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Congratulations to everyone that completed at least 10 of the challenges in September.

1.APRIL88485
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emoticon I loved the challenges!

Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd - Posted Recipe
Sept 3rd - Walked during lunch (4th) as it rained the 3rd
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th - eat oatmeal for breakfast most workdays
Sept 7th - Read multiple chapters I was close t the end of a book - I love to read
Sept. 8th - Three positives - I am reliable, I am honest, I am faithful
Sept 9th -
Spet10th - Changed my background picture to fall theme
Sept 11th - fiber three days (i met two of the three)
Sept 12th - tracked food 3 days
Sept 13th -
Sept 14th -
Sept 15th - drank 8 glasses 4 of 7 (most days I get at least 8)
Sept 16th – answered question of the week
Sept 17th –
Sept 18th – I track protein
Sept 19th - read 2 Spark nutritional Articles
Sept 20th –
Sept 21st – Iron tracked
Sept 22nd –
Sept 23rd –
Sept 24th – stop by 3 members pages
Sept 25th – motivation articles
Sept 26th –
Sept 27th – post on 5 threads
Sept 28th – 50+ points!
Sept 29th –
Sept 30th - maybe I'll get my spinach in today - I do love it.

Edited by: RAINBOWFALLS at: 9/30/2013 (08:00)
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Challenge for September 30th:

Our challenge today is to go back and finish up any challenge that we have not done this month and would like to complete. Then post your September final total for the month. I will be giving out the spark goodie for this Challenge on (or around) October 2nd.



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Challenge for September 29th :

Try / Eat Spinach



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Challenge for September 28th:


get at least 50 spark points today.



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Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd - Posted Recipe
Sept 3rd - Walked during lunch (4th) as it rained the 3rd
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th - eat oatmeal for breakfast most workdays
Sept 7th - Read multiple chapters I was close t the end of a book - I love to read
Sept. 8th - Three positives - I am reliable, I am honest, I am faithful
Sept 9th -
Spet10th - Changed my background picture to fall theme
Sept 11th - fiber three days (i met two of the three)
Sept 12th - tracked food 3 days
Sept 13th -
Sept 14th -
Sept 15th - drank 8 glasses 4 of 7 (most days I get at least 8)
Sept 16th – answered question of the week
Sept 17th –
Sept 18th – I track protein
Sept 19th - read 2 Spark nutritional Articles
Sept 20th –
Sept 21st – Iron tracked
Sept 22nd –
Sept 23rd –
Sept 24th – stop by 3 members pages
Sept 25th – motivation articles
Sept 26th –
Sept 27th – post on 5 threads
Sept 28th –
Sept 29th –
Sept 30th -


Val

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Challenge for September 27th:


Post on at least five threads on this team.



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Sept 1st – Beat back the mind monkeys to think more positively
Sept 2nd – Coconut Chicken & Rice soup
Sept 3rd -
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th – Did Dolphin and Elbow-knee crunch
Sept 6th – Blueberry Quinoa Porridge & Blueberry Pumpkin Pancakes
Sept 7th – Read from Still Life by Louise Penny
Sept. 8th -
Sept 9th -
Sept10th-
Sept 11tn – Tracked my fiber. Eh. Could be better, could be worse ;)
Sept 12th- Tracked my food three days in a row
Sept 13th- Got an album called “Hidden Handel” and listened to it (over & over) RELAXING!
Sept 14th
Sept 15th- Drank 8 glasses of water four days in a row.
Sept 16th
Sept 17th
Sept 18th – tracked protein 3 days
Sept 19th
Sept 20th
Sept 21st
Sept 22nd
Sept 23rd
Sept 24th
Sept 25th
Sept 26th



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Challenge for September 26th:


Track your Vitamin D for at least 3 days. If you are not already tracking this you can find it by clicking the nutritional goals tab, when you are done tracking any of the items I have you track for the challenges if you no longer want to track them you can hit this same tab and then hit remove and it will take it off for you.



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Challenge for September 25th:

Read two motivational articles. I have put the link below to help you find them easier.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd -
Sept 3rd - Done
Sept 4th- Done
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th -
Sept 7th - Done
Sept. 8th
Sept. 9th - Done ( will make it again)

- recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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asp?recipe=5


Sept. 10th- Done
Sept. 11th-Done
Sept. 12th-Done
Sept. 13th- Done
Sept. 14th-Done
Sept. 15th-Done
Sept. 16th- Done
Sept.17th
Sept. 18th- Done
Sept. 19th
Sept. 20th- Done
Sept. 21st- Done
Sept. 22nd
Sept 23rd
Sept 24th


Total = 14

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9/24/13 1:30 A

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Challenge for September 24th:

Stop by three team members pages and give them a spark goodie or leave them a few words of encouragement.



