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A Happy Life

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Bible, especially in Proverbs, talks about how bitterness can ruin even the greatest feast. Better is a little than a lot if you are an happy person. Our attitude towards life is spoken about all over the pages of the Bible. It is best to deal with our feeling of anger and bitterness than to let them simmer. We have all heard about not going to bed angry. My middle child did something once, I can't even remember now, and I was angry with him when I went to bed. I dreamed about it and rolled it around, almost literally, all night long and woke up madder at him in the morning than when I went to bed. That's when that verse really came alive for me. But still, my husband and I went through some very tough times through my daughter's addiction and it nearly split our home and our marriage. We could sit across from each other at a gathering and never speak a single word to each other. Unspoken hurts and resentments had built an ugly wall between us. They fester like an ugly abcess. The longer they sit the more painful they become. Deal quickly with your disappointments. Admit your input into the situation and take responsibility for it. Control what you can and let go of the rest. You will live a healthier, happier life if you do.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/17/2010 2:50PM

    When we are angry and resentful, the person we hurt most is ourselves. Good blog, Cindi. GOD wants us to be forgiving.

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3CATSLEP 4/16/2010 6:40PM

    Yes, very timely. I had to step back from opening my mouth last week on my dysfunctional family and a wedding coming up that some has chosen not to attend. I'm so glad my husband reminded me that I shouldn't expect certain things when not dealing with Christian people. It truly calmed me down and I let go of the bitterness.

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IUHRYTR 4/16/2010 11:33AM

    so true that bitterness and resentment will fester and become worse if not dealt with. None of us is perfect and we can't expect others to be. We have to be tolerant, respectful and supportive. Thanks for a timely message. -- Lou

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Nearing the End

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Well I did not win the Biggest Loser round at work. That's okay because I am still excited. It was our closest round yet with first and second place being separated by only a pound. The two girls who did that have never been motivated enough to even stay in the race before. It gives me so much joy to know that I had a small part in that; to spur someone else on to weight loss. That was my goal a year ago when we started the competition. We start what will be my last competition in two weeks. I should have no more weight to lose after that. It's such a strange thing to be so close to my goal. I have worked so long, not always so hard, but so long to attain this. I need to start thinking what my celebration of it all will be. About that time my husband and I will be in Tulsa for a national meeting of his. So if anyone knows of something that might be worthwhile to do there please let me know. Wow I am that close. I had not really thought about it until now.

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3CATSLEP 4/16/2010 9:57AM

    Spa, spa, spa!!! emoticon

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/15/2010 9:37PM

    Oh, Cindy, I am so excited for YOU! You will reach goal and get to go on a trip--how wonderful! It may seem a little strange to you at first, but you hang on to that goal weight with all your might, never let it slip away! Much love, Edie

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IUHRYTR 4/15/2010 8:59PM

    Wow, what a terrific feeling it must be to almost be at your goal weight. It had to take a long and determined effort to get this far. emoticon -- Lou

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KATIEJO5 4/15/2010 11:29AM

    Wow, Cindy, that is so exciting! To be almost at your goal weight. I would definitely plan a big celebration in Tulsa! emoticon

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PICKIE98 4/15/2010 11:00AM

    If you belong to AAA or a friend does, they can get you a tourbook,, I am sure the website for Tulsa has local things to do..
it is exciting!!
You will find something!!

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PAYDAY10 4/15/2010 10:57AM

  Congratulations on the Biggest Loser Challenge at work. You made some advances while motivating your co-workers and that is what is important.

You may want to contact the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce to determine what you want to do there. Most cities have historical landmarks that are fun to pursue. We all have history and it is good to learn about the past and how we have or can improve on the future. You can also check you local Library to see if they have a DVD or book about the area. I did this when I visited Washington DC and it helped narrow down the things I wanted to visit. Often there is more to do than the time to explore the area.

