Thursday, June 30, 2011
I just got my July/August 2011 issue of Fitness magazine.
While quickly paging thru it, I stopped at an article titled:
It's about learning how to accept a compliment.
It said: "Learning how to accept a compliment and truly own it is key to greater confidence and success."
Here are 10 Phrases to BAN from your vocabulary:
"Oh, it was nothing. Really."
"This old thing?"
"You're just saying that to be nice."
"You're so much better at ..."
"I got lucky."
"You must be desperate if you're asking me."
"I'm so bad at..."
"It looks so much better on you."
Lots of food for thought, don't you think?
Just say: "Thank you!"
Thursday, June 09, 2011
My sister sent me the following and I wanted to share it with all my Female Spark Friends!
One Flaw In Women
Women have strengths that amaze men....
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in..
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give..
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.
Please pass this along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they are.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I had a very nice day today.
Each Memorial Day weekend we do about the same things; but this year just seemed so much more meaningful to me.
I seem to really 'stop and smell the roses.' I do think it's part of my new lifestyle - living life in this moment. Not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
My day started with 35 minutes of walking with Leslie Sansone - followed by my regular healthy breakfast of Multigrain Cheerios, low fat milk & orange juice.
Then it was out the door and off to a few cemetaries and a Family Reunion (My Mother's Family - a group of Germans that settled in Southern Minnesota) which is held each year on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
First we stopped at the cemetary where my in-laws are buried and placed a beautiful pot of geraniums and petunias on their grave.
They were wonderful people.
Then it was an hours drive to the cemetary where my Grandparents, Great Grandparents (2 sets on my Mother's Side) and Great-Great Grandparents are buried. We met my parents and 2 sisters and their families there. It was a little, rural cemetary next to fields of crops and a pasture of horses. Such a peaceful place. Then it was off to the reunion. There I would visit an aunt and uncle from Washington State. Uncle will be 83 next month. He is the one that started this reunion nearly 20 years ago. Always good to visit with them.
Another aunt & uncle that live near our gathering site and several of their children, grandchildren and even a great-grandchild this year. Many cousins and lots of in-laws.
Oh, and did I mention the food? They roast a whole hog. Serve it with German potato salad, sauerkraut, baked beans, scalloped potatoes (for those that don't care for the German potato salad), green bean casserole, mixed fresh fruit & then everyone brings a dish to share on top of what is always there - provided by that 83 year old uncle. We are encouraged to bring dessert. This year I made a pan of Paula Deen's Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. They actually turned out to be more like cake. There was an entire table of brownies, rhubard dessert, caramel apple triffle, a bundt cake, homemade butter caramels - candies, etc. etc. Way TOO much food! OH, yeah - a table of chips and crackers and snacks. (Can you see why I have a weight problem? I come by it genetically! LOL!)
I had hamburger bun with pork and I had to have some of the sauerkraut and German potato salad. I also chose the fresh fruit salad. And I did have a pumpkin bar...had to see if they were any good.
I can honestly say that even with the wonderful food...the day was more about the people this time. Visiting with those aunts and uncles I don't get to see but once a year. Talking to cousins and hearing about how their kids are doing. How fast they have grown up...how fast life has gone.
Oh, and I did have several people (including a brother) notice that I had lost weight since last year's reunion. I could honestly tell them that "Yes, I did lose weight...over 50 pounds since last year's reunion." I told them that I did it slowly.
It was nice of them to notice and comment.
I felt good in my own skin today...a goal I have had for a long time.
Being comfortable, being me!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, everyone!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
My mother sent me this: the old fashioned way ~ in the mail ~ hand written.
I thought I would share it here.
Parable Of The Pencil
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
"There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."
"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand."
"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil."
"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."
"Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside."
"And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.
One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.
And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
49 Weeks ago on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 ~ I started
"My Healthy Living Journey!"
The day I logged on and joined SparkPeople I was given a goal weight and a date to reach that goal by.
It was to lose 49 pounds by June 1, 2011.
The goal weight seemed reasonable & obtainable to me - not too high, not too low. I could DO this...if I set my mind, body & soul to it!
Certainly if I could reach that goal weight I would be alot healthier and happier I thought.
I would be able to move easier...I would be able to wear clothing in several sizes smaller.
I might even be 'comfortable in my own skin' finally! That thought would keep me moving forward...to truly 'feel good' about me...my body, my life...
I had lots of dreams that day...
I dreamed of reaching into my closet and pulling anything out and having it fit!
I dreamed of enjoying doing something physical & not seeing it as punishment, but as a loving act of self-care. Because I was worth it!
I dreamed of being able to eat out at a restaurant and make healthier choices.
To truly enjoy my food. To eat what I wanted to eat, but eat it in moderation. I wanted to be "an intuitive eater."
I wanted to eat like a "naturally thin" person.
But how was I going to do this?
I hoped SparkPeople would supply me with the tools I needed to make my dreams...come true!
SparkPeople sure has helped me set & obtain goals.
I have learned to take small, doable steps that seemed to add up quickly and produce big results. At the scale and just generally in my life. I have learned so much about myself on this journey.
I have learned to be patient with myself.
To be gentle at times.
And to be stricter at other times.
I have even had dreams come true that I didn't even expect...
I have had a wonderful support system of SparkFriends...people I would have never met anywhere else. They seem like life-long friends. So encouraging, so supportive, so consoling...true friends in every sense of the word.
So today, 49 weeks into my 'scheduled 50 week journey' my weight loss total is 48.8 pounds ~ or .2 pounds away from my 49 pound goal. I have one more week to 'get there on schedule.' I just can't believe that goal planning and small steps really got me here...on schedule. There were detours and set-backs - but I was always encouraged to 'keep moving forward.' And it has moved me closer to my healthy living goals...one step at a time.
Thank you everyone for your friendship, encouragement, inspiration, kindness, prayers and well-wishes! You are the best!
"There are no short cuts to any place worth going!"
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