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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I was finally able to get through to the pastor's mother in law today. I talked with one of the girls, sister of the pastor's wife, who came to meet me the last time at the border on our side.
The Lord willing, she will meet me Friday.
She said there were a lot of trucks going down their street last night. You know trucks that weren't usually there.
I am glad they caught one of the drug lords but usually that calls for more violence.
For now all of the church family is allright.
God bless all for your prayers and concern.
I haven't cried as much today.
I have laid it before God as He is the only one who can do anything.

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WENDYSPARKS 9/4/2010 9:50AM

    God Bless You Irene!! I wish and pray that all that violence will stop.

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DIDMIS 9/3/2010 6:46PM

    Thanks all. I am going to post a blog about what I did today when I get a little more caught up on my e-mails.

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LAVENDERLILY 9/3/2010 6:33PM

    I am so happy that the news is a little better. It seems that all of the border areas are facing similar problems and violence. This morning the paper had articles about Arizona's plight. Our prayers are truly needed!

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HAPPYMOM8 9/1/2010 8:43AM

    Good news! Give her our love! Pat

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CAROLYN0107 9/1/2010 12:02AM

    Thanks for this update!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/31/2010 9:40PM

    Praise the Lord, He heard and answered that part of our prayers! He will answer more too! Hugs to you Dear Irene!

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PAMAPPLE 8/31/2010 9:24PM

    I'm so glad the church family was unharmed! Praying for the violence to subside! May God Bless You and keep you safe.--Pam emoticon

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NELLIEC 8/31/2010 9:09PM

    I am continuing to pray and especially for protection for those just on the sidelines!

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MOM4407 8/31/2010 8:45PM

    God has a plan and we are all apart of it. Everyone even the Drug Lord need prayer. I am going to start praying for them.

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GRACEISENUF 8/31/2010 8:37PM

    I am so glad you heard from her Irene. The Lord has not only seen every tear...he is storing them up, that is how precious you are to him.

Love your Sis In Christ,


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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

First of all you might thing this is a funny blog to put on a weight loss site but you know I believe every aspect of our lives has something to do with our weight loss.
The stress of everyday life.
The loss of a loved one.
The disappointments that come our way.
Then there are the:
Good friends
and God who sees us through all.

My tears just rolled tonight as I read the last two or three days news papers.
These were people from central and south America.
They found the bodies in one room in a house some piled on top of the others.
One who was badly wounded but able to escape told the authorities which gang it was that did that. I fear for this man's life.
Another incident: AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE ARE REPORTEDLY DEAD AFTER AN APPARENT SHOOTOUT ALONG THE HIGHWAY BETWEEN MONTERREY AND REYNOSA. I used to live in Monterrey and travelled that highway alone a lot but it is so much different now.
Reynosa is where I am building the church and parsonage and I tried to call the pastor's mother in law today as the pastor has no phone but the phone was out of commission. It breaks my heart. I have lost contact with them for now. I hope they call soon.
Another headline: REYNOSA SEES WIDESPREAD BLOCKADES, VEHICLES DETONATED. Actually this was supposed to have happened at a bridge straight out my street and into Mexico.
Reynosa is 8 miles from where I live.
Then there were two officials: Mexican mayors killed .
These were mayors of two towns close together.
Another headline: NEVER-ENDING VIOLENCE. Attacks target police, media in Mexico
U. S. pulls diplomat's children from Monterrey.
There are car explosions, so many things.
I could never tell all and besides that they say a lot of things are happening that we never hear about.
We have been warned not to go to Mexico as they cannot guarantee our safety.


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DIDMIS 9/2/2010 12:34AM

    Yes Sunny you expressed it so well. Thanks.

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SUNNYWBL 9/2/2010 12:32AM

    Words are never adequate to express the evil that some are visiting on all the innocents and others, too.......................

oo heartbreaking to comprehend.... words fail

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CAROLYN0107 9/1/2010 1:42AM

    I hear some about Mexico even here in Africa. I'm sure we hear much less than you do. I pray that you can make contact again with your friends there.

