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Remembering those who have protected our freedoms.

Monday, May 31, 2010

As a proud mother of a young Marine, please join me in a moment of reflection for all the service men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms. Everything we do today has been made possible by their acts of ultimate sacrifice. Please pray for our present service men and women that they stay out of harm's way.

  
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LADYMOONWILLOW 6/1/2010 9:29PM

    Thank you for having a son who is there to protect us, you are both in my thoughts and prayers.

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LETTINGITALLGO 5/31/2010 3:44PM

  I think it is important to remember and appreciate those in other countries that serve.

I heart goes out to the families and friends who have lost a loved one or have a loved one serving at this time.

Regards,

Proud Canadian

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TRISH106 5/31/2010 3:29PM

    I stopped what I was doing today at 3 PM and said a prayer for all who have served and lost their lives and their familes. I also prayed for those who are still serving today and their families. I want everyone who has ever served our country to know how much I appreciate their sacaifices and those of their families. Spouses are left behind to carry the load at home.
I was a USN wife for 24 yrs. Most of which my husband was overseas.

NEVER FORGET! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 5/31/2010 12:14PM

  emoticon never forget

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BARBBF 5/31/2010 11:40AM

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BANKER-CHUCK 5/31/2010 11:35AM

    As a US Navy Vietnam Veteran , I thank your son for his service and putting himself in harms way..

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WILD4STARS 5/31/2010 9:02AM

    emoticonWell said, thank you.

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CONCHA77 5/31/2010 8:24AM

    Amen. Have a wonderful Memorial Day, everyone

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Connie-Proud Navy Mom

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SUNNY332 5/31/2010 8:16AM

    Amen! God Bless our troops both present and past. We honor them all today.

Hugs, Sunny
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Proud Army Mom

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/31/2010 6:13AM

    I pray that prayer every day, and to my son, currently deployed, I end our conversations with both "I love you", and "stay safe!"

Truth is, as much as it sounds like a cliche, freedom is indeed not free. May we never forget those who gave their all. emoticon

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Only 49 Years Old

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Yesterday, my best friend died of a heart attack. She was only 49 years old, my age. She was a gentle, giving soul who loved the Lord and was generous beyond compare. She was a talented photographer, bright, and always concerned for others. Her lifestyle, however, was unhealthy and she was very overweight with most it carried as belly fat. She knew the basics of nutrition but didn't work a program or exercise much. The consequences were tragic.
At the start of my journey with Spark People, I had the same habits as my friend and weighed almost as much. Thanks to this website and my accountability partner, I have lost 30 pounds in just over 3 months. I am walking 3 miles every other day and I am feeling better and more energetic. I am just 4 pounds away from the under 200 mark, a goal that has eluded me for many years. Please weep with me at the loss of my friend. Then rejoice that it might not be too late for me and that, with everyone's help, I will reach my wellness goals. Please learn from my dear friend's story. How you work the Spark program can save your life. When it comes to our health, the stakes are high and the risks of ignoring the warning signs are great. In my friend's memory I will make it my mission to spread the word about Spark and the need for healthier lifestyles. I am so grateful for this life saving community and the important work that is being done on this website. May God bless us on our journeys and bless those whose work behind the scenes make our progress possible.

  
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/10/2011 10:02AM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. You must still be hurting. emoticon

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GOGETTERGIRL 5/10/2011 3:43PM

  Wow. Sorry for the loss of your friend. I am also 49 and want to take charge of my lifestyle and health before I turn 50. I just joined today . Heard about the website from a friend on fb. Congratulations on your weight loss.

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ARTHURTOM 11/15/2010 11:55AM

    7 1/2 months later and your words mean just as much as when they were written. I too am 49 years old.

I have a first cousin who is 47 years old. He is morbidly obese and has been for most of his life, smoked and smokes heavily, drinks way too much soda, has horrible nutrition and can't understand why he has a heart condition and needs to take coumadin for a blod clot that developed.

