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Don't eat less....move more!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Cutting calories can result in weight loss, but it may happen more slowly than if you reduce your calorie intake and burn more calories through exercise. Incorporating exercise can also allow you to eat more calories and still lose weight. Relying on cutting calories alone means you have to cut out A LOT in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week. "

I found this info on a blog entry that I read this evening. It raises the good point that upping our activity levels is much more sensible than trying to keep cutting back and cutting back on our food intake. I love food and love to eat, so that is NOT an easy route for me.

Now, how to get that more movement incorporated into my day each day, each week? I tend to be more inclined to sit and read or whatever than to get up and go even though I know it makes me feel better to be moving.

  
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RASCALSMOMMA 10/24/2010 12:37PM

    I was talking to a sister who never sits (except at work) and I suggested since everyone else is at their "cigarette break" why not take those 15 mins and do something healthy like walking or what SparkGuy did the 10 mins Fitness thing. She kinda liked that Idea. I also asked if she'd ever sat on a stability ball THAT WORKS. cuz you are keeping abs engaged and back straight. She wants to try it!! LOL. Hugs to you m'dear

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 10/11/2010 9:02AM

    Asta, I'm still learning to make the time for such things in my life too. Such a frustrating challenge it can be!!! One idea working for me lately is to make short stops on the gazelle throughout the day. I know it sounds nuts but there's something good about it!

It is like you said - upping our activity levels is much more sensible. :)

Let's be more sensible! lol

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/11/2010 1:55AM

    Asta, that is so true, we do have a tendancy to read, crochet or what ever. I have found that by trying to stick to my low for calories, switching the order of the exercises I do at the gym as well as the others mentioned, I can manage to drop a pound or so a month all while battling a bunch of health issues. For me, a pound or 2 a month is great. When you find the way that works for you, you need to stick with it till it no longer works. emoticon

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RENA1965 10/10/2010 11:48PM

    emoticonthoughts wish more people would think this way..

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BOOKWERME 10/10/2010 11:05PM

    Thanks...already do those...at least sometimes.

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 10/10/2010 10:53PM

    When you go to the store park as FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN from the door. Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Those two things will get you started.

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What next? One of THOSE days!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This morning, I headed out the door just before seven a.m. to take my car for two new tires and an alignment. I ended up needing four new tires...but I had thought that might happen and was prepared. OK. My ride should have been there any minute, but unknown to me, she had fallen back to sleep. She and the kids arrived at nine...and by then I was HUNGRY...our plans had been for me to take them to breakfast. Ok...late, but OK.

After breakfast we went shopping for a little while, hoping the car would be done and that would save us a trip back to town for pick up. It was a bit of a challenge with a three yr old terrified of a toy gorilla somewhere in there, and a 9 yr old doing the "look at this" with everything from clothing to groceries. We got home at noon.

At home, there was a notice from the electric company that they will soon be trimming or removing the trees they have marked along the right of way. OH NO! Last time they did that, they left devastation that took us weeks to clean up! One tree marked for trimming is one of my husband's and son's favorites...a paulownia (Princess tree). Oh dear.

While my DIL and I were standing on the porch talking about the trees, a huge commotion broke out among the chickens...when we turned to see, Dianna spotted a coyote right up in the yard in hot pursuit of my poor hens and rooster! She yelled for a gun...I headed towards the coyote...I spotted it standing in the woods peering back at me. I yelled at it and it left on the run...a beautiful specimen...but unfortunately, one interested in my chickens (free range flock). Now my DIL is totally freaked out, worrying about her small children and the pets they have at their house adjacent to mine.

THEN, I got the call from the automotive place...I need two tie rod ends replaced. EEK! What next?

Finally, I had to call my DH to OK the expenditures for the extra work on the van...and tell him all the events of the day.

We are home now. DH got home early enough to take me to pick up the van. DIL and DH and DS are in the driveway talking about the trees and the coyote. We have a friend who is an arborist..so he will come and trim the trees for us...and hopefully that will protect the special one...and satisfy the electric company, too.

It is only five pm. Wonder what else lies in store for me today?

  
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RASCALSMOMMA 10/24/2010 12:31PM

    I need to catch up on you girl! Off to read! Hugs Laurie

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KVANCLEAVE 9/29/2010 10:41AM

    Sorry your day was so chaotic, and expensive. I really dislike those kind of days. Hope today goes ever so much better for you! And I hope the arborist is able to keep them from hurting the tree your family loves.
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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/29/2010 12:44AM

    Wow and double wow!

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BOOKWERME 9/28/2010 10:23PM

    The rest of the day went peacefully. For that I am grateful. emoticon

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SUNNYDAZE9 9/28/2010 10:21PM

    That certainly was a day! Thank you for sharing.

