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Accentuate the Positive

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Even though I've had my share of physical problems, March has started out great. I've decided that having occasional physical drawbacks isn't the end of the world. If you look for the silver lining in whatever clouds your day, you not only have a perfect growth opportunity, but staying positive actually can make you feel better both physically as well as emotionally. Today as I stood out on our front steps, I looked around and I saw beautiful flowers, a blue sky without any clouds and I felt the warm sun and cool breeze caress my face. A sense of peace washed over me and this simple moment awed me. It was a scene I had witnessed many times before but hadn't stopped to really look at because I was so distracted by life's hustles and bustles. There is beauty all around us; sometimes it hides in a smile, a supportive comment on a blog, in a hug or in a gesture of good will by family, a friend or a stranger. In this day of nasty politics, poor economy, tight money and unemployment it is easy to get caught up in it all, become stressed out and negative. We've all read articles about what stress can do to our physical and emotional states - most of it impacts us negatively. But what would happen if we started to look for the positive that might be hiding within the negative? Could that change us in such a way that we could feel better about our situations and life experiences? I think it could. I took a look at where I was eight months ago and where I am today. I could easily have given in to all of the trials and tribulations that have wreaked havoc in my life during this time period. Sometimes the temptation was very strong. But then I decided that there were lessons to be learned, deaths to be grieved, bones to be healed and life would still go on. I've watched others get dragged down by negative thinking and I realized just how often I was giving them pep talks. I would say that life is too short to waste on negatives. There are no "do overs" in life so why not make the most of it. Since I decided to take my own advice, I've learned a lot. I'm much less stressed and I'm starting to actually like me. I'm accepting myself the way I am - the total me - mind, body and soul. And you know what? I'm not half bad! So, look for that silver lining, see the beauty that surrounds you every day and accentuate the positives. I'm much happier when I do and the people around me may see a little ray of hope peaking through. You never know how many lives you touch by offering a positive comment, a smile and a glimmer of a hopeful future.

  
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CRYSTALPISTOL2 3/6/2009 6:13PM

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NVR2HEALTHY 3/5/2009 7:00PM

    Fabulous Blog! Thank you for taking the time to write it. As I read it I experienced an enjoyable warmth and slowly my face was taken over with a SMILE. There you go again making me SMILE. Thank you!

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-DEBY- 3/5/2009 1:17PM

    Thank YOU so much for sharing such Inspirational Words....

I have found for me, Being POSITIVE is a CHOICE and it is VERY healthy...

BLESSings ALLways
Deby


Sharing the LOVE today~~~~0:)


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CINNIEMAY 3/5/2009 12:34PM

    I loved your blog! You are a great person and I hope that you remember that !

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L*I*T*A* 3/5/2009 10:10AM

   
the real you, the essence of you, cannot be improved by
a bottle or a pill or a salon. It is a beautiful and glorious light
shining from your heart to the heart of the world. Cherish the real
you - it's pretty terrific. And let it shine

i got this from somewhere,don't know who wrote it...................it sure does apply here.............have a wonderful day.............blessings and hugs..................lita

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BECCA_BEE 3/5/2009 3:00AM

    Well Said!!! I love love love your blog!!!! I totally 100% agree!!!

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Pennies for Pampering Jar

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I have finally finished my jar for Pennies for Pampering. Actually, making it was easy; deciding how to decorate it was the hard part. The jar is a Bell Jar with fruits and veggies in bedded on the front. I chose that because the underlying part of pampering myself is to eat 5+ fruits and veggies every day. I used a purple marker to highlight it and put a design around the outside of the area surrounding it. The other decorations on the jar are "stick ons" for a princess. I chose this because when I pamper myself with the coins I award myself, I will feel like a princess for a day (a throw back to Queen for a Day for those of you who are old enough to remember that!) I used a purple ribbon to tie a bow around the mouth of the jar. On the ribbon I clipped 2 glittery butterflies to remind me that like the butterfly, I am under going a metamorphosis. Every time I change myself, I emerge a beautiful new version of me. I topped it off with another bow just to give my jar a finished look. Last week I was awarded $6.75! I haven't added in the awards for this week yet. I now keep a list of my daily goals next to my food diary. I check off each goal as I do it. It is very motivating!

  
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SLOTTI 3/6/2009 1:22PM

    Good motivation for making my own jar! I still haven't done it. emoticon

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NVR2HEALTHY 3/4/2009 11:36PM

    It looks MARVELOUS! I bet you had fun making it. Congratulations on your reward $$$ Great idea keeping your list of goals next to your food diary.

