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Reality for now...

Friday, June 14, 2013

otherwise known as "plan B" and "life changes".

My kid sis's family and extended family are settling in for a long recovery for Kelsey. Her mom is still on the high alert, present with her at the hospital, as various medical things are tried, and the slow recovery continues. Other family members have to settle in to the reality of things like continuing to work, care for the little one year old, and continue the mechanics of life.

My work has entered the heavy construction phase of "the big project". I am finding myself waking with thoughts of "what's next" there. On the nutrition front, the pull between the "shoulds" and the "anxieties" is a challenge, despite the "body appreciation week" I had last week.

So... back to the one day at a time reminders to myself:

* Drink your water! emoticon
* Eat what's in the bag! That's why you packed it full of healthy options. emoticon
* Remember to go to recess! emoticon
* Take time to breathe. emoticon
* and of course, keep praying. emoticon

And balance. This is LIFE. It is GOOD, it is precious, it is worth living, one day at a time. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LEANJEAN6 6/18/2013 7:03AM

    Sometimes life can be overwhelming! Exercise helps tho!--And doing one thing at a time--You CAN do this Barb!--Y emoticon ou are a great Sparkly person!-Lynda

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BLUENOSE63 6/18/2013 6:57AM

  Remember you always have Spark to release those feelings! Bring on the vent if need be!

Praying for Kelsey everyday

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DOGLADY13 6/16/2013 11:07AM

    I find that the most cruel part of dealing with a crisis or a death is that life continues even though you want everyone to STOP and pay attention to the problem you are trying to handle. I remember so often my sister-in-law (a nurse) insisting that my mother leave the hospital with someone from the family, eat something nutritious and to get some rest when my father was in for one of many stays.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/15/2013 9:36PM

    Thinking of you. Praying for Kelsey. You have been handling a very heavy workload for some time now and you know how to do it, with those walks, that packed bag, with the right attitude. Don't wear out. Don't give up. It is worth the effort, and sometime struggle. With family stress and challenges now, too, it would be understandable if you shifted your priorities, but think it through, logical you. Giving up your good health habits is not going to help anyone and it definitely will hurt you. I don't envy you trying to balance it all, but I do believe you know how to do it, you know it is important, and you can do it. Hang in there. -Marsha

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2013 6:52PM

    Balance: you understand it.

And you're putting it into practice.

The fragility of life: what makes it terrifying, what makes it precious.

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PATRICIAAK 6/15/2013 12:07AM

    Praying.
BTW, IMHO, sleep is a necessary part of balance.

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KARIDIAN1 6/14/2013 10:19PM

    Hope things continue to improve for Kelsey. Keep us posted.

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DLDMIL 6/14/2013 5:46PM

    emoticon emoticon continue for the family. One day at a time is all we can do.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2013 9:34AM

  Prayers continue! HUGS too.

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KALIGIRL 6/14/2013 9:10AM

    Here's to balance and a life that is 'worth living' one day @ a time!
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GABY1948 6/14/2013 8:30AM

    Thanks for update on Kelsey. And don't let this pull you down...that won't help her OR you!

Have a great weekend in spite. emoticon

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CONCHA77 6/14/2013 8:20AM

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KELLIEBEAN 6/14/2013 7:57AM

    I've been thinking about and praying for Kelsey! Thanks for keeping us updated.

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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MSLZZY 6/14/2013 7:29AM

    No dream world for you-just the plain reality. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself and try not to stress over things you cannot change. So glad the family is rallying around Kelsey. Sounds like it will be a long recovery!

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LEANJEAN6 6/14/2013 7:20AM

    You made me laugh--right out loud!!--Yes--it doesn't hurt to be a bit whacky!--LOLOL--Lynda

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MIRAGE727 6/14/2013 7:09AM

    Life is such a "delicate balance!"
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Crisis mode versus waiting patiently mode

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Quoting from Kelsey's mom's FB comment: "The doctors say we have to remember that this is a slow process.. it will take time. How much time, they don't know for sure."

