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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wanted to share a beautiful prayer that touched my heart.
Look Upon Us Oh Lord

Look Upon Us, O Lord
Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect.

- St. Augustine

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SMILINGEYES2 12/30/2010 11:19AM

    Donna, Thank you for sharing such an uplifting prayer. This is a great way to start a new year.

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MISSM66 12/27/2010 12:01PM

    Thank you for sharing I enjoy reading it emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/27/2010 11:55AM

    Oh Donna. Welcome back and thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer!! Hugs!

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LESSOFMOORE 12/26/2010 9:53PM

    Donna, I'm enjoying the return of your beautiful blogs! emoticon

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SAVINGHANNAH 12/26/2010 7:11PM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing, S.Sis.

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CKAP4707 12/26/2010 4:51PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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Finding my way back..

Monday, December 20, 2010

No excuses, lots of regrets and lots of wasted time. Reality is hard to face , but one day you wake up and say..What the H*** have you been doing. I had this moment for the second time in my life. The first one was back in '95 when after a fight with a long distance boyfriend I went out and bought a 6 pack of beer. Beer me..I hate beer but what the heck. After drinking 3 cans I looked in the mirror and said in a loud voice.. What The "F" are you doing?? Do you want to wind up like Mommy?? That is when I decided to quit drinking all together. As an Adult Child of an alcoholic, facing reality is hard some times. But I am sober 15 years.
Today is the 2nd time I got this wake up call. I have been away and making all kinds of excuses. It is a beautiful time of the year and a new year is coming. oh sure I could wait till 2 more weeks.. but no way not putting it off any long. How many January 1sts has it been??/ Way to many to count & not about to add another one on. I am here starting a new with blinders on ,so not to look back. No more woulda, shoulda, coulda. How how many times that was a mantra that I realize now was forsetting up a failure.
No more negative talk to myself. It is easy to do and I am sure we all do it. One kind word a day to me, then two , then three & finally a full sentence. I think I can do that.
How many times have we all put ourselves last? Somebody or something always took president. It is ok sometimes, but not everytime. We all have so much to contribute & so much to give to this big wide world of ours.
Hmmmm maybe I will say this too.. I am worthy & have lots to contribute..Yup that is right.. I am worthy & have something to contribute.
No more stuffing feelings with food.. No more rationalizing that extra piece of pumpkin pie.. ahhh one more & I will add Fat Free Cool whip.. Now that goes on the list of Jan. 1sts. Not just pumpkin pie. Oh I will cut that slice of pizza in half.. Oh Yea especially being Italian..
Reality checks can make you laugh sometimes & that is good. Laughter burns calories too, Right??
Well this is me, and here I am. We are all on different roads but have the same destination on our map. If I see you on your road or when the roads cross I will wish you a safe and successful journey & I hope you will do the same for me.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/25/2010 12:20AM

    Welcome back, Donna!!! Wonderful blog. I know I have said most of these same words before. When we falter, we just have to forgive ourselves as we would our friends. Guess what.....WE ARE WORTH IT!!! WE CAN DO IT!!!
Best of luck to you on your journey to the healthiest you can be.
Blessings and hugs,

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SOFEDUPP 12/21/2010 11:21PM

    Welcome back and you can do this!!!

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MSWEEZER 12/21/2010 1:48PM

    Yep, laughter is some of the BEST medicine. You can do it and you have friends here to help you on this journey. We all falter but we just keep forging and not look at it as a setback. We have to fall a few times before we get it, just like learning to ride a bike.

Happy Holidays!!

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SUNNYH99 12/20/2010 9:47PM

    Donna, I am very glad to read your blog and see you here and getting back on track. It is hard, but so well worth the effort, to begin to take care of ourselves, REALLY take care of our selves. My sponsor calls it "enlghtened self-interest," rather than "selfishness" when it comes to better boundaries, healthier decisions, better adherence to our values. I am proud of you! Let me know how I can help.
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DANLIN60 12/20/2010 7:10PM


Great to see you back and YES you can do it. Make sure that you post here EVERY day so we can give you the support you need. Be part of our wonderful family and feel the love we share. Talk to soon


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CHRYS13 12/20/2010 6:46PM

    Absolutely! I'm here to wish you a safe and successful journey!
We're here to support each other, that's for certain!
Great blog, Donna....wonderful to "hear" from you!

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PJSTIME 12/20/2010 4:11PM

    I'm glad you are back. Most of us (I know I have) lost our way and had to come back. It isn't an easy journey, but I always told my kids. Anything worth having is worth fighting for. And we are definitely worth the fight.

Have a wonderful day.

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LESSOFMOORE 12/20/2010 2:49PM

    Donna, it's great to see you back! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/20/2010 2:27PM


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51NFIT 12/20/2010 2:16PM

    Very well put. So many of us could have written these same words.

Good luck on your jouney!

