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November Goals/December Weeklies

Friday, December 03, 2010

November goals:

I didn't post a weight loss goal. Gained a little over the course of the month.

*Log at least 1200 cardio minutes - Goal met
*Track calories 5 days a week and stay within ranges - nope
*Burn SP recommended calories (1430) through exercise each week - did this in two of four weeks
*At least two gym visits a week - Goal met
*ST at least twice a week - did three times a week as part of our team 3x3 challenge

For December:

I'm finding that I start the month out pretty well, but slack off toward month's end. Life seems to happen in those last couple of weeks of the month. I'm not sure why.

At any rate, I've decided to post weekly goals rather than monthly. At the moment, it's all I can do to take one day at a time so even a week seems daunting!

This week is almost past but I'll post a couple of goals for the weekend:
*Track and stay within ranges
*Partake in MINIMAL holiday treats when caroling tomorrow. (Practice saying, "Nein, danke...sehr nett von dir aber nein, danke...danke, nein...sind bestimmt lecker, aber nein."
*Get in two more ST sessions to meet 3x3 challenge goal.
*Minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day
*Catch up on Spark blogs
*Drink massive quantities of hot liquids to get rid of this COLD. It's putting a serious crimp in my exercise activities!

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    hope you get rid of your cold soon! good luck with your december challenges, I'm sure you'll do great! I know what you mean about the "nein, danke." gotta do that here too.

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SJG1953 12/4/2010 1:53AM

    You are doing great with the goal setting. You can accomplish these one day at a time for sure. I am praying your cold is short lived. God bless you.

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CTEMPLE 12/3/2010 7:37PM

    Yes I can't wait for January!

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/3/2010 7:30PM

    It's certainly a challenging time of the year. All the very best with your goals. I hope you don't mind if I use a few of them myself.

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LIGIRLATHEART 12/3/2010 6:01PM

    I hope you feel better real soon!

I think weekly goals are more manageable ESPECIALLY this time of year.

Best to you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/3/2010 3:19PM

    Sorry to hear about your cold. Drink lots of hot tea!

Whatever you are saying in German, it sounds very polite. emoticon I'm sure people will understand.

You did great on working out. I think it's good to report on our goals no matter what happens. It helps to figure out how to set attainable goals...like switching to weekly rather than monthly.

Hope your voice is okay with the singing...not worth straining it. Have fun! emoticon

BTW, I like your background decor for Christmas....it's very tasteful.

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FRANNIEDID 12/3/2010 3:17PM

    I need to do the same, I gained a few pounds last month and am trying to undo the damage. I start out really well and then something happens. Oh well, November and December are rough food wise and then the rest of the winter is hard for exercise! I am asking my family for an elliptical!

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BKWHITE3 12/3/2010 1:07PM

    emoticon sounds like good goals

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LAURAKATE76 12/3/2010 10:27AM

    sounds like a good plan, especially for this time of year. It's so easy to get off track during the holidays. Weekly goals help you focus a bit more!

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ASMPP1 12/3/2010 10:05AM

    emoticon emoticon It is a tough time of year.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 12/3/2010 9:27AM

    Sounds like you are doing well with your busy schedule and the fact that ti's the holidays and a cold as well.
I need to focus on a few things but it's hard this time of year.

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DDOORN 12/3/2010 8:54AM

    So sorry to hear about your cold! Seems to be spreading about the office here also...knock on wood it seems to be passing me by thus far!

Sounds like a reasonable plan to SPARK your way through the season ahead!


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NEWNAC304 12/3/2010 8:10AM

    It's very hard to stay on track over the Holidays. Take it one day at a time. Hope you feel better soon.

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LADYRH 12/3/2010 7:52AM

    I think November and December are great challenges for those of us who are food choice challenged. I find that posting my goals weekly keeps me on track better than monthly.
Best Wishes.

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ELLEN0407 12/3/2010 7:47AM

  i think you did well in november. this time of yr is so tough. i think your december goals are great. i wish i was so focused. happy holidays

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Attitude adjustment

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's dark and ugly outside, even though it's 3 in the afternoon.

It can't seem to decide if it wants to rain or snow.

I'm tired, even though I slept 10 hours last night.

I feel like taking a nap but, then again, I have a million other things that I could attend to this afternoon.

I'll be working out at the gym tomorrow so I could just skip it.

No one will ever know if I don't go running like I usually do on Sunday afternoons.

I did it anyway.

Thanks, SP and fellow Sparkers for helping me cultivate a "do it anyway" attitude.

For any country music fans out there, the "Anyway" song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE3S7VcyOPU

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CHICADEE26 11/29/2010 12:13PM

    Way to go!

