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Sunshine and outdoor work (and workout!)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Last Thursday night, we had a whopper of a storm come through. Today, is just beautiful outside, and calling for outside activites. SO...storm clean up, yard work and firewood are the order of the day.

My first job was cleaning the clogged was blocked by some good size sticks and lots of leaves:

This is the other side of the driveway...the water that had gotten through/across had really flowed hard through here:

The now open culvert:

And the results of some of my raking and cleaning efforts (large pile is what came out of the drainage ditch)

Then on to help with the wood cutting. An old dead tree lost a large limb during the storm. DH decided to cut that up and another dead tree nearby. Here is what we started with.

And then the results of our efforts:

Following all that, I tackled a stick pickup in the yard:

and then added even more:

THEN...I decided to clean up the flower beds in the garden...this is the mess I began with. I forgot to take an "after" photo! By then DH, DS and DGS had all joined me. We left the garden together to go plant a rose bush for my daughter-in-law.

All in all, I spent hours outside with lots of bending and stretching, raking and lifting logs...all of which is good exercise! Yea!!!


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LOVE2WALK1 2/27/2011 2:22PM

    yay for exercise that has such great results!

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BOOKWERME 2/27/2011 10:52AM

    Celeste', when we first moved out here, some of the farm had been bulldozed (including all the perimeter fencing!!) to prepare for the auction...everything else was overgrown with about ten yrs of neglect. The house was in such rough shape that one contractor told Bruce, the best thing you could do is light a match to it. We didn't agree, obviously! It may not have been the best economic choice, but it was a great place to raise a family.

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CELEST 2/27/2011 10:41AM

    That is satisfying work (by my standards anyway). I love outdoors and any work that comes with it and you sure had a good dose of that and got it done.
I love the pictures and I LOVE your home.
Your pictures remind me of when my folks bought their first small holding. It was full of dead black wattles which we had to take down, cut up and roots had to be removed to create camps for the horses. We tumbled into bed most nights exhausted beyond measure....but it was a good way to raise kids and keep em busy.

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LOVINGMYSELF101 2/26/2011 11:39PM

    That is a lot of work! Your house looks similar, the area and yard, culvert, how the road is, to many many of the areas down here in Shell Knob! So beautiful! Hope you don't feel too sore!

(((HUGS)) -Rose

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BOOKWERME 2/26/2011 9:24PM

    Then we had a dose of grandchildren..first the one from next door on one side..then the two from up the hill on the other side. THEN I sat still too involved in a National Geographic movie...and I think everything stiffened into place. LOL Oh dear...I definitely am getting older! emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/26/2011 7:10PM

    way to go on ambition and fitness minutes!! Good job Asta. HUGS Laurie

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/26/2011 5:17PM

    Wow, lots of fresh air, sunshine and work. Makes for a great day emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Daffodil day

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 20th

the tulips are coming up!

First visible buds on the daffodils..pic taken early morning.

And then that afternoon:

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CASJ57 2/22/2011 10:37AM

    Happy day! emoticon

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HODGESLOVE 2/22/2011 1:59AM

  I love this time of year when everything is blooming...
All that beauty takes away my winter blues... emoticon

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BOOKWERME 2/21/2011 9:03PM

    OK by me, Laurie! emoticon emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/21/2011 9:02PM

    LETS Flood the world with Spring!! HUGS,,

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BOOKWERME 2/21/2011 6:49PM

    I admit, I was pretty surprised to see buds..and REALLY surprised when they opened the same day! emoticon I am eager for spring and summer flowers!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2011 6:48PM

    Wow, mine are up but not open yet emoticon thanks for sharing their beauty.

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CELEST 2/21/2011 4:14PM

    Daffodils are such perky happy flowers....I love them!

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FELIXC 2/21/2011 4:08PM

    Yay! Looks like Spring has sprung!

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Could it be....IT IS!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wish I had a digital it appears that I am firmly down 2.5 only "counting" two since my scale is not digital. BUT, I am delighted and perhaps will finally get this flab moving off me. So for today, YEA ME! emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 2/23/2011 6:51PM

    Yeah for you!!! That's fantastic news!!!
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HODGESLOVE 2/22/2011 2:01AM

  I am so proud of you.....
You are looking good Asta..
I am so glad that we are on this journey together.
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CINA-MINI 2/21/2011 4:01PM

    That is GREAT news!
Yay for you!!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2011 2:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yes, it is working!

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BOOKWERME 2/21/2011 2:19PM

    LOL..Laurie...I will definitely have to be DETERMINED if I ever want to be FIRM! emoticon

Thank you all for your encouragement. The hardest stuff is yet ahead.

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LOVE2WALK1 2/21/2011 1:50PM

    My incredible's working, it's working!!!!!!!!

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BBGYRL4 2/21/2011 1:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonThat's awesome Asta, keep it up!!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/21/2011 9:36AM

    HUGS! and Remember the other measures of your life are just as important. Number one how you FEEL. Your comments say that you are doing emoticon in that regard. Same with your friendship! You WILL get there Asta. Be "Firm and determined!" MANY---hang on.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 2/21/2011 9:25AM

    emoticon emoticon....and you did do it! emoticon

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KRMFREEONE 2/21/2011 9:17AM

    Yea you! emoticon

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Sudden Knowledge

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Received this in an email...don't know author. Sure is cute!

