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Doin’ the SparkPeople 2-step

Sunday, January 09, 2011



Some people refer to it as one step forward and two steps back but being optimistic by nature I’ve always called it “Three steps forward and two steps back!” Which, by the way, keeps YOU one step ahead in this dance we call life!!!



I’ve had the flu since Christmas morning and it’s taken a big ole bite out of my Sparkle. Having had plenty of time to reflect on my journey I’ve decided life doesn’t always take you down the path you might want to travel but there’s a reason for that and once you’ve bobbed and weaved sometimes it’s best to learn how to roll with the punches. We are emotional beings and stress triggers all sorts of responses.

It’s really all about how you look at things. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past 63+ years… you have to look at the big picture. Things don’t always work out the way we might want them to at the time. Then again as the dance progresses often times the results are far better than we could have ever imagined if we’d actually been in charge. Side note… I tend to want to control things but if you do then you have to take credit for any failures as well and who want’s to be blamed when the s*it hits the fan??? Now, I’m NOT an I- told-you-so-and-so… but I do get my feathers ruffled when people don’t learn from their mistakes. We are here to learn and grow so dag gummit keep that clipboard handy and take notes.

Anyway…. The SparkPeople two-step is a lovely dance… you tend to do it alone but often times you’ll have a partner and some days you’ll find that you are completely in step with a whole line of other Sparklers dancing to the same tune. We all have our own style… some of us glide gracefully while others pop and grind their little hip-hop hips in a most provocative way! Now, if I could still skip I would… nothings exudes happiness better than a human being skipping from one task to another. It’s pure joy to watch. But my poor knees are all skipped out so it’s the SparkPeople two-step for me. My happy dance will always include three steps forward and two steps back. And those two steps back, if it be something as simple as the flu or as emotional as the loss of a loved one, will quickly be followed by three steps forward. So I can always be one step ahead in this dance we call life.



Garth Books says it best with his cowboy lyrics from…..

THE DANCE

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared beneath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known you'd ever say goodbye
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance
I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance.

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PENGUINROSS 1/17/2011 4:07PM

    One of the most beautiful blogs I have read in a long time!

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KESTRIE 1/11/2011 6:28PM

    emoticon...and I love my Spark Friends!! emoticon emoticon

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MADKAPKID 1/11/2011 8:28AM

    Linda, another great blog!n I think we are all dancing and working to keep ONE step ahead, when possible. That flu bug was nasty, I am happy to see you back, blogging and sharing your spark! Yours shines so brightly!!! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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JILL313 1/11/2011 12:51AM

    Great blog--we all can relate to it!! I sure hope you feel better soon! Both of my knees are bad especially in this cold weather but we do have to keep moving . . . emoticon

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TUBLADY 1/10/2011 4:22PM

    Great blog, loved those steps.
Someday that's all I can do too.
i had shots in both knees before I went on vacation.
I go to the doctor on the 17th to talk about what's going to happen with my knees.
i do 15 minutes of dance a day for another team I am on, some days the dance is just moving my ass and a little twist, that's all I trust my knees with.
it doesn't matter how we move, jut move the best you can, it all counts in the end.
You take care and stay positive, Spark on.
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HAPPYSOUL91 1/10/2011 11:52AM

    Great blog, love the 2 step explanation

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/10/2011 6:55AM

    Love it! I will have to remember I am doing the two step!

Wish I could skip. (All those years I taught my kinder students to skip and now...)

Jane on Guam

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JOANNS4 1/9/2011 9:10PM

    I've always liked that song. It has always had deep meaning for me. The flue is awful. I like your attitude about 2 steps forward. You got it right!!
Jo Ann
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LBEEKMA 1/9/2011 8:21PM

    Love "the dance"! Yes, it's the extra step forward that keeps us moving in the right direction. It is amazing to just see what we've made it through sometimes. Thanks for the reminders!

