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Assignment 4 Food Triggers

Thursday, September 20, 2012

For my assignment 4 for the 5%challenge...

List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Are they sweet or salty? Hot, cold or room temperature? Carbs, comfort foods?
*****Both sweet and salty are my triggers. And it is mainly snacks. We only eat 2 good meals a day so I usually fill the rest of my calories during the week with snacks. And it doesn't matter if it is hot or cold..and also this time of year I'm wanting more comfort foods and more carbs which to me are comfort foods.

What are the sources of the Triggers Foods? Is it a fast food restaurant? Drive thru? Food you order in? Grocery store? Convenience store? Meals at family or friends? Co-workers birthday cake? Treats from others?
*****We rarely eat out so nothing I get when we eat out. My husband sometimes complains that I don't bake and make sweet things like I used to. He doesn't have the "fat" problem that I have but I'd like to please him at times so do continue to bake. I then want to eat what I bake. We also have a few birthdays and holidays coming up and I love cooking and baking for these.

Describe the most common situations where you reach for the trigger foods or snacks. What room are you in, what time is it, what are you doing, who is with you, and how do you feel? Are you tired? Are you eating to feel better? Are you rewarding yourself? Soothing yourself? Are you bored? By getting the food how does it make what you are doing better? What should you be doing at that time?
********Common situation is I've just made a pie or cake and it is still warm and sitting on the counter cooling and smelling so good..I just want one taste..which leads to another until I've eaten a whole slice of pie or cake. If I remove it and the smell then it is out of sight out of mind. A case for salty snack..I will be at the computer and get an urge to eat something..maybe stress of what I'm doing makes me feel hungry and then it is usually something salty I want.

Do you see a pattern? What types of foods are you reaching for? Does convenient access make a difference? How can you better handle the situations to avoid the triggers and not binge or eat more than you should.
************I do know that when I've just baked something it is so convenient to just eat some at that point. I need to bake an apple or open a jar of apple sauce to eat at that time when I'm tempted after baking something. And as for the salty triggers. I just mainly need to get them out of the house until I get the cravings under control. or get up from the computer and get out and walk instead to relieve the stress.

  
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DOINITRIGHT2012 9/21/2012 10:52AM

    Looking forward to sheering you on through the 5% challenge!
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ZACEVETOB 9/21/2012 9:23AM

    Awesome on able to see your food triggers, now lets work towards them :)

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BOOKWERME 9/20/2012 8:25PM

    I would be hard pressed to analyze those food triggers. emoticon

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Assignment 2 &3 (5%challenge)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Assignment 2:Ok I have revamped my sparkpage and added new profile picture.

Assignment 3: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!

1. Reasons I want to lose weight..mainly to get healthier. Along with getting healthier I will begin to look better as well and feel much better about myself.
2. Reason...I have 2 major trips planned next year and want to be in shape and smaller to enjoy myself more. I want to fit the plane seats comfortably and also to travel in our camper easier.
3. What I want to change is the amount of exercise I have been getting. I want to step up and do more in that way to become much healthier in the process.
4. I want to feel proud of myself that I have accomplished my goal.
5. The things I will be able to do once I'm slimmer is to walk longer distances and be able to go on tours easier.
6. Lastly I want to change my attitude toward exercise...I don't want it to feel like a burden and I want to enjoy it instead of mumbling awful things about it..So the attitude change will be a biggie for me as well.

  
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DOINITRIGHT2012 9/19/2012 9:23PM

    Your goals show lots of thought. I hope I can support you and can't wait to see the after picture. As far as the exercise, I understand. However, if you can push yourself without over doing, your body starts to crave the movement. I can't wait until you get to that point. I look forward to hearing about it when it happens. emoticon

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ZACEVETOB 9/19/2012 7:18PM

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ADRIENALINE 9/19/2012 7:07PM

    Good well-thought out goals! Best of luck reaching them!

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5% Challenge for Fall

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

5% Challenge Commitment. How much and how often will you exercise? What diet will you follow? How will you support your team?
Just a little happy to lift your spirits.

I've joined the 5% challenge for Fall. This will be my 3rd time to do this challenge and so far have loved it and have lost each week I am a part of this. I've not lost my 5% but have lost at least half a pound a week during the 8 week challenge period. This fall challenge I think will be the turning point for me. It will be the most important challenge I've done so far as usually during this time of year, I want to eat and eat comfort foods which are so fattening..It is like my body thinks it is a bear and wants to stock up before hibernation. I refuse to go into hibernation this year...So here are my goals.

How much and how often will you exercise? --
I plan to continue my 20 minute walking daily and up it by 20minutes.
I plan for this walking to be at a faster pace.
I plan to add arm exercises and more core exercises.
I plan to do dancing when the weather doesn't allow me to walk.

What diet will you follow?
I'm going to continue to track my calories here on SP and make sure I eat on the downside of my calorie range. I plan to eat more vegetables and fruit. While I still have my apples from my tree in cold storage, I plan to eat at least one apple a day or more. I plan to eat more green veggies and substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes more often.

How will you support your team? Hopefully I will again be on the Awesome A's and so will check in with them in the general chat forum at least every other day. I will post my mile and life points daily. I will post a comment to someone's blog daily as well.

I'm so looking forward to the start of this as soon as possible.

  
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ZACEVETOB 9/18/2012 5:09PM

    emoticon Hope to be on same team working together :)

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DOINITRIGHT2012 9/18/2012 3:09PM

    I've joined the challenge too. I look forward to seeing your progress.

