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crunchy snacks

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Sparkpeople had this cartoon on one of their emails and thought it really funny. I love salty crunchy snacks so try to keep them out of the house or go for healthier versions..I do like potato chips and fritos but really haven't touched any in a long time..We have them for hubby but I just haven't wanted them..Instead to help my "crunch and salt" cravings...I eat hard pretzels..they aren't that good for you but better than the oily chips. I also love Bagel chips and Pita chips but I'm very careful to measure out the exact serving size and then put the bags away out of site. I used to just mindlessly eat them without thinking and would never know how many I had really eaten...now it is measure first and I make sure I have it tracked on my nutrition here so I know how many calories I'm getting..I always do that before I eat my snacks..So I'm keeping strong with this diet..

Since the 5% challenge ended for summer...strangely I have not lost any more weight but haven't gained either..I did this between the spring and summer challenge so think it is just my body catching up before gaining more ground during the challenge. I'm so looking forward to the fall challenge starting in September..I seem to do more exercise and really watch what I do closer then as well.

What are some of your crunchy snacks you like?

  
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CAKAROO 9/2/2012 8:04AM

    like BBQ chips - good luck with the fall challenge

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ZACEVETOB 9/1/2012 7:54PM

    my crunchy snacks of late have me raw cup up pieces of carrots and celery :) Delicious they are.

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MCJULIEO 8/31/2012 9:18AM

    Mindlessly eating is my downfall as well...

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MISSY455 8/31/2012 1:21AM

    Tortilla chips and salsa are my biggest downfall. I try to always measure out a serving and put the bag away. I also like popcorn, because a serving is two cups!

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DRAGONFLY02 8/30/2012 6:13PM

    I'm a big salty foods fan too. Chips and dip being my favorite....which is why I don't have any in the house at the moment.

I cannot wait for the fall challenge either. Wish it were starting sooner rather than later.

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ERICADAWN1986 8/30/2012 5:23PM

    I really like hot and spicy cheese it's lol. It's something I have to make sure to really measure out though or id be through the bag before you know it.

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Things

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


The picture is an angelwing begonia blossom..and they bloom almost all year round...they are called angel wings as the leaves look like angel wings..I started my one tiny plant from a cutting my dear MIL gave me years ago and she has been dead now for 7 years..I don't have that good of a green thumb but hubby took after his mom and brought this small cutting into many many many plants later...as he cuts them back each year he plants the cuttings in other pots and then we give away the plants once they have established..These really are about one of the only begonias I like..most are so messy I think.

Well going for several walks today and watching the weather channel closely hoping for some rain from the hurricane. Someone asked what section of the coutnry we live in..first we live in the USA and smack dab in the center about...We are close to the border of Texas and Oklahoma...we live in the Ouachita (pronounced Wash-i-taw) mountains..we don't get much snow but have gotten up to 12 inches one year which is once in a blue moon (by the way Friday is a blue moon)...but mostly we get ice cold rain or ice and sleet in the winter...we are considered part of the southern states but some classify us as being southeast and others south west but really it is more like south central..We are in what is called tonado alley as we do get some in the spring..And living where we live, we don't think the weather stations have good radar in our area either..

On to other things....I'm getting another walk in soon and then have art guild board meeting to attend around 1. I had thought it was last week but apparently they didn't let anyone know they had postponed it to today..so wasn't prepared but I will attend..they have postponed the program meeting for a week from next Monday due to Labor Day being this coming Monday..My other art guild meets next Tuesday night. They do keep me active.

Today I'm making a stab at organizing my studio again...seems like I'm always doing this..and going to be a busy computer day.

  
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CAKAROO 8/30/2012 6:15AM

    very pretty flowers

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MISSY455 8/30/2012 2:17AM

    How wonderful to have a plant still from your MIL. I am not very good with plants. My hubby says I have a plant graveyard out front instead of a flower bed. I have one houseplant that I got years ago from managers that worked for me. Surprisingly it has lived all these years...very hardy :-)

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MCJULIEO 8/29/2012 10:30PM

    The Oachita Mountains are lovely... I can remember camping there when I was a kid!

