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I'll be missing.......for a few

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I will be offline for a few days, so have a Blessed week sparkfamily. If you need me I can be reached at facebook messages which is sent to my phone.

Luv you all

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MEGUPPY 10/16/2009 8:28PM

    Have fun

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MIMZY08 10/15/2009 10:15AM

    Enjoy your time off!

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KELLI9001 10/15/2009 8:27AM

    Hurry back!! Stay positive and in control.

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GABY1948 10/15/2009 5:57AM

    Have a good couple days! But come back as soon as you can! emoticon

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SUSAN134 10/15/2009 12:52AM

    Have a good couple of days off....try and stay focussed!

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12 Week Challenge

Monday, October 12, 2009

I've joined the 12 Week challenge 10/12-1/4. My goal is to lose 16+pounds within that time.

Things I will do to get there.....
1. Exercise 15+ minutes daily
2. Eat 3+ fruits/veggies daily
3. Drink 6+ cups water daily

As for this past week, my scale says I lost 2 pounds (not 3) and thats ok with me. Any amount helps. Well here I go to start a new habit to live

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DEBRINCONCITA 10/15/2009 3:10AM


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Peace and blessings, Kita

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MSHOPPER63 10/13/2009 11:44AM

    Good for you, joining the challenge

You Can Do IT emoticon

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ALIZA77 10/13/2009 9:51AM

    rooten for you

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CHANA-D 10/13/2009 6:43AM

    I'm rooting for you!! You can do it!!

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BLAQUELORELEI 10/13/2009 12:46AM

  You can do it!

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NETTIEDEE 10/12/2009 10:40PM

    You can do this girl. Congrats on joining the challenge and on setting concrete measurable daily goals.

I'm rooting for ya!

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TERIE93 10/12/2009 9:43PM

    Sounds totally do-able!

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KO1215 10/12/2009 8:37PM

    Good job!

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REINVENT_ME 10/12/2009 6:33PM

    You can do it!!!

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needs & stuff :(

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I've been weighing my self daily and my scale seems to be holding at a 3 pound loss since last Tuesday, but I'll wait till tomorrow to post it. I think I got my portions right, it's just the quality of food thats hard to accomplish, being on a limited $ budget. Water consumption is right on target too. It's just the exercise that I just am unable to be consistant with. I did two days of exercise, one at 20 minutes and another at 15, and I am hoping to get in another 20 today.

My emotional health is on a low right now. I don't know why, but I feel so blah emoticon
empty, and uncomplete. Maybe I just need some sleep

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/21/2009 2:59PM

    You're diet may be one of the reasons why you feel so blah (that would be my first guess). The weather. You're current attitude. Depression. Addictions. Your menstrual cycle.

My diet & the weather are 2 of my biggest "blah feeling" instigators.

I know it is so hard to eat healthy because of finances. I was in this boat too @ one time. Have you tried any of the places that pass out free or discounted food? there are quite a few of them that offer fresh fruits & veggies (heartland co-op is one & angel food is another and both are nation wide). and really...fresh is so much better for you than canned. But I know...fresh is so expensive. Who can afford $4.00 for a pound of grapes or $8-$10 for 3# of apples? and fresh veggies? who can afford to pay $20 for 2 or 3 days worth of vegetables? It's rediculous the cost. A lot of churches, salvation armies & food pantries also offer free or discounted foods (some are actual meals & some are boxes of food/rice/pasta/staples). research it online & call around to some of the churches in your area. Not having transportation makes it harder but if a person wants something bad enough or realizes they have to do is usually doable, ride or no ride.

There are other cheap ways to get in the proper nutrition & being able to feel like you're actually filling your belly when you eat.

Peppers. red, green, yellow, orange bells....all of them so full of nutrients, low in calories, no fat no sodium. They also cook well with anything. Buy a cheap bottle of olive oil (the local dollar tree sells it for a buck) and saute it with any peice of meat, add it to beans, rice, eat them by themselves if you like them like that. yes, they can be expensive this time of year but the extra cost is worth it in attaining your veggie count. Plus you don't have all the sodium (translation: fluid retention) from the cheaper canned veggies. You get all the colors of veggies that you need right there in one serving! The dillon's (kroger) has red & green on sale for .88cents each & the yellow & orange were $1.68 each.

