New Year, New Changes

Happy almost 2009 to everyone. With the new year I am going to be making some changes to this blog. Despite the fact that Google refuses to give it a page rank, and despite the fact that I don’t post enough here, this is still my favorite blog. While I will allow myself to write on whatever I feel like, in the coming year I will be focusing more on my outdoor adventures.

You see, it wasn’t that many years ago that I would have been too afraid to go whitewater rafting, rock climbing, or mountain bike riding. When I think about it, it even seems a little silly to me that a slightly overweight, late forties woman would suddenly think she is mountain woman and start doing all these outdoor things. But still, just last weekend, I rode my mountain bike 3 miles, and then hiked another 1/2 mile just to see a waterfall. In the rain, and mud. On a trail on the side of a cliff. Mud is very slippery, and the brakes on my bike don’t work well when they are wet. But the waterfall was beautiful, and I had a great time!

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Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t do any of these things well. In fact, I do them pretty poorly. On my bike ride I got my pants caught in my chain…twice! Fortunately I was going so slow I didn’t crash.

Hopefully, by sharing my adventures with you, maybe I can make you believe that you can be too overweight, and too old, and too out of shape, but you can still do all this cool stuff, and have fun. And by having fun, you find you are losing weight and getting in shape, and you don’t feel so old after all!

Get Paid To Blog

I like to blog. I also like to collect blogs. I have been telling myself “No More Blogs!” But today I started a new blog. (You can see it here.) The reason I started yet another blog, is that with this new one, I know I’ll earn some money. Money is good. It pays for hosting and domains. The new blog is with Today.com. You start a blog with them, and they promise to pay you $1 for every post you make for the first month. The post must have at least 100 words, and they only pay for one post per day. But I figure there is another 27 days in December, so I know I can earn $27. After the first month, your payout can go up or down, depending on the quality of your blog and how much traffic you are getting.

I gave some thought as to what I wanted the topic of my new blog to be. I decided to do free blog reviews. Bloggers like to have their blogs reviewed. I like to review blogs. Sounds like a match! So the new blog is Best Blog ReviewsReview Me Today. If you would like me to review your blog for free, just go over to my new blog and leave a comment. I’ll write your review and then you can show it off to all your friends!

Better yet, why don’t you start a new blog at Today by clicking on that flashing banner. That will make me happy, because, once you have a blog with Today, they have a pretty nice affiliate program! It will make you happy, because you know you will make some money! Then, once you have a few posts, get your blog reviewed by Best Blog Reviews Review Me Today! You will get more traffic, which will help you earn more money.

If you start a new blog with today, leave a comment here and let me know the URL. I’ll make sure to visit your blog and leave a comment with you.

Powerful Beyond Measure

I just watched Akeela and the Bee, and in the movie they use one of my favorite quotes. It is from Marianne Williamson. Enjoy

[by Marianne Williamson] Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Healthy Re-Dos of Favorite Holiday Foods

It was all the way back in November of 2007 that I wrote a post on healthy holiday eating.  In that post I said I would give you some suggestions for making some of your holiday favorites healthier.  It has been over a year, so I think now would be a good time!

Sweet Potatoes

It has been many, many years since I have eaten the classic holiday sweet potatoes swimming in butter and covered with marshmallows. I don’t really miss it! Instead of butter and marshmallows, try mixing garnet yams with unsweetened canned pineapple chunks. It is really good and surprisingly sweet!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie can be good for you! The biggest problem is all the sugar. Try cutting back just a bit. Use just 3/4 cup of sugar for every cup of sugar called for in the recipe. Or do like I do and substitute Splenda for the sugar. Then use non-fat evaporated milk, instead of the full fat version, and don’t eat the crust.

Egg Nog

If you must buy the stuff in the store, at least mix it 1/2 and 1/2 with non-fat milk. Or better yet try this. Add 2 teaspoons sugar free vanilla syrup, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to 1 cup of non fat or low fat milk. Yum, one of my favorites. Drink it hot or cold.

Green Bean Casserole

Skip the mushroom soup altogether, and instead mix in some slivered almonds, and just enough fried onions to get the flavor.

Mashed Potatoes

You can use a lot less butter in your mashed potatoes if you start with Yukon Gold Potatoes. They have a naturally buttery flavor. Just mash with some non-fat milk and you can have mashed potatoes that are actually good for you!

Do you have any healthy re-dos for holiday favorites? If so, please leave a comment here!