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Monday, June 13, 2011

"The Lord, our mighty God, now reigns supreme; Let us rejoice and give Him praise!" (Rev. 19:6-7)

"O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live..." (Ez. 37:14)

Two beautiful verses! The first one reminds us that God is really GOD - mighty and supreme, and deserving of all our praise and adoration! And He is truly cause for our rejoicing in Him!

And the second verse assures us that even though He is a mighty God, He is also so close to us and loves us so much that He puts His own spirit in us! We live because He is in us!


Good morning, friends! Well, we're starting off a new week - may it be a good one in every way for every one of us!

I got off to a good start with 45 minutes on the bike and then some upper body strength exercises. Had a healthy breakfast (my oatmeal smoothie) - now to watch my food the rest of the day! (the hard part!! LOL!!)

This weekend, while in San Pedro Sula visiting family, we went to Price Mart (kind of like Sam's, but not quite so big). For the first time, I bought frozen mixed vegetables. I'm going to try them and see how I like it. I usually buy fresh vegetables, but often, in spite of using "Green Bags", they go bad before I can finish them - especially broccoli and cauliflower - there are never small heads available! So I took an ice chest, and packed the vegetables in ice - only a three hour drive home, so they stayed frozen.

If this works, I may end up buying a small freezer, and a slow cooker, and on weekends cook soups, etc, in quantity and freeze them. That would really help on days when I am too busy to cook at noon. (We have our main meal at noon - supper is just a light something or other.)

I have been maintaining these past two weeks - now I need to lose two pounds this week if I want to reach my first mini-goal of reaching 160 by July 1st!!

Have a happy and blessed day everyone! And thanks for reading my blog. I enjoy sharing!

emoticon Marge

P.S. I went to post this, and it reminded me to put in a title.... This is always a dilemma for me.... I never know whether to name it for the spiritual reflection at the beginning or for what I talk about in the rest of the blog. What do you, my friends, suggest? Thanks!

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BLEGNER1 6/13/2011 5:54PM

    I like the idea of motivations and messages from Marge. You could number each one so that at the end of a year we would know we had 365 of them.
God bless my Dear Sister

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NELLIEC 6/13/2011 5:01PM

    I am thinking either kind of name. Perhaps sort of your mood for the day could determine which.

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WINFIELD28 6/13/2011 3:09PM

    I like "Motivations & Messages from Marge." LOL!
I read your blog no matter what you title it!

Glad you had a nice weekend. Good for you thinking ahead and picking up frozen veggies and transporting them home! That's planning to succeed!
You did awesome with 45 min. on the bike and eating such a healthy breakfast. So smart too to eat that larger meal on lunch. We here in the midwest eat a large supper...we always did and do on the farm. I need to make supper a bit smaller...and eat more at lunch or as an afternoon snack.

Have a super week!

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/13/2011 2:53PM

    Of course I'm blessed by anything spiritual but have to say that it's a title about the other part that catches my eye and leads me to it...same with other friends blogs too. Hope that helps. are really moving forward with planning ahead for some really healthy meals Marge...a small freezer and slow cooker will be so useful I know...I'd say go for it!
Personally I buy frozen peas, green beans & broad beans and that's about my lot in frozen veggies but that's because we can't eat broccoli & cauliflower...not sure what they've done to them here but that's how it is.
PS...I wish you well in getting to that goal by 1st July emoticon

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PATTYISMO 6/13/2011 1:47PM

    Marge, I think either type of name would work for your blog.
I think spirituality is the most important part of weight loss...that may sound odd but we can't do anything without Him! emoticon Have a great day! Patty

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Experimenting with my new "mini"

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me.
I will keep your commands.
I call upon you, save me
and I will do your will." (Ps. 119:145-146)

I was praying this psalm this morning, and the first line here - "...with all my heart" really made me stop and reflect. Do we really call upon the Lord with all our hearts? When a young person is in love, her beloved is really the center of all her thoughts and actions. She thinks about him many times during the day, calls him (or nowadays, texts or BBs often.), wants to be with him as much as possible, and really tries to do or say nothing that would offend him.

We need to think about our relation with our Lord - do we really give Him all our heart? - or just a part? Is He really the center of our lives?

Tomorrow is Pentecost - we can ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to pray - how to truly call on the Lord with all our heart.


Well, here I am, using my mini for the first time! And trying to adjust to Windows 7 - my desk computer is still XP. I got a mini because I only plan to use it when I travel, and it's easier to carry. I'm having a bit of trouble with the smaller keyboard.

Thanks again for all your prayers. My back has been much better.... I do have to be careful when I bend or sit. Doctors say it should continue to get better.

The new baby - Ivan - is beautiful. And seems to have recovered wonderfully from a very difficult birth. Thanks again to all of you who prayed for him.

