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The dog and the scale.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Well my dog got off of her collar and tie down again. Why she is still here with us I don't know. He keeps saying how she can't stay and yet here she is.
It got me thinking though. I do that a lot huh? Anyway, she keeps doing things like attacking the sheep that jeopardise her very life. Yet she blindly continues on unaware of the consequences of her actions.
We do that too. We keep eating or doing certan activities perhaps not so unaware of things as she is, but they put our very lives at stake nonetheless. We all need to have our own ah ha moments and the sooner the better.
I am doing better towards reaching my goals though painfully slow due to nothing other than myself. I stand between myself and my health right now. I just need to stop doing it for my better good. I have a very busy day that I know will have to include some fast food. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers!

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IUHRYTR 7/27/2009 2:09PM

    Our decisions make us who we are. You realize that. Remember that fast food may include salads. :) -- Lou

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The road less traveled

Friday, July 24, 2009

This day seems to be getting away from me already. I guess that's good because I haven't eaten yet so there are fewer hours I will be eating! The dogs are barking so someone is probably here. Don't really want to talk right now so I hope it is a quick conversation. I have a lot to do. I need to go to Walmart and shop. My husband leaves for the county fair tomorrow and we are having my son's housewarming party as well tomorrow night. As usual all the preparations fall on me. I am not really complaining, though I can do that very well.
As I look at today with all the things I have to do I am once again reminded with how quickly time goes by if we are not watching. It becomes months or even years and we have not spoken to people we love. If we are not careful they die and we live with regrets of not having kept them closer. Or we just do nothing with our time and find many years down the way that we have wasted all that was before us.
This reminds me, too, of the parable of the talents in the Bible. He gave one man a certain amount of money to see what he would do with it, and the same with two others. Two of them acted wisely and used the money and got returns. One buried his in the ground and was severly scolded for having done nothing. I do not want to be that guy. It is so easy, so painless, so stressless to be him. I want to be welcomed in with the words,"Well done my good and faithful servant." So I will take the time to use today wisely and do that that really matters.

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IUHRYTR 7/24/2009 1:39PM


Have you heard the saying, "If you want something done, give it to a busy person?" You can do it. -- Lou

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DOINFINE 7/24/2009 11:30AM

    Thank you for the gentle reminder. I too want to be a good servant and steward of the gifts He has so bountifully given me. And I want to love on those around me, just like Jesus did. Less of me, more of Him.
Have a great weekend, though it sounds busy! Busy isn't always bad! emoticon emoticon
Your Christian Living friend, Sue Mikeska

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Just one more day

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What is the one thing we all have in common if we woke up today?? One more day. One more day to love our families. One more day to meet our fitness goals or our weight goals. One more day to find a job. One day closer to achieving the success we dream about. One more day to take a much needed rest. One more day to live in recovery. One more day to make a difference in the lives of those we meet. One more day to find Jesus and live for Him. One more day to work and bring home a living. One more day to be happy. One more day to tell someone we love them.
This should give us reason to wake up and be thankful every day of our lives. Yesterday is gone as the old song says and tommorrow may never come. This should give us hope that today can be our turning point. There is always hope in our future and it begins with this very moment. Have a good day. Make the most of it!

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IUHRYTR 7/23/2009 1:21PM

    Good observations. We all need to live more for each day to get the most out of life that we can. -- Lou

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2BSALLYB 7/23/2009 11:22AM

    Amen sister. I love your blog today...This is so true. We have new day, it is a gift. That's why it is called the "present".

May you be blessed throughout your day...


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Food for thought.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Another day already! I worked til midnight then had a meeting at 8:30. Tired. Tonight will be rough if I don't get a nap. I've been doing better on my food intake. I'm having a hard time finding anything that tempts me right now, which really is a good thing I guess. It also makes it hard just trying to figure out what to eat. I'm sure I will find something.
I've been thinking about a lot of things lately. Our lives and how we live them affect so many around us. Some people are not very socially capable, shall we say. When someone is angry they tend to deal with them the way they would want someone to deal with themselves. Not a bad thing really, treat others as you would like to be treated. But the thing is, we are not all the same. Some people, when angry, need to be left alone until they can talk without exploding. Others need to talk before they explode. Especially with those we live with, we should learn how to deal with each as an individual. But we don't always and hence unneccesary conflict arises. To learn how to effectively deal with people we need to become students of their behavior. And we need t learn to communicate in non threatening ways. Some times we just need to make adjustments to our own life to accommodate their idiosyncrasies.
Then, on the other hand, you find people who work according to their own plans and no one else's. In other words, I'll do it when I get around to it. This too places more stress on the ones we are dealing with when imoprtant things are seemingly treated as unimportant.
I guess what I am trying to say in all of this is... let's be more aware of how our behavior affects those around us. Be more thoughtful and less selfish. Be patient. Study others so we can effectively deal with them and in the long run we will lessen the stress that we all live with. If we do, we will have made our own life and the lives of others more healthy. Just food for thought.

