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God grant me the serenity to . . .

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can and
the wisdom to know the difference.
Oh yes, my mantra for today.

Change is such a difficult thing in life to handle but there are times when the changes we make help us live a healthier life and enhances our quality of life. These are the kind of changes that we need to focus on. It certainly takes courage to admit a change needs to be made and actually make that journey of change.

There are things we cannot change . . . like how tall we are, for example. I distinctly remember when I was much younger wishing I was taller (I am 4 ft. 10-1/2 " and come from a family where my parents are tall and my brother . . . I felt like I didn't "fit in". Finally, my Mom said to me, "You know, good things come in small packages. And wouldn't it be a boring existence if everyone were exactly the same." So, that stuck with me. I have learned to appreciate my stature and work with it! Can't change it! Acceptance makes life so much more fulfilling.

As for the wisdom to know the difference . . . well, I guess that happens as we live our life, mature, grow and experience life. As I get older I realize there are those things in life that just are not going to change, so I chose to focus on those I can and be happy!!

Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday.


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ATREAT4ME 11/16/2010 11:00PM

    Aaah the serenity! That's where I get stuck. Thanks for the great reminder.

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GERIKRAGH 11/16/2010 11:22AM

    Great mantra. Good attitude. Keep it positive.

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This is going to sound crazy but . . .

Saturday, November 13, 2010

last night is the first "big" social event DH and I have attended since my weight loss. Some of the people I met haven't seen me since last year. OK, LOTS of changes in my appearance since then to be sure . . . you know, weight loss does that. LOL One person said, "Did you grow your hair out?" (Well, no . . . actually my hair right now is really thin due to my thyroid problem . . . fortunately it is getting better, but my hair DEFINITELY isn't longer!). Another said, "Don't lose any more weight." Well, good gravy, I was in the OBESE category and am firmly now planted in the HEALTHY category, so I'm happy right where I'm at! That was what my thoughts were, but I just said, "No, I am not going to lose any more."

I just started thinking about body image and how our perception can be so different than what others see us as. And it reminded me to just be in the mind set of gratitude for having this healthy lifestyle vs. the "fatitude" I had before . . . you know . . . feeling embarassed about how you look, pinning your "self esteem" on the thoughts others have of you . . . all that kind of thing.

I am very happy with me. I LOVE me! That's part and parcel of why I have been able to get healthier.

So, that's my story of yesterday's social event. Oh, and I tried that trick of eating some soup before we went out. Worked like a charm! Basically the food served was pretty unhealthy (tacos, pizza, potatoes) but I figured for teens birthday party that's what it was going to be. So, with the soup that fueled me, I was able to resist eating unhealthy. They DID have fuit so I had a few pieces of that and was good to go. The other thing I did was drink club soda with a twist of lime. GOOD! There was no alcohol served (YEAH!) but lots of sodas (again, figured that would be with teens) so the club soda worked well.

That's my tale. Now I know I can make the right choices in social situations. Yeah!

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SHRINKING-WOMAN 11/13/2010 3:41PM

  I really like your attitude a lot! This line in particular resounded with me, "gratitude for having this healthy lifestyle vs. the "fatitude" I had before . . " That is awesome. Good for you!!

And great job for preparing with soup, skipping the cake and going for the fruit!

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WILLOWWINDS 11/13/2010 11:37AM

    Great Blog.

You should love yourself no matter what.


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1970JENN 11/13/2010 11:15AM

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ATREAT4ME 11/13/2010 11:13AM

    Oh what a wonderful blog oh Healthy one! I love that you're in such a good place and all of your posts remind me that's where I want to be! Love it!

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KATWOMAN12839 11/13/2010 11:13AM

  ty for sharing.....and standing in your own power

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APMAC_D 11/13/2010 11:05AM

    I am so glad you are happy with how you feel and where you are at. You made great choices!!! Way to go!

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counting my blessings

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little. And if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick. And if we got sick, at least we didn't die. So let us all be thankful." Buddha

That's right! The attitude of gratitude really permeates every facet of our lives if we adopt that attitude!

I am so grateful for my family. My parents have always been supportive. We may not have had lots of material riches growing up but we had LOTS of love. That's what carries through your life.

I am glad for the lessons I've learned throughout my life. Some have not been easy lessons for sure, but lessons none-the-less. These lessons have taught me one huge lesson: when things are rough we can either chose to wallow in it or decide what there is to learn from the difficulty and apply t hat lesson to make life better.

