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Walking, Meditation and Quilting

Friday, January 08, 2010

This photo was taken on New Year's Day. It was the New Beginning for me and Winsten.

We (actually I) decided to set a personal challenge of walking 700 miles in 2010.

Winsten didn't have much to say about it, but he does wag his tail while we are walking. I think he is "IN" on the idea, for the most part. But some days, he lets me know that he has no intention of charging out when he could just as well curl up on the sofa with Meng Tsu and take long winter naps.


I have been known to take a few of those myself.

I set a weekly challenge for myself to walk a minimum of 8 miles per week. This week is not over, and I have completed over 10 miles so far. Good, but not good enough. 17.26 miles down, only 682.74 to go!

Today, while walking, I really focused on what was going on with my body. I started focusing on my feet, worked up to my calves, and then felt my thigh muscles working right along.

I could feel my abdomen getting a cross training workout as I swung my arms while I walked. My hips loosened up, and they felt lubricated the farther I went.

I could actually feel the muscles in my back, working in an "X" pattern.

My circulation in the arms was increased, my breathing was stronger than normal, but with rhythm of health.

My heart was beating a good cadence, getting a nice cardio workout, making my heart stronger and healthier.

This meditative walk today made me realize once more how much I want to live a very long, healthy life. It is good to know I am taking self accountability toward that.

I have let a few days go by without really doing my planned and committed workout. Instead, I have been QUILTING, QUILTING, QUILTING!

I have received two more requests for quilts for "my kids", and they always take top priority, as you guys already know.

My two new kids are two teenage sisters who live in Vancouver, B.C. I am friends with their grandmother (Wendy)who lives here in my village, and she told me their story.

Remember when Vancouver had all that rain and floods right before Christmas?

Well, this family got caught up in all that, and lost everything. They are now staying in a cabin which was donated to them by someone in Vancouver, but they still have nothing salvageable. Hence, the quilts.

I am making each of the girls twin bed size flannel "rag" quilts. One will be finished today, and then I can start sewing the other, which is already cut up and the sandwiches are together. Hopefully I will get them finished to be delivered within a week or so.

My friend, Wendy will be taking the ferry over some time this month, and I want the quilts to go with her.

You know, with all the confusion and unpleasantness going on world wide, it can be difficult to find happiness some days. I find mine in the quilt room or on our walks.

When I am planning a quilt for someone in need, all the rest of the world's problems seem to fade away, and happiness and joy begins to creep in, ever so silently.

I begin to think about the recipient of the quilt, and how much the quilt will mean when he or she gets it. I think of how many years the quilt will last, and how many miles it will travel.

I think of how very blessed I am that God has chosen to give me the talent and ability to do this as my life's Mission.

God and I just chat up a storm while these quilts are coming together. It's not really PRAYER, it is more CONVERSATIONS.

We discuss the weather, music, art, children, nature, animals..........anything that comes to mind.

The cats and Winsten usually join in with their say so, too. They all have their opinions as to what is going on, and voice them loudly.

Especially the cats. They consider themselves to be quite the color and quilt experts, and give their critique freely and often.

A lot more than quilting goes on in that room, my friends. A whole lot more. All of it good.

A great way to begin a new day!

  


Christian Sisters

Monday, January 04, 2010



BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN SISTERS
'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek
Him first to find her.'


When I say that 'I am a Christian,' I am not shouting that 'I am clean living.'?
I'm whispering 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say 'I am a Christian,' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say 'I am a Christian,' I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!

Today is Beautiful Christian Woman's Day.
Pretty is as Pretty does but,? Beautiful is just plain Beautiful.

I'm supposed to send this to the Beautiful Women in my life, and you are one of
them!

If you share this with other women, you will boost another woman's self esteem,
and she will know you care about her!

  
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LOULOUBELLE2 1/5/2010 2:12PM

    AMEN,,,,, AMEN..... AMEN
You too are a beautiful woman so back at you. I will definitely share this...Thank You for sharing with us!!!!

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DARCEYOH 1/4/2010 9:56PM

    Very nice. Thank you for sharing!

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2010 is OUR Year!! Let's KICK BUTT!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Okay. So all the eating too much of the wrong stuff and not exercising when we should have is behind us. All the procrastination, rebellion and just plain "not feeling like it" is over.

We have arrived at a New Year.

