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This grasshopper is measuring well . . .

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thought Iíd share with you a grasshopper that caught my attention while on one of my many walks this week.

Hope those of you in the 5% Spring Challenge are Living the Good Life by measuring or weighing your meals this week. Itís amazing how fast a 4-oz potato becomes 5- or 6-ounce one without much thought. Whether itís a protein, carbohydrate or fat, these added grams, ounces, teaspoons or quarter cups begin to add up quickly to calories that could fall outside the range you desire.

One of my aids is set of polished chrome scoops that I bought at a Weight Watcher class, where the ladle is one-quarter cup, and the other two scoops measure our one-half or a full cup. Just last week, one of our DailySparkers talked about glass dishes that had designer-etched lines that -- to the trained eye -- served as measuring lines.

Getting back to the scales gets your team a little closer to a fun vacation in New York City. Accept the challenge. If this is new to you, just give measuring or weighing a try for one week.

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JUGE300000 5/29/2011 7:53AM

    I don't know why, but your grasshopper made me think of Kung Fu, the TV show in which David Carridine played a Kung Fu master. When he was younger, his mentor called him "grasshopper." So, grasshopper, just keep working and be consistent. You will master your obstacles.

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REJ7777 5/17/2011 5:15PM

    When I look at that grasshopper, I'm amazed (again!) at creation! What camouflage!

And we have to remember how easily, if we don't measure, 10 oz of food can pass as as 8 oz. (1 cup). Measure. Measure. Measure! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/15/2011 9:36PM

    Measuring is a big key to my success, even with healthy things! I was often getting 2 servings of fruit when I thought it was only one.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/15/2011 8:51PM

    My family had become oblivious to seeing my food scale sitting on the kitchen counter or kitchen table during meals for the last four months! I NEVER guess!!

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DREAMGIRL76 5/15/2011 7:04PM

    Thank you for sharing

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GETTHEGAF 5/15/2011 7:00PM

    Those are fine measuring devices.
Do you own a digital scale as well? They are very helpful for pre-packing foods.
When I measure my foods I do much better... Portion control is my nemesis. emoticon

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MELLIL 5/15/2011 5:32PM

    That grasshopper looks to ME like he belongs on the CLOVERLEAFS team! emoticon(yup! i think so!)

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Boogie, boogie . . . New York City here I come!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hope youíre having a fantastic first day. Hereís a couple more photos taken during our time in Australia. Hope my Teddy Bear family made the most their landing in Hobart Australia:

Hereís a cluster of Australian Pines at a nearby park. They look a little like the weeping willow of the pine tree family.

Tamarind is the delightfully unique flavor we find in Worcestershire sauce. My Nepali friends made the most delightfully potato salad with tamarind, turmeric, lime juice, chillies, and cilantro. The tamarind comes from the vanilla-like dark brown bean pod that develops later in the season.

This week's Living the Good Life challenge is the easiest one ever, as I love to track or measure everything for my nutritional tracker.

Hope youíre having a great first day in getting our team to New York City!

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REJ7777 5/14/2011 10:39PM

    My nephew went on a hiking trip in Australia and New Zealand last year. He loved it! He's the one who coaches my sister and I in our hiking. Great coach!

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DREAMGIRL76 5/14/2011 7:44PM

    Beautiful pics, thank you for sharing.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/14/2011 6:08PM

    Keep those pics coming - LOVE 'EM!! I had a great day putting in mileage for NYC!!

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Fitness minutes add up nicely . . .

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fitness really ďdoes a body good!Ē I have to keep telling myself this type of message, as it still is not motivating me to move it like the Teddy Bear Challenges do!

I slept in late this morning so I'll likely wait until closer to sunset to walk the neighborhood to see if my burrowing owls are tucked away in their homes or not.

In the meantime, I am listening to the SparkVoices in my head and working in some ten-minute fitness routines I havenít done in a while. Ceriís marching came to mind, something I did while catching up on the news of the day. The 20-minute resistant band video by Coach Nichole is another one of my favorites I managed to work in. Before you know it, these minutes add up quite nicely. Go Teddy Bears: Don't forget to log your fitness miles before midnight (there's more to our race than reaching Australia first, but first place feels pretty great!).

Hereís my photo of the day! I love Chana Masala (curried chickpeas). If chickpeas could grow on trees, I imagine this is how they would look. (smile, smile)

Special thanks to Bitemenco for learning that this is a carrotwood tree (cupaniopsis anacardioides) and is invasive to this area of SW Florida. This tree is native to Australia, Irian Jaya (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea.

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DREAMGIRL76 5/14/2011 3:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat an inspiration you are and I love a late day walk. Enjoy!

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LASARRE 5/13/2011 7:05PM

    Great job on getting those fitness minutes in :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/13/2011 5:57PM

    Great job adding your fitness min.! I still have to get mine in for the night, but will before the midnight deadline.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/13/2011 5:07PM

    I hope we have caught up a little in the last day! I was sad to hear those doggies had run past us. We all just need to come out of hibernation!!

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COOP9002 5/13/2011 2:54PM

    Nice job on getting it done.

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CANDOK1260 5/13/2011 2:43PM

    yep, you beat us cats again have a nice weekend

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REJ7777 5/13/2011 2:34PM

    emoticon Good for you in getting your fitness minutes in! emoticon

I agree. Being in first place is pretty nice! emoticon emoticon

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BITEMENCO 5/13/2011 2:04PM

    I did a little searching for you - it's a carrotwood tree (Cupaniopsis anacardioides), and is considered to be an invasive exotic in places like Florida!

