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No Greater Joy

Saturday, September 11, 2010

DGD2 (Dear Granddaughter #2) is scheduled to be born on Thursday, Sept 16th. DGD1 will be at my house at 7:50am that morning. All this is contingent on my DD not going into labor before then. However, I really hope she does. Life does not have to be scheduled, especially bringing new life into the world.

I'm ready. I know my daughter is ready. And I think Natalie (DGD1) is about as ready as any 3 year old can be. She does insist that when I rock the baby I'll be able to rock her, too, at the same time. Hope I can. She has a 4 month old girl cousin with a 3 year old sister who lives half a block from her house. So she has seen a tiny baby quite a bit and seen how the older child interacts with her, too. I don't think Natalie really understands, though, that she'll have to share attention of parents and grandparents. I think it will be good for her in the long run, but it may be difficult for a while. We'll see.

I have a "little" sister who is 3 years and 4 months younger than I. So I may at some level understand more than many people what Natalie will be going through. We have a great present for the baby to "give" Natalie when the baby comes home from the hospital. It is a singing Ariel doll and I know Natalie will love it. Natalie chose a little pink stuffed lamb to give to the baby.

Truly, in my experience, there is no greater joy in this life than playing with a granddaughter. Unless, maybe it will be playing with two granddaughters!

  
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HAPPYSOUL91 9/12/2010 10:06AM

    Saying a prayer for a safe delivery and that mother and child will be great

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JANEWATKINS 9/11/2010 10:43PM

    Marsha! You are a woman to be reckoned with: you've lost 80 pounds AND you will have two grandchildren. Sigh. I'm down 30 pounds and a granddaughter to catch up with you! Best wishes as the happy day approaches. We will all be anxious to hear the news! Prayers and happy thoughts come your way. Jane

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AQUAGIRL08 9/11/2010 10:00PM

    Marsha, this is so exciting! I know that you can't wait for your new little one. I just hope that everyone is safe and healthy when the time comes! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 9/11/2010 7:56PM

    Oh Marsha; how blessed you are! I have a wonderful time with my grandchildren too. Joy and Love are two things that increase by giving them away! emoticon
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PENNYAN45 9/11/2010 7:18PM

    What a joyous occasion you have coming up! Enjoy your time with the baby and little Natalie - who will soon lose her 'baby' status! We also give a present to the older child when a little one is born. They appreciate and need the recognition more than the baby does. Have fun, Grandma!

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JOHAL52 9/11/2010 5:50PM

    I adore my grandchildren Marsha so I know how you feel. Dd had the first two quite close together--14 months--and there was no jealousy. Girl and then boy. When dgs #2 was born 2 years later, there was no jealousy then either. And now dgb #4 is hopefully coming next March. And I have decided that I can no longer live so far away that I can't get there in an hour or less :)

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WALKINGANNIE 9/11/2010 3:20PM

    This is such a special time for you all Marsha. Your beautiful granddaughters will bring you so much pleasure and it's good that you live close enough to be a regular part of each others' lives.

You'll certainly be using your core muscles to good effect if you can balance and rock the girls at the same time!

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MEXGAL1 9/11/2010 3:14PM

    I am so excited for you. Hope all goes well.
Sallie

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DONNABRIGHT 9/11/2010 2:43PM

    God's blessings to all of you as you get ready to welcome this new member of your family!

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MONTY68 9/11/2010 1:43PM

    Marsha
What a sweet beautiful blog, you have taken the time to try and understand the reaction of Natalie, how she will feel when there is someone new, she also has had an opportunity to see this with her friend. I think the most important item is the gift between them. It is going to be an exciting time for all of your family.
as far as time when, I think of course nature doing what it should when it should. but that isn't always what happens.
When ever the baby decides to come, it will be exciting and we will get to know as soon as possible.

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CLOVERR1 9/11/2010 1:05PM

    I'm going to be a FIRST time Grandmother next April when my babygirl has her baby...

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No More Flopping!

Friday, September 10, 2010

When I was a teen I remember my mom repeatedly scolding me about flopping myself down on the couch or in a chair. I had an "aha! moment" recently when I realized that I still sometimes flop a little. I also realize that it takes core strength to gently sit down. It takes much less muscle control to throw yourself onto a sitting surface. So I am mindfully trying to sit with control.

