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See this image largerGot shopping done (took 5 hours) and hadn't been prepared to go, so was wearing garden clogs. My feet are killing me!See this image largerThe 'new me': Stood up to do a little workout while watching #DeadlineWH, and a little turned into pretty long, then made quick-ish reheating-type Mexican inspired dinner, with huge spinach salad, special cheese quesadillas, salsa chicken for the folks, and I'm gonna do beans & rice for #MeatlessMonday(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largersays Black Lives Matter(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerHere's what's almost done blooming now; in 90's & humid & very windy as winds of TD Cristobal & remnants blow thru for next 36; got up WAY early to replant pansies into hangers (cuz chipmunks just eat them TOO much this year, now that my cat RIP's) & did some set-up for rain caching also; did some yoga in early AM cool tooSee this image larger"I like to #moveit #moveit"...getting up for 10 minutes instead of sitting while I was watching the news became a tidal wave of muscular engagement, by including dumbell #weights and really challenging myselfSee this image larger"I like to #moveit #moveit"...getting up for 10 minutes instead of sitting while I was watching the news became a wave of muscular engagement, by including dumbell #weights and really challenging myself with numbers of reps while also moving lower body (lunges, squats, & some #yoga warrior poses)See this image largerAny ideas? 333'r doing 2 hrs+ of workouts daily this week to be #NetZero (cals in=cals out) as self-challenge Iso 20+ min of other low-impact indoor #cardio ...did an hour low impact aerobics+weights earlier, now exercycled 20 min during #DeadlineWH ABlock, then going to make dinner, then later another spinnning session during Maddow of 20-30 min...(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerTonight's #MaddowABlock; did 70 minutes spin+lowImpact earlier, may do more later if not enough cals out (vs. cals in, for my own #NetZero week), after I eat the artichoke I'm saving for #Colbert.(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerAnother shooting. #blacklivesmatterSee this image larger#SayHerName #SayHisName #blacklivesmatterSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerEasy day so far, gonna garden in a bit; after doing 2+ hours for 6 days last week for #NetZero, this was pretty low-key, though I did add in my heavy weights (upper body) for about a third of it.See this image largerOf course, being the grammarSoldier that I am, choose grafefulness, but image 'borrowers' can't be choosers, lol Regardless, main sentiment applies: Happy Tuesday...make it a good one!See this image largerHave been trying to workout more in the AM, and then often get some other workouts in, later in the day, but if not...it's DONE! I do it shortly after my 2nd coffee-lingering cup. Started doing it during #GovCuomo during early-mid NYC #Covid; now my state, MI, which was also a hotspot, is most improved!See this image largerTried out the new running shoes doing low impacts in the family room during #DeadlineWHSee this image larger#MaddowABlock w/ #HIIT (3(1)2(2)2)(2 comments)See this image largerRealizing that even though I've met some of my short-term #goalfeats (down 30 pounds this year, so far, even after stopping sparking in miid Feb-mid April), I'm still thinking and expecting instantaneous monumental results. Did my #MaddowABlock with 5 1-1 #HIIT bits in middle 10, plus started doing daily 5min abs&pushupsSee this image largerRealizing that even though I've met some of my short-term #goalfeats (down 30 pounds this year, so far, even after stopping sparking in miid Feb-mid April), I'm still thinking and expecting instantaneous monumental results. Did my #MaddowABlock with 5 1-1 #HIIT bits in middle 10, plus started doing daily 5min abs&pushups(1 comments)See this image largerHot outside (gardened for an hour in AM again; couldn't do it this eve cuz niece's 9th bday zoom call) so worked out for an hour during #DeadlineWHSee this image largersays last-minute Happy PRIDE!See this image largerLast minutes! Happy #PrideSee this image largerHello July! It's gonna be a hot one.... Didn't do gardening (but fixed the water hose bib in the backyard!) so only about a half hour earlier; During #MaddowABlock, 5 min #HIIT in center (1x1x1)(1 comments)See this image largerSparkin' during #DeadlineWH, so did #TheBeat, & kept going a bit; included moving #yoga, #weights; Creating my future...which includes leanness, muscles & mellow(1 comments)See this image largerExcited about Summer 5% challenge which starts tomorrow; Excited that I'll be free of at least 5% of me (rather, 5+% of my fat) by Sept. by staying disciplined on water and fitness minutes and on my healthy eating plan.See this image largerMay into June (New Moon to New Moon: May 22 to June 21) vision / inspo collage #GoalFeatSee this image larger3rd night in a row I did spinning to #MaddowABlock, (then I ran out & shot some pics of the blooming irises, peonies & rhododendrons; this one is one of my favs, var. 