Nov 242011
 

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13 photos from my favorite Thanksgiving family get together, November 2007.  We rented a house on the beach with two 3-bedroom apartments, so we had plenty of room to invite the whole family down to spend a couple of nights and two kitchens to cook in.

The turkey, the beach, and the full moon = a perfect vacation! And one of the most awesome Thanksgiving get togethers we have ever had, with lots of wonderful memories for everyone in our family.

The house we rented was right on the ocean, we arrived on Wed. and stayed through to Sunday, it has a big apartment on the second floor (where we stayed with a deck facing the ocean), and a big apartment on the first floor with a big porch facing the ocean (where most of the family stayed). My family joined us for two nights and we enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing, awesome Thanksgiving together. My hubby is a great cook and the turkey came out perfect (and everything else too). We did a lot of prep work at home first, so the morning of Thanksgiving we bascially just had to put a few things together put the turkey in the oven (and a ham in the other oven downstairs) and enjoy our time together with the family and watch the kids playing on the beach. Dinner time we all helped setting the table and setting out the awesome feast, shared our thoughts on what we were thankful for, enjoyed each other’s company and the spectacular ocean view as we leisurely ate dinner. The weather for the whole weekend was awesome; who would have believed that in Nov. we could be running around the beach with just a light jacket on here in New Jersey. At night the full moon was shining over the water and created a magical, relaxing sight. Sunrises were equally beautiful and inspiring.

The kids got to play on the beach, collect shells, do arts and crafts (I had brought some kits for them), make xmas candy (my sister brought an easy kit for them). Friday my sisters and I got to visit a local Christmas shop and oooh and ahhhh over all the awesome decorations. Some of us went for a nice walk through part of the bird sanctuary along the beach that is a short distance down the road from the beach house.

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The weather was so nice that the kids could play on the beach and we sat on the porch watching the waves while the turkey was roasting. The view on the beach was awesome and the full moon at night added just the perfect magical touch.

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I really hope that we can rent the beach house again for a future Thanksgiving.  It was one of the most relaxing, no drama, Thanksgiving holidays we have ever had when the whole family was together.

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This year it will be just the three of us today for a small Thanksgiving Feast. We will be getting some work done around the house – there is lot to organize and rearrange in the tv room. We got new furniture for that room yesterday so I want to start uncluttering the room and deep cleaning (including six bookshelves in desperate need of sorting and dusting) We will be getting together with the family on Saturday over at my sister’s house to celebrate with the extended family – my mom, my sister and her husband and 2 kids, and my brother (who is sick with the flu but hopefully will be feeling better by Saturday) and his son. My other sister isn’t speaking to her or avoiding every one else in the family (long story and not worth telling). Since she is living right across the street we will pop in for a quick visit to drop off some homemade turkey soup that Teacherman plans on making Friday with our leftovers. My other brother is in a nursing home in Arkansas, he is blind and lost both legs because of diabetes. I will be sending out his monthly care package (sugar-free treats and a cd of music) this weekend.  I’m looking forward to a peaceful four days off work enjoying time with my hubby and daughter, and a nice visit with the extended family.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories?  Wishing everyone a joyful, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving, Lady Rose

