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Give Yourself a Hug Today!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Every so often, instead of giving ourselves a lecture (a stern one) when we mess up a little, why not try to be more understanding! Surprise yourself with a non-food treat of some type. Come on -- there HAS to be something you'd like to have!

Like me -- I'd like to have new rugs in my bathroom and around the base of the toilet. Mine are the wrong color, just something I happened to have. So the next time you need a spiritual lift -- buy something you want and need! Go ahead and don't wait until the scale says you have lost another pound, or 5 pounds! Give it to yourself NOW!

Today my BF said he was having an HOA meeting at our house tonight and he needed some cookies. I said I'd bake up a batch -- didn't need to be asked twice! And as I was baking them, I allowed myself to eat a couple. And, do you know something? I'm up about 3 pounds right now! I could have said to myself "You could be having a cookie now if you hadn't made all those stupid choices! You need to watch what you eat and get that weight OFF -- you haven't even done any exercise for a week!" Yep! I could have said that, and I would have agreed with myself and felt terrible. As it was, the cookies were good -- I had enough energy to go to the gym after baking them, and although my heartbeat was alarmingly high compared to how it usually is, I did get in my exercise -- and when I came home I took a nap.

So be good to yourself today - or what ever day you need it -- a pat on the back never hurt anyone! emoticon

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 11/19/2010 8:02AM

    Here are emoticonfor you and here are emoticonfor me for I had cookies too and they are still here in the house but only going to have them for Breakfast LOL

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Vicki

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BLESSED2BEME 11/18/2010 11:06PM

    Thanks! I'm giving myself a hug right now:)

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Too Tired to Clean? -- Try This Trick!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Does your house seem to look messy all the time; but you're just too pooped to do a thing about it? If this seems to be the case at YOUR home, try this:

1. Before going to bed at night make sure you pick up things that are scattered around the room. It will only take about 5 minutes and it leaves the room looking clean even if it really isn't.

2. Do not leave a bunch of things sitting on your table or counters in the kitchen. Nothing adds to messiness like clutter.

3. Don't have time to vacuum or polish furniture? Just remove the clutter and most people do not notice if you've vacuumed or polished.

4. When you finish using something -- put it away. Clutter is your enemy!

Maybe this won't give you the spic and span home you're dreaming of, but spray a little room freshner around and pick up the clutter until you have more energy. Believe me, it helps a lot!
Happy Hour is just around the corner! lol

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 11/18/2010 2:21PM

    Great tips
And thanks for the TEAM Goodie while I think of it
YOU are the one with the big heart,
leading all those teams
GO GIRL!!!!! emoticon

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BRENDAGAIL9 11/18/2010 8:12AM

    Lots of good ideas, thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 11/17/2010 8:58PM

    Great ideas...I do the night time pick up...but you mentioned some others I think I'll try. emoticon

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CITRUSPINE 11/17/2010 5:56PM

    Love you ideas and hints! Thanks

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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

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Glad your making progress keep up the good work
Vicki

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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
Vicki

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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 time....you 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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