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3 things: I. AM. BACK! Roasted Veggies. A Big Thank you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I put this on my feed but not sure if you can see it all

I ran upon this today... on spark and was tickled.

I love veggies BUT this makes them sound amazing!

Have any of you guys ever 'ROASTED" your veggies?
I have not but will be doing so this week.

BE sure and read lots of the comments on the article... there were lots of good seasonings ideas...

HEY I am BAAAACK..... (on spark)...... I have been missing for about 3 months.....

sure I browsed around about 5 mins a week here and there... but never commented or said much....

SO MUCH going on with my mom since April 20th, 2011 that my focus and priorities changed.

THANK YOU TO ALL that left me comments or goodies...

THANK YOU TO ALL that prayed and kept my mom/family in your thoughts!


PS over the last 3 mos. I have gained for sure. (20 lbs) YEP u read it right!

(PLUS I had already put back on 15 before my mom got sick.) (From Dec. 2010 to May 2011, I had gained 15 lbs so about 3 lbs a month....)

I am a stress eater and I ate my way thru mom's sickness and requirement for daily hands-on care. (I also prayed constantly and God was so good each and every day and I could feel His loving care during this hard time!)

I went back to my old ways...

I own it... (I hate it..! LOL) but I own it!

I stopped the gain and the bad habits last weekend...

I started back on my eating plan on Sunday July 23rd.

I WILL get it back off....

I will reach my goal weight/size

More blogs coming soon!

Gosh... confessing the weight gain was hard....... "WHEW"..... got that off my chest..... and I do feel better.. because accountability to you guys helps me stay strong and focused!

SO are there any of you guys out there reading this... that want to join me in this healthy journey and get ON track or maybe even BACK ON track?

LOVE you guys!

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TEACHINMOM 9/13/2011 12:48PM

    Oh WOW!! I started a new job in April. I have been home with the kiddos for YEARS and so I've spent the same few months as you back in my old ways. Emotional eating, making excuses, whatever it was......I put 25ish pounds back on during that time and I too am back and determined to get this back off and get back to where I was AND MORE ~ because I just can't stand how I look and HATE how I feel!!
So glad you're back and I'm glad to be back ~ we can do this together ~ with the help of our dear Spark friends that understand!!!!
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KANSASROSE67 8/26/2011 5:41PM

    Glad you're doubt in my mind you will do great!

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BELLALUCIA 8/26/2011 1:14PM

    Welcome back Lady!

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LUNADRAGON 8/25/2011 9:45PM

    Thinking of you, and wondering how you are right now my friend!

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SHANTISHANTI 8/23/2011 8:05PM

    Glad to see you here again, my friend. I can't believe you've never roasted veggies, it's one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday morning to get ready for the week. Butternut squash, peppers, onions, beets, name it and I've roasted it. Some combinations are better than others, but they are all yummy! emoticon

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LDY_ALI_79 8/3/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon Sometimes our emotions just get in the way! I'm glad to hear you're back into the swing of these! Success is yours!!

Take care~

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Great to see you back Sherlyn!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/2/2011 8:17AM

    WOOHOO! Great to see you back. Sorry that life has thrown you some extra things to deal with. Sounds like things are settling for you now... and that WOOHOO! you are getting to a new place you want to be at.

Welcome back... D

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GLAZED-DONUT 8/1/2011 4:17PM

    I'm so glad to see you back sparking, even though I havent been on spark a TON recently, your sunshine was noticeably NOT fluttering around my friend feed.
I do hope your Mom is doing better. Sometimes (and no its not an excuse) but there are due times where things in life DO get in the way of our goals and in those times we may take a couple of steps back, but its the strides forward we take that really count.
Remember, sometimes we need TIME (T)things (I) (M)must (E)earn.
Keep sprakling my friend (hugs)

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WARMSPRINGDAY 7/31/2011 1:21PM

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I so understand! I gained 20 pounds, too. Life is hard, isn't it? I'm getting back on track though, and you can do. It took me a long time to be honest too, but felt like a weight off my chest.

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p.s. And yes, I've tried roasted veggies and they are g-r-r-r-r-reat!

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SUMMERWINDS 7/31/2011 1:48AM

    Welcome back Sherlyn! I hope your Mom is adjusting well, I have kept your family in my prayers. I, also was off track BIG TIME! Now, reality has set in and I can't stand the way I feel, so here I am! Wishing you much succes:)

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MONKEYSNUFFER 7/30/2011 11:27PM

    I really missed you! emoticon

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ISLANDGIRL2013 7/30/2011 1:51PM

    Welcome back, One Of My Favorite Spark People!