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Challenge for September 23rd:

Declutter one thing. This can be your desk , a closet or anything else that needs to be cleaned out.



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Sept 1st – Beat back the mind monkeys to think more positively
Sept 2nd – Coconut Chicken & Rice soup
Sept 3rd -
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th – Did Dolphin and Elbow-knee crunch
Sept 6th – Blueberry Quinoa Porridge & Blueberry Pumpkin Pancakes
Sept 7th – Read from Still Life by Louise Penny
Sept. 8th -
Sept 9th -
Sept10th-
Sept 11tn – Tracked my fiber. Eh. Could be better, could be worse ;)
Sept 12th- Tracked my food three days in a row
Sept 13th- Got an album called “Hidden Handel” and listened to it (over & over) RELAXING!
Sept 14th
Sept 15th- Drank 8 glasses of water four days in a row.
Sept 16th
Sept 17th
Sept 18th
Sept 19th


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Challenge for September 22nd:

Try a new vegetable today. Let us know what you tried.



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Challenge for September 21st:


Track your Iron for at least 3 days. If you are not already tracking this you can find it by clicking the nutritional goals tab, when you are done tracking any of the items I have you track for the challenges if you no longer want to track them you can hit this same tab and then hit remove and it will take it off for you.




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Challenge for September 20th:

Do one spark people video. I have posted the link below to help you find them easier.


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I am going to be busy for the next several days , so I am going to post some challenges ahead of time. You can do these challenges any day, you do not have to wait until the day the challenge is posted for.


Challenge for September 19th

Read two nutritional articles. I have posted the link below to help you find them easier.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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Challenge for September 18th:


Track your protein for at least 3 days. If you are not already tracking this you can find it by clicking the nutritional goals tab, when you are done tracking any of the items I have you track for the challenges if you no longer want to track them you can hit this same tab and then hit remove and it will take it off for you.




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9/16/13 9:38 P

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Challenge for September 17th:

Today we are going to work on our upper body. I have posted a link to three exercises. You can choose which two you want to do.


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www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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Challenge for September 16th:

Answer the Question of the week at least 1 time this month.



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Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd - Posted Recipe
Sept 3rd - Walked during lunch (4th) as it rained the 3rd
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th - eat oatmeal for breakfast most workdays
Sept 7th - Read multiple chapters I was close t the end of a book - I love to read
Sept. 8th - Three positives - I am reliable, I am honest, I am faithful
Sept 9th -
Spet10th - Changed my background picture to fall theme
Sept 11th - fiber three days (i met two of the three)
Sept 12th - tracked food 3 days
Sept 13th -
Sept 14th -
Sept 15th -

Val

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Challenge for September 15th:


Drink 8 glasses of water for at least 4 of the next 7 days.



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challenge for September 14th:

Try / Eat Cherries



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Good Morning! The tracking is being done and I always track fiber so I will be able to include those as completed once I get through tomorrow. I use to track everyday and just got away from it. I also love my music (don't dance though) so I will switch my music to classical - it seems right for this rainy day!

Val

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Challenge for September 13th:


September is "Classical music month" so our challenge for today is to Relax and listen to some classical music !



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Challenge for September 12th:

Track your food for at least three days in a row.



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Challenge for September 11th:

Track your fiber for at least 3 days. If you are not already tracking this you can find it by clicking the nutritional goals tab, when you are done tracking any of the items I have you track for the challenges if you no longer want to track them you can hit this same tab and then hit remove and it will take it off for you.



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Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd - Posted Recipe
Sept 3rd - Walked during lunch (4th) as it rained the 3rd
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th - eat oatmeal for breakfast most workdays
Sept 7th - Read multiple chapters I was close t the end of a book - I love to read
Sept. 8th - Three positives - I am reliable, I am honest, I am faithful
Sept 9th -
Spet10th - Changed my background picture to fall theme

Val

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Challenge for September 10th:

Update 1 thing on your spark page.



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Challenge for September 9th :


Make 1 spark people recipe with chicken in it.I have put the link below to help you find them easier.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/home.asp



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For the 6th : Healthy breakfast 2 days : Yesterday Blueberry Quinoa Porridge. Today I made Blueberry Pumpkin pancakes.

For the 7th : Read from the book Still Life by Louise Penny (A cozy mystery set in Quebec)



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Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd - Posted Recipe
Sept 3rd - Walked during lunch (4th) as it rained the 3rd
Sept 4th-
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th - eat oatmeal for breakfast most workdays
Sept 7th - Read multiple chapters I was close t the end of a book - I love to read
Sept. 8th - Three positives - I am reliable, I am honest, I am faithful

Edited by: RAINBOWFALLS at: 9/8/2013 (09:38)
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Challenge for September 8th:


Post 3 positive things about you.



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Challenge for September 7th:

Read at least one chapter of any book today.



