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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

emoticon Everyone is all about making up their own words lately so I thought I would come up with my own...zenspiration. That's when I'm inspired and I'm getting my zen on at the same time.

emoticon Cocoa Spiced Latte is what made me think of that word. I got my latest issue of Clean Eating magazine and I'm trying this drink right now. I didn't have cardamon so I used cinnamon and nutmeg. If I had a little bit of light cool whip I'd be in nirvana. Love this drink. This will help me stop going to Starbucks for my non-fat latte!

This is the link to their web page. The recipe isn't on there yet so you should hike it on over to walmart or your favorite bookstore and pick up their magazine. This way of eating has totally gotten me off the yo-yo diet roller coaster that I spent most of my adult life on. Next month will be 3 years since I started working to lose weight. I've lost and maintained a 95 lb weight loss and this Clean Eating way of life will be with me permanently now.

I added four other recipes from this edition to my grocery shopping list to try over the next week or so.

Another thing adding to my zen state is my BFF - aka most dedicated fitness buddy... we had an awesome bike ride on Sunday and she followed that up with calling me this week and emailing me a list of events that we can do for the next several months. One of them is a bike event so we're expanding from our 5k runs to include other things. Gotta love someone who helps keep you on track like that.

I love SP! And I heart my Twilight Challenge team. We're doing an Easter Bunny Don't Bring Me Down Challenge, and it has rekindled my commitment to use the food tracker on SP. I truly love all the support on SP and it gives me inspiration every single day.

Susie and I have been into "destination" workouts since the weather is getting better. We're both trying to walk or run somewhere instead of just driving. One day I walked the .7 miles to Starbucks for my latte and then proceeded to walk around in a neighborhood near me when I found the statue above at a park. I think she was getting her zen on and meditating about healthy eating! I ended up walking 3 miles before I ever got to the gym for my workout that day. My gym is only 1/2 mile from my house so end up walking or running there quite a bit now.

So no earth shattering revelations today. I just wanted to share a few things that keep me inspired to continue on in the journey. I hope something I shared inspires you to do something new today.

Where would you go on a destination workout? What is a new recipe you are trying?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NANNAMOM60 4/8/2011 5:15AM

    You get excise to the gymn, at the gymn and back home. I my 5K training at 7:30am then around eleven I speed walk a half an hour pushing my granddaughter in her jogging stroller

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JHADZHIA 4/7/2011 1:24AM

    I so yearn to go hiking in new area, but not being able to drive means I am stuck with my concrete jungle My fondest memories are of Mom and I going on a road trip and hiking some stunningly scenic trails. She no longer drives, but is interested in a bus trips, but those senior trips do very little walking and no hiking..
Its awesome having such a good workout buddy!
Way to go eating clean!!

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JUNEAU2010 4/6/2011 10:04PM

    I don't know much about clean eating, but I understand it's a good thing. I suspect it's not in my budget, though!

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FATHINSN 4/6/2011 7:09PM

    If I ever want to go public, I would say Niah Cave (just around the corner, about 2hr drive, hehe). It's accessable, no need to spend lots (travel tickets, accomodation, etc etc) and if I go at dawn, I can be back home around noon - a very good way to not oversleep during weekends, haha. Walking through the jungle and cave tunnels is quite good and refreshing, though there are some parts where we need to use our torchlight (or flashlight, depends on your slang, hehe) and be prepared for swallows and bats poop! And I also get my first look at a live scorpion, not in a glass aquarium or pictures, yay!



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MKPRINCESS007 4/6/2011 6:51PM

    Love your thoughts and pics!

I guess I need to mix it up a bit. I was doing alot of Spark recipes for a while, and kind of fell back into routine. I definitely need to find some fresh ideas for Chicken. I love Chicken, but cooking it healthy can sometimes be repetitive.

Destination workout...........missing the Jersey shore, so since I am 1.5 hours away, I would have to drive, but then I could TOTALLY get into a power walk from one end of the boardwalk to the other. Without stopping for funnel cake, ok? :)

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JULIETEXAS 4/6/2011 6:17PM

    emoticon I love your new word and your enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing the link.

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GREEKGAL1 4/6/2011 4:40PM

  You are lucky to have such a dedicated BFF. It is always more fun to have a buddy to work out with. Good luck on your journey.

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ISHIIGIRL 4/6/2011 4:28PM

    Cocoa spiced latte sounds delish! Definately need to check out that magazine. Thanks for the tip. I need to plan a destination hike with my family.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/6/2011 4:17PM

    I like your word.... Zenspiration! Way to go for biking / walking / running more to your destinations. I am going to try to do that more now that the weather is warmer. It gives you a great workout, saves on gas, and helps the planet!


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AMYC0128 4/6/2011 4:10PM

    Thank you for sharing :)

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/6/2011 4:06PM

    Your cocoa spiced latte sounds delicious!

Thanks for sharing some of your inspiration with us. emoticon

My destination workout:
To go to the woods (about 45 minute drive) and walk the 8 mile loop with my family. Afterwards, I would love to have a picnic lunch!


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PRESHUZ 4/6/2011 3:33PM

    That cocoa spiced latte sounds delish! I think it's great that your BFF is going on this journey with you. It's amazing to have that type of support system.

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