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The Whole Meaningful Easter Package

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Even though the kids are all grown and living on their own, an Easter tradition that hubby and I started several years ago is our yearly dying of Easter eggs. We always dyed Easter eggs when the kids lived at home and we stopped for a while when they moved out. Since I loved doing it, hubby initially decided to pick up where we left off just to humor me. Somewhere along the line, he started enjoying it right along with me. Last year I was recovering from a knee replacement so we missed doing it. I really felt off kilter having missed it. In fact, I also missed the sunrise community service at the park close to our house too. Last year was pretty much a blur for me. This year, I already have the eggs boiled and I'm ready. Hubby suggested that we do the eggs after dinner tonight. Egg dying is always a happy time at our house. We get outrageously creative and sometimes a lot silly. Giggles, comments and loud laughter can always be heard from our house during this fun process. I will probably watch The Passion of the Christ tonight after we're finished. That film never fails to remind me of what Jesus went through to save us. I am awed by his sacrifice. Tomorrow we will get up at 6 a.m., dress warmly and head out for the park and the Easter sunrise service. I always feel like I can just reach out and touch God when I'm at an outdoor service, but even more so at Easter. The sun is just coming up, it's quiet except for the birds singing and the world seems so peaceful. It's the spiritual part of Easter for me and is always meaningful. Later we will get together with friends to attend a regular church service. Afterwards we may go out to breakfast. I will still stay on my program even with eating out. I've planned an Easter egg hunt for some of our neighbor's kids and we'll have a BBQ afterwards. The combination of the fun and sharing along with the spiritual is the whole package for me. My cup runnith over.

Happy Easter to all of my friends here at Spark People!

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/12/2009 7:14PM

    your day sounds just perfect....
wishing you a Blessed Easter and it sounds like you have that with your family , friends and Faith.
Hugs

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L*I*T*A* 4/11/2009 9:56PM

    sounds like a great time this Easter.....................wishing you and yours the blessings of Easter.........blessings and hugs.................lita

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CINNIEMAY 4/11/2009 7:19PM

    I hope that you have a great time!!! We dyed eggs at mom's today. It is just fun!!!!!

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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/11/2009 6:32PM

    Happy Easter to you as well. It sounds like a fun filled day with friends and family.

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Back to almost normal...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Today I decided to try to do as much of a regular water aerobics class as I could. I skipped some of the jumping around but I tried to stay on two feet for the whole class. So far so good. My ankle doesn't hurt at all and it isn't sore even when I squeeze it ,which is a very good sign. The best part? I feel so energized! I feel like my old self (only improved by the wisdom I've gained from this whole experience). I'm hoping that I don't start itching later from my skin condition. I took my cream with me and put it on my usual spots as soon as I got out of the shower. Maybe being proactive will help to prevent some of the skin problems later. I can hope can't I? I'm proud of myself for today's effort. I think I did very well!

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 4/10/2009 7:48PM

    Such encouraging news that you were able to do most of the water aerobics class! That's a terrific workout, and it spares your ankle, too. I hope your skin condition will fare well after you apply the cream. Good for you!! emoticon - Sara emoticon

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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/10/2009 6:46PM

    Way to go girl. Proactive and small steps. That is what this journey is all about. emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/10/2009 2:39PM

    I am so glad you are "getting back on your feet". emoticon

Have a Blessed Easter. Hugs

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Good News

Thursday, April 09, 2009

I'm pumped! I got some awesome news today. I had a colonoscopy about 3 weeks ago and the doctor removed a bunch of little polyps. The lab work finally came back and there is zero sign of any cancers. The best part is that I don't have to have another test for 3 years! YES!!!

Thank you God for bringing me to Spark People where I've learned to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. This test is so much better than my last one. I can only say that what you put into your mouth affects every part of your body! I am living proof!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 4/10/2009 12:49PM

    Great news!!! What a relief that must be!! I am so happy for you!!!

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NHSTITCHER 4/10/2009 2:53AM

  YAY YAY YAY! That is GREAT news! Congratulations!

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SARALOUOT 4/9/2009 10:56PM

    Happy, Happy Easter!!! Blessings to you! I lost my Mom to colon cancer and know that I have to have a colonoscopy too, but haven't scheduled one yet....maybe with my next annual check up. emoticon
Sara

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L*I*T*A* 4/9/2009 8:48PM

    fantastic...............HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOURS...............many blessings and hugs..............lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/9/2009 8:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am thrilled for you!! I imagine you felt concerned when you came out of the procedure and the doctor told you he'd removed a bunch of little polyps...anxious to make sure the results were okay. And here you are!! I'm glad you won't have to go back for 3 years now - emoticon!! So glad to hear that healthy eating/exercising might've played a role in this procedures better results than the previous one, too :) - Sara emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 4/9/2009 7:26PM

    Happy Dancing at this end!! Congrats on such a good test result. You are living proof for working it and seeing results. You also have such a strong positive outlook no matter what comes your way.

