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Saturday, December 11, 2010

WOW! Four months have passed & what do I have to show for it! Well, A LOT!

-I've lost 36 lbs!
-I'm exercising daily!
-I'm eating healthy!
-I'm shrinking!
-I'm setting limits!
-I'm maintaining a positive attitude!
-I'm grateful everyday for all that I have!
-I have SparkPeople & many new friends!
-I'm moving to Florida!

The list goes on & on! Let me just say...I'm very happy today!

And what have I learned these last 4 months! Well, A LOT!

-I've learned to appreciate each & every day!
-I've learned that I'm responsible for taking care of me!
-I've learned that no one is going to do it for me!
-I've learned that I'm worthy & worth the effort!
-I've learned to set limits!
-I've learned that I'm the one who makes me happy!
-I've learned to focus on one day at a time!
-I've learned that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to do!
-I've learned that I'm capable of performing enormous feats!
-I've learned that I can be healthy & happy!
-I've learned to get out & find my joy!

The list goes on & on! And let me just say...that I am happy today!

THANK YOU SparkPeople for this most precious gift! I'll be forever grateful for the opportunity I've been given to improve the quality of my life! The most important lesson I've learned is to be grateful for all that I have! I have a beautiful family, I have wonderful friends...& I've been blessed beyond comprehension! My heart is full!

Life is good in my world today! Spark on, my friends!

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BLONDIESUE11 1/10/2011 4:37PM

    Really inspiring post!! I can feel your happiness through it...thanks for sharing and WTG on the weight loss so far! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 1/9/2011 9:42AM

    Wow! Congratulations on this amazing transformation in such a short time. You are an incredible person and I feel blessed to have met you via SP. You are a great example and a terrific leader. I am very happy for you that the past 4 months have brought you such joy and happiness. You deserve it and you've EARNED it! Good work, my Friend!

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KATHY775 12/28/2010 11:22PM

    Very Motivational I can ffeel your energy thru my screen!

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SLIMAGAIN42 12/28/2010 10:44PM

    So inspiring!

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SWEETDEEDEE 12/28/2010 11:44AM

    Congratulations! You have been a great inspiration, gift, to me!

Hang on in there!

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TIME2GETSERIOUS 12/28/2010 10:12AM

    Congrats! Thats wonderful :)

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RECIPE4ME 12/28/2010 1:41AM

    Congrats! You're doing Great! emoticon

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KINNTJ 12/27/2010 1:35PM

  Congratulations and keep up the positive attitude!

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BECKYLYNNE77 12/23/2010 4:26PM

    That is great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BBGYRL4 12/14/2010 12:21PM

    Congratulations on your success!!

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Way to go Rose!

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DONNACFIT 12/13/2010 9:45PM

    You are so awesome!! Happy Sparkaversary!! So glad you're my friend..what an inspiration!!!


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MERRY40 12/13/2010 7:01PM

    Fantastic blog, Rose! It's amazing what you've accomplished in 4 short months. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!!!
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JRDIAMOND4 12/13/2010 11:39AM

    I will join you in saying OUR CUP RUNNETH OVER!!

Happy Happy Monday,
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BUGGYS 12/12/2010 5:13PM

    Your positive attitude is addictive and you should be so proud of yourself!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLISTIC5 12/12/2010 4:55PM

    emoticonterrific job-you must be extremely proud!!!! Keep up the good work

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SHELLEY147 12/12/2010 4:50PM

    Happy Sparkversary!!! CONGRATS on how far you've come!! You are making so many great changes in your life!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/12/2010 4:42PM

    emoticon emoticonCongratulations on the progress you've made and on your positive attitude!

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EERUFFING 12/12/2010 2:13PM

    emoticonso happy for you! thanks for getting me to do this.... you motivate me!

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JUSTA123 12/12/2010 10:31AM

    36 lbs emoticon emoticon emoticon learning to appreciate yourself emoticon It's amazing what happens when we are ready to make that change.Again emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REFRESH5 12/12/2010 12:39AM

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HEATHERL219 12/12/2010 12:38AM

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You definitely have an awesome attitude!! I'm so glad that things are going great for you!!

Good luck on your move to Florida! I love Florida!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/11/2010 8:37PM

    Rose, I love your attitude! You are so happy now. Just think how happy you'll be living in FL at your goal weight! Keep up the good work and it won't be long.

