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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home.
He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed:
'Dear Lord:
I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home.
I want her to know what I go through. So, please allow her body to switch with mine for a day.

God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man's wish. The next morning, sure enough,
the man awoke as a woman... He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, Awakened the kids, Set out their school clothes, Fed them breakfast, Packed their lunches, Drove them to school, Came home and picked up the dry cleaning, Took it to the cleaners
And stopped at the bank to make a deposit, Went grocery shopping, Then drove home to put away the groceries, Paid the bills and balanced the check book. He cleaned the cat's litter box and bathed the dog.

Then, it was already 1 PM. And he hurried to make the beds, Do the laundry, vacuum,
Dust, And sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Ran to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home. Set out milk and cookies and
got the kids organized to do their homework. Then, set up the ironing board
and watched TV while he did the ironing. At 4:30 he began peeling potatoes and washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper. After supper, He cleaned the kitchen, Ran the dishwasher, Folded laundry,
Bathed the kids, And put them to bed. At 9 PM. He was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren't finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to get through without complaint.

The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said:
Lord, I don't know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife's being able to stay home all day. Please, Oh! Please, let us trade back.. Amen!' The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied: "My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. But you'll have to wait nine months, though. You got pregnant last night"

This has been voted Women's Favorite E-mail of the Year!

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GMASANDIE 8/18/2011 5:45AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank you for the laugh I needed that tonight!

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JESS0107 8/10/2011 11:09AM

    A very good one!!!

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CHLOE453 8/10/2011 7:34AM

    I love this one!!!

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ROSEWCI 8/10/2011 7:13AM

    emoticon Watch whatcha wish for!

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/10/2011 7:11AM

  I'd vote for it!! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 8/10/2011 7:01AM

    Good one!

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The "2 questions" from well meaning relatives

Friday, August 05, 2011

In the last couple of weeks 2 different family members have asked me:

1. How much weight have you lost?
2. You aren't going to try and lose any more are you?

I answered that I have lost 27 pounds so far and "yes" I would like to lose another 20! They then said that I didn't look like I needed to lose any more. I just laughed and said I need to lose 15 just in my hips and stomach. :)

How do you answer these questions?

For the "older/seasoned" women: what do I do about the "apron" now developing in my abdominal area since I have lost weight? If you are young, you will not understand this question.

Everyone have a Spark filled weekend!

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ROSEWCI 8/9/2011 3:36PM

    Well, I always tell others that I'm going to continue losing until I feel it's just enough! And well, about the "apron"...

...I'm wearing it in good health! emoticon

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ANNE1123 8/7/2011 11:20AM

    When someone asks a question like that and you've had enough wisdom and maturity as you have had, I think it's okay to be rude. I mean really, you've had a great life and now you want to lose weight and keep on having a great life, hurting no one, just making things even better! That is fabulous! Give a nasty look and walk away. IDK! LOL! They're just jealous! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMA624 8/5/2011 10:41AM

  I would just tell them that if I lose 20 lbs. that would be the weight my doctor wants me to be. It's a healthy weight for me. emoticon

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MISSYMOOSE71 8/5/2011 9:21AM

    Hmm, perhaps I'm not as young as I feel. LOL. I have a most hideous "apron" that I can't do anything with. My husband told me that if I reached my goal weight, he'd pay for a tummy tuck. After 2 Cesarians, I can't imagine any other options. I agree with SUZBOISANNE, take it as a complement. You are doing wonderful and should be proud of your progress!

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SUZBOISANNE 8/5/2011 7:56AM

    Congrats on your weight loss so far... Sometimes I think people don't want to see you change in any way. Whether it's losing weight, starting a new career, or making new friends. Some are just comfortable with you where you are and that's it. Most times I think they mean well. Just take it as a compliment.
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ELLEN0407 8/5/2011 7:01AM

  oh my. i hate #2. i have heard that before (not recently since i gained at least 1/2 of my weight back). ppl mean well but they don't understand.

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Taking The SP Journey

Monday, August 01, 2011

How do you prepare to take a trip? Some people are lucky enough to have GPS in their cars (I do not). If I am taking a trip I will check a map kept in my car or usually will check on the internet for location, etc. We decide the route, starting time, pack clothes, snacks, etc.

Our SP journey is like this in a lot of ways. We all are going to the same destination (weight loss/better health/more fit bodies), but all of us do not get there by the same route. You might go to the gym, workout at home, swim, do pilates, or any number of exercise DVDs. You might follow the Healthy Heart Plan or Diabetic Plan or another plan of your choice. We set goals for ourselves, but probably no 2 are alike. We go "off the wagon" at times and try not to beat ourselves up when we do, but get back on our plan with new enthusiasm. We join challenges and work hard to stick with each plan.

Thankfully, we have Spark Friends to support us, motivate us, encourage us & pray with us when needed.

Spark on to a healthy lifestyle!!!

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    Bravo my friend! You are so right and I couldn't have said it better myself. I am here with you on this journey and wish you the best always.

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GRANDMA624 8/4/2011 7:21AM

  Very well said. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSYMOOSE71 8/2/2011 8:42PM

    Well said! Thank God for SP!

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JESS0107 8/2/2011 11:54AM

    You are so right!!! Great blog!!

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 8/2/2011 9:23AM

    emoticon blog!!! emoticon

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MNNICE 8/1/2011 11:45PM

    Such true words and an important message that we need to put our competitiveness aside and learn to worry about our OWN goals, not those of others!

