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Firecracker March and Thoughts on a Pledge (Thanks, SparkPeople!)

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I read a blog yesterday that really inspired me. I don’t remember whose blog it was, but she said something about an allegiance pledge she’d made to herself. I really liked that idea!

This morning, I read another blog that inspired me. This person decided to have what she called a Firecracker March. For March, she chose one thing she is going to work on every day and she also chose a talisman to serve as a reminder. In her case, it is quitting smoking and her talisman is a bracelet against cancer.

Both of these blogs really resonate for me. I need to act on both of them for myself. Yet, how do I do that? I am not going to choose lightly, blithely. I DO need to do something! I have been going through the Spark motions for far too long.

I have decided my Firecracker is going to be exercise. I am going to do something every day. I walked to IKEA today, through part of the store, bought only one cinnamon roll and walked home. 1.8 miles. My hip really did not like it, but I completed the walk! I am not sure what to use as my talisman. Today I wore a t shirt I bought aboard the USS Midway years ago. The front says “got freedom”? and has the USS Midway shield and name on the back. I wore a red, white and blue bracelet that I got at Starbucks last year. It’s a bracelet that they sold and donated the proceeds to a foundation for jobs in America. Neither the shirt nor the bracelet touches on the need for exercise, but freedom and jobs are causes that are bigger than me. Maybe that’s the answer. I could dedicate each exercise session to a cause that I care about. One of my favorite charities is the Second Harvest Food Bank and, with the severe budget cuts, the need for their service is needed even more than ever. Another is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I have supported the Hospital for years and do so more now than ever because a coworker’s daughter is a patient.

I’ll keep thinking about my personal pledge, but, at least I got started by walking today!

My brother gave me an Amazon gift card for Christmas and I used part of the balance to buy that new SP book that will ship in May. I cannot wait to receive it! I also have a Spark Fitness DVD coming – a win on the points wheel, first time I have ever won something like that on the wheel! Woohoo!
For many reasons, I am battling with a renewed lack of self-esteem, but I am not beating myself up about my past choices that have put me in this situation. Yes, the cinnamon roll was not the best choice, but it was also not the worst one either. On the continuum of the journey, the fact that I bought one for $1 instead of 6 for $4 is a step forward!

  
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NONIE_C 3/4/2013 8:46PM

    You are doing great and I love the sound of the two blogs that inspired you!!! Very cool. Keep talking to yourself with kindness and compassion - you're feelings of self-worth will grow each time!!!
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CATLADY52 3/4/2013 2:44PM

    Very good choice on the roll. And congrats on winning the DVD. emoticon

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_LINDA 3/4/2013 1:00AM

    There are some challenges going around that are very well thought out and motivating. This sounds like another one. Its the Spark theme revamped. They always suggest start small, one step at a time, with a goal that is reasonable and attainable, like trying for 10 minutes of exercise a day. Hopefully, this new DVD will interest you enough to want to use it regularly. Seems like fate, that you won this prize when you could use something postive and motivating the most.
Good luck with it!
You can do it!
Hugs,
Linda

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Plus and Minus Day

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The day today was blue sky gorgeous and cool with that wind-blowing-off-an-ice-field feeling. I took a walk on my lunch break - first real walk since I can't remember when. It felt great, even if I am a turtle!

The walk was the plus as was the realization that I was able to breathe through the minimal exercise. I am almost over this cold - six weeks later.

The minuses were many, but I will record only one. Lunch was at In n Out. Yes, I know better. It was across the parking lot from SuperCuts. I went to an In n Out years ago when the first one in the county opened. That was about 6 years ago. I did not care for it and did not understand why the lines are tremendously long all the time! The place I went to today is much newer and is in a different county. The lines were tremendously long inside and in the drive-through. I ate the burger but tossed most of the fries. Won't be eating there again.

But I will commend the staff. Despite the constant stream of people, the nonstop work, they were cheerful, friendly, efficient and the best fast food staff I have ever encountered. I will be writing a letter of praise to the manager/franchise owner about his staff. I do believe in brownie points!

  
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CATLADY52 2/24/2013 5:35PM

    emoticon I have actually eaten at an In-n Out twice. I can't really say much for their food, but I did notice the staff was very upbeat and professional. That is somewhat surprising since one was in California and the other was in Texas.

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CMRAND54 2/24/2013 1:26PM

    I liked In and Out Burger when I ate there on a trip to CA. They wrapped my burger in a lettuce wrap so I could avoid the bun - great stuff for someone who is gluten intolerant.

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RKJONES1953 2/24/2013 1:12PM

    emoticon Hardest thing I ever did was that first walk during lunch time. I do it in front of the staff and students. I've even had a student walk with me several minutes one day.

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SEAWILLOW 2/24/2013 7:02AM

    Thumbs up emoticon

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_LINDA 2/24/2013 1:31AM

    Good for you getting the walk done!! Hard to believe a cold would last that long -are sure it was just a cold and not something more serious, especially with the difficulty breathing? I just had a Spark friend who was diagnosed with both the flu AND pneumonia and she got the shots!!
Good on you praising the fast food outlet's staff in writing to the manager. All too often little thanks are given to people dealing with such a job. I don't think I would have thrown out the fries -would have preferred them over the burger for sure.
I hope things get better for you now that you are on the mend..
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"She Who Sings Prays Twice"

Friday, February 22, 2013

Today would be my first music teacher's birthday. (Happy birthday in Heaven!). I was a very needy teen when I met her. She made the music room my sanctuary. She was my teacher for only 3 years. She chose not to continue teaching when her mother began to fail. It broke my heart even though I knew it was the right decision.

