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Back on Track

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Just spent the weekend at Hood River with my son Gordon - what a special time!! We ate, shopped, walked, and talked and talked and talked!! So good to be able to have some time with him and get caught up on all that is happening in his life.

Was not able to get on SparkPeople - for some reason was not able to get on the internet - but now am back home and will get to sparking again - and tracking and checking in on my friends.

Feeling quite motivated this morning - it is much cooler - Fall much be right around the corner!!
Need to get back to the club - and start planning my workouts more consistently.

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MARTHA-ANN 8/29/2012 4:04AM

    Glad you had a good time Barb, it'll have perked you up for the week ahead!

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CAGMUAHFO2 8/28/2012 11:36AM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend with your son!! It's always great to have a mini vacation to help you unwind.

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TORAMPAUL 8/28/2012 11:28AM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!!

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New Insights!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Have been discouraged by my bathroom scales - have actually gained back a few pounds, I think. My scales do not always weigh accurately - the numbers can vary as much as 15 - 20 pounds. Have changed the batteries and that did not help. Maybe it is time to change scales.

However, today watched a video with our great leader and he reminded me of all the benefits I have gained, besides that number on the bathroom scales:

1. More energy each day to do all the things I want to do
2. My clothes are fitting looser - even pulled out a couple of shirts I could not wear last year.
3. Am craving healthier foods - like those oranges and grapes at the grocery store.

One problem I do have that I cannot seem to overcome is not drinking enough water. And, the days I do drink more, I can really feel the difference. So have been drinking sun tea more - I fix is very weak and add a bit of lemon. That does help - when I actually drink in and don't leave it in the fridge. Somehow I have to find a way to motivate me to drink more.

I just want to thank SparkPeope, and you, Chris, for this awesome site. I have learned so much, have been inspired by so many great blogs, and have made some wonderful friends.

Now, just gotta get away from this computer and get packing. Am meeting my son in Hood River for our annual weekend of fun!! Will try to post some pictures when I get back - if I come back!


Here I Am, Again!!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I have not added a blog in quite a while - have not been really busy (I am retired), but just distracted by life.

I live in a very dysfunctional family - I know all families do have their issue - and we do have differences, but also with my 5 children there is no relationship between any 2 of them. They just live their separate lives - Somehow thru the years it has just been easier for them to separate rather that to face their different beliefs and ways of life.

Many times I have felt like I was just going between them trying to keep some peace - or trying to relate to each one without upsetting my relationship with the others. What a cycle!!!!

However, I have found an inner peace that completely outweighs all the heartache I have experienced. God has always been my Tower of Strength and Comfort. He is the One Who has kept me and He is the One I can always turn to.

And, I have so enjoyed many friendships here on SparkPeople!! So much encouragement and support and caring. And, have just joined the SparkCoach program. I love the way it is integrated into the program I already have going. And, I truly am motivated by the daily videos from the coaches. Each day there is a challenge along with so many other great tips to keep me moving thru the day. For me, it is worth every cent spent. Thank you so much, SparkPeople for this added bonus!!

Today's challenge is to create a visual. I have thought about this for so long, but have just never done. Was not sure how to or where to start - so today out come my magazines (I really do not have many) and will see what i can come up with. Or, may create something on my computer.

We are quite warm here in Pendleton - about 100 each day. Thank You, God, for the a/c. Don't think I would survive without it - and our great little fans that just keep going and going.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARTHA-ANN 8/18/2012 8:35AM

    I'm trying the new Sparkcoach programme too Barb, I'm not sure if I'll keep on after the two week free trial though, it's not a lot different to what i already do.

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MSANITAL 8/17/2012 1:40PM

    Great Blog.. (and I thought I was the only one with this kind of problems with kids) but you know as they grow older they will come together..it is hard I know I have not talked to my Brother in 3 years since my Mom died and before that it was 8 years and I only said a total of 3 words to him all durn the process of my mothers quick illness and her passing in 2 days.. any ways keep the faith God is there for you...
And I was just saying my self in a post that Spark Coach has really changed me.. I have done a vision board.. don't think you have to work on it all at once.. think of it like a quilt.. piece by piece day by day.. Good luck emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What A Day!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Right now am enjoying a glass of wine - I don't have wine very often - so it is really a treat. And, after today, I feel like I need it!!

I stopped at JC Penneys and picked up a pair of shoes I had ordered - Skechers - and they are wonderful. I have needed new shoes for quite a while so am so glad I just ordered them!!

Then went to my daughter's for a while - she is having a hard day - her washing machine has quit (there are 4 of them in the home) and the dishwasher is kaput!! And, her computer was not working - she is a nurse and had some work she needed to do on it. - so the repair man was there. She felt overwhelmed and so did I!! Just wish I could make it all better -

After about an hour there I went to the club for about 15 minutes on the treadmill. While there I Iistened to a favorite minister on my mp3 player. So comforting and refreshing.

Then to Safeway for another episode. Their "Just 4 U" program does not always work. I picked up some ground beef that was supposed to be $2.39 a pound with the coupon on my Safeway card. However, it did not take off the discount - so I insisted. The clerk said she could take the charges off - but I told her I wanted the meat. So she had to get a manager to check my card to verify that I did have the coupon on it. Glad I did - saved over $5.

Now am home and getting ready to fix dinner - think it will be spaghetti this evening - that is my comfort food!! Am so glad I have such a peaceful apartment to come home to - and a son who is so easy going.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARTHA-ANN 6/27/2012 5:15AM

    These things are sent to try us Barb...lol...it sounds as though you really needed the glass of wine! I don't drink myself but I'm glad you enjoyed your little treat.
Good for you for sticking to your guns at the supermarket, these big firms make more than enough out of us already!
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DAWNDMOORE40 6/26/2012 8:45PM

    emoticonWow sounds like you had a little bit of a trying day! I hope tomorrow things will be better! emoticon emoticon

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Escaped Goats

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The herder was quick to round up the goats and get them back inside!

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MARTHA-ANN 6/25/2012 4:57AM

    Bet it was fun to watch in person...lol...that poor herder looked positively harrassed!

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ALWAYSROSY 6/24/2012 11:46PM

    Good job Mr. Herder!!

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LINDAK25 6/24/2012 3:59PM

    What a riot! Not much of a road trip for the goats. Must have been fun watching them. I wouldn't have gotten anything done all day!

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