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THANK YOU! I'm so happy I cried!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I just wanted to take a quick second to tell you how much this recognition means to me! Not only have I reached my goal weight but I've been nominated as being a SparkPeople Motivator!!!! I secretly set this as a goal of mine and honestly, reaching this goal has been even better than reaching my goal weight! Yesterday I was on cloud nine, but today I'm on cloud like 231! lol To know that my blog and my success is motivating people around the WORLD, well, it's AWESOME! It's an incredible feeling! I even cried tears of joy and self-pride! This has got to be one of the best days of my LIFE! So from the bottom of my heart....I THANK YOU, each and every one of you, for blessing my life and making me the happiest Spark girl in the universe!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 12/6/2010 12:24AM

    Definitely inspiring and motivating are you!

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JOYSONG50 12/4/2010 9:35PM

    Big emoticon on being nominated spark motivator! Well deserved.


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REJ7777 12/4/2010 5:38PM

    You really are a great motivator! It was only a matter of time before the official recognition came. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 12/3/2010 8:43PM

    Congratulations, your sweet spirit shines through!

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ALMMOM 12/3/2010 11:41AM

    Motivator couldn't have gone to a more deserving person!! Congrats.

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LUSODOLL 12/3/2010 11:37AM

    After all the work you went through to reach your goals, you deserve this recognition. Congratulations on your success you really are a motivation and inspiration!

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KARBIE18 12/2/2010 8:07PM

    Awww! So happy for you! You are definitely a motivator! Thanks for that!

Hugs,
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JO2TOM 12/2/2010 7:03PM

    Congrats to you. You are a great motivator, really. Keep up the great work for yourself and all of us. Thanks

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MONKEYSNUFFER 12/2/2010 5:24PM

    You're so sweet and a big inspiration! Not just for weight loss, but you always understand when I am grieving about the loss of my parents.

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PCOH051610 12/2/2010 4:56PM

    So happy for you! You are truly deserving!

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BELLALUCIA 12/2/2010 3:53PM

    You rock!

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CHOESCH 12/2/2010 3:29PM

    Look at you! I'm extremely proud of you and this accomplishment - you have faced so many trials and come out on top. Keep reminding yourself that you are AMAZING!
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MARCYNA 12/2/2010 11:09AM

    I'm so happy for you, you just deserve it emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 12/2/2010 10:51AM

    You deserve it, Awesome!!!! emoticon

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    emoticon Congratulations!! emoticon

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-COURTNEY- 12/2/2010 10:45AM

    Great job and keep the momentum going!

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Leslie, I am so PROUD of you!! You truly are an INSPIRATION to us all!! Sending lots of YOU ARE A WINNER hugs from my home to yours!!


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MELTING2SVELTE 12/2/2010 9:56AM

    emoticon you deserve it, for sure and for certain.

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AZURELITE 12/2/2010 8:52AM

    Nice! So happy for you!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/2/2010 8:52AM

    Fantastic job! Enjoy this moment.

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KRYANPRINCESS 12/2/2010 8:50AM

    Yes! Very well deserved! Congrats!

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SHERRY257 12/2/2010 8:48AM

    You deserve the recognition and more! You have done a fantastic job and are an inspiration. Thanks ! Enjoy! Keep dancing! emoticon

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PUNZIE73 12/2/2010 8:45AM

    Here's to staying on cloud 231! You deserve it, congrats! Your welcome for your belt goodie! I noticed your pants kept fallin' down!
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HEALTHYAMS 12/2/2010 7:31AM

    Congratulations!

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LOOZINITNOW 12/2/2010 7:23AM

    Well deserved! You worked hard and always have such a positive, sunny attitude!
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/2/2010 5:28AM

    And Most Popular Blog too! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/2/2010 2:11AM

    emoticon...Way to go girl!

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PRYCELESS1 12/2/2010 2:06AM

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You totally inspired me!!
Keep it up girlie.

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MOMFAN 12/2/2010 12:32AM

    You are amazing!

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SWEETNEENI 12/1/2010 11:35PM

    You deserve to be happy. Enjoy it! emoticon

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You totally earned it!!! Enjoy and relish in this moment, Warrior!!!

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KTTAYLOR21 12/1/2010 11:06PM

    You definetly deserve it!!! You bust your a$$ and gave me the motivation to know that it can be done, now I just have to DO IT TOO!!! Thank you!!!!!