Have a Blessed Easter. emoticon

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Tracking More Carefully Today

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Today I am tracking my food more carefully and paying closer attention to what I'm putting into my mouth. I'm usually very good about doing this and it has become a great habit. Yesterday was a bust - granted the first one I've had in over a year - but a bust none the less. I used food to medicate myself yesterday and I got way out of control. This is the first time since I've been on Spark People that this has happened. I've moved on today and I'm not beating myself up over it, but I think it's important for me to look at the situation and see how I got so out of control. So that's what I've done. I've come up with a plan B which I put into effect immediately. I checked my emergency bag of snacks and the supply was depleted. Today I went to the store and replenished my healthy snacks which I put in the bag (I usually keep a stash at all times) that I keep in the car. I'm positive that I let myself get too hungry yesterday, after exercising and walking around, and in the impulse of a moment I ate several things (that I never eat normally) just to fill my stomach. Boy did it ever throw me off! I felt awful physically from that point to the time I went to bed. The infusion of sugar in my system spiked and then fell and I got the shakes. My protein intake yesterday was sadly lacking and although I ate dried fruits and a bunch of veggies, my carbs were off the charts. (Unusual because I usually have trouble getting enough carbs and fats into my diet) The feedback on the SP Food Tracker gave me some great information as to what went wrong. Today when I was running errands and got hungry, I ate a Luna bar and drank 16 oz. of water. Then when I got home, I ate a big romaine lettuce salad, a banana and some reduced calorie whole wheat bread with Smart Balance Light on it. I feel satisfied and full. I'm positive that my diet today had about 10x more vitamins/minerals/protein and a fraction of the sugar than I ate yesterday. Today I feel better, not frantic, stressed or shaky. I know I'm doing good things for my body today by what I have decided to put in it. Yesterday is a perfect example of what not to do and how to set yourself up for failure. I've learned a valuable lesson from this and the chances of me having a repeat performance real soon are slim to zero! Although I did get quite a bit of exercise yesterday, which was a good thing, not nourishing my body correctly undid all of the good brought about by the exercise. In the future taking care of myself will entail paying closer attention to the relationship between food, exercise and water. I did a great job of paying attention today and I know I will continue to do so. You only get one shot at life - there are no "do-overs". Taking care of your body should be priority numero uno!
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LUCKYDUCK2 4/8/2009 4:23PM

    "This is the first time since I've been on Spark People that this has happened"

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Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the keyboard. If this is the first time...all I can say is WOW!
And your plan of action right way is my second WOW.

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CINNIEMAY 4/7/2009 8:58PM

    I am glad that you are not beating yourself up! One day is not the end of the world but it can be the start of bad habits. I am glad that you have a plan!!!

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/7/2009 6:55PM

    I can almost smell those petunias :)

Your Monday had so much in common with many of mine: the food-as-self-medication, imbalance of carbs vs. protein - and I, too, usually don't eat a high-carb diet. We're becoming more and more sensitive to just how extensively the food we eat affects how we feel, and I'll have to remember your last words there: "Taking care of your body should be priority numero uno!" Thanks for a reminder I really needed :) - Sara emoticon

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ESS@HOME 4/7/2009 6:45PM

    Wow, great blog post! Yep, I sure understand what you mean when you say the "wrong" foods. Good for you that you are back on track!

~Ess

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KKKAREN 4/7/2009 4:31PM

    Good for you getting back on the horse and paying attention to what your body needs. You have a good attitude. Karen

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A Good Workout

Monday, April 06, 2009

I was back in the water today. I attended my water aerobics class and it was good to see all of my friends! I was very careful and used alternate positions for almost everything. I skipped all of the jumping around and kept my right foot off the floor of the pool for about 70% or more of the class. I'm not into playing with fire and April 22nd is the day I go to the foot doctor. I'm being a very good girl and not pushing my luck. I'm all itchy again but I know to put my prescription cream on the spots right away. My back feels okay but again, I was very careful and used alternate positions so as not to tempt fate. I finally reached my pain management doctor's nurse and they will increase the strength of my nightly meds. We'll see how it goes. My MRI is on Wednesday and I don't want to do any other additional damage to my body so I'm being very careful. It sure felt good to be in the water today! I am able to do so many more moves in the water than I can do on land. I love the water!

  
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LUCKYDUCK2 4/6/2009 10:46PM

    Saying a prayer at this end for you that there is help for all of this. You make the pool sound like so much fun! I may have to consider joining ours but seriously, I have NEVER really been in a pool and at the lake, I always had a horse under me. :)

Have another good day tomorrow. Hugs. Goodnight

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L*I*T*A* 4/6/2009 9:26PM

    no matter what the problems they do seem to be better in the pool...............glad everything went well for you.................wishing all will soon have some resolution............prayers,bless
ings and hugs.............lita

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