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Little wins

Monday, June 06, 2011

Through the years I've continued to win small prizes now and then. Nothing grand. Just enough to keep me interested. When I talked my husband into standing on a number for a prize drawing over the weekend as we walked through a store promoting Father's Day, he was very reluctant. But, he relented and stood on a number adjacent to the one I picked. Well, my number was chosen and I received some bags of nuts and a gift certificate for clothing. It was a thrill for me. He, of course, won nothing. Both of us had reinforcement for the future choices we make about entering little contests. Getting healthier is similar to me. When I have little wins along the way - I can walk farther, lift more, lose a few ounces or a few pounds, etc. - I am encouraged to keep trying. Success breeds success in so many things. So, I'll keep working towards those little wins in my life. They give me a thrill. They encourage me to keep on trying. I hope you have some wins of all sorts in your life today and every day. emoticon

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/7/2011 11:04AM

    emoticon Every little bit counts towards your goal!

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BLUEDROSE 6/7/2011 12:10AM

    You definitely reminded me to pay more attention to the small wins :) thanks!!

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MEADSBAY 6/6/2011 9:12PM

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MELLIL 6/6/2011 7:10PM

    Yes INDEEDY! It is the LITTLE wins that count! They are what keep us going! GREAT post Baba! And... emoticonon your little win!

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One Tough Kid

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me to see the resiliency of little ones. Our eight-year-old grandson is on a demonstration team for his martial arts dojo. I watched practice last night and gasped and shuddered as he was dropped not once, but twice as he was the top of a pyramid holding a board for another to break after launching himself off steps made up of others. It was terrifying to watch Steele crash to the mat and I am still a bit upset that there isn't better spotting for these moves. Still, he got up after the first drop, shook himself off, took a moment to breathe through it and then up he went again. Later he was dropped again, this time on a board. That will leave a mark. It also was quite painful and his tears about broke my heart. Still, after a rub down by a master and a few minutes to collect himself he was back in action. All this at the end of an already long day and with a sore throat, cough and fever. Can't miss those practices. He already has one state championship under his belt and this continues to be his passion. It is inspirational to see him get back up time and again. Certainly I can force myself to get in some much needed exercise without finding every excuse in the book to miss a day. After all, I'd like Steele to think of me as 'one tough grandma'. We'll see. emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 6/3/2011 9:15PM

    Wow- what a boy!
Kids are pretty amazing!
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TELLITFORWARD 6/3/2011 7:32PM

  I hear you. My 10 year old grandson hiked a pretty tough trail with his grandpa, and never made a complaint. Of course, silly grandpa didn't think to bring any snacks along for a growing kid, because HE didn't want any! :)
Yes, we do learn from our grands, but remember we have things to teach them.

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MELLIL 6/2/2011 11:40AM

    Ahhhh... the things we LEARN from our children and grandchildren! My boys wrestled when they were young - very young! I could NOT handle it! I took them out of it after two seasons. THEY still wanted to do it -- but I could NOT handle it! The first time some kid put my little guy in a half-nelson I thought I was going to lose it! It looked like his neck might break! *shudder* Your Steele sounds like he really IS a tough cookie... but I DO question the intelligence of a dojo that insists that a sick (and probably contagious) child be forced to come and expose the other students to the germs. As a parent of the OTHER kids I might have to register a complaint on that! emoticon

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GRAMLORI 6/2/2011 10:10AM

    I'm sure he does already! Martial arts are so good for youngsters. My DS27, then 12, started Tai Kwon Do just after his dad and I split up, and he went to live 250 miles away from the kids and I. Paying for it all about did me in, but I have no regrets.....it was the best spent $$ I did at that time because it gave him a sense of purpose, a direction to direct his frustrations, and started to teach him to control his temper. Hope Steele is feeling better soon!

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Thyroid Watch

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Once again my weight went up without obvious reason. It took over a month, but I finally remembered to ask my doctor about thyroid status. Once again I found out I needed a boost to my medication. So, yesterday I began the higher dose and hope I will have more energy and be able to see that scale budge in the right direction. I encourage all of you to be in touch with your medical providers when you seem to be doing it all right and yet not seeing results. Don't give up on your plan. Find out if there is a medical cause that treatment can address. Have a great day everyone.

