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SparkPeople is Awesome

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sometimes I have to cry for a few of my friends that are so desperate for weight loss that they fall for stupid diets just because there's a doctor behind it! PLEASE people! Wake up! Doing stupid and dangers stuff is not worth it!

I have some friends that are doing a very bad fad diet and they believe in it because they're consistently losing weight and at a fast rate; and because it's endorsed by a doctor. Some of the things they're doing are so bad. They flat out refuse to listen to common sense. I feel like I've failed those closest to me who could be helped and encouraged by my healthy living journey. I've tried talking to them until I'm blue in the face. They won't listen to reality.

I am feeling SOOOOOOO blessed that God showed me true healthy living. Thankfully I am also blessed to have enough passion and to care about myself enough to want to do it right; and even at my heaviest weight I didn't have the desire to chase weight loss in the wrong way. If only the whole world knew about SparkPeople.

  
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SPARKYCARLEY 11/16/2011 10:12PM

    Thank you for the encouragement friends. You are awesome. I wish you were all here with me so I could give you a hug.... and maybe some hot chocolate too! :-) LOL

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MARGIE4230 11/15/2011 5:16PM

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BLUE42DOWN 11/15/2011 3:51PM

    As J0ETTE said, don't give up on your friends completely. Continue to be the example of what common sense can do.

Right now they're not measuring or feeling the impact of the fad diet. When they compare your results to theirs, they only see the obvious one - they're losing more and faster. Why would they hear the voice of reason?

When they do start to feel the other effects, to see the negative repercussions of the fad, there you'll still be, your health and stability more obvious in comparison. If and when they are ready, they'll know who to ask.

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J0ETTE 11/15/2011 2:13PM

    I agree with you that SparkPeople is awesome! Stick by your friends, you never know when they will start noticing differences in you...and want what you have. ;)

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Ways to Accentuate the Positive

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Here is a great article to help you learn to stay positive if you're having a bit of a tough time staying there.

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Aside from the discipline that staying healthy takes, a positive mindset is sure to keep things light. In addition to restricting calories and being more physically active, find ways to let the sunshine in your day. A healthy lifestyle is about regenerating healing so seek out positive triggers that will appeal to your senses when youíre down. When you fall off the wagon or experience temptation, use these devices to relax you and inspire you to move forward.

Record Happiness

My nephew has one of the most infectious laughs. I donít think I can stay sad about anything when I hear it. What is that for you? Does your brother tell a funny story you canít get enough of, or is there a line from a movie that takes you out of a rut in seconds? Maybe youíre away from home; get a recording of your Momís voice to play back when youíre homesick. Whatever happiness sounds like to you, record it on your smart phone or create an mp3. Play it intermittently when youíre down or just for kicks. You might have affirmations about your goal weight or size that you need to hear as well. A personal touch is the most important aspect of recording happiness. Sometimes itís hard to talk about negative feelings, and having recorded happiness easily accessible can reassure you without your having to explain yourself to someone.

See or Experience Nature

Your 9 to 5 doesnít come with a personal masseuse, but you can create an environment of release by setting up visuals that can take you away from the stress of your day. If you can, commit to actually experiencing nature regularly as well. Fall foliage is upon us in America, so take a drive. If leaves arenít your thing, there are sites that will allow you to watch slideshows, video or still photos of some of the worldís most beautiful places. Whether itís a desktop program, pictures in a frame, or nature DVDs, get watching. Goal weight pictures are nice, but when you didnít lose as much as you thought you would the previous week, that picture might upset you. Pictures of nature, be it a beach, waterfall, or garden, have been proven to improve relaxation and reduce stress.

Be Creative

You may not be the next Picasso, but the process of making art can improve your mood. Be it music, photography, painting, crochet or writing, find an outlet that will allow you some much needed freedom. What we eat is one of the only things we have complete control over and that can be a bad thing for emotional eaters. Instead wield your control over a paintbrush or pencil. You can go the class route, or simply set up a place in your home where you can create after buying your own kit. Another good outlet for thoughts and feelings is keeping a sketchbook. Like a diary, you can express yourself with sketches instead of words. These stress relievers may seem unrelated to diet and exercise, but keeping your stress levels down will help you make rational decisions when it comes to your health which will help you live a longer happier existence.

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 10/26/2011 9:34AM

    Very inspiring! I believe keeping our joy has a much better impace on our day-to-day living than concentrating on some of the negatives. I enjoyed Dr Oz's message in the SP Ads today: Feeling good is contagious!

