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Sparkpeople Break

Monday, April 22, 2013


I have been here almost every day for over a year now and while my 5% challenge team is regrouping and all, I thought I would take a break from Sparkpeople for a few days. I won't be gone long but just feel I need to get away from this computer for awhile. I will probably pop in daily to spin my wheel but really need the time to reorganize my house and thoughts and life right now. Weather is turning warmer and wanting to get outside more. We do have our garden planted but need to keep at working in the yard for the next few days. I will be back to my blogs in a few days. Hope everyone has a great week. (By the way...the fat cat is one of my sister's.) emoticon

  
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BARB4HEALTH 4/25/2013 11:59AM

    After I get my 365 day streak in, I am thinking I will just login and spin, too! People think i'm dizzy without spinning. Wonder what they will think if I start spinning every day? emoticon

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MICKEYH 4/24/2013 12:22AM

    Enjoy your break. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAM_HIS 4/23/2013 9:20PM

    Enjoy your break--you come back, okay.

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BELIEVING-N-ME 4/23/2013 12:06PM

   
Enjoy your break and I will see at the next 5% challenge.

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IMREITE 4/23/2013 1:13AM

    i have tried to take spark breaks. have not been able to do it yet.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 4/22/2013 7:55PM

    Enjoy your break!

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TURTLETALK 4/22/2013 2:55PM

    We will miss you but we will see you back soon for the next 5% challenge.

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GEMLADYONE 4/22/2013 2:25PM

    Good go get a break. Thanks for letting us know though...

Fat cat looks pretty comfortable...why do they always look so self satisfied?

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5% challenge update

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My update on my winter into spring 5% challenge. This challenge team ran for 8 weeks and am pleased with the results. I lost 6lbs over all from 194 to 188. Below are my beginning measurements and after.

2/23
Chest: 45
Bicep: 14
Waist: 40.5
Hips: 48.5
Thigh: 27
Neck: 15

4/20
Chest: 45
Bicep: 14
Waist: 40
Hips: 47
Thigh:25
Neck:14
I lost a half inch in my wasit, 1-1/2 inche in my hips, 2 inches in my thigh and 1 inch in my neck. So pleased at the results there as well. I have already signed up for the Spring into Summer 5% challenge and will let you all know when it opens to the regular public for signing up. I was in the 5% challenge all last year and lost a totatl of 31lbs now.

  
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BARB4HEALTH 4/25/2013 5:32PM

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GEMLADYONE 4/22/2013 2:43PM

    Fantastic results! I'm glad you'll be back for next round.

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CMESLIM 4/22/2013 11:24AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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IAM_HIS 4/22/2013 8:31AM

    You are doing so well--WTG Thank you for inspiring me!!

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MICKEYH 4/21/2013 11:54PM

    Fantastic !! Great job !! I am so pleased that I joined this challenge as well. So glad everyone enjoyed the challenge and achieved great result. I am looking forwards for next challenge as well.
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ALL-IS-AMAZING 4/21/2013 4:54PM

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ROSE-100 4/21/2013 2:57PM

    WOOHOO,keep up the good work,your doing great. Glad they have these challenges to help us get to our goals,good luck in the next challenge.

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Preschool kids

Friday, April 19, 2013


I'm posting a photo of my youngest granddaughter at her 4th birthday party. She and her friends are all about the same age..so considered preschoolers at ages 3 and 4. I love spending time with Miss Molly and I talk about her a lot on my blogs. BUT when you get several this age in a group you sometimes have your hands full. And need lots of extra helping hands...all this is leading up to today's happenings...
I volunteer at an art gallery in a nearby town. Today we had a visit from 40 preschool children. Thankfully they planners of this divided them up into groups of 10 to bring them through. If you realize their attention span is about 15 minutes long if that so we had to keep them moving. All were very good and nothing got damaged or touched so all was safe on that end. But we had one lady to come in and did a demo on making paper butterflies and then I demo-ed my rug hooking so we got them through in 30 minutes for each group. But all the up and down and here and there we were on our feet almost the entire time..i taught kindergarten for many years so thought it wouldn't be that much...I had forgotten how active they could be..and so now I'm home, I'm so tired. One nice thing was...one of the moms that came through with her 2 sons had been a kindergarten student of mine so we had lots of hugs and she got to let her 2 sons meet me...so a lot of fun, a lot of exercise equals one pooped body!!!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 4/21/2013 8:03AM

    sounds like a fun day - preschoolers can be exhausting but so much fun!

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HOLLYM48 4/20/2013 8:29AM

    Wow, that sounds like a busy day. That is so fun that one of your former students was there. I still remember my kindergarten teacher very vividly after 42 years. They make such an important impact on you at the beginning of your educational life! I bet you were awesome as a teacher!~
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READYBETTY 4/19/2013 11:11PM

    That's a good kind of tired!

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TURTLETALK 4/19/2013 9:59PM

    It looks like loads of fun. What a great grandma you are!

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Amazing!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


God has certainly created some amazing things. Take the honey bee. Most honey bees are female. there is only one queen bee in a hive which can be made up of thousands of bees. Bees are really pretty tame bugs and usually won't bother you unless you bother their hive or step on them or catch them. They collect pollen on their legs and take back to help feed the nest. They also make honey which is full of minerals and vitamins. It is amazing to watch them work. I can certainly see why we call them busy bees...they flit from flower to flower, collecting pollen and nectar and humming a merry tune as they go. We need to learn some lessons from the honey bee.

  
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CAKAROO 4/21/2013 8:02AM

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DOROTHYBERO 4/19/2013 7:53AM

    Awesome!

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GEMLADYONE 4/18/2013 11:03PM

    His designs are truly amazing!

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TURTLETALK 4/18/2013 6:18PM

    Beautiful picture!

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FLOB13 4/18/2013 1:41PM

    beautiful work, right! emoticon

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Apple tree

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


This is a picture of our granny smith apple. We planted this tree over 15 years ago and have really had a time nurturing it to the way it looks now. We are in an area that has lots of cedar trees that grow wild. We had had a terrible time with our apple and pear trees due to cedar blight. We finally resorted to cutting down our pear trees and other apple tree as they got so bad with the blight. This tree we have carefully cut off the limbs with blight and also would pull off any fruit for many years as the blight attacks through the blossoms down into the limb where the fruit is. I'm praying we won't have this happen this year as you can see how many blooms it has and if it attacks this year it may ruin this tree. Last few years we have been getting apples from it and enough to make apple sauce, apple butter, and apple jelly. We did do research and found some varieties of apples and pears that are supposed to be blight resistant so we have planted some of them but they are still so small yet that it will be years before they produce. But at least we can enjoy the blooms on this tree as long as it lasts and also the lovely smell they make. (they are kin to the rose family). We are in 80F temps this week but supposed to have storms tomorrow and then drop back down in the 30's one or 2 nights. Praying there is no frost or freeze. But looking at this tree I can relate it to myself. I have gradually trimmed out the things that were making me so unhealthy and today I can stand tall and proud that I'm much much healthier than before and hoping that my fruit produces..

  
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 4/19/2013 4:42AM

   

Let's hope the weather is kind to your fruit trees Barb

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GEMLADYONE 4/18/2013 11:13PM

    It looks lovely. Hopefully you'll not have frost or freeze, and get lots of apples!

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DOROTHYBERO 4/18/2013 7:37AM

    Beautiful!

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CONNIES-WAY 4/17/2013 5:35PM

    Beautiful tree. emoticon

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