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You Can't Have A Better Tomorrow...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Read those words out loud. Let them sink in and then get on with your day! Don't worry about tomorrow, it cannot be changed. I always tell people to use those days as stepping stones not stumbling blocks.

As for me.. yesterday was a good day. I exercised. I tracked my food. I, in general, had a good day. I even slept good. The night before I was up four times. Must have been a combinations of foods eaten because they worked like a diuretic. emoticon

Asking for prayer for my daughter Angie.. her car has died. It's almost in car heaven but we are hoping and praying that my son-in-law Danny can be a master mechanic and heal it's broken engine. She just doesn't deserve this headache. She's a young lady that is a hard worker and doesn't make much money, so this is a real set back for her. She's the one who wrecked her car in a bad snow storm this past winter. This is a picture of Angie...and I thank you in advance for your car prayers.






Have a blessed Tuesday ~ Donna

  
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ROSEWCI 7/23/2014 5:20AM

    Praying that all will turn out well!

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MCJOYFUL 7/22/2014 11:45AM

    Well said. We should learn from the past but not live in it. I am saying a prayer for Angie and the car situation right now.



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SONFLOWERGAMMY 7/22/2014 9:29AM

    Praying God replaces her car with one beyond her wildest hopes and dreams! Thank You Lord for Your abundance! Amen emoticon

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TUBLADY 7/22/2014 9:09AM

    Good to remember.
Hope the car has more life. I know how hard it can be to have car troubles, not much money, need to work, rtc.
Hang in there, be positive, pray for help in traversing life's up's and down's,
Take care,
Hugs Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUCYVT 7/22/2014 7:30AM

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RHOOK20047 7/22/2014 7:26AM

    Words to live by and great attitude. Hope your daughter's car problems are short lived.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/22/2014 7:19AM

    live in the moment....

hope your daughters car gets fixed.

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Today's Journey

Monday, July 21, 2014



July Challenge - The Burn, Baby, Burn Challenge

Let's torch some major calories this month! Burn at least 10,000 calories in July with your Spark to win a special virtual trophy.

So far I have 8,071 July Calories that I have potentially burned towards this months virtual trophy. I thought I was doing worse but I'm pretty pleased with to results so far and I have 10 more days to finish the month strong.

Today though I wanted to talk about my journey with spark. It has seen its ups and downs and not matter how well I'm intending to be I always fall short. Twice since starting I've had a knee replacement setting me back some, but not all of the way. Many days I've thrown in the towel but I'm smart enough to start over again the next day or sometimes even the next meal to get back on track.

It's an uphill journey. It will always be an uphill journey. Why you may ask? Because even once I hit my goal I will still have to maintain which means of course I will still be on a journey for the rest of my life. That sounds like such a hard thing to do and something that will take forever but it will be worth it. Do you know why? Because I AM WORTH IT!!!!.

That's right YOU ARE ALSO WORTH THIS JOURNEY. One step at a time as my friend Rose always says. I believe her. I also believe it's all about the choices I (we) make. Good ones and bad ones are always going to come our way. We must choose those that are healthy for us. Don't slack on that tracker. Don't slack on the exercising. Just don't be a slacker...



Just think about that quote. Isn't it so true? We are constantly fighting against the forces of food, but we don't have to. We can choose what we know to be healthier for us than that ice cream that is screaming our name in the freezer. Or the plate of food we've always been told to eat all of it because there are kids starving (which, by the way is true in a way), but not necessarily true for our journey. We can become who we want to be. We can free ourselves from the pattern of food that consumes us.

So try to remember the following quote that's on this picture:



Have a blessed day ~ Donna

  
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KIM22211 7/21/2014 4:28PM

    awesome!

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MCJOYFUL 7/21/2014 9:11AM

    Way to go on your calories burned! I think focusing on this as a journey that doesn't end once we reach our goal is key to long-term success. As with any journey, there may be detours on the way. But as long as we don't make those detours our final stop, we will get there. Great job starting over when you need to! emoticon emoticon

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God's Message to Me..

Saturday, July 19, 2014



I receive a message from God daily of Facebook. My message today, it hits home in a big way.

