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Old Greeting Cards

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ever have one of those days or even weeks where you feel so inadequate? This weekend has been difficult for me because someone questioned my integrity and ethics. I am 55 years old and I cannot remember a time when my integrity and/or ethics were questioned. I'm the one who won't run a yellow light! I've never even received a traffic ticket!! I worked for the Justice Department...passing all the integrity/ethics questions with flying colors!! To read "her" words was so hard for me.

I was going through a pile of papers, cards, etc. earlier and stopped to read several of the cards. They were to me. They were from family and friends and some business acquaintances. WOW...talk about lifting my spirits! Their words were so encouraging and loving. It made me "snap" out of my sadness and reply to "her" with loving words to express my thoughts about what "she" said to me. Yes, I feel better.

You know, in the past, I would've reached for my "comfort" foods to wallow in my sadness, but this time, I chose to reach for the "comforting" words of people who really know me. I'm actually very proud of my choice not to indulge in past practices. I think getting reconnected to SparkPeople has helped me make this better choice!

If you're ever feeling sad or blue, pull out some of those old greeting cards that people sent to you and read them...they are sure to lift your mood!

  
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CEB2007 2/29/2012 7:55AM

    I also enjoy old cards. While going through my mother's stuff I have many old cards she kept which have been a blessing for me.

I am proud of you for handling a situation which could have been a stumbling block for you in such a way that it became a stepping stone instead. Good job.

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BARBIECAT 2/26/2012 6:08PM

    One of my friends keeps a pile of cards that people have sent her on her nightstand so she can read them when she feels "blue" That sounds a lot like what you did. good for you.
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CAM2438 2/26/2012 5:48PM

    Good for you. You should be so please with yourself. emoticon

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"Cleansing" Matters...and it's not what you think! :)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Impurities?? Toxic lifestyle?? Dangerous Environment??

What do you think of when you think of these terms? Let's explore:

Impurities: Impure things; not pure; not good. When thinking about my own impurities, I think naturally of the impurities in my body. However, this morning I was thinking of the impurities in my life, such as thoughts that are not positive or "stinkin' thinkin'. I struggle with that often but not many people know it because I show a real positive side to myself. I even coined an expression of myself once: "Positive Paula" So today, I am deciding to make a real effort to reverse those negative thoughts and get rid of the impurities!

Toxic Lifestyle: Oh this is a good one! I've heard that we become most like the 5 people we spend the most time with. Who are you spending your most precious commodity with? Are they positive? Do they support your goals? For the most part, I am around supportive people. I am careful not to be spending too much time with others who are negative or gossipers!

Dangerous Environment: Look around you...do you see food or drinks that are unhealthy? Do you see temptations? GET RID OF THEM!! Cleanse your environment of the things that keep you from reaching your goals!!

Whew! Guess I'm on a roll this morning after having two internal cleanse days! It's time to "cleanse" my environment! Happy Cleansing!

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ISAGLOWINGGIRL 2/25/2012 10:29PM

    Yes, Barbiecat...you are absolutely correct!! Two days complete, 4 pounds gone!! But more importantly, my body FEELS so great and energized, too!

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BARBIECAT 2/25/2012 5:09PM

    I assume you're talking about the great Isagenix cleanse.....today hubby and I doing our (almost) weekly cleanse day.......we've been doing this for about three years and feel healthier, happier, and more energetic.

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CEB2007 2/25/2012 1:32PM

    You have a very good attitude. Wishing you lots of luck. Hope to hear from you soon telling all of us how well this has worked.

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MSKITYOCAT 2/25/2012 11:23AM

  I'm sorry but you haven't convinced me to cleanse my bowel via enema's. If I need to do that I'll use certain foods. Its much less tramatic to the linings of the bowels. Sorry, but I'm happy for you that you are so happy about your cleansings, Blessings to you on your day

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Out of my "Comfort" Zone

Friday, February 24, 2012

When we think of getting OUT of our "comfort" zone, we often think that we will be doing something that is uncomfortable to us. While that is true, it's also my opinion that giving up something that is comfortable is taking myself out of that "comfort" zone. Make sense?

Getting back to SparkPeople, getting back to healthy choices, walking away from unhealthy foods, and exercising more may not seem like a huge shift or being uncomfortable, but it really is...at least for me.

It's interesting that when I make up my mind to do something, I always end up dodging huge boulders, taking detours, etc. because I get faced with obstacles that try to deter me. Case in point: yesterday, my husband brought home donuts!! And not just any donuts! They were the small, powdered sugar kind...you know...the ones you can eat four of and not even realize you've eaten any at all, except for the powdered sugar all over your shirt!! Yes, I know you know what I'm talking about!! :)

It was hard for me to ignore those donuts that sat on my counter all day long! It was OUT of my "comfort" zone, if you know what I mean! But, I didn't eat the first one I'm proud to say! This morning, I put that bag of donuts out of my sight! "Out of sight, out of mind!"

Guess I need to reevaluate where my comfort "zone" is these days to stay on track and to be successful!

  
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CAROL- 2/25/2012 2:54PM

    I totally know what you mean! That comfort zone can be a challenge. Glad you are trying to master it!

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FRANNIEDID 2/24/2012 11:23AM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are so right, giving up those "comfort" foods definitely takes you out of your comfort zone. It is so easy to fall into eating them, thinking "Just this one won't hurt" and then 4 later you are feeling guilty and mad.

Good for you, it is not easy to resist foods staring you in the face!

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THEROUNDPEN 2/24/2012 10:43AM

    Awesome blog! I love your thoughts and inspiration! I have never blogged, but you're inspiring me to that as well! Keep it up!

Carla

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2 1/2 Years Later!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Oh my....where to begin?? I cannot believe that the last time I posted on a blog was in August 2009! It doesn't seem like it's been 2 1/2 years ago! I believe time is moving at warp speed now!

