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Keeper - An Inspirational Message

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I received this in my email today and wanted to pass it along. God bless all of you!!

I grew up in the 40's/50's with practical parents...a mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it (She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it.)...a father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones.

Their marriage was good, their dreams focused, their best friends lived barely a wave away.

I can see them now...Dad in trousers, tee shirt and a hat and Mom in a house dress, lawn mower in one hand, and dish-towel in the other. It was the time for fixing things...a curtain rod, the kitchen radio, screen door, the oven door, the hem in a dress...things we keep.

It was a way of life, and sometimes it made me crazy...all that re-fixing, eating, renewing...I wanted just once to be wasteful. Waste meant affluence. Throwing things away meant you knew there'd always be more.

But then my mother died, and on that clear summer's night, in the warmth of the hospital room, I was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more.

Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up and goes away...never to return. So, while we have it, its best we love it...and care for it...and fix it when it's broken...and heal it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage...and old cars...and children with bad report cards...and dogs with bad hips...and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep, like a best friend that moved away or a classmate we grew up with....

There are just some things that make life important, like people we know who are special...and so, we keep them close.

I received this from someone who thinks I am a 'keeper', so I've sent it to the people I think of in the same way...Now it's your turn to send this to those people that are "keepers" in your life. Good friends are like stars...You don't always see them, but you know they are always there. Keep them close.


1...God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.

2...God won't ask the square footage of your house. He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3...God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet. He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4...God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

5...God won't ask what your job title was.. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6....God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

7...God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived. He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

8....God won't ask about the color of your skin. He'll ask about the content of your character.

9....God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in Heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.

10...God won't have to ask how many people you forwarded this to. He already knows your decision.

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HEATHIELAUREN 1/20/2010 9:39AM

    So true! Thanks for posting!

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    thanks for sharing!

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    BEAUTIFUL!! emoticon

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    This is great!! Thanks for sharing this one!! emoticon

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    emoticonthanks for sharing.

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CHRTYANGL 1/19/2010 8:31PM

    This is great! Thanks for sharing!!

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SHERLYN-WILL 1/19/2010 8:15PM

    I am going to copy and paste this and share with some friends (off of spark)...
THANK YOU SO MUCH.... really hits the heart!
WHich is ALWAYS GOOD to slow down and read a heart piercing story! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 1/19/2010 7:46PM

    This is awesome. Thanks for posting it.

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    Awww this is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it!

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Goodbye, it's been fun!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Today I gathered all of my clothes that are too big and piled them up to donate to a local resale shop where 100% of the proceeds go to a local women's shelter. Just look at this pile!

The pile filled an entire huge IKEA bag! It was a workout just bringing it into the shop! I feel so much lighter in more ways than one. I have cleared out my drawers, donated to a good cause, and am saying goodbye to sizes 24 and 26.

Goodbye, it's been fun. I loved you at that size, I did. But it's time to move on and become the person you know you can be. Become that role model you want to be for your daughters. Embrace the spirit inside of you. Thank you, Lord, for giving me the strength to continue on this journey.

For anyone reading this who has seen the scale tip at 300 lbs. and hasn't seen a way out, I want to let you know that there is. It is inside of you - the strength, the will, God is a part of all of us and when you let Him in, He can't help but make you shine.

Spreading the Spark and Blessings,


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MISS-GETS-FIT 4/3/2010 9:32PM

    emoticon Gotta love that feeling!!!!

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THINKINGTHIN08 2/12/2010 9:35PM

    Great job!!!

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THINKINGTHIN08 2/12/2010 9:34PM

    Great job!!!

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CINDYHOUGHTON 2/4/2010 10:31AM

    Woo HOO! What an amazing thing you have done. I am so proud of you.

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MIS2101 2/3/2010 11:00PM

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LISANANCY 2/3/2010 3:31PM

    Oh, good for you. What a wonderful thing to do. You helped yourself and now others. emoticon

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LADY_KATHY 2/3/2010 11:51AM

    Happy for you and your weight loss. emoticon

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HEATHERFG 1/30/2010 5:47PM

  I got tears in my eyes! Way to go! You inspire many people.

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TAHANI2010 1/30/2010 2:51PM

Good for you, that was inspiring

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CMC1959 1/29/2010 4:15PM

    Way to go .God can always use us. emoticon emoticon

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CINDYY00 1/29/2010 10:35AM

    Woooohooooo!!! emoticon

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GAEA3070 1/29/2010 3:53AM

    I'm so happy for you. Great Job! Very inspiring.

