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The Gift Of Picking Up The Pieces

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well I earned my 15 Pounds Lost on SparkPeople icon today! The past two weeks I've had small gains, a pound there, a half pound there, and they were the best two weeks I'd ever had - working out every day, tracking my nutrition, etc. I felt defeated.

I felt under the weather this week, so I didn't work out as much and I honestly didn't track my food. I didn't overeat, but I wasn't tracking everything that went in my mouth.

Guess what? I lost 2.5 this week! I am now 261, lower than I have been in a very long time, and I've lost 15 lbs. w/ SparkPeople. I feel hopeful.

Thank you Lord.

I read this on another website and thought it was so inspiring I wanted to share.

May this be the day when it all comes together * happiness in your heart * serenity in your soul * success in all the things you do * time enough to reach for your dreams * patience to see you through * inner beauty * an open mind * days that find you feeling wonderful * confidence, strong and lasting * strength to do what needs to be done * believing in tomorrow * living in today * knowing the right way is the only way * clearing out the confusion * facing the facts * not being afraid * never giving up * finding hope in hard-to-find places * putting smiles on other people's faces * knowing when to talk * and knowing when to listen * standing by the truth * being firm in your commitments * using your insight to set you right * going from rock bottom to mountain top * learning from mistakes * understanding the greatness within * looking for the good that is always there * sharing the things that need to be shared * remembering that it can all be a puzzle, but solving problems is one of the sweet joys of life * you can always pick up the pieces * and you can always make things right.

- Douglas Richards

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOEDANCING 11/13/2008 11:07AM

    Wonderful post...thank you so much for sharing with us

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NELLIEC 11/12/2008 8:11PM

    Our bodies are so strange! We work hard at losing and we gain! Then we don't feel so good, and somehow we lose weight. I suspect it is a delayed reaction!

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EOSTAR_45 11/12/2008 1:47PM

    emoticon Great progress!

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ERUPERTO 11/12/2008 12:16PM

    I am so PROUD of you!

Congrats on your successful weight loss!

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 11/12/2008 11:57AM

    Congrats!!!! emoticon

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Klutz and Clumsy
Ugly and Hurtful names
she had been called by others,
and associated with herself
As she thought about her
life, and those titles given
her, a smile started to
form, a wee one at first
and then a bigger one
until a laugh exploded
from her mouth.
She pictured herself
as a dancer, spinning
and twirling, faster and
faster, and not stopping
before she got dizzy,
which was the safe way,
but continuing to twirl,
until she would fall over in
utter joy. Klutz indeed!

She realized that non-klutzs
were only people who
stopped twirling too soon!!

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 11/9/2008 8:41PM

    I like the ending!! Neat!

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TELERIE 11/5/2008 8:31PM

    Oh how beautiful! emoticon
Keep on twirling!

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November DONE Girls Goals

Saturday, November 01, 2008

I am going to do as many of the following as I can daily. I'm posting in my blog so that I can have easy access to my goals. The picture is my with my family from Halloween - to remind me that I'm doing this for myself - and them, too.


5 EXTRA: Any or all of the following, once a day
5 min pep talk for yourself each morning
5 min extra effort on your appearance
5 min quiet "me" time for reflection/relaxation
5 min extra cardio each day (if you have no cardio scheduled, then get in at least 5 min)
5 min to do something nice for someone else (page comments, spark goodies, etc)

Done Girl Dance 15 minutes each day - Don't worry if you can't dance, there are no specific steps and no-one has to see you! Just crank up your favorite music and move your body for 15 minutes! Not only will you rev up your metabolism and get your heart rate going, but you will also improve your mood - because it is soooo much fun!

Drink your water! 2 cups of water before each meal ~~ OR ~~ a minimum of 8 cups of water per day. Water is very important for fat loss and chemical reactions within your body's cells. It also makes you feel fuller, helps with digestion, and promotes healthier skin and hair. Drink up, Done Girls!

Track a new item on your nutrition tracker - such as Sodium, Fiber, Cholesterol, Iron, etc. Edit your Nutrition Tracker settings and add at least 1 extra nutrient to track, such as Sodium, Fiber, Iron, Potassium, or whatever you think might be most beneficial to you!

Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. This one is pretty self-explanatory!

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 11/3/2008 1:32PM

    AWESOME! You are doing so well!! emoticon

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My November GOYAAM Goals

Saturday, November 01, 2008

My November GOYAAM goals are:

1. Check in with my Spark Teams daily on challenge progress.
2. Do 20 - 40 minutes of walking every morning.
3. Do 20-45 mins. of Wii 3 days a week.
4. Write for 30 minutes a day.
5. Get in my fruits and veggies every day.
6. Track all nutrition and fitness every day.
7. Drink my water!
8. Do 50 jumping jacks a day.
9. Do 50-100 crunches daily.

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LIVELOVELAUGH- 11/3/2008 1:30PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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JIBBIE49 11/1/2008 8:22PM

    I think you should do 51 Jumping Jacks, just for good measure.

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MELISSASBURKE 11/1/2008 8:19PM

    These all sound like great goals! I'm glad we are both on the blue team together. I know you will have no trouble getting lots of points if you stick to your goals. Good luck to you! emoticon

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My Goals for 2008 - 2009

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet. Ė Unknown


To lose 20 lbs. by the New Year. This is at a rate of about 2 lb. per week. I am aiming high so if I donít make that hopefully I will make it somewhere close to that.

To work out daily for at least 30 minutes. I currently aim to do this and I would say workout 5-6 days a week. I also want to challenge myself to do Jillianís 30-day shred and will start that on Nov. 1, in addition to my walking workouts.


We would like to have another child, and I will be 35 next year, so time is not on my side as eventually I would love to have three kids. Therefore I would be happy to lose 20 lbs. before conceiving. So if I am blessed enough to get pregnant in the New Year, my fitness goals will obviously change, although I will remain active and eat healthy and will use Spark to keep me on track.

Ultimately I would like to lose 60 lbs. If I lose 20 by the New Year, Iíll have 40 lbs. more to lose. At the rate of about 2 lb. per week I should reach this goal by the end of May. This would reach my short term goal of 200.

My long term goal is to get down to 180, which I feel is a healthy weight for me. Then at that point I will reassess my goals.

A year from now I would love to be at 180. We will see what God has in store for me.


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