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A decade

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I do remember where I was, I do remember how I felt, I do remember all the flags, even the one on the shopping cart of the homeless guy I passed by that shocking week. I had never felt a sense of patriotism until that week. Never known what it really meant to be united, to be one country under God. I can't claim that I feel that same feeling anymore, it was kind of a one off deal for me. But it did happen, I had never felt so proud to be American as I did in the weeks following September 11th, 2001. There was something intangible in the air, I can't describe it. See I work with the public, so I pick up on things from people, because I am around so many. Around tax time it's a certain feel in the air, Super Bowl quite a different feel, but the week or two after 9/11, that was a feeling I had never had before and have never had since. I felt like we could conquer the world if we had to, I felt united with every man, woman and child I met. I felt like we were one body, united for one cause, and that was to grieve and to heal. A decade later, watching the changes that have happened around me, both good and bad, I can't say that I understand why our troops are still dying abroad. I can't quite explain why I sill have young, wounded men filtering into the barbershop with expressions that only come to a face that has seen war. So today, as I look back on the last decade which shuttled me from 21-31, I must find the balance in all. And today particularly, I want to remember, and honor those that lost their lives in the tradgedy of 9/11 and have been losing their lives everday since then, and a special blessing for the families who live day in and day out missing their loved ones. It is a blessed life we live, and our troops deserve more than they get. They deserve special treatment, because they do a special job. So today, as you reflect on your last decade, and remember where you were and how it felt to be an American on this day in 2001, please have hope for a brighter tomorrow. Have hope for our troops, our country, our economy, our families and ourselves. We need every prayer, every hand united in the dream for our future. We are together in this, this boat doesn't sail straight unless all oars are paddling together. So go into your communities, into your jobs, into your homes, into your heart and feel the promises that the next decade can hold. Let it be the beating in your heart to create the life you want around you, and in the world. Be the change, you never know who you will influence. It's a rare kind of bravery that is needed in these times. A bravery to face every obstacle full on, with strength, and courage. We can do this. So dear ones, please be gentle today. Smile on your neighbor, hug your friends and family, be close, mourn the past, but dream of hope for the future. The children of today are counting on us to lead them through to a better tomorrow. I love you guys, thanks for being there, for being strong, and for being a force for positive change in the world, you are all priceless to me.

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MAESTRACH 9/11/2011 11:56PM

    God bless America! Land that we love! Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above.

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WENDYLEE15 9/11/2011 7:02PM

    Beautiful blog.Yes we must reflect..and pray..for all those affected and for our futures.We must live every day to it's fullest and not take one second or person in our lives..for granted.Peace and love :)
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RIDMYCOCOON 9/11/2011 12:50PM

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Breakfast of champions

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Whole wheat mini bagel, 1oz fat free cream cheese, 2 oz lox, two slices tomato, 6 medium strawberries, 1 cup orange juice=VERY HAPPY TUMMY!

$2.99!!!! Grocery Outlet, will you marry me???? emoticon

Finished masterpiece.


Hope you all have the happiest, healthiest weekend!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/11/2011 12:48PM

    Happy Face Plate! Happy Belly! I want some1 emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/11/2011 4:47AM

    Oh, that looks so good!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/10/2011 1:38PM

    nothing like getting the day off to a healthy start, way to go girl, lovin it!

the movie was 'the village barbershop'

i tried sweeney todd, but i couldn't handle the singing, i like musicals, but ROCK musicals (ie/hedwig and the angry inch, jesus christ superstar, the (original) wickerman, the jazz singer (w/mr. diamond)) not fru-fru singing *L*

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CROOKEDLETTER 9/10/2011 1:02PM

    Happy, healthy, tasty weekend back to you!

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WENDYLEE15 9/10/2011 12:24PM

    Great choices..and a bargin too!!Awesome .That looks really good and healthy!!You have a healthy happy weekend too !! emoticon

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Feeling fine because it's MY time

Friday, September 09, 2011

Second 6 mile morning ride in a row, and I fit it inbetween taking Grandpa to have blood drawn, and work. I actually gave up going to breakfast with my Grandpa and my husband for a bike ride! I know I won't always want to skip out on family time, but today it just seemed right. I'm getting a little selfish with my time, I've noticed. I need time to do what I need to do for myself, and I'm really putting my foot down when something gets in the way. I know I have to roll with life's punches and I may not be able to have my way 24/7, but for now, when I can, if I can, I'm standing up for my time, my healthy meals, my amount of water, I, me, me, mine! I know this might sound ridiculous, but I have always been such a passive person, rolling with everyone else's needs or whims, and suddenly my needs are very important and I am not willing to sacrafice them without a fight. I think this must be a healthy point of view, since it seems to be working for me so far! Change, so mysterious, so beautiful.