'Batik' & caught the sherbet swirl sunset, yay!) but previous 2 nights I didn't log, due to technical difficulties then (going back to do it now...did you know you can both pre & post track food & fitness? T was 30 min W: 25See this image largerHappy #FullMoon tonight; was #Eclipse this afternoon (not visible from USA, obvi) Did #MaddowABlock & even a little #NSV of an extra minute of #HIIT / #Hiit - 7 min vs. 6 for last few weeks.See this image larger: George Floyd, RIPowerSee this image largerHad some technical difficulties & also got super tired between the time of working out & the time of logging for the last 2 days; also logging some of today, but may do a little more, some yoga or tai chi tonight that won't get logged hereSee this image larger3rd night in a row I did spinning to #MaddowABlock, (then I ran out & shot some pics of the blooming irises, peonies & rhododendrons; this one is one of my favs, var. 'Batik' & caught the sherbet swirl sunset, yay!) but previous 2 nights I didn't log, due to technical difficulties then (going back to do it now...did you know you can both pre & post track food & fitness? T was 30 min W: 25See this image largerWhoops, missed logging this last night during #MaddowABlockSee this image largerHi! Day 1: Gardening, Literally all day; counted as 125 minutesSee this image largerWatched a new-to-me movie, Coach Carter, a sports inspiration movie, which inspired me to move, watching it, along with my dad!(1 comments)See this image largerTense times in MN #MaddowABlockSee this image largerWorked out watching a PBS show I'd taped about origins of humanity (Africa's rift valley) and some of the civilizations most folks don't know about, like the ancient rival of Egypt, Kush—who's 1-eyed woman general defeated the Romans when Cleopatra's Egypt lost to themSee this image largerOnly have 4 red&white petunias & 7 torenias (6 purple&white, 1 pink & white) left to transplant, but decided to call it a night. No #MaddowABlock tonight (tho I missed half of last night's TRMS) because gardening last night too, in between the rains. (Helps with lowering transplant shock)See this image largerDid my #MaddowABlock today, tho did food prep during #DeadlineWH, & earlier did about 45 min of low impact; was going to work on the garden today, but just too hot and HUMID (89F but heat index was 92! due to the humidity) by the time I had some free time.See this image larger9 cups of water (a bit of tea later) #H20 (FOTET OTHTER TAG)See this image largerThis wasn't mostly cleaning, just a bit; it was sanitizing produce & also some light gardeningSee this image largerHappy #newMoon everyone! A great time to set the next moonth's #moveit & #eattherainbow plan (just had to jump in the shower because I picked up a tick, even wearing a hat Not doing #MaddowABlock spinning tonight because I got a hike in earlier, after not hiking in weeks! I *did* do several in the past fortnight, 6 x 20 min each (2 were 25 min); also lots of cleaning and some cooking See this image largerHappy #newMoon everyone! A great time to set the next moonth's #moveit & #eattherainbow plan (just had to jump in the shower because I picked up a tick, even wearing a hat Not doing #MaddowABlock spinning tonight because I got a hike in earlier, after not hiking in weeks! I *did* do several in the past fortnight, 6 x 20 min each (2 were 25 min); also lots of cleaning and some cooking See this image largerDoing so much more sanitizing on monthly stock-up days; In actuality was from 8:30-3:30, so 7 hoursSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largeris down 20 pounds for the year(2 comments)See this image largerSome #HIIT during a short-ish #MaddowABlock then the rest of dinner (had salad half an hour ago) including last of last night's caldo de queso, & some spaghetti w/tomato sauce, with a bit of beef on the side (going back to mostly veg since #covid causing meat-packing plant issues)See this image largerWent out on the trail near home for a quick sunset hike, after finishing my book, which was good, interesting, and about to do some spinning(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerYay! I *kept* saying I was starting my #yoga practice (& I did a couple poses the other day as a warm-up) but finally did a short but legit series of poses for 5 min, along