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Bootcamp day 3

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I am loving the challenge. I have had to push myself to workout today, but am glad I did.

I got my orthotics for my shoes today and went hiking. I realized that it's been a while since I've done that--I was out of breath. I am going to challenge myself to get to the Nature Center at least once a week to get in better shape.

I watched the movie "Million Dollar Baby" today and found it sad, yet inspiring. I do not want to have a regrets in my life.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you!! Depending on the modifications in your orthotics, you might feel a little more fatigue when you walk until you break them in...and then you'll never want to be without 'em! Glad you're doing so well in Bootcamp! - Sara emoticon

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TAMAYO 5/5/2009 6:51PM

  Good luck!

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Friday, May 01, 2009

What is in our bank account ?

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed

each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved

perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing

home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, he was provided with

a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had

been hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old boy

having just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied....

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I

like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It's a decision I make

every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in

bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no

longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do."

"Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on

the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this

time in my life."

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the

bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory
bank. I am still depositing.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.

"People often meet their destiny on the road they took to avoid their destiny in the first place." – author unknown, thanks MR.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-22

So, where do we store our treasures, our happiness? Do we believe that when we are unhappy or dissatisfied with how life is going for us, something good is owed to us? Do we live each day as a gift from God or something we earned through our hard work? And if we are secure financially, is this what brings us our happiness each day, or is it something much greater?

Dear Lord, we know that we can’t be happy all the time. But with you on our side, it sure does make it much easier!

Have a Blessed Weekend!

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NEWLYWED3709 5/1/2009 8:31AM

    Thank you so much for sharing such a touching and poignant story. ^_^ Happy May Day!

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checking myself while including others

Thursday, April 30, 2009

So, I am realizing more and more the need to get out of my "self". My day goes more smoothly when I realize that I am not the only one in it with wants and needs. When I help others, I feel good. When I include others in my day, I feel good. I have the kids I care for counting my reps. So I exercise; and they reinforce their counting skills. We all do stretches together (and sometimes they try the exercises too). I told them to remind me to drink my water, and boy do they! My daughter is 12 and now the same height as me. She has been changing so much, and I know that including fitness in her life is becoming more crucial. We have been having more discussions about the importance of eating nutritious foods and getting cardio exercises everyday. (she jumps on the mini trampoline everyday) She has never been an over eater and is not overweight, but she's definitely a carbaholic, like her mom. I don't want her to feel deprived, and I know that change has to come from within the person. I'm just planting seeds...

It seems like everyone is holding me accountable these days. I am making sure it is productive, rather than stressful. I don't want to feel resentful. I am being proactive in asking for help where I want it, and asking for people to back off if I start to feel bad about stuff they say. (I do question myself about why I am feeling bad) And I am being more conscientious about keeping my food and fitness in balance (while allowing myself some freedoms). This is such a hard, long road=but I am not a quitter. I love a good long journey!

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RUTHIEBEAR 4/30/2009 4:01PM

    Being held accountable is a blessing and a curse (as Monk says). It can be such a joy to have your family's support and encouragement-and other times not so much. The bottom line is we need to do what we are doing for ourselves, not to please others.
It is a wonderful feeling to look beyond ourselves and our own needs to reach out to others. Keep up the great work you are doing!

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love my kid

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I just wanted to say how much I love my 12 year old daughter. She is so awesome. I love sharing life with her, she comes up with the most interesting ideas. I have been lamenting the fact that I will never have the "little" girl that I fed, held, cuddled, etc. Sure, I miss those things, but I really do love what she is now. I am enjoying the journey I am on with her. emoticon

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/29/2009 9:56PM

    Ahhh, Jenn - that is so wonderful! You're accepting that sometimes difficult transition kids make from their childhood years to adolescence, sensing the changes, and continuing to be a caring, sensitive, and loving mom as she grows up :) What a gift to her... Thanks, too, for your encouraging words on my SparkPage! Those days at the hospital with my brother have been long, but he's got a new pacemaker now, and it's doing its job nicely! I'll take him home tomorrow. He's so anxious to be with his dogs again! Lots of hugs, Sara emoticon

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Feelin' good

Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm just feelin' good. Happy. Joyful. Thankful. Eating right and exercising really does cure what ails ya. I'm so mentally sparked up! I hope everyone has a fantastic day! emoticon

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SPARKLESSENCE 4/24/2009 10:54AM

    Wow!! What a happy, uplifting post! It was a real pick-me-up to read it! I'm feelin' great, too - happy Friday! - Sara emoticon

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