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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


*Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail! Each member should make and post a plan of action for this season. What are their goals and how are they going to achieve them?
1 point for participation

I decided to post my plan of action in a Blog !

Our Summer Challenge has ended and I did not meet my expectations. However that does not mean I am feeling let down, sorry for myself, ready to throw in the towel, call it quits. No sir, it just means I will continue to follow my program and trust in it and I can reach my new goals that I will set for the Fall Challenge.

I aim to lose 10 to 15 pounds for Fall Challenge. I will reach my goals by doing the following:

- drink my 10 cups of water daily
- follow my meal plan set up by my Simply for Life Consultant
- workout daily 30 to 60 minutes, I will allow myself one day of rest
- keep my journal on a daily basis

Did I follow these plans during my summer Challenge?

Yes to the water, yes to my workouts.

I slipped up on keeping my journal on a daily basis as I was always playing catch up with it. It has to be done on a daily basis so I don't forget what I am supposed to eat for my meals. I will do a much better job this time.

Now, my meal plan. I have always allowed myself a treat for Saturday, at first it was one meal, then it became 2 meals, then added snacks on Saturdays. I even had a week when it was every day something extra on my program that wasn't allowed. My program is very strick with starches and being a big starch lover it's what I'll turn to for comfort/hunger/celebration. I did not do any binge eating which I used to do, but it was extra slice of bread in the evening or a muffin to go with my coffee at drive through.

So I will be really careful with my food program and I know I can reach all my goals I've set up for my fall challenge.

Waiting excitedly for the Fall Challenge to win ! ! ! Let's Go Lemons ! ! !

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BIGOLEDIVA 8/28/2009 3:20PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me Barb! I'm doing very similar stuff...but (even though I am helping out the competition) I "think" for your team to get the point- you have to post this stuff over in the team blogs. I may be wrong...but i was given to understand that was how it would be! By the looks GREAT!

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NORMA/MAC 8/26/2009 10:14AM

    good luck barb you can do norma

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CASEYGIRL1982 8/26/2009 9:50AM

    Sounds like you've got a great plan for the fall challenge Barbara!! Glad to see you staying on a challenge team!! I think it really helps keep me more focused!! Good Luck to you Lemons!! But watch out for The Orange Tigers Mighty ROARRRRR!!! We are serious about getting healthy and in shape!!! Take care Barb and keep up the good work!

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SHANSHE 8/25/2009 10:14PM

    emoticon GREAT plans!

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LADYJANE30 8/25/2009 8:07PM

    You have a great plan and thank you for reminding me to do mine.
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KPACE7 8/25/2009 7:44PM

    Great Plan!! You will be able to do this!


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BEVH566 8/25/2009 5:48PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Hope we can help you stick to it!

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-LORI-B 8/25/2009 5:05PM

    GO Barbara... u lemon head u..LOL Best to u this round. HUGS

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RAINBOWMF 8/25/2009 4:41PM

    Hot news. Good plan!

Hugs Mary

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BOUNCY2 8/25/2009 3:59PM

    Barbara Rose sounds like you have a great plan......all is good.....go Lemons!! we can do it lets work it.....and make our fall goal ya!

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If you need a emoticon you know where to find me!! Even a ear!! Iam here always

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Wed. Aug.19/09

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just want to thank all my Spark pals who take the time to visit my Spark Page, send a goodie, visit my Blog. Appreciate all comments left for me.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to have your support and encouragement on this journey towards a healthier me.

There is such joy in receiving a notice from Sparks that someone has been visiting me or sent a goodie.

Keep them coming.... and I will continue to do the same for you.

Live life to the fullest !

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SHANSHE 8/20/2009 8:51PM

    Beautiful page!

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KPACE7 8/20/2009 8:02PM

    You are appreciated!! emoticon emoticon

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BEVH566 8/20/2009 1:36PM

    That's what we are here for! It is nice to give...and receive.
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RAGGEDYANN4563 8/20/2009 12:15PM

    We appreciate you, too!! HUGS

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LOLAJO54 8/20/2009 11:57AM

    just stoped by again today to read all the comments..
agree with all-- you are always here for us so it is good to give back'
thanks Barb!
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FATTY*JEN 8/20/2009 11:41AM

    I LOVE your background.

