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Old 02-16-2013, 06:37 PM   #376
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QOTD Saturday, February 16

Do you have a favorite healthy magazine or cookbook? Where do you find healthy recipes? Or, do you just make healthy adjustments to recipes that you already have?


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I actually love the magazine Fitness. It has great articles about all around health. They have some good recipes, too. I usually just look online for healthier versions of what I'm in the mood for. I usually use Pinterest, All recipes, Skinny Ms, and I found Cooking Light today.

I am not a cook, so I need to follow recipes. I am not the type of person who can just do my own thing and it tastes okay enough to eat!!


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What kind of editing do you do? I've always just ordered the Photopass DVD and that's it. Will you share a photo with us when you get them??
I am going through all the photos and adding borders. I am also enlarging some of the really nice ones of the boys together or all of us together to put in 5x7 or 8x10 frames. I also change some to back and white. If I can figure out how to post a pic, I will as soon as I get the dvd. I don't use any photo sharing sites. I just upload to Walgreen and print when they have a good code. I can actually walk to our Walgreens, so I just order regular and they are usually done in one hour.

DS loved scuba last night. They just learned basic hand signals and about the equipment. Then they swam in the shallow end for a bit and played underwater Frisbee. Next week they are going to try to work together to build something with pvc pipes (I can't remember what though) and they will also be doing a simulated night dive the last week with the lights out & using flashlights. He is so excited.


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I am all over the board with this. I like finding recipes in magazines and on Pinterest and online other places. Weight Watchers Magazine and Cooking Light both have great stuff. I also make up my own recipes a lot of the time, trying to use whatever I have on hand. And of course, I make adjustments to recipes I already have to try and make them healthier and lighter! I have tried to learn many techniques for making traditionally "heavy" things much lighter.... like white sauce and cheese sauce, breaded and fried items, etc. And I am big on adding BULK to foods to make them more filling for few calories.

I hestitate to buy cookbooks because often there will be just one or two recipes I like in a big book. In fact, one of my spring cleaning plans has been to copy a few good recipes out of some of my existing books and then dump the books. I have a big cupboard dedicated to cookbooks/magazines, but I use the same 10-20 recipes over and over!

This is a GREAT question and I'm excited to hear what folks have to say! .........................P
I just looked at the Cooking Light site today. I found a couple recipes that I may print out. I tend to agree that I get a cookbook but only use 1 or 2 recipes out of it. Good luck on that spring cleaning plan!


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Good morning!

I have a lot of cookbooks but no favorite. Basically I read a recipe and then adjust it to what I want. Most of my cooking is done without a recipe. I have been looking for "heart healthy" recipes and "low fat" recipes at the present moment.

I am considering getting rid of most of my cookbooks (not all)! I love books and this would be very hard for me, I am a book junkie.

We do not alter food much. Steam or saute veggies, grill, roast, broil meats/fish. I have been cooking like that for a long while already.

Now I just eat smaller portions and I MAKE SURE that there is a veggie or 2 on that plate every time.

Have a great Saturday!!!
Sautéed veggies are so yummy! Do you have any favorites? Have you looked at the American Heart Association for recipes? I know my mom did after my dad had a heart attack. It was a great source of information.


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With the thaw and refreeze the whole lot is an ice skating rink in the mornings. I hit a bad spot and kind of slipped but caught myself. Must have twisted me knee somehow.
Never made it to the chiro, my head hurt so much I just laid down instead. Of course my head and my back still hurt today, I need to go back on Monday.
Oh no. I hope you get feeling better and that the chiro can get you all adjusted.


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Hello all. Been a busy week as usual. Well despite many extra valentines treats and snacking I'm down .9 of a pound. Hey I'll take it.

Way to go!

Had a moment of weakness yesterday. I swear I can tell a difference in my hormones starting immediately after ovulation. After infertility issues I'm keenly aware of the moment I ovulate . It took all I had not to pull into McDonalds yesterday. I hurried home and made a veggie burger instead w just a few potato chips.

Great job avoiding that greasy food!

Re: a previous QOTD, I can't even remember the date but I have not had a soda in more than a week - maybe 2. I had no tea made the other day and water seemed boring so I opened a can of DHs diet coke (not my usual coke zero) had a sip and it was terrible!! So I poured my ice water and realized I preferred it. OMG have my tastes changed. I hope I can keep this up!

What's the opinion on Splenda? I here mixed things. Better than aspartame for sure I plan to only use it in emergencies!!
I saw that Pamela answered your question. I love how you said only for emergencies! I have found that I can do without any sweetener with some things, but I am having a hard time letting it go in my coffee. I would consider my coffee an emergency lol.


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I should do that cleaning stuff too....

Except I felt so yucky that I never did clean. But, it will be there tomorrow, right?

