Friday, November 05, 2010
While paging through one of the many catalogs that I get in the mail I came across this:
"Begin each day as if it were on purpose"
What better words to start you day? It is YOUR day, YOUR life, so live it the way YOU want to! Take control and shape YOUR day the way YOU envision it and be ready for whatever life may throw your way.
Thanks for stopping by and reading this......... to all!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The month is coming to a close and I once again am ecstatic about SP. This journey because of my SP friends is turning out to be more than I could have ever imagined.
My monthly goal is to lose 4#'s. This month I lost 5#'s. By now on any other plan I would have the frame of mind to be happy, but celebrate by eating whatever, whenever. To treat myself for all the hard work it tool to get me here (with food).
Being on SP I have learned that when you reach one goal you put another in place and continue on your journey. And that's what I plan to do. All the things I've been doing just keep falling in place and why would I want to change the momentum. Reading the success stories and tracking my food and fitness keeps me motivated, along with the habits of my Spark friends who inspire me so much. I know how happy my friends will be for me and I also know that when /if I falter those same friends will help pick me up and walk with me on this journey.
My whole outlook on this journey to a healthier lifestyle has changed from the "diet" mentality of old. Every day is not easy, but the days that are give me the strength to continue on.
While grocery shopping yesterday, I ran into an old friend, in the produce department of all places. We chatted a while and I found out she is in renal failure and has to do dialysis 3 times a week. Her outlook is that she has never felt better in her whole life....she always was one to see the brighter side of all things. Just being around her for those few minutes made me feel good about life in general.
Whenever we come to that place where things seem impossible, we need to revel in our accomplishments and continue to see the bigger picture. We need to smile, keep our chin up and go forward. After all, yesterday is gone; tomorrow we can't change, but today.......today is a "present" we can unwrap and joyfully embrace.
HUGS to all who read this and have a healthy weekend. I'm off to a new farmers market.....in doors for the winter months........hope it is a good as the outdoor one I usually go to.
Friday, October 22, 2010
We are so blessed to have many museums and theaters (big and small) in Wisconsin. Yesterday we took in the musical "Hairspray" at a quaint establishment called the "Fireside" in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. It is about an hour drive (give or take a couple of road construction detours) from out house. The sun was shining and our trees are finally turning into a fall wonderland of reds, oranges and yellows. We arrive with enough time to walk through the shops they have with a great variety of items (including Christmas) to purchase.
Than it was off to lunch. The dining area (split up into a few smaller areas with etched glass walls and greenery, a fountain and yes a grand fireplace. Hence the name "Fireside" The dining area also has a couple of bigger rooms to accommodate bus loads of people who come from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois etc. Lunch started with a Garden Salad of mixed greens, sweet corn, hard boiled eggs , toasted pine nuts with a sweet sour dressing. Alon side fresh baked breads (cheddar and dill...this time) baked right in their own bakery. It was delicious! The entre was a breaded chicken breast, placed on a lemon cream sauce with caper buds and parsley. Along with that was a grilled Asiago polenta topped with Marinara sauce,snap peas and carrots. Sounds like a lot of food, but perfect portion control....about 4 oz. of chicken, a 1 1/2" sq. of polenta and a half a plate of veggies. All cooked to perfection. Of course they served dessert (which we took home for later).......a Southern Pecan Pie. here too portion control (I loved it) 1/16 of a pie per person.........Just the right size for a taste without gorging one self. Next the show. Most of the performers are from off Broadway productions. I must say very talented.
The theater is built in the round, holds about 400+ people. We had second row end seats (the performers actually come and go down the aisle to get to and from the stage. It also has a circular movable section(which goes up and down) in the middle of the stage. This brings props and people up and down in between scenes.
The singing and acting along with a lot of dancing was fantastic. The whole crowd really got into the performance singing along (when we knew the words), clapping to the beat of the music. We all walked away (sad it was over), but very glad we came to the show. What a wonderful experience.....we will be going back another day for another show. The "Fireside" puts on about 5 or 6 show a season. One of the most popular being the Christmas show. We usually go in "fair" weather (do to the drive), but next ears Christmas show starts in October (do to the demand) so maybe just maybe we will go.
I'm still excited from yesterday and today going out with friends while DH goes fishing with his friends......Have a sparkling day.......HUGS to all who stop by this blog.......
PS didn't track yesterdays food yet but when I weighed myself this morning..... didn't gain (or lose) on ounce...............I'm HAPPY!
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