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Well, I've gone and done it now........................

Monday, August 01, 2011

Hi!

Happy August to all of you! It has turned out to be a beautiful day here in central Newfoundland, sunny and not overly hot. Or, as Newfoundlanders would say "its a nice day for drying clothes". Which is what I plan to do shortly as soon as the washer finishes and I can lug the clothes upstairs and out to our clothesline.

I really haven't been too active with my challenges lately because I was busy doing things other than walking. I think it was almost a week ago that I last walked any distance but I've kept busy. I have been house/cat sitting for a good friend so I vacuumed every room in her house for her on Friday after doing my own on Thursday. Nothing makes me break out the sweat like vacuuming but I'm not sure if it counts as exercise.

We've also been painting whenever we get a clear day. Our two decks are just about finished and today I've decided I'm going to paint our front door. Doesn't sound like much but this is a big step for me....did I mention that I live in an all white house....inside and out. I'm branching out and painting our front door a reddish colour.....wow.....I'm breaking free! Ha!

Okay, you are probably wondering what I've gone and done now....I joined the local YMCA! Not sure what I will do there although this morning I've completed one hour of water aerobics which was a lot of fun. Tomorrow I'm getting a guide tour of the facilities and the equipment so I don't feel so out of place there.

Anyway, must go and get supper planned, clothes on the clothesline and paint on my front door! Have a great day, you all!

  
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_LINDA 8/4/2011 12:26PM

    If you have to move furniture around, vacuuming is definitely exercise! I have to take it as easy as possible, slow and careful because of my back, but if you give er nails and sweat, good for you! Wow! New door colour!! Will want to see photos of this!!
Go you!!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/3/2011 10:50AM

    emoticon Sounds like you're very busy and having too much fun there!

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RIMAJO 8/2/2011 3:18PM

    Looking foward to hearing more about your Y experience.. imagining you there right now, floating around in a pool, enjoying your day. Hope its a good one!

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LESLIES537 8/2/2011 2:28PM

    Good for you on joining the Y! You'll find all sorts of classes and workouts--how fun is that?!! GO YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALGARYNEWF 8/2/2011 2:27PM

    Great job joining the Y!

I'll bet that red door will look awesome on a white house!


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GAYLE-G-63 8/1/2011 10:28PM

    What a great day. One of those days you can sit back and say, ah, I got so much accomplished today! =)

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KAYDE53 8/1/2011 4:40PM

    Sounds like great exercise & fun too!! Good for you!! I wish the Y was a little closer & I would do that too!!!! emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/1/2011 4:00PM

    That's awesome about joining the Y. And what a radical you are with your paint! HA HA!

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JANET552 8/1/2011 1:41PM

    Your day sounds wonderful. Red for a front door sounds awesome. Congratulations on joining the Y. I've never done a water aerobics class but it sounds interesting.

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DRGOMTI 8/1/2011 1:27PM

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WOW! sounds like you're on a roll!! ride that sucker out!!! enjoy!!
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KAMAPERRY 8/1/2011 1:20PM

    Awesome!! Go you!

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RIMAJO 8/1/2011 12:56PM

    Congrats on joining the YMCA.. that sounds like a great idea!! I wish you well with it, did you sign up for any classes? I'm thinking the Y is all about fitness classes, but not sure.

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JLITT62 8/1/2011 12:44PM

    I think joining the Y is a wonderful idea! Can't wait to hear about all your adventures.

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LIZABETT 8/1/2011 12:15PM

    The YMCA is our favorite 'go-to' place for exercise. We go 5-6 days a week. Water aerobics is great, and so many other classes you can go to. My favorite right now is kettlebells, cardio, and sculpt mixes. Zumba is good, too. I can really tell a difference when I mix nutritional eating (I track it all) and fitness (track that too).
You are getting some great exercise at home, too. Count it all! DH and I also walk the Y track and do some weight machines in between the heavier classes.

You are doing wonderful in your beautiful country. Love your page. emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/1/2011 12:08PM

    I love the smell of clothes dried on the line outside - keep saying I will put one up at my house, just haven't done it yet.

Vacuuming isn't in the fitness tracker, but painting is listed under cardio.

