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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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Memorial and exercise

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I spent most of the memorial service on the treadmill. I did stand down to put my hand over my heart for the National Anthem. I took a half day of vacation from work so I'd be watching the same time as my son was attending. Kind of like a psychic timing or something... like that one scene in Apollo 13 where they show the wife's face gazing out the window at the sky, then cut to the astronaut's face gazing out the window of the capsule at the earth.

I didn't spot my son during the service, but I might have found a snap of him that was posted in the Yahoo! Slide show by Reuters. He has a scowl on his face and he looks tired and sad. That could well be his headache look, too. I don't know whether the photo makes me more worried or less.

After I'd done my bit with the treadmill, I did an upper body workout to boot. Exercise helps me stay strong. It was an emotional day.

I got a phone call back from a staffer who works for my district's congressman. He says he is preparing legislation to propose to the congressman to get the same benefits for the wounded and fallen of Ft. Hood as would come with a purple heart. I am grateful, and I hope every member of congress supports this.

Tomorrow is Veterans day. Thank someone in uniform, will you? And take care of yourselves, because it is for you that they serve.

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SUNNY332 11/11/2009 9:00AM

    That would be great if they can pass that legislation. It was a sad day yesterday. I was gone so did not see the Memorial live but watched some it off and on though out the evening on the new reports.

Tell you Son thanks for his service. God Bless all of us Military Mama's and Papa's.

Have a GREAT day.


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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/11/2009 12:39AM

    and thank you for your son and his service as well. your blog brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I wonder what good could come from this horrible act at his post.....thank you for putting your emotions to words for us. We are here for you. emoticon

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DHENDLER 11/10/2009 10:45PM

    Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up like eagles on wings of great length, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, he give strength the weary and power to the faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

I don't know why ... but this is a song I learned in my youth ... that comes to mind.

Take comfort, have faith, everythings going to be ok.

Love and prayer surround you, your son, and Fort Hood.

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