ZERNIKE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZERNIKE ZERNIKE'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/ 11-18-2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590108 Blog my progress - not doing everyday because there's not much variation. Eating well, walking more, sleep is a little weird. Overall happy with my progress. <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walking dogs - nearly every day for at least an hour. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> Tracking food - WW Points make this easy - DOING <BR> Drink 2 bottles of water - DOING <BR> Photograph my meals - included last night's dinner here. <BR> <BR> GENERAL: <BR> Sleep - could not sleep last night! I've been u... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:35:44 EST Yesterday, 11-13-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583362 Blog my progress - DOING and learning from it. <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walk dogs - not much this weekend, poor little guys, so bored. I'll make it up this week, especially since their doggies friends (and family) are back from Canada - which means I now have a walking buddy myself. YAY, so happy. <BR> <BR> Treadmill - I've decided to run in an event, April next year, so have signed up for SP's program 5K Your Way. Will be interesting to see how I do with the regiment. <BR> <BR> SP st... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:09:00 EST Yesterday, 11-12-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582115 Well, yesterday was certainly FUN because I went through boxes and boxes of clothing I'd been storing in my garage, only to find out much of it is way TOO BIG on me! <BR> <BR> A little ironic because some of it I bought too tight in anticipation of losing weight. Now those same items are too big for alterations, and still have the price tags on. Hurts to donate them (high quality stuff), but glad I have to. <BR> <BR> I will NOT keep BIGGER CLOTHING (just in case I fail??). Nope, will go... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:46:25 EST Yesterday, 11-11-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580590 BIGGEST CHANGE: I'm feeling extremely optimistic about my decision to SLOW down. <BR> <BR> This is surprisingly a big challenge. I first have to notice when I am in hyper-activity mode, which is most of the time, and make a conscious decision to slow down by exaggerating my thoughts and movements. This results is a higher level of awareness and a lovely sense of calm. I like where it's taking me. <BR> <BR> Interesting side effect: My morning caffeine makes this exercise a bit uncomfortab... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:44:13 EST Yesterday, 11-10-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579242 Counting achievement days and attempting to follow rigid schedules turned out to be counter-productive for me...I was actually gaining weight. I'm modifying my reports. <BR> <BR> BIGGEST CHANGE: I'm slowing waaaay down, taking the time to be still. Ironically, I am getting more accomplished. <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walking dogs - doing this often, nearly every day... now because it's so enjoyable rather than to 'get exercise', dogs are certainly happy about it. <BR> <BR> Treadmill - not ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:38:59 EST Thought for the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576652 Slow down. Be still. Wed, 9 Nov 2011 15:50:51 EST Yesterday, November 8, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4576420 Last night's dinner: Tacos made with seasoned ground turkey. My husband has corn tortillas and I use Romaine lettuce. Delicious and so satisfying! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195573172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Nov 2011 13:10:40 EST Pain Controlling Diet - November 8, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574609 SHERIO5 asked me some questions that I thought to answer here: "How long did it take you to get this figured out? Did you have to work on it alone, or did you have a nutritionist or doctor to get you a plan? Hope I'm not being too nosy" <BR> <BR> No, you are absolutely not being nosy, I'm happy to answer and discuss any of this with you. Maybe someone will find it interesting. <BR> <BR> It took me years, and I did it by myself. As far back as I can remember, I've had lower back pain. I ... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 12:28:37 EST Monday, November 7, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573172 Weekends... Glad I had a lot to do and no time to spend on my blog…ha-ha…It was a fun weekend. <BR> <BR> But SP hasn't been far from my thoughts and I think the process of blogging is definitely worthwhile. I have a feeling this will morph into various shapes as I go along. No photos available today - too bad, as my meals are ugly on that account. <BR> <BR> WHAT I'VE LEARNED: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise makes me feel better…yeah, kind of a "no, duh!"