Friday, February 24, 2012
First of all, let me start by sending a huge THANK YOU for all the notes, goodies and well wishes. I can't begin to answer everyone's response personally (tried to keep up . . . can't type fast enough). PLEASE know you're all so very special to me and I so appreciate your love and caring.
Ok, onto the party people!!!
Did my aerobics/CV exercise already -- shoveling. Darn Mother Nature!!! Oh well, it's done (the shoveling) for now.
Now . . . for starting this party. Favorite childhood memory and worst fashion faux paux I ever made.
HMMMM... favorite childhood memory. Can't limit it to just one, so here goes.
We always took a vote on Thanksgiving about where we'd like to go (in those days, museums were open every day except Christmas). So, we'd have a "secret ballot". Everyone wrote their vote on a piece of paper and we put it in a hat. Whichever Museum got the most votes, that's where we'd go. Well...not always. One year, there were 2 votes for the Museum of Science & Industry, 2 votes for the zoo and ONE vote for a NAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!! I think that year we did the nap AND the Museum! LOL We all pretended not to know who voted for the nap, but we knew!! DAD. Gotta love him.
Let's see. My cousin was visiting us from Kansas City (same one we convinced that if you swallowed a watermelon, it would grow in your stomach . . . now that happened to co-incide with my Mom being pregnant! THAT one didn't turn out well, but I digress, as usual). He was dressed up and was feeling AWKWARD, because he didn't like being dressed up. Ok, I can understand that for sure. My brothers were that way too. Anyway, my Mom solved the problem. We had a gravel driveway. She told Jeff, "Go grab a handful of gravel and put it in your pockets. Then you won't feel so dressed up." To this day (ok he's 56!) he remembers that!! Not only is my nickname Watermelon, he always has a stone in his pocket! LOL
Fashion faux paux: Fishnet stockings. Holy smokes. Those were popular in the day (and I see kinda making a come back now, so don't want to offend anyone who wears them today! ) I HAD to have a pair. Uncomfortable!!! But had to be fashionable!! UGH What's up with that one!
So, fire away with your stories. We have a million of them!!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Yup, it is! It's that birthday time of year. I will be a YOUNG (BWAHAHAHAHA!) 58 yrs. old on the 24th.
I thought about it and decided that I'd like to share my birthday with you all. A virtual birthday party! Who can resist a party, right??????????
Lynda . . . you inspired me on this one for sure. Your virtual b-day party was a blast!
Soooooo....I had two ideas for a birthday theme. The first idea is sharing the story of the worst fashions you wore just because it was fashionable! The second idea is sharing a favorite childhood memory (Lordy, I know . . . we've got a million of 'em! LOL)
I couldn't ultimately make the choice, so I decided to leave it up to you, dear Sparkers. You can share your worst fashion faux paux or your favorite childhood memory or even BOTH! Even more fun!!
And the best part . . . this party is NON-CALORIC! HEE HEE . . . no calories allowed.
Can't wait to read the stories.
Hope to see you there on the 24th!
Hugs one and all.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Wow, today is my 2nd Sparkversary! Amazing journey! This is my opportunity to evaluate what I have GAINED from Spark. Yes, I've gone from a high of 192 lbs. in Nov. 2009, to 100 lbs. (which I've maintained since Jan. 2010). that has made the most profound difference in my health, my spirituality . . . everything that makes me , well . . . ME. So I thought about it and thought I'd list what I've GAINED over this past two years.
S park Friends. God bless each and every one of you!
P ride in my accomplishments and who I've become. I definitely am NOT the same person who joined Spark. I'm the new and improved version of ME. When I started out the journey one of my overwhelming thoughts was that if my lifestyle changed, would **I** no longer be ME? Absolutely not! I have found I am, as I said before, the new and improved ME . . . but most importantly, still ME! That makes me proud.
A new respect for the relationship between mind-and-body. Your body can only "deliver on" what you equip it to do. If you put healthy nutrition and ideas in your body and mind, it will never fail to deliver physical and mental health. Never. But we have to respect that WE are responsible for the feeding and nurturing of our bodies . . . our temples (thank you SAC!) that have been given to us.
R enewed enthusiasm for life. Who WOULDN'T feel renewed with more physical and mental energy! I sure feel it . . . everyday in every way.
K nowledge that I have gained each and every day is boundless! Not just limited to what I've learned here on Spark, but just in general from life experiences!
V ersatility is soooooooo important. Perfectionism kept me from seeing that my "all or nothing @ all", "if it's not perfect, it's not good enough!" attitude was leading me down a path of mental and physical illness. Learning to compromise, learn from failures, be able to think outside the box. Wow! What a breath of fresh air it is to be able to be versatile.
E nergy. Honestly, some days I feel like the Energizer Bunny. Wahoo!
