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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Well I surprised myself today. Since I have a really bad back due to the RA, I find I can only walk 10-15minute stretches. But I've been so busy today that barely got the 15 minutes in. Strangely my back wasn't hurting as bad today (warmer weather helps) so I got lots of housework done. I'm counting those minutes as exercise minutes as I worked up a sweat. So today I got a total of 30 minutes in.

Another goal today was to get 9-10 glasses of water. I never have a problem drinking water...It is just something I've always done natureally so this goal will be simple for me. Our practice run was for sleeping 8 hours and I do have problems with that but sometimes I just don't feel I need all of 8 hours. It usually averages around 7 hours a night depending on the weather changes.

I have done well with the calories today too. I kept them on the low end but not under the 1200. I'm already feeling good. Since last weekend when I started the practice run, I had lost 1lb...So will be changing my ticker tape.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/18/2012 6:25AM

    I've got a bad back and arthritis in my feet. At first I could barely walk but I am finding that the more I walk, the less pain. I know there are days when it's not possible. I am so happy for you for doing what you did. Most days will be a bit easier.

(((angel hugs)))

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MONICA_W 3/17/2012 10:15PM

    Keep up the good work, and keep those minutes coming! Have you investigated other fitness options that work with your RA besides walking? I did a little googling and there is lots of information out there, and it sounds like exercise is one of the best things you can do for your RA, too!

Here's a neat slideshow I found with exercise ideas.

Maybe you can find something new that you love and suits your current abilities! Tai chi is the first one I'd try, if it were me, or perhaps recumbent cycling if your back is your weak point?

Good luck, and woo hoo for your progress today! emoticon

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Problem areas in diet and exercise and strategies to overcome them!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Diet Reason: Mindless snacking while working on the computer.
Strategy: Keep any food away from computer area...Keep all food items in kitchen.

Diet Reason: Snacking in evening hours when hubby snacks in front of tv.
Strategy: At first go into other room and read or do something else. Keep hands busy with hand stitching instead of snacking.

Diet Reason: Crave sugars and chocolate when stressed.
Strategy: take a walk or do some stitching. Drink water, Drink chocolate flavored tea with sugar substitute.

Exercise Reason: Walking is my main exercise. As summer comes on and heat and humidity arrives, I want to stay inside..
Strategy: Get out early morning hours and walk. After 10 straight days of walking, reward myself with pedicure, massage or someother bodily treat.

Exercise Reason: Never want to drag out the exercise mat, hand weights and find the yoga tapes..
Strategy: Transfer the yoga tapes to CD. so it will be easy to pop in my comuter. Keep exercise mat and hand weights in computer room as a reminder to work out after morning walk and before computer time. Reward will be same as walking exercise.

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BLOOMETTA 3/16/2012 7:17PM

    Great job in getting it all in focus! I'm proud of you. emoticon

One of the strategies I used to curb mindless eating is portion control. I only have the proper amount while I'm tasking, watching tv, etc. When it's gone, it's gone. That's helped me stop so much mindless eating because I really LIKE the snacks I buy and I don't want to waste the taste by not paying attention. That's too much like getting cheated out of it. I now savor the treats. It amazed me how quickly I became a mindful eater!

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/15/2012 2:42PM

    Biglow has white chocolate cherry tea. I order some all the time. It is so yummy!!! I can't find it in stores but only have been able to order it.

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MOMMY2TWO07 3/15/2012 2:15PM

    Sounds like some good goals. Where do you find chocolate tea? Have you ever tried any Leslie Sansone indoor walking dvds ?

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MAZACK 3/15/2012 12:12PM

    Very good ideas. I'm working towards a few of those

I've never heard of chocolate flavored tea.

Comment edited on: 3/15/2012 12:13:35 PM

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Eggs are such a wonderful little package..so self contained and high in protein and some vitamins..and really pretty clean..Having free range chickens (we do keep in outside pen due to dogs in the area) and they have been pretty productive over the years. There is nothing like eating a really really fresh egg. The ones in the grocers don't near compare to the taste and freshness of "chicken eggs" right from your own hens. We do have one rooster so ours are fertilized which over the years hasn't really been a problem. I can count on one hand the bad or bloody eggs we have had in over 5 years. Our eggs probably cost us more than store bought eggs as we have to buy cracked corn and laying pellets but they are so worth the extra time, effort and cost.

Last year during the drought our hens quit laying. We had old hens then and our new pullets weren't big enough to lay. Also they didn't lay in the winter. We had mulled it over to really get rid of all of them as it was costing us to feed them with nothing in return...well about 3 weeks ago they have really started laying again. Old hens and new alike. So now we are overflowing with fresh eggs. We usually give one of the sons and his family eggs as they are the only ones to eat fresh eggs..other son and family don't like the idea of "fertilized" eggs...they just don't know what they are missing. Also we sometimes gift the neighbors...Think this year I may try to freeze them and see if I can save some for next fall and winter when the hens quit laying.

If you are interested in eating really fresh eggs, check around your area and you may find someone willing to sell you some. Our local farm and ranch store sells from a refrigerated case in their store..Or they may be able to send you to a local farmer that has them to sell.

And another thing...eggs are NOT bad for you..they are really a very healthy food.

