Friday, December 17, 2010
Last night my daughter was in our church Christmas Pageant. It is always a rendition of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" It warms the heart to see your kids really get the reason for the season.
After the pageant was over we enjoyed a Happy Birthday Jesus cake and some Christmas goodies. As we congregated, one of my friends came over and reminded me of a dear lady who was suffering.
We had found out on Sunday that a dear member of our congregation had brain cancer as a result of her breast cancer she had had several years ago. She had been unable to stand or walk and they finally found 20 lesions in her brain. This in itself is a sad and sorrowful outcome but that is not the worst of it. This dear, dear lady has a heart as big as all outdoors. You see, she is a foster mother. A few years ago she was awarded Foster Mother of the Year for our state. She has adopted 8 foster children, making her the mother of 10. Her two oldest children are hers by birth but the other 8 were children of her heart. The youngest is 2 or 3. She is a very special lady and now her prognosis is terminable. They gave her 4 months.
So as I sit here this morning grateful that I have good health I ask you to go see your doctor. I am also grateful that I have good health insurance. My dear friends diagnosis has been alarming to say the least. As woman we tend to put our own health on the back burner and say I'll get to it. Please, Please, please. If you have been having any kind of symptoms or if you haven't been in for your annual checkup, schedule one now. If you haven't taken the time to do your mammogram or pap test please call your local health department. If you don't have insurance they can give you vouchers for free screenings. I have been losing inches in height recently so I have made an appointment to see my doctor to determine if I have osteoporosis, which is hereditary.
Strength training I here is one of the best ways to battle this so I am grateful I have been doing this as well as the other exercises to keep me strong and vital.
I value my time on Spark with you all and hope you take the time to value yourselves.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
My work team has a tradition at Christmas time. We provide a somewhat healthy breakfast for our department. It is called Bread and Jam day! We all pitch in and purchase yummy bread from the local bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company. All of the ingredients are listed on the label and there are no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
The department favorite is the Cinnamon Burst loaf. It is already gone! We also bought Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread ( the most decadent loaf and my personal weekness but I only had a small piece!), White Bread, Light Cracked Wheat Bread, Dakota Bread ( a bread full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds) and High Fiber Bread. I think I will have a piece of that with my two hard boiled eggs for lunch, nummers!
We also bring in our favorite topping such as peanut butter, apple butter, homemade jam, etc.
It is a great way to say "we appreciate you" and I personally feel good about giving something healthy and not a bunch of empty calories and sweets.
This is one of my favorite holiday time work traditions. What about you? Do you have any holiday traditions at your work?
Keep Sparking, Paige
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Last night I got home from work a little later than usual and rushed out the door to my zumba class. I have a deal with the instructor. If I am not there by 15 after she leaves. A lot of times I am the only one in the class, which makes for a private zumba class, its great that she will do this for me, but its so much fun when there is more people. Anyway, I just missed her last night. I was so disappointed. I haven't missed Zumba in months and I really needed a good cardio class to beat my stress with after a long Monday. So guess what I did instead? I went home and made dinner and snacked throughout the entire process. GEEZEOPEEZO!! I had no self control. I was stressed from my long day and I was hungry and I let that get the best of me!
I made a wonderful healthy dinner but by the time I actually sat down to eat it I think I had already consumed more than my alloted cals for the day. I munched on semi-sweet chocolate chips, tortilla chips, anything I could find. I know it was bad. I knew it was bad when I did it. I did it anyway. Sometimes you just can't help yourself. Also, I knew it was stress eating.
Just when you think you have something licked it comes up to bite you on the butt!!
Oh well, today is a new day. I have planned my meals for the whole day, I have done my am workout routine, and I have my night planned out. Now if everything just goes according to plan I should be fine!
Take Care Spark Buddies. Its going to be a long week!
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