Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Poem For The Broken Hearts

by Unknown Author
The sky is filled with Angels
With puffy lacy wings
The remnants of God's beauty
With treasures they now bring
Each one of them a Guardian
That travels in the sky
To watch throughout eternity
Their parents from on high

Smiles that come from Angels
They fall like crystal rain
Eases earthly burdens
Lifting all life's pain
Halos so astounding
That glitter gold each day
Following their loved ones
In such a perfect way
Wings in gentle breezes
That fall from up above
Kissing every parent
With everlasting love
Angels soar through heaven
With everlasting light
Looking down from heaven
Saying their "goodnights"
Kissing all who loved them
So gently on the face
This life's tender mercy
Each parent can embrace
Wings and shiny halos
Travel from on high
Surrounding all their loved ones
They never say good-bye.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gangham Style Christmas......Check It Out

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Into the Christmas Season We Must Go

Hello Black Friday I have missed you........NOT! Yes, it's sad but true, I am not a Black Friday Shopper. As a matter of fact, I do everything within my power to avoid retail stores like the plague today. Either the prices are overinflated then cut slightly to make it look like your getting a fabulous deal, or you wait in line for hours on end only to find out that they only had TV's that were in stock for the sale. Then you end up all ticked off cause you couldn't get the new "Toy" you wanted but didn't really need.

Instead of shopping today, I am taking my family to the newly restored Detroit Historical museum. With free admission all weekend's definitely at the top of my to do list.

So enjoy the remainder of your weekend folks. And if you are out shopping today......Be careful!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday To You

Today is a sad day in Michigan. We mourn the passing of a Detroit icon, Sonny Elliott. For those not familiar with him, he was a weatherman that was in the business for more than 60 years. I know that everyday as a child I couldn't wait for the news to come on so I could listen to him deliver the weather as only he could. His humor was iconic, and it always brought some sunshine into even the darkest of days.

Not only was he a weatherman, he was also a veteran of World War II. A fighter pilot during the war, he was also a POW. It has been said that his iconic humor was apparent even back then.

Rest in peace Sonny, I know the sunshine that graces us today is really your warm smile shining down on us! Thank You for all the smiles

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What A Crazy Month

The last month has definitely been a tough one for me. But, as always I have managed to endure to the end. Week after week I have been tested by the struggles of everyday life.

It started innocently enough the first week when my dryer quit working. Of course, it was 5 am when it decided to quit, and I had to be at work before 7 am. Thankfully my husband came to my rescue by going to buy me a new one. He managed to get me a replacement dryer before he left on a business trip later in the day. I was so tickled by his sweet gesture I forgot to ask him if he tested it to make sure it was working before he left on his business trip. When I got home from work I excitedly washed a load of clothes and then threw them in the dryer before I left the house to run an errand. I returned a short time later to discover the dryer was not working as it should.

I was a little frustrated that the dryer was not working, but I managed to work around it. Since I had to wait until my husband returned from his trip, I did the only sensible thing I could. Wash the clothes at home and hang the clothes up, or run to the laundry mat to dry them. Needless to say it was a fun week.

The next few weeks brought us two flat tires in one day, a kitchen sink that would not drain without being snaked out, and a furnace that was unusable due to leaking carbon monoxide. Now three weeks later, I have a temporary heating solution until our furnace can be installed, two new tires, and a renewed sense of gratitude for the little things in life. I am grateful that I have survived all of life's little tests.

And for every dark cloud that hangs over your head, there is a bright sunny day ahead. My sunny spot was when my mother was discharged from the rehabilitation facility and was able to go home. With continued physical therapy,alot of prayers and a little loving care from her family, my mother is well on her way to recovery.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

                         Have A Safe And Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Couldn't Be Happier

Well, another week has come and gone and has taken two more pounds with it. I couldn't be happier knowing that my weight loss plan is working. And it has been fairly simple.

The hardest part of my weight loss plan has been resisting the urge to indulge in my favorite junk foods. I have had to make some very difficult decisions on foods to eat. A good example would be when I get a sweet tooth and I need something to quell that urge to devour an entire box of chocolates, I instead choose a small piece of chocolate like a York Peppermint pattie. It's sweet and satisfies my craving. But doesn't leave me feeling guilty because I consumed an entire days of worth of calories in one box of chocolates.

