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Don't Eat You Way Out of the Pit

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

Don't Eat Your Way Out of the Pit
Lysa TerKeurst
Quote:"Where do I run when life presses in on me? Who or what am I really dependent on? Do I have a habit of inviting guilt to join me in my pit? What might happen if I stopped grabbing for comfort and instead embraced the perspective change of thanksgiving?"

Entire devotional here.

New changes in our lives. Seems like every time we get use to living with the changes a new one comes our way. God is teaching me so much. This devotional so spoke to my heart today. I thought I would share it with all of you. For too many years I have ate my way out of the pit and gained, gained, gained. Even after loosing 100 pounds I was not able to maintain it as I reacted wrongly to pressure. I am happy to say that I am regaining so much ground not necessarily in the weight department although there is progress there, the most progress has been made inside me. God has never more precious in my life then right now. I am relearning that He is ALL I NEED. His desire is for me to be healthy. So this year I have been focusing on healing my spirit and my body from the inside out. I will be sharing more later on that as I am just beginning a NEW LIFESTYLE. I am happy to say that hubby is finally fighting back for himself also.

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PAWKETS 5/28/2011 10:32AM

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    emoticon for sharing these wonderful ideas. Great timing for me too! Yesterday was not a great day!

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KATHIERAE 5/27/2011 5:31PM

    Truer words... thanks! And I'm so glad things are going well for you!!! emoticon

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COLT2008 5/27/2011 1:28PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/27/2011 1:22PM

    Leona, I am so happy for you and will be praying that the Lord will continually bless you as you learn to depend wholly on Him. He is the only way out of the pit!

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DREAMGIRL76 5/26/2011 11:33PM

    Awesome, and I thank you my good friend.

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ARMYWIFENMOMMA 5/26/2011 11:14PM

    Love the site and love their magazine! They are a true blessing for me! Thank you for sharing!!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 5/26/2011 9:52PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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CXNLITTLE 5/26/2011 9:49PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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JULIEFRANCES112 5/26/2011 9:24PM

    Thanks for sharing this, perfect timing for me. God Bless!

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JILL313 5/26/2011 8:44PM

    I love your wonderful attitude and with God's Guidance and healthy choices we will be at a healthy weight. Thank you for a wonderful blog.



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L*I*T*A* 5/26/2011 8:04PM

    way to go....
great share...
blessings and hugs............lita

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NPA4LOSS 5/26/2011 7:44PM

    emoticon and emoticon Glad that you have so much good news for us.

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READYBETTY 5/26/2011 5:14PM

    thanks so much for sharing the quote.

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/26/2011 4:58PM

    I LOVE this!!! I was thinking of reposting in a blog, too. Saving this one for sure!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Legend of the Dogwood

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Legend of the Dogwood
(author unknown)

In Jesus� time, the dogwood grew
to a stately size and a lovely hue.

�Twas strong and firm it�s branches interwoven,
for the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.

Seeing the distress at this use of their wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:

Never again shall the dogwood grow
Large enough to be used so.

Slender and twisted it shall be
with blossoms like the cross for all to see.

As blood stains the petals marked in brown,
the blossom�s center wears a thorny crown.

All who see it will remember Me
crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.

Cherished and protected, this tree shall be.
A reminder to all of my agony.

The Miracles of Easter

The sleeping earth awakens,
The robins start to sing,
The flowers open wide their eyes
To tell us it is spring.
The bleakness of the winter
Is melted by the sun,
The tree that looked so stark and dead
Becomes a living one.
These miracles of Easter
Wrought with diving perfection,
Are the blessed reassurance
Of our Saviour's Resurrection.
Helen Steiner Rice ~

Wonderful day at church hearing the wonderful Easter Songs about our risen Savior. The twins were so cute in there Easter outfits. She found coordinating outfits at Baby Depot and I will be posting pics when she returns from their anniversary get away.

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PAWKETS 4/27/2011 12:26PM

    I love Dogwood trees they are beautiful
Didn't know the legend hope you don't mind my coping it
Thankx for sharing Leona

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JUICINGJOJO 4/25/2011 4:40PM

    The dogwood is the official state flower of North Carolina, where I am from. I miss the gorgeous trees that just line the streets there. I ordered a Kousa dogwood tree that is supposed to do good here, and planted it a few weeks ago. It is just a twig, but in time...I hope!
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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/24/2011 10:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed Easter! emoticon

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CYNIEPOOH 4/24/2011 5:49PM

    Legend of the dogwood is one of my favorites!

