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Smiles - Grinning Ear to Ear

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I rode another 9.5 miles today on my bicycle. Sure it drizzled a little bit, but we rode past that rain cloud into the sunshine.

I look around and I can't help but grin from ear to ear. Birds are chriping, squirrels are doing their spazy-tail-jerking dances running around to find things to get into. Frogs are bellowing, and beautiful bees are finding their flowers. Don't forget to look at the clouds and find shapes, or pillows, or beautiful scenery that would look great as a painting. Enjoy the smell of a nearby barbeque and remember a fun memory you have had when you were enjoying a bbq or picinic, or maybe just a home cooked meal. There is so much around us that can make us smile. Don't let the day get away. We are all so busy - work, school, kids, exercise, friends, fun, food, sleep - don't forget to stop and breathe and find the beauty around us.

Cycling has reminded me of this inner peace of nature and beauty and just enjoying life. I hope everyone can feel the same peace and content feelings and grin!

  
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ELLEYKAT 5/23/2011 10:40AM

    That's so great that you have something you love so much! =) I'm proud of you!

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NOILEDNWAD 5/22/2011 11:03PM

    Ahhh, you make me miss bicycling! You captured the feeling perfectly. But since an 11 month old can't bicycle I have to wait a bit longer to have that fun again :) Enjoy your rides!! I shall bike vicariously through you :)


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ELEGANTFLOWERS 5/22/2011 8:53AM

    Great Blog!!!! My sweaty just bought me a bike last week. We went on our 2nd bike ride yesterday. We only went for 10 minutes. My legs were killing me. Reading your blog has inspired me to want to go for longer rides on trails not just the neighborhood. emoticon emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/22/2011 7:34AM

    You've inspired me to try to find my bike in all of the clutter in our attic! Great commentary on all you saw along the way because in a way you took us along for the ride.

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CUSH1932 5/21/2011 9:36PM

    You reminded me of what I miss about walking outside. Now most of my walking and cycling is done inside and even though I get a good workout there is nothing like being outside on a beautiful day. emoticon


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PEGTIGER 5/21/2011 3:38PM

    I am so happy you were able to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. It is so nice to do that, and we do all need to make time for it. Congrats on the great bike ride.

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MEGA_MILES 5/21/2011 9:23AM

    I'm grinning right along with you. Ride on!! emoticon

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PSKIPPY7811 5/21/2011 7:16AM

    So glad you're finding happiness and content in the simple things. Isn't it amazing how the weather can affect our mood? My hubby thinks I'm nuts but I love the spazy tail squirrel dance too. It makes me laugh.

Have a great weekend!
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DDOORN 5/21/2011 7:10AM

    There's just NOTHING that can compare to that wonderful feeling of being out in the great wide open on one's bike! Woo hoo!

Don

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/21/2011 5:09AM

    I could smell that barbeque too, lol!

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4EVER21B 5/21/2011 12:30AM

    What a pleasant reminder! Very inspiring! emoticon

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Supercalafragilisticexpaladocious!

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm not sure if that's spelled correctly, but that's how I FEEL at the moment!

I love watching our female deers venture in and out of the yard. Today one was just lying there eating the grass. She only left when we took the bikes out of the truck. It was so peaceful just standing there watching her.

I LOVE cycling! We rode 10 miles today. Started out on a paved trail, then to packed, then to side roads, then to curvy hilly dirt roads, back to the paved trail, then I decided to keep going! I LOVED it so much I didn't want to stop. If only it would stop raining in Michigan... lol.. I'm going to ride in the rain too.

I just love life. I didn't clean my house this week. It's a total disaster. I don't care, I know that I will clean it this weekend. It's fun teaching my daughter to drive and reflecting on what it was like to learn myself, and then teach my sisters. I love my job and how busy I am, how challenging it can be. I love teaching my new backup and having her ask the right questions, and encouraging her, letting her know she's doing great. I love watching the baby rats rearrange their 3 story cage. I love my husband and how he's my best friend, how we can laugh and talk until three in the morning, and still get the bills paid, hard decisions made, and enjoy being ourselves together. I love Spark people for Sparking our lives so we are eating healthier, making exercise *gasp* FUN, and being aware of ourselves.