R ationing, watching portion size. It's not always what you eat but HOW MUCH. Boy, that is something I have to watch every day. Worth weighing and measuring? YOU BET. When you weigh and measure your food so you're eating proper portions, even if the scale doesn't show it, you'll see changes in your measurements, the way clothes feel, the way you FEEL!
S ense and sensibilities! Not every day is going to be the PERFECT day, maybe not even good. BUT learning how to "get through it", realizing that analyzing what IS going on can help you figure out how to do things BETTER. This is a HUGE step forward in making my life happier.
A ttitude is EVERYTHING. Do we wake up everyday in a good mood? Probably not. But we have control of our reactions to even the most aggravating situations. THAT IS POWER!
R olling on the floor laughing! Yes indeed . . . a sense of humor. Where would we be without it! Looking @ the absurdities sometimes in life helps us re-adjust our perspective, step back, and LAUGH! Laughing is wonderful medicine, and is contagious.
Y OU are important. Never, ever forget to put you on your priority list.
OK, so all these are things I have gained during my two year journey on this wonderful site. I know life is FULL of ups and downs. It always will be. No getting around that one. But if we keep our heart open, our minds open and keep putting one foot in front of the other, we'll GET THERE!
Maintenance is part of my life now and will ALWAYS be a part of my life. That's good! It means I care enough about me to DO THE WORK!
Those are my thoughts after two years. I can't wait to see what is to come (I know there will be ups and downs) and am ready.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
life has a way of throwing curve balls @ us when we really don't expect them. But none-the-less, they happen.
Today is the 30th anniversary of my beloved brother John's death AND this would be his 58th birthday. It's funny how time goes by, sometimes, even when you don't want it to.
I clearly remember the pain of that day, the feeling of helplessness, anger, shock. He was taken way too young, at age 27 that day. Funny, Mom & Dad were already @ the ER when my other brother and I arrived. The person @ the desk kept asking, "Are you sure this is his birthday?" Yup. You know, it is just like him to pull something off like that. Always the one to do things differently in life, so I guess he figured why should leaving be any different. Kind of a comforting thought, actually.
The one thing I always remember about him is his positive attitude. Oh, he had plenty to get "down" about, but his attitude was, "Is that going to change the situation?" Well, NO, it won't. "So, I'll use my energy in a better way." Soooo right.
Life presents us with an endless array of choices to be made. WE have the choice to decide to do the right thing or the wrong thing (usually because it is easier!) He taught me never be afraid to make the right choice, even when it's hard. And I hope I've done him proud!
Love you, little brother. I know for sure you're my angel. Keep your eyes on me . . . good things coming!!! I miss you.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I tend to be pretty well organized most of the time. Have to be with chauffering DD and DS where they need to be when they need to be there and picking them up again.
Even with that bit of organization, though, sometimes the day just gets away from me, you know what I mean! So, then I'm left with thinking . . . do I skip the work out to do (fill in the blank) or just do a shortened work out and get on with the rest of what needs to be done.
Well, I am an self-admitted lifetime member of the PERFECTIONIST CLUB. Yikes. NOW I see that is what's really the reason my diems keep getting carpe-d; I don't ask for enough help!
The light bulb finally went on yesterday. I am trying to take care of me, pay the bills, balance the check book, do the laundry, do the ironing, make the meals, and keep up with my continuing education requirements for my nursing license. THAT has been taking up a lot of extra time. Yesterday, it dawned on me that I should be asking for more help from DH and the kids with things that need to be done. That's where the dang perfectionism comes in. They don't do things the way I would. But you know what I realized yesterday (as DH was preparing a supper of poached eggs, sausage and toast . . . I didn't have the toast, but had a small sausage link) . . . I digress . . . we all lived! DH made supper and we all lived! Nobody got ptomaine or any other dasterdly form of GI distress and **I** had some extra time to get cracking on my continuing ed project!
DD actually (gasp!) folded laundry. Not exactly how I would have done it, but hey . . . it was FOLDED!
DS cleaned their bathroom (DD and DS share a bathroom). OK, definitely not the way **I** would have done it, but it passed health inspection! So, booya!
I found out that in order to stop my diem from carpe-ing me, I have to learn to let go a little and delegate. If something is truely not acceptable, I can "fix" it later.
So that's my goal . . . delegate! I know the days are going to be busier as DS's ship date approaches, because he has many things to accomplish which require either DH or I to get him where he needs to be. DH, thankfully, has been pretty helpful with this on the weekends. THANKS!!!!!!!
Are you a closet perfectionist (or maybe NOT such a closet perfectionist?) Take a look at what you can delegate. It helps!
Oh, and for sure, those little voices that tell me to sacrifice my daily exercise . . . squashed like a bug in a rug. Even IF my exercise routine is abbreviated, my day will include exercise!! I feel too good to go back to how I was and that's not happening. Hear that, little voice!
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