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Spring Cleaning and "Catching Up"

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hello, All...

I have been 1/2 way into what I am doing lately. Going to gym, working out; but, not eating right.

Been getting on Spark, getting my points; but, not being too social (no huddling, no board posts, etc.).

Been going to work and getting things done; but, my heart is just not there sometimes.

I think that I am getting a little anxious about my upcoming back surgery. I have just a little over 3 weeks (20 days from tomorrow) until my surgery on March 21. I have received confirmation that my dad is coming to visit--he will stay for about 2 weeks after my surgery to help out! It will be great to have him here (my parents have only visited once since I got to TX--19 years ago)...but, not much fun with me in bed most of the time!!!! I will do lots of reading...a habit I got from him...so, we may just read all the books we have ever wanted to in that two weeks.

I am not "worried" per se...I know that God is in control and all will be to His glory!! I have come to terms with being off work for 6 weeks. This has been hard for me to accept!!!

Today and tomorrow...I am doing some MAJOR Spring Cleaning. Keeping my head and body BUSY!! I got some of it done today...but, I have to stop since my back is hurting so bad. I will try to get lots more done tomorrow!! I enjoy cleaning--it is very cathartic and a GREAT workout, too. But, I know when I have to stop and NOT overdo it...if I do, then I won't even be able to WALK the next day!!

Well...all caught up. I hope all my SparkFriends are doing well and take GREAT care of themselves and their loved ones.

Blessings and peace, All!

--Erika

  
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GODS_SERENITY 3/1/2011 5:19PM

    I will be praying for you. May God bless you with a speedy recovery. I pray for God's peace to rest on you.

Debbie

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TRIGFROST 2/28/2011 2:15PM

    God will take care of you... emoticon...It's His Promise to you....I am spiritually cleansing this temple of my body...I too need to clean house..

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PAMAPPLE 2/26/2011 3:25PM

    Erika, what great news about your dad coming to help you out after surgery! Praying for peace about the surgery and all will go well... I pray for healing for your back and the surgery will be successful. Good job with your spring cleaning and be careful not to overdo... maybe, you can do a little each day instead of major cleaning in a couple of days. emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/25/2011 7:59PM

    I am praying. And I know what you mean about the cleaning since I am getting ready to move!

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JOHNTJ1 2/25/2011 4:40PM

    You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, as you always are.

Much Love

John

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Spring Cleaning and "Catching Up"

Friday, February 25, 2011

Hello, All...

I have been 1/2 way into what I am doing lately. Going to gym, working out; but, not eating right.

Been getting on Spark, getting my points; but, not being too social (no huddling, no board posts, etc.).

Been going to work and getting things done; but, my heart is just not there sometimes.

I think that I am getting a little anxious about my upcoming back surgery. I have just a little over 3 weeks (20 days from tomorrow) until my surgery on March 21. I have received confirmation that my dad is coming to visit--he will stay for about 2 weeks after my surgery to help out! It will be great to have him here (my parents have only visited once since I got to TX--19 years ago)...but, not much fun with me in bed most of the time!!!! I will do lots of reading...a habit I got from him...so, we may just read all the books we have ever wanted to in that two weeks.

I am not "worried" per se...I know that God is in control and all will be to His glory!! I have come to terms with being off work for 6 weeks. This has been hard for me to accept!!!

Today and tomorrow...I am doing some MAJOR Spring Cleaning. Keeping my head and body BUSY!! I got some of it done today...but, I have to stop since my back is hurting so bad. I will try to get lots more done tomorrow!! I enjoy cleaning--it is very cathartic and a GREAT workout, too. But, I know when I have to stop and NOT overdo it...if I do, then I won't even be able to WALK the next day!!

Well...all caught up. I hope all my SparkFriends are doing well and take GREAT care of themselves and their loved ones.

Blessings and peace, All!

