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The Big 6-0!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Well, it has certainly been a long time since I have written a blog, about 8 months. Today I have reached my 60th year in this life. I am ready to get serious about losing weight once again. Of course the Birthday cake and Ice Cream did not help in that area but hey, I feel good about celebrating my life.......celebrating LIFE!! God gave this life to me and evidently still has plans for me here, so I am thankful. I am blessed so much and so thankful I serve a God who loves me despite my many shortcomings and failures. I am thankful for His mercy and grace. I am thankful for my family He has blessed me with and also for my friends, especially for those I have gained here on Spark who hold a special place in my heart.

I praise God for leading me to SparkPeople for they have been so helpful in my weight loss success despite my back slide now. There are so many tools here on the site that are still free to use and I plan to do just that and turn this weight gain around once again. I refuse to give up. With God's help, I CAN do this and I plan on success once again. I stayed around my goal weight for three years from 2008-2011..... ....

Thank you Spark friends for all the encouragement. I have missed you all and I plan on interacting with you again in the near future. You have blessed me much. I hope I will be able to bless you also. Till next time, God bless you, Shirley

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/16/2013 5:21PM

    Belated emoticon Shirley!!

From: Formerly LADYROSE49 Now JUST_BREATHE08

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    emoticon lovely to see you here again. Great pics too...your granddaughter is really growing up!

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KOFFEENUT 6/9/2013 1:08PM

    Congratulations on 60 years of LIVING!!! And because you're the kind of person who continues to set new goals and achieve them, I know the coming years will be filled with just as much LIFE!

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Wishing you an awesome day on your birthday!

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MAWMAW101 6/9/2013 9:34AM

Enjoy every moment of it!

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ALL4BMI 6/9/2013 4:57AM

    emoticon , Shirley

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I'm Flying...... in the wrong direction.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tonight when I got home from work my muscles hurt too much to allow sleeping. So, instead I decided to put in a little computer time since I usually don't have the time. It just so happens that I have the next two days off and I potentially have the option of 'sleeping in' come morning....I hope. Well, I surfed Facebook a little and then read through some emails and finally ended up here on SP. I've been adjusting my weight ticker sporadically trying to force myself to feel bad enough about the weight I have put on to get serious about doing what it takes to take it off. Wow! That's about all I can say.

My weight has escalated to a whopping 35 pound gain since this time last year. My, my how fassssst it flies on compared to how sloooow it creeps off or at least that's the way it is for this old body.

I keep asking myself and the Lord, WHY? Why do I keep cramming stuff I don't really need in my mouth? I feel really really bad when I'm done eating it.... I know I've failed God and myself. I think about how long it took to lose it this time which was about six years total and I still praise God that I with His help lost 100 pounds and kept it off for three whole years. What happened? I said I'd NEVER be that big again.... One has to really be careful with what one says, I zooming that way quickly.

Well, this one thing I know, God never changes, so I know it is ME. "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever." that's what the good Book says. I keep praying that the Lord will take this thing, this attachment I have to food or whatever it is away. I've found myself in this place where I have to really take a long honest assessment of me. I also know there has to be a reason I am here just stuck. I don't have the answer yet but I know God is faithful and merciful and patient and kind and loving even though I feel unworthy of all those things. I suppose more than anything I just needed to say these things or "vent" so to speak.

I do feel at this moment a peace that it will be okay. My God is bigger than whatever is wrong in my life. Even if I don't understand, He does and He will never leave me or forsake me. No matter what happens, no matter what the circumstances God is good and my refuge in time of trouble.

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." Psalms 19:14 This is my prayer.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/25/2012 8:52PM

    I saw this quote earlier this morning and just wanted to share it with you. (by Oprah Winfrey)
"No matter where you are on your journey, that's exactly where you need to be. The next road is always ahead."
Just trust in the Lord and know that He has a special plan for you!!! Although we may not know what His plans are, we just need to follow where he leads us. God bless you as you get back on track to kick your weight loss again.
Blessings and hugs,

Put the past behind you and leave it there. We can't change it and it has made us who we are today. HUGS!!!

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EBLOOMING 10/25/2012 1:40AM

    Thank you for the blog. Your story could be that of any one of us and oh so true. It seems to be so hard to take off one pound and how quickly it can dome back on without even realizing. Your heart is in the right place, trusting God to help surely is where the answer is. Again, thanks for writing your story. I believe in can do it again.

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/24/2012 6:10PM

    Hi Shirley good to hear from you and glad you stopped by on SP again. We are always here for you.
I think the weight (mine too!!) creeps back on when we're not in the right mindset. You've had lots going on in your life as well as returning to work again - how stressful is that??
Please just look to the Lord and let Him guide you one day at a time though this phase of your life.
Why not join in the weekly weigh ins again...only takes a few minutes every week and it's good accountability. Hope to see you there my friend.
Love Janet

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REYNJANET 10/24/2012 2:17PM

    I'm right there with you! I put on about 20 lbs just by mindless eating and not wanting the right thing! I love your attitude about it and I know you will get back on track with the Lord's help!

