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To believe is to know...............

Monday, September 29, 2008

To believe is to know
that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen,
and dreams really do come true.

To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
to know the wonder of a stardust sky,
and the wisdom of the man in the moon.

To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
the innocence of a child's eyes,
and the beauty of an aging hand;
for it is through their teachings we learn to love.

To believe is to find the strength and courage
that lies within us when it is time
to pick up the pieces and begin again.

To believe is to know we are not alone,
that life is a gift,
and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe is to know that wonderful surprises
are just waiting to happen,
and all our hopes and dreams
are within reach...
"If only we believe"

~Author Unknown

this week,i went with my husband to a pre-diabetic clinic so i could learn along with him how to manage this successfully............we came home and he joined sparkpeople...............we have decided to use the sparkpeople diet a try as it seemed easier for my husband to have things predermined so to speak as well as the grocery list pre-planned so will see how things will go.................blessings and hugs.....................lita

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AUNTC321 10/3/2008 9:05PM

    Lita, You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for all of your hard work. It is great that you have a dietitian to work with. Best Wishes. Chris

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BABYGURL26 10/1/2008 6:07PM

    good luck and yes it will be easier if you are both on the same diet and will help both of you out very good.....hugs Dodie keep up the good work....

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CINNIEMAY 9/29/2008 2:35PM

    Good luck and great job! I know it will be a lot easier with you both on the same page!

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POSITIVEKARMA 9/29/2008 9:30AM

    I belong to 2 sites and a couple of people sending me a zillion joke emails a day so it has been hard for my online businesses that r going through the hole and the holidays r here now. I am so happy u'r hubby signed up and good luck to both of u. I haven't recieved so many emails in over a yr and u have been the best. I will rethink about it. Take care, Spirit

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Saturday, September 20, 2008


Your future is a big adventure.
Prepare for your future don't live in the past.
Savor your good memories,
use any bad ones as lessons in life.

Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future.
Think, feel and see yourself as successful.
To achieve any goal in life, you need to project your end result.
Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel.
Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day
and they'll bring your desired goals into view.

Sooner or later, you can win if you think you can.
The cards you are dealt in life
are less important than the way you play them.
Everyday you're offered a new deal and new cards.

Success is in your future if you're willing to work for it.

i continue to plod along working closely with a personal trainer/nutirtionist and soon i expect to see some great changes....................blessings and hugs to all...............lita

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BABYGURL26 9/26/2008 11:02PM

    that is a great poem i like that one alot....keep up the good work....hugs i am loosing quite abit and also inches everywhere.....i feel great hugs Dodie

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    I really like this poem. Thank you for sharing.


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CINNIEMAY 9/21/2008 3:22PM

    Great one!

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GEORGIA_KAY 9/21/2008 11:19AM

    all very good thoughts!


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AUNTC321 9/20/2008 8:34PM

    I am glad to see that you are still moving along. It is encouraging to me that we can work together to achieve our goals. Best Wishes. Chris

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COUNTBYFIVE 9/20/2008 4:07PM

    I love this one Lita. You have such a way of looking at things....a new deck of cards. thanks, again, CB5


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Saturday, September 13, 2008


"I have this theory that chocolate
slows down the aging process....
It may not be true, but do I dare
take the chance?"



A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were talking at
a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.

During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work and lives.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a
large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking,
some expensive, some exquisite. He then told them all to help themselves to the hot chocolate.

When they each had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said:

"Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones.
While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress."

"The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate.
In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink."

"What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup
... but you consciously went for the BEST cups."

"And then you began eyeing each other's cups."

"Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups.
They are just tools to hold and contain life."

"The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have.
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate."

The happiest people don't need the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything that they have.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
And enjoy your hot chocolate!!

~Author Unknown

enjoy a great weekend !!!

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

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ROCKNROLL916 9/15/2008 10:39PM

    Hahaha I would have gone for the largest cup too. Nut great story LITA!! Thanks!

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COUNTBYFIVE 9/15/2008 1:01PM

    I would of gone for the largest cup! emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 9/14/2008 9:56PM

    Great story!

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AUNTC321 9/14/2008 9:20PM

    I appreciate this story. It sounds like I should work on appreciating my hot chocolate. Thanks, Chri

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PERDITA1 9/14/2008 12:22PM

  Hi Lita,
Love this story.

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NATALEKKU 9/14/2008 10:14AM


Thank you for the inspiring comment you left on my blog. I needed that pick me up. Thanks for sharing this hot chocolate story as well :)


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Saturday, September 06, 2008


A mirror is only as good as the reflection in it.

An appreciative heart attracts more of what it appreciates.

The smallest deed done is greater than the best of intentions.

Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.

Worry just enough to anticipate trouble but not so much as to bring it about.

Melt the icy fingers of fear with the sunshine of hope.

When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you've growled all day long.

A good way to forget your troubles is to help others out of theirs.

The sweetest grapes are picked from the vineyard of friendship.

Being in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health.

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Don't be so busy adding up your troubles that you forget to count your blessings.

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.

The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities..

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift!
That's why it's called the present!

