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Stuff I thought about today

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I love the face of old dogs. I love how their muzzles are grey and their eyes are a little cloudy but they always seem happy. Just happy to be.

Baby horses are being born right now in Northern California. I cant tell you how happy that makes me when I see a little guy, just learning how to walk and frolic.

My cats are crazy.

Thursday AM a local TV station is coming to my house to see my parrot and to see Stitchy sing. I will get a link and post it so you guys can see it. It should be hilarious.

Dinner was soo good tonight. I pounded chicken breasts thin, rolled up a slice of canadian bacon and reduced fat provolone cheese and breaded it with panko and parmesan and baked it. It. was. amazing. Pair that with broccoli and a baked pototo and french bread....I am a wonderful cook!

I just feel good today. I ate perfectly within my range and I am getting ready to go for a walk.

Why is my kitchen floor ALWAYS in need of sweeping?

The fruit salad I made today is fabulous.

I like white yogurt raisins as well as the dark chocolate ones and they are both the same calories!

I hope my daughters marry their Art's. Soon. lol.

I feel like the Universe is lining up for good things. For me. For all of us. Man, I hope I am right.

Today was a good day. I am happy. I hope you are, too.

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/14/2011 9:37AM

    I hope you can repeat this kind of happy...EVERY SINGLE DAY :)

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CELLISTA1 4/13/2011 8:15PM

    Girlfriend, your happiness is CATCHING!

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KAMAPERRY 4/13/2011 2:11PM

    Happy thoughts!

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LESLIES537 4/13/2011 12:16PM

    Cute blog! That baked chicken sounds a.w.e.s.o.m.e!! I had to google what panko was, lol. I'm trying to turn from a terrible cook to a wonderful one--like you! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 4/13/2011 11:09AM

    I see you're at it again! Counting your blessings, on a good and hopeful day. That is wonderful!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 4/12/2011 11:17PM

    "Why is my kitchen floor ALWAYS in need of sweeping?" You too?!! Thank goodness it's not just me!

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RIGBY31 4/12/2011 11:15PM

    I love your random, day dreamy thoughts. Life's good.

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DEBBIE19580 4/12/2011 11:08PM

    what a great blog!!!! im so happy that you had a awesome day!!! we all sure could use those days more often!! great to hear!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/12/2011 9:32PM

    Love happy days. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 4/12/2011 9:29PM

    I can't wait to see stitchy sing!!!

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    Sounds like a wonderful day! Foot pain aside, I too had a great day.

Diner tonight is salmon, parmesan zucchini with wild rice.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/12/2011 9:17PM

    I just love your blogs!

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SPARROW59 4/12/2011 9:06PM

    I loved your blog. Gave me peace and also a smile. I work at a kennel and one of the first things I saw this morning at 6:00 a.m. was exactly the look of an old dog you described. Aren't they so wonderful?

Thanks for the refreshing thoughts. I needed them this evening. You made me think of the things I thought of today.

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GRACEISENUF 4/12/2011 9:05PM

    Your dinner sounds really good Jan. I oven fried chicken and steamed fresh brussels sprouts and a few potatoes...omg it was sure good. We had a huge garden salad for lunch that was awesome too. I like how you stated you are a good cook. Heck take credit where credit is due. I think I'm a pretty darn good cook too. I made chicken noodle soup from scratch today and taco soup and froze about 10 containers.

Today was a good day for me as well. I love your blogs!

Enjoy your evening spark buddy,

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Continuing....Things I dont care about

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I dont care about WHY you dont feel like it.
I dont care about your rationalizations
I dont care about your excuses.
I dont care why you think you can be crappy to people
I dont care if it's hard for you. Its hard for all of us
I dont care if you had cake last night. Today is a new day.
I dont care if you are weak, tired, bored, angry or hurt. That is not an excuse to punish yourself with food.
I dont care if you can't run. You can walk, right?Cant walk? Can you lift some light weight? Can you read an article? Can you make a food plan?
I dont care if you arent gonna make that goal you set for yourself. What are you gonna do? QUIT?? Hell, no. Move the line and keep going.
I dont care if I havent talked to you for awhile. I still care about you and you mean alot to me.
I dont care how far away you are. I am still just right here.
I dont care if we have never met face to face. You are my friend and I love you.
I dont care if I gained a few pounds last week. I had fun, it was worth it and I am going to continue living my life and losing weight.
I dont care if you think I look good. I care if I FEEL good.
I dont care what we have for dinner if you are cooking. I will make it work.
I dont care where we go, as long as we go.
I dont care about low carb/weight watchers/ jenny craig etc. I care about eating real food that tastes good.
I dont care how much you have to lose, how long it takes you, how far you have to go.

