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A CHILDHOOD LESSON THAT HELPED MOLD WHO I AM TODAY

Saturday, May 02, 2009

FIRST I AM WARNING THIS IS DEEP... AS A SMALL CHILD ASTHMA WAS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE. I SUFFERED MUCH WITH ATTACKS THAT SEEMED TO NEVER END.

IN THOSE DAYS THE MEDS CAUSED MY HEART TO RACE AND MAKE ME FEEL NERVOUS. (SO GLAD THEY HAVE BETTER MEDS NOW) YES I WILL BRAGG ON MY MOTHER AGAIN WE ARE VERY CLOSE. MY MOTHER AND DAD WAS DIVORCED WHEN I WAS 4 SO MY MOTHER WAS ALL I KNEW. SHE WAS MY HERO. SHE SAT UP WITH ME AT NIGHT WHEN I COULD NOT BREATH. TOO MANY VISITS TO THE DR/HOSPITAL ETC.

I DID NOT SAY ALL THIS FOR SOME ONE TO MAKE A COMMENT OR MY BLOG BEING SAD. WE ALL KNOW THAT BAD/SAD STUFF HAPPENS IN LIFE. SHE COMFORTED THUR MY SUFFERING.

MY SUFFERING HAS CAUSED ME TO MORE SENSITIVE TO OTHERS SUFFERING OR BAD DAYS. I NEVER LOOKED DOWN ON ANY ONE SUFFERING BUT FEEL COMPASSION FOR THEM.

FINAL NOTE Y'ALL I HAVE NOT HAD ASTHMA LIKE THAT SINCE 1995 WHEN I ALMOST DIED FROM THE LAST ONE. CHRIST CAME TO RESCUE AND SAVED ME FROM CERTAIN DEATH. I TOOK HIM AS MY SAVIOR. WHAT THE DEVIL MEANT FOR EVIL GOD USED IT FOR GOOD. CHRIST IS A HEALER!!!

I WARNED YOU IT WAS DEEP!!!!!

  
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RETRACMJ 5/5/2009 11:26PM

    Woohoo for your Mama!
Woohoo for you learning good from your bad experience!
And WOOHOO! for your Saviour!!


(I have a dear friend who had similar childhood situation and her mother was not nice to her - and she has serious problems to this day!!)

Thanks for sharing this!!

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SLENDERELLA2010 5/3/2009 6:38PM

   

I'm glad that you've felt God's healing touch.
Best wishes on your weight loss journey.


Sue


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LAMMB08 5/3/2009 5:52PM

    Something good comes out of something bad...I'm glad to hear the asthma attacks have stopped!

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JIBBIE49 5/3/2009 2:35AM

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CHRISTFIEND 5/3/2009 12:42AM

    What a lesson!! And the fact that you find CHRIST is the best reward!!!

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MRSHONEYC 5/2/2009 10:35PM

    Yes, suffering through things like asthma help you see that others DO have limitations - they may not be asthma, in particular, but everyone has some limitation somewhere!
My DD had asthma - diagnosed at 4-1/2 years old. We thought she was just exaggerating about breathing b/c the doctor said she had pneumonia - it took 4 visits for him to declare her asthmatic! I remember sitting up with her with her "elephant nose" machine for her breathing treatments, too!

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DSHRBURR4 5/2/2009 10:08PM

    I am so glad that HE saved you from certain death and most important of ALL - I am glad that you have JESUS in your heart. I am glad that you have not had an asthma attack in a long time.

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AHUNYU 5/2/2009 10:02PM

  Great lesson you learned. Glad that your asthma is under control! Yes Jesus is the great physician....if only we call on Him!!!! Great memory :)

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ADERNH 5/2/2009 9:38PM

    It always seems like the moms that stay up with us when we were sick. That is a great lesson you learned being more sensitive to suffering. I am glad your asthma is better!

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A HAPPY CHILDHOOD MEMORY

Saturday, May 02, 2009

I have many. But the one that sticks out in my mind when my mother would take us to the dairy queen (just to name a few places) after our special Sunday dinner which we ate by candle light. Yep we had lights but we wanted to see the candles. My sister and I would get our ice cream cone. We would bragg how ours looked and tasted better than the others. To us that was big stuff. We felt special cause we had our cone decorated just who we wanted it. Good days,

  
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LAMMB08 5/3/2009 5:53PM

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JIBBIE49 5/3/2009 2:35AM

    So nice.

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MRSHONEYC 5/2/2009 7:52PM

    That's a WONDERFUL memory! I love the dinner by candlelight part :)
Ice cream, no matter HOW cold, is always a special treat!

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UNSURE 5/2/2009 7:46PM

    Nice childhood memory.

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MOV4WARD 5/2/2009 6:38PM

    ...just happened to be in the neighborhood

:::nods::: ~ i have many happy memories tied to food too. this reminds me of when we came home from the beach, we always stopped for a rootbeer float. it was a tradition we looked forward too :)

thanks 4 the memories :)

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bento time AGAIN!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

..I tried my own bento yesterday. It was great not to have run around and prepare each meal separately. I prepared all my meals while I fixed breakfast. Just stored everything in its own container. It really helped me with protion control and I was able to keep up with I ate better. I will make myself one tomorrow.

