-AMANDA79-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DAMANDA79%2D -AMANDA79-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Long time, no blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760894 Hello friends! I've been creeping around sparkpeople, but not blogging. Thought I would take a few minutes and post an update. <BR> <BR> Weight - After hitting my maintenance weight in August of 2012, I maintained for about a year. The last year I have been peeking over the top of my maintenance range by as much as 4 lbs. That's almost 10 lbs over goal. Not cool. Pleased to announce that the last three weeks I have been laser focused and am back in range! <BR> <BR> Exercise - I joined... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:46:49 EST Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696942 I revived the What's Cookin' Good Lookin' recipe game on the maintainers team this month. We pick a new recipe, make it, and blog about it. Here is the link to the discussion thread if you are interested. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=12988x1111x<BR>57722004 </link> <BR> <BR> This month I decided to make Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken. It is very popular at sparkrecipes. Here's the link. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:11:16 EST Hamburger Noodle Casserole - delicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591126 I was browsing through my Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook and came across this recipe. What caught my attention was the use of cream cheese. Very similar to Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe that is floating around the net, but way easier on the calories. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that someone had already entered it into the recipe calculator. Here is the link to the recipe here on spark. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=488578 </l... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:18:25 EST Taco Spaghetti - YUM!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555377 Taco Spaghetti Recipe Review <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1017651508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Recipe Link <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2625633 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a Taste of Home recipe. We all liked it so much that I wanted to know the calorie count and share it with you all! <BR> <BR> The combination of ground beef and black beans makes this recipe high in protein and inexpensive. I made this into two 8x8 casseroles ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:10:37 EST Recipe Review! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512191 We have revived the recipe review game over at the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. I had this one saved for ages, so it was a perfect time to try it. <BR> <BR> Mom's Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318081318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the recipe <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=288719 </link> <BR> <BR> This was really simple to put together and cooked nic... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:57:55 EST My plan - Week of 10/6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506025 I've been doing a great job following my plans the last couple weeks! Give it a try! You might just like it. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I'll plan my dinners and workouts. For breakfasts and lunches, I'll have a couple things planned that I can alternate between. <BR> <BR> Breakfasts - either greek yogurt with fruit and sunflower kernels OR cottage cheese with tomatoes OR homemade breakfast burritos <BR> <BR> Lunch... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:20:00 EST My Plan - Week of 9/30/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499625 I'll plan my dinners and workouts. For breakfasts and lunches, I'll have a couple things planned that I can alternate between. <BR> <BR> Breakfasts - either eggs, toast, and fruit OR greek yogurt with fruit and sunflower kernels OR cottage cheese with tomatoes. One day this week I'll probably treat myself to a breakfast burrito <BR> <BR> Lunches - either leftovers from dinner OR carnita quesadillas (I batched cooked some of these yesterday and put them in the freezer). <BR> <BR> Dinners... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:38:36 EST What I am loving this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498087 Two things that I am really loving this week - 1. Roasting frozen veggies and 2. dailyburn.com <BR> <BR> Roasting Frozen Veggies <BR> <BR> I've been roasting fresh veggies for quite some time. I think it all started with a sparkpeople recipe that roasted sweet and white potatoes together. If you haven't tried this, do it. Do it the very next time you cook. You can look up hundreds of recipes or you can take some fresh veggies, toss them with a little olive oil and seasoning. Throw them... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:16:07 EST My plan - Week of 9/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492838 I used to do this all the time and started slacking. I saw my sparkfriend Sandy's plan and decided this was just what I need to get back on track! <BR> <BR> I'll plan my dinners and workouts. For breakfasts and lunches, I'll have a couple things planned that I can alternate between. <BR> <BR> Breakfasts - either boiled eggs, toast, and fruit OR greek yogurt with fruit and sunflower kernels, one day this week I'll probably treat myself to a breakfast burrito <BR> <BR> Lunches - either lef... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 14:11:56 EST August Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476572 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - This was the first month all year that I didn't get my 1000 minutes. I was really focused and running great up until my race on August 10 and then got a little lazy. However, I did manage to shave almost ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:32:08 EST July Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444241 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Got my 1000 minutes of exercise in this month. Have been eating healthy foods, just too much of them. Trying to focus on portions and limiting alcohol. I gained 5 lbs in June and have gotten 1 or 2 of the... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:40:16 EST Still Maintaining - Must Focus on Quantity and Quality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426330 I finally stopped yo-yoing last August and have really become a "maintainer". Maintainers are not merely folks who have reached their goal weight. Maintainers are focused. Maintainers are conscious of their food and beverage choices. They exercise regularly. Maintainers know that just because they have reached their goal weight does not mean they can return to an unhealthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I've been doing really awesome here the last year. I don't mind admitting that I haven't bee... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:47:25 EST June Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410615 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> This month was certainly an anomaly. I went on three road trips in two weeks. Being away from home and work certainly took its toll on my goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Just managed to squeak in my 1000 minutes of ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:28:47 EST Anniversary Getaway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379523 Today is my 14th anniversary! At the tender age of 20, me and DH said, "I do." It hasn't always been easy, but here we are, still together. <BR> <BR> To celebrate we ditched the kids and headed to Dallas. We saw an awesome concert, The Postal Service. We also went to a water park! If you and your significant other haven't been to a water park sans kids, you HAVE to do it! We giggled and played and had so much fun it was ridiculous! <BR> <BR> As for nutrition and exercise, I didn't eat... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:10:41 EST May Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374545 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Did great here this month. Got my 1000 minutes of exercise in for the month. I purchased the Les Mills Pump set and am loving these new strength training dvds. Now that it is staying light out later I am r... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:51:09 EST Recipe Review Blog - Baked Round Steak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367476 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262878377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=201865 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> My round steak wasn't tenderized, but I poked some little holes in it with a meat tenderizer that I have. I was worried that it would be tough, but baking it in the oven after you brown the meat really makes it nice and tender. Both the girls ate this and DH raved that it was delicious. I'll be making this ... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:44:33 EST April Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344661 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Did great here this month. Got my 1000 minutes of exercise in for the month. Had a goal to run a 5k in under 30:00. I trained hard and met my goal. Pretty excited about that! Still eating most of our mea... Fri, 3 May 2013 18:33:54 EST Cajun Shrimp and Rice Recipe Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332697 Link to recipe: <BR> <link>www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quic<BR>k-recipes/dinner/seven-easy-slow-cooke<BR>r-recipes/?page=6 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961945911.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was easy and delicious. The only think I did differently was that I added some sausage that I had in the freezer. My only complaint was that making the rice in the crock pot seems to over-cook it. Had some leftovers for lunch yesterday. YUMMY!! Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:24:35 EST Personal Record!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329891 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l311140693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello all! I'm thrilled to report that I set a personal record this morning at the No Excuse for Abuse 5k - 29:26!! <BR> <BR> I have always been happy to be a slow runner. Recently, I started picking up the pace a little. I set a goal to run this race in under 30:00. I know that isn't that fast for some of you, but I consider it pretty quick. I have really been working hard to improve my pace. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:49:02 EST March Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307231 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Really falling into a rhythm here. Got my 1000 minutes of exercise in for the month. I have always been happy to just trot along on a 5 (12 minute mile) on my treadmill. Lately, I've put a little pep in m... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 09:26:31 EST Round Six - What's Cookin', Good Lookin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302444 If you haven't checked out the Budget Bytes blog, do it. She doesn't have calorie counts up on her recipes, but It is easy enough to track the components of the dishes. Also, there comes a time when you can look at a recipe and know that it is healthy. Her recipes are all healthy. <BR> <BR> Creamy Spinach & Sausage Pasta <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1047336371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013/01/cre<BR>amy-spinach-sausage-pasta-591-... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:12:48 EST When you fail to plan, you plan to fail! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298140 Followed my plan for food and fitness last week 100%! YAY! <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Dinner - Chicken Tetrazzini. Love this recipe because it makes two 8x8 casseroles. We will have one tonight and I'll put one in the freezer for a busy night. <BR> Workout - Body Revolution dvd <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> Dinner-Pigs in a Blanket, fruit <BR> Workout - Run <BR> <BR> Tuesday <BR> Dinner - Chicken Alfredo and Biscuits. One of my family's FAVORITE spark recipes. <BR> Workout - Body Revolution dvd... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:12:02 EST Mix it up!! Keep it fresh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297343 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1436614304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Went swimming this morning and it was so awesome! Haven't done it in ages and I'm so glad that I went. That's not me swimming, but I wanted to post a picture so that when I come back to this blog I'll see it and I'll be reminded of how much fun and what a great workout I had. <BR> <BR> I swam 20 laps in 35 minutes. I don't know if that's good or not, but I know that I was huffing and puffing! Being a runner... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:20:58 EST Round Five - What's Cookin', Good Lookin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294280 We are still going strong with the cooking extravaganza over on the maintainers' team. This round I chose a fajita recipe. <BR> <BR> <link>budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2013/02/ove<BR>n-fajitas-778-recipe-195-serving.html </link> <BR> <BR> I really loved the method here. You cut up your meat, peppers, and onion. Then drizzle with oil, sprinkle with seasoning and throw in the oven. Viola! Fajitas! I used a packet of seasoning instead of mixing it myself as I already had one on hand. I ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:55:13 EST Back to Routine!! This week's plan :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289232 Did ya miss me?? :) We went out of town this week for spring break. It was fun, but I'm glad to be home and back to my routine. Eating out every meal has killed my waistline and my bank account. I didn't get any intentional exercise in, but was very active with the kids. Have a 5k coming up 4/20 and I'd like to break 30:00. That is going to take some serious work! <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Dinner - Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots. I look forward to this every St. Patrick's Day. ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:59:49 EST Mexican Baked Fish Recipe Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278963 Trying to incorporate more fish into our diet. This was my kinda recipe - four ingredients and into the oven. Even though I would've preferred a hotter flavor, I used mild sauce for DH and the girls. Everyone loved it. This is going on the "keeper" list. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=518736 </link> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:50:20 EST February Review - Better Late Than Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278651 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. Don't want my goals to be forgotten as the year wears on. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Doing really well here. I was sick for about 5 days, but am back at it. Hit my goal to exercise 1000 minutes in February. Food has been good as well. Have really cut back on my alcohol and am sticking... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:01:50 EST My Plan to Develop The Habit of Exercising with the Kids! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271007 We are developing new habits this week for the 5% Winter Challenge. I want to exercise with my kids more regularly. <BR> <BR> My Plan <BR> 1. Gather fun kids workout videos and fitness ideas. If we have lots of options, exercising with the girls will be fresh. They also get a real kick out of picking the workout. Picking anything really. <BR> <BR> 2. Commit to two workouts a week. We will put it on paper and put it on the fridge. This will be a great reminder for me and the girls.... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:27:28 EST What a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269655 We had a historical blizzard in the Texas panhandle early in the week. It made national news. We were snowed in for two days! My daughter, Anna, has been really sick. Took her to the doctor and she's on antibiotics for strep. DH has been sick too. Had a (really) bad day at work on Thursday. I finally got sick as well - chest congestion, body aches, the whole nine yards. It has been hard to skip my workouts, but I know that I harp on my friends to rest when they are sick, so I took my... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:33:30 EST Round Four - What's Cookin', Good Lookin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265278 Heard on SparkPeople radio not long ago that we should be eating fish two times per week. Fish is expensive in my opinion, and we don't have it very often. I'm making a commitment to serving it once a week. <BR> <BR> Searching for good, inexpensive recipes to add to my repertoire. Here is the good news, bad news on this salmon patty recipe. <BR> <BR> <BR> Canned Pink Salmon Patties <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=476392 </link> <BR> <BR> Here they a... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:38:05 EST New Treadmill Ordered! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264014 So super excited! We bought our first treadmill 6-8 years ago. It was an inexpensive model, $300 or so. I thought at the time that when if I used it enough, it would wear out and I would deserve to replace it. But it just kept going and going! Until the last couple months. The belt has been slipping more and more and DH has tried tightening it with no luck. Part of the plug is broken and the fan stops. This morning, DH tried tightening it some more and now the speed display is broken.... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:04:21 EST Dinners and Workouts Week of 2/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261909 I didn't post my plan last week and guess what? I didn't follow it! Putting my plan out there for all to see really motivates me to follow it. <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Workout - Kettlebell video and walk <BR> Dinner - sausage & potatoes with veggies. This was on the menu last week but didn't get made. I cut up sausage, potatoes, and onions, toss with a small amount of olive oil and roast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> Workout - Treadmill. Coach Jenn's sp... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:44:52 EST Lost FitBit :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258131 The title says it all. Super bummed. This morning at about 9 am, I looked down and my FitBit holder thingy was clipped to my pants with no FitBit inside. I'm going to make some calls tomorrow to see if anyone found it, but I was all over by that time in places that I usually don't go, so I'm not too hopeful. I was really having fun with it. I'm pouting. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:06:57 EST Linguine with Spicy Shrimp - What's Cookin', Good Lookin' Round 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254554 In the fall, I read Dave Ramsey's book, Total Money Makeover. Since then, DH and I have really buckled down and paid off some debt. Very proud of what we have done so far, but still have a long way to go. I've always been a very frugal grocery shopper, but we would eat out several days a week. People will say that it really adds up, but until you put pencil to paper, you don't realize how much IT REALLY ADDS UP!! <BR> <BR> I've been cooking at home almost every night. Once a week, I p... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:04:05 EST Dinners and Workouts Week of 2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244920 I didn't follow my plan 100% last week and its not the end of the world. I worked late on Tuesday, so picked up dinner. Friday's workout got moved to Saturday. No biggy. I still had a great week. <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Dinner-Taco Stuffed Shells, salad. Having all the family over to celebrate SIL's birthday. This recipe is off of the Budget Bytes blog. Her blog is amazing. Making a double batch so I can put some in the freezer. Trying my hand at making homemade enchilada sauce for t... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:15:51 EST Winter 5% Challenge - Join Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243730 If you are new to sparkpeople and have never tried a challenge, now is the time! This is a great way to meet people and make friends. Everyone wants to live healthier and a challenge is a fun way to do so. <BR> <BR> If you have done challenges before, this is the challenge for you! I found some of the other challenges to be too complicated or too involved. The only mandatory participation here is exercise minutes and weight tracking. There are other weekly activities, but they are fun a... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:26:51 EST Dinners and Workouts Week of 2/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235161 I followed my dinner and workout plan perfectly last week! It makes me feel so good to see all of my meals checked off on the white board in the kitchen. And watching my fitness ticker move with each workout that I enter is very motivational as well. It is funny, the little things that make living a healthy life fun. <BR> <BR> Remember I'm in maintenance. But considering all my breakfasts and lunches are spot on I feel like this dinner plan (even with the treat meals - Sun, Fri) would wo... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:18:45 EST January Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233034 On January 1st I posted a blog detailing some areas in my life I want to focus on this year. Another goal I have is to take a few minutes at the end of each month and see how I did. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to exercise and eat well - Feel really great about my work here this month. I was worried about my strength training routine once my early boot camp class got cancelled, but I have done a great job keeping up with it. Food has been really good too. Focusing on 80% healthy and 20% not ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:34:04 EST Round Two - What's Cookin', Good Lookin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232153 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250590424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made Round Steak with Herbs <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=523055 </link> <BR> <BR> Didn't deviate from the recipe too much. I did brown the meat in a hot skillet before I put it in the crock pot because I think it gives it more flavor and it holds together better. Doubled up on the oregano and thyme because it felt right. Since the skillet was there and hot I put the soup... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:10:37 EST Workouts and Dinners for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225552 Did great on my plan last week. Time to plan this week! <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> Exercise - 3 miles. I might run, I might walk, I might do intervals! <BR> Dinner - Chicken Chipotle Chili. I made a recipe off of this lady's blog last week and it was delicious. I doubt the girls will eat this, but I have a can of chicken and stars soup they can have because I am dying to try this recipe! <link>budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2012/10/chi<BR>potle-chicken-chili-or-c3-951-recipe.html </link> <BR... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:10:41 EST An Amazing Birthday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225426 My two day birthday extravaganza started Friday. I went out to lunch with my coworkers. We don't do that often, so it was nice. Friday night I went with my family (my husband, kids, inlaws, mom, grandma, sis-in-law, nephew, etc) to Texas Roadhouse. I wasn't aware of their special birthday humiliation...oops, I mean celebration. They make you sit on a saddle and swing a napkin in the air while they sing. My family (and the other tables near) were well entertained!! <BR> <BR> Saturday, w... