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Confess, forgive yourself and move forward

Sunday, December 27, 2009



I'm getting ready to move forward into the new year.

Let's just say that 2009 is one of those years that I want to forget, however I always try to stay positive and will use what happened in 2009 as a lesson learned.

To say it was stressful is an understatement, to say that I gave in to the stress is a true statement. Using it for an excuse to go off my program for a lot of the year is a great excuse for an emotional eater.

And Christmas this year was a festive feast for me. So one thing I have learned is to stop beating up on myself, it has happened and what I need to do is the following:

Confess, forgive myself and move forward. Look out 2010 !

  
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GETDONE 12/30/2009 2:27PM

    Happy new year!!!! emoticon

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YANKEE-CHICK 12/29/2009 3:48PM

    Absolutely!!!!

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JUSDUCKY 12/29/2009 1:22PM

    Here's to 2010 and fresh new starts!

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SHANSHE 12/28/2009 11:53PM

    I just got caught up on all your blogs Barb! Sorry i got behind. I hope the stress of your mom being taken care of has eased some and that this coming year will be your best year yet!
Shan

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SURENDERISNOTME 12/28/2009 1:46PM

    Good for you Barbararose! We learn from our mistakes. I too have used things that have caused me pain and stress as an excuse to not stay with my plan this year. A New Year looms in our near future. Have a Happy New Year.

Debbie

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 12/28/2009 1:41PM

    emoticonyou can do this goodbye 2009 hello 2010!

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B-N-ME 12/28/2009 9:22AM

    Good attitude Barb!
I look forward to hearing about you reaching your goals in '10!
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Liz

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JEAN524 12/27/2009 6:59PM

    Congratulations Barbara. I think so many of us have similar experiences and regrets but have learnt with Spark to stop beating ourselves up and start afresh. The last 3 months have been very difficult for me and I've not made progress, but I am aiming to get started again now and make up for lost time.
emoticonHappy New Year. emoticonJean

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QUEENANNE1953 12/27/2009 4:58PM

    You can do it Barb ..we all can .. good luck.

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YAFENELRA 12/27/2009 4:57PM

    A great way to feel!! You will make 2010 a far different year!!

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XINIXINIX 12/27/2009 3:34PM

    It's never too early to start celebrating your new resolve - HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!

2010 is ripe with opportunity!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 12/27/2009 3:01PM

    Very sound stable advice. I think forgiving ourselves for our many weaknesses is the most difficult part of all. For me, what really works is taking it to the Lord. He forgave
me all my sins by dying on that cross - for ME! So why can't I forgive myself? Do I think I am better than God? If I don't forgive myself, then His death on that cross was for nothing and I refuse to accept that.
Erin

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SPARKPIXIE 12/27/2009 2:33PM

    Well said!

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CONTRALTO 12/27/2009 12:47PM

    that's pretty much it!

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MAGA99 12/27/2009 12:30PM

    amen

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RAINBOWMF 12/27/2009 12:22PM

    My Dear Friend you lost so much weight this year.
Be happy for that, I know you are.
Dr. Phil would say Are you through with the party in your mouth? I loved that saying the first time I heard it.

January started out bad for me and I did the same as Linda with 10 up and 10 down, now I know how many times I have said this but I am saying it again . THIS YEAR WE WILL DO IT!!!!
Confess,Forgive & Move Forward --
Hand in hand we will go!

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CHRISJAKE 12/27/2009 11:40AM

    Good blog Barb!!! ANd I am with you as well. This is the year of the DIVAS!! YES IT IS!!!

May this year be the best yet!!!

HUGS

Chantelle

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WINTER20101 12/27/2009 10:56AM

    Morning Barbara,I L ove your picture....I am with you 100% Buddy...Barbara 2009 was not a total bomb for you....i know you have had a lot of stress...but look at the weight you have lost!! I Know you will finish what you started and you will get your rear right back where it needs to be.....

I am the one that has made excuses and not been true to me all the way....i have lost the same 10 lbs over and over and over.....I am real this time and it is about time.....we all at Bl will make our goals ......together as a team......

You know how to do it!! So get to it!! As Anne says .....NO EXCUSES JUST DOING IT!!

LOve LInda

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LOLAJO54 12/27/2009 10:55AM

    Yeah Barb hear yeah! right with you too!

May I suggest one more thing...
I like your staying positive --great
Come and post with your team everyday... read other posts
this will lead to good habits continued and the moral support you need through the stressful times..

Love ya sis
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BRE2003SB 12/27/2009 10:11AM

    I'm with you! emoticon

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DBELLE39 12/27/2009 8:34AM

    Barbara, I'm right there with you in 2010! I did really well til November & December --- too many parties & socials really did a # on my weight. As I was getting dressed for church this morning, I got a bit miffed at myself because of the weight gain that is apparent --skirt used to be loose fitting, not today. But then I read your blog & it reminded me that the damage I've done is in the past, it's time to look ahead & plan my strategy for overcoming this weight gain.

