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My Sunflower Summer….

Tuesday, September 06, 2011



In early May we expanded our urban garden in anticipation of summer by planting corn, for my hubby and sunflowers for me. Every morning we’d sit side by side and drink our coffee as we counted the days to harvest. We enjoyed every stage of their growth through out the season. From the damp dirt that rose in clumps just before a hint of green popped into view to the late afternoon rustlings of the spent corn stalks standing proud guarding the last sunflower of summer. emoticon



The in-between times were met with joy and wonder as the corn and sunflowers raced to clear the garden wall and smile down on our neighbors. At first we had to bend and look down on the tiny plants but quickly found they were almost as tall as our grandkids.




Oh yeah, the children grew like weeds this summer too but it was a race the kids could not win.



It was a friendly race between the corn and sunflowers and before we knew it they were ten to twelve feet high.



Once the corn was ripe and the sunflowers reached their peek we had to lift each child to get a closer look at their incredible beauty.




I felt like Alice as we stood in awe of our own little wonderland watching the busy bees and wasps work their magic from sun up to sun down, just for an ear or two of corn per stock and the slow awakening of sunflower smiles.



We ate the corn raw, roasted and boiled. Warmed from the sun, hot off the grill and cold in salads, soups and relishes. More than 40 ears found their way from plants to hungry tummy's... a summer to remember. Along with our tortoises we all ate like kings this summer while the sunflowers graced our yard, decorated our home and lit up the faces of happy receivers.




It’s been hard to say good-bye to my sunflower summer. So I’ve saved several stalks of corn and tied them together awaiting the arrival of fall. I let the sunflowers dry on their stocks then harvested the seeds.




I cleaned, soaked, dried and roasted them in honor of all that they could be, which is more than just a healthy snack. I won’t have to buy seeds next year. It’s amazing how each tiny seed planted grew to produce only one flower with hundreds of future promises. Except for one seed that produced ten flowers on a single stock!!



I’ve carefully saved her bounty and next spring we will plant those seeds and count the days ‘till summer when we will once again enjoy Mother Natures’ boundless gifts.



“From seed to seed the smile of the sunflower is passed on.”

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=zst08tm9s6M

  
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JOANNS4 9/9/2011 8:34PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. It reminds me of our garden in CA when our kids were growing up. I love sunflowers! Have a great weekend.
Jo Ann




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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2011 11:41AM

    Your blog reminds me of the beauty we have. My favorite flowers are sunflowers, they always look up to the light.

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JINLYNN 9/7/2011 2:24AM

    What a wonderful blog - your photos are beautiful. And the link to the time lapsed sunflowers was fascinating. Thanks for sharing your story, pictures and harvest. I have never tried growing sunflowers, but you have inspired me. Next year I know exactly where to plant them.

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TORTILLAFLATS 9/6/2011 11:00PM

    Linda, Great Blog

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JILL313 9/6/2011 10:52PM

    Linda, It is the simple pleasures in Life that end up meaning the most to us. . .thank you for sharing your Summer of Sunflowers and Corn. . .Your Grandkids are beautiful and look so happy and healthy--and you are blessed with them and your beautiful family and DH!! It's great you'll have a nice reminder of your wonderful bounty and Sunflower/Corn Summer with the dried corn and sunflowers. I am so Happy you all enjoyed the Harvest and had fun!!

Hugs,

Jill

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KAYTIE22 9/6/2011 10:20PM

    Loved this blog; great job! It really put a smile on my face. Pictures and narrative are awesome and your grandkids are so cute. Also liked the link to the video. Really interesting. Thanks!!

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GRANPATTIE 9/6/2011 9:25PM

    Linda, this was fabulous. I loved your pictures and your descriptions. But watching that time lapse video...it truly is an awesome wonder!

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ACIMPEGGY 9/6/2011 9:02PM

    Marvelous! Great place you live! Gosh, a garden, a pool, fresh produce, great grandkids...

Wonderful digital camera, too.

