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A Special Poem to celebrate Burns Night!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

This poem is learned by children in Scotland to celebrate one of our very special authors - Robbie Burns. This version has been translated a little, so I'm hopeful that it will make it easier to read.

Enjoy - and I'm off to enjoy my haggis (now that I have caught it!), neeps and tatties!

Fair and full is your honest, jolly face,
Great chieftain of the sausage race!
Above them all you take your place,
Stomach, tripe, or intestines:
Well are you worthy of a grace
As long as my arm.

The groaning trencher there you fill,
Your buttocks like a distant hill,
Your pin would help to mend a mill
In time of need,
While through your pores the dews distill
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour wipe,
And cut you up with ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like any ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm steaming, rich!

Then spoon for spoon, the stretch and strive:
Devil take the hindmost, on they drive,
Till all their well swollen bellies by-and-by
Are bent like drums;
Then old head of the table, most like to burst,
'The grace!' hums.

Is there that over his French ragout,
Or olio that would sicken a sow,
Or fricassee would make her vomit
With perfect disgust,
Looks down with sneering, scornful view
On such a dinner?

Poor devil! see him over his trash,
As feeble as a withered rush,
His thin legs a good whip-lash,
His fist a nut;
Through bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit.

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his ample fist a blade,
He'll make it whistle;
And legs, and arms, and heads will cut off
Like the heads of thistles.

You powers, who make mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill of fare,
Old Scotland wants no watery stuff,
That splashes in small wooden dishes;
But if you wish her grateful prayer,
Give her [Scotland] a Haggis!

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COLOR-BLUE 1/27/2014 12:58AM

    I love poetry, but I'm not sure what to make of this one!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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COCK-ROBIN 1/26/2014 1:31AM

    Great poem!

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KAB7801 1/25/2014 9:51PM

    Very nice, but also very strange poem
Good luck on your adventure!

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Making time to make time

Monday, January 20, 2014

I have learned over the last few months that if I don't plan my week out properly, including meals and exercise, then I don't achieve any of my goals.

This generally results in a feeling of annoyance, frustration and my self confidence plummets.

The last month or so has been incredibly stressful and very hard, I've been ill most of the time, and work, well, work has been simply WAY too hard than it needs to be (but that's a topic for another post). And, (you know what's coming....) guess what got left by the side. After all this time, you would think that I would have learned my lesson by now!

The hardest bit has been the simplest bit - actually settling down to plan my week and ensure that as many of the eventualities as possible have been covered. It isn't hard - I've even made a special plan sheet to make the process even easier.

This is about prioritising my needs over anyone else's, and whilst in theory it should be easy, I struggle. There is always just one more thing to get done that will help my shift my workload.

The solution? I'm not sure, but I will give something a try - I can make time to update my SP status, so surely I can make 5 mins to plan out my week and give me the stability that I seek and need.

As the saying goes, nothing worthwhile ever comes easy!

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PATRICE_E 1/25/2014 2:44PM

    You can do this!!

I don't know whether it might work for you, but I joined SP's 10 minutes of exercise a day challenge. Today is Day 8 (I have a friend whose streak is over 800!) and I'm liking it! Just 10 minutes. (Though I've only done *only* 10 minutes once -- the rest have been 30 - 45!)

Another option might be finding an accountability partner who also does best with a weekly plan. Then the two of you can share plans every weekend (or whenever). It's always easier with support!

One step at a time, friend! Let's just keep moving in the healthy direction.

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KAB7801 1/20/2014 11:31PM

    emoticon just keep trying!

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COLOR-BLUE 1/20/2014 6:21PM


Take it before the Lord, and ask Him to guide you and take care of what you need. That's what I do, and He's never failed me. Even when my sister started to complain about me being on SP, when I go and visit her, along with my exercising, I had to tenderly let her know, that God started this lifestyle journey, and I'm being obedient to Him. He gave me a tool to help take care of my needs, and I don't want to find out what will happen, if I miss logging in and taking care of business. I know this is a forever thing I need to do, but you know what's even greater than that, I WANT TO DO IT!!! All you can do is your best, as that's all God asks of you and the He'll take care of the rest! Pray and rest in Him, it's okay!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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Eating properly can be hard going....

