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the old ways dont work anymore....

Monday, February 11, 2008

today is Monday... i started out the weekend with a bang... ran outside for 2 miles on Friday..all set to have a positive weekend. as the weekend progressed, i felt somewhat depressed when certain expectations that i had were not met by the people in my life..(red flag) i have kept a few certain foods in my diet that I KNOW are not good for me... i have held on to them... i dont know why..... its hard to change? i am in denial? i think i can fool my body? the end result is that i feel angry and DEPRESSED which leads to more unhealthy late sunday night, my hubby had had it with me.... i had had it with myself... my weight went up a pound,,,,but i am not even concerned about that... its the spiritual piece, the emotional piece that needs to be dealt with ... turning to God instead of something outside myself. i can see that no motivation from anyone would help unless i am opening and willing. Today is a new day .. i am open and willing and hope and pray to keep going forward.... "every day is a chance to build momentum or to slack"......... i choose health and well-being for today

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CHOICEGIRL 2/12/2008 9:58AM

    Hey Jen, I know how you feel. Sometimes I feel so distant from the Lord and I am so unworthy that it spills over into my relationships. Sometimes my hubby can be very hurtful and I feel like a loser. That is when I realize that I am not spending any real, true time in God's word. I dig out my bible and read. Also, I will ask my guy if he wants to listen and he usually says okay. We then end in holding hands and praying. I do not always reveal to him what I am feeling but when holding his hands I will pray that God will heal my heart and find a way to love this guy. He does not always know what I am needing from him so sometimes I need to tell him (guys are not always too keen on what we are feeling or needing). I have to watch his que to make sure I approach him when he is not occupied with something else (he is a single item thinker).

Remember you are worthy and beautiful in His sight - meditate on the good things, whatever is right, worthy, and beautiful!

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CHILDSCRY 2/11/2008 2:36PM

    yeah spiritual and emotional are always hard hugs..i hope today you have Peace and strength..hugs

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date night

Saturday, February 09, 2008

well, we had our first date night "day" since the baby was born. my parents watched the kids and we had about 6 hours to ourselves. my husband started out with a migraine. we had to go to the local rite aid store to get him some excedrin/ we sort of looked at each other and wondered what we should do next/ we decided to go to lunch --so we went to the local sushi restaurant/ my husband lived in Japan for 10 years and is like an expert in Japanese cuisine/ he didnt like the way the sushi was made and went on about it. i talked to him about how he went on and on with negative comments/. sooooo, the end good result is that my husband was able to see how he had not been very good date material and promised to try better next time. after the 4th child i know how important it is to reeastablish that connection between husband and wife and OBVIOUSLY we need to reconnect. so instead of getting down that we didnt have the kind of time i wanted to have,. i am glad that we started the process of getting back in the saddle of being two adults that have to reconnect . We have needs that are above the children that we care for. aside from that i am excited because i ran 2 miles OUTSIDE yesterday.... today its snowing so i dont know when i will get out again..... but that is really my perfect workout... running on the road.... i loved it... my head was cleared instantly!!!

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NEWCREATION517 2/10/2008 11:12AM

    I am SO proud of you guys for making your marriage a priority, even if it didn't quite go as planned. Keep trying! Just the fact that you both want to reconnect says that you have something really great to reconnect to... Cherish that and give yourselves credit for knowing what's important! The rest will come in time =)

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NAVYMOM133 2/9/2008 10:55PM

    Good for you guys and nice start! It's sometimes downright awkward attempting to reconnect (nice word) after you're apart for a while. I remember how tough it was, and sometimes still is, after the hysterectomy (instant surgical menopause - help! ton of bricks!) trying to get our relationship back.

Keep planning them, you guys deserve your 'couple' time. Think of how great you'll be feeling after Sparking to our goals till next date night!

Have a great Sunday!

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CHILDSCRY 2/9/2008 9:44PM

    Well at least things are going to get better with date nights..we would be Whats that? glad you two spent time together! Great job at the running! AWESOME!

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you get what you give.....

Thursday, February 07, 2008

i have been really taking care of myself all week.. i credit myself but i am so thankful for the support on this site. its really unbelievable to me..and i really dont get that excited by too much... i have been telling my husband about it--- tracking my cals and exercising. i have NEVER done this before.. i have never wanted to... i just think the people on here share so much of themselves; what they give seems to come back to them hundred-fold. in this day and age, when it seems so bleak for this country and the economy and there seems to be a sense of alienation among people in general, its wonderful to be in a community of people that are checking in and are caring enough to write ME!! that is so awesome... what a blessing!!

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    You are so right!!!! That is what we are here for. I could not have gotten as far as I have with out people like you cheering me on. You rock! Thanks for the goodie by the way. What a nice suprise. :) Seize the day Jen!

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CHILDSCRY 2/8/2008 1:09PM

    Your baby is so cute!!!! hehe...hugs girlie...i hope you have a wonderful day!

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NEWME841 2/8/2008 9:41AM

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog! I can see you are even more dedicated than me as to logging everything. I will get there though, as I know it takes a full commitment to reach our goals and am so impressed at how you've begun your journey!! Way to go babe! If you don't mind me calling you that! Thanks again... I think I really like you already!

