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So Much To Be Thankful For!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I am so so Blessed....just needed to pause and express my gratitude!

The Bible says, “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

How effective it IS to Live this verse out daily. My life has been enriched through speaking words of gratitude. This exercise has changed me.
Our family played a thankful game yesterday where we took turns speaking a blessing over a person in the group as well as state how or why we are thankful. What a blessed evening it was!! We had to repeat it again this morning.


~ God's constant goodness
~ our new house
~ our amazing neighborhood
~ family who live close by...
~ the gift of being content in any & all circumstances
~ my foot feel better
~ my gym
~ my family has been without sickness since March( a miracle!) LOL!
~ the weather has stayed in the mid 60's for a few weeks - perfect!
~ my husband's growing business
~ my growing cello studio
~ my eldest daughter's progress in music and art
~ my eldest son's growing wisdom and kindness to others
~ my youngest daughter's constant cheerful spirit of goodness
~ my youngest son's smile and love of learning

Yesterday, our neighbor was teaching his 13 yr. old grandson how to build a HUGE picnic table. He wanted to give it away as they didn't need it. He graciously offered it to us. I was So Blessed to receive it. It seats 10! What a Blessing! I have always wanted a BIG picnic table.

Here's a DIY project that we did today ....getting into a wintry mode for sure.
Coffee filters work perfectly to make snowflakes. Gotta love pinterest. =)

Tomorrow we are hosting Thanksgiving dinner in our home....a first for us. I know it will be lots of FUN!

BTW - Our indoor Carnival Party was a HUGE success last Saturday - my son enjoyed his 8th birthday! For those who asked for pis, I ended up taking I don't have anything to share this time.
We had a lots of booths, pinatas, racing to eat rice krispy balls hanging from the ceiling, pinning the eyes on the "Minion", racing to knock down a dozen water bottles using the technique of putting pantyhose & tennis ball (in the toe of the hosiery) on your head and swinging your head...LOL!! This booth was hilarious to watch! We had a blindfolded diaper changing station too...and the men in our group challenged each other. Lol. All in all, it was great fun creating memories!

AS for me, I am still maintaining & making progress. I try to look at my stumbles as just a part of the whole picture. I learn from them and move on. I am still learning how to balance family, me and others. Everyone is equally important, but more often than not, I am still ending up scraping the bottom of the barrel for gym time.
I am sure I will figure it out in time. emoticon

Lastly, thank YOU for being such supportive Sparkling friends. I can count on you to lift me up, offer sage advice and simply listen. emoticon I truly value YOU!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/28/2014 12:54AM

    By maintaining, you've superbly held up your bodies primary health needs . . . thrown in a lively lifestyle that may not fit into your fitness minutes, but aid in the well-being of the beautiful Child of God you've become. Achieving balance is a life-long learning process as priorities continually changes. Granted it's often one day at a time . . . something you can make happen. Love the continued success you have discovered. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/27/2014 10:59AM

    you are definately fortunate to have no illness since march,lol.glad you are looking at your things to be grateful love sometimes that is the only way to go.have a great thankgiving laura love. emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGLISA 11/27/2014 5:59AM

    What a great blog! Enjoy your Thanksgiving! I'm hosting too. Counting our blessings!

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PAULALALALA 11/26/2014 7:21PM

    Laura -- I am truly grateful to have met you here on SP as well as in real life! I love the snowflakes -- and it's a bit of serendipity, because I'm going to work that idea into my children's craft time in Sunday School coming up the second week of December. Wonderful list of things you're thankful for! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 11/26/2014 6:11PM

    What a joyful and thankful blog. I'm sure Thanksgiving will be a hit in your new home. Enjoy to the fulliest!
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MIRAGE727 11/26/2014 1:49PM

    I am always thankful for those who inspire and motivate me. I'm thankful for you!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/26/2014 1:32PM

    Happy Thanksgiving. Definitely I have lots to be grateful for as well!

