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Married 11 years on the 29th

Friday, January 28, 2011


I stood in front of friends and God on January 29th to declare my love and devotion to Don Bryant. I have grown in love and devotion. The song below is for him.

Here We Stand- (unity song) by T Carter Music:

Here we are, face to face
Brought here together
By God's amazing grace
Into your eyes, I see myself
Living a life
I've always dreamed about...

And as I stand here before you
I can't help but adore you...

Here we stand, In this moment now
I give my heart, I give my love
This is my vow
To you I swear, And I promise to
Give all I can, All I am
I give to you

Here we are, hand in hand
United as one
By the promise of our love
I open my heart, and let you in
To live there forever
As a lover and a friend

As I stand here before you
I can't help but adore you...

Here we stand, In this moment now
I give my heart, I give my love
This is my vow
To you I swear, And I promise to
Give all I can, All I am
I give to you


Here we are, face to face
Brought here together
By God's Amazing grace..

  
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FEDUP!1 1/30/2011 11:27AM

    Happy Anniversary!!!
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SEDONACAT 1/28/2011 8:42AM

    Happy Anniversary and may you have many more together!!

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CAROLYN0107 1/28/2011 8:08AM

    Happy Anniversary Mary and Don! emoticon

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Hard night

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just doing one thing at a time. I know what I have to do and do it. Last night was not easy. Has anyone else been dog tired and not been able to sleep because you felt wired? Well, that is what it started as. I went to bed, fell asleep, and not long after startled awake. This happened several times. I was hungry, but didn't want to eat, but about an hour later of just feeling like I was having electricity coursing through me, I decided to eat something.

I ended up taking an anti inflammatory, and tried to go back to sleep. I was cold as ice- this is Africa...Don put a cover on the bed. I feel asleep. That was after 3 in the a.m. I woke up around 7 feeling like I was on fire. threw the blanket off and laid there for about 30 minutes. It was a little crazy. So I am hoping to sleep better tonight. I don't know if I will make it through the day without falling asleep.
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FEDUP!1 1/30/2011 11:26AM

    Hope you are getting some sleep Mary and you are feeling better.
Keeping you in prayer girl!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 1/27/2011 8:37AM

    Sounds like an awful nite! So sorry!! Praying for your rest. Thankful you have nurse friends like Carolyn to give good advice in the health areana!!

Blessings!


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CAROLYN0107 1/27/2011 7:30AM

    Mary... these feelings-- cold, hot- tired, wired could be related to your thyroid which is not working correctly. With changing your diet, this may have also changed your thyroid blood results. Also, these signs could be related to a hormone shift. Your metabolism is changing. As long as you did not chill while spiking a fever, then I think you're ok... not "sick". Around here a chill leading to being hot is often Malaria.
HUGS.

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight...........

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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It is a challenge to do everything I need to do this week. Not talking about food or exercise, but the fact that I absolutely have no energy to do anything. It is only by sheer determination that I get anything done. It is not easy to finish anything I want to do. Whatever is wrong with me- the anemia, thyroid issue, or whatever, has pretty much made me into a zombie.

Today is just an example. I worked out this morning, because it was the only time I knew I would have. Finished working out and was not able to do anything else the entire morning. I ate lunch and went to sleep for about 20 minutes, willed myself out of bed, and prepared to teach an English Bible Study.

The afternoon heat was staggering. I taught and have been moving slower than a slug the rest of the evening.

I sure can use some encouragement....
Mary

  
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STARLIGHTSAK 1/29/2011 10:43PM

  Keep it up ladies... one day at a time... just do what needs to happen... will be praying...

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FEDUP!1 1/26/2011 7:58PM

    Hey Mary
I know it is tough right now but Carolyn is right. One foot in front of the other, take it slowly. Concentrate on your new diet regime. Don't worry as much about a "workout" just do what you can-maybe a walk or something that gets you moving but doesn't exhaust you as much. Things will improve.
Here for you girl-facebook or skype away!
Will keep you in prayer
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CAROLYN0107 1/26/2011 4:01PM

    Mary... I'm here but I too could use some encouragement. I'm just putting one foot in front of another today. One thing I can say to you is that it's going to get better. As you seek treatment you'll start to feel better. Just keep eating right. Concentrate on that for now. Even if you don't get lots of exercise in...don't feel guilty. Exercise as you can but mostly work on that new diet regime.
HUGS.

