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T'was the Tuesday before Christmas . . . . . . .

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


This is my Mom a couple of years ago, standing out beyond the sign that said "DO NOT GO BEYOND THIS POINT" when I took her to see the Grand Canyon. She was 83 then.

This is what I have before me to live up to. I'm definitely going to try!

  
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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/30/2011 1:00AM

    Wow, what a mother! That IS something to live up to. What spirit.
Irene

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CHELLIEB 12/20/2011 4:27PM

    My mom is my s/hero, too. For a tiny woman, she gives me the living legacy of big shoes to fill.

Hurray for both our moms and the wonderful example they are to us!

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And so it goes, I guess . . . . .

Thursday, December 08, 2011

This week is not pleasant. The weather has been all over the place - snow, COLD (a high of 11 degrees farenheit on Monday!), warmer but windy. I still have a head cold or sinus infection or some such thing that has a negative impact on how I feel, but I have no fever and I don't feel sick enough to stay home. Exercise feels like more of a challenge than usual and I find am really having to force myself to do just about anything at all. I'm getting it done and making sure I can checkit off my daily list, but only barely. Thank goodness for my teams and challenges and friends here who keep me honest. The weekend is nearly here and that's a good thing!

This will be my first Christmas without my mother alive and that is going o be strange. I am already so sick of the nasty people in the stores and the greed and the advertising inferring we all need to buy MORE junk. I almost feel like wearing a button that says BAH-HUMBUG, but the people who don't understand the meaning of Christmas wouldn't be able to understand it ayhow.

  
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WALKINGWOMAN07 12/30/2011 12:58AM

    I hope that your Christmas went okay. I know that I dread this first Christmas in my life.

Irene

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CANDOK1260 12/11/2011 8:32AM

    i THINK YOU MIGHT BE GOING THRU WHAT i GO THRU EVERY eASTER, mY DAD DIE AROUND EASTER IN 1968 AND EVERY EASTER i JUST GET SICK AND FEEL REALLY SAD AND BAD. bUT i WILL TELL YOU IT DOES PAST AND EVERY YEAR IT GET A LITTLE BETTER. emoticon

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SMOKIN_LA 12/9/2011 1:53PM

    Keep in mind that we are in our shortest days of the year right now. This generally comes with feelings of bah and humbug-ness. We are cold here too so I feel your pain, although the snow has stayed away this far, thank goodness. I know this is not easy for everyone, but try to avoid your big box stores this holiday. I made it a point to shop at a couple of local places (vintage, gift stores, wine shops) this year and it has been great. The stores are never really crowded and I get to know the owners who truly appreciate my business. Warm wishes to you. You will shake the funk off soon enough and it will be spring before you know it!

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44ANGEL 12/8/2011 3:52PM

    An interesting blog. I feel like I'm reading my own words. The last two weeks I have had to force myself to get my exercising done. And it has felt more like a chore.

This time of year is very depressing for me. It brings back memories of my brother who passed away at the age of 24 from a brain tumor. Even though he has been gone for 13 years it feels like he passed away yesterday.

I am the biggest SCROOGE there is. I don't like crowds because people can be annoying. I don't like spending money, but I do like to do my Christmas baking, decorating, listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas shows/movies.

I too think a lot of people have forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is (talking about adults). It's not about presents. The first present of Christmas was a child. I don't ever forget that, because without God, we would not exist.

If your like me, spending Christmas without a loved one for the first time will be hard. Make sure that you have support around you. Lean on those people as they may need that same support from you. Take care and try to enjoy the holiday season.



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Another month begins and . . . .

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I hate this time of year with the long hours of dark and short hours of daylight. I always end up feeling sort of blue. I've tried lights and try to get outside when there is natural light and my vitamin D levels are fabulous according to my doctor - but my energy levels go right down the toilet for the most part from the end of November until pretty much the beginning of March. I'm working out (Coach Nicole's workout) with resistance bands and I enjoy the workouts, but I really want to get outside!

