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Positivity Challenge--Week ONE

Friday, January 21, 2011

Well Iíve finally gotten my butt in gear! My plan to go back to the basics is starting to work! Iíve been drinking my water and laying off all the crap I was eating and get thisÖexercising! Lol I know, I donít know whatís come over me. Whereís Leslie and what have you done to her?!! emoticon

Iíve joined two challenges now and Iím totally stoked for both of them! One of them is to exercise every day until the end of February. The goal is at least 20 minutes a day but 10 is acceptable too. And if you want to go for more, then more power to you! We are keeping each other accountable and are hoping by the end of February that exercise has become just a part of our everyday routine and something we actually enjoy!! Imagine that?!! Lol Anyone who wants to join is welcome, Iíll try to come by your page at least once a day and check up on you. Thereís a few of us already but you know thereís strength in numbers so whoís with us?!! Címon, surely you can find ten measly minutes in your day to dedicate to your health. Who doesnít have a couple minutes here and there, while theyíre watching TV or standing around at work, to get some exercise in? Do that a few times in your day and BAM, youíre done! emoticon emoticon


The other challenge is the Positivity Challenge. Itís a new team with only 20 members so far. The main goal of this team is to spread the power of positive thinking by creating at least one blog per week entirely dedicated to telling others about the blessings, rewards, and other great aspects of your life. These blogs are not limited to weight loss. You can talk about anything you want. Examples include: Getting married, running your first 5k, getting a promotion at work, staying within daily nutrition goals, an exercise streak, finding a new favorite food, etc!" Whoís with me on this one?!! Címon guys, letís put our positive pants on!! LOL emoticon

SoÖpositive #1 is going to be my 2.7 lb loss on the scale this morning! This is my first loss of more than one pound in one week sinceÖgeesh, how long has it beenÖOctober? September maybe? I donít know, but it seems like fooorrreeevvveerrr ago! Iím absolutely fine with one pound per week so this added bonus of another 1.7 lbs is AWESOME! The scale loves me again! Hehe emoticon emoticon emoticon

Positive #2 is that I have to clean my house! Do what?!! Yup, you read that right! I have an inspector coming to my house next week so that it can get appraised so I HAVE to clean! This excites me and is a positive because it needs it so bad and I need it for my sanity! Time to burn some calories while cleaning AND bring some peace to my soul. Hooya! emoticon

And finally, positive # 3 is that I resisted ordering anything at the McDonalds drive-thru yesterday! We were running close on time and my daughter needed to be fed before she went to a play date, so McDonalds was our fastest and easiest option. Yes, I couldíve ordered a grilled chicken sandwich or a salad or something, but I really wanted one of their cheeseburgers and have been craving one lately! What did I order? Nothing! I microwaved my lean quisine when I got home and was completely satisfied. Woo hoo for me! emoticon emoticon

Stay tuned next week for another episode of my positivity! emoticon

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HEART_N_GRACE 1/24/2011 8:56PM

    Great Positivity Blog!!! I know I won't get to read them all but will try to catch as many of these as I can... it helps so much!!! I was member # 29!!!

Have a great week!

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BELLEFAITH42 1/24/2011 10:58AM

    Awesome stuff - i skipped a McD's drivethru on the same night last week too! My kids know I am training to WALK a half marathon and my 8-yr old daughter was like 'Good Mommy!' It's surprising what they pay attention to!

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LUNADRAGON 1/23/2011 11:38PM

    You CAN do it, because you ARE doing it. I love your background!!!

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CSULLIVAN83 1/23/2011 7:00PM

    That is so great!!!! Congrats on finding your spark!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon 1.7 lb loss is AWESOME!!!

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AZURELITE 1/23/2011 12:39PM

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/23/2011 11:43AM

    Great job! I have to agree that 10 minutes of exercise should not be a problem to fit it!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 1/23/2011 10:37AM

    I love it, love it, love it!!!! I'm joining both challenges!

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CULACCINA 1/23/2011 9:41AM

    I was going to join you silently on your 1st challenge, but I gave it a thought and I know that if I don't say a word, I will probably end up indulging!
So here I am, aiming to that 20' a day challenge and saying so :P
I'm going for a run today.
Thanks for the boost, lady!
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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/22/2011 11:15PM

    emoticon Keep up all your hard work and positive efforts Leslie!!!

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JHADZHIA 1/22/2011 9:05PM

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You rock Leslie!! To me you are a positive RAH RAH kind of gal, LOVE having you in my corner!

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KAMAPERRY 1/22/2011 6:48PM

    You are awesome I am joining!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/22/2011 3:12PM

    You rock. That's all. Your changes are positively fabulous!

For a team of 20 - you are roaring like a thousand.

I have literally heard about you everywhere.

Boom!

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Go warrior!

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ABB698 1/22/2011 1:57AM

    emoticonMy positive pants are 3 sizes smaller these days, so I will POSITIVELY put them on!

