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BLC 25, A Great Experience!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

So, round 25 of the BLC challenge is drawing to a close, and one of the parts of the final WEC (Week End Challenge) is to blog about our best BLC experience!

Firstly, let me explain the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) to you. It is a private team of about 300 individuals, split into 18 teams, all of which, while promoting healthy lifestyle habits, have slightly different biases towards exercise, nutrition and eating, or support and encouragement. As in the TV program, team challenges are set for people to take part in, and they compete for points both within their team and across all the teams of the BLC.

Each round lasts 12 weeks, then thereís a break and registration, then it all starts again.

The mantra is ďparticipation not perfectionĒ as each person participates in the challenge according to their health and physical limitations, developing healthy habits, stronger muscles, and losing weight as they do so. It is about participation and posting on their teams thread.

So what has been my best experience? Although I know how much Iíve gained (and lost!) over both this round, and all the rounds Iíve participated in since last September, (it must be good as I keep going back!) itís quite difficult to chose one thing and put it into words!

Possibly, the fact that the whole thing is uncritical. Nobody passes any criticism of anybody else's program. It is totally inclusive, whether itís paleo, low carb, Weight Watchers, vegans or like me, fasting.

People are always very interested in what works for you, and what you do, they may then say that it wouldnít work for them, or that they wouldnít wish to do it, but I have never been criticised or told that I shouldnít do it!

My team is Azure Destinations. Iíve been an Azurita since I joined. Itís a cyber desert island, set in a sapphire sea, and as all newbies soon find, in whichever team, your team quickly becomes your cyber family.

This round in particular, I discovered how much I value and need that cyber family. Iím living in London, so Iím 5+ hours ahead of most of my team, so they post en masse while Iím sleeping. Every morning I go to the team thread, eager to find out what my team has been doing, and flicking down the entries to see who has said something specifically to me! I don't always respond instantly, but will at some point on most days.

Azure Destinations are the Ďjokerí in the BLC pack! From our hunky bartenders and cabana boys, to our mascot flying monkeys, (donít ask!) we are a fun team, who travel through the other teams staying a week, trying to spread lighthearted quizzes, encouragement and motivation as we go.

We do that teams challenges as well as our own, we play hard, but take our healthy lifestyles seriously so we work hard too.

This round I have come to realise how much that means to me. It is probably the part of the BLC that I love most. I am never more at my best than when Iím trying, by example, to motivate others! In fact, their motivation is my motivation!.

Weight loss???? this round I think itís going to be about seven or eight pounds, the last weigh in is on Wednesday. Which since Iím only about 20lbs now from goal weight is very good!

On Azure Island, weíre all so keen to keep going throughout the break that weíre opening the island to all comers, of whatever teams, to come and enjoy themselves with us, and keep on track over the holidays! And that is a great experience too.

And what about YOU gentle reader! If you have ever looked at a team and saw only yourself and another person ever posting, or lots of people and posts but none relevant to you or your circumstances, you might consider joining our close community. Although itís a private team, we are always looking for new blood, new members.

If you would fancy joining round 26, registration will open in mid August, and the round start in September. If you leave me a comment saying so on this blog, Iíll make sure you receive an invite!


  
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MARYJEANSL 7/24/2014 2:24PM

  I might like to try...but I am a bit hesitant. Please send me the invite and I'll go from there.

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POPSY190 7/22/2014 7:39PM

    I'm another who wakes up each day eager to see what SF have been up to overnight. 11/12/13 hours ahead of UK. Believe me, it beats the news any day!

This is a great depiction of the challenge. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 7/22/2014 5:59PM

    I was invited to join a few years ago when I was new to SP and was completely overwhelmed. I admire you and them!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/21/2014 1:28PM

    You summed it up so well. I really enjoyed my time as an Azurita! I have truly enjoyed all the teams I've been on over the years (yes, I've been a member of BLC for that long.
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OLIVIANIGHT 7/21/2014 7:34AM

    They do sound like a brilliant team.

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GOANNA2 7/20/2014 11:50PM

    Great blog. Sounds like a fun team.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/20/2014 8:55PM

    Hey Evelyn, Glad to hear you are still an active BLC'er... I have been thinking about getting back into the BLC-26 round... I will see what is going on in my world when the registration opens up... and if I get an invite. I am sure you are still the very active person I remember... Have you taken any interesting trips lately? If so, I sure hope you had a grand time.
Audra

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PREDEL 7/20/2014 1:40PM

    emoticon I've been on Azure since I joined Spark and really can't imagine one with out the other. You've written a wonderful blog that so perfectly sums up the BLC. And, of course, Azure is that much better because we have you, my dear girl!
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DR1939 7/20/2014 1:29PM

    Sounds like a fun team.