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BLUESKY104 3/14/2012 11:27PM

    Interesting info - never have had the opportunity to have real fresh eggs - I am sure there must be some somewhere around where I live -- thanks for sharing about your hens

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NEWKAREN43 3/14/2012 9:53PM

    I love eggs, love fresh eggs, but I live in a housing development and can't keep my own chickens. I have one staff person that I can sometimes buy from but not often enough for me! Thanks for the blog! Love it.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/14/2012 9:41PM

    Didn't know you could eat fertilized eggs, and am not sure why you would want to??

Our neighbor used to sell us eggs for $1 a dozen, can you imagine? They finally sold their chickens because of the cost. Sad day for us!

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MAZACK 3/14/2012 8:57PM

    A member of our craft guild brings eggs from her chickens to our meeting. She really pampers her chickens. Even making them warm food when it is really cold. They have the fanciest chicken house I have ever seen. I have got to remember to buy eggs ever month. I just forget to.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/14/2012 7:18PM

    We have chickens too and they started laying early this year for some odd reason.There is no comparison to the store bought and once you have your own chicken eggs you will never want to buy store bought ever again.I miss the eggs in winter.Enjoy your bounty of eggs,The feed prices up by a lot in your area? Sure is here.We daily range feed ours,they do so much better when we do.Indeed eggs are very healthy,even eating the yolk! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/14/2012 7:18:46 PM

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OMAHAMAMA 3/14/2012 6:19PM

    Love fresh eggs! In fact, I suspect I have a mild allergy to the factory farm eggs which I avoid if I can. I am lucky to have a friend who has "Urban Chickens" so I buy eggs from her whenever I can. I can tell you, they blow their pale yellow yolk cousins out of the water!

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Spring time urges

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'm hoping and praying that spring is finally here. The little wren couple have steadily been buidling a nest in the back of our small refrigerator we keep in our gazebo area. We have to dig the next out everyday and discourage them from nesting there and maybe hope they find all the lovely birdhouses we have built just for them. The bluebirds are back but haven't seen them start nesting yet. The monarch butterflies are back and the honey bees are busy around the fruit tree bloom...ahhhhhh spring!!!

We got our last shipment of plants in and have been out planting today. We went to the farm and ranch store and bought seeds for the veggie garden. We had hoped to get much of it planted today but really know we ought to weight in case we have a late frost or freeze. So instead tomorrow we are both taking breaks..Hubby is going fishing and I'm going to walk and stitch all day. Ahhhhhhhh spring!!!

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MAZACK 3/14/2012 3:16PM

    I got the urge to go outside too but decided I need Zack to help me with something I was going to do. I swept up a few leaves in the flower bed I wanted to work on. I want to put down some shredded paper as mulch under bark mulch but need some water. The wind is blowing and it might interfere with my project if I don't wet it down.

You deserve a day off after all you did.

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MCJULIEO 3/14/2012 9:13AM

    Such lovely progress... Way to GO!

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BABYTUXXY 3/14/2012 3:18AM

    I've got that gardening urge too, just yesterday I was out tilling my garden area. I can't wait to start planting! Ya spring!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/13/2012 9:05PM

    I KNOW! Spring is bustin' out all over!

You are probably right not to plant so early but my DH has planted potatoes, lettuce, beans, beats, and kale. I hope we don't end up regretting it.

You had a super productive day -- tomorrow, you've earned the day off!

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Encouragement, Encouragement, Encouragement

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today has started out with a bang...First it is my BD..but had 8:45 appointment with gastro doctor. We had to leave at 7:30 to get there on time...But really really like this doctor. He seems to really know his "stuff"...and we are taking steps to see if we can get to the "bottom" of this bowel issue I'm having. Also according to their scales, I had lost 2 lbs.
Then blew the diet to pieces...went to Sam's and since we hadn't eaten breakfast, we bought chocolate eclairs..so immediately got a sugar high as didn't realize that the last month without much sugar really had made a difference. But hey it is my BD so justified eating probably enough calories for 2 days worth..so won't be doing my calorie count today..I needed one day off anyway after yesterday's bad day...just a little treat for the 61st. BD..We then did alot of walking wasting time until we could meet the middle son and daughter-in-Love for lunch...his treat...we went to my favorite place to eat...Fisherman's Wharf. I only ate half the broccoli salad, 1 and half small new potatoes, 6 broiled shrimp, 3 broiled scallops...there was white fish as well but didn't like the taste so left it...but didn't over stuff and ate pretty healthy really...
And now since the temps are in the 70's and sun is out...I'm going for a walk. So got good encouragement today...

Whoopeeeee! I just came back to edit this blog as put in my calories for the day and the eclair I ate didn't ruin the diet..In fact I was way under my calorie count..so get to eat more fruit and my multigrained crackers today as well and will still be at the low end of my calorie count!!!

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NEEDS_MUST 3/12/2012 6:15PM

    When I splurge on junk food, I am always tempted to not track it. Then, I make myself track it and adjust for the rest of the day. I'm usually pleasantly surprised that I didn't entirely trash my whole day's calories, but then I'm annoyed that I missed a nutritional target by having too much junk. Then I forgive myself and move on.

Happy Birthday!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/12/2012 4:39PM

    Yay!!! Sounds like you did a phenomenal job at lunch!! I'm so glad today is looking up!!!

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