Monday, December 17, 2012

Giving Up and Resorting To Prayer

Tossing out the Raspberry Ketones - one month on them and no weight loss.  Cancelled my Sensa Autoship Membership.  Four months and no weigh loss, although I have to say I'm toying with the idea of using up months 5 and 6 of the sprinkles as I already paid for them.  It took a while to cancel my membership on-line because the site kept offering me better and better prices.  The final offer was 50% off the next shipments.  Still, I declined.

In my frustration, I turned to prayer.  I've prayed about my weight all through this journey.  I'm impatient and wanted quick results.  I guess what I want and what works best may not be the same thing.  So back to sparkpeople.com (journalling my food) I will go.

Who in their right mind gets serious about weight loss one week before Christmas??????

Sunday, December 2, 2012

And The Weight Loss Journey Continues

Can you say FRUSTRATED!

At last post, I had succombed to the Sensa Infomercial.  I just received months #5 and #6.  I actually weigh a half a pound more than when I started.  Now I will admit to the fact that I don't always remember to sprinkle it on my food.  In fact if I remember to do so for 2 meals, I feel good.  This product is to help you stop from over eating.  I don't think I over eat.  I think my metabolism is very sluggish - partly due to my age, partly due to my thyroid, partly due to the long term use of Prednisone to treat my previous thyroid disease.  I've been off the Prednisone for greater than 4 years.  My thyroid levels are within normal limits.  My endocrinologist likes to keep my TSH at the lower end of the normal range to make sure the Grave's Disease does not return.  I'm pretty sure that's also what keeps my metabolism slow.  That and being post menopausal.

Dr Oz has many programs on weight loss.  I record every one of those programs.  And some of the things I try, and some I just jot down.  I've tried white tea which alleges helps with fat cells dissolve.  It constipated me.  Who the heck gets constipated from drinking tea?  Ah, that would be me.  It was the only dietary change I made, so I'm pretty sure that was it.  Scrap the white tea, and go for some decaf green tea.  No longer constipated, but haven't dropped a pound.  I'm only a few days into the green tea protocol, so I'll give it a few weeks.  I'm not a big tea fan.  I'd much rather have coffee.

A month ago, Dr Oz had a woman on who was promoting Raspberry Ketones.  You take 100mg at breakfast, and should see results in 5 days.  Nope, not me.  Okay now we are at 100mg at breakfast and 100mg at lunch.  It's only been 3 days, but I would hope to see some results - even half a pound would be nice.  The Raspberry Ketones are to stimulate the metabolism. 

I'll check back in to update my results.  As of this morning, I was 165 lbs.  I keep my caloric intake between 1200 - 1700 per day.  I walk 3 - 5 miles each day.  I chase my 3 year old grandson around 4 days a week.  I would expect to see some results here.  And just I AM frustrated.

And now the holidays are upon us.  I'm not sure if I want to say, "To hell with it" until after the first of the year, or just do my best and keep on keeping on.  What if "To hell with it" is my best?????  My daughter-in-law loves to bake.  Oh Lord Help Me!

Has anyone tried Fat Loss Factor????

Friday, August 17, 2012

Infomercials - A Blessing Or A Curse?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who succumbs to late night infomercials and home shopping channels.  I've bought my fair share of things that I don't really need, and never use.  However, I've also bought things with which I am really happy.  The furniture mover thingamajigs and Bare Minerals are a few of those items. 

My most recent purchase has been the Sensa Weight Loss Sprinkles.  So far, I'm not sure where I stand on this product yet. 

I am on week 3, and I am down at least 3 lbs - so that part is good.  When I am at home, I generally remember to use the sprinkles on my food.  You get a "salty" sprinkle for food that would use salt, and a "sweet" sprinkle for foods that are sweet.  It does not alter the taste of the food.  There is a sweet smell to the the "sweet" sprinkle, but I haven't noticed anything with the salty sprinkle.  It's when I am eating out that I tend to forget to use it, even though I have the spare shaker in my purse.

I do notice I am hungrier than usual, but I'm generally not gaining any weight.  They recommend weighing once a week, but I do once a day.  I do this more because it helps me to tell which foods my body tolerates well and which foods don't agree with me weight wise.

The instructions say that you do not have to alter your diet or change the amount of exercise you do.  Obviously, if you decrease calories and increase exercise, you are going to lose weight anyway.  I was having very good results with that, but it took so much time keeping track of caloric intake.  I was willing to let that part go in exchange for trying the Sensa.  Unfortunately for me, giving up the exercise does not appear to be an option.

I'm using sparkpeople.com to track my weight, measurements and exercise.  I didn't really make note of exactly where I was when I started the Sensa, so I will start now.  This morning, on what I believe is week 3, I was 164.6 lbs.  I do my best to walk 4-5 miles each day for exercise.

My goal here is to lose about 30 lbs in 4 - 6 months.  Keeping my fingers crossed, and my Sensa shaker close at hand.

Contacts to Cataracts - The Finale

At my 3 week final post op visit, my vision was 20/15.  I do need reading glasses, but I can get them at the drug store or any big box type store.  The reason people in my age group need readers is that our eye muscles become weak and our vision does not adjust from distance to up close reading quick enough.  This is something that comes with age and there is not much that can be done.  I did have the option of a type of replacement lens that was akin to tri-focals.  I never could be used to bifocals, much less trifocals, so I elected not to have that type of lens.  The readers are not a problem for me.

The biggest gripe would be remembering to use the drops, but I quickly forgot all about it once I was through - kind of like pain from childbirth.

I am beyond thrilled with the results of this surgery! I would highly recommend it to anyone who has cataracts. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Contacts To Cataracts (Part 5)

It may sound familiar, but as I said a few days ago, Oh My God!  This is so wonderful!

I am now 4 days post op on my right eye, and 2+ weeks post op on my left.  The only word that really comes to mind is miraculous.

There are only a few things I have to share about the second surgery.  First, I was asked by the doctor's office to change my surgery time from 8am to 1pm to accomodate a diabetic patient.  The woman was elderly and couldn't wait too long for her insulin and to eat.  I, on the other hand, was younger, more easily adaptible and not diabetic.  I agreed, but reluctantly.  Ayurvedically, I am a primarily a Pitta (blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin, a strong constitution) which means I get pretty cranky if I miss a meal.  I do better if I miss breakfast, but much worse if I miss or am late for lunch or dinner.  Through nobody's fault, they were running late at the surgery center (most likely due to patients needed additional recovery time), so my surgery time was bumped closer to 2:30pm.  I had last eaten at 6:30am.  I did not have an easy time of it due to being very hungry.  I developed a headache and was cranky.  I managed to retain my sense of humor and did warn the nurses I was not in a good mood.  All went well, and it was what it was.  The surgery was quick, and I got my cup of coffee right afterwards.  I was glad I had packed along a PB&J for the drive home.  If I had to do it again, I may have elected to say no to switching surgery times, or have considered delaying a week to accomodate a more urgent patient.  I don't know.  It seems silly now, this petty bitching, but at the time, it was a big deal to me.  I was hungry!

