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Getting Into the Halloween Spirit :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

So I have been getting into the Halloween spirit by decorating the outside of my home.

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I tied it around the porch umbrella, lol!



I know that Halloween is mainly for the kids, but I've always loved this fun holiday. My husband calls me the queen of horror, not only because I enjoy horror movies, but when I decorate, I like it to look spooky, while my surrounding neighbors have the "cutesie" Halloween decorations. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Here's a couple of ghouls I encountered during my walk today. Halloween in the city....






When my son was a little boy, husband and I would wear costumes, but now we celebrate by watching scary movies, and I admit, eating some sort of Halloween treat. emoticon

I'm so glad Halloween falls on a Friday!

Sparkfriends, I encourage you to have some fun, make some memories and enjoy your family time!




What are you doing for Halloween?
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FLASUN 10/22/2014 6:28AM

    S C A R Y !!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon GREAT decorations!!!! We have our house inside and outside decorated also!!!! I don't care for the scary/horror movies....or getting scared......but Halloween is FUN!!! We will dress up for Halloween and go to the Hard Rock Casino/Paradise in Hollywood. FUN, & dancing!!!!! emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 10/21/2014 10:01PM

    Your decorations are awesome, glad to see you are enjoying the spooky season! My husband loves Halloween...but I will admit, I am a slacker and I don't decorate or do anything. And we don't live in a neighborhood where there are trick or treaters. I should try to do something to decorate because it would make him happy.

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LOVINGKATE 10/21/2014 1:26PM

  I'm not big on Halloween so I'll be at home supporting all the little children who come to the door. That to me is enough. I do enjoy life and fun things, just not Halloween. I decorate for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
You all enjoy your Halloween.
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JUST_BRENDA 10/21/2014 7:27AM

    Great job on decorating.
We've gotten rid of our cute HW dec and have substituted scary ones! My husband has been going to the sales the last few years and purchasing a ton of decorations: smoke machines, strobe lights, scary noise making ones, etc.

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BMCOLLEY 10/21/2014 5:56AM

    This was excellent---thanks for sharing.

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ICECUB 10/20/2014 9:38PM

    LOVE YOUR HALLOWEEN PICTURES.

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DSHONEYC 10/20/2014 8:51PM

    Very spookie...won't be "celebrating" but emoticon my way back from China on Halloween.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2014 8:26PM

    My FAVORITE Halloween movie is YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. What a brilliantly funny movie.

Enjoyed looking @ the decorations. Thanks!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/20/2014 7:26PM

    Your pictures didn't load the first time, but I could still feel your Halloween spirit just through the words. Then they loaded -- and Wow! You do have some spooky spirit.

Hubby and I are going to Senior Dance in costume, but not spooky. He's uncle Sam and I'm Aunt Samantha.

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KOHINOOR2 10/20/2014 6:57PM

    Love your decorations. emoticon that one should enjoy every moment. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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Can You Lose Weight Without Counting Calories?

Monday, October 06, 2014

I have been counting calories for over half my lifetime, keeping track of what I eat in a notebook, or a computer, so I have a pretty good idea of what a good day of eating looks like.

I do great counting calories when I'm super motivated, but when I'm struggling and I see that my calories for the day are dwindling down, I've noticed that my cravings get stronger, and sometimes instead of just having an extra snack even if it means I go over my range, I end up bingeing. This has become such a vicious cycle for me, lately.

I thought I'd try a week of no calorie counting "but with guidelines!"

I will continue to measure my food, because I don't trust my portion guesses.
I will continue to make healthier choices.
I will continue to eat vegetables and/or fruit daily.
And I will keep track of everything I eat in my notebook.

I'll check my progress by weighing myself at the end of the week.

In the past when I've tried not counting calories, it didn't work for too long because I ate too much or too many snacks. It was like a cheat day, everyday! emoticon No control whatsoever!

Hopefully with these guidelines in place, it will be much more successful.

