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Have Your Tissues Handy...

Monday, August 26, 2013

If you like sappy love stories, you'll definitely enjoy this:

I am so blessed to have found the love of MY life, too! emoticon emoticon

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DIANE7786 8/26/2013 9:25AM

    Big tears ran down my cheeks as I watched the video. He truly loved Lorraine. I know he'll cherish the CD.

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IDLETYME 8/26/2013 8:47AM

    That REALLY is tissue time!!!! emoticon emoticon

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45 Lessons

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Found in my inbox today; I particularly like Lesson #10! emoticon

Written by Regina Brett, columnist for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.*

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90* in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

*You may get this same email in your inbox or on Facebook, with a picture of a lively-looking old woman and the statement "Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio." Knowing how the internet is, I googled Ms. Brett and learned that, while she is in fact a columnist for the PD and did in fact write this particular column, her wisdom is borne of a mere 57 years of living. Check it: www.reginabrett.com/about.php

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WENDYDANCER 7/15/2013 10:20PM

    #21, #26 #35

Great words!!

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DEE797 7/15/2013 10:38AM

    Love this. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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FUNONTHERUN 7/15/2013 12:59AM

    Great! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GRACIEC 7/15/2013 12:15AM

    A fun read! Thanks!

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MCELLO58 7/14/2013 10:52PM

    Love the list. Thanks for sharing.

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AQUAGIRL423 7/14/2013 10:26PM

    LOVED THIS! Thanks for posting. I think I want to print his and hang it up somewhere. Also, cute background!

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BLESSEDLOSER 7/14/2013 10:21PM

    Great list! I have to agree with you on #10, but there were a lot of other ones that resonated with me, as well.

Hope you're doing well, Sis! emoticon

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KARLARAMA 7/14/2013 10:04PM

    Ferne, thanks for sharing this great list! I need to print it and put it where I can see it.

Hope you are doing well!


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LVMAMAW 7/14/2013 7:14PM

    emoticon emoticon Words of wisdom indeed!! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AEHEGE 7/14/2013 7:13PM

    Thanks for sharing this! Love it! I am going to save it for future reference. emoticon

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LRSILVER 7/14/2013 7:03PM


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    My favorite is #38. It's what I strive to do and receive on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post. I need to print this so I can look at it every day. emoticon

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IDLETYME 7/14/2013 5:40PM

    Great blog - liked it a lot My favorite is #40. Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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CLAUDEM1 7/14/2013 5:28PM

    I looked her up as well. I especially liked her comment about having been sent an anonymous essay about the cost of raising a child. As it turned out, Regina Brett wrote it 10 years prior to receiving it. Uh... perjury anyone?

That aside, she is a wise lady.


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ROBBIEY 7/14/2013 5:21PM

  If like #28 Forgive.
Forgive yourself from having that chocolate, lazy day or missed gym day.
Keep Moving forward.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 7/14/2013 5:20PM

    Loved this!! Thanks for sharing it Ferne..............bahahahah, yes, chocolate gets me every time!!

Hope you're doing great emoticon

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BLC-22: Time to Get S.M.A.R.T.!

Friday, June 07, 2013

Round 22 of the BLC has just begun, and that means it's time to re-assess where I am and where I want to be. Since I just had my annual physical, the first part is easy:

Where I am: HEALTHYVILLE, USA!!! My labs are great and my weight is good; sure, I could stand to lose a few more pounds, but I've been maintaining within a healthy range for almost a year now, which has been enough of a challenge in itself! My doctor tells me that the remaining belly fat is nothing to be concerned about, as long as my A1C (blood sugar) levels continue to look good; she assures me that, short of liposuction, there's not much more I can do about it, anyway -- the fat cells are there to stay, dagnabit! If I was really motivated, I could probably whittle away another inch or so by increasing the intensity of my cardio, but for right now, I'm content.

Where I want to be: About 10 pounds lighter, with about 2 fewer inches around my waist would be nice. But, as I said, for right now I'm content. My husband just accepted a new job in Des Moines, Iowa, so we're going to be moving again in a few months (why yes, we DID just move to NoVA from Houston last year!). I figure that maintaining where I am right now until we're settled again will be a victory!

That being said, here are my S.M.A.R.T. goals for the next 12 weeks:

"S" is for Spiritual: I will focus more on my spiritual life, taking at least 15 minutes each morning to read my bible and pray.

"M" is for Meditate: In conjunction with "S", I will practice meditation for 15 minutes daily. One of my Panther friends gave me a terrific book that I recommend for anyone who is curious about meditation: "Meditation", by Eknath Easwaran. The author is respectful of different religious beliefs, which I really appreciated.

"A" is for Attitude: I will work to maintain a positive attitude regardless of what's going on in my life, posting on my team's chat thread every day and being accountable (another "A"!) to them as I participate in all of the challenges each week.

"R" is for Respiratory: I will maintain or increase my cardio fitness by doing at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for a minimum of 4 days per week.

