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So inspiring

Sunday, May 31, 2009

I wanted to share with all of you something inspiring that i had the pleasure of witnessing yesterday when i went to work. First i have to tell you about something we are doing at work. The other day i got an email from the social committee at work and they said that they were challenging employees to walk around the perimeter around the building, 4 times + 1K. For every kilometer people walk they will donate $1.00 up to $500.00 each week or month for the cancer society i think it was. So i have been doing my part. Wednesday i walked 3K 12 times around and on thursday and friday i did 4k which is a total of 32 times around. Yesterday it rained so i only got 1k in which is still good. Ok ok now to the inspiring part. Well yesterday when i arrived at work there was a young man also doing his part to raise money for the good cause. The thing that inspired me is this, for you see this young man was just any old person but it was a man that was disabled, he walked with the assistance of to walked type crouches. When i saw him doing his part i thought WOW is that just amazing someone who is disabled can struggle to do his part so why is it that so many people who are physically able do there part. It made me want to cry, not sad tears but happy ones as this man made me proud, he wasn't making excuses as to why he couldn't do it but yet he was out there doing his part. I thought this is something we could all learn from and maybe it would inspire those who are feeling unmotivated saying that they cant, because if he cant then why cant we, WE CAN DO IT YES WE CAN.

  
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ANDIMAT 6/8/2009 1:58PM

    It always amazes me to read about selfless people like that, it's not something you see every day. You deserve applause too for doing your part, good job!
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HEART4ADVENTURE 6/1/2009 11:09AM

    That is so awesome!

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SHANSHE 6/1/2009 1:23AM

    THANKS for sharing Lesley, this is so wonderful to hear!
Shan

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REALLYFATPERSON 5/31/2009 7:44PM

    Happy tears here too.

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LOLAJO54 5/31/2009 7:30PM

    wow Lesley --this made me cry too.. thanks sooo much for sharing . This is a great blog!!
No excuses - just do it! right on sister!
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MOTHER-NATURE 5/31/2009 3:46PM

    Lesley .. thank you for sharing this wonderful blog.

Hugs

Niki

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BARBARAROSE54 5/31/2009 3:38PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Amazing that a disabled person wanted to do their part and not use his disability as an excuse not to do it. How many of us use all kinds of excuses why we can't do something?

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BOUNCY2 5/31/2009 3:02PM

    Yes Lesley, I just goes to show you what anyone can do if they set there minds to it!! See we should be thankful for our blessing......thank you for doing the blog on this one...

LInda

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RAINBOWMF 5/31/2009 2:45PM

    Lesley, that reminds me of the wheel chair blog I posted.
I was so inspired to see this man raking his grass.
I want to remember these people and get my a$$ going.
Thanks for the good blog.
You have done wonderful too.

Hugs Mary

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out of the blue

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ok so what is going on with me. I went to the grocery store and went by the chip isles all of a sudden i had a great craving for chips. It wasn't and easy decision today but i did walk past them and left them on the shelf. I thought ok this is good i got over the temptation but then something hit me out of the blue. As i biked home from the store i continued to think of the chips. I thought about my journey and how far i have come. When i had arrived home i started making a salad for dinner and over the course of that time i noticed myself getting more increasingly cranky. Then i almost felt like my heart was racing, all the while i was still thinking of those darn chips. I don't think i have had this feeling in almost a year so why did this hit me out of the blue like a tonne of bricks. I decided i would come here and blog to see if it will help. Still thinking about those darn chips. Anyways else struggle with a craving like this before , why now after all this time would it effect my like this i really am having a hard time understanding , so how do you all cope with this temptation.

  
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JUMPERJ 6/28/2009 2:44PM

    I'm just browsing and came across this blog and HAD THE SAME THING happen to me last week - so much time spent thinking about the darned potato chips (which we have in pantry for my kids) - my husband finally noticed grumpy behaviour, he asked "is it the salt, the fat, or the combination that you want?"...I realized that THIS time I really just wanted the salt, so I had a salty snack that was a better choice (salted edamame beans). Sometimes I just have to think through the craving to figure out what I really want or need. I keep baked guiltless gourmet chips in pantry too - pretty good crunch factor for munchie cravings and they come in variety of flavors that work for me.

