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First of all I want to say HELLO to all who come by my page, This is my third try and I KNOW I CAN DO THIS! I have quite a bit of knowledge about dieting - living healthy- but there is always room for more learning. It is fun learning how to use the different types of exercise equipment. Thank you all for any encourgement and helpful hints you drop by with. I'm here also to help whoever I can. Have a great and wonderful journey.

I'm now doing Trim Healthy Mama and loving it. Food freedom! Totally different out look on the way to eat. Follows what is in the Bible.

14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine
Stop Failure Before it Starts
-- By Julie Isphording, former Olympian
"If you have time to watch TV then you have time to exercise and cook health meals. It's just a matter of priorities." found on SP post.

For some of us out there, if we could just convince ourselves that there is enough time in the day to exercise, we could be on track to a great fitness program. For others, we get started but quickly lose momentum and give up. To help get started and stay on track, here are a few tips:

Throw away the bathing suit you wore in high school� and the memory too. It�s normal to have a mental image of yourself when you last exercised like a fiend. But if that image is from high school, you could be in big trouble. Even if it�s from last year, forget it. Remember as little as possible of what you used to look like. Starting today, make new memories.

Prepare. We already know you don�t have the time, so write it down like an appointment every day. You wouldn�t cancel an appointment, why would you cancel on yourself? Aren�t you important too?

Start slowly. Do much less than what you�re capable of. Take a 20-minute walk if you�re returning to exercise. You might feel like it�s not enough, but it�s a good start.

Get the family involved. Run while your daughter rides her bike. Go to a local track and let the kids play their own games. Run with your spouse. Sign up for a local 10K. Walk with your son. Celebrate with a little something special after every activity.

Where are your friends? Four words, four reasons � motivation, inspiration, determination, conversation. Surround yourself with friends who think positive and live large.

Put the pain in perspective. When the going gets tough, remember that you have survived 600 carpools, 540 loads of laundry (this month), 41 baseball games, 230 dinners and one family vacation. What�s the big deal?

Allow yourself to slow down. You�re driving this bus! For the first time today, you are in control.

Sign up for a race. It�s a goal to strive for and adds a little meaning to your everyday workout.

Run/walk in public. Be proud of your accomplishment. Take in all the sites and be an inspiration to others.

Just show up. Go to the gym, class, or the park. Once you�re there, it�s hard to say no. 98% of life is showing up.

Eat. Follow a healthy eating pattern. If you limit your calorie intake, you will not have enough energy to work out and your metabolism will slow down.

Understand your energy cycle. There are peaks during our days. Even during the week. Try to complete your workout when you feel good about yourself.

Wallow in your greatness. You can exercise to become a better exerciser, or you can exercise to become a better mother, a better father, doctor, teacher, or a better friend � or you can exercise to become BETTER. Be proud of that accomplishment.

Have fun. Where�s your childlike spirit? When you can make workouts "playouts," you�ve got it made.
Don�t give up on yourself. After all, it�s never too late to be that healthy person you might have been.

Member Since: 12/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 23,942

My Goals:
My goals are to lose weight, eat healthier, and to help inspirer other people especially my family.

My Program:
Walking is the biggest part of my exercises. Starting with ten minutes a day. Plan on adding more as I improve. I track here on SP for my food and exercises. Plus I measure my weight and inches, how my clothes feel and how I feel.

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I live in the west but from the east. Have lived in several states. Have five wonderful adult children with eighteen beautiful grandchildren. Plus three step grandchildren that have a special spot in my heart.

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I love to do needle work like cross stitch, knitting and the such.

Finding a new desire for cooking healthy.

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    I hope this work. I can read it but it usually goes away. The link will not work for me.

    Pat in Maine
    22 hours ago
    TERRY, I have been all over the SPARK pages. There are so many and if you want to see them Google them.
    I do not want you to do any of the ones cost money.

    I could not find a lot open and they are mostly car products.
    I am sorry I will try to get a book about flowers. I have been out almost all day now it is almost midnight I will try tomorrow 11;35 pm HUGS Pat emoticon
    2 days ago
    Hi Terry
    I found a place that is great about bulbs. They are growers and I looked at all those beautiful bulbs I hope I can get to it too.

    I have to go to bed and I will send it in the morning. (((HUGS)) Pat in Maine. I have not got 100 points BooHoo!

    23 days ago
    This was an article to read.
    REMEMBER TO SEARCH. I found a complicated one but it helps. Pat in Maine

