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The new year is a great time to embark on a health journey

Tina Specht

I am excited as I go into this new year! I am looking for a lot of changes.

I normally do not do New Year resolutions, because, by the end of January, I have already broken them.  

I have been thinking a lot about New Year’s Resolutions. When we make them, are they really things we want, or are they things we think we need to do. If they are the latter, they really don’t come from the heart. So, we are not pushed to accomplish them.

I do think we always need to learn new things. I love change! You should always be moving forward in all areas in your life or you will die. If you are not doing moving forward, you will be stuck, and that is when life can become miserable.

In my life, I have to do things I want to make a daily routine. Once I get used to it, it becomes a habit and you can’t not do it.

I was very stuck in my life about a year and a half ago. While I was stuck in several areas, my health was a major issue. I had an, “I don’t care attitude,” and did whatever I wanted. I would just get more medicine when what I was doing wasn’t working.  

However, I finally got to the point that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I was not even 50 yet and my body was going downhill fast.  

I watched a friend and her husband on a health journey and wanted to give it a try.  Then my negativity kicked in. I told myself that I have tried them all.  

My husband agreed with me. He didn’t want me to try yet another “diet” and fail once again. So after much time and prayer, he decided I could give this “journey” a try it, but he was going to do it with me for a month just to make sure I stuck to it for a month.  

Well, that month came and went, and what happened in that month changed our lives forever.  We started to feel young again. We were able to play sports with my boys and others. I grew up playing sports and love them. We were able to get off medicine and control our health by what we eat and do. I don’t have to put all those drugs into my system to make things right. It is the way God intended it to be.  

I have had such a huge success that I had to pay it forward. My husband and I became certified health coaches. We have been blessed to walk alongside a lot of people on their own health journeys.

I am proud of what we have done, and the changes we made in our lives. Have we been perfect? No not at all! Who is? But that is what is so great about a life-changing journey. You never arrive. You set goals and you crush them and then you set more goals.  

I would love to talk to anyone that has questions on what we did and how it has changed our lives.  

You can do it also. Young or young at heart, you still have many years in you. Why not make the best of them?  

Don’t be a couch sitter. Get up and do something that will get you off the couch and active again.  

What are your dreams? It is time to start dreaming again and get your life back. You owe it to yourself. Call me at the newspaper or friend me on Facebook and let’s set up a time to talk. We can even do it over coffee.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Casserole


4 cups cooked spaghetti squash (8 Greens)

8 oz part skim ricotta cheese (1 Lean)

8 oz reduced fat mozzarella cheese, divided (2 Leans)

2 tbsp egg beaters

2 tbsp reduced fat grated parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)

2 cups Great Value Italian diced tomatoes, divided (4 Greens)

1/4 tsp garlic powder (1/2 Condiment)

1/8 tsp pepper (1/4 Condiment)

5 oz Jennie O Italian seasoned ground turkey 93%, cooked  (1 Lean)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prick squash with fork or metal skewer and roast in oven for an 45 to 50 min or until it seems soft when you press on it. Take it out and leave on the counter until cool.

When squash is cool, cut in half and scoop out the seeds and discard. Use a fork or spoon to scoop out the rest of the squash and set aside in a bowl. Measure out 4 cups of spaghetti squash and store the rest in the fridge. Add garlic powder and pepper.

Mix ricotta cheese, parmesan, egg beaters and 4 oz or 1 cup of mozzarella cheese together.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour 1 cup Italian diced tomatoes on the bottom of a 9 inch or 8 inch square casserole dish and spread evenly. Add squash. Top the squash with the ricotta cheese mixture. Then top the ricotta cheese mixture with the cooked ground turkey. Spread 1 cup of Italian diced over the meat. 

Bake for 30 minutes. Spread the rest of the mozzarella cheese over the top (1 cup) and bake an additional 20 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly brown. Let rest for 10 minutes or so to serve.