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LOLAJO54 5/30/2009 9:29AM

    Wow Lesley-- I just read all the responses and they all give great answers..
I crave chocloate.. so once in awhile I'll by dark choclate but just 1 now and when that is gone my craving is gone... So once a month is okay...but do as Mary suggests too.. Is there an underlying problem or is it just a food craving because you have denied your self for so long?

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SHANSHE 5/29/2009 7:53PM

    Lesley, do what Mary said and write out the thoughts that are going through your mind about the chips. Then after that you may decide it is OK to have them and do a small serving...

Maybe you are feeling deprived, if so a small bad would help.

Love ya sweets!
Shan

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SUZYBGOOD 5/29/2009 7:26PM

    I agree with Barbara, Mary and Casey. You might be dealing with something else that you don't even realize, then again if you give yourself the ok to have a serving of the baked lays it wouldn't be a sin and it won't be the added fat that other chips give. Don't get the big bag though because if it is stress eating then... whoops what happened to that bag(or maybe that's me). But blogging or working out or just journaling might help. Hope this is helpful.

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CASEYGIRL1982 5/29/2009 6:00PM

    Les, I've been battling my cravings the whole time I've been on this journey. It's not nearly as often but especially at TOM I have to remind myself how far I've come and to be careful!

I agree with Barbara if ya'll have Baked Lays or Light Lays they are pretty good! There's nothing wrong with a serving of chips a few times a month just make sure it works in your calories for the day.You've done amazing and I know your just like me and get too hard on yourself.

My biggest trouble is being out with family and friends and them wanting to eat fast food all the time!! Fast food was one of my biggest enemies and I would do like your doing, I'd have to make myself drive past them and still would ponder the craving for hours.... We all do this we are only human and unfortuanly bad unheathy food tastes good!!

anyways I love you girl!! Again like barbara said it's ok to treat ourselves sometimes just finda lighter version!

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RAINBOWMF 5/29/2009 5:57PM

    I can give you my two cents! This is just my opinion. I could be way off. I am just going by me and the way I am.

Something else is wrong. You don't want those chips but you want or need or are missing something. You are playing a mind came! One bag will be OK, no, I don't need it, I have come too far and I know it might lead to worse things, the scales are not being that good to me so Why not?
Stuff like that is going through your mind, isn't it????

Lesley, I can only make you think for your self, I don't really know why you want the chips but I do know I go through this too.

Hugs Mary

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BARBARAROSE54 5/29/2009 5:32PM

    How do you cope with this temptation. My experience that if it's nagging at you go have a small bag of chips, the world won't come to an end if this happens. If you don't have the small bag of chips and the temptation continues you will eat a huge bag of chips.

I had a craving for chips and I bought a very small bag of Lays baked chips ate them and the craving for them was gone.

But this is just me. We are all human and sometimes we just have to have a treat. Maybe your body is wanting the crunch or salt of chips.

Anyway, hope you are able to get over your temptation, I could only tell you what I would do.

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MY GRANDBABY

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My grandbaby's name is going to be








MIchael.............. ITS A BOY!!!!!!!!!!










  
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-LORI-B 5/16/2009 12:20AM

    Congrats. A boy how wonderful. Michael is a perfect traditional name.

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B-N-ME 5/15/2009 8:07AM

    Congratulations Lesley!! emoticon

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SHANSHE 5/14/2009 11:25PM

    Congratulations! Michael is a GREAT name!
Hugs,
Shan

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QUEENANNE1953 5/14/2009 10:17PM

    I love that name ... I had a brother called Michael .

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LOLAJO54 5/14/2009 9:58PM

    oh Lesley--- how nice - a grandson...
enjoy... emoticon emoticon Jo

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HONEYBHAPPY 5/14/2009 9:05PM

    Grandkids are alot of fun I have 5 one girl and 4 boys. Is hard not to spoil them so i do...... emoticon

