals.

A good read to help get 2011 off to a great start!



  
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DFROMTX 12/28/2010 8:45AM

    All good points in this article. Most magazines start off the January issue with a picture of a gorgeous, high caloric cake on the cover and in the same issue a "new" diet guaranteed to work!!

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ROSEWCI 12/28/2010 8:33AM

    ALL GOOD reasons to GET MOVING!!! We CAN do it! emoticon

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REEDSKI 12/27/2010 5:23PM

    Great list!

I don't get O Magazine but I did read in the Catholic Sun (our newspaper here in Phx) that Oprah had some nuns on her show and some were from Phx. There was a photo and they were all young and pretty. It's good to know people are hearing the call to the religious life.

I know exercise is helping me. It's not always easy to get motivated to exercise but you really have to psych yourself into doing it. Anyway you can!

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ALIBROM 12/26/2010 1:30AM

    I get O Magazine and I need to read that article. I have recently started exercising regularly (spurred on by the 5% winter challenge) and have found that exercising makes a HUGE difference in my weight loss progress. I think I will continue to do it! Thanks for posting.

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SHELLEY147 12/23/2010 6:18PM

    Think I might have to go pick up the magazine this month! :) Thanks for sharing this list with us Maria....it sure does make a lot of good points! ~hugs~

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HOT4FITNESS 12/23/2010 1:47PM

    Thanks for sharing!! I am glad that the article wasn't about some crazy diet or special foods to flatten our abs, like so many other magazines share. Have a merry Christmas!!!

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I Started This ‘Incredible Journey’ 6 Months Ago Today (6-16-10)!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I started this ‘Incredible Journey’ 6 Months ago today (6-16-10)!

On June 16, 2010 I registered and became a member of Spark People.
I hoped to somehow figure out how to eat better and get back to walking.
I needed some plan, some tool to help me monitor all of this.

I had been in to see my doctor the Friday before for my annual physical check up.

I had planned on getting serious about improving my health once I got through my physical exam. Then I’d get down to business.

Every year it was the same old thing…I’d tell him that I knew I needed to lose weight. That over the winter I had put some weight on and usually during the summer I got it off (but, I was always already overweight before I put the winter weight on).

He would say: “Eat a little less, exercise a little more. And move to a warmer climate in the winter.” And that would usually be the end of the conversation on weight issues. I don’t have any health issues like high blood pressure or pre-diabetes or high cholesterol, YET. But I do have knees that ache from the weight that they carry each day.

This visit my doctor had a young female medical student interning with him. I mentioned some stomach upset. She prescribed a prescription anti-acid. I didn’t think that was really necessary. I mentioned that my feet hurt some times. They referred me to the resident podiatrist for follow up. My doctor than said I was a surgeons dream…knee or hip replacement could be in my future. He had never mentioned anything this drastic before. Now I knew I had to get serious and make those changes that I had contemplated for way too long.

And that my dear Spark Friends is how I ended up here on June 16, 2010.

What has it been like?

WOW! It’s been way more positive than I ever could have imagined.

I log my food each day – and I have learned so much from the instant feedback my Food Tracker gives me.

I have gotten back into walking each day. At least 10,000 steps again. Many days it’s much more than that.

I have even taken up more strenuous exercise that I am really seeing physical results from. I never thought that I would be one to ‘sculpt’ my body with exercise. But it’s happening.

The energy I have is amazing. I have to stop and think about that. When a person takes a program like this, one day at a time – one doesn’t realize all the changes that have occurred unless one really stops and takes inventory.

I can do my daily chores and not be out of breath or dreading them.
Because I have energy left over to do other things each day.

I sleep so much better. My husband says I am snoring less. I still wake up several times a night, but I am able to go back to sleep fairly easily. I wake up and for the most part feel well rested on about 7 hours of sleep a night.

My step seems so much lighter. It’s easier to walk. There’s a healthy, happy spring in my step.

My attitude is improving. I have to work on this each day. You see, I was a ‘the glass is half empty” person. Now I am becoming ‘the glass is half full’ person.

I feel so supported here in all areas of personal development.

Spark People helps one develop all those intricate parts of one’s self: Body, Mind and Spirit.

Now for the cold hard facts ~ as of today: 12-16-10

WEIGHT: I have lost 33.1 pounds (the tracker wouldn’t let me enter my starting weight with .5 of a pound more when I started – it just rounded me down. So I have lost an additional .5 of a pound.)

BMI: I have gone from 35.4 to 29.8

WAIST: I have lost 6 inches

HIPS: I have lost 9 inches

THIGH: I have lost 4 inches

UPPER ARM: I have lost 1.5 inches

I was wearing a tight Size 16W or a Miss Size 18.
I now wear a Miss Size 14 or 16.

My energy continues to improve.
My attitude is positive most of the time.
My sleep is productive and restful.

Six months ago I would have only dreamed that I would feel this good!

Thank you Spark Friends for all your support & friendship.

Each day is a joy and a new opportunity to be the best me I can be!




  
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1BEACHWALKER 12/18/2010 12:09AM

    Whenever you get down or have a bad moment or a slip up - come back to this blog! It will remind you have how far you have come! We all need to take inventory like this. I was feeling kind of blue tonight and I read this and it made me feel better. Thanks for being such an inspirational blog writer and person! Keep going! Looking forward to both of us reaching our goals, because I know we can with the help of SP and friends like you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/17/2010 10:20AM

    emoticonI am so happy for you Maria!! You are one amazing friend and inspiration to me!! You are making so many wonderful changes in your life! Spark is lucky to have YOU here!! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/17/2010 9:26AM

    emoticon on finding your joy Maria!
emoticon on having better health!
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You're a WINNER!!! Keep on Sparkin!!!

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PETUNIAPIG 12/16/2010 5:03PM

    That is absolutely fantastic!! You're an inspiration to us all! I wish I could have just half of your motivation and positive attitude!

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ANN777 12/16/2010 5:01PM

    Wow, awesome!!! Congrats!

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