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Reasons to be Happy & Thankful!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Last year for Thanksgiving I was heavier than I am now! See:
Last year I was all alone, now I have a special someone! See:
Last year the beautiful fall foliage colors were just a memory -- this year I was able to travel to the East Coast and see it in person! See:
Last year my granddaughter was impossible to live with -- but this year I am pleased that she's more "grown up" and we're friends! See:

The list goes on and on. . . . all of us can find things in our lives to be thankful and happy about. Tell me about YOURS!

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BLESSED2BEME 11/17/2010 4:49PM

    I'm thankful that I can be me! I always thought that being me wasn't good enough but I know now that deep in my heart is a passion for helping others and I'm finding ways to do it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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PSMITH3841 11/17/2010 4:35PM

    I'm thankful I can open my eyes and put my feet on the floor every morning!
I'm thankful for my 2 great kids and my 1st grandchild, due in May!
I'm thankful for my BBFE (even though he can be a major pain sometimes, he does keep things interesting!)
I'm thankful I still have my Mother with me, even though she can be a handful, but I think they call that Pay-Back!
I'm thankful for Sparkpeople and the support all my Sparkfriends provide!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/17/2010 7:24AM

Glad your making progress keep up the good work

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THPEAKY 11/17/2010 6:12AM

    Last year I couldn't "break 180" this year I did! I am thankful for getting help with projects in the house, for my friend who moved back here from Florida, for a lady at church who had been very unkind to me has made a turn around, for my grandchildren who are growing to be both smart and kind and for my little doggies especially Baby who is nearly 18.

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Just a Wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Today was just a wonderfully happy relaxing day. I slept late, ate when and what I wanted and only did things because I 'wanted' to versus 'had to' so it was all stuff that made me feel good.

I washed the sheets on the bed and tonight I will appreciate the clean, good smell that goes along with fresh, clean sheets! My walk-in closet was painted yesterday and I spent a good portion of the day leisurely putting things back in and thinking how organized it was. All my blouses and pants are put together by color, and by long sleeves down to sleeveless -- yes, my BF says I am a perfectionist -- and you know what? he might be right! But it was fun! And I love going to the closet and if I want a black top, they are all right there in one spot, from sleeveless to long sleeves, just waiting for my selection. I'd never find a thing if I had it any other way.

The day was sunny and bright -- and my BF decided to give Amber (the dog) a bath outside. The water in the hose was nice and warm (warmed by the sun) so she didn't mind. In the meantime we washed her bed. And I washed the sheets on the bed so tonight I'll have the pleasure of fresh, clean smelling sheets -- one of life's little pleasures that I absolutely LOVE! It's the little things that make me happy.

One little extravagance that I allowed myself tonight was a Hot Eggnog with a bit of Rum! In the lite eggnog it's only 130 calories, and I'm not sure if I even used the half cup I was allowed ----- sooooo good!

Now it's time for dinner. Grilled steak, oven baked potato wedges, a Caesar salad for my BF and a tossed/mixed salad for me! Healthy and delicious!

Hope everyone had a Sunday as good as mine. Goodnight all!

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CATLADY52 11/15/2010 2:35PM

    I keep trying to organize my closet, but it always ends up in a jumble no matter what. I think one of my problems is that I have much more than I really need. I'll sleep on it. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 11/15/2010 1:05PM

    Hmmm, every new season my closet starts out that way, but, by the next season, it's a shambles....just can't seem to keep on top of it....but it is fun while it lasts! Sounds like you had a wonderful Sunday....I'm gonna have to get me one of those! emoticon

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THPEAKY 11/15/2010 7:39AM

    I am now inspired to go check out my closet!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/15/2010 7:09AM

    Glad you had a great Sunday
you can come do that to my closet sounds like maybe I should do that
Now have a great week

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SUNSET24 11/14/2010 9:20PM

    hi there :)

First, your photo on your sparkpage of your entry way looks like the LIFE OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS people on TV.... its beautifulllllllllllllllll wow! YOU must be so very proud emoticon

second, I am so happy you got to sleep in today, yeh!!!! and it sounds like you had a BLAST organizing your lovely closet LOL, yahooo!!!!

I am glad the water was warm for the dog bath, smiles.


