Thursday, December 30, 2010


Solutions to your New Years ResolutionsPhysical & FinancialWebinars-Tonight, Sunday & Monday

Do your New Years Resolutions include- Better Health, Lose Weight , Pay Off Debt, Earn More Income? Do you desire 2011 to be different than 2010? On this webinar we will give you a CLEAR 20/20 Vision of how we can Help in BOTH AREAS!

CLICK below to Register- Space is limited

Thursday Dec 30th 7:30PM Central- Presented by Diamond Crystal Thurber- with LIVE STORIES..

Sunday Jan 2nd, 8PM Central- Presented by Diamond Crystal Thurber- with Live Stories

Monday Jan 3rd, 8PM Central- Presented by Diamond Crystal Thurber and 9 Star Jason Pannell- with Live Stories

If you desire more Financially in 2011 and would like to earn an extra $40-50K in the next 12 months then this is the call for you! If you are tired of trying weight loss plan after weight loss plan.. we will show you a proven plan with the average with loss of 10 pounds and 10 inches in 24 days! We will also Announce our 24 Day Challenge Biggest Winners! Invite your friends and family--- every person you know to this call... This is 40 minutes that could change your life forever!!

Then let me know how I can help you to have the best 2011 EVER!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Kick-Off Tonight!

Are you looking for a New Year's Resolution that you can stick with and get the results you are looking for?  You have found the answer!  Advocare's New Year, New You, is the best program out there!  Learn 8 healthy habits from a registered dietician...for FREE!  So, how do you get started? 

1. Get some friends together

2. Watch the kick off, it's only 14 minutes (on the DVD or at the link below)

3. Make sure that you have your products to start with the rest of us on January 3rd.

4. Call, text, Facebook or email me if you have any questions 509-834-3443

Ask me how you can save 25% on your products!

New Year, New You Video  watch the Kick-Off and let's get started!

Friday, December 24, 2010

AdvoCare Testimonial - Jennifer Blundell

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 
                 ~The Stoothoff's

Best Christmas Cookies Ever!

I am so blessed to have such wonderful children that look forward to making cookies with Mommy each Christmas!  This year we tried a new recipe, which is definitely a keeper!  I didn't have the exact flavoring for the icing so it is an original!  I added peppermint to the icing...oh so yummy! 

I hope that you are making great memories with those around you this Christmas!  Remember, it is not about the trees, the tinsel, the toys, but JESUS!  Without Him what would we have? 

If you don't have a personal relationship with Jesus, now is the perfect time to begin!  All you have to to is to ask Him to come into your life and to forgive you of your sins!  He is waiting for you...what is holding you back? 

Make this year the best Christmas ever...with Christ in your heart today!
Merry Christmas!

Why Advocare...Why Now?

Being a stay-at-home mom of three small children, I was always run down having no energy to do daily tasks around the house, not to mention play with my children! I was tired of not having enough money to just buy the essential groceries for my family. Many times I have had to put items back at the check-out due to lack of funds.
My husband's co-worker shared the company DVD with me and I saw the lifestyle, financial freedom, and energy that the products and business gave them. I wanted to be one of those people! I got on products right away. Now I have more energy, improved focus and mood! Instead of dreading to do my daily tasks, I now find myself finishing them quickly allowing for more time to spend playing with my children.
Since 1993, Advocare has been a world-class nutrition company. Our products are formulated by an elite Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. We also have a multitude of world-class endorsers, which includes professional athletes, champion amateur athletes, and acclaimed entertainers!
By this time next year, I am going to be making $2000 per month and in the best shape of my life! Also, I am going to help make Advocare a household name. I know that this opportunity is going to be our ticket to financial freedom, and I am going to help a lot of other people reach that same freedom in the process. This opportunity is going to get us debt-free and give us the lifestyle we have only dreamed about!
What would you do with more energy and extra cash each month? I want to help get you started living the lifestyle that you have always dreamed about too!

Toni Stoothoff
(509) 834-3443

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Tomato & Basil Finger Sandwiches

Tomato & Basil Finger Sandwiches from Eating Well
4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Profile

Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate

View Our Nutrition Guidelines » Ingredients

4 slices whole-wheat bread

8 teaspoons reduced-fat mayonnaise, divided

4 thick slices tomato

4 teaspoons sliced fresh basil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1.Cut bread into rounds slightly larger than your tomato"a biscuit cutter works well. Spread each slice with 2 teaspoons mayonnaise. Top with tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.

NutritionPer serving: 75 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 345 mg sodium; 118 mg potassium.

New Year, New You tip!

Here's the first tip:

1. Get some friends together
2. Watch the kick off, it's only 14 minutes (on the DVD or at the link below)
3. Make sure that you have your products, order here, to start with the rest of us on January 3rd.
4. Call, text, Facebook or email me if you have any questions 509-834-3443

Watch the Kick-Off!

New Year's Resolution

Are you looking for a New Year's Resolution to have more energy and lose weight that will last a lifetime and work well with your life? Well you have found the perfect program! Discover the power of Advocare's "New Year, New You" program which combines nutritional supplements and a program of 8 Healthy Habits designed by a registered dietician to get you on the right track. Melt body fat, retain muscle, gain energy, cut cravings, and reset your metabolism.

Get your products ordered today!  See the product package click here for the "New Year, New You" program!  The healthy habit part is FREE!  The value of this program?  PRICELESS

Ask me how to get a 25% discount on your products!  Don't delay!  Make 2011 your BEST year ever!

Down 4 pounds and 2 inches!!

WooHoo! I am so excited! A friend told me about these awesome supplements. They are safe, formulated by the top doctors in nutrition in the country. Olympic athletes even use them! I have so much more energy! I am able to get my chores done at home and have time to play with the kids! I have also lost 4 pounds and 2 inches on my waist! I feel like a million bucks!

I am also staying strick to the Eat Clean diet! My skin is getting cleared up too! I have been having issues with acne most of my life! I can honstely say I feel like I am a totally different person,,,,in a good way!

What a great feeling to have during the holiday hustle and food everywhere!

Order your products here!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Why Do I need AdvoCare?

What area(s) do you want immediate help with?
Skin Care
Muscle gain
Weight loss
Appetite control
Lower stress

Which reward(s) or area of our business interest you?
Helping others Earn extra income
Build my retirement
Build long-term wealth Satisfaction/purpose
Team atmosphere
Pay off all my debt
Earn a lot of money
Work from home
More time with family

What do you want to do now?
Purchase product at a retail price
Purchase product at a wholesale price (discount buyer)
Pursue a small income Pursue a large income

Schedule a time to meet with me so I can help you learn the business quickly, get to know about Advocare products, and to help you get started with your order.