For whatever reason, he just doesn't get it and probably never will. Our good health should definitely not be taken for granted and yes, continue on that road toward good health...and indeed spread the spark!

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ROXANNE723 10/8/2010 1:54AM

    Like the others, I am so sorry about your loss. Along with losses and events that make NO sense, somewhere among the tears, there are lessons, moments of clarity and even strength. I wish you all of these things. Good luck on your journey in honor of your dear friend.

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CHERYLSPLACE 9/2/2010 10:11PM

    I am so sorry about your friend, I am also 49 and weighed 254 when I started a couple of weeks ago, I needed to see this because without changes this is where I was headed. I too am thankful for Sp. I am proud of your weight loss and may you continue to inspire others, as they inspire you. God Bless emoticon

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CHERYLSPLACE 9/2/2010 10:10PM

    I am so sorry about your friend, I am also 49 and weighed 254 when I started a couple of weeks ago, I needed to see this because without changes this is where I was headed. I too am thankful for Sp. I am proud of your weight loss and may you continue to inspire others, as they inspire you. God Bless emoticon

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DEMPSTER3 9/1/2010 5:50PM

    Death is an enemy at any age and especially for one so young. Yes, added weight can bring on so many health issues and it is not only commendable for you to 'learn' from your friend's weight problem; but to do something about it for yourself and your family. Your friend would be proud of you, knowing that you are taking care of yourself and also, took the time to share your sadness. May you be strengthened over your loss.

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TEESLIM 7/5/2010 9:30PM

  Sorry about your loss. Thanks for sharing this- I'm sending this post to several of my friends who like me have become sloppy in managing their weight. I too have lots of weight around my middle, I've lost 22lbs on sparkpeople so far, but now more than ever, I will be working really hard to reduce my weight and will begin to target belly fat....thank you for sharing. Your words have really inspired me.

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PURPLELABRADOR 6/2/2010 5:10PM

    Thank you for sharing this and reminding us why we are here. I am sorry for you loss, but wish you success on your journey.

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WILD4STARS 5/31/2010 9:04AM

    So sorry for your loss. What a blessing to her memory that you will move in a healthy direction and encourage others to do the same. I know she's smiling down on you with love.

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MARYLEEVSG 5/29/2010 7:10AM

  May God bless you with wonderful memories. Deepest Sympathy at your loss.

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BELLAFIGURA 5/19/2010 11:45AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. There is no doubt that your friend would be proud of what you have achieved.

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SALLIE5HAW 5/18/2010 4:25PM

    Like others I would like to express sorrow for your loss. Keep up your good work for yourself and in her memory.I lost a friend aged 51 who died through obesity. I have been off track recently. Your blog will help me remember what is important. emoticon

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BOORZHA 5/18/2010 10:43AM

    Stay strong my friend know that you are worth it. Sorry about your loss and all the feeling you have to deal with. Take one day at a time emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 5/16/2010 6:46PM

    Sorry for the loss of your friend! God is using that tragity to help you change your choices in life....Bless you!

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RAVENAINGEAL 5/13/2010 9:11AM

    You are a wonder! I am so sorry for your loss and glad for your gain.

Blessings and Prayers,
Raven

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ROSEYPOSEY72 5/12/2010 9:43PM

  I am very sorry for your loss. I am also happy for you for starting to do better with eating and losing weight. It takes a lot to undo what we have been doing to our bodies for years. Every pound that comes off is a memorial to your good friend.

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AUNTYEVIL 5/9/2010 4:12PM

    I grieve for the loss of your friend and rejoice in the beauty of the words you have shared.

Many more years of health to you, and I am sure your friend will be by your side as you move forward. emoticon

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JISBIKINIREADY 5/6/2010 2:12PM

    I'm sorry to hear about the lost of your friend, I recently lost someone to a heart attack who was only 45! Now you can live your healthier life in her honor, keep up the good work! emoticon

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FRENCHMAID 5/4/2010 12:41PM

  Hi!

