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Happy Valentine's Day Earlier

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I had an X-ray done today, and they found you in my heart. The Doctor said if they took you out, I would die, because I could not live without you as a friend, or Spark buddy!!!

Tomorrow is not promised. So, cherish your friends!

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12SPOOKY 2/13/2010 7:57AM

    When I need a reason to smile, I'll come here - this is so cute! emoticon

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DONEWSP 2/13/2010 1:37AM

  These are awesome. Happy Valentines Day

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MAMAJ21357 2/13/2010 12:29AM

    Happy Valentine Days to you!! This is a happy page.....I love it! emoticon

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/12/2010 11:45PM

    You made me laugh (some of those pics are just fummy!) So thank you and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! emoticon

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BGMUNCHKIN 2/12/2010 1:06PM

    thanks emoticon Happy Valentines Day to you!!

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GODSCLAY47 2/12/2010 9:14AM

    Love these! Thanks! Happy Valentines Day!!

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TAZIAH 2/12/2010 7:29AM

    Oh too cute! Happy Valentine's Day! :o) emoticon

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CXNLITTLE 2/12/2010 12:05AM

    Very Cute! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!!

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LADYRINO 2/11/2010 10:57PM

    Thank you for the "heartfelt" cheer!

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Audrey Hepburn's Beauty Tips

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Sam Levenson

Posted October 1999

Contrary to what some may think, Audrey Hepburn did not write this beautiful poem, Sam Levenson did. Levenson wrote "Time Tested Beauty Tips" for his grandchild, and it just so happened to be one of Audrey's favorite poems. She read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent with us here on Earth.
Special thanks to Nicholas Darrell for author information.

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GARRINGER9 2/11/2010 12:16PM

    Very good to be reminded of how our priorities should be aligned. Thanks!

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AMYCRAFT05 2/11/2010 7:48AM

    That's really nice.

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SPARKNMOM 2/11/2010 7:32AM

    Good stuff - glad you shared!

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TAZIAH 2/10/2010 10:33PM

    I've always adored that one! It was lovely to read it again! emoticon

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Maybe I am suffering from the terrible toos!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I read this blog today and need to take a step back to see how to go from here.

I know my stress level is out the roof and will be better next week, but I still have to figure out handling things between now and then.

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DZINE4KING 2/4/2010 1:07PM

    Thanks Leona....I really needed this blog today! I am sorry your stress level is up. I know exactly how you feel! I pray you feel back to normal, soon!

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SMYTHEDE 2/3/2010 12:38AM

    I've thought about this lately but it's great to see it put into words.

I really like what ROSEPETALS4ME said. I need to take those words and apply them in my life lately. Just hand it all over to the Lord and let him keep it this time!

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ROSEPETALS4ME 2/2/2010 10:55PM

    I find when I have those times when I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed out that if I take a moment and give those feelings over to Jesus to work out for me, I feel at peace. I know He is there when I need Him. I know He's there for you too. Just let Him do His fine work! You should be proud of everything you've accomplished so far! Take a break and let the Lord work it out.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/2/2010 12:54PM

    So many times we do need to take that little breather. You can still stay focused and not stress about everything. You have proven that you know what a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise is. Praying you have a good week even with everything going on.
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DOGLOVER526 2/2/2010 12:25PM

    Glad the article got through to you. Remember, anything (even healthy stuff) in excess is bad for us! I'm so proud of you!!!!!

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NANCYCA555 2/2/2010 2:23AM

    It sounds like that article really spoke to you. Temperance is something I knew was lacking in my life, and I struggled for a long time to incorporate it into my life. I believe it is finally starting to click, and my life is now much less stressful. You are a wonderful lady, and I hope that you can find a way to have less stress in your life, too.

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The Beginning January 2009

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It is hard to believe I started my journey last January. I was in pain most of the time. There were times I could not even walk! So I am going to attempt to retell my story.

I started by getting all my water down everyday, tracking my food. Eating healthy snacks between my meals, usually a grilled chicken tender and piece of fruit.

Then I started moving. I tried to be up and active doing something as much as I could. Sometimes it was just walking from room to room. I started the WiiFit Balance games, boxing was sure to burn calories. Many times I screamed at the tv because I would get so frustrated that I couldn't do it. I just kept at it day after day, week after week. Within a few months I made a lot of progress.

