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Grand Canyon Trip...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I did want to share some photos from our 5300 mile car trip from Virginia to the Grand Canyon and back. We went to Dallas/Ft. Worth first for a family wedding and I got to see my Dad who is doing well at 95! Then we went to El Paso, up to Phoenix where we visited friends we had not seen in 30 years! Then we went to Sedona - one of the most beautiful places in the US! Then up to Grand Canyon (South Rim). From there to the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and then Albequerque where I got to see my college girlfriend who I had not seen in over 40 years! Then on home to VA. So here are some photos! This trip was on my bucket list so I guess I can scratch that one off the list.

My Dad and My Neice's baby at the wedding

my husband and John & Norma in Phoenix

In Phoenix Area - the Saguaro Cactus that I just love

Me in Sedona AZ

Sedona Sunset

Red Rocks of Sedona

Cactus at our Hotel in Sedona

Fred & Me at Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

My Friend June & Me in Albequerque

This is probably TMI, but this trip and the photos are so meaningful to me that I just had to share them. Some of you may live near these places. The highlights for me were the folks we were able to visit with after so many years. Email just doesn't cut it sometimes. We will be seeing them again someday. So this trip was a blessing for both of us.

Later,
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CALLIECURTIS5 8/7/2014 9:49AM

    FANTASTIC pictures! I am making hotel reservations to hike in Sedona in November. I have always wanted to hike it but always seems to hot when I thin about it. emoticon for sharing.

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IDICEM 8/2/2014 3:10PM

  What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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MARILYNROBERT 8/2/2014 2:27PM

    Great pictures...all of them. So happy you were able to make this trip and see people you love. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/2/2014 1:48PM

    I loved them! It brought back fond memories. I have been to many of the places you mentioned!! You had a lovely trip!

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PATTYGIVENS 8/2/2014 12:57PM

  WOW Thanks for sharing . The pictures are beautiful.Many beauitful places to go looks like you were able to see some of them.God Bless

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A Little Progress...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I just had to write about this because it is the first time i have gone down in weight since last fall! I LOST 2 LBS!!! I am so proud of myself. I promise not to get as excited about the next pounds lost, but this was such a change in direction I just had to share it. I didn't exercise a lot but I did get on the treadmill. I just changed the volume and type of food I ate. Well, onward and downward with the weight. Here's to more cardio today! Never give up!

Sheila
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CALLIECURTIS5 8/7/2014 9:51AM

    emoticon I KNOW you feel wonderful. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/2/2014 12:14PM

    Congratulations!! Good job!

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I'm Back on Spark People Again...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Well, I finally retired for the last time! I was finally was able to retire again! I needed to cover 2 mortgages for a while and had to return to work. I worked overnight at Walmart managing the stocking crew so my days and nights were upside down and over time I was not doing well at taking care of myself. So, that was then and this is now! Now I can take care of myself again and readjust my priorities to what I choose
1. Taking care of my health!
2. Taking care of my new grandson! This item I love! I spend 2 days a week babysitting him.
3. Taking time for my family and volunteering for my church.
4. I have an online business I enjoy very much.

So, it is hard to begin again with eating healthy as I have just begun. The only way I can do this is just to do today. I have set a goal of losing 2 lbs. per week. My goal date for the weight loss is October 6th. I don't think it will be easy at first, but hope to be consistent and hopefully I will regain my confidence to do it. It is hard to restart, but each day it should get a little easier. I know using the food and activity trackers worked wonders for me in the past so I am grateful for the use of these tools once again. Thank you Spark People. I also especially appreciated the encouragement from all of my Spark Friends as I received so much in the way of tips and encouragement from all of you. Thank you all for that! Here's to all of our journeys!

Oh BTW -- I just got back from accomplishing one of the items on my bucket list!!! We made a vacation trip to Texas, Arizona and Ta DaaaaaaHHHH!!! the Grand Canyon! It was awesome! Next blog, I will tell you all about our trip and post some photos!

All for now,

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/31/2014 8:31PM

    Hey!!! there you are!!! I posted on your page...I should have come here 1st and then my questions would have been answered. Hope to see you often. emoticon

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WHYNOTJ1 7/29/2014 8:33AM

    Welcome back. Now your number 1 job can be taking good care of you!

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GRANJERRY1 7/28/2014 8:49PM

    Way to go....good luck to you on your journey to br fit

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/27/2014 1:28PM

    Welcome back!!! I'm so glad you are back and able to concentrate on yourself again!! I hope you enjoy your retirement!

Your vacation sounded fantastic! I have not been to that area since I was in grade school! Look forward to the pictures!

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A Quick Hello

Friday, September 13, 2013

I have a minute before starting dinner -- the first one I've started in a long while. My DH is cooking these days for which I am grateful. Tonite I am making tilapia and a salad. I weigh the same 145 and I have decided that since my my old step tracker didn't turn up I will get another one per your advice. I just thought if I gave it some time it would show up -- but not so far.

