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26th Sept 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Had a big day in Adelaide yesterday concerning the Family Court Of Australia.
Very dramatic but Jason has custody of his children until we go back to court on the 8th Oct for more decisions.

Very tired today. but the good news about is I walked up the stairs like a normal person, one leg after the other. Not the usual one step at the time. So proud of me. But different story coming down and I don't know if that was because I was tired (never slept the night before and then drove to Adelaide) I kept on losing my balance and going backwards and sat down on the steps a couple of times. But I did get up without help. But I do need to watch this to see if this keeps on happening.

I also had a fall at home last night. But again I got up, usually my son used to have to pull me up. He does not live here anymore so I had to do this.

SO the point is I can do more than I did 2 years ago. I can help myself now. This is because I have lost weight, healthier, fitter and stronger than I have been for a long time.

rest day today, I will not be doing much of anything. I totally need this rest day.

  
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INNER-ME 10/2/2012 4:17PM

    Hope you are feeling much better now. Seeing the children more will lift your spirits

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I.M.MAGIC 10/2/2012 1:36AM

    emoticon There's at least ONE smart judge in the courts these days! LOL

I hope the next round goes as well...

... and do be careful, sweet friend! You don't need to add injury to the list of stuff going on in your life!
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LIFE-FAITH 9/30/2012 7:01PM

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Sorry to read about your fall - you keep going! You are doing GREAT!
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CATHY63RED 9/30/2012 4:11PM

    It is good you are making progress and are able to help yourself. Dealing with children and the family court is horrendous I am so glad you had a good outcome. My ex husband had a child from a previous relationship and we fought for custody many times in the court. It is an exhausting process physically and emotionally so I think that is why you had trouble with the steps.

All I can say is eventually it all settled down and the boy is a healthy happy member of society at the age of 21 so there is light at the end of the dark tunnel.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/30/2012 10:18AM

    Thanks for friending me! I have done the same.

Good to see your son has the children.

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CBEVNOW 9/27/2012 10:00PM

    I am so glad for your son Wendy. It will be hard for him but he must love them a lot to do this. My husband got custody of his children when we were first married. So i raised 2 family's.
You take care of your self and i know this has made you happy too.
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SILVERANGEL6 9/27/2012 12:44AM

    I agree, not easy to go down the stairs, I go down one at a time, too....never game to test out the knee, even though I haven't had much pain for ages....just a twinge now & then....I agree it can become a habit. I had a bad experience at Souths Juniors Club in Sydney. We were right up on the very top floor at a function, I had won the lucky door prize, which was a large-ish box. The escalator going down was very steep, & was going very fast....I looked at it, then stepped on, was very scared....sure enough, I did lean forward, instead of backwards, but I sat down, & only grazed a knee, & put a hole in my nylons!! But it put me off escalators for a long time!! I can't believe to this day how fast it was going...

Please take better care of yourself, Wendy, we need you, as do your grand children, & your son. I have a feeling, if you will remember to be mindful, that things will be ok....

Love you

Sylvia xo

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/26/2012 4:39PM

    You are exhausted after such an adrenalin spiking day. Do rest and recuperate. Marvellous that you have done so well. I share your sadness over the custody issue but it must be lovely for you to see your grand kids again. emoticon

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MENNOLY 9/26/2012 8:02AM

    emoticon you are doing great! Going up stairs is far easier than going down. Make sure you hold on to the railing when you go down. Even today after losing over a hundred pounds I will find myself going down by hitting each step with both feet. I have found I had to retrain myself to go down normally it had become such a habit.
Great news about the kids. I am very happy for you!

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WENDYJM4 9/26/2012 7:02AM

    picked up the children just after lunch today. The police went and got them and we had to wait for them to bring them to us. She did not put up a fight. So sad.

but so, so glad to see them again after not seeing them in the last 5 monhts.

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FITTAN1 9/26/2012 3:00AM

    WELL DONE Wendy! I am so proud of your progress emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 9/26/2012 1:44AM

    As I've lost weight I noticed I could still go up stairs easier than going down as far as balance was concerned. Do you wear bi-focals? That can make a difference in going down stairs. No line or round bi-focals are easier for going down stairs.
So proud of you for making so much progress! I'm also happy for your son. The kids will be safer with him and I hope things go better in October. Love you lots! emoticon emoticon

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ARTJAC 9/26/2012 12:49AM

    GREAT NEWS ABOUT YOUR SON SORRY TO HERE YOU HAD A FALL BUT YOU ARE DOING GREAT emoticon JACQUE

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MOTLEM 9/25/2012 11:45PM

    Total rest is DEFINITELY the order of the day, Wendy.
Tomorrow will look after itself, for now.
Take care, girlfriend... and I'm so happy for you, son, and grandies, on such a great court result!

