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!!!!

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!

Peanut Butter Fudge-Finally!!!!!

I don’t know how many times in the last 17 years I have tried to make a batch of peanut butter fudge.  It is very important to me to make this for my husband.  It is his favorite desert of all time.  He might get some homemade peanut butter fudge at Christmas from a friend, but he’s never got any from me.  My concoctions have varied– from peanut butter syrup to peanut butter ice cream topping to peanut butter with sugar crystals.  Never peanut butter fudge!

Until now!  Yeah!!!!!!!!  This is a great day!  I can’t wait until my husband comes home from work.  Yesterday was a bad day for him, so I hope to lift his spirits tonight.  He won’t believe it.

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My Favorite Movie: Gone With The Wind

‘Gone With The Wind’ is my favorite movie of all time.  I love the romance of the movie.  This video showcases the sparks that fly between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.  The song in the video is great, too.  I found it on YouTube.  The song is called ‘I Want To Love You Madly’ by Cake.

I think Clark Gable in this movie is SO charming and lovable!  I fell in love with Rhett when I was a teenager and I’m still not over him.

I also love the part in the movie where Scarlett says, “Tomorrow is another day.” She has such spirit and passion to live.

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My John Wayne

I am so proud of my daddy.  I want the whole world to know.  He is the best father a girl could ever dream of.

He talked to me on the phone tonight.  We were discussing the weather.  When I told him about the forecast of snow here  for this week, he said that he might not be able to make it.  I said, “WHAT?”  My sweet daddy  was planning on surprising me by visiting me for my birthday this month.   Just knowing that he was wanting so much to see me is a gift.

I wish everybody knew my daddy.   He believes in spending time with his family.   He listens to me when I talk to him on the phone.  He  has a great sense of humor, too.  My dad is my hero.  Do you want to know why?

My dad is going through so much pain right now.  His doctor said that it is a matter of time and only God knows how long it could be before he would need dialysis for his kidneys.  My dad’s kidneys are deteriorating.  He  has gout in his legs and feet, too,  and his back is all used up.  His pain never stops.

I think that it would take an extraordinary man to be going through so much physical pain to continue showing his  love for his family like my dad does.    I tell him that he reminds me of John Wayne.

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