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Spring Fever?

Friday, April 09, 2010

Spring fever a term describing common psychological symptoms occurring in the spring season. In general it refers to an increase in energy, vitality and particularly sexual appetite. Sometimes it is the oppositive an unexpected loss of energy with the onset of spring.
In the northern hemisphere the symptoms usually arise from mid-march to mid-april, and depending on the person may be more or less pronounced, weariness (despite an adequate amount of sleep) sensitivity to changes in the weather, dizziness, irritability, headaches and aching joints and a lack of drive are the most common. Hormone balance may play a role.
You can look up the rest of it on Wikipedio
I have seen a lot of people on Spark that are showing these signs and don't know what it is.
I thought it would be interesting to look it up and see what the experts say. I think we are all having some of the symptoms.

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WOOBIE0902 4/15/2010 8:02PM

    I wonder how much is due to the time change?? I love spring, (hate summer) and love seeing all my perennials start poking through the ground!!!

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MS.ELENI 4/9/2010 7:19PM

    Sounds interesting.

I picked up an acorn squash today.

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    Thanks for posting this.I get the cleaning urge around this time of year,

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Butternut Squash

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I have been craving butternut squash for about two weeks. Isn't that strange? I'm glad its not fattening. I thin slice them, coat them in olive oil, season with salt, cayenne pepper, garlic, Mrs. Dash spices, bake them about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. They are wonderful.
I looked them up and they are full of vitamin A. I must need the vitamins.
I finally got through with my walking and bicycling. I am tired. I do not think I will do my weight lifting tonight. I do so much better if I do my exercising in the morning. We had to help our son by taking our granddaughter to kindergarten. It's a hour round trip. That takes up your morning. But its okay, we have to help our kids when they need us.
I hope everyone has a peaceful night.

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WOOBIE0902 4/15/2010 8:04PM

    Acorn squash is my favorite...........yummy with a teeny bit of butter, cinnamon and splenda brown sugar!!!!

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TIME4COFFEE 4/8/2010 4:34AM

    Sounds delicious. I've been roasting different vegetables quite abit and love them! A while back I got a counter top Breville Smart Oven (it's like a toaster oven on steroids) and I plan to continue roasting with it even in the heat of summer since it doesn't heat up the kitchen like my big oven does. Thanks for the idea!

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    Roasted veggies are my favorite. I LOVE butternut squash. Roasted big .. roasted more like strips .. as a soup ...

In fact I HAVE part of one in the fridge .. and now I'm going to have as part of dinner :)


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MS.ELENI 4/7/2010 7:58PM

    I like butternut too. I started to buy one of those green ones that are shaped like a small pumpkin but didn't know how to cook it.

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MAMAFISH1 4/7/2010 7:12PM

    I love that also. I always steam it. I'll have to try your way, maybe on the grill. Sounds yummy.

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    LOL i was craving spaghetti squash and had some with ground beef and salsa.It was so yummy.Lisa

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Good Day

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Its been a good day. I have ate healthy and sensible. I have done my exercises.
I have been with people I loved. I have encouraged someone. I feel good about me today.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/7/2010 10:56AM

  emoticon ... great to hear!! :)

have a great day!

