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Friday, July 15, 2011


Little stones make big mountains,
Little steps can cover miles,
Little acts of loving-kindness
Give the world it's biggest smiles...
Little words can soothe big troubles
Little hugs can dry big tears,
Little candles light the darkness,
Little memories last for years...

Little dreams can lead to greatness,
Little victories to success~
It's the little things in life
That brings the greatest happiness...
~ Author Unknown

It really is the little things that mean the most of all...
The "let me help you with that" things that may seem very small,
The "I'll be glad to do it" things that make your cares much lighter,
The "laugh with me, it's funny" things that make your outlook brighter...
The "never mind the trouble" things, the "yes, I understand,"
The interest and encouragement in everything you've planned...
It really is the little things, the friendly word or smile,
That add such happiness to life and make it more worthwhile.
~ © Mary Dawson Hughes

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SHARON10002 8/1/2011 5:03PM

    This was wonderful! Thanks Lita. emoticon

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CATIATM 7/18/2011 11:36AM

    Thanks for sharing, Lita. emoticon

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DDOORN 7/17/2011 7:30PM

    Very true observations...!

Thx for sharing!


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WILLOW49 7/16/2011 11:28AM

    Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

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PINKHOPE 7/16/2011 12:11AM

    Thanks for sharing. Great list of "little things".

Press On!


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The 5 D's of the Weight Loss Journey.....

Friday, July 08, 2011

If we waited for the perfect time to lose weight, get healthy or whatever else we may face in life-let's face it...that time would never come... so how do we become what we need to be now? Simple, you do what you can with what you have... right now... be the best you today... and tomorrow, strive for a new best you

i seem to have been asked this question a lot lately about what keeps me motivated everyday????

The 5 D's of the Weight Loss Journey

Desire: What exactly do you want?
Defense: Are you prepared for the temptations that are bound to come your way?
Dedication: How hard are you willing to work?
Determination: How long are you willing to keep working?
Decision-Making: Are you willing to take total responsibility for the choices you make?

if you can answer these questions truthfully everyday(below)...............there is no other option.............i just keep plodding along ..............i am treating this like a part-time job..................with pay of course(the pay is the weight loss).....................

one last thing THANKS SO MUCH to all the wonderful people here on sparkpeople,from the sparkguy,the coaches,the teams.the leaders and the many great friends and all the blogs i have read.....its everybody here that keeps me going everyday............without any of one them,this journey would taken a much different path...............for that i'm truly grateful .................
good luck to you.................blessings and hugs.............lita

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SHARON10002 7/10/2011 10:00PM

    Great blog, Lita! You've said a mouthful for each one of us, and it's all true.

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CATIATM 7/10/2011 10:30AM

    Those are all important Ds!!! emoticon

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JUSFOLK 7/8/2011 9:28PM

    Great bunch of "D's", gal...they'll carry us far:)

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    Thank you so much for sharing these! I will definitely be incorporating them into my daily thought process.

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WILLOW49 7/8/2011 6:23PM

    I'm printing these out so I'll remember them daily! Thanks for posting and thanks for being you!!!
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AQUAGIRL08 7/8/2011 3:18PM

    And thanks for being the wonderful friend and caring person that you are, Lita. There are a lot of us out here who couldn't have done it without you!

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BEATLETOT 7/8/2011 2:07PM

    Thanks for posting this, and for all you do for us!

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KAIMANAOC1 7/8/2011 1:51PM


I needed this today! I'm copying your 5 Ds so I can refer to them daily! Thanks so much for all your support over the last few years!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 7/8/2011 1:37PM

    Kudos to you Lita! You're such an inspiration to us all.
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SMILEYBEE 7/8/2011 1:34PM

    emoticon for the positive vibes you send out!

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Portrait of a Friend"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Portrait of a Friend"

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.

i continue to plod along everyday with minimal success...........
am searching for ways to solve this riddle so to speak and i feel i may have found the right dr to help me......
we are slowly working on the hormones and thyroid side of things and am hopeful i will be seeing some results soon.........i feel at times extremly frustrated at the lack of movement on the scale or much change in inches lost etc.......this new dr did a test on me called 'BIOIMPEDANCE ANALYSIS"
one of the results showed my lean body mass which indicated that half of my body was muscle....i finally felt that all this exercise has finally showed some results that is measureable as too many dr's out there did not believe me when i told and showed them the printouts from sparkpeople what i ate and all the exercise i do etc........i feel maybe now i have a chance of moving forward.......

thanks to everyone for all your help and support............
it is so soo much appreciated.....
blessings and hugs...............lita

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_CYNDY55_ 7/7/2011 12:45AM

    Thank You for sharing Portrait of A Friend emoticon

I hope Your New Doctor does help You emoticonL*I*T*A*
There are still some Great Doctors around!