How safe is your Pick-me Up?

Gotta ask yourself...what are you putting in your body and your kids? Kids are drinking 1-3 Red Bulls, Monsters and Sodas before a game and practice. You can buy your supplements from your favorite "Nutritional" chain store...but are these products really safe? Do you know for sure? These are questions you ...SHOULD be... asking yourself, for you and your family! I know AdvoCare Products are safe for my whole Family!

Recommended products:

Spark, Slam, Mocha Mint Coffeccino, Rehydrate  are just a few!

Get your order in today!  Click here for more information!

Friday, November 5, 2010

24 Day Challenge!

Hey, how are you doing? I am doing great! I am so excited that I just got my business with AdvoCare started! The products are amazing and I know that you are going to just love them!

Before I was introduced to the AdvoCare products I always feel run down and no energy! It was a struggle just to get laundry done, not to mention manage two four-year olds and a 2 year-old! Last week a co-worker of my husband's, Jeff, introduced me to the AdvoCare products. I tried the Spark and felt an instant change in how I felt the rest of the day. I was not jittery at all, but I have focus and wanted to keep doing things! I also saw an improvement in my mood, probably because I wasn't so tired to do my daily activities! I am currently starting the 24 Day Challenge! My main focus on using the products to have more energy and decrease body fat! I am currently training to do a Figure Competition next Spring! I am so excited to see the transformation I will make in myself while on these products not only from a health prospective but also financially. AdvoCare helps people get healthy and out of debt! My leader is a stay-at-home mom and homeschool's her 3 children and is making $4000 a month! I know that with leadership like that a year from now I will be earning $2000 a month. I also know that a year from now I will be in the best shape of my life!

Does this sound like something you would like to have?

There are actually 4 different ways to get involved with AdvoCare.

1. Be a Retail Customer...You just buy products from my site for the retail price.

2. Be a Wholesale Customer...for $79 you get a 20% discount for life on products. (think of it as a Costco membership)

3. Be a can earn up to 30% off products.

4. Be an Advisor...which is a 40% discount for life!

I know that you are going to love the products and have fabulous results. Your friends and going to want to know how you did it! Simply share your story and why not get paid for it!  I know that with by following the ECD and a great vitamin/mineral supplement you will see amazing results!

If you are interested to see which way to get involved fits you best, I would love to set up a 3-way call with my leader to help answer any questions you may have about the products and company since I am just starting out.

I can't wait to talk to you more about the 24 day challenge! Please send me your number so we can get you started to the new you!

Thanks again! I hope you have some time to check out the success stories on my site click here!
Talk to you soon,

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Updated Progress Pics!

Its 27 weeks until my first contest and 41 until the second!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Don't Talk About It....DO IT!!

I have been wanting to do a Figure Competition for some time now...and I have decided that NOW is my time!  I have done a Body Building Competition when I was 18 and placed 2nd.  I have decided that since we are not going to be having any more babies right now...why not compete!!!  I have my eye on two different competitions.  One is in April and the other is in July. 

I am seriously in need of some workout equipment since I will be working out from home.  If you have anything you would like to get rid of please contact me.  I am especially looking for an elliptical and a weight bench with weights.  Thanks for your support and stay tuned for my progress along the way!

Can't do this anymore!

I just couldn’t handle the Master Cleanse any longer.  This morning I was so weak that I couldn’t even pick up my 2 year old.  I am thinking that is not such a good thing!  I had some eggs whites from breakfast and a protein shake for lunch…and boy do I already feel 110% better!  I do not recommend doing the master cleanse…or any fast without food.  I know there are people out there who can do it, but I couldn’t function.  I was extremely tired, crabby, sore, and looked terrible!  And I only did it for 2 days!
So now back to training!  I think I will take today off of training to let my body absorb the food and calories!  But starting tomorrow I am back at it!  Eating clean and working out hard!
As for the yeast overgrowth in my body…well I go back to see the doc in a few weeks so I guess I will have to see what we can do.  For now I am taking my probiotics.

Friday, September 10, 2010

No more EXCUSES!

There are no excuses to why you are not taking your health seriously!  For many years, before I had kids, I would hear mother's say they didn't have time to exercise...the excuses would go on and on!  Well, I hate to break it to you, but you do have time!  When I decided it was time for me to lose 45 pounds I have 3 kids 2 years old and under.  My twins had just turned 2 when my son was born.  My husband is gone 3 days a time, since he is a firefighter so I could have come up with all sorts of excuses!  But I didn't!  I was determined to make that change!  I didn't have any fancy equipment...just a treadmill, some weights, and a good pair of shoes.  On the nice days I would go out for walks with the kids...which is great to teach them importance of staying active!
Today the twins are 4 and they know that exercising is a normal part of my day.  In fact, if I don't get my workout in they get on me for it!  They also tell me that they feel healthy if they can do some exercise, whether it is doing a dvd with me or running around the block!
We only have one life to live and one body!  Why do we feel that we can do whatever we want and hope that we don't end up with some illness or disease?  Why not do what we can to make sure we are in the best condition possible!
Having said that I have decided that there are no more excuses as to why I am not doing a figure competition.  It has been a dream of mine for years...and now is my time!  I want to be an inspiration to other mothers and to females in general!  If we put ourselves first, we will be a much better mother, wife, friend....
What needs to happen for you to stop making excuses?  Can you make that change?  Will you?  Let me know how your journey goes!  I am here to cheer you on!

Great Leg Day Yesterday!

Wow it has been a long time since I have felt a burn and next day soreness like this…and I LOVE IT!  The best part is that I am working out at home and still am getting in a great workout! I know some people need the motivation of the gym to get going, but for me I can’t see spending money on a gym membership when I wouldn’t be able to make it every day.  My husband is a firefighter and is gone for 3 days in a row and we have 3 small kids at home.  The gym here doesn’t have childcare. I have decided that for now I will be doing my workouts at home.
I did some awesome squats and lunges yesterday and man am I feeling it today!  My butt hurts so much when I even sit down!  The pain is what keeps me going!  Yes, I realize that may sound crazy to those who don’t lift, but to the fellow lifter you know what I mean!  I know it is working when I can feel my body changing!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Foods to Eat!

Protein   Carbohydrates
Lean Steak
Egg Whites
Protein Shakes
White Fish
Low Fat Cottage Cheese
  Brown Rice
Whole Meal Pancakes
Sweet Potato
Plain Muesli
Rolled Oats/Oatmeal
Fats   Veggies/Salad
All Natural Peanut Butter
Flaxseed Oil
Fish Oil
Green Beans
Fat Free Italian Dressing
Fat Free French Dressing
Tomato Sauce
Balsamic Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Pickle Relish
Soy Sauce
Chili Powder

Nutrition starting point...

