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BTS QT3 Summer Camp Goal(s)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

As part of our Beyond The Scale Fit For Fall summer camp Wk#1 activities, I need to blog my goal(s) for the next ten weeks.

The past 24 weeks have been difficult for me...after some disappointments here on Spark and some personal family strife, I've felt crushed – both in mind and in spirit. While I know I need to just power thru until I see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is more of a struggle than I anticipated. Anyway, here goes another step down the path to positivity....

While weight loss is the primary goal, a lot of little steps will need to be taken to move along that path. Right now, I feel a need to seize control of at least one aspect of my life...the pertinent question is which will afford me the most immediate benefit.

My fitness and nutrition programs are well set with a regular 'shake-up' every quarter to keep me out of a rut. With that in place, I think my Summer Camp Goal #1 will be to concentrate on organization of my home. According to Fung Shui concepts, if I create for myself a 'squared away' and clean environment, I will have more quiet in my soul – and this can only lead to more life enjoyment.

My Summer Camp Goal #2 is a social change. Four years after the passing of MomP, the family landscape has changed dramatically – the Black Sheep she kept under control went haywire, creating all kinds of collateral damage and leaving the family in a bit of a shambles...and me with a huge hole in my life. It's time to begin filling in that hole...that's why this is Goal #2 – it needs more thought...

As this BTS Wk#2 progresses, I've set aside an hour each day to flesh out a plan for Goal #1...when I have that in place, I'll my mind to Goal #2.

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JUSTYNA7 7/16/2014 12:31PM

    I think that organization and things having a place really does affect my inner peace. Simple, uncluttered, tidy. It's amazing too how the fly lady's ten minutes a day strategy, just like the ten minutes a day of exercise does work. You can do this. One drawer, closet or shelf at a time.

One of the things I learned from a personal organizer who we ASKED to come into our home.. long story and it was a bit traumatic but there were positives... was to spend a set amount of time sorting and cleaning a space and then DEAL with the leftovers right away. When we would say "that's for a garage sale" then she would say "and when is that going to be? Does this need any work on it to be ready?" and when we said "this will go to salvation army" then she would say "OK go put it in the car and at the end of this sesson take it there". She was the one decluttering rooms. If anything did not belong in that room she put it in the middle of the room and then we had one hour to decide what to do with that stuff or she junked it. It was a learning curve and I think at that time it was what we needed... but now I do put things in a box and right into the car and then down the street to the donations box rather than let that box sit in a corner. Good luck. A valient goal that should help you deal with goal #2.

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LIVIN4LISH 7/15/2014 9:50PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your disappointments here at Spark, and in life. It sounds like you're doing a great job getting your ducks in a row, and moving forward. That's no easy feat when it comes to family members gone haywire! You're doing great with your plans - I hope the Fung Shui approach is helpful in finding your inner peace emoticon

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STRONGNFIERCE 7/14/2014 9:23AM

    stay positive and absolutely give yourself credit where credit is due and take time for yourself and to figure out what exactly and where exactly you want to be! you can do this dolly :)

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MYTHMYTH 7/14/2014 8:03AM

    sounds like you've identified the underlying issues - and it's sooooo important to address those underlying issues in order to make progress. hope that the stress and unhappiness will soon be s distant memory.

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MARYBETH4884 7/14/2014 6:59AM

    Sorry to hear that there is strife in your life, but you are doing the right thing! Going back to square one, clean organized home and a look inside yourself to see where you stand with your own feelings and personal relationships!! This journey is so much more than weight loss and everything needs to be balanced in our lives for us to be truly healthy!! emoticon emoticon

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NONIE_C 7/14/2014 2:19AM

    Dolly, these are great goals! I'm sure you will flesh them out and see how you can achieve them with small steps each day. We will be here to cheer you on and support you!
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SHERYLP461 7/13/2014 10:40PM

    You are only responsible for your own actions. The "black sheep" have to be responsible for theirs

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/13/2014 10:25PM

    Hey you are always so positive but we all take the plunge once in awhile. I know you will find your way back.
I started a thread in 55+females called...if life is a bowl of cherries...why did I get the pits. We take the bad and turn it around.
I put my hubby is in the nursing home (pits) but at least he is getting infusions to kill the bacteria in his blood).( cherries)

We just paid 1500 dollars to get a new water heater(pits) but at least it isn't leaking all over the floor anymore.( cherries)

Find your cherries by picking through and throwing out those pits.
You can do this Dolly...I know you can.