  
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OWENZZOO 5/26/2011 10:57AM

    I agree! I also have a thyroid condition and the medication really keeps me in check on my mood too. I'm glad you remembered to ask them to check it.

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/26/2011 9:13AM

    Hope this works for you, stick with it!

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MEADSBAY 5/25/2011 10:59PM

    Back attcha, my friend.
Hope the new meds help out.
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MELLIL 5/25/2011 8:10PM

    Yea... I used to wish that I had an underactive thyroid. Thankfully God didn't listen to me! Every time it was tested it was fine... I just needed to stop eating so much! I'm glad you're getting yours under control! I'm sure it WILL make a difference! emoticon

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OHSOCOOLLISA 5/25/2011 3:06PM

    Glad you found a plan to make it better for you. I hope you are enjoying the day and that the medication works wonders for you :)

Spark on!

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Lucy joins our family tree!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Today we have a new granddaughter - Lucy Elizabeth. Lucy is named for the character in Narnia and the middle name for English authors and characters near and dear to our daughter-in-law's heart. On a day like this I wish the old Star Trek transporter was a reality for us. I'm chomping at the bit for pictures and Skype connection. Though she's only about 3 1/2 hours old, I'm sure she is eager to meet her grandparents. Or maybe that's just my heart of heart speaking out. Have a great weekend everyone!

  
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NURSNANA 5/22/2011 6:18PM

    WooHoo Grandmababa!! There is nothing like a new baby! We all rejoice with you! I love her name!! Looking forward to seeing some pictures!! I know you will enjoy shopping for her, it is so much fun to shop for baby girls!!

~hugs~
Nancy
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GRAMLORI 5/22/2011 9:28AM

    Congrats, Barbara!! I look forward to seeing pictures here! God bless!

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MEADSBAY 5/21/2011 8:22PM

    Congratulations, Grandmababa!!!
More fun for your family.
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SWEETLIPS 5/21/2011 8:04PM

    Congratulation!! Being a Big Momma is such a joy for me.

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LADYPIPPIE 5/21/2011 5:58PM

    Congrats on your new grandbaby. I know you will enjoy her

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FIORENZA 5/21/2011 5:45PM

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful day, enjoy life!

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MELLIL 5/21/2011 5:42PM

    Awwwwwww.... congratulations Grandma! And to the whole family! A new little treasure! Blessings on that little bundle!
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Walgreen's Walking Program is pretty interesting

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I just joined the Walgreen's walking program and am most interested in two parts of it. There are some good coupons there that I may take advantage of. But, more interesting to me is the mapping part for my walks. It was very easy to mark the route I took today and find out how far it was and about how many steps it should take. For me, it was pretty accurate according to my pedometer reading. I look forward to entering more walks along my way. You may find this of interest, too. It was mentioned on the Dr. Oz program this week. You might want to check it out. Have a great day!

  
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TELLITFORWARD 5/13/2011 12:08AM

  Neat idea. It doesn't help me, but that's okay. I'm doing my 2nd 5K walk this Sat. Not fast, but I'm doing it!
Kate

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SARAHTAIT 5/12/2011 8:41AM

    Sounds wonderful! I will check it out! I love walking! thanks for the idea!
hugs,
Sarah

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 5/12/2011 12:26AM

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SINGAGAIN 5/11/2011 9:00PM

    Wow, how neat! Thanks for sharing! Love & hugs, Jodee

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MEADSBAY 5/11/2011 6:42PM

    Sparkpeople has this feature, too.
It's under Healthy Lifestyles- Fitness - map your route.
It's so cool!
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4EVER21B 5/11/2011 6:34PM

    Great idea! Good luck!

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LMMIMI 5/11/2011 6:27PM

    Sound interesting. What is the link for it?

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MELLIL 5/11/2011 6:23PM

    I had not heard of it... we don't have a Walgreen's near us. But it does sound like a VERY interesting idea! emoticon

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JULESDUD1 5/11/2011 6:14PM

    Thanks for the info!! Will look into it! emoticon

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