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/6/2011 5:52PM

    What great photos! They tell the story by themselves!! I know how much joy you can get from working in the garden soil and then harvesting the bounty. Love the sunflowers, too. When there's room, it's fun to plant them in a way that makes a nice little "hidey hole" for kids to play in. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos, Linda. jeannie


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MADKAPKID 9/6/2011 5:29PM

    oh Linda, I LOVE the blog...and the photos....Awesome! How lovely it is to plant a seed...and then after weeks andmonths of tending to be able to partake of the fruits of your labor. And, I really enjoyed the link you shared. Thank you so much...Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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I’ve only got 100 years to live!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011



Fourteen months ago today, when I joined Sparkpeople, there was no way I wanted to live to be 100. That was another 37 years and I was not feelin’ good about myself or healthy in any way. My dear husband was not only dropping me off and picking me up right in front of everywhere we went but I couldn’t drive myself and park and walk and then shop. I couldn’t go any where without my cane. I was ordering my groceries online and having them delivered. I had to pick and choose what I could do that wouldn’t take me a week to recover from. I had five grandkids that I had never gone to Disneyland or Knott’s Berry Farm with even though we live only minutes from both. The less I did the less I could do. My 82 year old mother has chronic back pain that has taken over her life and I didn’t want to be like that in 20 years. One day I realized that I was her…. only 19 years younger. At this pace I was going to be in far worse shape, or dead by then, if I didn’t start taking responsibility for my own well being. I could hardly walk let alone exercise so it had to start with what I was putting in my mouth because only I had control of what I ate, when I ate and how much I was eating.



So I joined SP to save my life….. literally!! Without medical insurance I couldn’t afford gastric by-pass, even though my orthopedic surgeon said I was certainly eligible. In all sincerity it wasn’t the route I wanted to take any way so it was up to me because, like it or not, I had a lot of living ahead of me. I knew I wanted to out live my mom. She’s buried a son and husband and the least I could do was save her the sorrow of burying her only daughter and having to console my children and grandchildren. I wanted to out live my DH because I know how lonely widowhood can be. I wanted to be a good example to other family who were struggling with health issues of their own. I wanted to live so my children felt when it was time to let me go I had enjoyed a long and happy life. I wanted to live long enough to watch all my grandkids reach adulthood and not be without the unconditional love that only grandparents can give them. I wanted desperately to be able to hold my great-grandchildren like my mom and my dad got to do. So I’m guessing another 30 years just might do it!!! My neighbor is 93. My mom’s neighbor lived to be 97. My daughter-in-laws grandma is 95… in fact we’ve had a lot of family members live well into their nineties. Besides I’d love to be married another 30 years to my sweetie pie… the last 30 were pretty darn good and I’m just starting to really, really like the guy emoticon



Fact… Centenarians are the fastest-growing age segment: Number of 100-year-olds to hit 6 million by 2050. WoW… I’m right on target for that date. Today the life expectancy for a woman living in the US is more than 80 years now and the fact that I’ve reached 64 makes it even more promising. Every pound I lose and year I live ups the probability so if you see me logging in every day it’s more than likely I’ll live to celebrate my 65th birthday in June of 2012.



Today I celebrate 14 months of Sparking with more successes than I could have imagined. The cane’s gone; we park and walk together where ever we go. I can shop alone again and enjoyed a family camping trip this summer that I could only dream of the last 10 years. I’m gardening again and swimming in public. I’ve lost 67 pounds and I’m excited to wake up every day and face new challenges. There’s a bright future ahead of me that I welcome with open arms….. Thank God I’ve got a hundred years to live.

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CHATTIEGIRL 8/30/2011 9:26PM

    Hi Linda;

I will visit you when I reach a hundred because I am only 2 years from 70 and I thought that wasn't possible. When you are young 70, 80's and above don't get in your mine. Keep doing what you are and each goal you rearch you add years to your life. Stay with your healthy life style. God bless your always.
Learn from Spark people each day.

Smile Joyce



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KSNANA2 8/24/2011 9:12PM

    Beautiful blog! Reading it makes me very happy and inspired. You are a true blessing.
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REBELBLITZ 8/24/2011 11:25AM

    Linda, I am so proud of you. You have regained your health and vitality. You have added years to your life.

You are an inspiration to many.

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PATTILYNN224 8/24/2011 7:46AM

    You know Linda a lot of people on Spark are inspirational and motivating and funny.

You my SP friend are a gift sent to me by God. You touch my heart in so many ways. Your quotes lift my spirit and I am so blessed to be able to read and learn from what you have to say. I too pray that you have 100 more years.

