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Saturday, December 13, 2008


we are,each of us angels with only one wing,
and we can only fly by embracing one another

There have been angels in my life,
While they haven't arrived with a blast of trumpets
Or a rustle of wings, I've known them just the same.

They performed their acts in human guise,
Sometimes borrowing the faces of family and friends,
Sometimes in the form of a stranger lending a hand.

You have known them, too,
When just the right word was needed,
When a tiny act of kindness made a great difference.

Or perhaps you heard a voice whispering in the night of sorrow,
The words not quite clear but the meaning unmistakable:
"There is hope, There is hope."

May your angels watch over you
And always keep you safe
And whisper in your ear
To banish hate and fear.

~Author Unknown

this week has been filled with drs visits and tests................so will have to wait for the results over the next few weeks.....................best wishes for christmas and the holidays......blessings and hugs................lita

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AQUAGIRL08 12/21/2008 9:39PM

    Lovely poem LITA, thanks for sharing it! I hope your tests turn out normal!

Merry Christmas!


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COLEMANSR 12/21/2008 6:23PM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 12/14/2008 11:28AM

    Lita.... Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it.

I will be praying your tests come back OK.

God Bless

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SHERI1969 12/14/2008 7:59AM

    Beautuiful poem Lita, whoever wrote it! I will be praying that your tests come back just fine! Can't believe Christmas is as close as it is. I'm partly looking forward to it! You too are an angel in some people's lives! Never forget that! emoticon emoticon

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CINNIEMAY 12/14/2008 7:31AM

    I love you poem! I am praying for the doctors to be able to help and heal you!

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Friday, December 05, 2008


The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures,
you must also endure its pains.
Like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.

Success is not measured by what you accomplish.
It's measured by the opposition you encounter,
and the courage with which you maintain your struggle against the odds.

You'll find all things are difficult before they are easy.
The greater your obstacles, the more glory in overcoming them.
So, make up your mind before you start that sacrifice is part of the package.

No pain, no gain;
No thorns, no throne;
No cross, no crown.

You've got to go through the negative before you get to the positive.

found this on another team i'm on and found the words to be profound for me so thought i would share...................

well i'm somewhere in between.................and so goes the daily struggle with knee pain and weightloss............am trying something new for the pain and hoping for some positive results...............i am making some progress with the weightloss....very slow going.............so will just keep plodding along and doing my best................
blessings and hugs............................lita

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1AVERY 12/7/2008 9:22AM

    The words are good and true. My personal trainer will not allow pain if she sees a painful expression on my face she makes me stop. Now knee pain and arthritis pain are a regular for me. L*I*T*A* you are such a great influence you will get where you are going. I am also plodding along and will for awhile a long while. December is going to be a challenge there are goodies everywhere. The last few days I have not been tracking properly just too many little things to figure out. I am just hoping I make it through December with no GAIN and I will be happy. I am not eating near as much of the goodies as I used to but I am still not ignoring them either. I know I can and will get to where I want to be some day. Teri

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CINNIEMAY 12/6/2008 11:42AM

    Good blog! If the no pain no gain holds true then I should really get a fabulous job! emoticon

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SHERI1969 12/5/2008 11:35PM

    I've seen these before and they are very thought provoking and sure make you want to work harder at things. Sometimes the pain part is in our minds in that we are thinking negatively about wanting to eat properly and exercise regularly. Sometimes the emotional and mental part has more "no pain, no gain" than the physical aspect of it. I wish you the best as you KEEP PLODDING along and doing your best! emoticon

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Tree of Life

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tree of Life


Be open
Be sincere
Be creative
Be yourself

Be true to yourself
Trust your instincts
Learn from experience
Read between the lines

Don't repeat mistakes
Do things differently!
Don't make assumptions
Don't jump to conclusions
Don't take things personally

Accept what comes to you each day
Open your eyes--beauty surrounds you
Give without expecting anything in return
Ask for advice but make your own decisions

Stuff happens--it's your response that counts
There is a reason for everything that happens
When you feel defensive, examine what you fear
You must do what you think you cannot

Accept change

Keep learning

Friends are precious

Attitude is everything

Life is short--overcome your fears!

Sue Kelley, 2000

wishing i would have had more to report....................the same ups and downs seem to plaque me.........even with all the great help i am grateful to recieve...............

i must count all my blessings

1- am starting to feel much better than i have for a while
2-knees continue to plague me,i work through it
3- 1 can manage almost 2 hrs of exercise most days
4-i continue to eat what is recommended with only the odd mishap
5- am able to manage my medications although not always too helpful
6-getting enough sleep most nights excepts when the knees want to interfere
7-family and friends
8-sparkpeople the site,the people,the teams and the many,many great friends...................

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

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CINNIEMAY 11/29/2008 10:37AM

    I know my kness have been bothering me too. I think that it is the colder weather! It looks like you have a great plan! I hope you have a great week!