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Weekly Plan - 6/4-10/14

Friday, June 06, 2014

....two days later and I'm finally posting my already-late Weekly Plan...HOW did my schedule get so crunched!?!?

OK, I’ve already missed to post last week’s plan…I have it scribbled in my notebook but never got around to posting. I’m actually a couple of days late this week, so I’ve simply slipped my week and done some quick planning for Mon & Tue ‘next week’.

Mantra:
* I am present now
* I love myself
* I am free from anger
* I am free from sadness
* Love is my experience

Gratitude:
My good health – at my advanced age, I am fortunate not to be on any maintenance meds – I am reminded every time I prepared DH’s morning and evening meds
My good fortune to have the freedom to make my life what I will have it be – I’m not always good about seizing this opportunity but am pleased to have it.

Activity:
W: PAWSE blog; Weekly Meal Plan; Clean Master Suite; Sweep Front Porch; Ironing
Th: Can’t yet bowl so tend Garden Babies – all Peppers are growing well and putting of loads of fruit; install shading now the high Summer temps are officially arrived; Errands
F: Ship-shape house for weekend; Sweep Back Patio-Vacuum Furniture
M: Organize my garage-clear surfaces; sweep floor
Tu: Mow Front & Back Lawns; Trim Front Shrubs; Sweep Driveway; Laundry

Wellbeing:
W: Mid-day reading & puzzle break over extended Lunch
Th: At least 2hrs FoxHole Time
F: Draw the drapes, turn up the tunes and dance thru the house until I can’t any longer
M: At least one hour FoxHole Time
Tu: Mani & Pedi; Hand Reflexology

Fitness: Burn 3,500 cals over my cal intake (CICO)
W: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, public Gym with DH
Th: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, Thursday Turbulent Twist (cards already flipped)
F: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, I’ll walk a local outdoor market for the Friday 5K
M: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, Monday Step-Ups, 12 & 30 min gym circuit, public Gym with DH
Tu: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, Biggest Loser DVD
* Spark Exercise of the Day

Nutrition: Keep carbs to less than 40g per meal; stay in middle of cal range
W: Chicken Parmesan Stacks, Green Salad
Th: Turkey Meatloaf, Cottage Cheese w/Fruit, Jello Salad
F: playing this by ear – DH is working from home & dinner may be fingers foods
Sa: (likely-DH may want to change) BBQ Ribs, Baked Beans, Fruit Compote
Su: (likely-DH may want to change) Summer Squash & Chicken, Cole Slaw
M: Panko-Mustard Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Olives
Tu: Sauerkraut Pork Ribs, Green Salad

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/11/2014 4:22PM

    It all sounds good to me.

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LADYBUG1943 7/1/2014 10:04AM

    Among all the other things I like about this blog: "I am present now" is my favorite. Hard to do. I'm always nagging my husband because he stays in the future and can't relax for planning the next day. It's very helpful to all of us because so much gets done well, but it's annoying to be in a "relax" mode, and he's beside me planning tomorrow.

I also like you calling your plants garden babies. That's what they are to me, too.

Great blog.

Yvonne

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JUSTYNA7 7/1/2014 8:44AM

    Hey, I used to do this... thanks for reminding me. You are rocking it! Good job on the butt blast with Coach Nicole, lol

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HAWTGRANNY2014 6/22/2014 2:26PM

    awesome...I need to organize my days. What a great way of doing it. Good luck on your plan. I know you will do it.

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HTAYLOR1021 6/11/2014 10:27PM

    This is great! I wish I was this organized! emoticon

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STRONGNFIERCE 6/10/2014 9:23AM

    Thank you for sharing Dolly, youre doing great, keep up your determination, its an inspiration for all of us!

