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My grapevine

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Good morning SparkPeople! I'm officially on vacation from my job and still got up before six! I'll probably do that every day on my vacation because I'll be at home all week preparing for a family reunion we are hosting.

I'm headed back outside to do yardwork. I thought I would share with you a couple pictures of my muscadine grapes. This vine is actually about 6 feet tall and about 5 feet wide. I may just have to get the recipe from mom how to preserve these grapes in jars.

Last year I didn't have any grapes but this year I took care of my vine and was blessed with these:



  
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CAROLJ35 6/13/2010 10:23AM

    Love those grapes, so pretty.
Two years ago we were given a whole box of muscadines and I canned them just like my mother used to can the purple Concords. Very simple to do.
Then in winter I drained and squeezed them for juice. Like it with ginger ale added as that gives me a memory of my childhood when my mother gave us a winter night's treat.

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CIERAPOET 6/12/2010 11:52PM

    Praise the Lord for your Blessed Hands! Everything that your hands touch shall prosper. You are a blessing. Take care of yourself during this fun vacation and remember to rest between all the activities you are planning. Don't run yourself ragged...don't need a vacation from your vacation! God bless you all and have lots of fun!!!
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TISSWEET 6/12/2010 4:46PM

    emoticon Looks good and yum!

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PHYNIXX 6/12/2010 12:55PM

    I wish I could find the time to grow fruits and vegetables. You have a green thumb!!

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SPARKLE1908 6/12/2010 12:26PM

    Those look delicious...good job on taking care of your grapevine....

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IUHRYTR 6/12/2010 9:52AM

    I've got this kind of grape vine on the back fence but it hasn't produced grapes in a few years. used to give us big plump ones. Any advice? emoticon -- Lou

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CAROKNITS 6/12/2010 9:12AM

    Fresh grapes ... yum! I hope the persevere until the harvest.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/12/2010 8:19AM

    Beautiful - we had vines when I was kid believe it or not in New England and they were sour as can be. We loved them and would stay out in fields spitting the seeds at each other! Thanks for bringing back some fun memories.

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MUSYCLAU 6/12/2010 7:58AM

    And I thought you had heard something through the grapevine. Very nice!

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Day 2 at the gym

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I walked 3 miles early this a.m. down at the beach. As long as the weather is decent and I have the time (I had today off) I will walk outside. I love actually going somewhere on land as opposed to stationery on the treadmill and it seems the time goes by and the miles rack up so much faster on land. Then I came home and did about 10 minutes of hooping.

I finished my gym orientation Saturday. I was assigned to several machines for strength and then did some cardio with DH by my side. I went back alone today when I thought it was a slow time. This is my first gym experience and I'm a little shy. I really want to get in some classes so I'll aim for 1 or 2 classes next week. I spent way too much time looking for the machines which I know will get much easier as time goes by. Then I did 20 minutes on the elliptical. Felt a little ridiculous on the elliptical because I have a big elliptical machine at home but of course each one is different. I just wanted to try it but in the future I'll probably use a bike or treadmill or the rowing machine - things I don't have at home. And I'll brush the dust off mine at home (haha). I haven't used it in a month of Sundays since I started C25K training. I need to get back to doing 10 minutes or so on my lunch break.

So that's my exercise for today. In all 2 hours 40 minutes. I just love my days off.

I plan to go straight to the gym after I get off the rest of the week at 2:30 or 3 when it is not too busy and I can get it done at a set time.

  
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NYARAMULA 6/3/2010 1:15AM

    Well done. I have never been much of a gym person, but the two times I tried it, I really enjoyed it. Enjoy the experience, I'm sure it will shake up your workouts quite a bit. I can't wait to hear about your results.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/2/2010 1:32PM

    emoticonYou make me tired from my workout all over again. . . .Is it nap time yet?! lol

God bless & keep pressing!

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AVONWITHJENN 6/2/2010 10:18AM

    That is just awesome! You are making me think of what I can do to keep myself active everyday. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/1/2010 10:15PM

    Yea for the effort! Keep up the good work. And don't forget to dust! emoticon -- Lou

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CAROLJ35 6/1/2010 9:04PM

    You make me feel lazy! I got in 50 minutes of outdoor walking and thought I was doing well. I want to get started with some strength training but haven't had a chance to do so. I do some at home with light weights, but don't know how to count as exercise.

