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Remember when life gives you lemons...things could be worse!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For some unknown reason I am having an off day! In fact, I really, really wanted to call in sick because I felt so "blah" but I couldn't do it and I figured I feel better once I got on the go.

I was just thinking of all of the things that went wrong since I got up three hours ago but then I turned them around and said to myself "things could be worse".

First I balked when my husband accidently woke me an hour earlier than normal....could have been worse....he was using a flashlight to get dressed in the dark....god love that man...so he could have turned on the overhead lights!

Secondly, I fell back to sleep and was running late and therefore couldn't wash my hair....my head now looks like a crow's nest....but it could have been worse....I might have had chemotherapy like so many of my friends and not have any hair!

Thirdly, I arrived at work to realize my dress pants (black!!!) are covered in dog fur....could have been worse....I'm blessed to have them in my life!

Anyway, my list goes on but I'm trying to think of the positive side to everything and not to get discouraged! I hope everybody is having a great day and remember when life gives you lemons.....thing could be worse!

  
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TEMPEST272002 9/28/2010 10:36PM

    Life is hard... and beautiful. We have it within us to focus on the positive instead of the negative. To look at things from a different perpective. Good for you for choosing to focus on the good things in your life!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/28/2010 10:33PM

    Thanks for the reminder...you are so right, things could be worse!!! Hope you are having a wonderful week!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SUZIEGREY 9/28/2010 12:37PM

    You are so right. I always try to remind myself how lucky I am. We have a saying in our family that as we've never been hungry, homeless or unable to drink fresh water we are very blessed indeed. I think of that and suddenly everything takes on a better outlook.

Thank you for the reminder, and yes, we are very blessed to have our pets, too.



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GAYLE-G-63 9/28/2010 11:37AM

    Thank you for the reminder.

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JHADZHIA 9/28/2010 9:38AM

    Unfortunately, just when you think you have it bad, there is always someone out there who has it a lot worse. Its very grounding. I may have severe RA, but unlike a women who is only 3 years older than me that I see daily at the bridge club, I am not permanently stuck in a wheelchair like her..Very motivating to suck it up and do what ever I can to stay out of one..
I actually don't know what you can do about pet fur on clothing when you are lucky to have them -at my Mom's, I get long cat fur and prodigious dog fur on my clothing lol. They are a reminder of the unconditional love they give you :))
Hope the rest of your Tuesday is terrific!

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BDRFLI-TREKS 9/28/2010 8:04AM

    absolutely right! you have helped me look at things a little differently too!

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Life is good........please take the time to enjoy it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

How often do we think to ourselves "life is good" but do we really take the time to enjoy it or are we just saying it? I'm looking around my living room as I type this..my husband is gently snoring on the couch, Maddy is barely awake in his faux-fur bed and Louie is trying hard not to fall asleep as she chases her tail! It is a beautiful fall evening and we've just come back from a lovely walk in the woods. As the sun slowly sets I'm sitting here really reflecting on a good day. So many of my friends are facing tough challenges whether it be with personal illness, damages from tropical storm Igor, or the declining health and utlimate demise of their fur-babies. Tomorrow might be my turn but for now Life is Good and I'm so grateful! Thinking of all of my Spark Friends with love!

  
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JHADZHIA 9/25/2010 9:09AM

    So true! I was happy I got to see one of my nephew's volleyball games last night, after a long workday and that we finally have some beautiful weather here so we can go visit my sister's farm today!
Enjoy your weekend!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/25/2010 7:23AM

   

I do this often. Many times when I first get into bed, I lie there and think to myself "how lucky I am"

I don't have a ton of money, I'm not the best looking lady in the world and I could stand to lose a few pounds, but all in all I have nothing to complain about. I'm free, comfortable, have a loving family, am needed and I like who I am.

