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Thursday, March 21, 2013

emoticon It's Thursday! I've always liked Thursdays...they seem to be extra productive days for me. Weird but true.

I'm thinking of all the healthier choices I've been making lately and I must say I'm darn proud of me~self for the effort. I feel lighter, I feel more in control and I feel a little more of that blessed energy is starting to flow back into my veins! emoticon

My crock pot has been getting quite the work out this last week. I made a fantastic lentil, butternut soup day before yesterday and have plenty left over to freeze. I'm trying my best to build up a freezer stock of items that can be defrosted and on the ready for quick healthy meals at night after a long day at work. It's working...this new plan...I'm on the RIGHT track!

Yesterday I made a chuck roast stew in the crock pot and although I cut TONS of fat off the meat before I put it into the pot..it still tasted greasy to me. I think I'm losing my affinity for red meat which can only be a GOOD thing. Today I'll scrape off all the fat that raises to the surface on the left overs and remind myself that that fat is now inside my body from the meal last night. Ughhh brings a visual of that nasty artery clogging fat up close and personal doesn't it?

It won't be hard to cut back on red meats since the super market pricing is helping us right along...the price of meat has sky rocketed here in SW FL. emoticon

I'm thrilled that I haven't had a drop...nope..not ONE DROP of coffee since my little health brush wake up call on 3/1. This is absolutely AMAZING to me. I loved my coffee...you remember about all the LOVE emoticon blogs I wrote about Don Pablo coffee.

BUT...because I loved that coffee SO much I was drinking WAY more of it than I should! Two healthy sized cups first thing in the a.m. while sparking..then my travel cup full and sipped on throughout the day at work. TOO much...I didn't realize that it was making me edgy and tense and a little crabby. I didn't know because I had no point of reference comparing my demeanor to a caffeine free self. I always thought that I had no reaction to coffee whatsoever. It took kicking it to the curb 'cold turkey' to get that realization. I did...and it wasn't such a good thing.

Our seasonal biz is winding down as Easter approaches. It won't be long until Florida rolls up it's streets and becomes a ghost town. I always hate to see season end. Especially now that we are preparing most of our meals here at home and aren't forced to wait out the long lines at restaurants. That used to be my only celebration for when the snow birds flew back home.

Now...we will settle in for the summer. DH and I have promised ourselves that this year we will close down the gallery for the entire month of August (our VERY slowest month) and take ourselves somewhere FUN! It may be playing tourist out at a little bungalow in Captiva Island, it may be flying to Panama to see our friends and the new eco lodge they are developing there. It may be our beloved mountains in N. Carolina...but it will be doing something! You can only be a worker bee for so long and then even THEY need a little 'put your feetsies up and have fun' time!

I do know that I will be healthier and will weigh less and therefore will have more energy to explore and hike and swim and travel. That's thanks to my challenge teams, my sparkling friends, and this wonderful world that lights a spark to my fire each and EVERY day!

Stay sparky my friends...it's all in the journey...indeed it's in the journey! emoticon
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SPARKLINGME176 3/27/2013 11:21PM

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on your vacation plans! You deserve it! I get a working one in mid April, San Diego, CA. DH has a conference he HAS to go to for his business..... I get to walk around the pears & see the ocean!!!!! YIPPY!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/23/2013 3:13PM

    Love the slow cooker (I have six that I use regularly if not monthly). And I find pork roasts to be even more fatty than beef -- Yikes! I skim all the fat off the top before making gravy the next day.

Great move to plan to close the shoppe for August. You need this time to re-energize and now will have something to look forward to (like your trip to New York with girlfriend!). You've really got it together, girlfriend! Love, love, love your blog! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 3/22/2013 4:59AM

    Makes your world go around the moon and back again....

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LIBBYL1 3/21/2013 11:21PM

  wonderful to read such happiness!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 3/21/2013 9:41PM

    Lentil butternut soup sounds wonderful! Coffee is an acceptable drug that is all too easy to overdose on. Good for you!

