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Getting back

Sunday, August 09, 2009

I suppose I will resume my Spark attention. I enjoyed the break, but the attention paid to diet and exercise does pay off and my life is better because of it.

Time magazine's cover story is that exercise contributes little to weight loss. Does anyone not know this?! Its all about FOOD! Still the benefits of exercise are undeniable. Increased flexibility and muscle mass, brain, heart, bone, circulation and disease prevention. But not weight. Like the article said, just one blueberry muffin blows all the calorie benefits of exercise.

An interesting radio program attributed a portion of the obesity epidemic to the lack of cooking. He also predicted that in a generation cooking will be very rare. His example was french fries which he called a rare home cooked food due to the labor intensiveness of preparing them. Now every one can get them multiple times a day because they do not have to cook them. Interesting. Food for thought.

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PTEMPLETON 8/9/2009 10:49PM

    My husband was just talking about that article, your post was food for thought. thanks

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

So the wedding is over. It was beautiful and rewarding this most elemental celebration of love and commitment. I wonder if the symbolism was noted. I think it was. A young couple promising to love forever. Is this possible? Certainly! Many have done it, but many also drift away from love into selfishness and bitterness; the beauty and celebration so long planned, long forgotten.

I wish for Joshua and Valerie that they learn that love is not a constant state of bliss, but a constant state of purpose: to value and love the person by honoring your promise to them even when the weariness of life would have you pull away.

And now we have more good news. A baby in March! Not the son, but the daughter who is five years married. It is a new pregnancy and she's feeling queasy and tired. But they are happy and the baby is well planned, and happily anticipated. Thomas and Ariel are the example of a good marriage. They are kind and affectionate to each other and they will be great parents. I look forward to this new experience of Grand parenthood.

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SONSHINE1948 8/9/2009 10:16PM

    Being a grandparent is difficult to explain. It's one of those thing you have to experiance for yourself. There just isn't anything quite like it. I know you will enjoy every moment of it. What a wonderful blessing! Congratulations.

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Thirty Six Years

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Thirty six years!! That's how long I've been married. It goes by in a blink. We've done a lot in those years. Completed college educations for ourselves. Had three babies, educated them through college, though one is still making his way through. Gained the world's best son-in-law five years ago, and will gain the worlds best daughter-in-law, this July. We've traveled overseas, and throughout much of the US. We've built two houses ourselves, doing the majority of the labor. And in these late middle years Wes is five years into a new business that has the potential of PHENOMENAL success. Very weird! And Very cool!

I was lucky enough to be able to provide a private apartment in my own home for my Mom to live in the last three years of her life. She was healthy and mobile, driving her own car to the grocery store and book store until a few months before she died at ninety-one. I miss her strong Spiritual Consciousness.

Wes's parents are both living independently in their own home in Florida and have been married a zillion years. (Its actually about sixty-eight years, but amazing, nonetheless). So Wes and I are just middle of the roaders in this marriage thing.

I recently attended a shower for an adorable young woman who will be married in May. As is often done, a booklet was passed among the guests for them to record any "secrets" they had for a happy marriage. The thing is, there are no secrets to a happy or long marriage. Happiness is an emotion that is completely dependent on one's individual inclinations. If I like plenty of time to myself, to be happy, you may need someone right there with you, to feel that same contentment. But we all know how to be polite, considerate, non-judgemental, tolerant. Your spouse didn't drop from the sky into your life. You know what he, or she likes, and what they don't like. Act accordingly. Like I do.

Okay, I don't do it. At least not as much as I should. But there is something to be said for hanging in there. And just what is that, which is to be said? Personal Growth. I hope. At least that's what I'm claiming. Personal growth and long interconnected memories that go back to when I was barely an adult, so clueless, so hopeful, cute, and dumb in many ways. And here I am thirty six years later, still hopeful, not as clueless, not as cute, not as dumb in those ways (maybe dumb in new and different ways) hanging in there with an intelligent, hard working, self confident, bull-dozer of a man who goes after what he wants and lots of times----gets it. I don't have any secrets on how to stay married for many years. Except---don't get divorced. But then again, I've only been married thirty six years....Check back in another thirty.

