Let's Get REAL!

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  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Morning, its a beautiful day morning here in Ohio today, suppose to have another high of 60's and that raises our expectations of what we will do and accomplish today.

    Quote Today: "You can try to be something you're not, or be Great as someone you are".....by Glenn Algenius Sweden

    This is so true this quote.....though many of us are making great strides to change its only to be better at who we are. I was doing a little reading today and a man was saying that he was glad for the hardships in his life. He said, without life's lessons and experiences he could not be the person he has become.

    I made this realization a few short years ago when I lost my job due to illness and had to learn to except a lifestyle I wasn't clearly ready for. I thought the illness at first was God's way of telling me I simply needed to slow down. I worked 2nd shift and during the day cared for my dying mother in law for nine months. I juggled meals, childcare of my daughter then 3 yrs. old, around hospice visits and worked 7 days a week. I had to work 7 days a week to get my 40 hrs. in each week, and yet be home for the caregivers that would arrive at our home. I would come in at 1 a.m. and often not get to bed til 3 or 4, tending to bed changes, and emptying foley, and pushing meds.....and sitting and praying....everyone said, how can you do this, my question back to them, was "how can I not". I saw myself as strong. Once she passed life began to return to normal and then my walls came crashing down. Within a hr. off work and countless testing and doctors I was told I could never work again. I cried, I got mad, I refused to accept what was being told to me, and through trials of trying to work and finding they were right, I had to accept what I couldn't change. I was living the Serenity Prayer.

    Nobody expects their life to stop at the age of 43, I told myself I still have 22 or 25 yrs. left to work.....now I have to work at being healthy, its all I have aside from my family and I can't take care of them well if I don't take care of me. People remind me how far I've come, and many still ask, "how do you do it".....I still say.....how do you not? I love the person I am. I am comfortable in my own body...I just want to be as healthy as I can be. I accept what I can't change, but I still have much I can.

    Like the man said in the article...I'm proud of the person I have become. I am wise in humanity, compassion, I have a purpose driven life. I love with all my heart, I give 110% to my friends and family if only in being a good listener, I value what is most important, love of God, family and good friends, I live for today, and learn from all my yesterdays and I wouldn't change a thing.

    I learnt to not take work, family, home, sleep, good health, for granted.....live each day to the fulliest and value what gifts in life you have been given...you never know when the change will come and not always will you be in control, but you can and will be okay.
    So when someone says, "how do you do it"......try saying with a smile, "how do I not?"

    thanks for allowing me to share and may you find your purpose and strength that lies in all of you, your stronger than you know.....keep on pressin on....its all worth it, YOUR worth it!!!!!

    Debbie:heart:
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Morning and Happy April Everyone!!!!

    Quote for Today: "Each day is another opportunity to take one step closer toward your goals, your dreams, your destiny".......author unknown

    This is our April~~~~our opportunity to begin a new. Perhaps some of you have been struggling, think of today as a new beginning. For those of you just beginning, good for you for making the decision to change your life. For some like me that have been doing this for about 8 or 9 wks., your doing great, may have stumbled here a few days here and there, but think of all the good you have acheived thus far. Wherever you are in your journey, you are closer than you were when you began.

    I want you all to set one obtainable Goal for yourself this month. Share with us what that will be and I will check back with you and see what I can do to help you reach your goal. Perhaps its to get in all your water (8 glasses daily), eat more veggies, or fruit, try a new food, begin exercising, increase your intensity, go to the gym 3 days a week, journal, whatever it is, please share.

    Looking back over my journal, my goal is going to be to eat 2 fruits daily., as that seems to be what I am lacking most. Its a simple goal, but an important one.:smile:

    bbl Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Hey everyone. I want to share with all of you I did my walk, 2,880 steps today, but in pain. I read an article in Prevention Magazine and perhaps I know why I was in pain.

    The article talked about the importance of drinking our water 2 hrs. before our workout. Our cells in our body needs water to be at the optimum function. You need to drink 1 OZ of water for every 10 lbs. you are, ex: weigh 150 need 15 OZ of water prior to your workout. If your cells are dehydrated you will fatigue easily, and your workout will be tougher. All these facts are based on studies done by a panel of participants results at California State University. Those who were dehydrated in strength training if dehydrated were completing 3 to 5 sets less than those hydrated doing the same activity.
    Just something to think about.

    With that said, I can tell you I completed my steps but it burned and was painful, but I talked myself through the pain and completed it, but from now on will make sure I have drank the water and take a water bottle with me so a lesson learned.

    Hope this little insight and suggestion help you.

    bbl Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    :smile: Good Friday Morning to all......ever have one of those days your feel good, and dedicated to your journey, you get caught up in your day and topple overboard.....well that was me yesterday. I had been expecting it............Now this must have some of you bugged. I have been on my journey 9 wks. and stuck true to my plan. Been satisfied with my choices of food and logged in everything, but yesterday was not a typical day. I ran errands, ate late breakfast, and out to breakfast at that, then DH took me and daughter out to dinner then just one challenge after another. The point I'm making though is that this will happen. Life happens, and I am fine with it. Just proves I'm normal I guess, LOL

    So today is another day and it will not be more of the same (at least not my yesterday), we're back to the plan. I does feel good to just let go and trust yourself. It was just one day.....and ya know what I wasn't as satisfied, and I truly did not enjoy the way my body felt......My foods were higher in fat, calories and sodium and that all made for a miserable feeling.....so was it worth it, No......but nor am I going to beat myself up for it.

    So case and point.......when the day comes and you fall overboard, get back on that boat anyway you can.....healthy eating is much more satisfying.

    bbl Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    Good Morning everyone, tis a chilly one here this morning. DD is going to an Easter Egg hunt. Hard to believe the holiday is almost here. Have your game plan on? Planning is key to success so think about what you will do to make the holiday a success.

    bbl Debbie
  • happygirl518
    happygirl518 Posts: 270 Member
    DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPATION THIS THREAD IS NOW CLOSED
    WISHING YOU ALL MUCH SUCCESS
    DEBBIE