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LITTLERTIGGER35 8/20/2009 10:31AM

    your more then welcome I love sending out good vibe. I like treating people the way I want to be treated. Keep up the good work. I apperciste it every time you send something my way.



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BARBARAROSE54 8/20/2009 8:29AM

    Thanks everyone, it's so wonderful to give support and to also receive it.

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NORMA/MAC 8/20/2009 7:50AM

    hey barb l also love the comments and notices you send me they are always welcomed

and so thoughtful

thankyou thankyou for being you and so caring that is why you get so many because of who you are

thanks ,thanks, thanks for all you send me to cheer me and make my day emoticon emoticon emoticon norma

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BOUNCY2 8/20/2009 7:02AM

    We love you Barbara Rose......and always will......that goes two ways are always there for us aswell..... emoticon


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CHRISJAKE 8/19/2009 9:59PM

    Barbara BEAUTIFUL page you have!!! I also love the goodies and comments. And you deserve them girl!!! You're doing great!!!!!!!!!!!

HUGS TO YOU!!!!!!!!


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JAZABEE 8/19/2009 8:48PM

    Barbara, we love you ....You always there for us with something positive to say....Thank you for being you. emoticon your beautiful.

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LOLAJO54 8/19/2009 8:29PM

    oh love your pansies always loved them...
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RAINBOWMF 8/19/2009 8:26PM

    Ahhhhhhhh Barbara Rose emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
we love all you do for us too!

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KPACE7 8/19/2009 6:56PM

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NEEDPEOPLE 8/19/2009 4:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Isn't this community wonderful!!!!

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QUEENANNE1953 8/19/2009 4:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonthat's because we love you BarbaraRose
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Sat. Aug.15/09

Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's been just one year since I've joined Simply for Life. I'm sure alot of people are wondering why I had to go to a weight loss clinic to lose weight, especially when I have all that Sparks has to offer at my finger tips for free.

Believe you me, I've asked myself the same question many times, especially when I write the cheque every month to pay for this.

1. The accountability for me is totally necessary, I need to have someone weigh me and keep tally of what I am doing.

2. The journalling that is required every day, this journal must accompany me on my visit to my consultant, this is what she looks over when I'm there.

3. The wealth of help I've received from my consultant. She can pinpoint or give advise or just a suggestion to give me the extra push I need.

4. She is only an e-mail away and she's right on the ball helping me.

5. The 15 minute (or lots of time much longer) one on one appointment I have with her every week. When I'm struggling she'll fit me into her schedule through the week and has been known to sit with me for 30 minutes even when others are waiting to see her.

I have "dieted" for most of my life... I started to Weight Watchers in my late teens, and have been on every "diet" that's out there. This is the one that has helped me the most in learning how to eat properly.

The support and information that I receive from Sparks has also been invaluable to me. I work my Simply for Life program hand in hand with Sparks People. So without all of you I know this wouldn't have been the success that it has been.

So I must thank all of my Spark friends.... you all know who you are, the ones that ask every week how did I make out on Saturday, sit by the computer patiently awaiting for me to post my results. The ones that give me the extra push or goodie or comment to know that I am loved.

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JAZABEE 8/28/2009 8:04AM

    Congratulations Barbara on 12 month weight lose anniversary. You have excelled yourself on your journey.....I am so proud of you...You are my mentor.

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QUEENANNE1953 8/19/2009 4:35PM

    emoticonThis must be one of the best anniversaries ever .. I am so proud of you've done marvelous ... we all have to find what works because getting fit and healthy especially after 50 is extremely important if we want to live a long and disease free life.

Keep up the great work .. so happy to be on this journey with you Barbara.


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LITTLERTIGGER35 8/17/2009 11:02PM

    way to go and keep up the good work

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NESSY759 8/17/2009 4:33PM

    Congrats on making to the one year mark you have done great things and will continue to do more great things in the year to come. I am sorry i havent been there for as much as i should have latley but i do think of you and i am proud of you and all that you have accomplished your truly am inspiration to me and so many others.

