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Day Thirty-nine - Finding my footing - 2/9/10

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

It's only 9:30 and when I finish this blog, I'm off to sleep. I didn't have to work today, thank you Lord, and had most of the day to catch up on the piles of things left undone these past few days. I didn't think I'd get as much done as I did, but I just kept doing one small thing after another and tried to not look at the BIG (overwhelming) picture. That helped so much! I believe I'm starting to learn to do what I can and be content with that. It isn't really about perfection, but just trying to push myself just a LITTLE bit without losing site of my need to be kind to myself.

It's definately a different way of looking at life than what I am used to and sometimes I feel like I'm dragging my feet, but in the end, it seems that I get more done - at least more of what matters.

Tomorrow is a bonus. I get to start the day without such a big "to do" list and only have to work six hours tomorrow evening, so whatever didn't get done today, well, there's tomorrow. I really want to do some extra in the fitness arena. Those crazy hectic days slowed me down and today all I had time for was strength and stretching, so I need to ramp up the cardio. I really don't want that to start suffering. This 5K goal is serious for me, and I have a LONG way to go.

Going to cut it short and have a few minutes of quiet time to review my day and then another good night's sleep before I face tomorrow.

Love and blessings to all my spark friends. I hope and pray that you all know how special you are to me and how grateful I am to have you in my life.

  
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2010GOAL4APRIL 2/10/2010 4:41AM

    You have a great start, so your whole week should go well.
sleep tight.

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PAM1864 2/10/2010 1:24AM

    You are very active and on track. emoticon

I believe in this quote from one of our great leader. It says,

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
I put this up on the wall as my motivation quote. It help me to stick on my track. emoticon
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LISANANCY 2/9/2010 10:51PM

    Small steps, doesn't seem like much but that is the trick to keep moving forward. I had to talk myself through my exercise today but when it was done, I felt like the winner, not that demon "why are you working so hard" HA I did it. You are doing great. keep moving forward, my dear friend emoticon

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Survey - Copied from PAM1869

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010
If you are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:30 (yeah!)

2. How do you like your steak? Red

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? 3-D Christmal Carole

4. What is your favorite TV show? Don't watch T.V.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? San Antonio

6. What did you have for breakfast? Greek Yogurt and Granola

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Don't have a favority - love spicy foods or with lots of different flavors.

8. What foods do you dislike? Plain lima beans

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Out in the sunshine and fresh airt

10. Favorite dressing? Vidalia Onion

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Saturn

12. What are your favorite clothes? Sundresses

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Israel

14. Glass 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full

15. Where would you want to retire? Someplace beautiful and warm, preferably by water.

16. Favorite time of day? In the early morning quiet.

17. Where were you born? Dallas, Texas

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Don't watch many sports - diving??

19. How many siblings? 4 sisters

20. Favorite pasttime/hobby? Cooking, reading

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Everyone who answers

22. Bird watcher? Nope - unless they are getting near my food....

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Morning person

24. Do you have any pets? Two dogs and two cats

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Nope

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A nurse

27. What is your best childhood memory? WI vacation with my family

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Cat

29. Are you married? No

30. Always wear your seat belt? I do now - it's one of my streaks with SP

31. Been in a car accident? Yes

32. Any pet peeves? Gossip and whining - and I'm trying to work on both.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? all veggies

34. Favorite Flower? Rose or lotus

35. Favorite ice cream? Oberweis Dark Chocolate

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Don't care for fast food too much - maybe arbys

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? None!

38. From whom did you get your last email? Sparkpeople

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Don't do credit cards.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Slept in - went back to bed. Aaaahhhhh!

41. Like your job? Not really

42. Broccoli? Of course!

43. What was your favorite vacation? Cannes, or Berlin or Oberammergau

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My sisters

45. What are you listening to right now? The air purifier

46. What is your favorite color? Blue

47. How many tattoos do you have? Three

48. How many people will fill this out? 5

49. What time did you finish this quiz? Not done yet - around 12:15? probably.

50. Coffee Drinker? Oh yes!!!

  
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PAM1864 2/10/2010 1:10AM

    emoticon dear for sharing. I Love knowing more about you. You have three tattoos, now I am curious. Where!!!! Do tell me, otherwise, I will have wild thoughts. emoticon

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Day Thirty-eight - I Survived - 2/8/10

Monday, February 08, 2010

Thank you dear spark friends, buddies, Chris and Spark People. It's 10:30 and though I should be in bed, and I will be soon, I just had to get in my blog and thank everyone for pulling me through these past four or five days. I think I just got a crash course in living life without food as a crutch.
There is no doubt that just a couple short months ago, not only would I have been pigging out over the whole week-end, but that tonight, when I got together with the girls, I would have REALLY gone overboard and when I got home tonight, I would've eaten until I fell asleep.

