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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Back to work today after my nice 4 day weekend. Having to start a 1/2 hour earlier while a co-worker is on holidays. I am the only other person that goes in early in the mornings, so it's up to me to ensure that everything is up and running and the security is disarmed. Today was an interesting day. Part of the system was running, part was not! Oh yeah! At least the part that was not really only effected me...I couldn't log on to my computer, my profile was missing! I had to wait until one of the computer guys came in just after 9am to get it up and running. Not such a bad thing though, as it meant I had time to do some filing that has been stockpiling on my desk, make coffee for staff, even decided to take my two breaks together and while no one was at work, I spent almost 30 minutes walking round and round and up and down aisles getting my exercise! Figured if I couldn't do my computer work, I might as well take advantage of the alone time and do something healthy. lol.
Thankfully, when Jody got in and fixed my computer, I was ready to get down to work and tackle all the items that should have been done before opening time. Bonus...it was a low volume day for magazines, even though we had been closed for a long weekend. It was the only thing that really needed to be done before opening.
I am learning that when you start your day off being thankful and open to receiving God's blessings, things just have a great way of working out!
It doesn't mean that things don't happen that could take you off track, it does mean that opportunities will arise that give you the choice of going off track and creating negativity or staying on track and finding the positive in all that happens. I choose the positive...it just feels so much better, less stressful.
When I was leaving home to go and pick up Shy from work today, I walked past a table saw in the garage that Garry has draped in an old sheet. Days ago, I was mentally nudged that I should secure that sheet, because when the garage door opened, it would billow up and was in fact a tripping hazard. I kept putting it off as I was usually on my way out and then would forget when I came back home. Well today, I got my foot tangled in the sheet as it billowed up and I took a lovely sprawl flat on to the cement driveway. Thankfully my angels kept me from badly hurting myself, just some minor road rash and bruises and of course a dent in my ego! No, I did not get mad...(actually surprised myself at how calm I was!) my first thought was of having been nudged about fixing the problem in the first place. In actual fact, if I had done what I should have done days ago, I would not have created the opportunity to fall today! A lesson learned...listen to that inner voice, make better choices and avoid a negative occurence!
Once again, more positive proof for me that I am the creator of my own reality.
My battery died on my pedometer, so have had to calculate the calories burned using a formula on google. Must get it replaced as I realize just how much I depend on that pedometer to keep me moving when I need to be moving! Tomorrow's project!

My positives:

My computer problem was easily fixed once Jody got to work.
My volume of magazines was light and I got them all distributed by the time we opened.
Got almost 30 mins of walking exercise in using the entire work place as my walking route!
A good day at work.
A lesson learned....listen to that inner guidence system we all come equipped with!
Only minor injuries and a slightly dented ego!
A great visit with our son and his best friend (who is like another son to us).
Knowing that I am able to find the positives in a negative situation much more easily than ever before.

Have a wonderful evening, what were your positives today?


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MAURIZIA 8/6/2008 11:04AM

    Wanda, glad the computer issue was an easy fix! And how does of the publishers to be sure there weren't a slew of maggies waiting for you! :) Oh, I'm like you...see things that need doing and think "I'll do it later"...instead it doesn't get done until it becomes a problem - so tonight, in your honor, I'm going home and fixing the African print throw on my living room chair so I don't trip on it when I head to a bathroom break tonight! :) See, even I've learned a lesson from your tripping! Glad there were no serious injuries! ~~ Hugs, Mauri

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KSNICKER 8/6/2008 9:24AM

    Wanda I agree with Polly... You ARE Wanderful... lol
You always turn those situations around and see the positives...
Thanks again for sharing and showing us that in all things... there can be a positive.

Hope today is just as Wanderful!



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ALFREDIA 8/6/2008 12:06AM


Great you were able to rearrange and accomplish everything. I'm a person who gets in a routine and when I get out of that routine it just seems to take me longer. I get it done but takes more effort on my part. LOl You met the challenge and made things work. I'm glad you weren't hurt when you fell.


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POLLY20 8/5/2008 9:31PM

    Wanda, Loving You Is Easy Cuz, You're Wonderful.. I will be reading
your Blog later.. Need to go back to Jen for now..Love Ya, Polly
You're WandaFul Too..Just Wandaful, Wanda.. I'm back Jen is sleeping again.. Work missed you too much.. I hope that you found some Peace for yourself somewhere during this busy day.. My Friend..

