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Does Eating More Frequent Meals Really Rev Up Your Metabolism?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I thought about entitling this blog, "The No S Diet is Vindicated Again" (see my SparkPage for the No S Diet SparkTeam if interested). But since both sides of the argument are clearly presented in this article (which is something I really like), that wouldn't be strictly true.

I'm glad if it works for you. And yes we're all different. But mini-meals 4 times a day, and/or snacks 6 times a day, do not work for most of us. Look at America! We need to eat FEWER times, not more often!!! Yes the French have chocolate-and-a-biscuit snack, HOWEVER, they do NOT eat like America does THE REST OF THE DAY!! Hello!! Get a clue. That only works if you are very careful about small portions all day long. ONLY THEN WILL YOU GET THE INSULIN BENEFIT DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE FROM EATING MORE THAN 3X A DAY. For the rest of us, there is no insulin benefit from eating more than 3X a day! For the rest of us, there is insulin detriment in eating more than 3X a day!

The truth is I do not need to be snacking all day, and the truth is if you do that, then your meals are not true meals; they are 2-3 hundred calorie snacks each. I suppose 300 cals might be called a mini-meal. Technically. But they are just snacks. And if you go over that amount, but are still eating at the more often frequency of 4, 5, or 6 times per day, then you are soon gaining weight. That's the simple truth and the bottom line. Some of us who are breaking our addiction to food are not going to stop at 200 or 300 calories per "meal", what a misnomer!, what a LIE to call it a meal, what a diet trick and gimmick. Just the latest fad. A few years ago it used to be called grazing. Tomorrow there will be another book by another name. And we will stupidly waste our time and money on them. NO THE INSANITY STOPS HERE AND NOW.

And when we do stop at 200-300 cals we feel deprived and continue the mind obsession with food. This is very unhealthy, spiritually and physically.

Plan healthy meals the day before. You didn't plan for today? That's fine don't stop with a negative, instead become solution oriented and proactive. Instead, start right where you are: instead, TODAY plan in advance for TOMORROW. If the stuff is not in the house, GO GET IT TODAY, FOR TOMORROW. 99% of grocery stores have their ads online. It's easier than it's ever been to menu plan and shop. Choose highly nutritious choices for calorie expenditures. Plan lunch around 3 dif colored veggies, one of which is dark green, then add protein/carb. Plan the last meal around 3 dif colored veggies, one of which is dark green, then add protein/carb. Fill a plate with healthy food, eat slowly and intentionally savoring every bite, AND STOP WHEN YOU'RE 50-80% FULL, or, when the plate is empty, whichever comes first. Do that 3 times a day, with no sweets*, no snacks, and no seconds, and you will lose weight!! It's that simple. *See the No S Diet regarding fruit.

And unless you eat like the French do for every hour of all 24 hours of the day, then forget the 4-6 meals. How many of us begin our SparkJourney as a very disciplined eater??? HELLO!! Practically 0%. Unless you're beginning your SparkJourney as a very disciplined person concerning food, forget the 4-6 meals.

Remember I already said, "I'm glad if it works for you, and we're all different". But for the majority of us, it's a lie, a gimmick, the latest diet fad. I'm DONE with that. NO MORE DIETS AND GIMMICKS AND FADS FOR ME. I'm preplanning, I'm eating sensibly, I'm cooking from scratch to avoid all the aspartame and sucralose and salt and crap. And don't use the excuse you don't have time to cook from scratch. Because there is batchcooking on weekends, there is making 2 casseroles instead of one and freezing the 2nd, and there is using the crockpot frequently, and eating whole fruits and foods. I'm doing this the sane, old-fashioned way as my lifestyle change. Not a diet. And, DUH, don't tell a fat person who is undisciplined in their eating to begin with, to eat more often!

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JANC319 4/13/2010 5:12PM

  I wrote a response agreeing with you, but it is lost in cyber space somewhere!
So, I'll just say that snacking all day long doesn't work for me either.

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RACHEL_MAC 4/13/2010 4:23PM

    I have to disagree--keeping your blood sugar constant prevents spikes in insulin levels, which mess with your attention span and make you feel hungry. They also give you attention bursts and crashes. If you eat 200-300 calories 6x/day, you keep your insulin and blood sugar steady and keep your metabolism firing all the time. It is absolutely not a gimmick or a fad diet; most healthy people eat like this and the proof is in the pudding.

