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Happy Monday! Chilly & Chili!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Good morning Sparkers! I am feeling mostly happy - which is nice. I have a bit of stress floating around in my mind, but I am trying to keep smiling.

I had a pretty lovely weekend. Hopefully everyone else did too! I got some walking & exercising in. I didn't do any 5K training though. I definitely want to get to the park this week sometime - either on Turkey day or on Friday. It will probably be cold, but I won't let that discourage me. I am off both Thursday & Friday woohoo! 4 day weekend yippee! It is pretty slow at work right now, so I am trying to plan out the rest of the Christmas gifts I want to get!

I made 5 kinds of chili yesterday - it took about 4 hours to do all of it. I made beef chili with no onions, regular beef chili, and spicy beef chili. The chili was nice because it got pretty cold last night. It warmed me up! I used tomato sauce & the pre-mix spice packet for the beef chili. I don't eat red meat anymore, but I heard it was good! I also made mild turkey chili & spicy turkey chili. I made some for dinner & also some for my sick Grandmother. She is 92, but LOVES spicy food! Yum! I also made chocolate muffins by using the pumpkin puree. They didn't come out as well as I wanted them too. I had half of one, and it was really chewy. At least they smelled amazing! =)

I had trouble keeping up with my calories this weekend. I went shopping with my Mom Saturday morning, and I didn't get anything to eat before we left. Then, I only had a teeny sandwich for lunch. My whole day was funky. Then yesterday I had yogurt for breakfast but skipped lunch because I was cooking so much! Hopefully I get back on track this week. Sometimes I really hate fitting in time to eat hahaha. I should of had a protein bar yesterday while cooking, but I was too focused!

I am feeling a little stressed today. My Dad has to get another procedure done at the hospital today. They have to alter his pacemaker/defibrillator to make it less sensitive. They have to stop his heart and have it shock it back to working again... crazy. He just got out of the hospital because he was really sick, so I don't know why they want to do this right away. Oh well =( Hopefully it all works out. I wrote him a greeting card letting him know I am thinking about him today!

Hopefully everyone keeps Sparking today! I know I definitely need to get back on my regular eating habits again!




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  • v ROXYZMOM
    Yum! That does look good! We love chili in the winter. Have you tried white chicken chili?

    Sorry your dad has to have the procedure. That is good he is staying on top of his health.

    Hope you are having a fantastic week!
    1319 days ago
  • v TATTER3
    I do a bean chili that literally is amazing...got the idea from SP ....no meat...just beans and tomatoes. Never thought I'd like something like that...but I make it several times in the winter and crave it. Very filling. Love the blog....Keep Sparkin'!!!
    1319 days ago
  • v EATVEGAN
    Wow! You were really cooking. I made the pumpkin spice muffins w/o water for the potluck. I bought a mini-muffin pan to make them in. No one took them. So I took them around and offered them. Everyone said "what are they?" Then they began to disappear. I, too, found them a little chewy. Good flavor, though. I'm making the chocolate ones for Thanksgiving Day. Had a friend who had to have her heart stopped and restarted. They did it two different occasions. It turned out fine. Hope all goes well with your dad.
    1319 days ago
  • v IRISHGIRL3
    I'm sorry to hear about your dad - I hope everything goes smoothly!!!!!

    And make sure you get your proper calorie intake! you don't want your body to go into starvation mode!

    This may sound odd, but I've never had chili before - looks good though!

    HAve a great night!!!!!

    1319 days ago
  • v MICKEYH
    Your chili looks awesome !! Sorry to hear about your father. Best wishes for him. Get well soon. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week !!

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  • v PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    My MIL has to have a big heart procedure done on November 30. They are going to essentially kil part of her heart. It all sounds so crazy, doesn't it? I'll keep your dad in my thoughts! I'm sure it will all go well. Sorry your muffins didn't turn out like you hoped. All those chilis sound great! I love that your Grandma loves spicy food! I hope I can continue to eat like her! Remember my friend, you need food to energize that new & improved active body! Stop skippig meals! You need fuel!
    1319 days ago
  • v IRONBLOSSOM
    Wow, that's a lot of cooking! I wish I had half your energy for cooking. :-)

    Hope you have a great week, I too am looking forward to the 4 day weekend.
    1319 days ago
  • v LIVINGFREE19
    I'll be praying for your dad.

    The food looks really good!

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  • v MCJULIEO
    I love chili when it gets cold outside....

    Hope your dad has a great experience... hang in there!
    1319 days ago
  • v KAREN2LOSE55
    Oh, I'll be thinking of your Dad so much today and hopefully this procedure will make him better and stronger! Your pictures look yummy! Your muffins rose up nice and fluffy! We both will be pushing hard all week long! Happy Thanksgiving to you, my dear!

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  • v ALICIALYNNE
    Hope everything goes fine with your dad's procedure! Scary stuff!
    1319 days ago
  • v SIRENSONGS
    My thoughts are with your father. I hope his health improves soon!

    The chili and muffins look yummy! I hope you have a better week this week and keep Sparking strong!
    1320 days ago
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