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Life - Make It Count!

Monday, August 18, 2014

We can and should enjoy life. I have had the philosophy that if you don't have a good time whatever you are doing, it is your own fault.

I also like what Eleanor Roosevelt said about the purpose of life.

You all know that we make choices in life. Here is what Shaw had to say.

Of course, no one likes a giddy-know-it-all, so be aware of others around you and how they might be feeling. If someone is depressed, for example, they don't want to see you all happy, happy, happy. Of course, you can still be happy but be empathetic without being overbearing.

  
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    Love the blog

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    Love the quotes and the pictures.

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Getting Back To Self Image

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In July, my team had a challenge of motivation and in June to throw out the negative self talk. These are real challenges especially for women. We are especially critical of ourselves, seeing every flaw on our faces and bodies.
Yesterday before aqua fit, me and a group of women were discussing what we don't like about our bodies. Later on, I realized I still need to work on the negative image. Wow! You can just slip right back into that negative talk easily.
So I plan to post those 10 steps and re-read them every morning until I finally get it.
Here they are for those of you who are not on my team. As you can see, I "borrowed" this from somewhere else, but it is so good!

10 Steps to Loving Your Body (c)
by Pat Ballard
1. Never stand in front of a mirror and think negative thoughts about yourself.
2. Never stand anywhere and think negative thoughts about yourself.
3. Search carefully for your good points and when you have found them, nourish them and build on them and cause them to grow daily.
4. Close your mind to any negative words, thoughts or actions that someone might send your way. Donít allow negative thoughts into your subconscious.
5. Always conduct yourself in an honorable fashion and donít allow your mouth to appear larger than your body.
6. Always do your best to look like you care about yourself, as no one respects a slob, no matter what size that slob might be.
7. Learn what your best colors are, what your best hair style is, and what your best clothes style is, and never leave your house without being dressed accordingly.
8. Always, and without fail, smile and simply say, ďThank you,Ē when you receive a compliment. Never think or say that the compliment isnít true.
9. Stop apologizing about your size. Expect everyone to accept you, respect you, and be
happy with you just the way you are.
10. But most of all, you have to love yourself. When you love yourself, others will love you and respond to you in the exact manner as you feel about yourself.

  
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CIERAPOET 8/17/2014 5:55PM

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Such a blessed reminder Linda! We have to LOVE ourselves and SPEAK Life to Ourselves if we expect ANYONE else to love and respect us. I've learned that through the years and still working on it. God sees us as BEAUTY in motion! His Creation and WE should too! I'm Beauty!
Thanks again!
Love & Blessings!
Deb

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TRESSWANN 8/12/2014 7:58PM

    Really nice. Thanks for sharing

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DIANESKATZ 8/12/2014 12:41PM

    emoticon I especially liked point #8. So often when any of us receive a compliment we shrug it off, say nothing or say something negative about ourselves. It is time we started to simply say thank you and love ourselves too. It's okay to do. I am going to apply these things. Thank you Linda!
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MAINEALI 8/12/2014 11:25AM

    I'm guilty of negative self talk! This list if amazing. Maybe I should post it too and read it until I get it!

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AUNTRENEE 8/12/2014 11:02AM

    Amen to that.

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Candidly Digging Deep

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I have been talking about starting a graphic design business for a while now. My logo is on my page and I have a website, but I have not joined any networking organizations (the best way to gain business).
When I was looking at the Chamber of Commerce website on Monday, getting ready to join, something held me back. What? I wondered.
I looked at the areas of my life, self, spiritual, finances, nature, family, etc. I realized that it is fear of failure. Why?
I am still working on the why.
There have been many failures in my life.
I do believe I have the ability to do the business. I believe I have the tools to succeed. I also believe that you are never too old to start something new. What have I been afraid of?
I am discovering it is a long held belief coming from my family... my father had his own business but died young. My mother then was fearful of the future and raising the family by herself.
I am afraid my health won't hold up. I am afraid I will lose the money I have invested into getting clients.
This fear has found its way into other areas of my life, two failed marriages, getting fired from one job, getting laid off from two others.
So I am working on it.
The Bible says to not be worried or fearful. I am doing my best to put that into practice and I will, at last, join the Chamber of Commerce... soon.

  
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LAURELEI 8/8/2014 4:05PM

    I always repeat this and sometimes it helps "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."
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LIFE-FAITH 8/7/2014 7:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Wishing you the best!!! take care of you and emoticon your kidneys! Jean

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PGHP31CK 8/7/2014 11:59AM

    Of course you can do it!!!! Faith is knowing that, when we take a step into the darkness, we'll either step on solid ground, or receive flying lessons!

Praying strength & courage for you!

Philipians 4:6-7

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WIFE48 8/7/2014 10:07AM

    emoticon Good luck on your new adventure.