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SUSIEPH1 1/9/2011 7:52PM

    I am with you also !! not quite dancing but certainly walking !!
My daughters and I walked for 70 minutes this morning ... me pushing my walker...
I say pushing because we walk along a bush trail and it is sandy in places... so really get a good work out pushing through the sand!!!
Hugs Susie
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GRANPATTIE 1/9/2011 6:14PM

    I'm with you, dancin' as best I can with this knee. I'm not sick, just a little discouraged. My knee has put a kink in my exercise plans (no pun intended). I need to blog. Maybe it will be about that.

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SEESALLYRUN 1/9/2011 5:59PM

    I love this post. I'm with you today; don't know if I have the flu, but something nasty!! I press toward the goal though with 3 steps forward & maybe two backward.

I'm glad you are feeling better and back to sparking!! emoticon

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FRANCO1230 1/9/2011 5:53PM

    That Garth Brooks song makes me cry EVERY time, BUT I love it. I guess it just reminds me of all the hards & hurts in life, but also reminds me that all those experiences got me to my life as I know it now, and it's a good one!

I think it's AWESOME that you see it as "three steps forward and two steps back!”


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I’m 1 in 2,000,000

Monday, January 03, 2011



From SparkGuys annual State of the Spark address posted on Monday, January 3, 2011……

“It's been an amazing year at SparkPeople. We set a record by adding more than 2 million new members this year, and solidified our position as the largest diet and fitness site in America!”



emoticonand I am one of them!!!! I want my first blog of 2011 to be a huge shout out to Chris and his awesome team for all the free tools and support that they make available to the more than 9,000,000 SparkPeople just like YOU and me. They can add my name to those who for the first time in their lives lost weight during the holidaz and are living a life they didn’t think they ever could in their golden years…. Yep, I said it these days have turned to gold for me and as I cash in over the next 12 months I will be forever grateful for this miracle called emoticon


  
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KESTRIE 1/11/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon...and I love my Spark Friends!! emoticon emoticon

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JO2TOM 1/6/2011 8:57PM

    Yeah! Great start for the year, huh?? What a wonderful blog. Thanks for the reminder of how wonderful it is to have sparkpeople.

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    emoticon emoticonme too Sweetie, Jan 11, 2010 down 39 pounds, way to go emoticon

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DECEMBERFIRE 1/4/2011 1:38PM

    emoticon to all of us, may we continue going strong in the new year!!!!

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FRANCO1230 1/4/2011 11:34AM

    I'm one of them, too. Joined just a few days after you. And, SO glad I did. This has been (at times) my sanity and saving grace (along with the nutrition & fitness, but that's obvious :) So glad to be continuing on into the new year with you!

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KARRYB1 1/4/2011 11:15AM

    I had a great year 2010 thanks to Joining Spark People. I finally feel and look like myself again. emoticon emoticon

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BHSUZYCUE 1/4/2011 11:06AM

    Me too - joined on June 11, 2010. I've lost almost 80 lbs since then! SP is the BOMB!!! emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/4/2011 6:29AM

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TUBLADY 1/4/2011 1:47AM

    Count me in that group. I think May 17, 2010 was a very good day, thats when I signed up at Spark.
Bought a copie of People to read and see some of the people listed from Spark that have lost weight and changed their lives.
Just think that could be us , so Spark on.

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KSHAGGY 1/4/2011 1:20AM

    Great blog......now I know what you meant!

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MORRIS1989 1/4/2011 12:29AM

    I just love this blog it really makes me feel like I belong to a real family a group of people that actually care about me. This blog was emoticon Thank You May your year be fill with joy, peace, and lots weight-loss!!