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CJROMB 2/8/2008 9:30AM

    No kidding, right? This site and this community are AMAZING! I've NEVER done anything like this before either. And it's working. I hope you have amazing success on your goals.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 2/7/2008 8:38PM

    You go girl!!! You just keep on being enthused because that will only lead to more results and if you little sweetie is as adorable as he looks walking with his dad, you have 2 super awesome reasons to get and stay healthy!! (BTW, I love that picture!!) Oh, and thanks for the happy birthday wishes!!

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NEWCREATION517 2/7/2008 3:58PM

    Amen, Sister! =) Hope you're having a blessed day!

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using my tools....

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

i am fairly new to this site --about 1 month now.. it has been so user friendly. the one tool i havent been using is the nutrition tracker. i found that the canned mealplans didnt fit my daily food picks.well,,,,,,,,,,,,, i was playing around with it today... because my weight has sort of stalled and i came across "picking your own food"... it looks like you can plug ANYTHING in with the amount you have consumed. i put in exactly what i have had today and it shows the calories, how much protein, carbs, ect. WHAT AN AWESOME TOOL! i am SO pleased with this.... so i did a little "research" into some of things i have been eating that i thought were just fine. OMGOSH!!! i try not to put salad dressing on my salad because of the cals,,, so i have been putting olive oil on...its suppose to be a "good fat" well....... i have been putting so much on i tallied one salad could add up way past 700 cals with just the olive oil !!! i am shocked but extremely happy to come out of the denial... THAT MUST be it as to why i havent been losing weight. Duh!! lol... anyway, when i get brave enough i think i will post my nutritional tracker.. the baby and my 2 year arent cooperating with my scheduled workout... ugh!! i will get them down at some point..frustrating!! and my 9 yr old and 11 yr old were fighting at the bus stop... gonna have a big talk with them when they come home... anyway, again i am thankful for finding this latest addition to my ongoing list of healthy strategies.

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NEWCREATION517 2/6/2008 6:18PM

    I am SO addicted to the Nutrition Tracker!! I don't know if I will ever quit using it! LOL I've gotten pretty good at "knowing" how my day is going, but it is so nice to meter it all out and find that I'm still on track! It's like my best friend! I'm glad you figured it out!! =) Be Blessed!

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SOUTHERNSARA 2/5/2008 1:30PM

    Congrats on figuring out the Nutrition Tracker! It's my biggest help in keeping myself out of denial. If I didn't use the tracker, I would never stay within my calorie range. Maybe after you're consistent with your workouts for a while, your babies will just see it as part of the routine. Keep up the good work!

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PINKBULLDOG1 2/5/2008 1:27PM

    I like the analagy of the "tools". When we get better equiped so to speak we have an array of tools we are able to benifit from. It is like the experienced carpenter with a tool box full of neat little gadgets.

After reading your blog I may start to use the nutrition tracker. I have been journaling my food intake but there are things I think are good and maybe arent.

Thanks for the post. I know that muffiins are horibble. I have made some of my own using splenda, yougart instead of margarine and a few other substiuted ingredients. Every little bit helps.

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start of a new week

Monday, February 04, 2008

i am beginning to see that i thrive when i have lots of structure and know what is going to be the plan for the day. it has been a challenge to be home full-time and really make my time at home a balance of work, play/time with the kids and time for myself( and hubby.)after working so many years fulltime outside of the home this is so different. i really feel like the Lord is leading our family in this direction though so i am motivated to keep working at it. i feel that my weekends need some retooling with doing some structured workout-maybe a walk for 2 miles each day..i really love to walk/run outside... and i would be able to with my husband home to take care of the baby.. i really want to work on establishing that routine. i think it would make my start of the new week a lot easier. i hate hating mondays.... i have a few things i scheduled this week to get myself and the kids out of the house.. a mothers group which offers a playgroup for my son. he will have his speech therapy 1x this week..just need to find one more activity for him so he can get out more..Winter weather is soooo hard on 2 year olds!!

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NEWCREATION517 2/5/2008 11:27AM

    Jen, I have also discovered that I do better with a routine in place, nothing too rigid, but having a sense of what comes next... Embrace the way the Lord has made you, and how he *is* still making you =) It's a beautiful thing to know yourself as you are known by the Lord!

Thank you for your kind words on my blog!! You REALLY made me day!! =) Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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    Awesome Job Jen! Thanks for your kind comments on my page. Have faith and you will get there too! Planning is SO important... it is on the days I forget that I really flub things up I can SO relate. Have faith and you will get there, too!

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SORGIN 2/4/2008 6:09PM

    What an awesome picture! Thanks for your comments on my blog. I think we are in similar circumstances. I left a full time job a little over a year ago and this is the first time I've ventured into the stay-at-home mom world. It was a difficult transition for me because I was great at structuring my work life but discovered I was not so great at it in my home life. I still struggle with it sometimes. My weekends need retooling too. You've made me think about how to do that. I like your weekly goals. That's a great idea and I think I need to do the same. I hope you don't mind if I copy you! Are you still on track for the March 5k? I really really really want to do a 5k in May but feel like I am so far off from being in the right shape for it. I guess I need to remember that a month ago I couldn't run for 3 minutes and now I can run for 13. When you do the treadmill, do you have a harder time with legs giving out or lungs giving out? Thanks again for your kind comments and keep on truckin'!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 2/4/2008 3:02PM

    Yeah for you trying to figure out how to pull it all together!! This is such a hectic time in our children's lives and yet we still need to take care of ourselves as well. ARGG!! Such a difficult time!! But good for you trying to find some organization to the chaos! Best of luck!! And have fun with those precious little ones!!

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