Saturday, March 12, 2011
Today is weigh in. Usually that means stress. Not today.
This past week I have been doing what I should be doing all the time.
I stopped eating when I had had enough.
I got in a lot of exercise.
I drank at a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.
I logged in every single bite of food I put in my mouth.............well, ALMOST every bite.
I got into my jeans, zipped them and buttoned them without having to lay on the bed. I can even BREATHE with my jeans on! AND I don't have much of a muffin top at all when I wear them.
I KNEW my weight was down.
So far, in three weeks, I have thrown away 4 pounds. That's a good thing, as Martha would say.
But WAIT! There's MORE!
Yesterday I had to do some Costco shopping for milk.
I got the milk, then browsed through the clothing section. They had sports bras, 2 per package, at a VERY good price. Picked up a package of them.
Then I saw these really neat sweaters for $12.97. Picked up one of them, too.
BTW.........you ARE aware, aren't you, that when the cost of something at Costco ends in a 7 that that is the lowest price they will have the item, and it won't be continued stock? I always look for the 7.
My mind tried to trick me into "browsing" through the chocolate covered raisins, macadamia nuts, cashews. I reached for the chocolate covered macadamias, and then said "NO!" really loud.
I pulled my arm back just in time. The container did not get into my cart!
Then I go past the mixed nuts, temptation again. "NO!" outloud helped again.
I zoomed to the check out, paid for my three items, and got out of there.
What a VICTORY!!! TO ME AND SPARK!!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Okay. My body and I have had a long talk.
We need to keep our motivation and positive attitudes.
Yesterday I went to the Doc to get the test results from the MRI/MRA on my head.
Some of you already know that I have been having terrible pains in my head. Not headaches; localized PAIN. Also blurry vision at times. Hence, the tests.
This has been going on with me for a number of years, but now it is much more severe and frequent.
The good news is that I have no tumors or aneurysm. That's good.
The bad news is that they are suspecting a nerve disease going on. Not much can be done about that except to have injections to hopefully take away the pain. It is called Occipital Neuritis.
There is a concern that PERHAPS that the disease has gone into the main optical nerve. That means I could possibly lose my vision.
More tests were done yesterday, and I will be going back in a couple of weeks to find out the results.
IN THE MEANTIME, I will continue living my life to the fullest.
I have absolutely no intention of laying around and feeling sorry for myself. Rather, my plan is to just keep on doing what I have been doing.
I will walk with my dog, explore trails I have yet to traverse, and do my art work.
I will continue to eat healthfully, exercise, and laugh out loude at least once a day.
I will attend Quilt Club, and make quilts (which I love doing!) for the kids battling cancer. I will even make quilts for myself, family and friends.
I will continue to look for different birds along the trails, and pay heed to their birdsong. That is always so very joyful.
I truly believe attitude is everything. If I keep joy in my heart, my mind will follow.
If I keep laughter as a part of my life, the little things won't be so annoying.
I'm the type of person that takes illnesses with a grain of salt, but let me break a shoe lace, and I'm all wrinkled up.
Have you ever noticed that big things are taken with calmness and acceptance, but when we burn the toast it is a big deal, and can ruin our entire day??
I love the saying "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it is ALL small stuff!
Now I must get off the computer and participate in my day.
Have a great one,!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Have you lost your momentum to get out and walk?
This time of year is especially wonderful and exciting to be walking outdoors.
Yes, the March wind shall blow, and perhaps we'll have snow, and what will Poor Robin do then?
He'll climb right into the nicely cleaned birdhouse I have hanging, and he can begin making his nest with the small fabric strips and scraps I have laid out for him.
The wind is bound to make you feel more energetic, as you inhale all that fresh air.
So WHAT if it is raining a little? Rain makes the flowers grow, remember?
Winnie and I were walking today, and we saw all kinds of bulbs, buds and fresh greenery this morning.
Spring is definitely on the way, folks!
Go on out there and watch for all the new birds singing and chirping, see all sorts of new life appearing.
Guaranteed to get you out of the winter doldrums!!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I love baseball.
It doesn't always matter to me who is playing, although I do have my favorite teams.
I love everything about the game.
Well, almost everything.
I really get annoyed at those supposed "Super Stars" who are asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner, then proceed to make a mockery of it due to their own egos.
So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of
advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem
at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical
gyrations for your concerts.
Just sing this song the way you were
taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling.
Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen
and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.
Sing it with humility as if you were standing in front of wounded vets who fought for more world freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sing it with gratitude for all the heroes who were sent to Viet Nam, with only a handful of them returning unharmed.
These people have more honor in their little fingers than the rest of us will ever earn.
Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.
Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets
wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their
cardigans, and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and
the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a
They could see that from the costumes, the
makeup and the entourages.
Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the
courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about
America , not you.
Try a little dose of true humility for the grandness of our nation, true respect for the fallen who have given it their all so that you can sing, and the gratitude that you live here.
If you can't do that, then just say "No", and politely walk away.
Mockery of our nation just to feed your own self centeredness is true selfish eo-manical immaturity and stupidity.
You are no match for her beauty, her strength, and her symbol of the greatest freedom in the entire world.
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