In honor of the new year, I reset everything. I checked on goals, and changed some of them.

I added a new goal. I am going to walk 700 miles this year.

Today, I began that journey. I walked 3 3/4 miles today, and it felt good. A bit chilly, and we got rained on, but Winsten and I walked.

I only have 693.25 miles to go to reach my goal!! emoticon emoticon

That's IT for my resolutions for the year.

I am not going to promise myself crap that I would never fulfill or achieve.

I am not going to set myself up for future guilt.

I will live One Day at a Time, and take what Life offers.

I just wish I could figure out how to get the total of last year's walking off the record. It is disturbing to me that I have to carry those miles over. If any of you know how to get rid of last year's miles, please let me know.

I want to see at a glance how much I have gone each time I walk, and how far it is to my goal of 700 miles.

I don't give one hoot as to my progress/lack of progress happened last year. I am only interested in the NOWness of life.

I printed out the 31 days to unbreakable resolutions sheet for January, and it was a very good feeling to be able to cross of January 1 as completed.

So there you have it. No looking back. Only upward and onward!

You all have been the "Wind Beneath My Wings", and all of the success I enjoy is mainly due to your constant encouragement, humor and understanding.

You have succeeded in changing my life, and changing it all for the better!

Humble thanks to all of you!

  
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WEKIMER 1/4/2010 8:22PM

    great goals for 2010! You will succeed and you have a great attitude. that is the most important way to succeed! keep me posted. I am aiming for 600 miles myself. i only got 406 miles this year and that wasn't very good. I let the weather derail me a lot this year. kim

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KAROUSELL46 1/2/2010 7:34PM

    I don't make new years resolutions. I think I have commitment issues. LOL I know you'll reach you goal. You are destined to wear out 3 pairs of shoes for walking. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Oh NOOOOOO!!!! Not AGAIN!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I did it. I "done myself in".

I gained 1.5 pounds, which is not all that terrible, but not good either.

What I am mad at me about is what those 1.5 pounds added did to my measurements.

INCREASE!!! Everything INCREASED including my neck!

How can a measley little 1.5 pound gain increase all of my body so dramatically?!

I'll tell you why.

I gave up honestly tracking my food, gave up doing my workouts and gave up eating wisely for the most part during December.

Sure, I got some good walks in, but not enough. I didn't touch my bike or rowing machine or weights. I did not dance.

Instead, I ate. And I ate. and then I ATE. Piggishly, I ate many times. Especially snacks that I have no business eating in the first place, not to mention repeated helpings of them!

Today I did 15 minutes on my rowing machine, and 45 mintues of strength training.

It's been so long since I did strength training that I forgot how to even do most of the ones I have on my favorite list.


While on the rowing machine, I looked at my arms. Good grief! They were flapping away so much I am amazed I didn't get air lifted! I intended to do 10 minutes on the machine, but watching the arm flaps, I increased it to 15 minutes.

I chose to work out with Bob Marley's Reggae music today. It actually has a better rhythm for strength training that my usual choice, Rock and Roll. I don't go as fast as I do with R&R, which gives me a better workout.

I weight lifted, exercised with the ball and full body stretch.

I need to get back on the beam and get back into shape.

I am considering....................remember, I said "CONSIDERING" putting a goal of walking 700 miles in 2010. That equates to 1.92 miles per day.

I can do 3 miles rather easily, so this number seems quite reasonable to me, considering some days I will not be walking at all due to varying weather conditions, family visits, vacations, the like.

So YES. I will commit to 700 miles in 2010. There you have it.

I will clear my charts on January 1, and begin my new year out with a clean slate.

Before you say anything, I KNOW I DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO PIG OUT BETWEEN NOW AND THEN!

I will behave myself for the rest of the year, Promise! Just get the goodies out of my sight!

  
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ANUT4DISNEY 12/31/2009 3:04PM

    You will do good in 2010.

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LOULOUBELLE2 12/30/2009 6:50PM

    Darn...I could have written that mtself with the exception of dancing to Bob Marley's Reggae music. Much prefer my "old fashion Rock and Roll".
Good goal, 700 miles a year...I can't do that as due to my bad back can't walk more than maybe a mile a day...so maybe I'll try for 300MPY. That may be do able for me!!!!! Thanks for the insperation.
emoticonand HAPPY NEW YEAR emoticon emoticon

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SCOUTHARPS 12/29/2009 8:14PM

  OK, you ate. So did most people! You are forgiven. Now, lets all get back on track!

