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Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away...

Monday, August 02, 2010

This morning when I got up, I took my coffee outside to my back porch. I sat there alone. No one around. Before long my mind began to wander .... I began thinking about all the things I needed to do today. The stove wasn't working . I would defiantly have to deal with that... Laundry , dishes, supper... What would I make without my stove... Just then Sandy turned the corner. She came running straight for me! (Sandy is our labrador retriever). She was so happy to see me. (I think maybe a senior moment had set in because I had just let her out of the house 15 minutes before that. lol) Anyway, She made me smile. And then I Laughed! Oh my goodness. I wish I could be more like her. Not a care in the world. I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. I could hear the birds singing, I could smell the flowers on the table.... When I opened my eyes, Every thing looked brighter. All of a sudden I was struck by how beautiful everything looked..... Life is Good. God is Good. I am blessed. End of story.
P.S. I fixed the stove myself without a repairman and I managed to fit in an hour of exercise. Yay! emoticon

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KIMMYLOU2012 8/13/2010 1:52PM

    I really liked your blog today!!! Too often we forget to just breathe and enjoy the moments!!

Thanks for the reminder!!!


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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/13/2010 10:30AM

    Finding the best in the moment... I don't know why we so often forget to remember how blessed we really are in life. I'm trying to just "stay present" to now more often than before. And, I loved that the expression of what sounds like pure adoration and joy on your Sandy's face lit up your world! What if we loved ourselves and each other the way our dogs love us?! Can you imagine how different our lives would be? emoticon

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MAMADWARF 8/11/2010 10:18AM

    gotta love a labs smiley face. I lost my best chocolate Buddy, 2 years ago. I still miss him every day. There was nobody like him. He was so smart and sweet and taught my granddog, Stitch, so much. And I am proud of you for fixing that stove! doesnt that feel great when you dont need anyone else, especially a man, to fix something for you? Great feeling!

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    I LOVE that song!

Life is so very good!

You are a rockin' repairwoman!!! WooHoo!!

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GEOFROG 8/3/2010 12:12AM

    Good for you on all counts!!! Sometimes it takes a furry friend to just make everything all right, or at least almost! (You can see one of mine Missy, on my Spark Page if you wish! She's my girl and you wouldn't believe the help she's been all her life and especially the last few years!) Silky, my Pom helps as best as she can but Missy gives her whole heart!!! Animals don't care if it's rain, shine, light, dark, there they are!!! Stove working or not. They don't mind if it's cold! LOL!!!

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Reward Time!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Well, its almost the end of the month and i have decided that it is time for some special " me time." As a mother of three, wife, and hospice nurse I give alot of my time to others. I remember my nursing instructor asking me why I wanted to be a nurse and my reply was " I want to help people ". Even at 21, it was always about someone else. Now, at 40 there is always someone needing something from me. LOL.
Today, I am taking time out for me. I am going to the salon to have my highlights touched up. I am celebrating today because ......
1. I have lost 19 pounds!
2. I have exercised at least 20 minutes a day every day this month.
3. I am making healthier choices.(my family is too!!!)
4. I have reorganized my kitchen to make it easier to pack lunches and fix meals.
5. I now measure and weigh my foods to control portions.
6. I am now easily drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
And most of all, I am celebrating because I am me. I am free to make choices , I am free to love, and I am free to Live life to the fullest!!! emoticon

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Major congrats on your progress! Awesomeness!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/2/2010 12:03AM

    Great to give yourself a reward!!! Hope your hair look fabulous! Congratulations on the progress you have made so far.

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CHLOE453 7/30/2010 9:07AM

    Wow congratulations on your weight loss!!! It will be such a nice day for you to treat yourself for those wonderful accomplishment that you have reached this month. You are an inspiration to keep going when times get rough. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 7/30/2010 8:44AM

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement! Odirom, Just allowing myself to have some "me" time without feeling guilty is the best reward I can give myself. lol emoticon

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GUMMIBRCHN 7/30/2010 8:29AM

    It really is nice to read good news first thing in the morning. Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon

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DESERT_DARCY 7/30/2010 8:25AM

    Congratulations on all of your successes!!!

