BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Use Your Dashboard to Bake Cookies? Think it Over Thursday I never heard of this before until clicking on a GF newsletter I receive. I don't know if I will try this or not, but the author, Sarah Menanix, gives very good directions. Those who live in really 'hot' climates and own a car may enjoy this 'solar baking' idea. <BR> <BR> Think it over. Here is an excerpt from Sarah's blog at Let me know if you are going to, or did, give this a try. I am going to 'think it over.' Wish I would have known about this when I lived in AZ! ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:48:14 EST Wednesday Wisdom -- Chew on This, OK? There is a lot of wisdom out there now about the idea "It's not what you are eating, it's what's eating you." Distress and stress can mess with our digestive system. My DGDs did a very cute song at church on this very subject. Anyway, I wanted to share an excerpt from a newsletter from Dr Ben Kim. I appreciate his insight on doing things naturally to help us get healthier. Hope you "chew on this" for your good health. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Adopt Eating Habits that Facilitate Optimal D... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:35:53 EST Tuesday Thought I like to call Tuesday my "try something new, Tuesday." Today I am going to try to fix my DGD watch band. It can not be replaced. Took it to the jeweler's and he could not fix it. <BR> <BR> Today's inspirational thought is, "Each morning comes with its own gift: a brand new day." <BR> <BR> Hope we are all able to look back at today and say it was a day well spent. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>214</em> <em>67</em> <em>184</em> <em>67</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:13:05 EST Today is a Clean Slate Make this Monday special by making sure past mistakes have been erased. Disappointments in ones self, others, or plans that failed are gone -- merely chalk dust! The setbacks are in the past, that was in the yesterdays. Once chalk becomes chalk dust there are no remembrances of past failures and the past struggles we have come through have only made us stronger. <BR> <BR> Blow the dust away! Get out a piece of new chalk and begin writing on the clean slate. <BR> <BR> A brand new day. ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:51:02 EST Raining again! It has been raining off and on -- mostly on -- since early this AM. Kids and GKs camping and having not so nice a time. <BR> <BR> DH and I went to a church rummage sale and I got a few bargains and we had lunch there to support the church. We had BBQ ham sandwiches and I had some halushki. When the time hit about 12:30, anyone there could buy a bag of anything for $1. If something would not fit into a grocery bag, it could be bought for half price. I bought some things for crafting an... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:50:41 EST The 100 Mile Yard Sale Today in PA, Route 879. DH and I went about checking this out. Oh, my goodness the people from Shawville up to Karthaus! It was such a lovely day for riding around and I did find a few things to purchase. We were gone almost eight hours. We did have to travel a ways to get to where the yard sales were all over. Some stops there was nothing to buy and our GPS sent us to a dead end road -- more like a rocky path -- when we missed a turn. That was scary!!! All in all, it was a pleasant ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:21:21 EST Wednesday, July 16 Had a wonderful day with all the DGKs today! Went over on my cals and nutrients, but I got all my steps in. We participated in the Conservation District's Family Day. We learned the proper way to paddle a canoe (all but one of the GKs Liked that! They got to go out on the lake), they got to build a blue bird box, "tried" to learn how to use a compass, and learned about West African dancing. A busy wonderful day with all the GKDs, DH, and DD. <BR> <BR> Had dinner with daughter-in-law a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:51:18 EST That was the Day that Was! I am again thankful that Thursday has been completed. I bottomed out yesterday and felt as though I didn't even have enough energy to breathe. Lasted longer this time than usual. I finished the quilt I was working on and have another one to get started. I am glad that stress is over. <BR> <BR> Planning to go on a little outing today with DD and DGD. We always have a great time. This will cheer us all up as we have had a rough week. Hopefully, we will find some bargains at a local sale... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:44:28 EST Row, row, row machine, gentle on the knees Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily out beneath a tree! <BR> <BR> <BR> Read an article this past week on how a rowing machine is low impact, but a full body workout. On Saturday, we found one at a yard sale -- very used, no do-dads -- for only five dollars. We sat it up outside under a tree in the yard. I did just a few minutes today. It is not easy! I will work my way up to more (hopefully). If it doesn't bother my body weaknesses, it should be good for me. <BR> <BR> Still have my 17... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:36:26 EST Around 2 AM, Thursday and Saturday morning we were awakened by two different incidents. On Thursday morning shortly before two AM, a car's headlights came streaming into our bedroom window. It was open and the dogs tied outside were going crazy. The car backed out of the driveway, but a little while later, came back and did the same thing. DH got up to see what was going on and said it was our neighbor. Then, the drove up and down the road shining a flashlight along the road and up our driveway and in the trees near by. Then the... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:52:23 EST 'Tis Thursday, Thankfully! Looking forward to a cooler weekend. The days have been sweltering! Sitting in front of the fan to try to cool off. Not much luck. So glad to go on an errand yesterday with DD in her air conditioned vehicle. The air isn't working in ours and I have an errand to run in it today. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Had a great time on Monday with the grands. When I asked them if they had a good time, my DGS made my day when he said, "I had a very good time!" Monday evening we watched DGD in... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:16:51 EST They won't envy this position . . . Trying to keep up with the Joneses is something humans still try to do. <BR> <BR> Here's a position that is usually not coveted: On your knees before God Almighty. <BR> <BR> May we bow our heads, bend our knees, and pray for others who have needs. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:09:44 EST Thursday, Friday, Saturday . . . time flies when you're having fun! Had a lovely time at DD on Thursday evening. Nice fellowship, good food, and the sprinkles of rain didn't spoil the fun! <BR> <BR> Off to run some errands with DH after he came home from work. Home a little later than we wanted to be. I made some stir fry with chicken breast, peppers and onions. Added some honey and barbecue sauce and called it supper. <BR> <BR> Today DH and I went to some town wide sales and it was fun! Saw an old acquaintance that moved to Maryland quite awhile ago a... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:38:12 EST Whining? Winning? Wonderful Wednesday! I could choose to whine my way through the day, but I shan't! <BR> I would love to say, 'today was winning, but I can't! <BR> <BR> I like to say it was a day well spent, but I just can't lie! <BR> So here I am with more opportunities that just slipped by! <BR> <BR> But there were a few things I can be proud of <BR> Like the inspiring email from one I love <BR> Prayer with a friend who was feeling down <BR> Who seemed very glad that I was around. <BR> <BR> I have chosen not to whine, but to... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:06:34 EST Try it Tuesday! Beans, oh, boy, Here We Go Again! My Mom's old saying: Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot! <BR> The more you toot, the better you feel, so let's have beans for every <BR> meal! <BR> <BR> Well, there are ways to tone down the <em>335</em> of music. That being said, get this. <BR> <BR> 'Try it Tuesday' been a battle cry of mine to try something 'new.' SO, today, I incorporated something beany - although not musical, I think - to try. Garbanzo bean flour. High in protein, which many ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:19:49 EST Is There Such a Thing As a Do Over Monday? I did really well over the weekend and was down about a half pound from last week. Then I bottomed out today on the energy side and didn't get my planned exercise in. If there ever were do-overs in dieting, I would want one for today! <BR> <BR> Monday, Monday, can't trust that day, sometimes it just turns out that way . . . <BR> <BR> So this is what I shared on a team page: <BR> <BR> I want to go from this: <em>15</em> to this: <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> If I ate more like an <em>43<... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:36:39 EST Angels Cry Roses and Rain . . . Darling when you hear your momma's name think of angels, roses and rain and rain . . . <BR> <BR> Words from a song about a little girl whose mother passed away. Her Dad told her to think of the rain as angels crying roses. Well, let me tell you . . . <BR> <BR> It rained all last night and most of the morning -- didn't see lightning, PTL -- and don't see roses either! The bramble bushes have beautiful blossoms and a heavenly scent. Guess that will have to do. When the wind blows in th... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 19:46:10 EST Thursday, June 19 This is such a rainy, cloudy day--just like we have been having. Yard is so soggy, I didn't even walk the whole way around it with the dog. When the rain started coming down really hard, she was hiding behind the dining room table. It is finally getting quiet now, but have no idea for how long. I am hoping it is almost done and we will see some <em>67</em> . <BR> <BR> Monday went to a friend's house for a tea. That evening we went to pay our respects to a friend who passed that we ha... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:47:46 EST Caught a Mouse in the Trap! Not just one, but now two! Cause we reset the trap just in case. <BR> Now the trap has been set, the bait is gone, got one smart mouse in this place! <BR> <BR> So, clean up the droppings each day they arrive, hoping soon that none will survive! <BR> "Let's use the sticky trap." Hubby recently said. I just want all the mice to be dead! <BR> <BR> So spray disinfectant and bleaching galore, washing, rewashing, seems a daily chore! <BR> Oh, Lord, could you just send the mice all away or let t... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:10 EST That Black Bean Spaghetti is Wonderful! I ate some of the black bean spaghetti on Monday and today and had no trouble getting in my fiber and protein. It is definitely a keeper! Hope I can find it again. <BR> <BR> Rain yesterday, today, and scheduled tomorrow. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> DH starts his official day shift for nine weeks for the summer tomorrow. Cannot believe that we are almost half way through the year already. Lots of happy happenings have kept us busy. <BR> <BR> Planning to do a short music video to upload to some... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:56:46 EST Beans! Beans! How Grand! <em>244</em> I have always liked beans. We were a poor family living on what my Mom called a 'truck patch.' Lots of garden vegetables. But what I really liked as a kid was having bean soup. My favorite was lima bean soup -- and still is. My Dad use to add vinegar to his soup, so most of us (five living brothers) would do the same. Have found out as an adult that the vinegar actually breaks down the protein in the beans and makes it easier to digest. <BR> That gives me another <em>24... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:00:09 EST Discover the power of Now! There's no better time to tap into your strengths. No better time to look forward. No better time to 'make time' for what is important to you. Why wait one more minute when you can start making your dreams come true? <BR> <BR> If you can believe it, you can achieve it! <BR> <BR> Capture the moment! <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:29:34 EST June 6 -- NEVER Give Up! Babe Ruth struck out 1,333 times. However, we remember him for his 714 homeruns. Cy Young, one of the greatest pitchers, won 511 games, but he lost more games than any other pitcher (316). <BR> <BR> Abraham Lincoln was badly beaten when he ran for the legislature. He then failed in business and spent seventeen years paying off the debt. He failed in an effort to get an appointment to the US Land Office. he was defeated in his race for Senate, and again in his effort to be Vice Presiden... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:36:44 EST 42 Years Ago Today I Married the Love of My Life! DH surprised me when he came home from work yesterday and said he was taking a day of vacation today so we could spend it together. DD gave us a gift of cash and we will probably eat out sometime today. Looking forward to just window shopping and spending time with my DH. He is a real sweetie! <BR> <BR> I did not have much of an appetite yesterday. I am struggling with a sore throat again and had some emotional upheaval going on. Really need the day to spend time with someone who really... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 08:36:55 EST Throw It Out Thursday, and Wednesday, and Tuesday, and Monday Got into a real mess this week. There was a mouse in the house!!! EEEEEEEEK!!! Had to do some extra cleaning and sanitizing. Though we live in a wooded area, it has been several years or more since a mouse ventured in. Must be the cold and wet weather. <BR> <BR> So, I was forced into some more spring cleaning. Ugh! While in the mood, I was throwing out a bunch of stuff--from the frig, from my countertops, my closets, I read somewhere that we should try to get rid of at least 50 things... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:49:06 EST Another Holiday. Oh, Bother! Will left me! Just can't pass up the 'extras' on holidays. It was the first picnic of the season and the food was so good! Only had half a bun--but let's not mention what I substituted. And oh, the blueberry fluff and pineapple cottage cheese . . . Yum! <BR> <BR> Have you met Will Power? Where there's Will, there's a Way! <BR> Weekly Will came to visit and Will Power went astray <BR> But I know he will return to me (soon, I hope) another day. <BR> <BR> Just when I think I can not make it, he is ... Tue, 27 May 2014 20:11:28 EST Going Green Today -- 5/20 Things are greening up and the color green has been researched to discover it is the easier color on our eyes. So, a few smiles are in order. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When she goes on a diet, I go on a diet! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took going green literally! <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> God grant me a vacation to make bearable what I can not change. A fri... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:29:39 EST Dandelions -- One of God's Creative Blessings! There are people who try to get rid of all those dandelions--those yellow blotches in the perfectly green groomed lawn. We never did do that. I used to think that God put them there to break up the monotony of the green , but, oh, so many more reasons to rejoice in the lowly, lovely, dandelion. <BR> <BR> The puffy seed puffs--a cheap joyful toy in the hands of a small child. <BR> <BR> The dandelion greens -- an addition to a salad. Father-in-law would pick them in the spring and sauté th... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:01:40 EST Not So Good This Week Back pain and illness keep me from doing a lot of exercise this week. Hoping for a better week soon! Was pretty good in the calorie range -- not fiber, though -- but w/o the exercise it just doesn't seem like that will work. <BR> <BR> The rainy weather and DH and I not feeling well is keeping us from getting stuff done. It hailed around the area today with some of the downpours. I thought sprinter was gone, but maybe not. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 22:24:49 EST Over, Under, and Still Pushing! Just a note: Over on my carbs today (had a second helping of spaghetti-GF) and under on my fiber. This is a throw back to when I first began. Have so been trying to get away from all those carbs and getting more protein. Was doing pretty good this week until today. Maybe on my weigh-in tomorrow, it will be OK. Also, got my steps in and two small workouts. So, I am still pushing! <BR> <BR> Took another tick off April yesterday and today. Trimmed Fuzzy and found one on him and he ... Wed, 14 May 2014 23:15:10 EST Thinking About Marbles Today Remembering lovely cat's eye marbles, brothers' steelies, and the trading of marbles. I never really played a game, but I liked looking at some of the pretty marbles. Hated the rubbing of two marbles together! That grating noise got on my nerves like chalk screeching on a chalkboard for some people. <BR> <BR> What brought up marbles today? I wrote to a friend, "When I find all my marbles, I will get back to you." We were suppose to meet yesterday a distance from my house and I was suppo... Mon, 12 May 2014 18:59:34 EST Life Is Like a Vacation at the Beach . . . . . . sun, wind, waves, swimming, boating, romantic evenings . . . Bird Droppings! <BR> <BR> When my husband and I were dating, I came across a story called "Mr Tweety" in a Reader's Digest. I so wanted him to hear the story I read it to him. We were sitting outside at my parents home and shortly before I got finished, a bird flew over and dropped a grenade on him. I was only slightly embarrassed and really laughed at the irony of it. A bird story and he gets dropped on. <BR> <BR> That'... Thu, 8 May 2014 14:47:46 EST New "5" Day challenge Got off to a bad start yesterday for my challenge, but I am proceeding on. Today was much better. Trying to stay at the low end of fat and carbs and doing better with my protein. So many days I do not have enough. I will make it today. Having chicken salsa for supper. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> An apple for mid morning snack. Half of a protein bar for mid afternoon. Well within my ranges so far. Also, three walking sessions in today. This makes me feel chipper! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:37:03 EST Sunday Smile A quote from a TV sitcom: My mother always used to say: "The older you get, the better you get -- unless you're a banana." <BR> <BR> Which brings me to bananas. I had a fresh one and some almonds for breakfast. The reason I say 'fresh' is because there are some 'not so fresh' on my kitchen counter. That's right, turning to black skins. But are they rotten? Absolutely not-- according to a recent cooking program I watched. The dark brown banana is similar to being caramelized, very s... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:13:28 EST My Self Challenge is Complete The thirty days of April 'self' challenge are done and the little I lost in the first two weeks came back the last two weeks. The last two weeks I was doing some emotional/stress eating and messed up. I have decided to try a five day challenge next week -- Monday through Friday -- to eat more raw foods and less simple carbs. Think I will add some juicing for some detoxing and see if I can go as grain free as possible. Little daily steps working into five days sounds like a plan to me. <BR... Fri, 2 May 2014 08:54:13 EST Today is National Honesty Day . . . . . . well, to be quite truthful, it is not a 'national' day. However, maybe we should all take time out to be honest today. It is a terrible shame we don't strive to be honest everyday. This day is always celebrated April 30. A relatively new holiday listed sometime in the nineties. Oh, how I remember well ' the Flintstones.' Fred was always trying to lie his way out of something and getting caught. The new shows (mostly sitcoms) have lying going on and don't seem to get caught. I ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:15:31 EST Tuesday, April 29 One day left on my 30 day self challenge. Wish I had better things to report, but the holiday and birthdays threw my off my well meaning plan. I only have me to blame. There were some triumphs and some let downs. There is always something to be learned from every experience. I do think, however, I will make my next challenge a little shorter and after gaining a good result, move on to another short challenge. I seem to do better with four to seven days at a time. Maybe I have a two-yea... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:06:30 EST I want to end this thing . . . with an exclamation point ( <em>244</em> ) and not with a question mark (what did I do wrong?) What thing? My thirty day self challenge. This is the 26th day and we are going out to lunch with the darling granddaughters for Chinese. I am going to wear my SPAT (of course) and try to get a bunch of steps in as well. <BR> <BR> I feel, I think, I will do this thing! With that said: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BvtCo <BR> <BR> The above link has sounds of the pas... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 07:22:24 EST Blessed Are Those Who . . . Blessed are those who go around in circles for they shall be known as big wheels. <BR> <BR> Blessed are those who rain on our parades for without them we wouldn't enjoy the sunshine. <BR> <BR> Blessed are those who think up poor excuses because it makes ours sound so much better. <BR> <BR> Blessed are those who are mean and nasty to us for without them we wouldn't get to grow the fruit of 'longsuffering.' <BR> <BR> Blessed are the neighbor's noisy dogs and children for without them we may... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:06:35 EST Thought, Afterthought, Post Script, Rethinking? I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Or, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Or, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. <BR> <BR> A thought put into action is a deed done. An afterthought comes after the deed is done and knowing the thought acted upon was not the right thought. When writing a letter, if we miss something that could have made it more clear, we add a post script to a previous thought. That is not an afterthought as it is added before the letter... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:41:29 EST A Word Used in Judgment Was speaking to my daughter earlier today and she had such a thought of wisdom, I wanted to share it. I told her about something I should do. So, she explained . . . <BR> <BR> Using the word "should" is a judgment. If you say you 'should' do something or 'should' have done something, you have judged yourself. If you tell someone else they 'should' do something, you have judged the situation and put them under condemnation unless they do what you think they 'should' do. It is a subtle fo... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:49:11 EST The Ending of a Trying Week Tis the season for tick plucking, la la la la, la la la la la! <BR> <BR> Took 8 ticks off April this week. Don't know if there will be any more tonight or not. She is out with DH now and has been a tick magnet. <BR> <BR> Finished the bunnies for DD to give DGD and finished the dress for DGD (son's DD). Had a few days where I was just so tired I napped after DH went in on second shift. So much to do and so tired! Has to be from not eating properly. Too many goodies hanging around me an... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:39:47 EST Halfway Through the Month and My Challenge It is not just tax day, it is a tallying day for me. The best thing I did these 15 days was to make sure I put my SPAT on and try my best to keep moving. Some days I was limited by some physical limitations, but only a few. <BR> <BR> I have still not conquered getting enough fiber in 'every' day, but I have on some days. The next 15 days I want to concentrate more on that since that is where I am lacking. I can look on what I have done so far and feel good about it -- not great -- but go... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:40:48 EST Chew On This As You File Your Taxes <BR> <BR> When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Russians used a pencil. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> One pencil can write a line up to ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:22:51 EST Dawning a Lovely Day Here We are on the edge of the Poconos and it is dawning a lovely day. Will be at least 70 and possibly more today. Last meeting will be this AM. Heading home after lunch today. We had to stop twice on the way over due to having trouble with the windshield wiper. We almost lost it. It rained almost the whole way over. Some heavy downpours to light showers and maybe a let up twice. Thank God for a safe trip down. April is doing well at son's house. <BR> <BR> Our hostess made lasagna las... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:12:38 EST Blah! Blah! Blah! instead of Rah! Rah! Rah! Day ten of my self challenge. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Way over on my carbs--according to what I wanted to do. Darn pasta anyway! Oh, well, got spinach and cukes in, banana and protein and fit my two chocolate kisses in at dinner. Reached my step goal and two workouts. More great days than good this week! <BR> <BR> This weekend we are going away. That may be a whole different story! Should be able to get my steps in though. <BR> <BR> Have a good night, All! <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:05:03 EST Na Na Na Na Nine! Those old songs that went something like this are running through my mind right now. Like: NaNaNaNa NaNaNaNa Dip Dip Dip DO AAAAAAAAAAAAAA Shanananana Shanananana OoooooWeeeeee Do Wacka Do Wacka Do <BR> <BR> Na Na Na usually means 'no' when someone is using that in conversation. This is day 9 of trying to do better for me and thus far today, I have more than 10,000 steps and am right on with the tracker. It is not Na Na Na with me. It is <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:51:47 EST This Day 8 of My 'Self' Challenge Yesterday was great! Got in more than 15,000 steps. Stayed in all of my suggested nutrient trackers and today I weighed in! After one week of my 'self doing-it-better challenge' I am down 1.4 pounds. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am doing this to find what it the best plan for me. I have tried several different routes, have found some that work great for me, some not so great. I have found out that no matter how healthy some things are, if I am not in the mood to 'just eat that', I can'... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:03:39 EST Day 7 of 30 day 'Self' Challenge Before noon today I met the goal I set for steps. I plan to keep going. I need to do flex/strength exercises. Up to this point I have met the fiber requirements about 50%. Most everything was where it needed to be except for going over on total calorie count on Saturday. This is for me and <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day, All! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:29:07 EST Day 4 and 5 of Self Challenge Day 3 and 4 went well. Today, day 5, was not as good as the other days. Was out at the craft show and went over on total calories, but was mostly in the right percentages. Not enough fiber again today. Still trying to get all of that in. Proteins and carbs were fairly balanced today and I got one workout in. Looking forward to a good report next week. This is my fourth blog this week so the blog goal is met. Should get my steps in today also. <BR> <BR> People who never fail, never t... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:07:39 EST