~Authors Unknown

just got back late the other night.........we went down the oregan coast..........and didn't have any internet..........weather was great and we all had a wonderful time......so am now trying to catch up............it might take a few days????
so thought i'd share some pearls of wisdom ...................
blessings and hugs....................lita

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SAMODER 9/8/2008 6:34PM

    Several of these pearls really fit me right now. thanks for sharing them.



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APINKROSE 9/8/2008 12:45PM

    Thank you for taking the time to write on my spark page....I enjoyed your blog and the blessings and send them right back to YOU!!!!!!!!!

God Bless

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    thanks for stopping by, how are you doing?

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COUNTBYFIVE 9/6/2008 12:47PM

    You are so motivating. Thank you for all the info here and on the message boards. You really make it click... emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 9/6/2008 9:24AM

    Glad you are back safely! I loved you blog!

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my lap band journey so far.............

Friday, August 22, 2008

my lap band journey so far.............

i am wrtting this to let you know that all is not as we expect sometimes even with the band ..............life is not always fair....................i did this to help my knees etc................as i was unsuccessful with everything else and the band offered what i thought was some hope.............i am not the poster child for the lap band...........i had knee surgery last august and since then,my weightloss had come to a grinding halt...............at least a 6 month plateau..........no matter what i did........the scale would not budge......i started circuit training feb and then gained weight............all be it muscles...........i am working with many specialists,nutriontionists/dieticians.dr etc..............i have spent too much money to give up in it now................so i just keep plodding along and am hopeful things will turn themselves around sooner or later....................it is by no means an easy journey,no matter which path one chooses....................i eat clean foods most of the time................do the exercise...........thing ......3 days/week 2 hours and 2 days for at least an hour or more..................i used to exercise 7 days/week for at least 2 hours..............so i have come down a bit..............with that..................i have changed it up with the exercise/diet...............my family dr feels my adreanals and cortisol levels are quite low so am working on that too at the moment.....................i have faith in god that with his help i will overcome and win.............there are many of us who are slow losers as far as the weight is concerned and i guess i'm in that group,i originally had lost 30 pounds,now at 26 pounds.......i have had many good days most of the time,but with the knee situation some days are not so good although i keep working through the pain.....most everybody i have encountered have had great success and am happy for them and their acheivements.......i know someday i will be one of them.......the lap band is still only a tool to assist you as work at losing the weight....i don't regret my decision,just wished i had had better success with it by now .......i don't have any other health issues to date..................... thanks again to everyone who have given me their help and support ....................blessings and hugs...........lita

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    Hi Lita,

I'm sure glad that you wrote. I can't figure out how to find my address book so I have written to no one that hasn't writeen to me.
I am off prednizone completely. I was weening off w/out the dr knowing and when I saw he said for me to stop them but being at 30mg is a little high to stop, stupid dr. I was at 20mg and that is a bit high but I stopped.
So I am hoping to lose more weight now I am off that drug but I do take Nerotin and that is a fat drug.
So what ever weight I lose is a great surprise and I too am at a snails pace. May it is our ages too. I exercise but not often and when I do it I really work out, as you can see from the fish pond.
I usually just sit at the computer and work.
No, I don't have the most brillant dr in the bunch. I did call the Mayo Clinic but they don't accept my insurance and I have to pay for the plane and a cab to get to the hospital that is 1 hr away, all my food and my hotel. So I guess I can kiss that idea our the window.
Take care and thanks soooo much for writing and best of luck to ya. Something has to give sooner or lata here,

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JIBBIE49 8/27/2008 6:01PM

    my family dr feels my adreanals and cortisol levels are quite low so am working on that too at the moment.

Hon, what are you doing for these two things that you mentioned? I was just wondering, because I found DR. POON'S DIET and he deals with all types of health issues. He went to medical school in America, but is now in Canada.

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MIDNITE_LADY 8/22/2008 11:55PM

    HI I am so sorry for all your struggling .But as I see it 26 pounds off is a great achievement so it is going slow. Thats ok it will stay off. and just keep with it Rome wasn't built in a day all good things are worth the effort and waiting for. You have been a great inspiration to me and I thank you. keep up your great attitude we will get there before we know it. Thank you for being here for us if you need me I am here. May I ask do you follow high protein low carb thats what helps me when I didn't do it I didn't lose as well. I am going to join CURVES I will give it a try. But if I stop losing I will quit until I am down more. take good care and keep a positive attitude Hugs Bobie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 8/22/2008 12:48AM

    I admire you for sharing your journey and I admire your determination. I am a 9 yr BC survivor and I think because of the chemo drugs and meds afterward it has made my meatabolism go at a snails pace. I am slowly plugging along here, I have made progress but not near as much as I thought I would have by now. This month I have have dramatically increased my cardio and have added strength and I still am bouncing up and down a pound or 2. The good thing is I am maintaining even though I am not eating as clean as I should be. It is hard to stick with it when things aren't going the way you thought but I also am determined to do this.... it just might take longer than expected. Soon the ticker will start moving again and then I will regain my motivation and start eating totally clean again... I am sending my ticker over to kick your tickers butt so we can both get moving again. LOL HUGS Kathy

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