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Ice Land

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Taken on my walk on break at work today.
















  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/12/2014 5:42PM

    Wow! Photographer's paradise, but I'm glad I'm not there. Beautiful though, thank you so much for posting them!

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BACCAGIRL 12/11/2014 10:29PM

    Such a Winter Wonderland!! Hope you enjoyed your walk as much as the sights!! What an amazing scenery..jealous!

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DEEGIRL50 12/10/2014 3:44AM

    A little nature sparkle! I hope you enjoyed your walk.
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MCFITZ2 12/9/2014 10:33PM

    Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. emoticon

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WESAPHILLIPS 12/9/2014 10:29PM

  Beautiful..but I am not ready for winter!! Like I really have a choice..hee, hee!!!!!

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ABBY_G 12/9/2014 10:05PM

    Nice photos!

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NELLIEC 12/9/2014 9:47PM

    Beautiful! But definitely looks very cold!!!

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MEOWMEEEOW 12/9/2014 9:43PM

    That is so pretty!

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JAMBABY0 12/9/2014 9:41PM

    I wouldn't want to have to function in that but it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing and stay safe

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LIFECHANGZ 12/9/2014 9:39PM

    emoticon beautiful! not sure how you make it to work with that ~ be safe!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/9/2014 9:38PM

    You can keep your ice!! People where I live don't know how to drive in rain, so of course if they can't drive in rain....it gets worse with snow and ice.

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A Monday Routine

Monday, December 08, 2014

On a typical Monday, I work from home. I do my main batch cooking for the week on a Sunday afternoon; but working from home Monday allows me a meal that isn't just a heat and serve meal and also gives me opportunity to prepare lunches and breakfasts.


I have struggled with breakfasts since leaving for work earlier to catch the off site parking shuttle; and balancing sleep and a healthy breakfast has been a challenge. When I was feeling overwhelmed with life, I would often end up grabbing a bagel for the road (no protein), or I would end up stopping at a fast food drive through for a breakfast sandwich - a choice that is hard on the wallet and the calorie budget. Right now I almost need something that I can eat on the go.


Although this is not my ideal breakfast, it is a solution I have settled on for now. Four breakfast sandwiches - one in the fridge for the following morning - the remainder in the freezer for the rest of the week. In the microwave for 1 minute while I'm pouring my coffee road cup and pulling my lunch out of the fridge.


What routines do you do to help you stay on track with breakfast?








  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/12/2014 5:53PM

    Very smart. A better choice than the others you mentioned. emoticon

When I have an apartment I make made-ahead homemade oatmeal (not instant, not quick, as regular old fashioned kind that you have to cook, is lower glycemic) with made-ahead boiled eggs. A bowl of oatmeal and 2 boiled eggs keeps me absolutely full til lunch . . . I don't even think about food. I make oatmeal many dif ways . . . cinnamon raisin, peach nutmeg, cherry vanilla, etc. Nuke both the oatmeal & eggs on the mornings I reheat, add a spoon, and go.

I'm not into bagels. When I get free ones, I add protein, such as peanut butter, slice of meat, etc.

At one time when I was struggling, I made PBJs for breakfast. It was when I didn't want to eat anything at all, and refused to cook. They are portable, travel well, don't spoil, and can be made the night before. Definitely better than drive through.

I've made batchcooked homemade egg mcmuffins, a week's worth, with varying success. Generally, pretty good.

Depends what you like, I suppose.

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KITT52 12/9/2014 11:16AM

    looks good to me...
I am retired so I don't have to worry...when we travel I take my fiber one cereal with flaxseed and a greek yogurt....and a banana or tangerine....it's easy and yummy...

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LYNETTEMOM 12/9/2014 12:23AM

    good for you--that looks like a great bkfst

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LIFECHANGZ 12/8/2014 9:33PM

    emoticon this is really a wonderful breakfast idea! I think this might work for dh. He has taken to the thins too. I think easy grab~n~go helps!

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NELLIEC 12/8/2014 9:23PM

    Looks like a good idea for breakfasts!

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RAPUNZEL53 12/8/2014 8:44PM

  Looks good!

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Still On the Journey

Sunday, December 07, 2014

I'm still here.

I'm still on the journey.

I hardly know where to start, or what to say; it has been so long since I've blogged . . .

My back is much improved. Not 100%, but manageable. I'm seeing the chiropractor every 3 weeks now, down from twice a week. I fell yesterday, and my back feels like it has been set back about 3 treatments; and I'm mighty sore, but don't think I am injured. Bruised, but not broken.

