FIT4MEIN2013's SparkPeople Blog FIT4MEIN2013's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lunch with a friend Today I met my nutritionist/dietician friend with whom I use to work for lunch. We decided on Red Robin because it is close to her office. <BR> <BR> Ally and I became very close when we worked and weekly we sat to discuss the newest news/fad/research on nutrition. When I was working on My Body His Temple, she was my sounding board and my go-to person for accurate advice. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Red Robin is not known for their 'diet food'. HOWEVER, you can customize any menu item. I love the Bon... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:21:51 EST Cranberry sauce Who doesn't love it? Look at the nutrition label on a can, though. Whole or gel, it is 110 calories per 1/4 cup! Thee has to be a better way. A member of My Body His Temple asked me to develop a recipe, so here it is. I might add that it was a huge hit at my tasting meeting! <BR> <BR> Guilt-free Cranberry Sauce <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2998269 </link> <BR> <BR> 12oz fresh cranberries <BR> 1c water or Diet Cranberry Juice <BR> 1 large box Su... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:01:44 EST Catching up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the past few months since I have been on here, I created and started a faith-based weightloss group called My Body, His Temple. I strongly encourage members to use Sparkpeople for tracking their activities and food. <BR> <BR> It has gone well with 90# weight loss for my15 regular members. They then donated an equal amount of food to the church food bank. They have asked to repeat that at... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:42:33 EST Ok..back at it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah. I knew it. When I was sick, I couldn't taste anything and I kept eating to satisfy my appetite instead of my hunger. I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway. And gained 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> Then I flew to Chicago. By myself. For a weekend. I ate because I was alone and I rarely eat 'that' kind of food. I ate to satisfy my appetite, not my hunger. I ate after 6pm. I ate even when not hungry. I knew it was wro... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:51:53 EST My latest interview Here is the latest article written... <link><BR>st=getfit_lessons_from_an_eternal_opti<BR>mist </link> <BR> <BR> I am also working on putting together a weightloss group for our area. It will focus heavily on Sparkpeople, but I will work with individuals on setting up their own weightloss plan using Spark tools. What think you? Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:02:13 EST Be happy <img src=""> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:22:48 EST Back in the swing! I bit the bullet and weighed on Saturday. I was at 166.8#. My goal is 160#, but I prefer to stay at around 155. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am back in the losing calorie range and have stopped my "after 6pm" eating. I even got my 15,000 steps in on Saturday and over 13,000 Sunday which is my slow day! <BR> <BR> This am I was down to 164.8. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:11:10 EST Missing in Action Sorry that I have been MIA, Sparkfriends, but I have been really, seriously ill. I rarely get sick, but when I do, I do it right! <BR> <BR> I have felt progressively crappy since before Christmas. The Sunday after Christmas, Molly and Rich started down the same path. <BR> <BR> Rich has COPD. He was getting progressively worse and I was so sick, I was having a hard time taking care of him, as I could hardly take care of myself. By Friday night, he was de-satting (Oxygen levels dropping) to ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:20:04 EST Time for a briefing on the last week Our Santa gigs were much fun! I'm glad that they are over for a year, though. Two events weekly during advent REALLY cuts into any personal time, especially if you are still working! <BR> <BR> All the kidlet exposure introduced a nasty virus which I started feeling on Christmas Eve. It wasn't much. Sniffles and a little cough. <BR> <BR> Christmas was wonderful. We slept in then opened gifts. Rich's main gifts were scavenger style, so he had to open the small gifts, read the clues and try to... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:41:04 EST Jaynee, GET A GRIP! After 18 months on maintenance, I find myself up almost 10# from the low end of my weight range. That means I am up 5 pounds from my goal weight, or topping out the top of my goal range. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This can't wait for the new year. I am NOT going to make this a weight gain. I know that some of this is water. Not all of it, though. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:06:01 EST Norman, The Cancer Center Elf I am too cheap to buy an actual Elf on a Shelf, but I do 'elf' activity for the cancer center staff and for the oncologist's office in which my office is located. Today I will show what Norman, the CCC elf has been up to... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:57 EST Chex Mix Overage If I had to name one food that I can't get enough of, it would be Chex Mix. I love the stuff, particularly homemade. What isn't to love? Crispy cereal, mixed nuts, butter, salt and garlic. Ok, it has a few other items, but that is the important stuff. <BR> <BR> The office scout elf, Norman, made Chex Mix last week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I titled this blog "Chex Mix Overage". In my 'previous life', that would have meant ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:03:24 EST Dr. Elmo's Reindeer Rap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lcxvaH0 </link> <BR> <BR> I laugh and love this song, though I hate rap, It is just funny! Unlike the end of this song, though, I want you and me to be diligent throughout the season and not have to worry about the "after". <BR> <BR> Here are the lyrics so you can read along as the song is "sung". <BR> <BR> View Lyrics: Reindeer Rap - Dr. Elmo <BR> <BR> Thanksgi... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:42:12 EST So much to be thankful for We live in an era that allows us many comforts that we would not have a few generations ago. <BR> <BR> As I traveled across the country to marry my husband, I thought about the 'mail order brides' in pioneer days and how they left their families never to see them again and never to her their voices again. We have phone, email, post office, video, voice recordings, planes, trains and automobiles. <BR> <BR> When we get sick, we can call a medical doctor, a doctor of osteopathy, a naturalist... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:36:44 EST Happy Healthy Holidays! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whether the holiday is Christmas or Chanukah, Easter or Independence Day, a common refrain is "I will start my diet after the holiday". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fat doesn't care if it is a holiday or a regular work day.Our bodies process our food the same way every day. I was reading back through my blogs today and came across one from November 201... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:26:20 EST Preparing for Christmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rich and I are Santa at Christmas. Last night we did a dress rehearsal to make sure that we didn't need any adjustments or accessories. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:34:14 EST What a roller coaster! Let's see if I can give some kind of an overview of the past week. My 103+ year old grandmother was found unconscious on Thanksgiving. She was rushed to the hospital and hydrated where she regained consciousness. She is alert when awakened, but her short term memory is gone. She is in congestive heart failure and renal failure. She stabilized enough that they sent her back to the nursing home yesterday am. They asked Mom about setting here up with hospice. <BR> <BR> Our personal Thanksgiving... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:45:34 EST I couldn't resist I just think this is so true! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:59:51 EST How about some pecan pie? Oh, that wonderful, buttery, nutty, top of the calorie list holiday pie. Who doesn't love it? I tried making it sugar-free, but it just has the wrong texture. Same with the purchased sugar-free pies. Even mini individual pies are around 400 calories each. There has to be some way! <BR> <BR> I started thinking about pumpkin pie and how the crust is where all the calories are. Pecan pie without crust though? That is just plain wrong on so many levels! There has to be a way! <BR> <BR> Yep! I ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:01:52 EST Thinking about Christmas cookies Molly and I made our first batch on Sunday. They were yucky. A new recipe. I will go back to my tried and true ones like these delicious merengues. They are a light alternative to the traditional cookie, but infinitely adaptable! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2318193 </link> <BR> <BR> This is so festive for Christmas and easy to make! <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 15 <... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:08:54 EST It has been a week or more... ...since I blogged. I have been so swamped! I am focusing on getting my steps in for one thing. <BR> I have an article to write on cervical cancer for our cancer center newsletter. <BR> I have a Prostate Cancer awareness project to work on for February. <BR> I have a testimony to write and prepare to give for our Thanksgiving service. It is going to be very emotional, as I will be talking about my late husband and how I met my current husband. <BR> I am preparing for Christmas. <BR> I need ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 23:00:43 EST Do you like French toast? I do, occasionally, but the calories KILL me! Here is the nutrition facts for generic french toast from the SP tracker. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Facts <BR> French Toast <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 2 slice <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories 297.7 <BR> Total Fat 14.0 g <BR> Saturated Fat 3.5 g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 3.4 g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 5.9 g <BR> Cholesterol 150.8 mg <BR> Sodium 622.7 mg <BR> Potassium 174.2 mg <BR> Total Carbohydrate 32.5 g <BR> Dietary Fiber 0.0 g <BR> Sugars 0.0 g <... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:36:08 EST Rambling along.. Re: the wheat detox- Today I stayed completely away from grains. The only carbs I had were in my sugar- and fat-free cole slaw and my Cool Whip for my coffee. Stayed within goal while eating extreme low carb. We will see what happens on the scale after a week. <BR> <BR> Those who have been with me for a while know that hubby and I are Santa and the Mrs. Last year, a Spark friend made a skirt for me and I put together a Mrs. Claus outfit. This year I bought new outfit. It came yesterday. I t... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:20:18 EST Wheat Allergy Well, I know that I have a wheat allergy, but thought that it was controlled. Yesterday was my first wheat free day on the grand experiment. I was down 1.6# this am and that was after eating popcorn yesterday evening (which usually means a 2-3# up tick in weight. Will continue this experiment for the next few days. My calories have remained constant, as has exercise. <BR> <BR> The experiment continues..... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:40:04 EST I've been thinking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> think·ing <BR> <BR> <BR> /&#712;THiNGkiNG/ <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. using thought or rational judgment; intelligent. <BR> <BR> 2. the process of using one's mind to consider or reason about something <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As most of my friends know, my weight bounces around quite a bit, though I stay in my maintenance range. I can weigh 153 on... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:57:29 EST The theme for today? CHOCOLATE!