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I'm Alright ...Ok

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week posted a blog, the responses were encouraging reminding me that I am not in control and that God has a handle on my situation and my special needs child. As I listened to this song on the way in to work, it reminded me of a prayer I would pray "God I thank You for things being as well as they are." It could be so much worse than it is, but He only guess us enough that we can handle, the rest is all Him.
The song simply says [in part]:

Everything is alright
Everything is Okay
Everything is all good and I won't complain even if I could
Everything is all good sunshine and rain working as it should
Its alright
I'm alright
~J. Moss


A catchy tune with a simple reminder for me.

Stay healthy, and live well!

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REALITYCHECK86 7/24/2014 12:48AM

    Good song, good reminder. Things will be okay, just keep being positive and moving forward.
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BABY_GIRL69 7/22/2014 5:48PM

    We all struggle daily and we need the support from time to time. Don't give up God loves us and He doesn't give up on us either... From time to time we need to speak encourage ourselves as well....

God bless & be encouraged!!


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    Thanks for sharing.....hadn't heard that one yet! Adding it to my playlist now!!! emoticon

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LIVELYLULU37 7/21/2014 10:22AM

    Sookie, Almost everyone I know has some sort of challenge they have to go thru in order to help them become the person they are meant to be. I know I certainly endured a lot of pain growing up, and that helped to become a more caring person. Maybe you can think of all the ways this cross you are bearing is changing you.

I am here for you, if you ever need anyone to check in with-I know I need accountability.

As I am not in your situation, I do tend to take things for granted. (not meaning to) . Thank you for your kindness. Day by Day- YOU CAN DO THIS..... Jen

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My BLC Sizzling Summer Slimdown 2014 Progress

Friday, July 18, 2014

Well, its week 5 of the BLC SSS. I decided to take a peek at my goal ... to lose 10 lbs. Well we are halfway through the challenge. GUESS WHAT? I am more halfway to my goal ... drumrollllll -6.2 lbs! emoticon My glass is half full! emoticon

Thinking about starting a weightloss tracking journal. Looking on Pinterest, there are so many neat and motivating ideas. I'm not much of a "journalist" or writing my thoughts down, but I've been tracking on paper (well, weight watchers tracking sheet) three weeks now. It was challenging at first, because all I had to do before was whip out my trusty smartphone, scan a bar code or enter my foods into my sparkApp. But I'm liking it now, writing on paper, as it is making me think twice before I think I want to eat something.

Whether or not I'm the biggest loser is no biggie to me, as long as I continue to strive toward my goal and as it stands now, I'm on my way!

Well, off to find me some motivational things to go in/on my journal.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a healthy and fit day wherever you are in the world.


"Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day" - 2 Cor. 4:16

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REALITYCHECK86 7/19/2014 11:38PM

    Nice job! It's so gratifying to see the scale moving down. Sounds like your challenge is going well! I'm not much of a journalist myself, but it sounds like a good idea! Good luck with your goals!
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KEELEY_CAN 7/19/2014 5:37PM

    You're a great motivator! emoticon Sookie!

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You gotta get UP and TRY and TRY and TRY!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Please excuse my rambling! I don't often share much about me, but I'm having a moment.

Work full time. 30-50 minute commute. Care for special needs adult son. Workouts are sporadic. Sometimes its an "all or nothing" workout kind of day! Last workouot before today was on Saturday morning before heading to a weight watchers meeting. Workout video was 57 minutes, but I mustered through 40 intense hot and sweaty minutes on the aerobic step.

Meeting went well, but I don't like WW franchises ... you pay MORE and receive so much LESS - no access to etools or online or the WWapp. So I'm tinkering with the thought of going back to online. I did, however, find out that if I sign back up with the monthly pass (not a "fast pass" as they call it through the franchise), I can still attend meetings at a franchise location, but not sure it will be worth the hassle.

After the meeting, ran a few errands to prepare sunday dinner: slow cooked balsamic chicken ... OMG, I love it and my husband devours it everytime I make it. Recipe can be found here:

Served it with asparagus (on sale, $1.99/# at shoprite) and mashed sweet potatos. emoticon

Spent the remainder of the day crocheting. Started one project, didn't like it so I frogged it and started another. See ...

Started a diaper cover this morning.

oh back to my rambling ... lol

Sunday, no workout; up super early for 6:45a.m. church service. Pastor preached "Make it do what it do," from 1 Cor. 12. We all are given a gift from above. Some sit down on the gift, others misuse the gift, others utilize the gift. The gifts are given so that when used will glorify God. Whatever your gift is, make it do what its supposed to do. Your gift looks good on you!

Crocheted some more since I frogged the saturday's project. Then I started another

I like this one the best.

Conditioned and washed my hair. Crocheted s'more. It was late, and I didn't finish my hair til after 11:30 .... ooooo so tired.

