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Dance in the Rain

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'
He smiled as he patted my hand and said,

'She doesn't know me,
but I still know who she is..'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have..

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but knowing how to dance in the rain.

I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.

Edited to add I got this from another Sparker.

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SMILESRME 1/27/2011 4:21PM

    Thanks Yvonne. That is a beautiful story of unconditional love between a husband and wife. God knows us intimately, even when we choose to not always want to know Him!

I love dancing in the rain" mentality. You are a treasure to share such a positive and uplifting message.

Let's make the best of what we have!
Julia : )

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/26/2011 7:27PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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HIKESHAPPY 1/26/2011 7:22PM

    Yvonne, thanks for sharing. This is the kind of love my husband and I share - not very romantical, but true and lasting. He doesn't bring me flowers, but he makes sure I have gas in my car. I can see him doing this if I were the one in the nursing home. And vice versa. When God is the center of your love, it is strong and true. And such a blessing:-)

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MONTY68 1/25/2011 3:16PM

    Hi Yvonne
Thank you for sharing this. There are so many situations and stories around them. We are so busy in life that we sometimes forget others in our lives that need attention or love. A beautiful blog that you wrote will serve as a great reminder. In the last month , I received a email promoting a book called dance in the rain. Same idea .

Thank you for sharing


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RIFLEFIREGIRL 1/25/2011 1:45PM

    Kleenex please!

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2BEATIT1 1/25/2011 12:45PM

    This is one amazing story. I sent it on to my FB friends.

I have a similar story of a friend who went every day to minister to his Alzheimer wife.
He ministered faithfully twice a day for 10 years to her needs after she went into the nursing home.

My story ended more sadly. About a year after his wife was take HOME to heaven, he and his grandaughter and granddaughter's friend were found murdered in his home.

This man was like a 2nd dad to me and I was absolutely stunned. He was always doing for others and you could always count on him.

Thank you for sharing your story.

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MERRYMARY42 1/25/2011 11:36AM

    Thank You, It did me good to read this, The circle of Love is unending, just like our wedding ring.

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ALIKATZ1963 1/25/2011 11:33AM

    Thanks! I love this story, and It is so very true :) emoticon

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Tracking Food

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I didn't have time to track food during December. I have learned enough in 10 months on SP to not have to do it - or so I thought! I put on around 3 1/2 pounds. I started tracking everything again yesterday. I ate like I had been and after dinner the great awakening. I found out why I put on those pounds!!!

Well I am now back to tracking everything I eat and exercising again. Oh, did I mention that I hadn't exercised after the first week of December (unless you count shopping).

I'm getting down to business and looking forward to a good year.

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/25/2011 7:07PM

    Good for you, Yvonne! The little things DO matter! Happy fresh start! You can do this!

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TUTUNAN 1/6/2011 2:11PM

    Ah, yes, December. Well, it is behind us now (literally!), and we can get on with the rest of our lives! Food tracking is so important...I keep my notebook right next to my living room chair for easy tracking, but found I still 'forgot'. I have gone back to using the nutrition tracker on the sight. More hassle but also more effective, for me.
Keep up the good work, you're doing great.

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MONTY68 1/4/2011 10:49PM

    Hi Yvonne
I Love your blog, I think some times that we are so fortunate to have found SparkPeople. For in the past with the weight going up and down and up again, we had no support. So, You have learned a very good lesson on what to do and that is tracking and exercise.
You come into 2011, with a plan and the knowledge of what you have to do. 2011, in my opinion WILL be a very successful year for you.
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GIZZI315 1/4/2011 3:43PM

    Yes, in spite of my best intentions, December took its toll. But as loong as we get back up again, we are still on the road to success!

Thanks for all your support in 2010 and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2011.

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ALIKATZ1963 1/4/2011 3:37PM

just a little slip, you will be back on track in no time!

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2BEATIT1 1/4/2011 3:10PM

    Yes, You have found the secret. It is amazing what accountability does for ALL of us.
Glad you discovered the secret.
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JRIMM4 1/4/2011 3:02PM

    I had the same experience in December Yvonne! I began tracking and measuring again today. At least we now have the tools to fall back on when we need them!


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HIKESHAPPY 1/4/2011 2:57PM

    Sometimes things happen, and sometimes we think we learn more than we do:-) I'm with you there:-) But now you know, and now you can make progress! You really did learn a lesson - and that's awesome! Way to go, Yvonne!

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    Amazing what tracking can do! I know that is essential for me.

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RIFLEFIREGIRL 1/4/2011 12:14PM

    The people that I know that are successful with keeping weight off (one gal for 15 years) track their food. I think I am one of those that will have to do it forever. I jot everything down in a little pocket pad and then in the late afternoon/early evening, I put all of the entries in Spark and see if I have any calories left. That decides what kind of snack I can have. The spark people phone app is really nice, if I would take the time to use it. Sometimes its just easier to write it down.

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/4/2011 11:43AM

    Yep, a month like that will do it to you! But your response is right on and you'll be moving in the right direction again! Hooray for New Beginnings!!