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DCTALKS 6/1/2010 7:39PM

    You are such an inspiration! I don't like a treadmill, either. Would love walking on the beach. Good luck with the gym and congrats on trying something new!!!
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DCTALKS 6/1/2010 7:39PM

    You are such an inspiration! I don't like a treadmill, either. Would love walking on the beach. Good luck with the gym and congrats on trying something new!!!
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DCTALKS 6/1/2010 7:38PM

    You are such an inspiration! I don't like a treadmill, either. Would love walking on the beach. Good luck with the gym and congrats on trying something new!!!
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CARMELQUEEN63 6/1/2010 5:26PM

  What an accomplishment for day 2. Stay focused and keep your workout interesting. I know you'll be successful in accomplishing your goals. Good luck.

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STEPHYC32313 6/1/2010 5:24PM

    Way to go. Keep it up!!! emoticon

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My week in review

Friday, May 28, 2010

I joined a gym. It is just too hot here. I get up early to walk outside but sometimes it is a little too spooky at 6:00 a.m. And just too hot at 3 p.m. I went the other day just before dusk about three trillion flying insects were at the beach on my trip back to the car. LOL

I can now use a hula hoop. It is so much fun. I got the 3 pound weighted sports hoop.

I had a lot of pain in my leg so I haven't ran in almost two weeks (except for from the flying insects). I had an x-ray and it was just swollen.

I decided to use the complementary gym orientation so I'm on my way there.

Have a great holiday weekend! I'm working Saturday and Sunday but I'll be off Monday and Tuesday.

  
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LEROYJL 5/31/2010 1:38PM

  emoticon ON JOINING THE GYM. SINCE YOU HAD TROUBLE WITH THOSE FLYING INSECTS AND IT BEING SPOOKY SO EARLY IN THE MORNING I'M SURE THIS WAS YOUR BEST CHOICE. WISHING YOU GOOD SUCCESS ON YOUR GYM VENTURE! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 5/29/2010 12:21PM

    Glad you are being safe & take care of that leg! Don't make me come there! Although it would be so much fun to do. lol

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REGGIE2009 5/28/2010 11:58PM

    Enjoy the gym! I hope you have great two days off! Happy Memorial Day! Be blessed.
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KIMBEEJ16 5/28/2010 10:13PM

    Yes, heat, bugs, loose dogs...all reasons to love my treadmill! I still like walking outside, but the conditions have to be right. :)

I have one of those hula hoops too! So much easier to use than the light little kiddie ones. A good fun work out too!

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WALKWITME 5/28/2010 6:33PM

    Enjoy your Gym

I too had been going to the Center cause of the hot weather.

I'm off this weekend + Monday so I'll get out early with friends for a walk.

A gurl gotta do what a gurl gotta do....lol

Have a Safe Holiday weekend

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JANEDOE12345 5/28/2010 5:11PM

    Have fun at the gym, although you are missing great exercise when you run from the insects. emoticon
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JANEDOE12345 5/28/2010 5:11PM

    Have fun at the gym, although you are missing great exercise when you run from the insects. emoticon
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IUHRYTR 5/28/2010 5:07PM

    Enjoy the gym and the new friends you'll meet. -- Lou

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RANDOM00B 5/28/2010 4:53PM

    Congrats on joining a gym!

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My week in review

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I worked the weekend, on Mother's Day. It was a good day and I received recognition from my son, daughter and husband. This was a first for me! Usually one, two, but this is the first time for all three! A WOW! moment for me!

Today was my day off. I usually do my outdoor training early morning but I stayed in knowing I had all day. I decided I would not do the exercise class at the beach I often do on my day off because I was afraid it was too soon after I ate breakfast and though I might get cramps. I really was not in the mood to do the bootcamp type workout anyway.

Later in the morning the weather was breezy and I thought I would take a long walk and run down on my trail. The fitness instructor who does the exercise class was still there. I stopped to chat with him. He suggested again that I come to the extreme classes he gives at night. I've already decided I would stick to walking and running, these are things I like to do. I also like the elliptical and may even use a treadmill if I had access to one. My list can go on and on. I decided, however, I'm not interested in those heavy duty body conditioning machines he uses and his bootcamp style of training. Maybe in the future, after I run a marathon, but not right now.

So I continued on my walk/run intervals. When I got to the road, rather than turn around like I usually do, I decided to keep on going down the trail. Down the road a saw a welcome sign to another city. I CROSSED CITY LIMITS TODAY! That was a WOW! moment for me. I just had to blog. I'm learning each time to push myself a little further.

I also finally figured out how to synch my Nike +/Ipod workouts. In the past I've only been able to get step results but I joined a mileage challenge on the Nike+Ipod SparkTeam so I needed to get mileage results. Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out these tech things. So it recorded 3.61 miles. Nothing spectacular but the sun was out and the temp was climbing! I now know how to work it to obtain verbal cues of the goals I set. A third WOW! moment since I've been knowing I should be getting this info a couple months now...
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LIGHTHOUSE23 5/25/2010 2:01PM

    emoticon I'm impressed! Keep up the good work!!