I bought a new set of dumbells today - one pound heavier than I have been using. I have been using 4 pounds, and I wanted to get 6 pounders,, but they only had 4, 5 and 8. And I'm not ready for 8 lbs.! As a matter of fact,since I was almost a month that I couldn't do strength exercises, I think I'll need to stay with the 4 lbs. for a couple of weeks before I can move to the 5 lbs.

I really hope that these next two weeks that I won't have as much to do in school, that I can do a lot more exercise and get that scale moving again. I really want to meet my new goals.

Blessings on all of you!

emoticon Marge

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WINFIELD28 6/12/2011 10:38PM

    Thanks for your reflection on the reading!
Glad to hear that baby Ivan is doing well. And that your back is getting better.

I am replying to your blog here using my mini- a Acer netbook. I agree, the smaller key board is something to get used to. ( I have had this for over a year. I don't use it alot. Wanted to use it when traveling and to store recipes in a word file and use in my kitchen. But had to start using it to get my email and our desk top is having lots of problems and needs to be replaced at some point.)

Good idea to work with your 4 pound weights before going to the 5 pounders. Be care for your back's sake.
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NELLIEC 6/12/2011 7:48PM

    I am glad your back is better!

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BLEGNER1 6/12/2011 6:19PM

    Thanks for the riminder that we approach the Lord with all our hearts. I really try to do this and I do communicate with Him often during the days.
You are more than one up on me with the weights, I am still using three lbs. Although when I am working in the yard it is nothing for me to lift and move things that weigh from fifteen pounds to sixty. The eighty pound bag of conctete gave me a few fits but I got them moved and put where I wanted and used two of the three.
Again Thanks for the reminder
The blessings of the Lord be upon you

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/12/2011 2:32PM

    How funny Marge....I've just got a mini too and I love it!! I was using my grandson's when I was last in the UK so knew what to expect.
But have to say, you're one up on me with those weights!!

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LESLIES537 6/12/2011 1:52AM

    Good food for thought. Thank you for sharing! Yay for new dumbells and your mini! You'll get used to the smaller keyboard before long. It takes a little getting used to is all. God Bless! emoticon

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Just checking in....

Thursday, June 09, 2011

God indeed is my Savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and He has been my Savior. (Is. 12:2)

I love this passage... in problems big and small, we have the assurance that our God is with us. We don't have to handle things on our own.... He gives us the strength and courage we need in every situation.

emoticon Marge

Hi, my friends! What a week! I'm feeling good- thanks be to our God - my back seems to be fine. Only problem has been really bad leg and foot cramps at night - but again, thankfully, I haven't had any cramps the last two nights. I had been waking up about 10 times a night and needing to get up and try to walk until the cramps subsided - and lots of times as soon as I lay down, the cramps would start again. I have no idea what causes them!

It's been a very busy week - once a month we have chapel with the students- every class comes for Prayer and Reflection. Since there are ten classes, it does take up time. And then I still have to prepare other things, like Rosary and Holy Hour, plus doing other things to help out in school. I enjoy doing it, but it doesn't leave me much time for anything else.

But today we finish with the last classes - just one to go - and I have Holy Hour prepared, so I'm using these few minutes to reconnect!

Bad thing is I haven't been able to exercise much this week - holding my own on the scale, but not going down. Hopefully next week will be lots better!!

I'll be traveling tomorrow to meet the newest member of my Honduran family - my third godchild just had a baby. We'll be away all weekend, but since I just bought my first laptop - a mini - just for traveling, I plan to take it with me and maybe in the evenings, I can log on to SP and start to catch up!

Well, have to run, time for that last chapel... see you later.

Hope everyone has a relaxed and happy week-end. Blessings on all of you!


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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/10/2011 11:18AM

    Wonderful verse!!!! Thanks for sharing!

I hope your nights get more restful for you. Praying for a good one tonight.

Have a wonderful blessed weekend, Marge!

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/10/2011 10:21AM

    I thought you were very busy again Marge...
Maybe a sodium deficiency...are you taking any meds that take it out of your body like a diuretic?
Have a wonderfully happy w/e seeing that lovely new baby for the first time!
I expect the students break for summer at the end of this month so maybe then you'll have sometime for YOU!!

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NELLIEC 6/9/2011 4:40PM

    I am wondering if the cramps have to do with your circulation changing when you are lying down.

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WINFIELD28 6/9/2011 3:49PM

    Thanks for your verse today. Such comforting and reassuring words. We don't have to handle things on our own.

I hope your Godchild and her baby are doing well.
Enjoy your time with family this weekend!

Holding your own on the scale is a victory in my book! When life gets busy as it often does, holding your own is awesome! You will continue to make progress.

