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Spring!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring is just a few days away (officially)! YEA!! While I am sure my area is going to get at LEAST one more big snow before it over, I am so glad to be done with winter. I dislike winter to begin with but this past winter seemed like it was the coldest and dreariest we have had in a very long time.
My favorite season is spring. Everything is so new and fresh. Yesterday is just the 2nd day that the temps got up to 60 degrees here. So guess where I was? That is right in my garden! I love getting out there a clearing away the old and uncovering the new baby leaves that are coming up!

I have a beautiful wall that my husband built two years ago.




The flowers that I planted are looking better all the time this is how it looked last summer


I can't wait to see how it looks this year! I have all perennials in it so they will only get better with time.
Gardening is an excellent source of exercise as well. I have some trees that like to grow around my fence in the back yard every year so today I am going to go home and get the shovel out and start digging because as every good gardeners knows...if you don't get the roots they will just grow back!
We are expanding our veggie garden this year. We are going to grow tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, lots of different lettuce, butternut squash and I can't remember what all else. I would like to grow something in containers like carrots and herbs and keep them up close the house. We will be re-doing our back yard this year, which for us means digging (thinning out) plants up and moving them to different parts of the yard so look for pictures of those pretty soon.
The idea of getting lots of exercise and eating clean, fresh food is making me long for spring even more!
Thanks for reading



  
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XFITSTRONG 3/17/2010 3:20PM

    I love spring too... Now you have me super excited about it. Have fun planting and growing stuff!!!

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LIZZYMITCH 3/17/2010 1:50PM

    Your garden looks lovely =)
We're finally getting spring here, too! Hallelujah! Fresh fruits and veggies, here we come!

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Nope! Not going to do it!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I am done!
Ok before I go into this rant I better let you know. I have been sick for 3 or maybe 4 days. I can't remember and it really isn't important to the point I am trying to make (or is there a point??) OK so luckily (maybe luckily isn't the word to use), it has only been a headcold. No stomach blahs. When you are looking like the red nosed raindeer and can't sleep laying down because it only makes things worse, it gives you a long time to think. Especially in the wee hours of the morning when the house is really quite.
I made a decision. Yep all by myself. I have decided that I am not going to worry. Nope not even a little bit. Who does it help really? Not me. Not you. Not my kids. Not my husband. Not...well you get the idea. Life is short (and so am I but that isn't the point), why should I worry about what my future holds. Do I have anything to do with it other than picking a path?? Well I have no idea, but worrying about it doesn't do a darn thing!
I will do what I can. I will find super cheap or free things to do with my kids (library's are great places - movies - games - books - music ALL for FREE). The weather is getting better, which means spring is right around the corner (please please please no more snow)! I am going to be checking in the paper and on Criegslist.com for people who are looking to thin out their gardens and that is where I will be getting some new plants. I have a bike. I know how to ride it and everything. You would be amazed on how much time you can use up by getting on that thing! Ohhhh did I mention reading. I have a huge list of books that I want to read this year. My goal is 12 this year and I am already ahead of schedule. I am on my FOURTH so far! Life is good. Life is good. I will keep saying this until I believe it! Life is good! Life is good! Ok I think I got it....Life it IS good!
Sparkpeople is a wonderful place to get different perspective. So many people so many different lives. Thank you to everyone who I have read your sparkpages (light stalking anyone?) who have shown me that though my life financially may look as uncertain as it ever has in my life that it is just one little aspect of my life and not my entire life! Some of those people will never know that they have touched me (as well as many others I am sure) but THANK YOU!

And you! Thanks for reading.

man i love it when the sun shines....

  
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LIZZYMITCH 3/17/2010 1:47PM

    Life is good! Haha it's great to see how uplifting your attitude is! And another great thing -- I always find that it's the stuff that costs the least that brings you closest to your family and friends. Thanks for the blog! You make me want to take more time to appreciate things =)

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GOODGETNBETR 3/17/2010 12:08AM

    What a great mood and epiphany! Keep up the great work in all that you do and for being a bright spark here. I too am looking forward to peddling away hours and pounds this spring, summer and fall!
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SPARKNMOM 3/16/2010 10:14PM

    Oooh...an admitted worry wart here!! I know it does no good, but sometimes it just gets the best of me! So here's to both of us - looking toward the sun and enjoying each day as it comes. Life IS so very very good...