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HEZZA2000 7/30/2011 10:15AM


I missed you and am so so so glad to continue on this journey with you!!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/30/2011 8:43AM

    Welcome back!!


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HAPPY92003 7/29/2011 6:35PM

    I LOVE roasted veggies! I usually make a batch and eat them all at once! (That is usually my whole diner:) I used the same article you found;-) My hubby broke down and tried them 2 weeks ago (I have been making them for about a year) and HE even loved them! I season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and cumin...makes them very sweet:)

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FIT-WHIT 7/29/2011 6:01PM

    SHERLYN!! soooo glad to see you back! I was just thinking about you the other day!!!

Yes, I LOVE roasted veggies! They're the best! My favs? Asparagus (drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with S&P) and peppers/onions/carrots/potatoes mixed together. Awesome!

It's good to get the confession out there! Definitely understandable, but doesn't make it easier.... It's tough when we encounter big challenges in life, but we work through them somehow and learn something in the situations!! Don't know if you knew or not, but since April when you were bopping around frequently here on Spark, I bought a house and MOVED!!! So that was exciting! Very distracting and stressful as well, though, and I gained about 5# since we moved. But this past week has been a BACK ON TRACK week, and I'm down 3.5 of those 5!! So, lady, you'll be right back at it as soon as you regain your focus and drive!! I'm here for ya!!

You can DO THIS!

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LIFEWALK 7/28/2011 9:05PM

    Welcome back! yes, I so understand, and know you can turn this around again :)

I haven't roasted veggies beyond baking squash, but what a wonderful explanation. Thank you for the link. We've been exploring them on the grill... yumilicious! Who knew?

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DANGEL117 7/28/2011 10:56AM

    I Have Missed You BUNCHES!!! I'm glad your back too!!! I'll have to try me some roasted veggies!!!

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HAPPYWALKER 7/28/2011 10:07AM

    So happy you're back, Sherlyn. You've been such a support to me while I've been dealing with my sister's illness. I've had you and your mom on my mind and hoped that things were going well.

I also am an emotional eater, and I gained back 20 of the 40 lbs. I had lost because I turned to food when my sister got diagnosed last Oct. The emotional stress was just too much for me and I returned to my old false friend, sugary, fat-laden treats.

And I am also back on track as of last Monday. It feels so much better to be in control of my eating and getting back to daily walking. I realize how much my poor habits weakened me at a time when I needed more strength. My sister is stable right now, but I know how things can turn on a dime. I hope to be better prepared if and when that happens so that I can continue healthy habits even when the stress is high.

We will both get back into the groove and drop the weight we regained, I'm sure of that. You've always been an inspiration to me, and your honesty and faith is so admirable.

All my best to you and prayers that your Mom continues to do better each day. emoticon

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KIWINURSE 7/28/2011 7:57AM

    From this day forward..........
Glad to read your blog and see a positive attitude shining through!

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LOOZINITNOW 7/28/2011 7:55AM

    So happy you are back and keeping a positive outlook despite the weight gain. It happens. We get back up and move forward. emoticon

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BAKER1009 7/28/2011 7:49AM

    I'm so very glad you are back Sherlyn! We have all missed you. Props to your sidekick (Nancy) for doing such a wonderful job. She is such a positive person!
You are always so good at saying it like it is, and that is what I love most about you. You help us all in a way that truly works. Not just saying, "Oh, that's OK", but "You messed up, now fix it!" LOL! But always in a heart felt manner!
I've been up & down myself since summer started. I hit 160 by Memorial Day weekend and was so proud of myself. Now I've crept up to the upper 160's and it's got to end! I was just 10 pounds from goal weight...why the self sabotage!! Why?!
Let's do this, together!! I'm here for you, always!


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TWO-TOO-MUCH 7/27/2011 11:53PM

    I'm so glad you're back, Sherlyn -- having you beside me on this journey has always made things easier. :) And yes, I've roasted veggies and love them that way. I especially love all root veggies roasted with a little spray of Pam and some Mrs. Dash -- squash, carrots, turnip, etc. :) You can so do this and I know you WILL! emoticon

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BLONDWUNN 7/27/2011 10:22PM

    Glad you're back! It was a hard, hard time, but my hunch is that little by little you'll see strength rising up inside yourself. You'll have a new compassion for people who suffer, and especially for those who endure "set-backs" that bring weight gain. You'll likely be able to help more people than your already bless!