Let's do all we can to become thin in 2010!

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***Joke***

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This joke is not meant to offend anyone.....

A Little Christmas Story

A Christmas Story for people having a bad day:
When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce
toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the
Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit,
which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them
were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out,
Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked,
the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum.
When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider
and hidden the liquor.
In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds
of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.

He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end
of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day?
I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And so began the tradition of
the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

  
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NORMA/MAC 12/21/2009 5:08PM

    lol thanks l needed that lol

merry xmas to you

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LOLAJO54 12/20/2009 6:51PM

    Had to come back for a re laugh ---lol
Jo

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JEAN524 12/18/2009 6:33AM

    That just cracked me up! Thanks for the good laugh. emoticonJean

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ASRMOM 12/17/2009 11:22PM

    I think I'll steal this and post it on FB if you don't mind--I REALLY needed something to make me laugh--thanks!

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RAINBOWMF 12/17/2009 8:54PM

    emoticon now we know!!!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/17/2009 3:47PM

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FIT450S 12/17/2009 2:48PM

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-LORI-B 12/17/2009 12:21PM

    LOL Thanks

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**CHRIS** 12/17/2009 10:42AM

    Thats too funny.L.O.L.
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UP-4-A-CHANGE 12/17/2009 10:33AM

    Thanks!

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_KRITTER_ 12/17/2009 10:29AM

    lol - too funny!

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LOLAJO54 12/17/2009 10:00AM

    LOL thanks for my laugh today
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missing you!

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MOTHER-NATURE 12/17/2009 9:46AM

    emoticonBarbara I love it !!!!!!! thanks for making me smile and laugh today, it feels good emoticon emoticon emoticon

Niki

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YAFENELRA 12/17/2009 9:29AM

    Cute

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DBELLE39 12/17/2009 8:17AM

    Thanks Barbara, that was so cute --- just what I needed today!

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MAGA99 12/17/2009 7:17AM

    I LOVE IT
I plan to email this to a few friends

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KAYYVAUGHN 12/17/2009 6:47AM

    Thanks for sharing the story. I enjoyed reading it. It was a good way to start the day.
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ROCHELLERED 12/17/2009 6:45AM

  thanks for the first smile of the day! cute story.

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10 Things That Motivate Me !

Sunday, December 13, 2009

1. My health, I need/want to live healthy. I want to be able to get off my blood pressure and diabetic medications.

2. My family, I want to be there for them.

3. My grandchildren, no there aren't any, however when I do have some I want to be able to run, jump, play on the floor with them.

4. Overall feeling. Having been "chunky" through my childhood, then obese as an adult I want to experience a normal weight for a change.

5. Movement, I want to be able to walk, run, shop, work, all without experiencing knee and foot pain.

6. Accomplishment, when I look back over how far I have come, it motivates me to keep going. One of my goals was to be able to buckle up the seat belt on the airplane and I accomplish this. Another goal was to be able to sit in a booth seat in the restaurant and I can do this now too.

7. Clothing, to be able to wear something that looks good on me, not to wear it just because it fits.

8. Sparks Pals..... everyone of my friends I have met through Sparks, motivates me to continue to strive for my goals.

9. Challenges, the daily, weekly and monthly challenges on Sparks motivate me every day and keep my head in the game.

10. Me.... just for me, to say I did that is motivation enough for me to "just do it"

  
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JEAN524 12/15/2009 5:41PM

    emoticonYou've echoed all the reasons which motivate me too. emoticon

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USEANDLOSE 12/14/2009 9:14AM

    Awesome list! It sounds so much like the one I'm about to write! We must be related!

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LUCKY-13 12/14/2009 1:11AM

    Wonderful!!! Isn't it great having them written down so you can visit them whenever you want? I'm in awe of someone who has had to face so much adversity lately and still have a positive attitude!!

Hugs,
Lucky
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NORMA/MAC 12/14/2009 12:31AM

    really good points there take care

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 12/13/2009 9:18PM

    I LOVE this blog ~ especially the goals you've already accomplished. The restaurant booth...that was a big deal for me too! I also love your background Barbara ~ JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!
Thank you for always leaving me encouragement ~ you are a wonderful friend!
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GREAT LIST!!!
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TRAVELNISTA 12/13/2009 4:26PM

    emoticon list. Just keep that list close to your heart and you will meet your goal to a healthier you. You can do this! We are right here right behind you! emoticon

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NESSY759 12/13/2009 3:17PM

    Good List Barbara now lets make those thigns happen you can do it and we are all here to cheer ya on

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/13/2009 3:16PM

    What a great list. I can relate to almost all of them myself. SOmetimes it is good to put it all down in writing to remind us when the times get tough. Keep up the great work! You are inspiring. emoticon

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SPARKPIXIE 12/13/2009 2:40PM

    I think everyone should make a list! I'm going to go make my list right now!

