Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Where does time go? Seems that I am always finding myself looking at my blogs and asking "How did I miss posting a blog?" It is my intention to blog daily. I do much better on my program when I DO. Then, time just seems to fly past me & I don't get it done.
Off the top, let me say that Day 3, 4 & most of 5 (the day isn't over yet) have been SPOT ON, clean NO STARCH NO SUGAR days. I am really loving my food plan. The flu-like symptoms of detox are gone, along with the headache. I am not feeling hungry all the time and that has been a big issue for me for a LONG time. This is GREAT! Rarely have I stopped eating without forcing myself to do so. I always leave the meal still feeling hungry and having to go back later for a "snack". This food plan has left me FULL at my meals. Happy to FEEL full & NOT going to snacks (even healthy ones) because I am satisfied. I am really pleased. I am so grateful that my friend Di decided to do this & our mutual friend/sister Deb agreed to do it too. It's always fun to have friends to do something with. It has been the added blessing that since we started talking about it, so many folks that we are on teams with are also doing similar food plans and it's feeling like a little community of support. Awesome!!!
Next week, Thursday to be exact, I am flying to Pittsburgh. I have never flown on a plane alone. I have never been to Pittsburgh. I have never taken a vacation that didn't involve my children or grandchildren. This feels weird, great, scary, exhilarating... and so much more. Not only am I blessed to be going to meet my two beloved "serious sisters" but we are also going to have the chance to meet another good Spark Friend, Georgia. As the cherry on top, I will get to visit with my DEAR DEAR friend Elsa, whom I have been friends with since 1984. We used to babysit one another's children. We thought that we'd be forever friends. Our spouses were close, we were close...then she & her family moved (they were military) and my husband and I got divorced. He called them and told them some pretty rough stuff that caused there to be a serious rift. She didn't speak to me for years, despite my pleas. Then, sadly, she & her spouse divorced as well... she left the church that they (& my family as well) had been a part of. (I left that church when I left my husband) We found one another on Face Book & have been slowly mending fences and becoming the forever friends we were meant to be. When I asked her how far she lived from Pittsburgh (without saying that I was coming) her response was "WHY???? ARE YOU COMING!!!!! WHEN CAN WE MEET???" It felt so good to get that response. I can not tell you how precious her friendship has been to me and how SAD that I have been while we were estranged. I can't wait to see her. Most of all, I am totally psyched to meet my dear serious sisters who own a piece of my heart. It sometimes seems amazing to believe that knowing someone from a site like this one, never having met "in real life", could mean so much to me. Truly these ladies are as much my family as any of my biological ones. Definitely they are closer to me than I have EVER been with my own sister. Everything about them is precious to me. They are a part of my everyday life.. if only through spark messages, texts, or emails... I LOVE THESE LADIES!
Spark People is such an awesome place. It helps to build friendships that I can already tell with be long lasting. I wish that I could meet every ONE of the friends that I have met here. I can not express enough how much you mean to me. Your comments on my blogs touch my heart. With each goodie, or comment on my spark page.. you add cement to our friendship. I wish I had a way of doing some sort of "teleportation" travel so that I could just pop around the country... and even the world... to meet some of you. How awesome it would be to just meet up with my Lovely Limes for a lunch... or to go on a cruise with some of my many friends... of just "hang out" with YOU!!! Each one of you have become special to me & to my journey. When I feel down, I know that you are here to help lift me up. When YOU are down, I do my best to help cheer you on. I am so grateful for this site & for all of you. THANK YOU for making my life SPARKTACULAR!
Today has been a good day. My food is good. My fitness is high. My good friend Mel treated me out to lunch. I got a nice nap. Tonight I will watch tv with DH & relax. It's Criminal Minds & CSI night. Woohoo!
This weekend is I am going to a Deacon/Elder workshop for my church (weather permitting... another ice storm is predicted for Friday) in North Carolina. I have never been to anything like this. The Deacons & Elders along with our Pastor will be riding in the church bus to Christmont. It sounds nice. I am really looking forward to it. We are leaving at 1pm on Friday and returning Saturday night. Sunday I will have church & then am doing final make-up classes for my little swimmers (I teach babies through age 5). It will be our last class for the winter session. I have really enjoyed this kiddos and will miss them. Several of them have said that they will be returning for the Spring session. I sure hope so.
Tomorrow will be a busy day. I teach from 6am-noon. Then my OA friend is going to lunch with me. Then I have a Red Hat meeting tomorrow night. I am HOPING that the mechanic will call me with the happy news that my van is finally finished and that the price is lower than he first quoted me. He did promise to try to keep it as low as possible. I've been praying about it.
Time for me to get off of here & go get some dinner. I hope that you are doing as well as I feel that I am. THANK YOU for being my friends. Bright blessings to you all.