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Winfield had a "Souper" Weekend!

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 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!)

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CARRENK 10/18/2010 9:04PM

    Sounds like a great weekend!
And I have a pumpkin soup recipe if you'd like it - just let me know (though it may not be as good as Lund's!)

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THINRONNA 10/18/2010 3:38PM

    I used to work for Lunds/Byerlys in the catering department Simple to Grand planning events. They might not have that department any more. I didn't know that is where you got the soup from when you posted about it. It is too bad I don't have any connections there anymore or I could get you that soup recipe! They might give it to you if you called them up as they are pretty good with customer service like that.

Your weekend sounds just lovely. I'm glad you had time with your Mom and sisters. That flatbread sounds wonderful too! emoticon

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REEDSKI 10/18/2010 9:58AM

    The spiced pumpkin soup sounds interesting. I would give it a try!

I took a "field trip" class for teachers where we took a bus up to Jerome, AZ, an old mining town turned artsy tourist place (they have a shop there called the nellie bly with the most amazing kaleidoscopes.)
Anywhoo, they have a restaurant in the hotel that used to be the hospital during the mining days. It has a specialty soup, butternut squash. I decided to try it and I loved it! I've never made it myself but I've bought it already made.

Thanks for sharing your souper weekend! Are you motivating your family?

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COOKWITHME65 10/17/2010 8:14PM

    Glad to hear you had a nice weekend.

I love soup also. Never made italian wedding soup before. Hope you grabbed the recipe and will share it with us soon.

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ROSEWCI 10/17/2010 7:50PM

    Oh how wonderful Maria! You're so fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit w/your family & enjoy the two days! Food & doesn't get any better than that!!!

I too am a big fan of soup! I made a huge pot of vegetable soup & I've been eating it frequently since yesterday! To me, nothing is more satisfying than soup! Mmmmmmm, it warms my inners! The recipe is very simple & its nonfat, so...I can enjoy it w/out the guilt!

Thanks for sharing your family day w/us!

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MRSBENNETT2 10/17/2010 7:48PM

    Oh yum...soup! I'm not very confident with soup making but I love to eat it. I found "Vegeta" which is a Slavic product, a seasoning powder that I started using in a lot of cooking. It's got some salt in it but I don't add additional salt. Anyway, I've been able to expand my non-existant soup repetoire to split pea, potato and bacon, and bean with veggies. My daughter asks me to make it quite often - I think it signifies "Mom love" to her. :)

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ELLDEE57 10/17/2010 7:48PM

    Yum! Very tasty. Sounds like you had a great time and ate well, without the "over eating". Great Job.

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Fun Weekend with My Sisters and Mom!

Friday, October 15, 2010

I am leaving this afternoon to go and stay with my youngest sister for a couple of days.

My other sister is coming too and my Mom is already there.

We have made arrangements with our families and they are all fending for themselves for the weekend – husbands & children.

We were planning a Girl’s Day, but it has turned into a Girl’s Weekend. It has been several years since we have gotten together just for fun like this. We are all pretty excited to be doing this.

I did my 3 Fast Miles DVD already – so exercise is done for today. My youngest sister is a runner and also enjoys walking – so we will get out for a walk again tonight. Have walking shoes…will walk!

I have packed several good food items to take and share. We will have simple breakfasts with a lunch planned on Saturday somewhere while we are out shopping. Dinner on Saturday will be a light meal. Both my sisters live very healthy and active lives. So it won’t be too difficult staying with my program around them. I will make mindful food choices and I will get some walking in as well as the exercise one gets while shopping.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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BIGMAMAT 10/16/2010 8:36AM

    Maria! hope you have a wonderful time! Hugs. tricia emoticon

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ROSEWCI 10/16/2010 6:54AM

    You've planned well my friend! Enjoy the weekend!

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CARRENK 10/15/2010 2:43PM

    It sounds like a fabulous weekend! Enjoy!

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THINRONNA 10/15/2010 2:23PM

    Have fun! How nice that your sisters can support you through their healthy lifestyles too!

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COOKWITHME65 10/15/2010 12:34PM

    Have a great weekend Maria! Enjoy your time with your family.

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Ten Simple Things I am Doing Each Day to Get Healthier!

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.

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BIGMAMAT 10/16/2010 8:40AM

    #5 . wow. me too! My daughter says I am much more verbal now!I try not to keep everything bottled up. lol.
9 and 10 are really hard for me to do. Working on those. thanks for sharing! emoticon

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THINRONNA 10/15/2010 2:21PM

    What a great list! Thank you so much for sharing it...I think I, myself have to work on number 9!

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ROSEWCI 10/14/2010 8:35PM

    LOVE your "taking care of you" list! I especially like #9! I do think that as I've gotten older, the "quiet time for me" has become something I enjoy immensely!

