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This Is Where I Usually Sabotage Myself!

Monday, July 07, 2014

In previous years, I have come so close to my goal and never made it. I am less than seven pounds from my goal and I really want to get there this time. I am really working hard to ignore the things that tripped me up in the past; my clothes are fitting better and I am even wearing a smaller size, I am feeling more energetic and really enjoy the health benefits of exercising.

Now, I just have to stay away from people that are telling me I look great and don't have to lose any more weight. What they don't understand is that I am trying to get as healthy as I can. That means, getting into the healthy BMI rating (I'm still overweight). I guess they think they are flattering me, and that is nice, but flattery is not my goal. I try to explain that I would like a life without medication, but I live in a retirement community and sometimes, their medication is all my neighbors talk about. I don't want to make anyone feel bad, so I just don't discuss it. I will keep doing what I am doing because it makes me feel good and I know I am adding years to my life. So, my plan is to stay on track and not get sabotaged this time.

  
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DOOBRIE 7/17/2014 4:24PM

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Getting to your goal will be the best feeling - go for it!

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TWNOMWE 7/16/2014 1:39PM

    I think I really know what you are talking about:"Coming close to your goal and slacking off again". I have done this many times and this has been due to listening to people around me saying you look great. So keep you eyes on the prize. emoticon
I was thinking you can encourage your community-mate to exercise with you (those who are able).

Good luck with the last 7 lb to get out of "OW" emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 7/9/2014 4:49PM

    Keep it up Cynthia! Just 7lbs left - your goal is definitely right within your reach!

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MAUITN 7/7/2014 7:59PM

    Family and friends may not mean to throw you off track, but they often do without knowing it. I also find that I need to take some time alone to push through the hard areas.

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AJDOVER1 7/7/2014 3:18PM

    It's frustrating to listen to people who are accepting of their poor health. I applaud your decision to just not discuss it with certain people.

If you want to talk to like-minded people, we're here! I understand the idea of trying to reach a goal, but more important -- let's just keep making healthy choices! The journey doesn't end when we reach a certain number on the scale. Let's keep looking at the long term -- the extra years of healthy eating and fitness that we're adding to our lives.
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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/7/2014 1:10PM

    You can do this!!!!

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HOLLYM48 7/7/2014 12:02PM

    Don't let anyone decide for you where you want to be! You do look great but wanting to be off meds is very important and better for you than the compliments you are getting. Stay strong and do what you want to do!

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MAPFARMS 7/7/2014 11:04AM

    Keep pushes!!! You are making so much progress! Don't give up. You are worth it!!! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/7/2014 10:58AM

    You are so right about that!
We absolutely must do this for ourselves.
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I Raised A Giant!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I have been raising butterflies for over four years now, but I never had a Giant Swallowtail or a Zebra Longwing lay eggs until this year. Instead of citrus, I thought I would try planting a Hercules club and sure enough, I only had the potted plant out on the patio for two days and I thought I had seen a Giant Swallowtail in the yard, but I wasn't sure. When I looked at my plants, I was thrilled to see several eggs. Well, those eggs hatched and the six caterpillars turned into chrysalises. My first Giant Swallowtail just flew off into the sunset. But, not before I got pictures and dragged my neighbors over to see it. The host plant for the Zebra Longwing is the Purple Passion Vine. Although I have been growing them for years, it was not until this year that I actually had a Zebra Longwing lay eggs. I couldn't believe it! I was weeding and she left eggs right in front of me. I am proud to say that I have raised the Florida State Butterfly from eggs. I have waited a long time, but it was worth the wait.


Zebra Longwing Eggs


Hard to see, but tiny Longwing Caterpillar


Larger Zebra Longwing Caterpillar


Zebra Longwing Butterfly


Giant Swallowtail Eggs


Tiny Giant Swallowtail


Baby Giant Swallowtails


Giant Swallowtail Chrysalises


Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

  
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TWNOMWE 6/24/2014 4:37PM

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 6/14/2014 11:42PM

    Very pretty butterflies. You have a unique hobby and it has produced some wonderful results for you. Thanks for sharing your pictures and your story.

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JOANN562 6/12/2014 6:45PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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GOING2WIN40 6/12/2014 10:55AM

    Stupendous!!! I loved seeing this as I do catch you chatting about your butterflies. I had to laugh since I finally google mapped Largo & I've been to Bradenton a handful of times to visit in-laws.

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DOOBRIE 6/7/2014 10:27AM

    Wow, Cynthia, your butterflies are absolutely beautiful. What a lovely hobby you have! Thanks for sharing!

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MAPFARMS 6/6/2014 7:18AM

    That's really cool! emoticon
Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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MAGGIEVAN 6/5/2014 10:00PM

    I am always glad to see a post from you. Congrats, it is beautiful.

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HOLLYM48 6/5/2014 6:41PM

    Wow, you certainly know alot about your butterflies! Thanks so much for sharing the beauty with us!

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NATPLUMMER 6/5/2014 5:07PM

    Wow!!

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CHRISTINEBWD 6/5/2014 5:00PM

    emoticon emoticon I agree with Aurlie! Amazing! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

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AJDOVER1 6/5/2014 4:34PM

    That's AMAZING! Congratulations!

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OMG! Are Those Abs Under There?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Well, I did notice that my pants were starting to get a little loose, but I really didn't pay attention because the scale has been moving pretty slowly. I'm not complaining about that though because it is moving in the right direction. I don't want to jinx myself, so I'm just keeping on working my program. I set a goal for myself to do 1800 exercise minutes this month and that would average an hour a day. That seemed like a challenge to me because I usually take a break on Sunday, but it seemed attainable, if I pushed myself. I haven't posted my minutes from yesterday yet, but I think I am right on target.

