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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Today I want to talk about music. When I was young as most teens and young adults, I spent a lot of time listening to music.

Now as most people know you tend to think the best music in the world is what you listened to as a teen. I’m no exception. Music from the early to late sixties is my favorite to this day. On occasion I find someone new I like to listen to but nothing compares to my “golden oldies”.

Tonight I was a little down at work. The days don’t go by quickly when you want to go home. I have one week left before heading toward home. So, at dinner I decided to take my Ipod to lunch in the dining room. I eat alone because I work nights.

I have to tell you as soon as I put on my “golden oldies” I was swaying in my seat and I actually caught myself dancing in the dining room. Now I would have felt embarrassed had anyone come in on me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Music has a way of transporting you. I was young again. I was remembering all those days when all you cared about was getting to the weekend and what your hair looks like. I’m not saying my life isn’t happy right now because it is. But, it feels good to be transported on occasion to a place and time, if only in your head, where life was simpler and you felt great, where your whole life was ahead of you.

I’m not sure I have a point in this blog other than I caught myself moving to the music. So, get out those golden oldies or whatever you listened to, whether it be swing, rock, rap or golden oldies and do your walking with headphones. I think you’ll be surprised at how the time passes and you move to the rhythm of the beat.


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HUZZAH39 3/23/2012 4:37PM

    Music DOES have a way of transporting you. It can touch a part of you that words can not convey. Those oldies are still goodies even though they were before my time. I enjoy music from many genres. Right now, I especially love praise and worship songs. There is something about worshipping and glorifying God that brings such peace and joy. God has even blessed me with some original songs. Right now I just sing them to Him. The songs have shared some with a few friends and I hope one day to share them with others. I do not have a good voice but I can make a joyful noise. I have the lyrics and melody in my heart and mind but need the instrumental music to go with it. It would be an honor if someone would sing my songs one day. Music is especially precious to me because four years ago I totally lost my hearing for about a day. That experience has changed my life. I am so thankful that my hearing was restored and that I can enjoy music and sounds!!!!
I am also glad that you found an outlet that bring you joy.

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WINDSONG~ 3/22/2012 2:12AM

    I AM an 'oldie' and I do love my rock and roll.

Let's Dance, Diana!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/21/2012 10:45PM

    I miss the oldies,but I do you tube them and listen and there is no comparison,we had mighty fine music emoticon"Joy To The World"Three Dog Night,'Oh that mighty Fine music"! So much music I miss,we were so lucky,weren't we? So many songs with a dance beat,how could you not dance and Rock and Roll? Did you watch American Bandstand with Dick Clarke? Was that the early 70's? Thank you for taking me down memory lane and keep on Dancing to the Music,"Dance to the Music"! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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MIKA016 3/21/2012 8:20PM

    I catch myself going back in time whenever I hear a old favorite song playing.Day dreaming of days gone by. "sigh" Those were the days. I can relate. Can't take away memories....It's somethimg to cherish and happy to have them. emoticon


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CELLOPLAYER1 3/21/2012 6:33PM

    Music is a great healer. I play the cello and my music saw me through cancer treatments.

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Life as I know it

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I’m determined that “Life as I know it” is gone. I want my new lifestyle to become the norm for me.

That eating the healthy way will feel right.

That sweets are too sweet.

That I don’t like to feel stuffed.

That celebrations are good with no food or healthy food instead of “big” food or “fattening” food.

That a family day out is spent walking or playing with the grandkids.

That shopping for clothes will be fun again

That I like looking in the mirror.

That I’m not embarrassed at the doctor by my weight.

That I can wear my wedding rings again.

That I can wear a swimming suit again without being embarrassed.

That I can wear high heels once in a while without them killing me.

That I climb stairs without hobbling up them.

That I look like I have aged well.

That I will feel better

That my risk of heart disease and diabetes are lower.

That I don’t hide from a camera.

That I can live longer.

This is what I am aiming for.