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KAYDE53 8/31/2010 8:20PM

    It must be sad for you to see a place where you lived & worked in such sad disarray. But the Lord has His Hand on it all, and He knows how it will all come out, we do not. I feel so bad for the innocent people who are caught up in this violence; it must be so scary to live in these conditions. I did see where they caught one of the big ring leaders in one of the drug cartels; he was American, shame on him. I am praying for this situation, and the people and for you, dear sister. emoticon

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KAYDE53 8/31/2010 8:20PM

    It must be sad for you to see a place where you lived & worked in such sad disarray. But the Lord has His Hand on it all, and He knows how it will all come out, we do not. I feel so bad for the innocent people who are caught up in this violence; it must be so scary to live in these conditions. I did see where they caught one of the big ring leaders in one of the drug cartels; he was American, shame on him. I am praying for this situation, and the people and for you, dear sister. emoticon

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SALSMITH 8/31/2010 5:18PM

Irene - I know your heart is heavy. Our friends that live in El Paso, told of the bodies that are being found and of things that are going on! Such violence. It is so sad that the world has gotten to this point. I know God is in control and we don't always understand His plans, but they are the Right plans. Will keep you and the pastor and his family in our prayers. Please stay safe my friend. Love, Hugs and God's blessings.


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HAPPYMOM8 8/31/2010 4:32PM

    Sad -Sad -situation! Our prayers go out to the leaders of Mexico who are trying to do something about the horrible problem!
It makes me so angry to think that we have people here in our country contributing to their misery by buying illegal drugs!

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CAROLYNVIL 8/31/2010 4:21PM

    One cannot help but be upset over the events in Mexico and the border towns.I will keep Mexico and the border towns in my prayers hoping there will be an end to this violence soon.

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NELLIEC 8/31/2010 3:11PM

    I am praying for Mexico and for along the border!

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DIDMIS 8/31/2010 2:30PM

    You all have been such an encouragement to me. God bless you. We are to carry one another's burdens and we do on Spark.

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LAVENDERLILY 8/31/2010 2:27PM

    Dear Irene,
I can't tell you how heavy my heart is when I hear what is going on in Mexico. Just know that prayers and blessings are being sent to them and to you.

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CHARHUNT1 8/31/2010 12:48PM

    Irene: I know your heart is so heavy right now. When will this stop? Our country is in such a mess and we have to pray for God to heal our land. He is faithful - He hears our prayers - and answers. We don't always understand the answers, but He knows what is best.
Lifting up your heavy heart, my friend.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/31/2010 11:00AM

    Dear Irene,
From our human points of view you have every reason to cry and for your routines to be upset! Remember the Lord knows it all and He cares even more than you. He has a plan and isn't affected nor disturbed by all that is happening. He is saddened that men turn their hearts away from Him but is always there with arms open wide to all that will come to Him for salvation or a shoulder to cry on! Do take your burdens to Jesus! He will comfort your heart!

Am praying for you and Dear Folks in Mexico and on the Texas border!

Keep looking up! Jesus is returning soon! May we all be ready!

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GLORYB2014 8/31/2010 10:52AM

    I cannot fathom living under such conditions Irene, I'm glad you let us know how it really is! I hope you hear from your friends today, it is a worry.
My stepdaughter is going to Mexico for a holiday the end of September, I hope she changes her mind!
Prayers going out for you and for the good people in Mexico!

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PASTORWILEY62 8/31/2010 10:15AM

    You have alot of support here and much out pouring of the heart. I pray the Lord be with you and keep you. I traveled with another Pastor to Panama she is from there i was not prepared to see what i saw .Men with machine guns on every corner. I stuck out like a sore thumb with my long blond hair. The Lord was with me and its as though i had a covering like no one ever saw me. Her family was very protective of me and had to usher me to safety from a city once and some one was killed in the very alley i stood just an hour later. I pray the same covering over you . You are a very courageous lady and God bless you for all that you do what a inspiration you are.

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    Irene, the things going on in Mexico and on this side of the border are very scary. I go to school at UTB and park in a lot that backs up against the border. Last semester a stray bullet from across the border went through a classroom window. No one was hurt but they shut the campus down for a day. I have heard a lot of people who live in Matamoros and other border towns who have been caught up in or witnessed violence. My heart goes out to the people who have to live in fear on a daily basis due to this violence. I will keep the pastor and his family in my prayers. I hope you hear good news from them soon.

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GRACEISENUF 8/31/2010 9:46AM

    I have been reading these headlines on the internet and I always think of you Irene and your love for the people of Mexico. I am sad along with you at the recent carnage.