I care about US, that WE are doing this for ourselves, that WE will keep going every day and that WE will get there. Because WE set out to do something good for us and WE will get there. One step, every day. Thats it.

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RONOSOF 4/13/2011 10:16AM

    LOVELOVELOVE emoticon emoticon YOU ARE ON FIRE!

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SHERLYN-WILL 4/13/2011 7:51AM


I am cheerin' you on!!!! GO JAN!!

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BAYBELIEVER 4/9/2011 8:47PM

    BRAVO!!! This is awesome. Thanks.

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SARAWALKS 4/8/2011 3:32PM

    emoticon Me neither! Or is that Me too? Whatever! emoticon emoticon

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CELLISTA1 4/8/2011 1:17PM

    OMG - Were you always this incredible or did this come along with your Spark experience? It's like - you let us have it, but you did it with love. I need this printed on my hands so I can see it every day! Fabulous!

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SPRINGHAZE 4/8/2011 10:07AM

    THIS was awesome and just what I needed to hear today! emoticon

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LILLYPILLY24 4/8/2011 1:41AM

    Great. Yes. You do realise that a lot of your don't cares are actually real caring in disguise, don't you? Love it!

We're going to reach our goals ... I'm loving watching us get closer.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/8/2011 12:06AM

    i dont care about my lumpy a$$ in spandex either! emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 4/7/2011 11:43PM

    You are my friend and I love you too.


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CSERF09 4/7/2011 10:53PM

    I need to copy some of these things on post them to look at when I'm not feeling into it. Thanks!

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VAMANOS 4/7/2011 9:12PM

    Hear, hear!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 4/7/2011 9:07PM

    First blog I've read in a long time... well worth the wait emoticon

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RIGBY31 4/7/2011 9:04PM

    Oh honey, thanks for keeping it real. I need a good talking to with a firm voice!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/7/2011 5:34PM

    I got chills! Well said Jan, WE are going to make it because WE don't care that others say it can't be done! YOU ROCK!!!

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    So true! Great post!

I am so glad you have my back, know that I have yours too!

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ATREAT4ME 4/7/2011 4:53PM

    Well said!

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THREEE 4/7/2011 4:32PM

    what a charmer...are you sure you're not a southerner?
a blog worth reading, really reading...
thank you, once again

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KAMAPERRY 4/7/2011 4:21PM

    WOWZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This rocks! I needed this today! emoticon

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SLFRISBEY 4/7/2011 4:21PM

    Thanks, I needed a kick in the pants today to get me moving again! :) And to add on, I don't care if I am tired, I will do it anyways! Love it!

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What does it take?

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

It takes me every morning getting up and choosing a decent meal (unlike the 800 calorie buffet breakfast while I was away last weekend). Then a decent lunch. Then a decent, reasonable dinner.

It takes me going for a walk 5 days a week with my hubby and my dog.

It takes me making a fresh fruit salad every 3 or 4 days so I will eat fruit instead of cookies.

It takes the support of friends and family. By that I mean, people checking in on me with love and afffection, concern and caring and NOT judgement, doubt or sabotage.

It takes me wanting it. Every single day. Every minute, every meal, every snack, every night.

It has taken a year to get down 65 pounds. It will take another year (or 2) to lose the rest.
It takes knowing I will never be done and that this is my life now. I like it.

It takes acceptance that this is my life and that there is room for cake (and breakfast buffets!) sometimes but not all the time.

It takes a positive attitude and an open mind.

It takes understanding that this is FOR ME, not a punishment, not a sacrifice. It is the best thing I could ever do for myself and the people I love.

It takes alot but in return, I GET alot.

I get to live a longer and fuller life.
I get positive attention instead of stares becuase I am huge.
I get quality time with my hubby and dog that I never would have had before. I treasure that.
I get adventure.
I get delicious healthy food
I get happier alot more often
I get new friends. As many as I could possibly want or need.
I get an outlet for my feelings, emotions, tantrums and creativity.
I get a good night sleep because I am taking care of my body.
I get to really live instead of just exist.
I get a happy heart.
I get to help people, encourage people and spread the spark.

A. Take
B. Get
C. Give
D. All of the above.

The answer is D. You win.

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BIGMAMAT 4/9/2011 10:05AM

    No not oprah, she is saving her interview privileges for the today show with Matt and AL! emoticon

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CELLISTA1 4/8/2011 1:14PM

    Jan, you have been writing some profound blogs lately! Did you hit the profundity button? Next thing you know, you'll have a self-help book out and be doing interviews on Oprah.

