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Earth Day:My Eco-Friendly lifestyle

Friday, April 22, 2011

My lights are energy efficient as well as large appliances. I also open the curtains to use natural light during the days and make sure I turn lights off when not in use. I also watch a minimal amount of television. I recycle anything that can be put in the recycle bin (thank goodness for curbside pick up), I compost scrap food etc. and I reuse anything I think I can make use of. I use cloth shopping bags and any plastic ones I take to Hy-vee to be recycled. I walk or bike for shorter trips or try to stop at the store on the way home from work to avoid additional trips to the store. I am working on an extensive garden at my home to eat healthier and help with the reduction of large crop demand, I have also planted tons of trees this year that will not only provide me with fruit but shade and they are good for the environment.

Things I pledge to do better: more walking or biking for transportation good for the waistline and the environment. Eat less meat and more of my veggies (ie all organic)! Continue my recycling etc but try to purchase more used things or items with reduced packaging. Teach others about the practices I currently employ to be green!

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MARAHAB 5/5/2011 12:27PM

    Really a great way to go! Do most of the same things!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/22/2011 7:18AM

    wow that is great we need more people like that on this planet.in germany we are really big on recycling etc here.more so than they are england.you can even get extra money to get solar panels etc over here.keep up the good work. emoticon

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Awesome soup and TREES!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Made a great healthy soup for a potluck tonight. Here it is in a crockpot put about 8cups water (for bigger crockpots more if you want) barley, chopped carrots(2 full), chopped celery(2stalks), onion (half a med) (white), garlic (for this I used 3 clovesif it was just for me and Mike there would be more!), half of a box frozen spinach, presoaked chickpeas about a cup,2tbsp olive oil, half a 6oz can of tomato paste, either dry of fresh basil, black pepper, celery salt, chili powder, cumin, and sea salt. In separate pan pre cook a couple chicken breast about a lb worth depending how much chicken you desire, then add to the veggie mixture. Cook on low for about 8 hours and voila!! It smells fantastic and tastes great. For seasonings do to taste I don't really measure anything when I cook I live on the edge and improvise most meals.

The other awesome thing for the day was we finished planting trees, bushes and more trees, all fruit bearing mmm yum can't wait till they grow, and I have a pretty good size garden going, basically I have turned my yard into a farm!

Pay no attention to the mess going on still a work in progress but there are blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apricots, apples, pears, persimmon, quince, currants, elderberries, strawberries, cherries, veggies galore and more to be planted tomorrow, herbs of all sorts, grapes, yeah needless to say I won't need to stop at the produce section very often. Still to come 3 types of mushrooms...drool. Who knew healthy eating could be so fun!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/22/2011 7:13AM

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CHRISS1225 4/21/2011 7:44PM

    I will definitely try your soup, it sounds right up my alley! I'm trying some gardening myself this year, veggies are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to eat. Keep up the momentum!

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A little honesty here

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I gained weight over the winter, not just a little, but about 17 lbs give or take, the good news is 7 of those lbs are gone again and that's with only 2 weeks of working at it, so now its time to get rid of 10 more, if possible before the mini. Its frustrating but I had thought I was done fluctuating between 20lbs of losing and gaining and then I got lazy over the winter, not enough to totally lose my fitness but enough that things don't fit quite right and the scale is less than kind. The up side is I'm working my butt off (literally) to get the weight back down and the clothes looser and of course kick my fitness in the rear. I know all the things to do and I am doing them and I am going to lose the weight gained and keep going down down down!!!

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JOYINRUNNING08 4/21/2011 2:34PM

    YES! That is so awesome, keep it up!

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STIPER23 4/21/2011 1:06PM

    Good job on losing 7 again. I imagine it is frustrating, I gained a few over the winter...and I was TRYING to lose. Ugh. emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/21/2011 12:55PM

    Woohoo! Keep up the good work! Working your "butt" off has its rewards, eh?!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/21/2011 5:59AM

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KKINNEA 4/20/2011 11:09PM

    Yay!! Great attitude - you can do it!!

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MARAHAB 4/20/2011 10:45PM

    Gaining weight in winter is SO easy to do! Good job on losing 7! You are on the right track, and run your mini! Then soon after you can set goals for the rest of the year so that next winter you won't gain weight back!

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This date in 2010

Monday, April 18, 2011

***reposted blog from April 18, 2010****
Did 8 miles today at a 13 minute mile pace yeah I know that I am a slow runner but you know what I am out there doing it and doing distances. I got told I was slow by someone at work who saw me while they were driving that I was running fast, hello 8 miles is not a sprint race duh and I didn't see your lazy but walking let alone running. I didn't let it bother me I was just like "yeah I'm getting a turtle tattoo to signify my slow running" Felt good today seem to be bouncing back from the low iron issue, remembered water today and took some powergel (yucky but have to start learning what works). I don't know about the powergel but the water helped me out it was a much better experience than the 7 miler without water. I am proud of myself and when I had the "I can't" moments during the run I would breathe in deep through my nose and out my mouth and repeat my legs are strong, my abs are strong, my lungs are strong, and my heart is good so just keep going!

The reason I reposted this is that I was looking for motivation so I figured I would look back and see what I wrote about a year ago. Think this is exactly what I was looking for. My confidence in my running has been lacking because of injury, but look how far I have come and look at the things I have been able to deal with. Considering today I am planning to do an 8 miler, this should be a reminder to me how to get through it keep moving and not worry if I look slow or tired or what ever!

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/18/2011 6:12PM

    LET'S GO!!!

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KAYEGURL08 4/18/2011 6:08PM

    Rock on!

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MOMMYROCKS2 4/18/2011 10:33AM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/18/2011 8:21AM

    sounds great to me love and i know you will do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Make me keep my word...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday I went canoeing with Mike again, but first we had to pick up and unload a truckload of compost...work before play. Then it was another 10 mile paddle down the river capped off with some bbq and fishing. Earlier when we were on our way to get the compost I had told Mike that I need to run and that he needed to not let me slack off...he kept his end of the deal. Even though it was 9pm by the time we got home and I started in whining how tired I was he told me that a run, even a short one would make me feel good. Thank goodness for him and not being one of those guys that worries that I will get offended if he says get out there and do it. The run did feel good and I am so glad he made me keep my word.

The next day we got some serious yardwork done, I finished digging out the driveway, moved some mulch from its current position and reused it around my big tree, and we created a raised herb bed back by my driveway. We actually capped the day off by treating ourselves to a night out for dinner, some yummy Greek food. With all the calories I burned doing the yardwork it was deserved!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/15/2011 10:15PM

    Love the way you guys work & play together! emoticon

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J2740LOU 4/15/2011 9:30PM

    What a great day! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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MARAHAB 4/15/2011 9:18PM

    Wow! After all that you both deserved that dinner! Way to help each other.

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