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What three things are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In being wonderfully active within the SparkPeople Community -- the 'rock' that's going to help me keep my goals in front of me -- I was asked what three things are you thankful for today?

I am thankful for 1) a faith walk in Christ that grows stronger each day, 2) friends and loved ones who bless me and God with their positive impact, and 3) the many wonderful people and resources available to me through my journey of life-long learning, weight loss (SparkPeople, Weight Watchers, 3D [diet, devotion, and discipleship], Faithfully Fit, etc), and enjoying the beauty of God's creation through nature. I praise God for the rich blessings and beauty that surround me right now in this temporary land I call home.

What three things are you thankful for today?

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SUSANHGREENE 12/15/2010 7:40AM

    1. That I have HOT water for a nice shower on COLD mornings! LOL
2. That I have a job that I enjoy and am able to pay my bills
3. That I have a loving and supportive husband and family!!!

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MOMFAN 12/15/2010 12:06AM

    Warm house out of the cold.

Hubby who works so hard to provide.

Jesus Christ that came to the earth so long ago to save us from our sins.

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CCCARTER3 12/14/2010 3:29PM

    My 3 things to be thankful for.

1. That I know I have eternal life with Christ.

2. That we live in a country we can celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

3.That I have a wonderful family

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MLKDUD 12/14/2010 2:43PM

    my family (husband and daughter)
my job
my health

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FREES1 12/14/2010 1:01PM

    my partner and our family - both 2 and 4 legged
being aware of the world around me - the blessings it brings into our lives and the freedom to enjoy it
health, comfort, friends - both here with me 'in the flesh' and out there on the Spark

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RENE54 12/14/2010 1:01PM

    I am thankful for my family and friends and for sparks!! emoticon emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 12/14/2010 12:35PM

    I am thankful for:

1. a warm home
2. my amazing family
3. my faith

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WAGTHEDOG 12/14/2010 12:19PM

    1. I am thankful for snow!
2. I am thankful for blogs!
3. I am thankful for friends! emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/14/2010 12:09PM

    my three thankfuls for the day...

1. knowing that God is always the strongest presence in my life

2. being blessed to have found Sparkpeople, it's truly saving my life.

3. my fabulous family and my wonderful friends...so many of you I may never get to meet in person, but you fill my heart with more joy than you can ever know! ~hugs~

**and 4. I'm thankful I have a friend like Evelyn to remind me to be thankful**

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CBEVNOW 12/14/2010 11:59AM

    That i can worship freely
My family,friends
The things my Lord has blessed us with

Caroline emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 12/14/2010 11:55AM

    I am thankful for God's provisions

I am thankful that God always hears and answers our prayer.

I am thankful for wonderful family, friends including spark friend and the support of SP

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DWYER1952 12/14/2010 11:50AM


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Donít get mad, get glad

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Earlier this morning, having just come from my weekly weight loss group, I was given the opportunity to make the best out of a bad situation. I had actually thought about taking a day of rest from my new exercise regime. With only a few meals left before the refrigerator needed to be totally empty, I stopped by my favorite supermarket for bakery bread. Bread and bananas were the only two items I needed, so when I learned it would be nearly a half hour before the bread would be ready, I stood there a moment, then offered to wait and work in some walking. With a beautiful (albeit chilly and rainy) day outside, I was happy to be inside. This would be the perfect time to put to good use all these bright and relatively empty aisles. About a half an hour later, I learned that the bread had just come out of the oven and had to cool before they could slice it Ė a talent Iím not all that good at for ease in tracking purposes. I was glad the baker offered to put it in the freezer for a bit. Another half hour later, my shopping and exercise were complete.

While Iím far from perfect in making the best of choices, Iím very glad to have been blessed with the peace of mind to choose compassion and patience in this case. The Apostle Paul writes, ďTherefore, as Godís chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) Itís not always that we can be immediately mindful to turn a negative situation into a positive one, but it sure is better for our health when we do.

I'm mindfully trying to be the best Teddy Bear and Peep I can be!

Do you attempt to turn a negative into a blessing? Enjoy your journey to make healthier choices. Your peace of mind will say, ďThank you.Ē

hug, hug,

PS I am thrilled to report success at the scales: 2 lbs. That's eight sticks of butter (my crazy visual) off the body this week. This is a lot for me, as I'm over four years into a 100 lb weight loss with only 33 lbs left. Now to go check my new BMI. Woo Hoo!