I just want to let you know how sorry i am about your friends its never easy to lose someone we love i lost my dad at 35 he was sick with cancer but that a diff story...

I am very happy that you took the initiative to work on yourself and take care of your health..

congratulation and keep going!!! emoticon

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FORTKATE 5/2/2010 7:12AM

    Sorry for your lost. Your friend was truly an inspiration to you. She would be pleased. May God continue to bless you!

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RIVADORIS 4/29/2010 11:50PM

  Sorry for your loss. Your weight loss is so awesome!! Keep up the great job you are doing. Your friend would be so proud :)

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KAREN2010H 4/28/2010 8:03PM

  I am so sorry for your loss. She died too young. You will reach your goal and inspire others as you have inspired me to become more healthy. Thank you. emoticon

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KADIJAH 4/27/2010 11:01AM

    I also am sorry for the loss of your friend and grateful to you for sharing.. I think it is so easy to get caught up in ego and image when we take on weight issues and it seem the easiest thing to forget that we need to be doing this predominantly for our health.. anything else is a bonus..
Hug to you!!

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SBBRECHT 4/27/2010 1:10AM

    I am so sorry that you lost your best friend but I am really glad you are able to turn your grief into such a positive mission to honor her memory. Praise God that she knew the Lord. I pray that God will give you comfort at this incredibly hard time and strength to see you through to reach your healthy lifestyle goals. Thank you for spreading the "Spark".

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SABLEGRL 4/26/2010 3:15PM

    "Then rejoice that it might not be too late for me and that, with everyone's help, I will reach my wellness goals."

It's not too late for you. You will reach your wellness goals.

Keep moving.

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ABACUS3 4/24/2010 10:02PM

  I do weep with you for the loss of your friend. And I rejoice that it might not be too late for you and that, with everyone's help, you will reach your wellness goals.

And I'm glad you're here at SparkPeople! emoticon

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MARTINT011 4/24/2010 4:34PM

  Sorry for the loss of your friend, Thanks for sharing your grief and keep on with the healthy lifestyle. I am sure your friend will be cheering for you also. emoticon

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SUSHIMAMA1 4/24/2010 5:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Sorry about your friend....praising God that you are getting fitter and healthier...never give up sparksister

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PAISHAR2 4/23/2010 11:32PM

    I AM SORRY FOR THE PASSING OF YOUR FRIEND!! EVEN IN DEATH WE ALL LEARN SOMETHING. IT MAY NOT BE A LESSON WE WANT TO LEARN BUT IF WE LOOK, WE CAN LEARN. I TOO AM 49 AND I JUST HAD A HEART SCARE AND I TOO AM HERE AND THANK GOD FOR BRINGING ME HERE AND MY HEART SCARE WAS A ALARM !!!!!

I AM TAKING CARE OF MYSELF BETTER THAN I USE TO. I AM EATING AND DRINKING WATER THAN I WOULD NOT TOUCH BEFORE. MORE FRUITS AND VEGABLES THAN EVEN I CAN HOLD SOMETIMES. SO YES THIS PLACE (SPARKPEOPLE) IS A GOD SENT PLACE. I WORK OUT 6 DAYS A WEEK, AND BEFORE THE ONLY THING I DID WAS THINK ABOUT EXERCISE. SO ALL OF US NEED TO GIVE GOD AND SPARKPEOPLE A BIG HIGH FIVE AND TELL GOD THANKYOU!!!!!!


I WANT TO LIVE TO LIVE AGAIN!!!!!

