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thanks to a great team

Thursday, August 07, 2008

i would like to take this time to say thank you to COACH JEN and everyone on the sparkpeople community team............on monday i received many sparkmails congratulating me on being bestowed th honor of ct of the month..........what a shock to receive this great honor and all the wonderful messages and goodies that have followed since............this is a very special team of great suportive people.............just saying thank you does not seem enough.................so i would like to take this time to spread the spark so to speak to any one wanting to give back,even just a little bit ..................

i would like to invite anyone who has been active for at least 3 months to come join this great group of wonderful caring people..........................


The SparkPeople Community Team could be one of the most important steps in reaching your goals. We’ve found that people who both give and receive support and motivation on our message boards increase their odds of getting GREAT results. We hear from members everyday who are making positive changes in their life and can't wait to share their experiences. Does this sound like you?

Our goal with this team is to grow the SparkPeople Community Boards into the best place in the world for helping people reach their weight loss, health, fitness, and other goals in a positive way.

We are inviting members who have been active on the site for 3 months or more and are enthusiastic about SparkPeople and helping others, to join the team.



1. A special icon will appear next to your username on your posts.


2. Exclusive access to a private SparkTeam for Community Team members only where you'll get input on new SparkPeople features and other things going on with the company.
3. Posting on the boards and helping others WILL help you reach your own goals. We've found that people who motivate others here stay motivated and consistent themselves - and lose more weight!

click on the link below to read the rest............


http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/com
munity_team.asp www.sparkpeople.com/community/commun
ity_team.asp

  
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AMELDA1 8/10/2008 5:22PM

  CONGRATULATIONS LITA! I HAVE A QUESTION MAYBE YOU COULD ANSWER, I JOINED THE COMMUNITY TEAM, I BLOG AND POST IN THE MESSAGE BOARDS, BUT I CAN'T GET IN TO SEE THE POSTS FROM THE TEAM MEMBERS, AND I WONDERED WHY! IS THIS USUAL, OR HAS SOMETHING GONE AWRY?

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RAINWALKR 8/9/2008 10:12PM

    Congratulations!... As a new member to the community team I am excited to see your enthuisasm. It motivates me to participate even more.

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MIDNITE_LADY 8/9/2008 11:18AM

    WTG congats LITA you are so special you have helped me so very much. in my journey. I want to take this time to Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You deserve the bstt life has to offer Hugs Bobie emoticon

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SAMODER 8/7/2008 11:15PM

    Congratulations... You deserve the award. You do so much to help all of us.
Sam

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Celebrate Friendship Day 2008 Sunday August 3rd

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Celebrate Friendship Day 2008 Sunday August 3rd

Human beings are social creatures and have always valued the importance of friends in their lives. To celebrate this noble feeling, it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. Accordingly, first Sunday of August was declared as a holiday in US in honor of friends by a Proclamation made by US Congress in 1935. Since then, World Friendship Day is being celebrated every year on the first Sunday in the month of August. This beautiful idea of celebrating Friendship Day was joyfully accepted by several other countries across the world. And today, many countries including India, celebrate the first Sunday of August as Friendship Day every year. Celebrating Friendship Day in a traditional manner, people meet their friends and exchange cards and flowers to honor their friends. Lot many social and cultural organization too celebrate the occasion and mark Friendship Day by hosting programs and get together.

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to all friends.....................blessings and hugs................lita

  
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JIBBIE49 8/6/2008 1:44PM

    I'm confused. Have you only lost 30# since January '07, after having Lap band surgery? I thought the LB was a quick result. I read it cost $17,500 to have done, but maybe in Canada you don't have to pay that much.

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DDOORN 8/4/2008 3:47AM

    Friends make the world go round, especially all my fellow Sparkies!

Thx for the reminder!

Don

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SAMODER 8/3/2008 10:39PM

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Thank you, friend,
Sam

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CINNIEMAY 8/3/2008 10:07PM

    emoticon I am glad that you are my friend!

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be thankful................

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Be thankful that you don't already have
everything you desire — if you did,
what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something...
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times...
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations...
They give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge...
Which will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes...
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary...
Because it means you've given your all.

It's easy to be thankful for the 'good' things...
Yet, a life of rich fulfillment comes to those
Who are thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive...
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
And they can become your blessings.


~ Author Unknown

have been working for quite a while now trying to lose weight like so many here on sparkpeople..............have had some very difficult /frustrating times in the last 8 months between plateaus /weight gain /knee pain etc now i feel things are starting to look up...................this journey has been the most difficult task i have ever undertaken in my life so far.............wish i could say it is easy...................for me it has not been so...................

i would like to take this opportunity to say:
THANK YOU to the spark guy and sparkpeople.com for somehow getting my attention...................
THANK YOU to all the wonderful people here who have given me their help and support.....................
THANK YOU to all the great people on the teams i co-lead who have provided the opportunity and motivation to keep me going when i no longer wished to continue..................
THANK YOU to all the fantastic friends and friendships i've developed since coming on board.................................

THANK YOU.............THANK YOU.................THANK YOU...................

MANY BLESSINGS AND HUGS TO ALL.........................
LITA

  
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POSITIVEKARMA 8/1/2008 8:50PM

    I just love this blog entry. It is so true, you can't have everything but I would like a little more and I am working towards that besides being a thinner me.

