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  • Give self praise! Why not?

    3/6/2015 11:03:19 AM, by DYANNE4293

    "When you do something you are proud of, dwell on it a little, praise yourself for it." --Mildred Newman Each one of us is very good at something. Maybe it's baseball or tennis where we display talent. Maybe we're good in math or at giving reports. A few people are talented at being good listeners ... Read more

  • Today's Thought

    3/5/2015 12:01:02 PM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought: I was talking to a friend about something I didn't want to do but believed I needed to do anyway. I was dreading it and feeling irritable. Often when we talk like that, other people scowl and say, "Oh, don't let shoulds control your life. If you don't want to do it, don't." But t... Read more

  • I get to do it all over again

    3/3/2015 11:31:57 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, as I blogged earlier, I had an appointment at Workforce Development to take a test to prove I can read and do math. What ever. I will jump through the hoops they require to continue receiving unemployment benefits until I find a job. So, I get there and the appointment is at 8:30. My worker ... Read more

  • Letting it Happen

    3/3/2015 7:53:17 AM, by DYANNE4293

    The first skill needed for the Inner Game is called "letting it happen." This means gradually building a trust in the innate ability of your body to learn and to perform. --W. Timothy Gallwey A strange and intriguing mystery confronts us in the Twelve Steps. We are mending our ways; we are becomin... Read more

  • Weird, but good

    3/3/2015 7:31:16 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, I am a little bit amused that even possessing a BS degree, the Workforce Development rules require that I go take a test to prove I can read and do math. That is scheduled for 8:30 this morning, so I will drop Ben off at school and head into Council Bluffs for my appointment. If I have it calc... Read more

  • Recovery is a Journey

    3/1/2015 1:56:47 PM, by DYANNE4293

    When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. --Franklin Delano Roosevelt Newcomer Initially
    , I was excited about recovery. I felt better for a while. I hate to say it, but now that I'm not at the beginning any more, everything seems worse. I feel more cynical than ever. Spons... Read more

  • Turning point?

    3/1/2015 9:23:48 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, last night my son asked me if I had found a job yet. I told him no, that sometimes it takes awhile. He then said "I don't want to move back to Lincoln." We were actually watching TV together, which is unusual. He also said he now has a girlfriend. So, I have accomplished a goal of m... Read more

  • Finding Balance

    2/28/2015 12:26:33 PM, by DYANNE4293

    Finding balance Let's not forget to play. Our new way of life is a serious matter, but it is not intended as a punishment; nor do we need to repent and suffer for the rest of our lives. Our new way of life is intended to produce growth. But growth takes work. And work needs play for balance. If ... Read more

  • Governmental Hoops

    2/28/2015 8:34:12 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, I got a letter from the Iowa Workforce Development office, basically telling me to come in on Friday at 1:45. I am thinking, "What am I doing wrong?" Turns out nothing, it is just something you have to do when you are on unemployment. Found out I also have to go take a test that proves I can ... Read more

  • (5) 100 days - Adjusting

    2/27/2015 9:24:52 AM, by SARIANEC

    I crocheted last night. Which is one of the items on my list to do, but I did it for 3 hrs, meaning nothing else got checked off. Crocheting is like reading - I also can do just one more chapter or one more row! Moderation! Today's list includes finally taking before pix. And getting m... Read more

  • An encouraging encounter

    2/27/2015 8:11:29 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, even though I am a PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) I have kept up my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) There is a nursing home locally, not far from where I live. I get a "newspaper" delivered to my mailbox weekly, and I noticed there was an ad for this nursing home seeking CNA's. I didn't... Read more

  • 100 Starting

    2/26/2015 3:51:04 PM, by SARIANEC

    Its obvious to me that I'm not going to get 100 blogs in my 100 days, but that is a good thing. The PC time is really something I need to limit, so committing to 100 blogs when be counter productive for me. My 100 Days officially started Monday. I need to have things organized, and it took me... Read more

  • Bummed Out

    2/26/2015 11:55:31 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, on Monday, after I wrote such an upbeat blog, I got an email from one of the places where I had interviewed. It was a very nice note saying Thank You for interviewing, but we are pursuing other candidates. This kinda bummed me out, but I keep telling myself that the RIGHT job is out there ... Read more

  • The Power of Love

    2/26/2015 9:07:35 AM, by DYANNE4293

    The Power of Love Love is the best motivation. When we are plugged in to our Higher Power, we are plugged in to love. It flows through us like a current, energizing our sluggish hearts and minds. As we work the 12 Steps of this program, we are given increased ability to love. By turning over our... Read more