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JILL313 9/25/2012 10:13PM

    I need to use a cane around my house and when I go out. It helps my balance as I'm always worried about falling. It's great that you are much stronger now than 2 years ago! I'm happy that your son has custody of his kids and I hope that continues in the future. Have you been able to see them recently? I know there all so precious and loved by you and they you. Continue making good progress.

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Jill

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1CRAZYDOG 9/25/2012 10:02PM

    Oh heavens! Maybe when you're in the house you should use a cane??? Don't want to break a hip. . . or worse.

So gald that Jason has won this battle for now. Just pray it goes that way in Oct. as well.

HUGS and take care of yourself! Glad that you are making such progress from where you were 2 yrs. ago!

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GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I just saw this on one of my other teams and I thought I would also pass this on.
It is wonderful Jean thank you.

GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!
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Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it:

Your words, your dreams, and your thoughts have power
to create conditions in your life.

What you speak about, you can bring about. If you keep
saying you can't stand your job, you might lose your job.

If you keep saying you can't stand your body,
your body can become sick.

If you keep saying you can't stand your car,
your car could be stolen or just stop operating.

If you keep saying you're always broke, guess what?
You'll always be broke.

If you keep saying you can't trust a man or trust a
woman, you will always find someone in your life to
hurt and betray you.

If you keep saying you can't find a job,
you will remain unemployed.

If you keep saying you can't find someone to love you
or believe in you, your very thoughts will attract
more experiences to confirm your beliefs.

Turn your thoughts and conversations around to be
more positive and power packed with faith, hope, love
and action.

Don't be afraid to believe that you can have what you
want and deserve.

Watch your "Thoughts," they become words.
Watch your "Words," they become actions.
Watch your "Actions," they become habits.
Watch your "Habits," they become character.
Watch your "Character," for it becomes your "Destiny."

GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!

~Author Unknown~

from the mountain - always encouraged to share

  
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ANNIESADVENTURE 10/3/2012 12:50AM

    Excellent blog. I've heard that before, that thoughts become words which become actions, etc. Good reminder. I copied and pasted it into my regular journal where I can see it often.

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JILL313 9/25/2012 10:16PM

    I love this. Is it okay to share this with my Team as a lot of them could use it. I'll just put it on our Team Chat for them to read. Thank you.

Love,

Jill

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I.M.MAGIC 9/25/2012 7:50AM

    It's all stuff we've all heard before--but what a nice way to put it all together! Thanks for borrowing it for us! LOL

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2012 9:55PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for sharing. HUGS

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LIFE-FAITH 9/24/2012 9:42AM

    Wendy I am glad you liked it so much you "borrowed" it... :o) jean

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FITTAN1 9/24/2012 8:59AM

    Wise words Wendy, thank you for sharing :)

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/24/2012 6:45AM

    Positive affirmations are definitely the way to go.

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SUSIEPH1 9/24/2012 2:30AM

    Loved it, Wendy love.
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  Great blog thanks

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    emoticon Plenty of food for thought here.

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Sparkanniversary

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hi my two year Sparkanniversary is today. Where has the time gone.

I have made so many changes to my life but the biggest thing is that I am willing to change, to learn new things and to not to give up. We do all have our ups and down but the most important thing is to keep trying.

I know I have improved my feelings about me since I have started this journey. I care about me now. I am in a really good place at the moment. I know I still go through the different cycles of life but I know I do handle them better now. I am not perfect in any way but I have improved. LOL.

I could name of a lot of changes but i will only mention that I am fitter, stronger and healthier (both mentally and physically) than I have been for many years.
I also have more motivation than I have ever had before.

Once again I am trying to find recipes to fit my kidney disease because I need to tidy it up again. I am having trouble trying to balance it all out again. I either go too high in my carbs, protein or my sodium. The funny thing I am still eating healthy but not healthy enough for my poor kidneys.

I am enjoying the exercises I am doing again because I am doing what I want to do. I have been up to the gym 3 times this week and now using some of the machines in the circuit, I have done this twice (circuit) . So at the moment I am balancing this well. I also go to exercise class 2 times per week, this is strength plus some cardio. But the main thing I am working harder so I am now breathing harder than I was before.

