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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Man I lost my blog with all my copy and pastes too... oh well that's okay. lol
I have finally decided to treat myself and use dads money he gave me for Christmas and my bday on a bracelet as he wanted me to. I had mentioned it and he picked up on it and said do it for you.
So as I said earlier I wasn't sure on a bracelet with the word beleive engraved on it, which I wasn't able to find other than in a mens style, or those new charm bracelets that are the rage... I went to one store and they didnlt sell letters so went to pandora who sells letters and all. Saw a nice bracelet there along with the letters and some others. but it is not as nice when I have 7 letters and don't really want to break the word up. So... wasn't sure.
then went to another store and saw some others and went home and on line they have a neat believe one. So I have decided to get that and some others. To get the bracelet and believe as it is more as a diff. design, and 2 others is a bit more than what dad gave me but hubby said he will buy me the believe for valentines. I said if I use the xmas money I have enough.
so will go get the charm links again...

and then the inside

the blue is from the give back collection where they give a portion of sales to support bone marrow tranplants for diff diseases

and the turtle

saw another one like the believe and when you open it says I love you. told hubby he can surprise me with it for our anniversary or hey really surprise me and just give it to me on any old day. he just laughed.

But figure this can also be my rewards thing as some give something on diff amt of lbs. I more am just pleased that I am learning about me, making me healthier and such adn that is my reward. I usually think i will do something and forget but hey been a long time since I have done for me, and since 2004 life has been really hard in a few diff ways so maybe I will save my pennies and who knows.

So today walked, dog, ate a huge salad, had no smoothies today but will have one for breakfast. am goign to make a stew, with yes beef, but also sweet potatoes, turnip, butternut squash and then reg veggies peas, carrots etc. I am really excited to make it and am really pleased with myself even for wanting it.
now to get myself to bed before midnight, no wonder not waking till 9!! but have found since not working that my body likes at least 7.5 -8 hrs sleep for sure, hubby seems okay on 6.5 -7
night all. hope you enjoyed my pics of my ideas.


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    LOVE these bracelets, but they are so darned expensive. I hate to ask hubby to start buying me one, but then I guess he could get me a charm each year for my birthday, Christmas, anniversary. It would make life easier for him, so really I'm doing him a favor to ask for such an expensive gift. emoticon LOVE the believe and turtle beads. I want to get the Dreams Do Come True bead as well. ENJOY!

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    Cool!! I want one too now. LOL. Th bracelets are really neat!

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TEMPEST272002 1/6/2012 11:03AM

    Love the bracelet. You HAVE made a lot of changes this past year & you deserve the reward. Stew sounds great - proud of you for putting the sweet potatos & squash in it. Maybe that's what I'll make for supper too...

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NEW-CAZ 1/6/2012 3:02AM

    go for it Cinders!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 1/5/2012 11:43PM

    Love the charm--go for it!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/5/2012 11:17PM

    Very nice, sounds like you had a good day

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Jan 1 2012!!! What a thankful day!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Evening Sparkers!!!
Well nearly 8 pm here but had a super "first" day!!! Dec 31, was my 55th birthday and I had a great time. I had all my family around and we had a good time, good food and laughs. I had 1 alcoholic drink while the others had 3 or so... noone was "plastered" noone was sick just a fun time.
Dad, ds and his family and hubby and I went to dd and her hubbys. We had chinese food and watched Thomas ( who btw got a haircut - his first!) run around and amuse us. Baby Eva cried, smiled, slept a bit, nursed lol Thomas then got so tired that he crawled into the baby carrier for Eva and put a blanket on. So they left, ds came back after he got him to bed, left Anna nd baby at home.
Drove dad back to his place then we all went downstairs, and played rock band for ps3 or whatever. Ds, dd, and son law, played instruments and hubby and I sang, lol didnt' know many of the words but had fun. We left just before 2. Great time....
I got a ninja blender from hubby, we had one but wanted a better one to make smoothies green and fruit and combo. It works great!! I also got money from dad, as he overheard me say that I wanted for a few years to buy a bracelet and have the word believe engraved on it. So he said that is for you to buy a bracelet!
dd gave me 2 candle sconces sort of... they have leaves and are so pretty, changing my mind on where to put them every time I look at another wall. lol
ds forgot my card and gift in the mix to get 2 babies and their stuff to dds and we all stayed home for today, other than dd who came down for a bit.

