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Just a rant ....

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Well I survived yesterday on the diet I described and I now only have today and tomorrow to go before an all clear liquid day - it wasn't that bad but I missed my fruit and vegetables and my fibre. Got plenty of protein, fats and carbs however! Yesterday I focused on chicken being my hero ingredient, today I will bust out a small piece of beef and salmon for a bit more variety. I did wake up this morning all snuffed up as if I am being attacked with allergy symptoms, runny nose, itchy eyes but after 1/2 box tissues thankfully this is now residing a bit.

Today I have my aerobic and strength training exercises to complete so we'll see how I go. If I'm not up to it, I'd rather either do more tomorrow or eat at the lower end of my range by dropping a few calories to compensate. My minimum workouts are only around 190 calories worth so that's not hard to do. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself in that area as I don't want to relapse into those illness symptoms - It's been another week now of vigorous exercise and so far so good!!

Although yesterday was my 2nd REST day from my exercise program I did work all day in the house and yard and burned quite a few calories in the process. As a result the 2nd garden bed is now complete and planted up and that feels good as that was my last major vegetable planting project to do! When all this starts producing I'll have enough ingredients for 2 pesticide -free green smoothies a day plus I'll be giving produce away to family and friends no doubt as well as freezing what I can - nice thought hey!?

As a natural pesticide I rely on bugs eating each other and at the top of the bug food chain (apart from birds) is my Jack Russell, who loves to catch, play with and then eat grasshoppers, so I am almost grasshopper free now as he is on the prowl for them day in, day out. I sometimes go up to my parents farm and rake up the natural bush litter into big bags and bring it back and place it around my garden beds like mulch, not for any other purpose but to top up on BUGS - most of these being large ground spiders, huntsman spiders etc. I just love seeing those ground spiders around my garden because I know they are cleaning the place up.

The other thing I need to do is create some fake cabbage butterfly look-a-likes on a stick and place them in the garden as apparently these butterflys are territorial so if they think they see another butterfly on the vege patch, they'll fly away and lay their eggs elsewhere. So I need to give this a go as the biggest threat to my vegetables are these caterpillars.

Here are the finished vegetable patches - have a great day today everyone!

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    Gosh you're so courageous. Can't bear to be too close to nature meself. But nothing beats good wholesome home-grown organic veggies. Good on you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1686 days ago
  • G33K10V3
    I love your garden! Have a great week and good luck!! emoticon
    1686 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
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    1686 days ago
    Beautiful Garden!!
    1686 days ago
    Your veggie garden is beautiful! I want to start something similar at our cottage, I just need to persuade hubby it's worth the effort and find a way to keep the deer away from eating it.. Your current diet plan sounds insane, but I read your previous post and realized there is a reason. It must be hard to stick to! I am impressed you've managed. Just a few more days now, and you can resume healthy eating.. Good luck!
    1686 days ago
    Another busy day in Queensland! Sometimes I marvel that we are on the same earth, with your description of heatwaves and planting vegetables, while at this end of the earth the snow is on it's way.

    I love the butterfly scarecrow idea, I hope it works. The cabbage butterfly is a feature of life here to and has savaged many of our vegetables over the years! emoticon
    1686 days ago
    love your vegie gardens. emoticon
    1686 days ago
    I only just found out about the white butterfly deterent also, who knew it could be so easy?
    Garden looks wonderful. Great work keeping busy on your "off" day. All the best for the tests.
    1686 days ago
    Way to go my friend, love your positivity .. Love your veggie garden .. Keep well .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1687 days ago
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