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Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more.








These Dancing Gauchos were not anything I had seen before. Very rousing music with frums and banging of the boleadora on the floor as the ropes ere twirled around FAST!!!
Originally, the boleadora (or bola) is a primitive hunting tool that was used by the Chinese, Inuits, and native South Americans; it is a projectile weapon made of a cord with weights attached to either end. Designed to capture animals by becoming entangled in their legs or wings, it is to South American gauchos what the lasso is to North American cowboys. The Boleadora dance uses the bolas in a spectacular way, both as a percussion instrument and a juggling prop, and it has became very popular in circus and variety shows.





There were , of course, jugglers and a high motorcycle act (dare devils in my mind!).
The clown in the photo above is the clown we saw .He was great at getting the audience involved! Not a fancy costume but highly skilled!

chris

  
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PATSYB7 9/19/2014 6:01AM

    I love the Big E! It's in my hometown. Hubs and I decided not to go this year. We usually enjoy the fair food but this year we're feeling too fluffy. Glad you had a good time!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/19/2014 3:57AM

    looks like you had fun emoticon

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JENNY888 9/18/2014 11:49PM

    Fun!

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NASFKAB 9/18/2014 11:01PM

  lovely

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MBPP50 9/18/2014 9:34PM

    Fun!

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FROSTY99 9/18/2014 9:29PM

    Sounds like lots of fun. I always love the animal acts.

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DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan.

To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies),
these are the 2 mnemonics I am using.

STOP VICE
We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived.

I guess this is progress. Just remembering these foods has taken me 30 days! emoticon I have been using colored lists of foods I CAN EAT . But if I don't have the list with me--well you know what happens. emoticon

A few months ago I actually ate almost perfectly. But my daily life was spent planning meals, shopping for foods, and eating. Obviously I cannot continue to do that. Besides, I got sick. It seems I was losing fat too fast. Toxins from that fat were making me ill. Two weeks of nausea and even diarrhea ! I now have some stuff to take if this happens again. It will bind up the fat soluble toxins so they can be excreted. I have not been able to be so perfect on the eating plan since then! So toxins have not been a problem.

So I am taking 90 days to get used to this eating plan. I have 60 days left.

Right now I am eating my old way. Yes, lots of veggies. But apparently even certain veggies are inflammatory for me now. This can change if I stay away from those foods and eventually reintroduce them gradually.

For some reason I am drawn to peanuts and peanut butter lately. But I was told
I am severely sensitive to peanuts.

Also often in my stir fries I am using onions. Same thing--severely sensitive. Leeks I can eat but I don't like the taste nearly as much as onions. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have bought some flours made from millet, corn, and other grains. I have not gotten around to using these much yet. Oh--I did make buckwheat pancakes! emoticon

I am used to using almond milk and coconut milk . Dairy is something I love but am supposed not to eat. Darn. The substitutes are fine.

Rotating the foods is the complicated part. I am not supposed to eat things more than every 4 days. So my old way of cooking in big batches does not work. I have to freeze things in small batches.

Oh and DH ,of course , never eats vegetables! So I am the only one eating this way. His eating habits have not ended up with good health. I feel much better eating the way I eat. The "rub" is that I am his caregiver. This is not so much fun.

My lesson for today are the 2 mnemonics:

STOP VICE
We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived.


Eventually this way of eating will be ingrained. I have 60 more days to accomplish that.

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For the next few days I plan to focus on using my 2 mnemonics at the grocery store and when I plan my meals in the nutrition tracker. At least I am well practiced in using the Nutrition Tracker. I use it to plan my grocery trips, too.

And I have fitness habits established. Yeah for water aerobics! emoticon Lately I have been able to hit 6000 steps often. Bronze medals seem to be my level of fitness right now.


Have a great day! chris emoticon

  
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NASFKAB 9/18/2014 11:04PM

  keep a it

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AQUAGIRL08 9/18/2014 8:04PM

    It take a while to get used to any eating plan so I would imagine that a complex plan like yours would be a real challenge. You can do it! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2014 7:42PM

    Earning Bronze medals is a GOOD thing! I am proud that you're giving yourself time to get used to this huge change in your nutrition plan. It's not easy! But it's do-able.

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REBECKY441 9/18/2014 7:38PM

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MBPP50 9/18/2014 7:12PM

    You're doing emoticon Keep up the good work!

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DS9KIE 9/18/2014 6:49PM

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FROSTY99 9/18/2014 5:12PM

    Sounds like progress is being made and you are taking it slow and easy which is wise.
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My Mnemonic attempts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bart blackened Cherry's cumbersome grandmother's melon peeler because some lame muscled retard pared the sweaty pots.

or

We were barely back from Cher's pukey groupy melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters arrived.



12 foods I'd like to remember to eat only very rarely(due to food sensitivities):

barley
black tea
cherry
cucumber
grapefruit
honeydew melon
lime
mussel
mustard
pear
sweet potato
white potato

chris

  
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DS9KIE 9/17/2014 8:32AM

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SISTERGOOSE 9/16/2014 8:33PM

    Definitely the second one - makes a vivid picture in my brain...wait, how do I get rid of it?