with 5 min of push-ups.See this image larger#MaddowABlock, & did 5 min spinning during #DeadlineWHSee this image larger#MaddowABlock plus cleaned a messy kitchen (mostly not my mess, though I did eat some of the results) for over an hour #covid #tip: if your hands are dry from washing, rub some of the natural oils from the sides of of your nostrils into your cuticlesSee this image larger#MaddowABlock cut short cuz hurt foot & thought it might be bleeding (wasn't) & butt was sore (was planning dinner during #DeadlineWH by reviewing sparkrecipes for whole wheat & other pizzas...SHOULDA taken a picture)See this image larger#MaddowABlock on broken-chain (but still spinning, just no tension) bike, but just restarting so that's okay; had done similar with dad's sitting pedals earlier during #CuomoPresser #HappyEarthDay!See this image largeris here again after coronal pause(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerPre #deadlineWH today, while on speaker phone w/Ok, also watching news; glad Dr. Jeanette (relative of relative) not positiveSee this image largerWatched the covid concerts mc'd by colbert & the jimmieSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerNot really a stairmaster, just did 7 sets of 13 stairs to the basement #moveitSee this image largerNo #MaddowABlock today (tried to fix indoor bike chain instead, will get this weekend) cuz did hour+ during #DeadlineWH, after clearing more space to workout, which was quite good today. Also did 7 reps of basement steps (13) = 101; also today will be first time I do full hydration, in a while.See this image largerNo #MaddowABlock today (tried to fix indoor bike chain instead, will get this weekend) cuz did hour+ during #DeadlineWH, after clearing more space to workout, which was quite good today. Also did 7 reps of basement steps (13) = 101; also today will be first time I do full hydration, in a while.See this image larger#MaddowABlock twice this week so far (did one on Tues too), & maybe gonna have to make a (gov'r) #CuomoPresser (yesterday lifted weights (light) for the first time in a bit, during it, & *phew* my shoulders are very sore! Also, #nonScaleVictory: yesterday noted that I was able to do kitchen work much longer than I could in Jan. (back would start hurting)(1 comments)See this image largerWhile people are staying home, remember to do everything to make yourself as healthy as you can. Go outside for exercise & fresh air if you can, make sure you are moving indoors otherwise, and hydrate. Also, in terms of healthy foods that help you fight virus: onions & garlic & citrus are key, then leafy herbs, then mushrooms, then other freggies (I got this from this Dr.'s website https://sandracabot.com/anti-viral
-foods/)
See this image largerSlowly ramping up my garden time, so I don't 'over-do-it' this week; was mostly removing spent stems, clearing way for visibility of only things already blooming: mini dutch irises & snowdrops (will remember to take pics tomorrow, now that I've reminded myself); 2nd #moveit session of day; at least one, maybe 2 more coming...See this image largerNeeded to move, so I did while watching #deadlinewh a-block. Now going outside to do a little gardening.See this image largerCleaned up front yard bed, composted a couple of buckets of food, finished digging Sam's hole, I think. Was sweating (wearing knit hat, unzipped winter coat, gloves) was 48, supposed to be 34 degrees tonight.See this image largerFirst gardening cardio of the year (tho I *was* wearing my winter jacket, unzipped, but I did sweat, so I'm counting it!) Did some perennial bed cleaning (the lenten rose bed...need more of them! & front yard bed) & working on deepening Sam's (in pic) gravehole, but it needs to be deeperSee this image largerHanging in there, like my sweet cat Sam did on Heather's fishtank (had to move it off *that* bookshelf, lol) #MaddowABlock See this image largerSpent time emptying all the compost pails. Counting as cleaning because I was sweating! (coulda been from over an hour aerobics I had done just a little while before)See this image largerWatched TV & moved around a lot, doing dance 'moves'See this image largerOver 2 hours of movement (also yesterday): an hour midday & a 25-min #MaddowABlock & more; sunny day (yay!) but apparently one of the 7 coldest this season, so I opted not to go for a walk (haven't gone in a few weeks tbh, but did spend time outside shoveling snow last week)See this image larger#HappyValentinesDay Loving myself by taking better care of myself than I have in a long time; doing my work-outs, water, waiting on treats until I know (via tracks) that I can afford them that day First workout today during #DeadlineWH #HappyValentines #HappyGalentinesSee this image largerThis was the pic on today's spark search. This aerobics sessions was 2nd workout today, did this during #MaddowABlock (first was shoveling snow); have 15 minutes allotted for spinning for 3rd, if I can fix the chain that jumped; otherwise will try out the youtube Walk Away Pounds vid to do final #moveit for the day....