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You HAVE to Read This Blog! Absolutely Fascinating Information Inside!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Before God ever created man, He provided all we need to maintain good health! I found this information to be absolutely fascinating!

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris, and radiating lines are seen in the carrot...and, YES, science shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. Research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell. Research shows grapes are heart and blood vitalizing food.

A walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut look like the neo-cortex. Walnuts help develop more than 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look like human kidneys.

Celery, bok choy, and rhubarb look a little bit like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocadoes, eggplant and pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female --- they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm as well as increase the number of sperm .

Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries . Guess what they look like?

Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body's cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body

God took care of all our needs before He even created us! Thank you, God!

  
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COOPAH 2/5/2011 5:31PM

    Awesome blog, I'm sending this to a friend.

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RONIBONNIE 1/28/2011 12:57AM

    Thanks for posting this! It was great!!!

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GREENBEAN17 1/18/2011 10:52PM

    Wow this was an awesome blog. Thanks for sharing. I knew my love for avocados had a purpose, haha.

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PELESJEWEL 1/16/2011 9:57AM

    Awesome blog!!! Thanks so much for sharing this information!!

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FATTOOLONG50 1/14/2011 4:16AM

  I like this emoticon

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BETSY430 1/7/2011 3:27PM

    That is fascinating, and yet one more reason to eat more fruit and veggies!!

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VIRGOGURL4 1/7/2011 1:23PM

    I will never look at fruits and vegetables the same again...AMAZING!

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MAIA2011 1/7/2011 12:31PM

    Wow!

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MELISSAP1981 1/6/2011 11:40AM

    Super interesting.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/5/2011 2:21PM

    Definitely interesting. Might have to incorporate more of these.

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HANAVAS 1/2/2011 8:43PM

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CAROLIAN 1/2/2011 2:33PM

    i never looked on fruit and veg like this great emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/2/2011 12:46PM

    very very cool. thanks for sharing.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/2/2011 11:54AM

    Cool!!! emoticon

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NIFTYFIFTY5 1/2/2011 10:55AM

    Wow! Interesting blog!

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HOT4TEACHER2010 1/2/2011 12:58AM

    Awesome blog!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 1/1/2011 10:06PM

    Great blog...wish I could put this in " my favorites" here on sparkpeople.com Thank you so much for sharing this.

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LAURIEBAKER74 1/1/2011 4:14PM

    Wow! That's really cool!

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STEADYON 1/1/2011 1:57PM

    Love this, where did you get it I want to pass it on to non-sparkers.

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ALASKAPSYCH 1/1/2011 9:37AM

    So totally cool. Thank you for sharing this information!

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LAYDEJ 12/30/2010 11:08PM

    cool, thanks it just reminds us to eat natural food and we will be fine!

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GIULIACLIFFORD 12/30/2010 6:56PM

    wow that was really interesting! I didn't know about most of it but what shocked me is the note about avocados... I'll start buying them! :)

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KATHYJUNE14 12/30/2010 6:34PM

    fascinating! i needed to read this...thank you for sharing. God is awesome. emoticon

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IRISHHILLBILLY 12/30/2010 6:01PM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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LEERONNA 12/30/2010 11:45AM

    God is good all the time! emoticon

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STRUMERCAT 12/30/2010 11:20AM

    Great perspective! Thanks for posting.

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CINDYR457 12/30/2010 4:55AM

    Fascinating information... THANKS!

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SHANDOO 12/30/2010 2:27AM

    That's so neat! I've never heard those comparisons before. Thank you!

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CRYS828 12/30/2010 12:08AM

    Fascinating, thank you for sharing.

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HARLOW10 12/29/2010 6:57PM

    That was awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/29/2010 5:02PM

    very informative and interesting

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KLONG8 12/29/2010 4:47PM

    Very interesting insight. Thanks!

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JEALOUSBAKER 12/29/2010 2:35PM

    Interesting information!

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EDITOR 12/29/2010 9:43AM

    Wow, God never runs out of ideas.

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LOSINGAFEW 12/28/2010 10:51PM

    That's an awesome way to remember which food does what!

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STACYR31 12/28/2010 5:17PM

    Very interesting.

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TERRI289 12/28/2010 4:45PM

    Cool!!

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JAPETE05 12/28/2010 2:33PM

    Our God is an amazing God! Thanks for sharing.

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SUNSHINE6859 12/28/2010 11:09AM

    Wow! That's interesting information.

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ILUVTHE80S 12/28/2010 11:08AM

    emoticon blog!

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MEMES74 12/28/2010 9:44AM

    Really Cool!!!

