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Set back vs. Failure

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Makes you stop and think....

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ONENESSMOM 11/17/2011 7:56AM

    Thanks for reminding us not to treat our setbacks as failures.

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XXEDRA 11/15/2011 5:00PM

    Good reminder

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Monday, September 19, 2011

1. The state, property, or quality of being strong.

Such a simple little word, but it can mean so much if you let it. I was thinking about this a few weeks ago - the word and it's meaning. I seem to have such a hard time saying no to cravings. I tell myself I won't give in, and yet 99.99% of the time, I do. Nothing was working for me. So, I ordered myself a bracelet - it's a 3 thin black leather bands, with a sterling silver piece. I had "strength" engraved on it.

I don't normally wear jewelry due to religious convictions, but this is something that I felt like would really help me. I'm wearing it on my right arm, and it's a daily/hourly/minute reminder that I am stronger than food, stronger than my cravings, and that I have the strength to do this. I am strong!

The best part is, it's working. I've lost a pound.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13

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TASHGIRL2 10/1/2011 12:53PM

    That's Great Betsy! Just what I needed to hear. After having a good week the scale didn't move & my first thought binge, but I said No, I'm continuing with what I know to do! emoticon

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ALLIB22 9/20/2011 3:58AM

    Awesome job! sometimes having a physical reminder with us at all times can help us catch ourselves before we do something we will regret. emoticon on the weight loss!!

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KELLSOUTH 9/20/2011 12:01AM

    That is a great idea! I totally understand the religious convictions against jewelry. I don't wear any either. But it's not flashy, and if it helps remind you to stay strong, then that's great!!

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TRUE-NESS 9/19/2011 2:43PM

    Congratulations on the 1 pound weight loss. I'm glad that you found something that is so motivating to you. You're right, you can do ALLLLLLL things through and because of Christ giving you strength!!!

BTW: Have you heard that song, "Strong Enough" by Matthew West? The chorus says, "I know I'm not strong enough to be everything that I'm supposed to be. I give up. I'm not strong enough. Hands of mercy won't you cover me. Lord right now I'm asking you to be strong enough.. strong enough for the both of us." I really like it because it's just another reminder that it's okay to admit that you're NOT strong enough for whatever obstacles life has thrown you, so stop trying. Give it up. GOD is more than strong enough and he will handle ALL of it, if we give it to Him! You can do this! You've got the mighty one in your corner!!

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"There She Stands"

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This song was written by Michael W. Smith, post 9/11.

When the night
Seems to say
All hope is lost
Gone away
But I know
I'm not alone
By the light
She stands

There she waves
Faithful friend
Shimmering stars
Westward wind
Show the way
Carry me
To the place
She stands

Just when you think it might be over
Just when you think the fight is gone
Someone will risk his life to raise her
There she stands

There she flies
Clear blue skies
Reminds us with red
Of those that died
Washed in white
By the brave
In their strength
She stands

When evil calls itself a martyr
When all your hopes come crashing down
Someone will pull her from the rubble
There she stands

We've seen her flying torn and tattered
We've seen her stand the test of time
And through it all the fools have fallen
There she stands

By the dawn's
Early light
And through the fight
She stands


Thank you, eHarmony (with pics)

Thursday, September 01, 2011

So after almost 4 months of talking on the phone, Mike came out to see me this last weekend. I was nervous for nothing. We had a really nice time and got along really well. On Friday, we went up to St. Helena and had lunch, and I showed him a few vineyards of course.

Then Friday night we went to this adorable little Italian place in Sonoma. We sat out on the patio under the vines, with a fountain nearby. It was quite lovely. After dinner, we went and sat in the square and just talked for a couple of hours.

On Saturday we went to San Francisco - just my luck there was a marathon going on along the Embarcadero, so parking was horrible. Apparently there was also Giants' and 49ers games that same day. I haven't seen the city quite that crowded in a long time. After finding parking, we caught the boat to Alcatraz. You have to walk up a steep incline, which is the equivalent of 13 floors. I made it just fine, and was barely winded - I'm very proud of myself :) My legs weren't even sore the next day!

So we spent the day along Pier 39, walked part of the Golden Gate Bridge, then drove up to the top of Mt. Tam, which has some fantastic views of the Bay Area and Pacific Ocean (when it's not completely covered by fog that is). It was a long but fun day.

Sunday, we went to church, had lunch with my parents, then he treated me to an afternoon at the spa :) I had the most wonderful massage! Best I think I've ever had. Then dinner and an early night since I had to pick him at his hotel at 4:45am for an early flight from Sacramento.

