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T-shirt motivation

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last summer I saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that I just loved because I related to it so much. Of course, my memory is so blasted bad that I forgot exactly what the shirt said - only remembered that I liked it and it had to do with getting older. I kept meaning to ask my daughter, who was with me when I saw it, if she remembered what it said, but I never got around to it. I suspect she would have remembered, if only because, unlike me, she has a really good memory.

Well, today I was looking through one of those ubiquitous Christmas catalogues, and, lo and behold, there was the shirt! I still like it just as much, and I think I may just order one for myself for Christmas. It says, "The Older I Get, The Better I Was." SO true. And sad, too, because I used to hate my body and think I was a klutz who couldn't do anything remotely athletic. Sigh.

Anyway, my long-term goal is now to get to the point where I am better now than I was when I was younger. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I think it is something to strive for.

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BLITZEN40 11/15/2012 1:14AM

    I love that saying! It's one my Dad relayed to me a few years back and I got a laugh out of it then. It's true that if you have an older relative who tells the same story about himself over and over year after year, the story gets better as it relates to painting the teller in a more positive light each time.

It's great to aim high in setting goals regardless of whether you are striving to get to where you once were or do even better than that. Just set out to be the very best person you can be and you can't go wrong! emoticon

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In Memory of my Father and All Veterans

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Well, it being the day Veteran's Day is celebrated (although everyone knows it was the real thing yesterday...the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month), I am going to try to post a picture of my father, taken during World War II, in 1944. He was a jumpmaster in the D-Day invasion, and he was also in the Battle of the Bulge and a number of other campaigns. He was one of those who liberated one of the concentration camps. He saw the horrors there and became physically ill.

He went on to fight in the Korean War, and also in Vietnam. While he was in Vietnam, he got sick and was sent home, where Stage IV pancreatic cancer was discovered. He died three months after the diagnosis. He was only 55 years old, and I was a young child when he died.

In his memory, and in memory of all who have served in the military, I say, "Thank You!"

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BLITZEN40 11/13/2012 10:00AM

    Great photo! I'm so sorry you lost him at such a young age. We can all be thankful for brave men like him who served and protected our country. emoticon

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JTREMBATH 11/13/2012 2:00AM

    emoticon emoticon In memory of all Vets.

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ANDYLIN90 11/13/2012 1:26AM

    And so do I! Thank-you for posting this.

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DIBANANA 11/13/2012 1:25AM

  Thank God for men like your dad! He was very handsome as well. I am sorry that you lost him at such a young age.

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ZRIE014 11/13/2012 1:13AM

  they gave their tomorrows for our todays. a great group. emoticon emoticon

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Lots of Walking

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Well, today I certainly got my 10,000 steps and then some! Danny was invited to a birthday party at the Botanical Gardens, which is having a big dinosaur exhibit. We must have walked a couple of miles at least. Back in my younger days, I could have done that without blinking. But now, with bad hip arthritis, I can walk, but it hurts, and the greater the amount of walking, the worse the pain. But I did it. It was rough, but I got through it. And it was worth the pain, because the Botanical Gardens are just lovely! I truly enjoyed seeing so many beautiful plants. In addition, being out in nature was rejuvenating.

Afterwards, I dropped Danny off at his dad's, drove home, and realised I had to walk the dog. Boy, I didn't feel like it, but you can't tell that to a dog. So I took her for her walk and put in probably about 5000 more steps. I hope she appreciated it, because now I am afraid all my muscles are going to seize up and I won't be able to make it out of my chair.

Now for a nice long relaxing bath and early bed. I need a good sleep so I can work tomorrow without snarling at everyone I encounter.

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BLITZEN40 11/11/2012 4:34PM

    Glad you got to enjoy the beauty of the gardens! Sorry your hip is hurting. I recently read that pineapple juice is good for arthritis and have tried it for my knee with some success. It's all natural, so worth a try. Way to go getting all that walking in! emoticon

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SUNSETBREEZE05 11/11/2012 2:08AM

    I love to walk the gardens. It is a perfect place. I have a dog named Dexter but I don't walk him because he is on a constant run He was a year in Aug. Hope you feel better than what you think when you wake up. Have a great Sunday!!