  • Choose Happiness

    2/25/2015 3:17:50 PM, by DYANNE4293

    Happiness is a decision. We came into this program desperate for help and perhaps solace too. We were more painful than most. Seeing all the smiles and hearing the laughter of the women and men at the meetings convinced us we were right! Fortunately, we have stuck around long enough to understand ... Read more

  • Don't take things Personal

    2/24/2015 10:16:53 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Don't take storms personally. Somewhere out in the Pacific, a storm brewed and swirled and thrashed and died without ever touching the land. Three days, later, under a clear blue sky, the storm surge reached the California coast near Los Angeles. The sea threw rocks at my house, and the waves s... Read more

  • Making A Home

    2/23/2015 10:44:34 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought is: Make yourself at home. It was night, only a few months after I'd begun my skydiving adventure.One of the other skydivers was sitting in a lawn chair. The evening lights had been turned on and he was wrapped up in a sleeping bag, reading a book under the hazy glow. He was one ... Read more

  • Just What I needed

    2/23/2015 10:33:03 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, since I had so many requests from my Lincoln friends, I stayed in Lincoln all weekend. It was rather strange being at ONEKIDSMOM's house with her off running her half marathon in FL. Prisoner seemed happy that I would open the sliding door for him to go out and in. He went out Friday evening ... Read more

  • Resentments

    2/22/2015 8:28:31 AM, by DYANNE4293

    The Fox and the Stork One evening the fox invited his friend the stork to dinner. For a joke the fox prepared soup and served it in a shallow dish. The fox could easily lap up the soup. But the stork, with its long bill, went hungry. The fox gave the stork a sly grin and said, "I am so sorry. I... Read more

  • Hope - word of the day

    2/21/2015 12:28:26 PM, by DYANNE4293

    Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all. --Emily Dickinson We often hum and sing to ourselves because it makes us feel content. It is the melody itself that makes us feel good - words and thoughts do not matter. Having h... Read more

  • Reflection for the Day

    2/20/2015 10:26:19 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Reflection for the Day Among the many gifts that we are offered in The Program is the gift of freedom. Paradoxically, however, the gift of freedom is not without a price tag; freedom can only be achieved by paying the price called acceptance. Similarly, if we can surrender to God's guidance, it wil... Read more

  • In Denial

    2/20/2015 8:16:02 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    Well, sort of. I am observing myself, and I know exactly what I am doing. I am looking for comfort in food. Funny thing is, I am not finding it there. Intellectually, I know this strategy does not work. Why do I keep trying? Some excuses: Old habits are hard to break Food = Love I am... Read more

  • I can do it for 100 days

    2/19/2015 3:55:08 PM, by SARIANEC

    I have this rather intense 100 day plan. Its what I need. Being middle of the road isn't getting me anywhere. I know we are not supposed to go at and deprive.... but I need a plan and discipline. I need it to be written down, 'this is what you are going to do today' - even if its me doing ... Read more

  • God is Here

    2/19/2015 1:21:42 PM, by DYANNE4293

    God Is Here The Power, which restores us to sanity, is not something remote and abstract, which we must search for by reading books and performing great feats. Our Higher Power is with us constantly and is involved in the minute details of every day. We do not have to wait and work to become accep... Read more

  • Pity Party for myself

    2/19/2015 10:09:32 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    I am not sure I want to own up to what is going on with me. I have basically ran out of fire trucks to give. I have been unemployed since Jan 22nd. I feel as if I have applied for every Physical Therapist Assistant job in a 50 mile radius. I really don't want to commute, but I don't want to ... Read more

  • Snow

    2/18/2015 5:55:43 PM, by OKGOATGAL

    I do not mind cold. I do not mind snow. I dislike not having school because of snow. I'm glad the kids are not on the roads. But i miss them. ... Read more

  • Acceptance

    2/18/2015 3:51:42 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Acceptance frees us. Conflict can result from trying to change a person or situation that we don't like. And conflict causes stress and agitation, both of which limit our lives. They steal our ability to be open to opportunities for growth and change. Why is it so hard to accept situations we don'... Read more

  • The Second Interview

    2/16/2015 9:35:45 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    This job would be in Omaha. It took about 35 minutes to drive home, but there may be a quicker route. This interview was with the Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist. It would be for a program for seniors where they try to keep them as independent as possible for as long as possible... Read more

  • Shyness

    2/16/2015 1:42:11 PM, by DYANNE4293

    The shy man usually finds that he has been shy without cause and that, in practice, no one takes the slightest notice of him. --Robert Lynd We sometimes feel self-conscious in front of others. It may be that we've just gotten braces or a new haircut and we're afraid everyone will stare at us. We s... Read more

  • Taking a spark break from 18th Feb but I will be back!

