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Things I've noticed

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Just a few things I've noticed over the last two weeks:

*Tighter budget = more carbs.

*More carbs = full fast, but hungrier sooner.

*Hungrier = snacking

*snacking = return of bad food cravings... like chips.

*Giving in to cravings = Headed wrong direction from my goals (!!)

Although not sure if completely related.... I've also noticed these changes over the last two weeks:

*Less motivation to work out... or spark, even.

*More interrupted sleep from pains (probably a combo of not working out and lingering problems from my accident)

*Increased irritability

So, yeah. I've got to get my rear end moving again! Seriously.

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CVRONEK 9/7/2011 3:11PM

    I have been through the same, "tight budget" trap! The advise that others wrote, is right on! Don't skip meals, have a couple of small snacks each day. Drink lots of water...FREE! As Gloria said, Exercise is free.
I find that growing my own veggies helps. Just a container full of lettuce would help out! Great for a fall crop. Along with the beans and chicken, tuna and eggs are cheap. Protein goes along way. Oatmeal, in the morning, will fill you up. Make a big pot of soup and freeze some in individual portions.
It can be done. Make it into a game and get creative! Some of my best meals have come from this and that , when I was out of everything else.
I look forward to getting to know you!

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GGMFAY 9/6/2011 3:32PM

    And you are learning this at your young age!! Work with this information and you may not have to struggle with the excessice weights that some of your older team mates are now wrestling with.

Whenever I have seen stories about trying to lose weight on a tight budget, foods that often are stressed are beans and a whole chicken. Spark is a starting place for using these ingredients and hey, you have the internet where we mostly had only family recipes.

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THATGIRL7 9/6/2011 11:40AM

    The great things is that you noticed those things... now it's time to get back on the wagon! =P

It's not easy when you are tight on budget, I know... In those case, making big batch of food can help - I know that when you cook, it's less expensive than when you buy already processed food or restaurants. You'll figure it out, just don't stress too much.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/6/2011 8:50AM

    Maybe if you pick the right carbs, you won't have that issue. Many also have a fair amount of protein.

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SUNSHINEGB 9/6/2011 8:13AM

    Kim, it looks like it all stemmed from the 'tighter budget' but don't despair and don't ever give up.
Exercise is free so I'd start with that, try to get in some walking if the pain will allow and come in to sparks and read blogs, articles . . . they are uplifting and motivating.

Come talk with us on the team, we're always here for you.

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Day 1 of SP's Spring Into Shape Bootcamp challenge

Thursday, August 25, 2011

So today, I started the Spring Into Shape Bootcamp challenge (SSBC for short). True, being a bit gimpy in the leg area, I had to modify the video a LOT, but I still did it! Well.... 5 of the 10 minutes of it, that is. It was a kickboxing cardio workout and it was tough for me! You know, since I haven't done much cardio in 4 months. But my main goal is to do some kind of exercise daily and SSBC is a great way to create that habit!

Which brings me to the next thing. I'm looking for a sparkbuddy! I work out with my fiance, but he's.... um less ambitious when it comes to exercise. SO! I am trying to find a buddy to be accountable with! I want someone with similar goals. Basically, like I said earlier my goals are to workout every day... even just a little bit. My plan now is strength training for 6 days (alternating body parts) and SOMETHING each day. So er... I guess what I'm saying is that I want to find a buddy who is also trying to do something every day, no matter what it is. SOMETHING. And someone who can and will converse via sparkmail each day to update on our progress. I just really want to make this habit stick and that won't happen if I can't commit each day!

So.... any takers? SP mail me!

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    I'm inspired by your starting off on the Bootcamp Challenge. I joined awhile back and didn't get to complete it----can't remember what happened. After reading what you wrote, it makes me want to get started again.

You can always join in on one of our Daily Sparker challenges if you want more camaraderie and support on keeping up with your exercise. Every month we start a new one and they usually involve tracking our exercise.

