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Monday, October 03, 2011

The New Footprints

Now imagine you and the Lord Jesus are walking along the beach together.

For much of the way the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying in the pace. But your prints are in a disorganized stream of zig zags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns. For much of the way it seems to go like this. But gradually, your footprints come in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends.

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens; your footprints that once etched the sand next to the Master's are now walking precisely in His steps. Inside His large footprints is the smaller "sandprint," safely enclosed. You and Jesus are becoming one; this goes on for many miles.

But gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the larger footprints seem to grow larger. Eventually it disappears altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one; again this goes on for a long time.

But then something awful happens. The second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse than before. Zig zags all over the place. Stop...start. Deep gashes in the sand. A veritable mess of prints. You're amazed and shocked. But this is the end of your dream.

Now you speak: "Lord, I understand the first scene with the zig zags, fits, starts, and so on. I was a new Christian, just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You."

"That is correct," replied the Lord.

"Then, when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps. I followed You very closely."

"Very good. You have understood everything so far."

"Then the smaller footprints grew and eventually filled in with Yours. I suppose that I was actually growing so much that I was becoming more like You in every way."


"But this is my question, Lord. Was there a regression of something? The footprints went back to two, and this time it was worse than the first."

The Lord smiles, then laughs. "You didn't know?" He says, "That was when we danced."


I'm ready to dance!

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ALICIA214 10/3/2011 10:22AM


How lovely!! A beautiful variation on the original 'Footprints' thank you for sharing


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Just got back from the beach and I had a good time. It was relaxing, something I don't get to much of! I think I did pretty good with my eating and I did get some walking in on the beach and boardwalk. It's hard sometimes because my husband acts like he's allergic to any kind of exercise and healthy foods LOL! So Monday I'm getting back on track. I did pretty good last month and I'm going to keep going. My mom got me a pretty charm bracelet and for every 10 pounds that I lose I am going to get a new charm! Can't wait!
I know that the one thing I struggle with is emotional eating. Things are not very good in my household and there can be a lot of tension. I need to find something to do with myself in those situations. I can't always just get out of the house because of my son. Speaking of my son, I can't believe that he's starting preschool this week! My Baby turns 4 this month! For extra money I babysit so including my son I have 4 boys all in different schools and going on different days . Have to make myself a schedule so I know who is going where when! Plus I'm my grandmother's caregiver so I have to add in her appointments too!
I really need to make some changes in my life. I feel like I've lost myself somewhere. I'm just so unhappy. I've let everyone else dictate what I'm doing, where I'm going and what I'm feeling. I think I need some time alone with God to figure myself out.
~~September goals ~~
~~ Exercise daily
~~ Stay within my calorie goals
~~ Plan weekly menus
~~ Daily First Place for Health bible study

I will do this

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    Sounds like a good plan. Making a schedule should definitely help. Be sure to include a time to do things that YOU LOVE to do as well. That will help you be able to deal with whatever is going on. Are you able to tune out what's bothering you or is it something that's in your face if your at home nagging you?? If you are able to tune it out, I'd suggest finding some way to listen to music and do something else with your hands to keep you occupied. :) Also remember that unless you are directly involved with the family drama, stay out of it!! Don't let them drag you into the middle of it either. That's easier said than done I know!! (My in-laws live less than 100 ft way, and there is always drama.)

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FIT_DAISHA 9/12/2011 3:49PM

    Great plan!! And you are not alone with emotional eating. I am struggling with my will power right now not to devour a bag of chocolate marshmellows!! =)

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    Sounds like solid goals you're making! You can do it!!!

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SCORPION1352 9/11/2011 3:34PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan for Sept. I am older and on SS so I only shop for food once a month what I do is make out a menu for the entire month. Of course making some of those meals changeable. Then make a shopping list for the menu and buy ONLY what is needed and NOT what I think I might want. It works for me and of course it is so true NEVER goes shopping on a empty stomach. Really ---------- I have blow that a time or two LoL.

Good luck such remember you are so worth it and together all of us here on Spark will do it and get healthier in the process. With God on our side how can we not do good.


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August is here....

Saturday, August 06, 2011

So the only one of my July goals that I did do was to exercise everyday. Oh well.

This month I'm going to stay in my calorie range and I'll keep exercising everyday.

My brother is giving me our treadmill back this week and I want to do the SparkPeople Official 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program. It's to hot here to be walking and running outside.

Looking back at last months goals I want to continue making weekly menus. I need to finish my motivational collage.

I the past 2 weeks I lost 3lbs!!!! YEAH!!!! I've been on this journey since March and I finally lost!

My vacation is in 5 weeks, I don't think I'll make that goal of losing 15 by then but I can get pretty close!

August is going to be great!

