Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Written by a 90 year old
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short Ė enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But itís all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive but donít forget.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Monday, March 26, 2012
So... The story goes like this:
A little over 2 months ago one of our two guinea pigs became ill and died. My 10 yr old daughter, who is a devout animal lover, was devastated. We went through a few days of sadness, then the search began. The kids combed the internet for a new buddy for our existing guinea pig. My 10 yr old daughter was fearful that the living guinea pig would become depressed from missing his buddy and die of heartbreak...it's been known to happen. They came across this long-haired, adorable, several week old guinea pig that was fairly inexpensive. We contacted the owner and arranged to pick him up. She mentioned that she had two guinea pigs (one male, one female). Since we had a boy, we were looking only for another boy. She sweetened the deal and offered both to us for $18. My 7 yr old daughter BEGGED for us to take the female, too, so she could have her OWN guinea pig. DONE DEAL. My husband went, with two carrying crates, to get the piggies. The owner sent them in a cardboard carrier, together. I asked if it was okay for them to be together, not knowing about guinea pig sex or WHEN they are able to have it...she said they would be fine. So, the guinea pigs came home. ADORABLE...they have such sweet and different personalities! The kids have been asking if the female, Isabella, could have babies...to which my reply has always been NO!!
Well, on Thursday of last week, after a busy day of running around, my kids went down to check on the guinea pigs. My 7 year old came FLYING upstairs, in tears, saying that Isabella had babies! WHAT???!!!! She didn't look, feel or act pregnant!???!!! I went down and found that one had not made it, I'm assuming it was born dead :( Once I removed that one, I could see that Isabella was very nervous about her babies. When she ran around the cage, we had the opportunity to see the little one....OMGOSH! SO.FREAKIN.ADORABLE!!! They are born with hair and their eyes open. Their heads seem MUCH too large for their little bodies! LOL!
We are now a 4 guinea pig family. Not by choice, I guess by LUCK! So here are some pictures of mom and baby!!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Usually trigger foods are sweet. I love ice cream, Double Stuf Oreos, Licorice, Chocolate, cookies, baked goods...Also, I really love carbs...Italian bread, pasta, white rice. When they are part of a meal, those are the things I want MORE of.
I don't really think I have a specific source for my triggers...it's just if they are around, I want to indulge.
The most difficulty time for me is in the evening when my kids have gone to bed and I am kicking back to relax and watch t.v. I like to snack at night. Usually, I am hungry. It's a time when I want to eat CRAP...I don't want to eat something that is good for me. I guess in a way it soothes me. I think I need to find something else to do during that time of evening. Maybe I could keep my hands busy by knitting or crocheting. I could also pre-plan a better snack so I know I will get something, but I have it planned so I do not divert from plan.
It is difficult for me to avoid these triggers all together b/c I have 3 children. I try to instill in them, a healthy attitude toward food. I don't want them to think they have to ELIMINATE anything from their diet, as long as they stay within serving sizes, etc... Therefore, having snacks available is a constant PULL for me. I need to establish a new habit in the evening. I do think reaching for something healthier is a good alternative. It's all behavior modification.
I need to get back to being consistent about putting as many things in my tracker, AHEAD of time, as I can. That way I will SEE the calorie total for the day & can decide from there what I want to do.
I think writing about this will help me to be more concious of the choices I make when I am presented with a trigger food.
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