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Train Ride

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I made reservations yesterday for my husband and I to go on the Cumbres Toltec narrow gauge railroad in early October. This is something he has wanted to share with me for years. We had hoped to take the kids when they were small, but we just don't do vacations. He just won't get away and the cost money. We had planned on doing it on our 25th wedding anniversary a couple of years ago on the way to my son's best friend's wedding, but that is a story I just don't want to get into. Suffice it to say it just did not happen. My daughter has wanted to do this for us for a couple of years and has given us money for Christmas and birthdays to help out with expenses. She was supposed to make reservations before she left for Florida, but that, too, is a story we won't get in to at this time. I am so excited and hope the trees are in rare form. Yeah, I don't mind if they laugh the whole way as long as the wind doesn't blow. We will ride from Chama to Antonchito, eat lunch on the train and then return by bus. When we go through Albuquerque we also have reservations to go see Joel Osteen at the convention center. Sounds like so much fun. I'm sorry I have to wait until October!

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3CATSLEP 8/7/2011 10:03PM

    Oh, boy that does sound nice!!!

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Prayer of Exodus

Friday, August 05, 2011

Recently I was taken to the book of Exodus with a pen and paper in hand. This is what I call the Prayer of Exodus because every line of this prayer finds its origin in the book. Praying the Word is one of the most powerful ways I know to pray. Hope you enjoy and pray.

The Prayer of Exodus
Show me how to keep the enemy from living in the land that You have given to me. I thank You that my enemies are Your enemies and those that oppose me, You will oppose.
Show that You are with me by performing Your great miracles. Let discouragement be far from me so that I might receive Your words for me today. Teach me to be still and allow You to fight for me and my family. Teach me to listen to You and to do as You say so that I will live a life that is free from disease. Bring to me a mentor who will teach me and show me Your ways. Send Your angel before me to bring me to the place that You have prepared for me. Make me holy and may Your favor rest on me. May Your Presence go with me today and distinguish me from unbelievers. Show me Your glory. May I be filled with Your Spirit today to carry out all You have called me to do today. Thank You Most Holy God. Amen

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3CATSLEP 8/7/2011 10:02PM

    Very, very nice! A good reminder that I needed.

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1GROVES2 8/5/2011 9:30AM

    I love it and thank you for sharing it!

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Gradual Changes

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Small changes add up over time. We hardly see it at first and all of a sudden we look back and wonder how it happened. I came here wanting to eat more healthy and lose weight in the process. Now I am looking for ways to add vegetables to my diet as well as the fruit I love. At times grocery shopping has become a game for me of what's something new I can add. I read nutrition lables because I now know how important it is to know what I put in my body. As a result I no longer am tempted by foods I once readily grabbed from the shelves. Even eating out has changed. Red Lobster is no longer my favorite restaraunt, but I love Applebee's 500 calories or less. I can enjoy life and be healthy. I used to look at it as no fun to eat low fat. I already did in many ways, but have greatly improved and have enjoyed every bit of it.
As well, I was excited to have enough time to get my exercise in this morning. Read yesterday's blog if you want to know what a feat this is. I was working at finding a way to make it happen because I know it is a part of reaching my goals.
When I started I knew how much it meant to me the first time I went out to eat. When I returned home to track, I realized that I had eaten a whole day's worth of calories in one sitting. I bawled! I was committed to making a change in my life and had just hit my first major set back. I can laugh now, but I also remind myslef of that from time to time to keep myself in check.
Little by little I have become a different person. I am able to cut back on my high blood pressure medicine when my doctor said it would never happen. Don't you love positive people who give you no options? I am firmer. I am healtheir in every aspect of my life. I am also rubbing off on others as I go along. I know if I mess up there will be consequences, but I also know I can get back on track. I am about half way there and though it has taken longer than I anticipated, I am in it for the long haul.

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3CATSLEP 8/4/2011 8:36PM

    It's a lifelong journey definitely! emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/4/2011 12:59PM

    I absolutely love reading your blogs! You are such an inspiration. Thank you!!!!