I have also had some more comments lately which I do appreciate. It does boosts the confidence to a higher level.

All that is left to say is thank you to Sparks and to my friend who sent me a message about this site. It has been a life changing experience. Also for all the people on here that have befriended me and given me their support, help and encouragement to keep going. Sometimes it would have been easier to give it all up but I am so glad I have stuck to this and the improvements that I have made to my life.

So emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for all the help, support and encouragement that you have given me over the last 2 years on Sparks. I am so grateful.

  
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CBEVNOW 9/23/2012 9:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Wendy you are such a sweet person, it is so easy to wish you the best in all things. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. I am so glad i met you. I do believe that loving ones self is a big step in our lives. emoticon emoticon


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EFFIEANNIE 9/23/2012 2:14PM

    Happiest of anniversaries to you!~ We are not getting older, we ARE getting BETTER!

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I.M.MAGIC 9/23/2012 1:08PM

    You make it easy, dear friend--love you!
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ORCHIDLADY56 9/23/2012 8:59AM

    Congratulations Wendy! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/23/2012 12:23AM

    Hi Wendy dear .. Happy Sparkversary my friend ..
You should be so proud of you .. You have come such a long way and it has been amazing journey ..
So very glad you feel so good about yourself .
much love susie
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LIFE-FAITH 9/22/2012 2:08PM

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Wendy I am so very proud of YOU and how far you have come and the changes you have made.

As far as the kidney diet thing - I want to encourage you to check out the kidney friendly lists in our team - I know it takes a lot of time and effort - you will get there!

Jean

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CHINAGAL 9/22/2012 11:16AM

    I've loved making this journey with you! You have certainly come a long way!
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TRUCKERWIFE2 9/22/2012 10:59AM

    emoticon emoticon Wendy! I'm so proud of how far you've come. Keep up the good work and I enjoy visiting with you. You are an inspiration for alot of people and you are alot more active than when you started. I hope you are getting closer to your goal of climbing the water tower. One day I hope to see a picture of you at the top! Keep working on your goals. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/22/2012 8:03AM

    emoticon to you, emoticon to you, emoticon dear Wendy, emoticon to you! And many more Sparkversaries! Congratulations.

My little sister goes thru the same quandry with her diet . . . eats healthy, but not healthy enough for her kidneys. **SIGH** It's a really juggling act.

Proud of all the changes you've made over the past 2 yrs. VERY proud!

HUGS to you.

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POPSY190 9/22/2012 6:06AM

    You give far more than you receive. Enjoy your anniversary. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 9/22/2012 5:51AM

    Such great news, so glad to hear that you feel deep inside different and for the better, this is what we aim for, being comfortable with ourselves. emoticon on the 2 years, its only be 8mths for me. Keep going, you will reach your goal. emoticon

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MENNOLY 9/22/2012 5:43AM

    emoticon Sounds like you are on a great program! You are very inspirational and your dedication to staying healthier is amazing! Happy anniversary!

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APED7969 9/22/2012 5:32AM

    Congratulations!! Sounds like you've had some wonderful successes! Keep up the great work and keep trying! emoticon

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FITTAN1 9/22/2012 5:19AM

    CONGRATULATIONS Wendy, you have done really well.

I have noticed a change in you over the last couple of years. You have become slimmer, fitter, stronger and more confident. Yes you still have a long way to go, but we are here to push you along, and encourage you all the way.

Keep going my friend, you know you can do it!!

xx

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BEWELL48 9/22/2012 5:06AM

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16th Sept 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

thank you everyone for your comments on yesterday's blog. Actually after I finished writing about it, I realise that a few months ago I was doing a great amount of cooking and gave it to my son. Then the few weeks ago I turned to exercising, now thinking about it I think this was my way of coping with what is going on in my life. One thing I did also realise I did not turn to emotionally eating. Well done to me.

I did have a lovely time at my niece's birthday, lovely day weather wise, so all the adults sat out the back under the veranda and had a good chat. Started at 3pm and i got home at 10.30pm last night. I was leaving earlier and then my niece asked me to stay for dinner. So I stayed LOL.

So a nice relaxing and enjoyable day.

Thank you once again for all the advise you have given me now and in the past, it has helped me tremendously. When I first started this journey nearly 2 years ago on Sparks (over 2 years that I started by myself) I really did not think I would still be here. I have never lasted so long on a diet which is now called a healthy lifestyle. I have changed so much but the imporant thing is that I am willing to change and will try new things.

