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Saturday, September 22, 2012

emoticon The sun was shining when I got up and it was a cool 70F with fluffy white clouds in a very blue sky -- gorgeous, and it felt warmer. After feeding Amber I decided to go out and water my flowers, strawberries and peach tree. The apples don't really need additional water as it's time to be picking them.

HaHa -- pulled a little joke on you. That's Buchart Gardens in Canada. Don't I wish!!!

Next thing on the agenda is a light breakfast, some mornings it's a bagel with cream cheese or maybe a smoothie. This morning the bagel won, along with coffee.
And then, naturally, it's SPARK TIME! Have to see what all my friends have been up to, record my weight and what I ate, track goals, send on the good forwards, you know the routine. I'm not overjoyed to see that my weight stayed the same as yesterday, but not unhappy either, as it is in the 130 range, and since getting there, I have not gone back to the 140's. Very important!

Yesterday I got in two walks with Amber, both 1.1 miles long. The neighbor lady walked with us last night, she's younger and faster but she commented that for a short-legged dog Amber can hold her own. She doesn't stop and sniff nearly as much as most dogs do. It was good for me to have a friend along, made me push up the pace just a bit. Today I'll try to do the same thing, it completes my goal for walking when I get in the 2 miles, and it's nice to see I even went over.

Lunch will most likely be a veggie type of soup, sometimes with a bit of chicken breast added in and possibly a slice of whole wheat bread. Bread tastes sooooo good with soup -- maybe it is just reminiescent of my childhood days, but I love it. I must have had quite a variety as a kid because I like nearly all foods.

We actually have a sit-down together dinner only 3 or 4 days a week. Otherwise it's every man or woman for themselves -- we do this mainly because our tastes don't tend to move along the same lines. DH likes fat and heavy on the protein, forget the veggies. Mine is the opposite. We solved this by making our own dinner at times, makes us easier to live with. lol

Right after dinner, or sometimes just before, it's walk time again. If it weren't for the bugs that bite you it would be most pleasant. If I wasn't for the fact that I'm borderline Alzheimer's I would remember to put on bug spray to keep the little critters at bay -- but I seldom remember. (that was one of my sick attempts at joking -- so don't concern yourselves about me) Regardless, the walk is enjoyable, and many times we are blessed with seeing a deer, or a the very least a rabbit or two. Sometimes we smell the skunks -- whom I would rather not see!

Evenings I spend reading, working on my quilt, and/or watching TV. A rather quiet life, but one that suits me for the summer. Winters are back to the big city, and more activity.

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BLITZEN40 9/27/2012 9:19PM

    Love your blog here! Got a chuckle out of your Buchart Gardens photo... you could have left it and claimed it as your own and no one would have known the difference! You have a great sense of humor and seem to have the healthy lifestyle thing down... a winning combination for sure! emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 9/24/2012 8:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your day~I always love reading your blogs! emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 9/23/2012 10:11PM

    I love the picture! I was thinking how lucky you are! You sure got me!!

Congratulations on staying in the 130's. Keep up the walking, I love to walk! I cannot take my dog. He is little can't go very far and stops to pee on anything and everything that sticks out of the ground! Makes my walk not a good workout! emoticon



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OLDERDANDRT 9/23/2012 3:23PM

    You're lucky little Amber is a sweet girl!! My boy, Bruno, is a little guy, probably about the size of Amber, but he has to smell and/or water each and every single blade of grass!!! emoticon My family does every one for themselves at least once a week for supper if not more b/c the boys like heavier, fattier stuff than I! We have a lot in common, my friend!! Ever consider moving to northwestern N.C.??????? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/23/2012 7:23AM

    You had a nice day and glad you took me with
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YOYONOMORE1 9/22/2012 6:57PM

    Great job of staying in the 130's. The picture is pretty even if it's not your back yard, lol. We were at 55 when I left for the baby shower this morning, then later when we went to my DD's and on the way back it was down to 51, suppose to be in the 30's tonight, it definitely feels like fall today, my favorite season. I need to look up some recipes as Friday I have the coffee hour here and Saturday I am having a Thirty-One party. I hope you have a relaxing evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CAMEY13 9/22/2012 2:58PM