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ANH102712 3/16/2010 4:58PM

    Hello!

I just wanted to tell you that you are not alone with the motivation! February absolutely killed it for me & it has taken me almost a whole month to get it back. I think it was a long, hard winter & we just needed some sunlight. I also tend to focus more on the things I don't do, instead of the things I do. So make sure you don't get down on yourself to bad if you don't do everything perfect everyday. Focus on the things that you did accomplish. I also just had to kind of get mean w/ myself and say "Andrea, get your butt to the gym..now. No more sitting around." And that must have helped b/c to the gym I went. Exercise is wonderful but it is one of those things (at least for me) that once you fall out of the routine it's really hard to get back in it, but once you do you are sooo glad you did & wonder how you lived without it! So funny. I hope this helps. Feel free to send me a msg or stop by my page!

Thanks
Andrea

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MORGANLAFEE 3/16/2010 1:12PM

    I love the sunshine too. You are so right about worry not helping. Great attitude to not do it.

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Vent - a call for help

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I have so much going through my head right now, so forgive me if I begin to ramble...
First, I am tired! I am tried of being tired. I have so many good intentions of doing this and doing that when I get up in the morning but then after sitting behind this desk for 8-9 hours a day, pick up the kids from school and then get home I barely do a thing! I have had a hard time trying to figure out what my problem is. I have been sleeping more than I ever have in my life, which really is probably what most people NEED to sleep 7-8 hours a night. I have never slept that many hours on a regular basis, ever! My body does really well on 6-7 hours. So if I am getting at least an extra hour a night, why am I so tired?? I used to get up between 4:30 - 5 am to get my walk in on my treadmill before going to work (I have to be there at 6:30). I stopped that MONTHS ago. Thinking I would do it after work. I just rarely happens. I do good for a week or two at a time but then nothing. So I need help, maybe you all have some insight that I just don't have.
My gut is telling me that my lack of motivation...really the lack of not caring stems from something going on mentally. I know what I should be eating. I know what works for me to get in shape, I don't do it. Period. No excuses, I just don't do it. I am fully aware when I put something in my mouth if I should or shouldn't be eating it. I am very conscious about what I eat. I have been for well over a year now.
Here it is...On SP I have a few very good supporters, actually just like 2. I love these people for that! I feel like I need to branch out and find more people. I try to give a lot of support to other people but I am not feeling like I get a lot back. When I first started on SP I got a lot of support. I made a lot of SP Friends. Now most of those people are no longer active on SP. I still will stop by some of their pages and jot a message for them and let them know I am thinking of them. I spend a lot of time reading other people's blogs and commenting on almost all of them that I read, but I haven't tried to friend many of them so maybe that is my fault.
Personally, my husband has been laid off for the past six months without so much as an interview. He held the same job for the last 17 years. He is a professional, with a degree. He can't find a job. His unemployment benefits are about to end in just a couple of weeks, with no sign of any extensions in benefits. Which means we will have to soon be living off of what I make and our savings. The nearest I can tell, if we stop sending our son to a tutor, cancel our kids life insurance and pay the minimum on loans, that money will last us maybe another 5 months. It seems like a lot right? Well if I would be talking to you six months ago I would have said, yea plenty but now...It scares me to death. He made over 40 a year and now he is looking for anything that will bring in a pay check, and I do mean anything. Even seasonal work that will buy him sometime. Let me tell you, I am very greatful that we have been very wise with our money in the past. We didn't live beyond our means. Even when he lost almost $300 a week from being laid off and get unemployment we had to cut very little. The only thing we cut was putting money in savings and our one day a week dinner at a restaurant. Our local heating company has been very kind to us as well. Instead of our highest bill being over $200 a month it didn't even hit $100 this year. I think we are very thankful about that. All that being said, I am still very scared. I thought I had given it to God and I try to thank Him for all he has done for us (Philippians 4:6) but with this total lack of caring about myself I am beginning to wonder...
I am tired of feeling tired, grumpy and moody. I am so trying to look for the best in things but even some of the best get over shadowed by the bad.
Please feel free to leave whatever comments you'd like. I am not looking for pity, I am looking for help.
Thanks for reading...

  
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SPARKNMOM 3/9/2010 9:57PM

    Oh....the stresses of life can be so overwhelming at times. Big hugs to you. I really pray that hubby is able to find employment soon. You and hubby sound as if you've done very well in the past in regards to smart living...and I'm sure you'll get through this. You're a very strong lady...