  
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CTUPTON 9/21/2012 8:53AM

    We are definitely in the right place --on SP--- for success. Chris emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 9/20/2012 8:12PM

    Good to hear you had a good time and that you are making progress all the time.

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I.M.MAGIC 9/20/2012 1:39AM

    YAY! LOL

I'm glad you're still around, sweet friend!
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    Good to hear you are coping with your life. You've come sooo far in your Journey! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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It takes a tremendous amt. of personal strength and courage to do all the work you've done. Keep on sparking!!



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MENNOLY 9/16/2012 10:04AM

    You are doing great and since you have embraced it as a lifestyle and not a diet you will continue to improve emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/16/2012 4:45AM

    You are doing so well - your healthy lifestyle has given you the strength to cope with all the challenges you have had lately. You have definitely come a long way!
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ASHENPOND 9/16/2012 2:29AM

    Just seeing what you are coping with and still have the motivation and incentive has given me hope that I too can achieve.

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SUSIEPH1 9/16/2012 1:23AM

    You have come a long way Wendy, my dear friend ..
I am glad you had such a lovely day ..
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Have you downloaded and read the 'eat stop eat' file yet, and if so, what did you think? I start at 6pm today... will keep you updated.

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JILL313 9/16/2012 12:41AM

    You sure have changed in a very positive and healthy way since I first "met" you around 2 years ago. You're a much healthier minder person than you were then. Wendy, you sure have come a long and good way-- emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 9/16/2012 12:38AM

    Thank you for your comment on my page. You have had a lot of things thrown at you lately and it's good that you have had SP to help you cope with a number of difficult situations and events. emoticon

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the last couple of weeks.

Friday, September 14, 2012

so much has happened in the last couple of weeks, some are good and some not so good.

I will start with the not so good, I really was letting exercise take over my life, I was constantly thinking what more can I do. In one week I did 3 or 4 days of 180 minutes but by the time I got to Friday afternoon I was completely worn out and couldn't do much on the weekend. The funny thing this did really surprise me because I have never been the one to exercise and I think I was starting to burn out.

I decided this was defeating the purpose of trying to lose weight. I was also running out of energy and time to do anything else that i needed to do. Not good. So now I am trying to put the balance in my life. I am putting the fun back in my life.

Yes I am still exercising but not quite as much but I am doing it because I am enjoying it and not because i feel as though I have to do this.

I also hurt my knee earlier this week so I have had to look after that and adjust what I am doing at the gym. But even I have learnt a valuble lesson here because I am doing other things at the gym, riding the bike for longer and not using the treadmill as long and doing some of the circuit.

So big changes in how I am thinking so even this has turned into a positive.

I weighed at the gym on Tuesday and in 3 weeks of going I have lost over 2 kgs.
I am pleased with that.

in short this week, I have been out to lunch for a friend's birthday. Lovely day.

It was 100 years yesterday that they turned the first sod to start the rail system here, so we had 2 trains come through here, the old (steam train) and the new. Looked really great. I am glad I went down and saw this as I was thinking about not going but it did look great and ever so pleased about making the effect and going down.

Now for the grandkids news, they were deeemed to be in no danger so they would not be removed from their mother. But the funny thing is that the case worker noted in the notes that the G/C were scared. Not good.
Jason has now put in a formal complaint about this and it has to be investigated at a higher level.

He also goes to court on the 24th Sept for visitation rights. One thing this has happened really quickly, even the lawyer was surprised by the shortness of time. So I hope he wins and gets visitation rights and we can see the children. It has been a long time, nearly 5 months.

So now I will have to keep my fingers crossed that Jason gets to have the kids. Miss them so much.

Have a great weekend. I am going out this afternoon to my great nieces birthday.




  
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TRUCKERWIFE2 9/17/2012 10:25AM

    It is so hard to keep balance in your life with so much going on. I hope things will turn around for your son and the g/c will be in a safer enviroment soon! The fact the social worker noted they were scared may be the turning point of all this. I'm glad they noted it.
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I.M.MAGIC 9/15/2012 7:56PM

    I have the same problem with maintaining balance in my life... though for me exercise isn't the issue! LOL

I hope everything works out well for you and Jason and the kids... I know you miss them! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 9/15/2012 7:37PM

    Glad you are finding your balance :)

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1CRAZYDOG 9/15/2012 9:05AM

    Oh Wendy, it is sometimes really difficult to get that balance right, but you're doing it. I clearly remember having the initial mindset that if I didn't exercise that I'd gain back my weight, but it doesn't work that way! It takes time to learn balance. One thing that helps me is I have a timer. Once that dinging bell goes off, it's onto other things that need to be done. Helped a lot. An audible cue that "It's done for now."

