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My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

My 7-Day Challenge – Please Help Me Stay Accountable!

It’s been raining here in the mid west section of the country more or less for the last couple of weeks. This week we’ve had terrible flooding even. So my out door walking program has moved indoors.

Last week I pulled out some of my Leslie Sansone’s Walking DVD’s. I have been using her “Fast Start! 1 & 2 Mile Walk” which contains interval training. That has given my workout a nice boost. I think it’s even helped with added weight loss.

Yesterday I used her “3 Fast Miles!” DVD. It was a really good work out for me. It was 45 minutes long. Just right! In this DVD she challenges the person using it to ‘use it for the next seven days” and see what a difference it can make. I’m supposed to see gains in fitness and weight loss. What do I have to loose? Some weight, I hope!

I have made the commitment to faithfully use this DVD for 7 days.
Yesterday was Day 1, today is Day 2. I did it this morning already and have it on my schedule to do again tomorrow – Sunday, September 26th, Day 3.

Since “accountability” is a big part of my program – I wanted to “make this commitment public.”

There’s no going back on my promise to myself. And I wanted you to know, so that you don’t let me off the hook.

I promise to update daily on when I do the DVD.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks!!!

  
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MOODY9 9/25/2010 11:12PM

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ONENEL 9/25/2010 11:02PM

    Good for you.

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ROSEWCI 9/25/2010 10:05PM

    emoticon You go girl!

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***Now We’re Cooking…Herb Roasted Turkey Breast (or Chicken)***

Friday, September 24, 2010

***Now We’re Cooking…Herb Roasted Turkey Breast (or Chicken)***
Now We’re Cooking…with Winfield28

Friday, September 24, 2010

This is my absolute favorite way to prepare a turkey breast.
It stays very moist and has a wonderful aroma and the spices are just the perfect compliment to the meat.

This recipe is one of Ina Garten’s recipes.

My husband requested that I prepare a chicken using this recipe…it works well using either a bone-in turkey breast or a whole chicken.

I have used dried herbs instead of the fresh herbs and it still turns out wonderful! Just slightly reduce the amount you use if you choose to use dry spices.

Enjoy!

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast of Whole Chicken

Ingredients
• 1 whole bone-in Turkey Breast or Whole Chicken, 6 1/2 to 7 pounds
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
• 2 teaspoons dry mustard
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons good olive oil
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 cup dry white wine

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place the turkey breast/chicken, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic, mustard, herbs, salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice to make a paste. Loosen the skin from the meat gently with your fingers and smear half of the paste directly on the meat. Spread the remaining paste evenly on the skin. Pour the wine into the bottom of the roasting pan.
Roast the turkey breast/chicken for 1 3/4 to 2 hours, until the skin is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest and meatiest areas of the breast. (We test in several places.) If the skin is over-browning, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil. When the turkey breast/chicken is done, cover with foil and allow it to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with the pan juices spooned over the turkey breast/chicken.

  
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OURELEE1 9/25/2010 11:09AM

  Sounds very good.

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ROSEWCI 9/25/2010 8:08AM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Hubby is gonna LOVE it! emoticon

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SNARDEESNIFF 9/24/2010 3:47PM

    Sure sounds good! I roast a chicken every couple weeks. I also make my own poultry seasoning blend. But it doesn't have much rosemary in it and maybe I should add some more, since I have a HUGE rosemary bush in my yard.

Good blog, Maria. Thanks.

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JAYEACTS 9/24/2010 9:56AM

  Yum! I will have to make this!! When the weather gets cooler! Indian Summer right now - it's going to be 88 today!

Ms. Jaye
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Old Enough to Remember “Pen Pals”? Now I Have SparkFriends!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Old Enough to Remember “Pen Pals”? Now I Have SparkFriends!

When I was a nine year old in 4th grade, we were assigned a “Pen Pal” from a foreign country. This was part of our English & Geography classes. We were to write letters back and forth for the entire school year. This was an educational experience, but it also proved to be one of establishing a new friendship.

My pen pal was a girl a year older than myself from West Germany.
I used to look so forward to receiving her letters in the mail. I can still remember what they looked like. They were on that light blue air mail stationary (do they still make that?). Over time, a long distance friendship developed. We even sent Christmas presents and birthday presents to each other. Rita, became a dear and treasured friend. I still have very fond memories of that time.

Fast forward to the present…here I am, 51 years old and now I have SparkFriends. My new 21st century “Pen Pals” if you will.

I have met many kind and encouraging people here at SparkPeople.

We are specialty team members; we are faithful “blog cheer leaders” of each other’s blogs; we have met answering questions in the Message Board forum; I have also met new friends via other SparkFriends.

I can say that these NEW SparkFriends are already becoming DEAR friends.
I look so forward to their posts on my SparkPage, to receiving personal SparkMail messages, to the responses on my Blogs, to the wonderful surprise of logging into my account and finding a SparkGoodie waiting there for me to cheer me on!

Meeting you wonderful new friends here at SparkPeople is truly a blessing in my life.

Thank you for being the kind friends that you are to me!

I wish each of you much success with your healthy living goals and much happiness along the way!

Maria

  
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REBELBLITZ 5/22/2011 11:27PM

    My pen pal was from Sweden. I am liking our new way of having pals.



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REBELBLITZ 5/22/2011 11:27PM

    My pen pal was from Sweden. I am liking our new way of having pals.



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REBELBLITZ 5/22/2011 11:26PM

    My pen pal was from Sweden. I am liking our new way of having pals.