It's nice to read a lot of good news! I really enjoyed your blog.

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ODIROM 7/30/2010 8:24AM

    So what is your reward going to be? (and congrats on the success so far!)

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CIVIAV 7/30/2010 8:03AM

    Hearty congrats and your blog is a true example of learning to care for yourself. Yet again I will take this one to heart! Kudos on the lbs and everything else that makes the difference. emoticon

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asics gel nimbus 12!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oh my gosh! I am soooo excited! After much shopping and research I ordered a pair of new shoes.(What a name . DOESNT THAT SOUND LIKE A DISEASE OR SOMETHING? LOL) I decided it was time this morning after hobbling down the hallway when I got up, resembling frankinstien as he stumbles around. Of course the store didn't have my size so I ordered them online. I am hoping they come in before the weekend so I can give them a good workout at Rocky gap state Park!!
If you are reading this and have a pair, let me know what you think! Ps. I got a great deal at kellys running warehouse. emoticon


I can see positive changes!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I am soooo happy today.! While I was having my morning coffee , I decided it would be a great time to reflect on my goals and the recent changes I have made. **I have consitantly used the tracker to keep track of my food intake.
** I have adapted a practice of keeping my water bottle "Red" with me at all times.This has definatly helped me keep track of exactly what I am drinking. I have to drink three a day so I try and drink one by noon, one by evening and one before bedtime.
**I have met my goal of 20 min daily of exersize. emoticon
**I am no longer in the 240's I hit 220's today!!! emoticon
** I reorganized my kitchen so that my digital food scale and mesuring tools are handy and are easy to use. I am on my way to the new me!!!

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BIGMAMAT 7/17/2010 7:13PM

    Oh my gosh!! A great big thank you from wv ! You'all will never know how much the words of encouragement meant to me. xoxoxo Tricia emoticon

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QUEENSPARK1 7/17/2010 10:10AM

  That is awesome! I am new to this journey and love to see positive things happening. Keep up the good work!

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BUFFALOGAL1952 7/17/2010 9:47AM

Stay focused. You can do it! You are well on your way!!!
Much success on your Journey!

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MARKTUEIN 7/17/2010 9:19AM

  Thatīs the spirit!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/17/2010 9:19AM

    Woohoo! Great changes and fantastic job!

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KEELY128 7/17/2010 9:16AM

    Congratulations and keep up the great work.

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I refuse to feel guilty

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today marks a milestone in my journey for better health. Today, I do solemnly swear not to feel one ounce of guilt for the ice cream I ate. after much consideration I decided "yes Tricia, you can have that ice cream! and you deserve it. " I measured it, I counted it and I ATE IT! end of story. Why is it that when you are overweight you think that you can't indulge once and a while!! Now i need to take my new found companion, Red(my water bottle) and go on my scheduled date with The Beast(my elliptical machine). LOL. Go Me!!! emoticon

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LIFEGOESON24N7 7/15/2010 1:04PM

  Yes, you can have ice cream!

Just stopping by to say thanks for the encouragement and to offer mine to you. I eat chocolate about 3 days a week, but the difference between b4 sp and after sp is that the amount I eat in 3 days is still probably less than half of what I used to think a portion was.

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BOVEY63 7/14/2010 3:31PM

    We all to treat ourselves from time to time.
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BIGMAMAT 7/13/2010 9:09PM

    yes, yes, and yes!!! thanks for the support!! xoxoxoxo

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KILA1228 7/13/2010 7:20PM

    There is nothing wrong enjoying a treat once in a while!!

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FLICKIE13 7/13/2010 7:14PM

  Life is short so savor every minute and every treat you can get.

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GREEKGAL1 7/13/2010 7:10PM

  If you can't enjoy a treat once in a while, what's the point. As long as you keep exercising and watching what you eat most of the time, you will be fine. Never feel guilty. It doesn't accomplish anything.

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