I get alot of ideas online. Either from pinterest or I will just think of an unhealthy meal I am craving and then search online for a healthy alternative.
As for magazines I subscribe to many that I get for free using coke points (i drink a diet coke a day). I get Redbook and Fitness right now. In the past i've gotten all you, good housekeeping, glamour, in style and self. Self and Glamour used to be my faves but I think I may have 'outgrown' them. They seem aimed a younger crowd. I don't know. I still like Self but I thought I would give Fitness a try. I've only gotten one so far but I like it. It had some good recipes in it and workouts I have yet to try.

I also used to get Glamour then felt like I was too old for it. But I love Fitness! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sorry to all for being MIA. Its been a busy week at work and at home.

It's okay. Life happens. Thanks for checking in and posting!

I've been doing my plank everyday and walked the dog everyday but one (but that was because I went grocery shopping that day and by the time i got home it was dark).

Way to go on the plank and dog walking!

DH and I went out to eat on Valentine's and I didn't count calories that night so it was a bit of a cheat. I still show a loss for the week so I guess that's good but its not as much as I would like. :P

Congrats on the loss!

I hope to get better at replying to all but in the meantime, I hope everyone is doing well and has a wonderful weekend!
Have a great weekend as well!

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Sorry I haven't been posting this week, but I have been keeping up with the thread at least. I haven't really had any computer time, but I do read on my phone any time I get the chance so I don't get behind. I do want to try to catch up with the QOTD though!

I work 12 hour night shifts every weekend plus 1 additional day/week. After working all weekend last week, my mom came down on Monday. It was her brother's birthday and he passed away a couple years ago, so she just wanted to have something to do to keep her mind occupied. She stayed with the girls Tuesday night so DH and I could get away. We ate at a buffet (bad!), did some shopping, and stayed at a hotel about an hour from home. We had to be back around lunch time Wed to take DD13 to get her retainers. She had just gotten her braces off Tues morning. I had to work Thurs night so I slept most of the day on Friday, and I've been cleaning all day today because my niece is coming to visit tomorrow. She's coming on the train from Kansas City so I can take her to a Black Veil Brides concert on Wed night. I have no idea what I'm going to wear to that since my wardrobe basically consists of Disney t-shirts with a couple Justin Bieber shirts thrown in for good measure! Anyway, she loves BVB and I found out they were coming to town, so I offered to take her. She's my sister's daughter and my sister isn't really in the picture anymore, so I'm just thrilled that her dad is letting her come visit. We haven't seen her in almost 2 years.

I need to get showered now and take DD13 to softball practice and pick up DD 16 from dance. I feel like all I do is run these kids all over town all day and then rush off to work right after dinner!
It sounds like you are getting some great family time in. That was so nice of your mom to stay with your girls so you could get out with your DH. And, how fun to see your niece after such a long time! She is probably so excited!

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Well, my plan for the day did not pan out at all. I did upload my pictures from our camera and my phone to Walgreens. But then I started not feeling too well. I woke up with a nasty cough and I was just feeling tired and achy. So, I helped DSs build an old fashioned dining room chair and blanket fort, then rested on the couch. DS6 declared me sick when he felt my head and said it was hot. I took my temp and was 100, so not really a fever, but I took some cold meds for the couch and aches. I eventually made a quick dinner then fell asleep on the couch. I feel a tad better now. I hope I feel better tomorrow since my sister is having us over for her and my nephew's birthdays. Not that I need cake or ice cream, but it'll be a fun family time.

It sure is a quiet day here today. I hope everyone is having a good day and enjoying the weekend. I may be back later to post the QOTD for tomorrow in case I feel better and I am rushing the kids out the door for Sunday School and church.

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Old 02-16-2013, 11:50 PM   #377
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Good Saturday morning! I am going to be spending my morning loading pics onto Walgreens.com, doing laundry, generally cleaning around this house, and meal planning. So, in honor of my fun chore of meal planning comes the QOTD:

QOTD Saturday, February 16

Do you have a favorite healthy magazine or cookbook? Where do you find healthy recipes? Or, do you just make healthy adjustments to recipes that you already have?


I'll be back in a bit to catch up

Jill
I love Self magazine. My sis in law gave me a present of a magazine subscription a few years ago and I keep renewing it.

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Hello all. Been a busy week as usual. Well despite many extra valentines treats and snacking I'm down .9 of a pound. Hey I'll take it.

Had a moment of weakness yesterday. I swear I can tell a difference in my hormones starting immediately after ovulation. After infertility issues I'm keenly aware of the moment I ovulate . It took all I had not to pull into McDonalds yesterday. I hurried home and made a veggie burger instead w just a few potato chips.

Re: a previous QOTD, I can't even remember the date but I have not had a soda in more than a week - maybe 2. I had no tea made the other day and water seemed boring so I opened a can of DHs diet coke (not my usual coke zero) had a sip and it was terrible!! So I poured my ice water and realized I preferred it. OMG have my tastes changed. I hope I can keep this up!

