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I GOT UP !!!

Monday, November 08, 2010

emoticonI got up this morning at 4:30 and completed my morning workout - P90X Kenpo and AB Ripper.

The workout was easy compared to actually getting my behind out of bed. Seems I've been in a slump about getting up and last night I vowed to turn over a new leaf. NO MORE SLEEPING LATE, NO EXCUSES. emoticon

I am going to get up and get my workout done. My new goal was to finish the P90X program before mid-January, no excuses. Week One is complete, now starting on Week 2. Getting up late is not going to help me reach that goal. I am gonna do what it takes to SUCCEED. I started last night by putting my alarm clock on my dresser instead of it's usual place, the night stand. That way I have to GET UP out of bed to turn it off - hey, whatever works. Well, it worked this morning.

I feel energized for the day after a 600 calorie workout, I can't think of a greater way to start the day than with a sweaty workout with emoticonTony Horton emoticon

Hope everyone is off to a great start to their week too. Enjoy your day, make it count. emoticon

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KATHLEEN0222 11/9/2010 10:15PM

    Way to go on getting up and just doing it! I need to do the same!!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/9/2010 9:39AM

    I'm glad you had a great, sweaty workout with Tony! Keep it up!!

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JLITT62 11/9/2010 12:04AM

    At home I enjoy my early morning yoga.

Here we have another way to get sweaty in the morning, since I don't have the animals to take care of.


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HEALTHY_45 11/8/2010 12:04PM

You morning exercisers amaze me!! Great start to the week. I am running tonight, so I will be thinking about you all done your workout and relaxing while I'm sweating!
Have a super week.

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SWELL10 11/8/2010 11:48AM

    Awesome! Way to go!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/8/2010 10:16AM

    And I thought that I got up early! Way to Go!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/8/2010 9:35AM

    You're gonna have a great week! Rock Week 2!!! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 11/8/2010 8:55AM

    BRING IT. You are too.
What a great way to start a wonderful week. Now we just need the Steelers to win big tonight.

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    The alarm clock across the room is definitely the way to go! Congratulations on acting on your goal! emoticon

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HOKIEJEN13 11/8/2010 8:41AM

    woohoo! getting up is hlaf the battle. now keep your momentum and focus on that goal! you'll reach it, i just know it!

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LIWETZEL 11/8/2010 8:40AM

    Good for you! Getting up early to exercise is hard, but it does set the tone for the whole day!

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New Team Leader

Monday, November 08, 2010

I am happy to be chosen to lead the Virginia Beach Sparkers. I am so excited and ready to accept this challenge. I had a great meeting on Saturday with our past leader TAZ675. She is such a sweet lady and has such great ideas and aspirations for our team, but she has graciously turned over her duties to me and has promised she will still be here to support the team and myself as your new leader.

Thanks to all who have stopped by my page to wish me well. I am so excited and ready to get started. Let's all thank our former team leader TAZ675 for a job well done. TAZ675 will still be around and a personal thank you to her for helping me get started.

Later this week I am going to announce a new team challenge for the rest of November. I am looking foward to having some team "get-togethers" and trying some new and exciting things.

But.... I need your help, this team is only as great as it's members and will require your support and participation. I welcome all of you to please give feedback and to offer ideas on how we can really show our SPARK spirit.

I look forward to meeting our team members. Let's make this Grrrreeattttt !!!!!

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THATGIRL0515 11/9/2010 7:57AM

    You rock sister- I can say I remember you when......
Congrats! emoticon

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HEALTHY_45 11/8/2010 12:16PM

    Makes me wish I lived in your area. I know you will be a great team leader, congratulations.

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MZSLYDE01 11/8/2010 8:54AM

    You go girl emoticon

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/8/2010 8:28AM

    emoticonTo our new leader! I am really hoping to become more active on this team. Each time there was a gathering of the VB Sparkers I had a conflict. It was so frustrating. Life is just busy and that is the way it worked out!