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BABYFATX5 1/28/2010 3:17PM

    You're inspiring!

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COLT2008 1/28/2010 3:08PM

    emoticon Way to Go!

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SKLSANFORD 1/28/2010 11:05AM

  Wow, that's a real motivator. emoticon

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TVPARTY2NITE 1/25/2010 6:10PM

    I can't wait to do the same; my closet ranges from size 10 to 16 ... the clothes I'd rather wear being the former. Thanks for the inspiration.

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TWINKS55 1/24/2010 8:08PM

    Thank you for sharing this! It was inspiring!


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HAPPY_AS_IS 1/20/2010 10:13AM

    Great job! You should be so proud of yourself!

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DELITESUGA1 1/20/2010 9:53AM

    OMG! Awesome job and excellent idea for the donation. emoticon

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1SOPRANOMOM1 1/20/2010 9:52AM

    Springtime shopping is gonna be fun for you! Congratulations!

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RAVEN227 1/20/2010 9:51AM

    That is AWESOME!! you rock!

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HEATHIELAUREN 1/20/2010 9:41AM

    emoticon I know you LOVED that feeling! And what better way than to pay if forward by donating to a resale shop like that! We have one close to our home and I donate and shop there because it is like paying it forward. I look forward to being able to do the same thing you are doing this time next year. You're such an inspiration! emoticon

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GERTRUDE1961 1/19/2010 2:01PM

    That is AWESOME to see...you are an inspiration...can't WAIT til I have that many too big clothes to give away

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TX_3XDAD 1/17/2010 1:08AM

    Awesome!!! Great news! And, as someone who's spent most of his LIFE at over 300 pounds (and still doesn't do anything with home scales but make them faint), it's great to see big clothes go.


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OHSOSVELTE 1/14/2010 10:30AM

    You are contagious!!! Loved your last two posts and get me excited. Also grateful for your fearless reminders that God lights the way. I hope to fill an ikea bag too!! You look tremendous! emoticon

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LYNNA7499 1/12/2010 4:57PM

  emoticon What a wonderful feeling getting into a smaller size!

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K10BFIT 1/11/2010 5:56PM

  YAY KATHY! This is awesome and I look forward to doing this one day. GO YOU GIRL! emoticon

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DCAMPBELL8 1/11/2010 9:11AM

    emoticon emoticon Can't hardly wait for my goodbye's!! Put me on your prayer list, quit smoking and losing have been one tough thing.

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FROGGI828 1/11/2010 9:11AM

    Great job! I always loved donating my bigger clothes because it was a sure sign of progress!! I'm hoping I'll be joining you in the donation line shortly because I've got a closet full of prebaby clothes to fit in to by fall!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/11/2010 1:59AM

    Great blog!!!!!!!

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/10/2010 8:20PM

    Woohoo is right and WTG!!!

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YATMAMA 1/10/2010 5:52PM

    Woooooohooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! I am SO happy for you!!

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TELERIE 1/10/2010 5:07PM

    Way to go!!

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JODI912 1/10/2010 12:35PM

    That is AWESOME!!! It's a great testimony to your hard work and an inspiration to people like me who are counting the pounds 'til we can do our own closet purge. Well done!

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CHELLEBELLE104 1/10/2010 8:41AM

    Way to go!!! I am also going to be donating my clothes after I lose some weight. The program I chose is called Dress for success. It basically provides prof. clothes to women who in poverty who have been getting an education and now are starting another part of their journey out of poverty. Good bye pounds and mounds and hello health and a renewing life. Congrats.

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MOMFAN 1/10/2010 2:46AM

    WooHoo! How fun and such a lot of work! Time to hit the thrift stores! You don't want much cause you aren't going to need them long!

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ZAHNASGRANDMA 1/10/2010 2:05AM

    Be proud of yourself, you have worked hard, enjoy shopping for the skinny outfits.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/9/2010 10:41PM

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! You totally ROCK! That is awesome! Now you get to go out and buy NEW clothes!!! You are doing such a great job - what an inspiring post! Keep up the great job!!! emoticon

~ Christa

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DOGLOVER526 1/9/2010 10:16PM

    I am so happy for you and pround of you! You are an inspiration!!!!! Karla

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DEE107 1/9/2010 7:56PM

    great job and to donate them what a great thing to do

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SWIM_2_SLIM 1/9/2010 5:52PM

    Wow, that was wonderful for you. I am so happy for you and knowing that you helped to provide for homeless people at the same time was great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    What fun! Congratulations! - Now the shopping begins? Keep up the good work!

