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Butterflies and Milkweed

Sunday, July 06, 2014

I can't wait to photograph a swallowtail this year. I was practicing on this dragon fly, I hope there are bigger ones than this out there!
finally, the wild roses are blooming in my yard.
The farmer that rents our fields got his hay up and bailed. They are getting about $100 each for these bails.

This week I am going to the fitness center all five days again. I have been reading a lot of articles on no weight loss when working out at a higher intensity. I was ready to give up again but all the articles and all you have told me not to give up. I will not give up, I sure would love to fit into the cute clothes I wore last summer! Dang! I hope that they will fit me soon though. I am trying to stay positive and not give up. emoticon I know because I have done it before. The trick is to stay at a healthy weight!

Have a great week everyone!

  
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ZELLAZM 7/12/2014 4:21AM

    Gorgeous! I love summer!
And yes, you CAN do it!
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IRON_RESOLVE 7/9/2014 11:10PM

    This happened to me before, and then I lost one pound on weigh in day, without expecting it, and then another time, only on weigh in day, I was down 3. So just hang in there, it comes off when it comes off, and you my SparkFriend, have been doing way AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Edited to come back to say how beautiful the pictures are, and thanks so much for posting them!

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GRANNY2B2 7/9/2014 8:59PM

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PATTISTAMPS 7/8/2014 10:01AM

    I'm so glad you posted on my page - I have just subscribed to your blog! I love your photos. The other morning I saw a small black dragonfly that I have not seen before, along with some larger green and iridescent winged ones. They are SO cool. Those butterflies! Beautiful!

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MTNGRL 7/8/2014 8:56AM

    Oh my gosh, we have those big flowers growing wild here and I didn't know what they were called. Milkweed! thanks, I have been wondering as I never saw them growing here before but when we had the large trees removed all sorts of things came up!
I hope you will be able to post more butterfly pictures.

The last 2 Falls we have had dragon fly swarms in the yard. Really cool!

Way to go on getting to the fitness center all week! I have been slacking, guess I better get a move on. Those articles sound like they were helpful. Sometimes I get so frustrated when the scale does not reflect my activity.

Keep at it my friend and soon those clothes will fit just right!

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/7/2014 1:22PM

    BEAUTIFUL PICS! You can do it!

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MEXGAL1 7/7/2014 10:40AM

    Wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing.
So glad you are not giving up and getting that intense exercise in...go for it.
Sallie

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MAPFARMS 7/7/2014 8:51AM

    Beautiful pictures!
Keep pushing it will happen. I have been working hard and not lost as much weight as I wanted but I'm so much more fit. I have gone down a couple sizes and doing things I have not been able to do before. Keep it up!

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LAURAKATE76 7/7/2014 7:47AM

    I love the pics! I've been butterfly gardening for Monarchs since I was a little girl. We have milkweed everywhere!

Stay positive. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/7/2014 1:17AM

    The photos are awesome.Never give up!

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POLYANNA2 7/6/2014 10:10PM

    Giving up would not get you into those cute clothes. Keep pushing. Love the pic's.

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PEZMOM1 7/6/2014 7:26PM

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GRANJERRY1 7/6/2014 7:21PM

    emoticon Pictures.....

Don't give up.... I wan to see my Alley in her cute summer clothes again...

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KAREN608 7/6/2014 7:17PM

    Don't give up!!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/6/2014 6:13PM

    Beautiful pictures Ali emoticon

Keep on pushing and so will I. If we didn't work out, I know we'd lose fitness and our fitness is very important. Let's keep going! emoticon

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LISA579 7/6/2014 5:41PM

    you can succeed. Beautiful pictures

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LDYBGD 7/6/2014 3:25PM

    nice

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Have a Great Holiday USA

Friday, July 04, 2014

Everyone celebrating the 4th of July, Have a Safe & Happy Holiday

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MARILYNROBERT 7/6/2014 6:14PM

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/5/2014 12:03AM

    Happy 4th of July!

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MEXGAL1 7/4/2014 7:09PM

    Same to you!
Sallie

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PATTISTAMPS 7/4/2014 1:16PM

    And a Happy and Safe July 4th to you as well! emoticon emoticon

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MTNGRL 7/4/2014 11:07AM

    Happy 4th to you and yours too!

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WIFE48 7/4/2014 11:00AM

    emoticon emoticon Happy 4th

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/4/2014 10:45AM

    emoticon Happy 4th of July to you and your family as well emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 7/4/2014 10:33AM

    Wish you a Happy Holiday too Love..... those Columbines are really sweet...as sweet as the gal who clicked them...

Hugs, Prayers & Blessings to you Alli

Your Granny
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Summer 5% Challenge Coming Right Up!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Okay, I finished the Spring 5% challenge. I didn't get rid of the 8 lbs that I thought I for sure would have lost! But on the more positive side, I didn't gain anything and I am hopeful that I will weigh the same as when I started the challenge or even be down a pound!

Update on the Ayurvedic eating plan: I am continuing to keep certain foods out of my eating plan. Sometimes they sneak in, but I am managing very well. I have added even more fruit and veggies that are recommended and they seem to keep me full enough and I don't snack as much. All good.

This is week 3 of my fitness center membership. I haven't been going every day but I am building up to 5 days a week. So far this week I have made it 3 days. emoticon Next week I should be up to 5 days. I hope to see the scale move on Sat. If not, I will keep trying!

I am waiting to be assigned a team for the 5% Summer Challenge. It should help me stay accountable. If nothing else, it will make me aware of what I'm doing. Come on, join me! Follow the link and see if we can get rid of 8 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=63123. If the link won't work, just click the icon on my teams.