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Adjusting and experimenting

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Be very quiet.....It is duck season....No it's rabbit season...Duck season...Rabbit season....Duck-BAM

Oh well, I feel like right now I am in a season of experimentation. I did a relatively fat free chicken veggie stew in the slow cooker- made only with fresh veggies, tomato paste, dry ranch dressing, and skinless chicken breast. One serving- 3 grams of fat. Don's verdict- mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Yesterday I did this mock oven fried chicken. This took a little thinking, because I wanted to have something that tasted good, but didn't add fat to the chicken. I took dry bread crumbs, seasonings- don't ask me exact measurements, but anything you have that you like. I put it in a plastic bag. Cut and skinned chicken. Took off any visible fat. Then I did a shake and bake style in the bag. Put the coated chicken on a cookie sheet. Then I sprayed a little olive oil Pam on the chicken and sprinkled a little garlic seasoning to up the taste. It was in the oven on 350 for about 40 minutes.
Don's verdict- mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Today, I did my best to make a fat free tuna salad to make sandwiches with. This isn't easy, since I didn't have any pickle relish. I substituted my homemade pickled beets- about 1/2 cup for the whole salad. Chopped a small onion and some celery. I squirted some ketchup and mustard and added some balsamic vinegar, mixed in one can of water packed tuna, and viola- fat free tuna salad. This had mixed reviews. I thought it was good, but I think I killed my taste buds the last 4 days eating fat free. Don said he tasted too much beet. He ate the sandwich and had something else after. Oh well, I did manage to get 2 out of 3 dishes approved by my husband.

  
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JENNYD97 1/25/2011 11:20PM

    the chciken stew sounds yummy :) how long did you cook it? I think I would like to try it. :)

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LUV-BEING-NANA 1/25/2011 12:58PM

    Keep experimenting...you got 2 out of 3...that is better than many experimentation processes!! You will have a full, healthier recipe box in no time!
Keep up the great work!

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4EVERFIT011 1/25/2011 8:22AM

    Continue on, you are getting the hang of making adjustments to your regular meals. Check out the recipes here also. Many of them are very good. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/25/2011 7:28AM

    You're doing a great job of adjusting! emoticon

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Crazy Dr. Diet is working

Monday, January 24, 2011

I am not into dieting. Consider the word, "diet" a four letter word- if you know what I mean... discipline has been my strong suit, even if I have faltered at times. My general feeling at the moment is to be happy with the weight I lost in the last 4 days- 6 pounds. It has not been easy to eat the same boring food everyday. There are not specialty foods here in Tanzania, so eating nearly fat free is a challenge. I guess in the end I decided to stick with the easiest to find.

The only remedy I started is iron for the anemia. I am still feeling like I am dragging around a 100 weight ball. I get tired so easily, it takes determination to move from one thing to the next. I exercise by sheer determination. The joint pain is hard to deal with as well. I don't take anything for the pain, unless it interrupts my sleep. I can hardly type today because of the pain in my right hand and the pain in my left wrist.

I still don't understand what is going on in my body, but I am doing whatever I can to get well. I am hoping that I can know more at the end of the week.

The photo above is my daughter, Harper. She is a beautiful lady. Was asked by a professional photographer to do a photo shoot. This is a close up. I may be prejudices, but I think she is absolutely beautiful.

  
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STARLIGHTSAK 1/26/2011 10:08AM

  Mary, thank you for sharing the pictures of your daughter, she is beautiful... and hang in there your self. I am praying that it gets easier. Esther

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CAROLYN0107 1/24/2011 12:37PM

    Yes, Harper is beautiful. Mary, congratulations on your 6 pound loss. I'm sure you'll get used to the , pardon the expression, "diet". Try experimenting with different spices.
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HOLLYROSE333 1/24/2011 11:43AM

    Your daughter is a beautiful and special lady, (like you!) Blessings Mary and keep up the GREAT job!

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LUV-BEING-NANA 1/24/2011 9:01AM

    She is gorgeous!! As are you Mary! There is a song on the Christian Radio station and one of the lines from it sticks out to me right now :

There could never be a more beautiful you!



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MUJU71 1/24/2011 8:30AM

    You're right, Mary - she is beautiful!

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