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/13/2011 1:05PM

    I canít seem to figure out what kind of tree it is. I called the bookstore twice because I thought my ears were clogged or that I had another brain fart. So embarrassing! Itís a huge shade tree . . . he only knows it by a carrot (sp?) tree . . . do you know it?

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Fitness . . . A walk on the wild side

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My southern vacationland has a lot of the same sort of horticulture you might find in Australia . . . so I thought I would share some more photographs from my fitness walk. This gave me another wonderfully enjoyable day of fitness done early enough in the day (before the afternoon highs of 96F set an all-time record).

I walked the boardwalk again today with camera in hand and found the following raccoon tracks along my path.

Check out this cool Aratus Pisonii (Mangrove Tree Crab). He was so hard to capture as every time I moved my camera towards him, he moved out of my sight. I think I finally wore him out. (smile, smile)

This area of wild coffee plants provides nectar for the Zebra Long Wing Butterfly and berries for many small mammals and birds. It makes an excellent shade loving shrub for home landscapes.

Hope youíre finding some fun ways to work in your fitness minutes (Teddy Bear miles).

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REJ7777 5/13/2011 2:38PM

    What a delightful place to enjoy getting your fitness minutes in! Can't believe you were able to catch a photo of that tree crab.

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 5/13/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing your photos. I would love to be there!Congratulations on your weight loss!

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NINJA-NED 5/13/2011 8:15AM

    lovely photos! thanks for sharing. emoticon

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PEEKINGOUT 5/13/2011 1:56AM

    I look forward to your photos and experiences on your walks.
Love those raccoon tracks! Thanks

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STEPHIEKNITS 5/12/2011 10:00PM

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/12/2011 9:25PM

    Wow - you are exercising in 96 degree weather? I would WILT! That crab is really cool!!

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CERIUSLY 5/12/2011 8:37PM

    Thanks for sharing Evelyn! You find the most interesting things to photograph

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/12/2011 6:23PM

    Love that you walk with a camera, keep sharing those photos! Last week our our walk, DH and I spotted 4 deer and a coyote! Wildlife make the walks so much more fun.

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SHELLEY147 5/12/2011 5:51PM

    I absolutely love seeing all the photos you take on your walks! :) You and Sheila (jakeandnellie) always make me jealous! LOL

Soon enough, it will be summer vacation and the kiddo and I will be checking out all the parks up here to find the best (and most senic!) hiking trails! :)

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Thank you! Todayís fitness is with the Mangroves

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm in awe of what happens when one is in the Teddy Bear Spotlight! It's unbelievable the impact all these notes and goodies have on one's psyche. I had planned to take a mini fitness break today, and I worked it the whole 120 minutes again (And we've already landed . . . thanks to three segments of walking the mall, nature, and a little strength training.)

Hereís a cluster of white mangroves as I enter the park. They usually occur in higher elevations than the red or black mangroves and can be easily differentiated from the other mangrove species by its leaves and root system. The leaves are rounded at the base and the tip and are smooth underneath. Each leaf has two glands, called nectarines, at its base that excrete sugar (insect food).

The large round growths you see on some of the mangrove trees are called burls. While on the path, I learn that these burls are commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots form dormant buds. They do no harm to the tree and slowly grow larger until the tree dies of natural causes.

Red mangroves grow closest to the water and are easy to recognize with their many stilt roots. Roots are usually submerged at high tide and provide an exceptional nursery for many of the game and shellfish in the area. The seeds of the mangroves germinate while still on the tree and float atop the water, therefore allowing them to colonize the distant shores. The inner bark is red, and is the source from which the tree gets its name.

What looks like trails between the red mangroves are not paths to be walked. If you would decide to, you would sink down to your waist or possibly even higher. Mangroves take root in this muck and stabilize the soil.

Thank you, Teddy Bears, for putting me in the spotlight today. You kids sure know how to make my day . . . and yes, I'm a Clint Eastwood fan, too! Thank you! Where do you find your inspiration?

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SVELTEWARRIOR 5/12/2011 6:31PM

    Love the path in your picture. I would love to walk with you!!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/12/2011 2:13AM

    Beautiful pix and descriptions Ev...thanks. I feel as if I got to enjoy the walk right along with you. Wish I was there to accompany you in enjoying the nature around you.

My inspiration comes from hiking at Yosemite. Don't get to go as often as I would like...but love it when I do go. And always keep hiking from Glacier Point to the Valley Floor at Yosemite at the top of my bucket list.
Hugs, BevBear emoticonTeam

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PEEKINGOUT 5/12/2011 1:44AM

    What a beautiful path to walk along. I felt like I was there with you.
Thank you so much for taking photos and telling us about your adventures.

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BITEMENCO 5/12/2011 12:29AM

    I want to take walks with YOU!

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REJ7777 5/11/2011 9:01PM

    What a beautiful trail to walk on! Is that a boardwalk? I love walking on those, and especially under a canapť of trees like that. I'm coming right over to take a walk with you!

I'm so glad that you were encouraged and motivated by being in the spotlight! I've always found that the support on SP is phenomenal.

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/11/2011 8:51PM

    I love your blogs and pictures! I am an outdoor nut, so they make me want to run over to wherever you've depicted or described, and go for a walk!

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MARTHAWILL 5/11/2011 8:37PM

    Congratulations for being TBITS and getting to feel very special. Love reading your blogs. They are inspiring and educational. You go!

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SHELLEY147 5/11/2011 8:28PM

    you are amazing Evelyn and truly deserve the spotlight!! CONGRATS to you my friend!! ~hugs~

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