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A&I Blog Challenge The Perfect Spring Day

Friday, April 20, 2012

Perfect Spring Day

My idea of a Perfect Spring Day is:

emoticonAbout 65 degrees (F), Not too sunny, like sunny but with big fluffy clouds
emoticonNo rain
I would start my day by sleeping in until about 10 (after having gone to bed by 11 or 12 at the latest and having slept snuggled with my kittens) emoticon and then after feeding the cats and getting ready I would meet up with my friends and family for breakfast and have a nice cheese & veg omelet with a side of sausage and bacon, emoticon emoticon coffee, and vanilla/chocolate mixed sugar free pudding (hey, this is fantasy, okay?) with strawberries in it emoticon
Then we would all head out to a farm where we would rent horses and take a 2 hour horseback ride
After that we would go to the lake and have a nice swim emoticonand walk on the beach and have a lunch cookout with lots of meat including ribs and brats
After that we would go home and play cards and/or board games until it’s time to have dinner - grilled steak, emoticonshrimp, emoticonsautéed mushrooms emoticonand onions with a side of shish kabab'd grilled veggie skewers emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonand a veggie platter with sour cream and onion soup dip, followed by v&c SF ice cream for dessert emoticonwith some strawberries on it
Then we would have a Harry Potter emoticon or Twilight emoticon marathon until we were all too tired to watch any more and then go to bed.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/19/2012 9:50PM

    I can just feel the sunshine on my face!

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TALENKARR1 5/16/2012 7:41PM

    except for the twilight it sounds like a phenome of a day I am more of a Anita blake, Underworld fan

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SILVERANGEL6 4/30/2012 2:02AM

    Well, Darl, I hope you are working on creating this, you can do it, you know....any reason I don't know about that you can't?

I hope you get it soon, make it happen, Darl, then, we wanna see photos, please!!

Love Sylvia xx

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GOLFLADY11 4/21/2012 11:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful day! Wishing you many more!! emoticon

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AMYBELLES 4/21/2012 11:04AM

    Lou, I loved how you added all the emoticons to enhance your perfect spring day and make it come alive! Sounds like a lot of fun!! Great descriptions of your meals (my mouth was watering emoticon), and I know you had lots of emoticon throughout the day, too!!! emoticon

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SPHAPPYHIKER 4/21/2012 12:27AM

    What a great perfect day that will make. Hope it comes to you soon. I love the big fluffy clouds also.

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NICKI109 4/20/2012 8:59PM

    Ooh, I love horseback riding, and the food sounds delicious on this day! I hope you get to enjoy a day like this soon. Truly does sound perfect!

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/20/2012 4:25PM

    Sounds like a perfect spring day for sure! I wouldn't mind having the same kind of day myself! emoticon I hope that you have this Perfect Spring day soon!

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CJWORDPLAY 4/20/2012 3:01PM

    Wow - sounds terrific. You've included a little bit of everything delightful. I'm enjoying it right along with you. Thanks. emoticon

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    Lou, your Spring Day sounds Fantastic! I would love to have a day like that.


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BECCABOO127 4/20/2012 2:11PM

    OMG! This is my perfect day, too! Loved the way you used the icons to tell the story.


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BARBIE176 4/20/2012 1:50PM

    What a wonderful day you have created. I hope that you have a few of those Perfect Spring days very soon. emoticon emoticon

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My Pledge

Monday, April 16, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to love myself, even when I fail. Especially when I fail.
I pledge to respect myself.
I pledge to look in the mirror and tell myself I love myself and I am worth it.
I pledge to take control of my reactions and my actions.
I pledge to do the very best that day that I can that day and to forgive myself if I do not measure up to someone else's idea of what my best should be.
I pledge to do the best thing for me because of my challenges, not in spite of them, because my challenges are part of what the Devine, in Her infinate Wisdom, created me to be.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race.
I pledge to continue to be a WINNER!

Signed: Heather Louise Bell 04/16/12

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KELTIC-CARA 5/19/2012 5:19PM

    Great pledge, very motivational

emoticon and be a winner

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RFJSJ50 4/17/2012 7:31PM

    Wonderful! I'm glad this pledge is striking a chord with so many Sparkers! ESILBO didn't know how strongly her original pledge would affect us!

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BECCABOO127 4/17/2012 6:12PM

    Yay! I love those pledges.


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DRUIDPRINCESS 4/17/2012 5:56PM

    What a lovely blog! We can all learn from you. I hope you have wonderful personal goals, stay focused and be so proud of yourself every step of the way towards reaching them.


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SUPERMOUSE35 4/17/2012 8:39AM

    I love this, thanks.

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/17/2012 2:39AM

    You deserve it.

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WOUBBIE 4/16/2012 11:57PM

    Finally loving yourself is TRULY devine!

