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Saturday, October 08, 2011

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BOOKWERME 10/12/2011 11:50AM

    no..didn't order it. but got to view the program..over an hour of information. will have to check to see if there is another link. Apparently there is a book called Food Matters. I have so many books now I will never get through them all, so I won't be ordering that one either. There are a bunch of links you can check out on the Food Matters website (I think that's where I found it for info) Some of that info is included on the presentation I saw.

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MA_DIDDLES 10/12/2011 11:35AM

    Tooo Late. I missed out on the special.

Did U order this? Let me know how it goes.

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Pedometer in the hayfield?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

When we took another walk to look for the pedometer lost Sunday as we repaired down fences, I took photos to show you. Hope this works.

Turkeys were grazing (?) seed in the front yard as we headed out.

The walk towards the hay field. You can see where the riding mower mowed as we used it for a ride back and forth to the field.

The fence line looking towards the road (looking East)...I mowed all that with the push mower.

Looking West from the same spot on the fence line.

The grass really is greener in the hay field. Here DH is helping me look for the lost pedometer...truly like looking for a needle in a haystack!

My dear Daisy supervising our search.

This is the cow that is so curious that she is getting tame(r).

That gives you an idea...I don't even know where to look with all the walking and work I did last Sunday. I am enjoying retracing my steps since our weather is beautiful right now. The exercise is gentle, but good none the less. And who knows, just maybe I will spot that tiny pedometer out there somewhere!

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BOOKWERME 10/14/2011 8:10AM

    No pedometer yet. We have walked the areas several times..but as you can see, even having an idea of where I worked/walked, it is like looking for a "needle in a haystack" since the pedometer is so small...lime green and black also helps it blend right in! Figures, I suppose. Who knows...I may find it after frost kills the grass so the green of the pedometer stands out in the browned grass.

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    so - this is days later -

Have you found the pedometer yet?


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MA_DIDDLES 10/12/2011 11:47AM

    Wow! You must have blister on your hands from all that mowing.
I enjoyed veiwing the photo's of your property.
Do you have turkey dinners often?
Your dog is as bad as my bird - just likes to supervise.
Like that white cow too - Do you suppose he found an ate your pedometer or stepped on it and buried it?
Bummer for the loss. You better just go buy a new one. MA

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ANITA_CHANGE 10/11/2011 11:01AM

    Wow, you have a lot of property! I wish I had half of that! I guess I will have to wait until the new system! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 10/7/2011 7:45PM

    I mow our yard around our house with the push mower...mowing the cattle fields fence line with the mower was just to help get it done...DH was using the weed whacker most of the time. It was great exercise, but probably not very practical. Better yet would be to keep things trimmed so we don't have this issue in the first place! ( should be doing this!!!) Some areas also have rocks to contend with...not good for lawn mowers.

DH did learn to use the riding mower for this job can do a lot of the fence line that way and then just finish it out with the weed whacker.

I DO mow under the entire fence line around the house. I generally mow for about an hour at a time to spread the exercise of mowing over several days. DH occasionally weed whacks around trees and fence posts etc where I am not getting close enough with the mower. With all the specialized cutting with the mower that I do...I call it "fussy cutting" using the quilting term! emoticon

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CINA-MINI 10/7/2011 6:18PM

    What a beautiful farm you have! I hope you find it soon!

I can see why you like to mow it with the push mower. LOTS of exercise!

Nice pictures.

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RASCALSMOMMA 10/6/2011 11:00PM

    This is weird but i can SEE your pics! Cool Farm hon. Hope you find it! HUGS Laurie

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JOYCEATH50 10/6/2011 9:49AM

    Love the pictures...all I see when I go out are cars, streets, stores, apartments and roads and houses...etc you wouldn't like my pictures LOL. But I still notice the trees and flowers and bushes when I can. At least we have alot of those scattered about but you have to drive out of town to see fields, cows and such. (Plenty of dogs out in service though lol)

I hope you find your missing pedometer! Looks like you need it for sure with all the walking you need to do! Don't give up!

Love Joyce emoticon

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TREVUG 10/6/2011 1:24AM

    Nice pictures. Sorry about your pedometer. I lost my pulse reading watch at work the other day to natural causes.

