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Knitting Away Temptation

Monday, May 17, 2010

I remember the days before I found Sparkpeople, when I used to fill any spare time I had by grabbing a quick snack, not caring what that snack might be. Now, when I have "time on my hands", I pick up my knitting and the rhythmic motion of my hands and the needles calms me, takes my mind off food and fills my creative urge. Right now I'm knitting a peach colored sweater using yarn I purchased in Ireland. I'm using large needles, so it's going really fast.
When I finish it, I'll post a picture of me wearing my new sweater.

  
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CAROLYNVIL 5/17/2010 7:53PM

    I love knitting and crocheting. It makes my hands feel better( arthritis in hands ). but summer months make it hard to knit too hot and humid here in Florida. carolyn

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Picking Strawberries

Monday, May 10, 2010

My husband and I went to a strawberry farm today and picked beautiful red ripe strawberries for $1.50 a lb. We brought home 7 lbs of strawberries, picked in about a half hour. It was great exercise, we met lots of friendly people and we now have strawberries to eat now and to freeze for strawberry jam or strawberry ice cream or just to pop in my mouth for a snack. I froze the individual strawberries on a cookie sheet and will package them in freezer bags after they're frozen. Good exercise and good nutrition all in 30 min.

  
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CAROLYNVIL 5/11/2010 1:41PM

    fresh picked strawberries are the best. I just love them. carolyn

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GRAMMAP1 5/10/2010 10:01PM

    Now, that I call a double blessing, Peggy. I am allergic to strawberries, but accept the consequences and have a serving of strawberry shortcake once a year. lol Enjoy those strawberries and keep up the exercise berry picking or not! Hugs, Jane emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLORYB2014 5/10/2010 8:42PM

    Oh how I'm looking forward to fresh strawberries here! We don't get them till later on in June. I used to freeze mine on cookie sheets too but now it is just me who eats them, I freeze them in small freezer bags. Love the homemade strawberry jam too!

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LRINGER 5/10/2010 4:03PM

  I wish I was there!! there is nothing better than fresh picked strawberries. Our season usually starts mid to end of June. I can't wait. emoticon

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A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm so glad I entered the Sparkpeople Official After Contest. Even though I didn't win, the contest motivated me to get my husband to take a picture of me now that I've reached my goal and stayed there for three years. Using that picture as my profile means that every time I look at my Sparkpage, there's a reminder of how I want to look for the rest of my life, no matter how many years that may be. I think I'll get him to print out a copy of it to post on my refrigerator, so I'll keep focussed on healthy meals and snacks that are low fat, low salt and low calorie. It'll also remind me to keep up my 30 minutes of yoga each day and even expand it to 45 min. I've found that anything that keeps me motivated, such as rereading sections of "The Spark", tracking my meals and exercise, and chatting with my teammates is definitely worth the time it takes.

  
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ILOVETOCRUISE 4/29/2010 11:41AM

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WALKNLOVE 4/29/2010 8:11AM

    Awesome!

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MOTHER-NATURE 4/29/2010 5:31AM

    You are a winner in my eyes emoticonYou look emoticon emoticon

P.S. I'm going to start practicing that pose

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Niki

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GLORYB2014 4/28/2010 9:44PM

    Way to go Peggy and you really look fantastic!!
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Gloria

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GRAMMAP1 4/28/2010 9:32PM

    That is great motivation and you also look GREAT!

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You're Never Too Old to Learn

Saturday, April 24, 2010

When I started Sparkpeople, I needed to lose those last ten pounds I had tried for years to take off. Ten pounds doesn't sound like much, but I was amazed at what a difference it made in my life to get rid of them for good. I wear smaller size in everything, even shoes! The lower part of my body, where all the fat was stored now matches the upper part of my body and I can wear the same size in pants and tops. I've formed so many new habits and have practiced them for three years now. I automatically weigh and measure helpings when I cook and serve meals.
I look for ways to get more exercise into my days. I never dreamed I'd be such a different person by sticking with Sparkpeople and reaching my goal and maintaining it. It just goes to show, "You're never too old to learn."

  
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GRAMMAP1 4/24/2010 11:35PM

    That is what this site is all about. Good for you Peggy. You have done well and I am sure you know how to keep it off. Blessings, Jane

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GLORYB2014 4/24/2010 9:03PM

    You're so right Peggy ~ we're NEVER too old to learn!

Congrats on losing and keeping off those 10 lbs. I look forward to the day I can buy the same size tops and bottoms!

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Gloria

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A REVELATION ON STRESS RELIEF

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Today I went to a presentation on stress relief and pain management. I volunteered to be a
"guinea pig" to demonstrate one technique. I was hooked up to a computer which measured my heartbeat and relaxation. I was then shown how to breathe deeply and slowly for three minutes.
It was amazing how good I felt at the end of the three minutes. What a beautiful picture came up on the screen, with lovely colors of plants and birds and a rainbow.The screen was a solid grey when I started and the more relaxed I became, the more color came into the picture. It was a vivid illustration of how this one simple technique can change the way we think and feel. The speaker advised us to practice that slow, deep breathing every time we get in a stressful situation. It calms us down and helps us to think clearly rather than reacting with fear or anger.
I resolved to practice this several times a day, even if I don't feel stressed. Try it, you'll like it! emoticon

  
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GLORYB2014 4/15/2010 6:47PM

    I already have tried the deep breathing technique Peggy and do it often ~ it really does relax you!

Thanks for sharing this information. What you describe about the colors is lovely!

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Gloria

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