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Have to Give It Up!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I know some of you have a hard time giving up chocolate - that is one food i would not miss. But, I realize that the one food I really have to give up - or at least get under control is cheese - i could eat cheese with most any thing!!

Like this evening for dinner. We had those small sirloin steaks from Schwans - oh, my, they are so good. And we had veggies and brown rice. But, my downfall was adding cheddar cheese to the rice. That is soooo gooood!!. I don't add soy sauce because of all the sodium. So am going to have to think about this one. If I could just limit the amount - but not sure i have the will power!!

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MARTHA-ANN 4/14/2011 2:18AM

    Naughty Barb, I've never even thought of cheese with rice...lol...you've made me want to try it now!!! emoticon

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A Fortune Cookie

Friday, April 08, 2011

My sister lives on the coast in Brookings and this was in her fortune cookie:

Tomorrow the seas of life will be calm and you can easily guide your ship. Onward, Captain!

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A Thought for Today

Monday, April 04, 2011

A quote from Sylvia Ronsvale's book, The Empty Tomb -- "Americans spend more annually on soft drinks that the total amount given to churches".

Where are you spending your money? We know that those soft drinks have way toooo many calories, but we still continue to consume! Isn't there a worth cause that you could give at least part of the money to?

Just something to think about when you buy that next soda!

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CAROLIAN 4/5/2011 5:26AM

    I agree I don't buy soda very often i always carry a bottle of water with me.I put the money i don't spend on choc etc junk food into a jar to buy materials to make cards or wool to knit items for various charity shop emoticon lol carol

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Update on my Seven for 2011!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Just looking at my Seven!!

My Seven for 2011:
1. Lose 25 pounds.
2. Plan weekly menus.
3. Reestablish lost relationships.
4. Study life of Jesus with Granddaughter, Jill.
5. Plan knitting and quilting projects.
6. Downsize "stuff" to half - again.
7. Drink up to 8 glasses of water daily and take my "pills".

#!. The numbers on the scale are just stuck!! I lost about 10 pounds last year. Have not lost any more - but am feeling so much better - am trying to be more active.

#2. Well, that one needs some work. I am gone many evenings and my son is not always up at dinner time.

#3. Have restored a relationship with my oldest son. We meet every Mon. evening for dinner - he is not ready to come back to my apartment because of his relationship with my son, Geoff who lives with me. My older daughter, Vicki who lives in Salem, is very distant from the family. I am planning to just start writing to her again - the last time she did respond, but the letter seemed very distrusting.

#4. Jill is 10 years old and has been diagnosed with "something". Her mother just gives me the letters - which indicate an explosive temperament. She is now on medication and is doing so much better. I had reached the point that I did not even want to be around her. But, she is doing so much better now - so perhaps it is time. And Jill loves to "play in the dirt" so am going to have her help me with my gardening this summer.

#5. Love to knit and have some projects lined up for the summer. Right now am knitting another pair of socks. Have a couple of quilt tops that i need to get quilted.

#6. Where does all the "stuff" come from??? I now have 4 boxes to take to Salvation Army. Will get that done this week!!!

#7. Am still working on the water!!. I find that I do drink more when i buy the bottled water. What a waste when we have a Brita in the fridge. But, I just do not drink it. So will used the already bottled for this month and the will see. Perhaps if the habit is there i can switch. And, I have the pills in my pocket. I once had a supervisor who told me that is does not work by osmosis - I have to put them in my mouth and swallow them. Maybe I should start doing that.

So, this is where I am. Not doing very well - but, I have at least started. Am planning to definitely finish all by Christmas!!



Friday, April 01, 2011

I do love changes -----I have moved a number of times. In Medford, as a single parent and while my children were growing up, we moved often. My Dad always teased me, "Oh, that place is dirty now so time to move on". And, as a child we moved fairly often - between Oklahoma and Southern California. Then when I was 7, we moved to Medford where I grew up. Now, I have been here in Pendleton and this apartment for almost 5 years. I am getting "ansy" again. But, will probably not be moving this time. I do love my apartment - just the right size, close to downtown, and a beautiful view of the river.

The change I am having a hard time with right now is the loss of our Youth Pastor at church. He was here for almost 10 years and so loved by the youth. I am so sure that where ever he goes, he will do well. I miss his "Good Mornings" over the intercom and just his presence in the building. I will certainly miss watching his son, Liam, grow up.

Change in our lives is inevitable but how we handle it is our choice. So, I am going to pray the very best for Pastor Joseph, Candace and Liam and know that God is in control. When a new Youth Pastor occupies the office downstairs, I know that I will grow to love him too.

There is a change in the air too this morning. Instead of the cloudy sky outside my window, the sun is shining so bright!! There are a few dark clouds overhead and there may be some rain, but I know the sun is still shining and Spring will soon be here. (I have some geraniums ordered from a friend at church)

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,....
a time to weep and a time to laugh.......

He has set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God ha done from beginning to end."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, 11

What a good reminder for me that I have a choice in how I see my life and what I do with the time God has given me. A choice to stay overweight and feel sorry for myself because I am so "unloved"--------or know that God created me and loves me just as I am. And, with that I can go out and "conquer" my little world. I can make the changes I need to make to lose weight, eat more healthy, exercise daily, and smile at the world.

So now to my "7 for 2011" . I need to post them on my home page and get out my index card daily as a reminder!! I have been sorta working on them. Have definitely restored a relationship with my oldest son. But, I have a daughter in Salem that I have not communicated with for a few years. That one will take some thought as to how to proceed.

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MARTHA-ANN 4/2/2011 2:38AM

    Hope it all works out well for you Barb...you deserve it emoticon

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LOTTY711 4/1/2011 4:42PM

    Change is good.

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