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Insider secrets to looking fabulous at any age - instructions included

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hello!

Okay, let's be honest and put your hand up if you eagerly clicked on the link to this blog because you are discreetly looking for any and all secrets to looking fabulous! I'm not being judgemental because I've been there too....caught in a line up at the grocery store with nothing to do put peruse the glossy magazine covers staring at you. Not only are the models usually airbrushed to unbelievable perfection but the large print jumping off the page never once says "its okay, you are fine as you are" or "be happy the way you look". NO, these article titles are far more likely to belittle you into thinking "YOU are not okay the way you look" or "You have to do this, this and this before you can ever be happy". I won't even go into the article titles that make us all think we are inadequate mothers, wives, daughters, friends, homemakers, workers, etc, etc,

So, what makes you feel fabulous or have you ever felt fabulous? I always cringed at that word - fabulous but since joining Spark I view it as reaching my potential. Be that with physical appearance or whatever. It took a 7 year old girl to point out to me this weekend that everybody can be fabulous and it doesn't have anything to do with your income, martial status, job or even your beauty.

My friend's granddaughter looked at me over the weekend and said, you know when I grow up I hope I turn out like you and my nan. We asked what she meant and she said, " I love how you are beautiful on the inside because that is what really counts". WOW! I actually got a cold shiver when she said that and my eyes welled up with tears. I couldn't speak for a minute and I asked her why she felt I was beautiful on the inside and she said because I always take the time to smile even when people don't smile back. I'm not sure about her logic but I do try to smile because you just don't know what people around you are going through. The situation will still be just as bad once the memory of the smile has faded but it just make a small difference to both of you.

So my number one trick to looking fabulous is to smile. The second one is to laugh - be it at even at yourself or with others. As long as you are not laughing at others!

Here is the rest of my list:

3. Complain less and be thankful more
4. Hug somebody - it can be yourself
5. Get some fresh air
6. Drink your water
7. Try to grab some sleep
8. Treat your body like a temple. Feed it what it needs to be strong and healthy
9. Move your body - every bit of exercise helps
10. See your flaws as beauty marks - they are what make you special!


Notice something about my list of ten? Not one idea is a fad, not one thing is going to cost you an arm and a leg and not one is impossible to for any of us to do! Not only will you look fabulous but you will look fabulous too....now, how is that for free advice!

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 11/10/2011 11:49PM

    I love your list! It is so real and true! You do have a great smile and you are so right... you don't ever know if your smile might mean the difference between a good day, great day or the decision not to carry on at all for someone... A smile is a gift, one that as you say costs little. So for those of us who can smile, please do. I understand that for some, circumstances may be such that to smile is near impossible ... it is for you and those like you, that those of us who can, direct our smile ...so that you will want to carry on with this wonderful life we all can choose to embrace. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OUBACHE 11/10/2011 8:53AM

    A great list! Thanks for sharing.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/10/2011 12:58AM

    emoticonYour tips are very easy and doable,so why don't i give it a try,I will! Thank you soo much for this post,you make this so easy sounding! emoticon emoticonDiana

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ANNCHER 11/9/2011 9:42AM

    Good blog! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

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ZIPCONTROL 11/9/2011 9:33AM

  Loved it !!

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NEWMAC2011 11/9/2011 9:02AM

    That's a great list!

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JSPEED4 11/9/2011 7:38AM

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MOSTMOM1 11/9/2011 6:40AM

    What a fab little girl!
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MAMAPOSTIE 11/9/2011 2:40AM

    Spot on and what a wonderful grand daughter your friend has to see your inner beauty so clearly - very perseptive. So many people are being brought up to think the outside look is so important and all that counts. The way you behave towards others and to yourself has far more impact in the long run.

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_LINDA 11/8/2011 11:48PM

    I second that. I absolutely get a boost when I see your photo on my friend feed, e-mail and blogs. You have a very warm friendly smile that just lights up your whole being. The little girl got it bang on!!
Keep on being your fabulous self! Spark on!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/8/2011 11:48PM

    What great tips!!!! I plan on using them!!!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/8/2011 11:48PM

    So where is the plastic surgery on your list?