We stayed in touch over the years. Letters, cards, phone calls, sharing of hymnals and other music. I got to visit her for a glorious 2 weeks one summer.

Eventually, she retired to a home for deaconesses of the church and God called her home to sing in His choir.

Why the blog title? In that music room was a small burlap wall hanging with that phrase in colorful felt letters. After my visit to her, I cross-stitched the saying and bordered it with flowers from the Southwest and music notes. When she died, the people who cleared out her room discovered a card tucked in back of it with my name and address.

It is hanging in my home now. That saying may be my own epitaph (I have not decided).

Today I sang songs that she taught me. I know she was singing with me. Love without end.

  
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NONIE_C 2/25/2013 9:27PM

    That is a very special story.
Thank you for sharing...
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RKJONES1953 2/24/2013 1:07PM

    emoticon I am sure she was singing along with you.

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CMRAND54 2/23/2013 8:08PM

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CATLADY52 2/23/2013 7:29PM

    That is a very touching story. emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 2/23/2013 6:10PM

    What beautiful memories.
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SEAWILLOW 2/23/2013 5:46AM

    : )

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_LINDA 2/23/2013 12:24AM

    That was beautiful -I am glad they gave it to you, she was some kind of thoughtful person. Its a shame you only had three precious years with her, but what a memory and a forever keepsake to honor her..
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I Need Prayers

Friday, January 11, 2013

I cannot go into details, but I need prayers, good thoughts, everything. I am so scared.

  
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LEVELPATHS 2/6/2013 7:58AM

    You've got mine!



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    Prayer going up to you today! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 1/20/2013 3:03PM

    I'm sending all the positive energy thru the Universe to you that I can. I hope whatever is troubling you is better soon.

Karen

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SATCHMO99 1/20/2013 2:51PM

    Prayers for you.

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SMYLEERED 1/12/2013 9:10PM

    You can count on them!

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MOVEITMARY 1/12/2013 4:54PM

    Sending love and prayers.

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_RAMONA 1/12/2013 3:01PM

    Praying!
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CMRAND54 1/12/2013 2:27PM

    God will be with you.

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NONIE_C 1/12/2013 11:17AM

    Consider yourself in my prayers...always emoticon

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    Hugs, prayers and good vibes being sent your way emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 1/12/2013 3:13AM

    Prayed for you

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_LINDA 1/12/2013 1:00AM

    Please seek help if you can, do not go this path alone. Wish I could be there to help out with what ever you need, sending positive, soothing and healing thoughts...
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ISHIIGIRL 1/11/2013 11:53PM

    prayers coming for you, always. Hugs,

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ROX2013 1/11/2013 11:51PM

    I will pray for you and I am sending a long distance hug. Do not let fear be a overwhelming feeling and remember when you have friends you are not alone.

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CANDIK48 1/11/2013 11:34PM

    Warmest and best hopes for you that all will be as it is supposed to. I know when it is so very dark and frightening, it's hard to hold on to hope sometimes. But have faith Sugar. Big Big hugs to you! emoticon emoticon

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SPIRALDOWN 1/11/2013 11:20PM

    you got it girl....HUGS emoticon

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ARMATTHAEI 1/11/2013 10:48PM

    I am going to give you a hug with my prayers & good thoughts. I know that God knows your needs and will guide you through. His will for his children always prevails.

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1.25 Goal

Monday, January 07, 2013

This weekend, I decided to set some micro goals for weight loss. In order for me to lose what I need to lose in 53 weeks, I need to lose 1.25 pounds every week (or average thereof).

Today, back spasms continue. But I am sticking to my food tracker - something I have been treating in a desultory fashion for far too long. I am also stretching and doing the RICE treatment so that I cannot use this nauseating pain as an excuse for very long!

PIXILICIOUS posted a blog in which she said she is setting a short term goal for the first day of spring (72 days). Spring is our favorite season, so she has inspired me to think about a goal for that day as well. Thinking...

  
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ULEWIJ 1/9/2013 7:06PM

    Sounds good!

I have a lot of family visiting starting on June 21, and I want to show them all that SF has to offer.... which includes GIANTS!...great restaurants, great wine up in Sonoma and great small concerts....and that all leads to weight gain for me.
So I need to get the weight down as close to my goal before then. If I can lose 30lbs, I won't feel so bad gaining the 5 lbs that I"m sure will happen when they are here!

What is RICE?

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_LINDA 1/8/2013 12:33AM

    There is the key right there -keeping a tight rein on the food when you are unable to exercise! Sorry you are having such trouble with your back :( That is what prevents me from sleeping is waking up in pain -I finally see my surgeon tomorrow.
Oh, I so can't wait for spring to show up!! Setting a goal for it would be a great idea -motivation to bring it home in style!
You can do this!
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RFJSJ50 1/7/2013 11:53PM

    I'm at the point where my main goal is to say goodbye to at least 1/2 pound per week, more would be great. I've finally accepted the fact that I'm in this for the rest of my life and don't want to set my goals to an unreachable spot.
I hope your back improves soon.
Sheila

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CHRIS3874 1/7/2013 8:55PM

    Good luck I hope you feel better soon - I have had back spasms too. Not fun.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/7/2013 7:33PM

    Best of luck on both your short term goal and long term goal.

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CMRAND54 1/7/2013 6:53PM

    Great goal. A pound or two a week is certainly doable. The food tracker is so important. I've been lying to mine for too long.

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CATLADY52 1/7/2013 6:27PM

    That sounds like a very reasonable goal. Good luck. emoticon

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