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When life gives you a lemon, trade it in....

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ah, life. Just when you think you can't take anything else, God let's me know that "oh, yes you can." He's right, but man, does it suck. Here's a short re-cap of what life is like right now:

Irritants (sounds better than saying negatives emoticon):

marital issues

money issues

need to get a full time job; am having no luck thus far

heat does not work properly in my car

engine light just went off in my car on my way to a meeting this morning

two nights ago, my 45 yr old brother in law was dropped in our lap as he was kicked out of his parents house in CA, and is living on my couch

clutter (be it papers or people) in my house

can't find comfortable winter boots (really? sounds so benign, but I'm on a roll now! emoticon)

can't find sweaters that are long enough to cover my behind while not looking like Arnie's Tarp & Tent (thank you for that phrase MRS!)


Positives:

working through those marital issues

have a contact to call on Monday morning for my car (thank you wHoly Fit!)

have heat in the house, if not the car

have my lovable, adorable, faithful dog who has been my protector these past two days (who knew he had a protective streak!)

have a computer in which to continue looking for a full time job (and to spark, of course)

had a very good meeting this morning

have 2 gift cards to buy a new bra and maybe a sweater to cover my hiney & hips


SUPER POSITIVES (yes, there is a distinction):

For the first time EVER during a crisis, I have stayed within my calorie range and logged my food every day!!!!!!!!

I completed 150 minutes of exercises in 3 days and am getting ready to don my workout clothes to do my dvd that's scheduled for today!!!!

I HAVE NOT TURNED TO FOOD TO GET THROUGH THIS NIGHTMARE!!!

Despite everything else, that right there is a victory for me! emoticon

I have today and this moment and that's all I choose to focus on.


Rock on, kids. emoticon
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  • MJMEISSN
    Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

    Shannon, keep singing those positives! You are such an inspiration to all of us. If life's frustrations get you down and you need to vent (rant and rave), send me an email. It sometimes helps just to get things off our chest. I can only offer an "ear", but am more than happy to do so. emoticon
    3698 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7599351
    your continued positive attitude will get you through these, hopefully temporary, issues.
    3698 days ago
  • DREMARGRL
    Thinking of you tonight and just wanted you to know. Sending you positive vibes and hope they help in some tiny way...Wish I could help you to adjust to life's unusual circumstances and family crisis but all I can offer is my friendship and love. Come email me if you want, Shannon. You know that I wish you the best and am sorry you are going through these rough times. XO MaryAnn
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    3698 days ago
  • BUBBLEBABS
    Great Job Taking care of your self!!!!!! I hope life gets easier soon!
    3701 days ago
  • ASPOTTR
    Great job avoiding food with these "irritating times". And now 7 lbs down to prove that stress will not deter you!!! Awesome job...I'm proud of you!!
    3702 days ago
  • GIGALENA
    Shannon, thanks for writing this. It brings tears to my eyes and reminds me with everything that goes on there is always a upside. I need to focus on the positive things in my life. I know you have so much going on right now. Remember we are here for ya. Everything will work out. Keep ROCKING girl!

    BIG HUGS
    Angela


    3702 days ago
  • KISHEGER
    Go, girl, go!!

    congratulations on your continued determination to work things out and eat well and work out instead of simply eating and feeling sorry for yourself(subconsious as it may be).

    Hugs, girlie, emoticon we knew you could do it now we know you can continue to do it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Erika
    3702 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4019666
    emoticon emoticon - well done Shannon. We've talked but I'll restate... I'm so proud of you for taking care of yourself at this highly stressed time of your life, it works when you work it girl! I'm not happy for the things you are experiencing but I know that morning is coming for you. Changing what you can and surrendering what you can't and focusing on today and not turning to food...yes, indeed...VICTORY! Love you lots!!

    PS. Give Finn a big hug from me as a thank you for taking care of his momma.
    3702 days ago
  • HUGS2015
    ((((Shannon))))Good for you for hanging on to your routines and health streak! Not reaching for the comfort of food during this crisis is a hugh victory for you! You are pushing on through to the other side and living within the bounds of The Serenity Pray. YOu are just doing your part and surrendering to God what is his part! Beautiful! You have had a break through and this is the start of your miracle! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    P.S.For you emoticon and Finn emoticon for extreme acts of bravery!
    3702 days ago
  • GOGETUMX2
    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! We're right here w/you.

    Many prayers are going your way!!!
    3702 days ago
  • DACIUS
    I cannot tell you how proud of you I am with this blog. I read a lot of negatives inn this blog. But I did not get a single ounce of despair or depression. In fact I read a woman that is not going to let things out of her control get her down. You have such strength Shannon. Indomitable, unbeatable, and fearless.

    Love that the pooch is taking care of momma.
    3702 days ago
  • NOTABOUTHEFACE
    While I don't like the irritant's you are going through including the Arnie's Tarp and Tent situation ;-) I am SOOO proud of you for not only seeing the positives but for NOT turning to food to get you through those times. It can seem like a quick fix or a good distraction but what's more distraction is realizing you can't shut the bathroom door without shutting your butt in it and wonder "when did THAT happen?" Yep, I've done it! LOL So proud of you!
    3703 days ago
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