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My Journey to Contentment - not so easy!

Monday, March 24, 2014

I've come to think that a successful life is a continuous work in progress. If you look away for a moment things can go south. In my case, I haven't been paying much attention for 3 years and now I am in a huge state of discontent. I'm not happy with anything anymore. Why did I even think that once I lost weight everything would be great? That just isn't the case. So I am on a quest for contentment. This to me means I am grateful for who I am and what I have and I live in the moment. For someone who hasn't been doing that this is not easy.

I need to really get working on this so that my diet changes to something more suitable. I may not go over my calories but what I eat does not make me very healthy. For instance today: Poptarts, a few Pringles and a hot dog with some baked beans. I'm embarrassed to share, but this is my life and if I don't admit my struggles how can I fix them. This is the kind of eating that has me sick at home and missing work today.

Today I am grateful for having choices. Although mine are limited in areas that I wish they weren't at least I still do have some. There are people that have even fewer choices than I do.

My plan for this week is to not look backwards. There is nothing I can do about the past and I will not let it predict my future.

  
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USMAWIFE 3/24/2014 11:05PM

    good luck to you

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No junk for 30 days

Friday, February 28, 2014

On January 31 I decided that I would not eat any junk food nor would I drink alcohol for 30 days. Today is day 29 and I have followed it to the letter. I feel so much better than normal and I never really felt bad. I won't go back to eating junk but instead will allow myself to have treats but they will need to be unprocessed and healthy and of course in moderation.

My next challenge will be eliminating starchy carbs at least one day a week for the month of March. I might even try to increase it a day every week.



  
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NYARAMULA 3/2/2014 9:07AM

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LINDA! 3/1/2014 6:05PM

    emoticon for sticking to your plan. That is wonderful!!

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PEZMOM1 3/1/2014 1:26PM

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IMPERIODEE 2/28/2014 8:12PM

  wow, you are admirable! i should try your strategy too! wooohoo!!!

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MIMIDOT 2/28/2014 7:26PM

    Good going! Keep it up.

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JULIEABIGAIL 2/28/2014 7:15PM

  emoticon i went 17 days this month sans alcohol or junk food--right up until five minutes ago when i bought some chocolate and decided to munch while i caught up a bit on sparkpeople and saw your blog! i'm still munching, but will start a new streak tomorrow! emoticon

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CAROL494 2/28/2014 6:52PM

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Can I eat only real food for 30 days?

Monday, December 30, 2013

I lost 53 pounds by eating 'healthier" and exercising. Although I did eat healthier than I had been I really wasn't eating healthy.

Lately I have been looking into how I eat and how I can do a better job of only putting healthy FOOD in my body. My job allows me to have a nice break over Christmas so I have been watching a lot of food documentaries. This has lead me to challenge myself to really eat healthy and clean for 30 days.

My challenge to myself is to eat whole foods and not processed garbage. Today is my first day and I have not very well prepared.

I've found that when you want to eat healthy whole food, especially in the winter time, it's hard to find really good and good tasting fruits and veggies. I think I need to stop shopping at Wal-mart for food. I got a few other things there and still need to go food shopping. I'll tackle that tomorrow. So since I didn't have much I started doubting this challenge and thought maybe I should not do it or not be so strict. But I am resolved to do this for 30 days. Tomorrow will be better. I am already looking forward to my oatmeal full of yummy fruit. I would add nuts but I ran out.

  
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HAPPY92003 12/31/2013 11:48AM

    I love freeze dried fruit...Trader Joe's sellsit for a lot less than other places. You can also find it at places like REI or online. In recipes it tastes like fresh...but out of the bag it tastes like candy:)

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JACKIE542 12/31/2013 9:41AM

    Good idea

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ZBMORGAN 12/31/2013 8:36AM

    This may make you try some NEW produce you might like...good luck! You have a good attitude about it!