At my follow up visit the next day, less than 24 hours after surgery, I was seeing 20/30 out of my right eye.  My eye pressure was up, but I was told 50% of patients experience this.  The doctor gave me a drop to bring the pressure down.  I was released to drive and return to my regular routine, but still no heavy lifting or rubbing of the eye (which means still no eye makeup).

I came home and pretty much took it easy for the rest of the day.  My eye was still dilated and the vision was a bit fuzzy.  My husband had a headache, and so we spent the rest of the day just watching TV and hanging out.

When we woke up the next morning, I asked about his headache which was better.  He asked me how I was doing, and I looked at him quizically.  "Fine," I said.  "Why wouldn't I be?"  And then I realized - oh he's asking about my eyes.  I was seeing so well, I totally forgot I had even had surgery.

Now the one "bad" thing about the situation is that I'm seeing so well, I keep forgetting to do the whole "drops" thing.  So far, I've caught myself and haven't missed a dose, but I probably should be setting alarms on my phone to remember.  If I were working, I'm pretty sure I'd be forgetting all the time.

Right now, I'm seeing very clearly and crisply in my distance vision.  I drove yesterday for the first time.  The biggest thing I noticed is that my depth perception and peripheral vision had improved, and it was much easier to merge onto the freeway/highway.  I'm wearing "readers" that I bought at the drug store for computer and close up work.  I'd been wearing them along with my contacts before so I'm not surprised I need them now.  I can deal with it.

My next follow up visit is in 3 weeks.  At that time, we will see if I need anything stronger than readers, or if I am a candidate for monovision with one contact.  This is where you correct one eye for distance, and one eye for close up vision.  The brain then determines which eye to use depending on what you are looking at.  I had been corrected with monovision for many years, but stopped when I made the switch to soft lenses.  It's unclear (pun intended) whether this will work for me now, but I'm excited to find out.  I have as much trouble remembering where I set down my readers as I do remembering where I put my cell phone.

My bottom line here is this:  If you have cataracts and need or want surgery for them, DO IT!  You won't be sorry!  One of the best things I ever did for myself.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Contacts to Cataracts (Part 4)

Things I Wish I Had Known In Advance

What They Don't Tell You

Things They Told Me But I Wish I Had Really Thought Through On How It Applied To Me

This article is addresses the fact that there are things they tell you in advance, but you don't really comprehend until it is happening.  And then you think (or may think) - Oh Shit!

Most of the following is about the strictly inconvenient stuff and things to think about before you pick a surgery date.  I am so pleased with the results of my surgery that I would never think twice about recommending the procedure to anyone with cataracts.  The sooner, the better, you won't be disappointed.

1.  "The Drops" - I remember back when I was a teenager and my grandparents were having cataract surgery, they did a lot of complaining about the eye drops.  I assumed it was about the drops themselves.  After all, putting foreign objects, liquid or otherwise, in your eye is not a natural thing to do.  Jump ahead 45 years and I now realize that it is not the drops themselves, but the time it takes to do all of it.  Three separate drops, waiting 5 minutes between drops, means three 15 minute periods that you have to set aside each day.  And then you have to remember to use them.  That means taking them with you if you go out for the day.    Again, tres inconvenient, but worth it.  It's the one that I hear all cataract surgery patients complain about.  It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it can really screw up the day.  And on a personal note, I can't wear my contact in the non-surgical eye for the 3 pre-op days which means no driving, and difficulty navigating while walking - with or without bubblegum. And the drops do not end with surgery.  There are post surgical drops which you use for about a month.  Two bottles of each of the three medicines - one bottle for each eye to avoid cross contamination.

2.  "Make Up" - The instructions say no makeup on the day of surgery and the day after surgery.  Okay - no big deal right?  Also in the instructions is not to rub your eye for a week to 10 days.  The unsaid consequence is that it is difficult to remove eye makeup without rubbing your eye - so really, it is no makeup for 2 weeks, and then you have the other eye done and no rubbing (think make up) for another 10 days.  That's about a month without make up.  Be sure to check your vanity prior to surgery.  I'm lucky in that I am retired and my grandkids don't really care if I have make up on or not.  But remember to take this into consideration when scheduling your surgeries.  If you have a social event, or just going to work, and not wearing make up is difficult, maybe you just don't plan anything for those weeks.  As I said, in my case, it turned out okay, but if I were still a working woman, I would have been uncomfortable, and my vanity challenged.

3.  "Driving" - You might as well get a driver.  Not just for the day of surgery and the day after, but also the day before as you will be dilating your eyes with those dreaded pre-op drops.  Then the 2 weeks in between, depending on how much correction you need if you are near or far sighted, you may not be comfortable behind the wheel.  I had my contact lens for the non-surgical eye the first week after surgery, and so I was okay to drive, but I did use back roads and stayed off the freeway and avoided traffic.  The week of surgery, the drops start again and I couldn't wear the contact in that eye.  Another thing it would be good to point out in that follow up visit weeks before surgery.  Do you have a job that requires that you drive either in the course of the job itself, or just to and from work, you will need to take this into consideration.  I probably would have used my sick leave to take the whole week off, and if I had enough, I would have taken the week before the first surgery and the 2 weeks between surgeries off.

4.  "The In-Between Surgeries Time" - Contact lens wears definitely have the benefit here - at least for the first week in-between surgical dates.  You'll have your surgical eye which probably will be fine with much improved vision, and you can use your regular contact lens in the non-surgical eye.  The week of the second surgery, you are not supposed to wear the lens because of the four times a day eye drops.  It means one good eye and one bad eye.  Your depth perception is definitely off, and it can just be very hard to focus and see clearly, again depending on how much visual correction you require.  I was lucky because my husband and I are retired, so he did most of what needed doing in regard to watching our grandson four days a week.  I was relegated to snuggling and rocking during quiet time - something I do quite well anyway.

I had talked with my doctor about the challenge of navigating during the time between surgeries.  He said,  "Well, most people just deal with it and adapt short term to having one blurry eye."  I'm thinking, "But I have very special eyes....."  I was quite insistent about having the left lens removed from my glasses so I could read or watch TV easily.  The doctor humored me, and had the optician remove the left lens.  LOL - looking out the one lens glasses made me very sick to my stomach.  So not only did I look ridiculous, I felt terrible.  I should have just trusted that the doctor had more experience with this, and took him at his word that the brain (and the patient's attitude) just learn to adapt.  If I can do it, anyone can.

