Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I see them all the time, those perfect models in my magazines and advertisements. They haven't made me feel bad in years, because I realize that the photos can be touched up. Now when I was younger, yes, the magazine people were something to emulate. And possibly a reason to make me think I was "fat" by the standards. This is not an excuse, just something I try to remember as my own kids are growing up. I tell them NOT to believe everything they see...
and I am teaching them to love themselves AS THEY ARE rather than trying to look like or act like everyone else!!! Hopefully the message will stick. Especially because they have watched me lose all this weight, I make sure that they hear that I finally accepted myself the way I was BEFORE I lost any pounds. Then I could start my journey towards a healthier me rather than trying to look like someone else!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I love love LOVE this beautiful spring weather. Everything is greening up and growing and blooming. Right now my DH is out tilling the garden so we can plant some veges for the summer and fall... we have some little plants already started on the back porch just waiting to be planted, along with some seeds... so in a few months, we should be making less purchases at the grocery store. Last year we had some luck with a few tomato plants (I LOVE fresh garden tomatoes!!!) and some other various summer veges. We even got ONE pumpkin to grow for the fall LOL (it came from a forgotten rotten pumpkin that was tossed into the edge of the garden...) This year we are aiming to grow a bigger garden... we will see how it turns out.
I have been spending much of my time outdoors, which means less time on SP. So if you haven't noticed me as much on threads, it is probably because I have been out biking, walking, gardening, or playing with the kids, or even "scouting".
By the way, my cub scout Leader training last Saturday was a windy but nice day. We started by singing the national anthem with about 26 people as the flag was raised. Then we had various camp training activities. We took one break by taking a group nature walk... besides tripping over a root while coming down a wet hill and being caught by two other scout leaders... it was a pleasant walk LOL. The outdoor chapel was a peaceful place to just sit and commune with nature. We even made our own dinners in tin foil (mine was chicken and a LOT of veges!) YUMMY! Most of what we learned was old school camping, since pretty much every parent and leader there had camped in the past. They did give us lots of great ideas for planning, safety, first aid, and campfire activities.
When I got home, we had a nice family (my birthday) dinner. By the way, thanks to all of you who wished me a happy birthday last Saturday! Then on Mother's Day we took a road trip, and on the way home discovered a great park... where we hopped out of car and walked around and explored. We all ended up playing together! It was so much fun.
This coming weekend, we have plans to enjoy some local free events in town: A garden show in the AM on Saturday, a community day in the afternoon with free food (I promise to be good!) and on Sunday, we have tickets to a baseball game acquired through scouts, so we will be going to the city and seeing some of our adult kids for dinner afterwards.
As I said, I am outside A LOT right now, enjoying the spring weather! LOL I should probably go check on the progress on the garden right now...
Friday, May 08, 2009
OK, so this week has been quite interesting... with many Hoorays! and Yucks!
So I guess that would make it average instead of interesting LOL
The truth is that I don't have time right this moment to write about them all so I will summarize:
THIS WEEK WAS INTERESTING. THE END.
Seriously, I had a bad day or two, but every bad day had great moments to look back at, so that makes it all OK. Looking forward, tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 35, and I look better than I have in, well, forever!
Normally I resolve to spend the whole day (on my Birthday) doing whatever I want (I usually take off from work) BUT I have some training that needs to be completed tomorrow for scouts, so needless to say I will spend the whole day learning about leaders/camping/rules, which actually should be fun (I am being optimistic... if it isn't fun, I will make it fun!!!)
I am looking forward to coming home in the PM and being with family.... but I will probably take a shower first and put on my favorite outfit because I will be out in the mud all day ( it has been raining a lot the last few days).
If you don't see me sparking on Saturday, you now know why! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
A spark friend just reminded me of a something that happened to me that always pops into my head whenever someone makes a cruel or thoughtless remark towards me or one of my kids complains of someone at school making a remark to them.
It was about one year ago, and I was taking a walk in the park with my then 6 year old. It was a pleasant day, and the park was full of teens, families, and kids enjoying the spring weather. A beautiful young girl walks by, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, hair done nice, smile on her face, talking on her cell phone. Two preteens going the other direction start making those "Hey Baby, where you going type remarks," which she ignored (smart girl)! So the boys instantly turn nasty, calling her fat *butt* and ugly and other such unfriendly remarks (which in turn meant I had to talk to my 6 year old about bad language!) Anyhow, the girl kept walking, never stopping to get upset, or say a word to those boys, who just kept up the comments for a few minutes. I had an epiphany. This girl was gorgeous, and STILL someone made a nasty remark about her looks! And she didn't seem bothered one bit!
It wasn't too long after that where I was biking though the very same park when too teen girls made nasty remarks to me about 'Fat *butts' on bikes... I tried not to let it bother me... but it wasn't easy. Then I remembered that beautiful girl walking through the park, and I felt calmer!
Who cares what other people think about you? The only thing that matters is what YOU think about you!!!
NOTE: I don't remember who that quote in the title is from, but I have seen it here at SparkPeople many times!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I love quotes, so I subscribe to those daily healthy reflections that SP sends out. Today when going through my emails I found this one:
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
- William James, philosopher and psychologist
Here is what this quote inspired me to write:
Notice that it didn't say you needed a skyscraper with your name on it, or a street, or a statue... it just says SOMETHING that will outlast your life. I believe that most things that we do touch other people's lives, and it can be a ripple affect! So if we take a little extra time and touch someone in a positive way, whether friend, relative, or stranger, we can start a positive wave that outlasts each and every one of us alive today. Start small with a smile for the next person you see... add a random act of kindness... be a little more patient with a stubborn friend... do something for someone without being asked... "forget" to grumble and complain next time life treats you unfair... volunteer at least a little (read a book to a child, work an hour at a soup kitchen/food pantry, give blood) whatever you can do to leave your mark on the world!!!
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