(I love you, Wes) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANABECCA 7/12/2009 5:21PM

    I have been married 11 years to my Prince Charming. Not my first marriage...I have no substantial words of wisdom either...just that the road is not always smooth, but the bumps make the tapestry interesting. Thanks for the blog. Congrats on 36 years!
peas & carrots,

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    Great blog. Loved it!!!

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BREAFAWN 3/12/2009 3:35PM

    emoticon Thanks for posting this. I really needed to read that it's not just easy all the time.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I have noticed that most of the women in my age group don't lose, as much as they maintain the weight they have. Its good that we aren't gaining, I suppose, but all of us joined this site to lose weight. This is also my problem. I'm trying to figure out why it is so difficult to lose. Everyone is limiting their calories and most are exercising some, but the weights aren't changing or if they are, its extremely slowly. Its difficult to stay motivated when the losses are so tiny! I wonder if it is the limited strength training? Body builders claim you have to use heavy weights and lower repetitions to build the muscle which burns calories. I've been trying to do this for the last week or two, but it is difficult to choose the right weight resistance on my bowflex. I'm not completely satisfied with this machine; good thing I only paid $200.00 for it. Still, it is all I have except for a few dumbbells. I'm considering adding a personal trainer for weights for a while just to get me up to speed. It is frustrating that all this calorie tracking makes such a small difference. No, I'm not giving up, just trying to figure out how to get this show on the road.

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MUNCHIESO 3/3/2009 1:58AM

  Hi, I'm new here. I'm in my forties with 2 grand kids. I don't think that I entered my info in right when I signed up but no matter.

I have been dieting since December 2008. I started at 174 lbs and I have lost 35 pounds in the three months. No, this is not a commercial. I have been serious about dieting. I have dieted before and lost weight after a plateau. I am in Tops Clubs so they have my weight before and after. As far as weight loss, I have proved to them that I am "all in!"

What is sad is that while the girls in the Tops (non-profit dieters club), "claim" they want to lose weight, they do things that go against a healthy body.

They keep doing the same things over and over and not expect the same results. They ask me how I lost weight so fast and keep losing but when start to tell them specifically what I do, they cut me short before I'm finished to tell me that what I say would make them gain weight.

I have to wonder if you are like the girls in Tops sticking with a program that isn't working anymore for you. If so, I encourage you to take a look at the pH miracle diet. I always just start with the basic diet there and only recently started using supplements which kicked weight loss into high gear. Counting calories is great but also looking at nutritional needs met by those calories is so critically important.

God did not make us such beautiful beings for us only to defile ourselves with chemically processed, chemically altered and gmos. God gave us proper food with proper nutrients. What corporate America is doing to the food that we eat is a sin!

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-AMANDA79- 2/25/2009 11:33PM

    Maybe a strength training DVD? I have the Biggest Loser Power Sculpt and really like it. A lot of people are really raving over those kettlebells too.

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A new experience

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I've completed twelve Pilates sessions with my personal trainer. It feels good to say "personal trainer." I never thought I would hire one; it seemed so self indulgent, but it has helped keep me from slipping into lethargy, as well as motivated me to keep up with the cardio and additional weight training.

I ordered a DVD from a mother-daughter body building team. The daughter is 45 and the mother is 77! The 77 year old is unbelievable and did not start weight training until she was 52! While I don't expect to reach their levels of fitness, it is inspiring to think that it could be done.

But first I have to lose these last ten pounds that have such a tenacious grip on my body. It is very frustrating, but surely it must be possible!?

While I do think it is healthy to have a fit body for as long as possible, I can't help but wonder how much energy one should devote to the body. Do we spend as much time on intellectual pursuits, or development of our souls? I suppose the truth is, that we spend too little time on all three aspects of our lives. Leisure is so available to the average American, as is food, and we are very skilled in indulging in both.

So what is my best self? I don't know. I'll probably never know. But the journey is worth it and time's a wastin'.


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