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/21/2013 9:41PM

    What a positive blog! You sound SO happy! emoticon You are the second person this week that has reminded me of cooking extra so I can freeze some for later. emoticon As far as the red meat, I don't eat much of it anymore either and thanks to SP, when I used to eat 1-2 vegetables PER WEEK, I now eat them daily. MIRACLE since I wasn't crazy about vegetables. AND I don't drink coffee but love coke......and it is hard to say no to that. I am down to once a week and hope to just have it every 10 days, then every 2 weeks, etc., until no more. Good luck! emoticon

I live in SE Florida, north of Miami-Dade county. What a small world! The heat is coming and I don't like it at all; too hot. So, enjoy your August vacation. Mine will be in air conditioning! emoticon Chelsea emoticon

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MS.ELENI 3/21/2013 8:16PM

    I have several crock pots and love them

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MIRAGE727 3/21/2013 7:53PM

    Man, do I love healthy crock pot cooking!
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Definitely saw a very positive gear change in your style, Bobbi! When we fuel right, our bodies respond in kind.
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I've only lived on the Sun Coast for four years now. I appreciate the economic boost we get and enjoy our semi-residents. I also appreciate my quiet time on Honeymoon Island. I love the heat here with the soothing Gulf breezes.I never thought I would enjoy life so much. Thanks for sharing. Stay strong and focused.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/21/2013 7:47PM

    I'm amazed that you were able to cut out coffee so completely. I'm glad you are feeling better.


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TKOVACH1 3/21/2013 4:51PM

    I agree with everything you blogged about except the coffee. Never drank coffee so I've never had much caffeine. I hope you pick someplace wonderful to go to in August!
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OJ_2_OK 3/21/2013 4:25PM

    I'm so proud of your progress. I feel exactly the same way about my health and mental frame of mind. I feel more in "control" as you have stated. Its a great feeling, kinda makes you wonder how you got off the band wagon to begin with? Any ways, I'm glad you and DH have decided to take some time off in august! vacation will be so nice!

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GRACEOMALLEY 3/21/2013 3:10PM

    I call it Friday-Eve. You are just cruisin' along, Lady! I need to use my crockpot more, but I agree with you about putting up stuff in the freezer to heat and eat up later. I do that almost every weekend, because I can make healthy casseroles or soups or stews that can be frozen and taken for lunch or heated up for dinner. That way I control the contents and the serving size.

In Europe August is summer vacation month and so much effectively closes down. Why shouldn't we enjoy that? We Americans get the least vacation time, so enjoy whatever you can eek out.

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TSISQUAUSDI 3/21/2013 10:20AM

    Ah, the beloved crock-pot meals! I do them often! I especially love the roast chicken, and the wonderful huge pot of chicken and barley soup I make with the leftovers.

I still have my coffee in the morning - not drinking as much during the day though. I've tried a coffee-less life and don't see the advantage for me that outweighs the pleasure of that cup in the morning.

As for August, you go, Girl!!! I wish I had the funds to take a whole month off - and if I did, August or September would be the time I would do it! So hot here during that time! Wherever you go, enjoy it to the max!

Love you - mean it!

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MPARKER67 3/21/2013 10:08AM

    August sounds wonderful.


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VICKI-B- 3/21/2013 9:55AM

  I love my crock pot too and use it a lot. emoticon

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DR1939 3/21/2013 9:51AM

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CYND59 3/21/2013 9:34AM

    I agree that Sparkfriends are very important. Sometimes they are the only ones that understand what we are going through.

I have up red meat three months ago and I must say I feel so much better. I also gave up caffeine so I only have one cup of decaf coffee in the morning and then I am done for the day. No soda or sugary drinks. They were just calories that I did not need.

The lentil soup sounds great. I think I have some homemade veggie soup in the freezer that I made a few weeks ago. That just might be what I take out for dinner tonight.

Hope you have a wonderful day! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 3/21/2013 8:29AM

    Great blog! You sounded like Florida Sun to me. lol O love Florida! Thanks for sharing.

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/21/2013 8:26AM

    Thursday is my day, too. in full swing by then!

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