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DANUTAELECTRA
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4/1/12 3:58 A

I was so on fire when I started here at Spark at the beginning of the year, and looking back, I have made a few accomplishments. My goal was to get fit, lose weight, do more yoga and balance out my life. There have been a few spanners thrown into the works: BI's mum died, Princess almost broke her finger, Boy2 has had HSC hiccoughs. One the other side of things, I have finalised a few goals: draft of novel completed and edit 1 underway; kids are more independent, and they are taking themselves to school most days; BI is settled back in his job after loss of his mum, and he is buying a house; the house and kids are becoming much more organised after the foot operation. (Seriously, what I came home to at the end of the holidays was so overwhelming, that it was beyond shouting, screaming or throwing a tantrum. It was the sort of mess that has you running to the supermarket to buy toxic chemicals and long rubber gloves.)

So, I think I am almost back on track. I would love to be up to sitting up all night and just editing for a few hours, but I don't think I am there yet. The energy levels are still low. I am often rather anemic, which is what tends to happen to me with stress. So, I am juicing every morning (beetroot, carrot, leafy green, zucchini, apple and orange), having the honey, lemon and ginger tea, and this weekend, I cooked extravagant brunches for the kids and I. We had a fun time, cleaned house, dug the over-weedy garden and we did the best we could do. Boy1 is coming home from college for easter, friends are coming, and hopefully BI can make it here from the beyond the black stump (for you Aussies out there, he is literally beyond the black stump).




DANUTAELECTRA
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2/23/12 6:44 A

My beautiful Italian's mother passed away. It has been a long two weeks, and the next two look to be much the same. Sometimes living long and living well means patience and gentleness and letting a few things ease.
:D



DANUTAELECTRA
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2/1/12 5:05 P

I restructured my book yesterday, and I am coming up for the end of it. I do have a minor goal that I need to get back into swing. I have a habit of staying up late. I don't send myself to be on time, and then I am not the best the next day. I sleep in and it isn't fun. Anyway, stayed up too late last night with my son, and this morning we both slept in, and it wasn't fun. Well, we didn't sleep in too late, but wake up with a headache, and then we are less likely to do what needs to be done for the day, and the work ... Well I am really loving my work, and it just isn't what it should be when I am not awake enough to do it.



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/30/12 6:30 A

Great day today. I worked a full day for the first time in a long time. I finished two chapters, did some research, and overall felt powering. I did a short walk, around the shops, and a stack of washing. I had a lovely conversation with all three of my beautiful manly people, sons and Italian. What a wonderful day. And I found out why I was so lethargic over the last couple of weeks: anemia. After four kids, my iron levels run up and down like a yo-yo. I bought stuff on Sunday, and ate lots of Roo yesterday and today, along with a power iron supplement. I feel better already.

:D



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/25/12 8:03 P

Hi everybody,

Sorry for being away so long. I have just got home and set up the computer. I am online again. There are lots of lovely things to share, and I just don't know where to begin. There are also a couple of great realisations to share too. I had a wonderful time away with my beautiful Italian fiance. I do love his company and I miss him so much now that we have to be apart during the work year. I also got to see how well my second son is after a shocking year of growth and healing. He watched the house while I was gone, and I came back to a living dog and a fairly well tended living room. It will likely take a month to CLEAN everything, but what do expect of senior high school students? Was I any different? (Maybe just a little.)

Now it is back to work, and all on my own while kids are away at their daddy's and the older boys are back in their respective dwellings while they attend school (senior high and university). Looking forward to this being the year where I complete all the things that I need completing.

Go womanhood!

Oh, and I lost 6kg (13.5lb) since starting sparkpeople.



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/15/12 5:16 A

We finally got back to the small country town in NSW where the beautiful Italian teaches. It has been a trip that began on 27/12/2011, and marks the end of the Great Ocean Road 2012 tour. A few lessons, and I don't know how I am going to solve it, but traveling great distances on one day mean too many calories (because at the end of a long trip of camping, takeaway was the only choice), and exercise is limited too. However, sore bottoms after hours of driving caused the beautiful Italian to stop a few times. We went for a gorgeous starlight walk through a beautiful Murray River town called Echuca. What a lovely place. We walked the full length of the heritage streets up and back.

The last day of the tour, in Bordertown SA, I did get to fly a K7 vintage glider. It was only the second time I went up on a winch. Unfortunately, I had a bump on the head, and so I got nauseated so the flight was cut short. I can't wait to fly again. A personal goal for next year is to go solo gliding with the next season.

Oh, and a personal best is being able to fit into a shirt I haven't been able to wear for a couple of years. Yippee. :D



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/12/12 5:24 P

Yes, we did see the 12 Apostles, and we loved traveling the Great Ocean Rd. We went to Mt Gambier, and that was a major highlight for me. The lake is bright blue, like an opal.

Kindness
Danuta



SHIROIHANA
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1/12/12 4:04 P

Ooh I envy you for being in SA! I've always wanted to go there, especially since it's summertime. How has the Great Ocean Road tour? Did you see the 12 apostles? There's only 8 limerocks left I believe. If you ever crave anything unhealthy, just dab some Vegemite on it, that will do the trick! (Unless you like the taste.)



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/12/12 12:36 A

I am sorry if you have been following this post. I lost the thread!