    Understanding the Benefits of Garden Mulch Using mulch is a good gardening habit but not mandatory; the benefits, however, make it worth the effort. A really good job of mulching your garden usually offers these benefits:
    •Inhibits weed germination and growth. (Weeds are not only unsightly, but they also steal resources from desirable garden plants!)
    •Holds in soil moisture, protecting your plants from drying out quickly
    •Moderates soil-temperature fluctuations (This benefit is especially valuable during that turbulent-weather period in spring when you don’t want your plants to be stressed.)
    •In cold-winter areas, protects plant roots from winter cold and helps prevent frost-heaving, in which plants are literally pushed out of the ground by the natural expansion and contraction of the soil as it cools off and heats up
    •In hot-summer areas, helps keep plant roots cooler
    •Depending on what you use, adds a bit of welcome nutrition to your garden as it breaks down
    The “right” or “best” mulch to use depends on your climate, the part of the country you’re in, and the part of the yard you’re using it in. Some mulches are free, while you can purchase others locally. Experiment to find out what you and your plants prefer.
    Concerns Grass Clippings Is cheap, readily available, and easy to apply
    Decays quickly, so you must replenish often. If you use weed killers on your lawn or nitrogen-heavy fertilizer, it may adversely affect other parts of the garden; can turn slimy if you apply more than an inch or so at a time; if the grass goes to seed before you cut it, the grass seeds can germinate in your garden beds (yikes!)
    Wood or bark chips. Looks neat and attractive; stays where you put it; is slow to decay. Pine bark mulch is acidic, which you may or may not want for your garden; if you apply too deeply (over 3″) or apply a deep layer up against tree and shrub trunks, you may create a hiding spot for a bark-damaging rodent, especially during winter.
    Decaying leaves smothers weeds very well; helps hold in soil moisture Is not especially attractive; if it contains seeds, they can germinate and become a weed problem; if the leaves are soft, like maple leaves, the mulch can mat; if it’s acidic (oak especially), it can lower your garden soil’s ph.
    Compost Is free and plentiful if you have your own compost pile; adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. Makes a good place for weeds to take hold; fresh compost (especially if it contains manure or grass clippings) can burn plants.
    Peat moss Looks neat and tidy; is versatile — also functions as a soil amendment
    Can be expensive; if dry, will repel water; becomes crusty over time
    Straw Is cheap and easy to apply Is so light it can blow or drift away; may harbor rodents, especially over the winter months; isn’t very attractive for ornamental planting
    Hay Is cheap and easy to apply. May harbor rodents, especially over the winter months; isn’t very attractive for ornamental plantings; probably contains weed seeds!
    Gravel, pebbles, or stone Has a nice, neat look (though not “natural”); is easy to apply; won’t wash away easily and will last a long time; doesn’t need to be replenished over the course of a season in colder climates can allow weeds to sneak through; provides no benefits to the soil Landscape fabric (garden plastic, black plastic) Keeps weeds at bay; holds soil moisture and warmth in Watering and feeding is hard (you need to cut openings for plants); can be difficult to apply unless you’re doing an entire area at one time; isn’t very attractive Propagating succulents with offshoots. If your succulent develops an offshoot at the base of the plant, you can gently remove it to grow a separate plant. To do so, simply allow the offshoot to develop roots for a period of 2-3 weeks. Once you see roots, remove with snips or simply twist to remove. Then follow steps 2-7 above to propagate your new succulent.
    If you choose to grow a succulent indoors, your plant will need the following:
    •Plant your succulent in a pot that drains: Succulents do not like to live in wet soil. As plants accustomed to high temperatures and little moisture, they can rot, contract disease, or die if overwatered. Potting in a planter that has slots for drainage can help prevent overwatering.
    •Use succulent soil or soil that drains well: Using the correct type of soil will help your plant thrive. Because succulents don’t appreciate overwatering, using soil that drains will keep your plants appropriately moist.
    •Plenty of sunlight (at least half a day): These plants hail from hot, dry climates and love plenty of sunlight. Although they will go dormant in the winter and require less sunlight, most succulents like at least a half day to a full day of sunlight depending on what type of plant you have chosen.
    •Water heavily, but not often: Overwatering is an issue with succulents. Watering every day and leaving the plant with soaking soil will kill your succulent. However, simply misting them will also leave them wanting more. Supply your plant with a large amount of water about once a week (also varies depending on the variety). Check the soil to see that it is drying between watering.
    •Maintain a warm temperature: Succulents like about 70-80 degrees in summer months and 50-60 in winter months. Grow a succulent indoors. How to care for outdoor succulents. Succulents make great houseplants, but they can also add an exotic edge to your outdoor garden. When planting an outdoor garden, choose your succulents and accompanying plants carefully. Succulents refer lots of sunshine, dry soil, and little watering. If this doesn’t fit the surrounding flora, consider using your succulents as houseplants or moving them to a separate location.
    •Choose a sunny spot: Give your succulent lots of natural sunlight. Make sure you have appropriate soil: Does the soil drain well? If not, backfill the hole with sand or gravel to increase drainage capability. Many succulents will fall victim to rot if they are not set in the right kind of soil. If watering is necessary, pour water directly onto the base of the plant to keep the leaves dry. Water heavily until soil is moist. Let the soil dry before the next watering. Check out Succulents and Sunshine for more specific information on watering your plant. Bring your succulents indoors for the winter: Many of these exotic plants do not fare well in the winter. If you live in an area that has a cold winter, you can easily transplant into a container for indoor storage. PAT

    24 days ago
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    Thanks for your comment on my blog about "A Day" I'm sorry, I am fine, I just like posting things like that. They are NOT meant about anyone in particular.
    I'm sorry if they bother you. I won't post them anymore.
    57 days ago
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