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Tuesday, November 02, 2010


As most of you know, I'm an animal lover and love to spend an hour or so each day walking my dogs off leash. We have a lovely spot to walk and it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Along that road, there is a dirt road leading to nowhere which has sort of grown in but which the dogs seem to love. For it is there they find the scents and sounds of rabbits, squirrels, and birds to keep them occupied.

I've been walking there off and on for many years but over the past year or so have noticed somebody is setting out rabbit snares. For those who don't know, rabbit snares are pieces of wire tied in a noose-like formation which tightens and strangles rabbits (and other animals!) when they run through them.

Last year, my husband and I decided we would remove any snares we found and now I do it everytime I walk that way. The person or persons setting the snares also puts up flagging tape and I've started removing that or moving it to other areas to fool them up. I've even got my mother doing this when she joins me!

Am I bad for doing this? I know Newfoundlanders have hunted and eaten rabbits for many years but I feel that they should stick to areas that aren't used by dog walkers or in areas where household cats can get caught. Goodness knows we have enough forested areas on our island that they could set their snares away from communities. There are so many little animals (many are pets) getting caught in these snares and either dying a slow death or ending up escaping with the wire so tight that the affected limb has to be amputated.

I really don't think I'm bad but I'm sure some would disagree! I'm going to keep at it anyway. Just intereste in hearing your opinions.

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    well,being from Newfoundland myself I have to say this. My grandfather and father both set snares. Both men done it to put food on the table for there families. If it were not for the animals that they caught in these snares, I am sorry to say that they would have done without food, especially for my grandfather. So it was a means of survival for both men.
With this said they always....and I mean ALWAYS went far enough in the woods that the only possible they could cat was wild animals and not domestic. I think if you continue to remove these snares that your fellow newfoundlander will catch on and realize that they are being removed to due safety issues and not just someone out tearing up there "traps"....and if not leave a little note and a shot of screech in good faith. emoticon

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VIXEN2188 11/3/2010 12:02PM

    If it isn't personal property and it it mostly a dog walk or people area I agree. I love animals as well and I prob would do the same thing. I wouldn't want my dog getting stuck in a trap when it should be a safe place to roam for them.

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OUBACHE 11/3/2010 8:10AM

    I am in complete agreement. I can't stand the thought of any animal suffering, but the idea of someones small dog or a cat getting into a trap like that is almost more than I can bear. Leg traps are maybe even more horrible. If someone has to hunt, they should take great pains (no pun intended) to ensure the animal does not have to suffer.

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LINDAGRAVEL 11/2/2010 10:21PM

    agree with you

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/2/2010 10:15PM

    if it is not private property then I agree. I would also research the laws in your area. There might be something the law can do to help you.

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RIMAJO 11/2/2010 9:45PM

    I'm not sure what I think on that one. On the one hand, I understand your feelings & respect them.. On the other, when I think on all the people that have lost jobs in recent years & to some extent - are not eating as well, or making ends meet - it makes me wonder what their situation is to drive them to do this. Are they trying to feed hungry children? Are they live on limited means? Or is it really just for sport? I don't know & thats why I'm hesitant to take sides. Perhaps folks aren't struggling as much in your area as they are in parts of the US.. I just hope that whatever you do, it ends up truly being the right & best thing for everyone.
A few days ago, my FIL learned he has a homeless guy living off his land.. in a tent on a far corner of his property. He didn't know how to handle the situation. The guy is already homeless & down on his luck (lost his job, his home, etc). He decided that if the guy was that desperate, he could stay. While it worries me for my FIL.. I gave thanks that his heart was big enough to show compassion to the guy & leave him be. What I'm trying to say, is that sometimes things may not be as they seem.. (desperate people do desperate things & this sounds pretty desperate) you can try to investigate this further & make an informed decision, or do what you want & let whoever to figure out a new way to find food for himself, or his family.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/2/2010 9:20PM

    emoticonI'm with you 200% More even!! What a shame they wouldn't think that that area would be detrimental to domesticated animals, besides killing and maming so many wild ones!! Yes, I would think they have plenty other places they can trap and snare and all that nasty stuff. I know hunting is a popular and accepted thing to do, but not by me! Prefer my critters wild and breathing and intact if possible!!!
Just be careful! Someone may be looking to find who is tripping their snares, etc. and it could become dangerous! Be careful!!!