--Erika

  
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MPALMER15 3/9/2011 2:55PM

    Yay for spring cleaning! I am glad you caught us up. Been thinking about you and wondering when your surgery was. That is great news that your dad is coming to help you out. I'll be sending speedy-healing vibes and prayers your way!
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Whatever sunlight remains...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

"Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?"
— Rose Kennedy

Well, I am delighting in the "remains." I have had a tough year, so far. I have set goals, had some minor achievements, and been derailed of my resolve!!! Yet, I delight in my Lord who said He will never leave me or forsake me. He is the only true sunlight and delight wich remains...so...

I am beginning another Daniel Fast tomorrow. (hey, all you Daniel Fast folks--there is another book I have read in preparation for this one--The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast--by Kristen Feola) It is for many reasons I Fast but here are the BIG ones:

1. seek God's daily presence and His will for my life;
2. read God's Word daily and seek wisdom and understanding from the Lord;
3. have God's ultimate blessings pour into my life and through my life onto others;
4. affirmation of decision to have surgery in March;
5. healthy eating and lifestyle.

I have all planned for this week--food and exercise...and, I am reading Isaiah 58 in preparation. For, my desire is this Fast to be TRUE worship and nothing of my own doing...but, an act of worship to honor my Father!!

I am excited; I am anxious; I am willing; I am delighted; I am overjoyed; I am ready to have a wonderful encounter with the Great I AM!!!!!

Peace and blessings, All!!

  
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HARROWJET 2/6/2011 9:37PM

    I like the quote you used to start your blog entry.

One of my favourite Bible verses is Psalm 118:24 - "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." I trust that you will have a good week.

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JOHNTJ1 2/6/2011 7:27PM

    As you discern Gods will in your life I will be praying for you. I hope you will be able to see His will for you my dear sister.


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Eight weeks and counting...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It is eight weeks until my back surgery (7 weeks and 6 days)...and, I am beginning to feel the apprehension and anxiety of it all.

I have peace about the surgery in general (a relief from the constant back pain and misery); I have peace about the finances, mostly (health insurance, savings and tax refund will cover pretty much everything); I have peace about my "aftercare", generally (my dad said he was going to come for a time--don't know how long, my church family said they would set up a service schedule to meet all my needs!! what a blessing they are!!); and, I have peace about being out of work for 6-weeks--NOT!!

I don't know what it is about me--but, I cannot imagine being off work for 6 weeks! This is really bothering me a lot. I was unemployed for the first three months after my roommate and I moved here to Houston. I got a little lazy, I got a little crazy, and, finally, I returned to my right mind and got a job (that I still have today--18+ years later!!). I guess I have somehow defined myself as my job--these folks are my extended family...even the clients are precious to me.

But, I know that this is probably God's way of "shaking me up" to remind me that I am not just my job!! That I can allow others to take care of me for a change (I am usually the one "taking care of" others). I am also very concerned about getting to weight goal...

I lost 2 pounds last week--I am pleased...but, hoped for more. I calculated a loss of 2 pounds a week for the next 7 weeks and I will be around 145lbs...only 5 pounds from goal. That is doable--if I follow my plan (eating, workouts)!! I also want to do another Daniel Fast. I am still thinking of when...but, I think this will certainly help me focus spiritually, mentally and physically!!

So, I continue my journey...and, countdown to a HUGE pit stop on that journey...and, then recover from there!!

blessings and peace, All.

  
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TIME4AMY 1/28/2011 7:04PM

    I, too, know how hard it can be to step back and allow others to take care of you or help, when YOU are usually the caretaker. We should open our hearts to it, for there are others who enjoy helping, as well.

I pray your surgery goes well and that you have a speedy recovery.
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ONEKIDSMOM 1/25/2011 8:23PM

    What is it about other bloggers today, you're echoing things I've had to work through, too. Must be all the kindred spirits on the f-list!

Anyhoo... I know the feeling of defining oneself as the job. AND I had a wake-up shake-up a year and a half ago doing much the same thing: needing surgery. What I discovered was that 1) My team could handle it just fine... they are well trained, competent people, and 2) they missed me "just enough" to make me feel valued when I got back.

You'll do great... plan, and the anxiety reduces. Trust, and even more so. Praying for your peace & learning!

