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December 7th... and other dates of significance

Monday, December 07, 2009

There are only 365 days in a year. Some of them are bound to get reused. December 7th to those of us who are descended from US veterans of WWII will always be Pearl Harbor Day. But it got a better name when my youngest sister gave birth to a daughter on that day, 17 or 18 years ago (I've lost track, mea culpa)!

Today it took on significance as my son boarded a plane for his delayed trip to the Middle East. It's a month and two days after the events at Fort Hood.

Don't know if anyone (besides geeky me) noted that the Fort Hood shootings reused a date, too. Guy Fawkes day is celebrated in the UK on November 5th. That day recognizes a failed rebellion.

September 11th is also a reused date for me. In 1949, my parents married on that day. By 2001, both were gone, so did not see the black mark on their day. I guess the point of all of this is that life goes on. We soon return to routine. Numbers on a page are our triggers to remember: remember the good, remember the bad, remember the sacrifices, remember the rewards.

We now return to the treadmill, to augment the snow shoveling of the morning for exercise!

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SMARTIEBEE 12/9/2009 12:14AM

    I am so glad you were able to get e-mail from your son!

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CONCHA77 12/7/2009 8:20PM

    Thinking only the best for your son's safe return. Sending along my prayers for all who serve,
Hugs, Connie

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NELLIEC 12/7/2009 7:48PM

    December 7 has a semi-amusing meaning to me. All during my marriage, when our anniversary of December 7th would roll around, my then-husband would remind me that it was Pearl Harbor Day, also known as the Day of Infamy! Since as exes, we get along reasonably well, I just have an amused thought when it is December 7 again.

May God bless your family and keep your son safe!!!

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MSLZZY 12/7/2009 7:20PM

    I wish for your son a safe journey, safe deployment and most of all, a safe return! emoticon

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VVKIMBO07 12/7/2009 7:15PM

    I too noticed the shared date of Fort Hood...
It is interesting to see how much we can celebrate, and mourn on certain dates.

And also I'd like to thank you for raising such an honorable son who has made the greatest step a person can to protect that which he loves. Soldiers really are amazing. :)

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SUNNY332 12/7/2009 7:04PM

    Isn't it strange about numbers sometime?

I was thinking of you and wondering when your son was leaving. Bless your heart. Know I will be keep him in my prayers and praying the soldier's psalm for him.

God Bless!


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Changed the wallpaper - on the blog

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Figured I'd decorate the page a bit for the season. You have to see this white elephant gift to appreciate it. Yes, Frosty holds a weird collection of containers. Every home needs some schmaltzy and corny things... this is one of mine.

It was re-gifted to me from my daughter in law, who got it in a gift in an office exchange, where she is sure it was re-gifted to her! I decided it was so corny it had to have a permanent home. To go along with my "awful" Christmas clock, inherited from my mom. That clock chimes a different carol every hour, and everybody in the family hates it but me.

In any case, it's been a good week overall from the healthy habits point of view... two strength workouts and my 30 minutes a day of walking. Not a bad start to Christmas season.

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KALIGIRL 12/6/2009 6:52PM

    I love it!

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MSLZZY 12/5/2009 9:26PM

    I love Frosty! You did well this week! Keep on Sparking!

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JGOLFER 12/5/2009 7:57PM

    I love Frosty and I love your blog. Great job on your strength and walking workouts too! Have a great weekend.

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NELLIEC 12/5/2009 2:44PM

    Frosty is very cute!! And the clock sounds adorable (and I am sure that if I had one, my kids would groan!)

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NOREGRET2010 12/5/2009 9:47AM

    I'm loving Frosty too! Thanks for stopping by my page and your encouragement. :)

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CBIGELOW 12/5/2009 9:38AM

    I Love Frosty. He could have a home with me. I think we all have something that was re-gifted.
Love the blog.

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SMARTIEBEE 12/5/2009 9:36AM

    I love him! My stepmom used to make ceramics, and this is one she would have loved too!

Way to go on the healthy habits too!


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SUNNY332 12/5/2009 7:55AM

    I actually love Frosty! He did need a permanent home and I am so glad you gave him one. Not only does he have a home, he is the "Star" of our page right now.

I love parties where people bring white elephant gifts. It is always so much fun
to see the gifts.

Take care and have a Super Saturday.

Hugs, Sunny

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Christmas party success

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Last night I had a work Christmas party to attend. This is an annual party, so I knew what would be there... lots of hors d'oerves... wine, beer, soda... and people.

