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January 2010 Progress Card (updated w/ pics)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Start: 259.5
End: 251.5

LOSS of 8 lbs.

Inches lost: one inch from my waist
one inch from my hips

TOTAL INCHES LOST: 2 inches

Fitness minutes: 1,030 for the month - I was aiming for 500. I doubled that goal! I never thought I could do 1,000 minutes a month and those Spark Friends of mine that got trophies for such a feat I looked at in awe. I've found that I shouldn't underestimate myself and that I can do it too!

Miles: I was aiming specifically for 50 miles - a combination of miles w/ Leslie and my workouts at the gym. I met that goal and then some, walking a total of 66 miles in January!

Tweaks: I had to lower my calorie range after losing weight and it's been difficult to adjust to this. I have had days where I've gone over my calorie range. I'm trying to stay within my range now.

I will add pictures to this blog tomorrow, I took a "before" and "after" for January alone in my workout clothes (eek!).

Also a great tool for me this month has been the SparkPeople calendar. Each day has 4 sections in it and each section has a goal, thus 4 goals for each day. Taking Coach Nicole's que, I highlight those sections where I succeed, and put an "X" in the days where I don't. I am going to scan my January calendar page and also post it within this blog tomorrow. My specific goals for myself in January were: water (drink at least 8 cups) workout (workout every day), fruits & veggies - get at least 3 in! And to stay within my calorie range.

Also this month I went shopping for my 45 lbs. lost reward and have gone down several sizes! At my highest I wore a 20/22 shirt, 24/26 pant, 26/28 jean and my bra was a 48 F.

I found out this month that I am NOW: a 14/16 shirt, 22 pant AND jean (almost a 20), Bust 42DDD. (Yes, you read that right, triple D, but it's better than an "F"! And it sounds hot, LOL!)

So am I happy with my results? Overall yes, but I am slightly disappointed at the loss of 8 lbs. this month - see after the Christmas and New Year holidays, I had gained 4 lbs., so at first I thought I had only lost 4 lbs. this month, not 8. Most of the lbs. I lost were the first week of January, after my body disposed of all the extra calories I ate on Christmas and New Year's. But I know my body, and I have always been a "slow" loser. Think of the turtle and the hare. I'm definitely the turtle! I need to clearly see what I am doing right and what I can change. I can't be afraid to change or tweak my plans and goals. But I know that ultimately if I keep on keeping on I will win this race!

I will post my February Move It Plan tomorrow. I am aiming for 10 lbs. DONE in February! I plan on reaching my 50 lbs. lost milestone too.

AT THE START OF JANUARY



AT THE END OF JANUARY



MY SPARK CALENDAR

  
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ROSEPETALS4ME 2/25/2010 10:35PM

    Weigh to go!!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BIGS77 2/2/2010 9:17PM

  You are doing so great!
Thanks for your inspiration!
Keep up the great work!
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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/1/2010 12:09AM

    emoticon you are doing emoticon

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MOMFAN 1/31/2010 11:34PM

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PEPPERLEAH 1/31/2010 10:03PM

    You are doing so great!

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JOYATLAST 1/31/2010 10:01PM

    Amazing!

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YATMAMA 1/31/2010 8:08PM

    You are rockin the house!! Keep up the good work. Disappointed??? You GOTTA be kidding me!!! Rejoice!!!!

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TELERIE 1/31/2010 5:14PM

    Congratulations on your wonderful progress! Very inspiring stuff! Keep up the great work!
It's fun to get new clothes in smaller sizes!

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LAURIEBLT 1/31/2010 3:50PM

    You are amazing!!! Keep it up!!

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KATIE4KIDS 1/31/2010 2:37PM

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You did GREAT!! Keep it up, girl!

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SHERRILOU47 1/31/2010 12:03PM

    Kathy, you have no reason to be disappointed at all..wow, what accomplishments you have made..and remember the turtle is the one who finished first and he won the race because he was steady in what he was doing instead of flittering around..(now I know about flittering, because I practiced it for years.)LOL Now I am a turtle and am enjoying my journey and I, too am going to finish this race..

Congratulations on a great job !!! Give yourself a big hug and enjoy wearing those smaller clothes and looking "hot"..LOL

Hugs and Prayers,
Sherrilo

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TRIGFROST 1/31/2010 11:41AM

    "Wonderful News" emoticon Keep up the Great Job...
Your looking good... emoticon

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SHERLYN-WILL 1/31/2010 11:04AM

    WOW the sizes are incredible... that is a big drop!!
I hear you on the 4 lbs and wanting more.. but I am tickled for you... cause you are still progressing and moving forward and downward.


