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Ever try to eat dinner while being watched by vultures?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Well, stop by my house one night and I'll show you how it's done. The kitty sitting up in the window next to me, he's the smallest in size but the most demanding. Watch as he tries to paw my arm to remind me that he's waiting for his next serving of MY dinner! And the two brown lumps on the floor, they are more polite, but don't kid yourself, they are waiting for their bites too. It's so unfair that I carefully weigh my food and put it in my nutrition tracker when a portion of it goes to these hairy beasts... ok, I know, that's my fault. I should tell them no. I bet Cesar would have a fit if he knew. I use to be so strict... when did I become an old softie??? Ugh!

Nicholas, demanding vulture #1.

Toby, slightly less demanding vulture #2.

Maureen, even less demanding because she spends most of her time complaining about Nicholas getting bites before her!

Well, we're off to be bed potatoes and watch another episode of "The Dog Whisperer" DVD. God bless ya Cesar!

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RHINODOG 9/3/2009 12:12PM

    Oh yes, we have called ours vultures, piranhas, the Black Hole. Sounds like yours are ever so much more polite than our crew - no drooling, wet lips on table right next to the plate paws on the armrest.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/13/2009 10:58AM

    Thanks! I feel so guilty because I didn't put my girl kitty, Daisy up there but she doesn't act like a vulture. Maybe I'll have to write about living with a princess one day and put her up there. LOL

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EWESFLUFFY1 8/13/2009 9:59AM

    Cute kids!! How can you say 'no'?

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Blahs didn't keep me from my walk

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Yesterday, I had a serious case of the blahs. I just couldn't get motivated about anything. Didn't blog like I like to do, read only a very limited number a fellow sparkers blogs (I usually read lots) and in general didn't really care much about anything. I tried to figure out what brought them on, but I'm still not completely sure what happened. I am slightly better today.

I'm really tired and that may have played into it. I haven't been following my sleep schedule and I know that's a big no-no for me. I need to get back on track.

I had an appointment after work yesterday and even tho I was tired and had the blahs, I still took my walk. It wasn't a long one but I moved. I kept thinking about my kitchen calendar and how there would be a blank spot where my Tuesday sparkly star sticker should be and I just couldn't stand it. My appointment is in an area that is mostly wooded and except for the mosquitos is a nice quite place to walk. I had nearly 45 min. to wait for my appt. so I didn't have to walk fast and get too sweaty. It actually helped me feel some better.

I do hate those mosquitos though. I swear, when I go outside, they all get out their cell phones to alert their friends that the buffet has just been served. I believe they come from miles around just to get a chance to take a bite out of me. So, I'm even more itchy today than yesterday, but I got my star. (I do so love my shiny star stickers!) The last thing I do before I head out my door is glance at my calendar to see how I'm coming with my stars. August is quite shiny at my house. LOL

For my fellow avid readers, my current book on CD (I have a long commute) is "The Year of Fog" by Michelle Richmond. I'll be the first to admit that I get way to involved in my books. I love a good book but this book has driven me crazy... in a good way. I woke up at 3 am (hence the dog-tiredness) trying to figure out how the main character was going to accomplish a feat that I did not believe was possible and could not be written in a believable way. Well, Ms. Richmond did it. If you love a twisty, heart wrenching, holy-cow-this-is-a-good book, then add this to your list. If you know Michelle Richmond, poke her in the arm and tell her I'm tired today and it's her book's fault!

Here's another emoticon for me since I'm looking out for me!

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WELLNESSME09 8/12/2009 9:48AM

    emoticon emoticon for me it is the best way to get rid of the blahs...walking is also a stress reliever. Keep it up! emoticon

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SABLEFYRE 8/12/2009 9:12AM

    Congratulations on pushing through the blahs to get your walk in. I've been feeling the blahs a lot lately when it comes to doing my workouts. Keep pushing through!

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New find... almond butter

Monday, August 10, 2009

I've been reading to try and find foods or combination of foods that will stick with you and last longer than some of my regular choices. A new favorite is my almond butter. I find that it really sticks with me. I use it sparingly, like I do my PNB but coupled with my multi-grain complex carb english muffin, I have a snack that stays with me thru out my morning and holds me over for lunch. I need more of these combinations.

Saturday we spent the day at Sauder's Village. It was a rainy yucky start to the day but got nice after we were there for a bit. I love learning about the past. Seeing all the ingenuity that went into their lives. Women back then had so much work to do (I know, men too...) and I got tired just listening to them talk about it. You or your daughter want a dress? Sure, no problem, we have to make it... wait, we have to weave the material.... wait, we have to spin the wool... wait, we have to shear the sheep... wait, on second thought, I'll wear what I got! And that was only one of the many things they talked about. I think families were closer back then because they needed each other to survive. It was a lovely day but it made me tired and grateful for washing machines, dish washers and all the other amenities that my blessed life has!

