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Big Birthday Thank You

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I am blessed! I want to thank all of my dear SP friends for the wonderful birthday wishes and goodies! I will soon thank you each individually. In the meantime A big hug to all of you!
With my brother passing away in July, we have been very busy trying to figure things out and settling things.
The house looked like something from the HOARDERS tv show. We have a buyer who want to close September 30th. The whole family has been working day and night to clean it out. SO I have been missing in action for a bit. Hopefully come October I will be more present here on SP,
I love each of you and am so thankful for your continuing support.

  
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SETTIMIA 9/29/2014 12:29AM

    Thank you for popping by my blog and your kind words. Sorry to hear your devastating news and although your birthday was low key you still acknowledged this very special day x

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MSLZZY 9/28/2014 9:17AM

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I hope you and the family can accomplish that daunting task.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/28/2014 4:55AM

    Sorry to hear about your Brother. Hope the rest of the house cleaning etc. goes well! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/28/2014 12:17AM

    emoticon So sorry about your brother. Cleaning out some else's house is a difficult thing to do. We just did that with our son & DIL home to get it ready to sell. They are at the early stage of hording and house was going into foreclosure. Many nights of cleaning and moving.
Hope your birthday was enjoyed even though you had a tough situation to deal with.
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PURPLEPEONY 9/24/2014 1:55PM

    I hope your birthday was emoticon

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GOCALGAL 9/24/2014 7:22AM

    So sorry to hear about your brother. Happy belated birthday. emoticon


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2BEABETTERME 9/22/2014 4:56PM

    Happy Birthday! So sorry I missed it...I have not been so great at being active lately. Hope the day was amazing!
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JANIEWWJD 9/22/2014 12:37AM

    emoticonHope and pray that you had a wonderful day!!!!

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WALLAHALLA 9/21/2014 8:55PM

    emoticon You deserve only the best!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/21/2014 3:41PM

    Hope you are having a great day!! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/21/2014 3:31PM

    Happy Birthday! Wish you some peace once this last task for your brother is completed. emoticon

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PILLYWIGGIN 9/21/2014 1:55PM

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Hope the house sale goes smoothly, you are always in my prayers.xxx

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APRIL_V_2 9/21/2014 1:25PM

    Happy birthday! I hope this year with be full of blessings for you. Hope all goes well with the house closing! emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 9/21/2014 12:50PM

    Happy Birthday, Ruthie! Thank you for your continued support, even when you're bogged down with family business! Hopefully, everything will settle down for you soon. emoticon

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OKBACK2MEAGAIN 9/21/2014 12:02PM

    Yeah I have been in a lot of houses like that with my work. I always feel blessed when there is a pathway and no rotten food! It takes a lot of work to clean up a place when it gets to that stage. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/21/2014 11:55AM

    Happy Birthday Ruthie!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2014 11:34AM

    emoticon and blessings.

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ICECUB 9/21/2014 11:31AM

    happy birthday emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INGMARIE 9/21/2014 10:54AM

    emoticon and Happy Birthday to you. (a bit late) emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 9/21/2014 10:16AM

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All the Best to you it will soon be behind you

Mary

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AUNTRENEE 9/21/2014 9:07AM

    Sorry to hear about your brother. My dad's oldest brother died at the end of July. So he knows what you're going through.

Happy birthday!!!!

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Fall Plan

Sunday, September 14, 2014

As most of you know one of my brothers passed away in July. Because he was the executor of my mother's estate (she passed away Jan. 2001) and administrator of my brother's estate ( who passed away in 2010), and he did not take care of either of those, my husband and I are now in charge of three estates. In addition to that, we had an offer on the house, where they all lived (also where I grew up), which states we must close by the end of September, we have to spend every spare moment cleaning it out. To say it was full is an understatement. We have already filled one dumpster and need to get a second one.
Yesterday I shipped 19 large boxes of books and Bibles from the house to a ministry that will send them to missionaries. I will not go into all of the details but it is an overwhelming undertaking to handle all of this.
I have had little personal time, little time to exercise, little time to get to the gym or be here on SP. I did manage to see my trainer on Friday and she said she had not seen me in such pain or stiffness in years.
When trying to think of my goals for the fall challenge, they are very basic.
I want to eat healthy.
I want to exercise whenever I can.
I want to get through all of the estate work without stressing out and eating for comfort.
I want to get the house cleaned out.
I want to drink plenty of water.
I want to participate in the challenges.