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MADKAPKID 1/3/2011 10:59PM

    Linda, you said what so many of us feel...and you did it eloquently! Sparks is an amazing entity! Just look at how far we have come since joining...and think of how much easier it is to have sparks friends to help us on our journey! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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GINGER1OF16 1/3/2011 10:48PM

    I couldn't agree more. Congratulations to you and to all of us who are here.
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CHARITYCYCLIST 1/3/2011 10:44PM

    I am one of those 2,000,000 newbies of 2010 also. And two of my friends signed on last year & another one this week! I put a message out on my Facebook page, inviting any of my Friends who make New Year's Resolution about getting healthier, lighter &/or in better shape to check out SP....we'll see. In the meantime, I'm doing really well, even over the holidays! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/3/2011 10:43PM

    I totally agree Linda,
I just love Sparks and Sparkpeople.. they have done so much for me too!
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The Ghost’s of Christmas Past

Monday, December 27, 2010

I’ve buried the ghost’s of Christmas Past this year, not with a shovel but with all the Sparkpeople tools that I’ve been honing for the last 6 months. There were several ghosts haunting me…. including December 23rd of 1957, when I was 10 and my Grandpap died unexpectedly. Then there was the week following Easter of 1975, when my husband was killed in an accident leaving me with two sons’ age 4 years and 18 months. And finally December 24th of 2007, when I lost my dad to cancer just 16 months after my youngest brother past away after several years battling cancer.

Sad memories associated with the holidays that filled me with pangs of quilt if I enjoyed myself too much. So I learned to use food because there were always plenty of goodies to fill up those empty feeling in an effort to sweeten the bitter pain. Like so many others I began to associate the holidays with food. Even when there wasn’t a lot of money for gifts, sweets were cheap and plentiful and encouraged. So I indulged, perpetuating the inner belief that there was always tomorrow and my health could wait. And as our family grew and the months filled up and overflowed with all kinds of celebrating… birthdays and anniversaries, graduations and showers, weddings and christenings’… along with all the “traditional” holidays there were fewer and fewer windows to slam on my weight gain. Just one more food filled celebration and then I’ll cut back… after our family vacation. Once the memorial is over…. After Girl Scout cookies and Boy Scout popcorn sales, family movie night, lunch with the girls, Bunko, bingo, cards. Tomorrow I’ll stop over eating, tomorrow will be easier…. but tomorrow never came and the over eating continued. I stuffed myself to fill the emptiness and never felt satisfied.

It takes a long time to know thyself. And once I was ready I think my biggest fear of finding out why I used food to suffocate my inner child was finding out something I didn’t want to remember. It scared me so much that I chose to be miserably fat until my health was so jeopardized that I felt like I was going to die.

Then by the grace of God and like so many others I found SparkPeople. I believe in miracles and having prayed for strength and guidance I know I was lead here. This journey has turned my life around. The weight loss has been a bonus to the emotional healing that has occurred. And from something as simple as a nutrition tracker. That’s all it took to get the ball rolling for me. Then a few streaks here and there. A couple challenges with small goals met… cashed in a reward and then I took that leap of faith and blogged. Wow, the responses were instant… the emoticon and emoticon from all my new Sparkfriends kept me focused. Finding out I was not alone and I could encourage others just by sharing my tears and laughter made the secrets not so dark. As I used more and more SP tools my successes multiplied. I’m far from done but I know SparkPeople works if YOU work it. It’s not magic… it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort, in the beginning. Then it becomes second nature and those tentative baby steps turn into huge strides. Weeks turn into months and if you’ve listened closely to that inner babbling that goes on when you reach for a second helping or start to reward yourself with food… if you really, really listen and stop long enough to ask “Why?” The answers will be there.

My answer was so simple.

“Love yourself more than food.”

This past holiday season I learned I can enjoy any celebration with out over eating. It’s not about the food. It’s about living a life that’s worth living. I don’t have to repress my emotions by stuffing myself… I can honor my ghosts by celebrating… it’s ok to be happy and successful. My grandpap, my high school sweetheart, my brother and my daddy would want me to be. So as I honor them by taking better care of my health I also put them to rest. It’s time for all of us to move on and for me to really live.

