Sunday, May 11, 2014
I am up early, having my first cup of coffee. It's Mother's Day. I remember as a young girl goig to church wearing my red carnation corsage. My Mom's corsage was double, one red and one white. I knew it was because my grandmother was dead but my grandfather's wife, Nan was alive. These thoughts led me to think about an array of women who have been "Mom" to me at some time in my life. Today, I want to celebrate those women because without their guidance, love and caring, I would not be the woman I am. Their names will mean very little to anyone reading this blog, but they are my daily inspiration and my role models for all aspects of my life. Thank you: Ethel, Amelia, Patty, Leona, Marie. You gave me life, raised me with Christian values, took me into your family when I was away from mine, saw me through a questionable marriage and the birth of my children, embraced me in a new community and affirmed me as a mom. Most of you have gone on but you will not be forgotten nor your presence in my life minimized. I love you.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Good Grief. Bad habits come back quicker than good habits are formed. This seems to be a universal truth in my life. I am very conscious of what I am eating now that I am facing surgery. Some might say to little, too late but I feel like a little is better than nothing. Anyway, before I completely digress, let me continue. I have been more conscientious about packing lunch, viewing menus prior to entering the restaurant and generally trying to avoid excess sugar. What I haven't been doing is watching the breakfast menu. I have skipped back into the bad habit of drive through breakfast. As I reflected on last week and today, I have purchased breakfast four days out of six. The mornings I didn't buy breakfast, I (1) ate oatmeal at home and didn't go to work or (2) I ate at home and went in late to work. I think that I am compensating for the time I prefer to have breakfast and the time I leave my home. I don't like to have breakfast before 7:30, it throws my whole food schedule off. I wake up naturally between 4:45 and 5:30 and I have medicine to take on an empty stomach. I am not supposed to eat for an hour after taking the medicine. I usually take the medicine around 6:00 am. I realize that I have attempted to make oatmeal at work but the microwave is so different from the one at home that the oatmeal always overflows and makes a mess. I am not particularly fond of cold cereal, only really like Cheerios. A container of yogurt by itself does not hold me until lunch. In reviewing all this today, I think I had better start to think of breakfast just like I think of lunch. I need to take those items that I eat and pack them the night before. I h aven't gone food shopping yet, so I should be able to work on this week. If I am going to buy a sausage biscuit through the drive through window, I can probably make a breakfast sandwich that has fewer calories and cost less, too. Making a list of the things that I have purchased from Burger King, McDonald's and Dunkin. I also have had to give some thought as to why I rotate among the drive-throughs---um-mm. I am too embarrassed to go to the same window morning after morning. That should have been a major hint.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
A few years back one of my teams did this activity. We each selected a word that monthly on what was happening in our lives based on the word we had chosen. I don't do well with New Year's resolutions so I have given up setting myself up at the beginning of the year. I have never made it pass March with any resolution! I was able to use the word of the year activity for a full year, so I am going to repeat this activity.
I received a facebook post from a friend that had a poster of the word FOCUS. I felt like I had received a cosmic message. The poster even explained how I was to focus. In have had some success here at sparkpeople but I have spent more time barely hanging in. When I think about the times I have been truly successful, I realize that I was focused on a task, an activity or some healthy habit.
So, being guided by this poster, I am going into 2014 with Focus. I will reflect using a thread set up on a team that co-lead.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Had jury duty on Tuesday. The building is kept at 64 degrees. When I left at 6:30 assigned to a trial for Friday I wasn't feeling well. I was up at 3:00 throwing up and generally feeling like something the cat drug in. Wednesday I was sent home from work--sick. I felt so bad that I weighed in with one of my teams but forgot to spin the wheel and blew my perfect attendance effort for November. I wasn't able to eat much and have lived on soup for the past three days. The only movement has been from the couch to the bed and back again. I am on my way back to court in a few minutes. I wonder how I will feel after today. I really don't want to be sick.
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