Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, to forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!
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Thursday, July 11, 2013
I have been a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) now for 13 1/2 years, most of that I have been a KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) and this year would have been my 10th consecutive year. In TOPS, once you reach your goal, you have what is called a leeway, which is 7 pounds below goal and 3 pounds above. Tuesday morning I weighed in on my scale and was 146.8, my goal weight is 145, so I was sure that I was back in leeway, even though I knew that the TOPS scale weighs me about a pound heavier, I still should have been safe. WRONG! When I stepped on the scale Tuesday evening it kept teetering between 148 and 148.25. The weight recorder wrote down the higher weight and I said no, I can't be, I'll lose KOPS. So she changed it to the lower weight. Well one of the other officers heard this but didn't say anything right away. She used to be a KOPS too and lost her status a while ago. She told another officer, who in turn told our leader, who then came to me and asked me to re-weigh. I should have said no because I'd already eaten a snack and changed clothes but I obliged and weighed again, out of leeway.
Now you can probably imagine how upset and mad I was but it doesn't stop there. After roll call, another member spoke up and said that she didn't think it was right for me to have had to weigh in again and lose my status over a quarter pound. Several other members agreed. That's when this vindictive person said, and I quote "I was a KOPS for 8 years and I lost my status, whoopee. What's it matter". I lost it!! I grabbed my things and started to walk out but turned around crying and said "you know, I have given a lot of years to this chapter. I've been an officer for many years and it DOES matter!! I'M DONE" And with that I walked out.
I cried all the way home, I cried on my husband's shoulder, I cried myself to sleep, what little sleep I got, and when I woke up, I cried some more. I was still crying some yesterday at work and it was hard to keep the tears back when I ran into our leader at Subway. We had a long talk. No one wants me to quit, except the person that said those hurtful and hateful words. I still don't know what I'm going to do but I may not go back for a week or two if I do decide to go back. I love TOPS and I love my chapter except this one person that thinks the world revolves around her.
Okay enough. Thanks for listening to my rant.
Monday, June 17, 2013
We're back!! We left for my 35th high school reunion and vacation around 1am on June 5th from PA and made it as far as Kingsland, GA before stopping for the night. We continued to Fort Pierce, FL. on the 6th where my reunion was. We stopped for lunch at a Steak and Shake and seated near us was one of my classmates. I couldn't believe it. We went out to dinner that night and found out that his mom went to school with my birth mom. Small world.
The next day, Friday, was registration then what was supposed to be Friday Fest downtown. Because of the threat of t-storms, they cancelled it so we all went to a bar/restraint which was very crowded, so we walked down the street to a different one. It was very noisy and expensive but we made the most of it.
Saturday we met at a park for a catered picnic. It didn't take me long to kick off my shoes and head for the water to stick my feet in. Loved it! Saturday night was the banquet. Very nice!! I danced almost every dance and had so much fun. They had an early bird drawing and I won a nice throw blanket with my school name and 35th reunion on it.
Sunday we all met for breakfast then went to church. After that we had to say our goodbyes. It was hard but there are already plans to do a 40th so I'm going to try to go. We stayed at the hotel that night yet then traveled to the keys on Monday.
Tuesday we stayed most of the day in Key West. Took a glass-bottom boat ride. It cost $40 each but was worth it, it lasted 2 hours. They take you out to the coral reefs. Did you know that coral is a living thing? I did but DH did not and I'm betting many of you didn't know it either.
Wednesday we traveled across the everglades and took an airboat ride and a tram ride. Saw a few alligators, we found out it's the wrong time of year for them to be out. Peak time is December through March. We also saw many different birds. We then had some lunch and while there, it started to rain, so we started to make our way back north to where my oldest son and family lives. We found a place to stay and went to eat supper.
Thursday we spent with DS and family. It was good to catch up and see the grandchildren. We went out to eat that night and he picked up the tab.
Friday we started for home and stopped at a flea market to look around. Found a few items then made our way farther north. Stopped for the night just into South Carolina. We left before 4:30am Saturday morning with the intentions of stopping at whatever we saw interesting but at mile 17, traffic came to a stop. We were at an exit so we got off and found a place for breakfast and filled the car with gas. By the time we did that, traffic was moving again. I drove and we stopped at a discount outlet in North Carolina. Found a few things again and traveled on. But when we got to Virginia, traffic was horrible. It would come to a standstill, then move, then another standstill, then move some more. It stayed like that till we got off of I-95 onto 17 then it was bottle-necked on 17. It took us another 1/2 hour to work our way out of that. After that it wasn't too bad.
We made it home about 7pm Saturday evening. God kept us safe and all in all we had a great trip. We are home for 3 days then we're off for camping starting Thursday through the weekend.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Did anyone watch the mini-series The Bible on the History channel over the last 5 Sundays? We did and it gave me greater insight to what Jesus went through so that we could be saved. What a cruel, cruel way to die. And the beating He took before He was ever nailed to the cross is just unimaginable. Such brutality. Made me sick to my stomach.
But the good news is that He LIVES!! And the stone was rolled away. He is here for us whenever we need Him. Amen!
Friday, December 14, 2012
I heard about the shooting this afternoon and am horrified at the details and pictures that are emerging. As a mother and grandmother, I cannot fathom what these families are going through. I just pray that God will take them in His arms and hold onto each of them.
I also pray for our Nation, for what it has become, and where it is going. I do not pretend to understand why people have so much hate in them that they have to take innocent lives. If you're going to take it out on someone, take it out on yourself, not innocent children and bystanders.
Just pray tonight and hold your dear ones a little closer. Amen!
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