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Thursday, April 24, 2014

My morning was superb!

I did yoga, ate my eggs with spinach and herbal tea, did some chores then aquafit with DD. I have been alternating sparking with chores this afternoon but somehow did not get in a blog. My success story got over 6,000 views since it posted at the end of March. Blows me away! And at the same time I have met yet another new spark friend because of it. Who are these stories for? I selfishly think this one was to humble me and show me that I am sooo not alone in this journey. Big on my grateful list is the journey spark people is leading me on. DD also wants to eat clean right now which is motivating me to be more careful. It is so easy to let in foods.

I was reminded of a few goals in the blogs I read today... ones that I had but had forgotten about. One is to try and get 2000 spark fitness minutes in a month. I did it once and given that May should be a huge month for gardening and doing work on the house I may be able to accomplish that one. If I do it will mean doing different things with my food so I will have to think about that next week. Whether I meet those numbers or not I will be more active and to control the food dragon and my diabetes I will have to plan ahead.

Another goal .... OK brain fart... lol,.... it will come back to me and I'll come back and write about it.

I am on track today and on the train when I:
-egg and spinach
-high fiber/protein bread and roast beef with salad
-cottage cheese and yogurt
-sticky chicken, potatoes, and frozen mixed veggies
-5 freggies and water water water (herbal teas)

-yoga (done)
-aquafit (done)
-minimum 6,050 steps (done)
-chores (heavy housework today!)

-BLC weigh in day, chat
-harp practice??????
-some time for myself doing sudoko or starting a novel

-I have been finding time to pray while I do some of my chores and it feels really good
-bulbs are starting to come up
-I got some very stressful things cleared up or delegated to others emoticon so I feel much better about life than I did a few days ago. DH has not yet decided if he is going to the funeral in BC and he is doing his "thing" which is pouring himself into his work and ignorning it. I am grateful to be able to accept that this is who he is... and it is not my decision to make. In the mean time I have sent flowers and letters of support to our family there and am remembering his aunt in stories to our family... which is who I am.

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NASFKAB 4/24/2014 8:44PM

  all the best

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LADYBUG1943 4/24/2014 8:19PM

    Thank you for the reminder about letting family members be who they are. I needed reminding today.


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NORASPAT 4/24/2014 8:01PM

    So sorry to hear the loss of your DH Aunt. My Dh walked around the yard when his Dad passed, I had booked him a flight we could not afford to all go. DH came in and decided he did not want to go. We all have to do it our own way.
Take care, emoticon

Great you had such a good day. Well done being able to juggle your chores and responsibilities and still have time to Blog, Write and Spark.
I just cannot type very fast and I have no clue when I hit the letter "A". and upper case letters appear for three lines down. I have to erase and rewrite because I have to watch my hands,
Great job and I love reading your blogs HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon

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DRAGON-CHICK 4/24/2014 7:08PM

    Yay! Good job.

(Btw, too many jelly beans can cause brain farts; I know.)
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LANSELMI 4/24/2014 6:10PM

    Glad you had a superb Morning. So sorry to hear of your loss.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2014 5:20PM

  It's good that you know how your DH will handle things. WE all grieve in different ways and that's part of this life for sure.

Glad you had a good day and got things sorted out.


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A short blog again

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DH's Aunt passed away yesterday.
Taxes got done yesterday.
Guests checked out yesterday and now we have no new guests until Friday.

We are a little deflated today in the house. It actually looks like a lovely day outside but I'm not sure where to start. So... I'm glad I have a routine. My priority is clean eating today, no sugar and all my freggies, water. Second to that is my steps and doing things on my I matter list. I'm watiting to see what DH wants to do about the furneral. Other side of the country. I need a new to do list as I've offered to drive DD back to University next week and I also planned to start my other 2 daughters on projects starting May 1st and that will interfere with supervising those. I want some time outside for sure. Was thinking of grabbing my coffee and going to sit by the river and do my morning pages. It is rushing by this time of year and there are geese honking.... I have some errands and meetings later so could get nothing done. Definitely need some me time to do nothing.

I wrote again on a thread about the stress response and wanting food and how planning food is important so we can get on with what needs to be done. I really am grateful for getting into a routine of planning my food and for my I matter list. I don't want my food dragon taking over. Lots of potential openings for it to do that. Today it is more important to eat clean than worry about quanity. I think I find when I am eating clean I don't tend to overeat anyways. NO SUGAR! NO PROCESSED FOODS! NO CRAP! I deserve it. I want to keep moving forward. I want to take a break from the every day goals and look at my long term goals. I want to be healthy and being healthy will make my life easier. It does make my life easier. It can be as simple as long as I put the food in place.

I am on track and on the train today when I:
oatmeal and pineapple
salmon and salad
leftovers from the fridge (probably a burger and salad)
cottage cheese and yogurt
chick pea soup

minimum steps
crunches and pushups
house cleaning

Be outside
Shopping for groceries and pick up meds
Support DH and DD's today as needed

Alone time and Family time
DH and DD's and friends

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BLUENOSE63 4/24/2014 1:49PM

  Sorry for your loss. Definitely get outside by the river with a coffee to enjoy the sunshine. Everyone needs a day off from training.