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LUBAML 12/11/2010 7:32PM

    Just Great! I'm happy for you! Keep on smiling! Life is beautiful! emoticonLuba

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BRIAEL 12/11/2010 6:10PM

    Awesome Rose! So glad you are enjoying the journey. It makes it SO much easier to get back up after a digression when you can realise how much you are capable of and that it's not as difficult as you believed at the outset! :)

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SYDNEY_DE 12/11/2010 5:23PM

    That's awesome!

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RIGBY31 12/11/2010 2:04PM

    What a fantabulous and exciting blog. But honey, you must know by now that 'tis the season for re-gifting... that's what us Sparkies do.... we re-gift the energy and inspiration over and over again! Thank you, friend....

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KARRYB1 12/11/2010 1:01PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are on the right track to a better you. emoticon

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LILBITWANNABE 12/11/2010 12:51PM

    emoticon Soooo exciting! Good for you and thanks for being such an inspiration!! What a great accomplishment!:)

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1BEARWIFE 12/11/2010 11:54AM

    Now THIS is a blog of INSPIRATION!!!! emoticon

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WILLIAMV3 12/11/2010 11:32AM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations! You are doing so great! I totally agree that Spark People is the best! The encouragement and camaraderie keep me going when I feel like quitting.

I'm so proud of you! Have a great weekend!


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WINFIELD28 12/11/2010 11:23AM

    WOW! 4 Months! Congratulations!!! Well done, my friend!
Rose, you have worked so hard at making such healthy changes to your life.
I also know that you are having a fun time doing it too.
I am so glad that you found Spark People and that I have had the pleasure of getting to know you and be blessed by your daily support! You are a wonderful woman!
36 Pounds is an awesome amount of weight to have lost in 4 months! You are doing so very well. I know that you will reach and exceed all of your healthy living goals. Your positive attitude is a big will carry you far!
Continue to reach each day for what you want and need to make your life the very best it can be! emoticon

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MELTING2SVELTE 12/11/2010 10:03AM

    It works when you work it, and you are living proof! Congrats!

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ONEGREATCAT 12/11/2010 9:43AM

    Rose, Rose, Rose:

I am SO HAPPY for you! I am so happy to see how HAPPY YOU ARE! You deserve to be happy, not only because you're you, but because you've worked so hard!
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I am so glad you challenge me, you strengthen me, you support me! You couldn't ask for a better friend!

THANKS and SPARK ON!!! See you at the challenge!

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BARBARACT 12/11/2010 9:13AM

    Congratulations Rose on all your accomplishments and all you have learned! You write such inspiring blogs and they are always encouraging. I am very lucky to have you as a friend!

You are doing wonderfully and I know you will continue to do so!

Thanks for sharing all you have learned - helps me to learn a few things too!

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BARBEWIT 12/11/2010 9:03AM

    Rose, I just love your posts...they ooze with encouragement and inspiration. I am soooooooooo proud of you for the weight loss.

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Every day brings a new challenge and you LEAP over it! I am just awe-struck!

You are a true MOTIVATOR!

Happy Day to you.

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Rose, I am so PROUD of all the changes you have made, resulting in your INSPIRING 36-pound weight loss!! In such a short time, you have accomplished so muchl! Not only have you changed within and started believing in yourself, but took what is within you and have given it to others on a daily basis. You are an OUSTANDING Cheerleader!! You have motivated, encouraged and cheered us on since the very beginning. You have generously been beside me, letting me know that I am never alone in this journey of life and the obstacles that have come my way. I thank you for the many gifts of friendship you so much have blessed me with. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL!! I am HONORED to be a friend of yours. Sending CONGRATULATIONS on YOUR WONDERFUL PROGRESS and YOU ARE A WINNER hugs from my home to yours. YOU INSPIRE ME TO BE THE BEST THAT I CAN BE!! YOU ROCK!!!

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PATRICIA4472 12/11/2010 8:37AM

    Wow! What an accomplishment! Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

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CHALLENGER15 12/11/2010 8:31AM

    and don't forget the great encouragement you give to others - including me!

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DGFOWLER 12/11/2010 8:28AM

    WTG my friend Rose. You are such an inspiration. 36 lbs gone forever. I can't say enough how tickled I am for you. You rock!!! Hugs. Donna

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DFROMTX 12/11/2010 8:15AM

    Good for you, Rose!! Hope you saved some of your smaller clothes because I know the big ones no longer fit. Even better would be a shopping trip for new things! emoticon emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 12/11/2010 8:13AM

    Woo hoo! Your joy is springing off the page! Congratulations, Rose! You're doing GREAT! I'm so happy for you!!!!! You've done a fantastic job of incorporating SP into your life in these 4 months...and it's made a huge difference in so many aspects of your life! Way to GO!!!! I'm so glad you're here. You're such a great Spark Friend! I just can't say it enough...congratulations! Spark on! emoticon emoticon (I think "before" and "now" progress pics are in order...hint, hint.)