I had surgery a few years ago (medical reasons), after they pulled out the drain tube I was rethinking the idea of plastic surgery. Not an experience I would WANT to repeat.

Your list is great.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/8/2011 11:13PM

    I can tell that good food, good eating, and good moving has not changed my inward beauty. I have noticed that I finally have found that I can finally and consistently treat my temple with the respect that it deserves. And in doing so, can worship with heightened love, mercy, and grace. It takes walking with the right ones. Great blog . . . keep smiling!

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IMIN2GENES 11/8/2011 9:59PM

    Good advice!
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KAYDE53 11/8/2011 9:56PM

    You're so right!!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/8/2011 9:55PM

    Love the free advice ~ so simple and yet very effective. Much better than those eye-catching magazines at the check-out counter.
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What a sweet little 7-year old, and wise for her young age.

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DHAYDEN91 11/8/2011 9:55PM

    Thanks for the fabulous perspective on the important things. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/8/2011 9:27PM

    I completely agree with you! Even smile lines and wrinkles look 100 times better than no wrinkles at all, in my opinion! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/8/2011 8:11PM

    Fabulous!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 11/8/2011 7:06PM

    emoticon Great advice!

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YIWEN39 11/8/2011 7:00PM

    That's great :-) Thanks for sharing :-)
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TEMPEST272002 11/8/2011 5:20PM

    What a lovely little girl. She's absolutely right, you are beautiful. I smile every time I see your photo. Love the beauty tips!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2011 5:12PM

    lol love it

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JOANNANOW 11/8/2011 3:50PM

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I hear you! You are still the queen of positive thinking! Your beautiful insides are shining through on to the net. Thanks for your wonderful powerful ideas today. Sending hugs emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/8/2011 3:08PM

    You are beautiful on the inside AND the outside!

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Not much to say but a funny picture to share!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Hi!

I hope you are all doing well with your respective journeys. I know I am enjoying this road to wellness immensely even though some of the side shows along the way were better off avoided. Or were they? Perhaps I have learned more from the distractions than I have from walking the straight and narrow.

As you know I do a fair amount of walking - usually the days I don't go to the gym I want to walk 5km. I don't set out dreading it - I usually take my dogs with me and end up walking further than I expect because I pay more attention to what they are doing than watching the km add up.



This is a picture I took of them yesterday - it is moose hunting season here hence the reflective vests and, yes, I wore one too. We were covered in mud when we arrived back at the truck but we all had fun - they wore off some of their energy and I got my walk in.

I think people who dread exercise are setting themselves up for failure. How can you enjoy something and make it a "habit" if you hate it? Are you doing the wrong kind of exercise? It should be fun and something to be looked forward to. Yes, this is the same girl who couldn't/ wouldn't walk the length of herself when she started her journey.

I doubt I would be walking so much if I didn't have my dogs...seriously! Can you tell I love them to bits! emoticon

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/5/2011 11:56PM

    Love the picture....they are adorable!! I think you are right you have to find the exercise you enjoy.

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KAMAPERRY 11/5/2011 3:50PM

    Love the pic, and I think you are right!

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BOVEY63 11/5/2011 12:35PM

    Love their vests ~ shadow has a bright orange kerchief and I have the same color sweatshirt that we wear during deer hunting season. People aren't supposed to hunt near the designated walking trails, but I'm not taking any chances - some people tend to do stupid things when trying to get that trophy buck.

Safe walking to you and your pups!