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CMPEARL 11/22/2010 4:47PM

    Good job Michelle! I know I've been feeling the effects of winter here in the midwest too, and it is hard to keep plugging away some days. Keep up the great work!!! emoticon

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FRANNIEDID 11/22/2010 8:53AM

    We all have "those" days, good for you for running anyway!

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NEWNAC304 11/22/2010 6:24AM

    Good for you for getting out there and running, especially in that nasty weather!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/21/2010 11:46PM

    Well done Michelle. It's such a righteous feeling when we do what we think is right.

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CHRYS13 11/21/2010 8:39PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/21/2010 8:37PM

    Thanks for the link....I enjoyed listening to it.

I'm glad you ran anyway!

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SJG1953 11/21/2010 8:16PM

    emoticon emoticon You did a good job Michelle!

I like the "Anyway" song. Thanks for the link.

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BKWHITE3 11/21/2010 6:42PM

    Glad you were able to go for your run.

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ASMPP1 11/21/2010 5:51PM

    Good for you for following through.

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CTEMPLE 11/21/2010 5:01PM

    Dear Michelle sometimes it happens to me too that I can't make a decision and so I do it anyway, it usually works.
Claudia emoticon

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DDOORN 11/21/2010 12:36PM

    "Dark and ugly" nasty enemies of the Spark!

Kudos to you!


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JILLTBNAGART 11/21/2010 12:03PM

    I always think that at times the only thing you have the power to change is your attitude. Glad you agree with me!

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NIGHTOCUPS 11/21/2010 11:36AM

    Good job!

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KATHYK24 11/21/2010 11:33AM

    Good for you! I always feel better when I do what I least want to do and get it over with!

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Sunday this and that

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I finally got my winter tires put on yesterday --- and today it reached a high of 66 degrees?

I'm going to have a very tight couple of weeks till my next paycheck from the language school. It will include my Christmas bonus, however! Yay to that! Austerity measures are in force - more walking, living off the food that's in the house. Should be good for the waistline as well as the pocketbook!

Made a date with a friend for him to help me wallpaper and paint my hall on Friday.

Spoke to two old friends on the phone this weekend, one I haven't seen in 17 years. We've kept in touch from time to time, and now more regularly thanks to Facebook.

Went to a WONDERFUL concert on Friday with the Christian band Casting Crowns. What a super evening of music, testimony, Scripture in action. I so seldom stay out that late anymore that I've been wiped out all weekend --- but wiped out in a good way :)

I worked yesterday afternoon. I have a student/client who is moving up in his company and needs more English for his future duties. The city was really happening - Christmas decorations being put up in the train station, major union demonstration in the middle of town, Saturday shoppers. I guess I should start thinking about Christmas plans too?!

After a nap this afternoon, I got in a short run in this beautiful weather. Thought of Catherine and other Sparkers running the San Antonio marathon.

And that's that : Good week, everyone! Be blessed!

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INTERSTATEVERSE 11/21/2010 11:04AM

    sounds like you're really busy! good luck with everything!

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FRANNIEDID 11/16/2010 9:43AM

    I think we are all on a tight budget lately! Hang in there. Oh and good for you for preparing for winter, it has not quite come here yet but we are getting inklings!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/15/2010 11:24PM

    Sounds like a nice weekend. How can it be time to think of Christmas?

Thanks for thinking of me!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/15/2010 8:35AM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. I love Casting Crowns. I bet that was a great event.

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CTEMPLE 11/14/2010 8:53PM

    Yes I know what you mean with the food, I 'm buying less and sort of leave everything run out, I'm tired of getting spoilt food. As your Winter hasn't started , our Summer hasn't either, the humidity is here but with lot of rain and no heat, very grateful for it.
Great that you're feeling good.

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ASMPP1 11/14/2010 7:48PM

    Keeping busy and enjoying yourself! emoticon

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KARENBROWN6 11/14/2010 4:42PM

    You have had a busy time. Very apt for a busy bug leader!

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October Wrap-Up/November Goals

Monday, November 01, 2010

October Goals were to...

*Lose 2-4 pounds - didn't do that, but didn't gain either.
*Log at least 1200 cardio minutes - passed that by some 150 minutes
*Burn SP recommended calories each week - did that
*Track and stay in calorie range 5 days a week - didn't do that, in fact missed a whole week in there somewhere. I ate A LOT on my trip to Switzerland and have gone overboard several times since then, too.
*8 gym visits during the month - I was there about 12 times. My current work schedule leaves me long afternoon breaks that are perfect for gym workouts.
*Maybe run a 10K on the 17th? - didn't do that, still looking for a race that fits my schedule. Don't like to race on Sundays because of church.