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LOVE2WALK1 10/5/2011 4:49PM

    Did you check the friendly cow? Maybe she wants to monitor her walking as well! Love the pics! emoticon

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CELEST 10/5/2011 3:21PM

    Well thats wishful thinking...if I look at ALL that space you mowed and walked, but never say never is my attitude so maybe just maybe you will actually find it. Loved the photos.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/5/2011 2:32PM

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/5/2011 10:39AM

    Well, good luck finding that pedometer. I can't begin to tell you how many I have lost! Right now I have a Sportline which has an awesome clip. So far so good (fingers crossed!) LOVE the pictures, esp. the tame cow. She's a beauty.

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The real reason....

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My daughter found this quote on another photographer's website. emoticon

"We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies."

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CELEST 10/15/2011 3:23PM

    I say we group and stand together on this. emoticon

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TREVUG 10/6/2011 1:22AM

    I knew it!!!

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LOVE2WALK1 10/5/2011 4:51PM

    emoticon that's me being smart!

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GAMOMMY3 10/5/2011 3:27PM

    Yup, that's the reason!! emoticon

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AHGIRLS 10/5/2011 11:37AM

    I love it! LOL

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the good, the bad and the....

Sunday, October 02, 2011

We live on a farm. That's good.

This morning, first thing, my husband was all annoyed about a cow being up in the yard...and she wouldn't cross the fence line despite all his efforts. That was bad. He finally got her out of the yard. Good.

THEN, our neighbor came up to tell us we had a cow out. Bad. I dressed and headed out to help. Turned out about half the herd was out! VERY BAD!
My DH was NOT happy. So, we came back to the house, gathered tools and supplies and headed back out to the cow field. He started work on repairing all the messed up fence (a lot!) and I started working on clearing the fence line of all the weedy growth interferes with the electric fence when the weeds get tall enough to touch it. We accomplished a lot. GOOD.
I used our push mower to mow under an extensive length of fence ..DH used the weekwhacker once he finally finished all the repairs. GOOD (HUGE workout for me with all that push and pull.) GOOD. Our son is supposed to be maintaining the fences. He is NOT doing good on that.

Lunch break...seems like all is well. DH heads out ahead of me...cows are in the hay field AGAIN! BAD. We herd them back in..again. Good. At least one is getting friendly enough with us to let us touch her (these are beef cattle). BUT the little stinkers had now been in the round bales of hay, too! BAD. The babies are learning to ignore the fence...something is still wrong. BAD. DH is not doing well with patience!

By about 3:30, DH thinks everything is fixed. He goes to weedwhack another section of fence, I decide to mow up here at the house...didn't realize how tired I was getting...I only lasted 20 minutes. THEN, another call! FENCE is not "HOT" and DH IS! Please turn off the fence so DH can work on it more. BAD

I help with the weedwhacking...and the web strapping finally frays right off. BAD. DH is out of sight, so I take the weedwhacker in my lap and ride the riding mower to find DH. I end up back at the house to sew the strap back together. Good I guess.

This went on all afternoon! I had to go back out at herd the cattle BACK in again, and again. It is now 6:20. I have added another hr of walking on top of weedwhacking, mowing and walking today. DS finally got home and he found two other places the fence was not working and fixed them. FINALLY I think the fence is all "hot" again and hopefully our cows will figure out that they must stay is not as if they don't have plenty of food....though, truly, the grass IS greener in the hay field, just over the fence!

In the midst of all this, I showed DH the lawnmower could be effective at this work...good. I learned to use the weedwhacker again (I hadn't used one in years)... good. I mowed quite a large strip of field with the riding mower...good for the fence line..ridiculous for mowing the field! I also apparently damaged something underneath the was suddenly smoking when I was almost back to the house...BAD (and scary!) DH found the problem and fixed it. GOOD. Last time there was a bent blade, it was replaced..but the new one comes in a pkg of we HAD one. Good. Will need a new blade for the reg. mower...and a new grass chute as this one came off and got a chunk mowed out of it! Not so good.

Now the fence is working, the cattle are in, DS is home to tend this should there be more...and I am TIRED but well exercised. GOOD.

BUT, we missed our worship today because of all this farm hassle...BAD.