    When did you find out you were borderline Alzheimer? Getting old you usually forget things. I do it all the time. I have so much on my mind to do that I will forget somethings. I wish I could do a lot of walking, but my legs do not want to help, nor my hip, but I do manage the store and walking up the street with Hailey. I read a lot on my sit down bike and do my weights. I am striving for l35 and only have 6 lbs. to go. My problem is sweets. Get them out of my sight. LOL If they are there an an occasion I am a gona. LOL But with all the exercise I do, usually .2 or .4 comes on and it is gone in a day or two. Have you tried the challange on our team yet? I know Marian has put one there. I just saw it today as I did not get a post on it for some reason. I added a post in the blog on it, so check it out.

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Just a Happy "ME" Day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

emoticon Early this morning my DH found that the new Sony camera he ordered was scheduled to be delivered today! Exciting!! Except -- it was being delivered to our home in the Phoenix area -- and we were 1-1/2 hours away in our mountain home. Hmmmm! What to do? We knew the Fed Ex would probably leave the box sitting by our front door, and even though we feel we're in a "good" neighborhood, a small box containing an expensive camera is a big temptation.

emoticon Being a Sweetheart, I offered to drive down. The only string attached to that offer was that I would spend the night in our home down there -- no back and forth trip for me and it would give me a chance to watch some of my recorded movies -- maybe paint a bit, and just generally have a 'change of pace' for my day. Not liking the "overnight" part of that,my husband wailed "But I'll Miss You! I'll be lonely!" I just smiled.

emoticon Next problem came when Amber saw me getting out my cosmetic case -- it meant a "trip" and if Mom was going, then SHE must be going. There was lots of running back and forth, tail wagging and little talky noises. Big excitement, going for a ride. When the word "no" came out of my mouth, she couldn't believe it -- Mom was going without her!

DH told me she spent the afternoon laying with her nose pointed toward the front door, patiently waiting for Mom to come home. Hmmm, I wonder how the evening walk went?

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/20/2012 5:14PM

    AwwwwWWWwww!!!! Mama!!!!!! How could you leave precious Amber behind?! Hoo boy! But she'll be soooooo happy when you get home!! All will be forgiven b/c that's the beauty of the loving ability of dogs!!! What would we ever do without them! emoticon to you AND Amber!!!

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SCHPUBBY 9/20/2012 1:47PM

    I'll bet you were ready to get back to your cooler temps; though, I hope you enjoyed your trip and your "me" time! :)

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JACK714 9/20/2012 12:22PM

    All that sacrifice. You are just a good person. And you got your reward.

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/20/2012 8:01AM

    Eve glad you got a little you time alone sorry Amber had to stay home but she will be so glad to see you when you get back - hope you got a lot done being alone
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TRISTAROSE 9/20/2012 6:18AM

    It's always nice to have a little "alone" time but yet nice to know that DH and Amber are there awaiting your return! I hope you enjoyed your evening!

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GRACEISENUF 9/19/2012 11:35PM

    That was kind of you to do that for your DH. It's also fun to get a little time apart to get the things we want to get done isn't it?

Happy week ahead!

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It's Gonna Be A Good Day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


HOW do I know? Well, first thing this morning, like I do every single day -- I got on the scale and looked down to see the number. 136.6 down 0.8 from yesterday and a new low for me!
emoticon If that wasn't enough to make me smile, I began doing my "Sparking" on the computer, and when I did the bonus spin I got a "25"! What a great way to start the day!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/19/2012 2:26PM

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon that was an awesome start to a new day!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/19/2012 8:56AM

    emoticon keep that going kido and you will see your goal soon

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LYNETTEMOM 9/19/2012 12:40AM

    AWRIGHT! Did you buy a lottery ticket?
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What a great day!

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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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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.
Enjoy your weekend. Keep the emoticon happy.

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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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