So let's all get back at it. You already know that the journey is so worth it!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 7/27/2011 9:51PM

    I say WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!

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SERENAJL 7/27/2011 7:40PM

    Roasted veggies are the best!

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DONNA0256 7/27/2011 7:33PM

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Good to see you back at it. Roasted veggies are delish! You have the tools you need, now it's time to focus on you for a bit! emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 7/27/2011 7:31PM

    Going to have to try me some roasted veggies! Welcome back... you were never far from my thoughts!

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LORETTA24 7/27/2011 5:50PM

    emoticon emoticon So glad you are back! You have been missed. I am so sorry your stress has added the pounds back. You have done this before and you will be able to do it again. Roasted veggies are awesome. I discovered them when my children were young and we would go camping. Roasted veggies were a staple for us back them. Enjoy! Keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/27/2011 5:11PM

    Glad you are back--know that hard as it was to confess the gain, you are loved regardless. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls periodically that can really throw us for awhile, but as long as we refuse to give up, we will make it.


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-GOT2FINISH- 7/27/2011 5:02PM

    I've been stress eating all month & so I'm right with you on getting back on plan!

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    emoticon back!!!!

You will have that gain long gone before the end of the year. You are one determined lady!!

Good to have you back, you've been missed!



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2BFREE2LIVE 7/27/2011 4:21PM

    I am glad your back, and that your Mom is being cared for so you can take care of YOU. Sandy

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/27/2011 4:06PM

    emoticon back! Missed you!

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SKFEREBEE 7/27/2011 4:04PM

    Roasted vegetables are easy and delicious! It's so good because it brings out the sweetness in them.

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EKKING69 7/27/2011 3:57PM

  I read it and I'm back too! I gained back a lot more than you did with stress eating, if that helps you at all, then I'm glad to support! I'm now back, trying to ignore the continued stress and focus on me. Hope things are going well with your mother!

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LIVE FOR TODAY--STAY IN THE PRESENT (most of you can relate to this blog)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I read a blog of a dear friend and was praying for her. I didn’t know how to comment on her blog. I got back out this book and God led me to this page and I thought allot of people could probably benefit from me sharing this.

Live for Today—Stay in the present

“I will be happy when ________” - You fill in the blank. How many times have you said these words: “I will be happy when I lose weight”, “I will be happy when I get a new job”, “I will be happy when I get married” ? These and thousands of other such statements, postpone your happiness, which lowers your self-esteem. You are telling yourself that you don’t deserve to be happy until a certain event happens. What you are really saying is that you aren’t good enough right now, today, to be happy. And when the long-awaited event does occur, there will always be another and another. This makes it impossible for you to ever achieve happiness and high self-esteem unless you begin to accept yourself today.

Making outer conditions responsible for your happiness puts you on a roller coaster of emotions. If you feel good only when things go your way, you are left miserable a great deal of the time. As long as your happiness is tied into the achievement of future goals, you will never be satisfied. You will always need more to be happy. And if your need more, then you are telling yourself that you are not good enough. This damages your self-esteem.

While goals, dreams, wishes, and fantasies play a necessary part in your life, even adding to your self-esteem, it is important that you live for right now. You are perfect just as you are at this very moment. Sure, there are things you would like to work on, but you are still a worthwhile, beautiful person just as you are today.

Right now, make a list of five positive characteristics or traits about yourself. Whatever it is, write it down. Keep this list in a safe place and refer to it when you start thinking of all the things you don’t have. Give yourself permission to be happy and have high self-esteem TODAY.

Taken from the book “Why Can’t I Stop Eating?” by Dr. Debbie Danowski.

My eating plan is from this book. (see 9-17 blog for it).

My personal history that helps me relate to this blog… I have spent many many years saying “WHEN I LOSE WEIGHT I WILL BE HAPPY”
WHEN I LOSE WEIGHT I will go to the lake with my kids
“ “ “ “ I will have a better marriage.
“ “ “ “ I will get out more and not be such a recluse.

I cannot tell you the number of days, weeks, years I spent thinking this way!

ALLOT of wasted time I CAN tell you that!

Sadly… I am not sure WHY I went year after year miserable in my own skin. I can’t tell you WHY I didn’t do something about it??

I spent more time PLANNING on doing something then ACTUALLY doing something!
Can anyone out there relate?

I honestly thought if I didn’t keep saying this or thinking about my weight then I might just become satisfied with being overweight and just NEVER try to do something about it! I felt like I had to keep beating myself up over it to try to SELF –LOATHE MYSELF INTO DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT… How twisted is that? How unhealthy is that?