Congrats on joining the Y!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/1/2011 12:06PM

    Yeah to the Y! Hey, post a picture of your door when you are finished please.

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TEMPEST272002 8/1/2011 12:04PM

    Vacuuming & painting can both be tracked as exercise! In the fitness tracker, to go "browse", then "home activities". Vaccumming, mopping floors, etc counts as "heavy cleaning".

Lucky you to have a Y nearby. You'll be able to try different classes & exercise options now.

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SANDYMISA 8/1/2011 11:43AM

    Congratulations on joining the Y! It's a great resource. Sounds like you're getting in the exercise around the house as well.

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DEE0973 8/1/2011 11:38AM

    The Y is an awesome idea. I miss hanging clothes outdoor to dry, will need to get a clothes line soon. Have a Great Day


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DOLLYHOLLY 8/1/2011 11:16AM

    LOL. I wish vacuuming counts as an aerobics exercise. I do that religiously every day, whenever I see hair or fur on the floor.

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MOSTMOM1 8/1/2011 11:12AM

    Red door AND the YMCA? You're living on the edge, my friend. Have fun!
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YJNANA 8/1/2011 11:12AM

    Good for you :) The YMCA is the best

Yes vaccuming does count, look up the exercises and find housework? or something like that, if you can't find it let me know I will find it for you.
Yvonne

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CHUBRUB3 8/1/2011 10:41AM

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Good for you! I am rejoining in the fall.
Hugs,
Angela


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CODEMAULER 8/1/2011 10:23AM

    What an awesome investment you're making in yourself!!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 8/1/2011 10:00AM

    The Y is a great place to join. So many things to do there! Good Luck!

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M&M's!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I bet I got half of you to check this blog out by the mere two initials M and M and you automatically thought "chocolate"!

Okay, so you were right! I've been MIA the past few days due to an uncontrollable urge to eat the above by the bag. So here I am two bags later (and I'm not talking about the kiddy size bags!) and how do I feel? Well, to be honest I feel okay. I am not regretting my decision (that will come on weigh-in day) but I listened to my body. The funny thing was I was halfway through my second bag in as many days when I realized the ones I had picked up had a) peanuts in them and b) had chocolate. So, call me a dork....it was my first time eating them and it only took me two days to figure out what I was eating!

The reason for this madness? I'm guessing it was TOM as you all like to call that wonderful time of month. Will I also admit that it took me 10 months on Spark to figure out what the initials TOM stood for!? I knew what you meant, just couldn't figure out the initials! I'm telling you, sometimes I think I'm brain dead!

Anyway, with TOM, I had a nasty migraine and even nastier moodiness. Another lightbulb moment.....figuring out what was going on and accepting it! Yes, it was enlightening! So, at 45 I'm discovering that I can move on with life and accept that I am not truly crazy. Hormones will do it to you.

So, I'm back and in the saddle! Here is a funny picture of a migraine (if such a thing exists) but it made me laugh out loud.

  
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DOLLYHOLLY 8/1/2011 11:15AM

    Aww, hope your migraine goes away soon. I had vertigo this past w/e, the non-stop merry-go-round type so i sorta know what you mean about going crazy.

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GAYLE-G-63 7/31/2011 1:35PM

    LOL

Dearest Susan,

You're sense of humor is contagious! I too have some of those 'ah-ha' moments lately. I've also learned just to accept them and most importantly my dorky side! What should you do but laugh and keep moving forward? =)

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MOSTMOM1 7/31/2011 8:31AM

    Ha ha! TOM will do it to you, for sure!

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CALGARYNEWF 7/30/2011 11:50AM

    Once again Susan...I'm laughing out loud while reading your blog!!!!!

I love Peanut M&M's too but my ultimate weakness is Potato Chips!!!!!!I may as well just sit in the store and eat them because they only last about that long once I get them home!!!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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JANET552 7/30/2011 6:34AM

    Been there, done that. Good for you for moving on.

