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Rediscovering Me

Friday, November 12, 2010

As I begin to prepare for my last work day of the week, I see my work is never done. I am trying to be conscious and financially savvy as the holiday season approaches. It is so easy to get caught up doing the everyday stuff, "my old norm" so to speak. I am taking the steps outlined by by nutritionist and putting them into action. Faith without works is dead, so I am about the business of doing the work.

After hemming and hawing about what to do for Christmas, I decided to fly home again on Christmas morning. Surprisingly I got a better price on my ticket and it will be nonstop. I spend about four days with the family and I hope to make this Holiday season more special than last year. Losing a parent around the holidays is a little tougher and I want this one to be a time of celebration, not sad.

This is poodle time emoticon and I am trying to get to my happy place, but is hard with the $$$ keep adding up-shots, blood work for Habakkuk's dental surgery, food (Science Diet has gone up, new leash, new collars and it seems like the list is endless. Lets not forget boarding over both holidays. Lord help me. I keep saying they need jobs or I need to claim them on my income taxes.

I am beginning to do my recommended reading and on the advice of my nutritionist I visited my county library to check out the book called "Happy for No Reason". I am happy because instead of plopping down money to own a copy, I decided to borrow first to see if is worthy of putting in my personal library. It also puts me on a three week reading schedule since I have a tendency of starting books and not quite finishing them. I am going to work on creating a reading corner here in my apartment since I enjoy reading and think that is what has been missing from my life this past year emoticon

To here is to a nice long weekend ( I have Monday off to continue my Veteran Day celebration) and rediscovering me emoticon

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BZYBOYSMOM 11/13/2010 10:40AM

    You go girl!

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SERENEMOM71 11/13/2010 2:26AM

  I laughed when you commented on your "puppies" getting a job!
I've been saying that for years about our pets! We have always gotten our pets from shelters (except for our last Lab puppie) and they somehow have never been "free!" Our last kittens ended up having infections from their "surgeries" from sterilization, and Prince, our male kitten has some kind of genetic kidney disease that is not curable! However, so far, he is doing OK, after much expensive testing! I love him way to much to "return him!"
Anyway, that is extra on top of their normal upkeep! I feed the (now) cats Science Diet and my Lab Pro Plan, although he prefers the cat food and people food! LOL

My husband and I are intent on eating healthy (which is very expensive) and losing weight. He is on a low sodium, counted carbohydrate (diabetic), low sugar, lean protein, low & "good" fat, lots of fish and chicken, little red meat (except lean, good cuts), lots of fresh fruits & veggies (or flash frozen) & whole grain complex carbohydrates, @ least 8 cups of water a day, lean dairy products, the needed vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other recommended nutrients, and fresh herbs & spices. I am so glad that you are reading about nutrition! There is so much to learn! I hope that you take your nutritionist's recommendations and continue to read and learn! Good for you!:)
Love, your sister in Christ,
Amy emoticon emoticon emoticon
Standing on the Promises of God!

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WILDDUCES234 11/12/2010 2:25PM

    GL on the journy...s
what did your nutritionist suggest to you? emoticon

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Proudly served

Thursday, November 11, 2010

emoticonBeing a Veteran today has a bit more significance for me than years gone past. I am proud to claim the title of United States Marine. My group at work could not believe that I was a Marine at one time. I told them I am may be not as lean, but I am still green and mean emoticon

I could go down memory lane and do the should of, would of and could of's. I don't think that is productive thinking on my behalf. I could have been retired by now, I could be living in an exotic locale, I should have married a great guy I once dated while on active duty and the list goes on and on. I believe everything in life happens for a reason and God is guiding my footsteps wherever I go. This is one of the few pictures I was able to salvage after my disastrous divorce. I think the year was 1987 and my Mom flew down to Virginia to watch me participate in the cake ceremony for the Marine Corps birthday ball. At the last minute, I suggested we take a picture together and here it is. Like I said before, I may not be as lean as I once was,but I am getting there as I continue my journey of getting to happy emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSE23 11/12/2010 12:42AM

    Thank you for your service to our country. A very Happy Veterans Day to YOU! emoticon emoticon

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TURTLETALK 11/11/2010 9:39PM

    Thank you for your service to our country. Speaking as a mother of two veterans, seeing your child in uniform is one of the proudest moments of a mothers life. I can see from the picture that your mother was, and I hope still is, a very proud mother.

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INSPIRE12 11/11/2010 8:47PM

    we could never say it enough thank you for serving our country.only those who are truly special can do this.happy vetrans day.

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MS_SWEETHEART 11/11/2010 2:54PM

    Thank-you for serving our country, and Happy Veterans Day to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy 235th!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

emoticonHappy 235th Birthday United States Marine Corps emoticon

Being a Veteran, I am proud to have served and wish all of other fellow Veteran Marines Happy Birthday emoticon

We look good for being over 200 years! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/10/2010 8:35PM

    And thank you for your service, and happy Veteran's day tomorrow.

