I have been redoing my studio/home, and finding all these old photos. #TBT this is where we grew up. One of my first surgeries for polio, and the cast on my leg, that drove me crazy. I still remember walking on crutches for so long-and since it was summer not being able to ride a bike.
My entry in the Bra Ha Ha event to raise money for womens’ breast health. You can see it and more creative and fun bras made by others from the Smithfield area at the Art Center @ 319. This creation was inspired by the persistant mother bird in my earlier post. Like in mother nature, we have to adapt, adjust, nurture and persist in helping all women have access to what they need for their health.
I used to work in coal mining, creating environmental designs for coal removal and reclaimation. With all the spills and containing pond failures in recent news, it has me thinking about all that has been done to the area where I used to live. I left long ago when all the rules changed and you could see that the environment was not going to be an important part of the region.
My life has been through many changes both location and my work, since those years working in Van Lear, KY. Whenever I go back, now it is sad to see how much damage has been done, and all the people have been hurt physically and economically. I don’t know how it all went so wrong, and when money became more important then human life and the natural resources. I think it has not been good for us, and hope we can change our way of thinking, so we can help everyone, including mother nature. We are all in this together after all
It has been a great year for strawberries and we have been busy picking and cleaning and freezing. Oliver Farms had a great crop and thy will be having other products coming throughout the season. Another local place, here is Smithfield, to get produce as well as bedding plants is Browder’s Farm. It is so important to support local farms as well as other independent businesses. So go to a Farmer’s Market this week and check out all the lovely selections, this is best time of year to get in the habit of eating well.
I love these 70’s fashions
When I was little my grandmother would watch-and do the exercise program Jack Lalanne most every morning. It got me in the habit of doing some kind of movement everyday. For most of my life I was very active, but in the last couple of years, some physical problems and stress have been an issue and now I cannot seem to get to the point where I can lose wight and feel fit. This is a time in my life where I really need to be “lighter” and more focused. I have been doing a food experiment and I have found a big problem with sugar. So this week the sweets have been going away and I can really tell a difference. Now, to stop the sugar completely for a couple of weeks to see if things improve even more. Do you have any food issues?
Photo: Steve Armstrong
This photo is a sample of what our area looks like.
At the start of a new week, I review my health and fitness goals and plans. It has been a little tough the last few weeks, the very wet weather and all the fungi and pollen really drags me down. I have been able to get my diet more together, no wheat or dairy, the only thing left to reduce is sugar, the hardest for me. I have started to feel lighter and sleeping is much better. My exercise has been lax-just can’t get myself out and walk in the rain-so I have joined the YMCA for the fall/winter months. I feel I need that extra support, the classes and equipment to increase my workouts. A time and life go by it gets harder and harder to loose weight as well as keep the body from falling apart-I see it in my relatives, so just trying to get a head start.
It is amazing, as you get older how quickly you can get out of shape and how hard it is to get back on track. Back in March I began working out and watching my diet, I lost 10 pounds, was starting to feel better. I was doing yoga and we had the Wii dance game and I did that every evening. Some how I injured my shoulder, a one point I could hardly life my arm. I stopped, it was so sad I couldn’t get myself to do anything, and I ate a lot of food, crazy food, I usually never eat. In the last two months I have gained back even more weight and feel terrible, and depressed.
This week I finally started moving again. The crazy food is gone for three days so far, but it is a challenge to stay on track. Today I feel a little more like my old self, so that is a good sign, and I am writing it down so maybe I can anticipate the stress that so easily derails my plans. Exercise is something that I know I need to feel right, keeping it going is where I struggle, I have to do it now it so important.
I have been trying to get “more” fit. I can’t believe it becomes so hard as I get older. Finding a plan to stay with in a hectic, is a challenge as well as eating well. I don’t mind working out, it is just tough to fine the motivation and do enough to make a difference. I have some physical limitations so that is another issue.
I read Heidi Klum (watching Project Runway this season?) and her fitesss guru, wouldn’t that be great to have a fitness guru to keep you going and make all the food and workout plans.
Before the red thread fire, I was able to workout with the help my friends a personal trainer and a yoga instructor (we had a fitness studio upstairs) and it really made all the difference. But things have changed and people are gone from the area, so I have new focus to do things on my own and hopefully get enough movement back to be able to workout in a class or gym.
Fashion for working out is always hard, you don’t want to look like you just got out of bed when walking around your neighbor at 7:30am. I like the layers of this look, and of course Heidi Klum looks great no matter. I think I need to restyle a couple of my big baggy tees for a update.