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I Admit It: I'm a Flexitarian

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thanks to Spark I now have a name for how my eating has changed over the two plus years Iíve Sparked.

I have changed how much I eat, and I have changed WHAT I eat. While I still eat red meat a couple of times a week I am faithful to eating fish, chicken and a lot more beans and grains as my protein sources. And thatís not taking much effort anymore. It feels natural. So I guess Iím a FLEXITARIAN. Who knew?!!

Check out this Spark article on becoming a ďFlexitarian:Ē

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
on_articles.asp?id=902


  
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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 4/12/2014 3:20AM

    Sounds healthy.

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KELLIEBEAN 4/11/2014 8:14PM

    I think I'm heading that way. Thanks for sharing the article!



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JANTHEBLONDE 4/11/2014 1:04PM

    Way to go girl! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a fabulous day!
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MICKEYH 4/11/2014 9:15AM

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NELLJONES 4/11/2014 8:15AM

    I call it being an Omnivore. I just make everything myself and don't rely on processed anything.

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PMRUNNER 4/11/2014 6:07AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CREATIVEHEART5 4/11/2014 6:00AM

    Thanks for sharing that article. emoticon
It has been an upward battle to get processed meats ( Bacon, Sausage and Hot Dogs out of my family's diet but I do consider important to consider these types of meats a very very Special occasion food like dessert) so red meat is kind of what I substitute. I have heard that we should consider red meat as a special treat meat too but I personally cant eat chicken and fish nonstop.
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My Little Spring Salad Garden

Thursday, April 03, 2014

These are my plants that have come back from hibernation. My herb garden "survivors" include: thyme, oregano, parsley, chives and a bit of Swiss Chard. Let the growing season begin!

This is my front porch "salad" garden that I keep in spring and fall. ( It get's too hot mid summer.) It's a real treat to snip a few salad veggies when I need them. I plan on adding some lettuces, a few radishes (for fun) and some more chard starting from seed. We travel quite a bit so it's hard to do a bigger version. But this little bit is fun for me!


  
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OCEANWIDE 4/9/2014 7:55AM

    How lovely, I too keep a small herb garden by my window, I really wish I had a actual garden though, maybe later in life who knows !

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/9/2014 6:17AM

    Wow, this is great, I wish I could have a little garden to keep some fresh herbs!

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BESSHAILE 4/6/2014 8:26AM

    i keep a pot by the front door with a few bits and pieces in it too - right where I can water it in the morning.

But I long for a slightly bigger garden - maybe this year.



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KANOE10 4/5/2014 9:01AM

    I am excited to have fresh herbs and produce. I love your little herb garden!


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KANSASROSE67 4/4/2014 9:52AM

    Love your little garden! I grow my herbs in pots and bring in to my back porch for winter, so I can snip fresh herbs all year long. This year I covered my fall-planted spinach with hay, and it has survived the winter! I uncovered it and hope to have fresh spinach in a couple of weeks.

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DALID414 4/3/2014 11:48PM

    I saw some seed packs at the dollar spot at Target, but didn't see any sprouts. I don't know why, but I want to grow sprouts of all things!

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MICKEYH 4/3/2014 11:45PM

    emoticon I'm doing the same!

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DIBANANA 4/3/2014 10:20PM

  Wonderful!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/3/2014 9:41PM

    That is fabulous!

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MERRYMARY42 4/3/2014 7:29PM

    makes me happy just to think about picking a fresh tomato emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/3/2014 2:16PM

    I love your herb garden! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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SPEEDY143 4/3/2014 2:12PM

    emoticon emoticon a garden, no matter how small, always makes me smile emoticon yours is delightful emoticon emoticon Our artichokes are finally peeking through emoticon

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SEATTLE58 4/3/2014 1:37PM

    Oh, how fun that looks and sounds. Yes, let the growing season begin!! We have a Winter snowstorm in existence right now for today and tomorrow, on top of our solid cold ground, so it won't be anytime soon here, but hopefully for you it will be!

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A Short Poem for a Peaceful Weekend

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sending this poem out for everyone's weekend. By Danna Faulds. "Walking Slowly"


It only take a reminder to breathe,

a moment to be still, and just like that,

something in me settles, softens, makes

space for imperfection. The harsh voice

of judgement drops to a whisper and I

remember again that life isn't a relay

race; that we will all cross the finish

line; that waking up to life is what we

were born for. As many times as I

forget, catch myself charging forward

without even knowing where I'm going,

that many times I can make the choice

to stop, to breathe, and to be, and walk

slowly into the mystery.



