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I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag...

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

It is my privilege to say those. A Long time ago my Dad came on a boat at 6 years old by himself in 1912 to live with his mother. He worked hard, became an American Citizen and taught us to Love and Honor Our Country. He said that his life began when he came here. Sure there were hardships, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII Korea, Viet Nam. He never served in any war. He couldn't, but he worked in the defense plants in WWII. Worked hard at trying to keep his family safe. He appreciated Life. He always said.. He saw it all and still stood proud to Be An American Citizen. The National Anthem brought tears to his eyes as it does mine.
I will cry when I hear it, no matter where I am. I am grateful for all the sacrifices that are made for my rights to live in American. I am so grateful to my Dad for making this His Home and my being Born and raised an American. It saddens me so that some people take it for granted. Call me a Flag Waver and I will stand up and Say.. You Are Darn A Right... Well I wouldn't really say Darn but I didn't want to offend anyone.
Citizen ship is an Honor and A privilege look at all who walked the grounds of Ellis Island and many other ports. To fulfill their dreams. There are still people coming here. I won't go into how.
Independence Day, the 4th of July, is a day to pay tribute and to honor those Men and women who served and still serve, defend and maintain our Nationís Freedom and Independence. Thus by providing and affording us the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their patriotism, all people and communities together with a common goals: the celebration of our Nationís birthday.
All those who Freely and without question r what the price is they have to pay.
I do not mean in the monetary sense, I mean in what each and every one of those devoted have paid and continue to pay on a daily basis. Their friends, their families, their children and their community also are paying for those rights., that we need to reflect and honor.
Look at the world around us and see all that is happening. Yet we can stand and protest and demonstrate and march and all because of those who have marched and still march in front of us.
Thank You All and I Pledge allegiance to The Flag !!!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2009 11:24PM

    Donna, Continue waving our wonderful flag and wearing your pride in our great country!!! Thank you for sharing....from one proud American to another.
God bless America and God bless you my friend!!!
Hugs,
Helen
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MYBABYNO1 7/3/2009 2:53PM

    Amen Sister! I am proud to be an American! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 7/2/2009 3:02AM

    It's wonderful to see the pride you have in your country.

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RAVENCREST1 7/1/2009 8:43PM

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No truer words. Thank you for a great blog. People tend to forget about all the sacrifices made so we can be free. I will "Never Forget" and fly my flag proudly. (I also get emotional during the National Anthem) Have a great 4th. emoticon

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JUDITHHELEN 7/1/2009 7:50PM

    What a beautiful commentary! Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you have a fantasmagorical 4th of July! Hope you can go to a parade somewhere and wave your flag. Our town still has a wonderful old-fashioned parade and it is always such a happy time. This year we have friends from Canada visiting and this will be their first 4th of July. We'll go to the parade, the chicken barbeque and fireworks and have a wonderful time. I hope your 4th will be a happy new beginning for you!
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EWESFLUFFY1 7/1/2009 3:43PM

    Well said. I'm right there with you!
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Triggers and self sabotage

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sometimes we have to have something we do not always eat that might be a trigger food. I try very very hard and when I can't take it anymore ,I fit it in.
I do know that if I do not write it down daily, I will sabotage myself. That has always been my major trigger. I have to commit to the writing or I might as well hang it up. Go back to being a fat couch potato. I start off full steam and then write it down.. you have got to be kidding. then Bam.. back to the old me.. super failure.
Oh I joined OA once when I was in my 20's and did super..then i I got a sponsor and she said I had to write everything down and best of all. tell her what I am going to eat and how much and when.
Well do i have to tell you how quick that deal ended. So what did I do.. go to a diet Doctor..he sure put me on a diet and diet pills. Way back then..they were amphetamines..You were up and flying around. my poor dad came home and slid in the front door .. I had washed and waxed every floor in the house. So needless to say I am a good judge of diets and my own triggers. FINALLY I woke up after the dumb thingsI have done in the name of weight loss and excuses why I failed. I failed because I sabotaged myself.. poor me, i didn't like the rules so I ate. I didn't get what I wanted I ate I didn't ....... and I ate.
I did learn that there are foods I crave and I can have a bit and fit it in and others No WAy.
You will not believe what just happened as I am writing this...
My Darling DH.. just made edwards Singles Hot Fudge Brownie with ice cream. Yes and the browin has to be mircowaved and then add the ice cream. Do you realize I am sitting here smelling the hot brownie. So I took it and held and smelled it and gave it back to him.. I had aroma therapy just now.
Ok can I jump out the window now.
Ok so the smell of Hot Brownie isn't good aroma therapy...Not for me anyway. Besides If I am ever going to binge... Don't worry I am not.. Only joking. Idon't want to have any of it. Now that was my point of all this rambling..I wrote down all I can have tonight and am Not going to deviate from the list..So If i didn't write it out I would have gone over the edge. It also helps that I am diabetic and that would have killed me.. I don't mess with God's Plan he gave me a second chance at life and I am not going to blow it..My darling just finished it and fit it all in his food journal....He will probably lose more weight again next friday....Hmmmmmmm Now I will go sniff my apple and eat it and go to catch up on my soaps I taped.
So I hope this helped and I didn't bore you too much.
Many hugs and remember to recognize your own personal triggers and No Self Sabotage.. It isn't fun anymore .... G'night all

