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Had to share this funny I got today...

Monday, August 17, 2009

LOL somebody must have been peaking... Hope you like it..


If my body were a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model. I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish, and my paint job is getting a little dull. But that's not the worst of it. My headlights are out of focus, and it's especially hard to see things up close.

My traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.

My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins. It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel rate burns inefficiently.

But here's the worst of it --

Almost every time I sneeze, cough or laugh, either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires.
CASH FOR CLUNKERS..........I QUALIFY - How about You?

emoticon Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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DOLLYDUMPLING 8/19/2009 9:39AM

    I needed a good laugh. The sad thing is .... it's all TRUE!!!! emoticon

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SOPHIEMAE2007 8/18/2009 9:01PM

    Cash for Clunkers!! LOL!! Loved it!!!

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MOONCHILDMARIE 8/18/2009 10:38AM

    Thanks for sharing, I had a good laugh. emoticon

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UPICARD 8/18/2009 9:19AM

    Thanks for the morning laugh.


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    Sooo funny! It's great to start out the day with a good laugh! Thanks for sharing!

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JANLEEW 8/18/2009 2:45AM

    LOL. Love to laugh and that hit the spot. Thanks for the laughs. Perfect for a nutso Mondy!


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TDWANDD2MYK9 8/18/2009 1:08AM

    When I stop laughing! .......... There are many men out there that would give there right arm for a vintage car..........Even if it has a little leak in the radiator!
Fantastic! loved it! emoticon

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ANITABREAK2 8/18/2009 12:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

I think I'm past the age limit so will have to wait for....... Credit for broke down ole beaters plus free tow with every purchase.

Thanks for the laugh.


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FRAN0426 8/17/2009 10:35PM

    This is great, enjoyed this blog,I had a good laugh.Thanks for sharing

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/17/2009 10:29PM

    I totally agree with you on this one...guaranteed top of the line clunker...for this body you are guaranteed $4500. Cash for clunker!!! No refunds, no exchanges!!!
I loved this, Donna. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Blessings, love and hugs,

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POOH_BEAR_69 8/17/2009 9:03PM

    That was VERY funny... Gotta love the Maxine-isms in life!!!

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LESSOFMOORE 8/17/2009 9:02PM

    Donna-I love your sense of humor! emoticonOther than that, emoticonon losing your first ten pounds! "Weigh" to go! emoticon

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CHRYS13 8/17/2009 8:42PM

    Thanks for the great laugh!
You are a precious person! emoticon

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JAZZIELORI 8/17/2009 8:21PM

    Oh I loved it! Lots of chuckles thanks for sharing it with us!

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Big Thank You

Sunday, August 16, 2009

To My DDH, you have been my Rock and support!!! 143

I just want to Thank everybody for the kindness, support, inspiration and motivation you all have showed and given to me. All the Wonderful comments and Goodies make it even more rewarding today. I celebrate my first 10 pound loss and all of you.
Thank you also for the uplifting prayers and Blessing. I hope you all know how much you have touched my heart.
Hugs and Blessing and I am looking forward to the day I can say to you all.. Another 10 is gone.
Going to have a relaxing evening with DH.
Have a great Night and an Awesome week.
Donna emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

My Gift to you all

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/17/2009 11:55PM

    WAY TO GO, Donna on that 10 lbs kicked to the curb!!! Keep it up. You are such a blessing from God. Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement you always offer to everyone!! WOOHOO!!! KEEP IT UP!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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JANLEEW 8/17/2009 1:45AM

    Hooray! Congrats on your 10 lbs. That is a great accomplishment and if there is more to go I know you will accomplish that goal also.

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BENTONHEALTHY 8/17/2009 12:21AM

    10 pounds is significant and I can't wait for the announcement of the next 10 too!

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CHRYS13 8/16/2009 10:53PM

    Way to go, Donna! emoticon on the 10 lbs gone, gone, gone! emoticon
Thanks to you for all the encouragement you have given!

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MR.NET1 8/16/2009 8:54PM

    It always makes me happy to hear good news...
From you. emoticon
Have a emoticonweek, with yur' Hubby! emoticon
We won't look...Paul emoticon emoticon

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LADYPHOENIX61 8/16/2009 8:43PM

    Mazel Tov, Donna! I know you can do this! You've already proven your strength with that cancer fight! Keep up the good work!

