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Friday, June 15, 2012

I just had to share this picture..I love making my yard different and whimsical and this is just made with a mound of dirt. Looks like they may have sculpted the ears from concrete. The mossy face and looks like grass or maybe iris hair...but can't figure out what the eyes are..Just think how much exercise someone got making this..I would love to have something similiar..we will see.

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RADFEN 6/16/2012 10:21AM

    That is great - my DDs would certainly love something like this along with a fairy house or two.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/16/2012 9:38AM

    Very cute! Is this picture from someplace you've been or just off the internet?

If anyone can figure out how to make it happen...it will be you, VB!

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MISSY455 6/16/2012 2:06AM

    That is amazingly cool!

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CHACHAOREO 6/15/2012 8:00PM

    I only have weeds in my yards! This is neat!

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Cutting calories

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Our next assignment for the 5% challenge is to figure how to cut out extra calories from your diet without starving yourself..Here are mine..

1. If I get the craving for something crunchy, then I will eat half the amount of Bagel chips or pita Chips...I had switched to these chips instead of potato or corn chips but by just eating half the serving size I will save half the calories and still satisfy the crunching and the salt I seem to crave at times.

2. Instead of icecream, I am indulging a half cup of sugar free frozen yogurt for a savings of half the calories. I have made smoothies using this and a cup of our fresh picked blueberries and a banana...get my fruit with my treat and doesn't add that many calories for a sweet that is better for me.

3. Instead of sucking on peppermint candy I have been chewing sugarfree peppermint gum. Saving the calories and still getting a longer bout of the mint I sometimes need for my cough.

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MISSY455 6/15/2012 2:36AM

    emoticon plan.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/14/2012 5:16PM

    I put my list on the forum. I like yours, but I would overeat any kind of chips so that doesn't work for me. However, I've been having some success with a cup of cheerios. They are small, salty, crunchy, and only 110 calories a cup.

5% lower weight, here we come!

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RHEYNKLAW 6/14/2012 12:21PM

    Good strategies! Do you like fruit on your ice cream/fro-yo?

A grocery store near us makes these funky popped grain snacks in-house, and they're a good "low-impact" crunchy treat. They're kind of the consistency of rice cakes (a little puffier and more airy), about 3/4 inch thick and 6 or 7 inches in diameter, come in several savory and sweet flavors, and -- get this! -- are under 20 calories. I forget the name, but if I remember I'll let you know, and you should see if anywhere around you carries them or something like them.

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MCJULIEO 6/14/2012 11:24AM

These are SO going to work!

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OPHELIA15 6/14/2012 9:38AM

    Super ideas!! (I get my cravings for crunch satisfied with dry roasted almonds. Watch out though! They are high in calories but come with so many benefits. They are nature's statin to help with cholesterol, contain healthy fat and provide protein to help the hunger to go away.)

I need to come up with some ideas of my own to reduce a few more calories. I weighed today. I've been at exactly the same weight for 3 weeks now!! Time to make some type of change. I must have reached equilibrium between calories in versus calories out. Bummer. Oh well, like I said, time for a change.

Keep on Sparkin'!

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TASNIM81 6/14/2012 8:09AM

    Great ideas! emoticon

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5% goals continued..assignment 5

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss?
Calculated close to 10lbs.

Current Weight: 199 pounds
Target Weight: 189 pounds
By When: Aug 18th, 2012

Goal to eat 1250 - 1600 calories per day
Goal to burn 2000 calories per week
Goal to go from 199 to 189 by 8/18/2012

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MISSY455 6/13/2012 1:31AM

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I hope you see the results you are looking for during this challenge. I know I am anxious to begin!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/12/2012 9:58PM

    You can do it! I am excited for the challenge -- new middle number, here we come!!!

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5% Summer Challenge Goals

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!

I accomplished the Spring challenge and had a gradual weight loss each week..sometimes only half a pound a week. I felt so good about this accomplishment and also got under the 200# mark.