I am going to do my best to keep up with my SP check ins and tracking. I am hoping come October I will have a little more time to focus on my health goals and SP activity.
For now I take one day at a time and do the best I can.

  
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ELIZACG9 9/20/2014 8:32PM

    So sorry for you loss.....my goodness,
one year ago my older Bro. Only 61 years old, well we had the funeral on this day the 20th 2013.

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2BEABETTERME 9/17/2014 5:37PM

    Oh my, so sorry you have had to deal with so much in a such a short amount of time! Hang in there!
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JANIEWWJD 9/17/2014 12:05AM

    That's the way to do it; one day at a time!!! Don't stress yourself out; just get it over with so you can get on with your life and taking care of your health!!!!
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CHICAMIMI 9/16/2014 2:42PM

    It sounds like you've got a lot going on now and a lot on your shoulders. Know that we're here for you. Let me know if there's anything I can do. I'm still sorting through my mother's estate and stuff, so I can only imagine the task you have.

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MOJO0607 9/15/2014 2:05PM

    What a tremendous amount of extra weight on your shoulders at this time! Do what you can and know we are here to help in whatever ways possible. Hugs to you and your family...

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1CRAZYDOG 9/14/2014 8:21PM

    Oh my gosh. What a mess. So sorry! HUGS!!!

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CARRAND 9/14/2014 8:13PM

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RAINBOWMF 9/14/2014 6:46PM

    emoticon Ruthie. I wish you all the best.
So sorry for the mess.

Mary

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INGMARIE 9/14/2014 6:42PM

    emoticon stuff like this is always over whelming.
Sorry for your loss, just get thru each day as good as you can. there is a light at the end. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/14/2014 5:39PM

    emoticon When stuff like that happens in our family, I add it to the list of things I will NEVER do to my son. The list started with licking or spitting on a hankie or tissue to clean his face. I hated when my mom did that to me. Do what you can and don't stress about the rest. All that packing and cleaning will definitely burn some calories.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/14/2014 4:45PM

    Ruthie, I am praying for you. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 9/14/2014 4:39PM

    Hang in there. Keep relying on Father God to get you through all of this. He loves you so much & He's only a prayer away. emoticon

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APRIL_V_2 9/14/2014 1:41PM

    My heart is aching for you Ruthie. All the losses of your loved ones you have had to endure and now all the stress of dealing with these things. I hope you can take time out to find moments of peace and serenity and to destress. During life's most stressful and difficult times, it is also the most important time to ensure we are taking extra good care of ourselves. I know it's so hard though. Good luck with your healthy goals and the fall challenge. I am rooting for you Ruthie! emoticon

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VALYNN26 9/14/2014 1:10PM

    So sorry for all that you're going through. Just hang in there. You have some some great goals, and very attainable. Best of luck. emoticon emoticon

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OKBACK2MEAGAIN 9/14/2014 12:14PM

    Ruthie I am sorry to hear about your brother. It is a hard time dealing with your losses and the responsibility of the Estates. I love the goals you chose for the Fall Challenge as they are relevant and achievable! Go Diamond Girl! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/14/2014 11:27AM

    Oh Ruthie, you have been through so much. I am so sorry for all of the stress and pain that has been thrown your way. I know that God never gives you more than he gives you the strength to handle. At this point, you must be the strongest woman on the planet. I am sorry for your loss and all of the other complications that are attached to it.

Getting the house cleaned out and settled, will go a long way to relieving your immediate stressors. Yet, there is still the issue of all of the loss you have experienced over the past few years. Once the dust settles, please indulge in some serious grieving for all that you have lost. Perhaps your paster can help you through it and lead you to the beginning of some healing time. You are lucky to be married to such a wonderful, supportive husband. His love and support will go a long way in helping you through all of your pain and stress. God bless you and hold you in his hand.

May The Lord surround you with his love, give you the strength to face and deal with whatever lies ahead, may The Lord grant you his peace.

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STARLITNIGHT 9/14/2014 11:20AM

    I am sorry for your loss, and all the work you must do. I wish all the best to you and your family at this time. I am so glad to hear you are not wanting to lose yourself in this moment and that you still want to be a priority in your healthy lifestyle. I hope you find the right balance to include "me" time each day, to show yourself you are awesome, and worth the few moments to keep to yourself. emoticon

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ICECUB 9/14/2014 10:24AM

    SORRY FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. WHEN SOMEONE PASSES AWAY IT IS A LOT YOU HAVE TO DO AND TAKE CARE OF. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF THE BEST YOU CAN.

