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HOW DO YOU USE SPARK GOODIE POINTS?

Monday, March 14, 2011

i know I am not credited with Spark Points so don't know how to use the Goodie Points.
Can someone please tell me how to use my 100 Spark Goodie points. The first few who give me a correct answer will get a goodie.
I don't think I have received goodie points before.
didmis (irene)

  
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DIDMIS 3/31/2012 3:38PM

    GARATELESS They are to show how your friends appreciate you when they send them. Then you can send goodies also. This helps motivate us. You can also give yourself a goodie

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GARATE88 3/31/2012 3:35PM

  I still don't understand what are Spark Goodies, you do not get a gift, what exactly are
they for.

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DIDMIS 3/2/2012 10:06AM

    No you cannot cash them in for gifts or anything. They are to just give goodies to yourself or to someone else.
I was the one who posed the original question and found out how to get more points and love giving them to people who especially bless me.
didmis

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BUDWARDDIDDLE 3/2/2012 3:44AM

  Are you able to cash in your points for gifts or anything?

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GRACEISENUF 1/16/2012 12:37PM

    I award my friends spark goodies! That is the only way you can use them.

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JSALERNO 1/16/2012 11:32AM

    OK I'M LATE YOU SEEM TO ALREADY HAVE YOUR ANSWER. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING ELSE LET ME KNOW.

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DIDMIS 1/16/2012 10:41AM

    Walden read the answers I got. you should have 100 points if you do not have any more points. You can use them to go to a person's page and click on give a goodie and give them something or you can give yourself something.
Why don't you have points? I see no way to go to your page and see what you have. You should read articles and join teams and you will soon find out how to get points.
Why is your page hidden from everyone?

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WALDEN3 1/16/2012 4:24AM

  i have heard so much about goodies. what kind of goodies are we talking about?and how do i get them. what can i can i buy with my goodie points. i have 100 and i do not know what to do. emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 3/19/2011 8:17PM

    The goodie points are added to your spark points. and as every one who knows me knows I give goodies to everyone who needs recognition for fitness minutes and spark points.


carolyn

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LIZABETT 3/18/2011 7:20PM

    I can't give answers to these things, but I know I like to receive goodies, and I like to give them. I also give myself a goodie when I feel I deserve one. That's one way to reward myself for being good! emoticon

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DIDMIS 3/15/2011 10:16PM

    Jean what confused me was that they said it wasn't added to my total SPARK POINTS but think I understand it now.

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2BEATIT1 3/15/2011 9:12PM

    Irene
When you look up at the top right side of your page, it shows your points
If I am not mistaken, when you give a goodie, the points left to your next points award changes.
If the good comes from that special points you get on the wheel "500" or "1000", etc., I don't think it affects your points.
Hope that helps.
Jean

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1COUNTRY_GAL 3/14/2011 11:17PM

    Hi Irene.I sent you a Spark mail about the goodie question,I hope it was helpful.This was a good question,so many of us,like myself don't pay attention to this and one day I was curious and clicked the see details to better understand this.I love to give goodies to others,I just wish I had more points to give more.Happy goodie giving! emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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MNNSAIDE 3/14/2011 9:30PM

    Ditto!!! lol

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NELLIEC 3/14/2011 9:12PM

    Goodie points count to give goodies, but do not count as actual SparkPoints. SparkPoints and Goodie Points can be used to give goodies. When you go to give a goodie, you will see a statement of how many goodie points are available to give. Of course, when you do give the goodie, the number of points it "costs" are deducted from your available goodie points, but do not diminish the count of SparkPoints for your trophies.

Now, am I clear as mud?

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MONTY68 3/14/2011 8:49PM

   
Hi Irene
Each time we give a goodie, the value is deducted from our total spark points. When receive goodie points like you did , they are added to the spark points. It is like a bonus and If you look at your goodie page it tells you how many points you have to give,
According to your page, you have over 60, 000 spark points,As I said, if you look at your goodie page, it would show how many of those points you still have to give goodies, of course that would have increased with your great spin.
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MOM4407 3/14/2011 8:43PM

    You can use the points the same as other points. You give them away with a smile.
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DIDMIS 3/14/2011 8:11PM

    I need to know if you use them like you use your Spark Points or if it is different. If I just give aa goodie will it be taken from my Spark Points or will it be taken from the goodie?

