Monday, April 14, 2014

Keeping Backyard Chickens Meat, Eggs, and Fun

My chicken journey started in 2013. I was experimenting with gardening, and learned from a library book that chicken manure is prized as a fertilizer. As I investigated further, I learned more about the conditions in which chickens are raised on industrial farms and was very surprised. Partly in protest, partly for the fertilizer, partly in the spirit of experimentation, I decided to try raising a small flock.

The reasons people raise chickens at home are varied, and the trend is growing. No one tracks chicken ownership statistics, but my own experience suggests that the trend is exponential. When I bought my first set of chicks, no one I knew in my suburban community was raising backyard chickens. Twelve months later, five families in our immediate area have started small flocks. Before joining the trend, prospective chicken owners should consider the following points: Click on the link for the rest of the article.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Best Present for 40th Birthday: 40 Pounds of Flesh Gone

When I wrote my piece for Yahoo I didn't add a before and after picture. I honestly didn't think the change in my size was overly dramatic. Then I got to thinking it wouldn't hurt to just see what a side by side would look like. So I went through some photos---harder than you may think as I delete most that showed my lower half. I put the side by side together and even I was shocked!

Writing about losing weight wasn't easy. It's not easy to share about losing so much weight, it's embarrassing. Now that I've written the article, I've got some encouraging feedback. Even looking at the pictures reignites my desire to get to my target weight.

If you haven't read my article please do! Best Present for 40th Birthday: 40 Pounds of Flesh Gone.