And maybe there is a day we get so disgusted with ourselves that we resolve to finally DO something about it……???? Maybe??

I do remember this… that constant replay in my mind was so tiring.. and it played over and over like a broken record!

I have NOW learned that losing weight doesn’t fix everything…
Losing weight doesn’t make everything that was wrong in my life ok….
Losing weight didn’t make my marriage become magically better!

Losing weight DID help with my confidence so that I stood up for myself in my marriage!

Losing weight DID help me have a better outlook towards my life in general.

Losing weight DID make me realize that looking better is good but FEELING BETTER is really the prize!

Hugs to all of you!
Thanks for reading!

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KAZINMICH 4/20/2011 12:45PM

    AS I am reading this I am reminded of my conversation with my daughter on Sunday. I'm always telling her "things will get better when" I usually do add in how things have gotten better previously until now. I need to focus on teaching her how to be happy in the moment as you have written about. Eventually it will come naturally and things will feel easier & happier because of it. Until then It's a little work, but the rewards and peace of mind are great.

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ASRMOM 4/18/2011 10:06PM

    I couldn't read this entire blog. I'm going through this right now. I'm still denying that I'm waiting. But my heart knows the truth. I'm glad you shared this message. emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 4/18/2011 9:13PM

    Great message!!!! One I need to hear over and over. Thanks!

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SMILINDI 4/16/2011 9:40AM

    Have I told you lately, that I LOVEEEE YOUUUU!!!???!!! emoticon IF NOT...I DO....MERCY SAKE ALIVE I DO LOVE YOU and your BLOGS ARE THE... emoticon emoticon emoticon. You speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!!! High five my dear friend, Soul sister in faith for yet another heart touching blog! emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 4/14/2011 8:31PM

    Amen sista! I can relate to everything you say...Embracing the moment IS one of my life's goals....

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DSJB9999 4/14/2011 4:02PM

    Another emoticon blog, thanks for sharing!

I did need reminding of this.
emoticon Donna x

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GOGOMAMA 4/14/2011 12:37PM

    Nice! Thanks!

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LESLIES537 4/14/2011 11:21AM

    emoticon blog!!! emoticon

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JANESSMI 4/14/2011 10:18AM

    You inspired me to buy this book a couple of weeks ago. I was up late last night reading more. I have known I have trigger food but have no really considered it "Binging". I think saying I am a food addict versus just eat too much is a difficult next step. But I have resisted jumping ahead in the book. Thanks for letting me follow along behind you and see the blogs of your friends and your comments. emoticon

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RASMUSSEN5 4/14/2011 8:48AM

    WOW I can totally relate to this! I have done this all my life and still do at times. Its a horrible and difficult habit to break from. Thank you for sharing this! I would like to share this as well so others may benefit from it!

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PONYFARMER 4/14/2011 12:16AM

    You hit the nail on the with the whole "waiting" comments. I have been waiting my whole life. In high school, I could not wait for college, in college, I could not wait to have a career...and so on and so on.

It has taken me awhile to figure this out after finding SP but no more waiting, it is now or never and I am the one who is not waiting any longer for life to happen.

Thanks for reminding me that every day is a blessing. emoticon

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 4/13/2011 11:34PM

    I can totally relate, as you know. :) Like you, I've spent half a lifetime planning the weight loss and only a few months actually doing it! And no, losing weight won't make everything in your life seem suddenly better, but as you said, the self-confidence it gives you can sure change many things. :) And the FEELING better and being healthier is definitely the prize. This is a great blog!

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SCOUTMOM715 4/13/2011 11:00PM

    What a fantastic blog!! Thanks so much for sharing emoticon

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BLONDWUNN 4/13/2011 9:51PM

    Phil. 4:12 - Reminder to us all to learn to be content in plenty and in want. Happiness is a choice. Thanks for the post!

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BAKER1009 4/13/2011 9:12PM

    Thank you for posting this Sherlyn! It is just what I needed to read to remind me of my goals in life. Not just weight loss goals, but education goals, career goals, family goals, etc. I am HAPPY! I am happy today and nothing is holding me back from that. Do I expect to be elated when I meet so many of the goals I have set? Absolutely! But if one of them doesn't get met, well that doesn't determine my happiness. It doesn't determine who I am.
Thank you!!

