summer winding down

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
My son is in college and I have to be in town two days a week to help save on gas. We have meet some very nice people and I am glad for that. We did not get out much at all. This gives us a reason to get out more and be social. I now really would like to be closer to town so that the drive was not so far. It takes about 30 minutes to get to town and that is just to long and to much gas. It is going to be a few more years before we will even be able to really think of moving closer to town, since we just bought this place last year. I do keep an eye on what is for sake closer to town so I have an idea of what there is.
We had one of our new friends over this last weekend with her three kids and it was great. The dogs were so good and so were the kids. We have pictures of the baby(2 months) with my Great Pyrenees, Penelope and they are so cute. Penelope was so good with the kids I could not believe it. She still thinks any thing smaller than her is a play toy.
We are working on getting the yard mowed down and that is proving to be a task and a half. either we run out of gas or something breaks every time we go at it.  last was the belt for the blades, but the must of shrunk some so we could do some this last weekend. Hubby keeps thinking that he has to get all the tall stuff first. I am trying to get him to get what we have done keeps up with, but that is almost a pointless task. Hopefully this weekend will be nice and we can get it all done so I can get started on where the garden is going to go. Have a lot of weeds to pull and boxes to make. I hope that I can get it all done before winter gets here so I am ready this next spring. I ma going to have to re-plan all the boxes so that I can get enough out of it to share with others.
The chickens are doing good, they have to stay locked up most of the time right now since I lost so many a time back. Thelma is doing good in her own coop in my garage. She was laying for about 3 weeks but has stopped again and is now molting. I figure that most all of them will this year so well not be getting a whole lot of eggs.
We are going to have to get the rabbits soon for meat is just getting to be to much these days. I just am not sure where to put them to keep the cool in the summer and safe all year long. Getting a few goats would be good too. Right now we have to get the yard cleaned up so that we can put them back there. Might have to put up a higher fence for Penelope can jump it with easy being that is it is only a 3 food fence.

All in all this is a great place just not the right place for what I want.

Time for a life style change

Monday, September 2, 2013
I have been needing to lose some weight for sometime, but doing it is another thing. I don't like the word "diet" that is die with a T on the end, and they just don't work. We are going to do a life style change I really have to get my husband to lose some weight too. So what are we doing for a life style change, we are going to eat healthier. How you ask? If you look at what the Mayo clinic says and how to use the glycemic index you can do a lot and it really should not cost you anymore than you spend now(this is yet to be seen here at my house).
Here is what we are going to be doing. We will still get meat but it will be leaner cuts and less of meats.(example Bacon wrapped fillets are 6 ounces, if we buy three and cut them in half we get two meals of meat. the old way would be to buy 6 to get two meals). The money we are saving on the meat can go to fruit and vegetables that are healthier for you. As for breads(bread, tortilla, and buns) we will be getting whole grain or stoned ground. We cut out a lot of the sugars(for me this is a problem for I am addicted to sugar)
We will be eating 6 times a day and not just 3, again you ask me how we are going to do this. you get breakfast, lunch and dinner and you get three snacks. Doing this you never feel hungry and your blood sugar stay steady. Exercise is the next part, what exercise! we have to exercise, yes you have to exercise. Exercise can be doing 30 minutes of house work, working in the garden, tending the animals or if you really want to going to the gym, but why do that when you can do so much at home for FREE. I have started to walk a mile every night and with having to take my son to classes two days a week I walk all over town(its a small town)
When making your plate for a meal think of what a serving really is. Did you know that a serving of meat is 3 ozs or about the size of a deck of cards how about fats its measured in teaspoon or about the size of a standard 6 sided die(dices)My son is talking about the size of dice for he plays D & D and the dice are all different sizes. So to make a good healthy plate eat like this: a baseball of vegetables, Tennis ball of fruit, Hockey puck of carbohydrates(bread, potato pasta or rice) a deck of card of protein or dairy and dice for fats. Read labels and all that see what is a serving to start with. In the US we do not eat servings we eat what is in the package: a small bag of chips is like 4 servings not 1, a baked potato is like 2 servings not 1, that cut of meat is most like 2 or more servings. Did you know a 15 dollar a pound T-bone steak that is 12 ozs can feed three people. Even a candy bar is like 3 sevings not 1.
There is a great app for I-phone and droid called NOOM that can help you to work on a life style change and exercise more.It is a coach and so much more. I have been using it for about 4 days and I already feel better. I am not getting tired in the after noon, I am moving more and getting work done that need to get done. Being that it is still hot outside I don't get much done out there but soon it will start to cool off and I will get to work out there.
My son who does not have to lose any weight is even helping me and his step dad so that we can be healthier. Now a good support team.