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    You deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 12/1/2010 9:59PM

    Again, I am soooo proud of you!

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WALKAWAY 12/1/2010 9:57PM

    emoticonWell deserved.

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    YOU SO deserve it!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELONE11 12/1/2010 9:46PM

    Way to go emoticon emoticon emoticon!!!!

You're truly an inspiration to others!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/1/2010 9:44PM

    OK, I have to say, I KNEW it! emoticonI knew your blog was high quality, high SPARK MATERIAL, and a motivational blog to beat all blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASHLEYKAT 12/1/2010 9:43PM

    Yay! You go girl, you deserve it!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You rock girl!

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TRUE-NESS 12/1/2010 9:35PM

    You deserve it...for all you to do help, encourage and motivate US! God bless! emoticon

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I REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT!!!! 40 lb loss (WITH PICS!)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I woke up feeling a little lighter today so I decided to brave the scale. I knew I had been close to goal weight but thought for sure I had ruined my chances of reaching it this week after all of the Thanksgiving yumminess. After I stepped on the scale I had to rub my eyes and and pick my jaw back off the ground! COULD IT BE??!! 150.4 BAM, GOAL WEIGHT! WAAHHOOOO!!!!

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I DID IT! I actually did it! I lost 40 pounds!!!!! I met my goal! That goal that seemed out of reach; That one that I thought was never possible...Well, IT WAS! I REACHED MY GOAL WEIGHT with Spark People!! Woooo hooo!
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So now for the fun part! Here are the "before" pictures that I've managed to get together. I'm the one on the right in the first picture.









And now for the "after"!!!!!!



My daughter had to take part in the action! My 6 year old did pretty well taking this one!



These are my OLD pants!!





BYE BYE 40 pounds!! You're out the door, to da curb, GONE FOR GOOD!! emoticon emoticon

  
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VICKILYN4 1/26/2011 12:05PM

    Congratulation Leslie..you look fantasic! emoticon

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NOMOEXCUSES13 1/19/2011 4:36PM

    Wow you did an awesome job....saw you on my big sis PUnzie's page and wanted to stop throught and see what you were all about....I see nothing but business and working your mojo...YOu go girl...you look great!!!!

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MARTINT011 12/19/2010 9:05PM

  good for you. that's a lot of weight and you must feel great. emoticon

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JENIFROUFROU 12/13/2010 9:07PM

    Congratulations on your success!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/12/2010 9:53PM

    Hooray! WooHoo! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Congratulations!!

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    Great job!
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BELLAMAGOO78 12/12/2010 11:29AM

    emoticon it's worth all the work to make those changes isn't it??!!

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BENDER7 12/12/2010 8:04AM

    Congratulations!

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    congrats! way to go! emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 12/11/2010 11:22PM

    Fantastic!

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ROSEREDD58 12/11/2010 11:01PM

    Congrats on your success! Hope your holidays are wonderful and your new you is happy!Tammy

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COBOUCH53 12/11/2010 10:21PM

    You look amazing - thanks for sharing and motivating. Love these success stories!

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DIANE2110 12/11/2010 9:07PM

    WOOHOO! This is awesome! You look so happy.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/11/2010 5:16PM

    Lookin great!

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SANYA_SHNICK 12/11/2010 4:15PM

    awesome! you look lighter and younger! but mostly you look much happier!

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BOLEBRON 12/11/2010 11:32AM

    Congratulations! I'll be joining you pretty soon. Great job!

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STRIVINGSOUL 12/11/2010 11:04AM

    WooHoo!!!!!!
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Thanks for the motivation!!!

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GINGERVISTA 12/11/2010 9:58AM

    You've come a long way & done a fantastic job, despite personal challenged.
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15MINUTES 12/11/2010 9:44AM

    Bravo! A well accomplished feat. You must be very proud. Good luck with maintenance--you won't have any problem with Sparkpeople on your side! :)

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SEJULY 12/11/2010 9:29AM

  Wonderful job. You look great!
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LIGHTHOUSE0403 12/11/2010 9:00AM

  Congrats! You look wonderful & I bet you feel even bett than that!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/11/2010 8:54AM

    I KNEW it! I told you it would be a Most Popular Blog! You are AMAZING, sweet lady! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    What an accomplishment! Gives me hope. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLETHYME 12/11/2010 1:28AM

    Holy smokes--you look fantastic! Congratulations!! I love reading success stories like yours... I hope to be there myself someday (After 3 mos. on SP I'm 33 lbs. down so far; 67 to go!)