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/9/2010 7:58PM

    I think you are handling the stress very well considering all you are up against.

Just blogging to get it off your chest has to be some help.

I don't have a solution - this economy is just awful. I will pray your DH finds work soon.

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WHOAMOMMA 3/9/2010 12:26PM

    Yes, there is a lot in your life that is causing the depression. My husband is in construction and we are grateful whenever something comes along. I've been trying to get a job for 24 months. I feel God wants me home to help with my grandkids to my son and his wife can work and keep going.

Don't let this suck your faith in God out of you. That's the worst thing - blaming God. Life happens and right now a lot of life isn't pretty.

I've been up and down with the not wanting to get out of bed and feeling tired. It is the situation that is draining that strength. I say my morning prayers and roll over and "OK go check the computer for work, put the towels in to wash, the kids are coming at 1:30." Just working through sometimes is the best we can do.

Hang in there. Praying your husband will find something in his field - soon!!!

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CRAFTYC 3/9/2010 10:59AM

    It really sounds like you are having a bout with depression. A LOT of the symptoms are there. Now just try to afford therapy when you are having to cut back, right? You seem to have a lot of factors that make it understandable... job loss, money worries, and it's winter so you probably aren't getting enough sun and vitamin D! Please do check the mental health resources about depression. It's common and you are doing one of the recommended things for it - reaching out to others! Personally I've had my own experience w/ it - fairly minor, but there. I'm really working on my lack of motivation and am making some progress there. My daughter had more serious problems - more sun and a friend who drags her to the gym are helping a lot. If you want to talk more, sparkmail me!

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MSDESERTRODENT 3/9/2010 10:11AM

    I know how you feel about the lack of motivation. The only time I can work out usually is the mornings which means I have to wake up at 430am to do my Wii for a bit. I even have a bet with my hubby to see who can lose the most and yet I have not gotten up yet at 430am to work out.
By the time I get home after picking up my son I'm just to tired, too stressed, etc.
I feel you.
I have actually been finding that making some friends on here is starting to help though. There is that non stop reminder that Sparkfriends here are watching. Oddly enough, I don't want to let them down.
Kind of crazy. It's okay to let myself down but not some person who I've never met.

Okay well sorry, now it was my turn to ramble.

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Good/Bad Weekend

Monday, March 08, 2010

I think I had a good and bad weekend. Both. Not one more than another.
On Saturday I had Bible Study from 9:30 -11 then a church committee meeting from 11 til 1. After that I went home, ate lunch and then went to the bowling ally. I am not really a bowler, my kids love it. They sometimes get a better score than me (they are 7 & 10). LOL My daughters bday was last Tuesday and she said she wanted to go bowling for her birthday, so off we went. Well it was the first day in 2010 that it got over 50 degrees. I would have much rather have been doing something outside but it wasn't about me (darn it! emoticon) so off we went. Well it was PACKED! There was actually a waiting list! They have something like 40 lanes and we were 15th on the list. I asked my daughter if she wanted to wait and she said yes. So we waited. For about 45 minutes before she decided she was done waiting. She wanted to go home and play a game. So that is what we did. We played Uno for like two hours, it was a lot of fun because we play with all the rules except keeping score. Then had pizza and cake. Over all it was an OK day. Not especially good (but defiantly had good parts) and not bad.
On Sunday, I woke with a headache. It was my Sunday to help serve communion at church so I asked my husband to fill in for me and I stayed home while they went to church. I got to feeling better after about an hour so I decided to do some cleaning. We had decided to try a different bowling ally on Sunday afternoon so I wanted 1) get rid of my headache and 2) get some of my chores done before leaving. Well the family got home and they were back for not even an hour before the headache came back! We went anyway! We get there and they have some tournament going on so we had to wait for a few minutes before they assigned us a lane, no big deal. We paid for two games and the first game my 10 year old beat me and the 7 year old tied me! LOL It was pretty fun though. We got to the 8th frame of the second game and someone came up and said we had to be off the lane in 3 minutes because their were Leagues coming in at 4! Are you Kidding me??? Really? I was HOT. Oh sure they gave us coupons for free games but it was the whole thought of letting us pay for 2 games and not telling us we had to be done by a certain time. The kids weren't very upset about it so I tried to let it go pretty quickly. Not that it worked very well... Anyway, I never did get rid of that headache and I felt like I had this hormonal, emotional cloud over my head all day!
So here I am reflecting back and trying to come up with a list of things to be thankful for:
1) my precious daughter
2) I got some exercise by bowling
3) I had OTC meds to take for my headache
4) My husband for helping me out with church
5) my bible study and committee and the people who love me

there are so many more that I just can't list all of them!
Thanks for reading...

