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Today was a great Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This morning we picked up my Mom-in-law and drove 3 hours to see my daughter, her boyfriend and her two kids. They cooked us brunch and sent us home 2 hours later with 4 quarts of strawberries. My daughter had just baked ginger snaps, yum, and they served fresh banana bread with their omelettes. Homegrown rosemary and sage in the omelette.

As I said, we drove three hours there from my hubby's mom's, and spend under 2 hours in asheville, then drove 2.5 hours back to our house; lots of driving for a short visit. But it was worth it. When we got home, we got on a video chat with my son in Hawaii and saw him, his wife and our 1 yr old little Ingrid. While we were visiting, my other daughter and her hubby and 2 and 1 yr olds came through the front door. We were going to cook out salmon on the grill, but I didn't feel like fighting with the rain. We ordered pizza and picked up pound cake for the strawberries that I somehow managed to cut up during all this madness. While picking up the pizza with hubby, our youngest son came home to share the meal with us. We ate two pizzas and each had a serving of strawberry shortcake (which was delicious). In a whirlwind, my hubby and his mom left for her house, my daughter and her family left, and Joe and I stayed behind. He didn't want to leave me alone on mother's day, but after we had talked a while, I said he could take off, I was fine to just go clean up the kitchen.

I got to see all my children and all of their children. Now I'm going to call my own Mom.

I didn't pay attention to calorie counts today. For once, I took a deliberate day off. Tomorrow is a new day.

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ALMMOM 5/14/2012 11:12AM

    Sounds like you had a good Mother's Day!!!!

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SHERIO5 5/14/2012 8:51AM

    Wow! Your day sounds like it bursting with lots of family love, what a perfect Mother's Day! Be kind to yourself today, sometimes we need a little "recovery" from all the family fun!

Have a great week! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/14/2012 2:25AM

    What a splendid Mother's Day. So many generations involved, and so much family love.

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_JODI404 5/13/2012 9:34PM

    Sounds like a really special day with family. These days make fond memories.

Strawberry shortcake is one of my all time favorite desserts. MMMMMM.

Tomorrow is a new day. Moderation, not perfection. Special occasions, to me, warrant some splurging!! Glad you were able to ENJOY!!

Happy Mother's Day Lori!

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    Glad you had such a nice day! emoticon

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HDHAWK 5/13/2012 9:05PM

    Sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day with yummy food! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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New goals, new freedom to schedule workouts

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Now that I will be having more flexibility in my schedule, more freedom to schedule workouts when I want, I have to set a few goals.

Lately, I've only been swimming once a week, which is the only thing I've been doing at the Y. I want to go twice a week to swim, and start using the elliptical now that my back is strong and i'm not in pain. I could make that my third trip to the Y each week. I'm working on doing some writing, so I could couple my workouts with a trip to the coffee shop near the Y to work on that.

The most important goal in my thinking, is for me to increase my ST times to 2-3 times a week. Lately, I've only been getting it in once.

I've not been walking as much and I know how important that is for me. I still need to figure out how I want to get back on track with that. Maybe once around the block (12 minutes) at the least each day.

I like to write goals on paper with check lists assisting me in reaching my goals. I will go and do that now. I'll be ready to go for the new week starting tomorrow, though I have plans to work out today and have already walked to the grocery store this morning with hubby.

I'm off to write those goals, and bike for a half hour.

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SHERIO5 5/12/2012 8:38PM

    I'm glad you are adjusting your goals to suit your better fitness and back health, it sounds like it is a great time to rethink things. I know walking is super important to good back health, as are all the other things! I hope you enjoy your new schedule, how nice to be able to move things around to suit you!

I hope you have a lovely Mother's Day!


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BABY_GIRL69 5/12/2012 5:33PM

    Soon as get these things all under control you might change them. So make a list add a few new things & then change it again...whatever you do have fun!

God bless,


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BJPENNY70 5/12/2012 2:56PM

    Lorilee this is wonderful! Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to do everything at once. Ease yourself into it until you are finally doing it all. Have fun.

