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Day 14, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Friday, August 22, 2014

For the most part I have had a crap day. In the end some good stuff happened so I am going to bed happy. Tomorrow is another day.

My weight was up for the 2nd week in a row. I gained 1 pound this week, 2 last week for a total of 3 pounds up SINCE visiting the orthopedist. He told me that I had to lose AT LEAST 50 pounds and now I'm up 3. I'm so frustrated. My exercise is down... by his instructions... my strength exercises are UP because of the PT exercises that I am now doing daily. I've been adjusting my food all along. I weigh & measure everything I eat. I really feel that I am doing all that I can. However, I did go ahead and cut my caloric range & other nutrition goals today AND have FIRMLY committed to my NO SUGAR NO STARCH (ketogenic diet) food plan. I AM going to do this. (Of course it helps that watermelon & cherries are about out of season. LOL)

MY stress level is THROUGH THE ROOF. The PT guy yesterday upset me so badly that I really don't want to go back. First he had me do something that I am fairly sure my doctor doesn't want me doing, I questioned him and told him that I wasn't supposed to be doing weight bearing exercises and he told me that I made no sense, walking was weight bearing. I said that I knew that and that the doctor told me to do as little as possible AND to only walk in the water if I was using walking for exercise. That the doctor said swimming & deep water only... no exercise in the shallow water to avoid impact on the knees.... That the doctor said that I exercise too much & to cut back. He tsk'd me and said that he was sure this would be fine. It was a recumbent bike/skier/eliptcial type thing. I rode that for 12 minutes. Then he had me do bridges (20 of them), which is fine but again pretty hard on the knees AND were giving me charlie horses. SIGH. After having me do the other exercises that the PT person from last week gave me to do.... he then had me roll over and slide down so that my legs were hanging off the end of the table. The edge of the table was pushing into my thighs just above the knees. He then put some sort of a weight on the calf of my left leg...to stretch my hamstring he said. After about 5 minutes, I asked him if I was supposed to feel anything other than the table bruising my thighs. He said that he could add more weight if I wanted him too but that it WAS stretching my hamstrings. Hmm. I would think I would feel my hamstring stretching. The real kicker was that he gave me another tsk before I left and informed me that I didn't walk like I was in pain. What? Add to that the fact that I don't know where I'm going to find the money to pay for the co-pay for this crap considering that my financial world is going down the toilet more every day. (Hence why I am crocheting, knitting, sewing etc all my holiday gifts like a madwoman) Don't get me wrong... I LOVE TO ExERcISE. It's not doing the PT exercises that bother me. It was the attitude of this fellow & the fact that he basically was telling me that I was an idiot and a faker. He obviously doesn't know anything about me because A) I love exercise so wouldn't complain about ANY exericse unless I was told by my doctor not to do them and B) WHY? Why would I "fake" pain? It's obviously NOT because I am one of those pain pill seekers, because I refuse to take them at all.. except for the NSAIDs & tylenol arthritis strength that I take. I know.... don't worry about it...but Add that to a weight gain and my morning started out badly.... then I found out that my bank account was going to overdraw again... AND the school board is challenging the HOMESCHOOLING that we are doing because we listed ME as the primary teacher. I am the grandmother. We all live together like the Waltons. I AM the one doing the majority of the teaching... however, a clause in the law makes it read that only a PARENT can be the homeschool teacher. Now We have to join a legal defense fund (MORE MONEY) and then fight some more. Becca (my DIL) went over to the school board and did some fighting and we'll see where it goes from here. SIGH. I didn't work today because I've been so upset & crying most of the day. Oh well.... again... the beat goes on.

There are so many others who have so many more problems than I do. I am blessed. I have so much to be grateful for. Tomorrow WILL be a better day. I am going to work. I am going to eat properly. I am going to exercise and be happy in my pool. The pool is my happy place. I am going to remind myself that God is good & that I am truly blessed in so many ways.