AND I lost my pedometer the second time it fell off. Last time I checked it, I had already walked over 4700 steps (mowing the fence line). I found it the first time it fell off...but now I have NO idea where to look...I have rewalked all the areas I can think of where it might be. How do you find something so small in such a HUGE area...especially when I have been walking all over it all day!!! Bad.

So, I think I have in my exercise for the entire week. LOL I am tired and dirty...but well satisfied. GOOD.

One added note...well, two. I am sorry I didn't think to get some photos!

RE all this exercise...when I started Sparkpeople several years ago, I quickly learned how far backwards I had fallen in my ability to do things physically. I could barely walk a mile...and was breathless when I did! I still haven't gotten off all the pounds I want gone, but Thanks to Sparks, today I was ABLE to walk up and down to and from and in the fields repeatedly; I was ABLE to mow and mow and mow...and weedwhack; I COULD DO IT...not breathless, no chest pains, just steady and feeling healthy. So, THAT'S PROGRESS! THANKS SP!!

So, how was YOUR day?

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TASHON2 10/7/2011 9:15AM

    I am tired just reading this!

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AJCHARTERS 10/3/2011 3:56PM

    Oh my goodness. What a day! I'm glad you can handle things better now though. That's always a wonderful feeling.

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BOOKWERME 10/3/2011 1:42PM

    Ah, Celeste'! I think dairy cattle would be MUCH more work. We started out farming knowing NOTHING and learned from our neighbor and through trial and error. We, too,have had cows in the garden..and in the neighbor's fields...and once on the then new golf course next door! None high on elephant ears though. We have had to race them to downed wild cherry trees...they can eat the leaves while they are still fresh, but once the leaves wilt, they will kill the cattle if eaten. There are so many things to learn.

Andee, it is a more active lifestyle whether you like it or not. I look back at all the things I used to do as my kids were growing up...running the farm while raising the kids, painting, wallpapering, sewing, cutting firewood...and we did it all as a matter of course, not even realizing it was what kept us healthy! Aging does change things, as did our move back from St. Croix. Sparkpeople has helped so much to educate me (all of us) on how to achieve and/or maintain better health...and motivated many of us to make wise changes. I think it was you that issued that first challenge to walk a mile a changed my life! I don't think I even realized until I took up that challenge how much I needed to change. It had not been years of no exercise that had been my backslide was in less than a year for the most part. However I got there, I am glad to NOT be there still. I am far from in perfect health..but I am working on me and being here for as long as possible...waiting, of course, for the New System for the promised perfect health.

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How I LOVE hearing of your day! Yeah it was a lot of bads but a whole lot of goods in there too! :) I know it something I could not do right now. :( But I look at my brothers & sisters here who do still live on farms, on working farms and whether it's cattle, emus, horses, or just crops (of all sorts) I can see all of them are in much better shape than those of us with other lifestyles. There is something to it - something innate - something Jehovah created within us that makes it so we are better off with the hard physical work than without it.

Anyway, hope the cows have behaved better overnight and are still where they ought to be now. I'm glad you're more able to endure all this than in the past (yay, sparkpeople!). And I hope you are able in some way to make up the worship you missed - we all need every bit of our spiritual food too these days! :)

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CELEST 10/3/2011 9:27AM

    WOW that was one hectic day. The kind where you just want to bath and bed without bothering to eat. Awesome for the exercise you got and the satisfaction at the day too. When I read things like this....even the bad.....I long for farm life again, which will not be in this system of things for me. I remember fighting cattle (milk cows) out of my gardens, I remember the cattle eating elephant ear plants and getting "high" on it and staggering about. I remember having to put a tube down their throats and pour liquid paraffin down to make their tummies work after eating plastic which blew in from somewhere.....aah farm life has its ups and downs, but the view of forever once you sit on the porch at the end of the day makes it all worth it.

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BOOKWERME 10/2/2011 10:59PM

    Treva, I have always known the benefits of a healthy lifestyle...and for the most part have practiced that. I got too sedentary for a while after my Mom died and we moved three times in one year...and I paid for it with health issues. I am a long way from perfect in doing what I should, but I try. Thanks for caring!!!

