JENNY888's SparkPeople Blog JENNY888's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Healthy, Super Yummy Breakfast Today - Quick and Easy Too Saturday I made some waffles in my Belgium Waffle Maker. I had several left over. I find to try things I can make with them and not use syrup and butter over them. <BR> <BR> I find if I take one of the waffles and cut it in half if it is perfect size to drop into my toaster to heat it up again. I gets quite crispy that way. <BR> <BR> Today I spread a little Tahini Paste on top after toasting, sprinkled a tablespoon or two of freshly ground flax seed on top, and then sliced half a banana and... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 14:56:01 EST You can feel so good in so little time - A Challenge for today I have developed a very sore neck. I think I pulled something while carrying a large Instant Pot package from the post office to my car. More on my new Instant Pot in a blog soon. I love it! That and my Air Fryer are my favorite toys allowing me to eat healthy and enjoy great food at the same time. <BR> <BR> The pain in my neck has been a good excuse to not exercise for the last few days. I can't believe I fell for this once again. There is always some type of exercise you can do! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 14:58:15 EST Not Just for Those With Diabetes - A Warning for Anyone Overweight The seminar series I talked about yesterday has turned out to be very interesting. How I wish I had watched it 20 years ago. How my life would have been different. I like the format of the seminar. Rather than being one expert at a time talking there are over 70 I think experts tied into the subject matter all talking about the same subject - a Pandemic that is threatening us. Lots of good information in an interesting documentary format. <BR> <BR> Please don't think it pertains to you if y... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:50:09 EST Let's watch this together Hey! I’ve just signed up to watch a free documentary series called iThrive! Rising from the Depths of Diabetes and Obesity, which starts Tuesday, November 14th. <BR> <BR> It’s about the diabetes and obesity epidemic. <BR> <BR> I think this series could be the answer to some of the health conditions we all suffer from. I’d love it if you registered and watched this documentary series with me. Here’s the link to register for free: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> ... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:43:50 EST Free Meditations Available Stress can be hard on our health and our body. Meditation can ease some of this stress. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> At the link above you can get 21 days of under 10 minute meditations for free. Each day's meditation features a different important subject. <BR> <BR> My life this summer has been FILLED with stress - more on that in another blog. It is unbelievable the number of things that have happened to create stress in my life. Through it a... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:02:20 EST Some Hope for Alzheimers For the next 12 days there is a free seminar online called Awakening from Alzheimers that presents all of the newest information about the terrible disease and that appears to offer hope for those who have it or wish to prevent it. <BR> <BR> You can register for the event at <link><BR>ailer-2d/ </link> <BR> <BR> The event came highly recommended by other physicians that I greatly admire. <BR> <BR> I am very interested in the subject since my dad had ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:08:48 EST An Informative Vitamins and Supplements Seminar Free I have been so busy soaking in information from free online seminars lately I haven't had time to blog. I wanted to take the time today to mention a new one that I listened to with excellent and informative talks. Registration is at <link> </link> . <BR> <BR> The website description is "That Vitamin Summit is a collection of 21 presentations about Vitamins and Supplements. Everything you need to know delivered over a seven day period.. May 18th to 24th". You ... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:17:15 EST Two New Free Online Seminars Going On Right Now - Good Information I wanted to spread the news on two new online events going on right now. <BR> <BR> The first is The Diabetes Summit 20107. You can register for free at <link> </link> . It started yesterday so the talks from that are still available. This event runs from March 20027. <BR> <BR> The other is a Plant Medicine Summit , registration at <link> </link> . It also started yesterday and those talks are still available. It runs through this Thu... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:08:23 EST Thyroid Medical Conference I found a new conference that I plan to listen to this week while I am doing my walking on Thyroid Health. Having been Hypothyroid for many years I am interested in what is being said. If you are interested sign up for the free conference at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The full schedule of topics can be seen at <link> </link> All sessions will start to be available at 6:00 Eastern Time (9:00 Pacific Time) and will stay available for 24 hours ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:20:46 EST First Gratitude Journal Entry I often read about gratitude journals but haven't taken the time before to do it. Today I knew it was the day for the first. I have so much to be grateful for. <BR> <BR> I felt the urge to write it while I was walking on the trail around my yard this morning. To start off everything was such a brilliant shade of green from the recent rains. The long side of my rectangular lot has a creek running all along the side of it. It sparkled today. About halfway through the first side a couple of wil... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:16:35 EST My New Alternative Milk Making Machine <img src=""> <BR> Link to product: <link><BR>/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8<BR>&psc=1 </link> <BR> <BR> I recently bought a wonderful product that makes fresh soy, nut milk, or many more varieties with hardly any effort. It was a little pricy ($99.99 on amazon) but I think I will recoup my investment quickly as I can make the milk for about 10 cents per one and a hal... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:26:26 EST More Accurate Steps with my FitBit <img src=""> link <link><BR>/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8<BR>&psc=1 </link> <BR> <BR> For my birthday my husband bought me a Flex 2 tracker to use along with my Charge Fitbit. I originally wanted it because it was waterproof and I could wear it while water walking in my pool when the weather is good enough. I figured I could use it while charging my Charge in the ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:52:13 EST February - Best Month Ever on Spark I think I have finally reached my stride. February is not even half through but it has been a tremendous month. So far this month I have: <BR> <BR> * attended an over 30 hour seminar on Reversing Diabetes with very valuable information <BR> * joined Forks Over Knives Menu Planning which I see as a vegan cooking course taking all of the hard work out of meal preparation and planning <BR> * for the last 7 days I have averaged 11,463 steps per day and this while watching the seminars <BR> * got... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:07:26 EST I'm Loving the Free MasteringDiabetes Seminar - Don't miss it! I'm so excited about all of the information that is going to be given in the next week. The only session today was the kickoff session but it was very educational. If you would like to see the session without registering yet it is available at <link> </link> on facebook. <BR> <BR> I really recommend actually registering for the seminar though. You can pick and choose what you wish to watch and the sessions are available for 48 hours after they are given... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 13:16:29 EST Have your cake and eat to too - as it applies to education and exercise Sometimes my desire to learn things interferes with my need to get exercise. I've now found a way to get both in at the same time. <BR> <BR> I am attending a free online diabetes seminar for the next week. I knew that was going to make it harder to get my daily walks in. I figured I would have to exercise while attending. <BR> <BR> The seminars don't start until tomorrow but today I listened to audio podcasts from Dr. Gregor at <link> </link> which are free and ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:29:13 EST So Nice to Exercise Outside Again Today I did my walking on the exercise path I have made around my property. It was great to feel the warmth of the sunshine on myself as I exercised. So much to look at also. <BR> <BR> One of my neighbors has a large pasture with sheep. There were several new born lambs that I could check on each time I came around the loop. <BR> <BR> Another neighbor has goats and a cow. It was fun to watch the cow play in the nice weather. It had a small pine tree that had been cut down and was mostly d... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:32:19 EST Free Mastering Diabetes Online Seminar <link> </link> <BR> <BR> At the above link you can register for a free seminar held February 1-8. The page describes the various speakers that will be featured. Be sure to register if you would like to get the information. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:37:56 EST SS#5 My unique breakfast solution One of my favorite breakfasts is to have no additive, natural peanut butter and an apple. <BR> <BR> I used to section the apple with an apple slicer and then try to put the peanut butter on top. It did not like to stick though and the slices quickly disappeared with me still being hungry. <BR> <BR> Now instead I section the apple and then cut the sections up into smaller cubes. It feels like I have much more that way. I put my 2 tablespoons of the natural, no additive peanut butter on the ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:31:39 EST SS#4 Success Brings More Success - In the Forest Now! <img src=""> Success lead to even more success if you let it. I remember reading a blog years ago about how someone was working to reach the trees on the island ticker. I changed my ticker to that picture that day and have been working on "reaching the trees" ever since. <BR> <BR> It's been several years but I am now in the trees. A reason to celebrate, but even more looking at the ticker I can see that I am over ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:35:02 EST SS#3 Making exercise fun even when it is raining outside It has been raining here for much of the last couple of weeks or is very wet. I had to use my default method of exercising to meet my goals instead of walking outside. <BR> <BR> One of the things I love to do is walk along with Leslie Sansone. I especially like the following free Youtube video which is a 3 mile walk. It is a great video to start with to get moving but I wanted more. I recommend it for anyone starting though. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>list=WL&... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:44:56 EST Secrets of My Recent Weight Loss #2 <img src="">One thing I was really missing bread and muffins on my current eating plan.I found a great recipe that takes care of this problem for me. These muffins have no sugar, no flour, no oil, and no salt. They are very easy to make and very delicious. Sounds like a dream and it was. Recipe at link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pes/just-bananas-muffins/ </link> <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:17:10 EST Secrets of My Recent Weight Loss #1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just need the old type of food that got you where you are already. You don't have to give in to the urge, but instead find a mighty substitute that is sometimes better than the original. That is what I have done to cravings I have been feeling for ice cream and have discovered a world of possibilities that are quick and easy to make. <BR> <BR> I have tried banana ice cream bef... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:21:27 EST And it only took 4 years, 6 months, and 7 days! <img src=""> <BR> Never give up in the quest to lose weight. If you are persistent and keep your eye on the goal you can get there. It really did take 4 years, 6 months, and 7 days for me to reach the milestone I reached today of 50 pounds gone. It was also after blowing my progress when I was close about 4 years after I joined Spark. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:51:51 EST I've lost 50 pounds and I can't wait to lose more <img src=""> <BR> Today was the day after many years of working on this goal.. I reached the 50 pound down mark. I have to be careful now to not be satisfied with where I am. There are so much better things ahead. I know I can have a tendency of sliding after reaching a milestone such as this. It feels so much better, but will feel even better when I reach goal. I have to keep this in mind and not let up. <BR> <BR... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:49:07 EST Tips to make exercise fun and not drudgery <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My plan today was to do a Leslie Sansome 5 mile walk. I went to youtube but found all of the 5 mile walks that I saw were only partial videos and not the entire video. I'm actually glad that was the case because I was able to add some variety to my walk and customize it more by combining videos. <BR> ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:46:29 EST Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Squares - I like it better than Pumpkin Pie and much healthier <img src=""> <BR> This is the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Squares that I made for myself on Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Pie Squares <BR> <BR> Serves: 14 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> For the Crust: <BR> 3/4 cup old fashioned oats <BR> 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds <BR> 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut <BR> 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 2/3 cup pitted, chopped dates <BR> 1/4 cup chopped pecans <BR> For the Filling <BR> 1 1/2 cu... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:30:41 EST Eating healthy does not need to be expensive or time consuming <img src=""> <BR> This morning I mixed up the breakfast a little, both in recipe and taste. I had cooked up a large pot of black beans yesterday and they were chilling in the fridge. <BR> <BR> At first I was going to heat them up again but then remembered a tub of fresh Organic Pico de Gallo that I purchased at Costco that they were closing out for $1.95 a few days ago. When I purchased it I wasn't sure what I wa... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:10:39 EST Walnut Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy Recipe Link Only got a few minutes before I go to teach a class but I finally found the recipe again for the lentil loaf and gravy I made for Thanksgiving. It was posted by Deskie in the Sparks Secrets of Success. I highly recommend it. <BR> <BR> I have been searching for the link for a couple of days on Spark with no results. I finally found it by googling site: Walnut Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy. I sure wish Spark was better indexed for searches. At least there is always google and... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:25:42 EST Being Thankful for Diabetes This Thanksgiving - SPARKED! <img src=""> <BR> When asked how diabetes had influenced his life in a recent Diabetic Living magazine, Brian Nelson-Palmer listed Diabetes as a driving force to push himself to go after opportunities and inspiration to take control of his life. When I read this I realized that it mirrored exactly how I have been feeling. <BR> <BR> Today I am only one pound away from the losing 50 pounds with SparkPeople. It has... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:50:43 EST How not to feel deprived when eating nutritarian and being diabetic <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have realized I can find or invent a substitute when I am drooling over some yummy looking food that I am fixing for my husband. It makes it much easier to stay on plan. I don't feel deprived at all. I'd like to tell you about a couple of discoveries I have made in the last couple of days. <BR> <B... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:17:15 EST Pulses (Dried Beans) so much to love in combating Diabetes <img src=""> <BR> There is so much to love about dried beans. Cook them yourself and there is probably not a more economical food with so much bang for the buck. The variety of types and flavors is almost endless. They are full of protein and fiber and best of all exceptionally low glycemic and have a positive effect on blood sugar. <BR> <BR> The effect of pulses goes even further in combating diabetes though tha... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:20:06 EST Don't try - Just Do It ! <img src=""> <BR> What you think makes a huge difference. A few weeks ago I adopted the motto in the title and it has made a difference in my attitude towards what I am doing. I found myself often saying I'd TRY to fit in my exercise, I MIGHT do something, Even saying I PLANNED to do something isn't good enough. Every time I use one of these words, and they do still pop up in my thoughts, I rethink what I am thinki... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:00:16 EST October: 18 lbs removed - blood sugar from 295 to 103-110 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After getting horrible blood tests results that showed I was now diabetic with a sugar of 295, I got really serious with my nutrition. I had an appointment with my doctor 5 weeks later and I decided I would reverse the trend by then. It was very successful. She told me at the appointment that I was already at the point she would like me to be by my next appointment. <BR> <BR> I had been coa... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:59:05 EST The VERY Best Husband ever and finally - - - "onederland" at 70 Monday was my 70th birthday and I woke up to this sight Sunday - my husband in the kitchen cooking me a birthday cake. He had gone out at 6:00am in the morning and bought the 21 or so ingredients in the cake. It was the first cake he had ever baked in 60 years. How special was that. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been a very restrictive eating plan and he wanted to take me out to eat and I told him I couldn't. Then... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:41:19 EST Sometimes Experience is the Best Teacher <img src=""> <BR> We bought these cute little "Pugs" on sale about a year ago planning on having the dogs join us in a snowshoe trek. We got to try them out the weekend before last. Starting in the parking lot we found that it was VERY difficult to get them on the dogs to stay. We would put them on and one or the other would be kicked off. After struggling with this process for awhile I decided it would be best to ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:36:52 EST Week 4 Results Eat to Live Another 2 pounds disappeared in the last week putting my total for the 6 week diet now at 11.2 pounds gone. Overall I am very happy with the results so far. It is putting me on the track I wanted to be for the year. I have not been feeling deprived or hungry and my resting blood pressure continues to improve. It is now at 110 over 75. I am ready to start week 5. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:20:42 EST A Mile in 10 Minutes I'm teaching a class later this afternoon so wanted to max out some steps with my morning run. Did a video with Jessica Smith that does a mile in only 10 minutes and adds intervals also. Looks like it is a good way to start my day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:36:09 EST Eat to Live Half Way There Results - Removal of 9.2 pounds and many other health benefits <img src=""> <BR> I've reached the half way point of my 6 week diet and the image above says it all. At the half way point I have removed 9.2 pounds and my other health indicators all keep improving. I've done it all without feeling deprived or even that I am on a diet and I eat everything I would want to. One of the benefits is I also do not have to track food. I know if I eat in the diet guidelines I will be alri... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:49 EST New Concept - Sleep deprivation effects supported by research and 8.6 pound progress so far Not quite three weeks into my Eat to Live Diet (1/2 way point) and I have been able to get rid of 8.6 pounds. I am very happy with this so far. Mostly I have been able to follow the diet with no problems or cravings but last Friday after a heavy teaching day I found it much harder and fell off a little. <BR> <BR> I was very tired after only getting 4 hours of sleep the night before and getting up for an early morning class. I just had trouble getting to sleep. Several things brought that on... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:49:05 EST Day 9 Eat to Live - Temporary Setback But Many Health Benefits I woke up yesterday morning to find I had diarrhea. It was a good example of having to have alternate plans. It was also a frustrating day as my tablet which I love to play on took a dive. I was able to get a new one and get most things set up as before. Now I can work on the old one to see if I can get it going again. I was only able to get 2 hours of sleep the night before. Big recipe for failure. <BR> <BR> Being frustrated, tired, and sick are all trigger points for me to eat I know. Over... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:10:45 EST Eat to Live Diet - 1st week results I am thrilled to say that I am down 3.8 pounds in the first week and feeling great. I don't even feel like I am on a diet. Generally in an extra good week I can lose 1 pound. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:56 EST Tangy Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe with Homemade Hummus - Triple Yum - Day 6 of Eat to Live <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been meaning to try a Spark Recipe, <BR><BR>ail.asp?recipe=2005266 <BR> <BR> <BR> Note: I was not able to get this link to work. If anyone knows why let me know. Instead go to Spark Recipes and search for Tangy Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe. <BR> <BR> for quite some time now. I kept forgetting to buy tahini. Before taking the tri... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:53:15 EST Getting Stronger Every Day and Loving It I've learned to love strength exercise. Starting with 3 pound dumbbells I have slowly worked up to using two 20 pound dumbbells now. I feel so good after using them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided to go to the gym to use the weight machines for legs. I find I don't have the right equipment to do that but have been using some rubber bands. It has been over a year since I have been to the gym. As part of Silver Sneakers with my medicare health supplement I get a free membership. Now that I am n... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:54:50 EST Here's what's for dinner at my place tonight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found I had several eggplants in my garden and wanted to use one up. I found this recipe that shows what presentation can do to a recipe. I have made eggplant lasagna before and love it, but when presented in a stack like this it looks much more appetizing. I am going to pair it with some steamed carrots, a salad, and a small panko breaded chicken breast for my husband only to keep him happy and meat eating. I can... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:29:23 EST Time in the Bank - Maximizing Strength Training <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First I have to apologize. I said I would do this blog yesterday but the crazy weather in California took a toll on my time so I haven't had time until today. I am glad there were so many who enjoyed my last blog on Fun Cardio and I want to follow on how I maximize my ST time. I have a previous blog that tells how important ST is as we age. If you haven't read it you might want to. It was an October 8 blog and mad... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:51:01 EST How about major fun while accomplishing fitness goals? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm looking at my fitness in a whole new way the last couple of weeks. I am accomplishing other things that I want while doing it and just plain having fun. <em>30</em> I started out by doing Leslie Sansome Walking Away the Pounds videos on youtube. If you search her name you can look through the list. Check the time of the video to make sure it is not just a teaser. I would suggest one, but I find that they ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:47:28 EST Images - A Better Way to Search for Recipes on the Internet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you ever tasted something that you are dying to get the recipe for with no one to ask for it? This happened to me recently. My husband brought home a delicious date cookie that he got at a business meeting he attended out of town. Immediately I knew I had to have the recipe. It wasn't too sweet, was very crunch, had a few mini dark chocolate chips in it, and I think a little unsweetened coconut. The texture o... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:41:31 EST carrot cake pancakes with tangy lime cashew cream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the first of a series of blogs I plan to do on my goal to cook more and eat out less. Tried these pancakes on Sunday. I wassparked by an ad I was skipping through on TV that showed some pancakes in it with a green sauce. Having a couple of extra limes in the fridge in addition to a hub who loves pancakes on the weekend, it sparked my curiosity. <BR> <BR> I googled recipes: pancakes lime sauce and decided ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:01 EST Time to Stop the Slip Ups After hitting my new all time low weight I have not been doing so good for the last few weeks. Every day I tell myself I am going to change and then blow it again. I know it is something I have to take control of or I will gain back what I have worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> I got started when I was ill. It is still continuing so I know there is something more to it. I think I have identified the trigger point. I find I want to eat constantly when sitting at the computer grading papers fo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:39:15 EST Fun Halloween Activity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I went to the page today I noticed a link at the bottom to create a Yeti video with code. Curiosity got the best of me so I tried. It was a lot of fun. I ended up with a Yeti in just a short time then entered the screen, did a head spin, danced around, and then exited. Had to tear myself away to get other things done. You might want to try this link. I have put the link below. It would be a really... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:03:09 EST