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WAKING UP WITH COUGH DROP MOUTH. DAY 234

Monday, August 09, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I've been experiencing some cold symptoms, specifically coughing, especially when trying to sleep. So I've slept with a bag of cough drops next to me the last couple of nights and when I wake up coughing, I put one in my mouth to quiet me down. This morning I still had a partically dissolved piece left over and blah! Doesn't make the coffee taste real good. I hope I'm near the end of it.

Last week, I had lots of upheavel in my life and so I didn't pay attention to tracking my food or points. I think I did okay but this week, my goal and my pledge to AND1571 is to track every morsal that passes my lips and do my best to get out for an early morning walk on Tuesday and Thursday. WE have to be accountable to ourselves and also to others so she and I have a challenge going to keep it up! I'd like to lose 2 pounds by Aug 20 when my son and his family come. He has lost 22 pounds at WW and I want to show some progress. Today it is essential that I get to the grocery store. STill didn't get there this weekend and I have no fresh veggies and limited fruit to eat.

Tomorrow night I start my first quilting class to relearn some skills and make a quilt the right way. I've been cleaning out the cupboards and found some fabric stash I can use without buying too much and I had most of the supplies already. I'm looking forward to it!

A home tip, I consulted with a mortgage broker about refinancing our home loan and taking out some equity to do some improvements. The interest rate for a 10 year mortgage is 3.7%! My goodness that is almost free! We can refinance, take out 20 or 30,000 dollars and lower our payments. If we keep making the same payment, we can still pay our loan off in a timely fashion and be out of debt! Oh, how wonderful that sounds. And have new windows too!

Goals for this week!

Track all food and points consumed!
Walk 3 times with Pat.
Cook at home 5 out of 7 nights.
Continue to clean out closets.
Eat at least 5 fruits and veggies daily.

I can do this. It's basic maintainence. Anyway who wants to join me this week, let me know! Later!

  
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KASEYCOFF 8/10/2010 6:37AM

    I once saw a bumper sticker that said 'Whoever dies with the most fabric - WINS!' Amuses me no end. Not that I'd accumulate fabric or anything... emoticon

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 8/9/2010 3:55PM

    I don't know what I like more, your user name or your background picture on your spark page. If that is at your home, what kind of flowers are those that are pink and climbing the tree? They are so gorgeous.
Erin

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DONNAEDA 8/9/2010 10:14AM

    Hooray for you and your new financing. Awesome. Now is the time to do that. When you are through with your quilt take a pix so we can see the finished product.

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CONSISTENCY IS KEY! DAY 232

Saturday, August 07, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

From Spark People Daily:

"Consistency, so important to the SparkPeople System, is something our society often overlooks. People are so focused on wanting things now that they aren't willing to spend the time consistently doing small things over time. This attitude results in loads of stress and lost opportunities." A great article and so true.

One of my blog readers commented that I had been so consistent in blogging and striving and he was proud of me. A nice complement and I thank all of you for reading and putting up with me.

If you had told me in January that I would still be working on losing 20 to 30 lbs and not made much progress, I would have quit for sure, But I keep coming back to a healthy eating plan no matter what binge I had or night of overeating. I"ve made the committment to Sparkers to stick it out and seeing others slowly and consistently lose inspires me.

This week I met many obstacles starting at the weekend when I didn't make it to the grocery store to restock my supply of veggies and food for the week. Monday was interrupted by 2 car accidents and going to the hospital to retrieve my grandkids. Got pizza. Tuesday night, hubby didn't get home till 9:00 so no dinner. Can't even remember what I had to eat, leftover heated up pizza I think. Wed night we had grilled cheese and tomato soup. Thursday he was out again singing. I had stopped at a chinese place to pick up hot and sour soup. I had started a cold and I like that soup when I get one. That night I didn't eat much either. Last night we went out and shared a dinner. Today is a wedding and a lunch date with hubby's roommate from 1972. So I haven't been to weight watchers online much or kept up but the scale is the same so I'm happy. Today and tomorrow requires planning and shopping for next week. I think we will be home more and hopefully don't hit any snags.

So I'm pretty consistent in veering off course and then getting back on. This week I need encouragement from all of my friends to make sure I get back on to the WW wagon. I don't want to miss it. I have had complements lately from people I hadn't seen in a while that I look like I am losing weight. My shorts don't gap at the pocket anymore and my stomach is flatter so there is progress. The biggest success I've found is my ability and willingness to bounce back in the face of adversity and keep on keeping on. I was telling a friend yesterday about the car accidents and she said I sounded pretty calm about it. I told her, "Learn to be calm and you will always be happy." And let God take over. You can't change other people or situations. You can only change the way you deal with them. And I didn't walk or exercise this week either.

However, I'm pretty pleased with myself. There is no doubt in my mind that I will continue on this journey and I will eventually lose the weight I want to lose. I look at it as weight that my body doesn't want or need to keep. If I just keep doing the right things, my body will let it go.

Have a great day! And if I want a piece of wedding cake, its okay. I just have to count it. Later.