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STRONGNFIERCE 4/23/2014 6:15PM

    Sorry to hear Justyna. Sending strength and support!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/23/2014 12:14PM

  Sorry for the loss of your DH's Aunt. With all the other busy-ness in your life, that's a stressor!


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NASFKAB 4/23/2014 10:58AM

  sorry very sad newsfor your loss

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MATSCHI 4/23/2014 9:38AM

    I am sorry for your loss Justyna. emoticon
Be kind to yourself. The train maybe slowing down a little, but you are still on track! emoticon emoticon

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We need the break!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Done. Taxes with the accountant... done. Nothing is written in stone but we are getting less back than I had hoped for. We have to wait for the numbers to be crunched through the system to confirm that so we have to wait a few weeks to know for sure. I tried to make some appointments (mamogram) and could only leave a message. Guests will be gone in an hour? They have been having a steady stream back and forth to my laundry room. Give an inch... take a mile. Sigh. My kids are stressed about it. However they look like they are doing a thorough job tidying up the suite. The ones for tomorrow have cancelled because one of them has a work conflict. I think we need the break. We have had a very full house for 10 days with my three kids, DD;s boyfriend and the 9 guests plus today there was the accountant and 3 "drop ins" for a swim. All three daughters and I have some issues... likely stress induced. I am wiped out emotionally and physically.

So what did I do? The food dragon took advantage and in my moment of "thank goodness it is all over.... " and when I let down my guard sent my hand into a candy box. Grrr. Sugar in the system again. Plus for lunch since I had not planned a healthy meal it gave me license to have leftover pancakes from breakfast with fruit. Grrrr.

I know that this is a frequent pattern. The stress is over and I'm feeling exhausted and I reach for sugars and white flour foods. I have all the classic warning situations. Too hungry, angry, lonely, tired and stressed. However here I am and it is all about to change.

On my "I matter" list I need to make sure I take all my meds on time and drink lots of water. So... hold on a sec while I do those. Done! Also cleaned the kitchen, made ammends with DD23 and we are going to go out to a thrift store and see if we can find a "feel better" top or something. I have some salad fixings for when I get home and DD23 is making dinner for tonight. My mamogram is confirmed.

I am on track and on the train when I
-we will just forget about breakfast... at least it was 2 servings of fruit
-cottage cheese and yogurt
-salad with salmon
-I'll take a fiber bar with me shopping
-almonds if needed while dinner is cooking
-spare ribs, rice and veggies
Miminium 5 veggies and Water water water

-minimum 6,050 steps
-core exercises
-exercise of the day
-strip beds and clean up from guests, new sheets

For me
-time with DD
-harp practice

-taxes are done
-I know the stresses will pass and there are things I can do the next couple of days to get some of them straightened out
-some "weekend" time for 3 nights here starting now
-supportive family who can talk out problems... I LOVE my kids
-family doctor who is new and seems good and specialist's plan for DD25

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STRONGNFIERCE 4/23/2014 6:13PM

    You're always able to see the positive and be grateful Justyna, I admire that in you!
You well deserve a break :)

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TURTLETALK 4/23/2014 8:55AM

    Sounds like a tough few days. Wahoo on taking some time for yourself!

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NASFKAB 4/23/2014 1:41AM

  you need a break definitely

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MATSCHI 4/23/2014 1:03AM

    Yes, it definitely sounds like you do need a break. So happy for you that you are getting one. I definitely can relate to the stress eating. emoticon you are doing really a great job identifying the problem and then tackle it. Good for you! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/22/2014 3:33PM

  Good! I heard those feet walking, walking, walking to get those meds and water. Good for you! Yup . . . it's during the times of stress when we need these tools the most that we neglect them the fastest. **SIGH** Back on the train again.

HUGS! Get some rest

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Sunny Day Sweeping the Clouds Away

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It is day 39 in the BLC 77 day countdown! Happy Easter

I really enjoyed my rest day yesterday. I got in all my steps, had a stroll at the Arboretum by the canal, got my errands done with hubby's help and had a visit with friends. The only thing I did not get was early to bed so that will be a priority today.

Sunshine is OUT! DD and I are going to have our 30-40 minutes exercising in the pool, I'll serve guests breakfast and then hopefully spend the rest of the day outside doing yard work.

I am on track and on the train today when:
Oatmeal and rhubarb strawberry compote with coffee
Feta and salad
Cottage cheese and yogurt and pineapple
I was going to do hamburgers and 24 salad but DD loves it and has begged me to postpone this to tomorrow... so today will be chicken and salad.... just have to get it out of the freezer because if I forget the dragon may get sneaky. Maybe a bean medley with that.
-5 freggies and water water water

-pool jogging with water dumbells to music
-garden work

-harp practice (missed yesterday so vital today)
-nap if necessary
-time reading with DH between chores????
-BLC chat and buddy message
-prayer time while I'm gardening for people who need it right now

-life in general
-no pain, hot showers, comfy beds, the colours of spring and rebirth

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JUST_BRENDA 4/21/2014 7:24AM

Another great day!!!