What more could one ask for. So yes I can understand you feeling that "life is good" you are able to see the important things in life.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/25/2010 4:13AM

    So happy for you that you can look around and see your positives and blessings. AWESOME!!! Hope your weekend is just as wonderful with you counting your blessings!!!
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POOH_BEAR_69 9/24/2010 10:33PM

    How very true! A nice reminder to appreciate all of our many blessings!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/24/2010 5:36PM

    Thanks for this. I could be a little grumpy, today. But I had a wonderful evening last night with my daughter (thus the tired grumpy me today). It is a beautiful, fall day. My husband has been very helpful and patient today. I really have nothing to complain about.

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MARYLQ11 9/24/2010 5:30PM

  I sooo agree

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LHACKING13 9/24/2010 5:25PM

    You are so right, we need to look at the wonderful things in life more. emoticon

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LYNNDE65 9/24/2010 5:20PM

    That was beautiful...Life is good today! emoticon

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Fell off the treadmill........

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Decided to return to work last night as we are blessed to have a mini-gym at our college. Not being familiar with many the pieces of gym equipment I picked the treadmill and turned it on. Well, it appears it had been preset to do automatically increase and decrease the speed at regular intervals. I was going along fine until the speed jumped by 2 km and I tried to hang on to the side rails but eventually flipped off the back end! Thank goodness, nobody was there to witness it! I feel like crying...not because I was hurt....I wasn't.....but because the little voice in my head was saying "hey, you are so stupid and so out of shape that you can't stay on the treadmill". Anway, I got determined and hopped back on and stayed on (albeit with some speed adjustments) for 30 minutes.

  
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MZLADY77 9/23/2010 2:21PM

    Yes I know what you mean. That almost happen to me. I managed to stop the belt by pushing the button. I like your attitude at least you got back on the treadmill..Keep it up and do not give up. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/23/2010 2:15PM

    emoticon Been there, done that!! I am so glad that you weren't hurt. WAY TO GO on getting right back on and finishing your workout!! You are AWESOME!!!

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EXPRESSIONISM 9/23/2010 2:12PM

    oh my goodness. I would have cried out of embarassment! congrats for getting back on there tohugh! you're luck you weren't more hurt..!!

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POOH_BEAR_69 9/22/2010 10:08PM

    I think everybody has an "equipment malfunction" story... Most with their own degree of embarassment. I am VERY glad that you weren't hurt. I'm also glad that you jumped right back on and kept at it. That deserves a big...

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JHADZHIA 9/22/2010 8:03PM

    Good for you getting back on it!! It would be kind of intimidating to have that happen. Also you usually need to be a computer scientist to know how to set those fancy things!!
Keep up the great work!!

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MARIE625 9/22/2010 4:45PM

    I've fallen off the treadmill many a time. And I only seem to fall when there a zillion people around. Most of the times I've fallen, its because I've gotten sloppy and my foot landed half way on the edge of the machine and half on the belt. Which not only immediately throws you off the machine, it also makes you twist so you most likely end up looking right at the people you fell in front of.
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Glad you weren't hurt.

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TEMPEST272002 9/22/2010 4:33PM

    You're description had me laughing. Too funny. I've been there! I did the exact same thing - the machine was pre-set & I couldn't keep up. Next time, pull the STOP button!

On a more serious note, good for you for getting back on there! Who cares what the person before you was moving at? For all you know, they could have been on the college track team! What is important is that you got in your 30 minute workout. Hooray!

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PCOH051610 9/22/2010 3:13PM

    Oops, I seem to have spelled Fell wrong....oops!

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SUZIEGREY 9/22/2010 2:11PM

    So glad to hear that you are not hurt. Congratulations on getting back on.

Sue

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IGOR and walking my dogs

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hurricane Igor has hit our island but I don't think this is what you would technically call a hurricane at this point. Parts of Newfoundland have declared states of emergency but for the most part all we are getting is lots of wind and rain.

Anyway, I arrived home from work and dressed myself in what looked like a green garbage bag....turns out my husband swears it is the best raincoat in the closet but I disagree! The same two dogs who would not "go do business" in our back garden sprang right to life when they saw that I was going out too. We walked...err...blew around the block (about 3/4 km) in record time! Our living room now looks like a wet towel factory and it smells like wet dogs but at least we got out!