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_LINDA 11/4/2011 11:05PM

    There is nothing more enjoyable then watching the antics of your fur babies. Our dog Bendix provided us many hours of entertainment. He certainly gave my Stepdad reason to get out and take long walks in the most brutal of weather conditions -Bendix never cared about the weather, he just wanted to get out there..Now my poor Stepdad needs excuses to get out..
Yes exercise has to be fun to stick with it, which is why I have no problem with it -its the highlight of my day!
I am happy to see you are being safe with the reflective vests -but boy that would make me nervous going anywhere near where people are allowed to fire guns..
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Stay safe and have a fantastic weekend!
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YIWEN39 11/4/2011 9:10PM

    They look like happy dogs :-) And YOU are doing great :-) emoticon emoticon
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MILLISMA 11/4/2011 7:12PM

    Love the picture and what a great idea!

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JANET552 11/4/2011 5:11PM

    Your dogs look fabulous!! I only wish that you were in the picture too so I could get the whole picture of you all walking. Love the idea of those reflective vests!

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KAYDE53 11/4/2011 3:49PM

    They take a great picture; just like they're posing! One of mine is afraid of cameras, the other won't sit still!! It pays to play it safe, especially during hunting season!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/4/2011 2:22PM

    They are beautiful! I am so proud you protect them and yourself.
hugs,
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DEELYNNE1 11/4/2011 2:11PM

    Love the safety vests! What a great pic! I love walking outdoors! Now if I could just talk the cat into going with. I don't think she'd like wearing a reflective vest either, and I'm sure I'd hear about it - she's very vocal! Maybe I need to borrow a dog for walking...

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APIRLRAIN888 11/4/2011 1:38PM

    Cute pups

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JOANNANOW 11/4/2011 1:35PM

    They are adorable. My dogs keep me walking too. Their enthusiasm never fails and they enjoy every sniff along the way. The joy a dog brings his daily jaunt is contagious. Doggie love is better than therapy and more fun.

Hope your Christmas decorating is fun... here we go again!
It's never too early in the market place... and hey if they pay well just go for it!
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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 11/4/2011 1:11PM

    Dogs are the BEST!!! I have a golden & love her to pieces!!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/4/2011 12:34PM

    What a fantastic picture of the dogs! I worry about hunters too. I always wear 1 of 2 red coats & I tie reflective orange ribbon to DeeOhGee's collar. I'm going to keep an eye out for a reflective vest now I've seen them on your dogs. I totally agree about the exercise. If you had exercising, you aren't doing the right activity! So many fun options out there, so there's no need to suffer with it. lol

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DRGOMTI 11/4/2011 12:06PM

    Yes I can tell you love em to bits!! n I love my windorah to bits too n thank you for reminding me to get walking her. I've been exercising her with the frisbie. she gets good running but I don't! it's almost walking thru snow time!! my fave!! I'm so happy for you n proud of you for your exercising!!! Really, it gets my blood circulatin' just reading about it!!! whew!! I've been staying within my cal range but lack on the exercise, so keep inspiring me!!! emoticon

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HINCTYBEAT 11/4/2011 11:37AM

    I love this picture ... It looks like it could be a K-9 Heroes movie poster of some kind. I have a pic my husband took of our dogs right before we got married with snowy mountains in the background that is a lot the same way. I wish I knew enough about photoshop to make a poster out of it. :)

Thanks for sharing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/4/2011 11:26AM

    Great food for thought! And I love the vests! I have life vests for my dogs, but not reflective vests.

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MAMADWARF 11/4/2011 10:27AM

    I walk with my dog too and she is a great motivator. Your dogs are adorable, great picture

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/4/2011 10:15AM

    Your pups are beautiful! WooHoo to all the walking emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/4/2011 9:31AM

    Love the picture of your pups! Good for you getting all that exercise with them!!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/4/2011 9:18AM

    Now that's my style of walking. Love it! And your two pooches are adorable . . . such a great photo, scene, and pose that I thought it was a professional photo you just happened across online. That's one strong pomeranian to be able to walk a 5K. There is so much love in this photo! Thanks for sharing.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/4/2011 9:09AM

    I loved seeing this on FaceBook, and love seeing it here! Your babies are ADORABLE!!!!
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CODEMAULER 11/4/2011 8:42AM

    Heh, is that why my cat darts into the hallway whenever I'm ready to go workout? Maybe she wants to join me or just offer some cat-sized motivation?

