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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I read this article this morning and ooooooooooo so true...the average dieter expects to lose 39% of their body weight and if we don't after a certain time, then we become disappointed and sometimes quit the diet and exercise. How many times have I done this is hard to count anymore..I just give in and say what the heck...I'm sick and tired of dieting...I'm sick and tired of exercise..and for the 10 or 20 lbs loss, the struggle has not been worth it.....wait a minute....that is what I used to say...
Now I'm here for the long haul. The experts whoever they are say if we would take a realistic look at what we are doing and how we think, it would be better if we looked at smaller steps...say 10% weight loss..but really more realistic is a 5% weight loss. Especially to someone who is obese..Take the step to just lose 5% first..when you reach that goal, then do another 5% and pretty soon you get where you want to go.
I joined the summer 5% challenge as I found I can master 5% in an 8 week period..it works for me. So far on my first week, I lost 1lb..not much to some but to me I've taken my first step. I may not lose but 8lbs in the 8 weeks but hey that is nothing to sneeze at...that is a lb a week..and I can do that..I'd love to lose 10 but will take 8 or even 5 any time...slow but sure is my motto.

o and if you want to read the article here it is.

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KALISWALKER 7/9/2012 7:15PM

    I agree one pound a week is great!

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MISSY455 7/5/2012 5:10PM


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    Thank you for highlighting that perspective, and linking the article too! Slowly, steadily, I'm getting my head wrapped around the fact that this is a lifestyle change! For LIFE.
Cheers to the long haul!

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CAKAROO 7/5/2012 6:04AM

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DANILYNNG 7/4/2012 2:01PM

    Slow but steady is what makes it work! People tend to gain back the weight they've lost quickly, but slow, steady weight loss sticks.

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    Good for your commitment to a healthy lifestyle! That is what it is all about, isn't it? Being healthy?
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MICHIGANLORI 7/4/2012 11:45AM

    emoticonThumbs up for the long haul!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/4/2012 11:03AM

    I'm below average - I only want to lose 35% :-)

I totally agree that we need to tackle our weight loss in smaller, more achievable losses. Looking at how far we still need to go can be very discouraging, but meeting those smaller goals is very rewarding and motivating.

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WELLNESSME09 7/4/2012 8:12AM

    Thanks for sharing the article! emoticon

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EOWYN2424 7/4/2012 8:08AM

    for me it's an inch at a time. As I'm gaining weight but I'm guessing it's muscle coz all my clothes still fit!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/4/2012 8:03AM

    What a great attitude : ) We can get there, one step (or pound) at a time.

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The Ice Man

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I'm old enough to remember the "ice man"...even though I grew up in a home that always had a refrigerator, we would sometimes go downtown to the iceman and buy big block ice to go in our ice chest when we would go camping or even for picnics..
Looking at this picture makes me so thankful we live today in the time of air conditioning. We grew up with no a/c until I was around 14 and we only got a window unit then for my parent's bedroom only because my dad had lung surgery. I can remember my parents running an attic fan at night and then around 9 or 10a.m would shut it off and shut the house up and would run fans. Or we would sit out in the back yard to stay cool. My parents got a ceiling fan from the church when I was a child that no longer worked..and they took and had the fan rewired and had it put up in our living room so from that time on, we would lay up under that fan in the heat of the day and nap until the day turned cooler.
These children look like they are taking advantage of the ice man's ice to cool off. How spoiled we have gotten but still I'm thankful for this one convenience..so just a reminder...check on loved ones who may be in danger of overheating in the weather we are having..also you yourself drink lots of water, wear lighter clothes, stay out of the sun and exercise early while it is still cool..You can overheat in a hurry.

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CAKAROO 7/6/2012 6:14AM

    thanks for sharin

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/4/2012 8:05AM

    It's strange to think of it being so hot that a/c is a necessity. I live in Scotland where the only necessities are wellies, an umbrella, and webbed feet.

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MISSY455 7/3/2012 10:06PM

    I'm sure in your part of the country you need A/C. I know we did when we lived in Missouri, but in this part of CA, most of the houses are built without it. There are only a couple of weeks a year I wish we had it. I am glad though that I live now rather than the time from the picture. I am definitely a creature of comfort.

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JUDYAMK 7/3/2012 8:17PM

    Thanks for the memories. I remember the small refrigerator & the ice man coming with the big tongs to lift up the ice. I also remember in our town we had the rag man he pushed a big rig & would call out " rag man" folks from the town would give him rags & old junk. I also remember the air raid sirens going off for every one to get in the house or any shelter.We never had fans or air conditioner growing up. We had the old window screens, & not many the sash was not working in some windows so we propped them up with a stick.
I had my first fan & air conditioner when I married at 34. Wow I am thankful for it. My husband grew up with it in his teens so he wanted it. He actually had to talk me into having one.
My Mom is 82 she has air & I make sure she drinks plenty of water. Have a good evening.

