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June 18 ~

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I didn't intend to just upload a picture on my last blog ~ and then leave. emoticon But, my son and I decided to go to Calgary for a 'short impromptu vacation' ~ so we just grabbed the rest of the family, packed some 'stuff' and got in the car. Calgary is about 3 hours from where we live so it was a fun trip. The boys swam and we ate and just relaxed and enjoyed life. Those kinds of things are such fun. :) Next time, I will join them for swimming since Sunday they had the pool to themselves. I didn't get any sleep the first night because I forgot my sleep medication so I was too tired to really do much, except relax. But, it was nice, anyway. :)

One year, on Christmas day, we decided to go to Nashville. We ate Christmas dinner early ~ left all the presents, food, Christmas tree, etc. and got in the car and drove for a week. LOL We celebrated New Year's Eve in the Opryland Hotel. That was during the 5 year period of my life that I liked country music and was the editor of a country music magazine. Before that I couldn't stand it ~ and I can't stand it now ~ but I lost my mind for awhile. LOL

Anyway ~ I'm doing better, after a short rest. It's time to settle down and really get my priorities straight. My food and exercise is taking a top 5 spot in my life again. My health and well-being is important if I'm going to be happy and peaceful ~ which are things that are becoming more important all the time.

I won't be able to be on here all the time, like I once was ~ but blogging and 'talking' to friends is, also, important so I will be here as often as I can. Facebook is the one thing that has to 'go'. I totally waste valuable time on there that needs to be used for more important things. Like SparkPeople, or meditation, or swimming ~ or almost 'anything' is more important. hehe

Anyone who knows me, knows that I listen to my 'gurus' a LOT, and Wayne Dyer is one of the best. I really love this saying of his ~ and do try to look at things in a new and positive way. :)

Time to make a healthy, on-program, dinner now ~ so enjoy your evening. I sure intend to. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/20/2013 12:09PM

    I absolutely love doing things on the spur of the moment! Those are often the best times. My mom used to say that every time she planned something, then something would go wrong so she didn't like to plan but just go do it. Although she didn't do that a lot either. I don't worry about something going wrong, I just love to decide in the moment that I want to go somewhere or do something. It's so much fun to live in the moment like that and experience things we might not have done otherwise. Love the quote in the photo. Glad you had such a great time. I sort of like country music, but not all the time. When I was a teenager I was really into it. And sometimes through the years I've liked some songs or singers. I really like a wide variety of music though (except rap, really hard rock, and a few other things LOL). I listen to Christian music a lot, but contemporary things with a good beat. I like a whole lot of other things from classic rock to 50s an 60s rock to some pop to some individual songs by people that I would never buy a whole album from. Depends on my mood largely.
Have a great day and enjoy each moment!

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/19/2013 7:59PM

    Spontaneity is awesome! Imagine driving all the way to Nashville...I've never been there and live a lot closer, but then I'm not a country music fan, either. Sounds like you have your priorities lined up and in great order! WTG!!

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CELIAMINER 6/19/2013 10:25AM

    I envy your ability to do something as complicated as a long road trip without extensive planning. That would put me totally outside of my comfort zone, because planning is what I do.

Glad you are giving your health top priority!

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SNIC23 6/18/2013 10:35PM

    How wonderful to be able to take an impromptu vacation. I'm sure it felt great to get away and relax with your family. Too bad you weren't able to sleep well, though!

Funny about the country music magazine editing. At least you were able to tolerate country while you worked there. I went through a phase with my last pregnancy where I could only stand to listen to country music. I couldn't tell you why, but I felt guilty listening to anything else. Now my little girl is all grown up and she listens to country!

When I found SP I all but abandoned FB. I still post a comment here and there, but the bulk of my internet time is now spent here. I definitely agree that a lot of time can be spent here and that's now always the healthiest of choices. So I'll see you when I see you.

Have a fantastic evening!!!

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BLINGANDBOWS27 6/18/2013 10:15PM

    Loved the quote in the photo above! I think your spur of the moment trips sound fantastic, especially the Christmas one! BUT you must give country music another try, lol!

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June 15 ~

Saturday, June 15, 2013

"Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as the smooth sailing. What is the lesson or gift in what you are experiencing right now? Find your joy not in what's missing in your life but in how you can serve." ~ Wayne Dyer

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/16/2013 10:54AM

    Love Wayne Dyer! emoticon

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SNIC23 6/15/2013 5:46PM

    I'm grateful to have met you and that we can share this journey to better health. Oh, the things we will accomplish!

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June 13

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"My little changes amount to big benefits." ~ Deepak Chopra

I have many battles in life, as most of us do, food is just the tip of the iceberg. I, also, have addictions that I have to work on, every day. I am in recovery so my days need to be full of awareness. Some days just sail by ~ and some are very difficult. But, it is all a learning process.

I have been gone from SP for over a month. I was involved in a minor car accident but needed pain medication for a time. Addiction to prescription drugs is my major addiction ~ so I have been on another 'journey' with that. But ~ I am again clean and sober and ready to move on with life. Life is so good when I'm on 'this' side of the fence and facing it with my whole heart.

I have to re-dedicate myself to many things, my food and exercise being one of many. And, I am now ready to do that. So ~ onward and upward. emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 6/14/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon Loved the graphic. emoticon emoticon

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GRATEFUL_BEING 6/13/2013 10:34PM

  Good to see you back.

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JMARIES51 6/13/2013 8:22PM

    So nice to see you back and ready to face the days. You can always come here to find support and a hug, Joann emoticon

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SNIC23 6/13/2013 4:01PM

    I am so happy you are back!!! emoticon

I'm sorry to hear about your car accident but am glad it was a minor one. There is no good accident to be in, but some are definitely worse than others!

