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Feb 1 -- A fresh new month with some improvement goals

Friday, February 01, 2013

I can't believe January is already gone and a new month is beginning! Time just flies past the older you get!
January was not a perfect month, but it was a good start to my Spark program. There were a lot of days that I did well with my nutrition and exercise but there were days that were a let down. I didn't always blog/journal as often as I should and there were quite a few days I didn't log my food. The majority of days, I drank 72 oz of water or better though there were a few days that I came up short. Could I have been more consistent with my exercise? Of course, I could but I'm proud that I logged over 750 minutes of exercise for the month.

For the new month, I have a few special goals of improvement. I plan to add at least 100 minutes to my workout (850 minutes in February). I will drink 80 oz of water per day at least 25 of 28 days. I did very poorly on my sleep this past month, but I will be in bed before 11p at least 21 out of 28 days. I will think of others more than myself and encourage others by posting to the Sparkpeople message boards at least 5 days per week. When the month is over and I have accomplished my goals, I will reward myself with a relaxing massage.

Best of luck to all who are pursuing goals this month. Happy February! I wish you love!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 2/1/2013 6:50PM

    Good plan!

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Jan 28 -- Back to Good News Club & torn about church

Monday, January 28, 2013

OK, first of all, I wrote this blog earlier today yet it has mysteriously disappeared so if this should happen to post twice, I won't be surprised!
It's been a crazy busy day today. We had our first day back at Good News Club today and it actually went a little better than I expected. We were short one adult volunteer and we were anticipating a 3rd youth volunteer but everything worked out just fine. A lot of kids are out sick I think but we still had around 75 or 80 there. This is the first time I've taken a lead roll instead of just doing music but it felt pretty decent. I think I'm working with someone I could really like so the team is off to a strong start.
I had planned on going to the funeral home because a gentleman from our church lost his mom. Unfortunately, by the time I got home there wasn't much time, and my car was being kind of stupid. I can't keep it running and I don't know why. I don't think it likes moisture very much; my problems always happen when there's a lot of rain or snow.
After I got back this evening, I called an old friend. She had been stranded with car troubles earlier and I wanted to make sure she'd made it home. She recently left the church we'd previously attended together and I got a chance to ask her about her decision. She tells me that the pastor lied to her and several others in the congregation about different things and several people have left the church as a result. This is my dilemma: I like this pastor's preaching and have attended worship under him several times on Sunday nights, but I don't know if I can sit under this man if he's being dishonest to his congregation. The question is do I ask him about it? A part of me feels like he deserves to tell his side of the story, but asking him means we're engaging in gossip and that doesn't seem right either. I'm not transferring my membership, but maybe I should keep the kids out of the picture until I know the truth. Really wondering what others would do because at this point I don't know what's right.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/29/2013 8:19AM

    emoticon best wishes!!

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MISSA526 1/29/2013 6:54AM

    Hikes! Sounds like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place as far as the pastor is concerned. If you bring it up to him he'll deny because either he's telling the truth or since he hes supposedly lied already, he'll just deny it. Either way I think you're not going to get the answer you're looking for. I would look at the source of the information. Is she trustworthy? Has she lied or stretched the truth in the past? I wish I could be of more help. I'm glad to hear (well read lol) that you were able to step up to a leadership roll in the Good News Club! That is a great achievement! emoticon I hope you're able to figure out what to do... I'm here for you if you ever need to talk or vent! Take care hon *hugs*

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Jan 25 -- Bye bye Hershey girl :(

Friday, January 25, 2013

I sit with tears rolling down my cheeks. The thought of dinner is nauseating, but I'm pretty sure I don't have the flu. The best dog we've ever had has moved on from this life. We were standing there, saying good-bye and reassuring her as the vet took her life. I feel like we betrayed her.
She was in extreme pain and there was nothing they could do. She was going to lose her leg and the doctor didn't think she could adjust, but maybe we should have tried. She could have taken pain pills but I don't know what that would have done to her personality. I don't even like to take my antidepressants because they leave me so lethargic; what would it be like for a dog to be constantly medicated? Surgery was an option but we just couldn't afford it. How do you spend $1000 on your dog even if she is your friend and a part of the family?
I'm sure some people will say we made the wrong choice and for all I know you may be right, but I'm begging you not to criticize our decision. It was the hardest thing we've ever done and I'll always wonder if we went the wrong way on this one. I work in a Pregnancy Center where we preach and teach the sanctity of life. Did I under-value her life? I know she was not human but she was loving and brave. Did she deserve better? This hurts so much emoticon

