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My 2011 garden

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I live in central Alberta, Canada, in Zone 4, so gradening is short-lived, but I love it. I spend all winter planning next year's garden, then prep as soon as I can. I organize when things need to be started indoors or planted outside, then make notes as to what worked or didn't. This year, I'm growing zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes in large pots, potatoes and dill and strawberries in my traditional garden, peas and beans along fences, then I set up two raised beds in my front yard for the rest of my veggies and some flowers. I'm growing carrots, swiss chard, butter lettuce, romaine lettuce, cauliflower, and beets, this year, following the principles of Square Foot Gardens. I also planted a few flowers, all grown from seed. I'm proud of myself for buying seeds and starting most indoors, this year. The only plants I bought were a couple of blueberry plants.

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QUENNEVILLE 7/5/2011 5:03PM

    Bless you for being a good gardener. I am totally not an outdoors person and could not care less about doing some gardening. I leave that up to my husband. He likes to grow some herbs, swiss chard, snow peas and garlic. I wish he was more into flowers which is what I would like. What should be a flower bed behind my house has been overtaken by wild herbs that apparently keep the bugs away. What am I supposed to do with tons of 'mint' leaves? My mother had always loved working her vegetable and flower gardens but I guess I did not inherit that gift from her. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOGSTARDADDY 6/30/2011 4:34PM

    It sounds great!
I'm going to be starting a new photo challenge in a week or two on the Home and Garden DIY board, asking people to blog pictures of their garden. I look forward to seeing yours!

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Ratatouille and eating well on a budget

Monday, January 31, 2011

Here's an excerpt from one of my replies on a message board:

Today, I made ratatouille in my slow cooker. I thought it was great, my 3-year-old ate it well, my picky 6-year-old grudgingly ate it, and my meat-loving hubby ate it, but didn't love it. It's mostly fresh veggies, and I found a recipe that called for chicken, so I used 2 large chicken breast halves for the whole pot.

We make our own pizza, using home-made bread dough to make the shell. The kids love it and we often make half the way "the girls" like it and half the way "the boys" like it.

We mostly eat leftovers for lunches, we seldom buy lunch meat.

We eat a lot of fruit, buying whatever is a good price.

I really enjoy raw veggies for a snack. Our kids really like raw veggies dipped in Ranch dressing. If I cut them up in the afternoon and put them on the table before supper, they disappear pretty fast. My hubby will even eat some.

We make most of our food "from scratch", including cookies, cakes, pancakes, pies and other treats.

About twice a month, when we're short on time, we make breakfast for supper. Pancakes (from scratch) & eggs, sometime bacon, turkey bacon, or sausage. Our whole family loves it!

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LIS193 1/31/2011 11:49AM

    Your food sounds very nice and great you cook from scratch.
We moved to Mexico and everything has to be cooked from scratch... not a lot of processed stuff available without costing an arm and a leg.
I love shopping at the veggie market and see all the colorful fruit and veggies we can get here.
You are doing a great thing for your family and teaching your kids the right way to eat!

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Birthday cake and regular pop

Friday, January 28, 2011

Last Sunday, we had our son's birthday party at a bowling alley. The bowling party included hotdogs and pop for everyone. I brought a chocolate cake that I made from scratch. I ate a hotdog, two small glasses of pop, and a moderate piece of cake.

I've been eating fairly clean for long enough, that I really felt the effects of the sugar overload. I felt nauseous. I'm glad, though, because it's a good indicator that I eat right, most of the time, and a good reminder of how this much refined carbs doesn't even feel good, anymore.

I don't regret or feel guilty about what I ate. I just took note, and started getting back on the treadmill regularly, to burn off the extra calories.

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TWOFRIENDS 2/4/2011 6:56AM

    emoticonkThat seems to be a great way to be. Donna

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TIPYRAIN 1/28/2011 8:09PM

    Isn't that emoticon I'm a sugar fiend & rarely experience overload but have here a few times! But, the one that got me just the other day was real coke!!! OMG! SWEEEET! ICKY! This coming from someone who eats white sugar, brown sugar & powdered sugar out of the container with a serving spoon! I never did a lot of the stuff but since I got sick 4 years ago and have harsh sodium restrictions I only drink seltzer water. It's just tap water with bubbles. Soda water has more sodium than coke! Most people think they're the same thing!

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feeling depressed for no particular reason

