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Friends ~

Friday, February 19, 2010

A friend is someone who can see right through you and still enjoy the show.

I love that saying, has stayed with me for years. And it is so true, because so many here are doing just that with me. emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/20/2010 7:39AM

    Very good.

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MEADSBAY 2/19/2010 9:46PM

    My two best friends and I have the best times together.
We can do no wrong in each others' eyes.
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CAROLYNVIL 2/19/2010 7:51PM

    I never heard that saying,but it is oh so true. carolyn

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GRAMMAP1 2/19/2010 6:32PM

    I like that Lyn, and really this is the first I have heard that. I am so glad to have true friends here on SP. Of course, if they knew me outside of writing, they might not be Friends. emoticon oops!

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LITTLEBROWNNUT 2/19/2010 1:00PM

    I am enjoying your show FF! You genuinely care for people - that is a precious gift.

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FREDDY1232 2/19/2010 12:15PM

    A friend is someone who knows your flaws and still wants to be with you.

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JEANSHEP2 2/19/2010 9:38AM

    Love you, special friend! So proud to be a part of the team with you!

Hugs,
Jean emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA25427 2/19/2010 6:52AM

    A friend is just a stranger you haven't met yet .

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FITKAT2010 2/19/2010 6:26AM

    We only pretend to not know another. There are no secrets. Even between "acquaintences".

I know the truth about you, you are incredible! Own it!

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I don't question myself anymore.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

After that enlightening conversation with my sweet friend a few weeks ago....I have been doing a lot of thinking....a lot of praying....and a lot of soul searching.
I like where this is all taking me.
Today, I received this from another friend, and it so very well describes where I think I am right now. I am learning to accept myself....love myself......respect myself.
With Sparkpeople, I have learned how to eat healthy, how to exercise smart.....how to reward myself and how to forgive myself.
I have also learned the meaning of the word "EFFORT".
And I like it!


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" I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 40's, 50's, 60, 70's, 80's and 90's and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.


As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become..... (and am becoming). I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
*** And I shall eat chocolate every single day...(if I feel like it). "

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I do eat chocolate when I have the craving, SP has taught me how to compensate the calories.
I do not have a bulging body anymore.....just a slightly pudgy one.
Enjoy this day everyone, it's the only one you have.



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WATERMELLEN 2/24/2010 9:03PM

    This is an amazing blog: I am so glad that I read it. It makes me anticipate growing a little older with enthusiasm and zest! I DO eat chocolate every day -- and I am glad that my years of laughter are etched into my face!

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FREDDY1232 2/13/2010 3:52PM

    I love this piece. I really agree with that attitude..If I feel like living in my pj's for the day I will. And If I want to sleep until noon I do. If I have a craving for chocolate I have it....There is a lot to be said of the empty nest and ageing gracefully.

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JEANSHEP2 2/13/2010 2:54PM

    I have received this many times myself and each time I read it I learn a little more about how to enjoy these "golden" years. Thank you for putting it in a different prospective for me.

You are doing so well and I admire you with a deep respect.

Keep doing all those good things that bring you success and joy.

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DIANESWMBO 2/13/2010 11:41AM

    Enjoyed reading.

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MEADSBAY 2/13/2010 10:18AM

    Thank you, my friend!
I feel the same way~thank you SP!!!
Especially appropriate for me today on my 58th birthday.

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KRISCRN 2/13/2010 9:24AM

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Loved this blog entry and have to work on this very issue myself.

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GLORYB2014 2/13/2010 9:16AM

    Today is the first day of my life ~ ALWAYS!
Enjoyed reading this Lyn, gives me something to think about.

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FITKAT2010 2/13/2010 6:42AM

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    Beautiful! Gigi emoticon

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Thinning my clothes closet!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I FINALLY got down to it.
I tried on everything I have today....(a real pain if you ask me emoticon)

and now my closet is lighter by 7 suit jackets, 15 blouses and 3 pair pants.

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So guess what I'm going to be doing this next month...... emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/24/2010 9:06PM

    It took me five years to weed out my closet when I lost the initial 80 pounds -- I didn't believe that I would keep it off!! But when I did, it was very inspirational to get rid of the stuff that didn't fit -- some to friends, some to a thrift shop. And very fun to shop for stuff that did, although I also got a lot of donations from friends, and picked up stuff at thrift shops too -- including a great one in Victoria, as it happens!!.

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4DOGNIGHT 2/12/2010 8:09PM

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CAROLYNVIL 2/12/2010 7:22PM

    sounds like a good idea, I need to do that!

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HAPPYBASKET 2/11/2010 7:48PM

    emoticonRecycle those clothes at a thrift shop. LOL I always appreciated those too big for you clothes but now I am goin g to contribute some back to the store. emoticon

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PEEDLE 2/11/2010 11:48AM

    WOW! What an accomplishment!
Congratulations.

Can I admit I envy you a little?
OK - envy is bad. Motivation is good.
I'll go for the motivation.

Mary Lou

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JEANSHEP2 2/11/2010 9:40AM

    Way to go, Lyn! I hated doing that to, but it was such a good feeling and made me more certain that I would not go back to that size again!!

Hey, shopping! Now that makes it worth all the trouble. Have fun!

Hugs,
Jean

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 2/11/2010 1:47AM

    That's so wonderful!
What fun! emoticon emoticon

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ALEXIAAG 2/10/2010 11:59PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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CAROLJ35 2/10/2010 11:00PM

    Totally Marvelous!!!

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GRAMMAP1 2/10/2010 9:35PM

    That must be a emoticon feeling. I applaud you. emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs, Jane

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FITKAT2010 2/10/2010 9:24PM

    IT'S ABOUT TIME!!