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JOYATLAST 1/4/2011 11:03AM

    I know you are moving forward because you are being honest with yourself! emoticon

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Looking Forward

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I have been thinking a lot about goals and what I want to accomplish in 2011.

I have been spending way too much time on the computer. Whenever I am sitting, I have the computer in my lap. I couldnít even watch the Roses Parade today without it. This has to stop. I am not looking forward to trying to change this. I tend to get hyper without the computer. I will also have to make good use of my time when I do use the computer.

I want to use the time that frees up to read and do an in-depth bible study. I have been wanting to start with Philippians. I just finished an exciting class on how to study the bible without using commentaries and canít wait to put it into practice.

I also want to start going through things that we have that we never use and get rid of them. Someone should be able to get some use out of them. I am not sure whether we own our possessions or they own us :-). Now I just have to decide which room to start in.

Last but not least is Spark People. Over the holidays I just did not have time to track my food and exercise. That definitely needs to be started again. The exercising will be easy to start again. Exercising is something that I enjoy doing and it makes me feel good. It also gives me more energy.

Tracking my food is a chore that I am dreading. I know what I should be doing Ė eating more fruits and vegetables and cutting back on sweets. I have cut back to one or two F/V a day. Will start out with baby steps again and increase them to three a day. Getting my water back up to 8 glasses a day should be easy. Thank goodness for that.

I need to read more encouraging blogs on SP. I feel that these are some major goals for me and I need all the encouragement and motivation that I can get.

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    You have some great goals! Cheering you on!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/2/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon Yvonne! Just getting goals in writing is a big step in the right direction! I could identify with your computer challenge -- we got an i-pad in late Nov. and I find I've got it far more often than hubby. If nothing else, playing solitaire. Then I started getting sharp pains in my forarm and realize I'm stressing those muscles and putting pressure on nerves because of the repetetive motions. No More Solitaire -- and I do need to sit here at the desk rather than in my lazy-boy chair so often! As I was putting hats & mittens away yesterday, I pulled out several things to donate at church -- little bits of giving things away helps me. There's always more than we need! Just start small instead of looking at the big picture! Baby Steps!!
emoticon You've accomplished many things in 2010 that you can be proud of, and I'm sure you'll accomplish these goals, too! I look forward to cheering you on in 2011!

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HIKESHAPPY 1/1/2011 11:30PM

    Great job putting out your goals in writing! (I need to think about and do the same thing, but I've been procrastinating:-)

Maybe you can stop thinking that you only track food when you're doing "good". My first baby step was to track my food - good, bad, or ugly. Just tracking it was a success. That, in turn, naturally led me to make small changes. I haven't been doing that the last week or two - but I did today! It wasn't all that pretty for supper, but it's tracked!:-)

Happy New Year!

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GRAMMAP1 1/1/2011 11:10PM

    Boy Yvonne, I can agree with a lot of what you said in your blog. I hope you can accomplish "the desires of your heart". This is a great time to make a fresh start and you gave me a lot to think about. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYUNEW 1/1/2011 11:05PM

    I love what you said about our possessions owning us! So true. Cutting back is something that most of us Americans need to do. Thanks for the reminder there!

Also, good luck with your well laid out goals. You have a plan and realistic expectations. I am sure you will be successful! All things are possible through Him after all! :)

Keep us updated on your new style of bible study. It sounds intriguing.

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MONTY68 1/1/2011 10:01PM

    Hi Yvonne
Happy New Year. Great blog. I have a question about to much time on the computer. Is the time on the computer Spark time or other things? Reason I ask is that you said you didn't have time to track over the holidays? A couple of months ago, you blogged your goals and results every day or so, It seemed to work and also it is one of those areas that is you miss something , Spark friends can help motivate you to do it.
I feel you did a great job in 2010. You were quite successful in my opinion. You have some great goals set for 2011 and all I think is you just need to get going. Tracking has to be a priority, also you made a statement about getting ready to get rid of some things. believe me , decluttering can open up a huge area where things seem to get created and what I am saying, some extra excitement and motivation in other parts of your life.
I also feel you will be fine, getting started, knowing that you have been successful, having the support of Spark friends WILL result in a successful 2011.

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SMILESRME 1/1/2011 9:49PM

    Hello dear friend! Sounds like you have some great goals to start the year with! It's so easy to get out of whack and you sound determined to get back on track. I don't like to track my food either, but it really shows how to do it right when I do. I love your thoughts to get back to a Bible Study too; that will help your feelings about making the right choices.

We just got back from my mom in law's house in Missouri. She is 88 and has not ever (hardly ever) got rid of anything! It's so very cluttered in her house, and not very safe. It's hard for her to rid of things. Ron and I did our best to clean some stuff up, and we got a few things done! That always makes me want to come back and clean and give things away too! Hope you are inspired!

Blessings on your day and way to go!
Julia : )

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Looking Back.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I have been thinking a lot on what I would like to see in 2011 and thought it would be good to look back on what has happened in 2010.