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My Struggle...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I am in an emotional struggle with myself today. As most of you know I am a New Yorker, Heart and Soul. Do to some situations beyond our control we moved back to Florida in'08 and a lot had transpired before and after the move. I am also a 5 year BC Survivor, with all my treatments etc down here. In '03 we moved back here from NY due to my sister's illness and DH position with CNN/Financial ended when the subcontractor he worked for lost their contract with CNN.
Today we turned on the news and the Tropical weather and potential hurricanes are looming out in the Atlantic. Common sense tell me A DUH, you know it is hurricane season and it is inevitable that they might hit Florida again. That is why you started to prepare ahead of time.
Common sense went right out the window and I started to shake and remember all the sadness of '05 with my treatments, and visiting my sister each day after treatment while she was so ill and the last time I was with her before she passed away.
My tears start to flow like right now and I remember piling Annabelle, Marissa and Jack into my SUV and driving for shelter away from the storms 4 times.
So here I sit, Not asking for pity, Oh please No. Just trying to put my feelings down so I can analyze them and hopefully dig a whole and put them in it. Slam the dirt on it and say RIP those negative feelings and fears.
It is all in our Good Lord's hands. what I have to go through I have to go through and count my blessing that I am here and alive and have the ability to recognize the need to let it all go.
Now I have to put on my Big Girl panties and hike them up. No not Depends...
Thank you for all who know me and do not know me who may stumble upon this Blog and heard my whining.
It is with your help and Non judgemental words that give us all hope.
OK Renee.. the Up-Girl is trying to stand up straight and tall and put one foot in front of the other.
Thanks for the kind words of support. They mean a lot.
For those of you who decide to leave a comment all are welcome constructive criticism is greatly appreciated and so is all the support.
Many hugs and Blessings to all out there. My heart and prayers go out to each and everybody here who has their own struggles.
Peace, Love and Joy to all.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

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MLEE218 8/18/2009 8:31PM

    I hope things are better for you today then they were on the 15th. I find your posts very motivational... thank you very much for sharing!!

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ANGIEFRANKE1 8/15/2009 11:51PM

    Just remember the Lord does not give us anything that we cannot handle. Everything happens for a reason. I learned a long time ago to stop thinking "why me"? Instead I face life's challenges with "Why not me"? It happens because God knows I am strong enough to battle the storms...and so are you! HUGS!

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STANNER3 8/15/2009 11:13PM

    Sometimes just the most ordinary thing can spark a memory.....sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Sorry that you're having a not so good day! Hurricanes certainly are a way of life down here, and I'm so sorry that it reminded you of sad times, but we're all here for you, just let it out and you'll be ready to move on. Don't apologize for feeling blue, we've all been there, and we understand!

Hugs to you!


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CHRYS13 8/15/2009 9:58PM

    Oh, dear Donna! Let the tears flow and get it out. When you read all these comments from your spark friends, know that they're hugs enveloping you with lots of love and support. emoticon
May God surround you with His peace.
(hiking up my big girl panties with you!!---thanks for that, by the way!)

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SHIRLAB88 8/15/2009 5:03PM

    I love that scripture Proverbs 3:5,6. I find that hard to do sometimes or don't quite know how to do it.
I pray you are doing well in spite of hurricane season. I have never been in such weather.
I am going through struggles as well, and can't seem to get this crying under control. It even make me cry to read your blog. I am sending you my best regards and pray God keeps you well. I am so far behind on keeping up with spark comments. I took a few days and didn't even sign on. I was just totally spent.
I am starting the nutrition tracker again. Hoping I can keep it up.
I really like how your humor comes through on your postings. It really lifts me up.
The doctor put me back on Prednisone just not as strong as I was before. We are testing again, trying to figure out where the pain is coming from. It is so frustrating to be in constant pain and not know how to treat it. Anyway I keep trying to cope.
Many hugs to you, keep that humor going, maybe I can savor some myself.
Shirl emoticon emoticon

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SHOES17 8/15/2009 4:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon May God give you an umbrella until the time the sun comes out. Remember he loves you and so do I!

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BENTONHEALTHY 8/15/2009 2:37PM

    There is nothing wrong with remembering and feeling sadness. It is part of our lives and some things are never forgotten but the feelings numb a bit as time passes. I say get it all out for awhile and then you most likely will climb back up because you are strong and survivor. You have a lot of my respect. Try some stress relief too -- whatever works for you. I love natural beauty and a walk in a favorite park where I can be around life always gives me some peace. There is nothing wrong with getting it out -- it is better than keeping it in. Get it out and set it aside.

