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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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independence day......

Friday, July 04, 2008


LET FREEDOM RING

"Freedom is a condition of your heart. You can be captive amidst great wealth and free behind bars.
Do your fears, insecurities, beliefs and programs still control the way you choose to spend your days?
The true freedom in life is feeling free to think, act and speak according to the dictates of your heart.
So liberate your spirit from self-censure, self-judgment and anything other than appreciation of self.
Take a few minutes to appreciate the beautiful and courageous soul that you truly are ...

taken from the song indepence day by martina mcbride...............

  
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SAMODER 7/4/2008 5:53PM

    I am thinking that we all want freedom from an unhealthy lifestyle, so we can get out of the prison we've ourselves in.

Sam
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travel...............enjoy the trip

Thursday, June 26, 2008

i am working on me at the moment,trying to learn from the past so that i can understand and change the present................i just found this and thought it was worth sharing..................


But if you want more closeness; if you desire relationships that are deeper and broader, more meaningful and longer-lasting, then remember the word "travel."

T is for TRUST. Trust is the glue that holds people together (not Super Glue). A relationship will go nowhere without it.

R is for RESPECT. "Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead; do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead," writes Anna Cummins. It's about respecting others and letting them know that you value them.

A is for AFFECTION. Sometimes affection means love. Sometimes it means a touch. Always it means kindness.

V is for VULNERABILITY. Though we may feel afraid to let another too close, no relationship will go anywhere without risking vulnerability. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn says, "The walls we build around us to keep out the sadness also keep out the joy." And the love.

E is for EMOTIONAL INTIMACY. Learn to be open. Learn to communicate freely. What kinds of relationships you make are largely determined by how openly you have learned to communicate.

L is for LAUGHTER. Victor Borge got it right when he said, "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." It's also the most enjoyable.

For relationships that can really go somewhere, just remember the word "travel." Then enjoy the trip

may this be of help to others too....................blessings and hugs.............lita

  
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POSITIVEKARMA 7/4/2008 6:31AM

    If only I could remember what each letter meant for a few moments every day. That was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for my gift, very nice.
As for travel I am going to do a bit of that, read my blog.
Happy 4th of July my friend.

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BURNSEE19 7/2/2008 11:01PM

    Thanks for the "travel" tip. It really spoke to me.
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GRAMMYSKIDS58 6/27/2008 11:22PM

    Thanks for sharing that. That pretty much says its all! Have a great weekend!!

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ROSEMARIE1965 6/27/2008 1:06PM

    this is great, you should post it on our team, thank you for sharing it with us. emoticon

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SAMODER 6/26/2008 1:07AM

    Thank you so much. Since I am in Texas and my husband is in Indiana this week, this seemed a great piece to email him. You're the emoticon

Sam

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BABYGURL26 6/26/2008 12:53AM

    i like the little statement you put up thats great.... i am glad things are going well for you....hugs miss you and i will keep in touch....Dodie

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