  
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SUNSHINE5268 6/21/2014 4:28PM

    emoticon you GO girl! have lots of fun! emoticon

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FITKAT62 6/6/2014 6:51PM

    I agree that the weeks in between challenges are really hard! I tend to slack off when I don't have to post my weight.

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MARILYNROBERT 6/6/2014 4:28PM

    emoticon Even though I have lots of workout equipment here, I'd love to join a fitness center for a few months, to shake things up. We live too far away from town to do so but maybe my husband and I can do it jointly when he retires. It's be like a real life fitness camp for a few months. emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 6/6/2014 2:33PM

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Go for it Alley!!!

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MEXGAL1 6/6/2014 10:14AM

    Hey, just "go for it"

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ZELLAZM 6/6/2014 9:56AM

    I'm signed up again, too and staying on track pretty well during the break so far. It would be great to start the Summer challenge a little lighter than the Spring challenge ended! Let's do this!

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MTNGRL 6/6/2014 9:10AM

    I always find the between time of the 5%challenges to be the real Challenge. Trying to maintain your weight, even those few weeks, can be hard. So congratulations on going to the gym and making it a regular part of your week. Keep working on that exercise because with your great eating plan the regular exercise may just kick that scale into submission!

One thing I did this break is put a list of the LTGL challenges on my fridge. Now when I see it I am reminded..did I:

Drink water
Track my food/stay in range or be mindful of what I ate
Take some "me" time
Use a smaller plate
Check my wellness measure, sleep, stress,energy etc.
Stretch today
Freggies..Need I say More! Eat Them!!
Blog or Keep in touch with friends.

Let me know what team you get on. We can be friendly competitors during the next round!

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FERRETLOVER1 6/6/2014 7:55AM

    Congratulations for staying the same during the Spring Challenge. That is one heck of any accomplishment - learning to stay the same is a huge part of success, you know.

Now you can work on your Summer Challenge. You have learned a lot during your Spring one - apply them to your Summer challenge and maybe increase your exercise a smidge - that might help you get rid of a few more pounds!

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ALIIDA 6/5/2014 9:55PM

    Good for you with so many visits to the gym. Tell us how it makes you feel different. emoticon

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5% Challenge

Sunday, May 25, 2014

emoticon Fresh fruit and veggies must be the only way I am able to see the scale go down. As soon as I threw in the bad carbs and treats I saw the scale go up. This is the last week of the challenge and I plan on eating clean. Some of the challenges I face this week are having our Grandkids with us and of course the Holiday. At least the holiday is only one day!

emoticon to all of the 5% challengers that made it through! Hope those that didn't will get on track and get back. Remember, all the steps you take get you somewhere! emoticon

  
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MTNGRL 5/28/2014 5:32PM

    Howdy! I am back, saw your blog and thought I'd stop by. This wasn't my best challenge since I was away so long but I'll try to finish strong.

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ZELLAZM 5/26/2014 2:21PM

    I agree - am loading up on fresh summer fruit these days. Trying to finish the 5% with some kind of loss! Have fun with the grands!

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FITKAT62 5/26/2014 1:31PM

    I know what you mean. I had to breakfast with hubby's family this morning. This afternoon I am working it off. I figure an hour of Zumba should do it. Now back to my freggies!

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MARILYNROBERT 5/25/2014 10:50PM

    Freggies are the only way to go for me. And lots of water. We can do this...it has to be a way of life. emoticon

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C2BFIT 5/25/2014 3:15PM

    I'm working toward my 1st 5%. I'm not on the same 5% Challenge as you, but your words are encouraging. I've a few pounds to go before I reach my 1st 5%.

emoticon Hang in there!

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Win Win Today!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Today my DH and I had a win win day! We both went our separate way with our friends, I went on an art tour and my DH went with the guys on a motorcycle ride. My win was going to the coffee shop (at the starting point) ordering a coffee and a scone, the win was not eating the whole thing! Yes it was a first for me to end up throwing half of it away. The second through sixth wins were passing up all the treats on the way, all the shops where the artists had their displays had candy, rolls, cookies, food samplings everywhere! Win win for me. My DH is trying to quit smoking and he announced that he didn't smoke more than two for 8 hrs! Win For him! It was a very good day! emoticon emoticon
Finally got caught up on my email and saw this blog that was nominated, great blog! If you haven't seen it, here is the link, find a way to take some time, it is a must read! Have a good weekend! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648971

  
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LE7_1234 5/5/2014 1:18AM

    Sounds like a great day all around!

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MEXGAL1 5/4/2014 11:02AM

    so very glad you had a good time and good for you with the scone.. that is totally awesome.
Keep up the good work.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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PEGGY11 5/4/2014 9:30AM

    I went to my granddaughters wedding shower yesterday and I wish I could say I passed on cake with lots of gooey icing emoticon . It was good though. the rest of the food was healthy so I won't beat myself up too badly. emoticon No more events this month with food. Next month is a bad one though we will see. You did well and hubby too. Quitting smoking is so hard. emoticon It makes me glad I didn't get hooked on anything else, except food of course. But we are getting better at healthier choices and exercises. emoticon

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DISNEY4537 5/3/2014 10:31PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome job with enjoying a treat but not finishing it!

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ALIIDA 5/3/2014 10:20PM

    Congratulations to you and DH! Yes, it's a triumph to enjoy a treat and to be able to stop half way - best of both worlds. You get to enjoy it without overdoing. emoticon Thanks for the link. It has a great message. emoticon

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