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9/21/14 6:30 P

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Hello everyone I just realized I had not been here in a long time. I am just getting over a bad kidney infection and it has taken it toll on my health.

Hope everyone is doing well and keeping on track to reach your goals.

Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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6/4/14 5:20 P

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After catching a limit of Michigan channel catfish at a local lake a week ago (10 fish), I caught 6 more this morning. Storing them in the freezer, going to have a fish fry!

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5/22/14 12:57 P

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I went out for catfish yesterday but they weren't biting. Polarized fishing sunglasses are awesome. I could see a school of bluegill right off the shore, so I caught a couple. I moved down the shore to put my floating wire mesh fish bag in the water away from my fishing spot and big male bluegills were in there preparing beds. I caught 25 huge 'gills, the 1 person limit in Michigan. Filleted out boneless I figure I caught $40 of bluegill meat at grocery store prices, those sell for $14.99 per pound here when/if you can find them. A very fun day fishing. WooHoo!

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4/13/14 2:47 P

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I fish in a State Park regularly. It used to be $25 for a sticker for the car annually, but they changed it to be part of license plate renewals and now it is $11, offered to everyone when they renew yearly. That change has pumped a lot of $$ into the State Parks, and they have made many improvements that are very obvious. The part I don't like is the trash that is left all over. The State Parks are being used more by more people, and some of them aren't very conscious of their actions, so McDonald's wrappings and cups and junk are littered. I can hike half way around the lake to a secluded spot a good half hour from the parking lots and find litter. The higher fees before kept some riff-raff out; it isn't my park though, I just care about it and pick up the trash.

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4/11/14 10:36 P

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I sell fishing and hunting license at work in our sporting goods department.
A standard fresh water license costs $28 for residents and if you get the salmon on the Columbia River or any rivers that flow into the Columbia it costs another $12.50 if you want a combo license for fresh and salt water with the Columbia river along with that it costs upwards of $78 dollars a person.
Of course we also sell clam, crabbing, shrimp and seaweed gathering license on top of that one guy paid $158 because he wanted everything, but the two rod part which would have cost him another &12.50 so I think the guys up here really like fishing a lot we sold over $20,000.00 in fees for the fish and wildlife department on Saturday of last week that is one day of sales.
Oh yeah we do give them the State park pass for free it costs &35.00 alone if you want one for a year.
I get one just to visit the state parks here it is so worth it as the parks start their fees at $10.00 per car and if you want to camp it depends on the area it is very expensive to pitch a tent and sleep on the only rock in the camp ground emoticon .

Good fishing season to you hope you catch your limit.

The President is coming to visit our city on the 22nd as most of the victims of the Oso slide had their address here in Arlington as Oso is to small to be called a town they are part of our city. Should be very busy on the roads that day, I have to work hope they don't close any streets as I can only get to my house a couple of ways because it is in a gated golf community. Should be a sad day we are up to 36 confirmed and one with no identity yet with eight still on the missing list.

Wishing all good health and a happy weekend.
Sandy

"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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4/11/14 6:34 P

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I bought a fishing license today. They expire on the 31st of March in Michigan.

Our DNR raised the price to $26 for a resident all-species, instead of charging half of that for a "restricted" and another half for a "trout/salmon" stamp. I don't fish for trout or salmon, but I've always needed the trout/salmon license too because I catch my creek chubs for catfish bait from a "Designated Trout Stream", I need the trout part to fish in the creek at all. So because of that bad rule, this year's bad rule change didn't alter my license price. It made a lot of Michigan's fisherpeople very unhappy though.

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4/7/14 3:19 P

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emoticon For sharing! I like the part "Things had changed. Forever.
I had started the long process of brainwashing myself into healthier habits."

Yes, life long changes. I am still trying to assimilate this one!

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2/26/14 9:59 P

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I love weight loss memoirs, ever since I read my first, The Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid, I have been hooked.

They can be hard to find, but to me, once they are found they are worth keeping and re-reading OVER and OVER again. They can be great motivation for me when I am feeling down.

I don't really look to them for advice (although I have walked away with some good tips). I know what worked for some people won't necessarily work for me. But, it is very nice to know that people have the same issues I do like backtracking and losing weight slowly over a large period of time, not insanely fast like in some reality T.V. shows.

The latest find is called Half-A$%ed by Jeanette Fulda. So far, I really love her sense of style in her writing. There was one part in particular that after I read it, I thought "wow, I need to share with others...."

This is from page Chapter Five, appropriately titled "Diet and Exercise." In it, Jeanette Fulda has become a bit frustrated that her MAJOR weight loss (30lbs in three months) has slowed down. She is pretty distraught until she has an epiphany.

She writes:

"About a month after I'd cracked open my cookbooks and wiped the cat hair off my treadmill, I was driving down the highway home from work, thinking about what I would make for dinner. The Parmesan chicken recipe had been tasty and pretty easy, but I'd set out ground turkey to thaw, so I should probably make something with that.

As I sailed past the entrance to the movie theatre filled with buttered popcorn, I had a sudden revelation. I would be doing this for the rest of my life. No more stopping at White Castle for handle little burgers I could hold in one hand and devour as I drove home. No more laps around the McDonald's drive-through. No more stopping at Dairy Queen even though I had a coupon for a free Blizzard. Things had changed. Forever.
I had started the long process of brainwashing myself into healthier habits.

As the movie theater moved into my rear view mirror, I was overwhelmed with the idea that I'd be managing these habits for the rest of my life. I was going to live another ten to twenty years because of all this healthy eating too, so I'd be stuck doing it even longer.

