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A New Year, not New Year's

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I've struggled all winter with my weight and it has consistently gone up. I had a serious coffee and sugar addiction. I knew it was too much coffee and sugar causes inflammation which does all kinds of damage. I knew it was time to make a change but how. Nothing was working.
I happened to catch a Dr. Oz episode on the Clean Gut and a 3 Day Cleanse. All healthy food. It connected and made sense. So I decided to try it. I already had most of the ingredients for the breakfast shake and went shopping for the Probiotics, Multi-enzymes and a few other things. By the time I was finished, it came to $75. I'm sure it would be much less in the USA or for poorer quality brands but I bought what would work for me. And it did. I worked like a charm. I immediately lost 3 lbs and lost the bloating around my stomach and in my abdomen. In the past month, I've lost 6 lbs without counting calories and have lost both my coffee and sugar addictions. I am so pleased!
If you want to check it out, here is the link to the 3 part video explaining it
www.doctoroz.com/episode/dr-ozs-3-da
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and this is the link to the cheat sheet summarizing it
www.doctoroz.com/videos/3-day-jumpst
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I put a sticky note on my cupboard door listing what and when to take each for breakfast lunch and dinner and the Breakfast Smoothie for easy reference.

  
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SWDESERTLOVER 5/27/2013 11:37AM

    That is awesome! Winter is hard on me too because I don't get enough exercise. I'm glad this worked for you. I'm going to go google this and check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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AMUNET_RA 5/26/2013 5:34PM

    Winter can be a killer! It was extra rough on me this year, too!

Congrats on getting back on track and kicking your addictions! Keep up the great work!

emoticon Thanks for the comments on my blog!

~~Bonnie

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Earthquake in Chile

Sunday, February 28, 2010

"In Dec 2009, I travelled to Buenos Aires where I spent 6 days exploring before boarding a cruise around Cape Horn ending in Valparaiso, Chile. There were 7 ports of call including the Falklands. I spent a few days in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar before taking a bus over the Andes to spend Christmas in Mendoza, Argentina. Then back over the Andes again to Santiago for a couple of days before flying home. I wasn't ready to come home."
That was from my other information on my Sparkpage. Hearing of the 8.8 earthquake yesterday morning, I could only send heartfelt wishes for the people of Chile and the many people I met and got to know on my brief visit.
At first the reports said the severity of damage was not as severe as Haiti although the rate on the richter scale was exponentially greater. Now, it is clearer as more reports and photos are posted of the devastation in Conception not only from the quake itself but also from the resulting tidal wave. In the earthquake area, over 1.5 milion people are reported as homeless and 700 dead although I am sure that will climb as well. I do not know what more to say.

  
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JENNY712 10/13/2011 7:39AM

    I am slower and i just found your blog. emoticonfor posting. Beautiful places and people but a Heart reaching story. emoticon

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SUBSMITH 12/12/2010 6:14PM

    Wow... I'm slow! I just now found your blog; but I haven't been on Sparks too much this year. I'm glad you are okay. I really enjoyed the blogs you shared during your travels around the Cape. That is probably about as close as I'll ever get to experiencing such an adventure; so thanks again for sharing.

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Why I Love Travelling to Far Away Places

Monday, February 15, 2010


If anyone watched The Amazing Race tonight, leg 1 was in Valpariaso, Chile en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valparaiso where I was as well just before Christmas and only a couple of weeks after the Amazing Race filming. It was one of the cities I visited in my month long trip to the southern half of South America. It's funny because when I was in Buenos Aires, as I got lost, turned around, walked back and forth looking for a bus stop and ran into translation problems, I was thinking of and feeling like an Amazing Race participant.
The racers took a funicular and painted walls similar to my photo here. I walked and climbed those hills and along Templeman many times. I love travelling and seeing the places I was at far from home on TV! No, LA and Vegas don't count. It has to be difficult to get to. And if you look at those hills, that is why I lost weight (not evident in my photo above)! I haven't watched the full episode yet but I'm looking forward to figuring out where each task was. I checked online and found that leg 2 (next week) is in Puerta Varas (Puerto Montt) where I also was on my trip to southern Chile.