For the first time in my life, I feel things are just right, perfect, fun, balanced, bright. I also feel like my future is open to so many great possibilities. I just want to jump from rooftop to rooftop singing "chim-chimney" then float down with my umbrella, singing Supercalafragilisticexpaladocious, then dance in a musical in the streets. lol. I know, I'm a nutcase, but I'm a happy nutcase. :)

  
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/22/2011 7:33AM

    What a wonderful blog! I love the part about your house being a mess and how you don't care! Great attitude!

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DDOORN 5/20/2011 9:30PM

    Love it! Hope it's contagious...! Getting ready for my cycling fun tomorrow! :-)

Don

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LAURIE9404 5/20/2011 12:55PM

    So great to hear! It's so wonderful when things are falling into place and you can be so happy! You really have brightened my rainy day with a great attitude! Thank you!

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ELLEYKAT 5/20/2011 9:14AM

    I'm so glad that everything is going so well for you right now. You sure do deserve it!! =)

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MUEHLBBO 5/20/2011 8:50AM

    You picked me up today. Great attitude. Great blog.

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NATNOEL 5/20/2011 8:34AM

    Sounds like a great life.

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SRABANTI 5/20/2011 1:47AM

    Your title of the Blog is amazing... have a happy 'Cyclic' weekend. :)

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New Arrival To Our Clan!!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011



The first newborn on our property this year! I am hoping this is a sign spring is here! Last year we had twins born in the field next door, and the previous year we had one born in the woods. This one is a few feet from our fire pit, about 10 feet from our house & driveway. I'm sure momma will move her before I get home. I just wanted to share my morning smile with you. Hopefully I will have more time to get on here later and comment on everyone's blogs & pages. I've been crazy busy trying to fit everything into a day/week!

  
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/22/2011 7:31AM

    How sweet! I've never seen a deer...we don't have any on our island!

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ELLEYKAT 5/19/2011 11:03AM

    So cute!

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HAKAPES 5/18/2011 7:33PM

    How cute!
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VARMINT3 5/18/2011 6:36PM

    How beautiful! Sometimes at work we see young fawns left on the hillside beside my building while the mommas go out grazing. It's a VERY safe location & the deer know it! I haven't seen any yet this year though... When they get a little older, they test out their legs & just tear around on the hill - so cute!

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FRECKS96 5/18/2011 5:39PM

    Aw, she's beautiful! Enjoy!

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DDOORN 5/18/2011 4:08PM

    Mother Nature can be such a joy...! How wonderful to have this outside your back door!

Don

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TALLGUY42 5/17/2011 8:37PM

    She is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing!

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PEGTIGER 5/17/2011 7:38PM

    Precious animal, how lucky your are. Thanks for sharing.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/17/2011 11:37AM

    AWE! So sweet! You will always touch my heart with animal pictures. emoticon

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SUCCESS68 5/17/2011 10:44AM

    Beautiful. Nature at its finest moments.

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ELIZRN 5/17/2011 10:32AM

  Thanks for a "breath of fresh air!"

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NICS41 5/17/2011 10:16AM

    That is so awesome!! Enjoy her while she is still around before she moves on with mommy.


