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BLC25 experience

Monday, July 21, 2014

I am in the last days of the BLC25 week 12 challenge. It has been good and not so good.

The good... I have learned to like strength training or as we call it TNT (tighten-n-tone). In fact I have started to see some strengthening in areas not worked as much before.

Another good thing is the Spark Friends I have made... it is so nice to be encouraged and to be an encourager. There is also a bond that is formed as we deal with similar struggles, old destructive ways and thoughts with reminders that we do not need to continue in those old patterns.

My plan is to lose weight and continue on a healthy path for life during the break. I have to be honest, I'm a bit concerned that without the challenges and accountability, I may struggle. Except that - the choice for my best health is for me, not just because someone in a group is counting on my points so we can be winners in the challenges. The challenge is daily living in a healthy way!

I am planning to keep the schedule that is becoming habit. I have kept the challenge sheets and will continue to use them. Friday - Monday will be Week End Challenges, with Last Chance Workout on Tuesdays and Weigh Ins on Wednesday and TNT (strength training) on Thursdays. I am also planning to continue chatting with other Violet Team members.

Thanks to all the Violets of BLC25 for your encouragement, hope, smiles and laughs. I am so grateful!!

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    Sounds like you made a great decision to be in that challenge!

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AMARILYNH 7/22/2014 9:59AM

    We'll still be chatting (providing support) over the break!! And I'm fully planniing to make a new 'break' tracker because I NEED the accountability of 'reporting in' every Wednesday!! Same with ST - we'll do it for US, ok? Break is no different from the round - because this is our LIFE we are working on improving!! emoticon emoticon

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FOREVERDACE 7/21/2014 11:56PM

    ADORE YOU! Love having you on our team!!! What an awesome plan you have for the off time! :) Here is to a great between rounds!!!!

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SHERYLP461 7/21/2014 10:27PM

    I too need the challenge and support of my friends.

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CRAFTY1960 7/21/2014 10:10PM

    Thankyou for the support you have given me

I don't blame you with not doing the walk in 84 degree heat.

Looking forward to chatting with you over the break and doing another round with you come Sept

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In my corner, not fighting against me!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just read this excellent article on Negative Self Talk

The author is correct... I deserve better!

"You’re a fantastic person on an exciting journey, in the middle of creating a life that you want. If I were you, I wouldn’t put up with that negative voice in your head. You deserve better. If anything, your self-esteem needs to be built up, not torn down. What’s so wrong with reminding yourself of how wonderful you are? Isn’t that what you would do for a friend who needed a word of encouragement?"

I am going to intentionally STOP negative self-talk for 30 days and for forever! But I'll start with 30 days. I am planning to put up the Stop sign - actually hold up my right hand in the STOP position to remind me... stop it - and change it to one thing positive instead.

Want to join me? I am going to start a group about it. Will work on it this weekend. I am that serious about it. Like MostMom1 says, it is the "Secret Power of Awesome". I worth fighting for and I want to be in my corner, not fighting against me. Already too much of that in the world.

Ok.. stepping off my --- drat! what is it called when you make an important speech about what you feel? Menopausal moments.. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 7/18/2014 4:40PM

    You are absolutely worth fighting for - its time to kick negative thoughts about yourself to the curb!! You are fearfully and wonderfully made - and don't you forget it!! Hugs, Marilyn

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    Good for you!

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    This is something I struggle with too - but I'm getting better. When I start saying mean things to myself I suddenly start hearing Marilyn whispering in my ear - would you treat your friend that way? Its really making a difference!!

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This is the day...

Saturday, June 21, 2014

This is the day...

this is the moment...

This song came to my mind when I thought about blogging today. This is the day... did it have meaning, did my day touch someone, was this day just like any other day? They go by so quickly.

I was thinking the other day about my life... if I had only one year, would I do anything different, would I need to?

Maybe when you turn 58, you start reflecting more on your legacy. I know I sure did when I turned 50. I was sad, because I didn't feel like I had anyone to pass on my... stuff, my learning, my thoughts, how I think... no one to pass it on to. I worked through it, but yesterday this thought came about making the moments, the days, the years count.

I took my granddaughter to the Tea Room to celebrate her 13th birthday on Thursday. The kids have been so distant lately... I guess it's their ages 8, 11, 13, 14. They don't run with excitement lighting up their faces, even when it's been months since they've seen me. I miss that. I have been trying to come to terms with it, but it's hard.

So anyway... Macy and the Tea Room. We had a marvelous time... she talked, we laughed, we talked about our love for crochet, we ate, we drank tea, we laughed... it was so much fun!

I think the key to the kids' is one-on-one time. The same thing had happened with Alison last November.

I told Macy that I'd been thinking about the Tea Room tradition... I take the girls every year for their birthday after they turn 5. It's their present and our tradition. We drink tea, eat scones and lunch and wear hats. We also take a yearly picture. I told her that I'd come to the decision that I will do it as long as they will let me take them to the Tea Room - it's our tradition.

Traditions are very important to me. I don't have a lot of traditions left. But this one hopefully will go on for years.

And you know what... it was interesting to hear Macy say some things that I have taught her over the years. I smile as I remember...

