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Does cooking at home add pleasure to your meal?

Monday, April 23, 2012

I believe that cooking is a big part of my enjoyment of the fueling process. I enjoy choosing recipes, prepping, and cooking. Probably because I've been cooking for at least 48 years, I'm not afraid of it or find it hard or onerous. I guess, best put, cooking extends my eating pleasure.

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RAE_LEIGH22 4/25/2012 3:33PM

    Sounds good!

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CHATELAINE19 4/24/2012 9:27AM

    I agree. When I choose to eat out, my day is much more "bloated" even if I try to eat healthier at a restaurant. Plus, I know what's in the food I'm making at home.

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SKATER787 4/23/2012 11:41PM

    If you don't cook, you can't control your own destiny. That's how I feel.

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BEARIANA 4/23/2012 5:34PM

    I'm definitely new to cooking and I'm finding that days where I cook my own meals are SO much more enjoyable than those were I heat up some frozen entree. Especially as a beginner, cooking brings me so much pride and I feel so accomplished. I love it.

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GOULDSGRANITE 4/23/2012 5:29PM

    I am right there with you! Since really overhauling our eating habits this January, I find that preparing the meals are as much fun as eating them!

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Help motivate me to lift weights!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I bike, walk, practice yoga, and swim, but everything I'm reading says lifting weights/strength training is very important. I whine about this all the time, but I'm not motivated enough to climb the steps at the fitness center and go up to the weight lifting area. I'm there already. It wouldn't have to take long. I'm not horrified by lifting. My friends lift. Wah!!!!!!!!!!!!

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YOGAANDBIKE 2/7/2013 9:41AM

    Finally, I'm lifting again. I have a plan from Ernest, a personal trainer, and I'm going to lift 3 times a week starting next week.

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YOGAANDBIKE 4/23/2012 5:27PM

    Thank you, Everyone!

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BAMBI31311 4/12/2012 1:11AM

  Maybe if you joined a group where there are people of a similar age, you might feel less intimidated and more inclined to try it. My mum's just turned 82 and attends the gym where as a group they lift weights and do strength exercising. She really loves it. the bonus is that as well as strengthening your muscle groups, it has such an overwhelmingly positive effect on your mind and spirit, hard to put into words, you really just need to try it a few times, not just once. Go on, give it a go. I promise you you'll be glad that you did. Look forward to hearing how it goes. Good luck.

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LITTLEBO 4/11/2012 9:29PM

    Slow and steady ... start with five minutes and work from there....

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TRAVLNWOMAN 4/11/2012 8:12PM

    Its funny how different we all can be when we all pretty much want to achieve the same goal! I actually love strength training. I feel so good when I am done. It feels so awesome when I lift a weight that one extra time when I think my muscles are going to burst.

I think the main thing to do here is to set a schedule that is reasonable and follow it. Don't let anything keep you from it, just like you wouldn't let anything but an emergency or illness keep you from going to work.

I printed off some of the strength training exercises from SP including the pictures that show you the correct form. I take that with me to the gym and follow it. It works for me.

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VEGANVICTORY 4/11/2012 6:28PM

    I'm ordering some resistance bands so I can workout at home. Every time I start going to the gym I end up catching every cold and flu there is no matter how diligent I am about cleaning machines before I use them. Yuck.

Check out a few of the Sparkpeople videos about using them.

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GOLFLADY11 4/11/2012 11:32AM

    I tried the gym membership and it was ok - but I would just as soon do my workout at home. I didn't like sharing the space with all the testosterone when I was there. I have hand weights in 5, 10 and 20 and the bands etc. I have my little bench and exercise ball to sit on etc. I find I enjoy it more if I do them at home. Now I just need to get back to do them. Let's just do it! Let's just start today! LET'S START TODAY! Please check up on me and I will check up on you! We know all the benefits - start small WIN BIG!!! Come on!! emoticon I can do it! I'm supposed to do Strength Training on M,W, and F. Today's Wednesday ....... I will check in later with you!!!

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CCINDICANE2 4/11/2012 11:12AM

    I hate strength training, so I had to get a personal trainer to make me do it. All in all, I love the affects of the strength training. My body feels so much stronger, I don't have sagging skin (yet), I can feel and see definition in my arms from my muscles being so much stronger, my metabolism is higher, I lose more weight because I am burning more calories. And so much more. But the one thing I love the most about strength training is that it is another tool of measurement for getting healthy and fit. I get to watch the number on the dumbbells increase and/or the numbers of reps I can do increase. I can actually see myself becoming more fit and healthy.

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The M&Ms are still in the pantry.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I suppose I thought I had to buy some Easter candy. I didn't overload like I have before since family members will also bring candy to hide for the kids. I do know, though, that if I open the M&Ms I will over indulge. I promise myself some tomorrow. I can eat some then and maybe I will have sense enough to send the rest away.
Now some people are calling sugar and candy toxins. That's pretty scary. I need to research that on SP. Maybe I shouldn't send candy home with my grandchildren!

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SUSANS706 4/7/2012 11:56AM

    I know, even though my girls are grown, we still "do easter". I bought one small package of the Reese's egg, and some Skittles to go in their basket. I got other non-candy items to fill. None of us need the sugar, but you need to have a little fun right? Moderation is my motto!

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TEEPHOTO 4/7/2012 11:51AM

    I know how your feel. I bought a bag of my favorite peanut butter eggs from Sam's Club (you can imagine how big that bag is). I have been being good since I gave up all sweets for Lent but of course that ends tomorrow.
I have been looking at the closed bag sitting on top of the microwave for weeks. Thinking about taking out a few pieces tomorrow and bringing the rest with me to church.

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I just discovered My SparkSummary Calendar

Friday, March 09, 2012

I have been on this site since Dec., and I discover new things almost every day. Today I happened upon My SparkSummary Calendar. I like it although it shows my weaknesses quite plainly and over a period of time, too! I'm going to ask others to share new discoveries.
I wish I could find an entry I made about my friend who is on a "powdered food" diet. I wanted to continue writing my feelings about that. Some say you cannot argue with success, but I think I can in this instance.

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GOLFLADY11 3/18/2012 1:23PM

    I would like to find the Spark Summary Calendar as well. Thanks for the information. I am going to go hunting for it!! emoticon

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While you over achievers are running the LR Marathon,

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I will be rolling at Two Rivers.

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