Been missing hearing from you neighbor!

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KATHYKIM 10/24/2012 11:33AM

    Shirley - I understand your struggle. I lost 40 pounds and although it took about 2 1/2 years, I gained back 50. emoticon It is a struggle everyday. I lost 10 pounds earlier this year to get back where I started, but haven't managed to make much progress since. With God's help, emoticon. I've been feeling that I am ready again these past two weeks; that's really what it takes - being ready to start the journey again. Somehow, we both need to find the joy in maintaining after we get the weight off. emoticon

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SANDEEB7 10/24/2012 8:35AM

    Hey...just docking in....I can identify in a small way....not losing anymore and loving the wrong things to eat....but persevere...we can always get up again when we've not made the grade. Just get up and get David did each time he fell. And boy oh boy..wasn't he a man after God's own heart! So let's be 'women after God's own heart'...persevering in faith and good habits. Be blessed. x

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CLWALDRO 10/24/2012 5:35AM

    If you have not done it already you need to start a food journal in which you log why you are eating and when. I found at first I was emotional eating and then I was also eating out of boredom so I needed to fix those issues before I could begin to loose weight.
Hourly and some times every moment we make choices about food. I would also recommend you watch the movie sick, fat and almost dead. I think you could benefit from drinking green juice.
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My First Blog in 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

In fact I haven't spent very much time on SparkPeople this year at all and my weight shows that. The five pounds that I had gained by 16 December in 2011 has increased now to 21 lbs. How quickly they pile up when left to chance. The fact is that I haven't completely stopped trying to lose it but obviously I'm not dedicated to losing it the way I need to be.

In my defense however, I have made a major life change. Beginning on 31 January 2012, I obtained a new job after not working in nearly 20 years. In addition, I had been battling migraine headaches for many months before I returned to work. Thank God, the headaches are better controlled and now I am more adjusted to working after nearly six months into the job. I have to praise God for that too because without Him I couldn't have pulled it off! Without Him I can do nothing!!

Today I was thinking as I often do about "why do I keep on eating like this when I know what it does to me?". Sometimes I eat things I don't even like the taste of........why? I eat way too much of the things that do taste good like I'm never going to get anymore......ever. I do not like the way that feels. I do not like that food has that effect on my emotions. I really believe it is time to listen to my heart and the Holy Spirit as He teaches me what I really need......spiritual food. I don't mean to quit eating, but to eat to live healthy. I feel the Holy Spirit leading me to the next chapter of my life and that doesn't include letting food ruin my health again.

I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

~ Psalm 120:1, NLT

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CINDYYB 7/30/2012 9:29PM

    Thanks for sharing, Shirley. So many of us going through the same thing find encouragement in knowing we aren't alone!

I pray God's continued blessings on you...and strength for work and healthful lifestyle changes.

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REYNJANET 7/18/2012 11:14AM

    Shirley, I'd been wondering about you! I know how hard it can be juggling a new job and diet. And I'm in the same boat with letting the weight creep back on. I went up about 15 lbs before June. I've been dropping it back off but not really the right way, my appetite just isn't there. So I'm trying to control my choices as the appetite comes back.

Good luck with your job and hope to hear from you more often neighbor!!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/14/2012 11:46PM

    Welcome back!!! Congratulations on your new job! God listens to our prayers and our cries for help. He also answers His own time.
God bless you.
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JANETELIZABETH1 7/14/2012 3:46PM

    Shirley it's good to hear from you again.
I think the weight gain happens to us all at sometime or other and getting the motivation to turn it around is a hard one. But as you said the Lord can help us in times of need.
Don't forget the weekly weigh in thread is still running on the team. Only takes a few minutes to post and sure keeps us accountable...I need it too!!
Hope to see you there and many congrats on your job and the Lord touching you with those migraines.

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SHARPISTOL 7/13/2012 1:26AM

    Welcome back! And, congratulations on your new job!

I am throwing out the welcome mat!


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A Look Back on 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

"I reached my goal in 2008 and then set a lower goal that I reached in August the same year. I have maintained for almost three years now. That is something that I have never done before." That is a direct quote from my blog on 21 April, 2011. I have been pondering for the past few months about my recent weight gain. I know the enemy would have me be so down on myself for many "splurges" that have resulted in this weight gain. I am now officially five pounds over my 120 goal weight and I am NOT happy about it, nor am I ready by any means to just give up and let food take over my life again. The Bible encourages me in Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (NKJV)

I cannot do this alone, I readily admit. I never could. But "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13 This is no small statement, this is a fact. I have lost 100 lbs of weight that caused me to be unhealthy and to feel badly about myself. I have kept it off for three years. So, tonight I looked at my weight chart for the whole year. The scale went up along the middle of September, 2011. I haven't lost the excess to date. So, my question to myself is 'what now'?

