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The very next choice I make

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The very next choice I make will determine if I

...go back to being on blood pressure meds.

...go back to a lack of energy defining me.

...go back to a life of pain defining me.

...go back to having to beg off from a family outing due to fatigue.

...go back to feeling defeated.

...go back to not being able to enjoy gardening.

...go back to very slow morning starts.

...go back to deep sadness.

...go back to 'fat clothes'.

...go back to poor sleep.

...go back to enslavement to my appetite.

...go back to not being able to wear my wedding ring.

...go back to poor health.

...go back to sluggish brain power.

...go back to the threat of diabetes.

...go back to the cycle of defeat.

...go back to daily naps being a necessity.

...go back to watching life being enjoyed by others but not being a part of it.

...go back to losing me in layers of fat, fatigue, defeat, and pain.



The very next choice I make will determine if I

...stay off blood pressure meds.

...get my energy from my healthy food choices.

...can manage my fibromyalgia with healthy strategies.

...join my family in fun outings.

...am victorious.

...am able to garden with strength, endurance, and enjoyment.

..am ready for the day as soon as I wake.

...am using healthy strategies to keep SAD away.

...can fit in my new size clothes (or if they get baggy!) emoticon

...get a great night's sleep in spite of fibromyalgia trying to ruin it.

...am victorious over my appetite by making choices for healthy foods and proper portions.

...can wear my wedding ring.

...enjoy a life where healthy is the norm.

...have brain power to do the daily tasks, including teaching my son Algebra 2.

...am stopping the progression towards diabetes.

...break that cycle of defeat and live a full and happy life.

...don't have to have a nap to be able to function, but naps are an occasional Sunday afternoon luxury.

...can DO life to the fullest with enthusiasm and energy.

...can be ME and can enjoy my family to the fullest.


The very next choice I make.


You'd think the choice would be an easy one. Oh, but the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!!!!

The very next choice I make.

A step back down the slippery slope or a step forward.

The very next choice I make.

This has been my battle since July. The old me has been winning since July. But I am ready to turn it around.

It has NOTHING to do with numbers on the scale or on my clothes' tags. It has EVERYTHING to do with me being healthy enough to be the wife and mom I want to be and me wanting to be ME and my medical issues no longer defining me or limiting me.

The very next choice I make.



The very next choice I make.





  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANEMARIE77 12/7/2012 2:01PM

    great blog I send you a hug, I will you all the strength and power I own but it really comes down to you knowing you are important Fine that strong powerful women inside that knows she is worth it and let her shine

If its important to us we will find a way, if not we will find an excuse.
Shine girl shine

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DMSPEER93 12/5/2012 7:13PM

    Thanks for the reminder. My eating habits are about choices and too often I've chosen to listen to satan rather than God. May you hear God's voice of truth and desire to make the right choices!! emoticon

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TOPAZ-TURTLE 12/5/2012 9:34AM

    One choice, one step, one day at a time! Great blog!
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CINDHOLM 12/4/2012 7:56PM

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/4/2012 7:54PM

    An outstanding blog Heidi. Yes, choices do have consequences they can bring us out of the mire into good heath or they can cause us to backslide and get stuck in the muck. You're committed to press forward to good health and you WILL grab the golden ring!! It's all yours!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_JULEE_ 12/4/2012 12:17PM

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LINDAF49 12/4/2012 10:35AM

    One shoice at a time, one choice after another and continue making those choices ....
emoticon One day at a time sweet Jesus....

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TAGSUIT2 12/4/2012 10:28AM

    Life is about the choice's we make in life. I prefer good over bad anyday. I hate taking meds and if I could change my life around to prevent me from taking meds I will.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/4/2012 10:15AM

    Great blog. I voted for it.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/4/2012 10:14AM

    Truly an excellent blog! It really is all about our choices, and we have to seize that power to make the right ones. Good luck to you and hugs!

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BARB5970 12/4/2012 9:02AM

    This journey is all about making one good choice after another. The basics seem simple... wake up, have a healthy breakfast, get in some activity, make healthy food choices through the day, get a good night sleep. Rinse and Repeat. In theory this should be an easy task. But in reality, nothing is every as easy as it seems. All we can do is try our best each day and if it's not perfect, forgive ourselves and move on.

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ITSMATT 12/4/2012 8:53AM

    I liked this post very much.

Make it a great day!
Matt

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Thanksgiving Dinner vs. Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This year, I am in charge of hosting my husband's family for both Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas Day Dinner. In the past, when made by his mom, these meals are EXACTLY THE SAME. Same meat, same veggies, same rolls, same pies. same, same, same, year after year after year. Carbs, carbs, and more carbs.

