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Traded my morning run in for gardening

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I was planning to run this morning early, since the forecast is calling for 99 today, but I decided to swap my run for weeding and watering the garden. Took me about an hour, and I discovered some little trees trying to grow up around the the heat doesn't slow those little suckers down! The poor plants need the water so badly, and we only have a small chance for a shower today and tomorrow. I'm so excited that in a few days I will be eating my first zucchini from my garden- I found one that is about 3 inches long. I've already been eating greens, and they are about past the usable stage with all this heat, so I'm glad to have had them. I've eaten 3 grape tomatoes...they weren't quite perfectly ripe, but they were still soooooo good. There are about 6 more like it now and tons of green ones, but I'll let them ripen a bit more before I eat them this time. I'm glad to have the weeds tackled (they haven't been too bad, but it's still a hot job) and the plants are smiling with the good drink they got too emoticon

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MISS-OVEREATER 7/16/2012 12:00AM

    I hear gardening can be therapeutic... wish I had one

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 7/7/2012 10:45AM

  Wow, you're not kidding, 99 degrees is hot! Your garden sounds lovely! This year my balcony garden is the best I have had since I moved here 17 years ago. Cooking herbs, a couple of greens & hopefully edible flowers (first time I try those -- I need to learn more about the subject).

How will you eat your first zucchini, raw or cooked?

It's good that you literally are taking time to smell the roses (or the zucchini and tomato flowers lol)! That's so important!


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GOOSIEMOON 7/5/2012 11:52AM

    Gardening is a good workout as well and thanks for the reminder - my garden needs some attention too!

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Return to an old Stand-by 6 points+ Breakfast

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I usually have two eggs for breakfast, but I'm out. I needed to eat this morning before going to the store, so I made a return to an old standby breakfast:

Oatmeal (1/2 cup dry old fashioned oats) cooked with a handful of frozen blueberries, cinnamon, and a packet of Truvia. I topped it with 1/2 cup sugar free, fat free vanilla yogurt and some sliced fresh strawberries and 1 T chopped walnuts. Yummy...don't know the calorie count, since I count points, but it's 4 points+ for the oatmeal, 1 for the yogurt, 0 for the fruit, and 1 for the walnuts for a total of 6 points+....and it's a great big bowl that started my day with about 2 fruit servings, 1 nonfat dairy, 1 wholegrain, and some healthy fat.
Have a great day!

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 7/7/2012 10:28AM

  I love oatmeal, especially cooked with fruit!

Your combination of oatmeal + berries + yogourt + nuts is an old favourite of mine -- I never noticed the points+ count before. Another combination I love is oatmeal + apple + frozen cranberries (optional), with a little minced ginger root; I have it with soya milk and sometimes ground flax seed.

In the summer, I regularly make a variation of homemade muesli: 20-30 g uncooked quick-cooking oats (not instant oats) soaked with 1 cup soya milk, then add 10-14 g ground flax seed + lemon juice + -1 grated apple. The recipe says to add other fruit apart from the lemon and grated apple, sometimes I do. The trick is to soak the oatmeal & soya milk (or other kind of milk, such as almond milk or cow's milk) for at least a couple of hours or overnight; old fashioned rolled oats could be used, but do require a good 8 - 10 hours to soak properly. Nuts or other seeds can be used instead of the flax. You reminded me how much I love it!
20 g oats = 2 pts+, 1 cup soya milk (unsweetened) = 2, 14g flax seed = 2, any amount of fruit = 0 pt+; this breakfast also 6 pts+.

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COCHESE321 7/6/2012 12:31PM

    That sure looks good! Enjoy! And great for you for knowing you need to eat before going to the grocery.


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MONTREAL12 7/5/2012 11:22AM

  thanks for sharing emoticon

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I Will Not Quit

Monday, July 02, 2012

I will NOT quit!
Sunday, July 1

Share and spread the Spark!

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

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(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

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Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

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signed: Steven (SBARNEY5) Saturday, June 30, 2012 I will not let my health keep me from walking at least 20 -30 minutes a day (.5 -.75 miles)

Signed Cheryl (cjack66) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Lori (sassyljb) Sunday, July 1, 2012 I am worth IT!

Signed STARWARSFAN2 Sunday, July 1, 2012 Keep on keepin' on.

Signed BEAGLEMAMA2 Monday, July 2, 2012...Keep it going!

Signed Michelle (MKELLY72) 7/2/2012...I didn't make it all this way to not hold on to it!!