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today, I'm feeling blah. I can't seem to get going. I don't feel like doing anything. I just want to crawl back into bed. I'm so tired of fighting depression. I'm so tired I want to cry. My back is stiff, my neck is stiff, my right hand is cold and numb and sore from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I'm actually afraid to let others know the true depths of how I feel. I think I'm afraid to admit it to myself. I'm not one for blogging or journalling, but I need an outlet, and hopefully this is safe. I don't know why I have depression. I just do. I have for a very long time. Some days are better, some are worse. I can usually ignore my feelings and smile through the day. I take medication, which has helped, but it's obviously not completely taking care of this. I'm not hung up on any old baggage, I have a good solid marriage, two happy, healthy kids at home, a decent job, a comfortable house. Why can't I just be happy? All day long I've been trying to talk myself into a better mood. In fact, it's been a few days of that. I have a pretty good life, I know that. I just don't feel it. For the most part, I eat well and generally live well. I'm a good person, I'm smart, I'm caring, and I love my family and friends. Why do I feel like crying? Is it guilt for not being happy in the face of so much good? I feel like I should have done so much more with my life. Like I should be doing so much more. Yet, I can barely do what little I'm doing now. I'm not doing a very good job of "fake til I make it". I guess that's only a temporary solution. If it weren't for routines, I don't think I could get anything done. I can just stumble through most days. I want to feel happy, I want to have energy, I want to feel joy. I know I can accomplish things, when I set my mind to do them, but everything just feels so damn hard. Too damn hard. I just want to hide in my bed. It's a good thing my will to live is stronger than my depression. Now my tears are really flowing. I can't even see clearly, when I do open my eyes. I'm feeling very vulnerable, right now. It about time I got honest with myself. At least I'm feeling something, not just numb. It sucks, though, and it hurts. Even my legs ache.

I hope this catharsis helps me. I know I'll be alright. I let you inside my head because maybe I won't feel so alone in my pain, and if you're in pain, then you won't feel so alone, either.

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QUENNEVILLE 1/23/2011 8:50PM

Depression is a difficult thing to get through. I pray you will find comfort knowing that others are suffering along with you at this time of year and that 'this too shall pass'. Here's a hug for you. emoticon You are not alone, hang in there girl!

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COLLANN 1/19/2011 2:55PM

    I kind of felt this way yesterday. I realized I had been eating emotionally and that food actually made me happier! But now that I am trying to not feed my emotions with food I don't have a substitute so I have been onrey the past few days. Must find a substitute.

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    I think some of it is the winter blahs, but hugs to you as you struggle with a very hard thing...depression. I'm glad you were able to write it out as it can only be helpful to "talk through it." Sometimes I'll figure something out in the middle of it all. Hope it helped you find a bit of joy today.

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MOMMABOF7 1/19/2011 8:11AM

    May you look inside and find the joys in your life. This time of year I am struggling too. I have so much no reason to feel BLAAA yet daily I find myself having to really strech to find peace and joy. Sending you thoughts of peace and joy today! May it be a good day!

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TERIANA 1/18/2011 6:27PM

    I see you live in Canada where it is gray, overcast and cold this time of year. Perhaps you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD)?

It is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you're like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel depressed and moody. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy). Sometimes just getting in front of a light box for 30 minutes a day is enough to lift your mood.

I hope you feel better!

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DOGSTARDADDY 1/18/2011 6:08PM

    Hope you pushed through things. Keep moving forward, and know that we have faith in you.

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I reached my TOPS goal weight

Monday, December 27, 2010

I haven't been here in awhile, but I think it's time!

In the summer, I was able to get 2.5 lbs. from goal, but that was probably with 2.5 lbs. of muscle loss because I'd stopped exercising. So, my weight has settled at 4 to 5 lbs. from goal. I've been exercising again, mostly walking outside or jogging on the treadmill.

At the beginning of December, I started to think about getting my goal weight changed. I did some soul-searching and decided that I'm not happy at this weight. But it's not the number that bothers me, it's the flab. On the other hand, I'm wearing size 4 pants! I took this topic to my TOPS Chapter meeting, and was encouraged to go to my doctor and have my goal weight increased by 5 lbs., that I can always have it lowered, later, if I need to. I couldn't even maintain the lower weight, with healthy eating and moderate exercise. My doctor was quite happy to change my goal weight. She said I probably don't have time to make weight-loss and fitness a full-time job, which is what it would take to get my weight down much further. She's very right about that!

The next Chapter Meeting after my doctor's appointment, I had lost 1.5 lbs, which put me 1 lb. under my new goal weight!! I was ecstatic! I forgot to stay standing to recite the KOPS Pledge (Keeping Off Pounds Sensibly, for those who have reached their goal weight). My Chapter mates "made" me stand and say it by myself. I felt a little self-conscience, but mostly proud!

Since last Wednesday (weigh-in day), I felt a bit like I cheated, by having my goal weight changed. I also feel like I should have changed my goal weight sooner, and I'd have become a KOPS sooner. Oh, well. Now I can focus on getting into better shape!

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TWOFRIENDS 12/30/2010 8:19AM

    congratulations. you should be so proud. one day i will post the same news. give us advice it's what i am looking for. Donna

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HARROWJET 12/28/2010 2:42PM

    Congratulations for reaching your goal and becoming a KOPS. Keep up the good work.

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THATS_LOVELY101 12/28/2010 12:09PM

    How amazing that you reached your goal weight! Fantastic! Keep up the great work, you can do it!

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NAELINDGREN 12/27/2010 10:44PM

    Congratulations! I am still in the process of trying to figure out what my "goal" weight should actually be and can completely relate to your initial mixed feelings. So proud of you! emoticon

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MINIMOE1 12/27/2010 7:03PM

    Goal weights are an educated guess really - your body lets you know when it's at its happy weight. You & your doctor made the right decision. You'll probably find that, now that the pressure is off, your weight will drop even more - you can go 7 lbs below goal & still be in leeway as you know. And toning exercise will chip away at the "flab". Congrats on becoming a KOPS!
( I belong to a chapter in Manitoba)

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