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Be the best you, everyday!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Okay.....you are about to find out another thing about me. As much as I hate to admit it.......because it makes me feel old.......I like talk radio. I know....I can hear your gasps.......talk radio...eek! In my younger days I wouldn't have dreamed of listening to talk radio. But now I find it very entertaining and relaxing. I have a 30 minute commute each day and it really helps to unwind me.



So now that I have made that confession.....I was listening to a program last week called "Angels on Call". The host, "Mary" is a funny Italian catholic and she is what she calls a psychic intuitive. I get a kick out of the callers' issues and her responses to them. I especially enjoy when she calls people "Chiuauas" That is her term for people who dwell and dwell on an issue. Cracks me up!



Anyway....I hate when I start babbling.....Mary was talking to a lady, who was not happy because she had gained weight and her husband was nagging her about it. Mary asked her if she was trying to lose the weight and she replied that she was. Mary asked her if she was doing it for her or for her husband, because if she wasn't doing it for herself it wouldn't work. She implied that she was doing it for her.

Mary then told her that her husband just wants his girlfriend back. The girl was quiet because she thought the intuitive was telling her that her husband had a girlfriend! Mary went on to explain that he misses the girl she was.

Before you start thinking that this conversation was getting shallow...Mary elaborated. Here is what I got out of it....my interpretation:

You may not be where you were.
You may not be where you are going to be.
But you should always be the best you... everyday.




How many times have you gotten up and threw on sweats because it doesn't matter?

Have you stopped wearing makeup because you don't have to look good anyway?

Do you throw your hair in a ponytail or not fix it because no one is looking at you anyway?

Think about when you were at your best......how did you dress? look? act? Is your current situation defeating you?

Mary's advise to this lady.......and what I took for me......was if you make an effort to be the best you everyday......the rest will come. Take pride in you again.....do it for you......love you.......the rest will come. Only you can make it happen.




Just think about it.......


Hugs,

Keri



  
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SLIMMERJESSE 6/15/2010 5:38PM

    Sounds like an interesting talk show. Hope you're having a good day.

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MEESHADACATDIVA 6/14/2010 6:51PM

    Yes I think we are all guilty of that one

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JFROGDIVA 6/12/2010 1:53PM

    Keri ~ THANK YOU for this blog!!!! I needed to hear this!!!! I am afraid that I am guilty of being lazy!!!! It is just too much work to fix myself up!!!! Now on Sundays I DO fix up....for Church, other people!! I need to start doing this for ME!!!! I LOVE your blogs!!!!
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LUCKYDUCK2 6/9/2010 3:04AM

    Oh, have I missed your blogs and YOU! I needed to read this today...every word hit home. Thank you so much dear friend.

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AMBERROGUE 6/8/2010 10:01AM

    My DH listens to talk radio, but it's the politcal kind, so when we're in the car together, it stays OFF that station! LOL

It sounds like Mary knows what she's talking about. Thanks for sharing!!

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ID_VANDAL 6/8/2010 8:04AM

    Keri, there is certainly a lot to take away from this blog. I wish I could get that radio station because I love good radio talk shows (not the screaming left and right wingers) but good intelligent ones like the one you described.

I really like all of your blog but what hit me was to "take pride in yourself." Very good advice - it seems like life just beats on us and people are always pointing out errors or telling you how they would do it or how it should be done until you stop caring in some cases.

Thanks for the great reminder!!

Vandal

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NANCY- 6/8/2010 6:54AM

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On the weekends I love listening to NPR while I walk, so you are not alone.

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DEEGIRL50 6/8/2010 6:00AM

    My friend's daughter is always being asked "are you engaged yet?" My friend asked "Why is everyone in such a hurry to be married when the courtship is so much fun." I've been thinking a lot about that lately... did I take better care of myself when I was trying to woo my man? When did I begin to care so little about my appearance?

Kerri... your blogs always set my mind to thinking!
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MOMFAN 6/8/2010 12:24AM

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MSLZZY 6/7/2010 11:17PM

    emoticonAwesome blog and so very positive! That's the kind of talk radio to listen to every day.

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FORMYDARLINGS 6/7/2010 8:33PM

    Thanks Keri. After a day with grungy hair and still in my jammies, I needed to be told that I can be my best if I do my best. Tomorrow will be different.