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SHERRYTOO 11/2/2010 9:15PM

    Keep it up!

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 8:50PM

    For sure I agree. Maybe you could post a sign of your own, asking to please not put the snares in this area as its used by off leash pets who could get hurt in them. If they don't heed it, I would be concerned that maybe this is a malicious act..

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WILLOWWINDS 11/2/2010 7:58PM

    If the property isn't owned I definately agree with you.
Any harmless animal can get caught in it.

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REMEMBER2BME 11/2/2010 7:53PM

    Can't help it, I agree completely. Especially, no doubt if this is not their own private property. It is is not they should not be putting them there.


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DISTAN 11/2/2010 7:17PM

    I agree

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How do YOU keep track of your exercise, nutrition and other goals

Monday, November 01, 2010

Happy November 1st! Not that there is anything special about today but I figured if I wished you all a Happy Day, it would make at least some of you smile!

I've got a question and I'm looking for some great answers. I'm wondering how each of you tracks your exercise, nutrition and other goals.

Do you sit at the computer every few hours and log your information in?
Do you try to remember what you ate several hours later and enter it then?
Do you keep a tally on a calendar and enter the information every few days or once a week?

I'm really struggling with staying consistent with my recording the information. I find I'm wasting a lot of time I could be exercising by checking out the Spark website several times a day and once there I easily get sidetracked! The next thing a hour has gone by and I still haven't logged in my information and it is time to get supper, walk the dogs, run errands, etc.

I've just purchased a perpetual calendar from Spark and I am thinking about hanging that in our kitchen to scrawl on and then recording my information on the computer once or twice a week. That way, I'd be able to check out Spark on a daily basis for blogs, messages, challenges etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I would love to hear them!

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 11/2/2010 12:05PM

    I try to track as soon as I am done. If for some reason I am in a hurry or I am away from the computer, I have a journal that a sparkfriend gave me and I write it down until I have the chance to enter my info. Saving things under your favorites is a very smart tool to use, that will save you alot of time. It can be very time consuming at first but as more time goes by you get used to using the tools and you will only then have to track you meals and not have to add the nutritional stuff. emoticon

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MARIE625 11/2/2010 8:37AM

    I'm an old fashioned paper kind of girl. :) I use a 2-page-a-day Daytimer calendar notebook that is my life! LOL I plan my menus in advance and jot down what I plan to eat on each day's page. After I've eaten, I have a detailed calorie counting log where I fill in the nutritional info. Daytimer makes some forms for tracking diet & exercise, but I just create my own. Because my calender really is my life & contains my to-do list, I tend to sit down and look at it 3 or 4 times a day. Each time I check it, I write down what I've eaten in the nutrition log then that evening, when I sit down to watch TV, I go back & fill in all the numbers.

As for exercise, I'm ashamed to admit that about all I do these days is run. I have a running log in my calendar where I log the date, number of miles & my time. On my daily page, I jot down the route I took and any comments about the run such as odd weather, any problems or success I had.... If I do any other form of exercise, I write that on my daily page as well. On Spark, I track my running time just to earn the points. Half the time I forget to do it though so my Spark tracker is no where near accurate.

