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I Choose to Refuse to Give Up!

Monday, October 22, 2012

I haven't been on the SparkPeople site for some time. I blame it on health issues, recent widow-hood, too much to do and too little time, too much depression. Well, you get the picture. But in spite of all my excuses, I know I have no valid reason.

Nobody tied my hands so I couldn't type. No-one force-fed me. No one wouldn't let me exercise. They were all my personal choices. But I can choose to change all that. I can choose to get better, healthier, slimmer. I can choose to get my diabetes under control. I can choose to be the best I can be. I can choose to liveÑnot just exist.

So my pledge to myself is to start making good choices. And with your help and support, I can do it! And by being a friend and support to you I will strengthen my own commitment.

So here goes! Together we can change our world. Alone, in a vacuum, we probably won't change anything, least of all, ourselves. So I choose to refuse to give up! I WILL succeed!

  
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LINDAKAY228 10/24/2012 12:58PM

    Good to see you back. I know you can do it!!

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HELEN_BRU 10/24/2012 11:28AM

    Gee, I could have written that blog myself! No fun, that's for sure, and it just takes time to go through the process - so don't be hard on yourself.

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IDLETYME 10/24/2012 11:17AM

    With your new attitude, you will be able to do anything you decide to do. And - you have friends that you can call on. Take each day as it comes and do the best you can. emoticon Hugs Nancy

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PATRICIAAK 10/22/2012 8:37PM

    You've got my sympathy for your loss.
One step backward, two steps forward.

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JAMARIGOLD 10/22/2012 10:08AM

    Congratulations for choosing to take care of yourself and putting yourself at the top of your list. Way to go!!
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MARIANTONIA2 10/22/2012 7:33AM

    Yes, Nina, I agree with you. NEVER GIVE UP. Continue exercising, eating properlly, etc. If you fail one day, get up and come back. It's not easy, but we all can do it.

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Marian

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STALEYK 10/22/2012 5:24AM

    emoticon Wow you've been through so much. Yet as they've mentioned above....we can do this...one step at a time.....one day at a time. Begin with small things...water, better food choices...instead of deep fried...a grilled choice. The little things add up. You didn't get here overnight...we get heathier...one step at a time. Thanks for sharing. We are here for you!

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ZRIE014 10/22/2012 2:02AM

  you should never give up because this is the first day of the rest of your life. you want to make the most of your day and enjoy it the best way possible. emoticon

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JSMC10 10/22/2012 1:54AM

    First of all id like to say how sorry I am to hear that you are a widow :( second of all, don't beat yourself up about not coming on here, im sure we all completely understand as to what and it is sometimes for the best to take some time fully for yourself, with grief. Welcome back however and good luck on meeting your goals :)

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 10/22/2012 1:53AM

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Welcome Back! God Bless You!

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Closing a Chapter of My Life

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I have been married 39 years as of last Christmas Day. My dear husband told people he married me on December 25th so he could remember when Christmas was! He was a wonderful man. I lost him on January 12, 2012. His funeral was yesterday, January 16th.

He is no longer in pain, no longer suffering, as he has for three long years. He is okay nowÑwhole, not hurting, embraced by the arms of God. I don't begrudge for a minute that he has gone on ahead of me.

Yes, I'll miss himÑalready do. Yes, I love him so much. Yes, I'll be lonely. But I have the hope of the resurrection and I know I'll see him again, be with him again someday.

Things will return to normal, it will just be a new normal. This is the first time in my adult life that I have not been responsible for anyone but myself. It will be different, but will become my new normal.

I am grateful for friends like SparkPeople who give me so much support. I'll need you more than ever now. Thanks for being there.

  
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IDLETYME 2/21/2012 12:33PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My husband passed on in 1994. I can tell that you have the right attitude to move on. We just have know that our loved ones are at peace and have no pain now. God will care for you now.
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CINDYCHARLENE 1/31/2012 11:33AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I too know you will miss him. God has blessed you with comfort and assurance that you will be with him again. What a blessing! You are in my prayers.


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MAMAENUFF 1/18/2012 9:21AM

    Nina, so sorry for your loss. I love your positive attitude, accepting what is and ready to embrace your new normal. God bless.



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MARYB73 1/17/2012 10:23PM

    Nina, this is a great blog. Everything is in the hands of God and he has great things planned for you.

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MARIANTONIA2 1/17/2012 9:00PM

    Nina, you are a remarkable woman. I admire you so much. I'm sorry for your loss, but we all know that he is now free of suffering and someday you will be with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Hugs,

Marian

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TEXASLYNN 1/17/2012 8:41PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds as though you are in control today. Understand that it is okay to have some days when you aren't as well. Hugs!

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JB122383 1/17/2012 3:42PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers. I will pray that God will give you comfort and peace. I agree that he is in a much better place now, streets of gold, no pain, no suffering, a mansion for him....how wonderful!

