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Strawberry Pie

Saturday, March 16, 2013

For those of you who have read my recent blogs and posts about strawberry season and strawberry pie, I've shared the recipe on SP. Here's the link:

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MINNA72 4/19/2013 4:19AM

    Yum, This looks so good! Have to try this (after I figure out all the equivalent stuff you've used)!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/18/2013 9:39PM

    Yummy! I love emoticon

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/17/2013 3:52AM

    Went to it... the picture is very appetizing :)

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MICKEYH 3/16/2013 5:40PM

    Alie, This pie looks so yummy and thanks for sharing. I will definitely try it. emoticon emoticon

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TURTLETALK 3/16/2013 2:45PM

    That looks really yummy.

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POPSY190 3/16/2013 2:24PM

    It looks spectacular. Thank you.

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Walking / Running Blessings

Saturday, March 09, 2013

This time of year, I can't help but be grateful for living where it's warm, and lately since I've added walking and running to my exercise program, I cannot really understand why I ever stopped. As you'll see, I am blessed to live near a quite beautiful and safe place where I can walk or run any time of the day or night.

This week, I've taken some pictures of my favorite walking / running path and yesterday I promised my 5% team-mates on the emoticon A team that I'd post them, so here you go.....

A 2 minute warm up walk from my house takes me to the Intracoastal waterway where the city maintains a nice walking / jogging path along the sea wall. I'll apologize for the quality of these pics, since they're from my phone. They were taken on two different days. I normally do my walking / jogging intervals up to the draw bridge you can just see in the background of this picture:



These two were taken yesterday by DH who was only walking and you might be able to just barely see me in blue running away from the camera in the distance.



So, I walk / jog along this stretch to the draw bridge you could see in the background of the picture (it was open at the time), then return finishing my training, and then walk the rest of the way back to the house. These last ones I took myself (also from phone) on the way back on Wednesday.



These are darker since it was close to sunset when I finished on that day, and they're taken on my return walk. This one is looking back toward the bridge.



There is always a breeze along the waterway, even in summer when it's really hot, so it's cooler than anywhere else in the city.



We like this part of the city where houses weren't allowed to be built directly on the water, so that it's free for all to use. The houses are across the street, and many of them have docks for boats or fishing. Since the walkway is public, most have locked gates to keep them secure. The white gate you see in this one is one of them.



There are so many of my neighbors using this walking path, it's nice to see everyone out, walking, jogging, pushing baby carriages, walking or jogging with dogs, or just playing frisbee in the grassy areas.

Some of you have wondered why I like to walk so much, and now you can see part of the reason why it's one of my favorite forms of exercise. The round trip to the bridge and back is just over 3 miles and as my running training progresses, I'm running more of it and the time is getting faster. Soon, I'll be crossing the bridge to expand my route to a longer distance.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing where I like to exercise!

  
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GWINNER1 3/10/2013 9:28PM

    How beautiful Alison! I see why you enjoy walking this route. I'd love it too. I like walking too but the scenery is not nearly as pretty and the weather doesn't cooperate either. emoticon

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MINNA72 3/10/2013 5:29PM

    Oh, that is so pretty! And totally envious of the weather! :)

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LIVERIGHTNOW 3/10/2013 2:12PM

    jealous! How wonderful! Thank you for sharing your pics

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MICKEYH 3/9/2013 6:51PM

    Love your walking path!! We are so lucky to live warmer climate. I enjoy all year around where I live also. Sometime I feel so sorry for my friends who live up noth in the cold winter time. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS 3/9/2013 6:13PM

    A walk like that would be very, very good reason to walk! How beautiful, Alie!

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TURTLETALK 3/9/2013 5:48PM

    How beautiful. I love to walk but I don't have anything like that on my route!

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GINNABOOTS 3/9/2013 4:55PM

    Just beautiful. I am waiting for the snow to melt and then it will be beautiful, but not yet. Thank you for sharing, I wish I was there to go running!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/9/2013 4:34PM

    What a beautiful setting, to have to walk in; wish I had somewhere like that to walk. Thank you for sharing your walk with us.

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POPSY190 3/9/2013 3:41PM

    What a glorious outside gym you have! We are lucky, too, to have safe and beautiful surroundings and I much prefer to walk outside than on the treadmill.

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5% Week 2 Blog #7 - What else would I like to share with my team (and everyone else)?

Friday, March 08, 2013

For me, this will just be simply a heartfelt thank you for all the inspiration, encouragement and advice you've all given me. Positive reinforcements from our team mates and other Sparkfriends can really inspire us to do more than we thought we could. I just love being an emoticon A! So, thank for all your support! Let's keep rockin’ all the way to the UK.

P.S. I’m looking forward to the stretching….should be much easier in more ways than one, (and something I do anyway, but not always 10 minutes, so good habit building)!
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POPSY190 3/8/2013 8:09PM

    Thank you for your blogs which I have enjoyed. I've done one stretching session today and will fit in another later. I think I'm going to enjoy this challenge just as much as the blogging one!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/8/2013 7:57PM

    Alie, glad you are part of the emoticon A team! emoticon

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/8/2013 7:16PM

    LOL! I said that too about the stretching... HA! Great minds!!!

Thanks to you too, Alie!!!!

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SLIMLEAF 3/8/2013 5:49PM

    I'm glad you're enjoying being Awesome! emoticon

Keep up the good work!