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HUZZAH39 3/23/2012 4:19PM

    Bravo, Diana! Let me know as you achieve the goals you have set for yourself. As for your wedding ring fitting again, you can go to a jeweler and get your ring resized. My hubby did this for me as a Valentine's gift this year at my request and it did a world of good for me. It further motivated me to take action to be healthy and boosted my spirit. Don't know if you would feel the same way but I thought I would mention my experience.

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WINDSONG~ 3/21/2012 2:30AM

    That the new you is appreciated, valued and know that you are an amazing woman.

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VIXSTERLU 3/20/2012 11:41PM

    Great list! Print it, post it, keep it in sight!


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MENNOLY 3/20/2012 5:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou are on a roll!

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MIKA016 3/20/2012 5:10PM

    My thoughts almost exactly! I have others that I could add to my list of reason to keep on the right track. You are so uplifting! Your steps towards weight loss is so helpful. Your like an angel who popped into give us light! Thank you for blogging! emoticon

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I'm changing

Monday, March 19, 2012

Today I noticed I am really changing. I was suspicious but it is definitely happening. My attitude toward food is changing.

I will always want things I shouldn't eat. But tonight they had pizza and I wanted it and chose to have the only other alternative which was pasta in "tomatoes" I got it and it was pasta with little bits of tomato and covered in olive oil! I ate a limited amount and left feeling hungry. No protein. So, I took a couple of slices of baguette with what looked like ricotta on them to my room for the middle of the night when I usually have a snack (I work at night).

Anyway, I listed my dinner in the nutrition tracker and with the bread I would have gone over my calories for the day, so I chose to eat a pear instead.

I have noticed that by reading the blogs and articles that eating better is rubbing off on me. One comment a blogger made stuck with me. She said that eating that candy or whatever it was would only bring a "temporary" pleasure. Then you have to deal with the aftermath of your decision.

So, I looked at that bread and decided although I would rather have had the bread that a pear was a better choice and it doesn't taste bad it is just not what I would rather eat. I'm convinced if I do this often it will become a habit.

It makes me think that I will be able to continue to make those choices when I get home from Kazakhstan and am faced with all the foods I love to eat. I keep telling myself I can still have them just not as often or as much as I used to eat.

I am going to lose this weight and get more healthy.

It is time to step up to the plate.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/20/2012 3:59AM

    You are doing awesome.I am so proud of you,you are progressing so well and getting this healthy lifestyle journey, emoticon emoticon emoticonIt's so rewarding to be able to do what we learn here. emoticon emoticonDiana

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WINDSONG~ 3/20/2012 2:49AM


You are now in charge and enjoying the benefits from your efforts.
I am smiling knowing that you are on your eay to health and happiness.

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MIKA016 3/19/2012 9:53PM

    Diana, you made a big giant step! emoticon Keep up the great work!

emoticon Winning!


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MENNOLY 3/19/2012 9:01PM

    You are definitely growing in this lifestyle change. The day will come when your first thought will be I want the pear not I want the bread. I too love bread but it is a sometime treat and not an every day occurrence. I understand your not liking pasta aglia oglie. It was not my favorite growing up but a very common simple way to fix pasta.

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HUZZAH39 3/19/2012 2:36PM

    You are making really good choices and I hope that the decisions I have been reading that you have been making will rub off on me as well. I did not make good choices with food this weekend but I am today. Hope you are continuing to do the same.

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AUNTB63 3/19/2012 1:40PM

    I like to hear others have that "Aha" moment when they realize the changes are sticking with us. Looking at food differently is such a positive change. We all got over weight by not paying attention to our foods and how much we ate. I still feel that "pat on the back" feeling when I make a better choice when it comes to food, especially when I am not doing the cooking. GREAT job......keep it up! emoticon

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I don’t eat between meals

Sunday, March 18, 2012

That statement brings to mind a woman I met just for a moment years ago. While at a party where there were many things to eat someone suggested she eat. Her comment was, “I don’t eat between meals.”

I have to tell you I thought she was nuts! All that wonderful food to eat and she didn’t indulge!