So to wrap up my tips for dealing with the cataract experience:

1.  Check your schedule and make a plan for dealing with the drops.
2.  Think about your social and work plans.  If you are a woman, think about when, or if, you just have to wear makeup.
3.  Find a chauffeur.
4.  Be ready to have your vision disturbed, fuzzy or annoying during the weeks in between surgeries.
5.  Not mentioned above, but another consideration is the financial aspect.  Depending on the lens you are getting, there may be a large out of pocket (not covered by insurance including Medicare) expense.  For me, I did not need the toric or multifocal lens, so my out of pocket expense was limited to my deductible and the cost share portion.  A surprise was that the eye drops were not covered completely by my insurance.  I had about $130 pharmacy bill, for each eye, that was a surprise to me.  If finances are an issue, be sure to get the names of the procedure, and the CPT and ICD-9 codes from the surgery scheduler, and the medications that will be prescribed.  Then call your insurance carrier and check on what they will or will not cover.  Cataract surgery is generally a covered expense for most insurance carriers, but it's better to know in advance and not be surprised by a big bill.

Tomorrow is my second surgery date.  I'm a so "looking" forward to it.  Seeing well out of both eyes without correction will be a very big treat for me.  It will make camping easier, swimming easier, staying in strange unfamiliar places easier ---- not that I make a point to stay in strange places, but it will be great to be able to stay in a hotel room, or at friend's or relative's house, and be able to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night without having to grab my glasses.  Incidentally, that is a hard habit to break.  I still wake up first thing in the morning and try to grab my glasses.  It takes a few seconds for me to realize I don't need them anymore!  It's so cool!

Contacts to Cataracts (Part 3)

Okay - The only thing I can say about the surgery is OH MY GOD!  It is pretty darn close to miracle status, in my humble opinion.

Surgery time was 8:00am, with scheduled arrival at 7:45am.  The worst thing about it was not being able to have anything to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the surgery.  What, no morning coffee?  What's a Seattle girl to do?  The sip of water with the pre-op Valium was not cutting it.

I met the surgical nurse and the anesthesiologist.  Everyone asks the standard questions - name, date of birth, why are you here, which eye are we doing today.  All my questions were answered, and I was assured if I felt a coughing spell coming on, just to let them know and it would be fine.  The IV was inserted and I was given a little something more to help me relax.  The rest of it happened very quickly.  I saw some colored lights.  I could hear talking around me, but I really wasn't paying much attention.  The next thing I knew, they were walking me out to the waiting room, and giving me coffee!  My day was looking better already (pun intended).

Just when I was ready for my second cup of coffee, the nurse stopped by to go over post op instructions, and before I knew it, we were headed for the car.

My surgical eye was still dilated, and I did not have a contact lens in my non-surgical eye, so I expected things to be quite blurry.  I have a strong tendency to motion sickness, so I was keeping my eyes closed.  A few miles down the road, I decided just to open my eyes to see what I could see.  It really is hard to describe.  I was able to read signs on the freeway, and on moving trucks, etc., without glasses or contacts for the first time since I was 8 years old.  My husband said I was like a kid with a new toy.  I was reading signs right and left, totally thrilled already, knowing that my vision would improve even more over the next few days.

I spent the rest of the day at home, just taking it easy.  I did put my contact in my non-surgical eye so I could watch TV and read.  I had no pain, and no itching.  Dealing with the variety of drops I had to use was kind of a pain in the ass, but more on that in an upcoming posting.

At my follow up visit the next day, my vision was measured at 20/25.  I am so happy with the results so far.  So glad my sister-in-law, my daughter's father-in-law's wife, and a number of friends encouraged me to have this surgery. 

It has been 2 weeks since that surgery, and my vision is amazing.  Tomorrow I have the other eye done, and I can hardly wait!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

From Contacts to Cataracts (Part 2)

The Unexpected Hiccup:

I like to think of my actions and reactions not as part of a problem but rather as part of a solution.  When you first inquire about cataract surgery with your ophthalmologist, you will probably be given a packet of information to review, and be asked to return for a follow up visit to discuss that information and the various options.  Also there will be non-invasive tests to measure inside your eye to help determine what type, size, and correction of replacement lens will be needed, a pre-op visit, the surgical date, and a post surgical follow up the day after surgery. 

My story didn't happen in that order.  I share the information here not as a criticism but as a learning experience, because what could have happened would not have been good for me.

First of all, statistically I believe I am much younger than the average cataract surgical candidate.  Of course, I forget that I am 58 now, and that 58 is closer to 60 than to 50, but still, on average, I believe I am younger than most who have this type of surgery.  And I wear contact lenses, which I am guessing most of the candidates do not.  I make this guess because all of the literature I read and the FAQ/information sheets I received did not mention contacts in relation to patient instructions and post op information.

Let's start with the initial visit.  I was having my annual eye refraction, and I brought up the fact that I was bothered more and more by my cataracts.  The doctor gave me literature to review, and said we would talk more about it at my follow up visit.  Because I had asked about cost differences between the various lenses (regular, toric for astigmatism, and multifocal which are akin to trifocals), he had me talk with his surgery scheduler and financial planner.  She gave me some surgery dates and I said okay to the financial terms.  The next thing I knew, I was scheduled for a pre-op visit.  I went home and reviewed the literature.  I called the office and asked to have an appointment to discuss options before my pre-op visit.  The receptionist insisted all this would be handled at my pre-op visit.  I hung up, thought about it and called again.  I asked to speak to the surgery scheduler this time, and asked about the follow up visit to discuss options.  She also told me all my questions would be answered at the pre-op visit.  I still was not sure this was the correct procedure.  I was missing that 2nd visit to discuss options.  Unfortunately I could get no one to listen to me.  Long story made somewhat shorter, I went through the series of pre-op testing to determine what measurements would be needed for my new lenses.  The information that didn't get passed on to me was that I was not to wear my contacts for 2 weeks prior to the test.  Had I been able to schedule the follow up visit, that information would have been shared with me.  As it was, I called before my surgery date with a medication question, and it came out that I had been consistently wearing my contacts except for the day of the tests.  I then received an emergency call from the doctor himself, cancelling the surgery because the measurements were not accurate, and the lenses that would have been created would not have worked for me.

I'm most grateful that this all came out before the surgery date.  I was frustrated because now the surgery was delayed 3 weeks, 2 weeks to be out of my contacts before testing, and an additional week to do the calculations and make the lens.  I should just have trusted my gut in the first place because I knew I was missing a step along the way. I had made plans revolving around these surgery dates and my daughter had to revise her daycare coverage.   The office was all quite apologetic about the experience, and I made suggestions about how this could be avoided with future.  There should be a section for contact lens wearing patients in the FAQ handout that mentions being out of the contacts for 2 weeks prior to testing,  and a simple question asked by the technician who did the testing confirming that contacts had not been worn for 2 weeks, would have avoided the mistake, and prevented a possible malpractice situation.  I hope they will apply these suggestions.

