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I believe

Monday, September 21, 2009



A Birth Certificate shows that we were born

A Death Certificate shows that we died

Pictures show that we lived!

Have a seat . . . Relax . .. .. And read this slowly.

I Believe....

That just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...

That we don't have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.

I Believe...
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt
you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe....
That true friendship continues to grow, even over
the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I Believe...
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe...
That you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe...
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe...
That we are responsible for what
we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe...
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe....
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe...
That my best friend and I can do anything ~ or nothing ~ and have the best time.

I Believe...
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you
when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe...
That sometimes when I'm angry, I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...
That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others;
sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself..

I Believe...
That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe...
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for whom we become.

I Believe...
Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different...

I Believe...
That credential on the wall does no t make you a decent human being.

I Believe...
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

'The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of anything

  
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BEBRENDA 10/1/2009 12:55PM

    Thanks Barbara for sharing. That was good. Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 9/24/2009 10:49AM

    Wow that was beautiful. I have "stolen" it to send to my sister who is verrrry far away from me at the moment and missing home terribly. This is so beautiful, that she will either cry and release her pent up misery or she will bloom with its beautiful words. Either way is okay.
Thanks also for commenting on my blog, Alex does love being with me as much as I love being with him. We spend time together every single day cos my kids live around the corner....and my dill and I see each other every day. Our great relationship sparks a wonderful sharing of a beautiful grand child.

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BJCANDOIT 9/24/2009 9:39AM

    That is beautiful and something we should always remember.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 9/23/2009 3:38PM

  beautifully said and so true

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SHANSHE 9/22/2009 1:55PM

    Love it!

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BANANIE41 9/22/2009 7:18AM

    Absolutely beautiful!

Thank you for sharing!

Annie

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BARBARAROSE54 9/22/2009 6:23AM

    Yes, someone sent this to me in an e-mail, and I wanted to share it with my Sparks pals.

I love the pic of the rose and butterfly.

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YAFENELRA 9/21/2009 10:18PM

    That was great. Thank you!!

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LOLAJO54 9/21/2009 9:48PM

    this was a good one!
love the picture of the rose and butterfly -this should be your new tattoo so beautiful
thanks Barb!

emoticon Jo

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DBELLE39 9/21/2009 9:33PM

    Thank you so much for sharing, beautiful but true words!

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B-N-ME 9/21/2009 8:51PM

    I read this somewhere before, but a reminder is always good
Thanks for sharing

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CACTUSFLOWER* 9/21/2009 8:49PM

    Thanks for sharing this! it is really good and some of those things are really something to ponder.

Rosa

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NORMA/MAC 9/21/2009 7:19PM

    hi barb thanks so much for sharing and thanks for the blog norma

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BOUNCY2 9/21/2009 6:59PM

    Thanks Barbara for posting this Buddy.....beauiful words and the picture is awesome with it........

Love LInda

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KRZYKAT3 9/21/2009 6:28PM

    Amen & Amen!

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JEAN524 9/21/2009 6:28PM

    Amen! Thanks for sharing it. emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 9/21/2009 4:39PM

    I Believe is lovely.
Your picture to go with it is beautiful too
Thanks for sharing.

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KIZIDOG 9/21/2009 2:45PM

    What can I say-AMEN-that pretty well sums up how I want to live my life. Thank you so much for sharing that. Star emoticon

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WILDMAMA 9/21/2009 1:52PM

    Thank you for sharing this. emoticon

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Saturday Sept.12/09

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Today's weigh-in .... down 1/2 pound.

Talk with consultant. In order to keep those pounds going down, recording bigger numbers need to be more consistant with workouts.

Yes, I workout everyday, 15 min. walk here and there throughout the day, 15-20 min. on Wii Fit, or recumbent bike. Wallies or lunges throughout the week. But she wants more.

Oh my dear. My poor legs are paining most days and it stops me from doing more, but if she wants more it's what I'm going to have to do. I am 1/2 way to my goal and want to reach it before my next birthday in September.

So this week's goal, 2 - 30 min walks - 5 times this week. Spend 30 min. on Wii fit 3 times this week. 30 min. on Recumbent bike 3 times this week. Up my wallies to 100 each day and lunges 50 each day.

When sitting in front of tv will work dumb bells or stretchy bands.

It is all doable goals, and I will do this.

  
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JEAN524 9/18/2009 5:52AM

    emoticon on the weight loss and goal setting. You're making progress - slow and steady wins the race! emoticon

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SUKIE40 9/15/2009 12:13PM

    You are correct - you can do this! You have motivated me to do more, I have leg problems also. Keep going fellow spider!

