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Saturday, August 28, 2010


Today is Armed Forces Appreciation Day in Fort Walton Beach, Fl! WE live in an area with 2 large active military bases, a large reserve base, an Army Ranger Unit and multiple other military venues! Thus,we appreciate our miltary in many many ways! So Today is AFAD and the chamber of commerce is putting on an event at the local Fairgrounds to honor our military and veterans. Entrance is free for military, active and retired and their families. The entertainment is awesome! Taylor Hicks, American Idol winner in Season 7 I believe is the headliner!!! I loved him! Kimberly Locke who was season 2's third runner up behind Clay and Ruben puts on a show before him. We also have the AF Reserve Jazz Band and a group called 1964 that does a Beatles Show! It's going to be a wonderful and entertaining day celebrating our military!

Unfortunately, rain is programmed at an 80% likely chance. It rained cats and dogs yesterday and it is likely to put a huge damper as this is an outdoor event. I'm supposed to sell beer at an outdoor tent. So now the powers that be are deciding on what to do, probably move it inside the building that doesn't hold as many people. What a shame as they worked so hard to get this organized!

At any rate, our military will appreciate the effort. Yesterday my husband's job (he works for the chamber) was to go to the airport and pick up Kimberly Locke. He has a white T-bird convertible with red leather interior and that is what he drove. He said she was delightlful and he learned so much about the ins and outs of American Idol land Simon Cowell, etc. I hope it doesn't rain too much and the show can go on.

Thank a Service man or woman today. We owe a lot to them! My husband and I are both retired from the Air Force Reserve! Have a great day!

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GOHUSKERS2 8/28/2010 12:29PM

    I was a military brat and we've had lots of servicemen in our family! You bet I'll thank a vet today and thank you two also for your service. It's great to let them know they are appreciated.

Freedom isn't free. God bless them all for the sacrifices they make!

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JOYCEMARIE9 8/28/2010 12:01PM

    Thank you for taking the time to bring this to everyone attention all too often we only think of them when something happens or we need them. My son is in the National Guard and has spent time in Afghanistan but we are fortunate he has returned to us safely, however I do not think any of us ever let them know enough how much we appreciate them. emoticon

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SHARON10002 8/28/2010 10:54AM

    Thank you for your service to your country. My son is active duty AF stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB. Daughter in law is AF reserve. I hope the weather cooperates for your festival today. These are usually wonderful events for families to attend, and for our younger generation to learn about service to their country. That's how my son became interested - we attended many air shows and he began to take a real interest in the aircraft.

emoticon Thanks for the reminder to honor the brave men and women who are on the front lines defending our freedom that we often take for granted. emoticon

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Friday, August 27, 2010


I have a LifeCoach coming to my office today to help me with organization. We are trading decorating for organizing. I know what to do, I just don't. I haven't completely downsized my operating system from owning a building and having several employees. That system isn't necessary for me anymore and I've done nothing to streamline it except pile papers on my desk and the floor around me. I've got 6 perfectly good file drawers filled with stuff that isn't necessary and the important stuff lies around. I'm reallly good at helping others but when it comes to me, oh well. I'll let you know how it works.

I need to do a lot of organizing because we are going to be doing some major renovations to the house and how am I going to work in that mess? I already have a mess. On to my day!

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SNORFSNORKEL 8/28/2010 9:48AM

    Inspiration to get up and get busy myself! emoticon

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JENNY888 8/27/2010 4:17PM

    Your description of your surroundings sounds a lot like mine. I have the remains of a business piled around also. I finally cleared out some of it a few weeks ago. It felt great.

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MARSHASTAR 8/27/2010 2:55PM

    That's a fantastic trade! = decorating for organizing.
whew, do I ever know what its like to be disorganized.

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MEGHAN2012 8/27/2010 8:57AM

    enjoy ur day :D

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Thursday, August 26, 2010


The first STUFF I am throwing out the window is my computer. It is soooooooo sloooooooow!
It's taken more than an hour to boot it up and get it running. So I am on the other computer in my office which my hubby uses. Why so darn slow?

The next stuff I'm throwing out the window is myself. My granddaughter's birthday was Tuesday and we forgot to call. Mainly because I took her shopping and already bought her bunches of clothes a week ago Saturday and this past weekend, we had a birthday celebration for her and the two grandsons who have birthdays soon. So I guess we kind of thought we already celebrated but that is no excuse not to remember to call her. So hubby has the duty of sending a card today as Sat she has her real b-day party and we cannot attend it either. Our names are mud for sure.

The third thing I'm about to throw out the window is dieting. I am sooooo tired of getting on the scale and not losing. Nothing I do seems to work. I'm not eating enough so I eat more. I'm eating too much so I eat less. I'm changing up my food to trick myself. I'm really tired of this and here it is day 251 and 8 lbs lost for the whole year and nothing happening. What's a body to do? I guess I'll just have to like myself the way I am.

I read another blog this morning and the person had lost 4 lbs. Good for her. Why isn't that happening for me? I'm not exercising enough for sure. I'm probably not eating enough of the right foods like veggies even though my points are within range. I dont know what to do. I'm not quitting but I'm not losing either.

Last night we went out for dinner. I had a tossed salad with balsamic vinaigrette. I had pecan crusted trigger fish, steamed medley of veggies, and rice pilaf. I had half and brought the rest home for lunch. I fell down by having 1 lite beer and 2 rolls with olive oil dipping sauce. Yesterday I attended a morning meeting and then headed off to visit with 4 clients. I didn't get home until 2:00 and had not had lunch except an energy bar and 2 cheese cubes at a clients house. I had 2 oz of brunschweiger on sandwich rounds and then off to dinner. I guess this way of eating just isn't going to do it.

Now at 2:00 I was really pooped out and I didn't accomplish much the rest of the day. Couldn't concentrate. My next effort is to actually try to join a WW meeting and keep it up but our schedule for the fall is already ramping up with activities. This Friday evening alone we have 4 invitations and can only do one of them. And all day Saturday is taken up with Armed Forces Appreciation Day which I will blog about later. I am working in the beer booth for 3 hours.

So that's it. I'll take any and all encouragement and kind words you want to throw at me. Later.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/27/2010 2:12AM

    You should definitely stay the course !
I agree with what SDTALLY just said.
Keeping active is such a great way to get the numbers on the
scale to move down !
There are so many things that a person could do !
Taking the aerobics classes at Shapes is a fantastic way to get a good workout,
and burn about 500 calories or so. There's also Jazzercise, or any kind of dancing...
Some people like to run, or jog, for exercise. I enjoy swimming, especially because
it is always cool in the pool ! And then, you are more free to eat (within reason !),
because you have burned off so many calories ! I consider all the swimming I do,
to be my hobby, and it does so much good for me !
I think I'd be lost, without it !
I hope that you can find a sport you can " call your own", that will help you on your SparkPeople journey !

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SDTALLY 8/26/2010 9:57AM

    Aww - you sound down. Maybe with fall coming you will be able to settle down in a "normal" (hehe) routine.

Only thing I can add is that maybe you should up the exercise. I know that every time I've tried to loose and thought I could do it just by food (and not exercise) I have not been successful.



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CSDAYS 8/26/2010 9:42AM

    If you hold your own that is quite an accomplishment. Keep at it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/26/2010 9:39AM

    I've not lost a lot of weight this year. I gain and lose the same lbs and never seem to get ahead so I can relate. I'm going to keep on though. They are offering Weight Watchers meetings here at work beginning in September so I'm going to try that. Anything that might help. Hang in there. Keep Sparking, get firm with yourself and you might be pleasantly surprised. Good luck. We can do it. emoticon

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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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