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JAIZWAYS 7/20/2014 1:20PM

    Evelyn - emoticon You have summed it up so well emoticon . I have so much enjoyed being part of BLC. The journey to lose the weigh and maintain that loss is a lifetime challenge. We all need support and encouragement plus things to motivate us to try something new. That is what BLC does for us - I almost didn't join and you persuaded me to give it a try - I am so glad I did emoticon

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CIPHER1971 7/20/2014 1:10PM

    Great blog Evelyn, and for the maintainers - BLC has a team of maintainers, and they are also welcome on any team because we all have something to learn from you emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 7/20/2014 12:10PM

    Love this--it hits on a number of things that I love about the BLC. You are so right about people not being judgmental about what works for you--it's one of the reasons I Azure was such a good team for me, and it's the same way for C.A.M.O. People have different things that they struggle with and that they need to do--and it's okay that what works for one person (maybe even necessary for that person) isn't something that will work for someone else.

And yeah... I love how interactive and especially supportive my BLC teams have been--all of them, the Wysteria Wolves, Azure, and C.A.M.O. It helps me feel invested in my team, which means that I'm inspired to do my best for them!

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COOLMAMA11 7/20/2014 11:10AM

    Wonderful Blog Evelyn, I really enjoyed the team, challenges and travel, it's true we become one for all and all for one, it is great to have so much support and encouragement. Good luck for the next round!

Elaine

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ZELLAZM 7/20/2014 10:33AM

    Glad you had such a good 25th round! And congrats on your weight loss and healthy habits!

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REGILIEH 7/20/2014 10:28AM

    What if you are maintaining?

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INGMARIE 7/20/2014 10:21AM

    emoticon way to go, glad you enjoy this journey. emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 7/20/2014 9:47AM

    emoticon BLC is a family that helps the journey to better health fun and enjoyable, even through the struggles!!! emoticon For the great blog reminder!!!

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NEW-CAZ 7/20/2014 9:40AM

    What if you've been maintaining for years?

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COCK-ROBIN 7/20/2014 9:11AM

    How I wish I was with Azure again. They keep putting me with the Falcons.

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/20/2014 8:51AM

    emoticon I've always appreciated SP, but I love it now that I discovered the BLC last year. I'm glad we are teammates. emoticon

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Fitness test BLC 25

Monday, May 05, 2014

I finally completed my fitness test!

Press ups in one minute: (on knees, but hands as far forward as possible): 63
Crunches in one minute: 57
Measured mile: In my case mostly uphill: 17 minutes
Pulse rate after 3 minutes stepping up and down 8" step: 100

I don't think they'll alter much over 12 weeks, but we shall see.

  
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INGMARIE 7/20/2014 10:21AM

    woo hoo, that is great. emoticon

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/23/2014 11:10AM

    Great numbers!! Keep up the fantastic work!!

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COOLMAMA11 6/15/2014 5:42AM

    63 push ups, way to go! You are truly an inspiration ...

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ZELLAZM 5/13/2014 5:32PM

    Impressive!

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EMERALDELEPHANT 5/7/2014 12:53AM

    Holy crap Evelyn, these numbers make me want to use my inhaler. You are freakin awesome. My goal is to get half your numbers!!

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STFRENCH 5/6/2014 1:38PM

    Wow! I'm totally impressed with your press-ups result emoticon

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2014TODAY 5/6/2014 5:03AM

    Wow, that sounds pretty good! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 5/6/2014 12:51AM

  It sounds like you are in pretty decent shape to start. I hope the 12 weeks go well.

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EMSSBEARS 5/5/2014 10:18PM

    Fantastic job you are truly awesome what I aspire to be

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JENSHAINES 5/5/2014 9:00PM

    Okay... this is my goal... to be you when I'm your age. I have just a few years to catch up and I'd better get cracking!

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FUNGIRL81005 5/5/2014 4:04PM

    We sahll see....You always AMAZE me!! emoticon

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MARUKI52 5/5/2014 3:10PM

    Well done.

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/5/2014 2:54PM

    Great results. As much as you already exercise, I would guess they won't change a lot either. You are in such great shape. emoticon

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INGMARIE 5/5/2014 1:22PM

    way to go. emoticon

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CINDYBEL 5/5/2014 12:47PM

    Immpresive. emoticon

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CIPHER1971 5/5/2014 12:27PM

    63 pushups - emoticon phenomenal

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SHANTODD420 5/5/2014 12:26PM

    Those are great numbers way to go.

