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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Lifestyle changes I adopted in 2012:

I drink 2 glasses of water immediately upon waking every day.
One of those glasses consist of warm water and lemon juice.
I eat nothing pass supper which is never later than 6:30 pm.
I consume 8-10 glasses of water daily.
I no longer allow the words "Holiday Meal" to mean "Free for all". I now stay within serving sizes during these times and do not go back for seconds.

Changes in the works for 2013:

To consume enough daily fruits and vegetables.
Incorporate a regular exercise routine.
Set aside time for daily meditation/ devotion

As the year progresses I want to work on a variety of areas but these 3 seem to be the biggest problem for me at the moment. Consistency and Procrastination are key words for me. I need to work on both in every area of my life.

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SABLENESS 1/4/2013 7:13AM

    Good goals emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RURAL3 1/3/2013 10:24PM

    great goals Sallie. If we keep it to bite size we can accomplish them. I am going to have to think about mine now LOL. emoticon emoticon

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    great goals! Looks like your 2013 is going to be awesome!

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PMFISH 1/3/2013 6:11PM

    You accomplished great things in 2012. Sounds like 2013 will be a banner year foe you. Keep up the good work!

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LALMEIDA 1/3/2013 5:54PM

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LKWQUILTER 1/3/2013 3:53PM

    You will do it Sallie. emoticon emoticon

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LOVETHATDOG 1/3/2013 3:49PM

    You will accomplish all these things! I like how you're pacing yourself with steps along the way.

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TRUE-NESS 1/3/2013 3:49PM

    These are great!

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SJACK06S 1/3/2013 3:48PM

  You had great accomplishments in 2012! Good luck meeting your goals this year!

Your last paragraph sounds just like me!

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A New Year With New Possibilities

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Well I decided to weigh in this morning after all despite still being sick. The scale says I have dropped 3 lbs. HOWEVER I am only logging in 1 for the week. I will reserve the other 2 and see what next week's weigh in shows. With as sick as I have been I feel my weight may fluctuate a pound or two in one direction or another as my body eventually heals and returns to normal. I'd much rather be conservative in my expectations at this stage than have to back track later. Either way I think I am safe to say I reached my New Year's goal of 30 lbs. emoticon I have successfully removed each pound I regained earlier in 2012 and am now ready to venture forth. 105 lbs down and 95 lbs to go!

2012 proved to be a difficult year for me in more ways than one. Regaining so quickly some of the weight I dropped previously was a rude awakening for me. I was on such a high note at the beginning of 2012 and suddenly everything went south and spiralled rapidly out of control. Spending the next few months struggling to get back on track was not a great confidence booster either. Nevertheless by August I had regained my motivation and settled in to do what I needed to do. Some might say it was a completely wasted year, spent on regaining and losing previously lost pounds, but I don't choose to look at it that way. Instead I see it as a teachable moment. It taught me that giving up is not an option and that I do have what it takes to get the job done. And those are lessons I can't be taught enough. Each time I falter and get back up only serves to make me stronger not only in dealing with my weight but in everything I do. So here is to 2013, a brand New Year! The possiblilities are endless!! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/11/2013 1:49AM

    Just catching up with you... a new year!
What came to mind as I read this blog of yours was:
Success isn't about what happens to you - it's what you DO WITH what happens to you!
SO much of our health and wellness journeys is about staying disciplined. And that can be challenging day after day after day.
But I truly believe the mark of a true champion, true courage, is to pick back up AFTER a falter, a fall or a slump.
Your character is built so strong in those moments. I swear Sallie, since I met you here on SP, I have seen you grow (the inner you, not the outer you!!!!)
Keep up the good work. You are so terrific, wonderful and lovely. You are WORTH EVERY BIT OF hard work and struggle.
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Happy 2013. Let's make sure this is one we look back on with pride!
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CRAFTINWIFE 1/1/2013 7:23PM

    emoticon Happy New Year!!


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CATLADY52 1/1/2013 5:41PM

    Congrats on how far you have come and a heer for the journey forward. emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 1/1/2013 4:01PM

    You did emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 1/1/2013 1:11PM

    What a great outlook you have Sallie. I am trying to grasp that too. You are so brave to step on the scales--not like me right now. Your blogs encourage me that I can get back on track and succeed instead of just spinning my wheels. ((HUGS))

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RURAL3 1/1/2013 12:32PM

    Amen. Congrats on a wonderful job in 2012. emoticon emoticon

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    Agreed. As long as we do not quit, we are moving forward. I'm proud of you for sticking with it. Together WE will find success in 2013. I BELIEVE it!