Good job on resisting Mickey D's! emoticon & emoticon LOL

Have a wonderful weekend Ms. Thang in her positve pants! emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 1/21/2011 11:25PM

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GRAMMACATHY 1/21/2011 10:15PM

    emoticon Will a positive dress be okay too?
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SIMLIFY 1/21/2011 9:49PM

    Positive Pants??? Where can I get a pair? We should all wear them on the same day...maybe everyday?

Good for you on the scale! You Rock! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/21/2011 8:14PM

    Looking for the positives in all situations is something that's been preached for many months but some people simply seem to want to wallow in their negativity. Glad you're not one of them. emoticon on the weight loss. Aiming for only one pound is a goal we all can reach and anything above that is a bonus as with your weigh in. So be proud and start working toward that next one pound. emoticon because you are emoticon -- Lou

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/21/2011 7:06PM

    Ahhh, Leslie, what a great blog! What a terrific thing that's been started, isn't it!? I love your positivity already, so this is just icing on the cake! emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 1/21/2011 6:47PM

    Accentuate the positivity! Love it! I'd love to start a *good news* TV station - nothing but encouraging, motivating, pay-it-forward news about people helping themselves and other people. Anchor woman: YOU!

Way to go on the weight loss! With you stepped up exercise program and your ever present positive outlook, your future is in your hands! And I believe it will be served *sunny side up*!

You are your own miracle. Thanks for sharing you with us!
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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/21/2011 6:17PM

    -2.7????? emoticon emoticon emoticon You are simply emoticon

I will definitely be checking out that team! We all need to be positive on this journey! WOOHOO! emoticon emoticon

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HLTHAPPINESS4C 1/21/2011 5:43PM

    It sounds like an awesome team! Well it is....you're in it!!! I love the blog and your wonderful attitude. I need to learn from it. You did GREAT ordering nothing at McDonalds! emoticon

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HEALTHYME47 1/21/2011 5:40PM

    Great blog entry! I admire your strength for NOT ordering ANYTHING at McDonalds. In addition to making your muscles stronger you are making your "will power muscle" stronger. Congrats on the weight loss. I wish I could get excited about cleaning my house. Well, one challenge at a time (and that's gonna be a big one!!!)

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NEWNAC304 1/21/2011 5:40PM

    Great job avoiding the cheeseburger and fries!

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YW84FRIDAY 1/21/2011 5:40PM

  Good job! I'm back on Day #1 of tracking my nutrition. Wish me luck!

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ASHLEYKAT 1/21/2011 5:28PM

    Great blog! You go girl! Clean that hizzouse! That burns calories too!

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THATS_LOVELY101 1/21/2011 5:25PM

    You have to the the most creative emoter that I've ever seen. I love the dump truck by your house cleaning paragraph! You're such a goofball. emoticon emoticon (See, I can do it too!) emoticon

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STFY31 1/21/2011 5:08PM

    I love the positivity! I think to often we only focus on the negative, before you know thats what we become a big ol' pile of negativity!
Thanks for reminding us how important it is to see the good.

Oh and way to go on passing up McD's I struggle with that every Tues. and Thurs. morning taking my son to preschool. I am always so proud of myself when I resist the urge!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/21/2011 5:02PM

    emoticonA fantastic Positivity blog! emoticon20 members now! I have a few of my friends joining so that is fantastic! The more the merrier!

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Ice is slick, funerals suck, and spreading the SP! lol

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

After our early morning escapade with the ice, the kids and I stayed home and have enjoyed some quiet family time. Before we had even gotten out of the neighborhood we hit a patch of ice and went straight into our neighbors mailbox. Scared the crap out of the kids but everyone was fine, thank God! So we turned back around and just stayed home all day. Their school was cancelled anyways and I was just taking them to my parent's house for the day while I went to work. They were a bit disappointed about not going to Mama and Papa's, but they got over it as soon as I said I'd play the Wii with them! lol

In other news, I made it through a pretty challenging weekend and am perty proud of myself! I had been notified last week that Chris's uncle had taken a turn for the worse and was not doing well. I went over to see him last Sunday, mostly to be there for his wife. She was very kind to me after Chris's passing and I thought I should return the favor. I'd never seen anyone on their death bed before, so this was harder for me to handle than I thought. To see what his wife was going through reminded me so much of me and it just hurt to see. He ended passing a couple of days later and I tell you what...Chris and him were probably fishing up in heaven's wonderous lakes within minutes of being reunited! lol Maybe this is selfish, but I'm glad Chris has someone else to enjoy heaven with now. :) (Of course I hate that it's at the expense of his family.)

So this last weekend I helped his wife get ready for the funeral. I knew this was one of the hardest things for me to do so I thought I'd help out a little. We went through some old pictures and did a scrapbook-like posterboard with them. It turned out really nice and looked good there at his service.

