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Dolvett's Advice to Jessica

Monday, October 03, 2011

Season 12 of the Biggest Loser, episode 2, available for free viewing via computer on, Trainer Dolvett says to contestant Jessica:

"Your lifestyle HAS to change; change THIS (tapping his forehead).

You’ve already took a step - that’s a huge step for you.

The next step for you now is:

‘I’m going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now;
…. If I’m here -
…. If I’m at home -
It doesn’t matter.’

It’s focus, okay?"

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Focus on changing your mind to THIS, Carol: I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now; If I’m here - If I’m at home -If I'm in school - If I'm working - If I'm unemployed - If I can't walk - If I'm injured - If I'm depressed - If I'm happy - If I'm sad - If it's warm - If it's cold - If I feel like it - If I don't - If I've lost a loved one - If I have all my family around me happy and healthy and whole - If I have no family at all - If I'm rich - If I'm poor - in sickness and in health - for better or for worse - It doesn't matter. IT DOESN'T MATTER. I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now, in the present, today, a-l-w-a-y-s, now, from this point forward.

Focus your mind on "I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now". That was then (the stuff in your life that got you to this point of physically trashing myself): this is now: and I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now, through every difficulty and challenge I'm going to demonstrate LIFESTYLE CHANGE DAILY. Hard work; and Dedication.

My lifestyle HAS to change; I HAVE to change my mind to accept and embrace that exercise is a daily lifestyle component because I'm going to a-l-w-a-y-s take care of myself now, no matter what. Wherever I am, no matter what my circumstances are, no matter what I do have or don't have, no matter what I can do or can't do, I'm going to focus on demonstrating lifestyle change daily.

Read Dolvett's advice, apply it to yourself; how would you reword it to fit your life and apply it to you? Blog about it or leave a comment that applies the advice to you and your life.

The above is my take on Dolvett's advice.

Blog or comment your take on Dolvett's advice applied to you personally.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/3/2011 7:37PM

    Quote I heard recently, "Losing weight is more a battle of the mind, than of the body." Amen to that!

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I Found a Church Today

Sunday, October 02, 2011

It's not 100% what I want, but, it's at least 70, and no church will be perfect. It was my first visit today, and I really really liked it. I was totally blown away by this - in fact was continually surprised at myself. Only then did I realize how jaded I'd become about finding a church home. (Including many many years in Maryland - this is not solely about moving to NC.) From 2:30 - 4:3o they had a 101 class about the church, so I went. It's a prerequisite for joining, but the class is not about joining and it's really just basic info about the church. They don't have membership classes, just the 101 info class. So I shocked myself by signing up.

I am still shocked.

I joined a church today.

I feel very blessed to have found this church. I may not have a job, but at least I have a church.

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ANIDUCK 10/3/2011 10:33AM

    Christian, friends and reminders to keep you focused on what are the most important things. Encouragement to stay in the Word and follow God in everything. Nothing like it...His Body.

And finding a group of believers that you are comfortable with can sometimes leave a person a bit jaded...oh boy, don't I know?

God bless you Carol!

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OZARKMARY 10/3/2011 8:26AM

    emoticonHappy for you. May God continue to bless you and show you the way to Him. emoticon emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/3/2011 5:27AM

    You are right, there will never be a perfect church. I trust that God will use this church home to grow you deeper into himself.
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MJ7DM33 10/3/2011 12:54AM

  emoticon I hope that it will be a place where you will get all that you need!

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 10/2/2011 11:23PM

    Good for you! I hope you make some good friends there and that they help you feel welcome and at home right away.

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DRS510 10/2/2011 11:14PM

    It is a good feeling to accomplish that!

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A_NEW_JAN 10/2/2011 9:29PM

    I'm so happy for you! I know how important your church family is to you and I am sure your gut feeling to join was a good one.
We all need to follow that feeling more often.

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October 1st?

Saturday, October 01, 2011

October 1st? No. It's CROCKTOBER!!

It's not October; it's crock pot month. Stephanie O'Dea, The Crock Pot Lady, coined the term Crocktober, and I love it. I have openly absconded with it.

