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Goals for 2012

Monday, November 28, 2011

One of my goals is to finish organizing the upstairs of our house, and get it the way that I want it to be.
Before I do that I need to do another vision collage, and make some plans of how I am going to do this.
Deal with my bipolar/depression as it comes, and find ways to continue working on my goals despite of it.
Make a tee-shirt quilt for my youngest son.
Make a tee-shirt quilt for my husbands nieces.
Start planning for doing some scrap booking.
Get active at my gym, so that I am not wasting the cost of my gym membership.
Work on healthy menus that I can use for planning my healthy meals.
Journal. Learn to, because I find this difficult.
Work up to walking a 5K. And do it for charitiy. (Currently I have been able to walk a mile,)
Read through the Bible throughout the entire year.

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INNERATHLETE111 11/29/2011 3:14PM

    I love your 2012 goals. You have covered many aspects of your life. I have found journaling hard to but it is so helpful when I do it! God bless you and you with your goals. Now, you have me thinking about my 2012 goals!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/29/2011 12:15PM

    emoticon Goals!! emoticon

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CAMELA_55 11/29/2011 8:40AM

    Great goals! I finally read the entire Bible in one year in 2009 after starting it multiple times

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RGEETING 11/28/2011 11:44PM

    Wow! Great goals! You're doing great!!!!!
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/28/2011 10:45PM

    Great goals. emoticon emoticon

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quiet day, pumpkin bread with my son

Friday, November 25, 2011

We are celebrating Thanksgiving day on Saturday with our kids.
However, my daughter called when she was on her way driving to her husbands brothers house for their Thanksgiving meal. And she came by later on her way home. He stayed there to go out shopping early int he morning with his brother.
My youngest son loves anything pumpkin. He came by this evening to bake pumpkin bread with me, which we have done for many years together in the winter time. He really likes to cook with me. And I loaded up the recipe into the recipe nutrition tracker and was able to fit a piece into my food for the day. So that was nice. I guess, it would give me another serving of vegetable.
Happy Thanksgiving all.
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/25/2011 11:01PM

    Yum emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 11/25/2011 8:35PM

    The SP recipe calculator... awesome tool! God is good. I've punched in a few of my recipes that have been traditions in my family for a long time. I came to realize that if I keep making these things with the recipe I use, I'm going to kill my family! LOL Wow... the calorie count and fat content in some of my Christmas faves is scary. But it's tradition. It doesn't really feel like a legal Christmas without them. It's a good thing Christmas is only once per year.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/25/2011 10:30AM

    emoticon What a great Thanksgiving!! And you get to celebrate again with the kids on the weekend. AWESOME and ENJOY!!!

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TURTLERASKIN 11/25/2011 9:58AM

    I love pumpkin bread, too! Glad you had a good day with the kids!

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    Have a lovely weekend and good luck with staying focused...

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KASEYCOFF 11/25/2011 4:02AM

    I love quickbreads, any kind - rather have them than 'real' cake! So nice that your son joins you in the kitchen, too...

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Wedding Anniversary and Frog Tradition

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today is my husband Paul and my 31st wedding anniversary. Thirty-one years ago today we were married in the chapel at MIT in Cambridge, MA. It was a nice day, but each year this day gets better. Marriage is not about the wedding, but about the years we spend together. We have had some years that were not as easy going as others. Around 10 to 12 years it was kind of rough. I was not doing well, and blamed everything wrong on my husband. We had three young children at the time and I found it difficult to care for them all while my husband went off to work. But the kids have grown up, moved out, and are on their own. Two have started their own families, and the youngest remains single, but has a good handle on his life.

Frogs. The year we were married my husband got his PhD in Physics from MIT. His younger sister was in 5th or 6th grade and had to write a book. She wrote it about her brother, who went from frog to prince. It is a really cute book that she gave to him after he got his degree. In it she describes all of the wacky science experiments that are famous in his family from when he was a kid. Then she writes about him going off to MIT, and wanting to become a prince. In the book she has him as a frog, and then he meets me, and when he kisses me, he turns from this frog to a prince.

So through out our marriage he has had a tradition of giving me many, many frogs throughout the years. I have gotten stuffed animals, flowers in a vase shaped like a frog, small jewelry boxes with frogs on top, even one from France. I have gotten him frogs in return, an outside frog for the garden, a bank that is bright green that I am putting quarters into. Tonight he blessed me with a really cute frog hand puppet. It is really, really cute. Maybe tomorrow night I will be able to take some pictures of the frogs and display them in my blog.

But tonight I want to tell you about our night out, and share how I really blew my diet budget.
We went to a really expensive restaurant in our home town. Got all dressed up - I went and had my hair styled, and even put on makeup, and I never do that. We took pictures, before and after. I had two dresses that I wanted to wear, and the first it was too cold out to wear:

Okay, so this is what I ordered: I was adventurous and had escargot Cacheral, which had snails, mushrooms, red grapes and a cream sauce. My entree was large sea scallops (3) with julienne vegetables (carrots, onion, zucchini, summer squash). And for dessert I had a awesome pumpkin souffle. With real whipped cream on top. Oh and I also had a glass of white wine. And about 3 or f4 glasses of water in between. The waiters constantly came over to the table and filled my water glass. It was very nice, and well worth the fact that I went over my calories and fat content for the day. Only for special occasions.
My husband had cream of asparagus soup, duck with a apple side dish, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

So this is the other picture we took with the dress I did wear, and after we got home:

I think I have an awesome husband!!!!! God has truly blessed me.