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SMILESRME 12/11/2010 8:11AM

    Hello Lovely Rose!! What blessings you have posted...and 36 pounds lost! You have done some amazing things and have decided to choose differently in your health journey. Thank you for your positive attitude and may the road continue one!! You glow girl!!

Julia : )

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Well my fellow Sparkers...we're in the midst of the holiday season with all the hustle & a bustle of decorating & baking, shopping, parties, & visiting! (and for me...packing!) This on TOP of the normal things we've gotta do! No wonder we're all feeling a bit stressed, worn, & frayed!

What's a Sparker to do??? emoticon

I'm making a commitment to myself to "stay the course" & "stay strong" through it all!

I pledge to:

1. Remember why I began this journey!
2. Track my foods daily & stay in calorie range!
3. Drink my water!
4. Remain positive!
5. Make NO excuses!
6. Maintain my fitness schedule!
7. Keep my eye on the "prize"!
8. Continue to support others on their quest for good health & fitness!
9. Log on to SP daily...& keep Sparkin!

Come on, my friends! Join me in staying committed! We must keep our resolve! We can do it! One day at a time!

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ATREAT4ME 1/9/2011 9:43AM

    Amazing! What a great way to keep your eye on the ball.

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BARBARACT 12/10/2010 8:32PM

    That's a great pledge! You are very motivating! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 12/9/2010 12:03AM

    Thank you for 1-9. I need a list these days.

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DLSHANKS 12/8/2010 11:41PM

    I love your motivation! You have been a wonderful inspiration for me. Have a great time on your trip! You have the right attitude, you will have no problem staying on track through this holiday season!! emoticon emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 12/8/2010 9:45PM

    Okay, as I said: I'm running a little behind...just caught up with your blog.

Hey, you know me...I'm your challenge partner.
But GULP...GASP...I do have a little bit of a problem with #5. If I didn't, I'd be at goal weight.

Will you still accept me regardless of #5???? Hmmmm...will ya huh...will ya, will ya???? Puleeze!

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COMPUCATHY 12/8/2010 8:36PM

    I'm with you! I love Christmas...but it's just making my Spark Journey that much brighter at this time of year...definitely staying the course! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 12/8/2010 2:17PM

    I would look at all this packing, sorting, and planning as a new form of exercise! Take time for yourself and enjoy every step. Also,thank you for the goodie. It is possible to lose a little during the holidays!

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/8/2010 10:02AM

    I want in! I'll join you in that commitment as I so want to be able to feel good in my cute little capri's in the warmer weather. Let's get ur done!

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KILLERANGEL47 12/8/2010 5:09AM

    I'm in! emoticon emoticon

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MERRY40 12/7/2010 11:27PM

    Great list, Rose! I'm with you! We've got to stay committed and motivated so that our goals can be reached. Healthy holidays!
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LUBAML 12/7/2010 10:32PM

    I'm with you! Join the challenge if you feel like- Lightening Bolts 2010 Winter 5% Challenge.

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INASENSE1 12/7/2010 8:22PM

    I'm with you!

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BRIAEL 12/7/2010 3:58PM

    Excellent resolve and pledges there, Rose. Only have one addition for you:

10. Stay positive when faced with hurdles in eating and exercise.

Onward and Upward! :)

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BUGGYS 12/7/2010 2:32PM

    Great list and I'll be committed along with you...we can do this!!! emoticon emoticon

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SHELLEY147 12/7/2010 2:22PM

    Love it! I'll be committed with you! :) That sounds a little wrong, but you know what I mean! ~hugs~ to you for making such a wonderful gift to yourself!

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PLAYBLUES22 12/7/2010 1:33PM

    Sweetie, this is an awesome list, and a good example how we can change if we stay committed emoticon emoticon

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JUSTA123 12/7/2010 12:18PM

    Awesome List! The changes in us are going to be permanent ones. Thanks for stopping by my blog! emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 12/7/2010 12:09PM

    It seems this time of year is when a lot of us want to lay off our commitments to ourselves. Thanks for the uplifting blog and reminder that I count, too!!! emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 12/7/2010 12:00PM

    OK....we can do it !

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CHALLENGER15 12/7/2010 10:42AM

    This is good! Thanks for the reminder.

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ADNAW_YOTS 12/7/2010 10:35AM

    You are an awesome inspiration to me.