I also started doing bicycle crunches every day and I think that is what is giving me my results in inches lost around my waist. Today, after my shower, I looked in the mirror and saw some abs trying to break through. I know it sounds stupid, but I went running through the house trying to find Vince to show him my stomach. I'm not in good enough shape to post a picture yet, but I at least feel like I am on my way.

I have been using several Spark tools, logging my food and fitness minutes and doing virtual races. My Spark friends have also kept me motivated and I LOVE the new Camp WannabeFit. This time, I know I am going to reach both my health and fitness goals!

  
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DEBSZOO74 5/24/2014 7:34PM

    It sounds like you're doing great! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 5/21/2014 11:41AM

    You're doing great!

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CRYSBROWN1 5/21/2014 10:05AM

    Excellent Cynthia! Glad to hear about your abs of steel!! Keep up the good fight!

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PKCTTS 5/20/2014 11:36PM

    Cynthia - You have been so consistent with your plan! I'm so glad it's paying off for you. emoticon

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DOOBRIE 5/20/2014 4:38PM

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NATPLUMMER 5/20/2014 3:48PM

    Excellent!!

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CHRISTINEBWD 5/20/2014 3:30PM

    Way to go on those abs!!! Woot!

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MEADSBAY 5/20/2014 2:15PM

    Hooooray for abs poking through!
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 5/20/2014 2:12PM

    That WAS a visual Cynthia! Made me smile. And then for some reason I envisioned you covered in butterflies and very little else.... emoticon

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FITAT50 5/20/2014 1:49PM

    Cynthia, you had me LOL picturing you running through the house looking to show Vince your abs!! Bicycle crunches are one of the best exercises for the abs, congrats on getting the job done!!

And thanks for the plug for Camp WannabeFit, we're always looking for new members.

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MAUITN 5/20/2014 1:33PM

    emoticon emoticon ABS!

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QUEENMARIE2 5/20/2014 1:25PM

    Way to Go!!! This is so encouraging emoticon

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MAPFARMS 5/20/2014 1:24PM

    That's awesome. I would be running through the house too. emoticon emoticon

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Inspired By My Friend, Jen!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I was reading a post that Jen had written and it was about how she prepared for a party in a very healthy way. The food sounded so delicious. It just proved to me that you can eat healthy and still entertain, make dishes that taste good and look good too.

I wasn't as creative and didn't have to do a lot of different items, but I started small with one thing. It was warm and I wanted something light for dinner, so I made what I love. I like to make things that don't require a lot of preparation and usually can be done in one pan, bowl or plate. When I finished this - Vince thought it looked so pretty, he took a picture. Basically, it is Romaine lettuce, pickles, olives, tuna, sliced ham, cucumbers, cheese, tomatoes, avocadoes, spinach dip and hummus. I don't eat dairy, so I didn't eat the cheese. He used crackers and I used lettuce leaves, but together, we had an easy, fun, healthy meal. I was proud of how it turned out and we even had left-overs for the next day.

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/20/2014 3:14PM

    Very nice!

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AJDOVER1 5/15/2014 11:57AM

    Yum!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 5/15/2014 6:28AM

    Visually appealing, healthy and yummy! PERFECT! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 5/14/2014 10:22PM

    Looks beautiful and delicious!
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SMILINGTREE 5/14/2014 9:07PM

    Fun and easy, just the way I like my food :)

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NATPLUMMER 5/14/2014 8:34PM

    That looks delicious!!

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FITAT50 5/14/2014 7:35PM

    Very creative and pretty!

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HOLLYM48 5/14/2014 7:17PM

    Looks delicious! Great job of making food healthy and pretty and fun!

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MAUITN 5/14/2014 6:41PM

    Yummy!

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FANNYMANSON 5/14/2014 5:46PM

    I love this idea! My boyfriend and I like to make little platters like these to munch when we watch a movie. You have lots of goodies on here we would love.
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03191952 5/14/2014 5:43PM

  Job well done, very creative, simple, healthy & pretty.

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Spring Is In The Air - Butterfly Porn - Oh My!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Love is all around us and the butterflies are all a twitter.

Just this morning, I saw two Gulf Fritillary butterflies do a little mating dance and before you know it, he was dragging her around in mid-air. Must of thought he was a caveman or something.

They knocked themselves to the ground and I saw two geckos on a rock really intently watching them. Of course, I chased the geckos away and stood guard while the butterflies went about their business. I had to run an errand and I was worried about the butterflies so I scooped them up into one of my travel cages and set them on the table. They didn't even pause or seem to mind being moved. Well, I went shopping and when I got home, they were both sitting in the cage having a cigarette.......lol
(just kidding) They were flittering around, so I released them and they flew off in different directions.
That was a first for me. I never know what raising butterflies is going to lead me into. Ya gotta love it!

This picture was taken last year by my friend Jen.

  
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AJDOVER1 4/29/2014 5:29PM

    Oh my! I love it! emoticon

I guess that's why butterflies exist. If we had to rely on caterpillars being attracted to one another, the whole species would have died out long ago....


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DOOBRIE 4/29/2014 2:22AM

    Lovely blog and great photo from your friend.
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CHRISTINEBWD 4/28/2014 9:43PM

    Wow Jen took a great picture of that butterfly! I loved your story - and the funny punch line too!

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RUNNINGWILD 4/28/2014 8:47PM

    The intro of the geckos kind of scared me... nice save!

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NATPLUMMER 4/28/2014 8:26PM

    Fun :-)

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MEADSBAY 4/28/2014 6:58PM

    Amazing!
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HOLLYM48 4/28/2014 4:29PM

    Thanks for the funny blog about butterfly mating! I hope you have new caterpillars in no time!

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CRYSBROWN1 4/28/2014 4:01PM

    Beautiful pic Cynthia!

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