When you get lonely, you know you can always come to SP. There is always someone online that will be willing to talk and/or listen. Hope you don't mind, I added you as a SP friend. So, if you need someone, you can always call on me.



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REDSHOES2011 1/17/2012 12:57PM

    emoticonUnderstand your situation, I lost my husband back in 2004..

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ZBOUDREAU 1/17/2012 12:57PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss...your husband sounds like he was a wonderful husband and friend!

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Why I Am Lucky

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Well, really I'm not lucky—that denotes that some mysterious something blesses me whether I deserve it or not. I am, however, extremely fortunate and am blessed with more things than I can count. Let's see. How about nature: the colors splashed and blended by God's paintbrush; the beautiful sunrises and sunsets with their kaleidoscope of yellow, red, scarlet, and eventually fading into darkness; family—life—the sweet responsibility of holding and teaching a tiny new person as he/she grows into manhood or womanhood; my friends—on line, in person, in church, or even a stranger standing in line waiting to check out at the local grocery store; family—I can't begin to express the love and joy my family brings me—not just my husband and children, but my siblings with whom I was raised and my extended family. As I said in the beginning, I am blessed with more things than I can count. But you, my dear SparkFriends, are a special blessing who I know I can count on, who I have learned to love, who are so wise and embrace me with a blanket of caring and concern that carry me through any hard times back into the light. Why am I lucky? Let me count the ways....

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOM1014 3/21/2011 10:37AM

    Nina sounds like the "cup is half full". Good blog.
Hugs,
Lee

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PEEDLE 3/20/2011 9:48PM

    Nina,
It sounds as if you are feeling more hopeful, for which I am grateful. thanks for letting us know.
Mary Lou


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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/20/2011 5:58AM

    Very Nice Blog! Thank you for sharing.
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FITGRL124 3/19/2011 12:56PM

    This was a beautiful blog! Thank you Nina for sharing this!

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Back on Track

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I've been really discouraged this past week, both with personal issues and my weight loss program. I had decided I was going to quit taking my meds (including my insulin), quit going to doctors, and just let my life run its course. It didn't seem worth the effort to do otherwise. But with the counsel of SparkFriends and encouraging words of other friends, I realize that life is worth living and that I need to start getting back on track.

My emotions are still really raw, but I just wanted you to know that the words you say may seem trivial to you, but mean the world to others. They can be lifesaving without your ever knowing you made an impact. And so, dear Spark friends, when you have the opportunity, don't hesitate to give encouragement to others. You may save their sanity or their very lives. Even if you don't know the impact, you can know that it will be counted as good in the record of your life.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to give me the courage to go on.

  
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PEEDLE 3/14/2011 6:25PM

    Nina,
No matter how low we may get at times, just remember, God is always there. He's there for you, and He's there for me.
God bless you and I hope you are well on your way to feeling more hopeful.
Mary Lou

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LINDAKAY228 3/13/2011 11:30AM

    Live really is worth living and so glad that even though you are still in a sensitive spot you have decided to move forward. It's tough at times but it really is worth it. Hang in there!

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LKWQUILTER 3/13/2011 9:28AM

    Don't give up. We can reach our goal of getting healthier. You are worthwhile and have a wonderful family--all living close. ((HUGS))

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MARIANTONIA2 3/12/2011 10:10PM

    Yes, Nina, life is worth living. Don't forget that you have many friends here who love you and want the best for you. Even though I have never met you, since I saw your picture for the first time I liked you. You have a kind face. I want you to take care of yourself and always hope for the future, no matter what. We all have to face many difficult situations in life, but we have to continue moving ahead. Every new day is a blessing.

Hugs,

Maria
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EDDYELLEN 3/12/2011 4:06PM

  What a great reminder and yes it is the small but important things one does that keeps someone going.... I KNOW!! A kind word a smile or just a little encouragement go a long ways! I hope as you start a new week it will be easier and that you can have some smiles along the way. emoticon

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RIVERUN 3/12/2011 1:38PM

    One day at a time, one pound at a time, my dear spark friend, You can do it

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My Figure is 36-24-36

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oh, did I mention it's buried under about 100 pounds of fat? But it's there! My goal is to get to where it shows to the rest of the world! It is encouraging to me to know it is there, and by following SparkPeople's encouragement, posting to my Teams, and recording everything I eat (Oh, bummer! I'd really rather not know, but that's what got me where I am!), oh yes, and drinking my water instead of the sodas I'm hooked on, I can reach my goal. Maybe not in 2011 (that's an average of 2 pounds a week) but hopefully by my birthday in 2012.

Just remember, ladies, that you have a figure just as impressive. And guys, you are a hunk! Let it show!

  
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LINDAKAY228 12/31/2010 2:28PM

    I love that thought! I hadn't thought of it in quite those terms before. We can both get to those figures for real!

Happy New Year's Eve! and have a great 2011!

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MPALMER15 12/31/2010 9:06AM

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MOM4407 12/31/2010 6:24AM

    You are right.
This is the year you can do it.

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