... I feel better when I exercise. <BR> ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 15:54:57 EST Yesterday, November 5, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571002 Quick entry today, will add the usual later when I have more time, and respond to your comments (thank you). <BR> <BR> WHAT I ATE (some of): <BR> Pomelo - time consuming to section! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l499769559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chicken breast, honey-mustard spray, mayonnaise, tomatoes, broccoli <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543973194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Italian (turkey) sausage, coarse ground mustard, bell pepper <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 11:51:52 EST Yesterday, November 4, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569833 Blog my progress - DONE &#8730; (4/30) <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walk dogs, 4 x week (3/16) I'm counting Monday into this week - not done <BR> Treadmill 15 minutes, 3 x week (3/12) - DONE walked 60 minutes not on treadmill &#8730; <BR> SP strength training, 6 x week (3/24) - not done <BR> SP Boot Camp - not done again <BR> Stretching, 7 x week (3/30) - not done <BR> Fun stuff like hiking, biking 1 x weekly (0/4) <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> Tracking every morsel (3/30) - MOSTLY but not comp... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 15:09:17 EST Yesterday: November 3, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567915 Blog my progress - DONE &#8730; (3/30) <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walk dogs, 4 x week (3/16) I'm counting Monday into this week - DONE &#8730; <BR> Treadmill 15 minutes, 3 x week (2/12) - DID 30 minutes &#8730; <BR> SP strength training, 6 x week (3/24) - DONE &#8730; <BR> SP Boot Camp Day 3 - not done <BR> Stretching, 7 x week (3/30) - DONE &#8730; <BR> Fun stuff like hiking, biking 1 x weekly (0/4) <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> Tracking every morsel (3/30) - DONE &#8730; <BR> Dri... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:08:06 EST Yesterday: November 2, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566513 It's HARD - that's why it's a challenge! <BR> Blog my progress - DONE &#8730; (2/30) <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walk dogs, 4 x week (2/16) I'm counting Monday into this week - DONE &#8730; <BR> Treadmill 15 minutes, 3 x week (1/12) <BR> SP strength training, 6 x week (2/24) - DONE &#8730; <BR> SP Boot Camp Day 2 - DONE &#8730; <BR> Stretching, 7 x week (2/30) - DONE &#8730; <BR> Fun stuff like hiking, biking 1 x weekly (0/4) <BR> <BR> NUTRITION: <BR> Tracking every morsel (2/30) - DONE &#... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 11:02:46 EST Yesterday: November 1, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564822 It's HARD - that's why it's a challenge! <BR> <BR> CHECK IN to update my progress - DONE &#8730; (1/30) <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walk dogs, 4 x week (0/16) <BR> Treadmill 15 minutes, 3 x week - DONE (40 minutes) &#8730; (1/12) <BR> SP strength training, 6 x week - DONE &#8730; (1/24) <BR> SP Boot Camp Day 1 - DONE &#8730; <BR> Stretching, 7 x week, 5 minutes - DONE &#8730; (1/30) <BR> Fun stuff like hiking, biking 1x weekly (0/4) <BR> Bonus: Gardening for an hour - DONE &#8730; <BR> <BR> N... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 10:54:42 EST Join me for a "November to Remember" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562985 I got sparked for this one from SILVERBIRCH65 and 12KNOW -- I am contributing to their thread. I invite YOU to join us! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=45<BR>61464 </link> <BR> <BR> <link> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560505 </link> <BR> <BR> BASE: <BR> Check in EVERY DAY and update my progress. <BR> <BR> FITNESS: <BR> Walk my dogs 4 days each week <BR> Treadmill walk/run 15... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 10:56:57 EST What I Ate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4557488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l763838137.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385700884.jpg"> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:28:43 EST Fantasy Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1937069 Through the kind and generous efforts of Mogkoli, an amazing person I've met here in SparkLand, I've been introduced to a wonderful tool that can be found at the following link: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=19998 </link> <BR> ...can't get the exact link to work, so go to: McKenna Techniqes and Book Discussions... Anyone interested in more NLP techniques? ...down a bit on the page (referred to as a Phobia pattern) <BR> -------------------... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 13:58:03 EST What Would You Do With It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1933268 Are You Sure You Want It? <BR> <BR> What Would You Do With It? <BR> <BR> It might be easier to decide what you might do with a million dollars… but when you think about what you would do with a perfect body, well... that might not be simple to answer. <BR> <BR> How would you use it? Do you want the appearance of a beautiful body and continue living your same life, only thinner? Would you want the accompanied change in lifestyle? Do you need to be fit? Are you training for something; i... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:15:18 EST A Perfect Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1905077 A little exercise to get moving forward. A great "unstucker", ha-ha... <BR> <BR> A PERFECT DAY <BR> <BR> You have the power to instantly change the direction of your day, right now... <BR> <BR> * Choose to do something RIGHT NOW that will shift your circumstances in a positive direction (in support of your goals) including how you feel. Choose something that creates some excitement. <BR> <BR> * Imagine the highest, most optimistic belief you could possibly have to support this new inten... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 12:24:04 EST SparkPeople Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1903036 WOW, what an amazing and SUPER FUN surprise! Today I received an email informing me of my nomination as a SparkPeople motivator. How GREAT is that! Really and truly... everything I've done and said in here has been a direct reflection of ALL OF YOU, my dear Spark friends. Everything I know, I've learned from you...you are the powerful force that keeps me going each day. Every day you inspire me to come here and stay engaged, to become a stronger, happier, and healthier person. <BR> <BR... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:32:36 EST Positive Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1900071 The Mechanics of Positive Thinking <BR> <BR> To change your thinking, it really helps to write stuff out and look at the 'exact' words you use. <BR> <BR> The mind disregards the word "not", it just plain does not see or hear it... so if you say I will not eat blah, blah, blah... then you brain thinks you WANT to eat that. Kind of like saying: do not think about the COLOR of this page, you mind goes directly to what you are trying to avoid. Instead, you have to choose the words that you ... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 16:00:22 EST Acceptance of My Success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1879136 I am changing my vocabulary... <BR> <BR> Instead of "expecting" (or hoping) something to happen (some day), I am "accepting" it now. I accept success NOW and my desired lifestyle is the only acceptable one. Anything else is not acceptable and therefore not allowed. <BR> <BR> I now refer to myself as an "athlete" in training, rather than as a 'person who diets' or 'watches her weight'. I am rewording various notes to myself and collected articles. I have removed the concepts of "diet", ... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 17:17:59 EST Work with me here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1873542 Now I am trying to grasp a concept that combines how I am now able to run with how I (could) eat like a thinner person. <BR> <BR> As I run in the morning, I look around and think, "Gee... I AM a runner now! THAT is who I am, a concept I never would have imagined." Realizing this to be a previously impossible reality, my idea is to see if a similar transformation could be applied to eating as a naturally thin person... <BR> <BR> If I were to pull out the most vital ingredient, I would c... Thu, 12 Mar 2009 15:38:56 EST Running for Joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1863837 As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, one of the things that made me want to start running was watching my dogs run, how happy they look flying across the grass... and I wanted that. <BR> <BR> Today I did it.... I ran because it felt good. I ran for JOY. Which is amazing to me. How come no one ever told me this? I thought we had to run because it was "good for us." <BR> <BR> UNASKED FOR ADVICE on learning to run and loving it. <BR> <BR> I am just starting out, so my 'great advic... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:06:30 EST Magic of Music. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1856186 A quick entry today... wanting to share a wonderful discovery! <BR> <BR> I've added music to my jogging experience and am amazed at the difference it makes. A whole new world is opening up for me. I found this website <link>http://www.djsteveboy.com/mixes.html </link> called PODRUNNER that offers FREE exercise music mixes for runners, joggers, power walkers, cyclists, elliptical trainers, aerobics, or anyone who can use nonstop, fixed-tempo music when they train. And I'm talking abo... Fri, 6 Mar 2009 14:53:27 EST What You Want. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1852312 I posted this on a thread and it has become rather popular, so I am posting it here as well... to remind me to take my own advice! <BR> =============================== <BR> <BR> Only do what you WANT to do. <BR> <BR> You really can trust yourself. Just stop doing anything you don't absolutely want to do. Don't make an announcement; don't tell anyone. Pretend you are going on a silent strike, that you are not wanting to negotiate and you are not wanting anyone to notice or change. You are si... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 09:30:32 EST How Trees Learn to Run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1850342 I am a tree person. Some people are gazelles, with lightweight legs, dancing on tippy-toes. Not me. I am a small person from the waist up, with heavy trunk-like legs. When trees move, as in cartoons, it is usually with long walking steps, seldom running. I imagine my ancestors as thick-legged wanderers, living where the mountains meet the sea, over the rocky hills with their wee-little doggies. No need to run... built for endurance. <BR> <BR> And I can walk. I am definitely a walke... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 15:52:44 EST Voices in my head. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1843205 [Okay, you all are soo nice to me...] <BR> =============================== <BR> VOICES IN MY HEAD. <BR> <BR> Just who do I listen to? How do I determine which of the voices in my head are mine? <BR> <BR> Ha-ha... well, the truth is they are all mine. There are no voices in my head other than my own. But, then... how do I find my AUTHENTIC voice... you know... the one I should listen to and trust to represent my welfare.... the one where I close my eyes and ask "What do I want to eat?", or "... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:29:53 EST Blog edit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1838241 I removed today's blog, as I thought I came across too much like a know-it-all, ha-ha, which is certainly not my intent. Just having fun. <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 20:08:10 EST Making Progress.... Yep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1835520 VISION <BR> I am fast becoming a naturally active, physically fit and happy person. <BR> <BR> FOUNDATION <BR> 1. I trust myself to know how and when I want to exercise. <BR> <BR> 2. I trust myself to know what and when I want to eat. <BR> <BR> 3. I eat breakfast every morning only because I choose to. <BR> <BR> 4. My focus is on how everything I do benefits me directly. <BR> <BR> 5. I use Paul McKenna's visualization of stepping into my ideal self. <BR> (I really love this!) <BR> <BR>... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 16:17:46 EST This or That? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1831764 This or That? <BR> <BR> I am beginning to understand... The answer is YES. <BR> <BR> I know it should be obvious, but then if it were I would not be here. Evidently, this is my quest, my necessary journey, my series of debate... then hopefully my flash of insight... that most likely brings me back to the beginning, this time perhaps in greater harmony. At least that is the plan. <BR> <BR> INSTINCT vs FORMULA? <BR> <BR> Should I follow my instincts or follow the rules? My grand conc... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:11:05 EST Where did I leave my Sanity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1828823 The instinctual eating thing only seems to work well for me when I eat a good breakfast, so I think it helps to be well nourished to begin with... <BR> <BR> Releasing myself from the stress of weighing every day and from following a strict eating plan frees up a lot of energy. My vitality is definitely higher; I seem much happier. Maybe the real deal is not judging myself as a failure. In this case, for either not losing weight or not eating in any particular "perfect" manner. When I f... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:49:28 EST Harnessing the Mechanism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1826243 Within the practice of “instinctual eating”, lies something that actually works amazingly well in curbing the urge to overeat. The challenge is to tap into it… <BR> <BR> This afternoon, I had a particular lunch planned and logged into my SP food tracker. I think it involved tuna, lettuce and vegetables. Noticing a certain resistance toward what I was about to prepare, I instead took a second to close my eyes and ask what I really wanted. Up popped a fruit salad… okay, I could do that. ... Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:44:28 EST For the Joy of it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1819673 On my journey to be a naturally fit person... how am I doing? <BR> <BR> GOOD, I gave up my scale for a bit. Freed up space in the bathroom, freed up space in my head. <BR> <BR> BAD, my clothes are definitely tighter. I'd love to blame this on not weighing myself, but it surely has more to do with gummy bear consumption. <BR> <BR> GOOD, I have been doing a LOT more hiking. Many new friendships have formed with charming, active, curious people. My son and granddaughter have joined me. ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 12:20:38 EST Orange Sesame Brittle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1803078 WARNING: not diet food, but rather meant as a treat. <BR> <BR> Since I cannot eat cookie, cakes, pastries, not even chocolate! ...occasionally I still want something sweet that falls into the "treat" category, i.e., not fruit. Most commercially available candy has corn syrup in it, and considering today's news about how apparently nasty that is for us, I am attempting to make my own. Here is a recipe that uses up some of the orange peel so easily obtainable in Arizona. We have decorative... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:22:04 EST Apple Salad Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1799925 The surprise is in how good this rather odd combination tastes. I know that looks like a lot of sugar, but it is less than a tablespoon per apple. So, assuming you are not eating all those apples yourself, it is not much sugar per person. This will not taste good with artificial sweetener, sorry. These apples make a fun snack or serve as a salad over baby spinach. <BR> <BR> APPLE SALAD SURPRISE <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar <BR> 1/4 cup brown sugar <BR> 1/4 teaspoon coarsely groun... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 10:47:01 EST Salmon with Blueberry Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1799079 I wanted to do something with fruit yesterday, but I don’t normally cook fruit, I just eat it. However, this is what I came up with: <BR> <BR> SALMON with BLUEBERRY SAUCE <BR> Serves 2 <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup rich chicken broth <BR> 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar <BR> 1/4 cup orange juice <BR> 1 teaspoon honey <BR> 1/2 cup fresh or thawed blueberries <BR> 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives (or the top of green onions) <BR> <BR> 2 (6 ounce) salmon steaks <BR> 1 tablespoons olive oil <BR> Salt and pepper ... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 22:09:21 EST Winter Chicken Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1796653 WINTER CHICKEN SOUP <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 1 yellow or red bell pepper, diced <BR> 1 small onion, chopped <BR> 3 large garlic cloves, chopped <BR> 1 tablespoon dried basil <BR> 2 teaspoons fennel seeds <BR> 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper <BR> 6 cups rich chicken broth <BR> 2 cups shredded or finely diced winter squash (like butternut) <BR> 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken <BR> <BR> Grated Parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Heat oil in deep heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add b... Fri, 13 Feb 2009 17:51:13 EST Portobello Mushrooms with Smoked Gouda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1793193 Wednesday was "Vegetable Recipe" day, so I made my favorite Portobello Mushrooms. Kind of pizza-like. <BR> <BR> PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS with SMOKED GOUDA <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar <BR> 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley or cilantro <BR> 2 cloves garlic, pushed through a press <BR> 1 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/4 teaspoon pepper <BR> 4 large Portobello mushrooms, stems removed <BR> salt and freshly ground black pepper <BR> 6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, ... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 12:39:58 EST Cauliflower Deviled Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1789877 Tuesday was "Egg Recipe" day, but I instead wanted to cook a cauliflower. So, I decided to have fun with the egg assignment. There are two recipes. You'd need to make the cauliflower one first and then save some of it for the eggs. <BR> <BR> CAULIFLOWER DEVILED EGGS <BR> <BR> 10 hard-cooked eggs <BR> 3/4 cup mashed cooked cauliflower (see recipe below) <BR> 1 tablespoon mayonnaise <BR> 1 teaspoon prepared mustard <BR> 2 drops yellow food coloring (optional but more ap... Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:55:38 EST Lean Breakfast Sausage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1787573 Monday was "Meat Recipe" day. Since I commented previously on eating real food without additives, here is the homemade sausage recipe I used. Once you have all the spices set out, it is very easy to make. It freezes well. <BR> <BR> LEAN BREAKFAST SAUSAGE <BR> <BR> 2 teaspoons dried sage <BR> 2 teaspoons salt <BR> 1 teaspoon ground black pepper <BR> 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram <BR> 1 tablespoon brown sugar <BR> 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (to taste) <BR> 1 pinch ground cloves... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:12:12 EST Coffee Jell-O http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1784185 Sunday was "Treat Recipe" day, so I decided to have my coffee and eat it too! <BR> <BR> COFFEE "JELL-O" <BR> <BR> 2 (1/4 ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin <BR> 1/2 cup cold coffee (or Kahlua) <BR> 3 cups hot coffee <BR> 1/4 cup sugar (up to 3/4 cup according to how sweet you like your coffee)* <BR> 1 pinch salt (tiny - it brings out the sweetness) <BR> <BR> In a large bowl combine gelatin and cold coffee. Let it set 10 minutes to soften. Add hot coffee, sugar and salt; stir until the sug... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 15:09:45 EST Shrimp and Green Bean Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1781419 Saturday was "Salad Recipe" day. Here is what I made: <BR> <BR> SHRIMP and GREEN BEAN SALAD <BR> Serves 2 <BR> <BR> 2 large cloves garlic, peeled <BR> 1 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1 tablespoon key lime juice <BR> 1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves <BR> 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt <BR> 10 large cooked shelled shrimp (thawed if using frozen) <BR> 1/2 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1/4 onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1 tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1/2 pound fresh baby green beans <BR> 1/4 teaspoon cracked black p... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 18:31:42 EST Berry Lemon Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1777854 Friday was "Fruit Recipe" day, so after rummaging around, I came up with this. <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup natural lowfat yogurt <BR> 1/3 cup nonfat milk <BR> 1 cup frozen blueberries (more or less) <BR> 1 tablespoon sugar <BR> 1/4 teaspoon powdered lemonade mix <BR> <BR> Blend it. Drink it. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> It's pink. It's sweet and tart. About 200 calories. <BR> <BR> --------------- My thought for the day: <BR> <BR> How much boring food would I voluntarily consume to lose weight... for how l... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 11:08:50 EST Curried Acorn Squash Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1775641 Thursday was "Soup Recipe" day. The photo is not the most appetizing... a skillet full of thick yellow stuff, ha-ha. Good thing it tastes a lot better than it looks. I started this out rummaging around for something to fulfill my "soup" requirement, when I spied an acorn squash that had become a bright yellow table ornament. These squashes last nearly forever! Here is what I did with it: <BR> <BR> CURRIED ACORN SQUASH SOUP <BR> <BR> 1 regular sized acorn squash <BR> 1 large onion, sli... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:33:26 EST Spinach and Colorful Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1772990 Wednesday was "Vegetable Recipe" day, and here is the one I used: <BR> <BR> SPINACH and COLORFUL PEPPERS <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon olive oil <BR> 2 teaspoons butter <BR> 2 medium colorful bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips <BR> 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced <BR> 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes (more to taste) <BR> 8 cups fresh rinsed spinach <BR> 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste <BR> <BR> In large skillet, heat olive oil and butter over mediu... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 14:04:26 EST Pampering Takes on a New Meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1772977 I had a flash of insight this morning, ha-ha... quick, call the media! <BR> <BR> For the last many days, I have been practicing "slow eating" habits: <BR> <BR> - eat at a dining table <BR> - lean away from the food <BR> - drink a glass of water before / with each meal <BR> - put fork / hands down between bites <BR> - count to 20 for each bite <BR> - clear mouth before the next bite... <BR> <BR> I've been doing this 'against my will', rather wanting to take my food to my desk and work (or h... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 13:57:43 EST Spinach and Mushroom Frittata http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1772975 Tuesday was "Egg Recipe" day, and here is the one I used: <BR> <BR> SPINACH AND MUSHROOM FRITTATA (serves 2 for breakfast) <BR> <BR> 1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove as much liquid as possible <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1/2 cup ricotta or cottage cheese (I used cottage) <BR> 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese (I love Asiago) <BR> 1/4 cup chopped portobello mushrooms <BR> 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions with some green tops <BR> 1/2 tsp garli... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 13:56:56 EST Becoming a Normal Person Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1769336 I want to comment on something I've noticed since doing more outside activities... <BR> <BR> I used to be almost reclusive. I did not want to go anywhere. I stopped seeing my friends, only talking to them on the phone or through emails. Every time someone would invite me out, I would say yes, then cancel at the last minute. I just stayed indoors, alone, working on my computer... for years. I was tired all of the time and probably a bit depressed. <BR> <BR> At this time, I could barely walk ... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 11:17:38 EST Korean-style Boneless Short Ribs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1767237 Monday is "Meat Recipe" day. This was super easy and my DH loved it with the thickened sauce and rice, which I sent with him for lunch the next day as well. <BR> <BR> Korean-style Boneless Short Ribs <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup soy sauce <BR> 3/4 cup water <BR> 3 tablespoons white vinegar <BR> 1/4 cup dark brown sugar <BR> 2 tablespoons white sugar <BR> 1 tablespoon black pepper <BR> 2 tablespoons sesame oil <BR> 1/4 cup minced garlic <BR> 1/2 large onion, minced <BR> 3 pounds boneless short ribs <... 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