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Sunday afternoon with family

Monday, May 07, 2012

Yesterday, Sunday, was a beautiful day, here in central New York. Warm, breezy and sunny.
So, the whole family decided to go to Onondaga Parkway...a park where there are walking/jogging trails, biking trails, playgrounds for all ages.
So after church we all met at the kid's playground, so the grandkids could go "wild".
My youngest grandchild, Asher, was asleep in the stroller, so I took advantage of his napping, and took him for a 2.25 mile walk. A way to get my exercise in for the day.
Here are some pictures of the family.....


My 2 year old granddaughter, Elaina, on the swings.


My 2 year old grandson, Levi, on the swings.


My 1 year old granddaughter, Evelynn, on the swings.


My little grandson, Asher.

Family shots....


My daughter's family


My son's family


My husband and I are truly blessed!!!!

  
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51MOLLY 7/10/2013 4:03PM

    Lovely family pictures! :)

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SANDEEB7 4/5/2013 11:32PM

    Lovely to see your family and to meet you. Be blessed. :D

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CANDOSUE52 9/9/2012 8:22AM

   
I love these photos! What a beautiful family you have. I know they are the apple of your eye and who can blame you!

I'm back to Sparkpeople after a long time away, hope we can be friends again!

blessings, Sue

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SAVINGHANNAH 8/4/2012 4:39PM

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JUDITH316 7/8/2012 11:50PM

    Yes, you are a blessed family, you have a lovely family, thanks for sharing the photo's of your son and family and daughter and family, your grandkids are precious! emoticon emoticon

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MYHANDS4GOD 6/13/2012 9:58AM

    What great pictures. I hope you have had more time with the family

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ZELLAZM 5/20/2012 8:27AM

    One week later and I hope you're having another lovely Sunday afternoon! The pictures of your family are so sweet - what a blessing to be all together to enjoy the park and the weather and each other!

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GOURMETLOSER 5/10/2012 5:29PM

    You are indeed blessed. They are beautiful. What a wonderful blessing.

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VISUALLYRICS 5/8/2012 11:23AM

    Love these wild lovely family pictures!! You look great! What a emoticon to be able to have energy to chase after grandchildren!! Praise the Lord!!

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MAMASUDS 5/7/2012 4:41PM

    Yes you are! Praise the Lord for your blessings and thank you so much for sharing them with us. It looks like you all had a wonderful afternoon.

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Sugar

Thursday, April 05, 2012

So I am blogging about sugar....

I grew up having dessert after dinner. A dessert in my lunchbox. Sweet cereals for breakfast...You know...Captain Crunch, Lucky Charms, Cheerios with sugar sprinkled on top.
Needless to say, sugar has been a big part of my life.

Well, I joined this 4 week challenge...Tame your sweet tooth. I am now writing about my cravings for sugar.
I tend to want sugar most when tired, which can be most of the time for me, since I never get an 8 hour rest unless it is drug induced. Usually around 2pm and 8pm are my worst times for wanting a sugary treat.

So my progress for this week for the most part has been good. I had a rice pudding on Tuesday...which actually tasted pretty awful. I've had a couple of mocha coffees... I probably won't ever drink my coffee without sugar or flavoring. But I am trying to cut back on my coffee intake also.
I am pleased that I was able to turn down a few desserts offered to me...that definitely is progress! I have a package of chocolate chip cookies sitting on my kitchen counter...they don't even appeal to me.

My next goal is to cut down on foods I eat, that have sugar in them already, such as granola bars, cereals, yogurts.

I already have notice a difference in the way I feel...not so sluggish, not craving the sugary foods as much. I am pleased with the small progress I am making.



I don't think that I will ever be a totally sugar free person...I think a treat once in awhile is good. But my goal is to replace sugary foods with healthy foods.


  
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PAMAPPLE 4/11/2012 10:49PM

    Once we break the cravings for sugar, our bodies adjust to eating healthier. You are doing great!!

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JUDIGIRL52 4/9/2012 7:56PM

    Great job! It's amazing how much satisfaction we can find without sugar, isn't it? I haven't done a complete sugar detox but with trying to fit in all of the good stuff, it has squeezed out the sugar and I now go days without sugar. Even when I have it, it is bite size portions and I'm happy. Amazing! I'm like you, I don't find a need to completely give up sugar but I love the freedom of not being obsessed with it. :)

You're going strong! Keep it up! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 4/7/2012 5:47AM

    WTG! May even help with your sleep patterns?