To tell you the truth, I debated about whether or not to go to that service or not. Not only was I going to see all of Chris's family, (most of them for the 1st time after his passing), but it was at the same funeral home as Chris's was. I knew I didn't HAVE to go and I think they would've understood if I didn't. But I thought, you know, you've been through so much worse than this...this should be a piece of cake. And actually, it was. It was really nice seeing all of his family again and I was well received by everyone. Well, almost everyone that is. His sister snubbed me for God knows why, but that's ok. I think she must be very angry at herself for the lack of involvement in Chris's life before he passed and is probably misplacing that anger towards me. Or maybe I represent something that she's just not ready to deal with b/c it is too hard and painful for her. Maybe it was the leather jacket I was wearing that belonged to Chris? Who knows, but I'd be lying if I said that it didn't hurt at all. It stung...but I'm not going to let myself get too worked up over it. I was welcomed by everyone else and that's what matters! People were even hugging me and I had no idea who they were! They introduced themselves afterwards, and were Chris's aunt and cousins. One of them tearfully thanked me for taking such good care of Chris. She said that he didn't have much of that in his life until I came into it, and wanted to thank me. I said thank you, that really means alot to me... to which she replied, "No, thank YOU for loving Chris." *tear* That meant sooo much to me! I represented Chris at that service....and they ALL knew that! I was shaking like a leaf when I walked into that room, but left with my head held high. Even if it was just for a day, his family was there for me, embraced me, and called me one of their own. I know they care so much for me and I'm NOT going to let myself forget that again!

In some totally unrelated news, [but actually SP related!], a friend asked me to help keep her accountable in her new weight loss plan! This is a girl I don't really know that well, but we did go to HS together. She is friends with me on facebook and I've wanted to say something about SP to her before, but as you know, you can't just come out and say that kind of stuff to people. They have to want to know and learn about it first. So finally, she came to me!! I told her all about SP and she asked me for my cell # so she can text me when she runs into problems or questions. I quickly hit her up on it and said, absolutely! I'm so excited and quite honored she is trusting me like this!! Awesome stuff, huh?!! Soon, I hope to have a SP name for you guys so maybe you can go by and give her a big welcome. :)

Anywhooo....thanks for listening to my 3 totally unrelated topics!! Have a good evening everyone and be careful on that ice!!

  
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MARCYNA 1/28/2011 2:02PM

    You're a strong, passionate and beautiful woman, maybe Chris' sister is also just a bit jealous...anyway I appreciate your trying to understand her - she may need to reach out for you sooner or later emoticon

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JO2TOM 1/26/2011 5:06PM

    Love and hugs to you. I think you were very brave, and going to the funeral was something that you didn't have to do, but kind of turned to gold for you in some ways. Good job with the exercise and hanging with the family. All of this was very hard to do, but your blog came across as very sweet and warm. Know that I pray for you and your kids every day. Chris was undoubtedly fortunate in marrying you and your kids have a wonderful role model for life.

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JO2TOM 1/26/2011 5:05PM

    Love and hugs to you. I think you were very brave, and going to the funeral was something that you didn't have to do, but kind of turned to gold for you in some ways. Good job with the exercise and hanging with the family. All of this was very hard to do, but your blog came across as very sweet and warm. Know that I pray for you and your kids every day. Chris was undoubtedly fortunate in marrying you and your kids have a wonderful role model for life.

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 1/25/2011 7:21PM

    emoticonYour blog was very "warm"..Your such a good person.
When I seen that his family was so kind to you..Makes me **smile**

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YW84FRIDAY 1/20/2011 8:32PM

  You are an awesome person. I'm glad you decided to go and represent Chris.

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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 1:13PM

  I admire your spirit and courage. What a blessing for Chris' aunt to have your support at such a difficult time. I am so glad that you were generally well received. You should be feeling proud!

Glad you were ok after the accident.

Sometimes I get sparkmail from other spark friends when they know someone who has just joined spark and then the new person has an entire welcome committee of support. Feel free to pass along my page to your HS friend.

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KAMAPERRY 1/19/2011 10:51PM

    You amaze me with how strong you are!! I love how you supported the family! You rock!

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/19/2011 7:56PM

    I'm glad the accident was small and no one was hurt. We have had a lot of ice too lately.

I'm glad the family spoke out and let you know how thankful they were. That is something you can always hold onto.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/19/2011 7:46PM

    What a wonderful thing you did helping out with the funeral. I'm sure all your help was greatly appreciated. You are such a generous and caring person! emoticon

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WINNIEVIOLA 1/19/2011 6:57PM

  I can kinda understand what you went through. I couldn't make it to my Dad in time but I got to be with my Uncle. I helped my aunt as much as I could. This was just before Christmas. You're right about Chris's sister. It's her problem. So be careful and don't take any chances.

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CHOESCH 1/19/2011 6:41PM

    All I can say is "YOU ROCK!" You have come such a long way in a very short period of time. You are always so willing to reach out and help others. I appreciate you and your great attitude. Thanks for taking the time to share your life and heart with us! You are AMAZING!
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CSULLIVAN83 1/19/2011 4:57PM

    Wow you had to go through a lot! Glad you handled everything so well and was there to represent him. Awesome that you are spreading the spark. It is hard to do sometimes. People say they want to do something about their health or weight and then when you start talking they get the blank look.

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TEMPEST272002 1/19/2011 2:10PM

    What an intense week!

