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Friday, October 02, 2009

As adults, we often think of ourselves as examples for children, but we are also examples for each other. Every act of courage-whether saving a life, starting a new job, or recovering from an addiction-inspires others. Every act of love-from a generous donation of time or money to a simple kind word-encourages more of the same.
We can sow the seeds of love, courage, peacefulness, generosity, tolerance, compassion, hope, honesty, forgiveness, and joy. We can plant images of resposibillity, integrity, and dignity. Whatever we do, we can spread these kernels of positive energy. Just as Jonny Appleseed changed the landscape of the country by planting apple orchids, we can affect the world. It doesn't require fame or prestige, but grows from the seeds of example we plant.

I send the best example I can into the world. -Veronica Ray

What seeds are you planting? For me, I know that my children are watching me so I try to be mindful of the things I say or do. Parents used to tell their kids,"Don't do as I do,do as I say". Well that's crazy. We as parents should lead by example. Genectics, enviroment, and situations play a part in who they become as adults. There is so many things that affect our children as they grow so as parents we should be mindful of what we do and set the best example as we can. Because our children are watching. What will/do they see?

Have a great day!

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TRAVELNISTA 10/2/2009 8:35PM

    Sabrina I think the world of you and the person you are! I think you are a shining example on our Team. emoticon

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ANNROBERTS54 10/2/2009 9:42AM

    I wish I always had the patience to do what is the best example for children. We had our granddaughters for the summer, and although I was mindful of exactly what you are saying, in reality it can be tough. They can try you to the point where you do say things that you wish you had not later on. But I think as long as you keep trying, and admit when you fail, they will get the point. I have actually only met a few people in my entire life who could always keep a level head and a mindful tongue. And 1 of them, later on, admitted to me, that he was a mess inside cause he never let any of his frustrations out in the open.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sometimes, we don't feel we have much to give others. We may be struggling financially. We may feel too tired, physically and emotionally, to add even one more activity to our busy day.
But we all have a great deal to give, whatever our circumstances. We can listen when someone needs to talk. We can call someone who may be lonely. We can overlook other people's faults and mistakes. We can forgive people who have hurt us. We can teach a skill or share our knowledge. We can offer a smile or an encouraging word to someone who needs it. We can cheer and applaud for others.
We have all our thoughts,attitudes,and actions to give the world. All we have to do is reach into the best part of ourselves and let it flow outward.

Every day I have many chances to give something to others. ~Veronica Ray

Good Morning! I hope your day go as planned. emoticonThat's funny. Get it? I heard someone say,"If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans". Anyway, thanks for your continued support and encouragement.
Love and emoticon~Sabrina

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MACMOM4 10/2/2009 4:22PM

    Sabrina - You are the perfect example of what you're talking about. I feel so blessed to have you as a friend.

Joy and Blessings to You

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TRAVELNISTA 9/30/2009 7:56PM

    Sabrina I love having you as a Spark Buddy! I think you are one of the most supportive and giving person out there in Sparkland! emoticon

I hope you had a great day too! emoticon

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JODANGEROUSLY 9/30/2009 7:21AM

    I hope you have a wonderful and productive day today. emoticon

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I'm Struggling.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I am a night time eater and I've been getting by with it so I've been overlooking the fact that it's just not healthy. It has finally caught up with me. When I looked in the mirror yesterday,I looked like I'd gained weight but I kind of shrugged it off. I wanted to believe that it was because of it being "that time". I'm saying to myself,"The bloating will leave when "it" leave. Then something clicked a few minutes ago,the hard ugly truth. I gained 3 pounds. If Nothing Changes,Nothing Changes. I know I've had some success so far and I wont down play it either,I just want to continue to grow and move forward,not backwards in my journey. Night time eating has always been one of my struggles. Let me first define "my" night time eating-it's getting up out of my sleep(half awake) grabbing something to eat(not counting calories),getting back in the bed with it(going back to sleep while chewing). Sometimes when I wake up in the mornings,I can still taste whatever I ate on my breath. I know,it's bad. I knew the time would come when I had to face it because you cannot continue to make bad choices and expect good to come from it. So I've decided to ask for help from my peers because I know somebody has struggled with the same thing and has overcame it. So please if you have any suggestions,they are welcomed.

It's time that I use the strength that God has given me and fight to win. It's time I stop settling for "ok". I know,I CAN DO IT!!!

Thanks for your continued support and encouragement. It is appreciated.
Love and emoticon~Sabrina

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DARA52 10/4/2009 1:31PM

    I'm not a night time eater, that's because I love to sleep too much. But I do have a protein snack right before bed because of my Diabetes. It helps my blood sugar to not rise in the night. Maybe that would help you? I'm sure you have gotten great advice from others and hope it has helped.

You are great support for me and I'm here if you need.

Have a good Sunday. emoticon Dara 52

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/29/2009 6:04PM

    I have not done the "get out of bed to eat thing". I agree though that you could eat a healthy snack before you go to bed. Your body does not have a clock running it. If you are craving food in the middle of the night, your body is telling you something. I am sure trying a snack isn't going to hurt you, just save enough calories at the end of your day for it, and you do know that we all have gainded 3 pounds myusteriously at least once and it comes off when it wants to, hopefully within a day or two most times.

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ISLANDGIRL2013 9/29/2009 11:36AM

    Are you actually hungry when you go to bed? If you are in fact hungry, try having a healthy snack before going to bed. We've been so brainwashed with "no eating after 5pm, 7 pm or whenever", but it's not that bid of a deal.