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LADYRH 3/14/2011 8:07PM

    I use mine to give goodies to people who's blogs I enjoyed or if it seems they needs a lift and also when someone reaches a mile stop.
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ONE THING THAT HELPED ME TO REACH MY GOAL

Friday, March 04, 2011

What helped me to leave 52 pounds of fat behind and reach my goal? Below you will see a picture of me before starting the diet. I was hiding between my pastor's wife in Reynosa and her mother.
Come on girls, you know how we do! We never want to be upfront with our weight.




People have asked my secret. People make excuses. "I am too old", "I can't exercise therefore cannot lose weight", and the excuses go on and on.
I was in my late 70's in 2007 when I lost my weight, 52 pounds of butta

You have seen my other pictures on my Spark Page.







Ok, Ok you say enough of that what was the secret. Besides you are not a spring chicken. Why do we want to look at your pictures. I may not be a spring chicken but I am not a winter chicken either! So there! I may never wear the little black dress with spike heels like I did in my dancing days when I ruined my joints. LOL but I sure am not what I used to be either when I weighed over 230.

Now I will tell you the best secret I found besides making up my own mind I had to do it.

We have a restaurant which has the best BLACKENED SALMON in our area. If I eat that twice a week I lose. I buy it on top of a salad of different kinds of lettuce, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes and feta cheese..I usually use no dressing or stick the tines of my fork in the dressing then in the salad a couple of times which is enough for me. I sure am not going to ruin it with the blue cheese or ranch dressing I used to use.

They say salmon is the best protein, it keeps you feeling full longer.

I bring at least half home for supper so it makes two meals. Try it. Oh and tell them not to cook the salmon too dry. It is so easy to overcook fish, shrimp or chicken breast then it is so dry I don't like it.

Hope this helps at least one person. If it does it is worth it. And don't say I don't like fish. It tastes better than medicine any day.



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LMMIMI 3/11/2011 10:52AM

    Irene, great blog. I can relate about dancing in my spike heels probably led to double knee replacements (both done at the same time), but sure was fun the dancing I mean.

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DIDMIS 3/10/2011 2:21PM

    Go to IMAMARIE's page. She is a nutritionist.

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IMAMARIE 3/10/2011 2:07PM

    We love salmon at this house and I dip my fork in my dressing too. Your talk of salmon has made me think we need to eat salmon SOON. I dislike it when I get a salad or anything slathered in dressing or gravy. It's those little things like that, that really pack on the pounds day by day. Just like the little extra exercise and calorie trimming take it off. God bless you! emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 3/8/2011 2:29PM

    I have salmon in the freezer and try to have it often but I never thought to use is on my salads! I am going to get some out right now. we have fresh Arugula salad often and I usually have chicken and hard boiled eggs on it along with several other veggies.
this will give me another option.
thank you!,Pat

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LIZABETT 3/7/2011 9:03AM

    Irene, I read your blog the second time, and it was even better and the pictures are absolutely incredible. The comments on your blog show how much people love you and appreciate you for what you are and do. I believe you are somewhere near my age, 81,sweetie girl, and are as busy a little bee. Thanks also for your comment on my blogs. You're so gracious. Maybe we can meet someday. emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 3/7/2011 1:11AM

    I will try this again Joyce. wrote a long one to clarify what I do and have done. I teach an Adult Spanish Sunday School class. Taught adults in Mexico for years who wanted to reach their own people with the gospel.
Have built several churches and at this time am finishing a church and parsonage and trying to buy a lot for parking.
All of this with the help of the Lord and His saints.
I could do nothing on my own but I am so grateful that He uses me.
Irene

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CHATTIEGIRL 3/7/2011 12:46AM

    Hi Irene:

Darling you are a wonderful person and a shepard of God teaching children and doing your work for him. God bless you. One of my secrets and I have done it for 15 or more years by eating on a dessert plate with just one helping of each item, meat, vegetable and starch. No salt or butter. Starch usually brown rice or sweet potatoes. One spoonful and no seconds and you can loose weigh because I did and I keep it off. Stay focused on maintaining your healthy life style. God bless you always and lead you where he wants you to be. Learn and pass on Spark people.

