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Chilled Cucumber Soup Recipe (yum!)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

3 Medium Cucumbers (peeled then diced)
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup diced onion (white or sweet are best)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp minced garlic
1.3 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbsp cream or half and half (or 1 tbsp sour cream)

PUT ALL IN BLENDER - til smooth or chunky as you prefer.
GARNISH -- add to blend or simply top with herbs

Recipe called for Arugula 1/4 cup.
However, I tried MINT and it was FABulous.
Other possibilities ?



Original Recipe from Canyon Ranch Cookbook

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BLEGNER1 7/24/2011 7:17PM

    Sounds good and right now I have plenty of cucumbers

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CHEROKEE1946 7/24/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds good I will have to try because I have so many cucumbers in the garden. Thanks

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JINXS_MUM 7/24/2011 4:33PM


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Jump in the River

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I'm writing this down. Marking it. In today's paper, the Sunday section, a quotation inset for a little profile on someone or other... made me tear up, tear way up. The quote:

"(Mydad) always said, 'Jump into the river. It will just move and you'll make decisions as you go. Never be hesitant."

Jump into the river.
It will just move and
You'll make decisions as you go.

I've never well taken that advice. It is excellent advice. Probably. Yep.

Way deep from my center. Resonant. Resonances. And the tears, where this advice or directive -- which I've been given many times in life, usually by others, usually in response to my standing at the edge of the bank.... wanting to jump, or wanting to want to jump, or charcoal in hand in front of a large white tablet and easel in a figure-drawing class.

Afraid to make the first mark? Or afraid to make a mark?
Afraid of the water? Or the current? Or the cold?
Or afraid of leaving?

I well up with awareness that, gdi, THIS IS STILL A CORE ISSUE WITH ME.
I honor my own penchant for staying, too.

Feathering. Tending. Still if not stillpoint.
THE DANCE is here.
But many dances were out there. And I did not jump.
I did not jump.
I hesitated.
Many times. So many times.
And many things, ideas, inventions, activities, friendships, artworks, poems....

drifted by in the current... without me?
(What would PEMA say about THIS? --- if they are only thoughts... and not deeds...
if they are only thoughts, not words.


I turn 53 this week.
Is this my story?

More than "just sayin'"
For today.
Book mark that, Martha!

Love it all

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PJH2028 7/24/2011 6:58PM

    deer in the headlights. catsclaws on the door-jambs. cat under the table/bed/behind-the-refrigerator..
. FEAR acronyms always made sense to me (false evidence appearing real), and yet i delay.

I've been in the same apartment for too long. Need to move. Need a change. And I keep staring at the river.

But I digress!!!
Moving this mountain? Lion? Into the River?
Maybe this year. Maybe this year ;-)

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SLFRISBEY 7/24/2011 6:27PM

    I love that quote! I tend to stand on the side lines because I hate making decisions. ANY Decision... just jump in and go from there! Thanks for sharing!

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Onward & Downward -

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Onward & Downward

Anniversary Celebration and Year Two Goals
in the works

Wow! This year feels great. And felt great, every day.
That's the miracle I see today. I'm enjoying this.
I am not confined by it. The boundaries only pinch every once in a while. Mostly I am enabled and enhanced by awareness of the DAILY details. And I am encouraged and edified by the camaraderie, the stories of others, the roads more and less traveled, not alone... on our own steam... and together.

Results? Lots!
Weight loss (check)
Body compacting (check)
Fitness and Wellbeing raised (check)
Energy and Attitude up (check)

Can I keep on doing this, Tim (my trainer) asked?
Yes! I feel and reply without any sense of wavering.

Tim wants to up the anti on what we set out as my goals.
He thinks that I am stronger than he's been thinking or I've been thinking.
What a marvelous invitation into the coming year.

So I'm adopting his voice for that part of the 2012 goals.
I am stronger than I imagine my self to be.
I can do more. And I am open to questing higher/longer/more.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen, on the sofa and at the table:
I've gotten a bit loose in my food choices and patterns.
Something about seeing 184.5 on the scale sneakily had me resting on my laurels the past couple of weeks. Hmm. Every time I punched in 1-8-4 to the cardio equipment at the gym, I've felt a circle of roses around my neck at the accomplishment, an inner glow and pride. And I've been excited to press on... Yet I think I haven't done that yet.


188 today, after a weekend of unmeasured eating and drinking. It'll come off. But I'm not going to erase it here. This will be my starting point as I press into year 2.

I would like to lose 43 lbs by July 15, 2012.
I would like to weigh 145.
I believe that 165 will be a real body shift and a marking place for me.
I am open to maintaining 165 when I get there, IF that's what seems right from many vantage points.
Yet - With menopause hot on my heels; 145 is objectively what on my 5' 4" little jewish person frame might be a righter number.
We'll see. We'll see.

On paper, my goal is 145.
(With footnotes for future reflection and evaluation with trainer support on record).

*I'm smaller. I'm starting smaller than last year.
This may mean a RE-SET of CALORIE RANGES?
This may mean a RE-SET of CALORIE BURN expectations?

