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11/1/07 5:19 P

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Yay Neeta!!
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Thanks all for your inspiration this month to eat clean, read and pass on PIF's and stay fit with exercises. Congratulations on doing sooo well!

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Good News: My BNP that had shot up to 187 in July, is now down to 66 close to normal, better than most PAH patients' numbers; my being 54 (shhh!) yrs old. For most out there, I am 27+. emoticon

Lisa, thanks for your nice post about me. Thanks a
million for all that you do to inspire your team!

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Ali. thanks for insisting I join the October challenge and, Congrats on passing me by -- great numbers

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With gratitude for your friendship and for this team!

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Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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I know we don't have to post PIF's right now, but I thought this one from WebMD was too good to not share!

Save 3,000 Calories this Month

WebMD Feature from "Health"By Susan Hall



It’s easy (and painless!) with these tricks.

Gaining weight into your 30s, 40s, and beyond isn’t inevitable. The secret? Cut out or burn off an additional 100 calories a day. Use our favorite tricks, and you’ll save 3,000 calories this month. That’s more than enough to help you keep your youthful figure.

Supersimple calorie slashers
Top 1 cup of apple slices, instead of 8 crackers, with cheese. Save 100 calories.
Choose a fresh spring roll instead of a fried egg roll. Save 100 calories.
Eat chocolate sorbet instead of chocolate ice cream. Save 140 calories per 1/2 cup.

Skip the crust on apple pie. Save 100 calories.
Swap pepperoni on your pizza for veggies like fresh tomatoes and peppers. Save 100 calories per 2 slices.
Choose steamed shrimp over fried. Save 122 calories per 3 ounces.

Make your sandwich open-faced (use only 1 slice of bread). Save 100 calories.
Leave blue cheese off your salad. Save 110 calories per 3-tablespoon serving.
Substitute 1/2 cup steamed veggies for 1/2 cup noodles in a pasta dish. Save 100 calories.

Use a 6-inch flour tortilla instead of a 10-inch one on your next burrito. Save 120 calories.
Skip the tortilla and put your filling on lettuce. Save 100 calories.
Eat a whole-wheat English muffin at breakfast instead of a bagel. Save 150 calories.

Top pancakes with 1/4 cup apple-sauce sprinkled with cinnamon instead of syrup. Save 180 calories.
Top ice cream with 1/2 cup fresh berries instead of 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup. Save 168 calories.
Leave 10 French fries on your plate. Save 100 calories.
Split a Krispy Kreme doughnut with a friend. Save 100 calories.

No-sweat calorie burners*
*Based on a 150-pound woman

Embrace your inner schoolgirl by jumping rope for 10 minutes. Burn 100 calories.
Tend your garden for 25 minutes. Burn 103 calories.
Schedule a 20-minute walk date with a buddy. Burn 102 calories.

Crank up the tunes and shake your groove thing for 20 minutes. Burn 100 calories.
Give your partner a 22-minute massage. Burn 103 calories.
Do your nails or knit while watching your favorite hour-long TV show. Burn 102 calories.

Spend 60 minutes typing e-mails to your friends. Burn 100 calories.
Write a letter to a friend by hand for 50 minutes. Burn 100 calories.
Push around a grocery cart for 40 minutes. Burn 103 calories.

Shoot pool or play darts for 35 minutes. Burn 100 calories.
Play fetch with your dog for 35 minutes. Burn 100 calories.
Do a little house-cleaning. Burn 107 calories.
Play a 35-minute round of putt-putt golf. Burn 180 calories.





* Wendy*

Marathon Maniac #4140 / Half Fanatic #368

19 Half Marathons, 11 Marathons (2 were ultras)
4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane!




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11/1/07 1:20 P

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Congratulations Katie, and thanks to you and everyone for helping us feel better about ourselves, become more knowledgable and get closer to our goals!

Thanks for what you said Lisa, I'm hoping November's Challenge will bring me back to where I should be! You take your time on getting it ready and when it is, we'll all be ready and waiting to log our info. Looking forward to it, and man do I need it!
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woohoo!!! I never win things!!

Thanks you guys for all your support. I've had a roller coaster of a month and I'm still sitting up high on my weight plateau, but I'm going to make this November one to remember! You all have helped me so much, thanks again!

Make impossible your favorite word. Set yourself up to win.

"Run when you can, walk when you need to, crawl if you must; Just never, ever give up." -Dean Karnazes


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Hello Fabulous ladies!

Here is what I have so far! (Jen...we know you were out for a while...but I appreciate you coming back and posting!!! You are a winner!)

KT - 2560
Mitchwendy - 2556
Ali - 2341
Neeta - 2304
Lisa - 2060
Jenn - 1136

So congrats KT for winning October's challenge! If you send me your address, I'll drop your little prize in the mail!

I'm working on November's challenge...bear with me! I was up late helping by dear friend finish Nation!!!!! woohooooooooooooooooooooooo

Hugs!
Lisa

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Here we go .... KT - how did you manage so many points yesterday! You are my HERO!!!!!

Before I post, thank you ALL very much for your help!!! I finally broke my plateau this month(after staying stagnant almost all summer), and with my DH's birthday (and mine) this month, I am very motivated to loose the rest by Thanksgiving.

Then, if I can stay within a 5-7 lb range over the "holidays" I'll be very happy!!! SO, your motivation is very much appreciated by me! THANK YOU!
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Here are yesterdays points (I lost the clean eating points due to TOO MUCH Halloween Candy late last night! Couldn't count that when I had 2 Reese Cups, 2 mini KitKat bars, 1 fun size Hershey and 2 of what they used to call Candy Cigarettes and now refer to as Candy Sticks! HAHA) emoticon
October 31

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Train It Up - 25 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 2 points
Daily Total: 87 points
Monthly Total: 2494 + 62 = 2556

Edited by: RUNTRILAUGH at: 11/1/2007 (08:52)
* Wendy*

Marathon Maniac #4140 / Half Fanatic #368

19 Half Marathons, 11 Marathons (2 were ultras)
4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane!




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Here is my PIF for today... (now I have to retype my regular posting, because I just copied and pasted over it! UGH!!!! I am still groggy this AM!)
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Cold and Flu Myths

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By Rich Maloof for MSN Health & Fitness
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Colds are not caused by going outside without a coat.

Sorry, Mom. You meant well, but the only way to catch a cold or flu is by picking up a virus. Going out into the cold without a jacket or a hat, or with wet hair, does nothing to facilitate transmission. It’s true, though, that we are more prone in the winter. Viruses are more easily shared when people are clustered together indoors.


Flu vaccines do not cause flu.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention are emphatic that you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. The vaccine is made from killed or “inactivated” viruses, which can’t be transmitted. However, you may experience a few side effects which mimic the disease such as aches and a low-grade fever.


Feed a cold, starve a fever? Nah. Feed ’em both.