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ROSEWCI 8/1/2011 7:35PM

    Oh yes! We all follow our own paths here on SparkPeople...
but it's so nice to meet fellow Sparkers along the way!
It makes the journey so enJOYable!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Answered Prayer in Neon Lights
I was worried about our big move. Then I received a mysterious sign.

By Joyce Garner, Casselberry, Florida

I collapsed on the lounge chair in the backyard, yearning for peace of mind. Earlier that morning I’d accepted a job transfer from our small town in Pennsylvania to Orlando, Florida. My husband, Frank, and I felt it was the right decision. We were empty nesters and ready for a change. But now I wasn’t so sure. We’d be leaving our friends, our church, our whole lives. Frank would be unemployed until he found a job there. We had to sell our house and find a new one! What had we gotten ourselves into?

Lord, please show me if this move is right for us, I prayed. Then I drifted off to sleep.

In my dream, a name flashed before my eyes like a neon sign: Mary Clauser. I jolted awake. What’s that all about? I wondered.

Mary and her husband, Lee, were casual friends who lived in an apartment in a neighboring town. They’d only visited us once, years before, and I hadn’t spoken to Mary in months. Still, I couldn’t ignore what I’d seen. I called her.

“Hi, Mary, I just…um, wanted to let you know that we’re moving to Florida,” I said hesitantly.

Mary practically interrupted me. “Does that mean you’re selling your house?”

“Yes. Our realtor is coming tomorrow.”

“Great! Can I stop by tonight?” she asked.

“Of course,” I said. Why would Mary need to see our house in such a hurry? I thought.

Mary arrived later that night and I showed her around.

“Our home had originally been built for a wounded war veteran,” I told her. “It has wide doors, and an easy-access shower to accommodate a wheelchair, even a heated garage.”

“I remember,” Mary said. Then she explained that Lee had become ill. He could no longer climb the stairs to their apartment and they needed a new place to live as soon as possible.

“Your house is perfect for us,” she said. “And I never told you, but Lee grew up in this neighborhood. His parents live less than a mile away, so they’d be able to help him when I can’t be there. When you called, it was an answer to prayer.”

I immediately canceled the appointment with our realtor. We had our buyers. And I had peace of mind.

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ROSEWCI 7/30/2011 7:44PM

    Oh my! I got goosebumps! God works appears in wonderous ways!

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JESS0107 7/27/2011 10:32AM

    Wow!!! God knows the needs of everyone's heart!!

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BLUEANGELLK 7/27/2011 10:17AM

    Don't you love the way God works??? emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/27/2011 10:03AM

    What a great story!
And what a great reminder to listen for when God has something to say... and then act on it!

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BERVEY 7/27/2011 8:37AM

    God is Great and always takes care of us! I am so happy you got your answer and peace and your friend got her answer and both of you were happy! Congrats on the move and best of luck! emoticon

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MOM2PHILNKEEG 7/27/2011 7:46AM

    I love stories like this. God is so amazing and continues to amazing me everyday. I am a firm believer that God takes care of his people and will never give you the will to do something unless he had a plan to make it work out. That is why he told you to move and that is why you called your friend. Good luck on your move and God Bless!

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Current Status of DH (and me)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

First let me thank all of my Spark Buddies for the good thoughts, prayers, and comments since this all started last Thursday. You are the best!!!

Soon will leave for the 60 mile trip back to the hospital (120 rd. trip) to see DH. He is doing well. They are still giving him antibiotics, Lasix (for fluid), breathing treatments every 4 hrs, etc. Today they are going to do another chest x-ray and compare it to the one done in the ER on Thursday. Last night I was there when his cardiologist came by and he is going to release him tomorrow unless something happens. YAH! DH is in good spirits, but ready to get home.

I did not get all my training in last week for the 5K training program so will just start Week 1 again this week. Eating has been sporadic and sometimes not healthy the last few days, but will straighten out soon.

Must make phone calls to relatives and friends now before I leave. Thanks again, everyone!

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    I am so glad your hubby is doing better and will pray for health for the both of you! Thank you for sharing your life with us sparker. emoticon

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REMODELINGPAT 7/25/2011 5:33PM

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JESS0107 7/25/2011 11:45AM

    Praise God!!! I will still continue to keep y'all in my prayers!!

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 7/25/2011 10:39AM

    Glad he's doing better. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Hope he gets to come home today. emoticon

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SUZBOISANNE 7/25/2011 7:27AM

    My thoughts and prayers with you and DH. Thank goodness for hospital care. My mom has been to emergency twice in a month and had to be admitted each time. The care she received was incredible. I was in awe really that they are able to do so much. I guess it was my first exposure to this reality.
I am so grateful that they were there and also thankful for my parents still being around and in good health. God bless you.

Take care,
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GATOR12 7/24/2011 8:54PM

    Priorities may not include worrying about exercise & eating perfect but let's get him home and things back to routine better. Such good news he's doing okay and happy you will be to both be home again. Praise the Lord for His wonderful care!

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SMILEYBEE 7/24/2011 3:42PM

    Sounds like you've handled a very difficult week very well. God bless and keep you and your DH! emoticon

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MRE1956 7/24/2011 12:19PM

    emoticon news!

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TXGRANDMA 7/24/2011 10:07AM

    emoticon So glad that he is doing better and is ready to come home emoticon
I know that it is a huge source of worry for you! emoticon

(by the way, I love your background picture!)

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ROSEWCI 7/24/2011 9:58AM

    I'm so glad he's doing better! I wish him a speedy recovery! And please take some time for you my friend! Hugs!

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