Enjoy your sweet success!

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JIBBIE49 12/11/2010 12:31AM

    emoticonGreat to see your blog as one of the featured blogs for the week. Great honor! emoticon

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=this_weeks_best_member_blogs_12310

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BRENNAN34 12/10/2010 11:31PM

    GREAT job!

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    Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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    Great job!! You look fabulous!

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QUILTINGQUE 12/10/2010 5:54PM

    Good job!! I'm very proud of you. You look great!

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    You look great! Congratulations!

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    Awesome job!!

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KKISHAA 12/10/2010 11:52AM

    Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance!!!! Yay for goal weight!!!!

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My kids and Family Pic

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break! Mine was really nice and I was able to spend some good quality time with the family. My mom had a wonderful dinner and made sure to have everyone's favorites. I've never appreciated these huge meals as much as I have within the last few years since I started cooking myself. To have everything ready AND warm at the same time is amazing to me now! I've got a whole new appreciation for that talent!!
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I enjoyed my time with my step kids especially. They don't come over all that often, so the time I do get to spend with them I truly appreciate. It's been hard for us these last couple of years. (Since their dad died.) At first, I spent loads of time with them, mostly because I wanted to keep their minds off of reality. Then it started to get hard for us...it was hard for them to come over to our house and see his things and know he wasn't here, and then it started getting hard for me to even see them because they reminded me so much of him and how my family wasn't whole...but through it all our love has persevered and we have gotten past that. It's important for me to have this relationship with them and I know it's just as important to them. They need me now more than ever and need to know that I'm not just going to disappear...ESPECIALLY since their father's family has not spent nearly as much time with them as they should've since he died. I really don't understand it and have tried not to let it hurt me. (Since they don't spend time with me either! GRR) I've learned that there's not much I can personally do about it so I will just pray for them. They are having a much harder time grieving as Chris was the strongest link in that family. He held them together; He held his mom together. Since he's passed they have completely fallen apart. Her health has taken it's toll and the kids are paying the ultimate price. His mom does spend a weekend here or there with them but when it comes to holidays...well, last year they just didn't celebrate. It's not up to me to make up for them but I do have an obligation to Chris and to these children. I love them and I dearly loved their father. He promised to care for my children if anything were to happen to me and by God I will do the same. I owe him that much.

Wow!! I just got on here to post a couple pictures and then whamo, all THAT came out! LOL Guess I needed to get that off my chest and out in the open. Sooo, without further adieu...





This is my family! From left to right, AnnaBelle 13 years old, Kaitlyn age 7, Me age 21 lol ;) , Kyler 6, and Montana 14. They are my pride and joy and I am PROUD to call them my children!!

  
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MARCYNA 12/6/2010 3:25PM

    WoW, you look wonderful and doing great, keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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SNEARKERSON 12/2/2010 11:19AM

    Way to go! Don't give up on those kids. It will be work but they are worth it.

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MONIKALW81 12/1/2010 8:46PM

    Now, that's a good lookin' family! ;)
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F8CONE8 11/30/2010 7:35PM

    I am so glad you are keeping the step kids in your heart and prayers. That is so wonderful. Hugs to you!

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KAT7457 11/30/2010 6:02PM

    very nice family pic. I feel bad for your step children some how you have to reach out and let them talk to you since the mother isnt much help. take a day or 2 and have them over before or after xmas to spend some time with them. or just a suggestion make xmas cookies with them and everyone decorate them i let my gkids decorate them and i bake and let them cool and next day they decorate. last year my oen grandson came up with a cool decoration to eat take a half graham cracker and 2 large marshmallows put a little frosting on the center of the cracker and put a marschmallow on it and than the other one on top use frosting to hold it. put a little frosting on the end of the cracker for little sprinkles but first decorate the face with the gel frosting and than decorate the bottom so the little snow men are facing the covered cracker with sprinkles everyone loved them he thought of this himself and he tryed it with the strawberry marshmellows and no one learly like that white ones word better.
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CALAMITYJANE44 11/30/2010 10:51AM

    Beautiful family! You are the angel sent to care for this family. God bless you.

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MONKEYSNUFFER 11/30/2010 12:03AM

    You have a beautiful family! I know your so proud!