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ZANNACHAN 5/5/2014 12:16PM

    Even if they don't alter much, you did an AWESOME job. WOW.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/5/2014 12:07PM

    You my dear are in excellent shape. Congrats. I don't think you need much improvement in any of the areas, but you can strive to maintain your excellent results. Have fun!

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SMART goals for BLC 25

Sunday, May 04, 2014

1. Fast three days a week. (500 calories)

2. On 3 non fasting days, prepare and cook my food from scratch.

3. Continue with my exercise, even if that means going to karate or dancing alone.

4. Limit alcohol to one night a week

5. Practice my karate, tai chi and piano, 3 times a week.

6. Smile at myself in the mirror, and tell myself I'm beautiful every day.

7. Stand straight, shoulders back, head up, stand tall, and stride out with confidence.

  
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DANAPRIME 5/17/2014 5:15PM

    You go girl!!!!!

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ZANNACHAN 5/5/2014 12:18PM

    I love these goals--especially the piano. I was just telling my husband yesterday that I miss playing the piano. I haven't played in over 20 years (I don't have a piano) but I miss it.

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-THINQ- 5/5/2014 12:20AM

    These are Fabulous, i love how you're so concise and focused!!
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MARYJEANSL 5/4/2014 11:50PM

  Excellent goals!

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EMSSBEARS 5/4/2014 9:57PM

    Great goals I really love #6 and #7 those are great goals everyone should try to have but the hardest to achieve in some cases. You will do great this round , you are emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 5/4/2014 9:26PM

    Great goals....I loved the looking in the mirror and loving yourself.....Good idea.... The alcohol is a hard one too for you...BUT you can do it!! I know you love to have lots of FUN!! I am excited to hear about future dancing and karate stories.... emoticon

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JENSHAINES 5/4/2014 5:20PM

    Evelyn, I particularly love 3 and 6. I know those can be challenges for many of us, and I know what you've said about going to dancing alone. I will be there to cheer you on! (And kick your rear end if you don't stick to it!) I give you permission to kick mine, as well! And I'm giving you more of an advantage because I'm a "transparent" belt in karate!

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SUZYMOBILE 5/4/2014 5:16PM

    We're taking a trip to Europe in the fall. Now I think I must see my ancestral homeland.

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MARUKI52 5/4/2014 3:19PM

    Sounds good to me and I'm sure you can meet them.

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JUNEAU2010 5/4/2014 12:55PM

    Amazing in the simplicity!

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CIPHER1971 5/4/2014 11:45AM

    I think number 7 is my favourite ......

Lets rock this round

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INGMARIE 5/4/2014 10:48AM

    Love those goals emoticon
6 and 7 are very important.
And dancing alone can be fun, so go for it. woohoo emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/4/2014 10:40AM

    Love all your goals. You are doing fantastic. I'm glad you are acknowledging the beautiful person you are. Have fun!

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DR1939 5/4/2014 10:12AM

    I, too, love 6 & 7. The rest are good also. emoticon

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    I emoticon these Smart goals! Great job! emoticon

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BELLSES 5/4/2014 9:58AM

    I LOVE 6 and 7!!!!!! I also like the rest of them....

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STFRENCH 5/4/2014 9:15AM

    Loving 6 and 7! Fab goals, good luck with them all emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 5/4/2014 9:12AM

    You are a winner, keep your winning ways.

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    I am loving you r plan and motivation. emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 5/4/2014 9:03AM

    When I first read your goals, I thought ~oh, fasting, that's not so good. Then I read your previous blog. Thanks for the information. You explained it very well. Sounds as though you have done much research in this. Good luck to you with your cancer diagnosis and I hope your diligence with your diet works well for you.

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/4/2014 9:00AM

    Love your goals - especially 6 and 7. emoticon

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    I love your goals!

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Intermittent Fasting, (the every other day diet) the facts, is it for you?

Saturday, January 11, 2014



I posted about this subject on a team thread, and judging by the response, thereís a lot of misinformation around, about exactly what fasting is, and isnít.

I started fasting on 17th March 2013, after reading a book about the 5:2 fast diet, and how fasting can considerably cut oneís cancer risk, and I am already a breast cancer survivor, of a type of tumour that is aggressive and prone to reoccur.

