Sunday, October 17, 2010
I spent the last two days with my younger sisters and my Mom.
We got to just hang out, visit and go shopping and of course, enjoy food together. It is always enjoyable to catch up on what they and their growing families are busy doing...time spent with family is the best, in my opinion!
Of course, we had lunch out while shopping
We ate at Boston's, a bar and grill chain. I had a cup of their minestrone soup and their Margherita Flatbread. The soup was very tasty and soup is always a good, satisfying choice for me.
The flatbread was made with fresh basil, roasted garlic and diced tomatoes with just a hint of lime and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. My splurge for the weekend!
For dinner, we stopped at Lunds/Byerlys - an upscale grocery store & deli and picked out a few items to take back to my sister's for a relaxing and casual evening meal. I got their Spiced Pumpkin Soup...another soup...like I said, soup is so satisfying for me. And this was 200 calories a cup. It fit into my eating plan for the day, very well. Added a chunk of fresh baguette. Yum!
Sunday breakfast was made by my sister (the other visitor) - it was "Berry Good" French Toast Bake - and it was very good! A serving was 315 calories and I added a 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries to it (already had blueberries in it) instead of syrup.
So guess what I made for Sunday Lunch? My Mom had brought the ingredients for Italian Wedding Soup - a new recipe that a friend of her's had made for her Art Class Pot Luck earlier in the month. We/I had more soup! Do you see a theme here? I LOVE SOUP!
I welcome your favorite soup recipes anytime!
So, yes, I had a Super/Souper Weekend!
I hope all of my Spark Friends did too!
(P.S. I am having left over Spiced Pumpkin Soup for Dinner tonight!)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Ten Simple Things I am Doing Each Day to Get Healthier!
1. Eating a Healthy Breakfast, everyday!
2. Drinking at Least 8 Glasses of Water a day.
3. Taking a Multiple Vitamin supplement.
4. Connecting with Other People.
5. Expressing my Emotions Appropriately, rather than eating them.
6. Eating at least 5 servings of Fruits and Vegetables.
7. Spending at Least 30 Minutes Outdoors in the sunlight.
8. Moving and being Physically Active for at least 45 minutes.
9. Taking Some Quiet Time for Myself.
10. Trying to Keep Regular Sleep Hours.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Dr. Oz's 6 Strategies for Staying Motivated
How can I stay motivated and stick to my healthy eating and exercise program?
I went searching for ways to avoid what I fear…”falling off the wagon” and not “getting back on it” again.
In the past, something has always happened where I just blow it and give up. I want this time to be different.
How can I make this time different? Spark People is different from anything else I have ever done. I am at a different place in my life; ready to take the time I need to make the changes I have to make. I’m positive now, 4 months into my journey. I want to be this positive each and everyday. So, I have to remind myself each day why I am doing this…I have to focus and re-commit daily to my healthy habits. I have to make me and my health a top priority.
I found a list of 6 strategies by Dr. Oz for staying motivated. Many of these are strategies that I am working on already. It’s good to know that I am on the right track.
I have to focus each day on WHAT I CAN DO for that day. The weeks and months will take care of themselves.
1. Recognize -- and accept -- that, occasionally, eventually, you'll screw up.
"Get past that," says Dr. Oz. "The most important thing in any diet plan is knowing how to cope when you make a mistake. When you fail, accept it, embrace it and move on." So you had a slice of cheesecake at a party? "That will never sink a diet," assures Dr. Oz. "What sinks a diet is saying I'm off the diet anyway, now I'll have 450 more calories."
2. Focus on small changes.
. "Every long-term dieting program has found one uniform insight -- eating 100 calories less today than you would have eaten. That's half a soda less; one doughnut less. It's not the big, three week starvation diet because your metabolism is too smart for that. Starving yourself actually sends a signal to your body to store more fat! You keep your body from going into starvation mode by not under-eating. So, small steps done well are what make it happen."
3. Find something that motivates you to stick with your plan.
Something that you want more than you want that slice of cheesecake, that extra serving of lasagna, or that second cocktail," says Dr. Oz, "that reminds you about why you're doing this."
4. Find a substitute "crutch" for eating.
We eat for a lot of reasons besides hunger. If what drives you to crunch and munch is anger, sadness or boredom, you'll need to channel your emotions through another activity. Exercise does double duty -- stops you from eating and burns extra calories -- so long as you're not swigging high-calorie energy drinks as you sweat. But scrapbooking works; knitting; even playing your kids' Game Boy or, better, the Wii. "The nice thing about video games is that both your hands are busy, so you can't eat," says Dr. Oz.
5. Get a diet buddy.
Someone you can lean on when the urge to sit on the couch with a quart of double-fudge ripple and a spoon gets overpowering. "We propogate this fiction that we have to be able to do it purely on our own," says Dr. Oz. "But there are a dozen redundant systems in our bodies that force us to eat. Will power alone can not do it, any more than will power alone will let you hold your breath under water indefinitely. I don't care how much you want to do it, you cannot hold your breath under water. It's impossible. Once you get past that misperception, it becomes a lot easier to get comfortable asking for help."
6. Avoid situations (and people) that might tempt you to abandon your diet resolve.
It's a lot easier to fall off the wagon when your pal is begging you to split the cheese fries or crème brulee. "People who hang out with thin people lose weight, and people who hang out with heavy people gain weight," says Dr. Oz. "If there's someone who likes to go out and have a cream pie with you over lunch and talk over your misery, get them out of your life.
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