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Baby Sitting

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our DS and DIL had to go out of town and we have the pleasure of having 5 GC ages 2 1/2 to almost 9. They left Sunday and will be back somtime this afternoon. The GC were out of school yesterday, so we took a walk up to the playground. The park is about 2 blocks long and 1/2 block wide. I walked around it twice while they played. DH kept the youngest at home. They had a good time and I got my exercise in.

Today I walked four of them to school. We left a couple minutes late and they were afraid they were going to get a tardy slip. We got to the school crossing before the school guard came out. It only took 15 minutes to walk down there and back. When I got back the youngest wanted to go for a walk - read run. He never walks anywhere. I put his coat on him and out we went. Told DH to give us a couple of minutes and he could pick us up on the way home to our place. We did walk/run a couple of blocks.

I'll pick the kindergartner up and take her out to lunch today. What fun!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/25/2011 8:46PM

    Are you rested up again? My GKs can wear me out ... But what fun to be able to spend those extended times with them! And what a blessing for the parents to be able to get away for a little while and know the kids are in such good hands!

And Congratulations on your 1 yr Spark-versary!

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SMILESRME 2/23/2011 5:04PM

    Dear Yvonne...what a great grandma you are. You are making precious memories with those blessings, and they will always think of their grandparents as the ones who move, shake, walk, run and spend time with them! Thanks for being a wonderful example for them.

Julia :

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GRAMMAP1 2/23/2011 12:54AM

    Now how fun is that! You have your cake and eat it calories. To be with the Grandkids is such a blessing and to get your exercise in, in a fun way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 2/22/2011 9:34PM

    sounds like you had a great time.

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CARANN56 2/22/2011 7:07PM

    Sounds like you're having a great time!! Our daughter and granddaughters came up today to stay for a few days while her husband is out of town for work. I'm very excited - even got tomorrow off so we can play!!

Enjoy -

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MONTY68 2/22/2011 4:01PM

    Hi Yvonne
You certainly seemed to have a great time watching your grandchildren. It is nice when they live close by. Thank you for sharing this.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/22/2011 1:53PM

    Isn't it fun being a grandma!

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JOYATLAST 2/22/2011 1:51PM

    What a Blessing that you can move and shake it with the grandkids. They will always remember walking to school and park.

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JOYINKY 2/22/2011 1:36PM

    I love being a grandma! So glad you are enjoying it too! Great reason to stay healthy and active! WTG!

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Responsibility for Choices

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I subscribe to Spark People Healthy Reflections and read the following today:

ďThe reality is that your actions are a choice, and you must claim those feelings and choices. We can be our best cheerleader or worst enemy when it comes to determining the health of our emotions. Do some pep talks with yourself each morning. This will help you develop positive, self-affirming thoughts that will enhance your personal development and growth.Ē

It is so easy to not take responsibility for our feelings and choices. It is easy to blame others for the way we feel. We blame others for our bad feelings and also credit others for making us happy. Or we give ourselves negative self-talk. Iím too tired to exercise today. It is too cold. I just canít make good choices for what I eat. That cookie looked so good I just had to eat it. Does this sound familiar?

Unfortunately that is what I have been doing with what I eat. I have been telling myself that I donít care if my food choices are poor. The consequences have been a gain of two pounds.

Fortunately I had joined SP team The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge last year. It is a walk across America (not a part of SP) My brother and his wife and my son also joined the walk with me. It has kept me going to the gym and working out on the bike and treadmill. I also really enjoy the gymís bikes. They have like a TV screen with different routes you can ride. There are other riders to keep me pushing.

For right now I am going to stop the negative talk and start the positive, self-affirming thoughts. I do need to have that pep talk every morning.

I also read an article on Effective Goal Setting. I will sit down with that this weekend and set some goals that will change my eating habits back to where they were when I first joined SP.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/25/2011 8:43PM

    Replace those negative messages with God's truth ... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ... God is faithful to provide a way of escape from each temptation ... The battle belongs to the Lord ... Jesus leads us in triumphal victory ...
He does care about the way we treat this Temple of His ... And He wants us Not to be mastered by anything. Go back to Truth, my friend
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TUTUNAN 2/19/2011 12:54PM

    You're so right, Yvonne. We alone are responsible for our choices. Thanks for pointing it out.

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SMILESRME 2/18/2011 4:19PM

    Dearest Yvonne! You always have positive things to say about others....I am so thankful that you will encourage yourself in the same way!! You are a beautiful and special woman of God, and it's great to give yourself permission to be your own cheerleader too. The Lord has made you special in His image and when you choose to glorify Him in your choices (your words too!), you are honoring Him. Thanks for your great blog; it's a great reminder for me to remember who I belong to!

Julia : )
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2BEATIT1 2/18/2011 3:46PM

    Great blog and a reminder to all of us that only Me is responsible for ME!
Thanks for sharing

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MONTY68 2/17/2011 1:59PM

Hi Yvonne
This is a wonderful blog, I feel it is a great reminder about choices. Everything we do in life came from the decision ( choice) to do what ever it was. Every choice I made in my life has brought me to this point in my life. It is the same for all of us. I love how you have taken responsibility for your choices. I also feel you have come so far, since you joined SparkPeople and there is no doubt in my mind that you will succeed on your journey. I love when you post your miles on our Virtual walk and look forward to the day when you reach Florence, Oregon.
Thank you for sharing this.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/17/2011 1:32PM

    Praying that the Lord will give you strength to make the right food choices!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 2/17/2011 12:20PM

    I agree, positive thoughts your way, thanks for sharing with fellow Sparkers!

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JRIMM4 2/17/2011 11:58AM

    I'm hitting a difficult spot this week myself Yvonne, mainly due to a crazy busy schedule - more so than normal lol. A great reminder to stay conscious of my choices and thoughts. Thanks!


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MERRYMARY42 2/17/2011 11:31AM

    Thanks, I have noticed that lots of us are kind of in the winter doldrums this month, and we have been having beautiful weather, and I have been outside everyday, but I too, am losing sight of my goals and my motivation. I do the walk across America too, as you know, and it seems that is about the main thing that keeps me pushing forward. I really enjoy checking to see where I am everyday, and I day dream about perhaps, really doing this route one day, who knows? It would be fun. I have put on 1 or 2 pounds since the first of December and it just seems to hang on no matter what I do, pretty darn depressing sometimes.
I really enjoyed your blog, have a great walk.

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JOYINKY 2/17/2011 9:51AM

    Positive self talk works! Some of mine:
I'm tired-----I'm energized, I'm energized, I'm energized!
I'm hungry---I'm thirsty, I'm thirsty, I'm thirsty!

The first one is just a bad habit; repeating the second 3x is ridiculous to the point that it keeps you aware that the first one is just a bad habit!

Good blog. Be well, Joy emoticon

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    Thank you for the reminder. I think we can all get off course from time to time.

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CARANN56 2/17/2011 7:18AM

    Positive thoughts definitely produce better outcomes than the negative ones. Those nasty little negatives just have to slip in there once in awhile to get us off track - for a little bit. Good thing we have spark buddies to help keep us on track. Thank you for all you've given me.

Set some awesome goals this weekend.

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WHITEANGEL4 2/16/2011 11:45PM

    Just keep the positive attitude and you will move forward

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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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