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COOKWITHME65 10/14/2010 6:42PM

    Great list Maria. I especially love #7. emoticon

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EMAVERICK 10/14/2010 5:38PM

    Great goals!

Thank you for dropping by my blog too :)

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JAMIES 10/14/2010 2:02PM

    Great list! It is a good one for all of us to work towards!

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CWESTMORE 10/14/2010 2:02PM

    Thank you for sharing your 10 simple steps to do each day. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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How Dr. Oz's 6 Strategies for Staying Motivated Can Help Me!

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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MYTMIDGET8 10/15/2010 10:46AM

    My mom lives by Doctor Oz's strategies. Thank you so much for posting this for others to enjoy. emoticon emoticon

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EMAVERICK 10/14/2010 5:44PM

    Great strategies. I like his point that one misstep isn't going to break a diet. As long as we don't make a habit of some high calorie behavior, we can keep on going making progress towards our goal :)

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SNARDEESNIFF 10/14/2010 12:36PM

    Very interesting! I found that I am already doing some of these, also. Thank, Maria!

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ROSEWCI 10/14/2010 7:31AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog! It's EXACTLY what I need to being doing right now! It's exactly what I need to hear! This is what I call "focussing on the process"! A BIG thank you Maria for giving me a reminder of what I need to be doing!

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WINE4GIRL 10/13/2010 9:53PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing his tips! Way to motivate me and many others!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/13/2010 8:09PM

    I love Dr Oz. I watch his show everyday at the gym during the first part of my cardio. No better way to be distracted than watching a show about being healthy lol

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NJCARCIERI 10/13/2010 7:19PM

    great stuff!

thanks for sharing!

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THINRONNA 10/13/2010 3:27PM

    What a good list! The thing that tells me that you will succeed this time and it will be different is the fact that you want this time to be different and you are looking at different ways to succeed. You will do this because you are looking at the whole you and are willing to learn as you go. You can't blow it because you will never give up! emoticon

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PARKERB2 10/13/2010 3:22PM

    emoticonSeems like everyone around me is urging me to eat here at work. They are constantly bringing in food and we're always have some kind of celebration. Take tomorrow for instance. The ones who contributed to United Way gets pizza for lunch. I'm tempted to not even go!! I need to lose at least 2.5 lbs this week and I won't do it eating pizza. I can't get rid of all of these people so I guess I will just have to say NO. Thanks for a wonderful blog.

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REEDSKI 10/13/2010 3:10PM

    This is excellent. While I was reading what you wrote at the top of the blog it really hit home. I love Dr. Oz' 6 strategies, too.

Thanks for sharing this. It's a keeper.

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P.S. My blog today was to tell people to read your blog because it is such a good one!

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Medjool Dates…a Love Affair I can continue!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Medjool Dates…a Love Affair I can continue?

I was really afraid that I would have to drastically limit or maybe even eliminate Medjool Dates from my diet this fall. I had fallen in love with them last year. I did prepare them in ways that I will not be doing this fall. But, I was glad to find the following information when I went searching today:

“Medjool dates only contain about 90 calories. They’re a good source of fiber and contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese. They do have a significant amount of fruit sugar, but this can make them a perfect alternative to other forms of dessert.”

So, I will purchase some as soon as I can find them locally and will keep them for an occasional snack, to savor. And I will use them in my Date Porridge recipe but probably not in the Sticky Date Pudding recipe I have. And I probably won’t be stuffing them with cream cheese and walnuts and wrapping bacon around them this year…well, maybe not until the holidays.

Anyone else have a ‘thing’ about these little diamonds?

What is your favorite way to prepare or eat them?


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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/13/2010 8:10PM

    I chop them up and put them in oatmeal.

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THINRONNA 10/12/2010 3:29PM

    Oh I love them! I just put them on my dessert menu in the form of a oatmeal date bar with vanilla bean ice cream as one of my components on a trio of fall desserts. It is really hard to keep them around though because the staff keeps eating them! I'd love your Date Porridge recipe for myself and the Sticky Date Pudding recipe for work if you care to share!

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COOKWITHME65 10/12/2010 2:38AM

    Never heard of them. But anything stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon sounds good.

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EMAVERICK 10/11/2010 10:43PM

    I like dates. I don't know that I have ever had those, but I've seen them. my thing right now is dried figs. I'm having a couple for dessert now :)

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ROSEWCI 10/11/2010 7:37PM

    I must admit...I've never had one! The closest thing to it would be a prune, I suppose. I LOVE prunes! The medjool date sounds tasty! I'll look for them at the farmer's market my next visit! I like trying new foods!

Keeps things interesting! Thanks!

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