Tuesday, April 08, 2014
A few years ago I attended a nursing conference in Chicago. The theme was Together, Stronger, Bolder. It was explained that nothing we do is done by ourselves. The speaker was of course talking about our nursing profession.
It is that way in other aspects of our lives as well. If you reflect on the journeys in your lives, can you think of one thing that you do all by yourself? Someone has had a part in everything that we do. Yes, you prepared your meals today, but someone taught you how to do it. Someone grew the food, someone else shipped it to the store, and someone else is making sure that the water you drink is clean. If you can think of something that you have done without any help from anyone, please let me know, because I cannot think of one thing.
It is definitely that way with us here. Together we are stronger and bolder than we are by ourselves. I have been blessed with a great group of friends here on Sparkpeople, but I also realize that it is so much more than just my little group of people that I interact with here. This is a huge community and we help each other in many ways such as posting recipes, sharing nutritional information, asking questions, and motivating each other.
I have come far and have far to go, but I know I can do it with all of you. I only hope that I have helped at least one person along the way.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Born March 26 @ 1:41 PM. 7lbs, 15 oz, 20 inches
Both Mommy and baby are doing well. When I asked Stinky today if he wanted to go see him again. He told me, "No, I am done" Poor thing, his whole world changed yesterday.
My three favorite boys...
Saturday, March 15, 2014
So, I wrote on a friend's page this morning for her to stop. I have been pondering this all day. I have been looking for a boost this past month and I think I have been given a sign...
I realize that I must proceed with...
I also know that sometimes I need to...
But the sign I was given today is...
Stop, Think, Observe, Plan, Proceed
STOP... making excuses, blaming myself and/or others, the binges, that lifestyle
THINK... about what I can become, of alternatives, of ways to make it happen
OBSERVE...what I am doing by tracking honestly, how great I am feeling (and looking)
PLAN... my meals, my exercise, my day, my week, my plan
PROCEED... with the rest of my life. It is what I make of it.
I am going to STOPP for the rest of this month and see where it takes me. After all God sent me this sign today so I will put it to good use!
Thursday, February 06, 2014
When I started this journey last June, I really wanted to lower my cholesterol. Yes, I wanted to lose weight too, but I thought of that as an extra benefit. Who knew all the other fringe benefits that would also occur?
My cholesterol is coming down quite nicely, I have lost over 30 pounds, I have more energy than the bunny, I get to buy new clothes, my food bill has decreased, etc...
Today I had received a benefit that I never even equated with healthy living before. I have a history of gum disease and visit the dentist 4 times a year for periodontal maintenance. I know my hygienist well and she knows my teeth. Today, she asked me what I had been doing differently, because she could not find any tartar to scrape off my teeth. I honestly have not changed my dental hygiene routine. The only thing that the two of us could think of was the change in my diet. My dentist came in and said of course. Healthy is healthy! This was the shortest dental appointment I have ever had.
Monday, February 03, 2014
The main reason I started this journey for hopefully the last time in June was my cholesterol numbers. They were high the end of May. I was really discouraged when in August, they were even higher. I got my results today from the labs that were drawn January 28.
hint, I am smiling!
First number was August, 2nd number January
Total Cholesterol: 244.......196
LDL: 162 ...........123
I am not to my goal yet, but I am so proud of the progress I have made. I had to get my LDL under 130 in 6 months or be put on medication. I will get labs again in 6 more months and hopefully will continue to improve! This has to be the biggest and bestest NSV ever for me!
I must steal from my friend, Michelle. This is definitely a GOLD STAR DAY!!!!!
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