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Activity Brings Motivation

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I really didn't feel like walking after dinner tonight. Why not? I was absolutely exhausted; the tornado sirens had awakened me at 3:30 this morning, and I never went back to sleep. I had to drive home from DDs this morning in a downpour of torrential rain. That 60 mile commute through Atlanta traffic with poor visibility was emotionally and physically draining. This afternoon after visiting my elderly parents I had a 13 mile drive through another downpour! Because we baby sat DGDs, I had missed my water aerobics classes yesterday and today. Overall, I really didn't feel like walking after dinner.

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However, I recently read some motivational quote from SparkPeople which said that we shouldn't wait for motivation. Instead, we should just get moving and trust that motivation would follow. Tonight I did exactly that. I put my walking shoes on and enlisted DH to walk with me. Guess what? It worked! Somewhere along the way the sun came out and I began to enjoy my walk!

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My activity motivated me to move more! I am a believer!

  
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RITZIBROWN 11/2/2014 1:07AM

    Here's to you Evelyn for the positive attitude and self talk emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 10/23/2014 9:43AM

    I agree. If I feel sluggish, if I can just get moving, in a matter of minutes I feel much better and can go on with tasks/exercise, etc. Good quote!

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SWEETNEEY 10/20/2014 8:32AM

    Love the thought - do it and motivation will follow. So sensible and reasonable.

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1SURFWALKER 10/20/2014 2:33AM

    Saw this quote and sounds similar to the one you talked about:

Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it. ~Zig Ziglar

Now it makes sense...you showed us, even when you don't feel like it, once you are out there, you feel better for going!! Good for you!!! emoticon

I hope I never ever have to go through Atlanta again with their traffic...don't know how you did it and with a thunderstorm to boot! emoticon
Hope your week is great...and less busy! emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/18/2014 3:17AM

    Good for you for going for a walk even though you didn't feel like it! I must say that often, I don't even feel like going on my beloved hikes either. It is crazy because I actually love them so much! But once I am there and start walking and look at all the beauty around me, I always wonder why on earth I was reluctant to go for it.
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/16/2014 5:51PM

    emoticon emoticon My motivation has been slipping this week. My tracker isn't working. I have to figure out how to get the back off to change battery. So far I haven't been able to get it off. I try to get out for short walks but haven't had any long walks in several days.

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MARITIMER3 10/16/2014 5:37PM

    My goodness... what a day you had! No wonder you didn't feel like going out for a walk.

I've been reading some of the motivational quotes lately too, and they really help.

Hugs, Gail

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SHARJOPAUL 10/16/2014 10:03AM

    I keep telling myself that the hardest part to my 10,000 steps a day is the first step out the door. and I keep proving myself right!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/15/2014 12:27PM

    So true. A little push to yourself and then you feel wonderful to have done exercise.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/15/2014 6:58AM

    Great. The Lord gave you some sun shine to enjoy your walk! emoticon

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CATTUTT 10/14/2014 9:15PM

    I have found this exact thing, that sometimes you just gotta get moving and wait for your brain to catch up. It really works!

Hope you're having a great evening!

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2HAMSDIET 10/14/2014 7:58PM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2014 7:52PM

    See, there you go. If you fake it, you'll eventually feel it! Glad you got DH to walk with you too. Bonus motivation points.

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HOLLYM48 10/14/2014 7:44PM

    Great job! That is often how I feel when I get home from work but I know that my walk will rejuvenate me and I love seeing the leaves this time of year so I just get out there and start walking and I just feel so much better. Way to get moving and enjoy yourself while you were at it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AJB121299 10/14/2014 7:27PM

    nice

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Walking in October

Friday, October 10, 2014

We have had a beautiful October in north Georgia...some cooler days and some warmer days. Sunshine abounds; we could actually use more rain. DH and I explored Georgia's newest state park with its walking trails through the woods. We packed a picnic and enjoyed the day.







Another day we hiked through Gibbs Gardens, a public garden that has many Japanese maples and other beautiful sights.

Note: my yard at home is full of blooming idiots. Right now, our hydrangeas are in full bloom, now instead of in May. Our Christmas camellias are coming into full bloom, now instead of in December. And our encore azaleas which we planted a year ago are in full bloom. Nice!

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 10/12/2014 11:10PM

    Japanese Maples are beautiful trees. What a nice walk. At least your yard is lively lol


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MARITIMER3 10/12/2014 7:01PM

    Thanks for the pictures, Evelyn. Is the new park relatively close to your home? We had frost last night, so I will need to get out soon to clean up the garden.
Gail

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1SURFWALKER 10/12/2014 1:03AM

    So nice you took advantage of the new park. I just love when they do that with the pathways! More are becoming more activity minded and that is wonderful!! Nice photos! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 10/11/2014 9:48PM

    Better bloom out of season than not at all.