The next thing that happened was that I came down with a cold.  In the pre-op visit, I was warned to be sure and let the office know if I got sick.  I fought this cold with everything I had - from EmergenC, to grapefruit seed extract, to acidophilus, to Airborne, and when it finally got beyond the natural treatments, I pulled out the Sudafed and Robitussin DM.  I was pretty much over it (although it had taken 2 weeks), and was just dealing with the residual cough.  There was a lot of praying and affirming my perfect health going on. Because I believe all things happen for a reason, I began to question if this surgery was right for me, or if this surgeon was right for me.  I spent some time in prayer and meditation asking God to guide me.  I felt very calm about the procedure and the doctor, and felt guided to go ahead as planned.  Still I was a bit anxious and really, really, really did not want to cancel and reschedule yet again.

 I finally just called the doctor's office to report my condition, and was told that as long as I didn't have a fever, it should be okay.  I was relieved to find this out. The surgical nurse called me just to go over procedure and told me that if I was still bothered by the cough or even a runny nose, they could give me something for it.  Also, if I felt like I needed to cough, all I had to do was tell the doctor so he could move his instruments.  I felt reassured.   I do wish they would have defined "sick" ahead of time.  To me sick includes common cold and beyond.  They were more worried about fevers and increased white blood cell counts indicating infectious disease.  I don't know if I would have reacted any differently.  Nothing I did as a result of this bump in the road was really a bother, other than my worrying, but I countered that with prayer, which certainly didn't hurt matters any and did help calm me down..

So, it was a go for surgery the next day.  I was relieved, excited and just a itsy bit anxiou.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Recipe Collection: Low Fat/Low Calorie Cole Slaw

I love mayonaise.  It is my condiment of choice for most everything.  In my attempts to stay with a lower fat, lower calorie eating plan, giving up the regular cole slaw that I make with generous amounts of mayo was not one of the highlights.  Asian style slaw is fine in some cases, but nothing replaces creamy coleslaw with fish or barbeque.

I found this receipe at www.sparkpeople.com.  It was submitted by a user named KLAYZEE.

Number of Servings: 8
4 cups shredded cabbage
.5 cup Kraft Light Mayonnaise
1 TBS cider vinegar
2 TBS skim milk
1 TBS splenda
pinch of black pepper
    Mix together. Makes approx 8 1/2-cup servings.
    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 60.8
    • Total Fat: 5.0 g
    • Cholesterol: 5.3 mg
    • Sodium: 128.4 mg
    • Total Carbs: 3.5 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
    • Protein: 0.8 g

I did add 1 tsp of dill weed to this recipe, and only 1 tsp of Splenda (actually, I used Truvia) and 1 tbsp of 2% milk.  It does need to sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

Considering I used low fat mayo, it was pretty darn good.  Even my husband said it was pretty good, and he is not a fan of low-fat anything.  If I had to choose between not having cole slaw due to the fat content, and having this recipe with the low fat mayo - I choose this recipe.  I think next time I will try some celery seed/salt instead of the dill.  And I may cut back on the vinegar a bit to see if I can omit the Truvia.

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Life Purpose

    Back in my "past life" of being a professional psychic/intuitive/spiritual counselor, I was taught that the 3 most popular topics I would encounter in doing readings were health, love life and life purpose.  My experience has taught me that the answers are the same for all three:

    1.  The only constant is change.
    2.  Trust your gut. 

    Today's topic is Life Purpose.  It came up because of something I read this morning.  I went back to see what it was that prodded me to write on this topic, and danged if I can find it.  Perhaps it was just during my meditation time, while I was trying not to chastise myself for my sorely missed writing schedule, that I began to think about how our "purpose" changes from time to time.

    I believe our primary purpose here on earth is to love - to show love, to give love, to be love, to vibrate loving energy.  It only stands to reason that in order to embody that love, we need to love what we are doing.

    When I first started working, I knew I wanted to work in the medical field in some way, shape or form.  I did many things in this area from working in a hospital as a ward runner (fancy name for the bottom of the food chain in a hospital wing), a receptionist in a doctor's office, a transcriptionist, a lab assistant, medical claims assistant, and finally medical office management.  I enjoyed my work, was happy doing it, until one day I knew it was time to move on.

    I took on a position as an administrator/office assistant for a spiritual teacher who taught psychic development classes.  I also had a part time counseling and hypnotherapy practice.  This was also very rewarding work.  I was able to meet many wonderful people, counsel and assist people on their spiritual journey.  I enjoyed this work very much....that is until I didn't.  Time to move on again.

    Next step:  Retirement.  Now those who are retired know that there really is no such thing.  You find yourself doing stuff that you enjoy, that occupies a good deal of your time, and doesn't pay nearly as well as your "regular job" did, if at all.  You are far more busy once you retire than you ever were while working.

    I had about six months of "retirement" where I spent a good deal of time writing and researching for a novel I intended to write.....and still intend to write. 

    Then grandchildren happened.  Following my heart, my joy, my love - I've been devoting most of my time to my grandkids.  I still enjoy writing, but I enjoy my grandkids more.  My gut instinct is that right now, this is my life purpose - to care for them, to guide them, to inspire them, to teach them, to love them. 

    At some point, I will go back to writing more than just an occasional blog entry, but right here, right now, my life purpose is to be a full time grandma!  Can't you just feel the love?

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    From Contacts To Cataracts (Part 1)

    I was about 13 years old when I got my first pair of contact lenses.  This was back in the days before disposable lenses, soft lenses, or even gas permeable lenses.  They were hard little pieces of plastic.  They snapped easily.  They popped out of your eye if you looked suddenly in one direction, or if the wind came up and just swooped them off the surface of your eye.  And they hurt like hell when you first put them in.  In fact, there was a breaking-in period.  I wore them for 1 hour a day for a week, then 2 hours a day for a week, then gradually moving up to to 10-12 hours a day - 16 if I was lucky and used a lot of Visine.  But it was a miracle as far as I was concerned....to be able to see so clearly.  OMG - what a difference.  I knew I would never go back.

    In my early 50s, I developed a case of Grave's Disease (hyperthyroidism) and the tell tale sign was my bulging eyes.  I looked a bit like Luca Brasi getting strangled in The Godfather.  For whatever reason, in Grave's Disease, the immune system thinks there is something wrong with the area behind the eyes and sends in "healing" T-cells.  The T-cells accumulate there to "fight" the alleged infection.  As more and more cells gather, the push the eye balls forward in the eye socket, giving that bulging eye appearance.  When that happens, the shape of the eye changes, and contacts no longer stay on the eye.  I was forced to go back to wearing my glasses full time.

