Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I didn't intend to just upload a picture on my last blog ~ and then leave. 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.
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
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.
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! :)
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.
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