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HOW I BECAME SLIM, TRIM AND HEALTHY. DAY 39

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE!

Well, this journey is taking longer than I anticipated. I'm not much slimmer or trimmer but I am healthier, at least in the way I eat. I woke up this morning to lots of Spark e-mails and congratulations for perfect attendance and earning 500 points. Whoo Hoo! What are the 500 points for? I'll have to dig into that. There was also an article entitled "Do you succumb to laziness?" Well, yes. I have these 3 by 5 cards posted all over my house that say "Do it now." Unfortunately, I see right through them but the article hit the nail on the head. It even included one of my favorite quotes, If it's to be, it's up to me. I know that so why am I such a procrastinator? One reason would be that I haven't been feeling up to snuff the last couple of weeks due to medication adjustment for depression. My and the doc's choice to try it and it has been a little tough. But I'm plodding through it. I have a bit more energy and enthusiasm today and I have a lot of things to accomplish today so I will get on it as soon as I finish this blog.
Shuffling through the papers on my desk, I found the 10 goals I posted at the beginning of this journey. I've achieved some, but not all. There were 3 important ones that I have achieved, 1. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights a week. This is a big thing as we were going out to eat at least 3 or 4 times a week. So to cook more at home, not only saves money, but it enables portion control and healthier eating. Check.
2. Avoid desserts and sweets and save them for special occassions. This is a biggie. We were having dessert after every meal and now I rarely have any at all. Except maybe a small piece of chocolate broken off of a large bar. We have ice cream at the moment left over from hubby's birthday and I will finish that off tonight. That is my nemesis so no more in the house for a while. Check.
3. Eat 2 fruits a day. I have come close to doing this on most days and this is good. Also am eating more vegetables and more variety. Check.
I have fallen down on the exercise goals but I blame a lot of that on the awful weather. Rain and cold. I've taken the dog for more walks this year than in a long time. And I've posted daily. I have to establish some new goals but I need to get to work. Got some things I need to accomplish today work related so my goal setting will have to wait. I'm proud of myself for getting this far. Especially with the mental set back and floundering I did in January. So onto a new month! Until tomorrow.

  
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GIVWIG 2/3/2010 11:04AM

    Awesome! That's what The Spark has been teaching us, setting small achievable goals. Even with the issues with your meds you have been able to focus and achieve some of the goals you had set! What a great inspiration for the rest of us!! emoticon

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IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY. DAY 38

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

It's Groundhog and day and the groundhog saw his shadow so we have six more weeks of winter. It was a beautiful sunny day here in FLorida today, nice and warm, in the low 60's I think. Hope tomorrow is the same. It is so nice to get out. I don't have much to talk about today so I'll just keep it all til tomorrow. See you then.

  
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GIVWIG 2/3/2010 10:59AM

    The groundhog got it right for us. We had 4 inches of snow last night and they are calling for more this weekend and again next week. Come on April!!

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HOW I BECAME SLIM, TRIM AND HEALTHY. DAY 37

Monday, February 01, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!

Today is my husband's birthday. We had our family over and I got to see my 8 year old Hannah and 2 month old Brandon! What a blessing to have them close. And hubby's 90 year old mother. Four generations! My sister and her husband stopped by as well. Of course we had cake and ice cream and still have some left so we will see how it goes. Ice cream is my weakness.
I'm glad January is over. It was cold and dreary and I'm hoping February will pick up a bit although today is kind of dreary as well. As we move closer to spring here in Florida, we can expect good days sprinkled in among the bad. In January I was really excited about Spark and spent much of my time focused on exploring the site. This month, I must get back to work and devote more time to things such as revamping my advertising, ordering new logos for my van and business cards, etc.
I've lost 3 pounds maybe and it seems such a little amount. But I am eating better, more balanced meals and I'm cooking at home at least 5 out of 7 nights a week which is a real milestone! And I've left desserts out of the picture except for special occasions. So I've met my goals for January. I guess I will have to spend some time and formulate some new ones to strive for, like cleaning out my office. That's an ah ha moment for me. Yes, I guess I need some new goals. But that's for another day to do. Yesterday I started writing the third chapter of my Desert Storm story. It got a little tough to do so I stopped. Will have to continue later.
Yesterday was the 19th year anniversary of the C-130 going down in Kuwait. That plane was from our local air force base and there was nothing in the paper about it, no mention at all. Guess it is history except to those who experienced it personally. Until tomorrow.

  
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GIVWIG 2/2/2010 12:06PM

    I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday. Mine is comming up on the 14th.

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/2/2010 11:34AM

    Happy Birthday to your husband!

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SGKAYLOR 2/1/2010 6:35PM

    Today is my sister's birthday too!

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DESERT STORM, SECOND DAY

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Exactly 19 years ago today, a C-130 went down over the waters of Kuwait. I had just taken on the duties as a Mortuary officer in support of operation Desert Storm and a plane crash was everyone's worst nightmare. Little did I know that my own worst nightmare was about to happen. That C-130 was down over the water with 14 men on board and no chance for a search and rescue because it was down in enemy territory. Even worse for me, the plane was from Hurlburt AFB, Fl, a mere 5 miles from where I lived. My husband had been stationed at Hurlburt before leaving the Air Force and we still lived nearby. I thought," OH, my God, I might know someone on that plane. They might go to my church. I might know people in the squadron." As we 10 mortuary officers were being briefed about our duties. I just broke down into tears. I didn't want to do this . I didn't want to be there. One of the other Majors took me to the snack bar where I sat with tears streaming down my face. He said, "Carol you have to get control of yourself." And I just said I dont' want to. I didn't care how many people saw me or how much of a spectacle I was making. I just couldn't stop the tears from flowing. It was just too close to home for me. Another plane from another base would have been different but this one...... Eventually I pulled myself together and went back to the mortuary unit where I could hear others whispering, is she all right?

In this particular instance, as a mortuary officer, we are responsible for helping the families with their funeral arrangements. By the time we talk to the families, they have already been notified about the situation. In this case, the airmen were listed as missing in action as there was no search that could be conducted. We were each given 2 or 3 families to work with and I was given 2 single airmen whose families lived out of state and another airmen whose wife lived in my hometown. The awful part to me was that I was forever connected to these families and their situation for the rest of my life. I didn't want anyone to know that I lived there and that I owned a successful business. The only way I could handle it was to completely divorce myself from anything personal and just be a military officer. I had to squash my own feelings and just perform my duties as required. Years later that would come back to haunt me.
Until another day.

  
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SGKAYLOR 1/31/2010 9:09PM

    Wow.... can't wait to read more

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A TRULY AWFUL DIET DAY. DAY 36

Sunday, January 31, 2010

YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE!

Yesterday was a truly awful diet day. I ate more than I should have and I didn't need to eat. Oh the other hand, I walked 3 miles so maybe that cancelled it out. Today is my hubby's birthday party so you know what that entails. My positive vibes are out the window.

  
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ILOVETOCRUISE 1/31/2010 12:18PM

    That was a good long walk, so keep positive on that. emoticon

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STACEY75023 1/31/2010 11:16AM

    You are going to have those "aweful" diet days here and there. Don't beat yourself up over it, just remember how you feel the next time you find yourself going off the beaten path.

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