Monday, no workout. I dragged through the day in hopes of working out after work. Then ds called with some not so good news ... i know that we never stop worrying about our children, even after they become adults, but its difficult when you have an adult child w/special needs; you never stop worrying or parenting. And I keep asking God WHY? When I look around and other children whose needs are much greater, more physical I realize that I am blessed because it could be worse and knowing that God will not give us more than we are capable of handling. There are days I admit, "I can't handle it." Mentally it is physically exausting. I kept saying I'll workout later, but after work, later became a stop at the store, picked up some sweet potatoes to nuke, eat leftovers for dinner and bed!

This morning, still tired, woke up put on my workout gear and headed downstairs. After reading a bit, surfed youtube for a workout. Gotta love YT, plenty workouts at no cost. Big savings on gym membershp. Picked a step workout from Netfit's youtube channel. Although tired, I mustered through it; broke a sweat so that was a plus, but I still felt tired. Oh well, asl long as I tried tried and tried.

Thanks for listening to my ramble. Have a fantastic day. Whatever you do, make it count.

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AVANELL 7/15/2014 7:12PM

    Very pretty crocheted pieces!

One of the things I've had to remind myself of when thinking of my adult children's problems is that God loves them more than I do and He is much more able to handle their problems than I am. So I pray, which is what He asks me to do, and I leave the rest to Him. If I can offer some encouragement to them or assist in any way I will, but the results are up to God. It takes a big load off my mind!

God bless! You're doing great! Keep up the good work!


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KTTAYLOR21 7/15/2014 10:20AM

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One of my favorite affirmations which I think you could use is "God is the strength in which I trust." Sometimes we just don't have it to move forward and we have to rely on God!

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LIVELYLULU37 7/15/2014 9:36AM

    God grant me the serenity,
To accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference...

God bless your heart, you have a great day also.... emoticon

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Temptation and the Struggle Within

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Sharing an email I received. How many of us struggle with that internal thing? That thing that keeps us from fulfilling our healthy dreams. I found this quite timely for me, mentally I struggle and have often caved in to that "thing"

"A grandfather tells his grandson: "I've got a terrible struggle on the inside of me. I have two natures. One nature is evil - full of anger, pride, envy, jealousy, self-pity, fear, ingratitude, and without restraint. The other nature is good - loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, patient, gentle, faithful, and self-controlled. That same struggle is going on inside of every person who accepts Jesus as their Savior too."

After thinking for a moment, the grandson asks, "Which nature will win?"

The grandfather answers: "The one I feed."

I modified this story from a Cherokee legend I heard long ago. It has a great lesson about how to overcome internal struggle. Struggle is defined as "a forceful or violent effort to get free of restraint or resist attack." That sounds like hard work, doesn't it?

On this journey for better health, many people are struggling. They are resisting doing what is harmful to their bodies every day. They are committed to doing the right thing...even when it is hard or it hurts.

Sometimes, they succeed. Other times, they fail. However, what they learn from their failures gives them ammunition to resist from another angle. If one method of resisting doesn't work, they try another. They are determined to keep testing strategies to get or stay free.

But there is a flip side to struggling - Surrender.


You know within your heart what you ought to be doing regarding your health. Isn't it time that you declare the nature you want to win inside yourself? Which nature glorifies God?

Once you decide which nature you want to win, then start feeding that nature with the food it requires to grow stronger - God's word!

Kimberly Taylor
'Take Back Your Temple'

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KATELJM 7/14/2014 12:33PM

    Yes, and whole-hearted commitment makes the path oh so much easier!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/3/2014 10:08AM

    Thank you very much for posting this!

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VANGO79 7/3/2014 9:28AM

    Thank you for sharing this! It is definitely a daily struggle but it is getting easier emoticon emoticon

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Afghan COMPLETE!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

All done, just need to do a little clean up on the back and crochet a border. I hope DS will be as excited as I am.

Thanks for stopping by.

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NEVERORNOW 6/3/2014 8:56PM

    Wow, what a LOT of work! Love it! emoticon

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TARNOLD74 5/25/2014 12:12PM

    emoticon What is so great!!

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MACMOM57 4/17/2014 8:59PM

    That's awesome. I love it. I'm just learning the granny square.

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LULUTU 4/17/2014 10:26AM

    What a project! Congratulations on getting it finished!

Go Fuchsias!


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CINDYKC2000 4/16/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon You did an amazing job.

As a crocheter myself, I know how much work that was. Thanks for sharing.

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SCTRACKER 4/16/2014 7:04AM

    You did a great job! emoticon

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CAT125 4/15/2014 9:07AM

    WOW! emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/14/2014 6:13PM

    That is awesome!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/14/2014 5:38PM

    Very nice....

God bless,


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1BOSSMOMMY 4/14/2014 4:25PM

    What a cool looking afghan. Crocheting can be so therapeutic and keeps hands busy when having a craving for something. My profile picture is a doll I just finished yesterday Sister Despicable Me doll for my youngest grand daughter and I've started on the Despicable Me Minion for her older sister also. Their ages are 1 1/2 and 3 and they are so adorable. I Skype with them several days a week so they away remember who I am and look forward to seeing me on my twice a year visits.

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KTTAYLOR21 4/14/2014 4:11PM

    That is SSSOO NICE!!! It's really amazing!!

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TNM2013 4/14/2014 3:55PM

  That's amazing!

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