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NORMA/MAC 8/17/2009 9:36AM

    way to go you can do it norma

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SHANSHE 8/16/2009 2:19PM

    You have done an AMAZING job Barb! If I had money I would pay someone to be my consultant too! I am happy you have found what works for YOU!

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_MAOMAO_ 8/16/2009 2:09AM

  You have found the combo that works for you! There's no need to rationalize why you needed local, one2one, expert, compassionate, tough love support along w/ SP. We're all too busy being happy for you, including for finding this winning combo. I sure wish I'd had SP along with LA Weight Loss when I did that, and when I used WW b4 that. I might not have been losing some of this weight Over Again. Keep up the great work! Your before/so far pix are fantastic!

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LOLAJO54 8/15/2009 10:35PM

    wow a year goes so fast and look at all you have accomplished
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very proud of you Barb
Now lets' all get through 1 more year of working it - eating right and drinking our water.
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CHRISJAKE 8/15/2009 9:23PM

    Good for you for finding what works for you and sticking with it!! I think everyone has different things that work for them, and thisis what works for you. Its also very nice to have the people here on support you and motivate you.

Congrats on how far you've come!!!


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KPACE7 8/15/2009 9:11PM

    I am so proud of your and your weight loss. Your success is a direct result of all your hard work.
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KRZYKAT3 8/15/2009 4:22PM

    Barb - You look so geat! Do you feel that wonderful as well?

I am so with you on accountability. My work has a wellenss program where I had a phone coach and I liked having one person available to help me when I needed it! Not to disocunt all our spark friends but seomtimes you just need to be about "me"!

I am seriously considering a personal trainer but am afraid to ask what the cost is! LOL

Keep going!

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DBELLE39 8/15/2009 3:04PM

So proud of your determination & drive to become the healthier you that is screaming to be known! Keep up the good work, you will see victorous results -- we are here to keep you motivated to cross the finish line!

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RAGGEDYANN4563 8/15/2009 12:54PM

    I say find what works for you and stick with it! This is definitely working for you! WTG on your amazing weight loss! You're an inspiration!

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RAINBOWMF 8/15/2009 9:46AM

    You have had an exciting journey and will continue on to goal.
You have made it through a whole year, with good results
for what ever reason it is working for you, I am so happy for you.
Rock on Barbara, I am waiting Like Linda said not always so
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MADMADGRRL 8/15/2009 9:40AM

    Sounds as if you have a great team all around you. Glad to hear you're doing good. Keep up the great work.

Whatever works, work it.

you friend,
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BOUNCY2 8/15/2009 9:10AM

    Barbara you have done and will continue to do well on your need the one on one, there is nothing in this green earth wrong with that or you!! Musketter
i will continue to be proud of you you rock!! Just looking at those three pictures made me cry.....a happy are having a amazing wl journey....and this time girlfriend you will cross that finish line...i know you will....

I must are the most honest and strait forward girl i know...and always been there for me put your hand out .....You have came along way baby!! and your are not through yet!! Keep on emoticon it girl!! cz you are so worth it...

Yes i am waiting not so patient!! hew!! hew!! for how you did....even if you did not lose a are still a winner in my book.....

Love LInda

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Friday, August 07, 2009

I've been having fun with the scale the last few weeks.

I always get weighed at home for my weekly challenge on Lemon team by what my home scale says every Friday morning before I eat my breakfast, and the only place I record this weigh-in is on this team.... so anyone reading this from my team will see quite a difference in the weigh-ins I'm going to talk about on this blog. It also shows the fluctuations that happen in a person's body, which is the reason why we shouldn't be jumping on the scale every day, never mind 2 or 3 times a day......

Now for my Sparks tracker and any other challenge I always use my official weigh-in with my weight consultant Saturday morning at 11:30 am after my breakfast and morning snack and about 2 or 3 glasses of water. I've been weighing in with her, will be 1 year next Saturday.

