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The Farmers Market

Friday, August 12, 2011

I went to the farmers market this morning. I have my own garden, but some of the things I get at the farmers market I didn't grow this year, plus I just like to support the local people. Many of them don't have 9-5 jobs and they depend on the farmers markets to make enough money to support them for the entire year. Many of them save seeds from season to season to save money, I also save seeds from year to year. There's just something about growing a plant that Thomas Jefferson or George Washington may have grown.

Even though my yard is VERY small, I still grow things, mostly in pots right now. I hope to have some raised beds ready for next year, but there still won't be a lot of room to grow stuff, so I trade seeds over the internet and take what I need then pass along the rest. Sometimes I grow the seeds myself and give the plants to other people, if they tell me they don't have room, I show them how to grow it in a flower pot. The results are usually pretty good, unless they forget to water it.

I enjoy gardening, trading seeds and teaching others to garden in small spaces. I've always had a BIG garden, but now that we are living in town, I've had to practice what I've preached for gardening in small spaces. My biggest problem is....I want to grow everything. Right now I have 6 tomato plants in the ground and ten in pots. Five of those that are in the ground are the same type, I grew them from seed. The other one that is in the ground someone gave to my husband and of course he brought it home. It's the only red tomato that I have growing. I have three yellow tomatoes that are called "peach tomatoes". They are like a two bite tomato, yellow with a pink "blush", and just a little fuzzy, like a peach. Someone gave me another 'fuzzy" tomato, I'm waiting to try it. All the rest are yellow, orange, green, stripped or blue. I love trying different tomatoes.

I also have purple cauliflower, several types of peppers, both hot and sweet and numerous herbs. And of course all these are in pots. We can't put a table and chairs on our back deck because it's full of potted plants, plus it gets too hot out there, that's why I put all the potted veggies there. It get about 7 hours of good sun everyday.

So, as you can see, I have plenty of peppers and tomatoes and a few other things, but I go to the farmers market to supplement what I don't have. Today I bought some beautiful purple and lilac striped baby eggplants, some fragrant garlic, giant onions, baby zucchini and yellow squash and some tasty beets, both red and gold beets. The beets I will roast tomorrow, since I'm planning on roast a chicken too. Roasted beets are absolutely the best, they get so sweet and tender. Yum!! Oh, I also bought some long sweet peppers to stuff, I might do those with a whole grain stuffing to go with the chicken too. Double Yum!!!

If you haven't been to a farmers market, please go. Support your local farmers and eat healthier food too. Most of the food in your local grocery store has traveled an average of 1500 miles, and was picked days or even weeks ago and possibly chemically treated to ripen it or preserve it. Whereas the food at your local farmers market was probably picked within the past 24 hours and usually the morning of the market. It's fresher, usually organic, and is healthier for you and the environment. One other important factor, if you support the local farmers market, you in turn support the local farmer, thus creating jobs. Now how cool is that!

Go find a farmers market this week end, you'll be glad you did.


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DZFIT4LIFE 8/12/2011 9:29PM

    You go with your bad "green-thumb" self! I wish I knew how to grow things. I'm gonna need to be a supporter for now. ;) Enjoy your yummies! emoticon

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VIMVIGOR 8/12/2011 5:40PM

  What I like about Farmers Markets is that you can find new and/or different produce and usually several suggestions on storage and preparation. And everything is so fresh and luscious, I am inclined to go overboard.

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Keeping Motivated

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I really don't complain much, really I don't! But after Mondays blog and now this one, you must think I'm a real whiner.

Swollen feet, looks like water retention and I don't know why. I drink lots of water, well, more than I used to, I exercise a lot more than I used to, and I have always eaten pretty healthy, now I am eating even healthier. I don't use salt at the table, although I do use a teaspoon or so in recipes if it calls for it.

I was in the hospital for 13 days with pneumonia, I have been out of the hospital for 6 weeks now. While I was in the hospital I was on a lot of IV antibiotics, one of them was prednezone(spelling?). Because of this antibiotic, since it is also a steroid, my blood sugar went up and I was put on a low dose of insulin,while I was in the hospital. I am not, and have never been diabetic. I'm not sure what has caused this water retention, but I never had this problem before I went to the hospital. I kept hoping it would pass. Now I'm not so sure it will. I have an appointment to see my Dr. next week and I hope we can figure this out.

