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One day at a time

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I've been "muddling" through my days. I know I said I would be back Sparking, but I haven't been doing that. I know I am in a funk....normal/natural under the circumstances, but I don't like where I am at. I was so used to being "in control" and now my emotions have taken over (not all of the time). Been reading articles/books on grieving, looking for some guidance. This is helping. Tried to get back into my scheduled lifestyle....found that my/our schedule is not the way to go....Got to find a new schedule for me... will be working on that. Actually started today we will see where this leads me. Over all I am doing OK. (I think) eating so-so, water intake so-so exercise lacking but doing some most days. I am a survivor of many things throughout my life that I know there will be a light at the end of this tunnel.
Thank you for all of your ongoing support, especially those who "pop" in every week to add a little sunshine to my day. ((HUGS)) B

  
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DONNAKOVAC 3/20/2014 6:30AM

    Barb, you've been a good friend to me, here, on SP and I've been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was more I could do to ease your pain, but I have to leave that within my faith in the Lord's hands. I do hope Sparking continues to be part of your new schedule - I'd miss you otherwise. :) You are loved and missed, but respected enough to be allowed your own time.

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GABIBEAR 3/18/2014 11:08PM

    Hi Barb,

So glad to hear from you. You have been in my thoughts and prayers! I'm here for you if and when you need. Small steps - one at a time......

Gabi
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ANGELFMABV 3/16/2014 10:02PM

    Awwww, hugs to you and a song. emoticon Lean on me. When your not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry yyy on nnn! Whoa it won't be long gg when I'm gonna need somebody to lean on. So just call on me sister, if you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on. emoticon Now if you ever saw the movie Milo and Otis... You would be Milo and I would be the singing bird. Milo swatting at the bird saying your singing stinks! emoticon

I hope this put a little smile on your face and know I meant them words I just belted out!

Love, hugs and many blessings,

Penny

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KANOE10 3/16/2014 8:26AM

    Taje care of yourself, Do tiny steps that make you feel better. I am keeping you in my prayers.

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HOLLYM48 3/15/2014 8:11PM

    I think of you every single morning as I am going into work and I pray a special prayer for you and your family at the same time I pray a special prayer for the friend that passed recently and her family. You are never far from my thoughts and I pray for the peace and acceptance and the new normal that you will find.
I know that it must hurt like crazy to get up each day and face reality but you are a survivor and you will get thru this with Chet watching over you.
Know that myself and so many other friends are thinking about you and praying for you every single day!
Stay strong and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!
Big hugs to you!!!!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/15/2014 6:35PM

    Just do what is right for you and the rest will follow.
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MAUITN 3/15/2014 6:10PM

    Barb, take your time in figuring out what changes you want to make in your life. Don't try to rush the process of grieving. My husband has only been gone six and a half weeks and I'm still busy with the business side and paper work. I haven't begun to think about other changes.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2014 4:19PM

    I'm glad that you are in the process of healing. It takes a long time. You have to find the path that is right for you. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/15/2014 4:16PM

    Barb-You are in my thoughts and prayers. From what I have been told there are 5 stages of grief. It takes people different amounts of time to get through them. Take care of you. emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/15/2014 4:13PM

    You are trying to get through one of the worst things a person can ever face. You will find your way and make a schedule that works for you. Time will help. You are never alone, HUGS!

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MILLISMA 3/15/2014 3:54PM

    You are in my heart and in my prayers. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2014 2:39PM

    ((((HUGS)))) my dear! It is very difficult to go thru everything you've been thru. You know, is there a hospital near-by? The reason I ask is sometimes may have a grief support group that meets there periodically, if you think that would help.

Just know you're in my thoughts and prayers.



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SANDISOCAROLINA 3/15/2014 2:14PM

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STEVEN_D 3/15/2014 1:45PM

    Monday nights at church they have a class called Grief Share. Is there anything like this in your area? Are you letting yourself be around others?

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My need to come back

Sunday, February 09, 2014

As some of you know, on Jan. 7 my beloved DH was diagnosed with stage 4 lung/liver cancer. Our God had/has a plan and He received Chet back into His heavenly fold on Jan. 18. I feel Chet's presence everyday. He will always be my Special Angel.

This has been a difficult journey, but I know if I continue to take one day at a time with the grace of God, I will have the strength and courage to continue.

On my Spark page I have a part of the Serenity prayer. I would like to share the whole prayer with you as I feel comfort in reading it in its entirety.

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peach. Taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen

A Spark friend sent me the "Foot prints in the Sand" poem. Looking back on these past days, I can only say He has carried me more than me walking alone.

