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Tea Time

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ahh, the end of another reasonably pleasant day. I got a lot done. My 2 old ladies got their stitches out and are back running on their wheel. It's a lovely evening to relax with a nice cup of tea (herbal, of course) and some dark chocolate chips. Yeah, I'm enjoying the moment.

  
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JAXX06 4/15/2010 2:17PM

    I just read an article in Prevention magazine about MUFAs (mono-unsaturated fats) and they say dark chocolate is an excellent MUFA choice. That eating it, along with watching calories, is a sure-fire way to spur on fat loss from the tummy.

I think I'll scare up some chocolate myself. :)

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LUMETH 4/15/2010 9:43AM

    Mmmh, tea and dark chocolate... what a lovely way to end a day!

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AGAINALWAYS 4/15/2010 2:26AM

    I really enjoy tea time. I love the rituals that go along with preparing it. I have 2 gorgeous Alice in Wonderland tea-for-ones that make it fun when I have someone over for tea and sympathy.

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Spark It Forward!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I love to give. As far back as I can remember I liked to give. Money (if I had any), time, toys. If I could give something that would make someones life a little better, or just make them smile, then it was all good. I'm not saying this to brag. Just thought some background would be a good idea.
Every now and then I get lucky and get a bunch of Sparkgoodie points when I log in. I think I used them to get something for myself once, but mostly I like to use them to give someone else a goodie. Makes my day when someone sends me one. Maybe because I don't expect anyone to give me anything. I got to thinking, wouldn't it be nice if everyone I sent a goodie to would send a goodie on to someone else. Anyone at all. Totally random for no reason at all. Sort of a 'pay it forward', only with Spark goodies. It's fun to get goodies. It's even more fun to get one for no apparent reason. Next time you get a goodie send a goodie to someone else. Anyone one at all. Just because. Spark it forward! emoticon

  
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AMSNOWDEN 4/26/2011 10:36AM

    how do you get a goodie for someone else?

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SHIMMYHIP 4/14/2010 7:09AM

    That's a good idea. Fabulous!! Spark it on!

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LUMETH 4/12/2010 9:30AM

    I agree completely! It really makes my day to get a goodie, and I love handing them out to others... :)

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NANNER2121 4/11/2010 8:27PM

    You know, I totally agree. I get so much more satisfaction out of giving to others than giving to myself. I have not yet bought myself a goodie: somehow just doesn't seem right . . .
At Christmastime I spend 3 days baking an assortment of goodies that I make into humongous trays and give out to those who have helped and supported me and my family over the year namely; my vet, the staff in emerg and surgery at the hospital, hubby's boss, close friends and the last male student I hired at my previous place of work (I just adore him - he's such a great boy, oops, man; after all he is 17 now!). They all look forward to their "Donna treats" expecially my rum balls.
And gift giving . . the grandchildren just squeal with delight. Now I ask you, what is better than that?

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ONEYEDHAMSTER12 4/11/2010 5:06PM

    Thanks for the Goodie! I'll definitely pass on the love

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Starting to go in the right direction?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I started the week by going a little insane...okay, a lot insane. However, since that, ummm...moment, I've done very well. Only went over my calories 1 other time and not by very much. I managed to keep from giving into cravings pretty well. I found that often when I thought I was hungry, I was actually just thirsty. If a glass of water didn't solve the craving, then I allowed myself a snack. Between that and my walking, the results were that this morning I was .6# less than I was a week ago and, although my hip measurements stayed the same, I lost 1/2" off my waist. Yay! They're small accomplishments, but they're better than nothing. Only time will tell if I've finally got everything going in the direction I want them to go.

4/16/10. Well, I didn't lose anything this past week, but that's okay. At least I didn't gain...well, maybe 2 oz. I'm not going to stress over that. It's probably the water I drank before I remembered it was weigh-in day. I'm sure there would have been a change downward if I had done my walks. I admit it. I failed to do any of my walks last week. That will change. I will walk this week. There will be a lower number to log in next week.

