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Holiday week

Monday, November 23, 2009

emoticon I imagine that many others, not just myself, will be posting a little less this week, being busy with the US Thanksgiving holiday.

My week will feature "Mom's Taxi Service". Tomorrow morning my daughter in law will show up at my doorstep at 3. Yes, 3 a.m. She will probably have been up all night. I'm a morning person, so my plan is to go to bed early tonight. I need to get D-I-L to an airport about an hour away for a 6 a.m. flight, and in the process, she's also delivering my son's car to me, to store in my garage while he's overseas. The extra time? Weather paranoia--there is a chance of rain/snow mix in the overnight hours.

Her trip is to spend my son's last leave before deployment with him. We have known this day was coming for a long time, and there were times when I could put my head in the sand and pretend it would not actually arrive, but here it is.

How does this affect a "healthy habits" progam? Hahahah! Yes, that's a hysterical laugh. I was asked about my motivation on Saturday: what is my motivation right now? I had to say, with a little tear growing in my eye - "My son. I want to be healthy and strong so that he doesn't need to worry about me."

That, my friends, is at least a portion of my truth: I need to stay strong, but I will also need safe times to feel weak and experience the sadness, the anxieties, and get past them. Stuffing them with excess food is not a solution, it merely transfers the bad feelings to the lapse, instead of dealing with them.

Here's to today. We can only live one day at a time. Let us make the most of it.

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KALIGIRL 11/24/2009 4:57PM

    You will stay strong and become healthier every day. Our thoughts are with you.

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MSLZZY 11/23/2009 2:30PM

    Only a mom knows the heartache of having a child so far from home and in harm's way.
Other family members, especially spouses, also feel the hurt but it is different, all the same.
Your son is doing what he feels is his duty and I would not subtract from that. Rather, I wish for you the comfort of knowing he has the opportunity to spend time with his wife before his
long deployment. It is their time now. Stay strong and lean on others if you need. We are here for you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/23/2009 8:34AM

    Bless your heart. Know that I will be thinking of you this week and praying as your
son deploys.

Huggers, Sunny

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Pick yourself up, dust yourself off...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ginger Rogers may have sung it to Fred Astaire in the movies, but it applies to so many things in life. If there is anybody out there living the perfect charmed life with no slips, falls, or detours, please raise your hand now. OK, now everyone else, LAUGH!

Last night I had "one of those incidents" with my food and exercise plan. Or should I say "*another* one of those incidents". I seem to have them about once a month.

Today was another "food day" at work, too. The binge urges continued throughout the day today, but somehow, by the grace of God, I managed to white knuckle my way through it. I did not indulge. I ate my planned foods (which included a modest treat), telling myself that if I still wanted to continue the binge behavior, I could stop at the grocery store on the way home and get something I really craved! I took three break-walks outside at my scheduled break times.

And funny things sometimes happen on the road to a healthy life... by the time I drove home? I was feeling so accomplished for having made it through a day where cake, doughnuts, sausage, cheese, hors d'oerves, chips, etc. were spread across the reception area... that I didn't want to undo that. I ate my planned supper, and am now headed for the treadmill.

I'm grateful for making it through today. And I look forward to a good night's sleep!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/20/2009 11:10AM

    Good thoughts to keep in mind with the "Treat" season upon us! I don't have the cravings as much as I used to, thank goodness, but sometimes they sneak up on me!

Thanks for posting this!

Spark ON!


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BESSHAILE 11/20/2009 6:00AM


Hooray for you girl! If only we could always remember that ... there will always be another opportunity to eat a treat.

And now I'm going to be humming that song the rest of the day. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 11/20/2009 1:03AM

    Great! I can do the same sometimes but sometimes it is just impossible and I still havenīt found what makes the difference...

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MSLZZY 11/19/2009 11:59PM

    emoticon Good for you!

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NELLIEC 11/19/2009 9:25PM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/19/2009 7:40PM

    Good for you. We are approaching that time of year where the seasonal treats at work can sabotage our every efforts.

Keep up the good work.


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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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