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"Lead Us Not into Temptation."

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Today, in church, I thought about it being the new year and the first sunday all on the same day. I paid attention to the words that were read and spoken and to all of the words in the songs. I decided while sitting there, that I would make a resolution to avoid sweets during the month of January. The dictionary definition of avoid is: "To avoid is to succeed in keeping away from something dangerous or undesirable: to avoid meeting an enemy. Antonyms
1. confront, face, encounter.

I picked the word to avoid sweets because it is less threatening than stating I am giving them up. I want to be reasonable in my goals and so I choose to avoid eating sweets this month. Make every effort not to eat them. Not to put myself in a situation where I have it put in front of me where I would be powerless to eat it.

In the Lords Prayer there is the phrase: Lead us not into Temptation and deliver us from Evil! How appropriate in todays affirmation from myself.

I've printed off calendars from the Clutter Diet and from Spark. Each has 31 days of tips to get and keep organized and to set a goal for unbreakable resolutions. The first day on each calendar tells me to write down my goals in specific terms. Doing this will make it more likely that we will keep our resolutions.

I've been dieting long enough to know that certain demands on myself aren't going to cut it so I choose to give a little leeway in my wording.

So my goal for January is to avoid sweets whenever possible. Today at church coffee there were plenty of luscious looking eats. I chose to have a few slices of cheddar on 2 crackers instead of red velvet cake. I was perfectly happy.

I also have a goal to eat good food at every meal. By good food, I mean healthy veggies and meats cooked properly and served in manageable portions.

I still can't bring myself to write down a goal for exercise. I have a real phobia against it right now. I am going to try and at least go out for a 10 min daily walk. Even if it is walking from the parking lot into the mall. I can park my car in the furthest space from the store and walk in.

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Later. And Happy New Year!

  


A PRETTY GOOD YEAR!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

While I'm thinking ahead for 2012, I'm also musing about this past year. At times it was pretty dismal as when my son left his job to pursue a new career. It didn't work out and he has been underemployed. But we are hopeful about a potential job that he interviewed for and there are other things to look forward to as well!

My interior design business improved by 20% over the last 3 years. I'll probably have to pay taxes but oh, well. My husband was let go from his job of 10 years. It was a shock but he immediately started working part-time at a local funeral home and he loves it. He turns 65 on Feb 1 so was ready for a less demanding job anyway. I'm not looking to retire anytime soon. I'm still having fun with my job and it looks like things are picking up so I'll stick around for a while. A lot of other decorators went out of business in the last few years so it left me, still turning homes into beautiful places.

This past year, I took my passion for quilting into new arenas and delved into more complicated projects. I bought a new Viking Sapphire 875 and have even been machine quilting smaller tops. Can't wait to get into the sewing room today but have to take down the Christmas tree first. Its bad luck to leave it up until the new year!

I like surfing the internet and yesterday I stumbled onto www.thequiltpatternshoppe.com . I've created 2 quilts using my own pattern ideas and on this site, you can submit your patterns and earn money from them. I might just do that.

I became a team leader on the Organized Life team and I established The Sonoma Diet Team as leader. ON SD, we have 4 fledgling members and so I hope tomorrow, we can start 2012 in earnest. My weight has is stable but I would like to still lose 24 pounds as I have been striving for for 2 years. I've been a sparker for 2 years now but still no weight loss! I think I can in 2012. On Organized Life, I set up the Attack A PIle Today Club (AAPT). If you just AAPT daily, you will soon be organized. At least that is the hope.

I became a member of the IPOD Club yesterday. Finally gave up and got one. Now I have to learn how to use it effectively. What was the turning point was the ability to take photos and when I have a nice room design to photograph and I don't have my camera with me, I can take a pic with my IPOD> Plus it is a business write off. That is one good reason to stay in business. A lot of things I can write off through it. At any rate, in spite of a few let downs, all in all, 2011 was a pretty good year and ended on a high note! Looking forward to next year!

  
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REGABA 1/2/2012 8:23PM

    It's good that you like your work. One of my goals for the coming year is to make my job less frustrating--I may not really be able to do anything to change it but perhaps I can at least work towards setting myself up skills wise for something I would enjoy better.

I may have to check out the Organized Life group.

I'm glad you had a pretty good year.


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WHY DO DOGS EAT POOP?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hope I am not offending anyone but I wonder if anyone has the answer to this question, Why do dogs eat poop? We adopted two dachshunds from a shelter in November and they have been a real joy to us. However, dachshunds are known to be stubborn and resist potty training. If the door isn't open when they are ready, they just go wherever they choose. Now this morning, I smelled a whiff of dog poop, got up to remove it, and it was already gone! Breakfast for the other dog. He does this! We haven't seen Daphne do it, only Wally. So just wondering, why do dogs eat Poop? We have had 6 dachshunds and they all have done this. I never noticed any of our other dogs eat Poop. ANd for such little dogs, they have a mile long intestine. Amazing how much accumulates! I guess if Wally wasn't eating the poop we would have a lot more. Later.