SHARON

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MOANGIE 4/23/2010 7:46PM

  I am so sorry to hear about your friend and yes it is a wake up call, I recently went to the doctors and was told i have to change my life style otherwise i will die of a heart attack i am only 48 with 4 children, so if not for me i have to do it for my them, the other thing is I am not that much over weight less than 15 pounds so it just goes to show its not always how much you eat its what you. So lets all remember we get from our bodies what we but into it feed it crap and that is the way we will feel. Take care my thought are with you emoticon

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ZALB84 4/23/2010 7:37PM

  I am sorry to hear about your friend. It could have been me. I find your response an inspiration and I hope I will also be able to follow your foot steps.

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CANUCEEIT 4/23/2010 2:01PM

  Skinny, find that your friend is truly blessed as to be with the Lord but I to would still feel the loss if this was my friend. Keep up the good work and with faith I know you will reach your goal..thank you for sharing a part of your life with us as I know how sometimes it is hard to open up especially with strangers on a subject that seems to control all of us (weight and to see ourselves and not like what we may see). Hope all goes well with your endeavors! emoticon

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ROBERTSANGEL21 4/23/2010 2:51AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend dying from a heart attack. My husband just had a heart attack last month at 36 and he did survive..but he needs to lose weight.

I am very proud of you that you are losing your weight and I will keep thinking of you!

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ROBERTSANGEL21 4/23/2010 2:51AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend dying from a heart attack. My husband just had a heart attack last month at 36 and he did survive..but he needs to lose weight.

I am very proud of you that you are losing your weight and I will keep thinking of you!

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BRITMIYA1 4/22/2010 1:53PM

  I am sorry to hear about your friend. Her family and you are in my prayers. I know what you mean. I am very overweight and I just don't know what to do. If you don't mind helping me, please send me an email to let me know if you can get me started in the right direction. My email is myjewelstooboo@aol.com thank you so much for you post/blog it has really helped me.

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TBWELLS01 4/22/2010 8:40AM

    So sorry for the loss of your wonderful friend. She would be so please to know how much her life meant to you. How much she inspired you and others. This pain may take a long time to heal but loving yourself is a wonderful gift to your friend.

Becky

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VALLEY007 4/21/2010 2:36PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this story at such a hard time. I am turning 49 next month and I could see my best friend writing this about me. May God bless you and her family during this time. What a wake up call. Blessings. Valerie

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LISAGL1 4/21/2010 12:12PM

    So sorry to hear about your loss of your friend. emoticon Kudos to you for sticking with Spark.

Wrap your arms around you. That's a hug from me! emoticon

Keep up the good work! You deserve it! emoticon

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BETHLEWIS1 4/21/2010 1:17AM

  You are an inspiration, to take something so sad and find a way to have it be a positive force for your future. What a great tribute to your friend.
I too am 49 and for the last few years motivation seems to have slowly slowly left me, I applaud you for the positive changes you have made. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!

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MOKEY4809 4/20/2010 10:27PM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. Your story was very inspirational and motivational. I lost my sister, 10 years ago yesterday, to lung cancer, she was only 39. We all need to look at our lifestyles and aim to lead healthier longer lives. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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HGKJ62 4/20/2010 9:56PM

    Thank you for inspiring us to be live a healthier lifestyle.
God Bless

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ILAUGHINFLOWERS 4/20/2010 4:59PM

  Thanks for sharing your story! Very powerful.....I am 52 years old and your friend could be me! My weight has been an issue for me since I was about twelve. I can lose a portion of my weight but always gain back what I have lost. I need help getting motivated and I definitely need an accountability partner.........
"Your Greatest Wealth Is Your Health"
God Bless.......


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LADYBUGZ1913 4/20/2010 2:57PM

    Thanks for posting this, I am so sorry for your loss, but I too will use this sad event to push me to live a healthier lifesyle!

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BRIDETOBE102310 4/20/2010 2:12PM

  I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your good friend but I'm so proud of your decision to change your lifestyle. It will be such a bittersweet moment for you once your under your 200 lb mark (if your not already there), but it will be a moment to be proud of! Your friend is your guardian angel that's with you every step of the way!