I have met some of my BLC Spark Team members from Houston & Bay City, MI. 6 of us (4 from VB) have been come great Spark friends and these fun ladies flew out to spend a weekend with us this summer. SO much fun. So it sure would be nice to meet those Sparkers who are right here in our own town!

I know you will make an awesome Team Captain. Your amazing weight loss journey and progress is an inspiration to us all.!


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HOKIEJEN13 11/8/2010 8:26AM

    YAY! Congrats! That is so exciting! I'm so happy for you!!!! I can't wait to see the challenges!!!!

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The "Mother" of all Workouts

Friday, November 05, 2010

Last night I did the P90X plyometrics workout. Tony warned it would be intense and the "mother" of all workouts - and let me tell you, he wasn't fibbing when he said that. Jumping, jumping and more jumping. I believe this is probably the toughest workout I've ever challenged myself with, heck, running 6 miles was easier than this workout.

I have to honestly tell you that I hung in there for 40 minutes of the 60, just didn't have another jump in me to finish. I was panting, sweating and boy my heart rate was through the roof. Sheesh, I thought I was gonna die (not really, but it came close to feeling that way).

For those of you who know me pretty well, I just can't let something BEAT me. So I've got a new motivation to take this workout by the horns and conquer it. It's totally do-able, I mean after all I can master it in 90 days right? We'll.... It's ON !!! Not gonna get whipped by a workout, gonna be the master of my destiny.

Sounds pretty powerful eh???? this is being said by me, who has some screaming, aching buttocks and thighs today. "P90X Plyo you're not gonna beat me" - I'm gonna beat YOU before it's over, and you can take that to the bank.

"So let it be written, so let it be done" - that's quoting Ramses in the Ten Commandments, one of my fav movies. I wrote it, so I'm gonna do it.

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MZSLYDE01 11/8/2010 7:53AM

Plyo is no joke I agree.
Yay for the Ten Commandments. I have it and am ready to watch it again. I love Christmas time - All the great movies get taken out, dusted off and watched. Including that one.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 11/7/2010 7:22AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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JLITT62 11/5/2010 6:34PM

    Oh, I know you will do it! And I feel your pain -- that's what Insanity was all about, and it was certainly insane!

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MAKEROOM4ME 11/5/2010 3:26PM

    Okay ... i thought i was motivated, but you kicked it up a notch

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/5/2010 1:14PM


Every time Tony says, "Nobody said it was going to be easy", I have a reply for him that I will not repeat here. I truly believe that Plyometrics is my favorite workout of them all. I get the best burn, the highest heart rate, the "mother" of all sweaty t-shirts, and squatting is like no other the next day trying to take a pee! You know where I'm coming from on this one! If you don't feel it today, you didn't do it right yesterday.

I'm excited to see where you go in these 90 days. I bet you are super HOT for 2011! emoticon, but better!!!

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HEALTHY_45 11/5/2010 11:57AM

    I'm with all the others - YOU CAN DO IT!!
Can't wait to read the blog afterwards too!! emoticon

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PARKERB2 11/5/2010 11:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm behind you all the way. Keep Sparking

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DGIBSON02 11/5/2010 11:10AM

    The first time i did that one, it felt like it was 3 hours long. Now it's my favorite.

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NATPLUMMER 11/5/2010 10:59AM

    You will beat the P90X plyometrics workout!!! I have faith in you.
I can't wait to read the blog that says: I finished it and it felt great!
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HOKIEJEN13 11/5/2010 10:58AM

    i am amazed you can sit. or can you? i know the first time i did plyo i could hardly sit without looking like i had some kind of weird issue. and a friend of mine did it, she called otu of work sick because she couldn't move....but, great job on the workout! i'm proud of you, that's THE hardest one!

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    Sounds like a great workout.
Show those plyometrics who's boss!