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MS.ELENI 4/6/2010 10:46PM

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day 92

Monday, April 05, 2010

Its been a great day. The sun is shining, there is a cool breeze blowing. I have completed all my exercise and have stayed within my calorie range. I can't believe 92 days have passed since I started this trip again with Spark. It seems like I really want to learn to eat healthy and not worry about every little thing. I have learned something so far, I have to be committed to my program. I wanted so bad this weekend to go out and eat and I mean fried foods and sweets. I Know if I want to lose 10 pounds this month I have to stay on program. I know I could have anything I want but I questioned did I want ten pounds gone this month or did I want to eat stuff that wasn't good for me to start with. I decided to eat healthy. I feel like I am coming right along on learning to make choices that are good for me. Don't get me wrong I'm not perfect last month I only lost five pounds because I decided to eat fried seafood and have a brownie. I stayed within my calories, I did not binge, I planned to go to the coast and eat at a restaurant we like and eat fried and a sweet. I enjoyed it very much.
I also wanted some chip and dip and I got that. I enjoyed that. I was perfectly happy to get right back to eating my vegetables and making wise choices. I was in control. That is saying something for someone like me who will binge. I made the choices. I ate reasonable amounts and was satisfied. I am learning I have to make choices. I do not want anything in particular now except fresh vegetables. I am trying to convince myself I do not want anything different for maybe three or four months where I can lose 30 or 40 pounds. I do not want to get it in my head I can not have this or that. I can have anything I want, just do I really want it or do I need more water, more calcium, or what. Do I just need to talk it out with a Spark friend if I'm wanting to eat for other reasons beside nourishment. I know some times we want something because it just taste good. It may not be really good for us but we still want it. If I can control these kinds of craving then I will be back on track and live my life with no worries of should I have this or that, I will make the wise decisions. I learned something else kind of scary today, my heart got to racing and acting strange and I had just got through doing all my workout and I was checking my calories and nourishment and I did not have enough nourishment to run my body. I got real serious about eating enough to run the body today.
I can not do like I use to, try to do all the exercises, run a house, do office work on just a few calories. The calories that Spark recommends is right on the money and I know to lose and run your body right you have to eat. Wow. Have to eat. I have always thought you had to suffer when you dieted. Oh that's right I'm not dieting I'm learning a new life style. I love Spark and all my Spark friends.

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TIME4COFFEE 4/5/2010 9:59PM

    Bravo! You've got the right outlook and I'm impressed!

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MUSICBEAR14 4/5/2010 9:38PM

    great blog. i really enjoyed it. keep it up

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MS.ELENI 4/5/2010 8:43PM

    I think you are doing awesome.Great blog emoticon

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

My husband went and got our grandson this morning. He is seven years old and is autistic.
My husband was going to cut a tree down and we knew he would really enjoy being a part of cutting the tree down. We put safety glasses on him and me and him got way back and watched poppa cut the tree down. He was totally impressed that his poppa could cut a tree down. He helped poppa clear some limbs and pile them up. He would get tickled at poppa trying to start the saw, the noise it made. Our yorkie wants to run at the saw and bite it for making that noise and our grandson was so tickled at her. While poppa was cutting limbs off the tree we walked down to the creek to look at some culverts. He thinks those big culverts are so neat and he has to explain how the water goes in them to keep from over flowing the road. He loves technical things and wants to know how everything works. He is such a joy. We did not know whether he would ever talk and when he finally did he has not stopped and we just enjoy him so much. We had to have a break and have a drink and a snack because we had worked so hard. Poppa took him home and we went grocery shopping for a few things. There were so many people out it was unreal. I suppose people were buying outfits, baskets, food for their family's and etc. W e got our food and came home and I fixed us some spaghetti. I put musadine wine in it with all the tomatoes, garlic, spices and you talk about something good it was. We can't wait to eat some more tomorrow it will have had time to marinate more. We also got some marinated Asparagus at the store and that was real good to eat along with the spaghetti. I had a banana with a tablespoon of Nutella on it. Looking at this I realize I have strange taste. Oh well that's what makes the world an interesting place with all our differences. I think I got enough walking in today so I'm just going to Spark and catch up on checking on some of my friends.
Hope everyone has a great Easter. Oh have any of you heard of the pine trees about now when they are blooming form a cross at the tip. I went out and looked and I saw a few I bet in the next couple of weeks they will form a lot of crosses. Isn't Easter a lot earlier than it use to be. I thought I remembered it being around the three week in April.

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FRANCOPHILE619 4/5/2010 6:11PM

    sounds like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

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TIME4COFFEE 4/3/2010 10:37PM

    It sounds like a very nice day with loved ones. I'm glad your grandson is such a joy to you!

I haven't tried Nutella but I've been considering it. I've read a few people talking about liking it.

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy that spaghetti!
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MS.ELENI 4/3/2010 9:41PM

    The trees with the crosses are all over the place here.I went last year and took several pictures of them.I may look them up on my computer and post them tomorrow.It is interesting to see.
It sounds like you had a fun day. emoticon

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