I'm sure it was a great comfort to Chris' Aunt to have someone there who could truly understand how she was feeling and who also helped with some of the practical tasks. emoticon for reaching out, doing what was right, even though it was hard.



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KOSTA2 1/19/2011 11:38AM

    Everytime I read one of your blogs I am reminded of how much a person can reach out to others with a helping hand. You probably helped yourself as much as Chris's family by going.

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HEALTHYME229 1/19/2011 9:37AM

    As difficult as the hospital and funeral experiences were for you, what a blessing to be loved and embraced by Chris' family. As for his sister - it is hard to say. Grief is so different for everyone. I can imagine that it stung, but you are wise to recognize that there could be many things behind it that have nothing to do with you and gracious enough not to judge her harshly for it.

In the midst of this - it is so cool how you continue to reach out and encourage others on their journeys. You are an awesome chick!

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TRANSFORMWE 1/19/2011 8:17AM

    I finally got to read this and catch up on the details behind your status posts the past few days. I'm glad you went to the funeral and I can only imagine how hard that must have been. Sorry about Chris's sister, and I understand how one rejection can sometimes outweigh a whole lot of welcome (but kudos to you for regaining perspective.)

Glad you went back home and stayed safe after the ice mishap!

And how exciting for your friend!!!

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KKP4673 1/19/2011 1:58AM

    Way to go, girlfriend!! I cannot imagine how difficult that must have been to think about doing, but I am so proud of you for going and supporting the family!

AND another SP friend?! Way to go!!

Your enthusiasm is so amazing!! I appreciate it so very much!!

Thank you for inspiring the rest of us!!

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IBSHAUN 1/19/2011 1:34AM

    Just came across your blog and had to say Wow -that's quite a week! Sounds like you've overcome quite a bit and are doing very well. Good for you to stand tall with your head held high. You are probably right about the sister - I think often it's easier for people to be angry with someone else rather than address their own hurt.

Glad the mailbox wasn't a bigger bang-up! Not sure where you live but it seems the east coast and the midwest are getting their unfair share of ice & snow! Hope it's better tomorrow.

Good luck to your friend - SP is an amazing place!

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GRAMMACATHY 1/18/2011 10:49PM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. I am so glad you went to the memorial service and found family that loved you and appreciated your presence. It is healing. Another little bit of warmth that surround your wonderful memories of Chris.
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KTMAE2006 1/18/2011 9:55PM

    So many different emotions, but there are a lot of positives out there! Way to go!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/18/2011 9:39PM

    What a ride! I went from scared for you, to completely sad for you, to completely exhilarated for you, to excited for your friend! Great blog! And I am so glad you got yourself to that funeral! What a healing and awe inspiring experience for you! I can honestly, in my own way, relate to that, after the passing of my Uncle. Almost feels like renewed peace eh?

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JHADZHIA 1/18/2011 9:24PM

    So glad you stayed home and safe after trying to go out.
Wonderful Chris's relatives being so welcoming.. Shame about his sister being a spoiler :( You are a strong and thoughtful person and probably hit the nail on the head why she was miserable..
Well done spreading the Spark!!
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AZURELITE 1/18/2011 9:16PM

    Whew, that's quite a week you're having. So pleased that Chris' family embraced you and I think your observations about his sister show you're handling her snubbing by taking the high road...which is always the best road to take! Glad that your icy experience wasn't too serious and a big wooo hooooo for you being able to introduce your friend to SP!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/18/2011 8:48PM

    Wow, Leslie, you've done it again! Overcoming obstacles is becoming something you're great at! All of what you are doing/have done shows your maturity, determination and kind heart! I'm so proud to be your friend! emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/18/2011 7:55PM

    Wow! You've been through a lot lately. To be able to handle the whole hospital, funeral, family, thing again I'm sure was stressful to say the least. However, it shows you have a big heart.

Good luck to your new SP Friend. I know what you mean about recruiting people, until they bring it up first.

Sorry to hear about your mailbox bender.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/18/2011 7:50PM

    emoticonWow! You have had an interesting week. I am pleased you went to the funeral and were welcomed by almost everyone. That would have been really special for you. Having that friend ask you about Sparkpeople is great! I can't wait to get home and get my daughter into it! She has joined but not got into it publicly so she wants me to help her when I get home!

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-FEMALE- 1/18/2011 7:42PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Chris' Uncles. You going to the funeral must have been hard, but it has obviously turned out well. And WTG with spreading the spark!! You're amazing!! And I'm so happy to hear you and the kids are okay!

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MOBEANZ 1/18/2011 7:34PM

    Isn't it awesome when someone comes to you for advice? Its an awesome feeling. Great job and you are SOOO strong!

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KARBIE18 1/18/2011 7:32PM

    Yep, funerals suck! What a classy woman you are, though. The thought of walking in that door makes ME even feel anxious. But you did it, and I'm so proud of you, and so thankful you got the reception you did.

Glad you were smart enough to turn yourself around this morning, and stay home. I love snow/ice days!

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MOMOF2TONI 1/18/2011 7:07PM

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Where is the emoticon for 'YOU ROCK'?? There should be one. LOL

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GWENAEL 1/18/2011 7:05PM

  Good to know you and the kids are OK.

