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TOPS on TODAY March 26, 2009

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I found a fairly new to me blog  called Hooked on Houses.  They host a  weekly blog party about what you are hooked on today.  I enjoyed viewing the entries and I thought I post mine.  I’m a TOPS gal.  TOPS is a great, non profit support group that has been around since the late 1940’s.  Check out this video from the Today Show.  This woman lost 140 pounds after joining TOPS!  She looks terrific.  We had two new women at our meeting today – I wonder if they saw this show?

To see what everybody else is hooked on, check out this link


A Lot Going On March 13, 2009

Filed under: Exercise,Health — alwayswithme @ 10:22 am
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I have been spending a lot of time on Spark People in an attempt to get support to lose weight.  I have enjoyed it and learned a lot.  I am hopeful weight will come down.

My blood pressure has been running high which is really worrisome.  I found out I am ADD so it may be the medication.  I am going to purchase some Vitamin D and start taking it as I read that it may help with BP and that it is hard to actually get Vitamin D with our sunscreen use and position of the sun during parts of the year.

I am starting to cook more which has been kind of enjoyable.  I have printed out some healthier recipes and hope to have a 21 day cycle of dependable recipes for us to use.  I have found quite a few veggie recipes to use and am making two to three different ones for each dinner since we are supposed to eat 5 to 11 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

I am soon to get my blood drawn to find out just how bad a shape I am in.  I am considering doing it at two different places.  One to have my doctor run per her instructions and one to send to Life Extension (I heard about this through a Suzanne Somers interview) so that I have two pieces of information to use.  I think the life extension one concentrates more on hormones and nutrients but I’m not for sure.  I need to find out about that soon.


This is What I Believe About Our Bodies January 26, 2009

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January 26

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.


Once we decide something is wrong, (being overweight, for exam-ple), then doing that thing is sinful. Some may say, ‘Well, the Bible doesn’t say obesity is a sin.’ The Bible does tell us that anything we do that makes us less than God created us to be is a sin. To be pure in heart means to try to do everything we know we ought to do. We ought to regard our own bodies with respect. We ought to be an example for others to follow. We ought to do all we can to be all we can. When we stay true to what we know in our hearts is right, then we will be assured of a place with God in His kingdom.

Today’s thought: I will do all I can to be all I am meant to be!


Who Knew? January 23, 2009

Filed under: Dates to remember,Health,Organization — alwayswithme @ 10:09 am
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My doctor scored the tests that DH and I filled out and told me that I am have ADD and have had it for a long time.  Who knew?  I am sure this explains alot about all those whys I’ve had in my life.  I am still absorbing this information.  He is having me try some medication.  I am hopeful that perhaps you can teach an old dog new tricks.


A Ramble September 17, 2008

Filed under: Books,Flowers,Health,Organization — alwayswithme @ 9:06 am
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The last two weeks I have been on auto pilot just getting the things that need to be done that day done with not much thought going into the day which has turned into weeks.  Part of this is because I have been down with a cold and the other part is that it has been a particularly busy last two weeks.  I usually don’t do well with busy as I am one who needs here down time; however I think I’ve basically handled everything okay.  I am, however, starting to feel the out of balanceness so I’ve got to stop reacting and start acting or the progress I’ve made thus far will fade to black.

The things I haven’t done that I must do and want to do are:  walking on the treadmill, going to at least one daily mass, begun a Bible Study, logged me food intake and spent more time with the Lord.  Other things that are looming are getting things to Goodwill, getting the studio in order, planting some mums out front, and continuing the kitchen reorganization.

I’ve got a tennis lesson coming up in less than an hour, while out today I’m going to the Half Price Bookstore to look for our book club books, to WalMart for some inexpensive mums and to Michaels to buy either the Scrapbook Trends book, the crocheting book or the cookbook (if I can use my coupon).

When I get home, I need to keep laundry moving, empty the dishwasher, load the van up with Goodwill stuff and make our bed.

That is the current plan.  More later.


Down a Pound September 2, 2008

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I weighed in at TOPS and am down a pound!  Very pleased.  I exercised regularity and ate well.  I hope that I added a bit of muscle too. 

It was my birthday weekend, and I overindulged a bit.  I will up the exercise and carefully watch my food choices and I believe that I will at least be able to maintain my one pound loss.

I hope that every other Healthy You Challenge folks have had a great week and I look forward to checking in on you tomorrow.


