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Concentrate on the Positives!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Concentrate on the Positives -- and let the negatives go!

Just that one little sentence could turn your whole life around. If all you thought about were the positives in your life there would be no stress eating! After all, you are concentrating on all the good things, it's when the negatives occupy your thoughts that the bad feelings come and you eat to overcome it.

Not only that, but when you are concentrating on the positives you have a much happier outlook on life. That means you will have more energy, you'll sleep better, be more productive, your choices will be better and there will be no depression!

So come on, there are lots of positives to concentrate on! Here are a few of mine:

I slept soundly last night, woke up full of energy!

Got up at 6:45, sure I wanted to snuggle in bed awhile longer, but I didn't!

Got in a 45 minute walk and accomplished it all by 7:30 a.m., normally I would have still been in bed sleeping, but now I've already got half my steps in!

I had a very healthy protein smoothie for my breakfast! I love them!

No coyotes following us on our walk this morning! emoticon

Now tell me some of YOUR positives in the comment section below! Come on, I know you've got them!

  
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IMAVISION 4/15/2014 3:58PM

    I enjoyed this blog very much! emoticon

emoticon that to zero in on the positives is very important.

The negatives need prayer covering & attention in working to better them --- positively turning them into positives.


There are many positives in Ima's life this beautiful day in April 2014 ---

Went to bed at 10:30pm & slept straight through until 7:30am (not even getting up once for a bathroom visit & that was after drinking my normal glass of water before bed) --- now that is a positive-positive in this gal's book.

Enjoyed my quiet time with the Lord! Covered family members in prayer for peace & comfort (as well as travel mercies), as we face the funeral of my dear Aunt tomorrow afternoon.

Finished up this semester of Bible study classes this morning --- already looking forward to rejoining that much-loved group of Sisters, after the summer break (not wishing away a moment of the summer in that "already looking forward..." --- just know the great enjoyment to come for us all, through another PUP study of a Book in the Word of God).

Didn't allow myself to cave for the temptations on offer at the end of the year fellowship luncheon. Instead choose to enjoy my homemade veggie split-pea at home with my beloved MrV. That is after opted for a "cuppa" tea, instead of going for the goodies (refreshments) on offer during the actual study.

Enjoyed the beautiful crisp & fresh cool mountain air, as I got some good walking time in, as well as, other daily exercise completed.

Received & hopefully shared encouragements here in "Sparkville".

God bless us with the instant ability to zero in on the blessings of our minutes!

Ima

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/15/2014 2:59PM

    Got up at 4:15am did my sparks and then went and told my hubby Happy 37th Anniversary then went to work cleaned 2 offices and 2 houses came home did all my exercises and going out for Dinner and playing Texas holdem - busy day so glad I am alive to enjoy it - and back on track with my weight loss plan
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CAROLMAID 4/15/2014 9:38AM

    Pushing 50! I take no meds! for anything. 3 kids (frequent source of worry!) but they are all lovely smart talented people who really are just going thru life's struggles as a young adults, it's not their goal to worry me really LOL Hard working husband who thinks I'm a all right still after nearly 29 years in June. :) Starting at square one today. Yesterday was a bad mindset day but I spring cleaned all day...emptied the bad from my head and the dust bunnies from the house. Starting the quest for smaller me anew today. No garbage trigger food purchased at market. Good step in the right direction. Just shared a HUGE laugh with my daughter! Laughter is GOOD always! I have time to exercise today in peace. The fact that I can exercise!
Thanks for the great blog Eve. As always love your positive thoughts and how your spread them around.
Have a great day!
Carol

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JJARAMILO 4/15/2014 8:38AM

    Count the TA-DID's, not the To-Do's.
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JACK714 4/14/2014 5:14PM

    Way to go. Important point...

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/14/2014 12:47PM

    I got up this morning without a lot of pain in my back, hips, and thighs. That's always a good start to my day. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 4/14/2014 12:40PM

    Hubby is home again! I slept well for the first time since last Wednesday.

I got my courage up this morning and called my dr's nurse and asked if she will see if the dr will change my thyroid med back to what it was before my last appt - and gave her the logic for the change. Only one of which is the seven pounds that I have gained since the change.

I have lots of projects, big and small, to do that I enjoy doing. I've completed some projects that I had to do, but didn't want to do. So I feel accomplished.

I cooked some great chicken and some tomato stew and consequently don't have to cook for a couple of days. So I can work on my fun projects.

I have great friends on line and in person. emoticon

All in all, it's another great day!
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LYNETTEMOM 4/14/2014 12:37PM

    The sun is pouring in the patio doors, I have a chair I can set up outside to read in the sun, my newsppr awaits, the scale was where I wanted it to be this morning, I have an open day ahead of me and yes, I am ALIVE!

