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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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HEYITSJUDED 9/19/2012 2:01PM

    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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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.
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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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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