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People who steal

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My husband and I are pretty furious. He was going to go fishing this afternoon and when he went to hook up his boat, he noticed that the gas tank for his boat motor was missing. I guess it makes us madder than most as we had our pickup stolen about 2 years ago along with all his wood working tools and air compressor and hoses. We got the truck back about 2 weeks later minus the tools. Bad thing about living in a rural area is you report it to the sheriff's department and most are too small to really do much about it. So we wind up losing our things. After our truck was stolen, we had motion sensor lights installed at our carport and behind our house near the storage shed. But we kept the boat and camper stored in a shed up our hill. We have a pipe cattle gate which is padlocked up there and have a security light also there but it doesn't seem to stop thieves. So now Sonny is resorting to pulling guard duty at nights before he goes to bed. I just hate to think that some people have nothing else to do but to steal things from honest people who worked to earn the money to buy the things they own. I just hope they get their just rewards.


Another day walking

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wow I see we can earn a point a day now for posting here. Great idea.

I'm finally back on track. I met my sister today and we walked for over an hour. We took lots of photos and then ate at a wonderful healthy salad place. I did more walking after I left her with all the shopping I had to do today. So I was able to get over 5 miles in today. I'm hoping the weather stays nice to continue the walking.


It's a Wonderful LIfe!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas has come and gone and of course we all ate more than we should have and probably haven't gotten the exercise we need to get. But tomorrow is another day.

Christmas is a time to spend with family.... good food, drink and lots of fun. Once it is past then we start to reflect what the future holds. Many of us don't want to start back dieting or diet at all until after January 1st, but for health reasons, we really need to look at how we are eating and drinking NOW. I just heard on the news that more heart attacks occur on December 26th than any day of the year. Mainly the cause is from eating the wrong foods, over eating,and the stress of buying, visiting relatives and friends, and no exercise. What causes our stress....buying too much or spending money we really didn't have. Or visiting with relatives or friends that we would rather not see. What makes this different from other times of the year. Suicide rates go up this time of year along with family killings due to stress or loneliness. What causes stress and loneliness. WE DO!!!

We can only thank our selves for all the stress, loneliness, overeating and no exercise at this time of year. WE choose to let all this get to us. What is December 25th or 26th or January 1st or for that matter any day of the year...

Just another day...it can be ordinary or extraordinary. We can choose which one we want it to be. We can let people like family or friends get to us or ignore their stupidity if they are the ones causing your stress. Do we have to spend and buy and go over budget just because we have to match what someone else may spend. Do we have to keep up with everyone else? NO. Can we be happy with less...YES.

This year, my husband and I have had one of the quietest Christmases ever. We didn't buy for each other and we mostly made the gifts for others. I think we spent a total of $100 on everything we got for others. I made quilts for the granddaughters and Sonny made recipe boxes for the grown kids. And today we went out and enjoyed ourselves. We went shopping but not to buy anything but just to look around and people watch. We also took in a movie. And since we are now senior citizens we get in at children's rate. We can do without buying popcorn and cokes at the movies so we were out a whole $12. We ate with a gift card we had gotten and he spent $10 on himself and $10 on me. So for a total of $32 we had a great time and this was our Christmas to each other. We really didn't have to go anywhere or do anything or spend anything to be happy. We both realize we have a Wonderful Life and will enjoy each other to the fullest. Life is good and yes this is a Wonderful Life!!

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AMYSUE22 12/28/2008 3:31PM

  Thank-you Barbark for sharing this. It touched me. I enjoyed reading this. I hope you and your family have a fantastic and healthy New Year.

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WYOFRED 12/28/2008 1:08AM

    The true meaning of Christmas,

Happy New Year

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ANGORA4 12/27/2008 11:17AM

    We just watched "It's a Wonderful Life" yesterday. Such a good reminder that the most important things in life cannot be bought at any price.

I've found the best way to conquer loneliness is to help others. The best way to beat boredom is to challenge yourself and learn something new. The best way to avoid frustration is to stay within your budget, whether a food budget, a financial budget or a time budget. We can't change other people, but we can change how we react to them. Most of the holiday stress is caused by ourselves.

Love what you did with your holiday.

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CHAS1949 12/26/2008 11:51PM

    It sounds like a perfect Christmas to me!! Things are overrated! Love and happiness are underrated.

I love your picture!!

Well, have fun together on New Year's Eve.

This coming year promises to be very interesting. I, for one, am ready for it!!!

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Is this a life time commitment?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I have been doing some thinking and realized today that what I'm doing here is a lifetime commitment...Do I want to really be as healthy as I can be at this stage in life or do I want to give into temptations and go back to the way it used to be.

I can remember when I was younger and how weight wasn't a matter in my life. In fact I was pretty thin. I was very active and ate healthy. I did all the things right that Sparkpeople teach you...where did I go wrong and now that I'm relearning am I going to try stick with this or am I going to get lazy and go back to the "easy" wrong way.