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Evening visitors.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Not long ago I found a very tiny tree frog on the window of my van in the early morning hrs. I photographed it, and soon it took off. The other night, I was reading and looked up to see a tiny tree frog INSIDE my window:




Then this evening, while I was mowing, I looked up to see a very scraggly looking opossum wandering around within just a few feet of the lawnmower. I ran in for my camera. Just at the camera finally came on, the dog spotted the opossum and immediately grabbed it...which of course, led to the "play dead" scene. Daisy the dog finally got bored and left, and by then I was back mowing when 'possum finally wandered off, bumping into things as it made its way to safety under our storage shed.




"dead" 'possum

  
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CASJ57 8/6/2010 11:17PM

    You post the best stuff!

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PURPLEALLEYCAT 8/4/2010 1:32AM

    Asta those things are so ugly here in CA and in Tenn...they scare me everytime I see them. We have one in our neighborhood and he will walk on the back yard fence every once in awhile. I always hope that he keeps going.

Thanks for sharing.

Janene

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RASCALSMOMMA 8/4/2010 12:12AM

    I saw a 'possum once; on the sidewalk in front of the school (its across the street from an "outdoor lab". It was "dead" too. To be sure, I made a mental note of the site and when I came back, sure enough, it was gone!!

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SUNNYDAZE9 8/3/2010 10:19PM

    I love your story and your pictures. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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Finished the quilt project.

Friday, July 23, 2010

I always underestimate the time required for things like this. AND I seem to always find something that gives me a hard time, thus prolonging the project.

BUT the quilt is finished and looks just lovely. We made a label for the back as well to document it. The baby is due Monday. Now, let's see if I can show you:


The quilt label


Quilt showing front, back and label.


Quilt and quilt maker.

  
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BOOKYETI 8/3/2010 2:12PM

    Lovely work! :) You must be so proud!

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ARIZONAROSE 8/2/2010 4:45PM

    You and Eese did a beautiful job!

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YIDDLE 7/25/2010 6:21PM

    Asta
Lovely, and maybe you have encouraged your daughter to try again. Quilting is so rewarding. She seems pleased with a gorgeous first timer quilt.

Great job for both of you lovely ladies. Way to go.
Jean

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VELLAEH 7/25/2010 8:22AM

    Very nice, and it's always fun to work together emoticon

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BEVPRESLEY 7/25/2010 8:10AM

    Oh, it was well worth the wait. I love it. Black and white are becoming my favorite colors for quilts.

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KVANCLEAVE 7/25/2010 12:07AM

    It is just lovely! You guys did a great job. That will a very appreciated gift indeed. emoticon

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CASJ57 7/24/2010 6:49PM

    It's beautiful! And I am so impressed - a quilt finished BEFORE the baby is born, woohoo!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/24/2010 12:24AM

    It's just beautiful, they are going to love it.

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COOLCALLALILY 7/23/2010 10:47PM

    THANK YOU for your help, Mom!!! I love you! emoticon I'm planning to give it to her on Sunday!

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BOOKWERME 7/23/2010 10:37PM

    Thanks..most of what I did is not particularly visible....the quilting stitches are "in the ditch" and the binding application is more like a frame on the picture she made with the quilt design.

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RASCALSMOMMA 7/23/2010 10:16PM

    You did a great Job Asta.

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Quilting today

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I know, it is not food and diet and exercise related...again.

My daughter got inspired to make a quilt for her dear friend's new baby who is due next week. DD visited her aunt and cousin who own/work at Over the Rainbow which is an online quilt shop. When visiting and exposed to a super quilter (cousin) and all that fabric..a whole warehouse full...how could she NOT want to make a quilt.

Tuesday she brought me the quilt for help with getting it quilted. This was NOT a project I had intended to get involved with...but you know how things go. We prepared the "sandwich". We called my mentor for advice...and ran out of time. Yesterday I began the quilting and today, finished that part. Next is to prepare and make the binding. I hope to get that done tomorrow morning.

Here are pics of just the quilt top. My daughter did a gorgeous job of piecing..she is not an experienced seamstress or quilter, but she IS meticulous.



  
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MARIE4950 7/23/2010 12:43PM

    emoticon I cannot do this and happy to see others achieve this craft and beauty.

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BOOKWERME 7/23/2010 11:04AM

    I'd like that. She has a great eye for what goes together.

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YIDDLE 7/23/2010 10:31AM

    Great job, especially for a first quilt. She may just get hooked. emoticon

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JNPRGR8T 7/23/2010 9:08AM

  beautiful

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BOOKWERME 7/22/2010 10:39PM

    Baby's room is decorated in sage green, I am told. DD said this is not exactly the right green, but she liked it.
Binding will be that green.

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HONEYDRIPPER 7/22/2010 10:23PM

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LEFTSOX 7/22/2010 9:48PM

    I love that it is not typical baby colors! Who ever said a baby had to sleep in a pink or yellow or lt blue room! She did a very very good job and the funnest part is when she gets a photo of the baby sleeping under it!!!

Jenn

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/22/2010 9:28PM

    Nice job. It's going to be beautiful when you get it finished. emoticon

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