Thursday, November 22, 2012
A SOLDIERíS THANKSGIVING
by Mariane Holbrook
Over there a soldierís thinking
Of a time not long ago,
When his loved ones got together;
ĎTwas Thanksgiving Day, you know.
Over there a soldierís dreaming
Of a turkey baked just right,
Mashed potatoes, golden gravy,
Chestnut dressing, pure delight!
Over there a soldierís hungry
For whipped cream on pumpkin pie.
Squares of cornbread, crusts so tender,
Homemade biscuits stacked up high.
Over there a soldierís wishing
He could have one buttered roll.
But he feasts on GI rations
While his unitís on patrol.
Over there a soldiers lying
In a ditch, his makeshift bed.
Mud and dirt are his companions;
Been awhile since heís been fed.
Over there a soldierís praying
That his open sores will heal.
He is sure that heíll feel better
Once he has a good hot meal.
Over there a soldierís hearing
Loud explosions, muffled cries.
Shrapnel killed his foxhole buddy
Right before his very eyes.
Over there a soldierís quoting
Scriptures learned at Motherís knee,
Proud that heís a mighty warrior,
Keeping all his loved ones free.
This Thanksgiving as youíre eating
That sweet corn that grandpa grew,
Say a prayer for that dear soldier
Who would love to be with you.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
FOLLOW YOUR DREAM
by: Amanda Bradley
Follow your dream.
Take one step at a time and don't settle for less,
Just continue to climb.
Follow your dream.
If you stumble, don't stop and lose sight of your goal
Press to the top.
For only on top can we see the whole view,
Can we see what we've done and what we can do;
Can we then have the vision to seek something new,
Follow your dream.
I came across this poem and wanted to share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it and maybe it will even help with motivation.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I woke up this morning still not feeling good. I was dragging yesterday, but I just thought I was overly tired so I took it easy all day. This morning something just didnít feel right. I felt ďstuffedĒ and very, very tired. I looked down at my feet and both ankles were very swollen. Okay, is that the stuffiness Iím feeling? I donít really know. All I know is I got on the scale and Iíve gain back the six pounds I lost. What gives? I donít understand this? Iím tracking my food and Iím even exercising every day. True, itís only a 10 minute routine, sometimes 15, but itís better than what Iíve done in the pastÖ.couch potato. Iíve stayed within my calorie range with the exception of the last two days whereby I was under my range. Iím supposed to have 1200-1550 per day and Thursday I had 970 and yesterday I had 1031. I just havenít been hungry.
I am just so disappointed in myself. I donít know if the heat is getting to me and causing my ankles to swell or if Iím retaining water? However, in either case, I can understand the water retention causing weight gain, but six pounds worth???? I just feel like sitting down and having a good long cry!
The only positive thing about this situation is I didnít turn to food to comfort me. Instead I chose to write this blog and reach out to all my friends for support.
Iím not a quitter and Iíll keep trying, but this day really saddens me. I don't even have the heart to reset my weight ticker. It would reflect failure to me and that's one word I omit from my vocabulary.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
This morning I woke up wondering if I should get on the scales or not. You see, this week I've added several carbs to my food plan and to be honest, I've felt really guilty about it. Carbs and I just don't get along. I just knew that I was going to see a weight gain. In fact, one morning I even ate lasagna for breakfast thinking I could work it off during the day. How strange is that?
I'm 63 and by no means can jump around like the picture above. However, this morning I think I would have tried doing cart wheels along with the jump! This past week I lost another 4 pounds!
This entire journey with Sparkpeople teaches me something new everyday. The key here is moderation. Don't go without just because you think it's a "fat" food. Learn to adjust the portion. This past week my attention has been focused on this. I've weighed and measured everything I've consumed. Other than feeling somewhat guilty for the carbs, I was satisfied, not hungry and if the truth be known, I actually felt like I was cheating because of the pasta, brown rice and even a sandwich. Next week I am going to apply myself again to the same routine and add those carbs in but without feeling guilty. Maybe my previous lack of carbs has slowed my weight loss down. Everything I read today indicated carbs play a key role but again, the secret is moderation! It's taken me a long time to get it....but by golly I think I've got it! The old term of "Can't Have" is now changed to "Keep Balance".
I'm definitely a happy camper! Thanks for listening.
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