This bit of armchair advice is probably repeated as often as it is jumbled. But you wouldn’t want to starve either virus: At higher temperatures the body produces more interferon, a protein that helps prevent virus reproduction. “The body is like a furnace, and to create heat you need calories,” says Dr. George Wootan, a family physician and author of Take Care of Your Child’s Health. “When people have chills it is because they don’t have enough calories to bring up the heat normally …by feeding them, they will have enough calories to raise the temperature, increase the interferon, and kill the bugs.” Wootan will sometimes recommend to patients without a temperature that they promote their own fever by getting into a hot tub or putting on warm clothes and getting under the covers (drink lots of water, too, if you’re going to try this method).

“[Some] might say that you should starve a fever because you don’t want the fever to go higher,” he concludes, “but the body isn’t dumb and won’t do damage that it can’t control.”


Viruses survive on surfaces.

You don’t have to wait to be sneezed on to catch a cold or flu—you can pick the virus up right from a counter top, keyboard, telephone or other surface. Rhinoviruses, the family of germs responsible for most colds, have been shown to survive on a surface (or “fomite,” in medical terms) for several hours or even days. “The concentration of virus attenuates; that is, the potency is less and less as time goes on. But you need very few viral particles to trigger an infection,” explains Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, professor and chairman of otolaryngology at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. “Even if there’s just a little left and you happen to touch that doorknob or coffee cup, the virus can then survive on your hands for quite a long time. Then all it takes is a little wipe or your nose or eyes and whatever little bit of virus on there will go to town very quickly. It’s a very efficient multiplying process.”



Colds that linger or worsen may indicate sinusitis.

Barring an underlying condition or immune deficiency, most people can fight off a cold inside of 10 days. When symptoms such as congestion, headache and runny nose drag on, it may indicate a bacterial infection of the sinuses, or sinusitis. “Duration of a cold beyond 10 days is highly suggestive of bacterial infection,” says Rosenfeld, who was the lead author of a new guideline for treating adult sinusitis, which addresses the importance of distinguishing a cold from sinusitis. “The other feature suggesting sinusitis is the pattern of ‘double worsening.’ That’s when someone starts to feel better and then all of a sudden they get hit again, and they’re getting worse. Now bacterial infection has superimposed itself on the viral illness. When you have prolonged illness or the double-worsening pattern, it’s reasonable to consider antibiotics.”


Vitamin C is ineffective for preventing or treating cold or flu.

A review of 30 studies on vitamin C that was updated in May 2007 put to rest a few dozen years’ of overconfidence in orange juice. “Vitamin C cannot effectively prevent or cure common colds or flu in the majority of people,” says Sari Greaves, registered dietician with New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Greaves allows that some benefit has been shown for extreme athletes exercising in extreme cold, but “since vitamin C is only known to offer a biological benefit in certain cases and in a restricted number of people, for the average adult, it’s not worth it to supplement.”


It’s true: we can put a man on the moon but we can’t cure the common cold.

The problem is that there are hundreds of varieties, or serotypes, of rhinovirus in addition to other viruses that cause the common cold. Of those hundreds, just a few are causing widespread infection at any point in time. The serotypes change so rapidly that they’re impossible to keep up with. A vaccine would have to be specific to the current serotype, and by the time the virus was identified and an antidote developed, the active serotype would have changed. On the plus side, we’ve been to the moon six times.



* Wendy*

Marathon Maniac #4140 / Half Fanatic #368

19 Half Marathons, 11 Marathons (2 were ultras)
4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane!




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11/1/07 4:43 A

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October 31

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 0 points
Clean It Up - 0 points
Train It Up - 0 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 10 points
Bonus Points - 2 points

Total 17 points

My ending total for this month's challenge is 1136 points.

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October 31

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 50 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 2 points

Daily Total: 112 points

Running Total: 2,560 points

Here's my Pay it Forward:
"The 10 Best Foods You Aren't Eating"
1. Beets
2. Cabbage
3. Guava
4. Swiss Chard
5. Cinnamon
6. Purslane
7. Pomegranate Juice
8. Goji Berries
9. Dried Plums (aka Prunes)
10. Pumpkin Seeds

For info explaining each of these, check out the article at
http://men.webmd.com/features/10-best-fo
ods-you-arent-eating.

Make impossible your favorite word. Set yourself up to win.

"Run when you can, walk when you need to, crawl if you must; Just never, ever give up." -Dean Karnazes


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LISASAYERS Posts: 3,836
10/31/07 11:23 P

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ROLL CALL........PLEASE POST YOUR FINAL TOTALS!!! THANKS FOR MAKING THIS ANOTHER FANTABULOUS CHALLENGE...WILL GET THE NOVEMBER ONE POSTED ONCE I CATCH MY BREATH!

HUGS TO YOU ALL!

Lisa

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October 31 totals
Wake it Up - 5
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train it Up - 25 points
Build it Up and Pay it Forward - 20 points
bonus - 2 points
total 87 points

Running total 2060

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10/31/07 8:52 P

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October 31, PIF

Thought this was a good day for this post! Been a long day...LOL...going to indulge in a glass of red vino!


Is wine good for you?In moderation and as part of an overall healthy diet, the short answer is yes!

Thanks to its alcohol content and non-alcoholic phytochemicals (natural occurring plant compounds), wine has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and slow the progression of neurological degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

However, the amount of wine you drink matters tremendously. Drink more than what’s recommended, your health benefits are lost and your health risks go up.

Here’s what’s considered safe and effective:

Men: No more than two drinks per day.

Women: No more than one drink per day.

One drink is defined as a 5-ounce glass of red or white wine, 12 ounces of regular beer (1 bottle) or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.

The health benefits of wine
When it comes to wine’s health capabilities, here’s what we know:

It’s been well documented that moderate amounts of alcohol can raise your good cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) and thin your blood. This is thought to be one of the primary cardiovascular benefits from wine (red and white), as well as hard liquor and beer.

Non-alcoholic phytochemicals in wine, such as flavanoids and resveratrol, act as antioxidants and prevent molecules known as “free radicals” from causing cellular damage in the body. Although some studies which have focused on the health benefits of resveratrol use much greater dosages than you’ll find in an average glass of wine, resveratrol has been shown to prevent blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries by altering lipid profiles and plasma viscosity. Findings from a recent study suggest that resveratrol can produce potent anti-thrombotic agents that can potentially improve cardiovascular health and lower the risk for coronary heart disease. In animal studies, resveratrol reduced tumor incidence by affecting one or more stages of cancer development.

Red wine provides much more resveratrol compared to white. That’s because the longer the skin is kept on the grape during the wine making process, the greater the concentration of resveratrol in the wine. In the case of white wine production, the skin is removed before fermentation, giving white wines a lower concentration in resveratrol compared to red wines. Also, wines made in cooler climates have greater amounts of resveratrol too. Thus, red wine from cool climates have the most resveratrol.

The negative side of wine
Wine, however, is not for everyone. Certain medical conditions are worsened by the consumption of wine, so it’s vital you seek the advice of your personal physician. Here’s a few things to know:

High Triglycerides: One downside to wine consumption is that it can elevate triglyceride levels, which is associated with health problems such as diabetes. Those who already have high triglycerides should, therefore, avoid or dramatically limit their wine (and alcohol) consumption.