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IUHRYTR 5/12/2010 4:17PM

    Isn't it a good feeling to push past old limits? Good for you! Keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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TISSWEET 5/11/2010 10:24PM

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CWYNN01 5/11/2010 7:22PM

    Sounds like a great day! Glad you really pushed yourself & made it to another city. Maybe you will be running to Tampa before you know it..LOL.. Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 5/11/2010 6:03PM

    I'm loving your "WOW" moments! I got a nice oriental lily from my husband & kids. Way to go on your walk/jog but when are you going to go in on the extreme classes? Let me know how that turns out.

God bless & happy Tuesday!

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My very strange morning run - what am I to do?

Monday, May 03, 2010

This morning I was excited to get out and run. I actually just started back Saturday after breaking several weeks when I got sick from seasonal allergy symptoms. I was so glad Saturday when I ran my first 5- minute run. Now it was still a little dark so I just ran up and down my block because there was light at each end. As it got lighter I would run around the block. I'm using the C25K program and in week 4 which is two 5 minute runs and two 3 minute runs. I don't know what happened but after my 5 minute warm-up walk I got a cue to start running for 3 minutes but my next cue said I was done and to do a 5 minute cool down walk. NO CUE TO STOP RUNNING IN BETWEEN! Sooooooo, I ENDED UP RUNNING THE WHOLE TIME.

I sensed it was something strange going on and I'm talking to my iPod saying "okay, where are my cool down cues!" I was determined to finish this training session so I kept going aside from a run back into my house for sweat towel! It was actually satisfying, my breathing was not bad and I felt good, not exhausted, after the run. NOW I KNOW I CAN RUN AT LEAST 20 MINUTES! WOO HOO!

I'll have to think about my next step. Do I finish the week 4 final session or do I just skip to the next week? What do you think SparkFriends?

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WALKWITME 5/8/2010 5:57AM

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I think you should continue week-4 session

that way it helps you in the long run.

Congrats! on a job well done

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BABY_GIRL69 5/5/2010 4:29PM

    Your body is your cue. Some times we have to do what it is in us.

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NYARAMULA 5/5/2010 7:29AM

    Go for it. You are defintely a runner. I am so proud of you.
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-PAULA 5/5/2010 7:12AM

    Thanks so much for your comments. I finished week 4 early this morning and will be advancing to week 5 on Friday.
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LIL-VIXEN 5/4/2010 11:31PM

    Go for it. You have come this far, don't give up now. Good luck.


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TISSWEET 5/3/2010 8:03PM

    Go 'head honey and run!!

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NURSE333 5/3/2010 2:37PM

    GO GIRL...I AM PROUD OF YOU, BUT I THINK YOU SHOULD STILL FOLLOW THE PLAN

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KEYTA165 5/3/2010 1:15PM

    GO RUNNER GO!!! THAT IS emoticon

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PATSDIARY 5/3/2010 10:24AM

    Wow! That is FANTASTIC! I think I would still follow the program - don't want to go too fast and injure yourself - like I did!! But you are doing fabulously!

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Patti

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COOKIE611 5/3/2010 10:17AM

    I'm doing the C25k too, and I was running for more then 30 mins before I got there, but I just kept following the plan. In fact I've been able to run for 6.26 miles, but I am still following the program, I find it comforting to have the program to fall on - especially days when I don't feel like running!

Keep up the good work!!

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PLUMPGIRLSKINNY 5/3/2010 9:42AM

    It's all about building consistency, stick with the program. Do not skip a week, if you feel like it is getting too easy for you then increase your pace and start running faster during the intervals. The key is to make your current progress more challenging.

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JCL129 5/3/2010 9:19AM

    Wow! That's great!


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BIKERCHICK74 5/3/2010 9:07AM

    YOU ARE A RUNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ya!!!

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JERIBERI1 5/3/2010 9:00AM

    Just listen to your body. Try moving on to next week. If you find it too difficult to continue like that, bump yourself back. You're doing great!

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SPIDERGIRL502 5/3/2010 8:53AM

    Wow, that's pretty awesome! I'm actually starting Week 4 this week, too, (a bit nervous about it) and this gives me hope! Congrats on the great run!!

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HEPKITTY 5/3/2010 8:35AM

    Woohoo!!!! You are amazing!!! Skip to next week, you're obviously capable! So much about running is mental, I think. And you know you can do even more so next week will be cake. The best kind of cake! ;)

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HOORAH7 5/3/2010 8:32AM

    Based on what you wrote I would say move on. Sounds like you enjoyed the longer run, great job.

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