  
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SPARKNMOM 3/8/2010 9:31PM

    Love the thankful list! My kids want to go bowling over spring break - I'm sure they will beat me, too!! :) It's all good, tho!

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JHADZHIA 3/8/2010 9:57AM

    That would be some kind of frustrating thing going on with the bowling. Too bad on such a hot day, you couldn't have suggested (the most logical activity) going to a pool to cool off and have fun! Sorry you had to suffer such headaches! I am glad it all worked out so that your children didn't get upset, as they might have taken a cue from you getting angry. Pizza and cake would have been a nice pick me up though :)
I hope your week days turn out better!

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Dumb scale!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If you think this is a blog about me complaining about my weight you are wrong!

I have read a number of blogs about people who have gained or plateaued in their weight loss journey. They go from sad to down right beating themselves up! We need to stop this! How can anyone who has lost 5, 10, 20 pounds or more see the scale of a half pound weight gain and feel bad?! Are you kidding!?! You have lost all kinds of weight before this! Focus on that!

I too used to let the scale set my mood for the whole day. NOT ANYMORE!! Life is to short to let a piece of plastic that sits on the bathroom floor rule my life! I am not ready to stop weighing -in all together. I think it is a great tool, to keep you going forward. Did you read that? Going Forward!! Not used to slam into a wall and stop (even for just a short time). Keep going forward. Keep learning, change some things up or keep doing what you are doing, you will see the results!

OK I will step down from my soapbox now.

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GOODGETNBETR 2/26/2010 1:38AM

    Stay on that soapbox! More people need to hear and understand the scale is a tool and like any good project you'll need many tools to complete it. Just today, while standing in line, I noticed how loose my jeans were on me and just started smiling. It was another non-scale related victory. Keep up the great work!
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LANETU 2/25/2010 12:06AM

    Somehow you always say the best things. Thanks for your reality check

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SPARKNMOM 2/24/2010 9:26PM

    I SO agree!! I love my scale - because I have a healthy relationship with it. It's a great tool, but doesn't rule me or my progress. Great blog.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/24/2010 9:12PM

    Good soapbox. You are so right! -Marsha

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MAMAFISH1 2/24/2010 7:07PM

    I do much better if I stay off the scales. I just eat to feel good. Some day when I feel really good and my clothes are looser, I think to myself go weight yourself. But I just can't do it every week.

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WHOAMOMMA 2/24/2010 10:52AM

    I second what you said and what everyone else commented. It is a tool to help not hinder.

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EOSAURORA84 2/24/2010 10:02AM

    AMEN!!! I too dont understand the obsesion with the scale....i also do not understand why someone would wiegh themselves more than once a day and then fret over the fluctuations.....i actually saw a post were the person would put thier pre bowl movment weight and post weight, emoticon.....i weight once a week on friday morning, just to make sure that i am on track, if is goes up i just realize that i probably should not have had that meal from XYZ fast food place....anyway, i will stop adding to the soapbox...have a great day!

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ANH102712 2/24/2010 9:55AM

    Hi! I think scales are a funny thing. I have exercised the last 3 days and I feel GREAT! I get on the scale this morning and gained 4 lbs. And I tell myself..could be water weight, gaining muscle..etc. But I'm seriously considering throwing the stupid scale away. If I need to weight myself I can do it @ the gym. And I am just going to focus on how I feel b/c ultimately that is the most important thing! So I totally agree with you about stupid scales!!

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DDHEART 2/24/2010 8:46AM

    Excellent! and I couldn't agree more. It can be difficult to go from a dieter's mentality to a fit life mentality and the scale is an integral part of the dieter's mindset....it is a tool, but just one of many....clothing fit, tape measure, stamina, mood and more indicators of increased health & fitness, like BP, lab values etc are the most telling values. I step on the scale most days but it doesn't rule my mind, I know my usual ups and downs and I just make note in a general way but I look for trends and use the scale as a way to think about what I'm doing both good and bad toward my goals.

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