CARBJUNKIE83's SparkPeople Blog CARBJUNKIE83's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Super Bowl food whore!!! Okay, I was just going to post this in my team chat thread but I am sure there are SO MANY other people who can't ever get enough of this classic ooey, gooey, cheesy, addicting dip!! <BR> <BR> I found a recipe that has really good views and the calorie, fat and sodium content is not even close to the "usual". <BR> <BR> So check out this link and maybe I others will be making this with me tomorrow! <BR> <link><BR>n-queso-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> I wi... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:10:21 EST OMG, ARE KIDDING! HOW MANY MORE?!?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is what kept me saying OMG, WTF, REALLY HOW MANY MORE SECONDS?! OK OK OK I GOT THIS! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Is what I said a lot this morning!! I thought I was going to DIE! <BR> <BR> There were time when I thought I looked like this <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but as soon as I turned and f... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:17:05 EST Week 2 mini goals 1/23 - 1/30 1. Start each day off with the correct amount of carbs - healthy fats - protein. I am super good at eating breakfast and I want to keep it that way. Even when I an running late, nothing stops me from kick starting my body like I should! I need to praise myself for this because it's so easy to get out of a routine. I need to remeber that I have been doing this and I can keep on doing this! So my goal is to keep up my daily breakfast routine! <BR> <img src=" Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:59:49 EST lunch time update Making this from my phone! Hope it works...on my lunch break :) Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:18:44 EST I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack I'm back!!! I have missed vlogging so much!! This is just a ramble but it felt so good to be back with everyone. I hope to keep this up - whether it's just a check in for a minute or a ramble like today. <BR> <BR> Thanks for watching! And don't forget to put a new workout for me to try!! <BR> <BR> XOXOX <BR> Manda Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:32:34 EST **Pray for my mommy please** Below is the email my sisters and I recieved this morning... <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let everyone know that I went for my annual physical the other day. They called me this morning to let me know they found a nodule in my right breast. I am scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram on Monday morning at 915AM. A radiologist does the mammogram and discusses with me at that time. Dad had thought best to not tell you guys until afterwards, but you know me :) <BR> <BR> Everyone keep their fingers ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:51:41 EST BLC 21 - Pre Start Weekend Challenge GOALS need to be REASONABLE (something you can DO for 12 weeks ), MEASURABLE (otherwise how do you know if you got there) and OBTAINABLE (something you can possibly do in 12 weeks). Going from couch potato to marathoner in 12 weeks is going to be tough. How about starting by adding just 10 minutes of exercise each day (or even just DOING at least 10 minutes of exercise each day)? Much more doable, right? <BR> <BR> Aim for 1-2 pounds of weight loss each week AVERAGE and look at your calendar... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:00:52 EST SIGN UP'S FOR BLC21 ARE IN FULL SWING! How often have you wished you could find something to help you with your "stick-to-it-ness"? Have you found that you LOVE Sparkpeople, but have just hit a lull and need a little extra something? <BR> <BR> This 12 week challenge places you on a team with approx. 30 other members who are all working toward the same goal - to lose weight! By setting a 12 week goal, and weighing in each week, you make a COMMITMENT to yourself to DO something. At the same time, you socialize and make lifelong fr... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:39:56 EST Toasting in the New Year Well the year of 2012 is starting to come to a warp and like always, DH and I go out and drink! I have never really prepared my drink menu before going out on New Years. When SP put up the Blog re: the light beers to ring in the new year, I also found the guide for those of us who like the pretty drinks! <BR> <BR> Here are the two links I found pretty interesting! Some I knew and some I didn't! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1247 </link> <BR> ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:42:02 EST Santa *KNOWS* me New Gym Bag <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New Head set <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New running shoes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I am ready to hit the gym with all 3 !! <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:35:01 EST It's ME (with goodies)!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's just about Christmas time and I felt like posting this beautiful tree!! One day I will win the tree decor fight with my DH and be able to have something like this, one year! LOL Or maybe next year I will decorate a mini tree in my office and make it as girly as I want! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We have our Christmas Eve church service and we always have a cookie/dessert area, and as always I make a little s... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 14:17:09 EST My darkest time yet (with some TMI) Hi friends! <BR> <BR> Right now I am going through such a hard time, emotionally. I have never really been an emotional eater and 95% of the time always on track with my eating and working out. Very rarely do I get off track. I am happy to admit that, for sure. It look a long time for me to get there but I got there and now I am eating my way though junk and feeling horrible and pathetic. <BR> <BR> I didn't know whether or not to post this or not but I know I can post anything here without ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:42:31 EST Day 2 of THANKS! I am thankful for my Sisters! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No matter what we are always sisters and nothing will tear us apart. When times are hard, when times are awesome, when tears are flowing or when our hearts are glowing, my sisters are my world! Without my sisters I wouldn't be who I am today. I am so blessed to have 2 sisters in my life, 1 sister in law and 30 bombshells sisters and hundreds of spark sisters!! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:45:46 EST DAY 1 of THANKS! <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my health. <BR> <BR> I am thankful formy Heath because there are so many things I complain about that some people don't even get the chance to do or even think of doing. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:27:58 EST It's on like donkey kong! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so glad I am not the only one who feels this way! When running I try to look at their speed and up em! HAHAHAHAHAHA And when I want to stop and they are still going , you bet cha I am aint gunna stop! <BR> <BR> I love working out next to someone - I always push myself harder to be the bigger person! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:48:32 EST Weekend CICO Challenge - Friday - Monday FRIDAY 10/26/2012 <BR> <BR> Eaten 1289 (In range - lower range) <BR> BMR* 1,799 <BR> Exercise 410 <BR> Total Burned 2,209 <BR> Differential -920 <BR> <BR> SATURDAY 10/27/2012 <BR> <BR> Eaten 1225 <BR> BMR* 1799 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 1799 <BR> Differential 574 <BR> <BR> SUNDAY 10/28/2012 <BR> <BR> Eaten <BR> BMR* <BR> Exercise <BR> Total Burned <BR> Differential ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:18:50 EST I love me because...(day 4) This may seen a little vain but I like to think of myself as being pretty <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> for real, we are ALL AWESOME! No matter what I am doing, I tell myself I am AWESOME and it works, it really really works! It gives me just enough umph to get confident in what I am doing and to excel! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, you read that right... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:55:46 EST I love me because....(day2) I always see the glass.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Half full. I am a very positive person and look for the good in everyone. No matter how bad my day is going there is always going to be someone else who has it worse. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am very forgiving. Holding a grudge against someone is not healthy and creates anger. If there is something that really ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 22:14:18 EST I love me because.... (day 1) Part of this weekend's BLC challenge is to post 3 things I love about me every day till Monday. So here we go... <BR> <BR> I LOVE the fact I have a lot of <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without this there is no way I would have made it this far. Being DETERMINED had allowed me to stay focused and had taught me to pick myself up with I fall and to learn from my mistakes. Because if there were not mistakes then I wouldn't be trying ve... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:01:57 EST BLC - Week 5 Weekend Challenge - International Travel Week WEEK 5 : WEEKEND CHALLENGE OCT 12TH - OCT 15TH <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>665</em> <em>608</em> <em>671</em> <em>215</em> <em>665</em> <em>608</em> <em>671</em> <BR> <BR> Week 5 Theme: International Travel <BR> <BR> The Courageous Copper Cougars would like to invite you to join us in our weekend challenge! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> T:(Thirst)-Drink one more glass of water then you normally do (10pt per EXTRA glass 50pts max pet day) <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> R... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:11:38 EST BLC Weekend Menu planning Wow, I all the intentions to posting this on Friday and update with pictures everyday! Yeah, we all see how well that worked out! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I did my planning on Thursday and Friday so here ya go! This is what my menu planning was for the past few days! <BR> <BR> FRIDAY 9/28 <BR> BREAKFAST - HOMEMADE EGG McMuffin <BR> LUNCH - Homemade Salad and non fat greek yogurt <BR> DINNER - GOLD STANDARD CHOC WHEY PROTEIN SHAKE <BR> <BR> SATURDAY 9/29 <BR> BREAKFAST - OVERNIGHT STEEL ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:45:53 EST Saturday's planned Breakfast! I have been wanting to try overnight oats for sometime now. So why not now!! Perfect timing for the BLC Weekend challenge!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1/2 Cup steel cut oats <BR> 3/4 cup milk - I had to use 1% tonight - out of skim and almond <BR> 1/2 cup Greek non fat vanilla yogurt (I used Danon GREEK Light & Fit) <BR> Dash of cinnamon <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan on topping it with sliced banana, a dab of honey OR maybe some sli... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 01:08:23 EST The way I measure Success! Define the Number: <BR> My INITIAL goal weight when I started my journey was to hit 180! I didn't think I was EVER going to make, but when I did..I looked back and was like. hey I can do more!! I can do a lot more!! That is when I changed my GOAL WEIGHT to 143! EEEEEEEEKS, what in the FREAKIN WORLD was I thinking, freakin 143 hhahaha yeah right! Why is 143 the "magic number" well it's because at 143 I will be down 100 pounds!!!! WOOHOO 100 pounds! Now I am still iffy on the 143. I am focusin... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:12:46 EST Calling ALL Baking Sparkies! Hola! <BR> <BR> I am a HUGE FAN of baking and have tried so many new things and also spent a lot of time baking a lot of old favorites too!! <BR> <BR> My Church is celebrating their 2 year anniversary and I have been asked to "bring cookies"! I am KNOOOOWN to be the one who can "BRING IT" when it come's to any kind of dessert. <BR> <BR> Sooooooooo, I want some input on your FAVORITE, ALL TIME, WINNING, BEST, MMMMMMMM YEAH BABY, TEETH PICKIN COOKIE CRUMBER, OMG, THAT'S IT AND DANG OMG HOL... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:38:40 EST BLC20 Before Pics Here are my BEFORE pics for BLC20. I am kinda bummed - my final weigh in for BLC19 was 149. My starting weight for BLC20 is something around 165 (161 now) thanks to a 2 weeks vacation with nothing but eating out and NO HOME COOKED MEALS. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Glad to ge... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:52:14 EST What I expect from BLC 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 12 weeks of nothing but 110%! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every day of the week I WILL do something to better myself. This round I am going to FOCUS on body image (of course) BUT will also work on bettering myself. I love to help people and see other change for the better, makes my <em>26</em> very happy! Below are the SMALL changes t... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 22:43:49 EST One of my many green smoothie recipes 1 cup frozen blueberries <BR> 1/2 cup non fat milk or unsweetened almond milk <BR> 1/4 - 1/2 cup non fat greek plain yogurt (or any flavor you like) <BR> 1 TBL spoon creamy natural peanut butter (or nutbutter) <BR> 1/4 cup dry quick oats <BR> 3/4 cup water or more (add more if you need it to blend better) <BR> <BR> Blend above till smooth <BR> <BR> Add 2 cups fresh baby spinach (frozen or unfrozen) <BR> Blend till smooth. <BR> <BR> I usually will add 1 serving of vanilla whey protein powde... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:56:24 EST ALL ABOUT ME A-Z A. Are you at all artistic? I like to think of myself as a crafy baker! <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? Lettuce - avocado - mayo <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? PINK! <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? Umm, let me think..DIAMONDS...DUH! <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? Monkey!! They are so CUTE!! <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Avengers...booo! <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have e... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:03:28 EST 50 Questions about ME 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Nope! I was suppose to be a boy though and my name was GOING to be Brenden ha <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Sunday - I was having a rough weekend and just needed a good cry! <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Nope! I write HUGE and take up a LOT of room! I tend to mix together print and cursive LOL <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> If I have to eat it I would prefer the Oscar Meyer Carving Board ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:22:48 EST BLC Summer Break Plans Going to keep this simple and to the point <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 1. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found that quote and fell in love it in. Not only does this pertain to my health and fitness goals, it really can be applied to anything in life! Love it. Need to just keep look and pushing forward to bigger and better things! No matter what happened last year, last month, last week or yesterday, the day you are in NOW will always be a new da... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:16:34 EST My New Direction Hey y'all! I know, it's been a very long time since I have posted a blog. It's about that time to update what is going on with me the past couple weeks and maybe even a few months! <BR> <BR> I have been battling the last 6-7 pounds of my weight loss journey. I have been between 148-152 for about a month. My ULTIMATE weight goal is to be around a steady 143. I have been going bonkers and driving myself crazy with the scale and just being stupid! What I mean by "stupid" is trying to get a # o... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 00:09:24 EST QOTD (question of the day) This topic got started in our BLC chat thread lastnight by me posting a vent. Not really a vent but wondering why so many people end up throwing in the towel, not trying as hard, losing motivation and just not giving their ALL like they and I should be. So one of our sweet Bombshells, Ginger posted this awesome reply then added some questions and thoughts..which you will read below. <BR> <BR> I didn't plan on making a blog out of this but as I read my answers I was pretty shocked to read I h... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 17:59:29 EST BLC BINGO WORKOUT VLOG!!!! So I have been asked by many to post this so here we go..eeeks! <BR> <BR> Hope it's alright! Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:59:30 EST Whole lotta nuffin but ME! Just felt like vlogging! <BR> <BR> Here are the 3 DARE moves for our TNT today! You should TRY - I ended up doing a lot of all 3 of these!!! <BR> <BR> Scorpion flip: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Plank to push up: <BR> <link><BR>96_Plank_to_Push_Up.html </link> <BR> <BR> Reach for It <BR> Lie faceup with knees bent and feet flat. Pushing off left hand, sit up and drive through right heel to lift hips off ground... Thu, 24 May 2012 22:45:10 EST Did someone say DESSERT?!?! I made this for my DH and I on Valentines Day and WOW - amazing! This is from Hungry Girl! AMAZING AND SIMPLE AND DREAMY!!!!! <BR> <BR> Very Berry Dreamboat Parfaits <BR> <BR> PER SERVING (1/2 of recipe, 1 parfait): 225 calories, 2.5g fat, 771mg sodium, 36g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugars, 12g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* <BR> <BR> Prep: <BR> 5 minutes <BR> <BR> Chill: <BR> 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 tbsp. (half a 4-serving box) Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Vanilla Inst... Sat, 19 May 2012 01:14:13 EST Weekend challenge (with food) Happy Friday! Sat, 19 May 2012 01:09:01 EST Na facts! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Check this out! <BR> <BR> Did you know - Salt is so essential to the body that if you drink too much water it can flush it out of your system and cause fatal Hyponatremia <BR> <BR> Here are the top 10 foods that considered having the highest sodium content! <BR> <BR> 1. Table salt, baking soda, and baking powder <BR> 2.Bouillon cubes, Powdered Broths, Soups, and Gravies <BR> 3.Soy Sauce, Other Sauces, and Sala... Fri, 18 May 2012 17:37:45 EST Weigh in Day (this morning) Wednesday morning weigh in Wed, 16 May 2012 23:10:19 EST A&F dressing room show (with pics) <em>218</em> <em>104</em> <em>218</em> <em>104</em> <em>218</em> <em>104</em> <em>218</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Yup yup ! That was me in the dressing room tonight at Abercrombie & Fitch! I was jumping up and down with hands in the air and doing the jig! I am SO SUPER EXCITED and for the first time in a LONG TIME feel accomplished with my weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Wed, 16 May 2012 22:34:16 EST OMG!!!!! SAY WHAAAAAAAAT! Wow is all I have to say!!! <BR> <BR> Oh yeah and I was totally jumping up and down in the dressing room - like for real jumping up and down!! HAHAHAHAHA Wed, 16 May 2012 22:06:48 EST A & F - DO I DARE?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKS! I finally have made the decision to go to the Mall and try on a pair of <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> jeans! The last time I wore jeans from this place they were a size 12 and I was in <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to post this and let everyone know that ... Wed, 16 May 2012 16:28:25 EST Weight Loss Acception I felt like I needed to aska few questions and really reach out to my spark friends and just needed to say some stuff out loud to hear myself say it. <BR> <BR> Thanks for watching this not so fun blog :) Haven't really done a "serious" vlog yet and it was kinda weird LOL <BR> <BR> The "ME" shall be back tomorrow!! <BR> <BR> XOXO Thanks for always watching and supporting me!!! Wed, 16 May 2012 00:05:24 EST Weekend Challenge Day 3 and other ramles This one got a little longer than anticipated so if you make it through the end..HUGS!!! Sun, 13 May 2012 17:19:36 EST Weekend Challenge Day 2 (lastnight) Was running a tad late lastnight. Hubby and I went to go see The Avengers IMAX 3D - hmmm not as good as I thought it would be. It's been the talk of the month around here so we thought we would check it out. Yeah well I fell asleep like 4 times - but we did go at 10:20PM and it was a 2 1/2 hour movie!! EEEKS Sun, 13 May 2012 13:53:35 EST Weekend Challenge Day 1 BLC19 Weekend Challenge - <BR> <BR> TICKTOCK! Fri, 11 May 2012 22:22:16 EST Little bit of this little bit of that Little bit of stuff Fri, 11 May 2012 09:45:49 EST Breakfast Vlog Breakfast Vlog! YAY! <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who commented on my first vlog! I totally forgot to say THANK YOU in this one so I just replied on my vlog from lastnight. Tons of great ideas so I can't wait to try some!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 May 2012 09:14:25 EST FIRST VLOG! EEEKS This is my very first VLOG so bare with me - maybe if I get some comments or something Imight do more. <BR> <BR> For those of you who make it through the vlog...thanks for watching!! <BR> <BR> XOXOXOXO Wed, 9 May 2012 23:21:47 EST My Exercise Personality! (THANKS BONNIE) Mostly Fs: Hardcore Exerciser (Out of 8 questions 6 of them were F's - WOW - but I this is SO TRUE) <BR> Pros: Hardcore exercisers are intrinsically motivated to do their best and reach their goals. Whether it's running a marathon, swimming a mile or dead-lifting twice your weight, you can do anything you put your mind to! <BR> <BR> Cons: Because you are so committed to your fitness and your goals, sometimes you have trouble taking a day off or ignore signs that your body might be in danger... Wed, 9 May 2012 08:53:42 EST Plan of ATTACK! It's all about <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this round! <BR> <BR> I am TRYING not to FOCUS so much on the scale so I tell myself to <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am working on being more <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Working on my body fat % <BR> <BR> Nothing helps getting tone more than watching what I eat... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:14:59 EST