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Patience! - A Trait I'm Learning

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I'm learning to be PATIENT! emoticon Yes, me! It's taken me a long, long time to learn the art of patience, but little by little I find myself holding my tongue, not lashing out with a sarcastic remark, merely smiling and saying nothing at all. Wow! How did such a thing happen?

Have you noticed that the longer you stay on SparkPeople, and you are getting into the Healthy Lifestyle, as your weight is stabilizing more at the number you want, you're getting more exercise, you feel better, and your entire life in general just seems to be better -- that some of your personality traits are also improving? Or is it just me? I'm kind of thinking that we are all changing a bit from the inside out.

Today I'm more thankful for the little things I DID get done and worrying less about the few things that I didn't accomplish!

Today I can be happy that the scale didn't go up, even if it didn't go down!

Today I can make wiser choices in my food, and if I choose to eat something that is not really in my plan, I know how to make adjustments for it; or sometimes, to just allow myself to do it as a treat. I know that tomorrow I'll be back on track!

Today I can look in the mirror and love that person looking back at me!

Today I want to reach out to all of you, my friends, and give you a hug! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/20/2010 4:14PM

    Loved that! Thank you. And a hug for you, too!

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CATLADY52 9/18/2010 6:24PM

    emoticon for writing what I feel.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/18/2010 10:54AM

    Followed a friend here b/c your title looked very interesting. Patience is what I had in abundance as a child, but has really gone by the wayside the last 20 years or so. You are wise and I appreciate all that you have said in this blog. Thank you. I am adding you as a friend. You remind me some of my sister in the way you speak and the way you look (pic on your main page).
Adding you as a friend. Be well,

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/18/2010 10:33AM

    Today I am reaching out and hugging you right back! I enjoyed your comments about loving the person you are.....
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THPEAKY 9/18/2010 8:53AM

    Lord, give me patience but give it to me NOW! ;)

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/18/2010 6:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CTTAGENT 9/18/2010 12:44AM

    You are so correct about patience coming... in time. I too have noticed that my outlook has changed on some things too.

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The Scale is Going Down

Sunday, September 12, 2010

emoticon I'm a yo-yo! I tend to procrastinate! I'm not always perfect! I sometimes eat food that I KNOW is a bad choice! There are days I do not get a chance to exercise!

Now if I can lose weight in spite of all those slip-ups listed above, it proves that anyone can do it -- it's basically a matter of being consistent and showing some tenacity. I started over 20 pounds ago, not really upset with my weight, but I did think I would feel better and look better if I were to lose 20 to 40 pounds! As a young woman I didn't really have to worry about losing weight, no matter what I ate. But as the years went by, I found the pounds started adding up, and again it seemed "no matter what I ate." I would starve myself, it made a difference of maybe 3 or 4 pounds; then I ate whatever I was in the mood for, and again the weight stayed about the same. So why bother I figured. My husband did not complain about how I looked; I had lots of energy, and I was healthy.

But then, slowly, little health problems did begin to rear their ugly heads. By then I was in my 60's. First it was high blood pressure and 2 or 3 pills to take care of that problem. Then my cholesterol was just slightly high -- OK, another pill once a week leveled that one off. Then the doctor decided my thyroid was borderline; hence another pill. And of course there was the ever-present estrogen that I'd been on since my early 40's when I had a hysterectomy. I was starting to feel like a druggie!

And I began to notice how I looked in photo's; OMG! Was that ME??? Hmmmm! I finally realized I was no longer "petite." Now I was just short! Maybe that was my problem; if I was a little taller I wouldn't be overweight -- I was just too short but how to start growing again -- well, no one could tell me how to do that.

I found SP! I joined SP! It was fun, there were lots of people on here to encourage me, become friends with, read about, write about -- recipes. I collect cookbooks and I found I no longer looked at them. Instead I started my own SparkPeople Cookbook, all printed from recipes of the day, or found somewhere on the site. My weight loss certainly didn't happen overnight, and I didn't aim for that goal. Oh, sure -- like most people I wished I would just wake up one morning and find myself 2 or 3 sizes smaller, but I'm a realist. Today when I stepped on the scale I realized that about 2-1/2 years ago I was a size 14 and now I'm a 10! Also 2-1/2 years ago I was 20 pounds heavier than I am today. I still have a long way to go before I reach my weight from when I was 50 (and I thought I was FAT then) but I'm on my way! And you know what? I'll get there!

