Wednesday, September 22, 2010
In no particular order -
...for the beautiful days we've been having.
...for the rain we're getting - we really needed it
...for my husband, who is so thoughtful
...for my Mother, who led me to salvation in Christ
...for my ability to knit and crochet - and that I've found receipients for those items I make
...for providing the funds we need to pay for all the dental work I'm having done
...for my older sister who oversees Mom's care
...for God Himself - creator, counselor, sustainer, friend who always picks me up, victor over sin and death
...for the FACT that I'm going to Heaven one day
Saturday, September 18, 2010
I bought The Spark months and months ago, but it only collected dust until recently I started reading it while treadmilling.
I'd lost weight while on SP, but 'plateau-ed' then regained some of it. I'm unhappy w/myself for doing that. Then, in finally starting to read the book, I realized I'd tried to do too many things at once and sorta burned out.
Now, I'm working on just one (or two) things at at time until I've added (or subtracted) everything I want to. First, 10 min of some kind of exercise every day. I'm continuing to drink water - I did that even before I joined SP. And I'm trying to add more veggies/fruit each week by eating at least 2 per day, EVERY day. Meeting those 2 goals should help how I feel physically, and especially mentally as I attain the goals, I expect to get the "I DID IT" feeling that feels so good.
We took delivery of our new stove yesterday, and my DH is the only one who has used it so far: he cooks during the week, and I cook on weekends. I'm excited, as it has many more features than I've ever used before. Yes, it was a big splurge, but we're worth it. LOL
Have a wonderful weekend, y'all. A safe, happy, 'Sparking' weekend.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
I just read a health article on SP that seems to be saying that people who are mentally active (such as enjoying crosswords puzzles for a long time) will show greater decline if alzheimer's hits. Hmmmm. Too bad. I'm going to keep on doing things to keep mentally active as long as I can.
God has blessed us with a beautiful day here on the FL Gulf coast. Temp was around 90 degrees, with relatively low humidity. Lots of sun, few clouds. A really, really nice day. We spent just a very short time in the pool this afternoon, but enjoyed it very much. And the small amount of time in the sun kept us from burning.
I continue to be blessed by reading Joel Rosenberg's book, "Epicenter", and strongly recommend it to one and all. It's non-fiction, but he also wrote a series of 5 fiction books that I also recommend. The 1st one is titled "The Last Jihad" and the 5 books deal mainly with Isreal and 'end times' and Biblical prophesy. It's interesting (there's better words) that several of these books were written before similar events actually happened. I'm convinced that God has His hand on Mr. R regarding this subject.
God is in control, and I'm SO GLAD I've 'read the last page of the book' so that I know God has already won the war with Satan and evil.
Blessings on y'all.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I set the alarm for 6:30 this a.m. (and finally got up about 10 min later); drank an Instant Breakfast then went to the Fitness Center (of the resort where we are) and spent 30 min on the treadmill. I'm so NOT!!!! an early morning person, so this was a real challenge to me - and I WON! Ok, enuf patting myself on the back.
DH and I drove awhile and finally stopped at a public beach. We walked along the water's edge in the sand (great exercise) about 25 minutes, then sat under an umbrella another several minutes as we just enjoyed what God provided for our pleasure. We so enjoy watching the ocean (ok, it's really the Gulf of Mexico), and the weather co-operated beautifully for our enjoyment. We ate lunch out - and I believe I made good choices for the most part, and now we're chillin' until this evenings activities.
I'm thankful we didn't choose the Eastern U.S. beaches for this vacation. What a bummer that would be! Maybe God will continue to be merciful to the U.S. coast and keep Earl farther away from landfall.
I awoke around 2 a.m. yesterday, and as I laid there, I heard a really strange noise. I got up to investigate, and finally realized that it's the local frogs.....really LOUD, and we're on the 6th floor. I'm glad we aren't on the 1st floor. LOL
God continues to richly bless us. Yes, I'm having another bad-teeth year, but He has provided the money for me to get them fixed. But please, if you think of it, raise a prayer or two for me: in mid-Sept I'm to have part of my gum cut out so my dentist can fit a crown on a back molar. I'm praying the peridontist will just knock me out. I don't want to hear anything, no comments, no 'oops' etc.
God has been blessing DH and I with a better joint spiritual life. DH and I used to not talk a lot about spiritual things, but more recently, we have. Oh, we've always attended Sunday School and church, and Sunday evening small groups, and yes, we've talked about those things some. But now we're also talking more about other things: God's working in the life of my niece who has mental/spiritual problems, and add'l personal things from a spiritual viewpoint. What a blessing; what an answer to prayer.
Have a great week; one day, one meal, one exercise at a time.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I ate better today, but still not perfect, go figure! Right now in my life, I'm just striving for improvement, and I'm making that over-all.
We're on the road tonight, and I tried the treadmill at the motel, but the 'fitness center' is a good 10-15 degrees too warm; no fan, cooling, etc. So even minor 'work' on the treadmill for less than 30 minutes was almost more than I could do. I grabbed a towel and wet it with water from the cooler and tried cooling down my neck and face while I treadmilled, but the heat was too much. But I tried, so I'm satisfied for this one night.
I brought crocheting on the road with us, and I've made good progress. Before we left home, I completed sewing the dress for Katie, started the matching shoulder bag, finished knitting the vest for her brother, and the cardigan for Katie. I've been one busy Grandma. We'll see them later this year, so I'll give them the gifts then. I'm so glad they appreciate my work. It gives me great pleasure.
I also crocheted 3 newborn sweaters and gave them to a fellow-knitter. She'll give them to her s-i-l who distributes them after counseling teenaged mothers-to-be. The sweaters go up SO fast! It pleases me to do things like that.
Have a wonderful Sunday, y'all.
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