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RITZIBROWN 10/10/2014 11:01PM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing the hikes and loveliness of your home. It has been a strange year emoticon emoticon

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CATTUTT 10/10/2014 9:18PM

    The photos are beautiful!

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PATRICIA-CR 10/10/2014 7:07PM

    Beautiful photos! So happy to hear there are many different plants blooming erratically. Awesome!

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CAPECODLIGHT 10/10/2014 5:51PM

    My white iris are blooming again! Weird fall. Thanks for the pictures.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/10/2014 4:28PM

    Lovely!!! Glad you posted these lovely pictures. Thank you!

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/10/2014 4:09PM

    How lovely! Many thanks for sharing. It looks like the colors haven't changed yet, just like in Paris... It will take a few more weeks here.
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A Mini Vacation

Friday, August 22, 2014

My husband and I were able to get away for a few days for a little respite. We chose to go to Callaway Gardens, a lovely vacation spot south of Atlanta. When I was 10 years old my parents began taking the family to Callaway for a week long vacation every summer, and so I have a special fondness for this place. There are seven lakes located on the 35,000 acres.







There are many beautiful hiking trails; the wildflower trail passes by this reflecting pool.



There is a fascinating horticultural center with plantings both indoors and out.



There is a lovely butterfly house where you can enjoy hundreds of butterflies in a natural setting.

We attended a birds of prey show where we saw owls and hawks close up and personal.





The chapel is nestled into a very natural setting. The stained glass windows and the Moeller organ help make it a very special place. There is a live organ concert twice weekly, and we enjoyed that while resting on a bench in the forest.







We feel quite blessed that we were able to take a few days for ourselves during this otherwise stressful time.








  
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HOLLYM48 9/27/2014 8:57AM

    loved the rest of the pics, especially the church and the stained glass window. Marvelous. Thanks so much for sharing these lovely pics with us!

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RITZIBROWN 9/16/2014 2:01PM

    What a wonderful place Callaway Gardens is. I understand why you both would take some time to go there.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/6/2014 12:12AM

    What a beautiful area. I can see why you wanted to go there. I have never been to the south, so I really enjoyed your pictures. Beautiful Church, and I love the tree shot!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/27/2014 4:27AM

    I am so glad you were able to get away and take time for yourselves! I know how you feel: I have been on vacation for 10 days now and spent the afternoon with my mother almost every single day (she has been very sick, and also I think I am feeling guilty as I'll be away for work for most of September and won't see her for more than a couple of visits).
The area you went to and all its lakes and gardens is gorgeous! And how special that it has personal memories for you also. I especially loved the reflecting pool and the chapel. Thank you so much for sharing your mini-vacation with us!
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SWEETNEEY 8/26/2014 8:35AM

    The pictures are lovely. The mini vacation seems exceptional. Would love to visit Callaway Gardens will put on my bucket list.

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CAPECODLIGHT 8/25/2014 10:01AM

    I remember seeing Calloway Gardens on the PBS show, Victory Garden, many years ago. It looks absolutely wonderful. Glad you were able to spend a good amount of time in nature. It never fails to inspire and soothe.

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1BEACHWALKER 8/24/2014 9:49PM

    That's a beautiful place! Glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourselves!

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2HAMSDIET 8/23/2014 11:01AM

    How beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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SHARJOPAUL 8/23/2014 9:50AM

    WOW Beautiful area!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 8/23/2014 1:02AM

    What a beautiful place. I am so glad that you and dh were able to get away for a few days, relaxing a bit. I bet, at this point, you both needed it badly. I know how much you appreciate nature and flowers. This must have been the perfect place for you.
I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Hugs. Marlis

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SHARON10002 8/22/2014 10:56PM

    I have heard about this place, and have always wanted to go there. I hear it is specifically beautiful during the Christmas season. Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures! Looks like a wonderful place to commune with nature, and to soothe the soul and rejuvenate the spirit.

How wonderful you were able to go for a very relaxing vacation.

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MARITIMER3 8/22/2014 10:38PM

    What a beautiful, peaceful spot, Evelyn. Thank you for sharing the pictures.
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KATELJM 8/22/2014 9:33PM

    Looks like a soul-refreshing place to visit!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2014 9:29PM

    Beautiful!!!