What's the opinion on Splenda? I here mixed things. Better than aspartame for sure I plan to only use it in emergencies!!
I know my food cravings are always worse the week before my period. It's funny-- I just had an opposite experience than you. I was out of all low calorie mixers for my vodka or rum and tried just vodka, water and lime and yuck!
I put honey in my coffee. My Dad was doing this the last time I visited, so I started doing it and have been doing it for about 10 years. Sometime
s I add a little stevia, agave, white sugar or splenda and I always have to have a liquid creamer.

Had a great week. My friend had the same days as me at work so it was really a nice surprise all week for me. I hope the schedule stays the same-- we used to be scheduled together for years. I suppose they all think I'm supposed to 'get over' him but that will never happen....
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:35 AM   #378
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Good morning! I woke up still not feeling too well, so the kids are going to miss Sunday school (DH is sleeping after working midnights so he can't take them). So, I am going to post the QOTD and take some meds and relax. I'll check in throughout the day.


QOTD Sunday, February 17

It's a fun question today! If you could possess one "power," what would it be and why?


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Hi everyone. I've just been lurking lately, but thought I'd do a brief report. I'm still doing my plank a day challenge. I'm up to 49 seconds! I should be at a full minute by the end of the month Then I think I'll work up to 2 sets of 1 minute planks. Don't want to get too ahead of myself though. The weight loss is coming along, but slower than I'd like this month. Not sure if I'll reach my monthly goal, but I'll still weigh less on March 1 than I did on Feb. 1. (And that is what really matters, right?)

QOTD: I always tell my kids I wish I had Elastigirl's power. (You know, Mrs. Incredible.) Then I could just sit in my chair all day and stretch to get whatever I needed. Of course, that power would not help with weight loss

Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.
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I am going through all the photos and adding borders. I am also enlarging some of the really nice ones of the boys together or all of us together to put in 5x7 or 8x10 frames. I also change some to back and white. If I can figure out how to post a pic, I will as soon as I get the dvd. I don't use any photo sharing sites. I just upload to Walgreen and print when they have a good code. I can actually walk to our Walgreens, so I just order regular and they are usually done in one hour.

I never tried adding anything. I usually just get the basic DVD, order the photos from Walgreens when I get home, and then put them in the scrapbook.
Guess I should look at Photopass more closely next time!


DS loved scuba last night. They just learned basic hand signals and about the equipment. Then they swam in the shallow end for a bit and played underwater Frisbee. Next week they are going to try to work together to build something with pvc pipes (I can't remember what though) and they will also be doing a simulated night dive the last week with the lights out & using flashlights. He is so excited.

Sounds like fun! That "night" diving sounds interesting and a bit scary!

I just looked at the Cooking Light site today. I found a couple recipes that I may print out. I tend to agree that I get a cookbook but only use 1 or 2 recipes out of it. Good luck on that spring cleaning plan!

I've got an issue of Cooking Light sitting next to my bed right now that needs to be returned to the library, but I'm still copying recipes.... that I will probably never use!


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Well, my plan for the day did not pan out at all. I did upload my pictures from our camera and my phone to Walgreens. But then I started not feeling too well. I woke up with a nasty cough and I was just feeling tired and achy. So, I helped DSs build an old fashioned dining room chair and blanket fort, then rested on the couch. DS6 declared me sick when he felt my head and said it was hot. I took my temp and was 100, so not really a fever, but I took some cold meds for the couch and aches. I eventually made a quick dinner then fell asleep on the couch. I feel a tad better now. I hope I feel better tomorrow since my sister is having us over for her and my nephew's birthdays. Not that I need cake or ice cream, but it'll be a fun family time.

It sure is a quiet day here today. I hope everyone is having a good day and enjoying the weekend. I may be back later to post the QOTD for tomorrow in case I feel better and I am rushing the kids out the door for Sunday School and church.

Jill
Oh my! Feel better soon! I was sick before Christmas and it was no fun! It seems that whatever is going around is hitting quickly and leaving quickly too. Hope you are better today!

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Good morning! I woke up still not feeling too well, so the kids are going to miss Sunday school (DH is sleeping after working midnights so he can't take them). So, I am going to post the QOTD and take some meds and relax. I'll check in throughout the day.

We are missing church today as well. Guess we had better stay home and pray for each other!

QOTD Sunday, February 17

It's a fun question today! If you could possess one "power," what would it be and why?


Jill
The power to transport and take others with me. I would transport my kids and I straight to Main Street USA every chance I got!! No long waits at the airport (and no more expensive tickets!), no overnight hotel stays.... just a quick "pop" down to Disney for the day! (Or to Hawaii or Paris for that matter! I was always SO jealous of Samantha on "Bewitched"!)

ETA: DD just got up and said her super power would be the ability to breathe under water! No surprise there!

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Happy snowy Sunday friends! Of course, winter storm warning today since we have to drive up to VT again.

DD swam SO WELL yesterday! Got achieved a new PB in both her 100 Freestyle and her 100 back! Fingers crossed for today's swims!

DS's robotics team took home FIRST PLACE yesterday in their "week zero pre-competition"! This bodes really well for the "real" competition coming up next week! It will be a crazy, busy, tiring week for DS and his team, as they try to make some last-minutes changes and tweaks to their robot, but it seems like they are definitely on the right track!