As I mentioned, I am a bit old fashioned and enjoy my paper products vs. using the computer. I also seem to learn a lot more from actually writing the info down vs. typing it. I used to use the Spark nutrition tracker but the info it provided didn't mean much to me. But by writing it down, I can remember things like how many calories/fat grams are in certain foods. Physically writing down those numbers made a HUGE impact on me. Also, I've been able to compare my exercise logs with my food logs and have been able to see how certain foods effect my exercise. For example, I noticed that every time I ate a hamburger, the next 2 days worth of exercise was miserable. I started noticing how much sodium affects my weight (I keep a daily weight log too.) I LOVE my logs.

Aack! Sorry - I blogged on your blog. Obviously, I feel strongly about my calendar and tracking system. LOL

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JLITT62 11/2/2010 7:50AM

    I use the app on my Ipod to record fitness & water intake (but still have to go from memory).

I'm not using it now, but in the past I've used fitbooks -- http://www.fitbook.com -- and I really liked those. Places for goals, for fitness, for food & more!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 11/1/2010 7:41PM

    I'm not very organized, so I track as I go along. I wish I were like RIMAJO who has her menus planned a week in advance. I plan my meals about 5 minutes before I cook them. I've found the favorites tab to be very useful for things that I eat on a regular basis. I also use it for foods that I make once and eat all week long. I love my stored recipes. I also frequently copy meals from one day to the next.

Like you I can get very sidetracked after I log onto Sparkpeople. I like to check in at least daily because I want to earn my consistency and perfect attendance awards. I feel like I've done a good thing for myself even if all I do is to track nutrition and fitness. That's my highest Spark priority. So, if I fail to check in with my friends, it's because I've got a life and I'm trying to live it.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/1/2010 1:42PM

    I'm not good about tracking my food but am working on it. I do keep track of all my walking miles though and I usually write it down until I can get it entered.

Good luck with finding the right balance on sp!

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RIMAJO 11/1/2010 12:13PM

    I usually have my food entered early in the day, if not the night prior - and then edit it as time permits so that it reflects actual calories eaten. I normally have dinner planned out about a week (or more) in advance on a notepad. I figure it all out when I write up my grocery list & then do my best to stick to it.

Side note: I'm also in the process of entering all of my favorite recipes into SparkRecipe.com, so that when I prepare them, entering them into my food log is a snap (plus I know in advance how many calories I'll be eating IF I make this/that).

Exercise (walking, cycling, etc) is entered after I workout, when I get back home. When I lift weights, or ST - my puter goes downstairs w/me (its a laptop) so that I can follow the list of exercises on my fitness page. I check them off as I complete them.

Keep at it & sooner or later you'll find what method works best for you!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/1/2010 12:00PM

    FOOD is on tracker (daily, do it at night now, b.c i think I got hang of it)

EXERCISE: b/c I run, I make my weekly running journal (just numbers and my end/start point (I am forgetful)

PROGRESS: committed to the pic journal, and measurement (weekly)

Motivation, and support (Logging on spark )

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OLDERDANDRT 11/1/2010 11:43AM

    I try to track after exercise or walking and food I try to track by lunch then before bed. Some people plan their whole day of eating in advance and track ahead. I never know for sure what I may eat except for breakfast, so I wait. I know you'll soon find what works best for you. I'm still learning after 2 years!


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JAZZYJAS 11/1/2010 10:00AM

    I track my breakfast and lunch and any snacks I packed in the morning (usually after arriving at work) and then record again after dinner (and maybe I had an afternoon snack). Some of my activity is consistent (training will be 40 min of circuit training, pilates is an hour) so I might enter that in the morning. The variable stuff usually gets added at night or the following morning.

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Halloween Challenge - The End!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Our five-week Halloween challenge is nearing its end and I wanted to thank everyone who participated!!! From Tempest272002 who came up with this unique challenge to my team mates who encouraged me on with Sparkgoodies, I say "thank you".

My team was called "No More Batwings" and we did really well! Thank you to BBKLECKA, HAMMYCAKES, MEG810 and TANGERINEWINGS!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

We've all had our ups and downs with this challenge but that is what life is all about. None of us, however, have been challenged as our challenge founder, Tempest272002 who has been watching her husband fight for his life over the past week. Still, she managed to encourage us on!

