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/ 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 Wedding pics ( not what you think) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621271 As some of you know I attended a wedding at a restaurant in downtown Toronto on Sat night! <BR> <BR> The food was very gourmet and interesting flavours but VERY small portions! <BR> <BR> Here are some pics! <BR> <BR> Sorry about the quality of some, my phone is not the best in dim light! <BR> They had bread on the table with olive oil for dipping, I did not have any. <BR> <BR> Here was the starter: <BR> <BR> It is a leek with a very thin kale leaf on top of it with some sort of sauc... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:19:32 EST day 7, 8 and 9 - The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619688 Day seven ( which is actually day 8 on my menu) started off with me testing a new cereal: Chex Rice cereal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1305453863.jpg"> I had it with some flax granola and pear. <BR> <BR> Lunch time on day 7 was soup and salad: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1650372502.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What I actually did was turn the salad into a stir fry with some fresh ginger to counteract the cold weather and it was delicious! <BR... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 18:45:40 EST 164 it is! The goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617622 164 is it! <BR> <BR> I survived the migraine, survived the 3 day cleanse, got my coffee and sugar levels under control, all thanks to ALL OF YOU and “The Plan.” <BR> My first goal was to leave the 170’s behind (pounds) and I have done that! HAPPY DANCE! <BR> <BR> NEXT GOAL: <BR> I need to get to 164 pounds to get back into my “HEALTHY” BMI range! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been on “The Plan” now for 5 days and am on day 6 today! <BR> <BR> So far the scale has been moving in the right dire... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:44:04 EST Day 5 - The Plan - Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616124 Today is day 5 and I have now lost 5 pounds since I started "The Plan".... <BR> The three day cleanse went well, except for the headache, and now that I can have a cup of coffee in the morning I feel that I can hang in there longer. <BR> 5 pounds down to date and....AND I am I left behind the 170's! Whoot whoot! <BR> Today I made the smoothie for breakfast since I did not have time to make the blueberry compote. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1809606799.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 16:28:27 EST Day 3 and 4 of The Plan - reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615306 After I finished the 3 day cleanse, and after day 4.... I had lost 4 pounds! I can take that! <BR> <BR> Day 3 The Plan <BR> I always forget to take pics of the flax granola breakfast! Sorry! <BR> <BR> Day 3 for lunch: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234626090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Romaine ( baby), Avocado, and pumpkin seed in the salad, with cream of broccoli soup on the side with Chia seeds! YUM! I love that soup! <BR> <BR> Dinner: I was SOOOO excited to have CHICKE... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:48:23 EST Day 1 & 2 The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613309 Yesterday was day 1 of The Plan, and it consists of a 3 day cleanse to kick things off! I had planned to blog everyday, but unfortunately I couldn't! ( more on that later) <BR> <BR> Day 1 <BR> First thing you chug 2 glasses of water and have Dandelion tea <BR> <BR> Then breakfast: Flax granola and since I did not manage to get to the store to get Rice dream, I used almond milk! ( I know from last time that I am not reactive to it) <BR> <BR> Lunch was salad with pear, sautéed broccoli and a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:45:33 EST Feb 1st I start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609092 My dear spark friend ( LIS) and I are starting the 3 day "The Plan " cleanse on Feb 1st! <BR> <BR> We did the plan last year with good results until I got so sick of Broccoli, then I gave up! <BR> <BR> This time I know I need to get back to it and what I did not realise is that you can stagger your "test days" and you don't have to do it all in one shot! <BR> <BR> LIGHT BULB!!! <BR> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> So this time I am going to do the cleanse and the first 8 days and then stagger... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:14:34 EST Tomorrow is my 20th Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601453 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1091564209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I celebrate 20 years with my wonderful man! No he is not perfect! Neither am I , but we are perfect for each other, if we let ourselves be! <BR> <BR> Looking at photos of him 20 years ago still stops my beating heart! He was and is so handsome to me! And he is my best friend! <BR> <BR> I have been going through a rough time lately with clients not paying me, and some disappointments that have really a... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:41:21 EST A few moments to blog! BLISS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588176 I finally have a few minutes to blog. <BR> <BR> I just finished a book called "Forsaken Dreams" by Mary Lu Tyndall and am about to start reading a Julie Lessman book but I need a little bit of a break between reads. <BR> <BR> I got stabbed at work by a toothpick! long story! Who knew working in a JK/Sk class could be so dangerous. They had made paper snow men with cotton wool and the arms were the toothpicks. Well as I walked by I was impaled between the knuckles by a toothpick! Ouch! I wa... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:59:50 EST 2013 in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577926 For all those that joined in the 30 Day Challenges last year, I have compiled a year in review. <BR> <BR> Check it out here <BR> <link>fitnesstrainingforlifeandadventure.b<BR>logspot.ca/2014/01/reviewing-2013-on-f<BR>irst-day-of-2014.html </link> <BR> <BR> I was able to put a pic of post ice storm on there too in case you want to see it! <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of you for your support and encouragement in 2013! <BR> <BR> I wish all the best for you in 2014!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:15:08 EST We survived the Ice Storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575635 You may have heard about the Ice storm here in Toronto and surrounding areas? It started last Sat and we were without power for 53 hours! The house was REALLY cold by the end of that time period and our water pipes were very close to freezing! Thankfully we got power back just in time! <BR> <BR> It makes you take a new look at the things you take for granted like hot water, heat and being able to just flick a switch to make a meal or cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> The kids and I stayed with my ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:39:31 EST LIfe suddenly got a little crazy but I am loving it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566681 Urgh! I just wrote out a whole long blog and then lost it! sigh! <BR> <BR> Wish SP kept drafts! LOL <BR> <BR> Basically I said that you probably know from the last blog that I got a job as a columnist for a new magazine. <BR> <BR> <link>therevelationmagazine.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a sneek peek! The first issue comes out Dec 20th! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was excited to be a columnist and I was asked to be their "writer on hold" - that means that if they need extra stuff written... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:56:36 EST Why I have been so busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558428 As you might have noticed, I have been MIA for a while and posting about deadlines! <BR> <BR> This is why, I have been writing for a brand new magazine! <BR> <BR> The website went live today and they posted my article as one of the feature articles! SO excited! <BR> <BR> <BR> I will be writing at least one a month! So I will keep you posted!~ <BR> <BR> A friend of mine did the photograph for the feature article and it came out so well ! She is so talented! <BR> <BR> Ok, here is the ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:59:59 EST Another busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551728 I have barely had time to blog! <BR> <BR> I have had deadlines, articles, ghost writing a book going on! <BR> It is slowed down while all projects were in the in-between stages and I took one day to watch Micheal McIntyre clips and reruns of the Graham Norton show yesterday! I laughed so hard! I was waiting for an important email, and I could not work further on my article until I got it.... <BR> <BR> It was my mental health day! <BR> <BR> The email arrived this morning! FINALLY! <BR>... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:50:57 EST Leek and Potato Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545402 Over the weekend I made VEGAN leek and potato soup! <BR> It was delicious! <BR> <BR> <BR> Made with <BR> coconut oil <BR> 4 Leeks, <BR> 6 - 8 potatoes, ( peeled) <BR> parsley, <BR> Black pepper <BR> Vegetable broth ( 1 Litre) <BR> Coconut milk ( also about 1 litre) <BR> Coarse salt <BR> Onion powder <BR> 2 cups of water or more if you like it thinner <BR> <BR> It's easy to make, just cook leeks in coconut oil till soft, add the rest and cook till soft, then puree and season to taste.... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:24:09 EST Yesterday I made my own Maki rolls ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522460 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l737259457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here they are! And I made them all by myself! <BR> <BR> No raw fish because I don't eat it! <BR> <BR> I do eat smoked salmon, but that is about all! <BR> <BR> Trying to be wheat free is taking me to places I have never been - Culinary speaking! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:43:00 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513553 I am thankful for all my spark friends! <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to you all ( well those that are in Canada anyways!) <BR> <BR> This was my plate at the dinner table last night! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1405134882.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AS you can see it is GLUTEN FREE! Wheat free! <BR> <BR> There are green beans, ribs, turkey, ham and lamb, squash, mash potato, quinoa salad with Chick peas, gluten free stuffing, cranberry sauce and roasted veggies. <BR> <... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:40:41 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509677 I only have 5 minutes before I have to start work on the manuscript I am ghost writing for ...Well I mean, start on it for the day, I have started on it and have done 3 hours work on it this week. Because the subject is so intense and intellectually challenging, I can only work on it for about 2 hours in the morning before my brain is fried! <BR> <BR> Anyway I wanted to get in a quick update before I get started. Last night I swam 3 km and I am so surprised that it feels like I never left a... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:21:29 EST Girl's weekend away a huge success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508172 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255636649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a photo of all the girls on the weekend away I just enjoyed! It was so much fun, lots of giggling and laughter and healthy food! <BR> <BR> We had a thai food dinner and we ordered 5 entree's and split it between all of us, so basically half a meal each. You would not get THAT happening on a men's weekend! LOL <BR> <BR> On the Saturday we went on an Art Studio tour around the countryside and saw potters ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:33:18 EST I know it has been a while... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502298 Yes, I know it has been a while since I posted something on my blogsite...so here we go! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>fitnesstrainingforlifeandadventure.b<BR>logspot.ca/2013/10/pumpkin-time-again.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> It is in honour of all things PUMPKIN! Celebrating the arrival of OCTOBER! <BR> <BR> Good news, I got signed up for a writing assignment that I am very excited about and it became official yesterday! I will be ghost writing! LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> Going swimming tonight! TR... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:38:06 EST What? It's going to take 3 months? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496982 Today I got my last Iron shot, I do admit that my energy is coming back, but not as much as I expected it to. I asked my doctor today if she would be taking more blood to check the levels again and she said not for another 3 months! It takes that long for my hemoglobin levels to come up ! WOW! That means it will take at least 3 months for my energy to be restored to "normal".....that was a little disheartening! <BR> <BR> I guess it can't be instant, but I did not expect it to take THAT long... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:17:04 EST Deadline met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495275 I just sent in my monthly article for the newsletter I write for...so my deadline is met! Whoo hoo! <BR> <BR> Although I was a little worried because I could not put my book down all day! <BR> <BR> I am on book 2 of a trilogy, book three comes out next month! HOW AM I GOING TO WAIT? <BR> <BR> Okay so I am reading a Dystopia novel, which is really young adult stuff, but I don't care! <BR> It is by Veronica Roth and you may have heard about the movie coming out soon? <BR> <BR> The first ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:42:42 EST It pays to be accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487995 Yesterday started out cold and miserable...but I had committed to go swimming with a friend and I REALLY did not feel like getting wet! <BR> <BR> When she picked me up I asked: "So? Are you all excited to swim?" <BR> and she said that she wasn't and that she was only doing it because I was! <BR> <BR> So Instead of ditching the swimming idea and going for coffee, we swam! <BR> I got in 1000 meters. <BR> <BR> Here's the photo of us outside the community center just before going in. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:08:09 EST It aint fancy but it has clear crispers! woot woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484456 This morning, nice and early my new fridge arrived! <BR> <BR> Due to height restrictions because we have a cupboard above the space where the fridge goes, we had a choice of only 2 models! We got the better one of the two. <BR> Nothing fancy, but it sure beats the one that died! <BR> <BR> Look at those nice clear crispers! Okay that is a huge thing for me, otherwise I forget what it in those drawers! The previous fridge did not have clear anything and it was very old and impractical and l... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:13:31 EST Run off my feet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483435 Sorry to my spark friends that I have been MIA, you have NO IDEA what I have been dealing with. <BR> Back to school week was challenging to say the least, with the new schedules! BUT ...I got the kids trained to make their own lunches, woot woot! <BR> <BR> AND on top of that we went camping last weekend so we were packing for that on top of it all ) among catching up with laundry from our previous week away) and then we came back from camping to find our fridge had died! URGH! I spent a mor... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:14:45 EST