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Playing catchup! Day 135

Monday, May 10, 2010


We had a wonderful time in D.C. with our son and his family. The baby was adorable. We had not seen him since January and he is 8 months old. Our grandson Jack is 5 and a half and he was a lot of fun and so excited to see dinosaurs, moon rocks. etc. It was pretty much impossible to stay on a diet but we did walk and walk and walk. The weather was pretty and I got a little sunburn on Saturday. Then Sunday turned colder. But we are home now. The dogs were happy to see us as they stayed home and the pet sitter came. I'm a little concerned about the dachshund who is blind and deaf. He seemed really detached and depressed. WE will be gone tomorrow for another 5 days to New Orleans so I hope he will be okay.

One thing I can say, I was very proud of my country while I walked around and saw our heritage. I wish our elected officials would actually go out and look at some of the monuments and memorials and read the words about government for the people and by the people and go back to the principles upon which we were founded instead of what we are going through right now.

I will be on a sensible eating plan today and tomorrow as much as I can. Then off to party time for 5 days. It will be hard to log in but I will have to figure it out as I don't want to give up perfect attendance.

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KASEYCOFF 5/10/2010 10:17AM

    You are so right about the monuments and memorials: they were built for a reason, and I agree that elected officials should make a point of visiting them - reading the words, thinking about the people and the principles that are at the heart of America.

Is the reason you went to DC this weekend (well, your husband, with the vets) because it was the anniversary of VE day? 'cause it was a 'big deal' here. Prince Charles conducted a ceremony at the cenotaph in London, and there were other events to mark the occasion as well.

p.s. Doncha just love Washington? The first time I went there I was 7 years old - that was fifty years ago this year! Sometimes I love to revisit places I remember from that trip - like the Smithsonian Castle. It has changed a lot inside over the years, considering that when I first went there the Wright Brothers plane was overhead, and just beyond it The Spirit of St Louis. But outside, standing in front, I could BE seven again, lol...

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Friday, May 07, 2010


It is a beautiful day in d.c., supposed to be up to 90 today! It's lovely to see my family from N.C. We are trying to rouse everyone up to get ready to go. It's darn near impossible to eat in a healthy way when you are eating out of a box but hopefully we'll find someplace healthy to eat. I am so used to eating veg and fruit, My body is craving them. We can see the Washington Monument from our balconey! See ya!

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4DOGNIGHT 5/10/2010 8:26AM

    I"m back!

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KASEYCOFF 5/8/2010 4:24AM

    Great way to spend Mother's Day weekend - bet the flowers are gorgeous! Don't miss the gardens behind the old castle at the Smithsonian. They should be lovely just about now. :-)

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RITAROSE 5/7/2010 9:53AM

  Enjoy every moment! Hope you find some good food choices. Eating out on vacation is a challenge! Glad you posted about your trip. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, May 06, 2010


I'm off to D.C. for the weekend to see my son, his wife and my two grandsons. I get to babysit tonight for the 9 month old while everyone else goes to a baseball game. Haven't seen him since January so i'm looking forward to it. I'm taking The Spark to read on the airplane and get remotivated. Hubby was there yesterday escorting 100 WWII vets on the Honor Fleet to see all the war memorials. He said the weather was warm and beautiful! This is the second Honor Flight he was on and this is being done all over the country to make sure all WWII vets get to go. I was at the airport last night when they came home to a band playing and the Air Force Honor Guard with swords at attention for them to walk under. Quite moving it was. And at lunch, I attended a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans luncheon and that was a treat as well!
Can't stay too long as I have to pack but I'm really looking forward to a few days away.

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AJDOVER1 5/6/2010 4:55PM

    Enjoy your trip (and your grandchildren)!

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MARSHASTAR 5/6/2010 10:24AM

    Happy Weekend, see you later. emoticon

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JENNY888 5/6/2010 9:23AM

    Enjoy your vacation!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


My horoscope today: "We never arrive at the horizon. We see a distant point and travel toward it. Once the landmark is reached, we see that the horizon is further still." It's kind of like aiming for weight loss. We set a goal to achieve but when we get there, we have to set another goal to keep it off. We are always setting goals and shooting for higher stars! Not setting goals is like floundering in a storm. You don't know where to go or how to get there.

I'm always looking ahead, filling days with activities and looking forward to the future. I had a friend who was a motivational speaker and talked about goal setting. How many goals do you have in your life? She suggested several including personal, spiritual, family, business, health and asked us to be specific in long range and short term goal setting. A long range goal is I want to lose 30 lbs. A short term goal might be for activities to do in a week to help achieve that goal.

Owning a business, I am very goal oriented. I have a goal to make X amount of dollars and in order to do that, I need to see x number of clients per month and close a certain dollar amount. Every month I strive for that dollar amount in my head that indicates I made enough money to pay my bills and myself. Less than that causes stress so I am always looking ahead to plant seeds for the next appointment.