It cuts this risk by cutting down the rate that cells divide, which cuts down the rate that mutations occur, (they repair and recycle instead), by reducing a measurable blood marker IGF-1, (Insulin-like Growth Factor) which encourages cancerous cells to divide, and by reducing glucose levels in the blood, glucose is the cancer cells prime fuel source.

The research on this program has been ongoing for over 16 years. The evidence is very difficult to refute, and is well published in scientific journals, by Dr Krista Varaday, who deserves all the credit for it.

It is not a starvation diet! On the 5:2, you can eat normally on 5 days out of 7, but I soon discovered that I could overeat on those 5 days, to a far greater extent than the 500 calories eaten on the other two allowed for.

I then decided to try Dr Varadayís own recommendation, which was 500 calories, in the form of a 400 calorie meal, and a 100 calorie snack, every other day, and eating as much as I liked, of whatever I liked, on the others. Since starting in March I have gone from 179lbs to 151lbs, a loss of 28lbs.

Iím not too precious about it, I Ďtook offí my three week holiday in the USA last September, also Christmas and New Year, and if a fasting day falls awkwardly, or I have a horrible day that needs a beer and a takeaway, or am unexpectedly asked out, I simply move the whole thing on a day. You NEVER fast two days running.

Also during this time, I have never felt weak, wobbly or faint due to fasting. I don't suffer headaches, or even much hunger. In fact I routinely do 2 hours of karate on 2 evenings a week, (Monday and Wednesday, so if I fast on one, I fast on both,) and regularly burn 6,000+ calories during a week according to my spark tracker. Which is public, so you can check! On the contrary, I have this enormous surge of energy on fasting days, so much so, that sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep.

Now whether or not you feel that this program is for you, and I am the first to say that it doesnít suit everyone, (one size doesnít fit all remember), there is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that people who cut their calorie level daily by several 100 calories a day, permanently reduce their BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate). Thatís permanently!!! Which explains why itís so difficult to maintain weight loss, as successful dieters need several hundred calories a day less to maintain, than those who are at that weight naturally. Also why, if you Ďfall off the wagoní, you regain hand over fist, much, much faster than you were losing it.

(Done that, been there, got the tee-shirt in every conceivable size, design and colour)

So may I humbly suggest, that you try calorie cycling? E.g. if the middle of your allotted range is 1,500 calories, then one day at 1,500, one at 1,000, one at 1,500, one at 2,000. The calorie intake over a week/month/year is precisely the same, but the effect on your metabolism isnít. It basically keeps it Ďon itís toes.í

If on the other hand you would like to try it, but donít see how you can achieve it, or are nervous of trying, and letís be honest, nobody LIKES being hungry, (even Iím not that odd), then try this gradual alternative.

On alternate days, aim to eat no more than 1,000 or maybe 1,200 calories, (up to you where you set the bar, this is YOUR program), but on the others eat as much as you like, of whatever you like. It has also been proved that fasting is easier and more weight is lost on a high fat diet than a low fat one, contrary to perceived wisdom!

Now, I can see you all recoiling in horror! ĎIíll gain weight,í you all wail! Bear with me though and read through to the end. Yes you might, probably will even, during the first few weeks, but this is long term remember, for life in fact, not just till the next weigh in.

As former dieters, we actually need to practice eating like this, because weíre so unused to it, and feel such guilt even thinking of it. It is necessary however to practice NOT cutting our calories since when you eat only 500 calories on alternate days, you need to eat well on the others, and anyway, you will do it like this for only one week, possibly a couple if you feel more comfortable taking more time.

The next week you cut down by 100 calories a day, on your proto-fasting days, while still eating properly on your non fasting days. Also you are going to eat your calories on fasting days, in three meals or two meals and one snack, because snacking is not fasting! On non fasting days you can snack as much as you like.

Continue cutting down by 100 calories each week on your fasting days, until you reach 500 for ladies, or 600 for men. When youíre on 800 calories per fasting day, cut it down to two meals a day, or one meal and one snack, which is what youíll be doing on 500 calories per fast day. At that point (about 800 calories) you should start to see the pounds come off too.

Iíve been doing this for 10+ months now, so it's not a fad diet, and I intend to continue for life. Itís nice to have to intentionally eat enough on my non fasting days too. I hope that a few of you will try it and succeed, but if not, at least will understand a bit more about it, and my passion about it.


  
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SHANTODD420 8/1/2014 12:36PM

    Thanks for sharing might have to give it a go and see what happens.