"T" is for Tone: I will maintain or increase my muscle tone by doing at least 30 minutes of ST for a minimum of 3 days per week.

So, there you have it. Are my goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound? Well, the Measurable part isn't really there, but I think I hit all the other points. As long as I continue to eat right and exercise as I have been, I'll be in good shape. Literally.
And that's pretty smart, I think! emoticon

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PAULALALALA 6/10/2013 11:42PM


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LIZARDG7 6/9/2013 5:19PM

    Ferne - Great blog! Great goals! We are on the same path!

emoticon Hugs, Lizzie

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  emoticon and emoticon on the great news from the doctor!

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LRSILVER 6/9/2013 6:21AM

    Great plan.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/8/2013 9:33PM

    Awesome post Ferne emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL423 6/8/2013 4:15PM

    emoticon These sounds like wonderful goals, and the meditation and spiritual goals sound like they would de-stress your move.

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FIT-AT-50 6/8/2013 1:47PM

    GREAT goals, Ferne. I, too, love the use of the acronym and am also working on the meditation part. So often, prayer is a thread that runs through every day, but the quiet, focussed meditation is neglected way too often. I'm not sure that I would have officially put meditation on my goal list for the summer, but now that you mentioned it, I KNOW it will be a priority. Thanks!

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AEHEGE 6/8/2013 11:59AM

    Fantastic blog -- clever use of the acronym! I am working on meditation also. It is helping. emoticon

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JMCADE 6/8/2013 11:05AM

    Great goals and so glad to see those healthy doctor results. You can do this and move! From what I know of you now this move will be no hill for a climber!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/8/2013 10:42AM

    HEALTHYVILLE, USA!! emoticon

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ONUTHIN125 6/8/2013 9:08AM

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 6/8/2013 7:55AM

    Congratulations on those healthy results from the doctor- nothing beats that!!!

Moving again? emoticon emoticon Well, another great adventure awaits you! Can't wait to hear how it goes:)

emoticon S.M.A.R.T. goals!

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LVMAMAW 6/7/2013 9:41PM

    Congrats on your health tests!! emoticon emoticon

Your plan seems sound and logical. I am proud of you and know you can do it!! You go girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 6/7/2013 8:08PM

    AWESOME Sounds like a plan!

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    IOWA?????? Oh yes....GREAT goals and VERY, VERY S.M.A.R.T. Ferne. Seriously....Des Moines IOWA?

You ARE adventuresome. So do you have a new house already?

Goodness me, and we never have met yet!

Great thing is you can pack up your computer and we all come with you WHERE EVER you go!

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What's On My Mind Today

Saturday, March 09, 2013

This weekend's BLC challenge includes a blog sharing with you "what's on my mind".

Chocolate. emoticon

New job opportunities for DH.

The prospect of yet another move.

The prospect of a long-distance relationship with DH for a year or so.

Chocolate. emoticon

More chocolate. emoticon emoticon


Bills looming and no new job prospects for me.

MORE Chocolate. emoticon emoticon

Menopausal symptoms re-emerging after several months' hiatus.

MORE CHOCOLATE!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


Here's the good news: my life might be in turmoil right now, and I might dream in chocolate, but I'm not eating much of it (a square of dark chocolate now and then, but that's it -- I'm so virtuous! emoticon).

Instead, I've been surprised to realize that I'm craving exercise even more than I'm craving chocolate! This former couch potato can no longer lie on the couch all day reading a book or watching t.v. -- I have to MOVE!!! Today, I logged 135 fitness minutes. 135!!!! I don't log that much EVERY day, of course, but I get in at least 30 minutes a day, and more often 60-90, simply because I enjoy it!

So, during a time when I could easily be stuffing my anxieties about the future with food (like, CHOCOLATE!), I'm instead continuing to make good food choices, track my eating each day, and exercise daily.

And, as a result, I'm losing weight faster than ever. 1.8 pounds last week -- emoticon

emoticon, SparkPeople and all my wonderful SparkFriends (big shout-out to my BLC team -- the Panthers ROCK!!!), for helping me to arrive at this place. A place where friends and faith, not food, carry me through the turbulent times.

And that's what's on my mind today. emoticon

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 3/25/2013 10:04AM

    Another move? Separated for a year? You JUST got here and the whole house thing...oh my....but through it all you are a LOSER who is LOVIN' exercise more than chococlate. Now THAT is a testimony! Yea Ferne!

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LJR4HEALTH 3/17/2013 9:22PM

    I think you need a emoticon congrats on losing weight

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PINKNFITCARLA 3/10/2013 5:54PM

  Great job! I can see chocolate is on your mind :-)

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LVMAMAW 3/10/2013 12:45PM

    My dear sweet Ferne, my heart goes out to you during this uncertain time.. (personally, I like to be in control and have a plan, so I REALLY understand). HOWEVER, I KNOW you can do this- one day at a time. You have the controls, a little piece of dark chocolate now and again is no problem with a wonderful attitude like yours!!
We will keep you in our prayers and send positive thoughts your way!!
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AEHEGE 3/9/2013 10:29PM

    Great blog! Fun to read and it has a great conclusion! emoticon emoticon emoticon

And you know we are behind you 100%! emoticon

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LRSILVER 3/9/2013 10:26PM

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BOBINVA 3/9/2013 9:54PM

    Great job on all your hard work.

