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Here come the Hawks, the mighty Black Hawks...

Monday, June 07, 2010

I couldn't help but buy this t-shirt to wear while watching the Stanley Cup championship games! Wasn't last night exciting??? I hope it goes 7 games -- this is just too much fun to end on Wednesday!

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FISHKNEES 6/8/2010 12:17AM

    Hawks Win...oh yeah...them boys are hot and the cup is in reach
Go HAWKS GO.....yea babbbbbby.... emoticon

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FRAN0426 6/7/2010 8:48PM

    Go Blackhawks

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HEALTHDUDE 6/7/2010 3:14PM

Do do-do-doo, do-do-doo....

Go Hawks

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IUHRYTR 6/7/2010 2:52PM

    The ony live hockey game I saw was in Chicago. Much more exciting in person than on TV. emoticon -- Lou

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/7/2010 12:13PM


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    Yes and amen and yes again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA214 6/7/2010 11:35AM


Yep. It aint over til its over.

GO FLYERS!!! emoticon

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Want to Exercise More? Try Counting Your Blessings!

Monday, May 17, 2010

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Several blogs ago (12/29/09), I wrote about an article that I read 5 years ago that stated that keeping a gratitude journal can improve your physical and emotional health. Today, I came across this article (click on link below) that found that people who keep a gratitude journal EXERCISED MORE REGULARLY! And those who kept the gratitude journal DAILY got more benefits than those who only wrote in their gratitude journal weekly. Hey, if you are struggling with exercise motivation, try keeping a gratitude journal! Let your fingers do the walking initially! Be sure to count your blessings today.


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    I just went back and read this blog... great information! emoticon

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RUNLOLARUN31 6/1/2010 8:37PM

    Hmm, I used to do this nightly. I'll have to dust off my gratitude journal & start making my nightly list again...or maybe a morning reflection. Thanks for posting!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/30/2010 1:07PM

  thanks for sharing the link. :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/29/2010 10:36PM


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SHIRLEYAMES 5/26/2010 5:31PM

    Thank you Nancy. A good word for today. Thanks for sharing.
Hope you are feeling well.

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SINGLEMOM1960 5/18/2010 7:25PM

    What a fantastic idea! I'm going to have to try this.

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GETFITTER7 5/18/2010 7:07PM

    I have to keep this at hand when I have those days of stress. There are times when my mind just thinks of the stressful things when I SHOULD be sleeping! The exercise that they listed will help a great deal. Maybe to get myself off of focusing on the negatives. The problem that we have today is that there is so much negatives in the way our lifestyles are since 10years ago. I even stopped reading the paper and just listening to the highlights of the news because it is all but negative and sets your day off on the wrong foot. I wish they would have more of the positives out there for us to focus on. Here on SP I found that I am more in a positive nature than before I came aboard...and that is sure a plus for my health and mind well being! Thanks for the blog...I will certainly use it in the future. The way the economy is now adays I will probably have to use the 10 second destressor daily... emoticon After focusing on positives I will have more peace of mind. My graditude to your graditude article! emoticon
There is so much to be thankful even in these times we do tend to overlook them and not count our blessings emoticon

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ALLBW2U 5/18/2010 12:45AM

    Thank you, Nancy. I enjoyed the article.

I was reading this week in Psalms 42.... Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again - my Savior and my God!

It is so easy to be discouraged because things don't happen at our pace. But that is a good thing, because sometimes my pace is stopped. :-)

I hope that you have a great rest of the week.....Bill

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IUHRYTR 5/17/2010 2:31PM

    Thank you for this reminder. Be well. -- Lou

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BBGOOGIN 5/17/2010 1:22PM

    I can see how this would happen! I'm always more motivated when I can see things in a positive light. Good word. Thanks, Nancy!


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Friday, April 02, 2010

These came in an email the other day. I laughed until I cried. Enjoy!

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GETFITTER7 4/9/2010 7:07PM

    Thanks for your pictures, they made me smile. emoticon

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PATTYLOO 4/7/2010 1:10PM

    cats always try to fit in the smallest container they can. it's so funny, but they don't see why we're laughing.

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FRAN0426 4/6/2010 8:05PM

    Nancy, these are the cutiest pictures. Thank you for sharing them, I got a good chuckle out of them .

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SHIRLEYAMES 4/6/2010 7:38PM

    These are so cute, thanks for sharing them with us.
I hope you are feeling better, you are in my prayers.

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ALLBW2U 4/4/2010 12:43AM

    Very cute, Nancy.....very cute.

I hope that you are feeling much better. It looks like you might have overdone it at work, but hopefully are getting rested up and healed up during the weekend.

I hope that you have a wonderful Easter Sunday....Bill

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/2/2010 9:02PM


I love big ole cats - they are so warm in the winter. Cheers.


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GABY1948 4/2/2010 8:32PM

    I love things like this, thanks!

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IUHRYTR 4/2/2010 4:42PM

    Animal pictures like these are so adorable, aren't they? -- Lou

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/2/2010 2:55PM

  hahahaha..they are all so cute :) thanks for sharing :)

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Honor God with your body

Thursday, April 01, 2010

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
--1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I just got this scripture passage as a daily devotional. How timely for the season and for what we are trying to do on Spark People.

Have a blessed weekend, everyone!

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MELMEI 6/10/2010 12:04PM

    One of the many reasons why I'm trying to get healthy! Thank you for the refresher! emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/10/2010 11:18AM

    Thanks for the reminder!

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GABY1948 4/2/2010 6:47AM

    I love this verse, and it IS timely! Thanks for sharing!