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    Great! emoticon emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 12/28/2010 7:13AM

    Great Blog! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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KIMDVIA 12/28/2010 6:57AM

    I loved this !!! Thanks for sharing. !!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 12/28/2010 6:42AM

    Great Blog! Thank you for sharing.
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MOMOF6BOYS 12/28/2010 6:24AM

    Excellent!!!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/28/2010 1:26AM

    Wow! I really learned a lot from you today!
Thanks for all the wonderful info.
Sheila

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SCS9261 12/27/2010 11:02PM

    Interesting stuff!

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Fairy Tales Aren’t Real--The Prequel (with pictures!)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Let me begin by saying thank you! When my “Fairy Tale” blog received a Popular Blog Post Award , I was overwhelmed! I cannot express my gratitude strongly enough or tell you how deeply I feel that Spark is home to me--a place where I am accepted and loved just as I am--a place where I belong!

There have been a couple questions concerning the use of the term obese in my tale. My weight ticker says that I weighed 117 when I started Spark in June, 2010. That is not obese--even at my height of only 4’9.5”, although it IS overweight. You see, the tale did not actually begin at 117 pounds!

And now………..

Fairy Tales Aren’t Real--The Prequel

Let’s go back in time just a bit, shall we? I’m sure you all remember the chubby little girl. Remember-- she grew into a fat teenager who grew into an obese woman? Oh, good! I thought you would remember!! If you have no idea what I am talking about, click on this link:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3797288

Now, what you don’t know about is all the life that happened in between her being a short, chubby girl and becoming the beautiful woman she is today.

In my first tale, there was the mention of a nerdy, geeky guy who carried a briefcase instead of a backpack. Many of you have asked to know more about that part of the story!! The nerdy, geeky guy was tall--6’ 1” tall to be exact! He swept the short, fat teenager off her feet while they were still in high school! The unlikely pair were married when they were only 19!

Life for the two was happy and busy! Degrees were earned. The short, fat wife was hired as a teacher while her tall husband ran the family business . A home was purchased, a baby was born, a bigger home was purchased. The three laughed and played and traveled!!


The short, overweight young woman in our story was happy! She took an extended leave from school to stay home and raise her son. She was living a real-life fairy tale!!! All the while, she ate and ate and ate and ate!

Her husband’s job required that she entertain several times a year. She hired caterers who came to their home and served scrumptious appetizers, soups, main courses, and sinfully delicious desserts on silver platters! ( I told you she was living a fairy tale!) She ate and ate and ate and ate some more!

Our young heroine was getting so fat, she didn’t want to take walks with her young son. It was hard for her to keep up. She would break out in a sweat when it was 65*! Her fat thighs would rub together!

This all made her very sad indeed, so she ate and ate and ate and ate some more. She thought that would make her feel better, but it didn’t.

She had become obese! She weighed 160 pounds. Remember how petite she was? This is what she looked like in 1994:



Then, as sometimes happens in fairly tales, a horrible tragedy struck! In 1995, the tall, handsome husband in our tale passed away very, very suddenly. The obese woman and her 13 year old son were left alone. She was so very, very sad that she did not eat. She ate so little over the next months that she lost almost half her body weight! Yes, it’s true!

She weighed less than 90 pounds. She looked emaciated. Her family and friends were worried! She was taken to doctors, tests were run. She was literally dying of a broken heart. The doctors gave her medicines to make her feel better.

Slowly, but surely, she healed. Oh, it took years before she felt like her old self again. Feeling better brought back some very, very bad habits. She gained weight steadily until she found herself becoming bigger and bigger.

In 2007, the heroine of our story met another sweet, wonderful man who made her smile and laugh! The happier she became, the more weight she put on. It was for this man that she was searching the internet for ground beef recipes when, if you recall, she stumbled upon that strange land called Spark People!

This is what she looks like today, thanks to Spark:




This beautiful, fit woman married the sweet, wonderful man whom she met in 2007! In fact, their 2nd anniversary is this New Year’s Eve!! This hangs in her home today:





And now, you know the rest of the story!

  
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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 12/31/2010 11:41AM

    emoticon,beautiful blog! emoticon--Betsy

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ANDASI 12/30/2010 1:13PM

    This brought tears to my eyes.

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STRUMERCAT 12/30/2010 11:18AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CHEF4RENT 12/29/2010 11:27PM

    A sad happy fabulous story. Thanks for sharing.

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KLONG8 12/29/2010 4:51PM

    Love this, thanks for sharing. Lots of living and loving in life, isn't there?

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KIN59VARA 12/29/2010 12:01PM

    Great story.