Thanks for blogging... u are a great inspiration to me! emoticon

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CAFLETER 1/31/2010 10:15AM

    Congratulations on your progress - very inspiring!

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Today I celebrate my 3 year Sparkversary!

Thursday, January 28, 2010



I joined back in January 3 years ago weighing in at almost 300 lbs. and very, very depressed. I had just given birth to my daughter 6 months previous and while I had lost most of the baby weight Ė 30 lbs. of the 40 I had gained Ė I had not been able to lose that last 10 lbs., and more importantly, I was considered morbidly obese and needed to lose weight beyond that. Especially since we wanted to have more children and it had been difficult to be overweight and pregnant. I didnít know where to turn and I clearly remember that feeling of desperation I had and most of all, hopelessness. I really didnít think I could lose the weight. But it was a last ditch effort to try.

That first year I wasnít really committed, and looking back I think that my attitude had everything to do with it. My heart wasnít in it. I had tried everything else before, why would this work, why would this change happen to me. Most of all, I know I felt like I didnít deserve this change. The problem wasÖI didnít love myself. I lost and gained the same 5 lbs. that year, but I think inside my mind and body started gearing up for what was to come.

Then the second year I was on again, off again, again, not really committed, but I did manage to lose about 10-15 lbs.

My third year I had just found out we were expecting another child. I did not want to gain 40 lbs. like I did with my first daughter. The doctors all advised me to only gain 15 lbs. I didnít know how I would be able to do that! I met with a nutritionist and she said it would be really difficult not to gain more than 40 because my body had already done it, and would want to go back to that same place. She gave me a plan and I used SparkPeople to track all of my food and also began doing prenatal exercises at my gym and tracking that in Spark. I also joined teams and began to feel like part of a community.

As a result of SparkPeople I did only gain those 15 lbs. during my second pregnancy. I also learned to LOVE exercise and began to miss it when I wasnít exercising. Those

I have come a long way since first joining three years ago. I now love myself fully, completely and accept myself as I am. I am losing this weight for me and have the right motivation (to be a healthy wife and mom). My heart is fully invested in this process and most importantly, I know I can do it!

Hereís what Iíve accomplished during my time at Spark:

Went from a depressed couch potato to an exercise lover!
Accumulated 10,606 fitness minutes
Walked 442 miles total in 2008/2009 (58 miles in January alone so far)
Walked a 5K a year
Participated in a mini-triathlon
Finished a boot camp that has 20% drop-out rate
Became a Spark Motivator
Was asked to help co-lead one of my favorite Spark teams
My wedding ring now fits me!
My husband can put his arms around me
Went down at least 2 clothing sizes
Lost inches
Inspired others to start leading healthier lives
Made myself proud
Felt like an athlete
Felt strong

I still have a way to go. My goal is to reach my goal weight by Halloween 2010. Thatís a total of 120 lbs. down. Iíve lost over 45 lbs. so far. I hope to reach Onederland by my birthday in August.

I know that this journey isnít over. Once I reach goal weight I will work at maintaining and being in the best shape I can be. I canít wait to see the person that I am underneath all of this. I know that I am strong, confident, and have a loyal heart. Now I am applying that to myself and showing myself the love that I show to others. I pray daily for the strength to make it through one more day, and those days will add up to months, those months will add up to a year, and by the end of 2010 I will wake up one morning, look into the mirror, and see the person that God meant for me to be.

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GUSSYLYNN72 1/30/2010 3:07PM

    Thank you for sharing your amazing journey.

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K10BFIT 1/30/2010 1:47PM

  WOO HOO!!!!! Awesome job!

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FITNESSMISTRESS 1/30/2010 12:41AM

    Hey girlie! I meant to tell you HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I'm so proud of you! You really are an inspiration! I know that you are going to meet your goals and probably make and meet some new goals along the way! Go get em tiger! I'll be cheering you on the entire time!
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TCLARK218 1/29/2010 11:33PM

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY...and keep up the good work!

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HUNTINGGODDESS 1/29/2010 10:56PM

    congratulations.

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TEACHINMOM 1/29/2010 8:27PM

    Happy emoticon! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hearing that you love yourself fully, completely and accept yourself as you are. I think that is the key to going the whole way. CONGRATS on your success so far. You will do it. You are well on your way!!
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TELERIE 1/29/2010 7:17PM

    Happy emoticon Spark-iversary! You've come so far and have done so well! Congratulations and best wishes for 2010!!

