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Week 3 BSG Challenge Blog - Back to School

Friday, August 22, 2014

Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG is: How does the "Back To School" time affect you? Do you have your partake in any of the back to school grillouts or parties?

Back to school doesn't affect me too much as far as grillouts or parties as my kids are all grown with high school children of their own. So, I don't have to do the back to school shopping and we don't really have any last of the summer barbecues, picnics, etc.

The only real challenge for me involved with back to school is that my grandson is on the varsity football team which means I need to plan ahead for my Friday night dinner and snacks so that I am not tempted by the unhealthy snacks at the games. I do fairly well most weeks as I am not much of a hamburger, hot dog, junk food person. However, sometimes the aroma is very tempting as are the cookies and candy. So, my plan for this football season is to be mindful, eat a healthy dinner and take healthy snacks with me so that I am not so tempted.

  
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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/22/2014 7:22PM

    Like you, "Back to school' doesn't affect me too much, in that my children are grown and out of the back to school scene. However, I do baby sit my my almost 7 year old grand daughter and for the past two weeks all I have been hearing about is "back to school". Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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SURENDERISNOTME 8/22/2014 5:32PM

    Barb, I love college football. It can make life a little difficult living here in Norman the home of the OK Sooners. Especially when I am a Ok State cowboy fan. lol We live about 2 miles from the OU Stadium.

hUGS
Debbie

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/22/2014 3:29PM

    "Back to school'... Doesn't affect me at all! All my kids are grown and I don't have a problem with the fotball either because I don't watch it! I guess I can say I'm a lucky girl that I'm not affected by back-to-school anymore! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 3:21PM

    For sure . . . it's all about planning the work and working the plan. Good luck!

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Week 1 Blog - July Review/August goals

Friday, August 08, 2014

Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for August is to review July and set our August goals.

I didn't really set goals for July, but I am semi-happy with how the month went. I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and pretty much maintained during that period. I was still dealing with severe thyroid imbalance which drastically affects my ability to lose weight and caused extreme tiredness and other problems. I ended July basically maintaining so I am happy about that.

I have been fairly consistent with my exercise for a while now.

I am still working on healing from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow. As you can imagine, some days have been much better than other days, but I do feel like I am making progress even though I am struggling right now as this week was his birthday as well as the birth/death date of his granddaughter a few years ago.

I am keeping my August goals very simple:

1. Continue allowing myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but keeping making the effort to get on with my life.
2. Continue the consistency with my exercise which currently includes yoga, aqua zumba, walking, swimming and biking.
3. Continue my efforts to lose weight by making healthier food choices and having healthier snacks.
4. Be accepting of what I can accomplish during this time of grief and thyroid issues.

  
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JUSTSILVIE 8/17/2014 11:18AM

    So sorry about your loss! I lost my mother in March and do know tears help wash away grief and give us a release so often needed. You have set excellent goals and am sure you will meet them. Have a peaceful and healthy month! emoticon

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DBELLE39 8/13/2014 7:57AM

    BIg emoticon to help your through each day as you work to meet those goals & make life as best as it can be.

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DOROTHYBERO 8/11/2014 10:14AM

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COLLEENCONQUERS 8/10/2014 2:56PM

    great goals... you can do it .. and allowing yourself to go through the grieving process is good... never rush it .. and look to family and friend to help you get through!! hugs!! emoticon

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RDEE22 8/10/2014 7:00AM

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/9/2014 10:58PM

    Great goals for August! You can do it. Dealing with the recent loss of loved ones can be very emotional when it comes to special dates that are linked to them. Hope you feel better emotionally as you get further away from the date.

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TURTLESLOW14 8/9/2014 11:28AM

    Love your goals and I know you will accomplish them. It takes time to heal from something like that, I know that my MIL when she lost her husband she couldn't stand it when his birthday or their anniversary came around and Christmas was different to because it was his favorite holiday. Hes been gone now 16 years now and the pain is still there so your right just let your tears flow its the best way to heal along with remembering the good time you had

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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 8:47AM

    emoticon So sorry about the losses. IT's just tough.

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WHITNEYLD 8/9/2014 8:29AM

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REDQUEEN2262 8/9/2014 7:30AM

    Great goals - I have thyroid disease - have been managing it for about 20 years. Once you get it under control, it's fine, but then you have to manage food and exercise, which can be challenging until you find what works.

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PINKPANTHERS 8/8/2014 11:46PM

    emoticon Those are some great goals. My Dad has been gone 5 years and my Mom (who moved in with us) still has to let the tears flow from time to time. It does get better, tho she still feels his loss (as do we all). Sorry for your loss is never adequate, but I have yet to know what words would be so it is the best I have. Stay strong, big hugs and you are an amazing lady! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/8/2014 10:57PM

    Great goals for August! Way to go girl! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and love!
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Miss Oregon 2014 Parade

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friday's drive to Seaside was quite wet and when I got to Seaside I immediately got soaked. This morning didn't look too bad, but I bought a rain resistant coat early this morning with a hood just in case. Thankfully it wasn't quite as wet today as yesterday although my friend, Liz, said she got absolutely soaked while waiting for the parade to start.

Here is Liz as she moved through the parade route.



