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8/1/20 4:08 P

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I bought coffee today. I try to only buy myself decaff ground coffee (to keep my caffeine down as it can creep up somewhat) - but my local store didn't have any - so I picked up some Hot Java Lava STRONG ground coffee! I'll only use one spoonful in my cafetiere, not my usual two!

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8/1/20 9:27 A

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Nothing new to report today.

But, I will say this...

Coffee time!

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7/28/20 4:47 A

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I try to eat mostly vegan foods - but honey is something I make an exception for. I don't get through a lot of it, but I do appreciate it, and I do subscribe to the theory that 'local' bees offer us a lot of benefits.

Funnily enough, last night I woke up and had to go and be sick - I've no idea what caused it - and I can't remember the last time I was sick (several years' ago!) - perhaps it was something I ate. But this morning, after sipping water and not fancying my usual coffee, the thing I am fancying is a little bit of honey on a crispbread.

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Well, it was never my goal to start apitherapy, but the bee venom is now in my system thanks to the sting. The bee got me on my arm and the pain is gone now and it just itches as it heals.

I looked into the properties of pure bee honey and found it is beneficial for our immune system, however, I have no proof. I just wanted to produce my own pure honey that is not watered down with water, syrup, or refined sugar.

If the bee made it, it must be natural.

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7/27/20 2:43 P

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That is fascinating! So, are you considering apitherapy now? I never even knew that was a thing. Thanks for the photo of the bees 'bearding' to cool the hive.

I was over at Godolphin House on Friday (National Trust property in Cornwall) where they sell honey from Cornish Black Bees that have been bred in apiaries established there. But I knew I already had a jar of local honey in my cupboard, so couldn't justify buying more at the moment.

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Gardening planned for today.

So hot out, the bees come out of the hive to help cool it down. The volunteers come out and cling to the side to allow more air flow. It's called bearding.



Got stung by one of my bees yesterday and I wasn't even close to my hive!
Then a friend sent me this link about how beekeepers may not be affected by the C19 virus!

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC71905
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Beekeeping may pay off after all!

Coffee time.
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7/26/20 11:13 A

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I'm always a little tired.
Part of my age description.



Completed HIIT cardio.
Time for ... you guessed it.
COFFEE!
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7/25/20 1:46 P

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Maybe you were just a little tired from the longer jog the day before (and whatever else you did on the farm). Some days I have to check my back-pack to see if I've got something extra in there making it heavy - it can feel heavier some days - and the difference must be me!

Getting 'less thick' is good. I need to be 'less thick' around my middle (although my numbers are OK theoretically).


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7/25/20 1:03 P

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Strength training completed.
For some reason, the kettle ball seemed heavier today.
Maybe I'm getting weaker.

Weight still bouncing all over the place.
But, Mr. Tape says I'm on track.

I'm becoming less thick.

Where would I be without coffee?

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7/23/20 9:40 P

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5.75 mile jaunt into the summer covid infected abyss.

I keep pushing myself.

Making progress.

Writing down my goals.

My morning workouts seem to be the bestest time of day. Cooler.
Avoiding social media makes me more productive.

The journey continues.

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7/22/20 9:23 P

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Completed
3.54 miles jogging and walking.

Am I there yet?

Mr. Tape says I can update my ticker.
Making progress...

...having coffee.

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7/22/20 3:10 A

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Welcome back! And well done managing your healthy habits whilst on the road and away from home.

Ah, yes, there's nothing quite like coffee (or tea!) in your own home.

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7/21/20 5:00 P

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Back home.

2 weeks without a decent workout, days on the road.

Finally ran 2 miles to burn 200 calories.
Settling back into the groove. The journey continues.

The good news is I was under my weight when I started travel, so my habits are working. Avoiding the sugar products and processed foods. Snacked on nuts during the windshield time.

Coffee on the road is the worst.

Back to my own coffee. So much better.

It's all good.

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7/17/20 11:36 A

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Ah.................. sorry to hear about your Dad.

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Checking in.

Maintaining.

On the road.
My Dad passed away at 85.
Paying my respects.

He was not healthy. He had no plan for good health.
**** It is a wake-up call.****

I am resolving to maintain my quality of health for as long as possible.
No sugar. Continue Paleo diet. Exercise. Pleasant thoughts.

The journey continues.

Having my mourning coffee.

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7/7/20 2:44 A

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Love 'em!



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7/6/20 2:58 P

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Duck pond installed. 250 gallons of duck heaven.