"Sleep-eating" on the other hand could be dangerous.

The only other thing I can think of is doing something to break the routine, like putting child locks on the cabinets doors, and I think they even have one for the fridge. Something to slow you down and wake you up enough to stop the action.

Maybe self-hypnosis, like telling yourself over and over when you first lay down "I am NOT hungry, I am NOT hungry"

Let us know how you are doing in fighting this, we're rooting for you!

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MACMOM4 9/29/2009 1:03AM

    Sabrina, I so admire your determination and your honesty. I don't have any good suggestions for night time eating because I'm too lazy to get out of bed to get the food! However, my downfall is at work. I'll be doing fine and then something stressful will happen, or all my classes will be over, and I'm tired and the next thing I know, I've grabbed something to eat that I hadn't planned on. I'm trying to fill my desk with things that aren't that bad to eat, but even so the feeling of being out of control is scary.
I wonder if you kept fruit or something to munch on if that would help. As I said, I don't have any good ideas, but I do want you to know that you're in my prayers, and I know you will rely on God and you will overcome this. You've overcome so much already.

Blessings to you,
Mary Anne

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PMCGRATH608 9/28/2009 10:14PM

  You are not alone in this! I sound just like you when it comes to getting out of bed to find something to eat! I had a fasting blood test this morning, and because of that, I was able to NOT eat last night. Tonight if I find myself going to raid the cookie jar, I'm going to tell myself that I CAN'T eat until breakfast. I eat healthy choices for my meals, so I figure if I can eliminate all these nighttime calories, I should be able to drop 2 pounds a week easily! Good luck to you, I wish I could offer some advice. We can conquer this, right? RIGHT! emoticon

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The Truth Hurt,But It Can Also Heal.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's been a little over 2 months and I'm down 25 pounds. My self-esteem is going up,my stress level is down,and the guilt is starting to go away. I don't know if you can get with that but I'm talking about the guilt you feel when you've just eaten a whole cake or a jumbo pack of cookies etc.. The guilt you feel when you are scheduled for your annual PAP. The humiliation of having to open up and your fatty legs are sagging and ALL your "bidness" is showing. I decided to share this because I wrote about it on my sparkpage but I know most times people don't read those. Anyway,my last pap was on July 17. It was a turning point for me because the nurse who did my PAP was having a hard time latching onto my cervix and she says to me,"The bigger you are makes it harder to latch on". I was already embarrased/ashamed and her saying that,made me feel worse. Now that I look back on it,I thank God for using Juanita(the RN)that day because it had an effect on the change in my life. I go back to see the doctor next week and I hope Juanita is there so that I can thank her. I know she wasn't being ugly,she was just telling the truth and sometimes the truth hurts but in some instances,it can also heal. The very next day after that happened, I decided to do something about it. I'm not where I want to be but thank God,I'm on my way!

Thanks in advance for stopping by,it means a Lot. I hope you all have a lovely day.
LOVE and emoticon~Sabrina

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REGGIE2009 9/28/2009 7:38PM

    Hi my friend, I can relate. I call what you have experienced an aha, moment. This is the moment that puts the fire under us. This is the moment that sets us on this weight loss journey. This is our moment of change. Enjoy this moment my friend. This is indeed your time for change. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 9/28/2009 9:56AM

    I can so relate to that because the last Pap I had was maybe 3 years ago. To make matters worse it was not able to be done but I was told the whatever was not long enough and that I should go to the hospital because they would have a longer one. Mind you it was not the heaviest I had been, yet it did not "take" that time. Before everyone emails me to yell at me, yes I am going to go but not till I get a few more pounds off. I will go before the end of this year I promise.

Now maybe it was not explained properly to me and maybe it was like it was explained to you that it was hard to latch on. Regardless I was so embarrassed that I have not been back since.

Thank God Bree that was your wakeup call because you are doing marvelous! emoticon It is nice to hear that a horrible experience turned into something good.

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ISLANDGIRL2013 9/27/2009 12:59PM

    I really can't see your size having much to do with reaching your cervix.

Your uterus moves up and down during your monthly cycle, it's one thing that is tracked by those using Natural Family Planning. I don't remember at which point it's up high, but it might be worth checking into before your next Pap.

Of course, by then we're all going to be buff chicks!

But I'm glad that remark inspired you to start the journey to wellness!

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CHRISTYK08 9/27/2009 11:49AM

    Hi--I saw you on the Texas team blogs today. I'm sorry about your humiliating experience. I had my PAP a few months ago and it was embarrassing because it seemed she took a long time to do the exam. She didn't say anything about my weight, but after what the nurse told you, I'm wondering if that is my exam took so long. Next year it WILL be different! emoticon

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JUDYK17 9/27/2009 11:40AM

    Hi Sabrina,
It's tough to hear those words but like you said it was a turning point. I guess it's all about how you take those words and work with them.

Good for you and your weight loss! Keep it up.

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I Can Do Anything I Set My Mind To Do.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Since having my tubes tied,I cramp really bad. It happens(the pain) when I'm about to get it. Well today I got it and wanted to use that as a excuse not to work-out. I tends to feel guilty when I don't exercise. Anyway,when the pain left for a bit I choice to ride my stationary bike for 20 minutes and now I'm glad I did. I
reached my goal for the week and went over a significant amount on calories burned. Not bad. Not bad at all SELF.

I know I can take a break and it will be ok. It's becoming a part of me.

Sorry guys and gals I'm just blogging.

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CANBDONE 9/26/2009 10:42AM

    Great job of pressing through! emoticon

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