Another difficult food addiction I have is fast food like McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell. Every morning after I drop my kids off at school, I drive to the local Mcdonalds and get my usual coffee and breakfast. That was before my weight loss challenge. Now, I find it amazingly easy to avoid the high fat and calorie laden breakfast foods, served up with the overloaded coffee with a gallon of cream and half a pound of sugar. In fact I am able to not only still visit Mcdonalds, But I have found alternatives that are satisfying to me. My typical order now is a large plain iced tea and a fruit and yogurt parfait.Then when I get home i'll make oatmeal to go with my fruit and yogurt parfait. Or even a few pieces of turkey bacon and a serving of nutrigrain fiber rich waffles with a tablespoon or two of real maple syrup. It not only satisfies my hunger, but I feel as though I am winning against my fight to stay in control.

My desire to be in control of my own behavior is so strong right now. And isn't that what weight loss and healthy living is all about, your ability to take control of your eating habits and make the right choices to lead you down the path to a slimmer, healthier you.

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy weekend. Get out and enjoy the beauty of fall......take a walk today, feel better tomorrow.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Feeling Better

I am not sure what has happened to me in the last week or two. I am feeling much better physically and mentally. The debilitating pain that had me sidelined for months on end, has subsided to the point where I am actually exercising again. Which in itself is a major feel good moment.

I did make a few changes to certain aspects of my lifestyle. My diet is transforming on a daily basis. And I am wondering if that plays a significant role in the way I am feeling. Gone are my days of endlessly scarfing down chips, cookies and candy. Telling myself that it's acceptable to eat the stuff because I am going to exercise later. Then later comes and goes and no exercise has been done.

The opposite is happening now. I stick primarily to fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat like chicken breast and tuna, and have all but given up my junk food habit. Now don't get me wrong I have indulged in chips and sweets, I just have pared it down. I stick to snack size bags of chips and sweets like York Peppermint Patties.  And I most certainly don't do it everyday.

The pain in my foot like I said before, has had me sidelined for months. A excruciating pain that left me unwilling to even stand. Now, I am not only standing and walking, but I am doing so for far longer periods of time. I wonder if the glucosamine tablets that I have been taking for the last few weeks has had an impact on my arthritis. I can feel a substantial difference in the days since I started taking the supplement. And as the days come and go, my joints are feeling much better.

Whatever it is that is making me feel better, I have no intentions of stopping. I am bound and determined to win this fight for my health and well being.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Harder Than It Seems

By now many of you know that I am absolutely addicted to wearing my pedometer and using it to track my weight loss progress. I have set some very ambitious goals for myself and I am determined to reach them.

So, as part of my goals I have chosen to strive for 15,000 steps a day. Now you wouldn't think that 15,000 would be difficult to reach let alone surpass. But, I am learning that reaching 10,000 a day is hard enough. You might be asking yourself why 15,000 when the average person only walks about 5,000 per day. Well it's really simple, if you want to see real results with your weight loss goals, you have to strive to push yourself farther than before. And for me right now, that means I have to get up and move. No more sitting on my rear end watching TV and stuffing my face with chips and ice cream. It's about making choices that are best for my health.

As crazy as it seems, I will continue to push myself farther each day until I reach my goal of 15, 000 steps a day. Who knows, maybe one day I will find myself pushing for 20,000 or 30,000. Really the only thing limiting me from reaching my goal is ME.

I don't know what it is about this video that is so addicting to me.......But I am hooked on watching it.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

OMG.......Did I Really Eat That?

I read a really interesting story tonight about how much work it takes to burn off your favorite splurge foods. Admittedly there were quite a few on the list that I love to indulge in. But, after reading this article I would think twice before eating my Sunday favorite, Cinnabon.

Read the full story here

Friday, September 14, 2012

Progress At Last

Well it's been just over a week since my mother had her accident where she broke her hip. She has had her surgery and has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility. I am not really thrilled with the facility itself, but I guess it's better than the alternatives.

It was frustrating for me after her surgery. At first my mother refused to get up and even attempt to walk. Her doctor wanted her to begin her rehabilitation the day after her surgery. Which meant that she would have to get out of bed and with the use of a walker, begin the journey back to walking. And she was just not willing to even try. But, after a agonizing week, she has finally begun her journey back to mobility. And I couldn't be happier about it.

It has been a fun week though. And after a week filled with challenges and frustrations, I am looking forward to spending a relaxing evening with my family. Tonight is my hometown's opening parade for the fall festival. And as always the festival kicks off with a parade of lights. It's always a highlight of the beginning of fall. And a really great way to enjoy some quality family time together.