As is my habit, I will take what's in the rest of my life and on my mind as fuel for the journey called "healthy living" and supporting motivation. With this precious young one's health crisis we had a scare. How often do "crisis" elements stop us in our tracks and perhaps redirect us? In fact, many of us who are traveling the path of healthy lifestyles began one phase or another with some form of crisis.

But when the crisis begins to feel not quite so severe, the question becomes, to what point do we "stand down". The human being is not built to stay at high alert forever. We wear out, and need to rest, take care of the physical body while our minds are dealing with the stressing factors.

So as the family sets in to continuing prayer and patient waiting in the case of Kelsey's health, the need is to pace themselves, and to give one another respite and breaks from the temptation to "will" faster results.

Dear Heavenly Father, give those who love someone undergoing long recoveries, this family and others, the patience to run the long distances of life... physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

LIFE is good. And precious. Cherish YOURS... and Spark on!

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DOGLADY13 6/16/2013 10:53AM

    Praying for the family.

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LEANJEAN6 6/14/2013 6:46AM

    Oh dear!---- Crisis mode is so hard!---I will send prayers!------Hope the crisis is over soon!--Good morning to yu Barb!-Lynda emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/14/2013 5:37AM

    I'll take that prayer and run with it too!
Stress like that wears out the body and soul. I wish them all a decent night's sleep and faith in healing time.

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COMETER 6/13/2013 10:08PM

    Wishing you all well, and wishing you patience for the journey.

I know that you will be present through all of this, present and engaged.

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ROXYZMOM 6/13/2013 9:08PM

    Thanks, I needed to read this tonight. I love your prayer. Had close to two weeks of "stand down" time, now I am back on "high alert". The whole thing is breaking me. My prayers have become begging. So hard when it is your kid and you don't know if they are going to make it. I really feel for Kelsey's family and will continue to pray for you all.

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MJREIMERS 6/13/2013 8:09PM

    Prayers are coming for you, Kelsey and those that surround you both. emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/13/2013 3:07PM

    emoticon Good Job on the Exercise and getting those Fitness Minutes in!!
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CASEYTALK 6/13/2013 5:43AM

    Or,

Lord, grant me the strength to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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WATERMELLEN 6/12/2013 9:54PM

    Good reminder to cherish life . . . something we tend to forget during the ordinary "non crisis" periods!

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PATRICIAAK 6/12/2013 8:56PM

    Patience is a precious virtue so often under-appreciated in our 'instant', 'want it now' society.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/12/2013 7:09PM

    Beautiful prayer. Tough situation. Your observations and analysis seem almost obvious and certainly correct, but something I have forgotten when needed more than once - patience, pacing yourself, trying to control only what is yours to control, taking care of yourself even when life is challenging, and so on. I envision you living in this wisdom and bringing others to it, too. Thanks.

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DLDMIL 6/12/2013 2:11PM

    continued prayers and hugs emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 6/12/2013 10:35AM

    Praying for Kelsey! I hope she is making progress, but a virus attacking the heart sounds very bad.

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GABY1948 6/12/2013 10:02AM

    Patience is alwAYS good. This was a great reminder to this "want it ALL and want it NOW" world! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/12/2013 9:29AM

    "the patience to run the long distances of life" and savor the moments together along the way...
Namaste my friend
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KELLIEBEAN 6/12/2013 8:57AM

    I am praying for her recovering and strength to everyone who cares about her!

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MSLZZY 6/12/2013 7:51AM

    Thanks for sharing the reminder that we need to be patient and give it "time".
Nothing happens overnight in these situations. Praying for her recovery and
strength for her family. HUGS!

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Biking to work

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I biked to work today, which made for a really warm, windy ride home. The ride TO work is downhill, in the cool of the morning. The ride HOME is uphill in heat and crosswinds. It felt good to push against the wind and up the hills. There are times when physical effort battles the anxiety of waiting and watching.

Got good news off facebook about my great niece's mom... they put a temporary pacemaker in and it has her heart beating at 80 beats a minute. That's a bit fast, but it's beating! Now there's still a whole lot I do NOT know about her condition and the whys and the whats. But I have to feel this is a hopeful sign.

So with that good news, and praising God for it, I shall toddle off to clean my teeth and head to bed. Love you all, my Spark friends. LIFE is good. Spark on!