Beans & whole wheat rice are a high source of protein & fiber. They are also full of alot of other nutrients. Fresh beans are rather cheap & great for you. Canned beans are full of sodium, calories & fat. Some lunch meats & breads are cheap. they also horrible for you. Eat only whole grain whole wheat breads or eat none at all. Buy the meat whole & slice your own lunchmeat.

If you HAVE to eat canned veggies..that's fine, just 'wash' them before you serve them and never cook or serve them in their own canned juices! This is where all the sodium comes from.

If you can't afford to buy nice cuts of meat or can't afford to buy meat very often...just buy chicken or white fish. is the cheapest of all meats. (2) 8 ounce chicken breast (which is a pound of chicken) will feed a family of four cheaper than a pound of ground beef. Also...dairy is a good source of meat replacement. cottage cheese inparticular.

I use to always think that it was cheaper for my husband & I to eat out all the time. We always had leftovers that would feed us for another meal or two. But when I actually sat down and figured it out...we spend approx every 3 months @ Sam's (warehouse bulk shopping) $300. that breaks down to $25.00 per week. And then at the regular grocery store I spend about another $25.00 a week for side items. Sooo...I'm basically spending $50.00 a week on groceries & that includes fresh & frozen fruits & vegetables. We spend another $500 every 6 months at the meat market on a 1/4 side of beef & an 1/8 side of pork. that averages to $10.21 per week for meats which brings my total to $60 & change per week for groceries or a total of $240 per month. Which...really, we don't even spend that much. 90% of the time we have the $300 stock up bill ut then for the next 2 or 3 visits we will only spend maybe $150-$200...and we end up giving alot of food away too! I am terrible about cooking for 10 when it's just my husband an myself. I grew up cooking for a large family and it's hard to just cook for us. Plus a lot of times our stepkids show up right at meal time...

I think with the right planning and no matter now small your budget, one can always figure out how to eat healthier.

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DZINE4KING 10/12/2009 3:49PM

    Your doing a great job!...Your portions, your water, even exercise! Two days is better than none. As JoAnn said, the exercise will come as you feel better about what you are doing on the food least that's what I am hoping too! ha!

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MSHOPPER63 10/11/2009 5:14PM

    emoticon JoeAnne your doing great. As a Spark friend told me the other day getting the food in check is 80% of the battle. I'm like you with the exercise there was weeks where I do one day @ 10 minutes now I'm averaging 3 to 4 days.
As we lose the weight we will feel more and more like exercising. I pray your stress level decreases and your mood increases.


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MARILYNIM 10/11/2009 3:07PM

    Keep up the good work in losing the weight. I gained 2 lbs last week because of everything that was going on. I didn't get my excercise in last week either except for Fri. Just look forward, and keep up the good work. Find something that you would like to do for yourself, to encourage you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMONTOYA 10/11/2009 2:57PM

    I am sending you love, support and encouragement for a great week ahead. Allow God to carry you right now. He will see you thru this.

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KOOCH4 10/11/2009 2:33PM

    Hoping some good old bear hugs will help emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Giving my thanks :)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I give thanks to GOD for watching over my grandson and keeping him safe....Although my heart felt guilt, because I didn't do what I was supposed to, and that was to keep him safe.
After my son had passed away, I still have feelings that there was more I could have done for him, and I promised GOD I would do my best to care for my grandson. I feel like I've failed.
BUT I've not given up, I will do all that I can to care and keep him safe. That means losing some pounds, because yesterday I was so out of breathe, it felt like I was running. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, Amen

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2BTHINMAMMA 10/8/2009 8:56PM

    Praise God that we can do all things through Him who gives us strength! Wow, what a Savior!