This wasn't a "diet," it was a "lifestyle change." I didn't even know what the word "diet" meant anymore. Being on a diet implies that you will eventually go off the diet. I had decided not to do anything that I was not prepared to do for the rest of my life."


That last sentence really spoke to me!
She even goes on to write something that I've come to learn about myself too....


"'Don't get crazy" became my number one rule. When I was hungry, I ate. If I really, really, really wanted a food, I ate it. I didn't want to fixate on something I couldn't have only to binge on it later. I didn't count calories because I knew it would drive me insane, obsessing over every detail, although I did measure out reasonable portions for my meals. ....I'd enjoyed the temporary pleasure of ice cream and candies at the expense of feeling good all the time. All this healthy living was starting to make me feel alive. I'd never even realized I felt half dead."

As I said I do learn things and find helpful hints along the way.
Hope this sheds a little light on your on new healthy lifestyle!

Sandy





"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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2/7/14 12:58 P

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SECRET WEAPON!

Friday, 07 February 2014

Hey, you've got it on you right now! But, you know what? It's not dangerous. In fact, you can actually take it right through one of those metal detectors at airport security with no problem, LOL. That secret weapon of yours can't hurt anybody. In fact, it can actually help YOU! Have I tweaked your curiosity yet? Well, let me continue and you'll see what I mean.

You see, so many people write asking what my "secret" is to successful weight-loss. It seems everybody is looking for that magic bullet, that special pill, (you've seen the commercials on TV), that perfect and "easiest" way to lose weight. But that's where your secret weapon comes in!

Now first, I'll remind you, (as if you need reminding), making changes in your eating habits is an important part of reaching your weight-loss goals. After all, it was those extra calories you've consumed over the years that lead to the extra pounds on your body. So, it stands to reason, in order to drop those pounds, you've got to drop the number of calories you consume everyday.

Second, to help give yourself a calorie-burning boost, you've got to get that body of yours moving with a good hour of sweatin' everyday! Hey, exercise is really your not so secret weapon for weight-loss. Only thing is, too many people ignore that fact by living very sedentary lifestyles and not getting those bodies of theirs moving at all. Come on now, give your body a hand at dropping those extra pounds by making exercise a must-do part of your lives everyday.

Eat less, exercise more, lose weight. Hey, that's really no big secret, is it? But here's the "secret weapon" you'll need and it's two words: POSITIVE ATTITUDE! Oh, if you could read some of the e-mail I receive! How often do I see people taking a defeatist attitude about their ability to lose weight? (Too many!) They tell me how many times they've tried to lose weight in the past and are so tired of trying, they're just about ready to give up! Hold it! Now think about it. If that's the way you feel, you're simply setting yourself up for defeat!

Ask yourself these questions: How is my life going to change by losing this weight? How will my health improve? How many years will I be adding to my life? What will I be able to do after losing the weight that I can't do now? HOW MUCH DO I WANT THIS? The answers to all of those questions should be nothing but POSITIVE. And that's the kind of ATTITUDE you've got to have to win this fight, a positive one!

Ready? Then AIM & FIRE that secret weapon of yours at the weight you want to lose. Because by using your secret weapon on them, your positive attitude, those extra pounds and those numbers on your scale will...GO DOWN!
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"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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1/1/14 12:32 P

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! No matter how the weather is where you are today, I still say it's a beautiful day because...God has blessed us all to begin a BRAND NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2014! (Already? LOL.) The past couple of days here in my daily messages, I've talked about things you can do differently in 2014 to make sure you have a happier, healthier ending to this year than you did to 2013. Now, if I'd gazed into my crystal ball on New Year's Day, 2013, how would you look to me today, a year later?

All across America, people are making their New Year's resolutions. And some of those lists are, I'm sure, a mile long! LOL. Let's see, some people have made a resolution to quit smoking. And hey, I think that's a great one. Good luck to any of you who've vowed to kick that oh-so-bad for your body nicotine habit in 2014. Some of you may have made a resolution to go back to school this year, another good one. More schooling, besides making you smarter, can also lead to a higher paying job. Like I said, the list of resolutions is a long one and as varied as we are. But, I'm willing to bet, (without doing much research), that the number one resolution made by most people every year is probably to...LOSE WEIGHT!

Okay, raise your hands if you're in that group! (Hey, like I even have to ask.) In fact, one of the reasons you visit my web site and read my daily messages is to get that extra dose of motivation you need to work on reaching your weight-loss goals and...I'm glad you're here!

Monday, I talked about woulda, coulda, shoulda and the regrets you may have about your past weight-loss efforts. Yesterday, I talked about how the last day of 2013, New Year's Eve was The End of that year's weight-loss journey. And, of course, today New Year's Day is THE BEGINNING of the next chapter of that fight to reach your weight-loss goals. So tell me, how charged-up are you today to win this fight? How determined are you to put some real RESOLVE into your 2014 weight-loss RESOLUTION?

Every month, my home page features a new person who has reached their weight-loss goal. And I want you to remember, their successful journeys began a lot like yours. They may have made attempts to lose weight in the past but this time...they did it. And what did it take? Well, it took motivation, determination, self-control and of course, a daily dose of sweatin'! And, ya' know what? YOU'VE got all of those qualities inside you, right now! Visit me here everyday this year because I'll always be here to remind you that losing this weight is something only YOU can do FOR YOU!

Today, January 1st, 2014, get ready to make this the year you become that lighter, fat-fighter...that lean, mean sweatin' machine! And, oh yeah, as I gaze into my crystal ball one year from today...look! I see him or her. (Do you?) I'm talking about the NEW YOU. That's right, your goal can be SEEN...in 2014!


"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis


“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

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