Thursday, December 08, 2011
Woke up this morning to see the ground covered in the white fluffy stuff and had to smile! Picture this - me still clad in my pjs standing in our bedroom door saying "come on, who has to go do their pee" and the only response I got was from my husband! So, I went to each dog and whispered in their ears and they stumbled out across our living room and out the patio door. Maddy, with his head still down, went down the steps, did his business and retraced his steps (I'm not even sure his eyes ever opened!) and fell back to sleep on his bed. Lou, at least had her head up and eyes opened saw the snow and turned back! When I insisted she go out, she grabbed a mouthful of snow, ate it, and just sat there looking at me and proceeded to get very sleepy in front of me! So it seems the sleep fairy got us all last night - I went to bed really early on the pretence of reading (ha!) and drifted off with no effort!
In my opinion there are few things as good as a good sleep! I used to struggle with sleep - the doctor gave me the equivalent of horse tranquilizers just to knock me out at times but that is another thing that Spark has blessed me with.
When I think of all the things Spark has given me I get overwhelmed with gratitude! Joining Spark was the single best thing I have ever done for myself.
- I have FREE access to all this fantastic motivational, nutritional and exercise material!
- I have made some of the best SparkFriends and joined some great teams
- I have discovered that a healthy lifestyle doesn't include the word D-I-E-T!
- I have rediscovered my love of walking
- I have learned how to read nutrition labels
- I have come to love water
- I have been able to help my depression by blogging
- I have been able to give up one of my medications
- I have become more aware of how my body works and what my body needs to function
- I have been sleeping like a baby
- I have started to change the shape of my body
- I have become a better person; yes, I think that is fair to say
So, here is another one of my zany ideas! When you are struggling to find the perfect gift this year or want something extra to tuck into a Christmas card, why not mention Spark and how much Spark has improved YOUR life. Talk about the perfect gift - one size fits all as I'm sure you would be hard pressed to find somebody in your life that couldn't do with a little Spark!
A few family members have noticed that I have been "changing" and they can't seem to quite put their finger on it so I am going to tell them my "secret". If each of us recommends Spark to just two people and one of those joins, just look at the impact WE can have on those around us.
Give the gift of Spark this Christmas season and you will have given the perfect gift!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Yep, that would be me that I'm writing about. I did something so stupid yesterday that I am almost ashamed to tell you all about it.
First of all, I am not a typical Newfoundland woman who feels the need to scrub her house from top to bottom both in the fall and in the spring. But I did get in the mood yesterday to wash the walls in our bathroom so armed with a bucket, jug of Mr. Clean, and a ladder off I went. All was going well and I was making great progress when I decided in a moment of total stupidity to step off of the ladder and to try to stand on the narrow rim of our bathtub. So there I was straddling the bathtub and reaching to scrub above the window when my feet went out from underneath me and down into the tub I went. I landed on my back and managed to hit my head, my two knees and my two elbows. Oh, and I also managed to rip the curtain and curtain rod right off the wall.
As I lay there (basically too stunned to move) I actually said out loud to the mocking walls "well, stunned arse has done it now but at least the walls are clean". I cannot tell you all how silly I feel nor how fortunate I am. I know I am sore but I really could have broken something!
Today was supposed to be my first weight training day by myself but I decided not to go as I have a few bruises and am a bit tender. To tell you all the truth, all I wanted to do today was nap...AND not because of my sore muscles but because of my S.A.D. I used my light therapy this morning and because I knew how low I was feeling I begged my husband not to allow me to go to bed this afternoon. Instead we went to the local golf course (closed due to wet conditions...never mind the fact that it is December!) and walked 6 km with the dogs.
As I'm writing this I am sitting beside my Christmas tree which is all lit up and I have a hot cup of tea poured up to enjoy.
Monday, December 05, 2011
No, I haven't hit rock bottom but this is my newfangled way of keeping in touch with my SparkFriends. If you are like me you always stay in touch with the same 6 faces that appear on your SparkPage and sometimes neglect those further down in the list.
The faces further down the list are of no less importance to me as I have allowed mine to be displayed in the order of being added. Thus the newest ones tend to get neglected which isn't the way I would like to do things. I know we try to stay in touch with all of our friends off and on but sometimes I think that when I was new what would have happened if nobody stayed in touch with me.
My wish for all of you today is to take a look at the bottom of your friend's list and take the time to check in on them. They might be having a hard time so do your best to shine your Spark their way!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
After much deliberation I decided to pull out of the 5% Winter Challenge and in turn leave the Teddy Bear Team. My heart really wasn't into it and I wanted to leave gracefully and to give somebody else a chance. Since the challenge only officially started today I hope I haven't let any of my team down.
Why am I leaving? It is not a decision that I took lightly. I went back and reviewed how I felt on each day of the Fall 5% challenge and realized that I always felt rushed. It was nobody's fault but my own but that is how it made me feel.
I think teams, like SparkFriends, have to be joined and welcomed when you are ready. It is no good to pretend you feel a connection when it simply is not there. I need Spark to work for ME plain and simple.
So farewell my teddy bears! I will be cheering you guys on from the sidelines this challenge and I wish you all the very best.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Before any of you get your knickers in a knot, nothing is wrong, we are not in crisis but we just get the feeling that someone, somewhere is praying for us. We are not doing the best financially at the moment but in other areas we are so blessed.
Remember how I won the two prizes last weekend at my staff Christmas party? Well, the luck continued and I won another two prizes at our student - run raffle yesterday! Me! One was another gift certificate to a local restaurant and the other was a nice holiday themed ornament.
Yesterday I got 20 on my first spin and another 20 on the bonus spin.
Things are also going well with my depression. I have been using my light therapy for 30 minutes in the morning about 4 days a week AND I have successfully cut my dose of Celexa to 40 mg down from 60 mg.
I have also been invited by an instructor to accompany her on a business trip to St. John's. The college pays for her gas and hotel room so I am going to get a free trip out of it. I have some money saved up from not eating at Tim Hortons so much which will give me some spending money.
I've finished my 3rd day of weight training and have not quit! And I ran into a store yesterday (Northern Reflections for all you Canadians) and the manager came over and asked how much weight I have lost because she can see a difference.
Yes, I'm proud of myself but most of all I am thankful that someone, somewhere has us in their prayers. Several years ago, when times were better for us, we gave this woman (who was on a disability and who had a son with severe learning disabilities) a lot of our belongings. We were lucky because when we bought this house from my mom she had left it furnished. Anyway, we gave this woman (we have never met) a fridge, microwave, tv, beds, chesterfield, kitchen table, etc and she told the person who delivered it that she would never stop praying for us....so Daphne wherever you are...thank you! And to any of you, thank you as well.
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