They have settled down for a long nap and I've decided to spend some time today exploring the many different blogs, SparkPages, articles etc.

I hope all is well with all of you in your respective corners of the world!

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/22/2010 10:15AM

    AWESOME!!! You are truly dedicated to take the dogs for a walk in all that wind and rain. It is still part of the Igor! Hope everything is fine in your community with no lasting damage.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SUZIEGREY 9/22/2010 3:53AM

    Hope that Igor doesn't cause you too much trouble.
Have a great time exploring the Spark website. It's amazing what you'll find.

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 6:27PM

    Now THAT is what I call dedication... walking the dogs in a hurricane! OK, I know it's just strong wind & sleeting rain right now... but in my book, that's enough to warrant a emoticon


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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 12:05PM

    Stay warm and safe!
Ahh, the smell of wet dog. Nothing else on the planet quite like that lol. The way our 'summer' has been, wet dog is normal at my Mother's place. Good thing she has lots of towels!
Enjoy your relaxing evening!

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Week 4 - Lost 8 pounds and Gained a whole lot of confidence

Monday, September 20, 2010

Couldn't believe my eyes this moring when I weighed in and realized I've officially lost 8 pounds! This is from a girl who joined Weight Watchers several years ago and ended up gaining 20 pounds! Mind you, I worked like a dog and ate okay but it turns out I had a pitituary gland tumour due to one of the antidepressants I was taking. I got really discouraged and went to my highest weight of 224! I was bloated so much that even my face looked like it would explode! Sad but true!

Anyway, once I was taken off the medicine, the bloat left but the weight didn't. The MRI showed the tumour had shrunk to be non-detectable (!) and I waited until now to try to lose weight again.

Actually, this time it is more than just trying to lose a few pounds. I decided to try to exercise a little bit at a time and to make some sensible food choices....one of which is to eat breakfast! So now I'm at 214 pounds and I'm starting to think that maybe I CAN do this. I keep saying that IF I lose some weight....but now I am going to train my brain to think....WHEN I lose some weight.

Thank you to all who take the time to read this and who have encouraged me over the past few weeks! Until the next blog...Happy Sparking!

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/22/2010 10:13AM

    emoticonon your weight loss!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 11:25AM

    You are doing AMAZING! Take it all in and feel proud!

I understand completely what you mean about "if I lose weight"... 35+lbs down & I still think that way sometimes. I'm trying to retrain my brain too... instead of "I can do it!", I'm saying "I AM doing it!".

Congrats on the 8lbs down, great start to your healthy journey!

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SUZIEGREY 9/21/2010 5:01AM

    It's so good that you are now able to believe you can do this. It's so often our self-doubt that holds us back from all the good things we really want to do.

Keep up the good work because you are doing great.



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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 1:55AM

    Very Well Done!!! Glad you are doing breakfast! I consider my most important meal of the day and its also my biggest calorie meal of the day. Why? Does it make sense you have the whole day ahead of you and you need to fuel up to have the energy to get through it? It means I eat less at the other meals and why not? Who does much after supper anyway? Its usually put your feet up and relax time, no need to boost your energy up then..
Its all about making the right choices. keeping it as healthy as possible, then the results will follow. Slowly building it up, one good habit at a time. You can do this!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/20/2010 10:09PM

    I developed the same mindset somewhere along the way. It will really serve you well when the weight loss slows down. Congratulations and good luck.

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GAYLE-G-63 9/20/2010 7:21PM

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ALICIA214 9/20/2010 6:38PM

 

It is exiting,when you see yourself shrinking,it gives you motivation to keep going,
even when you gain a little which happens once in a while, but when that happens
you just concentrate on what you have lost. You can do it.!!!

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LIZBUCK1 9/20/2010 5:31PM

    Yes you CAN do it! You're doing great already and remember we'll all here for you if the going gets tough.

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CHALLENGER15 9/20/2010 5:14PM

    You CAN! Good for you on your loss. Keep up the good work!

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