Bruised, but not broken - that would have been a good blog title . . . and it is somewhat how I feel overall.

After consulting with my doctor and my chiropractor, with both of their recommendations, I again started taking an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication. The fact that my chiropractor recommended it was a surprise to me, and the catalyst I needed to think in a positive way about trying this again. Although my circumstances have not changed, the medication has allowed me to think more clearly and respond in a positive way. This was not something that I wanted to do, I had to move past the stigma. I was in a very bad place; this offered me a lifeline that I needed.

This also cleared my mind to think more rationally about this journey and not feel so hopeless. My doctor's concern about my triglycerides and her request to cut back my refined carbs was a bit of a kick in the pants - one that I needed. I'm not setting any world records, but I am dropping a few pounds here and there. I have determined that for right now, the intuitive eating is just not going to work for me. I am back to tracking my food two to three days a week. I know every day would be better, but time is a factor. I now own a smartphone and the SparkPeople app leaves me no excuse not to track my food at least several times a week. I slacked a bit the week of Thanksgiving - I think I forgot that my birthday and Thanksgiving are only 2 days . . . not all week.



I've also started taking red krill oil for my cholesterol and triglycerides and have been very faithful in taking my multi-vitamin as well as my OTC allergy medication. All combine to help me feel better physically and emotionally.

I am still exercising at least 60 minutes a week - usually at least 10 minutes per day, but sometimes the weather or demands on my schedule have not cooperated for the 10 minutes every day. But I count myself still on track.



Overall, since April, I've lost 15 pounds of the 24 that I gained in 2013. Not where I want to be, but better than where I was. Proof that I haven't given up on the journey.

Thanks for being here for me, and for those of you that have checked in on me during my silent times.

Here's to share the lovely snow we had several weeks ago. I'm not a snow advocate, but this was lovely when you could stay inside and look out.



  
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LIFECHANGZ 12/9/2014 8:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a lovely view ~ I hope your back & bruises heal soon, it can throw a real monkey wrench in things. Sounds like you are on a good path working with the doctors, and working to pull the parts together ~ it can be hard, huh? Keep at it, and one day you'll find yourself on a roll again, and me2, I hope! Hang in! (hugs :)

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 12/8/2014 9:52PM

    Thankful you are persevering! I have my own areas in which I need to persevere! With my children, my husband, myself. My housekeeping (ouch!!). Glad to have you as my friend!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 12/8/2014 6:43PM

    If experts who are working closely with you . . . and ones like these who are NOT given to whip out the script pad at every sniffle . . . tell you you should, then I'd consider it necessary (at least for now) and a blessing!

The proof is in the pudding . . .
" . . . the medication has allowed me to think more clearly and respond in a positive way. . . . I was in a very bad place; this offered me a lifeline that I needed. This also cleared my mind to think more rationally about this journey and not feel so hopeless."

Proof positive. Definitely a blessing(s)! You are actively working on the process, consistently putting in alot of effort to turn it around; but if meds can help, then by all means! Diabetics are not made to feel guilty about taking insulin . . . why should you feel anything but positive about helping yourself? If there's help to be had, then you you should have it! Tell the Accuser of the Brethren to shut up. Ea time such thoughts come, say outloud (unless you're at work) THANK YOU JESUS FOR MEDICINE.

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KITT52 12/8/2014 7:41AM

    I am proud of you for doing what is best for you.....
you have taken steps in the right direction....

losing 12 pounds is very good, you need to remind your self of the positive steps you are making....be your own best cheer leader....this is not easy..but you are moving in the right direction..... emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 12/7/2014 9:03PM

    Good for you for accepting the help you need! There is much less stigma now-a-days than there used to be with taking antidepressants! Take what you need to to feel better! And we are always here for you!

HUGS!
Beverly

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/7/2014 9:02PM

    I thinK you are doing great. I u destined the back issue very well. I too saw a chiropractor quite often and also fell and set myself back. I now just get massages and am doing pretty good. Best of luck to you

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NELLIEC 12/7/2014 7:53PM

    Beautiful snow scene!

You are making good progress! You can pat yourself on the back, and if you can't reach there satisfactorily, consider yourself patted gently on the back by me!

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A Bright Spot in the Day

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

It's dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home since the time change. But this splash of color and sunlight put a bright spot in my day. I took the picture when I stopped to fill my gas tank.