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DBELLE39 12/13/2009 1:50PM

    Outstanding Barbara ---that's a great list of reasons why to keep your Spark burning! You are doing great, keep it up!

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MRSWIGGLY6 12/13/2009 11:50AM

    Love reading your list. Coming to your page and seeing your progress motivates me. emoticon

Marilyn

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 12/13/2009 11:43AM

    Those are all great Barb!

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CRKRJAK 12/13/2009 11:38AM

    way to go girl... I love them all!!!

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QUEST4CHANGE 12/13/2009 11:34AM

  Love these! They are real & real for you!

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BROWNSTUF 12/13/2009 11:21AM

    Keep this close to you to remind you of those goals you have set


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_KRITTER_ 12/13/2009 11:05AM

    What a fantastic list!! Such great goals to work towards! You can do it!

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FLMOMX2 12/13/2009 10:32AM

    Great list.

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LISALYNN1960 12/13/2009 10:23AM

    Wonderful! Love your list. Keep it in front of you.

You also motivate others, you know that, right? emoticon

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KNOXIEII 12/13/2009 9:25AM

    I love this! It is positive and inspirational and makes me want to try harder to achieve! I am forwarding it to a friend of mine to see if it will help motivate her... I am worried about her health and her kids need her! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/13/2009 8:53AM

    emoticon you are doing it Barbara!
emoticon& emoticon to you.
This has been a long year ,we are ready for 2010!

Mary

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SPIRITRUN 12/13/2009 6:55AM

    Those are immensely strong motivators. Keep referring back to this list as needed and you will continue to make strides towards a fitter, healthier YOU!!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
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HICALGAL 12/13/2009 6:43AM

    good for you in recognizing what motivates you and for acknowledging your acchievements. so many forget their accomplishements and focus on the negativity which is counterproductive. keep up the good work! emoticon

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GIRLTRUCKIN 12/13/2009 6:21AM

    Very nice list...keep on keepin on! You Rock!

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Happy Tuesday

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I haven't been able to keep up with Sparks the past days.

Sorry I have been so MIA, but for now I need to take a break.

I will pop by when I can.

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DBELLE39 12/9/2009 7:22PM

    Take care Barbara! See you when you can return!

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NORMA/MAC 12/9/2009 4:57PM

    me to barb don;t worry about it take care norma

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YANKEE-CHICK 12/8/2009 8:35PM

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CORINA-MOMOF4 12/8/2009 8:17PM

    Its a busy time of year!! Hope all is well with you :)

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JEAN524 12/8/2009 6:28PM

    No worries. We'll see you when we see you. Take care. emoticonJean

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CHER83 12/8/2009 3:29PM

  take a break!! hurry back to spark!! love sherry!! emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 12/8/2009 3:14PM

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Only A call away!

Hugs Mary

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 12/8/2009 2:55PM

    take care Barb have a Merry Christmas if I dont talk with you before.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 12/8/2009 2:19PM

    Take care, Barbara! We're here for you if you need us.

Hugs,

Lainie

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BLUEROSE73 12/8/2009 2:13PM

    Take care of you. See you when you get back.

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LUCKY-13 12/8/2009 1:54PM

    Wow! Love, love, LOVE your page! It's inspirational, positive, and beautiful - just like you!

I've missed your positive posts, but I understand. This time of the year is stressful for a lot of people and a lot of different reasons. Lean on your buddies if you need to! We're here for you!

Hugs,
Lucky
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LOLAJO54 12/8/2009 1:03PM

    Barb-- What's up? spark mail me please.
Hoping things are okay with MOM and MEN..
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FIGHT2SURVIVE 12/8/2009 12:06PM

    Sometimes these things happen. I had to do the same thing awhile ago. You come back when you can focus on you and we'll be praying for you in the mean while.
Erin

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MINDYJ1 12/8/2009 10:03AM

    Hope everything is okay! emoticonMindy

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MOTHER-NATURE 12/8/2009 9:45AM

    Barbara I so miss you when you are not able to be on the message boards. but I do understand that it is very important to look after yourself FIRST ... take care and please know I am always thinking of YOU

Hugs

Niki

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FLMOMX2 12/8/2009 9:23AM

    Take care of yourself. Praying for you.

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Well Happy Hump Day !

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Grrrrrr, it's Wednesday also known as Hump Day ! Okay so it is the middle of the week.

Which is a good thing cause that means the weekend is right around the corner, which I'm so thankful for. I have alot to do this weekend, want to get more decorating done and my Christmas Cards finished so they can go in the mail.