Time for bed. I am grateful to all of you for listening to my rant. Here's hoping that all is well. I appreciate you being here with me.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon Again I am amazed by some of the trickery & questionable practices in the OT. The NT portion of my reading today was when Jesus sent out the 12. I am always amazed that these men gave up so much to serve their Master.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I have a strong constitution 2) I can control my temper, most of the time! 3) I enjoy being around children & have a good rapport with them.

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. -Albert Einstein


Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Wow, I really needed to read this today, especially after the rotten morning I had. Here's the "FOR TODAY" thought of the day... " I turn over to God the concerns of the moment, knowing that the answers will come and, with them, a new awareness and greater depth of understanding."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon Because of the whole less exercise & PT thing, and that I have had a gain 2 weeks in a row... I reset my nutrition goals. Today I am 41 calories over my top calorie range & 36 net carbs

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 60 mins cardio, 60 mins strength

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon I am almost finished with the afghan, I will be able to finish it tomorrow.

Daily Phone call: emoticon Sandra
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

Keep on Sparking. Keep on tracking and doing the next right thing.

  
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BIBS4664 8/22/2014 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticon You are a gift from God and God does not make junk...or fake pain walking for a woman of integrity...

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/22/2014 2:44PM

    Can't add much to all the suggestions already posted here...make sure the doc knows EXACTLY what the PT is having you do...and don't accept any attitude from the PT...regardless of HOW (and you SHOULD look into assistance for the extra costs), he is getting a paycheck and YOU are the one that hires him...that means you're the boss...

Beyond that...I love you and you are in my prayers! You WILL get that 50 lbs off...don't even begin to think it won't happen! I am praying for ACCELERATION in your weight loss! Blessings! emoticon

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ANAKIE 8/22/2014 11:35AM

    Praying for you. emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/22/2014 10:59AM

    I think you should talk to the PT's boss about his attitude and to your doctor about the specific things he had you do.

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AUNTALICE2 8/22/2014 9:31AM

    Well, I guess I have a different view of your PT. I would talk to his boss and try to get him replaced! The last thing you need is to have someone make you feel like less. Last time I had surgery I had a intern give me a bad time and I kicked out of my room and told him not to come back! I requested a replacement and got it. So I hope you give it some thought. You are worth it! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/22/2014 9:14AM

    Wow, not a great visit with that trainer. I had to do physio for my knees this summer and the therapist was going to put me on the recumbent bike and when the time came the trainer and therapist discussed it and decided because my knee wont' bend it wasn't a good thing for me to try the recumbent bike. I have a foot peddler and they said I could use it but not a full rotation, just half then backwards half, then forward for half, etc.

I don't know what is going on with your knees, I'm assuming knee replacement which is what I also need but must lose 100 lbs first, but also dealing with my right knee cap keeps sliding out of place. I now wear a brace to keep it in place.

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TATTER3 8/22/2014 8:29AM

    I'm so sorry for his manner of addressing your needs. I find that so discouraging. Sometimes my doctor (the one I work for) will pop in my office without knocking and catch me bent over in a back spasm. when she asks what's wrong or 'why didn't you call one of us' I tell her some nonsense like 'I'm just practising old age". Most people have no concept of what chronic pain can do to a person..we learn to live around it, but when we do ask for help we're told to lose weight and exercise. So---I avoid going until I absolutely have to and keep it minimal. You'll lose the 50, but I bet PT man will not be impressed even then because he's a jerk. Hang in there! I believe in you. Keep Sparkin'!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/22/2014 8:03AM

    Dawn, have you applied for help with the PT payments?

My neighbor did, she had rotator cup surgery a few weeks ago.
She said she could not go to PT because she could not pay
the co-pay. THey gave her paperwork to apply for help and
she got it. She's not on any assistance but has only her
SS to live on. Check it out?

Love you, keep relying on the God of the Universe!



