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I'm back from the holiday slump

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I had a really stressful holiday. My dog was pregnant and due on New Years Day. I had to drive to Minnesota right after Christmas and help my sister with whelping. We have two new little male puppies born on New Years Day. Then I had to leave her there and drive back. The trip is normally 10 hours. This time, I got a flat tire as I started out. Called and had road service put on the spare. On the way to the tire place, I got a ticket for running a stop sign. Then had to wait for the tires to be done and didn't get on the road till 11:00 AM. Then had to deliver two dogs to different places along the way. I didn't get home till 10:30 PM. Talk about exhausted. Now I am missing my dog like crazy. I will be going back for her of course, but right now, she's being a mommy.

I just stopped Sparking during all of this. And once you stop, it's easy to not get started again. I did weigh myself and had only gained one pound during three weeks off. That's pretty amazing and it motivated me to get started again. I'm glad to be back and am tracking again.

  
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JONNYJETPROP 1/14/2011 10:36AM

    Life has a way of getting in the way. The difference is that your back on track. That puts you miles ahead of the pack.

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MELISSAJUSTINA 1/13/2011 9:48PM

    Hey one pound is not bad at all.... Great job for getting back on track. I know it can be difficult. It's great to have you back!!!

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 1/13/2011 7:37PM

    Glad to have you back online with us!!!

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BROWNIEISLANDER 1/13/2011 7:34PM

    These things happen when you least expect it.....But you're back safe and ready to carry on...and enjoy sparking to a healthier and fit way of life...Stay focused and keep on keeping on!!!! emoticon emoticon

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In the old days...we worked hard and didn't worry about weight.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I was born to a farm family in Iowa where we basically ate what we grew or raised with only a few exceptions. My mother baked bread twice a week. We canned our garden vegetables or froze them. We made jam from strawberries we picked. we made pie from rhubarb in the garden. We drank milk from our own cows which were milked by hand back then, and we had our own home churned butter. We ate only meat from our own animals and we had to do the nasty work of killing and butchering them ourselves. We washed clothes in a wringer washer, hung them outside on a line, took them down, and ironed lots and lots. We washed dishes every night and if we needed the rugs cleaned, we took them out and beat them or shook them.

It was not an easy life. We worked hard. And nobody was fat in my family then. As we grew up and embraced the American dream of convenience and work saving appliances, you can guess what happened. The struggles with weight began. No more pies or cookies or cakes or jam or butter for us. We had to watch it! We gave our kids a great life with not many chores like we had had. We got our TV sets and washers and dryers and dishwashers and vacuum cleaners. And we struggled even more.

Today in the US we have a crisis of obesity and overweight. I think there is a connection here and an obvious choice we need to make. It's time to get rid of some conveniences and start doing some work again. The plus side of that kind of life (which still exists on Amish farms....ever see a fat Amish?) is that is can be very satisfying and creative. It also saves money. And no packaging to throw away, no preservatives or chemicals in the food that you don't put there yourself and no worry about what is leaching out of the plastic containers.

No, I don't expect that we will return to that life, but as time has gone by, I have appreciated it much more, learned to be proud of what I learned then and still use today, sad to see us lose that healthier but harder lifestyle. Maybe we could all learn to do with a little less convenience for the sake of our health And be proud of it.

So .... go bake some bread. Knead like crazy. Bend and put it in the oven, bend and lift it out. Slice it up for dinner. I wonder how many calories you would burn?

  
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NPDSLEUTH 12/29/2010 10:49PM

    Boy I'm sure late to this party. LOVED your blog. I was just talking about this the other day and you're so right.

Add to all of this that so many people are so babied now -- I don't know the last time by Godchild WALKED somewhere - her parents constantly drive her everywhere (sounding more like my mom every day here! LOL)

Anyway -- right on my friend!

xxx

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GYPSYROSEANN 12/19/2010 4:31PM

    You are so right!

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COUNTING_DOWN 12/19/2010 9:42AM

    What a great post. We talk about this all the time. We are fortunate to have the space to go back to the old ways of doiing things. We have about 100 blueberry bushes, a big garden which we eat, can and freeze. We cook everythiing from scratch. Bruce bakes bread. I am a vegetarian, and Bruce rarely east meat. That is one way to save a bundle! We used to have meat birds and turkeys. I don't line dry our clothes, but next summer is the year that I will get the line put up...I have it, it's just not up! We heat with a woodstove, although we do have a propane boiler, too. I wouldn't trade this for anything. Thanks for diiggiing up your old memories. I am jealous I didn't grow up at your place!