I remember when I was a kid and the days, weeks, months, and years seem to move at a snail's pace. There was always something to look forward to and, at least to me, it seemed that the time would sometimes stand still. Nowadays, I have trouble holding on to today!

A lot has happened over the last 2 1/2 years, but nothing so substantial that it should have taken me away from Spark People and all my friends on here. I guess the biggest difference was becoming aware of and attached to Facebook! It's been fun and I do enjoy reconnecting with past friends and making new friends. But....it didn't help me in my journey to lose weight! Yep...I remember that when I was connected to Spark People regularly, I was always aware of my exercise, food, and goals.

Although I remained on a good plan and am healthier, I'm not where I want to be. I help coach others in their weight loss journey, yet I'm feeling like I left "me" behind. So, it's time to reconnect to Spark People, to old friends, make new friends, maintain my food/exercise logs, and help inspire myself and others to reach their goals.

We all need someone!

  
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THEROUNDPEN 2/23/2012 11:10AM

    That is funny that you mention the "me" element. When people tell me they feel guilty when they do something for themselves (e.g., exercise, spend money to eat healthy), I counter the excuse with two questions, "What does a flight attendant on an airplane tell you to do if the oxygen mask is released? Why?"

The answer to these questions should hold true for our own bodies!

I'm glad you're back, and know that we're on the IsaJourney together!

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MXDADVTRGRL85 2/23/2012 9:48AM

    Welcome back! Your "me" time is always great investment :)

Look forward to your inspiration!

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ANGEL5AM 2/22/2012 11:08PM

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Welcome Back! :)

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My Trip to California & Husband's Heart Attack!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

My husband and I (along with our daughter, April, and her husband, Chris) flew out to Anaheim, CA, last week. We were going to attend a health and nutrition conference, but went a few days early to see some of the sights.

The first day, Thursday, we drove along the coast line and seeing all the beaches. We stopped at a state park, walked down to the beach, and took tons of pictures! It was gorgeous!! We ate lunch at a famous restaurant called "Schooner or Later"...made famous by the Food Network Channel!!

On Friday, my husband had a heart attack! Thankfully, my daughter had an IPhone and we were able to locate the closest hospital. Larry was admitted for a series of tests. He was transferred on Sunday to another hospital for an angioplasty. The cardiologist found one main artery 99% blocked and inserted TWO stints....end-to-end. He saved Larry's life!!

Larry was discharged on Monday, just in time to see our daughter receive her 3rd place award in the IsaBody Challenge, a national weight loss challenge! She received $1,000, in addition to the all-expense paid trip to Anaheim! April has lost 83 pounds since January 2009!! She looks fabulous, but still has some to lose. She will be re-entering the IsaBody 2010 Challenge....and so will my husband and I! This is going to be the year of MAJOR CHANGES in our lives. We have done well over the past year, but there is more work to be done!

We are back home in Georgia now....and are so thankful to be here! I thank God every day for blessing us with a good hospital and doctor in California! What a scary time, but He took care of everything!!

Here is a picture of Larry and me at the Schooner or Later Restaurant.



Here is our daughter April receiving her BIG CHECK on stage!! (She got a regular check, too!!)


  
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RONIE11 2/14/2010 11:25AM

    I can't even imagine how scary this must of been for you and your family. Its wonderful that he's ok and could see your daughter get her award she surely deserves it.

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KAROLINA-USA 8/17/2009 7:28PM

    Oh My God!!!! I just realized that it was you!!! You stayed in Clarion didn't you? I've met you and didn't recognized you from the picture!!! You shared your story with us... WOW!

I'm glad that he's GOT the message.. and Congrats to April! She looks awesome!!!!

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JULESGL 8/16/2009 2:24AM

    WOw, I'm really glad to hear your DH is home and that they found the blockage and took care of it. How scary!!!!

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter for her successes! What a rollercoaster weekend for you!!!

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1BODY1LIFE 8/15/2009 9:29AM

    I just read your Facebook entry! Wow!! Larry sure knows how to make a vacation interesting!! You went places you never would have if he hadn't had that clogged artery. Going to Disneyland might have been cheaper though!! God was definitely looking out for you because he could have had the heart attack in traffic and you ALL would have wound up in the hospital. So much to be grateful for, Right? Boyd has a stent in his femoral artery in the groin/leg and if he doesn't quit smoking, he will probably lose the leg. He's tried everything but can't give up those coffin nails and apparently isn't afraid to be Peg Leg Boyd. Sounds like Larry has had the health scare needed to take the IsaBody Challenge! Can't wait for next year to see all three of you competing! Talk about a family affair!! Best wishes to you all!!

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ROBLAINE1 8/14/2009 9:57PM

  Congrats to your daughter, and congrats to you too, for making the choice to join with her next year. I am happy that your daughter had her phone with her, and glad that your DH was taken care of so well.

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DBELLE39 8/14/2009 9:44PM

    I am so sorry for your trauma, but that's wonderful that everything worked out so that he would be able to be there for his daughter's award ceremony!!! That's great he didn't need open heart ---my hubby has had 2 open heart surgerys & has 2 stents from another attack --he's had a total of 4 heart attacks ---so I'm always on edge if he starts acting like he's in any type of pain.

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POSIE70 8/14/2009 8:47PM

    Wow! that is so scary! Thank goodness he is o.k. And yes, congrats to your daughter. What an inspiration! emoticon

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PINKLADY58 8/14/2009 7:41PM

    I'm so glad everything turned out ok. What a trip! emoticon

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BASKETMAKER 8/14/2009 7:25PM

    I'm glad he had good care and given a chance to make the necessary changes! Congrats to your daughter, too!

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