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/15/2009 2:34PM

    Donna, I don't know exactly how you feel as I have never lived in a 'natural disaster' area. But my mom & stepfather, dad & stepmother, and several in-laws live in FL. Several of them have had hurricane damage in the past and I always worry about them when the season comes around again. To make it worse (for me) my son has an interview with the Port St Lucie school district. I really want him to get the job for himself, but honestly, one of my first thoughts was about hurricanes!

Hang in there. I know you'll get it together and do what you need to do to get through it.

Debbie (your sister NYer)


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SOPHIEMAE2007 8/15/2009 1:56PM

    Prayers to you! You have been through a lot over the last 6 years, same with me. We are all stronger than we think we are! We have made it this far and we will keep pressing on!

I also have a sister in Winterhaven, Fl. She has been through many hurricanes and I really don't know how she deals with them as I have never asked. She does call to let us know that they are all right and safe. She has also dealth with cancer and chemo. Hopefully, she is done with that this time and it won't return!! She has put her trust in the Lord as well!

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GRAMIDX3 8/15/2009 1:17PM

    I can't say I know how you feel, but I do know that you have the fight and right
attitude to deal with this. You are a fighter and with the Lord with you, you
will conquer these feelings. I pray that God will place HIS hedge of protection
around you and yours, keeping you all sheltered and safe. Hugs, Glor emoticon emoticon

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Update to July 11th Blog (Washing away the tears)

Monday, August 10, 2009

One day shy of 1 month, I thought you all could use an update. especially since you all have been so very supportive of me.
I did what I said I would do, I wrote my brother Ronald a letter and sent it with pictures from his graduation party. They were mostly him and my parents and a few of my sister and I with him. I was only 5 then.
I wrote from my heart and DH went to the post office and sent it.
As of this writing... No words back. I have decided that is just fine. I sent the pictures and note for me and It is done. I forgive and will forget. No more holding grudges. Not healthy and to much energy is being wasted that could be put to my betterment on this SP journey of new and Healthy life.
I did say in the letter, that no matter what I will always love him as my brother.
Ok now that is done is done and turned over to God.
One day we will meet again in Heaven and there is only joy and no pain.
Boy sometimes I have to look in the mirror and see who is this new me. LOL

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POOH_BEAR_69 8/13/2009 9:42PM

    Donna-- You've finally did what's best for you and let go of it! You've said your peace and decided to move forward. I agree with you completely. It doesn't do you any good to stay tethered in the past. It's a courageous choice to make and not one that everyone is capable of making. You've been through a lot though, and I have a feeling that you are going to weather the storms that come your way and come out even better... Please know that I'll be keeping you and Jack in my prayers...

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. -- Helen Keller

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/13/2009 12:29AM

    Donna, WAY TO GO and CONGRATS on writing that letter and Jack mailing it and the pictures to your brother. Spend your energy living your life to the best you can with God on your side. Turning it over to God is the best thing you could do. He has a plan even if you don't know what it is. You are so right...there is nothing more you can do at this time except add him to your prayers. I have added him to mine as well. I already have you and Jack on my daily list for all spoken and unspoken needs you may have.
I know with 12 children in our family someone is always upset with someone else. It seems like the only time most of us see each other is at funerals...how sad is that!! I hope and pray that someday we will all be closer even though we are years apart in ages.
Just never lose your faith. God will always be with you. I hope you are feeling the weight lifted off your heart and shoulders now that the burden has been turned over to God for Him to deal with. May he continue to bless you!!!

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SOPHIEMAE2007 8/11/2009 8:48PM

    Had to read your previous blog since I didn't know what this was about. I am glad you were brave enought to do what you did in sending a letter. I'm not and beside I am not sure what the issue is with my brother. I too have an older brother that has turned his back on his 3 younger sisters. I've only heard bits and pieces from my 2 sisters as to what his problem is and still really don't know. All I have been told is he said, the 3 of us should have never been born! If that is what he said to my mom in a conversation with her, she hung up on him and told my sisters, if anything happens to me, don't bother calling him. Also as far as I know "this conversation" had something to do with me and my financial and job situation, which he had no idea what I was going through. He never asked and only came to conclusions. He thought I was lazy ,which is so untrue, and was upset with my mom that she had "helped" me out. All she said is, "what is the difference of me helping her and you helping your daughter...she was going through a divorce and moved back home....nothing! The last time I talked to him was 6 yrs ago at his daughter's wedding. No Christmas cards from him and I don't send any to anyone because I just can't afford to and nothing else. He calls my mom when he feels like it, but I think that is only because his wife makes him. If my mom tries to call, he won't talk to her. Personally, I think it is a middle child thing and he has had his share of financial help from our parents, so I don't know what his issue is. I do keep in contact with his kids. Trust me, there are times that I would just like to call him and say, what but crawled up your......!!! If he would have called me and asked what was going on with me, maybe things would be different. He is the only sibling that has not helped me in any way shape or form. My mom is disgusted with him because when he does call, all he does is brag about the "toys, trips, cottage in the mountains, etc he has. All other sibs have done what they could and I owe them big time. As far as I am concerned I don't own my brother anything. It is his problem not mine, he is only hurting himself.