Today I didn't wake till nearly 9. Slept well and woke to a back rub and neck rub too! We didnt' go walk the dog on the beach as I had hoped cos it was just tooo cold and wet, rained a lot the day and night before. That's okay cos today I did great on other things I wanted to achieve and do. I ate very very healthy, although dd did bring the cheesecake bday cake that we didnt eat last eve down, so we all had a wee slice.. other than that I ate very well lots of veggies, a veggie and small fruit smoothie and nothing processed _ well that small bit of cheesecake but thats okay.
I am also going to do some more joyinky walking, have to go slow for bit as had some extreme pain in the bursa of my bad knee but right now is okay, so when done here going to walk.

I am wishing that everyone on spark not just my friends would watch this video I am putting on... it is so worth every ,minute and gives you hope if you are ill and to learn to take care of your body. I sent it to some of my reg. email friends and hope that you that read it here, will fwd to friends and family.

I do have another blog that I want to write but felt it was all personal so will do it later.
Take care and hugs to you all!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/9/2012 8:29AM

    Happy belated b-day. Sounds like you enjoyed yourself this year:)

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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:02AM

    Happy Birthday Cinders, sounds like the perfect day emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/1/2012 11:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Happy Birthday!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/1/2012 8:58PM

    Awesome start to the New Year
Happy Birthday again

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JOYINKY 1/1/2012 7:12PM

    Wonderful start to the new year Cindy! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! emoticon

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DUTCHDAVE 1/1/2012 7:01PM

    sounds like a good day

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Musings on a windy evening

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hi Sparkers, I am getting ready to take me and my book to bed. Hubby has borrowed bil tablet to see if he likes this one so is busy in his own corner. lol but I started thinking and planning etc. so here I go again.

As so many of you know, I have struggled with negativity all my life having learned it from my parents at a young age then having dh suffer from depression/anxiety for years without medication. He is doing much better now but still can be a worry to know if he is going to continue being okay. But I don't worry about it on an ongoing day to day basis, just if I see him getting overwhelmed etc. as in dd bathroom reno, and our house decisions. But so far he has done very well with both. He is nearly done the bathroom, and house stuff well still a bit undecisive but we are closing in on probably staying here a few more years unless the woods one comes back with a great price which is doubtful.

This past few months I have been working on being more positive, more sure of myself and learning to take care of me, not everyone else with no regard for me and my time. I have started yoga for my back and love it. I also made a spot for me in my craft room with a small short table and candles a mat and pillow so I can sit or lay my yoga mat down. One of the candle holders was mums and when I light that one ( a crystal one with a hummingbird on it) I think of her. Know she is my angel helping me along. and yes I am stubborn with her just like always lol

I also have been trying to learn and try out diff. diets or health ways. Not diets in lose wt actually but healthy ways. I tried Paleo which works for my son and in some ways I do agree... but the more I read of vegetarian, vegan, green juicing etc. that too sounds right. I still am not sure I will ever be a vegetarian let alone a vegan but at least I can see me being more adventurous and not saying I won't be able to do it, no way. but now can say I will try it some at least. I have added more than just spinach to my smoothies and less fruit so far it is good but have a way to go. I also have finally liked sweet potatoes ( yes it has brown sugar but hey for now that is a start and it only had a sprinkle.), and in my cupboard and ready to be made tomorrow for supper is sweet potato, turnip,( yuk) but trying it again, and butternut squash. I am going to sprinkle with olive oil and some brown sugar and roast them. We will also have chicken breast but I am debating on having mine and maybe making some chicken soup with it. that way adding a ton of veggies to it. Had turkey soup at sister in laws today was great.