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MJK0430 8/1/2014 11:44AM

    Thanks for the writeup. I just placed a hold on a 5:2 book at the library because I'm still intrigue. :)

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JUSTME_KELLYD 6/22/2014 3:50PM

    I think I might try this!!! Thanks for sharing!!! And continued luck!!! You are doing GREAT!!

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ZOEANAEL 3/4/2014 9:13AM

    Thank you for the info. I jumped in the primal LCHF wagon in january and naturally, I've been skipping days of eating where I would no eat until dinner. I don't really count precisely my calories (on fasting and non-fasting days) but I feel great and I see results already. I wouldn't be able to do it I think if I was still doing Low-Fat/High-carb, because of the Blood glocuse rollercoaster but sometimes I'm simply not hungry (which surprises me everytime!) and I simple not eat. Thank you for the great informatons. People on SP keep telling me I'm starving myself, but I'm not at all!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/1/2014 12:01PM

    Great blog. I want to try it !

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/30/2014 7:22PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!

I read recently that fasting, or even going long hours between meals, lets our intestinal system rest, and it is that rest time that allows our bodies extra time to heal, and rejuvenate. Also, the lower metabolic rate that it puts a body into makes for less cell division, which = less chances of making a mistake that leads to cancers.

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SUSANNAH31 1/13/2014 10:58PM

    A very interesting program. I'm glad you have found success with it.

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IONA72 1/13/2014 5:18PM

    Thanks for the info, certainly something to consider. You must be pleased with your results, keep up the good work.

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ALIHIKES 1/13/2014 3:31PM

    Interesting blog, thanks for sharing. I have friends who are doing IF (5/2) but they have not explained the science or reasoning

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BEANIES_MOM 1/13/2014 8:10AM

    I love the IF approach! Thank you for the info

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-BLESSINGS- 1/12/2014 6:17PM

    great info... thanks sooooooooooo much for sharing


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PREDEL 1/12/2014 6:03PM

    Thanks so much for laying it all out for me. What your saying makes perfect sense based on my personal experience in the last 60 years. I've seen far greater weight loss when I'm drastically varying my calories day to day (one day really good, one day bad) as opposed to 1200 calories day in and day out.

I am definitely going to try this, gradually working my way to your plan. I really, really like this. emoticon

Hugs,

Pat

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SUZIEQ1097 1/12/2014 5:53PM

    emoticon for sharing.

Susan : )

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BOPPY_ 1/12/2014 2:06AM

    Stonecot,

First, your entire report is extremely well written. The first part on 5:2 was very informative, and I thank you very much.

The second part on "calorie cycling" does not (according to the details of your report) seem to be based on anything but your own intuition. But note that the very credibility that you site for the 5:2 diet is based (according to your own report) on controlled scientific observation and measurement. According to your report, the, the second part is antithetical to the spirit of the first part.

Or, what am I not understanding?

I, for one would have been much happier with this situation, if you had broken the report into two blogs, the second expressing your (?) hypothesis about "calorie cycling"!

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IDICEM 1/12/2014 12:54AM

  This is an interesting approach. I will look into it. Thanks for sharing!

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ALIIDA 1/11/2014 11:14PM

    Thank you so much for taking the trouble to explain this. I was intrigued by your fasting. Your explanation of the science of it is fascinating, and the link between glucose and cancer answers a lot of questions for me.

Wishing you continued great health!

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JUNEAU2010 1/11/2014 6:59PM

    Thanks for the food for thought. I flirted with calorie cycling a while ago, but, reading your info, did not approach it in a sane, methodical fashion. I think I will try this again. I appreciate the nudge!

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DEBB1313 1/11/2014 6:41PM

    Thanks for the post. it was a great blog! You have me very interested and I am certainly going to investigate further. Oh and by the way, great accomplishments in your journey!

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 1/11/2014 5:13PM

    I was having success with this back in the summer - I found out about it after watching this video
http://vimeo.com/54089463
R>I need to get back to it!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 1/11/2014 2:21PM

    For me, the 5:2 diet caused excessive fatigue on my fasting days, but that may be due to the fact that I have heart failure. The positive that 5:2 did for me was "reset" my appetite towards healthier eating, and stopped the raging between-meal cravings. It also greatly reduced my GERD.

What I recently found that works well for me, even with my heart failure, is doing low-carb one day (lean proteins, low-carb vege's with healthy oils, and berries); then the next day doing high carb (with lower amounts of protein & fats, and all carbs being whole, natural, non-processed foods).

