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Food choices and the angry duck

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bet that title caught your attention, huh?

We have 2 ducks that wander our property. We haven't had ducks before, just chickens, and these ducks crack me up. I noticed that when it's warm and they are in the pond most of the day, they may wander over to me when I'm outside to see if I have any feed, but for the most part, they just forage for bugs and the occasional kale leaf from the edge of the garden.

But... there are days when they are a little cranky, when they are flapping and squawking and just plain grumpy. Those are the days that they can eat a ton of pellets and then actually chase me for more food! But they're ducks so I don't get to worked up about it.

And it hit me. I can be a grumpy duck sometimes. When things aren't the way I want them, when I'm having a bad day, when people aren't paying attention to me or the things I think should be paid attention to, I squawk and flap and (wait for it) EAT.

Now, I love my ducks but for God's sake I don't want to look like them. emoticon They are a little too full in the belly, and waddle. I do not ever want to waddle, I can tell you that.

So today, I got up early, made my hubby take a walk with me, (the ducks always stay together) and made myself some pretty darned good eats for breakfast. I plan to repeat that again.

You can add your own duck jokes here. All I have to say for now is... Quack. emoticon


I'm in my 70s!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

170, that is. I finally got past the 180s and I weighed in at 177. Haven't been there in a while. I can't stop smiling. emoticon

I think the consistent workouts have been key. Even if I don't do a high intensity workout, I move. I walk, I garden, I hike. But for at least 4 days, I Turbo Jam and I've been lifting weights a few times a week. I am drooling over a set of adjustable weights on Amazon, but they cost an arm and a leg. I've been thinking of ways to save for them. I decided to put however many points I get here on Spark People in coins here on my desk. So, in other words, if I get 25 points, I put 25 cents in the jar. It might take me forever, but then again, it's better than just wishing and not doing anything about it. Kind of like losing weight.

so here we go. Another day, another few points in the jar!

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NORWOODGIRL 6/14/2014 9:26PM

    Congrats on your progress! That is so great. I really like your plan for saving for the weight set. Clever!

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The After Party

Monday, June 02, 2014

Had a surprise party for my husband this weekend. I had ordered food for it instead of cooking because, well, my husband is nosy. :) It was a "Guy" meal with pulled pork, cole slaw, wings, beer and the whole calorie heavy, sticky mess. Oh and a friend made camouflage cupcakes. Gotta love Pinterest. Kind of glorious for a good old boy. Not so much for a health conscious gal.

BUT I did make sure I had a veggie platter, steamed vegetables, unsweetened green tea with some monk fruit on the side to sweetened if needed.

Not going to lie; had a few wings, some pork and maybe, just maybe a glass of wine might have passed my lips. I did have tea, I did have some steamed and raw veggies too. I think it was a good compromise since it was one day, and on Sunday I cleaned up, packed up some leftovers in containers for the freezer,(sent most of the leftovers home with others. Share the wealth)

Today the day started with a Shakeology shake with berries, packed a veg heavy lunch, and grilled chicken and the remainder of the steamed veggies for dinner, trail mix ( my own) for a snack to get those good fats in. God knows I had enough of the questionable fats. :)

Here's to a new day of training to be an healthy woman.

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CROWGIRL67 6/3/2014 6:47AM

    100% compliance!! Wow, that is one strict plan. Life is too short for days without dark chocolate. I do try to have "safe" options to go to, and I have to say most days I am the one at the table measuring and weighing my food, but a few days out of the year I let the food scale take the day off. :)

Thanks for the encouragement!

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NORWOODGIRL 6/2/2014 11:44PM

    Keep going! One book I am reading insists on 100% compliance to her plan. Sorry, but I'm human and life happens. I just try to make the best choices at the time. Sounds like that is what you did.

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Still checking off the boxes!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Well, since my last entry I have stayed on course (miracles!) and I am still excited to check of the exercise for the day. Took my measurements and there has been a little tightening here and there, but no big loss on the scale. Ah, well, tightening is fine by me!

Noticed I crave protein now that I've been lifting weights more regularly. Instead of inhaling a brick of cheese (mmm, cheese...) I opted to get some protein powder to whoosh up a smoothie for a snack. Now, I am the first to gripe about fake food, but this seems pretty legit with its ingredients like chia, spirulina, etc., so I am getting over it.

Feeling strong and accomplished. It pushes me to continue and it feels good to feel good about myself. I have a little quote here in front of me at the computer that says, "I am a woman obsessed with becoming comfortable in her own skin." I think I'm getting there.

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NORWOODGIRL 5/30/2014 11:30PM

    Well done!

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ROBBIEY 5/29/2014 9:14PM

  Awesome, keep moving forward!!! emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 5/29/2014 9:13PM

  Sometimes the journey is easier than other times, but the rewards are great!

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Hybrid Drive

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ha! No, I don't own a Prius (I did for a while though). I've been doing a hybrid workout between Turbo Fire and ChaLEAN Extreme plus walk/jog on the treadmill and stretching. Obviously not all in one day. But boy, I'm a sucker for checking off those workouts on my schedule. After working all day, I actually looked forward to the HIIT workout today. Someone call the cops; my whiny inner child has been kidnapped!

Eating has been healthy, too. I enjoyed the heck out of a steak on Mother's Day, but only had one glass of wine and a big ol' pile of green beans to balance everything out.

So, I've been feeling pretty good, like I'm the driver of my own little hybrid, and things are exciting. Let's see if that translates to a drop on the scale. It doesn't even make me hesitate to get on that darned thing because I know I am doing good stuff for myself.

That has to be a breakthrough. emoticon

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FRANKLY5 5/27/2014 8:07PM

    I hope that you Blog again soon.

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