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Wednesday, June 15, 2016



Good morning friends!
I'm extra excited this morning because Wednesdays are my longest work day - 10 hours - they wear me out. But I got a call that due to sickness I got the day off!!! What a sweet surprise. It's going on "the list". I LOVE music - all kinds - but especially happy country music. LoCash has a song out, "I love this life" and I was singing it the other night while driving & started thinking about all the things I love in my life. Well, I grabbed a journal and just started writing things I love... I may end up filling up every page in the journal :) It's very good for the soul to sit and write down things we love ~ it really shows us how blessed we are.

Anyway, I decided I needed to make Spark a part of my life again & am focused on getting on here at least once a week if not more. It's so nice catching up with friends :) During my foot rehabilitation, I put weight on... had a sore right foot, sore left knee from arthritis & was wallowing in some major self pity!!! Well, the foot is at 95% so I have no excuse not to move now. I started and stopped Atkins a few times in May... and then last week I started again for real! No more excuses. I know this is the life style that works for me. It's the only one that works for me, so I'm sticking with it! Got on the scale this morning and have started losing again which was balm for the weary soul!!! And it's funny - last night I took my daughter and friend out to dinner. Had salmon and double veggies, in lieu of the potato. It was great. We got home and as soon as I walked in the house I saw my son's bagels and started thinking of food. I wasn't even hungry & all I could think of was food. So, I went outside and watered plants and flowers. Then came in and went up to my daughter's room to play with her ferrets. Then went downstairs and started chatting with my son. Soon it was time to go to bed. I made it. But it was tough. And that is what drives me insane - that we constantly have this battle going on!!! However, I proved to myself that it is possible to come out on top & it's an effort... but an effort well worth it!

My boys are leaving for Japan on Saturday - 10 day trip. They are super excited. Leah and I are excited to have a male-free zone for the duration :) Life is good. The picture above is one of the great blue herons that live around here. I love them. He sat and posed for me one day - I find a lot of joy in God's creatures! Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic day! Smile & love yourself!
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  • BBEAGAN
    I missed this blog! Great photo- we were out kayaking in an ocean bay yesterday and we must have seen a dozen great blue herons - at least! They are so gawky yet majestic!
    1258 days ago
  • JUNESHOPE
    emoticon ooohhhh, so good to hear from you!! I've been on vacation out of state and haven't been on here in a couple of weeks. We got back to a major house house leak, which caused the ceiling of one of our bedrooms to cave in, so I've been busy with that.

    emoticon But I AM still here... and look forward to cheering each other on.

    emoticon I've been keeping personal journals since 1994. I have 3 or 4 full large notebooks now. I love writing in them. I haven't written in the current one for a few months, and now that you've reminded me of it, I think I will write in one tonight.

    emoticon We will lose this weight and enjoy our 'new way of life'. It's just around the corner...

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    1260 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Diane, that's a great photo of a stunning guy! You are a talented nature photographer!

    Well, I found the answer here to my question about how long your boys will be here in Japan. I just know they'll have the time of their life and make lots of good memories as they experience all these adventurous train rides, unusual meals, and incredible sights. Are they going to Kyoto, by any chance? That's not too far from where I am.

    I'm so glad you're back, and that you're feeling motivated to restart your program. I'm feeling motivated, too, and I'm looking forward to seeing good results. We can do this, my dear!
    1264 days ago
  • JUST-ELIZ
    emoticon Good to "see" you!! We can do it!
    1268 days ago
  • BARBARAJ73
    emoticon You've been missed! Glad your foot is doing so well. Amazing how those things can drag us off track! We sometimes take our abilities for granted. Sounds like you are determined and sticking to your plan - emoticon
    1268 days ago
  • LIVINHEALTHY9
    So glad to see you back on here, Diane.
    That's great your foot is all healed up and you are ready to kick **

    Love the heron picture.

    1269 days ago
  • KAREN2LOSE55
    We can bloom where we're planted! And what a difference it is when we count our blessings instead of in pity!! I've definitely proved that to myself! What a good idea too, to write them down. I will do that today. And I know too for myself, that low carb works best for me! We can do this! For life!! emoticon
    1269 days ago
  • BLACK_CANARY19
    I'm excited you are back and I'm loving the happy post!! Welcome back!
    1269 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    I'm excited that we'll be hearing from you again more frequently. Yes, we have many blessings and it's always good to remind ourselves of that.
    Enjoy your free day!
    1270 days ago
  • 75HEALTHYME
    Diane, I sure could feel the joy exploding out of this blog...
    Glad you are here.
    AND
    Enjoy your "Wednesday Surprise"
    (Put it to good use!)
    Hugs, Audra
    1270 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I had the same realization in the shower this morning. I decided to like my job because in this economic climate one cannot afford to be picky. I realized I was being affected by a co-worker who hated her job and we would commiserate on a daily basis which was fun. Now that she is gone and doesn't want to listen to my work problems anymore...funny how that happens...I am left to be either miserable or make the best of it. Truth is that the daily bitchin' was not good for me so it's probably good she did leave as I have 25 lbs more than I did when I started and that I need to own.

    Good to see you back and I better go before this becomes a blog of my own!
    1270 days ago
  • CHUBBYBUMPER
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    1270 days ago
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