  
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ILLINITEACHER52 12/30/2011 11:22AM

  My Beagle does this in our backyard where there have been racoons and deer - Disgusting!!!!! I have seen something to feed dogs, in the Smith & Foster catalog, but it only keeps them from eating their own poop. (I suppose there are still nutrients in it????? - I have no idea why they do this.)

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CHANGING4ME49 12/30/2011 5:39AM

    Have no idea why either. We have 2 Labs and they do it too. Love to raid the kitty box. It's my least favorite habit of theirs and I'm sure for the cats it is too.

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ASHESS85 12/29/2011 11:07AM

    Mine does it all the time. She gets in the cat litter, eats bunny poo in the grass. Not sure why..


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BRANDDROGERS 12/29/2011 9:54AM

    I think it starts when they are newborn pups and if poop isn't cleaned up quickly it starts the habit. My dachshund Sam doesn't do it but my son's pitbull mix does.

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STILL GEARING UP FOR 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Well, I signed up for the January workout challenge, now I just have to do it. I have all day to put something in place. I weighed again this morning and I am pleased with what the scale is showing me. Hope it contines downward and not upward again. Just 5 lbs to 170 world! Please let me do this.

This year, I want to get and keep organized better in my life. Last night I folded and sorted fabrics and put away the Christmas ones in 3 small bins. Feels good. Still more to do but a start. I haven't had my sewing fix in several days so I need to do something about that.

I also want to start back walking and exercising. Such a simple thing just to go out and walk around the block. Why don't I do that instead of stitting here typing?

I have several pairs of newer pants that I hope I'll have to pitch in another month or so and buy smaller ones. that would be nice. I've been a sparkmember for 2 years now and still at the same weight I started at so I need to do something about it. Have to get to work! Later.

  
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ILLINITEACHER52 12/30/2011 11:24AM

  You have inspired me to work on organizing my stash of material.
(I'm sure I have enough Christmas fabric to put together a few Christmas quilts by Christmas 2012.)

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CHANGING4ME49 12/30/2011 5:47AM

    I've been cleaning, sorting and organizing this week too. Gearing up as you say for the new year. I love to organize. I'm thinking of taking some classes offered in the area after the first to sharpen my skills and to drive my husband even crazier. emoticon He's a messy but nature. Working on some health and fitness goals as well. So here's to making 2012 the healthiest and most organized year ever. WE CAN do it!!

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CELLOPLAYER1 12/28/2011 11:41AM

    I can relate to the sewing fix. I had to clean my sewing room while my family is visiting so I haven't been able to sew in almost two weeks! I will have a couple days to sew after they head home on Saturday before I go back to work on Tuesday. It has been nice having my family visit.

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KASEYCOFF 12/28/2011 10:11AM

    Yepper, I hear you about fitness - me too!!!
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GEARING UP FOR 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It's not too early to start thinking about 2012. I'm planning my business so why not myself? So I signed up for the January Jumpstart Challenge Team. Supposed to exercise everyday which I fell flat on this year for sure. But I'm encouraged because I didn't gain any weight this CHristmas and my pants are loose and my 2 new dogs like to walk. So I need to get moving more and I can do this.

So I'm going to continue following the portion control plate size of the Sonoma Diet and continually add more fruits and veggies and fiber to my diet. I made another batch of my homemade granola. I'll have to post the recipe as it tastes great and I love the crunch of the nuts and toasted cereal. ANd it sure helps with irregularity if you know what I mean!

Yesterday I made chicken corn chowder that was yummy. I had picked up a cookbook from AMish country this year and it was in there. Didn't have half and half or cream so I used skim milk as usual. ANd threw in a jalapeno pepper as I do to most of my soups and sauces. I read that a little heat and spice revs up the metabolism and it adds taste without added salt.

Yesterday we had our grandkids for the day and my daughter-in-law took a picture of me and my 2 year old grandson. I thought I looked pretty good for a 63 year old grandmother!

So its all good. Have to get to work! Later.

  
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CHANGING4ME49 12/30/2011 5:57AM

    Both the homemade granola and corn chowder sound yummy. I think I will make some chowder tonight for dinner. I have a recipe from my grandmother which is so good. Always reminds me of her. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 12/27/2011 2:37PM

    I used to live in Amish country...
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CARLANNIE 12/27/2011 9:22AM

    Hi! I just joined the January Jumpstart Challenge Team, too. My dh is going to be gone for almost two weeks in January, and I can already see that will be a challenging time for me to cook well for myself, and not snack. So I'm going to concentrate efforts toward a healthy me. Good to know someone else is headed in that direction, too!

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