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NATPLUMMER 11/26/2014 1:25PM

    Well said!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Look how time flies::::.....almost a month ago, I blogged. I used to blog weekly.
Well, I suppose I'm a monthly blogger now - what a schedule we have with children now in junior high & enjoying Youth Group events! Praise God for ALL He provides in our lives - Blessings abound everywhere. emoticon And I love this time of year - Autumn has always been my Favorite season.

I have learned so much since I gave myself a pep talk one month ago. emoticon for your outpouring of support!

I reminded myself to skim through a familiar book, The Beck Diet Solution - nice bunch of reminders to maintain all of those small consistent steps such as: chewing each bite 20 + times, sitting down to eat, being mindful of every meal and learning to redefine "full". Great tools!

I am thankful to have a 24 hour gym that has a nice variety of ways I can work out.
Just purchased a new pair of shoes - the Saucony Guide 7. Nice arch support!
I adapted my circuit training program to fit my needs and I rather enjoy it. I am def. counting my blessings!

I think I have something figured out now - a PLAN to fit fitness into my schedule on a regular basis ...mind you - I said, "think"....:::so here's my PLAN.

I tried hitting my gym in the evening but our new sports schedule drew that plan to a disappointing halt. I then decided to squeeze my gym time in when I run my errands 3x/week, but alas that didn't quite work that plan became inconsistent. LOL! So, I am now turning to my 3rd plan - "early riser plan".

Pray it works! emoticon ....the days are shorter, and my DH leaves for work a bit later; so, I think I will have ample time to make this a Success!
Trust me to find a way to make this work. Where there's a will, there's a way. Right?
I just want to create/maintain a steady "Laura's Get Fit/Stay Fit" time into our week.
Why is this so hard? emoticon

It is hard because I have other priorities...such as 6 cello students, multiple sports & music schedules, a growing Church Youth schedule, and my husband's business hours have been fluctuating. But life will always have inconsistencies; so, one must decide to "Just Do It"....make it happen, and it will. Then everything else will begin to revolve around the height of priority I am going to give to fitness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGLISA 11/12/2014 4:32PM

    I am a big believer in the "early riser plan!" It's been working for me for a bit over two years. It helps that I naturally wake up early. With the time change two weekends ago, my "early" time is now between 4 and 5AM. That gives plenty of time to spend time with God, watch the sunrise, work out, cook breakfast, shower and get my daughter to school all before I go to work! Of course, I pass out be about 9 or 9:30! Good luck to you with your early riser plan! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 10/26/2014 9:50AM

    Great to see you posting, busy, happy, making progress!

Just one more thing...

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COLUMBINE2 10/25/2014 12:55PM

    Laura, what an excellent blog! We may have to wait a month for your blogs, but they are well worth the wait! Excellent points & terrific, dynamite attitude on your part! You are at the busiest, most demanding time of your life...and you're still flourishing through fitness!

You're right to stop "beating yourself up". It causes stress and stress is counterproductive to weight loss and good health (which is the most important goal!). So "beating yourself up" goes out the door with the screen hitting it on its behind! As Dr. Beck says, "Giving yourself credit for every single thing you do correctly is equally important to the good choices you made." Acknowledge your challenges & how well you are overcoming them. Give yourself the credit you deserve. It's important! You are doing a truly, truly amazing job!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/25/2014 8:28AM

    You're such an inspiration, girlfriend. Love your thought process and great faith. Hug, hug - Evelyn

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 10/25/2014 7:43AM

    Way to keep finding ways to make it work!!
Blessings & cheers to you!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/25/2014 2:18AM

    thanks for giving me the push i need,lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYATLAST 10/25/2014 12:34AM

    Ah, finding time. I love your 3rd plan. And I notice you didn't say last hope. You will find a way!