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SHELLEY147 12/10/2010 8:44PM

    emoticonway to make your day a successful one! :) I am working hard on turning negatives into positives. Today I had to run to Walmart to pick up the last of the Christmas presents (YES, I'm all done!)...it was packed. Instead of driving around waiting for a closer space, I parked near the end of an aisle and walked in the cold and slush to the store. Got me a bunch of extra steps and the cold air helped wake me up :)

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MCSNYDER1 12/10/2010 1:33PM

    I don't know if I'm so great at turning negatives into blessings...however, I always try to find the positive in the negative! Is that the same thing??

I'm glad you turned it around and congratulations on all your weight loss!!

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ANDYINBC 12/10/2010 8:52AM

    Love the quote from the Bible, it was not one I have thought much about, but I love it!
Writing this one down for memory!!!

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PAMAPPLE 12/10/2010 8:04AM

    Good job with taking advantage of walking the aisles while waiting for the bread... your patience paid off by turning to exercise while waiting!! emoticonon your 2 lb. weight loss!! I've also lost 2 lbs! emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 12/10/2010 7:54AM

    Good word!

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KITTYF54 12/9/2010 11:34PM

    Wow, great attitude!! thanks, Kitty

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It is a God Moment or is it old age?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

When I review one element of this wonderful vacation thatís just about come to a close, I realized I have lost several things: For example, my Nepali black pashmina (a treasured cashmere shawl from a Nepali friend), a beautiful white sweater (a wonderful gift, albeit a relatively new hand-me-down, from my cousin), and about six pounds (alleluia!). I had to throw in that last one for a little levity. Once I lost the pashmina for four weeks, having revisited three restaurants where I may have been, when suddenly it appeared neatly folded and tucked away in a corner of my trunk.

It's to the point that when I go somewhere, I need to make a mental checklist before leaving . . . did I remember everything? Why can't I remember to do this? It's an observation I shared with my partner Ė in hopes to perhaps elicit a little assistance.

It is a God Moment or is it old age?
While it may be both, Iím going to take it as a teaching moment from God to loosen the grip I have on my earthly possessions. In the parable of the rich fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus said, ďWatch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.Ē If I should never see these wraps again, I will have the wonderful memory of having received them from great people and pray they found their way to someone in need.

Are you getting enough little nudges in your life to change your thinking?

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ANDYINBC 12/9/2010 9:24AM

    With the frequency of my losing things, and then finding them, God must be living in my house! I prefer God moments to old age!

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PAMAPPLE 12/8/2010 10:31PM

    Even as the aging process makes changes in our memory, how good of you to reflect on praying that somebody who needs your possessions will find them and be able to use them. emoticonon your 6 lb. weight loss!!

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MARTHAWILL 12/8/2010 8:58PM

    Love your attitude. Awesome. And congrats on the 6 lb. weight loss. I have a hard time parting with things - too sentimental. Gonna have to re-assess things. Got a week off coming up. Am planning to do some "spring" cleaning. Like spring into it.

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CERIUSLY 12/8/2010 8:38PM

    I become very attached to special gifts from special friends. I am reminded of a time a friend asked if I was going to lock my car because she wanted to leave her bible in it. My response was this. "If someone steals my bible from my unlocked car, Praise God, the thief needs it worse than I do". emoticon

Great loss! emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/8/2010 6:43PM

    First of all, congrats on the 6 pounds gone!! Woohoo!!

Second, I love your attitude! I tend to have to do the 'leaving now checklist', and I'm sure not admitting to it being due to old age! So, I kinda like the idea that it's a God moment! ~hugs~

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    Great insight overflowing with the wisdom of God and I am happy for you having lost and never to find again six pounds, good for you. I love to here happy things like this they make my day and let me know that if she can do it so can I. emoticon

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FREES1 12/8/2010 2:45PM

    Congrats on the 6 pounds and I am sorry for your other losses. We do tend to get caught up in possessions - I remember from one spirituality book I read that one idea of poverty is learning to appreciate things where they are - they need not be our own... so I can see things in stores and enjoy them then and there - and leave them for someone else (not always!) When I moved 9 years ago I ended up abandoning most of what I had gathered.. so I got to start over in a new place.. it was very freeing, to say the least! Treasure the memories and the people

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CINDY1TWO3 12/8/2010 2:27PM

    You are right - and congrats on the 6 lbs!

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TRUTHISFREE 12/8/2010 2:11PM

    To many possessions can cause you to loose sight of what is important, what is important is God, family, friends. These things can not be replaced!! Possessions are just things, that why I and my husband are down sizing our lives, and putting Jehovah God first!! You are right!! Take Care!! emoticon

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Do you weigh often or seldom?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

How often anyone weighs in is uniquely personal. I happen to like my official weekly weigh-ins once a week on a calibrated scale outside the home. I continue to check in most mornings on my personal scale and am now pretty good at determining if I will be up due to all the usual reasons. From a life-time of learning, we must learn to like who we are (as we are) in order to move to the place where we can take steps to be a better, more healthy person. I'm grateful for the many SparkPeople and challenges that are helping me reach a new personal best! However you lose, I hope you enjoy the journey.

