Take what you can use and let the rest go by.

January 22, 2013

– Ken Kesey

This one is very fitting for me right now.  The last few weeks I’ve been batteling hunger which is resulted in me eating a lot of food.  Some of my choices were healthy and some, well, some definitely weren’t.  But it is very frustrating when one eats and almost immediately after one is hungry again.  I’m starting to feel normal again so this week my focus is to get back on track.

In other news, I had an awesome long weekend! Some of my invisible friends were in town and I got to meet Jimmie in person!  If you haven’t read her stuff, go do so; I’ll wait 🙂  I think one of my favorite posts of hers is choosing her football team.  That or her story about the new puppy.  I do know that Jimmie participated in the November writing month thing and I hope she actually decides to publish something.  Because her writing is awesome. 

I got myself sidetracked.  I got to meet her for the first time and she is the cutest thing (I’d say little, but she’s taller than me!).  And she has the most adorable Southern accent.  As she put it, I met a new BFF I didn’t know I had or needed 🙂  Vonnie (the same woman who is an inspiration if only for her dedication to getting up in the middle of the night to work out) was also in town and so was Laricha; another invisible friend who I had the pleasure of meeting in person for the first time in August.  All three were staying at Nurse Bananahammock’s place which is thankfully only about an hour away.  Their time here was too short and, although nothing is yet planned, I’m counting down to when I get to see them all again.

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.

October 22, 2012

– Emily Kimbrough

I can’t think of how many times I’ve done this.  I’ve done Weight Watchers more times than I can count; and each time I’ve lapsed it has had nothing to do with an inability to follow the program because it’s too hard.  One of my times back on program I was attending a meeting center by a Lee Ann Chin’s restaurant.  And the meeting I choose to attend was right before dinner.  Everyone was always talking about food, which made me hungry.  And I would go to Lee Ann Chin’s and pick up dinner to bring home; every week.  Instead of changing meeting times, I just stumbled right off of the wagon.

I moved to Florida 9 years ago and lived with my parents for a while.  Mom and I went back to meetings and I did fantastic; I actually lost 50 lbs.  I’m not sure what happened, but we slowly stopped going to meetings, we stopped going for bike rides and walks after dinner.  And the weight crept back in.  Several years ago J and I went back to meetings.  We did good, but for some reason I couldn’t commit enough to get beyond 15lbs lost.  And it got to the point it was easy to say, eh, I don’t need to be spending money on this.

This time around, it feels different.  I don’t know if it’s my meeting leader (who is freaking awesome!), or the group that we have.  But every one of us at some point in the last year has stumbled; yet we all return week after week.  We own up to what we did, we know what to do to change things.  And we hold each other up when we start to fall.  Between them and the friends I’ve made on the Weight Watcher message boards, I couldn’t think of a better group to occasionally stumble with. 

It’s thanks to these groups that I’ve continued on even when I was struggling the last month.  It’s these people who helped to remind me that I can do this; this really isn’t that hard.  And once I started to remember that, I was able to re-focus on my journey and what I want to accomplish for myself.  I am getting there too.  Part of getting there is setting short-term goals for myself and achieving them.  That’s something that I’m achieving too. 

I don’t normally dedicate posts, but this one is dedicated to J who would do anything he needed if it meant helping me succeed.  And to my Oldbies, all of whom are awesome in so many different ways.  And, thanks to Laricha’s 3 Good Things, they make me remember that there are so many positives in my life each day.

A Few Pictures

April 20, 2008

These are from my phone, which doesn’t always take the best pictures. So please forgive me 🙂

Tasha and Boris are showing off their favorite positions

Tasha and Ciera showing that cats and dogs really do get along

Brian and Dad as smurfs 😀 This is one of those fun features on my phone camera
John and I were out riding one day and saw this guy under a dock.
I know this can’t be seen all that well, but the blob on the right is a gator and all the 4 or so blogs to the left are turtles. I guess the gator really wasn’t that hungry. This was taken while leaving work one day, and that is a pond our glassed in walkway passes.

"Make New Friends, But Keep the Old"

October 17, 2007

I can understand the excitment my friend Courtenay has for her young married couples group through Church. Last night John and I went to a bowling event put on by the Mid-Florida Chapter of the National MS Society. This event was for 20 and 30 year olds diagnosed with MS and a guest. It was a lot of fun to just go, hang out nad meet other people my age in the same boat as me. Although, the topic of MS didn’t really come up a whole lot and it was a very small part of any discussions.

We met a very nice couple, Peter and Ellen. Ellen just moved down here to FL in March from Wisconsin. The poor girl is even a Packers fan, says she has been her entire life. But we can forgive her that 🙂 Ellen and Peter live in a city over from John and I and we have lots in common, including an enjoyment for motorcycles.

I am really looking forward to more gatherings with this group. It’s funny, we’ve all come together because of this one common pain in the rear. But it’s only a very very small part of who we are. None of us are letting this mess with our lives. And for us, that’s the way it should be.

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