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FOCUSD 8/22/2014 9:16PM

  Love the pictures. Wish I were there.

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HOLLYM48 8/22/2014 9:11PM

    Oh, I will be back tomorrow, can't wait to see more. New computers are very frustrating until you get the hang of it and find all the special things they can do. I am always glad to have my daughters home during that time because it is 2cd nature to them and me not so much!
Loved the pics so far and I am glad you were able to get away and relax. I am sure you need it and I hope it was peaceful and that you and hubby had a good time!
Take care and see you tomorrow!

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Hospice: An Update

Friday, July 11, 2014

Those of you who shared with me the positive side of hospice were all correct. Although there are difficult moments, there are also many sweet moments to savor. Sunday was my father's 90th birthday, and a joyous day it was. Thankfully, he was lucid and in a good mood most of the day. He ate well of the foods that we kids, grandkids and great grandkids had prepared. He tearfully remarked that "This was my best July 6th ever". He sang "It Had to be You" to my mom, his bride of 67 years. Believe me, there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Sweet moments to be sure.

As for us, we are trying to sleep, to exercise and to eat healthy foods. We are trying to make whatever preparations we can. We are trying to console ourselves in knowing that we are doing the very best that we know how to do. We are reminding each other that he will soon be in a better place.

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, your notes and your prayers.
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Here is a link to "their song".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ipJ2P8duaY

  
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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/17/2014 5:42PM

    Hi there,

It had to be You...love, love, love that song. How so v. sweet he sang that to your mom...

You conveyed such a tender and heart-rendering moment.

Wishing you and yours the best,

barbara

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SWEETNEEY 8/3/2014 12:43PM

    It's not an easy decision but sometime it is a necessary one.

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BEATLETOT 8/3/2014 7:11AM

    emoticon What a sweet story.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 8/2/2014 10:16PM

    I understand you can't get my responses to your "Feed", because it is set to private. Just wanted you to know that I think of you daily, while you and your family are going through this most difficult time. I am glad you had a weekend for yourself while your siblings are taking care of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Remember that caretakers need to take care of themselves in order to continue taking care of those in need. (((Hugs))) You are a Gem.
Marlis

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MPETERSON23111 7/21/2014 3:12PM

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/20/2014 5:20AM

    What a blessed day. Your Dad sounds so sweet. emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/19/2014 7:44PM

    What a great day, so glad he was able to enjoy it. The memories will comfort you and your family later. I know your momma loved it. Hugs Pat

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/15/2014 1:16AM

    Such a beautiful day despite all the pain, stress and sadness you are experiencing... I am glad your father still has times when he is lucid and that he was able to enjoy this very special birthday prepared by his loving family. It will be a precious memory for you.
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ALIHIKES 7/14/2014 9:54PM

    So sorry you and your family are going through this difficult time. I hope and pray that he will be peaceful, content, and pain free. It sounds as though his 90th birthday was great, and that he enjoyed the day
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2WHEELER 7/12/2014 11:34AM

    My thoughts are with you and your family. Those sweet moments are so precious. I'm glad that you and your family are together to share them. Those are the memories that you will visit over and over.

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/12/2014 3:04AM

    sounds like it was great day. sending a big hug to have when you need it (the mail can take a while!)

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MARITIMER3 7/12/2014 1:13AM

    Sounds like a day you will never forget. Your father certainly knew he was surrounded by people who love him.

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LYNNIERN 7/11/2014 11:18PM

    Such a great story. I'm so glad your dad had a wonderful day!

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MARCIAC10 7/11/2014 10:10PM

    How awesome that he had a great 90th birthday. Not many of us will get to experience that!

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KAYTIE22 7/11/2014 8:05PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment with us. Bless him and bless your family.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/11/2014 7:54PM

    My dear, know there are many prayers for comfort being said for you parents, your family and you are definitely doing the best you can.

How awesome that you got to celebrate your Dad's 90th birthday with him together.

Many hugs and prayers.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/11/2014 7:49PM

    I am glad your Dad had a good time for his 90th and you were all there to share it with him! Sounds like such a sweet guy! Take care and thanks for keeping us updated. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/11/2014 7:46PM

    emoticon emoticon It sounds like it was a true celebration of a wonderful life and day for him. I am so happy that you have all been blessed with such a wonderful man for so many years. Hospice is a better alternative than being in a hospital where there is not a homey feel. I pray for all of you for peace and healing and doing the best that you can do at this time. My thoughts are with you. Big hugs to you.

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/11/2014 7:38PM

    Sounds like a day that will be a treasured for years to come!