Thank you for sharing this!


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NPA4LOSS 4/24/2011 10:53AM

    Beautiful! Have a Blessed Easter my friend!

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2011 10:49AM

    wishing you and yours all the blessings of Easter...
blessings and hugs...........lita

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 4/24/2011 8:07AM


Jane on Guam

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/24/2011 2:21AM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful story and prayers. Happy Easter to you!!! Rejoice!

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Did It! Pic of Virtual 10K 119.55 Minutes!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I did it! 9 days ago I got sick and everyday I have wondered if I would be able to complete the task. Today all day I watched the weather. Finally there was a break in the rain about 5:30 pm. So I headed out the door. Hubby asked if I was sure I should be doing it when I had been so sick and was still not 100 percent. The winds were blowing 10-20 mph with 30 mph gusts. I was hoping to be under 2 hours but with still being sick and the side wind I just wanted to complete it. Hubby was working and dd was making dinner. In order to walk 10K, I had to walk one leg twice. On my way back the first time I saw dd coming to join and encourage me. She had to go finish dinner so I headed out on the last leg. With a mile and half to go I just about got blown off the road into an electric fence. At the turn around point I was suppose to call hubby and he would head out to walk the last mile with me. Dd said the he was already on his way, not long after that I saw him waiting in front of me. He kept encouraging me and was even running backwards. I was so tired. I am still not 100%. The good was I didn't have a coughing fit while walking! I had to jog the last little bit to make my time goal. Well I did it with 5 seconds to spare! About two years ago many times I could not even walk let alone think about walking a 10K.

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SHARON-MARIE 4/20/2011 11:31PM

  Awesome, MomFan! And quite inspiring!


Be blessed,

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 4/20/2011 11:10PM


emoticon on a great accomplishment! You are an inspiration!

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/20/2011 8:58PM

    Great job!!!! I'm so proud of you!

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SMYTHEDE 4/20/2011 10:25AM

    You are SUCH and INSPIRATION!

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    All that counts is that you did it and you are able to do so much more. You will surprise yourself with what your are capeable of doing with and by the grace of our Lord.

I am so happy to share in your success.

You go girl.

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DZINE4KING 4/19/2011 9:37AM

    Wow, Leona! You are so inspiring! Way to go! I bet you feel like you can do anyting now, huh?


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    Wow Leona, that's so amazing especially when you were ill. You are fantastic. Fabulosa!! Do look after yourself and get fully better.Super photos. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DSJB9999 4/19/2011 2:53AM

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Just saw this and had to say 'very well done'!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/18/2011 11:54PM

    You're one very determined cookie! Glad you succeeded at this great goal to complete a 10K. You completed this goal exceedingly well . . . above and beyond the call of duty with being a little under the weather. Hug, hug!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/18/2011 11:11AM

    Great accomplishment! Proud of you for sticking to it!!

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PAWKETS 4/17/2011 5:11PM

    Good going Leona!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/17/2011 5:10PM

    Way to go!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 4/17/2011 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticonI am so proud of you!!!!

I only made 5K virtual Run BUT I felt so good about myself. I'm going to try one every month, just to spice up my fitness!

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    WTG!!! That is an amazing achievement!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACHIEPOOH 4/17/2011 3:43PM

    WOOHOO!!!! Awesome job!

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NPA4LOSS 4/17/2011 3:16PM

    emoticon My buttons are busting I am so proud! emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 4/17/2011 11:39AM

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! emoticon

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KATHYKIM 4/17/2011 11:26AM

    Way to go - that is awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You inspire. Not just with sparking, but with your Christianity. Love ya!

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COLT2008 4/17/2011 9:16AM

    emoticon Way to Go Leona!!

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LISSA-CRAVES 4/17/2011 9:00AM

    Whoo-hoo!! Leona! What an awesome achievement!!!

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COACHKRYSTIE 4/17/2011 7:47AM

    Leona!! That was awesome! I'm so proud of you!! Great job honey!!! emoticon emoticon

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4THEJOURNEY 4/17/2011 7:37AM

    Amazing!!! You Rock! You achieved something I'm still only dreaming of being able to do one day! Thank you for sharing this special achievement with us! WooHooo!!!

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HAPPYELF 4/17/2011 7:22AM

    Thanks for commenting on my page. I am glad you were able to get past all those obstacles to complete the race. emoticon

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BD3269PM 4/17/2011 6:50AM

    Way to go!!! Congratulations and stay motivated emoticon

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ALLABOUTPUNKY 4/17/2011 1:51AM

    That is awesome!!! Way to go!!!!!