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I need a "Self-Pep Talk"

Sunday, September 28, 2014

emoticon With my foot injury, and waiting for a doc to diagnose my foot, (I am on a LONG list of patients waiting to see a podiatrist), I confess that I have held a pity party a few times( party guests of course), and I have given into eating emotionally occasionally. . .and as of last week, I faced myself and admitted that this 'occasional' bad habit has become just that - a bad 'frequent' habit.

emoticon I am thankful that fitness ( being my true love) is and always will be, a Habit. I find very creative ways to spend time strengthening my body....using low impact cardio/or no cardio due to my foot injury.
So far - Success! emoticon

emoticon Do I know this mindless eating is self-destructive? Yes, of course I do. So WHY would I head in that direction when I know better.
Sometimes situations can feel complicated, messy & just plain hopeless. The key word here is "feel". . .because the fact is Hope is real, the answer is simple, and I know I need to just take the first step.

emoticonI feel so embarrassed & frustrated that I am at this place. I didn't want to blog about it either. But I felt led to share the truth with you, and I KNOW I need support.
...:::Perhaps someone else is going through a messy patch in life and might relate to mine. Or perhaps someone has a word of encouragement for me.....or a 2x4 to wack me with...LOL! emoticon emoticon

emoticonI think I strayed from "mindful eating" during the time while we were looking for a house....:::during our move and definitely during our construction days...LOL. This decision was such a bad choice( I don't KNOW just when I made the decision...rather it snuck in somehow). I now have such a deep hole to climb out of. . .or at least it feel as if I am in a hole. emoticon I need help climbing out. emoticon

emoticonI refuse to be led by feelings. I AM here, blogging. This is my first step. And as of yesterday, I made the choice to eliminate ALL quick bites....another name for "junkfood". I am committed to prepping my meals even if I have to wake up earlier. I am worth the effort. I still LOVE fruits/veggies TONS. Somehow along the way, I chose the easy way & I compromised. Oh, how costly that choice was. I have spaghetti squash cooked, a fridge full of veggies, whole grains and fresh fruit ready to carry out my PLAN.

emoticon For those of you that don't know, this summer has been FULL for all of us - a huge move, house under construction, a new job, my new cello studio, multiple sports schedules for our children...not to mention a new music calendar too, leaving our home church and in the process of finding a new one close to where we live. These are all emotionally charged events. I just thought I was strong enough. I feel like a failure for allowing myself to compromise. I used to RUN when life became challenging, but without that outlet, I have felt trapped. Perhaps that was when I gave in and turned to food. ....not sure, just thinking out loud.

OK, I'm all done now....:::Thanks for hearing me out. emoticon
I'm ready to be held accountable, to be faithful to my "mindful eating" PLAN, and to post my progress here. If I don't have time to blog I will post on my FEED.

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 10/25/2014 7:51AM

    I am shocked - and shouldn't be, but am - at how fast and easy those bad habits come back.

I'm glad that you found your mojo again and are back on track.


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ZELLAZM 10/4/2014 6:53AM

    I visits to the kitchen have been frequent and destructive. Too much mindless emotional eating. I've been "letting go" but not in the positive sense of enjoying my freedom as a believer in the one who sets us free.

Let's crawl out of the hole together.

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COLUMBINE2 10/3/2014 11:38PM

    You have been through a tornado the last few months...up and down in the real estate market..over & over, then finding the house...fixing the house, relocating. Plus you forgot to mention that you have several growing children & home school them. You don't have a full have a triple-sized platter, my friend! And it's heavy!

I don't know if you'd like it...but I'm reading a book which addresses behaviors & it's made a huge difference for me. Very simple, one step at a time, with some tools to have "at the ready" in case that junk food tries to jump in your mouth. Written by Judith Beck, Ph.D.: "The Beck DietSolution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person." It's not about already KNOW about food. It's just some easy, quick techniques. I don't have food cravings any more. I'm following SP's theory 100%. And the scale is going down. I got it at the library...might be worth a look.

I'm sorry about your foot & hope you can get an appt. very soon! Don't waste your energy beating yourself up. You need that energy to move forward! We're here cheering you on...every single day!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/30/2014 10:24PM

    You have a wealth of activities that can both help and distract. Tread carefully and work your plan as prioritized by your great faith.

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PMRUNNER 9/29/2014 6:26AM

    Hugs! A lot going on these days!

