Friday, July 18, 2008
I received this as an email today and thought how very appropriate for all of us. Children are able to break things down to the very basics and teach us great lessons.
Enjoy and reflect.
'A Child's View of Thunderstorms'
A little girl walked to and from school daily.
Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school.
As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning.
The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she feared the electrical storm might harm her child.
Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child's school.
As she did she saw her little girl walking along. At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile. Another and another flash of lighting followed quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.
When the mother asked her 'What are you doing?'
The child answered 'I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.'
May God bless you today and everyday as you face the storms that come your way...
Sometimes everything we need is right in front of us.
Take the time to put aside your worries and concerns and acknowledge that God is right there keeping you safe and watching over you. He doesn't promise us clear skies, but He does promise to be with us always.
Have a wonderful spirit filled day and evening,
PS Fabulous Friday....I'm fabulous because I am learning and listening to God's voice daily.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
What a beautiful sun shine day today, just perfect for our Capital Exhibition Parade. 1000's of people lined the streets of Edmonton to watch the parade....I on the other hand was at work!
As much as I would one day like to be watching the parade live, I must admit that I enjoy watching on TV better! Mostly because I really have a difficult time with all the crowds that get into their vehicles after and all try to get to the where ever they are going at the same time! LOL.
The exhibition will continue now for the 10 days. I'd love to go to see all the exhibits, but we'll see if we actually get there or not. I'm not into the rides as I like my feet firmly planted on the ground...fast rides leave me feel a tad unwell!
Not much happening for news today. A nice peaceful day, work to keep me busy, meetings that didn't go on forever, sun shine, emails from friends, well within my calorie range, lots of water has been drunk, walking done, now it's time to put my feet up and enjoy the evening.
Thinking of you all and trusting that your evening will be just as enjoyable.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
You may have seen this before, but a reminder is always a good thing! Even if you can't do everything on this list, doing one thing if a start!
Tips for an exceptional, superb & powerful life!
This is long but so worth the read and so refreshing.
1.) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It
is the ultimate antidepressant.
2.) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if necessary.
3.) Buy a TIVO (DVR), to tape your late night shows and therefore get more sleep.
4.) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
'My purpose is to________ today.'
5.) Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6.) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.
7.) Always pray and make time to exercise.
8.) Spend more time with people over the age of 70, and under the age of 6.
9.) Dream more while you are awake.
10.) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.
11.) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12.) Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13.) Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14.) Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires,
issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15.) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class....... but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17.) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
18.) Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19.) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20.) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21.) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22.) Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
23.) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24.) Ladies - Go on and burn those 'special' scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.
25.) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26.) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will all this matter?'
27.) Forgive everyone for everything.
28.) What other people think of you is none of your business.
29.) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!
30.) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31.) Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
32.) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
33.) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God
34.) The best is yet to come...........in Heaven!
35.) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
36.) Do the right thing!
37.) Call your family often.
38.) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
'I am thankful for __________.' And Today, I accomplished _________.
39.) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
40.) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World, and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life, so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. LIFE'S A GIFT ... UNWRAP IT!
Have a Blessed day.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
A very chilly morning this morning as I headed out the door to work. Only 11 degrees C. (51.8F). Where did summer go???
Weather forecast is for continued thunderstorms and very little sunshine until the weekend, when it should get back up to about 25. Our Capital X days start this Thursday, they kick off with a big parade Thursday morning. Alas, I have to work, so will miss the actual parade, but I think they are going to be telecasting it on one of the local channels later. It lasts for 10 days, and if I can persuade my hubby that we should go to walk around the grounds and see all the exhibits, I may have accomplished a minor miracle. He hates the crowds and noise!
A good day today, got in some walking on both my breaks and then when I came home, I went for another much longer walk before having to pick up Shy from work. Managed to burn those 500 extra calories today with walking...yippee! I am focusing on reaching the 170's by the end of this month. I'm so close now...I can see them peeking over the hill! lol.
My girls and I are getting excited about our annual girls time. Last year Shy and I flew to Vancouver to meet Kaeli and then headed to Victoria for a weekend of fun and girl time. This year, we decided that seeing as Shy is low on funds after her Australia trip and Kaeli will be heading to Greece to complete her final semester in September that we would make our girls time just a day long event here at home. We booked ourselves in to an all day session at a spa. What a treat, we are really looking forward to it. Saturday is our big day! Next year, it will be Shy's turn to plan where we go, and what we do. We made the decision that no matter what, once a year we three get together and spend girl time together. With everyone going in different directions, we wanted to place a priority on staying connected to each other.
I love that the girls want to stay connected in this way.
Not much news in my day today, it was just a great day, lots of giggles and laughs at work.
Shy just came into the computer room and wanted to know if I wanted to walk to the store with her....why not, more exercise and another 30 walk in for the day.
Have a wonderful evening, find ways to stay connected to those that matter to you...the pay off is awesome.
Monday, July 14, 2008
We went away this weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to see just how much my lifestyle has changed. I didn't have access to a computer and we were attending a family celebration where I had no control over what would be served. I'm thrilled to say that my thinking has definitely changed. I was very aware of the foods that I did eat, and because they were also foods that I was familiar with, I had a pretty good idea of what the calorie count would be. By my calculations (mentally calculations...oh oh!), I believe that I stayed with in my calorie range quite well. I ate lots of fresh veggies and fruit, yogurts, baked potato, passed on the meat, more because meat just not appeal to me, passed on the desserts, as once again, I don't have a sweet tooth and they really didn't appeal to me, drank lots of water(I took my own water with me, so always had some ready), as I don't drink alcohol that worked out great. I found it very interesting how my first thought before reaching for any food, was....can I afford to eat this today! LOL. I even managed to get some walking in, not as much as I would have liked, but figured the visiting with family that I hadn't seen for years was good mental exercise. We did have a great weekend. Garry's Mom and Dad were there, his brother and SIL came from BC and aunts and uncles from Saskatchewan as well as his sisters from Calgary, and I wowed them!
I was interested to note that the first remark from any of them was "You look fantastic...you look so young!" the weight elimination was secondary. I did some meditating on the "look so young" part and came to the conclusion that it may have more to do with the facts that I have so little stress now in my life and the spiritual journey that I am on has brought me so much more peace and acceptance, my positive outlook on life and refusing to allow negative energy be a part of my life, than with the actual weight elimination. Not to say that the weight elimination doesn't have something to do with it, but it seemed to be of secondary importance to those I talked to. Coming from my husband family, that is big....weight is a much discussed subject with many of them!
I'm thrilled to report that when I weighed in this morning...I have eliminated another pound! Go ME!
I am feeling much more confident that I will not have a hard time of maintaining this lifestyle once I have reached my goal weight. Although it was only a weekend, it was a weekend of no computer access and knowing that it was an automatic response to ask myself "can I afford to eat this today" has been a wonderful boost to my confidence. When we go away now in August to another reunion, we will be gone for 4 full days, no computer access, and again no control over foods served, but I will pack up my own snacks, fruit and water, and I'm set.
Am I excited about what I've learned, you bet!
Did I miss you guys, yep! Was thrilled to read your blogs this morning and see how positive you all are. See you don't really need me to help you see your positives, you are doing so well on your own! I'm a proud Momma! lol.
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