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CAPECODBABE 4/20/2014 8:09PM

    You are doing great! Happy Easter emoticon

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IOEINC 4/20/2014 1:53PM

    So glad to hear you had a great day!! AND another one planned for today!!

Happy Easter!!

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NASFKAB 4/20/2014 12:45PM

  doing great keep it up

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STRONGNFIERCE 4/20/2014 12:42PM

    Enjoy Justyna! Glad you had a rest day!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2014 10:42AM

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Glad you got some ME TIME in there. Awesome. Have a wonderful Easter.

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COLOR-BLUE 4/20/2014 10:17AM


I'm so delighted you got your much needed rest! However, I now see that you're running again, taking care of your family, and guests. I know you love doing what you do. I also know that you're just grateful for being!

You're in the zone, and ding very well! Your menus look FANTASTIC!!! It's all good and good for you, for sticking with it!

be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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SNOWBECH 4/20/2014 10:11AM

    Sounds like a fun filled day. Good luck.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I have been reminded that we all need rest days. I get very caught up in being active every day and especially this time of year as yard work and walked "call" it feel un-natural to not do some kind of work out. However one of my team mates is having a rough time and not able to work out and another spark friend recently posted a blog about how our bodies will refuse to "budge" when we are working out every day. Sometimes we need to give our bodies a break and I don't want to not know how.

I do not think having a break means spending the day in front of the computer or TV. I think it means nurturing other parts of us. Our skin, our minds, our other senses. Delight. Constant workouts put a LOT of waste products into our bodies so I think it is just as important to hydrate and eat healthy, not over eat. Give our bodies a BREAK.

So this morning I started by giving my feet and legs and arms a massage. I'm wearing comfortable clothes, listening to lovely music. I hope to get outside for a gentle walk with the dog or walk about the garden and look at what is coming up. I do have some errands downtown but if DH comes with me it can become an adventure but without a LOT of walking on concrete. Do a little, take a break. That is what today is about. My guests are not back from hunting so I even got in some paperwork organizing this morning.

I am on track today when I
egg, flax toast, ham and cheese and coffee
pineapple and cottage cheese
salad with tuna and fiber bread
ham with macaroni and cheese (brown rice pasta) and spinach vegetable medly
tea, oatmeal with peaches
5 freggies and lots of water and herbal teas

None planned.... just some time outside and gentle activities

Harp practice
Paperwork organized for taxes
Groceries and errands (DH helping and nothing for a long period of time)
RELAX, sudoku, music, massage, breath

-thinking of my spark friends in need
-thinking of my spark team leader and her birthday today
-weather warming
-husband with me for errands
-getting organized
-being able to take it slow today emoticon

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STRONGNFIERCE 4/20/2014 12:42PM

    Wonderful, something i need to remember as it is vital to staying on track :)

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NASFKAB 4/20/2014 7:20AM

  great idea resting your body

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COLOR-BLUE 4/19/2014 9:47PM


Yes, it's very important that we rest our bodies, and I understand that. However, my body is really strange, at least that's what my Curves coach told me and I had to agree with her. If my body doesn't get a certain amount of exercise a day, my brain sends a signal to my body that I need cars and lost of them, NOW!!! All I do then is carb load my system, by eating a many carbs I can get during a day and night. I usually end of gaining anywhere from 4 to 8 lbs.in one day. But then when I go back on my regime of exercising, it all comes off and then some within 2 to 3 days. This is a vicious cycle for me, and I don't like it, at all! I'm sure that it's not good for my body to be going up an down like that on a weekly basis. My Coach is looking for some way to help me out of this situation, but I don't see how. My dear Spark family, if you have any suggestions, please help, as I would love to REALLY REST God's Temple!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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MATSCHI 4/19/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon emoticon "Giving our bodies a break " captured my attention.I never really thought of that. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/19/2014 5:00PM

    great point and idea love.also your spinach vegtable melody sounds lovely what do you actually put in it?keep on keeping on you are doing great. emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 4/19/2014 3:06PM

    Very good point Justyna! "Rest" doesn't necessarily mean veggie out, but rather, paying attention to other aspects.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/19/2014 2:14PM

  Good for you for listening to your body's needs!

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AAAACK 4/19/2014 12:50PM

    I love the idea of taking a walk through the garden to see what's coming up. I miss gardening. And I don't think I've ever taken the time to just stroll through to see it.

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ANDYINBC 4/19/2014 12:32PM

    Enjoy your rest day!

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DSJB9999 4/19/2014 12:26PM

    sounds a great day, enjoy it emoticon You are so WORTH a day's rest!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 4/19/2014 12:26PM

    I think you have great ideas for "rest" days! emoticon

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