Thursday, December 05, 2013
As 2013 draws to a close, I think about the year that I decided last December would be Tammy's Year of Optimism. For the most part, it has been a year of optimism and good happenings - DS got married to a lovely young woman, DH and I had our first garden and we enjoyed primarily tomatoes, but hey! I didn't have to buy them. There have been some ongoing situations, but I would like to hope that I don't invoke Murphy's Law by saying here that I am managing those situations better than I would have even a year ago.
I think I may have been on to something by actually naming my year before January 1 - actually, just a naming a year at all. Prior to this, I was dealing with some situations that I really cannot do anything about and all the worrying, thinking about What Ifs, and mentally orchestrating reunions will not change the others involved.
I am also turning 55 shortly. I have had a problem with that. The last time I had a problem with a birthday was number 25. Strange, I know. I am who I am I look in the mirror and I see one or the other of my grandmothers. If I hold my head just right, I can see a double chin peeking out. I noticed about a month ago that I was given a senior discount, no questions asked.
But while all this was happening, something else was happening. I am setting down some baggage that I have carried for a long time, that no one but me made me pick up in the first place. I also realize some questionable choices weren't disasters, and actually led to some great blessings in my life. Perhaps I will be one of those women who gets wiser with aging; I sure hope so.
So, what am I going to name 2014? I have thought about the following:
Tammy's Year of Cracking Herself Up So She Doesn't Crack Up
Tammy's Year of Appreciation
Tammy's Year of ???
I am willing to take suggestions from my Spark Friends.
Have a good day; stay safe. It is icy/snowy here today.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I got the best surprise yesterday when I got home from lunch with my BF; DH asked me to come to his Man Cave and see something. He had been working on some signs, so I just thought that was what he was showing me.
Instead, this was what I found:
I had been looking for a rocking chair for some time. I didn't want a huge one, and I wanted it to be simple. I think he did a very good job on finding this one, which was at a flea market. He went to get it while I was gone to my lunch, so that it would be a surprise. I think I am very blessed to have such a thoughtful hubby.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
This weekend my emotions have just hit the proverbial wall. I am usually a very mild-mannered, "nothing gets me down" kind of gal. I help others when I can, and try to practice "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
I have felt this coming for a while, and tried to do something about it. Walking - preferably outside - has always been a great help in the past and doing so has probably helped me not to flatten out like a pancake on the wall.
However, I feel like I have had a slow leak in a bucket and I need to find a way to keep everything from draining out. And I hate, hate, hate feeling like that. It sounds so melodramatic, and I have had quite enough of that this year.
I need to find a way to plug the hole or at least find a way to start adding to the bucket.
I need to find a way to say "I have had enough" rather than feel that others are coming once more to "good old Tammy", or at least I need to find a way not to resent it. Or perhaps I just need to give myself permission to not be Super Tammy today and after a good sleep tonight I will likely feel better.
Yes, I think giving myself permission to not be Super Tammy today will be just the ticket!
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Oh, my word...
Twice in the past two days I have seen former high school students who graduated within the past 5 - 15 years. I just happened to be at the right places at the right times. I had to tell them who I was both times.
And both times, I got "You look great!"
Kind of makes the effort all that much more worth it, you know? I am having some "issues" turning 55 in a few weeks and some more "issues" with the scales not moving in the right direction the past bit, but I am continuing on my path to healthier living, so I guess those "You look great!"s happened at just the right time!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I read somewhere this morning that we are halfway through BLC23; I haven't checked to see if that is true, but I know we are close, and it never hurts to evaluate.
This is what I wrote 5/6 weeks ago:
"I am an Ivory Falcon again! emoticon
I cannot make this too difficult. I will "shoot myself in the foot" if I do. That is just my mindset; I know others do better when they are very detailed, and I admire them for that.
My personal goals for BLC23 are as follows:
1) Get back into the 150s! I was close when BLC22 ended. I am still maintaining some of what I lost in BLC22, so I am closer than I was back then. I will do this by TRACKING, and being more conscious of freggies, and continuing to walk, bike, etc. [Note: I started BLC23 at 166.6#, so I want to lose 7 pounds to get into the 150s.]
2) I will be a good teammate to my fellow Falcons. I will chat as I am able, and be an encourager when I can.""
Am I back into the 150s yet? No. As of this morning, I would need to lose just under 2 pounds. I can manage that! I am tracking, have more consistently tried to eat a rainbow of freggies, and I have ridden my bike and walked. I am happy with my progress in this area.
Have I been a good teammate? I have not "forgotten" any of the team challenges yet, and I believe I have posted almost every day, and have tried to encourage team mates on an individual basis. So I hope some of them think I have been a good teammate.
I believe my plan is working at this point, so I won't be changing it.
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