Monday, January 06, 2014
It isn't January 1, but it is the first day that I can get back into a routine after my kids have gone back to their own lives after the holidays.
Today I am taking a couple of hours this morning off work just so I can formulate a good, sensible plan to make myself successful at weight loss. I'm thinking about what things have worked in the past, and what hasn't worked lately. Funniest thing: doing nothing doesn't work! Go figure.
Let's see: First thing I will do is literally dump all the left over chips and candy into the garbage can. My husband will protest, but he needs a healthy heart, too, if he's going to be around for the long haul. There is something intensely satisfying about throwing good (using that term loosely here) food in the trash. Really, what is good about Triscuts? Tons of sodium, processed wheat, and surely a ton of chemicals to make it hold together and have a shelf life of half a trillion years. In the trash it goes!
And those few candies that are sitting around in pretty little Christmas dishes - they will be history soon. Dh can take them to work if he likes, but I know if they remain in the house, at some point I will Seek and Consume, even though I don't like his toffee candy. In a pinch, I'll eat anything sweet.
See? I know myself. And this is a way of stopping the sabotage that I predict will ensue in the coming days. Yikes! I'm 58 now, which is a lot closer to 60 than 57 was. My body seems to be aging more rapidly than ever before, so I really "want" to be kind to it. Feed it well. Exercise my joints and muscles so they will carry me on for years and years to come.
These are the things I need to keep in mind when I absent mindedly reach for the next snack. Just be KIND, Barb. Just be kind.
Friday, January 03, 2014
I have been remiss is keeping up with my Sparkfriends, and for that I am so sorry. Life has been a snowball this past year, and as a result I not only let my online friendships slide, but my body has revolted.
It is tired. It is gaining weight. It is weak. In short, something's wrong.
But the good thing is, I am at a point where I don't want to let it become awfully wrong. So I am ready to treat myself with kindness and recreate the Best Me I can possibly create.
Here's some things I plan to keep in mind:
1. Eat more dark leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, collard greens, etc)
2. Eat lots of seasonal veggies and aim for variety
3. Eat protein from quality sources (either plant-based or through sustainable animal products)
4. Cut back on the sugar and processed foods
Pretty easy, really. Except if I don't keep these simple things in the forefront of my mind, they get pushed way back there somewhere. In lieu of dark leafy greens, I grab what is easy - chips, crackers, sweets. All processed foods, all made with who knows what ingredients. All bad for me. For my family.
So I am beginning 2014 doing several things, but basically implementing the K.I.S.S. philosophy. Keep it simple, Barb. Just do it. Don't fight it. See what how you can improve your body, your mind and hence your life! Because, if not now, when?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For more than a week now we have been on the edge of our seats in the Wood River Valley of Idaho. Lightning sparked three huge wildfires across the southern mountains of our state. The Beaver Creek Fire, which started out innocently enough several miles west of Hailey, soon grew into a Demon that has taken time, resources, and skill to protect the homes of many in our valley. It seems surreal to me to watch this video and know that it is my community that was in the face of disaster.
Take a minute to watch this video, in full screen if you can. It's totally, frickin' amazing. vimeo.com/72705351
We live in the shadow of Bald Mountain, Sun Valley's famous ski resort leased from Forest Service land. While Sun Valley is home to many of the 'rich and famous' variety, it is also home to regular folks like you and me. Much of the national news coverage has focused in on Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwartzennegger and Tom Hanks as having homes here. And photos show large homes ahead of the fire's advance. But while those celebrities do live among us, there are 20,000 of us that the 1,200 firefighting personnel have come to protect.
This wildfire has been so erratic, with temps in the 90s for over a week (an oddity to our mountain location), and Red Flag warnings for high winds daily. While it is the firefighter's job to do what needs to be done, I admire each and every one of them for enduring the raw conditions that they have to face each day. THANK YOU!
The video I embedded is a great accumulation of what has been going on in our backyard since Aug. 9. My home is outside the Evacuation Zones and as such, we have been able two households of the more than 2,000 homes that had been evacuated. We've had four dogs and a talking parrot, lots of visitors and phone calls, so times have been lively, for sure!
The fire in now 30% contained, and far from over as it spread further into Idaho's lovely back country. But yesterday some residents were allowed to go back to their homes. To date, only one house has been lost. And when you watch that video, you'll understand what a true testament that is to the firefighters who have converged here from all over the United States. To them I tip my hat and say, "Thank you!"
As for quilting? I had a stack of quilts that I was going to fetch if we had received an evacuation order. A few important papers, medicine, the computers. Just really didn't want to leave those quilts behind! I have gotten out for a walk the past two evenings when the smoke wasn't so awfully bad.
Stay safe and enjoy each day as it comes,
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I am back on the wagon, and it feels SO good! For months now I have been haphazardly treating my body with disrespect. I have been eating what I want, snacking, and maybe worse of all, not exercising. I've been doing everything wrong, and doing it quite intentionally.
I hadn't figured out why I have been self sabotaging myself. But I think it just boiled down to the little girl in me saying, "I don't want to."
How ridiculous is that? So over the past two months I have gained 5 pounds, and when the scale hit 200 again last week, something in my brain clicked and said, "Enough, Barb. Enough."
And I am actually glad. I noticed as I was eating my way through our kitchen and local restaurants, that certain foods really make me feel kinda sickly. Take for instance, hamburger and fries at a local, privately owned restaurant. I am a hamburger lover from way back, and for years I haven't touched french fries (they are evil, don't cha know?). But when the weather is hot, and we can sit out on the deck at this restaurant and have a casual meal, an ice cold beverage, enjoy friends and surroundings, I just threw caution to the wind and ordered up and ate my burger and fries. But soon after, my tummy started telling me about it. Not in a good way, mind you. I guess the message is it doesn't like all that grease!
then I started to implement Mindful Eating so that I could take note of which foods my body likes and which it objects to in subtle ways. Very interesting process doing that, and I would suggest everyone try it for a time. I hope to remember all that I've learned recently, so that when that cheesecake has my name on it, I can remember that it's all a ploy. I don't like the way that food feels after I eat it. Therefore, I just won't eat it.
I know I am rambling, but I guess it is because I am finally excited again to get back on my healthy journey. I think we all go through these ups and downs. Especially since the healthy journey lasts a lifetime. Ebb and flow.
Yesterday wasn't a Monday, but I started again anyway. I'm calling this latest episode in my journey, "Barb's Amazing Race." I weighed myself, took my measurements (argh), and set some goals. I'm going to forge ahead for 3 months, eating well and exercising well. And to have something concrete to work toward (other than merely losing X number of pounds), I've set an appointment with my doctor for a check-up and pap smear, and will see if my efforts have reduced my cholesterol readings any. They are borderline high, so I think with this effort, perhaps I can get them down over these three months.
Well, that's me in a nutshell. What are you up to these days?
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Thought I'd just do a quick little post to show off my Black and White Quilt that I made primarily from fabrics exchanged through a swap with the Quilt & Lose Team. It was about two years ago, I believe!
I finished piecing it in a relatively reasonable amount of time. Then it sat.
Then I got my long arm machine, and it was going to be one of my guinea pigs to use as I was learning. Good plan, but that didn't happen.
So I decided May was the month to get it quilted, get the binding sewn on and then hand-stitch it to finish it up. And I did it!
Here's a close up view of the quilting on it.
I really do like this quilt, mostly because it was from all of my teammates - thanks!
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