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CJANSEN40 12/7/2010 7:47AM

    Yes Happily ever after does exist!

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WALKOFFWIN 11/30/2010 5:36PM

    It's good to know that it's possible to recover from such a terrible tragedy like losing the Love of your Life, and even find a new Love of your Life. And also inspiring to know that even when we lose our way, if we work hard enough, we can still find the way back to health and happiness.

The before and after pictures are quite amazing. But most of all, it's great to see you as you are now... Beautiful, healthy and happy - and a living testament to the positive possibilities of a life transformed by Spark.

Thanks so much for sharing,

Chris
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DONNAJZ4241 11/29/2010 9:10PM

    Your fairytale was very heartwarming. I'm so sorry you lost the first love of you life, but am so happy you found a second one. You look great! Keep up the positive attitude! emoticon

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 11/29/2010 6:03PM

    You are lovely indeed!

Chana
Spark Baby!


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NANHBH 11/29/2010 2:54PM

    And what a fabulous story it is! There's still hope for me!!!
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JANNIEWANNIE 11/28/2010 11:10AM

    I have sure enjoyed your fairy tale. Thank you ever so much for sharing. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois.

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FREES1 11/28/2010 10:03AM

    what a fairy tale! what awesome turns of events - I am glad they brought you to us!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 11/28/2010 9:09AM

    thanks for sharing you just go to prove that everyone can live their own fairytale, thanks for sharing your life congrats on an amazing life

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KARENE10 11/27/2010 8:52PM

    You deserve a Happily ever after! Thank you for sharing:)

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RAINBOWANGEL99 11/27/2010 8:05PM

    emoticon blogs! Thanks for sharing your very interesting and inspiring story. Glad your hard work resulted in your very own 'happily ever after' emoticon emoticon

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LAGREBE 11/27/2010 7:26PM

    What a wonderfully sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 11/27/2010 7:20PM

    thanks for sharing your story with everyone mary. you have come thru a lot and you are proof that everyone can overcome anything. i'm so glad you found another prince to make all your dreams come true together. you deserve your happy ever after !!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/27/2010 7:04PM

    Love it.

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/27/2010 2:57PM

    Thanks for sharing with us! This is a great story and one that we can take many lessons from. Thanks again! You are truly amazing!

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KALISWALKER 11/27/2010 2:35PM

    I am going around visiting my Spark Friends today and catching up. I am so glad I did. I read some of your recent ones. Congratulations on Popular Blog! Enjoy the weekend!

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CALIOKIGRL 11/27/2010 2:26PM

    So happy that you were able to find such wonderful happiness, not once, but twice and even better, now you are enjoying it while being healthy too.

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BTWCOACH 11/27/2010 12:04PM

    Thanks for sharing, Mary! You are awesome!!!

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CHRYS13 11/27/2010 7:55AM

    ...just read both of your "Fairy Tale" blogs! Thanks for sharing and emoticon on your successes!

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MIECHI7 11/27/2010 7:55AM

    Here is to Happily Ever Afters! Cheers to you! emoticon

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YOGIMARIE 11/27/2010 3:15AM

    It's people like you that makes Spark such a great place to be!Your story really touched me and I'm glad for the happy ending.
Thanks for sharing with us.
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EMSSBEARS 11/27/2010 1:06AM

    What a great story. Congratulations on Most Popular Blog.

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JULIE_MAY 11/27/2010 12:45AM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. I'm so happy for you!

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REM-CYCLES 11/26/2010 9:09PM

    Very impressive Mary - great stry of success - and you did it ;)

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ONEGREATCAT 11/26/2010 8:09PM

    Thank you for sharing your life with everyone. I think we've bonded because a small portion of your life resembles mine. (Unfortunately, not the "fairy tale" part).

I am so glad you found the strength to get through tragedy and am "super happy" you found SparkPeople as a means for additional strength and knowledge, the ability for you to reach out to others, and the opportunity to know you "virtually". It's people like you that inspire me more than you can know!

AN AMAZING TRANFORMATION!
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LUCKYDOGFARM 11/26/2010 8:05PM

    God is good, especially when we least expect it. Big Hugs SparkSister!

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TRACEYMOMOF3 11/26/2010 7:45PM

    I cried too! Thanks for sharing and being such a good sport about the whole thing! That is an awesome story of courage and strength! I'm so happy we asked and you shared it! You are a beautiful woman (and I'm sure always have been) on the inside and out! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thanks again for sharing that wonderful story!

