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Choosing to stay positive

Sunday, November 16, 2014

No matter what we do, no matter who we are, we are faced with daily choices. It could be as simple as choosing between which shoes to wear, or as complicated as what college to attend, or whether or not marrying that special someone is the right path for us.

Other choices encompass how we think, how we approach what comes into our lives, what our attitude is going to be in the face of whatever calm or calamity in our way.

When I was very young, in my teens and sometime beyond, I dealt with minor depression and moodiness, and remember reading one excellent book that happiness is a choice. Then I learned somewhere along the line in my Christian walk the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is dependent on what happens, joy erupts from a deeper place. I choose to be joyful. For those who read the Book, we are told to rejoice always, pray without ceasing , give thanks in all circumstances ... (I Thessalonians 5:16-18). I thought about this a lot while listening to today's sermon, so excuse my wanting to share, but it has a lot to do with choosing to stay positive.

Staying positive in the face of adversity is a challenge. It is a choice. It is possible. The cup is not half empty, it is half full.

I say this, because I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be working again, let alone working full time, in a fairly decent job that I enjoy that challenges my heart and my brain, and keeps me engaged.

Coming out of disability and embracing whatever abilities I do have has been a challenge. I have not arrived, but I sure am on my way. Staying positive has meant so much.

Those days when just pulling myself out of bed, or putting one foot in front of the other due to pain. Wow. That is all I can say. Staying positive has pushed me past the limitations that could have constrained me. Yes, there are limitations, and my body lets me know when I have crossed the boundary too much, too often, but at least I can get out of bed without the pain I had just rolling over. I can walk without a cane, and in the store walking with a carriage lets me walk a little more. Standing is still a pain in the tutu, but I don't have to just stand there all that often.

I have also improved in my sleep habits in the last year. Now, to add to my healthy habits a little more fitness activities, and minding what I put in my mouth.

Positivity makes it happen.

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_LINDA 11/17/2014 2:37PM

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People are always saying they admire my never give attitude and looking on the positive side. After almost a year without the use of my right arm, I have learned to be a southpaw. I am not sure I will get full use of my right hand back, but at least I am still able to do my club manager work, even if 1 finger typing is a bit pokey.. I wrote a blog on maintenance tips after celebrating 5 years if you would like to stop by for a read, probably some of the same viewpoints..
So glad you are working and can enjoy it! Wish they could solve our pain issues though. I can't sleep due to constant wake ups from pain..

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BESSHAILE 11/17/2014 7:08AM

    I truly believe that God intends us to choose happiness. I don't think He's "sending things to test us" - because I don't think He's warped that way. But I do think He knows that the happiness we choose is the real happiness - it is the joy.

And somehow - knowing that He has a plan so big that I often can't even guess where we're going with life - That is one of the great comforts He spreads out before us.

hugs to you and congratulations on making His choice yours.

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JUDITH316 11/17/2014 1:00AM

    emoticon emoticon I sure can relate with you my friend, as one who has come back from a severe work injury loosing all mobility and being bedridden for 1 year, I sure can relate about pushing on and staying focused, being positive and putting one foot in front of the other, emoticon for sharing, you are a blessing and a inspiration, thanks for your friendship and for cheering me on!

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FROSTY99 11/16/2014 8:19PM

    It is so true-every day when we wake up we have a choice of how we approach the day. Looking at things in a positive way can make a bad day go a lot better. If we think we are going to fail we most likely will. If we decide we are going to win, then we have a better than average chance that we will do well.
Never give up, take each day as it comes and give it your best shot.
Have an awesome week.

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FORTYPLUS56 11/16/2014 8:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I can relate somewhat. I am a stroke survivor who is back to working full time. I also love the part about choosing happiness and joy. I heard somewhere that happiness is an inside job. I agree totally.

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Repeat and say again

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Since my husband and I have been through all our health issues, and especially how far he has come, we have an ongoing mutual admiration society going.

Every time we just glance at each other, sit in the car next to each other, or anytime we touch hands or elbows while sitting together, we both gush over each other - Saying - I love you so much.

You know what?
EACH day is a gift, and there is no time like living in the present. I praise and thank God daily for each present he gives me of time with my sweetie. Even if it is just sharing a cup of coffee, or oatmeal for breakfast, or going to the library, or church services together.

Have you told yours how much you really really love them?
Having nearly lost mine, so many times, I am blessed to be able to look at his face, and speak the words of love to him.

God bless you all.
Each day is a gift.

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FROSTY99 11/9/2014 8:13PM

    How awesome and happy you both value the time you have been granted. I believe it is always the best policy to let those we love know it because tomorrow is never promised.
Back in June of 1989 I went to sleep with DH #1 - he had just recently turned 41 and we never got another day-so yes, please let each other know how much it means to have another day to share your lives.
Many blessings to you both.

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_LINDA 11/9/2014 5:12PM

    emoticon So true!
So glad you and your sweetie survived all your trials.. It does sometimes take a harsh wake up call to realize how precious life is and how you may not have as much time with your loved ones as you think..

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MIA Motivator

Friday, November 07, 2014

Imagine my surprise when I looked at my e-mail from a couple of days ago, that I was motivator of the day!
Thank you.
I am grateful for your support.

It motivates me to do more than I actually am. Life is hard, but we overcome and keep on keeping on.

Now, let me make things clear. I wear a fit bit and I walk, not as much as I should, but I walk. I did lose weight pre-surgery, but gained some back. Then I went through a ton of stuff with my husband's health issues. Where he nearly died, more than once. More than twice. At least three times.

Then, coming my back out of disability - I returned to work, and slowly worked up til full time. That is what has kept me from pursuing exercise etc. more faithfully. It is achieving status of being able to work full time following disability, and it exhausts me. That and the fact when I come home, I pass out on the couch, and spend the night sitting next to my husband, gearing my tiredness up for the next day.

