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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!


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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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    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! :-)


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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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One goal met Ė One goal not!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

How can this be? Easy in my multi challenge world.

I had my final weigh in with one of my 10 week challenges today. At the beginning of the challenge I had set a goal weight that was very reasonable, or so I thought. Then I hit a plateau for a few weeks and had a foot injury. I struggled to change my fitness routine, finally found my groove again and the pounds started coming off again.

At the beginning of this week I was very close to goal weight for the 10 week challenge, hit goal weight on Tuesday, was up .2 from goal weight on Wednesday and today was my official weigh in day. You are probably thinking I shouldnít weigh myself so often, but I donít record any of them but Thursdays. So this morning I got on the scale and didnít believe my eyes. I had lost a pound from yesterday to beat the goal weight by .8 pounds! emoticon emoticon

I stuck this in my tracker and went to look at my total lost so far since joining SP. Now I am .2 pounds away from my halfway mark. This is the goal I didnít make. The good news is I didnít think I would make it this week anyway because I had a much better overall weight loss today than expected! I now am hoping to beat that next week, but my first plateau started just .2 pounds away from the 40 pound mark so I wonít worry if I donít.

There is something about those .2 pound marks that like to mess with me.

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DDOORN 8/6/2010 6:18AM

    Keep on keeping on...you're on your way!

Great momentum like yours is unstoppable!


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SAL2525 8/5/2010 9:44PM

    I have been on a plateau forever and I am hoping that the August Challenge will move me along! Weigh in day is coming soon and I hope to see that ticker moving to the right as quick as is healthy! I am psyched for you! WOO HOO emoticon Sal

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the GREAT work!! emoticon

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LUREAH21 8/5/2010 11:04AM

    Awesome job!!!

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Show those .2 pounds who's boss!!
emoticon(((doing the skinny dance!)))

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LIBBYFITZ 8/5/2010 10:38AM

    Before I answered you're blog I decided to do my daily weigh! I am also STUCK on 71.3,Kg have been there for ages! It will move as I am doing all the right things! Soooo frustrating. emoticon I want to be down to 70Kg/ 155lbs by the 20 of this month! So I can completly empathise with you. So nice to see it go down. emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/5/2010 9:41AM

    I'm a scale watcher....I'm a scale watcher watchin pounds go by.... by by by lol
I have to weigh in i loose focus when I dont so yes it can make me crazy at time but I see the increases and it will JOLT me back

WTG on your accomplishments

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GLAMIT 8/5/2010 9:28AM

    Oh don't even get me started about the scale, I like to torture myself daily, LOL. I was at my half way goal 2 days ago now it's back up cause of some bad food but I'm still trying to enjoy it cause one way or another it's gonna come off.
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ANNE403 8/5/2010 9:22AM

    Good for you & am so happy for you! Anne emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/5/2010 8:40AM

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Congrats on all of your hard work which is really paying off. I suspect you will be meeting many more goals in your future.

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SSCHULTZ59 8/5/2010 8:38AM

    Awesome Job.. Keep up the good work.. you should be very proud of yourself..
Congratulations !

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EILEENXO 8/5/2010 8:24AM

    Congrats! You have the right attitude. We may stumble but we just have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and keep trucking.

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    One goal met, one goal not met is a whole lot better than no goals met, two goals unmet. The second goal is within sight so go for it!

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Irony and recipe ingredients

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I decided to try and do most of my sparking this morning as my husband and I are contemplating how to spend our day off from work. The weather is very hot and humid for the next two days so we need some air conditioned activities since we are both asthmatic and the weather is not our friend. Thankfully Friday and the weekend look like good days for us to spend outside.

So I ate my fruit salad for breakfast since I have no idea where we will be for lunch or dinner and I need to get that salad meal in for my challenge. Then I decided to read a Spark article. What pops up but a nutrition one on Salad! I found this so ironic since that is my August Challenge.

For those that wanted to know what my friendís recipe is for her Corn and Black Bean Salsa the best I can give you is her ingredients. She kind of wings some of the liquid parts and so must we I guess. Here is her list:
2 cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
2 cans corn
White vinegar (your preference)
Sriracha Sauce
Red Onion
Lemon or Lime Juice
I like to use on packet of sweet n low

I have also looked some recipes up on SP and have made one with my left over grilled corn on the cob Ė I prefer corn on the cob over canned.

Well I must go get my cardio in before we head out for the day! Have a great one!

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DDOORN 8/4/2010 9:58PM

    Thx for the recipe!


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PHYL220 8/4/2010 3:34PM

    Thanks for the recipe. Have a great day!

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GRAMMACATHY 8/4/2010 8:45AM

    Thank you. I will have to google sriracha too, but intend to try this before the weekend is done. With the exception of the sriracha and cilantro I have all the other indredients in the house. Have fun today.
Sriracha is hot chili sauce. Yummmy! That will give it some zing.

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PLAYBLUES22 8/4/2010 8:41AM

    Sweetie, what a delightful blog to read this morning,

You are such an inspiration and thanks also for the great recipes, this is one I know that I am really going to try , emoticon probably today emoticon

Thank you your blog started off a very hectic day

May God continue to "Smile" on you and yours emoticon


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GLAMIT 8/4/2010 8:36AM

    Oh cilantro, mmm mmm mmm. I have no idea what Sriracha is but I'm sure I can find it, sounds like a chinese soy sauce? I have a bunch of corn on the cob that's gonna hit the grill. Thanks for the recipe.

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