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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I woke up this morning feeling discouraged about not losing any weight in weeks and then I read my e-mails. There was THE WEEKLY SPARK with its timely article, THE POWER OF GRATITUDE. It is 6 pages but well worth the read and brought to mind all of the things I am grateful for. Too many to list so I will limit myself to 3 areas.

1. Family. Friday night my entire family was in my dining room. I don't have a big one, 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 4 grandchildren, my mother-in-law and my sister and her husband and of course, my hubby. We had a baptism of the one year old who brought his parents and brother down from North Carolina. There were a few challenges like some sibling rivalry and fussy children but all in all, I am so grateful that we had the weekend. I have 2 daughters-in-law whom I've developed a healthy relationship with and I'm so grateful for this. And I'm grateful for knowing when to stay out of family arguments and staying calm in the situation.

2. My Clients. I am so grateful to still have a thriving business in spite of the sluggish economy, oil spill, etc. This summer I'm helping several of my past clients redecorate their homes and I'm so happy for this opportunity. I have a beautiful career and I help people make their homes beautiful, one room at a time!

3. My Health! I am a healthy 62 year old woman who can walk three miles and have a conversation with her best friend. My weight loss is definitely stalled but I am eating in a healthier way than I ever have, consistantly. I look and feel good at the weight I'm at, at least 8 to 10 lbs lighter than last year. My numbers at the dorctors office were the best they have ever been and he was pleased. I've been able to eliminate 2 meds for my depression this year. And I've learned to be calm through all adversity by putting my hands into God's. And I've made lots of friends here at Spark!

So, I may not be making any swift progress in weight loss but I have so many other things going for me. And I'm not giving up. I continually redirect myself back to the eating healthy effort when I fall off. I have so many to thank.

So, for today, what three things are you grateful for? A friend of mine has a gratitufe journal by her bedside and every night she writes in it before she goes to bed. What a nice idea! Have a great day and I'm anxious to hear back from you! www,sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/26/2010 1:47AM

    What a nice career you have : beautifying people's homes !
I'm sure your clients' lives are enriched, once the renovations have been done !
You are right!
We all do have so much to be grateful for !
I am grateful for the activity that has been Sparked in me by SparkPeople !
The entire SparkPeople program has brought more life into my life !
For this, I am truly grateful.
I am grateful that all these resources are free ; I hope and pray that it can be so,
forever !
I wish everyone well, as they progress on their SparkPeople journey !

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/25/2010 10:38PM

    Wonderful blog... Such a great way to go to sleep with the last thing on your mind being gratitude.

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KARLY47 8/24/2010 4:56PM

    What a great blog you wrote.. emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 8/24/2010 12:35PM

    I loved your blog! I'm at a bad place with SP right now as I have put a few of the lbs I lost back on. It is so discouraging that I've been thinking I may as well give up. I loved your reasoning and I also have much to be grateful for. With that in mind, I am going to renew my efforts to live a healthier well balanced life! Thanks for your wise words.

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DONNAEDA 8/24/2010 11:39AM

    If you always look to the positive side of life and all you have to be grateful for, you will never be depressed

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CAROLYNVIL 8/24/2010 11:01AM

    Very good blog, I am very thankful to have a husband who still is my best friend for 37 years. still enjoy his company.For all my spark friends and right now good health at the age of 71. I too have stalled out,on losing weight but it will come as I continue to eat healthy.

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JENNY888 8/24/2010 10:33AM

    A beautiful blog Carol. I am grateful for Spark Friends like you who write these inspiring blogs.

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ANDI571 8/24/2010 10:08AM

    I agree. I think we can get focused on the negative sometimes and forget what good we have in our lives. Being grateful can put it into perspective.

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BOHEMIANCAT 8/24/2010 9:48AM

    Thanks for writing this. I sometimes feel sorry for myself. That is great that you have been able to get off some meds.
I am grateful for:
1. That I have a job that helps pay for a nice style of living.
2. That I have a wonderful husband.
3. That many people like me, sparkfriends included.