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GRACEISENUF 4/7/2011 11:42PM

    good stuff!
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PHOENIXK26 4/6/2011 11:09PM

    You've said so much in such a wonderful way! Thank you!

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STARPLANET2000 4/6/2011 6:11PM

    Loved your blog! Especially loved that there is room for breakfast buffets! ( I had one this weekend too! )

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/6/2011 1:02PM

    Well said!

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KAMAPERRY 4/6/2011 11:25AM

    emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/6/2011 10:13AM

    Yay, so true! You've done so great and this IS your life now. It's OUR lives, and we get to live it better than before!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/6/2011 9:50AM

    Oh yeah!!! You got this :)
It won't always be easy, but it is always worth it. Ok, it does get easier when we see it as a journey.
Can you feel the the love? You ARE rocking this :)

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RIGBY31 4/6/2011 8:39AM

    You said it! It's good to take stock in the why's and how's of this journey. We are so worth it!

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HEALING_LORI 4/6/2011 8:27AM

    Thanks for the reminders Jan! Great Blog! Sometimes I need a good kick in the a$$....and sometimes I get one too! :)

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    Great blog!! So very, very true. We eat better, move more and take care of ourselves by sacrificing here and there - but not as a means of punishment, but as a means of BLESSING! Blessing our lives and our families and our friends...and perfect strangers. We do it because we're worth it. We do it because it's a means to an end...and the end is an amazing place, as is the road that takes us there!! Despite the sacrifices. They're worth it. Period.

Have a GREAT day! (((HUGS)))

- Michelle

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DEEDEE1102 4/6/2011 6:39AM

    Great blog! Well said. emoticon

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TINYDANCER 4/6/2011 6:34AM

    Excellent blog. Thanks for a good way to start my day@

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    Awesome, gives me a positive outlook on how I should feel about my lifestyle. Thank you!

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    All of this is so true! hugs.

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LILLYPILLY24 4/6/2011 1:52AM

    Great, great blog. Yes, that's what it takes ... but look what we get! Thanks so much for the reminders.

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VEEJAY3 4/6/2011 12:45AM

    Well played, Mama!!!

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ATREAT4ME 4/5/2011 11:48PM

    I could not say it better. Wow. I am going to re-read this often, especially the parts:

* It takes me wanting it. Every single day. Every minute, every meal, every snack, every night.
* It takes knowing I will never be done and that this is my life now. I like it.
* It takes acceptance that this is my life and that there is room for cake (and breakfast buffets!) sometimes but not all the time.

I struggle, struggle, struggle with these. You are a terrific example, Jan. I so appreciate your positive outlook and can-do attitude. I am blessed to be here with you!

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KRAWRS 4/5/2011 11:41PM

    Just so you know... I. LOVED. THIS. BLOG.

You're awesome.

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    Awesome blog!! I agree, healthy food tastes so good! I just made my own chick peas today, and they were so delicious!

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I came home!

Monday, April 04, 2011

I have been gone for the last 5 days down to Pahrump Nevada for 3 days of racing. WE had a good time but the food situation was pretty gnarly. I did walk alot and drink my water, I also tracked my food so I will be back to normal starting tomorrow which I am looking forward to.
I got SOOO much attention and compliments, it was almost embarrasing. ( I hadnt seen most of the people since October).

We worked hard at the races, partied a bit and went to go dance in the lounge but 2 minutes after we got there, the band stopped. We bribed them to play a few more songs so I only got to dance for about 10 minutes but it was still fun.

The great part about sparkpeople is that the program fits into normal life and you can still succeed. I LOVE that. I LIVE that. I BELIEVE that.

I love that at least 5 people told me I inspired them to lose weight. Even if they go a different way than spark (altho I dont know why they would!!), more people are getting healthier because I decided to do something about my weight and that helps keep me going. IM sure that is happening in your world too.... MIssed you guys and will try to catch up!

Here is a link to my album from the weekend if anyone is interested....

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 4/15/2011 12:28PM

    I've been to Pahrump Nevada. My company owns a large water and wastewater system out there. I think the most ironic and funny thing about Pahrump is when you come in on the road from Vegas, there's a brothel on one side of the street and a daycare on the other!

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GRACEISENUF 4/7/2011 11:41PM

    Looking good Jan! I just got home today from a trip to SOCAL. I ate way to much and drank a few brewskies too....the scale "freaked me out" today but hey tomorrow is a NEW DAY!

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ATREAT4ME 4/5/2011 11:43PM

    You look beautiful! No doubt you got a lot of comments!

