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Starting Over... soon

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Jeeze, it's been months since I've been on here. I've really got no good excuse. I have been busier at work and have kind of fallen "off the wagon" so to speak with my weight loss goals and exercise. I guess I just started to get a bit overwhelmed with everything suddenly; work, family, even this website (among others). I just felt like I couldn't keep up and needed to take a break.

I know I need to get back into it, I've gained some of the weight back and gotten back into some bad habits again. It's a bit depressing, and that doesn't help either, but I know I've just got to re-commit and set some goals again. I've got to just start from scratch all over again and stick with it!

Thanks for the support, even while I wasn't visiting here. I miss you guys and I'm grateful especially to those who are helping with the "Dealing with Anxiety" team and the "Class" team. I feel bad for not being there to help out.

I'll be back soon!

Love you all,

Katherine emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 11/28/2009 9:42AM

    Katherine, it is not easy admitting that you stepped back. Not all journeys are easy, they come with many detours. Glad to hear that you found your way back. Remember to take one step, one day, and one bite at a time!!!

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PICKIE98 11/28/2009 8:03AM

    All that matters is that you are here now,, for yourself, welcome back!!

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FLIGHT-RISK 11/28/2009 2:36AM

    I'm where you're at. My entire life was turned upside down and inside out, and I pretty much let go of my weight loss goals, and of course, gained everything I lost back, and then some. But I'm back. The most difficult part of it is starting. You've got that down, as do I. We can so do this!


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Coping with Stress

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I found this article and thought I'd share it. Easier said than done, but I hope it can help someone...

Each of us has moments when the stress in our lives seems overwhelming. We've just started a new job, had a baby, gotten married or faced an illness. But every day life can be filled with stressful moments as well. Here are a few tips to help life balance out.

Shhh, Quiet.

We're surrounded by noise. The TV's always going. The radio gets turned on the moment we get in the car. The loud speakers blare as we grocery shop. It's a noisy world and that noise can add to stress levels. Enjoy the peacefulness of quiet. Intentionally spend 15 to 30 minutes in peaceful silence. You don't even have to do anything but listen to the silence if you don't want to.

Start Your Day on a Positive Note

Don't get bogged down by last night's dishes, early morning laundry chores or racing around the house to get yourself ready for work. That's just starting your day loaded with stress. Start the day by reading from your favorite inspirational book. Have a cup of coffee on your back porch looking at the sun rise. Take a few moments and write in your journal. The world will wait and you will be ready for it.

Take Time for Yourself Every Day.

Do something you enjoy every day. It can be something as simple as taking a walk with your puppy pal, or stroking your kitty cat. Value yourself by giving yourself a treat. If you love to garden but just haven't had the time. Make the time. Buy an assortment of herbs and pots and potter for a bit. Doing something you like is a great stress buster.

Only Worry When it Counts

There are some things you can control and many you can't. Only worry about what you can control, otherwise it's wasted. For example: If you're in charge of a family reunion picnic -- you can't control the weather. What you can control is the location. So make sure that there is a rained-out alternative just in case, then you won't have to worry about the weather.

What's Really the Problem?

Often we overreact to situations because we're concerned about something else. Say, your boss comes in and asks you to fast track a project you've been working on and you become livid with outrage. Maybe you're not really angry with your boss, the project or the new deadline. It could be you're upset because your teenage son didn't come home till past midnight. If you can figure out what's really the problem you can save yourself a lot of stress and concentrate on solving the problem, instead of creating new ones.

Live Each Day for That Day

The past can't be repeated it can only be learned from. The future hasn't happened yet. Right now is the only time you have. Learn to let go of events in the past. Don't aggravate yourself by thinking what you might have done. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and remember what you've learned.

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 8/18/2009 4:18PM

    I am so surprised that more people haven't read this and commented on it. Wish there was a way you could share it where more would see it. How important this is and it was posted way back in June. I am glad that God helped me to come to your page today to see this important blog that will affect my life in a big way if I can just apply it!!
I think I have gotten worse since the shingles!!
I am now typing as I am listening to an anxiety tape and I am not even hearing it so I will close for now with I miss you and think of you all the time.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. How important this info is!!
Peace and blessings,

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LINDA! 6/7/2009 11:06PM

    My biggest hangup is WORRY!! ONLY WORRY WHEN IT COUNTS cannot apply to me. I am working with my therapist to try to find methods to help me. Thanks for sharing these tips though. Many of them will help!!! Linda

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MOLLIEMAC 6/7/2009 8:45AM

    Thanks for this- I especially concur on the need for quiet. "Shut off that #&*#% elevator music will ya?!"...MJ :) emoticon

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

It's been one year now since the tragedy of Cody's death. One year since I blogged about it here and got so much support.