(1 comments)See this image largerThis was the pic on today's spark search. This aerobics sessions was 2nd workout today, did this during #MaddowABlock (first was shoveling snow); have 15 minutes allotted for spinning for 3rd, if I can fix the chain that jumped; otherwise will try out the youtube Walk Away Pounds vid to do final #moveit for the day....See this image largerWhole drive, a couple of inches; not as bad as I thought it was gonna be, but thought I would be done in 20 min (but snow damp but not slushy, esp near road, so a little heavier) Oh well, great cardio, good for my #heart! #HappyValentines #HappyValentine #HappyGalentines #HappyGalentine #Valentines #Valentine #Galentines #Galentines #loveSee this image largerIntense #hiit session during #MaddowABlock, then chain came off the bike, about 2/3 in; gotta fix it before tomorrow night, but undeterred, I got off and kept going. Snow storm predicted tonight too. Got my car into the shop before it hits. Unrelated, but always eat some greens, daily if you can!See this image larger#HappyBirthday to me Fun fact: Also one of two of Buddha's birthday days (different folks celebrate different ones); also national boy scout day(2 comments)See this image largerHadn't gotten it done yesterday, so had melted a little, plus more fell today, but then was warm, so it was about 4 inches of layered heavy wet slushsnow: good cardio!See this image largerWas going to shovel snow today, but day got away from me; Ended up doing Half #hiit (1 min hardx5 every other minute; last 2 on increased tension) on during #MaddowABlockSee this image largerGot in some harder cycling via #HIIT (middle third) during #MaddowABlockSee this image largerWatched #TheBiggestLoser and immediately had to jump on the exercycle and get some minutes in #BiggestLoser #TBLSee this image largerWhoops, sorry, re-posting cuz I forgot to track that I was spinning for the first 15 min: "Watching opening of #WonderWoman when the Amazons train and Antiope says: "You are stronger than you think"; always find motivating....See this image largerWatching opening of #WonderWoman when the Amazons train and Antiope says: "You are stronger than you think"; always find motivating....See this image largerYesterday I did just over 2 hours of cardio, so today I'm taking it easy, to not overdo: Did my newly regular #MaddowABlock spinning; Also sparking and cleaning (25 min) watching #impeachmentTrial & #hgtv sometimes also(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image larger15+15+25* watching TV at 4, 6, 9 Getting used to #biking (inddors) so I can get one this spring (outdoors) and use it to do errands, instead of the car; longest time (double!) so far of what I did a couple weeks ago Note to self: also add some working out earlier in day! #eatsleepbikerepeat #bike *#deadlineWH #thebeat #maddow #MaddowABlockSee this image largerSore achilles tendon (since the summer, but had been better, until I stepped up my movement again this year, and at my age (mid-late 50's) & very heavy weight (but 10.2 lbs lighter in 2020!) & with 30+ years of thyroiditis (which I just learned on sparkpeople also hits connective tissues) I need to remind myself #easyDoesIt & #dontOverdo or I'll be derailed.See this image largerLost 5.2 at weigh-in for beginning of week 2; missed week 3; lost another 5 last night at weigh-in for beginning of week 4; #goalMet: Lose 10 pounds in January. Image is Misty Copeland, a ground-breaking black ballerina who was on the #Grammys last night; I'd been inspired to dance along with them a bit before, and she was awesome! (I and have rarely used that word)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largeris keeping going againSee this image largerHad a slumpy week, broke several streaks, and didn't spark (& didn't track). Don't know why, maybe my thyroid (didn't take Rx), maybe the moon? (waning) Anyway, back on track, tracking, engergized, and adding Rx as KEY must-do.... (Thanks to whomever I 'borrowed' this pic from, on the community feed)See this image largerHad a slumpy week, broke several streaks, and didn't spark (& didn't track). Don't know why, maybe my thyroid (didn't take Rx), maybe the moon? (waning) Anyway, back on track, tracking, engergized, and adding Rx as KEY must-do.... (Thanks to whomever I 'borrowed' this pic from, on the community feed)See this image largerDid 35 min last night at midnight to do