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/29/2011 9:44PM

    Ha! Ha! Love the cow migraine joke!!! It also took me a while to figure out what TOM meant...go figure. I love peanut M&M's and give my self some every once in a while because....what's not to like about peanuts and chocolate. Yum! Glad that you at least enjoyed your little crazy time and have decided to return to sparking! Thanks for the blog and the smiles. Barb

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CHUBRUB3 7/29/2011 8:02PM

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Love it!
Been there done that...am back again!
Hugs,
Angela


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TEMPEST272002 7/29/2011 7:54PM

    Ah yes, PMS. I know nothing about that. (said with extreme sarcasm). I'm sure I'd be a twig by now if I didn't PMS-eat each month. I finally figured out that if I can't beat it, I need to at least reduce the calories. My standby favs:

3 cup thawed cool whip, fold in 3 tbsp slightly melted peanut butter & divide into 6 dessert cups. Drizzle with low-cal chocolate sugar & freeze. 120 cal each.

Natural microwave popcorn. 180 cal for a whole bag.

Isn't it interesting how you didn't even taste the M&M's? I've realized the same thing with my binge eating.

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GRANLUND 7/29/2011 5:42PM

    Now I want some pretzel M&M's!

It happens to all of us...move on. You can do it!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/29/2011 5:42PM

    Glad you have no regrets!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/29/2011 5:18PM

    Love that picture! I don't miss TOM at all! Only thing to be thankful for about getting early menopause!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/29/2011 2:40PM

    My downfall is Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups - by the bag. I still give in occasionally, even though I know I'll be up all night with heartburn. Sometimes we just gotta give in.
Stay positive!
Sheila

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DRGOMTI 7/29/2011 2:39PM

    I finished my big bag a dk choc peanut m&ms yesterday! :)) at least we got alittle protein. : ))
Ya, n I know the secret is to NOT BUY THEM!! but it caught me at a weak moment last week. I'm doing much better the last few days. at least I'm on here n tracking. thanx for the terrific blog n cute cartoon!!
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BLESSED2BEME 7/29/2011 2:35PM

    I've been here over a year and still didn't know exactly what the initials TOM stood for until I read your blog. Like you, I knew what it was referring to but not exactly so we are both in the same boat - lol! Thanks for helping me to figure it out finally!

Glad you are back:)

Trish

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METALLICAT1 7/29/2011 2:03PM

    I've done the same with Edy's Ice Cream. Especially in this heat! But I leave the empty cartons in the freezer, I guess it kinds of reminds me not to get anymore?! So I know how you feel. But life goes on and hopefully it doesn't happen again!! Welcome back!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/29/2011 1:36PM

    Question? Can I set aside a few days of the month for M&M's, even though TOM left me for a teenager years ago? (That teenager can have TOM; I am well-rid of "him.")

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PAMNANGEL 7/29/2011 1:35PM

    Yeah, you got me. M&M's mmmmmm! TOM tries to sneak in that big bag, but I always beat him down to the snack pack...so far. Must be strong! Must be strong! Don't you sometimes just want to fill a wading pool and swim in M&M's? Maybe that's just me.

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LESLIES537 7/29/2011 1:21PM

    LOL, love that cartoon! I have to tell ya, it took me a while to figure out what TOM stood for, too. I was like, who is this dude Tom and why does everybody hate him so much? emoticon

No regrets about the M&M's!! I did the same thing a week ago! Glad to hear you're human after all. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 7/29/2011 1:14PM

    I always wanted chocolate with TOM! Glad you are back!

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BOVEY63 7/29/2011 1:12PM

    TOM always increases my chocolate cravings so I totally understand!
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Great that you're not beating yourself up about it!

Love the cartoons. Hope you have an awesome weekend!
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WANTS2BAPINUP 7/29/2011 12:56PM

    BLAH!!!!!! TOM is an asshole...WELCOME BACK!
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3016DEBRA 7/29/2011 12:54PM

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Husbands Learn By Example (thanks JLITT62!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hi,

A dear SparkFriend, JLITT62, who has stuck with me through the ups and downs of my journey, wrote a blog today about how her husband is starting to vary his potatoes and meat diet because she is setting an example. Her blog got me thinking AND writing!