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WINFIELD28 12/7/2010 10:32AM

    Great all-inclusive list, Rose!
Mind if I print it out and hang it where I can read it each day to remind me why I am doing this and how to do this?
Thanks for your support and wonderful motivation!
# 4 is a big one - if you can stay positive the others get easier, in my opinion!
Thanks for sharing!!!

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What I'm leaving behind!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

This is what I'm leaving behind in Ohio! A view of my deck taken from inside my sunroom!

The gas grill that doesn't get used much this time of year!

It snowed all night...& it's STILL snowing! (eyes rolling & laughing...)

And I'm leaving it all behind! Go figure! emoticon

Have a fabulous day, my friend!

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DGFOWLER 12/10/2010 5:41AM

    Good morning Rose. I woke up to snow too here in Northwest Ohio this morning. How beautiful to look at until you have to drive in it.. I'm always leary the first drive of the season, others just don't know how to drive...

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SLBRANTLEY 12/9/2010 3:41PM

    I bet you'll do a lot more healthy grilling in Florida! emoticon

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DLSHANKS 12/8/2010 11:36PM

    That looks about like it does here in Indiana! And, it's freezing too!! Have a great time. emoticon Enjoy the sunshine.

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KJMPEACHES 12/8/2010 9:39PM

    Just remember to post those sunny ~ sand pictures too. Snows pretty when you don't have to deal with everyday!!! Dreams come true for those that are patient. You have been that. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRYDEQUEEN 12/8/2010 8:51PM

    Absolutely beautiful! From sunny California!

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COMPUCATHY 12/8/2010 8:34PM's can leave your snow here with me. I'll send you photos of you don't miss it too much! Enjoy that sand! I want pics! ...So happy for you! Spark on! emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/8/2010 9:55AM

    I get it!!! I can't wait to leave the snow myself. We leave for AZ the day after Christmas. When do you leave for FL?

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LUBAML 12/7/2010 10:27PM

    One beautiful sunny day I will come to visit you in Florida. Enjoy the change! emoticonLuba

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JRDIAMOND4 12/7/2010 1:05PM

    I am cold just looking at it. There was frost on the ground this morning, but nothing like that here. 49 at noon and I am freezing to death. I am sitting by the heater and still my toes are numb. lololol

You are coming to a great place. But right now it is toooo darn cold for me!!

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ONEGREATCAT 12/7/2010 11:49AM

    Ahhh, Rose...

Look at all the "challenges" you're leaving behind. Yeah, that WHITE CRAP! more shoveling? more layering and layering of clothing? more messy, dripping boots in the hall? more piling on the blankets? more spinning of tires? more looking forward to spring? more rosy cheeks? more frostbitten toes & fingers?

Do I need to go on? Oh my, you poor soul! (No jealousy here...I get to keep all that WHITE CRAP and all the "joys" that go with it)!!!

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AKELAZ 12/7/2010 11:39AM

    I actually love snow - but I'd rather be living in the Florida sunshine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 12/7/2010 10:19AM

    Yes, snow and cold are very good 'things' to leave behind!
I know you will be gaining so much when you move...
More Sunshine - less clouds
More Warmth - less cold
Mores Breezes - less wind
& the best reason for moving to Florida...No Snow!
I wish you a fun, easy trip as you move.
May this new chapter of your lives be filled with fun, adventure, excitement and many blessings!

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BARBEWIT 12/7/2010 9:32AM

    emoticon Are you packed yet??

That sure does look nice from the INSIDE, doesn't it.
No snow in Florida, a friend of mine is there rubbing it in too that there's NO SNOW where they are.
This is what she wrote.... i came to dance dance dance dance on ur face face face cuz their aint no snow snow snow here at my place place place, uhh yea aint no suzy snowflake, aint no snow man i got jingle balls baby all up in the jam!

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VERONICAS_GOALS 12/7/2010 9:13AM

    So rub it in rub it in emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARACT 12/7/2010 8:54AM

    I would love to leave that all behind too!
Thanks for sharing the photos!


