Thursday, April 19, 2012
Some of my team mates know that I live in an old farm house. It was built in 1900 and ever since we bought it (almost 5 years ago), we've worked on one project after another. We do most of the work ourselves, but we know when to call someone else in! However, one project we did was to replace the kitchen carpeting with a pretty pine floor. DH put it all down and then I stained and put the polyurethane on it. Unfortunately, it didn't get quite finished, so after nearly 4 years, last weekend was designated "finish the floor" weekend. We moved the table and chairs out and I scrubbed up a storm.
Richard decided to snap a photo of me on my prayer bones. Usually I am taking pictures of him, so don't know what got into him! LOL! Probably because it was an unusual sight--me cleaning on my hands and knees!! Notice the 2 pillows under my knees.
Caught in the act for this one. Such attractive working gear!!
The finished (but still wet) floor. It didn't dry a shiny finish, but has a "satin" shine to it. I was disappointed in some spots I didn't get really well, but they don't show much with the table/chairs back in. "Some" day I may try to fix them.
Thought I'd share them with my team mates who have to listen to me talk about one project or another!! Next on the agenda? Hmm...don't know yet, as my knees are still tender! LOL!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Coming a little late to the party, but I believe it with all my heart! I've printed it and hung several copies around.
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
Signed: Jeannie, April 18, 2012
Taken from Lise and other Spark Friends' blogs. We are 'spreading the Spark.'
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I love Spring! Living in Iowa means we have bigger changes of the seasons than in lots of other places, although this year the winter was so mild that Spring arrived much earlier than usual. Spring time always brings promises of new beginnings and opportunities. The flowers and trees are just beautiful, and cutting the grass and being outside working in flower beds and the garden is like play time to me. (It does get a little old when the summer wears on and on!)
Two of our children were born during the Spring months. One just celebrated his 43rd birthday a few days ago, but since he lives on the East Coast, we only get to talk on the phone to give him his birthday story (a family tradition).
Spring also brings memories of another kind for me. You see, we lost our oldest son to meningitis on April 10. That was 18 years ago when he was just 27 years old, and while we cope with it and deal with it the best we can, this time of year always brings some sadness and heartache, too. John was a great kid, just like the other 3. He was so full of life and had a lot of opportunities other young people don't get. Some of that was because he was so big!! He grew to 6'10” tall and yes, he did play basketball! He played ball all through grade, junior and high school, and was fortunate to get a scholarship to play basketball at Ohio State. After four years there he traveled all over the world to continue to play ball in a lot of different places: Europe, Hong Kong, Israel, and his beloved Australia, where he traveled 3 different times. That's where he was when he got sick, was hospitalized and passed away. Fortunately for us, John had made many great friends there, and when we traveled to be with him before he passed, we were cared for like family.
This is John and a friend of his in Australia a couple years before he passed.
John's birthday is May 19, and he'll never see his 46th birthday except in my mind and we'll never know what the rest of his life would have been like. But, we feel privileged to have had him with us for almost 28 years and to celebrate his life on April 10 and May 19 and every other day of the year. We miss him terribly, and if anyone ever tries to convince you there is any such thing as “CLOSURE,” they are mistaken! You learn to cope, you move ahead and you plan for the future. You see hope in the upcoming generations, like in these 2 little boys who will never know their Uncle John except as a photograph. But closure? No...why would I want to close my mind and memories to all the wonderful and joyous years we had with John and his siblings!
Spring is still a sweet and wonderful time of year. It's the time when the birds are singing their tiny little hearts out and the trees are blooming. Here's the picture of that blooming tree again. It's the Memory Tree planted by our daughter in memory of her big brother John. We've moved several times since we lost John, so this one is still fairly small, but we've had a Memory Tree everywhere we lived. The really neat thing is that it is always in blossom on or very near to April 10th, just when I need it the most! How awesome is that?
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Remember that song? The chorus goes something like this:
Slip, slidin' away.
Slip, slidin' away.
You know the nearer your destination,
the more you're slip, slidin' away.
This last month or so I've felt like I was slip, sliding away from my destination and from what I know works for me. I was looking for (and finding) excuses to not eat properly and excuses to make poor choices. I was talking the talk without walking the walk; I was easing up on the exercise, which is always easy for me to do since I don't like it much. And, I was whining (mostly to myself) about my lack of progress.
This morning I had a heart to heart talk with myself and decided the “buck stops here” and I can and will re-commit myself to this happier and healthier ME that I am slowly letting emerge from the layers of fat surrounding ME. Recently I've become complacent on this journey and I haven't focused very well for awhile. I acknowledge that and take responsibility for my actions.
So, here I am...feeling energized and again ready to take on the world. But, before I do, I want to say thank you to all my SparkFriends for your ongoing support and love and help that you sometimes don't even know you're giving!! Thank you for sharing your stories of successes and struggles, for your humanness and insecurities, and above all your friendship! As we travel this road together nothing can stop us and I know we'll be able to accomplish all we are working so hard to do! As we're moving forward, I'll focus on that, and on the fat that is slip, slidin' away from the real ME!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Yes, you can stay on track and eat healthy and even get some exercise when on the road! I remember reading SP blogs about this, but figured it didn't apply to me. Since we just finished a 5 day road trip, here's a few things I learned, and a lot of the info DID apply to me!
Before we left home I tried to plan to bring a few extra foods with us like fruit and boiled eggs. We were lucky enough to stay at motels with “free” breakfasts, and fortunately, most of the time there was cereal, yogurt and fruit available. I confess that I took an extra banana or apple most days because I knew I'd have trouble meeting my fruit/veggie goals if I didn't have an extra one for later in the day. I ate them every day, too, usually at lunch or dinner.
Eating at fast food restaurants can be a challenge, but if you limit it to the ones you find in most places, it makes it easier. McDonald's and Subway were at almost every stop we made, and I think the $1 menu is perfect for me!! I know McDonald's gets a bad rap for lots of their items, but I usually had either a hamburger (less than $1 most places) and side salad ($1) with light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (total of about 300 calories), or just a salad and added a boiled egg, yogurt and banana or apple. The side salad is a great buy and it was fresh at every place I had one. We never order pop (soda to lots of you), but get a cup for water. Subway is great for low cal and low fat choices, too. We missed the $2 subs that were specials until the end of 2011, though. Did I mention that I'm cheap when it comes to food?
Dinner was usually a little more, and while I don't like buffets in general, we did eat at a couple. I try really hard to make my first plate full of lettuce and veggies. Sure helps to cut down on my interest in the other higher calorie foods.
Exercise was interesting. We try not to drive for more than a couple hours at a time, and the first day out I discovered that the breaks were a great time to do some of the stretches and strengthening exercises that I do most days anyway. I had my resistance band with me and used it several times a day, and it's really easy to do calf raises using the car for balance. There were others I did, too, like squats and a couple others, and we tired to get a few extra steps in, too. At a couple of the motels there were pools available and yes...I did bring my suit and spent some time water walking. I don't care what people thought of the fat old woman in the ugly swim suit...I'll never see them again anyway, and not a single person said a thing. Just let 'em try!! Hehe...it was about me anyway, not what they were thinking!
So, that's how I managed to get from the middle part of the country to the SW part of the country in 5 days and visit with cousins and a friend along the way. I even shed a little over a pound last week, so something was working right. Now...if I can just remember all I learned for our trip home in the Spring!!
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