SCRAPBECCA's SparkPeople Blog SCRAPBECCA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Day New day, new commitment to a healthier life style. Ready to give it my all? Yes, but a bit nervous about what's ahead. Many false starts over the past nearly three years. Desperately want it to stick this time. What do I need to do differently to achieve different results? What has helped me to be successful (long term) in the past? What works? What doesn't? Giving this to God today. <BR> <BR> More will be revealed going forward. For today I just need to plan, track, eat clean, pray and... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:49:01 EST Checking in I haven't blogged in a while and was challenged to post one today so here I am fulfilling that challenge. <BR> <BR> I have been up and down and up and down and up and down with my weight since January. I need to be more diligent with my food tracking, more consistent with my exercise and more committed to my ultimate healthy living goals. So grateful for the support that I have on this site to achieve those things. <BR> <BR> I am a summer person so I am loving the heat, sunshine and not... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:21:12 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Final entry - Day 30 - What are you MOST thankful for. <BR> <BR> The past 30 days have confirmed for me that I am well and truly blessed. I know that those blessings large and small are gifts from God. I am most thankful for His grace and love. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:42:42 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 29 - Something at home <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for my Christmas tree. It's an old pre-lit tree which doesn't fully light up anymore. It's filled with many, many ornaments that hold special meaning for my hubby and I. It is decked with ornaments from our vacations, an ornament for each year of our marriage, ornaments given to us by treasured family and dear friends. Every year I ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:21:50 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 28 - Gift <BR> <BR> This Gratitude requires a bit of backstory. Growing up I was plagued with a pretty huge overbite. My childhood nickname was bucky beaver (yes, kids can be cruel!). My overbite was so pronounced that I could not even close my lips completely over my teeth. Because of this overbite I had very low self-esteem, I often thought that if I heard people laughing that they... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:06:02 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 27 - Song <BR> <BR> I am thankful for music in general and would be hard pressed to choose a single song for which I am most thankful. At this time of year I listen to my favorite Christmas CD's. One of my seasonal favorites is "Mary Did You Know". This version by the talented a cappella group Pentatonix is especially moving. <BR> <BR> <link><... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:25:09 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 26 - Charity <BR> <BR> I have always been some one who sees the true benefit of giving. Give your time, talents, energy and love. Give whatever you can whenever you can. Both you and the world will be better for it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:15:25 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 25 - Luxury <BR> <BR> Probably the greatest luxury that I allow myself is a monthly massage. I can think of nothing more self indulgent than this glorious healing practice. <BR> <BR> I have been getting a monthly massage for the past 33 years. My myomassologist likes to tell people that I grew up with her. I was one of her very first clients. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:56:52 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 24 - Photo <BR> <BR> My favorite photo of all time is this picture of my Grandpa balancing four of us grand-kids on his knee. The photo was taken more than 55 years ago. I am the big kid all the way on the left of the photo. I adored my grandpa because he always made me feel special and loved. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:49:27 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 23 - Feeling <BR> <BR> I am grateful for feeling serene. My life is pretty busy and chaotic most of the time but in the midst of all of the craziness I find little pockets of peace and I treasure them! <BR> <BR> I took this photo last Sunday in one of my favorite walking spots. Walking is one of the places where I find my center and regain my serenity when life is over the top. <BR> ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:35:26 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 22 - Book <BR> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for so many books. Books inspire me, motivate me, take me away, teach me, and fulfill me. One of my favorite books of all times is Wally Lamb's novel I Know This Much Is True. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:02:35 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 21 - Disappointment/Fear <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure about this one but I guess maybe it's good to be grateful that we don't always get what we think we want? <BR> <BR> So I guess I would have to be grateful that things didn't workout for my High School boyfriend and me long-term. Otherwise I would not have met my hubby who is hands down the best guy on the entire planet! Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:57:28 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 20 - Keepsake <BR> <BR> Several Christmases ago my wonderful hubby bought me this beautiful blingy gold fortune cookie. Inside there is a little gold tab that reveals his good fortune ..... meeting me. He is the sweetest, most romantic and sentimental guy ever. I am truly the fortunate one here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:10:03 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 19 - Clothing <BR> <BR> They aren't sexy, they aren't glamorous, they aren't even a little bit pretty.... but they are definitely my favorite article of clothing! I can't wait to slip out of my shoes and into my boot slippers at the end of the day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:05:49 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 18 - Quote <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:59:00 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 17 - Store <BR> <BR> I love shopping at my local scrap book store, Scrappy Chic. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The owner Chris does a great job of selecting and maintaining fresh inventory in all of my favorite lines. She also offers great classes and crop space. Several times a year she hosts a scrapbook garage sale. I love selling things I no longer need or use and getting store credit. <BR>... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:50:13 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 16 - Recipe <BR> <BR> I am loving this Whole 30 compliant curry recipe. <BR> <BR> Thai Curry <BR> <BR> 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite size pieces <BR> <BR> 2 carrots, diced <BR> <BR> 1/2 a large head of green cabbage, shredded <BR> <BR> 2 c sugar snap peas <BR> <BR> 1 can coconut milk <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup chicken stock <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon red Thai curry paste <BR> <BR> 1-2 splashes of coconut aminos or more to taste <BR> <BR> Cilantro <BR> <BR> In... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:40:08 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 15 - Experience <BR> <BR> I am thankful for the opportunity to have experienced a couple of art journal workshops with Dyan Reaveley at my local scrapbook store in 2015. She is an amazingly creative artist and definitely inspires me and fuels my new found love for art journaling! <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of the two of us in May. Dyan is the one with the stunning red hair! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:04:17 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Day 14 - Something New <BR> <BR> <BR> Following the Whole 30 plan is still pretty new for me. This is my third consecutive round and I am truly thankful for the benefits of a healthy eating plan. A big part of the "new" for me with Whole 30 is trying lots of new foods and recipes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:47:57 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge Please bear with me as I play catch up for the 30-day Thankfulness Challenge. I was away all week with my mom. We had a lovely and relaxing time in Ohio Amish country. <BR> <BR> Day 7 - Scent <BR> <BR> The smell of my Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Bath and Body works, plug in! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 8 - Restaurant <BR> <BR> If price is no object my hands down fav is Ruth's Chris! The filet just mel... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:40:09 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 6 - Pair of Shoes <BR> <BR> I am grateful for this pair of shoes (or the several other similar pairs in my closet) because they have changed my life for the better. These shoes helped me to finally, after years of trying, establish a regular and consistent exercise program. <BR> <BR> These days I can now claim that I am a walker in fact since joining Spark People in the spring of 2013... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 17:47:25 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 5 - Place <BR> <BR> That's an easy one, particularly at this time of year. I am ever so thankful for the woods. Any woods. I grew up in the country surrounded by woods and that's where I developed a love of wandering in the forest, it's always been magical to me. Now I live in a subdivision with close neighbors on both sides but there are wooded areas that I can easily walk to. Thi... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:22:02 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 4 - Snack <BR> <BR> I am truly thankful for fall's fresh apple crop. A crisp, sweet, juicy apple is one of my favorite snacks. I especially love the honey crisp variety! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:21:38 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 3 - Cozy Place <BR> <BR> <BR> That would be my bed! <BR> <BR> Last night I brought out the down comforter, it's perfect for the chilly fall nights that we are now having in Michigan. I slept really good! I am thankful that I am a good sleeper and that my hubby and I share similar body temperatures and both like snuggling under a pile of covers! <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 23:09:34 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 2 - Animal <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Finn. I am thankful for the chance I had to ride him. He belonged to my friend Barb a couple of years ago. One of the best blessings in my life is spending a week every summer up at Barb's place. I take my nephew and we hang out with Barb and her son Colt... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 22:42:38 EST 30-day Thankfulness Challenge I know that there are a lot of folks who have done some form of a 30-day Thankfulness Challenge on Facebook or some other social media site in the past several years. I like the idea very much and have decided to do one myself this year. <BR> <BR> I can't imagine a better venue than my Spark People blog to record my gratitude's. I think that my entries may end up including photos as well as or instead of words. Mostly I am just going to relax and go with the flow and see how it unfolds. ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 12:54:33 EST Whole 30 next round begins today Yesterday was the end of my second consecutive round of Whole 30. I actually made it a Whole 31 because October had 31 days and I like starting a fresh round on the first day of the month. I also figured it would have been a bad idea to have a "free" day between rounds, especially national "binge on candy day" aka Halloween. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The October round of whole 30 was easier for me than the September one for a couple of reasons. <BR> <BR> First I didn't have to ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 12:03:36 EST Whole 30 - Day 30 Complete! Did it! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow Day 1 again. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:39:25 EST Whole 30 - Days 28-29 Complete I honestly can't believe that this Whole 30 is over after tomorrow! Jumping right back on for another 30 days on Thursday! Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:37:33 EST Whole 30 - Days 24-27 Complete I am playing a bit of Blog catch-up tonight. Checking in for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I took my Whole 30 on the road for part of the weekend! <BR> <BR> Thursday was the end of my week since I was off Friday and Saturday attending a weekend scrapbooking crop. I am in my happy place when I am scrapbooking and going to crops is a special treat that I indulge in once a month for a day or two or three. <BR> <BR> A big part of the crop experience is related to food, especially... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 20:09:14 EST Whole 30 - Days 22 and 23 Complete I am in the homestretch of the Whole 30, just seven days left. <BR> <BR> I had some negative self talk today because I found myself focusing on weight loss. I have not weighed in per the Whole 30 recommendation but don't feel like my pants are falling off just yet and of course they should be! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Here's what IS happening; <BR> <BR> I am sleeping longer and more soundly at night <BR> <BR> I am enjoying all of the delicious foods <BR> <BR> I am seeing improv... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 19:51:05 EST Whole 30 - Day 21 Complete Not much new to report today. Worked out first thing this morning. Worked a full day at my job. Walked for 45 minutes when I got home. It was already dark by 8:30 pm and it looks and smells like fall. <BR> <BR> Planning on an early bedtime tonight. <BR> <BR> Life is good! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:16:34 EST Whole 30 - Day 20 Complete Batch Cooking is complete! Hubby just let me know that he has reached his limit! He was my kitchen assistant for a good chuck of the process today for which I am grateful! His help with peeling, chopping, stirring, fetching, carrying and doing all of those dishes was invaluable. <BR> <BR> We ended up making ; <BR> <BR> 6 one pound each turkey meat loaves (three for this week, three went into the freezer) <BR> Half a dozen hard boiled eggs <BR> Five pounds of mashed potatoes <BR> Eight M... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:55:02 EST Whole 30 - Days 16 -17-18 -19 Wow time is racing by! Day 19 is complete!! <BR> <BR> I spent today hanging out with my mom while hubby went to three football games! Mom and I hung out at her place looking at two scrapbooks I just finished from our summer trips in 2013 and 2014. After that we went to a farmers market, where I loaded up on tons of awesome fresh fruits and veggies, perfect for Whole 30 compliance! Later we went to dinner and then made a quick stop at a small botanical garden near her church. It was a lovely... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:36:54 EST Whole 30 - Days 13 - 14 - 15 I honestly can't believe that my Whole 30 is half way over already! The last three days have rushed by very quickly with the focus on work, working out and a bit of cooking each night. <BR> <BR> Tonight we baked a pie! Yup it is a Whole 30 compliant Savory Pumpkin Pie. Recipe by Jan's Sushi Bar you can find it here <link><BR>pie/ </link> <BR> <BR> Since it is bedtime, Hubby and I will have to wait until tomorrow to try it. <BR> <BR> I golfed thi... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:27:49 EST Whole 30 - Days 11 & 12 Complete Pretty good last couple of days. Definitely increased energy and less focus on food and food prep and more focus on living, yay! <BR> <BR> At the gym on Friday my trainer told me that he had increased the amount of weight I've been lifting on deadlifts and that I was improving on doing chin ups! Woo Hoo!! <BR> <BR> We are off to spend the day at the lake house of some dear friends but I was able to do a bit of food prep for the week already this morning. Raw veggies chopped, spaghetti ... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:00:10 EST Whole 30 - Day 10 Complete Slept really soundly last night with much dreaming. Fortunately no food dreams which I understand is common among Whole 30 participants. I definitely had more energy today and felt like my focus and clarity at work were better than they have been in a while. Couldn't wait to get out and ride my bike for an hour after work before dinner. <BR> <BR> Food today was yummy breakfast hash and pan fried plantains, lunch was the oriental pineapple coleslaw with grilled chicken that I have had for l... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 22:05:02 EST Whole 30 - Day 9 Complete I am tired tonight so it will be an early bedtime. <BR> <BR> Started the day off in the gym where I did a 60 minute circuit strength training class. <BR> <BR> Worked a long day so it was fortunate that I had planned a dinner that didn't take too much prep time! Cod with curry sauce left over from one of last week's dinners accompanied by a green salad and a yummy SP Brussels sprouts recipe that included fresh sage, big plump raisins and chopped pecans. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 21:08:50 EST Whole 30 - Day 8 Complete Today I chose to get up and walk for 90 minutes before my busy work day started. Work today was followed by a funeral home visitation and an evening salon appointment. Figured if I didn't get it in first thing there would be no getting it in later. It was so nice to come home tonight and just heat up one of the chipotle chili servings that I made on Saturday. Packing breakfast and lunch for today was easy peasey too, due to this weekends batch cooking sessions! <BR> <BR> I definitely s... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:49:15 EST Whole 30 - Day 7 Complete First thing this morning the cooking marathon continued. Before we left at noon to spend the day with my mother I had put together a crock-pot full of ratatouille, it smelled yummy in the house when we got home at 8 pm! The yield was four 2 cup portions. I also made 6 portions of breakfast hash (2 of which we actually ate for breakfast!) and 6 huge portions of pineapple, chicken coleslaw. All of this batch cooking will make my life so much easier this week! Love that I'll be able to simpl... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:34:28 EST Whole 30 - Day 6 Complete Just finishing up a bit of a batch cook marathon. Made 5 servings of chili, 8 mason jar breakfasts and a double batch of mayo. All are packaged up and ready to put away. <BR> <BR> Hubby suggested that we try to have a few favorite meals that we rotate through rather than making 90 unique meals for the 30 days of the Whole 30. I really enjoyed cooking and trying some new recipes this week but I agree that I need to streamline and simplify since I already have a full time job! <BR> <em... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 01:04:20 EST Whole 30 - Day 5 Complete! Have a bit more energy today, yay! Especially since I worked a full day today. Rode my bike after work and then had another yummy Whole 30 dinner. <BR> <BR> I put pork shoulder in the crock pot before leaving for work this morning and it turned out perfect and man the house smelled good when I got home! Popped a couple of sweet potatoes into the oven before setting off on my bike and the house smelled even better when I got home 40 minutes later. Put the finishing touches on the pork Carn... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 21:31:03 EST Whole 30 - Day 4 Complete! I am calling today a big win! Day 4 on whole 30 is in the books. Getting a good nights sleep last night really helped and I had much more energy today. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be "putting it out there for everyone to see" on this blog as a way of staying accountable because today sugar was calling my name! I had to run into JoAnn's after work today and the candy in the checkout lane was shouting at me! I thought about having to tell you all that I was starting over and that helped m... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:47:15 EST Whole 30 - Day 3 Complete! Yesterday was Day 3 on Whole 30. I completed it successfully and I am very satisfied food wise and don't even mind all of the cooking. <BR> <BR> Physically I was exhausted most of the day, guess that means I am on track with the detox symptoms. I went to bed at 10 pm last night and slept without waking for 9 straight hours! That's really rare for me. <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of yesterdays breakfast. It a curry I made with ground turkey, butternut squash, a fresh pear, curry powder, cinnam... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 22:32:47 EST Whole 30 - Day 2 Complete Day 2 started off great with another yummy breakfast recipe straight from the Whole 30 book. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> But despite the great start I almost derailed my Whole 30 last night because of a later than planned work day. Plus I had an after work meeting and just figured there was no way I would be able to go home and prepare dinner and eat it and get to my meeting on time. But guess what, I decided ... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 17:48:30 EST Whole 30 - Day 1 Complete! I started Whole 30 yesterday, determined to be successful and do it exactly as written. To that end I read the new book "Whole 30", built up my support network and told a bunch of folks what I was planning. I also planned a weeks worth of menu's, shopped for necessary ingredients and did some advance prep work in the kitchen. When I went to bed last night with the first day successfully behind me I felt really good about my efforts. <BR> <BR> I know that this will not be easy but it will ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:02:48 EST My Scrap Studios This blog entry is for all of my friends who asked me to post pictures of my Scrap Studios. Yes, I am blessed to have two rooms in my home where I can get creative. <BR> <BR> I started out with a room upstairs but if friends came by to get scrappy with me we ended up in the dining room which offered so much more space and great light to boot! So it became my second scrappy space. No more dining in that room! I have a very tolerant and awesome hubby who indulges me beyond what I deserve! <... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:41:45 EST Art Journal I decided to start an art journal this year, here are a few of the pages I have created so far. I am having a good time making art! Some evenings I work in my journal for just a few minutes, other nights I am at my table for hours. I am trying a lot of new techniques and really enjoying the process. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:47:51 EST Whole 30 day 21 Today is day 21 of my Whole 30 journey. <BR> <BR> The previous food plan that I followed eliminated sugar, flour and wheat so those are not items I am inclined to miss much, although I was consuming them off and on for a few months during a recent relapse before I started the Whole 30 program. <BR> <BR> I am really not missing anything that I have cut out on Whole 30 that I used to eat pretty regularly on my former food plan (dairy, grains, beans, legumes and soy) and because this is stil... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:48:00 EST Bridge walk success! Hubby and I had a great time walking the Mackinaw bridge this morning along with 30,000 others. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:05:14 EST