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to pop on again yesterday. When I came on the home computer to upload a photo to share, the monitor went down on me (we've been having trouble with it since December) and then the wifi at the swim venue was very poor, so I gave up trying to get online there.

I ended up having to do some timing at yesterday's meet, so I didn't have time to finish up my meal/exercise plan for the week. I'm hoping to get it done this morning to share before I leave again. And I'm working Monday, Tuesday, and maybe more this week, so I probably won't be online a lot.

Off to eat breakfast and work on my plan!.................P
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Good morning & happy Sunday!!!!

Cripes my mouth is bothering me. Sorry for the vent. I was drilled on to get a crown a couple of weeks ago and the other side of my jaw hurts. Gak...I am ringing up the dentist tomorrow for sure!

Tomorrow, I go for my physical with my PCP.

Is there ever a day that you are pain free when you are "old"?
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Well since I get to choose without any "rules" here I am going to say "immortality".

Sort of like in the TV show "Heroes" when "the cheerleader" was able to be "injured" but then put herself back together and look fine.

I want to see the future and live in it. I want to watch time pass, be there for new discoveries in medical, space, technology, etc....
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Do you have a favorite healthy magazine or cookbook? Where do you find healthy recipes? Or, do you just make healthy adjustments to recipes that you already have?
Jill, I am so sorry to hear that you are sick. I'm sending you oodles of good thoughts and for a speedy recovery! Why do you have to be sick on a the week-end?

I am a long time subscriber to Cooking Light magazine. They consistently have good recipes and they aren't all complicated or full of weird ingredients. I have been reading Prevention on my Kindle for the past couple of months -- it was some special as well as the WW magazine. I have always loved the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook -- think 1970's version with the plaid cover but, of course, it is probably not the healthiest. It's like my family's cookbook. DH's family lives by Joy of Cooking. I do a lot of recipe searching by Google, All Recipes and whatever I can find. Thanks to the internet there is no shortage of good things to try!

Oh, and Jill I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets in trouble with the smilie police!

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Good morning!

I have a lot of cookbooks but no favorite. Basically I read a recipe and then adjust it to what I want. Most of my cooking is done without a recipe. I have been looking for "heart healthy" recipes and "low fat" recipes at the present moment.

I am considering getting rid of most of my cookbooks (not all)! I love books and this would be very hard for me, I am a book junkie.

We do not alter food much. Steam or saute veggies, grill, roast, broil meats/fish. I have been cooking like that for a long while already.

Now I just eat smaller portions and I MAKE SURE that there is a veggie or 2 on that plate every time.

Have a great Saturday!!!
I would keep the cookbooks for now -- maybe it's the bibliophile in us but we always seem to regret getting rid of books, even if it is just for the chance to leaf through them again. With your smaller portion and veggie strategy there is nothing that you can't enjoy!

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With the thaw and refreeze the whole lot is an ice skating rink in the mornings. I hit a bad spot and kind of slipped but caught myself. Must have twisted me knee somehow.
Never made it to the chiro, my head hurt so much I just laid down instead. Of course my head and my back still hurt today, I need to go back on Monday.
Hope you are feeling better today!

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Re: a previous QOTD, I can't even remember the date but I have not had a soda in more than a week - maybe 2. I had no tea made the other day and water seemed boring so I opened a can of DHs diet coke (not my usual coke zero) had a sip and it was terrible!! So I poured my ice water and realized I preferred it. OMG have my tastes changed. I hope I can keep this up!

What's the opinion on Splenda? I here mixed things. Better than aspartame for sure I plan to only use it in emergencies!!
Congratulations on the loss and the soda moratorium! I'm not a fan of any artificial sweetener -- I would rather take the hit for the real deal but YMMV.

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I've been doing my plank everyday and walked the dog everyday but one (but that was because I went grocery shopping that day and by the time i got home it was dark).

DH and I went out to eat on Valentine's and I didn't count calories that night so it was a bit of a cheat. I still show a loss for the week so I guess that's good but its not as much as I would like. :P

I hope to get better at replying to all but in the meantime, I hope everyone is doing well and has a wonderful weekend!
on the planks!

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Sorry I haven't been posting this week, but I have been keeping up with the thread at least. I haven't really had any computer time, but I do read on my phone any time I get the chance so I don't get behind. I do want to try to catch up with the QOTD though!
It's always nice to see you when you do get a chance to pop in!

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I received my 2013 WDW planning dvd in the mail today!! I signed up for it awhile ago.

I am such a dork I literally got goosebumps when I opened it and read

"The Fantasy Awaits Lastname Family"

What is wrong with me??
No worries, you are in good company!

Susan, using honey as a sweetener is supposed to help fight allergies if it is local honey. Not that anything is blooming around us yet but it will be!

Pamela, Cooking Light recipes are available online at http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/ so you can get to them when you need them and not have to worry about copying.