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Mood Improvement

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Thanks to all my fellow sparkers for condolences yesterday, your support was a great comfort and I was very overwhelmed by the number of people who commented. SPARK FRIENDS are the BEST. I really dreaded going home yesterday to a semi-empty house, my big baby wasn't going to be there to bark at the door, but my little chihuahua (who hardly ever barks) stepped up to fill the big dog's shoes. Thanks little Rox for a great welcome home. I'm sure my little dog is missing her big sister, but she is now the queen of the roost.

My daughter (KP) and I decided to go shopping last night, to take our mind off things. And WOW, retail therapy sure helps. We went to Kohl's and Ross. KP ended up getting a sweater, a pea coat, a skirt and some MAYONAISE jeans. Mayonaise jeans????? I call them mayo jeans because they are so tight you have to grease your legs up with mayo to squeeze into them. emoticon. Skinny jeans are all the rave these days, I was told you have to wear these so you can wear cool boots overtop. I think I will be waiting quite a while before I try that fashion trend. I like my jeans tight, but not mayonaise tight.

The deal of the night..... I have been needing some new slippers for a while. I had carried a pair around the store last week and decided not to buy them because they cost $25. I couldn't see paying $25 for a pair of dearfoam slippers. But last night - ding, ding, ding - JACKPOT - I found a pair of the exact same slippers for $7.00 - emoticonfor bargains.

Today I am going to get back on track with the exercising, been slacking for two days, but understandable given my present circumstances. But today the sulking and feeling bad for myself ENDS. Bring on the P90X, Skinnypowell1 is ready to BRING IT !!!! emoticon

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BANDMOM58 11/5/2010 12:24PM

    Becoming a fan of shopping now also......a good mood lifter plus bargains make it even better.

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EPIPHANYANGEL 11/4/2010 3:20PM

    retail therapy...a girl needs to shop emoticon

Thanks for stopping by my blog....enjoy the rest of your day. emoticon

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CANDOK1260 11/4/2010 12:23PM

    Happy you feeling better and I do believe in shopping being therapeutic.

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HEALTHY_45 11/4/2010 11:06AM

    SHOPPING!!! One of the pleasures in life...........especially when you find such great bargains.
Love the "mayonaise jeans" definiton, will have to remember that one!!
Have a great work out tonight!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/4/2010 10:13AM

    Glad you're feeling a little better today. It will take time...lots of time. I remember when Lexi passed and going home was the worst. She wasn't running to greet me like she always did and I missed her terribly. Hang in there, darlin'!

Yeah for the bargains! emoticon Nothing is better than a good sale! Mayo jeans will never be on my body. I'm pretty sure of it. No matter how much Tony and I work out, it won't be happening!

emoticon Do these look okay instead?

XOXO Sherry

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VBPARROTHEAD 11/4/2010 10:03AM

  I am glad the retail therapy helped and so glad that Rox stepped up to the plate to great you with her bark. She will grieve for Jewelz too, probably for about a year, but you will comfort each other!
I am going to blog today about my shopping trip yesterday!

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NAOMIEVA 11/4/2010 9:24AM

    ah, retail therapy... is there anything better? emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/4/2010 9:17AM

    I'm with you. I don't like my jeans mayo tight either.
Have fun with the P90X and have a great day!
Yay for little Rox being a great little chihuahua!!

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MZSLYDE01 11/4/2010 8:46AM

    HMMM I have some skinny jeans myself - Mom has gotten me a few pairs but dare I wear them - NOT YET ANYWAY.
When I get skinny enough - then MAYBE. Hopefully by that time they will still be in style. He He He. LOL
Glad your feeling a bit better.
I am praying for you
Have a great day

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/4/2010 8:23AM

    Let me know how the P90X goes - I'm not that ambitious! And I tuck my jeans into my boots - just straight jeans - not mayo jeans! Bought a pair of the legging type jeans and I felt like a silly old lady emoticon

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/4/2010 8:23AM

    Let me know how the P90X goes - I'm not that ambitious! And I tuck my jeans into my boots - just straight jeans - not mayo jeans! Bought a pair of the legging type jeans and I felt like a silly old lady emoticon

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JLITT62 11/4/2010 8:17AM

    My leggings from Old Navy are not mayo jeans. Well, they may look like them, but there's plenty of spandex so they don't feel like them. You might want to give them a try someday. Old Navy is always having deals, too.