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SILVERBIRCH65 11/28/2011 1:14PM

    Dear Ravyna--

Just back from visiting relatives over the holidays--loved reading your post. Felt very close to home for me, as a Cambridge, MA., native, with many connections to the city and to MIT.

Belatedly--Happy Anniversary to you & yours!

In a 13 year old marriage, going through the stress years--how lovely and reassuring to read a story like yours!


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RGEETING 11/28/2011 2:31AM

    I'm trying to figure out why I'm not subscribed to you blog anymore... well - I've just subscribed again!

So glad you had a wonderful anniversary! We are blessed, are we not, with godly husbands! My daughter really appreciated the help her brother gave her in preparing her apartment for my birthday party. As she was telling me about it, she stated, I need to find a husband who's like my dad and brother! I told her that she'll probably not find a man like them online...
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Also - what a great looking couple you are! Thanks for sharing!

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DEQUINTA 11/27/2011 12:58AM

    emoticonloved your blog!what a sweet story! you and your husbunmd are truly blessed in your marriage! emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 11/23/2011 5:09PM

    What an awesome blog. Thanks for sharing your celebration with us. Happy Anniversary. HUGS.

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TURTLERASKIN 11/23/2011 12:32PM

    Happy anniversary! How cute you look, and what a great-looking couple!

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CAZANN2 11/23/2011 9:09AM

    Happy Anniversary ! You make a lovely couple and you look very happy.I loved the story of the frogs :))

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VIBRANTVAL 11/23/2011 7:53AM

    AWWWW! Happy Anniversary (late)! Love your story! And the frog story! And, frogs in general! emoticon emoticon

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4THEJOURNEY 11/23/2011 12:05AM

    I love love love the story of the frogs and how that came to be your anniversary tradition. Your hubby's little sister sounded like she was a sweetheart of a child, so supportive of her big brother getting married and working towards his degree at MIT. I'm so happy you enjoyed your evening out. I'm not sure if I could be brave enough to try escargot, but who knows! Maybe one day I'll give it a shot. :) Happy Happy Anniversary!! :)

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Day 10, 11, 12, 13 Challenge - attitude is good, but action is not

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I have not done very well eating wise. Have had a number of meals eaten out, and it is always hard for me to track those, and to chose foods that are healthy. I have had beef several times, this morning I took out 3 young girls for breakfast whose mother babysat my kids when they were younger than they are. They live in Ukraine and are home in the USA only until the Monday after Thanksgiving.
I am still waiting to hear about my new insoles for my feet, and I can not wait to get them, because my current feet hurt, and make my knees hurt.

Today, I have walked, or taken over 8000 steps from walking from one room to another in moving craft items, and books to the new room that my husband & I have been working on. I am about to go do some more, and try to get a bit more finished, but this is going to take some time.

A quote that I have been aware of this week goes something like this "Any thing that is worth doing is going to take time" That goes from changing a life style to healthy living, to reorganizing your home. Working on both. Happy to be doing both.

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SILVERBIRCH65 11/21/2011 12:06PM

    Now, of course I have to be excited by the tangential Ukrainian moment....*g*

So what's the timeline for the insoles? Are they coming, but just coming slow?

I have trouble with the eating out thing too. And with portion-size in general. It's my (Americanized) Central European upbringing. I don't actually want to escape it--but I *should* find a different way to express the "large portion size = appreciation of the cook/provider" thing.

Good work, despite your foot issues, getting the steps in.

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Day 9 Challenge

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My goals for November: and how I did today
1. drink 8 glasses or more of water per day - drank 9
2. track all of my foods daily : didn't eat real well today, and haven't tracked yet. busy day
3. do at least 5 of my rehab exercises for my knees daily. Did differently as I spent time in the water.
4. ride my exercise bike at least 4 times / week for 30 mins (doesn't need to be all at once) Today I went to a gym with a friend and did water aerobics for 30 mins, and walked a total of 3900 steps.
5. do the 1 mile walk at the end of the month
6. plan recipes for my thanksgiving dinner that are healthy
7. Loose 3 lbs. I saw my dr today and by his scale I weighed 276.6 Lower than ever!!!!!
8. measure and record my measurements. :DONE
9. record my progress on a blog daily. DONE
10. Spark/encourage another Spark friend every day.
11. Eat 5 or more vegetables/fruits per day today I ate 2

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SPARKYCARLEY 11/17/2011 9:19PM

    You're doing a great job. Keep up the good work. Your body is a temple for God, making it healthy is awesome worship for Him.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/16/2011 12:58AM

    You are doing a great job!!! Keep it up!!!

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