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I'm pleased with the progress I've been making on changing life habits. Giving up things and doing new things is a challenge to me since I'm so used to doing things out of habit. I'm finally looking at changes as being in my best interest especially on an emotional level, not just the intellectual level. I have much less feelings of deprivation, and my new changes are turning into habits. Now they are things I want and need, not just hoped for. I'm also really embracing the concepts of one step ...
I'm pleased with the progress I've been making on changing life habits. Giving up things and doing new things is a challenge to me since I'm so used to doing things out of habit. I'm finally looking at changes as being in my best interest especially on an emotional level, not just the intellectual level. I have much less feelings of deprivation, and my new changes are turning into habits. Now they are things I want and need, not just hoped for. I'm also really embracing the concepts of one step built on another, baby steps are progress, and no time limit- only progress. I've decided mistakes are made only to educate me and are only a sidestep, not a change in direction. The more I learn about health the easier it is to make choices.
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Member Since: 9/25/2009

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My Goals:
My goal is to lose about 80 lbs., and re-set my metabolism. I'm learning how to cleanse my system to renew my gut health, which I believe is the main avenue to health for me.

My Program:
I've stopped eating and do my best to avoid tomatoes, potatoes, and especially peppers because they cause an inflammatory response in my body. I've stopped drinking alcohol and pop. I'm using more fresh food and only rarely do fast food. I'm using herbs, spices, teas, and vitamins I'm also drinking more water and exercise by walking with my dog and riding my bike.

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I'm from Washington State and my name is Eileen. I'm married and have two grown sons. My husband and I are caregivers for my youngest son. (He's disabled).

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I like to bead (bead weaving and jewelry making), gardening, hiking and camping, to go fishing and to keep fish, (I have a 20 gal. freshwater tank). I love to read, sew, and cross stitch. I adore interior design. I enjoy going to garage and estate sales. I love to travel.

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LIVEDAILY
8/23/2015 3:19:43 PM

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CLUMBOY
8/21/2015 7:06:43 AM

hi! i never thought about using the leaf blower in the henhouse! great idea!!!! we have to build a new larger house for our current girls--since there are 16 of them--i think we will keep that in mind when we design it. have a terrific friday!



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CLUMBOY
8/20/2015 7:33:47 AM

hi there--hope today is a wonderful one! ankle is slowly healing--I just need to be patient and not go out and dig out a whole row of plants on it right away! have a great Thursday!



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CLUMBOY
8/17/2015 6:53:21 AM

hi! hope you had a very nice weekend. have a good Monday too!



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CLUMBOY
8/12/2015 8:00:14 AM

hi! been away for a few days. as to the daylilies--trait inheritance varies and to keep a trait you can do one of two things---either outcross and pay attention to which traits pass on the most readily (eyezones for example are very dominant) and keep outcrossing with parents that share the same desirable characteristic. I cross for late flowering, height, branching and budcount in that order. as your gene pool develops you begin to see your desired characteristics show up more prominently in succeeding generations. sometimes I get a really pretty flower that lacks these other traits--sometimes it goes to the composter, but if I have a good plant that I think will improve on the plant, I will cross it that way.
the other way to fix a characteristic is to line breed or inbreed. that involes crossing the plant with itself, or with other plants of the same exact lineage (usually in daylilies you will start several seeds from a single pod--these plants are all siblings, and to cross them together is called "sib crossing" (how imaginative). crossing in this way has the potential to fix or exaggerate a characteristic. it also has the potential to magnify a weakness--for example if two siblings carry a recessive gene for crown rot, a baby from a cross of these two could result in a double recessive condition where the plant carries two copies of the crown rot condition and the plant will never thrive, but will simply rot away.
I don't do a lot of sib crossing, but I work with some plants that are highly inbred themselves. usually if these plants are outcrossed it results in a phenomenon called hybrid vigor, where the recessive traits that make a weak plant are suddenly broken, and a baby with a great deal more vigor than the parent results.
I don't bring a lot of newly purchased plants into my lines--I have enough diversity to work with here--and for the most parts I work with babies I have bred because they show the traits I am working towards and combining them moves me closer to my goals. this year I did buy in several new ones from one breeder because I like his plants and understand his breeding lines. its the first group of new plants of any size that I have brought in in several years.
hope that's not too confusing--takes many years to figure this stuff all out--mostly observation is the best teacher.
have a lovely day!

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