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Keeping Things In Perspective

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

So, my official WI yesterday yielded a .8 weight gain :-( -- Not exactly what I was hoping for only a couple of weeks into my renewed Spark journey. However, with my thyroid issues and menopause wreaking havoc over the last several years, I can't say I'm terribly surprised. I'm hoping that my activity on SP will help me to persevere in spite of the difficulties I have getting the weight off, and to develop better habits along the way.

The other thing that is leaving me philosophical about this is that I just lost a best friend from high school (Sharon), who was my age (52), but just died from complications of cancer yesterday. Not many people knew she had cancer, me included. What a shock to us all! But God's timing is amazing. Here I am, up in my hometown visiting family, and now I'll be able to attend the funeral. It looks like I'll be getting to see all my old friends, too -- just not under the circumstances that I had hoped to see them. This is a reminder that you can never know how much time you have on this earth, so you need to make the most of the time you have. Spend time with your loved ones, and be willing to enjoy a good meal with them without fussing about your diet restrictions! Yes, I had a wonderful meal with my family last night, but I'll just be a little extra careful about what I have today. Being with friends and family can't be an excuse to go overboard during the whole time, but worrying about food just is not worth the effort sometimes. I may have trouble losing any weight this week since I'm not at home, but I'm trying to get in enough exercise to counteract it so that I won't have lost too much ground by the time I get back home to my usual routine.

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GIHUTSON 7/6/2011 2:50PM

    Sorry to hear about your friend. Yes, time is short. I too was dealing with the anniversary of my Mom's passing.
Enjoy the time in Ohio. Wish we could have made it up to see you while you were there, but Jack's work did not allow.
Take Care!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 7/5/2011 7:24PM

    Hi Karen -
I'm very sorry to hear about your friend's death - I'm about the same age as y'all are, and it is a sobering reminder that life is so short!

My prayers are with you, and I want to encourage you to keep hanging in there with the process! You're doing well, and the surest way to victory is to simply keep moving forward...even small steps add up to get us where we want to go!

God bless,
Susie

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1TRULYBLESSED 7/5/2011 4:28PM

    Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about Sharon's untimely (and unexpected, to you) death! What a blessing it is that you're up in Chagrin now and able to attend her funeral while re-connecting with old friends (some of your fellow Raisins, I presume? Will you EVER tell me what that was all about? :P). I expect it will help, being able to share your grief with others who knew her "back in the day".

Enjoy your time with Mom, Dad and the Hylands, and don't worry about that &#$% scale! You know what to do, and as long as you keep doing it, the number on the scale will eventually follow.

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