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Two Pictures for the Price of One!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

So many of you made comments about not knowing what a javalina is. I didn't know either until I moved to Arizona, but that's the name given to this wild pig. While their features are definitely "pig like" there are some differences. Here's what they look like, and they weigh about 60 pounds.


The other photo I have been very slow at getting on here is a painting that I had done. It is not the last one I painted, but is actually the first one -- I was experimenting, and decided to paint four different flowers on one canvas. I finally got it on my computer (I'm an illiterate)

It's kind of hard to read the writing and in case you don't know your flowers, from top left they are as follows: yellow tulip, pink carnation, under the carnation is a lavender pansy, and to the left of that a poinsetta.

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 9/19/2012 9:00AM

    Love the pig
and really love your painting your doing great with your painting keep up the good work and maybe one day they will hang in a museum
V

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 9/18/2012 10:48AM

    Ok that javalina is sooo cute!

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STARLIGHT615 9/18/2012 9:48AM

    I just love ur paintings!

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HEYITSJUDED 9/17/2012 5:32PM

    I have never heard of that pig before! It looks like a furry thing.

Good job on the painting! those are some of my favorite flowers! Thanks so much for sharing.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/17/2012 1:11PM

    I have been reading some of your blogs--so interesting! Animals I never heard of!! Amber is my granddaughter, I notice that is the name of your Scottie. They are both adorable, aren't they? I like that you are losing your weight so slowly. I know you wish it came off faster, but the habits you have been practicing the last 3 years are surely ingrained in your psyche and will be lifetime habits that will enable you to keep those pounds off. Of course you had so much less to lose than me, maybe your habits weren't as bad as mine were! Added you as a friend--hope that's okay?

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OLDERDANDRT 9/17/2012 12:34PM

    The Javelina looks like a critter I would NOT want to tangle with & I can see it doing some damage to a dog!
Your painting is quite nice!! emoticon

Thanks for posting these!! I enjoy your blogs so much!!!

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JACK714 9/16/2012 8:07AM

    A lady of many talents.

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GRACEISENUF 9/15/2012 9:42PM

    Never have I seen a javalina..interesting creature.

Your art work is beautiful Eve.

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LAINYC 9/15/2012 2:25PM

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NANAW12001 9/15/2012 1:57PM

  Thanks for the pictures.

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Ah Hah! I Know Why I Yo-Yo!

Friday, September 14, 2012

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It seems to be the story of my life to constantly go up and down. I don't mean that I would lose 40 pounds and then gain back 50 -- I'm just speaking of 2 or 3 pounds here. The only positive I could find in my yo-yo behavior was the fact that after starting with SP I would yo-yo in lower and lower numbers. I finally made it into the coveted 130's and it just struck me this morning as to what my problem is!

Take this example: the other day I weighed in at 139.2 (getting painfully close to those 140's)
So of course, I did what any logical person would do, I tracked my food carefully and resisted the temptation of my trigger foods. Not one peanut square crossed my lips. If I gave in and ate any almonds, they were carefully counted out and the rest were put away. I ate the foods that were good for me, and the ones I knew my body would love. And the scale would go down. I couldn't make it do that without throwing in some exercise, naturally -- so that was always a factor too. I'm a true procrastinator, but I would get up in the morning and walk, knowing I would take another walk in the evening. I would throw in a little gardening -- anything to keep me moving and NOT plopped down in front of the computer or TV. And sure enough, in a day or so I was rewarded with a nice (low-for-me) 137.2 and I'd be happy!

But what would happen then? Why didn't the downward trend continue? I'll tell you why. I would feel so complacent with my low weight I would tell myself -- "You're at a nice low weight, so go ahead and enjoy __________ (you can fill in the blank)" And so it would go, until within a couple of days the scale would be creeping it's way back up toward the 139 or 139+.
It's like having the devil and an angel on my shoulder. At different times of course!

emoticon or emoticon You'll know who's on my shoulder by looking at my weight!

  
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DESIDERATA~GIRL 9/17/2012 1:59PM

    I know you feel, I do so well and eat the right things and work out loads but then eat cr*p! It's not easy for sure!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/17/2012 1:14PM

    So true--only I would kill for the 130's. Hit it for one day last Oct. 30, never to see it again. Now I would be happy to see the 140's. Like you say, just need to measure, track, move and practice restraint. It sounds so easy.....

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CAMEY13 9/16/2012 6:19PM

    I am on Tips for Writing, Wellness and Health, just like you are. I find that Marian has lost a lot of weight with her diet, and she handles the weight, I handle the writing, mostly. So why don't you ask her some questions about how she did it.
I know there are a lot of salads involved, and shakes, of the good kind. I eat a lot of salads and like you, I enjoy my sweets, but only once a week, when I go grocery shopping. I try not to buy big ones, only two small ones and then no more till next week. Today we had sardines in a salad. Tomorrow, maybe veggie burgers. Keep it small and yes, exercise. First thing before I tackle anything else, is my bike and weights, then I do whatever has to be done. I also take Hailey up the street and back tills he goes, in the morning. I feel your pain, like many others, but the only way to get to that mark you want, and by the way mine is l35, and I am the same weight as you, going close to it and then back up a few lbs. but they come off fast. When you find you are going to add weight, the the next few days you have to eat smaller meals to lose what you gained. Try eating light meals for breakfast and supper and having your bigger meal in the daytime. Good luck on loosing. See you on Tips for Writing, Wellness and Health, and thanks for becoming a member. As you know, it is a very nice team to be on.