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QTEALADY20031 8/23/2011 6:16PM

    Hi! This is a wonderful blog emoticon. I know I want to make it to 100 and enjoy a healthy happy life. You are doing great! I have to lose about 60 lbs so I am on my way.
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KAYTIE22 8/22/2011 7:48PM

    What an awesome blog and look how far you have come and what milestones you have reached! Congratulations on recognizing what you wanted, deciding how to go about it and then going out and making it happen.

Thanks for writing such a wonderful blog to motivate and encourage others. Continued success - I know you are going to make it all the way!

Marcia



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IOWAGRAMMA 8/22/2011 5:26PM

    Linda, thank you for sharing your dream and for the inspiring thoughts. It is obvious that you now have control of your life and that you are making great strides--literally!! Best wishes to you as you continue in your journey. Jeannie
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JILL313 8/22/2011 5:19PM

    Hi Linda, What a wonderful and well thought out blog. . .I sure can relate more to your before life than your after as I still need my cane and don't know what I'd do without my handicapped parking sign. I've lost less than 1/2 what you've lost so I am a very long way to go--but you give me hope that I will be once again more active in my life. I'd love to be 100 and healthy. I still want to lose over 100#s and then maybe I'll want to write a blog like yours. You are awesome and I am so happy for you.

Hugs,

Jill

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CANBDONE 8/22/2011 4:22PM

    Thanks for reminding me why I'm doing this!

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MADKAPKID 8/22/2011 3:19PM

    Linda, my friend, this is an awesome blog. I keep saying it to you...but, truly mean it...YOU are an amazing friend and woman. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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JINLYNN 8/22/2011 2:44PM

    Wonderful uplifting blog - both my parents have lived into their 90's - my grandparents into their mid 80's. So it is not impossible for me to do the same IF I stay on track and take positive steps to get healthy. Thanks so much for your inspirational blog - it is great motivational reading for me, and for other too.
Thanks for sharing and challenging me to not slack off.


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ESILBO 8/22/2011 1:44PM

    GREAT BLOG, THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION YOU GIVE ME AND OTHERS

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RONIREDD 8/22/2011 9:06AM

    Thank you,

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GRAMLORI 8/22/2011 8:45AM

    I am right with you....my first inspiration to lose was when I thought of my grandkids, and I only had 2 then. Now I have 3 1/2 and that's only 2 out of 5 kids, so I know there's more to come. I've lost a brother and a sister, so I have to be here for my mom....I want her to live to be 100. She is 75 and in great health, so that's very possible. I want to live to be 100 also, I've only had 6 1/2 years with my DH and realized he's too good of a husband to cut our life short, so I have to be healthy to keep up with that army guy! I am very thankful for my SP friends, too.
Keep up the good work!
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CRYSTAL8488 8/22/2011 1:13AM

    Wow, what an inspirational blog! I love it. I'm so glad you were able to find spark people, and get your life back. Congratulations on your success! Thanks for sharing. :) emoticon

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ERLYWA 8/21/2011 11:58PM

    Absolutely beautiful blog. You are such a strong woman and you inspire me.
Thank you for sharing this, it really touched me...

Hugs!

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YOOVIE asked…

Saturday, August 13, 2011

“How are you celebrating the DIY Challenge Finale?”

With pride and a pat on the back!



Yay, I’m a finisher… I learned long ago that saying “yes” to every thing is the road to failure for me. So I don’t join in unless I’m committed to following through. It’s okay to say no. If you bite off more than you can chew you just may choke so I’m learning that moderation leads to balance which in turn can be reason for lots of celebrating. So this weekend we will have plenty of opportunity to exercise (so I’m ready for the final weigh-in) and then end each day by clinking glasses over candlelight.



While enjoying homemade meals of marinated wild pacific mahi mahi with sweet mango and roasted peppers, whole wheat noodles, broccoli, sliced tomatoes, from the garden, with feta cheese. BBQ chicken with more roasted garden veggies and fettuccini.









Beautiful food to nourish the body, mind, & soul. Remembering that you are what you eat so eat the best. My healthy journey isn’t all about what I can’t eat any more… it’s all about what I can and how empowered I’ve become since joining SparkPeople when I thought of food as my frenemy. What a concept!!

