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Wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

The TV has been off all day! It was much easier than I thought it would be! I can do this all the time and get so much more done...including some sewing and studying and pampering! I'm almost done with my laundry and I made good progress on my room. I can work on my room for a little while each night after work and it will be done in no time. (Have I mentioned I am a pack rat and come from a LONG line of pack rats?) I am totally serious about getting rid of anything that carries a bad vibe or memory...that doesn't make me happy or serve me in some way!

That being said, I still get distracted by the computer, but I had a good reason today. An old friend from High school found me on Twitter today! I was so tickled! What's really cool is that I pulled a card from my oracle deck and it was Abundance. (Which of course does not necessarily mean money...) One of the meanings of the card suggested that I would have a surprise of some sort! I did!

I have stayed well within my calorie range today. I made spaghetti tonight with ground turkey(Go me) and Ronzoni garden vegetable spaghetti. They claim you get a serving of veggies in every serving. It was really good! I had yogurt for dessert with a little package of milled and finely ground flax seed. I found a company that makes boxes of little travel packs you can carry with you and sprinkle on cereal, in yogurt or in smoothies. It's a fabulous source of omega3 and there is little to no flavor. I like it!

Well, time to get my last load out of the dryer and put away. Work a few more minutes on my room then color my hair. I can't wit to snuggle down in bed with a good book!

Bright blessings for a peaceful night,

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TOGEMON 1/7/2013 11:17AM

    Yum, that spaghetti sounds delicious! I love Italian food.

I'm working on getting rid of stuff too... that's a good idea, to let anything with a bad vibe go. I get emotionally attached to inanimate objects (hence my love of balloons), so getting rid of things is hard for me. I need to keep in mind that if it's not useful or doesn't make me happy, I should let it go!


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A Quick Note

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yesterday I bought myself one of those tiny little one egg non stick pans. I love to make breakfast sandwiches but disliked having big, spread out or lumpy scrambled egg on my sandwich. This allows me to have a perfectly sized helping of eggs(or in my case, egg beaters) to fit on my little, round, sandwich thins.

I use Orowheat 100 % whole wheat sandwich thins, eggbeaters southwestern style, 1 teaspoon of mayo, a dollop of Dijon mustard, a morningstar prime griller veggie burger (I don't care for their veggie sausages) and fat free sharp cheese. Sometimes I will use real sausage for a treat. I am going to try Canadian bacon this week as well. Yum! *sighs contentedly*

Okay, logging off now...lots to do...


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HEYRED221 1/6/2013 5:02PM

    Sounds yummy - eager to hear how it comes out!

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REDDBETSY 1/6/2013 2:46PM

    I like to make eggs for breakfast sandwiches in the microwave: I have tiny Pyrex bowls, one that is EXACTLY the size of an Orowheat, and another that is EXACTLY the size of a Thomas 100% whole wheat 100 calorie English muffin.

I admit a fondness for Morningstar Farms sausage patties-- I find that the slight spicy kick holds up better in the sandwich form. I do concede that the burgers have better 'meaty' texture. I have not tried Canadian Bacon @ home-- I do occasionally use 2 or 3 super-lean lunchmeat ham slices instead, and I always like that for the saltiness (which, of course, is bad :)

You might try Smart Balance Mayo-- it supposedly has a lot of Omega-3 Fatty acids and no Trans Fats.

And I skip the cheese and the savory condiments and use 1 tsp. red plum jelly. Yeah. Weird, I know.

(Today we had Eggs n' Oats-- one of my newest SparkRecipes finds. Sounds sorta gross when you look at the recipe-- but, surprisingly, it tastes like somewhat like a pancake or the base of a breakfast casserole. Great with either salsa or Maple syrup. Even the picky 10-year-old asked for seconds. Awesome!)

We should have breakfast together sometime! Sounds Awesome! Happy Noshing!

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Get Ready...Get Set....GO!!!

