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Week 2...Blog 3...

Monday, March 04, 2013's challenge blog is about..what am I doing to encourage myself and keep on track...

I think the main thing I do to encourage myself is find encouraging things to read...I collect quotes and make little books of them and put them in blogs and put them in art journals, etc etc etc...

2 encouraging quotes I found for today are..

"Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow"

"Miralces start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears"

..both spoke to me :)

Speaking of reading I read a few things on Spark article called Over 100 Super Foods for a Super You..had a large list of good for you foods for inspiration..what I did was go through the list and counted how many foods I have in my house right now or have eaten over the last month..I counted 73... yeah me!!

I checked out the message boards and read lots and lots of Ways to cut 100 calories..great stuff!!

I track my nutrition..on paper and then on the tracker if I have time..always trying to stay within my calorie range and then do the analysis to see if I'm meeting my nutritional goals...and what I need to adjust...

Today I had a healthy breakfast of an egg and a slice of my homemade breadmachine crusty bran bread...lunch was a cheddar cheese sandwich on same bread (we were a little short on time as the storm rages on and the cattle need more attention than me) supper was a couple oz of left over roast beef, a huge salad with yellow peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms..some vinegar for dressing..dessert was a bowl of strawberries and treat for the day..a small scoop of vanilla ice cream...when I put the food in my tracker I will see if I have reamining calories or just have a pot of green tea for the evening snack.

Tomorrow it I have time I hope to make the big pot of soup for the weeks lunches. I checked on the 5% challenge thread of recipes and plan to adapt the Sayur Iodeh (veggie stew) I'll substitute some of the ingredients and add more water so it's more of a soup than stew...I'll keep you updated on how it turns out...I'll have to leave out the turnip and coconut milk and some of the spices as I don't have them on hand...

As for my fitness minutes for today..I did several hours of cattle chores through the raging blizzard today..

It got really nasty here overnight and all the snow we had moved has all come back double or more!! We had 8 calves yesterday....including 2 sets of twins..the little black cuties are just fine but unfortunatly the tan pair died in the blizzard :( Another cow was calving close to midnight and we put her in the barn and wanted to give her some time so we went to the house and played 2 games of hubby's favorite game...I don't like math so I play it for him....the cow calved fine by herself and we could fianlly get to bed....hubby got up several times through the night to check the herd....

The blizzard has continued all day and we were having a hard time getting around in the snow!! The herd was completely covered over by snow and after being out in it so were eyelashes even iced shut :(

Hubby got the tractor stuck several times and even drove off the road once :( We put new straw in sheds and barns and I took twine off bales and moved cattle around...another day I'm really beat..and this is just the first couple weeks of calving!! It will go on until the end of April.....hope the weather gets better soon, though the storm may last for a couple more days.....I can't wait until spring!!

Well..I still need to put my food into my tracker, and make some tea and watch it's 8:30 and I'm ready for bed...hope it won't be another after midnight night....

Take care Spark friends..thanks for dropping by and keep on Sparkin'

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    Ok, all this good food reading is making me hungry. However, since it's almost 12:30 pm. I better not eat anything. So sorry you are having cold, Cold weather. emoticon

    1781 days ago
    Farmers are my Heroes and Sheroes!

    I love the quotes! making little books sounds cool. how do you do that? I am not crafty, but my Mom is and I am always looking for interesting things for her to do.
    1842 days ago
    Just reading your blog makes me tired! You and your husband have such different schedules from those of us who work a "regular" job... or are retired... do farmers ever retire???

    Your inspirational messages and artaicles that you cut out are a great way to keep on track. We each need to find our own way to work through our bad habits to create a stronger, healthier lifestyle for ourselves, and SP has all kinds of practical articles, quizzes and blogs to inspire us.
    1842 days ago
    you are so busy and healthy i love your quotes and the way you think i hope you get more sleep cause you need it emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1842 days ago
    OMG, Donna, that blizzard I think is heading my way. house's way. I'm away on business. Thank goodness!

    I love your're doing an awesome job!
    1843 days ago
    Wow, long day. Get some sleep and I pray tomorrow is a good day!
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    OMG, Donnna, I am exhausted reading your blog. Where in the worls fo you find the time to get all that done. Yet, you are so inspiring. Sorry you lost the two calves. It must be an incredible to see the birthings and for sure we as humans don't alway have control of the outcomes.

    I like your quotes and the food list is a great thought.

    Hope the blizzard moves through quickly and yes, hoping spring comes fast.

    Have a rested night.

    1843 days ago
    Thanks for letting us share your day you are so busy, sorry about the calves and your eyes ouch!!
    We are very hot here and a blizzard is never likely in our part of WA. But my thoughts are with you and family including the animals for safety and joy.

    Have a great day

    Country Living Team

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