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LESLIES537 11/26/2010 7:19PM

    I've got chills up and down my arms and tears in my eyes! You are such huge inspiration! I just love that saying, "It's never to late to live happily ever after." emoticon

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BOBF15 11/26/2010 6:54PM

    Spark is all about people and their stories, food is so intertwined with our life and what we go through on our journey is marked by food.

Food is there in our good times and in our bad, so sharing your life is like sharing your food with us.

Thank you for having us in for a little coffee and snack.

God bless and keep soaring,
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JKTENTATIVE 11/26/2010 5:59PM

    Thanks for filling in the rest. I KNEW you would get most popular blog!! And, I voted for you. Congrats!!

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JMERLAU 11/26/2010 5:53PM

    VERY NICE story Mary!!

Proud of ya kiddo!

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46SHADOW 11/26/2010 5:52PM

    happy for you!

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/26/2010 5:46PM

    Yay, (clap, clap, clap). I just love a happy ending. You have been through so much and persevered. It shows we can all do anything if we just put our minds to it. emoticon

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JLPEASE 11/26/2010 5:36PM

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding anniversary. I'm glad you were able to find your "happily ever after." Thanks for your inspirational post!


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    The fairy tale has a "happily ever after" ending emoticon

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ERIN4771 11/26/2010 5:04PM

    thank you for sharing this, i am so happy you were able to find love again!!!! you honestly look like a different person!!! so happy we are sparkfriends!!!!

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GEMINISUE 11/26/2010 4:59PM

    I am amazed at the difference, in the two pictures, you look so much younger now!

Congratulations, dear!

So proud of you, I know it is possible!

Thank You
Linda

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LOVINGMYSELF101 11/26/2010 4:53PM

    I loved the first blog, and this one too! I am so happy for you, and yes, it is never too late to have your happily ever after.

Congratulations, and in case you haven't heard this in a while, I am so proud of you!

My own fairy tale reads more like Shrek, LOL! At least I found my 'prince charming', and we are happy together in our own little world. He and I both have weight issues, me moreso, but today he offered to start getting up with me in the mornings to help me with workouts. I am so happy to have my best friend.

Take Care, -Rose

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Fairy Tales Aren’t Real or How I Quit Feeling Sorry For Myself, Got Off the Couch, and Made My Own!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Once upon a time there was a chubby little girl who was the shortest person in her class. Everyone liked her. She was a great friend to others and had a terrific sense of humor.

Time passed. The little girl grew into a chubby, short teenager, as often happens with chubby little girls. Her childhood friends had grown into taller, slimmer young teenagers who lived lives of partying, dating, being homecoming queens, cheerleaders, and class officers.
Oh, the chubby, short teenager had her share of parties, dates, and accolades. But something was changing….

The short, chubby teenager seemed different somehow. She had fewer smiles, less funny stories, and instead of being in the center of activities with her “friends”, she just stayed off to the side. Still part of the “popular crowd”, she was invited to fewer parties, left out of after-game trips to the pizza parlor, went shopping less and less with her girl friends. Her phone rang less often. Friday and Saturday date nights still occurred, but more often she went out on only one of those nights…not both.

The short, chubby teenager was sad. Was something wrong with her? Did she smell funny? No..she sniffed to be sure. She smelled just fine! Did she have bad breath? Just to make sure, she used mouth-wash and carried gum or mints everywhere she went.

Time passed. The short, chubby teenager grew into a short, fat young woman. She graduated from college. She didn’t live in the dorm like the other girls. She still lived at home so no one would have to see her in the shower.

She HAD found love. She married the nerdy, geeky guy who carried a briefcase instead of a backpack, but that’s another tale for another time.

The short, fat woman continued to be the shortest person in her class..only this time, she was the teacher! Other teachers would fuss at her to “get back in class”. They were embarrassed when they realized she wasn’t a student. She got fatter and fatter.

She had a baby. More fat. She was a fabulous hostess. More fat. She felt ugly. She felt worthless. She was lonely. She was miserable. She was obese.

Time passed. In the spring of 2010, the short obese woman was doing an internet search for “ground beef” recipes when she accidentally stumbled upon this strange place from another world--Spark People!!!

What is this? There were more fat, obese, lonely, miserable people out there in the world? She was not alone? There were steps she could take to eat better, learn to exercise, and there were actually people who would help her along the way??

Well, this she had to see! She had to join this amazing, free site. So she did. At first, she spent hours and hours on her computer joining teams, making friends, setting goals. Oh, yes! This was the place to be! At Spark People everyone liked the short, unhappy, obese woman! She belonged here! She got fatter!