Sunday, January 06, 2013

"Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires." - Orison Swett Marden

I'm working really hard at changing my thought patterns! While I can be very positive and almost disgustingly upbeat (ask my non morning friends! *LOL*), I can be equally negative and oh so down! It drives me crazy! One of my first goals this year is to work on controlling, if not ejecting, the negativity from my thoughts. It won't be easy, but I KNOW I can do it!

I started my new year today and at the moment am very excited about it. I need to make some serious changes in my life (Lifestyle?) to get where I WANT to be.

Goals this far:

Turn off the TV! No more having it on for noise or company. Unless there is some thing I really wish to watch, it is not going to be on. (This will be REALLY difficult for me, but I KNOW I can do it.)

"There is no failure except in no longer trying."
–Elbert Hubbard

Everyday I will do some form of cardio for at least 15 minutes. Be it walking on the treadmill, dancing, walking in place when I do have the tv on, doing one of my DVDs. There is no excuse not to move during my day!

I am going to try yoga. I have a DVD of yoga for big girls(Along with the book) and I am going to see if I like it. I am going to give it a fair chance and not quit because I can't do something the first, second or third time I attempt it...

I will be much more conscious of what food I bring into the house. I will consciously choose healthy food and will jut as consciously decide to have a small treat every now and then. I will avoid bringing into my home, my known trigger foods.

I will track my food honestly every day.

This is a good start and I am truly excited. I just the little while it has taken me to type this down, I feel optimistic and a sense of joy for doing something good and positive.

So now, off to have a bite of breakfast and attack my room. I have a whole other set of goals that are not health related, however I know I will most certainly reap the benefits of feeling mentally and physically accomplished and contented that I did what I set out to do! Everything is connected, isn't it.

"The secret of success is constancy of purpose."
-Benjamin Disraeli

Have a magical day!
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TOGEMON 1/7/2013 11:22AM

    I'm trying to eliminate negative thoughts too, especially about other people ^^; When I catch myself thinking something bad about someone, I'm trying to replace it with a good thought... or if I can't, think about something else positive instead! emoticon


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AMETHYSTSTAR 1/6/2013 10:53PM

    @BETSY: If the TV isn't on, music is...I love Sunday mornings when our NPR Classical Music partner plays Sunday Baroque until noon.

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AMETHYSTSTAR 1/6/2013 5:11PM


The DVD is:

Big Yoga: A Simple Guide for Bigger Bodies
Meera Patricia Kerr, Dean Ornish


There is also a companion book to go with it.

I got them both through Amazon!

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HEYRED221 1/6/2013 5:03PM

    Ah, the tv, probably my downfall as well. But I like the idea of working out - walking in place, etc while watching tv.

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REDDBETSY 1/6/2013 3:02PM

    It is a very good idea to write up your goals like this-- clarity is a big step toward success!

I am jealous of that yoga video-- I have a yen to get back to yoga, but I have been pretty intimidated by the sets that are available. I am also absolutely terrified of group yoga classes: I went to one years ago with super-fit-marathoner sister-- but it was a Hot Yoga class. I kept up better than I thought I would, but it was gross and I was really physically uncomfortable in the heat (I hate being hot!). The universe took mercy on me by striking my sister down with sudden-onset-stomach-flu, and so I got to bail early without looking like I was the weak one! (Not so good for her, though. Poor sister! I think she is allergic to family gatherings: she always gets some weird sort of sick at the holidays!) In any case-- I used to love yoga loooong ago, but I need a gentle/modified routine until I get a bit fitter.

Your goals are great. Clear, practicable steps. Good luck with the TV-- have you tried a radio? Having the radio on NPR as the background noise for my life is soothing and often amusing, without being overly intrusive.

We can do this this year-- and once we have these habits down, it will become easier to keep them up as lifetime health habits!