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Changes taking place in my life

Monday, May 07, 2012

After feeling down for quite some time, I realized my job was getting me down, working with a very negative person. I felt poisoned and I'm tempted sometimes to get involved, but not wanting to this time. I also felt more drawn to spend time with my grandchildren on weekends, which wasn't possible with working most weekends. I think since I went and spent time with my son's little family in Hawaii, I realized that I wasn't appreciating the fact that my other kids live closer and I was missing seeing the grandkids grow up. When I did have a day off on the weekend, I was in need of time to exercise of just do stuff by myself or with hubby. But now I feel like sharing that time with them, too. By quitting, I have freed up precious time. If I search for another job, it will be daytime hours in the weekdays. Preferably part time so I still feel like i have time to myself. I don't know how people manage to work full time and not get stressed out.

For now, I am going to spend a bit of time each day working on the book I've always wanted to write about my journey in life having struggled with bipolar disorder. It's something I hope will help others in the same situation, though the most important reason to write about my life is for my own benefit. Just like the reason we should be keeping blogs...to have something to look back at and see how far we've come.

Now that I quit my job, though I have two weeks to finish up, I am not feeling so depressed while on the job. I feel relief and am counting down to the end. I will miss some people, but may keep up with them. I will miss elements of the job and I know I'll probably never find such a flexible situation. My boss always was willing to take into account days we may want off. I could even take time to go to Hawaii in the spring and go to see my parents for a week in the fall. Where in the heck will I ever find another job like that???

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 5/10/2012 11:50PM

    Congratulations on making the right choice for you. I know you will enjoy the time off with your hubby and the grandkids

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YIWEN39 5/9/2012 9:46PM

    Sounds like you know what's important for you, that's what matters the most :-) Enjoy the time you get to spend with your family!
When you want one, who knows, maybe you will find another very accomodating boss ;-)

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_JODI404 5/9/2012 9:04PM

    Hi Lori,

How wonderful that you are able to leave this job that is no longer meeting your needs and open up precious time with your family. "To love and be loved is the greatest happiness of all." NOTHING beats quality time with the ones you love, and also time alone to take great care of yourself as well. You are very blessed to be able to make this decision.

If you decide you need to replace this job, I hope you will find something that totally works for your schedule and doesn't bring a lot of stress.

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DREAMINGSMALL12 5/9/2012 8:39PM

    Congrats on making a difficult choice I made a similar to spend time at home with my childern, I feel the same way how did I work full time and get anything done. Im glad your not depressed anymore and I hope you make the most of your new found freedom. :D Have a wonderful day

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BABY_GIRL69 5/7/2012 5:53PM

    It may take some doing but if you REALLY wanted to find another you could? Or if you really wanted to keep that one, I'm quite sure they may make some concessions? You never know until you ask. lol I know exactly about going to visit relatives far away but can hardly make to see the ones that are like 45mins to an hour away from me. I have gotten a little better but I need to make a plan to visit one family member once a month & not rely that they know where I live & visit me all the time.

God bless you on your journey....


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BLUE42DOWN 5/7/2012 4:09PM


For the freedom from the negative stresses and to open your time to what is truly important to you - WELL DONE!

Let yourself enjoy that freedom, then visualize and create your idea of what sort of job you want to replace it. The more clearly you know what's important, the more easily you'll know which opportunities to walk away from and which to explore.

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SHERIO5 5/7/2012 9:56AM

    It sounds like you are taking care of yourself, which is very important!!!

Sometimes we have to make that leap of faith before we see the "perfect" solution, praying you take time to enjoy exactly where you are right this minute. emoticon

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Blues and feeling lonesome.

Monday, April 30, 2012

This is mostly just a blog I'm writing to try to talk myself out of how I'm feeling.

Sure, last time I wrote I talked about the positive changes in lifestyle. Today i did something I'm not proud of. After not losing any weight this week, I felt empty, and tried to fill the hole with candy. 700 calories worth. Why? what a stupid mindless thing to do! I felt like "WTH" I'm just going to go ahead and eat what I want to right now, since i didn't lose anything this week anyway. Instead, I should have been elated that I didn't gain anything.