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DONNA_VT 8/22/2014 7:49AM

    Got to agree with the gang. I would check with your doctor about those exercises and have him send a specific set to your PT better yet when my daughter had knee problems in college she got her doctor to give her a set of exercises to do at home since she couldn't get to a PT. . . saved her some time and $$$$


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BRE2003SB 8/22/2014 7:38AM

    I'm quoting you. "There are so many others who have so many more problems than I do. I am blessed. I have so much to be grateful for. Tomorrow WILL be a better day. I am going to work. I am going to eat properly. I am going to exercise and be happy in my pool. The pool is my happy place. I am going to remind myself that God is good & that I am truly blessed in so many ways." Today WILL BE a better day! Hang in there. emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/22/2014 6:43AM

    I'm glad that you got to bed happy. As you say, tomorrow is another day. I hope that it's a better day for you than Friday was. emoticon

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WISLNDR 8/22/2014 5:27AM

    I'm with the others here; I'd be double-checking with the doctor to make sure that you're doing the proper PT.

I'm praying for you that you find some peace today as you take on all your challenges!

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JAMER123 8/22/2014 1:20AM

    Ups and downs happen in every day life. And when they come in a bunch like has happened to you, it seems like a mountain you can't climb. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers as you work to find the answers. I do hope you talk to you Dr. about your PT experience. He could be making your situation much worse. Don't let him push you into doing things that hurt!!
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MT-MOONCHASER 8/22/2014 12:56AM

    I think you ought to recheck with your doctor to make sure that he knows what the physical therapist was having you do. It sounds like he has some ego problems.

I hope things are better for you tomorrow.

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ZRIE014 8/22/2014 12:30AM

  you can always have ups and downs, but it is the trend that counts. you know where you want to be!!

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Day 13, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today has been a busy day. I am going to say that it was a good day. It was a difficult day in some parts. It was an awesome day in others. I taught 2 hours of classes this morning from the deck. It was hotter than blue blazzes up there. I was sweating like crazy. After that, I came home & got my crocheting, picked up Becca & dropped her at the Y on my way to our Adult Swim Lunch. We had a nice lunch. I had a nice chicken salad salad. It was delicious. (YES, I said salad twice) It was chicken salad on TOP of a spinach salad. YUM. Then I left there and took a sandwich to Becca & another sandwich to Paul before I drove to PT. My PT was difficult & painful today. I questions that guy about it because in my opinion he was asking me to do things that my doctor told me NOT to do. I did it but I was not comfortable. Then the guy conducting the PT told me that I didn't walk like a person in pain. Interesting. I wonder what pain walking looks like? I have a pretty high tolerance to pain. I get my teeth drilled without novocaine. I don't take pain pills at all. I use tylenol arthritis & Aleve OR NOW an NSAID Diclofenac Sodium. I don't know if I should get it refilled (it runs out Friday morning) or just go back to the Aleve. Very frustrating to make the decision because I want to do what is the best but I don't see that the NSAID is doing any better than the aleve did. I take 2 Aleve every 12-hours (more than you are supposed to take but it works) Anyway... the beat goes on. After PT I came home & did some more crocheting & Sparking. Then I took the grandkids and went to the outdoor pool where I taught deep water aerobics and had a nice workout IN THE WATER! Yes! Now I am home waiting for the family to get it together to watch the AGT results show. I am looking forward to seeing who goes through. I need to get some sleep though, I didn't sleep very well last night. Here's hoping that you are all doing your best & having a good day. Bright blessings to you all.


Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon still enjoying it very much.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I try to smile at everyone I see 2) I know how to play 3) I'm happy

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon Faith is professed with the lips and with the heart, through words & through love. ~ Pope Francis

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon The reading was about a Courteous Heart. Courtesy of the heart welcomes new ideas, and people, feels joy instead of fear, sees with fresh eyes and appreciates rather than criticizes what it sees.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon within caloric range, carbs high
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 131 cardio, 65 strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon still steadily crocheting, even in the waiting room at PT & in the van waiting on folks to get in & out for rides

Daily Phone call: emoticon
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

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BIBS4664 8/21/2014 4:49PM

    Best to check with doc on OT exercises if they are against what your doc wants. They all work for us. I have been in your situation. You know your body best. Spark on, and thank you for sharing your journey. emoticon

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/21/2014 4:09PM

    Hey Dawn, Both the Voltaren and the Aleve are NSAIDS, but in my experience, Aleve has less side effects and less risks. I would ask your doctor if there is a specific reason he suggested the Voltaren over the Aleve, unless of course, he's having you use the topical gel which would be more specific and have less systemic effects....and yes, it sounds like you DO have a pretty high pain threshhold!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/21/2014 3:46PM

    Right on Be-The-Change, definitely check in with the doctor. YOu
know your body better than the PT guy. Would not hurt to check.