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BUSYMOM911 4/17/2011 12:13AM

    Terrific!! And you're looking good - -and satisfied.

I let the weather stop me. Driving rain. Hoping to get out tomorrow.


(I like your background on your page)

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JUICINGJOJO 4/16/2011 11:51PM

    Way to GOOOOOOO!!!! emoticon

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CHEVL66 4/16/2011 11:51PM

    Congrats! That's great!

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Healthy Choices Eating Out

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Did a search on Sparks and found these articles and websites. Hope they help you.

Find healthy dining choices near you.

85 Tips & Strategies for Dining Out

Healthy Fast Food
Tips for Making Healthier Fast Food Choices

Tips for Healthy Eating Out

Healthy Choices at Restaurants

Healthy Eating When Dining Out

Still trying to get well.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 4/14/2011 2:01PM

    You should earn more SPpoints for all this work. Thanks!

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HARRINGTON5 4/12/2011 6:38PM

    Thank you for stopping by my page and thank you for sharing this information. Very helpful.

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JANE1216 4/11/2011 12:03AM

    WOW! this is great -- just when you think you've got a pretty good idea of all the best articles here on spark, you find more! and more! and still more! Thanks for posting these, I may not have thought to search for this info and it's great info to read and know.

Have a blessed week --

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AMBERLEIGHM1 4/10/2011 6:24PM

    Thanks for sharing, I really liked that I saved it on my computer to use later.

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    emoticon for the links.

Praying you will feel better soon.

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L*I*T*A* 4/10/2011 12:02PM

    great share...thanks
blessings and hugs..........lita

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LJCANNON 4/10/2011 9:25AM

    These are Great!! Thanks for taking the time to post them. emoticon emoticon

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DSJB9999 4/10/2011 2:55AM

    These are great but for my BBQ at friends last night I just needed will power and it was sorely lacking! But what a night!

Well done for posting these, I will read them properly later when I've sobered up (ha!)

Hope you have a great day

Hugs Donna x

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Grab your Buddy by the hand!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Grab your buddy by the hand (virtually), make some goals and check in on each other and see how they are doing! Together we will reach our goals.

Three hours of cardio today. On track with eating! I am going to finish this race. I was at the store and hungry and oh those chips were calling my name. Bought a pear instead. Cost me 50 cents and boy way it good! Saved money and calories!

What is on your plan tomorrow?

It Couldn't Be Done
By Edgar A. Guest
Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

Read this devotional today and it struck a cord in me!

So today, when we’re faced with a challenge or golden opportunity, let’s remember two things: God is with us, and the world is watching.

So on the count of three…

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    Thanks for stopping by my page and commenting on my blog. I like this very much. It is so awesome how the LORD works, I was just reminded myself that He was always with me; now your blog reminds me that not only is HE watching me but others are also.
Good luck with your journey.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/31/2011 6:39PM

    We can do it!! I loved the poem!

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ROSEPETALS4ME 3/31/2011 11:41AM

    You are such a great motivator! Thank you :)

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VMASSEY1 3/31/2011 9:57AM

    I loved this blog. It gives me inspiration. Keep sending them. I like you yesterday--went out with my mother and sister, which is usually stressful--wanted an cheeseburger and french fries. My favorite meal of all time. I got a grilled chicken sandwich and onion rings. I took the lid off the sandwich and shared the onion rings with my mother. I felt better for it. Soooo I know I can do it too. Just some planning ahead better maybe the next time. I am off this week and am trying to get around to seeing some old friends and spend time with my mother and sister. Of course everyone wants to go out to eat. It is hard but I know where I'm going today and I have a plan to stick to. Thank you for the inspiration Leona. emoticon
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SMILESWITH7KIDS 3/31/2011 7:21AM

    They are watching! I'm doubly reminded of that because I have a pro-life bumper sticker on my car and it attracts looks and comments. It certainly was easier to give dirty looks to obnoxious drivers (not sure if they exist in such great numbers in Washington as they do here) before I had stuck a label on myself.

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BD3269PM 3/31/2011 6:37AM

    Great blog. We are all here for one another! Any time you need a hand just reach out. Together we will lead a new healthy lifestyle. Have a great day emoticon

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CAROLINAGIRL45 3/31/2011 6:35AM

    Love that poem! So motivating! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DSJB9999 3/31/2011 1:59AM

    emoticon the pear was a much better idea!



My hand is here any time!

Donna x

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