Thanks for the cartoon. It certainly made me laugh. emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 9/18/2012 12:27PM

    Love the cartoon - thanks for the chuckle!

Sounds like you have a good plan. I also want to hibernate in the winter.

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PERSISTANT123 9/18/2012 11:19AM

    emoticon It sounds like you are ready to begin!
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more randomness

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


A couple of shots of an American persimmon tree and a Texas variety fig. We had a good amount of both this year and still picking up a few persimmons.

Someone asked about the birdhouse...we have them everywhere and yes that one was on a poll and supposed to be for purple martins but even though they check it out each year they have never nested in it..sadly...they are great for bug control.


This is an old garden cart and we plant it with the faux sweet potato vines every year...they seem to do much better in our harsh summers. We planted 4 varieties.

I can hear you laughing now. We started out with 1 and it is pale pink..my sister was throwing it out..I grabbed it up and planted it down by our mailbox for years..Well a few years ago we remodeled one of our bathrooms and so I added the 2nd one and then about a year ago we redid the other bath so now I have 3...do you think it is enough? O and yes that is a birdhouse on the window sill made from a teapot. The POTs are planted with rock rose..beside it is an old wheelbarrow and it is planted with more faux sweet potatoes...one of my garden gnomes sits in the center of it but you can't see it..I also plant in old washing machine tubs from newer washers and I also have 3 old wringer washers I plant in..2 have ivy..one has asparagus fern.

We planted this silver lace vine this year and should have had a bigger trellis but it didn't grow as much as it was supposed to anyway due to the heat and drought so we will cut it back a lot and build a new bigger trellis for it to grow on..It has been blooming since end of June. Hubby doesn't like it but I do.
Speaking of vines, we lost 2 clematis we planted this spring due to drought and we were even watering them. We plan to plant morning glories more next year. We have morning glories planted on our back yard fence.

A picture of our side yard..further away and up close. you can see the fig and muscadine in the further away photo. We have 3 shacks or what we call gazebos..one is over our patio table and smaller one is over our BBQ pit area and large one to the left is over the firepit..we still have to put down gravel in the fire pit area. We haven't used it yet as it has been too hot but cooler days are coming.
That's all folks.

  
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NIMAWEYGH 9/17/2012 12:19AM

    LOVE IT ALL.

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CAKAROO 9/12/2012 6:17AM

    Great pics

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DOROTHYBERO 9/12/2012 6:00AM

    Love your gardens!

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MAZACK 9/11/2012 11:36PM

    Yes I did laugh, but partly for another reason. My husband wanted to use a commode for a planter and I wouldn't let him, mainly because of the location.

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Random photos

Monday, September 10, 2012


We ordered some nut tress a few years ago..One was supposed to be almond and one pecan and 2 English Walnuts..we lost one last year to drought but they all had the same looking leaf on them so apparently they sent us all the same tree and not the ones we had ordered..We are thinking these 3 tress are chessnuts..Anyway this is what they look like.

This is the garden at the end of the season. Most have been pulled up and disked under..but we still have some peppers, okra and now a nice small stand of turnip greens.

Our muscadine grape arbor...We cut it way way back every spring..give it a nice hair cut and you can understand why when you see it now. It is usually cut back all the way to the top and it grows this much in a season. If you don't cut it, then the fruit won't set well. It is a type of wild grape and they do not grow in clusters like regular grapes..they have a tough skin and lots of seeds but they make the best jam and also taste pretty good as well.

These are our two outside yard dogs..They guard the place pretty well but would take someone down and love them to death..the top is Fredrick and bottom is Lulu..both were rescue dogs..Fred was so shy when we got him and took him forever to come up for a pet..Lulu is top dog and loves to try sneaking into the house if you open the door and don't watch her..she also loves riding on the ATV.

This is what they like to do all day. Freddy rolls lulu around and then they chase each other but if Lulu gets tired of it, she puts Fred in his place..

This is Miss Gracie our other rescue dog..she is the oldest of the 3 but she stays inside..she thinks she is our kid..

  
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DOROTHYBERO 9/11/2012 6:07AM

    Enjoyed your blog - thank you for sharing!

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/11/2012 2:26AM

    I have never seen a Chestnut on a tree. Very interesting how it starts off fuzzy. Is that a bird house on the tall pole? Love the grapes. Your dogs are cuties!

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MCJULIEO 9/10/2012 11:37PM

    Very fond of muscadines! You're right... their jam is mighty fine!

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BARB4HEALTH 9/10/2012 10:57PM

    What a nice country side. thanks for sharing.

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CAKAROO 9/10/2012 9:20PM

    great pics - Wish I had some chestnut trees near me - I like chestnuts

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ZACEVETOB 9/10/2012 7:43PM

    Pity you didn't get the trees you ordered, chest nuts i often boil them so you can peal them easily chop them up and add it as an garnish. Nice doggy family you got there too.

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NIMAWEYGH 9/10/2012 6:17PM

    Love it and yes I think you have chessnuts for sure. I love them and so does DH. We get them every year and roast them around the holidays. SLURP. And you know me and muscadines. My all time favorite jelly or jam in the WHOLE world. Your place is so beautiful and we cannot wait to get some property and make it our own with fruit trees, a muscadine bush or 20 and a place for a wonderful garden.

I know why you love it there so much, it is your little patch of Heaven here on earth.

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DOINITRIGHT2012 9/10/2012 4:34PM

    love the pics!

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