Hope you slept better last night? Blessings on you my friend

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LUCYCAN7 8/21/2014 10:55AM

  Hate to hear all of the pain you are having.It is very difficult to do
anything when we we are in a lot of pain.Pushing on is the best if we
can.Hope you are much better today my friend.Hope you have an
enjoyable day.Hugs and Blessings! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/21/2014 9:22AM

    You should check in with your doctor if you have any doubts about what the PT is having you do.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/21/2014 8:26AM

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DONNA_VT 8/21/2014 7:55AM

    I have found that Aleve works better for me also . . . .I think it is a personal thing. Glad your were able to get into the pool later in the day.

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WISLNDR 8/21/2014 6:58AM

    Your day sounds like it was good; I'm sorry you're having to deal with so much pain. I hope today is a great one for you!

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EDLEAR 8/21/2014 6:30AM

    Dawn, thank you again for your positive presence. Your upbeat spin on things is motivating! emoticon
When I had a PT experience, I was left with puzzled frowns more than once. Trust got me through.

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BRE2003SB 8/20/2014 11:40PM

    You're doing great! My day went okay but could've been better (I did NOT exercise). So I decided not too work out until my kids go back to school Monday. I'm giving myself a new start date. I don't know if that make any sense or not but I believe that would give me the fresh start I need. Anyway, it's good to see you still pushing forward. emoticon emoticon

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EMMACORY 8/20/2014 10:25PM

    You are one busy person! I love water aerobics too. Keep up your good work. emoticon

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KNEEMAKER 8/20/2014 10:20PM

  Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/20/2014 10:11PM

    My dear friend, I am glad you were able to do all your exercises in the pool. Knowing how much pain you are in, it worked to your benefit. I love your daily plan and enjoy the quotes and your positive remarks about yourself. Know you are loved, my friend. emoticon

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Day 12, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today has been a good and busy day. I started the day teaching 4 hours of water aerobics/swim lessons. I made sure to stay on a noodle so that I got more exercise, but no impact. My knees hurt tonight but not as bad as they did the other day. Then my friend Robin, treated DH & I out to lunch as a thank you for him working on her car. Came home & did a lot of Sparking while watching Disney movies with Aurora. Then I did a lot of crocheting and watched AGT with the family. Great show tonight. Now I am going to do my PT and go to bed because I have to be at the pool early tomorrow. Here's hoping that you had a really good day as well.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon More suspense & intrigue, I'm telling you that read as an adult.. the Old Testament (at least Genesis) is really a source of controversy. Who knew?!

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I work at keeping a Positive Mental Attitude (even when dealing with depression) 2) I have a knack for figuring out how to solve problems
3) I am a great BAKER (especially home made breads...even though I don't do it much anymore)

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon
"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." -Yiddish proverb

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon another one that is so good I felt that I must share it here today:
"The remedy of all blunders, the cure of blindness, the cure of crime is love." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All growth, all healing depends on love. Love is what God is all about. A loving God-as I understand God- does not preach or dictate or threaten. God is my backer, supportive of me, no matter what I do. God does not make deals. 'Do this and I'll do that.' God does not bully or punish or say 'I told you so'. God listens and accepts me as I am, loves me as I am. God doesn't give advice. God knows that learning comes only from experience- experience I am not led to until I am ready."

FOR TODAY: God's perfect love is mine any time I am willing to receive it. I let go the God of my childhood and believe with all my heart, in the God that brought me here and gave me new life.
(This comes directly from the OA book, FOR TODAY page 232)

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories low to midrange, carbs high
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 240 mins cardio, 60 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon really cranking out this afghan
Daily Phone call: emoticon Robin
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/20/2014 10:06PM

    Your day sounds great Dawn. Another success.

Love the scripture comments & content.

