BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Today is International No Diet Day Always on May 6th <BR> <BR> International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin), people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay. <BR> <BR> Anti-diet groups exist to assist and support people who suffer illnesses like anorexia, in their efforts to shed fat and be thin. In addition ... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:36:12 EST May 5 -- a Day of Celebration Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's <BR> Mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, <BR> the Titanic was carrying 12,000 <BR> jars of the condiment scheduled <BR> for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, <BR> which was to be the next port of call <BR> for the great ship after its stop in <BR> New York . This would have been <BR> ... Mon, 4 May 2015 22:06:01 EST Praying -- A Simple Way to Stay Sharp From Woman's World mag: <BR> <BR> Women who pray regularly are almost 50% less likely to have mild dementia or Alzheimer's. Experts theorize that the thought processes involved in prayer, and the content of the prayers, provide the protection. <BR> <BR> From the Bible: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Is. 26:3 Pray without ceasing. I. Thes. 5:17. <BR> <BR> My direction for today: Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray .... Sun, 3 May 2015 08:47:12 EST Thursday and Friday -- Oh, bother! Even the best laid plans go awry! Setbacks of one kind or another happen. But, why, oh why, do they have to happen in double or triples? <BR> <BR> The truck broke down this week and while DH was under it working he saw that the frame was shot on it. No shame for it. It has over 200,000 miles and has put in some time in our nasty winter weather! He has another truck in the wings that needs work on it that we will have to put on the road after repair if we still want to have two vehicles ... Sat, 2 May 2015 08:07:40 EST Monday and Tuesday Was really busy yesterday sorting, cleaning, rearranging. We purchased a used entertainment center and I had to clear the old one all out before bringing it in. Worked for hours! Half one fairly large box of old records and videos to take to St. Vincent's. Hope they can get something out of them. My feet were really aching last night!!! All that work must count for something! Maybe a few calories . . . mmm ... <BR> <BR> Today I went along with DD to take the twins for a 'well' checkup... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:54:01 EST Thursday and Friday/WooHoo Steps! On Thursday we went out with DD family to celebrate the twins' birthday. It was Stromboli, loaded fries, and salad. I kept with the small plate servings and really felt accomplished at not over eating. No soda, only water and coffee to drink during the day. The girls wanted to go thrifting so we did. We went to an excavating business where they had three floors of household things and the bottom floor of collectibles and antiques. I didn't buy anything on that floor, but on up I bought ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:27:01 EST Tuesday -- trying something new! DH picked up a jar of chili hot dog sauce we have never tried before. Planning to have gluten free, nitrate free, hot dogs for supper. Making some potato salad, too. Told him when he bought it last week I would try to plan a picnic meal. Guess this is the day! <BR> <BR> Bottomed out twice yesterday and didn't nearly get done what I wanted to. I blame it on the weather change. How about you??? <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week!!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>3... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:11:10 EST Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 Had a <em>244</em> weekend. Went shopping with DH on Sat for a few things and we stopped off at a Good Will. Found two blue luster goblets I have been looking for to match the set I have. Need one more to have enough for our family gatherings. That put a smile on my face. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, we girls of the family -- DD, DIL, four grand daughters -- went out to a breakfast buffet to celebrate the twins birthday. It was the only time we could all get together. The girls requested to... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:47:41 EST Just a Wee Bit Frustrated Got done logging everything in and I am under on my protein and fiber, over on calories! It was that <em>473</em> . I just know it. Dread the scale in the morning! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:01:38 EST Tuesday--Thoroughly Surprised! DH and I were out getting a few groceries today. I went to JoAnn Crafts to pick up some patterns and some beads for my new beading projects. Not sure when he did it, but when we got back to the truck, there it was -- a lovely bouquet of flowers with an encouraging note from my dearly beloved! What a sweetheart! He has not done anything like that for a long time. <BR> While we were at Martin's, I found a hot dog that was nitrate and gluten free. It was on sale plus a coupon off on it. SO... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:17:06 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday Friday was son's birthday. After church service, we went out to eat with him and his family. It was a late night. Tried a soft taco the place had and I couldn't eat it all. Brought some home for Saturday lunch. <BR> <BR> Had a migraine Saturday and still got some walking in. Yesterday, joined the DGKs in their Easter hunt at the other grandma's house. Gave a lot of the goodies in the eggs to DGD. DH kept most of the root beer barrels. It was the first time in a long time we shared an Eas... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 09:14:00 EST Blessed Reflections <BR> Knowing the unknowable <BR> <BR> You open your arms, Jesus, in one great divine embrace of all that is and all that I am. You exclude no one and leave nothing out, no shame or guilt, no failures or unfulfilled longings. <BR> <BR> Heart wounds cry out in the night for your presence to fill the emptiness and grant that peace we cannot give ourselves. And you are there, your arms open, whispering, "Come to me." <BR> <BR> Is it true? Can our wounded souls be filled with the fullness of y... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:35:27 EST The Easter Egg Tree--Just for Fun! There was a little lad, let's just call him Fred <BR> Who early on Easter Eve, went to his little bed. <BR> While sleeping and dreaming, this little lad of four <BR> Did not know what was happening outside his own back door. <BR> <BR> When dawned the Easter morning, wiping sleep from sleepy eyes, <BR> His mother proudly told him, she had a big surprise. <BR> She took his little hand and led him out the kitchen door <BR> Into the small backyard where he'd been many times before.... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:58:47 EST It Has Been Awhile! I had determined awhile back to try to blog three times a week. I have not managed to do that this week -- yet! Have been busy working on DGDs Easter dress. Couldn't find my zipper foot today to finish up the back. Had to do it the old fashioned way with a regular foot and hoped all the while I would not break a needle. So far so good! <BR> <BR> Have two more bunnies to make for DDs kids. Going to a program at my DIL's church tomorrow evening. Then Saturday morning is the "Labrynth" ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 17:49:50 EST At Son's Tonight Staying over to get kids on bus in the morning. DIL is away at Hershey because her Mom is having surgery in the morning. Please pray all goes well. <BR> <BR> Still in pain from whatever I did to my neck and upper back. Chiropractor thinks I may be having some problems with the tendons and ligaments. Just feels bruised all the time. So glad to get some rest tonight! <BR> <BR> Have a good night, All! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:40:35 EST Pictures from Latest Craft Show Saturday, March 20 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! Hey you sewers--Keep Sewing!!! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:11:44 EST Wednesday, the Middle Syndrome So, how's it going in the middle of the week for you? Hump Day. Down the other side of the hump tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My 'middle' syndrome' began when my Mom and Dad's family were complete. I am the middle child of seven. This is what I found out about the middle child: <BR> <BR> "Middle child syndrome is a condition in which children born in the middle experience feelings of emptiness, inadequacy and jealousy. It is also characterized by low self-esteem and extreme introversion . . . Mid... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:24:11 EST Yesterday's Wisdom is not a Guarantee Excerpt from a Jack Hayford writing: <BR> <BR> People can make serious mistakes by walking through the open doors of an apparent opportunity without consulting the Lord. Sometimes we presume that since we have taken some steps with God's blessing, all our steps will receive the same blessing. <BR> <BR> Israel's early victories in Canaan under Joshua's leadership were won with God's direction, but they became an occasion of deception for the men of Gibeon, who forged a treaty with Israel un... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:41:03 EST A Lent Devotional <BR> <BR> <BR> "You're the Messiah,' says Peter. <BR> <BR> It comes like a thunderclap, opening the skies with a flash. Mark's reader has known all along, of course, because of the voice at the baptism. But Jesus was so different from the messiahs of popular imagination. He was a healer, not a military leader. He spoke about forgiveness, not revenge. He was challenging and redefining Israel's ancient symbols, not reinforcing them. And yet: the cumulative weight of all that Peter and the o... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:29:39 EST Weekend Inspiration -- All Things You deserve Good Things! <BR> <BR> You are destined to succeed. You are stronger than any hardship, smarter than any setback, more determined than any difficulty, more creative than any problem--and more powerful than anything standing in your way. Obstacles are no match for you. <BR> <BR> Nothing can stop you now!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend!!! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:49:45 EST Thinking It Through Thursday--Donut Personality So, those donuts do have a purpose! Remembering when I wrote the ditty to "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash because I had a cream filled donut recently. Found this in a magazine and just had to share it, really . . . <BR> <BR> What's your donut personality? (Study done by Dr. Alan Hirsch) <BR> <BR> If you prefer . . . <BR> <BR> Jelly filled > The texture and concentrated sweetness appeal to people with strong personalities. Confident and assertive, you know exactly what you want --... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:47:50 EST The Tuesday Times "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” <BR> ¯ Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married <BR> <BR> "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” <BR> ¯ Anthony G. Oettinger <BR> <BR> "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” <BR> ¯ Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> “The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” <BR> ¯ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace <BR> <BR> “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must m... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:09:42 EST Beginning a New Work Week Beginning with a <em>339</em> , a <em>30</em> , and a plan! <BR> <BR> <em>339</em> --to me. Did not lose weight on last challenge. Do not give up, Barb. Keep trying. It is better to try and not reach a goal, then to never try at all! <BR> <BR> <BR> My smile to begin the day: Two flies were eating some bologna off a kitchen table. One got full and flew up to sit on a pot handle. The other got full and joined the first one. The first one flew off and dropped dead in flight.... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 07:52:39 EST The View Outback Just love watching the wildlife, but what a sight yesterday afternoon! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was out my kitchen window. The next one was out the dining room window and the screen makes it a bit hard to see. The deer came for the corn under the feeder. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a hawk who came to watch the birds sometime in February. DH said... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 07:12:52 EST Thinking it Through Thursday Please don't bug me! This was a disturbing read, but thought I would share: <BR> <BR> It’s not uncommon to find an insect or two lurking in fresh vegetables, especially when the items come straight from the farm or the produce stand. It’s also not unusual to accidentally swallow a bug or two during your lifetime. However, it’s been estimated that the average person unintentionally consumes about one pound of bugs per year. <BR> <BR> Where do these bugs come from? The FDA allows specific a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:42:50 EST Saturday and Sunday Had a lovely family dinner with kids and grans on Saturday. I did a turkey breast with cabbage stuffing on the side, cole slaw, and DD brought a jello pretzel dessert. We watched a Funniest video show on the net, then went to you tube. Grans wanted to see funny animal videos. Laughs all around! DIL brought a package of baskets for the Keirug maker they got us for Christmas and some decaf donut shop coffee. That seems to be the favorite of DH. I like the French Vanilla with cream/creame... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:03:52 EST No Worries Wednesday Corrie ten Boom said, Worry is like sitting in a rocking chair, rocking. It gives you something to do, but doesn't take you anywhere. <BR> <BR> Don't worry! Be Happy! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Please don't look at today as something to get through. Notice more answers than questions. Relish more joys than difficulties. Use this day to get something done that will please you when it is finished. <BR> <BR> Smile! It relaxes your face muscles! <BR> <BR> Please, please, include somethi... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:25:26 EST Quote for Hump Day It's all down hill from here! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:17:52 EST Freezing Friday! Let's Have a Warmup Funny! <BR> A little girl was sitting on her <BR> grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her <BR> eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God <BR> make you?" <BR> <BR> "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God <BR> made me a long time ago." <BR> <BR> "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God <BR> make me too?" <BR> <BR> "Yes, indeed, ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:01:12 EST Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- Baby, it's cold outside! These below 0 and wind chill temps are just crazy! So glad I don't have to go out much but I do 'feel' for my DH. We ran an errand yesterday. Was not gone long. Can't hibernate every day. Hope we don't get the snow mix on Sunday. <BR> <BR> School was closed on Monday, delayed on Tuesday and Wednesday. They have a regular schedule today. DH said someone at the school told him that if we are down to a certain temp, the school is suppose to close. I don't know about that. If anyone ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:48:01 EST More Pics from the Booboo Party Just two pics of the gifts given at the party. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The shofar was suppose to be my "call for help" whistle, but I don't know how to use one. I plan to use the cane this summer when I go flea marketing/yard saling. Walking over rough terrain bothers my knee, but I have discovered that using a cane helps. I am ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:58:12 EST Ladies Luncheon of Love It was a lovely luncheon for ladies today. DD invited me to go. Wanted to share 'God's Conversation Hearts' with you. These were attached to a gift bag with hearts inside. <BR> <BR> Be Mine -- John 3:16 <BR> All Mine-- John 10:27-30 <BR> True Love-- Jeremiah 31:3 <BR> Love Me-- Luke 10:27 <BR> I'm Sure-- John 14:1-3 <BR> Sweet Talk-- Psalm 119:103 <BR> Be Good-- John 14:15 <BR> Fax Me-- Jeremiah 33:3 <BR> <BR> Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us . . . I John 3:1 ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:54:04 EST Picture of the Plastic Helmet from the BooBoo party! Though this is not very flattering, I thought I would post this pic of me wearing the plastic protective helmet with homemade medic alert hanging down from it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More info and pics later. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:36:02 EST Saturday Surprise -- So nice! I thought it was just going to be a ladies' tea, but my DD made it into a "booboo" party. She felt I needed encouraged, so invited folks to help me laugh at my many booboos -- fractured foot, smashed finger, bruised thumb, banging the head off a chest of drawers when I fell in the bedroom -- all 2014. I was so looking forward to a new year to start over and then we were ill over the holidays to top it all off. Anyway, she invited dear ladies from our friendly tea party folks and some ladi... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 18:39:56 EST Frigid Friday -- Brrr! When DH came home from work last night it was a minus four. It is still not above freezing . I have my slippers on and my feet are still cold. <BR> <BR> When winter winds are howling and snow is swirling 'round <BR> It is difficult to believe that we are spring ward bound. <BR> Here and there a bit of sun gives us a hopeful glimmer <BR> So glad that through freezing temps, a pot of soup will simmer. <BR> And when dinner rolls around, with warm bread from the oven <BR> We warm our hearts, so... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:31:13 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday On Sunday, we went to a little country church a little ways from here and I shared a song with them. I think the folks liked it. Yesterday, Monday, I had migraine. I think it was from the chocolate brownies I ate Sunday evening. Made some GF ones for DH and instead of eating just one -- like I need to do -- I ate at least tow. Chocolate seems to bring on migraines. This started happening the last two years. <BR> <BR> Today, I got some crafts together to send to the school with DH to s... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 16:32:09 EST Traveling Through Thursday The Road Less Traveled was written by Robert Frost. On this day in 1963 at the age of 88, this American poet and Pulitzer prize winner died. One of his poems that caught my eye is, "The Road Less Traveled." Wanted to share a part of it that has one line that has been quoted lots. <BR> <BR> I shall be telling this with a sigh <BR> Somewhere ages and ages hence: <BR> Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - <BR> I took the one less traveled by <BR> And that has made all the difference. <BR> ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:43:47 EST Words for Wednesday Learned this poem in Jr High and it has stuck with me. Hope you are inspired by it today. <BR> <BR> "IF" by Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> <BR> If you can keep your head when all about you <BR> Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, <BR> If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, <BR> But make allowance for their doubting too; <BR> <BR> If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, <BR> Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, <BR> Or being hated, don’t give w... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:53:17 EST This is Something I Do Sometimes I will read a team members or Spark Friends page and see a comment from someone I haven't had contact with and stop by their page and say "hello" or read a blog and comment. I could probably do this every day, and several times a day, and still not say "hello" to all the fellow bloggers. I have visited a few members whose pages are set to private and can't leave a note or a "hello." <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Have you done this, too? Just wondered. <BR> <BR> Have a great day to all my ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:53:22 EST Mulling it over Monday! Been at this place before. Visited it a few times. Don't like it very much, but I am the only one who can get to where I need to be. Moving forward with exercise, cutting calories, and telling myself, "You go girl", could get me to my new location. <BR> <BR> I am currently located in the 150+ Pound Town. Don't like it here. <BR> Once, about two years ago, I almost got to the 140 Town. Folks from the old town saw how much happier I was than at Pound Town. <BR> <BR> I want to reach t... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:13:55 EST Thinking of Food this Friday The Today Show had a segment about how our tastes for certain foods change and other foods never really change. What a coincidence!! I was just thinking of this yesterday because I recently bought some green olives. When I was a kid, I didn't like green olives, dill pickles or cranberries. One of the folks on the show didn't like green olives when she was growing up either, but will now eat black olives. I have learned to eat olives, pickles and cranberries. I have always really liked ch... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:29 EST Words, Words, Words for Wednesday! Thanks to MARYALICE411 who posted this on one of her team threads. Really like words myself and this was amusing. <BR> <BR> Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" (one of my favorites), or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end. <BR... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:36:05 EST Moving Through Monday -- Slowly! I don't seem to have the unction to function today. Not ill, just need energized. Will have to get my walking in when I feel more up to it. Boy, do I ever wish I had some kind of built-in compartment to pop in an 'energizer' and keep going like the 'energizer bunny." LOL <BR> <BR> I have lots of sewing to get done and can't even get excited about that today. Must be 'cause of the sampling some sweets that were left. Seem to be off my protein again, too. Guess you could say I need a 'l... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:40:12 EST Have You Made Plans for This Week? We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 <BR> <BR> I long to hear 'accepted' from my Lord when I submit my plans. I can if I let Him determine my steps. <BR> <BR> "Make great plans for your life, but trust in the Lord for an even more wonderful outcome.' LeAnn Campbell <BR> <BR> "I have come that you might have life, and that more abundantly." Jesus <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> Have a great week, Spark Friends! Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:25:54 EST Discouraging News from Friends Two couples and one single friend are going to have to pay the fine because they couldn't afford to buy health insurance on the affordable health care act. I guess you could say they 'fall between the (proverbial) cracks.' Guess all public programs have 'cracks. Just so discouraged that folks I know have problems. <BR> <BR> The first couple are a one income family who live in an old single trailer. She just lost her Mom she was taking care of who lived with them in the second bedroom the... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:20:57 EST Tuesday Tips for Reducing Stress Beat the Blues with natural "Prozac." In an Australian study, taking 1,000 mg of BCM-95 reversed the winter blues without causing negative side effects! "Curcumin improves communication between brain cells, calms the brain regions that trigger anxiety and helps you produce more mood-boosting serotonin," says Nancy Lonsdorf, MD, author of The Ageless Woman. Look for this product under the brand names of CuraMed and Progressive Labs. (Check with health care professional before starting a new... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:25:16 EST Moving into Monday with Mark Twain Habit is habit and not to fling out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits. <BR> <BR> The secret of getting ahead is getting started. <BR> <BR> The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. <BR> <BR> Mark Twain on health: <BR> <BR> The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. <BR> <BR> Be careful about readin... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:05:11 EST New Challenge! I can do this with a little help from my Spark Friends! What would you do if I only gained weight? Would you stand up and make fun of me? <BR> Lend me your ear and a cheer if you can, and I'll try to do the best I can do . . . <BR> <BR> I'll get by with a little help from my friends, Yes, I will try with a little help from my friends . . . Cheer me on if you will, my Spark Friends . . . <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> The beginning of achieving is believing that I can! <BR> <BR> To All of you who are in or about to start your new c... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:31:16 EST Joy is More than Merriment! <BR> <BR> Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. - John 16:24 <BR> <BR> <BR> Joy is more than merriment, more than happiness, and more than the other myriad of human expressions and experiences we use to describe happy fulfillment. Joy includes them all, but transcends them by leagues. <BR> <BR> Joy is the certainty that whatever leashes your life to less than Love, or whatever has stained your soul with shame or failure has been neutralized by the one power that can fre... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:22:55 EST Finally Had our Family Christmas Had a lovely supper last night and our family gift exchange. Our son and DIL surprised us with a Keurig and a variety of K cups to go with it. We don't drink a lot of coffee, but I know we can use it to make tea, too. We would have never bought one for ourselves, but they wanted to bless us with something almost all their family has. Son set it up and showed us how to use it. Funny thing is, our old coffee pot went kaput just last night! And, I broke my coffee press before they got her... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:40:12 EST