Wednesday, August 19, 2009
When I first joined SparkPeople and Weight Watchers, I knew in my head that I would probably lose a pound per week. But deep in my heart, I hoped to lose more. I worked extrememly hard for several weeks, watching and posting every bite of food I ate and walked twice a day.
It wasn't long before I got discouraged. Then, one day at one of my mettings, someone sat down with me and discussed my exercising. I suddening realized that I was starting to do my body more harm than good. I had gone to the extreme and needed to back down a bit.
I still walk daily, but have cut the time down some and do my other exercises every other day. Now I'm losing the healthy way and don't have to push my self to the point of exhaustion or injury to my body. The good news is, some times I even drop more than a pound, but without overdoing!
SparkPeople is a wonderful site, and the teams are great! I have more confidence and always have someone who cares enough to encourage me. In turn, I get to encourage others!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Yesterday a very precious and inspiring young man was put to rest. Everyone who knew him admired him. Robert was the best friend of my son, and dated our youngest daughter when she was in high school. Even after they went their own way and married, they were still friends. I guess you would say, he was just part of our family. We all loved him very much.
Robert was diagnosed as a child with cystic fibrosis. The doctors gave him only a few short years to live. (They estimated about age 13.) Every day was a battle for him, but he continued to live, love, and do the things most teenagers do. He never complained or spoke of his illness, unless someone presented questions. It never seemed to bother him to explain the illness and how it affected the body.
He was never idle. Robert always had a job of some type. He started out working in a pottery shop unloading shipments and then into sales.
After graduating from high school, he got a job unloading huge steel pipe from the semi-trucks. Robert was on top of the truck one day when one of the straps broke and the load came down on top of him from his knees down, crushing both his legs. He was rushed to the hospital, losing blood and going in to shock, they took him to surgery. The doctors had little hope that he would pull through, but with prayer, he lived and recovered. He received new legs and with hard work and determination, he learned to walk with his legs.
Robert eventually met someone and they were married and shared a daughter together. But the marriage was not made in heaven, and his wife decided she wanted to be free. Robert got custody of the child and moved on with his life. He raised this daughter with the help of his parents until she was age 13. He then found out that he had cancer. Robert fought another battle and won, but it wasn't long before the cystic fibrosis really began to take its toll on him.
At this point he had already made a decision to accept the Lord as his Savior and had complete faith in God. He made the comment that he was spiritually ready any time God was ready for him. He wasn't giving up, yet he had peace. Shortly after making that comment, Robert went home to be with the Lord.
Just going over the things in his life that he endured, yet never once complained, keeps me inspired to live life to the fullest, and to be the best that I can be. I want to take care of my body, mind, and spirit and be an inspiration to others.
I hope this blog has blessed you and inspired you. If it does, please leave a message to let me know how it has touched your life.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
For those of you who were interested in our fair results, we did quite well in the comopetition. We placed 2,3,4,5 with our goats. We took first with our lamb, and one granddaughter had the judge tell her that she had showmanship won with her lamb until she back away from him just a little bit too much. She said later that she did that to allow him a better look. But we were happy with runner-up!
Also, I would like to thank the lady who said she had been a 4-H learder for 8 years. We appreciate those of you who give of your time and self to work with our young people. There is nothing quite like FFA and 4-H. The kids learn so much...including good sportsmanship, how to care for an animal, feeding, groom and so much more! Thank you all so much.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Just a quick note for those of you who asked to hear the fair results. We felt we did quite well with the competition this year. Our placings were 2,3,4, and 5 overall. One granddaughter was runner up for showmanship. The judge said she had it won until she backed off the lamb for a moment.(She backed away so that he might see the lamb more easily.) But runner-up is great!
Thanks for your interest. I did quite well since a took a couple of healthy snacks with me, and plenty to drink.
To the one lady who said she was a 4-H youth educator, God bless you for giving of yourself and your talents all those years. We need more good people like you.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tomorrow is a big and busy day for me. I know I can get through it in flying colors though. Tomorrow is our County Fair. My husband and I have six animals that will be shown by our grandkids and a couple of their friends. (That's the fun part.)
I will really have to watch what I choose to eat. There are so many unhealthy options to entice me. I thought that I would take some snacks from home and perhaps either take my lunch, or eat at Subway. I could even ice down some drinks along with bottled water from home.
Above is a news clipping of my granddaughter who won Reserve Grand with her Goat.
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