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Any home canners here on Sparkpeople?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I finally had my husband put in a garden this year. It's been years since I last had a garden and I missed it. We put in acorn, zucchini and yellow squash, tomatoes (31 plants), green beans and onions.
We received some free cucumbers and onions the other day and I put up bread and butter pickles and put up some canned tomatoes. I'd forgotten how long you have to stay on your feet to can vegetables and I was tired ( and my feet, ankles and back were sore) after all the work. Canning might not be a typical workout but it is hard work and now that I've turned 50 it's going to take me awhile to get my strength back to where it use to be. I'm proud of what I accomplished, and the jars look so pretty.

It's 5.00 o'clock in the morning right now and I just got off of my treadmill and I'm feeling good about accomplishing my workout for the day. I hope today will be a good day for getting things done.

Here's to getting things done! emoticon

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CINDYKC2000 7/20/2014 12:48AM

    You go girl!

Don't can, but freeze a lot.

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1SPOOKIEDO 7/19/2014 8:45AM

    If the tomatoes produce well this year I will also be drying them and blending them into a powder for making tomato paste and sauce. emoticon

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68ANNE 7/19/2014 7:08AM

    I still have all my canning things just in case I move to a place where I can put in some veggies.

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EVIE4NOW 7/19/2014 6:28AM

  I used to can, now I freeze. It's so much easier, especially tomatoes. I just wash them and put them into plastic bags and freeze. When I want them, I take out however many I need and toss into a pot of boiling water for a couple minutes to peel the skin and walla, I am done. I don't have to wait for them to cool as they are still frozen inside and the peels cool fast. But, I have never had 31 plants to deal with either.

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GHOSTFLAMES 7/19/2014 6:19AM

    I WISH I WERE! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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All in the Family

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's always been hit or miss with exercise around here. I use to be pretty good with my exercise goals but the depression and anxiety I've been dealing with for over 20 years got out of control and I lost a lot of time with my family and with myself. Meaning that the good times slipped away and I was just. . . . here, for over a year. I lost interest in exercise, diet, friends, family and activities I liked doing.
Now with new medication (for about the last 6 months) I'm on the other side of that depression and feeling a lot better. Although I feel their is still a part of me that I lost along the way. Now I'm exercising again and making goals for myself. It feels good to have pieces of me back that I thought were gone. I've become leader (again) with a team that I've been involved with for a very long time. My hope is that by leading the team I will stick to my goals and finally win this battle of depression, anxiety and obesity ( I really don't like that word), with support from sparkfriends and teammates.

My husband and daughter have been on the SparkPeople site with me for quite a long time.
My husband was by my side as always during this last bout with depression and has I think, come out of the situation with a new found understanding on how bad this illness can get. You know tho, he doesn't complain when I can't do what I need to do, he encourages me instead and holds my hand through it all. He's a very good man. He never lets me down.

Anyway, we spend more time with each other now, less time in front of the television. He helps me fix the things in life that get me down and even does the laundry. Now he's also back on board with SparkPeople. He exercises with me and listens to my suggestions on exercise and diet. He does this without complaining (well, when he complains he's usually teasing), even tho I know he works very hard and is tired when he comes home.

My daughter has continued making strides on her goals and is losing weight. She doesn't exercise with me as much as she did at first but she does exercise and tries to watch her food portions.

All in all, right now things are good. I hope they stay that way. I really don't like the person I become or the person I lose when I'm depressed. That's all for now.

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DEEEBEE 11/15/2013 11:46PM

    You have been making good progress! Congratulations! Things are falling into place the way they should be.

Depression, anxiety...those health issues are fairly common, but they are not easy to deal with. It's so nice that your husband is such a good friend and is there to help you.

Best to you!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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SIRENNEA 11/14/2013 9:01PM

    Awesome you have support. Together we can build up the Indy team again I think.
Lets try and get some sort of walking group going again. What do you think? Seems like actually getting together is what had it going full force last time round.

I'm going to check into other teams and see if I can figure out what makes them "tick" or popular then maybe we can copy them lol!

Trac I lost my other phone that had your number in it, call my house when you get a chance. Ill be home tonight and then most of Saturday I think.


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PROUDNM1987 11/14/2013 7:32PM

    How wonderful that you have such support from your husband!! I also have a great husband who is very supportive although he does not exercise with me! But it is very helpful and I am glad to know things are going well for you!

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