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The Holidays: writing it out

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Traditionally for my family the holiday season began with my mother's birthday. That would have been yesterday. Had she lived this long, she would have been 80 yesterday. Swift on its heels comes my own birthday. Then Thanksgiving. Then the whole lead-up to (for me) Christmas and New Year's, with two more family birthdays sprinkled in the mix, my youngest sister's when we would put up the tree, and my brother's between Christmas and New Year's day.

I'm still tied in many ways to that cycle, even though traditional celebrations changed over the years as the nuclear family moved on. I grew up and married, raised a child, and have since seen him off as a married man. This year the thought that my only child will be on foreign shores before that traditional cycle is over brings a catch to my throat.

I know I'm not the only one for whom maintaining healthy habits over the holiday season is a challenge. There are only 24 hours in a day. One activity replaces another. May we all be kind to ourselves in the choices we make and in how we talk to ourselves about those choices.

May this holiday season be one of special grace. emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/18/2009 12:37PM

    While my second son is in Germany, he is hoping to be able to be here for Christmas.

This season is also busy for our family with several birthdays in the mix!

May God bless you!!!

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MSLZZY 11/18/2009 9:51AM

    Grace and peace to you this holiday season! May your burdens be light! emoticon

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CHRISTARTIST 11/18/2009 8:17AM

    Having my daughter in Germany with her soldier husband brings a catch to my throat....and a tear to my eye - and traditionally, I eat all the traditional stuff to feed the emotional hurt.

Her birthday comes a few days after Thanksgiving, too...and this will be the first year she's been so far.
But I've lived through three others being away for their birthdays....but this year, I want to live and eat wisely....Let's do this together!
In His hands and under His wings,

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SUNNY332 11/18/2009 8:15AM

    Our lives are full of tradition and for some reason, your son's deployment in the middle of all of these long standing traditions just seems to be perfect. Think of all the good memories you have associated with these traditions and wrap those memories around your Son.

I will be praying for God's Grace as well, my friend. Be Blessed!

Hugs, Sunny

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Peaceful Sunday

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Today was an at-home nesting day. I put up the drapes I bought on Saturday, and I cooked good healthy recipes. I felt like cooking.

For lunch, I made a broccoli sandwich that's featured in the book YOU: The Owner's Manual by Dr.'s Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz. When I first read the book, this recipe jumped off the page at me, "That shounds good." I tried it, and have made it several times since. Only recipe in the book I've made more than once. Anybody else do that? Find one saving recipe that becomes part of your rotation out of a whole book / chapter full?

Then for supper, having given myself permission to skip the chili cookoff... I made my own chili. It was my first use of TVP (textured vegetable protein). And it turned out wonderful. No recipe, mind you, this was ol' Barb's "throw what sounds good into the pot". Some onions, garlic powder, mushrooms, a can of whole tomatoes, a can of green chilies, some black pepper, half a package of taco seasoning mix, two and a half cups of pre-cooked black beans, and a cup of the TVP re-hydrated with chicken broth and pre-cooked.

Put it all in a crock pot and let it simmer all afternoon. Top your bowl with half an ounce of part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded. Yum! It was heavenly and filling. And I have three big servings in the freezer for another cloudy cool day that I know will come along and cry out for such a meal.

And now, I need to go hop on the treadmill, just because!

Hope your Sunday has been rejuvenating, too!

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CHRISTARTIST 11/17/2009 1:48PM

    We cooked chili in the crock pot on Saturday! Oh the wonderful smell of cooking chili...a great enjoyment of the cooler weather!

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JGOLFER 11/17/2009 8:38AM

    It sounds like you had a great Sunday. I never heard of a broccoli sandwich - but yes I have a cookbook that I only use for one go-to recipe - crazy. Your chili sounds delicious. Have a great week!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/15/2009 11:22PM

    What a great day it sounds like! The chili sounds yummy!


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MSLZZY 11/15/2009 7:34PM

    Yum, sounds delicious! Don't you just love at-home days? Have a great week!

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LINDAGRAVEL 11/15/2009 7:19PM

    Your chili sounds good.I will have to try it.Have a good day friend.

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It doesn't get much better

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Today had a little of everything. I spent some time with my daughter in law, talking hopes and dreams. She's come to the same conclusion I have about son's deployment: get it over with already and send him home to us safe, rather than sending him home and then calling him up again like some kind of second "gotcha". (That's an old golf joke reference.)

