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Delicious Hungry Girl Fudge and a line on a job

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

So many nice comments on my last blog. I think when you are on a long weightloss journey, it is not always going to be exhilerating to do it. If I were experiencing more progress, it would be easier though.

I mentioned the Hungry Girl fudge yesterday and I want to report that mine turned out great! I combined a can of pumkin (on sale!) and a box of sugar-free brownie mix. I put it in my sprayed square glass baker. I melted 2 tablespoons of regular smooth peanut butter in the microwave and drizzled it over the top (it covered most of the top). I have a bunch of pecans in my freezer so I placed pecan halves over the top so that when I cut it, each piece has one half on top. I forgot to put in the chocolate syrup and baked it about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I cooled it a while on the counter and then put it in the refrigerator until it was completely cooled. When I sliced it, the pieces had a slight gelatinous texture and didn't crumble or break apart. It was really delicious too! It is not completely chocolatey, but for those of us that have a sweet tooth, it is a nice snack and isn't altogether unhealthy. I've made it in the past with regular brownie mix, but it's nice I can make it with a sugar-free mix and have acceptable results. Last time I made it, I kept it on the counter and after several days, there was mold on it. This time, I will store it in the refrigerator. Since the pieces cut so well, I think I'll just cut the whole thing up and put it in a plastic container with maybe a bit of wax paper between the layers. My husband likes it too. My kids don't like pecans and my son doesn't like peanut butter, so this treat isn't for them. They are welcome to eat pop tarts though. The recipe for this can be found at this link, or you can just Google "Hungry Girl fudge" like I do.
Here is a picture

Here is a picture of the beach from when I went beach walking on my birthday. We never really got rain, but there was strong wind and surf. Can you see the snow blowing? It looks like mist.

I have an interview at an alternative school tomorrow. In my mind, I feel I could do this, so I hope I get an offer of a job. I also received an email regarding an opportunity to work from home teaching English to non-speakers of English--I think it's adult clients. It will be a Skype interview and I think I'd really like this. In December, Bob and I will be attending a job fair in Atlanta to try to get jobs in a foreign country. We really want to do something like that best of all. Our kids are on board especially if it could be in Europe. My daughter is especially interested. My son would be glad to never move, but he has wrapped his mind around it. I wish I could get a job in a non-traditional teaching setting and that Bob could find joy in his job again. Then we could ride it out until the kids graduated, but Bob is not happy and shows no signs of turning the corner in his present situation. We are over 50, and our feeling is that the time will not get better for us to make a change than right now. Our parents are behind us as well. I am getting myself rallied for the interview tomorrow and will put my best foot forward. I could really use a job right now. Perhaps if we were to get a teaching position in a foreign land, it wouldn't come to pass until next fall anyway (we think we could go sooner though).

Wow! I wonder who could read this much! If you did, you have an excellent attention span! Keep on sparking!

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BAMAJAM 11/1/2012 4:37PM

  That chocolate fudge looks so good!
Hope you are able to pursue teaching jobs in Europe! Living in a foreign culture is indeed an interesting experience. (Just choose a safe place)--- your children truly would benefit from this also. I am a southerner who has enjoyed travel, but I do love my Alabama home---Yes, Sweet Home Alabama!

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1EMMA2011 10/30/2012 8:59PM

    So happy for you. Thinking positive thoughts and can't wait to hear about your adventures. Good luck with your interview!! emoticon

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ZIGGY122 10/30/2012 7:07PM

    Thank you for sharing and for your comments on my blog. I'll pray that you have an amazing interview emoticon

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GUENAVIEVE 10/30/2012 6:38PM

    That looks really yummy, I'm going to try it, thanks for sharing. Good luck on your interview and I hope you will be able to teach overseas, that would be so exciting! emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 10/30/2012 3:29PM

    What a very interesting combinations - sounds surprisingly tasty. Glad they came out good!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/30/2012 3:03PM

    Good luck with your interviews. Working in a different country sounds exciting.
Baking goodies always gets me in trouble. In your case I probably would have eaten the entire pan of brownies in one sitting...

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BECCABOO127 10/30/2012 12:51PM

    You are an excellent blogger-kept my interest right to the end.

You especially take good pictures. I am with you right there enjoying your fudge! It looked so nice.

I will cross my fingers for you to get the job. It would be so cool if you did. Then you can blog about how great it is to teach via Skype!


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HELLENACKERMAN 10/30/2012 12:45PM

    Awesome recipe! I can't wait to try it!!

