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An invitation to join me ...

Monday, October 03, 2011

I just received the following email from AMANDAMORRIS26. And to be honest with you, I was impressed with her sincerity. The SparkPeople website provides a support system whereby total strangers soon become best friends. We share the common goal of developing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle in order to live a longer life. We all want to live long enough to see even our great grand kids grow up. When Chris “SparkGuy” Downie founded SparkPeople, I don’t he had any idea how fast, furious, and far those flames would spread.

Amanda's Message: "I made this group so that people who use sparks can get support from other wonderful people that use sparks as well I would love to have you in our group and hopefully you could help it grow into a big ball of support! I love to see people helping other people that they don’t know just out the kindness of their heart! I care about my sparks friends and I want to see you all exceed in life and all your trials...and I have never found a place where strangers have some much love for one another! Hope to see ya soon!

AMANDAMORRIS26 invited you to join "Supportive sparklers", a public SparkTeam. To learn more and join visit the SparkTeam page below and click the Join button:

I'm a new emoticonof "Supportive sparklers" and hope to see you there too.


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MOMFAN 10/10/2011 1:40AM


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I've made up my mind ...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I had posted this comment in response to today's Healthy Reflections article on "Growing Your Inner Garden" I decided to blog it as well to remind me that I need to "purpose in my heart" to stay on track with my eating choices--just make up my mind to do it!

From Healthy Reflections article:
"Plant seeds of expectation in your mind; cultivate thoughts that anticipate achievement. Believe in yourself as being capable of overcoming all obstacles and weaknesses."

My Response:
As I read this article, I am reminded of something I heard Chuck Swindoll say on the radio as I drove to work. He was talking about Daniel. A couple of verses in Chapter 1:8 and 12 especially caught my attention, “But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king's food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet.” ... instead he said, “Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see.”

That is the exact approach I need to be taking ... don't stuff my body with unhealthy, fattening foods, instead mostly eat vegetables and grains and make sure I get my 8 glasses of water down each day. As far as some of the other foods I enjoy, moderation is the key (i.e., portion control). The old Brylcreem road signs said it best, "a little dab'll do you. (Boy am I telling my age.)


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VINGRAM 10/3/2011 6:51PM

    Thanks for the invite......but I can only manage ONE team successfully. Have tried to do more and simply cannot fit another one in.

Thanks for thinking of me......and I will still see on SP on the Over 60's team!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 9/25/2011 11:16AM

  Great thoughts! emoticon

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TONI501 9/23/2011 10:35AM

    I loved that article. Glad for the reminder to stay on track with eating healthier foods and not stuff the unhealthy junk food which can only lead to lots of health problem.

Have a great weekend my friend! emoticon emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 9/21/2011 10:08PM


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Love me, love me not ... LOVE me!

Monday, September 05, 2011

The following is a comment I made on someone elses blog. But thought I'd like to share it with those of you who, like me, have a tendency to focus on your imperfections ...

"I could so associate with your comments. I remember a time when I was less forgiving of my body and was very critical of myself. But thank goodness, through the years, I have become more accepting of my imperfections. I even reached a point where I verbally apologized to my body for the terrible way I had treated her through the years through poor diet, my tendency to be a workaholic, not getting enough rest,and the unkind statements I've made about my body. Afterall, I was the one who did it to myself. My body was just the victim of my poor choices and, through the years, she has served me well in spite of it all.

Oh, I still make poor choices, but the difference is that I know that I am the one responsible of my choices. I've learned to love myself unconditionally. That is a lesson learned from above."

emoticon ... (if you haven't already, go and make peace with your body. Like milk, "it'll do your body good!")

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MPLSKEN 9/19/2011 8:19PM

    I love that I came across this post today. Just this morning as I was getting dressed, I was noticing some of the stretch marks left on my now shrinking body. I thought to myself about how much unnecessary stress and damage I've put my body and skin through over the years with my weight gain. Hopefully, I can remember that moment the next time I am faced with a decision that will ultimately impact my body. We only have one body and need to take care of it!

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JUDYLK 9/9/2011 1:12AM

    Great message! Thanks for sharing. We all are special in so many different ways and we often get wrapped up in our struggles of life and savior the special moments and be kind to ourselves along with others. Random acts of kindness go a long way. emoticon emoticon

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CTTAGENT 9/6/2011 10:48AM

    Nice comment.

