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60 Day Challenge--My day 1

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I started my challenge today! A little late but hey, it's all good! I'll just go a little longer than most. emoticon

Goals I'm tracking--

Exercise daily-- CHECK! 569 calories burned mowing my lawn! I actually pushed my power lawn mower for the extra calorie burn and ST! Oh yeah, baby!!

Daily push ups-- CHECK! 30 so far!

Water---So far, so good! :)

Stretching-- CHECK!

I've stayed off the computer for the most part except for downloading some updates and pictures. Tonight we plan on grilling so will be outside enjoying the day!

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I also figured out what I'm doing for my before pics. I've yet to post them in the team but will get that done soon. I've taken pics of my arms so I can better see how much more toned they'll be after this 60 days. See below! :)






AND....I decided to suck it up, (well not literally lol), and post a before of my belly. I'm sure the after will look the same. It's actually so much smaller than it used to be! I used to get asked if I was pregnant ALL the time. Now, I've just got evidence of shrinkage and extra skin. I'm okay with that! I'm going to take care of this body and learn to love everything about it!




Well, there you have it! I grew some cahonas and posted my least fav body part!! Go me!

Off to dream of tummy tucks now...hehe


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PCOH051610 7/15/2011 6:54PM

    Love your attitude!!!! Leslie Rocks!

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AZURELITE 7/11/2011 8:14AM

    You'll notice a difference all over with all the workouts you're doing in the 60 day challenge! Go girl!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/10/2011 8:49PM

    I love your determination and courage. I have been too afraid to post any belly pics but you are awesome and you *will* see improvement. I love that you love yourself. that's a great attitude to have! We all need to love and accept ourselves, even our least fav parts.

I am excited for you that you are embarking on this 60 challenge! I know you will do it!

Great motivating attitude!

You go girl!

PS Love those guns!! emoticon

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IBSHAUN 7/10/2011 6:48PM

    I just love ya!! Enjoy that summer grilling and kick some rocks with your goals!!

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COSMIC_ENERGY 7/10/2011 4:33PM

    I dream of an upper arm tuck. My skin does not shrink back any more and as I lose the skin hangs down over my elbows--not pretty. Great emoticon

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CIVIAV 7/10/2011 12:02PM

    Wow, what pipes. Me too and I'll tone my bat wings!

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_LINDA 7/10/2011 12:28AM

    You are awesome!! You are going to tone up great!!
Go Leslie GO!!

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KAMAPERRY 7/9/2011 9:07PM

    You rock, Leslie, you really do, I will be posting before pics this week, because I am going to be hitting it hard as soon as I can, you are inspiring me!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/9/2011 8:41PM

    Jealous of your arms!!! I've been working on mine with weights, but don't have the definition yet. Love the things you are tracking. I KNOW you can do it! My belly is my least favorite on me as well... I have the baby bump pooch. So proud of you for posting your pics! ROCK this challenge girl!!! emoticon

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ABB698 7/9/2011 8:39PM

    Welcome to the Leslie Gun Show! emoticon

I know it was hard for you to post your tummy pic, but I am so proud of you for being so brave, and showing the rest of us you are just like everyone else, and saggy skin is a fact, but it's also proof of how far you've come. You rock!!! Luv ya! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/9/2011 8:13PM

    Yay Leslie! Hey girl you have nice arms, heck yeah! Victoria

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/9/2011 6:55PM

    Gosh I love your attitude. You are fabulous in every way. Push ups every day?!! - that is clearly where those guns come from!

Rock this - like you rock everything else. You'll need those strong arms to carry all of those grad school books. Why are they so heavy? Just askin'. Muah.

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BTRTHANEVA 7/9/2011 6:32PM

    Leslie,
First the good news: This is your new starting place, and getting real with yourself and putting yourself *out here* is a fabulous commitment to your journey.

Now the BAD news: I'm gonna spank you. Please try NOT TO ENJOY IT. I know you're kinky! hehehehe.