I pampered myself by having my hair cut. I bought a new set of drapes for the sliding glass door off the kitchen. They need it badly, and that too is a kind of reward.

I took the dog for a walk in the early morning light and noticed interesting patterns of sunlight and cloud-shadow on the trees. Being in the moment is very good for me, and especially being in the moment out of doors... makes me feel alive on the planet.

And to add a final bit of sweetness, Nebraska won their football game today. Now I have dinner in the oven and the candles lit. Ahhhh... add an early bedtime, and, as the title says, "It doesn't get much better than this."

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SUNNY332 11/15/2009 5:31PM

    You are so right, Barb, it doesn't get much better than that.

What a positive post. Thanks so much for sharing.

Hugs, Sunny

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SMARTIEBEE 11/14/2009 8:22PM

    You are right, it doesn't get mucb better than that! And it is good to live in the moment! I felt much the same way on my run this morning, it was cloudy and cold, but not raining or snowing, and the leaves were so GOLD! The lake was like a sheet of mercury, reflecting the grey sky. I loved it!


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JGOLFER 11/14/2009 7:46PM

    You're right - it doesn't get much better than that! Have a great evening.

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DHENDLER 11/14/2009 7:27PM

    I'm glad it was a good day - nice that you lit the candles for dinner emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/14/2009 7:19PM

    It sounds like a very nice day!!!

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Half the battle is giving myself permission to do what I need to do

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ever notice that there are times when you have a glimpse of a great truth in regards to your health and then it slips away? If I try to write them down, perhaps they will stay longer.

Today's special insight has to do with my people-pleasing and feeling I have to be all things to all people. With that as background, let me say that today was the Annual Chili Cook-off at work. In years past I have done everything from being a chili-cook to a judge to just plain a contributor to the the side dishes. It's a big deal. I even mentioned it to my consultant last week as an upcoming challenge.

With all that's been going on the past week, I found myself just not feeling like doing the requisite planning. Now comes the spinning mental part... "will everybody think I'm antisocial?" "Am I being too rigid about my food plan? A snob?"

I just did not feel emotionally prepared. So... I gave myself permission to NOT participate! Can you believe I had to give myself permission to NOT do something?

But that seemed to do the trick. I quietly worked, took my packed lunch to the break room, took a walk outdoors... nobody seemed to notice. I was fine, and I'm glad I allowed myself that space today.

Oh, and I've now gone over a week with at most one diet soda a day. What is it they say? Three weeks to a healthy habit? emoticon

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JCORYCMA 11/12/2009 11:29PM

    Good for you! Advocating for what's in your best interest is not being anti-social and I bet if you told anyone your reasons for not participating they would understand. You are showing some real insight and that can only help you in reaching your goal. Keep it up and thanks for sharing!
Joanne emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 11/12/2009 10:54PM

    WOO HOO Barb! Good for you! That is one of the hardest things - to just say NO! Something I struggle with a lot, and even at that I keep telling my daughter - It's OK to say NO, but do I listen to me?? Sometimes....NOT! But you did Good!


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NELLIEC 11/12/2009 9:52PM

    I have tended to be a people pleaser also. So I know what you mean about giving yourself permission.

Woo Hoo! You did it! And you are making progress in the soda department!!!

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MSLZZY 11/12/2009 9:29PM

    Is it mandatory to participate? You chose the high road and did what was best for you. That is what counts today! emoticon

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    Good for you

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Veteran's Day and overcoming inertia

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Since the memorial service was so close to Veteran's Day I got my "solemn" side yesterday. Today I'll have a lighter side of treat: I'll be visiting a group of grade schoolers who are doing "show and tell" of veterans in their family.

My ex's sister's grand-daughter is featuring photos of my son and his father to honor the veterans in her family. She wanted my son to go to her thing, but since he's off doing his bit for the nation, his mom will go instead.

Meantime, in the world of fitness, I got a coupon for a free two-week trial membership at a local gym from a work mate. I got it last week, but it wasn't until today that I overcame the inertia of being home to go show up and cash it in. So between now and the 23rd of November, I have a new playground. And the chance to decide whether buying a membership is worth it for me.

If all I end up craving to use is the pool, a college pool membership might be a better option for me.

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MSLZZY 11/11/2009 10:22PM

    A free membership is just the thing to see if the gym fits your needs. God for it!

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NELLIEC 11/11/2009 7:04PM

    Enjoy your "playground."

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