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To See Ourselves As Others See Us.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

RecentIy had a passport photograph taken. Of course I had the usual reactions

1st That is terrible.

2nd I look so old.

3rd ( after a pause) My face looks thinner.

I have always had a round face. Now I can see the bone structure.
Yes its still an old face I cant do anything about that. But its a thin face!
How long has it looked like that? Why didn't I see it before now? Mainly because I don't look in the mirror very much. Others must have seen it. The point of this is to notice small changes in ourselves and rejoice in them.
Irene emoticon

  
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MPICKHINKE 10/3/2011 9:17AM

    I'm like you I don't see the changes as other people see them on me. I need to take a photo and compare. Maybe it would brighten my day. Thanks for the great blog. emoticon

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HANNAHV 9/1/2011 9:29AM

    emoticon emoticonpassport photo's are the worst, how wonderful to discover to good.

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GRANNYS5 8/31/2011 6:40PM

    congrats on the thin face, and I'm sure it's not such a bad photo; you just think that :)
emoticonjill

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ANIHAKA 8/29/2011 4:51AM

    I reckon to loving oneself warts & all! Congratulations on the thinner face my God I will be celebrating big time when this happens to me. emoticon

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MARCHEM 8/28/2011 1:32PM

    Sorry its an unflattering photo, but congrats on the thin face!

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ROX525 8/28/2011 7:34AM

    When I see a photo of myself I try to think "it will look good to me 10 years from now" and that way I am not so hard on myself. Congrats on the thinner face!

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THECRUSADER 8/28/2011 5:45AM

    Well done that's awesome!! Sometimes it's just taking a step back to be thankful for what has happened (instead of being like me and looking at what still has to happen). Keep it up :).

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My day didnt go to Plan

Sunday, August 14, 2011

After a couple of busy days I was hoping for a catch up day today on things I needed or wanted to do. I am a list person so I made my list.
It started well I did 15 minutes exercise early.
I made a healthy breakfast, I planned my meals for the day. I updated my food diary. Of course I logged on Sparks and did some huddles and team chats.
That is a few items I can cross off my list, whats next?
Ah the phone is ringing. That was my ddil to ask how are we and would we like to go to them for a meal later.? Yes of course we shall go, I gave my planned meal a passing glance, I can do that another day.
Then another call from my youngest son. Again asking how are we and having an exchange of family news..
Back to my list? No I must do some e mail .
One long e mail to by best friend whos husband is serously ill. I e mail her daily.
Then another mail to my sons partner who is in a lot of pain and needed cheering up.
Now can I go back to my planned events?
No! My dh suggested we go for a walk. He isn't very steady on his feet but I am trying to encourage him to walk more. So of course I said yes why not.
My list is growing longer not shorter but that's how it some days.I have to be flexible. Tomorrow is another day. Now will that go to plan? I doubt it. Irene

  
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MPICKHINKE 10/3/2011 9:29AM

    I do lists too sometimes. They don't always get done. But since I am retired I kind of roll with the flow. But today I really need a good list to keep me moving. Good luck on today's list. emoticon

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PATTI93308 8/23/2011 4:16PM

    This is true for most of us. The best laid plans of mice and men, as they say. Very well written!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/16/2011 9:30PM

    It's great to be flexible so you can have quality time with your family. Tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning. Maybe it will go as planned, maybe not, but you'll roll with it and that's a GOOD THING!

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ANGELICA254 8/15/2011 4:45AM

    emoticon well, you got quite some things done that were on your list, and had some nice treats too. Those are the best reasons for just letting go some of the things we think are important. And then there is always tomorrow...