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SKATER787 4/14/2014 11:45AM

    You get more bang for the buck being active in the morning as it sets the metabolism higher for the day. As for losing weight, if your hormones are out of whack then more exercise isn't going to do any good.

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LIS193 4/14/2014 11:31AM

    Great blog!
Positives this morning:
The clouds have moved out - we have sunshine again, sunshine makes me happy :)
My eating is back on track and the scale shows it
DH put a new belt on my vacuum cleaner - I'm going to "play" with it later on
We have 3 sessions of pickle ball scheduled this week
I have a fridge full of great veggies and lean protein
I am ALIVE!


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Turning over a new leaf..... starting with my schedule

Sunday, April 13, 2014

emoticon emoticon emoticon Blowing my own horn, or giving myself a pat on the back -- whatever it is, I'm super happy about it. Today I crossed over 10,000 steps; 10,331 to be exact.

What caused me to change my normal 2,000 to 6,000 steps? I am just tired of losing or gaining the same one to four pounds; over and over and over! Last summer I was doing so well, and my eating habits have been right on, so that leaves the exercise. I usually only do walking mostly for my exercise, and because of an eye problem, I wait for sunset before I go for my walk, so the bright sunlight doesn't bother me as much.

So I knew if I was going to change my exercise mode, then I had to get more time in for my walks. That meant getting up earlier. So this morning I jumped out of bed at 6:30 a.m. and immediately headed out for a brisk walk. It was a cool 66F so it felt just wonderful, and before we knew it we had walked 1.6 miles. Well, actually Amber knew it and was really dragging when we got home.

I, on the other hand, was elated. I had walked 4500 steps and it was only a little after 7:00 a.m. I normally am sound asleep, dreaming and feeling cozy.

The day passed by and I added little bits of movement above and beyond what I normally do. One of the things was vacuuming the inside of our SUV, not an easy task but for some reason I did not feel tired. I did take a nap around 4:00 because I did not sleep well the night before. Before I knew it the sun was going down and it was time for another walk. Thinking about how healthy Amber and I were getting, off we went. Had a healthy protein smoothie for my dinner and now I'm almost ready for bed.

With my new schedule I'll be up and have plenty of time to get in our walk and still have plenty of time to go to church. WooHoo! I hope this streak lasts forever!

  
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SWEETNEEY 4/14/2014 3:19AM

    I always feel good or less pressure when I have gotten 5k steps by 7am

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CATLADY52 4/13/2014 8:26PM

    Great job! Amber will be so trim! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 4/13/2014 4:10PM

    Way to go, you!!! Wish I could get up and go early on. I used to, but sleeping has become such a chore the last couple of months, I'm lucky to drag out of bed by 9:30! Such is life! I've decided to walk at the mall today (if DS's buddy ever leaves!)
Have a lovely day, Eve!! Neck and belly rubs to Amber! (((HUGS)))

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LIS193 4/13/2014 10:59AM

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Getting up early and making the most of the cooler temps is the way to go!

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/13/2014 7:22AM

    That's great keep up the good work
V

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    Nice job!

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Thinking over my week

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Baby ducks and daffodils -- a surer sign of spring not to be found!

It seems like mostly what I did last week was lament (a fancy word for worry) over the things that were not getting done on my home in Yarnell. With the temperatures rising quicker than anticipated it is even more important for them to finish up so we can move up there for the summer. I had errands to do on Wednesday and saw by the indicator in our car it was 95F outside; and listening to the radio they forecast 98F for today. I was out again today but it was earlier in the day so it hadn't reached that burn-to-the-touch temp yet.

It really makes you want to think of some hobbies or activities to do inside the house where the A/C brings the temp down to whatever your body needs. However on Wed. I did get a call from the supervisor on our building. He wanted to tell me they are at work on stucco/drywall. Of course there are a couple of steps to be done before they actually apply the stucco or drywall, and that's what they are doing right now.

Can't remember the date this photo was taken, but I believe it was mid-March. Not too much has been accomplished since then. I told the supervisor I would be happy when he phoned me to say we could start painting in two days. He laughed and said he would be happy too, because then he could be bugging ME about when we would be done. Strange case of builder/owner participation, but they assured me it was a money-saver for us. I have my doubts, but at least during that week we will be in charge, and I know for sure our painter will be over there, on the job, every day!

Stopped by the furniture store today and saw my beautiful King-sized bed, night-stands and TV stand for the Master Bedroom. Can't wait until it is time to order my mattress. Think I will try one of those big thick foam things. You never have to flip them, most likely because they are so heavy you wouldn't be able to. Wonder how you go about getting sheets on them? lol

Weight shot up when I celebrated my "art finds" -- see another blog, and now after a week it's pretty much back to normal, so no worry there.

