Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Today's SparkCoach lesson was about blogging. It discussed the importance of public blogging because blogging - writing it down, getting it out of your head and onto paper or out there in cyberspace somewhere -- keeps you accountable, helps you tap into your feelings, uncovers patterns, provides support and celebrates your success.
I had never blogged before I started at SP. It was weird, awkward to put ME out there. I felt like it was an invasion of my private thoughts. But I did it. And I have to agree with all the above.
I have SOOOOOO appreciated feedback from SparkPeople, people who have become like friends to me. Although I wouldn't know you if I saw you on the street, being able to share the things that are impacting my journey to health, and to get your feedback . . . and in some cases, learn that you're dealing with - or have successfully dealt with it and survived - continues to be such a blessing and encouragement to me.
So, I want to encourage you to GO GET YOUR BLOG ON!
We're all in this together and you just never know who you're going to help today, besides yourself.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Today's challenge is to share one of my 'go to' recipes.
Here's a fav I came up with when I just gotta have something sweet.
It's quick and easy, and very satisfying.
Chocolate Covered Almonds
1 ounce of raw almonds
1 serving of chocolate chips
Melt chocolate chips in microwave.
Dip and cover each almond with the melted chocolate
and place on a plate sprayed with Pam.
Place in freezer.
Lick chocolate off fingers and scape the rest of the chocolate out of the bowl.
(Well, at least that's what I do!)
Leave them to freeze for half an hour or so.
(Remember to count the number of almonds and calculate your calorie count
PER ALMOND and enter it into your nutritional tracker. Better do it now!)
Once the almonds are frozen, place them ALL in a zip lock bag.
Store in freezer until the urge grabs ya.
When ya just have to have something sweet,
remove ONE chocolate covered almond from the bag
and stash the rest of them back in the freezer.
Place that ONE chocolate covered almond on a pretty plate or napkin.
Find a comfy place to sit.
(My fav place is an overstuffed chair near the window
that overlooks the pond and back yard.)
Before you cram it in your mouth, think about how yummy it's going to taste
Place it in your mouth, and let it sit on your tongue and begin to melt.
When you can't stand it any longer. . . . devour that sucker and
savor every morsel.
Remember to serve yourself only one chocolate covered almond at a time.
This way you'll have to MOVE IT when you want another one.
Not only does this satisfies my sweet tooth, but it gives a shot of protein as well.
If I eat the whole recipe, it's still not all that bad:
1 oz chocolate chips = 70 calories
1 oz raw almonds = 160 calories
This was the nutritional breakdown info on my last batch
Chocolate covered almonds
Submitted by: CATINCJ
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving Calories: 12.8
Total Fat: 0.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 0.0 mg
Total Carbs: 1.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 0.3 g
Here's the link, and you can get your 3 points for a recipe today:
Monday, January 07, 2013
Today I am supposed to write a blog and share my weight loss story.
Unfortunately, I am at the beginning of Day 3 of a huge painting project and my house is in shambles. . . .furniture pushed away from the walls, covered with paint cloths, buckets and brushes all over the place. In other words, it is not a good time for this particular assignment. However, I do believe I'm pretty much up to date on my daily blogs which reflect my journey to this point.
So far, I have shed 17 pounds and about 12 inches and am 5 pounds away from my 1st weight loss goal. I've been stuck here for a couple of weeks. Haven't changed anything much in my diet. I'm still tracking my food and fitness. However, the weather has not permitted me to be outside working in the yard and be as active as I'd like to be, but I have been extra busy indoors with the preparations and painting project.
I am ecstatic about the way I'm feeling, physically. Three months ago, there is no way in the world I would have been able to move after painting for 30 minutes . . . . and yet yesterday was the second day that I painted for at least SIX hours . . . . climbing ladders, stretching to paint along the ceiling edge, crawling all around the baseboards painting at the carpet level . . . and everything in between. Even my hubby was exclaiming that he cannot believe how great I"m doing and how happy I am.
Yesterday, he was painting the ceiling (he offered!!) and was in the kitchen painting away. I was painting in one of the other rooms, rocking out to some tunes on my iPod . . . and I heard him laughing hysterically. When I asked what he was laughing at, he said "YOU!!!" Then he explained that he wasn't laughing AT me (for my attempt at singing) but that he is overjoyed that I am doing so well.
So, back to the assignment..... I'm not sure what it's gonna take to break thru this roadblock I've come up against . . . cos I would like to lose those 5 pounds to reach my first goal . . . . but if this is where my body is happy for now, I couldn't be happier. After all, it's not about the number on the scale. It's all about feeling Sparky! And I'm sure feeling Sparky!!!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
After we cleaned up the residue of the second day of painting, I looked at my reflection in the mirror. There's a really good chance I'm wearing as much paint as the walls.
Six hours of climbing ladders, stretching overhead, bending over, kneeling, sitting cross-legged on the floor. I am really tired but I feel SOOOOO great!!! Just a couple months ago, I would be in traction after attempting what I did today!
I just beamed up my computer for the first time today. I didn't track my meals as I went along as usual, but after putting everything in just now, I'm right on track. That made me feel good cos I was doing the mental calculations as I was going along.
Hubby's fixing his special clam chowder for dinner. And I know what's gonna happen after our tummys get full . . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
He said he's ready to go back to work tomorrow so he can get some rest.
I know I'm missing some great stuff by not reading everyone's blogs today . . . . but I'll have to catch up tomorrow . . . I can hardly keep my eyes open. And that's a great feeling.
Hope everyone had a great weekend.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
I've been painting all day. I've got Belgium Waffle all over my hands.... that's the color of the paint in the living room. Hershey Syrup is smeared all over the wall in the hallway and Peanut Brittle in the kitchen. Ya'd think we were on a diet or something
Have stayed on plan today, mixing it up a bit, restructuring my meals and snacks. And it feels good. .. . . . I'm ready for dinner!!!
Three + hours of painting for my workout today! Squats, stretches, climbing ladders . . . oh yeah. That hot tub's gonna feel good!
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