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:
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"
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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!
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!!!
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.
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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