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My Many Blessings Reviewed!

Monday, December 24, 2012

I believe in reviewing blessings of the year at Christmas time. It's a bit like having to relay something you are grateful for at the Thanksgiving table. Most people hate being put on the spot and most don't care about others feelings so I am not going to tell you of my blessings, but I can tell you that I am glad I am not a Congressperson because I'd really be hanging my head in humiliation or embarrassment at this point for not doing my job that I would be paid very well for, including bloated ENTITLEMENTS. I really believe they should be fired and their benefits taken away from them, like any other citizen of this country would go through if they were fired for gross derelict of duty.

I am more than saddened by the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. I have not been informed of some shirttail relative being involved in it. I know I have no close relatives involved, even though a great number of them, through marriage live in New England and I am sure that that event has touched many people in New England and the rest of the country. With that, I believe in gun control at least in so much as the amount of bullets a gun can hold. I think the military assault machinery should be hunted down and taken away from ordinary citizens, especially the gangs, and that includes the high-volume ammo magazines or whatever fancy name they want to put on the ammo containers. There are highly sought after rifles (I am told) that have to be loaded, one bullet at a time. Wouldn't that make it harder for people to be filled with bullets like Bonnie and Clyde?

I am glad I am not a video game enthusiast because I feel those videos of war and laying down a fire line that even a ant would be burned by the bullets screaming overhead. Why do we allow our children to watch those kinds of things? Can't you see that by desensitizing them, you allow the idea to enter their heads that, "Hey, it's only a game! It doesn't hurt anyone!" It works the same with letting them watch movies that are based on speed (the movement - not the drug) as the main idea of the movie, or monsters. The more we desensitize ourselves to things, the less likely we are to move when the red lights start flashing and the barriers come into view. What do you think those red-flashing lights, waving flags, and barriers are for anyway (I'm talking about the ones in your head, not on the road in front of you).

I have a long-time friend who believed in not telling her children no because there was far to much negative in the world. But she didn't equate the idea that by not telling them no, as in no you can't set the house on fire, no you can't drive the car because you don't have a driver's license and you don't know how to drive, and the STOP sign basically is an NO! Then when there were problems with her children, she basically couldn't handle it and it would blow her away into embarrassment because her children were unruly. You have to teach your children to behave. It doesn't come automatically. Children love to be nurtured, that means telling them no and why. I believe you can tell your children no by being kind with it. It doesn't have to be a stinging word. I can see it stinging them when you're in a panic because they are about to set the carpet on fire to see what happens, or they are about to touch the hot burner, but you can take them aside immediately after, hug them, tell them you are sorry for shouting "No!" at them and explain that you were afraid of them being hurt and panic had set into you. Children can forgive, and mostly do, until they are overwhelmed with meanness or hate, or an unforgiving parent.

So this is the first of my process of learning how to blog, as prescribed by my publisher and I finally got past the fear of it and took my page off private long enough to do this. When I have posted it, I will put my page back on private, go over it with a fine tooth comb and make sure that I am no longer worried about what's on there then make it public forever again.

I wish all my SparkFriends a very Merry Christmas.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 6:48PM

    Merry Christmas to you too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KERRYG155 12/24/2012 7:20PM

    Yes, kids do need to be taught the meaning of NO and the difference between right and wrong and good and bad. The only thing that comes naturally is selfishness!! Merry Christmas!! emoticon emoticon

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MARTY728 12/24/2012 12:35PM

    emoticon and you also! emoticon

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The Little Black Cloud Overhead!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Today, as I sit in front of my computer, Sparking, I heard a familiar sound, but it was more insistant this time. I looked out the window and the sun was shining but it was raining - correction, pouring - Cats and Dogs pouring. The sky was blue, but I went to look from a different direction and high above was a small black cloud that had enough moisture collecting and was dumping over the area it was sailing by. "Thanks little guy. We have enough rain and really don't need any more."

It reminded me of how I was feeling today. Like I woke up and got going very early and was feeling sad at the same time. No known reason, just chemicals in flux, I guess. However, now I feel much better.

Have a SparklingDay!

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MIRAGE727 8/29/2012 6:54PM

    Interesting, and I can relate. I headed out of my house this morning, biking to Downtown Dunedin as a part of my cross training. I got on the Pinellas Trail and saw a similar dark cloud. It spritzed on me, I embraced it, and by the time I made to breakfast, I was dry. Coming back, I saw several which inspired me to increase my speed. Ah, what we have to deal with in Paradise!
I just mentioned to an SparkFriend that we all will have negative spells but to wallow in them would simply be a waste of time. When I find myself there, I look to do something positive for me. The easiest thing is to do cardio outside or strength training. It's great therapy...and it's free!