Addiction... ICK! I battled a prescription drug addiction and remember exactly how that felt. It was one of the most difficult thing I have been through so far, both physically and mentally. So, if ever you need to vent...

Anyway, I've been waiting for you to return and am SO happy you're back!!!
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LEANNAW4 6/13/2013 3:08PM

    Good for you! Welcome back and congratulations on being clean and sober and your re-dedication to health and fitness. Wonderful!

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I made some difficult ~ but right ~ decisions ~

Friday, April 26, 2013

As of this morning, I am back to the weight that I was when I got sick and stopped really 'counting' my food. I am very happy about that because that is 17 lbs to date. I know I have more to lose but I, also, know that this time I really AM doing it. :)

I had some good news yesterday so I took my son out for supper, to celebrate. We went to a steak and rib restaurant. I ordered a small order of side ribs, with a small caesar salad and a cornmeal muffin. It was wonderful and I enjoyed every bite. :) My son wanted dessert and I knew there was no way he could order sticky toffee pudding, which I love, without me having some. Most of it, most likely. So, I told him we would go to Marble Slab and he could have a medium ice cream with TWO toppings. Of course, I had to go in and pay for it. Well ~ darned if they didn't have fresh banana, my favorite (along with pumpkin), which I haven't had in years. *sigh I asked the girl if I could have a sample AND that was all I had was a tiny bit on the end of a spoon. Boy, was that hard! My son and the cashier both told me I had a lot of will power. I felt so good ~ and I did feel empowered. :)

In a few minutes, we are off to go swimming, something else I haven't done for waaaaay too long. I did buy a bike and have been going on short bike rides every night ~ but they really ARE short. LOL Sometimes even 5 - 10 minutes. These old legs need to get used to it, without aching. But, swimming is my passion ~ so it should be great on all levels. :)

That's what's new with me. How 'bout you? Have a wonderful day ~ and weekend! :)

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SNIC23 4/30/2013 2:41PM

Good to be back, isn't it?

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PHOENIX1949 4/26/2013 4:47PM

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ELIZABETH5268 4/26/2013 4:08PM

    Good job!

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SARIANEC 4/26/2013 2:55PM

    I feel the same about bike riding and swimming. I am trying to ride more. One of my (long term) goals is to do a mini tri.

Congrats on the great day! emoticon

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Sunday ~ April 21 ~

Sunday, April 21, 2013

It seems like a good day to come back to SparkPeople. For awhile, I didn't think I was going to come back. Or had the 'strength' to come back. It's been a long haul.

Since about Christmas time, things have been adding up or not going right and it just got progressively worse. Some days, and even weeks, were fine ~ but, overall, things just weren't right. I wasn't Sparking as much as before. Then, a few unexpected things happened around the end of March which made life even more difficult. About that time, I stopped coming to Spark, at all. Then, I got sick ~ and off program, until there was no more program. Then, the depression and the blues . . .

I haven't actually gained too much back. And I don't want to stop. So, today, being a new week ~ and there is something that I like about the number 21 that just made it seem possible. I'm still not 100%, either physically or mentally ~ but a person has to start somewhere. So, I've been 'on program' all day ~ and have a healthy crock-pot recipe cooking for supper. I'm not concerning myself with exercise today ~ I always took Sunday off, anyway. I will, maybe, look at that tomorrow.

I really want to be happy, joyous and free ~ like I was before. I will do my best and that's all anyone can do. It might be baby steps for awhile but 'whatever it takes'.

Hugs to my Spark friends. emoticon

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JMARIES51 5/2/2013 12:24PM

    Wow, I can so relate. I thought I was going to make it through this winter without the blues, but once I got the flu, I was down and out. So I am back on Spark now, too, and I really want us to stick together - girlfriend. It is so much more fun together! hugs, Joann

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SNIC23 4/22/2013 9:30PM

    It's so wonderful to have you back. Because you have been through so much recently it's probably best that you are easing back into things at a comfortable pace. You know yourself better than anyone and easy-does-it is a great way to make progress - the steps you are taking are in the right direction. FANTASTIC! I wondered how you had been doing but didn't want to pry, especially since I'm still fairly new here.
Take care of you and when you see the sun poke out try to soak up some vitamin D! That is a wonderful mood elevator backed by years of research. I believe they say 15 minutes a day is a fair amount for most healthy adults.

So, what was in the crock pot? I love cooking, maybe it's something my family would enjoy?

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/22/2013 1:37PM

    I've missed you. I've been struggling most of the winter and early spring, too, although I've been on SP. Just not making any progress. I'm doing better now. Hope you will, too. Sometimes it seems like it will just take too much energy to come here and be involved. Glad to see you now, and hope that the days ahead are better for you and that Spring will help get you feeling better and moving forward again! Love, Jeannie

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PHOENIX1949 4/22/2013 2:51AM

    emoticon back. emoticon life is so challenging. Love the wallpaper on your page. emoticon Missed several days tracking, first since signing up, trying to come to terms with new medical issues. emoticon is what we've got to do. emoticon

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TARDAR1 4/21/2013 5:23PM

    In your darkest hour there is light inside of you. And only you can reach in and pull it out.
We all have those hours, and we all need encouragement to pull though. You can pull though whatever it is that you are and have faced.
I don't know you, but, I do know how it feels to be inside out. I do know how it feels to be so sad and depressed that even simple daily chores break you.
It does get better, and happiness is something you will achieve.
Just remember one thing: You are worth it. You deserve a happy and healthy life style.

Peace emoticon

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ANASONIC 4/21/2013 5:18PM

    One day, one step at a time. emoticon

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