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Make the best of your situation...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Whatever your situation may be... try to make the best of it. While you cannot control what may happen, you can certainly control how you react. My mantra this year is positivity. While I'm not going to sit here and say my life is perfect, everything is rosey... cause it's simply not true... I will however, choose to see the positives in every day!

Last night, we were freezing! The power was out from 5:30pm to 1:00am... and this had to happen on the same day that we had a crazy snow storm. So we had a family bed with lots of blankets. Like all nights, I wore my fitbit to track my sleep. I woke up 15 times, a total of 29 minutes. I was restless 20 times, a total of 45 minutes awake. It was not a good nights rest for sure. But the kids were warm and they slept good. So, when the power did kick on and it finally warmed up (about 2:30 or so) hubby moved kids to their bed and then I finally slept. Needless to say, I did not wake up as planned to go to the gym. So, I ended up getting there way later than planned and had to get ready at the gym, then go strait to work.

Not the perfect day at all.... BUT, I did get to the gym! I did eat really healthy today, staying under my calorie goal. I've got 11, 409 steps so far and because I'm closing at work, I'll have more as I need to walk the building and close up. Today was a success overall, because I'm choosing to make it one!

Keep your head up people! Focus on the positive! It will motivate you to achieve your goals!

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DEBBLO 2/21/2014 4:19PM

    Great attitude! I bought a desk calendar last year "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" and it really helped me look at things differently. Like you said, it is how you CHOOSE to react to situations. I have been much better this year, especially with dealing with my elderly parents (who drive me nuts!)
Keep up the great work.

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DISNEYDIVA79 2/21/2014 2:04PM

    Exactly! Making the best out of any situation is always a better choice than focusing on the negative. It's amazing what you can do when you think positively.

Good job making it to the gym in spite of your restless night!


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DMSGLASS 2/21/2014 10:55AM

    So sorry about the restless night, but it's amazing what you have accomplished so far. Way to go!!

Our responses to what happens around us do really make a difference not only for our own health, both mentally and physically, but for those around us as well. Too often, I have knee jerk reactions and realize, after the fact, that if I had just taken time to think before responding, everyone would have been much better off. I need to add "positivity" to my words for this year. My word is "enough," enough in all things.

Blessings on your day.

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    You should be so proud that you made it to the gym after a night like that! Good for you!! And getting in all those steps and eating well! You're doing awesome!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/21/2014 8:20AM

    Aww I am sorry you guys lost power! I hope today is better!

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ZOEANAEL 2/21/2014 6:25AM

    Wow! Way to go! No excuse seems to be your motto!! Very inspiring!

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/21/2014 3:52AM

    Oh no, sorry so cold! It's really important to get a good night's sleep. I'm always dragging when I don't. You are a STUD for still getting to the gym BEFORE work after a night like that. Proud-of-you! That fit bit is really motivating you!!

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RDEE22 2/21/2014 1:47AM

    I hope you breathed in some of my sunshine when you read my "Backyard" Blog.
Is this your backyard on your Sparkpage? It is beautiful!
I am glad you had a successful day after what sounds like a very cold night. Spring should soon be here for you, not many sleeps.

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Important tip... Never forget socks!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Yep... When I got off work , I headed to the gym. Got changed, went to put on my shoes and.... Duh duh duhn... No socks! And it had to happen on a day that I wore shoes to work that I don't wear with socks. So, I went to the counter to see if they sold socks. The gym sells lots of stuff- shin guards, cups, locks, shirts.... No socks!! What was I to do? I didn't have enough time to drive to the store and drive back to the gym... So.... Ew... Ew... Ew.... No sock workout. I didn't realize how sweaty my feet get, how much by feet move in my shoes or how overall important socks are! My feet hate me for the torture and I no doubt need to find a way to wash my shoes. So... Glad I still got my burn... But don't know if I'd do it without socks again!

Got home to zero electricity. This blog is brought to courtesy of iPhone, which luckily I charged fully at work before I left to the gym. I still need to drink the rest of my water and didn't get my full steps due to the sock incident- but I'm close at 9,439 steps- maybe I'll walk around the apartment and get the rest of them in before bed. I didn't have the best dinner , leftover pizza from Costco- at least it was veggie and didn't put me over calories!

It's very quiet. No electronic devices to distract... Kids are forced to actually play with each other and toys, for at least another 2hrs according to the power company. I'm sure the fighting will begin soon enough!

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GOODGETNBETR 2/23/2014 2:13PM

    Sometimes things were better when we didn't have electricity, people actually had to talk and interact with one another. Crazy!

emoticon for making it happen when the situation was less than ideal.

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4MEKELL 2/20/2014 8:30AM

    Kuddo's to you for still doing it!! I probably would have said "Forget It!!" It's amazing how we depend so much on our electronics. We were out of power here a while back and resorted to board games by candle light. I think that was the first time the kids socialized with one another in a very long time. Hope your day is great! emoticon

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KAMAKAZIETOM 2/19/2014 9:11PM

    I did just about the same thing 3/4 weeks ago so I feel your pain.

