Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I watched the most interesting Oprah yesterday. She had Dr. Oz on and they were talking about ... well, Poop and the digestive tract. It makes me squirm just to say the words, but I actually learned a lot! I really appreciate the opportunity to know some of these embarassing medical things without having to go to a doctor myself. It is rather embarassing, but I'm sure knowing whats normal and whats not is a very good thing which could save one from overlooking an issue that might need medical attention, and let us rest about the rest! You can find out some of the information discussed yesterday by clicking HERE Did you know women have more intestine than men, for example?

I visited my friend Janice in her new home yesterday. She's got a nice little apartment and is getting it set up with her own thumbprint on it. Its sure a lot of work getting set up in a new place - walls to be washed, carpets to be cleaned, boxes to be packed and unpacked. I wish you love in your new home, Janice!

I am now on day 5 of a journey to shed 20 pounds. Now I have several friends who are genuinely surprised I feel I need to lose wieght at all. I do work out and excersize fairly regularly, and I do have a nice shape. However, though we don't have scales I know I just am not comfortable - some clothes fitting just a tad on the snug side. I am 48 (though I'm told I look no more than 36-40) and I know my metabolism is going to be slowing down, unless I look after it. I've done research and for my 5' 4" hieght I am just over the optimum wieght and I figure, why wait until it goes even higher? I think if I can catch it now, it will be this much easier to maintain.

Miles and I have run marathons in the past. I remember how it felt to finish the first one. Such power and accomplishment. I need to have that power and control over my body right now. And I know Miles loves me just the way I am, but I don't want to look GOOD for him, I want to look GREAT for him. He's exposed all the time to beautiful women during his workday so I want to make effort to look good for him too. Miles is a very attractive man, and I know when we dated I took great pains to look nice for him - why should this change over the years. He deserves the best, as he gives me, and if it comes at a cost then I will work hard for it.

I went to the local gym this past Sunday to wiegh in as we don't have a scales at home. I will go weekly to check and I will be accountable here. Last Sunday I was 67.5 kg (149 lb) {the most I've ever wieghed!} I have complete and total respect of you all out there who have more to lose than this. I know it will be a LONGER journey for you, but I think equally as hard. These first days, my tummy has been verabally complaining, looonnnng into the night in a cacaphony of sounds akin to sucking drains and such. (Poor Miles!) I would love any helpful advice you can give me! Also, I have registered with the Spark People site - given to me by Kristin - today's helpful tip site!

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12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
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  1. Hi Sis,

    Although I did not get to see Dr. Oz on the tube yesterday, I have seen him in the past on Oprah. I found the following book by OZ very interesting. Small steps can produce big results. You should be able to find this book at the local library.

    You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management.

    You the Owners Manual, should also be available, also a good way to get to know your body without having to have a science degree :)

    I also really like the website that Dr. OZ has created. www.realage.com there are some wonderful workout ideas that you can do right in your home without the cost of a gym and you can fit it in around the insanity of your day.



  2. Hi Barb! Thank you for the pretty sequin twist - gorgeous! Good luck on your journey! I also have to start that journey - but alas mine is much much longer :-) I feel the same as you I just don't feel good - very uncomfortable. Want to feel healthy! I support you!! I am glad you got the paper pack I made yesterday...I love the red paper it's my favorite. I was working on that while were were chatting. BTW Nick just thinks your great for all the hearts!!

  3. Thank you for the free download. Reading your blog entry, I'm so happy to see you articulate the weight loss to people. I now have more weight to lose, but at one time I was right where you were, and received no encouragement because so many people would say "You look fine, you don't need to lose weight." Well, I let myself become demotivated and now I really do have to lose weight. I joined Sparkpeople along with a few of my friends last year, and it's helped me alot. Good luck with your journey!

  4. Thank you sooo much for the sequin element..it looks great.:)
    Guess it's time to get out the ol stationary bike for me.:)Funny that didn't bother me too much during the holidays.LOL

  5. Well first HELLO! I have to tell you that I totally hear you on the weight issue. I too would love to lose a few pounds. I'll be 40 this Saturday and Fred agreed to help me out with my weight battle ... he will bike with me in our basement (for the winter). I will try to do it at least 3 x/week. Thank you for the Sparkpeople link :) *Muah* Stay beautiful! Valerie

  6. Loved your fun element today! thank you for sharing! :)

  7. Just lovely Barb. I so enjoy visiting your blog and appreciate your freebies. Thank you for sharing your talents as well as your heart.

  8. Good luck with your diet! I find it so frustrating when people say that "you don't need to lose weight" just because one isn't overly obese. Those few pounds can be the difference between liking how we feel and being uncomfortable. According to the charts, I'm in my ideal weight range for my height (5'6" and 146 pounds) but this weight doesn't feel good on me. Soon, I plan to start a diet but for now, I'm focusing on trying to quit smoking and just maintaining (not gaining) weight while I do that.

  9. I love the sequins! Now then my healthy weight for my height and body type is 170 lbs. I know it sounds like a lot, but it really isn't if you knew how big I am. I do need to loose a few lbs but it's not a goal this year. I know how to do it and I just need to make the choice to do so. Oh well. I do wich you luck on your endevor and don't listen to others, it's your body and you're the one that has to feel comfortable in it. That being said I trust Miles to make sure you are healthy and don't go overboard.

  10. Had to come back today to Thank you for this since the comment section was down foe awhile yesterday!

  11. thanks so much for the fun sequins and all the great tips you are learning on your weight loss journey. I appreciate it as I am on the road too! hugs

  12. Wow - what a gorgeous element - thank you!


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