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The seven steps to Willpower

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Not my seven steps... yet

Last night I had my last Pilates class and the instructor did something a little different. She taught us the 15 minute, 7 steps to willpower method of exercise. There are seven exercises that you should do everyday building your repetitions of each one up to a total of 21 reps except for the first exercise which is a plank. Your goal is to hold the plank for a total of 3 minutes.

I thought I would give this a try, but not everyday at first maybe 3 days a week. She gave us a handout, but it only gives a name of the exercise and maybe a little description. The one Iím drawing a blank on is called Rooting Ė (Supine/Pikes). I guess Iíll have to Google that one. I will also need a timer for the plank since it is timed not repetitions. There is also one called Wind, which you just turn in circles 21 times each direction. This one makes you very dizzy. I donít like it at all.

I find it interesting to be exposed to these different ideas.

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NATIVE_ONE 8/11/2010 8:58AM

    It all sounds hard for me, wishing you the best of luck with these!!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/11/2010 7:55AM

    Pilates is challenging. Not at all familiar with those terms? emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 8/10/2010 11:41PM

    Sounds very different. Let us know when you find out what Rooting is.

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DEE107 8/10/2010 11:05PM

    sounds good but not the wind I get dizzy easy

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SAL2525 8/10/2010 9:50PM

    I love pilates! I do not think I would like the wind either! Sal

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/10/2010 9:19PM

    Wow!!! Sounds intense!

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Monday, Monday

Monday, August 09, 2010

Today I returned to work after a long weekend that was quite productive. I'm thankful for the few vacation days that went well because today was one of those days that they refer to as typical Monday - everything that could go wrong did.

The good news - I didn't overeat nor did I let it get the best of me mentally. I'm just hoping the rest of the week goes better at work!

  
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SAL2525 8/10/2010 9:48PM

    Good for you! No over eating with stress always makes me feel empowered! Sal

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LINDABENEDICT 8/10/2010 5:22PM

    And how has Tuesday been ? Hope your week gets better and beter each day !

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LIBBYFITZ 8/10/2010 5:18PM

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WILLOW49 8/10/2010 12:25PM

    Great that you kept on track during your bad day! Here's hoping the rest of the week is better for you!

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DDOORN 8/10/2010 7:31AM

    Onward and DOWN (the scale) WARD! :-)

Don

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CAMELA_55 8/10/2010 6:41AM

    Good for you for not responding to your bad day by overeating!
Hope the rest of your week is better!
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My Corny Poem

Sunday, August 08, 2010

This poem is written as part of my August Challenge! The things we must do! emoticon

I was reading a book review
When I found this site
Helping many people
Win a heck of a fight

For me battling weight
Is not something new
I believe in a healthier lifestyle
Knowing it can only be up to you

So I signed up with SparkPeople
Hoping to turn my life around
I starting logging my food and fitness
And started shedding those unwanted pounds

There is more to a healthy life
Than shedding some weight
You must also change your mindset
And get rid of your inner hate

You should read some articles
They will help you see the light
There is so much good within you
And you can make your life right

There are so many resources
And members ready to help you out
So make the best of SparkPeople
Come on Check it out!

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SAL2525 8/10/2010 9:42PM

    I like the poem - not corny at all! Sal

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LINDABENEDICT 8/10/2010 5:22PM

    Cute, very cute !

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GLAMIT 8/10/2010 9:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I like yourpoem~

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LIBBYFITZ 8/8/2010 11:35PM

    Loved it! Well done. emoticon

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DDOORN 8/8/2010 11:20PM

    An Ode to our SparkFamily!

Awesome job!

Don

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WILLOW49 8/8/2010 9:31PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing with us :)

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/8/2010 9:06PM

    Cute and spells it all out just great! emoticon

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PHYL220 8/8/2010 8:46PM

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WILLBSKINNY2 8/8/2010 8:44PM

    I like your background of ferns. The poem reminds me of my kitty cat "Fluffy." hahaha. emoticon

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CAMELA_55 8/8/2010 8:43PM

    I LOVE THAT!!!
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CAROL3SAN 8/8/2010 8:31PM

    I LOVE IT! emoticon emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 8/8/2010 8:29PM

    Awesome poem!!!

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BPULLOS 8/8/2010 8:21PM

    That was great!

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BEARDMUSIC 8/8/2010 8:14PM

    How fun!!! Loved it!!!

