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Gnoming along

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Anyone who knows me knows I love gnomes. When I give sparkgoodies I give the garden gnome. A few years ago I decided to make a gnome garden. I had been collecting a few gnomes and so had my hubby make a gnome door on a tree (picture in my photos section) and then placed my gnomes around. For Christmas this past year, one of my sweet DILs gave me a gnome man and wife. I am expanding the garden soon to put them in. Then for my birthday the other sweet DIL gave me this cutey shown here. It is the only one I have that is this brightly colored...so thinking I may clean up the other old gnomes and give them a good painting to match this one. I'm just gnoming along with the garden work now...Got some wild ferns dug today along with a good hike and have them planted in my shaded bed. I just love this time of year to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine along with my little gnomes.

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RADFEN 4/6/2012 11:49AM

    Now that's a gnome that I would love, too. His bright colors are wonderful!

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KIMBAARTIST 4/4/2012 7:30PM

    That is a really cool gnome :) I would love to see the collection you have! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/4/2012 7:05PM

    PS -- I love the gnome you posted the picture of -- so colorful!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/4/2012 7:04PM

    When we were traveling we went to an out-of-the way arboretum in Kirtland, OH. We were so surprised to see they had GNOMES in the garden!! They had commissioned about 25 local artists to create unique gnomes and "hid" them all over the acreage. My husband and I had a blast looking for them and photographing them, and you can imagine how delighted the kids were!

I'll dig out some of the pictures and post them for you to see. I KNOW you would appreciate them! (They all had names but I think my favorite was "Vincent Van Gnome" decorated like the painting "Starry Night".)

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BABYTUXXY 4/4/2012 6:37PM

    That's the cutest little gnome!

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Butterflies are Free!!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I was so lucky to catch this shot of a butterfly on one of my iris. And I had to admire and think about butterflies...They are so free...they come out of a cocoon and once they dry and spread their wings, their entire life is spent hunting sweet nectar from flower and then laying eggs. I am going to start taking the sweet in life like the butterfly and live a free life from being over weight. I'm going to enjoy life more and turn into a much healthier me. I'm going to be free like the butterflies.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/3/2012 6:27PM

    What an inspiration! We can learn so much from nature.

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RRP546 4/3/2012 6:07PM

  so cool

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Food Fantasized

Monday, April 02, 2012

I was doing some thinking today and realized something...when I was a child I never fantasized about food. I never even thought much about food. I was just too busy playing and exploring the world. Fast forward to today...what happened...Back then I was super skinny and mom had to make me take the time to eat. She worried about me being too skinny. Today I'm too fat!! I think of food all the time. I keep wondering if this will ever end..I am being so meticulous about measuring and thinking about what I'm going to eat every single day. I have to be very careful now what I put in my mouth and can't dare stuff myself anymore. I'm already "over stuffed" and need to pull out some of this stuffing I have put in me over the years. I am trying to keep my hands busy doing rug hooking or stitching so I won't be tempted to go dig out a snack..I have cleared my house out of my temptations. I really don't feel that hungry but know it is mindless snacking and maybe nervousness.

So starting today, I'm going to fill those times I'm tempted with a short walk or arm exercises or stitch a little more or even go paint a picture..and drink lots and lots of water.

But I still can't help but wonder what happened to me that now I fantasize and obsess over food. I'm hoping one of these days it will get better and I won't have to think of food constantly.

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MCJULIEO 4/3/2012 4:24AM

    It's a puzzle for sure, (I hate obsessing over food!) and I think that a large part of victory will be having an attitude that doesn't keep food at that elevated position of power in my life.

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MISSY455 4/3/2012 1:38AM

    emoticon plan!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2012 7:22PM

    Have you read "The Beck Diet Solution: How to Think Like a Thin Person" by Judith Beck? It's an old book; you might be able to find it in the library.

She says when we are fat we have developed our "giving in" muscle instead of strengthening our "resistance muscle." She tells us to write down the reasons we want/need to lose weight and read through them periodically through the day to help us stay strong. You might really like the book!

The other thing she says, that is SO true, is that "hunger is NOT an emergency!"

Good luck retraining your brain!

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Past, Present, Future

Friday, March 30, 2012

I found this other saying and just love it.

Many many times we worry about what we have done in the past...The past is gone and can't be changed. If we ate to much or didn't exercise yesterday or let all that weight gather on our bodies...it all happened in the past and it is over and done with. We need to learn from our mistakes and forget the past and get on with living in the here and now.

Our future isn't here yet..You can't do anything about your future. You can make long range plans but most of the time those plans may not happen. We can promise ourselves that we will do better dieting or exercising tomorrow...but you don't know what tomorrow holds..and it is beyond your control.

The only time we can claim as ours and do something about it is NOW...right NOW...this very second. We can make the decision to put that extra bite in our mouth or not..we can make the decision to exercise 5 minutes longer or to even exercise at all right NOW...we can walk those extra steps right NOW...We can pick out the right foods and portions right NOW...not yesterday and not tomorrow...but live for the moment!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/1/2012 2:30PM

    You are so right! We can't do anything about the past or the future, so why spend the PRESENT worrying about them?

We do best when we live in the moment and do the best we can, right here, right now.

Thanks for the reminder!!

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MISSY455 3/31/2012 2:51AM

    emoticon outlook. Best not to dwell on the past, learn what you need too, and move on!

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JENNIFER2578 3/30/2012 4:18PM

    I am deciding, right now, today..............not to eat an Easter cookie from the break area at work!


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Found this neat sign on the internet and think it is so appropriate for anyone here on Sparkpeople. I think I might commit this to memory and let it become my mantra!!!

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CAKAROO 3/30/2012 8:21AM


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MISSY455 3/30/2012 2:42AM

    emoticon for sharing!

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BABYTUXXY 3/29/2012 9:50PM

    That hits right on the dot! Thanks for sharing!

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MAZACK 3/29/2012 8:19PM

    Very Good

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  This is great. Thank you for posting. :)

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KIMBAARTIST 3/29/2012 5:43PM

    Right on! (High five!) emoticon

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