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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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Sunday, November 02, 2008


Your destiny isn't a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice.
It's not something you wait for, but rather something you pursue.

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities.
Seize common occasions and make them great.

Opportunities sometimes come disguised in the form of misfortune
or temporary defeat.

Start where you are.
You're at this moment standing right in the middle of opportunity.

Act on your dreams and you can have them.

am continuing to work at making my own opportunities,with the help of many incredible people.........................andmy many sparkpeople friends and teams here...........thanks for all you have done to help me as we journey here together...........

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

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AQUAGIRL08 11/6/2008 9:01AM

    You are right on with this!


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SAMODER 11/3/2008 6:26AM

    Here;s to all of us taking advantage of the opportunities put before us in all areas of our life.


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CINNIEMAY 11/2/2008 11:09PM

    you go girl!

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Finding Joy...Simple Secrets to a Happy Life!

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
-Paul Boese
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.
-Sarah Breathnach
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying…“I will try again tomorrow.”
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
-Chinese Proverb
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
-Henry Ford
Burn brightly without burning out.
Richard Biggs
Laughter is an instant vacation.
-Milton Berle
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
-Benjamin Franklin
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
-Mother Teresa
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
-Albert Schweitzer
Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important sometimes.
-Richard Bach
Change always comes bearing gifts.
-Price Pritchett

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CINNIEMAY 10/28/2008 7:10PM

    I liked this very much!!!

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SAMODER 10/26/2008 9:56AM

    This is my favorite..

When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.
-Sarah Breathnach

I try to look at the bright side of life. I think I feel so much better. God has blessed me with so much a kind husband, a wonderful son, a good job, a nice home, so many Spark friends, especially you LITA. You;re always there for us.

Thank you for sharing once again.

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Because you are my friends

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Because you are my friend,

my life is enriched in a myriad of ways.
Like a cool breeze on a sweltering day,
like a ray of sunshine parting glowering clouds,
you lift me up.
In good times, we soar,
like weightless balloons
over neon rainbows.
In bad times, you are soothing balm
for my pummeled soul.
I learn so much from you;
you help me see old things in new ways.
I wonder if you are aware
of the bright seeds you are sowing in me.
I'm a better person for knowing you,
so that everyone I interact with
is touched by your good effect on me.
You relax me, refresh me, renew me.
Your bounteous heart envelops me
in joy and love and peace.
May your life be filled
with dazzling blessings,
just as I am blessed
by being your friend.

By Joanna Fuchs

thank you all so much for all the motivation and support that you have given to me,since i have been here...................it has helped me immensely to work through the pain everyday............it has given me purpose to get up everyday ............ exercise and eat right ................somedays are better than others as many of you know all to well..........the up and down of a pound here are there...........................you have kept me from giving up when i no longer felt i could continue even one more day...............this has been by far the most difficult journey in my life to date..................i know with all the continued support and motivation from everyone here on sparkpeople i too will overcome the difficulties and i will succeed as others have before me........thank you again and again..........blessings and hugs.................lita

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POSITIVEKARMA 10/24/2008 5:31AM

    hi lita,

it is such a joy reading your comments on my blog and i love your little poems that you write. i see a dr this next coming friday for my parathyroid and aft that a dr for my neck and next tues i get the mri for my knee done in a bigger city. dr says their mri's are stronger. i didn't know they made a difference. he says they receive a better and stronger photo of the cartlidge to see where and how much it is torn up and a better photo of the knee. he should have done this month's ago instead of an xray. darn, wasting my time and him collecting pennies.
i did make my 2 spark recipes yesterday, one supper and one dessert. so yummy. i will have to give em stars now.

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SAMODER 10/22/2008 8:37PM


You are always such a support for me. Thank you too.


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AUNTC321 10/19/2008 10:25PM

    You are doing great. Sometimes this journey is so tough that we want to give up. When you hit that point reaching out here is helpful. I know because you have helped me by being there. It doesn't matter whether it is playing a game or reading a note knowing others are out here and understand helps. Please reach out if you need anything. You are a motivating lady to me. Chris

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CINNIEMAY 10/19/2008 6:06PM

    You can do this! You are doing great!

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DDOORN 10/19/2008 9:41AM

    We all pull together with such wonderful collective power here at SparkPeople...YES! :-)


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