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LINTPICKER 4/13/2011 8:14PM

    wonderful! thanks for sharing

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APMAC_D 4/13/2011 8:11PM

    From the bottom of my heart thank you- you spoke to me! I needed to read this :) emoticon

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HAPPYWALKER 4/13/2011 8:05PM

    What a wonderful blog. My dear sweet sister is living each moment in the present and appreciating every day. She's facing her mortality with terminal illness and has decided not to waste one minute by lamenting over the past or anticipating the future. In her dance with death, she's teaching me how to live.

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2BFREE2LIVE 4/13/2011 6:21PM

    emoticonBlog and what a way to share how you feel with us.
This is what I have on my page and I live by it every day.

“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” ~Mark Victor Hansen

Believe me my friend we all have our struggles thank you for being open and sharing your life with others. Sandy

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LOOZINITNOW 4/13/2011 6:08PM

    Awesome blog that I am sure many can relate to. I used to struggle with that very thing, but through prayer and friendship have overcome those feelings. It is very freeing to love who you are now. Thanks for such a great blog!

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I love this little boy singing Mickey Mouse song!!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Have you guys seen this on Americans Funniest Videos?.... I just love to watch him!

Such happines and full of life!

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PRINCESSAMY2001 4/8/2011 9:56AM

    LOL...I love the M O U S A....SO CUTE!

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LORETTA24 3/29/2011 6:13PM

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EAGLEDALEGIRL 3/25/2011 12:35PM

    He is to cute. How great that you got it on video.

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LDY_ALI_79 3/25/2011 9:55AM

    Amazing, I loved how his personality kept shifting!

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GWENAEL 3/13/2011 12:09AM

  So cute!!! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/12/2011 11:57AM

    One of my all times favorites!!!

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    So cute and funny!

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BELLABLUE10 3/5/2011 9:06PM

    My son and I just watched him this morning, they were showing that video on Good Morning America, so cute!! lol emoticon

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SHANTISHANTI 3/5/2011 3:33PM

    Thanks Sherlyn, I needed that.

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    I needed that smile today. Thanks.

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 3/5/2011 10:18AM

    Adorable! Reminds me of my grandson. :-)

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    Oh, Sherlyn, I absolutely LOVED it! Thank you so much for posting it! How adorable!

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THEHONESTME 3/4/2011 10:32PM

    emoticon love it!

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LUNADRAGON 3/4/2011 9:54PM

    So cute, thank you for the smiles : )

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LIVERIGHTNOW 3/4/2011 9:46PM

    Thanks, that was fun!

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HAPPYWALKER 3/4/2011 9:05PM

    This really made me smile! Thank-you!

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TEACHINMOM 3/4/2011 9:01PM

    Oh my goodness, that is just tooooooo cute!!LOL! Thanks for sharing!

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10 yr. old boys and 'love' Oh my! Funny but serious!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Well this child, MY SON, pictured below (with my grandson):

Innocent.. YEAH right~! LOL

pulled a good one this week!

I get a text from his teacher this morning:

"Sherlyn, did you know Lane brought your husbands' 10K wedding band to school and gave it to Haley ?"

My text:

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! NO!!!!! I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!!! BUT my husband is wearing his wedding band.. OH NO!!! Lane must have brought my Deceased Dad's wedding band to school! "

(MY dad died at when I was 18, my mom gave me his wedding band from when they were together; I have had it for years now)

I checked where I keep it and it WAS still in the jewery case! HUMMMM???

My Dh and I figured it it must be his old wedding band he had when we first got married over 22 yrs ago. It was not comfortable and cut into his finger so we bought him a comfort band about 5 yrs into our marriage.

Text from the teacher:

"I told Lane to take it home and give it to you yesterday...and I asked him this morning if he did so and he said he did! "

ME: "No, Mrs. S.. he did NOT give it to me last night!!!"

5 mins later.....

"Sherlyn, I questioned him some more and he said no he had NOT given it to you... that he had taken it WITHOUT permission (no kidding!) and so he hid it under a desk in his room"

Ok... now he is a thief and a lyer! (LOL... yes funny but serious!)

I checked under some furniture in his room.. YEP there it was.. my husband's first wedding band!

OK.. now the punishment! What to do..?? I was really mad at 8:30 am..
Now I am dissapointed... and thinking what to do besides sit down and have a good stern talk... and of course think of a punishment!

HE knows better!!!

THANK GOD little Haley showed the ring to the teacher yesterday evening before she went home from school.. Thank you Lord you intervened!

So... obviously he is in trouble...

boy parenting can be hard!

All for love.... (don't even get me started on that one.... HE IS 10 YRS old!... NOT 16.. NOT 20..

4th GRADE TEN!! 10!!!

Any input is welcome!