Wow, there is so much information out there on what to eat!  I have spent a few days going through the mass amounts of information and sifted out what I thought would fit my goals.  Please correct me if I am wrong! 

I am currently 153 pounds and I would like to get to 125.
Here is the breakdown of what I am eating....

Calories 1530-1800

Protein 153-184 grams

Carbs 68-82 grams

Fat 32-41 grams

I have been tracking everything on sparkpeople I am twinsmommaplus1 on there!

Full Body Circuit Day #1

Today was day 1 of my full body circuit workout!
Leg Press 3x15  (had to modify...stood with back against the wall with exercise ball and help 10 pound dumbells)
BB Bench Press 3X15 10#
Seated Cable Rows 3X15 (again modification...used band tied around leg of my bed)
DB Shoulder Press 3X15 10#
Leg Extension 3X15 (modified 5# ankle weights plus band around bed post for resistance)
Lying Leg Curls 3X15 Same as above
Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns 3X15 band over door
DB Biceps Curls 3X15 10#
Standing DB Triceps Extentions 3X15 10#
Standing Calf Raises 3X15 10#
Air Bike 3X20
I know I need to invest in some equipment, but for now I have been modifying.  I concentrated on the negatives for a great burn since my weights are on the light side. 

My New Adventure!

It is time to embark on a new adventure!  It has been a dream of mine to compete in a Figure Competition for some time and I have decided that now is the time to do it!  A year ago, I lost 45 pounds and I feel great, but I want to do more!  There are not many women that can say they have stood on stage in a competition in a little bikini!  I want to be among the rare few!  I have a very loving and supportive husband!  Thanks ya!  I have started my dieting and working out!  I have my eye on a competition in July of next summer but also looking at one in April next spring.  Who knows...maybe I will do both!

I am excited to see my body transform into something amazing!  After all this is the temple of God and I need to do my best to take care of it!  We only have one life to live, so we must make it count!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Struggling with going GLUTEN-FREE!!!

It has been really difficult these past few weeks to stay to my strict gluten free diet.  I think part of my struggle is that I buy groceries for the rest of the family and then if there is any extra I will go buy my gluten free stuff.  Well, lately there hasn't been any extra.  In fact, barely enough to buy the essentials for the family!  I feel that buying something just for me is being selfish when things are tight.  Especially since I already spend about $100 a month on supplements from my doctor.  So, I usually don't have anything to snack on which leads me to eat some of the kids wheat thins or other snacks, which definitely have gluten in them.  My stomach has been a terrible mess for about a week now!  I need to set my health as a priority, but sometimes I think that is hard to do when you are a mom! 

I was searching the web the other night and came across this great blog that has recipes that I feel are budget friendly and family friendly.  Gluten Free Mommy has so many great tips and recipes and I can't wait to start eating for my health!  It has been challenging to read all the labels of food to make sure there isn't any gluten in them.  I am surprised and how many things have gluten in them that I wouldn't expect! 

I am still trying to stick to the yeast-free eating as well.  Which is actually pretty easy when I can't have gluten.  I need to start limiting my fruit again.  With all the blueberries and cherries we got last weekend, I think I am still on a sugar high!  So, it is a learning process and I need to focus on what I can eat instead of what I can't!  I know that when I am diligent about watching what I eat, I feel 100% better!  I need to put myself first so I can be at 100% to be the best Mommy and Wife that I can be!

A Day Picking Berries and Cherries!

Saturday we went to Bill's Berry Farm for the Blueberry Festival!  We had so much fun picking blueberries and Bing cherries!  This was definitely a different experience than picking blueberries in the wild in Alaska!  We ended up with 16 3/4 pounds of blueberries!  The kids did great picking them too!  TJ even got in on the action and did good about not picking the green ones! 

When we had finished picking blueberries we took a break for our lunch, but first the girls had to go on a pony ride!  They had so much fun!  TJ had fun checking out a chicken that got out of the fence while the girls rode ponies!

When we had finished with our picnic lunch we headed into the cherry trees!  I am not sure who had more fun picking cherries...the kids or mommy!  I had to admit that I have never picked cherries before or really seen them on the trees still.  Tim lifted the kids up so they could pick some too.  Some of the branches were low enough that Tori and Trista could reach them.  We ended up going home with 25 1/2 pounds of cherries!  Today I spent the day freezing the blueberries, and pitting and freezing cherries! 

I am so excited to have fresh fruit this summer....that is relatively cheap! 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mexican Bison Stew

Mexican cooks are great at turning tough chunks of meat into delicious and tender stews. This one, which uses tougher cuts of bison, such as chuck or brisket, is flavored with chili powder, cumin and tequila. Serve with warm tortillas.
 Serves 8

3 tablespoon chili powder, divided
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 pounds bison chuck, or brisket, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups chopped onion
3 mild green chiles, such as Anaheim or poblano, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 cup tequila, or water
1 15-ounce c white or yellow hominy, (see Note), rinsed
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoon lime juice
3 cups diced (1-inch pieces) patty pan, chayote or summer squash (see Tip)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 lime wedges
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 cup finely chopped red onion

Step 1
Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, salt and cumin in a large bowl. Add bison and toss to coat.
Step 2
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, add half the meat and brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and brown the rest of the meat. Transfer to the plate.
Step 3
Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chiles and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder and stir until the vegetables are well coated. Add tequila (or water), scrape up any browned bits, and simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated. Stir in hominy, tomatoes, broth, orange juice, lime juice and the reserved bison. Return to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook until the bison is easily pierced with a fork, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Step 4
Stir in squash and cook until just tender, 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the type of squash. Season with pepper. Serve the stew with lime wedges, cilantro, cabbage and red onion on the side, if desired.

Prepare through Step 3; let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Skim any fat from the top, reheat and finish with Step 4.


Note: Hominy is white or yellow corn treated with lime to remove the tough hull and germ. Canned cooked hominy can be found in the Latin section of large supermarkets—near the beans—or at Latin markets.
Per serving
Calories: 301
Carbohydrates: 25g
Fat: 7g
Protein: 28g
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 75mg
Potassium: 571mg
Sodium: 574mg
Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Broccoli-Bacon Salad

A picnic favorite, this salad combines broccoli, water chestnuts, cranberries and just a little bacon for delicious results. Our version has plenty of creaminess without all the fat. Make it once and it will become a regular on your backyard barbecue menu.
 Serves 6.

1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups finely chopped broccoli crowns, (see Tip)
1 8-ounce ca sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
3 tablespoon dried cranberries
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Step 1
Whisk garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl. Add broccoli, water chestnuts, bacon, cranberries and pepper; stir to coat with the dressing.

Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Tip: Most supermarkets sell broccoli crowns, which are the tops of the bunches, with the stalks cut off. Although crowns are more expensive than entire bunches, they are convenient and there is considerably less waste.
Per serving
Calories: 89
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fat: 4g
Protein: 4g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 8mg
Potassium: 193mg
Sodium: 200mg
Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat
Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Beet Salad

It's time we rescued beets from our childhood nightmares—when they were little better than bland wedges scooped out of a can. Roasted beets are delightful, sweet but very earthy and aromatic—great for a side salad.
 Serves 8.

2 pounds beets, (5-6 medium)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar, or white-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 large shallot, finely chopped

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°F. Divide beets between 2 pieces of foil; bring edges together and crimp to make packets. Roast until the beets are just tender when pierced with the point of a knife, about 1 1/4 hours. Unwrap the beets and let cool.
Step 2
Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl to make dressing.
Step 3
When the beets are cool enough to handle, slip off the skins. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add celery, shallot and the dressing; toss to coat well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Per serving
Calories: 120
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fat: 7g
Protein: 2g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Potassium: 404mg
Sodium: 243mg
Exchanges: 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat
Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Exercise Can Help Control Stress - Exercising with Health Challenges - FitFacts - American Council On Exercise(ACE)

Exercise Can Help Control Stress - Exercising with Health Challenges - FitFacts - American Council On Exercise(ACE)

Exercise Can Help Control Stress

People who exercise regularly will tell you they feel better. Some will say it’s because chemicals called neurotransmitters, which are produced in the brain, are stimulated during exercise. Since it’s believed that neurotransmitters mediate people’s moods and emotions, they can make you feel better and less stressed.

While there’s no scientific evidence to conclusively support the neurotransmitter theory, there is plenty to show that exercise provides stress-relieving benefits.

There are four ways in which exercise controls stress:

  • Exercise can help you feel less anxious—Exercise is being prescribed in clinical settings to help treat nervous tension. Following a session of exercise, clinicians have measured a decrease in electrical activity of tensed muscles. People are often less jittery and hyperactive after an exercise session.
  • Exercise can relax you—One exercise session generates 90 to 120 minutes of relaxation response. Some people call this post-exercise euphoria or endorphin response. Many neurotransmitters, not just endorphins, are involved. The important thing, though, is not what they’re called, but what they do: They improve your mood and leave you relaxed.
  • Exercise can make you feel better about yourself—Think about those times when you’ve been physically active. Haven’t you felt better about yourself? That feeling of self-worth contributes to stress relief.
  • Exercise can make you eat better—People who exercise regularly tend to eat more nutritious food. And it’s no secret that good nutrition helps your body manage stress better.

It’s Time to Get Started

Now that you know exercise can make a big difference in controlling stress, make some time for regular physical activity. We’ll help you get started by listing three activities you can choose from:

  • Aerobic activity—All it takes is 20 minutes, six to seven days a week. Twenty minutes won’t carve a big chunk out of your day, but it will significantly improve your ability to control stress.
  • Yoga—In yoga or yoga-type activities, your mind relaxes progressively as your body increases its amount of muscular work. Studies have shown that when large muscle groups repeatedly contract and relax, the brain receives a signal to release specific neurotransmitters, which in turn make you feel relaxed and more alert.
  • Recreational sports—Play tennis, racquetball, volleyball or squash. These games require the kind of vigorous activity that rids your body of stress-causing adrenaline and other hormones.

Not Just Any Exercise Will Do

Don’t try exercising in your office. Outdoors or away from the office is the best place to find a stress-free environment. Even a corporate fitness center can trigger too many work-related thoughts for some people.

Stay away from overcrowded classes. If you work surrounded by people, a big exercise class may be counterproductive. Solo exercise may be more relaxing for you. If, however, you work alone, you may enjoy the social benefit of exercising in a group. A lot depends on your personality and what causes stress for you.

Don’t skip a chance to exercise. Take a break every 90 minutes and you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Ninety-minute intervals are a natural work-break period. And four 10-minute exercise breaks will burn about as many calories as a solid 40-minute session. Work-break exercises can be as simple as walking or climbing stairs, stretching or doing calisthenics.

Controlling stress comes down to making the time to exercise. You’re worth it!

Additional Resource

American Psychological Association—Exercise Helps Keep Your Psyche Fit:

For more ACE FitFacts click here!

Thoughts for the Day

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.
--Maya Angelou

Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
--Josh Billings

Look to the future, because that is where you'll spend the rest of your life.
--George Burns

It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.
--Leo Buscaglia

A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
--Thomas Carlyle

Be the change you want to see in the world.
--Mahatma Gandhi

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
----Napolean Hill

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
--Theodore Roosevelt

Results are in!

My doctor had me take IgG and IgE antibody test. The test is performed by US Bio Tek Laboratories. It is a test regarding my immune system's response to certain foods, spices, herbs and/or inhalants.  For a more detailed description of the testing and how they come about their results click here.

My reactive foods that I need to avoid are:  almonds, banana, egg white, egg yolk, oyster, rye, spelt, wheat gliadin, wheat gluten, and whole wheat.  These foods are highly reactive.  Foods that are moderately reactive are:  barley, common mushrooms, garlic, oat, pineapple--which should also be avoided.  I am not sure what to eat anymore! 

One thing is for sure, I am glad that we are getting some answers.  It may take some time to adjust to my new eating lifestyle, but if it is going to help me feel better without weird drugs or side effects, I am all for it!  I go in on Monday to discuss my results with the doctor so I am sure I will have more information then!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