  
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WATERMELLEN 6/12/2013 9:56PM

    Exercise -- fierce battle format -- helps. Uphill, into the wind: yeah! Hope that the good news continues . . .

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MSLZZY 6/12/2013 7:53AM

    Great workout on the bike. Lots of good exercise!
Praying Kelsey continues to recover. HUGS!

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ROXYZMOM 6/12/2013 7:19AM

    Your bike ride sounded wonderful, even with the wind! Nice work out!
Sounds like your great niece's mom is a fighter. She did catch a wicked illness.
I am keeping her in my prayers.

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LEANJEAN6 6/12/2013 7:15AM

    I hope she is OK too!--- Eat what's in the bag Barb!!----and enjoy the day!----Hugs---Lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 6/12/2013 12:29AM

    I will cont to pray.


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KARIDIAN1 6/11/2013 11:17PM

    Lucky you that the ride to work is downhill and in the cool of the AM.

Hope all goes well for your Great Niece's mom.

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MIRAGE727 6/11/2013 10:48PM

    I've got to use my raod bike more than my car. You're inspiring me to do just that, Barb!
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LESLIELENORE 6/11/2013 10:04PM

    THe biking sounds therapeutic!

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DALID414 6/11/2013 9:52PM

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SPINNINGJW 6/11/2013 9:50PM

    Update from today on Kelsey: The doctors are cautiously optimistic (my words) and expect recovery to be slow. Her heart is still very weak, but they were pleased that it was responding to the electrical stimulation.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/11/2013 9:37PM

    burn BURN those work stresses away!

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COOKWITHME65 6/11/2013 9:09PM

    You are so inspiring! emoticon

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DLDMIL 6/11/2013 9:07PM

    emoticon on your bike ride. Good news regarding the pacemaker. Prayers for all.

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KA_JUN 6/11/2013 9:06PM

    Awesome, great job on your bike commute! Always better to have to work hard on the way home, that way you can hammer the end of the day away! Ride on!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2013 8:54PM

  Sooooo glad that your DD had a pacemaker put in. That will make a difference. Hugs and prayers continue.

glad for the update. That's so major. HUGS!

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EBEAMS 6/11/2013 8:50PM

    You are so incredibly inspiring! I wouldn't even attempt to bike to work, much less home. You go!!!

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Prayers from the praying

Monday, June 10, 2013

I'm going to email the atheists I know who are "good people" and ask them what they do for friends who have misfortune enter their lives when there isn't much you can physically do to assist? I pray, when that is what I have to offer.

Right now I'm asking my Spark friends who do pray to please pray for a young woman who is right now on full life support in a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the mother of my nephew's one year old daughter. Young, apparently healthy woman, started having "flu" symptoms last Friday. To the ER, admitted, then transported to Omaha today where they are doing tests.

Current medical update says it is a virus attacking her heart. So if you are one for whom prayer is a practice... please pray for Kelsey.

Thank you. LIFE is good. And precious. And fragile. Treasure and protect it! Spark on.

  
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MJZHERE 6/16/2013 5:32PM

  Praying right now.

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BUGGYS 6/12/2013 8:22AM

    My prayers are with Kelsey...and her family! God is good! emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 6/11/2013 9:51PM

    Thank you again for all the prayers for Kelsey. I posted an update on today's blog post.

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EBEAMS 6/11/2013 9:00PM

    I saw this blog after I saw that she got a pacemaker ... God does, indeed, hear our prayers and He is gracious to answer! I'll continue to pray for her recovery! Hugs.


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WATERMELLEN 6/11/2013 8:45PM

    As a "reverent agnostic" (not an atheist) I send reverent wishes for well being. And: I do.

So glad to read your update that the situation is improving . . .

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SPARKLISE 6/11/2013 8:04PM

    So sad...I will pray! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 6/11/2013 5:19PM

    Prayers for Kelsey, for your nephew, and his daughter, and for you, too. Take care, Barb. You are so right. Life is precious and fragile. Appreciate you and your spirit in this situation and many others. -Marsha

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PONYFARMER 6/11/2013 3:24PM

    Just prayed for Kelsey!

