MUNCHNIT's SparkPeople Blog MUNCHNIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy New Year's Eve Everyone have a safe and happy last day of 2012! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:15:58 EST Cookbook/Website Suggestions Thanks for the cookbook suggestions! Please keep them coming. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:06:05 EST A quiet day at home It was a pretty low key day at home today. I'm going to spend a few hours tomorrow looking through my cookbooks for some healthy recipes to cook over the next several weeks. I'm always on the look out for good cookbooks or cooking blogs. Any suggestions? Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:20:40 EST Great Trip! Yesterday, we all went on a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee to the Opryland Hotel. They have wonderful Christmas decorations, and the kids loved seeing them all. <BR> <BR> It was a great family outing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:55:34 EST Back to "Real Life" Christmas was yesterday, and now it's time to get back to real life -- back on plan, back to chores, and back to laundry (ugh)! <BR> <BR> Christmas was wonderful. The kids had a great time opening their gifts and helping mommy and daddy open theirs. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas too! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:57:31 EST Merry Christmas to all! I hope everyone has wonderful and joyous Christmas! Tue, 25 Dec 2012 12:25:03 EST Happy Christmas Eve! Hope everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas tomorrow! Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:50:14 EST The presents are wrapped! Well, all the Christmas presents are wrapped. I'm not a big fan of wrapping them, but it's great to see others unwrap them. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! Sun, 23 Dec 2012 13:16:32 EST My daughters favorite song right now Dashing through the snow <BR> In a one-horse open sleigh <BR> O'er the fields we go <BR> Laughing all the way <BR> Bells on bobtail ring <BR> Making spirits bright <BR> What fun it is to ride and sing <BR> A sleighing song tonight! <BR> <BR> (chorus) <BR> Jingle bells, jingle bells, <BR> Jingle all the way. <BR> Oh! what fun it is to ride <BR> In a one-horse open sleigh. <BR> Jingle bells, jingle bells, <BR> Jingle all the way; <BR> Oh! what fun it is to ride <B... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:02:21 EST Santa Claus is coming to town You better watch out <BR> You better not cry <BR> Better not pout <BR> I'm telling you why <BR> Santa Claus is coming to town <BR> He's making a list <BR> And checking it twice; <BR> He's gonna find out Who's naughty and nice <BR> Santa Claus is coming to town <BR> He sees you when you're sleeping <BR> He knows when you're awake <BR> He knows if you've been bad or good <BR> So be good for goodness sake! <BR> Oh! You better watch out! <BR> You better not cry <BR> Better not pout <BR> I'm telli... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:15:54 EST Excitement in the house My kids are 7 and 2, so as you might expect there is a lot of Christmas excitement in our house right now. We have everything decorated for the holidays inside and out. Last night we drove around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. <BR> <BR> It is wonderful to experience the holidays through their eyes so full of wonder! Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:09:25 EST Not much new so... I'll just wish everyone a safe and happy week. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:50:27 EST Enjoy Life! Remember that our quest to live healthier lives is not just a destination, but a journey. Be sure to enjoy each and every day. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:30:14 EST Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was able to keep my seasonal snacking on Christmas goodies to a minimum, so I consider that a success! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe week. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:25:17 EST Need some encouragement... I've been doing pretty well with my weight loss efforts throughout the month of December, but the past couple of days have been harder. I've eaten more sweets, which brought back my cravings. Now more people are bringing goodies to work, school, and church. I want to eat them!! <BR> <BR> But I also want to continue to lose weight and be healthier. Any one have any inspiration or encouragement that they can share here? I would be much appreciated! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 12:51:04 EST Not much new.... Not much new today, which is actually a nice change. Just going to get some housework done and look at neighborhood Christmas lights with the kids. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:30:22 EST Have a great weekend! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I'm going to cook some new recipes from the latest cookbook I got called "Gluten Free Low Carber." I'll let you know how things turn out! Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:06:56 EST Lost another 1.6 pounds! This week I lost another 1.6 pounds. That brings my total since joining SparkPeople back in September to 23.4 pounds gone!! Since my heaviest weight, I am down 43.4 pounds! <BR> <BR> Time to do the happy dance! Now onward and downward. <em>9</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:34:04 EST Happy 12/12/12 Hope everyone has a great Wednesday, and that your 12/12/12 is a memorable one! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 10:49:23 EST Feeling much better Well, I'm feeling much better now after my bout with the stomach virus. I hope never to see that again! Happy to be back on track again! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:05:54 EST Under the Weather It appears that I have caught a vicious stomach virus. I'm headed back to bed and will hopefully feel better soon. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:33:03 EST First Karate Competition My son's first karate competition was this morning. He competed in 2 events and won 2 second place trophies. So proud of him! Sat, 8 Dec 2012 17:14:52 EST Wheat Belly book I just read the book called Wheat Belly. It was very eye opening. Since I am already doing Sugar Busters, my wheat intake has decreased also. Maybe cutting out both sugar and wheat helps to eliminate my cravings. <BR> <BR> I recommend reading this book especially if you have food cravings. <BR> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:59:39 EST Sugar Busters Update Well, I've been on Sugar Busters diet for 3 months now after my doctor suggested it. As of today, I have lost 22 pounds! My sugar and wheat cravings are much less now, which makes it so much easier to eat healthy! Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:54:58 EST My Food Temptation So I've been following my doctor's advice and doing the Sugar Busters program for the past several months. I've lost over 21 pounds, and my sugar cravings are considerably less now. <BR> <BR> Here comes the temptation - I have to bake 100 Christmas sugar cookies for my church's Sunday school classes to decorate. NOOOOOOOOOOO! Not sugar! <BR> <BR> I'm going to be realistic and probably have a few cookies, but I will not let myself fall into old habits and overeat or use this as an excuse ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:07:20 EST Proud of my son My son received his orange belt in karate yesterday, and I just wanted to let everyone know how proud I am of him. He is both ADHD and on the autism spectrum, so this is a huge accomplishment for him! Woohoo! Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:52:15 EST Boring can be good! We'll I'm happy to say that my life is pretty boring right now. After the past several years, I'll take boring. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:00:01 EST Success! I was able to stay on plan all day yesterday. I'm going to focus on one day at a time! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:51:13 EST Today will be a challenge Weekends are always challenging for me to stay on plan. My cravings seem to get the better of me more often than I like. Today I'm going to focus solely on subduing my cravings. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:55:42 EST Hooray for Friday! So glad that it's Friday. I'm making a promise to myself to stay on track for the weekend. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:54:13 EST Made it through the day Yesterday was rough because of my sugar cravings, but I managed to stay away from the sweet stuff. Today my body will thank me! Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:50:42 EST Found a Great Book! I found a great cookbook. It is called Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan. I've tried several recipes now, and all of them have been excellent. I'd recommend this book to anyone look for more realistic recipes without processed food. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:09:40 EST Back on Track I'm happy to say that I'm back on track today after the Thanksgiving holidays and then a stomach virus. Looking forward to a great week! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:41:27 EST Voted! I made it out to vote today. I'm also going to make time to exercise! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:47:52 EST