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Ziploc water bags-who knew

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I got this in an e-mail the other day and thought I would share. I checked Snopes and they are unsure but leaning towards positive.

You fill a ziplock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. Supposedly flies go away. The story says that is a trick that restaurants use.

So another week starts for me today, haven't exercised since last Sunday but on weekends I do make more stretching and exercise moves out of housework.

12 is today's magic number! 12 more days until the plane I am on touches down on American soil at JFK airport! (Edited to add I am NOT US Military in any way, shape or form, just an American born & raised citizen who lives overseas for 8 months of the year and am returning home for my annual vacation)

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HJFOGARTY 5/18/2010 10:21PM

    sounds interesting!

can't wait to see you!

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THINMAMAWARD 5/16/2010 8:55AM

    I hung the waterbags with pennies last summer. The flies landed on it as if they were laughing at me. Some people wear by it but I live out in the country near horses and mules and we get thousands of flies.

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GINA7249 5/16/2010 7:52AM

    hi i hope u come back safely

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ENAS38 5/15/2010 12:23PM

    I tried that long time ago but with no pennies,I think it didn't work but I remember one fly kept flying round the water bag until my brother clubbed it with a newspaper. emoticon


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EGRAMMY 5/15/2010 7:58AM

    emoticon Welcome, aboard in 12 days.

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GRAMMYEAC 5/15/2010 7:12AM

    We'll all have a huge Memorial Day celebration for you, Robin!

Thanks for the penny water tip. I'll have to try it, too, this summer.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/15/2010 5:39AM

    Thanks for sharing the tip about keeping flies away. I'll try it.

Enjoy you annual visit to the U.S.


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SCHMID70 5/15/2010 3:12AM

    I've heard of that but not w/ the coins...I'll have to see if it works. emoticon Bye Bye Flies

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BYEPOUNDS 5/15/2010 2:42AM

    best to you on your flight

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RAHAFEEZ 5/15/2010 2:36AM

    I never heard of that before. Very cool.

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HURDLE4LIFE 5/15/2010 2:29AM

    We are all here waiting for your safe return!

Love, Love, Love the Penny idea.....will try it for sure!


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Flights are back, lack of motivation, etc.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Last night DH read where all the flights from here in Saudi to the US and Europe were suspended due to that ash cloud in Europe. I was not happy but there isn't much I could do to re-route a flight anywhere since I would have to go to Europe or northern Africa to get anywhere and they still would fly up over Iceland and Greenland, the Polar route. Today the paper said the flights were back on so let's all keep our fingers crossed all flights stay on track.

I haven't exercised since Sunday again. I am simply losing momentum and no amount of "you can do it", "come on, let's go" , pats on the back, motivation will work, nothing. I don't know weather to let it wear off and take each day as it comes or out right force myself to get upstairs and exercise weather I want to or not. DH came home with 2 boxes of Nestle Fitness whole grain cereal the other day because they had fitness DVD's free inside the box. One is for cardio and the other looks like it's pilates yoga. He is so very good about finding stuff to help me and support me.

The other day while our power was out (we were notified well in advance and I was prepared with a days worth of projects I could with out electric) I sat and picked up a cross stitch project that my niece asked me to fix. While sitting for an hour fixing it, I began to realize how much I really missed sitting down to stitch for about 4-6 + more hours a day. I used to LOVE to stitch, that was my addiction, stitching. Then SparkPeople came along and my stitching is non-existent to the point I don't enjoy looking at new patterns, floss, fabric, nor do I enjoy visiting my many cross stitch boards. This has to stop, I need to stitch, that is my therapy. So I may re-consider the amount of time I spend here on SparkPeople and stitch more.

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AMYRWATSON 5/13/2010 7:48AM

    Take it day by day. Get a fix of both.

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RWETHAIRYET 5/12/2010 8:39PM

    It definitely is about finding the balance...to add something, something else has got to give.
I've stopped doing quite a few things these past few years, all for the sake of "health" Sometimes I get really resentful about it too. So I've been trying to get back to some of it, at least in small doses, and that's one of the reasons I'm ending up so limited on computer time...I can be here, or I can be sewing or hiking or knitting or...whatever. and still get in some of the exercise time.