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PENNYROYALTY 12/29/2009 6:54PM

    sometimes it take one little pound to break the camel's back! hope that this 'little' gain is what it takes to get you back to being healthy! good luck with your walking goal! happy new year!

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/29/2009 6:16PM

    OMG - if you truly "pigged out" like that, you would have gained more than 1.5. Don't overblame yourself! I over ate thru the holidays, too, but not every day and not more than 2100 cal on those days (my range is up to 1850 per day).

OK, I confess I had not recorded my weight since Thanksgiving - been weighing myself, but I was wandering up and down in a 5 pound range. Finally, finally lost from my last recorded weight, and recorded my new weight today.

As for the increased measurements - uh, sudden lack of pressurization? Phase of the moon? Er, lack of exercise, maybe? Row, baby, row!

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DARCEYOH 12/29/2009 3:38PM

    I tried to get the cookies out of my office yesterday. After noticing that I was frequently visiting them, I packed them up and handed them to my boss with the instructions to take them home. Alas, my butthead of a boss kept them here!

You'll get back in the routine. and 700 miles is a perfect goal!

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TWAN68 12/29/2009 2:09PM

  Awww!! Don't beat yourself up too much. I think we all can safely say that around holiday times we tend to 'fall off the wagon'. The main thing to remember is how to get back on and keep going. 1.5 lbs isn't a lot but I know how it feels to see what you worked to get off, come back on, it seems, within the blink of an eye. Just hang in there and know that we're rooting for you!! emoticon

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Oh NOOOOOO!!!! Not AGAIN!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I did it. I "done myself in".

I gained 1.5 pounds, which is not all that terrible, but not good either.

What I am mad at me about is what those 1.5 pounds added did to my measurements.

INCREASE!!! Everything INCREASED including my neck!

How can a measley little 1.5 pound gain increase all of my body so dramatically?!

I'll tell you why.

I gave up honestly tracking my food, gave up doing my workouts and gave up eating wisely for the most part during December.

Sure, I got some good walks in, but not enough. I didn't touch my bike or rowing machine or weights. I did not dance.

Instead, I ate. And I ate. and then I ATE. Piggishly, I ate many times. Especially snacks that I have no business eating in the first place, not to mention repeated helpings of them!

Today I did 15 minutes on my rowing machine, and 45 mintues of strength training.

It's been so long since I did strength training that I forgot how to even do most of the ones I have on my favorite list.


While on the rowing machine, I looked at my arms. Good grief! They were flapping away so much I am amazed I didn't get air lifted! I intended to do 10 minutes on the machine, but watching the arm flaps, I increased it to 15 minutes.

I chose to work out with Bob Marley's Reggae music today. It actually has a better rhythm for strength training that my usual choice, Rock and Roll. I don't go as fast as I do with R&R, which gives me a better workout.

I weight lifted, exercised with the ball and full body stretch.

I need to get back on the beam and get back into shape.

I am considering....................remember, I said "CONSIDERING" putting a goal of walking 700 miles in 2010. That equates to 1.92 miles per day.

I can do 3 miles rather easily, so this number seems quite reasonable to me, considering some days I will not be walking at all due to varying weather conditions, family visits, vacations, the like.

So YES. I will commit to 700 miles in 2010. There you have it.

I will clear my charts on January 1, and begin my new year out with a clean slate.

Before you say anything, I KNOW I DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO PIG OUT BETWEEN NOW AND THEN!

I will behave myself for the rest of the year, Promise! Just get the goodies out of my sight!

  
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KAROUSELL46 12/30/2009 11:39PM

    I know what you are talking about. I'm afraid I gained back the 4 lbs I lost b/c I only went to the gym once so far this week but have done alot of walking. Went to Silverdale. I think you may have something there -- a clean slate. So look out 2010--here we come!(walking not flapping)lol

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NOTFATCAT 12/30/2009 7:29PM

    I believe you have 'seen the light'..........!
Good luck with that walking goal.
I want to walk a large section of the ODT this summer. Perhaps you would be interested in joining me, or getting some of the PA team together to do it.
Either way, good luck. You have a doable goal that will really help you.

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