Congratulations on being such a great friend! It's people like you who actually made a difference!

Funerals do suck!

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PRUPLEBEAR 1/18/2011 7:03PM

    You Rock!

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IUHRYTR 1/18/2011 6:59PM

    Glad you got time to play with the youngins'. And emoticon on being a SP mentor. emoticon -- Lou

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/18/2011 6:35PM

    Nice example for your children! Kids really need to see us doing the right thing and you are keeping it real! Speading the spark while you spread some love. Take care, Victoria

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/18/2011 6:34PM

    Great blog! I am sorry about the ice incident, that is so frightening, just glad it didn't turn out worse than it did. I can only imagine how hard it was to decide to go to the funeral, but what a blessing for the family to see you there representing Chris. And how wonderful to feel embraced by them, too; sometimes families don't know how to do that to the spouse of someone who passed, I saw that happen to my mom with my dad's family. Good for you spreading the spark, too! It is hard to NOT mention it to people you know, but until they start asking questions, they're usually not ready.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/18/2011 6:29PM

    Brilliant blog from an even more brilliant person! So sorry to hear you hit a patch of ice as I know how scary that can be. You mentioned you hit the neighbour's mailbox and that you guys weren't hurt but how about your car? Any damages?

As for the funeral, I am SO proud of it. That took a lot of courage to even visit at the hospital let alone go to the service where you knew most of Chris' relatives were going to be. I'm so glad they embraced you for the person you are and for the love you so freely gave Chris. Perhaps in time his sister will come around and I think it was quite brave of you to have the wisdom to consider why she acted the way she did.

So, you are spreading the "spark".....you do that all the time here whether you know it or not! If it wasn't for a few friends like yourself I would have quit ages ago. Funny how we've never actually met but I don't want to disappoint you.

Thanks for being such a great sparker!

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Read this and BURN calories!! ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011




































Researchers discovered that laughing increases both the heart rate and calorie burn by 20%. The longer people laughed, the greater effects. Just 15 minutes of laughter a day burns 40 calories.. depending on how much you weigh, and the duration and intensity of laughter.

15 minutes of laughter will result in 1 - 4 lbs loss of weight a year


Giggling for 15 minutes a day will burn up to 5 lbs off your weight in a year

From a 'Yoga Laughter Leader' perspective - If there is a weight loss from laughing, it is due to people feeling better about themselves. If you can practice laughter, exercise and eat a healthy diet, people will lose weight and feel good in the process.

When we laugh, people forget about their stresses, and the problems they face, because we can't have fun and be stressed at the same time. When we are in a happier frame of mind, it becomes less difficult to take on exercise and adopt a healthier eating pattern.

So can a few minutes of laughter a day of hearty laughter replace your exercise equipment? Not likely, but giggles, laughter, or a combination of laughter and exercise, such as 'laughter Yoga' definitely does help burn calories and can help you in your weight loss program.

Article from www.humor-laughter.com

  
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REJ7777 1/26/2011 1:25PM

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/18/2011 6:32PM

    According to this I should be invisible right about now! I laugh every day and sometimes when nobody is around I break out giggling!

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KAMAPERRY 1/18/2011 12:27AM

    Hahahaha!!!! Love these, especially the snow men!

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ABB698 1/17/2011 10:51PM

    emoticonfor putting some laughter in my day Leslie!

Hope the rest of your Spark week is wonderful!!

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TINKERBELL200 1/17/2011 10:39PM

    Love this I think I burned some calories laughing! LOL! Thank you for sharing, my day was entirely too serious today! I seriously needed this!

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PONYFARMER 1/17/2011 8:56PM

    Yum, chocolate......

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IUHRYTR 1/17/2011 8:49PM

    Now I want some chocolate cake! emoticon -- Lou

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YW84FRIDAY 1/17/2011 8:42PM

  Love the snow women in thongs... emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 1/17/2011 8:13PM

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GWENAEL 1/17/2011 6:12PM

  Thank you for posting this!!!

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BOMBCHELL23 1/17/2011 4:24PM

    Leslie,
This was perfectly funny and just the laugh I needed today. It has been a stressful day and needed a laugh. THank you. I hope things are going well for you.

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ELLFIN3 1/17/2011 3:27PM

    Great!! I especially like the hippo!!! I am not fat I am under tall!!!!!!!! Enjoy your Monday!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 1/17/2011 3:18PM

    I love a good belly laugh! Trouble is I then start coughing! emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 1/17/2011 2:38PM

    Laughter does the body (and mind and soul) GOOD! A daily dose of Leslie has the same effect!

WOO HOO - a twofer!
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ACCEPTMYSELF 1/17/2011 1:17PM

    I might not make you loose weight but it can make it more enjoyable! Thanks for the great blog!

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    This was great - thanks! emoticon emoticon

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SHRINK71 1/17/2011 12:46PM

    Thanks for the laughs!!!

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SHASHEE71 1/17/2011 12:32PM

    Cute! Love these!!

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ASHLEYKAT 1/17/2011 12:26PM

    Great post! Thanks for the laughs!

