WINFIELD28's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WINFIELD28 WINFIELD28'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/ Weekly Letter from my Mother is always a Special Blessing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197530 My mother loves to write letters the old fashioned way with pen and paper. <BR> Each week, my 2 sisters & I and my daughter get a hand written letter from Mom. Mom turned 80 on November 30, 2012. She grew up in the era of 'penmanship.' Her hand writing is steady and very legible. <BR> In this week's letter she informed me that she has written 239 letters to my daughter, since she went off to college on August 31, 2008. She promised my daughter that she would write to her each week while s... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:15:04 EST Getting to Know Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195346 "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you." <BR> <BR> A SP friend THINRONNA shared this on her page and it was really nice getting to know her a little better. So, I thought I'd share it with any of my friends who would like to know me better, too. <BR> Here goes! <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> It’s sitting on the dining room table. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Yes, I'm married to Steve & we have a daugh... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 16:03:07 EST Start a Memory Jar for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188369 I saw this on Facebook the other day and decided to start a Memory Jar today. <BR> <BR> I am trying to be more positive and I think this little exercise might help! <BR> <BR> “Start on January 1st with an empty jar. Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of paper. On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you that year.” <BR> <BR> <BR> I took a quart size Mason jar and made a cute label and tucked it inside th... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:36:49 EST The Truth about 12 Confusing Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093873 I read an article on-line this morning from Prevention Magazine and thought it was worth sharing. <BR> <BR> I don't exclude any of these foods from my diet. The key is moderation. <BR> <BR> The Truth about 12 Confusing Foods <BR> <BR> Even the most nutrition-savvy women can get lost in the headlines. Here’s what you really need to know: <BR> By Sharon Liao <BR> <BR> The foods discussed in the article include: <BR> 1. Coffee <BR> 2. Wine <BR> 3. Potatoes <BR> 4. Cheese <BR> 5. Fish... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:58:49 EST Easy Ways to Boost Your Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092693 I am exploring ways to deal with stress in my life, WITHOUT reaching for food. <BR> Also, ways to treat myself without using food as a reward. Little indulgences. I am working on my personal list of 'go to' items. <BR> <BR> I came across this article today from O Magazine and wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> * Reader Beware! CHOCOLATE does show up TWICE in this article! <BR> <BR> Number 1 was to "Create a Pleasure Drawer" <BR> <BR> Desks are usually receptacles for utilitarian... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:05:36 EST Just Do It! Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086449 Just Do It! Again! <BR> <BR> October, 2012 ~ <BR> It's time to re-focus! I am 16 pounds above my goal. <BR> <BR> I haven't been faithfully logging my food & exercise. Eating what I want in larger portions than I need. <BR> <BR> I have gained this weight since January, 2012 and it's time to lose it once more! <BR> <BR> I have been logging in each day, eating a healthy breakfast, exercising some days - but not consistently. Consistency is a KEY for me. I need to get and use that KEY a... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:55:19 EST Life Lessons worth sharing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085183 Got an email from my brother this morning and wanted to share it with you: <BR> <BR> "Regina Brett's 45 Life Lessons and 5 to grow on." <BR> <BR> (Regina is not 90 years old like several emails have indicated. She is 56, but her list is still full of wisdom, in my eyes.) <BR> <link>blog.cleveland.com/pdextra/2007/09/r<BR>egina_bretts_45_life_lessons.html </link> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 12:18:09 EST Having "Compassion" for those with "Weight Issues." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079572 I ran across this blog today & wanted to share it with you, <BR> "More" of the Farmer's Wife: <BR> <BR> <link>greenacresrevisited.areavoices.com </link> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:09:29 EST Halloween Candy Survival Tactics ~ Will These Really Work??