God is still in control and he will make it right. We must hold onto the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Love and hugs to you my friend.
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DIDMIS 8/31/2010 9:37AM

    Thank you for your love, concern and prayers all.
I tried to contact the pastor's family today but the phone is still not working.

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OMI2GC1 8/31/2010 9:14AM

  Irene, thank you for writing this, and I know that it has to be so hard on you not being able to be in contact with the ones you know. It is so sad what is going on, I will keep them all in prayer, and you my dear for all the work and devotion that you do.
May God be with them, and you in your devoted work.

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CHARDANU 8/31/2010 8:48AM

    IRENE: Your blog is timely and I appreciate it; I'll tell you why. I have a sister-in-law who travels all over North America by herself in a small RV. She has been going to Mexico the last couple of years spending 3 months on the coast. Last year, some young college kids camping at the same site as her were robbed at gunpoint. For whatever reason, she wasn't bothered.
But this past Friday night, the show Dateline did a story on a family - the husband is Mexican, the wife American - who lived for 16 years in a beautiful place in Mexico, where many USA, Canadian and European expatriates live. It looked to be safe and tranquil. Then all of a sudden as they were returning to their ranch from taking their kids to school, they were attacked and the husband was kidnapped. The story went on about what they did to him, what they've done to others, the police corruption and how most of these extortion/kidnappings/murders are kept secret so that the tourism will not be hurt.
My sister-in-law's computer has been down so I haven't been able to contact her, but I told my husband the family ought to all ban together and threaten that we will never speak to her again if she goes back there. It is too dangerous for her, and for all of us, there would be nothing we could do to help her. As for the not speaking to her part, that would be to let her understand that she cannot just throw it off nonchalantly & go ahead and go; and that we're serious.
I am going to copy and paste your blog as an added piece of information to help drive home the point.
As for your heart, IRENE, I will add your grief, concern and ponderment over what to do to my prayers today. I'm fasting this day because we have mission concerns too - and I'd be glad to join with you in prayer and supplication to the Lord. It comes to me for you to do what Hezekiah did and lay whatever you have on paper concerning this, before the Lord as you call on Him. Will you do that? Whether it's building plans, maps, letters, anything and everything that has to do with it and lay it before the Lord and lay hands on it all as you pray. God will speak to your heart and give you a word, I know He will.
God bless.

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MONTY68 8/31/2010 1:31AM

It is these kind of events that don't always hit the news in other parts of our country. It is such a tragedy. I can not imagine living under those conditions and the idea that nothing seems to be done to stop it.
I know this info has come in the past, with your friends urging you not to go to Mexico and this seems to be getting worse.
My thoughts and prayers are always with you and each day I think we should be concerned for world peace.
Thank you for sharing this information

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BEEBEE75 8/31/2010 1:22AM

    I agree totally with you-----everything in our lives affect our weight and everything about us. The stories coming out of Mexico are very sad indeed. How can you not be affected. And not just Mexico but all over the world, horrible things happening. "The last days, critical times hard to deal with us. But I also believe that God promised better times, very soon.

Take care.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

The weight is coming off.
You are looking emoticon
Clothes are fittig looser.
But you don't want to buy new clothes yet as you will just have to turn around and buy again pretty soon.
What to do?
I've told you before my pants literally fell off of me as I crossed the street in front of my house. They were emoticon
Those pants were retired.
Now a big event is coming up!
I'm going north and will be speaking in several churches so need at least two new outfits.
So off I go to shop at the insistance of a girl friend. emoticon of course with a jacket.
I tried one on I liked really well. My girl friend tried to steer me away from it but didn't tell me why right away. She found another she liked (I ended up buying both)
Then she told me! You need to go be fitted for a bra.
Look where the darts are. Yea I looked. The girls (as some call them) were a long way below the darts where they should be.
So off we went to fit me for a bra. I had worn the same size forever. I was amazed at the size they came up with and I looked so much better.
Girls when you lose weight be sure you buy a new Bra.
Then I lost more weight even while being on a four week trip. I reached my goal soon after returning.
The NEXT BIG EVENT WAS WHEN I WAS TO BE CROWNED QUEEN. Another girl friend bought my beautiful dress but looked at me and said you need to be fit for a bra. LOL. Those little bitty things aren't cheap either but since she bought the dress and shoes I at least could buy that litttle bitty thing so off I go with her best friend and get fit again. Different size again.
Don't forget the underwear men and women. Do you want wrinkles under your clothing. Find something nice and smooth. Throw away whatever might be so big it is liable to fall off of you.
Give away your larger outer clothes. If you don't you are screaming, "I'M SAVING THIS BECAUSE I AM GOING TO GAIN MY WEIGHT BACK."
I used to do that all of the time and sure enough I gained it back and some more also.
Someone out there who hasn't found SPARKS needs those clothes.
You sure don't want them. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/31/2010 9:26PM

