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It's a Balancing, no a Juggling Act

Sunday, February 03, 2013

This journey to health is at best a balancing act, keeping all the plates spinning and in place on the sticks: planning menus, produce shopping, cooking, managing cravings, work, family in sickness and health, time for fitness, the weather, fun, housework, family celebrations, friends, spiritual work, and on and on.

At other times, it feels more like a juggling act, making hospital visits, attending memorials, getting bills paid, pulling together tax information, finding something that still fits to wear to church or the Valentines dance or the pool. Sometimes a plate crashes to the floor, even for the best, seasoned, performer. Like when the bathing suit just hangs on you and you know if you wore it to the pool, you might as well be wearing your birthday suit, and where can you find a new suit the first week in February, except maybe on a cruise ship?

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SAGELADY2 2/9/2013 10:20AM

    Great news on the bathing suit. Online is the way to go.

Juggling, my middle name right now. It will get better, and as we all know, will get worse. Otherwise known as life happens. :-)

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NORASPAT 2/3/2013 2:43PM

    Look for a suit on-line they are there all the time. In fact this is usually the time of year when the suits are on sale. Take care and keep juggling most of us have to you know. Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 2/3/2013 12:47PM

    Can't help it have to say it: are you sure the birthday suit is tighter, after losing all that weight?!!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/3/2013 10:30AM

    It definitely feels like juggling at times! Sorry to hear about your bathing suit crisis, but it actually sounds like a milestone indicating you are getting closer to your goal.

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Cacao Nibs

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Or niblets. I have just discovered these. And I am very glad I did. I am chocolate challenged. If I just walk down the chocolate aisle before Halloween, Valentines Day, or Easter, the smell of chocolate sets off a binge of epic proportions. So I stay away. Same result with chocolate frosting.

See what I mean in these 2 blog entries:

I have also learned recently about the fantastic benefits of chocolate in fighting angiogenesis which is one of the facets of how blood supply is grown to feed cancer tumor cells. And that is very inportant to me.

So I keep an eye out for a way to balance the 2 problems. I think I've found it. Cacao Nibs. These are as close as I can get to the whole food without having a cacao tree in my yard. All they do is harvest the cacao bean from the tree trunk, dry them and smash them into these small pieces. You can purchase them raw or roasted.

Either way, you get 8% of volume of polyphenols, more than from any other food. That is evidently a good thing to help you "do in" fat cells and cancer cells!
And you have no added fat or sugar like in a candy bar, brownie, or frosting on a cupcake. Only the natural fats that occur in the cacao bean.

And the savory bitter flavor has wonderful possibilities for combination with other healthy foods. I have used them twice as a healthy substitute for croutonon a tossed salad with strawberries and onions.

Tomorrow, I'm adding them to my morning frozen banana smoothie.
And I'm thinking they would work well as a topping on chili salad instead of fritos.

Smoothie Update: I blended nibs, strawberries, raspberries, frozen banana, almond breeze, spinach, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor was delicious. Very chewy, because of the raspberry seeds. Most of the nibs were reduced to very small particles. Unless I buy a better blender, I'd strain the fruit first.

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BRERRABBIT1 2/8/2013 10:22AM

    Hi Bravelute,
:) Thanks for stopping. Hadn't thought of cacao beans! Couldn't find them in the health-food section of my supermarket, but I'm determined and will keep looking. I'm grateful for the tip.


**Cut to fit; beat into place. --Carpenter's rule**

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NORASPAT 2/3/2013 2:41PM

    I use Ghiradelli 100% cacoa baking chocolate in many things.

I put it in my oat Bran along with a banana so I have a nice hot breakfast in Maine. Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCFITZ2 2/2/2013 11:04PM

    Sending positive thoughts for your continued success. emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 2/2/2013 10:58PM

  That's a great choice!

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NC Snow, FL fun 'n sun and Kenya update

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Doctor's appointments required I be in Florida this week. I've been delighted to be here. I did 75 minutes in the pool that was heated to 84 F with an outdoor temp of 72. Absolutely lovely.

When I returned homefrom the pool, I had a message from the family keeping an eye on my NC home. They had had an inch of snow, and were expecting at least another inch.

She's going to send me pictures so I can see my house in the snow. I'm missing all the pictures I wanted to get, but my body is blessed by the warmth.

Please remind me of this in August if I start complaining about how hot I am when I'm supposed to be getting in my walking miles!!

In the meantime, I'd better get the Yorkie out for a run.

Kenya update: the group arrived safely, and have traveled to the village where they are to build the medical center. Everyone in the village greeted them. The luggage was finally straightened out and my sister was finally able to take excedrin for her headache. No internet at Nairobi airport or the motel. So everyone was calling home with the group phone.

My sister has her own room and mosquito netting is installed over the bed.
She's been travelling 3 days without a shower, so she's hoping to clean up and get a good night's sleep.

Speaking of walking in the heat of summer, technically it is summer in Kenya right now. They probably think it is summer there year round since they are right on the equator. I'd need a ton of sun screen!!

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SAGELADY2 2/9/2013 10:22AM

    Just a few short years and I'll be basking in the FL sunshine too! Can't wait.

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CHRISTINASP 2/3/2013 7:15AM

    Glad to hear your sister is safe.
The warm temperature sounds SO GOOD to me right now! Just came in from a very, very cold bike ride.

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ANGEL1066 2/2/2013 10:45PM

    The pool sounds delicious! So glad you could enjoy it. It is hard to picture NC under snow, but then, this has been a crazy weather year. My best wishes for the medical clinic - how exciting!