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4th of July Photos

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I do not know where the time has gone this week. I am squeaking in at the last minute with this blog.
Our 4th of July got switched to July 5th due to the weather. Here are a few photos of our celebration:


This patriotic bull was in the parade.


Loved this old fire truck in the parade


The parade always ends with a line of fire trucks


This Porsche was parked in front of our house and my hubby, his brother and my nephew wanted to pose in front of it. Dreamers


My daughter relaxing by our riverbank


My son and Grand dog watching the parade in front of the house.


I played with this photo of my niece and her dog watching the parade.

It was a beautiful day!

  
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JANIEWWJD 8/13/2014 12:47AM

    Your pictures were beautiful!!!! Looks like you had a fun day!!!!
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JKPONYGIRL 8/5/2014 8:42AM

    I love the bull
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MULTIMOM 8/1/2014 9:41AM

    I enjoyed your pictures, and am thinking of doing a photo blog too. What a wonderful time you had at the parade. Loved seeing pictures of your family!

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MADAMES 7/17/2014 11:23PM

    Great fun to have a parade come right by your house and to have a river too! Awesome!

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GLORY- 7/10/2014 5:46PM

    Nice pictures! Looks like you had a great time! emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/10/2014 9:02AM

    Beautiful photos and great memories! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/9/2014 10:26PM

    LOVE standing in front of the Porsche! Dreaming indeed. You have a lovely family.

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RAINBOWMF 7/9/2014 9:13PM

    thanks for sharing, looked like a lovely day

Mary

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SABNMICH 7/9/2014 8:44PM

    It looks like you had a beautiful day with your family! There's nothing better than that!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/9/2014 7:55PM

    Beautiful day, great pictures. Who can ask for anything more than that? Thanks for sharing with us!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/9/2014 7:41PM

    Great photos!!!!

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INGMARIE 7/9/2014 7:17PM

    emoticon Thnks for sharing your beautiful pix.

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ICECUB 7/9/2014 5:59PM

    YHANKS FOR SHARING PICTURES. LOVE THEM.

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APRIL_V_2 7/9/2014 5:48PM

    Great pics! Thank you for sharing your holiday and family with us. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 7/9/2014 5:21PM

    Love the bull! How fun!

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JAYKAYSTRONG 7/9/2014 3:40PM

    "Dreamers." That made me laugh out loud! And, I agree, you take amazing photos. I would love to live by a river. Thanks for sharing!

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JADED_CHICK19 7/9/2014 11:54AM

    Amazing pictures! You are a great photographer! Thanks for sharin!

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VALYNN26 7/9/2014 11:07AM

    Such great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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MOJO0607 7/9/2014 10:41AM

    Love the bull! How awesome that the parade route goes right by your house--no worries about finding parking. :) So glad to see you were able to enjoy the holiday with family!

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MISSG180 7/9/2014 10:31AM

    Great pictures!

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STARLITNIGHT 7/9/2014 10:30AM

    Great Pictures! Looks like you had a lot of good times this day!

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Pick a Photo to help me

Saturday, June 21, 2014

In AUgust my gym is having a display of photos taken by members. WOuld you help me pick which one I should display? I am going to post some photos here. I will number each one. IN your comment tell me which are your favorites. I will tally up the votes to help me decide. Thanks so much
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#16


Thank you for your help!

  
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ELIZACG9 9/20/2014 8:33PM

    1 14 15

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MADAMES 7/17/2014 11:30PM

    I love them all....my favorites are 1, 11 and 15, the cute dog, the Statue of Liberty and your lovely riverside. emoticon

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MARUKI52 7/12/2014 3:31PM

    3, 5, 9 and 12 are my favourites but I love them all. You are a great photographer.

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WALLAHALLA 7/2/2014 5:14PM

    They are all emoticon #1 and #12 are my favorites.

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FELINEBETTER 6/29/2014 11:13AM

    Thanks for your weekly cheer, Ruthie Bear! I'm doing what I can to keep it going!

As for the photos -- I especially like 1,7,9,13,15 but I believe #1 has it hands-down!!