    Good underwear is FUN -- and I like wearing undies that fit! I looked at some of the old stuff before I gave it to Goodwill, and the difference in 'before' undies and 'after' undies!! Good advise!!!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 8/31/2010 3:26PM

    Dear Irene,
Thanks so much for keeping us straight and telling us how it is! :) You are our Spark Resident Comedian! Thank you so much for this blog!
Hope you look real sharp in your new clothes!!
Blessings and Smiles,

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JENGRAMMER 8/30/2010 9:24AM

    Irene, my friend, When a friend has to tell you you need a new bra, you know you are 'over the hill'. Just kidding.

Your blog kept me glued to the end. Wish I had been there with you. It must have been a very interesting shopping trip with a very classy lady.


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ANIHAKA 8/30/2010 1:28AM

    Although those little bitty things aren't cheap it's because you're worth it that you must get them. Apart from that it must be totally gratifying watching your clothes getting too big for the body. Best of luck for the week. emoticon emoticon

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HEILAS 8/29/2010 11:29PM

    Wonderful blog. You are absolutely right, no good having a lovely dress if whats underneath does not do it justice.

Have an awesome day.

God Bless.

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 11:07PM

    You spoke of wearing a suit of armor. I always call it my halter and take it off as soon as possible.
Happy basket, I don't like trying on clothes either. What a difference than when I was younger. LOL
Have a good time with your bra fitting.

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WANDAC2013 8/29/2010 10:47PM

    Great blog! Congrats on your success!!

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PAMAPPLE 8/29/2010 10:38PM

    Irene, another interesting and well-written blog. I've lost over 5 pounds but not enough to need smaller clothes or underwear! My pants fit better, though!

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HAPPYBASKET 8/29/2010 10:21PM

    Irene, Like someone already said, "You are a Hoot". I really had a laugh with your blog. I hate trying clothes on let alone being fitted for a bra but I must do this & soon. I am told that Penny's does a good job of that. Anyone with other ideas. I can not wear underwire This is going to be a jovial job, Wish me luck.
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KAYDE53 8/29/2010 9:42PM

    Good advice..nothing worse that a poor fitting bra!! Although last time I was fitted for one, they fitted me a little snugger than I like. I don't like the girls moving & shaking either, but I don't like to feel like I'm in a suit of armor or a vice grip. emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 7:30PM

    Becky ask Victoria's secret. I have all I want without adding a water bag to it. LOL I like underwire but they say they aren't good for you. I have a problem. Will tell you Thursday LOL instead of here for everyone to know. I wrote on your blog. I will have to take the skillet for me if I do like i did at noon again but I WILL NOT.

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MOM4407 8/29/2010 6:36PM

    There are just too many chooses for bras. Underwire, no wire, sports, and the colors. I took my daughter and then when I got the bra it had a plastic bag filled with water. What is this?

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CHARHUNT1 8/29/2010 4:17PM

    Irene: My friend you are a hoot! So funny and right to the point.
There are so many changes that our bodies go through that both men and women need to address them all.
Glasses, teeth, outer wear, under wear, shoes, etc etc.
The better the fit the trimmer we look.
Love your blog, lady.

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 3:54PM

    Just got home from church and eating. Thanks for your comments on my blog. Char you are so right. I thought later of how I had to have my glasses adjusted. I don't have dentures so don't worry about that.

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CHARDANU 8/29/2010 3:25PM

    IRENE: Your blog is cute and funny, and it's VERY practical! There is even an intimate thing that happens to your body after weightloss that only married folks will find out - something you don't read about on these diet sites!
Other things that change in size are hat sizes, shoe size, even dentures and eyeglasses will have to be altered, depending on the amount you lose. Think about it...every part of your body will shrink. EVERY part! Hmmm...something to think about, eh? And it's all good.