Steam engines! They are awesome, aren't they! I remember where we used to live there was a steam engine that went thru on it's way to a museum. It was just the most fun thing. The kids really, really enjoyed it as did I.

Court systems, no matter where they are, never cease to amaze me in situations like this. Incredible that your G/C could state they're afraid but the court finds they're in no danger. ::SIGH:: Hugs and prayers for those beautiful children. And I say lots of prayers that your son wins his proper visitation rights. I cannot begin to imagine how utterly stressful this must be for him. I know it is for you too. HUGS and know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Have fun @ your great niece's birthday party.

We WERE going to see him in October, but things are ALWAYS changing. He is supposed to go to California, but hasn't been given a timeframe yet. So have to wait for that. But the good news is he will be given a bit of leave in December, so holding onto that! Hope it happens, but have learned NOT to count on anything till it actually happens. But he is doing very well. Taking classes, has a desk job, doing his physical therapy and walking with no assistance at all! HOOOZA to him. Just coming along so much better than I would have even hoped for, honestly. And thanks for asking.

HUGS!!

Barb

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FITTAN1 9/15/2012 9:04AM

    Keep pushing forward Wendy, you are doing so well! Once you find the right balance there will be no stopping you...

There will be much excitement when you finally get to see those grandies, both from them and you! Hopefully it wont be long now :) You will have to have a little celebration party with them.

I got some good pics of the trains at Footner Road Crossing, they looked brilliant coming in from Stirling North!

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OPALMOON 9/15/2012 8:29AM

    Hi Wendy,

I know how enthusiastic you were about all the exercise you were getting, so it is great that you are seeing the adjustments as a positive. Well done on shedding another 2 kilos - that is more great progress! I am sending positive vibes for Jason to get visitation rights. I sure hope you get to see your dear grandchildren soon! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have fun at your great niece's birthday.

Love and hugs, Nattacia

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/15/2012 7:48AM

    Balance and consistency is definitely the key and it does take time to recognise where the balance lies.

Hope everything works put with the grandchildren.

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POPSY190 9/15/2012 12:54AM

    The exercise perhaps took your mind off other things? But you are wise to cut back on it when you feel fatigued and that it is taking all your time. Thoughts with you for the court hearing.

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ASHENPOND 9/15/2012 12:30AM

    The others before me have said it all. I am sure you will workout what is right for you re your exercise.

Good luck with the grandkids.

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MOTLEM 9/14/2012 11:40PM

    The perfect balance for you... hard to find and a lot of trial and error before you settle on what suits you.

I found that I was overdoing it too and also getting fanatical about it all plus too many injuries, so I've cut back (started today as a matter of fact) my exercise. I am rather excited about this as I have a whole new setup coming up and sharing with a Sparkfriend from Seattle.

Stay positive about seeing the grandies. Imagine being with them and playing with them, and before you know it, it will be happening.



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ROSGETSSERIOUS 9/14/2012 10:42PM

    Wendy - glad you are listening to your body and doing what feels right - no sense in overdoing it and getting injuries and running out of energy.
I am pleased for you and Jason that he may be able to get his visitation rights back - I shake my head at some of the decisions these lawyers make. I have my finger, toes, legs, arms and eyes crossed for you both - the children will be so happy when they finally get to see you - so hard for them when they don't have any say.
Have agreat weekend - you are an awesome inspirational leader.
Cheers
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SUSIEPH1 9/14/2012 10:38PM

    Hi Wendy Dear,
Glad you are finding a middle road with Exercise ..
In my opinion many of us do this to start off with .. It takes time to lose weight .. Think of all the time it took to put it on so it stands to reason, it won't come off over night ..
I have also found that we lose the urge to exercise if we do too much and that should'nt happen .

Glad Jason is getting somewhere at last with the situation with his children.
It is always sad, when not only the parents but also the grandparents are unable to keep the relationship going with the children ..
Much love my friend ..
Have a lovely day .. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SONITA34 9/14/2012 9:43PM

    I can definitely relate to that cause I did the same with exercising and now my back hurts

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