I want to thank all who have continued their support. I can feel the love in each written word. I am trying to get some daily structure in my life, so I will be Sparking again. Working on staying healthy and finding a positive attitude along the way. (HUGS) Barb

For those of you following my niece's battle with ovarian cancer: her scans and blood work continue to look good. Your prayers and good thoughts are truly helping with this...

  
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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/1/2014 6:39PM

    I've been thinking of you these last few days and thought I would leave you a friendly note. On reading your blog I was saddened to know of your husband's passing.

What can I say that hasn't been said to comfort you? I'm sorry just doesn't seem to be enough.

My thoughts and my heart are with you.

Louise

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CIROHIO 2/13/2014 9:10PM

    emoticon Welcome Back Barb. I have been on and off here lately and just seem your posting. I do know how hard this is. I so feel your pain. If you just want to talk send me an e-mail, I am here for you. Focus on your happy memories and keep them close to your heart, that truly helps me get through a lot of rough days. We are all here for you!!!!!! Feel my hugs (((((4U)))).

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ZIGGY122 2/11/2014 6:40PM

    I have missed you... sorry for you loss. emoticon

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 2/11/2014 11:57AM

    Hi my dear friend...I just saw this posting and I am so happy to "see" you. You are so strong, Barb and I know that Chet and the Lord are helping you through this. This was all so shocking and it happened so fast and you will need lots of time to accept and try to understand this great loss. This journey of life is so hard at times but with our faith in God, our family and our friends we will get through it slowly. You know I am here for you always. I haven't been on too much lately but I will send you a message with my regular email address and my facebook name if you want to contact me that way. Sending you hugs and much love. xoxo
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JCRAFT6 2/10/2014 8:23AM

    I am so glad God is giving you strength to get through each day. My prayers go out to you. It is so hard to lose a loved one.

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GABIBEAR 2/10/2014 2:11AM

    God bless you Barb. I too have been thinking of you often and praying that the Good Lord is watching over you. I am happy to hear that your Beloved Chet is also with you and looking over you. It makes such a difference! We are here anytime to encourage or even just listen. Continued prayers for Laurie also!

Prayers, love and hugs!

Gabi
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GOOZLEBEAR 2/9/2014 5:02PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, it is so comforting to know that you have your own angel in heaven. Sounds like you are getting back into the swing of your eating and exercise. We are here for you.

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MSLZZY 2/9/2014 3:48PM

    So sorry for your loss! But I am glad that you are back in the fold with the friends who love you and care about you. Fill your days with the wonderful memories and hold him close in your heart. God saw his pain and now he lives with the angels. HUGS!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 2/9/2014 2:06PM

    So sorry for your loss. Just saw this today. Prayers and love~ Sandi

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GERIKRAGH 2/9/2014 12:32PM

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers said. Good luck.

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RORYLYONS 2/9/2014 12:09PM

    My prayers are with you and your family on your loss of your precious dh. emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/9/2014 12:08PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that you came back to be with us as we have missed you. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/9/2014 12:08PM

    I think of you everyday Barb. I am glad that you will be sparking. Sending emoticon

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ELIZACG9 2/9/2014 11:41AM

    One day at a time that is what I think too.. take care. emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/9/2014 11:19AM

    You have been on my mind so much. I know that God has a plan but it doesn't make the pain of the loss any easier. My heart goes out to you.

Glad to hear that your niece is doing well. Keeping her in my prayers.

hugs...Mary Anne

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TENNESSEEWALKER 2/9/2014 10:41AM

    Thank you for the huddle note to visit your blog. Wishing you peace that passes all understanding. emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 2/9/2014 10:31AM

    Welcome back my dear friend! One day at a time is perfect! I am glad to hear Chet is always with you. In times like these that is most important.
Reach out to God, family, friends or US here on Sparks. We are all here for you!

Love, hugs and many blessings,

Penny

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1CRAZYDOG 2/9/2014 10:04AM

    ((((((UGS)))))) emoticon emoticon

I am glad for the news about your niece.

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MAUITN 2/9/2014 9:52AM

    Barb, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your life partner. I lost my husband January 28 also and know your pain. My God be with you and hold you close.

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FELINA 2/9/2014 9:49AM

    Welcome Back Barb, your Spark family is here for you.

Keeping you in my prayers.
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NYKIMMIE 2/9/2014 9:37AM

    HUGs! I'm so sorry for your loss.