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PATTOMMC3 7/3/2012 6:40PM

    emoticon Good advice!

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Past Future Present

Monday, July 02, 2012

This is so true. We don't need to beat ourselves up over what is in the past or worry about tomorrow. Today this moment, this time, this second is all you have to live so make the best of it.

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CAKAROO 7/3/2012 5:45AM

    this is so true!

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MISSY455 7/2/2012 11:59PM

    I do try to keep this in mind, and make my next choice the best I can for the moment. Beating ourselves up over the past doesn't do us any good.

Thanks for the reminder!

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DOUBLEMME 7/2/2012 6:14PM

    “Hic et nunc”.
Time (nunc) and space (hic) are not infinite. According to existentialism, they are the cause of human misery, but at the same time, the place of the implementation of human happiness.
Be happy!

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Updates on happenings around Gnomes Home

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Well a few updates..

We still have the stray dog and really need to find him a home. I feel so bad for him as he is so sweet and minds so well.

Wildfires were put out but it burned 450 acres..no homes but 2 barns were burned. Started from a hay baler.

Canning and Freezing frenzy is about over. We picked our last butterbeans this morning and have them shelled and in the freezer. Only fruit we have left are apples, muscadines and figs and it will be awhile before they are ripe but if we don't get rain, we won't have any of them at all. All our trees are stressed. We are watering but it isn't enough. The only things left in the garden now are tomatoes, peppers and okra..Watermelons won't make it either if we don't get rain. Watering it by hose just doesn't cut it..

Will be starting a new rug soon. After being so busy this week, I've kind of taken the day off and just relaxed. Have a good holiday.

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CAKAROO 7/2/2012 6:06AM

    hope you have a good holiday too

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MISSY455 7/1/2012 11:42PM

    Our bodies need a day of rest every now and again...you were overdue!

I know you will appreciate the canning and freezing frenzy once winter comes and you are still enjoying the wonderful fruits and veggies from your garden! I do hope you get rain soon, it would be very sad to lose your trees that way.

So glad the wildfire in your area is out. I saw just a bit of news today on the Colorado fires, such a horrible thing. I do miss living in the mountains and trees, like I did as a child, but not that part of it.

I hope you have a lovely holiday too!

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Stray Dog

Saturday, June 30, 2012

There is a story that a long time ago if a hobo or homeless person came upon a house that had a certain mark somewhere they could see, that they realized a good hearted person lived there and would feed them. My grandmother was one of those good hearted women and living in the country not too far from the railroad tracks, she was always feeding homeless people who saw the sign.

Well think this is repeating in mye. We tend to take stray dogs in but we have 3 already and really don't need another dog. But it seems people have marked our place as a good spot to dump their unwanted animals..This poor dog came up last night some time. It kept our outside dogs barking all night so we didn't sleep well. He is a wonderful dog and looks well taken care of though he does have some scars and bumps on his back. He is young but very very smart. He looks like a lab-pitbull mix..but he is very sweet. His coat is shiny black with white under his neck. I really want to keep him but my other little male dog cannot tolerate him. Our male is a tiny chihuahua and therefore know that if we keep this bigger dog and if he has pitbull in him, then more than likely little Fred will lose a battle in the future. I have put this new dog I'm calling Samson up on Facebook and trying to find his owner or at least a new owner. Otherwise we will have to take him into the county pound where more than likely he will eventually be put down.
I so hate people who just dump poor animals and expect someone else to care for them..I hate to say it but it would be so much better if they put the poor thing out of it's misery in the first place or not let dogs breed...in other words...get their dogs "fixed"...so no puppies occur..

Anyone want a nice smart dog?

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BARBWMS 7/1/2012 7:20PM

    I hope you find him a home.. we just rescued an abandoned dog from our humane society and it is so much fun seeing him relax now that he has a home again.... best $25 I have ever spent!

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CAKAROO 7/1/2012 8:52AM

    hope you can find a home for this dog

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MISSY455 7/1/2012 12:45AM

    I hope you find a good home for him soon, so Fred doesn't get hurt.

The only thing about taking him to the pound, is if he has a chip in him, they can find the owner if he ran away. If he was set loose though, chance are the owners never had a chip put in.

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RHEYNKLW 6/30/2012 9:04PM

    What a handsome pup! If we weren't so far away, I'd take him in a second!

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    Oh how sad! I hope somebody claims him, or can find room in their family for him!

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