10 Things to Do With Chicken Breasts

10 Things to Do With Chicken Breasts
  • Article By: Bruce Weinstein
Running out of ways to cook this quick and easy staple? Here are 10 tasty new ideas.
Bake them.
Place the breasts on a sheet of foil or parchment paper. Try one of these two toppings:
  • Halved cherry tomatoes, sliced fennel and lemon wedges for Mediterranean flavor
  • Shredded mustard greens, zucchini strips, thyme and a splash of apple juice for a Southern take
Bake in a 425°F oven for about 20 minutes.
Use a spice rub.
Grind dried spices in a spice grinder or in a clean coffee grinder. Our favorite combinations are:
  • Rosemary, parsley, oregano and lemon zest
  • Cumin, paprika, chili powder, oregano and a pinch of cayenne
Massage the mixture into the chicken breasts, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 12 hours. Broil, grill or sauté chicken breasts for about 20 minutes over medium-high heat.
Pound them flat.
Arrange the breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap, then pound them to 1/4-inch thickness with a heavy saucepan or rolling pin. Spread one of these two mixtures over the breasts:
  • Frozen, chopped spinach, dill and Dijon mustard
  • Chopped, fresh arugula leaves, diced tomatoes and rosemary
Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Roll up the breasts with the filling inside and place the rolls seam-side-down in the casserole dish. Bake at 425°F for about 30 minutes, basting them twice with a splash of cranberry juice.
Try a stir-fry.
Cut the breasts into strips. Spray a wok with nonstick cooking spray, then sauté minced garlic, shredded ginger and chopped scallions over high heat. Add the chicken strips, some vermouth and a splash of reduced-sodium soy sauce; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Toss in sliced carrots, broccoli florets or watercress; continue stir-frying until the chicken is cooked through.
Use pre-made sauce.
Chop the breasts into 1-inch cubes, and then mix them in a saucepan with your favorite jarred marinara sauce. Cook the chicken mixture over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through; serve over whole-wheat pasta or brown rice.
Steam them.
Cut the breasts into strips and steam them with your favourite vegetables and an aromatic herb. For an Asian twist, try snow peas, shiitake mushrooms and crushed lemongrass. Discard the lemongrass before serving.
Make kabobs.
Cut the breasts into small pieces then slide them onto metal skewers, or wooden skewers soaked in water for 20 minutes. Add on your veggies of choice: onion wedges, green pepper slices or yellow squash. Grill or broil the skewers for about 20 minutes, basting occasionally with apple juice.
Chicken Cooking Tips
As you prepare the breasts, follow these three general tips:
Don't poke the breasts with a fork.
Use tongs or a spatula to turn the breasts over the heat. Every hole in the meat allows moisture to escape.
Salt them at the end.
Salt pulls out moisture; only add it to a completed chicken dish, just before serving.
Let the breasts rest.
After the cooking is done, let the breasts sit at room temperature for five minutes before serving so that the natural juices can reincorporate into the meat.
Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the authors of Cooking for Two (Morrow Cookbooks, 2004).

How to Curb Kid-Food Snaking!

How to Curb Kid-Food Snacking
  • Article By: Leslie Fink, MS, RD
Finishing your kids' leftovers or digging into their snack bags can cost you, especially when you add up all that food over the course of a week.
I was making my kids' lunches the other night and before I knew it, I'd eaten four Wheat Thins, a slice of turkey, three strawberries and okay, I admit, a handful of vanilla wafers. Not the most offensive items but I'll pay a price for my mooching-off-my-children's-food habit if I don't get it under control. And I know I'm not alone.

Whether it's finishing off those last few bites of macaroni and cheese, pizza crust or ice pop (so it doesn't drip all over the car seat, of course), eating your kids' leftovers can really add up. Success Story Coordinator and New York City Leader Elizabeth Josefsberg estimates that each mouthful of their food you consume can cost you as much as 1 POINTS® value.
"It's usually something gooey and unhealthy," she says, and those high-calorie foods can have a big impact on your weight if you don't track them. Reality Check
Don't think it happens that often? Josefsberg suggests that for every morsel of food you steal from the kids, place that same amount of food in a bowl or write it down on a piece of paper and toss the papers into the bowl. Add them up at the end of a week for a reality check. I was shocked when I tried this recently: 28 extra POINTS values in seven days.
Wow! It was time to take control. So I loaded up on sugar-free gum. I pop a piece when I'm packing or unpacking my kids' lunch boxes, when I'm craving some of their treats or, quite frankly, any time I want to eat even though I know I'm not hungry.
For non-gum chewers, brushing your teeth with strong mint toothpaste works just as well. After all, mint and chicken fingers are not a particularly good flavor combination. Other tactics to help resist kiddie-food temptations include:

  • Eat together as a family so you have your own plate of food.
  • Provide meals and snacks more in line with your healthier eating habits so there's less around to tempt you.
  • Plan for a snack during your children's meals—unless you eat together—so snatching food off their plates is less of an issue. Keep a big pot of No POINTS Value Vegetable Soup in the fridge.
  • Keep a stash of flavored coffees and teas for virtually calorie-free sipping while they eat. (I personally love naturally sweet licorice root tea.)
  • Read to your kids during their meal and snack times so your hands—and mouth—are busy.
  • Chat on the phone when you make dinner or clear the dishes so that you're less likely to nibble.
  • Use your baby's spoons to taste test food that you're cooking for the family so you get the smallest mouthful possible.
  • Have your own low POINTS value snacks tucked away in the diaper bag and car so you're not stuck with Teddy Grahams when hunger strikes.
The Bottom Line
While we should try to feed our kids grilled chicken, sautéed fresh vegetables and brown rice, many of us—including me—don't always get around to it. So here's a rundown of the POINTS values in kiddie foods you might find yourself sinking your teeth into.
Food Item POINTS value per serving
6 gummy bears 1
1 1/2 chicken nuggets 2
1 Oreo cookie 1
1/4 thin crust fast-food pizza slice (1 slice is 1/8th of a 12-inch pie) 1
1/2 cup apple juice 1
1/3 cup macaroni and cheese 3
1/2 medium serving fast-food french fries 3
1 oz Teddy Grahams (about 22 pieces) 3
1/3 ice cream sandwich 1
1/2 cup dry cheerios 1
1/4 grilled cheese sandwich 3
1/4 cup raisins 2
1/3 granola bar 1
1/2 cup plain cooked pasta 2
1 oz plain M&Ms (about 35 pieces) 3
3 saltine crackers 1
1 small Tootsie Roll Tootsie pop 1
1/4 peanut butter and jelly sandwich 2

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dusted off the Juicer tonight!

Today I went to Costco and bought tons of veggies and bag of apples to make some juice! Trista, who is almost 4, has been asking for some carrot juice. So, tonight for her treat after dinner I made the kids a juice. I used 3 whole apples, 6 carrots, and a handful of spinach leaves. They loved it! So I made myself a juice too! I used 6 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2 garlic cloves, and 3 roma tomatoes. Wow, did the garlic ever make is spicy! But it should help with the over growth of yeast in my body! My plan is to make a juice daily for the family! I will let you know how it goes!

Curried Tilapia with Eggplant

I made this for dinner YUMMY! I served it with baby red potatoes.

1 medium egglant
cooking spray
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
curry powder, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 (5 ounce) tilapia fillets or other white fish

Preheat broiler to 450 degrees F.
To prepare eggplant, cut it into 1/4 inch slices. Lightly spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Lay eggplant pieces and halved cherry tomatoes on foil in preheated broiler. Sprinkle veggies with curry powder and pepper, to taste. Broil for 2-3 minutes, turn eggplant slices with tongs, spray with cooking spray, and continue to broil another 2-3 minutes. They should turn slightly brown and curl up a bit on the edges; the tomatoes will brown and be quiet soft. The eggplant becomes soft and very creamy when done, in approximately 3-4 more minutes.
To prepare fish, coat a skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add fish and saute 4 minutes per side. Place skillet in oven and bake for 4 minutes while the veggies are cooking. Serve fish on top of the eggplant and tomatoes.