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JESSIG5 10/30/2012 12:36PM

    Good luck on the job prospects.

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ALICIA214 10/30/2012 12:29PM

Put your hopes and dreams in the hands of a higher power.. He will take care of you. Good Luck.


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ROSIEPD 10/30/2012 12:17PM

    Wow, the though of moving to another country to work freaks me out - I love your bravery, and hope you find the right opportunity. Good luck on the job interview today. If you know you can do it, let it show and tell them why :-) Let us know how it goes.


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Booming and Zooming

Monday, October 29, 2012

Had a bad weekend food-wise. I have been reading a few blogs and a book where people are thinking that losing weight is too hard or near impossible to do and some of the those ideas got in my head. I'm not ready to give up though. I have to agree that constant portion control and weighing of foods and being careful is a hard life to lead and I doubt I want to do it for the rest of my life.

I made a goal to make my weekly fitness goal and was successful last week. It's pretty out, but I just couldn't get myself out there today. I did some working out around the house though with some weights work and high-stepping. I'm not doing to great on my water drinking.

I went to the bookstore and browsed the weightloss section--so many books! I am wondering what to do with my metabolism and saw Jillian Michaels's book so I took a peek. I read more about it on Amazon. To tell the truth, she's just saying to eat clean, get 5+ freggies a day, work out, get your sleep, avoid excesses in caffeine and alcohol. Nothing ground-breaking. I need the reminder though.

Felt hungry today so I cooked some chicken thighs in order eat something that wouldn't be carby. It was pretty good. I have some for tomorrow.

I had to get a tire on Bob's car so I went to Publix to peruse the fresh vegetables that weren't overly starchy as so many are this time of year. I got some salad fixings and broccoli slaw and stir-fry mixes-these were only a dollar a pack! I can put together some healthy meals with these ingredients. I also got some portabella caps. I like them pan fried and eaten like a hamburger. I had the idea of doing that again combined with a boca burger to really attack a big appetite. I also made some Hungry Girl fudge using a sugar-free brownie mix. Hope it tastes good. I put pecans on top for added goodness. I am going to try to steer clear from excessive carbs this week but I DO get a sweet tooth so I hope the fudge turns out okay. Last time I made it, one piece was very satisfying and hubby liked it too.

Well, Sandy is far from us but it is a concern for a lot of people. I hope everyone who reads this are safe and dry and doing what they can to make their dreams of health and fitness come true!

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JESSIG5 10/30/2012 9:11AM

    You can make pizzas using the portabella mushrooms as the crust. Very good.

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MOONSTORMER 10/30/2012 1:52AM

    it can be a big pain, especially in the beginning. i'm now at the point where i don't measure portions. i have measured enough of them that i know what a serving of pasta looks like in my bowls, i know what a serving of meat is, etc. it just takes a bit of practice.

yes, losing weight is hard. but there is a great poster i found on tumblr that says "losing weight is hard. being overweight is hard. choose your hard!" so i focus on the small goals and the rest falls into place - if i drink enough water and sleep enough, my food tends to be easier and i have the energy to exercise. you will get there, just take it one choice at a time!

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MUSHCAT 10/29/2012 10:14PM

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Thanks for the comment on my blog. I do have a wonderful hubby. He's a great guy except for when he's not. emoticon
I am on a plateau with my weight loss as I've grown tired of watching my diet. However, I'm going to renew my efforts as I feel so much better about myself. You can do it, too. Stay motivated! Weekends are hard for me too, so I try to be extra good during the week.
Good luck on reaching your goals.

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BECCABOO127 10/29/2012 6:54PM

    That's a good reminder for how to eat-simply-the more unprocessed foods the better, and I, like you, are doing the low-carb thing.

It sounds like you are doing really well!


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LOSINGLINNDY 10/29/2012 4:58PM

    The freggies you bought sound grand. You are going to get some healthy meals using them. I also have a scale and measuring cup on the counter within easy reach. Eventually you get to the point that you can eyeball a portion without having to weight or measure. Great blog.

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THE_JENCH 10/29/2012 4:30PM

    My mother (and sparkpeople, but not always as overtly) has an idea where we need to frame our intentions in a positive way. LOSING weight is not positive because to loose something is not a good thing... so in some way our minds and bodies might panic a bit and do the opposite... KEEP the weight because that is both a positive thing, and comfortable. In that sense, maybe it is alright to let go of the idea of LOSING weight... and instead focus on feeding your body the best food you can, invigorating your body through movement, listening to what you need and accommodating (some sugar is so necessary, for your body AND mind!). Be gentle and take care of yourself. ...maybe my words here are a bit idealistic but still, it helps take the pressure off of weight LOSS.
I also agree, weighing food is frustrating. I started... but I gave away my food scale a few years ago because I hadn't been using it!
Have a fabulous Monday!

