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The new summer 5% challenge, goals, plans, & roadmap to get there

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

emoticon If there is one team I totally adore in Spark~world it's my fab 5% challenge Teddy Bear team! I've never been on a more organized, fun, but make you accountable team ever...and that's EXACTLY what it takes to lose the weight.

You can't just SAY you are going to do actually have to exert the effort to get it DONE!

And on this eight week go round I'm their ML (motivational leader) so that is EXTRA pressure to walk the walk...and step up to the challenge big time.

So here's my plan:

The challenge starts this Saturday 7/27...I've got just a few days to get every temptation OUT of the house!

Rummage through the pantry and look at the ingredient lists of all the stuff in there. If anything is there that will sabotage my weight loss plan...donate it to our local food pantry. This will be easy because I often volunteer from time to time at our little Soup Kitchen.

Stop buying chips...even the healthy bean chips! I tell myself they are healthy...but they ARE chips..just too many calories for too little return! emoticon

I'll solve this crunch craving problem by making my own crunchers that are healthy and low cal.

Kale is the NEW spinach and it's sooo good for you! This is a little carb~y but the healthiness overrides that I think.

Kale Chips 2 servings =90 cal per serving 3.3 g protein 2 g fiber 10 carb.

1 bunch fresh kale (or 1/2 lb)
2 t evoo
sea salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 500 F. Line rimmed cookie sheets with parchment or foil. Tear the leaves off the thick stems in chip sized pieces. An easy way is just to fold the leaf in half and rip towards the stem. Put in bowl and drizzle with EVOO and salt and pepper to taste. I throw on a little 'Slap ya Momma' seasoning also because I like a little kick.

Bake 5 minutes (watch them every oven is different) or until edges are brown and kale is crispy when moved around in the pan.

This is mighty good...and it satisfies that crunch factor low calorie style with lots of goodness crammed in for a pretty big quantity of chips. emoticon

I'll post other recipes that I think are pretty good for the time invested in making them.

Put new batteries in my Aria scale which is wirelessly attached to my Fitbit to keep records on the computer.

Strive for 10,000 steps per day on my Fitbit and 8 flights of stairs.

Plan my entire weeks menus out and make sure I have the groceries available to make them.

Sometimes when we get home for our consignment gallery I'm just too pooped to cook.

I'm going to concentrate on dinner salads for our evenings. I am currently in LOVE emoticon with a new chopped salad that is out from Taylor Farms. They have a Southwest, Asian, and another one...brain freeze...can't think of it right now. They are all FRESH ingredients and I love that each has fresh cilantro for some ZING! emoticon You can add regular lettuce to them also these are cabbage based. Or you can just eat them as they come which we usually do.

I get mine at Target Extra (the one that has the grocery section in it) These salads have really crunchy cabbages in them already chopped nicely. The include a dressing packet and a little bag of crunchers for topping in them. They usually have about 3 servings in them and 1 serving w/dressing is about 160 calories. As I recall they are about $3.99 each...we split so a pretty inexpensive meal for sure! Beats going out and spending 3 x that for a salad that isn't half as good!

The hubs and I split one bag so we each have about a serving and a half. I add on some slices of chicken, or some steak, or sometimes some pork loin...and then throw on blueberries, and tomatoes, and onion, pineapple is GREAT...whatever...the salad is VERY filling and usually never more than 700 calories. That's a pretty fantastic light dinner and again...soooo crunchy!

Try might like them on our new challenge...quick, filling, nutritious, and satisfying...that's my new mantra! emoticon emoticon

I'm also going to dig out my Spark DVD's and pop those in for some quick strength training and start using weights at night while watching the boob tube.

I'm also challenging myself to walk on my treadmill for some of my favorite programs. If I'm not on the treadmill...I can't watch them. Good in theory right? emoticon We'll see how it works in real life.

Also too...I'm calling on you my wonderful teamies~to rattle my cage and keep me on track...I need a task master and it surely ain't ME! emoticon

Okay...we've got the plan, we've got the action, now all we need is the follow through...come on Summer Challenge...we CAN and WILL do this!

I'm hoping to lose 9.5 pounds this go round. emoticon

I know tracking is a BIG part of I'll do my best to get that done also. Why do I HATE that so much? Because I have to sit still and just do it...that's why...but I'll do it for my bears! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
2ABBYNORMAL 7/28/2013 10:34PM

    Good luck on this journey and I hope you meet your goals.

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SNOWYOGA 7/26/2013 9:27PM

    Really want to try Kale chips! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/25/2013 11:00PM

    You have a great plan!

Thanks for sharing the Kale chips recipe...I'm going to try it.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 7/25/2013 8:13PM

    You can do it! Love the recipe...going to have to add it to my recipe box! We're going to rock this challenge!

