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Thank you! - 1,000 Page views

I started this blog 18 days ago and I enjoy sharing and getting feedback from you all. I wanted to say thank you to: Everyone who posts comments. People who I bump into that comment on how they appreciate my writing (misspellings and all :). Countless others who quietly read or follow this blog.  You know who you are!  I find this blog to be a creative outlet for me when I'm not able to do artwork and it helps me stay focused on my goal for a healthy lifestyle.  I must say it also helps me pass the time during these cold winter months (not that kids keep me bored by any means)!  I look forward to sharing all I can with you in hopes that you to will find some meaning/perspective that applies to your life when it comes to diet, health and well being.  Thank you a million times for being a part of my journey. We can learn allot from each other.  It means more to me than you'll ever know! 

What is your splurge?

Tonight is date night with Chris!  Our original plans were to go to the theater and dinner but with all the snow and ice there is fear that the roof could collapse so the performance was canceled (we were going to see the show called  Aluminum).  We are still planning on going out for dinner so tonight will be a cheat meal for me. In general when it comes to dinning out I don't for the most part.  I find eating out to be stressful. I don't have control over how the kitchen prepares the food.  There are times when I have requested they prepare it with less fat but even then it's not great.  Either the food is swimming in oil or steamed with no seasoning to speak of and just blah!  When it comes to eating out I have to plan on it being a splurge otherwise it's too stressful.  The extra calories however I won't partake in unless it's something I know I will really love (no fast food for me).  There are times however when it's lunch time, I'm not at home a

Swiss Chard

In the quest for a healthy diet I'm trying to expand my palate along with my families.  At the grocery store yesterday I was looking for something new to try for vegetables so I purchased swiss chard and fennel (fennel I'll be preparing another day).  For dinner tonight to accompany the swiss chard I cooked flounder in a foil packet (with white wine, lemon juice and parsley).  Baked at 350 for 15 minutes.  To prepare the swiss chard I sautéed it in olive oil with minced garlic, minced onion, salt pepper and lemon (the recipe was in the America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook ).  Here's a link to a few other variations of preparing swiss chard: I found the taste of swiss chard was a little bit like mustard.  My husband and I liked it but my kids didn't seem super interested even though K helped me cook it (it was allot of fun cooking with him and I hope to giv

Screaming Chandeliers

I was planning on posting this yesterday but time got away from me - busy day! ________________________________________________________________ Today was a mixed bag of moments.  School had a 90 minute delay today due to some snow and ice that came our way yesterday. I must say it sure was beautiful looking at the ice on the trees as the sun was shining down upon the branches.  It looked like all the tree branches were a cluster of chandeliers.  All the branches looked encased in crystal. While waiting outside for the school bus with my son K (my son M was inside keeping warm with my husband - it was too cold for him to be outside) we played soccer in the driveway using a chunk of ice covered in snow that was about the size of a hockey puck.  For those few minutes of playing in the driveway I felt like I was a kid again and didn't want the moment to end (it was different riding the bus growing up as it was at the end of our street and I spent allot of time being bullied at

Kale Chips

Hoping to get to the grocery store tomorrow.  I've been without mixed greens the last few days and I'm missing eating salad at dinner.  It's amazing how my body has gotten accustomed to eating really good food like lots of fruits and veggies.  I noticed when my intake of these foods goes down my body actually craves them.  For veggies on hand I had some kale and decided to make some  Kale Chips . If you're interested in trying something different and healthy give this recipe a try: Kale Chips 1 bunch of curly leaf  kale Cooking spray 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (or to taste) Preheat oven to 350. Tear the leafs into chip size pieces (discard the vein that runs down the center of the leaf). Wash kale and dry really well with a salad spinner and a paper towel or two (make sure the kale is really dry). Spray pan with cooking spray. Place dry kale on pan and spray the kale with cooking spray.  Sprinkle with seasoned salt and bake for 10 - 15mins (watch caref

Iced In!

Woke up to no snow today but ice! - cabin fever is setting in but exercise will be my cure. It's day two of no school and my boys are now making pretend food with Play-Doh. It's so cute with them inventing these strange concoctions of pizza with pb. I confess! I didn't follow my advice yesterday and didn't get any exercise (partly because my muscles were sore from Sundays workout and I needed a nap :). I'm going to bust out a 4 mile run on the treadmill now and I'm going to love every minute of it! - Chris is going to watch the kids so I'll be kid free for about 45mins (give or take)! Off to run! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10:41am Update to this post: I ran on an incline of 2, walked 1 min. ran 5 min.  Total of 4 miles in 44 minutes.  My leg muscles are feeling it and I feel great! Anything can happen today and it won't matter because I reached my goal for today. Bring it! - ok maybe I sho

Snowed In?

I can't remember the last time my son had a full week of school? - Before Christmas break perhaps?  Today I made some peanut butter cookies and got the recipe from the Weight Watchers website.  The recipe called for some chunky peanut butter and I didn't have any on hand so I made my own with the food processor.  Another ingredient it called for was whole grain wheat flour?  I used some white whole wheat flour (all the nutrition of 100% whole wheat but less dense like white flour).  I tripled the cookie recipe, baked a dozen and put the rest of the dough in the freezer (I'm hoping my husband doesn't go to crazy with the frozen dough and leaves me some to actually bake for the boys on another day). For exercise I may try to get a workout in at home during nap time.  I have a Jillian Michael's 30day Shred  just for days like today when I can't get out.  It's a 20 minute highly concentrated workout.  In closing if you are trapped at home with kids I wi

Are you committed?

Are you committed? That's the first thing I asked myself before I started this journey.  I must say there were many times I had thoughts about what I was and wasn't willing to do. Am I ready to give up the couch potato lifestyle (I would say to myself - as much as a mom could be a couch potato - Laughing Out Loud)?  Did I wake up one day and say I'm going to eat well, avoid fried foods, give up the DD drive through donut and workout religiously?  Heck No!  The thought of doing all of that at once was overwhelming at best.  I took small steps like: no fried foods, eat 5 fruits and veggies a day, start exercise slowly and enjoy what you are doing, try something new and repeat what works. I decided in a moment that I was going to lose the weight and this time nothing was going to stand in my way.  I am committed.  I am going to do whatever it takes.  Why this time you ask in comparison to all the other times?  The stakes are higher for me now.  I am now in my late 30's

Weigh In Week #54

Picture taken 1/30/11 145lbs  In case you were wondering based on the title I have been doing this now for 54 weeks :-).  Monday mornings are my official weigh day and today I was a  - 1.2 lbs :-) That puts me at a current weight of 145.2 (I'll call that a total loss of 70lbs). Tuesday night is now my WW weigh in. Now if I can just remember what I wore last Tuesday night so I can be as accurate as possible on the scale.  In the big picture of my health it doesn't really matter but I like consistency.

Butts, Guts, Burgers and Ice Cream

Had a great workout this morning.  I ran 3.5miles in 37minutes and then immediately went to my Butts and Guts Class afterwords (an hour of torture on your legs, butt, arms and abs).  Quickly got home and then...... Went on a date with my little man today.  It was nice having some one on one time with him as it doesn't happen very often.  We spent the afternoon going out to lunch, seeing a play and getting some ice cream (in case you're wondering I used  all of my 49 extra ww points at lunch - this was my splurge meal).  I was looking forward to lunch at the good burger place (the last time I had a burger there was August) but it wasn't open until 12pm and the play started at 1pm so that wasn't going to work.  We opted to go to another place that was a step above the golden arches when it comes to burgers but it wasn't 'THE' place to go for burgers.  On the good side it was a chain restaurant so when I got home I could look up the nutrition information onl