With this alternate day life-style, after just a few days I started experiencing what you describe: greatly energy and trouble going to sleep at night due to having so much energy and sense of well being.

There are many styles of fasting, and of alternate calories & carbs. If one doesn't work for a person, they can likely find one that does, with some experimentation. In the end they each reduce insulin, body fat, cancer risks, and other health risks. Here's to health, however we find it!
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FITADMIN83 1/11/2014 1:39PM

    This is an interesting program to think about. I am glad it has worked so well for you. It seems as though the key is to look at what you are eating on the days you are not fasting and keeping it healthy but not limiting yourself. Thank you for sharing:)

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MARITIMER3 1/11/2014 1:23PM

    I just joined the 5:2 team, which recommends 2 consecutive days of 500 caloriea, eating the regular SP range the other 5.

Main difference seems to be that the 5:2 says you have to do this on 2 consecutive days, while your friend says definitely not to do it on consecutive days.

There is also some evidence that the 5:2 plan may prevent the onset of Alzheimers.

I definitely believe there are benefits from fasting. My daughter in Europe pays a fortune to go to spas to fast and exercise.

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JIBBIE49 1/11/2014 12:55PM

    Of course, you will get negatives from Sparks since they have their own diet here and a Cookbook, etc. This type of information really comes from someone like Dr. Mercola (he is a medical doctor) and has a lot of information about IF on his web site and lectures on YouTube. He stays in Ketosis and eats a lot of healthy fats and organic meats, etc. I understand why you want to do this diet since you are a cancer survivor. My son, Nathan had Testicular Cancer five years ago, so we have learned much from Dr. Mercola and also from Roby Mitchell M.D. (he is DrFitt on YouTube). Dr. Mitchell has a medical degree and also a PhD and he has studied in China. He had advanced prostrate cancer and cured himself with diet and exercise.
My son is doing IF plus lots of strength training, because he knows if his cancer comes back it will not be in his Testicle (5% chance) but somewhere like in his lungs or liver, so he wants to be strong to fight it. Plus they have told him that in his 40s he might get cancer from all the cat-scan/x-4ays he's had to have, but that is down the road and he plans to be very fit in his 40s as well.

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AMARILYNH 1/11/2014 12:45PM

    I have heard a bit about IF from others on SP but this is the clearest description I've heard. Very interesting about the cancer link - having lost three siblings to cancer this is quite important to me. I read a bit online about it too - actually tried it a couple of times and didn't really find it that difficult as I don't normally eat my first meal until around noon anyway and routinely eat two meals a day, sometimes with a snack, sometimes not. After reading this I believe I may need to look into it further.

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BATCHICK 1/11/2014 12:35PM

    I LOVE intermitent fasting for its flexibility. Like you said if you have a bad day or get invited out you just shift everything and its that easy. That is why this is the only "diet" that I feel can be a eal lifestyle for me. I have been doing 5:2 since October and I have never felt better!

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KENSHO 1/11/2014 12:09PM

    As you know...I did the 5:2 diet for 3 months and lost 17 pounds. I stopped for various reasons and gained back 7 pounds.

Recently I have been trying another approach and I'm curious about your take on it. 8:16 is what I call it. Eat for 8 hours a day and fast for 16. I eat between noon and 8pm. Before and after I only drink water or tea.

I'm not entirely sure if it's working for me or not only because I've been sick with a nasty bug so the scale is not a great gauge right now. I've lost weight but I can't say why at this point.

Anyway...thoughts on 8:16? Do you think I will reap any of the benefits from fasting for those 16 hours?

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GARDENQE2 1/11/2014 12:01PM

    I joined Evelyn in alternate-day-fasting in July. emoticon
I have lost 20 lbs. since then. The best result for me has been a lessening of symptoms of inflammation...my formerly aching joints no longer ache and my allergy/sinus infection, which has annoyed me for four years has almost disappeared. emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 1/11/2014 11:57AM

    very interesting; and thank you for describing at least two ways of approaching it. For me, I think the idea of having a 'free' 'no limits' day is a bit scary for me - I might think I can eat whatever I want and more than make up for the previous day. Perhaps the 1000/2000 alternate days might work for me. I will look at your tracker and see how it works for you.

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MALAMI518 1/11/2014 11:48AM

    That is very interesting, and I will definitely look into it. I was calorie cycling for a while, but I've fallen into bad habits again. I will at least go back to that, but the alternate day fasting sounds like it would have some real health benefits, too.

