CMW123's SparkPeople Blog CMW123's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring cleaning in the back yard Since the weather has been in the 50's and hopefully reaching low 60's this week, I have been in the back yard. This actually started about 2 weeks ago when my husband and I decided that our beat up and bottom rotting fence needed a revamp. After contacting a few companies and picking out our options we decided on a picket style with a color matching our house. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is semi-private, allows for some bre... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 09:39:05 EST should I stay or should I go .... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> photo courtesy of Workout Girl. <link><BR>rl </link> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:37:03 EST Betting on dieting I saw a story on the today show this morning about a website where you can bet on your dieting habits. If you accomplish what you bet, then you win money, if you don't you pay a penalty. <BR> <BR> Sounds kinda interesting. Will it motivate me to make more time to go to planet fitness, I don't know. I already go 2-3 times a week. I do want to look around the site and see what it is about. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:07:13 EST Am I evil for eating Quinoa? according to a friend of mine, YES! <BR> <BR> She came across an article <BR> <link><BR>3/jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-tr<BR>uth-quinoa </link> about Quinoa and how it is destroying bolivia. So her conclusion was that all vegetarians, especially vegans, were evil people because they eat quinoa. <BR> <BR> I attempted to explain to her that my eating quinoa was not part of some master plan to destroy the country of Bolivia but instead a nutritiou... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:20:38 EST I found the key to weight loss! Since about Dec 23, the scale has been teetering between 223-225. I have been diligently picking and choosing what to eat such as no holiday cookies, fudge or popcorn balls. Love those popcorn balls! So, perhaps my gain from 220 has been my lack of water consumption which I struggle with on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Xmas eve dinner at the SIL's house had me choosing between caramelized walnut sweet potatoes or having a mini black bottom cupcake. Since the SIL struggles with my vegetari... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 09:07:56 EST school children and violence In my online ticker, a news story came across about elementary school children in China being attacked by a knife wielding individual. this was the same day as the shootings in CT. Although none died in china, all were hospitalized. This was the second attack on elementary school children in china recently. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>012/12/15/china-stabbing-school.html </link> <BR> <BR> With the reigniting of controversy of the gun policies in the US, n... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:41:46 EST Running and over 35 Just saw a news story that if you run and are over 35, you may actually be harming your heart. <link><BR>/running-may-be-harmful-your-heart </link> <BR> <BR> Good thing that I quit running in my 20's! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:14:00 EST low carb sweetner = not pet friendly from our friends at : <BR> <BR> Now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming many of us are thinking about doing a little dieting before all the rest of the holiday feasts. If you are going to include items in your diet that contain the sugar substitute, xylito, be sure not to share those with your pets! <BR> <BR> Xylitol is a sugar alcohol and is found naturally in very tiny amounts in some foods like berries and corn, mushrooms and oats. The commercial product is... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:27:16 EST 8# by new year challenge ok. Over the last week, I have diligently stayed on the low side of my spark calories esp. wednesday in which I had nothing but protein powder and bars (doctor recommended type) for total calories of 920. <BR> <BR> Thursday, no "thanksgiving" dinner for me because it is not vegetarian friendly - only cranberry sauce, small piece if veggie lasagna and gewurtztraminer ... ok, so it was more like 10 glasses of wine not water that day. <BR> <BR> Friday - festival of trees and 3.5 hours of... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 08:37:06 EST Caution! what you are about to see may be too Cute for some people! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our soon to be new adopted Baby! After the recent lose of our dear, sweet little boy; my husband decided one meezer in the house was not enough. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:55:11 EST My Xmas Wish <img src=""> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:52:59 EST One Word Meme ..... Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Just for fun... <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Edward <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> short <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> pets <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> sad <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> Meade <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> B... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 13:30:58 EST Low calorie does not equal healthy I was just looking at the spark feature for low calorie halloween candy. The sugar content is 10g or more for each item they feature. That is a lot and of course, the food dyes, and preservatives. That stuff is not healthy at all. <BR> <BR> An excerpt from ... <BR> "The ingredients list on most popular Halloween candies is enough to induce full-out holiday horror. Filled with food dyes linked to ADHD, genetically engineered ingredients that have never been thoroughly tested... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:05:08 EST The month of Candy ..... a friend posted this today on FB and it seemed like a good thing to remember in this month of candy ..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:08:50 EST last week of CSA well today was the last pickup of the summer CSA. Sunday starts the fall pickup. Amongst the assortment of butternut and acorn squashes, there were apples. So, when the CSA hands you apples, you make apple crisp! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=2255367 </link> <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:38:22 EST National Coffee Day! I woke up to the news that today is national coffee day. <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> so I decided to consult Mr google on the matter and I found out that Dunkin Donuts has discounts today on pound bags and if you are a tweeter; go on over to twitter for a chance to win a pound bag from DD. Kangaroo express is giving away one free cup per person until noon and so ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 08:26:49 EST Hey O's fans ... come on out to the shelter Come to the Orioles Autograph Signing at BARCS- THIS SATURDAY!! <BR> <BR> 2013 Orioles Player & Pet Calendar Autograph signing to benefit BARCS <BR> <BR> Where: BARCS 301 Stockholm Street, parking in Lot J <BR> When: Saturday, Sept. 29th from 12-2 <BR> Who: Several Orioles players will be on hand at the BARCs animal shelter to sign autographs for those who purchase a 2013 Orioles Player & Pet Calendar. Calendars are $15 and all proceeds will benefit BARCS. <BR> <BR> Fans can receive specia... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:04:10 EST Natural Health I avoid chemicals as much as possible in my food, my skincare and cosmetics as well as my medicine. Sometimes this poses a conflict with me being vegetarian. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> image courtesy of the NY Times <BR> <BR> I have been in extensive conversations with people especially involving my thyroid medicine which included almost being taken to court and threatened with incarceration by a wackjob endocrinologist. Her bull... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:35:27 EST Labyrinths and Mazes The Labyrinth appears in Greek mythology with Daedalus imprisoning the minotaur. Modern day labyrinths aren't designed to trick or deceive. That is more the job of a maze. Although they both only have one way in and one way out, that is where the similarities stop. <BR> <BR> The Labyrinth follows a single path winding into the middle. The participant walks the path in quiet meditation or reflection. Once in the middle they may pause to take in the scenery and enjoy the surroundings. T... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:07:01 EST Lowfat Eggplant Parmesan I have been doing lots of camping and not very diligent in posting CSA updates. Well, this week we were inundated with Eggplant. So, searching spark for a lower fat recipe, I found this one <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=133524 </link> <BR> <BR> I made it for dinner and it was very tasty. It browns nicely in the oven and gets crispy and the middle even stays tender. Easier to clean up too compared to frying in oil and then baking. <BR> <BR> the recipe su... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:22:28 EST US tax dollars at work I was just told about the The Food and Nutrition Information Center on the USDA's website <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Where you can look up Calories or Nutrients in Food, see dietary guidelines, use food trackers, consumer information, and more. <BR> <BR> The dietary guidelines document is worth a read to reinforce the food pyramid and daily amounts required to be healthy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> <em>210</em> <em>492</em> <BR> ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:10:26 EST 50 questions ... because all the cool kids are doing it! 