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Adventures in Health (Volume 8)

16 Jan

It was the New Year’s Day after Logan was born (2009) when I realized that if I wanted to lose the 62 pounds I gained while pregnant with him I was going to need some help. That’s when I found SparkPeople.

I’ve mentioned SparkPeople here and there before and I attribute all my efforts to become a healthier me to what I learned there.

The SparkPeople recipe page was the first thing I found that New Year’s Day and I was hooked. I struggle in the kitchen and in the first months (and years) I worked on eating better it was the SparkPeople recipes that got me through.


I wanted to share with you one of our favorite SparkPeople recipes for today’s Adventures in Health. I love this recipe because it’s VERY easy (I’m challenged in the kitchen) and it uses things I almost always have in the house so it’s good in a pinch.

Honey Mustard Chicken:

What you need:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1/2 Cup yellow mustard

1/2 Cup Honey

1/2 tbsp basil

1/2 tbsp paprika


  • Line a baking dish with foil (for easy cleanup)
  • In a small bowl mix mustard and honey, add basil and paprika
  • Pour honey mustard mixture over chicken in baking dish, bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve this chicken with some brown rice and veggies and you have a healthy dinner that didn’t take all day to make.

What is your favorite healthy recipe? I’m always looking for something good.


Setting Small Goals To Accomplish Big Things

4 Sep

My Life In Mommyland

I know that I’ll never meet any goal I set for myself if I try to tackle it all at once. I need to break it down into manageable little pieces so that I can feel like I’m accomplishing something along the way.

This summer I got a little out of control with the eating habits. Ice cream straight out of the carton at ten o’clock at night. Half a box of cereal for breakfast. My lunches consisted of grazing through the pantry eating right out of boxes and bags. Soda instead of water. Really, it’s gotten pretty shameful.

Bad choices all day long.

So my goal is get back on track. Start making better choices. Start being more active. Start getting rid of those extra pounds.

This time I’m going to try a new goal each week and continue adding up the goals until I’m back where I need to be.

I started this little project two weeks ago and so far so good. I am definitely feeling better even though the scale isn’t moving the way I want to see it move…yet.

My Little Goals

Week one: Drink more water. I got myself a Camelbak Eddy water bottle (because it was on sale at Target) and made it my goal to drink at least three a day. It turns out that I’ve been drinking more like five or six a day (125-150 ounces). Before you jump on me and say I’m going to kill myself from water intoxication, I assure you I am fine. I drink water throughout the day as I feel I need it. In the two weeks I’ve been drinking (and tracking) my water I’ve seen a difference in my skin. Before it was dry and ashy and now it’t soft and supple.

Week two: Build a better breakfast. I said before that I’d easily eat half a box of cereal every morning and that’s no exaggeration. Even eating something healthy like Cheerios, the calories add up fast. Not to mention it made me sluggish in the morning and I was starving by midmorning and the grazing would commence. Last week I set out to eat a more balanced breakfast, while being mindful of portion size (which is something I struggle with). I’ve been staying satisfied longer and had more energy to get things done in the morning, which is necessary with school starting back up.

Week three: This week my goal is to not eat after 8pm. We go to bed fairly early around here and if I’m eating after eight it usually means either eating in bed or eating and then going to bed. The things I tend to eat at night are not really healthy choices so if I can avoid eating them before bed I’m sure I’ll see some positive changes.

My goals in the coming weeks will be to build a better lunch and not eat snack foods out of the container. I also would like to start tracking my food again, and be more consistent with getting those 10,000 steps in each day. Eventually maybe I’ll shoot to get some actual exercise in.

Do you have any goals to get your healthy back? Do you tackle them all at once or try and ease into things?


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