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NORASPAT 2/2/2013 8:21PM

    Great the news finally arrived so now you can be reassured all's well.
Great job with your dog walks that is a great motivation. Enjoy your warmth. I like people but I do not like crowds or crowded highways it has been a nice day today but cold. That snow at your house is heading our way. Glad all is well, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSHOWS 2/2/2013 6:57PM

    You made me think of the warmth and the sunshine Brrrr! May I add you ass a friend?

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LINDA! 2/2/2013 6:43PM

    Yes, I love living in Florida. At least we have sunny skies and warm temps. I recall many cold winters in Ohio. I don't want to go through that again.

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CBRINKLEY401 2/2/2013 5:34PM

    Glad to hear your sister made it ok.
Enjoy your nice warm weather. We are in the teens here near Chicago. Even the dogs don't want to go for walks, just outside to take care of business and then they want back in right away!

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Out of sorts, waiting on word from Kenya

Friday, February 01, 2013

Lots of walking today. Jewels joined me for a mile early this morning. Then 1.8 miles on the bike trail after it warmed up. Then another half a mile with my dog and my sister's dog.

Have I mentioned that she is on her way to Kaugi Vilage, Kenya to begin work on building a medical center up on a mountain. Kaugi Village is right on the equator. 12 miles away from modern conveniences.

I don't know how much time they will have to blog while over there, but if you are interested in seeing how the medical center comes along, here's a link. They are supposed to post to a blog, but there's been no activity since 1/30, the day before they flew out of Tampa.

I'm hoping I'll have the e-mail sometime tonight that they made the trip from Heathrow to Kenya safely!!

I need to spend a little time being a responsible adult while I wait for word. My kitchen needs a good "putting everything in its place." Actually, it needs a general 27 fling boogie to make room to cook.

I'll probably fall asleep and miss the e-mail. I'm getting too old to pull an all-nighter. I didn't even stay awake for New Year's Eve. Pitiful!!

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JO88BAKO 2/2/2013 8:38AM

    Thanks for adding me as a friend. Hope you get news soon. That is an awesome project!

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CHRISTINASP 2/2/2013 6:53AM

    Hope you have received the news by now...

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LJCANNON 2/1/2013 9:04PM

    emoticon I know it is hard to relax when we have someone Traveling, but Pat is right. Be the 'Responsible Adult' about the Chores, say a Prayer, and Get A Good Night's Rest.

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NORASPAT 2/1/2013 8:26PM

    Hi there no need for a one nighter if it comes it will still be waiting patiently in the morning and you will have energy to spare after a good nights sleep. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep us posted please. I am sure there has to have been flight delays. HUGS Pat

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January 2013 Accountability, or how are those goals? Are you Resolute, Bravelute?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

If you are interested in seeing my goals, here's the link to that blog:

1 Be Healthy: I have stuck to Eat to Live, choosing anti-angiogenic foods first, and maintaining fiber above 35 grams daily. I have avoided processed foods, except for canned legumes when I had no dried beans to prepare. I went through the drive through just once, and that was on the trip back home from NC to FL. I had food with me for the first day, but ran out the second. I stayed within calorie range but it was difficult to get in enough fruits and vegetables and the sodium went sky high.

I lost 9 pounds in January. I bought a pair of very tight jeans size 16 in mid December. They wouldn't do up then. I am wearing them very comfortably today, except I should hem them. They have grown 2 inches longer. Other jeans I was wearing in November now fall off.

I see 2 doctors next week. I'll come back and edit with their reports/comments.

2. Be a playful, responsible Adult
Playful activities: climbing the mountain, buying and using a tabletop ergometer/pedometer, medicine ball, resistance straps, trampoline for NC house, swimming and walking when it was horribly cold outside, zumba DVD, new classes at the gym

Responsible Adult: didn't listen to those whiny voices that said, it's raining, I can't walk today. It's too cold to go swimming. You can't make it up that mountain!!

Instead I took out a gym membership, used the treadmill, walked the riverwalk whenever it wasn't raining or icy, joined new group classes, including water classes, bought exercise equipment for the house for when i couldn't drive to town, and tracked over 2000 fitness minutes in January.

Nurture Relationships
Made it a point to give more than a smile to people I encountered in NC. Some of those impromptu meetings were described in blogs. Tried to be supportive on SP, giving more than an emoticon as a response, but a meaningful response. Back in Fla. a woman made it known she was also going to the Y when I mentioned I had paid since April and only gone once. We're going to water zumba or water aerobics tonight.

Make My Spirit Soar
The month in NC was spent reading--
Reread Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles
Reread Martha Beck's Finding Your Way in a Wild New World
And creatively dealing with the cold weather, figuring out how to get in workouts in an unforgiving, cold, wet and icy foreign world.

I wanted to get some pictures of the icicles on the mountainsides but that never happened. It was dangerous driving once that ice started. But I did get pictures along the river walk of the Hiawasee River in flood.

It was a time to rest, rejuvenate, hibernate, and get ready for the bright light that is Florida. I would like to bring that light into my paintings in February.

All in all, I consider it a very successful month.

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CHRISTINASP 2/1/2013 10:47AM

    Wow, you did A LOT! Enjoy your accomplishments!

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HHLTD1 2/1/2013 12:51AM

    Great job. I think it is wonderful that you have made so many changes and stuck with it. I am having difficulties with just the couple that I have.

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NORASPAT 1/31/2013 5:06PM

    It all sounds good. I must admit some of the words are over my head but it sounded good anyway,I hope you go faithfully to your Y I did for almost 8 years till they built the new one and the water is always cold for the swim team. I miss the water but too far to find a nice warm pool HUGS Pat in Maine.

Hoping your tests come out well emoticon Pat

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LVSHOPE 1/31/2013 4:57PM

    Thanks for being such an encoragement to me... Western NC is one of my favorite spots. Especially love it in Fall & Spring. emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 1/31/2013 4:37PM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work.

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