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What Goes Well Ends Well

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Well, all was right with the world yesterday. Spent a wonderful, drama-free morning and afternoon with the daughter, grandson and Dan (daughter’s boyfriend) celebrating Christmas and all it had to offer. Our grandson was more than thrilled with the goodies that awaited him under the tree and in his stocking. His biggest problem now is where is he going to put everything? emoticon He has a very small bedroom and its nicknamed “Toy Central” for a reason.

Speaking of presents, the husband and I actually received one this year from our daughter. emoticon I know, I know, he and I nearly passed out from the shock. It is a Sausages & Cheese Collection with marble slab and cheese slicer. We are looking forward to enjoying it on New Year’s Eve. The husband and I have had a standing tradition since we were first married of enjoying a sausage and cheese platter and champagne on New Year’s Eve. We choose to bring in the New Year in relative calm watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve on TV. What can I say, we are real party animals! emoticon

Anyway after opening presents we sat down to a Roast Turkey lunch with all the trimmings as well as apple pie for dessert. DH and I prepared the meal and brought it over to the daughter’s place. Everything was quite yummy. I was pleased with myself once again for keeping within serving sizes of everything. In hindsight, it actually came very naturally. I even declined a slice of pie without hesitation. There were no second helpings or late night raids for more stuffing. Perhaps my brain is finally beginning to accept the new lifestyle I have been trying to adopt. In any case DH and I helped with the cleanup and then proceeded to check out the grandson’s new toys.

The rest of the time at the daughter’s went smoothly. I even saw her crack a smile or two when she was watching her dad, Dan, her son and I play Monkey in the Middle with a very large balloon. By the way I count that as exercise. Jumping around like a mad woman trying to catch a balloon will surely burn off a few calories. Anyway we continued to enjoy each other’s company until my grandson’s father came to pick him up at 3:30 to go to his family’s celebration. DH and I than said our goodbyes as our daughter and her boyfriend had further plans for the evening. Upon rounding the corner to our home, we were surprised to find a small group of neighbors and their out of town guest taking pictures of our house while admiring our holiday decorations. What a nice ending to a perfect day! emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/28/2012 1:06AM

    YAY YAY YAY!!! I am so thrilled that you had such a lovely Christmas with your family.
Love the pics, too!
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And good job on the portion sizes, etc.
All in all, a very successful day!
Enjoy that cheese and sausage platter!!

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SABLENESS 12/27/2012 3:34PM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and your good day. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/27/2012 8:23AM

    So happy everything went so well Sallie and all had such a good time. ((HUGS))

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IOEINC 12/27/2012 7:34AM

    Great pictures!!!! SO glad that everyone had such a wonderful Christmas!!!


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GOLFGMA 12/27/2012 5:51AM

    Wonderful time with your family. Very nice photos as well. Those are memories to cherish for a lifetime!

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RURAL3 12/26/2012 11:18PM

    Nice pictures. Glad that you will have so many good memories of this Christmas. And congratulations on such great eating or not eating LOL.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/26/2012 11:16PM

    Love the pictures. So glad that you had a peaceful and pleasant Christmas.

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CRAFTINWIFE 12/26/2012 11:08PM

    So glad you had a very Merry Christmas!

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2012 National Gingerbread Competition

Friday, December 21, 2012

Aside from my camera acting up, I had a great time with the family last night minus the Christmas Lights at Lake Julian. It was raining way too hard to see them so we'll try again this weekend. Nevertheless the grandson enjoyed his visit with Santa. Although when he first saw him arrive he exclaimed rather nonchalantly, "I'm not impressed! His stomach isn't quite big enough." emoticon

Thankfully everyone got along and it turned out to be a nice evening. The Gingerbread displays at the Grove Park Inn were amazing as usual. Everything except the base has to be edible. The grandson and I think we might like to try our hand at it next year. They offer Beginner Preparation Classes for all age groups over the summer which he and I certainly would need. Anyway here is just a sample of what we saw. I apologise for the quality and red eye. My camera was not behaving itself. I should have asked Santa this year for a new one. emoticon

One of my favorites!