We are supposed to post a picture of ourselves after the five weeks have been up. I will do that shortly. I haven't noticed any big changes physically but I have noticed little things about my energy and confidence levels! My skin even looks better...no doubt a combination of the exercise, water and good nutrition!

Have a great Halloween!

P.S. Here are a couple of really bad full-length pictures of me I just took!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/31/2010 6:07PM

    Congratulations on improved energy and confidence levels. I'd love to see skin improvement. You must be doing something right!

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Come on temptation!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


I'm home after an especially tiring and emotional trip away from home with my mom. I guess we were both stressed about her tests but they came back clear.

In the week that I was away, my dear friend who took Moto in, had to put two of her aging dogs to sleep on the same day. I can't imagine how she had the inner strength to do that. Then yesterday, little Moto was finally spayed and had to have 21 teeth removed! I will be visiting them later on today to give Judy some hugs and Moto some kisses.

Anyway, as for my blog title "Come on Temptation" a Spark friend had make reference to her struggle with resisting the lure of Halloween treats and I thought of this blog idea.

Temptation is always going to be there for the rest of my life. Whether it is the temptation of food or the temptation to slack off in the exercise department. Temptation is always going to be there. Its there in grocery stores, restaurants, during the holidays, lazy days etc. BUT what I'm learning is that its not willpower that will get me through but coping skills.

Sometimes I'm going to want a "taste" of dessert or I'm going to be lured to the couch by a rainy day but that's okay because in the long term I know I have developed certain coping skills. By logging into Spark everyday I feel accountable and not just to my Spark friends but to myself. I did slack off my exercise and nutrition expectations while out of town with mom but when I got back I threw myself right back into this. It felt great knowing that I dealt with a setback and carried on without giving up! I CAN do this and can YOU!

Have a great day everybody and Happy Halloween! Thanks for reading! emoticon

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RIMAJO 10/31/2010 9:25AM

    Great blog Susan! You're right about temptations.. they'll always be there. Thankfully, when we are in control it becomes easier to overcome, or to allow - in moderation. When I 'really' want something.. I tell myself, okay but I have to 'earn it' first. So far, so good!

Glad you're back on track & moving forward!! Also glad everything went well with your Mom & that you were able to spend some fun quality time together too!
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Things have their ups and downs, so glad you got back on the horse so to speak.

I feel for your friend it must have been incredibly difficult to say goodbye to two friends.

So glad that Sparks and your Sparkfriends are helping you in some small way

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JLITT62 10/30/2010 1:38PM

    Great blog! And that's sooo the right attitude. Yes, we will be derailed at times, but the truth is it's just a detour unless we believe we're derailed.

Your poor friend. Even tho I have dogs & cats that are the same age, thankfully when one got really sick, the other was doing at least so-so so I haven't had the face that yet (thank God).

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/30/2010 11:35AM

    Yes. Life demands some detours. The challenge is finding our way back and staying on the course. I've reached a point where I can say, "Gee, that detour was interesting, but I still have to, eventually, get to where I'm going." I have found that even when I'm on a "detour" my behavior has significantly changed. For example, last week, I was shopping where they offer numerous taste samples. I took one and found it was not wonderful, so I threw it away. I passed up several samplings because I already knew what they tasted like and so did not need any further information. A little voice inside my head affirmed, "That was really cool."

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APIRLRAIN888 10/30/2010 10:55AM

    awesome blog thx!!!!

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Yeah...Mom has been given the all clear!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Just wanted to let you all know that we've just returned from the hospital and my mom has been given the all clear! We are very happy but tired! She is going to rest all afternoon and I think I will try to sneak out for a quick walk in the fresh air. Nothing like hospitals to make you crave the outdoors!

