BEACHLVRMI's SparkPeople Blog BEACHLVRMI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Fat is a Paczik I know today is Fat Tuesday...a day where many will eat until they burst. Being the Pollack that I am...I am very tempted at the sweet and doughy part of Fat Tuesday. So instead of eating them...I thought I would just look and drool...and be done with it. <BR> <BR> What is a Paczik you ask <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They look really good but trust me...they are too sweet and just too sweet!! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:29:26 EST Mountaineers Mindset Take 8 Well I got a cold and that pretty much knocked me out for a bit. Then the weather never helps. I am feeling overwhelmed about a lot of things right now and I am trying to BIBO (Breath in and Breath out) Mon, 3 Mar 2014 10:05:18 EST Mountaineers Mindset Take 7 This week I was able to get out more and get running.....oh and of course in the beginning of the week there was all the snow many days till spring? <BR> I have been thinking about something a lot lately...don't sweat the small stuff....I have been letting things get me down, cause me to get frustrated and just be mad at the world. There are a lot of things going on in my world that if I thought about it, I could cry for hours. Then I remember that I need to look at the bri... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:57:40 EST Happy Anniversary! 10 years ago today I was in Jamaica to marry my best friend <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Paul is truly my best friend. He knows me better than most and he has been with me through thick and thin. We can talk about ANYTHING and I always feel comfortable about expressing my thoughts with him. I have been doing a lot of race running this past year and I plan on doing more. When I am done I am going to make a blanket and give it to him. He th... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:59:43 EST Mountaineers Mindset Take 6 OHH what a week. It was a birthday, Valentines week with 10th anniversary today. I didn't eat all the greatest but I was able to run again outside <em>334</em> In a couple of weeks I am off on my cruise and I know I should get my eating under control. I need to remind myself that even though I don't want to go to the gym...I need to go to help me.. <BR> I did take some affirmations <BR> <BR> I want to feel light, energetic and joyful <BR> I have the power to achieve any goal I desire <B... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:52:00 EST Happy Valentines Day Surprise My Birthday, Valentines Day, and my anniversary are all within a week. Paul (husband) and I typically do not do anything for Valentines Day. Well today was a surprise for me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Paulie truly knows how to surprise me! Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:54:53 EST Mountaineers Mindset Take 5 I am happy to report that I FINALLY went outside an ran...three miles in the <em>425</em> I keep trying to take a break from all of the shoveling but it's just not gonna happen any time soon. <BR> I did better on my eating but I did have a couple of days where... <em>100</em> we are gonna have those days...I know this and I didn't beat myself up over them. <BR> <BR> I have some new affirmations <BR> I take responsibility for my choices <BR> I train to my limit <BR> I look and feel gre... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:27:39 EST Clean Eating Orange Chicken Stir Fry with spicy chickpeas and crispy garlic dressing Tried this and was blown away by how good it tasted. I hope you all enjoy <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2/3 cup brown rice <BR> 1 T olive oil, divided <BR> 71/2 oz BPA free canned chick peas, drained, rinsed and dried <BR> 1/4 t sea salt <BR> Pinch ground cayenne pepper <BR> 1 bunch broccoli, trimmed <BR> 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (we used garlic paste...would not use the garlic paste) <BR> 1 T rice wine or apple cider vinegar <BR> 16oz boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cub... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:25:33 EST Mountaineers Mindset take 4 What a week..I swear the weather did a number on me and I was just in a state where I didn't want to anything. I work from home so I was inside the majority of the week except for when I went outside and shoveled. I really didn't do anything and it showed when I got on the scale. I am trying to get it together for this week. I need to get my brain back on track and I need to remind myself what I am trying to accomplish Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:17:55 EST Take a lesson from my cat There are days when I need to remember to just step back and enjoy the simple things in life. Not to get all worked up and just chill. I can learn a lot of this just from my cat <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Kasey LOVES this box top...she barely fits in it but this is her safety zone. No matter what she is doing, she stops when she sees this box top and gets in and quickly falls asleep. Ahh the simple life. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:22:42 EST Mountaineers Mindset take 3 This was a very interesting week. I was able to run one of the days and I was on the couch not feeling well on some of the other ones. Work has me going in every which direction and it's taking it's toll on me.... <BR> One day at a time Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:19:20 EST Proof is in the pictures I have been talking a lot about shoveling my driveway So I thought I would share <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It took two plow trucks to come down our road today and our poor neighbor could not get out of his driveway <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Guess who is happy that she doesn't have to go outside...yes Kasey is as big as sh... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:06:57 EST Mountaineers Mindset take 2 This week went a little better than the last. I was in better control of my eating and I got to the gym when we could. I had a scare at the dentist and it's changing on I view eating and drinking some things. I am working on getting to the gym more. When I do weights I like going with DH and when I do cardio...I just need to get up in the morning and do it. Some weeks are harder than others. <BR> I have new affirmations for this coming week: <BR> I will visualize myself fit and healthy and ta... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:11:25 EST Check out this Clean Eating recipe I came home to DH making this's from the Classic Comfort Foods Clean Eating Magazine. <BR> <BR> Kung Pao Chicken <BR> Serves 4 <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 12oz boneless , skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes <BR> 1/4 cup raw unsalted peanuts <BR> 2 green onions, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish <BR> 2 tsp rice vinegar <BR> 2 cups cooked brown rice <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes <BR> 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:50:23 EST Mountaineers Mindset Last week is a blur to me. I remember I spent a lot of time shoveling snow and then waited until DH and I could go to the gym. <BR> <BR> I was really working on eating healthy and then part of this weekend got the best of me. When I started today I got my mind back on track. It doesn't help that my back isn't feeling the greatest and I tend to eat to make myself feel better. I need to stop that. <BR> <BR> This is what I keep telling myself <BR> I will drink my water <BR> I will choose hea... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:11:55 EST Lifestyle Action Words <img src=""> My new Mindset.......... The gym is not a bad can help me! Treadmills are not the kiss of death <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Support...I have a lot of support from my DH and from my family..being on SPARKPEOPLE has helped me a lot! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> I am a visual person..I like to see where ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:43:11 EST What fun can happen in 2014...looking for help New Years day is always a day full of promise. You start to wonder what new goals you can have and what the new year can bring. For me...I want to accomplish a lot and I am trying not to have to loft of goals. I have been stubborn about a lot of things and if I want to see a change I need to get over my stubbornness. I have an idea what I would love to look <img src="">I just need to put forth the effort to do it... <BR> What is my bigg... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:01:54 EST Chicken Tortilla Casserole <img src=""> Anyone who knows me, knows that I don't handle Casseroles very well. My mom didn't make them in the house, and just think that is infiltration...yes that is a word that is used a lot in my family. My FABULOUS DH who cooks in our house made this last night...and it's a's SOOO GOOD. You can find this in the recent Clean Eating magazine on page 35, however, I am going to write it out for you too <BR> <BR> Ingre... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:32:04 EST BLC 23 Goals The countdown begins to our 10th anniversary/40th birthday <img src=""> I am EXCITED!!! I have my work cut out for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is my plan: <BR> <BR> Loose 10-15 pounds by end of 12 weeks working towards main goal of being down 20 before cruise <BR> <BR> 8 glasses of <img src="">a day <BR> <BR> One Starbucks drink a week <img src=" Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:00:12 EST Runner needs help So I have been running my little heart out. There are days where I will just walk to give my body a change up...if it's really nasty out I will go to the gym and do some elliptical or even cardio wave. <BR> <BR> So I am doing all the running but not the ST...I know I know..please don't hurt me. I am wondering if there are certain exercise that I should do to help with my performance. <BR> I already found this site as a helper <BR> <link><BR>ential-stren... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:39:20 EST What to do with me I am a skimmer...when I read things I could be a good book or an email I skim. I know that is bad of me to say but it's what I do. WELLL it's starting to affect my job. I skim over things and then afterwards find out I did something wrong, and it just so happens that my boss catches it. I try and try make myself slow down...I do well for a bit and then it happens again. <BR> I have tried just zeroing in on what I am doing but my mind still wanders. Then there are times when I j... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:19:45 EST What a way to not have us come back DH and I went out for dinner a place we haven't been for a while. The place is kinda pricey but we said would would split a plate. So we went back. OHHHHH it's gonna be a while again. Here is what happened. <BR> When we got there we were told to sit anywhere...ok..we went to the tables by the bar...and we waited.....and waited....and finally when someone asked if what we wanted we asked if we could see a menu...that took 10 mins as they were looking for their special menu...we w... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:31:36 EST SO my cat likes my desk too..and I got some cool flowers Well i have been working at home for almost two weeks now and I have a foot warmer in the afternoon <img src=""> <BR> So if you scroll down you will see my flowers I planted right around Memorial Day...check them out now.. <img src=""> <BR> I also planted some in the back...and we have a little herb garden. <img src=""> <img src="h... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:40:10 EST Running the SeaWay Run In Muskegon... Today I did another awesome race...a 5k and I want to know something....why oh why do they have all of the peeps start in this area where you are all crammed and when you hear gotta walk for a minute and can't get your rhythm going. Then when you got people cutting in front of you or stopping right in front of you wanting to walk...then you practically run into them because you weren't prepared for it. I only did two other runs, and I know this is something that I need to g... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 17:47:12 EST I am offically working from home I never thought I would be doing this but well here we go. <BR> I thought I would share what my new office looks like and for proof that I really do have a big cat <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So here goes a new adventure for me. Oy Boy!! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:51:56 EST Time to be S.M.A.R.T OHH it's a new BLC round....Time to really think about what I want to accomplish. <BR> <BR> If I had one role model it would be <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">CLEAN EATING!! I am going to work on eating more during my meals. Time to CLEAN it up <BR> <BR> <img src="">ST...UGH...should be a two letter bad word...I n... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:18:15 EST What happened I had a goal in sight...two 10ks that I was going to rock. I ran and the wind and in the snow..after the 10ks I didn't want to run anymore. What happened. I was doing so good and now all I want to do is sleep, read and watch tv. Do I need another race to keep up the running. I know that I will start walking with a friend but what is going on.... Wed, 29 May 2013 07:45:25 EST If I could go to the Oscars Oh who would I have as my date...well DH of course...but if he couldn't go with me...who would be my dream date...oh you know it's not that hard for me to choose <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Oh what would I wear... <BR> <img src=""> I am a simple women...the shoes would be the hardest to pick... <BR> <BR> Now if only I can get to the Oscars <BR> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:02:24 EST Cool View Saw this from my back window <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Not everybody loves the snow <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes living in the Midwest has it's perks <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a couple things that make livin in West Michigan fun Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:19:12 EST We are gonna DO IT and then take some time for me! I am gonna DO IT....I am NOT overeating this weekend. I tend to do that on the weekend. NO the BUCK stops here! <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>274</em> Nutrition Goals <BR> I am gonna plan meals in advance for a day <BR> Drink 8 8oz glasses of water <BR> Eat a healthy breakfast every day <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <em>362</em> Exercise Goals <BR> I am going to add 15 mins to my normal exercise routine <BR> Pick one fitness skill and work on it <BR> Work on adding ST to my cardio <BR> In... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:28:34 EST Christmas came a bit earlier this year DH got me a present a bit early this I can get to making family lovely treats that I shoult not be eating! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have wanted this Nativity scene for a while...and DH took care of this table too <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a really good year Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:53:47 EST Movie Quote Game Part 4 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. Blues Brothers <BR> 5 <BR> 6. Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure <BR> 7 <BR> 8. Rocky <BR> 9. <BR> 10 <BR> 11 <BR> 12 <BR> 13 <BR> 14 <BR> 15 <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:39:01 EST Movie Quote Game Part 3 1. 007 <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. Terminator 2 <BR> 5. <BR> 6. Naked Gun <BR> 7.Lord of the Rings <BR> 8.Titanic <BR> 9. Scarface <BR> 10. <BR> 11.Back to the future <BR> 12. Ghostbusters <BR> 13. Braveheart <BR> 14. <BR> 15. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:30:02 EST Movie Quote Game Part 2 1. Apollo 13 <BR> 2. Alice in Wonderland..Johnny Depp verison <BR> 3. Sixteen Candles <BR> 4. Who framed Roger Rabbit <BR> 5. Meet the Parents <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. Couples Retreat <BR> 12. <BR> 13. League of their own <BR> 14. Dirty Dancing Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:24:52 EST Movie Quote Game Part 1 1. <BR> 2. Gone with the Wind <BR> 3. Dirty Harry <BR> 4. Casablanca <BR> 5. Wizard of Oz <BR> 6. Star Wars <BR> 7. Jerry McGuire <BR> 8. A few good Men <BR> 9. When Harry Met Sally <BR> 10. Terminator <BR> 11. Field of Dreams <BR> 12. Forrest Gump <BR> 13. Sixth Sense <BR> 14. Frankenstein <BR> 15. Evan Almighty Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:08:28 EST I got the tools...what is goin on???? I got the new shoes.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am drinking my "Purple Monster" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know that I need to "work it" what is my problem. There are days when I just can not get up for the gym. I try to eat a lot better that day. My clothes feel why do I let the scale bother me. <BR> I need to regroup and rethink about my meal choices and will... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:58:28 EST ArtPrize 2012 <img src="">This was done all in pencil <BR> <img src="">This was done in pencil too <BR> <BR> <img src="">They are so darn cute <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are more on my Facebook page Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:15:09 EST 12 Week Goals So it begins...another 12 weeks to improve myself and meet new and exciting people along the way...Thankfully some of my goals are lined up for me...where should I begin...I do know that I need to blog more...woo hoo...I do have a lot to do! <BR> <BR> Watch the food and exercise!!! <BR> <BR> Week 1: 9/12 - 9/18 - Theme: Back to School----I need to get back on track. Going to plan on when I am going to the gym and what I am going to eat <BR> <BR> Week 2: 9/19 - 9/25 - FOCUS : Bac... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:32:19 EST Little bit about me....saw this and thought it was fun A. Are you at all artistic? Nope <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? ketchup, little mayo, pickels <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? purple/ that possible <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? Stitch---from Lilo and Stitch <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Dark Knight Rises <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? a used teddy bear <BR>... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:21:22 EST My Before Pic for BLC 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can't wait to post an updated picture after this round Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:55:07 EST Goals for BLC 20 2012 has been a real struggle for me. I didn't expect to have the problems I did but I am ready to move past it. <BR> DH and I joined a new gym in Feb. and I haven't been able to use it to it's fullest..I am ready to change that. I drink a lot of Crystal Light water...I am cutting that out and going to drink "grownup water" Water with ice and Lemon or just iced water. Clean Eating is in our house. We are starting 70/30 but I know by either the end of this year or next it will be even better... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:20:16 EST Ideas for Summer I can't believe that it's July already...where is all the time going. <BR> I have been training for a 14 mile walk in August and my ST needs to get back into the game. Weights and I have a love hate relationship. I need to learn to love them. As for food DH and I have been making some pretty good Clean Eating meals and we are going to continue with that. I have tried some pretty good Qunioa recipes lately and I want to learn how to make some of mine own. The Farmer's market is my friend th... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:53:14 EST Another great recipe from Clean Eating Magazine This one is from Nadia G..she is on the Cooking Channel. <BR> <BR> Lean Pork Tenderloin..with baked apples and maple caramelized onions <BR> <BR> **Serves 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 2tbsp olive oil, divided <BR> 2 red onions, cut into 1/4 inch slices <BR> 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, divided <BR> 1 1/2 lb lean pork tenderloin <BR> pinch each sea salt and fresh ground black pepper <BR> 2 Granny Smith Apples, quartered <BR> 3/4 cup unsweetened 100% Apple Juice <BR> Fresh Sage sprigs for... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 09:33:24 EST I was able to walk 6.5 miles!! WOW...that felt GREAT!! THANK YOU!! Oh it felt so good to walk. <BR> I had out patient surgery on May 25th and today was really the first time that I was able to just let loose. Tomorrow I am crossing my fingers and going to the gym to try some ST and then if all goes well...PUMP class here I come! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take this time to thank all of you who have supported me during my three months of "issues" as I like to call them. Your words of encouragement really meant a lot to me. <BR> <BR> I would also like to take t... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 20:35:05 EST Spring Flowers <img src=""> <BR> Front porch. Did not know my next door lady was in the background..well I do have her front door in the picture <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I think these are my favorite <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Kasey thought she would help <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> T... Tue, 22 May 2012 22:26:08 EST Spring Flowers <img src=""> <BR> Front porch. Did not know my next door lady was in the background..well I do have her front door in the picture <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I think these are my favorite <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Kasey thought she would help <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> T... Tue, 22 May 2012 22:26:06 EST Island Pork & Sweet Potato Toss from Clean Eating Magazine This is from the Clean Eating Magazine. <BR> Nov/Dec 2011 Issue <BR> <BR> This will serve 4. <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1 1/2 lb. sweet onion, sliced into thin rounds <BR> 1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes <BR> 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce <BR> 1 orange, juiced and zested <BR> 3/4 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2 in cubes <BR> 1 large granny smith apple <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> One: In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on me... Tue, 15 May 2012 09:29:08 EST I wish I was in a better place I have been dealing with female issues since March. It was 5 weeks at one point. I thought I was finally in the clear...and the issues started back up again. I am having outpatient surgery on May 25th to fix the issue...I hope all is well after that. <BR> What is happening is that I have been really angry lately. About why this is all happening and why can't it just stop. I am not able to exercise because it just in testifies my issue. One of the ways I am able to get away from it all is ... Mon, 7 May 2012 22:55:43 EST Ode to a new Journey...........SMART!! Life is taking me on a new journey...let me tell's starting off with a few bumps. Then again a few bumps is what makes life INTERESTING <BR> I am looking to make a new plan....on that I can stick with and not wimp out on. I know the cardio and I....we are good friends. ST and I......well we are getting there. <BR> Here is an idea...going to start out slowly...not painfully slow but something that I know I can stick with. I have a new workout from the trainer and DH has ideas as we... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:25:26 EST The Table is finally home... My Grandfather passed away in November and that left my Grandmother in an assisted living center. Grandma was not able to bring everything with her but she asked if I would have her dinning room table. I found out it is my great great grandmothers table. <BR> Here are the before pictures <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are the after pictures <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:03:24 EST