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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

For the past year-plus I quit wearing my favorite ring, a ruby birthstone one my parents gave me for my 14th birthday. They bought it in a jewelry store in Medellin, Colombia, where we were living then. So besides the fact that it's pretty & has a simple but unusual design, it has LOTS of sentimental value for me. And it's just kinda amazing to continue wearing a ring that fit me at that age, when I had reached my adult height but was still pretty skimpy in the womanly-curves department.

Last year my finger just got a bit too chubby for it, & I reluctantly worked it off my finger with some soap. At some point, as some of you know, I also quit wearing my wedding ring. My sister gave me a silver Spanish ring, which I put on the middle finger of my left hand because it was too loose for my ring finger, plus I don't want to make it look as if I'm still married. (I'm NOT shopping for another relationship, though--I'm so done with that.)

A few months ago I bought three really inexpensive bright-colored rings at my favorite fair-trade store. They were fun to wear by turns on my right hand, depending on the colors of my clothes. But one got lost--probably came off & fell into the dirt when I was taking off dirty gardening gloves. Another broke. I had been wearing the third until the other day, when it slipped off while I was washing dishes.

I don't like to lose rings, even if they're cheap, so I put that third ring away . . . & took out the birthstone ring & put it back on. It's no longer too small! Better said, my finger is no longer too big! My favorite ring is still snug, but my finger doesn't bulge around it. I feel more like myself now that it's back on my finger.

Yay for millimeters of fat gone from my fingers!

P.S. I have a new camera & soon will be able to post a photo of said ring on my finger. My hands are no longer conventionally pretty, as there are lots of age spots on them, but that's OK.

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BUSYMOM911 9/29/2011 4:55PM

    That's wondeful. It almost like getting a new ring! Double the joy!


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SASSACAIA 9/29/2011 12:35PM

    What a great story! I love rings too! I was dismayed to discover yesterday that I've got some rings that used to fit just fine but are now rather snug... but I haven't worn them in years, so it's actually NEW weight. I guess that's good??

Can't wait to see the picture!

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GO-LOEW 9/28/2011 7:59PM

    What a great story. And just in case someone missed it. SHE IS WEARING THE RING SHE GOT WHEN SHE WAS 14! That is indeed amazing.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/28/2011 2:37PM

    Love that! My finger chub seems to fluctuate, though the ruby ring john got me 4 or 5 years ago has moved twice since I've started! This is a great way to measure our progress!

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SHANSHE 9/28/2011 12:09PM

    I bet your hands are just gorgeous anyway, like you! Sooo glad your favorite ring fits again!

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AMYLONGHORN 9/28/2011 9:52AM

    That's awesome that you can get your ring back on again! Woo hoo!!! WTG!!

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CZARINA_TV 9/27/2011 10:56PM

    That's pretty amazing! Congrats!

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CAZADORES 9/27/2011 9:53PM

    Wow!That is wonderful!

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MTULLY 9/27/2011 7:02PM

    I am sure your hands are quite beautiful, especially with your birthstone ring back on your finger! What a great non-scale victory and a constant reminder of what you have accomplished. Good for you!!

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BEATLETOT 9/27/2011 6:56PM

    Hooray! Congratulations! And enjoy your "new" jewelry!

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My reasons

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!"

At this point health is not really a factor in my desire to lose WEIGHT; my BMI is hovering between 22 & 23, which is fine. However, my body fat percentage is still quite high for genetic reasons & because I eat too much sugar & don't do enough strength training. Those definitely point to health reasons to increase my fitness & improve my nutrition.

Appearance is another reason to be faithful to the upcoming 5% challenge. I'd like to trim down my low-belly fat & tone my upper arms; both of those require losing weight & being faithful to strength training. I would love to look sleek & trim by Christmas!

My Starfish teammates will benefit from my faithfulness to this goal--that's another motivation.

There's one more reason. My ex & his lawyer's demands are costing me lots of lost work time and eating up my lawyer's retainer, as well as depleting my skimpy retirement savings. It is very painful & distressing to me, but I have no way of putting an end to it. Of course it will all eventually end. In the meantime, it's the hardest trial of character I have ever endured. Exercise is definitely needed as a stress reducer--& if I can manage to hit my 5% goal here at SP, it will be comforting to have agency & control in THAT part of my life.

Yeah, I'd say those are some good reasons.

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SUZYWM 9/21/2011 9:39PM

    Hi Ruth,
I'm glad you're using exercise to battle the stress. You deserve peace and joy, despite actions of others. Take care of you - as much as possible!

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CZARINA_TV 9/21/2011 11:13AM

    Good luck Ruth! I wish you the best.

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BEATLETOT 9/21/2011 3:58AM

    Great reasons! It sickens me that someone would want to and can cause another person so much trouble...especially someone they liked well enough to think they wanted to spend their whole life with. Yuck. Hope your ex troubles are over soon!


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SHANSHE 9/20/2011 10:43PM

    GREAT reasons and you will do a wonderful job!

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    Excellent reasons Ruth!

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LANNIEMANUEL 9/20/2011 6:35PM

    i wish all the best for you. divorce is a hard thing and when it gets more demanding it just makes it harder on all involved. Glad to hear that you are using exercise to reduce your stress.

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Busy & happy & looking slimmer

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The lovely evening at my sister's on Labor Day ended with us (sister, brother-in-law, & me) standing in a little circle holding hands while she prayed blessings & protection over me as my divorce case proceeds. I'm sure that's one reason that yesterday & today have been SO peaceful & productive for me.

I'm also happy because my new housemate has started moving in! Today she gave her new room a thorough cleaning, did some laundry, & paid the first month's rent. We have to make ourselves stop talking so we can get work done! She's such a pleasant person to have around.