Things are blossoming, apple trees and grape vines all leafing out -- and I'm missing it all, stuck here in this oven they call Phoenix.

I'm trying to take it one day at a time though, so calm down, this too will pass!

  
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CATLADY52 4/11/2014 6:45PM

    The hardest part of building a home from scratch is waiting for it to be done. emoticon You never have time to do everything that needs to be done and then suddenly there is nothing left to do.

That's when you get to kick back and relax. emoticon emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 4/11/2014 4:13PM

    It looks wonderful and will be even better when it is all finished. Glad you got back on track so quickly. Have a great weekend. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 4/11/2014 1:01PM

    Bless your heart. So, you're going to miss a little Spring, but doesn't sound like you'll miss it all!
So sorry about your really hot temps so early!! Ours is either below normal or above, it seems. The last 3 days were pretty close right on, but the next to be above then another front with some rain and temps to dip to below norms again! Roller coaster continues! lol
You'll get up there soon. Keep the faith! (((HUGS)))

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/11/2014 8:31AM

    the house looks great and BIG can't wait for inside pictures too - sorry you have high temps but I would take them right now for it is still chilly here
enjoy watching the house go up
V

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CAROLMAID 4/11/2014 6:51AM

    House looks great! It'll get done...no worries! then you can kick back in the A/C on your big fat giant mattress! If you can get the sheets on it. LOL
Can't even begin to fathom 95degrees yet. Tho when it gets here that's prime pool and lake weather. All things in due time I guess. Still running pellet stove at night here....sitting by it right now! Will warm up to springlike temps later today, approaching 60 wahoo!
Best of luck Eve, playing general contractor/painter. A woman of so many talents! Glad your weight settled back to normal too.
Have a great day!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/11/2014 6:38AM

    Looks beautiful! How did we ever manage without AC!

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ARTJAC 4/11/2014 2:23AM

    HOPE THE HOUSE IS FINISHED SOON SO YOU CAN GET YOUR MATTRESS

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DALID414 4/10/2014 11:29PM

    Thick foam things, huh? I think I'm gonna look into an 'adjustable' mattress.

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SWEETNEEY 4/10/2014 11:13PM

    Hope House gets tghether

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SKATER787 4/10/2014 9:24PM

    I'm glad you're doing this and not me.
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My Art for Yarnell Home

Sunday, April 06, 2014


This bright and friendly poppy painting is not large, but it won my heart as #1

#2 choice of the items still available. I really wanted an oak stool, but it went just before it was my turn to go up again. The quail are all over in Yarnell, so it fits the area.

Getting a third piece of art was a real surprise, I was amazed to even get two free pieces of art, it never even entered my mind there would be three! This is a beautiful pastel of crocus and is quite a bit bigger than the other two.

Autumn colors are abundant in my home, so this will fit in perfect!

I'm not sure where this will go, but I'm crazy about bunny rabbits, and it has green in the frame, etc. so perhaps even in my bathroom.

I used to have this hanging in my bathroom here in Glendale, but I may take it to the new house. Decisions, decisions.

This is one I'll hang without a frame, probably in my hobby/guest room

This one will go in there too.

This is one my daughter gave me when she moved out of her house. Actually I had given her a gift once of redecorating one room in her house. She chose the bdrm and this is the art that was above the fireplace.

My neighbor, and best friend, gave this to me -- her home was not burned, and it was only about half a block from mine. They did lose all their food (frozen) of course.

I thought these matching pieces would look neat in the office.

An original from an artist in Sedona. I framed it in green, so it will probably go in our master bedroom which will be a very, very light green sage sort of color.

Another original from Sedona. And I know you're probably getting bored by now, but this little tour is almost over.

Love winter woodland scenes -- better to look at than to live in! lol And these are so skinny you can put them almost anywhere.

This is a portrait of me, done when I was about 35 or so. I like to put it over a little entry table by the front door. It was painted by a friend who was an artist - acrylic.

And last but not least, this is a flower arrangement, materials for it were furnished by my daughter when she moved. Surprised all of us that it looked so perfect there.

Thank you for sharing my little tour. You, who know me, know that decorating is my passion, so I will have heaps of fun deciding where all of these will go. Thank you also for stopping by, you are all such good, special friends!

  
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LIS193 4/13/2014 11:01AM

    Wonderful art! Hard to choose a favorite..

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123BITES4ME 4/12/2014 11:09PM

    nice pics...what fun it will be to find the perfect spot for each one!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/9/2014 11:15PM

    Beautiful. My favorite is the bunny.