My motto is: YOU CAN DO IT!

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PSMITH3841 9/13/2010 10:19PM

    Geez, that was like reading my history, sans the thyroid, Hysterectomy, and the Petite thing. Right now I'm messing with 2 pounds..on & off, on &'s making me nuts... I know I'm going to finally drop those 2 lbs +, but right now it seems to be having a good time driving me crazy... emoticon But it's going to be gone! Mark my words! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/13/2010 10:06AM

    emoticonwish they had one that said We can do this together
I too will one day see my goal and if not I have a lot of friends here who will try to get me there
Thanks for being one of those friends

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TRISTAROSE 9/13/2010 7:23AM

    Way to Go!! Your words of wisdom have awakened me this morning as I am a yo-yo also and had a very BAD week .... It is such hard work to keep going but I will get back on track knowing it isn't only me this happens to.



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LIS193 9/13/2010 1:50AM

you're doing great!

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THPEAKY 9/12/2010 11:01PM

    I love Garfield the cat's old saying:I'm not overweight...I'm just under-tall!

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/12/2010 7:08PM

    emoticon"YOU GO GIRL"........ emoticon

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SARABETH_60 9/12/2010 6:20PM

    Great Blog. You have a terrific approach to the whole business of weight loss!

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STILLFLYIN 9/12/2010 3:04PM

    Keep it up!

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MARYANN1943 9/12/2010 1:22PM

    emoticon emoticon! Keep the positive attitude!

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Making Flower Beds

Friday, September 10, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Now that we're getting some 'really cooler' weather here in the mountains, like 60 degrees first thing in the morning, we decided to put in a flower bed in the front yard. We have a good sized boulder and would like to come out about 6-feet in a semi-circle in front of it, making the bed about 18 to 24 inches high. And our idea was to make a short wall in that shape, then fill the flower bed with top soil. We found a spot about 30 miles from our home where we can pick up all the rocks we want, rocks that ranged from big to little, so we can easily fill all the little niches as we progress with our wall. So far I believe we have made four loads with our SUV and think about two more loads should complete the task.

It will be fun to have it filled with petunias, pansies, geraniums, lavender and in the back perhaps a couple of blooming shrubs, such as sage or something. I would like to think of a flower that would flow gracefully over the edge of the wall we have created to give it a cheerful, friendly look all summer long.

Hauling rocks is not only fun, it's a great exercise!!

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THPEAKY 9/11/2010 8:34AM

    How about wave petunias? That rock wall sounds wonderful! I built one as a dry stack retaining wall in my back yard and have salmon colored petunias spilling over the wall...long with countless pear tomatoes! Happy gardening!

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STILLFLYIN 9/10/2010 4:20PM

    Sounds so purty!

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CATLADY52 9/10/2010 3:45PM

    Right on, escpecially the part about haling rocks. I'm sure it will look great once you have everything in. emoticon

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Apple Pie with Homegrown Apples

Monday, September 06, 2010

emoticon emoticon Nothing makes the kitchen smell any better than homemade apple pie! Sunday I was out checking the apples on our trees at our summer home and one tree especially had HUGE apples on it. Turning slightly red I figured they must be about ready to eat. I picked three of them and had them sitting next to the sink when I started to think about a pie.

First of all, we didn't have a pieplate at the summer home!
Secondly we didn't have a rolling pin up there either (piecrust, you know) and NO, I didn't have any of the ready-made crusts. You have to understand Yarnell is a VERY small town and even if the grocery store HAD been open, I doubt if their inventory would have run to pie crusts. So....... I had to improvise.

