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Hi, I'm Amy! I'm a California native building a new life in Arizona. I joined Spark over 10 years ago and was really successful with it, but I allowed old unhealthy habits to resurface and gained a lot of weight back. Between my autoimmune struggles and my 40th birthday passing, it's time to get refocused on health and wellness! To help increase my chances of success, this time I'm focusing on smaller milestone goals.

Member Since: 6/15/2009

Fitness Minutes: 36,841

My Goals:
My end goal is to get to 140 pounds, but I want to focus on smaller mini goals along the way because it helps keep me motivated and focused on progress.

My Program:
Because of my Auto-Immune issues, I find that I feel best when following Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet. In order to stick with it long term, I employ the 80/20 rule. Beyond that, it's lots of water and moving my body!

Personal Information:
I like to collect quotes for motivation and inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin

"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom." - Marilyn Ferguson

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Elliott

"Your goals minus your doubts equals your reality." - Ralph Marston

"Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou

"The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears." - Michel DeMontaigne

"Life is not about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself" Stolen from Girl*In*Motion's Spark page. :)

And, of course...
"Things do not change. We do." - Henry David Thoreau

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    Hi! Here's the recipe for the quinoa "meat"balls:

    *I make 3 meatballs a serving and this recipe yielded 16 servings (48 meatballs)

    Quinoa Meatballs:


    1 c. dry quinoa
    1/2 onion, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons each finely chopped dill, basil parsley, scallion
    2 large eggs
    1/2 tablespoon milk
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided use
    1 c. fine dried bread crumbs (I use panko)
    1 c. finely grated parmesan
    1/4 c. fine semolina
    2 teaspoons onion powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon pepper

    In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Spread the quinoa onto a large lined baking sheet to cool, then transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the herbs.

    Preheat the oven to 375. Line a large rimmed backing sheet with foil and coat with baking spray. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 2/3 cup of water. Add the quinoa along with the breadcrumbs, the 1 cup of Parmigiano, the semolina, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well. Form the mixture into ~1 ½ inch meatballs using about 1 tablespoon of the mixture for each. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake the meatballs for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned on the bottoms, then turn and bake for 10 to 12 minutes longer, until browned all over.

    I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! I like to warm them up and add them to my salads or toss them with red sauce and spaghetti squash! The original recipe came with the Tuscan kale sauce I posted along with the's phenomenal! Let me know if you want that recipe, too!
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    emoticon We made it to Hump Day and we got this week whipped!! Hope the rest of the week is wonderful for you!!
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