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STEPHLOKI 9/29/2014 5:26AM

    Hey Girl, I so hear you. When I struggled with my back injury, my knee pains, my broken hand and then my pancreatitis, all of which prevented me from running and threw me back each time, I was like you often tempted to comfort eat and generally let myself go. But I did pick myself up every time - and so you can.
Right now I am also struggling to pick myself up from the hormone induced weight gain and will succeed - and so will you.

Just to let you know you are not alone in this boat..... emoticon emoticon

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MVKNET 9/28/2014 10:47PM

  Wow way to go girl emoticon Being real is a step toward freedom. With God all things are possible. So much going on it's a wonder you can even take time to blog. Be kind to yourself. You are a winner and you will get thru this time of pressure from every side. I'm praying for you as your foot heals and as your home gets into balance again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 9/28/2014 9:13PM

    I have held many a pit party in my day. I get where you are.

You have had a lot going on lately and now the foot injury, totally understandable to fall back to old comfort habits.

It's WONDERFUL that you blogged about it. It's out there, you've acknowledged what has happened (that's in the past) and you know what needs to be done now so take it in baby steps.

We are all here for you and will be watching your status updates and future blogs to make sure you take good care of yourself. That's what this is all about and you are doing just that.

Here we go!


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RUNNERRACHEL 9/28/2014 8:17PM

    Hugs!! I can relate. Also struggling to not have a pity party...of one. All of the things--changes, move, new job, house, church, schedule--is a lot to adjust to. Give yourself grace. I'm sorry you haven't had running as an outlet. There, I can relate as well! Miss running and it is a challenge. The great things you have still in place are your healthy habits of fitness and eating well. For the emotional stuff, run to God...give Him your frustration. When you need a break, take some time for yourself. Instead of going for a run, can you take a walk or if that's too hard on your foot, a drive or have some tea just to have some quiet.

I applaud you for blogging about it and not keeping it in. I know you can get past this.

Keep up the amazing work and rest in the knowledge that you have permission to take a break.

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JAXMOMMY 9/28/2014 7:12PM

    Hi Laura. I feel as if I have completely lost touch with you! First of all, you know that you are not a failure and Honey, emotions just are! They happen. It is healthy to experience them! It is all in how we deal with our emotions, negative and positive emotions! The first step is always awareness and you are aware of the mindless eating.... First step already completed! Now put the mindful eating back into your progress! Sorry you have an injury that prevents you from what you love to do! Be good to your foot so that you don't wind up losing more time using it! Give yourself a break and take it as you did in the very beginning.... One day, one moment, one choice at a time! I'm here to give you a hand up from the hole and have confidence you will be out of it soon! Keep Sparking!

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ALICEART2010 9/28/2014 7:05PM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/28/2014 7:05PM

    right laura you want the kick in the butt now or later emoticon ?first i donīt need to go on at you as you are doing that enough yourself if it had been me writting this blog and not you would you be as hard on me as you are being to yourself?i think not!so start being your own best friend and support yourself instead of bringing yourself down.sometimes life gets in the way and there can be many reasons for that love.notice i said reasons not excuses so stop seeing them as that and admit yyou are human.remember no one is perfect out of god.that being said you also know where you have been lacking what you have done and what you can do to turn this all back around so that the scale is going in the right direction again.i wont give you tips etc of what to do because to be honest laura YOU know what you have to do without me telling in the words of nike,JUST DO IT.remeber it is not so much what life throws at us that matters but what and how we deal with what is thrown are way.know you can do have the power and you are definately worth the effort it will can do this emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WIFE49 9/28/2014 6:33PM

    Interesting blog. emoticon

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RICKISMOM1 9/28/2014 6:32PM

    Don't fret about what was... just learn from it for next time... and get on with your plan!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/28/2014 6:21PM

    ((((HUGS)))) You're a brave soul and YOU CAN DO IT! For sure you're not alone.