November goals:

I'm not going to post a weight loss goal this time, because if I meet all the other goals, there WILL be a loss!

*Log at least 1200 cardio minutes
*Track calories 5 days a week and stay within ranges
*Burn SP recommended calories (1430) through exercise each week
*At least two gym visits a week
*ST at least twice a week

Other goals not specifically food/fitness related include:
*Stick to the budget (finally getting back on track financially after the topsy turvy of the year so far.)

Happy Fall!
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    Great goals!

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SJG1953 11/4/2010 3:06AM

    Great goals and great job exceeding your exercise goals for October!! I need to do some goal setting also. You are very inspiring with your goal setting and follow ups! I pray for your success for you on your November goals. Blessings my friend, Shirley

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/2/2010 7:00PM

    Other than eating/tracking, you did great on your goals last month. I bet you will have a great November! Looking forward to hearing how it is going.

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FRANNIEDID 11/2/2010 10:06AM

    I love your goals, I also did not lose any weight, getting older has made it much harder!!! I am going to take your lead and work on some goals for this month myself. I really need to get back on track here!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/2/2010 7:51AM

    Good Job. Accountability of posting is a helpful thing. Have a good month

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CTEMPLE 11/1/2010 7:38PM

    Well done Michelle the weight loss will happen. It's a journey not a race.

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NEWNAC304 11/1/2010 4:51PM

    You did great during October and have set good goals for November! I need to do this too.

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LIGIRLATHEART 11/1/2010 3:26PM

    PS -- I love the layout of your page -- the colors and the background :-)

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LIGIRLATHEART 11/1/2010 3:25PM

    I LOVE that your follow-through with accountability for your goals. I am good at setting them... but not always following through -- which is why I never post a "report card" on my goals. I seem to start over, every day! I need to do something about that.

emoticon Looks like you had a successful October!

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BKWHITE3 11/1/2010 2:24PM

    Great goals emoticon

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SPARTAN40 11/1/2010 2:21PM

    Great plan! I am a firm believer in setting goals for your actions and the weigh loss will come. Sounds like you're headed for a fantastic month!

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Squash on the Sofa

Saturday, October 30, 2010

That's what I've titled this photo. It is what it is.

Hokaido pumpkin has been "in" lately. You can use the skin, too. So I just cut it up, remove the seeds, boil it, add bouillon or salt and spices, and puree it for soup. They're smaller than regular pumpkin, so it's the right size for a single like me.

Those cute green-and-white ones are called Sweet Dumpling and they are especially tasty. I halved one, removed the seeds, brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with thymian, salt and pepper. Baked for 40 minutes and then ate it out of the "shell." It tastes a lot like sweet potato but nuttier. You could also fill them with some kind of vegetable or meat stuffing. They would look real pretty too, as the skin keeps the color even after baking.

Zucchini is an old standby, of course. Not sure about the white one. I liked the name - Pattipan. We'll see how it tastes.

The butternut squash missed the photo op. I made it into lasagne. It was excellent. It was a recipe from a German magazine so I'll have to translate it and post it later.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the lasagne recipe. You'd need to make some modifications if you don't use metric measurements:

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    I love fall squash! Haven't eaten pattipan but I have the rest.

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FRANNIEDID 11/2/2010 10:05AM

    Michelle, I used to stuff the pattipan squash, they are one of my favorites! I found them all the time when I lived in the south but seldom see them now. I would cut the top off, scoop out some of the inside and mix that with bread crumbs and seasonings. then I stuffed them and baked them. It has been years, I am going to go look for some this weekend!!!

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BANDMAMAPC 11/1/2010 3:38PM

    The subject intrigued me so I had to check it out. I haven't eaten any squash in a long time. Maybe I will try those white ones.

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CTEMPLE 11/1/2010 12:24AM

    I LURRRV pumpkin in any shape, favourite is the grey skinned one very fleshy and not watery.
Claudia emoticon lovely pic

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SJG1953 10/31/2010 2:34AM

    emoticonThose squash are beautiful Michelle. I especially like the zucchini and the pattipan. I would like to try those green and white ones. I've not had a chance to do that. Enjoy!! God bless you, Shirley

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    great! nice photo!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 10/30/2010 7:22PM

    I have finished with zucchini for the year. Didn't have much else for squash grow very well this year. I like spaghetti squash though.

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/30/2010 2:19PM

    With your squash title...I just had to come and see what it was all about!!LOL!!
Thanks for all the information, we only seem to get butternut squash here.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/30/2010 9:17AM

    Great pictures of the squash! I love to keep mine on a bowl as a center piece. Here's a picture I took some of my garden centerpieces from last summer.

BR>Butternut squash Lasagna sounds terrific. emoticon

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