Love ya, SHE!

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DIBANANA 4/16/2012 11:20PM

  It is good to renew your resolve on occasion. Hang in there. Keep trying and you'll make it.

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BARBIE176 4/16/2012 11:12PM

    emoticon emoticon very well said. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/16/2012 11:01PM

    emoticon emoticonI wish you the best on your journey!

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A&I Challenge blog What I am Proud Of

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wow. It amazes me that every single person started their "what I'm proud of" blog with "wow this was really hard!!" ... and of course I feel the same way!! How sad is it that we will extol the virtues of complete strangers we know only through cyber space and reading posts and blogs, but think we ourselves aren't worth much!! Could that be part of why we are on this seemingly constant struggle to lose weight?

Okay, things I am proud of:

emoticon1) I am proud that although I have gained back and yoyo'd with my diet I am still, and have always been since I lost it, 35 lbs lighter than my highest weight and that was like 18 years ago.
emoticon2) I am proud that I have educated people who have gone on to touch others. One particularly has always touched me: there was a young girl I used to work with and I tought her HIV education (this was back in the early 90s when people still weren't sure if you could "catch it" from casual contact). One of her managers at a 2nd job was having a really bad night and she cornered him and asked what was wrong. He told her his partner of 26 years had just died from AIDS. She reached out to him and told him how sorry she was. He broke down in tears because she was the first person who knew who had TOUCHED him. Everyone else was afraid of being contaminated. Can you imaging? Grieving your loved one after 26 years and no one would touch him much less hug or hold him while he grieved.
emoticon3) I am proud of being the type of person who people come to when they have problems.
emoticon4) I am proud for learning how to ask for and accept help from others.
emoticon5) I am proud of being "good" with kids and dogs.
emoticon6) I am proud for not having done "something stupid" last spring/summer when I was critically clinically depressed.
emoticon7) I am proud of forgiving my parents for being imperfect.
emoticon8) I am proud that my sister knows she can rely on me to be there for her while she's going through treatment for breast cancer.
emoticon9) I am proud of embrassing opportunities for doing walks, rides, volunteer events, camping, sports and other things that many excuse themselves from because they are "too fat".
emoticon10) Most of all, I am proud for trying and trying and trying and trying no matter what and no matter how many times I may fail. You can knock me down and you can drag me though the dirt, but you can't keep me from getting back up.

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MISSA9 4/15/2012 6:00PM

    Love all but especially number 10!! great blog!

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/13/2012 5:09PM

    Lou, you did a fantastic job on your blog!! You are right, that I think that it is part of the reason why we are all on this journey because we don't think ourselves worthy enough of our own praise! I think it's awesome that you taught a young girl about HIV and that she was able to console her boss during such a difficult time! It's not always easy to forgive our parents but like you said they were not perfect. When you think about it though, like Oprah has said, children don't come with instruction manuals. I think it's so great that your sister knows she can count on you while she is dealing with breast cancer! You are a great person and especially a great Spark Friend!!!

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SHOYER 4/13/2012 4:25PM

    Being able to acknowledge being proud of oneself is a wonderful accomplishment. I'm so happy you can see in yourself the great things that others already do.

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BECCABOO127 4/13/2012 2:24PM

    I am so proud of you! I love reading your blog, and I really needed to hear something like this...especially today.

Thank you so much Dar!


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JAMARIGOLD 4/13/2012 11:23AM

    Thank you for sharing your proud side! You have a lot to be proud of and I'm glad to know you better. Thanks!

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ANH102712 4/13/2012 10:09AM

    This is a great blog! You have alot to be proud of! Keep up the good work and have a great weekend!


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    Lou, you have every right to be proud! You have accomplished a good deal. Someone said once that the only one standing in the way of your progress is you. I hold that pretty much as a challenge to me I don't want to be standing in my own way any longer.


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WOUBBIE 4/12/2012 11:50PM

    To quote FlyLady, "I'm so proud of you!" Wish I had a purple pen to send you as a constant reminder! This was a great affirmation!

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BARBIE176 4/12/2012 9:41PM

    Like Amy, I am glad that many of us have overcome the difficulty of the blog assignment and wrote what they are proud of. I have really enjoyed reading the ones that have been posted so far and I look forward to reading some more.

It is emoticon that you have been able to keep so much weight off for such a long time. Keep up the good work! Item 2 is really sad, to think that someone who was grieving the loss of a loved one never had someone reach out and touch them. The fact that you were able to educate that co-worker so she could reach out is fabulous. You should be very proud of that.