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LAVENDERLILY 8/29/2010 1:59PM

Hi Irene,
My bra size hasn't changed with my weight loss.(I never had much to begin with!).However, my jeans are way too big and almost fall off! A new wardrobe is in order, but I think I will wait until I meet my goal and just tighten my belt in the meantime.
I always get a smile from your blogs. It makes my day.

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DONANDMARY77 8/29/2010 1:54PM

    Too Funny! Thanks....
God bless,

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HOPEFUL67 8/29/2010 11:29AM

    Guess I'm not doing something right - haven't gotten to the point where my clothes are to big. emoticon
Still have a rack of clothes in closet that are to small emoticon
better get off my rump and do exercises.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/29/2010 10:46AM

    Great advice here! My daughters are the ones who point out things like that to me which I am grateful! I need all the help I can get!
Thanks for posting, Pat

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LIS193 8/29/2010 9:51AM

    So true! Without a good foundation nothing fits right. Thanks for reminding us :)

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DIDMIS 8/29/2010 9:05AM

    Hey, thanks. I found some more comments on my blog today.
Made me feel good to start this Sunday out.

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MUJU71 8/29/2010 7:36AM

    Thanks for the laugh, Irene!

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NINALEE35 8/29/2010 7:04AM

    This was hilarious but so true! I really enjoyed. Thanks for writing. Also -- I wish I was where I could hear you speak. I'll bet you are terrific!

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CAROLYN0107 8/29/2010 6:39AM

    LOL! No fitters here on the equator, nor undergarments in larger sizes that are available for purchase. I keep a variety if sizes in the attic, ready to get to when I change.

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JODIRICHARDS 8/29/2010 2:36AM

    Great advice, if only I had a place to get a good bra fitting much less to buy a new one. I've had a tailor make new clothes for me but I think they place the breasts much high than we do, but that makes sense when you think how tall our bodies are in comparison. Now to just figure out how to communicate it so they understand. I had taken a shirt that I like as an example hoping that would help, but that detail didn't catch their eye and I am working with one of the best tailors in town. Much rather have this challenge than squeezing into something or needing extra material.

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MONTY68 8/28/2010 11:56PM

per your email,, I have read your blog, I want it quite funny, you have a great sense of humor. But on your serious note, everything needs replaced including undergarments. I will tell you size 48 undies don't feel good with 34 waist.
I gave every thing I owned away, except 1 pair of 48 inch jeans and xxxx shirt, to show others what they can do with their lives.
Keeping anything larger than we need is permission to need them later.

Great blog, thank you for sharing

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DIDMIS 8/28/2010 11:08PM

    Thanks to all of you who comment. Some say they read which is allright but I like to read your comments also.

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GLORYB2014 8/28/2010 10:59PM

    emoticonIrene, once again you cracked me up! emoticon
Now that I own a pair of "hanging baskets", I'll be sure to be fitted with a proper size bra! emoticon

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/28/2010 9:47PM

    emoticon. Let's hear it for the "Girls"

I have been taking care of all that recently. Victoria Secrets, o-la-la emoticon

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OMI2GC1 8/28/2010 9:31PM

  Thanks for sharing this. It is so true, not just what shows, but everything has to be replaced. Thanks for the laugh, I needed that.
God Bless

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SONGOFJOY27 8/28/2010 9:16PM

    Thanks for your words of wisdom! I'm noticing that my undergarments are fitting quite differently these days ... and I've still got a long way to go before I reach my goal. I'm certainly thinking about new undies soon!

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QUEEN56 8/28/2010 7:40PM

    You are right on target with this--I found that just exercising regularly can change your size in "foundation garments."

Timely advice, thank you!!!

(And CONGRATULATIONS!! You have some wonderful friends who really look out for you, and isn't it good to be the Queen!)


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GRACEISENUF 8/28/2010 7:38PM

    This blog is a winner, chucked full of some seriously good advice, thanks!

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MOM4407 8/28/2010 7:26PM

    You are so right. A new pretty bra really makes the difference in the way you look and the way you feel.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Well, as a lot of you know I wrote on my status how lonely I am tonight. After I wrote I began to receive Spark Mail and goodies; telephone calls from my Church, one from Facebook and one from Spark. Sometimes both phones were calling me at once.
Today was such a good day at church but this afternoon I was bored and lonely. Nothing seemed to work out right.
But then as I said tomorrow is another day and I know it will be better.
And I DID NOT GO OUT AND GET A BLIZZARD. I ate a nice juicy peach and drank a bottle of water.
The Bible says we are MORE than overcomers.
So everyone have a good night, sleep good, eat right, drink your water and let's get moving.