And I was watching the Olympic Moguls tonight - all the worry about the courses and the rain, well you would never know it from looking at the course on TV. They managed to create snow. They were on Cypress Mtn which is about half an hour from Vancouver and you can see it from the city. I really like the Olympic flame cauldron. I'm too far away to have gone and I didn't want to deal with all the hassle. I'm not a winter sports person but I like watching it on TV (sometimes on my exercise bike). www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-photos
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Today I've been busy backing up my computer, cleaning up hard drives and shredding many years worth of my Mom's documents, much from 10 to 15 years ago. What a chore. No wonder my place feels so disorganized and cluttered. It's really time consuming to cut out every name and SIN, credit card nbr or health care number from each bill, receipt, junk mail etc and put it through the mini shredder. I can't beleive how many times they print the name and the relevant number on a statement, invoice or bill. These are from when they printed the whole cc number. And my Mom saved every cc receipt, statement and bill. Cutting out all personal information and using a mini shredder is necessary though given what people will go through to get their hands on that information. A strip shredder isn't good enough for that bit .
Cheers to all my spark friends!
emoticon emoticon Barb

  
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SUBSMITH 2/15/2010 11:29PM

    Don't feel bad. I have a bunch of business documents that still need shredding. I'd love to burn them and be done with them; but the fire department has frowned upon the idea.

I can't wait to see more pictures from your trip too.

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I did something really stupid!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I guess we all have those days that we do something really stupid and wonder how did that happen. I know how it happened. I was still tired this morning from my week of intense activity. My new floors were ordered and I had 2 days notice (one of which I was out of town) to clear and dismantle everything from laundry room, bathroom and kitchen. To save money, I told them I would move the stove and fridge, remove all the baseboards, transition strips and the moldings and handle for the crawl space access.
If you have ever had this sort of job done, when they are there, you have to be on top of everything, running around finding things to prevent the destruction of other stuff. An example is the plumber arrived early. I had only 6 hrs sleep and no breakfast yet. He looked at the two toilets to be removed and asked where was he going to put them. Yikes! I didn't want them sitting on my front lawn so I quickly found some cardboard and cleared a carpet out of the way in my bedroom him to put them on. The other bedroom was full of everything from the 3 rooms and it's entrance was going to be storing the one piece washer and dryer while they did the floors. That behemeth thing has not moved since 1991 and had all the dust behind it to prove it. I couldn't access it to clean behind it or to remove the baseboards beforehand so I had to rush in and do that before they started ripping the floor out. It took 3 of them to move it. So it went. It was worse when they tried moving the washer/dryer back and I didn't get a chance to reinstall the moldings. There's no way I can move that thing. That's the back story. Sorry it's such a long one.

This morning, I'd had some coffee and breakfast. My stove and fridge are still sitting where my table would be normally. I have to wait 2 days for the glue to set before moving them back or I'll have permanet roll marks across the new kitchen. I lifted up the crawl space cover with a screw driver, thinking about reattaching the handle and moldings all of which needed cleaning up before that task. I noticed some liftting of a section of vinyl so I got my clamps to help set it. I didn't want to leave the crawl space open so I put a peice of cardboard over it. Bad move. You know what's coming. An hour later I went in to check, turned to look at the cover standing against the wall and as I turned I put my foot on the edge of the cardboard which gave way. It seemed to all happen in slow motion as I went into the crawl space one foot at a time. There was nothing to stop me or grab onto although I tried. I crashed against the edge of the framing as I hit the milk crate at the bottom, normally a 2 foot step down. But my leg gave way and crumpled as the other leg down and arms hit the framing, then my neck hitting the back edge. What a scary experience. I know I could have broken my neck. I have major bruises on one arm and my legs. There's a lump on the left side of my neck where I hit it. Of course I iced everything, put arnica cream on all the bruises and spent the next 4 hours resting. I'll phone the chiropractor in the morning. And I've put a chair in front of the cardboard and the cover that is sitting there but not in place yet.

The R.I.C.E. and arnica must have helped a lot because about 4 or 5 hrs later, I was in the garden digging up my potatoes. They looked beautiful!

I don't care if I don't have a stove for a few days. The fridge is plugged in. One toilet was leaking before the floors went in and I was hoping that the removal, replacement of supply tube and new seal would fix it but it hasn't. So I have to call him tomorrow and have him come back. It must be the washers where the bolts attach the tank to the bottom part that are gone. It is about 16 years old.

