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Do you like Easy Spirit Shoes? They're having a great sale!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I love Easy Spirit Shoes.

I have many pairs of their "Traveltime" Clogs.

I was looking to replace a pair in the color combination of: Turtle Dove.

So I went to their website today:
and was pleased to see that they did still have that color in my size - ON SALE!

Originally priced $59.00 ~ I could order it today for $39.99. And they are offering FREE SHIPPING, too!

I had to go and look to see if I could find a "coupon code" to lower the price further...I DID! I found a code for "an additional $10.00 off sales items."

My replacement clogs will cost me $29.99!!!!
(My original pair in this color were: $44.25 - back in September of 2008!)

So, if you like Easy Spirit Shoes...check out their site...and maybe save some money. Free Shipping & if you use this code: "ESALE10" ~ you'll save an additional $10.00!!!


Have a great week!

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NPDSLEUTH 5/24/2011 11:30PM

    You will love this -- I took NINE pair of shoes on vacation. Then I had to waterproof them all once we got there. Because I didn't want to smell up the room, I sprayed them in the hotel hallway (classy huh?) and let them dry under curtains at the end of the hall. Thank God there was almost no one else on that floor. If someone had swiped them, I would have been devastated.

Too funny!

Love this; thanks for posting. N.


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CARRENK 5/24/2011 12:46AM

    I see shoe shopping in my future! emoticon

Thanks for the great tip!

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KATHYJO56 5/23/2011 8:50PM

    Thank you for this great update. I love Easy Spirit and will head over to their website to get another pair. What a great deal!!! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/23/2011 8:39PM

You're good!
Thnx for the tip-
will go check it out!
I travel in a pair- and ended up wearing those many a day on my recent trip to Paris.

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ROSEWCI 5/23/2011 7:57PM

    emoticon Who doesn't LOVE a great bargain! On sale w/free shopping AND a 10 dollar off coupon to boot! Woohoo is right! You're a fine shopper, that's what you are!

Enjoy 'em Maria! emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 5/23/2011 4:47PM

    Wow, sounds like a really good sale. Great job!

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"The 10 Commandments of...Healthy Eating!"

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Actually the real title is:

"The 10 Commandments of Dieting."
According to Fitness Magazine; June 2011 Issue ~ By Alexa Joy Sherman.

As I read this article, I changed "dieting" to "healthy eating" in my head & for this blog. I don't ever want to diet again! I just want to eat healthy and not obsess about food! Period!

These are great points!

Do I follow these Commandments?

1. Thou shalt eat only when hungry.
2. Thou shalt eat a healthy breakfast.
3. Thou shalt eat only foods with ingredients thou can easily pronounce.
4. Thou shalt focus on thy food.
5. Thou shalt eat every three to four hours.
6. Thou shalt track every bite.
7. Thou shalt ask the server to pack up half thy meal at a restaurant.
8. Thou shalt shop only the perimeter of the supermarket.
9. Thou shalt eat thy fruits and vegetables.
10. Thou shalt have 25 grams of fiber a day.

#1 I am still working on.

#2 Has become a way of life for me!

#3 I really try to do this one, but do need more work...trying to eat less processed foods ~ more foods in their natural state.

#4 I really am working on "Mindful Eating" and focusing on my food is a big part of learning how to do that consistently.

#5 I tend to eat "The 3 Big Meals" each day: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner ~ with 1 snack; so I don't do this one, but maybe I should try it.

#6 I have been pretty good at this one since joining Spark People. It really has made a difference too!

#7 I very seldom have my restaurant meal leftovers put into a box. I try to order smaller meals and just eat them there at the restaurant.

#8 I do still shop the entire store; but understand that the fresh, natural foods are in the perimeters of the grocery store.

#9 I really have learned to eat my fruits and vegetables since joining Spark People.

#10 I added this goal to my daily food tracker this year (25 grams of fiber per day) and I still struggle to get enough fiber each day. A real work in progress!

How about you? What do you think of these "Food Commandments?"
Do you follow them? Do you find any of them easy to achieve? Difficult to achieve?

~ Maria

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GRACEISENUF 5/22/2011 9:18PM

    I think they are great and I am working on them too! Wonderful blog and thanks for posting.

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NPDSLEUTH 5/21/2011 6:17PM

    Love it girlfriend. If you're a cereal eater, try Fibre one cereal. I eat that every morning and love it -- and it fills my fibre requirements!

