Monday, March 26, 2012
I've finished my second acrylic painting. A completely different subject matter than my first one was -- and I'm giving it to my daughter. I like it, so I'm sure she will too as we think so much alike in many things.
I've put it in twice as the coloring seems a bit different:
and again --
What do you think? Shall I give all this up? Or is it a hobby worth continuing?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
While most of those flowers aren't in bloom yet -- at least not up here in the mountains as we are at our summer home, there are other benefits. The cherry, plum and pear trees have started to bloom out with their beautiful pinks and whites framed against a very blue sky! I see daffodils and iris in bloom, and the hearty little flowering bushes we just planted have not been taken down by the freezing weather and snow, they don't look quite as perky, but the lavender blooms are still there. And the roses are beginning to show signs of life.
As I took my dog on our usual 1.2 mile loop around the neighborhood she loved it all. She acts like she has never been on this route before, and it's all filled with new and glorious smells and new things to be discovered. It's the highlight of her day, and seeing her so happy and excited makes it the highlight of my day too!
It's like seeing things through the eyes of a child -- sometimes we forget the wonder of the blue sky scattered with fluffy white clouds. Or to look up and see a jet leaving a trail of white across the sky as it breaks the sound barrier. Or watching the tiny blooms and leaves as they begin unfolding into the lush fullness that will be summer. It's exciting to walk with it being only 68F instead of a sweltering 102F, so I can actually enjoy my walk, and not come home with water dripping down my back. As cool as it gets at night we are not yet bothered by flies, so sitting outside with a beer or green iced tea is pleasant too. And if 68F seems cool, just try working in the yard raking or blowing leaves, or turning the dirt in the flower beds -- soon you will feel it is VERY WARM and you'll enjoy that iced tea!
It's so peaceful and quiet, and if you want to be lazy it's the perfect place. You can sit quietly and watch as a cardinal comes swooping down from nowhere, a squirrel may appear on the top of a rock, eyeing you critically as though you are invading his space, and if you are quiet enough and still enough, soon the birds will be busy at the feeders and not even notice you are there. SPRING IS THE SEASON, THIS IS THE REASON!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
S = Starting out and staying on a healthy lifestyle
P = Persistence, it's what it's all about
A = Attitude, it's what makes us who we are
R = Repititions, do lots of them to help stay in shape
K = Kale, and other green stuff, fill your plate with it
P = People, there are lots of them on here who are supportive and friendly
E = Energy keeps building up the more you exercise
O = Old is not an excuse, exercise, eat right to feel young
P = Proof is in the pudding, but just don't eat too much of it
L = Love this site, it's the best
E = Enough for now, get out there and EXERCISE!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Too tired for the gym!
All my friends had dessert, so I did too!
As soon as the holidays are over, I'll get healthy (start my diet) have more time for working out, blah-blah
I'll have more time to get healthy once the house is clean!
Didn't have time to cook so we just went to the drive-thru
As soon as I lose some of this weight I'll join a gym
I hardly eat a thing!
Well, the pictures could go on and on, but you get the drift. There are a million excuses and we've all used a few of them. The only REAL way to lose weight, tone up, and get healthy is to eat a balanced, healthy diet (diet meaning food plan) and get a minimum amount of exercise.
by minimum exercise, I mean a 20 or 30 minute walk every day -- all at one time! Or a 20 minute gym workout, going through an exercise DVD or something similar. And most of you know what a balanced diet consists of. If not -- look it up on Spark People. They will spell it out for you, and even plan your meals for you if you like.
The alternative? SEE YOU AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE!
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