Friday, June 24, 2011
This is a little niche in the boulders around my home that is a sheltered spot for my lilies. Although a 'tiger lily' is in bloom, I did not do a close-up of it.
Here is a close-up of a beautiful white lily that is in full bloom!
Another little flower bed made by Mother Nature, just needed a few rocks in the front to hold in the good dirt. I put these 3 plants in, which I can't remember the name of -- tall bluish/purple flowers on top of a long stem. Not in the picture as I planted them later, are small Rosemary which I think will hang down over the rocks.
Another flower planter by Mother Nature, located just to the left of the previous one shown. The purple flowers are salvia, and my DH gathered seeds from wild flowers in our area and planted them alongside, for contrast. Don't have a name right now, but I am including a close-up of the wild flower in the next shot.
This is the flower bed that DH and I worked so hard on last fall, driving for miles to find the rocks, assembling it, and finally getting it filled with dirt. We now have it filled with marigolds, petunias, marigolds, a rose bush, salvia, penta's and penstemon, as well as a couple I don't have names for, and last night added a couple of sea lavender.
That's all I have photo's of. Hope you enjoyed the bit of color in my yard -- perhaps later in the summer as it all fills in we'll take more photo's!
Enjoy your summer -- take time to "smell the roses!"
Thursday, June 23, 2011
There are times when even your BEST isn't good enough! You make the right choices, you do the exercises, you walk the walk and talk the talk -- but the scale just doesn't budge!
What to do? Here again there are choices:
1. Go on a binge, what the heck, it isn't working anyway!
2. Tell yourself the scale will come down soon and keep working at it.
3. Go over your plan and see if there is a way you can change it a bit, perhaps give it a little boost that will change your metabolism.
So there you go! Which one are you going to choose? #1, #2 or #3. The choice is YOURS!
Friday, June 17, 2011
When you think of a "healthy Lifestyle" site you probably think about diet/food plans, exercise programs, and lots of articles telling what to do and what not to do. While SP does contain all those things, it offers so much more than that.
For me, the reason it has worked to be on SparkPeople is not the fact that someone is hovering over me, making note of every morsel of food that enters my mouth, or keeping track of my fitness minutes each day. No! There are real life people on here, people who have become my friends, people who share the same problems I have, someone I can reach out to when the scale goes up, or rejoice with when the scale goes down. They are with me thru thick and thin, they understand if I binge on a bag of cookies or potato chips, because they have probably done the same thing at one time or another.
It's also a place when I can seek out specific information, get in touch with one of the many coaches we have if I can't find the answer on my own, I can get advice, hints, recipes, and read articles on just about any known subject. I've learned a lot in the 3+ years that I have been a member, and when I reach my goal I have no intention of dropping out of this neat little world I have discovered.
It would be like saying to your Mom and Dad when you reach 18 years of age, "OK, you've raised me, and now that I'm an adult I have no further need for you, so Good-bye." I plan on staying on as a member, it has become part of my daily routine. Just because the magic number I'm looking for may suddenly (that's a laugh) come up on my scale, it doesn't mean it's the end of the journey. Healthy Lifestyle is exactly that -- it's a lifestyle that is healthy. If you fall back into old habits, and we all know those "old habits" were not what anyone in their right mind would call "healthy." If you start slipping into those habits again the weight on the scale is going to start creeping up and before you know it you can be back where you started.
So when I discovered SparkPeople it was just another site I decided to check out. But as I have lived, learned and grown with them, it has become a part of that healthy lifestyle I was seeking. And as a part of my lifestyle I have no intention of cutting it out. I have no intention of cutting out drinking water, so why would I want to cut out my inspiration and my motivation.
I LOVE SP !
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I'm feeling healthy and life is good! I have not quite reached my goal; but after all, it is just a number! What matters most is that I'm looking good, I'm feeling healthy and I am full of energy. When you wake up in the morning eager to face the fun or the chores of the day, isn't that what life is all about?
For a couple of days my dog's paw was so sore she couldn't walk, but she didn't really want to stay home while I walked either, so I didn't go. Do you know that I actually "missed" those walks! There was a time when that would not have been true as any excuse was welcome to not have to exercise. Now I walk these country roads, taking deep breathes and swinging my arms. OK, the flies and insects are annoying, but I still love it!
I look at myself in the mirror and although there are still a few pounds I'd like to get off, the overall picture is not too shabby! I know I'm a healthy person and the glow on my skin is my proof! There is no saggy skin on my body and when you look at my legs and arms you'd never guess my true age! It doesn't get any better than this!
Sure, I have days when I eat stuff I know I shouldn't -- but it's what keeps me motivated. If someone said I could "never" have another piece of pizza it would be all I would think of. But I know if I really want something I can have it. It may slow me down for a day or even a week, but then I'll get back on track and I will never have to look at a scale with the really big numbers again - EVER!
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