~Danna Faulds, Poems from the Heart of Yoga: Go In and In

  
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OCEANWIDE 4/1/2014 3:14PM

    Such a beautiful and powerful poem, thank you so much for sharing !
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SIERRAGOLD 3/30/2014 4:48PM

    I love this poem. I wish more people would take this to heart and not allow outside circumstance or their personalities to lead them.

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MICKEYH 3/30/2014 4:28PM

    Great poem. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 3/30/2014 7:17AM

    What a Beautiful Poem. I just sent it to my Email Friends List to share.
How could I Not !!!!

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MILLEDGE2 3/30/2014 6:59AM

    I took a photo of this and will keep it in an inspirational album on my phone, so it is with me to remind me, no matter where I am. Thanks so much for sharing!

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MERRYMARY42 3/29/2014 7:15PM

    very nice, Thanks, now to stop and breathe,

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POPSY190 3/29/2014 5:19PM

    Thank you!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/29/2014 4:52PM

    I love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 3/29/2014 2:32PM

    What a nice poem to read on a Sunny Saturday afternoon. It was really welcome because I have let some stresses in my life take over.

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JANTHEBLONDE 3/29/2014 11:14AM

    Namaste!
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NANCYPAT1 3/29/2014 10:32AM

    Thanks you for sharing this and IT WORKED - I am going to save it and add it to my memorized poems - I really appreciated it.

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    How relaxing emoticon namaste

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KANSASROSE67 3/29/2014 10:24AM

    This is great...thanks.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 3/29/2014 9:34AM

    An excellent reminder-This comes at the right time for me. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 3/29/2014 8:58AM

    What a perfect read when I am feeling self-induced stress from a long to-do list. The first line did indeed remind me to sit up straight and BREATHE. Thanks for sharing.

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KIMBERLY_Y 3/29/2014 8:25AM

    Thank you for bringing a quiet reflective moment to my morning. emoticon

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KANOE10 3/29/2014 8:15AM

    That was a lovely poem. I love waking up to life is what we were born for.

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Mall Meal Upgrade

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I was so pleased to discover a healthy meal at a local mall. You are looking at kale salad, 1/4 of a turkey pita sandwich and some lentil soup. Who says mall food has to be unhealthy? It was good, by the way. ...though I'm not a fan of kale salad YET. LOL



  
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SUPERDAD55 4/3/2014 8:44PM

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SJKENT1 3/31/2014 2:39AM

    Great!!

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WALKINGGIRL6 3/29/2014 3:32AM

    I find kale gross lol. Wow you have a great mall that offers healthy alternatives, the closest ours gets is Subway where you can have wilted gross lettuce. The subs are fairly healthy though which is what I usually have

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JSEATTLE 3/29/2014 2:06AM

  I just had a kale ceasar salad and it was absolutely delicious!

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JAMER123 3/29/2014 12:25AM

    Great steps taken! Not sure I could get used to kale either and I applaud you for trying. it might just surprise you!
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LIVELYGIRL2 3/28/2014 7:37PM

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NONNAOF2 3/28/2014 6:28PM

  I've never eaten mall food, but it seems like you found something worth eating! :-)

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MARYJEANSL 3/28/2014 6:05PM

  I am working on making myself like kale salad myself. I have a long way to go! But at least I do like lentil soup.

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NEWTINK 3/28/2014 5:37PM

    and they say nothing amazing happens at the mall ... i am happy you found it thank you for sharing

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MRSRIGS1 3/28/2014 4:16PM

    emoticon It's about time these fast-food courts get with the action! Lunch looks yummy!

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MIMIDOT 3/28/2014 3:44PM

    Don't eat at malls often, But glad to know they do have some healthy meals. Thanks for sharing.

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/28/2014 2:45PM

    Yum! Looks like the perfect lunch! emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 3/28/2014 1:46PM

    Wow, that actually looks great!!

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MICKEYH 3/28/2014 1:42PM

    Kale salad looks yummy! emoticon

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PWILLOW1 3/28/2014 10:22AM

    LOOKS YUMMY, THANKS FOR SHARING

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DJSHIP46 3/28/2014 10:21AM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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LCRUMLEY81 3/28/2014 10:21AM

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LINDAK25 3/28/2014 10:20AM

    That looks good! Whole foods has the best kale salad I've ever had. There's a salad mix with baby kale and baby spinach that's wonderful. Baby kale is tender and not bitter at all.

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SHERYLP461 3/28/2014 8:39AM

    This looks yummy, I like kale mixed with other greens for a salad, not sure if I would like it alone either.

