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Sunday, October 17, 2010

I so appreciate all the kind and supportive comments and goodies from all you spark friends!

I made up for lack of weekday exercise this weekend with heavy gardening, lots of walking and paddling on some of the smoothest water ever!

I'm off to have dinner at Mom's and get ready for another week.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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DOGSTARDADDY 10/24/2010 7:24AM

    Keep up the great work!

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FRANKLY5 10/20/2010 11:08PM

    Hey C.P. ( cutie patootie) like hearing you are doing well.
I did some gardening too. I think I am going to have to break down and hire a gardener on of these days, or think more about body mechanics. I do so love to work in the garden though. What is it about working in the yard? Maybe it is the fact that things you do in the yard last longer than what you do in the house.

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CITYZOZO 10/18/2010 1:50PM

    you are such a sweetie... it is easy to support you...zo

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    glad you enjoyed the weekend. I did gardening too. good exercise!

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CARRAND 10/17/2010 8:39PM

    Thanks to you for being a good friend. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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Raccoon Chronicles

Sunday, October 10, 2010

On Tuesday raccoons invaded our garden for the grapes on top of the arbor. Just as I was about to brush my teeth, I found out they were there when my 14 pound dog started making the most horrible noise. I ran in my sock feet out to the back patio and made as much horrible noise at the raccoons as I could. I must have looked scary enough that they backed off.

I got the Sophie in the brave into the house and went inside to make sure she was ok. I found one very tiny scratch on her, but she's up to date on rabies so I knew she was fine.

I figured I should go out and make sure it was all gone and try to make its unwelcome visit as unpleasant as possible. I put on boots, got the flashlight and a couple of shovels and went out to inspect. I could see fur when I shined the light up into the arbor. It gave me a startle because it was almost over my head. I stepped back, started making a racket and whacked at the grapes with a shovel. Luckily the raccoon jumped off the opposite side and ran to escape. I chased it yelling and banging shovels together until I saw it go over the fence.

On the way back in I gave the arbor one last whack with the shovel and was surprised to see yet another raccoon jump down and flee. I chased it in the same way until I noticed that the neighbors behind us were outside looking my way with worried expressions. Oops! It must have sounded like someone was getting attacked. I told them I was chasing away raccoons and apologized for worrying them.

I'm not sure if there was two or three raccoons that night. I'm guessing three because I don't think the one that attacked my dog went back up the arbor before running off.

Since then the dog door has been closed and the dogs can only go out with supervision. I am also keeping a shovel and a flashlight by the back door just in case.

Tonight I went out with the dogs and noticed the grape leaves waving just a bit. I thought it was a breeze, but as I walked the dogs in the other direction I realized the air was perfectly still. As I looked back at the arbor I caught a glimpse of a raccoon moving on the top of the arbor! I got the dogs in the house and equipped myself. This time I was much more calm because there had been no attack. I chased it off again, but with out making enough noise to scare the neighbors this time.

Needing a plan we got out the live trap and put some appealing chicken in it and set it up next to the grape arbor. We can only leave it out at night so the dogs don't go in and get trapped. Next on the list is what to do if we actually catch one. I have a friend who takes them out to an undeveloped area near a stream and lets them go. I think that will do.

On other matters, I stayed much closer to my calorie range today, so I'm getting on track with nutrition. And, I'm leashing up the dogs to take them on a nice brisk walk right now. Happy Sparking everyone!

UPDATE: Monday morning
This morning there was a possum in the trap. I let it go. It was terrified and smaller than my dogs so I don't mind if it comes back and eats more grapes, though I doubt it will want to after spending the night in a cage.

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CITYZOZO 10/12/2010 9:07AM


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CARRAND 10/11/2010 9:53PM

    Be careful. You don't want to get bitten!

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SARAWALKS 10/11/2010 10:54AM

    Never a dull moment! Glad your dogs weren't harmed! emoticon

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    frightening for your dog. glad you seem to have found a solution with the trap. good luck with them.

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GHK1962 10/11/2010 12:01AM

    Ohhh....while many think raccoons are cute...I think they are EVIL!!!

Ok...just be careful...raccoons can be quite vicious...esp the momma when her babies are in a trap. I once had a mom guarding our cherry tree while her little ones were eating cherries. I too went out with a shovel. The mom looked at me...started walking towards on her hind legs and hissed...then dropped...and slowly made her way towards me. Sadly...I wimped out and went back in the house, leaving the cherries for the fricken raccoons. My then wife thought it was funny.

Sooo...just be careful.

And...good on you for being in your calorie range!

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/10/2010 11:57PM

    They are such cute critters, but can be pesty. I'm glad you can re-locate them. Hang in there!