    2/16/2015 5:10:45 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I am going to focus on writing on paper for a while. See you when I get back! :-)... Read more

  • The Writing Diet book review

    2/16/2015 3:16:14 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I have now read the first part of The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron, and would describe it as a useful book! It brings together a lot of different dieting ideas, including a couple that are new to me. The first part of the book describes the 7 tools that make up The Writing Diet. The second... Read more

  • Trying to figure it out

    2/15/2015 10:42:00 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    What the he-double hockey sticks was going on with me yesterday ?!?!? I was bingeing all day, and then topped off the night with not being able to sleep. Ended up on the sofa, letting the TV lure me to sleep. I am wondering if I had something psychological going on because of the Hallmark... Read more

  • Am I an athlete?

    2/15/2015 10:15:02 AM, by HOLLYM48

    Athlete noun 1. a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill. My daughters and husband and I were out for dinner the other night and then we walked around the mall... Read more

  • Progress not Perfection

    2/15/2015 8:36:57 AM, by DYANNE4293

    An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. --Orlando A. Battista In our lives, we have always been drawn to extremes. If it isn't white, it must be black. If a little bit feels good, we take a lot. If we are going to do something, only perfection is good enough. So if we don... Read more

  • Are you giving it up for Lent?

    2/15/2015 3:16:11 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    The other day somebody mentioned that they were giving up sugar for Lent. Lent starts Wednesday 18th Feb, and the last day is Easter Saturday (4th April). And now that I have got through my panic, given up dieting, found peace, and made a plan, I want to do the same. The ďplanĒ that I made ... Read more

  • The first interview

    2/13/2015 5:12:47 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    I felt like the interview went pretty well. I noticed that all the staff were wearing basically the same shirts with their name and position embroidered on them. The gym space is light and airy. The questions were more about what did you do that was successful, what was not so successful and why,... Read more

  • Dealing with Conflict

    2/13/2015 12:40:31 PM, by DYANNE4293

    Recovery is about more than walking away. Sometimes it means learning to stay and deal. It's about building and maintaining relationships that work. --Beyond Codependency Problems and conflicts are parts of life and relationships - with friends, family, loved ones, and at work. Problem solving and... Read more

  • I have a plan and it's sugar free, three meals a day, sort of!

    2/13/2015 6:17:04 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    Thank you all for your feedback on my previous blog. I now have a plan! After my holiday I will go sugar free, and apart from that Iíll eat whatever I like at 3 meals/day. If I want to eat apart from the 3 meals, or even if I want the occasional binge, I will do so, but I... Read more

  • Finally

    2/12/2015 6:16:48 PM, by OKGOATGAL

    Finally saw a smidgen of progress this week. I am down 1 pound and .25 inch on my waist and .25 inch on my thigh. It was a rough week. 4 Day week, with Valentine's Day parties this afternoon. Students were hyped all week because of the long weekend this weekend. And, since I teach a class for behavi... Read more

  • Problems are Opportunities

    2/12/2015 1:27:46 PM, by DYANNE4293

    In life, the difficult periods are the best periods to gain experience and shore up determination. As a result, my mental status is much improved because of them. --The Dalai Lama Life is a process of meeting and solving problems. Solving problems is a way that we test and develop our spiritual mu... Read more

  • Nervous Energy

    2/12/2015 11:09:24 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, I have two interviews coming up. Looking back, I think I duplicated a job application, so went online and submitted my resume to Health Jobs Nationwide. I got 3 calls from recruiters! One of them was for a travel company, and I can't do that right now. The other two were going to keep their ... Read more

  • Where am I now? These are the things I have so far said I will do and my current thoughts on them

    2/12/2015 10:54:17 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    So where am I now? These are the things I have so far said I will do and my current thoughts on them: Weigh on Sundays (probably donít need to weigh) Do a ď101 things to do in 1001 listĒ to keep busy (good plan but need to have more fun things on the list and fewer harsh restriction and h... Read more

  • Celebrate the good things to avoid panic and keep journalling. The Writing Diet will arrive soon

    2/12/2015 3:46:36 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I felt less panicky yesterday afternoon. I get so I panic that I canít lose weight, wonít ever be able to lose this weight. Panic because I want to binge, and yet I also donít want to. When I panic I am more likely to binge (or overeat, Iím not sure when it goes from eating something off plan to ... Read more

  • Selfish People

    2/11/2015 11:25:11 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought is: No man is more cheated than the selfish man. --Henry Ward Beecher When we're selfish, we close off the channels of exchange with others. Not only are we grabbing and holding all the goods or attention we can get, but we are denying others the possibility of sharing with us in t... Read more

  • Feeling pleased today. Journalling whenever something occurs to me.