Joyce

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DINGALLSTOO 3/6/2011 9:55PM

    woohoo, what a great secret weapon....love the pics

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DIDMIS 3/6/2011 9:48PM

    Sparkee I tried to go to your page and leave a comment as I did with the others but somehow I couldn't bring it up.
Thank you for your nice inspiring comment on my blog.
LIZABETT ALSO HAS SOME TREMDOUS BLOGS.
Irene

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SPARKEE 3/6/2011 8:44PM

    Ms. Irene, you have me smiling and grinning from ear to ear with your blogs! You are one smart lady! And you are an inspiration to us all! Blessings to you!

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2BEATIT1 3/5/2011 8:00PM

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Irene.....YOU ARE AWESOME.
I know the battle to lose in the 70's but I also know now the meaning of determination. Though I have only lost 30-32 lbs in 10 months, it is more than I have ever lost on any "diet".
I feel so much better now and I know you do also.
It is a year ago this month that DH had to have quadruple bypass. I am convinced had he not lost the 50 lbs before he discovered he had a problem with his heart, he probably would have had the heart attack and thus harder to heal.
Losing this excess baggage is always for our good.
Thanks for sharing.
YOU INSPIRE ALL OF US on the team. YOU ARE CLASSY
Jean

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MOM4407 3/5/2011 7:58PM

    You secret weapon is you incredible spirit. Looking at your pictures it is amazing how much you have changed. I think your fishy idea is wonderful.

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HELEN_BRU 3/5/2011 1:16PM

    Ah, we all have our secrets to what works for us - it is sticking to them that counts the most and we so easily get off track and distracted. I could write a book!

Nice to see you again!

Helen

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YJNANA 3/5/2011 12:55PM

    OK IRENE, I will choose Salmon at my restaurants from now on :)

I DO love it.
That trick of sticking the fork in the dressing is such a GREAT way to reduce the amount we eat of it.
I use to do it long ago, and need to go back to Requesting Dressing on the Side, from now on.
I ate less than Half of what a serving is that way :)

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TUTUNAN 3/5/2011 12:40PM

    You are a beautiful person. Thanks for sharing your pictures and the salad!

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HAGIN2010 3/5/2011 11:49AM

    Great blog Irene. I am not much of a salmon eater, but you make this dish sound so good. I might have to try it when I visit. Very inspirational pictures/story.

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VERITY50 3/5/2011 11:11AM

    Great tip. I love salmon too! I have also noted that I do well when I eat a lot of seafood.. emoticon

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JANETLP 3/5/2011 9:28AM

    Great Blog. Love the pics. Yes, I am one who still wants to hide behind others when pictures are taken! I have very few of me alone in a picture or where I am out front for all to see. But, I am getting better at that.

I love fish (of all kinds) and have discovered Bob Evan's Salmon dinner is an excelent choice when we eat out. I usually eat all of it, instead of bringing some of it home for future use. I keep salmon (individually frozen) in my freezer as I am the only one of my house who likes it. My DH never grew up eating fish! Except those fish sticks that have actually very little fish in them!

Not taking the cholesterol medicine was one of my motivators for getting on a weight-loss program. I didn't like all the side affects!

Great Job!
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LIZABETT 3/5/2011 9:04AM

    Irene, my girl. What a great blog! The pictures tell the story, you look'mahvelous'. Thanks for the tip about salmon. I'm one who likes fish and eat it almost everytime we eat out which is a couple times a week.Bravo! emoticon

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JEANSHEP2 3/4/2011 10:13PM

    Just happened on your blog and think you look wonderful. I miss you on SP 70, but know you are a busy person. Nice blog and know it will help someone. My 50 lbs came off with lots of strenous exercise, but can't do any now due to neuropathy in legs.

Keep smiling and blogging!

Love
jean

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CAROLYNVIL 3/4/2011 10:09PM

    Great Job! and even though I don't like fish I think I will give it a try.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/4/2011 7:09PM

    Irene, my mind is in such a tizzy since I have moved. I forgot to say how good you look you look many years younger since getting rid of the extra weight. It has really made a difference in your face.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/4/2011 6:43PM

    Irene, I am so glad for you. You have done so well, and that is some good tips about the salad and the dressing and the salmon. And yes, fish tastes much better then medicine any time LOL.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/4/2011 6:20PM

    Marvelous tip! I frequently make Spark's World's Best Salmon -- (think that's the right name). Marinate salmon in small mixture of soy sauce, maple syrup & garlic -- bake and YUM!! You are a real inspiration for all those who are tempted to let excuses trap them in unhealthy choices! Keep on telling the TRUTH! Love ya!