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SMB_AB 4/20/2010 1:11PM

    Our life here on this earth is so precious and we sometimes take it for granted. Not on purpose, but we get so caught up in work,bills and daily situations that we forget to live. Then we only exist. May your friend live through your found memories and I thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm at the point where I'm tired of just existing I want to live life and diet and exercise are now a big part of that. I'm inspired by you for caring enough about us to want us to be aware of what can happen if we don't take care of ourselves.I promise you this I've listened and I'm going do my very best to honor her memory by doing my best to live. May God bless you and keep you and thank you for being a spark angel. emoticon

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LOU1876 4/20/2010 8:27AM

    The harshness of life allows us to be that much more thankful for the time that we have as well as those that come into our lives. My father also died early of a heart attack, only 47! It has been many years now, but there are times that I wonder what he would be doing and how life would be different with him around. Each day we make a choice and I'm so glad that you have decided to stay with us!

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SHARI0721 4/19/2010 10:25PM

    I feel your pain. On March 23rd, I lost my dear friend to a heart attack. She was only 51 and she fought really hard (by-pass, and etc....) Granted it has motivated me, but I just miss my friend. I am sure you know that feeling well. I am so glad that we both can tell their stories, since they aren't here.

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MOMMAGPLUS11 4/19/2010 10:44AM

  I'm sorry aboout your friend. Just keep working on your own to improve your lifestyle.

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BECKIWO 4/19/2010 9:09AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, but thank you for sharing so that others might learn from your journey and hers. You are on the right track, and hopefully we all at Spark are on our way to a healthy life. Thank you.

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Breaking Old Habits: Help!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

We must first make our habits, then our habits make us." John Dryden
When I started this journey with SparkPeople I was prepared to be disciplined and motivated. But what I learned was that willpower got me no where. My key to successful weight loss has been replacing one habit at a time. Water, not soda: Apples, not cookies: Half portions, not excessive portions, etc. I've learned to eat more slowly, smaller and but frequent portions, and the hardest component for me: exercise. I have a dog and now that the weather is better I am getting myself out there to walk around the Common. It's good for both of us but making it a habit is very hard for me. I prefer to stay inside and count my housework as exercise! I'm getting a lot of benefits from being outside, sunshine, talking with neighbors, seeing the world begin to bloom, and spending quality time with my Great Dane. Making this walk a habit is so difficult for me! Right now I am at a plateau in my weight loss and I know this is the component that will get me started again. I've lost 30 pounds but need to lose another 20 pounds before I reach my goal. Please send me encouragement and your stories about how you made exercise a habit in your own life!!! I could also use an accountability partner if anyone wants to check in with me once in a while and I will do the same for you. emoticon

  
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LIFESABREEZE 4/9/2010 10:43AM

    I have a black lab who loves to go for walks, so walking is the main exercise that I do right know. I do it for her, but it is of course beneficial for me=). I have an inexpensive pedometer that I wear that is motivating to wear and watch my steps increase! I think after a while it just becomes a habit....try changing your route now and then, sometimes the same route gets tedious. Just keep reminding yourself of the great benefits that you reap from it, you mentioned them in your blog! When the sun is shining, I remind myself I'm getting my Vit D which everyone seems to fall short of these days! Maybe you could change it up a bit and do a different cardio exercise 2-3 days a week.

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NONNATAMMY 4/8/2010 1:34PM

    I think the key to exercise is finding what you really like to do. I love to dance and so I'm more apt to get up to dance if I turn on good music than go for a walk. I even find a Zumba video on You tube and try to follow along. They are usually only 3-6 minutes long. I love Music so it motivates me. When I do go on a walk I take my music with me. Also, I love the 10 minute exercising. I get up during a TV program and will start marching, walking in place, or dancing. Coach Nicole's 10 minute fitness videos are good too. I play with my grandkids too. Just move more. Hope you find what you like to do so you'll get moving more. Tammy

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PIPPYG1 4/8/2010 11:42AM

  I know what it is like to lose a dear friend. I lost my BFF December 26/09 and I know what it is to miss someone so much. However, I am glad that you have taken steps to a healthier you. You are to be applauded. I am struggling with my weight, but it is coming off slowly but surely. I wish you all the success in the world.