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MEADSBAY 2/10/2010 8:45PM

    Holy crap
(excuse my French!)!!!
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SPARKLINJEWELLS 2/10/2010 8:30PM

    whoo hoo

how fun

you deserve the reward!!

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GRANNYS5 2/10/2010 8:12PM

    Go get'm emoticon Good for you.

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GLORYB2014 2/10/2010 8:11PM

    emoticon Way to go Lyn!
Shop till you drop, girl!!

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PATTIDGN 2/10/2010 8:02PM

    go happy for you!!!!

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Had an enlightening conversation with a dear friend a few minutes ago....

Friday, January 29, 2010

I have been so down on myself lately...not giving myself credit for my accomplishments to date, being dissatisfied with my efforts and sacrifices. I have been viewing them as not enough.

She opened my eyes, and has given me some food for thought.

She asked me ..."WHY am I not happy/content with myself?"

I was caught off guard. I had nothing to say. I told her...."I don't know."

I have some soul searching to do.

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FREDDY1232 2/11/2010 1:13AM

    I tend to have a lot of dislike for myself. That's unfortunate because we should be our best advocate. But it's normal to become discontented with the status qo and it's good to regroup and then go at it again. That's what I am doing now...Good LUck and God Bless you. Hang in there!

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HAPPYBASKET 1/31/2010 2:14PM

    I know what Lyn is going thru. I tend to have the same problem & problem it is. I think what Phebess said it right on, or am I using that for an excuse. When I look back I have accomplished so much more over the years then any of my family would let me believe could happen. Some days I am proud, then others when I have computer problems or some other little stumbling block, I think I am a real dumb dumb. Then my daughter will speak to me about my attitude & I have to pick myself up & dust myself off(i've heard that somewhere) & start all over again. Lyn, someone once said to me, that they needed a pity party. I really thought I deserved one of those when our son passed with cancer but I couldn't have asked for him to suffer one more day here on earth & also saw so many others much worse off than myself. It made me grateful that I didn't lose him in a war, even tho we were career Military, having it effect your own child would be hard. I don't mean I got over the grief, immediately, but it was easier to bear. So Lyn, Let's be happy today. OK? You are loved. emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 1/30/2010 7:56AM

    DH grew up in a family where complaining was the norm. I grew up in a big family where complaining got you nowhere. I think it's just what we learn at an early age.

If you are sticking with your fitness and nutrition program, you are succeeding - you aren't gaining, you are getting stronger and building endurance - and you are showing strength of character. These are all GOOD things. Keep reminding yourself of this!

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EMSSBEARS 1/29/2010 9:55PM

    Hope you have a great time rediscovering yourself and your reasons to be happy. I always find that I am able to see more reasons why I should be happy than not when looking back and seeing where I used to be and where I am now. I just found out I am going to be a grandmother so I have a new reason to be motivated to get in shape so that I can be around to watch the baby grow up! Good luck to you on your soul searching.


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GRAMMAP1 1/29/2010 9:46PM

    Hey Lyn,
I had a self search today after reading an article. We can be so condemning of ourselves and never think of praising self. I believe we have to strike compromise here. emoticon

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KRISCRN 1/29/2010 8:42PM

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It can be tough to take an honest look at your feelings, but ultinately worth the work.

Hang in there.

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FITKAT2010 1/29/2010 7:34PM

    Honestly hon, we NEVER will be content with ourSELVES. If your happiness is dependent on that that's bad news. Anyone who says they are ask them what drugs they are taking. Also, step back away from them and RUN! LOL LOL They are truly pretending up a storm and sitting on a keg of TNT waiting for the first little spark to set it off.

Look much deeper than your personal self for the enlightened path to Peace of Mind. It has nothing to do with what we call "Life".

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CAROLYNVIL 1/29/2010 6:59PM

    soul searching is a good thing. we all need to do it every once in a while. carolyn

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GLORYB2014 1/29/2010 5:53PM

    You are too hard on yourself Lyn, way too hard!
Look at all you've done since last summer, it has been an awesome time for you ~ you are expecting too much of yourself my dear friend!
Believe me, I'd love to have lost all that you have, in weight, and would love to be able to go for the long walks you do.
Give yourself some overdue credit, lots of pats on the back and give yourself a nice big reward . . not food of course. :)

Love ya girlfriend,
Gloria
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MEADSBAY 1/29/2010 4:56PM

    Gosh, I wish I had lost over 30 pounds in 9 months.
THAT would make me happy!

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TONISTRELEC 1/29/2010 4:44PM

    Gives you something to think about.

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Perseverance ~

Thursday, January 28, 2010

How will we as individuals succeed in our lives?

Persevere....regardless of the hurdles thrown our way.

It is how we handle these hurdles that matters, and also how we live up to our personal commitment to ourselves that will eventually give us the greatest sense of pride in our accomplishments.

No matter small or large....we know we tried.

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PHEBESS 1/30/2010 7:53AM

    So true! And I agree, it doesn't sound glamorous, and won't be a book or program title - but its what works.

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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2010 7:53PM

    Gotta agree with you: just sticking with it works, maybe not glamorous but functional!

And: really like your new wallpaper!!

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GRAMMAP1 1/28/2010 7:14PM

    Good reasoning, Lyn. Reward yourself for clear thinking and follow your plan. emoticon emoticon

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FITKAT2010 1/28/2010 6:52PM

    This is true.

To me what is more important is overcoming fears and self-defeating beliefs. The goals are 2ndry to the healing of our mind.

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GLORYB2014 1/28/2010 6:42PM

    Perseverance and patience ~ these are so important in our lives!
You're okay Lyn and you're doing even better than okay girl!

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CAROLYNVIL 1/28/2010 6:40PM

    yes , that is the name of the game. well said. carolyn

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