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CHRYS13 8/10/2009 10:34PM

    Wonderful that you've done what you could right now and that you're leaving it in God's hands. Thinking of you- - -

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PINK-SOLDIER 8/10/2009 7:32PM

    I do believe you two will be re-united one day, keep the faith. Maybe he will come around and contact you. Many prayers for you, Hubby and brother. You gave it all your effort, now leave it in God's hands and wait patiently. Hold onto hope. emoticon emoticon emoticonInga

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BENTONHEALTHY 8/10/2009 5:21PM

    My good friend and her brother were having terrible fights and not even talking. This went on for about 3 years. On this last trip home she said they reconciled. It just changed. One never does know and have faith that it will go as it should. In the meantime you have a life to lead.

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If today was...

Saturday, August 08, 2009

If today was 4 months ago and I didn't reach my first 10 pound goal I would have been like a crazy person. Tearing myself down, beating myself up and stuffing my face with all the bad foods. Miracles of Miracles, I didn't do one of those things.. well ok maybe a little self criticism on not having to high a sodium count the day before weigh in.
Guilty as charged.
Thanks to my new metamorphosis, and SP and all the motivation from my DH, friends and fellow team mates. I have decided to push the envelope and move forward. To evaluate my food plans and my exercise plan and see what I can do a little differently.
Woo as I write this I am even shocking myself.. there is a new me emerging...Look out world here I come.. LOL that was the premise for the words on my college graduation cake when I was 40. Only it was Look Out Florence( Nightingale) here comes Donna.
So it seems that all my milestones are really life changes too.
I am going to put on some music and shake the pounds off.. sorry for the visual ...LOL
10 pounds off here I come... Have a super Sparkling Saturday all.
Keep your Sparkle Shinning Bright!!!


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SHIRLAB88 8/12/2009 12:49PM

    Hi Donna, This is great. You are an inspiration. I really like your positive attitude. Congratulations on you progress so far. I know you will make it even further. Blessings, hugs and much sunshine on you. Thanks for the positive note.
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CHRYS13 8/10/2009 10:36PM

    Love this! You are focused! You are energetic! You are sparkling! You are moving foward! You are dynamic! You are fantastic! emoticon

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BIGDAD1211 8/9/2009 7:43PM

    Why to go on keeping focused! Sometimes we get a little upset when we don't reach a goal, but knowing that you did your best and that the better days are coming is always a great thing!
Keep up the great work!
In Jesus Name

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 8/9/2009 6:10PM

    emoticon I can see that Spark People has let the real you come forward!!! You get up every morning with determination and you are abe to go to bed with satisfaction that you did the best you could do for that day! You are an inspiration to so many peope here on Spark and I am sure in your life at home also. WAY TO GO!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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KIMOT2LTD 8/9/2009 9:37AM

    I concur Donna. BSP (before Spark people) I would have simply been devastated if I didn't lose the weight immediately. Now I know that the most important changes ARE taking place inside. Keep the faith...we are in this together!

Kim from Boston

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SHOES17 8/9/2009 12:02AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Go GO GO

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PINK-SOLDIER 8/8/2009 11:50PM

    emoticonKeep believing in yourself Donna! emoticonYou sound focused, keep your eyes on the prize! emoticon

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POOH_BEAR_69 8/8/2009 11:42PM

    You've got the right attitude, Donna!!! I have only lost pounds that I regained from running... So I'm right back to where I started, but the changes in my body are amazing... At this point, if I'm not losing weight, I'll accept that because at least I'm starting to look (and be) FIT!!! Congrats and best wishes on your continued success!!!

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CAROLEMP17 8/8/2009 7:28PM

  Whoo Hoo Donna! You go girl!!

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MR.NET1 8/8/2009 7:14PM

    And to say that "someone" not too long ago said to me...
I DON'T KNOW, Paul...If I'm capable of lovin' myself like you described?
Take care, emoticon
Paul emoticon

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