    Eventually Grave's Disease runs it course, but I was pretty miserable during the 5 years I dealt with the process.  I had to have radiation to the back of my eyes to destroy the T-cells, and I was on long term Prednisone to take down all the swelling, plus the medication to correct my thyroid function.  To correct the damage done by the T-cells, I had to have orbital decompression.  This is where they scrape some of the lower orbital bone away so the eye will fit back into the socket.  Then came strabismus surgery.  The eye muscles were extended and stretched out and my eyes wandered off to the side giving me double vision and a very odd appearance.  The blessing after those surgeries was that the skin was stretched out too, so I got myself a lid lift, a "necessary medical procedure" because the skin was drooping into my field of vision, and therefore it was covered by my medical insurance.  Yay!

    All during this process, I used spiritual techniques I had been taught over the years, including but not limited to, prayer, affirmations, a gratitude journal and a wish list.  On my wish list was an entry for 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.   I had the beginning of cataracts for years, but it did not effect my vision enough to warrent surgery.   Well, the long term use of Prednisone contributed to my cataract formation, and surgery was scheduled.

    Nowadays, opthalmologists are able to replace the cataract lens with a vision correcting lens.  It is a bit link a permanently placed contact.  My dream and intention of having 20/20 vision without the daily use of glasses or contacts is now possible.

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

    Blog Update - For What It's Worth.....

    I just spent the afternoon going through the blog and editting out my experiences with HCG and Atkins.  I am learning by experience that the old school approach - watch your calories and your fat intake, and increase your exercise, really does work best.  I don't like it, but it works and I am happy with the results.  I've been using a website called www.sparkpeople.com and have found it quite useful.

    Grandkids update:  Our grandsons are now in their 2s - Lord help us!  I'd forgotten what this age was like.  We are expecting another grandson in October.  Our "honorary grandson" (sounds better than step grandson) will be entering middle school next year.  How the heck did that happen?

    As far as me - well, I'm enjoying retirement.  We are doing some work around the house, painting, cleaning, reorganizing.  I had cataract surgery on my left eye last week.  In 2 more weeks, I'll have the right eye done.  There will be more on this experience later.  I'm considering closing my Facebook account - even typing it sounds like such a corny thing to get my panties in a knot over, but I waste a whole lot of time there.  I'd rather be writing.....or that's what my brain says.  Stand by - we'll see what happens.

    Recipe Collection: Roasted Garlic Chicken, plus Steamed Cabbage in Foil

    A good recipe for low fat and low carb chicken
    Roasted Garlic Chicken

    100 grams of chicken breast sliced
    1 serving Melba Toast, crushed
    1/4 cup chicken brother or water
    2 tbs lemon juice
    1 tsp Bragg's liquid aminos
    2 cloves of garlic sliced
    1/4 tsp onion salt
    1/2 tsp garlic salt
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Paprika

    Marinate chicken in liquid ingredients. Add dry spices to melba toast crumbs. Coat chicken with the crumb mixture and place in a small baking dish. Add the marinate to the bottom of the dish. Cover the chicken pieces with the sliced garlic and bake for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

    This is the recipe as given in the HCG Gourmet Diet Cookbook.  I tripled the recipe because there are 2 of us, plus I wanted left overs for lunch.  I did not, however, triple the lemon juice as I have found the recipes in this particular cookbook to be to lemon-y/tart for me.  I also did not slice the chicken, and so the cooking time was increased because the breast pieces were thicker.  The other change I made was to put all the dry ingredients in a zip lock bag and coat the chicken 'shake and bake' style.  After I poured the rest of the marinade in the bottom of the dish, I tossed the rest of the crumbs on top of the chicken for extra crust.  This is a very good recipe, and one I will use often.

    Foil Packed Steamed Cabbage:

    1/2 head cabbage
    1/2 onion, sliced
    salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika
    "Butter spray" (or butter for Phase 3) (Butter spray is not on the official protocol, so it is optional)

    Preheat over to 400 degree. Tear off about 12" of foil and lay flat. Cut the 1/2 head of cabbage into 4 wedges lengthwise. Then cut each wedge in half so you will have about 8 'chunks' of cabbage. Spray the foil with Pam or other non-stick spray. Lay out cabbage on foil. Top with sliced onions. Spray a few squirts of no calorie fake butter spray. Season to taste. Tear off another sheet of foil and put on top. Crimp sides of the foil together to form a packet. Put packet on cookie sheet and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to sit 5 minutes. Be careful when opening - steam can be very hot.  This makes about 4 servings.


    Recipe Collection: Coleslaw


    Coleslaw (Low fat version)

    2 cups chopped cabbage
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    Dash of mustard powder
    salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all together and allow to marinate at least 30 minutes.  The more the better.   Next time, I might double the liquid ingredients and play around with some other spices.  

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    Sunrise - The Best Part Of The Day

    The six months we lived in Hawaii were some of the worst of times, for me.  Odd, considering Hawaii is considered to be a type of paradise.  The one thing I miss, however, are the sunrises.  I loved sitting on the lanai, watching the sun come up.  It was a meditative time for me.  Seeing the shifts from total darkness to daylight gave me hope.  My faith grew, and I became to know that truly, wherever I am, God is, and all is well.

    Back on the mainland, close to family and friends, life is good.  Life is better than I could have imagined, sitting there on that lanai 3 years ago, wondering what the heck had gone wrong, and how would I ever get past it.  Well, I am still working on the fully and freely forgiving, and letting it go, part, but I spend more time thinking about how wonderful life is now than I do thinking how awful that experience in Hawaii was.  Energy follows thought.  So here's to thinking more and more and more about the good things in life!

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    So Much For Writing Something Everyday.....

    Apparently, I need an 'assignment' to write.  One of my favorite exercises in a high school writing class was to jot down everything thought that came to you during the 40 minute class.  From all those random thoughts, you were to pick one and begin to write. 

    Over the last few days, I've been jotting down topics about which to write.  Nothing has truly inspired me as of yet, but here are some of the random topics that I'm thinking about.

    Weight Loss - ah there's a surprise.  I've been the queen of diets, tried most everything, stuck with none of them.  Now it is time to apply some of the things I've learned from the teachings of Abraham-Hicks toward this goal.  One thing I read in Money And The Law Of Attraction was the analogy of using a map to navigate your way around.  You can't use a map of Canada and expect to find your way around the USA.  I want to spend more time looking at what gets me to my weight loss goal in a happy fashion.  That involves changing my thinking about diets (for instance, that they are limiting) and paying less attention about what works for others and more attention about what works for me.

