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My beautiful self!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012



This week we have to be postivie about ourselves..on the 5%challenge we are to reward outselves with a goodie but I'm also telling myself positive things..
I am being my beautiful self today!!! Yes we are all beautiful or handsome in God's eyes as He formed us for His pleasure so we have beautiful qualities that we can admire...cause as they say..."God don't make no junk!" So today I'm being beautiful!!

  
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MISSY455 11/11/2012 2:56AM

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JERZGURL_NAN 11/10/2012 9:25PM

    that's right - don't forget to repeat that several times today.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/10/2012 9:10PM

    You are a beautiful person! emoticon I like the assignment. Love the quote as well, and it is true. I thought of the song "Everyone is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens.
Hope your week-end is going well!

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CINDYSDAY 11/10/2012 6:57PM

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FLEURGARDEN 11/10/2012 6:16PM

    Something we all need to remember. :-)

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/10/2012 4:34PM

    emoticon Good for you! This challenge is making us all take a good look at ourselves. I welcomed me back to healthy living!

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Cold Season ahead

Friday, November 09, 2012

I read a lot of articles on EATING WELL site..I found this article today...
5 FOODS THAT HELP WARD OFF COLDS

These are foods that are immunity boosters..But as we know washing our hands, getting enough sleep and taking vitamins all help as well..but here is the list..

1. CHICKEN SOUP...In one study, hot chicken soup was more effective than hot or cold water at making noses run—a good thing since nasal secretions help rid the body of pathogenic viruses and bacteria. Like any hot liquid, soup also helps you to stay hydrated and raises the temperature of the airways, both of which are important for loosening secretions. Adding a few hot chiles will loosen things up even more.

2. TOGURT....Regularly eating probiotics, so-called “good bacteria” found in foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, may help your immune system work better and improve digestion.

3. GREEN TEA...Polyphenols, potent plant antioxidants, are what’s believed to give green tea its immune-boosting effects. One laboratory study suggested that a particular type of polyphenols called catechins may kill influenza viruses. To maximize benefits and minimize bitterness, use just-below-boiling water and steep green tea no more than a minute or two. A little lemon and honey can also help blunt the bitterness. But don’t add milk, because the proteins will bind to the polyphenols, making them ineffective. (adding milk I didn't know)

4. VITAMIN D...(I know it isn't a real food)..In a study published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children who took daily vitamin D supplements (1,200 IU) were 40 percent less likely to get a common flu virus than kids who took a placebo. Laboratory studies indicate that the nutrient may help immune cells identify and destroy bacteria and viruses that make us sick.
You can also get it (in small doses) from fatty fish, such as salmon, and fortified milk—and your body makes vitamin D from the sun.

5. SOLUBLE FIBER...Soluble fiber—abundant in citrus fruits, apples, carrots, beans and oats—helps fight inflammation, Insoluble fiber—found in wheat, whole grains, nuts and green leafy vegetables—is still important for overall health, but it doesn’t seem to have the same impact on immunity. Strive for 25 to 38 grams of total fiber a day, Sherry says, paying extra attention to getting the soluble kind.

These make me think of some things I need to do for cold season coming on..and if you notice it is some of the same things that Sparkpeople have shown as well.

  
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CAKAROO 11/11/2012 8:39AM

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MISSY455 11/11/2012 2:59AM

    Oh I have been drinking a lot of green tea lately, had no idea it helped with warding off colds! Thanks for sharing the info!

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/10/2012 9:22AM

    Great info! Thanks for sharing!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/10/2012 7:01AM

    Hm I never knew that about adding milk to green tea! I don't add it just because I was told that's not what you do with green tea...

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Wednesday's 4 hour drive in the Ouachita's

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Yesterday, hubby and I packed some sandwiches and water and drove around in the mountains to view God' handiwork..it was so worth the 4 hour drive on gravel bumpy swervy roads as the colors were amazing..We weren't sure there would be color this year due to the drought and heat we have experienced this summer..We stopped about halfway on the drive beside a small clear creek to eat our sandwiches and walk Miss Gracie (our little rescue baby) and then headed a different way home so we continued to view the colors. I thought I would share some of the photos with you.
We stopped first at Camp Albert Pike where the 20 campers drowned 2 years ago. This is the old swimming hole.

On part of the drive there were a lot of beech trees and they always turn bright yellow.

