Sunday, October 27, 2013
I have kept notes for a blog, but then I get so busy that I don't get it posted. I have remained focused on the positives in my life & counting my blessings. I am grateful for more than I will ever be able to write about. Here's a brief "catch up".
OCT 16: Grateful for my sister who celebrated her anniversary birthday on this day.
OCT 17: Weigh day with BLC. Grateful for my weight loss. Positive, lost 5 pounds this week.
OCT 18: Grateful for the joy that I get teaching my autistic students.
Oct 19: grateful for the awesome time that I had a my church during Movie Night. Several friends came to join in the fun watching FANTASIA. Including the McKissick family. I teach both of their children to swim & celebrating my "daughter's bday"
Oct 20: grateful for another awesome day at church. Homecoming & catered meal. My friends from the pool, Helen & Sandra came
Oct 21: Grateful for an awesome day of fun in the pool. Taught 5 hours & enjoyed a relaxing rest of the day.. mostly spent in bed. Good news about my son James. Surgery was successful & he is fine.
Oct 22: Grateful for another awesome day of fun in the pool. Taught 6 hours in the pool. Had an excellent OA meeting & coffee before hand with friends.
Oct 23: Grateful for another awesome day of fun in the pool. My swim lunch with my wonderful adult swim students.
Oct 24: Grateful for another busy day & happy time at the Y. Had a nice lunch with DH & a pool friend. My biggest thrill of the day was losing another pound. That's happy. Got in a good nap. That's a wonderful thing to be grateful for.
Oct 25th: Grateful for a busy but fun day at the Y. Had a wonderful time teaching my autistic swimmers. They were all very receptive today. Slept VERY well.
Oct 26th: Grateful for more fun at the Y during swim lessons this morning. Enjoyed a nice visit with my friend from MN who are out for the race. Yes, it's Race Weekend in Martinsville. My grandchildren are right now off at the Y-sponsored Trunk or Treat. They were really cute.
Oct 27th: Grateful that my DH got to go to the Nascar race with our friends from MN AND that our favorite driver won! Grateful that I got my Spark Tracker uploaded and working. Looking forward to using it tomorrow in the pool.
MY LIFE IS POSITIVE. I am very blessed. I am so grateful for an awesome job, a wonderful family, a good church, and more than I can ever list here. Bright blessings to you all.
Here is a big favor that I need from those of you who are willing:
I have been asking for anyone willing to please write to my son, George, in jail. I really appreciate all of those friends who have already done so. I would really be grateful if more of you would please write to him. He could really use the encouragement as he is very depressed. He is so grateful for the cards/letters that folks have written to him but share's that he is sad that his local friends have NOT. Please take the time to write to him. I would really be grateful.... He's my "baby".
George Rankin 699613- S5
Norfolk City Jail
811 east City Hall Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510
Thank you. He needs some love & encouragement.
PLEASE NOTE: any cards that are sent can NOT have glitter or ribbons on them. Sorry. If you write, just note that you are a friend of his mom. THANK YOU THANK YOU. He really needs all the support we can share.
You all are wonderful. Thank you for being there for me.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Once again, I am behind on my blogging & my positive list. So, I'm playing catch up again!
Sunday, 10/13, was a great day. I had a good time at church. It was an excellent sermon as always. Afterwards, I picked up DH from work & came home to relax. The most positive part of the day was that I stayed home from work and had another day of REST. Another positive was that I got my Lovely Limes newsletter done & am very proud about how it turned out. I really love my BLC team & try to give them a newsletter that will be interesting and fun. My granddaughters got their hair cut & styled & sent me some pictures. I am going to share them with you here. Another positive it that I have such beautiful granddaughters.
Monday, 10/14, was another great day. I taught 5 hours of classes in the morning. Had a really good lunch with a nice pool friend who paid my way. Came home and took a WONDERFUL 3 hour nap (very positive) and then went back & taught another hour of water aerobic classes. Another positive for the day was that I started working on the "Y-trick-or-treat bag contest" that I have put together. Everyone that attends my classes (or any water aerobic classes) gets their name put into a jar for a drawing on Halloween. The prize: a Y-gym bag containing a Y-tee shirt, Y-lanyard and several toiletries & goodies. I thought this would be a nice way for me to show my students that they are loved & appreciated. I am posting some pictures of my Monday night deep water class here.
Tuesday, 10/15... TODAY has been another good day. I taught 6 hours of classes this morning. One of the classes was my Adult Swim class. One of the most positive things about that class is the prayer circle that we have at the beginning of every class. Very special time for me & I think for them as well. Then had a nice lunch with DH & my good friend Sandra. I made some good choices at lunch... broiled seafood. I came home and have been drinking lots of hot tea & trying to rest my voice. I have NO VOICE! LOL I guess between the coughing & the yelling out instructions, my voice just gave up the ghost. My big positive of the day was finding out that the "MASS" that they were worried about with my 7 year old grandson, James, is a hernia. He will have same-day surgery on Monday. Much better news than what we had feared. Here's a picture of James.