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GOURMETLOSER 4/6/2012 4:44PM

    Go girl!
You are doing amazingly. Proud of you....especially over the Easter egg season!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 4/6/2012 3:37AM

  Karen - emoticon emoticon I don't think I will ever be 100% sugar free either, and I agree a treat once in awhile is good. It's funny when you mention growing up with desserts after meals and eating the sugary cereals or adding sugar to them. I can still remember my gr grandmother always having a cake baked just in case company came. Remember Sugar Smacks? I used to eat that one as a kid and thinking about doing it now makes my teeth hurt just thinking about it! You have me considering joining the challenge ...

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EBLOOMING 4/6/2012 3:25AM

    Karen you are doing yourself a good thing. emoticonI went on a sugar fast for 21 days. It was not always easy as you probably notice too. What it did do was cut the craving, as I always wanted sweets, after meals, during the day, and now I can have control of when and where I allow them. As Laura said so well, the fresh fruits are so available, here in Oregon too. All that rain produces juicy fruits. emoticon emoticon emoticonElaine

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NOTGUNAFEELOLD 4/5/2012 7:03PM

    Great goal. Something I've thought about doing but not too seriously yet.

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VISUALLYRICS 4/5/2012 5:34PM

    emoticon Karen with your Progress! emoticon
To have those choc chip cookies staring at me ...ouch! emoticon
But look at you! emoticon You are a Progress Maker! ...no 2 things about it!

I am maintaining my "dessert free" lifestyle...as you know. My planned indulgence will be my birthday in June. I skip Easter & Mother's Day....but I won't feel deprived. Lol!
How could I with the plenteous amount of fresh swet fruit we have here in the Lone Star state.

emoticon ~ Laura

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Riding my new bike...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I am just going to start out saying...this was a big deal for me today!


First of all, I haven't rode a bike, since being a teenager...I am now 51 years old.
Second, I have never ridden a bike with hand brakes or gears. I always owned the "old fashioned" type of bike.
Third, my new bike is a road bike...lighter than any bike I have ever rode.

So, today being sunny and 60' ; my husband and I decided, to take a ride along Onondaga Lake. We ended up doing 13 miles, took us 64 minutes. Well, I know that is slow for most bikers, was slow for my husband...but I was very pleased with the time.
Not only were we fighting alot of head wind, but we were dodging other bikers, moms with strollers, little kids on bikes, joggers, dogs and skaters. So, I am very pleased.



Got to get more confident on sharp turns and stopping. We even did some sprints.
Overall, I enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next ride.

  
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51MOLLY 7/10/2013 4:04PM

    I enjoy bike riding too! Enjoy!

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JOYATLAST 12/3/2012 9:51PM

    Well, you said you wanted a bike!!! I am so happy for you. Can't wait to hear your stories. ;)

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NOTE2SELFDIY 3/22/2012 9:19PM

    it is nice to have someone to ride with, especially when there are emoticon chasing you. that's one of the main issues I have with riding on open roads. thankfully the hubby sacrifices himself for my safety! LOL!

he is happy though when he goes about 16.5mph for minutes beyond my imagination. i'm happy to go 10mph, so i understand going slow! happy Riding!!

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DONNA2238 3/22/2012 11:18AM

    Just getting caught up on all my spark friends. YAY for you and the bike. My hubby bought one last summer and I am getting one in a month or so so we will get to ride together! WOOT! Hope you are getting to enjoy biking more :0)!!

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SUNNY332 3/10/2012 4:25PM

    What fun...

So glad you enjoyed your ride.

Sunny

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ZELLAZM 3/10/2012 10:56AM

    What a great way to get a headstart on spring!

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HISTORYRUNNER 3/9/2012 10:01AM

    Sounds like so much fun, and so good for you in body and soul. Keep it up and enjoy the biking -- looks like you have lots of fun places to go. emoticon

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NOTGUNAFEELOLD 3/8/2012 7:45PM

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GOURMETLOSER 3/8/2012 2:15AM

    Tha is just great. Wwell done. SO pleased you enjoyed another form of outdoor exercise. Sounds like a great one for the summer.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 3/7/2012 11:08PM

    I am jealous. I want a new bike. however I am happy for you too. I think I am going to take my bike out on Saturday as it is supposed to be in the 60's I am hoping to make a 12 mile loop which should take me 70 minutes. I don't ride an ultra light road bike though. I have a moderate 7 speed cruiser.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/7/2012 10:30PM

    That is fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 3/7/2012 7:01PM

  Bike rides are fun! Love when we go out as a family. I ride my bike and DH rides his pulling our son behind. Soon enough he will be riding with us!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/7/2012 6:42PM

    Awesome! WTG..that doesn't sound slow to me. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 3/7/2012 4:15PM

    emoticon What an Outstanding day for a bike ride!
I love to ride bikes....we always did as a family. Now, I wish I had one. Lol!

and I hoped you logged every minute of that lovely ride here at SP! ~ Laura

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My Sabotages....

