SHEILASCHULZ1's SparkPeople Blog SHEILASCHULZ1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My 2011 garden I live in central Alberta, Canada, in Zone 4, so gradening is short-lived, but I love it. I spend all winter planning next year's garden, then prep as soon as I can. I organize when things need to be started indoors or planted outside, then make notes as to what worked or didn't. This year, I'm growing zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes in large pots, potatoes and dill and strawberries in my traditional garden, peas and beans along fences, then I set up two raised beds in my front... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:22:50 EST Ratatouille and eating well on a budget Here's an excerpt from one of my replies on a message board: <BR> <BR> Today, I made ratatouille in my slow cooker. I thought it was great, my 3-year-old ate it well, my picky 6-year-old grudgingly ate it, and my meat-loving hubby ate it, but didn't love it. It's mostly fresh veggies, and I found a recipe that called for chicken, so I used 2 large chicken breast halves for the whole pot. <BR> <BR> We make our own pizza, using home-made bread dough to make the shell. The kids love it and we ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:59 EST Birthday cake and regular pop Last Sunday, we had our son's birthday party at a bowling alley. The bowling party included hotdogs and pop for everyone. I brought a chocolate cake that I made from scratch. I ate a hotdog, two small glasses of pop, and a moderate piece of cake. <BR> <BR> I've been eating fairly clean for long enough, that I really felt the effects of the sugar overload. I felt nauseous. I'm glad, though, because it's a good indicator that I eat right, most of the time, and a good reminder of how this much... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:56:35 EST feeling depressed for no particular reason Today, I'm feeling blah. I can't seem to get going. I don't feel like doing anything. I just want to crawl back into bed. I'm so tired of fighting depression. I'm so tired I want to cry. My back is stiff, my neck is stiff, my right hand is cold and numb and sore from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I'm actually afraid to let others know the true depths of how I feel. I think I'm afraid to admit it to myself. I'm not one for blogging or journalling, but I need an outlet, and hopefully this is safe. I ... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:04:53 EST I reached my TOPS goal weight I haven't been here in awhile, but I think it's time! <BR> <BR> In the summer, I was able to get 2.5 lbs. from goal, but that was probably with 2.5 lbs. of muscle loss because I'd stopped exercising. So, my weight has settled at 4 to 5 lbs. from goal. I've been exercising again, mostly walking outside or jogging on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of December, I started to think about getting my goal weight changed. I did some soul-searching and decided that I'm not happy at this... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:42:57 EST The Day After "Low Tech Day" Well, yesterday WAS interesting. The most surprising thing was that our 5-year-old wanted to do it again! I'm not willing to give up my technology on a full-time basis, but I believe I will spend less time with it. <BR> <BR> Our day went by really quite fast and didn't even do everything we thought we would. We just took our time eating our meals, and spending time together. Our day disappeared fast by bathing, cooking a simple turkey supper, baking cookies, baking pumpkin pies, playing a c... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:34:37 EST The night before "Low-Tech Day" Well, I'm hoping for the best, tomorrow. My hubby reluctantly agreed to join me in having a "Low Tech Day", meaning, no TV, computer, video games. Basically, that's how I grew up! We owned a TV, but had no cable, and weren't allowed to watch it very much. <BR> <BR> I've prepared a list of possible activities, and gave our 5-year-old son the choice of Sunday (Valentines Day) or Monday (which is a stat holiday, called Family Day, in Alberta", and he chose Valentines Day for what he calls "Old... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 02:52:14 EST Busting and preventing excuses I use a lot of strategies to get and keep motivated, and I work to bust my own excuses. I started off slow and easy, with doable workouts that don't hurt. I began exercising by doing 10 minutes of targeted strength training and 10 or so minutes of cardio, EVERY DAY, because I had been telling myself that I only had that much time to spare. I read a lot of articles and other resources found here on SP. I incorporate enjoyable activity into my life, like walking my son to school, and dancing wi... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 01:04:14 EST How "10 minutes" works for me I'm a procrastinator, and any excuse will do. So, if something looks too big, then I have a hard time doing it. A whole messy house? Forget about it. A disaster zone in the kitchen? Yikes! 60 minutes of exercise every day? NO WAY! <BR> <BR> But, if I break it down to bite-size pieces that I can chew, then I can do it. I'll pick one chore to do, not focus on the whole house. Eventually, the whole house will get clean. I can tackle the kitchen if I tell myself that I'll just start and see what... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 00:43:35 EST A debrief of Grey Cup Sunday Well, I'm sad for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and all of their fans, but I'm very pleased with myself! I kept food simple and healthy. My husband made crab & cucumber sushi, I also served raw veggies w/ lite Ranch dressing, and I made a big pot of chili that I packed with veggies. I even tracked my food all day, and somehow avoided eating a "sticky bun" (you know, the cinnamon buns with gooey stuff on top). I even stayed within my guidelines. Big loss for the Riders, big win for me! Mon, 30 Nov 2009 18:14:20 EST Saturday, the day before Grey Cup Hmmmm. What to do today. I'll probably shovel the snow and vacuum the carpet downstairs. That will take care of my cardio for the day! I would like to find some Christmas crafts that I can do with my kids. If I don't do crafts, then I think I might bake some cookies with the kids. Surprisingly, I have no wish to eat cookies. Then tonight, I would like to do some core-strengthening exercises. I ate heavy on the carbs, yesterday, so I better go easy on them, today! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I get to... Sat, 28 Nov 2009 12:37:26 EST It's time to stop holding myself back I have come to realize that I often hold myself back. I put things off. I wait for a better time, or for when I'm feeling up to it. I have decided that I need to figure out why I hold myself back. And while I figure that out, I'm going to "fake it til I make it". I'm going to acknowledge that I "don't feel like it" and do it anyway. I've been sick for the last 2 weeks, I exercised moderately for the first week, but then took a week off completely. It's time to get moving, again. The only way ... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 11:19:47 EST just created my SparkPage I'm a mom to 3 beautiful kids, living in Central Alberta, Canada, on my way to getting fit and healthy again, no excuses! Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:59:06 EST