And I'm working on getting out of bed using core muscles. For quite a few years I've been kicking up my left leg to get some momentum going in order to easily sit up on the bed edge. I don't need to do that now. I can use core muscles to come to a sitting position.

Perhaps I should tell my mom that now, 45 years later, I finally understand what she meant.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/11/2010 11:30AM

    Isn't it amazing how long it takes us to listen to mom? emoticon Now I'm going to listen to Slenderella and try to be mindful of the same!

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JOYINKY 9/10/2010 8:53PM

    Yes, I think mom's need to finally hear that we're heeding their good advice! I find I'm spending a lot less time sitting period! I have a hunch that's true for you too. Yes, good practice; I'm going to try and be more aware. Easier on the furniture too! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/10/2010 5:50PM

    I'm working on my core muscles too. Sorry I missed you at the gym. I saw your car on the way out. Maybe I'll see you at the team walk tomorrow unless the baby comes.

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MONTY68 9/10/2010 4:15PM

    Hi Marsha

While I was reading your blog, It reminded me of something along those ideas. 2 weeks ago, I started taking a class on balance. One of the exercises was getting up and down from a chair. since it was 2 weeks ago, I really don't remember all of it ( taking a memory course on line) . I will have to pay attention at the next class. I love the way you are describing how you are using your core muscles to change on how you get up.
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PARKERB2 9/10/2010 4:06PM

    Will have to try these. Take care.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/10/2010 3:30PM

    It just shows that it's never too late to learn!

Great advice from your Mom and now from you!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/10/2010 2:15PM

    It's amazing how much moms know about things emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 9/10/2010 1:46PM

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KALIGIRL 9/10/2010 1:36PM

    Too cool!
Don't you just love it when Mom's right?

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JAMJOJAM 9/10/2010 12:45PM

    What a great tip, another opportunity to burn calories and build muscle. emoticon

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Made My Day

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I was feeling kind of discouraged because I woke up in the middle of the night after getting to sleep on time. I reset my alarm clock from 6:30am to 7:30, so I got 7 hours sleep. I didn't get my morning workout done as I had planned. I enjoyed taking care of Natalie this morning, but I am definitely having trouble with the Better Sleep Challenge.

Natalie went home and I went to the gym. I worked out 1-3pm, getting my strength training done, followed by 75 minutes of cardio. A woman who looked in super shape came up to me after I got off the elliptical trainer. She surprised me by saying that she admired my vigorous workout. She said I am a great role model for staying in shape and fending off age, and mentioned that she will turn 50 soon. It was so nice to hear -- just what I needed when I was feeling discouraged.

So, I'm tired this afternoon. But the compliment really made my day.




  
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CLOVERR1 9/11/2010 1:11PM

    Compliments are good, aren't they? My bf says that secondhand compliments are even better...he passed this one a long to me the other day: "Robert, of of the personal trainers at the gym, was talking to a client and mentioned his girlfriend/wife/whatever's birthday and how he got her a cake and she was unhappy about it. I told him the favorite gift to my girlfriend (ME!) had been a water backpack. His client then jumped in with "Your girlfriend is super tough. I was watching her running on the treadmill and she goes very fast."

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AQUAGIRL08 9/10/2010 5:14PM

    Go Marsha!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/10/2010 9:29AM

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JOHAL52 9/10/2010 8:55AM

    Yay for compliments! I am grateful for the Better Sleep Challenge because I am mindful of not staying on the computer too long and of "relaxing" before going to bed. I am finding though that I am exhausted by 7:30 and want to crawl into bed. Getting up (and staying up) at 5:00 a.m. means early to bed!
Hope dgd2 comes safe and sound soon!

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FRAN0426 9/10/2010 1:26AM

    Getting that compliment is sooo wonderful to hear, especially fron people you don't know and at the gym to boot. Marsha you are a fantastic role model for so many of us sparkers. Sure do hope you get a good sleep tonight.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/9/2010 11:30PM

    You are an emoticon role model. I would love to work out for two hours. I am just happy to get my 30-45min each day. I am working up to 60min soon.

Keep up the good work.