What a difference these past weeks have been. I'm not sure how much time and thought I actually put into making a lot of my decisions...thank goodness for the tracker. I've been faithful that if I was going to put something in my mouth, it had to go on paper(preferably first). In all those days, I managed to stay on track, except the one day my migraine was at its worst and then I was a little low, but not bad....tonight, it was my turn to bring snacks and I brought the biggest veggie tray you've ever seen with every color veggie imaginable, plus hummus and low fat dip. Surprise, they really liked it.....it was gone! I did have to bring a sweet, so cheesecake was the treat, but I figured in just a half slice to my daily totals, and savoured it.

Fitness has really suffered along with time to communicate with all my friends on SP and my reading, but now I have some time over the next three days. I only work one shift and have one group to lead, so I will be able to do some catching up and preparing for the next round of craziness. I think one big lesson I've learned is to have plenty of grab and go food, prepared and measured, and to have all these little chores not just caught up, but to get ahead wherever possible. That is the plan of action for this week.

I'm certain I would have crumbled without all of your support...can hardly bellieve I made it without blowing at least a day or two.

Now to fall into bed for a MINIMUM of eight or so hours.....Aaaaahhhhhh.zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz emoticon

  
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LISANANCY 2/9/2010 12:21PM

    Yes, you did it. Good for you. Doesn't it feel great. Keep going emoticon

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 2/9/2010 9:58AM

    Awesome that you didn't turn to food! That must feel good! CONGRATS!!!

And great idea to take a veggie tray! I'm sure you helped someone there at your group to rethink the way they are eating. I know that sounds bad, but after someone makes the decision to change the way they eat, they feel SO good about themselves! I just wish I could convince everyone to come to SPARK! No one wants to listen to me!!! Don't worry, I haven't been preachy, I just mention it if someone talks about wanting to lose weight! This is the BEST and easiest way to do it!

I'm happy you're doing better!

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FYRESHAMEN 2/9/2010 6:46AM

    emoticon and welcome back!! I'm SO glad to hear you're feeling better!!

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Day Thirty-seven - Whew! I'm tired - 2/7/10

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Sorry friends, but this is short, sweet and to the point. I worked till 10:30 last night, and still had to eat some when I got home, probably should have gone right to bed. Was supposed to be up at five am to get to church by 6:15 (I was doing lighting)...didn't even hit the snooze, ust turned off the alarm all together. Woke up 18 mins. before I needed to be there....grabbed the first thing I could find to wear and my make-up case and bible and out the door.
Had to go right from church to work at 1PM - only had time to run through Wendy's for a grilled chicken sandwich (hold the sauce) and a side salad (no dressing). Thankfully someone at church picked up a banana for me when they went out for donuts, so that help me avoid that temptation, and I got a couple of pretzle rods from kid's world, so all in all through the day, I was able to stay on plan. My sister even had made swordfish for dinner, so even though we had Super Bowl Party food at work and Donuts at church, I made very wise choice all day, and somehow God provided me good options because I sure didn't have time to pack anything.
Got home at 7:45 tonight, so I did ten minutes of my stretching tape and some crunches, ate, and logged to to SP. Did my tracking that couldn't be done from my phone and now I'm off to dream land after about 15-20 Mins. of reading.
Tomorrow I work at 8am and tomorrow afternoon I have to make a munchie treat for my women's group that meets at 6pm tomorrow night...I should be home around 8:30....then MAJOR cardio - at least one hour since I've really been slacking and finally off on Tuesday !!!

Yeah! Catch up day! Are you tired yet? I am.......

P.S. MANY THANKS to you ALL for the Prayers and Well Wishes...I know that they are what has kept me on track and able to push through these past few days...today was tough, but NO PAIN IN MY HEAD! Just one of the many things I have to be grateful for!

  
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MIMIKK7 2/8/2010 12:55PM

    emoticonYou are emoticon! I am tired just from reading your blog. I don't think I could keep up with you. emoticonKeep up the good work and I am glad you are feeling better. emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 2/8/2010 10:07AM

    Wow, HOW AWESOME ARE YOU!!!

I love that that banana just popped in as an opportunity for you to stay on track and get your healthful nutrients in... God certainly does provide, doesn't He? It's amazing...

You sound so much better, my friend. I am glad for that :)

Congratulations on accomplishing SO MUCH (You are one busy lady!) and still coming home and doing your stretching and exercises. That's commitment right there.

