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Please give me some feedback on my photos.

Monday, May 06, 2013

I recently posted some photos from a portraiture photo shoot. I was surprised that I agreed to model after the horrible Christmas picture, but I did.

Do I look fat on these? Are they good?

My own mother is continually telling me to go on Medifast or Weight Watchers. I don't need those, and I am not up to where I should be for calories, but I am slowly eating a bit more. My son even told me I am doing well, yet I still don't feel hungry.

My favorite dinner is a salmon fillet cooked in a pan with a lid and brussels sprouts cooked in with it until they carmelize a little on the outside. A little cajun seasoning on the top makes it perfect. I actually order fresh brussels sprouts by the case from our local store because my whole family loves them. I order kale by the case, too.

  
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SPARKLINGME176 5/24/2013 3:53PM

    Lovely photos!

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DOOBRIE 5/9/2013 7:39AM

    I love the photos from your photo shoot, pretty lady!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 5/7/2013 12:19AM

    You look great!! Wish I liked Brussels sprouts...

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CARRAND 5/6/2013 6:41PM

    I think you look great in those photos!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 5/6/2013 5:28PM

    I wish I could like salmon. I only like the canned stuff. emoticon Now, brussels sprouts, I LOVE those.

Keep up the good work and don't listen to the negative voices. They don't help you be the best you that you can be. emoticon

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Another job offer!?!

Monday, May 06, 2013

The second repair man came to install parts and it still doesn't work. He ordered more parts. While he was on hold, we talked a little. Before he left, he asked if I needed a job because they were hiring in our area. He also said, "you're an intelligent woman. If you lived in the metro area you could command your wage." Why am I being offered jobs? I haven't said I was looking and all these people haven't seen a resume either. He told me that it's my personality.
I have also been told I am the perfect patient at Mayo, and yesterday, I was told I was the perfect customer at the store.
I don't see what they see, but I sincerely love people and getting to know people.

Have a blessed day!

  
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CARRAND 5/6/2013 6:41PM

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/6/2013 4:03PM

    somebody is trying to tell you something!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/6/2013 3:08PM

    That's great that people are seeing the best in you!

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Moving quickly and moving slowly....

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Some things in life are moving along so rapidly and some are moving but slowly. My sister and her husband bought a house near their current house, and my parents bought their house. Now, we can buy the farm and move in the country like we wanted to so long ago. We also have to sell our house. Our daughter's family wanted to buy it, but they don't want to take out a loan, so we will probably have to sell to someone else.

The slowly is the rest of the health things. The Endocrinologist and the Internal Medicine doctor both have backed down the Type 2 diabetes and said maybe just a blood sugar impairment, but not important to figure out at this time. The Endocrinologist increased the Metformin to help with the lipid panel.

I am generally feeling pretty well, but still have a lot of fatigue. The family stresses this past few months haven't helped that either. I have also been down due to s.a.d. We have had 3 snowstorms recently.....yes, in April, and we are lacking sun.

I have been offered some jobs and asked if I had thought about being a model, so I must be looking better even though the body is following slowly. I don't think modeling is in my future, but I would love to continue makeup, hair, wardrobe design for fashion photo shoots. I was also offered a job at Mayo while talking to a Mayo employee. She didn't know anything about me. That has happened to me several times.

I believe I have enough jobs for now. Although my allergist suggested I go back to school to be a doctor......hmmmmm....that would be interesting.

  
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CARRAND 4/25/2013 7:21PM

    Keep busy but don't forget to take care of yourself.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/25/2013 7:57AM

    How wonderful to be finally getting your dream!! Hope your house sells fast!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/24/2013 4:11PM

    Sounds like you have a lot of neat things going on. emoticon

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1 year check at Mayo

Monday, January 21, 2013

It's a bit hard to believe how much I have been through in one year. I have gone back to Mayo clinic for my one year checkup in Internal Medicine, and my doctor was thrilled with the progress I have made. Even though I showed only a 16 pound weight loss, he was so kind and supportive to me.

I told him that I have been meditating on scriptures, singing worship songs, and counseling with my pastor. I have also been asked to lead worship, but we're taking that at a very slow pace. My doctor asked if that didn't stress me out, but it doesn't.

I received good reports all around while at Mayo and some more helpful information.

Thanksgiving was really hard for me and I didn't want to go, but ended up going anyway. My family members are skinny, have careers, wear all the latest clothing and have new vehicles.

By Christmas time, I was feeling really good about myself and our family had matching outfits. The dress fit well and I thought I looked good until I saw the family portrait. Now, I have had to battle feeling down about how I look. I absolutely love the pictures if I could take myself out of them.

We have chosen a different path and material things are not important to us...people are. Due to problems I am still working on, the weight is not coming off as I would like.

It was a good appointment and my doctor personally told me to do what I think I need to do and not listen to anyone else. The clinical report from my doctor said overweight but well proportioned.....even though I am still in the obese category.

I am focusing on ministering to people that need ministry...which really helps.

Thank you for all the comments. I really can't get on here much due to school, people stopping by, and my husbands expectations. I still really don't have a support system.


  
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CRYSTAL_MOM 4/24/2013 3:11PM

    I never gave out any of the photos even though everyone else looked great.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/27/2013 6:44PM

    Great news!!

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SPARKLINGME176 1/27/2013 4:40PM

    It really is all about what we believe we need for ourselves, right? You are doing GREAT! I am so happy for you!
Sparkles,
*~LIGHT

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/23/2013 10:52AM

    Awesome to see you this morning. 16 punds is 16 pounds..WTG emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2013 6:11AM

    I suspect how you see yourself isn't necessarily how others view you - I know it's hard, but try to keep in perspective that the harshest critic you have is probably yourself...
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CARRAND 1/22/2013 9:15PM

    It sounds like things are going pretty well for you. I never like myself in pictures, nobody likes their own pictures. I'm sure your family sees you differently than you see yourself. Your spiritual work sounds wonderful, too. Good for you for focusing on people rather than material objects.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/22/2013 7:44PM

    We can't compare ourselves to others, we are all unique people with unique beauty.

I'm glad you had a good report from your doctor.

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ANDREWS_MOM 1/22/2013 5:23PM

    I am so happy to see you on here again & to hear that you had such a great dr visit! I hope 2013 brings you the ultimate in peace and happiness.
xxxx

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/22/2013 5:56AM

    Glad to read you had a good report from your doctor. I'm sure the weight will come off at a sensible pace (which I know from experience is frustrating).
Congratulations for 2 years with Sparkpeople too.

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DOOBRIE 1/22/2013 2:28AM

    A 16 pound weight loss is fantastic and I bet your family love those photos of you. We are always our own worse critic. I hope 2013 goes well for you.

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Start with fire.......

Thursday, January 03, 2013

I want to promote a video of a very talented young man. He is a friend of my son and this is a very interesting video. Please watch and pass along....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EVve2ptH1A
Thanks for helping to get his video out there.

Have a great year! I may be back on, but have some really busy times right now.

  
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KASEYCOFF 1/7/2013 11:27AM

    That's terrific! ...tho I wouldn't be brave enough to play with fire, lol...
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DOOBRIE 1/5/2013 2:20AM

    Great video - thanks for sharing.

Hope everything is going well for you.

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SPARKLINGME176 1/3/2013 9:12PM

    Really beautiful! Have the best New Year you can dream about! Miss you!
*~LIGHT

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CARRAND 1/3/2013 8:37PM

    I hope all is well with you! Have a Happy New Year!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/3/2013 5:35PM

    this is great!! i'm going to share on my facebook!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/3/2013 5:11AM

    Happy New Year! Wishing you health and prosperity.

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