    We need a new political party!  The Love Party? The Integrity Party?  The Justice Party?  The Peace Party?  The Unity Party?  Like many people, I get plain sick and tired of hearing criticism from one candidate or party about the other.  Don't tell me what's wrong with them.   Tell me about you! 

    Have you ever noticed that singing The Lord's Prayer is more powerful than just saying it?

    I really like the TV Show, The Talk.  The opening sequences are similar to The View without all the arguing.  The 5 women are just talking - sharing thoughts and opinions, and not taking it personally when someone disagrees.  It's like friends just getting together for coffee or drinks and having a good time.

    And in my best Marlon Brando voice - "I coulda been a Catholic!"  I having been thoroughly enjoying My Life With The Saints by James Martin, and through this book have discovered the writings of Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Merton.

    And it was in a book about Thomas Merton that I found this quote from the editor "After all, a writer wants nothing more than to be read."  Yep, ain't that the truth!  But Betsy - you have to actually write something if you want someone to read it!

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Day 31 - Four Be's To Abundance

    This is the last day of the month, and my last example of how I personally work with the Four Be's To Abundance.  I hope it inspires you to give it a try.  I've been working this particular program for 2 years now.  I've been through hills and valleys.  Last year, we were barely making ends meet.  Yesterday, we paid off our mortgage.  I truly believe this happened due to a change in my thinking.  By next year at this time, even more wonders will have occurred.

    Vibrationally, this month, I did the following:

    1.  Tithed $49,600
    2.  Saved $49,600
    3.  Paid off the mortgage (and we did IRL too!)
    4.  Paid off the equity loan.
    5.  Upgraded the electrical panel in our home.
    6.  Remodeled the kitchen
    7.  Got new appliances.
    8.  Fixed our porch/entryway
    9.  Fixed the bulkhead on our side yard.
    10. Got new windows.
    11. Got new window shades.
    12. Replaced a cracked windshield.
    13.  Painted the exterior of the house.
    14.  Got a soaking tub, and bathroom remodel to accomodate the tub.
    15.  I gifted each of our 3 kids $52,000+ to take a year off work and follow their dreams.


    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol. My continued body transformation to a more slender and healthier me.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too) (an a $50 one).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25. All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.
    26. My spiritual teachers, past, present and future.
    27. Living in and being a citizen of the USA.
    28. Wifi.
    29. The confidence and inner security that comes with age.
    30. My quiet time each morning (thank you Kim!)
    31.  Paying off the mortgage!

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25. All my needs and desires are divinely met.
    26. I am moving step by step toward a healthier happier me.
    27. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
    28. I am slender and physically fit.
    29. I am open and receptive to divine messages from Spirit.
    30. I am relaxed and centered and I have plenty of time for everything.
    31. I am ready to accept all the joy and prosperity that life has to offer.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage. to develop a writing schedule and stick to it.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (7 days in a row!)
    25. to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.
    26. a 10-20 acre compound where we (Kim and I, and each of our kids and their families) have separate homes - close but not too close.
    27. a new Subaru wagon/SUV
    28. a Bose Sound System
    29. to win big in Las Vegas next month so I can treat some relatives who are going to LV in April to a suite at the Bellagio.
    30. a fun and easy day with Odin.
    31.  a trip to Palm Springs next winter

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $31,000.  $3100 tithe.  $3100 savings.  $24,800 toward goal/desire # 25.

    Today's affirmation: " I am ready to accept all the joy and prosperity life has to offer."  Enough said.



    Monday, January 30, 2012

    Day 30 - Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol. My continued body transformation to a more slender and healthier me.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too) (an a $50 one).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25. All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.
    26. My spiritual teachers, past, present and future.
    27. Living in and being a citizen of the USA.
    28. Wifi.
    29. The confidence and inner security that comes with age.
    30. My quiet time each morning (thank you Kim!)

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25. All my needs and desires are divinely met.
    26. I am moving step by step toward a healthier happier me.
    27. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
    28. I am slender and physically fit.
    29. I am open and receptive to divine messages from Spirit.
    30.  I am relaxed and centered and I have plenty of time for everything.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (7 days in a row!)
    25. to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.
    26. a 10-20 acre compound where we (Kim and I, and each of our kids and their families) have separate homes - close but not too close.
    27. a new Subaru wagon/SUV
    28. a Bose Sound System
    29. to win big in Las Vegas next month so I can treat some relatives who are going to LV in April to a suite at the Bellagio.
    30.  a fun and easy day with Odin.

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $30,000.  $3000 tithe.  $3000 savings.  The $24,000 remaining toward goal # 25.

    Today's affirmation: "I am relaxed and centered and I have plenty of time for everything" is one I use when I get myself all worked up about what I need to do or where I need to be and when. 

    Have you ever time warped?  I was leaving the house for a business trip.  The airport car/shuttle was late picking me up.  Then we got stuck in traffic.  It was a Monday and I just knew the security lines were going to be long, and I had luggage to check in.  I had arrangements made for friends to meet me at the destination and they were flying in from a different city, and I just did not want to miss my flight.  I found myself in just a panic and knew I had to settle myself down.  I closed my eyes so I wasn't watching the traffic, and I just started thinking to myself "I am relaxed and centered and I have plenty of time for everything."  The next thing I knew, we were at the airport.  The drive took 50 minutes.  I kept checking my watch.  Even in light traffic, the drive is 60 minutes.  I could hardly believe it, but here I was, checking in with plenty of time to spare.   I have no explanation for how it happened, but it did.  The power of positive thinking and co-creating at work.

    I am relaxed and centered and I have plenty of time for everything.

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    Day 29 Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol. My continued body transformation to a more slender and healthier me.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too) (an a $50 one).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25. All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.
    26. My spiritual teachers, past, present and future.
    27. Living in and being a citizen of the USA.
    28. Wifi.
    29. The confidence and inner security that comes with age.

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25. All my needs and desires are divinely met.
    26. I am moving step by step toward a healthier happier me.
    27. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
    28. I am slender and physically fit.
    29. I am open and receptive to divine messages from Spirit.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (7 days in a row!)
    25. to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.
    26. a 10-20 acre compound where we (Kim and I, and each of our kids and their families) have separate homes - close but not too close.
    27. a new Subaru wagon/SUV
    28. a Bose Sound System
    29. to win big in Las Vegas next month so I can treat some relatives who are going to LV in April to a suite at the Bellagio.

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today, I have $29,000. $2900 tithe. $2900 savings. The remaining $23,200 toward goal #25.

    One of the things about committing to the Four Be's To Abundance is knowing that toward the end of the month, you need about an hour each morning to write out all your goals, affirmations, and desires, plus the contemplative time that goes into thinking about what you are co-creating.