  
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KASEYCOFF 8/8/2010 4:27AM

    Re WW and consistency: make it a habit, hon, and you won't be able to stand missing it! If nothing else, just keep reminding yourself to get your money's worth - whatever works to keep you on track. And even tho it's become a somewhat corny sentiment, I think there's a lot of truth in 'Let go and let God.' Doesn't mean WE don't have to put in any effort, but it sure takes the burden off of a lot of the worry and stress. IMHO! :-D

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DONNAEDA 8/7/2010 12:06PM

    what a beautiful attitude you have. Congratulations

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DNDUPREE 8/7/2010 9:46AM

    You truly do have an awesome attitude about this and the happenings in your life! It's refreshing to read that, especially when you're addressing where you've "fallen down'" - so many get focused on the negative of it happening at all rather than the positive of getting back on track. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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MORNING DEVOTIONAL. DAY 230

Thursday, August 05, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I picked up a book at my church's yard sale entitled LITTLE BOOK OF BIG BIBLE PROMISES FOR WOMEN. It is divided into sections for our troubles. For women who worry:

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows but only empties today of its strength!
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Later.

  
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SNORFSNORKEL 8/7/2010 1:23AM

    "Worry is interest paid on trouble you haven't borrowed yet" - Unknown

You have been a consistant poster and striver - my hat is off to you!

Glad the accident victims sound all OK - accidents happen, usually could have been avoided, with careful habits, but they do happen (my company rarely attributes an accident as unavoidable, sometimes to the extreme, for liability) - does anyone text while driving? 4 beers worth of distraction! DUI in my state. Put on makeup? Worse! Even talking on the cel phone distracts from those little moments when everything goes in the pot!

Tonite, going home from work, I looked at the panel gauges for a moment - I have been having temp problems - and swerved toward some side markers - no problem, but a wake-up!

Be careful, everyone! "Stuff Happens!"


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MARSHASTAR 8/6/2010 9:52AM

    That's a great quote. .I've learned about anxiety the hard way. yikes.
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JENNY888 8/5/2010 12:14PM

    Great inspirational quote. Thanks for posting it.

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SLS-NY2IN 8/5/2010 9:45AM

    How true! Worry kills all of physical strength, creative ideas, and desire to do anything. Fret not. Yet it seems like I get into the cycle way to easily.
Gods promises are true and when we grasp that and relax in them we will live as He intended. emoticon

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SOOKIE 8/5/2010 9:44AM

    Amen! Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed & praizeful day!

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MORNING DEVOTIONAL. DAY 229

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth, rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point. Maltbie D. Babcock (1858 - 1901)

  
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I FLUNKED YESTERDAY! DAY 229

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

I think I am taking my mantra above to heart. I seem to be so even keeled these days in spite of things happening around me. I flunked the eating plan I had for yesterday, haven't logged my points for 2 days like I was supposed to do but I'll try again today. I really didn't do anything bad yesterday. I just didn't eat anything healthy. Hubby was out at a political function until 10:00 so I just had 2 pieces of leftover pizza. And some other junk but I didn't binge and stuff myself and I've got lots of things in the cupboard I could have eaten but didn't. My son and his family are all fine which is a blessing.

I was busy yesterday with appmts. Met a client at 9:00 a.m. and got her purchase going, met another client at a carpet store at 11:00 a.m. to get her selections moving, had lunch with hubby afterward and then had another appmt that I was fitting in. I get a lot of decorating appmts just from being around, meeting people, being active in the community, going places. This last appmt I had met on a football excursion to Florida State several years ago and she is also a member of a group I belong to. In the middle of the appmt while we were talking about what she needs to do and discussing drapery fabrics, she got a call from her doctor advising her that the tests she had indicated she has cancer. That's my job. I get involved with my clients in ways you can't imagine. They become friends and family, not just clients. It was like God put me there for a reason. Kind of like when I was called up for Desert Storm. It's been a while since I brought that up but I am retired from the Air Force Reserve and was called up in 1991. I went to Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Fl, not far from home but my job was in Mortuary Affairs and I had to help families of deceased Airman with their funeral arrangements. I wrote a couple of blogs about this early on in January this year but I never finished the story. The important thing for me to always remember is not to take the event and include it with my personal worries. I can empathize and be there for that person but I cannot mourn or be more involved. Not healthy and crosses the professional line.

I don't know how I got into that. Guess it needed to be said. I have another busy day so later.

  
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GCHUNG 8/4/2010 12:10PM

    emoticonSounds like you have a very important job especially relating to our servicemen and their families.

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GCHUNG 8/4/2010 12:10PM

    emoticonSounds like you have a very important job especially relating to our servicemen and their families.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/4/2010 9:05AM

    You started saying you flunked yesterday but then you were there when the client needed you. On balance, you may have stumbled at the starting line but you got up, brushed yourself off and continued on the journey. Confucius said fall down twice, get up three times.

Some British Invasion (I think Chad & Jeremy) group sang "but that was yesterday, and yesterday's gone." Embrace today. It is a gift, why we call it the present.

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