Makes 4 servings
Nutrition per serving
Calories 175
Fat 5 g
Protein 23 g
Sodium 128 mg
Fiber 3.8 g
Carbohydrate 9 g

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Importance of Visualization

The Importance of Visualization

The reason visualization is effective is that in some ways, your brain can’t tell the difference between a real event and an imagined one — by using your imagination, you can create positive “experiences” that improve your self-image and your skills, help you release worry, realize your goals, and so on. The possibilities are endless.

You can now create an image of your body that fits your genetic type and potential. It must be an attainable vision, not one that will be out of reach. For example, I’m never gonna be able to slam-dunk like LeBron James — I’m five feet two! But it doesn’t mean that I can’t play one hell of a mean basketball game. I will be the best player that I can be, and at the end of the day that’s what counts. Your imagination can be the source of your fear, but it can also provide the remedy.

By harnessing the power of your imagination and practicing visualization, you can make your mind work for you, not against you.

From Jillian Michaels Podcast

Reaching Your Goals the SMART Way - Lifestyle & Motivation - FitFacts - American Council On Exercise(ACE)

Reaching Your Goals the SMART Way - Lifestyle & Motivation - FitFacts - American Council On Exercise(ACE)

Reaching Your Goals the SMART Way

Are you one of those people who resolve to get back into shape every time the New Year comes around—but for some reason fail to accomplish that goal every year? If so, perhaps you might need to adjust the strategy you use when setting these hard-to-reach objectives.

One proven way to set effective goals is using the SMART goal method. This method will allow you to take those vague ideas and transform them into reality.
SPECIFIC: The goals must specifically state what is to be accomplished. They must be easily understood and should not be ambiguous or subject to interpretation. For example, rather than stating you would like to improve your fitness level, set a specific goal to be able to run a mile in 12 minutes.
MEASURABLE: The goals must be measureable so that there is no doubt about whether you achieved them. Measurable goals also allow you to evaluate your progress. Goals can be measured objectively or subjectively (i.e., how you feel and look), or both. For example, you could measure your percent body fat and body weight, but also monitor how your pants fit.
ATTAINABLE: The goals must be attainable—not too difficult or too easy. Easy goals do not motivate, and overly difficult ones may frustrate you and lead to a perception of failure.
RELEVANT: The goals must be relevant or pertinent to your particular interests, needs and abilities. For example, when preparing for a 5K walk, running quarter-mile sprints would not be the best approach
TIME-BOUND: The goals must be time-bound by specific deadlines for completion. Timelines can be both short-term and long-term and should help you stay focused and on track.


If you feel like you are doing everything possible to attain that SMART goal but are still coming up short, perhaps you need a reality check. Try keeping a diet and exercise journal for one week and check to see if you are actually maintaining a program that will get you where you want to be. You can use websites such as, which will help you record and analyze your diet and exercise.

Behavioral vs. Physiological

People often start a program with the intention of making a change, but struggle to stick with it. Remember, it is only when you decide that you are ready to make a real commitment to this change and do it for yourself that you expect results. Without a real resolution to change, you will likely encounter many obstacles and barriers that will make sticking with the program difficult. Consider the following tips if you are thinking about starting a program:

  • Ask yourself why you want to make this change an who you are doing it for.
  • Write down a list of all the benefits you foresee with making this change and a list of costs (e.g., time, effort and money) that will be required to do so. If the balance swings in favor of the benefits, you are likely to stick with the program.
  • Identify a support system. Find individuals of significance in your life who will support your desire to change and perhaps even join you.
  • Select some rewards for achieving major steps in your program. Recognize your achievements with treats such as a purchase, attending a function or even taking a trip. Such rewards will help you stay motivated during the beginning of your program.
  • Visibly place prompts and cues that constantly remind you of the decision you made to change, and remove any stimuli that may trigger undesirable behaviors. For example, placing visible notes or keeping a workout bag accessible will prompt good behavior, while removing ice cream from the freezer may remove a negative stimulus.
More tips at ACE Fitness!

What a Week

What a week it has been! I have to admit that I have not been very good about sticking to the yeast-free/sugar-free thing. And wow can I tell a difference! I have had a headache for several days now, my back is starting to stiffen up, and I am drained! The other day I took a 3 hour nap and my husband had to wake me up I was so tired!

I am finding that it is so difficult to eliminate a certain food from my diet. It is so frustrating to think I can eat something only to read in the ingredients it contains yeast! Let me tell you there are some strange things that have yeast in them. I am noticing that most things processed have yeast or yeast extract in them along with lots of sugar. Needless to say I am starting to make more of my own things.

My biggest struggle is trying to maintain my weight that I lost with Weight Watchers while on this food elimination journey. I loved eating fruit and sandwiches, which are now off limits. I find myself eating lots of raw veggies these days. I am learning that I need to bring my own food when we go places. Also, just because I have enough points left to eat some dessert doesn't mean I can...I will pay for it later. I had pizza the other night, boy did I feel it later. My stomach was churning and in knots and I got a terrible headache!

This week I had food allergy testing done and I won't know the results until I go back to my Dr. on June 14th. In a way it would be nice if they can find what is going on, but on the other hand I don't want him to tell me more foods are off limits!

I am just taking one day at a time at improving my health!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Wow, do they really have to put yeast or yeast extract in EVERYTHING!!! I bought a few things without reading the ingredient list totally. Well, apparently they put yeast extract in Zatarain Rice, and Boca Burgers! I thought they would be a quick easy food to add for those days when I don't have much time to cook....WRONG!!! Oh yeah, I did pick up some wraps, but also very disappointed to see that they have yeast! Really....why do they need to put this in everything?? If you have any idea, let me know!

Needless to say, they yeast-free/sugar-free diet has been quite a struggle! I feel like I am starving at times! I never felt this way with Weight Watchers when I lost my 45 pounds!

Sorry, just had to vent!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Triple Jogging Stroller FOR SALE

Triple Jogging Stroller FOR SALE!
The BeBeLove EVO-TS Triple Jogging Stroller has a lightweight steel frame and large 16 in. wheels making this jogging stroller a great choice for any terrain.

