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Grilled for the first time!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

As some of you may have seen from my status update last night, I pulled out the grill and cooked me up some yummy chicken for last nights dinner. I've watched people grill many, many times, but I've never actually done it myself.

But yesterday, I decided to change that! And I did! And you wanna know something? (sssshhh don't tell the men this...) That was the best darn bbq chicken I've EVER eaten.

I love the flavor of bbq sauce, but I can't stand gooey, sticky, messy chicken.... So, what I did was season the chicken with rotisserie seasoning and let it sit while I readied the coals (Lighting the dang thing was by far the hardest part! Super windy + matches = not fun). Then I just grilled the chicken until it was mostly done. At that point I took one tsp of watered down bbq sauce and rubbed it on the chicken and let it cook until it had kind of carmelized on the chicken (not sure if I'm describing it correctly lol). When I took the chicken off, I threw on some summer squash. Paired with a salad, this was one yummy dinner!

Update on my 100PuP:

Week 1 Day 1 - I completed the scheduled 2,3,2,2 pushups, ending with 7. I had to change from knee pushups to doing them on my kitchen bar counter. So it's lower than wall pushups. I just wasn't able to maintain form with knee pushups.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 6/19/2012 4:10PM

    Good Grillin BatWoman...that chicken sounded Smackin Good!!!

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LOSINGLINNDY 6/18/2012 7:28PM

    Yum for your first BBQ adventure. I hadn't thought of pushup at the kitchen cabinet. Thanks for the idea. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 6/18/2012 10:08AM

    Way to stretch yourself! I'm still intimidated by the grill.

And way to go on those pushups!

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SHIMMYFIT 6/18/2012 8:41AM

    Go girl. Sounds delicious. I have never grilled either. My husband and I just bought a house and his parents gave us a grill as a housewarming gift, so I guess I have no excuses now!

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MLDELANGEL 6/18/2012 12:23AM

    Great for you on both counts (BBQ and PuPs).

I looked into the site for the PuPs and found the one for the Situps/Crunches.... I'm going to give that a try see how it works out for me. I've done my test and my first day will be tomorrow.... I'm excited!!!

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SOXYINMO 6/17/2012 9:13PM

    Good for you! I started grilling last year because my husband was in the hospital and it was 50 bazillion degrees out and I didn't want to heat up the house!

Now I'm grilling all sorts of things. Congratulations on having the courage to try something new!!


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BOGUSANNIE 6/17/2012 8:49PM

    your chicken sounds good...too bad I can't eat chicken :(

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MKPRINCESS007 6/17/2012 1:29PM

    Way to go! I, too, have never actually grilled! Isn't it funny how that is viewed as a "man's job"? Not any more, right???? Great job! Sounds yummy and delicious!


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LINDAK25 6/17/2012 1:06PM

    Yum! Chicken sounds good. I sometimes precook my chicken on the stove. I boil it in seasoned water. You bring your water to a boil, add chicken and bring to a boil again, cover, turn down heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Then pour out most of the water and add some bbq sauce and just let it simmer uncovered until the water is mostly evaporated. Then grill until your chicken is 160 degrees in the center. This way the center of the chicken is cooked and the outside isn't burned.

My daughter-in-law told me that she can't do those "knee push ups" either. She says she does the regular plank push ups. I have to do them on the stairs, without kneeling. I figure as I get better I can progress to the next lower step!

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FITANDFIFTY2 6/17/2012 12:44PM

    Awesome on the Grilling!! I need to try it (my husband always does it)... in fact your dinner sounded delicious!! Congrats! emoticon

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Randomness: programs, workouts, etc.

Friday, June 15, 2012

You know sometimes it irks me that men tend to lose weight faster than women...

It's mildly annoying that my fiance and I are (well... we were) the same height and same weight and yet he is losing weight and I am just sort of turtling by.

He woke me up this morning (out of a wonderful sleep, mind you) because he was so excited that a pair of his shorts finally fit again. I'm very happy for him... I just, you know, want to see some progress too!

Soooo, I got up, ate breakfast, and drug the kids with me to my apts gym. They weren't pleased at this because it was rainy and they couldn't get in the pool (of course there were a few idiot teens actually swimming, which made it all the more difficult).

But I just climbed on the treadmill and completed this workout www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/expr
, adjusting the speed to 2.5 instead of 4. It wasn't easy, let me tell you. 12% incline is no leisurely stroll! But I made it all the way through with minimal foot pain. I did my stretching and headed back home.

THEN when I normally would hop on the computer and zone out for a few hours, I decided to clean. I cleaned and organized the living room and dining room, washed clothes, folded clothes, washed dishes... all that's left is to clean and organize the kitchen and pantry, which I'll be doing tomorrow.