I was just wondering if anyone has lost weight without counting calories?

  
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HADESKITTEN 10/15/2014 1:31AM

   
My friend!! I love your page!! So beautiful.

Please let us know how it works out!!



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GRACED777 10/14/2014 9:53AM

    Since I'm a weight watcher, I count points instead of calories, but when I don't, I start gaining very quickly. Recently I spent a week only partially on plan, and I'm paying for it now.

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POLSKARENIA 10/8/2014 2:28PM

    I sometimes guesstimate and seem to do ok like this if I'm careful, but tracking is definitely accountability...

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IMEMINE1 10/7/2014 5:03AM

    I don't always completely track or count calories but I weigh everyday. Right now I am up because I was sick and not exercising or moving like I should (except for work) oh and a couple times eating cake for this or that celebration but I am feeling better and going to start back up.
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_BABE_ 10/6/2014 9:55PM

    I liked the exchange system which categorizes foods into groups. It really does come close to the calories you are looking for and also is a good variety in your diet. emoticon

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ICECUB 10/6/2014 7:15PM

    WRITING EVERYTHING DOWN HELPS ME. BUT I PAY MORE ATTENTION TO SODIUM AND SUGAR CONTENT THAN CALORIES.

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LOVINGKATE 10/6/2014 5:03PM

  I find if I write down what I eat, be mindful of what I eat, measure my food and drink my water I do pretty darn good. Good Luck! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/6/2014 4:05PM

    I started tracking my food on 12/1/2008 and tracked almost daily until 11/30/13, 5 full years. So, I have maintained an 80+ pound loss without counting for over 10 months now. My rule is if I'm over my goal weight range for 2 weeks I go back to tracking. However, so far I have been over 4 or 5 times, but I've been able to get back down to range without counting by just cutting back for less than 2 weeks.

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DSHONEYC 10/6/2014 2:27PM

    I think this only works if you eat the same things (and amounts) each day. Plan each meal and keep it simple. I know what a 300 calorie breakfast looks like, ditto for a 400 calorie lunch and 500 calorie dinner. Throw in a couple of 100 calorie or less snacks and you got yourself a plan. Having lots of choices and variety can lull you into over stepping the needed caloric intake for the day.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/6/2014 1:46PM

    Good luck! I find staying out of the kitchen after I've eaten dinner is a HUGE help!

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SEATTLE58 10/6/2014 11:36AM

    I find sometimes that I feel like I can do it without counting and then when I check out how I'm doing for a day, I find out that I can really blow it. Snacking too much on the mini Hershey's, etc., can really add up in a day! So that's a good sign for me that I have to limit the sweet little buddies or they're off the chart! Good luck to you and do whatever works best! emoticon

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FRABBIT 10/6/2014 10:39AM

  Good luck with that. I too am guilty of the binge. Not so good with the willpower here.

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 10/6/2014 9:02AM

    After years of counting calories you're going to know pretty much in your head how much you're eating without actually counting. But it's a good way to go if you feel comfortable doing that. Me, right now, I have to count them since hubby is on such a restricted diet plan and I'm doing it with him.
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IDLETYME 10/6/2014 7:03AM

    Good luck! I'm anxious to see how you do. I'll bet it works out. emoticon

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JAROL7 10/6/2014 6:41AM

    Sure, if you eat less than you burn. But, counting helps you be more successful in making wise choices.

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My Autumn Goal

Tuesday, September 23, 2014



"Change is in the air. This change reminds us that we are made and beautifully sculpted by the same power that orchestrates the change of season. Let this be the season you embrace and align yourself with this change."
— Steve Maraboli



Autumn has arrived, my favorite time of year! It is sometimes bittersweet. There are days when it reminds me of "back to school" time when I was a child, how I hated those days, lol! And days when it reminds me of my mom, when we would bake cinnamon rolls, or some special recipe that we would find in women's magazines or my Betty Crocker Recipe File box.