This was James on his first day of school
My food for the past 10 or more days has been REALLY good & low. My exercise has been really HIGH. I am still totally over the moon about breaking my plateau and am hoping that the first 2 pound drop is just the beginning of a land-slide. I am certainly hoping & praying that it is true. I'll let you know in my positive blog on Thursday when I have my weigh day. I'm feeling VERY positive about it. I have continued with my "self-love" and am still telling myself I LOVE YOU in the mirror. I am very happy with my plan of action today. Life is good & I am beyond blessed. Bright blessings to you all.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I'm still focusing on the positives, even if I have had a busy week & been too tired to blog as often as I'd like. My last blog was on Tuesday, 10/8.
Wednesday 10/9 was a really good day. I took care of myself because of my coughing & did NOT go in & teach my 6am or 8am classes. It is a big deal when I take the time to REST. I need to do that more often because my cough gets really rough at times. Between the allergies that I have and the asthma really can get me down at times. The positive here, was that I took care of myself and I felt much better for it. I taught the remaining two hours of classes & they were just awesome. It is always great to workout with my friends at the pool.
Thursday 10/10 was another good day. My 6am class was good because we got to see some great pictures belonging to one of the ladies in the class. She is recommitting her vows with her husband of 30 years this weekend. They are getting married in a true antebellum style. The wedding dress is typical "Scarlett O'Hara" including the big hoops underneath. Her hubby is wearing a confederate officer's uniform. They are really excited about the whole ceremony. I taught a private lesson to a lovely woman & her mom at 7am. I am going to enjoy teaching them to swim. I took an extra water aerobic class taught by my friend Paula. Then I taught for 3 more hours of classes. The rest of the day I NAPPED!!! That was positive. The MOST positive part of the day was the fact that I FINALLY broke through the plateau that I have been on for over 9 weeks!!!! I lost 2 pounds!!! Woohoo!
Friday 10/11 was a very long but very good day. I taught 2 water aerobic classes. Then had a wonderful private lesson with one of the autistic children that I teach. Went home for a quick lunch and returned to teach 2 more privates with 2 more of the autistic children that I teach. (5 all together & all very wonderful special children. I get a LOT of rewards from teaching them) Then I had 2 more water aerobic classes followed by a GREAT adult swim class. The positive of THAT was that I did a bunch of RACES with them. It was the fastest that I have swam in years. I beat them several times. (14 year old boy & 30something man) Made me feel pretty darn good for a "fat old lady". The more I teach swim lessons, the better my swimming skills become.
Today, Saturday 10/12 was another wonderful day. I got up early & taught 3 hours of swim lessons. I always have a good time teaching the children to swim. We had a really good time. Then I came home for lunch and headed BACK to the pool to teach an adult swim class followed by Deep Water class. The positive here was taking my granddaughter, Aurora (age 3) with me. She swam all over the pool during both classes. She was inspiring the adults to swim by yelling "swim swim, kick kick" and counting for them as they challenged themselves to jump in the deep end. It was fun for all of us. Tonight I have been sparking along and posting my BLC stats as well as working on my Newsletter for the Lovely Limes tomorrow. Yes, a wonderful positive day.
I am so grateful for so much. I am blessed beyond words.
This week my food has been GREAT & well within the caloric range I am striving for 1500-2400. My exercise minutes have been HIGH & I have been challenging myself to do more & different things. I have continue to tell myself I LOVE YOU and to take better care of myself as part of my goal to LOVE MYSELF HEALTHY!
I am positively happy tonight. Bright blessings to you all.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Today has been a good day. I'm tired but happy. I am still coughing quite a bit, actually more than I was... but I am feeling MUCH better. I'll just deal with the cough for now. That's the way it is for me. My asthma always gets involved and a cough always follows. Oh well... it will all be fine.
I got up early & taught my 6am deep water class. Then put out all my equipment for the rest of my classes for the day. I did some extra workout for myself afterwards. Then came the first of my adult swim class so I spent some time with them before our official class started at 8am. We had a good solid hour of swim class. They are getting better and better so that means a lot more swimming for me now that they are going to the deep end. It was a really good workout for me & they are progressing very well. Then I taught water aerobic classes from 9am-Noon. I have been added more intensity to the classes to try to pump up MY workout and hopefully helping my students. By the end of the day's classes, I felt like I had really worked them out well and I was tired too. Then a friend treated another friend & I out to lunch. We had Chinese food but I was careful to eat as healthily as possible while drinking plenty of fluids to try to flush out the salt. After going home to change into another bathing suit, I went back to work to teach a private swim lesson... more swimming for me for an hour. Then I changed & headed home where I have been Sparking & watching tv. It's been a really good day.