Your pups are the cutest. I'd likely walk my feet off with them!

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MOSTMOM1 11/4/2011 8:35AM

    They look like little construction workers. Hee hee. So cute!
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Some GREAT NSV's to share!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hi,

It was three months ago to this day that I joined the local YMCA and then wrote such a horrible blog full of self-pity that it embarrasses me to this day.

Yes, I had the dreaded body fat analysis done and my measurements taken...the kind of stuff that shakes you to your very soul when you see those numbers on paper. I mean, it is not like it was a big shock...I knew I was obese and out of shape so why did somebody handing me a piece of paper confirming my belief cause such moments of self-doubt and ,even worse, self-pity. Thankfully all of my SparkFriends were supportive and not one of you told me to "put on your girl panties and deal with it" although some of you must have been thinking it! emoticon

So today was my three month "check up" and I was apprehensive to say the least. I know I've upped my exercise from merely walking the dogs to using some of those machines I previously thought were so intimidating. To tell you the truth it took me two days just to get comfortable walking in through the doors and scanning my card. When that first beeped I thought it meant "overweight novice alert...get ready to laugh at her" emoticon

I go faithfully several times each week and I usually "blank" out. I'm not comparing myself to anybody and I've given my self-doubts the ol' boot. Along with drinking my water I now consider my need for exercise a well-formed habit. Too bad the same can't be said for my use of the nutrition tracker but that, too, will come in time.

Anyway, I digress. Here is a comparison of my measurements before and after:

Weight 213.2 / 210.4 emoticon

Bust 49 / 46 emoticon (Dolly Parton has left the house!)

Waist 43 / 42.5 (huh?)

Hips 45.5 / 44.5 ( emoticon

Right Arm 13.5 / 12.75

Left Arm 12.75 / 12

Right Thigh 28 / 26.5

Left Thigh 27.75 / 26

Right Calf 16 / 16.25 (??????)

Left Calf 16 /16


Which ladies and gentleman is an overall loss of 9 inches!!!! ME? emoticon

So my message is to keep at it! I'm a work in progress so these kind of results are great motivators!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/3/2011 11:08PM

    GREAT VICTORIES!!!!

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KANSASROSE67 11/3/2011 4:18PM

    That is so great!!! No one sees the scale reading but everyone can see the results of inches lost! Way to go!

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JOANNANOW 11/3/2011 12:18PM

    So happy to hear your good news. You are an inspiration when it comes to exercise! Keep on keeping on! emoticon emoticon

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So Proud Of You!!! You are on a Roll...keep it up!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/3/2011 11:22AM

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You make me so proud! You are rocking this!!

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ANNCHER 11/3/2011 10:02AM

    Great news! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/3/2011 8:43AM

    Those ARE some great NSVs. Good for you!
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EJOY-EVELYN 11/2/2011 7:43PM

    You are delightfully funny in the way you write. Such incredible results thanks to the improved metabolism going on with all your great workouts. Indeed, an exceptional foundation to continue building into the land many of us call Onederland.

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DRGOMTI 11/2/2011 12:41PM

    WOOHOO!!! SUES YOU ROCK!!! What a solid foundation yer building!!! Heck! yer almost to the top a the temple!!! : )) all yer numbers have gone down!! that must be such a great feeling!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAZINMICH 11/2/2011 12:23PM

    Great Job!! I've been told, and had to be reminded, I didn't gain this weight overnight, and I'm not going to lose it overnight. It took a few years of getting myself to that point where it's "enough! I'm done with being obese" it's going to take some effort and time to get it off. You are doing great!!

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GRAMLORI 11/2/2011 12:21PM

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One for each of those inches!!! You are doing so wonderful...you are an inspiration to others!!
(((B I G HUGS))) from the other side of the world to you!!!

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NEWMAC2011 11/2/2011 8:31AM

    That is fantastic! 9 inches lost is a great result. And it's wonderful that exercise is becoming a habit. it's interesting how that seems to happen to so many of us. Keep up the NSVs! They're just important as the number on the scale.

