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Just Be Kind

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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KLAD_COCKERS 1/7/2014 12:24PM

    So many things fall back onto being kind - to yourself AND to others. Recognizing your points of possible sabotage IS being kind to yourself. It's one step in preventing you from hurting yourself in the long run. Good luck Barb, you can do it!

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CARTOONB 1/6/2014 11:04PM

    Good to know yourself so you can set yourself up for success. I'm rooting for you!

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    Looks like you're off to a great start! I also no the Do Nothing plan doesn't work. For me, tracking my food seems to be good place to start.

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    emoticon I am heading to the cookie jar and throwing out the last 3 cookies. My husband doesn't like them, and I really don't care for them, but they are sitting there waiting for a time of weakness. So OUT they go! Thanks!

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    Great idea toss it all out the door. 2014 is here & full of Healthy options. Happy new year, Victoria

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CAROLEHZ 1/6/2014 12:21PM

    Good to see your name in my tracker today. I came back last Fall. I also tried the Do Nothing Plan and despite being very popular, it didn't work for me either. I just turned 57 which feels pretty close to 60 ( I stop to scream with both hands on the sides of my face!). When I came back my knee was killing me..thanks to exercising I can honestly say it is improving greatly..We can do this!

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TAGSUIT2 1/6/2014 10:53AM

    Getting started is a start, I like the idea that you are looking out for the hubby to, they don't like to participate in doing anything that pertain to health. emoticon emoticon

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Timing is Everything

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
5. Move!

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?

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/5/2014 1:43AM

    A new beginning o glad to see you here again ,you have been missed !

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GCHUNG 1/4/2014 10:20AM

    Join the club. I've also started over and I'm on a mission. I plan to lose as much weight before I retire as I can. We can do this.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/3/2014 11:43PM

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KLAD_COCKERS 1/3/2014 9:27PM

    The most important thing you wrote about is KISS . . . because as soon as we complicate it, we start to fail. You can do this! So can I!

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    Good for you!!!

2014 is a new beginning for me, too, to get back on the wagon!

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DAISYBELL6 1/3/2014 6:40PM

    Great to have you back!

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CARTOONB 1/3/2014 6:37PM

    Sounds simple and doable. I look forward to watching you succeed.

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    Hey oh Idaho Spark friend, we are all in the same boat
I too am ready to "start again"
Let's support and encourage one another
My plan that starts on Ephiny, Jan. 6 th is I am going two months
No breads chips processed foods grains
Processed carbs out
simple carbs Yes! Lots of begins, and fruit smoothies
Just no breads
It's the only way I've EVER LOST WEIGHT
And it's easy ,,,,once your committed and in the groove
I've been wonder how the snow is in your neck of Idaho
Here in Sandpoint, it's slim pickings
Just got off the Mountain rain and its not bad if you stick to the groomers
Let's keep in touch,,,
Good luck SPARK on!

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EVIE4NOW 1/3/2014 5:50PM

  Good plan. Good luck.

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Wildfires in Idaho. Sigh.

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.

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,

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KLAD_COCKERS 8/22/2013 11:25AM

    Stay safe Barb! I know how quickly forest fires can turn and move. Having grown up in the middle of a forest, I'm very familiar with the devastation forest fires can cause in a short time. I'm glad you're monitoring the situation and have stuff ready to go if you have to leave.

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_BABE_ 8/22/2013 1:48AM

    Being in Southern Alberta we have been watching it on the news. Be safe.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/22/2013 1:06AM

    I am so glad to hear you have escaped the flames so far .You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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CARTOONB 8/21/2013 10:09PM

    I'm glad to hear that you are outside the evacuation area. That is a harsh fire and I hope the firefighters can get it contained soon. And I think the temps are going down a little...soon.

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/21/2013 9:11PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you have escaped the flames so far. I have been thinking of you often the past few days.

I sure hope that these fires can be brought under control quickly.

That video was stupendous. It brought back many memories of when I lived in the mountains during fires.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 8/21/2013 1:22PM

    Love that song, well done video too!

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Back on the wagon - what a ride!

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?

