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Goal: Blog Daily this Week, Day 2

Monday, July 12, 2010

The good news is that I didn't gain weight over the weekend that included a dinner out at Macaroni Grill with my husband on Friday, emoticona lunch reception on Saturday, a jazz concert in a cocktail lounge that night, emoticon and a dinner party at a country club with 16 friends on Sunday. emoticon The even better news is that I lost a few ounces in the process. emoticon I actually made some pretty healthy choices while away from home and even got in some extra exercise. emoticon Since we almost never eat out this was a very unusual weekend for us. The extra exercise came in the form of an unplanned evening walk when we parked at the wrong place for the jazz concert at the Snowbird Resort. emoticon We ended up walking more than a mile uphill to get to the right building and there were lots of stairs to navigate along the way through the maze of buildings and trail systems. emoticon The return to the car was all downhill which was a good thing because I was really tired. I was sure that the glass of white wine and the cup of coffee with Kaluha would do me in, but the evening was kind. Sunday night I was sure that the orange roughy tostada emoticonfollowed by gelato and berries emoticon would be killer, but once again all turned out fine. We did go walking after that meal as we revisited a couple of the condo sites we are considering. It seems that each time I was afraid I would get myself into trouble emoticon there was some extra walking and the menu choices really weren't too bad. I ended up ordering Chicken Marsala at the Macaroni Grill on Friday and only ate half. The rest is still in my fridge which may be lunch and snack for today.
What did this weekend prove? emoticon Well, it proved that I can be social, have fun with food and friends, and still come home a winner! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 7/12/2010 11:03PM

    Yes- and it proved you have a very active social life- I'm jealous!
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LKWQUILTER 7/12/2010 12:04PM

    You certainly did GREAT!!! It takes time to learn all the tricks but it can be done.

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Goal: Blog daily this week - Day 1

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Since I've been not doing so well in the losing weight department, emoticonI decided to make a new goal for this week. Simply, I plan to blog each day. emoticon My hope is that somehow this will help me keep my other healthy goals in mind more of the time. emoticon I am using the 31 Days to Less Stress calendar and so far have met almost all of those daily requirements. emoticon I've also kept calories in check and stayed pretty well on track with nutrition guidelines this past week. emoticon I suspect that where I've fallen down is in the exercise department. emoticon I've put in the time, but not the intensity. emoticon So, today I'll work on beefing up the intensity and see what happens. emoticon Meanwhile, the dreaded scale is calling my name and I must go see what the damage has been since last week. emoticon So many things are going in the right direction that I know the scale will reward me soon. emoticon Have an awesome day everyone! emoticon

  
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SARAHTAIT 7/12/2010 8:55AM

    I'm not doing so well in the blogging department either....guess I should do like you and set a goal to do better. I have read that it helps to put things down in writing so hopefully it will help you keep your thoughts together and get you headed in the right direction like you mention. I know you can do this!!
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Sarah

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ANNE-ELIZ 7/11/2010 10:30PM

    While I'm sure the scale will tell you something good, no matter what happens there, you're already doing great! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/11/2010 2:57PM

    One day at a time, my friend.
I bet blogging will help- it gets you to think about what went well (and not) each day.
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/11/2010 1:12PM

    Keep it up !!! emoticon

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GOLDEN_CLASSIC 7/11/2010 6:30AM

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/11/2010 6:09AM

    Keep at it, it will happen. Blogging, and reading other people's blogs, helps me immensely! Hope it does the same for you!

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31 Days to Less Stress has begun...

Friday, July 02, 2010

So I came across a great tool in Spark yesterday emoticonthat I printed off and am so encouraged already. Day one said to reach out to friends. emoticonI'm terrible about calling people. I just put it off and put it off and put it off before. So, when I realized I had called an old friend recently and set a lunch date for today I realized maybe I'm actually on track with this challenge. emoticon I called another old friend yesterday as well and we are getting together for lunch next week. We had such a nice phone visit. It really did something positive for my day. emoticon Since that was so successful I looked to the encouragement for today - break a sweat, it said. emoticon I could just go outside since it's supposed to be about 98*F here today. emoticon But, that's not the gist of the challenge so I must climb back on the stability ball, use the weights and put in some time on the tread mill. emoticon I am excited to check off the items for each day to see how I feel by August 1st. emoticon I don't know if I'll get the massage on the 6th. emoticon I do have a physical exam scheduled for the 19th (calendar suggest this on 18th so will swap some dates here and there). emoticon It was so encouraging to see that I have many of the daily suggestions already plugged into my month. emoticon It is great to think that many of my Spark friends will be on the same track as we go day by day to get through these "31 Days to Less Stress" together. emoticon Good luck everyone. We are worth it! emoticon

  
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ANNE-ELIZ 7/2/2010 11:22PM

    I downloaded it and then didn't print it out... Well, I can't start any earlier... emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/2/2010 10:22PM

    I saw that calendar- what a great idea!
Have fun!
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LKWQUILTER 7/2/2010 4:34PM

    Good luck and let us know how it works out for you. ((HUGS))

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FITMARY 7/2/2010 12:50PM

    I loved that calendar too! Good luck with your goals!