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COLOR-BLUE 6/6/2014 3:17PM

    Dolly,

I know that when I read your plan, God Willing for the next week, it seems like there is so much in there to do. Does it take long to do what you've critiqued?

Oh man, your meals sound so delicious! Would you please come to my home and cook?" Bring the entire family, and we'll make a day, or week of it!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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ZANNACHAN 6/6/2014 10:52AM

    I love your gratitude--to be healthy without meds! That's awesome.

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BLC25 TJT PAWSE Wk#6

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Well, I missed to post last week but flogging myself along and here I am for Wk#6.

Sticking with my plan to ‘Fake It Til Its Real’….with some success, some failure….it’s a process.

PAWSE: Plan/Prepare..Act..Write..Set..Execute

Plan/Prepare
Nutrition - My breakfast and lunch during the work week are a gimme – Oatmeal w/diced Prune & Cinnamon, Soy Milk, Fruit (either Apple, Pear, Grapefruit, Melon or Grapes), Egg (boiled or scrambled) for breakfast and various salads and/or sandwiches for lunch. Dinners vary and here is this week’s plan:

4 Planned Meals (all low-carb) + 3 Quick Meals (previously-cooked/frozen):
W: Chicken Parmesan Stacks, Green Salad
Th: Turkey Meatloaf, Cottage Cheese w/Fruit, Jello Salad
F: playing this by ear – DH is working from home & dinner may be fingers foods
Sa: (likely-DH may want to change) BBQ Ribs, Baked Beans, Fruit Compote
Su: (likely-DH may want to change) Summer Squash & Chicken, Cole Slaw
M: Panko-Mustard Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Olives
Tu: Sauerkraut Pork Ribs, Green Salad

Fitness
W: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, public Gym with DH
Th: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, Thursday Turbulent Twist (cards already flipped)
F: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, I’ll walk a local outdoor market for the Friday 5K
Sa: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk,
Su: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk
M: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, Monday Steps-Ups, 12 & 30 min gym circuit, public Gym with DH
Tu: 60sec Challenge, SEOTD*, Morning Walk, Biggest Loser DVD
* Spark Exercise of the Day

Act
It’s Wednesday, so the frig on set to be cleaned. DH took me to a local farmer’s market Sun so I have not need of grocery shopping – will give that time over to Ironing, I think.
I’ve spent a large chunk of time re-working my Office, Home, Housework & Landscape plans – with this heat, I just can’t be out working in the yard between 9:00 & 6:00 each day.
While there may still be some tweaking, I think I’ve come up with something workable.

Write
This hasn’t changed much - my biggest hurdle right now is myself – my (lack of) motivation. I do have periods of productivity & excitement (right word?) but still plenty of negative vibe to overcome.

Set
Scale: Lose 1 lb this week
NSV: I want to be able to lift my bicycle from the ground to my car-mounted bicycle rack by myself
AND with minimum struggle
ME: I’ve decided to pursue a new level of HAM (short wave radio) license. Need to work study time
into my schedule.

Execute
BODY MOVEABLE

1. Concentrate on ST to work arms and lower / side back muscles especially so I can better manage my bicycle rack.
2. Increase stair flights by 10%
3. Start new 0-5K Countdown involving a walking program, a stretching program and a strengthening program.

Dolly
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STRONGNFIERCE 6/10/2014 9:12AM

    You can do it Dolly, one step at a time, the plan is there, youre stronger than you think!

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JUSTME9898 6/4/2014 9:52PM

    Sounds like you are mapping a successful journey - congrats on the bike - I can now get my wheel chair in and out of the car without help

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COLOR-BLUE 6/4/2014 1:10PM

    Dolly,

You have everything mapped and planned out, but it looks like a lot of things going on. It might be me just reading it and the sound of it just seems overwhelming to me. I have no doubt you can do it, as that's your plan, but please don't hurt yourself, and watch out for that sun, as it will ZAP your strength in a heart beat! YOU GO, GIRL!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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EMTCHICK109 6/4/2014 12:38PM

    Sounds like a good plan! emoticon

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My Weekly Plan: 5/25-31/14

Sunday, May 25, 2014

For those who’ve read my last blog, nothing has changed about the situation, and likely will not, so I must make my own changes for my own wellbeing. Part of that is perspective…I need to re-focus my thoughts and energies away from the negativity and toward the positive. My first step in that direction is to re-do my Spark page with re-enforcing quotes and pictures.