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QUILTINGBUDDY 8/12/2013 2:31PM

    Wow Barb, I can sooooo relate! Ugh. I think my whole system is throwing a temper tantrum after my surgery and I have just not been able to get ahold of myself. I'm so thrilled to read your blog and realize I should be able to take control of at least my eating and have some control over my body. I don't know why we do these "binge eating" sorts of things but I have done the same. And I hate myself for doing it, yet when DH (the world's best cook) brings me a plate of pasta with alfredo sauce (one of his favs) or a juicy burger (one of my weaknesses too) I just can't say no. What's up with that? I have loads of tomatoes, green beans, zucchini and other squash etc coming out my ears in the garden but I keep giving them away and not eating near enough of them myself. Much of it is because we have traveled way too much this summer (this weekend we took our new to us Classic Cougar on a weekend trip, which was a blast but messed up my eating). Not to mention all the sitting rather than exercising that happens when we're traveling. Ugh!!!

So good for you getting back on track and you've inspired me in the process :). Thanks!!! I got up this morning and started in with slowly sipping my coffee, read your blog and made a new decision..."take the dog for a walk" I heard my mind say to myself. Self I said, "yes just like Nike...just do it." So I did, we even went the direction where there are some gentle hills. Then I was excited to have done it. What? I could have walked everyday? Huh? What a novel thought. I haven't but I will. So yay for both of us! And thanks for the inspiration. I think I'll go do some laps in the pool next. Woo Hoo, a double whammy for my body. And as for you...YOU GO GIRL!!!
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MARYJANGEL 8/7/2013 9:42PM

    Well Done Barb! figure out what will work and run with it. I am cheering you on! You Go Girl!

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/3/2013 1:45PM

    Your so right. I also love Hamburgers. When DH bar b q's Hamburgers at home, sometimes I tell him I just want the patty and I saute Onions and Bell Pepper, and put them on top the Hamburger patty. Then make a small salad with the Lettuce and Tomatoes. Hope your Cholesterol is back to normal, or close to it.

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    Thank you for the inspiration. emoticon

I, too have fallen off the wagon and need to get back on. I'll have to check out this mindful eating.

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PAYNETRAVELER 7/28/2013 2:12PM

    I Love your inspirational new commitment to health. Best to you my friend.. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/26/2013 1:20AM

    Good for you Barb.I find that mindful eating is a good thing.I have finally got my weight way down and I am thrilled I guess I should change my ticker LOL just realized I haven't done that !

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CARTOONB 7/25/2013 11:11PM

    The mindful eating thing is fantastic. I hardly ever remember to do it, but I should. Too bad about cheesecake...that's a delicious food to have your body not like it! Good for you for continuing to try! Good luck on your doctor visit.

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JUST2OFUS 7/25/2013 11:43AM

    I find that yes I love cheesecake, but I can share a piece and enjoy just as much as the whole thing. Hubby and I will share a burger and fries, you don't need a whole portion (and it really is too much). Good luck on your journey and keep us posted!

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KLAD_COCKERS 7/25/2013 10:06AM

    Good for you! Mindful eating is so good for the body and soul.

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NKING1982 7/25/2013 9:32AM

    Congrats on your healthy journey. Sounds like you are doing great. My hubby and I used to eat a lot of fast food, now when we do, most places give us tummy aches and a gross greasy feeling. We have a list too

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SUNFLOWERGIRL79 7/25/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds like a plan. Yes I think everyone hits these bumps in the road, glad you picked yourself back up. Good luck!

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HOAGIE22 7/25/2013 9:19AM

  Git Er Dun!!!!!!

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Black and White Swap Quilt Finished

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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GABBIE27 6/4/2013 1:40PM

    Wow Barb!!! Sooo nice!!!

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PAYNETRAVELER 6/3/2013 11:30PM

    wow~! That's beautiful!! Great job Barb!

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TXGRANDMA 6/1/2013 10:48AM

    emoticon Job! It is absolutely gorgeous! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/1/2013 7:15AM

    Love it, and the colors!! emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/30/2013 9:42AM

    Looks great. One of these days I want to try quilting.

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CHERIRIDDELL 5/24/2013 12:42AM

    Absolutely lovely!

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MURRAYGOLD 5/23/2013 4:40PM

    Absolutely striking. And the emotional attachment to the fabric adds so much, I'm sure

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DAISYBELL6 5/23/2013 3:42PM

    I'm not a quilter, but I really like how your quilt looks.

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CARTOONB 5/22/2013 8:54PM

    That is gorgeous! You really did a beautiful job! And I love the quilting. Very fancy!

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