Laura Sullivan is a Grammy Award-winning pianist whose soothing music is available on YouTube, Facebook, my Alexa, etc. In addition to her musical talent, Laura is a poet. She shared a couple of her poems this week and I was so impressed that I asked her if I could share them with you. She agreed.
When this pandemic hit, we were not allowed to meet in our usual spot at the Madison Valley Medical Center. We were encouraged to stay home, socially distance, and sequester if needed to stop the spread of this disease. So we did.
Some experienced Loneliness and depression. We NEED connection!
But knowing that I Would eventually go Back to my TOPS helped.
I did not want to Disappoint my friends at TOPS When finally we’d meet.
And I I didn’t want To balloon back up in weight To where I once was.
TOPS helped me take off Those excess pounds I had gained. Friends encouraged me.
I needed to be Accountable to my friends – Weighing in each week.
Charms and ribbons helped To keep me motivated. Slowly losing weight!
Don’t try to rush it. It is the gradual loss That stays off of you.
Ribbons represent The number of miles walked. Exercise is king!
Watching what you eat And when you plan your meals Is also a key.
Eat colorfully! Less on fruit, more on veggies, And watch your portions!
“Mind Over Platter!” That is an effective goal. Use a smaller plate!
If the plate is small, You can fill it easier – It looks like a lot!
Don’t snack in between On things that aren’t good for you! Choose nuts or carrots!
Today at my TOPS, After being gone for months, I was the winner!
The biggest weight loss Was only a couple pounds! But I didn’t GAIN!
So back to the title, “Ten Ways to Get a Handle on Weight” Did you catch the main points? Here they are:
Watch what, how much and when you eat.
Avoid boredom – stay connected!
Join with friends who share your passion to remain fit.
Remain accountable to that group of friends.
Lose weight gradually, don’t rush it.
Minimize snacking – and keep it healthy!
Weigh-in weekly – keep a record.
Believe in yourself. You can do it! Remain positive!!
I was nominated to participate in this fun blog post. I was nominated by https://charlotteannrobinson.com/ Check out her blog. It is fun, inspiring, upbeat, and always worth the read.
When she answered the question, “What are your ten favorite feelings?” she added graphics to each answer. She made it fun to learn these things about her. You will enjoy seeing them.
Simply list 10 of your favorite feelings and then pass on the nomination to one or more of your favorite bloggers!
loving and being loved
I find peacefulness in Derrick’s garden. He shares wonderful pictures of the work he and Jackie do almost every day there. Their relationship demonstrates the reality and importance of interdependence. We all need one another!!
I love looking for Nugget, their feathered friend. When Derrick’s not in the garden, he shows us his travels through the countryside in his area of Great Britain. I nominate him for best daily inspirational post… derrickjknight
Nominate at least 5 bloggers and inform them of their nominations
Give them 10 new questions
Here are the ten questions Betul gave her readers … and my answers to those questions:
1- What do you like about yourself? I am open to life-long learning, knowing God is not finished with me yet.
2-What don’t you like about yourself? I can’t name them all… too many… but I’m working on areas of procrastination and impetuousness.
3- What are the most important characteristics you look for in a good friend? Honesty and compassion
4-If you were too hungry and too sleepy, would you choose sleep or food first? Would depend if the food was available or not. If not, I’d sleep and dream of food!
5-How much time do you spend on social media in a day? Is WordPress considered “social media”? If so, 3 or 4 hours. About a half hour on FB.
6-Do you have a favorite travel destination? If so, where is it? Switzerland, cuz that’s where our daughter and her family are … and California, cuz that’s where our son and his family is.
7-How do I believe my writing could help people? My goal is to inspire us all to love God and one another more completely, more faithfully, and to live a life of gratitude and integrity.
8-What is the most recent TV show you watched? Do you recommend it? I watched almost every episode of The Voice. Now that the season is over, I look forward to next season. Yes, I recommend it.
9-What is the most important human need (other than the basic ones like eating, sleeping etc.) and why do you think it is important? Love, connection… that was yesterday’s post on http://www.janbeek.blog
10-Mornings, afternoons or evenings? They’re all important! But, I am more energetic in the morning.
Most of you whom I nominated are too busy to bother with answering this nomination, but that’s okay. I just want you to know I think you’re awesome – and if there are any of my readers who by chance have not read your blogs, I want them to clink on your link and treat themselves. I try never to miss one of your posts.
If you feel like it, you can copy those same 10 questions up there and add your answers. If not, that’s okay. Just keep writing your awesome posts!
I posted the video below on my FB page a year ago and reposted it today. Every time I see/hear it, I am moved to tears and inspired to want to go out and make a difference.
Our day will be better when we make someone else’s day better. Go out and share your love now. Make your corner of the world a little bit better just because you are in it! Recite after me, “I can do anything!” Yes, you can!! You can make a difference right where you are.
Yesterday our friend, Hailey, invited Bob to be her “Guest of Honor” for the day – and come to her school. Her class was celebrating Veteran’s Day by inviting a loved one to share lunch with them. Hailey’s mom took this darling picture of Bob holding the poster Hailey made for him.
