Sunday, December 26, 2010
First, I have to say that date looks really weird - 2011! I never thought I would be saying that, not that I am that old, just that it was so far in the future while I was growing up!
I have been relaxing today. We had snow yesterday, so a white Christmas in Atlanta. I am reflecting on the time with my children and grandchild over the past week. I am so glad that I could have that time with her. She is a doll and so good. She has learned to crawl and I got to see her pull herself onto her feet using my stool. She also started saying DaDa all the time! Hasn't learned that DaDa means Daddy and a person, but she will. I got to take her shopping one day and get some surprise gifts for her mom and dad.
We celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. My son did all the cooking and it all was so wonderful. We all played the game "Apples to Apples" while waiting for the food to be ready and the baby napped. After dinner, we opened gifts and went to church.
Christmas morning, we all met for breakfast and stockings. After breakfast, my daughter, her husband and baby went across Atlanta through the snow to his parents for Christmas with his family. His mother's family is here and with her 6 siblings it is a big family Christmas.
One of my favorite gifts is my new pedometer. My son got it for me and finally I have one that doesn't reset on its own. It is very small and easy to wear. I am just counting steps right now. I may set it up for total distance, calories burned, and timed walked. Right now I just want to count my steps and work up to the 10,000 steps per day.
I am not making resolutions. I am renewing goals: eat in my range, exercise 5 days a week, track daily, and work up to 10,000 steps per day. I am happy that I have lost the weight I did this past year and know that I will make goal in 2011. I will continue to Spark and blog.
I want to thank all of my Spark friends for their support and encouragement during the past year.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
We did Christmas on Christmas Eve. All my children were here. We had a great day playing board games while my son cooked a lovely ham with several sides. Every one got to play with the baby. While here she started to say DaDa! Everyone got along and we had a good time. After feasting on the wonderful feast (during which the baby napped), we had enoug time to open presents. This is my plan...to have Christmas Eve at my house and then everyont can have Christmas Day at their own houses or the other side of the family. Today, Christmas, everyont will come over for brunch before daughter, SiL and GD go to his family for their Christmas. It was a wonderful day and one I will treasure for a long time. I will post pictures next week. This afternoon will be very quiet after everyone leaves and life returns to normal. I got a pedometer so I will be counting steps as soon as I get the thing set up for me!
Hope everyone has a great day. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Friday, December 24, 2010
No words necessary!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This is a hard day for me and most likely always will be. Two years ago my Dad passed away. I miss him and being able to go to him for advice. He was a wonderful man. He gave up a college degree (one semester short of graduation) to join the Army Air Corps in 1944. He wanted to serve his country in one of our dark times. He stayed in the Air Force for over 35 years, retiring in 1978 as a Lt. Colonel. He served during WWII, Korea, and VietNam. He was a very intelligent man who wrote training manuals for the Air Force that are still being used today. He raised three daughters to appreciate what they had. His favorite thing to do was to play "Devil's Advocate" with us. Whatever sided we were on about an opinion, he would take the opposite position and argue with us. We always lost, but we learned to think deeper than just the top layer of the issue. I wish he was here for my granddaughter's first Christmas. He would be so proud of her. It is still hard to think that he is no longer here. He didn't see me quit smoking. He was proud of me and let me know that. I miss him.
The good memory is that when my sister called me with the news that Dad passed away, I was on my cell phone with her and went outside, crying right into the arms of the man who would shortly become my second son-in-law. He didn't know what happened or why I was crying but he held me and comforted me anyway. He had just come over to ask permission to ask our daughter to marry him the next night. When he knew what happened, he wanted to wait, but I made him promise he wouldn't. Dad would not have wanted that.
So within minutes, I had the worst news in the world and some of the best. I am glad I do have a happy memory to go with the bad memory. It helps, but today is still a hard day.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I have been on SparkPeople for 11 months. In that time, I have lost 12 pounds. I know that they are gone because I have been maintaining that for a while now. I have made many friends here. Some I hear from daily, some I have seen leave and come back and some just leave for good, some I get support from on down days, some give me that kick in the rear when I need it. I have support here. More support from people I may never meet for real than I have in reality. I learned that it is okay to manage the number of friends on your friends page by removing the inactive members. I did that today. I hope that I did not remove some one who is active, but since I use the status feed and my friend feed I think I am okay. I have learned to listen to my body for exercise needs. I am more able to say no to junk food and yes to healthy foods. I have enjoyed the challenges that I have joined and hope to join more next year.
I am only looking one month at a time in 2011. My motto is "One day at a time", so one month at a time for goals.
My goals for January are to lose 2 pounds, exercise 5 days a week, drink my water, and stay within calorie range. The last is hard for me as I am either under it or way over. I want to find that happy medium.
I wish all of you the best as you make new goals for the next few months.
and so can I!
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