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Boxes boxes everywhere!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I feel like I am buried in boxes! For someone that is striving to reduce stuff, I feel like I have slid backwards big time! Now, this is not all of my stuff! I had a basement in my home I sold back in Nevada that became the repository for generations of stuff! Photos, slides, journals, family histories, etc. etc. etc. for not only my late husband and I, but his parents, his grandparents, his great grand parents, my parents, my grandparents, and great grand parents.... oh my! Important stuff that can not be tossed casually! So I have to approach this with the elephant concept (How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!)

Hanging in there as far as my healthy eating and exercise. Had a few days that I was off track, but got it pulled together... yay! Feels good to be home for a few days before we take off for two weeks visiting family in North Carolina and Tennessee. Put on my "skinny jeans" this morning and they may just come with me on this trip if the weather is cool enough! I'm pleased as punch about those jeans! :-)

Sure am glad I have SP to help me along. Happy Sparking everyone out there!


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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/26/2014 9:49AM

    Well, that's a good philosophy--one bite at a time. I hope that when you get around to all those boxes, they'll provide a pleasant trip down memory lane. Sounds like it'll be a long trip, though. And this upcoming trip to North Carolina and Tennessee! Sounds like you're headed for the mountains! I went to college in N.C. It's my favorite state! I hope you have a wonderful time!

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KOFFEENUT 9/25/2014 9:44PM

    It can be difficult to decide what to keep and what to toss when you're looking at "family stuff". You've got the right approach - eat that elephant one bite at a time, and know you're making progress!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/25/2014 4:52PM

    It's hard to wade through years of family stuff! In my case, my mother is a "thrower-outer" so my sister has to be there to keep family stuff in the family! Congrats on the skinny jeans, that's awesome!

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The truck is packed

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moving is such a job! With the help of many good friends, the truck trailer is now packed and ready for transport for our home in Utah. Whew! Don't know what we would do without good people in our lives.

Tomorrow will be an easy day, and will get some more visiting in. Then dinner with the kids in the evening. Looking forward to that.

So glad to have had time here in this little rural town in Nevada that I still feel so connected to. Lived here for 34 years, and just so grateful for all the wonderful people and sweet memories. Life is sweet.

Time to go to bed!


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MICKEYH 9/16/2014 8:29AM

    You'll open new chapter of your life in Utha. How exciting is that! Good luck in your moving and best wishes for your new home. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/16/2014 5:11AM

    The title says it all--you've completed this phase of your life and are leaving with all the good memories of what you've experienced in that little rural town in Nevada. How fitting that tomorrow will be spent visiting with friends and then having dinner with your kids. I wish you a safe journey home after what must have been an emotion-filled time of revisiting the past. I know you'll soon be at the gym again and running around in Utah with your characteristic exuberance!

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The deep clean out

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I'm here in Nevada doing the final clean out of my home I sold last December. It's the tough and tender clean out.... the one packed with soooooo many memories.

Yesterday I started in the garage. Alan, my late husband, was a man that loved to work in the garage. Handling all those tools and projects are sweet and tender.... need to keep kleenex in my pocket. The majority of things are gone thankfully, but this is the last of it. Will move down to the basement later today. That's where all the photo albums and slides are. Moving truck arriving on Friday so there isn't much time to spare.

I was going to walk this morning but just needed to catch up on some much needed rest. I will get the exercise in, but good to wait sometimes. Making healthy eating choices.... feeling good.

I haven't been here since the beginning of February. I'm about 3 sizes smaller since then. Funny how some people are blown away by my size and others can't tell!

I have a dear friend that really frets about her size. She is negative about her self image and doesn't give herself much credit for her healthy life style and choices. She is just down on herself for not being that eternal last 20 pounds lighter. I know that well..... exactly where I was until these last few months.

She and I went out for dinner last night at Port of Subs. She offered some of her potato chips to me and I said "no thank you". Her reply, "are you being good?" My response, " I'm always good". In my mind I'm thinking, "what I eat has no reflection on being good or not". She was saying negative things about herself so I shared with her the changes I have been going through. That we are beautiful just as we are, that our bodies are such great gifts, and if we loved ourselves it may be easier to take better care of ourselves. We talked quite a bit about this and we were both teary eyed.

Sorry I have not been able to keep up with all my great Spark Friends like I would love to, but it just isn't possible right now. Thinking of all of you! I am keeping up on my checking in on SP.... today is day 155. YAY!!! Tracking food as best as I can. YAY!


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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/9/2014 10:43PM

    Oh Judy, what a bittersweet time this must be! How painful it must be to have to do this job where you are reminded so powerfully of the loss of your late husband. I guess all you can do is what you're doing--keep going until it's finished. This was a moving blog for me. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to a really meaningful time in your life. You will always have your good memories of that time, and I am glad that you have a loving husband waiting at home to comfort you!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/9/2014 5:37PM

    I think you gave your friend some great advice. I don't understand why we think we should give everyone else POSITIVE reinforcement for what they do right, and then beat ourselves up whenever we aren't "perfect". Ridiculous!

I can imagine that this packing is very difficult, but all we can do is move on, right? ((hugs))

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LOTUS737 9/9/2014 2:44PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well! Keep up the great streak and push through the difficult packing.

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Wish I had a Star Trek Transporter!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It's after midnight.... bags almost packed... sigh..... going to miss Grandma Heaven. Love these four little ones. Had a sweet kiss from my curly haired 3 year old and just had to post!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/1/2014 6:46PM

    AW, so cute!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/31/2014 11:18AM

    Absolutely adorable little girl! I can understand how you wouldn't want Grandma Heaven to come to an end!

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MICKEYH 8/31/2014 6:44AM

    emoticon emoticon I want Star Trek transporter too!

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Put on the brakes!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Can you believe how HUNGRY you can get sometimes???? Well, I was there yesterday.

I don't know exactly why, but it's been building up for a few days.... that hunger! I think it was true hunger. Maybe because I'm on the go none stop with this little ones here in Grandma Heaven.... or maybe combined with getting enough to eat but not really getting satisfied. Anyway, it came to a head yesterday.

I ate roughly 1,000 calories over the top end of my calorie range.


I stopped when I was satisfied.

I ate only REAL food, no junk.

I enjoyed it.

I considered eating the freshly made treat my daughter had just baked. Oh yeah, it looked awesome and smelled sooooo wonderful! But I stopped myself! I evaluated and reconsidered.... I had reached my satisfaction point and I was DONE!

I tracked my food.

I didn't beat myself up.

I turned it around this morning, and have NEVER gotten back in step this quickly before.... EVER!

Awwww, those old habits are dying a gasping death! I love it!


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MICKEYH 8/29/2014 8:46AM

    Good that you could stop eating just enorgh. Have a nice weekend friend! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/29/2014 8:46AM

    I'd call that a victory! You are being so much more mindful than you were in the old days...who HASN'T said to themselves, "I've already blown it so I'll eat everything I want today and start over tomorrow." Or Monday. Or next month! so good job!!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/29/2014 6:08AM

    Wow, Judy! This is what I call a victory. It sounds as if you have really overcome the psychological hurdles. I have never been able to put on the brakes in the kind of situation you're describing here. Don't you feel wonderfully free? Congratulations!

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ARNETTELEE 8/29/2014 4:32AM

  Happy sparking!

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LOJAKZER0 8/29/2014 3:40AM

    Kick butt!

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