What??? She got fatter? But this was where she was supposed to magically turn into a tall, slim young woman!! Oh, that only happens in fairy tales, doesn’t it? This was the real world. A world where there is no Fairy Godmother with a magic wand. A world where Prince Charming could not save her----not even from herself!

So, the short, unhappy, obese woman quit some of her teams. She made commitments--real commitments to just a couple teams. She set some real goals. Little ones. She bought a treadmill and actually used it for something other than a place to store stuff that didn’t have anywhere else to go! She stocked her kitchen with good, clean, healthy food! She read articles! Boy, did she read articles!!! She talked to other people on Spark who were just like her! She learned about calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber, and more! She walked, and walked. She even ran, a little, but mostly she walked! She did yoga, strength training, she stretched, she worked out with Coach Nicole’s dvds!

She smiled more and more and more and more! She quickly moved from obese to overweight to normal weight! Remember, she is very petite---so she could do that with as little as 5 pounds. Remember, though, she can move back to overweight and obese just as quickly! She is not only petite---she is “petite-petite”!! Yes, all you normal-height folks--that is a REAL category!!!

Well, the short, chubby girl who had grown into a short, chubby teenager, who grew into a fat, overweight, obese adult woke up one Sunday morning, hopped on the scale, and there it was! She had FINALLY met her goal weight!!! (It was tough the last few weeks, but she eliminated all processed foods, which eliminated a ton of salt!)

The short, healthy, energetic, active woman is pleased with herself! She is smiling at this very second! She knows that maintaining this new weight will require a lot of hard work and a lifelong commitment.

She is not afraid because she is not alone. She has an entire world out there..this land called Spark People!!!! She will continue to set goals, stay active on her teams, and be a great friend to others.

Thank you, Chris Downie, for changing the lives of so many people! Thank you, MIH, for believing in me, inspiring me, and challenging me! I must end my story now. The outside beckons me to get out and walk!!!

  
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CJANSEN40 12/7/2010 8:09AM

    great blog, and congrats for doing all the work to get to your goal weight

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CHANGE4THEBEST 12/2/2010 8:46PM

    great blog, congratulations on your weight loss, keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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BROUSTEN 12/2/2010 8:58AM

    i am charmed by the fairy tale you've created for yourself....
and inspired to do some authoring of my own.

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WALKOFFWIN 11/30/2010 1:34AM

    Quite simply a beautiful, inspiring, and wonderfully written story, filled with truth and the shining beacon of hope. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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KLAD_COCKERS 11/29/2010 11:59AM

    What an awesome, awesome blog post!

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PAMINHALF 11/28/2010 7:44PM

  Great blog!

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DONNAJZ4241 11/28/2010 9:06AM

    Absolutely wonderful blog. Thanks for the inspiration, and congratulations on being a short, healthy, energetic, active woman who who SMILES!
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BIGMAMAT 11/28/2010 6:40AM

    Well written! Great blog! emoticon

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SANDYMISA 11/27/2010 10:46PM

    Wow - so inspiring. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on all your progress!

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 11/27/2010 7:19PM

    this is a wonderful blog mary!!! you being a teacher have done a magnificant job teaching us all a valuable lesson that sparks is here for us with all the wonderful tools... but we have to use them. it's not all about how many sparkfriends and sparkteams we have, it's about learning how to travel on this journey together and making all this spark knowledge help us lose wight and have healthier lifestyles. you have been a shinning example of how putting in the time and doing the work can make it happen. congrats on meeting your goal and thanks for all the many lessons you teach us !!
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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/27/2010 1:42PM

    excellent blog

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EMSSBEARS 11/27/2010 1:07AM

    Love this story.

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JLPEASE 11/26/2010 5:39PM

    Great blog!

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BIONICMONARCH 11/26/2010 2:15PM

    Great blog!

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ANYA85 11/26/2010 2:54AM

    Great blog ! I love it so much I shall recommend my friends who are on weight loss plans to read this !

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WILSLM70 11/25/2010 6:04PM

    Thank you for sharing a fantastic blog. Congratulations on all you have achieved.

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WENDY412 11/25/2010 10:07AM

    Great story! emoticon

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MANICSPIDER 11/25/2010 6:45AM

    Thanks, that's a wonderful story!

It really helps me too. I keep trying and keep failing. I'll keep reminding myself to be like a short, kick-ass girl on Spark People and take small steps! emoticon

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KATWOMAN12839 11/24/2010 7:01PM

  very touching

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/24/2010 5:59PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page and letting me in on where you started. You have done well. Very well.

Hugs,
Amber

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/24/2010 5:24PM

    At 117 pounds (originally) I am surprized that you considered yourself obese. A bit over-weight at best, but not obese.