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MPETERSON23111 9/16/2014 1:36PM

    hmm maybe post that list on your fridge??

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NASFKAB 9/16/2014 10:45AM

  lovely thanks for sharing

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 8:29AM

    You did better than I could have, that's for sure! HUGS

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MBPP50 9/16/2014 5:04AM

    I like the second one! You sure are creative.

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2HAMSDIET 9/15/2014 11:48PM

    Maybe at little song would help. emoticon

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The book WILD by Cheryl Strayed

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thank you to a fellow sparker! You suggested this book. I am in the middle of reading it.It is a very good read. But I am such a wimp. I never would have put up with the pain this woman endured. I did a 26 mile walk once (long ago) and I did everything I could to keep from getting blisters. I even stopped just before the end to put more tape and Vaseline on my feet. I would not make those last few steps till I took care of my feet. chris

Here is a description of the book that I copied from Amazon. It explains the book very well. chris


At age 26, following the death of her mother, divorce, and a run of reckless behavior, Cheryl Strayed found herself alone near the foot of the Pacific Crest Trail--inexperienced, over-equipped, and desperate to reclaim her life. Wild tracks Strayed's personal journey on the PCT through California and Oregon, as she comes to terms with devastating loss and her unpredictable reactions to it. While readers looking for adventure or a naturalist's perspective may be distracted by the emotional odyssey at the core of the story, Wild vividly describes the grueling life of the long-distance hiker, the ubiquitous perils of the PCT, and its peculiar community of wanderers. Others may find her unsympathetic--just one victim of her own questionable choices. But Strayed doesn't want sympathy, and her confident prose stands on its own, deftly pulling both threads into a story that inhabits a unique riparian zone between wilderness tale and personal-redemption memoir. --Jon Foro

  
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DJ4HEALTH 9/17/2014 1:17AM

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MASTERPIECE8 9/16/2014 4:25PM

    I love to read. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks, Chris.

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PATTYCAKE17 9/16/2014 2:08PM

    Thanks for sharing. Definitely sounds like a "walk a mile in my shoes" kind of story. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 9/16/2014 1:47PM

    Loved the book! I met several PCT through hikers near the end of their journey on my recent vacation (we were at Stehekin WA, which borders the PCT and has a resupply mail station). Very inspiring group! particularly one man, who was diagnosed with Huntingtons disease (genetic, incurable). He was filled with the philosophy of live every moment of life to its fullest because he never knows when the symptoms will start. He averaged 25 miles per day.

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MPETERSON23111 9/16/2014 1:36PM

    very cool! thanks!

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IOEINC 9/15/2014 11:58PM

    My daughter met her at a book signing in ND. She loved the book!!!

Happy Reading!!

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2HAMSDIET 9/15/2014 11:44PM

    emoticon emoticon 26 miles oh my... I dream of hiking a peak here that is 16.1 miles...

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FROSTY99 9/15/2014 9:58PM

    Thanks for the recommendation

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NASFKAB 9/15/2014 9:43PM

  great

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2014 9:25PM

    emoticon for sharing that information.



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A nice surprise at the chiropractor's!

Monday, September 15, 2014

At the end of the session today, Dr." I" asked me to raise my arm. Low and behold, I was able to raise it pretty high!

This is the arm needing a shoulder replacement in November. He has been treating me with several different electric machines and with hands on stretching and breaking of adhesions using some metal tools. Plus I do lots of stretching at water aerobics and afterward in a warm therapy pool. It has been lots of work. He has a bad arm yet he continues to practice and help people. What he does with me takes lots of effort on his part.

chris


  
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SUEARNOLD1 9/16/2014 8:28AM

    That's great! I work at a chiropractic college!

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 9/15/2014 8:16PM

    That is wonderful news.

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GINNABOOTS 9/15/2014 8:00PM

    That is great! I had an awesome chiropractor years ago that helped me so much with my back, but he moved back to his home town. Haven't found a good one since. Glad your shoulder feels better.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2014 7:25PM

    That's wonderful, Chris. I find practitioners who have or have had their own health issues are most compassionate and hard working.

Glad your shoulder is responding to the treatments.

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APRILRUSSELL3 9/15/2014 6:54PM

    So happy you're making progress. I'm glad the doctor can help you.

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REBECKY441 9/15/2014 6:35PM

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My Dad was a Chiropractor. It really works!

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ANNEMARIA6 9/15/2014 6:01PM

    That sounds like wonderful progress. I also go to aquacise and have become stronger and more fit. Isn't it nice to find a practitioner that has challenges and can really help? Sometimes my young slender female physician just doesn't get this tired, achy 60plus woman. LOL I hope she never does have to go through some of the stuff I have, it is hard but not impossible to improve! Take care. emoticon

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SHKIRK 9/15/2014 5:50PM

  It is so great when you find a doctor who can really help !! emoticon

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