My second step is to force myself into Team activity. Not the challenges but the part I’ve been neglecting – communicating. My style is reminiscent of the rabbit – when I’m threatened (unsure - unwell - unhappy), I tend to freeze in place mentally and emotionally and actually. I’ve always told myself this is how I acclimate myself to the situation but I wonder if I’m not also using this tendency as an excuse to avoid dealing with situations.

So, rather than hiding in the corner til I feel better, I am going to push myself forward – project my previous happiness and excitement which is currently lacking so that it will perhaps come to be again and, consequently, over-shadow my current hurt and disappointment.

Earlier in the month, I tried posting a Daily Plan but found I was halfway thru my day before I had opportunity to create the post…and often did not have time to get back to update my progress. True to my nature, I kinda gave up on the concept. But, I’m now going to do a re-start….with a Weekly Plan. There will be more opportunity to miss meeting some of my goals because life will come along and upset my schedule – we all know that is a given! But, I think I may be more successful overall dealing with the bigger picture for a bit here – once I have that under my belt, I can begin to focus on the smaller daily picture.

Fitness: Burn 3,500 cals over my cal intake (CICO)
M: 60sec Challenge; Monday Maneuvers; Spark Daily Exercise; Gym with DH
T: 60sec Challenge; LCW Tuesday Biggest Loser Video; Spark Daily Exercise
W: 60sec Challenge; 12 & 30 min Gym Circuits; Spark Daily Exercise; Gym with DH
T: 60sec Challenge; Turbulent Twist Card Deal; Spark Daily Exercise
F: 60sec Challenge; 5k; Spark Daily Exercise; Gym with DH

Nutrition: Keep carbs to less than 40g per meal; stay in middle of cal range
M: 8 Water Glasses; Oatmeal & Fruit Breakfast; Salad Lunch; Chicken Cacciatore Dinner
T: 8 Water Glasses; Oatmeal & Fruit Breakfast; Fried Egg Sanny Lunch; Meatloaf Dinner
W: 8 Water Glasses; Oatmeal & Fruit Breakfast; Tuna Sanny Lunch; BBQ Ribs Dinner
T: 8 Water Glasses; Oatmeal & Fruit Breakfast; a Slice-&-a-Salad Lunch; Chicken Pot Pie & Salad Dinner
F: 8 Water Glasses; Oatmeal & Fruit Breakfast; Salad Lunch; Sausage & Saurkraut Dinner

Activity:
M: Tend Garden Babies; start new Radishes & Gr. Onions; Harvest Heirloom Toms; FlyLady Tasks
T: Mow Front & Back Lawns; Clean Back Patio; Trim Shrubs; Laundry; FlyLady Tasks
W: PAWSE blog; Weekly Meal Plan; Clean Front Patio & Driveway ; FlyLady Tasks
T: Bowling; Errands & Shopping; Ironing; FlyLady Tasks
F: Ship-shape House for weekend; Clear Media Room & Pool Table; FlyLady Tasks

Wellbeing:
M: Mid-day reading & puzzle break over extended Lunch
T: Mani & Pedi; Hand Reflexology
W: Picnic Lunch @ the Park
T: Lunch with the Ladies
F: At least one hour FoxHole (female version of Man Cave) Time – make shade weights

Gratitude:
My health, which is basically good.
My current injuries – yes, these are multiple but I was doing fun things each time I was injured and they serve to remind me of my good fortune to be able to do fun things
DH, who is my mainstay, and all that he adds to my life – both physical and spiritual.

Mantra:
I Am Strong
I Am Beautiful
I Am Powerful
I CAN Do This !

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STRONGNFIERCE 6/10/2014 8:53AM

    You are strong, beautiful and powerful! I believe in you!!