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UNsupportive people

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why is it that some people cant be supportive when you need them to be. All my life my mom hasn't always been the most supportive person around. It caused alot of tension between us over the years which left me feeling very much inadequate and never good enough to her. I thought it was different this time. When i first started losing weight she was like my biggest fan cheering me along the way which made me so happy for once she seemed proud of me and i loved that. Lately though that all seems to have changed. She doesn't seem interested in my weight lose journey and that's ok but when she does ask she seems uninterested and today when she asked me if i had lost anymore weight i didn't know what to say and so instead of telling her i was up a little this week i just said no i hadn't lost any weight and her reaction was less the supportive. Maybe i am just expecting too much and thought as my mom she would say something encouraging like"well its ok next week will be better , or don't let it get you down your doing great" but her reaction was well you must not be staying on track too much now , are you? then her voice changed and she sounded uphappy with the fact that i hadnt lost any weight . WOW that hurt don't get me wrong begin away and stuff i did get a little off track but i don't think that i do too bad and thought i still am worthy of support and encouragement. You all give me so much encouragement and this means alot to me so in case i don't say it enough thanks for your continued support. Am i just being too sensitive with being that time of the month or are my feelings valid. I feel like a baby and this made me cry i feel like i am a failure once again to her and to everyone. Don't mean to go on but you al tell me to reach out when i need it and this is what i am doing. Instead of hiding i am talking about how i am feeling. Thanks for listening.

  
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HONEYBHAPPY 5/14/2009 9:12PM

    This has happened to me before it use to bother me but i beleive that some people are just jealous , They wish that they were losing weight and or eating healthy . So just continue your journey you are doing great to have lost all that weight. Focus on yourself and not others. emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 5/14/2009 6:00AM

    emoticon emoticonsometimes we just need to give ourselves what we would like to get from others.

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Niki

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SASSYMOMMIE 5/14/2009 12:20AM

    Lesley,

I agree 100% with all the comments left here for yea. I am so happy yea know that we are always here to support yea 210% of the way. Yea have rocked at losing the weight, so many people come here with the best intentions on losing weight but fall off when it does not seem to come off fast enough for them. Your on the right path, stay strong and keep pushing along. Your such an supportive, motivated person that has inspired many of us along our own journeys. I have been honored to call yea teammate through the Challenge with the Mighty Orange Team. What yea have done in ten weeks is inspiring.
I know yea wish your mom would be more positive and supportive and am sorry for her not seeing the beautiful person yea are inside and out. That yea are working hard to become the best yea can be for yourself. Stay positive even when all yea have around is negative cause remember, YOUR SO WORTH THIS AND YEA ARE A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY THAT WILL COME OUT DAZZLING ALL SOON WITH YOUR AWE INSPIRING TRANFORMATION!!!

Sassy
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UP-4-A-CHANGE 5/13/2009 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon keep going stay srong you are doing great look how far you have come all ready don't turn back now we are all here for you we are in this together.

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SHANSHE 5/13/2009 10:41PM

    Lesley,
Mothers and daughters are such weird creatures sometimes. We can be best firends or bitter enemies, and everythign in between! I do not always get the support I feel like I need from my mom either.

You know, I say if this upset you and made you cry, well, that is OK! That is how you felt and there is nothing right or wrong about how we FEEL. The right and wrong comes into play in how we REACT to our feelings. You reacted correctly, you came here and blogged and got it out of your system. We all hit roadblocks in this journey, be it mental, physical, emotional, etc... That is when we need to take a step back, assess the situation, love ourselves through it and go from there.

Hope all that made sense. I just want you to know that I think you are totally AWESOME!!

Hugs,
Shan
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BR>P.S. TOM can always make us more emotional, plus you are going through things with your son, etc... and well, you just have a lot of things that add on top of each other and has the potential to make some things seem worse.

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KATSMOM1 5/13/2009 9:49PM

    Lesley I agree sometimes, people just don't know how to be supportive. You had done an amazing job with your weight loss in a short time. You are an inspiration. Next week I am sure you will show a good loss. I am glad you had a good relaxing weekend, we all need that sometimes. Stay focused on your goals! emoticon

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QUEENANNE1953 5/13/2009 8:56PM

    You are OUR inspiration, Lesley. We love and respect you and are amazed every day as to how far you have come.

Stop with the negative thoughts .. no need to apologize. YOur mom will never understand ..

Hugs always
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-LORI-B 5/13/2009 8:35PM

    You dont need to apologize for anything. You , me , we... we are all human.. Noone can move large numbers every week. Some of what you gained was probally water weight anyway,.
Family members who have never been in our shoes dont understand us and everything we go thru on this crazy journey. Sometimes they dont know what to say and things come out to sound more hurtful than they were intended.
You are loved by many. Keep doing what you do Lesley. You are allowed to have relaxation days along the way.. your body needs the rest now n again. Hang in there sweetie..
hUGS

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BARBARAROSE54 5/13/2009 8:34PM

    I am so glad that you blogged this and reached out to your supportive family here.

