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"Finding my Rainbows" challenge.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Don't you just hate it when you type out a long blog and then it disappears?

I have started my "Finding my Rainbows" challenge again. I have it posted on the "Keep me moving and Losing" team. I hope some of you will join in. I used to be one of those people who always saw the good (the rainbows). I was very positive. Then I went through some rough times and all that changed. It has been 16 years and I want my rainbows back. So each day (or whenver you can) you post your rainbow for the day. Its easy at first but after a few weeks you really have to think so you don't end up repeating yourself. Its a very therapeutic challenge. I also started a weekly challenge on the same team. One week will be a physical challenge and the next a nutritional one. I am hoping these challenges will keep me motivated.

Rocky is happy and healthy again. Its is so amazing how we love our pets. Rocky is 20 years old which is equivalent to 100 people years so it will be very hard when he passes away. He is still strong. I don't think the vet believed us when we said his age.

Both of my little guys have been invited to parties. They are very excited. Jordan gets invited to alot of them since he is so social. Adam is shy though, but he has recently found a group of friends that he is comfortable with. I was worried he would be afraid to go since he is not good with new situations but he is very happy about it.

I did some walking today which is actually my rainbow for today. I had some shopping to do so I decided to walk around the store several times. Then when another store wasn't open yet instead of standing there waiting I went for a walk down the block. Its a good start for me. I have had a hard time getting myself motivated for exercise lately. I have had some hikes with the kids which I enjoyed but thats about it.

Please join my challenges. It will be fun. Have a nice day.

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KEEPSAKES66 10/23/2009 6:24AM

    That is an awsome challenge! It is amazing how looking for that one positive can help our mental health! Thanks for coming up with it and please do put it on the just can't wait team challenges as well- I will look for it! emoticon

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TKT123 10/22/2009 8:00PM

    This is a great idea for a challenge!!! Will you please post this same challenge on the team JUST CANT WAIT? I, and perhaps others do not have the time necessary to be on another team but would love to join in and be positive about thier rainbows..I hope you will consider it I would like that very much..hugs, Trudy

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Went over on calories but still did okay

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I ate like a pig during the day yesterday, but managed to control myself at dinner. I made a really nice meatloaf with potatoes and carrots and yellow beans and then I covered it with a low=cal gravy. It was so good and not too bad on calories either. I ended up going about 250 cals over for the day which surprised me since I thought it would be alot more. I even got in a short hike. It was only 20 minutes but 20 minutes is better than nothing. I am trying to eat light today since we are having pizza for dinner and I love pizza. Its homemade and comes out at about 175 cals per slice which isn't too too bad for pizza. They are smaller slices than delivery so when I say 4 slices it isn't over the top.

Rocky gets the tube in his face taken out today. Its funny because he is ashamed with the cone on. He keeps turning his back because he doesn't want us to see. I keep telling him it makes him look handsome but I guess he doesn't speak people. LOL It really bothers him that he can't clean himself with the cone on so I gave him a little bath yesterday. I just wiped him with a damp cloth but he seemed to really like it. It is going to be really hard to get him into the cage this afternoon to take him back to the vet. He is not going to be a happy guy. I feels so bad for the poor fella. He has started to put the weight back on which is great. We call him lardbutt all the time, but last week he got so skinny we had to stop.

We are going to MY parents house for a meal this weekend. We hardly ever go there since we always HAVE to go to the inlaws. It will be nice. The boys love my parents and they treat the boys so well. It is really great to see.

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TKT123 10/22/2009 9:43AM

    Good for you that you got that walk in..that must have helped some with the 250 calories you went over so good for you, no..great for YOU!! Sounds like you have a nice week end planned and that makes me happy for you too...hugs and blessings friend..T

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LITTLEWIND53 10/21/2009 10:55PM

    Better watch out, Rocky may start to like having someone else clean him (lol) Seriously, I had a little tom who was hurt in an accident and I was the one who took him to the vet, I was the one who picked him up again, I was the one who took him for his shots, and guess who took him to get neutered? Yup, me. He got so he hated me ans swiped my leg everytime I was anywhere in the vicinity. So Rocky being ashamed of his cone, is not an insurmountable obsticle.

