L.I.L.MOMMY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=L%2EI%2EL%2EMOMMY L.I.L.MOMMY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What a find.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674233 I'm so excited, new furniture project. Our neighbors are moving and had this desk out front for free. Since hubby is out of town I used furniture dollies to wheel it down the street to our house. It needs a little TLC but is solid wood and such a beautiful piece. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1787595280.jpg"> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:59:37 EST Day 3, 5K training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673521 Yesterday was a rest day from training, did 15 minutes on the elliptical <BR> <BR> Today resumed 5K training, 5.03K in 45 minutes...attitude is everything, felt really good today. trimmed 7 minutes off my time wow. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:18:52 EST Day two 5K training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672016 Did 5.03K, 52 minutes, started using a training app to increase speed and endurance. Although I'll never be a runner because of my back condition, I think I can improve that time :) Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:20:38 EST Color In Motion 5k Albuquerque...yup I'm doing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670846 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1326048806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just signed up to run the Color In Motion 5K in Albuquerque on August 23rd, and I got a crazy good deal! These deals are running out fast so register with me now at Groupon <BR> <BR> My first 5K, i'll be walking it but seems like a great way to kick off life in NM Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:12:31 EST Day six, finding the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670313 1. Even though there was a break in two doors down, my house was untouched (perhaps due to the big bark and presence of my Rottie) <BR> 2. Thankful for my Rottie who provides security for room and board :) <BR> 3. Thankful for California citrus, lemons off the tree in backyard and the freshest, tastiest oranges from the local orchard. <BR> 4. Thankful for the variety of foods available in our local markets (a big change from rural Maine) <BR> 5. Since we come from Maine where humidity usually... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:18:27 EST Day five, finding the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669667 1. Very thankful my white blood cell count is heading in the right direction <BR> 2. thankful for upbeat music that makes me want to move <BR> 3. friends, whether in person or online <BR> 4 we are one step closer to the house we want in NM, now just need to sell our house in Maine <BR> 5. thankful for a great State Farm agent who is doing everything in his power to convince the underwriters to renew insurance on our properties (because they are vacant) Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:17 EST Day four, finding the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669041 1. Tried the Lipton Diet Iced Green tea and loved it! No calories <BR> 2. Thankful it will on be in the 80's opposed to the 90's today in CA <BR> 3. Thankful for the freshest fruit around here in CA <BR> 4. Thankful for the safe neighborhood I live in, I do not fear walking alone here <BR> 5. Despite a degenerative back condition I can still walk Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:14:04 EST Day three, finding the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668046 1. Understands the importance of positive thinking, although tough at times to put into practice. <BR> 2. Through my spark adventure, I have developed some healthy habits that are now second nature. <BR> 3. Is thankful for a loving supportive husband who is a natural positive thinker and is my beacon of light in troubled times. <BR> 4. Is thankful for my son who has faced more challenges in his nine years than many have in a lifetime. <BR> 5. I am thankful for those people who have entered my... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:02:22 EST Day two, finding the positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667302 Things to be thankful for <BR> <BR> 1. We have a roof over our heads, food on our table and love a plenty. <BR> 2. A kind husband who adores my mother who lives with us. <BR> 3. The beautiful flower garden that bloomed all winter at our rental house in CA <BR> 4. Being able to drive to Disney, Sea World, San Diego Zoo and the ocean beaches. <BR> 5. A pool at our rental house for a scorcher day in the 90's Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:07:57 EST Finding the positive..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666451 I need to shake the negativity that has been surrounding me since....well for a long time now. <BR> <BR> Things to be thankful for <BR> <BR> 1. There is a NM school in the area we want to be in that can provide Michael the classroom structure that he thrives in. <BR> 2. Opposed to being fired due to the change in the business climate in California, Tim's boss thinks enough of him as an employee and us as a family to have found him work elsewhere in the Southwest territory. <BR> 3. There is ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:26:00 EST Musings of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666243 Today I'll go get my blood work done yet again, should have my results in a few days. <BR> <BR> Spent this past week in NM house hunting. There is one school in the area we want to be in that offers an ABA classroom for Michael, housing in that area is going to be as difficult to find there as it was here in CA. No one wants to rent to a family with a Rottweiller, irregardless of her individual disposition. <BR> <BR> Still waiting for our house to sell in Maine, at least we are heading into... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:34:54 EST Thank you all for your prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655630 Unfortunately, I haven't had any illnesses, infections etc that could explain the elevated white blood cell count and after talking to my Doc, although stress can elevate the count, not enough to account for my reading. I'm scheduled for a third blood test the beginning of April. Will keep you all posted. Thank you again for your prayers. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:06:41 EST Could use some prayers..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651791 Saw my new doc here in California and had my blood work done. Almost everything looked great except my white blood cell count. The first test 15,000 the second 14,800 normal is 10,000. To give you an idea of just how bad it can be, a patient of his who has leukemia has a white cell count of 20,000. <BR> <BR> Need to follow up in 2-3 weeks, another bad test means a trip to a hematologist. Please keep me in your prayers. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:56:32 EST How do you suceed in achieving a lifestyle change.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650341 Step 1 - Mentally prepare. We've all heard it's not what you're eating, it's what's eating you. <BR> <BR> There is a lot of truth to this statement. For me to truly change I had to deal with my emotional issues. A combination of guilt, anger, loss and helplessness kept me on binge autopilot, if I felt sad, I ate, if I was mad, I ate, when I was overwhelmed by grief, you guessed it, I ate. It wasn't until I dealt with all those feelings (triggers) that I could accept a lifestyle change. I sti... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:15:01 EST Who says you can't get anything for free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649758 For 35 years I have struggled with my weight, I've been normal to morbidly obese and everything in between. I've been sucked in by many of the "weight" loss products, diets and out and out scams (some that have probably put my health at risk). I've spent money (more than I like to think) on these products. I've been taken in by weight loss guru's who want to see a healthy America/world.....but at a price. <BR> <BR> Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and whoever else you can think of wants to help ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:28:43 EST Life is always going to happen..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645686 As I sit and contemplate my life (turning the big 50 in June and relocating once again for my husbands work), I've come to the conclusion that life is going to happen. There are always going to be situations and circumstances that are out of my control (not easy to admit for an A type personality). There are always going to be life challenges, for better or for worse that's life. <BR> <BR> Although there are those times when I have no control over a situation, I do have control over how I re... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:18:56 EST Thank you everyone for the support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643905 Thank you everyone for your support and giving me a safe place to vent. It helps a lot just being to express my feelings openly and honestly. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:38:17 EST Life Changes....not in a good way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642966 After only being in California for 4 1/2 months we will be on the move again after Michael gets out of school in June. This move is not by choice, an ultimatum, either move to New Mexico or my hubby will have no job. <BR> <BR> All I can do is cry, Michael loves California, the warm weather, the backyard pool, the nearby parks. We lucked out with a great school and a teacher who has Asbergers' who really gets his Autistic students. Where am I going to get the strength to do it all again? The ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 14:36:58 EST Don't get hung up on a number and don't be fooled by it either http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260696 <link>news.discovery.com/human/health/alle<BR>y-gunn-sizing-110928.htm </link> <BR> <BR> A phrase all women should become familiar with, "vanity sizing", great article on how the sizing of women's clothing has changed over the years. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:53:05 EST A sad day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1160688813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Heaven received a very special angel today, rest in peace sweet boy. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:10:57 EST Merry Christmas to my Spark Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162080 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1989424262.jpg"> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:30:10 EST Life on the Spectrum...a mommies point of view http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145727 Life is challenging, raising children difficult and raising an Autistic child is the greatest challenge I have faced to date. <BR> <BR> When you live on the spectrum life is not normal, it just isn't....you can try to have as normal of a life as possible but it is so different from everyone else that you start to become isolated, a little island unto yourself. <BR> <BR> Things that many people take for granted and do daily with their children are "deal breakers" for my son and results in th... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:29:33 EST I survived the scariest night of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120421 The dreaded Halloween, the scariest night of the year for any dieter! Fortunately we don't get a lot of trickor treaters where we live and Michael doesn't like trick or treating so we had very little candy on hand (just in case we got any little visitors).....but what little was here tormented me all night long! <BR> <BR> Went to bed early to avoid it and had hubby dispose of it this morning for I am one of those people that can't stop at one piece, you see I am a sugar/candy/sweets addict a... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:54:44 EST WOW, REALLY....WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116395 What does a couple do on a rainy drizzly damp day? Well, when you both are numbers geeks (hubby in an engineer and I'm an accountant) you crunch numbers! Ok, so not the most exciting thing in the world to do but here's what we discovered yesterday as we were crunching my weight loss numbers. <BR> <BR> Upon returning to spark in July, I weighed 181 pounds with gasp 47.7% fat (according to by body composition scale, I know, not the golden accuracy of the water immersion measurement but a good ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:47:12 EST I challenge you to be better than average! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115731 You know I hear this a lot, I'm average, a size 14......ok, here's my take on the topic (I'm already feeling the hateful glares from those of you who use this excuse to do nothing about your weight), but let's face it, it is an excuse! <BR> <BR> Yes the average American woman is a size 12- 14, the average American woman is also between 5'4" - 5'6", which means most of those american women are overweight, some borderline obese and some still fall into the obese category. <BR> <BR> We all kn... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:11:59 EST Tee Hee, Giggle, Laugh, Snort...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115722 I have lost enough weight for other people to really notice (22 pounds), some even say I look thin...what a woo hoo moment. <BR> <BR> But it's what happens next that makes me tee hee, giggle, laugh and snort out loud, how did you do it? Did you low/no carb, pill, powder, cleanse etc, whatever they secretly want to try to lose the weight themselves. They're looking intently, waiting for my answer. <BR> <BR> When I reply, eating nutritionally to best fuel my body, which includes fruits, veg... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:59:52 EST JillianMichaels.com vs Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112368 A healthy lifestyle site showdown.... <BR> <BR> For the past two weeks I have had a free trial membership to the Jillian Michael's website and have been using it in addition to the spark site and here's how the two compare and who comes out the winner! <BR> <BR> Jillian Michael's charges $4 week <BR> Sparkpeople free <BR> <BR> The winner spark <BR> <BR> Jillian Michael's exercise videos - non existent, only demo's of exercises <BR> Sparkpeople, lots of great exercise videos available free... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:27:45 EST I am very proud of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111316 Yesterday, my surviving twins birthday (his twin passed away six hours after being born), which is usually the worst day of the year for me. For the past eight years, on that day I am a combination of grief, sadness, depression for the son I lost, but I'm also grateful and happy to be able to celebrate the day with my surviving son, my miracle baby. <BR> <BR> Yesterday started off tough, but by party time I was able to be fully present in the moment! I was there 100% with my surviving son. ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:55:49 EST Today is the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109397 One of the toughest days of the year for me, it's the day I'm torn...split into two different people. One that celebrates the birth of her surviving twin and one that mourns the loss of the other. <BR> <BR> So today I wish Michael a very Happy 8th Birthday, may all your hearts desires be granted! <BR> <BR> And Anthony sweet pea, Mommy misses you, Happy Birthday my love. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 03:14:07 EST Jillian Michael's tip of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105766 JILLIAN'S TIP OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> <BR> Why "Sticky" Is Icky <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a zero-tolerance policy for foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup. Train yourself to think "garbage" when you see the initials HFCS, and just say no. Don't buy "sticky" drinks, like juice, sodas, and performance drinks, that have way too much sugar that you don't need. And don't be fooled into thinking that because diet sodas have fewer calories they're okay. I'll admit that I am a recovering Diet Co... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:07:33 EST Finally a way I'll eat Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105264 A Jillian Michael's recipe, I copied to spark <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/recipe_d<BR>etails.asp?nutrition_id=64121323 </link> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:21:40 EST Cardio - weight loss extra credit, Jillian Michael's nugget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102212 Edited to add this was not my question but one asked of another member on JillianMichaels.com <BR> <BR> Q: I love that I have the information I need to lose 2 pounds a week; however, I would like to lose more than that. How can I lose 4 to 5 pounds a week? I have a total of 96 more pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> JILLIAN SAYS: To lose a pound, you must burn 3,500 calories. As I've said before, it's all about the math — how to burn more calories in the most effective way. <BR> You can only do so... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:12:36 EST Tips to control snacking, another Jillian Michael's nugget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099898 Constant snacking is one of the easiest ways to blow your calorie count for the entire day. Even when you plan out your meals, giving in to those little snacks during the day can take a toll — especially if you aren’t tracking them. Are you guilty of mindlessly grabbing a mini-pastry at your breakfast meeting, a handful of candies from the receptionist’s jar, and then a cupcake at the afternoon birthday celebration for your coworker? Then, buddy, it’s no wonder you aren’t losing weight. <BR> ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:46:30 EST Visceral Fat.....Harvard Health Publications http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099032 Keeping visceral fat at bay <BR> <BR> Where you tend to gain fat depends on your genes, your hormones, your age, your birth weight (smaller babies more readily add belly fat later in life), and whether you've had children (women who have given birth tend to develop more visceral fat than women who haven't). <BR> <BR> As young adults, women on average have less visceral fat than men, but that changes with menopause. In a four-year study at Louisiana State University tracking healthy middle-a... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 19:46:33 EST A Jillian Michael's nugget of information. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097284 The simple fact is that you can change your life by changing your mind. Nothing is impossible for the willing mind! We all have the power to gain control of our lives, reach our goals, and live our dreams. The challenge is locating, nurturing, and believing in your ability to do so. <BR> <BR> The first thing you need to understand is how your emotions and your behaviors affect your weight. You need to commit all your mental resources toward change. Learn how to take control of negative self-... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 08:06:03 EST What motivates you....choose your motivation wisely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079528 What motivates you to embrace a healthy lifestyle? Simple enough question really, with any number of possible answers. For some it's a size clothing, for others it's their children and for others still it's about good health, endurance, vitality or any number of reasons known to man/woman. <BR> <BR> Motivation is personal in nature and there is no one size fits all (which we all know there's really no such thing as one size fits all, no matter what your size it never fits quite right), mot... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:35:12 EST Life is short..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078208 My personal experiences have drove home the saying "life is short". Losing a son six hours after being born, not knowing if my surviving son would survive, watching babies die in the NICU (some a year after being born) and now watching friends of mine face losing their child who will turn eight on October 27th if he lives that long (born just four days after Michael and neighbors in the NICU). Kyle was born only 7 weeks early (7 weeks really shouldn't have been a big deal, most preemies do ve... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:05:24 EST Your prayers are needed....Kyle and Michael were in the NICU together. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074510 When you spend time in a NICU you become close to the other families that are there. One of those families is facing what no parents should, their little boy has a terminal illness. I'm asking my friends to keep this little boy and his family in your prayers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681214842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/LivingLifeForToday </link> <BR> a link to Kyles facebook page. <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:04:42 EST Why I love Maine...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052440 Yesterday was a picture perfect day for outdoor adventures here in the great state of Maine. Temps 68 degrees, sunshine, light wind and we took advantage of it! <BR> <BR> We hiked Mt. Pisgah in Monmouth <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914135764.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685768577.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891423952.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l569825693.jpg"> <BR> <BR> an... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:27:26 EST Kayaking, the new "my time". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045893 I enjoy kayaking, my first time was this year in a tandem plus (a kayak that seats hubby, Michael and myself). This past weekend I had the opportunity to try a solo kayak and I loved it. Just me, the water, the sunshine and my thoughts. I entered a whole new realm of serenity and truly enjoyed the "my" time without the outside world creeping in. <BR> <BR> It gave me the opportunity to get away from all of life's demands (the specialist, teachers, behaviorists, etc who are always telling me w... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:06:33 EST It really is different this time..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043947 On my spark page I wrote I was back for more but differently and it truly is different this time around. <BR> <BR> 1) I'm not so consumed by the amount of weight I lose or don't lose for that matter, a healthy lifestyle can't be rushed. <BR> <BR> 2) I'm spending more time working towards a healthy lifestyle then talking about it here at spark (this was a huge one for me) <BR> <BR> 3) I truly am more flexible when it comes to unexpected life events entering my perfect "spark" world. For ins... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:35:44 EST Living as a "special" family..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031299 Life in general is very different for a family with a special needs child. Typical families go to scouts, sports games, sleepovers etc. older children can play outside by themselves, develop a network of friends and can communicate with you when they are upset, happy, angry etc. as your children grow they gain independence. <BR> <BR> Special families (or at least this family) can do none of those things. Michael needs adult support to help him transition through his day and finding activiti... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:20:51 EST No gym, no weights, no problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022776 Isometrics Exercises - <BR> <BR> The Plank – To begin, lay face down on the floor with your legs straight, together and fully extended. Next, place your elbows and forearms under your chest pointing straight forward. Prop yourself up on your toes, elbows and forearms so that the rest of your body is off the ground. Keep your body straight. Hold this position for roughly 15 to 20 seconds and repeat 3 to 5 times. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141057220.jpg"> <BR> <... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:55:55 EST Fast paced living is killing us all...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021442 Let's face it, we live in a fast paced world. Always on the go with work, family, friends, etc., convenience is a must, unfortunately that same convenience (i.e. fast foods, prepackaged foods, grab and go foods) is making us fat with the added sugars, fats and sodium. <BR> <BR> Time restraints are limiting our activity (i.e. exercise) and the choices we make as to how to use our time is making us even fatter. We're living in a world where 1/3 of the population is obese (projected to hit 40+%... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 07:02:08 EST What are you hiding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020313 What are you hiding? <BR> <BR> When dealing with an online community, people only see what you allow them to see. In my time here (past and present) I've seen many sparkers come and go (including myself). In looking at those who are successful and those who are not, I've found a common thread to those who are successful....they hide nothing. They lay it on the line everyday, the good, the bad, the ugly. <BR> <BR> They share their nutritional trackers, their exercise trackers, their posts, t... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 07:34:15 EST What do you do when you hit a wall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019143 I knew I would be facing a wall this week, the fifth week of my journey to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567231699.jpg"> My honeymoon period is over, in the first four weeks I lost 10 pounds, so far this week.....nothing. But that's ok, a lifetime of healthy can't be rushed. <BR> <BR> It's how I handle that wall that matters most..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452262636.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:01:37 EST Quit making excuses...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016146 Common excuses for not living a healthy lifestyle and my no nonsense take no prisoners approach to busting them. <BR> <BR> "I don't have time to exercise" - I bet you have time to watch TV, great if you have time to watch tv you have time to exercise. While watching, march in place, pick up some dumbbells and do some arm strength training. Or better yet turn off the tv and get active with family or friends! Find 10 minutes a day, then add a second 10 minutes in your day, then another. 10 min... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 06:52:26 EST Two choices....kick butt or sit on butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013835 Each day you have two choices regarding your healthy lifestyle, you can either kick butt or sit on your butt. <BR> <BR> How do you kick butt: <BR> You plan your nutrition in advance, using the nutrition tracker. Keep an eye on where your nutrients are coming from. Pay particular attention to your fats, sodium and carbohydrates. Go for the fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. Eliminate empty calories! <BR> <BR> Make an appointment with yourself to exercise. It doesn't matter what your fi... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:53:17 EST Southwestern Breakfast Casserole Recipe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012529 As requested Annie. <BR> <BR> Recipe for Southwestern Breakfast Casserole. <BR> <BR> Favorite Biscuit dough recipe (8 servings) <BR> Turkey sausage cooked/crumbled. (reduced fat, drain fat) Approx 8-10 oz. <BR> Southwestern Egg Beaters 2 cups <BR> chopped veggies (whatever you like in the amount you like), I used onions, red peppers and mushrooms. <BR> One pkg Kraft fat free shredded cheddar cheese (7 oz) <BR> <BR> Spray 9X13 baking dish with non stick spray, spread 3/4 of biscuit dough ev... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:37:49 EST I am so proud of myself today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012076 We had our first "function" outside the home, a Sunday Friends Brunch and I did very well. I made two different diet friendly breakfast casseroles to ensure we had something healthy to eat (which by the way was a huge hit with the crowd). I sampled (a very small portion of someones french toast casserole to be polite, only a couple of bites) and rounded out my meal with fresh fruit and coffee.....yeah I did it! Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:22:57 EST