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ANGRITTER 10/29/2012 4:02PM

    I cooked for my parents all week and gained 4 pounds! I feel like a huge failure, but I need to keep in mind that I haven't worked out today, I walked 4.2 miles yesterday, so I probably needed the protein in the ribs, but should have skipped the rice. But I was starving and then the binge started last night. Special K protein bars - chocolate and peanut butter - cereal at midnight, then I ate 2 healthy salads so I would stay out of the ice cream. But it was after midnight and I just could not stop eating. It's been a long time since I have done that. I think it was the elation of having the 5k over and done, plus the change in the weather and this cold I have coming on.

So I am trying not to beat myself up, but it's cold and I need to get my butt up and start moving so I can attack this fatness I feel sliding back under my skin! I know it sounds silly. And I have called my mother and informed her that they either start eating healthier, or she can cook for her and Dad and I will stick to my lowfat low carb lifestyle. She laughed and told me it was only because of dad's birthday, but I mean it. I am not going to go backwards for ANYONE.

So pushing FORWARD is the theme of my day and I hope you can stick with me on that. Moderation in all things, and I need to stay away from BBQ country style prok ribs with rice and all the other good and fatty things! The remainder of the ribs will be put into my salads as protein, but I am cleaning the fat off of it first! And I will not eat rice twice in a week EVER again. Even my wrists are swollen!

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TRUE2NDCHANCE 10/29/2012 4:00PM

I know measuring everything can be such a pain!! Do you have your scale and measuring cups sitting right there where you see them and can get them really easy? I keep mine right on the counter in my view and now it has become such a habit I don't really think about it much. Exercise seems to be a big problem for me here lately with having the grankids so much. I kept Brayden out of school today and took him to the Dr with a bad cough and complaints of ear pain and of course he has an ear infection. BUT I did get in alot of walking, standing etc dusing almost 3 hours of shopping yesterday!! Every little bit helps! I read somewhere that 1000 steps in 10 min is considered moderate exercise. Do you have a pedometer? If so, put it on and walk in place and try to get a 1000 steps done in 10 min once or twice a day. I know you can do this!! I know it's tuff too, I'm right there with you on that!!


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another spark friend posted her goals so I thought I would too.

Short term:
Get into the 220s.
Achieve the fitness minutes and calories burned prescribed by SparkPeople. I have never done this so this week will be the first!
Drink the water--I pledge 6 cups to keep my streak going, but often drink more. Often I don't make it, so it's a mini-goal to keep a streak going.
Finish my online class--I have a hard time with motivation.

Long term:
Get into the 190s (ONE-derland) by Valentine's Day.
Get my K-12 Reading Endorsement which might help me get a job.
Wear clothes purchased in the regular department of a store instead of plus-size.
Never get this big again!
Find a job if not in education in something I can do for the next 15 years and make decent money doing it.

Happy sparking to you all!

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ROSIEPD 10/29/2012 3:45PM

    This is a great idea... I need to think about the short term stuff especially. Keep plugging away at your online class. Just see it as your work and report to it everyday at the same time. Have a start time and an "off" time, and you'll get through it!

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LDYBRIELLE 10/28/2012 10:16AM

    I used to be horrible at motivation and couldn't do any routine for long and what I found is I needed to have some small successes at things I could see myself doing forever before I could step it up. I was SO hard on myself and yet loved the excuses,and I had to get out of the rut first.

When you have trouble with motivation, try breaking down whatever you are having trouble getting done into something that you don't find yourself avoiding. If you find yourself avoiding exercise, then break it down to 10 minutes a day rather than whatever time frame is overwhelming you and feel really good when you consistently get that done and when you feel ready, you can increase the time and then it just becomes easier to get into that routine..

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/27/2012 1:06PM

  Great job! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 10/27/2012 12:52PM

    My motivation with online classes as well as online challenges (BLC, boot camp), seems to fizzle after about 4 weeks. While the SP online challenges are easily dropped (though not without feeling a bit guilty, especially if team points are involved), online classes are better finished in order to obtain the cert that's likely waiting at the end of the course.

