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What Jesus did for me.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Love sent the Savior to die in my stead.
Why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary's cross He was led.
Why should He love me so?
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Jesus died such a horrible, painful death on the cross and yet the physical death was nothing compared to His separation from God. When He cried out “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” that must have been much worse. Jesus, who had never been apart from God, was separated from God because of all the sins that I have committed and will commit. When I think of the pain He experienced, it is overwhelming.

I have so much to be grateful for. He chose me for His own. He loves me so much that He died for me. He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He is coming back for me. Hallelujah, He is risen!


Wishing everyone a blessed Easter.

  
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TLROYER 4/3/2010 10:53AM

    I thank God everyday for sending His son to day for me. He has truely blessed my life. Have a great Easter! Terry

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JEANSHEP2 4/2/2010 3:10PM

    Thanks, Yvonne. Another special reminder of how much we need a Savior and how God loved us so He was willing to separate Himself from His Beloved Son.

Blessings to all.
Jean

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TODAYSAGIFT 4/2/2010 12:08PM

    Faith makes ALL things possible.

Have a blessed Easter!

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GRAMMAP1 4/2/2010 12:21AM

    The Resurrection theme is so horrible, and yet beauty came in Jesus raising from the dead and providing eternal life to those that accept Him. And a lovely Easter to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs, Jane

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CPTANNE 4/1/2010 11:46PM

    When we stop to think about what Jesus did for us, how can we not want to stay healthy so we can serve Him? Thanks for the timely verse and blessings upon you.

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Feeling Better

Monday, March 29, 2010

I new week and a new start. After last week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I have been doing. I will be re-doing my goals for April and make them more realistic for me. I am changing the way I'm exercising starting today. I have found that I really enjoy exercising and it gives me more energy and I feel sooo much better, but it can be overdone.

I will continue to exercise for 65-85 percent of max heeart rate for 10-20 minutes a day. I still want to get in more walking, but at an easier pace. I want to continue to enjoy what I am doing.

I also want to get some things done around the house that I have been procrastinating about. I am going to have to cut back some on my Spark time to get them done. I still want to encourage others. That is very important for me to do. I may not post on the message boards as much but I will still be around. I need to join a challenge or two to keep me motivated to keep improving. I want to be the best and healthiest that I can be. Sparks is helping me change my life and I love the changes.
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Yvonne

  
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GRAMMAP1 3/29/2010 10:42PM

    Good for you Yvonne. We can push ourselves some, out of our comfort level, but when we try too much, we fizzle. Or at least I do. I have that procrastination tendency too. I wish you well!

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TLROYER 3/29/2010 7:16PM

    I recently re-evaluated my exercising goals too. I was doing 60-90 minutes a day of a combination of weight training and cardio. I have decided that I am going to do a total of 'something' two times a day. I'm going to keep doing my weights 2 days a week but the rest can be walking, hiking, biking, gardening. Whatever I feel like doing at the time. And, I agree with you, I am not going to push myself so hard that I don't enjoy it. I have a lot of gardening to do this week and if I don't get in some other aerobic exercise, that's fine. I think you are right, you can do too much. Good luck! Terry

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I'm tired - no exhausted again.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I am exhausted and discouraged! I have been working very hard to meet my goals this week. On Thursday I worked out in the morning and in the afternoon I was so tired I was just a couch potato. Felt much better Fri. so I worked out in the morning and walked in the afternoon. Walked over 10,000 steps for the day – my goal is 7-8,000 a day. This week I have had 3 days over 10,000. I found out Thursday that it doesn’t pay to get so tired. I ate over 2400 calories. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I know, enough for two days. Every other day was within my calorie limit.

I have to figure out how much exercise I can do without getting soooo tired. I also need to stop bingeing when I fall down the first time instead of giving up for that day.

Sorry about the whining, but I had to vent.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 3/28/2010 9:29AM

    At first exercise can make you tired, and you may need to cut it back a little or take a day of rest. Then, as you get stronger, exercise gives and gives and gives you energy. At least it worked that way for me. I loved Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds when I first started. I went from being a couch potato to a very active person -- I now do elliptical, pilates, step aerobics, and Zumba. It took a couple years to build up to it. I now not only do them, I look forward to doing them!! It is an amazing good feeling. Keep up the good work! I almost guarantee you will feel better and start to enjoy it. -Marsha

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DEE_LITED 3/27/2010 11:37PM

    Yvonne, thank you for venting!

It is easy for me to get started with cookies and just never quit until they are all gone and I am sick.

We are all in this together! You are trying hard to do the right things, and will learn when to push yourself and when to take it a little easier.

We've never been in our seventies before; it's a whole new learning experience. I'm so glad we have each other.

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GLORYB2014 3/27/2010 7:06PM

    This is the place to vent Yvonne, you write, we listen! emoticonThat's what friends do!

I don't know what's making you so tired, are you doing anything else, like extra cleaning, etc? Why not just take the tiredness as a sign to relax and rest?

Giving in to food is normal once in a while, we're humans not robots! :-) Just don't let it get to you, get back on track as quick as possible and let that binge GO! Forget it! It's done and gone!