When John and I first hooked up, (that is truly an awful expression, isn't it?) he was an avid swimmer just finished university and settling into his first job. Straight out of living with a bunch of his friends for five years (and living on Kraft Dinner and wieners!) and then back to living with his parents; talk about a wake up call. Apparently, his mom was never much of a cook and even went so far as to serve canned potatoes!

Okay, and there I was, still living with my parents and basically complaining about my mom who always made sure there were veggies on our plates, fruit for dessert, lean cuts of meat, etc, etc. Yes, I went wild in university (not a drinker) but with junk food. What do you mean I can have a bag of chips every night and Mom wasn't there to push freggies at me!

So, when John and I eventually left our parents home and got married, we varied quite a bit with regards to what constituted a "good" meal. My idea was to eat out and John's idea was to have KD, a banana, and a glass of milk. Honestly, that man drove me insane for the first six months with his "you gotta drink your milk" thing at meal times!

Things quickly changed and I became more health conscious after the novelty of junk food wore off. I was never allowed to cook when I lived with my parents so I was 34 years old and just learning. Luckily I had several great cookbooks and I had a husband who would eat anything!

I've learned to keep meals pretty simple. A piece of chicken, baked potato, lots of veggies and of course that glass of skim milk. Yesterday was grilled salmon, steam asparagus with pine nuts, roasted red peppers and a baked potato.....AND a glass of milk! ha!

Anyway, John has always been appreciative whenever I cook but I wasn't aware of how appreciative. Several weeks ago when we were together with his family, John reached for an extra helping of spinach salad. His mother (bless that woman) pipes up and says, "John you really shouldn't be eating greens because that is what caused my gall bladder to fail" and John basically told her she was full of poop! I had to leave the room! John has already had his gall bladder surgery and eats spinach and other greens several times a week. Then she started in with how raw vegetables were too hard to digest as John was reaching for his second handful of baby carrots.

Then yesterday while painting, I knew we needed something cold to drink. John asked for coke (his weakness) but when I went outside with my fruit smoothie, he said it looked delicious! Sneaky me had one stashed behind me for him and he was very thankful. I put protein powder in it along with 6 kinds of fruit, frozen yogurt and some orange juice. He questioned the protein powder and I told him it would keep him fuller longer.....I think he is starting to love Spark as much as I do!

Anyway, lead by example! Good for you food can taste awesome....just ask my dogs who loved their blueberry, mango and banana freezer pops! Move over Milkbones!

  
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KANSASROSE67 8/2/2011 1:34PM

    My step-mom insists that squash makes athritis worse. Go figure! I had never heard the gall-bladder one, though. Keep up the great work!

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MOSTMOM1 7/31/2011 8:29AM

    Good for you AND John!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/28/2011 12:46PM

    Amazing! It is so interesting that our upbringings impact us in ways we didn't even know. Too funny about dh and his mom! I've never heard the wives tale that veggies cause gall bladder trouble.
My kids, 15 and 11, always come back shocked from visiting friends. They didn't have "ANY" veggies at dinner! Or, she didn't eat any protein at breakfast! I hope they carry their healthy habits with them!
I went crazy for sugar cereal in college for the same reason. Lol!

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EDWINA172 7/28/2011 5:55AM

    This made me giggle! Love that your hubby told his mom she was full of poop! Its hard to believe that some folks believe "greens aren't good" or "raw vegetables too hard to digest"....what is the alternative? Processed? Yuck! I'm glad that you are rubbing off on your hubby. Happy Thursday:)

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JLITT62 7/28/2011 5:39AM

    I am dying laughing here cause my husband still eats crap at least 50% of the time - andthat percentage would be higher if I didn't feed him breakfast & dinner! Him drinking a fruit smoothie - which I do all the time - instead of a die coke - just might cause me to keel over!

But there are minute changes, very, very slowly.

