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We always need more faith

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just a brief blog entry today. I ran across the recent comments of Robin Roberts (Good Morning, America), I wanted to get this down. Upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, she said: "When fear knocks, let faith answer the door." I want to remember that today. Strength to answer the door with faith GROWS WITH WORDS OF SUPPORT, and this is the fabric of the SP community. I am so glad to be here.

  
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KAYYVAUGHN 8/23/2013 5:19PM

    I agree with Robin's statement. I do admire her. She has been through so much. That is such a good quote.

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HONOURIA 8/21/2013 9:53PM

    That's so true. It's like light dispelling darkness.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/21/2013 8:38PM

    I love Robin Roberts. She is a very brave woman.

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MOTHEPRO 8/21/2013 4:21PM

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HARMONYAGAIN 8/21/2013 1:37PM

    What a powerful quote
thank you

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LATTELEE 8/21/2013 12:46PM

  Yes

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Way Too Many Calories

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oh my, I've just tracked and I know I was over----but I had 1929 calories today -- when the top of my range is 1550 and I normally eat 1300 or so. I had a hungry day. Was it emotional eating? The buffet and then lack of planning? Not enough water? Maybe all of the above. I need to accept this NOW and change it up tomorrow. I will drink all my water -- at least -- tomorrow. Eat more vegetables, and go to no buffets. I will also blog about my feelings ---I am having a lot of them.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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NELLJONES 8/21/2013 8:44AM

    By writing it down, you now know what to change.

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LADYRH 8/21/2013 6:01AM

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HONOURIA 8/20/2013 11:33PM

    Start fresh tomorrow!

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MOTHEPRO 8/20/2013 10:35PM

    emoticon At least you tracked and you have a plan for doing better tomorrow.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 8/20/2013 10:14PM

    We all have days like that just don't beat your self up. That is what the next day is for.

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A Birthday Gift to Myself

Monday, August 12, 2013

This day is the occasion of my 61st birthday. That, in itself, is sobering! (Like, how did this happen, really?) This isn't the happiest birthday, as I'm coming to terms with what appears will be a divorce. I did want some changes in my marriage and I have changed, but I didn't seek this outcome. I 'm trying to take one step a time and to be clear about this. What happened? Is this "for real"? Am I really seeing what is? I am choosing to NOT live in anger -- I want to be about a positive direction for me, our two young adult sons, and even for my husband.



I've really been moving in the direction of taking "extreme" care of myself over the last couple of years -- spiritually, emotionally, socially, and now physically. I need to do this even more. In the next few weeks I have an extremely busy work schedule. I'll try to meet deadlines and set reasonable self expectations. I will track, track, track, and be "on" SP as much as I can, I will exercise, make time with friends, and reconnect with some family members. I'm going to schedule a message for my birthday - a gift to myself. I can do this. I want to live well.

  
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DDOORN 8/14/2013 10:45AM

    Excellent steps and strategies! You are BOUND to create joy and SPARK in your life with such commitments to yourself!

Don

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/14/2013 6:56AM

    Try to find some joy in today. You are your own person with goals that you have set for yourself.

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68ANNE 8/13/2013 8:29PM

    I am very sorry about your personal relationships. While I was not seeking mine either, it did happen and after three years I am a much healthier and happier person.

Hope you got to enjoy this birthday!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/13/2013 5:56PM

    Happy birthday!! You have a lot of challenges in your life but you are intelligent and strong and I have no doubt that you will meet them. Good luck with your goals!!

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LISBETHSALANDER 8/13/2013 12:23PM

    Congratulations on passing 60! I am right behind you (in October). I know you are in a terribly challenging place right now, but please remember that you can't feed the feelings away. I have tried that to deal with grief and it only compounds bad feelings. Treat yourself well by eating the most nourishing foods, give yourself the gifts of sleep and movement everyday and you will get through this. Every day won't be perfect, but remember to be kind to yourself and it will help you weather the storm. Hugs to you and best wishes for a better year ahead.

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HONOURIA 8/13/2013 11:47AM

    Happy Birthday. I am 61 as well. Isn't that interesting.
Bravo - all sounds good.

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MOTHEPRO 8/13/2013 10:30AM

    Good for you! I hope you enjoy your massage. You've earned it.
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LADYRH 8/13/2013 5:33AM

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SLACHETKA103145 8/13/2013 5:24AM

    emoticon you can make it through this! Sometimes the outcome that we didn't want is exactly what we need!

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I am so sad, I am so tired. I am grieving.

Friday, August 09, 2013

I am just moving slowly....nd I feel so sad and like I am in a bad dream. Walking in ways I don't want to walk but then,, I think I have to do this. There is so much out of my control, I just need to accept this, I know. I need to leave it with God and take the next step. Tracking is a priority; I cannot stop that. I am so sad. I need to rest. I need to exercise more -- I'm feeling this from the inside (when I started SP, I had such resistance to this).