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JOYINKY 9/9/2010 8:31PM

    Well, you ARE A GREAT ROLE MODEL! We all know that! But, yes it is nice to hear from others; especially on a "down" day!
Sleep challenge or no; sometimes a short nap in the afternoon is a good thing. emoticon

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MONTY68 9/9/2010 6:19PM

    Marsha
You know I am following you and Annie on this challenge, What I find interesting is the things that are coming up that perhaps were not there. I know for me, If I just quit staying up past 2 am, I would get more rest. I don't seem to have trouble falling to sleep.
One of the greatest things in life is to have someone you don't know give such great compliments. That in itself is a fantastic demonstration of what you have accomplished. Congratulations.
I will keep an eye out for the grand announcement.

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KALIGIRL 9/9/2010 5:56PM

    Great compliment and well deserved!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/9/2010 5:05PM

    I agree that the Better Sleep Challenge is much harder than I had foreseen.

At least I can see the funny side of a natural couch potato like me finding that sleeping is one of the most difficult SP challenges I have faced - but I'm sorry that you had another dissatisfying night though and hope that things improve.

It's great that you got a nice compliment - although not surprising to those of us who 'know' you.

Hope you have a better night tonight.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/9/2010 5:03PM

    It always proves to me that we just don't realize the impact we have on others while we go about our day.

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Secrets Found

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I just found an easier way to see my SparkFriends' Secrets of Success. Near the top of each SparkPage there is a "Explore My SparkPage" bar. The last option is "More." Under that option are 4 choices and the bottom one is "Secrets of Success." Click on that one and you are taken to all that person's Secrets!

I don't know about you, but I really enjoy reading the Secrets my friends have posted!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 9/9/2010 12:51PM

    Thank you Marsha. I'll enjoy catching up in this way.

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DONNABRIGHT 9/9/2010 9:55AM

    Thanks, great tip!

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WOODSYGIRL 9/9/2010 8:28AM

    Oh wow! Thanks for the great tip! I was not aware of this option. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/9/2010 8:11AM

    Interesting, thanks for the tip!

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RITAROSE 9/9/2010 7:52AM

  I don't think I would have discovered that on my own! Thanks for the tip!! emoticon

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MERALO 9/9/2010 5:32AM

    Thanks for the tip!

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SCREWIE 9/9/2010 4:48AM

    Nice one, thanks for the info!

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MONTY68 9/8/2010 11:34PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you so much for sharing this information. I find that interesting and just another example of what Spark continues to do. Each day, I learn something new on Spark

Thank you again and I love your secrets.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/8/2010 10:53PM

    Who knew, not me for sure. Thx for the information, I will go and see what I can gleem from the tips

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ROCKYCPA 9/8/2010 10:22PM

    Thanks for the info - it is great to see your friends tips

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MEXGAL1 9/8/2010 10:14PM

    cool, thanks for the tip.

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JOYINKY 9/8/2010 9:16PM

    Just enjoyed reading yours! Thank you for the information; there is so much on this site! Never boring; that's for sure. You're becoming my "go to" friend when I can't figure something out. emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 9/8/2010 8:23PM

    Thanks for the info!! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 9/8/2010 8:14PM

    Me too - emoticon for sharing

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JHADZHIA 9/8/2010 7:33PM

    Thanks for the tip Marsha!! Its amazing finding out new things in spite of being on the web site for so long!!
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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Ugly: I only got 5.5 hours sleep last night. Went to bed at 10pm, but gave up and got up at 12:30.

The Bad: I ate 607 calories at 2am. four servings of fruit: cantaloupe, banana, peach, applesauce; 2.5 servings healthy grains: 100 calorie popcorn, 1 cup of cheerios, 1 T. wheat germ; 1.5 dairy: 50 calorie yogurt, 1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese

The Good: The candy and apple pie are still sitting on the counter untouched by me. I counted my binge as breakfast and just had coffee at 8am. Had a summer squash and vidalia onion frittata for lunch, so I'm back on track to eat within my calorie range today even counting the ridiculous binge.

  
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KALIGIRL 9/8/2010 1:15PM

    Sorry about the sleep and hope the coffee breakfast gets you through the day.

It wouldn't for me as I found skipping breakfast (even after a late night of munchies) left me famished by dinner.

Sending good thoughts that the rest of the day is GOOD!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/8/2010 9:59AM

    Sounds like something I would do!

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JHADZHIA 9/7/2010 11:44PM

    At least it was healthy food. I agree with Flutterbug. The food tracker has a notes section that you can write your feelings at the time you eat when you shouldn't or how you felt for the day, so you can always check to see if there is some pattern. I may wake up at 2:30 am, in spite of going to bed at 11:00 pm, but I have never even think of food, its the farthest thing from my mind. Are you getting a well rounded supper, with enough protein and fat to keep you satisfied?
I hope you can get a better sleep tonight..