Now the other week I missed my Sat. weighin on the 18th of July and got in there on Tues 21st of July to show a 5 lb gain.... now this was a surprise cause there had been no binge eating, no junk food eating, the only thing I do know was I had added a bit extra starch to my program, so I went back to my detox program, which is what I used the first 3 weeks of my program to detox my body of starches/sugars.... so from Tueday to Friday I followed this... weighed in on Friday 24th July, and STS.... which was amazing... my body was really acting strange and crazy and I couldn't figure any of this she wanted to see me again on the Tues. 28th of July and once again... another gain, this time 2.5 lbs.... That's a total of 7.5 lbs in 2.5 weeks

So I dilegently kept following the detox program and went in on Saturday Augugst 1 and the scale went down 5 lbs, finally. I kept working my program and went in today Fri, Aug. 7th a day short of a week's weigh in and had another 3 lbs lost....

So now I have the 7.5 lbs back off and another .5 lbs gone.....

I don't know how easy/hard any of this was to any of you to follow... but the only point I wanted to make in writing this blog is how far I have come in my weight loss journey.

In the past, with any kind of gain, I would have thrown in the towel, totally discouraged and defeated and gave up. However I kept on going, why? cause I believe in myself and what I am doing... I know that I am eating healthier than I ever have and I had to believe that there was something strange going on with my body and I just had to have patience and it would all work itself out.

So for those of you who have been struggling with the scale, with it not being your friend, ask yourself the right questions.... are you really eating healthy, are you really drinking your water, are you really working out.... and if you really are doing all you are supposed to be doing, then eventually the scale will show the right numbers.

Have patience and hang in there..... always trust the process.... it really works !

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SHANSHE 8/16/2009 2:14PM

    GREAT job!

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HEATHERSCOTT626 8/12/2009 12:15PM

    I started weighing myself at the same time every day. I noticed the differences in my body at different times of the day and sometimes they are drastic differences. And the interesting part - no two people track the same way.

I am entering into a medically supervised weight-loss program and I am learning a ton of "fun facts" about diet, weight and exercise. One of them is that there are thousands of bacteria and hormones in your body - and everyones combination is different. It's almost as individualized as DNA!

For example, if you eat a lot of high-fat foods, your body will respond by learning to efficiently store a lot of fat (hence weight gain and the difficulty in losing it after you've been overweight for a while.... AND why it gets harder to lose the older you get and the longer you've been overweight). If left uncorrected long enough - it can eventually cause malabsorption where your body starts storing fat INSTEAD of nutrients and that's when you'll notice your health starts getting dicey. I'm also learning about Leptin intolerance (Leptin controls your metabolism) and Ghrellin (which controls appetite). It's all very fascinating. The body truly is an amazing creation.

Oh - I also learned that unless your doctor is prescribing you a "pill" - to stop taking those "as seen on TV" diet pills. The reason why most of these won't work is because they don't address the obesity problem - they only address one aspect of it. If you are truly going to lose the weight and keep it off, you have to address the problem in its entirety. So I tossed out all my bottles of weight-loss pills and supplements today. I'll probably blog about this more after my entrance into the program and I'll keep y'all posted on how it goes.

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HEART4ADVENTURE 8/11/2009 12:29PM

    Good lesson for all of us. I soooo know when I am retaining, and do Jillians dandelion tea, and I could be 3lbs up one day, and back down the next. crazy.

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RAINBOWMF 8/9/2009 1:00AM

    Knowing are body is a very important key to being happy and staying or getting back on track.
Thanks again Barbara.

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B-N-ME 8/8/2009 6:57PM

    Been in the same place a few times...and you are right if a person is going to give in, that is the time!
The simplest thing like eating a salty food sets my body I too have learned to let it go and keep doing what I know Im supposed to.
Thanks for this reminder and for sharing.
Keep up the good work!

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LOLAJO54 8/8/2009 5:11PM

    Barb- trusting the process but also knowing your body is a great help.
wow you are now on the down scale- luv ya girl!
Keep trusting the process keep on knowing what your body needs and keep doing!
Great blog - thanks for sharing and comfirming to us all we should never give up through our highs and

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MARYBETH_OHIO 8/8/2009 3:02PM

    Awesome job Barb I am so proud of you..
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NORMA/MAC 8/8/2009 11:50AM

    thanks for the great info great of you to share with us thanks again norma

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CANDYHEART 8/8/2009 9:55AM

    Good JOB Barb! Glad you kept working! It paid off!

