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Rock It Blog ONE

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I have to blog this week for my challenge.

I went to a wedding over the weekend. My little cousin, 21, is now married. I remember when she was born and babysitting for her when she was a little thing. Hard to believe that she is grown up. My own children are growing up so fast, I can't hardly belive it. It just seems like yesterday that they were babies, well no more. It won't be too much longer and I will have a teenager on my hands!

So far this week, I am getting my exercise in and behaving when it comes to snacking and the food I eat. I was really good at the wedding. I ate lots of veggies and fruit. The wedding cupcakes I brought back to my seat were taken by my kids, so I got a taste and they ate the rest. That was fine with me, I didn't need to eat it anyway. It is hard to resist a pretty red velvet cupcake with pretty white icing and candy pearls, but even harder to ignore a 3 year old begging her mother for a cupcake! The girls just really wanted the candy pearls off of them and after they mutilated the icing, not as pretty and tempting anymore.

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ZACEVETOB 9/25/2012 8:15PM

    Nice progress on the week Keep the good work up

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JINLYNN 9/25/2012 8:03PM

    Glad you had a great time at the family wedding! And emoticon for staying on track!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ok, had a brush with a snake the other day... If you haven't read that one - see my previous blog. Well, yesterday my adventures with wildlife continue.....

I am walking my dog, Dutch. We are at the house and he is now on his own. I see him checking out the bushes, slowly, stalking them. I knew something was in there and I was afraid it might be a snake. Then wham! Dutch snatches something out of the bush and runs off!!! I tell him to drop it and he does. It was a little bird! A youthful goldfinch I think. The poor thing was stunned. He went to grab it again and I gave him a stern no, so he ran off to do something else. The girls run over to see what is going on. The little bird sits up and looks at us like what is going on and where am I???? He hops around a little and chirps at us. I get behind him and scoop him up and he immediately perches himself on my finger. I walk him to the bush and he hops in and gives me two chirps. I think the little guy is ok and I will keep the dog out of the bushes. I hope I didn't do the wrong thing by picking him up, but I was afraid to leave him stunned in the yard.

Ok, I know Springer Spaniels are supposed to flush out birds, but I didn't think they would snatch them and run off with them!

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ROSALIEESTHER 8/31/2012 4:09AM

    Oh that's a sweet picture of him perching on your finger.

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JINLYNN 8/31/2012 1:40AM

    Good thing you were there to rescue the poor little bird. I guess your dog Dutch was just following his instincts.
Sounds like the finch was very grateful to have you watching over him.

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ZACEVETOB 8/29/2012 9:51PM

    Two chirps, i think he said Thank you :) You did a good thing, for a harmless bird , now im curious would you do the same if your dog had got what you thought a snake.

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LAC936 8/29/2012 3:15PM

    I think you did the right thing putting it in the bushes to give it protection from other predators.

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SHRINK_U 8/29/2012 1:20PM

    Awww... So sweet the birdie perched up on your finger :)

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it was a snake

Monday, August 27, 2012

I had a brush with wild kingdom yesterday.....

My children and myself are having dinner with at my parents' house with my mom's sister and brother-in-law and of course, my brother. We are having a good time, eating good food and telling funny stories when my youngest asks me for more to drink. I notice she needs ice, so I turn to go into the kitchen from the dining room and there is a SNAKE in front of the fridge!!!! I back away slowly into the dining room and in a high pitched panicked tone announce "THERE IS A SNAKE IN THE KITCHEN!!!!!!!!" My father calmly asks what kind, black, rat snake I tell him. My mother is about to climb the table and my girls look at me like what is going on. I get the the girls in the living room while my dad and brother combat the snake. They pull the fridge out from the wall and Dad grabs it behind the head. It wraps itself around his arm. He brings it in for all to see, like we really wanted to, and takes him outside to let go. It was about 4 feet long, not huge, but big enough.

I live in the country, so I see a snake from time to time, but I am not crazy about them. My deal with wildlife is you stay out of my face and I will stay out of yours. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE animals, but I have no love for snakes, I know they are very useful in keeping varmits down, but they belong outside. Dad is the only one in the ENTIRE family that has the guts to just grab the snake and let it go. The rest of us I am sad to admit would probably have pounded the thing to death and then threw it in the woods somewhere. I am NOT grabbing a live snake, NO WAY!