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MARISABELLES 12/7/2010 8:20AM

Now I get it !!!
I too would Love to leave it all behind But - still I have no control what so ever on the weather, I'd rather sing...
So sing along with me my friend "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..." emoticon emoticon

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An Adventure Awaits!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Many of you know that my house has been up for sale the last six months. It was removed from the market unsold in late November. Remarkably, the last people to see it requested a return visit AFTER it was off the market. They made an offer & we began negotiations...& came to terms most recently! Our house has been sold...& hubby & I will be moving to Florida! We took a condo in North Ft. Myers & will be there on January 1, 2011! What a way to begin the new year! We're very, very excited! I must tell you, my friends...we sold the house, contents & all! Many think we're a bit "nuts", but let me just say that we've been going down to Florida (& Arizona one year) for ten years now & we stay the whole month of March. What we've learned while we're away is that...we don't miss our stuff! I mean, we live WITHOUT our things! And, we have a great time! Then we return home...& we have ALL our stuff. Some things are in boxes...on shelves & in drawers & cabinets! LOTS & LOTS of stuff! Mementos from days gone by & a collection of things! LOTS of things! We just looked at one another & said WHY? And then the purge fest began...& we purged...& purged! I had a beautiful collection of carousels packed away in boxes. Well, I gave some to my granddaughter & the rest to my sister-in-law who collects them & now has them on display! They should be enjoyed...& not sitting in boxes! My granddaughter has them displayed on shelves in her room...& she LOVES them! Now, THAT is what stuff is be LOVED by its' owner! Henceforth, we decided to offer the contents as part of the sale agreement! So, we're packing up a few personal belongings...& we're walking away! House gone...& most of the stuff gone! Now it's just hubby & I packing up the car... & away we go! Mind you, we've signed over a car to my youngest, so we're down to just one! Smiling...

Now many people are looking at us as if we're from another planet! I mean, how can you just get rid of all your things, they say! And my response is simply this..."It's just stuff!" Let me just share something with you, my friends. I was eighteen & hubby was nineteen when we got married in 1972. Everything we owned was packed into a car as we drove to South Dakota where he was stationed (he was in the Air Force then). That was 38+ years ago. And at the end of this month...we'll be packing the car up with our belongings & setting out to Florida to begin a new phase of our lives. Ironic, isn't it? How far we've come! Smiling...

We're embarking on a new adventure, hubby & I! We're gonna travel & simply embrace life! We're gonna walk the beaches, enjoy the sunshine, & find our joy! It's time to do what we feel in our hearts is the right thing to do! We plan to make frequent visits to Ohio to see family...especially those precious grandchildren! I do wish I could take them all with me! Smiling...

Life is all about living, my friends. Don't just settle for what is! Get out & make whatever it is you want happen! Get out & find your joy!

An adventure awaits! emoticon Rose

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LANNAB1 12/31/2010 9:29AM

  Good Morning,
From your message, you are probably on the road (literally) to your new adventure. Safe travels and welcome! I live in North Fort Myers and my husband and I just joined Spark several days ago. We also joined LA Fitness yesterday. When you get here and get settled in, please contact me. Maybe we could go to the gym together?
Happy New Year.
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SLBRANTLEY 12/9/2010 3:31PM

    emoticon on the sale of your home. How WONDERFUL your new phase of life sounds - I'm thrilled for you and your hubby!
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LUBAML 12/7/2010 10:23PM

    Life is beautiful!! Smile my friend , I'm smiling with you!Enjoy your adventure! emoticonLuba

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PICKIE98 12/7/2010 6:01PM

    I am no tmoving, but jus tdid a total kitchen renovation, now DD is getting new bedroom furniture Friday... we are purging for a garage sal enext spring thaw!! When I went in teh base,ent and looke dat the things I absolutely COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT five eyars ago, I could not believe it!! Off they go and a more spacious basement and upstairs for us...
If I had the money, I would do the same, split for warmer climes for winter,, keep an Upper Peninsula home for summer months.

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LINDABENEDICT 12/7/2010 12:04PM

    Have a great time a Fla. native currently mired in Pittsburgh, I must say I am envious !!! Keep on Sparking !!!!

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COMPUCATHY 12/6/2010 9:25PM

    That's so exciting! I'm so happy for you! I can understand about the "stuff." And I just think it's a sign of your maturity and your interest in the real stuff of life...not the material stuff of life. You're a wise woman! ...not weird at all. Enjoy your new life! I hope we will continue to be a part of it! CONGRATULATIONS! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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HIKESHAPPY 12/6/2010 7:43PM

    That's awesome! We've started getting rid of stuff, too. I'll start to look through something, then think - well, I haven't used it in x amount of time so why should I even look through it? I certainly understand:-)

Have an awesome adventure!