Healthy You Report August 26, 2008

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I have released another pound I am delighted to report.  I have doing some form of exercise six days per week.  I have been planning my meals in advance and while I haven’t completely given up chocolate my intake is down.  I am very pleased with all of this and know that it is in large part because I found this accountability site and have been enjoying being motivated by all of the bloggers who have down it or are still in the process of doing it. 

Another thing I have noticed lately is that instead of saying I think I will do this or that or I hope to get to do this or that I have changed it to I BELIEVE I will. . .it is amazing what the change of one word can do for a person.  I believe that I will release all the weight I am meant to release and I believe I will continue to eat well and exercise regularly.  Believing these things makes me feel in control.  It feels awfully good to feel in control.

Healthy You has helped me, I believe it can help you too.


Had a Brillant Idea August 3, 2008

Filed under: Health,Organization — alwayswithme @ 10:17 am
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I am supposed to keep a food journal for TOPS, if I don’t I pay a fine of .50.  I have had a hard time doing this.  I tried posting in on the refrigerator but that stopped working.  I tried joining a online place to do it but I never went there.  I stopped doing it but I know when I lost weight the last time I was meticulous about writing it down.  I have enjoyed be paperfree since I started utilizing my blog; and then it struck me!  Blog my food journal here!  I mean I am here every day anyway.  There is the keep this post private button so I did it.  I hope finally I have found what will work for me.


A Really Great Post on Attitude July 31, 2008

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There is a book recommendation in there that I need to go look at.  Loved the post.  More on it later but I’m going to bed now.

I just re-read the post.  The author suggest thinking about the positive parts of yourself and making a list of them so before I get DS off to bed :

  1. I am kind
  2. I am loving
  3. I am helpful
  4. I get to be 50 soon and am looking forward to it
  5. I am a good friend
  6. I am a good daughter
  7. I am a good wife
  8. I am a good mother
  9. I am intelligent
  10. I am curious
  11. I can be counted on

That is what I can think of.  I am a pretty decent person.  I need to remember that.  More later.


My Inside and My Outside July 21, 2008

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Last week at TOPS we discussed boredom eating, a topic which most of us could all relate too.  I don’t like boredom, don’t think there is a reason to be bored because there is ALWAYS something to do.  Cheryl pointed out that yes there are always things to do but alot of them are really just the drudgery of life; repetitive sweeping of floors, washing of clothes, preparing meals, cleaning up after meals so on and on.

That really struck home with me for a couple of reasons.  First off, I’ve never really “felt” bored.  I love to read so I do alot of that.  I DVR my favorite shows and watch them when I’m ready so random, endless TV watching is not a problem.  I have DS who has needs to see to and I love, love, love spending time with him so that is a joy not a duty to be endured.  I have come to enjoy the blogging world and spend a lot of time learning from many unknown to me in person friends, visiting their homes and being a part of their lifes.  I have a wonderful family and wonderful friends that I enjoy spending time with and doing things for.  I’m in a bookclub, a Bible study and a support group for the overweight called TOPS.  My life is very full.  I have hobbies I want to spend more time doing such as scrapbooking, card stamping, quilting and crocheting. 

The housework, however is a problem.  I don’t like doing it.  I grew up in a meticulously kept home and while I loved the look of it the pressure to keep things perfect just screamed to my inner self that my inside didn’t match my outside.  I understand why my home was like that, completely.  I want to move beyond that though. 

I get to be 50 this year and I want to be 50 and enjoy it comfortably in a new way; I want to have my inside and my outside match.  I have changed much inside.  I know that God is in control of everything.  I know it and I believe it.  I know that if I continue to not exercise my physical self will continue to break down leaving me not able to enjoy the next several decades as I would want to.  I know if i keep eating chocolate to excess the pounds will continue to pile on, the arteries will continue to clog and my mind will get foggier and foggier.  Massive amounts of sugar are not good for me.  I know that there is an attractive woman inside me that can be of value to my family and friends.  I know that my cluttered house is a direct reflection back to me of how my insides have felt.  I know that I am beginning to heal my insides and I am becoming more and more uncomfortable with how my outside environment is looking to me.  I want and need to match.  I want and need to come up with a simple plan that I can follow to change in both areas at the same time.  I have to allow myself that.  I have to babystep it because I know that trying to change too much too quickly doesn’t work for me.