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LINTPICKER 11/10/2010 3:18PM

    very cool! Thanks for serving us all! emoticon

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Getting that sunshine

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I had to brilliant idea to walk my dogs as I got my cardio and vitamin D in for today before leaving for work. Although they enjoyed sniffing in new areas, I discovered that Hezakiah's leash finally gave out after having it for eight years and Habakkuk discovered what tree sap smells and taste like, hence I had to clean off her little mouth from all that sticky stuff. But I am making my effort to do outdoor walking and get as much sunshine as I can emoticon

Some wonderful fellow Sparkers gave me some great ideas and tips on lowering my cholesterol. My new book to my nutrition library will be delivered tomorrow, "Eat This, Not That". I am determined when I meet with my primary care doctor next week to be armed with knowledge and I boldly declare war on my obesity. I am giving my Dad my menu preferences for Thanksgiving, plan on loading up on veggies and some low sugar fruits for desert

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KNH771 11/9/2010 4:07PM

    You know, black women sometimes have lower Vitamin D just because of all the melanin in the skin blocking absorption. You might talk to your PCP about doing a vitamin D infusion. It sounds painful, but it's cheap and painless. The doc prescribes a megadose of vitamin D - usually one small pill a week for four weeks. Sometimes that's all you need to get your levels up. Then it's easier to maintain the levels.

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INSPIRE12 11/9/2010 3:55PM

    kelly i love that book.althought I am still struggling with eating I am doing better.Keep up thegreat work.

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FERGSGIRL2 11/9/2010 2:36PM

    I am so proud of you Kelly, and you are always encouraging to me!! thank you for sharing! YOU really can get that cholesterol under control and I truly believe that Omega 3 capsules help! My last blood work was a sign of that! Keep up the good work; you are well on your way!

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CBARRETT10 11/9/2010 1:40PM

  Well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 11/9/2010 1:23PM

    emoticon emoticon Looking Good Lady...

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PLAYBLUES22 11/9/2010 1:21PM

    Sweetie, sounds like you have everything under control emoticon

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Needing more sunshine

Monday, November 08, 2010

Got a wake up call from my primary care physician this morning. Nobody likes it when the doctor comes calling, but I was expecting some feedback from my annual exams I had last week. Sure enough my cholesterol is up and I am lacking again in Vitamin D. I need more sunshine emoticon The cholesterol part bothers me, because I have always had high numbers, so once again it points to my diet. I think eating a high protein diet as I have been on the past eight weeks plays a heavy role. I blew the dust off my books, Eat to Live and Hallelujah Acres off and I am in the process of reviewing them. I faked myself out by saying going on a totally plant based diet is not for me, that it is too hard. Well the proof is in my lab result numbers and I again need to make another change. The protein shakes work well for me due to nature of my job, they taste good, easy to transport and get into my system for my quick late night lunch hour. Now I have to tighten up what I eat for my meals. I slacked off this week, now it is time for me to get my rear in gear again, so to speak emoticon

I will meet with my doctor next week to go over the results, but in the meantime I am doing some serious menu revisions until I sit down and talk with nutritionist later this week. Bring on the broccoli emoticonthe spinach emoticonsome low sugar fruits (something I have been missing since September) emoticonand the healthy grains.

I picked up some more workout pants to layer up so I can go walking outside in my neighborhood. It is free, it is a bit hilly so I can really give my glutes and quads some attention. emoticonIt is also a way to get that much needed vitamin D emoticon

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CURVYCC 11/10/2010 6:12AM

    Back to basics for us Kelly. We must eat those veggies and beans that we grew up on. Momma knew what was best for us. We just have to cook them the healthy way (no hamhocks, neckbones, and saltpork; use turkey, veggie or chicken stock with reduced sodium content). We can do this!

Play outside while the sun is up! Take a walk and explore the neighborhood as the colors and the seasons change. We know what to do, we just have to do it!

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5FRUITSNVEGGIES 11/9/2010 12:02PM

    oh so excited for you!...i can't do anything 100% this or that, but moderation has worked sooooo well for me....

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BEVPRESLEY 11/8/2010 11:19PM

    Sounds like a walk in the sunshine is just what you need. emoticon

I love "Eat This, Not That", it has some great suggestions.

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KNH771 11/8/2010 12:41PM

    It is possible to have a high protein diet without having a high cholesterol diet. You can try increasing lean proteins such as legumes. Watching macronutrients is just as important as watching calories. (And some cholesterol stuff is genetic - doesn't matter what you eat). Hopefully you'll figure out some balance. Good luck!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/8/2010 11:53AM

    You don't have to go completely plant based. I brought my cholesterol and triglycerides under control with simple balanced portion control. Heavy on the veggies and a salad besides; no white bread (you have to make those carbs count) and the book that helped me the most was "Eat This Not That". But I don't remember who wrote it.

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