Much love Nikki

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CARRENK 5/21/2011 11:49AM

    Maria, thanks for posting this! I particularly love that this is 'shalt's, not 'shalt not's - that really is the difference between eating healthfully and dieting, isn't it?
Like MISSMELS, I may print this out as motivation.

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SMARGED 5/20/2011 8:58PM

    Hi, Marķa! I enjoyed this blog! I'm great with # 2, but still working on most of the others!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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SMILEYBEE 5/20/2011 11:05AM

    Thanks for sharing the great tidbits you find Maria ... tweaked with your own insight. This one is great!

Hope you have a super (healthy!) day! emoticon Betty

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MMNICKS 5/20/2011 10:39AM

    This was a great blog, I think the ones that are still a "work-in-progress for me are #4, 8 and 10. This gives me some added motivation to get it right!!


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KJMPEACHES 5/20/2011 10:33AM

    Love it!!! I am making these commandments part of my life pretty much now days! I'm loving the success and all my spark friends like you! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Great blog!

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PETUNIAPIG 5/20/2011 8:36AM

    These are all great "commandments" to live by! I try to follow them all .. with a few added ones due health issues. Thanks for posting!

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COOKWITHME65 5/20/2011 8:14AM

    Great list Maria! Thanks for sharing. I need to up my fiber intake and my fruit consumption. I eat plenty of vegetables. I have done really well with my mindful eating. No more snacks while watching tv unless its celery.

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ROSEWCI 5/20/2011 6:24AM

    What a GREAT post Maria!

I pretty much adhere to most of these, surprisingly! I, too, still shop the whole store...but am mindful of nutritional labels & ingredients. I try to eat as wholesome as possible! I also struggle to get my fiber in & have now incorporated eating a 1/2 cup of fiber one cereal in the evenings! I know it sounds silly but I'm getting in the fiber numbers now...& I'm getting a boost in the calcium dept w/the added milk! (another area I'm struggle in). A benefit for me has been that I feel more satisfied as a result of eating the fiber in the evenings! Go figure!

And that means LESS snacking at night! emoticon

Thanks again for an awesome post! emoticon

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THINRONNA 5/20/2011 5:54AM

    I think this is great! I have a little trouble focusing on my food sometimes because of eating often when I am standing up at work...a bad well as eating with children...can be very distracting!

I also have to add...
Thou shall stop eating once full!

Another one I have a problem with! emoticon

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MISSMELS 5/19/2011 10:11PM

    This is really neat--I want to print it out to motivate me!! 25 grams of fiber may seem like a lot but I'm sure you can do it!

Best of Luck!

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11 Months with SparkPeople and 48 Pounds Thinner!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yesterday was my 11 Month SparkVersary.

I joined Spark People on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

Since that day I have lost 48.2 Pounds! (Spark rounded my initial weight down by half a pound ~ but I'm counting it here today! LOL!)

Spark People set my goal that day to lose 49 pounds.

I remember thinking that was a reasonable goal. It would take work: healthier eating and exercise - but I COULD do it!

The big question - always in the back of my mind - was: I CAN lose that weight, BUT can I keep it off?

Can I learn to live a life that will support that weight?

About 7 years ago I lost weight by walking more and eating less - I thought that was a very healthy approach. A co-worked and friend of mine, also lost weight during that time. We each wanted to lose 50 Pounds. She was 10 pounds lighter than me...and we both lost 50 pounds...and we both gained some of the weight back.

In hindsight, we decided that we each had lost 10 pounds more than we were able to maintain with a reasonable lifestyle. And when we 'failed' to keep off the entire 50 pounds...we just let the weight creep back on.
Stinkin' thinkin' at it's finest!

This time, this time with Spark People and with all the tools, information and support...I have decided to make 49 Pounds Off my Goal.

I would love to lose another 8 pounds.

But can I keep it off - over the long haul - without making myself crazy?

I need to ponder these questions. I need to figure this out...over time.
Maybe I will lose a little more...or maybe not.
49 Pounds will be a major accomplishment for me.
I did it nice and slow. And in a very healthy way.
Now to continue to live that healthy life style, each day for the rest of my life.

So, next month - on June 16, 2011 - I hope to report that I have reached my Spark People Goal of 49 pounds off.
As of this morning I have 1.3 Pounds to go.

But more importantly - for me - I hope that I can report in a couple months that I am still at my goal, living and enjoying my healthier lifestyle!

Thanks Spark Friends for all your support, inspiration & motivation!
I wouldn't be where I am today without your encouragement!