    2/11/2015 4:38:04 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    Feeling pleased today cos, although I ate a few extras yesterday, I weighed the same this morning. Maybe Iím craving because Iím not eating enough. I have been journalling, so I hope that will reveal something when I look back over it. Iím journalling whenever something occurs to me. My thoughts... Read more

  • home..now

    2/10/2015 3:33:06 PM, by LOVESGOLDENS15

    Back to business...one good thing happened on vacation this time, I got my 5000 steps in almost everyday. I took walks and tried to keep moving. Work tomorrow and then finding a gym to go to 3 days a week.... Read more

  • Possibilities

    2/10/2015 2:10:21 PM, by SPINNINGJW

    So, now I have TWO "face to face" meetings. The first is on Friday for a PRN position at a facility in a town across the river - maybe 15-20 miles. The other is on Monday for a full-time position in Omaha - I would guess about 20-25 miles away. I will have to see what each of them looks like, bu... Read more

  • Happiness

    2/10/2015 10:54:37 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought is: Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. --Burton Hillis The start of a new month is a natural time to take a look at our lives. Are we happy most days? Do we know how to be happy? We can choose to be happy, no matter what happened in our past or what is going o... Read more

  • Anyone done The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron or journalling?

    2/10/2015 10:45:43 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I am really struggling today. And have been journalling. Number 1 on my ď101 things to do in 1001 daysĒ list is a daily diary entry. But it looks so messy! So I started reading about journalling. And apparently lots of famous people have used journalling as a tool to achieve their goals. So I ... Read more

  • I have (part 8)

    2/10/2015 5:04:24 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I have been working on the first 5 pounds (as someone pointed out that 40 pounds is only 5 pounds 8 times) by cutting out snacks when at home, and also cutting out sweet things (except fresh and tinned fruit) when at home.... Read more

  • Finding Strength

    2/9/2015 5:20:08 PM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought is: Seeking strength from others prevents us from finding our own strength. --Georgette Vickstrom The principles of the program, the friends we have made here, sponsors, and the contact we have with an ever-available Higher Power afford us valuable strength. However, it's important... Read more

  • I have (part 7) started a free online course about food security

    2/9/2015 9:13:47 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I have been for my daily walk, eaten a piece of fresh produce, and read from a motivating book (day 5 of my fast break streaks today) enjoyed an hour long walk today. I didnít want to go, but I went because I said in my blog the other day that I would do an hour each Monday, Wednesday and... Read more

  • Ramblings

    2/9/2015 7:55:41 AM, by SPINNINGJW

    Feel like I should flesh out what is going on in my life, but not really sure what I want to say. Unemployment payments should start kicking in this week. Received my first "official" child support payment in the mail on Friday. Future payments will be direct deposit to my checking account. ... Read more

  • Courage

    2/8/2015 11:57:32 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought is: "Come to the edge," he said. "No, we will fall," they replied. They came to the edge. He pushed them . . . and they flew. --Apollinaire Without courage it is virtually impossible to progress along the spiritual path. Courage enables us to face the fears that arise ... Read more

  • I have (part 6) started working on my 101 things to do in 1001 days

    2/8/2015 8:57:47 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    Today I have Eaten a piece of fresh produce Been for my daily walk (day 4 today) Read from a motivating book Started working on some of the things on my 101 things to do in 1001 days list. Weighed in at 14 stone 4 pounds (200)... Read more

  • Talents and Gift

    2/7/2015 7:13:36 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Today's thought is: No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. --James Russell Lowell Our Wise Creator has provided each of us, at birth, with the necessary talents and gifts to make a worthwhile contribution to the world. What we make of those gifts and tale... Read more

  • Challenges and Stress and Strange Source of Motivation

    2/5/2015 12:15:22 PM, by KMRJPR

    This past week has been incredibly difficult for me. There's been an overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety and depression. It culminated in really poor choices and has led to gaining back the 2lbs I just lost. As a former or recovered (so to speak) emotional eater, I found myself not ca... Read more

  • Receiving Gifts Gracefully

    2/5/2015 11:00:08 AM, by DYANNE4293

    Meditation of the Day February 5 "Let the person I serve express his thanks according to his own bringing up and his sense of humor." --Charles A. Eastman "It is better to give than receive." But it doesn't really matter if we are giving or receiving. There is an identical feeling asso... Read more