Do you weigh often or seldom?

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SHELLEY147 12/8/2010 6:44PM

    I weigh in weekly at home....every Friday morning, buck-naked in the bathroom! :)

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TOPS-TORTOISE 12/8/2010 12:00PM

    I weigh in officially on Tuesday evening at our TOPS meeting. The only thing I don't like about that is I always weigh more at the end of the day after I have eaten two meals, and that can vary depending on what I've eaten that day. Maybe it doesn't make that much of a difference over time. I usually check on my home scale on Friday or Saturday to make sure I am staying on track and that seems to be working well for me.

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ANDYINBC 12/8/2010 9:17AM

    I tend to weigh daily, if things are on track! This weekend was rough, so I Didn't weigh in until I got things back on track for a couple of days. Today, I weighed in and I am back on track!

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FREES1 12/8/2010 9:02AM

    I weigh a bit haphazzardly - sometimes once a week, sometimes an extra time, sometimes I skip a week.. Now it has reached a point of curiosity - I have gotten into a pattern, not one with which I am thrilled, of wandering up and down in a 3 or so pound range and then about once a month it drops 1-2 pounds and so the range lowers. I am paying more attention to how my body feels than what it actually weighs.

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NINJA-NED 12/8/2010 7:48AM

    I weigh twice a week, although I usually prefer once. I only have access to a scale Mon-Fri, so I weigh on Fridays for the Winter Challenge, and I weigh on Mondays for the holiday challenge at my fitness center.

Go, Teddy Bears! emoticon

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    I weigh in monthly. For me, once I had my "click" and realized it was not about my looks but about my health I stopped caring about the number on the scale or how fast it moved.

I stay in calorie range and nutritional range, that makes my life journey a success.

Terri =)

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TEAM-ERIC 12/8/2010 12:50AM

    I'm going to throw a new one in here. I weigh consistently I'm not sure if it falls into the often or seldom category! LOL. Once a week (Tuesday) I weigh and record. Saturday I do a spot check, to see if I am on track. Which may have kept a 1 pound gain from being a 2 + gain a couple of weeks ago, and a 1 lb loss from being 0 loss to a gain.

I agree the when and how is all very personal. What seems obsessive for one person is how another stays on track. Once a month may be the key for others. Late last winter I had hubby hide the scales, because I was on them 2 or 3 times a day!

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CHARLI101 12/8/2010 12:28AM

  I usually weigh in weekly on my home scales. Only weigh on professional scales a few times a year but I've stayed at goal for almost 4 years.

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Weight Loss Commitment for the Winter 5% Challenge

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Today is the start of a new commitment to lose 5% of my weight in the next 8 weeks: Thatís 9.8 lbs.

1 I will exercise 30 minutes a day by primarily walking.
2 I will also do at least three days a week of 10-15 minutes of strength training
3 I will learn something new: Either Jazzercize, Latin Dancing, Zumba, or hope to rejuvenate a regime of Tai Chi (Qi Gong) . . . something Iíve been away from for about 5 years (as my VHS tape gave up the ghost) . . . depending of what my level of exercise my body can tolerate.

1 I plan on following the new Weight Watcher plan, while
2 Tracking my food on SparkPeople

1 8 glasses a day
2 4 glasses of hot tea, coffee, or water

Here's to traveling the world! Cheers!

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KALISWALKER 12/5/2010 10:38PM

    emoticonYou have a great plan!

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HIKESHAPPY 12/4/2010 4:56PM

    Great job setting forth clear and simple goals for yourself! Woo Hoo!

One day at a time - you can DO this!

Go Teddy Bears:-)

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COLOURFULME 12/4/2010 11:38AM

    Clean cut goals. Well done!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/4/2010 11:08AM

    Thanks, my friends!

The excitement level is so high that Iím reminded of that great line in Pretty Woman that is now cropped from the made-for-television version:

Julia Roberts: "It was so good, I nearly peed my pants"
Richard Gere: "She said, it was better than the Pirate of Penzance"

Go Teddy Bears!

Comment edited on: 12/4/2010 11:14:49 AM

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VEMAN1 12/4/2010 9:33AM

    Great start! Read your commitment out loud twice each morning a once before bed. Focus wins the day.

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SHELLEY147 12/4/2010 8:36AM

    Sounds like a great plan Evelyn! You're on the right road to reach success for that 5% challenge! I'm so proud of you for your committment you've made to YOU and your health!! emoticon

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