Today is the only day to think about. You're going to make it!

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IUHRYTR 3/27/2010 3:18PM

    All we can do is take it one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and forget what is in the past. Hang in there. -- Lou

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FRENCHYFEVER 3/27/2010 2:56PM

    Hi Yvonne. I t certainly sounds like you may be doing too much exercise and your body is trying to compensate by enticing you to overeat. Maybe if the 7,800 steps has worked out for you, you should consider staying at that limit until you're comfortable with a gradual increase. Going from 7,800 to 10,000 steps is quite a steep jump!

As for the binge, well, it's history and can't be undone. It happens to all of us at times, so get that big bright Spark back in your step. You can do it!! BJ

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PEEDLE 3/27/2010 2:54PM

    Yvonne,
You have done terrific in the walking dept., but perhaps limit yourself to around 10,000 steps. Maybe you are overdoing, and then pay the price in how tired you are the next day.
I find it so admirable that you walk that many steps! I have never come close to 10,000 paces in years.
So you will be my inspiration. I may not walk that many, but surely can do better than I have.
Thanks for inspiring me.
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GRAMMAP1 3/27/2010 2:36PM

    Hey Yvonne,
I think your problem is normal for this time of the year. Not quite Sp[ring fever, but close to it. I think Jean had a very similar post last evening. And I learned with all my exercise and eating of veggies, that I am not losing and DH who occupies a chair much of the day and eats as he pleases has lost weight.
You could get discouraged, but don't give up. Keep plugging along and eventually it will happen. You WILL have to give up binging or binge on fruits and veggies. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Arches National Park

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This is from our outing last Friday.



We hiked around Balanced Rock. They went one way and I went the other. I took about 15 minutes. When we met one of the GC went with me. When she spotted them, she said com on Grandma and took off running. I didn't realize I could still run lol. We beat them.



This is one of the window arches with DS, DIL, and all 5 GC in it.



Here is some of the snow we came across.



This is Elephant Arch. If you can imagine 2 elephants with the trunks touching.



This is Landscape Arch where we ran into the snow covered trail. I was going to take a picture of the trail on the back but had a senior moment lol. The arch has a 290 ft. span.

We had a great day, but it was good to get home. We were only gone 12 hours. I logged over 15,000 steps that day.

  
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GLORYB2014 3/17/2010 7:21AM

    Beautiful pictures Yvonne and it looks like you had the most wonderful day! It's great to do things with your children and GC! It also looks like a delightful place to walk/hike!

Thanks for sharing with us Yvonne!

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NELLIEBLUE 3/17/2010 12:11AM

    What a beautiful place and DGC too I'm sure you had a good time and kept up with those children.

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JEANSHEP2 3/16/2010 11:20PM

    Thanks for telling me about the rest of the pictures! What an amazing place. And what fun you must have had with those precious DGC. Thanks for sharing a part of the world that I would never get to see otherwise.

Jean

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KA_JUN 3/16/2010 11:10PM

    wow, nice pics!

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JEANSHEP2 3/16/2010 10:55PM

    Looks lovely, hope you had a wonderful time.

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Breakthrough Point

Monday, March 15, 2010

I was reading The Spark today and realized that I had reached a Breakthrough Point when we went to Arches National Park. Normally when I go hiking with the kids they go at my pace. We went on three different trails and that is what I thought they were doing.

When we got on the trail to Landscape Arch, I got out of the car and started on the trail knowing that it wouldn’t be long until they caught up with me. When I got to the snowy part of the trail I stopped for a minute to see if they wanted to hike in the snow. They didn’t come so I went on and on and on.

I was hoping that they hadn’t stopped at the snow and were waiting for me to come back. When I got to where I could see the arch they finally caught up to me. It was one mile to the arch. We finished walking to the arch and then I started back. They were still looking when I left. I was back at the start of the trail before they caught up with me.

I may not be loosing weight but I am much healthier. I just can’t believe that I can keep up with them now.

  
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NELLIEBLUE 3/16/2010 7:24PM

    Great workout, keep up the good work.


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CAROLYNVIL 3/16/2010 1:36PM

    good for you, that is really the point to be healthy and fit.

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GRAMMAP1 3/15/2010 11:55PM

    Yes, I guess you are healthier. Many of us wouldn't even attempt that or probably would have stopped where the snow started. Uhh, don't invite me please!

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BRENMICH 3/15/2010 8:58PM

    Congratulations on the good health status. Does that just make you feel so good and healthy? Great job. Keep up the great work.

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GLORYB2014 3/15/2010 7:41PM

    That's what it's all about Yvonne - you've gotten in better shape are more fit!
Bet you felt like a million when you realized you could keep up with them, now they'll be plugging along to keep up with YOU!
Good going girl!!!

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TLROYER 3/15/2010 7:02PM

    Isn't it great when you can do all that hiking and it doesn't kill ya? It is going to be 62 and sunny here on Thursday. I'm trying to decide if I am going to try hiking (may be too wet) or hit the trail with my bike. Whatever I do, I will NOT be in the house. Have a great week. Terry

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