* 14 in. wide seating area
* Independent, multi position reclining seats
* Multi position, retractable canopy
* Detachable sun visor
* Soft handlebar
* Removable front bumper
* Easy-care, washable seat materials
* Extra Large, under-seat basket for storage
* 5-point restraint harness system
* 2 hand brakes and a foot brake
* Fixed front and rear wheels provide stability
* Suitable for children 6 months and older, each weighing up to 50 lbs.
* Sturdy lightweight steel frame
* Large, 4 x 16 in. all-terrain air wheels, equipped with a quick-release system
* Weight: 60 lbs.
* Open Dimensions: 43 in. (height) x 39 in. (width) x 55 in. (length)
* Note: The width of this jogging stroller is larger that many standard-width doors and may require folding of the stroller to enter or exit a room.
* Folded Dimensions: 41 in. x 39 in. x 10 in.

Brand New this stroller is $499.99
Don't miss this opportunity for only $250.00

Making Time for Exercise Is Easy - Lifestyle & Motivation - FitFacts - American Council On Exercise(ACE)

Making Time for Exercise Is Easy - Lifestyle & Motivation - FitFacts - American Council On Exercise(ACE)

Making Time for Exercise Is Easy

By now you know that exercise is good for you, and that you should do something on a regular basis. What’s the best time for you to exercise? Any time. Honestly.

For example, when you’re sitting and watching TV, stretch your muscles. Never stretch so hard it hurts. Instead, stretch to the point of mild tension and hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
A healthy exercise program includes three kinds of exercise: aerobic activity, muscular conditioning and flexibility exercise. You can start your exercise program without investing in any elaborate equipment. For example, you can do simple body-weight exercises at home or at your desk at work, including sit-ups, push-ups and pull-ups.
For basic strength-training exercises, expensive weight-lifting equipment isn’t required. Instead, head for the kitchen and pick up the soup cans you have in the cupboard or the gallon milk jug from the fridge.

Aerobic Activity Can Be Fun

Aerobic activity is defined as prolonged continuous movement of large muscle groups. Translated, that means “do something that keeps you moving.” Ideally, do it for 30 minutes straight. If you don’t have that much time, three 10-minute aerobic activity sessions will benefit you almost as much.
The good thing about aerobic activity is that it includes many of the sports you probably already enjoy. Walking, biking, hiking, dancing, swimming and even basketball are all examples of aerobic exercise.
Another good thing is that you can easily accomplish those three 10-minute sessions with things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking around the neighborhood after work or parking your car farther away from your destination.
You could even turn shopping into an aerobic activity. Shopping involves walking, so don’t stop for 10 minutes straight and you’ve worked in one of your daily sessions! Check with your local mall for mall walker programs and you’ll have company.
Aerobic exercise is definitely good for cardiovascular health and fitness. And here’s something else you’ll like: Aerobic activity can help you lose weight.

Plenty of Good Exercise All Around the House

If you do housework or yard work, you’re doing yourself a favor. The stretching and lifting that housework entails is good exercise. So is work you do outside. Yard work uses many muscle groups, especially activities like planting and working in the garden.
Raking uses your arm and back muscles. Digging gives your arms and legs a workout. And gardening provides a bonus: You’ll have more fresh vegetables and fruits to add to your diet.

Is one time better than another to exercise?

It’s really up to you. You can exercise in the morning, afternoon or evening. Lunch breaks offer an excellent opportunity to get out of the office and exercise. Use your coffee break to take a short walk around the office. Get rid of the day’s stress by fitting in an exercise session after work.
Whatever time you choose, make sure you stick with it, as establishing a routine will help you adhere to the program. For some people, it’s easier to stay with an exercise program when you do it with a friend or coworker.

Make Time to Stay Healthy

Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. If you’re basically healthy, get going right now. If you’re a man 45 or older, or a woman 55 or older, or have any health problems, consult your physician first.

Additional Resource

American Academy of Family Physicians—The Exercise Habit:

ACE Fitness
•Fit Facts are reprinted from ACE FitnessMatters® magazine

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Just Keep it Simple

The key to being successful at your weight loss and fitness goals is fairly easy...Just Keep it Simple! Sure you say...simple, yeah right! Well, let me give you a few insights of my weight loss journey.

I joined Weight Watchers November 13, 2008. I reached Lifetime in August 2009. Before I reached goal, I decided that I wanted to work for Weight Watchers. I wanted to give back what my leader, Bev, did for me! She helped me to believe in myself and to encourage me along the way. I have been working as a receptionist since January. I am so excited to be going to Leader Training this weekend in Seattle!

So back to the keeping it simple! To be successful on your journey you do not need any fancy, special foods! Skinless chicken breast is awesome! There are so many different ways to prepare it! Try to stick to whole grains...whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice! The more fiber it has in it, the better! Fruits and veggies are always a great choice and very convenient for those of us on the go!

Some of you may have read that my doctor has recently put me on a yeast-free diet. Well, I feel like I can't eat anything! I am so happy that Weight Watchers is not like that! You can eat whatever you want! NO foods are off limits! With that being said, you must know that you have a daily points target and all foods have a points value. So the decision is up to you on how you want to spend your points! I have been struggling with what to eat now that I have to cut out yeast and sugar. I realized the other day...Just Keep it Simple! So, tonight I made turkey burgers, topped it with some avocado, along with steamed broccoli and a baked sweet potato. I must say it was quite yummy! If you are struggling with what you can eat, or what to make for your family for dinner, Just Keep it Simple! Also, check out the recipes on Weight Watchers!

When it comes to exercise the same principle applies...Just Keep it Simple! There is no need for you to run out an purchase an expensive gym membership or buy tons of fancy at home equipment. To start out all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and some hand weights. Remember to always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Instead of watching TV after dinner, why not take a walk around the neighborhood. Hand weights are great for some resistance training at home. Why not do a few lunges and biceps curls, or bent over rows and squats?

The key is finding something that you enjoy to do so that you will stick with it! I highly encourage you to have a buddy to help keep you accountable on your food and workouts! So what are you waiting for? Lets get moving! I look forward to hearing about your success!

Challenge for the week: I want you to visualize your goals. Write them down on an index card along with the reason you are making the change to be healthy! Place it in a place that you will see it every day! When you are tempted to eat something you know you probably shouldn't or to skip out on your workout, pull the index card out to help you refocus and to get back on track!

I want you to know that I am doing this with you!

Food for Thought

528 number calories in a 7-11 44-ounce super big gulp of coca-cola classic!

4.5 The average number of hours Americans spend watching TV each day. That's a huge number, especially since a new study from the American College of Sports Medicine found that just two or more hours of television viewing per day was associated with decreased muscular fitness in young men and women. Want something better to do with your about go for a walk around the block?