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0309COOKIE 2/19/2014 8:55PM

    Well, what a day you had!

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Macaroni and Cheese

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I had a major craving today for macaroni and cheese. I've not had it in months. After I finished at the gym, I had 1,000 calories left. I decided to give myself this one enjoyment. But, instead of making processed crap from a blue box- I opted to make it from scratch. Whole wheat macaroni elbows, milk, butter and cheese. Still a lot of calories- 700- but I feel better knowing it was made with organic hormone free ingredients. Man was I stuffed after only eating a little over one cup. Guess that's what happens when you don't eat pasta for a while.... I love that I'm satisfied with less now! Anyway- success for me- I was able to satisfy my craving and stay under my calories for the day!

I did much better with my water intake today! Got over 11,000 steps. It was a great day!

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DEBBLO 2/19/2014 6:43PM

    Better to give in to a craving, especially since you made a healthier version. I had to laugh cause I was in AC and ate a little bit of macaroni and cheese 2 days in a row! Such a great comfort food. Red banner day for you!

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OPTIGIRL43 2/19/2014 11:52AM

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/19/2014 9:29AM

    One of my friends gave me this really good macaroni recipe I have been making a lot lately. 1 lb of elbows, 8 oz of a good sharp cheddar, 2 big scoops of canned chipolotle peppers and some smoked paprika. It's really good!

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4MEKELL 2/19/2014 6:38AM

    emoticon I find that I'm more satisfied when I make it versus when it comes from the box. Wonderful that chose more "healthful" ingredients! emoticon

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/18/2014 11:42PM

    Yay over 11,000 steps! I was wondering, do you know how many miles is 10,000 steps? Sounds pretty far! Great making your own healthier Mac n Cheese. I've seen a lot of recipes where people health it up with vegetables too!

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CAMRY426 2/18/2014 11:09PM

  Yummy. Thank you for reading my blog. I can't wait to get my Fitbit!!!

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STEVEN_D 2/18/2014 11:05PM

    Great choice on mac n cheeze and great numbers on steps!

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COLLEGEGURL47 2/18/2014 11:01PM

    :) Good for you. It is nice that you compromised and made a healthier choice, instead of denying your craving, or doing the easy mac n cheese from a box. Happy to hear that you had a good day.

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WHOLENEWME79 2/18/2014 10:51PM

    Great job on managing your craving!

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Life is short...

Monday, February 17, 2014

We had another death in the family... My husbands uncle- whom he really didn't know. In the 17 years we've been together, I'd only met him once. Obviously some kind of falling out had happened years back that nobody talks about. It's none of my business. However, whenever someone passes, it's a reminder that our lives on this earth are precious. We cannot predict what will happen or when someone may cause a fatal accident completely out of your control. Each day should be treasured. If you're holding a grudge, let it go. Tell your family that you love them everyday! Don't take your life for granted. Being here, whether happy with your appearance or not, is better than not being here! That's my reflection for the day!

On to the basics- I stayed under my calories- not so great with water intake today, so it will be a priority tomorrow- I also hit the gym for an awesome burn! First time I ended my 33 minute jog with energy! It felt great!!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/19/2014 9:30AM

    So sorry for your loss!

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/18/2014 11:49PM

    "If you're holding a grudge, let it go. Tell your family that you love them everyday! Don't take your life for granted. Being here, whether happy with your appearance or not, is better than not being here! That's my reflection for the day!".... Thank you for your insightful wisdom today. So true.

Congrats on running with energy...great progress and positive attitude. They say a lifestyle switch is a lot mental. That is why we need to stay positive. Thanks for being my spark friend!

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KITRONA 2/18/2014 8:03PM

    That's a good philosophy. :)

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4MEKELL 2/18/2014 8:17AM

    Very true, That's good way to live. emoticon

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ALICIA214 2/18/2014 12:40AM


A good way to live life....



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GOLFINMOMMA 2/17/2014 11:36PM

    You said it perfectly. Tomorrow I pick up my Fathers ashes and take them to my Mom. After 70 happy years of marriage I know it is going to be really hard for her. Life is just too damn short for the good ones.

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ARNETTELEE 2/17/2014 11:07PM

  Sorry for your loss. Condolences...

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A better day...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Today was better than yesterday. I don't really enjoy Sundays, as I don't get to go to the gym. So my day feels kinda lazy. I walked when I could (while at work). Only got about half my goal of steps in... but that's pretty normal for days I don't hit the gym. I am still working on getting the rest of my water in, but I did end the night under calories.

Yesterday was a stressful day. We filed our taxes and because my hubby was self employed for part of the year, it was a nightmare. We were there for 3 hours. They filed them and said we get a return. As we were leaving we realized that they never even noted that we got money from selling our house... a huge mistake. So now, we have to go get them amended. I'm worried we will owe money... I guess worrying doesn't solve a whole lot.

Today was better than yesterday. But not perfect. Tomorrow is a new day!

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VANGO79 2/17/2014 10:52AM

    Good luck with the taxes. You are an inspiration, thank you emoticon

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