Holding my "before" favorite shirt after losing 125 pounds on my journey to better health.

Monday, January 20, 2014

I AM???

I recently challenged someone to come up with 12 things that they liked or made them happy.  This friend struggled with that list.  I realized that she had forgotten about so many of the gifts she had.   I then changed the requirements to be self descriptions of her.  She again struggled.  I then realized that we all forget who we are.  We get lost in all the everyday crap(yes crap) that often doesn't matter and forget our own self worth.   I challenge you to make a list of your own.  I AM.  You might want to  dig really deep on this.  It can also be.  I HAVE.  If  you get really stuck, think about why your friends like you? Why do your kids? What did a parent, or grandparent see in you?  There are so many things that each and everyone of us IS or HAS.    Below are some examples of what I mean about I AM,  or I HAVE.

I AM: Smart, funny, organized, compassionate, loving, gentle, strong, seasoned, experienced, friendly, happy, kind, helpful, teachable, etc.

I HAVE:  Beautiful eyes,  freckles, dimples, red hair, great smile, pretty nails, smile wrinkles, smooth skin, songbird voice, musical talent, people skills, computer skills, funny personality, etc.

We all have gifts, talents, and special things about us.  We just need to remind ourselves once in a while.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Listening in class.

I have mentioned before that I help get some of my Grand's to school in the morning. This week I have been sick so that delightful assignment was passed onto my son.  One morning before they went to school they went with him to do the chores. They were looking at the new grave of my daughter's sweet cat Kiara.  Now Kiara has been a member of our whole family for 15 years. All of the Grand's have spent hours and hours with her. Playing with her, poking at her eyes and ears, laying on her soft side, and just loving on her.  She loved it!! Those babies were hers!  Anyway,  the younger one who is 6 stood there quietly for a few moments then looked up and said...."If  I could make any two people in the whole wide world come back to life it would be Kiara..... and Martin Luther King."

Sunday, January 12, 2014

One year today!

I wrote my first post one year ago today!!!! WOW I can't believe how fast that time went. I want to thank all of you for your words of thanks and encouragement. I have had 59,501 page views and I just can't process that. I hope I have helped you in your healthy journey's. You have certainly help me.  I can't wait to see what comes out of my mind this next year that I will be sharing with you. Sometimes I read what I have posted and say...What was I thinking? (especially the swimming suit photos) I guess you will just have to check in and see!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014


I just love it when I see my little 1 year old Grand.  He is such a positive and happy little person. I love the way he greets me when he sees me.  He will look at me and smile and with a loud voice shout out WOW!!!   Every time I go to his house he does that.  I have not asked if he does that to other people who he sees. He does not do it when my husband walks in.  I like to think it is just for me.  I like that a lot as a greeting.  What a great boost to my ego. WOW!!!!  I can imagine all kinds of wonderful things that WOW could mean.  I look great!  My clothes are awesome!  My hair is perfect!  I am liked!  I am loved! He is glad to see me!  I think I am going to try that out on a few people. Instead of a hello or hi, how you doing?  I am going to smile my biggest smile and say WOW!!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

13 and 1/2 miles. Why?

I wrote in a previous Blog that I had walked a couple of 1/2 marathons and completed them. One I even hold the record for being last!!!  In the St. George 1/2, I finished 28 seconds to late.  I walked over that line at 3 hours 30  minutes and 32 seconds.  I stopped before the finish line and gave "high fives" to my family waiting and so did not complete it under the time limit. (the high fives were as important as the final time)  The Dog Town (Washington, Utah)  I finished with about a minute to spare and I hold the record for last. I thought I was done with all that walking but I thought wrong.  Little promptings kept popping into my head last August. Maybe? Should I? Why? Why Not? A lot of training. A lot of good exercise!!!  So I signed up.  I am planning to walk the St. George 1/2  marathon on Saturday January 18th.  13.1 miles in 3 and 1/2 hours.  I have been walking may miles to get ready.  It has been so much easier on my body this time. I am carrying about 70 pounds less on my feet, knees, and hips than last time. I have been keeping track of the miles I have walked since I got my phone tracker in the middle of October and was surprised to realize that I have walked about 205 miles in training mode.  It doesn't seem like I have walked that much.  I put on my shoes, my fanny pack, my music and I go.  As I was walking the other day I looked back at the past  5 years and remembered how I use to be.  I remember the slow painful walks to the mail box and back. (having to take a pain pill to do that)  I remember having to put on knee supports to walk around a couple of blocks.  If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would be walking 1/2 marathons at the age of 60 I would have laughed at them.  Miracles are possible. Health can be improved. Change can occur. Start YOUR training to better health.  Maybe your goal is a block, a walk to your mail box,  a  flight of stairs,  a walk around your house twice, lifting soup cans while sitting in your recliner, standing up and sitting down through TV commercials, tossing a ball with your pet, leg lifts, dancing through a whole song, or dancing AND singing through a whole song.  It doesn't matter the distance or what you do. What matters is YOU DID IT!!