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My favorite gluten-free whole grain
Thursday, November 29, 2012      20 comments

Red Quinoa! "Quinoa, pronounced "keen-wah," is actually not a grain at all, but a pseudocereal, which means it is the seed of a broadleaf plant, while true cereals are the seeds of grasses. The quinoa plant is a relative of beets, spinach and... Read more
Weekly Goal Tracking (Week 8 of 12)
Sunday, November 25, 2012      3 comments

[x] Walk #1 (1.68 miles and stretch) - Sunday [_] Walk #2 (1.68 miles and stretch) [_] Run/Walk (1 mile speed intervals and stretch) - Saturday [x] Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - Wednesday [x] Yoga - Monday [_] Tai Chi - I chickened ... Read more
Weekly Goal Tracking (Week 7 of 12)
Saturday, November 17, 2012      10 comments

[x] Walk #1 (1.5 miles and stretch) - Monday [x] Walk #2 (1.5 miles and stretch) - Tuesday [x] Walk #3 (1.5 miles and stretch) - Friday [x] Run/Walk (1 mile speed intervals and stretch) - Saturday [x] Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - Mon... Read more
Crunch Craving return; this time with chili and cheddar!
Friday, November 16, 2012      12 comments

It's funny; I don't particularly care for these chips by themselves, but when paired with hummus, chili, or ANY other dip, they turn into some kind of magical vessel of tast... Read more
How will you face your challenges?
Monday, November 12, 2012      14 comments

This is paraphrased from an NPR broadcast that I heard this morning about the differences between the attitudes in Eastern and Western cultures regarding education.... When I heard it, I instantly applied it to weight-loss, where I believe it is... Read more
Every Day I'm Streakin'
Monday, November 12, 2012      8 comments

This past week or so I've started several Sparkstreaks. Once I get the hang of one for a few days, I add another. So far, I have a bedtime routine and am drinking 20+ glasses of water each day. But these are easy. I think it's time for another s... Read more
Crunch Craving! My favorite healthy snack
Saturday, November 10, 2012      13 comments

(22 Baked Lentil Chips) + (... Read more
Weekly Goal Tracking (Week 6 of 12)
Saturday, November 10, 2012      4 comments

[x] Run/Walk #1 (30-40 min and stretch) - Monday at gym [x] Run/Walk #2 (30-40 min and stretch) - Wednesday at gym [x] Run/Walk #3 (30-40 min and stretch) - Friday at gym [x] Strength Training #1 (any duration, just do it) - Sunday/Monday ... Read more
Reboot!
Saturday, November 10, 2012      13 comments

I had a rough past couple of days. My eating has been off, I've taken 2 days off of exercise and my stress was really high. First, we had to put together the new fish tank which was a LOT harder than I thought it would be, and took about 10 hou... Read more
New Spark Streak
Tuesday, November 06, 2012      12 comments

I've decided to start a new Spark Streak! I will be tracking it in my weekly goal tracking blogs. I've noticed that my sleep and stress really controls my weight gain or loss more than any other factor... when I am well-rested and wake earl... Read more
Weekly Goal Tracking (Week 5 of 12)
Saturday, November 03, 2012      4 comments

[x] Run/Walk #1 (27-40 min and stretch) - Sunday, Outside [x] Run/Walk #2 (27-40 min and stretch) - Tuesday, Gym [x] Run/Walk #3 (27-40 min and stretch) - Saturday, Gym [x] Strength Training #1 (any duration, just do it) - Tuesday [x] St... Read more
New ST Routine -- To Help Me Run!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012      10 comments

Jamie's super-awesome beginner runners' ST routine: 1. Knee Pushups (chest, triceps, biceps, shoulders, forearms, abs - endurance and muscle balance) http://www.youtube.com/w
atch?v=FaIpD_zfrJI 2. Knee Renegade Rows (Sh... Read more
How Exercise Can Make You Happy
Tuesday, October 30, 2012      12 comments

I have many more reasons for working out than just to lose weight; it is a critical for treating my anxiety, depression, and insomnia... it also boosts my mood and overall wellness. This article explores why: "Over time, chronic stress can ... Read more
Weekly Goal Tracking (Week 4 of 12)
Friday, October 26, 2012      6 comments

[x] Run/Walk #1 (25-30 min and stretch) - Tuesday [x] Run/Walk #2 (25-30 min and stretch) - Thursday [x] Run/Walk #3 (25-30 min and stretch) - Sunday [x] Strength Training #1 (any duration, just do it) - Thursday [_] Strength Training #2... Read more
Honey Walnut Asparagus Salad
Sunday, October 21, 2012      9 comments

Ingredients: 1 bunch of asparagus 1 tbsp olive oil 6 cups mixed greens Dressing: 1 tbsp walnut oil (or extra virgin olive oil) 1/3 cup roasted walnuts 1/4 cup craisins cranberries 2 oz feta or gorgonzola cheese 1 tbsp honey ... Read more

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