Thanks for being an inspiration to me.

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AUNTALICE2 8/20/2014 6:25PM

    I love home made bread!! I have not been making it so my husband has taken over. Sometimes I help a bit. I really love the Yiddish proverb!! So very true! I am so glad you have such a great relationship with our Lord. It is important for your soul. It is something that does help depression (I suffer from that also) All positive feedback. love ya!! emoticon

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BIBS4664 8/20/2014 5:47PM

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BARBARAROSE54 8/20/2014 8:01AM

    you are doing great Dawn emoticon

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BLONDEE53 8/20/2014 7:46AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for the smiles and encouragement this gave me as I read it. I've said often "God never rolls His eyes at me or complains about my weight when He's holding me"...This confirms my belief! emoticon
You are a treasure Dawn and I am so glad to be on your team. Blessings to you.
Bren

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/20/2014 7:41AM

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WISLNDR 8/20/2014 5:52AM

    Wonderful, wonderful quotes!

Each night as I'm working on my knitting projects, I think of you and hope you're having a great day!

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/20/2014 12:13AM

    Your plan is looking good!!

Every time I saw Nick Cannon tonight on AGT, I thought that the jacket he was wearing would have made a fabulous bathrobe!!

Have a good day tomorrow.

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/20/2014 12:05AM

    Keep it up...you're doing great!

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    You're doing great, emoticon emoticon

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Day 11, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today has been a pretty good day. I didn't go to work because I didn't sleep well & am not feeling well today. I did crochet all day long. I watched some fun tv shows. I watched some Peppa Pig with Aurora. My calories are pretty low today. I drank plenty of water. I'm admit that I am having a bit of an issue with depression. Finances are always an issue, the more work I miss the worse things become. On top of that, my ex's (the one that committed suicide) birthday was today and he's been on my mind a lot with the whole Robin Williams issue. PLEASE.. don't give up, no matter how bad you think things are. I called & talked to my Pastor awhile today too. I just asked for prayer. Anyway.... I'm feeling tired and am going to bed.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon An interesting portion of what I read today was the story of Esau & Jacob, the twin sons of Isaac & Rebekah. Esau was the eldest of the twins and SOLD HIS BIRTHRITE to Jacob for a loaf of bread & a bowl of soup. HMMM. I've been that hungry, or thought I was. Interesting how eating can get us in some pretty big messes.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) Even when I am depressed, I push myself to be positive.
2) I am willing to compromise 3) I have an infectious laugh

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon
"Be wise in the use of time. The question in life is not how much time
do we have. The question is what shall we do with it."
- Anna Robertson Brown, author

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Excellent today. Here's today's thought: "The right way to live is to live as fully as I can today, to take what possibilities there are and make of them what I can."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon within caloric range, carbs high
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 100 cardio minutes, 60 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon been crocheting all day
Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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BIBS4664 8/19/2014 4:51PM

    Bright blessings to you too Dawn. I pray that you will be healed in body, mind and spirit. Your journey and honesty inspires me. You are not alone. Healing water does it's thing.

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LUCYCAN7 8/19/2014 2:40PM

  Sending prayers and hugs your way my friend,we ALL are here
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TATTER3 8/19/2014 10:08AM

    I have never thought about the brothers in that way "I've been that hungry". what a great thought for a sermon!! Thanks for the inspiration. Life really is a see-saw of emotions. Just don't give up! we need you...I need you!! Keep Sparkin'!

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DONNA_VT 8/19/2014 9:20AM

    I hope you are feeling better today. I am enjoying your blogs very much. . . .getting to know you even better. . . and better

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BRE2003SB 8/19/2014 8:48AM

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/19/2014 8:13AM

    You do have an infectious laugh!!
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/19/2014 7:52AM

    Dawn, really enjoying the journey with you on this
path of transforming you! I love reading your blogs.
They are so encouraging. YOU are so encouraging to
those of us who read your blogs.

I am glad you are back writing them.

Also, calling your pastor, that's a great thing to
do.

And working your way through depression, the best.

DEAR GOD, THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE WHEN
NOBODY ELSE WAS!