There are drawbacks, as some people have already mentioned--you have to prepare ahead of time, you have to keep your portions small, you have to have the ability to actually eat that often (impossible if, say, you work in a factory or on a construction site). But for most of us, it's possible--if you make it a priority. I am in the office 12-16 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week, and with some advance planning (an hour on Sunday to cook my lunches and dinners for the entire week, purchasing protein powder and meal-replacement bars to take to the office, getting to the grocery store whenever I can sneak in a minute or two, but usually around 10 pm on my way home from work) I do it (seemingly) with ease.

Eating fewer, larger meals throughout the day can cause or worsen digestive distress, as someone mentioned above, and a huge influx of 500-600 calories at a time can really wear you down once the initial blood sugar rush runs off. Add to that the fact that your body can only really process 20g of sugar at a time, and you're looking at increased fat storage, stomach upset, and all sorts of things. Agreed, though, that if you're going to eat 500 calories every time you sit down to eat you should not eat six times a day.

Losing weight is not easy, but this is one way of eating that really pays off if you have the time and commitment to make it happen.

Edit: just re-read the article--there's an important "constant" in that study that affects the results. They took two groups of people, had them eat the same number of calories in a day, divided either (a) into three meals or (b) into six meals. But the fact that they kept the calories constant is a big if that distinguishes the study setting from the real world. When we eat less frequently throughout the day, our insulin levels spike and crash, and we're much more likely to overeat the times that we DO sit down to eat. If you keep a steady flow of calories--not too many, of course--going in to your body, you keep your blood sugar constant and are less likely to overeat when you do eat. There is nothing about eating six times a day that magically spikes your metabolism--it keeps it constant, that's all. I'd be willing to guess that most (conscious) people who eat 3x/day take in more calories because of overeating at meals than those who eat 6x/day, when they're not famished by the time they actually get some calories into their bodies. If you plan perfectly ahead and take in only the number of calories your body needs (i.e. not more than you're burning), you can eat three times a day, but I bet you'll feel hungrier throughout the day than if you split things up. You don't need 500-600 calories at a time to feel satiated.

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FIT_ARTIST 4/13/2010 4:15PM

    LOL! I know how you feel. I cannot eat appetizers all day. It makes me hungrier! WHERE is the REAL MEAL?!
I was just reading an article, and there is NO evidence that eating more meals does in fact rev your metabolism. As long as when you sit down to eat you aren't famished... that could lead to a disasterous BINGE. Otherwise, I also prefer three squares and a snack in the afternoon!
Great BLOG!

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NELLIEC 4/13/2010 4:11PM

    I don't know about revving up the metabolism, but SMALL frequent meals are good for people who have painful digestion. The problem comes when the small turns into large or into continuous grazing!

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    I don't like the grazing way of eating. I eat 3 meals a day and snacks.

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SLIMMERSUSAN10 4/13/2010 12:37PM

    I'm not one who can eat 5-6 meals a day, either. I've got time, but not THAT much time! That would require me to actually be organized and do my preparation days in advance. I'm not the greatest about that...great blog!

Will be praying for your sister! Cancer SUCKS!!! (I lost my Dad to it 5 years ago)


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MZLADY77 4/13/2010 11:49AM

    I like your blog! Personally I cannot eat 5-6 meals per day that is too much for me. I am fed up with diets and gimmicks! Also cooking from the scratch is better a least you know what you put in your food! Your blog is helpful! Thanks again! emoticon

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MYCUTEGIZMO 4/13/2010 11:37AM

  Well LOL I guess different people have different appetites so you can't really compare?

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KFC's 'Double Down,' and Other Outrageous Fast Foods

Monday, April 12, 2010

We all make our choices - and live and die by them.

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SUNNY332 4/13/2010 9:36AM

    Yikes. I probably would have tried it a few years ago but not now. I just just feel my arteries clamping shut on me.

Pretty Outrageous - that is for sure.


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RAEJAMES17 4/13/2010 1:58AM

    omg that is crazy! who would have thunk

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ROX2013 4/13/2010 12:20AM

    I had just heard about the double down. bun or no bun when you check they nutritional values you could fall over from the shock. Since cutting way back on my salt I find that I don;t want fast food anymore. All I taste now is the extra salt thats in it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/12/2010 10:08PM

    So gross. I'm sure 10 years ago I would have tried it.

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JOZIGRRL 4/12/2010 9:08PM

    I remember hearing about the double down and was trying to explain it to some of my co-workers, they just looked at me like I just fell from the sky. They couldn't and didn't believe a fast food joint would have the nerve to make such a menu item. When the articles began coming out, I just started forwarding them so they knew I hadn't made it up.