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_LINDA 7/28/2011 1:18AM

    My sister's husband claims he can't eat fruits and veggies because they upset his stomach. Guess its his lifetime of high fat high carb food and the fact he smokes and drinks like his mother may have something to do with it, the added fiber probably gave him the trots.. There was a huge rebellion in their house when my sister got Sparked to cook healthier meals. My nephew said could I please take her spices away LOL. Their usual fare was bacon 'n eggs, double cheese sandwiches, every artery clogging treat and snack and frozen food you could think of. Fruits and vegetables would rot and go bad uneaten. But now, they are incorporated into every meal serving. They still have their pop and snacks and treats, but at least are getting some healthy meals..
So glad you and your husband see eye to eye on it!! That is so very important being on the same page!! Okay, everyone here now knows how to cook except me, at age 49. Probably won't learn as I don't really need to. My preference is for raw freggies and I don't even use my stove or oven, just the microwave. I have no one I need to cook for. Makes life very simple.
Keep up the fabulous work! And drink your milk ;) Calcium is so very important to get, especially going through the change of life!!

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LESLIES537 7/27/2011 11:59PM

    You're so awesome! I didn't know you were 34 when you learned to cook! That makes me feel a lot better about just now learning at age 32! Keep on leading by example--cuz your example ROCKS!!!

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CHUBRUB3 7/27/2011 11:42PM

    Love it!
Hugs,
Angela
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THETURTLEBEAR 7/27/2011 11:21PM

    Oh my gosh - I just said the same thing to another Spark Friend who was trying to fix her husband's habits. I said she was leading by example. Too funny!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/27/2011 2:03PM

    Now I think this is truly a "non-scale victory." What can be greater than having the people you love making and enjoying the same changes that you are embracing.

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TEMPEST272002 7/27/2011 1:57PM

    I'm glad John is starting to see the benefits of eating healthy. We eat much tastier food now that I make almost everything fresh & I know hubby appreciates it. My thing with the food is that I only cook healthy food. If hubby wants something else, he has to cook it for himself... which he is almost never inclined to do. lol Even so, I was really suprised when he told me last week to stop buying him chips & cookies because his body doesn't need that crap every day. Guess husbands so learn by example!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/27/2011 1:40PM

    Great blog! Hard to believe you mil has such a cock-eyed view of raw veggies! Pretty good with the smoothie for the hubs rather than the Cole! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 7/27/2011 1:12PM

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JESSIEJUICE 7/27/2011 12:54PM

    I know a good number of people who think that veggies will cause you all kinds of stomach ailments! Funny to me- my tummy gets angry if I DON'T get my freggies!! Looks like your excellent habits are definitely rubbing off on your hubby :). emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINA791 7/27/2011 12:49PM

    I love this!

My fiancé and I both lived alone and had some pretty poor eating habits when we met. I didn't cook at all. He loved to cook, but got lazy with just himself to cook for, and tended to go for the comfort foods and huge portions. He's been wonderfully supportive as I've been working on this, and has taught me to feel more comfortable in the kitchen, even though my meals are simple. At the same time, my food choices are rubbing off on him, and we're eating healthier meals with tons of fresh veggies. It's shown up with both of our waistlines!

It's so important to do this as a family, even if both/all aren't entirely on the same page. I've said before that it can't just be 'mom's diet' or 'the wife's food thing'... it needs to be how you eat. It sounds like you guys have made some fantastic changes, and they're paying off!

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/27/2011 12:35PM

    Your blog made me smile today. I started making smoothies and my daughter loves them too...healthy for us both and my husband said we needed to talk about ways that we could get exercise while we were on vacation next month because he doesn't want to sabotage my current get healthy accomplishments. He is going walking and bike riding with me and both of us are getting healthy together and having fun too!! Thanks for sharing. Smiles Barb

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/27/2011 12:19PM

    what a beautiful blog! good for you and hubbie..inspiring each other on to healthier lives...(your food sounds darn good too!)

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GRAMLORI 7/27/2011 12:01PM

    He sounds like a fantastic man! Willing to learn AND stick up to his mom!! Good catch!

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A funny thing happened on my journey of self-love! (pictures)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Good Morning!



How fitting this image is to me as I reflect upon the past year of my life. See, a year ago, I wasn't happy. I wasn't happy with anything despite years of therapy and mind-altering drugs taken in the name of depression. I fooled many people but the one I couldn't fool was myself. I knew things had to change or I was going to grow old as a bitter old lady so was so judgemental about herself that it was downright painful.