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I know it is worth making the effort, and that I will feel WAY better, but seriously this eating heartily lark is hard going.
I have probably taken on too much, as usual, and gone for far more than I can realistically achieve.
Having done a little research, a way to alleviate some of the menopausal symptoms that I now experience after medical treatment is to eat 7 portions of vegetables every day and to avoid all caffeine, sugar and processed foods. You have no idea just how difficult that is to achieve- I want to eat like this but when you are travelling by public transport, carrying lots of bags, it becomes hard to take food too.
Not only that but everyone around you is wolfing down cake and smacking their lips and unintentionally making it harder....
I guess the question is - what an I going to do to stay 'on the wagon'? Truthfully I don't really have a plan - I'm taking it one day at a time, one meal at a time and one snack at a time. Every time I feel hungry I look to my pile of fruit before I eat anything else. And, I'm sticking to the rule I set for myself - I can eat whatever I want, but only after I've eaten the food I have with me.
Seems to be working, but then, it is only day 3 of another try to improve my diet, feel good and lose weight.
Fingers crossed I can do it all again tomorrow!
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COLOR-BLUE 1/13/2014 10:09PM


You're doing the best that you can, and nobody can ask any more of you. Even in the Word, God asks that we just our best, and that HE would take care of all the rest!

I'm just doing one day and one meal/snack at a time, because when I've tried to plan ahead, something always happens. One of my challenges with one of my teams, was to plan the day ahead of all nutrition and exercises. It was a hard lesson for me to do, as I'm not like that. It really took me out of my comfort zone, but that's okay!

When you've done all you can do, JUST STAND!!! emoticon

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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KAB7801 1/8/2014 9:32PM

    That's great! I always feel more alert when I eat my freggies!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/8/2014 9:22PM

    I'm so proud of you for doing the right thing!

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SUE5007 1/8/2014 6:11PM

    So true! It really is hard, and the fact that everyone around us seems to be eating makes it harder. Especially with sugar and processed foods.
For me, the ease of the "lifestyle change" comes and goes. I have found that I will go through about 2 weeks of hard days before I adjust and things get easier again. Of course hard times will come out of no where, and other times it's because I'm not eating the way I should.

If only it were an exact science.

Good luck to you! emoticon

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Web pages to read when you need a pick me up

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I am learning to read about things that help me manage myself, manage others and generally feel better about life.



And I saved the best one for last:
48 - this is my absolute favourite, I just love this dog and his zest for life!

Hope this helps you to smile too!

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KAB7801 1/5/2014 6:32PM


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COLOR-BLUE 1/5/2014 6:09PM


Thank you so much for looking out for my welfare, today! I did need an extra pick me up, as I'm helping to plan a ladies retreat in February, and it's getting down to the nitty gritty, and I'm starting to feel the stress! Again, THANKS!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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Take a break.... and look back at success!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I'm really not good at taking a break from life - I feel bad if I sit still for too long, always feeling that I should be doing something. However, this Christmas, I decided that I would take some time out to watch all the movies on TV that I like, to get some fresh air as often as possible, and to catch up on those tasks that just never get done - for example, looking at what has been and where things went well.

Like many people I spend far too much time looking at the negative aspects of life, which, generally makes me depressed and angry. So to look at the positives, and to give myself credit where due, is a new thing, and plainly a habit worthy of cultivation.

I didn't lose weight this year, but I stayed in touch with SP as often as possible. Whenever I could, I was active, and I took conscious decisions about the food that I ate. I worked hard to maintain not only my own motivation but to help others stay on the case with their motivation.

If there is one thing I learned from looking back is that I am far more successful than I think I am. I want to stay successful so I plan to make more time to think about my successes and learn from them and develop new successes.

Let's make it our year for success in whatever shape it comes!

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COLOR-BLUE 1/3/2014 10:20PM


This is a great positive blog, letting me know that I should look at all the positive changes I've made, whether it was with me or somebody else. However, I usually like to remember the beginning, which some people may view as negative, but I look at the aspect that it was a starting point, and that's all it was.

With all the kind ladies and gents here, I have such a emoticon support team and my own built in cheerleaders! emoticon

Thank you, for reminding me!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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KAB7801 1/3/2014 10:48AM

    Thank you that's a good reminder to look at all the positive changes we've made!

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MAYBER 1/2/2014 10:16PM

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COCK-ROBIN 1/2/2014 5:19PM

    And you will succeed!

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    I'm working at trying to take breaks myself. Decided to take a quick work break and go for a walk!

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