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 5/27/2014 10:01PM

    First, I love, love, love your mantras!! They are great! And good luck with your goals! They are completely doable! You got this! emoticon emoticon

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BLOOIZEANGEL 5/26/2014 3:24PM

    I have never heard of Fox Hole! That's great! Fake it if you have to. It will eventually be real motivation again.

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ZENRYAKU 5/26/2014 9:24AM

    I love the sunflowers - you can't but help smile. And your blog also has a sunny disposition for a great week ahead. emoticon emoticon

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AIMEESINGS 5/26/2014 1:08AM

    Your week looks great!!! and your page looks cheery!

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NORWOODGIRL 5/25/2014 11:18PM

    Like your plan. Love your mantra!

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EMTCHICK109 5/25/2014 8:35PM

    You have a great plan in place. You can do this!

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HOLISTIC5 5/25/2014 7:44PM

    You Are Strong
You Are Beautiful
You Are Powerful
You CAN Do This !!!!!!!

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ZANNACHAN 5/25/2014 7:34PM

    *hugs* and Good for you! It's hard to push through when you're not happy etc., but there's something to be said about faking it until you make it. Sometimes that's what it takes to get your happy back. And you have a plan! You can do this!

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COLOR-BLUE 5/25/2014 7:14PM

    Dollface,

Okay, young lady, you've done it! You have your whole week planned out, and it looks SUPERB!!! You go GIRL!!! That took some time and dedication and you were able to bring the bacon! You've done something that I haven't been able to do, for me! Every time I try to make a game plan for a week, it's so overwhelming for me, I run and hide. I just can't fathom such a HUGE undertaking. It freaks me out each time I try to do that. So, I just stay with my daily routine that God gives me each and every day. Sometimes I don't know what I'm suppose to be doing until the last minute, but it all gets done, by His Grace. Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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BLC25 TJT – PAWSE Wk#4

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This is my first official PAWSE blog for this 25th BLC round. I’ve written some the last 3 wks but have not posted them for public consumption….which is akin to not having written them at all cause there is no accountability without publication.

I really don’t know what is my problem of late….I seem to have a lack of focus – both in my Spark activities and my ‘real life’ activities….a lack of focus, a lack of direction and a lack of drive.

I could blame it on the severe allergies (sooo bad this year) or the left wrist injury or even the right finger injury – all of which are stumbling blocks. But, I think it goes deeper than that – I think I have become disillusioned and, consequently, a bit disinterested.

The specifics are interesting only to me – suffice to say, I put a lot of effort and much of myself into both some Spark and some ‘real life’ activities only to have a net negative result across the board - for me, at any rate.

On one hand, I found myself pushing against a brick wall even tho my efforts had been requested and, on the other, actions requested of me were accepted but I learned later that some nasty name-calling and statements were made behind my back....oh, and never a thank you or any kind of acknowledgeemnt of my efforts.

Now, none of this really has anything to do with me and my life and shouldn’t really affect my personal efforts but it has – the negative feelings engendered in me have affected my mind-set, my energy level, my desire. I go through the motions of my day, accomplish the necessary but without dedication, without commitment, without enjoyment. I know I need to get past it – I just don’t know how.

So, first step to getting past it – continue going thru the motions, put on a good show and maybe the joy will return to my activities…..

PAWSE: Plan/Prepare….Act….Write….Set….Execute

Plan/Prepare
Nutrition: With DH’s schedule, I can plan only 4 meals a week….the other 3 are previously-cooked/frozen meals or Quick Meals – packaged stuff that can be thrown together in a few mins to make a nutritious dinner. I will plan 7 days of breakfast / lunch, 4 days of dinners, prepare 1 freezer dish and pull ingredients for 2 Quick Meals
Fitness: I’ve flipped my cards for the Thursday Turbulent Twist, set myself a path for the Friday 5K, scheduled a gym circuit for Monday and I have my Biggest Loser DVD for LCW Tuesday. Also, each day, of the week, I will complete the Spark Daily Exercise as I am able with my wrist / finger injuries.

Act:
Today, I will clean out the frig then shopping for a freggie re-stock…during my current malaise, I have been absolutely scarfing the freggies – almost to an unhealthy degree.
I have generated my Housework & Landscape plans for this week thru Tuesday. I included a bit less than usual cause my wrist/finger injuries slow down my progress – sweeping the driveway takes ForEver!