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  Amazing. You are very inspiring, and not just cause of your weight loss. You are funny, and friendly, and a huge family person. Traits I always admire. Glad you had fun this weekend. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 4/5/2011 7:24PM

    So proud of you friend! You look wonderful!!!! emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 4/5/2011 1:24PM

    Isn't it wonderful that people notice what we are doing just for us and are inspired by it! It's such a gift!! Keep on doing what you are doing woman!

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MESEATURTLE 4/5/2011 3:51AM

    great pics!!!!u r looking fabulous!!!I had no clue such a big thermometer excisted..thanx for sharing!!!

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KAMAPERRY 4/5/2011 12:40AM

    Welcome home!

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    Welcome back ( I mean welcome back to your real, emoticon self)


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    Glad you're back and that you had a great time! Woo-whoo!

And you look so happy...that's good stuff!!

- Michelle

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    Glad you are back! Missed you and you look freakin fabulous skinny lady!

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RIGBY31 4/4/2011 6:17PM

    When I get home Apr 11, I will have been gone 21 days. Yikes! At least you were on track and I admire you so much for that. I'm disappointed that I haven't been staying mega strong. But enough debbie downer from me.... sounds like you had a terrific vacation! Weight loss compliments are such a euphoric feeling. Soak it in! You deserve it.

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SHERLYN-WILL 4/4/2011 5:16PM

    Going to go look at your FB pics.. thanks for sharing!

I love you hair by the way!

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    Welcome home! Glad you had a good time!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/4/2011 9:58AM

    Welcome home!
The pictures are cool, as it looks like you had a blast.

I agree that when people SEE others care for themselves in real-world settings, it becomes inspiring. Who doesn't want to feel better? BE better. As humans, we compare and that is, often, how we define what is better.

So, YAY YOU, for setting the bar a little higher (and even more attainable) and giving/sharing how Spark makes us sparkle :)

You rock! Spark on!

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WATCHMEGO2 4/4/2011 7:57AM

    Looks like you had a great trip! Welcome back!

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COOKWITHME65 4/4/2011 6:18AM

    Sound like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your pictures and spreading the spark.

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THREEE 4/4/2011 2:22AM

    didn't you just have SO MUCH more energy than previous adventures like this? i bet you were a lot less limited in what you could do...i am so proud of you...keep at it and keep on sparking those who see your success...
and you are totally right...why go somewhere else?

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AKGAL09 4/4/2011 12:50AM

    Way to go! It sounds like you had a wonderful time and it was great that folks noticed that you had lost weight! It makes the difficult times through the process worth it and gives you motivation to keep on. Too bad you didn't get to dance longer though ~ love to dance as well and if I were there, would've been out there boogy-ing with you! emoticon

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Things I love (pictures)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Stitchy, my grand-dog. Especially when she sings to me (one of these days, I will put up a video. You will die of hysterical laughter!)

My family

When the scales is being my friend
Fresh Fruit
Getting together with our friends
Going the the Movies on Friday's for date night
(which leads to the opposite on my hate blog of being able to eat popcorn cause I have enough room in my calories for the day)
Saturday's with no plans
An hour to myself in the morning before anyone else gets up
When someone else makes dinner AND cleans up, too!
Clean sheets
New socks
When the first thing you try on fits and that means you are done shopping!
My Spark friends
My old friends
Meeting new friends
The sounds of the credit card machine as it says, "Approved" because it means money is going to be in my bank account
Getting a job that we bid (see above reason)
The SUN!
Walking with Frank and Stitch in the evenings
Being 4 sizes smaller
Knowing I am going to be 4 sizes smaller still
When my sister comes over and cleans my house
When I am right
Reading comments on my page and blogs emoticon
Smelling something that reminds me of something great
Cookies (Damnit!!!)
A good book
Someone to talk about a good book with
Good music (including but not limited to The Eagles and Creedence Clearwater Revival)
When my girls make me laugh

When Frank does the dishes

Having something to look forward to
Having memories to look back on
Finding something I forgot I lost
When a stranger holds the door open for me, double love if they are under 25 years old
Overcoming something
Good News
Comedy/Funny People
When something happens because it is the right thing
As my dad would say "It is as it should be"

Thanks for reading....what do you LOVE?

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CELLISTA1 4/5/2011 9:45PM

    What a coincidence! I like being right too!

I also like:
going to concerts
playing my cello halfway decently
hanging out with my girlfriends and laughing
when my Pilates trainer calls me "ballerina"
snuggles with my shaggy doggie Cassie
looks of pure joy from my little grand-daughters
and lots more

Thanks for reminding us about the good stuff, Jan. You are fabulous in every way!