I highly recommend a fitbit to keep track of daily steps. It is so motiving and really helps me achieve my fitness minutes goal.

Wishing you much success on your job hunt and on reaching your goals.
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KLAYLAB 10/26/2012 6:50PM

  Blessing to you in your endeavors!!! You can do it! emoticon

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IREN0169 10/25/2012 10:13PM

    You can do this! Take it a day at a time and remember Progress not Perfection! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 10/25/2012 4:54PM

    Best of luck to you!!! You CAN do this!

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So hard to stay in the zone.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I am trying to stay positive but it is pretty hard.. I had an overeating day yesterday and baked a cobbler. It was pretty good and thankfully gone now. After eating the last of it this morning, I took a half-hour walk in the neighborhood to atone. I just feel like the whole month of October has been really difficult for me as far as my weightloss program has gone. I try to stay in my eating range most days and I have added some fitness. I am drinking water like crazy too. I wish there were someone who is home like me that would like to do this with me. It's hard to be motivated all the time. I'm still all in with a lifestyle change, but I will be the first to admit that it is not a breeze, it's not easy.

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GAYLLYNNE 10/25/2012 4:58PM

    Nothing is easy!! We slip, we fall but it's those of us that get back up that make it!!! I'm rooting for you to win!!

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PHYSEDTEACHER 10/25/2012 1:14PM

    not at all..the good thing is each day is a new which you can make better choices and start over!

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MOONSTORMER 10/25/2012 12:22AM

    no, definitely not easy! i would suggest finding a local challenge that will motivate you. is there a walk/race that you could do? at my gym they are doing a "group workout" challenge where you have to do a certain number and variety of classes. it has been really fun trying out classes that i wouldn't normally go to, and has helped push me to go to the gym more often.

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LITTLEBO 10/24/2012 10:19PM

    I hit a few plateaus during my weight loss phase. It is easy to get discouraged, but I tried to concentrate on the health part of it and not fixate on the scale. On days you eat a little more than you should, remember that is is the overall, long-term changes that are teh most important....think of where you will be in a year, even if you only lose a few pounds a WILL be healthier..


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NIELSENSLADY 10/24/2012 8:49PM

    I agree! I stay at home and I'm s-t-r-u-g-g-l-i-n-g!

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LOSINGLINNDY 10/24/2012 7:38PM

    I'm feeling down about my progress also. I gained a pound and have been very good all week. I still think think the p roblem is coming from inflammation due to this cold and allergies. I feel badly about letting the Pixies down. But we will do this next week. Keep on walking and I will start. We are in this together.

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LOSINGVICKI 10/24/2012 4:23PM

  Believe me, I know how you feel. I don't have anyone at home doing it with me and usually hubby does his best to make it more difficult for me ( he doesn't mean to do it, he just doesn't think). Feel free to sparkmail me anytime you're feeling down. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGRITTER 10/24/2012 3:57PM

    No it isn't easy at all. I have to force myself out of bed - today at noon - to get myself up and moving. Yesterday I was fighting Spanish Nettles and trying to eradicate them from my yard, but they just keep coming back! It's insan! So I didn't do any "formal" exercise, but my feel hurt so badly from stompling around the yard and pulling weeds and back and forth to the burn pile. Exhausted me! Wore me out to the bone!

I have talked with my best friend, Karrie, and she and Aunt Di and I are going to start walking in her neighborhood at around 7:30 pm a few nights a week. If I can get this to work out and no totally overdo it and set myself back into a walking cast, I would love to find a place somewhere in between our 2 places to meet up and walk for 2 days a week. I am being very aggressive with the walking as it really is the key to losing weight for me.

So is that something you would be intersted in? Even if we hit Amelia Island and just walked the beach. I know walking on the beach sand is incredibly good workout, but it may kill me the first few times. I am in this 100% with you. I just don't want the disability police to catch me and say I am fine to work, as I am not. I can walk for about 40 minutes now with breaks in between, but I still can't sit for more than 30 minutes or stand for more than 10 without moving. But the walking is helping. I just need more help than I can give myself all alone.

So what do you say, pretty lady? Is this possible for you? emoticon

Big hugs to you, and stay positive! We CAN and WILL do this!

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Fall walks in Southeastern Georgia

Monday, October 22, 2012

Love the photos some of you guys share on here of all the fall foliage. It's fall here too, but it's a subtle season. We are still wearing shorts almost every day.

These first pictures the walking track around the baseball fields at a local park that is a mile from my house.