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CAROLYN1213 1/9/2010 5:02PM

    Wow! You should be so proud of yourself! You are amazing!

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AWATSON05 1/9/2010 4:11PM

    Great Job! My mom did the same thing after her size 26 was literally falling off of her. She had NO clothes to wear. I ran to the store and bought her a smaller size of jeans and a shirt so she had something to wear. We donated 8 32 gallon trash bags of clothing ranging from 22-26 and then headed to get her some new clothes.

Ever since, it's been our tradition that when one of us cannot keep our pants on we take go shopping and get excited about new sizes :)

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LIZBUCK1 1/9/2010 4:11PM

    Well done on your success. You must feel so proud of yourself. emoticon

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My pants fell down and my face shrunk! (Pictures)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Here is a picture of my face from my highest weight compared to 40 lbs. down. Can you see a difference? I actually have cheekbones!!

Yesterday as I walked into my house after work, my dress pants literally fell OFF of me! Thank goodness I had a winter coat on because by the time I got into my kitchen they were down around my ankles!!!! These are pants that used to be TIGHT on me. Off they go, into the pile for the second hand shop. I am so motivated right now! I have worked out consistently every day in 2010 and I'm not going to stop any time soon.

I hope all my Spark friends are as inspired in 2010 as I am! And if you're not, drop me a line - I think what I have is contagious!!!



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HSMOM2FOUR 1/10/2010 8:11AM

    That's awesome!!! Keep going!!!! Thanks for spreading the joy & motivation!

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MOMFAN 1/10/2010 2:47AM

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CHERYLE51 1/9/2010 8:12PM

    Way to go. Forty pounds makes a big difference. Keep up the good work. Maybe you will help inspire me to work out. I need all the help I can get.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 1/9/2010 5:55PM

    You are finding a beautiful person under there and you are doing so good! emoticon

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NEWME0519 1/9/2010 1:42PM

    OMG, I hope that what you have IS contagious!

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JOYATLAST 1/8/2010 5:19PM

    I never thought I would say this to a woman who just reached over to pull her pants up off the floor, but

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I see them bones!!

You are such a LOSER!!

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LINDA25427 1/7/2010 9:56AM

    I love your blog thanks for sharing, it made my day. Can't wait for my pants to get that loose,8-10 inches more around the waist to get off.
Congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EBLOOMING 1/7/2010 2:56AM

    emoticonKeep the faith...2010 is full of new opportunities... 365 of them! emoticon

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    Way to go!!!!! Your doing great and you look great too!

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JOLOVESRUM 1/6/2010 10:42PM

    You go Kathy! I am so cheering you on. You look G R E A T!

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YATMAMA 1/6/2010 10:28PM

    Woohoo!!!! You GO, girlfriend!! What a difference!!! I sure am glad your pants fell off at HOME instead of at the grocery store! lol

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MERCYNGRACE 1/6/2010 8:20PM

    YAY! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAZIAH 1/6/2010 7:56PM

    emoticon You rock!!! You are doing so great!! You should feel so proud of your accomplishments! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 1/6/2010 7:46PM

    Congrtatulations! You are so awesome! What an inspiration you are to all of us! Keep up the great work!

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    emoticon on your weight loss. Keep it up!

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NANAPATTYB 1/6/2010 6:29PM

    WooHoo, and , Congrats on the 40lb loss, and your pants falling down, hahaha.

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TELERIE 1/6/2010 6:24PM

    Woohoo for pants falling off! emoticon

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JLUVSHIKIN 1/6/2010 6:05PM

    That is so wonderful! Keep up the great and hard work!

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AWYEAGLE 1/6/2010 4:54PM

    So cool isn't it. You look great - keep up the good work.

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QUADCMOM 1/6/2010 4:00PM

    That is so great. Yes, I can see the difference. I shopped at Goodwill and thrift stores while I was losing so I wouldn't be out a lot of money on sizes that I would only be passing through. Wishing you continued success.

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MERAINA 1/6/2010 3:48PM

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You have GOT to be Dancin' the Done Girl Dance!

Keep on dancing,

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ALLELUIA525 1/6/2010 3:37PM

    emoticon Done Girl! You look marvelous! emoticon

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SHERRILOU47 1/6/2010 3:21PM

    Kathy, I am Praising the Lord with you..Congratulations on that 40 lbs. gone and for being discilined enough to exercise..We do know that it pays off when we do it the right way!!! A great job and you need to give yourself a great big hug..