-Sue emoticon

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HEART4ADVENTURE 9/13/2009 5:17PM

    Yay for being down!! and Great Goals!! you can do this!!! just remember 'STRETCH" after workouts I find if I don't I can barely walk.

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DBELLE39 9/13/2009 2:10PM

    emoticon on the 1/2 # loss. You've set some some excellent & realistic goals. You can do this!!!!

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KRZYKAT3 9/13/2009 9:51AM

    Wonderful goals, you can check them off each day! emoticon

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KPACE7 9/12/2009 11:46PM

    I sometimes wonder if my legs will quit hurting. I have to exercise a lot too.

My yoga instructor asked me one time if my yoga workouts made me sore. I had to admit, how would I even know, I hurt from so many exercises I do. I think the discomfort is just part of the journey.

Hang in there and keep up the good work.

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LOLAJO54 9/12/2009 10:11PM

    Yep Barb --doable
just post your goals each day on your frig the tick them off when done bet each day they will get done earlier and easier..
go for it!
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LISALYNN1960 9/12/2009 9:06PM

    Go Go Go!!! You can do it!!

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NORMA/MAC 9/12/2009 5:45PM

    way to go on your goals norma

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YAFENELRA 9/12/2009 5:27PM

    You are doing great and you have set some great goals!!

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BANANIE41 9/12/2009 4:17PM

    You can and will do it Barbara! You have super determination!

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BOUNCY2 9/12/2009 4:11PM

    Barbara i know you can !! YOu are a strong woman!! You have came half way!! It is now time to ramp it up!! So look out here come our Barbara Rose .....ready to finish what she started......yes i do believe you will be there by your next bd.....we all will celebrate that day.....ya!! love ya girl......

BOuncy

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SHANSHE 9/12/2009 3:59PM

    You truly amaze me Barb! Way to go!
Shan

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RAINBOWMF 9/12/2009 3:10PM

    We can ,we can we can, we will we will we will.

Hugs Mary

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TXLIZWOLF 9/12/2009 3:01PM

    I can relate to the pain - but I have found that the more I do it, the more I enjoy it. You can do it! Especially when you start seeing the inches come off of your body. It's exhilarating.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 9/12/2009 2:58PM

    You can do it! Good goals.

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KIZIDOG 9/12/2009 2:53PM

    Of course you can do it, look how far you have gotten up to now. Sounds like you have the right plan in gear to take care of it too. I do my wallies and lunges when I go to the bathroom. It reminds me that I need to do them and I have to go several times a day anyway so that works for me. I'm up to 50 wallies and 30 lunges. Also deep knee bends or crunches what ever works where I am. I know it is a wierd place to exercise but whatever works. Good luck Star emoticon

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B-N-ME 9/12/2009 2:40PM

    You can do it!! Getting the plan and getting started is half the battle....
Go for it!!
Like you said it is doable

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FATTY*JEN 9/12/2009 2:33PM

    You go girl!!! You can do it!!

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Sasha and Bugle

Monday, September 07, 2009

Here are pics my son took of our fur babies on Saturday. Sasha will be a year next month.





Our Bugle will be soon be 5 months. He's our basset hound.



  
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KPACE7 9/12/2009 11:50PM

    Wonderful dogs!! Thanks for sharing your pics.

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SHANSHE 9/11/2009 5:31PM

    Beautiful dogs and I have a preference for the Bugle baby! Haha!
Shan

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BIGOLEDIVA 9/11/2009 4:57PM

    OH ...I didin't know you had a YORKIE...I LOVE my yorkie!...And BUGLE the beagle? HOW CUTE IS THAT! JUST ADORABLE!

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 9/11/2009 12:32PM

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I thought Sasha was adorable ( she looks like the optimistic one of the two~ she's SMILING in that last pic!), but BUGLE and I would be DEFINITE buddies ~ what a cutie!!!Has that Eeyore look.
Thanks for sharing your fur babies!!!

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ORANGESERBERT 9/9/2009 11:49PM

    Too Cute!

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NORMA/MAC 9/9/2009 1:04PM

    oh they are so precious barbara thanks for sending them to us norma

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MOTHER-NATURE 9/8/2009 10:16PM

    Barbara .. Sasha and Bugle are so cute .. I especially like Sasha's poses emoticon

Hugs

Niki

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/8/2009 5:40PM

    They are so cute....I love Bugle...is he a beagle

Tema

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H-2-OH 9/8/2009 5:02PM

    I love the name Bugle. They're both so cute! We had a basset hound when I was growing up. Lots of fun.


