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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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A Lot to Chew On

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Our message today came from John 19.
As an interesting note, of the four women around the cross that were mentioned, only one was not named Mary. They were Mary His mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Cleopas and Mary Magdalene. Mary Magdalene was also first to the tomb. To me this speaks of great love and affection. The one that is forgiven much, loves much played out here I think. I will soon be studying her a bit more too.
As I was reading some of the verses around his text, I found something very interesting. Trying to explain the trinity is difficult, because I am not so sure most people have a clue where to begin. The verse I found is in chapter 20. It is verse 17. He says "I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and Your God." Jesus was born as the child of Mary and Joseph. The seed was not Joseph's, but God the Father's. That is why He is called the Father. He was truly man and truly of divine origin. I find it very interesting that He calls the Father His God. I am also going to have to dig a little deeper on this note very soon. In Genesis it says "Let US make man in OUR own image." The Son was there from the beginning. Any thoughts on this whole thing anyone?
The first thing He said when He showed Himself to them after the resurrection was Peace be to you. Then He breathed on them the Holy Spirit. Then He said, "Now that you have received the Holy Spirit (being led and directed by Him) If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven; if you do not forgive the sins of others, they will not be forgiven" Wow! Are there those in our lives that we need to allow God to forgive? I know I sure do.
A lot to chew on for today that is for sure.

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IUHRYTR 4/11/2010 4:29PM

    Wow, you sure did present a mouthful to chew on. Interesting questions. Now I have to go ponder for a while. :) -- Lou

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Just Being Thankful

Saturday, April 10, 2010

My hubby and son are in Lubbock trying to complete the final things before our house there closes at the end of the month. Don't think they will get it all done, but hopefully most of it will be complete before they come home. I am thankful that my son lives close enough to help out because there is no way I could go with having to work this weekend. It helps that my son still has good friends there that he will get to see.
So last night I had to share the bed with three dogs. My husband made the mistake of inviting my dog now big, onto the bed when she was little. Now she thinks she has to sleep there every night. His dog only sleeps on the bed when one of us is gone. Don't know if it is for comfort or protection. Then, my son's dog, a small one has always slept on the bed. You surely can't feel alone with all that!
I have also been working hard at keeping one of our ewes alive. She is getting stronger. She developed a massive infection and is showing some signs of improvement after a week of doctoring. I have never seen a sheep want to live as badly as she does.
I have so much to be thankful for this morning. I have a husband who is a good handy man and has saved us untold money through the years. I have a son who is willing to help and is not afraid of hard work. He is always ready to help a person in need. I have three dogs, technically two, who make me feel safe and secure when my husband is not around. They always bring me such joy with their love and devotion. I have a great satisfaction from helping a helpless being to survive. As I watch that ewe I see the struggles my daughter has gone through and how she has struggled to survive. I see in her that same desire to survive and live. I know that my life has value and matters. I have so much to be thankful for today.

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3CATSLEP 4/10/2010 9:04PM

    Isn't life funny sometimes? I am happy that you are thankful! We should always be. I will pray that all goes well - with the house, the doggies, and the little ewe. Blessings to you!

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IUHRYTR 4/10/2010 8:05PM

    If we continue to be positive and grateful in all situations and circumstances, blessings will follow. Be strong. Prayers offered for the sale of the house and the health of your little ewe. -- Lou

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 4/10/2010 1:30PM

    Thanks for sharing ... we have so much to give thanks for!

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BEESPARKLE 4/10/2010 11:33AM

    We are to be thankful for all good things come from the Father who loves him.

Also at times it is hard to thank him for trials in our lives but everything is for a reason. He will let us know the results. He will give us his peace.

Keep looking to him for his strength always. For his protection. Nice to have animals but he is the one who has control and gives you alot more protection then you ever can imagine. When your alone. he will give you his peace and take away fears.


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WALKNLOVE 4/10/2010 11:00AM

    Thanksgiving is thanksliving! Thanks for sharing! You are blessed and even more so, to see things through the eyes of THE Father! (The ewe & your daughter)And as much as you love and care for the ewe, think how much God loves and cares for your daughter...and you (even sending the dogs to comfort and protect :)....good bed buddies :)

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A New Start

Friday, April 09, 2010

What a difference a new start can make in a person's life. A change of scenery can mean a change in attitude. Moving to a new town can sometimes be all that is needed for a person to finally find the success that has eluded them for years. Change one little thing in our routine and you find new old goals finally coming into focus again.
I never thought that a year ago I was starting on a journey that would leave me thirty pounds lighter. I never seemed to have the stamina to lose five pounds and keep it off before. I would get bored to easily or find that things just didn't work for me as they did for others. Once I gained a new perspective on who I was, it became attainable.
I work with addicts and alcoholics. Sometimes all they need to do is leave town and get away from their negative influences to finally find within themselves what it takes to remain clean and sober. They say the further away you go, the better. Isn't that true with all of us?? Put some distance between you and the bad influences and the things that cause you to be weak and all of a sudden you find a new strength. Does that mean that it is always easy? Absolutely not. Sometimes even still, we will fail. But it is when we find the strength to get back up again that we know the depth of our convictions.
I'll never forget the tears I wept after my first visit to a restaurant after coming to Spark. I used to think nothing of eating 1200 calories in a single sitting. Now I choose carefully what I eat and know that one day doesn't make my future. Through the help I found here I realized it wasn't the end of the world. I had moved to a new place in my eating and nothing will ever be the same. I found my new start here at Spark and I am very grateful for it. I want everyone to know that it is possible for them as well. A new start can be found anywhere, even in old surroundings.

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OZARKMEL 4/9/2010 6:43PM

  What a wonderful perspective on Spark and what it's done for you. I love reading blogs like this because they are SO motivating...thank you! Have a great weekend!

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KATIEJO5 4/9/2010 12:29PM

    That has been the most powerful help to me here on Spark! That every day- every choice, really- is a chance for a new start. I was the queen of perfectionists- one bad choice would derail me for days! Now, I just make a better choice and press on!

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