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Image from: https://www.etsy.com/market/betty_crocker_
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Now that I'm older and see things with a more grateful heart, I enjoy the beauty of it, the colorful trees, the chilly-jacket weather, even the crunching sound of the dry leaves on the ground. What more can I say? It is just a lovely season.

I wanted to update my goal, instead of monthly, do seasonal goals.

Since the last time I updated, celebrating 100 days of "no sweets" I decided to go for round 2 of 100 days, and so far, I've been going strong for the last 21 consecutive days!

Although, it might not be in the form of a streak for long, since Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.

Can you believe, today is exactly, 100 days 'til the new year? emoticon



This is a great opportunity to challenge ourselves with some new goals.

Wishing my dear friends, a happy autumn season, and a very healthy 100 days of 2014!

  
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CHICAM 10/13/2014 10:29AM

    So true, we have the autumn season here and it is so beautiful. We have to enjoy all the good we have around us. Thank you for such inspiring words of wisdom and strength. We all need goals in life to look forward to a good future. emoticon emoticon

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  good blog

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AMBER461 10/1/2014 9:49PM

  Nice blog, thanks for sharing.

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LITTLEIM 9/30/2014 6:04AM

    I love the idea of setting yourself a seasonal challenge - I'm going to do this too. You have inspired me! Will need to have a good think about what the best goal for me would be and will then blog it. Thank you!
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WRITERWANNAB 9/30/2014 1:42AM

    In Yuma, AZ, fall is when our winter visitors return to us from their homes in the north. There are many welcoming events! emoticon

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JERICHO1991 9/28/2014 9:21AM

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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VTORIA3 9/28/2014 7:43AM

    Good morning, friend! Lovely blog to launch the Fall season. I love Fall, too, I love apples of the season, the smells and the colors...even the smell of the rain on the wet, decaying leaves. I just wish the season would extend much beyond and into Winter, lol, like ALL Winter! One day I will develop a greater appreciation for the cold, the snow....from finding a Winter sport I can enjoy aside from hot cocoa (what? not a Winter sport? Well, see, that is just the problem for me!)

And thanks for the kudos on my feed, appreciate it. I need to get out and lace up for the morning. After that, client work until it is time to take MIL to see "Guys and Dolls" followed by a dinner (part of this little theater's package). I'm not one for musicals, but MIL will enjoy this BD gift she got from the family; DIL is taking her grandma too....the grandmas enjoy each other's company and usually only see one another at family event.

Wishing you a terrific, relaxing, EASY healthy and fit Sunday and Fall Season! emoticon



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TMONA85 9/28/2014 4:21AM

    Loved the blog :)

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  Good blog.

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AMBER461 9/26/2014 11:26PM

  Thanks for the blog, very interesting. Happy autumn.

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    Love the Fall..everything about it. Enjoyed your blog!
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GRACED777 9/26/2014 2:22AM

    Loved your post, and love autumn--the crunchy leaves, cool mornings and nights, time for fresh goals...

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WHITEANGEL4 9/25/2014 11:35PM

    Beautiful blog

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FRABBIT 9/25/2014 11:23PM

  Great blog post. 100 days! Wow!

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SEATTLE58 9/25/2014 11:15PM

    emoticon and thanks for the reminder that the change in the air is for us too! I want to grasp it and go with all my might! emoticon

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PJB149 9/25/2014 8:50PM

    Wishing you much success with your streak. Out here in Vega we get no falling leaves, or even much temperature deviation. Thanks for the beautiful picture of fall, it reminds e me of when I did get to see the leaves change and driving to see the fall foliage.

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MARYJEANSL 9/25/2014 5:18PM

  Fall is my very favorite season, too. Reading your blog brought back some good memories. Unfortunately for me, I live in south Texas, and fall here is pretty pathetic compared to what I grew up with. I miss those beautiful leaves!

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/25/2014 5:18PM

    I enjoying reading about your goals. WTG on the no sweets!