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The Boat Garden with a picture

Saturday, August 07, 2010

This will give you a true look inside my mind. I have had a vision of this for years and it took a few to get to the point of planting. I have a split backyard with a water way going through the middle of it. There is a pond that is only fit for wildlife and then a woody area between the waterways and the river.

My son had an old boat that was not of much use to him anymore that he left when he moved out. I would sit in my backyard and look at that boat and think I want to paint that, fill it with dirt and then plant in it. Last year was our first planting year and I learned early that even in a raised boat the critters will find a way. We planted mostly herbs and vegetables and not many made it. I even put fencing along the top of the boat.

This year I decided to try mostly flowers. I did include sage and lavender as they were left alone last year. Most of the flowers have done real well. There was one that I really wanted badly in the boat, the sunflower, that has been eaten from up and over the top of the fencing. It had to be a deer. I have tried sprays and other ways of keeping things away, but it doesnít seem to work completely.

I have always said that my gardens are a work in progress. I plant things helter skelter and then move them as needed. It keeps things interesting in my gardening world.

  
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WILLOW49 8/8/2010 11:27AM

    Love your boat garden! What a clever idea!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/8/2010 6:56AM

    sooooooooooooooooo cute and creative!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/7/2010 11:32PM

    emoticonLove it!

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BRAVEONE92 8/7/2010 6:11PM

    I love boats and this was a great idea & project. I'd love one in my yard too. I love the plants you added as well. I am sure that each year, you will have so much fun adding new ones.

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LKWQUILTER 8/7/2010 4:46PM

    I showed my dh your boat flower bed. His comment "Not ready to do that yet." He is my gardener. I love it. Thanks for sharing.


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GRAMMACATHY 8/7/2010 11:31AM

    Dear make great yard ornaments when the stay on their own side of the garden fence.
I always enjoy watching them, but it does limit what I can grow.
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GRANNYPEG 8/7/2010 10:09AM

    Love your boat idea!!! SOmeone gave me this to help keep deer and rabbit s away from the garden (so far it's worked for me, hope it will for you)..1/2 c milk, 1 egg, 3 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp chopped or minced garlic, 1 tsp veggie oil...add water till almost filled.....shake well in gal milk container, add 1 tsp Dawn......sprinkle around garden in watering can....hopefully you will have a great garden emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CUBFANGIRL1 8/7/2010 10:09AM

    What a goregous and unique garden! Thanks for sharing the pix! And good for you for following through on your vision!

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SOFT_VAL67 8/7/2010 10:05AM

    i absolutely love it and cannot wait to show this pic to hubby, he has a boat, sitting in the back yard, with a busted motor, i keep threatening to make a garden out of it, haha, and then i saw this blog, so i am going to show him the possibilities...that is very cool...and less expensive than a new boat motor....

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Tree Detail or Fun? Which would you choose!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Last fall we had a major tree fall in the back part of our yard. It fell in the very back part next to the water which splits my yard between grass and woods. When it first happened we spent a whole day with extra help getting the top part removed from the neighborís back yard. This tree was very large and also took out a few others so there was a lot to chop and haul.

We thought we would finish the job of chopping and stacking this spring when we take vacation in May. Between the weather and the chain saw chains becoming dull the job has not been completed. With three days off this week we were hoping to get more of the tree detail completed. The first two days we had off were unbearable with heat and humidity. My husband can not work outside in it because of his asthma.

So today I was hoping to go kayaking because the weather was suppose to be pleasant. I got up this morning and it seemed like a good tree day too! What to do!!! I so love kayaking, but I know we need to get that darn tree taken care of. I am so torn, but I am going to do the right thing and go out and help with the tree.

  
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GRAMMACATHY 8/7/2010 11:34AM

    We just let the downed tree decompose and what do you know, new branches are sprouting from it. I am looking forward to kayaking stories on Sunday!
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DDOORN 8/6/2010 10:22PM

    Why choose?

Do 'em BOTH! :-)

Don

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LIBBYFITZ 8/6/2010 1:32PM

    emoticonThat was so kind of you to go and help with the tree!

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SAL2525 8/6/2010 9:10AM

    Hmmm I guess it depends -are your neighbors inconvenienced by the tree - if yes do it.
If NOT go KAYAKING!! Life is short!

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CARRKM 8/6/2010 8:52AM

  Go kayaking... there are only so many nice days in the year! The tree will still be there when you get home! :-)

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