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Friday, January 11, 2013

What a difference a good night's sleep can make. Just 2 days worth and I already see a vast improvement in my mood. It's either that or my brain just got tired of being dark and depressed. The issues are still ever present but at least for the here and now I am not dragging my sorry self around the house.

Keeping busy today tackling the home office. I love sorting, tossing out old paperwork and reorganizing so this should help too with the moodiness. Tomorrow DH and I have our grandson's first basketball game to go to followed by some home improvement shopping. Storage containers, file boxes and paint chips for the hall, kitchen and laundry room are on the agenda. May even stop by TJ Max to pick up a new purse. I have heard they have some good ones. I currently am toting around a large vacation type bag with some many nooks and cranies that I can't ever find what I am looking for. I need something simpler for every day. I don't usually treat myself but am feeling the need to do something nice for me these days.

And lastly a big thank you to all the Sparkies that have given their advice and support over the current week. You have no idea how much you help me sort things out or bring a situation into a better light when I can't seem to do it on my own. I appreciate each and every one of you very much! emoticon

  
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BEWELL48 1/12/2013 8:00AM

    Sleep is a wondrous thing!!! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/12/2013 5:55AM

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IOEINC 1/12/2013 1:16AM

    Good for you to treat yourself!! You deserve it!!

Amazing what a good night's sleep can do for you!! Also a good cup of tea is my restorative remedy!! Always improves my mood!

So glad to see you feeling better!!

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RURAL3 1/11/2013 11:23PM

    glad you are feeling better Sallie emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 1/11/2013 7:24PM

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better today. Enjoy your DGS's basketball game. I hope you found a new purse.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/11/2013 6:44PM

    I hope that you had a great day.

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SABLENESS 1/11/2013 1:50PM

    Those are some great ideas about non-family socializing. And yes, it is truly amazing what a difference a good night's sleep makes to one's outlook. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/11/2013 11:29AM

    After seeing LKWQUILTER's post, it made me realize that by building my own interests, it made my family see me as a more active, vibrant person and I believe it raised their respect for me too. Instead of knowing that I would drop everything to respond to their needs, they saw that I "had a life" and made myself a priority.

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LKWQUILTER 1/11/2013 11:20AM

    I am like Turtlebear--I have joined Red Hats and TOPS--that gives me some "me" time with other women and is good, safe, clean fun. Now hubby says he just sees my "rear" as I am such a busy person--also kids know I don't wait around for them and they can start planning things around my schedule instead of theirs. For years, whenever they called and came by I was home so it was "expected" that whenever you need something, call mama--she isn't busy. It has so improved my life and attitude about a lot of things. I do love them all dearly. Now when they are around, it is much more fun--they tease me about what all I do. Have fun getting stuff to fix up the house. Now the "fun" begins but you did so good getting the old wall paper off the walls.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/11/2013 9:17AM

    Do you get a chance to do much non-family socializing? That might also be a nice pick-me-up so that you have more to look forward to than the limited visits with your adorable grandson. I belong to several meetup-com groups (not to be confused with a dating site, LOL). Even though I'm married like you, I do things without DH to be able to participate in activities that are my cup of tea, or to have people to do things with if he's working nights or Saturdays. After we got an empty nest, I realized that I had basically formed my life around my kids' and needed to "reinvent" myself. (And I too suffer from depression.)

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Yesterday

Thursday, January 10, 2013

was a mix of emotions. DH and I didn't get along for most of the day due to his yelling at me for every little thing possible. I swear if I had said the sky was blue, he would have yelled a response. I have tried explaining to him that this is how he responds to most of what I say anymore, that it doesn't matter what it is, but he either doesn't get it or just doesn't care. I don't know which. Nevertheless it makes for some very stress-filled days. Yesterday was no exception.

Anyway by the time we picked up our grandson at 4, he had stopped thankfully. Our daughter was in a better frame of mind too nonetheless I decided to keep my side of any conversation we had to a minimum. DH and I took our grandson to his favorite play place where he let off some left over energy from a long day at school than out to dinner at a Japanese Steak House, a family favorite where my grandson is literally known as The Sushi King. He has been eating Sushi since the age of 2. And as he would say, its because, "He is cultured!" emoticon



Thankfully the day ended on a much better note than the previous five. Spending a little time with Toothless emoticon (he lost his 1st tooth this week) has helped to off set some of the stress I have been feeling lately. And I'll take any little joy I can get these days amongst the ongoing battle with the husband and daughter.

A further note, eating has been on target this week despite the emotional upheaval EXCEPT for yesterday. I ordered the Chicken and Shrimp at last night's dinner, complete with fried rice, grilled vegetables, soup and salad, and ate every last satisfying, sodium filled morsel. I consider that over-kill on my part. Normally I would have halved it but last night I just didn't feel like doing that. It was a conscious choice, definitely not mindless eating. Nevertheless later my stomach let me know that doing so wasn't a very smart idea. Lesson learned!

  
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KASEYCOFF 1/11/2013 4:12AM

    What a cutie, Sallie - and working those chopsticks! I still haven't mastered them, and it's been a fair number of years I've been trying, lol...
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/11/2013 12:31AM

    Glad that things ended up going better this afternoon while with your grandson. Good for you eating well this week. Keep up the good work.

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RURAL3 1/10/2013 11:45PM

    I just can't stomach the thought of eating sushi. Don't even know how it tastes. emoticon emoticon for eating correctly and getting through the night.

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SABLENESS 1/10/2013 10:44AM

    That sort of comfort/console me eating doesn't agree with me anymore either. Got to remember that! Glad you had a good time. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 1/10/2013 7:45AM

    Good looking young man Sallie. Tell him he has more "culture" than me--no shushi for me. lol Sending good vibes for "good humor" for your hubby--boy do I know how that can be at times. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could create a good humor "pill" for our pills. lol Have a great day and so proud of your staying on track. ((HUGS))

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SEESKO 1/10/2013 7:29AM

    What a cutie your grandson is. Here is hoping hubbys mood improves.

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Changes

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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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/3/2013 10:18PM

    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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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.
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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!!!!)
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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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    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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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/1/2013 12:10PM

    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.
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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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