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LITESTORMX2 9/25/2014 4:15PM

    Fall scenery is beautiful!

I love your background!

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RITAROSE 9/25/2014 7:34AM

  I LOVE fall also! Love your spark page too! I love that you are streaking towards 200 days of no sweets!! I have found streaks are very beneficial to keep me on target. Thank you for your inspiration! I am struggling with giving up sweets and grains. UGH, it's hard, but doable. I feel so much better when I stick with it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 9/25/2014 7:13AM

    This year has just FLOWN by!! Do the days go faster as we get older?? YES!

I am enjoying the cooler weather--summer is too hot. Thanks for the idea of seasonal goals--makes good sense to me.

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    I love your autumn leaves background. So pretty!

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    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    I also enjoy the "fall color show". Right now we are having Indian summer. Weather is great! emoticon

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    Beautiful autumn picture! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. emoticon

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    emoticon autumn photo and great blog. emoticon for sharing! emoticon on your streak too!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/24/2014 8:57PM

  you made me appreciate it more.

Also It's remarkable that we have 100 days until 2015. I just started mildly thinking of Christmas ideas.

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JSEATTLE 9/24/2014 8:42PM

  I love fall too, it is my favorite season. It gets me in the frame of mind to start preparing for winter with house projects and going through my closets and drawers, out with the old, in with the new!

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Remembering 9/11

Thursday, September 11, 2014




“Remember the hours after September 11th when we came
together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew
strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so
that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.”
- Sen. John Kerry














"Remembrance begins with deep, personal identification. It begins with remembering the affliction of our brothers and sisters, and marking their pain as our own. Remembrance is a sacred moment when we raise up and hold to the light of the eternal moment, the good who have passed."
(Beliefnet.com)

  
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JUST_BRENDA 9/12/2014 6:50AM

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I was fortunate to visit the area, for the first time, earlier this summer. I was very moved by the memorial - very fitting.
My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones through this senseless event.

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     Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us every day unseen, unheard but always near still loved still missed and very dear
 “Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than to remember me and cry.” ― Dr. Seuss
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August Progress Report :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014



"By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer."
- Helen Hunt Jackson, September, 1830-1885



I purposely waited for today to post my August review, because I wanted to be able to announce....

100 DAYS OF NO SWEETS! emoticon

The last 31 days of those 100 were consecutive! emoticon

August was my most successful month so far. I've had more on track days than off. I haven't had a binge-fest in over 2 weeks-that's a big milestone for me! I'm sure that the 31 day-streak of no sweets, has a lot to do with it.

My husband and I haven't had any diet soda the whole month, I'm really proud of him!

I do need to work on...
Water intake. I'm still struggling to get enough water everyday.

September Goals:
Keep tracking my food-no matter what.
No sweets - of course.
Daily exercise.

Wishing you, emoticon success with your September goals!




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OMNOMNAMASTE 9/5/2014 9:30AM

   

You're doing wonderfully! And good for you and your husband, about the diet soda. It has been 34 days for me!

blessings, Sue

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/3/2014 10:06PM

    100 days of no sweets! You rock Julia! I have been thinking of doing a no sweets streak - wonder if I could even get through a few days!

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AQUA_CAT 9/3/2014 6:09AM

    that is so great! I am very happy for you. I am so glad things are going well for you.

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IMEMINE1 9/3/2014 5:14AM

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NUOVAELLE 9/3/2014 2:17AM

    emoticon on your progress!
I'm sure September will be an equally successful month.
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VTORIA3 9/2/2014 3:52PM

    Love this blog! August was an awesome month for you! emoticon on 100 Days of No Sweets Streak! emoticon And the 31 Day Streak, too! emoticon

And the kudos keep coming.....No diet soda! emoticon emoticon So nice that you and DH are supporting one another one this goal! emoticon

Wishing you a fantastic month of September! Love the last photo...so relaxing even to look at. emoticon



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