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We all enjoy gardening in some shape of form. YOU DO eat don't you? Did you ever think of where your food comes from? This is what I think about and enjoy sharing each day. What better way to get healthy.... get out and enjoy what green is around you! December 2015

SUPERSIZE your energy level by getting outside! Together sunshine, fresh air, and walking add up to more endorphins, or happy hormones.

*SUNSHINE boost the Vitiman D - don't forget the sunscreen! I grow and get plenty of exercise maintaining my gardens and 20' geodesic bio dome in Ohio.

*Relax as you soak in the sun and enjoy the sounds of nature. This can reduce Stress levels helping you maintain health.
*BURN CALORIES - by picking up a rake or hoe and get to work in the yard. You not only make yourself pretty- you are making your yard lovely as well.

You can burn up to 30% more calories doing the same physical activities outdoors rather than indoors. Enough said.

In the past years I can honestly say I have once again found myself and been able to enjoy living life young. It was only a few years ago I would lose my breath walking up the stairs. TODAY - I am watching what I eat, exercising and continuing to do my best at BEING my best! I'm by far not SKINNY but I am healthy and loving life!

What Works For ME:

1.) JUST GET UP AND MOVE! I don't need to plan out a routine. Throw a DVD in by Cathe Frediricks or grab my Bike and get out and ride it. I love just grabbing a garden tool and getting to work!

2.) Natural - Healthy Eating and cutting out those empty carbs. FOOD IS FUEL! I do enjoy some home cooked goodies sometimes as well ... but we all have to live!

3.) Drink Plenty of Water,Green Tea and remembering my vitamins. ( Drink at least 80 oz. a day!)

4.) Do something that makes a difference in someones life each day. My something special is sharing photos of my world with hopes of inspiring or just bringing some COLOR to a drab day!

About Me
I am a member of the SparksClass Feb.07! Spinning the Wheel, logging my water and chatting with new / old friends on the board is a fun way to get on track with health. This community is filled with wonderful people looking to better their life's by being healthy and helping others reach their goals.

When I first joined this community I had no idea how bad I was actually eating until I started using that nutrition tracker at this site. It was very emotional at that time to even THINK OF get on the scale. It wasn't until early 2008 I got serious about food and exercise choices I made. I realize I need to learn what my body really needs. I realized I have to make time FOR MYSELF and workout daily. I was introduced to CLEAN EATING at the 'Losin' the Weight in 2008' Board. In the first month I lost 15 pounds. During the late summer I gained some back - realizing I can not DIET! I have to change my lifestyle. Join me as blog my living healthy challenges and learning what works for me to be continue to be healthy.

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Gardening and Healthy Living go hand in hand! Gardening occupies my mind most of the year and is my incentive and my motivation to get out and move! Daily garden chores like tilling, planting, weeding, and cultivating all get your heart pumping. Gardening by necessity is done outside and brings you closer to all forms of life, from the lowly earthworm to the friends dropping by for a handful of flowers. And there is little that is as life affirming as watching a tiny seed sprout, grow into a vibrant plant, and produce a good-for-you harvest.


Too MANY of my days of my life have been wasted with NEGATIVE thoughts of weight. I have never been a healthy weight for more then five years in my 38 years of life.

Stay focused on healthy living for myself and my family.

It may seem basic and simple but it is easy to lose sight of your goals. There will be days that I fail but I will rise to the occasion and get back on track.

My Hobbies : Photography, Sewing, Painting, Cooking, and networking. Did I mention gardening year-round? Check out my site at Creative Living & Growing :

Member Since: 2/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 10,363

My Goals:
My goal is to LIVE healthy by including the following in my day:
*Veggies / Fruit
*Positive Attitude

My Program:
Get outside and move daily.
Elliptical - when I can stand it.
I have been a fan of the exercise ball for over 10 years now.
(Leisa Hart BallWorkout if my favorite!)

Hand weights - I enjoy using my pound hand weights.

Personal Information:
The Best Advice given to me :
Continue to make NEW GOALS and KNOW where the finish line is. (JEN)

**Treat your exercise routine no differently than an important appointment that you have to keep. If you incorporate it into your life (like brushing your teeth), it will become a part of your life for good!

**Don't be a Scale Junkie: Stop focusing on numbers and start noticing how healthy you feel. Measure yourself each week.

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    Thank you so much for stopping by my page and making those encouraging comments. I know I lost the weight but since I did gradually over a year sometimes it's just hard to believe. You'll get there just don't give up. I love your page the pics of the roses are really nice. Let us know if your cat comes back.
    4362 days ago
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    Good Morning and Happy Monday Beautiful Bren!! just so you know, I **always** have time to stop by and say "hey" to you, my Precious Friend!! I was hoping your tiger kitty made a reappearance .... I hope he comes back especially since you liked him so .... I get so attached to these guys -- I guess it is because the kids are gone so the pets are the ones who receive all my attention!! I am proud of you for your courage in asking the 3 questions in your blog -- and I hope they are used only as a tool for growth --- sometimes these things have a way of bogging us down as we live in the intellectualization of it ... And it takes time to look at one's life -- to heal and grow and learn -- and we must stand in the knowledge that we are perfect in our Divinity -- and from that knowledge, we learn to accept and love ourselves ... That was my experience at any rate .. I also learned that overeating can start for one reason -- a death in the family or some other stressor -- and continue for other reasons ... I don't know - just thought I'd share my experience and what got me to here ...

    I hope you have a great day -- it is always wonderful seeing you because I enjoy your friendship and place in my life!! I will check on you soon -ok?!!!?! Hugz & Blessings -- Joanne
    4362 days ago
    Hey sweet girl! SO good to hear from you. I am hanging in there. My knees are acting up again but I will survive!!!

    As far as the eating goes - I want to send you an email with some ideas that may help - they did for me! Remember eating is 80% of the equation!!!!

    Talk soon - LOVE ya!
    4362 days ago
    Hey, hope you enjoyed the pinewood derby. It reminds me of leading brownies a few years ago for my step-daughter. It was soooo much work, but soooo much fun too! How are you feeling? Better I hope. I'm returning to work finally tomorrow and looking forward to feeling productive again. Too much time to shop :) Oh, and I LOVE the FoodNetwork!! I watched several of the chocolate challenges yesterday to get my sugar fix! Have a great week!
    4362 days ago
    Hello Mom!!!!

    Thanks for the visit...left that message in hopes of meeting some of my new friends on the team.

    I gotta tell you I am so glad you visited because well here I am!!!

    I love lantana...your garden is my dream...:)

    Living at the beach is so harsh...salt in the air, winds whipping and drying everything. Every season i lug tons of soil to my decks for containers and do the best I can...the absence of 'ground' is something i truly miss

    Thank you so much for sharing with us all of your fabulous photos It has made my day...:)

    Soooo I need to know where you live so I can plan my visit!

    All the best
    La Vie Dansante
    4363 days ago
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