There was a beautiful piece sung at our Wedding.
By George Herbert, to music by Vaughn Williams.

The Call
(from Five Mystical Songs)

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a way as gives us breath;
Such a truth as ends all strife,
Such a life as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a light as shows a feast,
Such a feast as mends in length,
Such a strength as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a joy as none can move,
Such a love as none can part,
Such a heart as joys in love.

Becoming so heavy was a product of not really know how to love myself. I need to do that now.

  
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WOMANWITHGRIT 8/10/2013 12:24PM

    Thank you. I am very grateful to all for your comments, wishes and counsel.

Comment edited on: 8/10/2013 12:24:28 PM

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/10/2013 9:48AM

    Remember the words to that song. Try to be in good spirits, and you can do it.

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DDOORN 8/9/2013 11:19PM

    Grieving with all your heart is a tremendous step toward loving yourself...one foot ahead of the other. We're all with you on your journey.

Don

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/9/2013 9:18PM

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Sending good thoughts and vibes your way!

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HONOURIA 8/9/2013 8:57PM

    Hmm....I think now is the time to think about seeing your physician. Tell him/her what is going on. He/she may prescribe something for this. It is your health that you are protecting. Your self that you are caring for. This is one way to do that.

You have been under a lot of stress. Your body's supply of cortisone is limited, and is designed for sprints, not marathons. You are in a marathon, and your body doesn't have the cortisone to deal with it. You are in mourning, which is an expected phase in this process. If it deepens, you may be putting your life in jeopardy. It would be wise to hedge your bets.

Keeping on keel at this time may be quite difficult, and super-human. Don't expect this of yourself and seek help.

You may be wise also to protect yourself by seeing a counselor regularly if you think that you will need someone to talk to.

Blessings,
honouria

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/9/2013 7:08PM

    I also hope that soon you are in a better place.

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RENIESSPARKIN 8/9/2013 5:49PM

    I have a suggestion. You can choose to do it, or not.

Each day get a note pad or the computer if you prefer, but handwriting will have more of an effect. Every time you do something POSITIVE, note it. Don't tear it down, or find negative things about it. Do this for one week. Then let us know how you are doing in a week.

Are you game? Hope so, 'cause I believe you've got what it takes.

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DIDMIS 8/9/2013 5:34PM

    I'm so sorry you are going through a difficult time. May God bless you.

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JEANNE229 8/9/2013 5:19PM

    Hope you find comfort soon.

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Our Beautiful Bodies

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Until just very recently, in the morning, I would run past the mirror in the bathroom, looking at myself only to the extent I had to do so --and then with disdain. But, lately, I've come to see myself as beautiful. Right. Now. Today. I stop in front of the mirror and pause. I am grateful for my body and, most amazingly, notice its beauty. I have weight to lose -- about 100 pounds -- but here, now, today, I am accepting my whole self and I never thought this was really possible. So, I notice my larger stomach, and its really okay right now. In fact, I find that I love myself. All of this leads to taking better care of myself. For example, I didn't used to bother with putting on body lotion. Now I do - and I am taking time to experience this as sensuous.

Today I ran across a www.ABeautifulBodyProject.com

This is a media project by Jade Beall, where she "praises the unphotoshopped body"; women who are pregnant, post-partum, breastfeeding, all ages, sizes, and with cancer and illness. In her words: A Beautiful Body project is movement of women coming together to tell their stories and celebrate their ever-changing bodies so that future generations of women can live free from self-suffering.

I hope you take a look; her photos are wonderful and she also includes stories, support and perspective. We are all beautiful -- here, now and today. I am grateful for all my SP friends and all I learn on these webpages for guiding me in beginning to love myself again to want to be healthy. To eat healthy food, in target range, because I love my body.

These webpages reflect this acceptance and love and joy.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/10/2013 7:36AM

    I loved the photos! Thanks for sharing!

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/6/2013 6:14AM

    I think we all needed your blog.

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HONOURIA 8/6/2013 12:13AM

    What a wonderful wonderful blog. Thank you! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/5/2013 2:19PM

    What a great blog!! You really are beautiful!!

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DDOORN 8/5/2013 2:00PM

    I'm familiar with this project and heartily applaud it also! This is something us guys struggle with too!

Don

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/5/2013 7:32AM

    It is amazing what the power of loving one's self can do. We all have that ability within us and it doesn't cost us anything to do it, and yet loving ourselves is one of the first things we slow down or stop doing.

I'm glad that you're rediscovering it for yourself!

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PS - Thank you for sharing the link to: www.ABeautifulBodyProject.com

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NYARAMULA 8/5/2013 12:31AM

    This is an awesome blog. Thank you so much for sharing. And remember, you are BEAUTIFUL!

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