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WEIGHTWATCHER72 4/8/2010 11:35AM

    What got me going with the exercise is.....once I started doing it, I found I enjoyed it. It made me feel better. It gave me confidence and strength I never had before. It helped overall feelings of sadness. Once I found exercise was doing all of that for me, I didn't want to stop. I started to crave it.

I love to listen to my music while I exercise, so I opt to exercise in such a way that I am not watching a video but listening to my favorite songs on my MP3 player. (Like a stepper or Nordic Track.) This helps me enjoy it more.

Perhaps you will have some similar positive effects to your exercise.

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JUDY3927 4/8/2010 10:14AM

  My sympathies on the loss of your friend and my congratulations on 30 pounds of weight lost! I've lost 85 lbs in the past two years. At 30 pounds, I too hit a plateau. In fact, I didn't lose a pound for 5 months - I lost two sizes due to working out, but no weight. Be patient with yourself. My doctor told me that, with significant weight loss, plateaus are expected and are even good for you. Your body is adjusting to its new size and its new capabilities. But more importantly, your mind needs to adjust to seeing the new you -to understanding what it is you look like. Just keep up the walking and the clean eating and the weight will once again start coming off, and you'll look and feel GREAT!

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DORIANSMAMA 4/8/2010 9:30AM

  I dropped in on your page because of your newest post about your dear friend's passing. I am sorry, and cry with you in spirit for your loss, and celebrate also with your renewed passion to live.
If you're still looking for a Sparkbuddy, let me know. One of my self-sabotage methods is to continue to isolate myself and this simply never works.
With love,
Robyn

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GOGO122 4/8/2010 8:09AM

    I am sorry about the loss of your friend. I hope that you continue on your journey-congratulations to you. emoticon

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GAMESETMATCH 4/8/2010 6:24AM

    Sorry you've lost a good friend but she will be an angel now to help you succeed. We are all grateful for the encouragement and support of the SP community as it seems to be our "angel on earth". So much help here to change our habits for the better. Please keep in touch...Barb

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IPATRICIA 4/8/2010 6:14AM

    You are singing my song. emoticon

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MAECHEYENNE 4/8/2010 4:48AM

  I'm right there with you, exercise seems to be my problem as I despise the word. If I had a workout partner it might come as a little bit easier. Maybe in the morning I'll go and get a pedometer and make that my workout pretend friend and go from there. You got to start somewhere, LOL. I wrote on your blog wishing you the best in your lost of your best friend as well this morning. Hope we can be friends as well, you sound pretty up beat.... Similar to the friends I used to have and have lost to the higher grounds. Keep up your spirits as you have a lot of prayers going your way and my people thinking about you ! emoticon

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KLINGMMJ 4/8/2010 3:40AM

  Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.
Good luck to you .

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STINA474 4/8/2010 1:13AM

    I'd like to suggest you read Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman. This book is eye opening.
Weightloss and being healthy is 90% what you eat. Exercise is great and makes you feel even better when you eat right and have more energy, good to get the blood flowing but it's not what makes you lose weight.
So read about eating to live a long life and then you will have the energy that will make you want to get up and take that pup for a walk!


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JOYCEMARIE9 3/21/2010 8:23AM

    Exercise is hard for a lot of us I never thought I liked walking but since we started going early in the morning I've discovered I like it I mean really like it my partner only wants to walk on week days and then cancels 1 or 2 days and I needed consistence so I learned to go alone and I like that too sometimes the important thing is I had to find what worked for me and that is what everyone has to do for themselves keep trying different things until something clicks then do it consistantly if you do not like what you are doing you will not keep it up. Good luck and enjoy your journey.