How do people organize their favorite recipes? I need to work out folder or something on my computer that I can get to easily although I do miss paper sometimes.

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QOTD Sunday, February 17

It's a fun question today! If you could possess one "power," what would it be and why?


Jill
Hope you are feeling better soon! Rest and take care of yourself.

Do we have to use our powers for good?!? I think I would wish for speed so I could run faster.

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Hi everyone. I've just been lurking lately, but thought I'd do a brief report. I'm still doing my plank a day challenge. I'm up to 49 seconds! I should be at a full minute by the end of the month Then I think I'll work up to 2 sets of 1 minute planks. Don't want to get too ahead of myself though. The weight loss is coming along, but slower than I'd like this month. Not sure if I'll reach my monthly goal, but I'll still weigh less on March 1 than I did on Feb. 1. (And that is what really matters, right?)

QOTD: I always tell my kids I wish I had Elastigirl's power. (You know, Mrs. Incredible.) Then I could just sit in my chair all day and stretch to get whatever I needed. Of course, that power would not help with weight loss
Good job on the plank!

I will be updating the list tomorrow so please PM your weigh in info if you haven't already. I've replied to all the PMs I received so if you didn't get a PM from me, you know you haven't sent it your update.

Have a great day all!
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Happy Sunday Everyone!

My superpower? Be a great healthy cook

I just watched " Hungry for a Change" on Netfix. What a great movie! I recommend everyone watch it

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To answer the saute favorites question back to jill....

I recently sauteed some fresh spinach & dash sea salt and was careful to keep it so the heat did not "destroy" the leaves too bad.

I also like to saute green beans because unless they are super fresh they are always so leathery. I add some flavor to the pan as well. A dash of parmesan is always good with some garlic. If they are really fresh, I would steam them.

I like to saute mushrooms as well esp. to add it to a dish.
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My superpower? Be a great healthy cook

I just watched " Hungry for a Change" on Netfix. What a great movie! I recommend everyone watch it

Melinda
Sounds familiar. Either I've seen it or it is on my instant queue. I watch a lot of food, health, and environment documentaries. I'll check if I've seen it. I know the two I've watched most recently were "Chemerical"and "Veducated".

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To answer the saute favorites question back to jill....

I recently sauteed some fresh spinach & dash sea salt and was careful to keep it so the heat did not "destroy" the leaves too bad.

I also like to saute green beans because unless they are super fresh they are always so leathery. I add some flavor to the pan as well. A dash of parmesan is always good with some garlic. If they are really fresh, I would steam them.

I like to saute mushrooms as well esp. to add it to a dish.
MMmM...sautéed veggies ! Try throwing in a handful of sundries tomatoes with the green beans. I usually buy the ones packed in olive oil, but I drain them and blot them....otherwise they are VERY oily.

*************

The wifi here at the pool venue today seems to be working great! We are here early. There was snow flying around at our house so we left early, but the further north we got the less snow was around, so we made it in plenty of time ....although the wind is absolutely whipping! My poor little CR-V was all over the road!

I made up my food plan for today thru Tuesday for the entire day, plus I have my dinner menus planned for the week. I'll plan the rest of my meals once I've done some grocery shopping.

Breakfast and lunches for Monday and Tuesday are packed up and in the fridge, ready to go. I also have extra lunches ready in case I get called to work other days.

I was going to get my work clothes laid out and ironed for Mon and Tues as well, but I ran out of time after feeding the family breakfast and a nice hot lunch, doing laundry, making beds, meal -planning, etc. but I'm glad we had a chance to have a hot meal together. I made curried carrot soup (recipe available on the WISH recipe thread) and cheese toast plus hummus was available.

BBL to chat more!..........P
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Hi everyone, sorry for not being around much. Yesterday evening was quite awful - headache and TOM combined.

I did skip the 30 Day Shred - but I knew going in that that one day every month would be hard to keep with program and already counted on skipping it for that one day. And I immediately got restarted today. So that's three days of level 2, just another week to go. I am think I am getting a love-hate-relationship with level 2 as partly I enjoy it because it is so challenging. But then I also hate it because I have so much trouble with some of the movements that I feel I don't get the exercise that I should be getting. There are so many plank movements where I just lack the upper body strength and therefore have to pause and hence loose out on the lower body workout. Well, I guess the only way to improve that is to train my upper body strength in order to be more balanced.

The great things is that I notice how the abs training has really improved my core stability and I find that I am using my abs much more in daily life than I ever did. For example I live on the fifth floor and don't have an elevator, so I am used to stairs. Once I got used to it, I only hate it when I have to carry lots of things up (like suitcases coming home from vacation). But the other day I realised that getting up those stairs is even easier when I engage my abs as well. It is things like that that really keep me motivated as I realise that gaining strength makes me feel much better!