Breast Cancer Risk: Studies have shown alcohol can increase estrogen levels and raise tumor progression in women with (or at high risk for) estrogen positive breast cancer.

Migraines: Wine is often a big trigger for people who suffer with migraine headaches. Although white wine contains more sulfites than red wine (sulfites are added to white wine to preserve its light color), red wine seems to be a much bigger migraine trigger. That’s probably due to the accumulation of histamines and tannins from prolonged contact with the skin.

Weight Gain: People who drink alcohol also consume empty calories, calories that lack nutrients and can lead to weight gain.
Five ounces white or red wine = approximately 120 calories. Drink a bottle of wine (4 glasses), and you’ll be consuming about 480 calories (that’s the equivalent of two 20-ounce Cokes!).
Here’s how alcohol compares to carbohydrate/protein/fat:
1 gram carb = 4 calories
1 gram protein = 4 calories
1 gram fat = 9 calories
1 gram alcohol = 7 calories
Joy Bauer is the author of “Food Cures.” For more information on healthy eating, check out Joy’s Web site at www.joybauernutrition.com



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Yes! I love to use applesauce in place of oil in recipes...brownies, cakes, etc.

Hey everybody! I had the honor of talking to our sweet Neeta on the phone today! I will tell you, she really is as sweet and genuine over the phone as she is online!

Thank you Neeta for your call!



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Great Job Ali:) Proud of ya!
Wendy, I'm glad you posted it 'cause I had passed it up. I love this substituion idea to cut extra fat.

Otober30
Wake it up 5
Rev it up 10
Clean it up 25
Train it up:0
Build it up 10+10
Log in 0
Total:60
Running Total: 2242

Final: October 31, 2007
Wake it up 5
Rev it up 10
Clean it up 25
Train it up 0
Build it up 10+10
Log in 2
Total: 62
Running Total: 2304

It wasn't easy staying clean yesterday when we had this grand feast from Boston Market and a neighborhood Greek restaurant. I was good sticking with roasted sweet potatoes Greek style and greek salad blended with Boston Market's salad. Even stayed away from chicken from BM for the sodium content and Greek roasted chicken was full of oil! Proud of myself:)

Here are my two PIF's!
This one's for all my Spark friends:) Hope it inspires you to do well in the challenges!

"Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing,
you will be successful."
- Albert Schweitzer

Here's a joke to honor our holiday of the month, Halloween ;-) Have a great holiday and make sure you know who is wearing which costume!



Halloween Party

A man and his wife were invited to a swanky masked Halloween Party. The wife got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He, being a devoted husband, protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed, and there was no need of his good time being spoiled by not going. So he took his costume and away he went.
The wife, after sleeping soundly for one hour, awakened without pain, and as it was still early, she decided to go to the party after all. In as much as her husband did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him.

She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice girl he could, and copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife moved on up to him and being a rather seductive woman herself, he left his partner high and dry and devoted his time to the new stuff that had just arrived.

She let him go as far as he wished; naturally, since he was her husband. Finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little romp.

Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading when he came in and asked what kind of a time he had.

He said, "Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you're not there."

Then she asked, "Did you dance much?"

He replied, "I'll tell you, I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I met Pete, Bill Brown and some other guys, so we went into the den and played poker all evening. But I'll tell you... the guy I loaned my costume to sure had a real good time!"

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Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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This was part of todays SP Feature column... Hope you didn't miss it, its probably on the right side of your screen "Calories Are Coming to Town."

I will keep this part on my fridge!

Healthy Holiday Substitutions:

Use canned applesauce or plums in cake and pie recipes as a healthier alternative to butter, margarine, or oil.

When muffin and quick bread recipes call for fat (such as oil), try reducing it by one-third to one-half. You won’t even miss it.

In ice cream desserts, use ice milk or low-fat frozen yogurt.

Save the fat by using cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Substitute three tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder for each ounce of unsweetened chocolate in baked goods such as cakes or cookies. For chocolate fillings, you may need to add one or two teaspoons of oil in addition to the cocoa.

Replace heavy cream in puddings, cheesecakes, and cream pies with evaporated skim milk.
Use nonfat yogurt as a substitute for sour cream. Two egg whites can be substituted for each whole egg in many baked recipes.

Since much of the fat in cake comes from the frosting, try topping cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce, or a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar.
Use Splenda brand sweetener in place of all or part of the sugar in baked goodies. It works great in pie fillings and puddings too. Follow the baking tips on the box and visit www.splenda.com for ideas.

Decrease the amount of nuts used in a recipe by half, substituting it with Grape-Nuts cereal to keep the crunch and texture.

Reduce the amount of chocolate chips or nuts in a recipe by one-fourth. No one will even notice!
Use fat-free whipped cream in place of regular whipped cream.

Substitute skim milk for regular milk.

* Wendy*

Marathon Maniac #4140 / Half Fanatic #368

19 Half Marathons, 11 Marathons (2 were ultras)
4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane!




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October 30

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 25 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 2 points

Daily Total: 87 points

Running Total: 2,448 points

Here's my Pay it Forward:

Tips to dress yourself THIN!!!
*Dress monochromatically. Putting on all one color elongates your frame.

*Pick smaller patterns. Large patterns, especially florals, add bulk. As do horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes add interest as well as elongate the body.

*To find the right fit for tailored clothing such as a jacket, coat, dress pants, or jeans, fit the widest part of you and remember the tailor is your friend.

*Choose a skirt length that flatters your height. Shorter women stick with skirts above the knee. Taller women can go longer, but the most universally flattering style is a knee-length A-line skirt.

*Accentuate the smallest part of you. Tie a belt around your waist or choose a tailored dress that shows off your stuff!

*Remember to balance out your shape. If you are larger on top, wear darker, v-neck tops and clothing that adds volume to your bottom half. If you are larger on bottom, create interest on your top half and stick to tailored, darker clothing on the bottom.

Make impossible your favorite word. Set yourself up to win.

"Run when you can, walk when you need to, crawl if you must; Just never, ever give up." -Dean Karnazes


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October 30
Wake it up 5 pts.
Rev it up 10 pts.
Clean it up 25 pts.
Train 0 pts
Build it up 10 pts.
Pay it Forward 0 pts.
Bonus 2 pts.
Total: 52 points

Running Total: 2264

October 31
Wake it up 5 pts.
Rev it up 10 pts.
Clean it up 25 pts.
Train 25 pts
Build it up 10 pts.
Pay it Forward 0 pts.
Bonus 2 pts.
Total: 77 points

Running Total: 2341

Leviticus 3:16 "All the fat is the Lord's"
I am ready to be a living sacrifice, and sacrifice all my fat to the Lord!!!



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Happy Halloween Ladies!!!!!!!!!

Be sure to post your final totals for the month so I can post the winner later this evening or tomorrow!

Make it a great day!
Lisa


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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I managed to stay under 2,000 calories yesterday - not sure how, but I did! We had a HUGE party at work...

