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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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BAYSIDE07 12/17/2009 7:03AM

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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!

emoticon& love the pink!!!



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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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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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TGIF !

Friday, November 27, 2009

I am so sorry that I've been scarce from Sparking with all my friends.

Over this past year I have had alot of stress in my personal life that I have tried to deal with and to still continue with my weight loss journey.

I have done a good job of working on me each day. I have some days that I have turned to food to comfort me, and yes, it does add to the stress, however being an emotional eater this is something that I must work very hard at avoiding. Old habits die hard and I have turned to the foods still.

Recently I took a week away from work to look after me, and it really did help me, as was evident with my 3 lb loss last week.

I returned to work this week ready to face the real world again. Yes, I have been very busy with my job and when I get home I'm emotionally drained, but the one thing that I have been doing is looking after me, with my workouts and just taking "me" time, which has meant being away from my computer.

Also this week the stress that I've been trying to deal with has gotten terribly out of hand and I've been fighting hard to stay on track.

I guess the purpose of this blog is just to let everyone know where I am at. I am still here, I do read some of my Spark boards, and messages, but just not doing alot of posting, almost like I'm taking a Spark Break, but not totally absent.

So please bear with me and continue to keep me and my mom and family in your prayers as we continue to deal with our personal troubles.

Love to all my Spark family !

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 11/29/2009 2:42PM

    we can do it! we all need breathier from time to time

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CORINA-MOMOF4 11/29/2009 11:05AM

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I'm so glad you shared this with us. I will be thinking of you, your mom and your family.

Take the time YOU need for YOU! You will be in our thoughts and prayers!

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MOTHER-NATURE 11/28/2009 8:31PM

    Barbara we are all here for you if you need to vent my friend ...if there is anything I can do for you please let me know because you have always been here for me .. prayers going out to you and your mom and family.

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Niki

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 11/28/2009 8:28AM

    Aw..Barbara, I'm glad you shared this. Doesn't it seem like life goes in cycles? I did the same thing...really concentrated on ME last week...lost 4 pounds, and this week ~ BAM!! Stress is high..not much time to spend on sparking OR me. I think it's very important to blog through those times and just hang on. You're doing the best you can do. I know EXACTLY what you're saying.... I know you are finding ways to stay positive, because I SEE you doing that. I will lift up a prayer for you & your family. The holidays are a rough patch in many ways, but those rough patches keep us looking UP, don't they?
Here's an extra strong {{HUG}} to let you know you're not alone, and that we believe in you!

~ Susie

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QUEENANNE1953 11/27/2009 11:50PM

    It's good to let it all out .. we are here to listen. Good you are still looking after you .. because you are worth it.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom and the rest of the family. Good luck and God Bless.

Hugs
Anne
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 11/27/2009 11:04PM

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

Hugs,

Lainie

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NORMA/MAC 11/27/2009 8:53PM

    take care we will always be here for you norma

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CHRISJAKE 11/27/2009 8:08PM

    Barb, if you are working on you and taking time for you, then you're doing all you need to be doing. We do miss you but we also understand that you need to take time for you every day.

Thank you for letting us know though....

HUGS

Chant
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RAINBOWMF 11/27/2009 7:37PM

    Trust the process. You are worth it.
My Buddie you have come so far and I know
you have learned so much about yourself so
even with all the stress you are going to prevail
and be the loser you want to be!!!

You know I am with you and sending many many
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Mary

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JEAN524 11/27/2009 5:56PM

    I think we all need to take a big of a break sometimes. Congratulations on still sticking to your goals despite all the stress. emoticonJean

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YANKEE-CHICK 11/27/2009 4:46PM

    I am a new spark friend but i promise to keep showing up and supporting you while you re-group or take a breather! Take care of you!

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 11/27/2009 3:02PM

    Take care of yourself. We're thinking of you.


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DBELLE39 11/27/2009 2:39PM

    Barbara, we are here for you as you do have a lot on your plate right now. Just holler if you need us to do anything, otherwise, still keeping you & Mom in thoughts & prayers.
Take care of yourself, we need you!

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MAGA99 11/27/2009 1:13PM

    Take care of urseld that is the most important thing

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LOLAJO54 11/27/2009 12:41PM

    oh my dear Barb---
do not worry about anything here okay..
You take care of you
I will continue with prayers for your dear mom and your family.. please be strong and do not turn to food..go read a book like Dr. Phils or one that will really inspire you..

love you and big big hugs to you!
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