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II Cor 1:3-4

Friday, December 10, 2010

These past few days, I've been reminded 3 separate times of II Cor. 1:3-4, "PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF COMPASSION AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES. SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE WITH THE COMFORT WE OURSELVES HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD. " NIV So, while I haven't yet come across anyone who needs comfort, I am being told to be prepared. Isn't it wonderful how the Holy Spirit leads us, if only we just open ourselves to Him!!!

Whew! 6 hr of errands and shopping today. No wonder I'm beat; BUT, I can't count that as exercise (I kept stopping and looking at stuff), so plan to get on the treadmill awhile after dinner.

The good news: "our" shopping is done, but DH will be doing more when he's out next week; and I may go out to buy him one more thing.

We both thought our bathroom scales might be 'off' a little so before leaving today, we each weighed ourselves, then when at the store, we tried out several different scales - digitial, electronic, analog. There was as much as 7 pounds difference in the store scales. (Pfffft!!)

The good news: we now think our scales really are ok. The bad news: I was kinda hoping we'd find they weigh a little heavy - even as I knew in my heart of hearts that they don't. LOL

There were snow flurries while we were out, but you can hardly see anything on the ground now. This weekend, however, will be a different story. The forecast is for wintery mix tomorrow night into Sun, and rain on Sunday, and a colder week next week than this week was. Brrrrr! Praise the Lord for providing a warm house (and coats for when we go out).

Y'all have a great, restful night.

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IUHRYTR 12/11/2010 8:22AM

    Yes, a warm house is truly a blessing. The important thing about a scale is the consistency. Even if it is not totally accurate, you'll still be able to see when it moves down, and it will. Just hang in there and go for one pound at a time. emoticon -- Lou

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GIVINGINOW 12/10/2010 8:58PM

    I love those verses!! Yay for you that you have your shopping finished :) I am ALMOST finished!!

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    KEEP THE SCALES YOU HAVE! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Success at dinner tonight!

Monday, December 06, 2010

I'm so glad I read NANHBH's blog about self effacacy. I'm going to try to quit looking at losing 5 pounds at a time, and instead look to lose just 1 measly pound; and then another, then another. I KNOW I can lose ONE pound. With that success, I surely can manage to do it a second (third, etc) time until I reach my ultimate goal! I challenge you to try it, too.

My DH prepares dinner 5 nights a week (I have the weekends), and tonight we had broiled pork chops, Green Giant's Baby Veggie Medley, and my favorite: fried sliced potatoes with onions. I ate the 3 oz of meat, took 1 Cup of veggies, and only 1 Cup of potatoes and onions. It took a great act of will to not help myself to another helping of potatoes. I know, some of you are asking, 'so why did you take the 1st helping?' or 'why a whole cup in the 1st place?' Well, to you I say, I'm more succesful when I don't deny myself something entirely (like, 'no pizza' etc); and I love fried potatoes and onions. So, this was a big step for me as I usually have 2 big helpings of them. Next, I WILL work on reducing that 1 Cup downwards a bit.

I've already decided that my evening snack (can't completely break the habit) will consist of another clemintine. That will bring me up to 5 fruit/veggie servings for today......another celebration. emoticon

Baby steps, my friends, baby steps.

Have I ever mentioned that I weighed a skinny 98 pounds when I got married 41 years ago? That was too skinny (COULDN'T gain weight!); and I have no desire to be that thin again. But my point is that it took me decades to get as heavy as I did, and it'll take some time to retrain my brain to change my eating habits and to lose another 25-30 pounds. BUT I WILL GET THERE! You can too.

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    Oh, wow, this blog is SO TRUE! I find that when I deny myself things like regular, sensible portions of the things I truly love, I begin to crave them, and when I do get them, I eat too much of them! You gave some really wise advise! Thank you for a very educational blog! I notice you have a lot of the same friends I do! Good taste, I'd say! We have the best SparkFriends, don'tcha think?! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 12/6/2010 8:49PM

    It's always easier to envision ourselves reaching small goals. Although 16 pounds is a lot, that's why I broke mine into losing four bowling balls. It's easy to say I've lost 1/4 or 1/2 of a bowling ball, then 1 entire one, than it would be to look at the whole 64 pounds. So I know you and the rest of us can lose one teeny, tiny pound. Then we do it again and again until we reach our destination. Go for it! -- Lou

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Sunday night

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Whew! I didn't do quite as well as I wanted to while on vacation, and gained a few pounds - but I took the cowards way out by not posting my weight last Monday. So, when I weighed today (Sunday's my 'official' day) I was delighted to find that I'm back where I was before going on vacation. Took some real effort this week, but it was worth it. I'm trying to weigh the same after Christmas as I did when I started November......

Yesterday, DH and I spent a few hours in the blustery cold, placing our Christmas decorations in the yard. Brrrr! But the outside is done. Now I have to plan to do the Christmas tree, and whatever else I want to do inside. I'm about 1/2 to 3/4 thru addressing cards (I'm a little late this year), but expect to finish all but a couple of really special ones by tomorrow afternoon.