Regarding your belly. You have come so far to get where you are. To have the attitude that it will look the same after 60 days if you remain committed is ludicris!!! There is no way that could happen if you stay with the program!!! Did you also take measurements? That will be another way for you to document your changes!!!

So, I'm suggesting that you go at this challenge with a positive, can-do attitude... BELIEVE in yourself! I do!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/9/2011 6:20PM

    Go you! You've got some guns sister emoticon, well done! I'm sure you can't wait to see the after!

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60 Day Challenge Goals / Learning to love my body

Friday, July 08, 2011

So yesterday I realized I was being a big emoticon


I pitched a fit about having to take pictures that actually showed my body. emoticon


I gained some insight on the fact that I need to learn to love this body of mine...saggy parts and all! emoticon


My tummy may have an overhang, I may have stretch marks the size of texas, and my boobs may have shrunk so much they're introverted, lol, but that's me. That's the body God gave me! I just have to learn to love it and accept it the way it is, imperfections and all!


(SOMA GET FIT.)


I'm also so touched at BELIEVE-IT's understanding of me and my stubbornness! She understood my struggles and encouraged me to come back to the challenge, embracing my flaws, temper-tantrum and all! I'm also encouraged b/c I've now come up with my goals for the challenge--which I was having trouble setting. emoticon

So here they are...


~Tone my arms to be more rock hard and sexy! emoticon I will do this by doing push ups each and every day--even if it's only wall push ups in the shower!


~Daily spurts of exercise. If it's just 2 minutes at a time, then so be it! Those small bursts of fitness add up by the end of the day! emoticon


~Daily stretching. emoticon


~Less computer time and more playing, exercising, or gardening--anything other than sitting on my bum in front of that screen! I saw an inspirational quote yesterday that said, "If you have time for face book, you have time to RUN!" SO true! I need to get off that darn FB and spend more time living! Computer time will be limited and playing will be encouraged! I see some dance parties in my near future! emoticon

~Learn to love my saggy parts. emoticon







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RUNNERRACHEL 7/10/2011 8:51PM

    Love this blog too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 7/9/2011 5:20PM

    Great job! This means I might have to post pics of my dimpled parts too! I have been avoiding that part of the challenge.

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/9/2011 2:53PM

    Love it! We see only the flaws and imperfections in our bodies, the things we wish we could change, instead of the beauty that others see. You are going to do GREAT in your challenge--and you are beautiful already just the way you are!

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CIVIAV 7/9/2011 1:31PM

    And oh so beautiful!

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IBSHAUN 7/9/2011 12:49PM

    Love this Leslie! You rock mama!!

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REJ7777 7/9/2011 12:27PM

    I'm glad that you've decided to accept your beautiful, strong, healthy body. I hope that you will continue to take good care of it with as much attention as you give to caring for your beautiful children!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/9/2011 6:49AM

    emoticon goals!

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TEMPEST272002 7/8/2011 8:57PM

    We're so hard on our poor bodies. I've been thinking about how easy it is to love my gorgeous muscled calves... but how hard it is to extend that same love to my too-big skin. I remember listening to Tyra Banks talk about the parts of her body she doesn't like & thinking it's ridiculous even a supermodel can't be happy with herself entirely. Men seem to be better at this. My hubby says he wishes I could see my body through his eyes. Yeah, I wish that too. We'll have to learn to love our saggy parts together.

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MADDEELOU 7/8/2011 8:12PM

    Great blog! I keep trying to focus on the fabulous parts under the flab. Every time I want to hate my legs, I remind myself that under the fat are fabulous muscle that let me run.

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AZURELITE 7/8/2011 8:06PM

    I know you'll meet & surpass these goals, Leslie! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/8/2011 8:01PM

    You are awesome!

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BTRTHANEVA 7/8/2011 6:28PM

   
Your blog has just inspired my status update for today. Thanks for the inspiration!

Where your minds goes, your body will follow.

CHEERS to you Leslie!