    Today's affirmation "I am open and receptive to divine messages from Spirit" is one I use when I'm tired of making decisions. Sometimes I just want someone to tell me what to do - well, not tell me, tell me - but guide me, make suggestions, nudge me in the right direction. Today I was having trouble trying to decide what to add to the "I desire" list. I looked over my list, and there is a balance of material and non-material things. If I had these material things, I would enjoy them, but.....What really makes me happy is giving. I've been lucky enough to give large gifts to family, friends, and charitable causes. There is such a joy in that. I was thinking about our upcoming trip to Las Vegas next month. Our niece and niece-in-law are planning a trip in April. We recently suffered the loss of our nephew (brother and husband of these two girls) and I'm sure their planned trip to Las Vegas is going to be a welcome vacation and hopefully a lot of fun for them. We've been sharing plans about what to do, and where to stay, etc. For my husband and me, this is a bit of a splurge trip. I've always wanted to stay at the Bellagio and to be able to watch the fountains from our room, so this is what we are doing. I asked the girls where they were going to stay and they hadn't made plans yet, but suggested that I should get them a room at the Bellagio too. I told them if I won big, I would. Wouldn't it be fun if I could do that for them? Therefore, that is my desire for today. And I am open and receptive to divine messages from Spirit - especially in regards to what games to play to win big - not only for me, but for them as well!




    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Day 28 Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol.  My continued body transformation to a more slender and healthier me.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25. All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.
    26. My spiritual teachers, past, present and future.
    27. Living in and being a citizen of the USA.
    28.  Wifi.

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25. All my needs and desires are divinely met.
    26. I am moving step by step toward a healthier happier me.
    27. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.
    28.  I am slender and fit.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (3 days in a row!)
    25. to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.
    26. a 10-20 acre compound where we (Kim and I, and each of our kids and their families) have separate homes - close but not too close.
    27. a new Subaru wagon/SUV
    28.  a Bose Sound System

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $28,000.  $2800 tithe.  $2800 savings.  $22,400 toward goal #25.

    Today's affirmation:  "I am slender and physically fit."

    To be honest, I'm not sure what my motivation is here in regards to this affirmation.  I want to look good, but why?  Is it vanity?  Or is it some deeply imbedded human desire just to look pleasing to others?  I am struggling with this because I know just reaching a goal weight will not make me happy, other than for the few moments following the time I get off the scale.  What is it about us that wants to look good.  And is it looking good to ourselves, to our partners, to others?  I'm in my mid-50s.  I've been married for greater than 30 years.  It's not like I'm out there, hoping somebody will be checking me out.  Most of the time I would prefer to be invisible.

    I have friends and loved ones of all shapes and sizes.  I'm not attracted to them because of how they look.  I am attracted to them because of who they are, because we get along, maybe we share the same interests, and most definitely because they make me laugh.  I am pretty certain they feel the same way about me.

    So back to why do I want to be slender and fit.  Well, from a health perspective, it is better for your body to be fit, that's a no-brainer.  Skinny and obese are two opposite ends of the spectrum, both of which are unhealthy in the long run.  Maybe it is the term 'slender' that is getting to me.  Is slender just this side of skinny?  Is obsessing on the physical appearance just as unhealthy as being skinny or obese?

    Maybe if I focus on just being physically fit, the rest will follow just as it should.

    I am slender and physically fit.

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Day 27 Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25. All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.
    26. My spiritual teachers, past, present and future.
    27.  Living in and being a citizen of the USA.

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25. All my needs and desires are divinely met.
    26. I am moving step by step toward a healthier happier me.
    27.  Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (3 days in a row!)
    25. to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.
    26. a 10-20 acre compound where we (Kim and I, and each of our kids and their families) have separate homes - close but not too close.
    27.  a new Subaru wagon/SUV

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $27,000.  $2700 tithe.  $2700 savings.  $21,600 toward goal #25.

    Today's affirmation:  "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."

    This affirmation comes from the following song - music and lyrics by Jill Jackson and Sy Miller.

    Let there be peace on earth
    And let it begin with me.
    Let there be peace on earth
    The peace that was meant to be.
    With God as our father
    United all are we.
    Let us walk with each other
    In perfect harmony.

    Let peace begin with me
    Let this be the moment now.
    With every step I take
    Let this be my solemn vow.
    To take each moment
    And live each moment
    With peace eternally.
    Let there be peace on earth,
    And let it begin with me.

    I have often struggled with the fact that I know very little about any war or unrest around the world.  I don't read that part of the paper or listen to the world news.  There is a large part of me that feels it just doesn't effect me.  If it is not in my field of awareness, I will not attract that experience.  I am very grateful to live in the USA, to have the protection and security our military personnel provide, to live in a country where my opinion counts - even if that opinion is one laissez faire.

    Who wouldn't want peace on earth?  It seems so obvious to me that everyone would, but then you have to ask yourself what is the definition of peace.  Personal peace can be described as happiness - knowing that all is right in "my" world, and that often happens when things are going "my" way.  What makes me happy, may not make you or a political/religious extremist happy. 

    Oh, what to do, what to do, what to think, what to think?  Well, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with ME.  I can seek personal peace, and you can seek personal peace, and we all can seek personal peace.  We are talking about entrainment here.

    Below are parts of an article I found on www.energy-healing-info.com.

    " A new physics principle called entrainment was discovered in 1665 by a Dutch Physicist and Scientist named Christian Huygens. He made many well known breakthroughs in the field of physics and astronomy....

    It was during his research with pendulum clocks that Huygens noted the new physics concept. Huygens found that when he placed two of them on a wall near each other and swung the pendulums at different rates, they would eventually end up swinging at the exact same rate. They fell into rhythm with one another. He realized that this concept applied to not just pendulum clocks, but as a basic law of physics.

    Since that time in 1665, the concept has become a well-accepted principal of physics. The principle is universal and appears not just in nature or mechanical pendulum clocks, but also in principles of chemistry, pharmacology, biology, medicine, psychology, sociology and more. The concept is firmly established, researched, and accepted by the scientific community.

    A basic definition of entrainment is the tendency for two oscillating bodies to lock into phase so that they vibrate in harmony......

    An even simpler definition is that it's a synchronization of two or more rhythmic cycles. The theory behind entrainment is that the less diversity there is in a system the more energy it will conduct. In plain English it's easier and takes less energy for systems to work in cooperation than in opposition."

    So let's cooperate!  Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with us!

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    Day 26 Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25. All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.
    26.  My spiritual teachers, past, present and future.

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25. All my needs and desires are divinely met.
    26.  I am moving step by step toward a healthier happier me.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (3 days in a row!)
    25. to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.
    26.  a 10-20 acre compound where we (Kim and me, and each of our kids and their families) have separate homes - close but not too close.