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CLOTHEDINLOVE 1/25/2011 7:03PM

    Praying for your back and your mind! God will carry you through this. Your faith has always been a nice touch point for me on here. You have a way of sharing your faith that isn't preachy, and that can be a rare thing. :)

As far as the 6 weeks go, I totally feel you! The 4 weeks I had off for Christmas made me almost crazy! And I was busy!

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KKP4673 1/25/2011 1:38PM

    I will continue to pray for you! I pray God will lead you to the right books of encouragement that you might want to immerse yourself in while you are out from work! I bet the 6 weeks will fly by!!

Praying!!

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-POOKIE- 1/25/2011 1:15PM

    I too am not looking forward to my recovery time and being 'helpless'. I wish I had a date though like you!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 1/25/2011 11:24AM

    God is in control. Blessing and peace for your surgery.

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JOHNTJ1 1/25/2011 11:21AM

    God will not lead you where His grace cannot keep you.

It would be nice if we could look over the hill and see the future. all we can do is trust and somedays that just sucks

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JUDIL62 1/25/2011 11:15AM

    Congrats on the loss, and good luck with your surgery!

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My Personal "Ground Zero"

Monday, January 17, 2011

I hate to admit it...we all do, I'm sure; but, my life has become a war zone!!

It is a constant battle to do "the right thing"...exercise, eat right, keep in the Word, stay positive...

Today I choose to rise from the ashes of my "Ground Zero" and take back the lost territory (holiday weight gain) and overcome the enemy (poor choices), and win this battle!!!

I am taking some "before photos" a la The Biggest Loser. I hope to take more around March 17-20th to show that I have won the battle (the war in ongoing while I am in this physical body!!)!!

So, today is the day...the day that I clean up the rubble (get food out of the pantry that will tempt me), begin to make the public announcements that "the enemy will be defeated" (blog and telling friends who will support me), gather my troops (purchase healthy foods and snacks), and get into my battle gear (buy some new workout clothes)!!!!

Last week, I did not reach my goals...but, this week, I WILL reach my goals and I WILL have success!!! Failure is not an option!!!!!!!!

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Blessings and peace!!
Erika

  
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MPALMER15 1/21/2011 1:06PM

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CELEST 1/20/2011 10:37AM

    emoticon you sound the Apostle Paul who wrote “The good that I wish I do not do, but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice.”Romans 7:19 and oh my isnt that the problem with all of us. I DONT want to eat chocolates and not exercise...but I do...
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ELAOPET 1/19/2011 4:48PM

    I like this comparison - it does feel like war!

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ANDI571 1/19/2011 10:06AM

    You've just had a set back. It's hard to get back on track after the holidays. Then you have this time of year with the weather etc. You are doing great. You know what you've done, you have acknowledged it, and you are ready to change it. emoticon

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BUGGYS 1/19/2011 8:29AM

    You'll do great...I have to go in my frig and pantry every week to weed out stuff that shouldn't be there...I still have the habit of buying on impulse and it's usually food that I know isn't healthy. This journey will always have its ups and downs but as long as we stick together , we can do this!

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SCHNEBL 1/18/2011 9:51AM

    Well...I didn't reach my goals either....but this week I will. Using you for my motivation! We can do it!

Be a warrior!

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PAMAPPLE 1/17/2011 10:23PM

    One of the battles that you don't have to fight is having to be tempted by food in the house that other people in the family want to eat. I know you can overcome and be victorious in the battle, and stay on the road to good health and weight loss!! emoticon

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JUST4ME927 1/17/2011 2:37PM

    Sounds like you're well equipped for VICTORY! emoticon

You ARE more than a conqueror!

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JOHNTJ1 1/17/2011 1:27PM

    You are not alone in this battle or on this journey.

Thanks for the pep talk. I'm going to join you. I been playing for a few weeks now. time to get back into gear.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 1/17/2011 11:42AM

    Good for you! You're going to have a great week!

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RUNNER12COM 1/17/2011 11:02AM

    You are stronger than you know and more capable than you can believe. But that's okay, we're here and WE know what you can do!

Hang on!

SDJ

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