Hope everyone has a great day today! Enjoy the festivities and cute kids dressed up! (Hopefully there won't be too many of the kids in your area dressed in the "age - inappropriate" costumes!)

Tuesdays Totals...
Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Train It Up - 25 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Daily Bonus - 2 points

Daily Total: 62 points added to 2432 = 2494
wonder if I have the discipline today to hit 2500 for the month... Its gonna be hard!!!

PIF for today is one of my fav websites when I need motivation in my relationship. Its growthtrac.com and a great article I read this morning is below.. They have lots of articles with a Christian slant, but there is always something everyone can walk away with...

10 Things Guys Wish Women Knew about Men

Men would rather feel unloved than inadequate and disrespected. Husbands need to know that their wives respect them both privately and publicly. Men thrive when they know that their wives trust them, admire them and believe in them. Shaunti Feldhahn's research indicated that men would rather sense the loss of loving feelings from their wives than to be disrespected by them.

A man's anger is often a response to feeling disrespected by his wife. When a husband becomes angry with his wife, he may not come out and say, "You're disrespecting me!" But, there is a good likelihood that he is feeling stung by something his wife has done which he considers disrespectful and humiliating.

Men are insecure. Men are afraid that they aren't cutting it in life — not just at work, but at home, in their role as a husband. They may never vocalize this, but inwardly, they are secretly vulnerable. The antidote? Affirmation. To men, affirmation from their wives is everything! If they don't receive this affirmation from their wives, they'll seek it elsewhere. When they receive regular and genuine affirmation from their wives (not flattery, by the way), they become much more secure and confident in all areas of their lives.

Men feel the burden of being the provider for their family. Intellectually, it doesn't matter how much or little a man makes, or whether or not his wife makes more or less money in her career. Men simply bear the emotional burden of providing for their family. It's not a burden they've chosen to bear.
Men are simply wired with this burden. As such, it is never far from their minds and can result in the feeling of being trapped. While wives cannot release their husbands from this burden, they can relieve it through a healthy dose of appreciation, encouragement and support.

Men want more sex. Everyone's natural response to this is probably, "Duh!" But, that response is probably for the wrong reason. We primarily assume that men want more sex with their wives due to their physical wiring (their "needs"). But, surprisingly, Shaunti Feldhahn's research showed that the reason men want more sex is because of their strong need to be desired by their wives. Men simply need to be wanted. Regular, fulfilling sex is critical to a man's sense of feeling loved and desired.
Sex means more than sex. When men feel their wives desire them sexually, it has a profound effect on the rest of their lives. It gives them an increasing sense of confidence and well-being that carries over into every other area of his life. The flipside of this coin also carries a profoundly negative affect. When a husband feels rejected sexually, he not only feels his wife is rejecting him physically, but that she is somehow rejecting his life as a husband, provider and man. This is why making sex a priority in marriage is so incredibly important!

Men struggle with visual temptation. This means the vast majority of men respond to visual images when it comes to women. And, this doesn't just mean the guys with wandering eyes. Even the most godly husband cannot avoid noticing a woman who dresses in a way that draws attention to her body. Even if it is just a glance, these visual images are stored away in the male brain as a sort of "visual rolodex" that will reappear without any warning. Men can choose whether to dwell on these images and memories or dismiss them, but they can't control when these images appear.

Men enjoy romance, but doubt their skills to be romantic. True, many men appear to be unromantic clods, but it doesn't mean that they want to be that way! Men want to be romantic, but they just doubt their ability to pull it off. They are plagued by internal hesitations, perceiving the risk of humiliation and failure as too high. Wives can do a great deal to increase their husbands' confidence in their romantic skills through encouragement and redefining what romance looks like. For example, a wife may balk when her husband asks her to go along to the hardware store, but it's likely that he's asking because he sees it as a time they can get away as a couple and hang out together. What's not romantic about that?

Men care about their wife's appearance. This isn't saying that all men want their wives to look like the latest supermodel. What men really want is to know that their wives are making an effort to take care of themselves (and not letting themselves go) because it matters to them (the husbands!). Husbands appreciate the efforts their wives make to maintain their attractiveness.

Men want their wives to know how much they love them. This was the number one response of men. Men aren't confident in their ability to express this, but they love their wives dearly. Men want to show how much they love their wives and long for them to understand this fact.






Edited by: RUNTRILAUGH at: 10/31/2007 (09:05)
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19 Half Marathons, 11 Marathons (2 were ultras)
4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

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Thank you everyone for all the kind words and support. It's really nice to feel missed and to be welcomed back.

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October 30th

Wake It Up: 5 points
Rev It Up: 10 points
Clean It Up: 25 points
Train It Up: 0 points
Build It Up: 10 points
Pay It Forward: 10 points
Bonus: 2 points

Total: 62 points

Pay It Forward

Salmon Recipe

This was the recipe that got me liking salmon! Now I eat this recipe at least once a week. The original recipe calls for sour cream but I substitued plain yogurt for obvious clean eating reasons, and found it didn't taste much different!


Preheat oven to 350.

Take your cooking pan and layer it with a big enough sheet of tin foil to be folded over to cover most of the top of the pan when food prep is complete.

Spray cooking spray or brush some olive oil across the bottom of foil in the pan to prevent sticking. You really won't need very much as the fish oils will also begin to run during cooking.

Take your salmon cuts (3.5 oz servings approximately) and place them in the pan, leaving about half an inch between each cut.

Spread a slightly think layer of plain yogurt over each cut, about enough that you can't really see the salmon anymore, or more to taste if you prefer.
Then sprinkle the cuts with lemon pepper, I use a lot because I like the taste, but again, the amount is your preference, perhaps less is more until you try it.

Take the foil and fold it over to cover most of the pan but leave it partially open to allow for some ventilation, I leave a 1 inch opening that runs across the pan's handles, but again this isn't too crucial either, just as long as there is somewhat of an opening.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, and enjoy!



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October 30 totals
Wake it Up - 5
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train it Up - 25 points
Build it Up and Pay it Forward - 20 points
bonus - 2 points
total 87 points

Running total 1973

On another note...I'm offering a Halloween special until October 31, 8 pm (Eastern). 50% off all orders placed by then...this includes our protein and fiber shakes!


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AN AMAZING DIP....

This is from this month's Runners World Magazine.

Sweet Chocolate Twist
4 four oz cartons of ready to eat fat free chocolate pudding (equal to 2 cups)
4 ounces of fat free cream cheese
2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

In a small bowl blend cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. In a separate boal, empty pudding cartons, then swirl in the cream cheese mixture without completely mixing (to create a pretty presentation)

Decorate with crushed peppermint candy. Dip orange sections, strawberries, and pineapple - or other foods as desired.

Makes 8 1/3 cup servings
90 calories
2g fat
3g protein
16g carbs

Edited by: RUNTRILAUGH at: 10/30/2007 (15:47)
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4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

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Neeta...Parsnips look like white tubers. Think of a white carrot...just thicker/bigger.

