SPORENTA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPORENTA SPORENTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Recipes of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207323 Marsha, Marsha, Marsha... And by "Marsha," I mean "Salad." Here are a few of my yummy, delectable, tasty favorites: <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Harvest Salad - Spring mix lettuce*, dried cranberries or cherries, chopped apple, blue cheese crumbles (optional), candied pecans (I prefer to make my own - recipe to follow), red wine vinaigrette. <BR> <BR> *I find cleaning and chopping lettuce to be just too much effort, my corner cutting splurge is the pre-cleaned grab and go convenience salad, a... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:17:18 EST One step back then two steps forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207296 I enjoyed four nights off work after my last entry which I am finding is going to be a challenge in the "old habits die hard" category. My time off is my quality time with the hubby and a cozy snuggle session while watching a movie leads to popcorn, fruit, ice cream, kale chips, yogurt, candy, more fruit, more popcorn, and whatever other snackables might be around the house. Some healthy choices, some not; in either instance, I packed in enough food to challenge a pot-smoking hippy. Hmmmm I'l... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:59:11 EST Off to a good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193703 Woo hoo! Five days in and I'm three pounds down. I'll take it! I feel great and I'm sleeping much better. Here's hoping the momentum keeps going. <BR> <BR> Since I'm a total foodie, perhaps it will be beneficial to share recipes when I make them... <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Vegetarian chili to die for... we didn't have any corn and I ended up doubling the chili powder and added some extra hot sauce for a kick. <BR> <link>allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-veget<BR>arian-chili-in-the-world/det... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 19:43:28 EST New year, Big Plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185054 Not being one for resolutions, the timing of this blog is pure coincidence. However, given that it's 1/1/2013, I'm guess I'm kind of going forward with a resolution-esque attitude. <BR> <BR> 2012 was a pretty eventful year and will be difficult to top - My husband and I moved across the country, went on an Alaskan cruise, tasted wine in Napa, and I started a new job. <BR> <BR> We have some pretty big plans for 2013 too... the biggest on the list is starting a family! However, I want to ha... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:59:04 EST