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Creating A New Me.....Progress So Far This Year

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Since January 1st I have lost several lbs. (Should have been more but I was not consistent with my plan.)
I have increased my exercise.
I have learned some new things from Spark.
I have gained some very dear Spark Friends.
I increased my F/V consumption.
I increased my H2O.
I have balanced my work responsibilities better.
I have reconnected with friends from the past. I joined Face Book.
I have deepened my faith.
I got a new haircut.
I cleaned out several closets.
I have dressed better.
I have found time to have more fun.
I made a plan to make this a priority & have now spent more quality time with my husband.
I have continued to learn more and spoke out more about the needs of Refugees and Immigrants.
I have been blessed with more time with an honorary son, daughter, and granddaughter.
I have learned more about technology-computers, cell phones etc.

I need to consistently eat, drink, exercise, and log my food according to my plan. I need to run away from fast food again- no matter how much in a hurry I think that I am.

I need to keep in better touch with my family and closest friends. I need to be better at sending cards as needed.

It's all about balance. My weight may not be where I wanted it to be but I am mindful of my goals everyday. I do not have any intention of quitting. I plan to keep creeping along in the right direction. Who knows I just might catch a second wind and sail to the finish line? I still think it could happen.

My stress is much better. God has given me the strength to do my occupation. He has sent me on a very difficult mission. Believe it or not I have been told more times then I can count that "I have been praying for help and God has answered my prayers. He sent you. " My real part of my job is neatly impossible to do. But I do my best to truly make a difference for the people I help. The tasks before me are on my heart all the time. God has provided for me and showed me how to release the worries that go along with what I'm called to do. I know that God will not only guide me through the tasks at hand but he will send others to help me through.

I have not Created A New Me exactly as I had planned but God has answered my prayers. What will 12/31/12 lok like as I reflect back?

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 1:09AM

    You've come a long way with evidence of incredible progress. I can so identify with the many changes you have made. That's been quite a great journey!

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CRYSTAL_MOM 5/2/2012 12:22AM

    What a wonderful list! You are blessed and are a blessing to others.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/30/2012 4:43PM

    Maybe you haven't lost as much weight as you had planned, but it sounds like so many other things have changed for the best! It is wonderful! And I am confident more weight loss will follow... Way to go!!!

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EFFIEANNIE 4/30/2012 9:48AM

    I like that you have found time to have fun. My husband and I often think that we do not have fun anymore. This is something I need to work on, among so many others. Good job!

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Refocusing on My Goals......

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I have been a little quiet but I'm still here. The rest of the week I will have 5 freggies per day minimum. 8 H20 per day minimum. 30 minutes or more of exercise per day minimum. This weekend I have several long walks planned to new places. I will enter my food everyday. I completed my spring cleaning goals. It took allot of my time and I let my food and exercise goals slip. Rats! So hard to balance everything. There is much more to do but it will wait til fall. I plan to get a little RR on weekends and enjoy the great outdoors whenever I can. This includes lots of walking and other outdoor activities. My workload at work will be very heavy this summer so I will need it!

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EFFIEANNIE 4/21/2012 9:19AM

    Be sure to take your camera on the long walks to new places! Enjoy!

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WINEALITTLE 4/18/2012 6:50PM

    It is good to clean out the cobwebs from time to time, isn't it? Enjoy the lovely weather and your time in it. -Sharon

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LISALGB 4/18/2012 5:02PM

    I am refocusing too! I think it's a good thing - that way we can keep things fresh and new.
You have a great plan and I know you will do great!!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/18/2012 3:37PM

    Great goals! It sounds very feasible and well organised. Way to go!
I was so happy to read that you completed your spring cleaning goals. Doesn't it feel wonderful?
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MAVERICK59 4/18/2012 2:43PM

    I really hope all these goals are doable for you.
You have a great plan for taking care of yourself.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/18/2012 2:39PM

    It'a smart to refocus every now and then. Have a great week. May you find lots of quality outdoor's my favorite passtime outside catching to on some much needed rest.

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Missing My Spark World etc

Saturday, April 07, 2012

For the past 3 weeks I have been making great progress in decluttering my house. After my daughter moves out I plan to complete the process. I'm trying to get ready for summer. During my big cleaning push I have had little time for reading blogs or time with my Spark Friends. I missing that very much but I will have more time very soon. It will also feel so good when I'm done with this project.
I have purchased a new camper and a permanent spot to keep it. It's not real far from my home. It's a fun little town with many, many, places to hike and outdoor activities. That hardly seems real. Looking forward to spending time with my neglected husband and relaxing too. We have plans to hike everyday. It's looking to be a very healthy summer! emoticon

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WINEALITTLE 4/21/2012 8:17AM

    Isn't it so easy to accumulate things, and such a good feeling when clutter gets under control? I've been donating items (mostly clothing *too large, tee hee*) for the past couple of months as I've been going through closets and trying to recover floor space in my bedroom. Love the feeling of openness when clutter is removed. Congratulations on your new camper! Sounds like you're in for a lot of fun this summer and all the years yet to come.