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KASEYCOFF 10/23/2011 3:21PM

    And now, of course, all I can hear is the old Johnny Mercer song, 'Accentuate the Positive'! lol...
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BROWNIEISLANDER 10/18/2011 8:50PM

    Wonderful inspiration..keep on doing great! emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 10/18/2011 8:34PM

    this is just what i needed. thanks

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Prayers Needed

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Hi SparkFriends....

I am asking for prayers for a very special friend. His name is Matthew. His life is a mess right now. He's struggling to stay sober. His roommate asked him to leave their place by the end of this week. Matt does not have a phone, so I can't call him. I have no idea where he is or if he is OK. Please pray that he is safe and sober; and that God leads him to call me or to stop by my place. I really need to know he is OK. Thank you so much.

Carley

  
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SPARKYCARLEY 10/10/2011 10:37PM

    Thank you so much NDTEACHER1. I appreciate the support and the prayers. Hugs.

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NDTEACHER1 10/10/2011 10:18PM

    I will definitely pray for Matthew. He needs it.

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/9/2011 7:49AM

    Thank you for the prayers and support SparkFriends. I appreciate it so very much.

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MRE1956 10/9/2011 6:10AM

    I will keep you both in my best thoughts.....

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 10/8/2011 11:00PM

  You have my prayers. Blessings emoticon

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ELSCO55 10/8/2011 9:16PM

    Prayers for you and your friend.

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/8/2011 9:07PM

    Thank you so much SparkFriends. Your support means so much to me.
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-WISPY- 10/8/2011 9:03PM

    From a long time sober alcoholic (one day at a time) Carley, I can share that we all have to reach our own rock bottom before we are willing to get sober and find the help we need.

My prayers are that God will allow whatever he needs to reach his rock bottom and so reach out for that help.

Al Anon is a sister fellowship to AA that teaches us how to learn emotional detachment from our loved ones - so that we are free to love them but Let go and Let God. A bit like doctors have to let go of emotion in order to do what is necessary in order to help their patients.

Sending loving thoughts to you both right now.

Hugs Wispy.



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RORYLYONS 10/8/2011 8:57PM

    I hope he will contact you soon..Will keep him in my prayers.. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 10/8/2011 8:48PM

    Prayers are coming for Matthew and you! Hang in there. emoticon

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Me? Who Would have Thought?!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

SparkFriends....

You'll never guess what happened to me tonight. I'm excited. Which is weird in itself because it could not be more opposite of 'me'. I got the most incredible invitation tonight! I have been invited to be a guest speaker at a Christian women's weekend retreat next September. Someone who knows my story, and has read my blogs; thinks it's time for me to share, to help inspire others. Wow... who would have thought?!

I have a couple friends who are guest speakers all the time for various functions & such. They are both authors. I'm gonna need to pick their brains for tips and advice. I'm just a wanna-be author. I'm social phobic.... and I'm excited about speaking to a huge group of women to tell them the details of my story. I mean... Huh?! Isn't that a huge contradiction?!

God is amazing how He uses people... either that He has a good sense of humor. lol Personally I think it's a bit of both. God is good, and since we are made in His image; He does have a sense of humor.

Start praying for me now. It's gonna take me a year to calm my nerves about this. lol

Hugs,
Carley

  
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SPARKYCARLEY 10/12/2011 4:45PM

    Thank you so much LJR4HEALTH for the feedback and the kind words.

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LJR4HEALTH 10/12/2011 3:35PM

    How exciting Carley and such a honor to be asked to speak ot share your story WTG

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/8/2011 4:47PM

    DEADDY - Thank you for the support. I love your profile pic! lol Ya just can't help but love Maxine!

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SCTRACKER 10/8/2011 4:36PM

    emoticon Just give God the Glory for what He has done and He will give you the words. This is wonderful.

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/8/2011 4:11PM

    HOPEFULSNAIL204 -- Thank you for the feedback and the support. I have quite a history to tell about how God has led me to step out of my comfort zone. It will, no doubt, be part of the story I will tell about myself.
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HOPEFULSNAIL204 10/8/2011 3:56PM

  May the peace of God be with you as you share your story. We never know how much inspiration we give others. I believe that God will surround you with people that will be inspired and blessed by you.
Happy speaking! Congratulations for going out of your comfort zone!
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SPARKYCARLEY 10/8/2011 2:15PM

    Thank you SparkFriends. You guys are awesome as always.