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KIMMIE124 7/8/2011 4:20PM

    I am a battle scarred 50 year old. I certainly do not look "hot" by any means. (lol) I have a nasty scar from a vertical "C"section, and I nursed both my babies. When I look at my used up body, I see the sacrifices I have made for the sake of others. I am a person capable of great love, but now I am challenged to care about my body for my own sake. I find this so much harder, but I want to do the best I can in moving forward. You can do it, but just because I am older it doesn't mean I shouldn't try. You are a real motivator, and I connect with the honesty in your blog. emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/8/2011 2:09PM

    Great blog! Love your attitude!

Wall pushups in the shower - great idea!

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KAMAPERRY 7/8/2011 1:21PM

    You rock! I have to learn to love mine too and focus on being the best ME possible.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/8/2011 1:19PM

    Great blog, you can do it!

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ASHLEYKAT 7/8/2011 12:47PM

    Sounds basically like my plan! lol. You go girl!

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_LINDA 7/8/2011 12:06PM

    That is fantastic you are going back to this challenge and are Sparked to do the best you can with what you were born with! You are going to look GREAT!!
Go, Leslie GO!!
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AUNTIELES53 7/8/2011 11:52AM

    love this blog :)

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PCOH051610 7/8/2011 11:49AM

    I'm THRILLED to bits that you are back with the challenge but I'm even more stoked that you are accepting your body!!! Your friendship is like a rock to me.....not to keep me down but to keep me anchored in the storms of self-doubt!!!!!

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Fashion Show!!!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Fashion Show Time!! Just as promised! These are the new dresses I bought on my shopping spree a couple weeks ago. I had so much fun playing dress up for y'all! Hence...the silliness in the last few! ;)












(that one's for you Momma_Little! lol) emoticon


I love the last one! That's my personality shining through! I have so many pictures in my collection with that silly face...it's almost a trademark. lol :P

This self-confidence thing is a new concept to me, but man I'm lovin' it!! I've always felt like a pretty girl stuck in a fat body....but now I just feel pretty! emoticon I can't describe how awesome that feels!

HOLLA!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/26/2011 3:31PM

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SMARGED 7/13/2011 1:35AM

    Love the dresses! And you look fantastic!
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GRAMMACATHY 7/11/2011 10:52PM

    Beautiful, both you and the dresses.

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ABB698 7/7/2011 11:18PM

    You are just too cute! :) I really like the purple/green/blue one...it compliments your skin tone very nicely! Go Girlie!!! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/7/2011 10:22PM

    Love the dresses! You look beautiful in them! So happy to hear your confidence is taking center stage. Rock on girl!!

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JSPIN74 7/6/2011 10:07AM

    love it! emoticon

cute dresses & cuter you emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/6/2011 10:03AM

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I love that! Now the real you can shine through!

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AUNTIELES53 7/5/2011 11:49PM

    love the pictures my fav 2 dresses are the last 2 that you had one :)

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AARONSGIRL420 7/5/2011 11:47PM

    Pretty dresses on a pretty lady. You look wonderful.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/5/2011 10:54PM

    I just found your blog through another Sparker, and you look great!! That arm muscle is emoticon, and very inspirational. Thank you for sharing your pics!

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BYEFATNANNY 7/5/2011 10:36PM

    You are so pretty, love the dresses and the "hamming" it up. I wore a dress to work today for the 1st time in about 6 years. Got a couple comments from a few ladies, but my office (of lawyers) is SO politically correct none of the men dared say a word. LOL
Leslie you "LOOK MARVELOUS" emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/5/2011 8:42PM

    Super cute dresses!

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PCOH051610 7/5/2011 3:28PM

    I love all of your dresses but most of all I love your friendship! You are so open and honest! Love you to bits!

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ELLFIN3 7/5/2011 2:24PM

    You look beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 7/5/2011 12:27PM

    Love it! You look GREAT in the dresses! Have fun wearing them!

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BELLEFAITH42 7/5/2011 11:51AM

    Pretty dresses on a beautiful woman. When I saw a comment of yours on another blog, I honestly thought your profile pic must be of your daughter, or step-daughter or niece or something!

