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Who says beauty is only skin deep?

Saturday, March 03, 2012

When we think of beauty we only think of those things we can see, but what about the things we feel? A couple weeks ago I spent 3 days taking classes on how to prepare a training presentation, I wrote a blog about my experience being a volunteer which can be read at http://volunteer-databases.com/ , cooked dinner for my family and spent an afternoon with my daughter. While there is no visual beauty in all the activities I spent the week doing, it can still be viewed as something beautiful.
Being productive in something we choose to do for ourselves, for another human being or with others can be described as beauty. When we think of beauty some catch phrases may be, “the beauty within”, “what a beautiful gesture”. These phrases touch upon what is felt and not seen. We cannot see the beauty inside a person yet the beauty inside shines bright through their works, their actions and their words. A beautiful gesture while we may see the results is that something beautiful someone as done which comes from within.
If you sit back and think about something you have accomplished or something you have experienced, do you stop to contemplate the wonderful feeling you have inside? Can this not be described as something beautiful?
While I look for outward signs of beauty, and there is no doubt it surrounds us everywhere, the is one thing I feel for certain, the people with whom I am surrounded have found beauty, not only from what they can see, but what they express and feel. These are the people who find joy with everything they come into contact with. They can sometimes be a portal for another person as they show the beauty within to the outward beauty of our world, be it through the photos of a photographer, the paintings of a painter or the lush landscape of the landscaper and they unselfishly share the world through their eyes.
Remember my friend’s, it only takes feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, the embrace of a loved one or the gleeful look in someone’s eyes to feel the beauty you have within

  
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PPELTON 3/4/2012 10:07AM

    Miss Valerie this blog has touched my heart! Amazing words with so much feeling and truth. I could see the BEAUTY inside of you! Thank you for you thoughts today and the added insiration to move forward. I love your attitude ! From your words I see a refelection of me . "THE INSIDE " of me IS B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L*! emoticon emoticon

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LLTS01 3/3/2012 5:39PM

    I so want to give you a huge hug. Great blog.

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Starting Over

Friday, February 24, 2012

So here I am after just over a year away. If there has been anything good out of being gone is knowing that my weight gain over the past year has been only 3 pounds. I can attribute a lot of that to all I have learned on Sparkspeople. One would think that during difficult times being a part of a social network such as this would have been a way to keep from feeling like you are alone and drowning. For me that was not the case, I felt like a failure with the loss of my job and being here for the short amount of time I tried was actually more work then I had in me to do. This site is a place of support for a healthier lifestyle and my mental state of being was and still is to some point very fragile, but with that said I am finding myself slipping into some very bad old habits and with one small "goodie" and the kindness of this friend I am going to make the attempt to get back not just here and healthy but mentally as well. I am going back to logging my food, my exercise and reach out to support those who are in need. I know what to do, I just need to do it. Thanks Louisa you may just have saved my tush from getting any bigger

  
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PPELTON 2/28/2012 7:53AM

    Miss Valerie, WE must be on the same wave length. I too am back today after a few months off with yet another back injury. I have gained back more than 3 pounds , But I still have a healthy mind set. I too will be logging in my food and packing exercise into my very limited day,

Together WE can do this! Because I BELIEVE in you!

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FITMARY 2/25/2012 5:23AM

    Take those baby steps! It really helped me to commit to "just 10 minutes" of exercise a day. Amazing what "just 10 minutes" could do. And tracking my food is finally working! You can do it. A start over means you are that much closer to your eventual goals. Hang in there!

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LLTS01 2/25/2012 12:34AM

    I do wish I could do more for you. I think of you all the time. emoticon

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Bread Crumbs

Monday, April 18, 2011

It has been a very long hard and exhausting winter in the Sierras. While I am not going to make excuses for my lack of doing anything since November I will say life has certainly gotten in the way of me living the life I want. I am happy to say since November I have gained 2 pounds and that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Yes Valentines Day. I changed jobs and it took me a couple months to find my way to a new workout routine with the new hours and all was looking good and then my doctor decided to let me know the pain in my back was due to arthritis and that I needed to take it easy for a few weeks (which turned into a few months) before I went back to exercising. I mean really who was he kidding, it only took a doctors notice for me to slip back into that lazy lifestyle. Then after 25 years I have FINALLY made the choice to stop smoking. This is my 3rd attempt at not only quitting this nasty habit, but it is also my 3rd attempt to get serious about my health and weight issues. I have been able to help others, listen to others offer advise and support everyone but myself. I am my worst critic and this will be an honest effort to take my own advise and not beat myself up when I falter. I want that healthy feeling back and I start today and I am thankful I left those bread crumbs along the pathway to find my way home

  
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PPELTON 4/20/2011 7:29AM

    Welcome back! Winter has a way of sending us ALL into hibernation. We are sleepy bears waking up hungry for a healthy lifestyle. I am so happy that you are awake and well rested..Now lets get to working out and getting our health into shape...I have missed you!
Best wishes on quitting smoking..It will not be easy...but the best things in life are a challenge with sweet rewards!...Never give up!

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LLTS01 4/18/2011 9:10PM

    And I sprinkled some whole wheat bread crumbs out there for you too. It's great to have you back. I am so proud of you.

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PASTRYCHEFETTE 4/18/2011 8:07PM

    Glad you're back with us! You've been missed. Lifestyle changes are hard but you can do it!!!
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JETSOX 4/18/2011 5:13PM

    Good for you!! I know how difficult all these changes have been/continue to be, but you sound up to the challenge, and you have all of us here to support you every step of the way. One day at a time, one day at a time......

