RENEEMG77's SparkPeople Blog RENEEMG77's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Inspiration! I spent some time today (admittedly, maybe too much time) reading Spark Pages of some fellow DC area people who run races. I'm new to the sport with three 5Ks under my belt and a 10K coming up this November. But it seems... doable. Like if I start, and keep doing this for long enough, I will eventually be able to run longer races. (Although I think a marathon is probably the longest I will ever run. These ultra races -- what do you do inside your head for 10 hours? I'd get bored of myself.) <... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:47:14 EST Because everyone needs a restart button. And so I choose to press mine today! In so many ways. I started the day feeling apprehensive (and honestly, reading work email is doing nothing to change that) but I can and will take control of this. Nothing coming through for work is life-altering or even career-ending, so I can get through it, and allow tomorrow to be another day. <BR> <BR> The emails last night reminding me of or co-op responsibilities as a family also brought me down a bit last night, but again, I can start working on t... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:05:56 EST Is weight loss work? Today's Spark Coach was about weight loss, work, and negative (or positive) self-talk. The part that spoke most to me was the questions - if you spoke to employees who are trying to do their jobs the way that you speak to yourself if trying to lose weight... would they feel empowered and engaged? or would they want to quit? <BR> <BR> And lately, I have been really tough on myself. I would want to quit. And that maybe helps to explain a little of the spiral that I'm going through right now. <... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:28:34 EST Moderation Today’s SparkCoach was about moderation. One thing that really resonated for me was the idea that you can’t and won’t and don’t have to be “perfect.” The message was this – when you strive for perfection and miss, it sets you up for a lack of desire to get right back on track the next minute or hour or day. When you strive for perfection and miss, it sets you up for guilt. When you strive for perfection and miss, it sets you up for anger and frustration with yourself and the people / situatio... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:28:41 EST What's your motivation? Today, SC asked for a blog post about motivation. Is it shallow to say that I'm motivated by a pretty dress? A cousin passed along a beautiful sundress but it's *just* a little too snug. I know that it would look cute (i.e. zip up) if I could just shave an inch (or two) off around the middle. <BR> <BR> Of course, maybe that masks the more serious motivators, like my recent A1C level at the doctor (this past October). I didn't start getting serious again about what I was eating and how much I... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:43:58 EST No Excuses! My biggest no workout excuse? Generally I'm eager to get to the gym on weekdays, but on weekends it can be harder. My biggest excuses are: "I'm tired," "The kids needs me," "I have other household activities that need my attention." <BR> <BR> But it's always great when my husband pushes me out the door to say, "Your workout is more mportant thn your excuses." Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:59:51 EST Green Overload One day last week I had salad for three meals. Other things too, but that was an exciting feature. <BR> <BR> This week's share included: <BR> * more cabbage! <BR> * more romaine! <BR> * radishes (a little past their prime) <BR> * fresh peas (in pods) <BR> * garlic scapes (garlicky and green) <BR> * green onions <BR> * asparagus <BR> * zucchini squash <BR> <BR> This week I think we'll have: a Joy of Cooking low-fat Caesar salad with peas , grilled salmon fillet with asparagus, Alice Waters'... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:29:39 EST Root, root , root for the veg team I am currently working through a head of romaine that is larger than a toddler. Really. Tomorrow night is bulgur tabouli in lettuce wraps. Think I might chop and freeze some for adding to soup/stew/saag paneer. <BR> <BR> I have been looking up cabbage recipes for a rather large green cabbage and found this lovely site. <BR> <link><BR>l </link> <BR> At least a dozen different ways to make stuffed cabbage, from Middle Eastern to Indian to Hungarian! <B... Wed, 19 May 2010 23:43:38 EST Countdown to CSA! My CSA is starting up soon! Tuesday is pickup. This week we will have: <BR> <BR> * strawberries <BR> * lettuce <BR> * broccoli <BR> * spring onions <BR> * herbs <BR> * spinach <BR> <BR> I have a tub of black beans in the fridge and some mangoes / papaya. I am thinking a black bean and brown rice lime-spritzed lettuce wrap. Maybe with some frozen corn, salsa, tomatoes, spring onions, and an avocado. (And a flour tortilla with cheese for those who need such things to make it through dinner.)... Thu, 6 May 2010 21:34:36 EST Same Cake, Different Day The retirement party cake was sitting there, all pretty and sugary. I knew that there would be cake at the party. I had budgeted my day to allow for such an indulgence. I had my big slice, enjoyed my buttercream frosting and boston cream filling and loved every second of it. Was it a splurgy day? Sure. But it was all accounted for. I ate it and felt great. <BR> <BR> But the next day, the cake was back in the work kitchen. No one else was around. Lots of other treats too. I was tired, and the... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 20:26:10 EST High protien - low fat snack ideas While WW first (re)taught me how to eat 6 or so years ago, it's really only been on SP that I'm tracking multiple nutrients. I don't eat meat often, so I have a hard time getting enough protein. Using the nutrition guidelines to plan my day, I'm finding that I don't get enough protein, and I don't always want to change what I've planned for dinner. So here (for me to remember and someone else to learn?) are a few high-protein low-fat snack ideas that I can bring to work: <BR> * cottage cheese... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:01:43 EST