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BROWNIEISLANDER 12/15/2010 8:46PM

    Great blog...very true lol..Here in the caribbean its the same
my washer does its work..I line dry outside still..in the sun..
No dryer for me...I have a backyard herbal garden...and some other things...so these i don't have to purchase..The're some
who has space to plant but prefer...to buy everything..wasting money...Here in Barbados we have the highest number of women over 100yrs...in the Region...And they give kudos to eating what
was grown in the land...for their longevity and great health!!! emoticon emoticon

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 12/15/2010 8:15PM

    This is WHY Tee and I are building ALL the structures on our 80 acres, NOT just the hangerhome. It is also why we hunt for a lot of our meat, and why, I will one day, hopefully build a "White Dwarf" utralight legal, one person HUMAN POWERED, (bicycle pedals and chain drve a HUGE two bladded slow spinning propellor), helium blimp. Fly around the 80 acre fenceline ten laps a day, AND stay fit. Brie

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MIPPY265 12/15/2010 7:46PM

    You hit the nail right on the head. There are way too many conviences in our society. We have become a lazy group of people.

Thanks for reminding us where we came from. It definitely, makes me want to do a little bit more the "old Fashioned" way.

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SLUGGOISMYDOG 12/15/2010 3:51PM

    This is very true. People argue with me when I tell them I'm a vegan. I hear "my grandpa is 90 years old and still eats meat and what ever he wants and doesn't have any health problems". I tell them the same thing you said in your blog. Go back and look how he ate thru the years. How he was raised. They grew their own food and raised their own meat. Then look at how things are now.
I find that most people do not want to hear this. They have blinders and like it that way.

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LOUANN22 12/15/2010 2:51PM

    I agree. I think we should take away some of the conveniences we have now. Its to easy to do things now a days. I think I will try the whole baking bread thing hopefully it turns out. It'd be my first time lol.

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SADIESUE09 12/15/2010 2:14PM

    My husband and I talk about this all the time. We think it would be great to go back to a life that cut out a lot of the conveniences and technology.

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MELISSAJUSTINA 12/15/2010 12:30PM

    It's amazing how lazy we are now and how much processed food that we eat. It's crazy to think about.
Thanks for sharing this blog!!!

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STITCHINGNAN 12/15/2010 10:48AM

    That is so true Modern life and conveiniences have made us lazy. There is so much access to ready food so very few people can cook a good healthy meal now. What is the answer? Diffiult to know but reailsing it is so as a start will help. Then WANTING to make it different is next. Ree

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I'm allergic to dogs and exercise!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The blog I wrote disappeared again and I have to do it over again. I so wish they would fix that.

I haven't blogged for awhile and it's because I quit exercising. The weather got bad, I went into a slump and can't get myself out of it. I need some help with that.

The good news is that my weight is the lowest it has been since starting Spark 6 months ago. I've been losing very slowly, but that's a good thing. I was actually shocked when I got on the scale this morning and it was such good news. Making progress is such a motivator.

I am currently dog sitting for my sister's show dog who is gorgeous and funny and fun to have here other than the fact that my allergy to dogs is making my eyes red and itchy. It's hard not to cuddle her because she is a cuddle master!

  
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MIPPY265 12/12/2010 7:39PM

    WTG on the weight loss! The exercise will come back someday. When your ready to do it you will. Sometimes we just need a break!

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 12/12/2010 1:37AM

    Way to go kid!! I'm the reverse, I have an Austrailian Cattle Dog that sleeps in the bed with us, and I have no problem, but if a cat enters the room, my sinuses close up and I start sneezing.

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NICOLELOVESGOD 12/11/2010 10:13PM

    Good job with the weight!

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LADYZHERRA 12/11/2010 7:15PM

    Taking a break from exercise can often cause you to lose weight. It happens to me all the time. It's usually a sign that you're either doing too much or not eating enough to support your activity.

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WHOSDATGIRL 12/11/2010 6:43PM

    Congrats on ur weight loss, u'll be exactly where u want to be in no time. :-)

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MABTE52 12/11/2010 6:43PM

    Allergic yet dog-sitting what a wonderful person you are!!