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ZACEVETOB 8/29/2012 9:52PM

    Beautiful flowers and awesome plans , keep the good work up :)

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DRAGONFLY02 8/29/2012 10:21AM

    BEAUTIFUL flowers. I may have to look and see if they grow in my area. I like hardy flowers. While I have somewhat of a green thumb and do gardening every year, I don't have the time to focus on it with 2 toddlers running around, so I'm looking for more plants that just do well on their own without much work.

I was the one that asked where you live. I've been to Texas a few times, but never OK (love the movie though, haha!). Sounds like a beautiful area to live. I love your "big: winter snow of 12 inches. I used to live in the snowbelt of NW PA and the last winter I lived there, we had record snow that winter. It was about 150 inches. Boy, I sure don't miss those winters. I live in SW PA now and we do get snow every winter, but nowhere near as much, although with the locals you would think we do. Snows every winter, but some people act like they've never seen it before. I do have to say that I do prefer snow over ice and sleet, which we do get more of where I live now. Snow's easier to deal with and drive in, in my opinion.

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Missed a couple of days!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Well I missed a couple of days posting. I've been so frustrated the last few days.
On Sunday I tried to put another coat of clay on my horse only to have it crack even worse..so gave up on making a horse..and went to ebay and bought one..But here is a photo of the 2 horses that went to the trash heap.

Then on Monday spilled an entire pitcher of tea on my kitchen floor..what a mess. then kids came out for a visit and then we went to their house so hubby could help measure for the porch they are building. But DIL and I talked over plans for our 2 trips next year. YES 2 trips...hubby agreed to go with the kids out to Yellowstone and take our camper..they will take theirs..and then have the trip with the 2 DILs and sister the end of summer to England so going to have to really save my pennies..

So to help me exercise and save money..I'm putting $1 in a jar for every 15 minutes of exercise I get in a day..As you know I hate to exercise but I need to get in shape enough to walk next summer.

Another thing I didn't show you were the cans I covered for one of the granddaughter's teachers..

Then lately the persimmon tree has been dropping it's fruit..Ours is an American persimmon which is native tree around here though we planted it years ago..I'm not sure the drought is causing the fruit to drop as some are still bitter..but they ripen at room temp like other fruit so no problem..these are not big fruit and have lots of seeds.


There is an old timer's tale that if you cut a persimmon seed in half and the inside looks like a knife then your winter will be mild with no snow but if a shovel shape then you will have snow..well I cut several in half and all had shovels..
So we will see if the prediction is right.

Right now watching to see if we get any rain from hurricane Isaac to break our drought.

  
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CSDAYS 8/29/2012 7:20AM

    You are busy!

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DRAGONFLY02 8/29/2012 6:58AM

    Sorry about the horses!!!

I have never had a persimmon, I'd like to try one now. My husband stops at a fruit and veggie store near his in-laws when he takes the kids out there each week. He occasionally buys something unusual for us to try. I may have to suggest he look for persimmons when he goes tomorrow.

I have to ask, what part of the country do you live? I'm curious about the snow prediction.

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ZACEVETOB 8/28/2012 7:11PM

    Lol so do you have shovels to shovel that snow when it comes. Your fruit looks good. Will you be able to eat all those on your own or your sharing them around? I like what you did with the pen tins, very creative, i hope the teachers enjoyed them. Pity to your horses going to the trash heap. How does the one you bought look like?

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My one and only sister

Friday, August 24, 2012



I am so lucky to have my sister..she is my only sibling and though we are almost 3 years apart in age (she is older) we are pretty close to one another...We really don't have that much in common except growing up as sisters..We do like some of the same things but mostly we are different..There was a time in our young adulthood that we didn't really see eye to eye on many issues but we worked through these and today we are the best of friends..

These are the things that make us alike..We both have blonde hair and blue eyes..We both like hiking though I don't do as much anymore due to the back and now she is facing worse back issues than I do..We both have RA... We both have a good work ethic and are hyper to an extent..We have some of the same tics...and our voices sound similar. And we both love adventure and are up beat and happy most of the time. We both have sons and now mainly have granddaughters.