The moral of the story is that when you are tired, accidents happen. Your judgement and alertness are off. Just wait! You don't think anything will happen but it does. Thanks for listening and be careful. You can never take too many precautions. Barb

  
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DOTSLADY 9/30/2009 4:17PM

    emoticonOh Barb - I missed this post on my feed. HOW incredibly SCARY indeed!!! To relate to the "slow motion" aspect of your fall, I recently fell from a bike my neighbor's lent me. I rode it back to their home for the garage sale I'd talked about (and actually, I wish I had it now :(). Their driveway has a steep curb - before you know it: down I went in slow motion. My hands/feet were flailing looking for something to grasp. That would be the concrete. :P We were in a small auto accident, not much damage, but the car did a 180* turn - also a slow motion experience. It's surprising how your mind adapts for thinking "How to get out of this situation!?"

I've never heard of arnica cream, so thanks for sharing that, too.

I believe it's because you take care of yourself that you've healed well. Oh, and I bet your floor looks awesome, too. I LOVE a clean floor (like clean white socks). :)

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PRIMEOFMYLIFE 9/21/2009 9:23PM

    emoticon
Ouch, it hurt just to read this! Glad to hear you are okay. Just think how wonderful it will be when it is all done.
Take it easy and remember, you don't have to be Superwoman. It's okay to get help. Take care!


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MAKZ3D 9/21/2009 10:45AM

    WOW!!! You are so lucky to not have gotten hurt more. Just think of how great it will be when all is done.

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CNIKKI33 9/20/2009 11:59PM

    Sorry to hear that your renovation isn't going smoothly. Take it easy and get some rest.

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Have you ever lost a day?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I woke up this morning convinced it was Monday morning. It never occurred to me that it could be Sunday. When I turned on my bedside radio, I wondered why was there classical music playing as that program is only on between 6 and 7am on Saturday and Sunday morning, not Monday at 6:20am. And as I arose to open the curtains and the patio door, I was kicking myself that I had not called my sister in Calgary last night as she was leaving on holiday this morning (Mon). I needed to ask her a question about sleeping arrangements when she circles around to visit here with her granddaughter after the gd's Suzuki violin camp in the Kootenays. Also, I had planned on going to Kelowna on Monday to order my new eyeglasses. Now that it was Monday, I didn't feel like going. I would have to go on Tuesday.

I opened the LR vertical blinds, let down the roll up blinds on the patio to block the morning sun that heats the patio up so much, picked up things that had been blown around or otherwise out of sorts after the cloudburst and flooded patio yesterday afternoon. And I gave myself another kick in the pants because I hadn't done the things I was supposed to have done on Sat (disrupted by the big storm that blew by), asking why I didn't I do them on Sunday? It took me until after walking into the kitchen, turning on the radio there, opening the kitchen blinds, and opening the front door that I realized it was Sunday morning.

I have been given a gift of 24 hours to do those cleanup projects that I really need to do to feel better. But there is a bit of worry, why and how did I lose 24 hours in a matter of 5 (an exceptional length of time for me to sleep without waking)? Or is this my guilty conscious for having been lazy this past week or was it renewing and now I am getting a good ol' kick in the butt. We all need those once in awhile. It's time to Wake up! Get going! Re-energize!

  
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SUBSMITH 2/15/2010 11:37PM

    What a beautiful garden!
As for me, I don't have a routine per say, and time can fly by if I let it.
What a wonderful blessing to discover an extra day AND the energy to make the best of it all.


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SHELLYNSKI 7/26/2009 10:57PM

    That's happened to me several times. Also, living in Alaska where it is often constant daylight or mostly dark, I can awake from a nap (or what I thought was a nap) and be 12 hours off, which is really disconcerting.

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GFNOMAD 7/26/2009 3:46PM

    It was a strange thing. I went to sleep at 2:30 in the morning and knew it was Sat night. Maybe it was that REM sleep that did it. Anyways, I feel renewed this morning and have some energy back.

I can't claim all the garden although I have restored it from the disaster it was. From the big spruce to the retaining wall is common strata. I had to plant some small cypress shubs to hide the butchering another owner did of the spruce. His response to my objections to the unauthorized prurning he was doing and other stuff. He's a coward and a bully. He waited until I left for Vancouver to take care of my Mom last summer.

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DOTSLADY 7/26/2009 3:20PM

    emoticonI have lost days before. I have no schedule so it's easy. Your yard looks amazing btw. You can tell you have a green thumb.
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