Have a wonderful week!

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HISOWN1 8/24/2010 9:40AM

    my weight too has stalled

3 things I am grateful for - I have dropped close to 50 pounds, that God provided a wonderful 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite in New York City so our son can join us at NO extra charge from the hotel - a true blessing and for my DH who is a rock when I feel shaky

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KASEYCOFF 8/24/2010 9:20AM

    Really good, Carol - and you are so right! We all have much to be grateful for - and I'm glad you had a good time with 'the kids'! :-)

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Saturday, August 21, 2010


Baby's asleep and I had a minute to log-in. I have a very small family but last night all of them were here at the house. My 2 sons, wives and 4 kids, my sister and her husband, hubby and his mother. It was certainly a crowd!!! This morning, hubby, son and wife went off to a 5K and I am here with baby and 5 year old. I put the baby in his crib and he's quiet so hopefully he'll sleep. They had a long day yesterday, getting up at 3:00 a.m. to catch the plane and busy all day. We have 2 babies, 9 months and soon to be 1 yr. They were so cute together! I hope I can get a picture of the 4 of them and post it online to match last year's pic. Great fun but what diet this weekend? Have a great day!

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KATHRYNLP 8/23/2010 9:12AM

    How nice to have your family all together for a visit. It can get a bit crazy though. I too, love their company and seeing my grandkids, but we live a quiet life, and I need to go for that walk, early in the morning, to stay serene. Maybe you gals can take an evening walk, and let the boys cope with the kids for a bit? emoticon

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JOYCEMARIE9 8/21/2010 9:46AM

    Most importantly enjoy the family your diet will be there when the family is gone just be conscious of what you are eating and with grandkids you will get plenty of exercise. ENJOY!

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Friday, August 20, 2010


The phone rang at 4:30 this morning! We are always afraid it is my mother-in-law sayng she has fallen down and needs help to get up. But it was my son calling from the airport. They got on an earlier flight and will be here this morning at 8:30. WE are so looking forward to their visit. At noon we are all going to the retirement home for lunch with Grammie. She'll be so happy to show off her great grandchildren to her friends! I still have some organizing and cleaning up to do so I"ll sign off. I'm looking forward to a wonderful family oriented weekend! Later.

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JENNY888 8/20/2010 10:38AM

    I hope your weekend is everything you expect it to be. Enjoy.

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KASEYCOFF 8/20/2010 7:48AM

    Have a good time, hon! Sounds like you are in for a really fun visit. :-D

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Thursday, August 19, 2010


I was blog reading this morning and one person said how she LOVED nuts and could not leave them alone. I used to be that way with potato chips. Just didn't buy them and now I am happy with a handful but it took a good year or so of not buying them. Nuts are good for you though. A dietician proficient in diabetes nutrition said she had read that eating a handful of nuts WITH your meal could lower your blood sugar 50 points! They had to be peanuts, almonds or pistachios and with the meal. So we got some small baggies and a couple of cans of nuts and put a handful into each bag for my mother-in-law to have with her meals. On the Sonoma Mediterranean based diet, 11 almonds is a legitimate snack. And the dietician said any form of those 3 nuts, sugared, salted, unsalted, etc. would do. Now you have permission to eat them.

I was out this a.m. for my planned 45 min walk with Pat when it started to rain half way through, not hard. We stood under a tree for a few min and then called my husband. By the time he got there, it was letting up but Pat is a beautiful black woman and she said that if she didn't get inside real soon her hair would look like Buckwheat's! So we headed home. My hair flattened up, hers exploded.

My daughter-in-law got the job she wanted! Yea! She works for a university in admissions and scheduling and her job was moving to the campus away from here. She was hired for the same type job with the same univ working on the local Air Force Base which is closer to her home. Wonderful news!

