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Rainy Day musings

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Another deluge has begun...it is coming in waves today.

Big weather changes are happening here. We've had 2 1/2 inches of rain over the last two days. This morning, another deluge began..and we are to be wet all day..it is coming in waves. For the last few days, it has been unseasonably warm for TN in January. 70 and 72 degrees. Today this wet stuff will also bring plummeting temps and flash flood warnings all day. Tomorrow...MORE rain, but this time very cold temps....hopefully above freezing during the day..(have forgotten the details they are talking more about today than coming up).

Front part of the house is in the mid sixties, so I went and did my T-tapp...and did, I think, 5 flights of stairs. I simply MUST increase my exercise and its intensity to work my blood sugars into submission! Am going to cool down..and then go do the stairs some more.

Between dancing emoticon , stairs emoticon , T-Tapp (no exactly right icon for this one!) emoticon and when I add it back in, Leslie Sansone emoticon ...I AM getting exercise in and am seeing changes. I am gradually passing on some of my larger size clothing...still in shock over realizing I have been wearing the wrong size clothing. My midriff is still my biggest issue...Gotta get that whittled down. Frankly, I don't care near as much about the pounds I want off as I do about getting the blood sugars back down. I know I can do it...but I MUST stay more focused.

  
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CINA-MINI 1/14/2013 1:27PM

    How great that you are noticing you are losing. I hope you are able to get those numbers where they need to be for your blood sugar.

Have a wonderful day!

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 1/14/2013 12:25PM

    Love your perspective!
Stay warm!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/13/2013 9:23PM

    emoticon emoticon with work.

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 1/13/2013 8:36PM

    Way to keep going! Congrats on your workouts! emoticon

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TATTER3 1/13/2013 8:04PM

    Love your attitude!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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MOMOSG 1/13/2013 1:55PM

    It's great that you are more focused on the health factors than the number on the scale. Great Attitude!

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LYN-EDWY 1/13/2013 1:37PM

    And we're COLD....the weather patterns are chainging, but in the time of the end, a lot of things are changing.
When we go to meeting this afternoon I will be bundled up with a warm sweater, jacket and a wool scarf, along with my warm hat and gloves. emoticon

Glad to see you working on your blood sugars....sure can be a challenge, but emoticon

Sisters love to you.



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CELEST 1/13/2013 1:09PM

    Really HOT weather our side. Our poor brothers and sisters had to endure temperatures of 33C (91F) for today. My Carol said she barely heard a word this afternoon and the sister next to her was bathed in perspiration.
We have ours next weekend, and Im praying for cool weather. Other than our meeting I was able to come home and stay indoors with the fan going to keep me cool.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/13/2013 11:15AM

    The health is much more important than the pounds for sure. It took me many years to realize that. Now that I am getting healthier, the pounds are coming off as a bonus. emoticon You can do this!

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Stay Young With Me

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Got this in an email today. Wish I could figure out how to share the cute illustrations that came with it.



Stay Young With Me!!

We all need to read this one over and over until it becomes part of who we are!



HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1.
Try everything twice. On Madams tombstone (of
Whelan's and Madam) she said she wanted this epitaph: Tried everything twice...loved it both times!

2.
Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.




3.
Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!


4.
Enjoy the simple things.


5.
Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.



6.
The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7.
Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8.
Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.


9.
Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the
guilt is.


10.
Tell the people you love that you love them at every opportunity. I love you, my special friend.



11.
Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.


And
if you don't send this to at least 4 people - who cares?
But do share this with someone.

Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.


  
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STEADFASTNSEE 1/13/2013 9:39PM

  Loved it; and could imagine the pictures with it!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/13/2013 10:02AM

    I love it! Thank you for sharing!

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CELEST 1/13/2013 5:13AM

    Really is excellent advice IF we put it into practice.
I'm certainly going to keep trying.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/12/2013 8:30PM

    Neat!

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YIDDLE 1/12/2013 7:18PM

    Thank you! I love this and will send it on to some wonderful friends, too.

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 1/12/2013 7:06PM

    Lots of great advice! :)

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JERZGURL_NAN 1/12/2013 4:43PM

    thank you for some wonderful advice and reminders

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Dance till ....

Sunday, January 06, 2013

A friend posted a cute picture on Facebook today along with the following:

Tomorrow is never promised to anyone,
so Dance till your feet ache,
Laugh till your side hurts,
Say "I love you" to those you love
for tomorrow may never come.
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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 1/12/2013 7:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Love it! Love it! Love it!

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TIA_DALMA 1/9/2013 4:30PM

    True!


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CADDYBROWN 1/7/2013 6:21AM

    Sweet!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/7/2013 6:11AM

    emoticon So true.

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CELEST 1/7/2013 2:40AM

    It is wonderful. It would be such a great world if those things were done daily.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/6/2013 10:21PM

    I love it, emoticon

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ALIGIRL07 1/6/2013 9:48PM

    I love love love this!!!! Thank you for shareing!!!

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Amazing how dumb I can be.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

One of the issues I find with myself on this health and fitness journey is that I tend to be watching calorie consumption but not always paying attention to the results of my choices in regard to my blood sugars. I am type 2 diabetic. I know the need to eat wisely and to eat on a regular schedule...and to make good food choices.

Yesterday, I learned (I hope) a good lesson. DH and I were going to have a dance lesson at noon. emoticon That was fine. Got done at one and had planned to get lunch while we were out and about. HE decided we should stop BEFORE lunch at the social security office where we were to show them a document (marriage license). You KNOW nothing goes quickly in those environments...and even though our reason for being there was short, the wait was not so short. I began to not feel so good and correctly assumed it was because of our delay in having lunch. Next st0p was lunch.