Since it is so hard to read, here is the text:

At last I know why I've got fat hips!
When taking a shower I often use the rest of my shampoo to lather myself.
Well, yesterday, I read what was written on the bottle:
"For extra volume and body"! WHAT A SHOCK

No wonder it is so difficult to keep my weight under control.
As from now I will use dish-washing liquid for showering - it
claims: "Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove"!

Maybe you have a similar problem?

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MARIE4950 2/21/2011 11:27AM

    WELL NO WONDER !!!! I have always bought the full volume shampoo and conditioners. hump!

Nice One!!
Have a great day. emoticon

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CELEST 2/21/2011 5:01AM

    And to think the diet companies have made millions and thats all it is! Hurrumph, could have saved myself a small fortune just changing my shampoo emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/21/2011 1:25AM

    Boy, do I ever emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/20/2011 9:08PM

    Congrats Asta! You may have hit on something!!! HUGS! Laurie

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GAMOMMY3 2/20/2011 8:45PM

    Ah ha!!! I knew there had to be a solution! emoticon

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TIGGER2908 2/20/2011 8:35PM

    Hilarious! Thanks for making my day.

Karen emoticon

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Could it be...?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I have been on Sparks for nearly four years!!! I find that astounding. I also am still pretty close to the same weight I was when I started! I have actually lost 17 lbs, but some of that is gaining and losing the same few. Not too long ago I was up several pounds and they weren't retreating. I finally decided to try to kick things up and felt I had to reset my trackers. I was not pleased...especially as I see so many who have lost literally hundreds of pounds in much less time.

So, what have I accomplished other than making some WONDERFUL friends here? (FRIENDS have been the BEST part of this journey!!!)

When I started I was living a sedentary lifestyle. I could tell I was not exercising enough and knew I wasn't eating very well. My blood sugars were gradually climbing and my Dr. was wanting to add more prescriptions to try to help me. I resisted.

A friend, in an effort to motivate herself and others, issued a walk a mile a day challenge for one month. I could do that...and I did. Knowing what I know now, I think that challenge probably saved my life. I hadn't started trying to fix things soon enough and ended up with two stents in my heart that Fall.

NOW I am exercising daily...some days more than others but something EVERY day! I have learned where my diet was really a mess and how many extra calories I was consuming each day...sometimes just with mindless munching. I realized that the things I was doing still, despite much improved health, weren't getting me the desired results so I felt I had to kick things up.

I had to add more variety to my workouts..and make them longer. Still, the scale just sat there. I keep tweaking my diet...trying to adjust it for better choices and to fulfill the dietary requirements for good health. Tweak, Tweak, Tweak. Still, the scale just sat there.

I decided to join the 8 week Diabetes Challenge. More exercise...more tweaking and logging. Week one...week two...week three...still no change. Blood sugars are dipping a little..but not enough yet.

I had a Dr app't to renew my two Rx. I honestly could tell him I FEEL TERRIFIC! But still the scale mocks me.

I am now nearly to the end of week four on the challenge. I still have room for improvements. I know my clothing is fitting differently though the measurements belie that. I KNOW I feel good...really good.

My "official" weigh in day is Monday..but this morning...could it be? finally? Did the scale give in on this battle and nudge...two pounds...maybe?

I've lost these two before...and didn't manage to stay put. This HAS to stop. BE GONE!!! Could it be...this time? We will see Monday!

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CINA-MINI 2/21/2011 3:55PM

    Asta, That is wonderful that you are FEELING great! The scale is a terrible thing! It seems my scale was on the "blink". It said I was up 7 pounds! The next day, I was back down to "normal". The next day, my scale kept saying "err 01". I just bought another scale. It's analog. It LIES!!! lol

Hugs to you!

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LOVE2WALK1 2/20/2011 2:02PM

    I know my scale does just go up and down, not just down. But, just like you we are healthier and blessed to have met and come to know our dear Sparkfriends. I think you are amazing!

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RASCALSMOMMA 2/19/2011 11:56PM

    It takes time. Some make drastic changes and lose a ton and then revert back to the old way. Some take baby steps to ge t where they are but wherever they are they KNOW its a good place. YOU are in the good place. You may hav ework to do and changes to make but one thing is you are WILLING to make them and two you are ABLE to TRY! Many hugs Laurie

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/19/2011 3:52PM

    Asta, I know what you mean. I was sedentary too, not exercising except house and yard work.

I haven't had the heart issues though and I am so glad of that. As a matter of fact, my tests say it is in great shape along with my kidneys, lungs and liver. I was afraid about the liver because of the daily meds for the FMS pain.

Oh the munching. And always chips or the like! The last month, I've been doing the 2 pound thing too. I just need to pull up my boot straps and get with the program of more fruits and veggies, something I have slid on this last month.

It's always nice when we KNOW we are doing better because of the way we feel and the way our clothes fit or fall off emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 2/19/2011 3:43PM

    Ugh this weight fight is a tough one at best. But at least we are getting healthier with the food changes and the exercise. And for me, I have met some truly marvelous sisters who are now my friends. I look forward to logging in daily and see who says what and does what. Love you all to bits.
Hope your weigh in speaks the truth or tickles your ears depended on your state of desperation by now. emoticon

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