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BORN2BE 8/25/2010 7:30AM

    God has a way of telling us to rest and be bored even when we dont like it. He maketh us to lie down in green pastures and restores the soul. I dont like when I have these moments either but I think we all have some of those moments and you are right God always helps us conquer it. We all adore you here on spark.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/23/2010 9:19PM

    We shall overcome!!
And you did it!
Way to go!
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MNNSAIDE 8/23/2010 6:52PM

    I was reading your post from my cell phone in the morning as I was checking for anything important post since I will NOT get on the PC in the morning now that work has started.

I was very worried about you but with the fist day of school so many things at school/work I could only Pray that the Lord would lift you up.

Your skillet friend!!! there now you smiled!!!

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DOGSNRODENTS 8/23/2010 6:03PM

    It is when we rely on God to provide for our every need (no matter how big or small!) that HE is faithful to us and blesses us abundantly with more than we could ever contemplate in our finite minds. I believe friends coming to our side when we need them is the best example of this type of blessing!

And good move going for the peach. Your body is probably thanking you for that decision today!


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SUNNYWBL 8/23/2010 5:42PM

    You made a very wise decision with the peach and water!

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ANGE1010 8/23/2010 3:49PM

God seems to hear answer us just when we need it the most. On His timing and not ours. our purpose is to glorify Him always, through the easy and tough times. I know, I've been out of work for 9 months. keep the faith my sister.

God bless,


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YJNANA 8/23/2010 9:47AM

    Irene, isn't it great that we can be in contact so quickly these days. But if its too late to use the phone, the computer and your Friends on here are a Godsend.
We can always reach out and post. Then of course you have Marcy thats not that far away :)
That was very smart to reach for a juicy Peach instead of that fattening blizzard :) Way to go IRENE.


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GLORYB2014 8/23/2010 7:23AM

    I didn't see this last night Irene or I would have bombarded you with spark mail and FB mail!!!
I'm happy you have a positive spirit though, even if you do feel a bit down now and then. You are never alone my friend!
Love you, Gloria x o x o

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MUJU71 8/23/2010 3:18AM

    Glad you're feeling better!

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DIDMIS 8/23/2010 2:59AM

    Thank you Jodi and Carolyn my missionary girls. I feel so ashamed of being down when others have it so much worse than I do and you guys I'm sure you get lonely sometimes. I remember when I saw my parents once a year for about 3 to 5 days and would drive off with tears in my eyes as they stood on the porch and I wondered if I would ever see them again. When I first went to the mission field we didn't have phones and had to go out to a special place to phone someone and it was very expensive when funds were very low. I would make a call once a year though at Christmas time when I knew the whole family would be around the table and would talk to all of them.

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JODIRICHARDS 8/23/2010 2:34AM

    It seems many are in a season of temptation and testing. I was down this weekend too, but PTL He is faithful! Let's keep being blessed with strength only He can give!

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CAROLYN0107 8/23/2010 1:28AM

    Irene... I'm just getting back to Sparking after two weeks of travels. I missed that you were lonely, but now read that you were bored. I do want to congratulate you on NOT getting a Blizzard! A peach sounds so good as they are too expensive for us out here. I'll get one next summer! I do have some canned peaches. Anyway, I wanted to congratulate you on staying away from the Blizzard.

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MONTY68 8/23/2010 12:54AM

You are a blessing to so many people and Spark friends.
How positive your blog is and you touched many people tonight.
Thank you for sharing and congratulations on the peach, a very good choice .

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FREEDOMSTAR 8/23/2010 12:23AM

    That is emoticon and so are you !


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GRACEISENUF 8/23/2010 12:16AM

    Yes we are! What a great encouragement to me to see how God turned your evening all around. Thank you for sharing! Way to go on resisting the blizzard.