Even if the pond was 10x bigger, they would only use this much space.
They are so fun to watch. They dive underwater and disappear, popping up somewhere you least expect them. They grab each others feet as play.

Watching ducks goes well with morning coffee.

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This made me kinda laugh because I saw a motivational quote the other day that said "I'm not losing weight, I'm getting rid of it - I don't want it back!" emoticon

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6/30/20 11:44 A

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Still digging...

Got the hole dug, but I need to install drainage for water changes.



My weight is still fluctuating, but the waist is still shrinking.
Can't trust the scale when so close to weight goal.

Edging down to 54.0% Waist to Height Ratio.

I'm in this for the long haul, meaning...no rest for the weary.

Coffee.

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6/29/20 2:40 P

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That certainly is a good workout! Lucky ducks!

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6/28/20 10:34 A

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Today is pond day.

Gonna dig a big hole to drop in a 6 foot wide, 18 inch deep, duck pond for the clowns. They so big now, the kiddie pool just ain't cutting it for them.

Looks like I will shovel about 1/2 ton of dirt.
I will see how many calories I will burn on this project.
I bet it will burn at least 2000 calories.

Stay tuned.

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6/25/20 5:07 P

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Yes, the hive must be inside the tree trunk.

Glad you're back on the Spark wagon.

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6/25/20 3:13 P

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Interesting. Looks like someone added a decorative entrance to a tree trunk beehive. Thanks for sharing.

Back on the Spark wagon. Took a couple days off, running errands.
Weight still fluctuating but tape remains the same.

Mr. Tape is keeping me sane.

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6/21/20 2:17 P

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I saw this sweet bee-hive in a tree today (at a National Trust garden near to where I live)





www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trengwainton-gard
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6/19/20 1:03 A

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6/18/20 7:19 P

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2 miles, 26:35, 200 calories.

Speed or Endurance?

I occasionally come across articles that delve into the pros and cons of running for speed or endurance. My conclusion is neither is best.

They both have their merits.
For me, too much speed results in injury.
Yet, endurance alone doesn't help when I need a burst of speed, like trying to get out of the way. So, my goals include both.

I find it amazing that these articles seem to exclude the various muscles required for both. So, again, I strive for both. I try my best to include strength training in my leg muscles, like slow walking with a loaded backpack while going uphill. A loaded backpack while jogging, faster for sure.

Squats help in both endurance and speed.

Cardio and strength training.
They seem to go hand in hand.

Like early morning with a cup of coffee.

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Gill,

Good idea. I'll try it!

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What do you think would happen if you left some straw bedding outside the duck compound? Perhaps the rabbit would just take it and leave them alone? Or perhaps the crisis is over now? Or perhaps it's good for ducks to get to know their neighbours?

Well done on that early run. The weather here isn't as dramatic as yours, but it certainly swings from hot to cold quite a bit at the moment.

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6/17/20 9:37 A

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Woke up early, so I did my run.
2.1 Miles for 200 calories completed.

Waiting for it to warm up.
Chilly last night and we could get some June snow.

Coffee is ready.

I'm almost ready.



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Duck Update: Trouble in Paradise

We noticed the ducks have been staying in the quack shack for the last couple of days. This is out of the ordinary.

Close observation reveals we have an intruder. A rouge wild rabbit has been sneaking in and stealing straw from their bedding. Well, this is troubling to them, I recon.

I caught the invader on camera and you can see, the ducks don't like this. I can only conclude that they are guarding the entrance as a group. Safety in numbers I suppose.



I watched the rabbit as it ran off with a mouthful of straw for it's own use. Bedding for baby bunnies I suppose.

Oh well. It could be worse.

Ran 2 miles today for 200 calories.

Coffee tomorrow.

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Well done, Harry!

I've never been a treadmill runner (as I don't have one basically!) - but I've run a little bit on the treadmill at the sports centre. The foot-fall on a treadmill feels a lot different, you're less in control because you have to pick up your foot or fall over! In the real world you can vary your direction and pace much more easily. I also like the different surfaces - tarmac, grass, pebbles, gravel, mud - dodging rocks and drain-covers etc.

Your run circuit looks very convenient - excellent job!

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Gill, yes, while on the treadmill.

So, today I did an experiment.

Early this morning I did 2 miles at a pace of 15:00 min/mile on the treadmill.
That is with the treadmill set at a 5% hill climb. 200 calories burned.