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/10/2012 1:55PM

    I love that you have made great progress in taking care of some great and new priorities in your live. These details, no matter how small or large, are crucial to the great success of your goals and aspirations.

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    It is great to read your decluttering is going so well. Good for you!
And it does sound like you'll have a wonderful summer indeed... hiking everyday, how wonderful!

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RGEETING 4/8/2012 10:48PM

    Sounds like a great plan!
Still working at de-cluttering after our children moved out... and we've been empty nested for 4 years... lol
Enjoy your camper and neglected hubby!

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JUDYAMK 4/7/2012 9:33PM

    I am decluttering also ( AGAIN ) this time I have a handle on it. I have a hard time parting with things, my brother is a great encourager. I had over 40 dolls & wanted to hang onto them , Then I thought someone would really enjoy them so I gave them away it was a good feeling knowing I made someone else happy. I also took a lot of things to some Amish & Mennonite families ( household items, ) I am also just about done, cannot wait makes me feel good inside. Happy Decluttering!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Do You Own Your Possessions or do Your Possessions Own You?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I have a small dumpster parked in my driveway to dispose of the things that are really no use to anyone else. I have a bed that is filling higher and higher with things to give away. We have been doing this the past few years. It's so frustrating and also so freeing. It's not that my house should be on the next episode of "Buried Alive" or anything. My kids will say that denial is the first sign so I do need to think about that for a moment! The clutter seems to accumulate when you live in the same place for 20 years. I also have a hard time getting rid of memories. Cards, the kids school projects, and papers. Newspaper articles about family, friends, and major events. I also have plenty of momentos from two grandmothers that passed away. When my Mother downsized she shared more momentos with her daughters for safe keeping. I have a toy kitchen set, legos, etc that I'm keeping for my grandchildren. Thought my kids would claim some of it. Doesn't look like they will be taking anything. I also have plenty of church history, minutes, program info etc. Heck I even have some of my own childhood toys. I have clothes that I'm sure I will fit in soon as I'm loosing weight you know.
Dang this is so hard to do! I'll just try to be strong and forge on! emoticon emoticon

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JENNA54 4/6/2012 5:44PM

    This is hard... as soon as you thrown something out, or pass it on you'll wish you still had it! I think family stuff passed on to you is really special. My Mum moved in with me about 7 years ago and she brought some things with her, but the rest we shared amongst family. All the important things we kept, but the things that didn't seem to matter so much were sold. There are so many memories attached to possessions - often it is the memory that is more significant than the item. Good luck with your clean out.

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CRYSALLIS1 4/4/2012 8:52AM

    I'm still not sure if I own my possessions or they own me but I'm forging on. I have tossed or donated quite a bit of stuff. But when I look around I think it should be more. Thanks for the support. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/29/2012 9:23PM

    To answer your question, BOTH! I continue to hear the word of God speaking to me in an effort to begin this very process in my life. I do not envy what you are going through.

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ONE6OH 3/29/2012 4:10AM

    Hang in there. I can certainly relate. I have the " I might need this someday" syndrom too. Just keep working through it. May be you can archieve some of the church stuff at the church. just a thought. Good Luck.

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/29/2012 1:39AM

    You are doing great! Keep going! emoticon
One of the things that help me on my constant decluttering efforts is: 'Did I use this/read this/do anything with this for the last year?' (you can say 2 years if it is easier!)... If not, then it is very likely that I won't do anything with it in the next 10 years!!!
I wish you lots of courage, because I know it is difficult. But, as you said, very freeing too!!! emoticon emoticon

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KALISWALKER 3/29/2012 1:08AM

    I did a clean sweep last year to get my house ready to sell and to move 18 hours away. The hardest thing to get rid of was the wooden desk I had since I was 12 years old and used in univerity, and my kids used it too. It stung for a few days but that freed me to go ahead and do what I needed to do. After that it was easy to deal with the rest

I know you can do it and you will be glad you did


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TAMPATINK67 3/29/2012 12:27AM

    it's difficult to part with things that hold memories!

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Gone Spring Cleaning.....

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring arrived at least 1 month early. It's kind of weird but I have no complaints. I'm looking forward to summer activites filled with lots of camping. So this week will be a busy one doing spring cleaning. I want to get my work done so I can go play and get fit this summer. So don't wonder where I am if I don't Spark much this week. Team Be Organized will be happy with me though. I plan to log on briefly everyday and do what I need to do but I may not have much time for allot of personal comments on your great blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a Great Week All! XOXOX

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CRYSALLIS1 3/26/2012 11:18PM

    Thanks to all for all your encouragement and well wishes. If you don't hear from me by the weekend you may want to send out a search party! emoticon

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RAE_LEIGH22 3/26/2012 10:07PM

    Yes, it sounds like they will be proud of you! Have a great week!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/26/2012 4:35PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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RGEETING 3/25/2012 8:17PM

Have a great week!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 3/25/2012 7:49PM

    Will you come help me next? emoticon My spring break is week after next. DH has already started the annual to do list.

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