So, Here Is the Plan...
There has got to be a way for me to successfully deal with eating out. As my SP buddy GOROSIEO suggested, "...we have to develop this eating out system in our own heads for long term so it a) doesn't derail our efforts and b) we can maintain th... Read more
Minor Tracking Obstacle
I have been successfully tracking all week. Of course, it is only Monday, but, still, I am on a roll and building consistency. It really isn't so difficult...as long as I am home. It is when I go out that I have a problem, and I am going out ... Read more
If you want to make something a habit, you have to work at it. The odds are improved if it is something that can be done daily. Being consistent is key. At one point during this process (my most successful, I might add), I made tracking ever... Read more
I am very consistent about drinking at least 8 glasses of water, eating at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies, and exercising at least 30 minutes every day. I am really at the point where I am on auto-pilot with these healthy habits. My pr... Read more
New Dinner Items for the Cloverleaf Café
Most of the recipes I have been using on a regular basis come from SPARK. DH is definitely a carnivore, so there is more meat than I like on the menu. (What can I say? I love the guy!) I mostly cook chicken, though, and a non-meat entrée once ... Read more
New Lunch Menu Items at the Cloverleaf Café
I mostly eat salads for lunch made with lots of veggies and a variety of protein options, but I do like a good sandwich now and then as well. So my menu options look like this:
Veggie Chopped Salad (Three Ways)
¾ cup each of 3-4 differen... Read more
Breakfast, Steel Cut Oats, Dr. Oz, Oh, My!
I knew I was on to something when I started eating steel cut oats for breakfast (thanks to SPARK members for sharing that suggestion!), and I keep singing their praises at every opportunity. I came across this article today which reinforces wha... Read more
A Few More Breakfast Items for the Cloverleaf Café
The Cloverleaf Café has some great items on the menu, and here are a few more to add. I like a breakfast that is high in protein and will stay with me until lunch. Fair warning, my new favorite breakfast these days include steel cut outs with ... Read more
Switch Points - What a Concept!
At today’s WW meeting, the leader talked about the switch points on train tracks, whereby three inches of steel determines which direction a train goes. To illustrate her point, she said that one time a train employee hit the wrong button and s... Read more
One Challenge Over, Another About to Begin
Just eight weeks ago, I started the 2011 SUMMER 5% Challenge. I committed to exercise (45-60 minutes per day, strength training 3 days a week), to track and stay within my Spark calorie range, and to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. ... Read more
Probably the most important thing I have learned here is that there are going to be times that I get off track, but that is not a reason to admit defeat and give up. I used to have that mindset, but my SPARK buddies, along with SP resources, ha... Read more
Steel Cut Oats Rock
I am getting on the bandwagon a little late, but I am so glad I finally got around to trying the steel cut oats so many Sparkers have recommended. Definitely a change of pace from regular oatmeal! I like the nutty taste and the heartier texture... Read more
The Next Step...Steel Cut Oatmeal
I love oatmeal. It is a great breakfast that stays with you all morning and keeps those hunger pangs at bay. My favorite brand is Silver Palate Rough Cut Oats. I sometimes make it with milk, sometimes with unsweetened almond milk; I sometimes... Read more
Join the Fall 5% Challenge!
It is just what you need to support your efforts to develop and maintain healthy choices. I am just about to complete the Summer 5% Challenge, and I am so glad I gave it a go. Each week we focused on a different healthy lifestyle habit, and it... Read more
I totally get the health advantages of eating more whole grains, but I pretty much stay with things that I am most familiar with - whole wheat, oats, bulgar, brown rice, corn. I have branched out occasionally and used barley, farro, and quinoa,... Read more
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