He's always there, always cares!

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BARBARAROSE54 8/19/2014 7:51AM

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EDLEAR 8/19/2014 5:48AM

    Dawn - I hope that you slept better last night than before. I hope that you are able to go out into the world today and spread that positive spark that is you. Thank you for sharing yourself
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WISLNDR 8/19/2014 5:21AM

    I hope your day today is a great one, you deserve every good thing that comes your way!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 8/19/2014 3:15AM

    I hope you are feeling better on Wednesday. emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/19/2014 12:44AM

    You, my girl, are a very special friend. I am sorry finances are tight but you are not alone. I believe we all struggle. emoticon I wish it were different for all of us. This getting old and being broke is just plain crap! You are strong and you are a very positive friend. I pray for the best for you. I feel at a loss for the right words.....I love you is the best I can do.

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/18/2014 11:31PM

    You're so wonderful! Did you know that? I love that no matter what, you are HERE and you are trying. That my dear friend, is gold!
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Day 10, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Today has been a good day. YES, I got my PT exercises done first thing this morning. No, I didn't make it to church this morning because my stomach was upset. Yes, I worked this afternoon. Taught 2 hours of swim lessons & did 15 minutes of Deep water aerobics on my own. Yes, Paul & I went to the movies. Expendables 3. We both loved it. There were so many famous older action heroes in it. We hope that there will be another one. We really enjoy action movies. This is the first time that Paul & I have been to a movie together in well over a year. Now I am going to relax, watch some tv & do some more crocheting. Tomorrow is going to be a good day. I am going to teach my morning water aerobic classes from the deck & then do deep water aerobics & swim laps in the afternoon/evening. Life is good & I am happy.

Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon I am really enjoying this plan. Reading Old Testament stories with adult eyes is a new experience. I have read & re-read the New Testament many times but have not really spent much time in the OT. I am grateful for this opportunity. Who knew that there was so much intrigue & soap-opera storylines in such an old book.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am learning to say NO 2) I am learning when to STOP 3) I am learning to take better care of myself.

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon
"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results." -Willie Nelson

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon A very improvement truth was in today's reading. "I pray for the willingness to follow each step of the program and to believe that the food and the weight will be taken care of in the process."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories within range, carbs high
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 135 mins cardio, 60 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon worked a lot on the afghan (even during the movie!)
Daily Phone call: emoticon My BF Judy
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon yes, sent out goodies
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

Thanks for sticking with me & for being a part of the journey with me. I am so grateful for my SparkFriends. You bless my life daily! You go into my blessing jar!

  
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BRE2003SB 8/18/2014 5:36PM

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BIBS4664 8/18/2014 11:33AM

    Keep on keepin on!!

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AUNTALICE2 8/18/2014 9:53AM

    You go girl!! I am following your transformation with great interest. You are doing a wonderful job and are so very inspiring!! love ya!! emoticon emoticon

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THEVOW2013 8/18/2014 9:18AM

    Yes the old testamen is full of intriguing characters!
You are an inspiring intriguing character, Dawn!


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EDLEAR 8/18/2014 6:23AM

    Great that you had a good day, hoping that today goes as well.
Great to hear that you got out to spend time with Paul. The big guy and I haven't been to a movie in years.
Have an enjoyable Monday

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WISLNDR 8/18/2014 5:35AM

    You're doing a great job with all your goals and you're helping others in their transformation! emoticon

Enjoy your Monday!

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ROSAMARCELLE 8/18/2014 3:38AM

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/17/2014 10:21PM

    I am so proud of you Dawn. You never give up!

You are such an inspiration to ME!

So glad you and Paul got to go to a movie! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/17/2014 10:20PM

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ANAKIE 8/17/2014 10:03PM

    Yes my friend the O.T. is full of that and more.

Sounds like Dawn is on a roll to her next goal.

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/17/2014 9:32PM

    Sounds like it was a VERY GOOD day! Happy for you!

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LUCYCAN7 8/17/2014 9:05PM

  I am so happy you had a very enjoyable day.Puts a smile on
my face to hear you say you are happy.Enjoy your night. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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