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DSCHONDOG 4/1/2010 10:28PM

    Thanks for posting this, Nancy. Once I was convicted that taking care of my body was a spiritual issue, I lost weight. Before I knew God cared about how I cared for my body, I couldn't keep motivated. First Place 4 Health gave me the motivation to keep at it and stay with it. When Jesus is given first place, everything else falls into place, including attention to health.

If anyone wants to know more,

ppy Easter, Everyone!

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SIGLED 4/1/2010 10:15PM

    Oh Yes! Uh-Huh! Park it and preach it Honey!

Also, I use and like:

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." -- 1 Cor 10:31


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WALKNLOVE 4/1/2010 7:44PM

    So true!

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IUHRYTR 4/1/2010 4:59PM

    And what a price it was. I'm unable to comprehend the pain Jesus went through for us. -- Lou

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HERMIONE102 4/1/2010 4:47PM

  I really needed that passage today. Thanks and God bless!

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    That is the scripture that got me started on losing weight and taking control over my eating habits and getting as healthy as I possibly can and to be the best that God has created me to be. Have a love filled resurrection day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Do you know how much are loved?

Friday, February 19, 2010

I was replying to MOMMABILL 's blog this morning, and got a little long and reflective with my answer, so thought I'd share it as my blog. I don't know if this will help anyone else, but take what you like and leave the rest.

When I began trying to conquer my weight issue, I realized that until I loved myself, and felt that I was valuable to God, my spouse, my family, etc., I was not able to do the things I needed to do to take care of myself. In other words, I didn't think I was worth taking care of.

Once I began to like and then love myself, it became easier to take care of myself and do the things that were necessary to get to a healthy weight. How did I do that? A lot of hard work - but what made the most difference to me was when I asked a lady from church to mentor me spiritually. She helped me to see how much God loves me. My spiritual mentor directed me to scripture passages and other books about God's love.

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” – 1 John 4:16

"We love, because He first loved us." – 1 John 4:19

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last." – John 15:16

My spiritual mentor gave me focus questions to journal about daily – much like the journaling we do on SparkPeople (“Healthy Reflections” daily emails are great journaling starters).

Once I knew and believed that I was loved by God, I was able to love myself. I wanted my body to be the temple of God – and how would I take care of His temple? A whole lot better than I had been taking care of it! And when I finally started loving myself, I was able to love others more deeply as well. The more I loved others, the more I felt loved – and the more I wanted to take care of myself so that I could be present to others.

This didn't happen overnight. Learning to love myself is an ongoing process, but one that I feel is very worthwhile – because I'm worth it! And I deserve it!


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INHISIMAGE2008 3/21/2010 5:54PM

    Thanks, Nancy, for reading my blog, commenting, and then pointing me here. You are so right! Thank you for your inspiration. :o) A favorite verse of mine is Isaiah 49:16 "See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands..." I LOVE that word picture of how close God holds me to Him. WOW!

Blessings to you on your journey! May we be an encouragement to one another. :o)


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UNORABBY 3/20/2010 9:05PM

    This is so inspiring and so true, it has taken my 46 years to learn to accept I am Karen and God made me and my body is a temple and he placed in my hands to take care and be in good health and mind for the purpose of showing others about life and love and happiness.

I applaud you for bringing this point forward. You go girl!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/20/2010 8:58PM

    Thank you for sharing.

Great blog!!

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DEBMC77 3/8/2010 12:28PM

  Thanks you for the reminder, Nancy! Sometimes our focus becomes so internal that it's easy to forget that the things of this life are fleeting, but our life with Him is eternal, and that's really what matters. This life on earth is about living daily through Him, focus on Him, and do all things in honor of Him...

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SHIRLEYAMES 2/26/2010 6:03PM

    Hi Nancy:

I am not sure exactly how I ended up on your blog, but am sure it was directed by God.
We are sisters in Christ.
I really enjoyed the blog and your sharing your testimony with us.
It is always such a joy to know that God could love us enough to send His son to pay the supreme price, as a sacrifice for us so that we could be accepted in the beloved and live with Him eternally. My praises to God for that.

I love your labradoodles. My husband and I own two shelties, with one being a therapy dog. I really would love to have a labradoodle, but DH does not want a big dog.
Have a wonderful retreat.

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ALLBW2U 2/22/2010 11:52PM

    Hi, Nancy.

I loved your blog! Isn't it so cool that God loved us before we even knew Him....and it is even more amazing to me that He still loves us now that we do know Him...even though we sometimes mess up. Remembering that has caused me to soften my heart when my own kids mess up. After all, we (I) have done worse things than they have and the Lord has forgiven me. Why shouldn't we forgive others in the same way?! Wow...didn't mean to get off track. Just enjoyed your blog. God loves us, so why shouldn't we do as He does! :-)

And....thank you so much for the encouraging words on my post from yesterday. I appreciated it very much.

Now....I hope that you have a great week to go with the awesome retreat that you attended.

Best wishes....Bill

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IUHRYTR 2/19/2010 7:15PM

    It's akin to allowing ourselves to believe we can be successful. -- Lou

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YATMAMA 2/19/2010 6:04PM

    Love is truly what breaks the yoke. Thank you for sharing this!!

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GABY1948 2/19/2010 4:29PM

    Nancy, how true you speak. It took me years and years to learn this. And I am still learning every day. I can honestly look in the mirror now and say I do love me. Because He loves me. I can't tell you how many times during the week when I am feeling bad about myself, I have to say to myself. "I AM the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!" And now matter how bad I feel on the human side, I know you can't get any better than that!

This was a wonderful blog and reminder. You are a wonderful person to care enough about us to remind us!

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JAMGIRL8 2/19/2010 4:27PM

    You are so on target! It is amazing what we can accomplish when we put God first and let Him finally take over.

I hope that you enjoy your weekend retreat!

God bless!
emoticon Here's a little sunshine to melt that snow!

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