I am also behind on the qotd, so here are my answers:

QOTD Saturday:

I actually just bought a new cookbook which I am very excited about trying out, it's called "Moosewood Restaurant low-fat favourites". It is a vegetarian cookbook. Since I discovered that I need to make sure to get enough protein I have become a bit tired of chicken and lean pork (my two standard meats) and I thought I ought to look into recipes with non-animal protein. I started reading it and there are some interesting things in it.

Besides that my overall favourite cookbook is "How to Eat" by Nigella Lawson. It is not at all a healthy cookbook. The title comes from that she says in order to be a good cook you need to learn how to enjoy eating. But she does include a section which she calls "Temple Food" which is healthy low-fat meals. A few of those have become classics for me. Also some of her other dishes can be easily adapted. I think it is the only cookbook I have from which I have made truly a lot of dishes and so far all of them were a success and there are still many more which I want to try.

QOTD for Sunday:

My Superpower would be to cover large distances extremely fast. I have so many friends all over the world and it is difficult to stay in touch if you don't see each other regularly. Travel is time-consuming and expensive and I often wish I could meet my friends just for a nice chat in person instead of on the phone.
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Happy Sunday everybody!

I'm usually non-existent on the boards on the weekends, but as it's a chilly 58 degrees out (ok, you call stop laughing at me now! Don't forget I live in SOUTH Florida )I decided to camp out on the couch under a blanket with the DH and Wonder Mutt and catch up.

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How do people organize their favorite recipes? I need to work out folder or something on my computer that I can get to easily although I do miss paper sometimes.
I am starting to save everything to pinterest (thank LTS!) and then printing them out or just lugging my laptop into the kitchen when I cook. I have a whole pile of printed ones that I have a folder for. But if you are using them right off the computer or laptop, then I think pinterest works pretty well. Would love to hear other suggestions.

DisFam95--congrats on giving up the soda! I kind of feel the same way about splenda that I do about aspartame...it is still very processed, and I felt like I had the same sugar cravings. I know some people like stevia--but honestly I have not tried it yet--or at least not knowingly.

****
I am still not doing so great with the food, but I am still running along side the wagon, so hopefully someday soon I will get my act together. I made a good meal plan for this week, so that's a start!

I had a nice nsv yesterday which was just what I needed. We ran into a couple that we hadn't seen in years and the first thing they said was--wow you lost a lot of weight. So even if I am a bit frustrated with where things are at right now, I am still so much better off than I was 3 years ago. If we hit spring though and I haven't dropped some pounds I am going to be buying new clothes yet again, and I guess that is what is frustrating me right now.

Still keeping up with my mile a day. Off to do my rehab exercises. I have pt in the morning. My back is not perfect, but it is much improved which is awesome!

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QOTD Sunday, February 17

It's a fun question today! If you could possess one "power," what would it be and why?


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Hi everyone. I've just been lurking lately, but thought I'd do a brief report. I'm still doing my plank a day challenge. I'm up to 49 seconds! I should be at a full minute by the end of the month Then I think I'll work up to 2 sets of 1 minute planks. Don't want to get too ahead of myself though. The weight loss is coming along, but slower than I'd like this month. Not sure if I'll reach my monthly goal, but I'll still weigh less on March 1 than I did on Feb. 1. (And that is what really matters, right?)

QOTD: I always tell my kids I wish I had Elastigirl's power. (You know, Mrs. Incredible.) Then I could just sit in my chair all day and stretch to get whatever I needed. Of course, that power would not help with weight loss

Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.
Great job keeping up with the plank a day. And, yes, weighing less is much better than weighing more

I hear ya on the Elastigirl power. I swear as soon I sit down, the kids need something else! But, I think you're right. It's probably not too good for weight loss


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Sharing this I found on FB this morning:

Thank you for sharing!


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Oh my! Feel better soon! I was sick before Christmas and it was no fun! It seems that whatever is going around is hitting quickly and leaving quickly too. Hope you are better today!

Thanks! I told DH that I think my stress is contributing to my health. I have to get it under control!

The power to transport and take others with me. I would transport my kids and I straight to Main Street USA every chance I got!! No long waits at the airport (and no more expensive tickets!), no overnight hotel stays.... just a quick "pop" down to Disney for the day! (Or to Hawaii or Paris for that matter! I was always SO jealous of Samantha on "Bewitched"!)

I want to teleport, too! I'll meet you anywhere, anytime!

ETA: DD just got up and said her super power would be the ability to breathe under water! No surprise there!

That's a great power for her. Although, with as much swimming as she does, I just picture her like that already

****************

Happy snowy Sunday friends! Of course, winter storm warning today since we have to drive up to VT again.

DD swam SO WELL yesterday! Got achieved a new PB in both her 100 Freestyle and her 100 back! Fingers crossed for today's swims!

Yay! Congrats!

DS's robotics team took home FIRST PLACE yesterday in their "week zero pre-competition"! This bodes really well for the "real" competition coming up next week! It will be a crazy, busy, tiring week for DS and his team, as they try to make some last-minutes changes and tweaks to their robot, but it seems like they are definitely on the right track!

Yay! Another congrats!