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SUNNY332 7/25/2013 5:18PM

    We love Kale Chips.

Best wishes on your 5% challenge.


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NEWFLABULESS 7/25/2013 2:46PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful words of encouragement and the recipes that sounds yummy! I truly appreciate your friendship.

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AGAPEJOY 7/25/2013 10:59AM

    You seem all set to go! I'll have to tell my DIL about the Kale chips. She likes kale.

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DS9KIE 7/25/2013 7:21AM

    yum on the kale chips and salads

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AWESOMECHELZ 7/25/2013 4:25AM

    Bobbi, you are to a great start!! emoticon
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JAZZEJR 7/25/2013 3:37AM

    Hey, Girl, you're eating like me these days -- kale and chopped salads.:) Also try this smoothie: take a couple of leaves of your kale, a handful of spinach, douse (maybe a half cup) with almond milk (I like the vanilla, no sugar), add 4-5 strawberries, a handful of blueberries (or any other berries), 1/2 banana (or more) and blend on high speed. Add a cup of crushed ice and blend again. Breakfast and a snack -- so refreshing and anti-oxidant packed!

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KALISWALKER 7/24/2013 8:09PM

    Let's do it!

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  You have inspired me to look within to develop my creative core of who I am.

Your pieces you have created are works of art as are the other pieces of the other lady who has captured so much of the raw beauty of nature and I thank you for sharing so much of who you are because it has really helped me.

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ADRIENALINE 7/24/2013 7:21PM

    Thanks for the awesome Kale chip recipe. Kale is sooooo good for you. Carbs are not evil when they are on the fiber side and oh so many vita/mins. You sound so ready you can't help but succeed!

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  I love adding cabbage and celery and apples to my salads for extra crunch and love all your ideas about salads with added protein which is always excellent, thanks.

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TERMITEMOM 7/24/2013 6:41PM

    Yeah! I am so looking forward to this challenge and i am so happy to be a bear!
These kale chips look mighty good. Never tried Evoo though...

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BBONET 7/24/2013 5:27PM

    I need to try the Kale chips!!!! Great goals!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/24/2013 3:41PM

    It helps so much to get rid of the temptations!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/24/2013 12:49PM

    will have to try those kale chips!!!!! Sounds like you have a great plan in place. I know you can do it!!!!

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MS.ELENI 7/24/2013 12:47PM

    Good plans. emoticon

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LASARRE 7/24/2013 12:38PM

    Great plan! My fitbit Aria needs new batteries too. Will have to get some before the challenge starts :)

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KSTYLEFITNESS 7/24/2013 12:31PM

    I have to find that chopped salad! Also, I'm going to try and have salad fixings on hand so I can make super deluxe salads. Mine are pretty boring that's why I rarely eat them.

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MPARKER67 7/24/2013 12:17PM

    Sounds like a great plan. I know you will do it!

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GOING-STRONG 7/24/2013 11:04AM

    Fabulous plan... you can do it! I'm still tracking.... 7 weeks now. I think I have developed a habit. I sure hope so as tracking does keep you from doing the mindless eating.

I am doing my long run today. 13 miles. I signed up for a FULL marathon this Fall and have gradually taken my mileage up each week to get ready. I'm not getting any younger and I figured if I ever want to check that off my bucket list I better get to it. My body is sore today before I even get started running lol.

Have a wonderful day. Big Teddy Bear Hug to you,

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OLDERDANDRT 7/24/2013 10:00AM

    Fantastic getting so much done in prep for the 5% challenge!! I'm a CLOVERLEAF for this challenge and I'm taking your lead. Gonna dive into that book of recipes and get a move on!! Way to go, Bobbi!! Let's blow this 5% out of the water!!! ((HUGS))

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MSLZZY 7/24/2013 9:59AM

    I really have to make some kale chips as we have 8 plants in the garden and I need to get on the ball and just do it. Maybe tonight. Thanks for the information! You ROCK!

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JUSTME29 7/24/2013 9:43AM

    Kale chips are great. I didn't think they would be, but then I ended up with a batch of kale I didn't know what to do with so I asked hubby to try making them. He was a bit skeptical (so was I) but even though they'll never replace "real" chips they are good. My little guy loves them and asks for them. He's even asked me to get kale for chips as his addition to the shopping list. The one problem I've found with the kale chips though is that when it's humid they need to be eaten quickly or they reabsorb moisture from the air and revert to just kale instead of crunchy kale chips.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/24/2013 9:40AM

    I just went and tried to join that team - invitation only. Oh well. (smiling)

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BARBARAROSE54 7/24/2013 9:38AM

    thanks for sharing the recipe.

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