~ Maria

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REBELBLITZ 5/22/2011 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your inspiriing story.


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GRACEISENUF 5/22/2011 9:20PM

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I know I already commented on it but your latest picture is AMAZING and shows just how hard you have worked and just how much you have lost...LOVE IT!

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SMARGED 5/20/2011 9:01PM

    This is a great blog, Maria! Loved it!

You really are an inspiration, and I have no doubt whatsoever that you will keep it off this time!

Thanks for being such a great and faithful friend!!
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THINRONNA 5/19/2011 6:47AM

    Congratulations! You have been so dedicated and so positive about the whole process something tells me that you will be able to maintain it this time. Stay on really helps to keep the good habits in fromt of you. As you know I gain a bit from time to time and I think if it wasn't for the support from friends like you on Spark I might ignore it until it becomes a that is my advise to you...stay with will still help you.

Again...Congratulations on almost being there and getting there with such grace! I am so happy to have met you along the way! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 5/18/2011 5:41AM

    Congratulations Maria! You will reach that goal weight off in no time. I think you are very smart to not push your body too far. If another 8lbs off is meant to be it will eventually come off with your healthy lifestyle. You are such an inspiration for so many. Thankyou for being such a dear friend to me. I truly appreciate it.

- Kristan

P.S. Cant wait for you to start harvesting your vegetables so you can share some of your yummy recipes.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/17/2011 11:48PM

    emoticon emoticonWhat a fantastic achievement and even with a bad back-so pround of you Maria! It has been so nice to have met you through SP and that we all have such a nice place to learn to take off the weight as well as maintain it! Very inspiring! I needed to see this blog tonight, becasue I have hit another plateau. But,not giving up-I want to lose it slow like you did! I will get there!

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NPDSLEUTH 5/17/2011 9:35PM

    I am SO proud of you girlfriend! And what a GREAT photo -- you look even more gorgeous than usual! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Love, Nikki

BTW -- Not a doubt in my mind that weight is gone for good!

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SMILEYBEE 5/17/2011 9:11PM

    Great blog Maria! You have done a terrific job of choosing to be healthy and then following through to make it happen. Your are so positive and continually share useful tips and recipes to help others along the way! Thank you for being my friend! You ROCK! emoticon Congratulations on losing 48 pounds in 11 months! That is emoticon!

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BBGYRL4 5/17/2011 7:05PM

    Congratulations!! That's quite an accomplishment!! You can absolutely lose 1.3 pounds by next month, wishing you the best!!

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SLIMTHICK2 5/17/2011 6:42PM

    Congrats to you emoticon

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ROSEWCI 5/17/2011 5:45PM

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Maria, you have been one of the most consistent people I've met here on SparkPeople! You've always stayed steady & solid you kept diligently working toward your goals. You never complained or just kept moving forward! I LOVED that about you, my dear friend! I also knew that I could always count on you to be there for me cheer or console. You're a true friend!

I have NO doubt you will reach your goal by your anniversary date! And with the knowledge & skills you've acquired...I don't see you falling back into your old ways. I will always be here for you, to lend an ear & offer support whenever you need it! I'm here for you, always!

CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done! I can't wait to help you celebrate reaching that goal! Keep Sparkin' my friend! Keep Sparkin! You're one in a million!

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ISHIIGIRL 5/17/2011 5:11PM

    congrats on your acheivement! That's great. Slow and steady is the way to go and with the new lessons you have learned I am sure you will reach your ultimate goal and be able to keep it off for good! Job Well Done! emoticon emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 5/17/2011 4:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is wonderful! I'm so proud of you! Dedication and perseverance has gotten you there... and you will do it I know! emoticon emoticon Your report will be favorable I sure! emoticon Nice Job!!

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MEADSBAY 5/17/2011 4:20PM

    You CAN and you WILL!

I 'liked' this blog and I loved this blog.


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TURBOADDICT444 5/17/2011 4:06PM

  Wow! That is awesome! You have such a great attitude and you are doing fantastic. You are definitely an inspiration to others too!

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KARENA228 5/17/2011 3:55PM

    emoticon. WOW! Congratulations! I'm giving my 60 lbs weight loss a year as well.

4 lbs down and I'm gonna keep on keepin on.

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HAPPYNSMILING 5/17/2011 3:34PM

    emoticon You are doing fantastic...and I like your attitude. Keep it going and you will get to your goal and maintain it.