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REJ7777 11/29/2010 10:13PM

    You have a beautiful family, and they are indeed blessed to have you! emoticon

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PCOH051610 11/29/2010 7:17PM

    Wow! Your family looks fantastic and from their looks I bet they are very proud to call you their Mom! Your darling Chris is out there somewhere saying "Look at Leslie, isn't she doing great"

Families are families! Often times they are not people we would choose to spend time with but I think in the end it is those weird relationships that make us all stronger as individuals.

You've got a lot to be proud of and I hope someday you get rewarded for all that love you share!

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YW84FRIDAY 11/29/2010 7:09PM

  That takes a lot of strength and compassion. Those kids are so fortunate to have you and to know that you still love them. You are an awesome mom.

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ABBASYALDAH1 11/29/2010 6:28PM

    What a beautiful family!!! I too have lost my spouse and bf Allan. We had four kids together. Unfortunately his son wants nothing to so with us (not sure why) but the door is open if he changes his mind. Anyway...lovely family!!! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/29/2010 4:50PM

    It's tough at any age to not have someone who cares about us so it is especially nice they have you to turn to for support. Thanks for being there for them. -- Lou

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MCSNYDER1 11/29/2010 1:42PM

    How blessed you all are!!!!! Thanks for sharing these pics with us!


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/29/2010 1:13PM

    Leslie, you are such a WONDERFUL Mom, and your family is so blessed because of YOU! I know they're never going to forget this, and all your life, you'll be surrounded by love and family! I love to cook too, but this time, it was nice (and fun) to have the help from the kids! And, YOU, well YOU look GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY257 11/29/2010 1:03PM

    Great pictures. The love shines in all of your eyes. You are such a wonderful person. emoticon

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KNITNYAK 11/29/2010 12:26PM

    Wow! Leslie, those kids are so blessed to have you! I am so sorry about Chris, it must be terribly hard to lose someone so young! I cannot imagine, but you are proof that God does not give us more than we can bear, because you are proving yourself to be a strong, capable woman!

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KAMAPERRY 11/29/2010 11:16AM

    Beautiful, they are lucky to have you. emoticon

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TEACHDIANN78 11/29/2010 10:22AM

    Awwww...you made me cry! emoticon how hard that must be for you! That is wonderful that you are realizing why you haven't spent as much time with them. Once you get "past" that then it will be much easier (after my mom died, my dad hated spending time with me because I look so much like her)! It's a difficult situation but trust in the Lord and know that He has it all planned for you! You are an amazing 21 year old! emoticon

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MTLHEAD86 11/29/2010 10:14AM

    You're so amazing! What a beautiful testament to your love of Chris and his children, and yours too, even through the adversity.

You are wise beyond your 21 years... emoticon

The pictures say a thousand words, they come through the smiles and none bigger than his watching it all unfold. emoticon


Mad love, YO!

~Ray

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TEMPEST272002 11/29/2010 9:21AM

    What a beautiful family you have. Chris would be happy to know that you are maintaining the bond with his children. You've all lost so much already, so it's important not to let them just fade away out of your life. emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 11/29/2010 7:16AM

    great pic!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/29/2010 4:03AM

    That was a great blog! Loved the photos. Is there any way you can have them come over on a regular basis? From what you are saying it would be healthy for all the children to keep the connection. I am so proud how you have kept these children in your life. emoticonIt must be hard at times, but you are giving them a strong foundation of what family is all about.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/29/2010 3:39AM

    You are a beautiful person, and wise for your years. I bet as the kids get older, they will come around more often, and they will appreciate the love you have for them. Some people heal quicker then others, and since they are young, it will just take time for them. Hang in there! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/29/2010 1:02AM

    You are a wonderful person to look after these children as your own. Great dedication to Chris. It is sad your house reminds them of Chris and that they remind you of Chris and your great loss. I wish someday you can be reminded of the fun times you had and not the heart breaking sorrow you must feel with every reminder.
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JUSTDUCKY1405 11/29/2010 12:26AM

    You are an amazing woman!

Nuff said!

AMAZING!

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CSULLIVAN83 11/29/2010 12:14AM

    Beautiful family!

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ARTHURTOM 11/29/2010 12:11AM

    Great pix and I too know about how a family can change after a death of a spouse or significant other. The thing to do is to not let it change you. emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 11/29/2010 12:05AM

    Lol, you do look young enough to be that age though! You are a sweet, kind person and I'm happy to know you! Love you!

