Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Makes you stop and think....
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
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
But I know
I'm not alone
By the light
There she waves
Show the way
To the place
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
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
And through the fight
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 :)
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.
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