No this bento in pic was not made by me but I will put one here that I do later.

  
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RETRACMJ 4/21/2009 6:45PM

    I'm confused. Is bento the container, or a type of food, or what? I did go to the website and looked but didn't spend much time. The containers in the picture look similar to some I have from tupperware - had a long, long time - mine have a divider in the middle so I can put two things in them.

But if it helping you with portion control whatever it is, it is good.

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UNSURE 4/20/2009 9:15PM

    I all way do better when I set my meals up in advance. Take care.

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UGOGIRL51 4/18/2009 10:58AM

    Looks yummy emoticon And a emoticon I dead also.You never give up girl emoticon

Annette emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOV4WARD 4/17/2009 2:17PM

    emoticonHi :)

catching up after a couple super busy weeks. Luv the tips in your last blog! Luv Bento's! I've never done that @ home other than batch cooking. Making enough for several days leftovers. I can see this helping :)

Cheers!

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CHRISTFIEND 4/15/2009 10:56PM

    Great job on portion control!! Just so that I'm clear, bento is the containers right? If not please clarify.

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TNDARLINGTON1 4/15/2009 12:26PM

    Wow is that very the best thing. Could you post a link to our Rita's Retreat team. I have heard so many people talk about it and wha a fantastic idea.
I found the link on your other blog.

http//justbento.com>
We have a Japaness Dollar store down the road from where I work so I am going to check it out to see if I can purchase some of those wonderful contrainers. Excellent in portion control and packing fruit and veggies. I can even pack them a head of time. YEAH


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JIBBIE49 4/15/2009 12:17PM

    I think I already mentioned that in Japan, there are no cafeterias in the schools and ALL students must bring their lunch (as most workers do to their company jobs), so that is why BENTO is such a "scientific" packing product, so it makes it as easy as possible for mothers to fix these meals, which most often are cooked with the evening meal and then she uses that for the lunches, too.
So, it is good to fix them ahead of time.

SMART GIRL! emoticon

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SISTERCHICK1965 4/15/2009 9:36AM

    i soooooo need to get some of those. They are super cute!!! LOL. Do they come in PINK????

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MRSHONEYC 4/15/2009 9:20AM

    Those sure make meals look "cute"! I still like my little corningware individual casserole dishes, but most of my meals are casserole type!
Keep it up - you're doing GREAT!

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DSHRBURR4 4/15/2009 9:02AM

    Great job on portion control.

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/15/2009 8:05AM

    Whee, Pat. I *love* bentos. I tend to do my own "fusion" variety - a mix of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Middle-Eastern, and occasionally "Western". :D It's fun.

And THANK YOU for the link to JustBento that you put up a while ago - I've been devouring Maki's blog ... great ideas there!

Yeah, Bento is fabulous for portion control. And now I have my niece and nephew eagerly making mini "sushi" rolls after school - they like the "finger-food" aspect of it!

Have a superb day!

Cheers,
Maya


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VAREEP 4/15/2009 7:54AM

    I had never heard of bentos until you brought the subject up before. I went to one of the links you gave and did a little more research. Based on what I found I did make up my lunch one day(I can't say it was bento, but if not it was close enough). I have to say.. I loved it! I think I'll make one for today's lunch and one for my snacks. Thank you for reminding me about doing these. You are right. It makes tracking the days food so much easier! And it also cuts down on the temptation to eat something different while you are getting ready to prepare something to eat.

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TIPS FROM EVERYDAYHEALTH HOW NOT TO RUIN YOUR DIET.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Don't Blow Your Diet!

Give in to cravings without giving up on your diet
woman with food craving eating doughnut.

We all know what can end a diet or healthy streak...cravings, and then giving in. However, healthy living does not mean deprivation. Enjoy your food and manage your weight by indulging your cravings carefully.

Here's how:


* Review your Daily Journal

What are you willing to give up based on your review? For example, do you use regular salad dressing? If so, try the light version to save calories and fat. Do you drink regular sodas? Try the diet version, switch to iced tea, or better yet, switch to vitamin water or other flavored vitamin drinks.

* Review your Weaknesses

Is it chocolate? What is the minimum that you need in order to not feel deprived? Give yourself the option of either surviving on 1 small piece of dark chocolate per day or splurging on a piece of chocolate cake once a week. Do you crave salty snacks such as chips or pretzels? If 1 serving is enough to not make you feel deprived, sort out that big bag of calories into single serving bags for a daily treat. You can also look for the lighter versions, such as baked chips instead of the higher fat varieties.