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079438 Halloween Candy Survival Tactics – Will These Really Work??? <BR> <BR> I grabbed a couple magazines while on my break yesterday afternoon at the Library. I came across an article on how to handle the temptations of Halloween candy. Here are the suggestions as I remember them, with my immediate thoughts. <BR> <BR> 1. Buy only one type of candy; mixed bags makes you want to try all of them. <BR> I agree. <BR> <BR> 2. Keep it in a covered container. <BR> I still can open ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:11:07 EST Stop trying to do your best & start doing as well as you can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037557 I found an article on improving one's mental health today...the above line really 'spoke' to me! <BR> <BR> I Bet I Can Improve Your Mental Health in One Hour <BR> By Dr. Richard Boyum <BR> <BR> Stop trying to do your best and start doing as well as you can. <BR> <BR> When you focus on doing as well as you can, you put both eyes on the task. When you focus on doing your best, you are looking with one eye on the standard and only one eye on the task. Research shows that when we stay focu... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 13:51:53 EST Brown Bananas, No Eggs...What to Make? Strawberry Banana Pancakes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027939 I had 2 brown bananas sitting on my counter and the thought crossed my mind...I wonder if I could make Banana Pancakes for One? But, I didn't have any eggs. Actually if I just went out to our hen house, I could find a fresh egg or two...but wanted to make lunch now as I need to leave soon for work. <BR> <BR> Off to the internet for ideas, ingredients, proportions of dry ingredients to wet. <BR> Looking for a recipe WITHOUT eggs. <BR> <BR> I found one and modified it to create: <BR> <... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:09:09 EST New Recipe: Persian Tomato & Cucumber Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007171 I had some green pepper, cucumber and tomatoes that I wanted to use up tonight in a salad of some sort. I went searching for a recipe and found this one: Persian Tomato & Cucmber Salad. The recipe didn't include green bell pepper, but I added that. I have seen Egyptian Salad recipes similar to this that include peppers - so that is why I added them. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the recipe from food.com: <BR> <BR> <link>www.food.com/recipe/persian-tomato-a<BR>nd-cucumber-salad-salad-sh... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:16:07 EST New Recipe: Tuna Artichoke Melts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003567 Today I tried a new tuna melt recipe. <BR> I got it from the Taste of Home website. <BR> Here is a link to the original recipe: <BR> <BR> <link>www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Tuna-Art<BR>ichoke-Melts </link> <BR> <BR> According to Taste of Home ~ there is 335 calories in a serving of 2 English Muffin halves. <BR> <BR> I however, made mine own version: <BR> <BR> I used: <BR> <BR> 2 – 5 ounce cans of albacore tuna <BR> <BR> 2/3 cup chopped canned artichokes (that were drained) <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:43:52 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002228 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:24:25 EST Valentine's Day = Food? Food=Love??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738603 Why is it that I associate every 'holiday' or 'special event' with food? <BR> Food = Love. <BR> Somewhere I got that message. <BR> So tonight I am making a nice dinner for my husband and myself to have at home. <BR> I will be making "Spicy Sauteed Shrimp with Garlic" on Jasmine Rice. <BR> I make it with mixed stir-fry vegetables. I have shared the recipe here before. It's very good and very low in calories and fat. <BR> <BR> I also mixed up a quick salad recipe that I got years ago from my... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:33:51 EST Giving My Work-Out Routine a Face Lift! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732209 This week I decided I needed to make some changes to my winter time, indoor walking routine. <BR> I love walking with Leslie Sansone and use her DVD's faithfully each week. <BR> But I seemed to use the same 2 or 3 week after week and I was 'just going through the motions' some days. So this week I discovered three samples on Leslie's website: <BR> <link>www.walkathome.com/try-walk-at-home/ </link> <BR> The first one is a "Beginner One Mile 15 Minute Express Walk" - which is really fun... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:13:34 EST What Leslie Sansone DVD's do I Use? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699078 What Leslie Sansone DVD’s do I use? <BR> <BR> Recently, I had a Spark Friend (NPDSLEUTH) ask what Leslie Sansone DVD’s do I have and like to use. <BR> <BR> So I thought I would write a blog about that today. <BR> <BR> The first one I ever bought was a VHS tape titled: “Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone.” <BR> <BR> It was done in 2001 and included two blue inflatable rubber balls that you filled with water. It was a 1 Mile Walk and I still use it from time to time. Yes, I still... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:42:07 EST Recipe for a Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4654270 This was posted in my church's weekly bulletin. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share it with all of you. <BR> <BR> Recipe for a Happy New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous <BR> <BR> Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean a... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:42:46 EST Believe It to Achieve It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632838 I just got the January, 2012 issue of Fitness magazine and saw the compact article titled "Believe It to Achieve It." <BR> <BR> What it said is: keep up your can-do attitude for three weeks and it may be enough to snap your motivation into autopilot. <BR> <BR> Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign "found that among former couch potatoes who consistently worked out three times a week, those who scored high on a scale of confidence in their capabilities on day 21 stuck ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:23:10 EST RECIPE: Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4606555 I just made an interesting recipe for dinner this evening. <BR> <BR> It's a brunch recipe from Cooking Light called: Eggs Blindfolded over Garlic Cheddar Grits. <BR> <BR> What I really liked about the recipe was the way the eggs were prepared. <BR> <BR> I have to wonder why I didn't know about this technique before. <BR> <BR> Here's a short-cut way to prepare poached eggs, perfectly, I might add - just like short-order cooks do in diners - it said. <BR> <BR> From the recipe Preparation ... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:34:12 EST Facing Your Worst Fears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602792 I just read today's SparkPeople Healthy Reflections. <BR> <BR> This one is 'speaking' to me personally today. <BR> <BR> Here's the reflection: <BR> <BR> Facing your worst fears... <BR> <BR> Your worst fears are usually the ones that never happen. Unfortunately, they're also the ones that keep you from trusting yourself and your abilities. Doesn't it seem silly to give up in the face of an anxiety that may be no more real than the fairy tale troll that lives under the bridge? If you app... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:35:21 EST Lowest Achievable Weight vs. Lowest Maintainable Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577980 "Lowest Achievable Weight vs. Lowest Maintainable Weight " <BR> <BR> I have been thinking and working on these two issues in recent months… <BR> In the book titled: The Beck Diet Solution, by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. ~ Judith Beck talks about, making a distinction between those two things (achievable vs. maintainable weight). <BR> <BR> She makes the point: You don't want to be doing anything to GET to a weight you intend to MAINTAIN, that you are NOT willing to do FOREVER. That includes b... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 12:16:51 EST Living Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563220 Today I would like to share something written by a Minnesota artist - Bonnie Mohr. <BR> <BR> We have several of her prints displayed in our home. Most are of cows and life on the farm. <BR> <BR> This is the verse from one my daughter gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago and it hangs in our living room. It's of a big, beautiful Oak Tree. I have a 'thing' about trees. <BR> <BR> <BR> Living Life by Bonnie Mohr <BR> <BR> "Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. <BR> Be hone... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 12:46:58 EST Ten Steps to Permanent Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556071 I read articles from all sources to help me make permanent weight loss a lifestyle change, not just another yoyo weight loss - weight gain episode. <BR> <BR> Today I read an article by Sabine Persenaire titled "Ten Steps to Permanent Weight Loss." <BR> <BR> I'd like to share the ten points here. You can read the entire article - with details of each point, at this link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.livestrong.com/article/361641-10<BR>-steps-to-permanent-weight-loss/ </link> <BR> <BR> I know... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:58:22 EST My Love Affair...with Medjool Dates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554472 Each fall and longer if I can find them, I puchase Medjool dates. <BR> This aren't your ordinary dates. <BR> <BR> Susan Russo in an article for NPR describes them well; she says: <BR> <BR> "Medjool dates are deep amber-brown and have a slightly crinkly skin that shimmers from natural sugar crystals. Bite into one, and your teeth sink into satisfyingly sticky flesh that tastes of rich caramel, hints of wild honey and a touch of cinnamon. Melt-in-your-mouth Medjools are so luscious they taste... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:16:08 EST Comfort Food for Dinner Tonight: Old-Time Beef Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554396 I am cooking a pot of Beef Stew for dinner tonight. Very simple to toss together and smells wonderful already. The recipe is one of Paula Deen's recipes. <BR> <BR> Healthy Comfort Food! <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe... <BR> <BR> Old-Time Beef Stew Recipe <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 2 pounds stew beef <BR> 2 tablespoons vegetable oil <BR> 2 cups water <BR> 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 clove garlic, peeled <BR> 1 or 2 bay leaves <BR> 1 medium onion, sliced <BR> 1 teaspoon ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:27:42 EST Helpful Hint... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550986 Drink Water before Every Meal & Shave 270 calories! <BR> <BR> Drinking two glasses of water before eating may reduce your consumption by 90 calories a meal, report Virginia Tech researchers. <BR> <BR> Want other strategies to eat less? <BR> <BR> Eating slowly can help you shave 66 calories per meal; chewing gum before you eat can cut another 68 calories. <BR> <BR> These ideas are By Emily G. W. Chau @ fitbie. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:44:44 EST My List of Advantages for Losing Weight - Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4519435 Several days ago I mentioned finding a list I created in 2007 called: <BR> <BR> My Advantage Response Card <BR> <BR> This was an exercise from a book I was reading called: The Beck Diet Solution - train your brain to think like a thin person - by Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> I said I would pull that book out & re-read it. I have decided to use this book to help me think like a person that wants to maintain her current weight for a lifetime. The book says this program is for everyb... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 18:11:51 EST My Journey, Revisited September 28, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508302 I just had some one comment on a blog post I made on October 28, 2010 - ELEVEN Months ago. I had to re-read it to see why anyone would care to read it. <BR> It has helped me this morning to realize WHY I am doing this... <BR> <BR> *Since I started SparkPeople I am 58 pounds thinner & 9 pounds below my Spark People goal...trying to make maintenance my new way of life! <BR> <BR> Here's that Post... <BR> <BR> Thursday, October 28, 2010 <BR> My Story: How did I End Up at Spark People Anywa... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:33:48 EST What Keeps Me Motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504550 That was a question I read on the message boards this morning. <BR> It got me thinking - which led me to a little slip of paper I keep in a nutrition counter I have on my computer desk. <BR> <BR> In September 2007 I read the book: "The Beck Diet Soultion." <BR> (I think I will pull that book back out sometime soon and look at it again.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, one of the projects at the beginning of the book was to 'record the Advantages of Losing Weight." It was called making a "Response Card... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:30:41 EST How am I going to maintain my weight loss for the long haul? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495244 How am I going to maintain my weight loss? I seem to ask myself this question almost daily. You see, there's still a real fear that I won't be able to maintain my new weight for the long haul. For long term. I know I have to keep using the same tools that I have used to lose the weight. I know I have to remind myself each and every day why I am doing this. That how I feel is so worth any and all effort. I still seek out and read articles on how to maintain my weight for any tips and r... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:35:03 EST Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486310 After baking cookies on Tuesday that I thought were 'healthier,' I came across an article yesterday in the October issue of Midwest Living titled "Sneaky-healthy cookies." <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a few tips from that article with you today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tips for Healthier Cookies <BR> <BR> 1. Sub whole wheat -You can sub up to half of a recipe's all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. <BR> <BR> 2. Use canola oil - Replacing one-fourth of a recipe's butter with canola oil lowers... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:09:05 EST Thank you, Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482897 For voting for me as a Spark Motivator! <BR> <BR> I just got an email and SparkGoodie from my friend GRACEISENUF7 telling me that I was just named a Spark Motivator. Then I got the official email from SparkPeople. I was so shocked! I can't believe it! <BR> <BR> It's ALL of YOU that motivate ME, each and everyday! <BR> <BR> Thank you, all for your support and encouragement! It means the world to me! <BR> <BR> ~ Maria Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:46:46 EST Just wanted to share a helpful Website with you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482855 In a recent search for information on healhy living, I came across a website that is very interesting. <BR> <BR> It's called "HELPGUIDE.org" <BR> <BR> It says it's "A trusted non-profit resource." <BR> "Take Charge of Your Life by Making Healthy Choices." <BR> <BR> It has many healthy living sections. I just looked at the "Diet & Nutrition" section & a section titled: "Emotional Skills Toolkit." It's about bringing one's life into balance. And since my focus word for 2011 has been "BALA... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:29:04 EST Recipe: Homemade Mocha Cappuccino/Coffee Shake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480856 Homemade Mocha Cappuccino/Coffee Shake <BR> <BR> I was in the mood today for a Mocha Cappuccino. I had a bottled one from a convenience store over the weekend and paid $2.00 for it. There must be a way to make one at home. I found a basic recipe and made my usual changes to it to suite my personal tastes and calorie needs. <BR> <BR> Here’s the basic recipe: <BR> <BR> Coffee Shake <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules <BR> ¾ to 1 cup low fat milk <BR> 1 teaspoon vanilla extract... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:08:57 EST Recipe: Baked Won Ton Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479247 My sister-in-law, who lives in Hilo, Hawaii, likes to send unique gifts to my husband for his birthday - usually samplings of foods from Hawaii. Last week in his annual care-package was a bag of One-Ton Chips. Fried Won Ton Skin Chips. Made in a noodle factory. Were they good? Yah, really good! <BR> 140 Calories and 5 grams of fat for a 1 ounce serving. <BR> <BR> I have made my own pita chips, tortilla chips and bagel chips and made them healthier by baking them. I figured I could do t... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 18:34:38 EST Recipe Review: Eggplant with Black Beans...Pretty Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4444141 We have an abundance of Eggplant growing in our garden - well, what used to be our 'high tunnel' commercial greenhouse - until a tornado and strong winds took it down on July 1st. We can't completely clean it up - because we do want what is still growing there to continue to grow. So we have heirloom tomatoes and peppers and herbs growing in one area. In another, are cucumbers, eggplants, melons...etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went to pick tomatoes for an order and discovered that the eg... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:50:41 EST Do you struggle with Perfectionism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402292 I read Birdie Varnedore M. D.'s blog today on: "Your Healthy Lifestyle Blog." <BR> <BR> Titled: "Confession: I Gained 10+ Pounds on a Cruise! <BR> <BR> Great read if you struggle with perfectionism or "all or nothing" thinking. <BR> Please take the time to read it if you deal with these and get down on yourself after a vacation with indulgences...or other events that challenge your healthier eating lifestyle. <BR> <BR> She says: "I believe that one of the most important factors that se... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 12:31:54 EST Successful Weight Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390414 Successful Weight Maintenance – National Weight Control Registry <BR> <BR> I have long been aware of the National Weight Control Registry and it’s investigation into long-term weight loss maintenance. As I approach this phase of my healthy living journey, I am reviewing their findings once again. It is important that I have a plan and develop my own personal tools and lifestyle techniques to maintain my new, healthy lifestyle for the long haul. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is a wonderful place... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:30:13 EST Latest Food Find: Keebler Flatbread Crisps - Sea Salt & Olive Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390032 Earlier in the month when we were without electricity for a couple of days (due to a tornado and storm), my mother brought us some groceries that didn't require refrigeration. <BR> <BR> One of the items was "Keebler Town House Flatbread Crisps - Sea Salt & Olive Oil." <BR> <BR> They are crisp crackers that are good paired with simple dips and toppings. <BR> <BR> Here's a description: Experience a savory blend of sea salt and olive oil inspired by specialty flat breads, with a delicious ... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:42:57 EST Motivation for Today: Looking at what I weighed a year ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385876 I do weigh myself most days and record it on a paper calendar. <BR> <BR> (But I usually record my weight on Spark People once a week.) <BR> <BR> So today, just to get a little motivation, I peeked back at what I weighed on July 25, 2010. <BR> <BR> I was 44.4 pounds heavier than my weight today. <BR> <BR> Maybe I will start my day looking at how far I have come in the last year. <BR> <BR> Seeing that number helped me realize how far I have come. <BR> <BR> I don't want to un-do all that h... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:17:20 EST Wonderful Salad Recipe: Signature Salad at Cosi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4383302 While in Washington DC last week we had lunch at the restaurant chain Cosi. <BR> My daughter suggested that I try their "Signature Salad." <BR> <BR> It was superb! <BR> <BR> Mixed greens, red grapes, pears, dried cranberries, pistachios and gorgonzola cheese. Served with a Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette. It was so yummy! <BR> <BR> So off I went in search of the recipe. <BR> <BR> I am making it for dinner tonight to go along with a nice lean piece of grilled sirloin steak. I have opted t... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 18:31:50 EST I'm Back from Washington DC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375609 Hi! Everyone! <BR> A quick 'Hello!" <BR> I am home from our trip to Washington DC. <BR> I'm happy, hot and tired. <BR> I spent the last few days traveling with my 2 sisters and one of my brothers. <BR> This is something that we have never done before. It was such fun! <BR> <BR> We got there around 1:00 p.m. on July 16th and my daughter immediately got us site-seeing. We used the Metro system and did lots of walking. <BR> We walked 18.65 miles on Saturday alone. (Yes, I did have blister... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:22:18 EST RECIPE: Traditional Churrasco (Brazilian Barbecue ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358947 We celebrated our 23rd Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, July 9th by going out for dinner at Carnaval Brazilian Grill in Sioux Falls, SD. <BR> <BR> It was a very interesting experience: lots of different cuts of beef, chicken, pork, lamb and even grilled pineapple. Simply wonderful! <BR> <BR> Here's a little background on Brazilian grilling: <BR> <BR> *Brazilians were the first to raise cattle in South America, imported from Cape Verde to São Paulo in the 1530s. Churrasco (pronounced sh... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:57:04 EST Spark People has helped me 'weather' the lastest 'storm' in my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343088 Spark People has helped me ‘weather’ the latest ‘storm’ in my life. <BR> <BR> It was Friday afternoon and I was just about to leave work and head home for the long, holiday weekend. <BR> One of the librarians had been following the weather on the internet and told me that there looked like a storm was fast approaching our area. I figured I'd just go directly home, thinking it would be some more rain and maybe some hail since it had been so hot and humid when I came into work earlier that af... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 17:29:43 EST 10 Phrases to BAN from Your Vocabulary - according to Fitness Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333303 I just got my July/August 2011 issue of Fitness magazine. <BR> <BR> While quickly paging thru it, I stopped at an article titled: <BR> <BR> "Hey, Beautiful!" <BR> <BR> It's about learning how to accept a compliment. <BR> <BR> It said: "Learning how to accept a compliment and truly own it is key to greater confidence and success." <BR> <BR> Here are 10 Phrases to BAN from your vocabulary: <BR> <BR> "Who, me?" <BR> <BR> "Oh, it was nothing. Really." <BR> <BR> "This old thing?" <BR> ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:42:49 EST Don't forget that YOU are an Amazing Woman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287735 My sister sent me the following and I wanted to share it with all my Female Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <BR> One Flaw In Women <BR> <BR> Women have strengths that amaze men.... <BR> <BR> They bear hardships and they carry burdens, <BR> <BR> but they hold happiness, love and joy. <BR> <BR> They smile when they want to scream. <BR> <BR> They sing when they want to cry. <BR> <BR> They cry when they are happy <BR> <BR> and laugh when they are nervous. <BR> <BR> They fight for what ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 12:02:32 EST A Very Nice Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263937 I had a very nice day today. <BR> <BR> Each Memorial Day weekend we do about the same things; but this year just seemed so much more meaningful to me. <BR> I seem to really 'stop and smell the roses.' I do think it's part of my new lifestyle - living life in this moment. Not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. <BR> <BR> My day started with 35 minutes of walking with Leslie Sansone - followed by my regular healthy breakfast of Multigrain Cheerios, low fat milk & orange j... Sun, 29 May 2011 21:42:54 EST The Parable of the Pencil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261586 My mother sent me this: the old fashioned way ~ in the mail ~ hand written. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share it here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Parable Of The Pencil <BR> <BR> The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. <BR> <BR> "There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be." <BR> <BR> "One: You will be able to do many great... Sat, 28 May 2011 13:16:15 EST Almost! Dreams Coming True... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4255641 49 Weeks ago on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 ~ I started <BR> "My Healthy Living Journey!" <BR> <BR> The day I logged on and joined SparkPeople I was given a goal weight and a date to reach that goal by. <BR> <BR> It was to lose 49 pounds by June 1, 2011. <BR> <BR> The goal weight seemed reasonable & obtainable to me - not too high, not too low. I could DO this...if I set my mind, body & soul to it! <BR> <BR> Certainly if I could reach that goal weight I would be alot healthier and happie... Wed, 25 May 2011 13:35:20 EST