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The Bottom hurts ...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Why waste your time & mine, the truth is.. I did it and hit my bottom and realized there is no place to go but up. One step at a time, one day at a time. The only place I really needed to be to get back on track is on SP. The place of understanding people & helping hands. Why??? because we are all kindred souls who at one time or another have hit that brick wall and fell down hard. We know that we need to pull up our big girl &big boy pants and take a deep breath and say...We Are Worth It. Some of us find it hard and some of us are so scared we cringe. Sometimes we don't know how to put our selves and needs first. You know what..It is OK. One day at a time, one step at a time. One kind word Or goodie or unseen smile makes this long road a little bit smoother and a lot less scary.
So here I am, Big Girl Pants pulled up, shoes on and taking my baby steps to making me as happy healthy & success story.
My hand is out for help and to give a helping hand.
only way is to keep looking up..
Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
~Mary McLeod Bethune

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SHOES17 4/10/2012 11:31PM

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WATERBABY4 9/3/2010 11:03AM

    Hope you are doing well. It is a "one day at a time" struggle but we can all do it. Never give up the fight. Keep on truckin'

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/15/2010 11:08PM

    So glad to see you sparking, Donna. When I saw your blog, I rushed right over to say hi and I have missed you, my friend. Welcome back!!! Take my hand and together we will take baby steps on our way to the healthiest we can be. This blog is such an inspiration...very motivating...and I thank you for sharing it.
"Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible."
~Mary McLeod Bethune ...such a true and wonderful quote. THANK YOU!!!
Blessings, love and hugs,

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POOH_BEAR_69 7/14/2010 10:05PM

    So glad to see a blog from you... Even if it means you are reaching out for a helping hand... We're all here for you!!!

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SHIITAKE 7/14/2010 1:47AM


You have gone through so much in the past, and come through it well....and you will come
through this next part just fine too ! We have all been where you are now, or may be in the
same boat with you, my friend ! Whichever...know that there are many SP friends who will
be right there with you, helping and encouraging you , through thick and thin; on your
journey to a healthier and better you ! One step at a time, we will do this together, Donna !!
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CHARLIESANGEL10 7/13/2010 11:51PM

    It's all about the getting back up---I've done it a lot too--so glad you're back. I'm locking arms with you & I'm gonna take baby steps right along with you!!! You are so worth it---we can do this.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/13/2010 8:09PM

    I am happy to see you are back. We can do this together!

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ROZEEROZ1 7/13/2010 6:12PM

    You are right it is one day at a time. Some days for me it is one moment at a time. The answer is always Jesus. He never give up on us = we shouldn't either.

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WILLOW49 7/13/2010 5:33PM

    One step at a time, one day at a time! emoticon
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MSWEEZER 7/13/2010 4:57PM


Yep, one baby step at a time. You have friends here to help you along. And you DO matter.

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SMILINGEYES2 7/13/2010 4:50PM

    Not giving up is the only way to make it. This is a great reminder of what we all must do. Together we all can get there.

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PJSTIME 7/13/2010 4:32PM

    I am so glad you are being positive and picking yourself back up again. SP and your friends are here to help you and all of us.

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WEIGHTGONE160 7/13/2010 4:10PM

    That a girl! Way to stay positive! You inspired me today for sure! Shelley

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Today we all Celebrate.


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/18/2010 9:17PM

    Hope you St. Patrick's Day was a happy one. May all the wishes in this Irish blessing came back to you ten fold. Have a wonderful weekend also. Hope your weather is beautiful!!!
Blessings and hugs, my dear friend.

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LESSOFMOORE 3/18/2010 2:36PM

    Belated Happy Saint Patrick's Day. Here's hoping yours was happy and healthy. emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 3/18/2010 12:31PM

    This is a lovely blessing. Hope you had a great day celebrating and that all blessings that are wished above also are for you. emoticon

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Struggling this week

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This has been a very emotional week for me. I find myself struggling not only with weight but emotionally & physically. I try to stay positive, but old hurts and memories keep creeping in. This past weekend a dear & wonderful person passed on. Her son emailed us and said that her last words were." I see the light & I see God". That is so comforting to know. Rest in Peace Joyceeee & as you said to Bett. " Fly With The Angels". ( Bett is my sister who passed while I was having treatment.)
Very mixed emotions have been flooding me & I just can't seem to get it right. My calories have been up & down. as did my weight. I went up 1/2 pound. The old me would have said.. Ok you blew it now go eat & stuff the feelings. Yet. I have not. Yeah me. When I said my calories were up. it was because of the irregular eating, & the big fluctuation with my Bloodsugar. My own fault. yet I did put down on SP everything in I ate.
No excuses. I am back on track today.. I decide to ask for support & share what I have been going through. Not hiding, not stuffing ice cream Pie, pizza, deli.. Like the old day.
I went over with healthy food. I had a bigger portion. No excuses.. Let Me say it.. I DID EMOTIONALLY EAT WITH THE BIGGER PORTIONS.
As I wrote this I stopped & said who am I kidding. Only me.. Justification of my actions. No Good.
I realized I did fall of the wagon & without being on SP. By not writing this I would have continued to justify & rationalize and just plain been a failure to me. Not posting it would have just been another wall to hide behind.
Today, this moment is a new beginning for me.