Later in the day, I ran a 2.74 mile trail outdoors, 13:35 min/mile average pace, for a time of 37:19. 221 calories burned. I carried a 5 pound hydration pack that included 2.0 L of water that I sipped while jogging. I really really had to fight hard to keep from breaking into a full stride run.

Both runs were in Zone 3.

Though the treadmill was a slower pace, the hill climb is good for strength training.
The trail was mostly level, and was a struggle to keep a slow pace with 5 pounds of water.

Anyway, the trail-run seemed easier even though it was slightly longer.
The trail-run at a faster pace felt just like the treadmill hill-run at a slower pace.

Anyway, to keep myself in check to reduce injury, I'm going to limit my trail-runs to a pace of about 12:00 min/mile.

It felt great. This is helping me build a lot of endurance.

However, I can feel more pain in various muscles in my midsection because the trail-run involves more muscle activity than using the treadmill. I think trail-runs are a better workout overall. Now that the weather is nicer, I'll be doing more trail-runs.

Here's my trail run.


Here's the other weird thing. When I got home, I weighed myself. I had lost over 3 pounds. This is why I don't trust the scale when so close to reaching my final goals. My weight can swing by as much as 5 pounds a day from water gain/loss. Mr. Tape keeps me from going crazy. The SPARE TIRE is slowly shrinking.

For me, endurance beats speed.

Finding my sweet spots.

It's all good.

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With the exact speed running - are you using your treadmill?

Thanks for sharing news on the farm - it's lovely to read.

What do your cats make of the ducks? Not food-on-legs I hope. I guess the ducks are too big for the cats, but they also don't fly very easily, so.......... hmm, the cats might find them amusing?

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Completed a 3 mile run this afternoon.
All in Zone 3 with an occasional overlap into Zone 4.
Still keeping my speed to an exact 4 MPH.

Mr. Tape says I've shrunk my love handles by about 1/4 inch, so I updated my ticker to reflect the change.

Duck update: Them clowns are ever so curious. I discovered that if you dig into the ground with your fingers, or with a small stick, they come running to investigate. Something about digging into the ground gets their undivided attention. When this happens, they get real close so that you can pet them. I'm going to do this daily as they are so amusing to be with.

Bee update: More flowers have bloomed and the bees are going bonkers collecting pollen. They are trying to make and store enough honey to get through the winter. Here is a Bumble Bee I photographed this afternoon.



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I know - I feel the same - it's a life-long journey.

I also find that when I do yoga and stretches now that I've got a smaller range of flexibility - I wish I'd worked on that more diligently all my life too! Still - we're alive and kicking, so let's just keep moving forwards!



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Making progress.

Completed a 2.5 mile run at 4 MPH.
The whole distance was completed with a heart rate below 120 bpm.

This tells me that my heart and respiratory system has gotten stronger.
My sleeping heart rate is now around 43 bpm.

For me, this is a huge success, especially at my age.
And no injuries!

Wish I had figured this out years ago.

The journey never ends.

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I've been taking Vitamin D since the beginning of the pandemic. Only the 'official' UK amount of 1000 iu (25 micrograms). The 2000 iu is a good amount for immunity.

Daily dosages are set very low for safety reasons (as I'm sure you know). The information source I follow suggests that the lack of Vitamin D is a reason why people with darker skins are adversely affected by Covid-19.

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Vitamin D, Why are we so deficient?

sorendreier.com/why-are-we-so-vitamin-d-de
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Stumbled on this Interesting article. I looked at the label on my supply of vitamin D and a single tablet only supplies 2000IU (250% daily dosage?) Makes no sense to me.

I'm going to make the extra effort to get my D supply from the sun during the winter months to keep my immune system in check.





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Ah, I see! Thanks for explaining.

A smoothie for breakfast starts the day well, doesn't it.

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Hi Gill,

My fitness tracker sets a goal of so many calories per day based on height/weight. Somewhere around 500 calories to burn. If I achieve that goal, it is 100% complete. Anything above that is icing on the cake. Some days I get so busy, I can easily burn 200% of the goal, or twice the target.

As for the bees, I won't be able to harvest any honey until the 3rd year.
1st year is to establish the hive.
2nd Year is to build up the bee population
3rd year is when there is sufficient overflow of honey to harvest.

The bees need enough honey to feed on through the winter. They generate heat by eating their honey. They are very good at regulating temperature and humidity, but without food, they will perish. They do not hibernate.