Thank you YOOVIE for the challenge. It was awesome just like YOU…

And if you are a DIY teammate and would like a pat on the back… step right up.



Above all remember…



So first and foremost FINISH what you start.



Otherwise…


  
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FITMOMTO4 9/14/2011 10:15PM

    Great Job!! By the way would you come cook for me!? lol The food looks great!!!

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ASHARON 9/14/2011 8:16PM

    Love it~ You did wonderful and great.
What a beautiful meal, too!!!

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JENBELLE13 9/14/2011 5:36PM

    Great job on finishing!! Love the picture messages!!

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YOOVIE 9/14/2011 5:16PM

    love thisssssssssssssssssss

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IONA72 8/19/2011 3:46AM

    Great blog, great advice, thanks! emoticon emoticon

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JUSFOLK 8/17/2011 10:15PM

    Wow...this is a great blog. Where do you find these creative pix?

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CANBDONE 8/16/2011 7:56AM

    Finding you this morning is like opening a present! I love your way with words. I'm a widow,too. My Beloved was called Home two years and one month ago. The doctor offered me anti-depressants two weeks after it happened...instead I chose to gain 50 pds.! I'm fighting my way out of the food fog.

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SUNNY2010 8/14/2011 4:11PM

    Another great blog from you, Linda! A huge pat in the back from me too!!!
And those grilled veggies look so yummy.
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PATTILYNN224 8/14/2011 12:51PM

    Yup. Been thinking lately about "A year from now you will have wish you started today". That's where I'm at.

Thanks for the blog.

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VTMAID 8/14/2011 9:58AM

    I love the saying about if hunger isn't the problem then eating isn't the solution. I have never heard that before!
Hugs,
Karen

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/14/2011 9:52AM

    There sure is a lot of wisdom in your words!

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/14/2011 8:55AM

    Good going, Linda!! So glad to hear of your success and your comments are spot-on! I'll have to give this more thought as it sure has a lot of implications for me. Thanks. Jeannie

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ERLYWA 8/14/2011 12:28AM

    What a wonderful blog! It's so nice to hear you are doing so well! Keep up the great work :)

Sending you big hugs!
Erika



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FRANCO1230 8/14/2011 12:02AM

    Ooohh, my, my, my....that food.....and those fresh veges! Can I just say, "YUM!" Congrats on a job well done, and a HUGE pat on the back from me. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 8/13/2011 11:37PM

    Linda, the pictures of all that fresh food grilled to perfection made me really want those meals. I've been having a problem with follow through recently...in challenges and in mailing things...sorry! I need to pattern myself after you, I think.

Pattie

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JILL313 8/13/2011 10:56PM

    Linda, You are so right as I still have a tendency not to follow through on things I start not only with SP but in my personal life. I can't begin to tell you how many knitting projects I've started and never finished. . .We only should sign up and follow those that we know we will complete. Thank you for the reminder! Just looking at all that beautiful and healthy food made my mouth water--but it's just mouth hunger not stomach hunger--LOL!

Hugs,

Ji
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KSNANA2 8/13/2011 10:00PM

    Really enjoyed the blog today! I AM feeling really good about myself at the moment. I am finding I feel better since starting SP and learning to make better choices.
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MADKAPKID 8/13/2011 9:46PM

    Linda...what an awesome blog. AND with a SUPER message. I have a problem with biting off more than I can chew. I am working on that though. AND...the grilled foods on the blog look SOOOOOO good! GOOD healthy food that makes you want to DIG IN! YUMMO! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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Loving myself more than food…

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

And boy has it been a lovely romance!!!!

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”



How sweet is that!!?? Never in a million years did I expect to fall in love with ME this year.



My weight loss journey has introduced me to someone worth loving. Someone my family already knew. I couldn’t understand how my husband could possibly love me… so I didn’t believe him. I never understood why my children never bought into my self deprecation or why my grandchildren didn’t notice how much weight I have lost this year.

Then I realized they saw me for what I really am… not the exterior I’d wrapped in a hundred pounds of self protection. Only I heard the inner voice that told me I was not worthy to be loved. I’m still not sure where that voice came from and it really doesn’t matter any more because I’ve learned to take responsibility for every thing I do. And do it for me.