I am proud of you and your weight loss!


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Thanksgiving...I am thankful!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am thankful for:

Neurosurgeons (I had a very successful back operation)
Children (I have 2 loving and wonderful sons)
Grandchildren (I have 3 awesome granddaughters)
Sisters (My sister is my lifeline)
SparkPeople (Getting me healthy!)
Spark Friends (Keeping me on track!)
Dogs (Especially my little Cupcake!)
Social Security
Medicare
Books and Learning
Science (Most of what we are learning on Spark about nutrition and exercise is from Scientific research.)
The Internet
Memory Foam Mattress Toppers
Rocking Chairs
Bread Makers, Pressure Cookers, Slow Cookers, Microwaves
And a million other things.

Thank you Spark Friends for being there for me.


  
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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 11/28/2010 3:44PM

    You are so right on point! I have a million plus reasons too.

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HICIM705 11/26/2010 10:31PM

    My list may be a little different than yours - but it's also a LIST of things to be thankful for!

Hope that you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 11/26/2010 7:32PM

    It is a good thing to be mindful of the things GOD has given us.

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NPDSLEUTH 11/25/2010 4:01PM

    You're a terrific Spark friend yourself, lady! Thank you for all of your support. Happy Thanksgiving! Nikki

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Healthy Me

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I joined SparkPeople online about 6 months ago and have had a wonderful time getting more active, eating better, losing weight and just having fun. I have met some wonderful online friends and supporters who encourage me to keep going no matter what the circumstances. And it is FREE! Things I have learned during my time there:

It's OK to fall many times as long as you keep getting up.
Not gaining weight is a success and is a goal itself while things aren't barreling along as you would want them to. You can just maintain for months after a 10-15-20 pound loss and it's OK. You can start on the next 10-15-20 in the future. Success is not being perfect, but never giving up.

There are many many thousands of people who understand the journey and truly want me to succeed.

Being active is as important as eating right but you don't have to be a major gym addict. Just go for a walk every day. Get a couple of dumbbells and keep them handy. It all adds up.

I love getting rewards for doing the right things and they don't have to be big rewards. Gold stars and smiley faces on my calendar make me happy! And it's motivating to keep on putting up those stars.

Setting virtual goals is fun and exciting. I set a goal to walk from Marseilles to Monaco and I'm halfway there. I love keeping track of the miles walked. Even a mile a day adds up to 365 miles a year. What destination do you want to walk to that's 365 miles away? (The bonus is that you will lose 10 lbs a year by doing this.)

I have read a lot about nutrition and have been a 99% Vegetarian for 8 months now. (Yes, I slip up sometimes and eat meat. Luckily I am not a perfectionist anymore. I just start again the next day.) I am healthier, my checkups are great, I've gone off some of my medications and I believe in what I am doing. It is the healthiest diet for human beings. Also:

NOT eating meat every day means that I over 8 months, I have not eaten about 100 pounds of meat I would have eaten. How many chickens is that? 30? I feel good about that. How many pigs is that? 5? I feel good about that too.

I have learned new ways to prepare delicious meals that would make anyone full and satisfied without killing any animals.

So....join me on the journey to good health. I'm 64 years old and I intend to go on a hiking tour in the Andes next year. Could you do that? The answer is yes, if you are willing to make a few small changes and have some fun. Or you can join me on a virtual hike any old time.

  
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NPDSLEUTH 11/18/2010 9:27AM

    It really is amazing when you move away from the -- for me anyway -- food addiction and start to see exercise, nutrition and other great positives in life.

Congratulations for keeping on your journey. I couldn't agree more! SP is an amazing place! xxx

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TAYLORCRAFTBC65 11/17/2010 8:56PM

    Keep on doing what you are doing, it's working for you!!

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SLUGGOISMYDOG 11/17/2010 3:02PM

    I love your blog and your spirit. I like simple things too. Gold stars make me so happy! You are doing a very good job. Thanks! emoticon

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ZACKSMOM7 11/17/2010 1:38PM

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JELLIS1 11/17/2010 11:30AM

    You inspire me. I can't wait to hear more about your journey.

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RONIREDD 11/17/2010 11:18AM

    Love your spirit! Keep it up. emoticon

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