Hugs and Prayers,

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LJRW170 1/6/2010 2:38PM

    That is so awesome! Great job! And while possibly embarrassing, I love that your pants fell down!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/6/2010 1:10PM

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WAY TO GO GIRL!!!!!!! Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!!! YEAH on the pants falling down! This time it is a GOOD thing!!! emoticon

~ Christa

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CLAIRESML 1/6/2010 1:09PM

    wow that is so neat. emoticon Keep on walkin'

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JODI912 1/6/2010 12:29PM

    Woohoo!!! That is FABULOUS!

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ANDREA963 1/6/2010 12:07PM

    I've got the 2010 bug too! :) Time for you to go shopping.


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DOGLOVER526 1/6/2010 12:01PM

You are an inspiration!!!!!

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YB0511 1/6/2010 11:54AM

    Way to go - keep it up!

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2BTHINMAMMA 1/6/2010 11:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou look great!! Wow! What a difference! And the pants falling down...lol...so glad you were at home!! But how exciting! Proud of you and know you'll keep going!

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CGPHILL 1/6/2010 11:47AM

  Great job! Congrats on your success and consistency.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/6/2010 11:44AM

    Kathy, great pics - isn't encouraging to see a difference!! Way to go girl!!!!
Love having your pants fall off - glad it was at home though emoticon

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ASHESS85 1/6/2010 11:33AM

    You are looking great! Way to go on the weight loss!

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LYNNA7499 1/6/2010 11:21AM

  What a wonderful feeling of having your pants fall off emoticon

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MARZATAX 1/6/2010 11:18AM

    Your blog is hilarious and uplifting at the same time!
You GO girl! You are looking beautiful!

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ANEWMELI 1/6/2010 11:17AM

    Congratulations!! Keep it up!!

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WEIGHTING4BABY 1/6/2010 11:17AM

    I love that!

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DDKITTYP1MP 1/6/2010 11:13AM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!! You can totally see the difference in your face! You look great!!! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 1/6/2010 11:10AM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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JESUSINME4LIFE 1/6/2010 11:08AM

    How wonderful,you are doing great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LILMISSDAISIE 1/6/2010 11:07AM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE before and after pics! Good job! You look great!

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    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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MR_UNDER_300 1/6/2010 11:05AM

    Great news, keep it up!

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CALGARYDAVE 1/6/2010 11:04AM

    Good for you. LOL!

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Making a Way out of No Way and my January Movement Plan!

Saturday, January 02, 2010


Yesterday a friend of mine posted the following to my Facebook page:

"Sometimes you just need to hear, YOU are a beautiful woman, inside and out.
You are an exquisite mother, who can make a way out of no way, and you are LOVED!!

I didn't think much of it, it's one of those things that people post in multiples to many people. In fact, I didn't even truly read it.

Later that day, my husband took my hand and said "You know, you really do make a way when there is no way. I am very proud of you."

I was taken by surprise, I didn't know what had prompted his words, but I was deeply touched. He told me he had seen what my friend wrote, and thought those words summed me up to a "T". My eyes filled with tears, and those words further resolved my goal of losing 100 lbs. this year. I am almost halfway there, I can do this!

Below is my January Movement Plan (to be altered as needed). I also posted it on my SparkPage, but I thought a monthly blog of my actions would help keep me accountable.

Let's all MOVE IT this January!!


Cardio 4x a week
Strength training 2x

Every day: Spark Bootcamp challenge

In addition to that:

Sat: Core Commotion class or Aqua class
Sun: Track or bike
Tues: Spinning or Aqua class
Thurs: Zumba

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MOMFAN 1/10/2010 2:48AM

    Okay somehow I have been missing your blogs! I am back now! You have been doing fantastic!

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HEATHIELAUREN 1/6/2010 10:43AM

    You ARE such a wonderful motivator! You truly move so many of us with your kind words and your motivation to make things happen. I'm so happy to call you friend :)

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TELERIE 1/5/2010 6:14PM

    What a great message!
Great plan too!

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CHELLEBELLE104 1/3/2010 7:54PM

    Woohoo!!! You are really an encourager and I know that you are going to kick booty on this bootcamp!!! You are truly amazing.

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PAULACOLLINS 1/2/2010 10:42PM

    Isn't it wonderful to have a partner that is loving and supportive. Mine is too and it is such a blessing. Good luck on your goals. emoticon

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KATIE4KIDS 1/2/2010 7:49PM

    That's so sweet!