This is the day... this is the moment...

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JAIZWAYS 7/6/2014 1:20PM

    How wonderful to have the tea party tradition with your granddaughters. They will always remember those days. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 6/23/2014 9:37PM

    I got nostalgic the other day - blogged about it on Friday I think. I also had the same thought over the weekend - if you knew how long you had to live - what would you do? I'm 52.

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MUDGE4 6/23/2014 3:58PM

    What a nice tradition! Grandparents are such a blessing! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 6/23/2014 8:09AM

    Heavy sigh - I want a granddaughter to take to tea rooms! But now I'm holding out for great granddaughters! Meanwhile I'm enjoying my grandsons grow into fine young men - but its not quite the same LOL.

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    I'm glad you have that tradition and that you had a great time with her! That is what you should think on. How they greet you has changed, but not the time spent with you one on one.
I can tell you from my childhood that it bothered me greatly that my grandmother looked at me like I was some "child" (not that I wasn't, lol), and that I was so "cute"- even as an older teen. I wanted to be treated as an equal, pretty much, someone worth listening to and talking with. I'd also put a protection around myself- not wanting to be hurt by others. School will teach you to do that nice and quick.
I say all that to say that you shouldn't let it think it is you that makes them act like that- it's likely them in their own little world and how the world has affected them.
BUT again, look how wonderful it is when they feel save one on one with you. :)

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GEMLADYONE 6/22/2014 10:20AM

    What a lovely tradition! Your granddaughters will remember those tea room times always! emoticon

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KOBER9999 6/21/2014 9:02PM

    I love hearing about your tea parties. Keep the tradition going as long as you can. Hopefully you'll have lots and lots of years to make more memories with the girls.
They are lucky to have such a loving grandma!

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DEBSZOO74 6/21/2014 8:51PM

    I love traditions, too! That sounds like a very special one that you have with taking your grandaughters to the Tea Room for their birthdays! emoticon

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Laughter is good for the soul...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This has me hooting with laughter. The pose is just perfect

Thanks for the help!!!

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KOBER9999 6/2/2014 4:46PM

    Too Funny! I should try that sometime.

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DOITFIRST 5/16/2014 2:39AM

    Ha ha! Love it! :-)

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GENRE009 5/15/2014 10:32PM

    I think you need to get the hh's out, and start the blog like this in the linkage, otherwise it doesn't work at all. eva
When you copy, it always puts the hh's in. But put it into your blog, take the h's out, then copy & paste it into the linkage. The squirrel looked wild.

Comment edited on: 5/15/2014 10:34:42 PM

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FOREVERDACE 5/15/2014 8:23PM

    if you go and edit the link you posted and take out the s and add : then the link works! :)

any that have https you have to remove the s for the link to work for us all! It worked after I did that


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JENNIFERKCM 5/15/2014 8:06PM

    I couldn't link on here either. FYI

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FLUTTERFLI 5/15/2014 5:25PM

    Page comes up web page cannot be found everytime I click on it !!! SHOOT !!! ; }

Hey, is your last name Kent by any chance ???


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Recovery Plan

Sunday, May 11, 2014

In the BLC25 Challenge we have an opportunity to blog a recovery plan after a challenge or slip up. Since I slipped up big time this weekend, I will share what I did tonight. I made sure I got at least 40 minutes of exercise in, I did some big steps (marching) in place during some commercials for an additional 10 minutes of exercise time.

I think for me the big thing is to accept the slip up, admit that it is not what I really want for my life, and know that this yucky feeling in my stomach is the result of too much fat, too much sugar and I do not like it!

Then as the song goes, "Pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again". The good part is I'm not starting from scratch, I'm just going back to where I stopped making the healthy decisions for me... and start making them again.

As a song we sang in our Easter program at church states in the chorus, "you don't have to be who you have always been before..." With God's help I can choose rightly, choose with health in mind, and choose for me.

Bad choices happen, good choices are decided... I am deciding on what really is best for my health and life.

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CARTOON3 5/15/2014 5:10PM

    You have a very good attitude. I like how you relate to songs, because the words are so true. I like the idea of picking up where you left off and not having to start over from scratch. emoticon

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GENRE009 5/12/2014 9:24AM

    good attitude, forgive and move on. I had to join WW for extra support, and to learn a new life style. They are teaching me that many times we do mindless things that become bad habits. Eating in front of the set when we just ate dinner, or at the movies. Just plan getting up to constantly snack. What makes us do that. many times it's that we aren't eating right, and filling up on real foods, with fiber prevents that(whole grains, fruit, and vegetables). My line of defense is to always have home made soup around, and eat a lot of vegetables at every meal. I still slip up cause I have a hard time handling stress. But at least eventually I do go down. So keep pushing or trying. It's work, and the reward is your self esteem, and a healthier body. eva

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DELIA38961 5/11/2014 10:23PM

    Oh those pesky little slip ups can take anyone down but you have a great positive attitude that won't keep you down ...cudos for getting back on track emoticon

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SANDICANE 5/11/2014 10:20PM

    Yes, my friend, there are a lot of us "dusting ourselves off" hoping never to have to do it again....


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SKIMBRO 5/11/2014 10:18PM

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