I just had bloodwork done a couple of weeks ago and it came back very good. Like I keep telling people, I am obese but I am still healthy as far as my sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides and everything else goes. And I never get sick, or if I do it's a simple cold or something that passes quickly. This bout in the hospital was a shock to everyone who knows me, especially my family. When I told my husband I wanted to go to the hospital, he didn't even ask questions. He knew that if my body was telling me I was sick, then I really was sick.

Yesterday when I was doing my Leslie Sansone 2 Mile Walk I tripped over my two swollen left feet and crashed into the sofa. I'm thankful it was the sofa and not the computer and stand.

emoticon That would have really hurt!! Anyhow, I pulled something in the back of my knee, not too bad, but enough to know I pulled something. Sooooo no fast paced cardio today. I walked about 1/2 mile today to the store without limping too much. I caught the bus home since the store had 5 pound bags of grapefruit on sale for $4.50 and you know I couldn't pass that up. emoticon

I am a good Christian woman and I really believe that when God starts blessing' the devil starts messing' emoticon and that's what's going on. I am committed to losing weight and getting fit and I will not let anything stop me. Setbacks only mean that it will take a little longer to reach my goals. It doesn't mean that I won't reach my goal, unless I quit! And I just don't see that happening. Maybe I can't do my fast paced cardio today and maybe not tomorrow either, but I will get back to it as soon as my body says I can.

These are the promises that I have mad to myself:

I WILL lose 112 pounds, no matter how long it takes.
I WILL become healthier.
I WILL continue to encourage others.
I WILL continue to BE encouraged by others.
I WILL do better every day.

I WILL NOT let anybody or any thing stop me from reaching my goals.
I WILL NOT beat myself up when I make a mistake.
I WILL NOT throw a "pitty party" for myself when things go wrong.

I am so encouraged by the people here at SP and I hope I encourage others too. I have never seen a program like this for free anywhere and probably never will. I tell everyone about SP and if they want to be here they will come, if not.....well there's nothing more I can do except prove to them that SP really works, by doing the program myself and letting them see the results. Which is what I intend to do.

I hope every one of you stays with the program and reaches your goals. I recently read something that made me smile and I would like to share it with you, although I don't know who wrote it.

Always shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars! emoticon

Isn't that just an awesome quote? And you, my friends, are the stars who will help me get to the moon.


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1986LIVE2076 8/11/2011 5:04PM

    I absoultely LOVE QUOTES....I'm going to create a picture using that quote and I'll have to somehow put in on my wall so you can have it...I'll let you know when I figure a way to give it to you. I just want to let you know again how inspiring you are. What you have to say and the way that you say just gives me the second wind so to say to motivate me to stay focused. This is the longest I've ever been on Sparks, and I truly believe it's because I've reached out to the community...people just like you help me to stay on track!! Thank you! Thank you!

I do hope the Dr. finds out why your body is retaining fluids...I understand how it feels to set your mind finally to loosing weight and then land on the couch. emoticon Back in January I was all gunhoe to start exercising....first day doing Leslie's walks...and knee cap dislocated and I was down on the couch. It took about two months before I got all the doctor's appointments out of the way before they told me I was perfectly fine. But then it took me another four months just to refocused....but if I'd been on Sparks and seen something like your blog...I would have definitely gotten on my feet faster!!! Thanks for the encouragement!!! Hang in there!!! You'll be walking with the "Sister's in Sweat" in no time! emoticon

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DZFIT4LIFE 8/11/2011 1:55AM

    Great blog!! Well, you sure inspired me just now, and I really needed emoticon!!

Lack of sleep (went to bed at 4 am) has made this the weirdest bugger of a day. I ate too much (still stayed within ranges surprisingly), didnít workout, and was a wee bit too hard on myself today. We all need a break now and then, and by golly Iím chalking it up as one.