Great plan - you'll do a wonderful job at accomplishing them

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MERCYNGRACE 1/2/2010 7:22PM

    I agree with your dh and friend! Congratulations on your successes and best wishes on your goals for the new year. Well on your way! Congratulations on your work out routine! emoticon

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YATMAMA 1/2/2010 7:22PM

    Okay, OKAY! i'm going outside to walk. *sigh* LOL Thank you for the kick in the pants!

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My Goals for 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."

~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"


My main goal is to get into Onederland, meaning for me, losing 100 lbs. total. I am almost halfway there, at about 43 lbs. lost so far. I definitely think it's attainable for me to reach this goal in 2010.

I am striving to reach my ultimate goal of 176 lbs. (my current goal weight) by the end of September, 2010 (9/17/10 target date).

Continue working out at my health club, striving for 3 days a week, working out at home 2 days a week.

Build a plan and post it on my Spark Page for my own fitness boot camp.


Leave the office at 5 p.m. so that I can get home in time to spend time with my family.

Take advantage of my lunch hour at work to do my personal writing so that I have more time at home with my family.

Not feel guilty about taking a half hour a day to write - when I get my writing time in, I am a much happier mother, wife and friend.

Spend more play time with Lucy.

BE HAPPY!!! Realize the blessings I have and be happy with what I have.

Continue to stay organized and purge what we don't need. Give to others.

Organize all of our family photos.


Continue my walk with God and my journey of faith and discovery. Give it all to Him! Let Him guide me in my ways and dreams.

Find a church home.

Read through the bible in a year.

Volunteer some of our time as a family to help those in need.


We got out of our credit card debt in 2009 and vowed to not use credit cards for Christmas. We fulfilled that goal, now I want to stay within our budget, add to our emergency savings fund, get life insurance and plan for family vacations and for next Christmas so that we are financially fit!


Finish my projects (short stories) that I have started so that I can move onto other things. To continue studying the short story form and once I finish these revisit my novels in progress.

I am going to add this to my Spark Page as reinforcement. If we write down our goals we are more likely to achieve them!!!

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MOMFAN 1/10/2010 2:49AM

    Great goals and you will be in 100ville soon with these goals!

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YATMAMA 1/1/2010 3:14AM

    Excellent goals, my friend. I pray you are able to remain passionate about each of them all the way to the finish line.



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2BTHINMAMMA 12/31/2009 10:10PM

    GREAT goals!!! I love the categories! Congrats on what you've accomplished in '09 (weight loss and no credit card debt)! Will be praying you all find a great church home and that the Lord will bless and help you make your goals a reality in '10!

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PAULACOLLINS 12/31/2009 6:34PM

    Thanks for sharing your goals! You have done an amazing job in the finacial area--we have been working on that too so I know how difficult that is. Our credit card debt won't be paid off until May and I am so looking forward to that!
May the Lord continue to bless you and your family in the coming year.

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DZINE4KING 12/31/2009 3:40PM

    Wow...these are great goals, and I like how you wrote them down to keep them in focus! Happy New Year!

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ZAHNASGRANDMA 12/31/2009 2:44PM

    Your goals for 10 have been an eye opener for me. I plan to take time this evening to set my goals for 10.

This is the year of the Spark, my fuse is lit and I am ready to work

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/31/2009 1:56PM

    Great goals and definitely achievable!! Stay focused and Happy New Year emoticon

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JESUSINME4LIFE 12/31/2009 1:36PM

    emoticongoals!You are so right if we write them and keep them in our sight we are more likely to keep to them. emoticonon being halfway to your goal.You have inspired me to put my goals on my page for accountability.You can do it.

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TRACY381 12/31/2009 1:35PM

    Good luck in reaching your goals. You are definitely headed in the right direction!

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BOOKWORMGIRL18 12/31/2009 12:43PM

    Beautiful goals, especially writing daily (I'm starting to do that). I wish you success!!

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STORMTMB 12/31/2009 12:08PM

    Best of luck with your goals!

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MERCYNGRACE 12/31/2009 11:54AM

    WOW! I am in awe right now. Wonderful, beautiful goals! Congratulations on well thought out, solid goals!!! Wishing you EVERY success!!! Hugs, Sue

P.S.~Very inspiring!

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MARINE_LOVE1229 12/31/2009 11:48AM

    Those are GREAT goals and resloutions! You can do it!

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