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KENSHO 6/26/2014 6:36PM

    You have real talent!! I choose #1!

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REALTYLADYLISA 6/25/2014 6:28PM

    1,4,9,10,12,15...they are all wonderful, but I think these just have something more to them...and knowing how hard it is to photograph animals and get a clear face shot, 1 and 12 get an extra point from me!

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PILLYWIGGIN 6/25/2014 6:11PM

    They are all so beautiful Ruthie - but I choose No 1.
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MOJO0607 6/24/2014 11:10AM

    1, 4, and 13 are my faves of the group, but what an amazing eye for framing you have! Love them all...

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/24/2014 9:33AM

    Oh my... what a hard decision! Well #1 really made me smile so I will go with that one.


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MSLZZY 6/24/2014 12:00AM

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IMAVISION 6/23/2014 11:42AM

    #1 because it's subject is so appealingly cute.

#10 because it is such an unusual subject matter.


We are never so broken that God cannot restore us. God bless!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 6/22/2014 10:37PM

    Beautiful pictures, Ruthie! Any one of them would be great to post but something about number 16 really appeals to me the most.

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KMICHA 6/22/2014 10:19PM

    #15

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ORCHIDLADY56 6/22/2014 8:50AM

    Oh my gosh! They are all so good! But my favorite would have to be #1. Good luck!

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SASSYLJB 6/22/2014 6:33AM

    for me all of them but 1 ,6,9 but as always I love all of them!

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SEAGLASS1215 6/22/2014 5:49AM

    I love them all....but if I had to pick absolute favorites, I would say, 9, 10, and 16....of course, when I go back to make sure, I find others that I like just as much...so I'm not very helpful but I will say - you've got some amazing photos here! I'm very impressed!
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AFERRARI 6/22/2014 12:49AM

    1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16....however I loved them all...not much help...sorry

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RAINBOWMF 6/21/2014 11:02PM

    All lovely
I vote 1 and 16

Mary

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NILLAPEPSI 6/21/2014 9:24PM

    6, 13 & 15 are my faves. I just wanna go sit in that chair (#15) with a good book & a tall glass of lemonade.

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ICECUB 6/21/2014 6:49PM

    1 IS MY FAVORITE

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2BEABETTERME 6/21/2014 6:02PM

    Wow, what beautiful pictures! 1 and 13 are my favorites!
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BEATLETOT 6/21/2014 5:12PM

    #1, #12 and #14. So cute!!!

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KATHYJO56 6/21/2014 4:30PM

    I love them all, but there are 2 that struck me the most.

1. very cute and adorable

9. an amazing photo of the sky that you don't see quite like this very often.

Thank you for letting us give you input.

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FITMARY 6/21/2014 3:25PM

    #1 is adorable.
#5 is cute and unusual.
#8, #9, #13, and #14 are beautiful.
And #15 is fun!


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BARBARAROSE54 6/21/2014 3:03PM

    I choose # 15, but # 1 is good too.

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STARLITNIGHT 6/21/2014 2:55PM

    9 is my favorite, but 2 is awesome

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MRSVK11 6/21/2014 1:34PM

    What fantastic photo's you take my fave is 15

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PURPLE0906 6/21/2014 1:29PM

    No doubt about it, number 1, love the look in his/her eyes

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BOB5148 6/21/2014 12:58PM

  number 5

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AQUAGIRL08 6/21/2014 12:41PM

    I like 1,5,7 or 14. They are all wonderful! You have a lot of talent.

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MARISPHERE 6/21/2014 12:39PM

    Oh, 15. I want to be there now!

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MINDYJ1 6/21/2014 12:27PM

    I love them all! But if I had to choose I would pick #1 or #11

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HOLLYM48 6/21/2014 12:22PM

    hard do choose but I would go with # 1,5 or 15. Lovely pics!

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INGMARIE 6/21/2014 12:21PM

    This was hard , but I think #6 and #9 ,# 11 I like also ,a bit different with the sails.

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XFITSTRONG 6/21/2014 12:13PM

    WOW!!! What amazing talent! So hard to choose!!!

#15 then #7 are my votes.

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VALYNN26 6/21/2014 11:26AM

    My choices are #7
#15
#5


They are all great though. Tough choice. Great work!

