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Sunday, July 07, 2013



Day 14 of the Spark Solution

Breakfast: Fruity French Toast with Greek Yogurt & milk. Tasted good, but seriously, 1 piece of French toast is hardly worth the bother. It does not satisfy me, it only makes me want more. If I canít have 2-3 pieces, it is not worth all the work.

Lunch: Mexican Pizza & avocado. Loved this! It tasted great, did not take me too long to prepare, and was very filling. Another new favorite. Iím not sure why they didnít just call it a bean & pepper tostada, but whatever.

Dinner: Carolina-Style Barbecue Chicken, Lemon Roasted Cauliflower, & baked potato. This was probably our favorite dinner yet. It tasted great. It was easy to prepare, and didnít take too long to cook. Will definitely make this again soon. I really loved the cauliflower and could have eaten an entire meal just of that!

Exercise: Declared today a day of rest, other than some housework that needed to be done and a little bit of leisurely walking.

Overview of the 14 day Spark Solution: I cannot honestly claim to have lost any weight on this plan. The few days before I started, I had extremely high sodium counts, as we were eating out all the time. Therefore, on day 1, my weight was inflated due to all the salt in my system and water retention. So when I dropped my sodium levels back to a reasonable amount, that water weight came off, and I was right where I was before those days of eating out. That is where I am today. That is not to say that I did not find this system beneficial. I think I come away from it with a lot of positives.

1. I donít think in my entire married life we have ever gone 14 days in a row without eating out.

2. I got out of my comfort zone in the kitchen and tried a lot of new herbs, spices, and cooking techniques that I had never tried before.

3. I tried 42 new recipes, and liked at least half of them.

4. My family was very supportive, and willing to try the new foods without too much complaining. We are all finicky eaters, so it was a real stretch for us.

5. Iím motivated to continue to try new foods and recipes, and try to increase my culinary skills, which are still sorely lacking.

6. While we did not save any money, because of the high cost of the ingredients, we did save travel time, and have more family time after meals.

7. I am motivated enough to continue with the basics of the plan, substituting the items that I donít like with items that I do. There are still a lot of recipes in the back of the book that I have not tried, and I am actually eager to do so.

8. I have some new personal favorites, and some new family favorites that I will continue to use.

9. I now accept that I have been putting some unrealistic expectations on myself as far as exercise is concerned, and will work on finding a balance.

10. I have come to realize that I need to wean myself off of certain aspects of Spark, so that I am using my time in a more productive manner. For example, I will benefit more from an extra walk around my neighborhood with my hubby or my son, than I will from spending the same amount of time reading yet another article, or posting another message just to earn a few more points.

11. I am beginning to see the benefit of planning a weekís worth of menus in advance, before I go to the grocery store. Even though it takes me longer to plan and make my grocery list, it will save me both time and money in the long run.

12. Sometimes there are more important things to be acquired than a lower number on the scales.

I will continue with the Spark Solution plan for a while longer, learning to make swaps as the book suggests, and tailoring it to my familyís likes and dislikes. I still have a lot to learn about cooking, and I think this is really helping me. While I donít like all the prep and clean-up time, that is more time on my feet and less on my bum.
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EHLIFESSHORT 7/13/2013 11:39PM

    emoticon to #9, 10 & 12, well done/said.

Peaceful out,
Wishing you health & happiness


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BECKYSFRIEND 7/10/2013 9:46PM

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BLUEANGELLK 7/10/2013 5:40PM

    Sounds like following the plan had a lot of great things, although it didn't automatically register on the scale for you. Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLISE 7/10/2013 1:57PM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a good experience overall! emoticon

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LIS193 7/9/2013 10:22AM

    Love french toast!

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MERRYMARY42 7/8/2013 11:02PM

    I love no. 9 and 10, there is not enough hours in a day to do what I want,

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LIVINGFREE19 7/8/2013 10:08PM

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KIPPER15 7/8/2013 9:30PM

    emoticon love the cartoon too

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JEANNETTE59 7/8/2013 1:50PM

  emoticon emoticon And I love the cartoon emoticon

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WIO_ALISA 7/8/2013 12:30PM

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Trying new things is challenging and you did it.
I am impressed that you didn't eat out for 14 days. That's huge in my book.

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L*I*T*A* 7/8/2013 11:14AM

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TINY67 7/8/2013 10:22AM

    Keep going.

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IDLETYME 7/8/2013 9:42AM

    I'm with you - that cauliflower sounds yummy. I'm proud of you for trying things that sound kind of off and now trying different spices - that's great. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/8/2013 9:25AM

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SEAWILLOW 7/8/2013 8:40AM

    You won for trying the recipes! A lot of work! emoticon

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OWL_20 7/8/2013 7:28AM

    This is an awesome, honest review--thanks for posting! Oh, and I love the cat lady, hee.

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DARJR50 7/8/2013 7:21AM

  good chuckle. Thanks for the review

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NILLAPEPSI 7/8/2013 7:11AM

    emoticon emoticon Funny cartoon. emoticon

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KMICHA 7/8/2013 7:06AM

    WTG!!! You made it though the 14 days. I thought your comments were very positive and encouraging!

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CARMADAB 7/8/2013 12:33AM

    You are on the right track

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SUSIEPH1 7/8/2013 12:27AM

    Great job sticking with the Spark Solution ! You are doing really well ..
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DEE107 7/8/2013 12:08AM

    way to go Lemon Chicken is so good

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ANHELIC 7/7/2013 11:56PM

    Great job. You are a success to stick with this. emoticon emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/7/2013 10:59PM

    emoticon great job of sticking to the plan & finding new good stuff to eat for you & the fam

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DETERMINEDJANET 7/7/2013 10:35PM

    Great evaluation to help you move forward!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 7/7/2013 10:26PM

    It's been great to go on the journey with you via your blogs. Sounds to me like it's really been a success and an education. Just reading your accounts has taught me a few things too. Thanks for jotting so much of it down and sharing it with everyone. You did a great job too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/7/2013 10:24PM

    Wonderful!

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123ELAINE456 7/7/2013 10:20PM

  I enjoyed reading your Blogs everyday while You were doing the 2 Week Diet Solution Plan. You done very Well. I love all of the Positives You have from it. The Way You tried many new recipes and learn more cooking skills in the process. This is Awesome. Congratulations!!! Keep It Up!!! You are Worth It. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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HENABELLE 7/7/2013 9:54PM

    I have enjoyed reading your blogs about your journey on the Spark Solution. Many of the dishes you've named have sounded delicious. It is great that your family has supported you doing this time. And I have been amazed at the amount of time you spent in exercise during humid, hot weather!!!! emoticon Also your positives are inspiring. I do cook homemade meals, but I am not very inventive or good at trying new recipes.

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LESLIELENORE 7/7/2013 9:46PM

    emoticon I am impressed that you stuck with it! Learning new cooking methods and recipes is great.

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