CHEERFUL-ALT-3's SparkPeople Blog CHEERFUL-ALT-3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community WIP Watercolor Roses thought I would share what I am working on right now. It's a watercolor of roses in a crystal vase. If I don't screw it up and the cat doesn't walk on it, it will be auctioned for our local senior center's fundraiser. It probably a little less than half way done. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:54:28 EST Celtic solstice Quilt Finished I forgot I shared the beginning of this quilt! here is the finish :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:16:07 EST Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt This is my color scheme: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you don't know what I am talking about it is this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>stice-mystery.html </link> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:31:36 EST QOV finished <img src=""> <BR> <BR> not bad, just don't look to close at the points! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:32:25 EST Charm quilt progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> now I am thinking about leaving the black and white off...doesn't seem to flow with the other colors. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:56:01 EST QOV fabric Here's the fabric I got for the Quilt of Valor quilt: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still deciding on a pattern. Will have to be something fairly simply to get it done in time! Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:44:15 EST Charm Quilt in Progress! It's not even 1/4 of the way done and will be king size when finished. I really want a quilt we can use on our bed. It's nine patches of similar colors. What makes it a charm quilt is that every patch is a different fabric, no repeats. Okay one or two repeat if I really really loved the fabric! But it is my quilt, I make the rules :) Each square is 3 x 3. It's also called a begging quilt because you beg fabric from friends, family and strangers. There will 1764 small squares making u... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 10:47:47 EST View of Onederland and the Atlanta Aquarium Got to 200 today!! woot! I can see onederland from here! <BR> <BR> Thought I would share a few of my favorite photos from our trip to the Atlanta Aquarium: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:48:38 EST whoosh? got up this morning expecting the scale to stay the same, but I was down another pound! I hope I am finally having a whoosh! I have been doing low-carb/atkins for 5 weeks, and it's been sloooow going. (Not that that is anything new for me!) So excited this is working! Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:23:08 EST handy tool for low carbers :keto calculator <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> just for the record here's mine: <BR> 1578 kcal Daily Calorie Intake <BR> 25 g Carbohydrates (6%) <BR> 100 g Protein (25%) <BR> 120 g Fat (69%) <BR> <BR> other info: <BR> 1530 kcal Base Metabolic Rate <BR> Lightly active <BR> 2104 kcal total daily energy expenditure <BR> 42% bf (estimate) Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:21:40 EST Day 12 Atkins and an article <img src=""> <BR> thought we all deserved a little hugh jackman eye candy. <BR> <BR> Last night wet to see Wolverine last night, and had to go to the bathroom before, during and after <em>91</em> I have to say, going out to dinner is so much easier low carb then low fat. I had a lovely salad, fresh sauteed green bean, and prime rib. YUM. For my treat at the theater, I had a small diet dr pepper and didn't finish it. It seemed so... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:28:29 EST Day 11 Atkins <link><BR>t-frying-cheese-159/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> photo from yourlighterside <BR> <BR> oh my goodness gracious..this was good. And not as bad calorie wise as it looks. Queso Fresco is only 80 cal for a big ol ounce. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:48:31 EST so funny:Jeanne Robertson "Don't go rafting without a Baptist in the boat! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm from NC and have many relatives and friends who are Baptist...and this is so funny. <BR> (very clean humor, safe for work or any age) Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:22:21 EST Day 9 Atkins <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Join me? <BR> <BR> <BR> Made chicken wings for dinner last night. yum! i'll put the recipe in the induction <BR> recipe thread. <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2542193 </link> <BR> man they were good. <BR> <BR> We tried the cauliflower pizza crust Saturday. For all the raves, I thought it would be wonderful, but it was just okay. Maybe I had a particularly bitter head? is it ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:54:24 EST Article long but interesting. The history of how lobbies and gov have given us misinformation about our diet and cholesterol. If you want to skip the recipe book, start around min 20 (I thought it was interesting, but if you only have so much time, start there) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> text version <BR> <link><BR>the-oiling-of-america#rise </link> <BR> <BR> large food companies controlling what is published i... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:10:25 EST Day 7 atkins and a rainy garden Getting a little more energy each day. Head is much clearer today. <BR> <BR> Making this for dinner: <link><BR>iflower-crust-pizza.html </link> <BR> <BR> Haven't told DH what's in it, just that it's an experiment :) <BR> <BR> Got up to go walking this morning and it has been pouring rain all day..again. My poor garden is water logged. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The Summer Rain <BR> <B... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:49:20 EST Day 5 Atkins Induction Yesterday stats: <BR> 70.2% fat <BR> 8.1% carbs <BR> 21.7 protein <BR> <BR> Does that sound about right? Calories a little on the high end. I was working on a website and found myself eating from frustration not hunger. When am I going to learn that I really need to go pull weeds or go for a walk or something not eat. <BR> <BR> Feeling much much better. Scale is down 1 lb <BR> <BR> I have been trying out new recipes from the boards and links from here. Found little cheesecake muffins t... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:26:34 EST Day 4 - Atkin's Induction Feeling much better today. Still a little sluggish and foggy brained, but no headache and I actually got a little work done. I went to bed last night at 10 and didn't get up until 7:30. Must have needed that. <BR> <BR> I have learned a few things today. <BR> 1. I *love* the smell virgin coconut oil. I wonder if I could just stick a wick in it and make it a candle :) yum! <BR> <BR> 2. I wasn't drinking as much water as I thought I was drinking. I took a gallon container and filled it... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:53:04 EST Day 3 - Atkins induction Not hungry and think I am dealing with a little low-carb flu. Headache, foggy brained, tired..barely finished a 2 mile walk and I am use to easily doing 4 miles. <BR> <BR> Making some homemade chicken broth right now. Someone else said to add some coconut oil? so will try that. Would love any other suggestions. <BR> <BR> Update: <BR> Made chicken broth from left over rotisserie chicken, garlic, onions, salt, hot shot, and a twig of rosemary and thyme from the garden. Strained it, and add... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:30:59 EST atkin's bars are the best laxative I have ever taken. <BR> <BR> And that is all I am saying about that. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:21:05 EST Day 1/2 Atkins Induction (and new nickname!) Wanted a new nick for my new program, so happyrambler is now cheerful-alt-3 (alt 3 is &#9829; ) <BR> <BR> Yes..Atkins, the new improved version, but still Atkins. The program that has been demonized by conventional "powers that be." But you know what, the conventional advice has not helped me. What's one definition of crazy? doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. <BR> <BR> Let me preface this by saying, I have tried many many diets. I have worked with do... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:45:42 EST Article: Obesity Gene ID'd <link><BR>s-obesity-gene-idUSBRE96E0KB20130715 </link> <BR> <BR> I love how it says: "Previous research has also shown that ghrelin can be reduced by eating a high-protein diet" <BR> <BR> and then goes on to talk about drugs... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:04:23 EST The Skinny on Obesity Part one <link><BR>ity-Ep-1-An-Epidemic-for-Every-Body-23305 </link> <BR> <BR> part one of 7 <BR> How did we get so fat, so fast? The debut episode of this 7-part series debunks the theory that obesity only affects the "gluttons and sloths" among us and is, in fact, a public health problem that impacts everyone <BR> <BR> the episodes in order: <BR> 1<BR>sity-Ep-1-An-Epidemic-for-Every-Body-2<BR>3305 <BR> <BR> 2 http:... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:11:17 EST TedMed Talk: Is the <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Peter Attia at TEDMED 2013 <BR> What if obesity has nothing to do with eating too much? Peter Attia, MD, President and co-Founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative, says we don't know enough about the science of weight gain, and that clinicians -- and society -- should stop blaming the victims." <BR> <BR> Wow, making me re-think and try the low carb approach. I LOVE that he is no book, no bars, no talk show to prom... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:41:27 EST Inspiration <link><BR>-loss-fitness-studio/index.html?sr=fb0<BR>50313weightloss7p#cnn-disqus-area </link> <BR> STORY HIGHLIGHTS <BR> Deidre Robinson went from a size 24 to a size 2 and opened a fitness studio <BR> Robinson's family didn't understand why she was overweight growing up <BR> Her daughter encouraged her to get fit so they could participate in activities together Fri, 3 May 2013 21:59:07 EST 8 reasons you aren't losing weight (spark article) <link><BR>st=8_reasons_why_youre_not_losing_weight </link> <BR> <BR> I thought this was a great article and a good reminder of some of the things I let slip sometimes. I have to weigh and measure everything..track track track! I am good on the exercise side of thing, but I have to be so careful about what I eat. It can be so annoying to see my husband or friends have a beer and munch away at a basket of salsa and chips...not a care in the world. I... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:07:03 EST a stranger knocks at your door... and asks to use the bathroom. Would you let them in? <BR> <BR> This actually happened to me yesterday. It was about 10 am, and I was home by myself waiting for a delivery <BR> ( an outside table to set up for ping pong :) ) They were supposed to come between 9 and 11. Beautiful day, windows open, and I had the front door open( storm door was closed) to let the sun in. <BR> <BR> I heard a knock on the door and thought it was the delivery people. I see a man, maybe late 50's, in a bu... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:42:53 EST I hear by declare it HAPPY FRIDAY Goodie Day! I won a bunch of goodie points, and need to share the pixelated it is now Happy Friday goodie day! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:38:34 EST Basic Spicey Humus Shared my basic humus recipe: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2448232 </link> <BR> <BR> anyone have any good humus variations to share? Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:37:04 EST Really Bad Fat Dreams *warning..this is kind icky, scroll down to the kitty picture if you can handle icky right now* <BR> <BR> Okay, this has to be one of the strangest blogs I have written. I want to get this down some where so I can come back and read it again. I had a dream the other night that I was fat. I mean really, really, really, need a forklift to get me out of bed fat. Like they might do a special on me on Discovery. And everyone was yelling at me and asking me how I could let this happen. The... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:57:23 EST New User Name! I decided it was time for a change! I wanted to reflect my love of walking and just moving about. HappyRambler... I think I like it! :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:40:51 EST Update on the Stairway project! finally done! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> for details and a bunch more photos: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:45:31 EST Big Project! The Stairs! The carpet on my stairs is old nasty beige buider's grade carpet. It is 13 years old, and has been through 2 sick black labs, 5 cats, and a husband prone to spilling anything that stains. So, I am yanking it up. <BR> <BR> Sounds like a big project, but don't worry..I have help! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the great things about a big project like this is that I burn a lot of calories without thinking about it, and I forg... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:02:44 EST Just catching up... Hey..I've been off and on lately, mostly off. I had a kidney stone about two weeks ago, and between the pain and the meds, it through me off the wagon. But I am back! Did boot camp and went for a walk this morning, off to a good start tracking for the day. <BR> <BR> I also got my fit bit hooked up to the site called You earn points for working out through fitbit (and foursquare for bootcamp/gym workouts) It doesn't cost anything, and it's great motivation. You can get gif... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:23:11 EST new friends in the garden <BR> A pair of Carolina Wrens has nested in one of my flower pots on the porch. I can see the nest from inside the house, so I can watch and take photos with out disturbing them. It's been so much fun to see them build the nest, hatch and feed their youngin's These are carolina wrens..they have youngin's , y'all. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:51:10 EST New Motivating Hero! Wowzers...10 miles a day. How do her joints handle that?? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> "The world's oldest female bodybuilder wakes up every day at 02:30 to fit in a 10 mile (16km) run before hitting the gym. <BR> <BR> But 75-year-old Ernestine Shepherd insists that "age is nothing but a number". <BR> <BR> "Miss Ernie", as she is known in the world of competitive bodybuilding, began training at the tender age of 71. <BR> <BR> She says her true call... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:54:22 EST First Sunflower of the Season <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jun 2012 16:48:56 EST Sparksummary Calendar - way cool! <link><BR>track-calendar.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This was today hidden feature on the start page. I love that you can see everything at once here! This will be great to see where I have forgotten to log exercise or see a trend of higher calories. <BR> <BR> You can find the link on the start page at the bottom of the my Goals and Progess box on the left hand side. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to point it out. I have been using spark for years and never noti... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:48:23 EST It this a good idea or not? (making bags for shelter) I few weeks ago I volunteered for a day a the battered women's shelter. One of the things they mentioned in orientation was that often the women come in with nothing but the clothes on their back. They are given toiletries and such there, and only stay at the shelter a short time. I had the idea that it would be nice to make them tote bags to carry their stuff in. They use plastic trash bags at the moment. I have a large stash of quilting fabric, so I have everything I need to make a bu... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:50:54 EST warm fuzzy from my sweetie! This weekend my husband and I had another couple over to play frisbee golf and have dinner. We played for about 2.5 hours. It's like hiking while playing throwing a frisbee at a pole. I did okay, my main concern was not hitting the pole, but keeping the frisbee out of the poison ivy :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, we had a light healthy dinner of chicken wraps with grilled onions, feta, bacon, and lettuce from the garden, baked chips, and fruit smoothies. For dessert chocolate zucchini muffins... Wed, 30 May 2012 18:43:03 EST The beauty around us... <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> The Hidden Beauty Of Pollination HD (from TED talks) <BR> <BR> Just a reminder to appreciate the awesome beauty around us all. <BR> <BR> The bat at 5:55 with the babies...just incredible. Fri, 25 May 2012 20:41:10 EST Not that I am competitive or anything... Okay, so I am gonna brag a little, maybe a lot. But...I kicked butt at boot camp today! woot! I was paired up with a young woman, about 25. Nothing wrong with that, but she sort looked at me and patted my arm and told me she was sure I would be fine. uh that right... I was fine....thank you very much. I did more reps and lifted heavier at every station. Including burpees! At the end, she was on the ground gasping for breath and I offering to go get her water bottle for her.... Wed, 23 May 2012 12:56:12 EST May Garden Tour (lots of babies!) My garden has exploded since the last garden tour blog : <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832387 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is from the back side. Too bad I didn't get it before the roses started to fade, they were gorgeous this year. Not bad, considering I completely neglect them and chop them down to the ground every year. So much for roses being hard to grow... <BR> ... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:25:52 EST Dinner Invitation - a rant on graciously accepting an invitation I just read another sparker's blog about when a friend invited them to their home for a dinner. The sparker agreed to come and then asked if she could bring a different vegetable, and a different meat, and salad, and several other things and dessert. In affect, replacing the entire meal that was being served. <BR> <BR> Yes, she was making good choices for her meal. On the other hand, someone had graciously offered to host her and her family, and feed them, and entertain them for the... Wed, 2 May 2012 16:28:34 EST Chickweed tea? anyone heard of it? anyone tried it? <link><BR>nefits-chickweed-tea/ </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this mention by Dr Oz and in an article about biggest loser . <BR> <BR> Chickweed. This is the same stuff I yank out of my garden by the bucket full...cursing it all the while. It grows EVERYWHERE. <BR> <BR> And now they are saying I had the miracle cure for weight loss in my own backyard all this time? Why do I feel like I should be clicking my ruby heels together? <BR> <BR> update: <BR> it'... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:19:55 EST Banana Chocolate chip muffins *yum* I had some over ripe bananas and made muffins with them. Turned out great! I use my favorite healthy muffin recipe <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=682588 </link> <BR> <BR> Y'all come on over and have some. I'll make lemonade and we can sit on the porch and watch the baby mocking birds play in the garden. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:04:37 EST Shopping! I was supposed to just be getting some new sneakers. But I thought I would check out some clothes while I was there. Just see if things were fitting differently. It did! I got the cutest summer shirt. It's white, with some lacey eyelet areas, a scallped edge to the bottom and sleeves. Very crisp and summery looking. But, the important thing is that it buttons up the front! and fits! and doesn't gap open! Now I am um, gifted? in the errr boob department, and for the longest time tryi... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:14:37 EST Pineaplle coconut smoothies...making these tonight! <link><BR>ple-coconut-smoothies/ </link> <BR> <BR> I used the recipe calculator and this is how it comes out: <BR> <BR> Calories: 157.7 <BR> Total Fat: 4.5 g <BR> Cholesterol: 0.0 mg <BR> Sodium: 43.0 mg <BR> Total Carbs: 25.8 g <BR> Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g <BR> Protein: 7.3 g Sat, 21 Apr 2012 17:49:32 EST Progress to Date (with very brave pictures!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> waist -2 <BR> hips -2.5 <BR> bust -2 <BR> chest -3.5 <BR> thigh -1 <BR> arm - 2 <BR> <BR> I was hoping I would be magically skinny at 190. No matter how strong and energetic I feel, 190 is still 190 on a 5' 3" frame. *sigh* I do see some progress, ... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:46:21 EST Rest Days are Hard! I need to take a rest day today. I have been going hard with boot camp, yogo, walking minimum 5 miles a day. Muscles are complaining. More then just normal sore and on the verge of actually hurting. My left quad is really whining. My right knee is making weird popping sounds. I know I need to listen to my body and give it a day to heal. But... I don't want to! I want to go walk. I want to do an extra yoga class tonight. I want to dig the holes for my vine plants. I have never ev... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:32:49 EST