60 approximate number of minutes it would take running on a treadmill at 5.2 mph to burn off that 7-11 44-ounce super big gulp cocoa-cola classic!

Spend time visualizing your goals. It will help you determine the steps you will need to take to attain them!

4 Maximum days you should keep cooked chicken breasts in your fridge.

Remember success is a journey, not a destination. -Ben Sweetland

Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant.

Write your goals and reasons for being fit on an index card and carry it with you!

#1 Fat Loss Weapon APPLES! The soluble fiber in apples can help reduce your cholesterol. Beat the afternoon slump with the loud crunch of the energizing fruit. People who eat apples regularly are 21% less likely to have excess belly fat, new research suggests.

Exercise is good, but it is only part of the equation. Eighty percent of your problem is solved by proper eating! (check out Weight can eat the foods you love and still lose weight!)

People often need a swift kick in the butt to recognize that they are overweight or even obese.

100 Number of calories you can burn in just 10 minutes by vigorously jumping rope. Change your foot patterns and rope speeds to incorporate different muscles into the mix.

6 Number of places that currently impose a retail tax on soda as a way to curb the growing obesity rate. They are: Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Chicago.

Persistence is much more important than perfection in weight loss battle!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Mom's out there! Today is your day...You Rock! Today has been a very testing day for me...not my usual Mother's Day. Usually we go to church as a family, go out to breakfast, and then head down to Denali Park for the day! Boy, I guess I really do miss Alaska! Not only are we in a new state this year, but Tim was only home for an hour today and then gone! He was at work that last 3 days and had to fly to Colorado Springs, CO for some training today! He doesn't get home until Wednesday night!

Mother's Day is always emotional for me since the relationship with my mom is pretty much non-existent. But today was even worse! We were not able to do our own family celebrations! Plus, I had some very naughty little girls on my hands today! When it was suppose to be nap time, the girls went into the kitchen, got up on the counter, emptied a few cabinets, but what they really got into was my vitamins! I had several different vitamins and supplements on my rack and they decided to open them all and mix them in a big cup! Oh, it was only about $110 down the drain!

So, what a day it has been! On the upside, it was so nice out today that this afternoon I laid out in the back yard! Hurray for SUMMER! And I just found out our wedding pictures are done! Can't wait to see them!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Looking for something to do with your kiddos?

So now that summer is approaching your kids will soon be out of school! What are you doing to do to keep them busy? Or maybe you have some preschoolers itching to do some "school" work. Mom's and Dad's you need to check this out! Disney FamilyFun There are so many great crafts, recipes, and ideas to keep those little ones occupied! And not to mention, it is fun for us parents to see the satisfaction of our little ones complete their projects! So, why not make Mom some paper flowers for Mother's Day? Or perhaps sit down and make a book together! Need some ideas for an upcoming play date...I am sure there is the perfect solution on the FamilyFun website!

Toni & Sally's Music Video - V*ENNA

My best friend from college, Sally and I making our music video that was just a few years overdue! Thanks for coming out for the wedding! I had so much fun!

Those Who Wait - Clay Hecocks, Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale

Creation 2010

I am so pumped! We just got out tickets for Creation 2010! What is it, you ask? It is the nations largest Christian music festival! It is July 21st-24th in Enumclaw, WA. Check it out! Creation 2010!

Tim and I are going and I know we will have an AWESOME time! I am so excited to go see Toby Mac, Matthew West, Need to Breathe, Group 1 Crew, and many more great artists! Also, there are several great speakers that will be there.

Can't wait for our summer get away of concerts and camping! It is going to be amazing!

Hey, want some FREE Christian music??? Order your tickets online and you will receive a link to download FREE music!

Also, check out this site for some FREE downloads! iTickets

Saturday, May 1, 2010

One of those days...

Oh boy, what a day it has been! I feel like I have been run over by a truck! A big truck at that! When the girls came in my room this morning to say they were ready for breakfast I just wanted to pull the blankets over my head and sleep!

I did eventually pull myself out of bed and made some eggs and hash browns for the family. I had a scrambled egg beaters on a corn tortilla. I managed to clean up the kitchen, sweep and mop, and do laundry! The best part of all, I got a 2 hour nap! Let me tell you I still feel quite tired and run down...can't wait for it to be bedtime!

Tonight I made a batch of weight watcher mini chocolate chip cookies for the family...I added some peanut butter to them tonight too! I admit I did take a "taste" of the dough. I thought I little taste won't make a big difference, right? After all, there isn't much sugar in them and just a small amount of chocolate. Well, I was wrong! That little "taste" was not a good idea! It seemed as is almost immediately I gut bread dough rising! YUCK! That was enough for me...I will be staying to the plan of no yeast or sugar very closely!

I did manage to make a yummy dinner to end the day! I tried a new recipe from weight watchers. Chicken Tostadas! I had to make a few modifications for me, but they were a huge hit with everyone! I will definitely be making them again!

I guess even though I wanted to just stay in bed today, it was a pretty good day! I didn't get a workout in, but I needed some rest too! Hopefully tomorrow will be a great day! Day 4 of no yeast, sugar, coffee....

Yeast Free Bread Rolls

Yesterday I was really struggling with the no bread thing, so I did some searching online to see what kind of recipes I could find. Well, I came across this yummy one! I made some yesterday just as the recipes says and then today I made some with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of cloves...and a tablespoon of splenda. I did use whole wheat flour since I can not have white flour and they turned out great!



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 9 muffin cups.
  3. Sieve flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and seasoning.
  4. Add water, then mix.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake approximately 25 min.

This recipe is from Recipe Zaar.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Candida Diet: Candida Questionnaire

Candida Diet: Candida Questionnaire

Candida Questionnaire

Here is an abbreviated version of a questionnaire, created by Dr William Crook and designed to test for Candida.

The main difficulty with testing for Candida is that everyone has it! It is not the presence of Candida that is a problem, rather is is the overgrowth of Candida that gives you all those nasty symptoms.

Simply complete the test then scroll down to the bottom to see how to interpret the results.

Question Yes Score
1. Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs? 4
2. Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections? 3
3. Do you feel "sick all over," yet the cause hasn't been found? 2
4. Are you bothered by hormone disturbances, including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar craving, low body temperature or fatigue? 2
5. Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors? 2
6. Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel "spaced out"? 2
7. Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids; or have you taken "the pill" for more than 3 years? 2
8. Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms? 1
9. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain? 1
10. Does your skin itch, tingle or burn; or is it unusually dry; or are you bothered by rashes? 1
11. When you wake up, do you have a white coating on your tongue? 1
My gender is: Male

Click on Submit for your test results

Interpreting the Results


A score of 10 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 13 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.


A score of 8 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 11 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.