I've been busy working on my grandson's vest (it's the 3rd attempt) and it SEEMS to be coming along ok. I made one earlier this year - didn't like it, but was urged by friends to donate it to a charitable cause, so I did. The second one I made was too small by Thanksgiving when we saw the grandkids again....yes, I'd measured him in June but he had an astounding growth spurt in the meantime. So the 2nd will also go to a shelter, and I'm working on another. : ) Oh, well I "don't work, so what else" do I have to do? (Volunteer at school 2x every week, and once a week at the animal shelter, and soon to start volunteering at the second school, too). HOW did I EVER find time to work outside of home?! emoticon

I plan another foray on the treamill tomorrow - you may recall I mentioned the other day that I'd had to quit early on Friday because of my ankle/heel.....I think it's the achilles tendon, but since I don't have an MD behind my name, what do I know? emoticon Anyway, I plan to try again tomorrow.

So now you're caught up on me. I hope everyone is healthy and being successful this 'party' time of year. Come on! We CAN do it!


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MISTYRIVER64 12/7/2010 9:01AM

    Hope you ankle is getting better - nothing worse for enjoying the treadmill. I think you and my Ed come from the same piece of clay - he waits until the coldest windiest day to put the outdoor decorations up too. Me??? I stay indoors and wave at him. lol

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IUHRYTR 12/6/2010 2:01PM

    You're showing great determination. No reason for us to let ourselves go simply because it is holiday time. -- Lou

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SMILEYBEE 12/5/2010 11:32PM

    Sounds like you've had a good week. Keep it up!


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Friday the 26th

Friday, November 26, 2010

Yes, I over-ate Thanksgiving Day, but I'm looking at the positives: I ate less than I used to on such occasions, and I spent 40 minutes on the treadmill last eve. Unfortunately, my eyes were too big today, and I over-ate again. sigh. At least I got 2 fruit servings and 2 veggie servings, and I spent another 40 min on the treadmill. I really MUST stop giving in to my piggy self and listen more intently to my healthy self. emoticon

I'm excited that we'll be home in a couple of days and I'll be able to get back into my routine of more exercise and fewer sweets, etc.....we just don't keep as much of the 'bad' stuff in the house as we used to.

I laid awake until after midnight last night (I don't know why) and got up early this morning so we could get on the road, so I'm about ready to emoticon - or at least to take a warm shower and climb into bed.

God has been exceedingly gracious to us this trip - today was the first less-than-good day, weather-wise. We got up this morning to temps around freezing, and I don't think it got above 44 degrees all day. It's dropped again now, and I'm not sure what we're going to find tomorrow; but it IS late November, for Pete's sake! emoticon

God gave me good visits with my sister and her DH, my mother, and my dau and her family. What more could we ask for?

God grant you all a good night's rest.

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IUHRYTR 11/26/2010 8:46PM

    Glad you're having a good time. Won't it be nice, though, to get back to your own bed? emoticon -- Lou

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Thanksgiving night

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I hope everyone (in the USA) has had a very nice (and safe) Thanksgiving Day. And for those of you who are or have been buried under snow and/or ice - I hope you soon are able to get relief from those circumstances.

I had a healthy breakfast, and the big dinner was noon-ish. My dau set out sausage balls and 2 kinds of cheese as nibbles as hors'dours (forgive my spelling). She prepared ham, mashed potatoes, a sweet potato casserole (not the kind w/excessive sugar and marshmallows), her M-I-L brought a dish of chicken and dressing, homemade rolls, and gravy, and oh, yes, we also had green beans. I ate moderately, but yes, I had some of everything. I've haven't yet tracked it on SP, but I'm sure my dinner put me over the top - but I refuse to feel guilty about it. Oh, yeah, we also had 2 pies (and I had a bit of each).

Now then, since we got back to our motel, I spent 40 minutes on the treadmill, so I feel somewhat virtuous, even if someone else doesn't think I should. emoticon

Supper was a tiny ham sandwich and a few sausage balls leftover from lunch/dinner, followed by fat-free pringles chips. Tomorrow is a new day, another new start, and our start towards home.

I'm just chillin' now. Have a great rest tonight y'all.

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JANETLP 11/26/2010 10:33PM

    Thanksgiving is a day to feast and enjoy the bounty that God has provided. In the Bible, God set aside days for feasting! We need these days- But, yes, we also need to watch and be extra careful in-between!. I think you did Great!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 11/26/2010 8:38AM

    You did FANTASTIC, Nancy, and NO NEED for guilt! This is our lifestyle and moderation is the key! AND the fact that you got on that treadmill is yet another evidence that you've changed! Not the same person that you used to be--and me either! The LORD is changing us! I applaud your day!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/25/2010 11:17PM

    Chiilin' is a cool way to relax after a good day. -- Lou

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