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...Did you get a good laugh, God????

Monday, November 08, 2010

I thought I was asking God to help me in my program struggles... I truly thought that I was! I prayed for strength and I prayed for fortitude... I prayed for hope, I asked for faith in myself... why did I feel that there was a delay in getting an answer?

Today I received an email from a friend that was one of those "forward to 9 sisters in 9 minutes and a miracle will happen" kind of email... Of course, I was ready to delete the original, when I decided to forward the reply back to her...and then I read what was actually going to be sent! I was hit with a lightning bolt when I read the very last line of that email!

"Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet."

Reality set in...and I realized that I was hoping that God would do the "work" for me! Ahem... not me do the work for Him! I hope that God got a good laugh over that one, but I am grateful he sent the Holy Spirit to open my eyes and slap me up the side of my head!

I tracked my breakfast today, and I made a promise to my team members and to God that I will track my food intake everyday this week... I am hopeful that I will be true to that promise! I know that I am most successful when I am taking responsibility for what passes my teeth. Now I can go forward... pencil in hand, computer time for accountability, and make a difference in my life...using the Spark tool that is FOOLPROOF! Use it and you will be successful...I know that...and I will prove it to myself this very week!

LTLY

  
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BECCASINGSLEAD 11/9/2010 10:08AM

    Marjijane, I'm so glad you shared this! That little line spoke to me in a major way this morning.

Be blessed,
Becca

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KUPUNA 11/8/2010 6:44PM

    This is an awesome blog, and OMG!! the weight you have lost thus far. I see the pounds dropping from so many on spark you could fill a bathtub with all the cellulite. I am so happy to be on spark. I will one day be proud to show my hard work also. Keep up the great work.

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MEMERE2003 11/8/2010 6:12PM

    Good luck with the tracking. It is the most important thing for me to do to be successful on this journey we're on. I love the quote: "Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet."

Thanks for sharing!

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GINGER1OF16 11/8/2010 5:07PM

    Ha Ha, oh yes...reminds me of a joke. Abe prayed to win the lottery, and daily chided God for not complying with his prayer.
Finally, after much time had passed, Abe heard a loud voice from heaven...."Abe, meet me half way....buy a lottery ticket".
God always answers prayer. The answer isn't always "yes".

I'm rooting for your footsteps in a positive direction.
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MOLLYBROWN55 11/8/2010 4:44PM

    Way to go lil sis! I love this blog AND the one liner!!!
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MS.ELENI 11/8/2010 4:18PM

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PMCOPPI10 11/8/2010 2:25PM

    Pretty awesome I am going to put it on my page for a reminder.

"Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet." emoticon

I love you just keep sparking,
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/8/2010 2:19PM

    Great blog - I enjoyed reading it!

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WATERWEEZE 11/8/2010 2:06PM

    Amen to that!!!

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CHERDOLL8 11/8/2010 2:05PM

    excellent blog!
how true it is!
Tracking my food has also been my best way to take accountability for what I eat
This week I am trying to track EVERY bite that goes into my mouth
I just went through a stage where I didnt track everything...maybe I thought if I didnt write it down I didnt really eat it....nice try on my part...so back to accountability for me
Good luck on your week
You can do it
YOu will do it
you have great so far....keep it going!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/8/2010 1:41PM

  I have to say that TRACKING has been my most successful tool in this weight-loss journey. It keeps me honest.
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November reflections...

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

November is a time of the year that makes me reflect on so many things, such as how did I do this year? Oh, I know that December is the LAST month of the year, but November is the one month that gives me a cause to pause.

The month begins with the Christian commemoration of All Saints...(Nov 1)all the people who lived the exemplary lives we all should strive for... and that is closely followed by All Souls,(Nov 2) the remembering of those we loved and lost in our lifetime...the ones who went before us to the great afterlife.

The examples of those before us, should influence our present lives...but... do they? Do we take the lessons they have laid out before us and use them to overcome obstacles or reinforce the good things they taught us?

Then just when I think that remembering the 'dead ones' is over...we have Veterans Day (Nov 11)and we give thanks for all the ones who defend and defended our right to freedom. Freedom ... a very big word. We can enjoy SparkPeople today because we don't have restrictions or media barriers placed in our lives! I am grateful for all the men and women who willingly give their time and talents for my right to live in freedom and be the best person I can be.