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ZELLAZM 1/11/2014 11:33AM

    The details of your program are very interesting, Evelyn. I know you did alternate fasting days and a little bit of the why, but not the nitty gritty of the practice. Will keep this in mind for the future after my next trip. Starting out must take a good deal of planning, but it's doable. I used to do a weekly fast as more of a spiritual discipline but it was helpful in other ways as well.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 1/11/2014 11:28AM

    Thank you for explaining your nutrition plan. I have been curious about fasting plans but not enough to actually make the time to do any research.
Thanks again, Audra

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CHAKARA1 1/11/2014 11:11AM

    very interesting

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/11/2014 10:52AM

    Great write-up. I've actually started doing this lately, but not to the extent you do. I cut back 3 days a week, have a free day (though still around 1600-1800 calories), and 3 days of moderate eating. I've only been doing it for 2 weeks, but I like it. I'm close to not tracking my foods (in 2 more weeks), and am excited to see how that goes.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/11/2014 10:48AM

    As a triple negative breast cancer survivor, I'm a big believer in doing anything I can to reduce risk of recurrence/mets. I do think fasting makes it more difficult for cancer cells to survive because they require so much energy. What you are doing is awesome in my book. I want to learn more about it.

Right now, I still have a little bit of chemo left to go, surgery and radiation to come...but I'm giving a lot of thought as to how I want to make my "terrain" very inhospitable to cancer cells....particularly over the next five years.

Thank you for sharing all that information. I'm going to look into it.

Kay

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/11/2014 10:41AM

    Thanks for taking the time to explain the concept and how it works for you. I'm not considering it at this time (have to do some more research and talk to doc before starting anything like this). But I do like the idea in theory.

Congrats on your success!

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MADEIT3 1/11/2014 10:38AM

    Interesting. I will need to learn more.

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WATERONE 1/11/2014 10:35AM

    Very clear explanation. I'm glad this is working so well for you. emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/11/2014 10:32AM

    Your explanation is lucid and compelling. Thank you for giving me something I seriously am going to think about/investigate.



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NEW-CAZ 1/11/2014 10:24AM

    thank you for posting in such detail, very interesting.

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SIRIUS2014 1/11/2014 10:15AM

  Thanks for the blog. It seemed to describe my last 2 months. Overeating, hungry and gaining 6 lbs. ugh. I have such a fear of failure now although I did well all summer. I am going to reread this and try some of your ideas. Hugs

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MARUKI52 1/11/2014 9:44AM

    Thank you for detailing this diet so well. That will be really helpful to anyone considering starting on this route. I have noticed that I have some weeks when my calories on some days are pretty low but this is not intentional. I have noticed that when this happens and I exercise then I am notified that I am not eating enough for the amount of exercise I am doing. Obviously on the days when I eat more it is not considered to be enough.

Having been brought up in the war years and with rationing my body has never been used to eating lots of food, it just wasn't available so we just didn't have access to lots. I often wonder if this has an effect on weight gain in later years.

Editing my post: Just out of interest I've just inputted a typical day for when I was at school and it tells me that I was eating 900 calories but that was a day when we had syrup sponge pudding! I'm not sure how it would work out with any other meals that I had. It was largely made up in the carbo's rather than other nutrients. I wonder if that was enough for a growing teenage girl? emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 1/11/2014 9:43AM

    So nice to hear you explain this. I have heard other people talk about this, but never really had much explanation. Thanks for posting this.

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BEWELL48 1/11/2014 9:37AM

    Very interesting. What does your fasting day look like in terms of food and times?

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/11/2014 9:35AM

    I've been seriously thinking about it and will find out more about how to do it. Thanks for this blog in reminding me to look into it further. And best wishes for continued good health in this not-so-new year.

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A walk in Scotland in Pictures

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Yesterday, New Years Eve we decided to take our last walk of 2013, through Scolty Woods, and today we took the first walk of 2014, walking the five miles round Loch Kinord. Both walks were taken in greylight rather than daylight, but we got round in the dry, and the rain started as we left the car park and drove home!

So now I'm going to keep quiet, and let the pictures speak for themselves.



























  
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MARYDSAN 3/5/2014 6:23AM

    Thanks for another beautiful walk. I took my Dad to Scotland 3 years before he died. He wanted to go to St. Andrew's. We flew to London, got a rental car, and drove to Scotland.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/1/2014 12:02PM

    I wish I could come walk with you. It's so beautiful, lovely, amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 1/14/2014 6:37AM

    Thank You for My Beautiful Morning Walk !!!!
Simply Beautiful !!!!