I can either continue to make progress, or make excuses.

So I’m calling BS on all the excuses that cast shadows on my journey and embracing the reality that when I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. And when I am depressed it is because I am living in the past. What a waste of precious time… the present is all we have… today… and today I’m loving myself more than food and living the charmed life I always dreamed of. No more living in twilight. I’m no longer living in a dream and walking in between the sunrise and sunset…

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Join me Sparkfriends. You’ve been lead here…. now drink deeply and start living the rest of your life as you would want those you love to live.



Are you making progress, or making excuses??

  
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AMARILYNH 8/22/2011 3:27PM

    This is SOOOOOO true: "Then I realized they saw me for what I really am… not the exterior I’d wrapped in a hundred pounds of self protection."

If only we can all believe it we can begin to love ourselves and make the changes we need to make!! Great blog!!

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BETHV10 8/12/2011 9:10AM

    Thanks for this blog! I need to love myself more than food. I have had way too many excuses lately. Beth emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 8/5/2011 6:31PM

    OMG! So well said! These are words to live by and I want to follow along.

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SUEJENN 8/4/2011 8:58PM

    A shift in paradigm even a little one accounts for big changes down the road. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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KSNANA2 7/23/2011 6:35PM

    Wonderful things to think on.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/23/2011 8:51AM

    Great blog! One I'll be thinking about throughout the day.

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OCTOBER2842 7/22/2011 10:34PM

    Nice blog

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COMPUCATHY 7/22/2011 8:54AM

    Progress for me...no more excuses! TGIF! And thanks for your encouragement! I hope you've had a great week and have a great weekend ahead! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/21/2011 11:10PM

    I love your blog - wow!! I'm going to use that phrase to remind myself what to do - hope you don't mind!!



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MEEBELO 7/21/2011 12:24PM

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/21/2011 11:56AM

    Linda, thanks for sharing from you heart. I need to grasp onto those words especially about living in the present.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/21/2011 10:48AM

    excellent and get right in your face thoughts

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GRUBBMEISTER 7/21/2011 9:41AM

  Linda.. you spoke straight from my heart..great blog..

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NARNIAROSE2003 7/21/2011 9:39AM

    Wow... just WOW. You are where I so want to be. Thank you for letting me see that I CAN get there! No more excuses!

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WOMANCHEF 7/21/2011 7:23AM

    What a great blog! You really speak the truth. Thank you for sharing and reminding us of this.

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JILL313 7/21/2011 1:31AM

    Linda, You are such a beautiful person thin or otherwise and your family and friends love you no matter what your size. . .I just love your honesty and can relate to a lot of what you are saying. I have a very hard time forgiving myself for my many past mistakes even though I try to move forward as they can't be changed. I certainly need to live more in the present as it's reality now for me. . .You've come a long way in your WL and are living a healthy life--WTG!! I really do admire you and know you will continue to have great success and reach your goals.

Love,

Jill

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SUNNY2010 7/21/2011 12:06AM

    Linda, I look forward to your blogs always! Your mind is so beautiful, and your heart is so big!
It's a very inspiring blog!
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GMO_JEN 7/20/2011 11:49PM

    This is a wonderful blog, and so true! Thank you!

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TUBLADY 7/20/2011 11:20PM

    Linda this is a great blog. So truthful.
We can always find excuses, to some people it makes it easier to live each day. Much easier than facing the truth.
I am glad you came to this realization for yourself.
You know I am living in the present. Have hopes for the future, but today is all we really have.
So accept that the past is over, we can't change it, but we can stop from repeating our errors and mistakes.
So enjoy your new found freedom and love.
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KAYTIE22 7/20/2011 11:11PM

    This is a wonderful blog. You have much to say here that is so true. I'm glad you have discovered this for yourself.

I really needed to read this now and it came at the perfect time. Thank you so much.



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MISSY455 7/20/2011 10:04PM

    What an awesome blog! Thank you for sharing! No excuses, just progress!

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JOANNS4 7/20/2011 9:45PM

    A great blog. thank you my dear friend.
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GRANPATTIE 7/20/2011 9:15PM

    Linda, I have to say here that I agree with my big sister. This was outstanding. But I've grown to expect nothing less from you. Your blogs are all truly meaningful to me.