Today we believe God wants us to know that God will get you through the pain.
Everyone experiences pain sometimes, emotional and physical. Next time it threatens to overwhelm you, take a deep breath. As you breathe slowly, picture God holding you, crying with you, giving you the strength to get through.

How often do we only turn to God when we are having difficulty in life? He wants all of us, not just part of us. I need to learn from that more.

Have a blessed day ~ Donna

  
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    emoticon Amen! emoticon Thank you for this blog. It is very inspiring. God bless. emoticon

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I am stressed, now what to do about it!

Thursday, July 17, 2014



Twice this month I have gone to a medical appointment on the wrong day. While that isn't too awfully bad since the appointments were within two miles of my home my blood pressure is up. Why you may ask?

Several reasons listed below:
emoticon My recent knee surgery
emoticon My company merging with another and everything being up in the air, plus my change in hours.
emoticon Trying to get myself back on track with consistent exercise and eating right
emoticon Starting the band again with my ex-husband in it
emoticon Other things in general
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You may also ask what am I going to do to help myself, below are my answers:
emoticon Continue to exercise my knee to keep it limber an mobile
emoticon Go with the flow of changes at work but ask questions when something is out of the norm of previous policies and procedures. I also asked for a vacation in August and it was granted.
emoticon Continue to track and exercise at least 30 minutes daily even if it has to be broken up.
emoticon The band getting together won't be until after September and I love to sing so even though the ex may be in it, I feel this is a win-win situation for me and it's something that I enjoy
emoticon Work slowly on the smaller things that are bothering me. My friend Rose always tells me "One day at a time" and I believe that.

Life will be ever changing. That will always be a constant thing for any of us. Our attitude towards it is what changes the outcome. We can either stand up for ourselves or we can let ourselves become overwhelmed as I have been doing.

My blood pressure when I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon was 158/98. It has never been that high. So I need to get this under control and now!

This will be my new motto:



Below are a few helpful tips for all of us that eventually find themselves in stressful situations:



And last but not least I have to keep the faith that things will work out for the best:



Happy Thursday everyone and remember "just breathe" emoticon Donna

  
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ROSEWCI 7/23/2014 5:19AM

    Hang in there Donna! You CAN do it...one day at a time, my friend!

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MCJOYFUL 7/17/2014 10:30AM

    You did a great job at recognizing the stressors in your life and having action steps to address them. emoticon

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KEELYDEUS 7/17/2014 8:33AM

    emoticon Love the last quote!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/17/2014 7:44AM

    Wow ............ You put a lot of thought in this and I am sure you CAN and WILL conquer ............... Keep us posted and I commend you for your hard efforts ......... Hope that stress wanes and washes away!! btw: beautiful paper you have!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/17/2014 7:43AM

    You have a good plan there

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TRYINGHARD54 7/17/2014 6:59AM

    sounds like you will have everything under control... good luck with the band...... emoticon

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Ahhh...Released

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yesterday I had a great orth surgeon appointment. I was released from Physical Therapy. He told me he had never in his 35 years of practice see anyone that had come along as quickly as I did. I told him he was part of the reason because he did such an excellent job on my surgery but that he didn't give me this knew knee to let it get stiff and sore by not using it. Of course he told me to continue my exercises at home which I do daily and to get up and walk often at work (I have a sit down job so my knee stays bent), but other than this I'm doing very well. Can I get a emoticon ?

Today is my official day of my hours at work changing from 7am to 3pm to 8am to 4pm. Although I'm not happy about that change I am thankful for a job. My hours changed because work has the ability to do that as the flow of phone calls are higher between 3pm-4pm vs 7am-8am. I changed my hours several years ago because we had an outside contract that required the extra coverage in the early morning hours. We no longer have that contract. For me it sucks because now I'll have to take sick time for many of my doctor appointments where before I could schedule them directly after work. I'm hoping that my last follow up appt next month they'll just let me switch from my new hours back to my old hours. It isn't going to be like I'd be there for that hour anyways right? This way I can save the sick time.

With all of that said and done I hope everyone has a blessed Tuesday full of ambition and desires to become the person you want to be.

  
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JAROL7 7/15/2014 7:35AM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!

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STALEYK 7/15/2014 6:52AM

    Whoo hoo. Congrats on your visit with dr

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