October 29 PIF

Here are the facts on the Power of Pumpkins:

Pumpkins are rich in potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. (one-half cup of canned pumpkin contains more than 500 percent of the daily recommendation!). Pumpkin is also an excellent source of beta-carotene (the source of their bright orange color) and beta-cryptoxanthin. Studies show these carotenoids to be a champion cancer fighter, in addition to being good for your joints: it could help reduce the risk of inflammatory polyarthritis by up to 40 percent.

Pumpkins contain no fat or cholesterol and are high in fiber.

Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack and are an excellent source of zinc, a mineral that is often lacking in our diet.

Pumpkin varieties grown specifically for cooking are called 'pie' or 'sugar' pumpkins. They have smaller seed cavities and more flesh, and are less stringy than jack-o-lantern types. They are also typically smaller but heavier, with thicker stems.

TASTY TIPS: Yes, you can use the canned variety! It's certainly fast, easy and convenient, but it's flavor just doesn't compare. If you've never used fresh pumpkin, you'll be delighted by its fantastic taste and texture.

1. Select a pumpkin with tough skin. To test, apply gentle pressure with your fingernail. If you can make a mark, the pumpkin isn't good for cooking.

2. The best varieties for cooking are sugar pumpkins. You can cook a small "jack-o'-lantern" pumpkin, but it won't have as much flesh as a cooking pumpkin.

3. Never cook a pumpkin that's been carved. The cut flesh is ideal for bacteria growth.

4. Preparation is simple: To peel a raw pumpkin, simply cut off a portion that is easy to hold in your hand and peel the skin with a sharp paring knife or vegetable peeler. Cut into small chunks and steam, lightly boil or saute. .

5. To prepare a puree, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the pumpkin in half and wash. Scrape out the seeds (save them to roast later!) and the stringy pulp. Bake skin-side up on a cookie sheet until the pumpkin is tender enough to pierce with a fork -- about 45 minutes. (To keep it from drying out, cover loosely with foil and add a small amount of water.) Cool and peel off skin with a paring knife. Use a food processor or a potato masher to puree. One pound of pumpkin will yield about one cup of puree.

6. Store fresh, cooked pumpkin in the refrigerator for about five days, or in the freezer for up to six months.

7. Roast pumpkin seeds from your Halloween jack-o-lantern for a great addition to a Trail Mix snack (For Pam's trail mix recipe, visit her website at www.pamsmith.com/NS_cooking.php).

8. Clean the seeds well, spread evenly on a cookie sheet and roast in a low oven until lightly browned. Stir often to prevent sticking or burning.

Now that you're ready to do more with pumpkin than make the traditional November pie, try these delicious ideas:

Use pumpkin puree in breads, muffins, and even pancake batter.
Try adding the pumpkin puree to oatmeal and to smoothies -- it's great!
Add chopped raw pumpkin to a vegetable stir-fry.
Stuff small sweet pumpkins with a mixture of hamburger, rice and seasonings, then bake in the oven.
Use grated pumpkin in meatloaf or meatballs.
Add small chunks of raw pumpkin to your favorite stuffing, soup or stew recipe, and then use the hollowed out pumpkins for a serving bowl.
Substitute pumpkin in any recipe that calls for winter squash

Pam Smith
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Lisa, YES, Yes, Yes! We do need both november and December challenges!

ps: Pls make sure its something I can win this time...shhhhhh!

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Ali, I add cinnamon to my green tea, crock pot of oat meal the night before and again, in the morning just to fight diabetes without meds! It works since my blood sugars are normal now from A1C of 6.3. Thanks for the article. And, Oh! Its great waking up to the aroma of crock pot steel cut oats with apple, cinnamon, and soy milk!

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Lisa, Parsnips! I wonder what they look like - never eaten one! Immunity compromised as am, would be good for me to try. Next time I'm in the supermarket, will look for Parsnips:) Thanks.

Wendy, thanks! Love yours and everyone else's posts here too.

Kristie, (PREDEFAN) Here's good thoughts and positive, pink loving light sent your way hoping all goes well quickly with your daughter.

Jen Hon, Thrilled to hear your SAD syndrome is getting better day by day. Soooo happy to see you post again! Looking forward to reading more from your end and seeing some scenic photos of your last trip, when you feel up to it.

More to come, my memory just failed me, Hehehehe:)

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Well, Hot Diggity Dog!! You go Nita! I'm sooooooooo proud of you. Nope, no more refereeing. LOL, I do have one more game this Thursday, and a game on Saturday or Sunday. I don't remember which day. LOL.

I got a call from the Assessor for the referees, he wants me to do 8 -10 middles in the Spring, and today I just got a call from one of the big wigs in the org who wants me to get certified to do high school games. Even though I told him I didn't think I was ready. He said he wasn't going to stop bugging me, and I could start with Freshman games to get eased into it. He said they wouldn't be bugging me so much if I didn't have the potential to go places. Soooooooooooo, I'm going to be getting certified for High School refereeing. I have got to be looney.

So, Lisa, yes I need, NEED, NEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDD us to do a November and a December challenge. I have to lose some weight if I'm going to be refereeing High School Soccer. I need a challenge that's going to kick my butt, and take the weight off me. And I desperately need everyone's help to keep motivated to get into shape. I cannot referee High School games and get winded and out of breath, and be drooping on the field. The battle is on!!!!!!

October 29
Wake it up 5 pts.
Rev it up 10 pts.
Clean it up 25 pts.
Train 0 pts
Build it up 10 pts.
Pay it Forward 0 pts.
Bonus 0 pts.
Total: 50 points

Running Total: 2212


Edited by: SISTERCHICK1965 at: 10/30/2007 (12:12)
Leviticus 3:16 "All the fat is the Lord's"
I am ready to be a living sacrifice, and sacrifice all my fat to the Lord!!!



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Question....do you want another challenge for November????? Let me know and any thoughts.

Personally, I would like to see something that helps us all battle the holiday temptations and keep us accountable to eating clean!

Plus...I just like "getting together" with you ladies to gab!

But let me know!

Make it a great day!
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Good morning...

Jen, SAD is awful. When I lived in Alaska I think I was affected by it. Now that I am back in Georgia, its not so bad, but the light therapy really does seem to help, even if it does make you sound like an informercial! Best of luck to you, I hate to hear that you have to suffer through that, but at least you know what it is, and how to help it!

Nita and Lisa, I love your posts! This is such an encouraging group, and I LOVE the results I am getting this time. Thank you ladies (and everyone else on this board!)

Monday was another good day!
Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 25 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points

Daily Total: 85 points added to 2347 = 2432

The PIF for today covers a great fall spice - CINNAMON!!! and is from MSN.com/eating well

Cinnamon’s Secret Health Benefit?
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The popular spice may help regulate blood-glucose levels
By Rachael Moeller Gorman, EatingWell.com


With holiday favorites like pumpkin bread and spiced cider on the menu, recent research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides welcome news: cinnamon may help you better regulate your blood-glucose levels.