Indirectly my dear brother taught me that lesson. He passed away on Feb. 8, 1982, which happened to be his birthday. He had health issues but absolutely never let that stop him. So when he passed away I really determined that the best way to honor him was to continue learning in life. Don't feel sorry for myself . . . learn and move on. So that's what I've done.

I am grateful for my home, neighborhood, having enough to eat, having clothes to wear and that DH has a job which he loves. These are all things that make me happy i my day.

What are YOU grateful for today??

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ATREAT4ME 11/11/2010 10:06PM

    Excellent post. There are so many blessings to count. Today, I'll say thank you to all the Veterans and let them know that I'm grateful for their service.

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GERIKRAGH 11/11/2010 12:13PM

    I'm grateful for your blog that reminds us to look at the good in life. Thank U!

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OPALMOON 11/11/2010 9:32AM

    Hi, great blog - gratefulness certainly makes life a lot easier. Like you, I am grateful for my loved ones, living and passed on, including furry ones. Plus the beauty of nature, and anything uplifting - music, written works, artistic beauty; the things I am able to do even if there are restrictions - and Spark People!!

Best wishes to you!


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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Had a wonderful day. DH and I started out by going out to breakfast and we had a nice, relaxing, leisurely breakfast. Then we had to pop into a store and who should we run into as we're leaving . . . our son. He looked alright. He told us that he had gotten a citation the night before because one of his rear brake lights was out. **SIGH** Just advised him to fix it or get it fixed. It was nice to see him, though.

My DD had only 1/2 day of school, so we picked her up and enoyed some time together, then she went to work. So DH and I had several hours to spend together. We took a very nice walk with Spot the Wonder Pooch. Poor little guy lost a front tooth somehow! None of his other teeth are loose so don't know what's up. Can't get him into the vet till next week. Always something!

Had a beautiful supper together and even enjoyed a bit of my favorite wine. Life is good!

Today . . . back to life! Feel recharged and ready to go. WE all need days to recharge and "find our mojo" in this hectic world!

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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SHERYLDS 11/6/2010 3:13PM

    GO ENJOY THE COLORS OF AUTUMN emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLOWWINDS 11/6/2010 1:40PM

    My one furbaby lost a front tooth. Think it was the hard treats she had once.

Have A Great weekend as well.


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ATREAT4ME 11/6/2010 11:45AM

    I'm glad you had such a great day with your DH. It is such a blessing to have to get time with the ones we love. You are amazing, Oh StrongOne!

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Mixed bag

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I had been feeling kind of blue because on Tuesday DH and I learned that our son, working 2 jobs to afford an apartment, a car and the "toys" he wants but can ill afford, lost job #2. Seems that he fell in the freezer and filed workers comp. HMMMM...he says that's why they let him go. I can't say I believe that explanation, but HE has to deal with it. He says he's going to look for a 2nd job and I wish him luck.

Anyway, yesterday that's all I could think about. But I walked 12 miles (YUP! Looked at the pedometer and my eyes were surprised! emoticon Well, I guess I needed to do that to clear my head, becasue today I feel muc less stressed.

Tomorrow is my 22nd wedding anniversary1 Wow, that's part of what I was thinking about on my walk yesterday, too. I am so very lucky to have met and married an intelligent, kind, caring, sometimes annoying! (well, I am annoying too, so we balance each other out! LOL) man who makes me laugh. I guess I have my parents to thank for their wondful example of what marriage is supposed to be about! They've been married 57 years!

So, I have really been reflecting on how lucky I am to have the life I have and hope someday when my daughter gets married (if she does) that she finds just the right person as I have.

I am not going to say it is always a bed of roses, because there are always compromises to be made, changes to be made . . . but after 22 years you learn how to do that!

We all have to look for the things in our lives to be thankful for! That makes life so much better.

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GRAMMIE1959 11/6/2010 5:59PM

    Happy Anniversary yesterday! (Friday) I too have a lot of years with my DH. 30 and counting. Most of our off moments are focused around our youngest son, 27 going on 15. Each time I read of your heartaches with your DS I certainly understand where you are coming from but alas, I think you are far ahead of me in dealing with him. Ours moved back home 2 years ago with his wife and her 2 daughters. Him, I think I could kick out but the rest, well not so much. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Huggggs n' such. Vivian

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