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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Having a lazy weekend with Mom. So close to earning my next level trophy in SparkPoints! It's fun to see the new trophies and medals.
We had tornadoes in the state; my BFF's home had some minor damage, but others in her neighborhood were not so fortunate. Y'all be careful out there!

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CATIATM 4/20/2011 2:53PM

    Congrats on your new trophy! emoticon

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 4/19/2011 9:37AM

    va had some of that bad weather.

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/18/2011 6:13PM

    Yes, we must be careful! It is crazy out there. We had terrible weather in Arkansas, too!

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REJ7777 4/18/2011 6:03PM

    I'm sure glad that you're safe! emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 4/18/2011 7:44AM

    Scary weather this weekend, huh?! Glad your BFF is okay, and you too!

Go for the next level! I like them too!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/17/2011 9:37PM

    I am glad you are all OK! emoticon

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41SUSAN14 4/17/2011 12:00PM

    I can totally relate to "so close to the next level..."

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/17/2011 8:55AM

    Boy the mid-west is really having goofy weather, snow and tornadoes emoticon

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BEFIT014 4/17/2011 7:07AM

    Ooh, tornadoes-they make me SO nervous! Glad you're all OK!

Did you reach the next level yet emoticon emoticon

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    Those tornadoes have been awful! I'm glad you're doing OK! emoticon

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Garden planting preparation

Saturday, April 09, 2011

What did Coach Nicole say in one of her recent Daily Spark blogs about exercise?
- make it fun, make it easy, make it social.
The Pilates class I went to stirred up my lower back pain. emoticon NOT fun.
So Friday I decided to take another approach. The sun was shining, the lawn had been mowed, and my garden bed was beckoning to be weeded. Taking a large plastic bag out to collect the refuse, I geared up with the gloves, wide brimmed hat, shovel and rake and spent the next hour and a half pulling anything I couldn't identify. Last year I planted something that grew large woody stalks (never did figure out what it was SUPPOSED to be), so the shovel was needed to uproot those. In the end, I was quite pleased with my progress.
The red tulips I planted have bloomed beautifully, so I was inspired to go pick up some additional floral packs to place around the mailbox - ended up choosing yellow dahlias.
Add in some multicolored petunias, and the front of the house says "welcome." I also found some pretty blue plants that will find a home.
Then for the seedlings - tomatoes, spinach, jalapeņos & herbs-rosemary, basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme, dill, & stevia. Then throw in some other options (artichokes) and pick up some seed packs for beans. Lavender just for the smell.
While I was filling my cart with little seedlings, a guy my dad's age stops by and tells me I don't look like a gardener. I laugh and tell him I plan to do my best. He gives me some pointers, like how to spot two tomato seedlings in a pack for the price of one, and explains how he was finally able to grow pineapples at home despite the climate. I chit chat with the salesperson over the flower options and prices, and thank him when finally heading out to the car with my booty. When I get home, I call the neighbors and ask them if there are any special requests to the planting season.
All in all, a good day!

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MYRNACARRIER 4/19/2011 5:11PM

    I grew a garden last year. Picture is on my main page.
It is only 8 ft. x 4 ft.
I probably got about 30 lbs. of tomatoes from my three plants.
I also got green beans, jalepeno peppers, carrots, lettuce.
I was so enthused with the produce. I am planting again this year.
I have already planted some shallots.
The rest will have to wait for a white because it is not quite warm enough yet to put seedlings out in the Pacific Northwest yet.
A garden is good for your soul.

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CATIATM 4/14/2011 4:00PM

    What a fun read! I love your attitude! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/10/2011 9:58AM

    I agree gardening is both exercise and very satisfying

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    I loved your blog! Yes, I got some "pointers" the other day, too! My pointers were not so educational, but I was really glad to see the excitement in the newer gardener's face as he shared his new-found knowledge! emoticon

My husband is headed out to do garden prep this morning as I head to Lowes to work. I will be so glad to see all the plants coming up! Hurray for gardens! emoticon

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MARLYD 4/9/2011 9:54AM

    I'm starting to think about what to plant too. It is still way too early to plant anything here - night-time temperatures are still around freezing. But I can still do garden prep!

