Tuesday, November 04, 2014
This past summer, I discovered that the activity I dearly love is outdoor project work - the more difficult, the better. :) Some SP friends asked me to post pictures when they were mostly complete, so I'm following through. I admit it - my photography is abominable, but I promised.
First, the cleaned and renovated pond, "re-rocked" with a stone waterfall (not running in pic), and a retaining wall for what I planted - spring bulbs, iris, daylilies, black-eyed Susans, comfrey, Echinacea, etc.
Eight new gardens dug and planted, some also walled.
Kitchen garden for herbs, dinner veggies, and a few flowers:
Also, three cords of firewood cut and stacked, three acres of high tensile wire fenceline cleared and the wire pulled, and fields first-cut bush hogged.
All in all, a very productive few months...and I have "new" muscles! I'm so very grateful to be able to move, to walk, to carry, to bend, and to stand back up. :) Life is great! I'm determined to maintain the muscle I've built and the weight loss over the winter months.
Thank you, friends, for all your encouragement and your comments during this process. You guys rock!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
June 24, 2014:
A Spark article I read yesterday suggested that starting over might be a good idea for someone who's been stuck for a while. I've been losing and gaining the same 10 pounds for eight months now, and I think that qualifies me as "stuck". I've resisted, believing perseverance, not starting over, is what I needed to do because STARTING is something I do really well, but finishing has been more elusive.
Then came the "messages." My new team leader posted a quote yesterday, "If you want what you do not have, you must do what you have not done" (thanks, ZanyGirl1!), and then BUTTERFLY made a comment this morning about new beginnings.
...sometimes we just HAVE to pay attention to the "coincidental" things around us, and this morning I decided. I've been here long enough to understand that sometimes we have to just bite the bullet and change something, no matter how uncomfortable it is (or maybe BECAUSE it's uncomfortable).
So here I am, starting over, Day #1. I'm tempted to sigh, but I refuse to see this as failure, and am instead going to cheer for myself for the courage to A) Try again and B) Tell all of you!
Now it's time to put what I've learned to work. Thank you, dear friends. You guys are the BEST!
Sunday, June 01, 2014
As promised! Auntie Reba on the left, Mama Ruby on the right, and the newest edition...well, it's obvious. :) If you look really closely, you can see the second one peeking out from Mama's feathers, but it's really hard to see. I don't think the rest of the eggs are going to hatch, so this might be it for this "generation" - good thing because the coop isn't huge. :)
Isn't new life amazing? Have a great day, everyone.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
I'm quite late in "submitting" my promised report following week #4 of my 30 Days of Fit Food challenge - oops. But this update will be a bit more than just that - I've been doing a lot of thinking, and am owning up to some faults, kind of thinking out loud about future steps....so this is longer than usual.
Challenges have not been my forte here - I don't think I'm a great team member because I...well, I'm not sure why. Whatever the reasons, I find myself doing the challenge, but keeping it private, not really "checking in" and not ever keeping up with the threads beyond an occasional blip. As for this one, I DID complete all the steps, did what was "assigned," and got the T-shirt (well, the virtual trophy). Along the way I reaped some unexpected bonuses (more about those in a minute). But if the point of a team challenge is to be part of a community while doing all those things, I'm afraid I continue to fail miserably. I'll have to think about this loner walk - maybe it needs to change, and maybe it doesn't.
As for bonus benefits, well, I'm eating much healthier, I don't feel as if the food controls me, and I've actually eaten within my calorie range most days...something that I haven't done many times since November before this challenge. What that brings me is some of the confidence I'd "misplaced" for a while, and a sunnier outlook about what I CAN do.
The good news: I've started a new challenge of 100 days. The plan is to map out my food choices for a week at a time, shop AFTER the list is made, and then eat according to my pre-planned menu. Of course, changes are made as necessary, but the road map really helps me. I know, I know... I should have known that already after 1.5 years here...hard head. I've found the hard way that I cannot (that should all be in caps) plan and log one meal at a time, because then I ALWAYS exceed all sorts of limits, even when I think I'm doing everything right. I've worked this plan for a week so far (didn't want to talk about it till I'd seen I could follow through) and it's going really well. Seven days down and ninety-three to go!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Okay, so what if it's not going exactly as I expected...or more precisely, so what if the blessed SCALE isn't going in the direction I expected. But there IS progress nonetheless!
With 22 of the 30 days done, I'm frankly feeling more healthy than when I started, but the greater effect seems to be in my attitude. I'm frankly "engaged" in my day to day life, feeling more connected to myself than in a long while. I know that must sound odd...
I've added a qigong class (Dragon's Way variety) and have been paying more attention to increasing unusual fruits and vegetables in my daily diet along with less salt and less sugar. Interesting how spring gives the special sort of energy needed for change.
Thanks to each of you for your comments, your questions, your cheers, and your support in all sorts of ways as I try to break out of the winter rut into which I fell. You guys are awesome!
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