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Nov 172011
 

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Last Thursday 13 I listed my top 13 Weight Loss Tips. To fully answer the question “how did I lose 173 lbs” I need to include other changes I made to help create an overall healthier lifestyle.  My weight loss was not just because of the food I ate and I wasn’t losing weight to fit into a smaller size pair of jeans – I lost the weight because I wanted to regain my health and reduce or eliminate the daily pain I was in.  I wanted more energy and to have a quality life physically, emotionally and mentally.  My journey to lose 173 lbs and reach my goal of a healthy weight (135 lbs) included making a lot of changes to improve my overall health. I didn’t do these changes all at once – but gradually, making one or two changes at a time.  Here are some of the changes I made to help create a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Drink more water, most of us are suffering from dehydration and are not even aware it.  Cut out the soda and sugary beverages, reduce the caffeine (herbal tea is a nice substitute)
  2. Rest – stop fretting about sleep, when you can’t sleep meditate, relax and just breath.  A few hours of meditation are more restorative to your body than a few hours of fitful sleep.  Yes sleep is important – but worrying about it only makes it harder to actually get to sleep.
  3. Add more fresh, whole foods to your meals – pick one meal to improve, than another, than another, make changes gradually and find healthy substitutes for overly processed favorites (i.e. a baked sweet potato instead of potato chips)
  4. Eat more veggies (especially dark greens) – one way to do this is to add lots of veggies to soups and sauces
  5. Take a quality multi-vitamin – our soil is depleted and our foods are less nutritous, so even when eating healthy it is harder to get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need
  6. Add more fish or other source of Omega 3 to your diet
  7. Cut back on meat gradually, goal is to use meat more like a condiment rather than as a the bulk of the meal (and when you do eat meat select organic whenever possible), have a meatless meal several times a week and when you do use meat have it be the “side dish” not the featured item on the plate.
  8. Add more raw food to your daily menu, an easy way to do this is green smoothies –  I use a good blender (I use a Blendtec 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health; a Vitamix 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health is also very good) to blend fruit and dark green veggies together (and it is delicious!). Two books that are very helpful and got me started with Green Smoothies: Victoria Boutenko’s  Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health 13 Tips To Improve Overall Healthand Green for Life 13 Tips To Improve Overall Health.
  9. Switch to more natural cleaners, and use less chemicals in the home
  10. Forgive yourself and others, let go of past hurts and anger
  11. Smile and hug more, reach out to others
  12. Gratitude and respect, cultivate a positive attitude about life, the earth, and others
  13. Learn more about herbs and their nutritional value (for cooking and natural remedies) – using herbs doesn’t have to be complicated and there are dozens of ways to use the herbs that are already in your kitchen. Below is a link to a FREE herbal course.


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Get­ting Healthy Pho­tos— from begin­ning to goal and beyond (recent photo Aug. 2011)

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Nov 102011
 

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I’m often asked “How did I lose 173 lbs?” To answer that question here are my top 13 weight loss tips that I used to successfully reach my goal.

My Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

  1. Keep a food journal (daily record of food intake, exercise, weekly weighins)
  2. Eat fresh, whole foods as often as possible
  3. Limit sugar and unhealthy fats (eliminate them if you can or keep to a minimum)
  4. Give up the diet soda (this was a tough one for me) or at least limit it to one or two a day (switch to tea, it is much better for you and doesn’t have the harmful affects on your body that soda does)
  5. Set up guidelines and rules that work for you (for example: my rule is 3 small meals a day and to not eat at any other time, this works for me, but may not be workable for others)
  6. Sticking to my motto: Don’t be a fool, eat for fuel (eating for nourishment, not as a means to cope with anger, depression, etc.)
  7. Eat slowly, chew well, appreciate and really taste the food
  8. Get enough sleep (if you can’t sleep, than meditation which refreshes the mind and body)
  9. Eat ONLY when hungry and stop before feeling stuffed – often the body “feels” hungry, but is really in need of water, nutrients or rest, since these are often ignored the body has learned to send out hunger signals instead. Also eating junk food fills the stomach but does not nourish the body, so even though the stomach is full the body keeps signaling it needs more.
  10. Find nonfood ways to reward and comfort yourself, for example: take up a hobby to cope with boredoom, phone a friend when feeling sad, go for a walk when feeling angry
  11. Always be prepared ahead of time when traveling or attending a social event – carry something with you or keep emergency rations in your desk at work if you forget your lunch (for example: protein bar, 100 calorie pack of almonds, packet of instant oatmeal).  Don’t let yourself get so hungry you over indulge or grab something out of the snack machine.
  12. Be gentle with yourself – setting health as a top priority every single day and being loving and kind to yourself
  13. Don’t give up – take one day at a time, plateaus happen, set backs happen – but one step at a time, one meal at a time, one day at time becomes a week, a month, a year and in time any goal can be reached.