Is your foot healing well? I went back and read a few of your blog posts but couldn't find out when your accident happened. Was it very long ago? I am impressed by your continual positive attitude. You've really come a long way, weight wise and otherwise, and must feel very proud of your accomplishments.

I've added you as a friend now, too. Nice getting to know you!

Have a Spark-ling Day!

Comment edited on: 8/25/2011 5:54:58 PM

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 8/25/2011 5:02PM

    Thanks! Sounds great to me! I will message you in a bit.

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YOADDICTION101 8/25/2011 4:48PM

    I did the boot camp in spring. It not always that hard trust me. Plus if you need to you can choose a different video that works on the same area. I had to ask because at the time I started I didn't have a resistance band and on one of the days you needed it.

It's really will help with the daily challenge you want to do.

My goals or just a bit higher but I try to get in 2hrs a day and make sure to take one day off from serious exercise. Though I get a little in on that day to. lol, but I will be more then happy to be a spark buddy. Been looking for someone who would make sure I don't slip the closer and closer the holidays come.

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Two Days in a Row

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What seems to small to some, is huge to me! I worked out two days in a row! And since the only thing I'm consistent at is being inconsistent, this is a good thing! I'm working on it bit by bit!

We also have the housewarming party coming this Saturday. I have no idea what we're gonna feed the guests. Bad, I know. I super suck at coming up with good ideas. And my fiance, apparently does too. Any suggestions? I'm trying to find something relatively healthy, but won't make the guests run for the hills. It's at 2pm, so we're planning snacks and finger food type stuff. Any good ideas?

We also have to finish decorating and organizing, which thankfully isn't much. We do have two paintings we have to hang. One for the bedroom with ships and houses and the blue tones will go great with the bedding. We also have this butterfly painting, which I LOVE because of it's reds and yellows and oranges... all my fave colors!

Question: How many men does it take to fix a leaky waterline to a toilet?

Answer: 0. It takes one woman. Yes, I just got my blog interrupted to "HELP US!" fix the toilet. My fiance and dad were replacing all the innards of our toilet because it was constantly running. They were in there for an hour. I was in there for 5 minutes. emoticon

Now it's time for lunch!

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DXP6028 8/26/2011 8:47AM

    If you have a slow cooker. You can throw frozen turkey meatballs in with a jar of low fat sauce and let it cook on high for 4 hours, then leave it on warm for the party. It is self serve and can be a hot side to all the other great suggestions. Way to go. Have fun and don't stress over the food too much, just enjoy yourself.

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YOADDICTION101 8/25/2011 10:27AM

    don't forget an old classic stable for a fast tray. Sandwiches cut up into triangles and tooth picks put in to each one. You can make them healthy by just adding veggies lol and your guest would not run for the hills lol.

Plus a fruit and veggie tray always helps.

Plumbers daughter here and got to say women can do a lot of plumbing better then most guys. That is the ones who don't mind getting there hands dirty and accidentally breaking a nail. I just recently fixed my kitchen sink because my spouse admits he does not have those skills lol.

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MAAYOTTE 8/25/2011 8:22AM

    A dip with veggies is a good start, maybe some hummus. Melon rolled up in prosciutto. A bean salad with corn, cucumber and tomatoes. You could make some wraps cut in small bites, in my house, it's always a winner. Easy to make and you put whatever you like in them.

Guacamole is always good. I know there is a recipe from coach Nicole that I tried once.

Have a great party!

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THATGIRL7 8/25/2011 7:50AM

    I love the painting!

Way to go for fixing the toilet! Actually, I'm not good at all for this. If the humanity was in danger if I didn't fix something, we would all be dead!

For your party, I don't have much ideas... But I agree with LosingGlinndy - usual stuff always work!

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CEKER9 8/24/2011 10:34PM

    I love the toilet fix... women can do ANYTHING! YEAH to you!!!

