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Life is too short.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

May 13, 2011 my dearest friend Mari Langdon passed away. Jan 9, 2012 my Aunt Donel Passed away. Both died from pneumonia.

But I've learned a VERY important lesson. Life is too short to put things off. I'm bad about putting things off and procrastinating.

I have been putting off things for far too long. I have decided that make changes. I know I've said this ALOT, but it's a new year and it's GOING to be a NEW ME!!! I'm gonna lose this weight, get healthy, change my lifestyle around. I've gotta teach my baby how to have a healthy lifestyle.

I'm very thankful for the support system I've had so far and continue to have. Thank you.

Now I have lost about 6 lbs since I weighed myself about a week or 2 ago. I have been drinking less sodas and more water and I'm trying to cut them completely, I'm not munching all night (mainly cuz there isn't any food in my house to munch on. lol), and I'm walking more and more.
I have noticed a change in myself, I have more energy, I don't dread waking up each day, and at times I'm able to keep up with my little girl.
Thank you to everyone who's been supporting me and pushing me.

I am going to do this!!! No more putting things off!!!!!
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BAKERBARBARA 1/11/2012 5:26PM

    I'm cheering you on!! Life is waaaaay too short!!!

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KATIEEMMA5 1/11/2012 3:47PM

    Keep up the good work!!! emoticon Katie x

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SAMI199 1/11/2012 3:36AM

    emoticon I'm sorry about your Aunt & Friend...You are making positive changes-what a wondefrul tribute to them.

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2HAMSDIET 1/10/2012 4:11PM

    emoticon emoticonGo for it and live life to it's fullest. emoticon

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BOE4LIFE 1/10/2012 12:55PM

    Sounds like you are off to a good start. Let's do this.

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The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empy space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.

The sand is everything else—the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the fold balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiles, “I’m glad you asked.”

“It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

Please share this with someone you care about. I just did!

  
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BAKERBARBARA 1/11/2012 5:34PM

    That's a good one!!! Thanks for posting it!!

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PAMNANGEL 1/11/2012 3:46AM

    I think I've heard a version of this with rocks instead of golf balls and without the coffee. I like this version better.

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SAMI199 1/11/2012 3:25AM

    That is amazing Thanks,I'll be passing it on...Here's to cups of coffee with friends!

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UPDATE

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Hey ya'll. I just wanted to give you an update on what's going on.

I have been working on better eating habits and have been doing pretty good with it. Especially when it comes to portion control. Also, I have been going to the gym. I joined planet fitness recently and I LOVE it. The atmosphere, the people, and even the equipment makes it awesome. There is a class where the instructor gives you an idea of what workout would work best based on what you want to work on. And they have classes to teach you how to use the machines. And the machines have pictures/instructions to make sure you're using it properly. As for the other equipment everyone wipes it off when they're done using it and there are people there of all shapes and sizes. I have to say this is the first gym I joined and will probably be the only one. I love going and I look forward to going. I can't wait for my next trip, probably won't be til monday because of my weird/hectic schedule this weekend. But I plan on working out! I honestly never thought I'd be the person who goes to a gym, who likes going, and has FUN. I am gonna make my workouts fun.

Here I was on the stationary bike and on my ipod I have a song, that I LOVE, but it reminds me of a lost love, but when it came on I couldn't help but make myself pedal longer to put the hurt into the back of my mind and enjoy the song. I was able to push myself to go longer, pedal harder, and get my BPM(beats per min) up to my target to get the fat burning and heart benefits. It felt GREAT. My endorphines were flowing and I was in a fabulous mood for the rest of the evening. Needless to say, I'm not feeling as sore as I was on day 1. This was on day 4 or 5 and I wasn't too sore.

It's awesome and I'm very happy that I joined this gym!

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2HAMSDIET 4/10/2011 6:47AM

    Woo Hoo so glad you are finding your grove. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIKKI572 4/9/2011 9:01PM

    Sounds like you're doing great, and I love your positive attitude!!!!!

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NEVERORNOW 4/9/2011 6:04PM

    emoticonGreat update!

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I'm BAAAACCCCKKK

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hahah I'm back and I love it. I haven't had much time to get on spark people and read stuff and track things, but now I do and am getting on here more and more again.

So more good news...I officially joined Planet Fitness yesterday. Seems like a good investment, as opposed to buying a treadmill and be stuck on the same equipment over and over. With the gym, there's a variety and they also offer classes....which is good since I don't know where to start. For those that are going to ask, I haven't gone yet...I don't know if I can yet...I've got this cough that is kicking my butt and I can't shake it. I'm not sure if I can exercise with it. What do you think?

I'm really excited for when I can go...I've got a gym bag packed and ready in the trunk. My ipod is charged and I'm ready to do this once and for all.

I know you've read where I'm starting over again and all this. This time it's for real. I will be around for my daughter and I will get healthy. My doctor says that I'm good to start an exercise/food change regiment. I have a problem with food and I'm working on changing it. I re-thinking how I look, feel, smell, taste food. I'm going to make this lifestyle change, it's going to be tough and I'm probably going to be sore and tired for a while but it will ALL be worth it in the end.

Thanks for your support,
Amber.
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SAMI199 3/29/2011 9:54PM

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You go,Amber-I had that cold/plague thing-nasty business-listen to your body & you'll be fine! You can do it!!!

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RIKKI572 3/29/2011 5:07PM

    Welcome back!! emoticon
You seem to have a great attitude about what you want to do, and keeping positive thoughts will ensure you succeed.
Wishing you a great day!!
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ugh...sickness

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hey ya'll,

So I was totally slacking this past week on my atkins. I've been sick with a head cold, migraine, and back pain. I fell at work on thursday, so my back really hurts at the moment. It's my lower back so it really hurts to move around or bend down. It's such fun right? lol.

So i've been wondering if it's better to get a stationary bike or a treadmill? I need help. let me know which you think is best for someone with chronic migraines, back pain, and bursitis (inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone.) And yes it's painful.

As soon as I get this wisdom tooth out on tuesday and recover from it, i'm going back to atkins. I probably won't start atkins back up until next weekend. That'll be enough time for me to recover.

For now I'm just going to watch and portion control what I eat. I have been drinking more plain water than I used to.

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DUCKY_1988 2/14/2011 4:49PM

    Yeah I could, if I could do it in my own home at my leisure. With having a two year old and trying to accomplish everything that I need to do each day, I don't get to work out. I think I could do it at home because I'd have my tv, books, etc at home. Yeah my back is hurting, but only when I'm sitting down or bending down. I just don't know which to get. I found a stationary bike at walmart for like 92 bucks, used ones at play it again sports is fancy and more expensive. IDK.

what's a good place to check for cheap sports equipment?

And btw. thanks.

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2HAMSDIET 2/13/2011 10:18PM

    Sorry your not feeling well. The bike or the treadmill is a hard one. First of all are you one to work out by yourself. My husband is only good on either of these if he is at the gym. I like the bike as a fill in when I watch tv,plus takes less space. There are so many kinds if you think of one make sure it fits you and doesn't bother your back. I had a cheap treadmill I like then my husband had to get a bigger one for him and neither of us used it so we then gave it too my son. Some times I do the 5 mile walk dvd on my lap top while I watch tv. I wouldn't by new on any of this equipment as most people get them and don't use them. Hope you have a better week. Take Care.

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