Have a blessed and fun weekend! emoticon emoticon

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Now I have an added motivation to lose weight

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

"God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:27-28)

This passage from today's readings seemed to speak to me this morning. God always takes the first steps toward us - and wants us to respond by seeking Him. Even when it seems we're in the dark and can't see Him or feel Him, He is there, waiting for us, calling to us, helping us to find Him.

The image comes to me of children playing hide-and-seek in dark (at least we played when we were kids - no TV or computers then!) The one who is hidden can't wait too long to be found - he usually starts giving out hints - coughing or laughing or whatever to say "Here I am. Come find me!" That's our God - using so many little things in our lives to say "Here I am, come find me!"

Sometimes, even though we have found Him long ago, and many times since, there are moments when He seems to hide - and so we need to search again. " For in him we live and move and have our being."


Good morning, friends!

Well, I went to the doctor yesterday, and while it's mostly good news - there isn't a really serious problem - there is a problem.

I don't know how to really explain it -but seems that where the spinal cord leaves off and the "horse's tail" ( a bunch of nerves that start where the spinal cord ends and spread out), there appears to be a reduction of the space where they pass. In other words, something could be compressing them - maybe a herniated disk. That produces the pain. The weird thing is, the pain started on my lower left back, then that stopped hurting, and it was the lower right abdomen that hurt for a couple of weeks. And now that pain is gone, and the pain is in my back.

For now, both doctors who are seeing me feel we should give it a little time. I'm taking anti-inflammatory medication and, when I need it, analgesics. But the pain is slight and sporadic right now. If the pain continues, or gets worse, I'll have to have an MRI.

But according to the doctor, 85% of cases are non-operable, and of the other 15%, surgery doesn't help much. So for now, they want me to lose weight (what else is new!! LOL!!!), keep on exercising, with care, and watch my posture, especially while sitting, and the way I pick things up.

Anyway, I would only even consider surgery in an extreme case, like if I couldn't bear the pain, or couldn't walk. So now I have an even stronger reason to lose weight!! The doctor would like me to take off another 20 pounds!!

So, thank you all for your support and encouragement. I will be needing those virtual "kicks" and also those gentler nudges from my non-violent friends!!

By the way, yesterday I read an article here on SP that I really liked: 8 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren't Working. For anyone who might be interested, the link is:

Have a happy, healthy, blessed day everyone!!

emoticon Marge

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CATHRINE2010 6/5/2011 8:24AM

    so sorry you are experiencing pain. back pain is the worse. However this too will go away,you will lose the extra weight and have great posture. Maybe yoga will help? emoticon

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    Marge I'm wondering if your problem is 'similar' to when I broke my coccyx bone...that damaged all the nerves in that area too. I won't go into the ins and outs of how painful it was because you know that already....suffice to say that after one year I accidentally tipped backwards while stooping to talk to a child and sat straight on that area again!! Resulting in severe pain!! This time I asked my doctor if I could have ultrasound treatment. I only had a couple of treatments and it's been as good as new ever since.
SO....what I'm saying is....maybe some ultrasound treatment would help you too.
Maybe worth a try?

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NELLIEC 6/1/2011 4:54PM

    I think God and the doctor gave you one of those "nudges." emoticon

With God on the job of nudging, our human nudging is just reinforcement!

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WINFIELD28 6/1/2011 1:54PM

    What a very beautiful interpretation by you of the reading today. Love the image of children playing 'hide and seek' to explain how God continues to reveal himself to us and draw us need.
So glad to hear that you got mostly good news at your medical appointment. I have 3 herniated discs and have had issues with them since 1999. I have been able to side-step surgery for the reasons you stated. Physical Therapy has helped me to avoid surgery. You are so correct - losing weight would be so helpful with back issues. (Another reason to keep working on losing weight for me, too. I am still a bit too heavy for a healthy back!) I promise to remind you gently why losing weight should be a priority - your back will love you, and who wants to live in pain if you can avoid it.

Hope your day is one filled with unexpected blessings!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/1/2011 12:41PM

    We are SO blessed when God "speaks" to us. I could read the Bible 100 times and gleen something new each time. All in His timing.

Sorry to hear about your pain, but Lord willing, once those 20 pounds are gone, the pain will be too! Woo-hoo! Praying for the ease of pain and happy days!

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NMAMUSIC 6/1/2011 12:40PM

    Thanks for the article link, Marge! That's really insightful!

That being said, I am so sorry to hear about this new obstacle :( I'm really happy though to see that you've already turned it into a new motivation. Maybe you could try doing 1 extra thing every day to push yourself towards your weight loss goal (i.e. an extra 5-10 minutes of cardio, or 1,000 more steps, or a brief, light strength workout).

