Tuesday, July 29, 2014
My daughter had her gender reveal party about a month ago. Only my husband, mother-in-law, and I thought that it was a girl. I was shocked when the blue balloons came out of the box. I had been so sure. Well, guess what???? I WAS RIGHT!! She went for her diagnostic sonogram yesterday, and SHE is a healthy girl. My daughter went back to the first sonogram place today to tell them what had happened, that TWO people at their business said it was a boy. They apologized. My daughter and son-in-law are happy, but in shock. She's 21 weeks, so they'll have plenty of time to select a girl name. Obviously, they have everything for a girl so that will work out good. The baby's profile looks just like Hannah (same nose). Obviously, that's about all I can see (but evidently that's about all the first place could see, too. LOL
SHE will be due about December 10.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The other day, Hannah had a good time with her diaper cream. Instead of playing quietly in her room, she decided that she'd "paint." When her mother walked in and saw the mess, Hannah proudly said, "Look, Mommy, paint." She just left the room to cry. Then, she spent the next hour scrubbing the furniture. It reminded me of our relationship with God. God tells us in His Word to do or not do something, and instead of obeying God, we decide to do what we want to do. The results: a big mess. There are consequences to our disobedience, usually for us as well as others, but God is still always there, willing to clean up our mess by forgiving us of our sin. All we have to do is ask.
Monday, June 09, 2014
As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee
You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship thee
You're my friend and You are my brother,
Even though you are a king.
I love you more than any other,
So much more than anything.
I want You more than gold or silver,
Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver,
And the apple of my eye.
By The Cadets (based on Psalm 42:1)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Today's my one year Sparkversary. I woke up a year ago, and decided that I was tired of the way I looked, tired of letting MS rule my life, tired of thinking that it didn't matter anyway because I could never be healthy because of the MS, tired of waiting for the "other shoe to fall" and go downhill quickly healthwise. So, I thought....been there, done that. I'm tired of having the "one day I'll lose weight" attitude. That day was May 21, 2013.
So, I decided to do a google search of free online weight loss programs. I had done Weight Watcher's in the past, but I never stuck with it. I wanted/needed something different. Sparkpeople popped up as the first search result. I started reading about it. The more I read, the more I realized that I really liked its format and philosophy. Right then, I decided, today's the day. I'm going to start. Then, it came time to make a goal. I weighed 256. I thought an even 100 pounds would be good to lose. I couldn't and still can't really imagine what I'll look like when I achieve that goal. Then, it came time to set a time frame. That's easy, I thought. There's 52 weeks in a year, 2 lbs. a week, that's my 100 lbs. So, by May 21, 2014, I'll be at my goal weight. Well.......not quite!!!! I've lost 39 lbs. I just can't seem to make that 40th lb.!!! I realized in the fall that I wasn't going to make the 100 lb. goal, so I adjusted it to 50 lbs. Surely, I could lose 50.....NO!!
But, I've learned several things:
1. START. Don't have an "if/then" philosophy--IF I lose weight, THEN I'll be happy. Be proud of who you are right now. But, don't "settle." Do something about your weight...TODAY!
2. Scales can easily get stuck and tape measures seem to just shift the measurements around. They are both sneaky that way. So, look for other accomplishments. Just today, I achieved a major accomplishment. I walked the most steps that I've ever walked today--7,456. That may not seem like a lot to many people, but 6 years ago, I was in a wheelchair. I'm proud of this accomplishment! I can actually pick up my 26 lb. granddaughter (and walk with her without fear of falling). Six years ago, I couldn't pick up a gallon of milk--literally. Even though the tape measure doesn't show it as much as I think it should, I can tell in my clothes that I've lost weight. I even had to take up some pants 4 inches in the waist. They're loose again, but I'm waiting a while and then will buy some new ones.
3. One day of eating too much does not make you a failure. Pick yourself up, think of the good thinks that you accomplished that day, and keep going. Find positives in the things you do. Even if it's one of my "lazy" MS recuperating days, that's positive. I've pushed myself, and I need to rest so that I can continue my journey the next day.
4. I can exercise. It may be chair exercises, but it's important to exercise my body and mind. I can now climb up (without my husband pushing up my rear) in my son-in-law's truck. The muscles above my knees do actually work!! They haven't really worked since my diagnosis in 1998.
5. One of the best things about SP is the community support through various teams. I didn't use them for the first month or so, but then got brave and decided to blog and join teams. I even started a team that I absolutely love.
6. I LOVE my SparkTracker. It's so encouraging to see the steps/miles adding up.
7. This is MUCH more than just losing weight. It is a lifestyle change, but it's an attitude change as well. It's learning to set various goals in your life, and not being afraid to dream. For so long, I didn't want to think about the future because I was afraid of what I'd "see" there. Now, I've decided...I am going to be the healthiest person with MS that I can be. I am going to lose weight. I am going to feel better. I will not dread the future. I will look forward to it with every fiber of my being. I will be a grandmother that Hannah can be proud of. I will model a healthy lifestyle for her. I will be able to care for 2 grandbabies at the same time (come December). I will be "there" for them. Yes, I might end up in a wheelchair permanently, but I'll still make the best of my life then, and I'm certainly going to make the best of my life today.
So, tomorrow I begin on the second year of my journey. Yes, I'm impatient and hope that next year I'll be sporting a 100 lb. weight loss "trophy." But, realistically, I probably won't. BUT, I will be healthier and be able to do more things that I can today. I will not be afraid to set goals that I want to achieve.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
I put in my status this week that it was going to be an exciting week. Well, today was that day. Our daughter and husband told us on Good Friday that she was pregnant, due December 10. Today was her first sonogram. The baby is healthy with a strong heartbeat. Angela had been really worried because 3 weeks before Angela got pregnant, her best friend had a miscarriage. That's why she waited so long to tell anyone. But, they decided on Good Friday since the families were getting together and Dusty was leaving the following week for 2 months. By the time he gets back, they should be able to tell if it's a boy or a girl. I have watched videos of the stages of development. It still amazes me. That little life is nothing less than a miracle sent from God.
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