Have a great weekend

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nothing I Can Do

How many times have you heard a doctor tell you that their is nothing they can do for you? Or they have said, "I want you to try this medication." and because of what your doctor says, you become depressed and lose hope.

Well that is where I am at today. Depressed and hopeless after my doctor told me that pain medication was my only hope from terrible foot pain due to osteoarthritis. Until a few months ago I was living a happy, active life. Then one day the pain started and progressively got worse. It was so bad at one point I could only stand for a few minutes at a time. And my doctor has been puzzled at the cause of my pain until today when he read the results of my recent MRI. And much to my dismay, after reading the report he simply looked at me and said "WOW". That's exactly what he said. I had to ask him what it all meant. And I was a little shaken by the results, and admittedly I cried a little when I got to my car. But, I gathered my wits and began researching ways to improve the quality of life when living with osteoarthritis.

I happen to stumble upon a few articles that fascinated me. One was a study from Johns Hopkins University on Osteoarthritis and weight loss. It basically said in patients with knee pain associated with osteoarthritis when losing a small amount of weight, they experienced improvement in their pain levels. Read the article here

The other was related along the same lines. While it was not solid concrete evidence of a correlation between weight loss and the effect on osteoarthritis, it is enough for me to give it a shot. I'm not quite sure where I am going to start this new life journey.........I just know it's something I have got to do. Read the article here

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Surgery Tomorrow And I Can't Be There

My mother is having her surgery to repair a broken hip tomorrow morning. And unfortunately I am not able to be there for it. Only because I have to be at work. I have the wonderful pleasure of working for an employer who is less than sympathetic towards family or personal issues. I have never understood how people can be so uncaring towards the needs of their workforce. Don't they know that by having employees that are happy and have a workforce with good morale, production is greatly increased.

So sadly I will be at work but my thoughts will be with my mother. But, I will go out of my way to make sure I see her after I get off of work.

Another Day In My Life

So today started out normal enough, woke up, fixed my husbands lunch for work, drove my husband to work, stopped by the bank and returned home. Once I was back home I began to work on cleaning house and preparing breakfast for my kids. Then the phone rang and everything fell apart.

The phone call came from my stepdad to tell me I needed to get to my mothers house right away. My mother had fallen and had broken either her hip or her leg. And suddenly a sense of panic set it. The mind begins to play tricks on you and races to all of the horrific scenarios. And it is hard to not allow that fear to take over.

.So, I frantically looked for some clothes to throw on, then drove like a bat out of hell to her house only to discover that EMS had already taken her away. I had to drive to the local hospital where I now sit patiently in the waiting room to go back to see my mother. And I must say that it is agonizing not knowing how she is doing. I am praying that she is alright. And it seems as though that is all I can do is, pray and wait.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hate To See It End

Well the time has come for my crazy Vegas vacation to end. As much as I hate to say it, I am eager to get back to my normal life. But at the same time, I hate to see it end so soon.

With all the fabulous things I have had the opportunity to do this week I have had a fabulous time. And I have a wonderful friend to thank for everything. She has shown me things that I have not previously seen. And we have shared some laughs along the way.

But alas the time has come to bid farewell to an incredible city. I truly hope to be returning real soon. Farewell Vaegas, and thanks for the memories. Now the time comes to begin planning my next adventure. Question is, what city should I explore next?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I have been having the most amazing time here in Las Vegas. I have seen things and been places I have never been before. I have been blessed to have a friend along on the trip that has visited the area so many times that they know where all the great spots are.

The other day I was taken to the most majestic spot ever. We went to Red Rock Canyon. I have seen the mountains from my hotel, but had never had the opportunity to visit them before. It was breathtaking to say the least. And I am glad that we took the time to visit the park.

And since the trip has been a working vacation for my husband, he has missed out on alot of the fabulous things that I have seen. Lucky for me, my husband has taken today off and is going to spend it with me. Now, it's time to see what adventures we can find.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Recommended Reading

During my flight from Michigan to Las Vegas last night, I had the wonderful pleasure to read the most moving book I have ever read. A friend of mine had recommended reading a book called: Mans search for meaning, by Viktor Frankl. It's a book that chronicles his experiences of life in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust.

By far this has been the most memorable book I have ever taken the time to read. And while I am about a third of the way through it, I can't wait to be able to start to read it again. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs some inspiration in their life. Or even to individuals that do nothing more than feel sorry for themselves or their life situations. I can honestly say that I can see a change in my personal attitude towards life even after reading just a portion of the book.