So, then, it is fitting that November should end with Thanksgiving Day (Nov 25) ... Now that we have drawn what we needed from those who lived before us, and honored the ones who keep us free, we give thanks to our God for all the gifts he has given us, and rightfully so.

Although I was not as successful this year as I would have liked, I did keep coming to SparkPeople to prevent the(my) flame from going out. Those embers which I pick up with each visit to this site gave me warmth and hope...and a determination to learn from both the wonderful information this site provides and the amazing people who share their stories of struggle and determination. Although it is the end of the year, I am renewed and ready to take on December and 2011... Is anyone with me???

I want to close with a quote one of my SparkFriends shared ...
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

  
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PMCOPPI10 11/5/2010 4:58PM

    This blog is rich. I am glad you wrote it. emoticon
Heck, I'll do December with you but couldn't we make that difference in the rest of November? emoticon
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I love you,
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LAURAS14 11/2/2010 5:55PM

    The nice thing about new "beginnings" is that there is no limit. It's better to just keep starting a new start then to give up and never start up at all!
xxoo

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GINGER1OF16 11/2/2010 4:53PM

    I'm with you too! Hang in there. You told US it would be worth it, and I'm counting on that. LYL, Ginger emoticon

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MEMERE2003 11/2/2010 12:55PM

    I am with you! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 11/2/2010 12:53PM

    Another good one

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POSITIVESTEPS 11/2/2010 12:43PM

    Yeah I am with you!! emoticon

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How to forgive the person in the mirror...

Friday, October 15, 2010

This morning I stood in front of my mirror, and suddenly, it occurred to me that I have been looking PAST that person and putting the blinders up to hide reality! How could I let that happen??? How could I start to ignore her and not even smile at her??? What's the matter with me???

When I joined SparkPeople, I learned that I needed to make sure that she (yes, the lady in the mirror) is a part of my every day "self blessings" oh, and by the way...that has gone by the wayside, as well... NO WONDER I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING!!!

I need to take that time and tell the lady who looks back at me how special she is...how beautiful she is...how loved she is!!! (DH keep your comments to yourself! lol)

I have learned that self affirmation is a fabulous tool that helps to defeat the food demon and strengthen the locks on his cage! How could I stop 'caring'? Where did that loving smile, directed into the eyes of my reflection, go? Why did I stop asking her to forgive my "slips" ? Why did I not recognize the symptom until now? Why? Why? Why?

My DH and I are taking a class to strengthen our faith, so to share it with others. Last night we reflected on the Our Father. A basic Christian prayer that addresses all our needs, including forgiveness of each other and our selves. "Forgive us our..." yes, for being human, with free will... and that means making bad choices once in awhile.

Perhaps I was not ready to embrace the lady in the mirror and lift her intentions to our Heavenly Father! Perhaps I did not deem myself to be worthy of His love and forgiveness!

Today I prayed for Forgiveness, Joy, Serenity, and the strength to make good choices. I prayed that all of my friends and family in "Sparkland" will also experience the strength that comes from loving ourselves and stop the self-flogging for our bad choices!

You do build strength as a team... and, yes, there is no 'I' in "team"...but... there are 3 of them in "responsibility"... Today I embrace my responsibility... I will stop trying to "fix" me... I am not broken... I just needed to evict the Food Demon!

LTLY

  
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TMULHOLLAND7 10/17/2010 12:37PM

    I love it Marjie. I totally see the beautiful women in "your Mirror" Next time you look, tell her Terry says "hi gorgeous"

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PMCOPPI10 10/15/2010 11:26PM

    Celebrate you!!! You are worth it!!!
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 10/15/2010 5:28PM

    I love your attitude - thanks for posting!

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MS.ELENI 10/15/2010 3:09PM

    You can and will defeat the food demon

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GINGER1OF16 10/15/2010 2:53PM

    Give less power to the food demon(fd) and more praise for the power of the One Who has charge over the fd. It seems we are the last to acknowledge the gifts and godliness within us, when everyone else sees it clearly. It appears that your class has provided you the opportunity to "listen". Embrace the joy of that wonderful heart within you and keep moving forward.
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Sadly, a London Obituary...

Thursday, October 07, 2010

An Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and sadly rather true.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be long be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies such as, look before you leap; once burned, twice shy, and the ever popular, adults, not children, are in charge.