I like to change things up....just a bit....not enough to cause all the Traditionalist fits, but just enough so the meals are different enough to be make different memories. Shouldn't Thanksgiving taste different than Christmas? kwim?

One thing dear hubby and I changed last year...we used a smoked turkey instead of normal turkey. It went over really well.

So, this blog is an attempt to get ideas from my SparkFriends.

So, friends.....what are you ideas? emoticon

  
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MIPALADY23 11/25/2012 7:12AM

    All these suggestions sound perfect. Just tweak it up a bit or keep the favorites and change up the not so favorites. Let us know how it goes.

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ASOBFALLS 11/21/2012 1:59PM

    Kind of a late response but .... different.

I grew up in Nigeria and a family favorite is a Rice 'Curry' dinner. Now when my children visit me it is, "I can have turkey anywhere...will you make us Curry?" emoticon

So I haven't cooked a traditional Thanksgiving OR Christmas dinner in a long time! emoticon



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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/14/2012 9:44PM

    It's been a whole lot of years since I ate at a relative's house for Thanksgiving or Christmas - maybe decades. Our family is very small and unfortunately I'm a creature of habit. Anyone who reads my blog knows that - it sounds like a broken record! I do turkey for Thanksgiving & ham for Christmas. I try to serve it in a healthy way, or as much so as possible. Like no sweet potato casserole w/marshmallows! Real sweet potatoes instead. Usually have broccoli as the vege - not the Campbell's bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup & onion rings or whatever it is. I do have pie for them but I don't eat it. The 'treat' is usually ready to eat cold shrimp & cocktail sauce.

The main thing I take away from the day is that the meal doesn't matter at all - it's an incidental. The only thing that matters is spending precious time with the people I love the most and recalling the fond memories of all of those who no longer sit at the table with us and the wonderful Thanksgivings & Christmases we spent with them. How thankful I am for those wonderful times.

Just eat & be merry!!! It'll all work out and a good time will be had by all!! emoticon

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DRAWNTHISWAY 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    What? No christmas goose?*chuckles* Here I thought you would sit around telling the tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge an serve a goose...

In other ideas
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http://www.divinedinnerpa
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Comment edited on: 11/15/2012 8:10:56 AM

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/14/2012 2:35PM

    I mainly do the same for Thanksgiving and Christmas. One year for Christmas we did do prime rib roast which was good. If I changed up meals Thanksgiving would stay a turkey dinner and maybe change Christmas meal plan. Good luck. :-)

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WILSON425 11/14/2012 1:17PM

    I always do Thanksgiving dinner. And for the most part it is the same. I always try a new pie or dessert recipe but the basic meal stays the same. Christmas dinner is usually lazagna. We make it the day before so with all the kids opening gifts and everything going on all we have to do is throw it in the oven with some garlic bread and no hassle.

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KYEM2007 11/14/2012 12:24PM

    I'm a non-traditional traditionalist or something like that. I love the "usuals" that we have every year, but I always want to try new things. My mother always smokes a turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I always try to add something new. Some "experiments" have turned out well, some just ehhh. In the past two years I've found some keepers..... spinach salad w/homemade dressing and a great recipe for brussel sprouts.

Other than the smoked turkey, we have a pretty non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner at my mother's house.....augratin potatoes, baked beans, cheesy peas & cauliflower, broccoli, rice & cheese casserole. Sounds rather odd to most, but it's what we request year after year.

However, I can usually find the dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc at the three other dinners that I will have to attend.

I'm always trying to find something healthier to take since we have to go so many places during the Holidays.


Jennifer

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EMMAEKAY 11/14/2012 12:14PM

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are TOTALLY different meals in my family. We do a turkey and trimmings, plus pork roast for Thanksgiving. Christmas is all about a big, glistening ham and hot soups. We have a lot of the same side dishes at each meal, though. I always try to make something different, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2012 11:47AM

    Well, even if the MEAT or entree is the same (turkey, ham . . . whatever), you can change up the sides. That's how I handle it and I'm doing T-Day and Christmas as well.

I used to sweat these things out, but gave that up1 LOL

I have my Thanksgiving Dinner all planned out but haven't worked out Christmas yet.

Christmas Day dessert has always been hgomemade cookies, so that will definitely be the same this year, though I don't eat them (first, sick of 'em by the time I'm done smelling them as I make 'em! That's a good thing, and being diabetic, not a good choice for me). So, that part will remain the same.

Hope that helps . . . know it's not much.

I'm always perusing recipes to get new ideas.