I've had my granddaughter off and on all summer and we've had some fun together. She starts school next week but I will remember these days fondly. Today I am taking off work. Tomorrow my youngest son and family comes for the weekend and we are having a birthday party for the three grandkids who have birthdays in the next couple of weeks. My granddaughter and I are going shopping for birthday party supplies and setting up things. She will be 9 next week. No birthday cake, just fruit and maybe a couple of cupcakes. My son is about 10 lbs from his goal at WW and wants to weigh in on Sat. So I am preparing WW type food as I am watching my points as well.

I weighed this morning and am still solidly at 180 with a little left leaning. Since I've gotten up in the middle of the night to pee the last two nights, I figure I must be close to dropping a pound. That would be wonderful to leave the 180"s as you know I have been here for quite a while. I am so happy that the scale has not gone back to 185 or 182 or more as it did for months.

Off to my day of play! Later.

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JENNY888 8/19/2010 10:33AM

    Thanks for the limit on almonds. I also love nuts and have to watch out for them.

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ANDI571 8/19/2010 9:41AM

    I laughed right aloud with the hair story. I could just picture it in my mind. To funny.

I love the sugar coated cinnamon almonds. That thrill me that it could be a legal snack. Problem, stopping at 11.

I am curious on how many points you are getting in a day. Do you get your need to points? You seem to be a very active person with your running around. You may need to go into your flex points. I had 4 flex points yesterday, and actually lost the pound I had gained from last week.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Since I've been taking a quilting class, I've been looking at quilting websites all over the internet and have come to the conclusion that quilting is like dieting! On one blog I found, the blogger described 2 women who were in a quilting class, both avid sewers and both with experience making quilts before. One woman made an heirloom quilt for her grandson in one week. The other woman started a quilt and got so frustrated with it she quit and never finished it. Why you say? Successful quilters (dieters) seek out expert advice (Spark) and shortcuts while interacting with other successful quilters (dieters).

Hmm, my collection of quilting books and magazines is starting to rivel my collection of diet books and programs. The difference is that you won't gain weight while you are quilting because your hands are otherwise busy and your mouth might be full of pins. The collection of fabrics available in a quilting shop rivals the food at the grocery store. My mouth waters as I look through the stacks picking up fabrics I like and stroking them lovingly. Right by the front door of the shop is an apron embellished with tiny coffee cup and coffee bean fabrics.
Fat quarters are packaged 18 by 22" squares and not the fat quarters that we sit on. Jelly rolls are rolls of precut coordinated fabrics. There are fabrics featuring chocolates and easter eggs and cake and all kinds of calorie free confections!

Who doesn't love a sale and last night I spied 2 pkgs of precut squares on sale for $5 each. On the top was the cutest fabric with tiny shoes on it and colorful ones underneath to coordinate. I had to have it. I walked out another $45 poorer. This will have to stop until I get hold of my senses. And complete the quilts I'm already working on.

I promise I will get out my camera and start taking pictures. My granddaughter has been with me this week. She starts school on Tuesday and I'm trying to see clients and take care of her as well. I don't mind as I know once school starts, she will be busy and we won't see much of her.

I'm glad I've rekindled my love of sewing. No maybe I'll start losing weight again. What hobbies do you have that might keep you from eating? Later.

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JENNY888 8/18/2010 10:56AM

    I too once was in the mode of buying every cute fabric I could find on sale for quilting. I was unpacking some of that material from the garage and thought that I might get back into quilting again. I loved it.

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KASEYCOFF 8/18/2010 10:27AM

    I've gotten into 'trends' where I buy loads of fabric, or skeins of yarn, or what have you, but the one abiding 'I will overspend if you take me there' place is a bookstore. Any bookstore. Online bookstores. I try to always leave room when I pack for a trip because I will buy tons of books. Drives Himself mad, as he's not much of a reader. They are my souvenirs and mementos and the very Stuff of Life for me. Ah, sorry, I got a little carried away there. What I meant to say is - I understand exactly how you felt in the fabric shop, lol!

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