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    emoticon on your anniversary! Have fun celebrating many accomplishments! emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/29/2010 2:33PM

    Your doing great! I know it has taken longer than you ever wanted it to but the most important thing is that you learned so many great and valuable things about yourself along this journey that those will be the lasting changes for you along with getting smaller in size.

I have been here since 2006 and I too have struggled with loseing the weight loseing 100 pounds at one time to just put it all back on and it was because I had not come to a place mentally where I loved myself just as I am and I never had a mental change in how I looked 100 pounds thinner( i still saw the same size body with zero change) when I had lost those 100 pounds so it all came back on.

Keep at it as I am keeping at it. I am learning that I have to "want" it and "believe" I can acheive it as well as change how I love myself and how I look when I do have success. If I cant love myself at close to 400 pounds how will I love myself at 140 pounds.....my love for myself should not come and be a part of my life after I reach a number on the scale or a clothing size....it has to already be there to make it a lasting mental and physical chage for life.

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MOMFAN 1/28/2010 10:49PM

    What an amazing journey you have had so far! It is going to be even more amazing this year! You are a champion! Onederland by August and goal by Halloween! You can do this!

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PEPPERLEAH 1/28/2010 9:36PM

    You are so awesome!!!!! Congratulations to you on your success!
What an inspiration you are!

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YATMAMA 1/28/2010 6:41PM

    Wooooooohooooooooooooo!!! What a GREAT celebration!! I am SO proud of you and so happy for you!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

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JOYMOMOF7 1/28/2010 2:50PM

    Thanks for sharing!!!!! What a great story~~ Congrats!! Keep going :)

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LYNNA7499 1/28/2010 2:42PM

  Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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KO1215 1/28/2010 2:26PM

    Thanks for sharing your story! You are a real inspiration!

Congrats!
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Keri

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JAAM1224 1/28/2010 1:52PM

    AWESOME!!! You have come so far - you can do it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/28/2010 1:41PM

    It's so great to look back and see the progress you have made. We can give God the glory in helping you make the changes needed in your life! I know you can make your goal of reaching Onderland by August. That is my goal too, and my birthday is in August also.
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CMJOHNSON81 1/28/2010 1:21PM

    You are an amazing inspiration to me. Thank you for being you.

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JOYATLAST 1/28/2010 1:16PM

    I loved reading this. Here's to less of you and never going back!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/28/2010 12:27PM

    You have made some amazing changes inside and out! You can make your dreams come true this year! Keep at it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOSIEROSIE 1/28/2010 11:28AM

    This is awesome! Good job and good luck!

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    Wow, congratulations! You've came so far and did so great! emoticon

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45 lbs. down, 15% of weight GONE! Link to Newspaper Article

Monday, January 25, 2010




www.triblocal.com/Westmont/Detail_Vi
ew/view.html?type=stories&action=detai
l&sub_id=136855


I wrote this for my local paper to inspire others and encourage people to join my health club. I plan on writing an article on Spark and how SparkPeople has helped me soon as well.

I went shopping online as my reward for 45 lbs. gone, and can't wait to get my stuff!!!!

I'll keep you posted.


  
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SHERLYN-WILL 1/28/2010 10:18AM

    Thanks for sharing... I am headed to read it right now! You look great!
3 yrs on here.... that is exciting too!
I have 1 yr in May.
Make it a great day.
Love and prayers for you.


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/26/2010 10:21PM

    Great job!!!!!

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SHERRILOU47 1/26/2010 8:30PM

    Kathy, you truly are such an inspiration to all of us..I know the Lord is going to use you to help others on their journey..and what an example you have set..we are so very proud of your accomplishments and your discipline..

Hugs and Prayers,
Sherrilou

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KATIE4KIDS 1/26/2010 11:57AM

    emoticon I'm sure you will help many people with your article! Good for you!

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TALLYCAT13 1/26/2010 11:27AM

    thats awesome! congrats:)

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LYNNA7499 1/26/2010 9:53AM

  Great Article! Love the pics too!

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CAPECODDIN 1/26/2010 8:19AM

    woo hoo!!!

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CAPECODDIN 1/26/2010 8:19AM

    woo hoo!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 1/25/2010 10:08PM

    You are so amazing!
Congratulations to you on your success!

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K10BFIT 1/25/2010 9:59PM

  YEAH!!!! WOO HOO!!! emoticon

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2BTHINMAMMA 1/25/2010 9:39PM

    emoticon emoticonKathy!!!