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PAULALALALA 9/28/2014 6:17PM

    Laura -- you have accomplished SO MUCH these past few months! What a great time now to get back to mindful eating once again...and neat that we're having a change of season and almost a new month in which to begin. I see you're ready for autumn....beautiful background!
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Home Decor Ideas/Finds/Bargains

Sunday, September 07, 2014

(Wow...I don't seem to have time to blog anymore....looks like it's been more than a month since I last blogged.)
I have been busy with bits of this & that at home.....:::finally putting a few finishing touches in our house. And with school beginning full swing now, there's just no way. emoticon emoticon
A friend asked if I would share my home ideas...:::so here are my latest ones.

I saw this "scarf"...fell in love with the colors, and used it as a table runner. Then I used my own pottery & black iron pieces to accent the top of this antique buffet table.

...and above this buffet I hung another wrought iron "plate rack"...except I like books...and hanging-from-the-ceiling-butterflies.

Finally after some digging around in the garage, I found my candelabra and decorated it with autumn leaves and wired's home is on our dining room table.

Just hung my wrought iron hook fixtures in the foyer for guests....(shown is just one of a pair). Our home is always open to all as it is a source for choir class, my cello studio and of course our home school classes. We don't have a coat closet; so, these will have to do. emoticon

Love this find - these HUGE glass airtight jars hold so much, and have chalkboard labels....which I absolutely LOVE! Now I need chalk!

I remember showing you in one of my last blogs (Home Renovations) that I had left a few cabinet doors open....instead choosing to mount a fabric backing. I like the color/design that it lends the kitchen. I also got the fabric on SALE...always a plus!

This hanging candle piece was an $11 bargain ( originally $50)!! I like the delicate metal filigree and my children love to light it up anytime. We find excuses to do just that. . .like yesterday afternoon when a thunderstorm rolled in and the dark skies, and rain set us up for a perfect tea time together.....with candlelight.

So, that's all for now....& as I have learned by now - a home owner continues to tweak her house as time goes by with a neverending list... I can live with that. emoticon

At least it FEELS like home now. With bare walls and rooms still waiting for painting...etc, I still have my long list...The boys room is next...with painting & border...then the girls room needs painting and a mural of trees too. We will all get creative with brushwork! I'm looking forward to that.

Also, I have made that executive decision to paint my dark wood paneling in the living room....but that will take place down the road. Lol! These lists are fun to have.

I have reached a place where I can stop, survey my surroundings and be happy.

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SPOKENWORD 9/18/2014 9:24AM

    Nice job!! Looks like home indeed!

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ZELLAZM 9/11/2014 4:04PM

    Nice! It looks like you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/10/2014 11:41PM

    Beautiful. It's fun to see how a house becomes a home! I like all the iron work.

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/10/2014 12:53PM

    I LOVE what you are doing with the house!

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STEPHLOKI 9/9/2014 6:08AM

    Beautiful! I love the mug hangers and the candle chandelier and .....

Oh and by the way if your scarf goes missing, it will be in my house..... LOL ....just kidding, those are my colors

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COLUMBINE2 9/7/2014 7:14PM

    Laura, these are beautiful additions to your home! Wow...what creativity and eye for beauty! Talent oozes from your being! All those fitness hours are enabling your brain cells to overtime.

It's just lovely!

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PAULALALALA 9/7/2014 6:55PM

    I can see your artistic eye in all you've done! I don't think we ever come to a place where everything is "done" -- adding new things is always fun! LOVE the hanging candles!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/7/2014 5:30PM

    looks great love i use scarfs alot as runners,table cloths,wall hangings,curtains and wall will be surprized how good some can look.canīt wait to see your other home improvements as you do it. emoticon

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GINNABOOTS 9/7/2014 5:25PM

    Very beautiful, love the hanging candle.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/7/2014 5:21PM

    Really beautiful! Thank for sharing the fruits of your efforts.

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DEE1221 9/7/2014 5:13PM

    Very nice. You could have a career in decorating for others. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/7/2014 5:07PM

    So fancy!