I am going to start this year with a few goals... I have some ways to help me keep at them too. so that even though some are the same some are new.
- drink my water ( yea I know but am learning how imp it is, I knew but guess I am a slow learner or remember-er!)
- walk the dog when it isn't icy or pouring rain
- to do the above - keep taking my pills till I can figure a good ratio to take them as don't want to take them daily... supposed to and will for now to get better
-meditation which is easier as I love my little area and have time now ( no trying to start earlier or do it after work)
- keep my back care yoga weekly

so those are regular and similar if not the same
these are newer
- strength training and STICK with it
-sauna 3 x week I have an infared sauna and feel good after using it so USE IT
-journal in the book I got for myself as a bday present but as a gratitude journal of my day I have a new notebook for my observations and food, health, exercise notes.
-use the ideas and notes I made to eliminate the boredom eating I do, and when I start wandering around the house to eat either drink some water, joyinky walk, or choose an idea from my pretty flower pot.

Yes some of this may seem like a lot and yea it is, but with my new attitude, my new ideas, learning and tryings I am sure I can do it. Yes I will sputter, fail, start my engine again. but my goal is to remember that without healthy fuel, movement daily my body will sieze up like an old car.... I want to be the great new fuel efficent model and feel and look great. I want my arthritis to lessen if able or be able to manage it better. So far my back and knees and thumbs are the worse. I don't have high bp, dont have diabetes, high cholesterol just so far my arthritis and my neuropathy. Hopefully I can help them all.

biggest challenge I think is going to be the strength training, not even that I don't like it I just dont stick with it.... so may need some hey have you done any st .... from you guys.

I have to say I wouldn't be able to do this or wouldn't be in the place I am without a few special sparkers who have helped, listened and hugged, prodded and just been there for me. Thanks for helping me find my way, watch when I try and listen when I rant. I have needed each and every one of you........ you are all special in diff ways and all make me learn and think which is what I need.

Going into my new year, ( my bday is new years eve ) and a new year,with new insight more willingness to try and also to incorperate new and diff. things, I have a new plan, some the same, some new. but as dr phils says hows that working for you... well for 31 years I thought I knew what was working and obviously it hasn't worked. so on to a new attitude, and ability to try.

And sparkers don't think I have forgotten I am an athelete in training for the Walk for Arthritis June 10 2012!!! I am going to do that one for sure!

HUGS and many many thanks to so many of you.

My mantra is What can I do today to make my tomorrow a better day ?

Now I will go to bed and read for a bit. Night!

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CARRIGANSJOY 12/31/2011 7:57AM

    What wonderful goals for the new year! And Happy Birthday!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/29/2011 10:49PM

    Good night Cindy,, great blog, a lot of insight and goals, which I know you can accomplish.

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JOYINKY 12/29/2011 10:25PM

    Goodnight Cindy. Things seem to be coming together, I hope you have a wonderful 2012!

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12GRATEFUL 12/29/2011 10:06PM

    Happy Birthday!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Well the dog woke me again, this is new for her and not sure I like it lol!
So got myself out of bed, went to stand and CLICK went my knee OMG what a strange and painful feeling that is. Anyway I hobbled down the 2 sets of stairs while she waited and watched. Then came up to main floor and sat looking at the tree, debating if I want to take it down today. I like it all back to normal by new years day. We will have company, Sat sometime as my sister in law said she was coming over for my bday. Said you do not have to start bday presents just cos we both got something for sil bday yesterday.

I am so ready to start this journey, I said to hubby I am going to try hard to do more veggies WHAT vegetarian you read WAYYYYYY too much. lol anyway even getting more veggies in will be a good start for me. I am re reading crazy sexy diet and she is so funny but makes sense. Now I know I feel the paleo diet makes sense cos I do believe that it is the processed stuff and chemicals on things that are causing a lot of issues. but have to find more out about the acid vs alkaline debate that she mentions in her book. So think I will try more veggies and maybe 4 days a week eating meat to start. I have a hard time thinking what to make if I don't have a meat in the meal at lunch or supper. Found a good vegetarian chili on spark. DD will like this as then there will be food fdor her. lol
Okay big plan change for this am. no walking outside, hubby won't let me for one thing cos it is a bit of snow down on slippery stuff from light rain snow overnight. So will do my joyinky for 10 min intervals and see how many I can get in today. Back to taking 2 of my arthrotec daily and a nexium every am, for a week to see if I can't get this knee a bit better so I can move by new years!