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YMWONG22 6/21/2014 11:21AM

  My first choice is #7.
Second choice is #8.
Third choice is #5.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2014 11:02AM

    Choice #1, since it's so close to July 4th, is the Statue of Liberty.

Choice #2, the tiger drinking. What a powerful picture, yet says humility too. Love it.

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I Am More than a Number on the Scale (SUmmer goal)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My goal for the Sizzling Summer challenge is to realize that I am more than a number on the scale.
Because I have continued to eat right and exercise, but not lost any weight for so long, I have felt like a disappointment and a failure.
My wellness coach asked me months ago to make a list of positives about myself, and I have been unable to do it. Both she and my counsellor have told me they could make the list, but I need to see those things in myself. Some days all I see is failure.
For the next ten weeks I am going to continue to track my food and exercise. I am going to eat healthy and within range. I am going to drink plenty of water. None of those are my goals.
In order to accomplish my goal of realizing I am more than a number on the scale:
I am going to get on the scale only once a week.
I am going to keep a list of blessings for every day.
I am going to take more me time - to get to know myself better.
I am going to try and see myself through other people's eyes.
I am going to read positive thoughts daily.
I am going to interact more - I spend too much alone time.
I am going to make that list of positives!

Yes, I want to lose weight. Sometimes to lose weight, we have to lose baggage that we carry around. Facing that baggage has been a difficult journey for me. Now that I have, I need to move past the negatives. They still hurt, but I cannot keep letting the darkness of the past, ruin the brightness of the future. I am ready to step into the light again.
I AM MORE THAN A NUMBER ON THE SCALE!




  
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REALTYLADYLISA 6/25/2014 6:37PM

    Great post! Stay positive! The Creator of the universe took the time to create you and HE says you are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are taking an excellent step in your goals...we are transformed from the inside out as we renew our mind and come into agreement with the words of our wonderful God. Blessings!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/17/2014 9:09PM

    emoticon Great goals Ruthie!

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2BEABETTERME 6/17/2014 12:51PM

    Great goals! I too struggle with seeing any positives of me. You are an inspiration to our team every day...thank you!

You can do it!
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MOJO0607 6/16/2014 3:43PM

    Perfectly put...it is up to you, and you know you have the support and love of all of us here to help you whenever you may need it.

Hugs, RuthieBear...great big squishy, mushy hugs.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/16/2014 10:15AM

    Great plan!!

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APRIL_V_2 6/15/2014 11:53PM

    Great blog, and awesome goals. You are more than a number on the scale. Good luck with your inner journey. We'll be here rooting for you. emoticon

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SHARON10002 6/15/2014 10:45PM

    Ruthie, you come through these pages and blogs as a warm and loving person. I think that you are a ray of sunshine when you drop by my page to say Hello, and it brightens my day.

I am right next to you on that plateau and have been for quite some time. But we can't allow that one thing make us think we have failed. I guarantee you that each and every day you do at least several things that make a difference to others.

I like your goals, and agree with MARUKI52, and all of the other comments here. Some things that help me are to watch inspirational videos on You Tube, listen to shows on Hay House Radio, and read positive books. I also find watching funny shows on TV - I Love Lucy, and some of the old comedy shows that make me laugh helps me to view things differently.

“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli
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HOLLYM48 6/15/2014 7:31PM

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BLUECAFE 6/15/2014 4:45PM

    Awesome! I need to keep this in mind myself!

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VALYNN26 6/15/2014 4:29PM

    emoticon and yes! YOU are so much more that a number on the scale! These are some great goals! I believe in you. emoticon emoticon

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JAYKAYSTRONG 6/15/2014 4:10PM

    I don't know what else I can contribute that others haven't already said but I will be cheering for you! emoticon

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GLORYB2014 6/15/2014 10:59AM

    Be kind to yourself Ruthie, you are definitely worth it. Take time for YOU, put yourself as #1 priority.

Your goals are great and please, believe in them and in yourself!
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CARINEVE 6/15/2014 10:51AM

    Good for you!
Even if the scale is not moving, you are getting healthier when you stick to eating healthy and exercising. Perhaps you are adding some muscles here and there?
I love your positive attitude towards plateaus.

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ORCHIDLADY56 6/15/2014 9:27AM

    Love these goals! You got this Ruthie!

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XFITSTRONG 6/15/2014 8:28AM

    I love this blog! Thanks for sharing!