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ZIPCONTROL 11/2/2011 6:26AM

  Awesome !!

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CALGARYNEWF 11/2/2011 1:08AM

    Awesome Susan!!!! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 11/2/2011 12:15AM

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Way to tone it up! By the way, getting ANYTHING off the waist is quite the accomplishment -I lost three bra sizes before anythinf started coming off the pot :( Its the toughest place to lose from!!
Keep up the GREAT work!!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/1/2011 11:46PM

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Sounds like you are getting fit. You could up your exercise even more by hopping a plane, come over here and take Lucy Bella for her 5 am walk.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/1/2011 10:01PM

    That is FANNNNNNTASTICO!!!!! Susan, you ROCK! You are really making headway! Let's keep it going! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 11/1/2011 9:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Here's to wonderful shrinking you!!!

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GLORYANDME 11/1/2011 9:23PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!
I laughed when I read the part about your "analysis" because it brought bach such awful memories for me. During my analysis, I too was horrified and was cringing the whole time. Good news is we are doing something about it and our hard work is paying off. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 11/1/2011 9:04PM

    Congrats! All that hard work is paying off!
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TERESA159 11/1/2011 8:23PM

    Love your stick-to-itness even though you've had to step outside your comfort zone. You are a warrior!!!

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DHAYDEN91 11/1/2011 8:20PM

    You make me laugh and smile! Thanks for sharing your awesome success. Nine inches is fabulous!! I'm hearing the best part, though, as your comfort level with exercise is improving...and the work is getting easier...shall I venture, more fun even??

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TEMPEST272002 11/1/2011 8:19PM

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The change might be slower than you'd like - isn't that true for us all?! - but they are happening. Well done Susan!

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PONYFARMER 11/1/2011 7:23PM

    That's what I am talking about. Sometimes the weight thing can drag you down. B/c you think wow, I only lost 3 pounds in 2 months. But look at how your body is changing.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/1/2011 6:31PM

    A great NSV to celebrate!!! Loosing inches is wonderful, and hard to do! Way to go!

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YIWEN39 11/1/2011 6:26PM

    You are doing great :-) emoticon emoticon
Thanks for sharing the good news :-)
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TMONTGOMERY71 11/1/2011 5:43PM

    You should be sooo proud of yourself! I am personally terrified of measuring myself but I know I should! Any "work out" place used to make me intimidated (being a big busted, big overall type of gal myself) and I would avoid it at all cost! Now I understand that I must BEGIN and work towards my goals without comparing myself to anyone else. I've also found the longer I avoid gyms, work out studios, etc....the worse the problem becomes HAHA.

Congratulations on LOSING 9 inches!!! This is truly an accomplishment. Sometimes when working out we gain because of muscle! It weighs more than fat I believe. So don't be down and keep pushing yourself! You got this girl!

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CHUBRUB3 11/1/2011 3:55PM

    You have done Great!
Just one question...what has happened to your left thigh? You use it way to much? It has disappered!
Hugs,
Angela
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GEORGIAK25 11/1/2011 3:53PM

    Bravo!!!!! Persistence pays

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JLITT62 11/1/2011 3:11PM

    GREAT job!

You may laugh at me, but yup, I dread the whole body analysis, too. I guess that never goes away.

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MARNIKENNEDY 11/1/2011 2:36PM

    Wow! That's fantastic!
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Boy I know the feeling too! I finally got on the scale a few weeks ago and I nearly cried... 210. I haven't been that heavy since 1987 when I had my baby! It's not easy to face it and then pick yourself up and do something about it, but you have and 9 inches, man that's awesome! You should be very proud of yourself!

Also, I want to thank you because I have not measured myself out of fear, but now I see how that will be cheating myself out of my own sense of victory!