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DNILEFEELZGO0D 8/28/2012 12:12PM

    A snake in the house?! Wow, what a tricky little bugger, you should have named him upon release!

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ROSALIEESTHER 8/28/2012 6:17AM

    I think you were incredibly brave. I would have been shrieking!

Gotta say I'm glad your Dad handled it like he did. No need to kill it, but I would not have been able to do what he did.

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JINLYNN 8/27/2012 6:23PM

    I'm with you too! The only reptiles I "like" are frogs and turtles.
We used to have a cat that would bring baby snakes into the house, but she is long gone now, so no more worries there. My two girls (cats) are indoor cats, so the only wild life they wrestle with are the occasional spider or beetle.

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ZACEVETOB 8/27/2012 5:30PM

    Wow i take it you have a snake phobia? For me personally i don't mind them and probably would of done what your dad did too. Actually i wouldn't mind having one as pet lol but its hard to convince others in house for such pet lol, I don't like mice so it would be handy when we have another mice plague like we did a few years ago. Good thing that hasn't come to be recently :) Was it a pretty snake? :P

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SHRINK_U 8/27/2012 5:10PM

    We have a snake find it's way into our house every 2 years or so. I also live in the country. I am glad your father was there to take care of it for you .. I hate dealing with those things!

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MJ7DM33 8/27/2012 3:09PM

  Wow!!! Glad your dad was there!!!

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1GROVES2 8/27/2012 3:04PM

    When I was young and lived in the country, we had a snake in the house twice....once behind our TV in the living room and once in my oldest sisters room....she was a new room built on to the side of the house and dad decided it must have gotten when the guys were working on it. I could not believe she continued to sleep in that room! She is 4.5 years older than me and I thought she must be very, very brave! LOL
Oh we also had a possum sneak in our kitchen and my dad shot it on the basement steps. That was some excitement! LOL LOL what an adventurous childhood!
Thanks for sharing your story, it made me think of these things from over 40 years ago.

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MEL_UNRAU 8/27/2012 2:51PM

    I'm so with you!

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Why can't I stick with it?

Friday, August 17, 2012

UGH! One of my goals is bite it and write it. I always start off pretty good and then fall off the wagon. I even got a little notebook that I can stick in my pocketbook or even in a pocket to keep up with it. Do I remember......NO!

Anyone got some tips to help me stick with bite it and write it?

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TNLADY1960 8/27/2012 2:42PM

    I just recently started an actual food journal but I find it is the ONLY way that I stick to my plan. I carry it back and forth from the kitchen to whatever room I am going to sit down in. Mine is too big to carry in my purse so if I am dining out I just write it down on any piece of paper I can find then put it in my journal when I get home then I log it on my Spark food tracker. Before I get out of the car I try to make a conscious decision that I am going to eat healthy and that I am going to log every bite I take and as soon as I get seated I pull out my paper that I am going to write my meal on. I have also used the notepad on my phone to keep track.

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KAYKAYGETSFIT 8/19/2012 2:12PM

    I'm with you girl. I did the same thing. I got this nice pretty journal to record stuff in. I stuck with it about a week and then I left it in my office over the weekend and fell off the wagon. Maybe we can remind each other?! LOL

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JINLYNN 8/17/2012 7:50PM

    These are all great ideas that people have shared. I write mine down on paper after each meal and then track on line once a day.

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FIREFLY4407 8/17/2012 2:55PM

    I also like to use my smart phone, since it is always with me. I'll use the notes app just as a placeholder if I'm in a hurry. I'd been using the fat secret app on my phone before I joined spark. Now just found that Spark also has a tracking app, so I've been using that with good results. I like the idea of tracking ahead, but have not quite been able to get there myself... emoticon

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SHRINK_U 8/17/2012 2:41PM

    I set alarms on my phone to remind me to take my medicine and other things. Maybe you could set some alarms to remind you to track food throughout the day? Best wishes!

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ROSALIEESTHER 8/17/2012 11:53AM

    Boy - what great ideas!