4/23/10. Confession time. Haven't been keeping up with my walking. Got to work on that. In spite of my slacking off, I'm still doing okay in the weight area. This months weigh-ins are:
4/2/10 - 241
4/6/10 - 238.2
4/16/10 - 238.6
Today - 237.2
Other than one tiny increase, the numbers are going in the right direction. One more week. Cross the fingers and walk, walk, walk.

  
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STEPHASANA 4/13/2010 3:52PM

    That's wonderful! You're definitely going in the right direction. Keep it up!

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 4/10/2010 1:32PM

    Congratulations. Keep it up. You are doing it the right way, slowly but surely.

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JAXX06 4/10/2010 12:04PM

    Yay! Little accomplishments are big accomplishments, if you look at them the right way. :)
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LUMETH 4/10/2010 9:50AM

    Congratulations!

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ONEYEDHAMSTER12 4/10/2010 9:08AM

    You can do it! Small accomplishments are still accomplishments! Keep it up and the small progress will accumulate into big progress over time.

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ASH72461 4/10/2010 4:30AM

  you are going in the right direction
congrats on the weight loss and down an half inch too
that is great
i love when we get to see results from our hard work emoticon emoticon

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Peyote Stitch Bracelet

Friday, April 09, 2010

Last month I went to a local meetup of people who are into beading. Some do it professionally, others just bead for fun, some, like myself, are still learning. At the March meetup we learned a simple Peyote stitch as the base for a bracelet. Simple, but quite lovely all by itself. This month we are getting together to do the second half of the project. We'll be adding seed and bugle beads as embellishment. I'm excited to see how it turns out. I would like to be able to do this well enough to possibly sell them. I'll post pictures soon.

  
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WIGIME 4/14/2010 7:20AM

    I'm looking forward to the pictures too. I tried Peyote, but I found I didn't have the patience for it. I am really looking forward to seeing your stuff!

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PAMNANGEL 4/9/2010 4:18PM

    emoticon I actually considered making the title 'I Did Peyote', but talked myself out of it.

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RED_RIDING_HOOD 4/9/2010 3:26PM

    hehehe I read Peyote and everything else went blurry. LOL I thought something completely different from beading and stitching.

Cannot wait to see the pictures.

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LUMETH 4/9/2010 9:46AM

    I have a whole collection of beads at home, but I haven't touched them in a couple years now. Silly me! I should pull them back out and try more beading again.

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JMFOGARTY11 4/9/2010 3:42AM

    Can't wait to see the pics!

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My April Goals

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I'm a little late posting this. Easter kept me pretty busy. Yay! I didn't do so good on last months goals. I was only able to accomplish 1 out of the 3 goals I set for myself (worked up to walking 5 miles by the end of the month). This months goals are pretty much to finish what I didn't get done last month and keep up the walking. So the official list is:

1. Keep walking 5 miles a day 3 times a week.

2. Get my bike roadworthy or replace it.

3. Lose that &@%* 5# that wouldn't let go last month.

4/10/10. Not getting off to a very good start. Was only able to get in a walk once this week. Need to plan my schedule better.

4/17/10. I've been weighing my options regarding my bike. I only paid about $137 for the Murray almost 10 years ago. It would probably cost close to $200, if not more, to fix it up. Yesterday I was at Target picking out my newest Leslie Sansone DVD (Walk Off Even More Weight) when I passed the bicycle area. I looked at a couple. Didn't like that style. This style is okay, but don't care for the color (I know, superficial). Then I looked up (sounds of angelic music) and there it was. A Schwinn, a beautiful light blue and white Schwinn cruiser (cherubs tossed petals about us and I swear I heard fireworks). I was in love, but alas I had to leave her behind (It is a girl bike, I peeked). I have to wait until my check arrives. So, in about a week (week and a half tops) I will be pedaling my new bike down the streets of our little town. emoticon

5/1/10.
1. Still walking. Not always 5 miles.
2. Had to have tumors removed from 2 of my girls, so getting the new bike had to be postponed.
3. Did lose 5.8#. Yay!

  
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LUMETH 4/8/2010 9:15AM

    Sounds like a good set of goals! I definitely need to get my bike cleaned up (and tuned up) soon, too!

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JAZZMINE 4/7/2010 7:44PM

    Good luck with your April goals!

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