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GINNJEN1974 8/29/2012 3:54PM

    Glad your blac cloud of emotion didnt stick around. As for the rain I am sure it could be done without.

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    We need the rain and will take all the clouds and rain you don't want. I'm glad your mood has improved.

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DEBPRE16 8/29/2012 12:23PM

    I am glad you are feeling better.


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KERRYG155 8/29/2012 11:59AM

    It is always strange to see it rain on a bright sunny day. Those clouds can do some funny things and sometimes it feels like they are just hanging over our heads. Hope your dark cloud disappears soon.

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Today was a Great day for me!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Thunder Storm is gone and I went to the pool this morning, got in 70 minutes of jogging in the pool, then came home and got busy on house work including helping to clean the patio, which meant moving and cleaning furniure.

I burned a total of 1158 calories and ate 1138 calories. So that ratio was great.
I was withing all my limits and under in some I was aiming at. I stayed under my low carb level and did great on my worst enemy, portion control. I can do this! emoticon

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KERRYG155 8/20/2012 9:19PM

    sounds like a great Dr visit!

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FLORIDAGHOST 8/20/2012 5:23PM

    Today was Doctor day for me. I didn't officially weigh less, but I had on heavy combat boots and sox as he looks for them. I'm not taking all that off to weigh in. I know I am officially down two pounds from the last time I was there because he told me I didn't lose anything from last time. I didn't wear combat boots last time and he got a little upset because I was wearing something akin to Barbie shoes - no sox.

Good Grief! What else. Oh yes! Now instead of 1.5 miles a day x 7 a week, we (the DH and I) have to do 3 miles a day. Doesn't care how we do it, just do it! Other than that, okay!

Thanks for your comments. I appreciate the pep talks! Need them too! Have SparklingDays!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2012 11:07AM

    Good job on the exercise.

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A Thunder Storm is Hogging the Pool!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I usually go to the pool every morning. Since it's that time of year where the T-Storms come in the afternoon, I've been going at 7am to ensure I get my tine in the pool. However, today, it was storming early so I rescheduled my pool time for later. Unfortunately, the T-storm hasn't left and has invited guests to hog the pool all day long.

Not to be defeated by a stubborn T-Storm, I went to the exercise room in place of the dangerously crowded pool. There was a line outside the door. They were taking numbers and watching clocks! Apparetnly everyone decided today was a good day to do the exercise room instead of their usual outdoor exercise! Rats!

Since this T-Storm and his buddies have refused to leave yet (it's now nearly 3) I will declare this an official Day Off! and go enjoy the afternoon pool party that is now being held inside due to the dangerously crowded pool by T-Storm and friends, of which I am not one!

I hope T-Storm and friends move on sometime tonight so everyone here can get back to their regularly scheduled programs.

I might as well get used to it. It is that season anyway!

Have a SparklingDay, All! emoticon

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    I love rain but hate to have my schedule disrupted and I hate to be cooped up.

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KERRYG155 8/18/2012 7:53PM

    I wondered where today's rain was! We had a few clouds earlier but it's mostly been a sunny day. Hope you get some pool time tomorrow.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 8/18/2012 7:25PM

    Darn storms!

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July Goals!

Monday, July 09, 2012

I hate making monthly goals. I don't think they change, but just keep going. But this month is my Sparkversary month and I am trying to keep track of more than one thing so it's write it down in order to keep better track.

I always want to start with 1. Keep it perfect!
Sure. Who doesn't want that, but it's not going to happen. I'm not perfect. In fact I'm so far from perfect I shouldn't know that word.

However, I can do this:
1. Learn how to use the food tracker everyday. (that's probably going to be hardest!)
2. lose 5 pounds this month!
3. Continue my exercises on a daily basis.
4. Continue my strength training 3 times a week.
5. Learn how to drink WHITE tea and find BLACK rice.
6. Stretch for my ultimate goal by reaching the smaller goals.

Well - that looks a lot more like something I can do so I'm not feeling like a failure before I start. Now, to print this out and start working on it.

Have a great one everybody!

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CINDYMM4 8/13/2012 6:58AM

    I have realized I do better with short term goals.....the big ones apparently become to overwhelming and I give up. My goal for August to to cut out bread and pasta.......my thyroid issues along with being a borderline diabetic have made me realize I just can't seem to eat these things. So far so good, it's amazing, after the first week, I don't even miss it. LOL YAY. White tea....hmmm, maybe I should try that.

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    I scaled mine back as well and am trying to make and be satisfied with small changes and goals.

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    Great goals!

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CRAZYWOMAN10 7/9/2012 5:55PM

    mini goals are the best...

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KERRYG155 7/9/2012 3:34PM

    I like white tea. Green tea took some getting used to so I use the flavored ones.

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