Have you ever asked yourself how did you ever put so much weight on and I don't mean by eating the wrong foods etc. I mean what happened in your life to start you on your gaining weight journey.

I had to ask myself this tough questions a few years back and I know what started it all, it did stem from my childhood and the more my mom (my biggest critic) frowned and made comments about buying me clothes that didn't fit, the more I turned to my best friend.... food.

And who taught you all about eating healthy, I know my mom didn't.

So your first statement about her not being the most supportive person, just because you are now losing weightdo you think she is going to become a supportive person. People do not change, and we can't make them change, we just learn to accept them.

You have done a remarkable job and we all applaud the effort you have put into your weight loss journey, you've changed and created a much more healthier Lesley, a more confident woman and you will soon reach your goals. You have a vision in mind and you will not let anyone or anything get in your way.

Keep on rocking girlie !

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BANANIE41 5/13/2009 7:46PM

    Big hugs to you my friend. You are a wonderful person and your flower is just starting to bloom - so let it grow and be YOU!

Annie

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RAINBOWMF 5/13/2009 7:12PM

    You are a winner and don't you forget it!
Ahhhhhh you don't need your Mother's approval or disapproval.
Your man is by your side. You are doing the healthy lifestyle and this is all that matters.

You know how good you look and you know where your goals lie so do not let your Mom or anyone throw you off course!

Lesley, we talked about this relaxing thing last week. It is good to relax .This is what you did over the week end. Now, I think you are feeling guilty. Just get back to your routine and don't go off looking for an excuse to slide back into old habits.

I am not being harsh with you, I am just giving you a strong Hug!!!!!!

WHoaaa I felt like Jilliun for a minute there! Hehehehe

Love Mary

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LOLAJO54 5/13/2009 6:32PM

    emoticon this sounds like my old Lesley --appologizing..
You do not have to appologize my friend...
mom's always don't get it.. and remember when we lose weight and get healthy some people feel threatened we might change then there are those that don't even begin to know how you feel or how to react.. I think your mom might be one of these people..It might not mean she doesn't care just she doesn't know how to react.
Now that said we love you Lesley and you know everyone here knows what you are going through-- remember do not dwell on a small gain -it happens just dust yourself off and get back at it and next week a loss but what really counts is how you feel and how you look.. I know you look great and I hope you feel great soon...
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mixed emotions

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Becoming a grandparent is suppose to be an exciting time, I am sure our own Jo will agree with this but i guess sometimes this isn't the case. You see just the other day my son sent me a message telling me that his girlfriend that is only 16 is pregnant and he is only 17. If being young isn't enough to complicate the situation my son has alot of other problems that will seriously complicate the situation. Being a young parent too i know all too well the difficulties young people face when they are trying to raise children in an other wise cruel world. I have always dreamed someday of being a grandparent and thought it would be such a joyous occasion but right now i am finding it hard to rejoice. Don't get me wrong i am totally supportive that i will be there as much as we are needed but there is only so much i can do and with my sons past history of drug abuse, mental illness, criminal record and so on i fear that social services may have there own plans. It scares me to death to think of what they as young parents will face, its scares me to know that i may never get to see my grandchild and they may grow up never knowing we exist or even being able to love and nurture this baby that will be born. So you see this is part of the reason i have been so sparse the past few days. I am really trying to process all of this information and work through it. There are so many factors that really complicates this and as i said its so much more then just the fact that they are young but i don't really wont to get into all the other details as they are way to personal to put on here. Please pray for us if you will that we as a family will get through this together. I know things are going to get tough for all of us but we are strong and together we will get through it. I just hope that i wont get attached to this baby and have them ripped from my life as this would devastate me deeply. If this is going to be my grandchild i want to be part of his or her life and be there to watch them grow and to have them know how much they will be loved. Anyways hope this make some sense , i know some of my thoughts are garbled but i am just typing this as it comes to my head and right now i am still some what mixed up . So thanks for those who have taken the time to read i truly do appreciate it.

