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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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HEART_N_GRACE 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...
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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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HEART_N_GRACE 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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Gratitude

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hello!

Well, first of all I have to thank each and every one of you who took the time to send me some rays of sun last week. When I posted that as my status I never even thought of SparkGoodies so I was sure surprised when I started receiving them from you all! Once again, you've all astounded me with your friendship and generosity! Oh, yeah, and the best part....the sun has been out now for the past three days!!!! Yipee!!!

Which reminds me. Every night when I watch the national news there is usually much made about the heat waves that are plaguing much of North America. My first gut reaction was, well I wish we could have some. But then I realized that you have to make the best of what you are given and where you are living. Yes, I know many of you are under duress due to the extreme heat but even in those conditions take the time to be thankful for where you are. You could be an elderly person with no air conditioning, a homeless person, or an abandoned pet with no access to any relief.

To continue on with my gratitude, I am blessed to live where I do! I know it is not an ideal climate and many leave here do the relentless weather but we have so much to be thankful for. Last night as I walked deep in the woods with John and the dogs dusk approached far too quickly but what is the worse that could happen here? A few extra fly bites if we had to spend the night outdoors. There are no worries of being attacked despite what watching many episodes of Criminal Minds would have one believe. I am thankful for that!

Okay, enough preaching! I've finished up the "Climb Gros Morne" virtual challenge. Here is what it involved:
"You must also climb 2644 steps (on a stairway or uphill) to represent the 806 meters elevation (806x3.28 feet per meter). This distance can count towards your 16 KM."

The hardest part for me was the uphill steps but I finished those last night and so have that challenge under my belt. Another challenge I am in as part of my Newfoundland team is to virtually walk the Newfoundland T'Railway system. As of yesterday I have walked 30 km of the almost 900.

As part of another challenge I'm in, the 60 day summer challenge, I'm plodding along. I'm managing to make good nutritional choices, am walking and I'm getting my water in each day. Not doing the greatest with tracking my meals but I'm working on it.

Anyway, I must go and spend some time with John as today is our 11th wedding anniversary!

  
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/22/2011 5:04PM

    Happy Anniversary!

Keep up the great work!

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GAYLE-G-63 7/22/2011 3:17PM

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, Susan!

I am one of those people who is dealing with the extreme heat. As you stated, though, I am grateful. I have a cool place to relax and don't have to be out in the weather unless I want to be.

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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MOSTMOM1 7/22/2011 10:03AM

    Happy anniversary and well done on your challenges!
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_LINDA 7/22/2011 12:54AM

    Happy Anniversary!!! Have fun!!
Well done with your fitness minutes!
Remember, no one is perfect. Making the effort is what counts!! You are doing it!!

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TEMPEST272002 7/21/2011 11:09PM

    Whenever I get down, I always play the "it could be worse, much worse, game". It's good to remember how lucky we are. Well done with your challenges. You're really picking up momentum.

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CHUBRUB3 7/21/2011 7:36PM

    Happy Anniversary!
Great blog.
Hugs,
Angela
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JLITT62 7/21/2011 5:11PM

    Happy anniversary! Enjoy your evening together.

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KAYDE53 7/21/2011 1:24PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! emoticon Also, happy mountain climbing, keep up the good work!!! emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 7/21/2011 1:14PM

    Happy Anniversary - enjoy your special day!!

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BECCAJ98 7/21/2011 11:28AM

    Great job!!! Keep up the awesome work on your challenges!

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BOVEY63 7/21/2011 11:11AM

    Congrats on completing "Climb Gros Morne."
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I too am grateful to live where I do.

Have a wonderful anniversary!
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KAMAPERRY 7/21/2011 10:54AM

    You rock! Happy Anniversary!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/21/2011 10:36AM

    That is GREAT! Steps are the hardest for me.

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LESLIES537 7/21/2011 10:16AM

    Good job finishing your "Climb Gros Morne" challenge!! emoticon

And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! I hope you and John enjoy your special day together! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSDEBBIEOG 7/21/2011 10:16AM

    Love the idea of virtual mountain climbs! You are doing a wonderful job! Thanks for sharing -- and best wishes for your journey!

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NURSEDAISY 7/21/2011 10:14AM

    Keep up the good work and Happy Anniversary!

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Non-scale victories and learning to accept myself warts and all!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hi,

As most of you know, my husband's brother, wife and children were here visiting so needless to say we were kept busy. We hadn't met the children before and they are 13 and 10 so we weren't sure what to expect. I'm glad to report they are two well-balanced kids who are mannerly and are extremely witty and talkative. They love Maddy and Lou and took them for many walks which is good for all of them. Sam and Grace (the nephew and niece) wanted a dog but now they realize that pets are a lot of work. I think children should be exposed to what pet ownership is really like when they reach that age where they go "puppy" crazy.

The sun was out for two days while they were here which is kind of a drag but which we kinda get used to living on an island where we can have three seasons in one day. Sunday we gathered at a relatives cabin and it was nice enough for the kids to swim and fish. It was really a nice day to get together and to chat....and eat!!!! ha!