The other day in my blog about grocery specials, I posted about whole chickens on sale this week for 59 and 77 cents per lb.

Guess what Stephanie sent out yesterday!!!! An email with 7, count them, 7 whole-chicken-in-crockpot-recipes. Link, oh yes, here it is:

In honor of Crocktober, I'm posting Stephanie's Crockpot Acorn Squash recipe, I have personally made it and it's terrific:

A tip to cutting hard squashes (without harming yourself), complements of Leanne Ely, FlyLady's friend: after washing, prick all over with a fork. Microwave 1-3 mins, since squash vary greatly in size. The skin will peel very easily, or cut very easily, depending on what you're doing. If you do it in the oven, 5 mins 350, be sure to set a timer so you don't forget it and have exploded squash everywhere.

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A_NEW_JAN 10/2/2011 11:15AM

    Will be checking out the chicken recipes - I have a few in the freezer.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 10/2/2011 5:55AM

    I have O'Deas cookbook. I'm going to try the acorn squash recipe with butternut squash i I can figure out a way to get it into the crockpot. I have butternut squash from my garden. They are quite as stuffing friendly as they have the long neck, but I'm good at improvising. I'll check out the whole chicken in the crockpot recipes. I've been doing whole chickens in the crockpot, but nothing special, just seasoning and cooking.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 10/2/2011 1:32AM

    Yummy. I just looked at the blog and bookmarked it. Can't wait to try some of these recipes. I love using my crock pot anytime of year.

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STUDLEEJOE 10/1/2011 6:26PM

    Thanks for the post and the crock pot ideas

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Jewish Holidays - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 30, 2011

Rosh Hashanah is September 28 (at sundown) - 30 this year.

Bake a Round Braided Challah for Rosh Hashanah

I love the Jewish Holidays, and learning about them. Part of everything wonderful about Autumn.

Why? Because the Bible says we are grafted in to the Tree of Life as believers in Jesus, by the blood of the Lamb (lamb has special meaning for us, and for the Jewish holidays). The original tree is part of our heritage by our adoption by faith.

Why? Because, hello, a large part of the Bible is about Jewish Holidays. Jesus, hello, celebrated the Jewish holidays. How poignant that must have been for Him . . .

Here's an excerpt from a newletter about Jewish Holidays

Rosh HaShanah is the Jewish New Year. It falls once a year during the month of Tishrei and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur. Together, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Yamim Nora’im, which means the Days of Awe in Hebrew. In English they are often referred to as the High Holy Days.

1. The Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and according to Jewish tradition marks the anniversary of the creation of the world. The phrase Rosh Hashanah literally translates to "Head of the Year." Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (which usually falls sometime in September or October on the secular calendar). As the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is a celebratory holiday but there are also deeper spiritual meanings tied to the holiday.

2. Judgment Day
Jewish tradition teaches that Rosh Hashanah is also the Day of Judgment. On Rosh Hashanah, God is said to inscribe the fate of every person for the upcoming year in the Book of Life or the Book of Death. The verdict is not final until Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe, during which Jews reflect upon their actions over the past year and seek forgiveness for their transgressions in hopes of influencing God's final judgment.

3. Teshuvah (Repentance) and Forgiveness
The Hebrew word for "sin" is "chet," which is derived from an old archery term used when an archer "misses the mark." This informs the Jewish view of sin: all people are essentially good and sin is a product of our errors, or missing the mark, as we are all imperfect. A critical part of Rosh Hashanah is making amends for these sins and seeking forgiveness.

Teshuvah (literally "returning") is the process by which Jews atone on Rosh Hashanah and throughout the Ten Days of Awe. Jews are required to seek forgiveness from people that they may have wronged over the past year before seeking forgiveness from God. Teshuvah is a multi-step process for demonstrating true repentance. First one must recognize that they have made a mistake and genuinely desire to change for the better. They must then seek to make amends for their actions in a sincere and meaningful way, and finally demonstrate they have learned from their mistakes by not repeating them. When a Jew is sincere in his or her efforts at teshuvah, it is the responsibility of other Jews to offer forgiveness during the Ten Days of Awe.