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ASH72461 3/21/2010 6:47AM

  you are on the right track
one change at a time
we all have changes to make and we are all learning every day
you have already lost 30 pounds
wow
that is a major plus
plus you are getting heathier day by day emoticon emoticon

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BUNNIE1999 3/21/2010 6:13AM

    You are on the right track, one thing at a time. Starting to workout was hard for me as well. I started with simply 15 min. walks that was it, nothing more. Then I slowly added on, now if I go without working out I feel like I have missed something. I find this time to be "ME" time. I do a variety of thing running, yoga, swiss ball, strength training and much more. But whatever you do make it fun and start small. I also enjoy doing my swiss ball workout while watching TV makes everything more interesting!!

Good luck!!

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KITKABOO 3/21/2010 5:55AM

    I'll be your accountability partner!! I'm 173lbs down with 32lbs left to go.

The 1st 170 came off in about 20 months but now I've only lost around 3lbs since Dec. Frustrating isn't a strong enough word to describe how this feels, so close yet so far away!!

Changing the habits of a lifetime is hard, people don't realise it's a for life change either- if you go back to what made you put on weight in the 1st place then the weight will go back on

You've done so well to lose what you have to date.

I use the SOFT approach on myself and found this useful:

Successes- what have you done well
Opportunities- did you work out, eat well, did you find you time
Frustrations- what is hindering you, standing in your way, what can you improve on
Threats- Is there anything that will stand in your way tomorrow, such as a birthday, meal out

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The Glory of Greek Yogurt

Saturday, January 02, 2010

In the past, I haven't cared much for plain nonfat yogurt. I always went for the extra calorie vanilla variety. Greek yogurt has changed all that for me. With a thicker texture and less sour taste I find plain very palatable. I'm sure it has a few more calories than regular yogurt but not as much as flavored yogurt.

  
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HOPE4METOO 4/23/2010 9:19AM

    Chobani Greek Yogurt also has fat free flavors...strawberry, peach, blueberry, pomegranate...

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 CONTAINER
Servings Per Container 1
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 75mg 3%

Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 19g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 15% Iron 2%



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TURNANEWLEAF 4/13/2010 1:15PM

    I LOVE greek yogurt! And the FF kind tastes just as good and creamy, it feels like I'm cheating when I eat it. I've heard about making your own greek yogurt, I think I'll have to give that a try, because it does get kind of pricey!

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YAWNING 4/11/2010 12:17AM

  Good one to try..Chobani Greek Yogurt.. the Honey ..is my favorite But the plain is good too. emoticon

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CALLY60 4/10/2010 10:28AM

    I just tried the Greek Organic Okikos Yogur(plain) this morning and it was as good as you all said.

I sprinked some Truvia sugar in it and some oatmeal. I also had some Yoplait cherry flavor Plus to eat. I added some whole wheat toast and a banana to complete my breakfast.

I am so glad that my regular plain yogurt(single serving) was not available at the time of purchase or I would not have gotten this one. I have been eyeballing it for some time, and I probably would have gotten the Greek Yogurt in the future.



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GINALOVESFOOD 4/9/2010 3:40PM

    I make my own Greek Yogurt. It is awesome and very easy. A little time consuming, but well worth it!



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AMERINDO0627 4/9/2010 6:35AM

    There is a recipe for yogurt in spark people. It sounds easy. emoticon

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CALLY60 4/9/2010 2:52AM

    I bought my first Greek Yogurt and I could not find the plain yogurt that I normally get(the no name brand)so I saw the Greek Yogurt Olkos organic in plain and decided to try it,

I also eat the Yoplait Cherry yogurt(not the Greek kind) I like to eat that cause of the laxative effect.

I will post back here after I have my experience with Olkos Greek Organic Plain Yogurt.