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IXCHEL23 3/9/2013 8:44PM

    emoticon you're doing emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon is always on my mind too!

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    That's great to hear about all the support! Makes all the difference! Way to Go on 135 FM! and for not letting chocolate rule and for being a former spud! You've sure turned things around!

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BLESSEDLOSER 3/9/2013 7:45PM

    emoticon That's the right attitude! emoticon As your dear older sister, I can attest to the fact that it's a MAJOR change for you to want to be up and moving all the time! (understand, though, fellow readers, that Ferne was always a skinny minnie growing up -- she would sit at the dinner table all night rather than finish her dinner!). I'm proud of you Sis, and also very thankful that you have shared your enthusiasm for Sparkpeople and exercise with me -- now, if I can only start doing as well as you are in the weight-loss department!

Hang in there, and I'll be emoticon ing for you as you face these new challenges in your life. Way to go for choosing exercise to work off your anxieties, rather than emoticon !

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I Got a New Attitude!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

To my rebellious inner teenager:

Lose the 'tude, Girl! I understand that you're frustrated, tracking every B, L & T and working out every day, without seeing the results you want to see as fast as you want to see them. I understand that you're stressed about your job, DH's health, your boys' futures, etc, etc, etc.. I understand that it's hard when the people around you are stuffing themselves with all sorts of yummy-but-not-at-all-healthy foods and are offering to share them with you (get thee behind me, Satan! emoticon).

But, what exactly do you think you're accomplishing when you say, "To he** with it!" and start stuffing your face and skipping your workout?

Let's be real here.

Maybe you needed a little break from the discipline...I get that. Sometimes, it can be a good idea to relax the standards a bit and enjoy a special treat.

But, to throw caution to the wind and just eat whatever's in front of you, All. Day. Long.?

That's just not smart.


Okay. What's done is done. Movin' on!!

After all, today IS another day... (thank you, Scarlett!)

And you're going to face it with a New Attitude.

"I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude
Runnin' hot, runnin' cold
I was runnin' into overload
It was extreme, ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-extreme
I took it so high, so low
So low, there was nowhere to go
Like a dream
Somehow the wires uncrossed, the tables were turned
Never knew I had such a lesson to learn
I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do
I tidied up my point of view
I got a new attitude
I'm in control, my worries are few
'Cause I've got love like I never knew
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
I got a new attitude..." *

* Patti LaBelle, "New Attitude"


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MCJULIEO 4/15/2013 11:54AM

    And thus you have nailed it!

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CARBJUNKIE83 2/12/2013 2:18PM

    OMG! I love this blog! I was coming to your page to write you a "have a good day note" when I saw a new blog was up from you! I just couldn't help to read and and fall in love with it! Love your new attitude! You are so awesome! Miss you oodles and oodles! XOXOXOXO

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LRSILVER 2/11/2013 9:25PM

    i really liked the blog and the song was very cool. Thank you. Something I needed to hear.

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AEHEGE 2/11/2013 8:04PM

    Love how you wrote it! Something we can all relate to!

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    emoticon Nicely said!!!

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VEGEFARMER 2/10/2013 8:24PM

    awesome blog. :)

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LJR4HEALTH 2/10/2013 5:39PM

    Love your post

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BOBINVA 2/10/2013 3:58PM

    “Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”
- Zig Ziglar

You are never a loser until you quit trying.
--Mike Ditka

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LIZARDG7 2/10/2013 11:21AM


YOU ROCK! ! ! ! !

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FIT-AT-50 2/10/2013 10:53AM

    Great humor and SOOOO true! Thanks for sharing.
emoticon blog!

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WENDYDANCER 2/10/2013 10:14AM

    Excellent focus!! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 2/10/2013 9:36AM

    So true! I love this blog!!

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RICKISMOM1 2/10/2013 9:27AM

    Hope its a good day for you!

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LVMAMAW 2/10/2013 9:21AM

    Oh! You speak directly to my inner teenager as well!! Let's "flush the 'tudes" immediately if not sooner!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 2/10/2013 9:05AM

    emoticon ...::::love gettin' rid of the 'tude! So True, yet you said it in such a funny way! Laughter is just what the doc orders most of the time ....always works for me. Lol.
I can SO relate to ..::extremes::...and just cooling your heels for a bit before picking up the reins for more riding. Balance is so vital....or a burn out is just ahead.

emoticonon your excellent thoughts & emoticon on your shiny new attitude!! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/10/2013 8:46AM

    I really liked your blog, so true!

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