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SUKIE40 9/8/2009 11:58AM

    What cutie pies!!! I see like to model too!! lol

-Sue emoticon

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DBELLE39 9/7/2009 10:02PM

    OOHHHH, such adorable pets!

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BOBBI1968 9/7/2009 8:10PM

    Awesome!!

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LISALYNN1960 9/7/2009 8:00PM

    Adorable fur babies! Love 'em!

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RAINBOWMF 9/7/2009 8:00PM

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH thanks for sharing they are so cute.

Love Mary

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LOLAJO54 9/7/2009 7:43PM

    I can not believe it is a year already!! time goes so fast
Sasha is of course adorable and Bugle is the hound I would imagine Shannon having... lol cutie pie!

thanks for sharing those pics!
emoticon Jo

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GONANA 9/7/2009 7:40PM

    That's so funny - we call 'em Bugles too

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BANANIE41 9/7/2009 7:34PM

    They are adorable!!!

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SUSMAX 9/7/2009 7:30PM

    They are both cute!

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Thanks Sparks Pals

Saturday, September 05, 2009



Thanks to all my Spark Pals for making my 55th birthday one to remember. It was so nice to see all the birthday wishes and goodies on my Spark Page today.

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SHANSHE 9/11/2009 5:30PM

    OH NO!!! I missed your birthday! Sorry about that barb! Hope ti was a good one!
Shan

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KPACE7 9/7/2009 8:51PM

    Happy Birthday!!

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LISALYNN1960 9/7/2009 4:07PM

    Glad you had a great birthday. Another year younger as you get healthier, huh? Hope your weekend has been nice. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 9/6/2009 8:46PM

    Glad we helped to make your day great.

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DAWN19591 9/6/2009 6:27AM

    Happy Birthday! Have a great Labor Day Weekend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLAJO54 9/5/2009 10:25PM

    oh my love that picture so pretty.
Barb we love's ya!
hope you enjoyed your day.
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BOUNCY2 9/5/2009 10:11PM

    Glad you had a great day Barbara...just think were you will be this time next year!! exciting just thinking about it.....have a great night

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FATTY*JEN 9/5/2009 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope you had a great day!

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PRUPLEBEAR 9/5/2009 9:40PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIZIDOG 9/5/2009 8:40PM

    You're very welcome and glad it was a good one. Star

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RAINBOWMF 9/5/2009 8:34PM

    Sooooooooooo happy you had fun seeing all your Birthday Wishes.


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Like Anne said you are a year older and a whole lot lighter.

Hugs Mary

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THENEWHOLLY 9/5/2009 8:22PM

    HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT B-DAY

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DEEDAYE 9/5/2009 8:00PM

    Our pleasure! Hopefully it's the beginning of a year to remember!

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A new week.....a new beginning....something must change !

Sunday, August 30, 2009



So it's back to the real world once again tomorrow. It's been so nice having some time off to just look after me. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and I've been down in the dumps just thinking about returning to work.

So today I need to change that negative thinking into a more positive one. And anyone that knows me well, knows what an emotional eater I am. I've done a really good job of doing much better, but certain things will trigger me to turning to food and looks like I've allowed these negative thoughts to trigger some bad choices in my daily food.

Today is a new week, it's a new beginning and this is going to change.

  
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DBELLE39 9/2/2009 6:17AM

    Barbara,
You can do this, you are an achiever! I too have times when I hate going to my job, like on Mondays (we have a staffperson that works when he wants to & ususally Monday is when he decides to lay out ---makes it tough on the rest of us).

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NORMA/MAC 9/1/2009 12:24PM

    hi and yes you can do it norma

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KPACE7 8/31/2009 7:17PM

    The new challenge starts Wednesday!! Get it all out of your system now. I think your "bad choices" probably came at just the right time. Wednesday, we hit the ground running.


Love your new pics.

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MARYBETH_OHIO 8/31/2009 1:29PM

    You know you sound just like my mom before she retired from work.. She would look at me everyday and say I hate my job , I dread going back in that place and so on and so on ..
And I hear it from my hubby to he says I hate my job and it has even caused him to have high blood pressure..
But I think you are like allot of other people who feel the same way and I feel for you and my hubby and all those others who make sacrifices everyday for their families..
Well you have a great week..
Huggles,
Marybeth

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-LORI-B 8/30/2009 10:48PM

    Love the new page, Love the determination.. you will get back into the work routine and do what you have to do. HUGS, Lori

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MOTHER-NATURE 8/30/2009 9:15PM

    Barbara emoticon emoticonYou are going to do great because you are a strong beautiful woman who let's nothing or no one get between her and her healthy new lifestyle ... RIGHT BARBARA emoticonKeep your eye on the prize my good friend .. keep your eye on the prize !!