Letís keep going, never giving up, just like you said!!

We can do it!!! emoticon


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What A Monday!

Monday, August 08, 2011

The day started off really nice, I got up, got hubby off to work, ate my breakfast, cleaned house, and did my cardio and bootcamp exercises. I didn't go to the gym because I had a dentist appointment and there just wasn't enough time, that's why I did all my exercises at home this morning.

Well, I caught the bus to get to the dentists office, it's only about a mile from here, but it was really hot and humid and I didn't want to be all sweaty when I got there. I was in the chair for about an hour, 3 fillings, (refillings?) and a wisdom tooth extraction. It went very well, I didn't feel a thing. I have a very good dentist.

After I was done at the dentist, since I was feeling pretty good I decided to walk home. Like I said it's only about a mile and now it's all downhill. I wasn't half a block from the dentists office and the sky just opened up...a cloudburst. It only lasted a few minutes, but I really wouldn't need to take a shower when I got home, since I had just gotten one. Of course I didn't have an umbrella, the sun was shining when I left the house. Got home, took another shower and waited for hubby to get home.

Went out to eat after hubby got home, had some problems there. Not with the food choices, although it was a little challenging since I now had a hole in my upper gum and I didn't want to get little bits of food in it like strawberry seeds, or cucumber seeds, or baked breadcrumbs....well, you get the picture.

Anyhow..trying to eat and drink with a half numb face was the real challenge. When our server asked us what we wanted to drink, I choose water with lemon, which I usually do, but I kinda wanted tea, but was afraid that if I dribbled it would stain my yellow tank top.

We both finished dinner without too much embarrassment and hubby realized that he didn't have enough cash on him. No big deal the bank was right next door, so away he went. I sat at the booth reading the dessert menu and other enticements that they set on the tables at restaurants now days. Tick.....Tick..... I had read everything on the table, our server had cleared the table and I explained that hubby had gone next door to the bank.

"No hurry" said our server. "It's Monday evening and there isn't a big rush."

Tick....Tick....Now I'm getting upset. Hubby knows everybody and I figure he is standing outside chatting with some old schoolmate or someone else he knows.

Tick.....Tick.....It's been about 15 minutes now and I am really getting upset and my teeth are starting to hurt. I'm thinking to myself, If I have to get up and go outside to drag him back in here to pay the bill, there's gonna be more than the bill to pay for.

Finally I see his head come bobbin by the window.

"The ATM just ate my card!" He announces, quite nonchalantly.

"What do you mean, the ATM just ate your card?" I asked, knowing there had to be a story behind this.

"Well, I put my card in, got the money and when the receipt came out, the wind caught it and I had to chase it. By the time I got back, which was only 3 or 4 seconds, I reached for my card, and just like the Wicked Witch of the West it just sorta curled right back up into the machine."

I just rolled my eyes and shook my head. When it comes to technology, hubby just doesn't get it. It's a safety feature on ATMs that if you don't withdraw your card within a certain number of seconds, it will take your card in order to prevent someone from stealing it. Just in case you forgot to take it.

Well, he had enough to pay for dinner and pick up a few things at the store, but now I have to go o the bank tomorrow and try to get the card back. They will probably say something like..."We're sorry, but we will have to mail it to you when we get it out of the machine." And of course, we only have one card....After all, why would you need two cards? emoticon

The good news for the day is.....I did my exercises, and now I'm going to take a nice hot shower, watch a little TV and go to bed. I hope tomorrow brings a better day.

So, how was your day? Better I hope.


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1986LIVE2076 8/8/2011 11:24PM

    Things like that only happen in real life!! I'm sure your day seemed stressful at the time, but your day also made me smile (something I wasn't really in the mood to do today!) Thanks for the smile and for sharing about your day!!!