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    You look GREAT! You should be proud of what you have done in 11 short months. By the way--just checked out the raspberry s'more recipe, plan to try that soon. Thanks for sharing!!

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Indoor Raspberry S'More Review

Sunday, May 15, 2011

In my blog yesterday, I posted a recipe for a "Indoor Raspberry S'More."

So day I made them using:

1 Dove Dark Chocolate Promise Candy ~ 42 Calories
1 Cub Brand Marshmallow ~ 23 Calories
1 teaspoon Gedney State Fair Raspberry Preserves ~ 17 Calories
1/2 Serving (1 Full Cracker) Honey Maid Low Fat Honey Grahams ~ 70 Calories

Total Calories: 152.

Nice combination of flavors.
They were a little bit too sweet.
Did I say 'too sweet?"
Yes, the raspberry preserves, the marshmallow, the dark chocolate & the honey graham cracker ~ all together were pretty SWEET.
I might use just 1/2 of a teaspoon of preserves next time.

Nice built in portion control ~ because I only made and ate one. And that satisfied my sweet tooth pretty well.

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SMILEYBEE 5/16/2011 9:30AM

    I'll have to try these Maria. I'm often hungry for something sweet and can't figure out what to do about it (that's healthy, that is). emoticon

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ROSEWCI 5/16/2011 7:23AM

    Yummy Yummy Yummy...I've got S'mores in my tummy! emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 5/16/2011 7:17AM

    Ummmm...that sounds so good! And I find if I can eat some little thing that's just a little too sweet, it satisfies my sweet tooth better than anything else.

You always come up with wonderful recipes!!! Thanks!

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THINRONNA 5/16/2011 3:42AM

    As I mentioned on your page, I made them too. I didn't find mine too sweet, I think for two reasons. I used sugar free raspberry jam and the crackers we have here are not graham crackers so they are not as sweet and kind of wheaty (if that is a word) so the balance was nice. Patrick, who has less of a sweet tooth than me actually prefers these biscuits over grahm crackers because they are less sweet. They are similar to those big round ones you get in the Carrs box of assorted crackers. Two of the square biscuits I used equal 66 calories...I wonder what the calories on those round crackers in the Carrs box are...

...In honor of my latest blog I also made my s'mores topless in order to save on a few calories! :D

Again, thank you so much for the great idea! I like that they are easy to control the portions too!

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Recipe ~ Indoor Raspberry S'More

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Here's is a sweet & simple recipe I got from Fitness Magazine ~ May, 2011 Issue, by Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.

The best way to satisfy a chocolate craving...

Indoor Raspberry S'More

Spread 1 teaspoon raspberry jam on 2 graham crackers (don't break the crackers apart). Top with 1 large marshmallow and 1/2 ounce of dark chocolate. Microwave 10 to 15 seconds, until marshmallow begins to melt.

150 Calories per Serving. Enjoy!

Don't deny yourself chocolate. Reseach suggests that indulging in a little bit can help control your cravings for it.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with dark chocolate. It's made with more antioxidant-rich cocoa beans and less sugar than milk chocolate.

Look for bars with at least 60 percent cocoa.

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TURBOADDICT444 5/15/2011 7:21PM

  That sounds delicious! I think I may have to try it. Btw, thanks for all the support on my spark page! I really appreciate it!

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KJMPEACHES 5/15/2011 12:29PM

    emoticon Sounds so good! Yummy!

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ROSEWCI 5/15/2011 9:15AM

    Yummy! I love a littl' bit of the sweet stuff! And only 150 calories!

Ohhhhhh, it's sooooo GOOD! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/15/2011 7:59AM

    I agree. If I deny myself totally, I end up binging. This sounds yummy. When I first started this journey, I religiously had 1 ounce of dark chocolate per day paired with three prunes, 1 cup of 1% milk and 1/2 ounce of almonds. Incredibly filling snack that satisfied my sweet tooth. I think I should get back to that to cut my sweet tooth craving, but with my new work schedule, I don't have an appropriate time to eat a snack like this.

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THINRONNA 5/15/2011 1:56AM

    We just had S'mores the other day. The addition of the raspberry jam sounds wonderful. The kids would really enjoy it. We don't get graham crackers here but I have fund some little square biscuits that are similar. It is a rainy day here...maybe I'll make them in the oven since I still have all the fixings. Thank you for the great idea!

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GRACEISENUF 5/14/2011 5:49PM

    okay that sounds delish!

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AIREE3212 5/14/2011 5:09PM

  This sounds great!
Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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