Hope all went ok with the vet visit and he's well on the road to recovery.

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Beware - a picture of me

Monday, October 19, 2009

I wish Walmart sold willpower. I have none. I was so determined that today would be different but it wasn't. I get so mad at myself, but that doesn't accomplish anything.

Its been foggy and dreary all day today. I'm sure it has alot to do with my mood. I did get a hike in yesterday afternoon which was good. I walked around Walmart (I couldn't find the willpower aisle) for about an hour but browsing isn't quite the same as walking. I did manage to find shirts for the boys for Christmas. Its going to be a pretty barren Christmas around here since we had to pay a huge vet bill. Rocky is worth it though. My teenager likes to complain all the time about us not having money for all the things he wants. I just tell him too bad. Money doesn't make you happy. I am not a high maintenance person so I don't know where he gets it from. He will learn when he has a fmaily of his own.

I feel so bad for Rocky. Daisy, our other cat, won't go near him. She is afraid of the cone he has to wear. Its sad to watch since they always get along so well. Daisy is a strange cat. She thinks she is a little boy. She even plays of the swingset with the kids. Its hilarious to watch.
Here is a picture of me and my two youngest sons taken in July. I'm the short, fat one in the back.

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HEATHER39 10/21/2009 5:37PM

    This is a beautiful photo. And Dawnwins is right, don't be so hard on yourself.
From one shorty to another. emoticon
And a big emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 10/20/2009 7:38PM

    I think I leave my willpower at the door it seems. Thats a great picture of you and the boys. emoticonKaren

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TRESSA2501 10/20/2009 2:19PM

    You look great in that picture!! I would love to be a buddy to you, I believe it was you who said you wished you could be on weight watchers, well, I could help you some with that if you wanted. I am sure if you google some things about it you could kinda figure it out some. I would love to help you if I can. You wouldn't need to have the materials but there are websites that have point values and all. Let me know if I can help you out at all. I would be happy too! Together we will go from this emoticon to this emoticon

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TKT123 10/19/2009 9:41PM

    That is a awesome picture of you and your boys..its beautiful there and your beautiful too...I really have missed not being able to be on line daily...know I wish it could be different..hugs, Trudy

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FIGHTERCHICK32 10/19/2009 9:37PM

    I hope you feel better soon!


P.S. I like the picture.

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RAPUNZEL53 10/19/2009 5:37PM

  Great picture! ALL of you look GREAT!

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BAILEYSK8Z 10/19/2009 5:26PM

    You know I have searched for the willpower isle, too! Maybe someday, I will open a shop that carries isles and isles of that needed commodity! In the meantime, stop beating yourself up. I have teens at home that think that I am a bank. Like you, I am very simplistic. I told my daughter last night that I am glad that I am not a teen today. Too much pressure to fit into those itsy bitsy clothes! Looking back I don't think anyone remembers that I wasn't a fashionista.

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QUILTINGQUE 10/19/2009 5:24PM

    Nevermnd WalMart, I wish any place sold willpower. If we could find it and bottle it, we could make a fortune.

Just keep moving forward and you will be okay.

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DAWNWINS 10/19/2009 5:19PM

    That's a great picture of you and your boys. Please talk nicer about are worth it! The world outside is cruel enough without us being so hard on ourselves.
Have a great day!

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Poor Rocky

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rocky is home. The poor thing has to wear the cone for about a week while the drain tube is in. We have to give him medicine twice a day and clean around the tube. Normally he wouldn't let us do something like that but he knows he needs help right now. He had this thing with his paws were he won't let anyone touch them but he actually put his paw into my hand so I could take a bandage off for him. We all went to pick him up at the animal hospital and he was so happy to see us. Everyone there commented on how vocal he had been and how he kept trying to escape. When he's not happy he lets you know. They didn't believe us about his age. He is 20 years old. He is so big and strong that he foold everyone. His usual weight is 19 or 20 pounds.