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:18:46 EST What's Cookin', Good Lookin' - Round One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220471 We are doing a super fun game over on the Maintainer's Team. You post a recipe that you want to try, you try it, and then you review it on your blog! <BR> <BR> My first recipe was this Ham and Noodle Casserole <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=128891 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45462754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to buy a big ham when it is on sale and cut it up and store in the freezer to use for recipes later. Th... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:12:01 EST Cooking With Mom Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217532 One of my 2013 goals was to spend more time with the girls. Been doing much better with this so far this month. We've gone to the park, I'm taking them to the grocery store, had game night and cooking night. Tonight we made pigs in a blanket! <BR> <BR> Here's Anna-- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561190346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Emma-- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703523476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the finished product! <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:35:49 EST My early birthday present! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215850 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028123269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have had this Brooks running jacket on my Amazon wish list for a long time. When my mother in law asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I didn't hesitate! Took it out for a run today and it is perfect!! It has reflective strips so I can't wait to try it for early morning dark runs. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:04:41 EST Exercise and Dinner Plan for the Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214908 I stuck to last week's plan perfectly for exercise. Got a little off on dinner because we had an unexpected dinner meeting on Tuesday and I worked late on Thursday. It was a great week though. <BR> <BR> Here's the plan for this week-- <BR> <BR> Sunday - Run/Walk intervals, Chicken Tetrazzini, veggies <BR> I didn't get to make this last week, so I'll make it this week. <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/chicken-tetrazzi<BR>ni-oamc-275805 </link> <BR> <BR> Monday - SP 20 minute dumbbell w... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 22:52:33 EST Good morning! Time to plan my week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204797 When you fail to plan, you plan to fail! <BR> <BR> Trying a couple of new things for workouts this week. Going to do this full body workout for strength training. <BR> <link>www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/anyw<BR>here-workout?layout=print </link> <BR> And I saw these workouts for building running endurance. I've wanted to work on my speed and these look I'm going to start with the beginner program this week. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:13:25 EST Need a new strength training plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200461 UGH!! I've been attending a 5 am boot camp class for close to two years. Tomorrow is the last day :( We have had poor attendance and the instructor is moving to a night class. There is a 7 pm class that I could attend, but that just really isn't convenient for me. <BR> <BR> I live in a small town and there really aren't a lot of options for classes. I love group classes! I love the subtle peer pressure of working out at a certain time with others watching. I'm going to break out my ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:15:19 EST Workouts and Dinners for the week of 1/6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192852 I'm a little hesitant to put this out every week. Don't want to bore you guys to death! <em>102</em> But it really helps keep me accountable. When I thought about skipping a workout last week, I remembered that I had posted my schedule and didn't want to have to report back that I didn't follow it. Additionally, I get inspired from seeing what others do, so maybe someone will get an idea or two from my plan. <BR> <BR> Sunday - 3 miles, Soup/Sandwiches <BR> Monday - boot camp class, ch... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:19:14 EST 100% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192032 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1668498454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> YAY!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I stuck to my dinner and workout schedule perfectly this week. If you don't schedule your meals for the week, give it a try, please! Or schedule for a couple days at first. It is a great way to avoid the drive through or the pizza guy. Since I have all my dinners planned I can buy all my ingredients and have it ready to go. Leaves little room for excuses. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:01:52 EST Call me the problem solver!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187073 We all have those little problems that just nag at us. These often turn to excuses. "I can't get my water drank because I lose count of how much I drank." "I'm not good at cooking. When I buy food, I forget what I have and it goes bad." Good thing for me, there are tons of people out there that are way smarter than me who have encountered these problems and solved them. <BR> <BR> Read that again. You don't have to figure everything out! There are tons of people out there with a milli... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:42:09 EST