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BLBH16 12/6/2010 5:44PM

    Oh Rose, how wonderful for you. My DH and I sold our home of 39 years in June and are now living in a rental about 3 and 1/2 miles from our old home with all of our stuff. What a great idea to sell your stuff along with the house. We didn't even think about doing that. It would certainly made things easier. I assume by stuff you mean furnishings. Our problem is that we have so much other stuff like photos etc from both our parents, etc, etc. emoticon We live in southern California near the beach so we already live in a pretty wonderful area and we don't want to leave. Our grandchildren are here including 2 of our three daughters, plus many friends. The main problem here is there terrible taxes. I know Florida is one of the low tax states so you are doing well in that regard too. emoticon Good luck to you in your new adventure and God bless.

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DFROMTX 12/6/2010 5:25PM

    My DH was 20 and in the Army when we married and I was 18. Left with little more than the clothes on our backs to a town near his base and lived in a little 3 room duplex. We have a lot in common. Don't know if I could "sell all" as you have done, but it sounds great.

Good luck on your new adventure and keep us informed. We love your blogs.

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JUSTA123 12/6/2010 4:56PM

    Welcome to Fl, It took me a bit to love it, but I've been here almost 20 years now and I love it, good your enjoying your life!

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BRIAEL 12/6/2010 3:09PM

    Rose, I hear you on the "just things" comment. I think military families and those who move around a great deal can identify with that. You learn that stability comes from within and the relationships we build, not from items that we collect on our journeys.

I am so excited for you, moving to Florida will be a huge adventure. All change, a beginning with new people and new furniture. It's like a life renovation. I hope you enjoy it, and I wish you great happiness! :)

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CHALLENGER15 12/6/2010 2:22PM

    This is just so awesome, Rose, and I KNOW you are going to have so many friends there as you do here on Spark!


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SHELLEY147 12/6/2010 1:47PM

    Oh, wonderful!! I'm so happy for you and your hubby!! What a wonderful idea to sell the house and it's contents. You're so right, it's just STUFF! We are getting rid of a lot of STUFF before we can move in February. I've got photos to treasure if I really feel the urge to see the 'stuff' sometime. I don't need to have so much clutter in my life!

I'm so excited for your adventure to start! You're living a great life my friend!! ~huge hugs~

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SHARONSPARKLE 12/6/2010 11:57AM

    Oh, Thank you Rose for this blog! I'm so happy for you! My hubby and I are in the exact same situation. (Sort of!) We are leaving to spend our winter in AZ but when we get back in the spring we intend to sell our home - contents and all! We are also getting the naysayers but darn it, we agree with you. When we are traveling in our motor home we are enjoying life and not missing our STUFF back home! Our biggest concern is also missing family and the grandkids. I'd say missing our friends too but we find most of our friends are also moving for retirement. My BFF just sold her home and moved to The Villages in FL just a couple weeks ago.

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RIGBY31 12/6/2010 11:28AM

    I love it when people *look at you like you're from another planet*! DH and I bought our retirement home 5 hrs away (by plane!) and we love fixing it up together. After 31 years, we get away more often now and it's wonderful. *blush*

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MELTING2SVELTE 12/6/2010 11:11AM

    What a wonderful way to declutter! Enjoy your new home!

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WINFIELD28 12/6/2010 11:00AM

    I am so happy for you Rose!
Glad you sold your house & everything in it!
I hope your new adventure is full of many wonderful beginnings!
I have never been to Florida...but hear it's the sunshine state - what's not to like about sunshine?
This all seems so appropriate to happen right now for you at this stage of your life. It's just always amazing how things 'fall into place' and work out better than you could have imagined or planned!
I too, seem to realize that 'things' are just that - things. I have alot of things I plan to give away or get rid of - kind of 'lighting the load' on two fronts - weight and stuff!
You and your husband have a wonderful life in Florida!

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IMNENA23 12/6/2010 10:48AM

    Congratulations and WAY TO GO! Life isn't about stuff! I'm so proud of you!

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MUEHLBBO 12/6/2010 10:22AM

    Congratulations, not only on the sale of the house, but on the new adventure. I really admire you for just walking away. I agree with you, but I don't know if I could make that big of a break. I did a lot of purging the last time I moved and have purged more since then, but I really admire you for doing it almost 100%. Good luck on the trip and enjoy Floriday.

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JRDIAMOND4 12/6/2010 9:28AM

    emoticon emoticonWELCOME, TO FLORIDA!!!! I am excited for you. I feel the same way, except I want to move to Texas. One day, prayerfully, we will make it. I love Florida of old, not the today Florida. It is vastly changing. I miss the How ya dos and the come on in and sit awhiles. The Florida I knew is gone. When my husband and I was considering moving a few years ago, we decided to do just what you did. Pack up our most cherished "stuff" and leave the rest behind. "Life" got in the way and we decided that it was not the time to leave. So here we are.