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THEWINNER33 3/4/2011 5:39PM

    Excellent message. I love your pictures. I also love fish and now as we are entering Lent there are alsways great sales each week. You did a great job reaching goal. You are my inspiration. Hugs, Marcia

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SUNNYWBL 3/4/2011 5:30PM

    You are correct, salmon is tastier than most medicines.

You might want to add, staying away from blizzards! emoticon

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NELLIEC 3/4/2011 5:21PM

    Fish is definitely better tasting than medicine!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/4/2011 5:10PM

    Excellent job!

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BECOMING A KOP (DID I SPELL THAT RIGHT?)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

GRADUATING FROM A TOP TO A KOP

Many of you already know this, some don't.
I promised a blog a long time ago so decided now would be the time.

TOPS is a non profit weight loss group which means TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY.

In 2007 I weighed 204 when first starting TOPS and reached my goal weight of 152 in nine months.

I went to what they call SRD to graduate and be crowned one of many princesses as I had lost the most in our part of Texas. What a beautiful time.



This is not the best picture but I am not good on pictures but this is one we took personally outside of our motel room. The professional one is on my Spark Page and is better.

After returning to my home things changed as our leader resigned and we had no leader for a while. The few who were here for the summer voted to not have meetings, just weigh ins and that once a month. I told them it wouldn't work for me. I continued as weight recorder but after gaining 15 pounds back decided to change chapters.

I did change chapters and began losing the 15 pounds. I did lose it and once again became a KOP



They gave a party for me at our chapter and presented me with cards and gifts. I am so proud of the plaque a special friend made for me which you see in the picture.
Some have asked what it says. This is what it says:

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
K.O.P.S.
DELLA IRENE DAVIS
has, through diligence and determination, reached her
coveted goal and is hereby awarded this Certificate of Achievement.
Dated this 9th day of September,2010
T.O.P.S. #1694, Donna, Texas

Then it has A KOPS ROSE.

A yellow rose-beautiful, breathtaking,lush with life.
What does it mean when a KOPS gives you a yellow rose?
It means your KOPS friend-
believes in you more than you believe in yourself,
wants you to be everything you were meant to be;
wishes to see you happy with yourself as a person;
sees your potential even if you are blind to it; and
loves you enough to want you to become a KOPS too.

Here you find 5 pounds of fat someone sent me.

Just think I lost 10.4 of those. 52 lost divided by 5 = 10.4 Everyone was too kind to tell me I had made a mistake.

All of the time I belonged to Spark also and Spark and T.O.P.S. together helped me do this after I made up my mind I had to.

Now to keep it off.

Recently we had an area fun day. It was fantastic. Several chapters met and many received awards. I received a few myself. What fun we had.

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Let's get on our horses and SPARK down the road.

Irene

  
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HAPPYMOM8 3/2/2011 11:40PM

    What a wonderful Bog! Thank you Irene for sharing your road to success.
You can be very proud of your progress. And a great motivation for all of us.

you are definately my favorite KOP!

pat

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SENKYOUSHI 3/2/2011 1:41PM

    Congrats!!! Keep up the good work!!

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CHARHUNT1 2/28/2011 8:41PM

    Nice blog, Irene. What exactly did you do to take the weight off?
Did you eat as many calories as they told you to on here?
I'm having a struggle to say the least. Be so glad for warm weather so I can get outside.
Love you.......

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TXDREAMSPINNER 2/28/2011 1:41PM

    Congratulations Irene! That is awesome! Such beautiful pictures as well. Thanks for sharing.

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GMFAY33 2/28/2011 9:38AM

    It is wonderful to have connected with a team you are on so that I an benefit from your experiences and enthusiasm. emoticon

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YJNANA 2/28/2011 12:10AM

    Irene, your an inspiration to all who ever have met you and those who will. Keep up the good work. You Shine :)

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/27/2011 10:09PM

    emoticonIRENE That's emoticon
thanks for sharing, your blog is good with photo's too

cheers
John

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DIDMIS 2/27/2011 8:34PM

    I know it is KEEP OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY but I am only one.
The pun was (when I asked "did I spell that right") it sounds like cop.
I am just a big cut up so forgive me.