On another note, we've switched from 2% milk to 1% (I'm quite positive I'll never use skim - I might as well just put water in my cereal) and switched from regular pasta to whole wheat pasta (provided it's very well flavored!).

We've also used brown rice a few times, but honestly it depends on what I'm cooking if I can use it or not. I don't like the texture of brown rice AT ALL, and not particularly fond of the flavor --- but I can mask it pretty well in certain dishes.

At this point we're sticking with white bread. I love whole grain bread, but only the higher end brands with all the good stuff in it. I can't stand the cheaper stuff at all. And since I can't afford the kind I'd want, I refuse to suffer with crap I don't like, so for now, it's white bread.

In other news, my fiance had his dietician appt. I didn't really learn anything (that spark hasn't already taught me!) but it seemed like hearing it again seemed to make the info sink into my fiances head (the man never listens to me!).

He is very fortunate with the programs he has access to with his job. He is a veteran and works for the VA, and I know a lot of people complain about the VA, but I'm super impressed with the help he is getting to lose weight. Since his initial appt where he was told he needed to lose weight and was at risk of developing diabetes (his most recent labs came back normal), he has joined several programs. One is a pool program, where he goes to "classes" twice a week, and he joined a MOVE program (that I'm actually allowed to attend with him, but due to lack of transportation and daycare, I can't go to) that had weekly meetings where you're given lots of info and "homework" workouts to complete before the next meeting. MOVE also gave him a workbook that is almost 200 pages full of health info and tasks to do. PLUS his doc also gave him a book almost the same size for a walking program for him to do as well. I'm jealous that my jobs never provided ANYTHING NEAR this good!

Did I mention that he gets to do this all during his work hours? Lucky joker!

I'm sad I won't be able to go with him to the meetings, but I'm benefiting too because he's going to tell me all that he does in the pool (which I can then do at home) and I am reading the books he brought home (cause I know he's not going to).

Anyway, tomorrow is ST day, so I'll be doing at least 20 minutes of that, plus starting day 1 of the 100PuP (as I'll be calling it now lol). Which means I've got to get to bed! Goodnight!

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LOSINGLINNDY 6/17/2012 12:03AM

    Sounds as if you are benefiting from the info your finance gets. Keep up the good work!

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BOGUSANNIE 6/16/2012 8:53PM

    I remember when a male colleague and I both illuminated pop from our diets...he lost 10lbs almost instantly...me...not so much!!! bastards!!! lmao

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LINDAK25 6/16/2012 2:54PM

    I know how you feel--I lose 1/2 a pound a week and my husband loses so much more quickly!

I also decided that I would rather eat food I enjoy then eat something that tastes like cardboard. I actually like the whole wheat spaghetti, but most whole wheat pasta tastes awful. I just make sure I eat enough fruits and vegetables to get the fiber I need. Why compromise if it's going to make you feel like you're depriving yourself? Then you'll never stick to a healthy eating plan.

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KKLENNERT809 6/16/2012 2:01PM

    Thank you for sharing. Make each cay positive to change and little by little we will all get there!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/16/2012 5:56AM

    I am happy to hear something good about the VA!

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CANDOK1260 6/16/2012 4:59AM

    sorry you can;t make arrangement to do the move program but hopefully you will learn allot from reading his stuff

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100 Push Up Project

Thursday, June 14, 2012

For a while now, I've been looking for the perfect little challenge (and I do mean little) to get me doing SOMETHING. Sure, I'm involved in lots of teams and challenges on here (Can't wait for Summer 5% to begin!), but most are small weekly challenges, or are weightloss challenges without specific guidelines.

I super enjoyed the 15DVC challenge (new one beginning SOON! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
) because it had frequent blog prompts, which kept me constantly thinking and analyzing myself.

But aside from that, most the challenges I have found are physically impossible for me to do right now, too complicated, too boring, or much too broad.

Plus, I enjoy having a goal that I'm trying to reach (more than just "getting healthier" or "getting stronger").

Which is why I got so excited today when I found 100 Push Up project (I read a lot of blogs and it never fails to astonish me where following the links takes me -- often finding several amazing blogs in one day).

It works in much the same way as the 5K Your Way walking/running plans here on Spark do. Start with a little and slowly work your way up.

So, starting today, I'm diving in.

Anyone want to do it with me? 100 pushups in 6 weeks? Here's the link. hundredpushups.com/index.html

**Push ups not your thing? They also have a 150 Dips program, a 200 squats program, and a 200 situps program. Links for these are on the bottom left side of the above link.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 6/14/2012 11:10PM


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TERRIPAL1 6/14/2012 4:27PM

    Nice go for it!!

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 6/14/2012 4:24PM

    Ooooooh gonna have to look for it!