Did I fall off the wagon, time after time. Did I start again fresh with a new slate, over and over again. One bad choice, one bad meal, one bad day is not going to erase the progress you have made. However the only thing that will erase the progress you have made is giving up on yourself and going back to eating the way you did before and stopping the exercise.

I know a lot of you want a carbon copy blue print. You have to realize that what worked for me will not necessarily work for you. You need to give yourself time to figure out what is going to work for you.

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HUNGRYMOMMY 1/27/2010 8:33PM

    Thank you for that inspiring story! I am very much an all or nothing person when it comes to dieting. Which is very hard when I've eaten something I shouldn't have. What I really need to work on is knowing what you have learned, that it is not all or nothing this is a journey and it's not going to be perfect. We are going to have our up and downs. we just have to keep plugging away. I congratulate you in being able to accomplish all you have done in one year. emoticon emoticon

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KO1215 1/27/2010 3:24PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have been on Sparkpeople since July and have not made a lot of progress. But I hadn't put the effort into either. I am starting to figure it out. I'm tracking my food and getting my water. I have also set some other personal goals just to get into the habit of setting and reaching goals. Thanks for the inspiration....I have to lose 104 lbs. myself so your story is truly what I needed to hear right now!



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JANE1216 1/27/2010 1:07PM

    Wow! That is a wonderfully motivating blog --- you have accomplished so much in a year -- you are so right when you say we each have to find what works for us --- we all know the basics, but every BODY is different in how things work/don't work. And time is so important -- time to plan, time to cook, time to exercise, time to drink water, time, time, time --- but the time spent is well worth every single minute! And one step, one day, one meal, and somedays just one minute at a time --

Thanks for sharing your story and your heart -- you are so greatly appreciated!

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CXNLITTLE 1/27/2010 11:58AM

    Thanks for your story! That is so true!

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BGMUNCHKIN 1/27/2010 9:46AM

    Way to go! Thanks for telling your story! emoticon emoticon

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ALINAE1978 1/27/2010 8:31AM

    Thank you so much for sharing the beginning of your story. You are such an inspiration! I especially needed to hear your story this morning after my downfall-eating binge last night.

I can't wait to see what you will accomplish in 2010!

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PEACEPOET 1/27/2010 3:17AM

    Thanks for sharing that! My approach in 2010 is "slow and steady wins the race"...I am just plugging away at making those good choices every day. (And I use Wii Fit Plus too--it's finally a kind of exercise that is fun for me!)

I am going to try to remember not to get frustrated when the scale doesn't move as quickly as I'd like it to...I'll try to take the "long view" and think about what I'll be able to post when it has been a year for me, next January!

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SMYTHEDE 1/27/2010 12:22AM

    Thanks for sharing your story. It helps to know that if we just keep plugging away (even after having bad days) that we can still achieve our goal!



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KATIE4KIDS 1/26/2010 11:45PM

    I am so inspired by your story! What a year 2009 was for you!! So proud of you :)


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A Thousand Marbles

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.

"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's "dance recital" he continued. "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.

"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.

It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays." "I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear."

"Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time."

"It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 Year old Man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter..

Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, Iím taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles...

A friend sent this to me, so I to you, my friend.

And so, as one smart bear once said..."If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - Winnie the Pooh.

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/24/2010 5:38PM

    emoticon Moving blog. Thank you for sharing.

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GODSCLAY47 1/24/2010 2:45PM

    Awesome Blog Leona! Thanks!!

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JANE1216 1/24/2010 12:03PM

    That is totally awesome --- thank you so much for sharing --- this is something everyone should read and could benefit from reading --- but especially those of us in our fifties -- I am going to pass this on to others who I just know will appreciate it as much as I have.

Thanks again --- you are greatly appreciated!

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12SPOOKY 1/24/2010 10:45AM

    I love this - thanks for sharing. It really puts things into perspective.

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/24/2010 8:43AM

    Wow. That is a powerful story. Wow.

Thank you for sharing! I think I'm off to cuddle with my son...

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ALINAE1978 1/24/2010 7:11AM

    What a wonderful story! I don't think I"ll ever look at marbles the same again.

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CXNLITTLE 1/24/2010 12:40AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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DZINE4KING 1/24/2010 12:11AM

    Wow...this was just wanted I needed! Really makes you think, doesn't it? Thank you so much for sharing this!

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