I have to be realistic about the time of year and I know I am not going to restrict ALL the treats of this season. For me, those treats are part of the celebration of Christmas. So, I WILL with God's help refuse to allow the sweets (which are where I tend to lose control) defeat me. I will enjoy SOME treats giving thanks to the Lord and enjoy my ALL my family God has given me and celebrate my dear Saviour's birth. After the Christmas season, I will do what it takes to lose those excess pounds with God's help. I must keep my eyes upon Him and my faith in Him and not in my own strength. I believe His Word is true. I will use the resources He has given me through this site and the wonderful people on who encourage me, educate me, and are my friends whom are traveling with me on this journey. I truly hope and pray that I may be a blessing and a help to others whom are traveling this same road.

Thank you for listening to my heart and for taking the time to read my blog. May God richly bless you and help you as well.

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DONNA2238 1/18/2012 11:05AM

    Did the holidays work out for you? Such a hard time of year and then those pesky 5 pounds! I am looking forward to getting my goal weight by the end of this year so maybe I will only have to battle those last five next Christmas :0)! Hope you are back on track! You are an inspiration!

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ZELLAZM 12/24/2011 6:15AM

    With his help!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/17/2011 11:55PM

    emoticon What a great blog!! Glad that you are so positive and realistic!! What an inspiration you are, Shirley, and continue to be for me!!!
Praise the Lord for traveling our journey with us and leading us on the path He has chosen for us!!! Thank you, God, for your son, Jesus...and for giving us a reason for the season. May He continue to bless you and yours with a very Merry CHRISTmas!
Blessings and hugs,
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Tribute to my Beautiful Daughter.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Eighteen years ago today, July 2, 2011, my life changed forever. I had to say good bye to my baby girl whom God had given us for just shy of fifteen years. She was full of laughter as soon as she walked into the front door. She brought our family so much joy especially me. She once came home from school and wanted me to go purchase a little boy in her class some clothes because kids were making fun of him. Then, there was the time she cooked a meal and took it down the street to some neighbors because they didn't have a way to cook their food. She was beautiful inside and out. We all miss her so much but God gives us grace to make it through the pain of separation.

A few days before she died, oddly enough, I asked her if she died at that moment would she go to heaven? She hesitated for a little bit, then she answered, "yes". She wasn't perfect, no one is, but she was a good person who loved people and cared about people and I believe she knew Jesus died for her sins.

Lisa Darlene Grisham July 30, 1978-July 2, 1993
We love you and miss you.
Dad, Mom & Jennifer

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JUST_BREATHE08 6/24/2013 4:24AM

    Thank you Shirley for sharing your beautiful daughter & your beautiful tribute to her with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNTORR53 12/3/2011 2:45PM

    Oh my goodness. July 2nd. It just hit me like a ton of bricks. Krista;s birthday. I just finished, 5 minutes ago hanging her christmas skocking......................Oh my, I need a good cry..............May God bring some kind of comfort to your heart. Christmas is so difficult. I have to focus on my other 2 daughters and 9 grandchildren. Please e-mail me. I want you to have my phone # and e-mail address.........My arms are hugging you so tight right now and we are crying togehter as mothers do.

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ANNTORR53 11/28/2011 12:41AM

    Shirley, I am so sorry...............on July 2 2011 I was having a memorial service for my "foster" daughter. I hate that term. She came into our lives officially at 9 years old. That was 27 years ago. The "remains" of her body were found last year at this exact time. All the details will always be a blur to me and quite frankly I don't want to remember. That was the beginning of gaining 30 lbs in the last year. She was my little girl.................God bless both of us as we continue to deal with the loss of our daughters.
May God bless and keep you close to His heart. It has been a difficult time. I don't know you, but I love you. Krista's bithday was also July 2. She would have been 36 this last summer.

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MOMZO52 8/9/2011 3:05AM

    Shirley, your tribute to your daughter is so wonderful. She is with you, and she knows how much you love her still, even though you both are separated now. You will surely be reunited in Heaven. God bless you now and always. Martha

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KATHYKIM 7/7/2011 10:29AM

    Shirley - this was a beautiful tribute to your daughter. I am so sorry for your loss. It is such a blessing to know that she is with the Lord and you will be reunited. She sounds like such a beautiful person - the Lord must have wanted her by his side.

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OPAL50 7/4/2011 10:19AM

    As you said, your daughter Lisa Darlene was beautiful inside and out. What a lesson we all can learn from her generosity! Thank you for sharing her story. emoticon

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RURAL3 7/4/2011 9:25AM

    Thanks for sharing this personal memory Shirley emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/4/2011 12:37AM

    Dearest Shirley, thank you so much for sharing your special memories about your sweet daughter Lisa Darlene. I know you still miss her so much but what an assurance that you will be reunited again at that time!
Love & hugs

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PARAEAST 7/3/2011 1:43PM

    What a beautiful blog. Thank you and may you feel our Saviour's arms around you comforting you!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/3/2011 12:29PM

    What beautiful memories and a fitting and beautiful tribute to your daughter, Shirley!! I am so sorry for your loss but I'm sure she is with our Heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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ZELLAZM 7/2/2011 7:41AM

    emoticon A beautiful tribute, Shirley. Thank you for sharing your precious memories of your daughter with us.

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