Friday, August 06, 2010
Sometimes we are called upon to do difficult things that we think are beyond our abilities. Today was one of those for me. I was asked to eulogize the man I cared for over the past two years. He was my hero and had a huge impact on my life. What complicated the request is that our 5 children are home from all parts of the USA for our oldest son's wedding. The rehearsal dinner is tonight.
We just got home after the service. It was an honor to talk about this man that has taught me so much. It was hard when my emotions took over and I cried but the emotion was genuine and I feel like I honored this amazing man.
So thankful for friends who stepped in to help with the prep work I had planned to do myself for the dinner.
Off to the dinner, to rejoice with my family, glad for a few minutes to sort out my emotions.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I'm literally shocked that I've lost 70#! The journey began April 2009 on my own after my doctor told me I was going to be a diabetic. I tried to exercise and eat better. I think I lost about 12 pounds until August when the program my doctor signed me up for started on diabetes prevention. To get into the program I had to agree to 1)track my food daily and 2) weigh myself daily. I was upset on both accounts, but to be part of the program I had to do it, so I did!
After a month, I was into it and looked forward to watching my progress.
Spark People came along for me when my program was winding down and I was in panic mode about how I could continue to lose weight. It has been so much more than I would have dreamed or even hoped it could be!
I have a mini goal that I've been working toward since April for my son's wedding August 7th. I am 7# away from that. I don't think I will reach it, but even if I don't I've been chipping away at the 20# goal I made in April.
I've been surprised by my determination to walk wherever possible even when the weather is challenging. It was a pleasure to learn that every week just walking to and from work is 20 miles! The walking is very enjoyable and the time passes quickly.
I learned last week that the job I have caring for an elderly man with Parkinson's Disease in his home will be ending next week as he moves to assisted living. I'm very sad about this change for him and for me!
He's taught me so much about determination and just doing what you have to do no matter how hard it is! Every morning and evening during the week I exercise with him, even when he's having a bad day, when asked if he's ready to exercise he tells me, "we'll see what we can do!" His legs hardly work anymore, but when we do our exercises it's like he's a new man. I will miss him so much. A few months ago, in the middle of exercise he turned to me and said, "don't you realize I'm almost 90 years old? That's OLD!" I will miss him and his great sense of humor!
It's with a grateful heart that I blog this morning, realizing if not for Spark People I would not have gotten to this point in my weight loss journey. Without my spark friends encouraging me along the road, I would not be here, without the Lord I would not be where I am today. He gave me the tools at just the right time for me to use them and have success. I thank the Lord for his mercy, grace and kindness in my life!
Have a great day fellow sparkies!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
It must have been 15 years ago that I heard a sermon from one of our elders on EGGS. The acronym stands for EVIDENCE OF GOD'S GRACE. Ken is such an eloquent speaker, I wish I could explain it like he did! He talked about how every day we commonly bypass the little things that are evidences of God's grace in our lives. We take our health, our family, our friends, our jobs, our comfortable homes, etc. for granted. It's so easy to ignore the beautiful sunny day, the full moon, the rainstorm or whatever is in front of us. We should slow down and experience the blessings we have. Open our eyes to see how we are blessed in so many ways, each and every day! God blesses us in so very many ways!
My husband and I have been so tickled this past week recalling what our daughter told us that her 20 month old daughter told her. Little Jade asked her mother for a drink. Jennie asked her, "what do you say?" Jade looked up innocently and immediately said, "get it" I am thanking God for humor and what a great role it plays in our lives. A merry heart doeth good like medicine.
What are the EGGS in your life? I think today thousands, or millions are thankful for their fathers! What a treasure to have a good father!
Take a moment to look for EGGS every day!
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
We have been on vacation visiting our middle son, his wife and our new granddaughter, Lily (a living doll!) in Seattle. I've was surprised to see that I've actually lost weight while here. I know scales vary and all of that, but I'm hoping that the change of food, schedule and fitness have encouraged the weight loss.
Tomorrow we head home. I will be anxious to see if the weight loss holds. If it does I am considered, "overweight." Even though that doesn't sound great, it's an upgrade from obese. I'm very hopeful that I'm in that category. I may be doing the happy dance after weighing myself, or I may be in for a wake up call. Whatever the outcome, I know that I am motivated and committed to the program for a lifetime.
Our vacation has been a testing ground. I don't have much control over what I eat. I've had to make a few choices between "bad" and "terrible." I was happy that I tried to get the healthiest option in each case. We have been active, but not in the way I normally work out. Lifestyle change takes awhile to really take root, but it's so great when you see the fruit from it! I'm so excited to be on this journey with all of my spark friends who encourage me daily!
Let's make it a great summer!
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