I think there's more going on with me than the weight issues that I think I'm having. Truly I am slightly depressed still about missing my children and grandbaby in Hawai'i. I want to be there still and am not accepting my current situation of being back home.

I try to convince myself to be happy that I had the time with them. I try to remind myself that we will go back eventually. I try to be thankful that I can spend time with my other children and grandchildren here. I'm trying to pray about it, too. I have a void and I'm lonely. Today I've texted and called anyone I can think of that might be available to talk. I think talking to people would help me feel less lonely, but it only leaves me hungering to be back in Hawai'i.

Maybe spending a little time on SP will help me get my mind off this funk.

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CHLOE-D-CALICO 5/10/2012 11:52PM

    Dont beat yourself up about the Candy you cant undo it , just move on and take it one meal at a time. Sending cyber hugs your way

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SKINNYPAT62 5/1/2012 11:05AM

    Hugs for you! I know what sadness and loneliness feels like. I hope you feel better soon! I miss seeing my son and he is in Colorado! emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/1/2012 7:38AM

    Giving you a big giant mental hug.

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_JODI404 4/30/2012 11:09PM


Sorry you are having a sad day and feeling depressed, missing your family.

You are keenly aware of the problem though... so that is helpful.
"not accepting" or resistance.
"tried to fill a hole."

I hope that you were able to shake off some of those feelings.
I read this blog today, I really liked it.
Don't know if any of it would help or not.

I hope tomorrow will be a better day. Be gentle with yourself. Don't beat yourself up over that candy. Fall down seven times... get up eight. Tomorrow is a new day to start again!!

Hang in there. Sending you lots of positive energy, positive thoughts, and a big hug!

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HDHAWK 4/30/2012 8:59PM

    I'm sorry you're missing your family. I hope things are better now. emoticon

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SHERIO5 4/30/2012 8:10PM

    Sorry you are missing your loved ones. I know a little about that with my kids several hours away and lives of their own...but it doesn't help you feel any better so just know someone cares, and it's ok to miss them. Keep an eye on your sadness, I know you will. emoticon

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 4/30/2012 4:09PM

    Hey, you - would txt/talk with someone in Hawaii help or just make the funk worse?

I'll be here if you need....and will send a # if you want...sometimes having a not so familiar person listen is more comfortable or easy.


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Lifestyle Changes are something to notice. . .

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I did something I've only done a few times since I started Sparking. I was having my breakfast and was only going to have a banana and chocolate greek yogurt. I wasn't really any hungrier for anything more. Plus, I was trying to have fewer calories in the earlier part of the day, since my hubby will probably want to eat out tonight.(I hope I can get him to go to Subway so I can get satisfaction with fewer calories.)

BUT, in a little while I plan on going for a swim, and for that I need more energy. A carb load so to speak. While there are carbs in a banana, I thought maybe I should eat some whole grain cereal with soy milk. That's what I did different. . . I made a choice to eat an item for the purpose of taking care of my body.

Well, now that I think of it, I do, on a regular basis, make choices that are putting my body's needs ahead of cravings or emotions! I've actually made a change that may now be a permanent part of my life. A lifestyle change like we talk about all the time on SP.

Now, that's something I can feel great about! I bet we all are making lifestyle changes that we don't recognize nor acknowledge. Think about it; in what area have you made a permanent change?

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YIWEN39 4/25/2012 8:39PM

    That is great :-) Isn't it fantastic to realise how far you've come? Congrats!

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_JODI404 4/25/2012 8:09PM

    Glad you are making great choices for your body and feeling good about it!!

I've made SO many awesome changes along this journey... and all are very natural so I can maintain them.

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BLUE42DOWN 4/25/2012 6:54PM

    That's a great idea - to think about the positive changes that we make and cheer them.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/25/2012 6:07PM

    I love your blog! Isn't it amazing when your body decides to follow your mind on a healthier path of life!

God bless & thanks for sharing!


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SHERIO5 4/25/2012 2:23PM

    Isn't it great to discover you ARE becoming a better you?!!

I'm glad you had that realization today!!! It reminds me to notice my changes for the better!!


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