This is a poem dedicated to the young man who was violently killed just for stating that he wanted to become a police officer. Two others were also seriously injured, one of those being my DD's boyfriend.


There will come a day
when your tears of sorrow
will softly flow into tears of remembrance...
and your heart will begin to heal itself...
and grieving will be interrupted by episodes of joy...
and you will hear the whisper of hope.
There will come a day
when you will welcome the tears of remembrance...
as a sunshower of the soul...
a turning of the tide...
a promise of peace.
There will come a day when you will...
risk loving...
go on believing...
and treasure the tears of remembering.

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 8/18/2009 4:26PM

    I feel the same way as all the others here. I also have to remember to hang tight and remember all the good times. Why I hold onto what is no longer, I don't know. I just don't want to let go!!
You have such great blogs here--I should have visited more often but I will from now on!! You help me so and I am sure that others have gleaned from your blogs---even if they haven't left messages!!
Haven't heard from you for a while here now so I am hoping you will have an entry this month, August 09, for us to read!! I will write you a SparkMail to remind you!!
I'm becoming a better friend!! LOL
Peace and blessings,

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DEBORAHMM1 5/17/2009 11:20AM

    Katherine, thanks for sharing that poem! It sounds like you're in a much different place than you were a year ago...


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MOLLIEMAC 5/17/2009 9:06AM

    emoticon Take care and hold tightly all the good memories...MJ

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

All is well, my daughter didn't get sick at all. I did though, not with the Swine Flu, but another bad flu like illness that had me out for over a week. I'm still recovering.

Anyways, it's a long weekend here and I have the following week off too so I'm on vacation!!! I'll probably go visit my mom again on the island and just relax! Woohoo! I'll also have more time to get on the site here and contribute more.

Thanks for all your support so far.

Katherine emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 5/16/2009 11:11AM

    Glad to hear your daughter did not come back sick. They haven't really been talking about it like they were two weeks ago, and it seams the people that did die with it, had other health issues.

Take care of yourself, and have a great relaxing weekend.

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MOLLIEMAC 5/16/2009 8:53AM

    Glad to hear you are better- enjoy your break!...MJ

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Swine Flu - Too close for comfort

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I've been having major anxiety lately because my DD left for Cancun, Mexico yesterday morning (Monday). She's 18 now and worked hard for so long while going to university so that she could go on this vacation with her friends who have been through so much this past year. Of course us parents have nagged them about hand washing, etc so we can only hope that they are all being very cautious. I even went to my lab and scooped up some masks that they could wear (but I doubt they are).

Today at work, one of the first confirmed swine flu cases here in BC came in today (he's not contagious anymore) and I took his blood. Of course I asked about where he was and where he stayed, and found out he was in Cancun and stayed in the very same hotel my DD and her friends are staying at. Wonderful!! Anxiety up! He was on the front page of the Vancouver Sun today and on the CBC news talking about it.

As long as she's careful, the odds that she contracts the strain should be low. If she does contract it, then I hope its the mild cases that have mainly been reported in North America. Still not fun, but at least, and hopefully not deadly.

I still worry though.... emoticon

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 8/18/2009 4:28PM

    I know this is very serious and you are probably more relaxed now as it is over with by now but I get a giggle when seeing in my mind's eye these beautiful gals down at the beach with those masks on!! Wouldn't they have a great time and a funny tan when returning!!
Peace and blessings,

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LINDA! 4/30/2009 8:50PM

    I understand the worry. As moms, we are always thinking and worrying about our children. It does sound like she has been given good advice about the hand washing. I am praying that she will be okay. We have to keep living our lives and it sounds like she has worked hard for this trip. I really do hope that she is having a good time and that she has no problem with illness!!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/29/2009 9:59AM

    I feel for you as a self proclaimed worrier too. The thing is too, WHO may not allow anyone to come back if it gets to be a level 6 emergency? Flights may be stopped so the virus can be contained? Hopefully you will know more if your in the medical field, but as the hospital staff in Mexico were not alerted sooner and warned about more safety precautions. I heard the masks do not really help (maybe if someone sneezed near by), it is really important to keep washing your hands and not touch your face (nose and eyes) and make sure all fruit and vegetables are washed (they may have been handled by someone carrying the virus?

Sending out positive thoughts for the safe return of your daughter and her friends.

Hugs, Sonia

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    Of course you worry - you're a mom, and it's your job. Hopefully you've dunned into your daughter's head to be careful and she's not just lip-synching the agreement. Do the statistics - how many people live in Mexico City - how many had the flu - how many were seriously ill. And hope for the best. Good luck - hope she has a great vacation and you get her back well.

I'm a nurse in an ER in Albuquerque, New Mexico - I expect to have people hacking in my face with the flu or colds very, very soon. Sheesh!

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