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CoHP - DADA Fighting the weight-loss Boggart

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My boggart is my pantry where most of my snacks are located. To fight this boggart, I would think I should picture the worse thing in my pantry...like a giant emoticon, but it has to be something we can laugh at. That defeats my purpose of staying away from the pantry. If I can laugh at it, I'll be at the pantry door more often.

Maybe I'll have my dh put a giant picture of a emoticon inside, but then there goes my cereal.

I guess I'll have him put in on the snack shelf.

I like to organize that way....a cereal shelf, snack shelf, pasta/rice shelf, fruit shelf (containers of fruit in juice).

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DISPATCH91 7/29/2011 10:27AM

    that is an excellent idea.....hate spiders I am on the same page with Ron on that one LOL

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AIDELADE27 7/28/2011 11:56PM

    Man, if I saw that sneaky spider, I don't think I'd be able to eat ANYTHING after that! Good idea!

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-COURT- 7/28/2011 8:14PM

    You've got that right, especially if it is a large one, then my dh would be doing all the cooking because I wouldn't come within a room's length. That's what happened when I saw one in our laundry room. He had to do all the laundry for a few weeks.

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SUMMERSMILES1 7/28/2011 8:03PM

    I agree - my snack shelf is my temptation. I like the idea of a spider. Of course if I see I real one I wouldn't go back to my snack shelf.

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CoHP - Star Chart

Thursday, July 28, 2011

For my Challenge of Harry Potter team we have to write a blog, or post in our common room, what we see coming up in the near future--what types of obstacles I will face.

Actually, I don't have anything coming up. We may meet some friends at Golden Corral but I eat pretty fair there, healthier than at home. Right now, I'm in my binging phase. I want to snack all the time and not tracking. I want to keep my snacking to fruit, but fall over into some hot chocolate, wheat thins, banana chips and York Patties. eh!!!! {rolling eyes}

I've finally talked my dh into making our a weekly menu so we can use up the older food, we have a freezer full. Hopefully, that way I can stick to healthy snacking, if I just follow the menu in the evening instead of grabbing whatever I get my hands on first.

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DISPATCH91 7/29/2011 10:29AM

    That is a great plan. I don't know what is up I am also into the snacking phase.

Do you think someone hexed up emoticon

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SUMMERSMILES1 7/28/2011 8:09PM

    I am also doing a lot of snacking, not healthy fruits and veggies. Chocolate and sweets... yum! but not good for my body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 7/28/2011 6:17PM

    I am also doing a lot of snacking in the evenings but I head for the hot buttered popcorn. So I have to defeat this boggart for my health's sake.

You know WE CAN DO IT.

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I wish I could play an instrument

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I never took any instruments in school or choir, so I would be able to read notes. I want to play my keyboard and recorder just for fun.

Once my cousin and I took a 4-week course on playing the keyboard, it was called 'Learn 4 Songs in 4 weeks'. That is all we learnt too. The notes in the book had the letter of the note within the graft, so I didn't even have to try to read what note it represented. EGBDF & FACE.

I've been practicing and got some books and tapes from the library.

Maybe if I learn Happy Birthday and Jingle Bells, I'll be doing something.

Any ideas what is the easiest instrument to learn? I once had a guitar but sold it.

Do you know how to play an instrument?

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AIMMICEM 7/28/2011 10:35PM

    I played a clarinet in middle school. I loved it. In high school I was playing the bass clarinet and I felll in love with the rich deep sound. But I was to self conscious in band that I quit after my freshman year. I so regret that now. My youngest plays the clarinet and there are time when I want to play it again, emoticon

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-COURT- 7/22/2011 9:37PM

    Judy, I'll check for those books and Annie I've never heard of a flutophone. I'll have to look it up to see what it looks like. I had a guitar once but didn't get anywhere with it. Maybe I should buy a childs guitar, might be easier to strum.

I did find some of the sites online and copy/ pasted them to keep by the piano to practice. I'm going to try the Do Re Mi song from Sound of Music.

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QUILTINGB52 7/22/2011 4:09PM

    As a child, I played a Flutophone....a cheap plastic horn that you could actually recognize the songs. It entertained me for many years.

I also took piano lessons as a child & while I don't own a piano, I could probably sit down & play at least the top part of any song (both hands are a big trickier).

I learned to play the guitar on my own...for my own enjoyment.

Now I have a keyboard I can plug into my computer & while it doesn't have the full range of a piano, there are enough notes to carry a tune and keeps me happy.

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ANGORA4 7/22/2011 1:47PM

    They make wonderful 'learn to play' beginners books for children. We have the recorder and book sets, still under $10. No, not the best tone, but it works and you're doing this for you, for fun. You can always move up to a fancier one if you want.