Thankfully several things happened. First of all I started re-reading a book that has made a tremendous difference to my life which is called "The Highly Sensitive Person ~ How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms you" by Dr. Elaine N. Aron. This book was given to me by a dear friend/psychologist who I started seeing the second time I was quite suicidal. At the time I had skimmed through it but last July I started to really read the book and to understand what others could see in me that I couldn't see in myself. I thought for years that I was flawed because I'm not like a lot of other people but I'm beginning to not only accept myself but to love myself.



Yes, the past may help shape our futures but we can grab that future and gently cuddle, caress and nurture what that future will look like. This is where Spark came in! About the time we decided to formally adopt Louisa, I was at the vet clinic and my vet was talking about how she reshaped her life. She knew me quite well and suggested several websites to me but the one I really loved was Spark. Being the cautious sort, it took me about a month to actually sign up but my life has changed......for the better....and it isn't at all to do with weight loss.

Yes, I'm trying to lose some weight but more importantly, I'm learning (at age 45!) to love myself through acceptance!


I fully accept that I have depression which requires daily medication. It is not a character fault (check)

I fully accept that I have the body I have now due to neglect, lack of exercise and pure ignorance (check)

I fully accept that while I'm no supermodel nor athlete, my friends like and accept me for being me and not because they have to (a work in progress)

I fully accept that my husband was not forced to marry me. He did because he loved me and continues to love me warts and all (again, a work in progress)

I fully accept that what I eat and what I do for exercise is my own free will and only I can take responsibility. So each day I try to show my body that I love it..... by making smarter food choices.

And finally here is a picture that somebody took of me just last week that I initially cringed at. Not only is my toothy gap quite noticeable but I have at least three chins but you know what.....I am a work in progress and I am posting this picture to show you all that I can accept my self-perceived failings and turn them into blessings!

In conclusion, here is a quote I recently discovered and which I have posted throughout my house.....a gift to me from me!


“You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.”

Thank you to all of you who have been part of my journey of self-discovery! This chickie is pretty cool afterall, who would have thought that a year ago?!

  
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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/26/2011 12:22PM

    Love the picture and love you! Your thoughts resonate with me and I appreciate you sharing them. Sounds like you and your husband have a great relationship and it's time for you to have a good relationship with yourself too!

Eden

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KATHRYN1955 7/26/2011 8:18AM

    "You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.”

If we put even half the effort into loving ourselves as we do into counting calories, fussing with out diets and exercise etc., this whole weight thing would become a non-issue. Thank-you for the reminder and I do love your last picture...the warmth and friendliness just leaps off the page!!
Take care,
Kathy


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PATTISPAGE 7/25/2011 9:04PM

    Thank you for your beautiful honest blog!

Your photo brought an instant smile to my face what could be more beautiful than that! Thanks for sharing!

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CHUBRUB3 7/25/2011 8:01PM

    Love your blog, quote and your picture! You are gorgeous!
Hugs,
Angela

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_LINDA 7/25/2011 7:39PM

    The best photo in the blog is the one at the bottom! My first reaction when I saw it was I LOVE it! Only noticed the stuff you commented on because you pointed it out. But the first thought was, what a happy, warm inviting face! This is someone I would love to be friends with (and I am happy I am!!) Note: everyone is going to have a second chin with their head ducked down! It is like you were shrugging towards your right shoulder..
I am so glad you are well on the way to the journey to accepting yourself! That is truly the most important step to a healthy lifestyle. You won't treat your body with respect until you truly love it..
Keep up the great work!!

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DONNAJZ4241 7/25/2011 5:44PM

    You are a beautiful person, both inside and out. So often, we are our own worse enemy. I have always looked at myself and would only see my faults. Since joining Spark, I feel as though I have a place where I belong and am accepted for who I am. I felt both sad and happy reading your blog and it truly touched me. So happy you have found Spark and that it has made a difference in your life. Donna

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RONOSOF 7/25/2011 5:17PM

    you are a beautiful woman! emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 7/25/2011 3:54PM

    You are an inspiration to me and I'm so glad you're becoming an inspiration to yourself, too!

Wonderful blog!!!