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TRUE-NESS 7/5/2011 11:50AM

    All three dresses look great, but I love the last two. They just go really well with your coloring. They bring out all your features. The second is my favorite! You look great!!!

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IBSHAUN 7/5/2011 10:18AM

    Fun fun fun!! Yay Leslie!! Adorable dresses, too! Wear them and smile - you deserve it!

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BOMBCHELL23 7/5/2011 6:03AM

    Leslie,
You are looking HOT and should be proud of yourself. The dresses are cute but you are beautiful huge difference! Way to show the world your new improved self image and self confidence!

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-ICANDOIT- 7/5/2011 12:57AM

    So cute...YOU and the dresses!

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TEMPEST272002 7/4/2011 11:32PM

    You are pretty! So pretty and quirky and silly and fun-loving. You are rocking those dresses. Love how different each of them is & you look gorgeous in all of them.

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ALLABOUTPUNKY 7/4/2011 10:52PM

    What great pics! I love the muscle definition in your arms, especially in the first pic! Looks like you had lots of fun smiling for the camera. Thats great. Oh and your fruit salad on your page looks yummy!!!!

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IUHRYTR 7/4/2011 9:56PM

    Pretty. -- Lou

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PATTISPAGE 7/4/2011 9:26PM

    Beautiful!! I love the one with blue, green, purple.. makes me want to go for a walk on the beach!

You look great!!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 7/4/2011 8:38PM

    You, and the dresses, look awesome!

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_LINDA 7/4/2011 8:09PM

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You are looking so fantastic, and such pretty dresses you chose!! You look amazing and can be so very proud of yourself! Show off that great form to your heart's content!! I just love the dress with the purple, blues and greens -those are my best colors..Thanks for modeling them all! I think your trademark signature pose is just awesome and shows your fun personality to a 'T'


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SHEENADEE 7/4/2011 8:04PM

    You look simply marvelous! Love your fashion show.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/4/2011 7:57PM

    Hey, isn't it FUN dressing up now??? I LOVE how I feel about my body now! I looked your dresses and the poses! Your confidence is shining through!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 7/4/2011 7:49PM

    Hola,

Don't tell anyone, but your confidence is showing!

Damn girl, you are rockin' these frocks! They all look fabulous on you! Or should I say, you look fabulous in them!!!

That being said, I gotta say that the v-neck, green/purple number is my favorite. That green really plays beautifully off your hair and skin tones.

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MADDEELOU 7/4/2011 6:59PM

    You look beautiful and the dresses are super cute. The green and purple on is my favorite too.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/4/2011 6:52PM

    Beautiful! I love the third dress (I love green) the most!

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LINDABENEDICT 7/4/2011 6:50PM

    BEAUTIFUL !!!!!

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REJ7777 7/4/2011 6:36PM

    WOWEEE!!! You look great! emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/4/2011 6:12PM

    Beautiful! I love the 3rd from the top the best. You are one hot Mama and don't forget it Babes;)

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/4/2011 6:09PM

    Holla indeed! You look AMAZING! Dresses are awesome!
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DOLLYHOLLY 7/4/2011 5:59PM

    Wow, you're like a model!

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LUNADRAGON 7/4/2011 5:22PM

    You look beautiful in your new dresses! I love the turquoise and purple one the best - but I love those colors, and you look lovely in them!
Way to go, great shopping trip!

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CIVIAV 7/4/2011 5:20PM

    Oh so pretty!

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CORNERKICK 7/4/2011 5:14PM

  They look great!

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Prayers and Support Needed!!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I come to you today with just an idea and a glimmer of hope. I know how LOVING, SUPPORTIVE, and how absolutely caring this Spark community is. I've sent out many prayer requests and have been overwhelmed by the love and generosity that I've received, time and time again. I've seen how this community has come together and has made a difference for those who are struggling or go through traumatic events, most of the time by simply lifting them in prayer. One example would be when Momma_Little got robbed--the generosity she received on her fundraiser was humbling and so very inspiring. I was so touched by how this community came together and reached out to her, simply out of the goodness of their hearts.