My dear husband and I have our 30th Wedding Anniversary to celebrate tomorrow as well as New Year’s Eve and Day to welcome in with friends and family…. so there’s plenty to rejoice in. Which is exactly what I plan on doing. There’s too many wonderful things ahead to ignore or avoid. 2010 was emoticon 2011 will be even better emoticon The biggest difference between both years will be all the marvelous things I’ve learned about myself.

Now the old me can RIP along with all the Ghost’s of my past. I do not fear what I might find out as my journey continues and I will not put off another year or month or week or even a day to live joyfully. I deserve all the wonderful things that await me and so do YOU. emoticon

Remember... "Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life."~Brian G. Dyson

  
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LINDABENEDICT 1/5/2011 1:08AM

    What a great blog ! Thanks for sharing your wisdom !

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KIMINFOCUS 1/3/2011 4:00PM

    “Love yourself more than food.”... what a meaningful thought. :) Thanks for the encouragement!

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MADKAPKID 1/2/2011 7:19PM

    Linda....I can well see why this was voted most popular blog post! YOU are amazing. I think LOVE YOURSELF MORE THAN FOOD is something I might make a little magnet with the words on it and put it on my refrigerator door. YOU always spur me to think further and dare to try! I am so honored to call you friend. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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PRAIRELAKELADY 1/2/2011 1:16PM

    Great insights!

My mantra is "if not now, when-if not me, who?" as I was always hoping for someone to come along and do it for me so I wouldn't have to think about it. Thanks for the New Year's Boost, I needed it. emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/2/2011 5:33AM

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A wonderful story, keep up the good work

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    Great Blog Mom! emoticon

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BIGBONED8 1/1/2011 7:42AM

    You captured everything I am thinking. Thank you!

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TRABOLD8567 12/31/2010 1:11AM

  Thank you for sharing this!

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JEALOUSBAKER 12/31/2010 12:37AM

    I need to really start living in the present instead of dwelling on the past. Thanks for the reminder!

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L3DESIGNS 12/30/2010 10:24PM

    Great job! Keep it up! Enjoy 2011

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CATWOOMAN 12/30/2010 7:55PM

    This is going to be my mantra...."Love yourself more than food.”

I've just started reading blogs...been on sparkpeople for about 5 weeks now. It's really helped me stay focused.

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FARFROMASAINT 12/30/2010 2:44PM

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PFS_GIRL 12/30/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon I needed that! You're emoticon Have a GREAT 2011!

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SWEETSUGAR7 12/30/2010 12:33PM

    Awesome
Lets bring in the new year with cheer!

Have a great weekend and keep up the good work you are worth it!

Celebration time come on~

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DEBORAHANNDEE 12/30/2010 11:09AM

    WOW...love yourself more than food! You said a mouthful there. What a wonderful journey you have been on and will continue in 2011. Happy Anniversary and have a Blessed New Year!

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AZURELITE 12/30/2010 10:09AM

    You have spoken for many here. Thank you!

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AMYSNEWSPARK 12/30/2010 10:00AM

    This is a wonderful blog. I relate to it in so many ways. I have decided that this is the year I am going to move forward. I too have many ghosts that I keep quiet with food. Thank you for posting! This will help me to love myself more than food.


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145HEALTHY 12/30/2010 3:15AM

    Very well stated and written. It's good to read you love yourself and life once again. Wishing you a wonderful anniversary and 2011! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 12/29/2010 5:37PM

    I got curious about you as I see you are a friend of a lot of my Spark friends so I decided to read and look over your page. You are so much like me in a lot of ways as I use food to comfort me and make me feel good. I actually think I hide behind my fat and my mobility is greatly affected by my weight. I'm also 63 and have over 100#s to lose and keep asking myself how I could do this to me?? Don't I love myself enough to take good care of me? You are having a successful Spark Journey and that is motivating me to do better and try harder as I love my family and want to be there for them as long as possible. Thank you for writing this wonderful and very honest blog.