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CHRISTINA791 7/25/2011 3:48PM

    Beautiful emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 7/25/2011 2:28PM

    Beautiful blog. Made me a little teary. You are a beautiful person & that shows through in your photo. I see your smile & your pretty hair. You see me looking like a teenager, but the signs of aging are pretty clear to me in the mirror. We're way more critical of ourselves than other people. Glad we have each other to learn & get support from along the way!

Really liked the heart plate image. Meals are an opportunity to show self-love. The healthier I eat, the more I enjoy my food & the better I feel.

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CALGARYNEWF 7/25/2011 2:23PM

    I think you should be giving yourself a big checkmark for the absolute joy you bring into the lives of your spark friends and other sparkers who are fortunate enought to read your blogs!!!!I'm mot much of a blogger myself but one of the first things I do after I log in is to check and see if you have added a blog because I almost guaranteed a smile (or more often than not a huge laugh). Thank you for sharing with us!!!!!You are way more insprational than you even know! emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 7/25/2011 1:31PM

    How's this - my horoscope today dovetails very well with what you shared:

This is a day that you will never have again, Aries. Every day of your life is unique. It would be a shame to spoil it by thinking you can take advantage of these moments because there are other moments coming. You have an opportunity now. It doesn't look like much perhaps, but in your hands it could become monumental. Seize this day, and wring out every bit of joy, luck, and beauty, and make the most of every single opportunity - no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. You may now be underestimating a chance to get ahead. Don't.

Have a super day, SparkFriend!

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KAMAPERRY 7/25/2011 1:24PM

    Totally awesome. Just beautiful. emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/25/2011 12:20PM

    A truly awesome blog! You are beautiful!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/25/2011 11:26AM

    I love the picture. You look open, friendly and happy. That's way more important than 3 chins.

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DOLLYHOLLY 7/25/2011 11:06AM

    What an insightful blog! I LOVE your self-love and acceptance.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/25/2011 10:33AM

    I agree with Leslie: Fantastic, amazing, spectacularly inspirational blog!!

You keep moving forward and that to me is very inspirational!

I too was very ignorant about what I needed to do for myself to see changes. Thanks to spark and people like you, I now have a better understanding of me.

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LESLIES537 7/25/2011 10:19AM

    Fantastic, amazing, spectacularly inspirational blog!! I loved it! I admire you so much and feel very blessed to have been on this journey with you! Thank you for taking me along for the ride! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 7/25/2011 9:41AM

    What a great blog & thank you for sharing that quote with us!

Ok, yes, I notice the chins - but not the gap - but you know what I noticed first? Your wonderful smile. And guess what? I still have more than one chin in a lot of photos too! I don't share the bad ones & there are plenty!

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GRAMLORI 7/25/2011 9:18AM

    I can see in that picture a beautiful, original work of art. Your smile is genuine, and I can see the happiness that makes you glow. Sure, I came here for weight loss in the beginning. But I stayed because of the blessings I recieve--too many to mention--through this site. I thank God for my friend who shared the Spark, and I thank God for SparkPeople. I thank God for all my SparkFriends, and you are one of those precious people!! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 7/25/2011 8:57AM

    I think it's a beautiful picture; I love it! And I'm with you, part of the Spark happens to be about weight loss. But the positive transformation of our minds and attitudes, that's what the Spark is really about.
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Painting, dogs in drive-thrus, dancing and having an fun-filled day!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Hi,

I'm not sure if I mentioned it before but my husband and I decided we would paint both our front bridge and back patio. Now, I realize some of you are scratching your heads because I'm sure Newfoundland is one of the rare places on earth that calls a front veranda a bridge! So, it is basically an uncovered veranda that runs two-thirds across the front of our house and our back patio is about 16 by 12. To add to our misery (ha!) we decided to remove all of our window shutters (decorative) and paint those two. Three weeks of hemming and hawing, we agreed on a colour..sort of a sage green.

So, we've been busy. It was my job to do the shutters so I gathered the supplies and set up a spot to which Lou and Maddy were drawn like magnets. Nothing says dog owner than shutters with dog fur painted in them! When it came to the small, intricate areas I couldn't get a small enough brush. I went to a paint store and bought one but it was pretty useless and then I went to a hardware store. After much grumbling I went to the bathroom and found a) and old L'Oreal Lip gloss and b) a travel eyeshadow brush. Both were did just the trick much to John's amusement.

