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My Orchid is Blooming! and the Scale is Looking Better!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scale was at 128.2 this morn, a whole lot better than the 129.6 yesterday or the 130.0 the day before, after the night of the slip. I do think that if I could give up those occasional slips I would weigh just what I want to weigh. However, focusing on what I need NOT to do has never worked for me; focusing on the positive things I do has real power. So I'm focusing on staying within my calorie range. That's a pretty positive way to do it. So far I've made it to a 14 day streak and this time, once again, I'm out to break that personal record.

Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to go a day without soda. There was a time that would have been really tough. But I realized yesterday I have had only 1 glass of soda in the last 34 days. After my 14 days with no intense sweets, I have had a few sweet items, mostly raisins, but I have not had a dessert other than fruit. I have averaged less than one packet of Splenda or Sweet n Low or equivalent per day. I intend to continue to keep my sugar and artificial sweetener intake very low.

Yesterday when Gwen and I went outside -- Surprise! -- my orchid that is suppose to bloom the last week in March (it did that for over a decade), bloomed this week because we've had such a warm winter. Here's pictures I took yesterday for proof:

Lantana, a native Florida plant, the butterflies love:

Gwen appreciates the lantana:

Azaleas haven't quit blooming for months and months:

Ooops! The azalea pictures are too big for the site, but we have pink, dark pink, and purple azaleas blooming now.

Gerber daisy:

Will we have oranges in a few months? Orange tree in blossom:

The faithful bougainvilla still has some blooms:

Oooops. That picture won't load. And I tried several other flower pictures, too. Oh, well, that's enough flowers for today. You can see we've had a really warm winter and are still enjoying the flowers in the yard.

Have a great healthy day, everyone!!

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    Looks like you're having fun with the camera you got for Christmas! I love to take pictures of flowers too. Some day I'd like to get a microscope camera to take some of those cool pictures of the world at a cellular level. Of course the camera is most likely 100K so maybe in my next life! LOL

    Congratulations on your "2" coming back where it belongs! I knew you could do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1861 days ago
  • CINDYW1102
    We HAVE had a crazy Florida winter...very warm for the second year in a row. This weekend it will be getting cold again, and I will have to move my orchid & jade plant inside. I've only had to do that once this roses bloomed again last week because they are so confused! None of my trees have lost all their leaves!
    We are blessed not to have to deal with the snow that much of the remainder of the country gets, but I do like some cool days every now and then! emoticon
    1862 days ago
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    How beautiful...I can hardly wait for spring here!!!!!
    1862 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! Well done with the scale, and especially laying off the artificial sweeteners -that is huge for you! With good behavior like that, the scale will be showing numbers you like!!
    Incredible flower photos!! The one with Gwen is so sweet!! Can't wrap my brain around flowers blooming in med February -sure am living in the wrong place lol!!
    Sorry your others didn't load -so very familiar with that frustration! Thanks for putting in the effort to load the ones you did. I certainly will never get tired of enjoying photos -do share more when you can!
    Keep up the great work!! You are doing it!!

    1862 days ago
    Florida... flowers... yep! Love the pictures... and I knew that scale would be back where it belonged... emoticon

    emoticon for keeping your focus and determination.
    1863 days ago
    Congrats on the streak! Love your flowers. Like little Gwen, I have noticed them with huge pleasure since I was very small.
    1863 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Beautiful flowers-thanks for sharing the pics and your little one is a doll!!

    1863 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Pretty flowers! Great photo of Gwen! Stay focused, Marsha!
    1863 days ago
    Very nice scale number! I don't like the bouncing around my scale does on its way down. Oh well, at least it DOES go down...
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    Beautiful flowers Marsha! We are lucky here as well in Mexico and have flowers all the time. I sure would miss that if we did move. your orchid plant is simply beautiful!

    I love that you focus on the positive things that work for you. I too am into that.

    Have a terrific day.
    1863 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    1863 days ago
    Wonderful flowers! Thanks for sharing. You plan for success and it shows! WTG!
    1863 days ago
    Beautiful pictures.
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  • GABY1948
    What gorgeous flowers you have! Too bad the others would not load.

    I don't drink soda either haven't had any in 3 years now.

    Your scale progress is wonderful...I am finally feeliing like I am back on track too! A BIG emoticon for both of us!
    1863 days ago
    Love the garden. Nice to be surrounded with such beauty.
    1863 days ago
    Nice to see a downward trend on the scale as a reward for doing the right things. I don't drink soda either. I think I can count my yearly consumption on one hand.
    Beautiful pictures. We'll have to wait a month or so to see nature's pretty colors.
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  • ELP1210
    Thank you for sharing the flower photos! I love Spring!
    1863 days ago
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