In a study of 14 healthy people, scientists at Malmö University Hospital in Sweden gave half the subjects rice pudding mixed with about 3 teaspoons of cinnamon; the other half got an unspiced version of the dessert. Then, they switched: each group tried the opposite pudding. Both times, up to two hours after eating, the people who’d enjoyed the cinnamon-spiced pudding measured significantly lower blood-glucose levels than those who’d eaten the unspiced one—an indication that their blood sugar was moving more efficiently into cells, where it’s used.

Eating the spiced pudding also appeared to slow the movement of food from the stomach into the small intestine (a part of digestion called "gastric emptying"). Though researchers don’t know exactly how cinnamon slows digestion, the fact that it does may, in part, explain the lower blood sugar. "When food enters the intestine more slowly, carbohydrates are broken down slower, which leads to a lower [post-meal] blood-glucose concentration," says the study’s investigator, Joanna Hlebowicz, M.D.

Other studies suggest that the spice also may improve blood-glucose levels by increasing a person’s insulin sensitivity, the ability of cells to respond to insulin’s signal to move glucose out of the blood. One 2003 trial of 60 people with type 2 diabetes reported that consuming as little as 1 gram (about 1⁄2 teaspoon) of cinnamon daily for six weeks reduced blood-glucose levels significantly. It also improved the subjects’ blood cholesterol and triglycerides—perhaps because insulin plays a key role in regulating fats in the body.

But other work disputes these findings. A 2006 study showed that insulin sensitivity in diabetic women taking cinnamon supplements did not improve. Why the discrepancy? It could be because the study examined only a specific population: postmenopausal women, many of whom were taking a variety of glucose-lowering medications (which wasn’t the case in the other studies), say the authors.

Bottom line: Sprinkling a 1⁄2 teaspoon of cinnamon on your oatmeal in the morning can’t hurt, it’s tasty and it just may, over time, help ward off diabetes. But don’t go overboard. Animal studies suggest that a compound in cinnamon called coumarin may be toxic in high doses (although humans may not be as susceptible). Cinnamon oils are particularly concentrated, so steer clear.

And if you have diabetes, don’t try cinnamon supplements without talking with your doctor: combining them with a prescription medication may be dangerous.

Pretty intersesting research, huh??? Guess I'm off to make a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal!
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Hello everyone!

Sorry I have been MIA for so long, I was going through some really down times due to my seasonal depression kicking in earlier than I thought.

I got pulled into the negative downward spiral, lost my motivation completely, and honestly didn't even feel like trying to pick myself up.

My eating and exercising have been completely awful through this time as I tend to binge eat, and with that, going to the gym is the absolute last thing on my mind.

I started my light treatment last thursday, and not to sound like too much of an infomercial, but after only 6 days of treatment I feel great, like myself again! (except that I'm now fighting a nasty cold...)
I'm back to eating clean for a few days now, but I've yet to get to the gym because of the cold.

I really hoped to have the motivation and enthusiasm to finish up this month's challenge, and now I feel like I'm in the right frame of mind to finish up, even if it's only for 2 days.

I've been trying to keep up with all the posts here and just wanted to say thank you to everyone for posting such great, informative PIFs, as well as the support for one another.
I truly missed this group and the great people that make it so!
Glad to be back!
Hugs to you all!
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October 29

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 50 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 2 points

Daily Total: 112 points

Running Total: 2,361 points

Here's my Pay it Forward: I really like learning about health and the latest news (nerd, I know!) but here's a really great website: www.sciencedaily.com. It has tips on health as well as news and research!

Make impossible your favorite word. Set yourself up to win.

"Run when you can, walk when you need to, crawl if you must; Just never, ever give up." -Dean Karnazes


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Hi everyone,
I hope you are all doing well. I have really enjoyed reading all that you take the time to post. I haven't been able to post for the last week. My job has been very hectic as I said and my oldest daughter has been dealing with some health issues that have kept us all preoccupied the last several days. I will never be able to catch up my points but have been keeping up with my water, foods and walking so I am glad I could do that in the craziness of everything else. I hope that you all have a beautiful day tomorrow. You all deserve it. You all have very passionate hearts and it shows in what you share.
Thank you,
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oooooooohhhhhhhhh Neeta, those sound yummy!

October 29 PIF

Parsnips - Subtle, nutty flavor, parsnips offer nearly seven grams of fiber and a dose of immunity aids like vitamin E, selenium, and zinc per cup.
Peel and cut thick slices, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin to lightly coat, and roast at 425 for 30 minutes or until tender.


October 29 totals
Wake it Up - 5
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train it Up - 0 points
Build it Up and Pay it Forward - 20 points
bonus - 2 points
total 62 points

Running total 1886

I know it looks like I'm never exercising...I'm just not getting a full 45 minutes in most days...so don't want to claim the points.



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Charlie Bear and Punkin Girl will made good buddies. She loves veggies (along with veggie eating bugs and flies! Too bad summer's over).

Meeeoow!

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Edited by: NITAINMN at: 10/29/2007 (22:35)
Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Otober 29
Wake it up 5
Rev it up 10
Clean it up 25
Train it up:25 +25
Build it up 10+10
Log in 2
Total:112
Running Total: 2182

Ali, No more soccer reffereeing? What's goin' on? Ali, Ali, Ali, uh-oh! 54 years old, sick lady just beat your score.....LOL
2 more days Ali, you can do it! You know why I'm here:)

Let's go Ladies -- we are the best team on Spark!

Keep us updated on your Mom & Sis' photo shoot results. Thanks.

Yo babies that cannot qualify to be AARP members, let me know if you want the rest of the recipes. Here are two that taste great!


Luscious! The biggest meal of the year does'nt have to be a bust for your waistline. Focus on fresh and seasonal for a healthy take on traditional favorites.
Recipe courtesy from AARP magazine:

Wilted Baby Spinach with Raisins and Pine nuts
Serves 8

1/3 cup Pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup Golden Raisins
1 Tbs extra-virgin Olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 lbs. triple washed baby spinach
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 In a skillet over medium heat, place the pine nuts, Stir and toss until lightly golden, 30-60 seconds. Remove from the pan and reserve. Pour boiling water over the raisins and drain immediately. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet, warm the oil. Add the garlic and spinach and toss with tongs until the garlic is mixed in wiht the spinach and the spinach jsut begins to wilt. Add the raisins and pine nuts and toss well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritients per servingL Calories 99, protein 4 gms, carb 10 g, fiber 3 g, fat 6g, sodium 383mg and 0 cholesterol.

Olive oil Mashed Potatoes:
Serves 8

3 lbs starchy baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup 2 % milk
2 tbs white wine vinegar
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, 20-30 minutes. Drain and return to the saucepan.
2. Heat the oil and milk until warm and add to the potatoes. Mash the potatoes while the pan is still over the heat, then add the vinegar, chives, salt and pepper to taste. Season with additional oil, vinegar or salt as needed.
Nutrients per serving:
Calories 185, protein 3g, carb28g,fiber 4g, fat 7g cholesterol 1 mg, sodium 308 mg.

