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Getting it togeather

Thursday, February 10, 2011

OK I thought when I retired I would get it all togeather, plan meals, get organized, get rid of stuff, sort, clean, go to classes, have time, do things I wanted to do. Now I'm retired, for almost two weeks and it hasn't happened, this week I'm having trouble thinking reasons to even get up. If I didn't have to pee, I probably wouldn't. Then the cat is hungry and I need to feed the dog, and my sugar is low so it's time to start feeding me. But I'm not sure what I want to eat, not like I have a big choice, I hate shopping and am living off of what my husband, who has passed, bought before he had a stroke, in November of 09. Lots of canned goods, Seems like I would lose, just because. Well I do the meal thing but most of my calories must be after lunch as I do my Spark first thing. I have go to get it togeather, meloncoly, moodieness, lonesomeness, all reasons to eat, not get up, not get out, not. Lord help me get it all togeather.

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ANAMORPHOSIS 3/15/2014 12:34PM

    So sorry for your loss. I'll keep you in my prayers.

You've been retired for only two weeks, please give yourself time to settle into it and take it easy. Walking with friends is a great idea. Taking baby steps is all you need to make things change.


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IMAVISION 3/15/2014 12:23AM

    I believe (from observing my own dear MrV --- he took early retirement almost four years back) retirement brings a whole new set of emotions & even as much as one has looked forward to retiring, it does takes time to adjust to the changes. Give yourself time & before you know it your days will be filled from the moment you awake to the time you drift off to sleep.

One simple thing to do --- invite others who live alone over for morning coffee or for an afternoon of visiting over a game or two of cards. Then, when it gets warm enough, invite those folks to become your walking buddies. Those things would be a start to enriching your days.

I am rootin' for you!

God bless!

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REBBUL67 4/24/2011 10:28PM

I am happy that you are going to classes now. You have a knack for writing & you will get it together, with everything else. Keep making small strides toward your goals & you will surely see improvement along the way. I love you so much! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARAHAB 2/27/2011 6:24PM

    Oh, sorry for your husband's loss. It does take time to adjust to something that traumatic!

After my mother's death, I found it hard to get motivated for at least 4 weeks and then I thought of how she had coped with my father's death. It took her quite some time, but then it was spring and she started planting flowers and she slowly returned to her positive self.

So, too, once I got the seeds started as she always had, I honored all the wonderful things she had taught me!

I'm praying for you and hope you keep reaching out to sparkfriends and to other friends. We're in this together.


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SAGARINO 2/16/2011 7:26PM

    Well now, most of your reasons for getting up are just about the same as mine--except I only have a part-time dog (my daughter's when ever she goes away)plus I have fish & 3 cats not one. I had quit working to look after my DH (I couldn't afford to pay for a full time person to stay with him when he was home from the hospital.) His care/drugs wiped out our savings so my daughter bought me a little house close to her & I pay a token rent. I'm working part-time (about 10-15 hrs a week) mostly just to get out of the house.

I had to get rid of a lot of things while my hubby was ill--his wheelchair wouldn't go through the doorway so got rid of sofa/chairs/bookcases/dining room set/etc etc to make room for hospital bed/lift commodes/wheelchairs etc. I packed a lot of things which are still packed & someday I'll go through them--pictures/knickknacks and so on. But still can't face the memories they will bring on so they wait!

He passed Oct 19/08 & still have a hard time so don't beat yourself up--it takes time--I kind-of say it's like AA just take one day at a time.
Take care-Sandi

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Daughter told me how she sees my eating habits and I have all kinds of excuses but I'm ashamed, because I guess she's right, So my mood is kind of feeling sorry for myself, kind of questioning future times with family, and just pretty well bummed. I have wanted her over more to help me but I'm just using that as an excuse, God helps those who help themselves, so I will hope for her to visit and be supportive but will try not to expect her to be more than what she can be.

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IMAVISION 3/15/2014 12:59AM

    I, too, agree with Paul's wisdom shared here. Work on one thing at a time & as you get a good handle on that, add something else. I certainly can see the big changes I made --- all started out as seemingly insignificant little changes. I like to say that when added together baby steps end up to equal giant steps. They really do!

God bless you with success built upon success!

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JRFREELAND 1/15/2011 5:35AM

    I think that Paul's got the right idea. Once you're retired and don't have to worry about waiting for a break to go to the restroom you can drink lots and lots of water. I try to drink a glass of water - a full glass - every time I feel hungry. Then set the timer for 5 minutes and see if you're still hungry. Most of the time I'm not.... but sometimes I still eat. That's the part I need to work on. We'll, I really need to work on more than that. LOL

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SHORTLYSBUDDY 1/13/2011 9:32PM

  I think you are a lovely lady and you just need to
start believing that through and through. We can
start of slowly and not let the bumps get in the way
of long term success! emoticon

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PAULKNUTH 1/13/2011 9:03PM

    Hang in there and keep plugging away. It took me 6 weeks - THAT'S RIGHT 6 WEEKS to get in a consistent grove. Everything sort of builds on itself and you find yourself gaining momentum. You can't fix everything at once. I started with 8 glasses of water and 10 minutes (min) exercise a day. Then I added less than 4000 calories *WOW*. The break through is when I moved to phase 2 and started replacing cookies and candy with oranges and blueberries. Mess up a day - that's going to happen - I started by staying on target (4000 cals) 5 out of 7 days.

YOU CAN DO THIS! Let us together make 2011 A Year of Success!

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BELLA044 1/13/2011 7:18PM

  Don't be too hard on yourself, you are in the right place to make the changes & there are so many people here to cheer you on! You can do this! Wishing you much success!

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Sit and Be Fit

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tried it and liked it, I can do this, just thought it was for old persons, then realized that to a 20 year old, I am an old person, but to a 60 year old I'm not yet, but I kind of know that I am. So day one of sit and be fit. doing it is better than nothing, hope I can keep it up.

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CHEROKEE1946 1/12/2011 11:34PM

    I taped a month of these tapes for my sister to use but I never used them my self. They were good to watch.

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JUDITH316 1/12/2011 3:52PM

    Yes you can. I'm standing with you cheering you on to a healthier fitter you. Keep up the great work. God Bless!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SO I need to get weighed and measured, but I'm doing pretty good at working at my Spark points and my daughter is too so we can do this. This will be the year. God willing and the creeks don't rise.

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RACKETMOM 1/12/2011 2:06PM

    Keep the positive attitude-it will get you far!

Measuring is grea, better than weighing for me-somedays the tape measure is much friendlier than the scale!

Keep Sparkin' NEVER Give Up!


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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

OK so I need to challenge myself to get Spark Points, as I read and learn, and work with the Blogs, messages I get encouragement, so I am going to Challenge myself to get at least 30 points a day and I hope my daughters will also work on this.

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SHARONGRR 1/5/2011 4:38PM

    I'm tryin for high numbers on the wheel!! You can also buy the book and get points from reading the book, or so I've heard, I have the book lying in a drawer hahah My goal is to exercise! You can do it!!

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EDRODR 1/5/2011 3:50PM

    Good luck!

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