Gini

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LOZUKE 6/7/2010 7:21PM

    Keri,
I love your blog ! I sure thought about it myself! When I was working I always made sure my hair and makeup was looking decent. I was never one to wear a lot of makeup, but I made sure I looked nice. I am on disability now and I stay home and watch my Grandson and before that my Granddaughter. I am in a rut! I have to start caring about me again. Why I looked at your Page I don't know, but I am glad I did! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/7/2010 7:19PM

    Amen! Excellent and I agree whole-heartedly!

Hugs! Beverly

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Short, short....

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Back from a great holiday weekend. We had an excellent time camping....and I have the mosquito bites to prove it!!!




Work seems a little weird today. It's like something is going on but no one is telling me what it is. I hate when that happens. Maybe it's just my imagination.....at least I hope so.



I watched my grand daughter Aubrey yesterday. She is such a hoot! She is such a sweetie. She had to teach me about Strawberry Shortcake. It was so funny. She is staying over with me tonight. We are going to make scrapbook pages for her new brother, who will make his entrance next month. I had a baby shower for Kim a couple of weeks ago and that is what we did. I bought "Noah" a scrapbook of Noah's ark and I had the guests make pages for it. Aubrey wasn't able to be there so we are making our addition to the book tonight. I can't wait to see what she comes up with. I am picturing a big sister page.



Could be interesting. Here is a picture of the diaper cake I made. That was a first....but very easy and very fun.



Have a great week!

Hugs,


Keri

  
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DEEGIRL50 6/4/2010 2:02AM

    I love your diaper cake. Is Jae sitting on your cake (froggie)?
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I thought we were being attacked my Honey Bees! I'm glad they were only mosquitoes!!
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ID_VANDAL 6/3/2010 4:24PM

    What a great night you must have had. I hope you post the results of the "big sister" page. Great idea - I wish I had just 10% of creative juices!!

I hear you with that work thing. Hopefully it's just that you've been away.

Keep blogging - your blogs are so much fun to read!

Vandal

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AMBERROGUE 6/3/2010 12:14PM

    I love your creativity!! Sounds like you had loads of fun with Aubrey. I hope we can see what her scrapbook page looks like!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/3/2010 10:44AM

    Very cool "cake" - and non-fattening! Have a fun day with that sweet little granddaughter.

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NANCY- 6/3/2010 8:12AM

    Ah a new weight loss tactic... itching mosquito bites.
Kids are wonderful aren't they.
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JDYJMM2000 6/3/2010 12:32AM

  Love the cake. Glad you enjoyed your weekend....

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MOMFAN 6/3/2010 12:00AM

    Love it!

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POSITIVELY_EB 6/2/2010 6:38PM

    Keri, that's adorable! You are so creative!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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MEESHADACATDIVA 6/2/2010 5:32PM

    Love the cake, hope the work paranoia is just that and not something you didnt get to here I know that feeling tho

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MSLZZY 6/2/2010 5:30PM

    Cute diaper cake! And I hope you left all those mosquitoes right where you found them (or they found you)! I've had enough bites myself and it isn't even summer yet.
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MEGANC1988 6/2/2010 5:29PM

    I hate that weird paranoia when you've been away from work for a while. Don't worry, it'll get back to normal soon enough!

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SUNNY1432 6/2/2010 5:14PM

    I love the Diaper Cake!! What a great and functional idea, plus no unnecessary calories taken in. emoticon
Have fun with your granddaughter and I'm glad you had an enjoyable camping weekend, except for the mosquitos.
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Get that Monkey OFF my back!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010



I had to get the monkey off my back for awhile!

Sometimes it feels like we put a lot of pressure on ourselves during our weight loss journey. Track your food, drink your water and track it, track your exercise....you know what I'm talking about.

Sometimes you just have to take a break from it. I'm not saying "Ditch the diet!" I'm saying, "Take the pressure off."

I recently took my weight loss chart off of my sparkpage. It was a depressing reminder of how terrible the last few weeks have been. I haven't been tracking my food intake either. But I'm not bananas........



I have to tell you......I have been eating right, drinking lots of water and walking.....making it a lifestyle instead of a chore. It is working....the scale is moving downward. Now does this mean I'm not going to track anymore.....heavens no! I know this will not help me stay the course but it is putting my mind in a different place.....focusing on the lifestyle I want to maintain with a healthy body and ignoring the "diet" concept for awhile.

It makes sense for me....and is working for me. I know I will be back to tracking but for now......my mind is living in the future....with a healthy frame of mind. I still have my issues and I will be seeing a doctor in two weeks so until then.....I'm gonna be swinging in the trees instead of so tied to my computer!



Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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LOVEZ2SEW 5/31/2010 5:12PM

  Keri,

GREAT blog and you're right sometimes all the "tracking" becomes a chore and then we don't want to do it. I stopped tracking so much on here and also removed myself from some groups only because the it was like "tooooo much information to filter through" if that makes sense.

Glad you have found something that works for you and if that means not tracking on here and such, so be it. I have taken to pen and paper and a planner on my desk. I find that I tend to jot things down a bit better (doesn't mean I hit everything) but like you I'm doing much better than I was before, slow but sure.

My Dr. is happy, I'm happier and I don't feel so overwhelmed.

Always great to read one of your blogs!

Take care,
Martha

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JFROGDIVA 5/29/2010 11:31PM

    Keri ~ Your humor always brightens my day!!!! LOVE the attitude!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae

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NANCY- 5/29/2010 10:44AM

    What a wonderful attitude.
My SP break was forced upon me..PC issues.
Every now and then we need a change of pace. I realized it was time to fine tune what I have been doing.

I hope this doesn't mean you will not be blogging????

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/28/2010 4:32PM

    Saprk breaks are common Keri. Enjoy the great outdoor's and you know what to do. I am happy that the scale is moving down for you. Don't forget to come home!

Gini

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ANGELONAWING 5/28/2010 12:21AM

    High five to you! I saw this blog on a friends page,,,,, and I totally agree with you!
I haven't been faithful in tracking either.... I am doing my best in eating healthy but I also want to be FUDGE a little too... I want to LIVE in a way where I am not having to track. My MOM lost weight by just eating half of what she normally ate and it worked for her... so that is what I am now going to try. Exercise is a huge key factor that I know works.

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DEEGIRL50 5/27/2010 11:48PM

    Is there room on that swing for two?

Remember being a child and being too busy playing to even think about food? I'd like to get back to not focusing on food and eating only when I'm hungry.

Another great blog Keri!!
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POSITIVELY_EB 5/27/2010 11:24PM

    Great blog, Keri! I think we all need to take a break occassionally. It's good for the soul!

Hugs! Beverly

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MEESHADACATDIVA 5/27/2010 9:29PM

    I do understand the need to take a break from all the self induced pressure I do it myself from time to time but I try not to do it for too long because I always end up living in denial . Good luck with you doctors visit

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SUNNY1432 5/27/2010 9:14PM

    I understand exactly how you feel! I'm glad that things are going so well and that you feel less pressured. Keep up the good work and you will continue to move in the right direction! emoticon
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    Love it... It has emoticon.

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KELLYC_14FAN 5/27/2010 7:21PM

    I try to track my foods, but honestly it is just easier for me to track my calories on my dry erase board on my fridge. I have very little patience and sometimes I just don't want to spend 20 minutes entering all my food into the tracker when I can just add it in my head and put it on my fridge board in 10 seconds.

I think we all need a "break" once in a while. It sounds like you are doing all the right things! Way to go!

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LVNG4ME 5/27/2010 6:23PM

    It is very time consuming to track everything. I have told myself many times that it is to easy to spend way to much time online. You have to make yourself get up and move. I totally understand where your coming from. One of these days I'll get brave enough to leave the tracking behind. I just haven't found the courage yet. I,m glad you have and that it's working for you. Way to go, and keep up the good work.

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MSLZZY 5/27/2010 5:56PM

    Sometimes we do need a "break" from the craziness. It is healthy so as long as you are mindful of what you are doing and eating, tracking daily just got to be a chore. You'll come back to it and be just fine! emoticon

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There is always a way.....

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I have been struggling with my feet lately.....I would break up with them but they seem very attached to me. Go figure. But, we haven't been getting along.





You see, they have been very selfish. They don't want to go for walks or do any exercise. They are always whining about the pain they are in. Big Babies!



I decided I was going to have to be sneaky if I wanted to get some workouts in when "they" were in pain...which has been a lot lately.

I found a workout video called "Jody Stolove's Chair dancing". I was surprised by what a great workout it was without straining the feet. And it was fun! Let me tell you....those feet didn't know what hit them. The DVD did a great job talking about your heart rate and where it should be at every step of the video and included a warm up and cool down. I thought it was a great workout for my arms and legs. I had some muscle aches where I didn't know I had muscles.



It won't replace a good walk in the sunshine, but now those darn feet can't put a stop to my fitness efforts!



Have a great day!

Hugs,

Keri

  
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HALLALUYAH 5/24/2010 9:19PM

    You said it!!! No weapon formed against you shall prosper...Goodnight and God bless, Luyah emoticon

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BUDDY_LOVE 5/22/2010 9:11AM

    That's great Keri! I'll have to look around online & see if I can find a video like that. I too have feet issues. I have arthritis in them & I won't even begin to go into the troubles having flat feet give me.

thanks for the heads up...I never would have thought about something like that!