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Laura's update: Lovin' my new GYM!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's been almost a month since I joined my new gym - Planet Fitness!!
...:::and I am feeling Ggrreat! Can I just give a holler for Fitness? Do you know how I spell f.i.t.n.e.s.s.? - health!! Oh Yeah!
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You know I haven't been running due to the REST my injured foot needs....and still needs. ((BUT)) I will add that ever since I joined the gym, and got back on track with what I COULD do, my foot has slowly improved. emoticon
I love my intervals with the ARC Trainer, cycling & well as my JOY in weight lifting! I involve what I CAN do and am feeling so much better.
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It feels so good to be making progress once again albeit SLOW, but still Progress...:::to feel alive with energy I only receive from being FIT.

I wasn't sure if I could find an affordable gym close to home which would enable me to frequent the place at least 4 times/week thereby making it worth the annual cost. But here I am feeling at home in this gym - Praise the Lord for His direction, timing & faithfulness!
Also, my little sister joined the gym too and we have been meeting 2-3x/week.
She needed a motivator - she chose me. emoticon

...and, yes, I DO believe I will run again one day in the future. I have to keep the faith. Meanwhile, there is much to enJOY while I wait! emoticon

emoticon On another note: I have had several ongoing house projects going on....:::so I am keeping busy in that direction. I enjoy crossing off stuff on these long lists of mine. hee-hee...
And in addition to being busy with house improvements, I began to teach cello lessons in my home( something I have wanted to do for a long time), and I am continuing to teach our weekly children's choir too. Our summer concert is this Sunday. I can say that everyone is well prepared. We have a group of 8 very talented youth who will be singing 4 part harmony. I am so very proud of them.
Music makes the world go round. . .

Meanwhile, my sister is flying to Ohio for a scheduled surgery next week.
I would really appreciate your prayers for her healing & wisdom for the docs.

We are celebrating my beloved grandmother's 91st birthday on Sunday!
She is an AMAZING lady! What a blessing she is to everyone.
Lastly, my children are begging for a pug dog. We know they shed and everyone has allergies ( several have asthma). I wonder if I sweep every day, if that would do the trick...ya think? emoticon emoticon

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ZELLAZM 8/11/2014 4:52PM

    Yay for you and your sis! I'm enjoying outdoor exercise here in FL but will be back to the gym when I get back to Germany. It's been awhile and I NEED it.

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SWEETMNTHING 7/31/2014 8:37AM

    I'm glad you found a gym that you love, and more importantly will use. It also helps that you have someone to go with. You might also want to check with your hubby's insurance to see if you go a certain amount of times per month, they might reiumburse you for part of the cost. It's worth checking into at least. Here through my insurance if I go 12 times a month they reiumburse me 20 dollars for that month. It doesn't quite cover the entire monthy fee(mine is $33) but it's alot better than nothing.

I'll be praying for your sister and her surgery. I hope all goes well.

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 7/31/2014 8:05AM

    Yay! Life should be enJOYed! and you are doing just that!
Prayers for quick healing for your foot. Keep resting it.

I am allergic to cats and of course we have one :) plus a lab. I sweep every day and there are still dust-hair balls blowing down the hall every evening. Its CRAZY!!

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SUSIEPH1 7/30/2014 10:40PM

    Love that you are so happy . Happy Birthday to your grandmother .. Hope all goes well with your sisters op ..
I think the fun and loving a dog will far out way the allergy reactions .. You will just need to wash the dog more often's the dander that actually causes the allergy s ..not the dog .. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/30/2014 8:19PM

    So glad you found a gym that works for you. That's awesome.

Prayers for your sister.

Pugs are cute but they do shed. I have allergies, too.

HUGS and good luck!

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PAULALALALA 7/30/2014 7:46PM

    SO glad you've found a gym you love, and that your sister and you can work out together there sometimes!

We're about to start on a project here as well -- new kitchen countertops...and I'm thinking granite.

My Mom has a pug that she acquired when he was already a senior. Yes...the shedding is a fact...and his toenails seem to grow quite rapidly and curl. Don't know if this is because his previous owners didn't take care of them properly--but she has to get him to the vet frequently to get them trimmed. He IS a very affectionate little guy, and has some very entertaining vocalizations.

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