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Slower Eating. And Larch Trees!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SparkCoach suggested blogging about slowing down the pace of eating; consciously slowing our tendency to inhale large quantities, and enjoying and savoring the tastes of healthy foods. I have had a LOT of practice at slow eating for the past 5 weeks! I broke my right wrist, and because of the cast I am eating with my left hand. It is much harder than I thought. I DO enjoy my meals more eating slower; but I don't enjoy how messy I am! I thought I would be more coordinated than I am, instead I am eating like a toddler trying to move up from eating pablum!

My friend Micki told me she lost 10 pounds when she broke her right wrist because of how hard it was to eat. So far that has not been my experience emoticon
But I rely on exercise a LOT for my wellness, and my hiking has reduced and fitness classes have stopped due to the broken bone (the cracked rib was really painful for 4 weeks). My cast comes of next week, just in time for Thanksgiving YAY!

I did a nice hike yesterday with my friend Linda at Shevlin Park to see the larch trees. Larch trees (also called tamarack trees in some areas) are the only deciduous conifers. Larches are tall skinny trees, very inconspicuous until their needles turn yellow and drop in the late fall.

Larch trees along Tumalo Creek

The ground was yellow with all the fallen larch needles

Of course I love the other trees (mostly ponderosa pines and juniper) also!

Our trail took us over the old covered bridge

My friend Linda

In the evening, I joined my friends to celebrate Pat's birthday. She has had an incredible year: chemotherapy and surgery for breast cancer, reconstructive surgery, pneumonia. And trips cross-country skiing in Norway, Austria, and trekking in Nepal. She made it to Everest base camp!!! Here's to Pat, may she continue to seize every adventure that comes her way! (she is also a MASTER of slow eating and savoring every bite!) Pat's on the left in this birthday photo.

Me, Pat, Shari

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  • EISSA7
    Here’s to Pat....may she continue to seek adventure! Glad that your cast will soon be off and that your ribs are healed....your outdoor hikes are awesome and it is so nice that you share the beauty with us!
    1067 days ago
    Wow I never heard of a Larch tree I quickly looked it up they use knot free wood to build yachts & boats,plus it is used for herbal medicine .The tree looks beautiful.
    So good your cast comes off for Thanksgiving something to be thank full for on that day!!
    That is amazing that your friend was able to hike all those interesting places what strength she has and then to go thru this dreadful illness and come out of it. I had a scare my one breast was hurting terribly had a scan done plus a mammogram nothing showed up. The Dr. said with my painful back with the nerves it could have just went right to that one breast.My Aunt & first cousin had breast cancer. So I am so happy I am okay & know why it hurts at times.
    Alison have a blessed weekend !! Thank you for always posting interesting places
    1068 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    Sorry about your wrist, hopefully it heals well and fast. Thank you for the wonderful photos and for sharing your neat experiences, I really enjoy them.
    1069 days ago
    The Larch trees are beautiful. Most of our leaves are on the ground now due to several days of high winds. I love Fall, but I wish that the color stayed ON the trees longer.

    Pat is certainly an inspiration. She does more with all of her challenges this year than some who are without health problems.

    Your group always looks like you are having so much fun. No wonder you like to be out and about with them.

    1069 days ago
    I am liking Oregon more and more! Beautiful photos! You lead such an amazing life! emoticon emoticon
    Pat - Wow, what a gal! Such an adventure seeker and after all she went through with cancer! emoticon

    When I was injured too, I never lost weight-always gained. That would be so hard to function daily with a broken wrist! You seem to be handling it pretty good-but, I know it can't be easy. Hang in there! emoticon
    1069 days ago
    I love the tamarack trees. And you look great in your pictures.
    1069 days ago
    I learned about these trees for the first time thanks to you. Wow. Very nice pix of friends.
    1069 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! Wish I could join you.
    1069 days ago
    Beautiful pics and amazing Pat!
    1070 days ago
    Nice pics
    1070 days ago
    Beautiful pictures.
    1070 days ago
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