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LIZABETT 2/27/2011 12:53PM

    Congratulations on becoming a KOPS---you are a role model and a heroine. Keep up the good work!

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MOM2GEO_JR 2/27/2011 10:30AM

    Irene, that is a beautiful picture of you. A big congratulations.....
I think it is KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly). I became a KOP, never had any kind of ceremony, or anything. Nothing. I got kinda discouraged because I couldn't go to ARD, or IRD and thought the local group would do something.
I have thought I would go back and see how things are going now.

You belong to a caring group, and it is groups like the one I went to that ruins it.

Hugs and prayers.
Marsha
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FERRETLOVER1 2/27/2011 9:18AM

    I am so proud of you - congratulations! But, do not forget the most important letter of being a KOPS - the "S" - which stands for SENSIBLY!!!

I, too, am a KOPS and a very active SPARKPEOPLE member. Together, these two activities really help me to maintain my 112.50 lb. loss to goal. I have maintained for 5+ years. It ain't easy...but it's doable!

Keep up the great work!!

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SANDHILL5 2/27/2011 9:08AM

    GOOD MORNING DIDMIS,

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YOU DID IT !! YES YOU ARE A KOP !! emoticon emoticon
I'M SO PROUD OF YOU !! IT'S NOT EASY, AS WE ALL KNOW !! emoticon CONGRADULATIONS !! emoticon

LOVE YOU MUCH, LIGHTER FOREVER, SAND emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/27/2011 1:19AM

    I made a bigggggg mistake and everyone was so kind as not to mention it.
I lost 52 pounds, not 204 LOL. See the edit above below the glob of fat.

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HAGIN2010 2/27/2011 12:50AM

    Irene, what a great story you have and what a great person you are as well. You are a great motivator. emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 2/27/2011 12:20AM

    What a wonderful and inspiring story!

If that doesn't inspire everyone who needs to lose weight, I don't know what would.

thank you, Irene.

Pat

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SUGARPUNK52 2/27/2011 12:07AM

  Congratulations! Wonderful blog.Thank you so much.I believe you could inspire anyone.GOD bless.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/26/2011 11:45PM

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JUNEBUG150 2/26/2011 9:56PM

    I agree! You are a motivator, an encourager, and a wonderful online friend! I liked and like your blog, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/26/2011 9:36PM

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DIDMIS 2/26/2011 9:21PM

    Thank you girls. I know Becky personally and what she said about me I throw right back into her court. Wish I could do pictures like Becky can as I would have a before picture on that also.
Oh well, that old me is gone, gone, gone.

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MNNSAIDE 2/26/2011 9:21PM

    I dido what Becky said and I clicked the "I Like" Button.
You my friend are an inspiration to me and all you know.

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Love ya,

Marcy

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MOM4407 2/26/2011 9:10PM

    I hope everyone votes they like this blog. You are a beautiful person and you have done a wonderful job improving your health. This time you will Keep Off the Pounds. You have Spark Friends and you have TOPS Friends. You are wonderful.
Becky

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GRACEISENUF 2/26/2011 8:32PM

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What a motivating blog!

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DOES WEIGHT LOSS REALLY HELP YOUR BODY

Tuesday, February 01, 2011



This is the month of "days to a healthier heart" and our SPARK calendar gives us 28 ways to do just that. emoticon

Today I had a scheduled routine appointment with my heart specialist.
I had a lot of questions he could not answer but others he did.

One was didn't you tell me I had a leaky valve or artery in my heart.
The answer "Yes, but it is nothing to worry about. It is a very small leak".

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He told me that my last stress showed no plaque at all. The one before had showed a little plaque. I said, "Do you mean by EATING HEALTHY you can reverse that". He said " it has been proven to do just that".

So LET'S LIVE IT UP EATING HEALTHY. It can change a lot of things in our lives. emoticon

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Change your way of thinking. emoticon

Be optimistic. emoticon

Move as much as you can. emoticon

See your doctor.