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MOMFAN 5/21/2010 1:59PM

    WooHoo for you Keri, finding an alternative on those days!

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JFROGDIVA 5/17/2010 5:56PM

    Keri....you always make me laugh!!!! Thanks!!!!
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MEESHADACATDIVA 5/16/2010 11:50PM

    LOL YOu are determined thats the important part

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ID_VANDAL 5/16/2010 9:07AM

    A big WAY TO GO!! for you Keri. That's a great option for people who have trouble with their feet, legs or maybe otherwise just can't get out to walk!

As usual you blogs are so alive with feeling and the pictures are perfect to drive home your point!

I love the way to do these things and "keep dancing!!

Vandal

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LESSOFJEN 5/14/2010 1:03PM

    wow that sounds like fun...I will have to give that a try!

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SUNNY1432 5/13/2010 11:05PM

    That actually looks and sounds like a really fun workout! emoticon
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DEEGIRL50 5/13/2010 7:45PM

    If you don't have a dance partner -- grab a mop!
If your feet ache -- grab a chair!
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I love your blogs!! Keep them coming!!

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GODSCLAY47 5/13/2010 7:04PM

    alright!! You sure showed those feet who was boss!! Great job!!!!

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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 2:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Take good care of those feet!

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AMBERROGUE 5/13/2010 1:14PM

    chair dancing is so much fun!! Good for you!

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NEWYEARME 5/13/2010 12:50PM

    Good for you!!! Where there's a will, there's a way!!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sounds like fun....I'll have to be on the lookout for that one!!!

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Happily Ever After

Sunday, May 09, 2010



Happily Ever After....the classic last line in fairy tales. That's what I want printed on my tombstone....."she lived happily ever after." So who lives happily ever after?



So let's see.........what do we have to do?


Hmmm......kiss a frog? Ummmm.....I don't think so.



I know.....clean fireplaces for my evil step mother and sisters! ......oops...I don't have a stepmother or step sisters....so that's out.



How about.....prick my finger on a spinning wheel and sleep a really long time!! Tempting but I don't want to miss anything!



I believe that ....happily ever after.....can be achieved in quite a normal way.
Let's break it down:

1. Have a great person by your side. Yep! Check! I have a great hubby.

2. Have great friends and family around you. Yep! Check again!

3. Have your needs met. Yep......not as good as some...much better than others. Check!

4. Be healthy........hmm.....not quite there but working on it.

5. Be happy. Not completely but darn close. See # 4.

So it is possible. So if I'm going to achieve my "happily ever after".......I've got some work to do. I'm up for it too.



What's your happily ever after?

Hugs,

Keri

  
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DEEGIRL50 5/10/2010 11:19PM

    I emoticon your blogs.

My happily ever after would be to try to do everything on my bucket list. (First I need to write the list though.)
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JFROGDIVA 5/10/2010 4:34PM

    GREAT blog!!!! Makes me think!!!! THANKS!!!!
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ID_VANDAL 5/10/2010 12:48PM

    Good blog, makes you stop and think. I'll bet in most cases we don't really appreciate all of the good things we do have in our life. We tend to focus on the bad or compare to others.

I think my list would be pretty much like yours but I'll reflect on that for awhile.

Keep up these great blogs Keri!

Vandal

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JOY1972 5/10/2010 11:26AM

    Very creative. Thanks.
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AMBERROGUE 5/10/2010 9:53AM

    Loved this!!

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ELLENIRENE 5/10/2010 6:07AM

    great goals
mine are to be healthy and keep on living-I'm not ready to check out yet

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DAISY443 5/10/2010 5:14AM

    Alway striving for happily ever after, some days reach it, some days still striving! Thanks for the great blog!

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POSITIVELY_EB 5/9/2010 11:48PM

    Awesome! That is right on!

Hugs! Beverly

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VICIOUS421 5/9/2010 11:47PM

    Great Blog!!!!

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MSLZZY 5/9/2010 11:43PM

    Be rich and famous? Not! LOL! Great blog! emoticon

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LOOSEINGIT 5/9/2010 11:41PM

    I like your Happy Ever After goals.



My Happy Ever After..
Healthy, happy, friends and family.
Always to remember God is in control.

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MEESHADACATDIVA 5/9/2010 11:30PM

    Wish I knew but glad you have found yours

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