Tuesday, December 09, 2014
My mother passed away Thursday night, Dec 4. I was away (out-of-town) all day at a rehearsal/concert and was afraid I would get back too late. I believe she waited for me. When I entered her room at 10:15 pm, she had labored, gurgly breathing. I began to lovingly speak to her, caress and kiss her, and finally sing to her. Her breathing quieted and she seemed to react to some of the things I said and did. After 20 minutes she slipped away. It meant so much for me to be with her when she left, and I am so grateful it happened that way. I was actually the only one there with her. I will miss her so much, but she has been gone for a long time, and I'm glad her soul is finally free.
I haven't exercised since my mother's passing, up until today. My eating hasn't been that great either. I know I have gained a couple of pounds. The main thing is, I am not going to let my sorrow continue this unhealthy pattern. I am SparkPedaling right now, as I prepare this blog, and I will keep working toward good health; that is most certainly what my mother would have wanted.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The road to good health is a rough and bumpy one to travel. But, it is one well worth the trip! There are a few key resources that help me in my journey.
1. Nutrition Tracking
I don't think it really matters which tracker you use, as long as you are tracking. It could be the SP tracker, a handwritten notebook, or even a spreadsheet. In my case, I use the LoseIt! app on my iPhone. It can be surprising sometimes to see how fast calories add up. On some occasions, the opposite may occur. The tracker helps guide you to better evaluate the quantity and quality of foods you should be eating.
2. Daily Exercise
The body in motion is crucial. It is all part of that CICO equation! For me, I have come up with a system that is ideal, and that is SparkPedaling. I have another blog that describes what that is, including a photo. In a nutshell, it's pedaling a recumbent bike, while using my laptop (usually on SP) on a desk built around the front of the bike. It is one of my favorite ways of multi-tasking! Even when I am not "formally" exercising, I try to do things in a more active manner, such as parking in a further space from the store, or walking extra trips back and forth in the house while putting away laundry. Yard work is another favorite! I wear a FitBit One and like to do any little extras to help rack up my daily steps.
I get support from my family, which I value tremendously, but what really motivates me are my SparkFriends. I thrive on their encouragement, and get charged up by cheering them on, as well.
Monday, July 14, 2014
FRIDAY we had a busy and fun-filled day; a girls lunch, with the mothers, bridesmaids and bride. She and her mother treated us all, followed by mani/pedi combos of our choice. I got a purple pedi to match my dress (I did my own purple mani). Later in the afternoon, we had the wedding rehearsal, and Antony & Amy wore hats appropriate to the occasion.
The rehearsal dinner was at a steakhouse in Orlando, and I sat next to my son Michael.
And, across from my husband, Greg.
Everyone got a turn for photos with the happy couple!
SATURDAY was Wedding Day!
The bride was beaming!
Greg wore a tie and pocket square to match my dress.
The wedding was held outdoors and we had to race to beat a storm that was brewing! As Mother-of-the-Groom, I felt like royalty being escorted down the aisle by my son and followed by my husband, two very handsome men.
Amy looked beautiful as she walked with her father.
The ceremony was lovely and the rain held out until we were inside the reception hall.
We have had such fun in all the events and preparation leading up to this special day. It was a beautiful wedding and I am so happy to have such a lovely and sweet new daughter.
And the rest of her family is wonderful, too!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my future daughter-in-law's bridal tea, hosted by a couple of her aunts. Everyone thought it would be fun to wear hats and it definitely added to the festivities!
I ordered this hat online from Amazon. It is called "Sweet Tea Organza Derby Hat with Shimmering Bow" (Burgundy). I received many compliments, even from a couple of people not in our party. I don't usually wear hats, and I decided I would get a big, fun, showy one for this event!
From left to right, this is my soon-to-be DIL's maternal grandmother, mother, twin sister, DIL, and me.
And, here is one of DIL with her mother and me.
There were other attendees (about a dozen of us total) and they were all sweet and made me feel very welcomed into the family. This is a memory I will treasure always.
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