Thanks for writing this one!
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MADKAPKID 7/20/2011 8:40PM

    Linda ...my friend. This is an OUTSTANDING blog! It gave me lots to think about.....you , my friend...are amazing. Thank you for sharing.....have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ESILBO 7/20/2011 6:53PM

    JUST GREAT...THANK YOU...

LISE

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ERLYWA 7/20/2011 5:55PM

    Incredible blog!!! You are simply amazing, Linda. I loooove this!!
Erika

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/20/2011 5:46PM

    Linda, very powerful blog! Thank you for sharing your insights! Jeannie

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DIY Challenge Assignment 3, 7/9-7/10

Sunday, July 10, 2011

1. How many fitness minutes did you rack up in Assignment 2?

Tuesday... 60, Wednesday...60, Thursday... rest day 0, Friday, 30… total emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon = 150 minutes emoticon

2. If you picked a day to add up how many calories you drank... what was the total? If you didn't count, do it on one day this weekend. Just the calories you drink.

I generally only drink water but occasionally I have a glass of wine with dinner or an 8oz glass of Naked Green Machine Juice for a snack = 140 calories. A few days a week I have a 30 gram protein shake 160 calories… every day I do have two cups of coffee with 2% milk and sugar at 99 calories. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

3. This weekend, you either have to make and take a picture of two beautiful healthy meals you create, and upload the pic to Sparkpeople...


Started in our freggie garden for Saturday nights dinner.


Created this emoticon471 calories, 41 carbs, 17 fat, 35 protein, 260 sodium. emoticon

Baked Wild Alaskan Marinated Sockeye Salmon
Tomatoes
Grilled pineapple rings
Grilled onions
Red potatoes w/scallions
Green beans
Grilled green peppers
Wine


Sunday morning breakfast….433 calories, 73 carbs, 13 fat, 13 protein, 293 sodium. emoticon

Whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter and smiley prune face emoticon what an oxymoron!!!! Seven fresh fruits cup with strawberries from our freggie garden and 2 cups coffee with 2% milk and sugar.

4. Get in a workout this weekend that totally screams YEAH IM STILL ON BOARD! SEE! IM STILL FIGHTING!

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ESILBO 7/13/2011 9:31PM

    GREAT IDEAS LINDA...YOU ROCK

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ENCY23 7/12/2011 8:03AM

    LOVE your food pics! The salmon plate looks absolutely gorgeous! Not to mention DELICIOUS! I love salmon! Hope you had a great time at the wedding! :)


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MARSHASTAR 7/11/2011 11:08AM

    You are so creative. That bread is so cute! ..SO ,,, you DO play with your food..
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SUSIEPH1 7/11/2011 12:28AM

    How delightfully pretty your plates of food are ..
My hubby laughs at my rainbow plates... but they are doing the job!
I have never eaten so well in my life!
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MADKAPKID 7/10/2011 10:11PM

    LInda you are doing really well. Your photos look awesome. You are getting in those "'FREGGIES" and exercise. I love grilling the food....yummo! I smile when I see the happy face toast...how cuteis that. That fruit salad looks like it has MY name on it. Wish I had been with you to eat it,. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 7/10/2011 8:23PM

    Yum - love the salmon dinner! So, um, maybe you could call me before you're fixing it the next time so I can come over to join you? Haha! Guess I could just fix it for myself [duh!]

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GRANPATTIE 7/10/2011 8:22PM

    I want to come to your house and eat dinner!!! That meal looks and sounds wonderful!!! You are so good at this spark stuff, and the challenges.

Keep up the spectacular job you're doing,
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KSNANA2 7/10/2011 7:12PM

    Those look and sound like delicious meals! Beautiful! emoticon

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JILL313 7/10/2011 6:09PM

    You are doing so well. . .Exercising and eating healthy. It's great that your eating fresh veggies right out of your garden. Enjoy and groove to the music today. You Rock, Linda!!

Hugs,

Jill

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KAYTIE22 7/10/2011 5:56PM

    Great blog and the meals look so healthy and yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Have a great week!

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FITFOODIE806 7/10/2011 5:01PM

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the pics are great. I want your garden!

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