All in all, we had a very nice weekend. I think he still has some nervousness about the whole online thing to get over. But I think I have convinced him I'm a nice person, and not crazy :) We seem to be alot alike in some areas, and had a lot of fun together. Plus, it's nice to be around a true gentleman, that treats me special. I'm going to go to visit him in October, and I'm very excited. I've never been further south than Texas, so it will be fun to see New Orleans, and the surrounding area. We'll see what the future holds :)

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    Glad it worked out well! Thanks for sharing some lovely pictures. :). emoticon

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    Glad it worked out well! Thanks for sharing some lovely pictures. :). emoticon

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    Glad it worked out well! Thanks for sharing some lovely pictures. :). emoticon

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PEARL_513 9/2/2011 5:35PM

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL weekend! Good Luck!!!!

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KELLSOUTH 9/2/2011 12:13AM

    Great pics! Looks like a great weekend! New Orleans is tons of fun. I know you'll have a blast down there visiting him. Best of luck! :D

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MY4KITTIES 9/1/2011 10:39PM

    It sounds like you had a fun weekend. The pics are great! I'm so happy for you and hope all goes well with your new friend!!

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CAMDENCYCLIST 9/1/2011 10:07PM

    What beautiful pics! I'm glad you had a nice time :) Best of luck to you and your new friend.

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JENNKPETERS 9/1/2011 2:35PM

    That is awesome - I am so happy for you - Now it's my turn :)

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AHARRIS02 9/1/2011 1:28PM

    That's awesome that you had a great time. I met my hubby on yahoo personals, and we've been married for a year, but together for 5 years. Hope all goes well with you guys.

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SASSYGIRL5401 9/1/2011 1:24PM

    Best of luck to you! I met my finacee on e-harmony!

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LIGHTHOUSE0403 9/1/2011 1:23PM

  Sounds like a great weekend. I hope you find romance. If not, you have a new friend.

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I will not get out the ice cream! or "My ex is engaged" (Self pity enclosed)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

My ex and I broke up last Spring. We are still friends and occasionally talk. (He's in TX and I'm in CA). We dated for 3 years, and even though I knew we weren't compatible long-term, I do still care deeply for him. We were great friends, and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

Today he sends me a text that says "I have news." I just knew it probably wasn't something that I wanted to hear (yes I've moved on, but it's still difficult to know someone you care about has also). I asked him what, and he told me he's engaged. Of course I cried for a few minutes.... Thank God I was alone at work. And my first instinct was to skip the gym, go home and put on my jammies, and crawl into bed with a pint of chocolate ice cream, and perhaps some gummy bears. (Not to mix. Icky) Anyways, after I got over the initial surprise, I talked myself out it, and into going to the gym.

Do I still feel a bit sad? Yes. Will I still go get that chocolate ice cream? Probably. But I won't eat a whole pint. I'll probably just go buy a little carton instead. But the real stuff. None of that low fat crap. This occasion calls for the real thing.

Because everybody has these days of self pity... But at least I'm not doing what I initially wanted to do. I'd say this healthy lifestyle change is probably for good.

**Deep breath...**

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AVALANCHEGIRL24 8/11/2011 9:24PM

    oh...i know exactly how you feel...high five

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RAFT4WAVES 8/8/2011 4:31PM

    Been there myself. Not sure what I did since it was 10+ years ago but nothing feels as good as pushing through something I didn't think I could do in fitness. I'd try to use that energy to create something positive for myself; a new best time, mileage, weight, etc ...

That being said, I am sorry that the news took you by surprise and you'll feeling a bit down... I totally get that. Good luck on turning this around.

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ALLIB22 8/6/2011 9:55PM

    great job blogging about it and getting that emotion out there! also for standing up to your self pity party and doing something that helps you long term, i find this extremely difficult. emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYARTIST1 8/5/2011 1:29AM

    I agree with true-ness if you journal instead of eating ice cream you won't have that extra weight to have to lose. Go journal and if you have already eaten the ice cream, so be it and go do some extra cardio, again.

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ROCHELLE62 8/4/2011 10:00PM

    Send his fiance the ice cream. might be fun to do it regularly.

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NIKO27 8/4/2011 8:23PM

    I have been there. My ex is engaged to a really good friend's sister and on occasion I still have to be around them.Good for you going to the gym, and enjoy the ice cream

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KELLSOUTH 8/4/2011 8:19PM

    That's rough. I've been there. I didn't handle it as well as you are. I bought the half gallon.

But you're improving yourself for the person you WILL BE compatible with. :D And it will be SO worth it!

Have a good cry though, sometimes we need that. But hang in there. It will get better!

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TRUE-NESS 8/4/2011 7:56PM

    I say skip the ice cream and just do some journalling, praying and have a good cry. At some point we really have to start learning how to not use food as a drug. THEN, the healthy MINDSET, not only the lifestyle is probably for good. Sorry you're feeling sad.

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