NEWMIRROR's SparkPeople Blog NEWMIRROR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Team weightloss challenge <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=61708 </link> <BR> Hi- I just signed up for a SPARKPEOPLE team challenge... saw it on PINKHOPE'S blog. <BR> " Beyond the Scale" starts in January! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 01:23:45 EST 8.30.13 We have a Fall fitness challenge starting at work on 9/9. I am probably going to jump on doing Medifast. The frequent 100-calorie packets of food don't leave me hungry and they seemed to be a better balance of nutrition than say a 100 calorie snack pack of chips/cookies/ etc. <BR> <BR> I would like to buy a jumprope. I like the ones that have plactic lengths down the string... not just a string one. There are inexpensive ones on that I will need to check out. <BR> <BR> <BR> Re... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:21:32 EST General Mills Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Not a fan of this new cereal. There's no zing to it, like original cinnamon toast crunch would have. For some reason, I thought it would have the zippy burst of cinnamon, in addition to the penaut butter, but it didn't. <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:57:19 EST Aldi's butternut squash pasta sauce Yum yum yum. If you get a chance, pick this sauce up at Aldi's. Very smooth- tastes amazing. <BR> Had it over garden pasta tonight.. well for lunch and them dinner leftovers! Soooo good. Its a limited time only sauce at Aldi's.. worth the trip put. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:15:18 EST Cabbage Casserole- eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeasy I love this recipe- It's not a diet recipe but its not bad for you! <BR> <BR> Cabbage Casserole <BR> <BR> 2lbs. Ground beef <BR> 1 medium head cabbage, chopped <BR> 1 onion, diced <BR> 1/2 C rice ( not instant) <BR> 2 Cans tomato soup <BR> 1 Can water <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> * optional cheese slices <BR> <BR> <BR> Brown beef and onion. Drain. In a greased casserole dish, layer chopped cabbage, beef, rice and end with layer of cabbage. In a small bowl, combine soup, water and se... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:32:11 EST It's not a diet <link><BR>t/#.UFujNK7y-dA </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:15:21 EST Flourless cookies- Quick and Easy <img src="">I made flourless cookies this weekend. This recipe has been around for a while. I saw mine from <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies <BR> Serves: 12 <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 cup peanut butter <BR> 1 cup sugar <BR> 1 egg <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray baking sheets. <BR> Combine the peanut butter, white sugar and egg. Mix until smooth. <BR> Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the p... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:51:35 EST working out at work Well, I wanted to work out before work but that didn't happen. <BR> I did manage to hop on and do my 500 calories after work. I had to close my eyes around the 350 calorie mark and remind myself that I wanted it, because I really didn't want to continue. <BR> But.. I did have a coworker there tonight so it helped me stay in the game. <BR> This week, I plan on working out <BR> T- before and after work <BR> W- before work <BR> Th- after work <BR> F- ? <BR> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 22:18:59 EST Lots of links Dueling piano pars in the Twin Cities <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A good looking cookie- No Bake Cranberry Nut Drops <BR> <link><BR>bake-cranberry-nut-cookies/6bc78d00-00<BR>46-4f08-8e3c-06fb45ac9ba1 </link> <BR> <BR> A naughty but easy dessert- Minty Hot Fudge Sundae Cake in the Crockpot <BR> <link><BR>t-Fudge-Sundae-Cake?pmcode=QCC31VH069&<BR>_mid=2343541&_rid=2343541.94145... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:55:01 EST Recipes with Basil I'm not a fan of basil but I assume someone out there likes it :) <BR> Saw this on as a 5star recipe <BR> Tomato Basil Chicken <BR> <link><BR>ato-basil-chicken/8ab11e11-69b9-43b0-8<BR>1e9-463aac2dd696 </link> <BR> <BR> And, because I still want to eat more fish, <BR> Foil-baked Salmon with Basil <BR> <link><BR>aked-salmon-recipe-with-basil.html </link> Tue, 6 Mar 2012 00:00:37 EST Raspberry Chocolate Parfait, and a new dress Anybody watching the Daytime TV show- The Revolution? I'm not but this excerpt on caught my eye.... Recipe for a quick and easy -raspberry-chocolate-parfait <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tion-harleys-raspberry-chocolate-parfa<BR>it#play-queued-show-by-original_premie<BR>re_date-asc </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I also bought a new dress- have a work cocktail party the end of February. <BR> Here's what I bought- mine is teal but you get the idea <BR> <link>... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:41:59 EST Eat more fish! This recipe gets high ratings, and who DOESN'T need to eat more fish! <BR> <BR> Recipe Here- From Real Simple Magazine- <BR> Soy Glazed Fish <BR> <link><BR>se-all-recipes/soy-glazed-fish-summer-<BR>squash-recipe-00000000034274/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here it is step by step/pictures on a blog that I follow <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pug.html </link> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:24:52 EST Stock-up day Today I'm making <BR> <BR> Chili: <BR> ground turkey, 1 can black beans, 1 can kidney beans, 1 large can tomato juice, 1 can chili-seasoned diced tomatoes, and 1 packet chili seasoning. THe two "bad for you things were the canned tomato juice ( I'm sure extra salt, as well as the packet of chili seasoning isn't low salt) Incidentally, the tomato juice was a bit acidic so I tossed in a spoonful of brown sugar to mellow it out. <BR> <BR> Steelcut Oats- <BR> Aldi's had 28oz tub of the oats ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:02:40 EST Wahhhhhhhhhhh I went grocery shopping today at Aldi's. Picked up a bag of their "Vegetable Chips" that are supposed to be a "healthier" alternative to potatoe chips. <BR> I absentmindedly ate the whole bag. <BR> DO NOT SNACK WHILE SURFSHOPPING THE WEB- <BR> <BR> Pretty sure those veggie chips aren't healthier in my stomach.. since a bag is OVER a days worth of calories. BOO Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:37:22 EST Make your own playdough Doesn't that sounds fun?? And Spring-like? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/27/make-your-own-play-doh/ </link> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:37:36 EST Shaun T's Rockin' Body 7- DVD Workout Set – Online Deal- $20 I haven't used this but I know that he's popular- INSANITY and Hip-Hop Ab's and all <BR> <BR> The Rockin Body DVD workout set is $20 plus $6 S&H for another 3 days on our groupon. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-ts-rockin-body-seven-workout-set?utm<BR>_campaign=UserReferral&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_source=uu1556978 </link> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 11:45:31 EST Day after Broncoscopy Had the little procedure done. I was told to arrive by 8:30 because the broncoscopy/biopsy was scheduled for 9:00... only to find it was *actually* scheduled for 9:30. Why do they do that?!?!Ha ha. I was a little agitated so my BP was 113/75- DON'T STRESS ME OUT <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> The procedure was fine. Not a easy as the last time- this time the lidocaine and ? that they gave me to inhale really bothered my lungs and made me want to gag. Just 10 minutes of inhaling it so I could ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:54:18 EST Triglycerides Ha. My first lab that came back abnormal since my illness in August and it's my trigs? <BR> My LDL and HDL levels are GREAT but now I'm borderline high 175 on the triglyceride level. <BR> Actually, I did the 8 hour fast.. according to the mayoclinic website a 9-12 hour fast is recommended to be accurate but I'm sure my 8 hour level can't be THAT far off. <BR> <link><BR>des/CL00015 </link> <BR> From the Mayo Clinic website: <BR> Why do high triglycerid... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:34:05 EST Dr. visit Well- the good news is that after just 3 weeks of using the 40mg/daily steroids, the lung doctor has determined that it isn't helping! I get to taper off the prednisone. Of course, some of the weight / fat distribution damage ( etc) has been done but, within a week or so, I will hit my maximum "worst-case-scenario". <BR> Hopefully, after that, it's just working my way back down. I have a bronchoscopy and biopsy scheduled for 1/13- still no determination on why I'm still sick since August.. N... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:45:07 EST Dear Santa- Can I get a kick in the pants? I'm not new here, though I sure could be. Since about May 2008, I've watched my weight rise, even when making a conscious effort. Talk about disheartening! <BR> <BR> Currently, I'm at my highest weight. In August, I caught a bad case of pneumonia, or as I call it.. a SUPER BUG. Now, with the addition of 40mg/day prednisone, and my lungs burning within 20min on an elliptical, I don't see myself losing weight any time soon. My sister has encouraged me to give it another shot, and I'm willing t... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:08:01 EST What number are you? <BR> <BR> The world's population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Where do you fit into this story of human life? Fill in your date of birth below to find out. <link> </link> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:53:35 EST Calories in alcohol Drink Serving Approximate calories <BR> Regular beer 12 ounces 150 <BR> Red wine 5 ounces 125 <BR> Dry white wine 5 ounces 120 <BR> Light beer 12 ounces 100 <BR> Gin, rum, vodka, whiskey 1.5 ounces 95 <BR> Champagne 4 ounces 85 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:51:07 EST Online shopping yes, i admit it.. I do love online shopping. <BR> I recently purchase a pair of Aerosole boots from for $23 incl. free shipping, a Burts Bee's gift pack from Target, $9 pink watershoes from Land's End as well as 2 pair of flannel pants for $15 ea. And something else I ordered? Gaah! I can't even remember. Well, it will be a nice surprise when it shows up at work! Oh, yeah, I ordered some things from Lane Bryant.. i just remembered! I was so excited when I saw the dress/shirt on t... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 15:20:53 EST Saying:"It's OK to fail, but never quit"- Is that true? I'm dropping out of the BLC 15 challenge. I don't keep up with the weekly requirements and don't focus on the exercise/nutrition piece. I've barely logged in to SP at all lately because I've been so busy. Yes, all excuses but it's real life! <BR> The saying goes, "It's OK to fail, but never quit" and I guess that I don't agree with that! Although I wish that I'd been able to manage staying on the challenge, I am looking forward to backing off the guilt that I had for not being able to keep up... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 12:57:14 EST Valentine S'more Bites Painted my paws red for Valentines Day. Mainly because I NEVER do my nails, so, on my day off last week, BFF and I went to a training school ( 2 manicures for $11 plus tip). Well, I went all glitter on my nails that day.. 24 hours later, it had started to chip off of 1 nail. 48 hours later it looked like I was in a fight. So today, I took the glittery off and used a red-tinted nail hardener. <BR> <BR> It's super windy tonight. I can't sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm still having issues with my compu... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 01:59:11 EST ION Life- Cooking fish in Parchment paper in the microwave for a quick healthy meal Ugh. I remember watching Ion Life one day and the lady was showing uses for microwaves, one of them being making fish in parchment paper for quick meals taking 2-4 minute! I can't remember what show it was ( I think it may have been "Living Better" with Ellie Kreiger) .. If anyone saw this, let me know! <BR> <BR> She basically took some white fish, added lemon juice, herbs, cut veggies, etc. wrapped in parchment paper and microwaved for two minutes for a nice, fish meal. Quick and easy. Jus... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:22:23 EST Locker Room Talk No. I'm not talking about football coaches giving a pep talk before the big game. <BR> <BR> This morning, post workout, as I step out of the shower, I had to juggle around another woman setting up in the locker next to mine. She asked how my workout was and I proceeded to tell her that, although I completed it (my 500 calories on the elliptical), I really struggled through it today. I said "I'm kind of new to this", and she gave an encouraging laugh. Said she gained a lot of weight after the... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 08:29:43 EST Updates Ok, Not much time to post these days. <BR> Been having more headaches. Not sure if it is from exercise, getting up early, readjusting sleep schedule etc. <BR> <BR> My first BLC15 weigh in was today. I'm down 3 pounds. Not bad. <BR> I love love love these Aldi's bars: Fit & Active - Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Meal Bars (1 45g Bar / Serving), 1 serving. A box of 6 this week was $1.89 .. so good price, too. " A satisfying multi-grain protein meal bar with smooth peanut butter and rich ... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 12:46:01 EST I just read an amazing blog.. I made a new friend on SP the other day and she goes by "PINKHOPE" <BR> She two postings that I think you'll enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Part One: Ways to reward yourself (non-food) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3904241 </link> <BR> <BR> Part Two: Ways to comfort yourself (non-food) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3907538 </link> <BR> <BR> And she'll be doing the final part on things to do b... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:40:40 EST Workout music downloads, free for limited time <link> </link> <BR> The biggest loser and subway workout mix <BR> 6 free music downloads for a limited time <BR> <BR> <BR> All 128 beats per minute: <BR> Title Originally Made Famous By <BR> Forget You Cee Lo Green <BR> Just a Dream Nelly <BR> The Time (Dirty Bit) Black Eyed Peas <BR> We R Who We R Ke$ha <BR> DJ Got Us Fallin In Love Again Usher feat. Pitbull <BR> Whats My Name Rihanna feat. Drake <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:11:58 EST Who DOES this?! Standing in the shower this morning (after my workout) at 6:50am.. thinking to myself, <BR> "Gosh, I'd really like to get creamy body wash, some flip-flops for the shower and a gym bag to carry all my stuff for workouts". <BR> That is NOT ME! <BR> So, I'm a little bit proud. I'd have to go back and look and see how long I've been getting up at the butt crack of dawn since to work out but I've got to be on ? week 2? or 3? Not bad. I mean, come on.. I only had access to the place since 12/13! <... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:36:50 EST Deals Free Printable Goal list - <BR> <link><BR>printable-goal-list-form/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This ad popped up.. wanted to post it incase someone was interested in taking advantage <BR> FREE WEEK AT CURVES <BR> Shimmy and sculpt your way to your dream dress size with the new Curves® Circuit with Zumba Fitness®. The only class that mixes the moves of Zumba® with the proven strength training of Curves for one WILDLY EF... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:25:55 EST Time to think about things Because the BLC15 starts this coming week, I'm going to need to think of my plan of attack so please, suggestions/comments are VERY welcome. <BR> <BR> Some ideas <BR> <BR> WHAT: working out on elliptical, 500 calories per time <BR> WHERE: work gym <BR> WHEN: Before work (6am) on days that I'm in the office. <BR> <BR> WHAT: Dance night <BR> WHERE: At home, or out on the town <BR> WHEN: e/o week <BR> <BR> WHAT: DVD's <BR> WHERE: At home <BR> WHEN: weekends <BR> I have two unwatched DVD's... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:40:49 EST Trying to keep up I received my Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC) team assignment last night.. <BR> Hence the page color change and new Image.. <BR> I'm on a team called the Rose Ranger Regiment.. <BR> I've been "recruited" into the 12wk bootcamp and they are going to whip us into shape. <BR> Yeah. <BR> I also signed up for the elective "Streak Train".. whereby I stay on the virtual train by hitting my streak ( challenge is 20 minutes minimum of dedicated exercise for 6days per week). Not sure if I bit off mo... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:45:47 EST What is WITH me? Got up, in slow motion, today to drive to work/workout. <BR> Set off my vehicle alarm in the garage (poor townhouse neighbors). <BR> Distractedly drove to my WORK, not to my friends work building where I've been working out with her. <BR> Couldn't get the token right in the locker, Took me 5 trys to pull out what I need/shut/lock the locker. <BR> Forgot my badge, had to go back to locker room, <BR> Forgot my towel so after 100 calories had to get one for the sweat. <BR> Just wasn't doing s... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:50:23 EST No Emergency medical button today I went to bed after midnight and woke up at 5am again. I don't know how I do it. <BR> Anyway, <BR> went to the gym at work.. did my 400 calories (I'll ramp up next week) on the elliptical all before my friend showed up. That means that I got to start work at 7am. A Good idea with a BAD deadline approaching on 1/3. <BR> No accidental Emergency button today... though I did have a funny incident. <BR> The tile in the shower stall was wet so I braced my hand on the stall door..that promptly sw... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:50:31 EST Just when you think you're doing the right thing.... Woke up this morning at 5am. <BR> Left house 5:10am. <BR> Hit work/dropped off laptop & purse 5:45am <BR> Headed out in vehicle to neighboring building 5:50am <BR> Call SUNNYHILLAN to meet up, but accidentaly dial BFF instead 5:53am <BR> Arrive at neighboring building after getting lost twice 6:00am <BR> Workout for 400 calories/45minutes <BR> Get showered dressed and leave for my building 7:26am <BR> Security guards rush passed me on my way out of locker room 7:27am <BR> <BR> Find out fr... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:01:09 EST What's your favorite 90's song? Yeah....... <BR> I'm putting together a little 90's mix for a party & can't remember ALL the good songs back in the 90's. <BR> <BR> What are your favorites?? Sun, 26 Dec 2010 00:39:11 EST My Christmas Miracle The 9V battery went out on my scale. <BR> It's a sign :) <BR> I'm going to take advantage of the Christmas miracle and not replace the battery until right before the BLC15 starts. That way, I go into it motivated and encouraged, not discouraged <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 11:26:42 EST Shopping I've come to realize that I have a LOT more shopping to do. I totally need the basics. <BR> * Shoes for work <BR> * Bras and underwear. I have no clue what bra size I am currently. That's bad <BR> * Dress pants <BR> oh, and some hangers for my new clothes. <BR> <BR> I meant to pick up some things tonight at Nordstrom's rack but I spent my time looking at the fun dresses. I got stuck looking at the size 14 dresses and before I knew it, I had a bunch of size 14 dresses in the cart ( I'm bigge... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 23:57:54 EST Swamped at work I'm swamped at work.. can I say that today is the 2nd time in less than two weeks that I've wanted to throw in the towel?! Once I get passed this horrible hump/project, things will go better. Oh, did I tell you that horrible hump/project is my job?! Lol. <BR> <BR> For the record, I was able to work from home yesterday. I didn't tell family/friends that I was home because I wanted to make sure that I wasn't interrupted, but it was nice that I got to go back to sleep for an extra hour or so. ... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:03:06 EST Yeah! Recruited a new SP member WhooWhoo! <BR> I just recruited a good friend/former coworker to SparkPeople! <BR> She's signed up to take part in the BLC15 challenge that starts in January. <BR> We'll also be working out together some mornings! <BR> <BR> Welcome SUNNYHILLAN!!! Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:45:34 EST Join a Weightloss challenge! Recruitment is underway for the 12week BIGGEST LOSER challenge for weight loss or maintenance here on SparkPeople. There's many different challenge teams to pick from. It's all free.. It starts Jan 5th but you have to pre-register/create a free account to join. Why don't you try it! Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:52:59 EST Whirlwind week Sorry! What a busy week with my new job and all. <BR> LATE TO WORK ON MY FIRST DAY. Dumb weather/traffic, etc. I'll be glad to be done "training" (ha ha) so I can go to work earlier, thereby missing a majority of the traffic. Leaving at 6:30 is for the birds because I just sit and idle the whole way. Grrrrrrrr. <BR> <BR> Didn't have time to work out.. Didn't have time to come home much, really.. I stayed late 1?2? nights? Brought work home this weekend ( just because of a Monday planning de... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:36:37 EST First Day of Work tomorrow Haven't gotten my outfit picked out, or plotted my route to work BUT <BR> I'm expected to start at 8am. <BR> I'm not going to do a morning workout because I won't have the badge/access stuff for the facility but as soon as I get it, I'll make arrangements with a friend that works there to meet in the mornings. No workout after work, either because the Vikings game will be on. <BR> <BR> I guess my day is jam packed anyway. I'm brining a nice, healthy fruit basket as a gift for my friend tha... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 17:07:53 EST For those not in MN Just a little flavor, right off of the weather blog <BR> <BR> No travel advised in the Twin Cities <BR> Roads are so bad in the metro area that the Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no travel. Roads are snow packed and slippery, and high winds are creating difficult driving conditions. <BR> <BR> The department also closed Hwy.50 between Hwy. 52 and County Road 20 in Dakota County because the road became impassable. <BR> <BR> MnDot will continue to to work t... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 18:23:02 EST Shopping fool and free SP bootcamp challenge Lane Bryant had 50% off all tops the other night.. I racked up a large bill on that one! Hopefully I will like them when they arrive. I had purchased the Bowtie Bustier at full price the day before at the store.. Able to buy online for 50% off! It's pretty cute <link><BR>s-blouses-shirts-tunics/shirts-blouses<BR>/sleeveless/faux-tie-bustier/4019c90c1<BR>5802p72056/<BR>cid=FEED&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=72056-22152340406 </link> <B... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:55:58 EST JcPenney's Two Day sale, plus 20% off entire order and free shipping Today (Sunday) and Monday online at <BR> You'll be able to take advantage of sale prices, plus 20% off order and free shipping. <BR> Use code 4RElves at checkout to receive the specials <BR> <BR> Happy shopping! Sun, 5 Dec 2010 14:16:01 EST Kohl's 20% off entire order plus free shipping (no minimum $ amount) Just bought more stuff to try on.. Hoping to find a few good pieces for ?work? Just waiting on drug test/references/background check for the green light to begin new job on 12/13. <BR> Wish that I had more vacation time before work (possibly) starts... but I'll get 8 holiday days off per year and 18 other days off (PTO= sick+vacation time rolled into one). So that's not horrible. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kohl’s couponcode for free shipping, FREECCDEC, <BR> (No code needed for free shipping i... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 15:47:47 EST Drug test I have a drug test and background check tomorrow for the possible job to start 12/13. <BR> I also have my BFF staying with me for ??? Guess I should have gotten the spare room cleaned out. That will be FUN & hectic, too. Awe. <BR> <BR> More later Wed, 1 Dec 2010 23:34:50 EST