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I am content with what I have. I have a roof over my head, a nice warm house, food to eat, have freedom of worship.

God bless all, and have a good night.
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LIZABETT 3/18/2011 7:25PM

    This is a great blog, Irene. I guess I just got around to reading it. I'm really happy to know you and call you my friend. emoticon

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MORNINGGRACE 2/22/2011 11:35AM

    What an inspiration to eat healthier! Thank you for the reminder. It is so easy to slip back into fried foods and other unhealthy foods. It is a battle for me because well, it is easier,cheaper and less 'arguing'. But it is my job to make sure my family eats healthy and I ain't a givin up :)


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CAZ5346 2/15/2011 3:41PM

    Irene, thanks for the message in the chair exercise forum. I had lost 40 lbs before joining SP(it shows on my tracker) just from watching what I eat due to Acid reflux. It seems it was getting to the point of being sick whenever I ate. When I saw your note I decided to visit your SP page. You are a remarkable woman.
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DIDMIS 2/7/2011 3:23PM

    June this is one doctor's opinion but I'll take it.

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JUNEBUG150 2/7/2011 3:08PM

    Thank you, Irene! I'm an RN and I did not know that you could reverse the plaque buildup with healthy eating and exercise. That makes me feel more determined and encouraged. Thank you and I'm glad you got such a healthy report from your doctor. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon, Melody

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DIDMIS 2/5/2011 7:55PM

    Thank you all. You keep me going and accountable.

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MAWDOT35 2/5/2011 7:42PM

    Wonderful and uplifting blog post! Although I haven't lost weight yet, I'm not giving up! I'm adopting a healthier and more active lifestyle and eventually I may see some weight loss.

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I'm glad you got a good check-up! We need you here to encourage us!
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Dorothy

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HAPPYMOM8 2/3/2011 8:06AM

    What a wonderful and motivational blog! Thank you so much for being an inspiration to us all. We need to be reminded of the things we should be grateful for.
I am grateful for you.
Pat

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HAGIN2010 2/3/2011 12:43AM

    emoticon emoticon Great news Irene. By losing some weight I have been taken off of one diabetic medicine and my triglyceride medicine.

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LADYLEE13 2/2/2011 10:50PM

    Irene, you have it all.

Who could ask for more ??

I am so happy for you
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SUNNYWBL 2/2/2011 6:06PM

    It IS nice to get an atta-girl from your doctor!

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CELLISTA1 2/2/2011 12:13PM

    I needed to hear this. Thank-you so much for reminding me that HEALTH is the goal. And I'm just a kid of 65!
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GAILRUU 2/2/2011 9:58AM

    What a great report and some good advice!

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HIPPYATHEART 2/2/2011 9:25AM

    Yay! I am hoping that losing weight will help my cholesterol. Thanks for being an inspiration!

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THISYEARSMODEL 2/2/2011 5:35AM

    Congratulations! You're an inspiration.

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NELLIEC 2/1/2011 11:15PM

    As long as the weight loss doesn't take you below a good weight (the answer to your question).

But yes, for the person who has some health problems that are related to some overweight, losing that weight is helpful.

It is great to hear you got a "good report card." emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 2/1/2011 10:57PM

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MOM2GEO_JR 2/1/2011 10:49PM

    Very good news Irene, thanks for sharing this. You look great in this picture.
Have a good night's rest. I am headed to bed.
Marsha


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DIDMIS 2/1/2011 10:34PM

    Monty you are always such an inspiration.
Becky my SPARK and TOPS friend I just commented on your blog.

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MOM4407 2/1/2011 9:21PM

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Now that is a good report card.

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MONTY68 2/1/2011 8:23PM

    Hi Irene
A awesome blog, thank you so much for sharing it. I think it is wonderful when a doctor verifies the things we are learning like healthy eating. It is difficult at times to see what results our body is experiencing from healthy eating and it was fantastic that your doctor was able to show positive results for you . Changing your thinking can change your life.
Congratulations , again for your wonderful comments