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BETHV10 12/28/2010 7:50PM

    Excellent Blog! I completely understand what you have been through. "love yourself more than food" is such a clear statement that I will take to heart. Thanks you for your words of wisdom. emoticon

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KESTRIE 12/28/2010 7:00PM

    Wow!! So inspirational!! Happy Anniversary!! And Happy 2011!! It will be a wonderful year!!
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TUBLADY 12/28/2010 5:34PM

    Wonderful blog, everyone who is struggling with food addiction should read this.
It's so easy to use food for comfort or reward . It's always there. No matter the good times or the bad times, you can count on food .
You are right about loving yourself. Feeling positive and good about yourself. Once food is not the most important happening in your life, the whole world seems to open up.
Live for the present. Today is the day we are here.
Tomorrow is not promised.
Yesterday is gone.
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PAULAPOOH4 12/28/2010 4:57PM

    Linda, that is such an inspirational blog. There is a very good lesson for each of us to learn from your statements. Thank you so much for sharing.

May 2011 be the best year ever!!! We are going to be healthier and on our way to "lighter", for me.

You have been my SP Friend since I started Spark in July of 2010. I look forward to your continued support and motivation!

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FRANCO1230 12/28/2010 4:14PM

    This is a wonderful self-reflection. Thank you for having the courage to share such personal thoughts with all of us. You have no idea how much this will motivate all who read it. And you are right, all of those wonderful people that passed through your life and were gone too quickly would still want you to go on and be happy. Your quote at the end says it all. It's something for ALL of us to live by.
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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/28/2010 1:22PM

    It is really that simple isn't it! When I learned to love myself more than food was the day I was set free. Great blog! Thanks for reminding me.

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RIGBY31 12/28/2010 1:20PM

    "Love yourself more than the food".... thank you for this terrific blog. It spoke to my heart and my mind. Happy Anniversary, Happy New Year... Happy New YOU!

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ERLYWA 12/28/2010 12:42PM

    Really inredible blog! I am moved by your willingness to step into your own life and stop feeling guilty for being happy after losing so many loved ones. You are an inspiration!

Erika

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KIMJEWKES 12/28/2010 12:39PM

    Incredible blog. Had me in tears the entire way through it.

I didn't know much of your past prior to reading this blog, but wow, you have been through some tough stuff!

“Love yourself more than food.”

You are doing it =) You are an incredible, amazing woman. Thank you for sharing your story and your success with all of us!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/28/2010 10:50AM

    Excellent blog without a doubt. Look at the progress you have made...outstanding

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MERRYMARY42 12/28/2010 10:48AM

    Thank You for such a great blog, all true, I have used the holidays as an excuse to eat, my neighbor sent over a large box of homemade cookies, and my husband just asked if it was cookie time yet, (asked while I was reading your blog) and Thanks to you, I broght him the box but refused any, because today is the day I have to get back on the wagon, and continue my spark journey. No more cookies (Ihope)
Good Job on your blog.

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WALNUT5612 12/28/2010 10:31AM

    I voted for this blog to be the best blog!

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BHSUZYCUE 12/28/2010 10:14AM

    Truly inspirational blog...thank you for sharing!

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CARRIE310 12/28/2010 10:13AM

    Awesome blog. Thank you so very much. emoticon emoticon

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ICANTODAY 12/28/2010 10:11AM

    What a great post! Thank you for sharing.

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PAWKETS 12/28/2010 10:10AM

    Dealing with a loss is so difficult
I will have to remember your answer
May you have a wonderful anniversary
and Happy New Year

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CLAVINOVA 12/28/2010 10:08AM

    Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this with us - this is one of the best blogs I've read here on Spark. You have an amazing story and are doing incredible with your journey to success! I also felt like God led me to this site and I'm sure many others here do too. God bless and keep enjoying your life the healthy way that you are now!!

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MACMOM57 12/28/2010 9:21AM

    p]] Awesome blog I was refereed to it. Thank you you are awesome. Blessings for many more anniversary's. Have a very Happy New Year.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 12/28/2010 9:09AM

  A friend also referred me to this page, probably because I have some of the same issues that you struggled with in your past. I am still definitely an emotional eater from all the stress in my life... but definitely took your blog to heart! Change happens one decision at a time.