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MERCYNGRACE 1/25/2010 8:38PM

    Breathtaking! You are doing an emoticon job! Congratulations on your successes! emoticon on the newspaper article! Truly inspiring!!! emoticon

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YATMAMA 1/25/2010 8:30PM

    You rock!!! Good for you, sweetie. I am SO proud of you!!!!!

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UNWRITTEN145 1/25/2010 6:54PM

  emoticon You look fabulous! I am motivated.

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CHELLEBELLE104 1/25/2010 6:41PM

    that is very cool!!!

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JOYATLAST 1/25/2010 6:10PM

    Wow! And WOW!

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    Well done on your weight loss! emoticon

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If the Ring Fits....WEAR IT!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



There are a few things on my weight loss journey that I use as progress markers, similar to mile markers along a stretch of highway, these are similar markings that let me know I'm on the right track, I'm nearing my destination - I'm making progress. It's important to have such markers in a world filled with numbers. The scale is important, it does tell you an exact number of what you weigh, but it is not the only important measure.

Other measures are levels of happiness, energy and quality of life. Other markers include how things fit - that pair of jeans that have been silently waiting in your closet, ready for the new you. Or that pair of shoes that your feet have outgrown, swollen. For me it's all of those things, but also one very important item. My wedding ring.

I have always had a weight problem, but it was pretty much "under control" when I got married to my true love. However, after being married for only a year, being loved unconditionally, something I was not used to, I began to overeat. I gained so much weight that first year, I can't tell you how much, but I can tell you that a few years into the marriage I had gained 100 lbs.

My wedding ring didn't fit me anymore, hadn't fit me for a long time. It was a gorgeous vintage set with mine-cut diamonds that sparkled like nothing else. Do you know they don't even have mine-cut diamonds anymore? They can't find them or mine them, that's how precious and unique they are.

Much like those mine-cut diamonds the love I have is rare and unique. I have been married for ten wonderful years. The journey hasn't always been easy. Much like this weight loss journey it had its own hills and valleys. But we have thrived under the Lord's care.

This morning I tried on the ring, not expecting it to fit. In the past the band of white gold wouldn't even fit over my knuckle. I didn't expect it to go further, but it did. I didn't expect it to fit around my finger, but it did. Now I can wear the circle that symbolizes that love around my finger. I haven't been able to wear this ring in over 8 years.

I have my family to thank for their support and my friends, especially my Spark friends who understand this journey better than anyone else. But most of all, I have the Lord to thank. I pray to Him daily, at first thinking that my "little weight issue" was too small for Him. Why would He care? Then I began to realize, through reading the bible and being a part of study groups, just how much He cares. Nothing is too small or too big for Him.

Not only do I honor my progress by blogging about such things, but God honors my progress as well by supporting me an encouraging me, as my friends and family do. I congratulate myself for all that I have accomplished, but I know that I could not do this alone. In my heart it is here in the silence that God whispers words of encouragement to me. I can just hear Him:

"As you continue your journey, I will be with you - to guide you, to comfort you, to support you, to laugh with you, to love you through it all."

"When we cry, 'Abba! Father!' it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God."
~ Romans 8:15-16

  
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MANNAJO88 1/24/2010 12:51AM

    Thats awesome congratulations!! emoticon

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YATMAMA 1/21/2010 4:47PM

    I am so happy for you in this momentous milestone. I rejoice with you. Thank you for sharing the exhortation you wrote. It touched my heart deeply and was very timely. I appreciate you.

*hugs*

Missy

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/21/2010 2:08PM

    That is the best measure of your success to be able to weat it again!!!!!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 1/21/2010 10:34AM

    Congratulations! I bet your husband is really enjoying seeing you in that symbol of your committment too! =D

I'm REALLY happy for you both!

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MOMFAN 1/21/2010 12:46AM

    emoticonThat is so great! I was at the same place. In May I lost the diamond out of mine. We are waiting until I am at goal before we figure out what we are going to do. I actually have two ring, both with different diamonds missing so we have talked about combing the two of them or just getting another one. Big incentive to get to goal! Now my mother's ring is too big also.

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CM_GARDNER78 1/20/2010 11:54PM

    Oh my!! I have tears of JOY for you in my eyes right now! That is so amazing and wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing that! emoticon

~ Christa

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PEPPERLEAH 1/20/2010 9:52PM

    Congratulations! That is so awesome! You are doing such a fantastic job!

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LHLADY517 1/20/2010 6:21PM

    Mine's the other way. It's sliding off. I have to take it off when I exercise and when I direct the choir so I don't "fling" it across the room.