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Well, I've decided to share some of my bad eating habits!

I am not a salty snack person, but I am a sweet snacker. Not just any sweets, though. I am not an ice cream or cake or pie or candy snacker. There are only two exceptions to the previous sentence.....

M&M candies


and pumpkin pie


I like cookies, all types of cookies....My absolute favorite though, Chocolate Chip cookies!


Another big indulgence...are what I call "FooFoo coffees".


Last but not least, which I am ashamed to admit, that I eat, is brownie mix. This is a last resort, to finding no other chocolate, in the house! emoticon



So, why is it, that these, just seem to call out to me, on a daily basis? And it isn't like I just have one cookie or one piece of pie....I " have" to have more than one helping.
I've tried not buying them and not having them in the house...Yeah, well...that lasts about two days. Then I find myself driving through McDonald's ordering a frappe!
So much for self-control and will power!!!!

I would like to hear, how you deal with food temptations, and how you have victory, in the self-control / will power area.

  
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ZELLAZM 3/3/2012 6:44AM

    Keep trying - I agree with Laura, that the best way to stop is not to start. I have phases where I can eat just two cookies, or one of my homemade granola bars (healthy but sweet!) and others when I just KNOW that I can't have them in the house. So I don't buy them. I also fall into thought patterns sometimes that I know are not healthy. I don't think those struggles will ever be over completely - it's part of this life journey we're on to face temptations. But we do our best not to put the temptations in our own paths, right? Good weekend!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/1/2012 1:29PM

    Well, I have right here, next to me, my huge bottle of water. emoticonWhen I am tempted, USUALLY, the water will work. Sometimes, I give in, too. emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 3/1/2012 2:48AM

    Hmmmm
Doesn't cookie dough taste just as good if not better than the cooked alternative!
I am finding myself eating alot of sweet stuff at the moment. I really can't figure it. I'm eating more than normal. I wonder if I'm trying to replace sweets for my real craving...salty. I'm really fighting the desire to go out and buy potato crisps at the moment.I don't know how much longer I can last....meanshile, back on the farm, I'm eating every sweet thing in sight and eating too much of it. I still have some left over cookies that I'm gradually getting through but my real downfall at the moment is my homemade granola and yoghurt....but that's healthy you may say....not when I eat 2 cupfuls and smoother it under half my yoghurt mix. I finished it last night so who knows what equally poor choices I'll make tonight.
I wish I had the answers but I don't. Up until recently I would have said just don't start, brush your teeth, drink more water, all of which worked and worked well but now they are not doing it for me. The voice of conscience inside my head telling me to eat is drowning out the one telling me not to.
I'll keep looking for the responses to see if anyone can help the both of us on this. I'm hoping that it was just February being a bad month and things will turn around this month.

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NEWNAC304 2/29/2012 2:19PM

    I have the same problem with sweets. I've never eaten brownie mix before. I usually make my brownies from scratch (maybe that's a good thing?). I try not to have them in the house but when my husband asks for something I'll end up eating several cookies or brownies, or whatever. I haven't learned to eat my sweets in moderation. If you figure out how to do that, let me know.

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JUDIGIRL52 2/28/2012 10:29PM

    I laughed and moaned at this! Those pictures...I so relate! I, too, have eaten brownie mix before. What's up with that?? LOL

This time around, my sweet tooth has greatly diminished. As I've actively pursued adding 7 -9 servings of veggies and fruits to my food intake, I'm finding myself more full and now I crave fruit instead of chocolate all of the time. Go figure! Actually, I've been relying on the replacement principle found in the Scriptures. God never says only the negative. There is always something good to do instead of something we shouldn't do. With that, I'm replacing most of the gunk I used to eat with the good stuff. The longer I've done it, the more my cravings for those old things are disappearing.

I've been saving about 130 calories for the end of the day that I can "play" with. With that, if I am craving chocolate, I can eat 2 choco chip cookies or 2 oreos with 3 tbs of cool whip, or ...something like that. I put it on a plate or in a bowl and sit down, relax, and enjoy that little bit of chocolate with a big glass of water.