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Memories Of A Christmas In Germany

Dominion Bridge

The grandson making sure his mom and Dan got home safely.

First Impressions

Christmas Angel

Town Square

A Few Of My favorite Things

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Tic Tock

Special Delivery

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LKWQUILTER 12/22/2012 11:21PM

    What fun Sallie and you did great with the pictures.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/22/2012 12:33AM

    Very cool pics. Glad that everyone got along and it was a fun time! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 12/21/2012 3:48PM

    I love gingerbread items and have my kitchen decorated each Christmas with gingerbread men. I have done the houses and they are not easy so I am really impressed with these displays. Beautiful! Thanks so much for the photos.

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RURAL3 12/21/2012 2:43PM

    love the houses. So glad it all worked out.

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CATLADY52 12/21/2012 11:52AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Some of those creations are truly works of art. I'd say definitly take a class and enter something next year. emoticon

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SABLENESS 12/21/2012 11:10AM

    Thank you so much for sharing these. The things they do for this event are emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 12/21/2012 10:36AM

    Wow!!! A lot of work went into those. Having made a gingerbread item for display I can appreciate the time, effort and work that goes into that. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time, t hanks for sharing.

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JACKIE542 12/21/2012 10:25AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun, the gingerbread displays were amazing, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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Sandy Hook Elementary

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I have been completely heartbroken over Friday's cruel and senseless violence in Connecticut. I can't even wrap my head around the amount of craziness it would take to do such an act, and to innocent children no less. I can't begin to imagine the suffering the children and adults went through nor the pain the parents, families and friends of the victims are going through now. To have this happen during the holidays only serves to heighten the heartache of those affected. Sad doesn't even begin to cover it! As I weep my own share of tears, I choose to celebrate the lives of the teachers, principle and school counselor who tried, some in vain to help the children escape the terror that day. They were heroes every one. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were killed or injured. May God bring them comfort.

Parents everywhere need to take a moment to give that special child in their lives an extra hug or two and tell them how much they are loved. There are moms and dads today as well as siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that will never get the chance to do that again.

And as for the media! Enough with the sensationalism. I don't want to see the face of the idiot that murdered defenseless children and adults plastered all over every newspaper and channel anymore. Nor do I want to hear his name, about his background, what his family, friends or neighbors have to say about him, or every psychologist on the planet try to access why he did what he did. I don't want to hear repeatedly how horribly the children died, especially that one was shot 11 times. And I don't want to hear the surviving children nor their parents asked over and over again to describe for the cameras the horrors they witnessed that day. Let them be! If you need something news worthy than by all means keep the focus on the beautiful human beings whose lives were cut short. I much rather hear or read about their precious lives and what will be done to help their families find some peace and begin to heal than give the maniac who killed them any additional publicity. He, and other idiots like him don't deserve any!

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LINDA! 12/17/2012 6:58PM

    I agree with your blog. Enough is enough...the violence has to end. The news media needs to STOP putting a camera and microphone in front of those grieving.

God bless all of the families and the community.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/16/2012 10:59PM

    Excellent blog. My heart is broken as well. Prayer is the answer here. Prayer and love. Bright blessings to you and yours my friend. Give that grandson of yours a big hug!!!! I'm still waiting to see pictures of your decorations!

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BRENDABUNNY 12/16/2012 8:47PM

    Very well said Sallie and I agree... emoticon my emoticon

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ANNIE924 12/16/2012 8:19PM

    I agree Sallie, you expressed this very well. I'm afraid the sensational news coverage only encourages these disturbed individuals to live out their terrible fantasies. Thank you for your thoughtful and sensitive comments.

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    Nicely said.

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SWIMLOVER 12/16/2012 5:41PM

  I agree! I did read a story about the children and the adults whose lives were taken. I cried over each one of them--all of them were wonderful children and adults.

I am praying for their families and for the town.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/16/2012 3:12PM

  So very well said......... emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 12/16/2012 3:10PM

    I am with you Sallie. I am reading in silence or even turning on the music channels for background noise. lol

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DIET_FRIEND 12/16/2012 2:36PM

    I'm avoiding news coverage of this tragedy. I cannot dwell on this too much as it is so upsetting. Our minister preached on this subject today. Despite this horrid incident, I refuse to live my life in a state of fear.

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