OK...ate well, lean meat and lots of veggies and immediately felt better. I also served myself a very small taste of what I think was bread pudding. I KNOW better. I have been mostly off wheat for months now. Certainly didn't need the sugar content either and I knew all that. I had more bread pudding....thinking about the bread part...but not the sugar...and knowing I shouldn't have had any more. STUPID.

Not long after we got home, I started getting sleepy. We had planned to go to a dance last night but DH had a chemical reaction to someone's perfume or soap while we were in the SS office (he had to leave the building..his glands were rapidly swelling and he felt it in his sinuses and throat also). By evening, DH was feeling like he was getting sick...and I was ready and wishing to go to bed WAYYY too early. I was actually glad to NOT be going dancing. WHAT??? emoticon

This morning, I was wondering why I was SO tired last evening. Then I realized how much wheat I must have eaten. I am not gluten intolerant..or wheat intolerant so that was a bit much of a reaction to have. THEN it occurred to me that the bread pudding was probably loaded with sugar!!!! I probably sent my blood sugars through the roof (too bad we didn't go dancing...I could have worked some of it out of my system). I sure hope I didn't do serious damage to myself with that!

SO, today I am feeling fine. Blood sugar test was not out of the ordinary range for me this morning...but I am NOT happy at the dumb choices I made yesterday. emoticon I also realize that it is possible that the low blood sugars contributed to my not making good choices...though by the dessert time of the meal, I would have thought that would no longer be an issue.

I am hoping I will learn from this eating disaster of a seriously bad choice on my part. I am sharing it to help ME remember, and maybe to help someone else THINK about that shouldn't-have-it-but-I'll-have-a-taste choice BEFORE they pay the consequences.

  
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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 1/12/2013 7:14PM

    We all do this sort of thing! Does that mean we're all dumb? LOL I don't think so. We tend to be harder on ourselves than we are on others - just ask me. lol What's important is realizing it before we fall deep into bad habits that harm us in their repetition. You are very good at that!
So - forgive the past; move ahead and do better in the future!
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PICTUREME40 1/6/2013 6:53PM

    emoticon Live and learn. You might just have to give yourself a time out before thinking on having dessert. Don't beat yourself up to bad for not being perfect.

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CADDYBROWN 1/5/2013 9:37PM

    Hope you are all better now. We all do dumb things. Just us being human!

Caddy


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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/5/2013 9:06PM

    Hope you are much better today. I well know his reaction. Been that way countless times myself and it takes days to feel human again.

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CINA-MINI 1/5/2013 9:03PM

    I have been eating sugar WAY too much. I know better, but I have "hand to mouth" issues. After reading your post, I realize that I CAN and WILL do better. Thanks for sharing your lesson learned. Hopefully, I can learn it as well.

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Choose Life

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I was chatting with a friend this morning...she is struggling with her efforts to improve her health. I told her to stop expecting miracles (despite her great hopes and plans) and to focus on taking one step at a time, one choice at a time. Each day we face many choices..what to wear, what to eat, where we go, what we do. Those choices add up. Our results in reaching our goals are not so much a result of ambitions goals as making good choices...all those little choices we make each day.

There is a Bible verse found a Deuteronomy 30: 19 which I took out of context a bit and applied in a non-spiritual sense. I believe that God did give life to humans. I also believe that HE expects us to take care of the gift he has given each of us. In the scripture, God says: I have put life and death before you...and you must choose life in order that you may keep alive, you and your offspring."

No matter what our religious beliefs, we all can apply the thinking here...that each of the choices we make each day reflect whether we are choosing LIFE or not. Good health, a reasonable weight, balanced activity and a healthy diet all are requirements for keeping alive. Thus, I want to Choose LIFE...and encourage you to do the same.

CHOOSE LIFE that you may keep alive.

  
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MOMOSG 1/2/2013 10:59AM

    I CHOOSE LIFE! Thank you for sharing. I get what you mean about taking it a bit out of context in the sense that this scripture isn't directly speaking to taking care of our physical bodies. If we truly respect the life Jehovah has given us, then it's appropriate we take care of our bodies. It's so easy to see that smoking, drugs and abuse of alcohol dishonors God. So why is it so easy to ignore the fact that abusing our bodies with a consistently bad diet and a utter lack of exercise is really the same thing? I have been guiltly of this to varying degrees throughout my life and trying to be conscious of it every day. Not to make me feel some huge amount of guilt over each morsel I put in my mouth but rather to get me to the point where making better choices becomes a natural habit out of respect for the wonderful life I have been given.

Thank you so much for reminding me of this. I think I've overdone it a bit while visiting with my parents!

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ALMYEARTHLYBEST 1/2/2013 9:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon (SP needs an emoticon that says LIFE!) LOL
Wonderful application Asta! Definitely a keeper for me!
I'M CHOOSING LIFE!!!
Every day we make that choice - Every day is Day 1!

Comment edited on: 1/2/2013 9:02:47 AM

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CELEST 1/2/2013 6:32AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Im going with choosing life also. Wish we could still wear bands around our heads with the message dangling before our eyes. LOL

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TATTER3 1/2/2013 5:42AM

    I love this! I really do want to choose life!

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CADDYBROWN 1/2/2013 5:31AM

    YES. This is what I should be thinking in my head when I am making those decisions about food and activities. Thank you for putting that into words for me.

Caddy

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/1/2013 9:03PM

    Great blog -I'm choosing life!

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/1/2013 7:15PM

    Love it! Choosing life!

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