MELTEAGUE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MELTEAGUE MELTEAGUE'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/ I go to Reno Gym, it works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420688 Well I have now lost 10 pounds, and it was not diet. I guess the increased activity of our home improvement work is working!!!! One time we carried a heavy French door in and out of the house about eleven times before it was fully painted and we had it re hung properly..... long story! Anyway I still have not figured out how to upload pics on here from my phone. Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:18:19 EST Painting continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404283 Boy! Renovations or painting is hard work And since my app still will not let me post pics, you will have to take my word for it! We did the fine detail work today and ripped up the carpet ( which was the ugliest carpet you have ever seen) and now the concrete stairs are bare. They need s little bit of TLC before we put down new carpet. My body is tired and sore from going up and down ladders, sanding, painting and cleaning etc. Sorry I can't post pics! Anyone know how to do it with t... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 18:21:47 EST I downloaded the app! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403398 I am so happy! I just downloaded the app and this will help me so much! Now I can log and blog from my phone! Log and blog..... hahaha! 😀 Anyway it has been an interesting few months.... after my initial 7 pound loss I kinda had a big hiccup: my birthday. Stupid sweet tooth! Anyway.... put weight back on.... but then I went on a trip and was too busy to overeat..... then I got back home and started painting jobs around the house! My arms are letting me know about it ! I have been wo... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:24:16 EST I discovered a really delicious breakfast alternative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377228 I am starting on my second week of tracking and I am sticking with it --- thanks to all of your encouragement! I was getting discouraged....yes I want instant results, don't we all? <BR> <BR> I discovered a really delicious breakfast. <BR> <BR> It is called "Overnight Oats" ---- I am probably joining the party late on this one and you have probably already heard of it, but new discovery to me. <BR> <BR> <BR> It is made with oats and milk (almond or coconut) and fruit and nuts. In the ca... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:04:10 EST My scale is stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376732 So I have been tracking food and eating healthier for 6 days now, and my scale is stuck. <BR> <BR> I don't quite know why there is no effect, but I will give it another week and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> I am not gonna lie, I had a bit of a meltdown this afternoon. It's hard not to get discouraged when your body does not respond to your efforts. <BR> <BR> It makes me feel so helpless. <BR> <BR> ONWARD Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:50:07 EST Day 2 recap and day 3 frown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375421 Well, well, well, here we are at the start of day 3 and I will post pics of my meals yesterday, (except breakfast, because it is exactly the same) <BR> <BR> What is the day 3 frown about you ask? <BR> <BR> Hubby and I both put ON a pound! huh? <BR> I put on 1.8 lbs. Huh? <BR> <BR> Weird. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's breakfast was the same as day 1 <BR> <BR> Mid morning snack: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b1bffe1-74b0-4153-ab57-ee6244177a23.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Lunch was... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:28:43 EST Day 1 of meal plan a success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374771 Isn't it funny that before I started eating according to the meal plan, I would not be hungry for breakfast before 10 am-ish. This morning I was ravenous at 7:30 am! LOL <BR> <BR> This is such a mind game. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here are my day's meals: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/185b15e3-56b8-45d3-bbe5-e7543140e7b1.JPG"> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b40dce9d-c05f-4935-83bd-2cb99e8dfb3c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> DIn... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:13:50 EST BACK ON THE WAGON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374279 Well, it seems that June is my "new year"... <BR> <BR> Around about this time of the year I get antsy, and I think, "I gotta get back in shape" and then I stand on the scale and there is much screech and trauma! <BR> <BR> <BR> Time to get real! <BR> <BR> So, in the past, the Health Kick thing did not work for me. In fact, it had the opposite effect. <BR> But I have to do something! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am unfit and I used to swim 3 kilometers without blinking! <BR> <BR> So I have no i... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:21:42 EST Wow, how time flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254625 It has been a while! Wow! <BR> <BR> I have been really busy with my freelancing career and I have been MIA, but I thought I would pop in and just catch up with everyone! <BR> <BR> Since I was last here our book called "As The Ink Flows; Devotions to Inspire Christian Writers & Speakers" was published through Judson Press....yes, I am officially an author! (Dream come true) <BR> <BR> I continue to write for clients and hope to one day write my own book/novel/memoir, whatever..... <BR> <B... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:30:50 EST My weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942020 This weekend was such fun! <BR> <BR> I attended a wedding, that was nice! With my dh.....the kids stayed with my SIL so it was like date day! :-) <BR> <BR> On Sunday the cousins and SIL and BIL came down and joined us at the tennis courts by my DD's school and we played tennis for at least an hour, if not 90 min...I lost track of time, we were having fun! <BR> <BR> It rained on Friday and Sunday evening so I did not get to mow the lawn this week...waiting for things to dry out! <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:06:16 EST Weekend musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933588 Today has been beautiful! Perfect weather... <BR> Yesterday I mowed the lawn...did not track it, although I could have LOL <BR> I disassembled a swinging chair that we had in the garden, the canvas had torn and shredded so it was not functional anymore....it was a tough slog! The screws were so rusted after it being out for so many years facing the elements. <BR> <BR> Today however besides the usual housework I have taken it easy. It is so weird to sit on my chair on my deck and relax. <BR>... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:27:22 EST Thoughts.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932182 Thank you for popping by my blog.... <BR> I realized a few weeks ago how much things have changed since I started my journey on Sparkpeople. <BR> I used to obsess..... about the scale, about every calorie....and even when I was the lowest weight possible , I still was not happy. ( when in reality I was probably underweight) <BR> <BR> I was told it takes a couple of years for your body to recover from being underweight......I certainly am not underweight now....but my weight seems to be stabl... Thu, 21 May 2015 20:02:24 EST Look what I did this weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930913 Here in Canada we just had a long weekend, so I keep thinking that today is Monday, but it is not! <BR> <BR> The kids and DH went camping and I got to stay home. I did a ton of housework and gardening and this was my weekend project: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb39656d-126d-4a32-b60f-833163856847.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I built it form scratch! My DH was impressed! It was quite a test in patience to get all those rocks int he right place and the flow of the w... Tue, 19 May 2015 15:50:11 EST Just a quick hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924877 Hello my sparkies! <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been AWOL! <BR> <BR> I have been busy with my writing projects! <BR> <BR> I had my website re-done...you can check it out if you want? <BR> <BR> It is melonyteague(dot)com --- let me know what you think.... <BR> <BR> My weight has been pretty steady...no real ups and downs, I am happy about no ups, but would like some more downs! :-) <BR> <BR> It is summer.....YAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75304032.jpg"> ... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:48:09 EST I'm Back, well for a quick visit anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891796 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Wow, it has been a while! Finally we are above freezing here during the day, so that means all the mountains of snow are melting! YAY! <BR> <BR> I have been working hard to meet a pretty tight deadline, so really I have been trying not to get distracted by social media and sort of succeeding. Of course I have to be on Social media SOME of the time to keep my author page going! Oh yes, some of you don't know, I AM AN AUTHOR! <BR> <BR> My book is due to be released ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:36:05 EST Well what do you know! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776417 After a long while of avoiding the scale and intentionally NOT obsessing about it....I braved a peek a few days ago. I have been intentionally eating less, only when hungry and since I am expending less energy since I can't exercise much, I have adjusted my eating to compensate. <BR> <BR> So what did that scale say? <BR> <BR> I had LOST 2 pounds from the last time I weighed! Whoo hoo! Okay I have to admit, 164.4 pounds is not my desired weight...but you know, gone are the days that the sca... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 09:08:40 EST Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744459 Hi <BR> <BR> Just a quickie... <BR> The kids are swimming and I am waiting for them to finish. Now that they are older, I do not have to swim with them! :-) <BR> I would rather swim at lane swim, otherwise when I swim with the kids I get cold! <BR> <BR> anyway I just wanted to say thanks to those who gave me birthday goodies and wishes! Some of you on FB. <BR> <BR> I also wanted to post a pic of the kittens. They are growing so fast, but still utterly adorable! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:24:13 EST UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734494 I have not written a blog in a while and thought I probably should. <BR> So much has happened since Mother `s day. ( That was the last blog!) <BR> <BR> My mother in law is now living here in Canada. She moved over permanently at the end of May. <BR> <BR> I have quit my cleaning job as of July 31 and look forward to having my Saturdays back so that I can concentrate on family time. It means a loss in income, but I am sending out my resume in order to make up the money in writing jobs! ( Kee... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:08:39 EST Mother's day meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694021 Mother's day is a day this is both wonderful and difficult all at the same time! I miss my mom! <BR> <BR> So I tried to focus on my own little family and enjoy the day with them. Mother's day will never be the same now that my mom has passed on, but I try not to let it dampen the mood. <BR> <BR> My kids both made me hand made cards and my daughter bought me a YA fiction book I was anxious to read! ( thoughtful!) <BR> <BR> We went to church in the morning and the kids had made a video tal... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:28:05 EST First bike ride of the season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689666 Yesterday my Daughter and I rode our bikes to the library and pet store! <BR> My butt is sore today! Not used to it! LOL <BR> <BR> It was a rare sunny day. It rained all of last week! Sigh! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969418038.jpg"> <BR> This is the mischievous one! <BR> <BR> Cuteness overload! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1024927028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I worked on assignment on Sat and it went well, the time flew by! <BR> <... Wed, 7 May 2014 10:24:17 EST Day 2 of the Reboot saw me lose a pound! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684167 When I weighed in this morning after doing my rendition of Day 2 I was down a pound. <BR> <BR> Instead of carrot soup I had a chicken salad. <BR> <BR> I needed the protein. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and I had my breakfast ( Flax granola and blueberreies) <BR> <BR> I must admit that I have half a serving, I just can't eat a whole cup of granola! <BR> <BR> Today for lunch I had left over rice and veggies. <BR> <BR> Tonight I will have a salad. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be day 4 of The... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:52:13 EST Day one done and dusted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682769 Well I was supposed to have flx granola for breakfast! I had a nap and a hand full of almonds instead! <BR> <BR> Bad night last night, DH had the stomach flu, so no sleep for me either. Poor guy! <BR> <BR> So this morning I was sooo tired! <BR> <BR> Had carrot soup for lunch, spicy coconut sauce and veg for dinner. <BR> <BR> Had my coffee and square of chocolate that I know to be friendly. <BR> <BR> I will report back on tomorrow's weigh in tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a good nigh... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:22:53 EST REBOOT SURPRISE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682140 So LIS and I are doing a reboot of The Plan starting today! <BR> <BR> I have not weighed in a while, so was shocked to see the number on the scale! After we had KFC yesterday for lunch ( I have not had that in literally about 10 years!) <BR> I thought I would be in the upper range of my weight while ON THE PLAN.....OH NO! <BR> <BR> I was wrong! <BR> <BR> I weighed 164.8 lbs! <BR> Now if you read back on some of the previous blogs you will know that my goal was to reach 164 lbs because ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:45:22 EST My new babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680313 In the last blog I lamented how I could not wait to get the kittens and that it would be at least 4 weeks before we could get them! <BR> <BR> GUESS WHAT? <BR> <BR> I got a call last night to come pick them up! <BR> <BR> EEEEEEEK! So exciting! <BR> <BR> Here they are! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831449277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> this is the boy! ( above) <BR> <BR> Now the girl: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2129014656.jpg">... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:19:51 EST News and catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678627 I have been really busy trying to meet deadlines and of course you know when you have a deadline, LIFE HAPPENS, between kids being sick and spring cleaning and family events it has been tough to keep the work going! BUT....I only have 3 bio's to do and then I am done! <BR> <BR> I made Kale chips for lunch the one day and ACTUALLY did not burn them for a change! Note to self, go easy on the seasalt! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2051336580.jpg"> <BR> This is the K... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:59 EST Way too busy! End is in sight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673113 CRUNCH TIME!! <BR> <BR> I have 4 bio's to finish, 3 interviews are done and one to go! All by end of April! Well, actually before the end of April because I want some proof reading days and buffering days in case there is some extra work to be done! <BR> <BR> Thursday I have a photo opp for the grand opening event where the books will be sold. <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess what? It snowed today! A LOT! I know! It is supposed to be SPRING! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:40:01 EST Festivities are over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668033 Yesterday was DD's birthday! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1992303878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her cousins all came around for cake! I cleaned the house and had it in top shape! I was about to mop the kitchen floor and then thought, "There will be 6 kids in here eating cake, what am I thinking?" So I will mop the floor POST chocolate cake crumbs etc rather! LOL <BR> <BR> So all the festivities are over and I can get back on The Plan! <BR> <BR> DD asked for sushi for her... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:48:11 EST And so another week begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666711 This weekend was crazy busy starting with my girls night out. Turns out DD and DS just finished their movie and the power went out! <BR> <BR> DD was at a sleepover and they were in the power outage region so they also had no power, but it did not seem to phase them! <BR> <BR> I was in an area where there was power and only got home at 11:30 pm! No sense in rushing home to a dark and cold house! ;-) <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway the maki sushi rolls went down well! <BR> <img src... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:03:24 EST Maki Sushi rolls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664200 Yesterday went well, I had a ginger cookie for breakfast ( it has molasses in it which is high in iron!....so I told myself! LOL) <BR> <BR> Then for lunch had carrot ginger soup! (The Plan) <BR> <BR> Dinner was a salad with pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and fake crab. ( It's actually white fish flavored to taste like crab) <BR> <BR> I am down 0.4 Lb this morning! (total down 2.4 lbs since April 1) <BR> I bought the fake crab for making Maki Sushi rolls today for a girls night out! <B... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:37:26 EST After one day back on THE PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662531 After being back on "The Plan" this morning the scale reported a 1 pound loss! <BR> <BR> This was yesterday's lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940137993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Snack was low sodium potato chips! <BR> <BR> Dinner was the spicy coco sauce with veggies and bismati rice! ( I LOVE THAT MEAL!) <BR> <BR> This morning I am trying THE PLAN's version of Bullet Proof coffee .....made famous by the star of DIVERGENT (Shailene W) . <BR> <BR> By the way... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:39:50 EST Catching up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661570 As you may have gathered from my last blog I have been sick! I am still not 100 % but I think I am almost there, yesterday my appetite finally came back and it did so with a vengeance! I was ravenous all day! <BR> <BR> So today I am back on THE PLAN and Lis is joining me once again! How blessed am I ? <BR> <BR> I had my flax granola and blueberries this morning! <BR> <BR> I have to admit that breakfasts are my biggest challenge! If it were up to me I would skip it all together and just h... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:38:45 EST Under the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653442 The last few days have been difficult for me! I have been sick and everything tastes weird. <BR> <BR> I have some sort of sinus/cold thing going on! At first I thought it was just an allergic reaction from digging a library book out from under my son's bed, but it got worse and is really messing with my sleep. Restless nights don't really help with recovery! I have been able to have a couple of naps though <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some meals I have had in the last few days: <BR>... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:32:51 EST First day of Spring? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650531 Tomorrow is supposed to be the first day of spring! <BR> <BR> There is snow all over my back and front yard....no grass in sight! And they are predicting freezing rain! Not my idea of spring! LOL <BR> <BR> I am glad to be back on track with my eating although searching under my son's bed for a missing library book has resulted in chest problems! I am very sensitive to dust! So my chest is starting to build up some mucous and is sore! Just what I need! <BR> <BR> I have a TON of work to c... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:56:31 EST Back on Track and feeling better for it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647851 Wednesday I got back on track! ( okay except for breakfast) <BR> After weighing in I was up 3 pounds from the weekend, that because of the birthday festivities and dinners out. <BR> <BR> Lunch was broccoli soup with a side of carrot and beet salad. <BR> <BR> Wednesday's dinner was rice and veggies with spicy coconut sauce! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1157196206.jpg"> <BR> Thursday morning was pumpkin chia pudding for breakfast and then grilled veg with goats che... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:20:04 EST Spa day with the girls and catch up with a BFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646349 Yesterday turned out to be quite the day! <BR> <BR> First My SIL fetched us and let me drop off a birthday gift for a BFF on the way up to drop the boys off at their cousins so that us girls ( moms and daughters) could have our spa date! <BR> We gave a gift certificate to the girls for Christmas so we thought we would make it a date during March break. <BR> <BR> My daughter was so funny to watch. It was her fist time getting a pedicure and she found it really ticklish and was not so sure... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:54:22 EST Birthday celebrations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645194 Yesterday was my son's birthday and we were out all day, at the cinema, having dinner....and I had a piece of birthday cake. <BR> <BR> My daughter made the cake so I had to have a piece. ( That's my story and I am sticking to it! <em>211</em> ) <BR> So I am up 2 pounds this morning, but I know part of that is because of the time change messing with me, did not get all my water in, digestion issues....and of course, birthday cake. LOL <BR> <BR> Today is Girls Spa Day. And that will mean ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:28:43 EST Opps! I lost ONE pound not ELEVEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643657 I apologize for the scare, No I did not lose 11 pounds in one day, I lost it in38 days! <BR> Sorry, I entered in the wrong numbers and instead of it declaring I had lost a pound, SP announced I had lost 11 pounds! LOL <BR> <BR> It was not until the congrats came in that I realised what I had done! LOL <BR> <BR> OOPS! <BR> <BR> I am 0.2 pounds away from my first goal which is to be in the healthy BMI zone! <BR> <BR> This was Friday's dinner: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:31:06 EST A big smile on my face today! PROGRESS REPORT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642225 <BR> Today the kids are home, it is March break and they will be home until March 18th. It is a nice change in routine since this winter has been so brutal! <BR> <BR> Two things made me smile today! <BR> <BR> First, I worked with my son to do an assignment this morning and he was working on it, using my computer and he taught me a few things about word docs! ( He will be 10 on Monday!~ ) <BR> <BR> Big smile # 1 <BR> Proud of him. <BR> <BR> <BR> Then I got on the scale this morning a... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:45:10 EST The reset button has been activated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640605 Yesterday I went back to day 1 of "The Plan" and this was breakfast: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002105013.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then lunch was carrot soup and a salad on the side. <BR> <BR> Dinner was veggies in spicy coco sauce! YUM! ON the side I had beet and carrot salad. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1290135719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning I was down 0.2 from yesterday. Not much but it is a start. <BR> <BR> This morning I had the sam... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:05:09 EST My weekend away and hitting the "reset" button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639339 This weekend I went away on a writer's retreat with my writer's group. They are a lovely group of ladies and we went with the intention to set aside time to work on the book we plan to publish this year! <BR> <BR> We took turns being charge of a meal and I did two lunches ( SOUP!) and contributed one salad to a dinner. <BR> <BR> It was relaxing and quiet, and we worked really hard on the book. <BR> <BR> The first day we were there the pipes had frozen so we did not have running water....s... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:31:32 EST Surprises and Then Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634461 Last time I blogged you saw photos of my breakfast hemp pudding, well it turns out after testing it on it's own, I have a mild reaction to it! <BR> <BR> It is day 26 of the plan and Meals have been similar except that yesterday I had maccaroons for breakfast, a morning glory muffin for morning snack and then since I had the car and was running around doing work and errands I did not have time to prepare food. Just before lunch I was done my chores and emailed my husband to ask if he would l... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:43:16 EST Day 21, 22 and 23 of The Plan Reboot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631961 Friday started off with me trying out my own recipe of Blueberry Chia pudding for breakfast. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435788832.jpg"> <BR> ( see previous blog on how to make it) <BR> Well it must have agreed with me so that is good! <BR> <BR> Lunch was broccoli soup and salad: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1622157336.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday was also the day I tested Rye, now you could just have 2 rye crackers with almond butter o... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:33:09 EST I stuck with it for 21 days! WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630065 Last time I went on "The Plan by Lyn- Genet" I struggled. I was reactive to a lot of things and as a result got bored with what I could have. <BR> <BR> This time , here I am on day 21 and I am still at it and I have lost, to date, 0.2 short of 9 pounds! <BR> Since Feb 1st. <BR> <BR> Last night was steak night, and this is what my plate looked like: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1023714612.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sautee'd Kale on the side was delicious and I added come... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:41:19 EST Back on Track - Day 20 of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629326 Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> What a lovely surprise to be down a whole pound this morning! And I feel so much better for it! I don't know why....but I do...not just being happy about it, just physically lighter somehow! So back to my total weight loss of 8 pounds! <BR> <BR> Today I had flax seed granola for breakfast, sorry did not take a pic. Then I went out for coffee with a friend and only had one cup! Whoo hooo! <BR> <BR> Then by they time I got back from my duty at the school I was st... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:22:16 EST Day 18 and 19 - The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628459 Yesterday started off with the Hemp Protein Pudding and since I had run out of other fruit I added a banana to it: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2041380484.jpg"> <BR> So in a way my test ingredient was the banana. <BR> <BR> At lunch I had this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176258780.jpg"> <BR> This was sauteed veg in tumeric etc on romaine ( baby) with hemp seeds. <BR> <BR> Dinner was Indian Rub chicken with a side of Timbale. I ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:16:32 EST The Tuesday that feels like a Monday - Day 18 of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627265 Here we are, day 18 of the Plan. <BR> <BR> Let me recap from the last time I blogged. <BR> <BR> So as you know from the last blog our Valentine’s dinner was cancelled due to my son being sick with strep throat. So Saturday was day 15 and I did day 13 of “the Plan”. <BR> I was at 166.8 lbs <BR> I had Pumpkin Chia pudding for breakfast with Almond slivers and coconut milk <BR> <BR> Lunch was leftover Timbale with romaine and carrots. <BR> <BR> I had 1 oz potato chips ( low sodium) for ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:51:20 EST Day 14 and 15 - The plan and a change of plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625582 AS you may have seen in the last blog the plan was to go out for dinner with the kids ( date night) on Valentine's day. <BR> <BR> My test was supposed to be the restaurant! Just before we were ready to leave for the restaurant my son came down with a fever and headache, so I whipped up dinner at home. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463351758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took my son to the walk-in clinicon Sat morning and it turns out he has strep throat. <BR> We will postpon... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:52:45 EST Happy Valentines day - day 14 of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623774 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Lots of excitement in our family! <BR> WE are going out on Date night! - with a difference. <BR> <BR> We want to teach our kids EARLY on how to treat each other and future partners. <BR> I am taking my son out and he will practice being a gentleman, we will go to the the same restaurant, but have separate tables! My husband is taking my daughter and will treat her like a princess. <BR> <BR> I told him to set the bar HIGH so that when she eventually has boys in... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:20:24 EST Day 13 of Following the Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623000 <BR> First things first, we have a new baby in the family! My husband's cousin's daughter just had a baby girl! It's the closest anyone in our family will get to having a baby anytime soon! <BR> <BR> I can't say anything on FB yet until they announce it officially, but I HAD TO TELL SOMEONE! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 13 of my REBOOT with The Plan <BR> Yesterday was a friendly day, so I did not test anything. <BR> ( I was doing day 14 on the menu) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> I had the pumpki... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:01:59 EST Day 10 and 11 and I have lost track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622092 It has been 12 days since I started my "The Plan - Reboot" and I am, as of this morning down 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> That is the weight I was at before the wedding and testing mozzarella cheese. Someone suggested I test it again, but with an unsalted version! Hmm, I may give that a try if I can find some? <BR> <BR> I am sort of losing track of which day is which and I will try to keep it straight. <BR> <BR> On Day 10 I had the pumpkin pudding chia seed thingy for breakfast. <img src="http... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:40:49 EST