Write:
My biggest hurdle right now is myself – my attitude, my motivation. The only way I can think to overcome is to just keep pushing thru the fog til I see some light.

Set:
Scale: Lose 1 lb this week
NSV: Decide on a course of study this week and begin

Execute:
Move It To Lose It: Gonna do 10 stair flights right now as quickly as I am able – no holding the rail or using the wall for stability.

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STRONGNFIERCE 6/10/2014 8:52AM

    Thank you for your PAWSE, I feel as though the last few weeks I have been in a similar funk. Youre blog has been inspirational and gives me strength to start again one foot in front of the other :)

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COLOR-BLUE 5/23/2014 9:44PM

    DollFace,

I want to start off by saying that I'm sorry that you're going through this season, in your life. That being said, you mentioned that your input was asked for, yet it was met with name calling, and ingratitude. What you were doing was being done for them or anybody else. It was being done for the Glory of God. Try on the mindset, as it says in the Word, that whenever you do ANYTHING, do it with all your might for the Glory of God! Just the idea of doing this for God, changes everything! It's a cleansing, edification not only for you, but for God and those around you. God will change it all around for you, if you let Him. Give it a try. It won't hurt! If there is anything I can do for you, just HOLLER and I'll do the best I can to give you a hand up!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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NEWCHINELO 5/23/2014 6:01PM

    You can do it again!

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ZENRYAKU 5/23/2014 9:49AM

    Sometimes, it is 'just' going through the motions. But if I can compare this blog with the previous "My Morning Adventure", I would say it is a matter of finding a balance of priorities as to what YOU want to do. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 5/22/2014 10:06PM

    Hmmm.

You know pain and alergies do weird things to us. So does tiredness. We have to fight so hard to get past them and then have so little energy for "the walls". They just seem insurmountable. I seem to recall some pretty amazing "trips" you made and you have accomplished A LOT. Do me a favour, read my blog. Go back to your numbers over the 10 weeks and see what you have ACCOMPLISHED. It's possible that you are right. Your net is a negative. But maybe you'll be surprised. Maybe you need a rest. Find a good book, do some self pampering. Let your hand heal. I'm not sure about all the stuff going on in your life but maybe you need to talk it out with someone.

I think you are marvelous! I would love to see your garden. I got excited thinking about your off road trip with your friends. It was such a good idea to post the exercise of the day for us... we all need to try something new. I can't imagine how the heat and dryness is affecting you all in the southwest. But I also have gleaned a generally positve attitude, one of great gratitude and hard work in you... so maybe you need a hug and someone to look after things for a while and let you recharge. Just remember that bad comments are like the "tip of the iceberg" that you can see in the water. People often keep the good comments hidden away thinking you "know" how they feel but they most often reflect the "bulk". For me, friend time is the best medicine. Fills my cup. Makes me remember what is really important. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKINNYSTRUMMER 5/22/2014 5:31PM

    Dolly, it sucks to be disengaged or in a funk. Do not ignore, deny or stuff those feelings. Allow yourself today too really feel what you are feeling, because it is here to teach you something. Feel it and then let it go and move on.

I'll never understand why WE let others control us, or why WE let what they say us impact us so... And I say WE because I am the same. If people cannot say it to our face, that shows their immaturity, not our flaws. If you feel there is some to truth to what was said, acknowledge that truth and move on. If not, put it behind you and focus on all the good you do, because YOU DO A LOT OF GOOD!

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SHEENADEE 5/22/2014 4:51PM

    Hi Dolly!

I'm sorry to hear how you've been feeling lately. I am glad you blogged about it and your plan of attack. I think continuing to go through the motions of various activities (even if you don't feel like it - maybe especially if you don't feel like it), is smart. I read something a while back with similar advice. It encouraged people who are not happy to ACT happy, do what happy people do, stay engaged and active. And eventually, you find you actually are happy. I know that's not always an easy thing to do; but sure makes sense to me.

I love your PAWSE!

ROAR!

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