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> No. geographical location <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> Don't remember <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> it's legible most days. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Ummm .... vegetarian. <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> of the 4 legged variety. <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> Hmmm, depends if I like the same things that I do now. Then I guess I would be... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:27:13 EST according to my weight tracker .... I should be at 221 but hey that's ok ... slow and steady wins the race. <BR> <BR> as of this morning 228! so down 7 pounds! <em>244</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:09:02 EST CSA delivery this week: Bell Peppers It has been awhile but CSA weekly is back. This week our bounty included green bell peppers, garlic and parsley. So, are you thinking what I am.... Pesto!!! <BR> <BR> and that is exactly what I made, vegan stuffed peppers with pesto. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2186319 </link> <BR> <BR> and of course, if you don't care for bell peppers. This would work well using portobello mushrooms. <BR> <BR> Stay Hungry My friends! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:32:12 EST some weight loss goals Whitney thompson is the "plus size" model winner of America's next top model. She is beautiful and my inspiration. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 19:40:05 EST Yoga - Cat pose <img src=""> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:26:35 EST She's got .... personality exercise personality that is! take the quiz for yourself <BR> <link><BR>slideshow.asp?show=72&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> Mine was split between B & D: <BR> <BR> Mostly B's: Social Sweater <BR> You are most motivated to move when there are others moving right along with you. Bringing your friends along (or making new friends) during exercise helps you stay motivated and accountable, and makes fitness fun for you! <BR> <BR> Mostly D's: Adventurous Exer... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 19:58:43 EST Being productive on a hot day First thing (7AM) this morning, I started the laundry and clothes were on the deck drying racks within the hour. By 9:30, the second load was going out and we were off to Costco. Lots of people are without power due to the overnight storms so, we were feeling really fortunate to have it. <BR> <BR> Arriving home, I started up the grill and had the onions, beets and zucchini in the metal roasting pan outside. same effect as Kabobs without all the hassle of trying to skewer the veggies. ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:25:42 EST CSA week 6: Anise So black licorice fans ... It is here: Fennel! <BR> <BR> this weeks bounty included this italian veggie along with vidalia Onion, red potatoes, swiss chard, spearmint, beets, green & red leaf mix lettuce, cucumber, and leeks. <BR> <BR> when I brought my box home and saw the wispy green stalks sticking out of the top; my first thought was dill. Then I pulled it out and I saw that it was Anise ( or fennel). Hmmm, what can we do with that? <BR> <BR> So Let's discover Fennel together, shal... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:20:26 EST A non-Food blog entry I will be off on another camping adventure on Tuesday afternoon and out in the woods until sunday. <BR> <BR> I usually go with friends because my husband does not camp. He claims to have been traumatized by the boy scouts on a rainy weekend in a tent with no floor at a young age and then there was that Vietnam tour. Although, I assured him that yes, I have a floor in my tent and that there is no one shooting at us in the woods; he always gives me a kiss as I head out the door. oh well, N... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:51:03 EST CSA week 5 Featuring Cabbage This week our bounty included: Green Cabbage, Broccoli, red onions, collards, peas, green and red leaf lettuce, beets and potatoes. <BR> <BR> Green Cabbage is a versatile food that can be eaten raw, cooked, warm and cold. according to World's healthiest foods <link><BR>e=foodspice </link> it can help in lowering cholesterol. Which is good news, especially for my husband who battles with high cholesterol. <BR> <BR> "Cabbage can provide you with som... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:49:29 EST CSA week 4: Beets, not just for pickling This week's bounty includes: Vidalia Onion, Broccoli, Mixed green lettuce, Tomatoes, green Cabbage, beets, zuchini, spring onions, peas, cilantro and a dozen of eggs. (NOTE: not all CSAs offer things other than veggies. Ours has an arrangement with other local farmers to offer a la carte items such as eggs, honey and mushrooms). <BR> <BR> Of course, the obvious thing to make with these veggies is salad. a nice mix of lettuce, tomoato, shredded cabbage, chopped onion, and of course, grated... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:21:24 EST CSA Week 3: Swiss Chard The veggie of the week for me is Swiss Chard. Oh, how I love me some Swiss Chard! <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> We also received Bok Choy, Parsley, Zucchini, Spring Onions, Green leaf Lettuce, Collards and Beets. I had called my neighbor, who also participates in the CSA with only a 1/4 share, to please drop the veggies by our house. I anticipated arriving home late due to the transverse of Venus across the sun. The MD Science Ctr. which is on the walk to the train station in Baltimore, ope... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 09:24:45 EST CSA: week 2 Featuring Mint this week's pickup brought us Collards, Radishes, Fresh Mint, Asparagus, spring mix salad, and green leaf lettuce. <BR> <BR> So of course, everyday we have had fresh salad in the refridgerator for dinner and lunch. My husband bought a roasted chicken from Costco which he has sliced up and added to his salad bowl. Baltimore MD weather over Memorial holiday weekend has been in the high 80's with high humidity. We turned on our AC for the first time this year and nothing; Fan runs but no ... Thu, 31 May 2012 10:43:27 EST CSA week 1 Rhubarb: not just for desserts This week started our CSA delivery and in it we received rhubarb. <BR> <BR> CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is an agreement between members of the local communtiy and a small farm. The members pay the farm upfront for a season's worth of vegetables and fruits that are delivered to a location and picked up by the members. Each week, the members will receive a share of locally grown produce. The CSA season usually lasts between May-Nov. <BR> <BR> I have had all type... Fri, 25 May 2012 11:17:49 EST you got to move it, move it I find that the best music to get me up and moving is Techno in all its forms: Psytrance, hardcore, house, dubstep, etc. My MP3 player is full of this stuff; whether it is from DJs like Paul Oakenfold or artists such as the Audio Bullys <link> </link> <BR> <BR> or night long mash-ups from Pittsburgh local Dj friends such as Chris Carter (not to be confused with the guy who did the music for X-files) unfotunately when you want to find his online music, you can't. B... Wed, 23 May 2012 12:30:07 EST Bike to work day Today is national bike to work day. <BR> <BR> I don't own a bike however, If I did I am not too sure I would have biked into work this morning. Baltimore MD is not a very friendly bike city. There are limited amount of bike lanes on the road and the ones that do exist just stop. I was noticing this last evening while running an errand just off Walther Road in the north part of the city. There is a lane marked on Walther starting at Harford and heading north. Just before Moravia the la... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:22:31 EST lighting a spark indeed! Spark people does remind me and inspire me to get moving. The challenges are creative and fun such as exercise with your cat in the cat lovers team. Run down the hall pulling a cat nip toy behind. Smokey loves that! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The site in general does keep me motivated because a lot of times, I just want to crash on the couch after a long day's work but reading the positive blogs, reminds me that I need ... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:35:59 EST Sideling Cold Creek Plunge 4 people + 36 degrees + a mountain creek = raising money for the labyrinth project Tue, 15 May 2012 22:57:03 EST upcoming weekend +1 Thursday night - I pick up the dozen tables for the TNR clinic at BARCS and two humane traps. <BR> <BR> Friday - I trap 2 cats. <BR> <BR> Saturday Morning - cut grass and pull out doggone thistle with neighbor in community garden. Mid-day I drop off the tables and cats at the TNR clinic. about 4PM I will assist with bleaching the clinic area: mopped and wiping equipment and tables with bleach water. then directly to the local Lutheran church for the auction. <BR> <BR> Sunday - pick up... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:18:01 EST A plan for snacking Bolt house farms 15 oz drinks. - I can get these inexpensively at Sav-A-Lot. they are tasty, nutritious, low calorie and some have protein added. <BR> <BR> Granola - homemade is best and less preservatives! baked Almonds, walnuts, rolled oats, sesame and honey. <BR> <BR> Almonds - Raw or toasted. Good stuff right there!! <BR> <BR> V8 juice - single sized can. poured into a glass with a little crushed pepper. <BR> <BR> Rice Protein Bars - Biogensis Low Glycemic bars. Tasty and lo... Tue, 15 May 2012 10:24:02 EST Days of Summer Challenge of the Week I have found that this challenge definitely has inspired me to do my best. I have been walking up and down the stairs more and sometimes with a full laundry basket. I have been interacting with more people on the spark site and it has been keeping me positive reading all the blogs and seeing the progress that everyone is making. <BR> <BR> a challenge for Tuesday was Eat at the table, not in front of the TV/computer. Last night I thought about that and the bad habit it reinforces. I sat ... Thu, 10 May 2012 09:28:58 EST A beautiful day I started the day opening the front door to a sunny morning and a hummingbird. The butterfly bush is planted in the front of our house and the hummingbird was probably buzzing around it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then pulled into the commuter lot just as the train was entering the station so a .3 mile sprint through the parking lot and onto the platform .... in pumps.... to get on the train. Just as I regained my normal breat... Thu, 10 May 2012 09:12:46 EST Attack of the killer tomatoes ... or just a visit to Panera A grilled sundried tomato and mozzarella panini with fresh basil looks harmless enough and setting all lovely on the plate just awaiting the casual, hungry consumer to happen onto its wonderful aroma. <BR> <BR> With mouth watering, I was thinking 450 maybe 500 calories that would leave me about 200 more for the day. the smell, the taste, it was love at first bite. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and then it happened, I went to t... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:46:52 EST my week in exercise My plan for the week: <BR> <BR> gazelle in the morning while watching the morning weather (~20 mins) <BR> walk 3 flights of stairs every evening <BR> <BR> I had to look up exactly what a flight of stairs was and believe me you do not want to know what had to say. It has nothing to do with treads or risers or walking and definitely not work appropriate. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Anyway, 30 steps was the general consensus. The total steps between 2 floors in a commercial build... Mon, 7 May 2012 11:12:55 EST Doing it Now!!! eating healthy and losing weight is important but as someone in her 40's, it is becoming more urgent on a daily basis. From what i understand from some friends, once menopause sets in losing weight will become almost impossible. <BR> <BR> besides menopause, more reasons to keep on track: <BR> <BR> more weight makes bad knees worse <BR> generally feel more lethargic <BR> all the cute fashions are size 12 or below <BR> get winded easily <BR> look in the mirror and smile instead of scowl <B... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:22:05 EST chores, chores and more chores I was kinda wishing for a rainy day because I have so many things to do: cleaning hardwood floors, editing video, festival art, and making a gift for a friend plus of course all the normal cleaning and laundry. <BR> <BR> Since it appears to be a sunny day with only a chance of rain, I need to get outside and weed the community garden (damn scottish thistle!), mulch the entrance garden to the community and of course, our backyard. The pea gravel needs a refresh and new weedblock applied. <... Sat, 5 May 2012 08:59:17 EST Doing good with suits I only wear jeans when I am doing work around the house and in the garden. I really don't find them very comfortable. So, I don't have skinny jeans waiting for me to one day love them again. <BR> <BR> Instead, I have several suits that are size 12 and 14 that have been in my closet for at least 10 years. My two favorite ones are wool and I paid really good money for them way back when. I have decided that **sigh** me pining away at never being able to wear them isn't doing anyone any good ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:59:27 EST Storm is Coming On saturday, everyone that I spoke with was talking about the storm. I was starting to feel as if I were a cast member of HBO Game Of Thrones. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> [Note: for those that have not seen the show, every episode the phrase "Winter is Coming" is repeated multiple times.] <BR> <BR> Anyway, I woke up early and was in the garden by 7:30AM determined to get something done before the predestined time of doom at 4PM. I pulled weeds, mulched, fixe... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 16:31:08 EST Sparky Water Meme The following conversation just occurred and it all started with Boss61 ..... <BR> **ring ring** <BR> hello? <BR> Are you at work? <BR> yes. <BR> Oh, ok. I will be quick. do you have a minute? <BR> yes, quickly. I am just sitting here drinking my sparky water. <BR> Sparky water, what is that? <BR> Water to help you lose weight. <BR> really? where did you get it? <BR> ** laugh** it is water for spark people. <BR> What? spark people? who is that? <BR> it is a website for losing weight and ev... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:59:31 EST