It's amazing, from what I understand KFC changed their name from Kentucky Fried Chicken to give a more healthful image, now they are peddling a heart attack in wax paper.

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BEESPARKLE 4/12/2010 8:06PM

    I really thing that fast food places should think of the health of people not the numbers they have come in. Kids are so much bigger since fast foods excised. I was glad to see that the schools are going to change the ways in the food rooms for the kids. Don't kill our kids. Help them.Live long lives. It starts when they are young to be healthy .

To be honest. What happened to prepared lunches for kids and soup Mom made in a thermos flack to take to school. Why has it stopped. Healthy Moms can prepare lunches at night . My dughter does and my daughter in-laws. When I was eight. I had milk delivered outside the school room door for lunch time. Way back we were poor families but it was avaliable the milk. You could have choc milk once a week. Fridays.

I see the famous cook from England Jamie Oliver. He has been going into the schools cafeterias and telling them it is junk and so far ten schools are cooking healthy for kids.The Principals are for it and they and most teachers have loss weight as well. How wonderful is that. Do you have that goig in America in your schools. Not started yet in Canada but it will time Jamie Oliver comes. he is a famous cook and he has showen them how to cook and with what. let us pray we can get him to the fast food places or even write to him on line. I am going to look and see if he is on line. I was told he is. This week.

Perhaps we need to go to our nearest fast foods with a partition. To wake them up. Our kids are the future. Keep them healthy by cooking healthy. If not. Our kids won't see pass 50.

Great Blog!

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MYLIFEROCKS 4/12/2010 7:28PM

    Why are fast food companies offering such horrendous choices, when it's been reported over and over again about the obesity epidemic???

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FOOLERY_TOM 4/12/2010 7:22PM

  A friend of mine just posted a pic of KFC's new thing on his FaceBook. I just said Oh. My. Gosh. I mean, I'm surprised, actually, that there's still a market for this kind of thing. I'm glad you posted these links, and I hope others will click on them!

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WEEPINGCHERRY 4/12/2010 7:17PM

    I used to eat fast food a few times a week, I used to crave it when I was driving past and hadn't had it in a while. I haven't eaten fast food since Feb. 1st and I feel so much better cutting that out of my diet. I was so unhappy when I saw a commercial for this claiming it was a healthy alternative simply because it was missing a bun. I hope people look up the nutritional info online before eating, thanks for the link!

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Sing Unto the Lord a New Song

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Today is the 101st day, 264 left.

"We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." Acts 10:39-43

So we are to use what talents we have, whatever we have in whatever measure we've been given, to help a hurting world who desperately needs to hear the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That sins can be forgiven. That hell does not have to happen to us even though yes, sin demands death, and we are guilty because we sinned. It is our sin that damns us, not God. The Good News is that God still made a way, by offering a sinless sacrifice, Jesus. Love found a way.

I love to sing. Love music. Love praise and worship music, and exercise music, and many different kinds of music. I love harmony and good lyrics, love the beat, love instruments.

There is just one problem.

Yep I can't sing. Don't have the voice for it. When singing voices were passed out I must have been in a different line.

When my niece was 4 and we were in church, she tugged on my skirt until I looked down, and then she said, with all the honest sincerity of a child, "Don't sing, Auntie; don't sing!"

But the Bible commands believers, over and over, to sing! Sing unto the Lord! It doesn't make an exception for "those with bad voices".

So I sing, circumspectly in public, but I do sing and I do enjoy singing.

There is another way to sing. There is another way to demonstrate the astonishing beauty of your voice, no matter how good or how bad or nonexistent your voice is. Make your LIFE a song of praise. On days when you're brokenhearted and don't have much to sing about, let your song be a sacrifice of praise. Let people see the Risen Saviour in your LIFE when they look at you. You can sing a beautiful song without sounding a note.

Now THAT, is quite the SONG.

"Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love." Psalm 147:1-11

One of my new goals, is to make my life Sing.

LifeSong - Casting Crowns

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_MAOMAO_ 4/12/2010 12:19AM

  Oh Carol, I love this blog. I love singing at church on the w/e. But at prayer meeting, I just have to pretend to be singing more than I do. I don't want to frighten anyone with my off-tune singing. When it's more crowded and there's a praise team on the platform, it's easier to stay on tune anyway!

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YW84FRIDAY 4/11/2010 4:00PM

  I love it! Thanks for sharing so freely and openly about our Creator.