* Distract, and then Satisfy the Craving

Try not to eat around the craving. Many of us will eat the apple, banana, and whole grain cereal to push away the craving, and then end up eating the chocolate anyway! Then we've had more calories and fat than we would have had by just satisfying the craving in the first place. When you feel a craving coming on, do something distracting like taking the dog for a walk, talking to your neighbors or calling up a friend or relative. Drink a glass of water or a cup of hot tea. If the craving is still there, be reasonable and have a serving.

* Eat Often

Manage cravings before they start by eating nutritious foods every few hours so that your blood sugar level does not take a dip. Important tip: Plan a small meal around the same time that you typically have cravings.

* Take a Day Off

Here is another option. Take an entire day off each week from your plan. If you know you get this day to indulge in normal-sized portions of your favorite foods, you will be more likely to control yourself throughout the rest of the week.

  
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ELLIET3 5/3/2009 8:13AM

    Thank you for sharing those great tips.

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/27/2009 4:37PM

    Thank you. I fight most of my carvings as they usually pass with in 30 min or shorter. So I keep busy when I craving bug hits.

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JIBBIE49 3/27/2009 1:25PM

    Thanks so much. emoticon

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JUDI_CUTIE 3/27/2009 1:25PM

    Hi Do2Heal, I stopped by your page because I was thinking of you. It has been a while since you posted on the Beck page. I am glad to see a Blog from you!!! I hope things are going OK. We miss you! We need your megaphone!

emoticon Judi

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UGOGIRL51 3/27/2009 11:21AM

    RIGHT ON GIRL emoticon NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! emoticon emoticon

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MRSHONEYC 3/26/2009 9:30PM

    I'm with SisterChick - most of the time if I've got the junk on hand, I find that I don't go "jonesing" after it. There are some GREAT points on your blog!


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DSHRBURR4 3/26/2009 5:15PM

    WOOOHOOO - I like the "DAY OFF" deal!!!

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/26/2009 4:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. I buy stuff thinking I might want it, and end up not eating it. But, I think it's just the having it and knowing I have it takes the edge off the craving for me. Psychological I guess. LOL.

I've been carrying around a little vera bradley zipper coin case with M&M's in it in my purse for 3 weeks. It's still almost all the way full. Knowing it's in there and i can eat them, I don't seem to crave them as much. LOL

THanks for sharing

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VAREEP 3/26/2009 2:24PM

    Thank you for sharing these tips.
I do accept my cravings and will indulge before the craving gets out of control.

Shhh, don't tell Rita, but I always have M&M's in my house. I have an M&M dispenser. It used to be used only on the weekends so DS could have a few at a time instead of eating a whole bag at once. It holds a "Tear & share" size package. Since I have been allowing myself to indulge when I start craving them, I have a small amount from the dispenser (usually 8-10). I haven't filled it in 3 weeks and it still has some left in it. A big difference from when we'd open a pack and it would be gone in 10 minutes (or less).

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LOVEANGELS37 3/26/2009 12:15PM

    Great info!!! and all so true. I had been giving myself one day to eat whatever but I always overdue it on sweets!!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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OUT OF THE ASHES COMES PRAISE!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009



This is a update on the African American Community Center. I talked with my mom this morning and she said the lady that I thought was burned in the center--was really not burned. She is not in a burn unit either. She is hospitalized. She said that she is talking and recognizes friends who come and visit her. Now I can see the Gods hand of mercy thur this. He is a God of second chances. He gave a second chance to me 12 years ago after I suffered from a near death experience from an asthma attack. Not only is he the God of second changes but he forgives daily. I thank him on the ladies behalf.

The hebrew boys had a fiery furnace for real but God himself joined them in the fire literally and they did not burn nor did their clothes smell like smoke. They were rejoicing within the fire. He is truly The God of second chances. All things are possible to them who believe. To those who are praying -- please keep praying.

  
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MOV4WARD 3/24/2009 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticonthank you for the update ~ such wonderful news! we will continue to lift them in prayer :)

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UGOGIRL51 3/24/2009 12:23PM

    DO emoticon

I emoticon THE PICTURE AND I emoticon YOUR BLOG. TAKE CARE GIRL emoticon

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/23/2009 8:32AM

    That's awesome news. God watches over his children!

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NVR2HEALTHY 3/22/2009 11:02PM

    fabulous news!

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AHUNYU 3/22/2009 11:01PM

  He is faithful! It is good to know the lady was not burned and better yet she recognizes people!!!

He will nerver forsake us!

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MRSHONEYC 3/22/2009 9:51PM

    What WONDERFUL news! The hands of God are definitely with her ... AND YOU!

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JIBBIE49 3/22/2009 8:22PM

    How wonderful to know she is alright.

I seen on the news where some 18 year old girl, got in the bathroom with GASOLINE to put it on her head to kill LICE, and the fume were ignited by the Hot Water Heater. Her boyfriend was with her and got his hands burned getting the fire out, but she was burned over half her body. Her mother said "Well, Lice treatment is expensive to buy, and she was just trying to get rid of them the best way she could."

I'm FRUGAL, but honestly, I am NOT stupid. Some things you just PAY for and do it right.

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