Not much is new that I can share at the moment. Fred (DH) has been going to my son's house to help repair some things. I eat, sleep, work, sleep, work, sleep, eat, and work. I come home and eat a Greek yogurt for breakfast and go to bed. I get up at 5 or 6 pm and eat dinner, get ready and go to work again leaving at 8 pm and clocking in at 9 pm. At 3 am I eat lunch (always chicken salad with no bread and another Greek yogurt.) I drink Lipton tea n honey (15 calories) and that's my diet. I never stop moving for 10 - 11 hrs. To make things interesting every morning our store manager comes in 7 am to tell us he's not happy for all the things we didn't get done. We all push as hard as possible to get as much done as we can. It's really not too rewarding. I do like most of the crew a lot, and then of course, there are a few that need to go home and find something else to do.

I will have to adjust as much as possible to this pace. It is mental as well as physical stress, but I am pretty determined to hang in there for now. I think just one week at a time.

Gosh - this is so boring and mundane, but that is where I am at right now. I will just have to adjust to setting very small personal goals right now -- like ordering the new step tracker, and then give some thought to current situation.

Well, off to make dinner -- just wanted to let you all know I am thinking about you. Stay healthy and true to your goals.

Blessings to you and yours,
Sheila emoticon emoticon

  
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MARILYNROBERT 9/24/2013 3:46PM

    I'm so behind on things and decided to check for a blog from you and here one is, waiting for me! I'm late but still here finally. I think of you all the time and sending you high energy vibes because I know you need energy with your job. emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 9/18/2013 1:46AM

    Your job sounds a lot like my daughter's part-time job. After putting in 8 hours at her regular job, she then goes to her part-time job at McDonalds. She's been working two jobs for the past 5 years just to be able to make a living. Making minimum wages isn't a living wage for anybody!!!! Those types of jobs are super stressful without many rewards for all the hard work you do just to make the managers look good. emoticon

Maybe you'll be able to find something you like better that pays more of what you're really worth instead of what big corporations eeks out for their employees. I certainly hope so because "YOU are worth it!!! emoticon

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BARBFROMAZ 9/15/2013 4:28PM

    Hi Sheila, Callie makes a good point. I think your energy level may increase with more fuel too. Your postings are not boring at all, I find them interesting, hearing about your job and that manager who no doubt has his/her manager breathing down his/her neck also. I appreciate you taking precious time to write!

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Barb

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CASTIRONLADY 9/13/2013 11:24PM

    I know I feel lost without my fitbit. DH reports to me its location and sometimes runs it to me in tiny steps like mine. Like the lady says life is life is life. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/13/2013 8:10PM

    your job sounds terrible. I hope you can find something better. emoticon

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NSPIXIE 9/13/2013 8:07PM

    I thought I lost my fitbit today but found it - I took it off before a shower and left it in a spot I don't usually put it...

A DH who cooks and repairs things is worth his weight in gold!!

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CALLIECURTIS5 9/13/2013 7:55PM

    I am not an expert, Sheila...but maybe you are not eating enough to lose. Crazy as it seems...it can be true. I know you are working and moving ALOT and your body may be "hanging on" to all it can so it will have the energy to do what it needs to do to sustain you. emoticon and your update is not "mundane'...just another day in your life...but that`s life.

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Hey, Remember Me???

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Just wanted to stop by for a minute to say a big hello Tao those who may have been reading my blogs. I do miss all of my SparkPeople friends! My new job has so exhausted me and I don't know how long I will really last at it, but it is paying some bills right now that I needed to take care of...so will try to hang in there for a while.

As far as my health is concerned...I haven't been able to do cardio in several days, but for 10 hours every day I am bending and stretching like never before...does that count for anything...don't know. I lost my pedometer so don't know how far I walk...not good. But I am physically active for 10 hour stretches four days Lin a row and then I am so exhausted I sleep for two days and my sleep patterns are the opposite of my friends and relatives. No surprises there.

My new goal is to check in with you guys more and use this blog to stay connected. Hope you even remember me as so many of you are on my heart! I hope you each are well, getting healthier each day and taking good care of yourselves each day and making progress towards your hearts desires. Most importantly, draw close to The Lord and abide in Him. He is the real prize and the solution to all our issues!

Have a great & healthy day! Missing you all,
Sheila

  
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BARBFROMAZ 9/9/2013 7:41PM

    Sheila, I could never forget you! I applaud you for taking the steps necessary to improve finances, I know it can't be easy but you certainly are getting your exercise in, it seems to me anyway. You rock, Girl!

Take care to get enough rest,
Barb
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MARILYNROBERT 9/8/2013 11:31PM

    I've been wondering how you were doing. Hope you can get another pedometer. You at least need the reward of seeing how many steps you've taken, after being on your feet so many hours. emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 9/8/2013 11:27PM

    Remember you???!!! you are missed soooooooooo much. Please know that I think of you all the time. I know you will check in when you can. (((HUGS)))

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/8/2013 8:22PM

    You have to do what you have to do. Best of luck to you and I wish you the best with your new job.

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CASTIRONLADY 9/8/2013 8:08PM

    Glad you are doing well. Take care of yourself.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/8/2013 7:23PM

    I've been in your shoes before so I know how rough it can be. At least you are paying bills and that's a good goal. I hope things ease up for you soon.

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