Hugs

Niki

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JAZABEE 8/30/2009 8:59PM

    Barbara, tomorrow you are back at work and you will allow no one to sabbatage your eating you are a strong women and if something happens that might trigger you are to say to your self I have come to far to let anything or anybody get to me...You will do fine I know you will. emoticon

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HEART4ADVENTURE 8/30/2009 8:34PM

    Here, here!!

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LOLAJO54 8/30/2009 7:49PM

    Barb..... I feel you didn't have a chance to enjoy your time off so that might be some of the problem...other then that you do like your job -I know so you have the right attitude - just go in and have a smile on your face -maybe this will help with your smile everyone will smile or at least you will be happy..lol.
Like everyone said just think of the money and how you can use it for you...like this winter..
Good Luck --we are here to listen..
You can do it!
emoticon Jo

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UP-4-A-CHANGE 8/30/2009 7:35PM

    NO more negative thinking! Please!

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KRZYKAT3 8/30/2009 7:19PM

    O Barb! How well I relate to this dilemma! YOU CAN DO THIS! One emotional episode at at time. Remember think healthy foods to solve your emotional eating - O plan ahead so I am ready to grab the good food instead of the chocolate! Stash it everywhere!! emoticon

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CELEST 8/30/2009 3:44PM

    Hi Barbara, thanks for your comment about my son...I am VERY proud of him. He's come a long long way in his life.
I was reading your blog and smiling to myself. Having done secular employment, with its leave packages and bonus packages and weekends off...and I wonder why I ever gave it up for being a stay-at-home mom. lol. Now its 7days a week, 365days a year, no incentives, very little praise etc lol.
So its good to see you being positive about going back. Here's one more piece of positivity....your job will enable you to buy healthy option foods!
Have a GREAT first day back on the job. Hope everyone at yr place of employment REALLY missed you.

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SHANSHE 8/30/2009 2:18PM

    Glad you are turning it around, and sorry you gotta go back to work... not much else I can say there, but try to think of it positively if you can??

BTW... Your page reminds me of mine just last week at one point :)

HUgs,
Shan

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CACTUSFLOWER* 8/30/2009 12:59PM

    Yep, It's a new week and a new biginning!! Let's make the most of It!

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RAINBOWMF 8/30/2009 10:55AM

    Yep back to work for you.
You never really stopped to enjoy your time off LOL!
You had plans everyday.

You will turn all that negative thinking into positive.
It is good to have a job, think of your trip coming up!
Oh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Love you Barbara.
Hugs Mary



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KATHY:) 8/30/2009 10:45AM

    “You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” Remember that Johnny Mercer song?

It's a catchy little tune and it helps me sometimes..but it is difficult for us to do that isn't it?

Love your little cartoon.. kinda tells it like it is... Just try to keep the positive flowing through your day.. one moment at a time if necessary and remember you are not alone. Many of us share the same problem and that is what makes Sparks so awesome.

Have a special Sunday and a good work week.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXLIZWOLF 8/30/2009 10:18AM

    Love your cartoon!! And can feel your dread. If I did not love my job, I would dread it every day, because it is the only thing that challenges my eating habits. If it wasn't for having business luncheons and birthday celebrations and pot lucks and what nots, I would be a lot lighter today...

But it is, as we all seem to realize, something we have to do, like it not. No need to mull over it :)

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MORGANSMOM52 8/30/2009 9:26AM

    Well I will join this little group. I have been out of work for the past few months and I really need to go back. But I DON"T WANT TO!!!!! This is causing a bit of a problem for me. When you feel like eating, just sign on and type. It keeps your hands busy! Maybe we should start the "don't want to work" group lol

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BOUNCY2 8/30/2009 9:10AM

    Morning Barabara, YOu know i am sad to here this!! lol but it does happen...so you know what you need to do....like you I do not want to go back to work period!! lol again we have to do what we have to do....YOu lost all of your wt workking and with balance...Just think of me and you working together with the same feeling....we will get through this.....and you know eating does not help it only henders....have a good week our Barbara Rose Love ya!!

BOUncy

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