My positives for the day is that I am really grateful for an awesome job, a good day of exercise, and for being able to relax this afternoon. I've been watching tv with DH & that has been nice too. We like the same shows & I always enjoy watching them with him. He doesn't talk much but at least we can be in the same room.
I talked to my eldest granddaughter today. She's doing well & looking forward to a dance at her school on Friday night. Her sister is going too, now that they are BOTH in middle school it's all about dances & boys. SIGH. The youngest granddaughter (she & her brother live with me) has been talking more and more... now in more detailed sentences. She is cracking me up. Kaydon, my grandson got a "sticker" for the 2nd day in a row. The poor kid stays on restriction because he's a chatter box (hmm, wonder where he gets THAT?!?!) I talked to one of my other grandchildrens' mother today. She said that Gabriel (my grandson in Portsmouth) & his sister Liliana had sent a picture & letter to their dad (my son, George, who is Jail) I have been asking friends & family to write to him. (Spark Friends are welcome to write to him too.. I'll share his address with you. He's depressed & discouraged) I spoke to another grandson's mom... and found out that HE has a mass growing on his belly above his bellybutton. He is going to see a pediatric surgeon on the 15th. Please keep him in your prayers. James is only 7. James is George's son too. We are NOT going to tell George about the problem until we know more. On Saturday evening... we celebrated Kaydon's 9th birthday at the granddaughters house. My granddaughter, McKayla was there visiting so I got some good pictures of all of the LOCAL grandchildren (well, McKayla has moved to Tidewater but she's been up to visit a few times since she moved). My BIG positive for the day is sharing pictures of my grandchildren with you here. My food is good. My exercise is good & I am still Loving Myself HEALTHY!
Bright blessings to you all. Time for bed now....
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Okay. I am behind on my positives. I'm sorry about that. I've been sick & trying to catch up on rest & sanity. LOL
Oct 3: My positive is that when I got the chills & felt like crap, instead of pushing myself to work.. I asked my friend Paula to teach my classes & she agreed. I had already taught the 6am class & got the chills really bad. I felt much better after resting & taking care of DAWN. That's all part of my "loving Dawn healthy" and for the 3rd.. that was a win.
Oct 4: While I went to work, I taught the majority of my classes from the deck. This kept me from getting even sicker. I canceled all my private swim lessons for the day, rescheduling some, and then taught only 1 class in the water to get some good exercise for the day. I was going to teach the adult swim class but only one person showed up & she agreed to come back on Saturday. Just as I was getting ready to leave, another student showed up but was 30 minutes last & also agreed to come back on Saturday. Yep, that was more taking care of Dawn & that is very positve.
Oct 5th: I got to see my granddaughter McKayla. That was positive. We had a family birthday party for my grandson, Kaydon who turned 9 this week. I didn't eat cake or goodies so that is positive too. The bad part of the day was having a pretty horrible confrontation with my son & feeling like crap about it and my situation here. However, the positive there was that while I felt really depressed (didn't commit suicide or homicide so that was positive too) I sat & wrote a very long email expressing my feelings to both my son & his wife. Being honest about my feelings is positive because a lot of time I am afraid to do it. Another positive was that despite how things were going all day, I did not YELL at anyone and that is growth & progress in my life.
Today, Oct 6th... the positive for me today was that I stayed home, rested & have done nothing. I'm still in my nightgown. I was still coughing, sneezing & feeling yuck. I don't want to miss any work this week. It is positive for me to step back & take care of myself. This has been a good week for me taking care of myself. THAT is very positive. I also had a really REALLY good talk with both my son & his wife about the email I wrote and we ironed out a lot of things. I felt & feel very good about the conversations. I think that we'll see some real positive changes around here & for that I am very grateful. The key is that despite all of our differences, we love one another and that counts for a lot.
My positives in general are that I am fighting for all I am worth to break this plateau is that is driving me crazy. I had a nice talk with a nutritionist and a physical trainer this weekend & they both agree that I need to change up some of my exercise and some of my food plan. I'm going to give it a try. I'll keep you posted. One concern that we have is that the SP exercise trackers credit me for more calories burned than I am really burning. OR that it is correct and I am eating too little.... who knows. I was told to eat every 2 hours, not snacky crap but lean high protein foods & healthy fruits & veggies. I'm going to give it a try. I followed their advice and ate their plan for Saturday & Sunday. The caloric range will remain 1500-2500 for now. I am getting around the Spark Tracker by posting everything as Water Aerobics instead of showing the differences of swimming, water jogging & "treading/Deep Water". They all show higher caloric burn levels than the plain water aerobics classes do. I'll let you know how things work out.
Time for bed. I have to be in the pool by 6am. Bright blessings to you all. Love, Dawn
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