Naomi

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MADKAPKID 12/28/2010 9:06AM

    Linda, you are such a blessing in my life! This is a wonderful blog.... and the quote at the bottom by Brian Dyson...well, it is something to think about every day.

Happy Anniversary dear friend....and best wishes to you and your husband for many many many more years of joy to come!

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JOANNS4 12/28/2010 8:42AM

    I am so lucky to know you. How well you told your story my friend. I had done the same thing for a long time. I lost
my weight and was so looking forward to my new grandson years ago. He was stillborn. I began eating to self medicate. Needless to say it didn't take away my pain. My neice was murdered a couple of years later and then my daughters fiance was murdered. I kept eating. I was so happy to find Sp. Thank you for making it possible for me to say these things that I hadn't shared. God bless you and we can continue this journey together.
Jo Ann


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MSWEEZER 12/28/2010 7:39AM

    A mutual friend shared this blog with me. What a great blog indeed. Thank you for sharing and helping me (and others) understand that living in the present is oh so important. My favorite motto: There is no Then, There is ONLY NOW!

Congratulations on the 30 years. Enjoy yourself and many years to come.

Happy New Year!!!

Weezie

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GRAYGRANNY 12/28/2010 7:27AM

    What a terrific blog.........Congrats on your 30 yrs together.......so very sad that you don't see that as often as divorce these days

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/28/2010 5:34AM

    Wow, Speedy!
Great blog! So true for so many of us!

Keep on Sparking!

Jane

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/28/2010 1:24AM

    Holidays often have bittersweet memories. I lost a grandfather and a favorite uncle on Christmas Days, two years apart.
You are making fantastic progress and your personal insights are phenomenal! You are inspiring the rest of us and showing us what success looks like!
Sheila

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JOANOFSPARK 12/28/2010 12:57AM

    what a wonderful blog; congrats on your anniversary......30 years is awesome!!:)

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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2010 12:46AM

    Well Blogged Linda!,
Isn't being a member of Sparks such a wonderful occupation ?
I also have been here for 18 Months now and also have learned so much about myself.
Is it not wonderful to blog, and be answered from Sparkpeople living all around this Wonderful Planet of ours?.
Congratulations my friend.. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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FXYGMA 12/28/2010 12:27AM

    You have many of the same memories as I. I have not had the deaths but other devastating things happened that caused drowning my pain in eating and you are so right about the holidays are the worst because of all the goodies that are not in short supply. I am a work in progress and have learned a lot of things but need to learn so much more to actually be saying it is becoming second nature. I have a long time ahead of me but I will never give up as this is going to be my new lifestyle as it is not a diet to me. I live for just today taking it just one day at a time. I used to just beat myself up and really downgrade myself but am learning to make each slip a learning experience and going on. I have learned to forgive my shortcomings and am learning to love myself. Like I said I am a work in progress and it takes a lot of positive self talk to keep me going. I love all the tips I get from all my friends and I thank you for sharing.

Melinda

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JANI-LOU 12/27/2010 11:57PM

  “Love yourself more than food.”

WOW! What a great and profound statement that is! I hope you don't mind if I use it on my Spark Page, giving you credit of course! :-)

Loved reading your blog. So sorry to hear of your losses, but blessed to read how God has helped you to heal and enjoy this gift we call life.

Hugs,

Jan

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A doctor gives St. Nick a checkup!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010



He's overweight, overworked — and what's up with his red nose? Could Santa be a closet SparkFriend of yours????

Overall, Santa's in good health, says Dr. Rachel Vreeman of the Indiana University School of Medicine. But he does fall into the the "obese" category, and his large waist-to-hip ratio could reduce his life expectancy — if he wasn't immortal, that is.