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2009 Thanksgiving compared to 2010...40 lb difference and MORE!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I have SO many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving! Iíve been pondering the idea of a gratitude blog and telling you guys everything that Iím thankful for but Iím afraid Iíll end up writing a novel! lol Of course Iím thankful for my family and my dear friends, (YOU), but I also have several new things to be grateful for this year! emoticon

I'm wearing single digit pants!! Given the size 9 pair of jeans is ''stretchy'' and I'm still convinced that the size 8 work pants were just a tag malfunction, they are SINGLE DIGIT! Never would I have imagined that when I set out on this journey to lose a few pounds that I'd have ended up losing almost 40! emoticon

I no longer look at food as a means to make me happy. It's something that brings my body nourishment and it does NOT rule my life! emoticon

I eat fresh and healthy and what do you know, I LIKE it! My body is thriving and has all sorts of energy now! emoticon

I no longer get winded going up and down my stairs! emoticon

I like the reflection in the mirror and will still do a double take sometimes! (Who is that girl and where'd she put fat Leslie?!)

I'm more fit and active! Exercise is making my heart happy and therefore it makes ME happy! emoticon

I have the strongest, most supportive group of friends any girl could ask for! Last year at this time I would've said that I didn't have any friends. Now?! I have dozens of friends who are more than willing to offer a helping had or a word of encouragement. The Spark community continues to amaze me day after day! emoticon

I'm proud of myself and I have a will to succeed now! No more woe is me attitude. Life is grand and I must live it to the fullest! emoticon

I don't cover my body in embarrassment and shame anymore. I'm confident and have more self esteem than I ever have, everrrr! emoticon

I don't hide from the camera! I smile and say CHEESE and ask, would you like to take another one?!?! emoticon

I LOVE myself! emoticon

Okay, that's enough for now! I think I could still write a novel but you get my drift! I'm a whole new me compared to last year at this time and I'm more than grateful for it...I'm truly blessed!!

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ALIBROM 11/28/2010 12:17AM

    Love your thankful list. I want that to be me next year on my birthday!!!! Just reading your blog was motivating for me. Congratulations on all your success.

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BARRONVC 11/27/2010 11:08PM

    Totally awesome!

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/27/2010 3:31PM

    I love, love, love this. I hope that I feel this good next year! Yay for you! emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 11/26/2010 9:44PM

    hmmm.....wonder what you'll be doing this time next year???

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TEACHDIANN78 11/26/2010 8:06PM

    You are awesome and MY inspiration! I'm thankful for you!! You ROCK!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/26/2010 5:41PM

    emoticon on your success!

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DINGALLSTOO 11/26/2010 5:03PM

    Me too....Thankful for SP and the support. You look MAHVELOUS!!! and just for the record size 9 is size 9 stretchy or not! emoticon

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JPIELACK 11/26/2010 4:59PM

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What a great feeling! I am really hoping- no, I WILL be writing this blog next year! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/26/2010 4:55PM

    What an awesome list from an awesome woman.

You have accomplished so much and I am sure this is just the beginning of your shine.

Shine on, gorgeous. I love it.

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MTLHEAD86 11/25/2010 4:47PM

    Time sure flies when you're having fun, huh? One year later and your life has completed its' 180! Goals set and achieved, food mastered and a mindset that is infectious to all.

You've shown us all, that through any adversity, you can do what you set your mind to. You did it! Welcome to your life, full of happiness and contentment!

Sparkpeople where WE is key is an action, an action you've embraced heart, mind and soul. I'm honored to call you my best friend.


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JUSTDUCKY1405 11/24/2010 11:24PM

    Right on! And you should LOVE yourself! So proud of you!

Remember this day and feeling!!!

Man... I keep losing my subscriptions... I must take different roots in... lol!

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ZANDASMOM1 11/24/2010 3:51PM

    Wonderful blog!!!! You are doing AWESOME and should be SO proud of yourself!!!!! Way to GO!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARCYNA 11/24/2010 3:02PM

    You're such a sweetie and deserve all these blessings.. and many many more emoticon emoticon

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MONKEYSNUFFER 11/23/2010 11:35PM

    Awesome Leslie! You have come so far and remain an inspiration to me.

I can't adjust to my reflection either. My job has two giant glass doors in the entranceway and when I see my reflection in them, I am still amazed that that's me! Where did half my thighs go LOL

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LIBBYFITZ 11/23/2010 10:47PM

    emoticonThat is such a wonderful blog, yes I can imagine you writing a novel and I am hoping one day you just might. I am sure there are other women like you who need that extra bit of inspiration and coming from someone who has endured loss of a loved one the way you have means you have the means to have empathy as you have travelled that road.