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ARTJAC 9/16/2012 1:10AM

    SOUNDS A BIT LIKE ME emoticon emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 9/15/2012 11:58AM

    Well now you know what your ups and downs are and can adjust. Great observation and figuring it out! That darn devil and angel can be so confusing. Who to listen too, that is the question. Good luck on that one! emoticon or emoticon

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BERRY4 9/15/2012 1:30AM

    Good observation! And definitely more accurate than not for a lot of us.

To KEEP being diligent...that is the challenge!
As I would tell my class of kids at school: "lazy" is a 4-letter word, and we ALL have to fight the tendency to slack off. It just shows in different ways for different folks.
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CATLADY52 9/14/2012 6:30PM

    Same with me. emoticon emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 9/14/2012 4:18PM

    I have that problem with a couple of pounds, but have not been inconsistent with eating, tracking or exercise. I feel the problem is more natural fluctuations. My normal response is OH NO! I'm going to gain it ALL back! But I keep doing what I know is right, and then it goes back down.

But you know yourself and what it is that is tripping you up. Do you weigh every day? I know that in doing that I see ups and DOWNS from day to day, but if I weigh once a week I fear that it has only been going up and UP, does that make sense?

I'm happy you've figured out what to do for you!

You look fantastic!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/14/2012 2:41PM

    Sounds exactly like me! Thanks for a great blog.
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LAINYC 9/14/2012 2:31PM

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OLDERDANDRT 9/14/2012 1:51PM

    Hoo, boy, do you ever sound like me!!!! I've only yo-yo'd myself as far as the low 160's so far, but at least for now, staying a bit more consistent with the food and exercise. Really want to be well into the 150's by Halloween. It'll make it so much more fun with the grand kids the closer I get to the weight I should be!!!
Bruno likes walking like Amber. I was just thinking wouldn't it be cool if we could walk them together, in person, but then I remembered....... they'd probably both be afraid of each other!!!! emoticon
We can do this thing together, my friend! I'll try to help keep you "honest" if you'll do the same for me!!
Love reading your blogs, my friend!!
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VITCHY-VICKI 9/14/2012 1:33PM

    That has been me the last few weeks had been so good then think ok can eat what I want - WELL found out that is not true so been yo yoing also so back to counting everything I put in my mouth and exercising more
Keep up the good work we will see our goal one day
C

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LYNETTEMOM 9/14/2012 1:28PM

    Oh, yeah, That is so me. If I hadn't had those 3 cookies yesterday and the ice cream and, and, I'd be making better progress.
But we are making progress, as you say, the yo-yo's are at lower numbers!

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MEEZERMOM2 9/14/2012 1:26PM

    I do remember those days..used to do the same thing, every time I would lose weight, I would reward myself with food...what works for me is I follow Dr. Fuhrmans Eat TO Live Plan 100% during the week, & then I alllow myself a meal or snack on the weekend that is not on plan. Now, my weight stays between 105 & 107...BTW, he's going to be on the Dr. OZ show this next Tuesday, the 18th! emoticon

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YOBOELI 9/14/2012 12:59PM

    It happens to all of us. Good luck with your battle I know you can win it. Stay positive

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 9/14/2012 12:57PM

    I get that way too!! I just had to teach myself to keep on keeping on.

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AnotherAmber & Eve Adventure!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

emoticon Amber started growling about an hour after we arrived at our home in the mountains. She was so aggitated that we finally looked to see what had her so upset. That's when we saw the javelina (it's a wild pig) wandering around in our front yard. They do not have very good eyesight, and she (or he) was rapidly walking up and down the line of the chain link fence, seeking a way to get out. They can be pretty harmful to dogs, so I kept Amber inside but DH grabbed his camera and took a few videos, as the javelina got more upset and tired out by the minute. Can't blame her, it was probably the equivalent of a 2-mile run!

She just couldn't figure out that when she got down near the road she had to jog around my bed of mint and then there was the gate. She would hit the chain link fence for all she was worth about every 5 or 10 feet -- so I'll bet somebody has a really sore NOSE today. When I saw that this little scene could go on for a
L O N G time, Amber and I went for our walk, and we left DH to handle it.

DH finally chased her out, and she was still huffing and puffing as she went down the road. She was spotted by a couple who were out walking, and they said she looked like she was in a hurry to get away. Lucky she didn't have a heart attack. Well, at least SOMEONE got their exercise for the day!!