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QUENNEVILLE 10/7/2011 10:34PM

    emoticon Wow, where is the retreat being held? I would love to be there to support you.
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SPARKYCARLEY 10/7/2011 10:22PM

    BRAVEONE92 - Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly kind words. You've brought tears to my eyes. It is SP friends like you that keep me inspired to keep writing. Again, Thank You so very much.
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BRAVEONE92 10/7/2011 10:05PM

    Congratulations Carley! I am not a bit surprised that you have
been invited to speak at a Christian Womens Retreat, and
that you will be the Guest Speaker! Wow, I am so happy
for you. Carley, emoticon, you have time to write
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these wonderful ladies. Be proud of yourself, because
that is a great opportunity for you. I am really very proud
of you. You have what it takes to get the job done. You
may have to work on the social part abit, but when you
know that your heart is speaking to those who are listening,
perhaps, you will be calm and serene. I am sure that God
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SPARKYCARLEY 10/7/2011 7:41PM

    Thank you SOOOOOO much friends. You guys keep me so inspired.

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STORMFAN 10/7/2011 3:45PM

    Carley what a great opportunity to share and enjoy the moment. You will do well I am sure. Prayers are coming your way. thanks for sharing this wonderful news.

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MSLZZY 10/7/2011 10:57AM

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/7/2011 10:57AM

    What an incredible compliment to the incredible journey you've made to bring your quality of life to such a new level of joy. You've come through and continue to meet and exceed the challenges of day-to-day living and I pray that the strength you have continues to come through your living faith walk. May you continue to be inspired as you now inspire others.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 10/7/2011 10:03AM

    That's fantastic! I'm excited for you!

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SPARKLISE 10/7/2011 9:21AM

    Just be yourself,rely on God and it will be perfect!
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BEACHGIRLKIM 10/7/2011 9:10AM

    emoticon What an honor! Practice, practice, practice. I know you will do great!

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EDWARDS1411 10/7/2011 8:34AM

    Congrats Carley! Practice makes perfect, know your subject well and speak from the heart - you'll do great!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/7/2011 3:32AM

    Well deserved you are inspirational~~

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HOPE24718 10/7/2011 2:42AM

    That's awesome! I will be praying for you emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 10/7/2011 2:38AM

    There are all kinds of way of 'testifying,' Carley - to my mind, this is one of the many! You never know who you might help, just by being yourself, and telling your life's story.

You'll be great! Wonderful that they've sought you out and invited you, and so helpful that you have a good lead time to prepare.
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TWEETYKC00 10/7/2011 12:02AM

    Congratulations, you deserve this opportunity!

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MISSLISA1973 10/6/2011 11:50PM

    If you have time and can find a club in your area, I would recommend you visit a Toastmasters club at least once or twice, then consider joining. You will be able to get all kinds of hints and tips there, as well as speaking practice. Plus you may make some great friends, and even have an opportunity to speak there about your story. Just a thought.
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SJH627 10/6/2011 11:37PM

    The Lord is strong in our weaknesses... redeeming all of our flaws for His own purpose and glory. As strange as that sounds it allows us to rely only on Him for strength and courage. But GOD is GOOD. :) Blessings Sister

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/6/2011 11:03PM

    Thanks Ravyna. The idea about me speaking is to tell my own story. I have been through a lot, and the lady who runs the retreat knows much of what I've been through. She thinks I should be telling my story to inspire others. I will have to spend a lot of time preparing for it. I will probably try speaking first in some sort of practice experience... maybe a 5 or 10 minute testimony in church first. The Lord certainly speaks through me in my blogs. So many times I have sat down to write and I didn't even know what the topic would be... then suddenly I'm typing and a couple hours later I have a good blog article to post. God uses me, so I know He will be doing the same thing when I speak.

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ANYVAR54 10/6/2011 10:44PM

    Carley, what an awesome opportunity. God will surely bless you in this endeavor, and you are right to ask for help. For prayer. You are doing the right thing. God will bless you for asking for help. And you have so much time. You need to ask the organization for an idea for a topic, and then spend time praying over it, and preparing. You write such good blogs, I know that you will do a great job. Because you depend upon the Lord and not yourself.
Blessings, Ravyna

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/6/2011 10:43PM

    Thank You HICKOK-HALEY. I'm so happy that God has given me lots of notice. Most of the time He tends to drop things on us at the last minute. lol Pray that His peace be in my heart and that He gives me the words to say.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/6/2011 10:36PM

    What a wonderful compliment. You will do just fine. Getting tips from your friends is a good idea. emoticon

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SPARKYCARLEY 10/6/2011 10:33PM

    Thank you very much THINLIN07.
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THINLIN07 10/6/2011 10:08PM

    You"ll do great and the Lord will give you the words and the annointing. I will pray for you of course. emoticon

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My Continung Saga

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hi Sparklers...