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HEALTHYME47 1/17/2011 12:22PM

    Loved these! I think I burned a few calories laughing right now, so THANK YOU!

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BUMBLEBEE2451 1/17/2011 12:00PM

    Cute and hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

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    Thanks for the laugh!

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We made it! Love Perseveres!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I'm blessed to have an awesome boyfriend who understands what I'm going through. We weren't sure we'd make it through the holidays. We knew the strain of the anniversary on the 22nd would be hard but we also knew that if we made it through that, this relationship may stand a chance. Well I'm proud to say that we did! He gave me the space I needed while assuring me that he would be there for me at the drop of a dime. He's also embracing the fact that I come as a package...myself, my kids, and Chris. Chris is still very much a part of me and I still love him very much. I wasn't sure I could be in love with more than one man at once...but everyday I'm finding that it can be done. I have enough love to go around and my boyfriend, Ray, definitely has captured my love. He even bought me a sweet angel to place by Chris's small, heart-shaped urn on the mantle. He said that he thought Chris needed some company. It was the sweetest, most heart-felt gift I think I've ever received. I'm such a lucky gal. emoticon

  
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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 1:14PM

  What a nice reminder that love truly has no limits or bounds. There is plenty to go around. Glad that you are embracing yours!

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LCHADBOURNE 1/18/2011 9:42AM

    That is so wonderful! He sounds like a keeper for sure!

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MONKEYSNUFFER 1/17/2011 11:03PM

    Aww how sweet!

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MLRICHARD 1/16/2011 9:20PM

    Super sweet. I am so happy for you.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/16/2011 8:49PM

    He is special and you deserve it. Congrats

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BELLALUCIA 1/16/2011 8:10PM

    Healing doesn't mean forgetting. Love ya sister dear!

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SHASHEE71 1/13/2011 1:10PM

    Awwhhh...how amazing is that? That is so sweet...you've got yourself a great man. I am so happy that you have each other and that he is also great to your kids.


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DOGMOMMA2THREE 1/13/2011 10:59AM

    Really nice to read you blog and to see you have such a strong relationship formed with your boyfriend. It takes a lot to accept that the other one has had a life before you but ultimately it will make you stronger. emoticon

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MOBEANZ 1/13/2011 8:37AM

    Aww congrats on finding him

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F8CONE8 1/12/2011 3:52PM

    You deserve this happiness. You will always remember Christopher but you are deserving of moving on.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/11/2011 8:43PM

    You deserve the best! Any man in his right mind would stand behind you, support you or just want to be around your super fine, fine self.

You are always the priority to me. I just want you to be happy.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2011 6:50PM

    emoticonto both of you. He is one amazing guy!

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GRAMMACATHY 1/11/2011 3:43AM

    Wow, I loved Ray's response to you. The rest of us can bask in your reflected love it is so bright.
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BOMBCHELL23 1/11/2011 1:58AM

    Leslie,

As you have blogged this too gives me comfort to know that you have found someone to share with and that he is so understanding. He just may be an angel with a horn holding up the halo. Smiles LOL I saw his post and he looks a bit devilish in a good way!

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MTLHEAD86 1/11/2011 1:46AM

    I'm the blessed one to have such a wonderful girlfriend. A girlfriend with the inner strength of superwoman, the compassion of mother Teresa and the beauty of you!

I give only what the heart desires; a heart that belongs to you as I know you'll treat it as if it was your own, a mind that is driven to be the best me for me and a family and my soul because you touched it from the beginning!

I believe that Chris and Stephanie are smiling down on us, giving each other high fives on their handy work. It is after all, through them, we've learned to love ourselves, love each other and love life. It is such a natural feeling to be on this journey with you. I Love You.


- Ray


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PUNZIE73 1/10/2011 8:15PM

    Awww! How sweet is he!?! Keep him! So that means you have an angel "up there" AND an angel here on earth? WOW, how blessed are you!

"Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."


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RAINBOWFALLS 1/10/2011 7:36PM

    Mu husband always gets me the best gifts in memory of my son. That means a lot. I'm glad you have found someone that understands the importance.

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REJ7777 1/10/2011 6:38PM

    It sounds like Ray is a very special kind of man! emoticon

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RUN2BEFREE 1/10/2011 5:53PM

    It seems you may have found an angel by the name of Ray ....

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TEMPEST272002 1/10/2011 5:15PM

    I'm so glad you have love in your life. Chris would have wanted you to be happy. It's wonderful that Ray was able to respect your need for space, but still remain available and accessible. Sounds like a great guy!

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RUNJEWELRUN 1/10/2011 5:09PM

    Wow! That is awesome :)

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CHOESCH 1/10/2011 3:25PM

    My sweetheart, hubby, and best friend is also named Ray; it made me smile when I read your blog to think that there might be two really good Ray's in the world! I'm glad that you have the support and love of someone so special. I'm also glad that you are moving forward and finding peace in your life. I'm sure that Chris is very happy that you are! I'm especially glad that you have someone who cares for your children and knows how much you love them. It is so important! I'm sure that they miss Chris too! So glad that you are having some wonderful "smile moments" you deserve them!

