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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

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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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Discouragement, Discouragement, Discouragement

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This has not been a good day so far for me. So discouraged!!!! First woke to cold rainy day. Having RA, these kinds of days make me want to roll back up in the covers and sleep all day. Time change didn't help either. But knowing how my body feels if I lay in bed too long and that I will ache more if I do, I struggled to get up. Then the bowel problems have attacked me. I can only keep them in check with taking imodeum at least every other day and/or pain meds which slow it down some. Well I refused both today so have to stay mighty close to the bathroom. At least I'm getting exercise running back and forth..

Then decided to weigh as it is my original weigh day for when I started on SP years ago. (yes you heard me right..I started this years ago and lost 50lbs and then left SP and gained it all right back in a year) so I've started back at the beginning weight I was when I first joined here. But have been faithfully counting my calories the last 3 weeks and have tried to get out and walk 10 minutes at least every other day...and NOTHING!!!!! Not one pound lost!!!!! Don't know what I'm doing wrong. If I reduce my calories to under 1200 then only will be hurting myself. I thought last week when I weighed and there wasn't a move in the scale, I thought well will give it one more week...this is just pure discouragement. I joined the 5% challenge and it will start next weekend so maybe this will help....

Sorry I usually don't feel sorry for myself. On another note..tomorrow I have appointment at 8:45 with the gastrologist and maybe can get to the "bottom" of these bowel issues. It is also my BD so did want to go out to eat. I love seafood and only eat it about once a year for my BD..so hope I'm going to be up to it tomorrow.

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MCJULIEO 3/12/2012 9:28AM

    Happy Birthday!

I hope that it turns out to be the biggest reversal ever, from being DIScouraged to being ENcouraged....

Enjoy that seafood!

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MAZACK 3/11/2012 1:54PM

    Sorry about you not losing. I weight more now than I did when I first joined Spark's but I was on steriods at the time and then reduced exercises and got into some bad snacking habits. At the time I also had to retire before I intended to. I am going to be positive that you and I can both lose weight but I know now I my be more active on Spark's.

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LINTPICKER 3/11/2012 1:40PM

    hang in there, it will move eventually. Our bodies put up quite a fight to keep the weight, don't let it win!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/11/2012 1:29PM

    Happy early birthday, VB! I am sorry you have had such a disappointing day so far.

I totally get the disappointment of not seeing the scale move, but you know it's only one measure of success.

*You haven't gained, so that's a victory.
*You are walking every other day, that's a victory. I'm sure you could name more!

If you are anything like me you are ready to give up just ONE OR TWO DAYS before things happen! So hang in there and take comfort that if you continue to do the right things your body will have no choice but to respond.

You can surely have seafood on your birthday, just watch the butter, breading and other "no nos".

Are you on a team yet for the 5% challenge? I don't have one yet.

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Spring 5% challenge assignment 3

Saturday, March 10, 2012

This was my daily assignment for today:
Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight.

What do you want to change?
I want to get my body healthier and by losing weight it will help with the RA, liver and bowel problems as well as my sleep. I want to be able to get out and hike with my sister. This is my main goal. At 61 the looking good part doesn't matter as much as just getting where I can do more and have more energy.

How do you want to look? I'd love to be able to wear smaller size clothes. I want my family to take notice. But really the goal is to get healthier.

How do you want to feel?
I want to be able to hike with my sister and be able to do the thngs I used to do. I want to be able to look in the mirror and be ok with what I see.

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? Hike and have the energy to shop again

And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! Maybe this will spill over in organizing my studio as well...As I get in shape, my studio gets in shape.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/10/2012 3:37PM

    Hey Von -- after yesterday's blog and another Spark Friend's blog I had to join the challenge! Thanks for putting me on to it. I think it's going to be a good one!

Arkansas is such a beautiful state, I totally get the desire to "get out there" and do that again. My husband and I belong to Takahik, which is a hiking club out of Russellville. It is very loosely organized, people come and go all the time. Check it out online: www.takahik.com.

Have a great day!

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