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Signs of Depression

Friday, November 12, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon = emoticon It doesn't take much to make a person feel depressed. And for some of you out there, you may not even be aware of some of the signs of depression. Here are just a few to look for:
1. Not interested in normal activities
2. Very tired
3. Maybe feel cold when everyone else is fine
4. Listless, irritated, quiet, morose
5. Not hungry when you normally eat like a horse

There are other indications to be sure -- every person is different, and there are lots of causes for the onset of depression. What to do about it? The cure can be simple or complex, again depending on what triggered it, how long it lasts, and our general state of health.

For lots of people it may be your body's way of saying it needs more rest. You may have been pushing yourself beyond your limits. And for you lucky people, a good nights sleep will often take care of the problem. If you've been through a very stressful experience, even when it's over, it's normal to feel a certain let down as you rethink what you've been through. In this case, time is your best friend. Try to stay around friends and family -- being alone is usually not a good thing when you're feeling blue. And . . . . . although exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're depressed; it's the magic cure-all for many of us. Get's our blood circulating and it's hard to feel down when you're walking along brisky on a beautiful day. For those of you -- whistle for Fido and you're off and running (or, OK, just walking).

May you find your own little "magic pill" whatever that may be -- and get out of the slumps speedily! Here's a little smile for you:

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BLESSED2BEME 11/17/2010 4:51PM

    Depression is a hard illness to admit that one has as well. There is nothing wrong with seeking help! I finally did and I am so thankful for the doctor that set me on a healthy path again.

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PSMITH3841 11/14/2010 4:28PM

    Fortunately for me, (unfortunately for others) I get crabby, instead of depressed and that passes very quickly...I usually can't remember why I'm in a snit, so why bother! But I have a friend that suffers on a regular basis, and I worry about her all the signs, are spot on and that's a cue for me, she's not been taking her meds and needs an intervention! Thanks for the smile!

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LIS193 11/13/2010 2:08PM

    Thank you for this blog. Since moving here 3 weeks ago life has been hectic and stressful going from very quiet to a full blown social life here - meeting lots of new people, lots of late nights and eating at different times than usual. Last week my body "shut down" and I had 2 nights of being in bed around 8pm and sleeping 10-11 hours. Now I feel great again and ready to take on life. I have realized that I need my quiet time to recharge...

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THPEAKY 11/13/2010 6:45AM

    - and conversely sometimes one needs the combination of exercise then rest. That helps the serotonin get movin'. It is amazing how emotional stuff can really make us TIRED too! I used to only sleep 3-4 hours a night for many years after having a chronic form of mononucleosis and sleeping about 12 hours a day! I finally have gotten up to between 6 and 8 hours a night but some nights it is very difficult. The diet and exercise is really helping.

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Not a Heart Attack -- But it sure made me think!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

When you get that dreaded pain in the chest and shortness of breath, what goes through your mind? As your life flashes across the screen of your mind, do you regret your life or cherish the moments you had?

Last Tuesday, after returning from a long week-end visiting my daughter and granddaughter in Henderson, I was standing in front of the washer, dropping in clothing from our trip -- when suddenly I was struck motionless with a flash of pain in the center of my chest. I tried to take a deep breath, which just made the pain worse -- and I couldn't get my breath. That's about the time that panic tends to grab us. I knew if I told my BF he would say to me "it's hospital time." But if I didn't tell him I might just fall over dead, and how stupid would that be?

I tried for a middle ground and told him I had "a bit of chest pain and was a little short of breath." So much for "middle ground" because he took one look at me, and as my face was a very pale grey, he immediately said, "we'd better take you to the hospital." Of course I did not know about the pale face, I was too busy trying to get that deep breath I so wanted.

CHEST PAIN -- SHORTNESS OF BREATH are the magic words as you enter the Emergency Room. I was in a wheelchair and heading up the elevator before I had time to be concerned, or even to object. Tests were run, blood was taken, and I was hooked up to an array of beeping machines! Finally, after what seemed like hours -- and probably WAS, I was told that most of my tests came back and showed me to be in good health. . . . . except I had gallstones. When that happens your gallbladder has a tendency to mimic heartburn, which in turn can be construed to be heart problems -- so was I OK? That was the bottom line. . . and even there it seems there was a debate. ANOTHER doctor comes along, and tells me he may be overly cautious, but HE didn't want to rule out the heart problem. He wanted me to spend the night at the hospital and let them run more tests.

I decided I'd stay. First of all, I had not eaten so far that day, and secondly, I was already there. Why reschedule? And the chest pain had not gone away yet. My blood pressure was quite high, no use being foolish at this age. I'm not a teenager -- I was 72, and hoped to live LOTS longer.