Things that I did in 2010:

I found Spark People.

I met a lot of new friends on Spark People.

Iím learning how to eat healthy.

Iím exercising more regularly.

I joined a gym.

I walked in three 5kís.

I lost 10 pounds, it would have been more but I put on 3 between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I am no longer obese.

I went down one size.

I went to Disneyland for the first time.

I blogged for the first time.

I have a God who cares for me.

I have a wonderful family.

I love life.

It has been a great year.

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HIKESHAPPY 1/1/2011 11:27PM

    Yes, indeed, Yvonne, it has been a great year! Great job putting down in words so many awesome things in 2010! Thanks for sharing!

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CAROLYNVIL 12/31/2010 9:04PM

    Happy New Year!

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TUTUNAN 12/31/2010 6:49PM

    It was a good year. Congratulations

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ALICERIEGER 12/31/2010 3:23PM

    What a wonderful way to end the year. With that kind of finish your nest year should be fabulous.

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ALIKATZ1963 12/30/2010 11:38PM

    and you are a wonderful Inspiration! Hope to get to know you better in the New Year.. Hope you have the best one yet!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/30/2010 11:23PM

    End well! Can you believe the year is over?

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/30/2010 11:22PM

    Hooray for you, Yvonne! You've got lots to cheer about! Looking back is very helpful as we look ahead to the New Year. Will be watching to see what goals you decide to put in for 2011~

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GRAMMAP1 12/30/2010 11:18PM

    I would call 2010 a successful year for you. Did you stick with your 20 min of exercise during the Holidays? I missed out several times but was fairly consistent. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYATLAST 12/30/2010 10:10PM

    I am rejoicing with you on a marvelous list of accomplishments. You have much to be proud of!! And much more to look forward to!!!!


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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/30/2010 8:50PM

    Wonderful blessings! Have a wonderful 2011. Looking forward to sharing with you.

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22TULIP 12/30/2010 8:47PM

    A lot of things on that list to be very proud of!!!

Cheers to an awesome 2011!

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Ready for a New Start!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Holidays were good except for Mom continuing to go downhill and the weight gain. From Thanksgiving to Christmas I put on 3.8 pounds :-(. I had stopped tracking food and wasn't exercising. I am ready to start again and looking forward to the New Year. Doing some thinking about short and long-term goals for next year. Having a hard time on deciding what goals I should have. Thinking about all facets of life.

Last week 2 of the GC each spent a night with us. Last night GS spent the night. We will bake cookies today and go to McDonalds for lunch. Fortunately I like their salads. Wed. night GD will spend the night. I'm hoping to get to the gym a couple of times this week. Next week should be back to normal - whatever that is :-).

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COURAGE40 12/28/2010 4:29PM

    Great job just being aware of what is good for you. Happy Holidays. AWESOME

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2BEATIT1 12/28/2010 12:16PM

    Dieting is hard at anytime but when you have an ailing parent, it puts extra stress on you.
So don't be too hard on yourself and just do the best you can.

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JRIMM4 12/28/2010 12:14PM

    I'm looking forward to some sort of normallacy next week too. Have a fun day with the grandson. I hope you were able to enjoy the holidays with your mother despite her decline.


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PANAC3A 12/27/2010 8:33PM

    I'm right with you! And we WILL do this together!

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JODIRICHARDS 12/27/2010 7:56PM

    Recognizing and making a plan are good first steps, keep heading in the right direction. What healthy cookies will you make with your GC? Enjoy but stay balanced!

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GOHUSKERS2 12/27/2010 2:51PM

    Having the grandkids is a good way to workout! LOL Sorry that your Mom is having problems. You'll lose those few pounds you gained, you'll get back on track and 2011 will be YOUR year to rock!!!! Carolyn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/27/2010 12:11PM

    You will do it! Looking forward to hearing what your goals will be. Have some short term and some long tern ones. Cheering you on!

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JOYATLAST 12/27/2010 9:52AM

    I love your normal!! I'm happy you enjoyed the holidays.

I'm having the same problem with my new goals. They can't be taken lightly!

Keep up the good work!!!

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ALIKATZ1963 12/27/2010 9:41AM

    We all need a break at times, not having to worry about calories , water, or how long we exercise. I think if this new healthy lifestyle starts seeming like a job or hard work then It is a lot harder to stay with it.
You are an inspiration
I gained 30 to 40 lbs last winter, this year with people like you, the inspiration, & support have helped me so much.

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TLROYER 12/27/2010 9:22AM

    Happy New Year! Isn't it amazing how fast the pounds come on and how slow they go off. I just really don't understand that :( You will do great in the new year! Have a fantastic day!

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1ROCKYMAMA 12/27/2010 8:43AM

    yeah the holidays tend to kick me in the butt too, hard to not overdo it when there is just sooooooo much tempting things to eat and when the house is full of guests it is hard to get out and exercise.

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HELENA260 12/27/2010 8:42AM

    You will get back on track!! emoticon

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