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Time to get serious--again

Friday, May 30, 2008

The weight I've put on with recent festivities has NOT come off yet. So I have to get more serious about exercising & watching my eating. It's hard when I feel quite overwhelmed with responsibilities; eating something comforting (especially sweets) is easy to excuse when all my time is spoken for & there just seem to be no margins. I guess I unconsciously give myself margins through food--which actually doesn't make sense, since the resulting weight adds another (literal) burden to my stress.

I'm going to try saying to myself, "I am being good to myself," whenever I choose to pass up something yummy or to get to bed early so that I can exercise the next day. I need to feel taken care of, & in this realm I'm the only one who can do it.

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SHANSHE 6/1/2008 1:14AM

    PJ is right, frozen grapes are just heavenly!!!

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PJBOKC 5/31/2008 8:48PM

    Ruth, I know the feeling of "rewarding myself". I think we just have to find something that is rewarding that fits in with the program. You're so creative I know you'll come up with some great ideas and we'll all look forward to you sharing those with us. I find the frozen grapes to be a good one for rewards. You get a whole cup for about 115 calories, and it takes a while to eat them. In addition, I think they're an excellent antioxidant.

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SHANSHE 5/31/2008 2:27AM

    If I know you, Ruth, you will have it off in no time!

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JURORI 5/30/2008 4:41PM

    Maybe you can try treating yourself to something that tastes yummy but just isn't as bad calorie-wise?

It looks like you're trying to refrain from doing things- which is good, but it's hard to look at things in that light for too long without giving in to what you've been holding back from.

What I've found helps is to try and give myself something else I'd like. So if you want something sweet, try having a bit of fruit instead... or think of going to bed early as a chance to get up early. The way you look at things can really help or hinder how you're doing.

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While I was away

Monday, May 26, 2008

Well, I'm going to be honest: I ate more than I needed to during my weekend with family. I wasn't pigging out, but there was a lot to enjoy, including cake & ice cream a couple of times. This week I'll try to eat with special care & keep up my exercising so that the extra doesn't stick.

I got in one exercise session: my sister & niece & I went out for a run/walk Saturday morning. Following sidewalks behind our hotel, we found a rushing river & a path through the woods alongside it! Really lovely.

On Saturday afternoon I got my dad to sit for a portrait in the hotel's large dining area (which is used only for breakfast). I set up my tabletop easel, spread out my various containers of chalk pastels, & went to it. Family members sat down to talk to Dad so he wouldn't get bored, & others watched as the portrait took shape. It came out amazingly well--especially given that it had been months since I had done any art. I am going to scan it & make prints for family members, then frame the original for Dad.

The weekend also included lots of conversations, catching up, reminiscing, singing (during the party for my dad's 80th--a sister had brought her guitar & some song sheets), & laughter! My brother, sisters, nieces, a nephew & I had several sessions of playing word & story games. Our favorite is "fold-down stories": each person writes 1-3 sentences to start a story on a clean sheet of paper, then passes it to the next person, who adds a sentence or two & then folds the paper so only her own section is visible. We kept passing our sheets along & adding to each other's stories till there was no more room on the pages. Then each of us had a page to open up & read to the others--they were all HILARIOUS.

In my day-to-day life I don't have many reasons to just roar with laughter. My husband & I laugh together fairly often, but nothing like this weekend, which reduced me to long, helpless laughter several times. So good for the soul. emoticon

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PJBOKC 5/27/2008 6:06PM

    Ruth, What a great weekend! It's wonderful to have a close and fun loving family. Sounds like you have other family members who like to "write".

Laughter is so good for us. We don't have enough of REAL fun anymore. I just received an e-mail from a high school classmate. It had a power point about the many things from our growing up years, and it was amazing to be reminded of the simple things we did for fun - playing games and catching fireflies until we were called in by our parents. I was watching something on tv the other day about "laugh fitness" I think it was called, and they talked about all the benefits of laughter.

I know your family will treasure the portrait of your dad. I'm sure he was pleased with the attention.



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SHANSHE 5/27/2008 1:14AM

    Oh Ruth, that sounds like a heavenly weekend with family!! You got to be creative by drawing a portrait of dad - what a talent!

I have never heard of "fold-down" stories, but what a hoot! I will have to remember that one for family get togethers, it will be fun!

You are right, laughter is good for the souls, those big long belly laughs that leave you gasping for air - life is good then.


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An amazing meal

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My busy week is going really well--& I am going to make this quick so I can put away clean clothes & get to bed on time.

Just wanted to blog about our supper. My husband got inspired to sprout mung beans here at home--something he had done regularly many years ago, but I had never done it. It took nearly a week & we've ended up with beautiful sprouts! Tonight for supper he assembled the stuff for make-at-the-table spring rolls: rice paper, warm water to soften it in, leaf lettuce, sprouts, cilantro, chopped basil & mint, thin Japanese noodles, bottled "sweet chili spring roll sauce" poured into a bowl for dipping. He also chilled & poured a good beer.