Cute article about Santa and his jolly belly below… ENJOY emoticonand Merry Christmas emoticon

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40785461/ns/hea
lth-healthy_holidays/

  
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41SUSAN14 12/25/2010 9:51AM

    Very nice!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/25/2010 8:44AM

    Merry Christmas to you

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GRANPATTIE 12/24/2010 9:50PM

    We can always count on you to send us a smile or a laugh. Thanks, Linda. Have a Merry, Wonderful Christmas!

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JUDY1676 12/24/2010 7:52PM

    Very cute! thanks!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/24/2010 7:48PM

    emoticonThanks for providing a Christmas chuckle!
Merry Christmas!
Sheila

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SUSIEPH1 12/24/2010 4:44PM

    Thanks for sharing !.
! Have as great day!!
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FRANCO1230 12/24/2010 4:29PM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing ;)

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My Christmas wish for YOU….

Sunday, December 19, 2010



We are all on a journey to discover a healthier and happier life. My Christmas wish for you this year is to awaken each morning, this holiday season, and truly see yourself for the wonderful gift you are. Imagine yourself as a portable present ready to take part at any given moment. It may be by giving a smile or by simply being patient. While one person has the gift of laughter, another person blesses us with silence and peace. Please remember each one of us is a work in progress, beautiful, and an essential part of the universal soul.



As we continue this journey into the New Year focusing on emotional growth and renewed physical stamina remember….

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
And remember people, even more than things, have to be restored,
Renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
And as you grow ever wiser, you will discover why we have two hands…..
One for helping yourself and one for helping others.” ~ Audrey Hepburn



It truly is a Wonderful Life when you count your blessings… May God continue to bless you and your loved ones today and always.



From my house to yours......

Peace & Love,
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ACIMPEGGY 12/20/2010 12:39AM

    Wonderful, sweet friend!

Can I wish the same back to you? Great pics, great quotes...from a great Spark friend and a lovely person!

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PAULAPOOH4 12/19/2010 5:50PM

    Your Christmas Wish is beautiful. I wish the same for you. I think the thought is not just for the Holiday season but, should be carried throughout the year.

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PAULA3420 12/19/2010 5:38PM

    Dear SPEEDY Linda,
Your blog was exactly what I needed to read today and I will keep your thoughts with me today and everyday throughout the holidays.

So much wisdom and truth in your message. And, so much to consider every morning as we start our day.

As i am recovering from surgery, I am reminded daily of the many blessings in my life and while in the hospital immediately following surgery, I was reminded of the importance of my renewed spirit and commitment to my Health and Fitness.


emoticonIt truly is a WONDERFUL LIFE!
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emoticonMerry Christmas a THE BEST NEW YEAR!!!

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MADKAPKID 12/19/2010 5:13PM

    Thank you SOOOOO much for this lovely sentiment. The photo's are perfect....this is an amazing blog from an amazing lady...and best yet....a good friend. Christmas blessings to you my friend.... Holiday hugz.....Karen emoticon

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FXYGMA 12/19/2010 5:08PM

    Thank you so mcuh for the wonderful sentiment & photos! I really needed to be able to read this today. I really loved the Santa bowing over the Baby Jesus and I would love to think perhaps Santa was one of the Magi that was there that day and that is why he helps us to remember the importance of giving wnd with love at this time of year especially. Thank you for sharing this wonderful Wish for us all in this season of love, sharing hope and giving. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/19/2010 4:56PM

    Thank you Linda for the beautiful wish..have a wonderful holiday

Carol

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SUSIEPH1 12/19/2010 3:15PM

    Thank you so much Linda ... you are such a clever lassie just loved your blog .Have a wonderful holiday season my friend .. Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 12/19/2010 2:59PM

    Wonderful and so emoticon !! Thank you for sharing a beautiful tribute. God bless and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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SMILESRME 12/19/2010 2:53PM

    Thank you for your positive, uplifting blog! Christmas blessings to you as well!

Joy!
Julia : )

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RRP546 12/19/2010 2:37PM

  the same to you

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