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UNEEKNITTER 8/5/2008 9:22PM

    Sounds like you made the most of your situation today and in the end it all turned out well! That is really hard sometimes, I know.


For me, today's most positive was getting a task done I had been procrastinating.

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August 4th

Monday, August 04, 2008

Okay, who stole yesterday???? I woke up this morning and realized that I hadn't blogged yesterday...sorry!
I had a wonderful day anyway. Garry and I went out for a drive, something we haven't done in awhile. We toured all over the countryside, enjoying the scenery and just chatting away.

Today is another day, one that I knew was going to be filled with blessings, just because I started off my day thanking God for all the blessings that were coming my way and letting Him know I was open to receiving them. The sun is shining, I have the day off work, and my phone rang very early this morning. My son is making a quick trip home for a couple of days! Now that's a great blessing! We have to go and pick him up at the International airport at 11:45 this morning. It's fantastic that he will be able to see his sister before she leaves for Greece in a couple of weeks.
I'm very excited to see what else the Lord has in store for me today!
I've been busy reading all the blogs and now I'm feeling incredibly blessed not only from what I have read, but knowing how much each of you means to me and how blessed you have made my life. Thank you for all your positive feed back and thank you for embracing the positive blogging. I feel so rich and blessed to know that I have had a small part in enriching your lives.
Keep on focusing on your goals, on your blessings, your life will be richer for having done so.

I'm off to the airport now to get our son. I'll check in later.


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MAURIZIA 8/5/2008 8:01AM

    Wanda, I know exactly what you mean about time! Hmmm...wonder where it goes???

Have a wonderful visit with your son and glad he'll see his sister before she leaves for Greece!

Yes, we need to be thankful for all that comes our way...for even in things we don't want, there are lessons! ~~ Hugs, Mauri

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POLLY20 8/4/2008 11:55PM

    Wanda I noticed that you were missing yesterday.. I thought that you might be taking a break.. LOL Glad that you & Garry enjoyed your wonderful day & drive in the Country.. Tom is taking me for a ride tomorrow after we have a Cook out for the Fam at our place.. He said that it's a place he passes by on his way to work & thinks of me every time that he does.. Love You Always Polly

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ALFREDIA 8/4/2008 10:51PM


You have had wonderful blessings. It's so wonderful that you give thanks for those you know you'll receive. We all need to be aware of them.

We go for drives too usually back country roads. Bob always likes to see where they will come out.


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KSNICKER 8/4/2008 2:00PM

    Oops...I didn't blog yesterday either... Too Tired...

So glad you enjoyed your day with Garry... We do sometimes too... Usually end up at the coast going from one beach to the other...

So glad that your son is coming home and will see his sister before she heads off to Greece... And I know how much you enjoy seeing him...

Enjoy this day and all your blessings my friend...



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MARLA7 8/4/2008 1:28PM

    Wanda - I missed you yesterday but I didn't blog either! So I did two today to make up for it!!!

So happy for you that you're picking your son up & he will get to spend time with all of you including his sister.

Have a happy day - smiling. I know you will.
Love, Marla

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August 2

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Weather wise the day couldn't seem to decide between whether it should rain or shine and how hard the wind should blow!

It made for a lovely day of being lazy and sitting out on the deck, reading and meditating. I love sitting there with my eyes closed and listening to the wind blowing through the leaves...it takes me to the ocean every time. Love that sound.

Spent the day just being a vegetable...reading my book and relaxing.

My positives...

A beautiful day to sit on the deck enjoying the sounds of nature.
A good book to read.
A quiet day to meditate and just be.

Nothing exciting occured in my day, but it was a wonderful day all the same.

Hope everyone else's day was as good as mine.

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MAURIZIA 8/3/2008 7:59AM

    Wanda, so happy for your lazy day...Sundays are my lazy days...I am determined that no matter what needs doing, it can wait for Monday...Thanks for giving us all the chance to sit on your deck with you, listening to the ocean, feeling the wind...~~ Hugs, Mauri

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ALFREDIA 8/2/2008 11:55PM


I too joined you for a moment on your deck listening to the leaves rustle. You so deserve this day my friend.

Thanks for the positives.


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ALFREDIA 8/2/2008 11:55PM


I too joined you for a moment on your deck listening to the leaves rustle. You so deserve this day my friend.