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ELLEBE725 4/8/2010 6:30PM

    I use the "strained" low fat yogurt to make "dip" for my husband ... and he loves it! It has made a difference for his late night snacking!

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THINKSKINNY 4/8/2010 6:21PM

    I love greek yogurt too. It's easy to make from regular yogurt which is a lot cheaper. Just buy plain regular yogurt, put it in a coffee filter in a strainer, put it over a bowl in the refridgerator for 2 hours or more. The longer you wait the thicker it will be.

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MRS_POWERS 4/8/2010 1:49PM

    I buy the Yoplait Plain non-fat Greek Yogurt in 8 oz. cups, which is 100 calories per 8 oz. container. I have also tried the Oikos brand, which is higher in calories and looked at the Dannon brand in the store, but that is only carried (in my stores, at least) in 5.3 oz containers labeled at 80 calories a piece.

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SECRAWFORD77 4/8/2010 1:33PM

  I have 1/4 cup of it every morning with 1/2 cup of fruit (usually berries), drizzled with blue agave nectar! YUMMY!

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EKANE1985 4/8/2010 12:19PM

    I just discovered it too!

I use it as a topping in place of sour cream and I don't have to feel guilty about it! :)

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BARBBF 4/8/2010 11:55AM

    I just purchased Greek yogurt the other day for the first time..because it was so much higher in protein than regular yogurt. After doing the SP menu plans for a few weeks...I saw that I was way off the amount of daily protein that I should have been getting. Adding the Greek yogurt to my diet helped go a long way in resolving this problem.

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DORIANSMAMA 4/8/2010 9:32AM

  You can add a spoonful of wildcrafted honey, a shake of cinnamon, and some lavender essence (food grade) for a lovely little mouthful of joy.
Robyn

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MYRNA929 4/8/2010 8:59AM

    I just recently discovered greek yogurt and absolutely love it!! Sometimes I will add a few blueberries, or dried cherries and walnuts. Delicious

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TIME4AFITME 4/8/2010 8:27AM

    I love Greek yogurt but can not get it in Canada. Higher protein as well Enjoy!

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KELLIGIRL523 4/8/2010 8:03AM

    I love greek yogurt too. I make my own... in my slow cooker!! It's wonderful!!

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CULTURECHIC 4/8/2010 7:17AM

    It has only about about 10 to 20 more calories per cup. No biggie.

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HICIM705 4/8/2010 6:20AM

    I was told by a nutritionist that Greek Yogurt is great - mostly due to the higher protein!!! So...enjoy!!!

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OJAICAROL1 4/8/2010 12:42AM

  It's a great replacement for sour cream! Don't think I'll ever go back to sour cream again.

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LFGLYNNE 1/2/2010 8:31PM

  I love that stuff put a pack of equal in it and have it with strawberries.. yum its like whip cream to me!

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BOUQUET217 1/2/2010 8:09PM

    Try to add a bit of flax seed to your greek yogurt, you wont be able to taste it but it'll be a great addition to your diet :)

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_DASH_ 1/2/2010 8:07PM

    I love greek yogurt too!! and actually, the calories are pretty comparable- not to mention greek yogurt is a lot higher in protein. go for the 0% fat varieties. :D

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ANNIE2341 1/2/2010 7:50PM

  I to love Greek yogurt. I add herbs and dip vegetables into it and I also add fruit and some high fiber cereal for breakfast.

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Garth Brooks for the New Year

Thursday, December 31, 2009

"We know that a rainbow waits, beyond dark skies,
No way over it,
No way around it,
If we want it, we have to go through it.
Fight for Love while the world tries to break us down.
But the world will bend
And the fight will end
Love will always win."
Happy New Year Everyone!

  
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OLGAMARIA2 6/13/2010 5:59PM

  your words are most encouraging.God bliss

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METISMOM 4/8/2010 11:12AM

    beautiful!

Dianne

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    Happy New Year to you too.

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