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SHERI1969 11/29/2008 1:47AM

    Sounds to me like you are doing very well Lita! Keep up the great work and the Great attitude! emoticon

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Angel on my doorstep

Friday, November 14, 2008

Angel on my doorstep

There is an Angel on my doorstep, waiting with a smile,
A kind hand, touch or offer to go an extra mile.

The Angel on my doorstep outstretched a helping hand,
To help me when I've fallen and care for me when sad.

There was an Angel on my doorstep, and now I've let her in.
Some things are a-changing, as I listen through the din.

My Angel, guide and special friend, ever closer will I grow,
As the chatter in the background gets quieter while it goes.

My Angel, all I ask of you is help for my own journey...
As I learn much more about myself
On my voyage of discovery.

Thank You for Being the Angel on My Doorstep!

~Author Unknown

there is more than one angel on my doorstep,there are so many angels everywhere i go here on sparkpeople...........the numbers too numerous to mention all by name..............each and everyone a catalyst in their on way have lifted me up when i have been down.................many thanks to each and everyone...................my life has been enriched because of you................you are all uniquely special to me...............thank you for your special love....................i am truly blessed.....................
blessings and hugs to all.......................lita

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2008 7:46PM

    And one of the special SP angels is you! You are so inspirational! Thanks for all of your positive comments and encouragement to others! You probably don't realize how many of us you have touched and given a little "boost" to.


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SHERI1969 11/24/2008 10:51PM

    You are so right Lita. There are angels everywhere and even the Bible says we do not know when we may have entertained Angels unaware! People here are SparkPeople are incredible and the more I come here, the more motivated and committed I become.
On your SparkPage you have a quote with a runner. While I can't remember the quote, I'm with you and it where it says there is no room for excuses. If there is one thing in the world I hate it is excuses. And those who make them often are irritating as all get out to me! You are doing so well and you are a very good motivator, leader and an inspiration to many people. I hope you blog more because I love to read and comment on blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APACHE85 11/23/2008 9:48AM

    Hello my Sparkly Friend!! Sending you hugs and sprinkling my pixie dust on you to BLESS YOU and give you PEACE, LOVE, AND JOY this week and all season long! You have blessed me in more ways than you can ever know! I wish we could all get together at some point in our life just to see each other in person-I bet it would be the party of all parties!! Take care! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIDNITE_LADY 11/20/2008 1:18AM

    LITA you are special to me too and I am thankful for you also as all my spark friends Spark is just a special place for all of us to be, we are family here. I feel blessed too. I loved your poem thanks for sharing . Hugs Bobie emoticon

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POSITIVEKARMA 11/18/2008 4:54AM

    Hello Lita,

The poem is very nice. I am recovering pretty well from my fall and some of my diseases are not so bad if I am careful. I am learning that there may be not much left that I can do. Just to bend over and pick a flower can make me very sick. I don't limit myself that much, I do some stuff, slowly. Never thought it would take 3 days to clean a bathroom. Use to take 2 hrs max top to bottom. I still have to learn about my knee and how bad it is. I can't believe I haven't been on in so long already.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. My granddaughter is coming over, smiles.

Hugs to you,

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PRITYTXGIRL 11/17/2008 9:36PM

    I love this poem. Thanks for sharing!

You are in my prayers,

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CINNIEMAY 11/16/2008 9:25PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us! I am glad to be one of your friends!

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    This is a very nice poem. Thank you for sharing. Take care and hope you have a great week.

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1AVERY 11/16/2008 2:52PM

    That is beautiful and you are the best. I know I can count on you daily for something motivational or inspirational to guide all of us along. Thanks Teri.

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DINA:-) 11/16/2008 1:14PM

    you are an angel to us as well!

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COLEMANSR 11/15/2008 9:29AM

    Beautiful, Thank you.

You're the greatest, too.

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

"Emperor Moth" St. Remy, 1889 - Vincent Van Gogh


A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he
could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening
appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth
struggled to force the body through that little hole.

The moth seemed to be stuck and appeared to have stopped making progress.
It seemed as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.
The man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth; so he took a pair of scissors
and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged
easily. But its body was swollen and small, its wings wrinkled and
shriveled. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that,
at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to and able to
support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling
around with a small, swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
The man in his kindness and haste did not understand that the struggle required
for the moth to get through the tiny opening was necessary to force fluid from the
body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight upon achieving
its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the
struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through
our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as
what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for
regrets, and don't forget the power in the struggle.

~ Author Unknown ~

You cannot protect anyone from themselves; you cannot protect anyone from life.
You cannot spare a loved one the confrontation with their own mortality,
their own stupidity or their own emptiness.

