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Char's Chicken Salad
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End of Week Review 6/23/2017

I will keep this one short and sweet since my blogging week was short. We had a delay with our flight back home Wednesday from Washington D.C. due to an engine problem. The airline snagged another plane three hours later that came in from an international flight, getting us back home at 11:30 pm. My sweet hubby gets up before the crack of dawn around 4 am! I dragged myself out of bed at 9 am and savored my coffee to get my brain cells functioning. Oh, yes, we crawled in bed around 12:30-1 am, so you understand the struggle.

Char's Chicken Salad

I looked through Pinterest the other day and saw some great chicken salad recipes. Sadly, I can't have mayo because I'm allergic to egg. There must be some way I can have chicken or tuna salad that I can eat. So I pondered it for a while, then a light bulb moment happened: I can!  My solution is to substitute the mayo with plain yogurt. So my experiment began. Here is the final product:

I wanted it to be healthy and tasty, too.  It was awesome! Here is the recipe:


1- 5 oz.

United or Divided: Will We Stand?

We visited the Lincoln Memorial on a sweltering 98 degree day. The sun showed no mercy to tourists plodding along the Mall. All the benches in the shade were taken by the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, so guess where most people took shelter in the shade? On the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial where shade showed mercy to us. As we basked in the cooler shade looking through the memorial dedicated to the man who helped begin the journey of freedom of African-Americans from the bondage of slavery, we took the time to read some of words carved into the walls.

Put Your Environment to Work for Your Workout

My hubby and I just got back from Washington, D.C. last night from our anniversary trip. I always try to bring you tidbits I learn while I'm away. This time, its my observations of how people stay thinner in an urban setting in their day-to-day living and how you can put this information to work for you where you live. It also gives me a chance to share a bit about my trip with you in that context.Photo mine of Capitol Dome through glass skylight above Capitol Visitors Center.

Active Transportation and Fitness

End of Week Review 6/16/2017

It's been almost 3 months since my heart event and I'm doing so much better. Thank you for your patience with blog posts and other social media interaction. For those who are new to Totally Fit 4 Life, I had a coronary artery spasm that escalated into a heart attack in March. It is a rare form of heart attack that leaves no damage, but certainly knocked the wind out of my sails. It happens more often in otherwise healthy people. I've experienced more exhaustion and slightly different than fibro since February.

God's Grace Trumps the Kangaroo Court

Main Passage:Micah 7:18-20

Key Verse:"You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities
into the depths of the sea.
Micah 7:19 NIV

While my hubby and I were engaged, some Christians friends tried to discourage us from getting married. They believed he would be sinning and causing me to sin because he was divorced. Remember, my first husband died. Another issue is there is enough evidence to support that his divorce had biblical grounding. We had already looked over God's Word, fasted, and prayed by the time their concerns were voiced.

Keep Melting Off the Weight This Summer

Summer temperatures hit quickly here in Michigan, pushing people to pull out their summer clothing stash. Certainly these shorts and tank tops will fit, right? Maybe not.The swimsuit? NO! Now it's time to go to the store to buy new ones. UGH! You would think weight loss and summer would go hand-in-hand easily. Just wait until fall when you try on your fall and winter favorites. Will they fit? Summer is more difficult to lose weight than many people think.Photo by Sven Scheuermeier from Unsplash.

End of Week Review 6/9/2017

Do you remember me mentioning my garden last week? Below is a pic so you can see. My hubby snuck a photo from our upstairs window yesterday. Since we expanded it, there was quite a workout involved. I've torched an extra 400 calories lifting and carrying bags of soil and compost, laying down weed fabric, transplanting plants, raking, busting dirt clods, and more. Oh, did I mention "Snake Wrestling" with the hose and sprinkler?  My hubby got quite a workout behind the rototiller.

Char's Frozen Fruit CreamSicles

Hot days are coming! What better way to cool down with a great frozen treat with less calories and more nutrition. I've looked at a lot of different recipes online, but I just decided to test this one myself. Here it is:


1 bag (10-12 oz.) frozen fruit of your choice
1 single serving container of your favorite yogurt (you may want to match the flavor of the fruit you use.)
1/2-1 medium banana (frozen or not)
Optional: stevia or natural liquid to taste

Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend on high.

Proceed to the Route

When I was in Estes Park, I wanted to visit a relative and her kids about an hour's drive away. I set my GPS phone app and drove off. Interestingly, it said there may be gravel roads on my route. That was an understatement! It was a dirt road with a little bit of gravel that twisted and wound up the mountain with sharp drops and no guard rail, then ended at a hiking trail. Not only that, I no longer had a cell signal to re-route myself. So I turned around to go back the way I came so I could get back to reasonable cell coverage, which was back at my hotel.
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