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COUNTRYLADY26 8/14/2011 3:16PM

    I make lots list too but very often the best laid plans and all that, but at least you didn't get through your list because of a) nice things like lunch with family and b) because you were offering comfort to others and c) you were spending quality time with DH. In my book these are all good reasons for not completing your list and those things you havn't done can start the list for tomorrow

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On Being a Team Leader

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I am a very new inexperienced co leader of a team "Don't Let The Scale Rule your Life"
I hesitated before agreeing to be a co leader as I Do let the scale rule my own life . Should leaders be setting an example ? A shining light for others?
Maybe not? We are all struggling to reach some gaol within ourselves.
I did accept the co leadership thinking I can learn from the team and we can support each other. Now is there a team available for anyone feeling inadequate??
Irene

  
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MPICKHINKE 10/3/2011 9:23AM

    Todays the first day I have read your blogs. You sound like a great lady. I am sure you will make a very good leader. You are down to earth and you care about people. You will do great. Keep writing I like your blogs. emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 8/8/2011 9:24PM

    If there's a team for "Inadequates, sign me up please! emoticon

Irene, I think you have everything it takes to be a great co-leader. For as long as I've known you, you've been one of the kindest, most understanding friends I have. Your gentle nature will be very reassuring to the rest of your team members. They're lucky to have you.

And if you ever feel like you're stumbling, just check in with Shirley and she'll work her leadership magic on you! emoticon

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HANNAHV 8/8/2011 3:32AM

    I agree with RAINBOWCHOC, this is a process of getting to know ourselves again, of liking and loving that image in the mirror. You are a great leader Ree, you have inspired many! now go and give yourself a hug! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANA-TOO 8/7/2011 5:59PM

  In SP there are so many teams that I wouldn't be at all surprised if there wasn't a team like you mentioned. However, you've got someone right here with experience that is willing to talk with you anytime you'd like to talk.

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JILL313 8/7/2011 12:49PM

    I'm co-Leader of a Team and sometimes I feel inadequate as to be honest my WL has been super slow. . .But for my Team it's a commitment of Love as I Love all the Ladies on our Team and most are looking for words of encouragement and motivation to be successful. They give back to me emotionally as much as I give to them. YOu are going to be Great!

Hugs,

Jill

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MARCHEM 8/7/2011 11:06AM

    I think being a team leader will be good for you. I'm the challenge leader for Fit Buckeye Fans. It forces me to be accountable to the rest of the team, but also to let others share in my struggles. You don't have to be perfect, you just have to be human. You'll be a great leader!

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EVELYN5877 8/7/2011 10:20AM

    All you need to do is to be there. Talking to newbies, encouraging and positive. We all feel inadequate, unless we're really thick skinned, but I bet you would rise to a challenge if needs be.

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RAINBOWCHOC 8/7/2011 3:29AM

    Ah but! It's knowing these things about ourselves and then addressing them that makes us become healthier altogether. I'm sure the scale does have a great influence does it really "rule". Be kind to yourself...you are taking positive steps!

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Looking back

Sunday, July 31, 2011

At the start of the month I set myself a few targets.
Now on the last day I am reviewing what targets I reached.?Very few really. Maybe I was unrealistic in setting myself such a challenging weight target?
I also had other personal aims which I didn't achieve. Why didnt I make it I ask myself?
Lost of reasons/excuses.?
In the past month there were a lot of family things going on.
My best friends husband has a serious illness so I talk or E mail my friend every day at least once.
This happened....... that happened......
We all know the reasons why we dont make our aims.
I am forgetting this month now.
A new month starts tomorrow. I shall make more targets to aim at. If I make them thats good, if not I know I will have tried and done my best.
Or am I making excuses in advance? Irene emoticon

  
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DOOBRIE 8/1/2011 5:34PM

    Good luck with the new month, Irene and thank you for the Spark Goodie. I'm doing quite well with the eating only when hungry but still struggling with the stopping when just full! I should listen to the CD more.

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LINDA! 7/31/2011 7:46PM

    Keep going! It is a lifestyle change. Just remember that. We cannot do it overnight.

Hang in there!! emoticon

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EVELYN5877 7/31/2011 5:41PM

    I don't make targets as experience has shown me that something always happens and I don't achieve them! It's setting myself up for failure really. Instead I treat each day as an individual, with a sensible list of things that need attending to, and then take each day as it comes. If I set myself weight goals I become anxious about what I'm eating and whether I'm moving about enough. I turn it round so I enjoy my food, and do the tasks I have set myself, and the pounds will come off,(ozs sometimes,) in their own time. It's too hot at present as well.

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MARCHEM 7/31/2011 4:30PM

    Irene--I've been having a rough year. I've gained some weight, but not bad considering. So, I understand where you are. We just have to do the best we can and just keep going.