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TRY2CHANGE 7/22/2009 10:12PM

    As I began reading your entry, I had a flashback. Through my church we watched a movie called Fireproof. Now, this is actually an awesome book for married couples especially if they are having issues. I have never been married and what I got out of it was how to have relationships of any kind. Basically the biggest point I remember seeing is about the dating process. When you are a young couple in love, you study each other. You know their likes and dislikes and even their inner most desires. Once you think you know someone, you forget to learn the new things about them.
Thank you for sharing, it really is something to reflect on.
God Bless

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DSCHONDOG 7/22/2009 8:00PM

    You made me think of a little article I wrote once that was published in the Journal of Christian Nursing. When Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." He didn't mean that we should treat others as we would want to be treated in the detail of it, but in the essence of it. For example, if I love to have my back rubbed, I shouldn't assume everyone loves a back rub. I need to check to see what would make that person comfortable/relaxed and do that. It's not the back rub that's the point; it is the creation of a relaxing environment. In the case of a back rub, the back rub may be inappropriate because that person may associate a back rub with many uncomfortable moments and it may have the opposite effect on them than it has on me, who loves it. I think Jesus meant that we should do unto others as we would have them do unto us, as if we were the other. I believe this is what you were saying and I totally agree.

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2BSALLYB 7/22/2009 1:17PM

    Good food for thought to remind us not to be so self centered. We need to respect other people's boundaries.

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IUHRYTR 7/22/2009 1:10PM

    Insightful observation. -- Lou

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Adjustment needed!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I need some kind of adjustment! I am eating the right amount of calories and now I am gaining weight, not losing it. I used to get hungry between every meal and now I am not. I am trying to adjust my proteins so I get enough and less of my fats. Is this the culprit or am I at some kind of plateau? It seems so strange to me that I am not humgry any more. I know I need to have a certain amount of calories, but I am going to cut back for a while just because I am too full. I think my body tells me what it needs and if it is satisfied then it is satisfied! I will try to exercise a little more and see if this will jump start things again. I hate to exercise and though I have done more since joining Spark it is still difficult to get me going. It seems like I have been doing nothing more than complaining lately. I don't like that, but I am not happy with myself or my weight.
The one bright spot is things are going some better at work. So I know I am not eating out of stress. My son has also moved into his new house which is so exciting. We are planning a housewarming party for Saturday. I am in control so I get to choose the food and leave everything behind for him when I leave. Sounds like a great arrangement to me!There is always a bright side to any situation we find ourselves in and if we will only concentrate on what is good,right, true and perfect we will find ourselves a lot happier in this walk through life.

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DSCHONDOG 7/21/2009 3:59PM

    Portion control and exercise are the keys! I just say a loud "AMEN" to what Lou has already posted. When I am active and begin to see results from that activity it is addicting. It is difficult to begin simply because it is so difficult, but once you have consistently worked at something and gain some skill or mastery of it, it becomes a game with yourself as to how much better can you do. I could only do 2 sit-ups in the spring of 2004. Now I do 130 sit-ups once a week just to say that I can. I have all kinds of different exercises I challenge myself with to keep it interesting. Get some accountability partners. You'll show up if you have someone meeting you. I meet someone 4x/week. (They are not all the same person, but there is someone to meet me so I get going!)

You GO, Girl!

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IUHRYTR 7/21/2009 12:48PM

    I too have a hard time starting exercise but once I'm into it I'm glad I did begin. Remember, a body at rest tends to stay at rest while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Plus, the endorphins from the exercise give you a natural high. Take one step, then another and remember that each portion of each day is a new beginning. You CAN be successful.


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DEANNABUBBLE 7/21/2009 10:58AM

    I'm sorry to contradict you, but your last few posts have you eating milkshakes and burgers and going to the top or over your calorie limit. so it might not be a plateau. You can get back on track and it sounds like you are ready to get there!

I struggle with this too, sometimes the food just calls to me, but we can do it.

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