Thanks for the positives.


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POLLY20 8/2/2008 11:21PM

    Wanda, this is what makes for a perfect day.. Glad that you are enjoying your time off.. You are spending it wisely.. God has Blessed you with your insight.. Love & Hugs Polly I feel as though I was right there listening to the calming ocean also What a great sound & soft gentle music to our ears...

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KSNICKER 8/2/2008 9:53PM

So Happy that you had a nice relaxing day by the Ocean... lol
Nothing like those waves gently lapping the shore to help you relax... Can't you just smell the salt in the air and feel that wonderful warm breeze... Ahhhhh
Just thought I'd go there with you for a minute... lol

Your day sounds wonderful... Love a lazy day...

And you are so right about inspiring others to look for the positives... It's really cool when they do and it's from reading your blogs... lol Love it...

Have a wonderful evening my friend... And Thanks for the Woo Hoo about my elimination... lol


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MARLA7 8/2/2008 9:24PM

    Wanda - Glad to hear you had a relaxing, simple day. Those are the best kind. I also sat around & I'm reading a good book! I get so involved sometimes, I don't want to put it down. But, alas, those pain pills make me drift off & more often than not, I end up waking up with the book on my chest! LOL Continue enjoying your days off from work. YOU deserve it!
Love you, Marla

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Wow...It's August already!

Friday, August 01, 2008

First day of my 4 day long weekend...off to a great start....hour long walk this morning. I have a great route that I take, most of it is on a walking trail, so I get to meditate as I walk along. Had a great time this morning. The part that isn't on a trail is along side a main road, so you get a lot of road noise. Makes you appreciate the peace and tranquillity of the walking trail.

Garry phoned and wanted to meet for lunch, so once I dropped Shy off at work, I drove to Montana's Cookhouse to meet Garry.
For the very first time since starting my new lifestyle journey I had one of their burgers! I asked them to just bring the burger nothing else...I had a hard time eating the whole thing, partly because it was so big and much more than I have gotten used to eating, but also because everytime I looked at it all I saw was "calories". It was actually rather funny, but a good funny because I realized that eating healthy has definitely become a way of life for me.
To be honest after eating the burger, I felt so uncomfortable with all the calories I had just consumed that I went for another 25 minute walk to try and compensate for those calories! I don't feel guilty or anything for having had the burger, just rather fascinated with how my mind now views eating something that is not only loaded (700 calories) with calories, but was not the healthiest of choices! I really don't care if I ever have one of their burgers again. Just thought it was interesting how my mind works...probably only interesting to me, but interesting none the less. lol

I went to Michael's craft store and home sense for a walk around before going to get my hair cut this afternoon...okay...I must say...they are pushing the seasons just a little bit. They already have halloween and Christmas things being put out on display! What happened to it being summer? I can understand having back-to-school things out as schools starts in another month...but Halloween and Christmas!

My positives for today:

A day off work, always nice. (I have so many overtime hours that I need to get used up, hence the long weekends I've been having)

A lovely meditating walk this morning. Had the trail to myself for most of the time.

Lunch date with my husband.

Realized that my new lifestyle has really become my lifestyle. I am no longer happy or comfortable with choices of food that don't serve me.

A haircut.

My laundry is almost completely done. Just ironing left to do now.

A great new book that I am reading "Messages from your Angels" by Doreen Virtue.

3 more days off ahead of me! Yippee.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. (Denis Waitley)


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MAURIZIA 8/2/2008 9:08AM

    Wanda, what a lovely day for you! Quiet walking is the best! I'd forgotten that...used to go to a monastery in Bristol (now closed to the public) when I wanted some quiet from the busy world...It's along the Narragansett Bay and I would walk, sit on the rocks to meditate, with just the sounds of nature - birds, wind, surf - have to find another place for myself! Thanks for the reminder! Enjoy your next 3 days off! They are the best! ~~ Hugs, Mauri

Oops, meant to comment that it is so wonderful to hear that your healthy lifestyle really has become a way of life for you! Gives me such hope!!!!

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MARLA7 8/2/2008 8:06AM

    Wanda - I know the feeling well. Once in awhile Kevin will something "heavy" that I don't feel like having, but I'll try some just because he made it & I don't want to hurt his feelings. But then I feel full, bloated, almost sick. So I've come to realize I do have choices in the matter too so I'm staying away from that heavy stuff even if I may offend him. He's understanding it too now. He still eats heavy foods... Mexican is his favorite! I don't see how he can eat all that heavy stuff late at night then sleep. yuck!