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MONIKALW81 11/23/2010 10:00PM

    Great blog! Positive and inspirational. Love it:)

Happy Thanksgiving!
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SHERRY257 11/23/2010 9:56PM

    Fantastic! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/23/2010 9:55PM

    I'm so proud and happy for you girl!!! It's been such a joy and blessing to be with you during this journey and I can't wait to continue it with you!! You have totally ROCKED this! emoticon

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REJ7777 11/23/2010 9:55PM

    I'm so happy for you! emoticon
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IUHRYTR 11/23/2010 8:19PM

    I love your positive attitude and hearing of your new self-image. A 40 pound loss is an achievement to be proud of. emoticon And, as much encouragement as we might give you, we gain it back many times over from you. emoticon -- Lou

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SUSIEWHITE1109 11/23/2010 7:51PM

    emoticon Way to go Leslie!!! Very inspirational blog! I love the idea of writing a 'thanksgiving' blog! I might do one myself.

Hope you and your family have a terrific holiday weekend!! Keep on going girl, you're rockin' it! emoticon emoticon

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ELLFIN3 11/23/2010 7:34PM

    emoticon I think they put wrong size label on things on purpose!!!! Enjoy your evening!!!! WooHoo for a healthy you!
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JOYSONG50 11/23/2010 7:11PM

    emoticon Happy for you girl! We're thankful having you as our dear SparkFriend too. You've been a great inspiration to many of us. Keep up the awesome work.
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KANSASROSE67 11/23/2010 6:53PM

    Wonderful blog...so happy that you're so happy!

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JHADZHIA 11/23/2010 6:42PM

    The butterfly has emerged! The real you was there all along, you just had to let her out!! Well done on adapting a healthy lifestyle and showing everyone how its done! Continued success and happiness to you!!
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LOOZINITNOW 11/23/2010 6:01PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to a precious Sparkfriend!
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BECKYLYNNE77 11/23/2010 5:57PM

    What a great blog emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/23/2010 5:55PM

    Leslie, I am so EXCITED for you! YOU are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou set your mind to do this, and you have been and ARE doing it! emoticon

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BELLALUCIA 11/23/2010 5:53PM

    I love you sweetie and I'm proud of you! I love Spark people and all my friends on it. You guys have made this journey I'm undertaken easier and more magnificent. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Plan of Attack!

Monday, November 22, 2010



I've noticed that a lot of people are blogging about their ''plan of attack'' for Thanksgiving. I'm not sure I'm going to put my treadmill in the middle of the dining room and run while I eat, lol, but I am going to go into it with a plan. For one, I'm going to enjoy my holiday and eat whatever I want! What?! Yep, I said that right! I'm going to enjoy my usuals and get a little bit of all of my favorites, with an emphasis on LITTLE BIT! I'm not going to deprive myself of that homemade dressing or my grandmother's homemade strawberry preserves, but I'm not going to overindulge in it either! It's going to be all about portion control! I will savor every morsel and truly enjoy my dinner and of course the company as well! A little extra exercise isn't going to hurt either!

So, what's your plan of attack?? I'd love to hear your strategies!!

  
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/1/2010 12:15PM

    I took a 5K+ walk in the afternoon before our Thanksgiving dinner. And like you, I took a little bit of most everything, except the rolls and most of the desserts. I still ate more than usual and had a hard time getting back on plan after another day of eating leftovers. Thank goodness the leftovers are gone now. Of course Christmas is coming....Wish us all luck!

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SGRAY478 11/24/2010 11:31PM

    I plan on eating the same foods but a lot less of them. And I am planning on no seconds this year!!

Good luck lady!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 11/24/2010 11:21PM

    Great plan and the way it should be!

ENJOY!

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BELLALUCIA 11/23/2010 5:57PM

    I will eat all my fave foods but only a plate of them!

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MONKEYSNUFFER 11/23/2010 4:03PM

    I have about the same plan. I guess I'm still gonna track. I am worried a little, though.

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BNBLYNNE 11/23/2010 10:19AM

    I am doing the same.

