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What a Difference A Day Makes

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I started out the day feeling lousy. about everything....but now I have been sharing with some Sparkers and reading some blogs and I am feeling pretty good right now.

This battle of the bulge is just that an all out war, but with us all working together lifting each other up and motivating and sharing we have a chance to win. We must continue to fight no matter what. We can never give up and we must constantly help others even when we ourselves are down. It may be that pull that you do for someone else that will make all the difference for you. When we are not our best, we know it and feel it...we still can reach out and make a difference that day for others. What a difference a day makes for others and consequently for yourself.

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BIGOLEDIVA 3/1/2011 4:04PM

    I am SOOO With you! I was feeling that way last week( I had gained weight instead if the expected loss at weigh in)- and instead of munching out and watching a funny movie- I went out for the longest walk I'd ever done. I came in and read some blogs and spark chatted and felt really morning- 3 lb loss !(scratching head- maybe water...maybe scale off previous day) Whatever- I got over it. You always do. SP is a great thing isnt it!

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This is IT

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Good Day, no A Great day. since I have had 2 cars with engine problems since Thanksgiving. One came out of the shop last week and is running great. the other I sold and am buying another car tomorrow. I look forward to the future with all its turns and curves and highs and lows. I have some choices to make and I can and I will do what is right for me finally.

In fact I look forward to it...Keep on Keeping on because this is it, the beginning of our journey. Make it count. I will.


EverLasting Arms

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

As a youngster in the baptist church in Hillaryville, LA, our junior choir used to sing this song. Leaning on his everlasting arms. I have a 18 year old and a 20 year old. My 20 year old goes to school and my eighteen year old stopped after high school. I am having trouble wrapping my arms around the fact that my 20 year old won't let go of the money train, or should I say chocho. She comes up with all of these absorbedent bills and I am supposed to cover them, no problem. We get one fixed and here comes another. I want to pull the evergency brake. Yes I want her to finish school, but I think it is important that she contribute to that end financilly by going get a part time job. I am at the end of my rope and if she says one more time, I ought to just quit school, I am so close to the edge I might say , maybe you should. I know this is wrong, but I am frustrated. I issue advice like during winter break, go get you a job at McDonalds. She doesn't do it. Then mama this and mama that. Wow and everytime she doesn't have money for something, I sure need to pay my discover and on and on and on.....I can't take it no more. How do I be mama without letting her hit bottom?

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PAULINE1123 2/1/2011 9:30AM

    No harm meant but just maybe you need to say no sometimes. I have 2 children myself 18 and 21. Sometimes to actually tell them what is going on is also helpful. I tell my children point blank when there is no money in the kitty. Credit cards are out right now and we use live cash. Just hit the nail right on the head. I love my kids but the truth is the truth. My son wants this shoes right now that cost 150. Ok I tell him but here is how you are going to get it. Bills this week and then on my next check I will give you something on it then we get it next check. Ok Mom. He understands. Your daughter might surprise you. Sorry to be so long winded. emoticon

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Prayer! Fasting! Angels?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Has the last few days, no weeks, no months been taxing. I have had so many financial issues come up it ain't even funny. Getting my daughter enrolled in another school closer to home and the "official" transcript not arriving in a timely manner means that I have to pull $1250 out of my blankety blank blank by Monday. The fact that I only went back to work in Oct 2010 after being laid off for 15 months, so if you will do the math, this means I am struggling to play catch up, much less have $1250.00 laying around after moving my daughter from her previous university 4 hours away, and paying all kinds of stuff in connection with school already like a deposit on the dorm and on and on and on and on. You get the idea.

In the midst of all that my church has called a "fast" this week and believe it or not it has turned things around for me both financially and mentally. I am determined that "Today is the first day of the rest of my life" and that I will have a good day, darn it. (JK). I know that God is trying to teach me something and I am determined to find out what that is, so I do not have to go thru this kind of stuff again. Getting to the miracle, my family is NOT in a position to help me with this, and what am I going to do, after I moved her on campus Friday, the issue of $1250, comes up on Wednesday when she goes to check the status of her financial aid since the "official: transcript arrived late, like a week ago after me pressing and pressing and pressing the other school to send it. (that is another blog, (but we won't even go there)). Anyway, she goes to check on her financial aid, because they need to know she is getting it to stay on campus and finds out, "we have to go over your Official transcript" before we can PROCESS your financial aid. That is going to take 2 - 4 weeks so unless you come up with at least 1/2 of your tutuion by Monday, You will have to leave. This is what they tell my 20 year old daughter who bursts into tears right then and there and calls me hysterically. By the way, she asks of any program that could help, her get the money till financial aid comes thru and they tell her to "go get a loan" Yeah Right. I have not worked for 15 months. Who is going to give us a loan. We applied anyway and you already know what happened. Anyway, there is more, but for blogging purposes. I am so upset and I tell a person that I have known only for 2 1/2 months, she is an attorney, I was wondering what advice she had since all my creative financial juices are exhausted. She says, I could call the school on your behalf, but why don't I just write you a check, and you pay me back when her financial aid comes thru. "OH MY GOD" . Can you say that again. I am finally put in a position not to say no, which is what I would have done a year ago, if someone offered to help me; cause, I help others, I don't allow no one to help me. I am flabbergasted. A miracle has happened on the 2nd day of my fast. I cannot thank God enough for His power and his joy and his peace. I will survive and so my daughter will remain in school, thanks to an angel who still walks the earth.

To God Be the Glory and I just thought I should share this story with my weight loss partners because though we face the weight loss struggle every day probably for the rest of our lives, the Angels are still among us and can be accessed through Prayer and Fasting. Be Blessed

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PAULINE1123 2/1/2011 10:04AM

    Girl you made me come and read another of your blog. Now I am going to send you to a scripture. Romans 5: 1-5. Patience is a virtue. Fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, meeknesss, temperance and LONG SUFFERING..

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Totally New

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I am fifty years old now and have been thru a lot as many of you have. I am here to tell the story though and if I can help someone else, that is what I am willing to do. I feel a newness coming over me, a new dawning of the day. I feel great but I don't look great, but I know that is coming too. I am happy today and will make the best of this time. No things aren't all going my way, but I feel a turn around occuring in the spirit. I know God has my back and I am satisfied with that. So again, today I am totally new and able and willing to see what the future will bring.

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FANORONHA_14 1/13/2011 12:09PM

    You are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
Life is Good!
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

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