Love you baby girl. Miss you forever.
Hershey ... our friend and companion from Dec. 2007 - Jan. 2013

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SIMONEKP 1/29/2013 9:25AM

    Sorry for your loss

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ADARKARA 1/29/2013 8:02AM

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I wouldn't have been able to spend that kind of money either, and I probably would feel much as you do now. Hershey is out of pain now, and there is no way that she would resent you for your choice. Dogs don't know resentment, they only know love. emoticon

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    So sorry for your loss. Hugs

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/26/2013 6:42PM

    so sorry for the loss of your beloved dog that knew you loved her and did the best.

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DIANA3BANANA 1/26/2013 7:58AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss! I dread the day when I will lose my faithful and loving labs. But I know the time will come and I will be in your shoes. It's easy to second guess yourself after the fact. There will always be the what if's. Hold onto the knowing that you made what you thought was the best decision for your loving and brave friend!


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TAWANDA_IS_BACK 1/25/2013 9:42PM

    God placed us above and over the animals so that we could take care of them. Sometimes, taking care of them means we have to make very tough decisions. I've been right where you are today. My 13 year old teacup chihuahua began to lose control of her bowels, bladder, and she'd lost most of her hearing and sight. I kept her for as long as i could but when she got to that point, I had to make the hardest decision I've made in a long time. I along with my sister, took her to the vet to do the unthinkable. My dad had built her a casket and buried her for me as I and my sister looked on. We were all in tears. This has only been a few years back for me and I still miss her dearly. It's amazing at how much of a companion a tiny 2lb animal can become. Thankfully, I had a Siberian Husky at the time and still do....she's helped me through the lonely times. She loved her little sister too :) Be comforted knowing your baby is no longer in pain. emoticon from one dog lover to another.

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DARJR50 1/25/2013 9:19PM

  I'm sorry for your loss. Having to make the decision to put her down must have been very difficult for you. Did you do the right thing? In my opinion you did. She was in a great deal of pain and keeping her alive and under the medications would have been a great dis-service to her. You made your decision with love in your heart and was with her to the end. I am sure she would agree you did the right thing for the right reason.

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Jan 22 -- A few lazy days, but getting back on track

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I weighed in this a.m. and I'm up about 1 lb. This isn't too big a deal and it's really not a surprise; with the craziness of the long weekend -- the bridal shower, the wedding, the kids home for an extra day with the school holiday-- I didn't do well watching my diet, and I didn't exercise at all.
Today we had a 2 hr delay so I used the extra time to get back on my program. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, had a healthy breakfast, and logged in to Sparkpeople before the boys left on the bus.
Now hubby is home and wants to go out to eat, but I can't see having lunch this early so hope to hold him off for an hour or two. Really thinking a nap would be nice, but we'll have to see.

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 1/22/2013 11:45AM

    I decided yesterday to take the day off from exercise and I did not watch what I ate like I normally do. No surprise to me that my scale did not say I lost either but everyone now and again it is nice to not have to log everything and have a free day, as long as you remember to get back on track, which you did. SO KUDOS TO YOU!

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Jan 19 -- Shower down, wedding to go

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The shower went pretty well. Steff was very excited about her KitchenAide mixer. She got some really nice gifts and I'm very glad so many family and friends cared enough to come and support her. I know I didn't eat well today; the cake was an unusual treat and I know I ate too much cheese. I actually let myself have a soda and I haven't had near enough water today. There's not much chance I'll get a workout in because I'm really tired tonight and just feel like turning in. The best I can hope for is a chapter of Bible reading then off to sleep. The morning will be here early and I still have much to do.

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DEE1221 1/19/2013 9:37PM

    Sounds like you enjoyed your day.


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