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MRS_LOOMIS 4/11/2010 1:42PM

    Beautifully written! Amen and amen!

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    Love the pictures and the sentiment. Sing away. We can take it.

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MICHELLENRGZED 4/11/2010 11:32AM

    What a glorious entry! & so true! :) I'm not a professional singer, but I am a good one, according to all who tell me so, & there are legion who do. I love singing & have been singing longer than I can remember. I absolutely adore music & love to lift my praises up to the Lord.

One of my very dearest friends has a gorgeous voice & a heart that LOVES to worship! When she's singing, I just have to stop & listen to her. I can't sing when Kyla's singing because the Holy Spirit is worshipping through her. Our friend Sarah agrees with me 100% about listening to Kyla when she sings.

The thing with Kyla is that she can't carry a tune in a bucket or anywhere else! She's been given voice lessons, but she just isn't choir or professional worthy. HOWEVER, none of that matters to God, does it? What DOES matter is that she's praising Him with her voice, as you do, & her spirit is lifting up in worshipful song to Him.

It's broken my heart more than once when she's been put down for this & other things, but this is one of the worst things. Some people are far too critical of those who don't measure up to a certain standard, but, really, what does it matter when God is pleased with the praise of His people? & Kyla is most definitely one of His people, as you are.

So keep singing & don't listen to the naysayers! :) I totally agree with the others here who've said this very same thing. You're a blessing & a joy when you sing just because you're singing praises to our Saviour. :D Thank-you! :D

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ILOVEPEOPLE 4/11/2010 11:14AM

    As a professional singer myself I must echo the previous responce. It gives me great joy to praise God with song and to watch others sing praise to Him regardless of the quality of their singing or musicianship.
You are spot on about living our lives as songs in honor of him. My life verse is Psalm 119:54 " Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge."

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WISLNDR 4/11/2010 10:42AM

    I am a professional singer and much of my time is spent singing in church. There is no greater sound to me than a person who doesn't think they sing well singing their praises to the Lord in full voice! They're making music for God!

Thank you for a wonderful blog!


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    Thanks Michelle I added it to my blog! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 4/11/2010 9:45AM

Your post reminded me of this song.

Blessings today,

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SUNNY332 4/11/2010 9:40AM

    I can't sing either but that doesn't stop me when I am alone. I make that "Joyful Noise". Isn't it great that someday we will sing in perfect pitch?

Hugs to you my friend and do have a Blessed Day.


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PASTORJEFF2 4/11/2010 9:40AM

    Thanks for sharing with us today

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Beware of Easter Identity Theft

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Today is the 100th day, 265 left.

How was everyone's Easter Week? (I call the week before Resurrection Sunday, Holy Week, and the week after, Easter Week.) Today I have to do some chores I've been putting off, not looking forward to those. Also some cooking, and washing the car plus the inside car windows. For some reason I always hate doing the insides of the windows and neglect them, so they need done really bad, especially the inside of the rear windshield. I don't mind washing the outside. I'm visiting a couple churches tomorrow and am going to ask about teaching FPU there, are they open, and are they open to a single female member doing it. I'm not looking forward to being brave enough to ask those questions, but need to find a church and get settled. I found out alot of additional thyroid information this week, read two natural thyroid websites, called the Armour website number, etc. It's amazing how much there is to learn; as with most things, you don't know HOW MUCH you don't know. I dropped some more teams to declutter, and am trying to breathe life into one that I don't want to disappear. I'm going to read threads on the thyroid team and see if, informationally, it's worth joining or would it just be another team (which I don't need).

I worked this week to try to do pre-planned food, water, exercise, and sleep everyday for a Team challenge. M-F I succeeded in f, w & e 4/5 days. I succeeded in f, w & s 3/5 days. The exercise and sleep bumps in the road occurred on dif days; so I only succeeded on ALL FOUR 2/5 days.

This is something fascinating I never noticed before I started tracking it.

2/5 is NOT good.

And yet I worked so hard this week to even qualify for the 2/5!!! This is making me face sobering facts. I am not nearly so far along in my SparkJourney as I thought I was! While on one hand I knew that, and on the one hand that's, hello, WHY I created the challenge; on the other hand, 2/5 still comes as a disappointing surprise. I have to improve those numbers.

It is always good to check up on oneself objectively. Even when the results are not pleasant, it is eye-opening. I feel like I'm in my own rehab program or something.