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BOVEY63 11/1/2011 2:14PM

    You are going great and moving in the right direction!
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So long Dolly!
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Happy Halloween my dear SparkFriends!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Well, when I woke up this morning and looked out my bedroom window I was sure the weather gods played the ultimate trick on us this morning...we are having a bit of a snow storm! The college wasn't closed but all of the schools are so there are very few of us in the building this morning. I view it as a time to play catch up with things that have been piling up on my desk but what I am actually doing? Checking Spark!!! Ha-ha!

I had a rough weekend with the emotions. It is such a long and very silly story but apparently I was invited out to supper on Saturday night by my cousin because it was her birthday. Then she told her brother and his wife said she wouldn't be coming if I was there.. Talk about a shot below the belt! The story gets more twisted, about a month ago, during a family gathering John supposedly made a comment (that nobody else remembers) wishing that when their daughter called our house she would let the phone ring long enough before hanging up and calling first my cell and then his.. (The daughter is 19!) I don't get angry very often but i was poisioned with the whole lot of them yesterday. There I was dressed up and ready to go out with my family to celebrate only to be told I wasn't welcome and I wasn't given a reason.

So, what did I do? Did I overeat? NO! I left the house (dressed in reflective gear) and walked my anger off. I walked 5 km before heading back home. Then yesterday I was still feeling betrayed (everybody in my family thinks I am so easy going) but they don't know how fragile I am when it comes to disagreements. I tried to contact the my cousin's wife but that got nowhere. I went for another long walk last night and asked God to take away the anger I feel. So I went home and ate not one but two fruit and nut bars. Even then I wasn't over my calories for the day because I don't eat at all when I'm stressed. AAAARRRGGGHHHH

Well, today is another day and I am determined to make the best of it. My husband was supposed to start a temporary job today but that got postponed due to the weather but at least it is something for him to do and will be an extra few dollars coming in. I am back to meal planning and recording what I am eating because it works for me in many ways. It helps me stress less about meals, I know I am eating better and overall it saves both money and time being wasted .

I read an interesting article in Chatelaine's online e-mail about the importance of eating apples everyday so I'm going to "TRY" to attach the link. I LOVE apples so it was good news for me.
email.chatelaine.com/a/hBOrnUmAuPGQa
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I'm so sorry to gripe! I am just trying to be honest with all of you and to explain my absence over the weekend. Better days ahead I hope!

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/3/2011 11:36PM

    I am so proud of you for taking a walk instead of eating!!! I am sorry that you are being treated so shabbily.

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BOVEY63 11/1/2011 1:39PM

    I am so sorry you are being treated in that way - I would want you at my celebrations!
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Great job on working out your frustrations and making wise food choices - you've come a long way baby!
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JLITT62 11/1/2011 5:07AM

    I think it was a MAJOR NSV that you went for a walk rather than eat. So there's actually something to celebrate there - without food, of course.

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DRGOMTI 10/31/2011 7:33PM

    WOW! SUSAN! you have gone forward so far!! sounds like you're having an upward spiral as far as exercise n cals! and thus, it helps you to make the right decisions even when you're stressed or hurt! once again you're an inspiration for me!!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/31/2011 2:23PM

    Great attitude in drama

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KANSASROSE67 10/31/2011 1:12PM

    Family drama is so silly, isn't it? I know how hard it is to deal with and not take it to heart. Sounds like you are doing the right things...exercising, praying, and venting to Sparkfriends. Hang in there!

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CHUBRUB3 10/31/2011 12:06PM

    Hugs Susan.
That was awful of your family to do that, especially your cousin to back out of her invite. She should of told her SIL to suck it up, it was her birthday party. And over such a D*mb reason. Some people...
You did great sticking to your regime. you are awesome and wish we lived closer, we could of gone out on the town and had fun.
Hugs,
Angela
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TEMPEST272002 10/31/2011 11:28AM

    Go ahead & gripe. Well done using the power walk to get rid of some of that anger. I had something similar happen a couple of weeks ago. Heard back some family opinions about me that were completely unjustified. Shocked, hurt, pissed. I'm still pissed on some levels, but in other ways, I think that this is just the way of the world. Every family, every group has it's sh*t-disturbers & it was just my turn to be the topic of the week. Sorry that this past weekend was your turn. Their loss - I bet you're hilarious at parties. You can come to one of mine anyday!

