Monday, June 25, 2007
I went to our church picnic yesterday. I was afraid to go because I didn't know how I would handle the food situation. You know they have everything at a picnic like that.
I was very proud of myself. I didn't overeat! I only had a hamburger with tomatoes, some kind of pasta salad, very little and a few potatoe chips. I took my own water because I think all they have is soda.
I had my grandson down for the weekend so when we took him home to Pennsylvania, which is a very long drive, I took Cherry Coke Zero with me so I wouldn't be tempted to stop for junk! It turns out I lost another 1/2 pound! Good for me!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
It really pays to read labels and compare. For example, I had been buying the Quaker mini delights chocolate drizzle for a chocolate-craving snack. Saturday when I went to the store, I saw a bag of Quaker chocolate rice cakes (mini) on sale. I read the label and compared it to the mini delights. Lo and behold, I found that 1 serving of the rice chocolate cakes had only 60 calories compared to 90; only 1 gm of fat, half the salt, less carbs, less sugar.
I never used to read labels as good as I do now. I know I need to learn more, but I am on my way to a healthier life.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I am more determined than ever to get rid of this weight and fat. I just finished a 19 min. stint on the eliptical and burned over 200 calories--this included a4 minute cool down. But while I was going to the beat of VanHalen, I realized I was angry that my X-husband died and never had a close relationship with his own daughter, who is now shattered and heartbroken to say the least. I kept putting up the resistance and the incline and just elipted all that anger away! I hated him for saying she'd never have anything.
Fathers--take some good advise--be close to your daughters. It is the most important relationship you can form in her early years and into her teens she will need you even more. She will either respect you or resent you. She will either accept what you say or reject everything about you. It's your choice and it's all in how you relate to her. Don't know how? Tell her that you don't know how but want to learn.
Sons grow up being taught to hold everything inside and not express those especially warm feelings you have for family members. I could never use the word Father and Friend together in the same sentence. My daughter couldn't either and now it's too late. And be very careful what you speak over her and about her. Her father always said she'd never have anything and to this day, she doesn't. She used crack cocaine for I don't knw how long--long enough to act like she's brain damaged. But she did get his furniture when he died. I guess that is a little better than nothing.
So dads, remember, your daughter has feelings that when she is young, she doesn't know what to call them. If she is overwhelmed by shame and guilt or rejection, she will carry that with her to adulthood and she will yearn for your love and look for it in another man.
With Father's Day just around the corner, remember who gives you a homemade card or a handmade gift. Remember it was made with you, the center of her world, in mind and it comes from her heart. Don't ever break that precious heart of hers as she will never be able to heal properly. If you see you've upset her, don't shrug it off as a bother. Go to her and tell her you are sorry. Pride is the worst thing in humans. Men can be very proud and stubborn when it comes to emotions. Don't let these things ruin your daughter like mine was ruined and my daughter's was ruined. Love should be unconditional.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse.
- Stephen Dolley Jr.
Do you see possibilities or problems?
It's been said that some of the smartest people around would make lousy entrepreneurs. How can that be? The fact is, some people are so smart they can easily see all of the problems, roadblocks, and snafus that they'll need to overcome to succeed. They can think of all kinds of reasons why their idea won't work. This knowledge can overwhelm any thoughts of possibilities or dreams. When you think of your goals, do you focus on the positives of making it happen, or the negatives of potential barriers? To reach your goals, you gotta really want them. More importantly, you gotta really believe that you can do it. Think more about why you CAN make it happen instead of why you can't. No more excuses.
I thought this was worth posting in case someone missed it. I believe this is true because I had to find a way to do what I had dreamed of doing and I DID! I thought of giving up, but it just wasn't in me to do that, so I kept thinking until I came up with an idea that works. I wanted to get my Doctorate Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling, but didn't have the money. I thought of getting a loan, but didn't want to repay something with interest; I thought, O well, there's no way I can do this. But something inside kept telling me I could if I really wanted to. So I prayed for wisdom on how I could make it work. A few days later, I realized that if I put X amount of money in the bank per pay, I'd have enough for the next course when I was done the first one. Wow! I am very bad with numbers and dollars. I know I would have NEVER thought of this on my own. Maybe you don't believe that God answers prayers as simple as this, but I know that He does. And now I am starting the third course!!
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wow! May is over already. Where does the time go? It's been a good month for me. June will be here in less than 6 hours. Today was hot and yukky and it's supossed to be worse tomorrow.
I didn't go to Curves tonight, but I did work out for 40 min. on theEliptical at work. It's nice to be able to do that when no one is in the dialysis unit, which is Tues. and Thurs. I can pretty much spend as much time in the gym as I want on those days and I do take advantage of it. This is the best job I've ever had at the VA.
I find that if I break up my work out into 2 or 3 short times, I can do a lot more as a total. LIke the eliptical....I did 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon, plus some weights. It doesn't seem like "o, when is this going to be over; I've been working out forever." and it seems to go by quicker.
Well, hope everyone is doing good on their diet and exercise life change. I'm doing pretty good except I need to find a way to cut back on salt and fat. And so many carbs. Seems like salt is in everything you buy for some reason. I don't even use salt and it's always pretty high by the end of the day. I was thinking about going to a nutritionist and having them look at what I've charted and maybe they could tell me. Till then (when I can afford that) Sparks will just have to do.
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