I don't ever ask for much, and feel a little apprehensive in doing so. In fact I'm shaking right now...But all I really ask first and foremost is that you lift my friend in prayer. See, I met her on my widows-too-young website and have bonded with her from the day we met. She is such a sweet heart and has really struggled this past year since losing her husband. Her name is Amanda and she has two young daughters that she supports and says give her tremendous strength to keep going each day. I've been following her on face book and have seen how she struggles. Her posts touch my heart. Most of them simply state how much she misses her husband, lots of them are pictures of him, but many times she's just praying for strength and comfort to get through the day! It tugs on my heart strings every time but I am so lucky to have found her--we have leaned on each other many of times and her virtual hugs always seem to make things better. :) Her friendship has been a true God-send!

Amanda is trying to raise money to attend a camp that we believe could change her life. It's called Camp Widow. “Camp Widow™ is a weekend long gathering of widowed people from across the country, and around the world. They come together to create a community that understands the life altering experience of widowhood. Camp Widow™ provides practical tools, valuable resources, and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse…all in a fun, uplifting, laughter filled atmosphere.” ~Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation

I would like to add a link to Amanda's fundraiser here on my page. You can read her story there. Please, please don't feel obligated to donate anything. I certainly understand that money is really tight these days. But knowing this community and how truly supportive it is, I thought it was worth a shot to put it out there. If she raises a little money, GREAT, but if not, that is OK too. I know she's gained many prayer warriors. The power of prayer I know is so very strong and so if you could at least pray that she gets to go to this camp...I KNOW it will happen!!!

THANK YOU all very much, from the bottom of my heart!

*EDIT* Spark People is making me remove the link but if you are interested in helping, I can sparkmail you my facebook info or Amanda's, and we'll hook you up there. :)

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/18/2011 7:39PM

    I am praying for Amanda also and would like to have her and your information for face book. I would love to help her attend the camp or whatever else she might need. I do so remember the loss of my true love and my DD father at the young age of 45!!! Whatever I can do to help. In the meantime, I am praying for sure!!!
Thank you for posting this and letting us know.
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RUNNERRACHEL 7/6/2011 10:02AM

    What a caring program to help people with their loss.

I pray God will comfort your friend, provide for all her needs, and make it possible for her to attend the camp.

And for you...

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I've been shy in asking for help in the past but it's often the case that you have not because you ask not. So you asked and you got it! Great job.

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LA_MARY 7/4/2011 10:04PM

    Hi Leslie,

Ditto to the you are choosing the right profession! I hope to be able to send a little something later this week so that Amanda can attend. These type of support groups and events are so important in the lives of those who have had loss.

Blessings to you!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/4/2011 4:43PM

    emoticon This is a great way to get the word out for your friend.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/4/2011 4:09PM

    Leslie, you are so kind and caring. If anyone knows what would work, you would. You will be a huge asset to the helping field. Victoria

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DOTTIEJANE1 7/4/2011 4:02PM

    emoticon emoticon .Will addd your friend to my pray list. May God keep you and yours.

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REJ7777 7/4/2011 3:42PM

    I certainly hope that your friend will be able to attend that special weekend! emoticon

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YATMAMA 7/4/2011 1:42PM

    Thank you, Lori, for sharing this blog with us. You are so precious to Bill and me!

Leslie, I see my husband has already responded above (CaptainCookie). I know I speak for us both when I say we lift Amanda up to the Hope of Glory, our Lord Jesus Christ. I haven't spoken to Bill about this, but I feel certain we will be sending a little nudge to get Amanda closer to her goal to attend that camp. God bless you for your generous heart and your faith. It's a pleasure to meet you.

Missy (aka Mrs. CaptainCookie)

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/4/2011 10:58AM

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PARAEAST 7/4/2011 10:11AM

    I will be pryaing for Amanda. Thank you for posting this in your blog.