I wish you all a wonderful Day. Thank You all for giving me hope & support & inspiration.

Thank you all for allowing me to write this & be honest enough to post it.

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
- Mary Pickford

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WEIGHTGONE160 7/14/2010 1:56AM

    So sorry for your loss. I am touched that you reached out and expressed yourself and overcame a time of weakness and sadness. What a huge accomplishment my dear! Praises to you! Keep on keepin on and God Speed that you will continue to stay strong and true to yourself with your supporters here on Sparkpeople. Shelley

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DRADISCH 3/12/2010 1:17PM

    From my Hear I want to Thank You all for your kind words of support & comfort. It is so heart warming to know that You are Not Alone. In Good times & times of Struggle. There are Hearts and hands reaching for us.
Have a Blessed & beautiful weekend.
Hugs & Prayers always

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JANLEEW 3/12/2010 12:27PM

    Let the emotions out, look at them, cry, deal, then you will be able to get back on track. You did not fail. Remove that word from your day. That moment has passed and you passed with flying colors. You tracked, you were honest with yourself, Hooray for you.
Keep moving, keep tracking.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/11/2010 3:50AM

    Donna, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thank you for this valuable blog so that I know what prayers you need at this time. May God bless you and comfort you in your loss. (Jack also)
Start each day with a positive thought just for that day. Reading and reflecting on a inspirational thought or message before you start your day can put you in a positive frame of mind.
Wake up each morning knowing that you have been given a new chance, put a smile on your face, give yourself a little pep talk because you know you can do this and get your day started with a happy thought, and thank God you have this new day. Before you go to sleep each night, thank God for the day you have just had and give yourself a pat on your back for a job well done...that you did the best you could for that day.
Putting God first, know that you are in control! You are working toward making yourself a healthier you. You can do this!!!
Blessings and hugs,

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PJSTIME 3/10/2010 5:43PM

    Donna, I am sorry about your loss and so very proud of you for not giving up on Spark and your healthy eating, but instead blogging and pushing ahead. Don't worry about yesterday, it is over and done just take it from here a fresh start. Your friend and fellow sparker. PJ
Onward and Downward in 2010.

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LESSOFMOORE 3/10/2010 2:09PM


I am sorry to learn of your loss.

Hugs & Blessings,

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PATSDIARY 3/10/2010 1:19PM

    I am very sorry for your loss, and at the same time very proud of you for allowing yourself to fall off the wagon and jump back on! We all - every single one of us - have days when we don't eat right, and sometimes a lot of days, but the trick to getting where we are going is to forgive ourselves and do better today. Yesterday's gone - forget it and do what you can today to make yourself healthier!

Hugs to you, friend

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SAVINGHANNAH 3/10/2010 1:09PM

    Donna, you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there all will be ok. You have gotten me thru the last 9 mos. I'm here for you. things will get better. And if you think your eating is bad you should see me. I feel like a hog when I'm eating, but I just can't stop til I'm stuffed. We will conquer this!!
Shugs,S. Sis.,
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PINK-SOLDIER 3/10/2010 12:26PM

    Donna, I am so emoticonfor the emoticonangels emoticonyou have lost on this earth. emoticonAs you said may they fly high with the angels in heaven. I hope thinking of that is a comfort, though not easy to be left here without them. emoticonThank goodness for your caring friends, I hope we help you in your difficult moments. I hope your eating habits improve, think of how much better you will feel when you eat in a healthy manner. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI continue to pray for you and all that is troubling you at this time. emoticonPeace and Love, Inga emoticon emoticon

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WILLOW49 3/10/2010 12:08PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Good for you for having the courage to post; I hope everything improves for you now. We all "fall off the wagon" now and again, what matters is that you recognize it, pick yourself up and get back on track again! I've been struggling lately, too, but know today is another day.

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SASSTRESS 3/10/2010 11:04AM

    emoticon I'm very sorry for your loss.

It takes courage to admit and write (and post) as you have done. I can get thrown off plan pretty easily based on my emotions so good for you on your realizations and for seeking support instead of comforting yourself with food!

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PEABODYPEGGY 3/10/2010 11:01AM

    I'm impressed by your courage and honesty. It is comforting to know that I'm not the only one that might be struggling. I'm teary today for no reason. Go figure. I've eaten extra this morning because of my sadness and frustration. But guess what? That has ended. I'm glad you reached out. I love the picture of the rose on the rough wood. For some reason, it's comforting. emoticon

Keep on keeping on girl...we are dealing with it !

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