My mom was not any help! I told her (she is 80) and she said "DON'T be too hard on him!" He comes by it naturally! WHAT??? I say??? THIEVING ,,,,, LYING NATURALLY!!! WHAT are you talking about..

She said her mother and her had found a diamond ring in the yard at their house... buried... in the dirt....and her mother put it up.
My mom said she took it a few weeks later and gave it to a boy that she had a huge crush on. My mom was 9 and the boy was 15.
My mom said the boy took the ring.. smiled and thanked her nicely..
and when her mother found the ring missing.. she lied too, then fessed up, then her mother marched her over to the boys' house to get the ring.. and he had given it to his girlfriend!
LOL (they never got it back! ) LOL

So thanks allot mom.. YOU are ALLOT of help!!!!!


Update at 5:30 today.. so he gets home from school.. I go over all the details with him and make him tell me the 'story'! He hangs his head in shame.. (so that is good).. he is very nervous... and very quite (alway loud.. so not normal to be QUITE!!) so definitely feeling bad.

I determine he got it out of my jewery box on Monday gave it to her Monday.. brought it back home Monday! (yeah.. the little girl was showing it off to everyone and the teacher saw that.. and got curious) this little girl is in ANOTHER 4th grade class... not EVEN in my son's room!

Anyway.. he has probably been thinking about this since Monday... coz he knew he should not have taken it!

I laid it on good too.. and THICK!! LOL
I said
"Lane.. now let me get this straight... I was shopping in town in the farm supply store for something dad needed and I bought you some farm gloves (he loved them!) and so I was showing my "love" for you... . and let me see... YOU WERE STEALING FROM ME!"

YOU were disrespecting me!"

"Lane, do I have that right?"

"YES mom" he says... "That is right" "MOM, what is my punishment"...

I said "I don't know.. what should it be.. do you think?"

He says "I, don't know??? I am not the PARENT!"

HA ha... kids.. don't you love 'em!"

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KATJAMN 3/16/2011 3:16PM

    I am sorry, but it is easy to laugh when it isn't your kid.. LOL

I don't have any of those stories, but my son, no matter what he did, always somehow made me laugh. Not easy to punish or be mad at a kid that is witty..LOL
I asked him one day, while we were at a friends house.. "Look at how clean Justins room is, how come you don't keep your room that clean."
His response: "If Justin jumped off a bridge, would you want me to do that too?" LOL Yeah, I laughed til I cried!!

Parenting is hard, but you sound like you handled it very well. I think his punishment should be worrying for a week what his punishment will be.. hahaha!!

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    I had to laugh.

When I was pregnant with my third son, my fingers swelled. So I took off my rings and put them in a drawer. Well, my two older boys 5 and 3 at the time found them and did who knows what with them. It came time to move and we couldn't find them any where. Then my brother who was the last to move out, finds them outside in the dirt. Calls and says he will mail them to me. Then he looses them while he is staying at a friends house.

They were too young to really get mad at. But I teased them about it forever. Whenever they wanted something way too expensive or felt I owed them something I would bring up that they owed me my wedding rings.

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/5/2011 6:54PM

    LOL. He is as cute as a button and it seems he has good taste as well.


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REJ7777 3/4/2011 2:54PM

    You're right, it isn't easy to be a parent! And what your son doesn't know yet, is that even parents don't know what to do sometimes. May God give you wisdom and grace.

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LESLIES537 3/4/2011 2:41PM

    Cute story! He looks so innocent in the picture though?!!?!! emoticon emoticon

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SPOOKYTHECAT 3/4/2011 10:24AM

    Oh, my goodness you have the strength of an angel to be able to keep a straight face & be stern~ that story made me smile myself inside out!

It IS important not to steal, or lie though. Sometimes little boys (& girls) know something is wrong, but do not Feel something is wrong, & it takes the disappointment of someone they love to kick that conscience into gear.

You have a real romantic on your hands, no flowers or stuffed animals~ just straight to wedlock!!! emoticon

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HEZZA2000 3/4/2011 10:00AM

    I'm sorry, but this just made me laugh and laugh. You are an AWESOME mom with a great gift for storytelling. :D

My cousin stole my grandmother's engagement ring when he was little, never fessed up. We never got it back. So glad your ring fared better!!!

Kids are like little magpies with their love of the shiny things!

