Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Busy as a bee!

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Hello All.

I think I told you several hundred times the following....how busy I am....how busy I am....how busy I am!! Don't I sound like a broken record? It's just that I'm so busy!! We all are. Doesn't that seem to be what everyone says when you ask them how they are. Whatever happened to the answer...."I'm doing great, and how are you?" There's a saying I heard once, that says, if you want something done, give it to a busy person. I find, especially at the beginning of the week, when I'm at my brothers for several hours in the afternoon and evening, that I often get more done in the morning hours when I'm home. I don't have the leisurely time to  go about my day at a relaxed pace. I fly from activity to activity to get to everything that needs to be done.

With that being said, I felt sad when I read Kay's post about everyone being gone from the blogs. I am not a quick blogger. I'm a bit chatty ( really??). So for me to sit down and write on my blog, I know I'm usually going to take about an hour, especially if there are pictures. I reread, edit, rearrange. I like to play around with it. So often I say, I don't have time for that now. I'm trying to be more spontaneous, because I really feel that checking in, staying connected, and getting fresh ideas and thoughts, is really the key to making this lifestyle change a permanent one you can live with. And that applies to whatever plan you are following. A support system is critical to staying the course.

I just found Kim's blog, while I was over at Kay's blog reading her posts. I can identify with Kim. I have been "following" the Belly Fat Cure for well over a year. I'm embarrassed to say that I have only lost 15 lbs. Some of you have lost that in a few months. And I take full responsibility for my slowness. I have not been as diligent as some of you. Not with the sugars, but with the carbs. I admit, I'll dabble in a little pasta, snitch a piece of bread from the restaurant bread basket, eat some of those nachos. I guess at times I haven't been a good follower. But I still feel that I can contribute to the success of all of us. I keep on going, try to do better. I have kept off what I lost and I have made lifestyle changes that I stick to.

So while I have so much to say to you all about the graduation weekend, a few new recipes that I've discovered, and what's going on with the wedding plans, that will have to wait until a later blog. Today I just want to say, I value all of you, my dear cyber friends. You  give me mental strength, moral support, great  ideas and a lot of laughs. As the Stanley Steamer man says in the commercial.....I'll be here....I'm not going anywhere!!!.

Sending love and hugs, and a promise of some graduation photos, stories and plans for the bachelorette weekend coming up!!


Thought for the day:

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. - Lucille Ball

It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.
Mary O\'Connor


  1. Good morning my dear friend!!! Yes, I am one of the "prodigal" blogger friends who has been away for awhile. I am a busy bee too this time of year and its not that I dont want to blog, its truly just a matter of time on my part & needing to find that time again. Other areas of life have taken precedence.
    Glad to hear that you are doing well. I have missed you!

  2. Good day to you. I know your life is so full-so I appreciate hearing from you. I know it takes extra effort to make time for us all.
    Blessings to you-

  3. Hi Pattie, I found your blog via Amber's blog. I've been reading all your blogs for a little while. I just wanted to share some information with you that may help you stay the course (maybe?). I found that when I REALLY understood the science behind the low carb recommendations it really helped me realize I just can't have them. I think of it not as a "diet" but as a healthy way of living that will hopefully keep me healthy into my old age (if I'm lucky enough to get that far). I stumbled on Dr. Rosedale's site recently and find he really articulates the science well. Maybe reading it will help you too. I have done tons of reading lately regarding "leptin" (which Dr. Rosedale talks about at great length). When you understand your hormones and how your body works it makes it easier (at least for me) to say, "no" to those items I know will muck it up. Good luck!




    1. Thank you Trina. I really appreciate that, and I will check it out. I agree those hormones can cause alot of problems. I have hypothyroidism and take 2 pills a day for it. I never seem to have stable blood levels, and I think that works against me as well. I am definitely going to read the links you sent. Thanks again and big hugs from me to you!!

    2. Pattie, my good neighbor sort of started BFC a few months ago. She wasn't having much success - so long story short - she found out she has PCOS (really messes with your hormones). By being much stricter with the carbs than even BFC allows she is finally seeing results. I know my old diet mentality would tell me it was OK to have a little something because you could make up for it later. I know realize that little something can really set you back hormonally and hinder your progress to a leaner, healthier you. I hope those links help (I have tons more if you need them ... lol).

  4. Pattie, I can surely appreciate the busyness! Whether you've lost 15 lbs or 100 lbs I still think you contribute greatly to this blogging community. Not everyone loses easily and life gets in the way a lot with our "best laid plans". Hearing how you deal with the diet and with everything else is helpful to the rest of us!
    Speaking of life, I'm having trouble with one of my sons just moving out, how in the world are you handling a wedding?!

  5. Haha I love your thoughts today.
    I guess its a good thing about you being so busy - I know its tiring but you always feel like you accomplished something after - right?
    Have a great day :-)

  6. Hi Pattie! I've only lost a handful of pounds these last couple of years as well...oh well. My focus initially was to lose weight. My goal is to still lose weight, but my focus now is to get my mind back in the right place because I know that the weight will follow. Thank you for the recommendation of The Beck Diet Solution. I found it at the book store today and decided to buy it. It looks like it follows the same line of thinking that I like. The more tools I can give myself, the better my long term success will be. I'll let you know how I like it.

  7. I swear that I replied to your post? Hmmm...well what I wanted to say is now I know how your posts are so eloquent! You actually think before you type. I am a type it out and post it, kind of gal. If I have to think, I don't blog, it tends to hurt my head:) Seriously though, I love reading your blogs, even the sad ones. They are honest and heartfelt.
    15 lbs is nothing to sneeze at. At some point you will need to decide how badly you want to lose more, or be happy with the beautiful you. I think deep down inside we all know what we should do, it is a choice of whether we do it or not. I know that is me to a T. You will get there, if you really, really want to:)
    Hugs back at you:)

  8. Hi Pattie! I can totally relate to what you said about not being a quick blogger. I'm trying to get better at posting since I REALLY love reading everyone elses blogs and appreciate when they post - even when it's a very quick update. Sounds like you have a lot going on right now in your life so thank you for taking the time to post and to comment on my blog- I really appreciate it! I think what's awesome is that regardless of where we are in our journey, the relationships we make via our blogs is the best part!!! Have a great day! :)