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Hoping the Storm Will Clear

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?
--Rose Kennedy

I have been dealing with digestive issues for over two years now. My A1c has gone from 5,7 to 8. Having a 7 is what is the usual goal. Getting those numbers can be achieved by diet, exercise and medication.
Although my issue is a legitimate challenge, I have been using it as an excuse. There are still things I can do.

I want to sing.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 11/19/2014 4:53PM

    I am sorry this has been such an ongoing challenge for you. I am blessed with good health; I can't imagine how difficult it must be to deal with a chronic health issue. I am hoping things improve for you! ((hugs))

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2014 8:19PM

    You can sing: yes you can!!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/18/2014 1:54PM

    Go for it! IT is possible. That's what I'm doing . . . controlling my blood glucose with nutrition and exercise. Good luck1

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DSHONEYC 11/18/2014 10:42AM

    emoticon and your SparkFriends want you to sing.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/18/2014 7:33AM

    I found it was so helpful to meditate on these things until my inner self changed from I resistant "I should" to an enthusiastic "I want to." It didn't come from my intellect (which was already convinced by medical and physical evidence), it didn't come from other people (who expressed varying degrees of horror, sympathy and frustration as I continued to gain weight over the years) and it didn't come from my doctors (who all mentioned politely and sometimes not so politely that I needed to lose weight). It came from being in touch with the essential part of myself that wanted to actually live. Now the task becomes to nurture that until it becomes a seamless habitual way of thinking and perceiving myself in the world.

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Welcoming Change

Friday, November 14, 2014

There has been much talk about change lately. And many changes have taken place.
Yet I still cling to the familiar that isn't working for me.

Like the freshly fallen snow I awoke to this morning, I need a new perspective. I have changed, what I need to do has changed.

This is not a bad thing... it's just different, My needs are different than what there were when I was a teen in high school. I am now a blessed grandmother. We all can lead a happy, healthy life to share with our loved ones and it doesn't have to be food based.
Sharing a walk, going to a concert or play.... so many rich experiences are out there.
The biggest change needs to be my mindset. Slowly it is changing. Better choices are being made.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner has again fallen to me, personally I prefer to be a guest and bring a dish. My sister likes to cling to the past and I am trying to help her move into the present. Yes I have fond memories of the Thanksgivings past and it was indeed a feast, where we were all stuffed and lethargic. Now it's a dinner, we can move afterward. Our kids to the road race beforehand.

Ah yes things change... thankfully we have many modern comforts, Like washing machines, stoves, interior plumbing, heat on demand. Would I want those olden days, heavens no. Plucking a turkey and tending a cooking fire are not my cup of tea. I remember my grandmother's wood stove and am grateful that all I have to do to cook is turn a dial or push buttons.

But what my grandmother did have was wholesome food. Now that is something we should hold onto. Now I am not ready to put up a chicken coop, have a cow, and plant 40 acres, but I can find out how my food is produced and support my local farmers.

Sure it is a change, but it is just as good.

  
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DSHONEYC 11/14/2014 10:36AM

    Maybe not change but refine. Take what we hold on to the dear memory of it and mold the activity into something we can live with.


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1CRAZYDOG 11/14/2014 9:24AM

    Change -- a love/hate relationship!

Boy, does your Thanksgiving resonate with me! It falls to me, too. That's all right, because then I know I can eat some of the dishes! LOL Everyone does bring something, so that helps.

Good luck

Snow here too. Not liking it, but the seasons do change. So do I have to!



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JIACOLO 11/14/2014 8:27AM

    It is funny how people view change as a bad thing. It doesn't always have to be.

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Empathy/Focus

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thank you for all the kind and supportive comments on yesterday's blog and for that matter on all my blogs. One thing this past Veterans Day taught me was to have a little more empathy, Not only to those that have served, but to to all mankind. That includes myself.
That empathy is not pity, it is a call to action. To show some kindness, extend a hand.
Fortunately neither my husband or I have withdrawn, but we remain open to possibilities.
I have been doing the Oprah/Chopra 21-Day Meditation Experience, Energy of Attraction Manifesting Your Best Life! Yesterday's theme was about focus.
In order to achieve my desire for a healthier life, I need to focus, be attentive to what I desire and filter out the rest.
Today I found the Diabetes Nutrition Plan on SP it seems easier to use. Perhaps now I am ready to focus.

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2014 8:41PM

    Isn't it remarkable that when we need a resource it manifests itself . And we see it and make use of us!!

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KO1215 11/13/2014 3:42PM

    You can do it. You have the right attitude.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/13/2014 3:00PM

    Good luck. HUGS!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/13/2014 11:11AM

    It's amazing how when you're ready you can hear and see things that previously you may have passed over.

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DSHONEYC 11/13/2014 10:23AM

    emoticon and by do it I mean FOCUS! Go Nancy! emoticon

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Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The day offered many opportunities for expressing gratitude for service by our veterans. My sweetie rarely speaks of his service. Upon his return home he was not welcomed, but was greeted by protests and shunned. Of course this only added to the horrors that those had been in battle needed to endure. After all the years it is still painful for him.
But this year was a break through, I got him to go out. It did help that he was offered a 1/2 rack by his fav BBQ restaurant. (Kansas City Style) I saw his face light up, we spoke a bit about the rats big as cats, but the ribs brought a smile to his face and I think he is finally feeling welcomed home after decades of hurt.

Veterans event in San Diego provided an opportunity to find out what homeless vets look like -- and how they see themselves.
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This opened my heart to them, their pain.

As for me, I was mindful and enjoyed a nice salad along with my burnt end sandwich. My tastes have changes and the salad tasted better than my sandwich did. Who would have thought that would have happened.

  
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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/12/2014 8:55PM

    Our country goes insane every once in a while (or many more often), but certainly one of the more insane things we did was to be disrespectful to returning vets. I'm glad he went out this year.

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WATERMELLEN 11/12/2014 6:24PM

    I'm so glad he got some of the recognition that he has so richly earned --

Here in Canada Remembrance Day was honoured right across the country with an unprecedented outpouring of appreciation for our soldiers past and present. It's heartwarming.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/12/2014 1:27PM

    My heart goes out to your DH. NO veteran should be treated the way they were @ that time . . . and should not be treated w/o respect!

HUGS

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DSHONEYC 11/12/2014 10:33AM

    I remember those times vividly, I remember the boys who didn't come home from Viet Nam and the husband (long-ago divorced) who suffered nightmares from his time on the Ho Chi Mihn Trail. War takes its toll on everyone, truly sorry for your husbands suffering. emoticon

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I still can do what I can do.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's been a bit of a struggle as of late with my digestive issues. I have fallen back into old ways of eating and adopted adaptive behaviors in order to get things done.
For example:
I'll have breakfast after going out and running errands. This way I avoid gastric distress while I'm out.
The BRAT diet is loaded with carbs.

However reading WATERMELLEN 's blogs on Back to Beck has reminded me that even through I have challenges right now, I can minimize the "damage".

Setting up my environment, exercise, planning meals, and just plain being mindful of what I am consuming and what my goals are ... should not be thrown by the wayside. I still can do what I can do.

  
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DSHONEYC 11/3/2014 7:25PM

    emoticon Remember no one expects perfection...do what you can, when you can, because YOU CAN!

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SUNSET09 10/23/2014 6:58PM

  I tell my co-worker, who is limited in what she can eat, to concentrate on what you can eat! emoticon emoticon Oh, emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/23/2014 6:02PM

    Nancy, we CAN do what we can do -- and give yourself credit for doing that!!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/23/2014 2:40PM

    Hope you feel better!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/23/2014 10:55AM

    Absolutely.

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