Health and Happiness, Lady Rose

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Weight Loss Summary – 308 lbs to 135 lbs (May 1 2006 to Jan. 1, 2011; Main­tenance 1/1/11 to present.
Getting Healthy Photos – from beginning to goal and beyond (recent photo Aug. 2011)

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Nov 032011
 

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Just for fun here are 13 witches from folklore (in no particular order).

13 Witches in Folklore and Legends:

  1. Mother Shipton a 15th Century Yorkshire witch. She was said to have powers of healing and spell-casting, and her prophecies about modern time such as those of airplanes and cars has come true. Also scientific inventions, new technology, wars and politics.
  2. Anne Boleyn 1507-1536, she was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England was beheaded and her reputation was smeared due to the fact she was unable to bear her husband a child so he claimed she was a witch. She had a sixth finger on one hand which was believed to be a sign that the young lady was a witch.
  3. The North Berwick Witches a group of men and women who were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the 16th century. On minimal evidence they were condemned and tortured and burnt. They were supposed to have created a storm to the drown the King James 1.
  4. Tamsin Blight 1798-1856. Famous English witch healer and a person who is able to remove curses or spells from a person. She was also said to have put spells on those who did not please her. Also known as Tammy Blee and Tamson.
  5. Mary Butters late 18th century-early 19th century. She is known as the Carmoney Witch and narrowly escaped trial for the killing of a cow and three people. She claimed at her inquest she saw a black man who killed the three people and that she was knocked unconscious causing the ingredients to become toxic. The incident was made into a humorous ballad.
  6. Old Dorothy Clutterbuck 13 Famous Witches in Folklore 1880-1951. Clutterbuck was allegedly the high priestess of a coven of witches and was suppose to have initiated Gerald B. Gardner into witchcraft. It also said that Clutterbuck was actually not the high priestess but a protector of the high priestess that the real high priestess was a woman by the name of Dafo. She was a woman of high respect and wealth. When she died she left a hefty amount of money more than 60,000 pounds.
  7. Isobel Goldie ?-1662. It is said that she had wild sexual escapades with the devil who had initiated her into the art of witchcraft. She confessed this several times but many thought that it was just a story she had made up and that it was just a game that had gotten out of hand. There are no records as to what had happened to her or other people she confessed to being witches as well. In all likelihood they were all hung as her confessions were so obscene for the time.
  8. Margaret Jones ?-1648. The first witch to be executed in Massachusetts Bay Colony, she was accused of being a witch after patients under her care as their physician had gotten sicker. The reason why many patients got worse was because they refused to take medicines prescribed for them.
  9. Lady Alice Kyteler ?-1324. Lady Alice was a wealthy woman from Ireland who was accused of witchcraft as a result of the fact that her fourth husband and his family believed she had lured him into marrying her more money. These charges were dropped and later she moved to England were she lived in luxury until her death.
  10. Marie Laveau 1794?-1881 and 1827-1897. The most renowned voodoo queen in North America was actually a mother and daughter. Their appeal was their magical powers, control of one’s lovers and enemies, and sex. Marie I was a most powerful women who was told all the secrets by women and was able to use these to increase her powers. Marie II was feared more and inspired subservience
  11. Florence Newton mid 17th Century. A trial most famous in Ireland was that of Florence Newton also known as “the Witch of Youghal“. She was accused of bewitching people into fits and of killing them with these fits. Her trial unlike most trials involved no torture. One young lady who was bewitched by her went through fits of which many things were vomited up by her and many different things were thrown at her. If Florence Newton was left unhand cuffed the young lady would have fits and fall ill but if handcuffed would remain calm and have no fits.
  12. Dolly Pentreath 1692-1777. Was born in Cornwall, England. Never married but had a son. She was accredited with the knowledge of astrology and possessed magical powers which people would come and use her for. She was able to use her powers for good and bad.
  13. Elisabeth Sawyer ?-1621. Elisabeth Sawyer also Known as “Witch of Edmonton” was accused of bewitching her neighbors children and cattle because they refused to buy her brooms. When she was being harassed she finally confessed to being a witch. She was hanged for confessing to be a witch.

For contemporary well known Witches (authors, teachers, elders) I have compiled a list on my Blog Buttons, Links and

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