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SCALE VS NSV…

Monday, June 30, 2014



What have I learned?



Gotta love, love LOVE it when the scale moves in the right direction... going down???



Gotta think twice about who’s within ear shot when it goes up @#!&*%$(*@#!$%!!



Honestly, after 4 years with Sparkpeople, the going down days are far and few between while the “stuck-here-not-gonna-budge-no matter-how-many-times-YOU-get-off-and-on” times can be daily for months and months and months. Not to mention those days, weeks and yes, even months that the pounds start to creep back on.



On the other hand those None-Scale-Victories are daily… sometimes even hourly.



I’ve learned to evolve on this healthy journey. If nothing else I’ve gotten to know myself and what’s truly important. My goals have changed… I’ve changed.



So, what do I prefer? NSV any day, with a pound or two lost each month to keep me moving forward.



Thank you Sparkpeople for four of the best years of my life…


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LADYWYNDY 8/2/2014 12:10AM

    awesome

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SENTERSTOCK 7/2/2014 3:53PM

    You are such an inspiration my FRIEND!!!! XOX



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JOANNS4 7/1/2014 9:29PM

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/1/2014 5:53PM

    Nicely done, Linda! Love the graphics, but I especially love your sentiments. Really proud of you and your accomplishments, not the least of which is sticking with it and not giving up or in!!! Hugs, Jeannie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/1/2014 5:36PM

  Well Said!!! You Can Do It!!! Keep Pushing Forward!!! Love The Photos!!! Your Attitude Is Great!!! Keep It Up!!! WTG!!! We are behind You all the way. God Blessings Always!!! Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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Honoring the Fallen...

Monday, May 26, 2014



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GENRE009 5/27/2014 9:43PM

    Wonderful! Thank you. eva

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SENTERSTOCK 5/27/2014 1:37PM

    Awesome!

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NEW-CAZ 5/27/2014 3:37AM

    Amen emoticon

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MISSY455 5/27/2014 3:02AM

    emoticon for sharing!

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123ELAINE456 5/27/2014 1:56AM

  Awesome Blog. I'm in Agreement with you. Thank You for Sharing. God Bless America. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Sending Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Your Way. Take Care.

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JOANNS4 5/26/2014 10:10PM

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CORKYTHEMOM1 5/26/2014 7:53PM

    emoticon Linda for honoring the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom! God Bless our fallen heroes and the soldiers who continue to protect and serve our country at home and abroad so that we can live in peace and to keep us safe!


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IOWAGRAMMA 5/26/2014 7:30PM

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MOTTAMAMALOU 5/26/2014 4:26PM

    Some just think of this holiday as a mini holiday. It is much more. It's not a barbecue, shopping, or a vacation holiday. It's remembering those that gave their lives for our freedom. May they rest in peace. God Bless every single soldier who gave their lives or their limbs for our country.
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VJH-W65 5/26/2014 4:07PM

    borrowing TY

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JAMBABY0 5/26/2014 4:04PM

    thanks for sharing

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Let it go, let it go, let it go...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014



2013 has been filled with challenges, some more difficult than others, with a few milestones that made us proud. Two painful losses and a few that filled our hearts to overflowing… As A. A. Milne so poignantly wrote “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”



Over all it was a wonderful year as I continued to learn how to live my life to the fullest no matter what!!! That’s the trick I’ve learned and yes it has taken me 66 years to put it into practice… just one of the perks of living a long life.



You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. ~ Henry David Thoreau



"In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra.
In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless." ~Victoria Moran



Good-Bye 2013



Welcome 2014… emoticon and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last… emoticon "CHEERS"




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IMAVISION 4/23/2014 7:23PM

    I so enjoyed this blog --- even though we find ourselves well into 2014 as I read it.

Thank you for encouraging & sharing so beautifully.

God bless!

Ima

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JASDOIT 1/25/2014 9:20AM

    What a beautiful blog. I'm so glad I came across it. Thankyou. All the best.

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SENTERSTOCK 1/6/2014 2:20PM

    WOW my Friend! Well Said, Inspirational! And what a way to start the new 2014 Year!

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JINLYNN 1/5/2014 12:29AM

    Inspiring blog to start the new year!!
Wishing you all the best for 2014!!
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TEXASGAL1961 1/5/2014 12:16AM

    Great blog!!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/3/2014 10:04PM

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GENRE009 1/2/2014 1:38PM

    That was wonderful. emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 1/2/2014 12:00PM

    So very true. Hanging onto the past does not free us to create a new future.