Amber

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CALAMITYJANE44 11/24/2010 2:29PM

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BRANDI.FEY 11/24/2010 1:10PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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MARIA_VIGS 11/24/2010 1:02PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on your achievement.
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NINJA_SMOO 11/24/2010 11:14AM

  Very touching

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ANNETTE1024 11/24/2010 10:18AM

    My Grandma once told me I was an ugly duckling as a child. I was "chubby" child and teen. I spent many a weekend night sitting at home. I could so identify with your blog. Thank you for sharing! Congratulations on acheiving your goal weight!

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2MCHCHKLIT 11/24/2010 10:07AM

    This is great! emoticon

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JOYCIE1948 11/24/2010 10:04AM

    Wonderful blog...from another "Shorty"!

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FREES1 11/24/2010 9:32AM

    how wonderful!!! what a great story - and no you are not alone by any means! Congrats for becoming the woman you want to be size-wise at least! and yes thank you Chris Downie!
Happy Thanksgiving all!

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COACH_NICOLE 11/24/2010 9:30AM

    Awesome! Good for you! If you haven't yet, check out our resources for maintaining your new weight: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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PAULAVAC 11/24/2010 9:15AM

    Thanks so much for your blog. I'm short, but I was never a short, "fat" child or teenager (or even young adult). I gained weight after I became ill. Your story is encouraging to me because if you can do it after struggling all your life with weight issues, then I should be able to do it also. Thanks for your "true story" rather than all the fairy tales we hear every day!!

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FLFITBEE 11/24/2010 8:37AM

    Thank you for sharing your story! Congratulations on reaching your goal!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 11/24/2010 7:19AM

    loved your blog, I have also been short and fat, still am short but not so fat emoticon

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GBTRIGIRL 11/24/2010 6:20AM

  Loved your blog!

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NAGLA929 11/24/2010 4:35AM

    Your blog gave me the chills and I nearly cried while reading it. Congratulations on a job well done. You are a true inspiration. emoticon

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ASTRALL 11/24/2010 4:27AM

    I loved your blog! Well done to you for having the courage to change your lifestyle. So very happy for you and hope you keep up the good and hard work you have put in to to get to where you are. emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYL1 11/24/2010 1:23AM

  and she lived happily ever after

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LUBAML 11/23/2010 11:40PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticonLuba

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JEALOUSBAKER 11/23/2010 11:40PM

    This is a much better story than any fairy tale!

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DUSTYGIRL25 11/23/2010 10:02PM

    I LOVE your Blog!! I just wanted to keep reading when I got to the end. You certainly hit home for many of us. I have read a lot of stories on SP but yours in one of the best. Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon

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ENGLISHTNSCONES 11/23/2010 9:29PM

    Rock on girl!

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GRANDMA2001 11/23/2010 9:16PM

    I liked your blog. I was one of those tall skinny people that you commented on in school but I was not popular, in fact I graduated a year early just to get a way from the clicks. I was not smart just motivated. I didn't start gaining weight until I had my second child. emoticon

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LOISINOLA 11/23/2010 9:13PM

  Great blog! Can't wait to read the one about the nerdy, geeky guy who carried a briefcase instead of a backpack.

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BOOKLADY11 11/23/2010 7:56PM

  Thanks for sharing a perfect story with a very happy ending. Nice job!!!! emoticon

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ELLEBE725 11/23/2010 7:44PM

    Thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational blog!!! emoticon

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SWEETMOMMY41 11/23/2010 7:41PM

  way to go! thanks for sharing such an inspiring and motivating blog! have a great day!

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RODYANNE 11/23/2010 7:27PM

  Thank you for your inspiring story. Being 4'10' I can really relate to it.

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LINMHEATH 11/23/2010 7:10PM

    LOVE IT! Thanks for such a good read!

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PUGLOVER1999 11/23/2010 6:10PM

    You can add to your accomplishments: GREAT WRITER!

This was awesome and inspiring! Thanks!

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Restoring My Soul

Monday, October 18, 2010


I love Fall!
The sight of leaves changing colors, squirrels “squirreling” away their supply of food for the winter, displays of pumpkins, cornstalks, and gourds in yards!

Yesterday, dear hubby and I slipped on our leathers and hopped on the motorcycle for a gorgeous drive to the Smoky Mountains. We are very blessed to live in an area called “The Land Between the Lakes” and is also home to the Great Smoky Mountains! Too often, we don’t take the time to really appreciate what is literally in both our front and back doors!