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TIMEFORTHISMAMA 7/4/2011 9:40AM

    What a great friend! Amazing story, I will repost! emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 7/4/2011 8:58AM

    Leslie,
What an awesome thing you are doing being there for your friend! That in itself is so giving! Keep up the awesome friendships! I will add her to my prayer list.

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BTRTHANEVA 7/4/2011 8:19AM

    Leslie,

Can you let me know the dates of the camp and where/when Amanda would be flying from and to? I have about 10,000 points on my credit card that could be used for or towards her airfare... Let me know as soon as you can, and I'll start looking into it from my end.

Being as I'm not working, we're getting by on a shoestring. I might not be able to contribute, but I just might be able to help in another way...

Just paying it forward, like you, my dear sweet burst of sunshine... A big shout out to Lori for posting your blog on her daily status. I wouldn't have seen your blog for a bit if she hadn't done that!

{{{BIG HUGS}}}
Christelle

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/4/2011 7:26AM

    I think this is a perfect way for her to find some healing. I have been volunteering my time as a treasurer and newsletter editor for a local bereaved parents group. I do it in memory of my son who I will miss for the rest of my life. emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 7/4/2011 6:27AM

    Prayers for all affected by widowhood and especially for your friend, Amanda. May God bless you all. Keep trusting God.

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/4/2011 12:47AM

    Leslie, praying for your dear friend Amanda and that the Lord makes a way for her to be able to attend Camp Widow.
Thank you so much for caring about your dear friend and sharing with us here on SP.
Hugs
Janet

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 7/4/2011 12:23AM

    Your kind heart and caring spirit provides inspiration to all of us. Prayers are going towards your friend. May she find the peace only God can provide.

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DOR2BFIT 7/4/2011 12:15AM

    A Truly worthy cause. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/3/2011 11:12PM

    Leslie, I just want to say thank you once more to SparkPeople friends, and yes, their generosity was truly overwhelming! I still find it difficult to comprehend such kindness when I wouldn't dream such a thing from my real-time friends, even!

I want you to know that I saw the Camp Widow opportunity on national t.v. news just this week! I think it's a wonderful idea, and I would like to contribute what I can so your friend can go. In case anyone is reading my comment, I just want you all to know that this is very much legitimate!

Finally, Leslie, you are one of the most tender-hearted sensitive and loving sparkfriends I've come across, and you've been my friend from the get-go through thick and thin (no pun intended!). Thank you for thinking of others the way that you do!

Love, your friend, Lori

p.s. OK, Darn it, Leslie, I went to the web site and clicked on the Daddy video! I am moved beyond tears! It wrenched my heart!

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PATTISPAGE 7/3/2011 9:11PM

    Prayers for sure! Bless you for posting this... I will give if I can!

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KAMAPERRY 7/3/2011 9:06PM

    You are so beautiful inside and out. God bless you for doing this, and I will sure be praying.

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BOVEY63 7/3/2011 4:04PM

    Prayers for you, your friend and all members of your support group.
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CIVIAV 7/3/2011 4:00PM

    For you Leslie, absolutely...and your special friend.

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AARONSGIRL420 7/3/2011 1:42PM

    How great of you to be such a caring and supportive friend. YOU are one of her angels I am sure :)

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WINNIEVIOLA 7/3/2011 12:37PM

  I pray in Jesus' name that she will feel the support and love from God, her daughters, and friends like you, Amen. I will believe and hope with you that she gets the way to this camp. I can't imagine what a struggle it is for her. I am trying to be there for my aunt, who lost her soulmate and husband of 50+ yrs. last year. They couldn't have children, so I try to be there as much as I can. I am so glad her daughters also give her so much strength. I didn't even know about a place like this.Your story really touches me. Your friendship does also.