I ate my planned supper before going. I reserved my "at most one diet soda a day" to have at the party. And I set my focus on finding out interesting things about some of the people I work with but don't talk to as much during the week. I found an amazing lady who spent her childhood near Versailles, France. I swapped soldier-son stories with my boss, whose son will miss the birth of his child by two or three weeks as he's due to come home next month. I admired the decor, because it's always outstanding at D's house!

And I came home feeling triumphant for having a good time and not going off program to do it.

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2009 12:38PM

    Way to go!

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MSLZZY 12/4/2009 7:30AM

    emoticon Excellent planning and good company beside!

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NELLIEC 12/3/2009 10:25PM

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SUNNY332 12/3/2009 8:58PM

    Awesome. You planned ahead and kept the holiday temptation at bay.

Good for you.

Hugs, Sunny

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SKEMERICH 12/3/2009 8:38PM

    Congrats! My work party is next week..I will have to use your techniques sounds like they worked!

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Perfectionism is Banned for December!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Here's the deal: perfectionism is a set-up for feeling miserable and bad about oneself. Whether that perfectionism centers around making the holidays perfect, or perfectly sticking to a food and exercise plan, there is little chance of actually achieving the level of perfection.

There are goals that are SMART. SMART is talked about in success cultures everywhere, from management school to SparkPeople to whatever plan/program you happen to follow. The acronym varies, but these work for me "Specific", "Measurable", "Achievable", "Realistic" and "Time-bound".

During December I will stay on my food plan 6 out of 7 days each week.

See, specific, measurable, achievable and realistic (6 out of 7 allows for a little mess-up from time to time), and time-bound... during December, during each week.

I believe there is a place for aspirations that are not SMART. Example: During this day I will be kind to myself and nurture the needs of my body, soul and mind.

While time-bound (this day), it's not specific and measurable - "be kind" - what's that mean and how do you measure it? Still it's an aspiration, a hope, a desire - and desires are prayers.

May you all have a wonderful today, live in the moment, and be kind to yourselves... for you are worth it!

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MSLZZY 12/2/2009 2:19PM

    Excellent advice! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 12/1/2009 4:07PM

    This is great - here's to SMART goals!

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NELLIEC 12/1/2009 2:00PM

    I used to be very perfectionistic -- and it didn't get me very far! I am now kinder and gentler with myself and others and am much happier for it!!!

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SMARTIEBEE 12/1/2009 10:47AM

    Wow Barb! That was a wonderful blog! Words I really needed to hear this time of year! I try to remind myself that I am not perfect, just human, but it is good to hear a way to make my goals more realistic and attainable!

Thanks Barb!

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DHENDLER 12/1/2009 9:25AM

    I love love love the SMART lesson! I added it to other wise words you shared.

emoticon Thank you for being a mentor and taking the time to thoughtfully share timely advice with all of us. I know I speak for others when I say it's been very appreciated.

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SUNNY332 12/1/2009 8:31AM

    That is why I love WW. It gives you a little extra for that one special day a week for a nice dinner out with DH or a holiday party. Knowing I have that extra helps me stay focused.

I am back on track today and not beating myself up. I do not expect to be perfect nor do I expect to get the results someone in their 30's might get from diet and exercise. I am content with doing what I can today on my quest of excellence for me. Today, I am healthier than I was a year ago and that is something to celebrate.

Have a Blessed day and thanks for a great blog.

Hugs, Sunny

Comment edited on: 12/1/2009 8:31:50 AM

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FIREBALL_V 12/1/2009 8:11AM

    Great idea!!

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    Thanks for the good reminders. Recently, I said to a friend, "That will be perfect". She immediately lectured me to throw that word out of my vocabulary!!

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Bubble, bubble, endorphin bubble!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Felt stronger and better on the treadmill today. Daughter in law is home safe, which is a good thing. Treating myself gently is the order of the week. Had my Jenny treat (a s'mores bar) after workout & savored every bite, sipping coffee. Tonight, life is good... now off to an early bedtime, trying to get my sleep schedule straightened out.

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MSLZZY 11/30/2009 10:16PM

    Hope your night is restful!

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SUNNY332 11/30/2009 9:50PM

    Way to go - keep up the good work.


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NELLIEC 11/30/2009 9:00PM

    It is good that you are taking care of yourself!

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