whole driveway (while snow was light) then warmed up overnight and just the walkway today took me 15 min! (cuz was heavy, wet, freezing slush) Now enjoying some plain herb teaSee this image largeris still looking for more suggestions for ground turkey (post on my page or as a blog comment) Thanks!See this image largerDid over 2 hours today #moveit: 45 min low-impact aerobics, 45 min shoveling the blizzard that's still falling, and 45 min hiking before it fellSee this image largerForgot to post here (had too many tabs open): did my week 1* weigh 1 early this week and lost 5.2 pounds! #mylossismygain I know it's mostly water weight and also that I restarted my thyroid Rx, BUT I did have a very good week making healthier choices and ramped out working out again, and had some longer sessions. *week 1 in #2020visionSee this image larger#2020vision: trying to listen to myself and the 20/20 hindsight I haveSee this image largerMy #fitnessFeats today: 25 min of super easy, super slow yoga @ sunrise 25 min walk (tho sat on bench in middle to watch neighbor's hot air balloon, & that may be when I ended up with 11 (ELEVEN) ticks! Long shower @ sunsetSee this image largerMy 13 #goalfeats: Watched sun rise (also watched Stonehenge sunrise online! Happy Solstice!!) Yoga first thing Healthy breakfast: pbj milky oatmeal Fasted, in observance of longest day Planted flowers into pots Planted seeds (green beans) Did some extra cleaning *Worked on basement (near daybed) *Blogging this Kind to tato when his headache caused him to shout Kind to mom when she shouted about front stoop Community: reached out to Sarah & Larys *Rite w/divin. See this image largerPlanting yellow marigolds & 'blue' flowers like flag of #Ukraine (plus showy pinky-purple hydrangeas)See this image largeris getting it togetherSee this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine Wall With a little help from my friends (Amethyst Butterflies team, OA network, f&fam) See this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine WallSee this image largerby Josephine Wall This is a reminder of continual reTransForm.ation; just as winter goes to spring.(1 comments)See this image largerIris by Josephine Wall; Iris—Greek rainbow Goddess—messenger of transformation on butterfly wings(1 comments)See this image largerIris Avatar for Spring 2018 BL ChallengeSee this image largerIris Banner (1000x250) for Spring BL ChallengeSee this image largerIris for Spring18 BL ChallengeSee this image larger#Vegan Fajitas with #5freggies (refried beans, green chili salsa (YAY Hatch, #NM!), orange bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, well-caramelized onion) & the Quorn meatless, soyless, gluten free veg 'chi`ken' cutlets (which DOES taste like #chicken, which I wasn't necessarily looking for as a #flexitarian (was veg for quarter century but found out soy probs for severe #hashimoto #thyroid issue)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image larger#icandothis #higherpower This is an inspiration photo I dl'd from somewhere forever ago, called "Higher Self"See this image largerForces to marshall within one's self on the quest for success with any goal via OrganizationSee this image largeris sleepy/ing all day today for some reasonSee this image largeris on track this year, and the magic is happening!See this image largerAnother monarch butterly (more monarch-y) mandala I made in paint.net(1 comments)See this image largerA monarch butterfly mandala I made in paint.net(1 comments)See this image largerBlessed Be! A picture I made in photoshop a few years ago(1 comments)See this image largerHappy SunCycle Kwan Yin -made this in Photoshop several years ago(2 comments)See this image largerMade in paint.net: treeleidoscope 10; uploaded in celebration of Sept 2014 supermoon activation(4 comments)See this image largerAnother treeleidoscope(11) I made: the 8 points in wheel of year-solstices, equinoxes, cross-qtrs(3 comments)See this image largerA picture I made in photoshop, remembering my grandmother who recently passed at 101.6(3 comments)See this image largerSomething to remember... :) Don't fall for it!(1 comments)See this image largerMy sweet cat, Sam :DSee this image largerAnother photoshop creation, I won a top place in a contest about my dreams...obviously travel!(3 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerCOMPASSION...4 the self, is the most importantSee this image largerHappy Winter...let Befana blow in the N wind of change, and help us burn calories shoveling snow!(2 comments)See this image largerWE...have the POWER...to re-make/re-image/re-build our lives!(4 comments)See this image largerMe, a while ago, photoshopped(1 comments)

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