I hope that the pain doesn't start to bother you too much -- I'll keep you in my thoughts! In the meantime, I know you can do what it takes to reach your goals! Stay focused, stay realistic!


- Mel

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Hey, friends, give me a kick in the butt when I need it!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

I'm reading "Creative Prayer" by E. Herman, and this morning I read this line, which I'd like to share:

"We are led by the practice of meditation from the point where self occupies the center of our thoughts and we expect God to revolve diligently round us, to the point where we become predominantly aware of God."

Thought provoking, isn't it? Made me think of the times when I talk with students or parents about the need to be faithful to prayer and going to church, not just when they need something, as if God were a great big Santa Claus in the sky.

Herman goes on to say "If, then, we have been faithful in our meditation and not allowed it to become an occasion of self-seeking, we shall find that love to God - that steady and profound gravitation towards our Creator and Redeemer which is more than an emotion, and in which lies our very life - will be born in the heart."


I think I need a good kick in butt to get me back on track! I've been slacking off ever since I got back from my trip! Now that the pain in my side and back is gone, I have no more excuse. I can't even use the excuse of the heat, now that I have air!! LOL!!

And I've been snacking way too much! Just got out of the habit of applying my new healthy habits!!

So as of today, I'm going to reset my goals (since I obviously didn't make my goal of 150 by May) and set up a few intermediate goals:

160 by July 1st
155 by August 15
150 by Oct. 1st (Since I'm going to my brother's for two weeks in August, I'm planning on just maintaining during that time.)

I'm going to review my exercise plan, get back to faithful tracking, and do whatever it takes to reach my goal.

I read about so many inspiring SP who have taken off so much more weight than I have, and so many who have been successfully maintaining for a long time, that I know there's no reason why I can't do it, too. I just have to discipline myself to get back to my healthy habits!

So, please, my friends, hold me accountable, and give me a little shove (or kick!!) when I need it!! Thanks for being such good friends!!

emoticon Marge

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NUTNFANCY 5/31/2011 6:54PM

    I'll kick yours if you kick mine emoticon emoticon emoticon
consider yourself kicked! emoticon emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 5/31/2011 12:59PM

    Marge...first of all I'll say.... emoticon
Yes sure loads of members lose 100+ and we all say "Well done!".....but when it comes to little ole ME???? emoticon
I know what you mean about continually 'grazing' after you've been away...I've done it too. I wonder is it because we allow ourselves to do that on our trip...that's probably the case for me! AND then when we get home again after NOT having all our favoured choices because we were in another's like we make up for lost time. All these things can be completely subconscious of course. have the PLAN....I reckon that is perfectly doable and will be around to emoticon emoticonYOU get there emoticon

Thank you for sharing that very inspiring quote....I agree...God wants to hear from us all the time not just in times of need!!

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TURNERGIRL1 5/31/2011 10:26AM

  Beautiful quote from your book! Loved it and will read it again later today. I know that when I take the time to just simply connect with God, major changes happen in my spirit. Thank you for sharing that.

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NMAMUSIC 5/30/2011 8:23PM

    "Nothing tastes as good as being thin."
"Waste it or waist it?"

I've so been there!! Real circumstances slow you down, and before you know it, you just don't want to move fast anymore. Well.. the reality is, you've got to pick up and carry on or else you'll be left behind without achieving your goals.

So you didn't hit your May goal to hit 150. You're disappointed, right? Maybe a little down on yourself over it? I hear ya! I've been there (SO many times). The ONLY solution is to pick up, realign your goals (you're already ahead of the game on that!), and get your butt movin'!

I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!! I know it! You are awesome, sweet, positive, and you already know what success feels like! You were thoughtful enough to give me words of encouragement on my first day on this website, and I'm going to do the same for you no matter when you need it!

So... do something productive towards your health today! Demand it of yourself! Start off strong, and then if you need to keep going moderately, then do what you gotta do. I think your goals definitely reasonable and attainable.

If you ever need ANYTHING that I can help with, ring my "sparkpeople doorbell" and I'm so there!

- Mel

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WINFIELD28 5/30/2011 4:50PM

    I too am not a 'natural butt kicker." LOL
I do best being supportive by trying to 'gently encourage.'
So, have set yourself some obtainable goals. I know you can reach them on the dates you desire, by working towards them each day. You know what to do, because you have done it in the past. It doesn't hurt to say a little prayer each day for the strength and direction you will need to stay on course. And if you should falter, don't beat yourself up. Treat Marge like you would your best friend...with kindness and understanding. '
Have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 5/30/2011 4:12PM

    Hmmm, I'm not as good about kicking as in helping back up. I will have to see if I can do that.

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