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ROCKYCPA 3/28/2014 8:19AM

    Very interesting - if you look for something healthy you will find it! Good for you!

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IDICEM 3/28/2014 8:03AM

  What's the restaurant? Good thing for malls to expand their offerings!

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ICECUB 3/28/2014 7:50AM

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SANDYCRANE 3/28/2014 7:22AM

    Interesting.



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BESSHAILE 3/28/2014 7:09AM

    Very interesting - so - who was selling kale salad?

(i only put kale in smoothies - we call them green drink at my house)

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PENOWOK 3/28/2014 6:32AM

    That looks terrific!! Nice find!

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SHARON7464 3/28/2014 6:17AM

    I love kale salad! I even put black kale in my smoothies!

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CFMOSS 3/28/2014 6:10AM

    That looks yummy. I do like kale, particularly baby kale lightly steamed with other stuff.

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TRYINGHARD54 3/28/2014 5:47AM

    no kale for me..but the rest looks good....

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DALID414 3/28/2014 12:04AM

    Hmmm, I think I would've just had the whole pita sandwich.

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CELIAMINER 3/27/2014 1:48PM

    What was the company? I'll have to look for one.

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KELLIEBEAN 3/27/2014 12:27PM

    Looks lovely. Great find! I have tried to like kale but not so much.

Good for you!

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    Looks yummy!
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SEATTLE58 3/27/2014 10:37AM

    It looks so good to me too, except for that kale salad. I'm not one for that stuff either! Good for your mall though!

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AMARANTHAQ 3/27/2014 10:30AM

    Looks great!

I used to dislike kale but now love it.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 3/27/2014 10:28AM

    I only know 1 person that actually likes kale...and I'm pretty sure she's crazy! lol

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My Five Core Spark Habits

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spark people provides many opportunities to be informed and try new activities. Over my two plus years on Spark Iíve experimented with pretty much everything on the site. Everyone is different, of course, but for me there are five core things that I believe are the heart of my healthy lifestyle now. I donít do any of these perfectly, but I do them pretty routinely. With them I think I can continue to maintain a healthy weight and meet my fitness goals.

TRACKING WHAT I PUT IN MY MOUTH

I never wander too far from tracking what I eat. Simply recording reminds me to pay attention to the nutritional and caloric value of my food as well as portion size. Itís too easy for ďamnesiaĒ to set in if I donít do this.

CONSISTENT WORKOUTS

No matter what I do, and what I do varies a lot, getting a consistent amount of exercise each day matters. I do everything from going to the gym, walking, jogging, ellipticalóand fun things like swimming, kayaking, hiking. I like classes and experiment with them too. But whatever is going on I know I need to be active on a routine basis.

FINDING BUDDIES

Once I admitted to myself I needed to focus on my healthy lifestyle it became exciting to find peopleófriends old and newócommitted to the same thing. It makes it so much easier to get to the gym with a friend waiting. Itís easy to get isolated if I am not active, and itís too easy to make meals the focus of my entire social life if I donít plan ďactivity datesĒ.

WEIGHING IN

Not everyone needs to do this, but I need to watch that number at least a few times a week. I weigh in as my day starts and it helps me keep my eye on the ball. I donít obsess with a pound up or down, but I do know whatís going on with my weight most days.

CONNECTING WITH THE SPARK COMMUNITY

I didnít spend much time on Spark teams until after I had lost some weight. But I have found teams absolutely essential in maintenance. This is a caring informed community and boy does it help me remember to be true to what I care about: living healthy and living strong.

  
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KANSASROSE67 3/22/2014 5:24PM

    I second pretty much everything you said in your blog!

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KANOE10 3/21/2014 9:42AM

    Those are excellent habits! I like everyone of them. That is why you are a success. I am the same way. I seem to need support more after I have lost the weight, then while I was losing!

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DALID414 3/20/2014 11:51PM

    4/5 for me. I don't actively go finding buddies, but I do add everyone who adds me!

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MERRYMARY42 3/20/2014 9:35PM

    I absolutely agree, and really try to do all 5 also, good list

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JULIEABIGAIL 3/20/2014 5:32PM

  toni, thank you for this outstanding blog. i hope it gets wide readership because i think it would be immensely helpful for so many people. emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 3/20/2014 11:21AM

    Awesome blog! Well said! I totally agree with you! Sending you lots of hugs!
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CELIAMINER 3/20/2014 9:34AM

    Sounds like my core, too, except for the buddy part. Mostly I prefer to exercise alone, the exceptions being walking with DH and weekly ST with my trainer (who I still think doesn't push me enough).

Nice wallpaper for the first day of astronomical Spring!

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