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ABB698 7/3/2011 12:26PM

    Leslie,
if you want to see a sweetheart-look no further than your mirror. You too, are a beautiful soul. If only by prayer alone, Amanda will be in good hands. Bless you both. Hugs emoticon

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_LINDA 7/3/2011 11:34AM

    You are such a sweet, caring person, wanting this for a friend when quite possibly it would have been something you could have used as well. I hope she is successful with her fundraising efforts. I wish you could both go, and anyone else who has lost their husband. Its a shame you have to pay. This is something that should be free, a support network...
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PCOH051610 7/3/2011 10:53AM

    How wonderful that you and Amanda have each other to lean on through the good and the bad! I will certainly say a prayer for her!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/3/2011 10:49AM

  I can't help with money but I can pray that the request be met and for healing.
has this camp ever ask the local walmarts for help I know the one here helps as much as they can as long as it is a non profit group or organization
God be with you

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I GOT ACCEPTED!!!!!!!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Just a quick blog because I'm SOOOOOOOO excited...I just have to tell someBODY!! emoticon

This journey has not only been about weight loss for me. It's been about finding happiness and improving all aspects of my life. Along the way, I discovered that I wasn't content with my job and have been searching for something that I can do that I actually ENJOYED! Something that can bring me fulfillment...something that would make an impact on others....something that brought in more income and provided for my family.

Well...after much stress and waiting, waiting, and waiting some more....I finally got the word!!!

I've been ACCEPTED to the Master's of Social Work program at a local university!!! I'm getting my MASTER'S DEGREE!!!! emoticon

No more dead end job!!!

No more making close to diddly squat!!

No more wondering what I should do with my life!!!

I'm DOING IT! WAHOOOOO!!!! Happy Dance time!!! emoticon


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VICKILYN4 7/15/2011 1:46PM

    congrats Leslie...so sorry I didn't say so sooner but I haven't really been on here lately to check blogs and the such. Just on long enough to post exercise with a team and find challenges.
Again Congratulations on being accepted!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/8/2011 11:49AM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/8/2011 11:41AM

    Congratulations!! So happy for you!

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JORDANA84 7/8/2011 11:35AM

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SKYRUNHER 7/6/2011 6:27PM

    YAY!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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MNOEL3089 7/6/2011 3:24PM

    AHHHHHHH!!!!!! Congratulations to YOU!!! emoticon

I'm 1 semester from getting my undergrad and have just been told that there's a hold on my account because my financial aid has been MAXED out! Do you think I have 5k to give these people!? NO! I was very down about it initially because I can totally relate to the "dead end job", but there's a door opened for every one that is closed!

I completely understand your excitement and am truly happy for you! I almost shed a tear when I read your blog! Congrats to you again. I'm sure you'll do great! emoticon

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LA_MARY 7/4/2011 10:01PM

    Congrats! I'm so excited for you and you'll just be great!! emoticon

Keep us posted!

~Mary emoticon

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RETURNOFSARAH 7/4/2011 3:05PM

    Well done, that's amazing!! xx

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JOYSONG50 7/4/2011 2:57PM

    Congratulations!!!
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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/4/2011 1:14PM

    I meant to comment about this on FB. I'm so so happy for you Leslie! You deserve it! GO YOU! Know that I'll be here on the sidelines cheering you on emoticon emoticon You WILL DO THIS too just like you conquered your weight loss! Can't wait to read more as you go along!
Praying for all the best for you on this new leg of your journey my friend!

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BOMBCHELL23 7/4/2011 8:50AM

    Way to go my friend! Woohoo to you! I just want to finish mine now! But I'll be cheering you along in this journey of yours! It's a lot of hard work but you'll be proud of yourself.

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BTRTHANEVA 7/4/2011 8:36AM

    I am so proud of you for following your heart and living your authentic life instead of getting stuck in a place that's not right for you... CONGRATULATIONS!

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TRUE-NESS 7/4/2011 6:22AM

    Congratulations!!!! That's awesome!! I know what it's like to do something that you don't love just to pay the bills. AND I'm thankful to also know what it's like to do something that you absolutely love..that you would do for free if you had to!! I prefer the latter and I know you will too! :-) It's truly a blessing!! Congrats again!