  
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LITTLEMAMMA123 6/30/2009 12:10AM

    i do this to my self i sabbotage myself all the time i need help to stop doing this

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Show Your Sparkle!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Everyday we Show our Sparkle to others we help them and our selves.
Even when we stumble or slip back, we have the opportunity to pick our selves up dust ourselves off and Shake the Dust off our Sparkle!!
Shake that Sparkle and let it shine as a light to others. We all make mistakes , we all are in this together and I know we all want to succeed one day!!!
Our Goal is only as far away is Our Next Step. With each step no matter how small it brings us closer to the goal line.
Look at the Boston Red Sox... The Curse of the Bambino.. Woohooooooo they are World Champs.. They might have gotten so discouraged but they kept on going.
So Shake Your Sparkle Ladies and Gentlemen and Let it Shine!!!

  
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JANLEEW 6/29/2009 12:10PM

    Shaking and dancing I am!!!!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/28/2009 6:59PM

    great blog entry, thank you for the encouragement

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 6/28/2009 3:54PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog, It is a great reminder that we aren't perfect and we all make mistakes.
HUGS, KaTHY

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FLYER99 6/28/2009 2:29PM

    Truer words were never spoken. Let's all remember not to get down and to keep that Sparkle going. Thanks for this post - it was awesome! Bob. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/28/2009 2:20PM

    Donna, This is so uplifting and thrilling to me. I got goose bumps as I read it. Thank you so much for Shaking Your Sparkle and Letting YOUR Sparkle Shine...You are one AWESOME lady!!! What a great motivator and inspiration you are!!! Keep it up.
May God continue to bless you.
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Helen
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Thank You

Saturday, June 27, 2009

I just want to take this opportunity to thank everybody for all the great comments and wishes on my 5 year cancer free blog and posts.
You all made the day even more special and really touched my heart.
Michael Jackson's Song We Are The World" truly fits the SP Community.
Many heartfelt Thanks and Blessings are sent out to each one of you!!!
May your Journey be a success and the road have very few bumps.
Donna

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/27/2009 11:50PM

    You are very welcome. Just know that you touch the lives of so very many here on Spark People every day...mine especially. You are truly a great inspiration to me and many others.
Keep living each day to the fullest and always remember:
"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God."
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Turtle Crawl

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Today I weighed in... did or doing the turtle crawl. down another 1/2 pound and that is ok. they all add up so now I made the first 7 pounds GONE!!!
I am happy. I am thrilled because I did it. Haven't in a long time. I have two success in 2 days.
Ok one question is anybody measuring their neck too?
ok I lost a1 1/2 on my neck. go figure. Being a cancer survivor and having a partial mastectomy throws the chest measurement off. I still can't figure out the neck. hmmmmm another medical miracle.
DH called me pencil neck this AM.
But that is ok. If I get small enough and win the lottery (hehe) I will have DH buy me Diamonds. LOL
Today I am satisfied on being a turtle. As the old joke goes.." are You a Turtle?"
You bet your sweet (blank) I am".!!!
so never get discouraged or crawl back in your shell, stick your little head out and Shout... World Here I am!!!

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/27/2009 7:39PM

    Donna, WAY TO GO on another 1/2 pound lost!!! Just keep kicking them to the curb!!! You are so right...slow and steady will win the race. Meet you at the finish line...
God bless you.
Hugs,
Helen

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RAVENCREST1 6/27/2009 3:23PM

    Good for you!. As for the neck, I thought that might be for men but measured anyway and found I had lost 1 inch. Go figure. I'll take inches lost any day. emoticon

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