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My Precious Jewelz (WARNING: this is tear jerker)

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Our beloved, precious super dog JEWELZ went to doggie heaven last night. She was getting so old and frail. When I got home from work last night I found out she had a really rough day, she couldn't hardly stand up. She didn't even come to the front door with toys in her mouth with her tail wagging as usual, she didn't even bark for her nightly cookie. She was just laying on her bed with empty, sad eyes. I went to console her and she gave me "the look" - she said "Mommy, it's my time". So off to the vet we went.

This was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. She was the best dog in the world, but I knew it was time, she had been suffering and her quality of life wasn't as it used to be. The vet had told us a while back that we would know when it was time, and last night I had to let her go.

I must say that I loved her very much, I didn't realize how much a four-legged baby could be so loved. I will truly miss our JEWELZ.

Great memories of her... she used to counter surf and knock a loaf of bread off the counter and we would come home and find a whole loaf missing with just a few pieces of the bread wrapper. She could clear off the coffee table with one swipe of the tail. She ate an enormous wicker basket as a puppy. She loved licking ice cream off the spoon.

Sorry to be so morbid, I just needed to get this off my chest first thing this morning, hoping to be able to make it thtough the day without having a total mental meltdown. I love you JEWELZ, you were a great part of our lives for 12 years, it was so hard to let you go, but LOVE takes presidence. Rest in Peace my friend.

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MEANDMYBOY 11/7/2010 7:02PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I also know how hard this is and my heart goes out to you. emoticon

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BANDMOM58 11/5/2010 12:26PM

    So sorry for your loss.

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FAERY_FACE 11/5/2010 3:53AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. It's the hardest thing to do. She will always make you smile though :)

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FLGIRL1234 11/4/2010 9:01PM

    My heart breaks for you. They sure do become family don't they? I hope you start to feel better.

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MARYBERT 11/4/2010 8:53PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing stories about JEWELZ...I prayed for God to hold you that little extra closer at this time...

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KATHLEEN0222 11/4/2010 11:24AM

    My heart and tears go out to you. I had to do the same with my Baileyboo back in April. It is one of the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make in my life. I lost my little girl of nearly 16 years, but I know she is no longer in pain and that when I'm outside running, she is always with me.
Jewelz will always be in your heart and soul.

"I broke my heart to lose you, though you did not go alone. A part of me went with you, the day God called you home"
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MZSLYDE01 11/4/2010 8:44AM

    AWE - I am sorry to hear about JEWELZ. She was very beautiful. I can't imagine how hard this was for you. Sorry I wasn't here - darnit. I don't know what I would do if I lost my Solomon. He is such a part of the family.
Yes I agree with sis - She is at peace and through Christ we can do all things.

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CJDAISY 11/4/2010 7:35AM

    I've been through that loss too. It was one of the hardest things in my life I had to go thru. My heart is with you! emoticon emoticon

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DGIBSON02 11/3/2010 5:14PM

    K was pretty bummed this morning and last night as well.

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PARKERB2 11/3/2010 1:53PM

    I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am your precious dog died. I've had that loss and it's terrible. May god bless you.

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FAIRYFLY728 11/3/2010 1:49PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss emoticon

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ALLEY2300 11/3/2010 1:35PM

    So sorry for your loss. Hold onto those beautiful memories she gave you. She will live on through those. And there will be a day that you can smile again when you think of her crazy antics that made her that place in your heart.

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WALKEROFDOGS 11/3/2010 1:24PM

    So sorry for your loss.But you did the right thing. It is a very hard choice to make at times. But you knew it was her time and she left you know. Bless Jewelz now in doggie heaven.