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CALGARYNEWF 10/31/2011 11:25AM

    So sorry that you had that type of weekend Susan! Families can be so difficult sometimes. It seems like every family has that one or two people that thrive on drama! It drives me crazy!!!

On a positive note, look at your reaction! Walking away your troubles....Good on you!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/31/2011 10:43AM

    Family crap sure can get irritating! Whoops, I mean drama, don't I? My husband's family is the drama family of the century, and it sure can get old in a hurry! Now, my daughter has found that HER husband's family is all about drama, too, and I feel so bad for her! I guess I am grateful, that event though MY family can be a bit strange at times, we all usually get along and don't talk behind each others back in cruel ways!

Love you, my friend! I'm proud of you for hanging in there. That really sounded hurtful! emoticon

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KHAMELEON1 10/31/2011 10:16AM

    I definitely remember wearing a Halloween costume or two over my snowsuit when I was little. ooh the memories

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CODEMAULER 10/31/2011 9:48AM

    Family stuff is not my bag (which is why I enjoy the 700 miles between us). I don't have time or energy for all the negativity mine seems to thrive on.

Glad you got some walking in to battle the hurt feelings!

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Q8PRINCESS 10/31/2011 8:22AM

    emoticon How rude! I understand how you feel.

We have a family member who has told other family members that they are not invited to family events they have. Once after inviting DH and I and we confirmed told us just days before that we wouldn't want to come. It was a real slap on the face.

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Happy Halloween my dear SparkFriends!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

Well, when I woke up this morning and looked out my bedroom window I was sure the weather gods played the ultimate trick on us this morning...we are having a bit of a snow storm! The college wasn't closed but all of the schools are so there are very few of us in the building this morning. I view it as a time to play catch up with things that have been piling up on my desk but what I am actually doing? Checking Spark!!! Ha-ha!

I had a rough weekend with the emotions. It is such a long and very silly story but apparently I was invited out to supper on Saturday night by my cousin because it was her birthday. Then she told her brother and his wife said she wouldn't be coming if I was there.. Talk about a shot below the belt! The story gets more twisted, about a month ago, during a family gathering John supposedly made a comment (that nobody else remembers) wishing that when their daughter called our house she would let the phone ring long enough before hanging up and calling first my cell and then his.. (The daughter is 19!) I don't get angry very often but i was poisioned with the whole lot of them yesterday. There I was dressed up and ready to go out with my family to celebrate only to be told I wasn't welcome and I wasn't given a reason.

So, what did I do? Did I overeat? NO! I left the house (dressed in reflective gear) and walked my anger off. I walked 5 km before heading back home. Then yesterday I was still feeling betrayed (everybody in my family thinks I am so easy going) but they don't know how fragile I am when it comes to disagreements. I tried to contact the my cousin's wife but that got nowhere. I went for another long walk last night and asked God to take away the anger I feel. So I went home and ate not one but two fruit and nut bars. Even then I wasn't over my calories for the day because I don't eat at all when I'm stressed. AAAARRRGGGHHHH

Well, today is another day and I am determined to make the best of it. My husband was supposed to start a temporary job today but that got postponed due to the weather but at least it is something for him to do and will be an extra few dollars coming in. I am back to meal planning and recording what I am eating because it works for me in many ways. It helps me stress less about meals, I know I am eating better and overall it saves both money and time being wasted .

I read an interesting article in Chatelaine's online e-mail about the importance of eating apples everyday so I'm going to "TRY" to attach the link. I LOVE apples so it was good news for me.
email.chatelaine.com/a/hBOrnUmAuPGQa
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I'm so sorry to gripe! I am just trying to be honest with all of you and to explain my absence over the weekend. Better days ahead I hope!

  


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