I found a cute little soup shaped dish (with a lid) that was about 5 inches across and much deeper than I needed, but decided to make do. There was only two of us so how big of a pie did we need? I had Crisco and flour, and for a rolling pin I made do with a bottle of wine (I did not drink it first -- filled gave it more heft).
In no time I had my pie crust in place and was cutting up nice small pieces of apples -- I don't like the big chunks you get in frozen pies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a tad bit of artificial sweetener (so as to not go overboard) lol -- and a very small sprinkling of flour. As an extra flourish I chopped up a few pecans and added those also. Adjusted the top crust, gave it a dusting of cinnamon/sugar and into the oven it went. While it was baking we went for a walk with the dog. Smelled good when we got home, but not done yet -- finally it was ready. It was a big hit with the BF and I liked it too. Wish I had vanilla ice cream to top if off, but better for me that it wasn't available.

Anyone want a few apples -- we've got bag after bag of them. I'm going to try making apple butter tomorrow.

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LUNADRAGON 9/7/2010 8:38PM

    Sounds great! I just got our first local mac's this week and they are delicious.

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PSMITH3841 9/7/2010 11:36AM

    Sounds yummy...fall was the best time, next to Christmas, for the goodies my Mother and Grandmother made...applesauce, apple butter, apple dumplings, Pie....I think that's one of the reasons I'm a better baker than cook...It might be a good idea to pick up some of the baking necessities for the summer home....hmmm, can't let those opportunities pass...I think you were pretty ingenious with the substitutes....."Necessity, the mother of invention!" (or something like that) emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/7/2010 10:49AM

    Sounds delicious. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/7/2010 9:53AM

    Yum, sounds so good. I love home grown foods.

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183WANTS2B140 9/7/2010 9:11AM

    Just reading this makes me want to see if I have any apples. emoticon

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SARABETH_60 9/7/2010 8:18AM

    Yum - and how wonderful that you found work-arounds for it all! I haven't had pie from apples right off the tree since I left home - my mom was big on her fruit trees. Let me know and next time I'll drop by... chuckles...

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/7/2010 6:47AM

    Yummmm, smells delicious emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/7/2010 5:20AM

    emoticonPie I love all kinds of Pie
my neighbor has 2 apple trees in her yard so I have been getting apples too
I have made dry apples - applesauce - apple butter - frozen some apples for pies or cakes and just eating apples on my food plan
Enjoy your apple stuff

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Still Learning at 71

Sunday, September 05, 2010

OK, so I'm OLD! But I'm not dead! And I figure one of the best ways to stay young is to continue learning. So the end of August I signed up for a college course entitled MUS121 or in plain English "Music to Your Ears." It will teach me everything I ever wanted to know about classical music.

I happen to "like" classical music, even though I have friends that look at me when I tell them about the class, like "what?" you signed up for "what?" Maybe it does sound a little high brow, but it will give me a better understanding of music without actually knowing how to play.

They say a person is never too old to learn, and a couple of years ago I took an online college course (as this one is) and found it fascinating. It was rather hard in the beginning until I realized exactly what the Professor expected -- but after that it was kind of fun. And I ended up with a high A; and hope to do the same in this class.

There is no special reason for taking it, other than perhaps to be a little more knowledgeable when speaking about the subject. Although lurking in the back of my mind is the old saying that the best way to avoid Alzheimer's is to keep an active mind. I'm doing that.


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CBEVNOW 9/7/2010 2:32AM

    Sounds good to me. emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/6/2010 9:29PM

    Who needs a special's music, that's reason enough...and that Alzheimer thing is another good one.... Anyway, brain cells are a terrible thing to waste!I think I might have lost a few in the 60's, and I'm continually taking classes to try to get them back LOL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/5/2010 4:37PM

    That sounds like a fun course. I like clasical music but don't listen much any more. I'll get back into listening to it more often. Thanks for the nudge to the brain cells. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/5/2010 12:35PM

    But there IS a special reason to take the course -- you will probably enjoy it. Keep on learning and having fun doing so!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/5/2010 8:41AM

    emoticonI would love to take that class with you wish they had that here
emoticon emoticonenjoy

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SARABETH_60 9/5/2010 7:18AM

    You've got the right idea - learning is a good way to keep brain cells active and happy. And classical music - what a great way to relax!! Say hello to Mozart for me.


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ROSY_TIAMO 9/5/2010 7:12AM

    Good for you! I've been thinking about doing that for quite a while now. Hearing that you had good luck with online courses, just might make me finally do it. Good luck and have fun!

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