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KATELJM 7/11/2014 7:32PM

    How wonderful that you all could enjoy his birthday!

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June in a Nutshell

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The month of June has surely been a tough one for me. My dad was in the hospital for 2 weeks, and he has been home with 24 hour caregivers these past 2 weeks. Tomorrow the hospice nurse will meet with the family.

Understandably, I have not been on SparkPeople much at all. I try to track my food, but some days that just can't happen. I log my fitness minutes thanks in large part to my Fitbit.

Socially, I have not been on the boards or the friend feeds. To all my Sparkfriends, I apologize for my absence. I miss you, and I will be back when I can.

Weight wise, I crave more comfort foods due to stress. Meal wise, we have eaten out more times in the past 30 days than I care to count. To combat these habits, I have upped my walking (pacing at times) and my water exercise. So far I am continuing to maintain my weight.

Sleep wise, I am not very successful. It is hard to shut the mind off when worries and cares are present. I cope by taking naps whenever I can.

In summary, although times are tough I am trying to take care of myself so that I will be there for my mom and for the rest of my family. I have learned so much about healthy habits from this website, my Spark teams and my Spark friends! Thank you.
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ALIHIKES 7/14/2014 9:56PM

    Please try to take care of yourself also. It is so difficult to care for an aging parent. Don't worry about spark, just try to stay healthy through this very stressful time. emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/9/2014 8:07AM

    My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. It is beyond hard to deal with the grave illness of a parent. May your love carry you and your father through his remaining days. As far as sleeping, if you haven't tried it yet, play soft classical music when you go to bed. There is something about the almost mathematical precision of the music that gets into your brain and calms it. I find even when my mind is racing and stressed, it works 95% of the time to get me to a peaceful sleep.

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/4/2014 4:55AM

    You have been doing great given the circumstances. I am glad you can up your walking and take naps, it is so important to have this balance. I hope the caregivers and the nurse are good and giving your mother some relief. I can imagine how difficult it must be though, for her and for you.
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/2/2014 6:55PM

    having gone through the stress of a father's decline with the added stress on family and self I completely understand. Take care of yourself so you can care for your dad. Know that we are here and love you. Hugs and prayers. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2014 3:13PM

    Sweetie, I completely get it. That's all I can say. Glad you're taking care of yourself the best you can. Hugs and prayers.



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ONTHEPATH2 7/2/2014 3:09PM

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Hugs and prayers! You are doing awesome given the situation!

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NEWCHINELO 7/2/2014 1:07PM

    My prayers are with you!

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HOLLYM48 7/2/2014 11:20AM

    Sending prayers and hugs. Do the best that you can for this stressful time and know that you will get through this. I am so glad that you are continuing to take care of yourself during this stressful time. I know what you mean about turning off your brain at night to sleep, that is always that worst part for me too!
Big hugs to you. Hang in there.

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MARCIAC10 7/2/2014 10:05AM

    You do what you have to do to get through the tough times and then you put your life back together when you have time to focus on yourself. Best wishes for all!

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2HAMSDIET 7/2/2014 10:03AM

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SARAHL817 7/2/2014 9:57AM

    I'm glad that you're able to maintain your weight despite the difficulties you're having.
I also have trouble sleeping when I have a lot on my mind. One thing I like to do is make up stories in my head - about people I know, or I create fictional characters (I used to be a writer, so that's easy for me). Sometimes my real life worries will drown out the stories, but a lot of the time the stories push my worries to the background and it allows me to sleep a little better. I hope you can find something that works for you.

I hope things get a little better soon.
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KATELJM 7/2/2014 8:19AM

    Sorry for the stress you are experiencing, it is challenging when parents decline. You might find that long slow stretches soothe you and prepare you for sleep. I used to imagine the stress falling off me.

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MARITIMER3 7/2/2014 1:16AM

    With everything that has been going on, Evelyn, i think you are doing really well. Please don't worry is you can't be on line very much, we understand and are here for you.
Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
Gail

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 7/2/2014 1:08AM

    I can only imagine how difficult this time is for you and your family. I am surprised that you can still function, and include in your daily routine, many of the lessons learned, here at SparksPeople. I think of you daily, while you are trying to meet all the challenges that come with a family situation like yours. I am also thinking of your poor mother, who is probably facing the most difficult challenge of her lifetime. May God look over you and bless you all.
Marlis

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ZRIE014 7/2/2014 12:42AM

  wish you the best

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ALICIA214 7/2/2014 12:31AM

 

We look forward to your return soon...


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