I've kind of got that end of the day go back to sparkpeople and track it all then. It may not be 100% accurate, but it sure gets me thinking which is the main idea isn't it?

For me, it's important to no longer get too obsessive about food. It has always been super controlled for a week or two and then - poof - I can't take the control and I start eating everything in sight!!!!
I find that when I do this one time a day, it makes a difference the next day. And it's adding up to a lot less eating.

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FRESHDAISES 8/17/2012 11:52AM

    I agree with SWP0213... I try to do that and when I look back on my meals I delete what I didn't have. I will also use my smart phone too. Having the free app has been super helpful. Happy logging!!

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LAC936 8/17/2012 10:26AM

    Tracking online is my best tool. With raising a family and all that goes with that, it's hard to concentrate on yourself. BUT those beautiful girls should be your inspiration for you and for them not to fall into the same pattern. You are their role model which should help motivate you.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/17/2012 10:01AM

    I have found doing it two or three times a day is easier than writing each time you eat. I write after each main meal and include the snacks I ate at that time. So my first thought is that it is a bit unreasonable to write each time you bite..

But if you think you must write down each time you eat, here are a couple thoughts. You will just have to try to make it a routine.. a regular part of eating anything.

Do you have a smartphone you can keep notes on? Use a sticky notes app like ColorNotes (free). That might be helpful and you could use the microphone entry method if that's easier than typing.

Keep a notepad or dry erase board on the fridge to make a note when you get food from the fridge/kitchen. If you have a snack drawer or locked snack cupboard or box (we do which helps my son and myself), then keep a lot in it on the top.

If you are consistent with daily tracking and make sure you do it each day, it becomes a habit (maybe it already is for you and you are just trying to do it more often a day?) But honestly, I don't think I can do it after each mouthful. ;)

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SWP0213 8/17/2012 9:59AM

    Maybe try planning your meals and writing them down BEFORE you eat them. I know when I do that, it helps because the tracking is out of the way, AND I'm less likely to eat outside my plan.

Good luck!

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When you have an OMG moment....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I know all of us have these. The key is to do something about it.

Mine was the beginning of July. I knew I had gained some weight since the last summer, I can read a scale, but it didn't really hit me until I took the kids to the amusement park. There is a particular ride that if your child is under a certain height, the parent must ride too. Well, I have ridden on this thing first with my younger cousins, then my oldest child, and with my second and I fit in it ok last year. Well, this year was a little different. I got on with my 3 year old and at first couldn't get the belt to snap around me. I went into panic mode. My first thought was how embarrassing is it going to be for my daughter and how am I going to tell her that her mother is too fat to ride this ride and we would have to get off, not to mention the embarrasement I would feel for myself. I sucked in for all I was worth and got that belt to snap in, barely but I did it. As we rode, I got to thinking, what in the world and why have I let things go to this point. Then, I thought well, what am I going to do about it?

I didn't beat myself into a depression. I find pointing the finger at me and telling myself all these negative things will only make things worse. I decided that taking action is the best thing to do. First I vowed that I would check in with Spark every day, log in my fitness, set a fitness minute goal, and check in with my teams. Then I took a long look at my exercise pattern. I am one of these people that don't like to get up any earlier than I have to, so I knew I could never stick with early morning exercise. Well, I like to exercise in privacy, but my living room is taken up with family all evening. So, I went to my basement, got the old TV, an old table, and bought a cheap DVD player and set up an area just for me, my exercise area. I am not bothering a soul and I can sweat up a storm all I want. I also decided that it is ok for the kids to stay in the kid-care section of the Y for 40 minutes every Saturday, while I use the treadmill. It is also ok to change my Southern cooking ways that suit my husband, to cut the butter and fat, so the whole family benefits.

So far, it is working out for me. I have lost 5 pounds this month and I like having my own area. The family knows when I head down there that I am going to exercise and they are welcome to join me.

I encourage all of you that have an OMG moment like I did to get active about it. Think of postive changes that will suit your style, your schedule, your life. Don't get in a depressive mode. We can't change what we have done in the past, but we can surely do something about the present and future.

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CHEETARA79 7/26/2012 4:34PM

    What an excellent, positive blog. I like your attitude and I can tell you are making real progress!

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