The same applies in weight loss and Chris devotes a lot to goal setting in The Spark Book. Goal setting is a learned process, not something we are born with. When we are babies, we have a goal to eat and sleep and be dry and warm and loved. As we grow, our goals and accomplishments grow.

Goal setting also requires planning. I set a goal last month that I wanted to teach my granddaughter how to sew. In order to do that, I have to plan activities that she can do that will inspire her to learn more. She has already picked out a piece of fabric to make a blanket so I need to get a backing fabric, and batting and sew the pieces together so that when she comes next time, I can show her how to tie the quilt. That is a simple task but one she can do and feel some achievement and be able to take a finished quilt home with her. She has a new baby brother who is getting a lot of attention so she needs "me" time for herself.

My weight loss goal is still there but I am floundering with it at the moment. I am looking forward to vacation time and I want to enjoy myself and not worry about calories. I do want to eat and drink in moderation and I believe I can do so. But when I get back from my trips, I have a goal to start again, counting calories and drinking water and eating fruits and veggies.

Right now my goal is to finish this blog so I can get myself moving and my day started. Tomorrow I leave for D.C. but my son is bringing his laptop so I'll at least be able to login daily for that perfect attendance award and maybe even blog a bit. Keep looking towards that horizon!

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KASEYCOFF 5/5/2010 10:33AM

    I love your analysis of goal setting - and yes, as long as that horizon is out of reach, then it helps keep us motivated for the next step in our progress, doncha think? If I don't get to catch up with you again before you leave, I'm wishing you a good vacation and a relaxing break - DC is a great place to be a tourist! :-)

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GIVWIG 5/5/2010 9:58AM

    It sounds like you have the right mindset for goal setting! I understand how you feel about trying to lose weight while on vacation. I think you will do well. Once you get back you can get back into your focus. I always feel that if I don't gain but a pound or 2 on vacation, I've done well. Good news, the weather forecast for the DC area isn't too bad The weather here is warming up and rain isn't in the forecast until next week. (Other than the chance of evening thunderstorms.) I hope you enjoy you vacation!!


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JOHNTJ1 5/5/2010 9:43AM

    I agree with you 1000%

Instead of looking toward the horizon most of us keep looking back to see whats behind us. It's a small wonder that we fail.

No one said this journey was going to be easy. Yesterday afternoon I met with a new supervisor I am working with. I told him that if anyone gave him a book on how to manage, take it home and use it roast weenie's on. You dont learn how to mamange from a book. You learn from getting neck deep in the dirt, chocking on it somedays and then finally seeing the light go on.

Your goals and my goals may be different but we share one thing in common, we are motivated to reach them and we keep moving forward. Hope you have a great vacation.

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BILL60 5/5/2010 8:43AM

    Have a super vacation.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010


My routine was upset this morning when I couldn't log onto my computer. After fiddling around, it was determined that my modem was shot. It's been making a lot of noise so I guess it finally died. Had to get a new one and didn't take long to set it up and now I'm off. IT seems a little faster. Maybe that was the problem all along.

It gets so hectic when we get ready to go on vacation, trying to make sure all my orders are placed and clients taken care of so they won't feel neglected while I am gone. I had a nice drapery order come in and the next po # I had was 9613. I promptly retired that number and made it 9614. No way do I want a jinx of any sort on that one.

Yesterday was a good eating day so I'm sure today will be as well. We just have to make adjustments when we overdo. NOt getting into my blog early this morning kind of upsets my routine. Maybe it was a good thing, I actually had to get dressed and was able to pay some bills because I wasn't playing around on the internet. Yesterday it rained and rained and thundered and thundered. The dog hid in the closet all day. We are still watching that oil slick that, if it lands, will devastate our area. Our beautiful pristine white sand beaches. So sad. Pray it goes away. Tomorrow.

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JENNY888 5/4/2010 6:42PM

    I've suffered from computer problems from time to time also so know how irritating it is. I'm glad you were able to get yours fixed so soon.

I will pray with you that the oil doesn't reach your shore.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/4/2010 6:00PM

    I like my routine too and can understand just how you felt when things didn't go as planned. But you have a great attitude about it. Sometimes a change in routine is good! Glad you got your modem replaced -- I know what you mean about spending time online. I sit down to spark for 15 minutes and the next think I know it's an hour and a half later. Not good, but I figure I could be doing a lot worse things, too.

Oh, I do hope and pray the oil slick stays away from your area (and everywhere). I don't understand the nature (or politics) of drilling for oil, but it seems to me that it would be safer to drill on land. I know the environmentalists don't like it, but can it be any worse than what's going on now?

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CAROLYNVIL 5/4/2010 3:42PM

    I sure hope the oil stays away. that would be a lot of devastation. My dogs don't like the thunderstorms either, they usually crowd around my feet , which makes it hard for me to do anything. Glad you got your computer fixed,it's amazing how much we rely on them. carolyn

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AFERRARI 5/4/2010 2:04PM

    Hope they get the oil before it gets you.

Have a great day

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KASEYCOFF 5/4/2010 12:25PM

    When it comes to thunderstorms, I think your dog has the right idea, lol...

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