Thursday, February 23, 2012
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
~ Helen Keller
I happened to see this quote tonight a felt it pulling at me to read and re-read. I have come to the conclusion that I have faith in myself! That I am a work in progress no matter the speed of that progress. I have faith that I am going to make it to my goal! I have faith that learning to eat healthy is happening. I have faith that my health will improve to the best of its ablilty. And the best is yet to come as I have faith in our Lord. If we all work at our faith, we will be the best we can be as we reach to the stars!!! Will we make it?
Friday, February 17, 2012
We begin our journey into the unknown surprise that was a gift from a friend. Six friends were told to meet in the lobby of our Friendship Hall at 5 PM. When we arrived, the Hall was filled with couples going to our park's Valentine Dinner, but we were greeted by our friends with this lovely rose. Our host & hostess are Weldon & Vicki who met us and then returned in their own vehicle to the restaurant.
We then watched this limo arrive!! WOW! It is huge and it is a Hummer!!
Had to have our picture taken in front of the limo and become the talk of the park:)
Did anyone tell us how to get "old" ladies, "tall" ladies and a gent into the hummer gracefully? No. Grace was not the word of the night. After some looking, hum hoeing, and a great deal of thought & laughter, we all managed to get our bodies in. Of course we had to have help! FINALLY, we are in and crawling to our chosen seat. There was plenty of room as this limo seated 14 and 6 of us were transported.
Take a look at the ceiling and envision disc lights. WOW, were they pretty when it became dark. Our ride too about an hour and we were delivered to the fine dining. Now, we just have to figure out how to get out. Again, I am glad there were no cameras as we chose to go out sitting and sliding!! Of course, we realized we needed to repeat the process for our trip home. The 8 of us were then reunited and enjoyed a wonderful meal at a fine dining establishment. Can you believe, all of us are on some form or healthy dining/calorie restrictions and found that we could eat and enjoy for the evening. The restaurant has an outdoor cafe that was full and all the people watched the exit as well as a new crowd watching the reloading. Did any of you get to join in with smiles while watching? No? Oh, am I glad. :)D
I tracked my calories the best I could and did very well. Plus I got some good exercise getting in and out of a Hummer Limo. We had a very friendly driver that joined in with our laughter. I hope you all have enjoyed my little tour of our special day!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
I was out and having fun with another SP friend and came back to a very pleasant surprise of being the SP motivator of the day! Thank you SparkPeople!! I want to thank everyone that made a comment or left a Goodie for me today. It was so wonderful and appreciated to see so many of you that stopped by. All I can say is WOW!!! Please know that I will be by your page and chat with you as soon as I can! Bless you all.
An example of a day in my life is today. We are honored and blessed to have a SP friend come to visit our resort in South TX and we have been showing them the sites. Today, after church, we headed out to the South Padre Island. My DH & I have been there a couple times but today found it overbuilt and commercialized. They even charge a fee to enter the park just to drive through and look or get out to a jetty! We did go to the north end of the island and wandered on the beach. The sand getting there is VERY soft and VERY difficult to walk through (cardio!) Of course, I decided to "play' in the sand by falling very ungracefully. Chris turned around and got a picture of my "fun". (You may find it on her page as she said she is posting it!) Couldn't stop laughing and then said "I've fallen and can't get up!!" (Should have saved the title.....used it last blog). We have been having so much fun. I certainly will miss them when they have to return home!
This, folks, is about having fun in life and staying positive no matter the situation. Yes, I have many painful things in my life, including physical, but when you can't beat it then join in and tell the world,"it is a beautiful day because I woke up this morning". We have tears and heartaches and losses and many other things that hurt us but it does us no good to dwell on the negative. Look towards the positive! I trust in God and His guardian angels to keep me going. As we say here on SP "tomorrow is a new day. Forget about today and how badly you felt it went for you and LOOK TO TOMORROW!
Again, thank you so much for your faith in my. I hope I can continue to be here when i am needed.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Well, my life has been upside down for the past couple of months with the last 2 weeks that totally disappeared with activities.
What does this mean? Going from poor eating habits to bad. Losing sight of goals. Not listening to my inner self and falling into "just one more" brain trap.
How did this transpire? My DH got close to his date he set for retiring. My retirement didn't cause us any extra work, but his has been a challenge. While he continued to work his 12 hours days Mon. thru Fri., I started working with the legal matters, situating the bill payments for travel, and the biggest one among others is the health care. During all this and trying to stay organized, I began unconsciously "snacking" or not sitting down for a quick lunch but grabbing whatever on the run.
The past 2 weeks, his boss called and wanted an idea of a gift and I was given a price. I can't even find a need for him for a Christmas gift. I was given 2 days to try to think of something and I did! Hurrah! Take a breath and have a snack 'cause I can't remember if I at anything for lunch. Then they call and want pictures of the old (early 70's) uniform shirt and some other pictures. It took ONE entire day to go through all we have in really large tubs and I found some. Just grab a snack. i'll make it through this!! I really will.
The retirement party was a fantastic success and extremely well attended on Fri. We had a dinner engagement at 6 PM Fri. and had to call saying we would be late. Dinner at the home of friends for his retirement and our heading south for the winter. I did well with the dinner as the hostess works with WW. But yummy cookies, meats and cheeses at the party before.
Sat. brought my Christmas brunch for a thank you to the volunteers and we were treated to a wonderful brunch. Run home and get a couple things do and our son & family took us out for dinner. Most foods quite unhealthy so I did have a hamburger and fries.
Sun. we needed to go visit with his mom who is in a nursing home 140 miles from us. Drove there and visited for a short time, took her out to lunch, a Sunday buffet, tried to eat healthy with salads and fruit with potatoes, corn and shrimp. Got home at 7 PM and too tired to fix a good meal and time was late for us so had a sandwich with milk.
Today was my DH's official last day and his 62nd birthday. He had to be there on his birthday for health insurance reasons as he needed to be 62! His favorite meal is pork chops and it what he always wants on his BD. So we had a nice dinner, off to our g/daughter's Christmas program and cookies, of course.
I have eaten my way through many days and most hasn't been low cal. foods. Lots of sugars but staying relatively close to my calorie base. It won't slow with activities here until after Christmas. We hope to begin our travels then and I will be going back to my better behavior with 2 pools, a spa, exercise room, bike riding and walking as we will not be renting a golf cart so that we are walking to all the resort activities. These are not in the form of a New Year's resolution as I don't do that but I do feel that I can get back on the wagon when we are settled in and relaxed, having no concerns about "did we do everything that was needed?" It will either be done or not. I did the best I could and I am proud of what I could accomplish. Sure have enjoyed the eating too (way too much!!).
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I am in the middle of getting us into the next stage of our lives. We will both be in retirement by Mon. and we are heading south. I didn't know there was sooooo much to deal with and the time involved. Lots of calling, internet set ups, health insurance, COBRA, organizing important papers for the family to be aware of, etc, etc. I am not going to worry about any of that tomorrow as it is my DH's office retirement party and there will be surprises for him. Family invited. Should be fun!!
Exercise, running the stairs for laundry and getting to the car a few times. A good 10 mins. Finger exercises probably 120 mins. of continuous work outs. Jaw exercises about 30 mins. Staving off the headaches, timeless.
Oh yes, forgot to eat after breakfast. Enjoy to day tomorrow!!
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