They leave foot prints on our hearts forever. You will keep the good memories and time your heart will heal. emoticon

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READNKNIT 11/3/2010 12:23PM

    So sorry for your loss. You'll find yourself smiling about her and the things she used to do in years to come.

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BAILEYS7OF9 11/3/2010 12:16PM

    Sorry for your loss. not morbid at all. Bless you for understanding the 'look' and letting her go.


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GR8CGRM 11/3/2010 12:00PM

    I will miss her too. You did the right thing. She is at peace sis. Time will heal all wounds,. Scripture gives us this promise and that through Christ we can do all things. Get back to the basics.

Love you sis

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NATPLUMMER 11/3/2010 11:59AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. The memories will make you happy in years to come. emoticon

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 11/3/2010 11:09AM

    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like both you and Jewlez had a great life together.

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BROSEQUILTS 11/3/2010 10:55AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. We've been through it as well so I know just how hard it is. ((((hugs))))

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SPARTANPHOTOG 11/3/2010 10:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sorry for your loss.

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KERPER79 11/3/2010 10:24AM

    I know it's tough. Try to stay strong & hold on to her memories. Sorry for your loss. emoticon


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VBPARROTHEAD 11/3/2010 10:06AM

  Those who havae never had a pet have no idea how mcuh one can love an animal. We who have had a pet know that they are a part of the family, loved like any member of our family, and mourned as the loss of a family member is mourned. It has been many years since we lost our monster cat and a few more since we lost our funny dog. We grieved each loss as you must be grieving over JewlZ leaving your presence. I am so sorry for your having to let her go but I am so glad that you knew when it was time. that is truly proof of your love for her.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/3/2010 9:58AM

    I, too, was just thinking of Rainbow's Bridge. We lost our Yorkie a couple years ago and I thought I'd never make it. They are a part of our family and have so much unconditional love. I am so sorry you and your family. I hope and pray you find comfort in the memories of Jewelz.
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MRE1956 11/3/2010 9:36AM

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Jewelz......


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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/3/2010 8:30AM

    Sending hugs - I've been there several times. Our furry children are the best!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 11/3/2010 8:22AM

    My dear friend, it is not morbid to talk about and mourn the loss of your beloved Jewelz!

I know we all would like our pets to live forever but that is not the way life is. You gave your home and heart to Jewelz for 12 beautiful years and it is perfectly okay and normal to grieve for her.

You made your decision with her in mind and that takes a lot of inner strength. Be prepared to grieve and please let yourself go through the stages of grief and accept them as perfectly normal. Our pets give us the only unconditional love we know and the relationship we have with them is one of the purest on earth.

Take care of yourself over the next days and weeks! emoticon

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JLITT62 11/3/2010 8:07AM

    Oh, I am so sorry, and we were just discussing how much our doggies mean to us.

It is the hardest thing to do, but it's also the kindest thing we do for them. I wish they had the same lifespan we did, but they are such pure love.

Big, big emoticon, my friend. I am so sorry.

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HALFFAST 11/3/2010 7:54AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss emoticon

The Rainbow Bridge

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross overů together.

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KATE3BOYS 11/3/2010 7:50AM

    I agree. Losing a pet is difficult! I had to put two of my cocker spaniels down a few years ago. They were very old and one had cancer while the other could no longer even eat. I have to feed him through a tube. There are days now that I think back on that day and still feel sadness over losing them. They were a huge part of my life. But now, I can see how blessed I was to have them for as long as I did.

You will overcome this. It will get easier ...

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SWELL10 11/3/2010 7:45AM

    Don't apologize for talking about your feelings. It's not morbid. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know she will be missed. emoticon

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HOKIEJEN13 11/3/2010 7:43AM

    It's not morbid! If anyone has ever lost a four legged friend, they'll understand. You bond with them, they become a part of your family, your life. It's hard - I know, I've been there. But it gets better. I am here for you if you need to vent, chat, or just want someone to talk to you. Hugs all around for you today!

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