Last night was Biggest Loser, why oh why did it come on an hour later, and was still a two hour show? I could only keep my eyes open for the first hour and just shut the tv off and missed the last hour. So that sucks, I have no idea what happened.

And I've been so darn busy at the office, and yest. I did go for my mamogram early then waited until 10:30 to see my doctor. And he confirmed that I have tennis elbow, so now my arm must wear a brace, how did I develop this, the only thing I can figure out is from all the scrubbing I did the other week that I took off work to get my deep house cleaning done. Okay, so now I will no longer scrub emoticonit's not good for me.

On a positive note, things are moving in a forward direction with mom. We are waiting to have her placed in a nursing home. For now she is still in the hospital awaiting her surgery, and hopefully a room will be available when they release her. She was not making rational decisions and we also needed to protect her from one of my brothers, who is on a steady decline due to his addiction.

  
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CHER83 12/7/2009 1:25PM

  YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS!!! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CORINA-MOMOF4 12/3/2009 10:14PM

    emoticon emoticon You have so much going on - You and your mom are in my prayers.

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BEBRENDA 12/3/2009 10:17AM

    Barbara, I couldn't stay up for the end of Biggest Loser either and it started at 8 PM here. I hope your elbow gets better soon! I am glad that there are long term plans for your Mom and I hope that she gets better soon, too. Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 12/3/2009 6:56AM

    Barbara you are a wonderful daughter, a wonderful mom, a wonderful wife, and yes a wonderful caring sister.

You are doing what is in the best interest of your precious mom ... prayers are with you and her.

I will also keep your brother in my prayers that he will in time turn his life around.

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Niki

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-LORI-B 12/2/2009 9:58PM

    Good news on mom.. Sorry bout elbow.. yay no megga housework tho..lol. When you find the time to slow down drop by and say hi. We loves ya! hugs, Lori

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JEAN524 12/2/2009 6:00PM

    Glad you've got positive news on your mum and hope the elbow gets better soon. emoticonJean

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LOLAJO54 12/2/2009 5:38PM

    Barb -wonderful new about your mom this makes me happy knowing soon your stress will be minimized..
How are you doing emotionally ---are you getting some relief with help from Shannon? you do need release...
One thing on top of the other hey!-
make sure you ice your elbow at night do you have the brace for wearing at night??? it is the best--lol of course this is my opinion..
Was your mamogram okay??? I think it must have been so that is good news.. no worries there?

well really didn't mean to make this long..just miss you and worry about you--I do know you will take care of you..

remember you are first.
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NESSY759 12/2/2009 1:48PM

    Barbara nice to hear from you. hope your arm is better soon. Good to hear that your mom is haning in too. We sure do miss you when your not here. Hope your having a wonderful day. Remember to eat healthy, get plenty of water and sleep and take time for you.

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QUEENANNE1953 12/2/2009 12:23PM

    We missed you lots yesterday Barb ..
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Great news that mom will be placed shortly. How long will surgery be? I'll keep her in my prayers. Sad about your brother .. wish he too could get some help ... but he has to want it.

I fell asleep during last 5 mins of BL .. lol .. but I DVR'd it so will catch up later.

Hugs to you my friend ..
No more scrubbing lol

Anne

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 12/2/2009 11:57AM

    If you go to NBC.com you might be able to catch it. I think we're supposed to vote there for which of the 2 bottom contestants goes to the finale.

I hear you on the decorations and cards ~ ME TOO!

Sorry to hear about your family dynamics..but glad that Mom has you to help. :)Take care of that arm!My DH has that on and off...a real pain!

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H-2-OH 12/2/2009 11:46AM

    I have a dvr and record BL and watch it when I have time. I highly recommend them! They spoil you, never have to watch a commercial again.

I'm sorry to hear about your mom and your brother troubles. I hope you find a good place for her. I just spent the week with my mom in law who had surgery three weeks ago. She is in a senior complex where when they need help they can get it at different levels from drop in nursing to full time care. Such a relief knowing she has that level of care when she needs it.



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NORMA/MAC 12/2/2009 10:26AM

    hi barb sorry about your arm lol no housework lol good thinking

l love to do housework my passion nuts eh

l missed the biggest loser thought it was over?

hope your mom does well and have a great hump day norma

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KITT52 12/2/2009 10:08AM

    wow lots going on....take a deep breathe and take care of you....

have a healthy day and hooray for Hump day



Kit

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_KRITTER_ 12/2/2009 9:58AM

    I think you have the right attitude! You are looking toward the positives! :) Yay for the weekend coming soon!

You're not the first person I've heard to get an injury from scrubbing. That's it! It should be banned!

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Good news about your mom! :)

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RAINBOWMF 12/2/2009 8:46AM

    emoticon missing you.
Slow down and have a rest day.
So glad about your Mom, I hope they find
a place for her ,your sister will be less stressed too.

Hugs Mary

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