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KITT52 6/15/2014 5:13AM

    emoticon ..believe in your self..... emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 6/14/2014 11:52PM

    One step at a time. emoticon

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FITMARY 6/14/2014 6:32PM

    Being on a plateau for a long time is no fun. You want to see the change on the scale and it just won't come.... But you've been consistent in spite of that. I'd say that's a HUGE POSITIVE right there. Stay strong and keep walking forward!


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ICECUB 6/14/2014 6:13PM

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2014 5:17PM

    You ARE DEFINITELY more than that # on the scale! You are AWESOME. It is very difficult to let go of the past, especially painful parts, but it does make the here-and-now better, and your future too.
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MARUKI52 6/14/2014 3:57PM

    A suggestion for you. I have offered this to others in the past because I have found it helpful myself. Keep a notebook by you and write down the following:

1. Anything good that happens to you during the day.
2. Anything good you did for someone else.
3. Anything positive that was said to you.
4. Anything said to you that made you smile or laugh.
5. Any kindness said to you or done for you.
6. Any kindness you did for someone else.
7. Did you make anyone else smile or laugh?
8. Anything else you can think of that is positive about yourself.

Things like....so and so said I was looking healthier, had nice hair, liked the colour of my hair, liked my eyes, my smile, thought I had a good sense of humour etc. Anything positive that you or another person, can be friends, family, carers, assistants, hospital staff, just anyone you come across in your ordinary day, has said to you or you have experienced on that day. You might be surprised when you write these things down how they begin to add up and how many positive things there are about yourself that you just don’t really take note of during general day to day living.

I did this for a while and some of the things people said about me were that I had a sense of fun, was kind, open and outgoing, easy to approach, a good listener, always seems happy, bubbly, comforting, friendly and honest, had nice hair, kindly eyes,was generous and caring and approachable.

I have to tell you that I had been quite unaware that this was how people viewed me but often these things are said by people and it only half registers with us which is why writing it down at the time or as soon after as is possible is a good thing because we can go back and read what has been said, or done, and that is good for us to be reminded. I'm not suggesting doing this forever but just for a while. You might be surprised at what you learn about yourself of which you were unaware.

An experience I had.........I remember a friend at work. She had only joined the Company I worked for about a week before. It was my birthday on this particular day and it was the custom that whoever had the birthday bought cakes for the others in the department. (Needless to say no one had issues with food back then!) So, on this day, this new friend along with me and a couple of other friends went to the local bakers to buy the cakes for the department. On the way there she asked where we were going and was told that as it was my birthday the custom was to buy cakes. Well, we had just passed a flower seller who had a tray of primroses and violets, just small bunches and not very expensive. This new friend did no more than stop, turn around, go back to the flower seller and bought me a bunch of primroses.

That was way back in the late 1950’s but I have never forgotten her generous gesture and the kindness that she did this for me so spontaneously. The primrose bunch was only small, the cost small too but the gesture, the kindness, the thoughtfulness has stayed with me since that day. Kindnesses don’t always have to be big gestures, they can be just a word, a smile or something like my experience that doesn’t cost a lot financially. It is those that remain in our memories, memories that are helped by writing even the smallest kindness down.

I’m sorry that this is a long post but I can ramble on. Put it down to my advanced years! emoticon
Hope this helps.
Hugs,
Mary


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KATHYJO56 6/14/2014 3:46PM

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BARBARAROSE54 6/14/2014 3:27PM

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BEATLETOT 6/14/2014 2:21PM

    Yes! You are!!

I've been working on my body image this month, to see that I'm worthy of everything I want, whether I ever lose another pound or not! It's been a really nice experience.

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STARLITNIGHT 6/14/2014 1:50PM

    You are amazing and worth the fight to unlearn the negative, and recreate a more positive inner truth about yourself. As I have learned, you can not wait for a friend or a hero, you must become these things for yourself first. Best wishes. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 6/14/2014 12:19PM

    Let that baggage go! On-wards to a happier, healthier you!

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INGMARIE 6/14/2014 10:56AM

    emoticon Love your goals, you can do this emoticon emoticon

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FAIRY_MOON76 6/14/2014 10:39AM

    Amazing post emoticon I love your goals. I completely relate to letting go of "baggage" in order to better the quality of life. I believe in you! You are not alone in this struggle. You are an amazing inspiration. emoticon

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