Here is the creek where we stopped to eat.

The rest of these photos were taken from vistas where you have a pull out to view the mountains.



The road home

  
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HOLLYM48 11/11/2012 11:00AM

    Amazing colors in those pictures. Thanks for taking us along and sharing the beauty of your day. Loved them. emoticon emoticon

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MZKYND 11/9/2012 11:17AM

    Gorgeous, and for a minute I thought I was looking at pictures of my neck of the woods ;)

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DOROTHYBERO 11/9/2012 8:45AM

    Beautiful

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MINNA72 11/9/2012 4:01AM

    Oh what beautiful pics! The trees are so lovely this time of year. The creek was my fave photo, I have a "thing" for water... ;)

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 11/9/2012 2:10AM

   
The country is a beautiful place. I'd never live anywhere else, although the trees are totally different here in Australia, there is a peaceful ambiance about driving through the country, no matter what time of the year it is.

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MISSY455 11/9/2012 1:19AM

    Barbara the pictures are beautiful! What an amazing trip that must have been. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us!

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ELLFIN3 11/8/2012 8:37PM

    Very awesome!!! It was like that last weekend!! Beautiful!! ((HUGS))

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BARBIE176 11/8/2012 7:24PM

    God did an amazing job of making that part of the country beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. emoticon emoticon

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My day on Tuesday

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What a nice day I had yesterday. First we went to vote and you would think in our little rural community we could get in and out in a jiffy...didn't happen..waited 45minutes to vote..they only have 2 machines and all who were waiting to vote were retired couples..

Once finished there we drove up to my sister and BIL's house which is an hour and 20minute drive..They took us out to eat at local cafe and I did so well as ate the Chicken Caribbean salad with raspberry vinegarette on the side.


I took some more pictures on the drive but sun was so bright and being in a moving vehicle didn't help so won't post them here.

After our lunch, hubby and BIL worked on their bathroom re-do and sister and I drove over to our old RUG hooking teacher's house..I had mentioned she has MS but found out it is Lou Gehrigs Disease..she is almost completely paralized but has such an up-beat attitude. Several other students were there as well. I'm not in the photo since I took it but sister is the one hugging her..and that with having back surgery about 15 days ago.


I could tell my sister was getting tired as this was her first big day of getting out and doing so much..but had hubby take photo of us together.



  
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CINDYSDAY 11/8/2012 6:29AM

    It looks like you oth were haing fun!

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/8/2012 3:31AM

    Beautiful pic of the two of you. I'm glad you all had a good time. The salad looks yummy. emoticon

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KIMPY225 11/7/2012 8:29PM

    I love the pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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KOFFEENUT 11/7/2012 4:48PM

    What great pictures - you look TERRIFIC!!! Glad you had a chance to reconnect with your old group and support someone who has been important to all of you.

p.s. I wasn't hungry until I saw the picture of your lunch salad....now I'm suddenly starving!

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Tracking Calories

Monday, November 05, 2012


Do we really count our calories correctly? Do we really measure our food properly or do we estimate? I know sometimes when I estimate, I'm eating way more than my calorie allowance for the day..We need to read the serving size on whatever we eat and then try our best to measure it properly.

This week as we track our calories in the 5% challenge, we need to make sure we are measuring correctly..Let's make it a habit to measure and track every day and not just for the week the challenge has it up for...Tracking keeps me honest and then I know if I'm really eating properly or eating too much.

  
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MHNGJR 11/7/2012 4:17PM

    Here in Germany its a little easier because the labels mostly just list nutrition information per 100 grams. I just weigh everything with my handy dandy scale.

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MAZACK 11/6/2012 9:34PM

    I don't always measure but I am getting more aware of serving sizes. and amounts.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/6/2012 9:05AM

    emoticon I have great success when I track - now I just need to get back to doing it :)

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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2012 4:36PM

    I weigh and measure EVERYTHING! My scale is always handy and I have three sets of measuring cups. Sometimes I am "spot on" but more often than not -- I am cheating myself! And I want every bite I am entitled to!!!

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GOULDSGRANITE 11/5/2012 4:23PM

    Yep - it can be an issue. I agree that it is something to focus on this week as we track.

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DIANNEMT 11/5/2012 4:06PM

    I know I should measure more--I am at least looking at the serving sizes and adjusting!

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