Took the boys for a swimming lesson this morning. I didn't tell Adam until it was time to go since he has a hard time dealing with new situations. He cried and cried, but when he got there he had a great time. Jordan was excited.

Haven't been able to get any exercise this weekend. We have been so busy and its been raining. Tomorrow I am back on the bike for thirty minutes four times a week (at least). I haven't been binge eating but I haven't been dieting either. It will be so nice to have some ME time tomorrow when everyone goes back to school. It seems like forever since I have had any time alone since the kids have been taking turns being sick.

My MIL wanted to bring flowers for Rocky. She didn't bring me flowers when I had my operation. So funny.

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TKT123 10/19/2009 9:47PM

    Poor kitty...looks so sad in that collar...bless his heart..

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TIABITS 10/18/2009 11:42PM

    Ahh poor'll be okay buddy. I know how feisty they can be I had a very feisty female cat who let everyone know she was the boss & not to annoy her or else!

She was my protector though & loved my hubby so much she waited by the stirs each day for him to come home from she knew I will never know....must have had an internal clock that told her.

Now I have a real sweet little girl named Vina...she is such a good cat...really good with kids, she loves my nephews when they come visit.

Hope all settles down for you & that you get that quiet time soon! Take care! Liz emoticon

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SAMANTHA44 10/18/2009 6:24PM

    Glad to hear Rocky is alright..that was so sweet about your MIL wanted to bring him flowers! Hope you have a great week! Kat emoticon

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Even the cat is sick

Friday, October 16, 2009

Adam finally is feeling better and now Jordan is sick. I'm sure the rest of us are next. Even our cat is sick. He is 20 years old which is really old for a cat but still in great shape. He normally weighs 19 or 20 pounds so he is a big guy. Well this last week he was looking so skinny and developed a huge lump on the side of his face. We took him to the vet last night and he was to have surgery this morning. The vet thinks its a tooth absess. When she weighed him he was down to 15 pounds! She said he was underweight. Poor Rocky. He will get to come home tomorrow. The kids sure miss him.

My healthy eating has taken a turn for the worse again. Last night we didn't get home until bedtime so I fed the kids toast. We are having last nights dinner tonight. Its a healthy one. I haven't be able to do any hikes since I have been confined to the house with sick kids. I really need to catch up.

I have been doing genealogy all day while my son has been resting on the couch. It is so exciting and so maddening all at the same time. Anyone who does genealogy will understand what I mean by that. GOrd is working some overtime tomorrow so it will be a short weekend for us. the boys start swimming lessons on Sunday morning, but they don't know it yet. Adam gets very nervous about new situations so I thought I would wait and spare him a week of worrying. I put them in the same class so that should help with his nerves. New situations didn't bother my other two kids but every kid is different.

I'd better go and make last nights supper. LOL. Have a great weekend everyone. Hope the weather is perfect for fall activities so we all get out of the house.

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TIABITS 10/18/2009 3:12AM

    Sending you all healthy vibes! Hope u are all better soon.

I fully understand what u are going seems like it's just one thing after another sometimes.

Wow, your kitty is 20! That's great....I am a cat & dog lover & have had several cats & a couple dogs. Hope he is all better soon.

I added u as a Sparkfriend if that is ok. I see u are also from B.C & on a journey to improve your health as I am.

It always helps to have friends for support so feel free to write me if you ever need anything.

Take care! Liz emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/18/2009 3:13:34 AM

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LITTLEWIND53 10/16/2009 7:42PM

    It's hard on everyone when someone in the home doesn't feel well. Hope all are back o health soon and also that your cat is feeling better. It's hard to know what they feel because I don't speak "cat" ha ha.

Hope you enjoyed last nights dinner tonight!

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FIGHTERCHICK32 10/16/2009 7:33PM

    I hope that everybody feels better soon!


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