I strongly recommended taking a moment to look at this book.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Newest Addiction

Everyone has a favorite food that has become an addiction to them. You know what I am talking about. The foods that make your mouth water even when you just think about them. Well, I now officially have a new addiction.

My latest addiction is a twist on a summertime favorite, S'mores. Now I am sure that your thinking that S'mores are for kids. But, I have taken a classic and revamped it to suit my taste buds. I follow the usual design of graham crackers, and toasted marshmallows. But I substitute my favorite chocolate hazelnut butter for the chocolate bar. It gives me the right amount of chocolate and gooey marshmallow to satisfy my sweet tooth. And every time I eat one, it brings back pleasant memories of nights spent around the campfire at Girl Scout camp. Now who could resist a childhood favorite that gives you happy feelings? And what better way to unwind after a long day, than a soothing comfort food.

Who Knew

Who would have thought that McDonald's started out as a bar-b-Que restaurant. I never would have believed it if I hadn't stumbled upon this article on CNN. I found it to be a fascinating read on the history of McDonald's.

click here to read the article on CNN

The Pain is Back

About a week before my thyroid surgery I paid a visit to see my orthopedic surgeon about a serious pain in my foot. I was told that it was either a stress fracture in my heel, or tendonitis in my heel. My instructions were to stay off my feet as much as possible so I could rest my foot.

So, for the last two weeks I have done just that. I have done everything in my power to stay off my feet as much as possible. And luckily the pain has subsided for the most part. Until yesterday when I made the decision to wear a dress with my "cute" sandals. And low and behold the pain has returned and with a vengeance. Now, here I am just four short days from my trip to Vegas and all my hopes of being able to wear my cute clothes has vanished. Since it looks like the only shoes I will be wearing are my tennis shoes that provide some relief from the pain.

Now, the fun can really begin since I need to shop for some clothes that will go well with sneakers. Guess I should have listened to my doctors advice and stuck with the shoes that won't hurt my feet. And since the pain has returned I guess I will have to pay another visit to see the doctor. Maybe we can finally find a solution to fix this problem once and for all.

Morale of the story......if your doctor tells you to wear only proper fitting shoes with good support, avoid the "cute" sandals. You can be cute once the cause of the pain has been fixed.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

6 Days To Vegas

I am just 6 short days away from my trip to Vegas, and I am getting more anxious everyday. I have been busy the last two days trying to lose a few pounds before I go. And I am pleased to say that so far I am on track to a slightly slimmer me. I am officially down 2 pounds and steadily losing.

Today I hope to stay on track with a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and by eating lean cuts of meat. I have some chicken breast that is marinating in a chile lime sauce before I put it on the grill. And the plan is to have that with some salads today. And of course I am drinking lots and lots of water. So, what are you doing today to make yourself healthier?

My Son Showing Off His Skills

A few months ago my husband and I decided to enroll our youngest son in Karate classes. He had been begging us for the longest to take the classes and since he was doing so well in school with his grades, we decided to give him what he wanted.

Once he was enrolled in the karate class he excelled at learning all the new skills. We were so impressed with his progress and his continued success at school, that we bought him a pair of practice nunchakus as a gift. Within the first day or two he was doing moves that had me in awe. So, one afternoon as he was outside in the backyard practicing, his older brother caught this video. Of course the actual video he captured was of my son being his usual funny self. Check it out if you like, hopefully it will bring a chuckle to your day

Friday, August 3, 2012

8 days to Vegas

I am excited about an upcoming trip for my husband and I. In just 8 short days I will be basking in the desert sun. Though I am somewhat disappointed in myself that the weight loss goal I set for myself for this trip was not achieved. I have not given up on myself just yet. I know realistically I won't be able to meet my goal in a week. I am however gonna try and lose 5 pounds between now and the time I leave. So, the next week I will be posting my daily progress, and what I'm doing to get there. And in the spirit of strength in numbers, I am recruiting volunteers to take a 7 day challenge with me. If your willing to step up to the plate and give it a shot, just leave me a comment, and on your personal blog repost the challenge. Let's see how many people we can get involved.

The challenge is: 1. Eat all the fruits and vegetables you want everyday. 2. Do some kind of exercise everyday. 3. Avoid fast foods 4. Avoid sugary foods

Simple enough don't you think! Any takers?

