BARB4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog BARB4HEALTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Disappointing First Week of Challenge Didn't even lose a pound. Hoping to do much better this week. Tried to get my walking and some walking aerobics in and had two days of painful knees at night. <BR> <BR> Oh, bother! Thinking I should try some chair exercises this week. Maybe that will work better. Have a successful week Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:20:44 EST God Bless Friends Poet William Carlos Williams wrote: <BR> <BR> When trouble comes your soul to try, you love the friend who just stands by. <BR> Perhaps there's nothing he can do--the thing is strictly up to you. <BR> For there are troubles all your own, and paths the soul must tread alone. <BR> Times love cannot smooth the road, nor friendship lift the heavy load. <BR> But just to know you have a friend who will 'stand by' until the end <BR> Whose sympathy through all endures, whose warm handclasp is always... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:45:08 EST "Jest fore Christmas" Father calls me William, sister calls me Will, <BR> Mother calls me Willie, but the fellers call me Bill! <BR> Mighty glad I ain't a girl---ruther be a boy, <BR> Without them sashes, curls, an' things that 's worn by Fauntleroy! <BR> Love to chawnk green apples an' go swimmin' in the lake--- <BR> Hate to take the castor-ile they give for bellyache! <BR> 'Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain't no flies on me, <BR> But jest 'fore Christmas I 'm as good as I kin be! <BR> <... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:52:51 EST Thanksgiving We had a great time at son's home. I took my yearly favorite of sweet potato/apple casserole. This year I took a GF chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. I am out of sugar and low on brown sugar. Not that I use that much -- just at this time of the year. Things to make for gatherings. Saturday is one of our family's parties and we are taking a crock pot of DH's chili and an apple pie (not mine, bought). I also have an apron order to finish to take. <BR> Did not do well at the craft ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:14:08 EST Thanksgiving -- Over the River . . . ... and through the woods, <BR> to Grandma's house we go. Hubby will drive the four wheel drive, thru the white and drifted snow--oh! Over the river and thru the woods, hoping for homemade rolls, When warm and toasty with butter on, the kind that warms the souls. <BR> <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, there's lots to eat at Gram's, It's portion control, and eat it slow, so we can have the ya--ams! <BR> Over the river and thru the woods, it's pumpkin pie for me, Hurray for fun, and wh... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:50:10 EST Difficult, but still Determined! The sciatic and knee problem has kept me from doing too much exercise on this challenge. SO, the therapy exercise has counted toward my exercise. Because it is difficult to sit, stand, walk and lay down, I have to move from one position to another. I am learning to <BR> pace myself. Today, the therapist tried a new thing on my back for the low back pain. It is some kind of flex tape that is suppose to help ease the pain. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have learned to cut back on certain fo... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:11:29 EST Some Finished Projects <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a birthday celebration last night for SIL. The guys watched football and we ladies played games -- and ate too much! No ice cream. The DGD made cupcakes and cookies. It was a lovely buffet dinner. <BR> <BR> Have much sewing to do for the craft show this weekend. The jewelry is for that same show and I posted it on my face book page, too. <BR> <BR> Have a great week and a great ... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:48:18 EST Friday and Saturday Friday we were out with friends and ate at a buffet. I went over my calories yesterday. Did much better today. <BR> <BR> The five per cent challenge will be ending next Saturday with my final weigh-in. So far, I have lost more on this challenge that any I can remember. I tried to stay near the lower portion of the calorie chart and found that fewer carbs than suggested were better for me. I cut way back on sweets, desserts. and bread. The hardest part of this challenge for me was setti... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 22:17:50 EST Tuesday -- November 8/Voting, Therapy, TENS unit Glad this is the last day of ads and phone calls. I voted. I am done! <BR> <BR> I thought this would be the last day of therapy, but I scheduled one for Tuesday next week. I also got my TENS unit today. The therapist showed me how to use it. Planning to use it on DH tonight. Hoping to use it on my back, too. I want to use it at least once a day before I go back next week to see if it will actually help my back. <BR> <BR> Started two autumn necklaces and hoping to get them done soon. ... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:41:11 EST November in Overdrive!!! November is usually one of the busiest months of the year for me. We have two birthday celebrations, two family holiday celebrations, and my sewing and crafting for the holidays. Also, usually in November I do my largest craft show for the year the weekend before Thanksgiving. Due to the problems with my back and knees, I am way behind in my crafting. The fitting in of therapy has taken a toll on my time, too. In all of this, the therapy has added to my exercise program. I think I will ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 06:38:50 EST Saturday Spills -- not thrills This AM I was getting ready to run some errands and dumped my gallon distiller all over the kitchen floor. What a flood! Then, when we came back, DH broke a glass gallon of jug of milk in the kitchen. What a mess! Milk all over and glass all over the counter. We worked diligently to get it all cleaned up. DH is concerned that if it ran somewhere we didn't get to, it will make an awful 'spoiled milk' smell. Oh, well, we didn't cry over spilled milk, we just cleaned it up. <BR> <BR> Sm... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 15:54:54 EST The Week That Was -- Glad it is over! Last week was a week of roller coaster rides -- mostly downs! Pain from therapy; dd's kitty got run over; DD got some bad news from the Dr. that had most of us crying. The after surgery healing was suppose to be four to six weeks, but is now four to six months. She is a home school Mom and a very hard working wife and mother. It is going to be very difficult for her to be off her feet. We are praying for a speedy recovery. I missed a day of therapy because of being so very tired from l... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 18:24:59 EST Another Day of Therapy At therapy today, I mentioned the problem with the knees and the exercise was changed. It seemed to be better. But that one and a half hours wore me out. I could barely get lunch ready because I was so tired. After lunch, I took a long nap. Woke up too warm because darling DH had built a small furnace fire on. Have the fan on at the moment while watching NCIS. <BR> <BR> Going with DH on Friday for a Dr.'s apt. It is an hour to get there, two hours there (intake, testing, exams, going o... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:10:32 EST Therapy! Oh, bother! The hour and a half at therapy left my knees worse than when I went. The last time I did therapy for my back, something bugged my bad knee. Now both of them are a little out of whack. I decided that if this keeps up, I will talk to the head guy and see if he can figure out what is going wrong. <BR> <BR> We were at friends' house today for lunch. We took some deli salad, cinnamon rolls, and a can of Bush beans. They had the fixings for sandwiches and coffee. Had not seen them for quite a... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:53:15 EST Goodbye September! Looking forward to October! September was a month of mixed emotions due to a lot of physical things going on. Bouts of dizziness and the sciatica had gotten worse. I started therapy for my back last week. I applied for a handicap plaque because it has gotten harder to walk a distance without something hurting or going numb. God has been so very good! Our insurance will pay for the therapy and the stretching worked the last time and I am hoping it will work this time. <BR> <BR> We had a great weekend away visiting f... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 22:33:43 EST Try Something New Tuesday--new snack I made some pepper jam last Thursday and decided I would like to have it on a Wasa rye cracker. I put a T of low fat cream cheese on the cracker and half a T of pepper jam on that. I like it! The calories are less than 125 and the cracker gives me two grams of fiber. So much more than regular sodium crackers. <BR> <BR> Last week had been a busy week and I was not feeling well for some of it. We went to watch our DGD at the band production at the grange fair. First time I saw her in her... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:23:53 EST A Monday Mistake Made Good It was the opening night of the grange fair. We went to see our DGD perform in the marching ban. We visited with some folks while walking around and then my hubby wanted to see some of the garden tractor pull. When I went to sit down at the bleachers, I was trying to protect my knees by avoiding climbing and ended sitting on the foot part instead of the seat part (didn't want to climb anything with these crazy knees). My son pointed that out, but I wasn't about to move. Anyway, this mist... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:21:05 EST Sunday Praise, Some Wisdom. "Now" Hope "From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord's name is to be praised." PS.113:3 NKJ <BR> <BR> Country wisdom: The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. <BR> <BR> Now hope does not disappoint . . . Rom. 5:5 "Now" makes me think that we should hope every moment because we are always in the 'now.' Isn't it funny how we always live in the now? "Now" never passes so hope must not pass. Hope does not make us ashamed but brings forth faith -- af... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:47:09 EST Mixed Message Monday/Trees Down Tuesday/Woozy Wednesday While looking through a woman's magazine I found mixed messages just a few pages apart. <BR> One said, "You can get really hungry if you skip your meaning meal, and may make unhealthy food choices later that can contribute to health issues linked to heart disease, like obesity and Type 2 diabetes," cardiologist N. Goldberg, MD. <BR> Another said about avoiding snack attacks, "Eat a protein-packed breakfast, and it'll be far easier to resist sweet and fatty treats. . . or skip your a.m. meal a... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:02:57 EST Hope for the Season Please be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of the Creator, and none can say why some fields blossom while others lay brown beneath the harvest sun. <BR> <BR> Take hope. Your season will come! -- From a 17th Century Sermon <BR> <BR> I filled in for a local Pastor today and I spoke from Nehemiah. He had a lot to say that we can glean from. It was a 'Prayer Battle Plan' that I had learned from the words of Nehemiah years ago. Two friends were in attendance. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:47:24 EST Oh, Bother! A bit under the weather this week. Actually, it started last week with reoccurring sore throat. Throat seems to be better, but now I am just so easily fatigued. <BR> <BR> Am working on getting more protein this week. It seems to be working, but now I am low again on fiber. It is so hard to balance this out. When I try to fill in with beans for protein and fiber, then my carbs are out of whack. What a place to be!!! One of these days, and it won't be long, I will have this figured o... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:02:22 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday -- Going, going, going! Friday, DH and I went on a part of the 100 mile yard sale north of us. It was interesting. My best buy was probably a new pair of shoes I paid $1 for. It was a long, hot day. While we were gone, we left a few things at my DD yard sale for sale. The girls were able to sell one item for DH. <BR> <BR> Saturday, we went to a local town wide sale. Not much going on there. It was a small town. I did purchase a few things. Then we went to another small town and a church was having a 'grea... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:26:11 EST Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday -- WooHoo July! Saturday, DH's Family reunion. They do tickets for prizes to earn money for next year. DH won the largest prize. A bistro table and two chair set. It was what he wanted to get. <BR> <BR> Sunday, Fourth of July lunch at DD's. I took leftover beans and cupcakes from Saturday's reunion. The beans were a hit! <BR> <BR> Monday, DH put final touches on the shed door as we stayed home. Kids and DGKs had plans with others. Got the yard cleaned up some and made some shelves for the shed. <BR... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 20:32:46 EST Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday wisdom Monday, off to do some errands. Tuesday, finally, the shed is done! Then Tuesday evening we had a mess to clean up under the kitchen sink. The drain had sprung a leak! DH had it back together around 8 PM. We just let it sit overnight to let the new glue dry. Today, I was disinfecting stuff and sorting and throwing out some things. Still have the floor to scrub and today's dishes -- and a few others -- to get done. <BR> <BR> Today has been a painful day. The knees and back are in an ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:58:22 EST Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday A lovely Father's Day lunch at church on Sunday. I took a crockpot GF dessert. Still have some left. It was like a berry cobbler. <BR> <BR> More frustration on Monday with the shed. Found out two panels were missing. Oh, bother! <BR> <BR> Tuesday, out with youngest brother and his wife for shopping and lunch. We had a great time! <BR> <BR> A stay at home day except for a short trip to DD's. DGD still has a purplish-blue swelling where the bee stung her on Saturday. Feel so bad for ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:05:36 EST Friday, Saturday, Sunday--A Slab, A Funeral, A Birthday We were busy all day Friday getting a slab ready for the shed. I went up and down the steps to and from the porch so much, my knees are still hurting! Planning to work on the shed this week. <BR> <BR> Saturday we said our last good byes to a friend. Have known his wife for over forty years. She has quite a transition to make now, but I am sure the church and her two sons and families will help her through this tough time. Got to speak to some of the family members after the funeral at t... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:24:14 EST In case you didn't see it . . . Last Friday we celebrated our 44th anniversary. We had breakfast and lunch out. In case you didn't see it, or would like to see it again, there is a song I wrote and sang for my DH on you tube. You can view the video on you tube @ withmyharpnsong. <BR> <BR> Darling hubby has been under the weather a bit later. Praying he gets better. <BR> <BR> He makes a great pot of chili and wonderful dippy egg breakfasts. I am one blessed woman! Scripture says, "He who finds a wife has found a g... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:34:12 EST A Very Full Week -- in More Ways than One! Sunday -- Filled in for a local Pastor. Small congregation. Good to be there. <BR> <BR> Monday -- Memorial Day picnic at darling daughter's. Grandparents from both sides were invited. This was a 'full day' for me. Still itching from the sun--not a burn, though! We played quite a few games of a game similar to corn hole. The name had to be changed so as not to infringe on the rights of the first corn hole game. We all took turns playing. The SIL was the one who won the most. I thin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 21:41:55 EST Thursday -- Nice Day! Lots of walking in today. Though I was walking, I don't think it was 10 minutes continually so no exercise minutes. Was walking with a cane today to help my knee feel better tonight. We took our friend out to celebrate her 75th birthday. She gets around great and we really like to do the same things. We checked out an antique mall today that we had not been to in years and years. It has changed hands since then. It is great fun to look around and lots of steps. Then we went to a St. V... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:30:11 EST One Crazy Week I have nobody to blame but me! I own it. It has not been a good week for being healthy. Oh, yes, I tried, I keep trying. I am still off on the protein and fiber. Think maybe I will eat nothing but beans and lettuce salad next week. I tried to up my walking a few days and ended up in back with the damaged disks in my back. I must keep trying though. I have seen the Spark People TV and am anxious to check out more of the less moderate exercises to avoid pain. Next week WILL be better!!... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:09:21 EST Thursday Out running errands today. Stopped and got an early dinner at Hoss's. We got there in time for the senior discount. Took the bird houses to town and met the lady who is taking them to try to sell. She says there is going to be more competition this year. I told her that was OK. When you make crafts without orders you always take a chance at what you will sell. All together we took nine bird houses and the two decorative garden hangings. <BR> <BR> We had to order our shed from Sears ... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:16:24 EST Ready for the Garden Show This Spring's Birdhouses: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some cute hangings: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was a productive day. DH and I took some junk to the junkyard. I worked on the garden hangings. It was good to be outside without cold wind or drizzling rain. Had a nice walk in the yard. Hope to be a... Wed, 11 May 2016 18:25:18 EST A Few Happenings Thursday: Had a great visit with some long time friends of ours and their son was in, too. Went through a lot of crafting things my friend was giving away. Have some things to sort and go through and find a place for. Must really get busy on my sewing. She gave me some doll heads and arms and patterns that goes with and they make the cutest dolls!!! Some fabric and some odds and ends. She says she is done with crafting that she is old and tired! Sad. . . <BR> <BR> Friday: Went to th... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:26:15 EST Working Wednesday DH and I worked on the bird houses today. He did the cutting out and I did the layouts. They are sanded and now we need to put them together. It was a fruitful day for us with our work. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing so good with the eating. Still tracking, though, and drinking my water! <BR> <BR> Doing exercises yet for my knees. Hoping they will improve more. Seem to be at a standstill with them getting any better. <BR> <BR> Suppose to visit with some friends tomorrow and have lun... Wed, 4 May 2016 20:39:18 EST Wednesday Words We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Ursula Calvert <BR> <BR> Lord, fill my moth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I've said enough. (I had this one posted by my phone.) <BR> <BR> Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding . . . Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Prov. 3:13, 17 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:15:52 EST TUESDAY--Tell it like it is! Every man thinks that every woman's dream is to find the perfect man . . . <BR> <BR> Oh, please! . . . <BR> <BR> Every woman's dream it to eat without getting fat! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>15</em> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:56:15 EST Mulling it Over From the Voice of Reason: If our country is going to be sue happy, I guess they will try to pass a bill allowing people to sue gun manufacturers when someone uses a gun to kill someone. For that matter, let's sue the car manufacturing companies when someone kills someone in an car accident. . . and the alcohol distributors when a drunk driver causes a fatality when behind the wheel . . . and all the fast food restaurants who use hydrogenated oil and someone gets clogged arteries and has a h... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:45:02 EST Dump the Sugar! <BR> <BR> From the Truth about Cancer Report: In 2012, the World Health Organization reported more than 14 million new cases of cancer . . . which resulted in more than 8.2 million deaths worldwide. <BR> <BR> Several of the most common and aggressive cancers have to do with the gastrointestinal system. Your body does its best to dump the leftover toxins from the processing of the food that you eat. The food and beverages you consume, the fuel your body uses to fight disease, is critic... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:23:36 EST Saturday and Sunday -- Easter weekend It was a lovely time! On Saturday, we went of the labyrinth at a local church. It was great! The last scene in the labyrinth depicted the fish and bread on the shore with Jesus. Everyone who attended was invited to a pancake and sausage breakfast after the last scene. We sat down and DH got to talk to some folks who worked at the school where he worked. He said it was good to see the folks. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, we had a service earlier than usual. DH shared a reading called, "He Took ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:34:52 EST Saturday -- March 19 The craft show is over and I did much better today that last Saturday. Did add two more bunnies to my group. So, had three all together and sold two. Meant to take of picture of them, but didn't get that done. Sold some jewelry, but not any jewelry sets. DGD was a big help and sold some of her loom jewelry and bead jewelry. She was happy about that! <BR> <BR> DH had a setback on the virus. He got up feeling quite ill again. He is not resting as he should. We are going to miss our Sp... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 21:22:15 EST Oh, my! What a Week!!! DH and I were both done with some kind of stomach virus this week. It hit him on Wednesday and me late Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning I couldn't even keep water down--or the pink medicine! Later in the day, DH got some ginger ale and I was able to keep that down. Then I moved up to some tea with honey. Yesterday, I was eating some solid foods and today I ate "the stopper" for breakfast. It is a formula to stop diarrhea. I am feeling much better now. <BR> <BR> Still planning to go... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:50:28 EST Saturday craft show and pic It was a stressful time. Something didn't feel right about this show. Anyway, I only sold one item, but I thank God for that. The girls sold some of their cute jewelry and I am glad for that, too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a pic of a variety of things I took to the show. Some hoop crafts, some southwestern jewelry, and in the back a large cargo tote I made. <BR> <BR> Hoping to upload a... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:59:18 EST Something Different Sunday Went to church as usual, but went out to lunch -- just DH and I -- after. We were suppose to be lunching out with a friend, but he didn't make it. Then, this afternoon my DD and husband came to visit w/o the kids. This was different. We had prayer for each other before they left. Sometimes the needs are so great . . . There is no perfection, but oh, how we pray for some relief of some the stress and pain. Enough of that. <BR> <BR> Lunch was different, too. We went to a small town res... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 18:18:35 EST Wondering Wednesday -- Have you seen this about Ginger? Received an interesting natural health email this week that I am sharing with you. Something to wonder and ponder: <BR> <BR> "Yes, ginger. That spice that sits up high in your cupboard, only coming out when you're making a stir-fry or pumpkin pie. <BR> <BR> "A recent study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS One found that a component in dried ginger called 6-shogaol was able to successfully attack and kill breast cancer stem cells. <BR> <BR> "It did that without harm... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:16:36 EST Coffee Klatsch with brothers today! “Coffee klatsch” comes from German Kaffeeklatsch meaning "coffee chat." This is a compound word of which only one element has been translated, with the other being left in its original German spelling. <BR> <BR> Many people anglicize the spelling further to "coffee klatch" or "coffee clatch." Either one is less sophisticated than "coffee klatsch," but not too likely to cause raised eyebrows. <BR> <BR> So, four of my brothers, DH and I met for coffee this AM. Younger brother Don started thi... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:19:40 EST Wondering and Pondering Wednesday There seems to be a lot of new info geared toward supplement/vitamins/minerals and alternative medicine. I have done some research on where some of the research is coming from and, I must say, it seems what is being touted as sound research is coming from 'big pharma.' I do not trust the regulated 'drug industry.' Anyway, there’s an ongoing campaign aimed at regulating supplements as drugs, which would allow the drug industry to eliminate the supplement industry to increase their profits.... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:00:09 EST Last Week = Celebrating and Some Frustration! Brr! The awful cold seems to bother my knees more. I overdid, also, with cleaning and making things for our little famly's celebration. The celebration was wonderful! DD and family and Son's family (son was away on a coyote hunt) came and we had a lovely dinner and some home made desserts. One DGD made a cheesecake with a cherry topping. I made a jello/puddng cutout thingy. Made them into hearts. For dinner I made a chicken crock pot meal and a skillet full of Italian sweet sausage in... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:36:47 EST Friday Funny/Six minute stress reducer There was a Pastor counseling a young couple for marriage and he asked the would be groom, " Why do you want to marry this young woman?" A: Because I love her. "So, how do you know you love her?" A. When I'm with her, I feel upset in my stomach, I break out in a sweat, and I feel my temperature rising. It must be love, right? <BR> <BR> Pastor answered: "Or the flu." <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> A British research shows that being engrossed in a good book for six minutes can redu... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:38:51 EST Last Week Good news on the X rays that were taken. For my age, I am doing fine! No osteoporosis or arthritis in my back. Of course, the damaged disks haven't changed. There is a "very small" curve almost in the center of my back that may have come from the last fall. Chiropractor thinks that the back pain in the middle may be from some bone spurs starting to form. <BR> <BR> The knee exercises are working to help me with moving my knees. Just wish it didn't take so long. <em>24</em> <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:21:03 EST This Week so Far Sunday was a wonderful day of blessing! Our son came to our church to worship with us and then we took him out to lunch to a place he had not eaten before. We returned home and he and DH watched football. All in all we had a lovely visit. First time in years we spent that much time together one on one. <BR> <BR> Monday, knees were aching badly. We ran a few errands, but I didn't get much else done. <BR> <BR> Today, I had the final series of injections on my knees. People have asked if... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:19:32 EST