I've learned some things about myself the past couple of days. I was told I'm high strung by my psychiatrist and I'm still not sure what she meant by that. We were just talking about different things and she was telling me how far she has seen me come in the past five years. Apparently the first day I met her I wouldn't make eye contact and I cried constantly. Now five years later, I'm talkative, funny, and introspective (her words - not mine)

Then Grace and Sam told me that I am such a cool aunt. Me? Really? And then Grace piped up and said she liked how confident I am...that one made me almost cry. Apparently they both were worried about meeting us and I put them at ease....wow.....that really touched me. I told them I had been worried about meeting them too and we all laughed.

Another big victory for me was to actually hang out with John's family. Traditionally, we haven't done much at all with them despite his parents living within 10 minutes from us. We were all so very different but this week taught me that we can get together for special occasions and get along quite nicely. For the record, John doesn't get along with his parents either but we've vowed to start taking them out and making and effort.

Another non-scale victory was we all went out to supper. I deliberately would not order a diet Pepsi and instead drank 3 large glasses of water with my veggie/chicken stirfry. I felt so much better afterwards.

I know now that I have to tackle my journey one day at a time and one decision at a time. As long as most of the decisions I make during the day are Spark-oriented, I will be fine. It can't be an all or nothing battle for me and I have to stop referring to weight loss as a fight of any sort. I am not fighting my body; I am embracing it and trying to nurture it to where I want it to be!

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BOVEY63 7/20/2011 5:49PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Hope all goes well as you begin spending more time with John's family.

By the way, I think you're pretty cool too!
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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/20/2011 4:34PM

    I think you're talkative, funny, and introspective, too. I'm sure it was also nice to hear the first impressions of your niece and nephew. I knew that you rocked; it's nice to see that you're learning that about yourself.

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GINGERPAWZ 7/19/2011 11:14PM

    Glad you had a good time with the kids. It sounds like the kids had fun walking and playing with the dogs. Hope you have a good evening.

Sharon

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KAMAPERRY 7/19/2011 10:07PM

    You are awesome! I can see where you would be a cool aunt!!! Great job on the Pepsi!

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LESLIES537 7/19/2011 5:32PM

    You are such an inspiration in so many ways! That's fantastic about what your counselor told you. She has obviously watched you evolve into the beautiful person you are today--inside and out! Lucky her! emoticon

So cool that you are becoming more involved with John's family and that you got along so well with the kids! You ARE a cool aunt! So awesome to hear it from their mouths, though! !

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DEE0973 7/19/2011 3:52PM

    Whoo Hoo is right..Awesome blog

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CHUBRUB3 7/19/2011 3:49PM

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Glad you had such a fantastic and eye opening time. It is wonderful for others to see the positive in us, and for us to recognize it as well.
You are doing great!
Keep up the awesome job.
Hugs,
Angela


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/19/2011 2:10PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you for sharing your past with us. You have come so far.

Yeah for good choices made! emoticon

I love this statement: I am not fighting my body; I am embracing it and trying to nurture it to where I want it to be!

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BECCAJ98 7/19/2011 2:00PM

    That's awesome!!!! Glad it was a great visit and that you have come along so far! Very proud of you!

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KAYDE53 7/19/2011 12:58PM

    It does sound like you have improved a lot and that should be wonderfully encouraging to you!!! It's great that you were a hit with your niece & nephew!!! I think that trying to have more contact with your dh's parents is a very good thing to do also!! Thanks for sharing your personal, touching and honest story with us!!! emoticon

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_LINDA 7/19/2011 12:54PM

    This is fantastic!! Well done!! You are AWESOME!!
I understand some of what you are going through. I was the most painfully shy, avoiding contact and trying to make myself disappear as much as anyone ever could do. This was because of my past where I was taught I was worthless and to just shut up as nothing I had to say mattered and the constant bullying by my classmates through the years and even strangers on the street who didn't like my looks/ limp, whatever. My first job forced me to meet the public face to face, confectionery jobs, but then I got a 2nd job where I worked in a dingy basement factory by myself and was able to get back into my shell.
It was joining the bridge club that truly allowed me to spread my wings a little, and then the capper, the manager's job taught me responsibility and getting along with people I might not like. I still have nerves meeting people and slip into that no eye contact thing once in a long while, but have more confidence then I have ever had in my life. My weight loss was just icing on the cake. Its how you feel about life and how you can do everything you can to enjoy it and live it fully every single day that is really important. And you are breaking out of that shell and becoming the butterfly, I am so happy for you!
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KANSASROSE67 7/19/2011 11:42AM

    So happy you had a wonderful time with your family. Isn't it interesting how much we can learn about ourselves at any age? It's one of the things that makes getting older fun!

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HEART_N_GRACE 7/19/2011 11:40AM

    Wow! How neat to see how you've grown!

I swapped water for some other drink options this week as well ~ at the time I felt a little sorry for myself, but thanks for helping me see it is something to celebrate instead!!!

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MOSTMOM1 7/19/2011 11:11AM

    I'm so glad you had such a great time! And you know compliments from kids that age are the real deal! I like what you said about not referring to this as a battle. It's life. We're living it. Every day is something new.


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THETURTLEBEAR 7/19/2011 11:06AM

    Wow - that was incredible! Thank you for sharing that wonderful, personal history. "You've come a long way Baby!"
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