Enjoy your garden!

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WRITERMOM73 4/9/2011 9:06AM

    Dig up those dahlias at the end of the season, clean off the dirt and store them in the basement or other cool, dry place and you can put them back out in the spring next year. You'll end up with more tubers than you'll know what to do with!

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MINDYJ1 4/9/2011 9:00AM

    Enjoyed your blog! I have been thinking about planting a few things this spring too!

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WANT2BEFIT10 4/9/2011 8:52AM

    I'm so excited to plant a garden this year; I have to wait a month yet because the Minnesota climate wouldn't be very nice to seedlings yet!

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    Well, it sounds like you are on a wonderful path and that your weather is far warmer than ours. We had freezing temps this morning & expect the same tomorrow. However, I have pea seeds soaking & will plant them in the garden tomorrow.

I hope you have a lovely garden & enjoy everything you plant.


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Garden planning

Friday, April 08, 2011

Tentative list so far: tomatoes (trying topsy-turvey method), spinach, lettuce (several varieties), broccoli (is this the season or not?), bell pepper & jalepenos, green beans;
then for herbs: basil, thyme, dill, chives, cilantro, ginger, rosemary & sage.
Spent over an hour weeding, plan to till, lay out the plot locations for everything, then plant.
Hoping the birds and rabbits don't think it's a buffet! emoticon emoticon

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OTRADIOGIRL 4/25/2011 1:00PM

    Wow that is great I wouldn't have thought to plant spinach! Thanks looking for new things for the garden this year!

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IAM_HIS2 4/14/2011 2:22PM

    Goods great...I am going to do raised beds this year. Can't wait to hear about your veggies and how much you are enjoying them!

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FIRESTARINFINI 4/10/2011 12:16AM

    Cherry tomatoes are the best for the topsy turvy method. Try planting some other plants to distract the birds!

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CYNTHIALEE45 4/9/2011 5:59PM

    My herb garden is now a clean slate. I have begun my list of plants I want to get.

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STRINGI719 4/9/2011 3:41PM

    Rosemary is the BEST!!! It's so hardy, it's one of the only things in our yard that survived the freeze this winter, and when we lived in Phoenix, the ones we had there were fine in 115 degrees, too!!!

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LINDYPOWER 4/9/2011 12:02AM

    check with your local cooperative extension for all the info you need on gardening. Linda

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    I call my DH Elmer Fudd because he's always looking for those blasted wabbits! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/8/2011 10:56PM

    I love gardens! That topsy turvy contraption didnt work out for me last year.Good luck!! YUM

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CRAZYSTEPPER 4/8/2011 9:06PM

    I am also clearing up the garden and moving perennials around the yard. We have started more herbs inside. Chard, lettuce, and spinach is coming up in the cold frames. Going to be a while for the tomatoes- but the mint and the lemon balm is coming up big time. Ginger, now that sounds interesting! Wow - that was crazy wind going through N.C. on Monday and Tuesday!

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FOREVERCITRUS82 4/8/2011 6:25PM

    Sounds yummy! Good luck getting everything planted!

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A big change - less TV

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

One major difference I have noticed in my daily activities since joining SP is that I am not spending nearly as much time on the couch watching TV. Since OWN bumped F'itTV's exercise schedule, I don't even have Cathe to watch during the day. The crime shows make my blood pressure rise so I avoid them anyway emoticon
Just saying... this is a good habit for me to develop - making time to be more active
(and not eat mindlessly in front of the boob tube).

What is something that has changed in your routine?

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IAM_HIS2 4/8/2011 9:29AM

    Good for you!! That's great news. I rarely watch TV, when I do it's a dvd. You will have more time to do things that you like.