You are doing great!

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L*I*T*A* 3/4/2009 7:16PM

    love it.................great idea...............blessings and hugs................lita

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Back to doing some short distance walking

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Today I was able to take two walks (.7 mi. on each walk). I did a big rest period between the two and will continue to take it easy for the next 4 weeks. I'm feeling so good that reigning myself in will be a challenge, but I am determined not to do anything that will hurt my foot and land me back in that boot! Hubby took me out to breakfast this morning. I was surprised at how easily I could make good food choices. I had 2 eggbeaters with sliced tomato and onion, sprinkled with about a tablespoon of grated cheddar cheese, half a cup of unsweetened applesauce and a toasted bagel. I should have stopped eating at half the bagel but for whatever reason, I ate the whole thing with a little jelly. Next time, I'll just eat half. I'm a work in progress. I don't have to be perfect - this was just a little slip up - so I have forgiven myself and I'll just make a better choice next time. So far it has been a great day. emoticon

Have a great weekend everyone!

  
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NVR2HEALTHY 3/1/2009 7:11PM

    We are all a "work in progress." emoticonIt sounds like you are doing great with walking! I posted the chicken recipe on Spark, you can access it by visiting it's in my recipe box.

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/28/2009 6:01PM

    I am so glad that you are working back into this the healthy way and just know it will continue to get stronger each day! No more boot!! Yay!

Breakfast sounds great...bagel and all. Have a wonderful weekend.

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L*I*T*A* 2/28/2009 4:45PM

    good for you...............have a great weekend........blessings and hugs..................lita

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Back in the Water - Yea!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Today I went to water aerobics class. I have eagerly awaited this day for 7-8 weeks - since I first injured my right foot. First, I warmed up with an 11 minute ride on the stationary bike. Then I got into the water. I was able to do a 50 minute class by modifying a lot of the exercises. If the exercises called for jumping around I marched in place or did the movement by treading water. I don't want to go jumping around too soon and damage my tendons, ligaments and muscles, which have been in a boot for 5 weeks. Doing the routines like I was in deep water kept my feet off the bottom and prevented me from bouncing. I wore water shoes that have thick sole and padding inside. It felt so good to be back in the water. I'm tired but happy. emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/28/2009 3:22AM

    I am so glad you got to do this again. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

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L*I*T*A* 2/27/2009 4:12PM

    sounds like you did very well....................good for you................have a great weekend....................blessing
s and hugs......................lita
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NVR2HEALTHY 2/27/2009 3:14PM

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Have a happy & healthy weekend!

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Going to the Vet

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Today was the dreaded trip to the vet. I dreaded the trip because of the cost (the little stuff they do really adds up) and the trauma to my fur babies. The vet is a really nice, caring guy and the dogs seem to like him. He takes the time to pet them and talk to them every time they see him. They used to be really upset when we pulled the car into the parking lot but now I hold them while they get shots, blood work, anals, toenails etc. so they seem to do a little better. When Tiberius (our male) was being examined and worked on he protested loudly but just leaned against me. Unfortunately, the vet tech took Traci to the other room (to weigh her, draw blood and clip her toenails), and she got very scared. She hates getting her toenails clipped and having blood work. I held her and put her on the table for the vet when she came back. When the vet tried to examine her, she tried to crawl inside my jacket to get away from being touched any further. Poor baby! When she couldn't get into my jacket (I still had it zipped up) she put her little head under my arm and buried her head. Of course when it was all over and the treats were being passed out, she was her usual happy self and made short work of her doggie treat. Now that we're home, Ti and Traci are taking a nap and the house is so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. I think they're so exhausted from their morning out that they need the sleep and they didn't even get their shots today!
They are scheduled for that in June. It's time for some snuggles with my K-9 children I think.

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/26/2009 2:45PM

    You are definitely mom to them! They sure look to your for their safety net by cuddling up close like that. My dogs HATE the vet also. We don't have one who take the time to connect with them. It is more of a wham-bam thank you mam sort of experience.
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I have had them to three different vets and it is the same with all of them. I bring them home and they ignore me for two or three days.

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L*I*T*A* 2/26/2009 12:15AM

    our dogs were like that too...............i always dreaded the visit as much as they did i'm sure..............good to have it over with...................hope youe week is going well........blessings and hugs..................lita

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/25/2009 4:18PM

    My baby Buster is the same way when he goes to the Vet, he always tries to climb in my arms. We are scheduled for shots next month. emoticon


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