On the housewarming food... my suggestion is KISS... Keep it Simple Sweety! The simpler the better. Anything with good food and very little prep!

You'll do great... it will come off like you have been doing this for years... just relax and enjoy it!!!

By the way I LOVE your butterfly picture!!!

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LOSINGLINNDY 8/24/2011 8:10PM

    emoticonfor emoticon2 days in a row. Major break through. Go to the deli for food ideas or use the old standbys--veggies and dip, different kinds of cheese cut up and salsa and tortilla chips. The last is always a favorite with party goers. So happy you are getting settled into your new home.

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NSTARSMITH 8/24/2011 1:54PM

    Oh, hey there - I was looking at blogs and clicked on yours. I love the story about fixing the toilet!!! And congrats on two days in a row. Keep up the streak! As for the food to put out at your function, I can tell you what NOT to put out: on either end of the extreme, forget the too-too healthy stuff; on the other end, I don't suggest ritz crackers or that gooey cheese that squirts out of a can. How about something with canned salmon, like on low-fat snack squares? Or a dip made with fat-free cottage cheese instead of sour cream? Oh, I don't know. Try it and see if they stay or run! Good luck! emoticon

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Getting Back on Track

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

So, I have vowed that this week will not go to waste like the last 4 have! Yesterday, I forced myself to sit down and plan out every workout for the whole week... And I did! Bad part is after I finished tracking it all, I was hungry for lunch. Then I had to get ready for my sister to pick me up (grocery shopping)... and then by the time I got back from the store, I was so exhausted, exercise was the last thing I wanted to do.

Soooo, this morning I did yesterdays workout (arms) and todays (lower body) immediately after breakfast. BEFORE Sparkpeople, BEFORE texting, and definitely BEFORE Farmville (which has become a sad little addiction of mine!lol). And I feel great!

On another subject, I made some yummy Chicken Tortilla Soup last night

And it's so easy, even I could do it!

All you need are a few simple ingredients, 20 minutes, and you have dinner!
I didn't calculate the cals and such (bad me) but the original recipe had it listed as:

Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 141
Total Fat: 4.4g
Cholesterol: 29mg
Sodium: 630mg
Total Carbs: 14.8g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8g
Protein: 12.3g

Basically you take 6 cans, one each of: black beans, Diced tomatoes w/chiles (I used Rotel), Corn, chicken breast, and two 14.5oz cans of chicken broth and just dump them in a pot and cook until everything is hot.

Although, my version was a bit modified. I used fresh boiled and shredded chicken instead of canned, and instead of 2 cans of broth, I made half from bouillon cubes, and used one can of cream of chicken soup. This gives it a better consistency so it isn't so watery.

The recipe also doesn't call for any additional seasoning, but without, it's pretty plain. I used one heaping tsp each of Goya Recaito, Goya Sofrito, and fresh garlic.

Optional toppings, which I didn't use are a pinch of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

And OMG it was YUM!

Since this soup didn't have much... um... bulk, I decided to have with a serving of rice. But you could also just dip tortilla chips into the soup as well. I decided to save the sodium for a different day!

Let me know if you try it!

And now that it's lunch time, I think I'm going to have some leftovers!

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    Great job planning out your workouts for the week! I love how when you missed a day you just did it in addition to the workout you'd planned for the next day.

Very inspiring!

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DOROTHYBERO 8/23/2011 8:51PM

    Sounds yummo!

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THATGIRL7 8/23/2011 4:47PM

    Hey, thank you so much for that recipe! Actually, I was looking for something interesting and easy to do - Since opening cans is easy for me, I'll do that! =P

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PHOXYM 8/23/2011 4:42PM

    Awesome!!! Your soup sounds and looks delicious!! Making me hungry!!

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I have internet again!!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Just a quickie blog to say that I am FINALLY RECONNECTED TO THE WORLD AGAIN!!!

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SNUGGLES2010 8/17/2011 11:59AM

    Yay! Glad to see you back! emoticon

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