Over the last couple of days we have been "blown-in" at the aerodrome at Bordertown SA. I have also had two nights of eating food the guys have prepared. It was funny, because one of the blokes had a complain today because he was putting on weight because of the amount everybody eats at the rally. They are just generous with everything, particularly the calories. I think, also, there is a thing about "getting your money's worth" when you buy buffet "all you can eat" style meal. If I am paying for mains and desert, there is a click that goes I am wasting my money if I don't eat mains and a meal. I'm really focusing on changing that mentality, but I may not be there yet. So, today, I think I might just have a self-prepared salad, and let it stay at that. I might be down on a bit of protein for the day, but it might be better than risking the buffet.



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/7/12 8:33 P

I am on the Great Ocean Road Tour, 2012, and am sitting in a cafe called "The Bakery" in a town called Bordertown, which funnily enough is right on the border of South Australia and Victoria in Australia. The beautiful Italian man and I are at the Vintage Glider Rally at the Bordertown Keith Gluding Club, and everybody has been grounded for another three days due to fiendishly naughty weather. It's the middle of summer here and the temperature should be soaring, but it isn't and so we aren't soaring either.

So I am sitting in the cafe with the said beautiful Italian, and he asks what do I want, and I think about the blow out because of the meal with the gliding club last night and say that I don't want anything. I thought, I don't want a pastry because I would rathe a nice little slice of organic fruitcake that I have at the camp. I don't drink coffee, so I don't want anything really.

Over the last year I really began to see how many of my food choices are just habits. We go to the coffee shop because that is what good little cosmopolitans do. I'm beginning to feel the liberty of "It's ok to say no". I don't know about you, but that is a real freedom for me. I don't need to be a good girl and eat what is on my plate just so I don't offend somebody. I can even choose not to put it on my plate at all.

:D



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/7/12 8:16 P

Hi Twinkly lady!
Wow! I never thought of myself like that. I reckon women are amazing powerhouses of support and compassion. I see us all as part of a wonderful sisterhood of hope and direction. Just to live our lives as mothers daughters sisters and lovers means that we all must be goal setters, visionaries, and life leaders.

Hope we get to chat more often!
:D
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DANUTAELECTRA
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1/7/12 8:11 P

Z- emoticon Thanks for the power support. It's fabulous hearing how you are going. I am still traveling through South Australia at the moment, and don't have a great deal of computer time, so I haven't been able to look up your blog yet. I made my first blog post ever yesterday. It was marvelous.
See you in your thread real soon. Way to go!

:D



DEE_LIGHTED
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1/7/12 12:53 P

D - emoticon on your walking yesterday! I hope your body feels great today so that you can continue your enhanced walking program. emoticon

I'm happy to report continued success on my plan as well. I'm loving this! Z



TWINKLETERESA
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1/6/12 11:17 P

WOW, how awesome are you for recognizing that you need to meet your own needs! Something I have struggled with my whole life. To read your successes are truly inspiring and most certainly encouraging. I say, march on beautiful lady, keeping on inspiring those of us that are not that brave, and most definitely make the waves that should have been made before!

Best,
T.



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/6/12 9:02 P

Yesterday was a great day. I walked 5 km in an hour, which is fabulous as my foot is still healing after the operation in November. I'm having a rest today, but will get out and about soon for another walk. I love this life! :D emoticon



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/6/12 8:49 P

What a great story, Zuki.

I think it is always easy to give into the hard face of reality, rather than to dive into the revitalising graciousness of life.

I hope we get to chat often.

Kindness,
Danuta



DEE_LIGHTED
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1/6/12 3:03 P

Hello and hearty congratulations on all that you have accomplished! You have faced many challenges that not many have to deal with and you are strong. Amazing, in fact! I look forward to the next installment of your journaling here.

I was attracted to your entry because of its title, but my story is rather different. As a seventy-something woman, retired for 7 years, I had begun to develop some unhealthy habits and, as a result, not feeling well and in fact thinking a lot about death. After all, my grandmother died at 56, my mother at 67 and here I am in my 70’s. I was giving in to comfort eating, to entertaining myself with junk TV…well, you get the picture.

Then I started feeling so lousy. Ugh! So here I am, at the start of a new year reevaluating my depressed approach to living. Just the other day, it occurred to me that instead of thinking of life being over (or nearly so), why not plan to live another 30 years? Why not live as if I could do that?

So, I’ve embarked upon a plan that “just appeared” on my computer screen and it has led me to other information. My blogs tell the story, pretty much. But I am feeling so much better in every way than I did just a couple of weeks ago.

Let’s do this!

Zuki



DANUTAELECTRA
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1/6/12 12:05 A

I have spent the last 20 years looking after my ex-husband and my four kids, and somewhere in the middle of it I fell out of the picture. The goal has never been self, at least it hasn't been a goal that I could realistically focus upon for any length of time. I have four kids with special needs, three who live with autism and one who lives with bipolarity. My ex-husband lives with Asperger's Syndrome. These people have needs, and lack the empathy to truly understand the needs of others. Somehow, I forgot to articulate my own, and twenty years later I have gone from a size 11 to a size 18/20. Now that everybody else has reached their personal goals, my next aim is to reach my own. Eight years ago, when I separated from my ex, I lost over 20kg and I have kept most of it off (only gained about 7kg). Now I am keen to loose the last 30 odd.

Success stories to date:
Well, wonderfully successful kids. That's what I have been focusing upon.
I've almost finished a PhD, the end of a life goal that has taken almost a lifetime.
Last year I started the Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well program, and that has really altered the way my whole family eats, moves and thinks.

I feel that I am a woman who has made many successful choices. This is my next one. I hope you can join my journey.






 
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