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DANAPRIME 1/13/2014 7:36PM

    Wow! That was some beautiful scenery! Hope you had a wonderful time!!!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 1/7/2014 10:38PM

    Beautiful pics! Thank you for sharing, I love the vibrant colors!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/6/2014 5:01PM

    Absolutely Stunning! I LOVE the pics. Thank you for sharing your walk.

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FEISTYOWL 1/6/2014 1:06PM

    thanks so much for sharing your pics...someday I'm going to get there to visit!

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SIMONEKP 1/4/2014 10:46AM

    you always have great pictures

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 1/3/2014 3:53PM

    Thanks for sharing. Looks like it was a great walk!



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PARASELENIC 1/2/2014 4:42PM

    So beautiful! I especially love the red tones of the paths and the rich greens of the moss-- I can almost smell how gorgeous it must have been from the pictures alone!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/2/2014 2:09PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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KENSHO 1/2/2014 9:56AM

    Stunning!

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CTUPTON 1/2/2014 9:38AM

    thanks for letting me share your lovely walk

chris

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WATERONE 1/2/2014 8:22AM

    Beautiful

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/2/2014 8:14AM

    I. Want.To.Be.There.

Thank you for the tranquility and the beauty.

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FERRETLOVER1 1/2/2014 6:52AM

    Awesome photos - thank you so much for the peaceful break in my hectic day!

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GOANNA2 1/2/2014 6:06AM

    Beautiful countryside. Thank you.
Happy New Year. emoticon

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ARTJAC 1/2/2014 1:10AM

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REGILIEH 1/2/2014 12:47AM

    LOVELY!

THANK YOU!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/1/2014 11:54PM

    Beautiful!

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MARYJEANSL 1/1/2014 8:26PM

  Really lovely, even in winter.

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MARITIMER3 1/1/2014 7:37PM

    Each season has its own beauty, doesn't it? Hope you kept drier on this one compared to the one at Balmoral.

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AMARILYNH 1/1/2014 7:10PM

    Scotland is on our bucket list of places to visit, and your blog just confirmed that we need to allow time for some hiking when we visit!! BEAUTIFUL!!

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BATCHICK 1/1/2014 7:04PM

    thanks for sharing your pics!

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CATLADY52 1/1/2014 5:42PM

    Beautiful countryside. emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 1/1/2014 4:44PM

    Lovely. You are very lucky to live near such beauty.

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MUDGE4 1/1/2014 3:49PM

    Beautiful!!

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LADYIRISH317 1/1/2014 3:21PM

    I am so jealous -- I love Scotland almost as much as Ireland. I'd love to see both countries.

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/1/2014 2:53PM

    Oh it's gorgeous. I was going to go for a walk tonight but it's raining sideways!

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DR1939 1/1/2014 2:10PM

    What a lovely way to end and begin a year. Have a Happy New Year!

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EFFIEANNIE 1/1/2014 1:54PM

    What beautiful pictures. Do you get much snow there? We are all covered in snow and ice in Illinois. Mad a visit to Scotland a few years ago. Loved it.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/1/2014 1:54PM

    Beautiful! I love Scotland. But it must get dark very early right now.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2014 1:36PM

    Beautiful! Happy 2014!

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2014 1:18PM

    emoticon Happy New Year emoticon

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CIPHER1971 1/1/2014 12:32PM

    Lovely

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ZELLAZM 1/1/2014 12:28PM

    Lovely photos - those mossy rocks and the "babbling brook", serene lake view - and all this in the dead of winter.

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JENSHAINES 1/1/2014 12:20PM

    Jealous - but in the best kind of way!!! Looks absolutely lovely. I'm off to do some dancing in my decidedly less beautiful family room. emoticon

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MARUKI52 1/1/2014 12:13PM

    Beautiful pictures. What a lovely walk.
Happy New Year.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 1/1/2014 12:12PM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.
Wishing you a grand 2014 !!
Audra

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/1/2014 12:03PM

    So beautiful. We are expecting almost a foot of snow tomorrow, so I am especially jealous. Happy New Year!

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GARDENQE2 1/1/2014 11:53AM

    Thanks!
What beauty...I love the mossy stones!

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TRUCKERSMRS 1/1/2014 11:50AM

    Stunning photos. Thank you for sharing them with us all. Happy New Year and safe journey home.


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ALIHIKES 1/1/2014 11:48AM

    What a beautiful and magical walk! Thank you for sharing yourremarkable photos.

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