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RAINBOWMF 8/8/2009 9:04AM

    Great blog Barbara.
I totally understand.
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MOTHER-NATURE 8/8/2009 6:34AM

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MALLORY46 8/8/2009 12:33AM

    Wonderful attitude! And thanks for reminding us all to never give in to numbers.
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KRZYKAT3 8/7/2009 11:27PM

    Here! Here! Been same here and am finally back to lowest summer weight too!

I think we deserve a reward!

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KPACE7 8/7/2009 9:23PM

    Good job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I see failure as not having the courage to get back up after falling off the wagon. This journey has it's ups and downs.

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JHADZHIA 8/7/2009 8:41PM

    I am not a slave to the scale, because I know its coming off, maybe painfully slow compared to so many on here, but I have one official weigh-in a month at Curves, and that suits me just fine. I go for two hrs exercising every day, stay under my calories, but still only lost 9 lbs last month. I think I must have the slowest metabolism ever around. After busting my butt so hard, I will certainly have motivation to keep it off this time. 19 lbs more to go!
I wish you continued success towards your goal!

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YAFENELRA 8/7/2009 8:33PM

    Yes, though I am tempted with the scales right there in front of me every time I go to the bathroom, I know how my weight can fluctuate so I remain faithful to just once a week.
Great loss!!

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BEVH566 8/7/2009 7:25PM

    emoticon If you just hang in there...ido have the bad habit of weighing almost every day. It amazes me how I can jump around in 1 week...up 1 pound, down 2 the next day. With no changes in diet or activity. Sometimes it goes down 2, then up 2...kinda like a preview of things to come, might take 3 days to get back to the down 2. But I figure i have the rest of my life to do this, so what is 1 more day.

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 8/7/2009 6:51PM

    emoticon emoticonthat is wonderful, you are such a motivating inspiration to me I always look to see if you dropped me any advise I cant wait to drop 17 pounds by Thanksgiving!

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JAZABEE 8/7/2009 6:22PM

    Barbara, I admire you , the Barbara I use to know propably would have said what the heck and thrown the towel in but the new Barb is strong !! Even when I wasn't posting I would read your blogs and follow your progress. I can't begin to tell you how much you motivated me. emoticon Your a winner..

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KIZIDOG 8/7/2009 6:00PM

    I know what you mean about this weight loss journey and how it changed your thinking. It is not all about the scale. It is about our attitude towards how we view our healthy living plan. The weight loss is the bonus reward. Star

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My wish for you today

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Today… I wish you a day of ordinary miracles

A fresh pot of coffee you didn’t make yourself.

An unexpected phone call from an old friend.

Green stoplights on your way to work or shop.

I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in…

The fastest line at the grocery store.

A good sing along song on the radio.

Your keys right where you look.

A rainbow ahead of you.

I wish you a day of happiness and perfection,

little bite-size pieces of perfection

that give you the funny feeling

that the Lord is smiling on you,

holding you so gently because

you are someone special and rare.

© Author Unknown

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MADMADGRRL 8/7/2009 2:03PM

    very pretty, thanks

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B-N-ME 8/6/2009 10:44PM

    Love that! thanks for sharing!!

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KRZYKAT3 8/6/2009 9:53PM

    And may you get many days the same emoticon

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LOLAJO54 8/6/2009 9:29PM

    loved it --same for you!
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JAZABEE 8/5/2009 10:37PM

    Thank you Barbara, wishing the above for you too.

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CHRISJAKE 8/5/2009 9:52PM

    LOVED reading that... Thank you!!!



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-LORI-B 8/5/2009 9:45PM

    beautiful thanks!

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BOUNCY2 8/5/2009 9:06PM

    Loved it!! Thanks musketter ......have a good night


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KPACE7 8/5/2009 7:56PM

    Thank you Barbara!
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RAINBOWMF 8/5/2009 7:49PM

    Right back at you, Barbara!


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MRE1956 8/5/2009 6:33PM

    Awesome! Thank you!

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NORMA/MAC 8/5/2009 3:29PM

    that was lovely thanks barb norma

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PARKERB2 8/5/2009 2:50PM

    Beautiful poem. Thank you

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