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to pop on again yesterday. When I came on the home computer to upload a photo to share, the monitor went down on me (we've been having trouble with it since December) and then the wifi at the swim venue was very poor, so I gave up trying to get online there.

I ended up having to do some timing at yesterday's meet, so I didn't have time to finish up my meal/exercise plan for the week. I'm hoping to get it done this morning to share before I leave again. And I'm working Monday, Tuesday, and maybe more this week, so I probably won't be online a lot.

Off to eat breakfast and work on my plan!.................P
I hope the monitor is working again. That's no fun!


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Good morning & happy Sunday!!!!

Cripes my mouth is bothering me. Sorry for the vent. I was drilled on to get a crown a couple of weeks ago and the other side of my jaw hurts. Gak...I am ringing up the dentist tomorrow for sure!

Ugh. Tooth/mouth pain is the worst. I hope it feels better soon. And, thanks for the reminder that I need a cleaning and I need a crown also. Ugh.

Tomorrow, I go for my physical with my PCP.

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QOTD?

Well since I get to choose without any "rules" here I am going to say "immortality".

Sort of like in the TV show "Heroes" when "the cheerleader" was able to be "injured" but then put herself back together and look fine.

I want to see the future and live in it. I want to watch time pass, be there for new discoveries in medical, space, technology, etc....
Sounds like a great power! And, fun too.

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Jill, I am so sorry to hear that you are sick. I'm sending you oodles of good thoughts and for a speedy recovery! Why do you have to be sick on a the week-end?

Thanks! I am feeling a little better.

I am a long time subscriber to Cooking Light magazine. They consistently have good recipes and they aren't all complicated or full of weird ingredients. I have been reading Prevention on my Kindle for the past couple of months -- it was some special as well as the WW magazine. I have always loved the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook -- think 1970's version with the plaid cover but, of course, it is probably not the healthiest. It's like my family's cookbook. DH's family lives by Joy of Cooking. I do a lot of recipe searching by Google, All Recipes and whatever I can find. Thanks to the internet there is no shortage of good things to try!

I was just looking at Cooking Light online. I really liked some of the recipes, but I need to check it out again after the kids go to bed and I have peace and quiet! My mom was a huge Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook fan. I should see if she still has it and "borrow it" (which means taking it & probably not returning it since she rarely cooks big meals as it is just her). I agree, I don't know what people did before the Internet!

Oh, and Jill I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets in trouble with the smilie police!

I love those little buggers

How do people organize their favorite recipes? I need to work out folder or something on my computer that I can get to easily although I do miss paper sometimes.

I also love Pinterest. But, recipes that I print, I put in a 3 ring binder with page protectors. I have to get tabs & organize it, though.


Do we have to use our powers for good?!? I think I would wish for speed so I could run faster.

You go ahead and run as fast as you want!

I will be updating the list tomorrow so please PM your weigh in info if you haven't already. I've replied to all the PMs I received so if you didn't get a PM from me, you know you haven't sent it your update.

Have a great day all!
Ahhhhhhh!! I just pm'd you!


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Happy Sunday Everyone!

My superpower? Be a great healthy cook

I just watched " Hungry for a Change" on Netfix. What a great movie! I recommend everyone watch it

Melinda
Yummy super power!
Hmmm...I'll have to look that movie up. Thanks for the suggestion.


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To answer the saute favorites question back to jill....

I recently sauteed some fresh spinach & dash sea salt and was careful to keep it so the heat did not "destroy" the leaves too bad.

I also like to saute green beans because unless they are super fresh they are always so leathery. I add some flavor to the pan as well. A dash of parmesan is always good with some garlic. If they are really fresh, I would steam them.

I like to saute mushrooms as well esp. to add it to a dish.
Yum! I think I'll try the spinach sometime soon. Have you ever sautéed asparagus? I really love asparagus but never make it at home? I need to find out how.

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MMmM...sautéed veggies ! Try throwing in a handful of sundries tomatoes with the green beans. I usually buy the ones packed in olive oil, but I drain them and blot them....otherwise they are VERY oily.

Sounds yummy!

*************

The wifi here at the pool venue today seems to be working great! We are here early. There was snow flying around at our house so we left early, but the further north we got the less snow was around, so we made it in plenty of time ....although the wind is absolutely whipping! My poor little CR-V was all over the road!

Hope DD swims great today!

I made up my food plan for today thru Tuesday for the entire day, plus I have my dinner menus planned for the week. I'll plan the rest of my meals once I've done some grocery shopping.

Nice work on the planning!

Breakfast and lunches for Monday and Tuesday are packed up and in the fridge, ready to go. I also have extra lunches ready in case I get called to work other days.

Wow. You are really ready for the week!

I was going to get my work clothes laid out and ironed for Mon and Tues as well, but I ran out of time after feeding the family breakfast and a nice hot lunch, doing laundry, making beds, meal -planning, etc. but I'm glad we had a chance to have a hot meal together. I made curried carrot soup (recipe available on the WISH recipe thread) and cheese toast plus hummus was available.