This morning I ran for 3 miles. By 8am, I was at 65% of my goal.
Weight still dropping. Fruit smoothies for breakfast and lunch are a great low calorie sugar free treat.

And of course...coffee.

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Excellent stuff, Harry! Fascinating photos of the bees versus the wasp! I'm fancying honey now........... I am lucky I can buy local organic honey.

Well done with your goals (not sure how you get 200% - did you do tomorrow's goals as well?!)
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200% Of goal today. WOOT-WOOT!

Going to bed early. I'm exhausted.

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Another successful day.
Weight holding steady.
Waist starting to thin out.

Eating more fruit.
More water as it's so hot outside.

Got a bit of landscaping completed.
Staying off the computer till later in the day is helping me reach my goals.

I keep pushing myself forward to success.

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Tended to my bees this morning. I opened up the top of the hive a bit to allow some extra ventilation.

Two wasps tried to gain entrance and they got the business end from my bees.



This wasp was brought down with one bee.



After that, I did my 2 mile run for 200 calories.
Another successful day of activity.

Tomorrow's goal: Repeat my 2 mile run.
Weight still trending down.

The journey continues.

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Excellent update!

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Back from travel.

Yep, them ducks is huge now. They are grubbing around the yard looking for tender greens to eat. They are good at eating young weeds.

It is a fact that you can easily herd a flock of ducks, but not cats.

Weight trending downward. Staying on track.

How?

1. Avoiding the sugar, added sugar, sweeteners, juices, and artificial sweeteners.
2. Drinking only coffee, tea, water, and milk from grass fed cows.
3. Journaling and writing down my daily goals.
4. Now walking/jogging 2 miles a day for 200 calories burned before 8 AM.
5. Avoiding processed foods.
6. Snacking on fruits and veggies.
7. No email or social media until after dinner.
8. Getting outside to improve my immune system (Vitamin D).
9. Gardening and Landscaping.
10. Sticking to my Paleo diet.
11. Regular strength training.
12. Avoiding ALL sodas.
13. Going to bed early.

That's it. So easy and great habits.

Looking forward to tomorrow's coffee.

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Wowee - just look at them! They're huge now!

What a lot of space you have around you!

Congratulations on your FIVE years - I'll check out your blog.

I made some nice 'jam' yesterday using frozen berries, lemon juice, a little bit of xylitol and chia seeds - it's nice. Do you ever use xylitol? I am guessing perhaps not.

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Getting warmer.

I'm changing my schedule to get up earlier to do my cardio to take advantage of the cooler air, and then going to bed earlier.

I'm definitely getting more calories burned before lunch. All the landscaping projects are getting done as planned in my Bullet Journal. I'm avoiding the life sucking computer activities until later in the evening.

The ducks are doing fine and their colors are really starting to pop.



It's been five years since joining SPARKPeople and I think I will reflect on that a bit and write about it in my blog.

Blog mode on.

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Another very productive day.
My activity tracker says I hit over 100% again.

Updating my BuJo daily with my written goals. Handwriting my top 3 tasks each day is driving me to get them done.

Having moved my email and social media to late in the evening was the best thing I did for myself. I am recapturing more time for the things that are more important to me.

Feeling better about myself.
Getting things done.
Staying on track.
Avoiding sugar.

Tomorrow is a new day.

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Fitness tracker says I'm getting my calories burned earlier in the day.

I wonder why?

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Wow...finished chapter 2.
Big eye-opener.

The average adult spends 145 minutes a day reading email!
It's a continuous loop of wasteful activity and I'm guilty of it.

Social media is the other big time waster.

Okay, so the advice is to move the email and social activity to the end of they day.
I did that and guess what happened?

I got stuff done! Most productive day since I can't remember when.
Checking off TODO tasks like no tomorrow.

Three big words in chapter 2 are:

1. Clarity - What are my expectations?
2. Focus - Multitasking does not work.
3. Concentration - A skill/habit, concentrated mind activity. When at work, WORK!

To sum everything up, I was very focused and productive today. Moving email and social media to the end of the day, breaks the loop of wasteful activity, and frees me up to do the important tasks that have consequences if not completed. So simple. The tasks that have consequences must be completed first.

Chapter 3 starts with this quote:

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement. -Claude M. Bristol

Eating correctly involves clear thought.
It is a conscious decision to eat the right foods.
Lack of thought has consequences.

Making improvements with my time.



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Good strength training exercises if you like to run.

www.polar.com/blog/strength-training-for-r
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I like to run.

