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Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day emoticon

My husband and I decided to skip the special weekend away and we stayed home this year. I made some pretty cookies for him and for some of our family and neighbors. We watched a couple of movies and hung out. I did a bit of walking when I delivered plates of cookies. Later we went out for dinner. I had such a big helping of salad (no dressing and lots of different colors) that by the time I ate my steamed broccoli and about 3 bites of chicken, I was full! We packed it all up and brought it home with us. Now we have dinner for tomorrow night. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 2/15/2009 7:37PM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day with each other!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/15/2009 12:49PM

    Sounds like a perfect way to spend the day together!

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SUNNYGAL2011 2/14/2009 10:51PM

    awwww sounds like you had a wonderful Valentines~ Spent with your dear loved ones. :)
Happy Valentines~
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NVR2HEALTHY 2/14/2009 9:45PM

    A variety of colors is the key to a healthy life. Just think how boring life would be without color.

It sounds like you're have a happy & healthy emoticon day!

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JMCAMJ1 2/14/2009 9:32PM

    sounds great, congradulations on sticking to your gun even when out celebrating!

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Valentine's Day Is Coming

Friday, February 13, 2009

My hubby and I usually try to treat each other with love and kindness on a daily basis. Some days are nicer than others of course. Over the years we have two distinct occasions (other than birthdays and Christmas) when we take time out to do something really romantic for just the two of us. One occasion is our anniversary and the other is Valentine's Day. Sometimes we decide to take a weekend here and there too but these two times have become sort of a tradition over the years.
In years past we've rented a cabin at a spa, flown to Florida (that was before we moved here of course), flown to Las Vegas, rented a room at a motel in our general area for a Valentine's Day package, had a spa day, took a cruise, stayed home and drank champagne and ate strawberries and the list goes on and on. We didn't always spend much money (we often times didn't have much money so we had to get creative) but we had each other and made the effort to be romantic. This year we have been trying to find a romantic get away that is within 1 -1.5 hours of our home and it has to be something we can afford. I found this little place which is an historic house set up like a French Château. They have themed rooms like the Sunset Room, the Garden Room, the Lake Room. Every room is decorated to reflect the view and has antique furniture. The only problem is that the first free night is February 21st. Maybe we'll just stay in this year and light candles, listen to music and have a nice dinner. A night at home is sounding better and better the longer I research this. I've been looking for 3 weeks now. There are lots of big special events that have booked a lot of the best places in our area; starting with the Super Bowl, the State Fair and the Gaspirilla so this year dining and romancing has hit a premium price! That's why a quiet, romantic evening at home is very appealing right now. Although the French Château may be a possibility in the near future. Ahhhh what a romantic soul I am. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/13/2009 1:44AM

    Create your own French Château in your home, that's very romantic! Enjoy! emoticon

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I'm Growing Spiritually and Emotionally

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Today was devoted entirely to my emotional and spiritual growth. I finished writing about the old topic this week and decided upon a new topic. I intend to spend the next two weeks writing about this new topic. I will take a look at how far I've come in my personal growth in my selected area. I will remember to ask daily for God's guidance on this portion of my journey to health. I believe that the journey to health includes physical, emotional and spiritual health. You can't improve one part without working on the other two. Since I have to spend so much time on my posterior end because of my foot, I am devoting that time to my emotional and spiritual growth. (I've discovered that I have some work to do on both!) At first, I was afraid that I would find this a painful journey and I kept putting it off. Now that I've had time to access the situation, I'm forging ahead, pain or no pain because in order to grow, it has to be done. I've shed quite a few tears since I began two weeks ago but that's okay. I've come to grips with some very heavy stuff. I feel like I'm making some headway but as I look at the list of topics that I'd like to cover, this could be a rather daunting task. So, I've decided to apply the baby steps rule to this portion of my journey. I believe that every day I make a little more progress and I'll keep looking forward. I've been rewarding myself with some very positive self talk. It seemed silly at first but in actuality it has been very helpful. More positive self talk is starting to become a habit, which is great! I've also opened this ongoing dialog with God. I find myself chatting with him as I do chores or when I'm on my way back and forth to the doctor's office. The people in the other cars probably think I'm dotty but they don't know what I know. I'm having a spiritual event while they are screaming at the other drivers or flipping them off. I would wager that my stress level is a very small fractional part of theirs!