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What a Week!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I ran into someone tonight at work who works for our sister program in town. I don't very often see her. She commented on how it looks like I have lost weight. I don't even know how long it has been since I last saw her. I proceeded to tell her how I did it, then gave her and her co-worker a Spark card so they could start their own journey. Sure stokes your ego up a bit to hear it anyway. I tell you the last 48 hours have been fantastic. Today is the weigh in for our Biggest Loser so I am really hoping to tell you I won it tomorrow. Talk about one heck of a week.
On a more sobering note, my husband told me yesterday that he is too busy to lose weight. You know, I have never heard that one, but I think he is right. He rarely comes home for lunch and stops at a fast food joint or restaurant for lunch if he eats at all. When he does eat, it rarely includes any fruits or vegetables. His doctor has told him to lose 100 pounds and he just can't seem to start a decent program. He was so winded working sheep the other day that it scared me. I have told him about Spark and he has even signed on, but just doesn't have the time to punch the numbers. I would do it for him, but it means more when you see the numbers and breakdowns for yourself. This is a program where I have learned about myself as an eater. I don't want to learn about someone else. It means far more when you see where to make the changes in your own lifestyle. I can't go with him everywhere he eats and tell him, you'll go over your allotment of calories if you eat that. This is not for anyone but ourselves to police us. He would gain so much from the support of others. But he is too busy with too many people to talk to and too many places to be. It's sad, but you know, that is how life passes us by and we live our life with regrets. Our deathbed is not the place to tell others we love them. I just hope I get the chance to tell him good- bye. One day at a time. One decision at a time. I am grateful I found Spark when I did, for me.

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IUHRYTR 4/14/2010 9:11PM

    TSABONIS touched on this in his blog yesterday

We all have the same time and it would truly be a shame if you had to say goodbye to your husband too many years early. here's hoping he sees the light as you have and tries to make an effort. Good success for you, though. Yea! -- Lou

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PICKIE98 4/14/2010 5:31AM

    Sad to hear.. he COULD stop at a shop and get fruit and veggies to eat, take them with him,, his choice, like you said..
When he is sitting in a chair, not moving due to a stroke, he will slow down,,
I had a couple relatives like that, one dropped dead like a rock in the barn, the other sat in a chair for fifteen years , paralyzed on one side, drooling, total care by others. till he finally died.
You are making the right choices and reaping the rewards,, it is NOT easy, but it is life.. I am proud of you.. What there is left of you!! Spark On Sister Woman!!

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Healthy BMI!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wow! Another milestone has been reached and I did not even know it. It would have motivated me had I thought to look at it. I have gone from being considered obese, to overweight to now being , barely mind you, in the healthy range. What a feeling of accomplishment. For my height and weight, my BMI is now in acceptable ranges. I started quickly moving in the direction of my goals a little more than a year ago. Then it went to a dead standstill. Once again I am beginning to lose the weight and the excitement is beginning to build. I have lost 33 pounds so far and have less than that to go. I am over the halfway mark now too. Tomorrow is the last day of our Biggest Loser competition for this round. It is the closest round thus far so it should be exciting. I am anywhere from first to third. I started the competition to help motivate myself, but also to take as many people along with me on this journey as wanted to go. If it would motivate one of my co-workers to become healthier then that is what excites me most. The winning of the competition is merely the frosting on the cake (that I have chosen to put aside. ) What a ride this has been been and far easier than I dreamed it could have been. What a woohoo day I am having!

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3CATSLEP 4/13/2010 7:19PM

    What an awesome journey! Praise to our wonderful God!

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KATIEJO5 4/13/2010 4:55PM

    Fantastic! So much has changed and is changing!

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IUHRYTR 4/13/2010 2:29PM

    A great emoticon to you. emoticon. An emoticon job. emoticon. -- Lou

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LESLEY444 4/13/2010 1:02PM

    You Go, Girl!!! WhooHoo! I love you giving attitude too!

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Sheer Absurdity.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The cross is sheer absurdity to those who are perishing. I have crossed many people in my life who just couldn't seem to accept the simplicity of the gospel message. They always read so much into it that really isn't there. The Bible says we are blessed if we are not hindered from seeing the truth that is in the pages of the Bible. We should not be surprised when we find the ones who are offended by the gospel. Though I really can't understand it, I know they have their reasons. They only stumble, according to the Bible, because they are disbelieving and disobedient. Oh that my heart would be full of faith and submission in all I do today, for I know that in many ways I am not so different than they.

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IUHRYTR 4/12/2010 1:25PM

    It's like Kathy said -- at first any "advertising" doesn't seek in. It takes a while then one day the proverbial light bulb goes off and someone gets the message. All we can do is hang in there and keep trying. -- Lou

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TELLITFORWARD 4/12/2010 1:00PM

  It seems so straightforward to us, but I remember when I thought it was bunk. I knew Christ died for us, but it just didn't sink in.
It's hard to think that someone can hear of the gift of salvation, but it happens all the time. It's like they have wax in their ears! Keep going, and keep speaking-lovingly and gently. I'm sure that's what you do! Bless you!
Kathy/Kate (depending on which team)

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