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Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31, 2013



Happy Halloween my SP friends!

  
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MSEMBERSTORM 12/1/2013 4:22PM

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EMMACORY 11/1/2013 9:09PM

    Cool! Hope your team wins this weekend!

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Hope is my word of the day!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hope is what keeps me going on since the loss of my son. Hope that one day:
I will be able to go to bed and not be haunted by thoughts and dreams that prevent me from sleeping well
I will look forward to waking up in the morning
I will envision a future without fear of being alone
I will cope with whatever comes my way
Today I had hope sitting in the sun taking in all the wonders of nature around me...

  
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MSEMBERSTORM 8/25/2013 1:28PM

    Hugs and much hope!!!

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EMMACORY 8/18/2013 11:24PM

    May hope continue to grow and flourish within you. Love, June emoticon

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 8/18/2013 9:44PM

    Happy Spirit-Hello" I was thinking about you today! Sue emoticon

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Coping with Sabotage!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

We probably all have people in our lives who either intentionally or unintentionally, sabotage our efforts to make good food choices and lose weight. "Come on Sue, you can't be the only one not to have a glass of wine!" or "Three French fries aren't going to impact your weight loss that much!" Really? I know that it is not the one glass of wine or the three French fries that sabotages my efforts, it is what follows that choice. I will say to myself, "I already had a glass of wine on Friday or I had those few fries and I am doing o.k. Well. the next thing I know I am having a glass of wine more often or choosing carbs more frequently and even sharing onion rings that a friend ordered! I have learned that for me personally, I am better off being honest with friends and stating upfront that I AM changing my eating and exercise habits as part of pursuing a healthy life style. Obviously part of that change is to make good choices when I am out dining with friends. I also make comments about how I am here to spend time with you not focus on the food. True friends will be happy for you and support your efforts. The only person that sabotages your weight loss efforts is YOURSELF!!! It's how I react to others when temptations are offered, that will lead me to success in my weight loss journey! I am going to lunch today with friends and I have already looked up the menu at the restaurant and know before I arrive, that I am ordering a grilled fish sandwich with lettuce and tomato and no bun. I will ask for steamed veggies instead of the fries. Most restaurants these days are anxious to accommodate their patrons. All you have to do is make the right choice and ask!
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HAPPYDOES 7/21/2013 4:07AM

    Well done!
I'm learning from you.

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MSEMBERSTORM 7/15/2013 4:25PM

    So true!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 7/15/2013 10:15AM

    You are rocking girl... how true this all is and we drive our own Journey !!

We put the food into our mouth..

Hugs on making good choices and enjoy the fish..

Dawn

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ANDYLIN90 7/14/2013 6:43PM

    The planning ahead by looking at the menu online is a great tip and one I should use more often. Knowing what you are going to eat before looking at the menu in the restaurant always helps me make the right choices.

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MIRAGE727 7/14/2013 5:51PM

    Your solution to saboteurs, especially friends, is spot on! I've been preaching on taking total control of your life especially in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. I get the lamest excuses. Your blog is so positive. Stay strong, focused, and continue to embrace your goals!
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STALEYK 7/14/2013 1:27PM

    Good for you! I fall into the same traps time and time again.

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EMMACORY 7/14/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon It is our life and it is surprising how often others think they know what is best for us! Keep making those excellent choices ...they will lead you to where you want to go.... emoticon

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PICKIE98 7/14/2013 12:32PM

    Yahoo for you for sticking to your guns about this!!
I always ask those sabatoge people, "Why would you want me to get sick for three fries?"

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PEZCATHY 7/14/2013 12:26PM

    True, true, all true! I don't have any friends, but the one good thing that has come of my divorce is that I no longer have my husband to sabotage my weight-loss efforts! Your mind set is right, so you are headed in the right direction!

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KATIEWILL5 7/14/2013 12:23PM

    I like mushrooms you can ask for them steamed whole and i dip them in ketsup because I watch calories not as worried about carbs Im a vegetarian

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We are all here to bring out the God colors in the world" Matthew

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I believe gardening is a great way to enjoy and show the God colors in the world. The verse can apply to many things, but certainly the beauty of nature is one of them. Whenever I create dish gardens I feel at peace and experience a simple joy at just picking out the plants and flowers I will use, working with the soil, and finally having my creation come together. It never ceases to amaze me the incredible variety of plants. I love to just look at individual flowers and appreciate the beauty of nature in its simplicity. My flowers often give me inspiration for painting small water colors that I make into cards. I also paint on benches, pots, windows, and barrel staves. So fun! Beyond gardening, I often sit on my recliner love seat in my bedroom where I can look out at the trellis my husband built for me with managing plants and beyond that, the state park that backs up to our backyard. I spend many hours here, just being, praying, meditating, reading, journaling. There is something about plants, nature, all of the outdoors that reminds us that we are just a tiny dot in the universe and that we are all part of a greater plan, God's plan. Wherever you reside or travel to, take time to see, hear, and feel the gift of nature! And don't forget about the taste for the abundant food nature and the earth gives us!

  
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MA_DIDDLES 9/30/2013 9:28PM

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Super Nice

I could sit here all day too.
Praise Jehovah for all the wonders he gives us.
Praying for His Kingdom to come. It is going to be so much better than
this system of things.

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ARTISTGATOGIRL 7/1/2013 10:19AM

    Thanks HapyDoes. I love to sit in this space. It is so peaceful and renewing surrounded by nature and God's creation! emoticon

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HAPPYDOES 7/1/2013 10:10AM

    Fantastic!
I think I could sit in this room forever.

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Thank you for sharing this. It is so beautiful!

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SHOES17 6/29/2013 11:40PM

    WOW!! Awesome

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EMMACORY 6/29/2013 1:20PM

    So pretty! I am glad you have a creative way to express yourself. emoticon emoticon

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Remembering my precious son today!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Today is the third anniversary of my son, Luis's journey to heaven. Today we visited a Memory Walk that is a beautiful area with foliage and a meandering path. Along the path there are stones that have been painted in memory of a loved one. I painted this one in memory of Luis. I miss him so much sometimes I ache and feel physical pain. I am so grateful for his time here on earth that so enriched my life. He will live on in my heart, mind, and soul FOREVER!


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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/26/2013 9:30AM

    emoticon I am sorry for your loss .. I can see it is still hard for you . I hope you spend moments of JOY in your thoughts of your son.. remembering the JOY he brought to this world while he was here.

I will not pretend to know of your pain.. but I do know ones we are connected to have left us with the JOY of having known them while they were here.. Hope you can find those moments today..

HUGS,
Dawn

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SANDRA2BSKINNY1 6/26/2013 8:27AM

    What a wonderful tribute to your son. emoticon

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EMMACORY 6/25/2013 11:16PM

    Sue, it was a blessing to share this day with you. Luis is proud of you and so glad to have had you for his Mom! Love, June emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 6/25/2013 10:28PM

    It is hard when you lose a loved one wither it be child, husband or some other relative that you are close to it hurts. Remember this that one day we will see them again.

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MERRYMARY42 6/25/2013 10:09PM

    I feel your pain, but I know you have wonderful memories

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LATTELEE 6/25/2013 9:38PM

  Nice

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