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Life Lessons and Advice from a 90 yr old woman...

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.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

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JABBYJABBY 5/27/2012 4:36PM

    lovely words. thanks

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/29/2012 3:04PM

    So love this list...going to copy and paste it to a word document and print it for my notebook of keepers!! Hugs Barb

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/28/2012 10:06PM

    This is just beautiful!!!!

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NEWMAC2011 3/28/2012 9:53AM

    Those are great things to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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NINJA-NED 3/28/2012 7:18AM

    fabulous. my favorite: "Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special." I need to constantly remind myself of this.

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 3/28/2012 6:56AM

    Wow, that was awesome, I loved it!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/28/2012 6:56AM

    emoticon A great list!

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    Wonderful, thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/28/2012 3:04AM

    Words of wisdom from a pro! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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    I know im silly but ive been very emotional lately and this made me cry but in a good way helped me to remember some important things about life Im going to copy this to a sticky note on my laptop to read daily

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SUNSETSEEKER 3/27/2012 9:22PM

  I really enjoyed that, thanks for sharing. Not quite 90 yet, but way past 40. Good advice no matter who you are or how old.

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NEPTUNE1939 3/27/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon God bless, us young-uns should take heed.

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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'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 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!!

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NEWMAC2011 3/27/2012 7:11PM

    They are so cute. Nothing like an animal surprise!

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NWILKER 3/27/2012 11:27AM

    Those are some huge babies! Yeah for more pets!!

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TERESA159 3/27/2012 11:15AM

    Wow, that's a nice surprise. Looks to me like pigs give birth to hamsters!

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KARENDEE4 3/27/2012 8:54AM

    How cute!!

We had a neighbor that had a guinea pig and so did another neighbor.

Both kids were told the guinea pigs could not play together because one was male and one was female. The kids were young at the time.

A month later the guinea pig had babies and the kids swore they never played together. The parents were laughing cause they knew the guinea pig played together cause they had babies.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/27/2012 8:35AM

    What a fun surprise! Cute!

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IMIN2GENES 3/27/2012 8:11AM

    So adorable!! Congrats!

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MAMADWARF 3/27/2012 12:20AM

    Adorable! When our hamsters had babies, they were hairless blind and gross! I thought worms had gotten in the cage! But it was crazy how fast they grew, like every hour they were growing before ur eyes...guinea pigs are way cuter!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 3/27/2012 12:02AM

    Love the pics of the new family members...too cute

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Another Quote I love...Words to live by!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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YIWEN39 3/23/2012 7:21PM

    Great quote :-)

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    emoticon what a great quote to get ya moving

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IMIN2GENES 3/23/2012 10:30AM

    Good one!

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THAIBEAUKITTY 3/23/2012 10:09AM


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KARENDEE4 3/23/2012 9:21AM


I love quotes!

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GLORYANDME 3/23/2012 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 3/23/2012 7:31AM

    This is very true!!!!

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I love today's quote!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

So true!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/21/2012 8:37PM

    Thanks for sharing this on your blog and for being a friend and fellow teddy bear who takes the time to share and encourage and support me along the way!! Hugs Barb

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IMIN2GENES 3/16/2012 9:17PM


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POETICBLONDE 3/16/2012 3:10AM

    Beautiful emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/16/2012 2:42AM

    Beautiful :-)

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JAZZYZARI 3/16/2012 12:04AM

    That is a wonderful quote! Thank you for passing it forward. emoticon emoticon

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 3/15/2012 10:16PM

    Awesome quote! Thank you for sharing!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 3/15/2012 10:14PM

    It really is a great quote. And oh so true. Thanks for putting it on your blog! emoticon emoticon

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Pre Challenge Activity # 4 - Spring 5% Challenge

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

OUCH...Trigger Foods:

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'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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BESTCK 3/13/2012 12:01PM

    Interesting thoughts on instilling good eating habits in our children. I may have to blog about that myself.

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TERESA159 3/13/2012 11:34AM

    What a beautiful background photo, love the pinks and the little bird.
Yes, it is hard not to eat crap once it comes to finally be "your time" of the day. You do deserve a reward, you made it through the day without any bloodshed or broken bones. I am the same way, even though my kiddos are all grown. I still like to kick back with a little reward. Lately it's been a cup of mint tea and a few squares of quality dark chocolate. It's about 100 calories and is quite yummy.
Good luck with the Spring 5%. I'll have to read about and do that prechallenge assignments. I missed that somehow....

Go Bears! emoticon

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