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GRAMMYEAC 5/12/2010 2:29PM


You've been a real trouper, along with Holly, through the winter! I think you should step back a little and get some stitching therapy. Especially good for the time before you get to fly back here for a quiet summer.

Take care

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SUZYMOBILE 5/12/2010 12:10PM

    Hey, don't leave us, though!


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EGRAMMY 5/12/2010 8:25AM

    Balance is good in life. And the change in the season finds many of us being more active with hobbies and other loves. emoticon

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May 8

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Another new week here.
Today's SparkPeopkle Daily Desk Calendar note for May 8/9 that I DO HAVE permission to post.
Sunday is Mother's Day! Treat mom to a healthy breakfast in bed, like an omelet with fresh veggies, whole grain pancakes or cereal topped with fresh blueberries and skim milk.
I would love to do that but my mom is 6,325 miles away and my kids are 6,000 miles away.

I got lazy Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and didn't do the bootcamp exercises so today it was back to business.

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    So who made your Mother's Day breakfast?

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HJFOGARTY 5/8/2010 9:51PM

    Happy Mothers day Robin - enjoy your day - you deserve to really just enjoy! glad you are back on track and know that you will be here soon and we will be enjoying workouts together again! you are just so awesome!

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SARALEIGHM 5/8/2010 7:24PM

    My mother died about 8 years ago and my daughter is in Texas meeting her boyfriend's parents. She did send me a lovely gardenia plant. Tomorrow I'm going to the Red Door with a couple of friends to pamper ourselves. I'll have the second manicure in my life. One of my friend's mother died last fall, so I'm hoping this will take her mind off it.

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EGRAMMY 5/8/2010 3:13PM

    emoticon Happy Mother's Day to you since your family is far away, sending wishes your way.

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May bootcamp

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This month I am doing The New YOU Bootcamp by myself. If you would like to join me, you are more than welcome. This bootcamp is from January of 09 and it was my favorite using the stability ball and dumbbells. Today was day 4 of the bootcamp.
Here is a link to the workouts and challenges. You may have to dig your way through the posts to find the ones by Coach Nicole. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes

I will be happy just maintain my weight even though i still need to lose at least 10 lbs, I would be happy with KEEPING the 5 lbs that I keep losing and gaining each month. I go between 144-148 each month.

Somehow today I got 3 points for making a blog post even though I never made a blog post until now. Unless I made one, dont' remember and it got deleted. I have no idea.

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    Bootcamp sounds "fun". You'll be looking pretty getting on that plane in a couple of weeks!

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HONEYBUNMINI 5/5/2010 11:01AM

    Keep up the good work. emoticon


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EGRAMMY 5/5/2010 8:02AM

    Thanks for bootcamp info. You do try to help others. Thanks for being such a good person.

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SUZYMOBILE 5/4/2010 7:22PM

    Good luck with the bootcamp. emoticon

Hey, I made my first ever journal entry today, and I didn't know you got points for it!

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SOFEDUPP 5/4/2010 6:32PM

    If you made a journal entry that is private, it counts are a blog entry and you get the points. Just an FYI. I figured that out one day when I wanted to write a blog but I didn't want everyone to see it.

Keep up the great work!!!

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FBONNER1 5/4/2010 3:20PM

    Keep up the good work! Your bootcamp sounds like a good idea.

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May 2

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Today's SparkPeople Daily Desk calendar note (I DO have permission to post this)
May offers great weather for outdoor pursuits like biking---a great cardio activity that's also easy on the joints. Tune up your bike this weekend and get ready to hit the road.
I don't have a bike and can't afford one.

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    I was thinking likes it's way too hot. I use to ride but not here in the summer or with the drivers. It would be nice to be able to ride if you could.

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HJFOGARTY 5/3/2010 9:06PM

    around here bikes tend to break down alot - my bike last season ended up with over 6 flat tires two had to be replaced altogether and the other 4 times we were able to patch them - it sure wasn't fun when it happened on the road - but it is great exercise!

can't wait til you get home! take care of you.

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