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RANGERFAN10 1/10/2011 2:39PM

    I am so happy you have such a understanding boyfriend, he sounds like he is great guy.

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APMAC_D 1/10/2011 1:33PM

    I am really so happy that you have someone so understanding and compassionate. I think it's great that you are working through this so well. My heart goes out to you :)

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55TUCKER 1/10/2011 9:46AM

    Just dropped by to see how you are doing. This was a touching blog to read and I am happy to see how well you are doing. You are blessed! Have a good week.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/10/2011 9:45AM

    A special guy for a very special gal and her kids! God placed Ray in your path for a reason! I'm glad you have him in your life. You deserve to be happy Leslie!
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BTINTERNET 1/10/2011 7:30AM

    That's such a sweet gift! Sounds like Ray is a great guy - I'm glad he was there and supportive for you and your family.

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LOOZINITNOW 1/10/2011 7:24AM

    It sounds like God has placed someone very special in your life. emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 1/10/2011 12:00AM

    So happy for you. Ray sounds like an angel. You are twice blessed.

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/9/2011 11:54PM

    So wonderful for you, and so happy you found new love.
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KRYANPRINCESS 1/9/2011 11:51PM

    This is so sweet, It made me cry! I'm just so pleased that you have a found a man who is willing to accept you and all that comes with you. U really need someone amazing like that in your life. What a blessing! More Brownie Points to Ray! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABB698 1/9/2011 11:24PM

    emoticon Just God's way of showing you, that once again you made the right choice!

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GRAMMACATHY 1/9/2011 11:19PM

    Our hearts grow bigger with each new love. There is room for everyone there.

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TRANSFORMWE 1/9/2011 10:45PM

    That's really wonderful. Hugs to all of you.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/9/2011 10:08PM

    Awww... I loved reading this... and totally loved the part where he gave Chris a friend. Pretty darn awesome. And yes, my husband has grown to even accept my Tyler as his Angel too... it's a good feeling!

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SHERLYN-WILL 1/9/2011 10:07PM

    Ray sounds like a keeper! I hope things keep working out! YOU deserve a sweet gentle soul to take care of you! I think Chris would have wanted that!

HUGS

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IUHRYTR 1/9/2011 9:58PM

    He has done what many people, men and women, are not able to do -- realize the person they love has a background that may cause some pain at times. But we love the entire person, not just parts of them, don't we? I hope your relationship will be blessed and continue to flourish. -- Lou

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JHADZHIA 1/9/2011 9:54PM

    Wow! That is just wonderful! :) You have such a big heart, there is love for everybody :))

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    He sounds like a keeper!!! Enjoy your life!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/9/2011 9:36PM

    Leslie, I could swear I read this tonight! LOL But then, I got the email, and there wasn't a response from me like I also thought I'd done, so I'll tell you again that I love you and think you are amazing! emoticon

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My ONE year SPARKVERSARY!!

Friday, January 07, 2011

A year ago today, a friend and coworker suggested that I check out this really cool web site called SparkPeople.com. I played around on it for a couple of days and was soon fascinated by the wealth of knowledge at my fingertips. All completely free knowledge too! Woo hoo!

So with my friend as my new ďSpark BuddyĒ we set our goals and timelines. I set my goal weight at 150Öa weight that Iíve always set as a goal with my other diets but was never able to reach. A weight that truthfully, I didnít think Iíd be able to reach this time either. I just thought what the heck, Iíll set it at that and probably wonít be on this site six months from now anyways. Boy was I wrong!

It was so much easier than I thought! SP told me that I could eat whatever I wanted just as long as I stayed within my calorie and nutritional goals. Really?! A diet that didnít cut out a certain food group or encourage overindulgence of another? A diet that didnít make me eat only broccoli, lettuce and supplements? A diet that said I could still have my cake and eat it too? [Literally!] This was the plan for me! AWESOME!

I became educated on why my diets hadnít worked for me before and on how to make this time different. What I found was that it wasnít a diet at all. It was an accumulation of small changes that in turn, created a lifestyle change. I didnít go all fitness crazy and or start exercising so much that I burned myself out and I didnít make radical changes overnight. I made small changes and set attainable goals, allowing myself to make mistakes and picking myself right back up when I did. I started focusing on living healthy a day at a time. It was all about the baby steps. Soon I found myself with more energy and felt like my body was thriving! The fatty foods that had appealed to me before no longer tasted good and they even would upset my stomach. My body loved the way I was treating it and I was loving the way it felt.

Before I knew it, the pounds were dropping off. I reached the 15 lb loss mark and thought, ďIf that came off so easy, why not go for more!Ē Then I hit the 20 lb mark and the compliments started rolling in. My newfound confidence was soaring and I wasnít about to quit there! I soon saw my ticker at over the halfway mark and it made something inside of me say, ďIím OVER Ĺ way there, thereís no turning back now!Ē I could see the light at the end of the tunnel and the competitive side of me came out in full throttle. I wanted to finish strong and hit that goal line once and for all! And you know what? Thatís exactly what I did!! I lost a total of 40 pounds! I had also gone from a size 16 to an 8/10. I never imagined that Iíd ever wear anything smaller than a 12. What an INCREDIBLE feeling! VICTORY! Now itís just on to maintenance which I am not worried about at all. With SparkPeople by my side, Iíll be just fine!