I love my work, as an audiobook proofreader. I have read/listened to at least 52 books since late January.

Right now, I aim to make 5000 steps three times weekly.
I aim to get my water in. And potassium.
Sometimes there is just so much on your plate, you can't do it all.
I also have been focusing on better sleep.
Losing weight will happen. Just not at the moment.
Healthiness is not just a number on the scale.

Ok. There. I admitted it. I CANNOT do it all. For years I have tried, and now at age 59 I admit it, I can't. So there.

Healthy foods:

oatmeal with banana and coffee with breakfast (cream and sugar - can't skip it in coffee)

break - v-8 and cheese and pistachios

lunch rice pasta macaroni and cheese, with a tiny bit of bacon, applesauce, and yogurt.

Dinner - spaghetti squash, ground turkey in sauce with glass of milk.

And I walked a bit, though I didn't make 5000 steps.

Motivation: There are so many things that can motivate us. It needs to come from ourselves. It needs to come from within. We have to want to. Then we have to do something about it.

I am here, just not as often as I like. Love to all.

My husband and I just renewed our vows a couple of weeks ago.
So, I am happily married to the same guy, still, and again.

me at work, next to the coke machine I NEVER use.

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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/8/2014 12:06PM

    Keep at it girl.

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_LINDA 11/8/2014 12:33AM

    emoticon on motivator of the day! I was given that too, they must be really digging out the old ones lol.
Your hubby looks nice and healthy, hope he continues to be with no more scares. Congrats on renewing your vows, that is so sweet.
Sitting for long hours every day must be very hard on your back -can you take regular walk breaks to ease things up?
Wishing you many more years of happiness and good health!

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FROSTY99 11/7/2014 7:06PM

    Congrats on being the Motivator of the Day! Every day is a challenge and we all have to figure out how to make it work for us.

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GEORGE815 11/7/2014 6:06PM

    What a lot of audiobooks to proof. Hope they are interesting.

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Mini Milestones

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today marked 90 days logging in, logging water, steps (from fitbit).
I also made my 5000 plus steps today.
It also marked completion of two full weeks of full time work.

I also did 5 minutes of back strengthening stretching this morning.

So, I got a much needed reward - shoes. Comfortable shoes I can wear to work with a dress, or pants (flats), slippers, and a pair of low boots for fall. It was a buy one get one half off, so my hubby got a pair of shoes too. Plus I had a 15% off coupon off each pair as well, and they were all on clearance.

Then when we went to the grocery store, I restocked my supply of healthy food for lunches and snacks for work.

I also made it a point of going to bed a little earlier yesterday, and it made a difference today. My energy level was much better.


Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to my first paid holiday in five years.

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NORASPAT 9/30/2014 7:41PM

    Now that sounds like a plan a paid vacation again. Getting older is not always wiser, HUGS Pat in Maine,
Enjoy your vacation. I hope your hubby is well again and how about PEACHES? Hugs Pat in Maine. Good to catch a friend feed--- Pat !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 9/3/2014 7:14AM

    Sounds like a perfect reward. Congratulations on such a great summer.

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JUDITH316 8/30/2014 7:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your accomplishments, keep up the great work, cheering you on as always

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LINTPICKER 8/30/2014 8:11AM

    excellent! I made it to 95 days logging in and then missed one day!! I am upset since I wanted to make it to 100! oh well, day one begins again!

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_LINDA 8/30/2014 1:35AM

    emoticon deal on the shoes -comfort is so very important for walking and support especially with a bad back. I will never wear anything less than thick soled shoes. Makes a huge difference.
Hope you can continue to get good sleep.
Enjoy your vacation!

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FROSTY99 8/29/2014 10:55PM


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One step at a time

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere.

So, I ordered prescription sunglasses to help cut it out of my vision while driving.

I go back for a recheck in late September.

This past Monday I began full time at work. First time working 40 hours since 2008.
My focus has been:
Stay hydrated.
Log in everyday.
Wear my fitbit, and walk as much as I can.
Eat sensibly.
Eat more adequately at lunch.
Get to bed earlier and aim for more sleep.
Rest my eyes.

That is my current plan. As much as I want to lose weight, I need to focus on better sleep, and staying healthy while tackling full time work. Balance is key.

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JUNIAATROME 8/25/2014 9:42PM

    So sorry for the frustration with the "bug". Good goals. All the best for keeping up with them! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 8/24/2014 5:45AM

    I hope that "fly" buzzes off!

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_LINDA 8/21/2014 4:39PM

    Having full time work actually makes it easier to stick to a plan. You will have no wasteful time to sit in front of the TV or read and snack the same hours as before. The longer you are idle, the more trouble you can yourself get into. Busyness has helped me a lot.
I just hope the long hours do not affect your back or any other area. If you can, take regular get up and walk and stretch breaks, it will make you feel better from all the sitting.
Wishing you all the best -you can do this!

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NSMRIDGEWAY 8/21/2014 1:20PM

    I hope your vision clears up. That sounds extremely annoying.

Great goals for going back to work! If you can manage it, my doctor gave me some great advice: Never eat your lunch at work. Pack your lunch, and when your lunch time arrives walk 10 minutes away from the building, sit and eat, then walk 10 minutes back. (I had a 30 minute lunch.) There's 20 minutes of walking logged right there! It's also great for stress levels.

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FROSTY99 8/20/2014 10:57PM

    It will all get easier as the days go by. At first it is overwhelming but it is like riding a bike-it will come back and you will find ways to make things easier for yourself.
I just worked for a month this summer and that was a challenge. I had not worked in over 10 years so just about the time I got into the routine, I was done but it was great to challenge myself and know that I could still do it!.
Praying the floater clears up soon.

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