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Last blog in the challenge..

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hi..this is the last day for the 5% starfish challenge..this week was the challenge to blog daily and comment on 10 blogs..this has been a fun part of the challenge and a way to get to know more Sparkers and some of their tips and struggles and jsut about their lives...

Starting tomorrow our challenge is to cut out adding salt at the table!! Since I never add salt to anything at the table and never even add salt when cooking or baking, I think I'll find this an easy part of the challenge..the last fast 8 weeks have flown by..for one thing I haven't lost the 10 pounds I hoped but it has helped the dreaded holiday gain stay with a few pounds...

It's still very cold here but hubby ventured out to town and got the mail, drinking water, and a few groceries..I needed milk, bananas and o yeah he bought apple strudel, I don't think that was on the list!! haha. I got 4 new magazines and most have the heart theme for February and how to have a healthy heart ( I noticed Oprah has a blackboard on the

I did my 30 minutes on the x bike and 15 mins strength and 15 mins of snow shovelling and got the snow off the front deck and yes I did go out side..woohoo!! I tracked my meals and drank the water and took the vits..I added B12 to my stack since it's supposed to increase energy..I read a neat article on supplements and said the 4 most important ones are Vit D, the fish oil one and mustard and tomato sauce!! So here's to cooking with more mustard and tomato sauce.

Today was another cream of wheat morning (I had a crappy sleep..woke at about 3 and tossed and turned for hours till I feel back to sleep, then slept til 9!!) So I had a bad headache today and feel like I'm coming down with a head cold..feel a little better tonight. Lunch was chicken broth and veggies, a mini wrap with thin sliced roast beef, spinach and horseraddish and yogurt ...Supper was a burger and ww bun,cabbage and carrot salad and yes I broke down and ate one of those apple thingies...all within calorie limits..bsck to those mini wraps..the little tortillas came in a huge pack..5 dozen and this is the first one I've had..and it was awlful..any suggestions of the rest? Maybe if I toast them? Maybe enchiladas or quesadililas..anyting is better with melted cheese...haha :)

So I think I've done quite well with my challenge to be more energetic..track food..make healthy food choices...drink water...take supplements..exercize..and blog!!

Thanks s00 much for dropping by and for your comments..keep on Sparkin'..

I'm going to close with this that I found on my niece's fb page..from Shape magazine

15 Small Diet Changes from experts...

-Drink water with lemon
-Listen to your hunger
-Don't buy diet food
-Eat a salad every day
-Eat more regularly( from our own Coach Nicole!!)
-Start juicing
-Always keep almonds on hand
-Add psylliium and flaxseed
-Add protein to every meal
-Don't drink alcohol standing up
-Watch your carb serving sizes
-Choose Greek yogurt
-Swap mustard for mayo
-Diet sugary drinks and diet sodas
-Try new recipes

These are a few new ideas to try, and a few old ones as reminders...

emoticonLove Donna

"If not now, when?"
-The Talmud

Gotta some magazines waiting for me :)
Hope I sleep better tonight!! I've been going to bed by 11 pm every night for January so far!!
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    Hey - Donna - the tortillas aren't too bad if you heat them a bit, you can always put a bit of shredded cheese on them as they heat in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Another idea is to spread a bit of butter or margarine on them, sprinkle with cinnamon and a bit of sugar or Spenda or Stevia, then cut into triangle and heat in the oven until crisp. Can use as a dipper with fruit salsa or yogurt or whatever or eat as is....

    Have a fantastic day emoticon
    2344 days ago
    good tips...thanks !
    2345 days ago
    I hope ya got some better sleep...& that you're feeling okay! LOVE the list!!!
    2345 days ago
    "new recipes" that is the one thing that I am finally doing!!! It has been awesome to stop by I am sad that the challenge is almost over emoticon
    2345 days ago
    Yay! Your doing a great job. The food sounds good but the tortillas hmmmm. I think your going to have to drown them in something each time you use them.
    Hope your feeling better.

    2346 days ago
    Sorry your are feeling a little down. Hope it gets better soon. Thanks for the tips. Have a good day.
    2346 days ago
    well done! it will be good to have less pressure from blogging but I have enjoyed reading the healthy habits too
    2346 days ago
    I love almonds and have then readily at hand. A couple is a great snack.
    2346 days ago
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