I would like to know the length of this trail.

I also walk in my neighborhood. It's an old in-town neighborhood. During the day it's pretty quiet. Luckily there isn't much traffic since there aren't sidewalks on all the streets.

The shade is nice.

wildflowers on the side of the road indicate it's fall--most of the trees are evergreen.

The neighbor has an orange tree that is full of oranges. Oranges are in season late in the year--get to your nearest fruit stand and stock up!

We DO have sidewalks too! Isn't the shade terrific?

I'm lucky to live so close to the beach. This one is on Amelia Island, which is off the coast of Florida--only 30 minutes from my house. I love an excuse to go to this area for shopping, eating out, or going to these beautiful beaches. This time of year means very few tourists or locals since all the kids are in school.

Today I went to the county seat to vote. They have a terrific boardwalk along the river and a walking track that I don't know how long it is. I walked for about an hour, but stopped a lot to take pictures of flowers, trees, and butterflies. We do have a bit of color here that signifies the season, but like I've said before, it's subtle.

the boardwalk

Along the river the plant life is profuse.

I love Autumnal decorations. These people are really in the spirit of the season!


A tree with rusty leaves--we do have them here and there!

Palm trees are much more common and their leaves don't change.

Pretty berry bush. Botanists might know it's name, but it's pretty and colorful!

See the butterfly in the wildflowers? There were a lot of both today!

More wildflowers.

I can't believe how good this phone's pictures are! I couldn't resist trying to capture a lot of butterflies and to get shots of each kind of wildflower I noticed.

These people said it would be okay to take their picture. See how nice it is? Jackets only required in the air conditioning!

The river is really swollen and strong here. This same river flows through my mom's town and it's so different there--kind of narrow and shallow. Here it has strong currents and is very deep. It's not far to the Atlantic Ocean where it dumps out.

Whew! Hope you guys enjoyed the tour. I look forward to similar photos from where you live.

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GAYLLYNNE 10/24/2012 6:52AM

    Your pictures are lovely. Do your neighbors let you pick oranges off their trees? That would be awesome!! I would suggest you purchase a pedometer. It would surely tell you how much you have walked!! Thanks for sharing.

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ANGRITTER 10/23/2012 11:06PM

    Those "wildflowers" that are white petals and yellow centers I do believe they are Spanish Nettles and they are a pain in the butt. So whatever you do, please don't take any home or they will grow everywhere and when they get on your clothes, they itch like Satan himself is digging a hole into your skin!

This is the stuff I have been trying to eradicate from my yard for the past several days. They get in the dogs' hair and they are a mess to come out. My t-shirt and shorts from today and COVERED in them and you have to pick them out one by one.

Blah! I really and growing to hate those things, and I try not to hate ANY of mother nature's gifts, but this is one I would regift if I could! LOL!

Other than that, gorgeous!!! And I love that you live that close to me.

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SIM1SAYS 10/23/2012 6:04PM

    Beau-ti-ful! *sigh... West Texas is beautiful but not near green enough at times - love the photos!

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IS1GAR 10/23/2012 2:57PM

    Beautiful pictures, very well captured.
Thank you for sharing!

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BATCHICK 10/23/2012 12:16PM

    what a great idea! very nice pics. if you're wondering about the length of a trail there is an application in the fitness tracker that allows you to map the route you walked (or ran or biked) and it calculates distance and calories and all that good stuff. check it out.

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JESSIG5 10/23/2012 9:12AM

    Hi, nice pictures. I am in Jacksonville but I was born in Georgia and have passed through this part of Georgia many times.

Good luck on your journey to a healthier life style.

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CAROL- 10/23/2012 7:30AM

    Beautiful pictures. So glad you shared!

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DRB13_1 10/23/2012 6:59AM

    Great photos! Our butterflies are pretty much gone now. Bet you get plenty of fresh seafood. Keep walking! emoticon

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IREN0169 10/23/2012 6:37AM

    How beautiful! To be surrounded by nature like that. I really enjoyed your photos and seeing your area. I haven't quite made it to the SE part of GA, Atlanta was as far as I got on my way to Ft. Jackson, but stayed in a little town in the NW where my brother lives and that area was pretty nice too!

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MOONSTORMER 10/23/2012 1:27AM

    wonderful! great to have a better idea of what you are surrounded by - environment is so important!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/23/2012 12:19AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and sharing your neighborhood. It looks very quiet indeed. Lovely!
I also love the boardwalk!
Such great photos!

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