The differences we have are that I love creating thing and making things...and arts and crafts in general...The only thing she has ever done in arts and crafts is traditional rug hook (which is one of the things we have in common). My sister is a perfectionist when it comes to anything..I'm very much the opposite..Another difference is that she is tiny (except she has gained in her old age) and I'm fat and when growing up as a child..she was fat and I was skinny..(funny how we switched that around)..She loves exercise and I hate it..She is obsessed with aging and not wanting to and is not comfortable unless her hair, makeup and clothing look perfect no matter where she is..me I'm comfortable in my skin and if my hair and make up is a mess it doesn't bother me..I even go without make up alot where she would never be seen in public without it..

But all and all, I love my sister and consider her my very best friend. I confide in her and cry and mostly laugh with her..and now we are growing old together..

  
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MAZACK 8/26/2012 6:16PM

    I have only one sister and she is 2 years younger than me. For 3 days in August I'm only 1 year older. We are very different from each other and don't see each other ofter but alway enjoy our time together.

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CAKAROO 8/26/2012 8:35AM

    Sisters are great - I have two -one 8yrs older and one 4 years older

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IMREITE 8/26/2012 3:22AM

    i have a sister 3 years younger than me and we don't have much in common either. i enjoy crafts but she has no patience for them.

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RHEYNKLW 8/25/2012 3:57PM

    Sisters are priceless. I appreciate mine more and more everyday, especially now that we live far apart.

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ZACEVETOB 8/25/2012 5:00AM

    Awesome post about your sister, love how you are so similar and different other ways to set each other apart. Lucky that you have such a sister in your life. I was born as an only child, though now i have 1 step brother and 2 step sisters that we have little to no communication, sigh.

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MISSY455 8/25/2012 1:32AM

    How wonderful that you get to spend time with her! I have one sister and two brothers. When we were young, my brother just younger than I am and I were very close. My sister is 5 years younger, so growing up she was a pain, LOL. Now we talk every week, and I see her a couple of times a year because she lives 1200 miles away. We are also very different, build wise, interests, even choices in how we spend our free time. I always found it interesting that we were raised exactly the same way, but are so different from each other. We are friends though, so it's all good.

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4 steps to lasting change

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The ancient Greeks had a word for a form of learning: PRAXIS. Praxis is a four-stage process of:

1.Observing your own actions and their effects
2.Analyzing what you observe
3.Strategizing an action plan
4.Taking action


1. The observation stage is self awareness and self monitoring..We need to observe ourselves and our habits to really see what our problems are in attaining our goal..Many times it is as simple as not tracking all our food or putting exercise on the back burner..

2. Once you observe your problems then you need to analyse them and figure out why you are doing it or what your triggers are.

Really observe and analyze go hand in hand...To me they are part of the same. I observe a bad health habit I have and analyse why and what caused it. It might be that I was just mindless eating without thinking..I realize that I cannot mindless eat anymore so try to observe and analyze when and why.

3. Then I made a plan of action..I may switch up my routine..Instead of walking the same route and becoming bored, I may walk a totally different route or maybe even walk backwards for awhile..I plan not to have food in places where I might mindlessly snack.by the computer or in my recliner. I make sure now that I eat anything at the kitchen table and not walk around with something in my hand..I also plan not to taste my food while preparing it..(it can add up calories).

4. Taking action goes along with making your plan of action..but you have to follow through with your plan..Make a point to walk early in the morning or late in the afternoon..and DO IT...after awhile it becomes a habit and leads to lasting change.

  
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HOLLYM48 8/27/2012 2:30PM

    Loved your thoughts on Praxis- the Greeks have a word for everything- I should know, I am married to a Greek and he always has things to teach! Thanks for your thoughts.

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ZACEVETOB 8/24/2012 6:36PM

    Awesome program of Praxis, will you be working on it?

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MISSY455 8/24/2012 1:51AM

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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MINISANDY 8/23/2012 6:02PM

    Interesting insights.....

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