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CINNIEMAY 2/12/2009 11:06PM

    I know know that you are feeling less stress because of your great outlook!

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/12/2009 7:41PM

    I've been speaking out loud to God for years through joy & tears. Hey that rhymes!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/12/2009 7:28PM


For me, this journey to good health as always been body, mind and Soul. The whole package has to be dealt with for good health. Yes, sometimes it can be painful but the results are always good.

At the end of the day I tell myself what I did right and areas I want to improve in and set one mini goal in each of the three areas. I never tell myself I failed anymore. I do still have to catch myself with negative feedback during the day.

Keep on keeping on!! emoticon

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Track that food and those vitamins

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Today I started looking more carefully at the vitamins that I'm getting from my food and from my supplements. emoticon emoticon emoticon The nurse gave me information yesterday about calcium and vitamin D in foods and supplements. I am trying to follow the guidelines that she gave me as well as track a lot of other nutrients. I still need to watch my calcium, sodium and potassium intakes and try to get them in balance. I'm also having trouble getting enough healthy fat and enough carbs during the day. I have spent so much of my life avoiding fats and carbs that this is a daily challenge to get them into a nice balance. I'm kind of taking a scientific approach for right now - at least until I can balance it without running to the food tracker to see what I've eaten so far every day. Since I'm math/science orientated in my thinking anyway, this should be a good approach for me. (retired math teacher) It will also require me to do more purposeful eating which I need to do anyway. I'm looking at it as a challenge. Last night I ate a cup of dried apricots and boy did my potassium and my fiber go up! This morning I added Greek yogurt to my breakfast (it was like having cheese cake - yum!) with some toast. It helped boost my calcium intake a bit. I also had a Pure Protein bar , salad and an apple for lunch which helped with my overall vitamin intake. I'm still way low on carbs and fats so this afternoon I'll have some popcorn with some Smart Balance Light on it. I think I'll make sure that I have leafy greens for dinner (good source of calcium and vitamins) along with my regular dinner. I can' t wait to see what my totals turn out to be for the day. For desert I'll have frozen low fat vanilla yogurt. This will boost calcium too. This tracking could be fun!!!

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CINNIEMAY 2/12/2009 6:43PM

    I wished I would make the time to track my foods!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/11/2009 4:13PM

    Once again, I am in AWE of you!

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/11/2009 2:01PM

    I thought I was the only person that finds tracking fun, I love watching my nutrition totals. I make my own yogurt, cottage cheese, chunky vegetable salsa, & granola. This allows me to cut down sodium & nasty preservatives. I get most of my carbs through vegetables; a favorite dish of mine is roasted root vegetables, sometimes I have it as a snack. Yum!

Have fun tracking!

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Today is a great day.....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today has been a great day! The sky was a clear blue, the temperature was mid 70's and the sun was shining. I went to the osteoporosis doctor today. (I don't have it yet but we're taking preventative measures) The nurse was impressed with what I told her about Spark People. She wrote down the web address and said she'd like to see what SP is all about. She was also impressed with the way I've been eating. We looked at the intake of vitamins and minerals in my diet. I track everyday so I could tell her exactly what I've been eating. She thought that I have a very healthy diet! For some reason I felt really proud of myself. I've been keeping track of my vitamin/mineral intake as well as sodium, fats, protein and carbs. I'm hoping to be approved for IV Boniva instead of taking pills which are hard on my stomach. I'll keep my fingers crossed!!!

On my way home, I stopped by Beall's and got some pool shoes that were on sale. I can't wait to get back into the water!!! Just getting out and doing errands today was wonderful. I'll take it easy again tomorrow and work on my journal and rest my foot. On Thursday I have another doctor's appointment so I get to go out again. YES!!! It sure helps my mood and sense of independence!
It was definitely a great day. emoticon

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/11/2009 12:18PM

    I absolutely think the nutritional tracker is one of Sparkpeoples greatest tools. You have a great deal to be proud of. You are on a healthy journey and it sounds like you're going to be bringing some guests. WooHoo for spreading the Spark! Your positive strides are an example of how beneficial Spark can be. Congratulations!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/11/2009 1:25AM

    You should be proud of yourself! Obviously you have really impressed your nurse with your accomplishments so far. WTG!

I am so glad you are starting to feel better! It sounds like a GREAT day and you are long overdue . KEEP HEALING FOOT!! We want to happy dance through our day!

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