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LAURIEB27 4/7/2011 2:01PM

    Same here! I used to make sure I caught up on all the shows and now, I am too busy with exercise to care if I keep up! :)


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PAIGESMAMA 4/7/2011 10:34AM

    Good for you. Less TV is always a good thing. I have been working on a regular bed time. It makes me more rested in the morning and it makes for better days.

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/7/2011 10:11AM

    Less TV but way more computer time, so I am still sitting emoticon

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    emoticonThat's terrific!

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DRB13_1 4/7/2011 10:05AM

    Thanks for all the comments. I'll try to exercise while the TV is on as much as possible, not mindlessly eat in front of it, and turn it off & get my needed sleep at night! emoticon

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    I go to bed at 930 every night....

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STRINGI719 4/7/2011 8:32AM

    Way to go! I still watch, but in moderation. And I don't sit down in front of the TV with a big cup of coffee and a sweet treat anymore the way I used to!

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  I don't watch much tv anymore. And I think it's wonderful and much more peaceful.

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KLSIMPSON70 4/7/2011 12:05AM

    For me, it's been less reading. That may sound like a bad thing, but I'm a true bookworm. Too often I would come home from work and plop down on the couch with a book. But not anymore! Now I come home and throw on my workout clothes and go for a run or a ride :)

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Reflections on a "down" day

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I've noticed a personal trend - whenever it rains, it's almost as if my body barometer also bottoms out. My energy and motivation are lower than normal, and I would happily stay indoors if possible. Today was one of those days, sigh. Now that I've identified this tendency, I can start planning alternative activities and make these days productive instead of losses.
I did meet with the trainer at the gym today for orientation, but it was really just to "get the lay of the land" and not to workout. This particular facility is associated with Duke Medicine, so there are a large number of rehabilitating patients and older seniors in attendance. I guess I was surprised, but I should not have been. What was a little disappointing is although they have both outdoor and indoor short tracks (15 laps indoors for a mile and 8 laps outdoors for a mile), it doesn't look like I will be able to run intervals indoors because of the patients using walkers to go around the track that I'd have to dodge. I may use the outdoor track for occasional speed work, but the scenery will be more interesting to do my long walks and runs on the trail or through the neighborhood.
There is a small pool, so I can do some water walking.
emoticon Still trying to put the pieces together to reach goal weight this year and maintain. Using all the resources at my disposal to the best of my ability. Most of all, need to DO things, not simply think about them or hope. emoticon
emoticon Tomorrow will be a fresh start. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYNTHIALEE45 4/8/2011 7:18AM

    There is no motivator like sunshine for me. I have more energy, eat better, and have more interest in doing things. There have been so many overcast & dreary days lately that I am really struggling, so I know what you mean. It might help to choose some "rainy day" projects, like redecorating a room, trying new healthy recipes, or something else indoors that you look forward to doing.

I'm so happy you met with a trainer. I LOVE the trainers at my gym--they are so fantastic at making you feel good about yourself. I'm sure you will find a solution to the indoor track.

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STRINGI719 4/6/2011 6:03PM

    You CAN do it!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 4/6/2011 11:17AM

    Do ask about the track. There is almost always a lane for runners.
I know what you mean about the rain too. I just want to curl up on the couch under my "coma inducing" blanket and relax. My house has a skylight (built in 1984) so the rain is incredibly loud-sometimes to the point that I can't watch TV.

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/6/2011 9:37AM

    Ask about the track, usually there is always a lane for runners.

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CATIATM 4/6/2011 6:55AM

    I know what you mean. We've had almost constant rain here since January, and some days, I just want to stay in bed. Maybe curl up with a book. Definitely not jump out of bed and do things. Good for you for bucking the trend! emoticon

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LIBRARYLASS 4/6/2011 1:48AM

    I'm sorry it was a down day, but good for you for identifying what you can do. Take care and I hope tomorrow is better.

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    I need a fresh start, too. Let's start together! emoticonTomorrow is a new day! emoticon

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JUSFOLK 4/5/2011 11:02PM

    I'm sure you'll find your "groove". Perhaps you'll find a soul-mate or two in this new environment:)

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