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GOOSIEMOON 12/30/2013 8:27PM

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FDDNMD 12/30/2013 8:07PM

    I found the same thing to be difficult in the winter. All my favorite fruits are summer fruits. Berries, apricots, star fruit, durians. Don't doubt your decision at all and don't be afraid to be strict. Pears are in right now, grapefruits, oranges, blood oranges, apples, pomagranets. I stopped going to walmart for my fruit too. It's a depressing selection and the taste is terrible. I found a Sprouts market or whole foods store for the fruits and veggies. Whole Foods not so much because the price it high there. But try to find a nice market where you live. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Your loss has sparked me to try again. So keep going!! I am rooting for you!!! emoticon

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ROBBIEY 12/30/2013 8:04PM

  Great idea, I might have to try it for 30 days.

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Skin cancer removed

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Last week Thursday I had skin cancer removed from my forehead. They used a procedure called MOHS that helps to reduce scarring but also makes sure that it is all gone before they close you up and send you home. It was a much bigger process than I thought especially since the biopsy was not a really big deal.

I had a spot the size of a dime on my forhead a little above my right eye. Now I have stitches that are about 2 inches long and much more work was done under the skin to reconstruct my forehead.

The reason I am writing this is to tell all of those who will listen to be aware of your body and your skin. I only noticed this about a year ago and thought it would go away. I was told by the doctor that because of the size and the fact it is a slow growing cancer that I probably had it for much longer than that. I'm thinking had I caught this sooner the reconstruction may not have been so much which would mean maybe a little bit easier recovery.

I know people go through much worse than what I have been through but if we are aware and take good care of our bodies then we can catch things before they get out of control and cause worse damage. I never thought this would happen to me because I really try to not be in the sun when I don't have to and protect my skin. But this cancer is from the cumulative effects of sun exposure. So moms and dads, protect your children's skin too.


  
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ROOT4HOME 11/8/2013 11:14AM

    Oh my gosh, Renee! I'm glad you got this treated and thanks for the reminder!! Hugs!!

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CTUPTON 11/5/2013 3:46PM

    In my photo gallery , I have a photo of my Mohs surgery. It was on my nose. It is no fun to go through that's for sure. Now I have a faint scar straight down my nose. Unless I mention it, people don't notice it. You will be glad you had this done. I have to go back every 6 months for check ups not only on my face, but all over.

Thanks for posting this. I know others will benefit from it. chris

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REMCMFA 11/5/2013 11:41AM

    Thanks for the post and getting the word out there.


Sunscreen and hats!!!


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I see the light!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

So I have been in a rut for a while. It's amazing what just a little bit of hope can create. We found out last night that we will be renting a townhouse that we really like. It took them a week to get back to us and the week seemed like two it was so long. But this little bit of news gave me just enough of a glimmer of hope that I can see the light and I am slowly moving out of this rut.

I'm not really sure why "in between" places make me feel like I'm stuck but they do. As I move forward on my journey I get better at dealing with things but I'm not completely content yet. I believe it will come.

Our youngest granddaughter (sister to the one in my last blog)



  
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LJCANNON 10/21/2013 8:02AM

    emoticon Congratulations on your New Place!! How Exciting to be moving forward like that! You are right, it Does get a little easier to "Deal" with things as we get More Mature and we learn that Everything Does Pass in it's own time!!
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Your Grand Daughter is Adorable!!

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NYARAMULA 10/20/2013 3:07PM

    Enjoy your new place.

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STARTINGINLIMBO 10/20/2013 12:47PM

    It sure is nice to see oneself getting out of a rut.
Your granddaughters are beautiful. :)

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 10/20/2013 12:13PM

    Another adorable granddaughter! (I have two myself!)

So happy to hear your good news! Your own place! I agree with you... being "in between" places sort of leaves one in limbo. But NOW you'll be settling in to stay!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/20/2013 6:58AM

    SO pretty. What a beautiful hat!



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THINFITFEMINIST 10/20/2013 6:01AM

    I hope the new place's owners respond faster to repairs.

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FLAMENM 10/20/2013 12:26AM

    Beautiful!

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FITFRIT 10/19/2013 11:55PM

    She is adorable!

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ARNETTELEE 10/19/2013 10:29PM

  Beautiful granddaughter!

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