HARRINGTON5's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARRINGTON5 HARRINGTON5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ My Birthday Butterfly Bench! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937851 I had seen and sat on a bench like this at the Botanical Gardens. After posting a picture, several people said the bench was really me. That made Vince start looking and he found this bench on Amazon. He put it together and ordered the separate cushion and the result was beautiful. <BR> <BR> I love my Birthday Bench! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22fd4277-0cf2-48be-b187-ea5cc42e4ec7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Isn't it a beauty? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:31:02 EST First Giant Swallowtail of the Season - Actually, They Were Twins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936390 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a05e7db-f9ca-4637-9b40-f0aec13d824c.jpg"> <BR> Our first Giant Swallowtail <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aca26259-3ed6-4cd5-a4cd-f8b57617f147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Still in the cage where it was raised from an egg <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f9e1316-ca32-44a2-b517-75fab6e9f877.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our little backyard garden <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f0f6f6... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:46:06 EST Reflecting Back On Seven Years With Sparkpeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924288 I have to say, this is probably the longest I have ever stuck with anything, so there has to be something to it. I think first and foremost are the friendships that are formed. Some came and went, but I have also made some friends that I am sure will be friends for life; Jen, Dedrie, and Darlene, to name a few. There are way too many to name them all, but I met my Significant Other online over 18 years ago and we are still together, so it stands to reason that I will still be communicating ... Thu, 7 May 2015 12:46:00 EST First New Swallowtail Eggs Of The Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366319443.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You know butterfly season is in full swing when the Swallowtails come back to lay eggs. These are our first new eggs this season and I am thrilled that the beautiful Swallowtail found its way to our house. <BR> <BR> This year, I worked very hard with the limited space that we have. We never use the picnic table, so I covered it with pots of blooming nectar plants and surrounded it with various host plants. It is j... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:22:11 EST My Bingo Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l612928583.jpg"> <BR> The little lake behind our house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1106558384.jpg"> <BR> One of my beautiful Swallowtails <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1698764564.jpg"> <BR> Blooming Dutchman's Pipevine <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887473082.jpg"> <BR> Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar, hiding in a curled leaf Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:22:11 EST My Very First First Place Medal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1510808733.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1903987722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ran my first 5K in over a year this morning and I was so pleased to have won a first place medal. Both my knees are hurting now, but I wear light braces on them and I am able to do a slow jog. I'm sure not running like I did in my heyday, but I was so happy to still be in the race. <BR> <BR> What made it especially pleasurable was the fact tha... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:44:32 EST Camp WannabeFit's Winter Scavenger Hunt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888684 Well, I wasn't going to do this because I don't have an easy means of taking and uploading pictures, but when I read that I could describe them, I decided to enter a description of the things I have around the house. <BR> <BR> Cozy slippers - I got a pair of white tiger fuzzy slippers for Christmas. They are the cutest things and I wear them all the time <BR> <BR> Steaming Hot Soup - Since colds are going around our house, hot chicken broth with plenty of green vegetables has become a stapl... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:54:01 EST This Is Where I Stall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878164 OK, I'm to the point where I am at the lowest weight I have weighed in twenty years and everyone is telling me I have lost enough weight. But, I want to get to the point where I have a little wiggle room. I have done the Whole30 for two months in a row with a weeks break in between. I really love the eating style and want that to be my healthy eating plan from now one. Here is my problem. There are a few foods I want to add back in, but each time I do, I start gaining weight again. This week... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:50:30 EST New Haircut - New Shape, and a MERRY Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1942136073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas morning was the first time I got on the scale after completing the Whole30 and I was so pleased. I had lost six pounds, but that wasn't the amazing part; I also reached a healthy BMI level (the first time since I joined SparkPeople in 2008) and my waist is under 30 inches. I have been eating healthy for quite a few months, so the Whole30 wasn't that big a stretch for me. I had to cut out the little dairy... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:23:23 EST My Healthy Approach To The Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823447 Originally, I was going to wait until January to start the Whole30, but I have slowly been adding about a pound a week and I can't wait until the first of the year. So here is my plan for the holidays: <BR> <BR> I printed the Whole30 shopping list and took it to the store with me. Once inside the store, I realized that I had never just shopped from the perimeter. I have read articles about this being the way to shop because the fresh produce, eggs, frozen foods and fresh meat is usually on ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST Payback Can Be A Bear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809336 <BR> Sometimes you can be bad and eat whatever you feel like and there are no repercussions, or so you think. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Last weekend, we went out and ate and drank like there was no tomorrow. I just cast my fate to the wind. I thought I would just workout harder and stay on track this week and it would be fine. Especially since, I weighed on my normal day last week and didn't gain anything. I thought I had it made and had pulled one over on my body. <BR> <BR> Let me tell yo... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:37:11 EST Triplets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789060 It is really rare that I have three Giant Swallowtails emerge all at the same time. I just wanted to share them with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2031282308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:11:02 EST I've Got A Tiger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773457 This beautiful Eastern Tiger Swallowtail just emerged today. It is a real magnificent specimen, measuring more than five inches across. The last picture is of all my baby Giant Swallowtails that hatched from those eggs I just gathered a few days ago. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1630181143.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2104021761.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847907388.jpg"> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:37:07 EST I Don't Just Love The Butterflies, I Love The Caterpillars Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758230 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176550620.jpg"> <BR> The Exotic Flower on the Dutchman's Pipevine <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1781547920.jpg"> <BR> The Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar getting ready to form a chrysalis <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1728803475.jpg"> <BR> The Polydamas Swallowtail - One of my fist butterflies <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1904413194.jpg"> <BR> T... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:39:18 EST Here Is Another Beauty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752272 I have had other Zebra Longwings, but this is my very first one raised from an egg. Only a few hours old, but ready to fly. Now that I have been releasing them, I see them around the house all the time. You need to have the host plant, Purple Passionflower, if you want them to lay eggs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1085106353.jpg"> <BR> The Florida State Butterfly <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485055262.jpg"> <BR> The underside of ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:28:53 EST My First Pipevine Swallowtail! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751733 When we first started raising butterflies in 2010, the Pipevine Swallowtail is the one we wanted to raise. Although we have had several Dutchman's Pipevine (their host plant) we never even saw one. There was a Swallowtail that laid eggs, but it was the Polydamas Swallowtail. Since I didn't know the difference, I called that one Pipevine. Well, four years later, I know the difference and I am thrilled to see these REAL Pipevine Swallowtails. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:47:24 EST This Is Where I Usually Sabotage Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733704 In previous years, I have come so close to my goal and never made it. I am less than seven pounds from my goal and I really want to get there this time. I am really working hard to ignore the things that tripped me up in the past; my clothes are fitting better and I am even wearing a smaller size, I am feeling more energetic and really enjoy the health benefits of exercising. <BR> <BR> Now, I just have to stay away from people that are telling me I look great and don't have to lose any more ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:25:34 EST I Raised A Giant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711451 I have been raising butterflies for over four years now, but I never had a Giant Swallowtail or a Zebra Longwing lay eggs until this year. Instead of citrus, I thought I would try planting a Hercules club and sure enough, I only had the potted plant out on the patio for two days and I thought I had seen a Giant Swallowtail in the yard, but I wasn't sure. When I looked at my plants, I was thrilled to see several eggs. Well, those eggs hatched and the six caterpillars turned into chrysalises. M... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:22:46 EST OMG! Are Those Abs Under There? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699250 Well, I did notice that my pants were starting to get a little loose, but I really didn't pay attention because the scale has been moving pretty slowly. I'm not complaining about that though because it is moving in the right direction. I don't want to jinx myself, so I'm just keeping on working my program. I set a goal for myself to do 1800 exercise minutes this month and that would average an hour a day. That seemed like a challenge to me because I usually take a break on Sunday, but it seem... Tue, 20 May 2014 13:21:47 EST Inspired By My Friend, Jen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695092 I was reading a post that Jen had written and it was about how she prepared for a party in a very healthy way. The food sounded so delicious. It just proved to me that you can eat healthy and still entertain, make dishes that taste good and look good too. <BR> <BR> I wasn't as creative and didn't have to do a lot of different items, but I started small with one thing. It was warm and I wanted something light for dinner, so I made what I love. I like to make things that don't require a lot o... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:38:50 EST Spring Is In The Air - Butterfly Porn - Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682552 Love is all around us and the butterflies are all a twitter. <BR> <BR> Just this morning, I saw two Gulf Fritillary butterflies do a little mating dance and before you know it, he was dragging her around in mid-air. Must of thought he was a caveman or something. <BR> <BR> They knocked themselves to the ground and I saw two geckos on a rock really intently watching them. Of course, I chased the geckos away and stood guard while the butterflies went about their business. I had to run an err... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:38:31 EST You Could Help A Cancer Patient By Buying A Book! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680425 I am reaching out to my Spark friends to try to help my brother and SIL. She was diagnosed with cancer and will have surgery next week. They don't have a lot of money and the treatment is expensive, so I am trying to help them out. If you would be interested in buying my book "If You Plant It, They Will Come" about my experiences raising butterflies, I will be giving them 100% of the money to help pay their medical expenses. They are very proud and would not ask for charity. This is my own id... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:02:45 EST My Camp Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670472 Since I am really just getting back into exercising, I'm taking it slow. Although I have signed up for a 5K race this month, I am really going to be walking and slowly jogging. I just want to be in the game. If I just work to do my best, I am happy. So, I joined Bikes, Hikes and Other Forms of Cardio and Clean Eating. I'm excited to be participating in both these groups and have even been cleaning out the processed foods to prepare for my cleaner eating. <BR> <BR> I want to get much more act... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:14:59 EST New Locale - New Home and Raising Butterflies Outdoors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649951 Since we moved further up north, I wasn't sure I could keep my butterflies thriving. We no longer have a screened in area to raise and release them, but I love doing it so much, we found a way. Now I just have plants all around the house and keep the caterpillars in a net Caterpillar Castle. Once the butterfly emerges, I will release them within 24 hours. Sometimes they stay close for a while and I can still enjoy them. There weren't many butterflies here before we moved in, but now there i... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:38:34 EST This Old Lady Isn't Ready To Give Up Yet - I'm Back In The Race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182839771.jpg"> <BR> Coming in for the finish - What a thrill! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498395597.jpg"> <BR> Standing behind our house in Florida, sweat, swollen knee and a medal! <BR> <BR> My second race in two years - I entered a 5K on Sunday because I had been able to finish a 5K in December and wanted to see if I could improve my time. Although I am still very slow, I was delighted to find that I ha... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:22:22 EST What A Milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640597 I can hardly believe that four years ago, I knew little to nothing about butterflies. sure, I thought they were pretty, but that was about as far as it went. I retired after more than 30 years of working for AT&T. Once I was retired, I had time to pursue other interests. I didn't even know I was interested in butterflies until we moved to Florida and I had time to plant some flowers in the yard. I'm an avid reader and when I saw a few butterflies in the yard, I wanted to know how to increase ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:55:45 EST My First Race In Almost Two Years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569843 I knew I wasn't going to be fast, so I decided to "just have a good time". I have been practicing walking with a little jogging thrown in. My first try actually set me back, but I got a brace to wear on my knee. That allowed me to walk without pain and even jog a little. That encouraged me enough to register for a race because I really missed not running and I wanted to get back in that arena. Well, I slowly built up my miles and worked on getting a little faster. When I first tried to go th... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:20:02 EST In The 150s Again - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543457 I know 159.6 is still a lot for a 5'4" person to weigh, but it is the first time in a long time that I have been in the 150s. I felt like I was losing weight, but I only weigh once a week and I was thrilled to see the scale this morning. That is a 1.4 pound loss over last week. Being back on SparkPeople has really kept me motivated and this time around, I just feel like I am going to make my goal. <BR> <BR> I have cut out most sugar and religiously read labels. I really work at not eating a... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:36:21 EST The "Buddy System" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521490 Some days it is hard to get motivated enough to get up, get going and exercise. I didn't lose any weight last week and normally, that would make me just want to add insult to misery and eat something I shouldn't or sit on my rear and watch TV. Now that I am back on SparkPeople, all I have to do is read a few blogs or visit some friends and that is enough to make me want to do better. So, you see, there is a lot to the "buddy system". Even people I don't really know can motivate me. Although I... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:29:45 EST Found Just The Right Program For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517797 I recently joined the 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program and I am so glad I did. I used to love running and especially competing in races, but I am older now and have osteoarthritis and thin cartilage in my knee. It has been painful and I have not run in over a year. In fact, I didn't know if I would ever run again, but I wanted to try. This program combines walking and jogging and so far, it has been ideal. I am able to jog without too much pain and I am in my second week. For incentive, I signed ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:02:55 EST I'm Really Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513044 Well, I finally had enough "guts" to put my real weight on my SparkPage. It is higher than when I left over a year ago, but better than it was just two months ago. I am really working on my weight again and SP is a wonderful way to keep me going. <BR> <BR> We are settled in a new home, in a new area and closer to the beach. There is no reason why I can't get out there and enjoy life. My green leafy drinks in the morning have given me lots of energy and my knee hardly hurts at all any more, ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:45:39 EST Not Exactly About Weight Loss, Just Sharing Some Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097829 I just did my first talk and book signing today and I was delighted. The crowd wasn't large (18 people), but four of them bought books. I was the guest, but Kathy Hall runs the classes. She is so knowledgeable about plants and butterflies. She gave me some Zebra Longwing caterpillars. I was so happy because I have been trying to coax them into the yard. We have the right plants, just hadn't seen any yet. Now that I have caterpillars, I will be able to release the butterflies from here and th... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:31:10 EST Amazon Just Published My Book and I Am Beside Myself With Joy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066318 I AM SO THRILLED! <BR> <BR> I have already sold a few copies and have one review. It was a struggle, but I finally made it. So, I have a very expensive hardcover through Blurb and an electronic book for ipods and now Amazon is publishing a much less expensive softcover book. I just received one yesterday and it looks great. I was worried because the Blurb book is so beautiful, I didn't know what a softcover was going to look like and I didn't want the quality to be ruined. Although the page... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:10:22 EST BLC20 Before Picture and 12 Week Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062393 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l345088011.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280887259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I might look happy, but I'm really not. I was so disappointed with myself. OK, That is over and it is time to get to work. Since I haven't been doing anything for months, my plan is to start logging everything I eat. I have been doing that faithfully since BLC20 started and I know it makes a difference. I can't do anything where I bend my knee and I... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 23:23:03 EST Ready To Start Over - One More Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054286 To be honest, it has been quite a long time since I have cared about my weight and it is time for me to start paying attention again. A lot of things have happened this year, but all of them are just excuses for not doing what I know is right. When things go wrong, I learned that food is still my comfort and that is not good. I am embarrassed to say that I have gained almost all my weight back, but there it is. I am up to 171.8 pounds. I weighed 180 when I started SparkPeople years ago and I ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:24:18 EST I Updated My Book Preview - What Do You Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980849 I have been out of commission for quite a while because of a knee injury, but something good did come out of it. As many of you know, I was writing a book about butterflies. The injury allowed me to spend a lot of time writing and that was a good thing. I had no idea that I knew so much about butterflies. Vince took the pictures and we were able to get some amazing shots of butterflies emerging from their chrysalises. My heart will break when we have to move and I will no longer to be able t... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:06:59 EST What A Wonderful Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907487 No, we didn't get to go away like we had planned, but it was a beautiful day anyway. <BR> <BR> Vince is getting around a lot better and he even sneaked out before I got up and bought me flowers and a very special butterfly cake. I also had four Monarchs emerge to give me Birthday greetings. Because my knee is still giving me trouble, we are making it a movie day and Vince and I are going to recoup in front of the TV. Something we rarely do. It is raining and that is wonderful, the flowers a... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:34:37 EST We Will Get Through This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897992 Well, this certainly stopped my whining about a little pain in my knee. <BR> <BR> This morning, Vince took a tumble down the stairs and hurt his knee very badly. Nothing is broken, but in a way, this is worse because it may take six months or longer to repair the tendons. He is on crutches and cannot put any weight on his leg. The doctor said that it was imperative that he lose weight. He is also pre-diabetic and very close to being put on insulin. We have cancelled all travel plans for n... Fri, 25 May 2012 18:23:08 EST Kicking My Own Butt!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884257 OK, Here I am right back in the same old pot. I gained weight again this week and I was so disappointed in myself. I have been so wrapped up in writing that I haven't even tried to fit in a lot of time for exercise. Normally, LCW would really motivate me, I would be really trying to beat my teammates, but right now, I can barely crank out thirty minutes. I'm not trying to make excuses. I just lost my drive. I even registered for a race thinking that would get me moving, but it really di... Wed, 16 May 2012 13:54:23 EST A New Birth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859338 I had about a month long pitty party because I was feeling sorry for myself. I don't even want to go into the details, but I am over it. I almost quit my BLC team and that would have been a disaster because, they are the ones that made me see the light and get back on track. This weeks weekend challenge started out very slowly for me and I wasn't able to perform to the maximum, but I participated and that is the important part. Everyone was so encouraging and I am writing down everything ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:08:54 EST Friday The 13th - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834033 So today was Friday the 13th and I had a really good thing happen. I have had one or two Monarchs emerge from their chrysalis over the last two weeks, but today, I had 13!!! Can you believe it? I was talking to a friend showing her the ten butterflies that had appeared throughout the morning and I said, it looks like two more are going to come out before the day is over. We were sitting in the breezeway talking when number 11, then number 12 decided to pay us a visit. That is the larges... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:56:02 EST Spring Is Really In The Air! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4809279 The days have been warm and beautiful, so it only seems natural that we would be seeing more and more butterflies in the air. I just had a group of twenty butterflies that I released during the month of March and my two Swallowtail butterflies finally emerged from their long winter's sleep. I see Monarchs and Sulphur butterflies laying eggs every day, but no Swallowtail eggs yet. They should be coming soon. <BR> <BR> It is hard to believe that this tiny little creature can turn into a bea... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:49:18 EST It's Vegas Baby - Weekend Challenge, Here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779566 Maybe it's because I lived in Las Vegas for five years before moving to Florida, but I really embraced this challenge. I loved the Deal Me In challenge on Thursday so much I am using that concept to do my circuit training. <BR> <BR> This one is a challenge with-in a challenge. Not only are we pushing to get all our healthy eating logged and drinking all our water, we are playing for the best hand and the most money won at the end of the day. I LOVE gambling, so I started early this morning... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 17:24:54 EST My New BFF with Updated Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768538 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249723808.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710498422.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882554305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wow, how often do you get a chance to meet a virtual stranger and form an instant bond? I don't know that it happens that often, but SparkPeople gave us the tools to form these friendships and sometimes they work well. Jen and I have been talking for over three years and it sounded ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 12:06:37 EST Doing the Olympic Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758034 I'm really loving this Olympic challenge. Starting from the Olympic Trials: <BR> <BR> Push-up Test - 45 <BR> Crunch Test - 57 <BR> 3-Min Step Test - 116 <BR> 1-Mile Walk Test - 14:17 <BR> <BR> I am really proud to say that in my age group, I did excellent in every test. With people my age worrying about their health, this was just a reminder to me, that I am doing a pretty good job of taking care of myself. <BR> <BR> With strength training, at least 30 minutes of cardio each day, logging ... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 13:46:16 EST I'm Getting There! Me at 150, Taken 1-28-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708980 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l506794622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Part of this weekend challenge is to blog about health/fitness/wellness, so I asked Vince to take a current picture for me. My face is red, my hair is wet but I am smiling because I just completed an eight mile run/walk and I was feeling great. That alone is monumental. I was the original "Couch Potato" and that is why I signed up to join the C25K Running For Beginners team about three years ago. My story isn't ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:03:30 EST Cabin Feaver Remedy 1/20 thru 1/23! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693409 I like starting out by making friends with everyone on your team. I sometimes get too busy and doen't even meet everyone. By making it a part of the challenge, I'll meet them all for sure! I also like that there is a spreadsheet that I could print to keep track of how I am doing. When there is an unlimited category, I really push harder <BR> <BR> So, no cabin fever here, I'm getting out there to make sure I have some respectable exercise minutes. <BR> BLC - 18 and the Silver Spies are the b... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:02:40 EST Getting Ready For The Weekend Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678114 I HAVE A DREAM WEEKEND CHALLENGE <BR> This Challenge will run from Friday, Jan 13th Midnight 12:01AM thru Monday, Jan 16th11:59PM <BR> <BR> Each item completed is worth 10pts. (a total of 50pts/day possible). <BR> <BR> D = DO! It is that simple! Stop delaying your progress! Make a plan for this weekend and stick to it! This can be a New Goal each day OR you may work on the same GOAL for the entire Challenge. Avoid something that has been hindering your progress. Could be Sugar, Alcohol, ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:01:23 EST 2012 Goals - I Just Needed Them In Writing To Make Myself Accountable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648491 With the help of BLC-17, I had a much better weight loss in 2011, but as soon as that session ended, I put on two more pounds, so I know I can never let my guard down. I really need to stick to the lifestyle that is going to keep me healthy. That means, I need to keep the same goals as I had in 2011, just tweak the numbers a little. <BR> <BR> So, Here are my plans for 2012: <BR> <BR> 1) Weight training at least 30 minutes three days a week <BR> 2) Conditioning and core work at least 30 minu... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:30:46 EST Butterfly Kisses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620178 I have found that Monarchs are really affectionate. I wonder if, because I handle them from the time they are caterpillars, they sense that I won't harm them. We recently had a batch or Monarchs that all had some kind of deformity. This ranged from minor wrinkled wings to debilitating, wings that were not fully formed or wouldn't open. These are the little guys that I keep inside the breezeway because they usually can't fly. I feed them watermelon, honey dew melon and crushed apples in a wa... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 11:33:15 EST