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FOREVERTWILIGHT 5/17/2011 10:00AM

    Awww! How precious!
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Driver's Ed Jeep Ran Out Of Gas!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Oh My Goodness! My daughter is in Driver's Ed. She's doing excellent, however the two teachers (a married couple) are really upsetting her, and I don't blame her. They are so unreliable and Crazy! The husband has yelled over the phone at her in front of the kids. The wife is always late to everything. And to top it off yesterday the Jeep ran out of gas with my daughter driving it!!! Right in a turn lane in front of a gas station on an incline. I went to pick her up and helped the guy push it into the gas station (which I didn't realize was so much physical exertion!). Anyway, I'm pissed and I'm not sure how to handle it. She needs her permit, and I already paid the entire $275 for the three week course. the past two days she was supposed to drive 2 hours each day total, and she might have driven 2.5 almost 3 total. He drove her to their house and had her wait in the car while he fixed their TV so his wife would give him gas money, which he then forgot cuz they got in a fight! WTF! They need to display a bit more professionalism. Now my daughter doesn't want to drive with them at all. I don't blame her either. UGH.

Aside from that, the pounds are still dropping, and I do like the new size clothes. I really don't feel any smaller though. I still feel physically huge. Hopefully as I continue to get to a more normal weight that emotional/logical change will happen too.

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/15/2011 7:15PM

    Great news on the weight loss. I can tell you it is so difficult for some kids to take this big step &now these two morons have made it even more difficult. I could just scream! Okay so screaming resolves nothing. I would focus on my kids & getting her through this. Perhaps a refund & go elsewhere before they blow this for her. I would definitely keep my eye on them.

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PSKIPPY7811 5/15/2011 6:01AM

    But hey, pushing a Jeep has to count for strength training right?

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Good for you on losing 5 pounds!
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MUEHLBBO 5/14/2011 11:31PM

    There must be something you can do. Are they a private business? Someone has to certify them. You daughter is definitely being short-changed on this. Good luck to her and to you. Congrats on the weight loss and it always takes longer for our minds to catch up to the actual weight loss.

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CAPTHAMMER 5/14/2011 6:12PM

    This is one of those things that a few years from now over family Thanksgiving dinner, it will be a funny story. Not so much now. Considering they have to provide documentation of her hours in the course, it will be interesting to see how they write it up. In the meantime, google "Driver's Ed complaint" with your State in the search line, and you'll at least have the satifaction of being able to file a complaint. 'Cause that is just an unacceptable way to run a business.

Congratulations on the smaller size. I'm sure your mind will catch up with your tape measure soon. Keep up the good work.

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PEGTIGER 5/14/2011 5:30PM

    I would try to get my money back and find another class for her to attend. AAA usually has classes.

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HAKAPES 5/14/2011 4:26PM

    Oh that sounds frustrating.

Congratulations for the pound loss! Just let's keep it up loosing them, and I'm sure you will "feel" the change soon!
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MSJULES01 5/14/2011 11:14AM

    I guess I would find out if anyone else is having a problem with this Drivers ed people.
Good luck to your daughter and getting her license.

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Help! Cravings: Sugar, Candy, Cookies, Bad things! ACK!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm sitting here at work at my desk and I'm just Craving Sweets! I already had my morning oatmeal and banana, plus 16 ounces of water. I have an orange and apple too, but I wanted to save those for later. I have access to a ton of candy, although I haven't gotten into them. I'm not saying "yet" because I haven't added them to my food plan for the day because I NEED to get this sugar craving (addiction) under control again. I think I'm going to have to do a fast again this weekend to reset my taste buds, and be good again. It's amazing how the body reacts to sugar. Just one unhealthy cookie, or processed candy, etc. sets off a chain reaction from the brain telling me to "EAT MORE CANDY/SUGAR/COOKIES" I can't believe how strong it is.

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/15/2011 7:18PM

    Don't you wish we could just check ourselves in for sugar rehab? emoticon

Sort of seriously though, I need it. We could all go.

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CAPTHAMMER 5/12/2011 10:24AM

    apologies, double post
Hi, again!

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CAPTHAMMER 5/12/2011 10:23AM

    You would think with the big government push against obesity that we would be seeing overwhelming scientific documentation of the addictive properties of sugar. Maybe it's because -in the big picture- thinking of it as a true addiction remains a new concept. As it stands now addictions to food and sugar in particular are our own battles to fight.
Looking forward to a day when it's considered more than a simple weakness.

