Improvements

Hello.  It’s time to post again.  I am happy to say that even though my weight is the same this week, I have lost in inches!!

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I have been tracking my calories on SPARKPEOPLE.COM.  Also, I have been drinking 8 cups of water/day.  I know there could have been a weight loss if I had exercised consistently.  I have joined a team that is beginning a 10 lb. weight loss challenge for the month of March.

This morning I worked out on the treadmill before work.  For 30 minutes I burn 186+  calories on the treadmill.  I walk  for the duration of one song and run during the next song, etc.  I plan on making morning workouts routine.  I also have strength training scheduled for today.  Strength training for me is Wednesday and Friday.  I work out on my Total Gym.  It’s great.

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There are improvements being made here.  Slow maybe, but sure!!!

I Want To Lose 15 lbs In The Near Future?

The name of my site has not been relating to the past entries that have been posted lately.  I believe I have lost sight of my goal.  OK, how bad do I want to lose this weight?

Well, I really want to lose the belly fat.  And I want to fit into my jeans with plenty of room to spare.  I love jeans.  Jeans are supposed to be comfortable.  I would love to be fit as a cheerleader, too.

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I was just thinking.  I would love to get involved in a competitive sport.  I would like to be part of a team.  That would be great.  I guess I’m too old for that.  But, I am young at heart.  I love friendly competition.

I have joined SPARKPEOPLE to use their nutrition information.  It has really helped in letting me see where my problems are.  I love sweets, eat too late, and eat the wrong foods.  I haven’t done too well on there.  I’m thinking of starting over again to be competitive on a SPARKTEAM.  I need something to spur me on!!!!!

OK, here’s to a new start!!!  I plan to post more on my progress from now on.  My steps are moving forward and the journey will be posted!!!!

Thankfulness

Hello everybody,

Today I am just thankful for what I have in my life.  A great family, my job, the little boy I work with, no debts, my health, a nice place to come home to , my two miniature pinchers, the snow that has fallen, the wind blowing the snow,  the bright sunshine, the innocence and trust that I see in the faces of the little 3, 4, and 5 year-olds that I work with, my coffee, and the quiet moment that I am enjoying right now.

Messages

The last couple of weeks have went by like a whirlwind.  I don’t know if I am coming or going.  I need some organization, please!!!!!!!  The laundry needs to be finished, dishes need to be washed, floors cleaned, and I just want to rest a few minutes.  I’m missing everyone’s blogs that I usually surf.  I really miss you all!!!  I feel like Rip Van Winkle that loses a couple of days at a time instead of 20 years.  Where does all the time go, I would like to know?!

I think I will start making little posts every day or so.  My life is not all that adventurous, and I hope I don’t bore everyone to crocodile tears.  Blogging is something I really like to do.  I like reading blogs, too.  I feel connected in a fun way.  It’s like we are all sending out messages in a bottle, wondering who will come across them and who will send a reply back.    Blogging is adventure for me.  I see the world through someone else’s eyes.  I am refreshed.  I appreciate those of you that have kept up with my silly blogs and those of you that keep tossing the bottle back.  Please keep the game going.  You’re fun to play with!!!

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My New Test Kitchen and Band

Good low fat recipes

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Yesterday was a great day!  I  made a couple of new recipes.  The low fat cheeseburger pie was pretty good.  The next time I make it, I will put some spicier seasoning in with the meat.  It was just a little bland for my taste.  My family liked it, though.  The low fat cheesecake was even better than I thought it would be.  Very tasty!  I don’t usually buy the low fat, no sugar added, sugar substitute ingredients.  I have always gone for the ‘real thing’.  “…Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby,…”  You know, the song!?

Guitar Hero

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On Christmas day our family began the Guitar Hero habit.  If we can spare 30 minutes at the end of the day, the GET band rocks the house!!!  My husband came up with our band’s name, using each of our first name’s initials.  I LOVE the drums.  My husband and son choose who will be lead guitar.  Since Christmas, I have moved  up a couple of levels to the medium difficulty setting on most songs.  My favorites are Heartbreaker, American Woman, No Sleep Til Brooklyn, and Strangehold.    It is very challenging, trying to get the notes right and in rhythm.  It is so fun, I want to go out and buy a real set of drums!

Goals and Deadlines

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I have joined a great site for tracking goals

It has been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve spent my computer time reading other people’s blogs.  Also, I have joined SparkPeople.  It is a great place to journal your way to fitness.  You can see my page here.  I haven’t worked very much with my page.  I go to this site mostly to track my nutrition or fitness.  The recipes look very good, too.  I plan to make the Lowfat Cheeseburger Pie and the No Bake Graham Cracker Cheesycake from there.  There are a lot of good ratings on those two recipes, so I plan to give them a try.

I am working toward balance

I will let you in on a secret.  I love organization and balance.  However, I am not very organized OR balanced.   This brings me a lot of anxiety.  I feel like I am going in circles, accomplishing nothing.  I like to make out lists.  I get so happy when I finish.  Besides making lists, I like to time myself.  This is something I do in order to get things done.  Does anyone have an idea what my problem is?  Feel free in your comments.  I am open to your opinions.  I think I have a problem with deadlines.  Does anybody have the same problem, and if you do, how do you deal with it?

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Well, that’s my musings for today!!!

Thoughts on “The Purpose Driven Life”

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About a week ago, my friend “L” and I began reading a chapter in this book every day.  This book is soul-searching.  I feel like I have been to a psychiatrist or something.

Chapter 3 is very thought-provoking.  The question covered is, “What drives your life?”  Warren talks about the five most common things that can drive your whole life:

  1. guilt
  2. resentment and anger
  3. fear
  4. materialism
  5. the need for approval

In the same chapter Warren discusses the benefits of purpose-driven living.

  1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
  2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.
  3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life.
  4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
  5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.

At the end of chapter 3, when writing about the last benefit, the author says,  “One day you will stand before God, and he will do an audit of your life, a final exam, before you enter eternity……. From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions:

  1. What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?
  2. What did you do with what I gave you?”

This chapter has stuck in my head for the past few days.  I realize that life can be simpler and less stressful when thinking of what’s really important-what have I done with and for God?

There is a quote by C.S. Lewis in Chapter 4 that says, “There are two kinds of people:  those who say to God ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right then, have it your way.’ ”  I had to laugh at this because of the McDonald’s slogan.  People are really like that!  They want to tell God exactly what they want in their life like a fast food order.

This is the same guy that prayed before Obama was inaugurated.  I loved his prayer.  He spoke every word with passion, like he meant it.  I want to share this video from YouTube with you.

Well, on to Chapter 5!