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/14/2012 4:20PM

    Sparkpeople has a team for this challenge too - I think it's called The Mighty 100s

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MLDELANGEL 6/14/2012 3:47PM

    I'm probably going for the crunches, situps will have to wait for me :)

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X5X52000 6/14/2012 3:19PM

    greta blog! I signed up using my android an it cost me $.50 but well worth it! I will be right there with you!

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BOGUSANNIE 6/14/2012 3:19PM

    you know what? I never have done my pushups...so HELL YA!!! I am in...why not...I can't do crunches right now so this might be fun!

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BOGUSANNIE 6/14/2012 3:18PM

    you know if you have an iPhone or iPod you can get their app too?

I have that, the squats and crunches too!!!

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The Most Important Skill to Master

Friday, June 08, 2012

Ok, so I posted this in my team, but I wanted to share this here as well... because it's seriously THAT. FREAKING. AWESOME.

As a kid we should be required to take some kind of "healthy mental habits" or "loving yourself" course to graduate high school and THIS post should be part of the curriculum. And it just happens to include my favorite buddha quote. Ever.

If you have EVER disliked ANYTHING about yourself. Read this now. Seriously. Read it.


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LIBBYFITZ 6/12/2012 6:40PM

    Thank you for that!

I am going to make the quote from Buddah my fb status today!

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    Love it!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/9/2012 4:55PM

    Awesome! I hope you don't mind ~ I am posting it in my blog too!


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BOGUSANNIE 6/9/2012 12:33PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! Thanks for the reminder!

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LINDAK25 6/9/2012 11:22AM

    Thanks! I read it, then printed it out. I believe that the only one who can make you happy is you. You decide what to believe. You make it happen. This article cuts to the heart and soul of that, doesn't it?

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1CRAZYDOG 6/9/2012 10:14AM

    Required reading. You're blog nailed it!!!!! It's like putting on your oxygen mask YOURSELF . . . FIRST . . . before helping anyone else, because you won't be ABLE to help anyone else if you don't help YOU first!

LOVE this.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 6/9/2012 10:12AM

  Great thank you for sharing.

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KATHRYN1955 6/9/2012 7:58AM

    That was a great article....I saved it and sent it to my sister, as well. I shall post the Buddha's quote as my status today.
Thank you.

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SELINA2512 6/9/2012 6:39AM

    Thank you for sharing this article!
I've encountered similar articles, and I'm trying to embrace this way of thinking, the importance of visualization and self-esteem. It's a great advice - love thyself!

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123ELAINE456 6/9/2012 4:22AM

  Awesome article. Learn to love oneself is an important thing one must do to feel good about oneself. An important lesson in life. It is a life long thing for everyone. So lets try to remind ourselves to love God, then ourselves. God puts us on this earth to fullfil a purpose for him. And loving one self most important too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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    Yup, it is awesome! Love yourself! The rest will follow..

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Vitality Prompt 6

Monday, June 04, 2012

Final prompt for the Vitality Challenge.

What accountability (spending ___ minutes a day on SparkPeople, finding an accountability buddy, finding ___ workout buddies, joining a group fitness class at the gym and committing to going regularly, joining a coaching group, etc.) are you going to implement into your future plans to set you up for success?

I spend my time here on Spark. I'm also in a challenge off spark with my sister and a friend... and now I have my fiance on board as well.

How will your life be different in one month if you stick with your plan?

Habits will be forming and I'd say a bad habit or two might possible be broken. I will be on my way!

Six months? I see myself having lost a chunk of weight, not at goal yet, but getting closer. I see me with a my "diet" straightened out - eating a majority of whole foods with processed foods a small part, if not completely eliminated. Exercise will be routine.

1 year? I see myself at goal, or very close to it. Maintaining my healthy eating and exercise program.

5 years? I see myself maintaining my weight, my good habits, and being confident in myself.

What does your life of Vitality entail? Confidence, happiness, vibrance, and freedom from the shell I have been wearing over my personality and health.

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CVRONEK 6/7/2012 8:33AM

    Love your plan! You have it all mapped out and you will do great. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 6/6/2012 4:18PM

    Awesome challenges! Its alway good to make goals and harder to keep them, but good luck with all you do! Keep up the good work! susana

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LRSILVER 6/5/2012 2:02PM

    Great plan, and true insight into the process.

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BOGUSANNIE 6/5/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon you can do it woman!!!!

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123ELAINE456 6/4/2012 10:11PM

  Awesome!!! A very interesting blog with a plan to go with it. Enjoyed it very much. This is the WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week.

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TERRIEHICKS 6/4/2012 8:54PM

    Awesome!! Sounds like a good plan. I still need to do this prompt. I will get it done sometime today!! Way to go!1

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KALISWALKER 6/4/2012 8:18PM

    Sounds great and I know you can do it!

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