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AQUAGIRL08 9/7/2010 10:01PM

    I wonder why you were so hungry. Could it be nerves? Are you anxious about the baby coming? I think I would be tempted to start a feelings journal and write everything that is going through your mind when you wake up, in your journal. It really doesn't matter what the thoughts are, just dump them on paper and get them out of your head (be sure to sip water while you are doing this). Then see if you can go back to sleep when you're done. Let me know if this works for you. This is an exercise that I'm trying to do if I feel frustrated.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/7/2010 9:06PM

    We'll all have days / nights like this: you tracked it! Look at that... you tracked it! For me, that's the first step to recovering from "the ugly"... track it.

One thing I find that I must do, though, and that is avoid restricting in reaction to the "ugly". See? I've learned a thing or two here on Spark and other places on the way to maintenance. Because restricting just turns it into a binge / restrict cycle... and we know where that goes!

Here's wishing some good Zzzz's at you! emoticon

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MERALO 9/7/2010 4:38PM

    Do you suffer from insomnia Marsha? I did for years...I always thought that my depression caused the insomnia until an SP friend suggested to me that it might be the other way round. And it was...my insomnia was causing my depression and I'm off meds for the first time in years since I'm sleeping properly.

I dreaded those long hours of the night, in fact I wrote a rather painful blog about it WAY back in the early days...about May, I think. Since then I have been on a sleep program and it's helped me so much I can't even begin to measure it.

I still have nights where I can't sleep or I wake up every 30 mins, thankfully they happen only about 2-3 times a month now. I used to watch TV but now I grab some water, a good book and I curl up on the couch until I sleep. It's worked for me, even sleeping on the couch is better than no sleep at all.

About the snacking you did...I think you made excellent choices under the circumstances. It could have been that pie! So allow yourself to be pleased about that, and I hope that tonight you sleep long and well.

Carol

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MONTY68 9/7/2010 3:43PM

    Hi
This is interesting. Is it possible that your waking up was due to your waiting for the new arrival. You sure did have a feast, can hardly call it a snack, you did calculate it and track it. What I suggest is the good thing, there were those tempting other snacks lurking on the counter that you didn't touch.
I find that this 4 week sleep challenge brings challenges within it. At least it seems that way, but perhaps last night had nothing to do with it and there was something in your mind that got you up and the urge to really snack. In the past , do you get up in the night and if so do you snack on anything. For me, no matter what time I go to bed I always get up at some point. I keep some fresh fruit available, and usually will have a few grapes. You seemed to adjust your day including those calories and the rest of day should be good.
By the way I have a neighbor that use to share his goodies with me, I would try to refuse but ended up with things I didn't want, one being a 1/2 of a cherry pie. It set there for 2 days until I finally threw it in the garbage. He finally quit giving me that stuff.
Thanks for sharing.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2010 3:41PM

    Just look at how far you have come....a binge in the middle of the night normally doesn't involve "healthy food" but candy, pop and junk

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WALKINGANNIE 9/7/2010 3:11PM

    Sorry about the sleep issues Marsha. I've just read your update on the Week 2 thread over on the Better Sleep Challenge. I sympathise. I've also been going to bed early (unnaturally so for me) after a warm bath. I've been drifting off to sleep quite quickly but waking up in the middle of the night on most nights. Last night I was awake for an hour. Like you, I've been much hungrier and have craved carbs. I've kept withing range but definitely eaten more.

Do you think that these are transitional changes?

On the plus side - you recovered well from your midnight muchies and it was a good plan to count the foods as breakfast. Also, your snacks were very healthy options. My plus is the improved caffeine control.

I guess we always have the choice to stay up later in future. I'll work through the next 2 weeks and see how it goes. I hope that things improve for you.

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JOYINKY 9/7/2010 2:48PM

    Sounds like a great rebound to me----except the lost sleep! Your discretions are like mine, even overeating has to be good things because that's all I keep in the house! But, I don't have to deal with the temptation of candy and pie tempting me. Might have passed on the candy but I think the pie would have been fair (or unfair?) game! Congratulations on sticking to foods that are good for you. Hope you catch a nap today. Be well. emoticon

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