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $26,000.  $2600 tithe.  $2600 savings.  $20,200 toward goal #25.

    Today's affirmation:  "I am moving step by step toward a healthier, happier me."

    Each day I choose to exercise, I pat myself on the back.  Certainly that will contribute to my overall health, as will the weight loss that I hope know will concomitantly occur.  Happiness has occurred in switching from the HCG Protocol to the Atkins Plan.  I'm very happy with what I've lost on the hcg protocol, but the joy I get in eating protein and most vegetables definitely won me over.  I've not lost poundage since I made the switch, but I have lost inches.  I read the following on a post in the Atkins Community - No one sees the number on the scale but you.  Everyone sees when you start losing inches.

    I am moving step by step to a healthier, happier me.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Day 25 Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.
    25.  All the travel I got to do in a previous job role.

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24. I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.
    25.  All my needs and desires are divinely met.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24. to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!) (3 days in a row!)
    25.  to gift my kids enough money so they can pursue their dreams.

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $25,000. $2500 tithe. $2500 savings.  You may or may not have noticed that I have now vibrationally paid for all items on my list of desires (that can be purchased) except for the bookcase.  I have the bookcase - it's just not "in" my office yet.  I've delicately worded my desire for today.  If I were totally honest about it, my desire is to be able to give (or leave in my estate for) them each $2 million dollars.  Properly invested this should allow them to live a decent life just by living off the investment income.  They can then leave the same principle to their kids, and so on.  I'm not sure how this can happen, but then again I had no idea that I would be able to retire in my mid 50s and live off investment income either.  But here I am.

    Today's affirmation:  All of my needs and desires are divinely met.

    I was very blessed to inherit some money that was totally unexpected.  I had been told years ago that these relatives were leaving their financial estate to charity.  I was quite overwhelmed when I found out that things had changed.  Many of my desires above will be realized because of this.

    Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.  Never direct the way that money can come to you.  Be willing to be surprised!  I affirm my kids will be surprised at the right time too!

    All of my needs and desires are divinely met.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Day 24 Four Be's To Abundance

    I am grateful for:

    1. My faith in God.
    2. My husband, Kim.
    3. Our 3 kids, Tim, Ryan and Erin.
    4. Our 3 grandkids, Trystan, Odin and Alex.
    5. Our SIL Tom and DIL Patty.
    6. My parents and the way I was raised.
    7. Kim's parents and the way he was raised.
    8. Our extended familes.
    9. Our friends.
    10. Our lifestyle (retired and living off investments)
    11. The generosity of relatives who have crossed over.
    12. The 10 lbs I've lost on the shortened hcg protocol.
    13. My great money manager/investment advisor.
    14. My healthy thyroid.
    15. My normal eye pressure.
    16. Living back in our house
    17. That first cup of coffee each morning
    18. A winning lottery scratch ticket ($20 - yay) (another $30 ticket too).
    19. The safety of my family and friends who have had to be out on the road during this winter storm.
    20 The warmer weather.
    21. The utility service workers (and all service workers - police, fire fighters, hospital employees, etc) that worked so hard during this winter blast.
    22. Our Tempurpedic mattress and a good night's sleep.
    23. Hanging on to the book, My Life With The Saints, by James Martin, because I am really enjoying it now. (At one point, it was in the to-donate pile)
    24. That Kim cleaned out a space for me to set up my Gazelle so I can exercise in the morning.

    Be Positive:

    1. Today and everyday, I trust in the wisdom and goodness of life.
    2. God is the source of my supply.
    3. I am prosperous.
    4. I am rich beyond measure.
    5. I always have more than enough.
    6. The more I have, the more I have to give.
    7. I love to tithe in the thousands of dollars.
    8. I am healthy, wealthy and wise.
    9. I am surrounded by people who love and support me.
    10. I am filled with creative ideas.
    11. I am a witty and prolific writer.
    12. I vibrate at a level of joy and bliss.
    13. There is only Divine Truth.
    14. I fully and freely forgive and forget.
    15. Every day, in every way, things are getting better and better.
    16. Wherever I am, God is and all is well.
    17. Out of this situation, only good can come.
    18. I am perfect just the way I am.
    19. I collaborate with God to bring peace, joy and laughter into all of my experiences.
    20. I am divinely inspired in all that I do.
    21. I trust in my divine guidance.
    22. I am open and receptive to new ideas and new opportunities for growth.
    23. I am a positive role model for those around me.
    24.  I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day.

    Be Clear (about your desires)

    I desire:

    1. to be happy today,
    2. to be healthy today.
    3. to be wealthy today.
    4. to be wise today.
    5. to have a normal body mass index for my height, in a healthy fashion.
    6. to pay off our mortgage.
    7. to pay off our equity loan.
    8. to remodel the kitchen
    9. to get a new kitchen appliances
    10. to upgrade our electrical panel.
    11. to finish painting inside the house (the living room, entry, hallway, master bedroom and downstairs plus ceilings).
    12. to paint the exterior of the house.
    13. for the weather to warm up. 60 degrees would be nice for January :)
    14. to fix the front porch and entry where the concrete is sinking and cracked.
    15. to fix the bulkhead at the side of the house.
    16. to have no snow or ice here in Snohomish for the rest of the winter.
    17. to have 20/20 vision without the use of contacts or glasses.
    18. a soaking tub.
    19. new windows
    20. new shades for the windows
    21. new windshield for my car.
    22. a bookcase for my office.
    23. to write a novel that people will enjoy reading.
    24.  to exercise every day (I'm hoping this will motivate me!)

    Be Prepared (in your spending plan)

    Today I have $24,000.  $2400 tithe.  $2400 savings.  $4400 to pay off the new windows.  $2000 for new shades on my new windows.  $800 for a new windshield.  $12,000 for a new soaking tub ( I had to budget high because I'm pretty sure a soaking tub will require a bathroom remodel - not that I really want a remodel, but I do want the tub).

    Today's affirmation:  "I am growing more spiritually aware each and every day."  I love that on your Facebook profile under religious beliefs that says "spiritual but not religious"  I think of religion as being a strict set of rules set up by various churches or belief systems.  I think of spirituality as being your own individual relationship with God, The Creator, The Universe, The Divine Mother/Father, The Power Greater Than Yourself - whatever term you like to use.  Becoming more spiritually aware, to me,  means deepening my understanding of the universe and how things work on the spiritual plan. It means learning how my thoughts and actions relate to my experiences, and how those experiences relate to others.  It helps me to analyze how I can improve my thoughts and actions and make things better for myself, my family, my friends and the world in general.

    Holy crap, this sounds like an episode of More Shit New Age Girls Say.  Still, I hope you get my drift, even if you don't speak New Age.