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VILLAGE2051 8/23/2010 12:15AM

  Always encourgaging to read your blogs. You were my first friend on SparkPeople so I always check you out and as usual what you write is uplifting.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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I called for HELP. Everyone kept me so busy reading their responses and answering that I had no time to go out for ice cream.
One friend said eat some protein, then I realized I had no protein for dinner and no meat all day so fixed myself a turkey burger on a sandwich thin and went to bed. I KNOW I have to have meat every day I am a meat person. Notice I said meat not meat and potatoes and gavy.
I feel so good today. I feel like an overcomer with all of you.
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NELLIEC 8/18/2010 4:59PM

    I definitely have to have the protein for my diabetes! Having more protein has meant better blood sugars, no cravings, and feeling better.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/17/2010 8:23PM

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DIDMIS 8/17/2010 8:13PM

    Thank you everyone for your nice comments and for all of your help.
And Marcy you probably will lose more than me as I am closer to goal and those last few pounds are hard to take off. Come on girl work on it. Be the biggest loser this week.

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MNNSAIDE 8/17/2010 7:53PM

    Good for you!
Since I can't have any - neither can you!
We are in competition for Thursday!!!
Of course I probably gained again....

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MOM4407 8/17/2010 6:46PM

    Its good to listen to good advice.

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SUNNYWBL 8/17/2010 5:34PM

    Sure glad you skipped the 'gavy'! emoticon

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MONTY68 8/17/2010 12:47PM

    HI Irene

I am proud of you, you called out to Spark and your friends did what they do, supported you. However, you still made the final choice and did what you did and succeeded. You also realized the need for meat everyday and will make the adjustment.
There is nothing wrong with ice cream occasionally, but like I said, I would eat the 1/2 gallon in one night. There is also a lot of small portion packages available where i serving would be ok, Some of us would probably eat more than 1.
You have come a long way on your journey and we will help you to reach your goal. You are so close now and WILL do it.
Again, congratulations on last night, now lets get through tonight.!!!!!!!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/17/2010 12:22PM

    So glad sparkers were there when you needed them.

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HVMBRU 8/17/2010 11:52AM

    My motto used to be, when I ate like 'regular' folk, don't have it in the house cause you'll eat it.
Now, that bit about McDonald's? Why that car would swerve and take me to the nearest grocery store instead!!!! LOL

Helen (hugs)

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GLORYB2014 8/17/2010 11:51AM

    A bit of ice cream now and then is good but not if you feel you'll become addicted to it!
I'm glad you were kept busy reading all the responses Irene and too busy to have ice cream!
I love those sandwich thins, the round ones, we had burgers for supper last night and I put mine on one of the thins!
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REVELATIONGIRL 8/17/2010 10:43AM

    Praise the Lord!!! That's a wonderful praise report!! And a great testimony to how we can help one another!!

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CHARDANU 8/17/2010 10:29AM

    IRENE: You make me think of that saying, "JUST SAY NO!". Ice cream is addictive. I used to know all the reasons why, because it was one of my hardest battles at the time I was losing 50 lb. long time ago. I think it has stuff in it that makes you feel good - you know, the seratonin kind of stuff. Anyway, you must never have it in the house or you can bet you will eat it. It will call out your name until you open that freezer door and look at it. Then it's all over.
However, SparkPeople allow, even recommend for a low-cal treat, a kid's ice cream cone from McDonald's. That's the soft ice cream kind. For some reason, it's different than ice cream you bring home from the store. It's not addictive like the kind that comes in a box. So...when you get that craving, realize this is what they are talking about concerning "emotional eating," and deal with it by eating yogurt, fruit, or something else. In cases where you're going to shoot yourself in the foot if you don't get any, then get in the car and drive to McDonald's. SparkPeople says that even if you get the adult size cone, it's only 150 calories.
And I don't want to forget to say, congratulations on not giving in to that temptation. We have some strong ladies on the CMW team - you beat the ice cream and AMY beat the professional popcorn at the bank the other day! YAHOO!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/17/2010 10:27AM

    A little ice cream is good!! lol

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CAROLYNVIL 8/17/2010 10:25AM

    Ice cream and sherbet are a big thing for me also. If I have them I usually replace a meal with them,but I have to watch it as I cannot stop either. DH had the rest of the sherbet but it wasn't that much just a portion for him, for me 2 portions and I already had one.He has been doing very well with his weight loss 24 pounds in 6 months isn't bad, wish I had lost that much. and he does't excerise. Oh well! I'll find out how much I lost next week when I go to the Doctor, I can't remember what I weighed 6 months ago. I'm going on and on. any way good for you not eating the ice cream and you do need protein every day.

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