Even with this spotty consistency, my attempts to do all four resulted in some weight lost this week. But I'm waiting to see if it's "real" weightloss before moving the tracker.

Also the week is not over yet; I still have today. So doing ALL FOUR today, food, water, exercise, sleep, will greatly improve my tracking numbers, to 3/6. Which is incentive for me to stay on track today, and to go to bed early tonight.

ONE DAY AT A TIME I need to focus harder on doing ALL FOUR. This has been eye-opening.

How was everyone's Easter Week?

Today is the 100th day of this year. That was sobering, too. What do I have to show for the first hundred days?

Stay tuned for the next edition of, "As the SparkJourney Walks".

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MICHELLENRGZED 4/11/2010 12:45AM

    Yes, good ol' Easter identity theft! Too many people think that Easter is bunnies & eggs & cute lil' animals. While they're cute & all & sell goodies, they're not what Easter's really all about. I agree with you about "Holy Week" because that was a very hard week for our Lord & when He had the hardest time on this Earth.

Thanks for the rest of your entry, too! :D I like how you ended up the entry with something that'd be a perfect SP soap opera title! :)

My cat liked the pix of all the cute lil' animal babies. :D He was looking at them very closely.

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ASMPP1 4/10/2010 4:21PM

    emoticon identity theft?!

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    I love the identity theft. I am doing better- recovering. I am going to get back on plan too as soon as I am able.

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LADYIRISH317 4/10/2010 1:01PM

    Adorable photos -- thanks for starting my day with a laugh!

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NELLIEC 4/10/2010 1:01PM

    I suppose the difficulty with the inside car windows is that they tilt away from you and are more difficult to reach properly.

Cute pics!

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SUNNY332 4/10/2010 12:42PM

    Cute blog!

I am having a good Saturday - cleaning the spare bedroom in preparation for DH's Aunt from Florida. We will drive to St. Louis next Saturday to pick her up. It will be so nice having her
here for a while.

Have a Blessed weekend and hope you find a church home. That is something I need to be looking for also. We have attended several but need to find a place to call home.

Take care and Hugs to you, my friend.


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WARMSPRINGDAY 4/10/2010 11:34AM

    Love your pics.

And you are doing awesome in your own rehab. Don't beat yourself up. You are working on a lot of things at once. But that is some really good stuff - I should try that. I have had too much going on the last 6 weeks, but I think things are settling to a dull roar and I may be able to start focusing more on my goals and how to meet them.

Great blog.

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CAHUNO2 4/10/2010 11:12AM

    Great pics - thanks! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/10/2010 11:06AM

    The photos are adorable. Thank you for posting them. Have a wonderful day.

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Banish Discouragement & Feelings of Impossibility

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Today is the 97th day, 268 left.

Healthy Reflection: What We Can Learn About Patience From a Diamond

"Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul." -- Simone Weil

Healthy Reflection Cont'd: Trying (but failing) to see your goals realized can be frustrating. Margaret Thatcher once said "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it," and she was absolutely right. You've got to believe that you will succeed! Never admit defeat as long as time and effort remain. Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel. Banish discouragement and feelings of impossibility by working hard, doing more, and not giving in! A diamond was only made beautiful after millions of years as a lump of coal.

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.
2 Thessalonians 3:13

Don't give up:
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. Galatians 6:9


WORK as if it all depends on us.
PRAY as if it all depends on Him.

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MZLADY77 4/13/2010 11:53AM

    I like your blog! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 4/11/2010 6:26AM

    This is a beautiful post, Carol, and also a wise one. I'm in that having to fight a battle more than once phase!


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    I love your entries! This one's amazingly beautiful & full of God's love & hope because of what He's created. Thank-you for sharing your heart in this way. :D

I especially love the quote by William Penn that's on a SP inspirational picture quote. Gorgeous! :D

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ZELLAZM 4/9/2010 1:33PM

    Such a pretty post, full of the hope of springtime!

Blessings and happy weekend!

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/7/2010 6:14PM

    Simply gorgeous post!

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    Wonderful pictures!!!!

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SUNNY332 4/7/2010 8:35AM

    I love your last graphic. I have this also in my collection and it tell me that He will provide the strength if I do the work.

Thanks so much for a very inspiring blog - the time absolutely perfect and was everything I need to hear today.

Hugs, Sunny

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JANC319 4/7/2010 8:15AM

  I always love your blog!
Always uplifting and inspirational - Thanks!

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HONEYBEE56 4/7/2010 7:34AM

    Well said! emoticon

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