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Gill, Thanks.

Gotta find humor to keep the spirits up.

Today's goal: Make the right choices to save time, money, and energy.
Keeps me happy, wealthy, and wise.

Going out to check on the ducks, bees, and do some landscaping.

Good day all.



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Had my coffee.

I bought some broccoli the other day and pulled it from the fridge.
It looked really sad all wilted an all.

I decided to try and perk it up by placing it in a bowl of water and put it back in the fridge. Low and behold, it sprung back into life. So crunchy and fun to eat. Why didn't I think of this decades ago?

Okay, back to my book. Reviewing the first chapter.
The top three percenters are not the smartest people. Because they are driven by WRITTEN goals, they succeed. They win because they never give up. Every day they hammer on little tasks that lead to their ultimate goal.

They all had something in common. They REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted something and never lost sight of it. THEY NEVER GAVE UP.

So, I am DOING the same thing. My daily task is to eat those foods that do not waste my time. My BUJO is just full of reminders of what I REALLY REALLY REALLY want, and that is to see my abs. The daily task is to keep hammering away on eating those foods that do not hurt me.

I'm reminding myself that added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.

So far so good. Gonna reread the first chapter before moving on.

Gonna stop wasting my time.

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I like the new profile pic! I've got my BUJO back up and running now - it went off-piste a bit when the pandemic started. I've been ticking everything off steadily today.



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Gil, the bees are amazing. I watched them yesterday and as long as you move slowly, they don't mind the extra company. They was flying back to the hive with loads of pollen on their legs.

The book I'm reading is called, MASTER YOUR TIME MASTER YOUR LIFE, by Brian Tracy. Wish I had found a book like this years ago.

So far, in a nutshell, people need to set goals and WRITE THEM DOWN.

You have heard of the one percenters who are successful, well, according to this author, it's more like three percenters who bubble to the top. All because they set goals that are written down. Plans are useless without the action.

The action becomes daily tasks, daily goals, WRITTEN DOWN and executed daily. This is one of the reasons I went back to a BUJO.

The food I eat is a daily goal. There are the good foods and the not so good foods.

I have set my daily goals:

1. Eat the good Foods
2. Avoid the not so good foods.

This requires thinking.
This requires Intellect.
This requires a conscious decision.

To save my time and energy, I must make the right choice. If I make the wrong choice, I will have wasted-my-time. See the logic in this?

Cause and effect are at play here.

Thus, the daily grind to make the right choices and be rewarded in saving time and reach the goal to remain healthy and happy.

More to follow after I have my coffee.

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How exciting - thanks for sharing; I'm fascinated! Isn't it amazing how they're happy to be transported and re-homed, as long as they stay in that 'nucleus' together.

Enjoy your time-management reading & research.

I am a little envious of your space.

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5/9/20 11:51 P

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Finally, made it home.

Picked up my bees and got them hived.



They arrived in a box called a NUC (Nucleus of bees). It's a mini hive with about 2000 bees and one queen. To hive them, you pull the racks and transfer the bees to the actual hive. The queen is marked with a blue dot on her back and is easy to spot. After hiving, I gave them sugar water as a treat. They loved it.

The queen is introduced to the hive inside a cage. She is trapped inside until the bees chew away a candy barricade. Since the queen is new to the workers, it gives them time to get use to her scent. After the candy is chewed away, they have gotten to know here and accept her as the new queen. This is the empty chamber.



Here is the hive with the feeder.



When the temperature dropped below 50F, they flew back into the hive to keep warm. Exciting day today.

Started two new books on time management. I expect to learn some new tips so that I may get better at utilizing my time. Important to me as I see time management as a key to improving my weight management habits. I believe they are all interrelated.

Time marches on, in step with my journey.


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5/7/20 10:29 A

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1.5 mile jog this morning. Weight is steady.

Ducks are still growing.

Bees arrive for my beehive on Saturday. The beehive is setup and ready.



Making coffee.

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The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.

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5/4/20 11:13 A

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Early jog this morning.

Watered and fed the clowns (ducks).

Drinking coffee.

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Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.

The Ticker below is actually My Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR) Greater than 53 = Bad news.


 Body Fat %: 54.0
55
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46
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5/3/20 4:09 A

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They sound like great companions actually! They look very adolescent - a bit like the seagulls here when they're half-grown.

Glad to hear you're still at it.

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Gill

Time Zone GMT (London) - yes, I'm hours ahead of most of you! Cornwall, UK

"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

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