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11/15/17: The Pemi Baker River Rats face their competition in bowling this coming Saturday at FunSpot. Charlie's bowling shoes came in - so we're going to practice ahead of time this week with them. Should be a fun, noisy, crazy morning!
11/12/17: Hoping all our Veterans were able to enjoy the day dedicated to remembering them! This coming week looking forward to the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at FunSpot in Laconia, NH. Should be noisy, fair competition, and Fun!
10/18/17: New banner picture shows my son standing next to a 730# pumpkin. I wish I had the weights of the other ones-the one way behind him was even bigger. This was at the Sandwich Fair - the rain broke for about 3 hours so we could enjoy walking and seeing the animals (who cares about all the "bad but fun" food!
10/9/17: Monday - Indigenous Peoples' Day: It's raining here in central NH; however, we've planned to go to the Sandwich Fair - it's the last day - and it's going to be muddy. But we're going anyway. We did get to the North Haverhill Fair back in July, this is the end of the fair seasons. Packing a second pair of shoes and dry socks.
9/17/17: Another bake sale to benefit our "Pemi Baker River Rats" in Ashland! More money was earned towards uniforms and activity fees! Great day. I just wish I'd remembered to come back to Spark yesterday to keep up. Got really busy and tired. Oh, weel.
9/9/17: Our new Special Olympics athletic team "Pemi Baker River Rats" held a bake sale/yard sale at the Community Site of the Plymouth Town-Wide Yard Sale today! We got some money to put towards new uniforms and bowling charges!!! Not too shabby Team!
9/2: Hard to believe September is already here! Going to Bristol, NH very soon for the "Run Your Buns Off" 4.2 miler (not 4.2k) to benefit some worthy community organizations. Nice and cool this morning - and it ends with sticky buns from Basic Ingredients Bakery on Rt. 3A in Bristol!
8/29: Love the article titled "Stop and Chew Your Dinner" or how and why to learn to eat more slowly! Thanks for that. Starting on Flovent to see if it helps; prescribed after my physical yesterday.
8/24: Forgot to sign in yesterday, again. I left when Charlie left - but was really tired because the old smoke alarms had been thrown in the dumpster, and we live in the apartment closest to it. Couldn't find the noise until 7 in the morning. So I was Really TIRED all day! Oh, well, a new month is around the corner! I managed to return the iFitness band to Kohl's for a refund. The band did not stay on for more than 4 hours without getting knocked off. Pretty useless.
8/22: Oops, forgot to sign in yesterday. Really busy day getting Got Lunch done (last time before school starts next week), laundry, finish making cookies and mac salad for his DST pool party, get Charlie to his guitar lesson, and then to the pool party. Oh, well. Good day, though.
8/20: Charlie and I walked downtown yesterday. It was over 3 miles round trip! yeah! Later I broke down and bought an "iFitness" band on sale at Kohl's. It tracks steps, sleep, calories burned. I'll see how it works.
Aug. 13: Oops! Back to the beginning! I had an Annual Meeting at the Squam Lakes Science Center in Holderness, NH to go to yesterday - and I forgot to sign in all day! Haven't had that happen in months! Charlie and I then went to the Rumney 250th Celebration, back to the Squam Lakes Science Center for the Porcupine feeding - back to Rumney again for the rest of the day. Oh, well . . .
Aug. 9: Down to 157.7 after a week and a half of South Beach Diet - and not doing it perfectly, either! We went to an Eastern Star Ham & Bean Supper on Saturday night. I ate a lot more chocolate than I should have this week, too. If I'd followed the diet strictly, I wouldn't be hungry and I would have lost more. But I lost good - and I definitely feel better!
July 31: Starting South Beach Diet again. Had success back in 2004 and it had wonderful recipes, even though lots of cooking. Tired of weight making me tired. Charlie and I went to Flume Gorge yesterday - perfect weather, and he even went through the Wolf's Den! It's awesome.
July 25: Went off gluten-free yesterday. After busy morning, getting an oil change, C and I went to Sal's and had thin-crust pizza slices. Since I hadn't noticed any difference in psoriasis in previous 7 days, I don't thing it's necessarily the answer. Will look into that later.
July 23 - still staying off gluten. Went out last night to see a great musical family/group at The Purple Pit in Bristol, NH. Swing Rocket! Wonderful evening, sorry to see Michael, the saxophonist/clarinet player leave to go home. But enjoyed a great evening. Had a glass of wine with soda water too.
July 18: On third day of gluten-free eating. Found an article that was encouraging - but of course can't find it now. It seems it's a long-range test of up to 12 weeks to see if it really improves the condition. There's inflammation involved, too, which can be helped by ginger and turmeric. I'm down to 162 this morning.
July 2: Last night Tornado warnings here in NH! Loads of rain, flash flooding. This morning is calm, sun shining. Variety - and water. Need to renew my commitment to losing weight and feeling great. Happy 4th of JULY Everyone!
June 12: POISON IVY, YUK! Had it for over a week now; can't wait to see the nurse today because nothing is making it better. I know it will eventually run its course, dry up and leave me alone, but in the meantime it's just itch! May 22 I just finished reading "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo, and I emptied out over 60 pounds of clothing-going to donation boxes (there's one for Special Olympics in my town) and to Goodwill (stuff I wouldn't admit I even had in my drawers and closet). It's starting to feel good! June 7 working on sorting out my books and donating.
Now reading "LIfe is Good" for motivation in starting my own business doing Norwex (creating safe havens by pitching the plastic and eliminating chemicals from the home!
For the past three days my psoriasis has been almost non-existent - and I can't figure out why! The biggest change since Jan. 1 has been eating collard greens (with black-eyed peas on New Year's Eve and Day). Added a little bit of non-filtered vinegar (Bragg's). Don't know why, BUT I LOVE IT!
THE POWER by Rhonda Byrne has a wonderful path to Gratitude and a Wonderful Life. It's a Must Read! Reading more - and just found "Life Is Good" - loaded with inspiration!
Started 2017 with no smoking since Sept. 3, 2016! Yeah!
Each day I will try to do something good for myself to get healthy and lose this weight so I can feel better.
"Things are neither Good Nor Bad. Thinking makes them so!" by Shakespeare (smart man!) Here's a great newsletter that just might help anyone who's feeling the $pinch in a big way (found it somewhere else here in Sparkpeople): It's about Frugal Living and many other great things! I'm trying it!
LIVING ON A DIME NEWSLETTER - Lose Weight With Easy and Delicious Soups:
Exercise Makes Your Brain Brighter At Any Age - MSN Link:

Member Since: 8/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 13,947

My Goals:
Moving forward in baby steps. Trying to gain control of eating patterns and exercise. Going to get off this sugar addiction.
Looking and feeling good while finding my true Being.

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Finding new recipes for us to improve blood pressure and weight. Here's one: Lemony Spinach Quinoa Bean Salad from Anne at Fanntastic Food. Taking it with Charlie and me to the DST BBQ July 10.

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I'm Barb from Plymouth, NH. Sixty-four-year-old Mom of two boys: 24 and 22.

My youngest son has MDS (Mosaic Down's Syndrome) and is a real love. He's now part of the DownSide Up Group here in Plymouth. We belong to Plymouth and Lakes Region Parent Networking Group and it's joining with NH Family Voices, too.

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On pg. 2 on Spark Trivia on June 8, 2017. Keep smiling, it's free, easy to give away, and it makes people feel good, besides being contagious, and FREE!

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    Thanks for the goodie! Love the picture of the huge pumpkins. This was always my favorite time of year in Maine. Loved the fall. Hot and humid here in Florida. Enjoy the season!!!
    38 days ago
    Thank you so much for the goodie and your good wishes. I hope you are having an fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

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    80 days ago
    “Perfectly Imperfect

    We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.
    Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind... there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey.
    I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered... we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are.
    Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey.”

    ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
    87 days ago
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Trying to appreciate each small change. The journey is long, but I'll make the end! Thanks.
    90 days ago
    “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
    ― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
    94 days ago
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