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Hitching my wagon to a star : )

Friday, August 24, 2012

Found this on my desk this morning :
"Take Time"
Take time to work -
It is the price of success.
Take time to think -
It is the source of power.
Take time to play -
It is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to be friendly - (This sentence is circled, with a "TY")
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream -
It is hitching your wagon to a star. (love this line!)
Take time to love and be love -
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to look around -
The day is too short to be selfish.
Take time to laugh -
It is the music of the soul.
- Unknown

This week I have been in a seriously good mood, and it is easy to appreciate the wisdom found on this little card. It is easy to think positively. It is easy to appreciate myself and my life. It is easy to enjoy the journey and envision my goals. It is easy to dream big and let my heart soar!

Realistically, I know that I can expect all of those things to be harder when my mood is low because I am tired or stressed or whatever the case may be. Is there anyone willing to remind me to "take time" for all the good things when my eyes are fixed on the not-so-good?

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An amazing discovery . . .

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I love zucchini! I picked up some fresh zucchini from a farm stand because it seemed like the *right* thing to do. I like most vegetables, but I had never prepare fresh zucchini before. I like it well enough as part of a frozen vegetable mix, but I didn't expect to enjoy it this much. Now I have fixed it roasted with some "Mrs. Dash" and a touch of Parmesan cheese! Yummy!! and I have simmered some with fresh tomatoes - also a treat!

Now if only I can find myself a fruit to get this excited about. . .

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TEALHAWK 8/31/2012 11:28PM

  a favorite squash for me is Buttercup and butternut. My oldest daughter just made us some zucchini bread tonight

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HONDABLONDE 8/23/2012 2:50PM

    Zucchini -- great with all kinds of things. And spaghetti squash too,

Veg are soooooo good!

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AJWALKLEY 8/23/2012 2:30PM

    That's the best! Have you tried spaghetti squash? Also delicious and super low-cal!

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Wisdom from my Peanuts Calendar

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today's Comic Strip:

[Snoopy's thoughts in case you can't read them: frame 1 "That little bug lives in a world all his own. . ." frame 2 "He doesn't know anything about atmospheric testing, strikes, farm problems, medical care, education or income tax. . ." frame 3 "All he has to worry about is eating and getting stepped on." frame 4 "That's the secret . . . reduce your worries to a minimum."]

Today I am finding it easy to follow this particular secret. . . my little world is pretty peaceful today. Of course, I am aware that there is a bigger world out there, with problems galore, but today that doesn't affect my peace. Many people that I know have a much more difficult life than I do, particularly in my family! Some days I can borrow worries from all around me. What does this accomplish? It raises my blood pressure and does nothing to alleviate the suffering of the friends and family that I love but feel powerless to help.

In my life I know that my attitude makes all the difference! There are many situations that I can not change, or experiences that I must endure. I am less stressed when I go into whatever it is with a positive attitude and a willingness to do my part and give my all. . . and with full awareness of the LIMITS that I WILL NOT CROSS!

[frame 1 - Charlie Brown: "Look Sally, you're going to have to go to school so you might as well get used to the idea!" frame 2 - Sally: "I guess you're right . . . I'll just have to make the best of it . . " frame 3 - Sally: "I'll go to kindergarten, and I'll study and I'll play all their games, and I'll try to get along with everyone. . ." frame 4 - Sally: "BUT I WON'T LEARN LATIN!!"]


Happy Tuesday : )

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today started with a small victory - I hit the snooze button but still managed to get myself out of bed before the alarm went off the second time. I have gotten into the bad habit of hitting the snooze 2-3 times, so this was definitely a noteworthy accomplishment for me today.

For a week now, I have been down to 2 cups of coffee-- also a victory in my book : )

Another positive - in the midst of a wild day, where no part of my day was as usually scheduled, I met my fitness minutes goal and I managed to stay within my total calorie goals for today. Unfortunately the distribution of calories was way to heavy on the fats, so I will do better with that tomorrow.

And I am fully prepared to meet my goal of getting to bed on time, so this is Good Night!!

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KRISTIN9924 8/21/2012 10:33PM

    emoticon I tend to hit my snooze button 2 or 3 times most mornings too.

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XHENA16 8/21/2012 10:25PM

  Excellent work - lots of victories! emoticon

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Finding the right place to focus - tomorrow will be better!

Monday, August 20, 2012

After a good three weeks of staying within my calorie goals, I have gone over three times in the last week. A few days ago it was an over-abundance of yummy foods within arm's reach that tempted me beyond my powers to resist. That day was altogether good but exhausting , so I willingly allowed myself to splurge, knowing that I had been doing well and that I could start fresh again the next day. The unfortunate, though not unusual I suppose, side-effect of my splurging is that my food cravings have kicked back into high gear. For a couple of days I was able to fight the cravings pretty valiantly, but yesterday I was tired and served myself my "old" portion sizes - way overboard! - without really thinking about what I was doing. My stomach is still able to fit all that food comfortably, so I didn't even really notice how poorly I had done until I did my afternoon/evening nutrition tracking at the end of the day. I was actually rather surprised when I thought back to my meal/snack portions and realized how large they were, and how unaware I was of it! But it was the end of the day and I was tired, so instead of taking the time and mental energy to think about my behavior and my motivations, I just went to bed!

Today I woke up in a terrible mood - didn't even want to get out of bed! Weighed myself this morning and I was a pound heavier than the week before. Discouraged, annoyed with myself, and voraciously hungry (for comfort I think) I supplemented my planned healthy snacks with the junk food that is always available in the breakroom.

What is my strategy for tomorrow? I need to focus myself on something good! I may not like the fact that i gained a pound this week, but obviously I put the food in my mouth, and thought that I was deriving some pleasure from it at the time. I am tempted to be upset with myself over this, but that will not gain me anything (except more pounds if I stay in this cycle!) so I need to let it go. It is in the past, and I can move forward.

I want to be healthy and live well. I am willing to put in the effort to make this happen. I have seen some of the fruits of my efforts in my ability to manage hills and stairs much better than I was a month ago. I know that I feel better when I am active and eat well. A pound gained can be lost again, and it will be!

Tomorrow is a new day, and I will treat it as such, I leave the disappointments of today behind. I have every intention of meeting my nutrition and fitness goals tomorrow. And I have the expectation that I will be satisfied with my day when it is over!

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DIANER2014 8/20/2012 10:47PM


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STUDLEEJOE 8/20/2012 10:47PM

    emoticon Focus on the positive.

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