This morning it was snowing like crazy and the high today only went up to about 23 degrees!!! Yes - I shoveled snow - twice - before I left for work and and definitely got a little cardio in there. I guess I'll take that as an UP side to the weather. Things aren't supposed to get vastly better any time soon - and yesterday it was 61 degrees in Denver and I didn't even need a sweater or a coat! Colorado weather is an interesting thing! I'm looking forward to making a big pot of vegetable soup this weekend and baking some Irish soda bread. Great ways to warm up the kitchen and make the house smell fabulous - and pretty good food too!
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CNEWELL2 12/2/2011 9:56AM

    When the sunshine is lacking you need to look for more "Son"shine. Jesus is the reason for the season and it always helps me get through the darker months to focus on the "Light".
Hope you have a Son filled day
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Carmen

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MARGIE4230 12/1/2011 6:51PM

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Slowly but eventually - right?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I am slowly getting down there weight wise! Right now I have a cold and am not at my best by any stretch of the imagination, but I am drinking my water and staying in my calorie limits and having fun! I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving. Just remember portion control! You can eat virtually anything as long as you keep your portions appropriate.

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JRDIAMOND4 11/18/2011 6:38PM

    Hope you feel better soon!!
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Jan

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MELJANE84 11/18/2011 2:37PM

    Hope your feeling better soon and have a great thanksgiving!

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TX.PATRICIA 11/18/2011 8:19AM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon!!

You also have an amazing Thanksgiving!

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MAGGIEVAN 11/18/2011 1:44AM

    Just get over the cold and make sure you are not spreading it. See it as a time of grace. emoticon

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RC2CATTLE 11/17/2011 11:36PM

    You are right. Just be careful that the "anything you want" isn't always ice cream!!!
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Great little blog, sweet girl!

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Starting anew

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

My mother died on October 21st and her funeral was held on my birthday, Oct. 26th, so this has been a less than stellar few weeks for me. I haven't been on any computers very much and haven't done anywhere near what I'd intended in terms of posting or tracking or such here. I hope you all can understand and will support me in getting back on the horse, as it were, for November to try again.

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WALKINGWOMAN07 11/10/2011 10:30AM

    Debi, so hard to lose your mother - even more so on your birthday. It sounds like you have a lot of spark friends support, and I am here for you too.

Irene

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DETERMINDCHICKY 11/2/2011 7:01PM

    Debi-I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. It must have been very hard to lose her on your birthday. I know that day will provide mixed feelings for you from here on. I am glad you came back to spark so quickly so you could get the love and support that you need. Take care hun.

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JRDIAMOND4 11/2/2011 12:24PM

    You don't have to get back on that horse alone. We have our hands put together as a makeshift stirrup to help you get back on the horse. We are all here for you. Keeping you in my prayers.
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CNEWELL2 11/2/2011 7:49AM

    Debi
You are so strong to be back at it this month.
I am still praying for you.
This group is so encouraging already
Let me know if there is anything more I can do
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TX.PATRICIA 11/2/2011 7:41AM

    I am so sorry for your loss! You know that I will be here to support you along your journey!

Remember you are worth it, & you can do it!

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MARIAND123 11/2/2011 7:25AM

    Oh wow, what a month for you. But thank God for the strength to get through that month and back in the "horse". I will be praying for you. emoticon

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TINYTREKKIE 11/1/2011 8:49PM

    Hey Debi. I am doing the November Challenge with you and I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that the support here continues to help you along your journey.

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RC2CATTLE 11/1/2011 8:04PM

    Oh dear heart, that is just so awful. I am amazed you are here with us now and hope the next few weeks here, getting the support and encouragement you need, will prove to be salve for your wounded heart.

I am certain your momma wanted only the best for you and that she would be so very proud that you are doing all you can to move forward and have the life you dream of having.

I will be thinking of you in the weeks to come and I have added your name to mine and Grady's prayer list. We take prayer very seriously at our house. I have stopped to pray for you as I was writing this and we will continue to lift you and your family to the Lord as you mourn the loss of your mother.

Sunny

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