Mm-hmmm. I think this is true.
I don�t have a WEEKLY PLAN on paper yet.
I need this. So, That's what I'm working on this week.

This week, I will:

** Eat cleaner.
** Drink my waters.
** Snack more consciously (better choices, less grazing)
** Get to the gym 3x, not including ST with Tim/Jenny
** Get my cardio burn back up to 400

I love this process.
I love my self for thriving in it.
I love my Spark Friends. Like you.


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COMPUCATHY 7/15/2011 8:44PM

    Awesome! You've done TERRIFIC! And year 2 is going to be just as Sparktacular! Thank you for all your encouragement! I hope you have a TERRIFIC weekend! Enjoy! Celebrate your blessings! Spark on! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/13/2011 2:20PM

    "Onward & Downward" - YES!
Great positive energy.

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    I love your attitude!! Your blog made me smile. :)

- Michelle

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GOGOMAMA 7/13/2011 8:52AM

    I love this positive inner dialogue!! Sounds like a great life plan!!! Way to go friend!

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RRP546 7/13/2011 8:16AM

  very positive

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184/8 and pivoting toward year 2 - JULY 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wow. Almost a year. Just a week shy of a year of Sparking.
I had a slacky sort of last few weeks.
I've been a little loose with tracking. Accurate, but the choices I've made can stand improving. I can and think I will re-consider the whole "calorie cycling" thing more deliberately.
In fact, being more deliberate is what I feel I need.
I can hone my skills a bit. Perhaps raise my expectations/targets for cardio, and separate out strength training in a different way. Or not.
This I'll determine this week.
Sparkiversary July 15th
53rd birthday July 26th

Ahhh. July. Where did ye go?
Stitches out tomorrow. No more alibi for laying back.
Drivers License Renewal still to do.

Gosh darn DEADLINES. Hate them. Always have. Deep Breath. OM.....
It'll be fine.

and then I'm gonna Rock this thing!

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GOGOMAMA 7/12/2011 10:56PM

    Wow! Congratulations on your upcoming year of sparking!!! And what a way to bring in a new year - healthier, stronger, and as always beautiful! Hope you are healing well! Blessings and hurrah's as you plan your next year of sparking!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

It's AAD - Ass Awareness Day (haa hhaaa ) I enjoyed inventing this acronym while dancing around with Joe at the Launderette this early a.m.

So...is it smaller? It's shrinking every day, he says to me. He's such a good sport, and such a big supporter of me. This is the first time in my life I've had so much loving support on a daily basis -- in general, and particularly for the Self image and transformation/dieting and exercise/ goals:results. He doesn't get up in my business - it's all mine. And yet he sees me and I think I must feel him rooting for me every day. THE WAY I FEEL YOU GUYS, dear Sparkies....
(but a man, and my man, and under-foot and in my space and sometimes in my arms... every day).

Funny... I think I'm more aware of this these days. Relationship duration (I've broken my personal record for enduring happy commitment) - amazing. Could it be getting better? It may beee. Are there difficulties? Of course! (i laugh). But mostly... IT'S GOOD.

Are things wrong? Some things could stand improving in my life.
And I DON"T mean my Ass! (for a change)

Of course, in 50 plus years I got past the size of my own ass to appreciate my Self and to accomplish and be so much more than a number, a size, a name, a label, an occupation, etc etc etc. etc. etc.

I get back to the headline.
It's AAD - and the awareness is more to do with how it feels than how it looks.
It's AAD -- and indeed it is so because of how much more vertical as opposed to horizontal I feel today (I do mean this in the wide/heavy sense but also in the jungian spiritual sense -- an integration thing).

It's AAD (not ADD) and I'm celebrating my inner-ass ?

I think that maybe the new Crocs flip flops I bought actually DO work the legs and but when I walk. THAT's HILARIOUS. But true. Like walking on a half ball.

It is Ass Awareness Day. And I am reminded of how far I've come in this, almost a, year. (Spark anniversary this week or next - Birthday end of the month). *I should blog that separately; okay, I will.

AAD, And I am ready to move mine... more in the coming months. I'm more able and I am ready to learn another notch of fitness and play. Yes "play". I see other people doin' it. PLAY-ing. I wanna. I wanna feel that way about it. I never have. But that don't mean I never will ;-)

So PARTY ON into the week.
Treat yourself to a whole lot of cool clear H20
Treat yourself to a whole lot of locally grown colorful plants (at every plate, at every meal)
Treat yourself to a raised heart rate and the endorphins on the cool-down
Treat yourself to a pedicure
Treat yourself to optimism and friendship
Treat yourself to ....


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GOGOMAMA 7/12/2011 11:00PM

    I'm sorry I missed this blog!! I love it!! Celebrate your every asset my friend!!! I think it's wonderful that you have a supportive guy and that you both enjoy your time together!! I feel the same way about my guy! I love feeling thinner too and dancing around!

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PANBOOKS 7/6/2011 10:58PM

    Although I am a little late celebrating AAD, I will get this party started right away emoticon Thank you!!!

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