You will love it here. I would love to meet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I live in the middle of no where, East of Bradenton about an hour north of N.Ft Myers. My husband works in that area all the time. He knows the area well.

Once you get settled in, if you ever want to come to the woods come on up and sit awhile. We will have a cup of green tea by the camp fire. I will keep you in my prayers as you pack up the car and once again begin a new phase of your life. It will be awesome!!

Happy Monday,

ps They make suitcases big enough that a couple of grandkids can fit in. bwhahahaha

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WHISPERING-PINE 12/6/2010 9:13AM

  You made me smile....How wonderful for you and your DH to start a new life and a new journey for yourselves. Embracing life is a great thing. Congratulations to you both. A new year with new memories to make. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMGABE 12/6/2010 8:46AM

    Congratulations on the sale of your house. Selling the contents as well makes the move a whole lot simplier. Good luck as you embark on your new adventure. Will look forward to your blogs to find out how things are going. emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 12/6/2010 8:41AM

    My plan is to retire to Florida and live from Oct. to April. Then here in North Carolina from April to SEptember. I may never get to do this but it is my goal. I wish you every good wish on your journey and hope all goes well. Let us know how it goes. emoticon

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    WOW!! What a FANTASTIC plan for the future!! Who needs old stuff anyway - if you change your mind, you can always get more... best of luck on your exciting new journey!!!!

Sass :o)

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MISSY0356 12/6/2010 8:30AM

    Congrats on selling the house and on starting over new!!

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JEREMY723 12/6/2010 8:30AM

    Best of luck on your journey. Not sure where in Ohio you're from exactly, but with snow like this lake effect this morning and watching the Browns in Miami yesterday all makes Florida sound mighty nice:)

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Time For Reflection & A Reminder Of Why I Began This Journey!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm taking a deep breath, as I begin writing these words. I've survived the Thanksgiving holiday with barely a mar! I was so busy cooking & fussing that I ended up not overeating at all! This year, I paid particularly close attention to my habit of tasting & picking at the food while I'm cooking & baking!

Those calories surely add up fast, by golly! emoticon

The worst day, by far, has been the day after! Sighing... You see, I still had leftovers in the house! I know. I know...I should've given them ALL away! But hubby wanted to keep some, so I reluctantly obliged. Although I've avoided temptation, having them in the house has made it very difficult for me! I've stayed within range tho...except for those pesky carbs! I'm telling you, my friends...staying in range w/the carbs has been so darn difficult!

I know it's ME, MYSELF, & I who's making it so difficult...but I do LOVE my carbs! emoticon

Okay, so my purpose for writing today is to affirm my resolve & remind myself of why I began this journey!

I was diagnosed with Diabetes in February 2010. At that time, my doctor started me on an oral medication to help control my blood sugar. I weighed 230 lbs & my blood sugar was running in the 200's. I was angry & frightened! I didn't want to be a diabetic & I certainly didn't want to be on medication! I was tired all the time, had no energy, & just didn't feel well! I resolved then to be off the medication as soon as possible. I began watching what I ate & checking my blood sugar everyday. My numbers were improving with the medication & controlled diet. I began feeling better! My weight was dropping slowly & so was my blood sugar! I found SparkPeople in August 2010. By then, my weight was 219 lbs & blood sugars were almost normal, WITH the medication. I want OFF the medication....& I want to feel good again!

Since joining SparkPeople, I've lost 31 lbs! I've never felt better! I'm exercising daily now, I have more energy, & my blood sugars are normal! I plan to continue my quest...& reach my weight goal by June 2011! This equates to around 6-7 lbs per month for the next 6 months! This is very doable! Very doable, indeed!!!

Alright my fellow Sparkers! Game on!!! I'm in! Take me to the finish line, cause I'm going for it!

Catch me if you can! emoticon

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SASSACAIA 12/2/2010 4:34PM

    I love the positive attitude in this blog! Keep up that attitude and your good works and you'll get to that finish line with flying colors!!

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MERRY40 11/29/2010 7:09PM

    What great insight and attitude you have towards reaching your goal. I know that you will be successful with your weight-loss goals. You have already done an awesome job! Congratulations! This is a difficult journey that we're on-but one that is doable and by golly, one that we will be successful with. Best wishes for continued success!
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DFROMTX 11/29/2010 9:23AM

    Thanks for my birthday balloons. I love them!