If thereís one thing Iím sure of itís that I couldnít have done it without the encouragement and support of my Spark friends! Whenever I had a question it was answered. Whenever I had doubts or frustrations they were understood, and whenever I needed a boost of confidence, I got it! The support was never-ending and it truly made all the difference in the world!

So to my Spark Buddy, best friend and everyday motivator, THATSLOVELY101, THANK YOU for igniting that Spark in me. I owe much of my success to you! And to all of my Spark Friends, THANK YOU for always being there for me!! Iím so grateful for each and every one of you! You were exactly what I needed, when I needed it. Youíve helped me change my life in the most positive way possibleóby living a healthy lifestyle. Iím eternally grateful to you for that!

Iím now a confident person who respects herself and her body. I no longer duck from my reflection or avoid every mirror I see. I donít hide my body under baggy clothes anymore or cry at night because Iím fat. Iím happy and I love myselfÖperhaps the greatest reward of all!



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HEALTHYME229 1/18/2011 8:55AM

    Happy Sparkaversary! Thank YOU for being an awesome Spark Buddy and sharing your love and encouragement to all of us.
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    Sorry I'm late! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY emoticon !!!!

Gee, with all that motivation I'm providing you would think I'd be more on the ball, huh? LOL. Yay! Thanks for the shout out :) You're doing so awesome girl and I'm really proud of all this success you're having. Keep it up. Looks like you're the one inspiring ME now ;) WOO HOO!

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HEALTHYME47 1/10/2011 8:46AM

    Congratulations, very inspiring blog post! With your attitude I'm sure you will do great on maintenance!

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    Awesome! Congratulations on your success!

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    Happy Sparkversary!!!
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    So Happy for you! You deserve to be happy!
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  That is totally AWESOME! Good job!

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TEMPEST272002 1/8/2011 2:37PM

    Congratulations on your 1 year sparkversery and all of the changes you have made this past year! You are truly an inspiring woman. You have come through more grief and hardship that any young woman should have to - and you've done it with dignity and grace and a shining spirit. What a wonderful example you are to your children and to all of us who know you through sparkpeople. I'm so glad to be your sparkfriend & to have you as mine!

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AHEALTHIERME9 1/8/2011 12:54PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, MY FRIEND!!!

YOU ARE A TRUE WARRIOR ,,, I'm so proud of you!

You hit the nail on the head... SP is so unique, it even helps me to gain insight into my thought patterns and self-sabotage. It really is a God-send.

Thank you for sharing your victories with us, and HAPPY 1ST SPARKAVERSARY!!!

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    Happy emoticon Leslie, my dear friend! I thank God for bringing you to this site and allowing us to find each! You have such spirit and are such the warrior emoticon emoticon I'm so very happy I met you. I just loved seeing the changes in you the past year. You have grown and changed in so many ways-both inner and outer. emoticon I know that you can do ABSOLUTELY anything you set your mind to emoticon (yes I'm referring to that Sparkmail!!) You are destined for great things my friend!
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ABB698 1/8/2011 3:03AM

    You were meant to be on Spark!! Happy emoticon!
Continue loving yourself as you have always deserved to. The reflection you leave on others is just as lovely!
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    You have done awesome!! So proud to call you my friend!! Happy Anniversary! emoticon emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 1/8/2011 12:06AM

    Wonderful blog!! And such an inspiration. People like YOU are helping people like ME so much!! Thank you!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/7/2011 10:16PM

    You are such a strong and inspirational woman! I feel so lucky to have met you here and been able to walk this journey with you. You have totally ROCKED this!! I am SO proud and happy for you! emoticon

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-FEMALE- 1/7/2011 9:59PM

    WTG!! You have done SO AMAZING!!!

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JHADZHIA 1/7/2011 9:17PM

    I am so glad your friend and coworker lead you here!!
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I am so happy to have met you (after all your hard work was mostly done) and I could see you screaming to the finish line, a proud warrior woman!
Enjoy your new body and your new life, may you have many more happy and proud moments!!!

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DKELLEY35 1/7/2011 8:37PM

    Congratulations on your Sparkversary and on attaining your goal. Your blog is very inspiring, and I know I can do it too.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/7/2011 8:14PM

    Oh, LESLIE!!! What a terrific story about your journey!!! I feel like I've known you FOREVER! Has it only been a year or less? I am so excited that we have been on this journey as SparkFriends as long as we have, and I think you're AWESOME! Way to go, SisterSparker!
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LEXIE63 1/7/2011 8:12PM

    Congratulations on your one year Sparkaversary!
Great blog!
I am really pleased for you.
Hope 2011 is a great year too!
Hugs,
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JUSTDUCKY1405 1/7/2011 8:08PM

    Beautifully said!
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