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Resolve to take fate by the throat and shake a living out of her. -Louisa May Alcott

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Hello and Happy New year! I have been gone for a bit. Went through a wee bit of a dark cloud for a while, still not sure what brought it about. My friend Everlearning thought it was holiday blues. It very well could have been. Even though I have spent Christmas by myself for the last several years and I handle it so much better now(I had a great Christmas day!), for some reason the days leading up to it were hard. It could have been y starting to review the past year and seriously considering my goals for the New Year. *shrugs* I have no idea, but I a back and I am raring to go.

I have set goals and while I didn't start today (I get paid on Friday and will go grocery shopping then and will explore my apartment complex's fitness room), I have been making positive signs to put around my home and desk at work, I have written everything down, started looking for pics and words for my vision board. I am jazzed, I am stoked, I am excited and more than anything else, I am determined! I reset my streaks and will see just how long I can go! I am going to (Spark) streak for a long time! *LOL*

2013 is going to be so Shiny! I also reset my "Tools to Life" program to the beginning. I want to see what new and amazing things I can learn about myself this time. (I completed the program in 2007 and so very much has happened since then. I am a very different person than I was then, so this will be a new adventure as well!

Life is good and getting better! I hope it is for you too!


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HEYRED221 1/2/2013 5:35PM

    Awesome goals! I am starting over too - feeling re-charged and ready to go. We can do this!!!


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TOGEMON 1/2/2013 1:08PM

    Welcome back and happy new year!


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/2/2013 11:46AM

    Its good to see you back, Ame! Have a very healthy new year!

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Rainy Days and Fridays Make me Happy! (Warning, this blog makes no sense, but I like it!)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Wow, I'm at a loss for words this morning. Nothing coherent anyway. I think I feel a ramble coming on...

I'm enjoying our weather tremendously, wore my coat and one of my scarves for the first time yesterday. About freaking time it acts like winter! *GRINS* I want today to fly by and at 5:00 it can slow way down until Monday! I hate the Cox commercial that plays off of Extreme Home Makeover. It is amazing to me what songs I will have in my head when I wake up in the morning...I mean really...The Smurfs theme? What the heck? I hate watching the news, it is so depressing. I wish they would spend at least as much time on good and inspiring stories as they do an everything else. I miss my mama and grandparents. I love my hot chocolate on cold mornings, it's like a warm hug from the inside. Received my first two Christmas cards yesterday, I was thrilled! I love it when my cat sleeps on her back...she's so fluffy. Kinda wish I could stay home today and enjoy the weather all snuggled down. I'm all caught up at work and my bosses are very happy with me! I love being here on SP and look forward everyday to seeing what is going on in our little corner of the 'verse.( which is FireFly slang for "Universe".) *

Well, that's about the extent of my blog for today! *LOL* Told you it was a ramble. That is pretty much what I have to try to tame when I am meditating! In any event, Happy Friday...Have a marvy day! Remember you are loved and we can do it!


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HEYRED221 12/14/2012 2:52PM

    Happy Friday! emoticon

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DAP1313 12/14/2012 12:05PM

    I have a cat who likes to sleep on his back also, and one of the kittens we've recently adopted is starting to do it too. I hope the weekend slows down for you too, and I totally agree about the news showing some nice stuff.

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EVERLEARNING 12/14/2012 11:57AM

    What a cheery ramble...........

Have a terrific Friday, and make fun plans for your weekend!!


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TOGEMON 12/14/2012 10:22AM

    I need to post a ramble later today!

I get the craziest songs stuck in my head too. On a Facebook word game I play, there's a user I'm playing with named Delilah... and every time I play, I get Tom Jones's "Delilah" stuck in my head! :D


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KURTZSOGOOD 12/14/2012 10:14AM

    I enjoy the rambling, too! Sounds like the inside of my brain. Happy Friday!

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KRICKET57 12/14/2012 10:12AM

    I love a good ramble especially when it is a happy one. Hope you are having a great day. Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you have been up to!

Enjoy your day


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