The ingenuity that our forefathers had could be used today. I wish we had stored some of theirs in a few canning jars and we could open them now and it'd help us figure out the mess we're in. *sighs*

One things for sure, walking all over the village was a great way to get all my steps in!

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BIGOLEDIVA 8/10/2009 2:52PM

    LOved this blog! I wish we'd take is a step further. My grandmom made some of the best canned goods ever- all straight from the garden. I REALLY wish I had gotten her to teach me how to do it myself!

I also agree with you about amond butter- I found some stuff called "Better'n peanut butter at Trader joes. it was 45% less fat than regular peanut butter but tastes kind of like a reeses PNB cup( but not quite as sweet) it's YUMMY! and you can use it a little more heavily that regulat nut butters without breaking the calorie bank! Just thought I;d share the love!

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Walk 5 of 22 - Working on August's walk goal

Friday, August 07, 2009

Aug. 2009 Goal: walk 22 out of 31 days. Get one shiny star for each walk. Trade 22 stars for Pedicure.

Ok, I admit it. I'm a copycat. I saw someone's blog and they had pictures of their walk route. I loved it so much, I wanted to share mine with you too. This blog is about a weekend walk spot, the bike path...

Today, I got up in plenty of time, even tho it was my day off, to have a cup of tea and then take the dogs for a nice walk. I'm struggling with knowing how much walk is enough so I set my phone's alarm to go off in 20 min. and began the walk. The idea being that I'd walk about 15 min. and then turn around and come back. Leaving 5 min. on each end for loading/unloading the dogs. So we walked... and walked... and no alarm.

Maureen prefers to be out front. When we're doing a sniffing walk, I allow it. Not in heel walk. Don't tell Cesar Milan, but she loves to lead. The path that we walk is an old railroad track that has been paved over. No traffic to swerve at us, (see Scary encounter) but we do need to watch out for bikes.

We go to the bridge and that's usually half way and no alarm. So since I felt pretty good, we kept going. We got to the longest point we've ever done and I took my phone out to look. I hadn't set it right and it would never have gone off! Ugh! I was so mad but then again, it got me to walk way further than I had intended. All three of us were tired when we got back to the car, but it was a lovely walk.

That makes 5 of 22 I'm suppose to do this month. Unfortunately, I've already used one of my four free days but I'm on the right track. I feel so good about being able to get myself out there again. And it was nice to be the dogs favorite person this morning since I'm the one that did the walk. I like being the favorite! LOL

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MISSIFELTNER 8/10/2009 2:22PM

    I may just steal this idea too!

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Lunch w/5 handsome guys

Friday, August 07, 2009

Today is one of the best days in a long time! Two of my four brothers and three of their sons met me in a nearby town to have lunch today. It was so wonderful to see them! Of course, I conned them with a trip to Cabella's but hey, I got to eat lunch with them! LOL They were crazy about the (50000000 mile) walk around Cabella's and they found a few bargains but mostly the younger nephews and I went around and looked at all the animals on display.

I have such mixed emotions when I see the animals... I would never see most of those animals close up if someone hadn't hunted it down and had it stuffed to preserve it but man! it really makes me sad to think those animals were killed for pleasure. I kept focusing on the kids and how much fun they were having and trying to ignore the sadness I felt about the animals.

We ate at Applebees and I had spent a great deal of time researching possibilities to choose off their menu so I could stay on track. Then by the time we got there I was starved. Ok, so I didn't have the grilled chicken and veggies... I still didn't choose my usual chicken fingers and fries. When I just entered the food into the nutrition tracker, I saved over 800 calories and I don't know how much fat by not having my chicken finger/fry combo. I had the tomato basil soup and french dip sliders. While they were each good, i wouldn't get them together if I had it to do over. They just didn't "go" together.

I cannot tell you how good it makes me feel that I'm watching out for me. I'm making good choices and finally, FINALLY taking care of me! My lunch is not staying with me and I'm kind of hungry but I'll hold off for awhile and then drink water before having a light snack.

I'm giving myself a emoticon for doing a good job today! Hurray for me!

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MISSIFELTNER 8/7/2009 4:21PM

    Great job. I am finding that I want to make better choices at restaurants. I usually find one thing that I like and always order it no matter what the cost to my weight. Recently I realized that if I take a look at the menu, I don't have to order the tofu burger to eat well and enjoy the taste of what I am eating. Take the extra time to look for something better but good. There are nutritional information sheets for almost every restaurant and fast food place that lists the information for everything on the menu. When the girls want to go out to lunch at work I find out ahead of time and I pull out my Nutrition sheets and figure out what to order. It is worth the time and effort because sometimes you don't think things will be as bad as they are!

Glad you got to spend some time with your family and I totally feel the same way when I go to Bass Pro Shops.

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