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GRAYGRANNY 1/2/2014 7:20AM

    Have I told you lately how very sweet you are?? Nice blog, very inspiring

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THE_RED_BIRD 1/2/2014 6:46AM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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JILL313 1/2/2014 1:59AM

    Hi Linda, Love Your Beautiful & Insightful Blog. 2013 was a Year of mixed Blessings for me. Wishing You some wonderful new Happy Changes in 2014. I'm looking forward to making some long lasting doable changes this Year in order to improve the quality of my life. So happy you're like me in here for the "long haul". I'm never giving up on improving myself and my Life. Take good care.

Hugs & Love,

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GRANPATTIE 1/1/2014 6:55PM

    Linda, I LOVE this blog. You are such an encourager!

A VERY Happy New Year to you and yours!

Pattie

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DESERTDREAMERS 1/1/2014 5:26PM

    Thans so very much for sharing this an reminding us!

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ERLYWA 1/1/2014 5:20PM

    This is an awesome blog! Letting go...so hard at first, but so freeing when you find a way to do it. Terrific reminder for the new year.

Happy New Year, friend!
Erika :)

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/1/2014 2:01PM

    My plan is to "lighten up" this year...to especially let things go and to move ahead without all the negatives dragging me down/holding me back. I love your message and the graphics and quotes are just perfect, Linda! Happy New Year and best to you in 2014!! Love, Jeannie
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JAOTAO 1/1/2014 1:23PM

    Wonderful inspiring messages! Happy New Year to you!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 1/1/2014 11:32AM

    emoticon blog! Thanks for sharing!

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KAYTIE22 1/1/2014 10:56AM

    What beautiful and inspiring messages to remember for the start of the new year. Happy New Year to you. May you have many moments to laugh and smile.

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SUGARSMOM2 1/1/2014 10:49AM

  happy new year ..

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MEEBELO 1/1/2014 8:32AM

    Thank you for this dose of inspiration and Happy New Year!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 1/1/2014 4:02AM

    Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful new year!
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    Happy 2014 to you my friend emoticon

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JAKENELL 1/1/2014 2:55AM

    Thank you for sharing words of wisdom to help get 2014 off to a good start. I can apply so much of what you said to my life!
Sheila

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123ELAINE456 1/1/2014 2:30AM

  AWESOME BLOG!!! HAVE A WONDERFUL HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH MANY BLESSINGS FROM GOD. MAY YOU HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO IN YEAR 2014. LET'S ROCK IN 2014!!! KEEP SPARKING!!! THIS IS THE WTG!!! HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/1/2014 2:21AM

    Have a happy new year!

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Thanksgiving, PastPresentFuture

Friday, November 29, 2013



Autumn is my favorite season, Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. Reflecting on yesterday I’ve concluded that every year just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Our family continues to grow… this was our youngest grandson’s 1st Thanksgiving and at 10 months he participated to the fullest while his mommy & daddy savored the poignant reality that babies do indeed grow up to quickly.



Thanksgiving always reminds me of my 1st child’s birth day… born 43 years ago he sits now with his family and reminisces about all the years he and his three siblings have sat at this very same table and given Thanks for ALL our blessings.



His son, our 1st grandchild, lead the prayer while we all held hands… his voice cracking as he eagerly approaches his teens. This year there was lots of back-to-back measuring going on before dinner.. he is now taller than his mother, great-grandmother and one Aunty. I have no doubt he will be taller than me and his other Aunts by next Thanksgiving as his voice will be many octaves lower by then as well. His sister, 10, wore her braces and first bra… blushing when great-grandma hugged her tightly commenting on both.



Our 2nd son continued the prayer with his new found voice, having been baptized this month, he is very aware of God’s infinite blessings and had no problem thanking Him. Their little ones sat next to me as we proceeded to decorate our finger tips with black olives in honor of my Dad who joined my brother in Heaven six years ago. Our oldest daughter and her family couldn’t make it this year so they were sorely missed as well.



Of course the feast was enjoyed by all but the hours we sat around the table talking about Thanksgivings past is what made this one so memorable. All our children and their spouses are adults now with families of their own. Their daddy and I sat across the table from each other sharing a smile and a knowing wink, for this Thanksgiving we are most grateful for what wonderful parents they all have become and I so enjoyed telling them when it was my turn to share.



I pray your day was filled with sweet memories as I look forward to future Thanksgivings’ where my favorite side dish will always be a healthy serving of lovely memories… past, present & future.