I have had the same three doctors since 2007...they helped me turn my health around. I did follow their instructions to A "T" !

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GOSPELCLOWN 7/4/2011 11:44AM

    Congrats on finding a believing doctor.


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CATIATM 7/3/2011 2:10PM

    You are a gem, Lita!

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BABYSTEPS84 7/1/2011 3:50PM

1. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem.
2. I just keep learning that, especially when it comes to our health, PERSISTENCE matters. As you told me, Never Give Up...

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DDOORN 6/30/2011 6:39AM

    Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers L*I*T*A*!


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TRYINGHARD1948 6/29/2011 6:21PM

    So pleased you have found a doctor who is listening and looking for an answer. It can be so frustrating and patience can be hard to maintain over time. Do take care, hugs.

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JAMER123 6/29/2011 4:34PM

    It is very frustrating to not see any movement towards goals you have set. I too, have been stuck for quite a while and am grateful for even a "smidgen" of movement towards my goals.

Is is wonderful you found a Dr. that can help you validate! It is so important that your efforts are recognized and can therefore help you get going again!! Best of luck to you and getting to see what you are looking for!!

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Thanks for the words of friendship! they are great!!

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MDGARDENGIRL 6/29/2011 4:15PM

    LITA..... you give so much of yourself to everyone here on SP! Where would this group be without you... our caring, trusting leader?? !!!

I sure hope you and your new doctor figure out the metabolic problem. It's good that you keep searching for answers. They are out there. emoticon

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Fathers Are Wonderful People

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fathers Are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to "his image"
As protector and provider
And "hero of the scrimmage"...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as "soft" as he can be...

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolades of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

And like Our Heavenly Father,
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be always on our side.

by Helen Steiner Rice

to all the men in our lives........HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

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JUSFOLK 6/19/2011 10:50PM

    What a great testimonial!

Hope your week is extra-special!

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TRAVELNISTA 6/19/2011 7:05PM

    Very nice! emoticon

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_CYNDY55_ 6/19/2011 10:10AM

    .•*´¨`* Beautiful .•*´¨`* Thank You!

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WILLOW49 6/18/2011 9:41PM

    I always enjoy Helen Steiner Rice :) Thank you!

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Courage to Love Yourself.......

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Courage to Love Yourself

When you love yourself
You realize you are not meant to suffer and you are never alone
As life is nothing but a school in which to learn
You accept the past for what it had to teach you
Learning from the lessons and thanking the teachers along the way.
Forgiving ourselves for what we have done, the harm we have caused
Letting that go and belonging in the now.

When you love yourself
You learn to forgive those who didn’t love you
the way you wanted them to.
They loved according to their own definition.
They did the best they knew how.
Forgive and release them.
Forgive and release yourself to experience your incredible potential
To live, to love, to learn, to take chances, and to serve.

When you love yourself
You celebrate “what is” and realize
That possibly you are not ready for “what isn’t”
We are all Masterpieces in different stages of Manifestation.
Everything at every moment is exactly as it is meant to be.

When you love yourself
You realize we are all here for a profound purpose.
To somehow make this world a better place.
You have come perfectly equipped with the exact strengths
And the courage to challenge your shortcomings
with joy and determination
For you are a unique orchestration of both.

When you love yourself
You are willing to laugh at your fallacies and share your strengths
Taking care of your BEING to ensure maximum energy for all
For all is powerful and all is possible
When you love yourself.

Janice Mae

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CATIATM 6/17/2011 9:22AM

    Ahh ... but it's harder than it sounds. Thanks for the reminder, Lita!

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SMILEYBEE 6/16/2011 3:06PM

    Love the encouragement and positive vibes you exude! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 6/13/2011 3:43AM

I'm still struggling with this challenge of loving myself emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 6/12/2011 8:56PM

    Wonderful Lita, thank you.

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WILLOW49 6/12/2011 8:41PM

    What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing with us :) You always find the nicest things to share!

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    that was beautiful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSFOLK 6/12/2011 5:20PM

    Lots of good food for thought here...thanks for sharing!

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