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REBELBLITZ 5/22/2011 11:25PM

    Thanks! I enjoy your positive blogs. Cheryl

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ROSEWCI 9/23/2010 6:09PM

    ((hugs)) You're such a lovely person Maria! You always ooze of warmth, charm, & compassion... & you exude such a positive SP energy! I, for one, always look forward to your postings! You are such a dear SP friend!

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***Now We’re Cooking…My Denver Frittata***

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

***Now We’re Cooking…My Denver Frittata***
Now We’re Cooking…with Winfield28

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Earlier this month I posted a recipe titled: French Country Omelet.

Today I have a variation of that recipe where I use ham, onion and green pepper along with the potato and eggs.

This is a fairly economical dinner recipe that we use at our house regularly. It does reheat well and could be served for a brunch.

I have entered this recipe in the Spark Recipe section of this site, if you are interested in the nutritional information.

Enjoy!

My Denver Frittata

1 Large potato, diced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ medium onion, chopped
½ green pepper, chopped
2 cups cubed ham
Salt & pepper
¼ cup skim milk
6 Large eggs


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Add the diced potato and olive oil to a 10-inch skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 8 to 10 minutes over medium-high heat, add the onion and green pepper, cook until tender then take all the ingredients out of the pan and set aside on a plate.

3. Place the cubed ham in the skillet and heat to brown the edges. Remove ham from pan and set on plate with vegetables.

4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together with a fork. Pour the eggs into the hot pan.

5. Sprinkle the ham, potatoes & onion & green peppers evenly over the top and place the pan in the oven for about 8 minutes, just until the eggs are set. Slide onto a plate, divide in half, and serve hot.

Makes 6 Servings.



  
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COOKWITHME65 9/22/2010 5:37PM

    Sounds yummy.

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SNARDEESNIFF 9/22/2010 1:31PM

    This sounds really yummy, also. I would have to use EggBeaters, but that works just as well. I think I will try this!

One question for clarification: do you continue to cook the vegetables after adding the pepper and onion to the potatoes, or do you immediately remove them all from the pan?

Thanks for the blog and recipe, Maria.

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Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative…Just my thoughts today.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative…Just my thoughts today.

Changing My Bad Habits – Why is that so Challenging?
If I could change my bad habits, I may change my life for the better.
Now that sounds exciting and maybe even motivating.

So why do I have such a time with these old friends or should I say enemies…my bad habits.
I probably do because bad habits seem so easy to develop and so hard to break.
It’s said that it takes 21 days to break a habit – for me it’s probably much longer, I’m slow at letting go of things that somehow must serve a purpose. Even when that purpose might not be so helpful or good.

I’ve also heard it said that it takes 21 days to learn or develop a new habit.
That’s what I need to do. Develop new habits and push out the old ones.

The old “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.”

I’m always trying to put a positive spin on the way I think and act and feel.
My husband is a “cup half full person.” I’m a reforming “cup half empty person.”
He always says “how you feel or act is a decision.” I always felt it was a result of my circumstances. So, I’m trying to be more up, more positive, to expect the best and to actually look for the best. This is fairly new for me, but what do I have to loose? The bad attitude, maybe?

So I’ve decided to NOT spend so much time “breaking” my bad habits as I am WORKING on my new, “good” habits.

So I’m trying to find healthier substitutes for my old, sometimes destructive, habits.

What are some of these substitutes or “good” changes or positive actions I’m working on? A few come to mind today (not in any particular order):

1. Eating lower fat or healthier versions of some of my favorite foods – like, fat free Greek yogurt, baked pita chips, oven fried potatoes; these can be just as satisfying.

2. Making sure I eat my BIG 3: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – so I don’t HAVE to snack.

3. Getting up and taking a walk instead of mindlessly turning on the television in the evening or sitting at the computer.

4. Eating slower so I can really taste my food and so I don’t have to eat the “entire box or package” to be satisfied.

5. Cooking my favorite restaurant meals at home, so I know exactly what I have put into them.

6. Making “fast food” the exception and NOT the rule.

7. Exercising Daily: Telling myself that I’ll feel really good when I’m done exercising, and I usually do!

8. Taking it a step or a day at a time, instead of looking too far into the future.

9. Personal Reinforcement: Giving credit where credit is due: Telling myself I’m doing the best I can, and that’s pretty good!

10. Positive Self talk: Going for 10 minutes more on my walk, when I think I can’t. I usually can, if I just push a little bit.

There are so many things that have changed…good changes…these are just what I can think of this afternoon. It’s a work in progress.



  
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COOKWITHME65 9/22/2010 12:28PM

    Great Blog Maria. I have heard the same thing regarding how long it takes to form a habit. Been doing excellent for the past two weeks entering into the nutrition tracker, better on my water intake and only so so on my exercise. But improving every say. Thanks again for your recipes and secrets for success. emoticon

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WINFIELD28 9/22/2010 12:10PM

    Thanks for stopping by and reading my Blog, ladies!
I appreciate your kind comments.
You're all great Spark Friends!

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ROSEWCI 9/22/2010 11:53AM

    You are ON TARGET Maria! LOVE this blog! You're expressing exactly what I'm feeling! Let's focus on the positive & focus on the things we CAN change! It's all about the choices we make! And the opportunities we take!

Way to go on this blog! LOVE IT!!!

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SNARDEESNIFF 9/21/2010 11:43PM

    Excellent blog, Maria. You have some really good ideas going here. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing!

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CARRENK 9/21/2010 9:08PM

    Thanks for a great post, Maria! I've been sort of stuck in a negative mindset lately - this is a wonderful reminder to work toward the good. I appreciate your insight, and will try to follow your lead!

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