  
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STEELKICKIN 9/14/2012 6:21PM

    LOL, ohhhh dear...sounds like me trying to get out of the grocery store! I have never heard of a javelina before! I learned something new today!
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OLDERDANDRT 9/14/2012 1:55PM

    Sounds like the porker might be a little less porky for her trials in your yard!! emoticon Glad Amber didn't get out there, but she sure let you know something was amiss!!! Good girl, Amber!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/14/2012 1:37PM

    You have some cool animals around there we have rabbits and turtles and snakes and deer never had a javelina glad hubby took care of it and you and Amber got a walk in hope no more pigs in your yard Happy Walking
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ARTJAC 9/14/2012 2:20AM

    YOU CERTAINLY GET YOUR SHARE OF WILD ANIMALS VISITING YOUR PROPERTY emoticon JACQUE

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CATLADY52 9/13/2012 3:20PM

    Javelinas obviously do not have good eyesight! But, you and Amber got your exercise in anyway. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/13/2012 1:32PM

    Geez, you guys have neat critters in your neighborhood. Zoey & I just have Bunnies! emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 9/13/2012 1:16PM

    Poor little piggy. Glad DH was helpful in helping it find it's way out. Amber was on high piggy alert, lol. Have a great day.

Hugs,
Shirl

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LYNETTEMOM 9/13/2012 1:12PM

    I had to google "javelina". When my girls were little, we had a favorite storybook about a little peccary that lived at our local zoo. We loved to see the peccaries at the zoo and here you have one in your yard! Cool!

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Another Day, another small step

Saturday, September 08, 2012

emoticon emoticon My scale moved up a wee bit today and I knew that I had not exercised enough yesterday. Plus I did a little mindless nibbling in the evening. I didn't write it down, but you know how those "bites" add up!
So today I figured I'd better get out in the yard and do some raking, there are always a few leaves that have blown off the oak trees, plus acorns and miscellaneous little weeds to pull.
I think it took me about 30 or 40 minutes (it was actually really nice out so I'm not sure of the time). Then late in the afternoon I walked one mile with Amber. Her tongue was hanging out the whole way. We had a funny little thing happen to us too!

Looked in vain for an emoticon of a goat -- there were two of them along side the road, one black and one white. Amber had never seen a goat before, so we walked toward them. When they noticed we were coming their way, they quit eating grass and began to walk toward us!
When they were still about 30 feet away, Amber decided it was close enough and we started walking in the other direction. She's a brave little dog when there is a fence between her and the "other animal" but when it's coming right toward her, it's another story. I was laughing my head off, and Amber kept looking over her shoulder as she headed up the road. After about a fourth of a block the goats stopped, and Amber was relieved! Big Adventure!!

She's recuperating now -- and I'm proud that I got more exercise today!!

  
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PSMITH3841 9/11/2012 11:15AM

    How funny is you're little girl!!!! emoticon I wonder how Zoey would react to meeting a Goat? Hmmmm....... emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/10/2012 5:59PM

    Bless her little cowardly heart!!!! Don't think the goat could have hurt her, but I sure can't blame her for erring on the side of caution! My dog is pretty much the same way! He's afraid of puppies! I guess they have way too much energy to suit him! hehe He assumes the position you have Amber pictured in quite a lot! emoticon Glad y'all got in that mile! I got my Bruno out for a lovely mile walk this morning, too! No goats......just a puppy! emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/9/2012 3:57PM

    She is lying there as if she just got in from a mrathon. Poor baby. emoticon
I'm sure she's going to be fine. The Question is how do you feel after your walk yesterday? emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/9/2012 2:57PM

    emoticon poor Amber she is not so brave but she got her walk in and so did you and you had a good laugh that burned some cals
Love the storys about you and Amber
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STEELKICKIN 9/9/2012 1:51PM

    LOL, awww, Amber is such a doll baby!!! She looks zonked out from her huge adventure! Aren't pets just the bestest? She's probably dreaming about the goats in that picture, haha...
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MICHELELYNN777 9/9/2012 10:24AM

    I love reading about your walking adventures with Amber! She sure is cute!
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ARTJAC 9/8/2012 11:45PM

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GRACEISENUF 9/8/2012 11:19PM

    She looks tuckered out! What a good day you had and plenty of fitness too.

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Getting OLD!

Friday, September 07, 2012


I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape,
So I got my doctor's permission to
Join a fitness club and start exercising.
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I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.
I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour.. But,
By the time I got my leotards on,
The class was over.

  
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JACK714 9/10/2012 6:27AM

    Funny

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/9/2012 2:58PM

    emoticon Love that one
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BERRY4 9/9/2012 12:01AM

    Cute! emoticon
Nice laugh for both dh and I.

Here's another one (true story!):
I was sitting at the computer and dh was sitting on the chair behind me. Simultaneously, we both turned to each other to share something. He said, "You first. Mine is written down."
(Our teen kids never really saw the funny...we both still snicker over the truth of it.)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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SHARJOPAUL 9/8/2012 10:25AM

    LOL
Gertting old may not be great but it sure beats the alternative.

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HEYITSJUDED 9/7/2012 10:36PM

    Hilarious, thanks for sharing!!

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BEWELL48 9/7/2012 9:47PM

    Love it! Thanks for the giggles!

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