How are you all? It's been a while since I've had the time to sit and write you updates about my own life. I am so busy these days I am, literally, overwhelmed. It's all good, but never the less I have way too much on my plate.

I was on the bus the other day, and that guy I like so much got on. I wanted so much to go sit with him, but I didn't. Maybe one day I'll work up my nerve to talk with him. Right now, I'd give just about anything for him to invite me to be on his FB friends list! lol But I doubt that will happen. I want so badly to talk to him.

Anyway... I had one bad week recently because of my meds. My PDoc upped my meds to the next version up of one of the prescriptions that I already take. It was supposed to step up the benefits of the old one. Except, it didn't. It backfired. So Doc said to quit. NOW! Except... I couldn't go back to the old one for a week. That week in between was nasty. But I'm leveling out now. I never thought I'd say this but since I finally went back on my meds a year ago, things have changed for me a lot. The therapy that I've done and I am currently doing as well has helped me a lot. I am learning so much about my health issues that I didn't know before.

I'm also getting some help finally for my childhood traumas.... professional help from someone who can gear my therapy to deal with those things specifically. On top of that, I'm meeting with the pastor every week. He's awesome. He's my greatest confident now.

I also made a new friend at church. I'm helping him get a new place to live closer to the church, so he can continue to go on a regular basis. He's a writer as well. We're hoping to work on something together.

I'm getting great response from my new website venture. I'm having fun with it. One of my new therapists is friends with the editor of a Christian magazine. She's written her friend suggesting that they publish something for me. I haven't heard anything back yet, but that's OK. I'm getting so many great compliments that I'm happy just with that. Mostly I'm happy that the readers are touched by what I write.

The pastor of our church that I've told you about before... that moved away. Everyone was just so in love with him. Well, I had an opportunity a couple times recently to chat with him! I saw him once, and chatted on the phone with him another time. But I chat on the phone now & then with him anyway 'cause I volunteer in the church office and he calls there now & then.

I have a therapy program that keeps me at the hospital for 1 full day & 2 half days per week. I'm volunteering in the church office 2 days per week. I'm in a small group, another bible study and a 3rd bible study that will start in 2 weeks. Plus I work on some Sundays in the Welcome Centre ministry. I do the Community Board and Give & Take ministry. Plus a couple weeks ago I was invited to join the Decorating team. I have homework for some of my therapy groups. Next week will be even busier 'cause the regular office administrator will be out of the office for most, if not all week. I will have to do my regular duties plus do the bulletin for Sunday. Plus some Sunday's I have a therapy appointment before church, which I do with my therapist in the pastors office before service. I try my best to work out, but it doesn't seem to be happening on a regular basis just 'cause of the time.

I'm still fighting to bring my doggie home, but he's adjusted so very well, that I would hate to move him again. He's old and blind, with some health issues. Where he's living now is good for him and he is so very loved. I get to see him now & then, but not often.

Despite all that I have on my calendar, over all I'm doing very well most of the time. I just need more time. Either that I need an assistant. The Bipolar seems to be under control. Life is going well. I'm liking my life. I love my new apartment.... except in a week or so it'll be a year since I moved in, so on that note, I guess it's not so new, though it feels like it is; just 'cause this past year has whizzed by so fast.

OK... I think I'll stop rambling now. I just felt like chatting with you all.

Hugs,
Carley

  
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SPARKYCARLEY 9/25/2011 2:02PM

    Thank you PUDLECRAZY. It's been a long hard journey. It's not over yet, but I am finally seeing the possibility of getting my life back, and having it be a good one; finally in sight. Very soon I hope I will be able to grasp it. Hugs.

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PUDLECRAZY 9/25/2011 8:16AM

    I am so glad that you are having success with getting the bipolar under control. It sounds like you are making great strides toward making your life a positive one.

Go for it!!!!



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SPARKYCARLEY 9/24/2011 8:55PM

    Thank you Sparklise. LOL You are so right about staying out of trouble. It seems to be a bit of a trick for me to stay away from it. I get it from my Mom. My Dad always nicknamed her "Lucy" (after I Love Lucy), because she was always getting into something.

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SPARKLISE 9/24/2011 12:07PM

    Seems to me you finally have the good life you deserve.
You've worked hard to get where you are and it's paying off.
I am so happy for you.
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Sometimes being busy is a good thing-it keeps us out of trouble! emoticon
You are so blessed and you bless others!
Have a great week-end!
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