This morning I had a dental checkup & cleaning first thing, too early to allow exercise time. (I vowed to get back to flossing every night--my neglect is showing. But no cavities, & I think my very nice dentist gave me a discount.) It's my work-from-home day, & I have spent it in exercise clothes--long-sleeved T-shirt, leggings (it has gotten cool around here). In early afternoon I went to my therapy appointment, & my therapist said (among many other things), "Have you been losing weight? You're looking slimmer."

After therapy I walked most of the way home--it was a glorious day--& then caught the L for the last couple of miles. Coming home from the L stop, I ran into a neighbor from my building, who asked, "Have you been losing weight? You look great!"


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MTULLY 9/12/2011 9:13PM

    Busy, happy, and looking slimmer - who could ask for anything more! You are living the good life!

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KAREN_NY 9/8/2011 9:56PM

    I had to stop in because of your title -- happy! being an operative word here. :) Enjoy every bit,

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BEATLETOT 9/8/2011 6:03PM

    I am so excited for you getting a housemate! I think that's so cool! I'm so glad she's finally moving in...I was starting to wonder.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/8/2011 2:59PM

    So great to hear those about losing weight!! God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee

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CZARINA_TV 9/8/2011 9:26AM

    Good for you! Sounds like a great day!

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ZEESPARROW 9/8/2011 8:00AM

    Isn't it great when 'random' people comment about how great you're looking? What a boost to your confidence!!

Whatever you're doing... it's working!! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 9/7/2011 11:21PM

    You must be losing are looking slimmer!

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SHANSHE 9/7/2011 10:54PM

    Sounds like you are blessed and happy and sooo glad you are looking slimmer!

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MFLYNN8 9/7/2011 8:36PM

    Sounds like an all around good day! My son went to the dentist today too and had a 'Florida treatment' so he couldn't eat or drink!

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Good Labor Day to you!

Monday, September 05, 2011

I am thankful for the benefits that the labor movement has brought to so many of us: the 8-hour workday & 40-hour work week, increased workplace safety, & more. Thank you, Haymarket martyrs & so many others!

Besides cooking up some green beans from my CSA box to take to the picnic with my sister today, I have just sent off my first-ever application for an artistic residency. emoticon I am applying to spend two weeks at Hedgebrook next year.

It's an idyllic place, & I would be thrilled to have uninterrupted writing time there! I should hear back in December. Not holding my breath, but I can hope!

Now it's time for me to get in some 30 Day Shredding before I take off for my sister's.

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MTULLY 9/6/2011 11:27PM

    I appreciate your comments about the contribution of the labor movement in this country. Very timely!

Best of luck with your application to Hedgebrook. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you!!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 9/6/2011 1:58PM

    Good luck with Hedgebrook! How exciting!

I know you had a good workout. That one is one of my favs!

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CZARINA_TV 9/6/2011 8:57AM

    Oooh! Good luck!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/5/2011 9:38PM

    Sending good thoughts for Hedgebrook application!!

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SHARKYSGIRL 9/5/2011 9:06PM

  Oh wow ... good luck with the application!

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JENBELLE 9/5/2011 7:18PM

    Happy Labor Day!

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SPBETTERWAY 9/5/2011 6:59PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog! Best wishes.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/5/2011 6:45PM

    I am truly thankful for this paid holiday. One day it could be an option for a none paid holiday?! So today I take my shoes off & kick them up on the bed.

God bless & thank you for sharing Ruth!


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TERESA159 9/5/2011 4:30PM

    Have a Happy Labor Day!

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SHANSHE 9/5/2011 4:20PM

    Wow, so amazing! Have fun dear!!!

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    emoticonHave fun !

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Happy weekend

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I finished a long, challenging freelance project yesterday--yay! And last night I had two rare treats in a row: a friend & I went to the first part of Cassandra Wilson's performance in the Chicago Jazz Festival, then trekked to a jazz club to hear another band (my friend & I were put on the guest list by the pianist in the band, who was just FABULOUS!). A wonderful evening.

Today there was a potluck picnic at the lakefront after church, & I had some great conversations there with a Cambodian & an Indian who are members of the church, plus a Korean woman who had come to visit. I love my very international church!

After completing my Spark tasks in a few minutes, I'm heading to the kitchen. I'm going to make beet-chocolate cake to take to my sister's tomorrow for our Labor Day picnic. And I'll be cooking up a big batch of dhal for the coming couple of weeks--yum! Here's my recipe:

I'll probably make a batch of brown rice to eat with it. I love kitchen afternoons!

This evening I'll take a brisk walk & then watch a Netflix movie that has been awaiting my attention for a LONG time.

What a delicious day.

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SHANSHE 9/5/2011 1:32PM

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful weekend!!!! What netflix movie you watching?

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CZARINA_TV 9/5/2011 10:05AM

    Sounds like a great weekend Ruth! I'm glad you're getting out there and enjoying it!

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    Your dahl recipe looks good. I am going to try it soon, maybe even tomorrow, depending on my motivation. I have all the ingredients on hand, always a plus!

I made a big pot of black beans & brown rice up today. I love rice & bean meals. I am eating them more & more, so every new easy recipe is especially appreciated! emoticon

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TERESA159 9/4/2011 9:01PM

    That's a fabulous day! I love dahl too, am going to check out your recipe.

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JECKIE 9/4/2011 8:25PM

    I think I might just start following you around for the food! :) I LOVE how you cook! I was just thinking today that I really needed to do something with the lentils in my pantry. I may have to cook this up tomorrow!

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