So, then when I was sort of overtired and starving I made a bad food decision.....McDonalds! I did opt for a Happy Meal with 1% milk, fries and hamburger but I seriously think I burned off all of the calories for the meal in the drive-thru lineup. See, I had taken Maddy and Lou with me and they were so happy to be in the car. But then they saw the seagulls in the parking lot and all hell broke lose! By the time I got to order I had calmed them down until Lou starts whining like a baby and the young man said it sounded like my child was fussy! Bah-ha-ha! Thank goodness Lou was wearing her seatbelt because when they handed the food out I thought she was going to go through the window!

We ate our "supper" out on the back patio sitting on the dog beds and were getting pretty lazy until a good song came on the radio. Well, up John jumps and says "let's dance". I almost died from laughing. There we were dancing around the dog beds, the dogs, the paint cans, the wet paint, and laughing til we cried. I still think we had a touch of sunstroke to be so silly!!!!! Oh well, it felt good to be so carefree! Must have been the paint fumes!

I hope this finds you all well and that you don't think I'm too much of a nutcase!

  
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BROWNIEISLANDER 7/24/2011 1:45PM

    Its great to always enjoy the fun nuttiness love and laughter...
in one's life... emoticon emoticon...And the pleasure of
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/24/2011 12:35PM

    Sounds like you are resourceful! Love that you used the makeup brushes!

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PAMNANGEL 7/24/2011 11:37AM

    I couldn't make out the commas at first and thought you said you were painting your dogs in the drive-thru. I found myself wondering if you were painting pictures of your dogs or actually painting the dogs themselves which, of course, brought up another question. How many coats of paint does it take to get good coverage on the average dog? These are the things that go through my head when I read a blog while half asleep.

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MOSTMOM1 7/24/2011 10:32AM

    You're my kind of nutcase.
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MSPLACEDAGAIN 7/24/2011 10:24AM

    We painted our sun room earlier this summer and I have to tell you we did not have the same amount of fun! Good for you all!
Love the fur on the shutters, we seem to have it everywhere too!
Eden

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/23/2011 9:46PM

    I think you did good! If you're doing to MickeyD, a Happy Meal is a decent choice. Congrats on the painting!

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PATTISPAGE 7/23/2011 5:25PM

    emoticon for the smiles!!!

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DOLLYHOLLY 7/23/2011 10:22AM

    What a fun blog! Did the bridge and patio come out as you expected? Is that really your dog dancing the zumba? He's very flexible!

~Holly

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BOVEY63 7/23/2011 9:39AM

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Keep on dancin'

It is great how you improvised with the eyeshadow brush.
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MADDEELOU 7/23/2011 9:37AM

    Sounds like a truly wonderful day.

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HOPEFULANGE 7/23/2011 8:40AM

    You guys are awesome! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/23/2011 5:22AM

    One of the things I love about you is your ability to laugh at yourself!

Chester is very good in the car til we get to our destination - then he whines lime a baby, too. Only time he ever whines, too. I've even forgotten to hook him into his bed a time ir two & he just says there!

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KAMAPERRY 7/22/2011 11:59PM

    I think this is so awesome, you both know how to break out and have fun!

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CODEMAULER 7/22/2011 11:47PM

    Dancing is always good stuff!

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_LINDA 7/22/2011 11:40PM

    How awesome is that? You guys rock!! Great work! Its wonderful you can find spontaneous fun like that! Nothing nuts about that, just a good, healthy relationship!
Hope your weather holds out so you can finish this job!

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TEMPEST272002 7/22/2011 10:19PM

    I have painted shutters before - not fun. But I guess anything is fun when you're with your favourite person! So creative of you to head to the make up cabinet for paint tools. I use a spray gun. Yup, got dog hair in my paint jobs too. lol

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CHUBRUB3 7/22/2011 6:24PM

    Fantastic!
I love that you had so much fun while 'working'!
You are great!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/22/2011 6:21PM

    So wonderful that the two of you can be so spontaneous. It will always lift the ordinary to the sublime.

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