So happy that you overcome your depression without doing the "something stupid"

You are an amazing friend and I am very happy that we are emoticons. emoticon emoticon

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AMYBELLES 4/12/2012 8:41PM

    I am really glad we have this blog assignment and that everyone is slowly deciding to write their proud accomplishments. I love reading them, because they reveal so much about our unique personalities and what we have overcome to be who we are today - very special individuals! That's great that you were able to forgive your parents and you chose not to do the "something stupid" thing you alluded to! I also think that it's fantastic that you were able to educate that young girl about HIV and AIDS so that she was able to comfort her manager in his time of need. I am very glad to know you, Lou and have you for a SparkFriend!!!

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TRISH261 4/12/2012 7:16PM

    That is really awesome! And it really is true that is so hard to be proud of yourself, but it's so easy to be proud of others!


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Monday, April 02, 2012

emoticonOrder light machine
Produce serotonin naturally through light therapy
Stop eating sugar to produce serotonin
Lose weight
Stop being depressed
Clean my house
Clean my house
Consult with (Pain Managment guy on 4/13 because I can't see the Neurosurgeon until May 18 about cervical surgery as PT and shots are not working)
Clean my house
Clean my car back out
Mail 2 packages
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Clean my house

Oh, and I really need to work on cleaning my house. Anyone wanna come help?

I've determined a large part of my issues may be depleted serotonin and I prefer not to take drugs or "supplements" and I can't take SSRI's because I'm bi-polar... so I'm going to try this out (the light) and praypraypray it works!!

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NICKI109 4/7/2012 10:49PM

    Heres to hoping the light therapy works!! Keep at your goals, you can do this!

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AMYBELLES 4/6/2012 10:30AM

    Cleaning never ends, does it? If a genie could grant me wishes, I would wish for my house to be sparkling clean every day! I hate dirt, but I dislike cleaning and being organized is a constant challenge for me (there's so many other fun things to do!) It's like the chicken and the egg though-you need to feel good to want to clean, yet having a clean and organized house helps you feel good! We just have to suck it up and do it, I guess! emoticon
Good for you for already checking off two things off of your list! emoticon I am praying that the light therapy works for you and that you can schedule a surgery that will be successful in eliminating your pain. I always enjoy your humor, Lou - it helps to find something to laugh about in the midst of depression and adversity. Keep your chin up... emoticon you can strive toward your goals one step at a time!

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/4/2012 8:17PM

    You have set some great goals to achieve this month Lou! With all of the house cleaning you need to do you should be able to get plenty of fitness minutes in this month. I don't blame you for not wanting to take pills. I hope you can get the neurosurgeon to schedule surgery for you soon and that the light box helps you!

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JAMARIGOLD 4/3/2012 6:51PM

    I'm impressed that you've already got 2 things "checked off" your list! I haven't even started my list. Way to go! And best of luck with the house cleaning - that's a permanent entry on my list.

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SILVERANGEL6 4/3/2012 9:21AM

    Well, what a list!! Clearing out the home will go a long way to clearing up some of your issues anyway, and the light therapy will help with the depression, too, so I will be keeeping you in my thoughts, dear....

Blessings for tomorrow....keep the place tidy now!! lol....I would come & help, but I can't afford the airfare!! Unless you'd pay me to come? (she said hopefully)

Nighty night, dear, I'm almost off to my bed..


Sylvia xxxx


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    Lou, you have a great set of goals. I am keeping you in my prayers. I hope the light therapy gives you relief.


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BARBIE176 4/2/2012 11:29PM

    Great goals Lou. I continually have the clean house on my goals list too, but it is not nearly as important as some otherthings on my goals list. Good luck on your goals!

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SPHAPPYHIKER 4/2/2012 11:04PM

    Great set of goals! I have that clean house one all the time also. I am also working on cleaning the basement. My goal is to have it done before June. I still have my winter decorations up that I need to take down. One day at a time and you will accomplish your goals!

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MISSA9 4/2/2012 8:48PM

    LOu! Great goals!! look like you have lots of cleaning to do this month!!

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48MYYEAR2014 4/2/2012 5:03PM

    great set of goals hun i do`nt like taking pills and potions unless they are absolutely nesarary either

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BECCABOO127 4/2/2012 4:52PM

    I like this list blog! It is a great idea. Light therapy helps a lot of people!



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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WHOOO HOOOO I'm gonna start eating breakfast EVERY morning!! Hey, I might have breakfast three or four times a day!!

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WOUBBIE 4/2/2012 9:07PM


*Hands Darloudasha an award for "Best Use of FLooping in a Sentence"*

Still laughing!

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BECCABOO127 3/17/2012 7:25PM

    I like your sense of humor, Dar!

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ASHAIXIM 3/13/2012 8:45PM

    Sorry, I can't hear you over the crunch. HAHHAA!! *SNORT* sorry. Ehhh hmm.

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NAYPOOIE 3/13/2012 7:22PM

    I was astounded when I discovered that sugar was the first item on the list of ingredients for froot loops. That's not cereal, it's candy!

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