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MICKEYH 3/8/2013 5:27PM

    I am right with you Alie, So glad we are emoticon A's together. emoticon emoticon do you think Yoga count as stretching? emoticon emoticon

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PILLYWIGGIN 3/8/2013 4:44PM

    Totally agree with you Alie! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 3/8/2013 4:37PM

    I just love this challenge and this team!


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KRISTINSGOALS 3/8/2013 4:24PM

    These blogs have been so fun to read, Alie! I'm looking forward to the stretching too...

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Healthy Habit part #6 - What advice or motivation help do I need?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Through this week’s blogs on developing or strengthening a healthy habit, many of you have made suggestions and shared tips and encouragement on how to get enough F&V servings each day. I’ve certainly appreciated everyone’s comments and suggestions. emoticon

Any other tips are always welcome! Other than that, I don’t think I really have any other specific advice on this subject that I could ask for. Hmm….I guess I do know where to ask when I do though!

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MILADY_LCF 3/8/2013 12:49AM

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MICKEYH 3/7/2013 11:32PM

    Yes, you are so right about this. And thank you and teams, all my SP friend so much. I appreciate all of the support we are getting here in SP.
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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 3/7/2013 9:39PM

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PREDFAN 3/7/2013 8:31PM

    That is one of the best things about the support here on Sparks, everyone is willing to share and help! You couldn't ask for more!
I am glad you have gotten some good tips to help you!
Keep getting in those freggies, you are doing great!

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Healthy Habit part #5 - What can I improve upon?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I actually love both fruits and veggies and will eat both as either snacks or side dishes at meals, providing it’s EASY. So, if they’re already cut up, and ready to take along or to put with a meal, it’s not so hard. What happens is I get in a hurry and either there’s nothing in the fridge, or it’s not cut up to go along, and I grab something else. Carrots are one of my favorite snacks. I buy those baby carrots (I know they’re not really babies, but that’s what they’re called), and keep them in the front of the snack drawer in the fridge. emoticon They’re already cut and washed, so it’s simple to grab a handful and run…or to put some in a baggie to take along on a trip or to the office. They don’t need to be refrigerated, so it’s no big deal if I don’t have access to one, or even if they get hot. Grapes are also one of my favorite portables, emoticonbut they’ve gotten so expensive, I’ve backed off of them some. emoticon Maybe when spring comes, they’ll be more reasonable…(they’re like $6 / lb last time I grabbed some in the store, thought I’d have a stroke after I got home and looked at the receipt!).

I think I can improve by expanding my “go to“ list of fruits and veggies. Fruits are a little easier, we just normally eat whatever is in season here, but this isn’t a good mix throughout the year. We get almost all of our local fruits in winter, and for the rest of the year, it’s imported from elsewhere (because in summer it’s too stinking hot to grow anything) ! We had citrus earlier in December / January, strawberries now, and we'll have mangos in May (I have a mango tree in my yard, and usually get hundreds, even after the squirrels eat what they want.)

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, I really need to try more things, and start buying a better mix of produce (or put it on the list…you may remember I DON’T shop unless forced!) So, my efforts to improve will be focused on buying and eating a better variety of F&V, for a better nutrition mix, (and also to keep from getting bored)!
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KELSPRETTYGIRL 3/6/2013 5:25PM

    What variety of mangoes do you have? Hayden?

It's too hot to grow fruit? Wow. That's pretty hot.



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MICKEYH 3/6/2013 3:27PM

    Alie, You are so inspiring to me on your diligent way of Your F&V intake. That's a great idea for keeping stock of good F&V and have handy for cutting up in advance. emoticon for sharing the tips. I feel so motivate about my F&V habit.

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MHNGJR 3/6/2013 2:00PM

    Great way to improve what you are doing! emoticon

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POPSY190 3/6/2013 1:28PM

    Variety is the key. Here's to success in expanding your selection of freggies!

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PREDFAN 3/6/2013 1:15PM

    I am a picky eater so I feel like I eat the same fruits and veggies all the time. I need to start trying different things cause I have noticed that my tastes have changed some over the years.
Fruits and veggies always seems to cost more in the winter but I decided if I like it and will eat it I don't mind paying more for it. Really it has made me eat them better cause I know how much I paid and am not gonna lose that money!
I am glad your doing so good with it!
Keep up the good work!

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MARTY728 3/6/2013 12:25PM

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PILLYWIGGIN 3/6/2013 12:02PM

    I like your thinking! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TURTLETALK 3/6/2013 11:50AM

    It sounds like you have a great plan. We have very little local fruits available so I just plan to pay a small fortune for my goodies. emoticon

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BELIEVING-N-ME 3/6/2013 11:48AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. I need to take your advice.

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/6/2013 10:34AM

    I don't like grapes and most winter fruit like apples and pears have no taste. Oranges are so acidity for my system, so have found my frozen fruit from our orchard taste better. I have been putting peaches or blueberries in my blender with a tiny bit of splenda and a tiny bit of milk and blending and makes a sort of iced fruit slush. Then too I've been eating more dried fruit in winter. I have my home canned apple sauce and dried apples and then purchase dried apricots and plum..find they are much more appetizing. Just can't eat many as being dried the sugars are concentrated and makes them higher in calories. Drinking water helps as well. But sounds like your plan with the veggies and fruit cut in small portions for snacks is the way to go.

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ROBERTAUP 3/6/2013 10:00AM

    I need to take your advice. Keep us posted.

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