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Sunday, June 30, 2013



Day 7 of The Spark Solution

Made the Protein Pancakes with blueberries in them for breakfast. Not too bad. Iíd eat them again. Very filling. Tried the Greek Meatball Pita with Greek Salad for lunch. Liked it, but there was no way it would even come close to fitting in the pita. Ended up just eating it with a fork. Pulled weeds for 2 hours for my exercise today. Had left-over Baked Macaroni & Cheese for dinner, which is even worse warmed up than the 1st time around.

My complaint for the day is the time that it takes for me to make all this stuff. I do not have the experience in the kitchen the book seems to assume. If the book says 10 minutes prep time, it takes me about an hour. Then it takes me at least 45 minutes to clean up afterwards. I have gone from doing dishes once a day to 3-4 times per day. I can get by with this in the summer when Iím off work, but once school starts up, there is no way IĎll have that kind of time unless I never sleep. It is also making it difficult for me to get other things done that need to be, when I make exercise a priority. If I didnít have to work, and had no kids or husband to take care of, it would be much easier. I keep hoping Iíll get faster at this, but no such luck yet. I'm sure people who know their way around the kitchen don't have this problem.
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  • v EHLIFESSHORT
    I work 10-12 hrs day, so your coming in loud'n clear, hang in there it usually get easier eh
    Peace out
    1150 days ago
  • v GINA180847
    It will be interesting to see what the immediate future holds for you with this program.
    1152 days ago
  • v ROCKYCPA
    Good for you for doing the program!
    1152 days ago
  • v BROWNCOFIDDLER
    I really do understand what you're saying. By the time you get all the cooking & clean up done there's no time to workout!!! It's really frustrating. My blog yesterday was about striking a balance - I have not been able to do that. It's been all or nothing. All for health and '0' for music. In your case, with this new challenge the cooking/prep time is just too much. If it was just an exercise challenge it would be easier - but it also involves cooking and all of that, the new recipes are all time consuming, sometimes frustrating & exhausting. Hang in there, you're doing a great job. emoticon
    1152 days ago
  • v KIPPER15
    I cook weekends and reheat during the week. I commute two hours each day so it cuts out any spare time I might have to cook. emoticon
    1152 days ago
  • v SEAWILLOW
    A woman's work is never done. I do not work a full time job but the work I do at home is time consumung as well.
    1152 days ago
  • v SPARKCHANTAL
    oh I know what you mean. I have often meditated on all the kitchen work for three lousy 400-calorie meals a day myself.
    1152 days ago
  • v DLDMIL
    Practice makes perfect. But sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. But, I do believe that you will get through this and become faster at prepping your meals. Stay strong and keep up the great work.
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    1152 days ago
  • v GINNABOOTS
    I admire you for doing the program. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1152 days ago
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  • v LINDAKAY228
    Maybe by the time school starts you will be more familiar with the prep for some of these things and can do it faster. Or adapt it to what you can do. I am really slow with something new but after I've done it or something very similar a while I get faster. Good luck.
    1153 days ago
  • v JEANNETTE59
    Remember you're following a plan written by someone else and it will be a guideline, a teaching tool, not something that you Must follow as written for the rest of your life.

    Try approaching time in the kitchen like a new exercise program, it gets easier with practice.

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    1153 days ago
  • v GINA180847
    Yes, I too find the prep time given extremely optimistic and not realistic. I have always set aside Sunday during some wonderful radio shows as a time to chop, mix and get a lot of large dishes made and then frozen. Especially things like pad thai, soups, stews and maybe a bean salad. I have 8 containers of spaghetti sauce in the freezer and can always grab one if I am stuck for a good meal. I need to live this way in order to get in all the hiking and yardwork. Good luck with wrapping your mind around all the new info.
    1153 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
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  • v IDLETYME
    You are doing a great job - hanging right in there. It should get easier as you go along and you find shortcuts. Best wishes!!!! emoticon
    1153 days ago
  • v GAYLE-G-63
    For inexperienced cooks like us it can be difficult. Hang in there!
    1153 days ago
  • v CYBERCITYSHELL
    The more you do it the quicker you will get at doing it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1153 days ago
  • v DR1939
    You're right about prepping taking a good bit of time. I try to do prep for several things at the same. If I need to chop an onion for one meal, I chop enough for tuna sandwiches or for another meal. This doesn't work with everything, but it does for a lot. Onions and bell peppers can be purchased frozen and chopped although they taste best when cooked rather than added to salads, etc. I do not wash utensils that I use with vegetables every time I use them. Meats are a different story, everything that touches it goes into the dishwasher. Finally, someone else loads the dishwasher after the meal.

    Once you find some recipes that you like and that you think will freeze well, make enough for a second meal. I usually put that in my meal tracker for the next week. If you plan accompaniments that can be frozen, stick enough for the 2nd meal in the freezer right next to the main dish.

    Wow! I know what you mean about exercise. It does take up time. Sometimes you can incorporate the rest of the family into it, sometimes not. But you know this as you roller skate with your DH. My cardiologist tells me very clearly that if I want to live I have to exercise and I have to do it regularly. That motivates me to get out there and walk. OTOH, sometimes we do have to evaluate the time we spend on things. An hour a day is more doable than several hours. Working out at home takes less time than doing to a gym. However, gym time can be shared time with family or friends.

    Here's to your new lifestyle! You are doing quite well.
    1153 days ago
  • v PMAY0313
    I do my cooking in bulk on the weekends otherwise I would be sunk. I have no time during the week to do much other than pack a lunch to take with me. NEVER enough time!
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    1153 days ago
  • v DARJR50
    I can relate
    1153 days ago
  • v NILLAPEPSI
    Hang in there! You're doing so well!! emoticon
    1153 days ago
  • v HENABELLE
    A change is lifestyle is hard to do. I think that's why I struggle so much to lose weight and accommodate the family's needs too. Somewhere there is the right balance between it all. I just haven't found it yet. Keep persevering and you will get there!

    I am curious about the answers in the movie Ratatouille emoticon Maybe I should watch it again.
    1153 days ago
  • v 123ELAINE456
    Great Blog. You are doing Well. It will take time to learn shortcuts in the Kitchen in preparing and cooking all the Food. Maybe You could take one day and fix most of it, freeze it and all You would have to do is the heat it up for each meal. And buy Produce already cut up and is ready to use/eat.. These are suggestions You might think about and want to do. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.
    1153 days ago
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  • v TWEETYKC00
    Maybe once you get used to doing things it will get better.
    1153 days ago
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  • v LESLIELENORE
    emoticon I felt like that kitty today!
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  • v DEE107
    hugs my friend hope you find a happy medium with the cooking
    1153 days ago
  • v LIVINGFREE19
    Maybe in time you will find shortcuts?!


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  • v ANHELIC
    Love the picture and I am behind you. You are a real trooper to stick with it. emoticon emoticon
    1153 days ago
  • v COCK-ROBIN
    You'll do it. It just takes time. You should find the movie Ratatouille and watch it. It has a lot of answers, and is SO fun!
    1153 days ago
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