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July is here...

Thursday, July 01, 2010

emoticonAnother new month and to me another new opportunity to achieve, to love, to live. emoticonA few days ago I learned that my brother-in-law's very fit family is joining us for family reunion at our hotel retreat later this month. Granted, I'm the only fat one of this bunch, but because I am I dread showing my body off in a swimsuit emoticonto the extended crowd. I had so hoped it would just be my husband, me and our kids and their families. I so want to cuddle the little ones so selfishly. emoticon I don't want to share. Shame on me! I finally shook off the fear of swim suit shame as I remembered that it will be wonderful to have so much family together. emoticon My brother-in-law is in a huge remodeling mess at home and his wife and kids relish the chance to stay at the 5-star hotel near my mother-in-law's house. So, not only will I thoroughly enjoy the reunion lunch party that will include more than 30 of us, I will also enjoy thoroughly the pool play with whomever can make if over to join in the fun.
I still hope to lose a few pounds in the next couple of weeks emoticon emoticon but realistically that won't make me look all that much better in my tankini. I have a long way to go to get to my goal. But, my immediate goal is to enjoy each day and each relationship along the way. emoticon I don't want to waste any more time worrying about what others will think about my appearance. I've been married 37 year, have a wonderful family, have weathered many health and other storms and by the grace of God, I'm still here! It's going to be a great month! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 7/1/2010 9:28PM

    You are lucky to have such a big family able to come together like that- and you are SO right to let it go about not looking like a starlet in your bathing suit. Nobody else really cares about how we look.
They care how nice we are and how much we care about them.
Have fun!
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ANNE-ELIZ 7/1/2010 5:20PM

    I love watching your process!

Have a great time at the family reunion!

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FITMARY 7/1/2010 11:12AM

    How great that there are so many of you getting together. And I'm really glad that you are overcoming the swimsuit fear most of us share! Have a wonderful time!
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Lessons from Baby Ziva

Monday, June 28, 2010

My six month old granddaughter has already had a monumentally rough journey from which I'm learning every day. emoticon
1. She wanted to be born far too early, but was stopped by shots resulting in her head being fused where it should not have been. Lesson: God knew the right time, but man screwed it up. emoticon Listen to, trust, and obey God.
2. Ziva had very serious surgery to open her skull and add to it with spacers and anchors and more. She survived. emoticon Lesson: The prayers of many and the skills of many can come together in multitudes of blessings. We humans have a very strong drive for survival.
3. Tiny Ziva is just not growing. The most recent diagnosis is "Failure to Thrive". My daughter and son-in-law are force feeding all they can get into her. emoticon emoticonShe saw her doctor last week and must go for weigh in again this week. emoticon Lesson: Even the tiniest among us can struggle with weight. As much as I would love to give her (and our daughter for that matter) some of my extra pounds, that's not possible. Patience is hard. Tick, tick, tick. emoticon
4. We are arranging for our family to get together in July - a long weekend fly away destination for us all to support and love one another close up and personal. emoticon Ziva gets to meet her cousins, great grandmas, aunts and uncles. Lesson: Praise God for resources to provide for flights, hotel rooms, rental cars and food for the 10 of us. He provides in abundance. emoticon
5. Her too tight hips won't let her sit up but she is getting around well with her military crawl. emoticon Lesson: We are resourceful. No matter the struggle there is an answer somewhere, somehow, some day.
6. Despite her pain, joy bubbles out from her in those amazing full body giggles. emoticonShe 'talks' practically non-stop. She loves to watch every move her brothers, her mom and her dad make. Lesson: We can always find something to be glad about. If we will only look beyond our present struggles we will find the joy.
Today I wish all of you amazing joy and full body giggles! emoticon emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 6/28/2010 10:14PM

    Kiss that sweet angel for me!
And this is for you: emoticon

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FITMARY 6/28/2010 12:24PM

    Good lessons for us all. Best wishes for you!

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LADYJ6942 6/28/2010 11:33AM

    Love your message. It is so true. I wish your family continued health, happiness and more.

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DIANE7786 6/28/2010 11:30AM

    It's sad that your granddaughter has so many medical problems, but it sounds like she is a joy and a fighter. She's teaching you the many things you outlined. I said a prayer that she begins to thrive very soon. God bless you and your family.

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