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    I'm sorry for your loss, but I'm glad you are a part of your grandson's life! I'm glad that he is safe, I'm glad you are too! I hope things get better for you!

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KO1215 10/8/2009 4:53PM

    Accidents happen and the truth is, he is safe. And very lucky to have you! Glad it worked out okay.



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MSHOPPER63 10/8/2009 4:48PM

    Yes JoeAnne we should remember to give thanks more often. So glad your grandson is well.


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So so scared :(

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

My 2 year old grandson, WAS missing.
He had gone out the door when we were cooking, and the gate was left open. I thought I should check on him since I didn't see him in the front yard, thats when I saw the gate and just past that his three wheel bike in the middle of the road. I was struck with terror, because behind our house is an irrigation ditch with about 2 feet of water.
I didn't see our 2 dogs so I thought he may have followed them to the ditch and I look there first, (the momma, gramps, and niece) the others went looking in the opposite directions. I also thought he may have followed the dogs to the fields where the horses and cows were (he's been there with gramps) and I went that way too but didn't see him or the dogs.
As I was returning to the house, I went to the neighbors houses and asked if they saw him and they said no. As I was heading down another street, I saw my other niece running and yelled to see if they found him. She said yes. I was so scared still, because I didn't know if he was ok, or if other dogs had attacked him.
But he was ok, and by then there were others to help look for him. I was so grateful for their help.
I also thank GOD for keeping him safe. Please, give your kids and grandkids that extra hug, just because. emoticon emoticon

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2BTHINMAMMA 10/8/2009 8:54PM

    Praise the Lord he was ok! How scary!!

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JUDYPOPPINS 10/8/2009 11:17AM

    That was scary, Joanne. Kids are just so fast, you blink and they get into things. Special prayers of thanks today that all is well. And big hugs to you, your heart probably still hasn't calmed down.

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MSHOPPER63 10/8/2009 7:23AM

    JoeAnne that is a very scary thing. I can not even imagine what you were going through I am so glad the out come was good.


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CHANA-D 10/8/2009 6:48AM

    What a scare!! I am so glad it all turned out well.

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JESSICA_0029 10/8/2009 1:05AM

    I'm so glad he is ok emoticon

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NETTIEDEE 10/8/2009 12:17AM

    Oh wow...glad he's OK.

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MAMASUE12244 10/7/2009 11:41PM

    I have a two year old grandson. Just the THOUGHT of something happening to him sends me into crying mode. I am so glad that your grandson was found safe and sound. At that age they are sooo curious and so trusting. It takes a fine line to warn them of danger and not scare them to death.

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CATHY_G 10/7/2009 11:41PM

    How terrifying. I remember when my kids were very young, two of them went off together to a neighbor's house. My kids have never played there before, so I never thought of looking there. I had already called the police when they appeared at the door again. There is nothing worse than thinking you've lost a child. I'm so glad that your Grandchild was okay.

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SUNBEAMJANEAL 10/7/2009 11:34PM

    Praise God that the baby is safe! So happy that he has been returned with no injuries. Thank you, God.

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JLUVSHIKIN 10/7/2009 10:53PM

    I was glad to read that he was ok.

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LIFE-FAITH 10/7/2009 10:11PM

    I am so glad he is home safe and sound.
God does watch over us.

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WIIGAL 10/7/2009 10:06PM

    That is so scary. I am glad he's home and wasn't hurt.

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SNAZZYPS 10/7/2009 10:02PM

    How terrifying - I'm so glad you found him and he's ok.

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BIRDLEGS29 10/7/2009 9:57PM

    What a dreadful scare. Extra thanks tonight to the Good Lord who saw him safely home.


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    Happy to hear he's safe at home. emoticon

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KELLI9001 10/7/2009 9:49PM

    So glad he is safe and back at home!

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ANGORA4 10/7/2009 9:26PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord! So glad he was safely found. I know from experience how terrifying this can be.

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PEPPERLEAH 10/7/2009 9:22PM

    I am so glad he is ok! We should always give extra hugs, and let the people we love know we love them...You just never know.

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