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Do Not Read Unless You Are At Least 50+

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I received this email from a good friend this morning and thought I would share it with you. You may have seen it before, but I think that it is important to be kind to ourselves and love it for that reason. Also, it is Maxine..........and who doesn't love her???

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to be messy or to be extravagant.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60s and 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love...I will.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
Have a great day........

  
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CELEST 12/9/2009 12:31AM

    Did you think that your title would keep folks out? lol well I'm 49 so I figure I'm a foot on a banana skin away - making it ok to go in an read. Its a great read and embodies a lot of what we all feel on a regular basis. Thx for the laugh. Laughter is so important to our general well being. Our general well being is so important to our weight loss plan. So my next 1 pound is due to you. Yay Patricia!

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BENDER7 12/8/2009 7:58PM

    Thanks for sharing--it is so true.

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FLAME42 12/8/2009 7:47PM

    Enjoyed the message! Remember the conversation had about grey hair, somethings I am not ready to enjoy YET. So many of these statements hit home, enjoy each day to the fullest.

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GRAMMIE1959 12/8/2009 3:04PM

    HOORAY for you Great post THANX emoticon

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TEACHINMOM 12/8/2009 12:12PM

    Nothing like a great title to draw EVERYONE in!! And it should be read by all because it gives the "too young to read" group insight into getting older and this great view on what's important as we do! We should all live to the fullest where we are and enjoy!! Thanks for a great blog! Cindy

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CHASSIDY2 12/8/2009 11:59AM

  I know I wasn't supposed to read this but I did. It really let me see what is important in life and to stop being so critical of myself now.

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GRANDMAAMIE 12/8/2009 11:47AM

    bravo !!I love my gray hair I earned every one of them.

thanks for the blog

amie

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PJSTIME 12/8/2009 11:44AM

    Bravo - there is nothing wrong with getting older and I am enjoying life more now than when I was younger. Thanks for this little reminder. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy. PJ emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 12/8/2009 11:36AM

    Amen! This is should be read by all older Americans--and those in the White House who want to wipe us out!

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Do You Like To Laugh?

Monday, December 07, 2009

A fellow-Sparker sent me a Stability Ball Goodie today which reminded me of an email I sent to my cousin, who is a Physical Therapy Assistant at a local hospital. If you don't like to laugh or don't have a sense of humor, don't read any further. The email was a picture taken of an exercise class. They were all sitting on their Stability Balls, facing forward, and waiting for their next instruction. The caption under the picture read: Remember when your mother told you to never swallow your bubble-gum??? This is why!!! My cousin made copies of it and put it up on the walls of the therapy room. Everyone who saw it laughed, which I am sure made their therapy that day much more tolerable. I am a very firm believer that LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. Have a great week.

  
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BENDER7 12/7/2009 9:10PM

    I can just picture it! emoticon

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MYLAUREN2 12/7/2009 1:15PM

    All the different colors of the bubble gum, what a hoot!

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PJSTIME 12/7/2009 12:18PM

    Thanks for the laugh. I needed that this Monday morning.

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ANEWMELI 12/7/2009 12:16PM

    hahaha that was cute! Thank you for that funny image!

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FRIDAYSCHILD2 12/7/2009 12:15PM

    That was funny. I have this picture in my head of an entire room of people sitting on the stability balls....all laughing. Thank you for sharing this.

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CUKIEMUNSTER 12/7/2009 12:13PM

    That was funny! Thanks for sharing.

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LOSETHEWTIN08 12/7/2009 12:12PM

    thanks for sharing

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Too Good To Be Low-Cal

Sunday, December 06, 2009

I am going to share a recipe with you given to me by a friend this weekend. I had a piece of it on Friday night and couldn't believe how absolutely wonderful it was.........and then was very happy to see how low in calories one slice is.
Chocolate Raspberry Dessert
8 Servings Prep: 10 min. + Freezing

Ingredients
1 Cup 1% Cottage Cheese
3/4 Cup Fat-Free Milk
1/3 Cup Raspberry Spreadable Fruit
1 Pkg. (1.4 oz) sugar-free Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 Container (8 oz) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1/2 Cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed

Directions
In a blender, combine the cottage cheese, milk and spreadable fruit; cover and process
until smooth. Add pudding mix; cover and process until smooth.

Pour into a large bowl; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into a 9-in. pie plate. Drizzle
with chocolate. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with raspberries.

Yield: 8 Servings.

Nutrition Facts: One serving equals 161 calories, 5 g. fat (0 saturated fat), 4 mg
cholesterol, 250 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic
exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 1 starch.