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Challenge for September 6th :

Our challenge is to start our day out Healthy by making sure we are eating a healthy Breakfast. Eat a healthy Breakfast 2 days. This does not have to be two days in a row just any two days this month.



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Challenge for September 5th:

Today we are going to work on our core. I have posted a link to three core exercises. You can choose which two you want to do.


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Sept 3rd's challenge was accomplished today because the sun did shine and I was able to get a beautiful walk in! emoticon

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Challenge for September 4th:


Turn on some music and dance to at least one song today.



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Sept 1st -
Sept 2nd -
Sept 3rd - Done
Sept 4th- Done
Sept 5th -
Sept 6th -
Sept 7th - Done
Sept. 8th
Sept. 9th - Done ( will make it again)

- recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.
asp?recipe=5


Sept. 10th- Done
Sept. 11th-Done
Sept. 12th-Done
Sept. 13th- Done
Sept. 14th-Done
Sept. 15th
Sept. 16th- Done
Sept.17th


Total = 10

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September first : Beating back the mind monkeys to think more positively.

September second : Coconut Chicken & Rice Soup

Prep time guesstimate : 10 minutes
Cooking time guesstimate : 15-20 minutes
Total time : about 30 minutes
Serves 2 as a meal

Ingredients :
2/3 C lite coconut milk
2/3 C broth or water
½ t fish sauce
1 inch fresh ginger root
2 pieces of Star anise
1 C frozen peas
6 oz. cooked chicken breast, cubed
1 ½ C cooked rice.
½ t lime zest

Toppings :
1 lime, quartered
Ό C chopped green onions
Ό C chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Sriracha hot chili sauce

Directions :
1. Mix the coconut milk, broth or water, fish sauce, ginger root, and star anise in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. When the mixture comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and stir in the lime zest and the frozen peas. (While this simmers I usually chop my onions and cilantro, and quarter the lime.)
3. When the peas are warm, about three minutes, add the chicken, stir and simmer five minutes until the chicken is warmed through.
4. Remove the anise stars and the ginger nob.
5. Warm the rice (I usually throw it in the microwave for about 50 seconds, just to get the chill off)
6. Pour the soup over the rice.
7. Serve with the cilantro, scallions, a squeeze of lime and a few squirts of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce.

One of the things I love best about Asian soups is that addition of fresh at the table! Everyone can add as much or as little as they like.This is also amazing with some Thai basil chopped in with the cilantro.

Note about using Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce : If you are not used to using Sriracha Sauce in a soup, be warned that the heat increases as the soup decreases!

You can substitute Chinese 5 spice powder for the star anise.
My nutrition calculator put each serving of soup (using lite coconut milk and water) at

365 calories
6.5 grams fat
50.8 grams carbohydrates
26.5 grams protein

Edited by: SOXYINMO at: 9/3/2013 (06:51)
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Challenge for September 3rd:


Take at least a 30 minute walk OUTSIDE today. Remember if you are having bad weather where you live today , you have until the end of the month to do this challenge.




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These both sound good!



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I love gazpacho - thank you for sharing

My husband and I love to make out own sausage and this is a favorite soup for the fall and winter.

Sausage Tortellini Soup
1 lb Italian sausage (sweet or hot), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 small zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 clove garlic, minced
1 can (or fresh) 28 oz. peeled whole tomatoes in juice
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 lb fresh tortellini
1 package 10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 tsp dried basil, or 1 tbs chopped fresh
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
freshly ground black pepper to taste
kosher salt to taste
Grated Parmesan or Asiago Cheese to serve

Saute sausage over med heat until browned (10 min). Add zucchini, carrots, onioin and garlic until veg. start to soften (10 min) - sitr and turn through out cooking time

Add tomatoes, chicken broth, and water and bring mixture to a simmer - cook 30 minutes.

Add tortellini and simmer for 10 minutes - until al dente

Stir in spinach, basil, oregano, and cayenne and simmer for 5 minutes - sample and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve topped with grated cheese.

Enjoy




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September 2nd - I liked this recipe because my mom won't eat anything from a can. It's cold gazpacho soup.
Gazpacho is a chilled Spanish soup that is refreshing on a hot summer day. This basic recipe for cold gazpacho soup can be dressed up with some croutons or hot sauce, depending on your taste. Gazpacho and other cold soups are an excellent starter for a dinner, and also work well served with bread for a light and healthy lunch. Don't be fooled by the long ingredients list, as this gazpacho cold soup is a breeze to prepare.
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, sliced into chunks
4 large ripe tomatoes
1/2 bell pepper, any color
2 cloves garlic
1 celery rib, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 sweet onion, quartered
3 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
dash black pepper
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Preparation:

Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor, except the fresh herbs and process until smooth. Stir in the herbs, refrigerate until cool and serve with bread.

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