On My Way To Fitness

A couple of months ago I made a purchase of an item that I had been wanting for a long time. It wasn't exactly a cheap buy, but I got what I wanted. I bought myself a pedometer. Now I am sure your saying to your self "what's the big deal, you bought a pedometer". Well, it's not just an ordinary pedometer. I bought myself a fitbit. And if I do say so myself, it was a great purchase. While it was a bit pricey at $99 dollars, I think it was worth every penny I invested.

I bought the fitbit ultra and it has some rather spectacular features to it. It not only tracks how many steps you take each day, it also tells you how many stairs you have walked up, how many calories you have burned, and it will also monitor the quality of your sleep. And if you choose to there is even a Smartphone app that allows you to input what your eating everyday. If you choose to use the food tracker it even compares your activity level readings from the pedometer against what you are eating. And gives you a reading of your calories in, versus calories out.

My new toy has become an obsession for me. I find myself checking it often to see if I am meeting my daily goals. And I have found that it is inspiring me to move more and sit less. Plus, I have discovered that the website has given me so much information related to my fitbit, that I hardly know where to start to process the information.

So, if your looking for a way to motivate yourself to move more, or maybe just a way to track your current activity levels, I highly recommend looking into getting yourself a fitbit. And if you do, I am sure that you'll be on your way to a fitter you in no time

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Clutz In Disguise

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing comes out right? When every time you turn around you are falling over your own feet? Well today has been one of those days for me.

I can't help but laugh at how easily I can fall over my own two left feet. Well today I took one hell of a nose dive. I went to my garage to get something for dinner from my freezer and when I went to return to the house my shoe got caught in the door and I went face first onto the sidewalk. Of course it took me a few minutes to recover and stand up. And thankfully aside from a little road rash I am no worse for the wear. I guess in the future I need to be more careful and slow down and take my time.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

For The Penny Pinchers Among Us

I have recently come to the understanding that I need to find ways to reduce my spending. So in my quest to become a penny pincher, I came across this website called The Krazy Coupon Lady. I was so impressed with the content on the site, I thought I would share it with my readers.

Take a minute and check it out, you might be surprised at what kind of deals you find. The Krazy Coupon Lady

TV Free Day

I have declared in my home that Wednesday, August 1, 2012 will be a TV free day in my house. I will brave the consequences and chance spending a day with my youngest children sans boob tube. You might be asking yourself what brought this on, and the answer is simple.......I have had enough of the kids sitting in front of the TV and fighting endlessly over what to watch. And no matter how many times I ask them to go play outside the answer is always NO.

So, I have committed myself to spending a day doing things that will remove them from the TV. I am busy planning a picnic lunch at the local park with time allotted for some constructed activities like a walk through the petting zoo. I am truly hoping that the chance to run and play in the wide open spaces of the park will help them to understand that there truly is a life without TV.

Wish me luck and patience.......I got the feeling I'm gonna need it!!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Fabulous News

It has been a very long week for me. The recovery from my surgery has left me tired and depressed. But at last today I got some good news. I do not have Cancer. I count myself as lucky that I can say that when I know that so many in this world can not. I will not forget how great a feeling it was when the doctor spoke the news to me. Nor can I forget all of the people who has stood by my side and prayed for me through my time of need.

To all of those people I want to say Thank You! You truly are angels in disguise.....

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hello Again

I have been gone for so long, and I want to say Hello again. I have been through some major changes in my life since I wrote last. But, I have held my head up high and kept on smiling.

The first of the changes has been to the size of my family. We have downsized from having a house that was bursting at the seams with kids to being a family of five. The changes have brought about dramatic change to the dynamics of my life. I have found myself lost in a sea of quiet solitude where once there was chaos. Admittedly I do rather enjoy the sense of calm that has engulfed my life. And, I have learned to adjust to the foreign nuances of life with just 3 kids.

The other major change has been to my personal life. I now find myself in foreign territory having been told that I might have cancer. My journey down this road began about three months ago. It started simply enough with a lump detected on my thyroid during a physical exam by my doctor. And quickly spiraled out of control into a dizzying array of tests. And culminated last week in the removal of half of my thyroid. Now, I am one day away from learning of my fate. Tomorrow I will learn for sure if the lump that was removed was indeed cancer. It has been a long week filled with pain. The surgery has left me with a feeling of uncertainty in my life. And I must admit that I do not care for feeling this way. I used to think that cancer was a tragedy that would not happen to me, but now I am not so sure.

So, I leave you now so I can rest. I will make sure to keep this updated more often.