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love chocolate and have made sure that I haven't deprived myself of it all the way through my journey to health. The Poundage Plan has allowed for chocolate in different ways. My current fav is in coffee. I make a thick chocolate fudge sauce with hot water, Dutch Process cocoa and Splenda then use a tablespoon of that, a tablespoon of Sugar-free Caramel Macciato creamer and sweetener in a cup of Folger's Caramel ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:37:03 EST Recipe #9 Green bean "fries" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2201650 </link> <BR> <BR> My grandkids love these and I have found they make a great late night healthy snack. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 40 <BR> Number of Servings: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4c Green beans, frozen or fresh <BR> 2T Olive Oil <BR> Water <BR> <BR> Directions:Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray cookie she... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:22 EST Recipe #8 Pecan tarts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2529845 </link> <BR> <BR> Who doesn't like pecan pie? Still not diet food, but this is at least portion controlled! <BR> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 20 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 20 <BR> Number of Servings: 20 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 3 eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 1-1/4c brown sugar, packed <BR> 1-1/4c Light corn syrup <BR> 2t vanilla <BR> 2c chopp... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:40:04 EST Recipe #7 Jalapeno Popper Dip My serving sizes are realistic, not as stated on the package. I guarantee you that 2 tablespoons will not be enough! That is why I have this marked as 2 servings! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2799215 </link> <BR> <BR> Nonfat Jalapeno Popper dip <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 5 <BR> Number of Servings: 2 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 8 oz Nonfat Cr... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:39:27 EST Recipe #6- Baked Yams OK, so this is kind of a non-recipe recipe. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I always liked the sweet potato casserole that my Mom made for Thanksgiving, but when I started my journey, I didn't want the 1000 calories per bite and had to come up with an alternative. Here is my result and I have been making this for 20 years now. No one has ever missed the original casserole. <BR> <BR> I medium yam per person (some grow large enough to serve the whole extended family! <em>40</em> You want one ab... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:28:37 EST Recipe #5 Glazed carrots <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2203629 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Servings Per Recipe: 1 <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories: 228.8 <BR> Total Fat: 12.0 g <BR> Cholesterol: 30.5 mg <BR> Sodium: 213.6 mg <BR> Total Carbs: 35.9 g <BR> Dietary Fiber: 5.1 g <BR> Protein: 1.8 g <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> View full nutritional breakdown of Glazed carrots calories by ingredient <BR>... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:34:51 EST Recipe #4 Caramel Apple Salad I am making today's recipe for a harvest dinner we are having at church tomorrow. It always goes over very well! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=79020 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Great as a side dish or dessert! <BR> <BR> Number of Servings: 16 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip FREE <BR> 1 box sugar free instant Butter Scotch Pudding mix <BR> 14 oz. can pineapple ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:46:50 EST Recipe #3 Pumpkin butter <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2578327 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very good with waffles, or muffins, or bread or angel food cake (shown) or..... <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 20 <BR> Number of Servings: 64 one tablespoon servings <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 15oz can pumpkin, NOT PUMPKIN PIE MIX <BR> 1-1/3c brown sugar packed <BR> 3/4c Apple juice <BR> 2tsp cin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:46:01 EST Recipe #2 Pumpkin custard <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2598807 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 45 <BR> Number of Servings: 6 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Pumkin, canned 1.5c (Not pumpkin pie mix!) <BR> Silk,unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1.5 cup <BR> Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.5 cup <BR> *Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, 1/2 c <BR> Vanilla Extract, 0.5 tsp <B... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:53:08 EST Recipe #1 Harvest Squash I love squash! With holiday eating, though, everything is laden with unwanted calories. This tastes like a million, yet has less than 200! <BR> <BR> The link is here: <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2259093 </link> , though I will copy it in the blog because many prefer them that way. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is great for Thanksgiving or anytime. You decide if it is a side dish or dessert! <... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:13:00 EST Working hard For some reason it is difficult for me to get my steps in lately. I understand Saturday. I was in a conference all day, then had a 3 hour drive home. Rich met me and we had dinner. It was then 8:30pm. <BR> <BR> Today I got my 23000 steps in, but not until almost 8pm. Tomorrow, I *must* do some walking or elliptical early am to get the steps in earlier. I hate this! Must refocus! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:59:48 EST Happy Birthday, Dear Daughter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was Molly's birthday so we started the day making Dutch Brother rounds to get her free birthday coffee. Then we headed to Denny's for her free breakfast. Have you tried those awesome pumpkin pancakes? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 480 calories of pure cinnamon, pumpkiny heaven. Then I dropped her off at work, and I went to work. <BR> <BR> Lunch ti... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 00:59:32 EST Oh, my aching body! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Molly and I walked today. 7-1/2 miles to a 'local' restaurant. Each way. It was 88 degrees today and we both ache from head to toe. Molly has some wicked blisters on her feet. I have a simple one. But then there are the leg cramps. I already took Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc supplement for the cramps in my legs. <BR> <BR> BUT!!!! We saw too... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 21:55:37 EST Ok, then...... Too much to do today. I had Bible study before church service, then a pot luck for Relay for Life, then a breast cancer tea and fashion show. I left the house at 8am and got home at 5pm. And I ate wayyyyyyy too much junk. I stayed at my maintenance goal for calories, but it was lousy quality food. Ugh.... <BR> <BR> So my body rebelled. I was trying to get my steps in tonight, but the bathroom kept calling, suddenly and violently. Needless to say, my walking kind of took a back seat to my bod... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:09:22 EST All or Nothing Do any of you play "Panda Pop"? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This game keeps me going on the rebounder/treadmill/elliptical and the pandas are so darn cute. It bothers me every time I lose a level, though, when all the Pandas cry when I don't get every last one of them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At first, it made me sad, then I started thinking about it and comparin... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:03:19 EST Hmmm...Feedback, please! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next year, the grant under which I am working ends. There is a possibility that I will continue on as an outreach manager for the Cancer Center, but dh presented me with another idea. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You have a knack for writing", He says. "People listen to you", he says. "You are successful", he says. Ok, then? What are you getting at? "... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:09:03 EST I apologize I have been so busy lately that I have had to prioritize and one of the things put on the back burner has been blogging. I have been focusing on getting 21000 steps daily this week to be increased to 22000 next week. My feet are killing me, but I just have to learn to deal with that. I use my rebounder quite a bit because it is easy on my feet. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit died yesterday, but it was revived. I was near panic! Even with my BodyMedia backup, I knew how many steps I had, but I have some... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:19:38 EST Winding down I worked almost 24 hours on the weekend, so I took today and tomorrow off. Dh has been whining about not seeing me enough. *insert eyeroll here* I am so looking forward to his hunting trip! I plan on heading down to Grants Pass to meet with my friend Cheryl to do some Zumba at the Y. I am also heading up to Eugene to meet with a friend, Tina, to do some walking. <BR> <BR> Molly and I plan on walking up to a "local" mountain for a picnic and to go shooting. It is 10 miles away, so we will ta... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 01:13:46 EST Uh-huh! <img src=""> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:38:07 EST Back in the swing Last week I made my 15,000 step goal daily with 2 days over 20,000. This month I am shooting for 20,000 daily. <BR> <BR> Today dear daughter Molly organized a delicious picnic with some activity planned. We tossed a ball around outside then we all went for a walk. She and I took 3 walks today. <BR> <BR> It is another busy week with an event planned for next Sunday for work. I think I will take off the following Friday as a comp day because on the 13th Molly and I are doing a mud run. <lin... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:00:36 EST Oktoberfest in August Last year the Oktoberfest celebration that I worked for my Prostate cancer awareness program was LITERALLY blown away (as in everybody's tents were blown into the creek), so they moved the date up to this weekend. <BR> <BR> I decided to go with the theme "Tackle Prostate Cancer" this year and am very pleased with how it turned out. The weather is gorgeous! Here is my display for this year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Off to walk ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:26:01 EST Yessss! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:07:45 EST So busy! I hate it that I have been on the road so much! 1 day this past week, I didn't even get 10,000 steps in! Working on it again now. I did over 15,000 yesterday and today. Tomorrow, I should be able to get about 20,000, then *maybe* the same on Friday. I have an event that I am working Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so it will be hard to get my steps in again. <BR> <BR> Going to push! <em>521</em> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:33:47 EST Walking..emotional? I never thought of walking as being anything except exercise or a manner of transportation...until recently. <BR> <BR> When walking alone there is lots of time to think without distraction. Walking in the country brings its own unique distractions. I love seeing the bobcat, cattle, horses, geese and chickens, fox and deer. Walking along the road, I often see those that played 'chicken' with a vehicle and lost. <BR> <BR> I am a softie when it comes to animals and I feel profound sadness at t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:13:31 EST WooHoo!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I didn't go to the office today, I slept in, then used my mini-tramp to walk/run on before I had to leave for my meeting this afternoon. Between 6am and 11 am, I got in 11,000 steps while working. It was rainy and dreary, but the clouds didn't actually open up. <BR> <BR> I decided to walk to my meeting. Eight miles from here. Over the mountain. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:13:03 EST