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PATTIEMCD 8/7/2014 10:01AM

    Whenever I hear someone say they would love to start their own business but are afraid of all the "What Ifs" that hold them back...the first thing that always seems to pop in to my head is the woman who started Angie's List. A few years back when I saw her first Ad, I scoffed and thought, " really? who is going to pay to join a Site to read reviews about businesses"? I don't know how the Businesses get on there to be rated or if the Business has to pay to be on Angie's List... I was really skeptic back then. But, look at her now. Promote, promote, promote your business. Long and Loud !
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AUNTRENEE 8/7/2014 9:37AM

    Go for what you believe in. Go for the goal of what you have set for yourself and no one else's goals.

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Thank You Spark Friends!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I have never met you in person, but you mean a lot to me.

I feel like I could meet up with some of you and we would have the best time laughing and talking over coffee.

You are really important to me and that is why I have been on SparkPeople for 6 years now!

Many of you are such success stories, losing over 100 pounds. I am awestruck by your dedication!

I am just trying to maintain my health. It seems like I get one part repaired and another breaks down. God is not done with me yet, however! I am feeling good today.

Last week I was getting over diverticulitis (something new for me). I am now working on getting my ankle back to 100%. The therapist gave me some exercises to do. So by the end of the month the ankle should be better.

If I did not have you encouraging me along the way, I don't know what I would do.

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TRESSWANN 8/5/2014 8:06PM

    Aw. you are awesome!

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PATTIEMCD 8/5/2014 12:22PM

    How thoughtful to write this to us !
Can't wait to see you post/blog that your ankle is back in tip-top shape !!
Is God ever done with us? Hmmmmm.... Lol

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DLITE719 8/5/2014 10:51AM

    SP is a great community. I totally understand the benefits of having the support of this community.
You have been a motivator to me and I so enjoyed reading your blog which put in writing my feeling about SP.
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AUNTRENEE 8/5/2014 10:41AM

    Love SP and I hope that you're ankle gets better soon.

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JAROL7 8/5/2014 10:39AM

    I love SP.

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Nutritionist Was Spot On!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nothing is off-limits, those are the main words the nutritionist spoke to me.
Now that is after she found out what I am eating and drinking. It does not mean that I can start drinking sodas or alcohol again or eating fried foods. It means that I have a sweet tooth and if I want dessert, I can cut the starch in my meal and have a dessert instead, just not every day.
She also knows that I have chronic kidney disease and diabetes.
She did tell me that I was not eating enough protein at breakfast and lunch. For breakfast I usually have cereal (hot or cold). I am to add an egg or Morning Star sausage (soy based) for breakfast.
For lunch I usually have Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice frozen meals with some raw veggies or fruit. Now I am going to add a drumstick or some other form of lean meat.
For snacks, I can have chocolate Teddy Grahams when I crave chocolate or peanut butter and crackers (a few), or string cheese.
For dinner I can have half my plate vegetables, 1/4 lean meat and 1/4 starch (potato, rice, bread, corn or starchy vegetable).
So you see that is a balanced diet with nothing off limits. Potatoes are still there and rice, which a lot of people are eliminating. I don't have celiac disease, so bread is still there too.
Side note: I tried gluten free for a month a while back and noticed NOTHING. Some people are sensitive to gluten, and I feel for you. I am just glad I am not because I cannot live without my bread.
I have to limit my fruit to one serving a day. I was eating too much fruit for my diabetes.
If I want a sandwich for lunch with raw veggies, I can have it!
If I go to a Mexican restaurant, I can have fajitas with corn tortillas and whole beans (not refried) and no fried tortillas and salsa. I love Italian and that can be tricky. She said if I could order a fish or meat dish with pasta on the side and a salad, leaving off the bread, that would be ideal. Those two are really my favorites, Mexican and Italian.
The key to it all is balance. Balancing our carbohydrates and protein is very important, especially for those of us with health issues.
By the way, I can eat all I want of non-starchy vegetables and I intend to!

  
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DIANESKATZ 7/25/2014 10:06PM

    Sounds like a very good plan to me. Tonight I had a piece of choc cake. Not what I should be eating on my particular plan, but it happens (by the way, it was GOOD too).
My mom ate EVERYTHING but in small portions. She had her ice cream every night but only a scoop. I wish I was like that although I did good on the choc cake..just a serving and not the whole cake!
Fruit IS fattening. Even I need to be careful with it. I gained alot in my pregnancy because I ate a lot of fruit while carrying my second child.
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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/25/2014 4:03PM

    That must be such a relief for you. Now you have a path. On on!

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TRESSWANN 7/25/2014 8:30AM

    I am so glad you found a good one!

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PATTIEMCD 7/24/2014 7:11PM

    I'm so happy for you ! Yes, Balance is important. I'm glad you went to someone who was able to let you know that you can eat all the foods you enjoy and the best way to eat them.
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PGHP31CK 7/24/2014 12:42PM

    That's definitely good news!!

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MAINEALI 7/24/2014 11:45AM

    Hooray for you and your nutritionist! It's really important to know that everything is NOT off limits. We just need to learn restraint. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MOJO0607 7/24/2014 11:31AM

    Always great to hear that you can still enjoy some of the tastes and textures you enjoy and not have to feel guilty about it! Enjoy!

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