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BAKER1009 3/4/2011 8:33AM

    Aw, what a sweet story, and a funny one, and a serious one at the same time! Parenting is hard. Last year my son took a gold chain from the gym floor after nobody claimed it. The teacher asked the kids if it belonged to any of them. After none of them responded my son told her it belonged to him. He was so caught up in those cash for gold commercials. Now how he thought he would get it to one of those stores is beyond me. He lied about where it came from at first (when I asked him) but eventually came out with the truth. His punishment was to write us a letter explaining why what he did was wrong (my son hates to write, so making him write always feels like punishment to him!), and we also took him to the school so he could explain it to the guidance counselor and the gym teacher.
He will be ten this month, so I know the age well! My teenage daughter...oh boy is she fun right now!!

Hope you have a good day Sheryln!!


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BEANTOWN18974 3/3/2011 10:15PM

    glad I'm not alone! I have one like that too!

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KANSASROSE67 3/3/2011 10:09PM

    It sounds like he was genuinely sorry which is what we want! Sometimes the fear and guilt they feel is almost punishment enough. I'm sure whatever you do will be fine.

I'm having my own dilemna with 18 year old son today...long story. But any creative punishment I hear of...I'll be keeping in mind!!!

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GWENAEL 3/3/2011 8:24PM

  I enjoyed your story so much! I had a good laugh! emoticon

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 3/3/2011 7:15PM

    Oh boy, that's a conundrum. :) I imagine his own shame and sense of guilt are as good as any punishment you can come up with, Sherlyn. Kids! :-)

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RAGGEDY_ANN 3/3/2011 7:09PM

    Great story and a good laugh... Sorry, no answer...

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SPARKIE1964 3/3/2011 5:35PM

    While I don't condone lying or stealing, there is obvious humor in all this not to mention the genetic link to your mom (lol)...I'm not a big proponent of punishing. Instead, I use these experiences to help teach the lessons that will be important as he grows up. He already is likely feeling bad which is his own punishment.

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LPETRO119 3/3/2011 5:17PM

    The picture is cute! And I'm laughing too hard to give any good advice! Seriously, it sounds like you have a great relationship with your son's teacher. emoticon

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    I enjoyed reading your blog SO MUCH, Sherlyn!!! How adorable, and NO, I do NOT have any worthy advise! emoticon

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RONYKAY 3/3/2011 4:38PM

    LOL...Thanks for a good laugh! Sorry, I am laughing with you, not at you. Well, on the positive side, he was trying to make a romantic gesture which bodes well for his future girlfriend/wife. Unfortunately, he did it with your husband's ring. Hmmm...what to do? I guess it depends on what he says when you talk to him about it. I've always thought there should be a Parent's Handbook with all the answers. I will just wish you the best!!


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    Too funny, but I can understand your dilemma. Don't be too hard on him, he's in LOVE! And by the way--both your son and grandson--simply adorable!!

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Flowers are teasing me.... see pics! They whisper

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Taken February 27th, 2011 "Crocus"


See the tenderness emerging! I love this representation of 'new life'!
Kind of indicative of us on our weighloss journeys... "NEW LIFE"!!!

I wish daffodils lasted longer... I love them! But I never met a 'flower' I didn't love! LOL

See the daffodils come THROUGH the leaves!

See all the flowers coming up! This area has been taken over with them!

Tulips coming up!

My hollyhocks I have had for many years.. I got from my Mom's yard!

This garlic comes up every year.. I planted some years ago... I harvest the biggest ones and give to my mom or we use it too!

This was my sunrise one morning last week! I love what God does with the colors!

This is a SUNSET... last week! JUST AMAZING TO ME! I am so thankful to be able to SEE this

See my 3 month old French Bulldog I raised. She now lives in her new home in Florida!

You probably wonder how I am able to let them go.. and don't want to just KEEP them all..
IT is because I have new ones like this to nurture and care for!
THIS one below is a VICTORIAN Bulldog puppy! She has to be bottle fed! I love feeding her!

THIS last picture is what a 2 month old Victorian looks like. This was taken the morning she was leaving to go to her new home!

Note: you can see the few lbs I have put on since December are showing in my face! BUT not for long.. my sparkies.. NOT for long! I will not go back to the Old me... I will get it back off plus some more too!
HUGS TO ALL OF YOU.. Love you guys!!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/5/2011 7:17PM

    LOVVVVVVEEEE IT! I can't wait.

Tulips are amazing!