But, as I reflect now on that statement it seems odd that I would remember it so many years later. I never saw her again and so I’m not sure why such a simple statement would stay with me.

After some thought I guess the reason it made such an impression is that it was so simple, non-confrontational and matter-of-fact.

I remember reading a long time ago that people judge you on what they first see, that first impressions really do make a difference. That once someone has made up their mind who they think you are it is difficult to change their perception of you.

For instance, they suggested that you should keep your car clean because it makes a statement about you and that you should dress well because it speaks to your self-esteem and confidence among other things.

When I thought of that woman's simple statement I feel the following is true of that lady.

She is sure of herself
She is not swayed unnecessarily by others
She is polite
She has made it a rule to not eat between meals
She sticks to her rules
She isn’t frivolous
She cares about her health

THINK ABOUT THAT. What a simple statement to reveal so much about one’s self! And none of them are negative!

So, let’s all think about who we would like to project to the rest of the world!

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HUZZAH39 3/19/2012 2:32PM

    That is good food for thought! I am so glad you shared that!!!!

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I’m sorry I’m not home for St. Patrick’s Day. I have a bit of Irish in my family tree so I consider myself Irish.

So, since I cannot be there physically, in my mind I am going to decorate a little the way I would if I were home.

First my entry holds a wonderful doll made for me by a dear friend in Alaska. She is a rag doll with wonderful rag tied hair and a cross stitched face with expressive blue eyes that remind me of my mother’s. She is made very well. Along with my doll, my friend who knows how much I love to decorate for the holidays, gave me a box of dresses made for my doll for each month. The one for March has Shamrocks all over it. I have also bought a green Beanie baby named Erin that sits next to her.

My dining room table would be set with green dishes. They sit atop gold chargers that represent the gold at the end of the rainbow. The water glasses are green to go with the dinner plates. On top of the green dinner plates are Balleek salad plates.

There is also a Balleek centerpiece with a Shamrock plant in the center of it. A wee Leprechaun sits among the dishes.

Beneath the chargers are green Celtic Knot shaped placemats.

The tablecloth is white with a table runner I quilted with Shamrocks on it. The silverware is gold plated. Tiny pots with chocolate gold coins are placed at each seat.

Lying atop each salad plate is a gift of a four leaf clover encased in clear glass.

For lunch we are serving Sheppard’s Pie and salad made of Shamrock shaped pesto pasta. A rainbow of fruit with mini marshmallows at the end is displayed beautifully. For dessert is an Irish Cream Cake.

At my table are my very best friends. A favorite group, Celtic Women, sing in the background. It is a wonderful day.

Many blessings go out to my Spark Friends today.

I read something today that said, “When Irish eyes are smiling they are usually up to something.”

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HUZZAH39 3/19/2012 2:29PM

    Sounds lovely!!!!! Our family usually has a visit from a "leprechaun" who leaves green fruits and vegetables in odd places around the house. Although we are not Irish, our family started this tradition when our girls were small and they still enjoy it at age 13 and 18. My husband and I enjoy it as well!!!

Your eyes seem to be smiling and I know you are up to good.

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WINDSONG~ 3/18/2012 2:13AM

    I really liked this.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/18/2012 1:05AM

    Happy St.Patrick's Day Anyway! Sounds like you celebrated the best you could and you enjoyed your day.Hmm the last part about Irish Eyes,hmm I wonder if that is true? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIKA016 3/17/2012 3:06PM

    Diana, "Happy Saint Patrick's Day!" Your decorating sounds beautiful. I went to my daughter's swim meet early this morning and bought her shamrock cookies for her friends. Afterwards we went to Red Lobster for lunch. I have just finished my lawn work, my husband is blowing up some leaves right now....then we are going to the back yard to finish it up. Whew....I think I'm tuckered out and need to cool off with one of those cold green Irish Beers!!! LOL! The luck of the Irish be with you today! emoticon emoticon

Hugs! ML

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MENNOLY 3/17/2012 2:48PM

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May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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