HERE'S TO YOU!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 2/8/2010 10:01AM

    Wow! That's awesome that you got a banana in the face of donuts! Donuts are so hard to NOT EAT when there is nothing else there! And yes you raised my anxiety just reading about your day! Glad you got through it!!!
Hopefully today will be a little more calm for you! Have a great Monday!!!

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LISANANCY 2/8/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon Ok, I think I'll just watch you, I certainly could not keep up. You go girl emoticon

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PAM1864 2/8/2010 12:21AM

    Glad to hear you are fine and on track. Such a busy day. I feel jealous. I sit at home whole day no work, no entertainment,no friends,no one to talk to. Before I joined Sp I used to sit and watch Tv or read books. Now atleast I have workouts, my goal and Sparkpeople. emoticon

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 2/7/2010 11:53PM

    You are doing awesome!! Keep up the good work!! (and so glad you were able to find healthy choices along the way!!)

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Day Thirty-six - Slow but Steady - 2/6/10

Saturday, February 06, 2010

This has really hit home with me this past few days. It's the make or break, where I walk the walk or just talk the talk. I've been battling a migraine now off and on for the third day. I have to work 9 hours, so taking off is not an option. I've taken medicine, which I hate doing and am doing things SLOWLY, which I also hate, just to not fall too far behind. I'm doing the best I can to not let this stress me out and thanks to all of you Spark Friends, I'm I'm just trying to be the best "me" possible, under the circumstances, and if that isn't necessarily "THE BEST", then it is for me and that is good enough....

I look back to a couple of months ago, and I know that I would be whimpering under the covers and whenever I felt like eating, I would be eating the world, taking my comfort in all that is sweet and fattening and justifying it by saying that I was sick or had missed a meal.

Unfortunately, fitness, Sparking, and some of the chores are taking a back seat because everything seems to be taking so long to do, but I'm getting done whatever my body will allow without causing it to go into full blown revolt as it did day before yesterday. So, forgive me friends, if I am not quite as communicative as normal, but I have to go prepare a meal and a snack for work, and since I have to work until 10:30 and be up at 5:00 to do my miimum fitness before church in the am...I need to have coffee and breakfast ready for then too...oh, yea., and lunch for tomorrow.

I just need to hand in till Tuesday, then I'll have some real down time and BOY, will I appreciate it!

Have a great Super Bowl Weekend everyone! And a Very Blessed Sunday!

  
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MIMIKK7 2/7/2010 10:31AM

    Hang in there my dear. Go easy on yourself and this to shall pass. Migraines are the worst and I don't know how you are pushing through them because life seems alittle impossible when I get them. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. I hope you get to feeling better soon. emoticon

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PAM1864 2/7/2010 12:17AM

    I have heard how horrible this migraine is. Today is weekend so take rest and sleep for extra hours. I will pray for you.
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LISANANCY 2/6/2010 11:09PM

    We know you can do it. Don't let your body hear that you hate something, it will pay attention to you and take you down a sad path. Try some positive words to describe an annoying situation. time challenged today. got it. have fun with the big game emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 2/6/2010 9:40PM

    Here's hoping that migraine is gone tonight. And just hanging in there and doing the best you can and the minimum is more than enough. Take care of yourself and keep your eyes on Tuesday!
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TEXASG-MA 2/6/2010 8:47PM

  Take care of yourself Dear Friend. Lay low if you have to. Most of the people here will understand. Just don't get to stressed as it is not good for your headache. Hoping to see you back on track soon. emoticon emoticon Texas G-ma

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LKEITHO 2/6/2010 4:15PM

    I hope thing s get back on track for you soon! Congratulations on finding a way to get thru in the meantime!

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/6/2010 3:49PM

    I do not know how you can keep going with migraines. I do not suffer with them, but I understand they are brutal. Keep doing the best you can and focus on when you will be able to relax. Hugs.

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AMALIAYOSA 2/6/2010 2:37PM

    Hey, my 16 year old son and I both have suffered with severe migraines in the past. I know how debilitating they can be. We both also happen to have liver disease and must be really careful about putting meds into our bodies to avoid added strain on our livers.
My neurologist recommended a product called 'migralief' It i all natural and safe. We have been taking it for a few years and has helped tremendously. I rarely get migraines anymore (had a mild one yesterday, which was the first in a long time) My son gets one every few months. He used to get them all the time. They seem to be less intense and bearable.
Just thought i'd pass it along. I get it from our local drug store for under $20 a bottle, and take 1-2 a day.
Feel better soon!
Blessings
Amy

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