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MADDEELOU 7/3/2011 11:55PM

    Congratulations!!

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PCOH051610 7/3/2011 10:55AM

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So happy for you Leslie! A Masters degree will go a long way in getting you a more secure and rewarding job. What school are you going to? How long is the program? When do you start? I'm so happy for you!!!!

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KARBIE18 7/3/2011 9:13AM

    I am so happy for you, and so very proud! So glad your soul-searching led you here. It's great to hear you so excited! You deserve every happiness!!

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KATHRYN1955 7/3/2011 8:35AM

    Congratulations!! From past experience, I know how hard it is just getting into a program like that. It is almost half the battle!! I am sure you will do really well.
We're pulling for you!
Kathy
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NEDYFAY 7/3/2011 3:17AM

    Congratulations! And hey, even if you don't make a LOT of money as a social worker (as someone below me commented), at least you will be doing something you like doing, which is worth more than a big salary!

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SMILEYBABS 7/3/2011 12:09AM

    Congratulations but realize you will still be making a low salary as a social worker...

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HDHAWK 7/2/2011 10:41PM

    Congratulations!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/2/2011 9:40PM

    YAY!!!!

*applause*

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ALLONS-Y10 7/2/2011 9:21PM

    Way to grab onto your dreams and make them happen!! emoticon

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46SHADOW 7/2/2011 9:11PM

    Way to go!

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    Wonderful! Best of luck to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANELAKANOA 7/2/2011 8:47PM

  Congrats girl!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/2/2011 8:39PM

    Wooooo Hooooo!! That is awesome!!

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You go girl!!

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AZURELITE 7/2/2011 7:31PM

    Wonderful Leslie! I'm dancing too!!! Woo Hoo!
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LUNADRAGON 7/2/2011 4:32PM

    Bravo!

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So happy for you! That's amazing! Great job! You have found something that will be fulfilling and worthwhile! You will make a difference and enjoy your work!

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GRAMMACATHY 7/2/2011 2:48PM

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KATIE-RUNS 7/2/2011 2:02PM

    Congrats! I'm starting grad school myself in a few weeks. This is going to be so exciting! Love to hear about your program and your life as a grad student. When does it start?
- Katie

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BOVEY63 7/2/2011 11:58AM

    So happy for you!
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TEMPEST272002 7/2/2011 10:22AM

    Woot! Woot! Happy! Happy! See me chair dancing for you? That is fantastic. You are going to make a huge difference as a social worker. What an exciting new journey for you to start on!

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/2/2011 2:43AM

    Wonderful!! So very happy for you! That is really something to celebrate! Congrats!
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That is wonderful news Leslie!!
Doing happy dance with you!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/2/2011 12:47AM

    Wow!!! happy dancing WITH you! That's FANTASTIC!!! Leslie, I'm SO proud of you!!!

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ABB698 7/1/2011 11:31PM

    emoticonI am so happy for, and proud of you girlie!! emoticon

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IBSHAUN 7/1/2011 10:33PM

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCING FOR YOU!!!! WOO-HOO!

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PUNZIE73 7/1/2011 8:40PM

    Good for you! It's such a blessing to actually do something you love! I tell my clients, I love what I do so much, if I didn't have a mortgage, I'd do it for free! Well, maybe not for FREE, but I would give them a discount! Yay for you Leslie! Congrats!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 7/1/2011 8:32PM

    Awesome!

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IUHRYTR 7/1/2011 8:28PM

    Exciting news! Study hard and keep the long-range goal in mind. emoticon -- Lou

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/1/2011 7:51PM

    emoticon Leslie, that is wonderul. I have no doubt that is huge because those programs are hard to get into. Congratulations, Victoria

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KRYS210 7/1/2011 7:26PM

    emoticon - so glad it all worked out for you!

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ASHLEYKAT 7/1/2011 6:45PM

    AWESOME! CONGRATULATIONS! What a fantastic way to start the weekend!

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