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MISSIONARY KILLED IN MEXICO

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Yesterday my pastor called to check up on me as a lady with the last name of Davis who was a missionary had been killed close to Reynosa.
The drug cartel had a blockade set up but they didn't stop so they shot her and she later died. I thought she was 51 but someone who knows her says she was 59.
As most of you know I had not felt to travel in Mexico for a while and had just been to the Texas side of the border the Friday before. The pastor's son met me there and I was able to transact business.
They beg me to go over to see the parsonage we just finished but they did bring some pictures.
I hope to get someone to post the pictures they sent.
Now we are looking for a lot for parking.
Please continue to pray for Mexico and for South Texas as there are a lot of things going on here also.
I sent the link about this yesterday. Hope all read it.
God bless all of you.
Irene

  
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LIZABETT 3/7/2011 9:24AM

    Irene, just getting around to reading this blog and it brings back memories. We pastored a church in OKC for 20 years and my DH used to take doctors and medicines across the Mexican border to hold medical clinics to help the people. That was before the drug cartels became so active and dangerous. The missionaries who die are heros are martyrs for the Lord and they will recieve their rewards in heaven.
While we served as missionaries in Mindanao, Philippines numerous people were killed by rebels and even several missionaries kidnapped and killed. We were forced out ourselves because of extortion/ death threats with what you might say the clothes on our backs and important papers and pictures. And God Bless you too as you work for him. Please take care...

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MOM4407 1/30/2011 10:35PM

    As I hear more and more about this wonderful godly lady it is just so sad that she died in the way she did. The people of Mexico lost a woman who loved them very much.

I pray that the people of Mexico will start to see that these Drug Lords are following the wrong path and they will band together to stop them.

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1WIFE2MOM 1/30/2011 3:41PM

    Praying for all involved. Thank you for sharing. This is so sad.

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LMMIMI 1/30/2011 1:27PM

    Irene, I pray for all in harms way and keep yourself safe.

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RENIESSPARKIN 1/29/2011 1:43PM

    I always hate to read about this type of murder and mayhem. I'm a Mormon and we always have missionaries all over the world. Often times they are murdered or brutalized where they are trying to spread the Word of the Lord. Our first instinct is to wonder why people would want to hurt messengers of God. The answer I get is that they have free-agency just like we do. It, just like everything else in the world, is a dichotomy: There has to be the bad so we can enjoy and appreciate the good.

Best of luck and my prayers are with you in your endeavers.

Another Irene emoticon

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RMSPARKLES 1/29/2011 12:56PM

    My sister also is a missionary in Mexico, in Reynosa, and another place too. She has been in the process of moving back to the U.S... and I pray to God that she is safe while doing this! I would rather she just left her "stuff" in Mexico than to risk being hurt or killed by the violence going on. She doesn't see it that way since she owns an apartment complex that she had built there... She also has a new pickup and does the same thing, collecting supplies for the Mexican churches and delivering to them.
Please pray for her! Her name is Shirley. emoticon

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JUNEBUG150 1/29/2011 1:24AM

    Irene, I think I got most of the story from reading these posts. Will pray for the missionary's family. I didn't realize you were in such a dangerous place, keeping you in prayer too.
Hugs and Prayers, Melody

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DIDMIS 1/28/2011 11:39PM

    Jibbie and for anyone else who wondered. They were probably taking things into Mexico for the people that wouldn't fit into a smaller vehicle.
Someone asked another missionary why didn't they just stop and let them have their money and truck?
Answer: Which would you rather have? A shot in the head or be decapitated which usually happens to those they rob?
When anyone is in a situation like that they don't have time to think things through but either they they probably wouldn't have gotten out alive.

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JIBBIE49 1/28/2011 10:12PM

    I had read the article and it seemed pathetic that the guy didn't stop and got his wife killed just so they didn't steal his truck from him. It said in the article that he was driving an '08 model truck that was "very flashy" for that area and that the gunmen wanted trucks like that. Couldn't figure his reasoning for driving it after it said he'd been working down there for over 30 years and knew the area. At any rate, it was sad that the woman was killed.
My husband was stationed in the Navy in New Orleans and he knew not to try to get away from someone who tried to rob him, but to just hand over to them what they wanted and stay alive. He had his car broken into three times, but luckily wasn't rob outright. Lots of people he knew were.