HUGS

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November S.M.A.R.T goals

Thursday, November 01, 2012

1. Continue with the Diabetes Challenge all month.
Get the fitness done. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Get the food tracking done. emoticon
Do the other challenges.

2. PORTION CONTROL!!! emoticon every meal, every snack every day.

3. Get outside each day for at least 10 minutes and get some fresh air and sunshine. emoticon

  
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MIPALADY23 11/14/2012 10:08AM

    Nice, how are you doing with these??

Don't forget rule #1, Take care of you! Listen to your body!

xo

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DMSPEER93 11/5/2012 11:01AM

    What does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? I like setting goals!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/1/2012 9:12PM

    You're right on track with your Nov. goals. Love it!! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2012 5:42PM

    Great goals!

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GOPINTOS 11/1/2012 2:34PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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CINDHOLM 11/1/2012 2:06PM

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Deliverance is available for the asking

Monday, October 29, 2012

Psalm 3

1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”

3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.

7 Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

King David wrote this psalm as he was fleeing for his life from his own son, Absalom. However, as I re-boot my healthy lifestyle, I saw this Psalm with new eyes, a new personal application. I re-read it through the lens of the "foes" being my old habits, the old mental self-destructive scripts in my head, and my laziness.

Go back and re-read it.

What are the foes you are facing which are keeping you (and me) from being what we were created to be?

You and I were created for so much more than THIS battle. THIS battle is just one of Satan's tools to keep us too busy to fight the REAL battle.

It's time for the Lord's deliverance! You only have to cry aloud for His deliverance!

Do you REALLY want deliverance? REALLY?!?!? It will require change. Change is scary. Are you ready? REALLY ready?

Am I?

  
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1CRAZYDOG 10/31/2012 11:28AM

    Awesome blog. I'm ready! HUGS

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DMSPEER93 10/30/2012 9:50AM

    How encouraging are your words, Heidi! May God bless you and strengthen you as you rearm yourself for this battle.

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LOOKINGUP2012 10/30/2012 9:49AM

    This psalm is so appropriate to the weight loss journey (or any other battle). emoticon for sharing your thought on it!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/29/2012 8:44PM

    Yes! Change is totally scary, but also worth the effort. Gret blog! HUGS

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 10/29/2012 8:28PM

    And that's the common thread that runs thru life....change. Never easy, always a challenge, but very necessary. We know it's always coming into our lives so maybe it's best to just embrace it as being all part of God's plan. Very nice blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELISADENK 10/29/2012 7:41PM

    Isn't the first verses a song?

Well done!!

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GOPINTOS 10/29/2012 6:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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STILLWATERSSB 10/29/2012 5:50PM

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Great blog, Heidi! Couldn't agree with you more!

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A Fun blog.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've done this on email before and find it fun so I thought I'd join in the fun.

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Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?
purse

Spouse?
online at his computer

Your hair?
very dark brown, curly, and frizzy

Your mother?
young at heart and one I want most to spread the SPARK to.

Your father?
semi-retired, hard-worker, diabetic

Your favorite thing?
woods

Your dream last night?
many, but not remembered

Favorite drink?
tea

What room are you in?
family room

Your hobby?
gardening

Your fear?
government intrusion

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
done homeschooling and figuring out what I want to be and do with the rest of my life

Where were you last night?
home, watching the presidential debate

Something that you aren't?
outgoing

Muffins?
Blueberry

Wish list item?
Wildflowers of Indiana book

Last thing you did?
fixed supper

What are you wearing?
slacks and 3/4 sleeve shirt

Your pets?
1 dog, 3 cats, 7 chickens

Friends?
1 best friend, several close friends

Your life?
blessed

Your mood?
happy

Missing someone?
no

Drinking?
tea

Your car?
greyish green Dodge van

Something you're not wearing?
socks and shoes

Your favorite store?
Herb Barn in Brown County

Your favorite color?
coral

When is the last time you cried?
this weekend at cousin's wedding

Where do you go over and over?
Walmart

Five people who email me regularly?
husband, mom, best friend, SP, gardening bloggers

Favorite place to eat?
any place but home (I dislike cooking but do it 95% of the time)

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
bed

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GOPINTOS 10/25/2012 9:42AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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DORCAS9 10/24/2012 3:06AM

    Yeah, like this! Good to see your answers! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/23/2012 9:16PM

    Good way to get to know each other!!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 10/23/2012 8:33PM

    emoticon I did this on my blog yesterday!!! Thanks for your answers, it's a good way to get to know your buddies a little better!! emoticon

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NAOLEE 10/23/2012 8:11PM

    emoticon I did it.

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INSPIRATIONAL3 10/23/2012 8:07PM

    Not so easy for one not good at computerese...lol

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