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Too Much

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I just got home from my niece's eleventh birthday party. I ate too much and I feel yucky. I suppose that is a good thing because hopefully I'll remember feeling yucky the next time I'm near a chip bowl or presented with chocolate cake and ice cream. I also ate a cheesy entree with friends last night at a Mexican restaurant. So it isn't just today that I ate too much. I'm sure last nights meal could have lasted 3 days if I was paying attention to portion size yesterday.

So, It's time to recommit to healthy eating!
I need to watch my portion size.
I need to add more fruits and veggies again.
I need to stay away from sugary treats. (If I really want something a square or two of good dark chocolate does the trick without sending my way over on calories)
And, I need to avoid getting too hungry so I can maintain control around tempting, but unhealthy foods.

I can do this. I know I can because I did it this summer. I just have to figure out how to do this with a really busy schedule, which I didn't have during the summer.

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    These things happen to us when we go out or have social engagements. it's really hard, I have the same problem. but at least you know you want to get back on track, and have a plan. good luck.

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CARRAND 10/10/2010 3:26PM

    We all get off track sometimes. Get back to portion control, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking water, lots of fiber. We all know what it takes. Doing it consistently is the challenge.

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REEDSKI 10/10/2010 10:55AM

    I was at a birthday party last night. My own. Today is my real birthday.

I exercised before I went to the party. I only had one piece of carrot cake (my favorite) and I didn't bring the cake home but i should've removed half of the frosting. I ate two servings of the Puerto Rican food my friend cooked. I should've had one serving. I did eat a salad with lots of vegetables that I made so that was good. My friend puts, what I think, is a lot of sodium in her food. So, today I feel bloated. I shouldn't have gotten on the scale but I did. I'll weigh-in in 3 days and if I'm still up I'll have to move my tracker.

I wish I weighed 145!!! It's getting closer. You are doing great!

I agree with everything you posted in your blog. The "I need to..." Those are things I need to do, too. We will do those things especially with the holidays approaching. We will make this a holiday season where we lose weight!!!!

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SARAWALKS 10/9/2010 10:54PM

    emoticon It does get so hard when the work schedule cranks up. Takes some planning. Cut yourself some slack here! You've done great. emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 10/9/2010 10:37PM

    Try to remember what worked for you this summer and then modify it so you can make it work with your busy life now. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Be nice to yourself by putting yourself on the to-do list. :)

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Busy Weekdays

Monday, October 04, 2010

Monday and the start of another busy week with lots of extra meetings before and after the regular work day. Teaching demands so much time. I did squeeze in a short walk tonight, yea! And, I'm managing to track nutrition, but not always as accurately as I would like. Some of the kids are coming down with colds, and my brother said he had the chills when I dropped by for a quick visit. I'll be making sure to take vitamins, eat right and get plenty of sleep. Usually I can avoid most colds and flues by taking preventative measures. Hopefully I can get in a longer walk tomorrow after meetings are over.
Spark friends, how do you keep up with exercise when the days get shorter and busier?

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SARAWALKS 10/5/2010 8:33AM

    If I were a teacher, I have NO idea how I would manage! Your schedules are punishing. My main strategy wouldn't work for you - it's going to be indoors DVDs, probably in the late morning, especially when weather is nasty. But I found that last night after my meeting I had energy left for strength training which I did while watching TV...or sort of watching TV...sometimes I can run indoors at night also, it doesn't keep me from sleeping... emoticon

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    Luckily I was able to join my university's rec center, and I swim there. But I also walk with my dog rain or shine, before it gets entirely dark.

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Just Lazy

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Sometimes I am just plain lazy.
I have a long list of to do's today, but none of it is getting done because I am a master of procrastination. Time is moving along, and I am distracting myself with one unnecessary thing after another. I did get a couple of things done. I did some weeding and trimming of overgrown shrubs in the front garden, but it started raining, so I stopped. I trimmed Milo the poodle's hair, and now I'm putting off his dog bath. I did a few loads of laundry, but its sitting in the basket instead of getting put away. Grocery shopping is on the list, but I'll be at the store much later than I'd planned. Oh well. I might as well just get it done. Maybe I need a pair of Nike's to remind me 'Just Do It!'

I think I've discovered something. Once I put it out there that I was lazing the day away instead of finishing my list, I got motivated. I didn't get everything done, but I prioritized and finished the important stuff and its not even dark outside yet! Thanks for all the supportive comments everyone. emoticon

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    don't worry too much about it, sometimes some days just aren't as productive as others.

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CARRAND 10/3/2010 7:57PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes you just need to rest.

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RUNGIRLRUNNC 10/3/2010 7:15PM

    Don't think of it as laziness. Think of it as re-energizing for a fresh start tomorrow!


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SARAWALKS 10/3/2010 6:58PM

    I think that just leaving it lie is necessary, once in a while, for sanity! emoticon

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