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NICOLED40 2/9/2014 9:30AM

    God Bless, Barb. Chet is with you and will always be with you. This earthly realm is not the end, only the beginning. You will be with each other again in His divine kingdom.

Much love and many prayers to you.

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KATHRYNLP 2/9/2014 9:23AM

    I'm so glad to see you back, Barb! Just take one day at a time. emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 2/9/2014 9:22AM

    I am so sorry about the loss of your DH and Laurie's struggles - I will keep you and your family in my best thoughts!

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HOLLYM48 2/9/2014 9:21AM

    So glad to see you back Barb! You can do this, it will be the biggest fight of your life, but you are right, Chet is your special angel and he will always be with you.
I am so glad to hear you are eating healthy and watching out for yourself.
I and so many others are right here cheering you on and walking this journey with you! Lean on us and your family and friends because that is what we are here for!
Sending love and hugs and warmth to you always!

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Laurie/Fund raiser updates

Monday, December 09, 2013

Laurie had her third chemo treatment this past week and like too many before her, she shaved her head wearing this as a badge of courage and hope. She has good days and better days, but through it all she is staying strong in her convictions and believes; courageous and so inspiring.

The fund raiser brought out hundreds of supporters. There were two venues going on that day. $6100 was raised at one and still don't know the total from the second one.
Needless to say it was an emotional day. We were all so moved by the great support system in place for Laurie. One event I have to mention: people signed up to raise money to shave their heads. Laurie's DH, Bob, who I might add is one of those men, along with some of his friends, always took great pride in their hair. Someone put up $300 for Bob to shave his head and of course he did....proudly showing his loving support. Another handful of his friends did the same...supporting both Laurie and Bob.
One of the gals at the event signed up to raise $1000 to shave her beautiful blond hair. I'm not sure if she thought that raising that kind of money was possible....but we did it. Tears flowed all around, but Dawn let Laurie shave her locks off.....just awesome!

As for DH and me.... we are doing well. Now that this event is done we can concentrate on staying healthy (so we can continue visiting with Laurie) and oh yes, Christmas is just around the corner so we better finish up our decos and shopping and wrapping and get some cookies baked and well you get the picture.....so much to do, but what gets done gets done....to top it off our son from Portland will be in town at the end of the month. He is standing up for his oldest friend's wedding on Jan. 3rd.
We hope to see him for a day or two.

I want to thank all of you for your on going support with comments and goodies. Truly keeps me going knowing just how much my extended family cares. I love you all.
Well, I need to shovel some more snow from last night so thanks for stopping by. Have a healthy day. Hug the ones you love. ((HUGS)) from me.

  
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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/1/2014 6:32PM

    I was just thinking of you and wondering how you were doing so I wanted to leave you a friendly message.

What can I say that everyone hasn't already said? I am so very sorry doesn't seem to be enough.

Please accept my sympathy for I cannot imagine your pain.

Louise

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/12/2013 2:11PM

    Isn't it great when friends rally around when you need them. We had an event at Papa's Dodge awhile back and it really brought tears to my eyes seeing all the people that came out in support. There are really some caring loving people still out there. The news just covers the bad and ugly. That is a shame.

You and Laurie and her family are in my prayers and thoughts. It seems that with all the fund raisers that the Cancer Society does we should have a cure. I love that commercial that says 1 in 3 people survive but we won't stop until it is 3 out of 3. It will be 20 years on 12/28 that I lost my father to lung cancer. It still hurts bad.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope it is filled with blessings for you and yours. Love and hugs Barb.

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KANOE10 12/10/2013 7:20AM

    What a wonderful fundraiser. I am so happy you have supportive people. I am keeping your daughter in my prayers.
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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2013 9:21PM

    OH Barb, I am so glad to hear it was so successful. I am sure there just are no words to express the gratitude @ the support. I am happy.

HUGS and prayers. May the holiday season be peaceful and loving.



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MILLISMA 12/9/2013 7:35PM

    Barb, this brought tears to my eyes. What fantastic support Laurie has and God bless Bob for shaving his head also. Continue to keep her in my prayers....actually praying for the entire family.

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ANGELFMABV 12/9/2013 5:52PM

    So glad to see the fund raiser went so well. Lots of love and prayers for you all! May you enjoy a joyous Holiday season!


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JUSTA123 12/9/2013 2:07PM

    So glad everything went off so well, hugs my friend!

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MAUITN 12/9/2013 1:54PM

    Wonderful support and continued prayers for Laurie.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/9/2013 1:15PM

    I'm so glad to see all of the support for Laurie. It must make her feel wonderful.