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or a paracetamol (British : acetaminophen) to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense further lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to "realize" that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge financial settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers and one stepsister;
I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, I'm A Victim, and Greed.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

  
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KUPUNA 11/2/2010 7:10PM

    Oh I love this blog. Very true.

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GINGER1OF16 10/11/2010 9:45PM

    Wow!!...and he can't rest in peace if his beneficiaries won't support him and take up the slack.
Thanks for sharing this.
Love, Ginger

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JOYCEMARIE9 10/8/2010 10:15AM

    I agree it is very very true but so sad we can only hope he has left a relative someone will find soon to carry on his work.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/7/2010 8:47PM

    I can only hope that they all return to life soon!
Sheila

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MS.ELENI 10/7/2010 2:03PM

    Another good blog emoticon emoticon

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PANSYLADY2 10/7/2010 1:55PM

    Common sense isn't very common any more. Our loss.

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CATLADY52 10/7/2010 1:47PM

    emoticon emoticon and the really sad part of his passing is that many people didn't even know he was with us.

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JULIEO100 10/7/2010 1:47PM

    I really enjoyed reading this and pray for the resurrection and Life! Thanks for sharing this. God Bless you, ~hugs~

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GOHUSKERS2 10/7/2010 1:43PM

    Wow....no truer words were even spoken....you are right on the money about all of it. It should be printed on the front page of every newspaper across the country, and maybe across the world. When my Dad became elderly and was alone, he still like to go camping in the Del Rio area of Texas, near his home. But he took a weapon with him for his protection. But he told me once, if I'm attacked it has to be inside my motorhome because if it happens outside and they survive they will have more legal rights than I have. While I'm afraid of having a gun around because I'd probably just shoot myself in the foot with it, LOL, I believe we all have the right to defend ourselves. We are having a tremendous outbreak of vandalism and home breakins in our small town of 20,000 and it doesn't appear they will catch any of them. People are afraid to go out of town for any reason. It's an epidemic in my opinion. I commend you for posting this blog. I know I appreciated reading it.

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BOVEY63 10/7/2010 1:34PM

    What an awesome blog - and sadly, so true.

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THINAGIN2 10/7/2010 1:14PM

    Thank you for this so true blog! We do miss common sense very much and long for his resurrection!
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LADYJANE30 10/7/2010 1:10PM

    Thank you. I knew he had passed away and I deeply miss him. All we can do is pray that his step siblings will wake up and fast
before we lose everything.
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SSCHULTZ59 10/7/2010 1:08PM

    So very true.. and Very sad.. .i pity the lives my grandchildren and great grandchildren will have..

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QUIKSYLVER 10/7/2010 1:04PM

    How sad that it's true.

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Progress!?!?!?!?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I got up this am and decided to step on the scale...I weighed in on Tuesday...and I posted my gain... and I continued to work my plan... today, however...there was a glimpse of hope... the pound number was down... okay, not a lot, but, still... the right direction...!!!
It was hard, climbing back on the wagon and gaining... but I did not throw myself back on the tracks... I just decided, that my body SHOULD know what to do, and if it could not get that message, then I would go to see the doctor, 'cause something else must be wrong... it took my body more than a week... but I think it is now responding ... I will wait until next Tuesday to climb on (the scale) again, but so long as this train is moving in the right direction, I will let the conductor and the engineer steer while I continue to hang on for dear life!

Happy that SP remains a contant ... secure, calming, supportive... entity.

  
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MOLLYBROWN55 9/25/2010 4:30PM

    Marji, SP is saving my LIFE...LITERALLY!!! Without you & the rest of our loving family, & the amazing friends I have met here at SP, I would still be pushing that 160 #...for me, that's obese! (I am small boned & only 5" 1'!!!)

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PMCOPPI10 9/24/2010 5:17PM

    Ginger has a new word...is that what happens when you get skinny?

Don't fret that happens to me everyday.
I am constantly loosing and gaining the same pound.
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TMULHOLLAND7 9/23/2010 10:54PM

    Let god be the conductor. I'll be the caboose,pushing you from behind. "I think I can, I think I can" lots of love to you

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GINGER1OF16 9/23/2010 2:28PM

    WooHoo sister. I continue to marvel at your sticktoitiveness!!!
Imagine how it would be if you weren't here at SP!
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