Wednesday, August 29, 2012
There will be days it will rain, there will be high humidity; other days will be hot and dry; or cold, perhaps with snow. And there are days when the weather seems absolutely perfect.
The thing is, there is all kinds of weather -- some states or countries get a lot of one type, others not so much. You live where you live, so just give thanks that you are alive and well today, regardless of what kind of weather you are in.
I'm AMBER -- I'm happy as long as I am near my Mom!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Amber and I were out fairly early this morning, and as we made our way around the 1.1-mile loop the only noise to shatter the quiet solitude of the morning was the occasional bark -- when a dog sensed Amber walking by. I've noticed when I'm walking alone (which is seldom) the dogs don't bark.
Walking is a great time for sorting through your thoughts, solving problems, or if you like, just let your mind clear and enjoy your time outside. Especially if you happen to have a dog like mine who wants to sniff at every piece of grass or rock that she passes by. (smile)
While we saw a bunny this morning, we didn't see the deer. Usually we see the deer more often in the evening. It's always exciting to Amber, even though she knows she can't even "try" to catch them due to her leash. Poor thing!
This morning as I walked along I thought about the hour-long conversation I had on the phone with my sister yesterday -- Yes! She finally phoned me!! And I realized that life is way too short to be out of touch with relatives (or friends) and my sister is both relative and friend. As she is about 2 weeks away from her 84th birthday, she shared her aches and pains with me, and the fact that she now has glaucoma in her right eye. Although a widow since Christmas it cheered me up to see that she is moving on with her life and still has her positive outlook. It's so nice to reminisce with someone you have known all your life -- and laugh. You know, it was almost like sharing the walk with her.
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday -- and give thought to someone dear to you!
Friday, August 24, 2012
B+ or Be Positive! B-Positive is my blood type, and my attitude is Be Positive! It makes for a good life, and a good attitude!
They say the most important thing about problems (or stress) is the way people handle them. I can see this would be true. For example, some people get very upset over little things, but the really BIG problems leave them calm and collected. Others, like my DH don't seem to let much of anything ruffle their feathers. Makes you wonder what secret people like that have discovered -- they don't get upset, they just handle whatever it is.
I've also heard that God never gives you anything you aren't strong enough to handle. And, as I'm still here and consider myself pretty healthy -- perhaps that is true. I've certainly had my share of stressful jobs, and I have had enough things happen in my personal life that I would say my life has not been a piece of cake.
My favorite motto is "Look for the silver lining." And just in case you don't understand what that means, it's that you should always look for the best of every situation. As an example, right now I am tired of all the rain we've been having, especially with the high humidity that goes along with it. But the "silver lining" on this is that my plants are thriving and it is needed for all the plants and animals in the wilderness as well. Small sacrifice on my part, I'd say!
May you all find your "silver lining" in the things that befall you over the week-end. =
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I'm just naturally curious and I guess you could say "nosy." I do not mind admitting it. But when I see one of the members on here saying they lost 115 pounds or maybe just 3 or 4 -- I always glance at their tracker. I'm always disappointed when it merely tells me the "pounds lost" -- Duh! If you started out at 400 pounds and you've lost 20, that's nice but it's really no big deal (yet)! But if you started out at just 10 pounds over your goal weight, and you lost 4 pounds -- hey you're really, really close!
Now I know I have a lot of opposition to this because I see many of you who do exactly what I'm talking about. You post how many pounds you've lost -- or how many spark points you've got -- or your fitness minutes. And I'd like to hear why you do that. Is it to remind yourself of how much you've lost? Or is it because you started this fight many years after you should have -- and you're ashamed to see your own weight in black & white? It could even be that by not putting down your weight you feel you don't have to deal with the "actual number." But isn't the reason you joined SparkPeople was so you could get down to a "healthy" weight, and live a Healthy Lifestyle?
I like looking at actual pounds on a person's tracker. Some I can relate to because they were in a similar weight range as me when they started and their goal may be close to mine. Others, who are in a heavier range, I cheer on in my heart because I see they have conquered so much more than I ever had to. Their problems were so much worse than mine, and yet they have battled and pushed and agonized to get where they are. And they should be so proud of themselves, because the further you sink, the harder it is to pull yourself out of that hole.
Come tell me why you track what you track -- I'd love to know.
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