Indeed, to take on the burden of sentry, guarding another person's
borders, is to interfere with that person's life lesson.
If we are the sum of everything that happens to us,
to limit a person's experience is to limit their growth.

~ Dr. David Viscott ~

i am struggling and having a difficult time at the moment............have been working hard with exercise and food and with all the help i have recieved to date from dr, dieticians and even regression therapy...........the weight seems to add on instead of the other way around.................i am trying so very hard to stay the course............i have changed everything around the exercise the food the calories up/down etc.................and here i sit...............so am trying to continue to be persistant as long as i can.....................this has been the hardest struggle of my life and not that life has been easy as that is certainly not the case........................i will continue for now to plod along some more so please bear with me..........................everyone has been so kind and supportive that makes it almost almost impossible to to give up............thanks again again for all everyone has done to keep me motivated and to not give up.........................
wishing you all a wonderful weekend with many blessings and hugs..................lita

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JELLYBEAN007 11/25/2008 8:45PM

It is so discouraging to work so hard and not see results!
When my diet, exercise, water, and lifestyle all seem like a lot of hard work, and it seems like I am doing all the right things but experiencing only frustration, it seems that things improve when I change my focus. Not that we should ever ignore our lifestyle, habits, diet, choices. But, at least for me, when my self-talk becomes more negative than positive, when I beat myself up for wrong choices rather than celbrating right choices, when I am frustrated and baffled by the numbers on the scale - that is when my attitude matters more than the numbers. At those times, I feel powerless to change the outcome.
It seems I am learning again and again to love myself. To celebrate small successes. To feel good about every good choice and decision.
Lita, the numbers are not going your way right now. But you are still making healthy changes and improvements. You have made good choices and you can make more. You are strong, encouraging, and thoroughly capable!
Wishing you joy, confidence, perspective... and results to match!

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SASSY_QUEEN 11/12/2008 3:30PM

    Lita.....your blog sounds like my inner struggle. You are so right. This is a hard battle. We have to fight for our lives...try telling yourself.....this is not about the weight...this is about being healthy...and every day.....say to yourself...today and just today...i will eat healthy, i will exercise and i will be happy......the road is long.....but he rewards are so worth it ......God bless and good luck...Jo

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SUMMERBUSHNELL 11/11/2008 4:19PM

    I feel your pain. You should ask yourself if you really truly want to be thin. I have discovered that I am afraid to be thin. There are many issues that make us over eat. A big virtual hug to you!

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1AVERY 11/9/2008 9:25AM

    Lita I am sorry to hear about your struggles right now. You have been one of my biggest motivators since joining sparkpeople. You give so much time and information to everyone. Now it is time for everyone to give some time and motivation to you. Have you read Dr. Phils weight loss book there is a section in there that he only discusses when you are as he says weight loss resistant. He discusses all the issues that could be behind why you are where you are. I loaned my book to someone recently because she was going through the same things. It is very disappointing don't be discouraged or depressed be disappointed. It could be some of the medication you are on that is stopping you from losing. I will be thinking of you and your struggles. Think POSITIVE because you are a positive role model. Teri. emoticon emoticon

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I am sorry you are struggling. Perhaps you have thyroid problems. I will pray for God to reveal to you what your problem is. I know it must be frustrating. Lord please show LITA why she cannot lose weight. Than I ask that you heal her. In the name of Jesus.

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SSHALVER 11/8/2008 7:56PM

    Don't give up--hang in there and it will be worth it--someone once asked me how do you eat an elephant? How was I supposed to know. I didn't know you could (LOL) then I got the point --one bite at a time--it's impossible to swallow him whole--take your steps one at a time--if you are doing all the right things you are making progress!!!! emoticon

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CEEBEE200 11/8/2008 11:10AM

    Hang in there, Lita - it's hard to hear you feeling down because you're such an encouragement to the rest of us. It's inspiring how far you've come, and I'm SURE your persistence will pay off in the long run. Take care of yourself this weekend - you're doing so well!

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CINNIEMAY 11/8/2008 10:45AM

    very nice

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DINA:-) 11/8/2008 10:35AM

    Hi Lita, Remember that the more you lose the harder it becomes to keep losing! You've been doing a great job so don't let a little bump in the road get you down. Try going "back to the basics" and remember all the things you learned when you first had your band. Do you still see your surgeon for check ups? Maybe they can give you some tips. I was looking through your food journal and I think you eat really healthy- one thing I would suggest is to get more protein in. My dr recommends that I get 70g each day. Keep your head up- I know you can do it!

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COLEMANSR 11/8/2008 9:29AM

    You are not alone in this struggle. You will prevail.
I always enjoy your writings and this butterfly is beautiful. emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 11/8/2008 9:05AM

    Lita, That was a beautiful story. Sorry you are having so many obstacles in your journey, but as in the story, you will prevail and be healthy and full of life. You are a great motivator.

Laura emoticon emoticon

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