  
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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 11/14/2014 9:43AM

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KIPPER_KID 11/14/2014 6:33AM

    Praying you continue to find those bright spots :-)


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CAROLFAITHWALKR 11/13/2014 3:41PM

    I, too, have been enjoying, reveling in Autumn's beauty as a way of picking myself up. Have you tried the lights you plug-in during winter (darn what are they called, it escapes me at the moment) that are supposed to help with lack of sunlight (seasonal affective disorder, SAD = lack of sunlight in winter = lack of vitamin d in winter = SAD). Just thinking of you and the lights . . .

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KITT52 11/13/2014 9:32AM

    wow so beautiful.....

take care

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/13/2014 8:45AM

    Beautiful!

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JMARIES51 11/12/2014 11:07PM

    Thanks for sharing. It is very beautiful. Hope you are doing good. emoticon

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LINDAF49 11/12/2014 11:04PM

    So thankful you found the bright spot of color and shared it with us!!
Praying traveling mercies over your long daily commutes.



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VALLITTLEMAMA5 11/12/2014 10:43PM

    LOVE the color! (The dark days are getting to me!!) I realized today that it was much lighter outside than in. Since the day was so gray, I almost thought it was dusk all day.

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NOTREBLE 11/12/2014 10:19PM

    Isn't it amazing how something so simple can be so wonderful!

Di

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NELLIEC 11/12/2014 9:01PM

    I love those moments of beauty to make life more enjoyable!

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NOWINGS2 11/12/2014 8:22PM

    Nice, very nice! Thank you.

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Only Locked in My Mind

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"We don't have to stay in the prisons of our past, of bad habits, of addictions, of worry or anxiety... The prison doors have been opened." ~ Joyce Meyer

Oh, how I want this!

I can't sit in this morass of despair forever. I'm actively seeking for firm foundation and steps out of this bog.

Interesting article here (note - spiritual content): bosanchez.ph/discover-what-you-reall
y-need/


The story is told of Houdini, who struggled for two hours to open an unlocked door only to discover it was not even locked - only in his mind.

Why can't I find the key to this?

  
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LINDAF49 10/14/2014 11:52PM

    Be strong and of good courage -
Renew your mind...Romans 12:2
Praying for lighter and sunnier days for you and that you will enjoy uplifting thoughts, actions, even books to red.
Hugs!

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KIPPER_KID 10/13/2014 3:44AM

    I empathize. I'm trying to find my way out...... A friend suggested I read Victory over the Darkness by Neil T Anderson, which certainly started from exactly where I am at. Only read the introduction and first chapter so far, so can't say how much help it will be yet, but it has certainly started something in motion for me - God is at work in me, which is the most hopeful thing I can think of!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 10/13/2014 1:06AM

    You remain in my prayers! I know all the answers will be revealed if we just keep walking forward!

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 10/12/2014 10:21PM

    You will find the key if you just keep looking! Don't stop! No matter what!

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison

Find YOUR way that works!!!

HUGS!

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JMARIES51 10/12/2014 4:56PM

    Hi Warm,
It sounds like you are going through a tough time. Just want to let you know that we are all in this together.

For some reason when I read you blog I just kept getting a voice saying ask her if she is taking Vitamin D. I am just going to throw this out here for you. I hate giving that kind of advice, but the winter blahs set in - and sometimes it is just simple little things like the walks in the clear air and a little sunshine vitamin that helps.

hugs, Joann

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KITT52 10/12/2014 2:59PM

    because there are so many keys....each day we might need to try something different...but it can be done....think positive....positive self talk can be one of the keys....remind your self of all the things you did do right...remind yourself you are in control of your locks and you do have the right keys....positive self thoughts is a good place to start....

if you think you can't.....you can't.....

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LIFECHANGZ 10/12/2014 2:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I do not know why the stopping, turning around and moving forward again is one of the hardest things to do ~ it can take awhile to do that... it is actually more than a simple little task... and for me, seems to take a few days, weeks, months where it feels oh so hard... but it is oh so worth it, because you are oh so precious... there are many ways to do it, and for me, what has worked most often/best is when I've gone back to what worked before, focused on very simple *the basics* and just kept practicing... day after day, choice after choice... eventually it clicks and is easier again... I guess it's a process ~ and ~ oh how I wish you find your key :)

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ZZYYGGY3 10/12/2014 1:39PM

    you will. Keep on keeping on.

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