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KAMAPERRY 11/23/2010 10:01AM

    Your plan is exactly the same as mine. AND I will have more workout time! emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/23/2010 8:34AM

    I have to agree with you on allowing myself a little bit of those things I want. Including the pumpkin pie! I will also do my best to get exercise in that day, but not during dinner. emoticon

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KTMAE2006 11/23/2010 8:05AM

    When I saw the title of your blog I was thinking about how many "plan" is to always just eat what I want but not go hog-wild. I'm glad you have a similar idea!!

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KTMAE2006 11/23/2010 8:05AM

    When I saw the title of your blog I was thinking about how many "plan" is to always just eat what I want but not go hog-wild. I'm glad you have a similar idea!!

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TRUE-NESS 11/23/2010 5:16AM

    Portion size...ONE plate...Thanksgiving only ONE day. I'm not making much. I don't plan to have much more than a day or two of leftovers in the house. Of course the turkey and ham will last longer...but we can freeze some of that). I'm planning to eat the Thanksgiving meal only ONCE, then mainly fruit and veggies for the week that follows..leading into December.

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MY_HEALTH_BABY 11/23/2010 3:17AM

    I hope to attend my first 5k to kick off the day! Afterward, let the feasting begin! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/22/2010 11:25PM

    Girlfriend, I DITTO your blog! emoticon

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JOYSONG50 11/22/2010 9:45PM

    emoticon Love your plan of attack and love the cartoon too. Parking a treadmill in the middle of my dining room is certainly not on my list of things to do. But, portion control definitely is once I go out on Thanksgiving Day.

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REJ7777 11/22/2010 9:36PM

    Sounds like a great plan. Enjoy! emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 11/22/2010 9:19PM

    I am thankful I have Spark Friends who will doing the same when I put operation "Portion Control" into action. It is nice to know I am not alone. Each of us will be thinking about what we're doing this year and not just feasting mindlessly.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/22/2010 9:08PM

    Portion control is my plan too. I don't want to deprive myself of anything, but I will only have little bits and call it good!

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MCSNYDER1 11/22/2010 8:57PM

    My plan is pretty much the same as yours. I'm going to eat a little bit of everything I want! Have a happy holiday!

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ELLFIN3 11/22/2010 7:48PM

    As you say portion control!! And some fitness!!! Enjoy the rest of your evening!!!! emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 11/22/2010 7:47PM

    Great plan! I'm going to get a workout in and keep the portions in line!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/22/2010 7:12PM

    I love a good plan, gorgeous. Enjoy!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/22/2010 7:08PM

    emoticonjust loved the cartoon. I think you hit the nail on the head with "PORTION CONTROL"! You are almost at goal weight so it is almost maintenance time for you. emoticon

I am heading off to the Pot Luck Thanksgiving on Thursday and am bring a cooked turkey as my contribution emoticon.

I will have some white meat, vegetables a small amount of gravy and some mashed potato. I will have sweets if there is fresh fruit. I will drink lots of water before I go! Also hope to get an early morning walk in before hand as well.
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JHADZHIA 11/22/2010 6:57PM

    Sounds like a reasonable and sane plan! I don't deny myself any goodies. But I have learned two things -small plate, and NO seconds :) Always extra exercise so I can enjoy a dessert too.

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IUHRYTR 11/22/2010 6:51PM

    SP and other articles continually say that it is the total number of calories consumed that counts. So I plan to cut back some Wed. and Fri. so I can enjoy Thur. and also keep doing what exercises I can and yard raking and other activity during this time. Hope this works, but if I overindulge, it'll simply be time for new beginning for the next meal. -- Lou

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TEMPEST272002 11/22/2010 6:25PM

    That is exactly what I did for our Thanksgiving (past now) & I think it's an EXCELLENT plan! Eat, drink & be merry... which isn't the same as binge, get blotted and go crazy. Enjoy!

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ASHLEYKAT 11/22/2010 6:23PM

    Right on! I also know that if I deny myself anything, I'll try and "make it up" later because I was "good." That will probably result in 3x the calorie intake of a "normal" Thanksgiving. I'm just trying to go towards the low end of my calories today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Second helpings? Probably not. Third? Heck no! Lots of veggies first? Yep. I'm looking forward to it.

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HIPPIE44 11/22/2010 6:03PM

    I think your plan is about the same as mine :)

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PCOH051610 11/22/2010 5:59PM

    Good plan! Our Thanksgiving was in October here in Canada so I have conquered that! Good luck with your eating and I totally agree that you be able to have a bit of everything. Moderation is the key...although your grandmother's preserves do sound mighty tempting!

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