Glad you got to eat lunch with Garry plus fit that extra walk in. I'll be joining you so soon!
Love ya, Marla

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POLLY20 8/1/2008 10:25PM

    Wanda, That's a good thing that you felt the way that you did.. Now you honestly can say that you are going to be fit for life.. & for the life of being fit.. WTG! I really give you credit for making the decision to Stay healthy & eat the better choices.. Love Ya Polly

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ALFREDIA 8/1/2008 9:04PM


I do understand about eating things that are heavier. After you eat them you feel bloated. I haven't accomplished the part about looking at it as calories staring back at me. My realization seems to come after the fact when that feeling comes over me and says "shouldn't have done that. " LOL I'm getting there just takes time and effort.

The most important thing about lunch was getting to have it with your husband. Nice to make time for each other.

If I had read your post first I wouldn't have had to ask about your long weekend. LOL I know you will enjoy it.


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KSNICKER 8/1/2008 7:38PM

I know exactly what you mean about looking at that burger and seeing nothing but unhealthy... I do that all the time now too... We had burgers last night and I weigh mine out each time and it has to be lean ground beef... And only 4 ounces... That's plenty for me... Andy will buy regular hamburger once in a while and I feel like I'm forced to eat it and it's so greasy it almost makes me sick. And now he even is agreeing with me and buying leaner meats... lol And even tonight said we eat to much meat... well it's him that is eating the double and triple portions not me... hee hee I think he's starting to see what I mean... lol

So glad that you got that nice long walk in AND the meditation... I think I may try walking a little again sometime in the future... Not far... but enough to get some meditation time... without all the interruptions there are here at home... TV, Dogs and such.

Enjoy your long weekend...



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Thought this was worth sharing...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

This was in my mailbox at work this morning and thought I would copy and share it here on SP.

An optimistic attitude helps protect your health and boost resilience, even during times of uncertainty and change.

People who focus on the brighter side of situations are more likely to take care of themselves - eat right, exercise and get regular checkups - and avoid feeling discouraged.

Any change, happy or worrisome, causes stress in your life. It's the fear of the unknown that makes most people uncomfortable. Staying flexible and open-minded can help. After all, change and adapting to it are simply parts of life - at work and at home. Having a healthy attitude is the key to coping.

How to handle change
•Accept that change is inevitable.
•Put things into perspective; the change may be easier than you think.
•Look at the positive side and for opportunities to grow.
•Develop supportive relationships and share your feelings.
•Clarify goals and expectations, then move on.

Remember: Few people escape the stress of today's fast-paced, changing world. If you focus on the positive side of change, you might just find that it can renew your energy and inspire new ideas!

Source: Personal Best - Year of Good Health

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MARLA7 7/31/2008 4:41PM

    Wanda - What a sweetie you are sharing that with us. Change is hard. I have a tough time dealing with change...but I'm working at it & it's getting so much easier with time. My DH Kevin is a huge help in that dept. for me.
Love you, Marla

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ALFREDIA 7/31/2008 3:44PM


I especially agree with the statement "It's the fear of the unknown that makes most people uncomfortable".


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POLLY20 7/31/2008 10:43AM

    Wanda, Very motivational.. Change could be a good thing.. We all need some changes in our life.. Positive Changes.. Thanks Wanda
Love & Hugs Always Polly

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KSNICKER 7/31/2008 10:10AM

    Thanks Wanda... As I read it I thought back to a day that I was so flexible, people didn't know what to think... lol always happy...
We were breaking in a new boss one time ( total of 6 before we were done lol) And one of the first things he said to me is "You're not this positive all the time are you" I just smiled and said yes I am... And then I actually let him take all that from me over the next couple years... But he had to work very hard to do it...

So glad I'm headed in the right direction again...

Thanks for this post... It has touched me...

Enjoy your day my friend...


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MAURIZIA 7/31/2008 9:49AM

    Thanks for sharing that, Wanda! I am saving it to my computer to reread...speaks so clearly to me! ~~ Hugs, Mauri

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DHARBBY 7/31/2008 9:49AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us Wanda. It's the very thing that I've been trying to work on. Have a great positive day. Love an hugs

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