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WIO_ALISA 6/11/2013 10:06AM

    Prayers lifted...

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GABY1948 6/11/2013 9:40AM

    I am definitely praying for Kelsey and dh will be in agreement with me. God Bless her and you for sending this out to us!

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KALIGIRL 6/11/2013 8:28AM

    Thoughts and prayers for you and yours.

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CASEYTALK 6/11/2013 7:56AM

    I'm not an atheist, but those I know send good wishes, good vibrations, or good thoughts. Because I'm not an atheist, I consider all those to be the equivalent of prayer -- God hears whether they believe or not.

As for me, I will send all of the above AND prayers.

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MSLZZY 6/11/2013 7:24AM

    I will keep Kelsey in my prayers.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/11/2013 6:06AM

    Kelsey is in my prayers
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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 6/11/2013 4:17AM

    I will definitely pray for her!! Please, keep us updated on how she is! Nothing is impossible with God! He can heal even this! I believe that!

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SPINNINGJW 6/10/2013 11:12PM

    Thank you everyone for the prayers. While Kelsey is stable for now, there are still many unanswered questions. With all the prayers, she is in the best hands possible.

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ROXYZMOM 6/10/2013 10:50PM

    Heartbreaking! I am praying!!

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DOGLADY13 6/10/2013 10:08PM

    Prayers offered.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 6/10/2013 9:59PM

    Praying for Kelsey. Please keep us posted.

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SUNNY332 6/10/2013 9:44PM

    You got it, Barb.

Our Dear Heavenly Father, You know the situation with this young woman and we come to you today asking that you will be in the midst of her treatment providing the best care and medication that will get this young woman on her way to a full recovery. Be with her family during this time, giving them Your Strength for the days ahead. Help them to lean on You when they are afraid and help them trust that You are with them during this very difficult time. In Your Precious Name, I pray, Amen

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MNTWINSGAL 6/10/2013 9:37PM

    As I mentioned on the MM&P board, Kelsey will be in my prayers for sure. Please keep us posted!

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DEBRITA01 6/10/2013 9:32PM

    Praying for Kelsey's recovery...and for her family. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 6/10/2013 9:31PM

    Prayers for Kelsey.

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DLDMIL 6/10/2013 9:09PM

    prayers and hugs for Kelsey and entire family

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MARTHAWILL 6/10/2013 9:00PM

    Prayed for healing for Kelsey.


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1CRAZYDOG 6/10/2013 8:51PM

  Oh Barb! Definitely will say prayers for her! How utterly sad. that's all you can say about a situation like that.

And I pray that God guides those caring for her too to find an answer and treatment.



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ANDI571 6/10/2013 8:40PM

    I don't know what people do that doesn't believe in the power of prayer. Prayers will be going up for this mother! emoticon

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ROBBIEY 6/10/2013 8:38PM

  I will say a prayer for this young mother and hope that she makes a full recovery.
When all else fails, I just Pray to GOD!!!

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PATRICIAAK 6/10/2013 8:36PM

    Praying and adding her name to a prayer list.

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    Thoughts and prayers are yours!

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Appreciating the recycling center

Sunday, June 09, 2013

At my local recycling drop off point there are bins for newsprint, for cardboard, for "mixed residential paper", for glass bottles (by color), for plastics labeled 1 or 2, and for aluminum cans. There is also a dumpster for garbage that is NOT recyclable.

In case you're wondering, we who are dropping things off at the recycling point are responsible for sorting what we bring into the appropriate bins, including dumping anything "leftover" into the dumpster.

I'm going to use this as an analogy for our digestive system. We bring things to the body, and it sorts them into the elements it needs to recycle for use: proteins, and carbs, and fats become the body's essential chemicals, building the blood, bones, muscle, etc. And what isn't usable, once all the "good stuff" has been extracted, is discarded.

Thing is, when I go to the recycling center, I generally have already sorted my stuff, and only have to take it to the appropriate bin. Think about the analogy in terms of when I go to the grocery store, what I bring to my house to put into my body's recycling system should be things that are usable, right?