Meanwhile I made stir-fry with carrots, onion, celery, yellow pepper, mushrooms, sprouts, tofu, spinach, & chopped basil, with soy sauce, sesame seeds, balsamic vinegar poured over it toward the end--& finally cashews. We heated rice to serve with it.

I can't express how wonderful the tastes & textures were. And it is SO great to make these meals together! I am thrilled that my husband has become so interested in Asian cooking. The calories are few & the satisfaction is great.

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PJBOKC 5/27/2008 6:08PM

    All I can say is YUMMMM!

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SHANSHE 5/25/2008 3:01AM

    Ok, my beautiful friend, it is good that you do not write a blog everyday, or I would have 24-25 i would have had to catch up on... LOL

I look forward to hearing about your trip and i am sorry if you felt I had abandoned you...

I cannot figure out what happens. I got unsubscribed from another friends blogs too!!! Maybe you are only allowed to be subscribed to a certain amount??? if so, I certainly want to STAY subscribed to your blogs!

BTW... your supper DID sound quite interesting. I would have no clue how to cook like that, I do not even know some of the stuff you have mentioned! LOL. I have alot to learn I suppose!


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MINEGA 5/24/2008 1:29PM

    OH Ruth - what a splendiferious blog!! (like my word? - it's just as creative as your meal sounded!). I loved reading about your meal and was already thinking about the wonderful tastes and textures before you wrote it. That's the part about food I don't ever want to lose - eating is fun and exciting, it is an experience I enjoy sharing with other's and you two sure did all that with your meal. How wonderful your DH is enjoying all this with you - I LOVE Asian cooking and food.

I could almost taste your meal - thanks for reminding me how fun healthy cooking and food can be.

Thanks for dropping by my last blog and being so supportive. It's nice to hear I was doing the "sane self-talk" - LOL, that often isn't the case, or I at least wonder if it is. LOL Thanks again for checking out my blogs.

Hope you have a safe and healthy holiday weekend!


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A busy time

Monday, May 19, 2008

Those who know me will say to themselves, "Well, duh--Ruth's ALWAYS busy." That's true--sigh. But the current busyness includes getting ready for travel, which I really don't do a lot of.

From Friday to Monday I'll be with my kids at a family gathering in the Kansas City area to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday. One of the preparations for this will involve wrapping some long boards in a tarp & strapping them onto the top of my daughter's SUV. C & G will help with this; they're coming together on Thurs. evening for the purpose, & so that we can leave together fairly early on Friday morning. The boards are from a great big wall-mounted set of bookshelves that my brother made for me at my old house. I'm very sentimental about things that family members make/give me, so when we moved out of the house we took the brackets out of the wall & saved them & the boards. They wouldn't work in my current home, so I'm giving them back to my brother, who is in the process of fixing up his own home in Texas. We'll transfer them from the SUV to his van when we meet up in KC.

I know, I'm kinda crazy.

Tonight I join my friends in the suburbs for dinner. Two of them offered to pick me up at the train station & then to drop me off again when it's time to catch the train home, so I've gratefully accepted one offer & am looking forward to seeing everyone.

Tomorrow night I have my regular poetry workshop.

So this is a very, very full week. I am still going to try to get up & exercise, but we'll see how it goes. At least I can take my running shoes & clothes to KC--one of my sisters is an avid exerciser & will be glad to go out with me.

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SHANSHE 5/25/2008 2:56AM

    That sounds busy, but as I am behind, I hope everything went well with the kansas trip and i also hope that the meal with friends in the suburbs went better than last time when you about froxe to death! LOL!

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A great pressure-cooker meal

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tonight I made a Sparkrecipe in our new pressure cooker! In case you missed today's featured recipe (linked in SP e-mail), here it is:

It's a simple curry with split mung beans, which we have on hand because my husband's current fascination with Asian food. The veggies I added (the recipe just specifies 3 cups, of your choice) were broccoli, onion, orange pepper, & sweet potato. Really yummy!

I'm totally sold on pressure-cooker cuisine. Looking forward to getting my new vegetarian pressure-cooker cookbook!

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SHANSHE 5/25/2008 2:53AM

    Ruth are YOU vegetarian??? I thought just your step-daughter was. However, my mouth is watering with all these foods I am reading about!

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ILYSE721 5/15/2008 12:41AM

    A pressure cooker is on my wish list. I just told my husband that we may be going vegetarian simply for financial reasons - Beans, peas and grains from the bulk section of our local Sprouts store are much less expensive than beef and even chicken.

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