ENJOY!!!

  
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BENDER7 12/6/2009 8:11PM

    Sounds like a good recipe. I would never have thought to pair cottage cheese & chocolate pudding in the same dessert!

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FLAME42 12/6/2009 7:24PM

    Sounds delicious! We should share some sometime. Chocolate and raspberries, what a treat. Thanks for sharing.

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JOHAL52 12/6/2009 7:08PM

    Sounds decadent!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/6/2009 6:21PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll try it! It sounds delicious and I'm always looking for things I can make to share with friends. Even though they may not be "on a diet," they will benefit by eating in a healthier manner. I can't preach to them, but I can use your recipe to help convince them.
Thanks again!
Sheila


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PJSTIME 12/6/2009 4:45PM

    It sounds delicious, but I'm trying not to eat any sweets as I'm not sure I would stop. So for me its best not to even taste. PJ

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CELEST 12/6/2009 4:42PM

    Thanks, but no thanks. lol I DONT DO SWEET till I can proudly say I have lost my weight. Interestingly enough, in the be-do-have lecture I attended, the lecturer said we would get to the place in life where "if they smeared you face full of chocolate, you would wipe it off with a cloth" ITS TRUE. emoticon stop laughing emoticon, seriously stop...it really is true. Ok you can laugh if you want...I would too if I hadn't heard it myself and then experienced it as well.

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Avoid Night-time Eating

Saturday, December 05, 2009

This is my third tip to try to avoid night-time eating. I have tried it and it definitely works for me, so will share it with you. I have been involved in 2 very serious accidents in my lifetime and each of them has left its mark on my spine; the result being severe osteoarthritis in all of my spine, but especially in the lower lumbar region. I also have a torn rotator cuff and my right knee has been replaced. I am your basic OA nightmare!!!!! To help with each of these areas (and others), I have had several sessions with Physical Therapists who have helped immensely. The pain will NEVER go away, but it has become more tolerable. To strengthen my lower back (which is by far my worst area), I do core exercises. To avoid the urge to eat, I have been doing several core exercises between the hours of 8 and 11 every night. I am getting stronger and my appetite seems to decrease with each exercise completed. It's a win-win situation and works for me, so maybe you could try it too. Let me know if it helps.

  
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CELEST 12/6/2009 12:10PM

    I can't imagine me exercising at that time of night, in fact I'm rarely awake at 11pm but I'm glad you found something that works for you. We all need to play around till we find THAT thing that works for us.


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SUSIEMT 12/5/2009 11:25PM

    Good for you Patricia! Keep it up and hopefully you will be pain free! God Bless you dear.

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BENDER7 12/5/2009 6:57PM

    Another great idea. Sometimes I'll do some exercises during the commericals when watching TV, but I haven't made it a habit yet.

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FLAME42 12/5/2009 6:38PM

    Keep doing your nighttime exercises, they will make you strong enough to go shopping with friends. They are truely a win-win activity, helping the pain & curbing the appetite. Will be thinking of you between 9-11.

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COOKANDRUN 12/5/2009 4:39PM

    I have a hard time eating at night, especially when alcohol is involved. I like the idea of doing some exercise to remind myself what I'm really going for...its hard to remember that a late-night burrito is actually a bad choice when it seems like such a GOOD idea at the time...

Still though, it also sounds like a wonderful way of coping with you OA. Best of luck to you - its really admirable that someone with your physical pain still makes exercise part of your life in such a major way. Very inspirational.

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A Great Gift Idea

Friday, December 04, 2009

I think that the most challenging part of getting Christmas gifts for the adults in the family is knowing what they could really use or what they really want!!! I received an email from a friend in Arizona today and I want to share what they have done for the last 3 Christmas Seasons re: gift giving. They still buy gifts for the Grandchildren, but, for the adults, they do the following: Everyone chooses a Charity or Project to contribute to instead of buying gifts for each other. They do not reveal their choice until Christmas Day. After the Christmas dinner is finished, they go around the table and each one tells what charity or project they chose and why they chose it. Sometimes there are alot of laughs and sometimes alot of tears. They have helped others..........and isn't that really what Christmas is supposed to be all about???
PS........Last year my friend bought a water buffalo!!! We laughed until she told us how much a water bufffalo does in the small village where it was sent.

  
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BENDER7 12/4/2009 7:09PM

    Nice idea.

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PJSTIME 12/4/2009 3:55PM

    That is a wonderful idea. PJ

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