The rest of the recipes are:

Oven roasted Autumn Vegetables
Roast Turkey with Dried Apples and Corn bread ( with recipe for home made corn bread) stuffing.
Roasted Butternut squash soup with honey-peacan butter.
Cranberry Upside down cake (soooo yum!)






Edited by: NITAINMN at: 10/29/2007 (22:35)
Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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October 26
Wake it up 5 pts.
Rev it up 10 pts.
Clean it up 25 pts.
Train 0 pts
Build it up 10 pts.
Pay it Forward 0 pts.
Bonus 0 pts.
Total: 50 points

October 27
Wake it up 5 pts.
Rev it up 10 pts.
Clean it up 25 pts.
Train 25 pts
Build it up 10 pts.
Pay it Forward 0 pts.
Bonus 0 pts.
Total: 75 points

October 28
Wake it up 5 pts.
Rev it up 10 pts.
Clean it up 25 pts.
Train 0 pts
Build it up 10 pts.
Pay it Forward 0 pts.
Bonus 0 pts.
Total: 50 points

Running Total: 2162

I read Nita's post on clean eating for pets, and luckily Charlie Bear loves veggies. LOL



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Just logging in to track my (TOO MANY CALORIES) lunch and read all the positives since my last post. What a great group of ladies you all are!

KT - I am going to post that email from weight watchers where I can read it a little more often.

Isn't it funny how we girls seem to need the postive affirmations???

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4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

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October 27

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 0 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 0 points

Daily Total: 60 points

Here's my Pay it Forward:
Wild Rice Stuffing with Wild Mushrooms

Ingredients
8 tablespoons butter (could be substituted with less an/or evoo)
4 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 1/4 pounds assorted wild mushrooms (such as crimini and stemmed shiitake), sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
5 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
3 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 1/3 cups wild rice
1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice
1 3/4 cups coarsely chopped dried pears, optional
3/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Cooking Directions
1. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions; saute until very tender and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Transfer onions to large bowl. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in same pot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and 1 tablespoon thyme; saute until mushrooms are deep brown, about 12 minutes. Add to bowl with onions. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Bring broth, 1 tablespoon thyme, and 2 teaspoons sage to boil in heavy large deep saucepan. Mix in wild rice; return to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes. Mix in white rice; cover and simmer until all rice is tender and almost all liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes longer. Stir in caramelized onions and mushrooms, remaining 1 tablespoon thyme, and 1 teaspoon sage. Stir in pears, if desired. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in 3/4 cup parsley.
3. To bake stuffing in turkey: Loosely fill neck and main cavities of turkey with stuffing. Generously butter baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down. Bake stuffing in dish along side turkey until heated through, about 25 minutes. Uncover stuffing. Bake until top of stuffing is slightly crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.
4. To bake all of stuffing in baking dish: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish, depending on recipe. Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down. Bake until heated through, about 40 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is slightly crisp and golden, about 20 minutes longer.
5. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley over stuffing and serve.

Yield: 8 servings

October 28

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 0 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 2 points

Daily Total: 62 points

Running Total: 2,249 points

Here's my Pay it Forward:
This is from an email from a friend who goes to Weight Watchers, sent to her by her leader.

"Of course this is hard. Of course you have to pay attention. Of course you'd rather be unconscious-hand-in-the-candy-dish-fingers
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french-fries-lips-around-the-margarita-g
lass BUT WHERE WILL THAT GET YOU????? It will get you even more whiny, even more miserable, even more heavy than you are today!!!! This weight management process does not become easier, especially not when you spend even more time embracing the habits that keep you from reaching your goals.

Okay, that may have been harsh, but wake up and smell the pumpkin pie latte!! DO YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER? DO YOU WANT TO LOOK BETTER? DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF LIVING A HEALTHIER, FITTER, MORE MOBILE LIFE???? It is a choice to live life healthfully, to embrace healthier behaviors and habits, to learn to make difficult choices because they are just that - choices you make because you want to be that better version of you.

Challenge yourself this week. Each day pick something to challenge yourself with. Each day be the better person. Each day embrace life. Each day choose a life-enhancing food over a life-detracting food. Each day, look yourself in the mirror and say 'Hello Wonderful! What great choices are WE going to make today?'"

Have a great day!!!



Make impossible your favorite word. Set yourself up to win.

"Run when you can, walk when you need to, crawl if you must; Just never, ever give up." -Dean Karnazes


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Bravo Lisa, what an awesome affirmation!!1

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Dear friends, requesting a favor from you to make my PHriend (as we call each other with PH) Lora comfortable and help with her weight loss journey. She just joined our group. Thanks.

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Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Vicki, I have to agree with you on Nita's sharing....Great. I needed that, here lately I have felt like I have fallen and cant get up. Well I got up this morning.....Thanks for caring everyone!!!!

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nita, thanks for that pif. It made me re eval yet again( sometimes I get caught up in the i wants, and I needs)
My life is better lived simply,
simply living.
thanks for the quick stop from continuing on that path, and thank you to this group for breaking my fall when I go down.

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.
Wayne Dyer
DECIDE IN DECEMBER
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CW- 132.8lbs GW - 128 lbs


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Wow! What great reading!!!! Nita, I chuckled when I read your zagat line about pets... My friend at work is starting up a bakery for dogs (making cakes, etc for their birthdays.) She used to buy from a local K-9 baker here, but the owner of that business moved.

Here's my Sunday totals... Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 25 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points

Daily Total: 85 points added to 2262 = 2347

Here's todays PIF - Its a quote that I think of from time to time...

If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse;
however, if I treat you as though you are what you
are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
--Goethe




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4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
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Otober 28
Wake it up 5
Rev it up 10
Clean it up 25
Train it up:25
Build it up 10+10
Log in 2
Total:87
Running Total: 2070


My PIF for the day is about Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world who inspires me with his life.

Something to think about....


There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1. He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!

2. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.

3. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha , that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or a fence.

4. He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

5. He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's largest private jet company.

6. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis. He has given his CEO's only two rules. Rule number 1: do not lose any of your share holder's money. Rule number 2: Do not forget rule number 1.

7. He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past time after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch Television.

8. Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.

9. Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on his desk.

His advice to young people : "Stay away from credit cards and invest in yourself and
Remember:

A. Money doesn't create man but it is the man who created money.
B. Live your life as simple as you are.
C. Don't do what others say, just listen to them, but do what makes you feel good.
D. Don't go on brand name; just wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
E. Don't waste your money on unnecessary things; just spend on things that you really need.
F. After all it's your life, then why give others the chance to rule your life."



Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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October 28 PIF

An affirmation:

I am an authentic expression of my freedom in God (Universe, etc.).

The desire to live the freedom I was created to enjoy runs deep within me. My heart celebrates the freeing choices I make to release limiting boundaries and surroundings; to change negative habits of thought, conversation, or action; to surround myself with a positive, encouraging support system.

I picture myself celebrating the freedom these choices bring me. I imagine myself clutching fistfuls of strings tied to brightly colored balloons. I release the vibrant bouquets and watch them separate and travel on in their own distinct directions.

