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.
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!
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.
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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