We got a foot of snow and I'm not allowed to shovel. LOL.

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DLG0505 12/9/2013 12:57PM

    It sounds like you live in a great community with tons of support! Am so glad you had great fund raisers and so many friends around you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! And be sure to take care of yourself also through this time. emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 12/9/2013 11:54AM

    After a year of aggressive chemo, and two reconstructive surgeries, my oldest daughter is finally in remission. My heart goes out to Laurie.... stay strong and positive.
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PURPLEBIRD63 12/9/2013 11:41AM

    Yep this blog made me cry!
We are dealing with "similar" in our small town with a boy in my daughters class who has cancer - fundraisers, shaving of heads, outpourings of love and support...
The human race really and truly is an amazing thing!
Continued good blessings &well wishes and Faith wished for you and your family!

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HOLLYM48 12/9/2013 11:25AM

    Love you too Barb
Sounds like the fundraiser was awesome! So proud of communities that come together to help someone going thru something so horrible as cancer.
Good to see you back and good luck on getting your other things done.
One thing at a time and if everything doesn't get done, that is ok, there is always next year and more Christmas's to come. Don't stress about doing it all. Just take care of you!
Lots and lots and lots of hugs!


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An update on Laurie

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I posted this on a AAU team thread and realized my many friends on other teams would like an update too...so

For those who don't know the story, here is a short recap. During a routine gall bladder surgery, Laurie was diagnosed with a rare ovarian type cancer. Since than she has had surgery to remove abdominal cancer cells along with a small section of her small intestine.
She needed to wait approximately 28 days (to let her small intestine heal a bit) before starting chemo. This Thursday she will be starting her chemo regiment. The stats for this type of cancer is a 50% for 5 years. We know she can beat these odds.....God willing. Please keep Laurie in your prayers for a successful recovery.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Sunday and hug the ones you love.
((HUGS))



  
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JCRAFT6 11/20/2013 9:57AM

    Barb,
You and her will be in my prayers. You have been my encouragement. Keep your chin up and hang in there.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/18/2013 1:26PM

    Hi Barb. I hope she gets through chemo with as little trouble as possible. It is a very difficult road to travel especially this time of year. I will continue to pray for her recovery, her family and all those who love her.

Take care of yourself.

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GABIBEAR 11/18/2013 12:13AM

    My dear Barb,

You will all be in my prayers!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARON10002 11/17/2013 9:55PM

    Barb, Laurie, you, and the rest of your family will be in my prayers. emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 11/17/2013 6:04PM

    Absolutely praying!
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MAUITN 11/17/2013 2:13PM

    I will keep her and your family in my prayers.

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KATHYJO56 11/17/2013 1:59PM

    Barb, Laurie will continue to be in my prayers along with the rest of your family. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/17/2013 1:36PM

    I sent a prayer for Laurie. I hope she beats the odds.

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JOJOHNNSON 11/17/2013 10:45AM

    Prayers for all of you!
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MILLISMA 11/17/2013 10:34AM

    Thanks for the update on Laurie. Keeping her in my prayers. emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 11/17/2013 10:16AM

    She was very lucky that she needed the bladder surgery. Thanks for the update, lets us know how she's doing. emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 11/17/2013 10:12AM

    All of you will be in my prayers.



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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2013 9:55AM

    Many hugs and prayers, Barb. As always!

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HOLLYM48 11/17/2013 9:49AM

    Hi Barb
She is in my prayers as are you and all of her family! There is much power in prayer and only God knows when it is the right time to leave this earth so please tell Laurie that she has people praying for her all over this world!
I hope you are well and that all of her family is able to stay strong as well thru this journey. It is never easy to see a loved one go thru something like this.
Hugs to all of you.
Sending lots of good wishes for healing!


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Getting back to old "new" habits

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Now that it's getting colder outside I'm remembering how difficult it was for me that first winter on SP. Trying to get in 8+ glasses of water (it's easy when it's hot outside), having to change my breakfasts (cold cereal with fruit) and my lunches (sandwich, salad, fruit). I made these changes: drank 16 oz of water with each meal and snack; made oatmeal or English muffin & egg plus fruit for breakfast; and lunches were comforting soups (with lots of veggies) plus fruit.

It's time to get back to those old "new" habits for me to stay on track this winter. Because I have adapted to moderation for everything and portion control the holidays no longer "scare" me. I hope to embrace my healthy eating habits and make sure I spend more time with family and friends not just eating with them. There is always someone to share a dessert with :) Now that DH is on board with getting healthier and doing a great job I might add.....his almost too tight winter jacket is loose on him this year. I think he will be in on sharing those desserts.