Within 5 minutes of the cool air in my face, I felt like a new person! My journey on SparkPeople is very young, only 4 months, but I have already seen a remarkable change in my body. Not only do my clothes fit better, but I can breathe!!!!! So, yesterday, my soul took a long, cleansing breath!!! I just want to share some of what I saw with you!!

Enjoy!


A waterfall caused by a man-made dam.



I love getting up high and seeing all the farmland!


They're called the "Smokies" for a reason!



  
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DUSTYGIRL25 11/26/2010 5:48PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your pictures. emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 11/14/2010 10:21AM

    Lovely! And I can see the soul restoring qualities. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Chris

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WENDYSPARKS 11/11/2010 5:15PM

    Beautiful pictures!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/10/2010 4:38PM

    Striking pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/7/2010 11:21AM

    Congrats on 4 months and all of your amazing accomplishments. Great job! Here's to the next 4 months! Cheers.

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CAROLYNVIL 11/2/2010 11:39AM

    Beatiful pictures,nothing like the fall and a ride on a motorcycle to clear your head and repair your soul.

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JOANOFSPARK 11/2/2010 11:27AM

    Good for you.....isn't fall just awesome and I can imagine, especially so in the Great Smokey Mountains. My husband and I drove through there several years ago on our way to visit my sister when she lived in Virginia. We were just in awe and were constantly stopping to take pictures. Of course, the pictures could not begin to capture the true beauty of the landscape, but I have to say yours do.......I feel as I were along on the ride and could feel the crisp air blowing. There is just something about fall that is inspiring and that makes you want to be outside. emoticon emoticon

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PAMATX 10/31/2010 11:26PM

    Just gorgeous!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/20/2010 10:37PM

    making miss home, girl!!!

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NANHBH 10/19/2010 5:21PM

    Mary,

Ummmmm, I took a deep, cleansing breath just looking at the photos! Gorgeous! Can I come and visit???
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FLBEACHBUM14 10/19/2010 1:03AM

    Thanks for sharing the pics with us! I am glad you both enjoyed your ride!

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BTRTHANEVA 10/18/2010 11:16PM

    Ahhhh... Mary ~ I can almost taste and feel that crisp, clean air entering my lungs. What a high! Fabulous pics... Thanks for sharing!



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MAMABEARLICIOUS 10/18/2010 8:58PM

    i'm glad you had a wonderful time together and shared with us the beauty in which you live. no wonder you are always so filled with joy !!!! love the pics !! and he is a handsome devil too !!!

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TRACEYMOMOF3 10/18/2010 8:47PM

    Beautiful pics! I love fall and the Smoky Mts too! My hubby wanted to go riding Sun. but I said "I'm to busy" I think I will make time this weekend. Thanks for the thought!

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/18/2010 8:35PM

    Wonderful stuff. I love the outdoors; that is just great. Thanks for the pictures.

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WENDYSPARKS 10/18/2010 3:37PM

    Beautiful pictures!!

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TODDJAMES 10/18/2010 3:30PM

    WOW...Beautiful...and SO HAPPY you took time...to RECHARGE! Proud of you my friend...

But the seat rumbling...hurt? or help?

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 10/18/2010 3:15PM

    What beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them!



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HOPERISING 10/18/2010 2:21PM

    Beautiful pictures! I am so glad you enjoyed your day! You deserve some times of refreshing!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/18/2010 1:24PM

  emoticon for sharing your pictures. You are so lucky to live in an area that has so much natural beauty.
Isn't it great to feel the benefits of weight loss and exercise????? Congratulations.......you have only been here 4 months and have already accomplished so much.

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CHRISTYD921 10/18/2010 1:09PM

    I've seen both the Rockies and the Smokies must be the southern girl in me but I'll take the beauty of the smokies any day!

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MSANITAL 10/18/2010 1:06PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this, that is amazing.. you do live in a beautiful area.. Enjoy

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OZARKMARY 10/18/2010 1:05PM

  Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing. Do you happen to know what causes the "smoke"? We have it here too, in the Ozarks, all year round, even when there are no fires going in the houses, or outdoor furnaces or forest burn-offs. It sure is perty tho! A biker chick! Will wonders never cease. I was one of those back in the day.lol Super awesome freedom rides that I loved! You are just about to goal!! You go girl! I'm proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 10/18/2010 1:00PM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I love fall too, my favorite season emoticon

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SJSLIM2B 10/18/2010 12:50PM

  Lovely pictures- thank you for sharing!

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LESLIES537 10/18/2010 12:50PM

    Sounds very refreshing and good for the soul. Awesome!

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Congratulations on your successes so far!

