The last picture is common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) seed pods with beautiful (Yes, they are!) milkweed bugs (Lygaeus kalmii). Milkweed bugs are seed eaters so we see a lot of them now in the milkweed patch. These are not to be confused with box elder bugs (Boisea trivittata) that are an invasive nuisance!
Hot 100 Challenges
1.Lose an additional 12 pounds by December 24, 2010. This is doable because there are 12 weeks until Christmas Eve and I lose about 1.3 pounds per week. (I believe I am doing okay here. I did not eat as well as I did last week, but overall a good week. I will weigh in next week, so hopefully have some GOOD news to share!)
2.Keep up my biking (at least 45 miles a week) AND include more walking (4 times a week at least 2 miles at a time) outdoors until the weather forces me inside. (I am happy to report that the Minnesota weather was great so I rode 50 miles on my bike (!!) and walked about 8. I will blog next week about biking up HILLS!!).
3.Take care of myself each day by eating less, moving more, and eating plenty of fruits and veggies. (Yes, although truthfully, I felt like I slacked a little this week).
4.Have more 1200 days in a week than 1500-calorie days. (I did not make this goal. I had almost a full week of 1500-calorie days. Dr. Fit encouraged me to think about 1200 days M-F, that did not work for me this week, but I will renew efforts next week).
5.Drink more water. At least two liters per day. (Yes, every day).
Have a great weekend everyone Stay strong in your journey to better health!