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ROSAMARCELLE 4/9/2014 5:44PM

    Love all the pictures, but particularly the crocuses

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CATLADY52 4/7/2014 6:13PM

    I can see the two skinny ones going on either side of the entry door. They sort of have an air about them. emoticon I know you'll put them where you want, just thinking out loud. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 4/7/2014 2:51PM

    You have quite a collection of beautiful art!! You have wonderful taste! You really made out with those last 3 acquisitions!! Happy decorating!! It won't be long now!! (((HUGS)))

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STILLFLYIN 4/7/2014 11:24AM

    I also especially like the poppy painting. It has such happy colors. Sometimes it is important to receive as well as to give. I'm sure those artists are glad that you will hang their pretties in your new home. And the new artwork will have some really nice company with the other pieces that you are bringing from your other home.


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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/7/2014 10:25AM

    Quite a few of the pictures I wouldn't mind owning myself. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 4/7/2014 8:38AM

    Love the Poppy picture ... all the rest are nice also! Thank you for sharing.


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VITCHY-VICKI 4/7/2014 6:44AM

    Great pictures love them all thanks for sharing
V

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1MANKNEY 4/7/2014 2:29AM

    Great art tour. Thanks so much! My favorite, of course, is the bunny. I love bunnies and have a bunch of them around the house. I don't need any more, but sometimes I just can't resist! Brought one home from Mexico at Christmas. Just could not resist that one!
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ARTJAC 4/7/2014 12:18AM

    FANTASTIC EVE emoticon

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SKATER787 4/6/2014 10:34PM

    Fabulous. emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/6/2014 9:18PM

    Beautiful! Esp. liked the portrait!

XOXO

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LYNETTEMOM 4/6/2014 8:27PM

    nice! Thanks for the tour. That event was certainly a good idea. I'm sure the artists are proud that they have been able to offer their gifts and the recipients grateful to have recieved such a wonderful boost to their spirits.
Lovely all round!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/6/2014 8:01PM

    I love your portrait. I read your page again to understand the source of all that lovely artwork. I see that you love painting. Are some of these your own work?

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DALID414 4/6/2014 7:52PM

    I love the poppy painting, and how royal of you to have a self portrait! Love it!

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Instead of "Giving Up" try "Slowing Down"

Sunday, April 06, 2014

2013 was a harsh year for me. We all have them, and sometimes we can snap back and stay focused. Other times, it's just one too many things and we don't snap back; we lay down and feel defeated.

When you feel like that instead of giving up completely; try to continue doing some small thing, anything! In other words SLOW DOWN. It's like binging. If you are able to stop yourself from eating the whole bag of cookies or chips, maybe stopping after 4 or 5, it's still something that you have accomplished. Although you caused some bits of damage with however many you did eat, you can pat yourself on the back. You just took your first Baby Step! emoticon

Treat each day as though it is emoticon because we are always on our best behavior on Day 1. As we get into a routine and things don't seem as exciting, or we don't see the results like we did in the beginning, it is much easier to talk ourselves into slacking off. So pretend each Day is DAY 1. Eliminate the words START OVER from your vocabulary because when you say that it's like saying you failed before, but now you are ready to try again. Instead think of it as having a short time when you needed to slow down a bit, and gradually increase your activity until you are back to your original pace. Slow down any time you feel overwhelmed. I believe that the simple act of slowing down will prevent "falling off the wagon" because without any pressure, you will not be tempted to do something rash. I'm not encouraging you to procrastinate by this statement. I am not saying don't do it. I am not saying it's OK to just wait and do it later, or tomorrow. By slowing down, instead of walking the 2 miles you usually do, just slow it down, do a mile, or at least go around the block. But DO NOT QUIT. Quitting and slowing down are two different things.

Keep this up and you will suddenly find yourself in maintenance instead of losing!

  
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DEBSZOO74 4/7/2014 2:11AM

    Great blog! I'm glad I came across it. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 4/6/2014 8:30PM

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Thanks for this encouragement. Wise words.

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CATLADY52 4/6/2014 4:43PM

    Something we all have to do every once in a while. Stop to smell the roses. emoticon

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DALID414 4/6/2014 3:39PM

    Slow and steady...

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LIS193 4/6/2014 12:50PM

    Such a wonderful uplifting and inspirational blog!!
Thank you for posting this!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/6/2014 10:06AM

    What an awesome message in your blog emoticon emoticon
This is why I love the quote, "As each new day dawns, I make an healthy new start" or should I say a "healthy day 1"
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YOYONOMORE1 4/6/2014 9:32AM

    Good thoughts in your blog. Have a blessed day!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/6/2014 7:34AM

    I absolutely agree.

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/6/2014 6:41AM

    I slowed down to much but back on track soon this is a great blog thanks for sharing
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SKATER787 4/6/2014 1:11AM

    Chips or cookies? Wrong food in the house. It's a losing game trying to control oneself. Better not to have them, or dump water into the bag and garbage disposal it immediately. Also get whole watermelon and allow oneself to binge on that instead or a bunch of apples would work too.

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