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Exercise? Yeah Right!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Everyone should exercise. We all know that. But for many, like me, that is like being told to eat your vegetables. In fact, I would rather eat my vegetables. When I started at Spark that was one of my goals, to eat more vegetables. Exercise wasn't even in the picture. I kept reading how this person and that found that they loved exercise once they found something they liked. My thoughts were, "Yeah, right. Not gonna happen with me!" For a year or more I did little to no exercise though I did do some strength training. Then I got disgusted with myself a second time and knew that I needed to add the exercise. I braced myself for my unpleasant future. The girls at the facility where I work were doing a Leslie Sansone DVD and it looked like something I wouldn't make a fool of myself doing so I bought a DVD. I joined one of the Bootcamps and saw how really easy it was to do a little here and there. I got on a regular schedule of cardio and seven months later I am still at it. Not only that, but I have bought DVDs for my co-workers to show them how almost painless it can be. I still have my days when I just don't want to exercise. Some days I do it anyway and am so glad I did. Other days I scale it back and some days I do take a break from it so I don't get bogged down with it all and lose interest. Well, lately I have had four separate people come to me, including my daughter, and they commented on how I look like I have lost weight. I really haven't, but they got me thinking. I measured and I have lost several inches, which thrills me. Then I got looking closer. Certain places where your skin comes together naturally aren't as tight as they have been for a long time. Then I can notice the firmness that is creeping in. Even my blouse fit looser the other day. I know I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life. It feels good to know that and that I will keep it up. I am healthier all the way around. I'm eating more vegetables AND exercising. I can't say enough thanks to all who have supported me and cheered me on. I thank the Spark guy for starting all this to begin with. If I can find something I enjoy, I know anyone can if they don't quit looking. I was one of the worst! I may never run a marathon, but I can walk two miles with Leslie Sansone on most any day and not look stupid doing so.

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3CATSLEP 8/3/2011 4:11PM

    I need to invite Leslie Sansone over to my house again:) I think I told her to take a vacation....

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PATRICIAANN46 8/3/2011 1:21PM

  What a great blog!!!!! I, too, hesitate when it comes to exercise and know that I should do it on a more regular basis. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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SNUGLBUNIE 8/3/2011 1:00PM

    I started with Leslie Sansone too and absolutely loved it. For some reason, I have slowed down a lot on the exercise this summer as the weather is so hot. Or is that really the reason, or am I burnt out from doing too much. I know I have to start back doing them because I am putting the weight back on and my measurements will definitely be affected. Thank you so much for sharing this with me and making me realize that starting tonight, I have to get back into a routine, no excuses. emoticon

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A Pile of Rocks

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A long time ago when I was reading my Bible, I came across a scripture where the Israelites were told to make a pile of stones in a place where God had delivered them or done something great. That way when the next generation came along and asked what they were there for, they would be told again of what God had done. For some reason I really like that idea. So many times, I think we forget to remember. We can't necessarily leave a pile of rocks every time God does something. Sadly, I know that some churches would be empty and others completely full of rocks. We still have ways of remembering. I keep a journal. It is full of things God has shown me or told me. Things I do not want to forget. I used to use my Bible. I still go back and read them again and am amazed at how much I forget. I hope that when I am gone, my children will find something in that journal that becomes special to them as well. What are you going to do to help yourself to remember?

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MAURIZIA 8/2/2011 2:20PM

    I have always loved the rock story...Isn't that where the tradition of leaving rocks when visiting a Jewish cemetery comes?

As we got closer to our Family Reunion (this past weekend), I decided to create a group page for our family on FB...There I post documents with stories of our family history and memories I want to share/keep. That way my family can find surprises now.

I also journal.

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PRESBESS 8/2/2011 1:18PM

    Hey friend! Wow! I love your blog. I don't journal a lot, as a matter of fact, very infrequently. I just might start journaling more now.


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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2011 9:07AM

    I absolutely love journaling too. Great blog and thanks for sharing. Going to start my rock pile!!

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