Perception…Reality?

I'm doing the happy dance.

First let me start off by saying hello AND by giving you an update on my Weight Watchers progress.

Today I completed my 2nd week on WW and am down 6.2 pounds. I am flabbergasted. It has been so very easy!! It’s not a strict diet. It is literally eating normal food and lots of it.

I keep thinking there has got to be NO way I will have lost. But, when I step onto the scale there it is.

So, now I am 50.2 lbs away from my goal. Sounds like a lot (and I’m sure it looks that way, too) but I can do it. Slowly. Surely. Not because I’m dieting but because I’m more aware of what I am putting INTO my mouth.

I must have seriously been eating some blind extra calories without even noticing!

What has helped tremendously in learning to eat well is eating at home (which was suggested repeatedly to me by my Aunt Phyllis).

We are now a crockpot family! There is no turning back now. We are in it for the long haul. This is as big a step as a promise ring!!

Every other nite or so, we chop up lots of veggies and create what I call David’s Crock Pot WW Friendly Veggie Delight. It is mmm,mmm, good!!!

This past month I have had to deal with so much drama. I am absolutely SHOCKED by how much of it is actually going on around me which I tried to stay oblivious to.

Guess what???? I opened my eyes and realized that in some of the cases I’m dealing with that I, Carol Ann, am to blame for it!! Good grief. I had NO idea.

I am taking a look at myself through other people’s eyes to better understand why some people think what they do about me.

With help from friends and family and honest perceptions I am learning to “round my corners” so as not to come across so abrasive.

It is not easy to do, but I hear that perception is their reality. So, I want to change their perception so they do not think so little of me and my true intentions.

I’m sure that some of you reading this will assume it is about you. But seriously, the issues I’m facing are far greater than what you think. I am far more concerned about how those who MATTER to me see me and very little about the others.

We cannot please everyone. I can spend my entire life trying to live up to someone else’s expectations, but the reality, MY reality, is that I must be true to myself.

There’s an old quotation from the famous advice columnist Ann Landers which has stuck with me for years: “If you knew how little people thought of you, you wouldn’t worry how little people think of you.” This is really a mantra I’ll have to adopt for myself.

I received a copy of my Last Will and Testament today. What an eye opener it is to SEE a glimpse of life when you are gone.

Today Morgan asked me if I was going to be cremated. I said yes baby. You can carry me around in a bag with you. She said, “Oh now nice. Can I cut off your ears first?” I’ll have to ask her more about that when the shock has worn off.

I did tell her that she could carry me around and drop me all different pretty places she thought I would enjoy. She went on to explain to me that it is merely my body; my soul will be in Heaven. Gotta love 7 year old minds!!

Our cute baby, Zody.

Want more news??? Zody, our poodle puppy had her first period. I’m sure that’s not what it is called. I was completely unprepared. Fortunately David made a diaper run. I honestly thought I was done with diaper duty!! Fortunately Morgan has taken over the caring. I do NOT want to be on diaper duty ever again. I couldn’t even get the doggy diaper on properly.

For some odd reason the doctor who cut Zody’s tail when she was a puppy cut it so short it’s hardly a tail. She has no way to hold the diaper in place.

I will take her to the vet straight away to ensure we don’t have a repeat whenever it is that dogs are supposed to repeat it.

I’ve spent a great deal of my time saving great pictures to Pinterest. I don’t know what it is about saving images I like in one place, but it is fun!!

I’m not sure if this link will work, but here is the link to mine: http://pinterest.com/carolannkaplan2/

If you have a moment visit the Quotes and Funny Pictures Board. It’s hysterical!!!

Well, that’s it for now. Let me know how YOU are doing!!

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About Carol Ann

Hello! I'm Carol Ann!! I'm the mother of an 8 year old daughter, Morgan. At the age of 40 I heard this ticking. What could it be??? It was my biological clock! It ran for only about 2 days before I finally decided to have a child on my own!!! I was fortunate enough to get pregnant on the first try! Now, I am a full time mom to an 8 year old. I'm planning a wedding and I am working at Valley Parent and Columbus and the Valley Magazine as an Advertising Executive.  I love my life!! I started the Parenting in Columbus Playgroup in December 2006. If you are pregnant or a mother or even a caretaker of a child, be sure to join the PICP so that you can get out and socialize!!  We do lots of fun stuff in and around the area!!! I hope you enjoy reading all about my chaotic (yet semi-organized) life!!
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