Granted the body will do the sorting, but I kind of want to presort what I have available to hand to the sorters. I don't want to give it garbage, or it just goes to the dumpster without any of the good stuff making it to the bins.

So today, I'm being thankful for the miracle of nutritious food provided for our use, and being mindful that what I choose to feed my body should be what will truly be of use to it!

LIFE is indeed good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 6/10/2013 8:07PM

    Great blog! Celebrate fueling the body and the body that uses the fuel!! Shop wisely - of course. Even celebrate elimination!! After all, what would we be if we couldn't get rid of all that stuff we don't need? Great series, Barb! -Marsha

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LEANJEAN6 6/10/2013 7:57AM

    Wow Barb! Great analogy!--- The body is amazing--recycles-----We must help it more eh?---Enjoyed yer comments yesterday and I felt honoured that you want to visit here and sit on the dock--I was so impressed!-- 'specially coz BUG SEASON is nearly over!--Hey ---living where yu do, you might be an experienced ""corn grower"--I planted corn in my garden-have no idea how to encourage it---Any ideas?--I ask himself daily, "Is the corn as high as an elephant's eye yet?"--LOL---- Hope the coons don't get to it==Ever onward here girl!-Lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 6/10/2013 12:09AM

    makes sense

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WATERMELLEN 6/9/2013 10:36PM

    What a great analogy! I want the maximum of the food I eat to be nutritious fuel: and some dark chocolate now and then also, of course! for the antioxidants, natch!

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KALIGIRL 6/9/2013 8:25PM

    Here's to limiting the 'stuff' that can't be recycled and to giving thanks for the fresh and nutritious fuels we have available in this country!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/9/2013 8:20PM

  This is such an exquisite analogy! Thanks for sharing. Pause to think about what goes on the grocery shopping list, and ends up in the cart and eventually in our mouths!

HUGS and thanks.

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ROXYZMOM 6/9/2013 5:56PM

    Nice analogy!

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MIRAGE727 6/9/2013 5:34PM

    Love the analogy, Barb! Thanks for sharing!
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DOGLADY13 6/9/2013 4:18PM

    I recently read Mary Roach's book "Gulp". She discusses in a serious but fun way the body's digestive system from the mouth all the way down the line. The body is a wonder-filled thing.

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MOBYCARP 6/9/2013 2:46PM

    You make me appreciate the curbside recycling I have, even if it doesn't recycle as much stuff as your recycling center does.

To continue your analogy: One of the things I noticed a while ago was, overspending was correlated with having a large volume of trash at the curb. Better budget control was associated with a smaller volume of trash at the curb. Taking this to the food analogy, buying junk food will result in more waste, stuff the body can't use properly and has to discard. But before it goes to waste, some of it will hang around the house as clutter (a.k.a. excessive fat stores) for a while until we clean house (a.k.a., address weight issues) to get rid of it.

Yeah, it has some weaknesses as an analogy. But that's what struck me when I read your blog.

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DLDMIL 6/9/2013 2:38PM

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GABY1948 6/9/2013 2:02PM

    Great analogy! I won't forget this one! emoticon

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DALID414 6/9/2013 1:26PM

    I sort all my stuff while I'm saving them. Usually plastics (1 & 2) and aluminium, saves time at the drop off. I'll think about the analogy when I'm grocery shopping, thanks emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/9/2013 1:01PM

    Oh, how awesome is your blog?!!!!!!!
Since my 2 week "relax and think nothing" jaunt is over I feel the need to fix the things I have allowed to go to disrepair. Lugging around the equivalent of a 7 year old on my body isn't something I want to continue doing. I feel it today in the heat.

I'm all for usability, less waste and recycling. Making this "old" bod repurposed.

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MJREIMERS 6/9/2013 12:56PM

    Yes, life is good and SparkFriends make it better! emoticon for the blog. It puts nutrition in an easy to understand way!

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MSLZZY 6/9/2013 12:06PM

    Presorting as we go and not leaving it all up to the body-great thought!

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/9/2013 11:10AM

    recycling is a way of life in Germany... they even pick up blue trash cans for paper, yellow for plastics, brown for biodegradable, and bins and sites are all over the place.


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JUNEAU2010 6/9/2013 11:06AM

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