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SCOTMAMA 7/31/2011 1:33PM

    Irene, I can relate to what you are saying, and after all, you are new on here. Many times newbies think, and actually expect, to reach their goals immediately -- similar to some of the motivational articles they have read. After all, if so and so lost 100 pounds in 4 months, I should be able to lose the measly 30 pounds I want to lose in a month or two! Not realistic I'm afraid.

So forget the results they get on "The Biggest Loser" and set realistic goals. I think a pound a week would be super -- not that you will see it in my track record. If I did that, I'd probably be a BIG ZERO by now. lol

Take it slow and concentrate on manageable goals in the near future, like drinking 8 glass of liquid per day (I'm of the opinion that coffee, tea, etc. all count toward the 8).

Sign up for the August Challenge, but don't expect more than 2 or 3 pounds loss for that amount of time. After all, we all have our lives to contend with.

Hugs, Eve

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BILLPHIL123 7/31/2011 12:26PM

    This sounds like me. I did pretty good the beginning of the month but then got too busy. We will get there!! Phyllis

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Being kind to myself.

Monday, July 11, 2011

I think I am a kind person,I always take care not to upset others. l am considerate of their feelings. But now I am having to look at it differently.
I am an IBS sufferer. It has become worse lately with a long list of trigger foods that can start off a bout. Not always but generally I try to avoid those items.
When I visit friends, family or eat out at all my choice is limited. I have been eating what is prepared for me then regretting it later. I lose 2 days of my life now with each bout.
I am now reflecting on this. I have to put my own needs first. People who know me do know of my condition but dont realize the effects of eating some everyday items has on me. It's said " a little won't hurt you" but even a little can upset the balance.
Today I am writing this as I am thinking and planning how to deal with it. I checked my diary and trying to plan ahead for each event where food maybe involved.
Also explaining and enlisting help from friends and family.
Has any one with a similar problem found a way to cope with it?
It has to be Being kind to myself in future. Ree emoticon

  
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HANNAHV 7/13/2011 5:58AM

    Wow Ree this is wonderful! You are taking control, putting your health first, allowing yourself to be accountable. emoticon

Life is way too short to loose 2days every time you eat the wrong food!



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ZACHERYSMAMA 7/12/2011 8:12AM

    Ree, You do what is best for you. You have to take care of you first. I think your family & friends will understand as you make the changes that are best for you.

Donna emoticon

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GRANNYS5 7/11/2011 8:41PM

    I too suffer from IBS. there are a lot of things I can not eat,You really do have to rthink of yourself FIRST anddo what is best for you. good luck
emoticonjill

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 7/11/2011 3:21PM

    I am so sorry to see you are struggling but glad to see you are putting yourself first. My husband is suffering a lot. He had his gallbladder removed 6 weeks ago with stones and hoped it would improve but he seems to be suffering badly with IBS still, as foods trigger bouts where he can't leave the house. It's very difficult to live with. I can sympathise. emoticon

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SUSANISBACK 7/11/2011 8:49AM

    Ree, I also suffer with this and am just about getting it sorted after years of being quiet, eating the bad stuff and then being home for at least 2 days. Now I have told all my family and they are pretty good if we go to their homes. Of course I still have to be careful when we go out and they are picking my favourites that I should not eat,but I try to decide before we go what I will order and then tell either dh or ds and they order and don't ask me again
Look after you first,so you keep the episodes down to a minimum

sue emoticon

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COUNTRYLADY26 7/11/2011 7:26AM

    You have to think about yourself nRee friends and family who love and care for you will understand as to any others don't keep wasting two days of your life for them

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BILLPHIL123 7/11/2011 6:57AM

    You do have to be kind to yourself. I have had this problem in the past but not so much now. I know I can't eat certain things and don't but others would look at me like it was in my head. I gave up explaining but there were a few who did look out for me. I would be bent over in pain at times. I don't know why it stopped. My daughter has the same problem! She will not go out to eat at a restaurant. Good luck. I know how you feel. Phyllis emoticon

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MSPEACHYJONES 7/11/2011 5:37AM

    Good luck on being kind to yourself! it's an important step emoticon

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