Read your introduction on the Daisies' page. Congratulations on busting through the 30pound plateau! Also very impressed you've got your entire family on board with eleminating the processed foods. Sounds like you're making the correct mental adjustments.
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DDOORN 5/12/2011 8:26AM

    Ditto with all those horrible trigger foods...wakes up the hungry carbie tiger inside...yeesh!

Don

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SARAHSALAH 5/12/2011 6:23AM

    I have the same problem here
thank you for the great ideas here

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GSWINNIE 5/11/2011 11:21PM

    I like to do Smoothies when I am craving something sweet. I use a lot of frozen berries and then add in just a little bit of fruit flavored low fat yogurt. It's sweet from the berries and full of good vitamins and nutrients. Good Luck!

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MUEHLBBO 5/11/2011 9:51PM

    I crave those sweets at times also. Sometimes I can resist, sometimes I can't. I wished that I could quit them entirely. I do sometimes work a bit of chocolate into my food plan for the day. Good luck to you.

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HAKAPES 5/11/2011 5:39PM

    I had a similar feeling today. There was lots of chocolate on offer at work (samples). I eat just one corner, and then MORE-MORE. I didn't notice this before. So, it is not easy to eat "little piece of choclate", sometimes it is easier to eat none. I have some low cal snacks for myself ready.

Thanks for sharing - I will pay attention to this more, too!

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MRSCHARW 5/11/2011 3:45PM

    Definitely try eating a sweeter fruit. If you're anything like me, and you're just not into eating fruit, try applesauce

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JUNEAKNIGHT 5/11/2011 2:02PM

  I am the same way. I constantly crave sugary things like candy, cakes, cookies, you know what I mean. I love all the great comments you have received and have to agree with them. My daughter quit eating anything with sugar and she says it was hard at first but after you get over the sugar cravings, it is over. She now doesn't even want sugar items even if they are in the house for her kids (which is rare). Hang in there, I know with your determination you can do it. emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 5/11/2011 1:09PM

    I am sure that if you eat a lot of fresh fruit, your cravings for sweets will go away. At least that I what I have experienced! Good luck!!

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VERONICAVW_140 5/11/2011 11:53AM

    I really wish that the same thing would happen when I eat veggies. If I pop a bit of broccoli into my mouth I wish that for the next few hours all I desperatly want is zuccini, bell peppers, and asparagus!haha Don't get me wrong I like eating these items but of course I NEVER crave them like I crave sweets!boo I hope your cravings for all things sugary and sweet start to curb off! :) Goodluck

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KAZINMICH 5/11/2011 11:50AM

    I just finished eating an apple and drinking more water. I'm going to go upstairs and get a large salad for lunch and save my orange for after lunch. So far So good. Thanks for the suggestions. I can still hear the smarties calling my name.. lol

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JOEYKTTN 5/11/2011 10:37AM

    back AWAY from the sugar! lol Seriously, cravings have a mind of their own, and they are TOUGH to resist sometimes. But you can do it! Keep your eye on the prize :)

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CHEETARA79 5/11/2011 10:31AM

    Sometimes I bribe myself to resist cravings. Maybe if you resist that candy and junk all day, you can reward yourself in some way? Maybe buy a new book or cosmetic product on tomorrow?

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JENNSWIMS 5/11/2011 10:19AM

    Resist! Resist the evil call of the sugary foods! :)

I find that unless I eliminate processed foods and high fructose corn syrup from my diet I have daily sugar cravings :(





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ELLEYKAT 5/11/2011 10:17AM

    When I'm craving sugar, I'll have an apple or a plum, or some fruit with lots of natural sugar in it. Maybe if it comes down to the wire, eat your apple as "candy", to keep out of the real candy. YOU CAN DO THIS! You are stronger that your taste buds!!!

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