I think Ennis was a better place yesterday because of all the people who honored our veterans – and all the veterans who stepped forward to be recognized. God bless them all!
If you are in the USA, what did the people in your community do to recognize veterans yesterday?
If you are from another part of the world, tell me what your country does to honor those who serve (d) in your military to keep your country free and your citizens safe.
Thanks for visiting JanBeek. Now – what are you going to do today to make your world a better place?
Last night we attended a dinner celebrating the 244th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and honoring our veterans.
The gentleman on the left in this photo is Don Bowen, a Marine veteran. He and his wife, Toni, invited us to attend. Don and Toni are the realtors who had our house built. They lived in it for the first 6 years before we bought it. I have a special spot in my heart for this couple.
The birthday cake was cut by the oldest Marine present (91) and served by the youngest one (42). I thought that was a nice tradition.
All branches of the service were recognized with a toast to their service to our country. Bob served in the army when we first were married.
That opportunity to live in Germany while Bob served in the military got our marriage off to a wonderful start. I was stripped from my comfort zones: family, friends, language, culture, job… and placed in a “strange land” where I needed to rely on my husband, my inner core, my faith, and my ability to learn and adapt.
I landed a job (by God’s Grace) teaching first graders on the army base – it was mid-year, February – so it really was a God-thing!! And we became life-long friends with the Schallers, whose chalet we shared. Ah memories!
On this Veterans Day, I think back to those years of service and I remember all who sacrificed for our freedom. I live in gratitude – forever thankful for all who served and who are serving in our military today.
In a perfect world, we would need no armies. We would just love one another, and we’d all live in peace. Ah, I long for that day. But, I’m afraid it won’t come til Heaven. Nevertheless, I will strive for that peace in my life.
Today our Ennis Arts Association had a guest speaker, Kathy Coontz, who represents the Federation, Quilts of Valor, in our state of Montana. Kathy is such an inspiration!! I love her quilts and her enthusiasm.
Can you see what a delight she is?
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a nation-wide service effort that delivers quilts to service members and veterans. Its mission is to cover service men and women and veterans touched by our war(s) with comforting and healing hugs in the form of beautiful, warm, red, white and blue quilts.
Kathy told us the recipients do not have to have served in a “declared war.” Regardless of the conflict or the branch of service, the rank or the job (Clerk Typist Specialist 4 – behind a desk in Germany in 1961-2 was my husband’s job), we owe them a thank you for their service to our country. The quilts are stitched with love, prayers, gratitude, and healing thoughts. It’s the quilters’ way of saying, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.”
In their brochure explaining the program, QOV quoted one recipient, a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan from ’05 to ’07.
Spc. JMcK, US Army, wrote,
“As silly as it might sound for a soldier with over three years in Iraq and Afghanistan to say, that blanket became a true item of comfort and peace for the road ahead.”
If you know a U.S. service man or woman or a veteran who might appreciate a Quilt of Valor, you can log on to http://www.QOVF.org and fill out an application. You also can discover on that site how to donate to the cause, join the organization, or designate a gift for a specific QOVF group or particular state.
It was a wonderful presentation. I wish more people in our Madison Valley had been there to hear Kathy’s message.
Do you have a Quilts Of Valor organization near you? Or do you know of a veteran who’d benefit? Think about it! There’s nothing like a warm blanket hug! My daughter DeDe sent me a blanket hug for Christmas last year. I love it!!
On my last post, I said, “See ya tomorrow,” and expected to “bee” on my way,
but then I got this award from Yeka at YBP – It’s All About Love:
Yeka accompanied the award with this note:
As you’d know by now, I’m all about LOVE! And I believe in spreading love with the highest levels of passion!
In gratitude to you for your gracious outpouring of love, I’d love to give back love a billionfold. This is my happy way of saying THANK YOU!!!
What better way to do that than to SHARE THE LOVE! I’ve come up with a special award that I believe we should all receive and generously pass on.
I’d like to start off our happy LOVE FLOW by nominating fellow bloggers who live out love and inspiration here on our WP community.
My intention is to spread our LOVE community-wide and so I’d appreciate your happy participation. And if you choose not to participate, I hope your nomination puts a smile in your heart knowing that you are loved and appreciated.”
Her nomination DID put a smile on my face… and so I continued reading and she helped me know how to do #1 … although it’s not quite at the top.
I thank you, Yeka for this award. Let me share your guidelines:
Attach the BEE LOVE AWARD LOGO on top of your post.
Share your Definition of LOVE and How You Live Out LOVE.
Nominate your fellow bloggers who live out love
and inspiration on WP. (Love knows no limits, so nominate as many
fellow bloggers you’d like to shine your light on!)
Reka’s Definition of LOVE:
“Love is the ultimate reason we were born. We live for love. We live through love. We live to love.“
How Reka is Living Out LOVE:
She wrote: “LOVE is action to me. So, in my own simple way, I love by helping others become the best versions of themselves. I help them realize how sweetly blessed and richly loved they truly are. I celebrate them!”
Reka’s BEE LOVE AWARD Nominees (I am just showing you mine… it’s part of her1st Batch ….. She said there are “More Happy Batches to come!!!” You can see them when you click on the link to her original blog.