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Body Peace Treaty

Thursday, October 07, 2010

A huge HI!!!! to all my SparkFriends!

Seventeen Magazine has posted this remarkable Body Peace Treaty. It is aimed at young girls in an effort to build self-esteem concerning their bodies. I believe we could all use these reminders, no matter what our age or gender!

I VOW TO:

**Remember that the sun will still rise tomorrow even if I had one too many slices of pizza or an extra scoop of ice cream tonight.
**Never blame my body for the bad day I'm having.
**Stop joining in when my friends compare and trash their own bodies.
**Never allow a dirty look from someone else to influence how I feel about my appearance.
**Quit judging a person solely by how his or her body looks — even if it seems harmless — because I'd never want anyone to do that to me.
**Notice all the amazing things my body is doing for me every moment I walk, talk, think, breathe...
**Quiet that negative little voice in my head when it starts to say mean things about my body that I'd never tolerate anyone else saying about me.
**Remind myself that what you see isn't always what you get on TV and in ads — it takes a lot of airbrushing, dieting, money, and work to look like that.
**Remember that even the girl who I'd swap bodies with in a minute has something about her looks that she hates.
**Respect my body by feeding it well, working up a sweat when it needs it, and knowing when to give it a break.
**Realize that the mirror can reflect only what's on the surface of me, not who I am inside.
**Know that I'm already beautiful just the way I am.

Go to this link to add your signature to the Treaty!

http://www.seventeen.com/health/tips/bod
y-peace-pledge

Have a great day!!!
M.

  
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JOANOFSPARK 11/2/2010 11:30AM

    What a wonderful pledge, one we can all relate to, whatever age we happen to be......Thanks for sharing. :)

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BTRTHANEVA 10/18/2010 11:25PM

    17 Magazine... not just for teens anymore!

Mary, I would encourage you to read *More* for us more *mature* ladies, but we both know that's not the case!

I just sent your blog of to my girls. Though this article might have been directed towards changing youngun's attitudes about their appearance and how the judge others - it's certainly very appropriate for everyone.

Now, if you want to really feel *mature* go grab a Playboy. I need not remind you NOT to bend over naked.

BTW, how's your ass??? hehehehehe...

Peace, sista!

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/17/2010 9:36PM

    Wow. That is awesome.

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GOGOSHIRE 10/15/2010 4:11PM

    This is cool. Thanks for posting!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/12/2010 8:07PM

    Thanks for posting this!

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OZARKMARY 10/11/2010 6:48AM

  Nice blog!! If only we could get the editors or ALL the magazines to study this and SIGN THE TREATY, then I think there could be a difference made. I'm older than dirt and am FINALLY, dealing with my body image, but it's still a struggle, because now that I'm losing the weight, my skin is crepeing and rather ugly. But, I can cover it with clothing and be healthy and active and beautiful in spite of it! Thanks for posting this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonmary

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 10/9/2010 8:27PM

    that's a wonderful pledge. i think there should be more advertising on here of sparks sister site....sparkteens.com. a lot of people don't know about it. i think every middle and high school should post information about it so the teens can join and begin healthy lifestyles.

thanks for posting this, it's good to know some magazines are actually trying to help with body acceptance instead of pushing looking like an anorexic celeberty !!

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FLBEACHBUM14 10/9/2010 6:22AM

    You are so right - good for any age or gender!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/8/2010 1:15PM

  Great Article........ emoticon

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JMERLAU 10/7/2010 11:37PM

    Very good article - thanks for sharing.



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NANHBH 10/7/2010 11:21PM

    Mary,

This is a great peace treaty! Thanks for sharing it.

Nancy
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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/7/2010 11:05PM

    AMEN! they need to ban that air-brushing, photo-shop stuff and use realistic people and real photos for all ads.

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BTWCOACH 10/7/2010 9:46PM

    I will be sharing this with my 9th graders next week!!! Thanks for posting this Mary!!!

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SHERYLDS 10/7/2010 8:13PM

    good article ... but the minute they turn the page they see underweight models in body hugging outfits and they feel fat again.

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3CHIHUAHUA 10/7/2010 4:43PM

    I work @ a middle school and we have a G.I.R.L.S. club that meets once a week during lunch
I am off to grab that magazine today!!
{girls in real life situations}



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JULIE_MAY 10/7/2010 3:28PM

    Thanks for posting this!

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TODDJAMES 10/7/2010 3:05PM

    LOVE THIS PEEPSTER! Thanks for sharing...I will send it to my girls!

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MIECHI7 10/7/2010 2:48PM

    Trick or Treaty!!
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