For those of you following my niece Laurie's cancer story: she had a good week. Learning how to eat 5-6 mini healthy meals. She had her staples (42) out yesterday without too much pain. They discussed her options for her chemo treatments which will start in a few more weeks as they want her small intestine to heal a bit more. She is staying strong and positive.

Thanks for stopping by with your comments. Hope you all have a great week and remember to hug the ones you love. ((HUGS))

  
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CIROHIO 11/1/2013 9:04PM

    I know what you mean about the water. Boy I have been struggling with that one lately. But I did buy some flavored water, have upped the intake a tad. Good that you remember all those old habits to make use of them for new ones. Good news, glad to hear Laurie had a good week. emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 10/31/2013 10:21AM

    Hi Barb
So glad to hear that things are going well for your niece. I will continue to pray for her!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog from Greece. I am trying hard to eat well, not that they don't eat well, they just eat a lot! I am getting many miles of walking each day in addition to many many flights of steps or climbing in different ruins so I hope it will all come out even in the end. If it doesn't well, then I will just hop right back on track when I get home, in the mean time, I am just going to enjoy in moderation. My husband and I pretty much split breakfast and then have a good lunch and a lighter dinner, it is great food. I love so much of what they cook here. And of course, the wine and ouzo are good too!
I am having an awesome time and think of all my spark friends as I see and experience different things!
Hope you are doing well.
Hugs from Greece!!

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JUSTA123 10/30/2013 8:50PM

    glad to hear about Laurie, I will keep her in my prayers. emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 10/30/2013 9:16AM

    Glad to hear that Laurie is doing so well and you too. emoticon emoticon

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GABIBEAR 10/29/2013 11:06PM

    I'm very happy to hear that Laurie had a good week! It is very important to stay positive!! My prayers still go out to her!

Good for you in taking charge with you new old habits and feeling more comfortable with the holidays coming soon!! You CAN do it!!! Congratulations!!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/29/2013 10:38PM

    Those "old" new habits will keep you on track. It is good that your DH is on board with you. It does make it a lot easier when you don't have someone eating in front of you or offering you food. I am glad that your niece is doing well. She has a tough road ahead of her and we will all continue to pray. Happy Halloween.

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ANGELFMABV 10/29/2013 8:31PM

    Oh, Barb. It is great to see you picking up some old/new habits again and super glad to hear Laurie is doing so well. My prayers will continue for you all.

Love and hugs to you and yours!

Penny

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/29/2013 8:10PM

    Glad to hear that Laurie is doing so well and you too. Not looking forward to winter but it will be here soon enough.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/29/2013 6:58PM

    Those "new" habits are great. Why do we wander away from them?? Congratulations on how well you and your DH are doing and planning for the upcoming holidays.

Best wishes to your niece in her journey through the tough times ahead.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/29/2013 4:10PM

    OH, I am so very happy to know about your Laurie's progress. HUGS

Asking prayers for our family (about all I can say of a positive nature is, at least it's not a health issue). HUGS and thank you, sweetie.



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KATHYJO56 10/29/2013 3:24PM

    You are doing very well. It takes awhile to get use to a lifestyle change, but after awhile, the new habits become old habits. I am happy to hear that Laurie is doing well.

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 10/29/2013 12:59PM

    Such a positive, blog, my friend. I know you will do great with those old "new" habits. Your attitude is wonderful! Also, so glad that Laurie is slowly healing and is on the path to recovery. 42 staples...wow! I am sure some of that strong, positive energy of yours is rubbing off on her. Will continue to keep her in my prayers and hope for a full recovery. ((HUGS))
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MILLISMA 10/29/2013 12:54PM

    Great blog, Barb. Like your old "new"habits!!!

Thanks for the update in Laurie. Sending positive thoughts and lots of prayers her way.

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MSLZZY 10/29/2013 12:07PM

    Getting back to an old routine after the summer break-
sounds like our house. So glad DH is on board with
this. Hope your niece continues to recover. HUGS!

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MADEIT3 10/29/2013 11:05AM

    Prayers for your niece!! Good to see that you and your husband have a plan to winter with "moderation." You might check out The Plan team (you can find the icon on my page) for a little bit of a different take on healthy eating. For the adventurous in search of highly nutritious food!!

Hugs!

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PURPLEBIRD63 10/29/2013 10:54AM

    So glad to hear your niece is doing better!! :-)))
You are so smart and successful in your new healthy ways!
Congrats!

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