So far, so good.
Thanks for being transparent. We all think we do goofy things, then we discover that a lot of us do the same goofy stuff! ha! The Lord knows we are frail as dust, as the Psalmist says. Surely He will have mercy and grace for us as we boldly go before His Throne! Praying that you will find the suggestions or insight that you are seeking through responses to this blog and His Word.

You can do this through Him!
Judi emoticon

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 2/28/2012 6:02PM

  Hi Karen,

I personally struggled with eating sweet treats after putting our son down each night with my husband when we sat down to watch TV and "chill" for a bit before bed. It was when I did my Daniel Fast between Feb 6 and Feb 26 that I was finally able to change that. Eliminating sugar and processed things helped me to crave healthy foods instead of junk - we crave what we eat! I've also been reading and doing the Made To Crave study. Learning the truth behind us being made to crave God not food and what God has to say about food in the Bible is honestly what is keeping my flesh from indulging as I used to. That, and the progress that thanks to God I have made this month. I know I will still struggle as I am human and sometimes we want what we want. Now that I know differently it is helping to make those choices the exception, not the rule. Praying for you! Please let me know how else I can support you!

Judy

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VISUALLYRICS 2/28/2012 5:58PM

    Oh Karen! LOL!! I totally relate - it's tootsie roll midgies, choc chips and yes, you just had to post that Scrumptious pic of my Favorite cookie! LOL!! Yes, I too cannot...I repeat - Cannot eat just one.
So, I simply do NOT start. I cannot - or I am in for it. I know this and accept this about myself. I don't feel guilty. On the contrary, I am freed to create a Plan and stick to it.

I know you probably saw my blog ( 6 days ago, "confessions"...) I am on day 7 today of "No Sweets"....due to the sticky sweet fingers I have. I don't binge, BUT I seem to think I need a "little" something sweet after a meal DAILY! Help! Lol!

So what works for me, is weaning myself from "sweets"...meaning ALL desserts, and it takes 21 consecutive days to break a habit. I will break it - I have done it before. It is hard, but can be done. You go through sugar withdrawals the first week....but today I can honestly say, I am not struggling. Yay!

Karen, I love it that you blogged about this, and I KNOW you will find what works for you...you are an Overcomer, my friend!


emoticon Laura (((hugs)))

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My Motivators

Thursday, February 02, 2012


My Major Motivations.....This is a blog to post my motivators complete with pictures.


Personal Appearance: I want to:

•Firm up what I have...



Health & Fitness: I want to:

•Have more energy.


•Run or walk a 5k, marathon, triathlon or other race.




•Feel and be stronger
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Friends, Family and Social Life: I want to:

•Stick around to see my grandkids grow up. I want to be active with my grandchildren. Play ball with them, go hiking with them, be involved with the activities that they enjoy.

*Be more active with my spouse. We enjoy hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, biking, kayaking to name a few.


Everyday Signs and Situations: I want to:

•Be more confident in myself, with better self esteem.


•Relax around other people and be myself.

•Prove to myself that I can do it.



  
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ZELLAZM 3/3/2012 6:34AM

    This is a great blog post - have you printed it out, pictures and all, as a poster to hang up somewhere at home (on the fridge?)?

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DONNA2238 2/6/2012 7:20PM

    So encouraging!!! emoticon

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JOYATLAST 2/5/2012 8:48PM

    Yes You Can!!!!

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SUNNY332 2/4/2012 4:27PM

    Great post! Thanks so very much!

Sunny

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/3/2012 12:50PM

    Yes, I love your motivators, too! What a refreshing blog! Thank you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 2/3/2012 10:27AM

    I love your Motivators!
....Didn't Winnie the Pooh bear say: " You are stronger than you think....?"
Lol!!! I just love your thoughts, Karen..... such motivating pictures! Thanks!

My mother has asked me to walk/run a 5K with her someday.... I said,
"Mom...anything is possible!"

Fitness is so much FUN with family! emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 2/3/2012 7:20AM

    YAY. I believe in you. You can do this. I totally believe it. Not one skerrick of doubt in my mind!

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ZELLAZM 2/3/2012 5:02AM

    With those motivators behind you, you'll do great!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 2/3/2012 3:58AM

  Great motivations!!! emoticon emoticon

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DWERTZY1 2/2/2012 11:32PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing your motivation!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/2/2012 4:19PM

    DEAR Karen! GREAT motivators! Loved your blog--and GREAT pictures!!!! I love you, dearest!!!!

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