You are such an inspiration to us fellow SP'ers with your witty blogs and things you put in the status portion. You will reach your goal (probably sooner than you planned because of your persistence).

I sent Thanksgiving leftovers home with family members, but like you, my DH insisted I keep some. Today they went with the trash (sorry starving children in China). Now we can get down to SP business. emoticon


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ADNAW_YOTS 11/29/2010 6:57AM

    oh my gosh, fast forward to now instead of Feb 2010, and this could have been my blog! I am so angry that they said the Diabetes word to me and put me on meds. I TOO will get off of them with the great people like you here in sparkland to encourage others and prove that we are not alone. I hope you have a wonderful day today !! emoticon

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DGFOWLER 11/29/2010 5:44AM

    If I run after you sis Rose, we're both bound to be about 40 lbs lighter by your goal weight.. Lol.. I like that too.... Great blog.. Donna

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KILLERANGEL47 11/28/2010 9:30PM

    Good on you! emoticon Soon you won't be needing any medication to control your blood sugar! emoticon

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RIGBY31 11/28/2010 2:27PM

    Carbs are my downfall, too! I didn't realize the TRUE amount I should be eating for healthy blood numbers, but with SP I totally get it. I'm consistently reducing my meds, but I want offoffoff! We can do this.

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1BEARWIFE 11/27/2010 8:28PM

    I was diagnosed with diabetes, and learned that by losing weight and exercising, I keep my blood sugar level normal.....with no meds!! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 11/27/2010 6:25PM

    you have done amazingly well!! Woohoo!!
I am with you all the way Baby!I'm in!! Game on Rose, Game on!!!! emoticon
My goal date is July 1, 2011. looks like I need to hit 7 pounds a month to make goal! Together emoticon we can do this thing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHELLEY147 11/27/2010 6:23PM

    You said it all in your blog...this is about YOU. YOU are making changes, yes..maybe you eat more carbs than you should, how's everything else? In range? I think maybe work on the carb thing little by little each week. Have 1 less carb thing per day for a week and see how that goes. I KNOW you can do this...not a doubt in my mind. You are a strong, determined woman who can do whatever she wants! I believe in you!! Here's to you and meeting your goal!! ~hugs~

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WINFIELD28 11/27/2010 6:14PM

    Thanks for posting your experience with us!
So glad your Thanksgiving went well - food wise for you!
I like my carbs too; there are so many healthy ones we can have and should eat.
You have done so very well, Rose!
And your motivation is coming from the 'right place' - deep within yourself, for your self, for your health! I am right here with you, too. My goal is to reach my goal weight by the beginning of June, 2011. We can and will do this!

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SHARONSPARKLE 11/27/2010 5:33PM

    Those pesky carbs! They got out of control for me too and I started eating low carb and the pounds are finally coming off!

Great blog - you are doing great so keep it up!

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COMPUCATHY 11/27/2010 2:59PM

    Yep...having the "shake up" of Thanksgiving gives us a chance to take a breath and take a look back and take a look ahead and decide this really IS what we want to do...and really IS where we want to go! Sounds like you've got it! You've got your ticket, you're on-board the train...let's go! Destination...Goal Weight! Have a great weekend! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 11/27/2010 2:56PM

    Way to go. It sounds like you are determined to do what needs to be done. I have been diabetic for 10 years. Just this week my doc took me off one of my meds. It feels great. I still have long, long way to go, but it's great when we can fulfill some of our goals. You will conquer it!

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JENAANN3 11/27/2010 2:47PM

    Rose, you are doing so well on your diet and controlling your blood sugars. Just keep your chin up and continue doing as you have been for the last few months. Just remember, you can eat some of those tempting foods, just in moderation. I know what it is like to hear your favorites calling from the refrigerator. Do yourself a favor, drink some water, then have a small portion of whatever you are craving. You will be better off eating small amounts than to let the craving get to you.

Good job on your blog. emoticon

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ONEGREATCAT 11/27/2010 2:30PM

    That was a great blog! You reinforced your resolve and you gave us a trip in "your world"!! Thanks!

Okay, Rose, I'll take you to the finish line, but I won't be able to catch you!!! BUT that will be ME that you hear huffing and puffing behind you!!!

WE CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 11/27/2010 1:52PM

    Awesome accomplishments! Congratulations on taking your health by the horns and determining not to let it ruin your life! You are amazing.

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COOLMAMA11 11/27/2010 1:27PM

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You are determined to make it work, and it will, I'm right behind you trying to catch up lol!

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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HOTCHICA17 11/27/2010 1:02PM

    You are took control of you!!!

You will do it!


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