Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Had my day all mapped out . . . but then found out that hubby's new motorcycle can be ready for pick up this afternoon! He's been patiently (yeah, right) waiting for 4 weeks. So, off we go.
But, aside from that, here's something to think about:
I've been doing some pondering on the underlying reasons it is so easy for me (us?) to fail - at weight loss, or anything for that matter.
I was going to blog about it today but waiting until tomorrow will give me more time to chew on it. . . and get your input if you have anything to say.
I'd be interested in your thoughts about this phenomenon.
So, let's say we want to lose 5 pounds. We're all strong and determined . . . until that cream puff or brownie or whatever our demon of choice might be at the moment.
Before we know it, the cream puff has been consumed (and maybe the brownie too) and we're beating ourself up, again.
We all know that the cream puff didn't just plaster itself against our face....
We made that decision to pick it up and stuff it in our mouth.
What are your thoughts? Care to share your experience???
Monday, April 01, 2013
Today is a milestone for me . . . it was one year ago that I officially retired (forced into an early retirement). I wondered (worried?) what I'd do to keep busy, since I'd worked all my life; never had the opportunity to be a 'housewife'.
It has been a good year; lots of healing and personal growth.
Last October I committed to regaining my health and SparkPeople has been such an enormous part of that, in so many ways. In addition to giving me tools to assist in shedding 18 pounds (which have stayed off!), I've tried to take advantage of SparkPeople's abundance of other resources as well.
My SparkFriends are probably the greatest blessings of it all. You're always there with a dash of humor, or a good swift kick in the backside, whenever needed and appropriate. You guys absolutely ROCK!!!
This morning I sat on the back porch and looked out over the yard, watching the hummingbirds darting all around, the blue jays gathering nesting materials, and listening to the soft rain and the frogs 'hollerin'. Rather than the turmoil, noise and clutter that filled my head one year ago, there was peace and stillness. For this and so much more, all I can think to say is "Thanks Dad"!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
As they say kids say the darndest things!
Why we love children...
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 4-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."
A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle, the phone rang, so she asked her 5-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "Mommy can't come to the phone to talk right now. She's hitting the bottle."
A little boy got lost at the YWCA, and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement, and then asked, "What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"
ON THE POLICE, # 1
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?"
"Yes," I answered, and continued writing the report.
"My mother said if I ever needed help, I should ask the police. Is that right?"
"Yes, that's right," I told her.
"Well, then," she said, as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"
ON THE POLICE, #2
It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me.
"Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.
"It sure is," I replied.
Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally, he said, "What'd he do?"
ON THE ELDERLY
While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 7-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day, I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned, and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!"
A little girl was watching her parents dress for an elegant party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit."
"And why not, sweetheart?"
"You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning."
While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole, and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.
The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers, and with sonorous dignity, intoned his version of what he thought his father always said: "Glory be unto the Father, and unto the Son, and into the hole he goes." (I want this line used at my funeral!)
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write, and they won't even let me talk!"
ON THE BIBLE
A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the yellowed pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object, and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.
"Mama, look what I found," the boy called out.
"What have you got there, dear?"
With astonishment in his voice, the young boy answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"
NOW, IF THIS DIDN'T BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY, GO BACK TO BED AND FORGET IT!
Sunday, March 31, 2013
First of all, I cannot believe what I did! DD was not sure she'd be able to get back to the main highway when they left, so I offered to provide an escort to the main road, only about 5 miles away from our house. Since it was such a beautiful day (first day in the 70's) I decided I'd take the motorcycle out for a spin and do some errands.
Somehow, my normal routine of suiting up and mounting the bike was disrupted. I was half a mile down the road before I realized that I was NOT wearing my prescription glasses. I ALWAYS take off my glasses, lay them down on the passenger seat, put on my helmet, adjust the helmet strap, put glasses back on, mount the bike, etc.
Well, I'll make a really long story short and say I finally found them - or what was left of them. They'd been run over. Both lenses had popped out and the frames were pointing North, South, East AND West.
I placed everything in a body bag and made a beeline to the eye glass shop. The technician performed some major surgery and about 45 minutes later, presented me with a reasonable reconstruction of the crunched pieces. Amazingly, despite some minor scratches on the lenses, and some major tweaking in the alignment of the frames, they're not too bad. At least I can see distance and read until my appointment in 2 weeks.
There's a lot to be said for staying with a good routine. Lesson Learned!
Friday, March 29, 2013
Had a great time visiting with the kids this week. They left this afternoon and are on their way back home.
Now life goes back to 'normal' . . . if there is such a thing :)
Thankful for sunshine and temps in the 70's today . . . flowers are blooming everywhere. Watched some birds gathering bits of this and that for their nest.
I've been getting a lot of activity and moving in general . . . but no real workout, and my body feels it. Have been eating okay . . . only one one day did I exceed my calorie limits (first time since I've been Sparking).
Today I'm tired and I'm hoping for a good night of sleep/rest so I cansettle back into my comfortable 'rut' tomorrow. I'm thinking hot tub first thing in the morning.
Hope to have some time to catch up on my friend feed.....
What have you been doing???
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