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Eye Candy Friday

I know it’s Eye Candy Friday but I need to take care of a little housekeeping before we get to that.

First of all, thank you to each and every one of you for your comments yesterday. Your love and support and encouragement had me all verklempt for most of the day. You offered to help, you gave excellent advice, some of you made me cry (you know who you are) and I will definitely be calling on you when I feel myself starting to flail.

Second, an update on the hawk photos from the other day. There were 65 comments on the blog post plus there were a few people who emailed me privately or told me in person which photo was their favorite. It comes down to this: 47 people preferred the hawk in the pine tree and 22 people preferred the hawk in the maple tree. I’m kind of partial to that pine tree photo myself. So there you have it.

Okay, on to the business of the day.

This is the window box that’s outside my kitchen sink window. I love seeing these bright and cheery flowers when I’m working in the kitchen.

It’s a holiday weekend – the first official one of summer 2012! Get out there and enjoy it; I’ll see you all on Tuesday.

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  1. Beautiful window box! I’m off today to purchase plants for my window boxes and planters. I love looking for inspiration at my favorite nursery. Enjoy this weekend! Yipee summer is here!!

  2. Such cheering flowers! What a wonderful pop of color. Have the best kind of weekend, Carole. Work up a sweat! 🙂 XOXOXO

  3. Your flower box is overflowing with joy and cheer and a wonderful mix of color! Have a grand weekend!! It’s a great time to get out and start moving in a new way.

  4. A very cheery box! I hope it’s a very cheery weekend! This is my final weekend before summer vacation. It will be full of last minute grading, writing report card comments, and packing up my classroom for the summer. I know it doesn’t sound like fun UNTIL you get to the word: SUMMER! I know you will make the best of your three days! Play HARD, Carole!

  5. Cemetery, parade, lots of friends and neighbors at our house (the parade goes right by) for brunch. Summer is beginning!

  6. Love the flower box, makes me want one! Hope you have a wonderful weekend – I’ll miss you 🙂

  7. Another spectacular photo! What a nice way to be greeted in the morning in your kitchen.

  8. Lovely flowers! I think the reason I like the hawk in the pine better is that my eye goes first to the hawk’s head (good) instead of being distracted by the white underside in the maple shot – both really neat shots though!

  9. I have missed this entire week! Love the window box outside
    your kitchen window! I can clearly understand your struggle
    with weight as I have had to deal with it for several years myself.
    You are definitely on the right track and congratulations for
    taking this step and sharing this with us. It is not easy to
    throw yourself out in front of everyone. Life is good!! 🙂

  10. Your window box is a delight. I have thought about yesterday’s post a lot-you have inspired me to follow your good example. Keep us posted on your progress! Happy weekend!

  11. You’re not going to believe this, but I have the same flowers outside my kitchen window, just different colors! Different coasts, same mind-set.

  12. I would’ve voted for the hawk in the pinetree too 🙂 LOVE the colors in your window box. how could you not smile looking at that!

  13. Carole, the best thing you can do for yourself is to read Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. Best diet advice around. Also, I am a HUGE fan of intermittent fasting, but in this case it does not involve fasting for more than 14-16 hours. When I first started, I fasted every day for 19 hours, but I only did that for a couple of months. I stopped eating after dinner, then did not eat until 2pm the next day. Forget all that nonsense about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. That’s promoted by the cereal industry! I did lose weight, but more importantly, I lost FAT. I dropped 3 sizes in 2 months. My shape is totally different. My husband was amazed, as was I. I was really hungry the first few days, but I had this amazing energy while fasting. Now I usually try to fast overnight until noon, about 16 hours every day. It’s a flexible plan. It’s not necessary to do it every day. If I am starving, I go ahead and eat, but many times I am just thinking about food, not starving. A lot of the time all of us just eat habitually. Losing the weight and keeping it off means we have to make habit changes, and IF helped me do that. I did not obsess about food as I did when I dieted. Time was divided into an eating window and a non-eating window, no counting calories, no trying to work around other family member’s diets, etc. Exercise is great, and I belong to the Y, but changing my relationship to food is what got me where I wanted to be. I wish you the very best, and I would be happy to help if you need further references about the science of fasting. Great luck!

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