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

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DEELLAMA 7/12/2012 6:43PM

    Signed Deellama, July 12th 2012--woohoo!

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Timber City Adventure Race

Monday, July 02, 2012

For 13 or so years, my community has put on what they call the "Timber City Adventure Race". This starts as an 8 mile canoe leg, then a 14 mile bike leg, finishing with a 5k run. I was invited to take the running leg on a team of 4. Two guys did the canoe leg, and my massage therapist did the biking leg. I have been curious about this race ever since it began, and I had tried to get my brother interested in being on a two person team with me that year (both participants would canoe and then the biking and running could either be split or we could have both done it...the options were there) It never happened, but I wasn't sure that I could even think about biking up the first hill that the bike route is one of the steepest hills around...and it's LONG!
I was excited to be a part of it, but I learned something about myself that I won't soon forget....the race began at 7:45 for our team as they took off in the canoe, and I proceeded back to town to kill time for a while before I needed to be in place for my part. The river is VERY low, and the guys in the canoe had to get out and walk with it 3 times! They also got stuck on a sandbar when the current pulled them right into it. That put them behind their time from last year by 20 minutes, so our biker got a late start too. The biker arrived at my pick up point about 11:00 AM....holy cow was it hot! It hadn't really gotten very hot until just the last week and a half here, so I haven't had much opportunity to run much in the heat ...especially "high noon" kind of heat. It was a challenge that's for sure. I felt like I did better last summer when I did a 7 mile race in the heat...I think the main difference is that I got an earlier start, so I was finished by 10AM....huge difference in the heat of the sun!
What I learned....I loved the opportunity and experience, but I know that I am not built for running in the high, hot sun, and I won't do that again....on purpose.

I don't know how we finished yet; the results haven't posted, but if you're interested in checking on it later....I'm on team #53, and the results should eventually be posted at this link:

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 7/8/2012 5:59AM

  This Adventure sounds like a cousin of the triathlon. It's too bad you had to wait that late for your start, especially during a heat wave -- I know you often run in charity events and you have done dozens of 5K runs, normally early in the day. I guess you won't attempt doing this Adventure all on your own another year. I know this kind of event has set formats, but wouldn't it make more sense to start with the run, the water and the wind helping to keep participants cooler in the 2 other legs of the race? Well, I'm happy you did not suffer any health problem because of the extreme heat.

That being said, I checked the results and your team # 53 did okay, didn't it? You weren't among the first, nor were you among the last. Not bad!

You're having an interesting summer are you not? Three years ago you had never done a 5K run, if I am not mistaken.
Take care, emoticon

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KAYOTIC 7/3/2012 10:10AM

    Things like this often don't go as planned, but at least you had the experience, and know for next time, if you decide to participate again, it does sound like it would be a fun challenge!

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JAOTTO 7/2/2012 10:05AM

  What an experience.

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Body Scan- you may have already seen this on SP

Monday, June 25, 2012

You might have already come across this picture and info on another Spark Blog or elsewhere. I know the first time I saw it- it was on another SP blog, but I had to seek it out speaks to me so loudly...while I was working on losing my excess weight and now that I am working to maintain everything that I have gained for myself. This is a body scan image comparing the body of a 250 pound woman with that of a 120 pound woman. Notice especially the crowding of the organs and the strain on the joints. The alignment of the knees and ankles is dramatically altered by the excess body weight.

The first time I saw this image, I thought to myself, "that is what I could easily look like inside! What have I allowed to happen?" (I was 248 at my heaviest) I had to change it! That image has remained with me, and helped to motivate me to change how I treat my body. Now it gives me another visible reason to keep what I have worked so hard to achieve.
Here is a link to more info...there are several places on the web that have this posted.

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NYARAMULA 6/27/2012 12:51AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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JUDYAMK 6/27/2012 12:41AM

    Wow thanks for posting this

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COCHESE321 6/26/2012 2:32PM

    This is a great visual. Also notice what a funny position the arms are in to go around the body. Arms should hang down from the shoulder, not have to be bent around the torso.

Thanks! It is good to see what we are trying to accomplish. emoticon

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PARKERB2 6/25/2012 7:04PM

    Thanks for sharing. It speaks volumes.

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RMARSH07 6/25/2012 4:43PM

  Thanks for sharing this. I hadn't seen it before. I recently had a hysterectomy and this was something I saw in numerous CT scans and ultrasound tests.

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