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TREVUG 10/2/2011 8:25PM

    I am so glad you have seen the real benefits to having a healthy lifestyle. It IS a good feeling when we realize we have so much more endurance. Bad cows!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/2/2011 8:24PM

    A whole lot better than yours emoticon We've gone on 1 ride and will soon do another with hopes of a beautiful sunset.

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So what do YOU suggest?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blood sugar wake=up call suggests strongly that I need to do something other than what all I am now doing to adjust my diet and exercise. I HAVE been lax during the last few months..too hot and struggling with "wants" and desires that conflict with my efforts at better health. emoticon

So, my friends, do YOU have any good suggestions for ME? I am finding I am mentally resistant to changes I know I should want to make. How can I ignite this process! I don't really even have that much to lose...and I am not convinced that the 8 on my HbA1c is an accurate test.

Fresh start ahead? emoticon

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BOOKWERME 9/12/2011 8:24PM

    I initially wanted to campaign for low blood sugar in a big way...and I know myself too well to think that was going to work.

I also had thought I might repeat the bloodtests every month for several months...but so far, haven't done that either....I did get my mammogram out of the the other ladies' exam is in my future.

I have just had a weekend without most of my usual blood sugar supplements...and just before that ran out of test I have to say for the last week or so, I really have not done well...nor been actively worrying about blood sugar.

Today I got the book about the glycemic index "diet" plan...have glanced through the book..not sure what I think. I DO know that different things work for different people. Obviously, I am not making much headway with weight or blood sugar.

I am of the mindset right now that BLOOD SUGAR should take precedence over weight loss...maybe the WL will follow if I can get the sugars back down. I DO know that the best remedy for high blood sugar is elevated exercise levels...and I have been erratic about that at best.

SO..adjustment in diet...maybe. Adjustment in activity level MUST happen.

I FEEL FINE which doesn't help motivate my addressing this silent killer.


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SHILOWI 9/12/2011 3:25PM

    How are you doing now, Asta? I can really relate to your blog post. *sigh*

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SANDYZEE 8/20/2011 12:33AM

    It's Nature's Bounty Diabetes support pack. It's contains Multi vitamin/minerals , selenium, cinnamon/chromium picolinate, folic acid, co Q-10, alpha lipoic acid, vit C, ...seems to work for me. emoticon

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SANDYZEE 8/19/2011 9:05PM

Two things have helped me a lot with the blood glucose levels. Well, actually 3.
I take a daily Pack of vitamins made for Diabetics. Green tea extract. Two 500mg of standardized extract. Couldn't drink enough green tea to make a difference. The last thing I added is cinnamon. Sprinkle it on cottage cheese, cereal, use in cooking baking..etc.
My aic went down to 6.0! Only took a few weeks. It rarely was under 100 before. If you can't change your diet maybe adding these will help?
PS..I know how you feel. Sometimes I wish "Motivation" could be sold in bottles. LOL

Sandy in CA emoticon

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AHGIRLS 8/17/2011 1:19AM

    I really like Laurie's comment. She's totally right. That's something that I need to work on too. I know I need to lose weight and be healthier, but for some reason it hasn't moved me to action. I guess I need more convincing, huh? I need to be convinced that it is necessary. Time for some serious pondering over here....

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BOOKWERME 8/16/2011 9:22PM

    Carol, I would be interested in knowing what works for her. I am already using a variety of natural things...but am always willing to investigate other things, too.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/16/2011 7:28PM

    I do too. Dh's Aunt uses natural things that keep hers down.

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GAMOMMY3 8/16/2011 3:05PM

    I like Laurie's suggestion a lot! I am going to ponder over that.
Also, you might want to break it down into small steps.... do one thing for a week.

Hugs to you

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TREVUG 8/16/2011 1:38PM

    I struggle in the Summer heat too. It is not nearly as hot here as there either. Time to focus for both of us.

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BOOKWERME 8/16/2011 12:44PM

    THANKS Laurie. You are right. I physically feel fine but KNOW the damage diabetes will ultimately do. Therein lies the danger. Many people have diabetes and never know it till the damage is well advanced.

My first step is more frequent testing to see what is really going on. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 8/16/2011 12:14PM

    First thing you need to do is to be convinced. Remember thats what we tell people who are wavering in the truth. So be convinced its necessary and that what you are feeling is NOT how you should be feeling and take steps to get better. HUGS Laurie

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