Thursday, November 27, 2014
I've been looking online for a Thanksgiving quote...and I've found some very revealing things about some Thanksgiving attitudes...
Let's see if you and I can relate to any of these?
Is your family great FOOTBALL enthusiasts?
Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. ~Erma Bombeck
Is the FOOD what you think of most?
My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing; the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother's Southern heritage; the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife's Midwestern roots; the Campbell's green-bean casserole; and of course, pumpkin pie. ~Douglas Conant
Are you an eternal OPTIMIST?
An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. ~Irv Kupcinet
Do your COOKING SKILLS lack a little?
My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. ~Phyllis Diller
Are you a person who just GIVES UP around the Holidays?
It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. ~Marilu Henner
Did your Mom have a rare SPECIALTY she only prepared for Thanksgiving?
My mom makes something called green pie, which I thought was a delicacy that many people only had at Thanksgiving, but it turns out it was just Jell-O with whipped cream on it. And it's delicious. ~Bobby Moynihan
Is your FAMILY a little hard to tolerate during the Festive meals?
On the morning of Thanksgiving, I would wake up to the home smelling of all good things, wafting upstairs to my room. I would set the table with the fancy silverware and china and hope that my parents and grandmother wouldn't have the annual Thanksgiving fight about Richard Nixon. ~Debi Mazar
Does Thanksgiving bring back FOND MEMORIES?
One of my most memorable Thanksgiving memories was probably the first year that me and my two brothers decided to start our annual eating contest. We ate throughout the whole day. We started that morning and weighed ourselves, and at the very end of the night, we weighed ourselves out. And all three of us equally gained five pounds. ~Charles Kelley
Was Thanksgiving a RARE TIME of EXPERIMENTATION for your family?
In deference to American traditions, my family put our oven to rare use at Thanksgiving during my childhood, with odd roast-turkey experiments involving sticky-rice stuffing or newfangled basting techniques that we read about in magazines. ~Jennifer Lee
OR...is your Thanksgiving more like this?
Thanksgiving just gets me all warm and tingly and all kinds of wonderful inside. ~Willard Scott
OR...maybe you're missing SOMEONE SPECIAL during this Thanksgiving...
I miss both of my parents terribly every day, but especially as we approach Thanksgiving. We always came together as a family for that holiday, playing capture the flag and touch football and laughing a lot. ~Mark Shriver
BUT, I think we can ALL relate to this:
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are. ~Joyce Giraud
MAYBE we should WRITE IT DOWN, so we have a tangible reminder when things seem to be going all wrong!
Every Thanksgiving, we all write down three things we're thankful for and put them in a hat. Then we pass the hat around the dinner table and everyone has to guess who wrote what! ~Debby Ryan
THEN AGAIN...for your family, Thanksgiving may be JUST the BEGINNING of bigger and better things to come:
Christmas is a huge thing in my family. We usually start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. ~ Samantha Isler
Whatever the case...HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED THANKSGIVING!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Today, November 15, 2014, is my 2 year Sparkversary.
If anyone would have told me 2 years ago that I could lose myself...and find myself at the same time, I would have thought they were crazy! That was a totally foreign concept to me at that time.
However, as time passed...and I used the tools on SparkPeople to their best advantage, I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
No longer did I have the mindset that I would be HUGE for the rest of my life. No longer did I have the mindset that I would end up bedridden from my Fibromyalgia and excessive weight. No longer did I feel hopeless, as far as my health was concerned.
I knew God had guided me to this wonderful website, and I knew He, and He alone, could help me lose the excess weight I had carried for well over 20 years. I also know that with His leading, ALL things are possible...(Matthew 19:26, Philippians 4:13) I just didn't know how fast it could happen, or how it would feel!
BUT, here I am today...a mere shadow of what I once was.
This pair of pants used to be very snug on me...they were the only ones I had that did not have elastic at the waist.
The signs behind me say: I WEIGH 136 LBS and I'VE LOST 136 LBS
AND...If I can do it, so can YOU!
Never, EVER, give up on your goals!
Here's a picture of me in my size 6 Skinny Jeans.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I just read this in a book by Ruth Bell Graham, "Legacy of a Pack Rat", and I wanted to share it with all my Spark friends.
It seemed to fit right in with our philosophy...
It was sent to her by Pastor Freyer in Mequon, Wisconsin.
There was once a clock pendulum waiting to be fixed. It began to calculate how long it would be expected to tick day and night, so many times a minute, sixty times every hour, twenty-four hours every day and three hundred and sixty-five times every year. It was awful! Enough to stagger the mind. Millions of ticks!
"I can never do it." said the poor pendulum. But the clockmaster encouraged it.
"Do just one tick at a time," he said. "That is all that will be required of you."
So the pendulum went to work, one tick at a time, and it is ticking yet.
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