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Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Well it was a very stressful Thanksgiving this year. My 76 year old mother was in a car accident, broke 4 ribs and has a to the bone gash in her arm. Not the best Thanksgiving, but I am thankful that she was not injured even more. MrTom and I pretty much celebrated the day alone as the kids had other plans with other family members and friends. Both did stop by to say hi. Most of the Christmas decorations are up and so is my weight. Amazing that it takes me 4 weeks to loose 4 pounds, but only 4 days to put on 4 pounds. Yesterday I started walking a little. Not real sure where I am suppose to walk in the new area of my job and its cold. I wanted to begin exercising in the morning before work since I have a little over an hour to spare, but have yet to get off what I am considering today to be my fat tush and just get it done. The best part of my new job is that the harassing stress is gone and with it the over indulgence of cocktails. I feel a little out of sorts right now, but knowing me I will be able to get past it soon and get back to my old self again. Back to baby steps to get things moving again, I have fallen, I have gotten up and now I must take that first step again!

  
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LLTS01 12/1/2010 9:42PM

    Starting a new job always throws your life off kilter. It will take a little while for you to reestablish some routine and to feel comfortable with your new environment. Just stop those darn cocktails. Empty calories baby.
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REALLY_ROBIN 11/30/2010 5:14PM

    MissVal...hope your Mom recovers quickly. Be kind to yourself it sounds like your stress level went through the roof with all of that.

I'm sending good thoughts your way...you will rebound quickly!

Robin

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JETSOX 11/30/2010 4:32PM

    Valerie, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. Healing thoughts and best wishes coming her/your way! It really puts into perspective what we all DO have to be thankful for.

My wt is also up, so you are not alone. You're lucky that you have some time to exercise in the mornings...take advantage of it! Maybe drive around the area and map out a walking route? Once you get used to it, you'll be on your way!

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New Job, No Stress??

Monday, November 15, 2010

Well today I started my new job and as many of my wonderful spark friends know this has been in the forefront of my mind for nearly a month now. As I began this journey to making a change in employment I went through quite a bit of stress and anxiety. I was scared to death leaving a job after 10 years to go into the corporate world again with a new company during a time when when so many people would give their right arm to work anywhere. I mean really I did have a very good paying job with medical benefits and a whole lot of freedom. But the question for me became at what price? The company I was working for was only 16 people strong and no respect for any of the women. The new company is 600 people, medical benefits, better pay and similar to the same freedoms. So what was there to be worried about? My son always said worries has no place in your life as it accomplishes nothing productive, yet as a financial person I am concerned (worried) about meeting my obligations and quite frankly change is not at the top of my happy list. But I did make the change and I pray it was the right choice. So far today after 9 hours and not 11 (yes I know its only day 1) I have no squeezing chest pains, I have no anxiety, I feel good, although a bit tired and am excited to go back again tomorrow. Funny thing is they want me to come back, even gave me a key to get into the building. The CFO, the Controller, Human Resources, IT and Owners were all excited to have me on board so maybe my son was so right in his assessment of worry. It accomplishes nothing so why bother with it? Out of the mouths of babes shall we learn a new path if only we listen. We may think we have a lot of the answers since we are the adults, but it is time to stop and listen to our young people as they have quite a few new tricks to teach some of us older dogs. It may take a few more lessons, but I am sure I will get it! So I dedicate this blog to my wonderful, insightful sometimes crazy son.
Thank You Justin, you may not see this blog, but I know in my heart you will see the gratitude I have for your love and support.

  
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LLTS01 11/21/2010 8:08PM

    You raised a wise son. I hope your first week went well. I know how daunting change can be especially in these uncertain times. I am proud of you.
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UNICORN212 11/16/2010 2:53PM

    Hmmmmm....Smart kid! Good luck in the new job - it sounds like a keeper!

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JETSOX 11/16/2010 9:35AM

    I am so happy for you, Valerie! I kow how you struggled with your work load and stress level at your old job, and I applaud you for moving out of that comfort zone and making a life change for yourself. Sounds like it was the right choice for you, and decreasing your stress can only improve your quality of life. Kudos to your son for helping you (us) to see that worrying is not productive (although for many it is a hard habit to break!).
Congratulations on your new job and your new chapter of your life!!!!! You've got a lot to be thankful for this holiday season!

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LILY8486 11/16/2010 8:17AM

    Miss Valerie, I am so happy for you and I pray it only continues to get better!

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PPELTON 11/16/2010 7:48AM

    Way to go Miss Valerie...Big changes in employment are scarey...I want to make a move closer to home as i commute 1 hour in each direction. @ hours I could be walking is spent in traffic..The fear od leaving my happy place of 25 years for something close to home will come with many options less favorable...So for you...I am dancing on the tables and shouting out loud...WAY TO GO!

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REALLY_ROBIN 11/15/2010 11:47PM

    Wow, so cool! I am so happy for you and pray that this will be the right fit you were looking for. I know my time is coming and hope that I handle it with as much grace as you are! Sometimes our kids can see things that we cannot. I have three that are constantly teaching this old dog new tricks, too. I'm glad you had the wisdom to listen! Sleep well, dear sparker, you deserve it and tomorrow is going to be a great day! Much peace, love, joy and happiness to you! Robin

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