So a day later, many blood tests, stress tests, scans, you name it I-had-it type of tests, the final analysis given to me by a Cardiologist was that I do have a bit of problem with my valves to my heart, but it is not serious enough to do open heart surgery (which is VERY serious) -- so WAIT, that was the magic word. I'm not good at waiting, but that's what I must do. When it reaches the point where I find my breathing compromised or I get exceedingly tired, that's when we will again address the solution of surgery.

Does it jolt you to have this happen? Does it make you rethink your life and what you are doing with it? I would have to say YES! But should you wait for an eye-opener such as this to make you STOP AND THINK? NO - NO - NO! Think of what your life is, what you want, what you have! And if there are changes you need to make, baby, get off your butt and get out there. Some people don't have a second chance!

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STILLFLYIN 11/12/2010 7:33AM

    So glad you are OK.

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THPEAKY 11/12/2010 7:16AM

    Oh my!! I am so glad you are okay

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TRISTAROSE 11/12/2010 6:33AM

    Oh my goodness ... what a day you had! Glad to hear that all went well and now you've had a good check up and know where you stand. This gives us incentive to continue to eat well and exercise. Please take care of yourself.

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USFBULL 11/12/2010 12:52AM

    That must have been very frightening, thank you for the the candid description of your thought process during and through the event. Wow, not a woohoo time. emoticon Glad you made it through and posted this blog. Reflection after that I think any of use would do. Probably a good thing you have been taking care of yourself and keep up the good work, stick around a write a bunch more blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 11/11/2010 7:13PM

    Wow, girl!!! Talk about a wake-up call!! Whew! So, now you've dodged that bullet, continue to take care of yourself and be very aware of what your body has to tell you about everything!! I consider you a great person and a very valuable friend.......want us both to be around a good long while yet!!!! GLad you got all those tests done, so now you know your present status!
Let's go and keep this thing going!!!! WooHoo!!!


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CATLADY52 11/11/2010 6:59PM

    Take care of yourself. But don't change anything about you. Better to have had all the tests now, at least the doctors have a baseline to work from. emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 11/11/2010 5:44PM

    Wow! That is scary. I sure am glad they figured it out. Now continue to take good care of youself. We want you around a lot longer too!

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PSMITH3841 11/11/2010 4:46PM

    I'm sorry you had this scare...but on the positive, it was an alert, you know what you have to watch...we do all these things to help us to live healthier lives, but we cheat...I'm healthy, I can eat this one______! I'm healthy, I can skip the exercise more cheating!!! No matter how healthy we think we are, we must be ever vigilant...I am so glad you're OK! I'm planning on blogging with you for many more years...OK?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/11/2010 4:30PM

    Glad you are OK after your scary ordeal. It definitely makes you stop and think. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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It wasn't MY birthday -- so why did MY weight go up?

Friday, November 05, 2010

I helped a friend celebrate their birthday last night -- so I would not be the least bit surprised to know that THEIR scale was on the high side this morning! But it wasn't MY birthday, so what's MY excuse? Yes, my scale was up too!

Have you ever noticed a trait that all us humans seem to share? We see someone ordering dessert -- we order it. Someone else orders a drink, so we do too! We see someone else ordering some fantastic item off the menu, and immediately our attention moves from the "salad" column over to something fried, creamed, or we pile it on ourselves! We can chalk it all up to human nature.

Maybe it's something like having two dogs in the house at the same time. If your dog is a finicky eater, this will cure him/her. They want to be sure and eat up all their food immediately so the "other" dog doesn't get it.

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PSMITH3841 11/8/2010 9:08PM

    You are so right...I go with all sorts of good to make healthy, wise soon as we all get together, intentions fly right out the window, hand in hand with my good sense! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 11/6/2010 12:01PM

    I think in advertising it's called Bandwagon, as in join in whatever other folks are doing. Normal human thing. As previously mentioned, jump back into the SP bandwagon today.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/5/2010 3:58PM

    emoticonStuff happens and last time I looked, you're still human, soooo,,,,, back on the wagon and back on track in no time!! emoticon emoticon

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MSKITYOCAT 11/5/2010 11:57AM

  I can appreciate what you are referring to, however there are foods that I consider as poison and I just don't touch them ever and feel badly whey my friends do order them. Blessings on your day.

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