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JUDITH1654 9/6/2011 10:16AM

    Very true and wise words! Thanks! emoticon

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WINDANCER99 9/5/2011 5:50PM

    Like your idea about verbally apologizing to your body. That's something I think I'll do. My body for sure deserves it. Thank you!

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SUEO451 9/5/2011 1:52PM

    thank you for sharing - great message! emoticon

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TONI501 9/5/2011 12:46PM

    I just loved your blog. It is so true how we blam our bodies to look as it does, but yet we made it that way. I am still learning to love myself unconditionally, maybe some day I will. So glad to hear you have made peace with yours. You sound like such a positive person.....keep it up your doing great so far! emoticon emoticon

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Peace in the time of storm

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well, IRENE by-passed our area and we are safe, but my prayers are with those who are still in her path.

My prayers are with them that they come out on the other side safely and with minimal or no loss. May God grant them peace. I love this picture, and have used this visual many times when going through my own life storms. I find shelter under my Father's wings.

God bless,

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CHUBBYMAMAW 8/27/2011 5:27PM

    I'm so glad you are safe,and I hope we hear the same from the others in Irene's path soon. Now you can enjoy the rest of the weekend. Love Sandra. emoticon

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VINGRAM 8/27/2011 4:33PM

    emoticon So glad to hear Irene has come and gone and you are safe! According to the news, there have been some deaths already.

With my mentality and a hurricane headed my way, I would have done something completely stupid - like going out for a banana split or something. Hope you didn't even think to do that!

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JUDY1676 8/27/2011 11:40AM

    Praise the Lord! Things are sounding much better today! Am praying that Irene doesn't do too mich damage!

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JKURJACK1944 8/27/2011 10:38AM

    Patty,Glad you are safe. I have family in central Florida (Melbourne and St Cloud) and was worried for them. I also have family in Irene's path and am doubly worried. I will imagine them under the wings of the Father. God bless.

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JEANNE229 8/27/2011 10:29AM

    Thank the powers that be that you are safe. Amen to keeping others the same.

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Finding comfort in a time of need ...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ever since my husband, who is also my sweetheart and best friend, suffered his third stroke, I've felt a little sad. With each one, I feel more and more distanced from the relationship we once shared. We use to sit and, for hours, talk about absolutely nothing with nothing particularly on our minds but enjoying each others company. Sadly, his mind is now such that it is difficult for him to find answers to the most simple questions, and many times the answers he gives isn't even related to what I asked. But even in all of this, I know that God is watching over us and nothing will happen to us that hasn't passed through his hands first. And that is what brings me comfort to move forward.

A couple of days ago I needed a little pick-me-up and no one was around to give me any "atta girls," so I paged through a little book of poems by Helen Steiner Rice that I keep in my purse, looking for a few words of encouragement and came across this poem.

Maybe you are having a rough day, yourself, and need to be reminded that you are loved. So, I send this out to you. It's called, "Look on the Sunny Side" ...

There are always two sides,
the good and the bad,
The dark and the light,
the sad and the glad --
But in looking back over
the good and the bad
We're aware of the number
of good things we've had --
And in counting our blessings
we find when we're through
We've no reason at all
to complain or be blue --
So thank God for good things
He has already done,
And be grateful to Him
for the battles you've won,
And know that the same God
who helped you before
Is ready and willing
to help you once more --
Then with faith in your heart
reach out for God's hand
And accept what He sends,
though you can't understand --
For our Father in heaven
always knows what is best,
And if you trust in His wisdom
your life will be blessed,
For always remember
that whatever betide you,
You are never alone
for God is beside you.

One of my favorite scriptures is found in I Samuel 30:6, "And David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." This was one of the lowest points in King David's life. He had just come home from battle and found his city had been burned and his wives and children had been carried away, the people had thoughts of stoning him. Talk about a downer day and there was no one there to comfort him, but he found encouragement in the Lord his God. I've often wondered why it is that many times, God is the last person we go to for comfort, when it should be our first. But when I do look for Him, I always find Him. He's never far away.

May you, too, find comfort as you seek Him in your time of need ...

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DEMETERSCO 8/26/2011 2:35PM

    What a beautiful attitude you have as you travel a very difficult road. May you always know and feel the support that surrounds you - from God and from your many friends including Spark friends you may not have met except online.

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JEANNE229 8/26/2011 1:10PM

    Blessings to you!

If ever you need a "substitute atta girl!" just reach out. We will be right there.

Bill is very lucky to have your devotion. He knows it, even if he can't express it.

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