And here she is earlier in the week with another beautiful Douglas County Oregon girl



And here she is from earlier in the week while performing her talent



Now I am off for the final event with my fingers crossed for Liz to become the new Miss Oregon.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 7/1/2014 6:09AM

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/1/2014 3:36AM

    Thanks for sharing Barbie. Your friend is a very pretty girl! Hope you had a good time and that your friend Liz won!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 6/30/2014 6:59PM

    Barbie, thanks for sharing. Liz is beautiful. I am sending best wishes her way for a successful final night.

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GEMLADYONE 6/29/2014 2:20PM

    She's beautiful! Good luck!

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TURTLETALK 6/29/2014 9:36AM

    Liz is beautiful. Have fun in Oregon.

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PUPPIES4ME 6/29/2014 8:42AM

    emoticon for sharing. A great time had by all!

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NISSANGIRL 6/29/2014 6:53AM

    She is really pretty! wishing her luck to win the title! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/28/2014 9:58PM

    Your friend Liz is actually beautiful! I will keep my fingers crossed for you so she can become the new Miss Oregon! Have a wonderful time tonight at the final event! Hugs!
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BSG Challenge Week 4 Blog

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Our blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge is: How do you cope with the hot temperatures & still stay active?



I am such a fun in the sun type of person that I actually don't have much of a problem coping with the hot temperatures while staying active during the summer. I love being outdoors, and there are new activities that I enjoy during the summer.

Yoga and/or Qigong moves outdoors

Swimming in the outdoor pool and/or rivers

Biking

Hiking in the beautiful North Umpqua River areas

So, staying active during the warm summer days is not a problem for me. You just have to stay hydrated.

  
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1KSBEST 8/13/2014 7:38AM

    Barbie, Marv is a beautiful Padderdale Terrier and thanks for sharing your blog

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STEPBYSTEP1955 6/27/2014 7:22PM

    emoticon blog Barbie! Great ways to get around allowing the summer heat to prevent you from getting in your workout. Love the picture representation.

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SURENDERISNOTME 6/27/2014 11:50AM

    Great blog!

HUGS
Debbie

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/26/2014 1:13PM

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs!
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TURTLETALK 6/26/2014 11:07AM

    I am not as big a fan of the sun as you. I workout in my air-conditioned gym. emoticon

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KRAZY4KATZ 6/26/2014 10:59AM

    Great blog and love the photos!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/26/2014 9:10AM

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WILSONWR 6/26/2014 8:11AM

    Way to go, Barbie! You are doing great finding things to do in the summer!

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DBELLE39 6/26/2014 8:05AM

    Love the blog & the pictorial of ways to exercise in the heat. Definitely keeping hydrated it a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the warming temps.

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Week 3 BSG Challenge - Summer Plans

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This week's Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge lead questions are ... Vacation plans this summer? What type of activities are planned, any sightseeing?

At this point my only summer plans are to go to Seaside, Oregon to watch the Miss Oregon pageant for two days.



While at Seaside my activities will include walking the Prom, attending the Miss Oregon parade



and watching the Miss Oregon Pageant in support of my dear friend, Liz, and hopefully watching her be crowned.



On Sunday, after the Miss Oregon is crowned, I will drive back home and prepare for my second leg of my vacation which I will leave on the following day. I fly to Ontario, California on June 30th. My daughter will pick me up and then on July 1st my daughter, grandson and I will drive to Phoenix, Arizona.

On the agent at Phoenix, is a 5 to 6 day stay at resort. While at the resort, our activities will be in the pool and water park





I am sure there will also be lots of other activities included such as walking. I will be having lunch one day with Bill's sister and brother in law who live in the area, and one night my granddaughter wants to have us over to her place for dinner. I feel confident that I will make healthy choices for both of these.

My daughter and grandson are health conscious so we are planning on an active, but healthy vacation filled with lots of fun and happy memories.

  
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AMYBELLES 6/24/2014 9:26PM

    How exciting to know one of the contestants in the Miss Oregon pageant! I hope she wins!!!! Wow, that resort looks beautiful! I am so glad you are going on a wonderful vacation like that with your daughter and grandson and that you will see Bill's sister and BIL. Have a great time!

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JANTHEBLONDE 6/24/2014 5:31PM

    Sounds like a great vacation Barb! I hope your friend Liz gets crowned Miss Oregon! She looks absolutely beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs!
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SURENDERISNOTME 6/24/2014 11:22AM

    Barb. that sounds like a great vacation plan.

HUGS
Debbie

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KRAZY4KATZ 6/24/2014 11:06AM

    You have a great summer of trips planned! I hope your friend gets her emoticon !

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TURTLETALK 6/24/2014 10:05AM

    I took my DH and four kids to Seaside one summer as part of a upper West Coast vacation. We rented a house about 3 blocks from the beach and had a ball. They particularly enjoyed a hike from the beach through a highly wooded area. (I don't remember the name.) We also loved a side trip to the Talamook cheese factory for cheese and ice cream!

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DOROTHYBERO 6/24/2014 9:37AM

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PUPPIES4ME 6/24/2014 8:43AM

    emoticon emoticon times. Enjoy yourself my friend.

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NISSANGIRL 6/24/2014 6:58AM

    emoticon Have a wonderful time! hope your friend wins, she is a beauty! and ps... is there room for me in your su emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon itcase? emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/24/2014 3:30AM

    emoticon It sounds like you have a nice summer vacation planned with your daughter and grandson. I hope you have a nice lunch with Bill's sister and BIL. I'm sure it will be nice to see your granddaughter too. Have fun on your vacation to Phoenix! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/24/2014 1:13AM

    Sounds like a great vacation! Have fun!

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