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DIDMIS 1/28/2011 7:02PM

    Thank you again all. emoticon emoticon

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DEPAULGIRL09 1/28/2011 5:38PM

    That's terrible news. I'll be praying for her family & for Mexico & Texas.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/28/2011 3:54PM

    Praying for Mrs. Davis' family and friends. Glad you are safe Irene and that you are feeling better too! Will also pray for your Pastor's wife. What a hard situation to be faced with but we do know the Great Physician and trust Him to touch her life as He sees fit!
Hugs to you Sweetie!

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DIDMIS 1/28/2011 3:21PM

    Pansy Lady there is so much senseless killing going on and just think little kids. We do know the missionary died doing what she loved to do for the people she loved

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PANSYLADY2 1/28/2011 3:07PM

    Just heard that seven kids age 8-21 were killed in Juarez within the past few weeks. The kids were a soccer team and were being ministered to by a couple who are originally from my hometown in Wisconsin. So sad, but God wasn't surprised, and HE has a plan.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/27/2011 10:03PM

    Heard the awful news too.
My heart and prayers go out to her family and for the safety of other missionaries down there.
Pat

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MNNSAIDE 1/27/2011 7:19PM

    I too was worried this morning when I heard your name associated with this terrible incident. I worry so when you go across. Stay safe my friend.

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PARAEAST 1/27/2011 6:42PM

    Irene
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, and praying for this lady and her family. She's in a better place so I hope that will give the ones who knew here comfort. Who knows perhaps we'll all be with her soon as the world seems to be going crazy!


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EWEINHISPASTURE 1/27/2011 6:24PM

    praying for her family

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/27/2011 5:09PM

    I did not hear anything of this. I do not like listening to too much news because I dont want to become infected with the negative aspects of all the bad stuff is all they show. I am so deeply concerned that her family receives the healing and comfort and love of our Lord to make it through this desperately hurting period of their life. This is the love of our Lord working through His body when a person gives his or her life for the gospel of Jesus Christ and is taken out of this world in the midst of walking in the love of our Lord and doing and being obedient to the gifting and calling that is on their life. That enemy is evil and thinks that by taking out people from the kingdom that will keep us from believing the Lord and all His good and love and grace. I seem to think and believe her reward in heaven is great. She gave all she could give, her life. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXDREAMSPINNER 1/27/2011 4:10PM

    I saw this on the news this morning and cried. It is such a senseless tragedy. It is really getting scary around the border and my husband and I have been thinking about moving. I will finish my Master's next spring and as much as I hate to take the kids away from their friends, I also need to think about their safety.

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CATLADY_56 1/27/2011 3:48PM

    Very sad. Definitely a sign that the world is not right with God and we are probably in the end times. I feel really bad for the people that have to live in and near such violent people.

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LADYLEE13 1/27/2011 3:00PM

    I am so sorry to hear this Irene.

I know you care so much for these people and do such good work, but remember always, your life is in GOD's hands.
He will help you to know his Will and guide you to walk in his ways.
I don't really need to tell you that, you already know it.
I will pray for the Family and also your continued safety.

God Bless You
Love Lee

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/27/2011 2:57PM

    How sad to read that Irene. I'm praying the Lord will comfort the hearts of her family.
I'm glad you're being led of the Lord in all you're doing.

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JAMKNITTER 1/27/2011 2:51PM

    I'm so sorry. I will pray for her family and continued safety for you.

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JANETLP 1/27/2011 1:01PM

    I am praying for your safety and for others who are in your situation. We also have friends (through our Church) who are missionaries who often travel back and forth across the border. Please, be careful! emoticon

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SMYLEERED 1/27/2011 12:54PM

    Praying for the family and your safety should you need to travel to Mexico.

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CAROLYN0107 1/27/2011 12:51PM

    Oh, Irene. I pray for the family of this lady. You have been very wise at staying on the U.S. side of the border!



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DIDMIS 1/27/2011 12:47PM

    Thank you girls. Please pray for the family. She is in heaven now but it must be difficult for the family.

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GRACEISENUF 1/27/2011 12:45PM

    So senseless. She gave up her life to tell the people of Mexico about Jesus. What greater love???

I will pray.

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THEWINNER33 1/27/2011 12:42PM

    I am so sorry for this tragedy. Drug cartels are so often at the root of the border problems (as well as other problems). I will pray for her soul and for your lovely area. If God wills that you go to Mexico to see these projects, I doubly pray for your safety. Hugs, Marcia

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