Here are my reasons for wanting to lose weight...
1. Mainly to get healthier. I have been so sick these past couple of years. Over 3 years ago, I started SP and lost 47lbs...when I got sick that next winter, I quit and gained it all back plus some..
2. I want to be able to wear some smaller clothes instead of the same old size 20's. It is so hard to find decent looking clothes in the larger sizes.
3. I want my husband and family to be proud of me and my accomplishments. They love me as I am but not sure I don't embarrass them at times.
4. I want to get more physically fit so I don't lose my other joints and become wheel chair bound.
5. I want to be able to go hiking again with my sister.
6. We have a queen size bed and sometimes feel like there is no room in the bed. I want us both to fit the bed.

What do I want to change?
1. I have already changed alot of my eating habits, but want to continue to eat more fruit and veggies and continue it during the winter months.
2. I want to cut out sugar completely from my diet. (not sure this will be possible but willing to try).
3. In the spring challenge I went from 10minutes of walk time to an average of 20minutes. I want to increase this to at least 30 minutes.

How do I want to feel and look?
1. I want my joints, especially my feet and back to quit hurting.
2. I want to be able to wear smaller size clothing and to dress up more and not look so slouchy.
3. I want to have more energy to do the things I love.

What I hope to accomplish in the future is to get back to walking and hiking more often and spend more time with my sister.

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MISSY455 6/11/2012 12:38AM

    You did great during the Spring Challenge and I know you will do your best this go around too. I think small consistent weight loss every week is the way to go. You are building healthy habits as you go, and will most likely keep the weight off then.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/10/2012 5:42PM

    Hey Von! What team are you on? I'm back to the beautiful butterflies.

These are all great reasons. You've done great doubling your exercise, so now it's time to step it up another 10 minutes a day. You can do this!

I know your sister will enjoy having her walking buddy back!

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Garden Views

Saturday, June 09, 2012

These are our potted citrus...the top is a lemon (I know it looks like a lime) and the bottom is an orange..not sure if the orange will be a miniature or not..Our winters are too cold here to grow in the ground so we grow in pots and take into a plant room for the winter. They began blooming in February this year and are still blooming. We also have a potted pomegranite but it can grow in the ground here.

We planted a red, a white and a blue clematis this year on our new trellis..the reds have begun blooming and are more maroon than red. But they are loaded with blooms.

These are someo of our produce we have gathered this year. We have gotten 5 bushels of pinto beans off our vines this year and so far we have picked 7 gallons of blueberries.

This is my newest garden gnome. My sweet DIL got this for me for my birthday this year. Think she got it at Lowes...anyway he is almost hidden in the faux sweet potato vines...we have 3 varieties of them this year. And they do so much better than flowers in our heat and drought..though we do have to water every other day. The wheel barrow was my grandparents so it is about 100 years old.

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ROBBGIN 6/10/2012 4:41PM

    Wish my clematis looked as good as yours do. My little beagle got bored one afternoon and dug mine up. I replanted it but it's still looking rather sad, although it's still alive! Love all your blueberries! I think I need to plant a couple of those bushes! Enjoyed all your pictures.

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NIMAWEYGH 6/10/2012 2:52PM

    Oh my gosh Barb I so LOVE everything about your garden and all your harvest. I am still hunting for the perfect gnome for my yard when we get moved in. But you have so much of what we want and I cannot wait until next year when I can start putting pictures on here of things we have grown & harvested and things that are blooming.

So wonderful and so healthy for you. I LOVE pinto beans, do you freeze or can them?

Pat Sonny on the back for his green thumbs and you to sweetie.

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KITKATSGRACE 6/10/2012 1:46PM

    Beautiful garden! I love the orange & lemon tree & of course the cute little gnome!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/10/2012 1:26PM

    Wow, I am really jealous! Our garden got totally burned up in the month we were gone.

We had to buy a new lemon tree this year so no blossoms. Maybe next year.

That's a lot of pinto beans! What are you doing with your blueberries?

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MISSY455 6/10/2012 1:38AM

    LOL! I think I figured them out from your descriptions! The blueberries look very yummy!

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/9/2012 8:04PM

    Photos didn't come out in order...I have trouble with my google blog on doing photos as well..so guess which goes with which...

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