Another thing I've been thinking of is "How do thin or fit people stay that way?" This is what I found. Thin people:

1. Don't diet...they pretty well eat what they want but most eat pretty healthy. They don't restrict themselves from the occasional junk food.
2. They keep track of their weight. We are taught when "dieting" not to weigh ourselves but once a week....not every day...but thin people do weigh more and if they gain a couple of pounds they get back on track and pull them off instead of waiting until they have gained 10 or more pounds.
3. They exercise regularly. This is one area I did as a thin person but now struggle with it. I find if I don't get some kind of exercise every day then I will want to skip more and more of it.
4. They don't solve problems with food. Many times I've tried to solve a problem with eating something.
5. They stop eating when they are full...How do you tell you are full? Sometimes I feel like I'm still hungry and know I'm not but want to keep eating. I have found that if I slow down when I eat that then I do get that sensation of being full.
6. They don't surround themselves with temptation. I've found this works...I simply get the junk foods I really like out of the house. Thankfully my husband likes different junk foods than me so this has been easy.
7. They allow themselves treats. I am still struggling with this. I find if I have a package of Hershey kisses, I will want to eat every last one of them in 2 days. I can't just limit myself to one. Hopefully I will get better at this.
8. They eat breakfast. Now this is one thing I do right. I love to eat breakfast and find it carries me through the day. If I skip breakfast then I want to eat too much later.
9. They move, stand and fidget more. Well I do fidget but then I've always done this. I need to move more. And standing hurts the joints. But moving I can do.
10. And they don't skip meals. I try not to do this as I do find I'm more hungry later and want to eat more. I have found that I eat a great breakfast, a nice lunch and then I snack on fruit and other healthy things the rest of the day and then don't eat anything after 5. I do better with this than eating 3 squares. But then when I think back to when I was skinny and this is the way my family ate. So it is working for me.

Now to the question Do I have to stay on this "diet" forever?.....What we have to remember this is not a diet....this is a life style change and yes it is a lifetime commitment.

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WYOFRED 12/21/2008 12:01AM


It most certainly is.

Continued Success on your journey,


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CHAS1949 12/18/2008 12:50AM

    Welll said!!

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ANGORA4 12/17/2008 10:55PM

    So well thought out! And so true! I've found that one real eye-opener is to go to a fast food restaurant with a thin person. They take a french fry, and take a bite out of it. And chew it thoroughly. Then they take another bite. Of the same fry! And chew that. Might take 3 or 4 bites for that one little fry. With time inbetwen! And they're full before they've eaten all the fries. And then they STOP EATING!!!!

Now for the obese person. They've just crammed 3 fries in their mouth all at once. A few chews and a gulp, and on to the next handful. The bag is gone before they really had time to taste them.

And I really do use food. It is my pick me up when I am up late with mom. It is my pleasure when my day is filled with unpleasant tasks. Skinny people don't do that. They don't use food, they don't live to eat. They just eat what they need to live. Might enjoy it, might have dessert, but they don't over indulge. I'm like you, I try to never open a package of something I like. . . because it will be gone!

Really appreciate your insights here.

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Sweet Rewards

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sometimes I think we grew up being rewarded for good behavior and the rewards we got were "sweet rewards." What I mean is many times, we would receive cookies or candy for just being "sweet" kids. I can remember many times returning home from school to cookies and milk. Now we can't seem to get through a holiday without those "sweet rewards." We bake and cook and then for our efforts we think we need to reward ourselves with eating at least one piece of that pecan pie or at least a handful of cookies or some of that candy we slaved over making. We also wrap up these rewards and we give as gifts to our family and friends not thinking what we are doing to them. It is ok to have a taste of the goodies of the holidays but we don't have to indulge in them.

I just read that some people are addicted to sugar just as some alcoholics or drug addicts want that drink or fix...I sometimes feel I'm that way. If I avoid refined sugars for a long period of time, I quit craving them. But once I eat even just a little something with sugar, I tend to want more. This time of year is especially hard to turn down those refined sugar treats. I know if I deny myself something, that after awhile I will want to binge. I have been finding a few things that really help me in this. I try not to keep alot of "goodies" in the house at all. When I make a goodie, I try to send it out the door as quickly as possible. I can't just eat one hershey kiss. I will want to eat them all within a day or 2. I do ease the cravings by baking an apple with just a little honey and a lot of cinnamon. I'm also learning to cook with Splenda which has helped. Another thing I have found is that if I skip breakfast, I tend to want to eat more sweets. And if I eat more protein, it curbs the cravings for the sugars. Also routine helps. If I get out of a routine of say eating at a different time than usual, I tend to stray elsewhere. As a teacher I knew that routine was the best way to keep children happy and learning property. It is the same with me. So today instead of the Christmas baking I've been on in a frenzy the past couple of weeks, I made a pot roast. Yummy!!

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GRALLEN 12/15/2008 3:54PM

    Dang that looks good!! Now, I'm hungry. The DH puts together a pretty good pot roast too.

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ANGORA4 12/13/2008 9:46PM

    Love the pics. I agree, I am saving mom's traditonal cookie making for one day, tomorrow after church. We will make all the cookies in one day, and ship them off to the family tomorrow. Don't want them in the house.

The other thing that helps is freezing the things after they are made. Then they aren't sitting out and handy for a snack. Especially since the freezer is a half hour drive away!

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3DOGCREW 12/12/2008 8:54PM

    That dose look good. Wish I had some. Moderation is always the key to sweets. That way you get them with out craving them.

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