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/9/2011 11:52PM

    aaah, this is so true! when u spark your life you prioritize time for you and have less time for other things - it has entirely changed the people i choose to spend time with and helped me learn to say 'no' when something isn't working for me, instead of saying yes and wishing otherwise! keep enjoying that me time, especially when it consists of getting fresh air and exercise! your spark is burning so bright and i am enjoying remembering these feelings and getting sparked from your entries myself! just ran my stuff out to the car (i bring a lot of things to keep me occupied at work!) and there is a chill in the air, think i will be rockin some long sleeves on my walk 2nite!! watched a movie with a chick barber in it earlier ;)

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/9/2011 11:31PM

    as women we are born nurturers so its harder for us to do something for ourselves without the guilt but you know what...once you start you understand that you stronger and more confident is better then the you that said yes to everyone. emoticon emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/9/2011 6:55PM

    Nice! emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 9/9/2011 4:28PM

    Yeppers..the more we take care of ourselves the more able we are to take care of others..You are making awesome progress in such a short amount of time!!
Good for you !!

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    In the long run, taking care of ourselves means we'll be better able to take care of other business and help other folks. So good for you!

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    Good for you! Yippey! You are doing great! You have to be your own best advocate in this journey. Putting ourselves behind everyone else is what got us into this mess in the first place. It is not selfish to take care of yourself. It is neglectful if you don't.

You keep riding your bike and before you know it, you'll be crossing that finish line to victory!!!!

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MOWEIGHTLOSS 9/9/2011 2:26PM

    Yes! Claim it! It is your time!

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"Look at you girl, GO, GO, GO!"

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I hit my midterm goal of 6 morning miles, which took 35 minutes and burned 415 calories!!!! Woooo double Hoooooo! So nice, I feel great. And while I was riding I passed a very nice lady who was out walking her adorable little terriers and she said to me, "Look at you girl, GO,GO, GO!!" That was so incredible. So my old fear of wearing shorts out of the house to exercise in is officially dead now. Thanks nice lady!!!! Oh and HUGE thanks to my sweetie for fixing my bike, he's such a good boy ;)! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENE10 9/9/2011 4:18PM

    You Go Girl! emoticon

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BUTTERFLYAT38 9/8/2011 11:19PM

    work it girl! emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 9/8/2011 9:14PM

    Whoo double hoo is right!! There is definitely NO stopping you now !! emoticon

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AJHALL11281 9/8/2011 5:49PM

    emoticon YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!

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    Sooo Cool!!! Keep it up! Anything is possible!
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TRIXIEBLUE 9/8/2011 3:15PM

    AWESOME! Congratulations on conquering Shorts fear! You are doing amazing!

Also, God Bless all those nice ladies out there!

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GOODFEELING08 9/8/2011 2:46PM

    Awesome! keep it up! You'll see results in no time!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/8/2011 1:37PM

    funnily enough, you taking care of yourself impresses other people, and as you mentioned you have your little morning community of others who get active, it is very motivating when one of them says hi or a kind word :D keep enjoying rediscovering the world around you from a new, healthier perspective! you also have a wonderful eye for great motivating pics! :D i collect them all over the net and re-create the ones i can sometimes :)

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/8/2011 1:05PM

    emoticon Here is a little dance in your honor!
Go, Go, Go!

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It looked too good to wait for dinner, so I snarfed it for breakfast!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

My creation came out really awesome. Only 280 calories per one cup serving. Very nice, had it with grapefruit for breakfast and I feel very fine.

4 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup black beans (I used organic canned, got them for like 69 cents at Grocery Outlet)
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1 cup roasted green chilis, diced small (bought them in the frozen section at $1.99 for 1 pound, saved me a lot of time, I love roasted chilis)
1 cup spinach
3 cloves of garlic
1 cup low fat cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together except the cheddar cheese, put in casserole dish, top with cheddar, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

So darn good!!!! Gonna try to post my pic, it wasn't working earlier, so let me try again.

OK, no pic, with those ingredients how can you go wrong. The only thing I might try next time is adding some tomatoes, either sun dried or canned, maybe even fresh, think that might have been a nice addition to the mix.

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/8/2011 1:39PM

    i looooooove beans and rice, i make up a big pot and have one staple meal every day for about a week - takes some of the pressure off prepping food for work to have some made in advance, yours totally sounds delish!

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JESS0107 9/8/2011 11:09AM

    Sounds super good!!! i will have to try it!!

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