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GLITTERGIRL69 8/25/2011 10:28AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonA habit is built one step at a time; one workout at a time, regardless of how small a step or how short a workout. You are forming those habit, and changing your life!!! You CAN do it!!! When I first came to this web site after 8 months I gained weight, NOT lost weight. I felt really badly about myself. However, what I was not concentrating on or giving myself credit for was all the things I WAS doing right. For instance, trying very hard not to drink pop, drinking more water, not putting butter on any bread, being careful how much salad dressing I used, exercising more. You see when you continue to work on those smaller things and keep t it over time everything else will change as well. After 8 months of gaining weight, I finally started to lose. I ended up losing 35 pounds! But it was god who gave me strength, it was God that gave me my will power, and it was God who was the one I relied on more than myself....more than anything. You can do it and each pound you lose, each healthy habit you obtain, you CELEBRATE girl!!! This is a new day, and you are on your way!!!!

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CHICAT63 8/7/2011 7:22AM

    Woohoo for the treadmill, you can do it !!!! Bring it on I say.

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    You're doing great!!!!

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My weekend

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I went grocery shopping this weekend and it seems that I was there for hours. I was checking the labels on just about everything going in my cart! I got lots of fruits and vegetables. I'm going to try hummus. And I'm now in love with veggie burgers with laughing cow cheese! emoticon
I've been doing my Biggest Loser Power Walk every day, only using the weights every other day. Some days using the weights feels so hard. Could my muscles be saying its to much? I also spend a lot of time in the pool using all my muscles.
So on Saturday I was trying to find something to do with my family. My husband would of been very happy laying on the sofa all day. He doesn't like to be very physical. I talked him into going to Blue Marsh Lake and going hiking. We walked the 1.5 mile trail and he really enjoyed it. Hopefully we can do this every weekend! My son loves walking so he was very happy with it. emoticon
I ate to much unhealthy food this weekend. For lunch we stopped for subs. I ate half of a turkey sub with no cheese and very little mayo. I went to see Harry Potter!!! It was awesome! But I ate a lot of popcorn with butter. Then for dinner we stopped at KFC and I had a grilled chicken breast and cole slaw. My snack was pretty good, vanilla yogurt with blueberries, a diced nectarine and some flax seeds. emoticon
So now its Sunday and its time to get ready for church. I've decided that today is going to be a good day! I'm not going to let anyone interfere with what is best for Jennifer! This afternoon I'll do my BL Power Walk and then jump in the pool! I'm going to eat healthy. No more butter and KFC!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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MALIAN1 7/17/2011 11:21AM

    Take it one step at a time...if one day doesn't go well - start fresh with your new day!!! emoticon emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME44 7/17/2011 10:29AM

    It is crazy how time consuming grocery shopping can be when looking at nutrition labels..but it is time well spent! Enjoy your day!!
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Monday, July 11, 2011

I have been struggling so much. I have a great day of making the right choices and exercising and then something always happens to derail me come evening. I keep telling myself tomorrow is a new day and I can start fresh but it's just been such a terrible cycle. I feel like I keep lying to myself. I feel like such a failure. Since starting this journey in April I haven't lost any weight. I'm just constantly battling everyone.
I live in a multi-generational home. It's me, my husband, our son, my mom and my grandmother. Yesterday my mother overstepped some boundaries and since then will not speak to any of us or even be in the same room as us. I have been so upset and I can't stop snacking.
I got scared this afternoon, I had to go to the grocery store and I was so worried I would end up getting something very unhealthy but I DID NOT do it. I actually got some healthy snacks.

I'm sorry I just needed to vent.

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JPAMPY 7/12/2011 12:07PM

    I can relate. I too am an emotional eater. My roughest times are when I am going through emotional turmoil and in the evenings while watching tv. It seems those are the times I want to eat everything I can get my hands on. I try to drink flavored water. Usually I am not really hungry I'm just wanting to snack/eat out of habit. I try to resist the temptation because when I give in I feel a million times worse than I did before the temptation hit. I'm always grateful the next day and I get a good feeling from resisting those temptations. The negative feelings I get when I give in only fuel the temptation fire and it turns into a huge lose-lose situation.

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LJFINLEY 7/11/2011 9:41PM

    Keep hanging in there. I started 3 years ago and still struggle to keep on track. Having a place to vent once and awhile really can help. Take care you can do this. emoticon

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STEPPING_STONES 7/11/2011 9:21PM

    You and I are about the same weight place, and I understand your struggles. I looked at your nutrition tracker and see that today you were about 2000 calories. It's higher than your goal of 1600-1800 but its not that bad. If it helps, I allow myself 2000, and I'm losing. Maybe with everything going on in your life right now, maybe you should change your nutrition goals, and plan a really good snack in the evening. Make sure your drinking at least 8 glasses of water, and probably 12, and keep eating those veggies.

Don't give up.

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LOOZINITNOW 7/11/2011 8:55PM

    The best thing you can do is nourish your body and mind with healthy food and exercise. It keeps the mind clear, gives you energy and calms your nerves. I know all about family trouble. Mine is very dysfunctional. You need to speak your mind in a nice tone and manner and not let the stress build up. If the other party does not understand and choose to move on, it is their loss. Take care of you! emoticon

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LADYRH 7/11/2011 8:33PM

    Hang in there, this too will pass.

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