PS Aren't you glad that it is raining...I don't know where you are and how much rain you get....but here it rained all day long and it's the first time in about a month and a half that we've had rain, so it really is a blessing for us....of course if I was out in the middle of a walk....I might not be feeling up to counting the blessings! :P

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DZFIT4LIFE 8/8/2011 8:47PM

    Awesome planning there! Working out before your appointment, then opting to walk home to get YET more exercise in emoticon! Sorry about the machine thing...just one of those bummer "really" moments like locking your keys in the car, but I hope youíre able to get it back in the am! Have a good week Ė youíre doing awesome, and keep going strong girl! emoticon

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HONBAD 8/8/2011 7:54PM

    At least you kept your sense of humor about it!! Kudos for getting the exercises in!!

I think they should be able to give you the card back right away - if anything they may want your husband to be there if his name is on it.

Hopefully tomorrow goes more smoothly for you!

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CHEBRHETRI 8/8/2011 7:35PM


yea for you and getting the exercise in. Yea for you and drinking the water to stay safe from a tea stain. LOL. And yea for you not stressing over the evenings bank feasco (sp). It wont be that hard to get it back. The should be able to just open it up and retrieve and give it back to you on site.
Good Luck.
and early yeas to you for tomorrow.
Sleep tight.

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Fitness is Fun

Friday, August 05, 2011

Today when I went to the fitness center, I worked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Then I worked on the stationary bike for 20 minutes, then I went back to the treadmill for another 15 minutes and if I hadn't have had other things to do, I probably would have stayed another hour.

Once I get to the center, I find I really do have fun. I enjoy talking to the other people there and watching the people who pass by watching me. Getting the motivation to get there isn't always easy, but I find once I get there, I'm glad I did.

Do I work hard at what I do? You bet! Do I push myself a little more each day? Absolutely! Right now I'm only doing easy strength training at home. I don't have weights or machines. Nest week I will be meeting with my trainer at the center and we will come up with a plan to help me achieve my goals. I'm actually looking forward to working on the machines and with the weights. Don't get me wrong, treadmills and stationary bikes are great. But they are more for cardio, and I need more than that.

I am quickly finding out that I have no upper body strength. I knew that I my knees and lower joints were bad. But I had no idea how weak my upper body was. I used to lift over 200 pounds, now I can hardly lift 50. One of my new goals is to be able to press 200 pounds again. I would lie to be able to do 10 reps, but at age 50 I would settle for just 1 rep. emoticon

See how much enthusiasm I have now, and it all stems from SP and the fitness center. I have so many people who want to help me achieve my goals, but in the end, I am the only one who can make them happen, I have to really want it. And I do!!

Fitness is what you make it. I choose to make fitness a fun part of my life, not a chore that I have to do, but something I want to do and something I need to do if I want to achieve my goals.

How bad do you want it?


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DZFIT4LIFE 8/5/2011 10:10PM

    Great Blog!! You're going to do emoticon here!!!


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Pretty In Pink

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Since I blabbed yesterday about my HOT PINK tank top, I thought that today I would show it off. Plus I needed a picture for one of my challenges.

Well, wadda you think? Am I just too sexy or what??? emoticon

No, really, I am actually quite shy about my weight, but now that I am here at SP I feel comfortable and I've lost 2.5 pounds this week and feel great. My insecurities are dropping, not that I don't have moments, but I have come to realize that I am a person too.

I have made some bad choices.

I have hid myself from the world for too long.

I will lose another 110.5 pounds in the next year.

I will be a single digit size.

These are just some of the promises I have made to myself. And buying a hot pink tank top was just my way of telling myself and the world, look out cause here I go. It's a mental thing, but if my 3X hot pink tank top helps me lose weight, then I will wear it everyday if I have to, or until it falls off of me and I can't wear it.

If you want to give yourself a boost, just go buy a hot pink tank top.



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DZFIT4LIFE 8/5/2011 10:14PM

    I'm gonna go out and get one! LOL You truly are inspiring Debbie!

emoticon on starting your journey emoticon!!


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FARLOWWOMAN 8/5/2011 6:54AM

    You go girl! emoticon

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TURTLERAE55 8/4/2011 10:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Keep up the good work.

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JANNYGIRL3 8/4/2011 10:12PM

    I like your attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ENDORPHINES2 8/4/2011 10:11PM

  That's the spirit. Go girl!

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