Yes, I do take recycling very seriously. I find old/ unwanted or junk cell phones and donate them at tax time and each phone gives one solider overseas a phone card.

I print out coupons from Box Tops to donate to my local school and I also print out coupons to donate items to soliders overseas and I also print coupons to give me points on a program I belong to and I use the points to receive a free gift card and I pick Home Depot and I have done a few restorations to my home and working now to get enough points to get 2 new windows. And I usually wouldn't buy the stuff but it helps others.

Nearly every time I go grocery shopping I pick up 1-2 items and donate to the basket for the food pantry. And I go 1-3x a week.

So I am going through the clothes now, bags and bags. Some I have listed already on eBay to make back my gas money and pay for some of my time. I have a box of clothing to give to Savers and a bag for the animal shelter and still working. I washed some 5 loads of laundry and have many more to list tomorrow.

Of course it is going to rain tomorrow, again. So I have to see what is on the ground that I may be able to pick up now and I have clothes spread all over my friend's sidewalk and porch that I have to wash or try to get the stains out and wash.

I was suppose to go for a 4-5 mile walk on the Bourne Canel, Bourne, Massachusetts, in case you want to look it up, really something else with super history. Then after I was suppose to go dining. This is the 5-6 out of 6-7 that it rained and I missed the last one which only 2 people walked. This sucks. Sorry, no better way to say it. We have been getting wicked storms. I think it is going to be another rainy winter.

You take care now and it's not "watch" what you eat but be careful of what you eat.

Hugs

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ESMERELDA1220 7/31/2008 10:18PM

    HI! Glad things are starting to work your way...Thank You for being there for me too emoticon

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AMELDA1 7/30/2008 5:18PM

  THANK YOU LITA FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR US!

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BABYGURL26 7/27/2008 11:11PM

    awwwwwwwww thats a great quote you put up.....thank you so much.....and keep up the good work and thank you for being a great friend to me.....hugs Dodie

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SAMODER 7/26/2008 11:02PM

    Hi Lita,

I am so glad you are here with me on this difficult journey.

Sam

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CINNIEMAY 7/26/2008 10:44PM

    You are very special person no matter what your weight is!! But we are all here for the same reason and that forms a bond between all of us. We know that we would do better with support to get support you have to give support. You are one of my best supporters and I thank you for that!

2500 steps not a lot but it is something to build on!

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Prayer of St. Francis

Saturday, July 19, 2008

we have had a few very close friends and family members pass away recently and it bring into clearer focus what life is truly about..............
i found this poem and thought it would be good at this time to share it .......


Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred...let me sow love.
Where there is injury...pardon.
Where there is discord...unity.
Where there is doubt...faith.
Where there is error...truth.
Where there is sadness...joy.
Where there is darkness...light.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled...as to console.
To be understood...as to understand.
To be loved...as to love.

for

It is in giving...that we receive.
It is in pardoning...that we are pardoned.
It is in dying...that we are born to eternal life

blessings and hugs......................lita

  
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BABYGURL26 7/22/2008 3:15AM

    hugs i love this poem it really touched me....hugs take care Dodie

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AMELDA1 7/21/2008 9:28PM

  lita it is so hard to lose loved ones, the poem was lovely so true to life, if people would only take the time to think about these things it would be a happier world.

I really look forward to this weight loss journey , I have a few bumps here and there, but we learn from these things. I'm so happy to have met friends like you to make this a more pleasant journey. I'ts nice to know there is someone in your cornor that understands what it is like, and to be there for you. Thank you lita!
Hugs...Elaine

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HELSINKIKNIGHTS 7/20/2008 1:49PM

    **Hugs**

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SAMODER 7/20/2008 1:02PM

    Lita,

It is so hard to lose those who are close to us. I love the poem. It tells how we should live our lives.

Sharon

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CINNIEMAY 7/19/2008 11:52PM

    I know how it feels like when you lose someone that you love. It is never easy. That is why we have to live for today. For what we put off for tomorrow might never get done or said!

Please take care of yourself!

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dear body

Friday, July 11, 2008

had the priviledge to read a few more blogs today..........and found letters to my body and here is mine.................

DEAR BODY,
i don't quite know where to start...................i want to thank you for all your patiece love and understanding..............throughout the years as i was causing you such pain and suffering....................for which i am truly sorry for having inflicted all of that upon you with or without your consent over the years......................
i am working very hard at making some very important changes which i hope will make a difference in how you have been feeling.and treated in the past.................the past is gone and those days are never to return again.............i have been to the school of hard knocks and have learned my lessons ...........i
am tranforming into a better.healthier,stronger,more beautiful and alive body..........i am setting all the pain and suffering free.................because of this new found freedom................i am happier...................
physically,emotionally as well as spiritually.
i cannot thank you enough for all your patiece love and understanding..............throughout the years.............


with all my love that was always yours..................blessings and hugs.............lita



Every minute of every day there is a way to be slowly and steadily successful. Gather the small opportunities as they come, and the rewards will be great indeed.

-- Ralph Marston

  
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SAMODER 7/11/2008 11:49AM

    What a terrific idea - we need to have respect for the body that we inhabit and that God gave us.

Love, Sam

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