  
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SHANSHE 4/20/2009 1:58AM

    Lesley, I hate that you have to go through this, but lean on God, He is the only one who can see you through all this. I will be praying and am hear if you need a shoulder to lean on.
Hugs,
Shan

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BEBRENDA 4/16/2009 7:45AM

    Lesley, Thanks for sharing about your family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Take care! :) Bren emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEACHWALKER86 4/15/2009 3:47PM

    I am so sorry for what you are going through. Please know that we are all here for you. Take the advice given of taking things one day at a time instead of looking too far down the road. You may be the only stabilizing force in this child's life and you do not want to do anything that would alienate you and your son. My thoughts are with you.
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KATHYBFIT 4/15/2009 12:39PM

    Leslie Hun, I understand totally how you are feeling, as one of my sons has also been into drugs, and is mentally ill as well. It is always a worry, even without those circumstances, in this day and age, that all will be alright when the parents are so young. You are feeling completely normal faced with the reality of how things are. Have faith in God, that all will be as it should be. If you need an understanding shoulder to lean on, don't hesitate to lean on mine, as I have been there, done that, as far as family is concerned! You are strong, I know you are. And when our kids put us to the test, that is when we become even stronger!
Take care,
Hugs, Kathy

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MERCURY17 4/15/2009 4:17AM

    Hi Leslie

Thinking about you and your family. Hugs xxx

Carol

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RAINBOWMF 4/14/2009 6:27PM

    emoticon I will come back to comment!

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MOTHER-NATURE 4/14/2009 5:59PM

    Lesley emoticon emoticon

Niki

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LOLAJO54 4/14/2009 12:29PM

    emoticon emoticonI will e-mail you... love Jo

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QUEENANNE1953 4/14/2009 11:50AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Lesley. As a mother you do the best you can in raising your children .. but you cannot hold their hand every step of the way. We all have the opportunity to make choices in our lives .. not all may be the right ones.

Your son and girlfriend are very young .. and given the situations he has been thru' you would wish they would have taken more care. But bear in mind also, with his history of health issues .. his way of thinking will differ from the norm. So now that a beautiful baby is on the way .. lots of love, care and understanding is what matters most. Don't look so far ahead to the future, Lesley .. because none of us know what the future holds.

Good luck and God bless .. things have a way of working out if you believe that all things are possible!!!

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HEART4ADVENTURE 4/14/2009 11:13AM

    thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs

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CHRISJAKE 4/14/2009 10:56AM

    Leslie my thoughts and prayers are with you as well. Hope everything works out for everyone involved.

HUGS!!!

Cha
ntelle

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BOUNCY2 4/14/2009 10:49AM

    Here ya! My thought and prayers are with you always...I totaly understand

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BANANIE41 4/14/2009 10:05AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you pal!

Hang in there and it will all work out the way it is meant to.

Hugs!

Annie

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BARBARAROSE54 4/14/2009 9:51AM

    We are all here for you, hugs and prayers.

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-LORI-B 4/14/2009 8:22AM

    I wont even begin to tell you that I understand what you are going thru, because I havnt been in your shoes. What I will do is offer support and prayers. Try not to think the worse about the future, you dont know what will happen. Do the best you can with the hand given to you. Just please dont forget to take care of yourself. You know we are all here for you.
Hugs & Prayers, Lori

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MAGA99 4/14/2009 8:09AM

    U R IN MY PRAYERS
DID THAT DONE THAT
I ACTUALLY DID RAISE MY ELDEST GRAND FOR 3 1/2 YRS & NOW THAT SHE IS FINALLY WITH HER MOTHER (my so-called daughter) I'VE ONLY SEEN HER 1x IN 6 mths. MY SON THE JUVENILE DELINQUENT IS NOW 24 & JUST HAD HIS 1ST PROBLEM DO TO A GUN CHARGE CAN'T GET A JOB. I TELL SHARE THIS JUST TO LET U KNOW I TRULY DO GET WHAT U R SAYING.
I M 41 YRS OLD WITH 3 BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTERS. I WORRY EVERYDAY OF THEIR LIVES THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TOO MANY PROBLEMS CAUSE OF MY CHILDREN'S CHOICES.
I RAISED MINE THE BEST I COULD BUT THEY MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES MINE DECIDED TO GO AGAINST EVEYTHING I BELIEVE IN.
SORRY TO RAMBLE BUT IF U EVER NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO I UNDERSTAND WHAT U R GOING THRU

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