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2BTHINMAMMA 1/20/2010 4:34PM

    Oh, you got the preggo crying! Beautifully written blog! I am so happy for you! To be able to wear your wedding band again must have been awesome for you and your hubby! I, too thought Why would God help me w/my weightloss when it's fully my fault and due to my sin but He does...AMAZING LOVE HOW CAN IT BE!?! Congrats again and thanks for the reminder of His great love and care!

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DOGLOVER526 1/20/2010 3:40PM

    Oh my gosh! I am *****so***** excited for you. Your blog brought tears to my eyes. You are such an inspiration. I am so proud of you - and I know our Father is proud of you and is proud to help you with this because He wants you to be healthy so you can help spread the Gospel!

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K10BFIT 1/20/2010 3:17PM

  AWE-some! I'm so incredibly happy for you. I'm sure one of the best parts is just the surprise of it all. That's one of the most rewarding things, when the unexpected happens. YAY YOU!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/20/2010 3:05PM

    Thanks everyone!!!!!

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BEACHY_KEEN 1/20/2010 2:34PM

    Congratulations, honey! Wear your wedding ring with pride. Such an awesome accomplishment - 10 years of marriage AND the weight loss.
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LYNNA7499 1/20/2010 2:22PM

  That is wonderful - congrats! emoticon

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GRAMMIE1959 1/20/2010 2:15PM

    I know the thrill! Mine had been in the box for a long time now it's right where it belongs! Congratulations!

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HEATHIELAUREN 1/20/2010 1:49PM

    WOW!!! Powerful Stuff! Our God is an AWESOME God and when we can FINALLY realize that he cares about all of our problems, then we can be set free! Congratulations friend on the rings fitting again! Wear them proudly as a reminder of what you said above! emoticon emoticon

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CHELLEBELLE104 1/20/2010 1:37PM

    That made me shed a tear! That is so awesome! You have come so far in the journey and look at all you have accomplished! Just amazing. and inspirational! Way to and I bet you wear that ring beautifully! Go get em'!! the rest of the journey awaits for you to conquer it and relish in the victory. Can't wait to be apart of the after party!!! emoticon

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IMADAREDEVIL 1/20/2010 1:27PM

    That's just great news....wear it proudly!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/20/2010 1:14PM

    I love the picture! Congratulations on being able to wear the ring again!

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GIGABYTEFL 1/20/2010 12:56PM

    I'm so happy for you it is a true Blessing when the Lord answers our prayer and we can see it. My scripture verse is "I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me" Phil 4:13

Our journey is on the narrow path and you show us that we can do it.

In HIS Grip

Mac in Jax

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JESUSINME4LIFE 1/20/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon emoticonHow wonderful that must have felt.I am so happy for you.You are doing great:)

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ANNIE7205 1/20/2010 12:40PM

    Beautiful post. What a great feeling. Congratulations!

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KEEPGOING87 1/20/2010 12:40PM

    AWWW HUNNY I am so happy for you
thats an amazing accomplishment! cherish every moment of it
your hard work is paying off

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KEEPGOING87 1/20/2010 12:40PM

    AWWW HUNNY I am so happy for you
thats an amazing accomplishment! cherish every moment of it
your hard work is paying off

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VEMAN1 1/20/2010 12:32PM

    Congratulations. Now be careful ofthe other side if you continue to reduce size. My ring now stays in gloves, in pockets and is almost at the constant slip stage.

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GERTRUDE1961 1/20/2010 12:24PM

    That must have been an AWESOME feeling!

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BUTTERMERFLIES 1/20/2010 12:11PM

    Wow!! emoticon That is totally emoticon!! Now you can look down at your hand everyday and know how far you have come!!

Keep up the good work!!

~Amy~

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DDKITTYP1MP 1/20/2010 12:09PM

    I am so happy for you!!!

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JOYATLAST 1/20/2010 12:04PM

    Ohh! What a priceless blog!

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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!!
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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.

TEN THINGS GOD WON'T ASK ON THAT DAY...

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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CAPECODDIN 1/20/2010 8:44AM

    thanks for sharing!

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DCAMPBELL8 1/20/2010 8:16AM

    BEAUTIFUL!! emoticon

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MOMFAN 1/20/2010 1:38AM

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CM_GARDNER78 1/19/2010 11:31PM

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

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2BTHINMAMMA 1/19/2010 9:46PM

    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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DDKITTYP1MP 1/19/2010 6:55PM

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

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