4. Mitzvah of the Shofar
The essential mitzvah (commandment) of Rosh Hashanah is to hear the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is generally made from a hollowed out ram's horn that is then blown like a trumpet on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (except when the holiday falls on a Shabbat, in which case the shofar is not sounded). There are several different shofar calls used on Rosh Hashanah. The tekiah is one long blast. The teruah is nine short blasts. The shevarim is three blasts. And the tekiah gedolah is a single long blast, much longer than the plain tekiah.

5. Apples and Honey
There are many Rosh Hashanah food customs but the most common is the dipping of apples into honey, which is meant to signify our wishes for a sweet new year. Learn more about this tradition in the article: Apple and Honey on Rosh HaShanah.

6. Festive Meal (Seudat Yom Tov)
A festive meal shared with family and friends to celebrate the New Year is central to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. A special round loaf of challah, which symbolizes the cycle of time, is generally served and dipped in honey with a special prayer for a sweet new year. In terms of other kinds of foods that are served on Rosh HaShanah, local customs and traditions vary widely, both between different Jewish communities and from family to family. You can learn about some of the customs in this article: Rosh Hashanah Food Customs.

7. "L'Shana Tovah"
The traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting appropriate for Jewish friends on Rosh Hashanah is "L'Shana Tovah" or simply "Shana Tovah" which loosely translates as "Happy New Year." Literally you are wishing them a good year (see item 2 above). For a longer greeting you can use "L'Shana Tovah u'Metukah," wishing someone a "good and sweet year." Learn more about Rosh HaShanah greetings in this articles:

•Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Greetings
•How to Say "Happy New Year" in Hebrew
•Rosh HaShanah Greetings and Vocabulary

8. Tashlich
On Rosh Hashanah, many Jews may follow a custom called tashlich ("casting off") in which they walk to a naturally flowing body of water such as a river or stream, recite several prayers, reflect upon their sins over the past year and symbolically cast them off by throwing their sins into the water (usually by throwing pieces of bread into the stream). Originally taschlich developed as an individual custom, though many synagogues now organize a special tashlich service for their congregants to perform the ceremony together.

More About Rosh HaShanah:
•What is Rosh HaShanah?
•What Is a Shofar?
•What Is Tashlich?
Suggested Reading
•Rosh HaShanah Food Customs
•High Holiday Greetings
•How to Say Happy New Year in Hebrew
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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/1/2011 2:20AM

    Thank you for sharing this information! I have known a little about some of the Holydays and am delighted to learn more.

Praise God for His wonderful love that He pre ordained the coming of the Messiah!

Jane on Guam

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    Me too, Chris & CJ!

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CJMOK1121 9/30/2011 9:46PM

    I too love the Jewish Holidays, and the fall HOLY DAYS are so special to me because my Savior Jesus Christ fulfilled everyone of them. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been studying on the tabernacle and the feast days and the offerings the past few months.


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CTUPTON 9/30/2011 8:56PM

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TOTHEFUTURE1 9/30/2011 7:18PM

    Thanks for sharing

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LINDA! 9/30/2011 3:07PM

    Great blog!

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    Wow, never heard before the tradition that He's coming back on Rosh Hashanah.

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JUDITH1654 9/30/2011 12:43PM

    I used to teach the Jewish Feasts and miss doing it tremendously. Anyone who truly knows the Feasts, knows more about God and His love for us and His plan for our redemption. I also loved teaching the Tabernacle. It has Jesus' footprints all over it! I know that Jesus is expected to return on Rosh Hashanah. Which one, we don't know, so always need to be prepared. So exciting!

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CAROLJ35 9/30/2011 11:31AM

    WOW!!! There is a lot to learn in this blog!
Thanks for sharing this info.

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Thurs 9/29

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I just lost my blog. "Unknown error." emoticon

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A_NEW_JAN 9/30/2011 12:27AM

    That stinks

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/29/2011 9:24PM

    Dang! Now we'll never know what you wanted to say...

I know you'll speak about it later.


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