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MARYJEANSL 11/10/2012 11:00PM

  Of course I forgot to bring my camera to the Botanical Gardens, so I don't have any pictures to post. Next time, I hope!

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Handling depression and cravings

Friday, November 09, 2012

I am feeling quite depressed again. I thought I would have my son tonight. We usually have a pleasant time in the evening together, watching DVDs or walking the dog or reading. No excitement but no conflict, either, and there's a lot to be said for that.

Well, I had expected to have him, so I didn't plan anything else as I should have. Then his dad called at about one and wanted him to go to the movies and spend the night there. I always say yes to his dad unless there is a real schedule conflict, which there wasn't, so Danny is gone and I have no plans. I know I need to pull out of it. I am trying not to binge.

Oddly enough, after some time without sweets, I am finding that most sweet things are tasting too sweet, and I can't even finish them, let along binge on them. This is a very good thing. But what I am craving is rich, creamy, savory things - like the chicken and wild rice soup I made yesterday. One cup would be OK, but I want to have about a quart. Or potato chips and onion dip - one of my weaknesses. And not just a few, but lots and lots. I need a distraction. I think I will walk the dog, and hopefully snap out of it by the time I get back.

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WORTHART 11/14/2012 2:28AM

    An excellent idea to walk the dog to distract you from the siren song of chips and dip. I've had to clean my house out of any of those kinds of temptations as I can't seem to control myself when they are available. I've been drinking hot tea a lot lately, which I haven't done in years, and that helps some. Also I sometimes have a cup of coco made with water and is only 130 calories, and that seems to fill my craving hole.
Thanks for leaving your lovely comment on my blog.

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BLITZEN40 11/10/2012 3:22PM

    It's always disappointing when plans fall through. Exercise is always a great alternative if you can get yourself into the place mentally to do it, but if you can't, distracting yourself by reading a book or watching a movie are good too. Sorry about your son not coming over. Hang in there! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIA441 11/9/2012 9:18PM

  It is always good to have a Plan B when one falls through.There is usually a good reason why a plan falls through and a better thing is around the corner. Make it a "me" time to regroup, to spoil yourself with doing something special like going to get your nails done or meet with a friend.

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LUVLYLORELEI 11/9/2012 7:37PM

    Instead of, or in addition to finding a distraction when things don't quite go as planned, why not consider making a quick list of all the positive things that you can do with the time that you have now after spending a few minutes with those feelings that you have about the changes in your plans.

Do you have any projects you can do? Gifts you can make if you're into crafts, or cards you can write? I find sometimes doing the kinds of things that will lift other people's spirits will in turn lift my own.

Hope you start feeling better!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 11/9/2012 7:28PM

    Welcome back from your walk with the dog. Feel better? How about a nice cup of tea and a nice book to read to cheer you up? Or.................................
.............................R>Pamper yourself. Take a nice bubble bath and give yourself a facial. Try a foot soak, it's great. Use your alone time to just be you and enjoy yourself.

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KNYAGENYA 11/9/2012 7:25PM

    Be strong. emoticon

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Lost a couple of pounds

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Well, the stress I have been under over the election and my friend who was running has had at least one positive effect - I have lost 3 pounds since about a month ago. I don't get a chance to weigh on an accurate scale very often, so I can only check my weight infrequently. As I say, I lost about three pounds in a month, and I suspect most if not all of that loss was in the last week.

Not how I would choose to lose weight, but it's better than gaining weight because one is stressed, I suppose.

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BLITZEN40 11/8/2012 9:43PM

    I guess that's one good thing about stress... it burns calories! lol Well, maybe not, but it definitely puts the brakes on eating, so if you're trying to lose weight it can help. I'm glad this election is over though, even if I didn't necessarily get what I wanted. Now it's time to focus on good health, happiness and spark success! emoticon

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