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Baggy Pants

Thursday, January 01, 2009

You know I never notice the weightloss on me until I get a look at pictures I've taken. I then realize how much I really have lost and what it looks like to others. I have refused to buy new pants in that these loser ones feel so comfy but then I take a look at myself in a picture and realize I need to buy me a new pair of pants. A friend of mine informed me that it looked like a baggy diaper that a baby wears when they get "full"...well it is no longer full so think I will be shopping soon. I used to hate shopping as I would get so discouraged having to buy such a large size or sometimes go up a size. Now think it will feel good to buy a size smaller for a change. And think it is time for a bra as well. I also found out this week that a favorite pair of shoes I have no longer fit and in fact were hurting my knee. So guess I've even lost in my feet. So it seems I will be in the market soon for a whole new wardrobe. Yipee!!!

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ANGORA4 1/1/2009 10:29PM

    Good for you! All that consistency is paying off!

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LADYCASE2 1/1/2009 9:44PM

    You have done wonderful! You are an inspiration to someone who has fallen off the wagon one too many times! You look gorgeous!!!
Happy New Year Barb! Mary GW

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CHAS1949 1/1/2009 7:51PM

New sizes DOWN are so wonderful!! Get some pretty and stretchy stuff so it can shrink as you get even smaller!!

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Hot Mineral Springs

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I live just 40 miles west of Hot Springs Arkansas. It is the only town that is located inside a National Park system. I love this town. They have many bath houses and you can fill up water jugs free. I took a walk along the promenade Monday with my sister. It is located behind the bath house row and you get to view the open hot springs. They say each spring has a different healing property to them. They also have 2 cold springs in the area as well. Hot Springs has an interesting history from the Indian and early settler days to the Al Capone days of the 20's and 30's. He is supposed to have been shot at in one of the bars in town. I've visited a local cafe now located in one of the historical upstairs bookie joints. It is one of the few towns that allow gambling in our state, with a local horse racing track. Horse racing season is in February and I avoid the town during that time. Also it is a hot destination spot for bikers. The area is surrounded by 5 lakes so many outdoor activities abound. Also President Clinton went to school here and his mom and stepfather resided here until her death. It has a pretty decent night life and also has alot of family friendly activities with a theme park and water park. It has an interactive museum and also a beautiful garden area called Garvin Woodland Gardens. We have 3 hospitals and many homeopathic healers in the area as well as massage and hot bath parlors.

What does this have to do with getting healthy. Well I've added a monthly massage to my routine and I meet my sister once a month or more for a hike or walk. It is a perfect spot for getting a "fun" day of exercise in. I also like eating at a very healthy "salad" shop which has been listed on "Best of the Best" on the food channel. So I can say I live in the best of the world and it is just 40 miles away.

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MYMISSY 1/1/2009 9:45AM

    Wow that sounds great and look wonderful as well. Enjoy your monthly excursion with your Sister, that should put joy in both your hearts.

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CHAS1949 12/31/2008 10:06PM

    It sounds wonderful!! My folks were hot springs nuts!! They found many many in Oregon, Canada, and Alaska. I learned to swim at Takini Hot Springs outside of Whitehorse, Yukon!! I think taking that walk with your sister is terrific!!!

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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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