They make great ones for piano and guitar as well. Follow step by step, one note at a time, and all are easy. I think you'll find Mel Bay beginner books at any music store or online.

One note at a time, until you recognize it, then another, and another. . .pretty soon, they'll all be friends. You can do this! I didn't learn guitar or recorder until my 'old age', you can do this!

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-COURT- 7/19/2011 10:38PM

    Thanks for all the advise. and sites. I'm amazed at how people can read those notes on so fast to play them. What I have shows the letters. I would like to learn to read music, but I will practice with what I've got.

I managed to find Chop Sticks and can play part of it on the piano, just not the fast part at the end. Can't figure that out.

I found that my recorder is the German record and doesn't have the best tone. I'm not sure how it differs from the English recorder.

Thanks again for the advise and your support.

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HAWKINS324 7/19/2011 5:26PM

  I have played the clarinet since the 4th grade. I am now 25 and just recently graduated OSU. I never thought I would go to college or play my instrument past high school. It was a fun experience being able to play in OSU's athletic band. Treble clef is not that hard. Although I am biased being a clarinetist. I would suggest trying to take lessons again from a college student or someone who is familiar with music but does not charge a fortune. :) Good luck!

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BATMANSPIMP 7/19/2011 2:55PM

    I've played trombone for...oh, about ten years now. It's a fun instrument, but I think my favorite is the piano. You can play ANYTHING on the piano and it'll sound great. Well, as long as you're playing it right, and your piano is in tune, haha. Whether you want to play jazz, classical, ominous Gothic music, it all sounds great. And, you can really teach yourself; that's how I started. Just pick up a beginners book and get a keyboard (you probably wouldn't even need a full-sized one until later on) and start learning!

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SEANDA 7/19/2011 2:49PM

    Oh there are so many good programs for you to teach yourself how to play!!! You can DO this!! Piano and guitar are probably the most accessible but there are many options! I have taught my children piano, as it is a good basic instrument and good way to learn how to read music... but now my daughter is teaching herself how to play guitar using books and video lessons. Many people are self taught and go FAR. GO COURTI!

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FLACA_CHIQUITA 7/19/2011 1:46PM

    I play the cello and piano (my boyfriend plays the saxophone but I can't even blow a note out of that thing)

The cello is actually pretty simple. I truthfully can't read notes I just know what each note means, pretty weird, huh? But buying a cello is just so pricey that I can't play anymore :(
But the piano is easy too!

With whatever you pick, just start off with beginners and work your way up from tere. You can do any instrument you want! :)

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WORDLILY 7/19/2011 1:24PM

    I took piano when I was a kid. I wish I was just a little better than I am. As it is, we got rid of our piano in the last year; I didn't have time to play it and it was too big for our house.

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KITTZZZ 7/19/2011 1:09PM

    I think that the piano is probably the easiest for learning simple songs. Play whatever your are interested in the most though.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/19/2011 12:40PM

    I took piano lessons as a kid and wish I had continued with them. I've tried to pick it up again as an adult but never follow through.

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1TRULYBLESSED 7/19/2011 12:26PM

    I was a music major in college, and played the bassoon & contrabassoon professionally -- but, I definitely don't recommend taking up THOSE instruments! My son learned to play piano by watching YouTube videos; they show the player's hands as he plays the song, and talk you through it. Here's one example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VqL
isQybwI. Look around and find some that work for you, and have fun!
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

This isn't a blog. I'm just checking on these links, but enjoy them. It's Australia.





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ANGORA4 7/15/2011 7:38PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SEANDA 7/14/2011 7:57PM

    Oh Courti!!! Your virtual trip is LOVELY!!!! If I were not in virtual Disneyland at the moment I would be dying with envy.. but as it is.. I am only a BIT green. :) Enjoy the trip AND the Journey, Mochas!

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CoHP - Summer Term - Short & Long Term Goals

Monday, July 11, 2011

My goals aren't much, just to get skinny again. I did this 2-3 years ago, but fell off the wagon and had to give up my exercise routine, etc.

My long term goal is to have thin thighs, no bat wings, no that isn't going to happen, so just to have thinner arms than what I have now.

Short to eat at least 3 freggies a day, do my 50s. (50 crunches/50 bicep & triceps/ 50 hips/50 squats & calves) and daily cardio.

I know you aren't suppose to do the same muscles everyday, but look at the workmen, they do just that. I figure doing 50 won't hurt.

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NIMAWEYGH 7/13/2011 9:27PM

    Courti it sounds reasonable to me. And when you set some goals for yourself you tend to do your best to keep them.

emoticon you determined little hobbit you. emoticon

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