BBL to chat more!..........P

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Hi everyone, sorry for not being around much. Yesterday evening was quite awful - headache and TOM combined.

Ugh. Sorry for that combo.

I did skip the 30 Day Shred - but I knew going in that that one day every month would be hard to keep with program and already counted on skipping it for that one day. And I immediately got restarted today. So that's three days of level 2, just another week to go. I am think I am getting a love-hate-relationship with level 2 as partly I enjoy it because it is so challenging. But then I also hate it because I have so much trouble with some of the movements that I feel I don't get the exercise that I should be getting. There are so many plank movements where I just lack the upper body strength and therefore have to pause and hence loose out on the lower body workout. Well, I guess the only way to improve that is to train my upper body strength in order to be more balanced.

You are doing such a great job with the 30 Day Shred! Congrats!

The great things is that I notice how the abs training has really improved my core stability and I find that I am using my abs much more in daily life than I ever did. For example I live on the fifth floor and don't have an elevator, so I am used to stairs. Once I got used to it, I only hate it when I have to carry lots of things up (like suitcases coming home from vacation). But the other day I realised that getting up those stairs is even easier when I engage my abs as well. It is things like that that really keep me motivated as I realise that gaining strength makes me feel much better!

I should start paying attention to my abs. Thanks for the inspiration!

I am also behind on the qotd, so here are my answers:

QOTD Saturday:

I actually just bought a new cookbook which I am very excited about trying out, it's called "Moosewood Restaurant low-fat favourites". It is a vegetarian cookbook. Since I discovered that I need to make sure to get enough protein I have become a bit tired of chicken and lean pork (my two standard meats) and I thought I ought to look into recipes with non-animal protein. I started reading it and there are some interesting things in it.

Did you find any good non-animal proteins? I'm interested to hear what you found.

Besides that my overall favourite cookbook is "How to Eat" by Nigella Lawson. It is not at all a healthy cookbook. The title comes from that she says in order to be a good cook you need to learn how to enjoy eating. But she does include a section which she calls "Temple Food" which is healthy low-fat meals. A few of those have become classics for me. Also some of her other dishes can be easily adapted. I think it is the only cookbook I have from which I have made truly a lot of dishes and so far all of them were a success and there are still many more which I want to try.

I love to watch Nigella while on the elliptical. Do you have a favorite recipe of hers?

QOTD for Sunday:

My Superpower would be to cover large distances extremely fast. I have so many friends all over the world and it is difficult to stay in touch if you don't see each other regularly. Travel is time-consuming and expensive and I often wish I could meet my friends just for a nice chat in person instead of on the phone.
This sounds like the perfect super power for you!

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Happy Sunday everybody!

I'm usually non-existent on the boards on the weekends, but as it's a chilly 58 degrees out (ok, you call stop laughing at me now! Don't forget I live in SOUTH Florida )I decided to camp out on the couch under a blanket with the DH and Wonder Mutt and catch up.

Oh, so sorry you're freezing. I'm toasty warm at 19 degrees today. Where in Florida are you located? DH is looking at jobs in FL and wants to move north of Clearwater. Tarpon Springs maybe.

QOTD: This is going to sound incredibly middle-aged, but I would be happy just to have the power to run more than 10 miles PAIN-FREE!
I would love to just be able to run 10 miles! 10 miles or more is awesome!

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I am starting to save everything to pinterest (thank LTS!) and then printing them out or just lugging my laptop into the kitchen when I cook. I have a whole pile of printed ones that I have a folder for. But if you are using them right off the computer or laptop, then I think pinterest works pretty well. Would love to hear other suggestions.

I love Pinterest, too.
****
I am still not doing so great with the food, but I am still running along side the wagon, so hopefully someday soon I will get my act together. I made a good meal plan for this week, so that's a start!

I had a nice nsv yesterday which was just what I needed. We ran into a couple that we hadn't seen in years and the first thing they said was--wow you lost a lot of weight. So even if I am a bit frustrated with where things are at right now, I am still so much better off than I was 3 years ago. If we hit spring though and I haven't dropped some pounds I am going to be buying new clothes yet again, and I guess that is what is frustrating me right now.

Still keeping up with my mile a day. Off to do my rehab exercises. I have pt in the morning. My back is not perfect, but it is much improved which is awesome!

Happy Sunday!
Yay for the NSV! Sometimes I think we are hard on ourselves and lose sight of how far we've come. You're doing so great with that mile a day! Thanks for more inspiration. And, I'm glad you're back is a little better. I hope it keeps improving fast for you!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Hmmm...I think I killed the thread! There doesn't seem to be many people on lately.

Well, it was a pretty uneventful day here. I did get to the grocery store and went to my sister's for a bit. But, I am back in my pajamas and getting ready to finish grading some papers. My midterms are due Thursday, so I need to get some grading done asap! I am feeling a little bit better, so I hope I feel a lot better tomorrow!

I'll be back in the morning with our next QOTD.

Jill
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