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BIGMAMAT 4/4/2011 9:42PM

    What do I love??? YOU!!! emoticon

P.s. Thanks for sharing the pictures! That I love, love, love!!!! emoticon

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    great, jan... We love many of the same things, soul sister. No shock there, huh?

emoticon to you for helping me keep perspective in loving this amazing life...

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MESEATURTLE 4/2/2011 11:44PM

    I love
Watching my son sleep
Watching sunset
eeting people
Clean house

When my son snuggles with me
Being by myself

Thanx ... It felt good!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/2/2011 8:14PM

Lazy days
Cool breezes
Watch my cats sleep
Days off
Not worrying
New beginnings
Good friends
This place

In no particular order and I am sure I forgot lots of things.

You are just awesome. You know?... Hugs.

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STARPLANET2000 4/1/2011 11:23AM

    Enjoyed learning a little more about you and your family! Have a great weekend!

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MACEWOMAN 3/31/2011 11:10AM

    Great blog and off to make my own list. What a great way to look at the positives in your life.

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SLFRISBEY 3/31/2011 10:09AM

    You have a beautiful family! and what a fun blog!!! :)

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HEALING_LORI 3/30/2011 10:43PM

    I love your love list! I think I'll do the same! What a great way to count your blessings! Looks like you have a great family and a super "grand-dog"! I'd LOVE to see a video! lol

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THREEE 3/30/2011 2:52PM

    MAMADWARF'S thought-provoking, usually upbeat blogs... emoticon
(please note: i am STILL pimping you out)

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ATREAT4ME 3/29/2011 9:35PM

    I love ...
Counting my blessings -DH, DD, DS
Family Fun Rides/Walks
Saturday AM Smoothies
A clean house
Finishing the laundry
My routine
Friends who count their blessings
Seeing someone smile
Doing a happy dance for friends
Working out
Being the first one up
A strong cup of coffee in a quiet house
A strong cup of coffee in a loud house
Texas heat
Being so tired that I cannot keep my eyes open
Riding my bicycle as fast as I can
Running (ok, fine, jogging) and feeling like I could do this forever
Lifting weights at the gym, early in the morning, when hardly anyone else is there
Debugging a piece of code with my co-worker
Laughing with my boss

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RIGBY31 3/29/2011 5:54PM

    Love all your lovin'! It made me smile... you and your family look like happy people (and with a dog like stitchy, why not!)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/29/2011 2:50PM

    I love my daughter's huge, obnoxious, belly laugh, my son's 8 yr old sense of humor, freshly washed sheets, when my husband washes said sheets (teehee), coffee in the morning - ALONE, a good book , a funny movie, and when my dog curls up with me on the couch at the end of the night. Oh, and I love you Jan, for being who you are!

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TSKAGGS96 3/29/2011 2:43PM

    I Love your blog! I am new to spark people and just reading this gave me more inspiration that I can meet my goals! emoticon

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MOODY9 3/29/2011 2:15PM

    This was a great post! Thanks for sharing!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/29/2011 2:06PM

    Awe Frank!!! Awe girls!!!! Sweet! I love tight butts, especially when its mine! emoticon emoticon

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APMAC_D 3/29/2011 2:04PM

    I absolutely love this blog- what a cute idea. I guess some things I love are
-an unexpected loss of weight
-surprise parties in my honour
-bon fires in the summer time
-waking up early feeling alert and ready to go instead of drowsy and reaching for the snooze button
-surprising myself in my workouts
-the smell and look of my car right after it's cleaned
-picking out a great outfit on the first try
-compliments, gotta love the compliments!

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AARONSGIRL420 3/29/2011 2:04PM

    This is beautiful!

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GRACEISENUF 3/29/2011 2:01PM

    So loved this one Jan and your family pic is the "bestest"! Do you live in a log home? love the pics! and YOU too.

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    I love your blog! I also was smiling while reading your blog.

I love to smile and have it returned, great feeling. I love that my dogs trust me.


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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/29/2011 1:59PM

    I love you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/29/2011 1:59PM

    I love you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/29/2011 1:57PM

    I love you!

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KAMAPERRY 3/29/2011 1:45PM

    I think this list is much longer!! I was smiling the whole time I was reading!

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LISSIEONE 3/29/2011 1:41PM

    I love way too many things to list in your comment box!!!! Lol, but I love reading happy blogs from my sparkfriends because it means we are all on the right track. I love being able to share this journey with so many women (and men) I would have never met had it not been for this wonderful site. Thanks for sharing!

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