"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice." ~Meister Eckhart
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L*I*T*A* 12/30/2013 8:56PM

    we have so much to be grateful......
blessings and hugs...............lita

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JILL313 11/30/2013 7:36PM

    Linda, What a beautiful narrative of your family's Thanksgiving together. You are certainly Blessed to spend a day of sharing stories, eating together and enjoying each others Company. Next to yours our Thanksgiving was small but still beautiful and memorable to me. Loved looking at all your wonderful pictures of your Day together. Life is good. We both have been fortunate to have families who enjoy spending time together. . .Praise God for all our Blessings. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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ERLYWA 11/30/2013 12:02PM

    What a delightful blog about your holiday! Our family has actually shrunk in size over the years instead of growing like yours, so it is absolutely wonderful to hear about your family :)

Erika

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2013 2:42AM

    emoticon thank you for sharing

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GRANPATTIE 11/29/2013 10:05PM

    This was lovely, Linda. Thanks for the pictures. Glad you had such a great gathering.

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KAREN608 11/29/2013 9:55PM

    Sweet!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 11/29/2013 9:15PM

    Thank you for sharing pictures and details about your family's Thanksgiving. You have a beautiful family! And it sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate with them. When I lost both of my parents within a year's time, we began creating new traditions with our children. This is our 6th Thanksgiving spent at the beach with our children. We shared those memories yesterday too. I look forward to the years sharing Thanksgiving memories with my children and their children. How blessed you and I are to be making and sharing memories with those we love! Happy Thanksgiving friend! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/29/2013 9:13PM

    I'm glad you had such a great Thanksgiving. I had to work myself.

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CAROL494 11/29/2013 9:08PM

  Beautiful!

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WooHoo it's Walktober....

Wednesday, October 02, 2013



The 10th Annual National Walking Month Campaign has begun.

On Monday I purchased the new Spark Activity Tracker and look forward to getting it set up and starting my own personal walking program. After all it is Walktober and if you haven't seen it, here it is....



I know, you don’t really need a sign to Walk…



But sometimes a catchy phrase and some fun pictures can motivate an old Sparker like me to get back into the exercise game.... so I'm turning over a new leaf and gonna....



My Daily Dose of Vitamin W will get a few more things headed in the right direction.



Not to mention.....



I've got the nutrition part down pretty well by now and if I can just implement the fact that:



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Walktober, let's kick up some Autumn leaves emoticon



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Here's a link to the new activity tracker if you haven't seen it yet or have been thinking about purchasing some thing like it... I'm not waiting for Santa to bring me one emoticon

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JILL313 10/5/2013 12:44AM

    Good for You Linda, I love your upbeat blog and it's good of All of us to get more exercise be it walking or something else we enjoy. It sounds like you're ready for Fall which I am also. Enjoy your Walking time and I hope your DH or someone else will go with you as it's fun to have a walking companion. Please let us know how you like the new SP Activity Tracker as I might be in the market for one. Your page is so awesome and as usual the best SP around I've seen. You have such an artistic flair and I see it in how well you express how you feel and always love your enthusiasm for Living the good and Healthy Life. Enjoy your Walks and Weekend. I hope you feel better really soon.

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SENTERSTOCK 10/3/2013 9:25PM

    Why to walk it up! Awesome pics and info!
SENTERSTOCK, Grandmother's Fitness Club co-leader.

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/3/2013 5:48PM

    Doing my best to keep moving with you, Linda! emoticon Love your pics, especially the one from (?) flowalking.com (I think that's what it says in tiny print). Anyway, great plan...I already have a Fitbit, so won't be ordering another activity tracker, but good to hear you're planning some really fantastic walking exercise! emoticon emoticon (Just had to use one of the new emoticons! LOL) I love that it is Walktober!! emoticon

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KAREN608 10/3/2013 8:49AM

    cool!
I already walked a couple miles this week going to neighbor house for their chores while they are away. Too bad it is pouring down rain today.

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FLEMIDG 10/3/2013 12:25AM

    I will be out walking as well. I am thinking of purchasing that Spark Activity Tracker as well. Please let us know how it works.



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FRANCO1230 10/2/2013 11:26PM

    emoticon ...exactly how a good walk will make you feel!!!

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PENNYPEARLS 10/2/2013 11:19PM

    Sounds great! I have been thinking about one. Let us know how you like it. emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/2/2013 11:17PM

    emoticon I had No Idea that it was Walktober!! I will DEFINITELY be getting in My Steps and spreading the Word!!

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TORTILLAFLATS 10/2/2013 11:11PM

    I will be walkin with you in spirit! It will be with a emoticon but hey, I am getting movement in and that's what counts!

I will be listening for the leaves emoticon rustling beneath your feet!

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Hugs, Gail

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COCK-ROBIN 10/2/2013 11:01PM

    Let's walk tall! emoticon

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