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LESLIES537 3/4/2011 2:48PM

    Those pictures are amazing! God makes some beautiful artwork, doesn't He?!! And those pups are SOOOO CUTE! You've got such a big heart! Keep on smiling, beautiful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAKER1009 3/4/2011 8:37AM

    Those are beautiful pictures! I can't wait for spring! My kids always get me flowers for Mother's Day to plant in my flower boxes. We live in an apartment, on the 2nd floor, so I have to get by with the flower boxes. Better than none at all!
And the puppy, so adorable. We had to find a new home for our Beagle last year, which was so difficult. The new owner was keeping in touch for a while, but then fell off the radar. I hope she is a happy pup in her new home though. I had raised her from the time she was 8 weeks, and she was 6 when she went to her new home.

Have a great day!

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KANSASROSE67 3/3/2011 10:11PM

    Love the flowers...can't wait to see mine start peeking out! Beautiful pics...thank you.

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GWENAEL 3/3/2011 8:25PM

  Awesome pictures!

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    I LOVE your pictures. And those puppy dogs--just adorable. My son wants a bull dog so badly, but I have said no, we have one very old Maltese, when she goes, we are trying a life without pets for a while. Let the floors recover! Can't wait for Spring to come to Nebraska--we still have some snow on the ground, heck, we just had a blizzard a week ago!

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GOGOMAMA 3/3/2011 1:18PM


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    LOVE LOVE LOVE your puppies sooooo cute, also your flowers are beautiful, we are sweltering in the summer heat in australia in the west we are dying for some rain, we really need it to fill our dams and save the gardens as we are on water restrictions.
Arent bulbs amazing, i am looking forward to winter and cool breezes. Have a great week good luck with your lifestyle plan , emoticon

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FITJEDI 3/2/2011 11:40PM

    Great pics! We don't have the flowers yet, although some of the plants are peeking up.

I love the puppy pics - thanks!

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MEYLOSE 3/2/2011 11:37PM

    lovely flowers coming up all around here too!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/2/2011 10:13PM

    So fun to see that spring is coming up SOMEWHERE!!! And that little pup! OMG :)

Take care... D

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HEZZA2000 3/2/2011 9:12PM

    Okay, this just ROCKED my socks right off.

First of all, I just saw my little sprouts coming up a bit more today and can not WAIT to see happy purple and white crocuses (croci?) dotting the front gardens!! YAY YAY YAY SPRING!

But the puppers.. oh man. I lost my baby boy (he was 11, but I think they're always babies!) in late July of last year. I'll tell you what -- I never thought I was a "dog person" until that silly old yellow lab came into my life and even at the end when he was so sick, he was my sunshine. I swore that I'd never get another dog, but seeing those wee little babies just melts my heart! :D Maybe I should reconsider my "no more dogs" stance...


Love you much! Hope you're having a great night!! Thanks for the pictures!!

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 3/2/2011 9:09PM

    Sherlyn, gardening and flowers are more things we have in well as photography! Those daffodils are just like a breath of fresh air! And I think you look wonderful! Your puppies are just adorable; they look like little stuffed animals! (Check out my Wordpress blog sometime -- lots of flower photos and poetry, etc. there. :)

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LOOZINITNOW 3/2/2011 9:00PM

    Beautiful flower pics but it was the puppies that melted my heart.

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BELLABLUE10 3/2/2011 8:51PM

    We are still snow covered here in Michigan:( I too look so forward to spring flowers and May showers! hollyhocks are my favourite!! emoticon

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THEHONESTME 3/2/2011 8:49PM

    YAY! Spring really is coming, isn't it? I was beginning to have my doubts! I think you look fabulous -- don't be too hard on yourself! You'll take off the little bit that you've gained in no time, you know what to do now! Thanks for the hope (that Spring is coming) and the hope that I can be like you and reach my goal some day! emoticon

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    I so LOVE Spring flowers! I miss the ones in MI like tulips, daffodils and crocus! emoticon And I was just thinking your photo was beautiful... I didn't notice the weight gain, but yes... I'm going to lose more too! It's time! emoticon

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    Spring is coming! Thanks for sharing!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 3/2/2011 2:27PM

    Gosh: sunset, sunrise, bulbs a blooming or puppies- how could I possibly pick a favorite. Many thanks for sharing!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 3/2/2011 1:39PM

    Such cute puppies! I have a huge soft spot in my heart for puppies and dogs. Especially tiny ones.

I know you can take off the weight you've put on since December. You've got the plan. I know you'll get back on track soon. Just one day at a time; one step at a time.


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SOPKAMANJU 3/2/2011 1:39PM

    Beautiful pics the flowers are gorgeous my crocuses have blossomed to. The puppies are so cute. emoticon emoticon

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4ANEWME2DAY 3/2/2011 1:35PM

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    Thank You for SHARING the Wonderful Pics!!!!!

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