I'm not doing well with the exercise this week nor the nutrition but I'm chalking it all up to experience. I'm eating okay but not on a regular basis and I've had ice cream once and pasta last night. I guess I'm walking enough while chasing after Mom...I had her lost yesterday in one of the malls.

Haven't bought anything for myself but have quite a few Christmas presents picked up. I'm glad of that. I'm trying to avoid clothes buying until I lose some more weight. I bought a tube of lipstick if that counts, oh and a brow pencil because my eyebrows are so blond you can barely see them. Curse of being a redhead!

Speaking of which, I overheard one of the nurses in the Cardiologist's clinic say that redheads tend to bleed more after incisions etc. Interesting. I once had a MRI done and all I remember was coming too and the nurse saying "we got a gusher here" when they removed the IV. I know redheads are supposed to be more a genetic minority so I guess we are special in our own right! Ha!

Have a great day! Please think of my friend Tempest272002 today. It is her birthday but her husband was rushed to the ICU!!!!

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MISTYSMOM06 10/30/2010 2:17PM

    Good for Mom. I wish I still had mine. I miss her terribly sometimes emoticon. The thing is, she is out of pain. Best wishes for the rest of the week! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/30/2010 1:48PM

    Great news for your mom and Congratulations on getting some Christmas shopping done. Praying for your friend and her husband...

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RIMAJO 10/28/2010 1:23PM

    emoticonGreat news about your Mom.. I bet you both breathed a sigh of relief after this weeks journey!

As for diet & exercise.. This week will soon be over & you can start fresh at any time. Do what you've got to do, get back home soon & safely & go from there. With all that was on your plate this past week, this is small potatoes in the big picture & will quickly be behind you.
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KNOWMOREBBK 10/28/2010 12:33PM

    Great news! I am so envious that you have started your Christmas shopping early! I wish I could get motivated to start now.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/27/2010 11:49PM

    I've bought clothes from rummage sales and thrift stores that fit for the time being but which I expect to shortly become too big. I feel I deserve to have clothes that fit, but the budget would be hard-pressed if I kept buying nice new stuff. It actually has worked out very well. You'd be amazed at the quality of clothing that people throw away.

It's wonderful news about your mom. Be gentle with yourself. No one can expect perfection when a loved one is in the hospital.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/27/2010 3:15PM

    My dermatologist also told me blonds and redheads need more anesthetic to dull the pain! Who knew?

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ACCEPTMYSELF 10/27/2010 3:08PM

    Great news for your Mom!

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JLITT62 10/27/2010 3:08PM

    I've also heard that redheads feel pain more intensely.

You know, if you really need clothes now, just buy yourself a few items. You feel so much better about yourself -- and motivated -- when your clothes fit right. Trust me, it's true!

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RUNNER12COM 10/27/2010 1:57PM

    That is good news for your Mom, and we sure love to hear great news around here!


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LESLIES537 10/27/2010 12:54PM

    Yay for your mom! That's great news!

I've heard the same thing about us redheads. After I had my 2nd kid I hemorraged and lost a lot of blood...that's when the docs told me the same thing, red heads bleed more and have a higher tolerence to pain meds. They can't prove it medically I don't think, it's just a little known fact among Drs. Interesting, huh?!

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JHADZHIA 10/27/2010 12:43PM

    Doing the happy dance for you Mom, so glad you got good news!!
As a fellow redhead, know about the eyebrows, but I don't use make up at all, allergic to even the so called hypo allergenic stuff!! I don't bleed any more than normal though, that was a new one on me..
I was lucky, didn't have to buy transition clothes -Mom gave me quite a few, and I have actually bought nothing new at goal weight as she had hand me downs for that too! Lucky me our family has been through some see sawing weight gains and losses. But hopefully, my Mom, sister and I have lost it for good now! So far, its been working!
Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday.
My thoughts are with your friend and her poor husband..

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APIRLRAIN888 10/27/2010 12:24PM

    woohoo congratz

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