Today finish dd tub for hubby, I will tidy up her house some so they can come back to a nice tidy house. He isn't going to do the trim around bathroom window till they decide on white or buy oak to match rest of house. They are getting new windows in all other rooms next summer, so do they want to spend to get oak trim or go with the white.
Hope you all have a great day. I am feeling on top of the world even with this darn ole knee. Have a super sunny day at least in your heart if not outside where you live!

Oh I think I mentioned in my blog yesterday about getting a monthly pass for a year for yoga, but rethought it cos during the summer we are gone to the trailer for 2 -3 wks and not worth it for missing 5 months. so will do the buy 10 get 10 half price so 20 classes if I go weekly will last a while.
Okay off for now! joyinky here I come. hey Joy wish I could do it with you!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/27/2011 9:44PM

    OH FER CRYING OUT LOUD--THERE'S PLENTY TO EAT WITHOUT MEAT!! Check out the resources on my blog for places to get recipes. Can you get the meat replacement foods by Morningstar or Boca?

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/27/2011 2:57PM

    Love your attitude!! Reference no meat, switch to some beans. Hope the knee feels better soon.

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UNICORN212 12/27/2011 2:44PM

    I have seen you mention Joyinky walking several times - but I have no idea what it is. Can you enlighten me? Thanks!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/27/2011 12:22PM

    Anew dy is lwys a good day, love your new bck ground pic mind over matter!!

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JOYINKY 12/27/2011 11:59AM

    Today is always a good day to start anything Cindy! Take care of that knee and be well. Hugs.

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ELLENT124 12/27/2011 10:59AM

    Good start to the almost new year. Hope the knee feels better.

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Home and can just put on my comfy pants

Monday, December 26, 2011

LOLO and no it isn't cos I am stuffed. I always get dressed as soon as I get up, and don't undress till I go to bed. My dd says why don't you change into comfy pants instead of jeans etc. so she got me a pair of really comfy jersy type pants, could almost be yoga pants. This am, I got up and thought may as well put them on, have to have shower later.... got home from sisterinlaws hmmm put my nighty and comfy pants on. lol
Had a good time visiting, but mil was sick on the way here, and she slept for the most part. Started a new med for pneumonia and she vomited while they were on the way from PEI to NS. But we all had a great vist and she must have been ill and tired to sleep with all the laughing and noise we were making.
Ate little and well and not hungry now.
My yoga studio, has decided that yoga is getting to expensive and an exclusive thing here in the city so she lowered her prices by 25% so if you sign for a year it is 69$ for as many classes as you want. as long as I do 5 amonth that is a good buy. I for sure do 4 as i go to the back care and was going sunday am so will think on starting it up again. She also has a restorative one and maybe that bender ball one. So we figure we can afford it as long as I know I will use it. you do have to sign for a year. So will go up there in am, to be one of the first to sign as you get another deal.
Well not much more, goign to go read some more, and go to bed, it is only 9 so may just sit down here for while cos if I go to lay down that long will be sore by 4 am.
HUGS and hope you all had a good day. and hey gave away most of the sweets! I am going to be ready for Jan 1. and am not getting drunk on my bday which dd thinks would be funny haha.
cya in the am, sparkers.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 12/27/2011 1:11AM

    posting from my new nook tablet! comfy pants rule!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/27/2011 12:10AM

    Sounds like you had an awesome day, comfy pants are always good!!

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JOYINKY 12/26/2011 8:30PM

    Sounds like you had a great day Cindy! Have a good comfy evening. Hugs, Joy

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