Living my life according to truth of freedom, I am an authentic expression of integrity. Aware that my well-being and completeness are in God (Universe, etc.), I live my freedom now.


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Thanks everybody! Sorry I've been MIA...I've had to take some time for my business, as things are picking up with the holidays around the corner.

October 27 Totals:
Wake it Up - 5
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train it Up - 0 points
Build it Up and Pay it Forward - 10 points
bonus - 0 points
total 50 points

October 28 totals
Wake it Up - 5
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train it Up - 25 points
Build it Up and Pay it Forward - 20 points
bonus - 2 points
total 87 points

Running total 1824


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Great Job Lisa! Measurements will be what matters the most for me. Hope I too can measure up to make a difference, come July:)

"ps" I got no doubt whatsoever that you will maintain! Congratulations again!

Samasta Loka Sukhino Bhavantu" - Sanskrit translates to "Let all the worlds be happy!"

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Otober 27
Wake it up 5
Rev it up 10
Clean it up 25
Train it up:0
Build it up 10+10
Log in 2
Total:62
Running Total: 1983

PIF for the day:

Clean eating for pets: If your pet craves human food, there are ways to serve it healthily. Meat and vegetable meals are the way to go, experts say.

Zagat for Pets: Business is booming for pet chef to the stars, teaching celebrities how to cook healthy homemade meals for their pets.

Andi Brown, author of The Whole Pet Diet: 8 Weeks to great health for dogs and cats credits a mild chicken and veggie stew with bringing her chronically sick cat, Spot back to health.

"Properly prepared homemade food keeps away love handles" says Shelley Epstein, a homeopathic Veterinarian at Wilmington Animal Hospital in DE. She explains just as humans gain weight from ahigh-carb diet, animals that eat highly processes pet foods filled with corn, wheat, and rice can easily grow a belly. To gastronomically coddle your 4 legged friends, the following sites are relevent resources or consult Home-prepared dog and cat diets by Donald STrombeck, for more than 200 recipes.

www.balanceit.com
www.petdiets.com



Source: AARP magazine, which also printed the recipe for "Spot's Chicken Stew".

Food Fright: U probably know that chocolate, coffee and alcohol are bad for dogs and cats. But, did you know these common foods can make your pet sick?

Dogs: Avocado, Macadamia nuts
Cats: Grapes, Onions
Turtles: Spinach, Rhubarb
Birds: Avocados, Apple seeds.


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Prevent Flu: Healthy Habits Beat the Virus
Stick with a healthy lifestyle to boost your immune system.
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD FeatureReviewed by Jonathan L Gelfand, MDTo prevent flu -- or any illness -- you've got to stick with a healthy lifestyle.

"I really believe your immune system takes care of a lot of things," says Erica Brownfield, MD, a professor of internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "Even if you've been exposed to the flu, you don't have to get it."

The best flu prevention strategy is basic -- good nutrition, regular exercise, and enough sleep, she tells WebMD. "You can also wash hands frequently, and avoid people who have the flu. But really, it's hard to prevent contact with germs. Keeping yourself healthy is generally the best defense against the flu."

Making It Work Every Day
Eat your vegetables. A well-nourished immune system is better able to fight off infections. It's got to be fueled with natural vitamins and antioxidants found in healthy foods. Eat dark-green, red, and yellow vegetables and fruits. They're packed with numerous antioxidants, plus vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene.
Exercise regularly. Every time you walk or run, you're boosting your body's immunity, the natural defense against viruses. A daily 30-minute walk -- or three 10-minute walks -- is the minimum you need. Doing more provides greater health benefits.
Get plenty of sleep. Most adults need about 7 to 8 hours sleep. Teens need more -- about 9 hours daily. Growing kids need from 10 to 12 hours of sleep.
Reduce stress. Some stress is good, but know when to relax. Too much stress impairs the immune system.
"There are no guarantees," says Robert Schwartz, MD, chairman of family medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. "You can do all these things, lead an absolutely healthy lifestyle, and still get sick. But if you're healthy and your immune system is working, it's possible to avoid getting the flu. At least, you will be sick less often anyway."


You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.
Wayne Dyer
DECIDE IN DECEMBER
SW-133
CW- 132.8lbs GW - 128 lbs


 current weight: 131.6 
 
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Way to go Lisa!!!!!

Its amazing what our bodies can do!!! I too believe its from the eating! I finally saw my number change from the mid 130's after sitting around 135 all summer!

Way to go LISA and Way to Go team!!!!!

Friday totals:
WAKE IT UP 5 points
REV IT UP – 10 points
CLEAN IT UP - 25 points
30 MINUTES OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT – 10 points
POST SOMETHING YOU LEARNED THAT WILL BENEFIT THE TEAM DAILY – 10
2090 + 60 = 2150


Here's my totals for Saturday:
Wake It Up - 5 points
Rev It Up - 10 points
Clean It Up - 25 points
Train It Up - 50 points
Built It Up and Pay It Forward - 20 points
Bonus Points - 2 points

Daily Total: 112 points added to 2150 = 2262

PIF- Research has proven that animals add years to humans lives. If you dont have a furry friend of your own, consider volunteering with local rescue organizations to help with their adoption days, take care of a friends animal while they are out of town or otherwise find a way to love a little one. They are supposed to be able to calm the sick and perk up the lonely.

Have a great Saturday night ladies!!!!

Edited by: RUNTRILAUGH at: 10/27/2007 (21:02)
* Wendy*

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19 Half Marathons, 11 Marathons (2 were ultras)
4 triathons, 1 relay (200 miles)
ALL with great friends, many whom I met on Spark!

If we weren't all crazy, we would go insane!




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lisa!!!!!!!!1
wow!!!!!!!!!!
I know the feeling. the 4's!!!!!!!!!!!a new set of numbers!!!!! I am excited for you. I am working for the 129 to pop up soon i hope. I started at 157 july 4th, 132 now. thanks to you and your group and the amazing women here. since it is the end of the challenge, im not posting points, but going for as much as i can each day. I love clean eating too, and was surprised how easy and great it tasted.
again, woohoo for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.
Wayne Dyer
DECIDE IN DECEMBER
SW-133
CW- 132.8lbs GW - 128 lbs


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Thanks!!!! You can bet I'll be maintaining it!
I just checked my measurements..and they are all down as well! I'm one happy camper today! LOL

You will all reach your goals as well. I didn't hit my goal at my target date...but I didn't let that stop me.

I will tell you that reving up my metabolism has been the key! I love clean eating...I love eating 5-6 meals per day and I love all the new recipes I have been trying. And the best thing...my family is eating clean too (for the most part!) They still grab a few things here and there that aren't "legal"...but it has helped our entire family!

I will also be honest and tell you...I haven't been able to exercise for 45 minutes regularly. But I've been getting in 15 minute spurts here and there. Running up and down the stairs, doing push-ups, crunches, etc...whenever I can!

Fight for it...YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Make it a great day!
Lisa


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